BJP sweeps panchayat bypolls in Tripura

first_imgThe ruling BJP swept the panchayat by-elections in Tripura by winning 113 out of the 130 gram panchayat seats, State Election Commissioner G.K. Rao said on Wednesday. The BJP also won five out of the seven panchayat samiti seats, he said. The Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the BJP, won nine gram panchayat seats, the SEC said. The Opposition Congress and CPI(M) won four gram panchayat seats respectively, Mr. Rao said. The by-elections for the 132 gram panchayat seats and seven panchayat samity seats were held on September 30.Mr. Rao said that re-polling in two gram panchayat seats in Khowai block of Khowai district will take place on October 5 and results would be announced on October 7. On September 1, the State Election Commissioner had announced by-elections in 3,207 gram panchayats seats, 161 panchayat samiti seats and 18 seats of Zilla Parishad. The by-elections were necessitated as a large number of panchayat samiti members resigned after the BJP-IPFT government assumed office on March 3.The BJP won in over 96% of the seats where by-election was announced without contest as the Opposition parties did not file any nomination papers in those seats, officials said.last_img read more

HC directs ASI DG to file Konark status report

first_imgRefusing to accept an affidavit filed by the regional head of the Archaeological Survey of India, the Orissa High Court on Monday directed the ASI Director General to file a comprehensive report stating in detail the present condition of the Sun Temple at Konark.Alleging poor maintenance and conservation of the 13th century ruins of the Black Pagoda by the ASI, a city-based advocate Dilip Kumar Mohapatra had approached the High Court with a PIL seeking a direction to the organisation to take effective steps within stipulated time to remove waterlogging during monsoon and preserve the monument.Fresh affidavitAdjudicating over the petition last month, a Division Bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice K.S. Jhaveri, had asked the ASI to file a report on the current status of the temple in the form of an affidavit.Odisha circle ASI chief Arun Mallick in an affidavit on Monday told the High Court that the remnants of the 750-year-old temple are now safe. “There is no immediate threat to the structure and all repair works of the temple are being carried out in accordance to the ethics of conservation,” the affidavit stated.Relying upon various newspaper reports and views of experts, petitioner advocate Ashok Mohaptra alleged that the ASI is is trying to mislead the people of the State and the High Court.last_img read more

Rendezvous hopes to resolve IPL Kochi ownership issue

first_imgEven as the extended one-month deadline set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to resolve its infighting over the ownership issue related to India Premier League’s (IPL) Kochi franchise inches closer, one of its key constituent — Rendezvous Sports World — has been hopeful of an early solution. The CEO of Rendezvous Sports World, Satyajit Gaekwad, on Monday came out to rubbish suggestions that the Kochi IPL team was on its way out. The under fire owners of the team were on October 27 given a month to resolve the differences within the franchise. With just a few more days remaining, Gaekwad — a part owner of the team — said he was confident of the owners resolving their differences. The Gaekwads have proposed a formula where they offer to pay for 12.5 per cent free equity at Rs 1.2 crore per share. They believe that it would satisfy the other parties. “My brother Shailendra Gaekwad is meeting the investor faction led by Mehul Shah daily in Mumbai for the last four days. We have evolved a formula to resolve the issue,” Gaekwad told Headlines Today. He also claimed there were some outside parties trying to instigate trouble within the group. “There is a section of interested parties which is not part of the consortium which is busy playing spoiler. This section is instigating the Mehul Shah faction to junk the franchise,” he alleged. Gaekwad however went on to say that the co-owners were confident that the IPL Kochi team would survive. He said a better picture of the scenario was possible on Wednesday adding there was time till November 27 to resolve the issue. BCCI says Kochi not on agenda for Nov 17 meetMeanwhile, BCCI president Shashank Manohar told Headlines Today that the IPL governing council would meet again on November 17, however Kochi franchise issue would not be on the agenda. “We will examine all operational and organisational matters pertaining to IPL season 4. Kochi franchise has time till November 27 to revert to show cause notice issued to it by the BCCI,” the BCCI chief said. In the forthcoming meeting, Manohar said, the IPL governing council would look at all players’ contracts, venue agreements and players’ auction for the season four.  “In the eventuality that Kochi doesn’t make the cut, we will cross the bridge when we come to it,” Manohar said adding, “We haven’t confabulated on this matter (auction for a fresh team) yet.”advertisementlast_img read more

