first_imgThe BJP won the Lohaghat seat in Uttarakhand as the results were announced on Wednesday after a repoll was held over one poll booth. With this BJP’s tally goes up to 57 in the 70-member House.The Election Commission ordered a repoll in the Karnkarayat poll booth of the Lohaghat seat due to an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunction.According to the EC, BJP candidate Puran Singh Fartyal won the seat on Wednesday, defeating his Congress rival by 834 votes.The Congress has 11 seats and independents two in the Assembly.The Congress is yet to decide on its Legislature Party Leader after the outgoing Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost both Hardwar Rural and Kichha seats.In the BJP, however, the current challenge is that of deciding a Chief Minister. According to highly-placed sources in the BJP, three names — Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant, and Doiwala Trivendra Singh Rawat — are being considered by the party’s central leadership. A decision would be announced within a day or two, party sources said.last_img read more

first_imgPune: A former soldier and his wife and children were found brutally murdered in Shevgaon village in Ahmednagar district, 200 km from here, on Sunday morning.According to the police, the murders occurred between midnight and the early hours of Sunday. The victims, Appasaheb Govind Harvane (58), his wife, Sunanda (48), their daughter, Snehal (18), and son, Makarand (15), bore multiple knife wounds, the Shevgaon police.The incident came to light after the milkman, finding no response to his calls, alerted the family’s neighbours.Motive unclear“The motive behind the killings is yet to be ascertained. We are investigating whether it was a botched robbery or some family rivalry. However, none of the valuables appear to be touched … but it is too early to say anything,” inspector Suresh Sakpale of the Shevgaon police station told The Hindu.After completing his service in the Army, Harvane worked as a security guard with the district land records office, according to sources.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the world’s most scenic gorges has long been a mystery to geologists. Scientists believe that some canyons are carved simultaneously by the rivers that flow through them and the rapid rise of terrain on either side. But Tsangpo Gorge, a rugged, steep-walled river valley in southern Tibet (pictured), doesn’t seem to fit that pattern. To figure out how the gorge evolved, scientists took a look at the deepest sediments—some up to 800 meters—drilled from several sites along the gorge. They then analyzed when the sediments were last exposed to cosmic rays (and therefore at Earth’s surface, not buried). The data reveal that some portions of the ancient gorge began filling in about 2.5 million years ago, the researchers report online today in Science. That’s the time when a rapid, tectonically driven rise in the terrain in that region of the Himalayas naturally dammed the river that carved the gorge and triggered sediment accumulation. But it’s also several million years after the Tsangpo Gorge first formed, according to previous studies, which carves a big hole in the notion that rapidly rising terrain in that region of the Himalayas sparked the growth of the gorge. Similar studies elsewhere—especially in the western end of the Himalayas, where gorges bisect the rugged landscape—may reveal whether rising terrain truly triggers increased erosion rates.last_img read more

1 Dec / 2019

Azam Khan in Rampur

first_imgEmerging from his absence in the public sphere, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made an appearance in Rampur on Monday. The Rampur MP, who was last seen in Rampur during Id celebrations in August, presented himself before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) official Dinesh Gaur in the Mahila police station. He was accompanied by his wife, Rajya Sabha MP Tanzeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam, who is an MLA from the neighbouring Suar constituency.The Uttar Pradesh police have declared Mr. Khan a “land mafia” and has lodged FIRs against him in more than four dozen cases. On September 25, the Allahabad High Court had granted stay in 27 of these cases.The SIT had asked him to appear before it on September 30. Mr. Khan spent almost 45 minutes at the station. Later addressing the party workers, he said he would need four to five days to respond to the “long list of charges”.He described the administration’s behaviour towards him and his family “vindictive” and added that they were following the orders of their “political masters”.Before presenting himself in front of the SIT, Mr. Khan accompanied Ms. Fatima to file her nomination papers, on an SP ticket, for the upcoming bypolls for the Rampur seat. Mr. Khan has represented the seat nine times. The seat fell vacant when he was elected to the Lok Sabha earlier this year.Earlier in the day, Ms. Fatima deposited the bill and penalty of ₹30 lakh in the electricity department. She was charged with power theft at her Humsafar resort.last_img read more