Romelu Lukaku Responds to Gary Neville Criticism Over his Weight

first_imgLondon: Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, who joined the Italian club this season from Manchester United for 65 million euro, has responded to criticism over his weight towards the end of his stint with the British giants.Lukaku had scored 42 goals for United. However, after he netted 15 goals last season, former United defender Gary Neville had criticised his physical condition, saying that the Belgian striker weighed over 100 kg. “He (Neville) can talk about my fitness but he should never say anything about my professionalism, that I don’t work hard enough,” Lukaku was quoted as saying by the BBC.”That is something he cannot say. All the coaches I have had say the same thing about me. What did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say when I was on the training ground? What did he say? That I always work hard and always do my best to try and improve myself. Same with Jose Mourinho and (Belgium and former Everton manager) Roberto Martinez. Now (Inter coach) Antonio Conte will say it,” Lukaku said.”Last year was just a bad year. It happens in football. You just have to move on. I am not going to sit here and react in a negative way,” he added.Lukaku was expected to bring glory for United after he joined the club from Everton, but he left the Red Devils having failed to win a trophy.”For me, the Manchester United experience is one I am grateful for — not a good one because we didn’t win and I wanted to win with the club — but they gave me a chance,” Lukaku said.”I got to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I will always be respectful to them. At the end, I thought it was better for me to move on and try different things,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. criticismGary Nevilleinter milanManchester United First Published: August 31, 2019, 6:52 PM ISTlast_img read more

Day 1: Curry Gets Huge Deal, Hayward Hears Heat Sales Pitch

first_imgJ.J. Redick is trusting the process. Gordon Hayward got his sales pitch from Miami. And David West, finally a champion, is coming back for one last season.The first day of NBA free agency Saturday saw things starting to take shape, though there’s still dozens more moves to come in the next few days. After an opening flurry that saw Stephen Curry get a $201 million deal from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and Blake Griffin take about $175 million to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, most teams started to look at names more within their price range.Redick agreed to a $23 million, one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. West is going back to the Warriors on a veteran’s minimum, which is now worth $2.3 million. And Detroit got some solid insurance at point guard, agreeing with Langston Galloway on a three-year deal.But all that, of course, was overshadowed by Curry’s deal — the biggest contract in NBA history.“Steph should be getting 400M this summer,” Cleveland star LeBron James tweeted.The rules, for now, only allow for Curry to get half of that.With nearly $1 billion in deals agreed to just in Day 1 of this year’s free agency period, there is still obviously no shortage of money out there for teams to hand out.And while Curry got the most, other point guards got plenty — or will when contracts can start being signed Thursday.Jrue Holiday agreed to return to New Orleans for $126 million over five years, with incentives potentially pushing that to $150 million. Patty Mills is returning to San Antonio for the next four years at $50 million, and Jeff Teague agreed with Minnesota on a three-year, $57 million deal.Still out there is another massive offer: John Wall has a chance to sign a four-year extension worth $168 million with the Wizards, another deal under the so-called Supermax structure that allowed Curry to get his record payday.In other major free agent news Saturday:— Redick made his intentions for next season clear with three simple words. “Trust the process,” he tweeted, his way of saying he was heading to the 76ers, who have made that phrase their mantra during their long rebuilding process. Redick averaged 15.0 points and made 43 percent of his 3-pointers last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, who will now need two new starting guards next season after point guard Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia also got veteran forward Amir Johnson on an $11 million, one-year deal.— Hayward was greeted by Heat players for his free-agent visit, along with a banner strategically placed outside AmericanAirlines Arena showing him in a Heat uniform. The All-Star forward who is coming off the best season of his career spent several hours with Miami officials such as team President Pat Riley, and is still expected to visit with Boston and Utah — the incumbent team — before making a decision in the coming days.— The Jazz still aren’t sure about Hayward, but are keeping Joe Ingles on a four-year, $52 million deal.— After locking up Holiday to feed the ball to All-Star big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the Pelicans were talking with Nick Young and Ty Lawson about joining New Orleans as well.— Dion Waiters, who spent last season with the Heat, had a list of free-agency targets revealed that not only included Miami but also Chicago, New York and Sacramento. Waiters is expected to continue taking meetings in Los Angeles in the coming days.— Former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.— Cleveland offered shooting guard Kyle Korver a new contract. The 36-year-old has expressed a desire to stay with Cleveland after making it to his first NBA Finals. The Cavaliers also added point guard Jose Calderon on a one-year, $2.3 million deal.___TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball WriterAP Basketball Writers Jon Krawczynski and Brian Mahoney, and AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MLS Talking Points: FC Dallas looks to halt slide

first_imgMLS MLS Talking Points: FC Dallas looks to stop free fall, Red Bulls regroup and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 02:45 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kellyn Acosta FC Dallas MLS Dallas New York City v Houston Dynamo New England v Toronto DC United v SJ Earthquakes Philadelphia Union v Chicago Fire Columbus Crew v New York RB Minnesota United FC v Dallas Real Salt Lake v Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps v Colorado Rapids Sporting KC v LA Galaxy Atlanta United v Montreal Impact Portland Timbers v Orlando City New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Toronto Portland Timbers Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Houston Dynamo DC United Chicago Fire Philadelphia Union Columbus Crew Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC Orlando City The reigning MLS Supporters’ Shield winners have gone from being seen as title contenders to being in danger of missing the playoffs As Sporting Kansas City lifted the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, it became clear that Peter Vermes’ team just might be able to win multiple trophies given its appearance as a legitimately MLS Cup contender. It won’t be an easy double to pull off, but it’s one Sporting KC looks capable of doing.Back when the 2017 season began, the one team most people would have put their money on pulling off the U.S. Open Cup-MLS Cup double was FC Dallas. Last year’s Supporters’ Shield winner came into 2017 with the highest expectations in the league. The Hoops made a run to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, and there was even talk of a potential treble. That’s how good FC Dallas looked, and how much promise Oscar Pareja’s squad showed.Much has changed in the six months since those promising beginnings. FC Dallas has gone nine straight matches without a win, and now the team that posted the best record in MLS in 2016 suddenly finds itself in eighth place in the Western Conference, and in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. Article continues below 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 The New York Red Bulls also came into the 2017 season with high expectations. Two straight successful seasons under Jesse Marsch made this year the one where the Red Bulls take another step forward. Unfortunately, that step appears to have been backwards. Though they did just play in the U.S. Open Cup final — which they lost to Sporting KC — the Red Bulls have slipped down to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and sit just three points away from falling out of playoff position.Both FC Dallas and the Red Bulls head into MLS Week 29 facing crucial matches, with a loss leaving them in serious jeopardy heading into the season’s final month.This weekend also marks the beginning of a new era in New England, where the Revolution must begin life after the departure of head coach Jay Heaps, and must do so by beating a Toronto FC side smarting from a surprising home loss on Wednesday.Meanwhile, in the wild Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps will look to extend their slim lead atop the West with a win against last-place Colorado, while Seattle visits Real Salt Lake in another one of the weekend’s top match-ups.Here is a look ahead to some of the key talking points in MLS Week 29:IT’S A BIG WEEK FOR … FC DALLASOscar Pareja FC Dallas MLSThis has to be the week things turn around for FC Dallas, right? The surprise at FC Dallas’ struggles has subsided and been replaced by the realization that the Texas club has run out of rope and must turn things around before the playoff coastline gets too far out of reach.A nine-match winless slide is as brutal as it sounds, but things aren’t quite as desperate as they may seem for the Hoops. They have at least one game in hand on three of the teams ahead of them, and their upcoming schedule is about as cushy as you could hope for if you are a team trying to end a slump. When you consider that last week’s draw against Seattle was actually a solid performance you realize the turnaround should begin in full this weekend.Of course, Minnesota United will have something to say about it, and after some brutal early-season struggles, the Loons have become a much more competitive team, and one capable of capitalizing if a team doesn’t bring its best. That said, FC Dallas has shown signs of life recently. A 3-0 loss in Atlanta United wasn’t pretty, but the 2-2 draw against the Red Bulls and draw against the Sounders on either side of that loss showed an FC Dallas team capable of playing the kind of soccer we’ve expected to see.The schedule makers have set up the potential for a big week for FC Dallas.  