first_imgTest of Cricket “Whom should we thank for the star Indian XI making it to Colombo: the BCCI, the ICC, Ravi Shastri or the corporate bigwigs who make the players dance to their tunes?” SIDHARTH SINGH, on e-mailName of the Game It will be naive to think that cricket is,Test of Cricket”Whom should we thank for the star Indian XI making it to Colombo: the BCCI, the ICC, Ravi Shastri or the corporate bigwigs who make the players dance to their tunes?” SIDHARTH SINGH, on e-mail Name of the GameIt will be naive to think that cricket is still a gentleman’s game (“Cricket Wars”, September 30). Money has killed the nationalistic zeal for which the game was played earlier. The involvement of big money has eroded the spirit of the game. But then again, cricketers cannot be expected to remain in isolation. MOHAMMED TANWEER ALAM, on e-mailCricket is followed like a religion in India. But the fight among the players and cricket boards on the contracts issue has left a bad aftertaste. By playing in the ICC Champions’ Trophy, cricketers have shown that they play for their nations and not for money alone. Now it’s the turn of the boards like the BCCI to safeguard the interests of the players who have already started losing their sponsors. GAREEMA GARG, on e-mailThe article exposed the amount of money involved in cricket. Any business needs a revenue model and in this instance the money ultimately comes from the Indian public. G. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mail”The international recognition of yoga is another instance of India redeeming some of the beauty and greatness of its heritage via the West.” SONIA KAPOOR NoidaWhile it is good to know that at least one sport in India is truly an industry, the fact remains that the players and fans still do not get the best deal. In the mad scramble to accommodate foreign cricket boards and the ICC, the BCCI gets the Indian team to play meaningless matches all over the world, all through the year. The fans remain deprived of matches played on true pitches and against the toughest opposition. It is time the BCCI is looked upon with as much suspicion as politicians in general. PANKAJ GUPTA, on e-mailHistorical VictoryThe supreme court’s ruling that the National Curriculum Framework for Secondary Education is not in violation of the Constitution is a landmark verdict in the history of independent India and a shot in the arm for the NDA Government (“Changing Course”, September 30). Till now education in India had remained the exclusive monopoly in the hands of the timid leftist intellectuals. The nation should feel relieved that they have been shown the exit door by the apex court. Historians like Romila Thapar and Bipan Chandra have done utter injustice to the cause of education by their totally faulty perspective of history and Hinduism. The nation expects the new curriculum to be far more objective, rational and value-oriented. T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatorePeter Pays PaulThe argument that the poor are made to bail out the rich is not based on the fundamentals of economics (“Doleful Survival”, September 30). The dozen-odd business houses listed may be defaulters but it must be remembered that in reality firms consist of ordinary people. Without the bailout policy, thousands would be rendered jobless. Big business is a necessary evil – no one can deny its role in generating output, creating employment, income and assisting the process of capital formation. Bailing out in India merely means the transfer of funds from one “unproductive” kitty to another. Institutions like the IDBI, IFCI and UTI must assume a more active role in overseeing the activities of the firms financed by them. V. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mailPeace PrecedentIt is heartening to note that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE rebels met in Thailand to find the means to peace in the island nation (“New Beginning”, September 30). A ruined economy and the loss of thousands of lives have been the cost of trouble in Sri Lanka. This is the first positive step towards reconciliation. It is no doubt a good beginning. The talks hold a lesson for India too. We should lose no time in starting a dialogue with Pakistan at some level to defuse tension over Kashmir and take small confidence building measures. There is no other alternative to breaking the deadlock in Indo-Pak relations. D.B.N. MURTHY, on e-mailThe declaration of Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator of the LTTE, that the Tigers’ demand is for an autonomous homeland for Tamils with equal rights – and not a separate state – has paved the way for further negotiations. Even as talks continue, efforts should be made to rebuild the economy and ensure the return of the war-torn country’s displaced people. India too should give its full cooperation and support for the establishment of peace in Sri Lanka, in spite of the loss of lives of Indian soldiers in the IPKF operations of the 1980s and the LTTE’s role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. A.K. THARIEN, Dindigul Anna, Tamil NaduActor Activist Priya Tendulkar became a crusader of much needed public awareness through her natural acting in the TV serial Rajni (“Obituary”, September 30). She taught the general public about its rights as consumers in a very convincing manner. MADHU AGRAWAL, DelhiRight TrackThe story raised a few pertinent questions on railway safety (“How Safe are Fast Trains?”, September 23). There is no denying that safety is an alien word for the Indian Railways. Otherwise, what is the justification for the dependence on hundreds of old bridges? The crux of the problem is that trains are the means of transport for the middle class – and not the upper class which travels by air. Just compare the compensation