The three teams in front of FCD in the West standings all have either road games or tough match-ups, and there is a possibility FC Dallas could jump all the way to fifth place in the West this weekend with a win and some other results going its way. That would be a big first step toward a potential climb back into the top four, but first FC Dallas must win its first match since July 22.DON’T MISS … CREW vs. RED BULLSWil Trapp Bradley Wright Phillips MLS 04222017Rebounding from a cup final defeat is never easy. Having to recover in time to face a team unbeaten in six matches makes this week a brutal one for the New York Red Bulls.The Crew have been on a good run since the All-Star break, and their current 3-0-4 stretch has them looking comfortable in the East playoff race. They aren’t completely out of danger though, and currently sit just five points ahead of seventh-place Montreal, with the Impact holding a game in hand. A win over the Red Bulls would make for easier breathing in the coming weeks.The Red Bulls have a three-point lead on Montreal for the final playoff spot in the East, and they hold a game in hand on the Impact, but a loss in Columbus would erode that cushion. The good news for the Red Bulls is Montreal has to travel to Atlanta and face the buzzsaw that has been Atlanta United’s attack. The bad news is the Red Bulls will surely be tired from Wednesday’s Open Cup loss, while the Crew head into Saturday’s match rested.MATCH-UPS TO WATCHLee Nguyen MLS Michael Bradley 08062017Lee Nguyen vs. Michael Bradley. If Nguyen has aspirations of a national team return, he could pick a worse showcase than a match-up against the USMNT captain.Josef Martinez vs. Laurent Ciman. Nobody has been able to stop Martinez in recent weeks, but Ciman is one of the league’s best.Albert Rusnak vs. Osvaldo Alonso. Chasing around Rusnak is no easy task, especially at altitude, but Alonso has the engine to contain the RSL playmaker.Jack Harrison vs. DaMarcus Beasley. One of the league’s oldest defenders tries to slow down one of the league’s best young wingers. If Beasley can’t contain Harrison, it will be a long day for the Dynamo.Benny Feilhaber vs. Jonathan Dos Santos. It hasn’t been a great time in MLS for Dos Santos since his arrival, and he’ll face another tough assignment in Feilhaber (if Feilhaber isn’t rested post-U.S. Open Cup that is).Kei Kamara vs. Drew Moor. The TFC defense was shredded for five goals against Montreal, something Kamara will certainly have noticed. Whether it’s Moor or Eriq Zavaleta, TFC’s defense must keep tabs on Kamara.Sacha Kljestan vs. Wil Trapp. Can a tired Kljestan rebound from the U.S. Open Cup final loss and have an impact with Trapp working to neutralize him? That will be the challenge.Dom Dwyer vs. Liam Ridgewell. These English countrymen should engage in a physical battle, though Cyle Larin’s presence could also keep Ridgewell occupied.Francisco Calvo vs. Maxi Urruti. The FC Dallas attack needs Urruti firing to get rolling, but Calvo has the quality to make things tough for the Argentine striker.Chris Wondolowski vs. Steve Birnbaum. Wondolowski’s ability to make well-timed runs and find the gaps in a defense make him consistently dangerous, which will be a good test for Birnbaum.WEEK 29 PREDICTIONSClint Dempsey Kyle Beckerman MLS 05202017New York City FC 2, Dynamo 0. It’s tough to know how NYCFC will be affected by playing its home game away from Yankee Stadium, but the Dynamo have been bad on the road wherever they go.Revolution 1, Toronto FC 2. The midweek loss to Montreal was a stunner, but Greg Vanney’s men should rebound well against a Revs team beginning life after Jay Heaps.D.C. United 1, Earthquakes 2. D.C. is playing out the string while the Earthquakes are playing for their playoff lives. It isn’t easy for West Coast team to go cross-country and win, but the Earthquakes pull this out.Union 1, Fire 2. The Union’s season has become another funeral procession, and the Fire’s desire to finish in the top two in the East should offer motivation enough for a big road win.Crew 2, Red Bulls 1. A tough midweek U.S. Open Cup final loss will test the Red Bulls’ resolve as they head to Columbus to face an in-form Crew side that will be rested and ready to pounce.Minnesota United 1, FC Dallas 3. As much as the Loons have shown themselves to be capable of good home performances, this is the week FC Dallas snaps out of its 10-match funk to win big.Real Salt Lake 1, Sounders 1. RSL has made Rio Tinto Stadium a tough place to play again, and the Sounders will find this out in what should be a tightly-contended clash.Whitecaps 2, Rapids 0. The Rapids won’t be the team to halt the Whitecaps unbeaten run, with Yordy Reyna continuing his stellar play.Sporting KC 3, Galaxy 0. What cup hangover? Peter Vermes might rest some starters after Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup triumph, but it won’t matter against a Galaxy side that is a complete mess.Atlanta United 3, Impact 0. After ending TFC’s unbeaten home run, the Impact should be able to make things interesting in Atlanta, right? Don’t bet on it. The Five Stripes keep rolling.Timbers 3, Orlando City 1. The Timbers stumbled last week in Utah, but Caleb Porter’s side should return to their winning ways at Providence Park.last_img read more