payable to the next of kin of the deceased in the event of an accident: in case of a plane passenger it is Rs 5 lakh whereas the cost of life of a train traveller is just Rs 15,000. BICHU MUTTATHARA, PuneIt is ridiculous on the part of the Railways to go in for extravaganzas like the creation of new zones and divisions at a time when it has so many weak bridges, outdated signalling systems and old coaches. It requires cost effective financial management which can judiciously decide the areas of priority for investments to improve safety records. DAYANAND RAI, MangaloreThe dreadful accident needs to be condemned and all efforts made to make travelling by train safe but lapses are bound to occur in a vast rail network where superfast trains cover about 50,000 km daily. SATISH SATIJA, on e-mailIt is unfortunate that the world’s second-largest railways is beset with serious problems. The recent Rajdhani disaster has again raised serious doubts about the railway administration’s ability to ensure the safety of passengers. The Central Government too is guilty of inaction. It was two years ago that the Khanna Committee on Railway Safety submitted its report to the government. How far have its recommendations been implemented? It seems the Government will let more accidents occur before taking any action. SANJEEV KUMAR, PatnaSlow DownYour correspondents seem to have overlooked the fact that privatisation for its own sake need not be good (“Dirty War”, September, 23). BPCL and HPCL are reasonably efficient and profit-making PSUs. Selling them would be akin to selling the family silver to overcome financial strain. Giving up stake in profitable undertakings would leave the Government without revenue-generating options. Also, if the case of VSNL’s share price is any indication, the belief that private ownership and control would improve the company need not be true. For all his abilities and honesty Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie needs to understand that even something which is generally good (which privatisation is) needs to be applied on case-to-case basis. SANDIP KUMAR PITTY, KolkataNew DawnMumbai may be witnessing an increase in the activities of sundry wannabe dons but the city police deserves kudos for its role in checking the operations of the big gangs (“Square Foot Dons”, September 23). The tough attitude of the Mumbai Police has brought the underworld to its knees. What must also be remembered is that it was fear of the police that made the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan flee India and set up their operations abroad. ALOK JHA, on e-mailUnnecessary Entry”M. Karunanidhi is not a god-fearing man. As such he should not interfere in religious practices.” V. VENKITAKRISHNAN Chennai”In north India too, all Hindu ceremonies are carried out in Sanskrit and not Hindi.” SUBHASH C. AGRAWAL on e-mailCentral QuestionElections will help install a new government in Kashmir and serve to show India’s commitment to democracy and peace in the Valley (“The Vote for Peace”, September 23). Still India should not be ignorant of the fact that Kashmir isn’t just another state. With Pakistan continuing to maintain more than a passing interest in Kashmir, peace will become a possibility only after the two neighbours find a sustainable solution to the vexed questions involving the future of the state. That responsibility lies as much with India as with Pakistan. MANISH TIWARI, AllahabadMatter of FactThe eyecatcher has clearly not represented the facts as conveyed to the correspondent (“Ace of Hearts”, September 23). My son Mahesh Bhupathi told me he had clearly mentioned that there would be a church wedding in Bangalore also. My husband Krishna Bhupathi also mentioned to your Bangalore correspondent there would be two wedding ceremonies in Chennai and Bangalore and that all religions would be represented. We as a family respect and love all religions. MIRA BHUPATHI, Bangaloreadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA four point lead with six games to go. Is the Premier League title race now back on, after so many had assumed Chelsea had the championship in the bag?The fixture list suggests that Chelsea should still be able to finish above challengers Tottenham Hotspur. But strange things can happen when the pressure reaches it’s greatest intensity and there was certainly something strange about Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. (Also read: Manchester United FC beat Chelsea FC at Old Trafford to open up title race)Manager Antonio Conte certainly struck an unusual tone when addressing the media after Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United, the club’s second defeat in four games.”They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation. It is very simple but in this case the fault is of the coach. It means the coach was not able to transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this game,” he said. (Also read: Antonio Conte takes blame after Chelsea FC fall at Old Trafford)Perhaps that was a rare example of a manager taking responsibility for a loss but it could also have been a clever way of admonishing his team for their lack of desire in a game where they failed to produce a single shot on goal.Why would his players need to be motivated by him at this crucial stage in the season?Then there were Conte’s comments about Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final which pits the two London title rivals against each other.advertisement”It won’t be easy because I think Tottenham now is the best team and they are in good form and they have a lot of enthusiasm. They are feeling the possibility to write the history and it is important to know this,” he said.So, according to Conte, we have a Chelsea side lacking motivation and a Tottenham team that are the best in the country and with a chance of glory.Add in Conte’s reminder of how this season should be seen in the context of Chelsea’s poor campaign last year and the impression is left of a manager trying to lower expectations just when they are at their highest.Certainly Chelsea don’t look like ending the season in peak form and Tottenham are indeed playing some exhilarating and highly effective football.FIXTURES LISTBut a glance at the fixtures list should ease, if not totally dispel, any nerves afflicting the Stamford Bridge faithful.Four of Chelsea’s six remaining games are at home, where they have lost just two of 15 games this season.Two of those games are against relegation candidates in Middlesbrough and Sunderland while the others are against beatable mid-table teams in Southampton and Watford.However, the two away games will be more testing — Everton have won eight straight games at home and are brimming with confidence. West Bromwich Albion are eighth and certainly no pushovers at the Hawthornes.Tottenham have just two home games remaining and they are against a United team that are unbeaten in 22 matches and a North London derby against Arsenal, who may be struggling but would love nothing more than to kill their rivals’ title hopes.But Tottenham have a momentum that Chelsea have lost having won their last 12 home games and their manager Mauricio Pochettino certainly isn’t worrying about a lack of motivation and desire.A Spurs surge to the title certainly isn’t out of the question but as United manager Jose Mourinho put it, when asked about his former club, Chelsea remain favourites.”I think they are in the position where everybody wants to be,” he said.”It is better to be in Chelsea position than Tottenham position. That is for sure.”last_img read more

first_imgAustralian opener David Warner completed 500 runs in the ongoing World Cup 2019 as he scored 53 off 61 to lay the foundation of his team’s 285/7 batting first at Lord’s. He became the 8th player overall and only the 3rd Australian ever to the 500-run mark in a single World Cup edition, joining legends Mathew Hayden (659 runs) and Ricky Ponting (539 runs) – both in the 2007 edition.Warner’s opening partner and current Australian captain Aaron Finch could have joined the left-hander to the mark but fell short by 4 runs. But Finch did go one step ahead of Warner on Tuesday as he went on to complete a magnificent century. The skipper will have more chances to complete 500 runs in this edition during Australia’s next match against neighbours New Zealand on June 29.Follow ENGvAUS LiveIndia’s Sachin Tendulkar (673 runs, 2003) currently leads the pack in terms of most runs scored in a single World Cup. In fact, Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have done it twice, as he scored 523 runs in the 1996 edition. Here is the list of all 9 batsmen who have scored 500 or more runs in a World Cup:Sachin Tendulkar – 673 (2003)Matthew Hayden – 659 (2007)Mahela Jayawardene – 548 (2007)Martin Guptill – 547 (2015)Kumar Sangakkara – 541 (2015)Ricky Ponting – 539 (2007)Tillakaratne Dilshan – 500 (2011)David Warner – 500* (2019)Earlier, Finch and Warner became the first pair in world cricket to register 5 successive 50-plus opening stands in a World Cup. The duo achieved the feat on Tuesday, going past the previous record of 4 such stands on the trot – Chris Tavare and Graeme Fowler (4) in 1983, David Boon and Geoff Marsh (4) between 1987 and 1992, Amar Sohail and Saeed Anwar (4) in 1996, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden (4) in 2003.advertisementNotably, Finch and Warner stitched their 3rd 100-plus stand of World Cup 2019 for Australia as they comfortably put pressure on the England bowling attack without taking any risks. The duo added 123 runs for the opening stand before David Warner fell to Moeen Ali for 53.Warner and Finch also have set the record for the highest opening stand for Australia vs England in England in ODIs.The pair has been so prolific for Australia that together they have scored 42.6% (996 runs till Tuesday) of the all the runs their team have churned out in this World Cup. Clearly, therein lie some clues on how to tackle the Australians going ahead.Also Read | England vs Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch set new World Cup recordAlso Read | World Cup 2019 scenarios: England can be knocked out, Pakistan still in the huntlast_img read more