McClean typifies the guts of the Irish fighters

first_imgWC Qualification Europe McClean typifies the guts of the Irish fighters with winning goal against Wales Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James McClean Ireland Wales WC Qualification Europe Wales v Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Wales Opinion The West Brom winger takes plenty of flak but continually rises above it in an Ireland shirt and is fast becoming a vital fixture for his country It’s not quite poppy season yet but James McClean is already in the headlines. This time it’s for his profession but it still means abuse.No one Premier League player is subjected to so much hatred as the Ireland winger. It only takes a cursory search of his name on social media to weed out the death threats and deep-rooted disdain held towards the Derryman by a very vocal minority of British football fans.Ireland 200/1 to win World Cup 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. His brilliant goal against Wales last night – which put Ireland forward to the World Cup 2018 playoffs – was the catalyst for the latest abuse. One tweet would say how much McClean was detested, a second would inevitably bring reference to the fact he doesn’t wear a poppy in November.There is a vast – and probably irreconcilable – disparity in what the angry hordes see in James McClean and what fans of Ireland see in him.He is adored.James McClean Republic of Ireland celebrates 12112016McClean is never going to purvey the type of football to have the likes of Pep Guardiola purring but he typifies exactly the qualities Irish supporters demand as standard. This is the kind of team to contest 58 aerial challenges in one match as they did here against Wales. That is a record for any European World Cup qualification match according to Opta.It is football that cannot survive half-heartedness. The Irish are not British but they play football in what is seen as the traditional British way. If the commitment isn’t optimum – from everyone – then they haven’t got a prayer. Ireland have to tackle harder, run further and faster, compete for every ball no matter where it is on the field. And no one player does it better than McClean.But not only that, he has found a way to be effective. Everyone loves a trier but McClean is not only a cult hero. He has scored four World Cup qualification goals in this campaign to become Ireland’s top scorer. All four goals have been scored in the second half of away qualifiers. Three have been winners. He is responsible through his goal scoring for nine of Ireland’s 19 points. Those are big goals from a big player who always wears his heart on his sleeve.There is a glorious defiance to the manner in which Ireland grabbed their playoff place. Martin O’Neill’s team looked out of it after a draw against Georgia and a defeat to Serbia in the last international break. But they don’t quit. They never know when they’re beaten. Last Friday’s humdrum victory against Moldova preceded the real standout performance of this campaign. Wales have been undefeated at home in qualification matches since September 2013 – a run of 10 matches. Ireland were deprived through injury of their best player – as the Welsh were – with the absence of Seamus Coleman. Also out was talismanic forward Jon Walters. But still they got the job done.England players – Harry Kane aside – often fail to replicate their best club form for their country. Ireland are the opposite. How often will we see players like David Meyler or Shane Duffy commit to their clubs in the same way as they do in an Irish shirt?James McClean Ireland 12112016James McClean Ireland celebrate 06092016There is something in the relationship in the stadium between Ireland’s fans and their players that seems to give everyone an extra 15 per cent. Irish fans respond when they see a player giving it all as McClean proved with one massive tackle on Aaron Ramsey.They can be quite a moany bunch when it comes to style of football and team selection before and after games but when the whistle blows they are totally focused on getting the best out of their players. When McClean and his cohorts celebrated the goal created by Jeff Hendrick in front of the 3,000 in attendance they seemed to be communicating directly with the individuals in the crowd. Thanks for the support. McClean feeds directly off it.Ireland have had better and more talented players but McClean has a quality that could be bottled up and sold for a million pounds. Ireland players routinely have to play above what you would assume is their natural ability. There is a togetherness and intensity to their play that lifts them far above teams of more-or-less equal standing. Like Wales.Without Gareth Bale Wales are a timid opposition. They try to cultivate their positive, possession-based football but without him it lacks punch. It implores teams like Ireland to contest 50-50s and clean up at the back. Shane Duffy – McClean’s great friend and fellow Derryman – was probably man of the match for doing just that.Ireland live to fight another day and will be present in the playoffs around Remembrance Sunday. For sure you’ll read what plenty of certain British football think of him. But he’ll have another chance to win people over with his football too.last_img read more

a day agoArsenal manager Emery on Pepe: We need patience

first_imgArsenal manager Emery on Pepe: We need patienceby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery insists patience is needed with record-signing Nicolas Pepe.The Ivorian continued his underwhelming start to life in North London by missing a sitter in the 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Monday.But Emery says Pepe needs time to adapt to Premier League football.”We need patience,” he said. “Pepe is improving. On Monday, the key to win was with him. If he scores the first goal, it’s different.”But it’s one process and I believe in him and I know he needs time and patience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Nutritionists and Dieticians Urged to Become Healthy Eating Advocates