first_imgHonduras 3 Mexico 2: Quioto sends hosts into World Cup play-off Dejan Kalinic 10:21 10/11/17 AlberthElis - Cropped Getty Images A Romell Quioto goal saw Honduras stun Mexico to secure a spot in a World Cup play-off against Australia. Honduras will face Australia in a play-off to reach the 2018 World Cup after a stunning 3-2 win over Mexico in qualifying on Tuesday.A 60th-minute goal from Romell Quioto proved to be the match-winner for Jorge Luis Pinto’s men at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula.Despite a decent first half, Honduras found themselves behind after goals from Oribe Peralta and Carlos Vela. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But an unfortunate Guillermo Ochoa own goal and Quioto strike in the second half completed a stunning comeback, sending Honduras into a play-off against Australia.Juan Carlos Osorio made nine changes to the Mexico starting XI that rallied past Trinidad and Tobago, with only Miguel Layun and Hector Herrera keeping their spots.Coming off a 1-1 draw in Costa Rica, Honduras made three changes – Ever Alvarado, Henry Figueroa and Jorge Claros replacing Emilio Izaguirre, Johnny Palacios and Bryan Acosta.Honduras enjoyed the far better of the opening exchanges, with Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa forced into two good saves.However, some sloppy defending allowed Mexico to take the lead in the 17th minute.Raul Jimenez’s cross from the right found Peralta, who had time to take a touch and fire past Donis Escober at the back post.Honduras levelled in the 34th minute through Alberth Elis, who headed in an Alexander Lopez set-piece.Jimenez was denied by a goal-line clearance moments later for Mexico, but they retook the lead before the break.A clipped pass from Herrera over the top released Vela, who finished well past Escober.But, remarkably, the hosts struck twice early in the second half.The equaliser was fortunate for Honduras as a close-range strike cannoned off the crossbar before hitting Ochoa in the back and going in.The home fans were sent into raptures on the hour-mark thanks to Quioto.Quioto angled his run in behind to perfection to receive a Claros pass before twisting and shooting into the bottom corner from just inside the area.Honduras were put under some pressure in the final half-hour, but held on to book a spot in the play-off. read morelast_img read more

first_imgChina thrash Thailand 3-0, reach Sudirman Cup finalTen-time winners China beat Thailand 3-0 to qualify for their 13th straight Sudirman Cup final. China will play the final against the winner between Japan and Indonesia.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service BeijingMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 17:03 IST China’s Shi Yuqi starred in their Sudirman Cup semi-final win on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn men’s doubles Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen outscored Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong KedrenChina only conceded one game by sweeping India and Malaysia in the group stage, both at 5-0China beat Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinalsTen-time winners China overwhelmed Thailand 3-0 to qualify for their 13th straight Sudirman Cup final on Saturday.China will play the final on Sunday against the winner between Japan and Indonesia who will vie for the other spot later in the day, Xinhua news reports.The men’s doubles turned out to be a lopsided match as world’s No. 3 Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen outscored Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong Kedren 21-14, 21-17, helping China secure the final berth.En route to the final, China only conceded one game by sweeping India and Malaysia in the group stage, both at 5-0 and beating Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinals.Also Read | Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019Also Read | Sudirman Cup: Japan beat Malaysia to advance to last 4Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sudirman CupFollow Li JunhuiFollow Liu YuchenFollow Tinn IsriyanetFollow Kittinupong Kedren Nextlast_img read more

first_imgWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — Associate Editor Chase McPeak, Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter, and host Greg Nibler — chat with special guests (and brothers) Erik and Shannon Duffy of Tender Belly, which produces some of the best bacon The Manual staff has ever tasted.The conversation begins with the most pressing question: How did the Duffy brothers get into the bacon business? The answer is a little more practical (and blunt) than you might expect. The group then turns their attention toward the specifics and technicalities of cured versus uncured bacon (it all boils down to semantics), how the hogs that go into Tender Belly’s beautiful bacon are raised and produced (they’re heritage), how large the pigs have to be before becoming bacon (300 pounds max), and the ever-controversial argument about which method is the best to cook bacon (the brothers have differing opinions).Finally, the guys share their preferred bacon-doneness and briefly talk talk about flavored bacon before landing on Tender Belly’s fantastic Bacon of the Month club, which you can subscribe to here. Further ReadingBring Home the Bacon with the Best Bacon Subscription BoxesHow to Cook Bacon the Right WaySink Your Teeth into this Mouthwatering Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese Recipe Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux center_img Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_img Speaking with JIS News, CPFSA Acting Regional Director, Francine Rhoomes, said that the event will provide an opportunity for staff who do not work in the homes to spend quality time with the children, through fun and games and other activities These include foster care officers or persons who provide counselling outside of the facilities. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency’s (CPFSA) Southern Region will stage its inaugural ‘Facility Day’ on Wednesday (July 11) at St. Monica’s Children’s Home in Chapelton, Clarendon. Story Highlights The Child Protection and Family Services Agency’s (CPFSA) Southern Region will stage its inaugural ‘Facility Day’ on Wednesday (July 11) at St. Monica’s Children’s Home in Chapelton, Clarendon.The day of activities, which gets under way starting at 9:00 a.m., is targeted at officers in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, and Manchester.Speaking with JIS News, CPFSA Acting Regional Director, Francine Rhoomes, said that the event will provide an opportunity for staff who do not work in the homes to spend quality time with the children, through fun and games and other activities These include foster care officers or persons who provide counselling outside of the facilities.“Staff who do not interact with the children on a daily basis, or have minimal interaction, will now have the chance to interface with them,” Ms. Rhoomes said.“The day will also provide the children with the opportunity to interact with unfamiliar faces and for the staff to forget that they are adults and just have fun time with the children,” she added.She said that at the end of the day, she expects that officers who work in the field will better understand the experience of children who live in the residential facilities.“In general, we want our children to be placed in family-based settings, so when an officer who is responsible for writing court reports spends a day with a child, they will better understand how a child who is placed in a facility feels,” she contended. The CPFSA Southern Region’s Facility Day involves support from Dynamic Life Foundation.St. Monica’s Children’s Home is a privately run facility that receives budgetary and other support from the Government. The day of activities, which gets under way starting at 9:00 a.m., is targeted at officers in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, and Manchester.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are being encouraged to celebrate local food by applying to host an Incredible Community Supper. The suppers are part of the Select Nova Scotia campaign to feature locally produced foods that are readily available in the winter. The province is sponsoring Incredible Community Suppers during February. “These events bring together communities with their farmers and processors to provide an appetizing and educational experience,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “There are many opportunities for families to enjoy delicious local food products in the winter months. Supporting local farm businesses helps create jobs and builds a strong economy.” Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to locally produced ingredients by submitting their menu and details of suppliers to the Department of Agriculture. Events must be open to the community and include an educational component about local food. The events are not limited to supper and could be a breakfast, brunch or lunch. Successful applicants receive $500 toward their event. Mr. MacDonell said winter is a perfect time to share a delicious meal with friends and neighbours. Applications are available at or by contacting the Department of Agriculture at 902-722-1305. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 19. This is the third year the province has sponsored Incredible Community Suppers. Last winter, more than 35 events were organized at schools, churches and community halls across Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reminded people of the Emergency and urged them not to take democracy “for granted”, saying in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away.In his first ‘Mann ki Baat’ monthly radio address after returning to power, he said every day when one gets to eat food on time, one doesn’t realize what hunger pangs are. “Similarly, in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away. During Emergency, every citizen of the country had started getting the feeling that something that belonged to him had been snatched away. If what was snatched had never been enjoyed by that person, ever, it had to eventually precipitate into a painful inner agony,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe prime minister reminded people that in order to ensure smooth conduct of the social order, a constitution is required. “Laws and rules are necessary, rights and duties should be part of the due discourse,” he said. On June 25, India marked the 44th anniversary of Emergency. In 1977 Lok Sabha elections, the PM said, people voted without bothering about other rights and requirements. They voted, he said, “just for the sake of saving democracy. And the country had witnessed one such Election in 1977.” Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC”When something is in close proximity to us, we tend to underestimate its importance. We ignore even amazing facts about it. We have been blessed with democracy so invaluable, yet we take it for granted so easily,” he said. Modi was of the view that people must keep reminding themselves that democracy is “gloriously great, it flows in our veins, through centuries of dedicated practice.” Referring to the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election, he said a record 61 crore out of nearly 91 crore voters exercised their franchise. “If you exclude China, the number of people who voted in India exceeds the population of any other country in the world. The number of people who voted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election is more than the entire population of America, close to double the figure. The total number of voters in India exceeds the entire population of Europe,” said in his address.last_img read more

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night has announced that Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage will be honored with the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award” at the third annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy,” taking place September 7-13.The 7-day excursion will take philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region. Funds raised benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $123 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.More than 100 philanthropists will travel to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci will guide guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests will depart Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will welcome everyone for an unforgettable night with guest of honor Nicolas Cage, who will receive the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award.” The evening will include aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, and a gourmet dinner at the country home of the Bocellis, with memorable entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artists, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillat and Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Evander Holyfield, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone will board a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Lunch will be served at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta, situated on the Grand Canal. After lunch, guests will enjoy a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square for an aperitif on the Grand Canal, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 11, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will again open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Lonnie Ali will be honored onstage for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concludes with a special evening in the heart of Florence, starting at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves will welcome guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop. From there, guests will be led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.The seven day experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.last_img read more


first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsEvery night Niki Dumas feeds herself through a tube.The 30-year-old can no longer stomach solid food.For the past four months Dumas has been relying on a daily tube feed to receive the nutrients she needs to live.Dumas lives with a rare abnormality called intestinal malrotation, which is a condition where the intestines are not in the correct anatomical position.“My organs are in the wrong place. My large and small bowels are completely twisted,” Dumas told APTN News from her home in Carberry, Man.People living with intestinal malrotation have a hard time digesting things.Because of this people can experience intense bouts of vomiting, nausea and overall discomfort.(“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” says Niki Dumas seen here in the hospital. Submitted photo)Dumas, who is originally from Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, has been sick since she was an infant but was only diagnosed with the condition in 2017.She was four months pregnant with her youngest at the time when she started experiencing violent spells of vomiting.She was hospitalized numerous times before doctors were finally able to determine what was wrong.Since then Dumas has been in and out hospitals every month.She has to travel from her home in Carberry to either Brandon or Winnipeg to receive treatment to help alleviate the pain.“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” said Dumas. “Half of the time I’m sleeping because I’m so uncomfortable.”“I just can’t be a mother to my children because I don’t have the energy.”Dumas has three children aged six, four and her youngest is now 15 months.She has undergone numerous surgeries to correct the issue including laparoscopic and open bowel surgery; she’s had her gall bladder and appendix removed; and the Ladd procedure, which is the most commonly used procedure to treat intestinal malrotation.Dumas had all but given up hope of a solution when through a Facebook support group, she learned about a specialized surgery option based at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States – the only problem is Manitoba Health won’t pay for it, she said.This appears to be an issue across the country.Last year Andrea Taylor, 32, traveled from her home in Prince Edward County, Ont., to the Cleveland Clinic on her own dime after the Ontario government refused to pay for the surgery.“The procedure has given me my life back,” Taylor said over the phone from her home. “It has given me more than what I had before.”Taylor was the first to tell Dumas about the surgery.She was diagnosed as a newborn and received the Ladd procedure at 12-weeks-old.“The Ladd procedure is a bit of a band-aide on a bullet hole. It’s really good in emergency situations but for overall gut function it kind of just sets things up for problems down the road,” said Taylor.