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called on nutritionists and dieticians in the public health service to become advocates for healthy eating, as a critical component in addressing the problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica.“You are charged and challenged with providing the technical advice linked to better consumption habits, diet and balance and you have to promote what you practice,” he told the professionals at a recent meeting at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.“My challenge to you is to be forthright about what you do. Develop additional self-confidence to talk about it, to practice it, to advocate for it, even while you are giving advice,” he added.According to Dr. Tufton, the work of the nutritionists and dieticians in the country has largely gone unrecognised and this should not be the case as they play an important role in the health and welfare of citizens.“Many times, you are the unsung heroes but I want that to change. I want the country to recognise that eating habits and the advice that is offered are far more valuable than the need for an operating theatre because we are trying to avoid going in the operating theatre in the first instance,” he pointed out.“We also want them to recognise that 30 minutes of physical activity every day is far more valuable as a prescription than going to a drug serv window and purchasing medication for cancer or stroke or other non-communicable diseases,” he added.He noted that Jamaica Moves, which promotes healthy diet and exercise, was launched almost two years ago as a direct result of data, which indicated that “Jamaicans are eating and drinking themselves sick.”Dr. Tufton said that as Health Minister “I try to practice what I preach” by making exercise a regular habit.“I want the country to recognise that practising a healthy lifestyle is the appropriate prescription in the first instance as it relates to promoting health and wellness,” he said.The meeting with the nutritionists and dieticians from hospitals and health departments across the island was organised by the Ministry’s Nutrition Unit to develop parish plans for the implementation of the nutrition component of Jamaica Moves. The meeting with the nutritionists and dieticians from hospitals and health departments across the island was organised by the Ministry’s Nutrition Unit to develop parish plans for the implementation of the nutrition component of Jamaica Moves.  “You are charged and challenged with providing the technical advice linked to better consumption habits, diet and balance and you have to promote what you practice,” he told the professionals at a recent meeting at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.    “We also want them to recognise that 30 minutes of physical activity every day is far more valuable as a prescription than going to a drug serv window and purchasing medication for cancer or stroke or other non-communicable diseases,” he added. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Rapport de suivi des vérificateurs généraux du Canada atlantique des risques persistent

first_imgAujourd’hui, les vérificatrices générales de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, du Nouveau-Brunswick et de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador et le vérificateur général de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont publié les résultats de leur rapport de suivi conjoint de l’état de la mise en œuvre des recommandations découlant de leur audit conjoint de la Société des loteries de l’Atlantique (SLA). Publié en 2016, l’audit conjoint s’était concentré sur la gouvernance d’entreprise et les activités de la SLA. Au total, les vérificatrices générales et les vérificateurs généraux de l’époque avaient formulé 25 recommandations : neuf aux quatre gouvernements actionnaires et 16 au conseil d’administration et à la direction de la société. Toutes les recommandations ont été acceptées, à l’exception de deux faites aux quatre gouvernements actionnaires. Après deux ans, les vérificatrices générales et le vérificateur général sont heureux que toutes les 16 recommandations propres au conseil d’administration et à la direction de la SLA aient été mises en œuvre. Même si les gouvernements actionnaires ont réalisé des progrès dans la mise en oeuvre des recommandations, les vérificatrices générales et le vérificateur général ont constaté que seulement deux des neuf (22 %) recommandations avaient été pleinement mises en œuvre. En outre, les gouvernements actionnaires n’ont toujours pas l’intention de mettre en œuvre deux recommandations relatives au rôle des représentants des gouvernements et des fonctionnaires siégeant au conseil d’administration de la SLA. Le fait de ne pas mettre en œuvre ces recommandations risque de nuire à l’obligation fiduciaire du conseil d’administration envers la société et à son efficacité globale d’assurer une saine gouvernance. Les vérificatrices générales et le vérificateur général réaffirment l’importance pour les gouvernements actionnaires de mettre en œuvre toutes les recommandations en temps opportun afin d’améliorer la gouvernance et l’agilité commerciale de la SLA et de rehausser sa reddition de comptes et sa transparence publiques. Le rapport de suivi est disponible sur le site Web de chaque vérificatrice générale et vérificateur général : Nouveau-Brunswick : Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador : (site en anglais seulement) Nouvelle-Écosse : (site en anglais seulement) Île-du-Prince-Édouard : (site en anglais seulement)last_img read more