(“The procedure has given me my life back,” says Andrea Taylor. Submitted photo)Those problems came throughout the years ultimately leading to complete gut failure in 2017.Taylor was placed on IV nutrition support for nine months. She had to quit her job as a teacher and move back home with her parents.Both Taylor and Dumas were essentially told the surgery is considered experimental and therefore would not be covered.Taylor’s family and friends spent months fundraising to cover costs.The nearby Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory also helped fundraise for the family. Taylor, who is non-Indigenous, worked at the school as well as her mother for most of her life.Taylor says governments need to be held accountable because lives are at risk if the surgery isn’t covered.Dumas has also started her own fundraising efforts through GoFundMe.LINK: says doctors in Cleveland have estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars for travel and surgery.Last month, Dumas completed a five-day awareness walk from Carberry to Winnipeg where she ended at the Legislative Building.She called on the government to intervene.“I’m hoping…they help me get on my way to receive this life saving surgery that I need,” Dumas told reporters at the time.Since then, Dumas says she has received numerous messages of support but little has changed.Manitoba Health did send a Winnipeg man to Cleveland for the surgery last year.According to a government spokesperson, out of province procedures can be covered if a physician deems it necessary.Dumas says she hasn’t had much luck with her previous doctors. She has since been assigned a new one and is working to meet with a read more

first_imgMarrakech – The former Director of UNESCO on Friday praised the personal involvement of King Mohammed VI in defending the Palestinian cause.The personal involvement of King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, for the defense of the Palestinian cause is “beyond any doubt”, said former Director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Federico Mayor Zaragoza.The Sovereign who is “custodian of a multi-century legitimacy does not spare any effort to support the Palestinian people’s legitimate claims for an independent, free and sovereign state”, the UNESCO former chief (1987-1999) told MAP as Morocco is holding this January 17-18, under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI, the 20th session of Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Federico Mayor, who also served as Spain’s education and science minister underscored the importance of Al Quds committee meeting in Marrakech as “a new and important opportunity” to resume dialog on the Middle East peace process and discuss Israel’s policy of illegal settlements.He also considered that the world is closely following this meeting which is held in a crucial period for the Palestinian issue and peace negotiations, stressing that the timing is “more than pertinent” given Israel’s provocations and aggressions, which are a source of worry to the international community.Federico Mayor further commended the actions and initiatives of Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, the field arm of Al Quds Committee, to preserve the religious and cultural legacy and civilization of city.“The Agency’s programs have efficiently contributed to alleviating the sufferings of Al Quds inhabitants and to improving their daily life”, he insisted.last_img read more

On Monday, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the DPRK had asked the body to remove seals and surveillance from the Yongbyon plant. “This work was completed today. There are no more IAEA seals and surveillance equipment in place at the reprocessing facility,” the agency said in a news release.The Asian nation’s authorities informed the IAEA that they will begin introducing nuclear material to the reprocessing plant in one week and that its inspectors are being barred from the site.Last July, the agency verified that the Yongbyon plant had been taken off line.At the time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the shut-down as “a very important and encouraging step.” 24 September 2008The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will restart nuclear activities at its reprocessing plant in Yongbyon, shut down last year, and is terminating the United Nations atomic watchdog agency’s access to the facilities, it was announced today. read more

Earlier today Colombo Gazette reported that Muslims in Sri Lanka had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by them as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said. The military has had talks today with Muslim groups on the security concerns of Muslims over the situation which has developed following the Halal certification issue.The meeting comes a week after similar discussions were held between the military and the Bodu Bala Sena monks. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile separately Ministers A.H.M Fowzie, Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Badurdeen and A.L.M Athulaulla met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Navamani newspaper reported.The newspaper said in an online posting that the situation faced by Muslims in the country was discussed at the meeting. The military had assured the Muslims that they will be given full security and that any anti-Muslim campaign will not be encouraged. The Navamani newspaper reported that the Head of the Military Intelligence took part in the meeting today with the Muslim organizations. read more