Explainer Article 370 that gave special powers to JK

first_imgNew Delhi: The Article 370 of Indian Constitution had “temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir” which gave special powers to the state allowing it to have its own Constitution.According to it, the provisions of only Article 1 and Article 370 applied to the state. If the Centre wanted to extend in the state a central law on subjects included in the Instrument of Accession (IoA) — Defence, External Affairs and Communications — it needed “consultation” while for extending laws on remaining subjects, “concurrence” of the state government was mandatory. The IoA signed on October 26, 1947 by the then ruler Raja Hari Singh had mentioned in Clause 5 that accession terms cannot be varied by any amendment of the Act or of Indian Independence Act unless such amendment is accepted by him by a supplementary instrument. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Article 35A of the Indian Constitution, which stemmed out of Article 370, gave powers to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to define permanent residents of the state, their special rights and privileges. The Jammu and Kashmir Constitution adopted on November 17, 1956 defines permanent resident as a person who was a state subject as of May 14, 1954 or has been a resident in the state for 10 years on that date with a legally acquired property. Non-permanent residents cannot acquire immovable property, get government employment, scholarships or other aid provided by the state government. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe unique Article was inserted in the Constitution through a Presidential order in 1954 instead of an Amendment moved through Parliament. Article 35A does not appear in the main body of the Constitution and is listed in Appendix I. Clause (j) of the Appendix states after Article 35, a new Article 35A shall be added. Article 35A states: Saving of laws with respect to permanent residents and their rights Notwithstanding anything contained in this Constitution, no existing law in force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, and no law hereafter enacted by the Legislature of the State: (a) defining the classes of persons who are, or shall be, permanent residents of the State of Jammu and Kashmir or (b) conferring on such permanent residents any special rights and privileges or imposing upon other persons any restrictions as respects (i) employment under the State Government; (ii) acquisition of immovable property in the State; (iii) settlement in the State; or (iv) right to scholarships and such other forms of aid as the State Government may provide, shall be void on the ground that it is inconsistent with or takes away or abridges any rights conferred on the other citizens of India by any provision of this Part. The premise of this special Article emanates from residency laws issued by the then Maharaja Hari Singh to prevent migration of people from neighbouring Punjab during the British rule. Such restrictions on non-permanent residents to purchase lands are not unique to Jammu and Kashmir as Himachal Pradesh and several North Eastern states too have this provision. In 2002, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had struck down the provision of women losing their permanent resident status if they married a non-permanent resident. Their children still cannot have succession rights. Article 35A is under challenge in the Supreme Court as it was not added through a Constitutional amendment and other related issues. Under Article 370 (3): Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this article, the President may, by public notification, declare that this article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and from such date as he may specify:… Provided that the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2) shall be necessary before the President issues such a notification. In the State bank of India vs Santosh Gupta and Other case, the Supreme Court had ruled that Article 370, though was intended to be temporary or transitional, has become a permanent feature of the Constitution for the reasons mentioned in Article 370(3) that says that without recommendations of the State Constituent Assembly, it could not be abrogated. The notification issued by President Ram Nath Kovind abrogating Article 370 on Monday declared: in proviso to clause (3) of article 370 of this Constitution, the expression “Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2)” shall read “Legislative Assembly of the State”.last_img read more

Federal Competition Bureau calls for rethink of BC taxi regulations

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — The federal Competition Bureau wants British Columbia to re-examine its taxi regulations to permit more competition in the industry and improve services for riders and businesses.The bureau’s report says it will urge a B.C. government committee reviewing transportation network services to level the playing field for taxis and ride-hailing providers.An all-party legislative committee on Crown corporations was asked last year to provide recommendations on regulations on transportation network services for the legislature by March 31.The Competition Bureau says it will submit recommendations to the committee to ensure fair regulations that do not favour taxi providers or ride-hailing platforms.The bureau says it will urge the committee to allow drivers to have flexibility to choose their own service areas and allow market forces to determine how many drivers are available to serve passengers.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena introduced legislation last year that she said could see ride-hailing services introduced in B.C. sometime this year.last_img read more

Two more colossal pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt

first_imgLUXOR, Egypt – Two colossal statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III were unveiled by archaeologists on Sunday in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their original sites in the funerary temple of the king, on the west bank of the Nile.The temple is already famous for its existing 3,400-year-old Memnon colossi — twin statues of Amenhotep III whose reign archaeologists say marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation. “The world until now knew two Memnon colossi, but from today it will know four colossi of Amenhotep III,” said archaeologist Hourig Sourouzian, who heads the project to conserve the Amenhotep III temple.The existing two statues, both showing the pharaoh seated, are known across the globe.The two restored additions have weathered severe damage for centuries, Sourouzian said.“The statues had lain in pieces for centuries in the fields, damaged by destructive forces of nature like earthquake, and later by irrigation water, salt, encroachment and vandalism,” she said.One of the “new” statues — its body weighing 250 tonnes — again depicts the pharaoh seated, hands resting on his knees.It is 11.5 metres (38 feet) tall, with a base 1.5 metres high and 3.6 metres wide. Archaeologists said with its now missing double crown, the original statue would have reached a height of 13.5 metres and weighed 450 tonnes.The king is depicted wearing a royal pleated kilt held at the waist by a large belt decorated with zigzag lines.Well-preserved alabaster head Beside his right leg stands nearly a complete figure of Amenhotep III’s wife Tiye, wearing a large wig and a long tight-fitting dress.A statue of queen mother Mutemwya, originally beside his left leg, is missing, archaeologists said.The throne itself is decorated on each side with scenes from that era, showing the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.The second statue, of Amenhotep III standing, has been installed at the north gate of the temple.The archaeologists also showed several other ancient pieces of what they said were parts of other statues of the ancient ruler and his relatives, including a well-preserved alabaster head from another Amenhotep III statue.“This piece is unique, it is rare, because there are not many alabaster statues in the world,” Sourouzian told AFP.The head, shown briefly to some reporters and fellow excavators, has also weathered centuries of damage.Its nose, eyes and ears are intact, and some signs of restoration centuries ago are clearly evident, archaeologists said.Close to the head lies a statue of princess Iset, Amenhotep III’s daughter.The pharaoh inherited an empire that spanned from the Euphrates to Sudan, archaeologists say, and he was able to maintain Egypt’s position mainly through diplomacy.The 18th dynasty ruler became king at the age of around 12, with his mother as regent.Amenhotep III died in around 1354 BC and was succeeded by his son Amenhotep IV, widely known as Akhenaten.Luxor, a city of some 500,000 people on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt, is an open-air museum of intricate temples and pharaonic tombs.last_img read more

Sri Lanka rupee hits new record low of 16100 vs USD

It crossed the 160 to the US dollar range last week but rebound later in the week.On the stock market the Colombo All Share Index was down 16.51 points (0.26 percent) to 6,359 points by mid day. (Courtesy Lanka Business Online) Sri Lanka’s stock and money markets got off to a slow start Monday with rupee dropping to a new low of 161.00 against the US dollar while stocks also showed a dip.The rupee opened at around 159.40/90 but by mid day was quoted around 161.00/05 to the US dollars in the spot market.

Israeli restrictions have had disastrous impact on Palestinian economy UN reports

Painting a bleak picture of the deteriorating conditions since the latest crisis began in September 2000, the report estimates that total losses to the Palestinian economy could reach $2.5 billion. While joblessness had been steadily declining between 1997 and September 2000, “the crisis has completely offset these gains with core unemployment reaching 26.9 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2001.” Unfavourable labour market conditions are engendering a sense of hopelessness, according to the report, which states that “increasingly, Palestinian workers are giving up all attempts of even looking for work.” The fiscal revenue base of the Palestinian Authority is also in serious jeopardy. The report blames this trend in part on the fact that Israel has refused to hand over taxes collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. Even with international support, the Palestinian Authority’s budget deficit for 2001 is anticipated to amount to $371 million. “Without the fiscal support of the international community, the Palestinian Authority institutions would not have been financially sustainable.” The crisis is also taking a heavy toll on social services, with the Palestinian health care system “under severe strain from the increased burden of caring for thousands of wounded, especially those with debilitating injuries.” At the same time, closures have limited access to health care services and impeded the flow of supplies to hospitals. Education is also hard-hit, with reports indicating that 190 schools have been temporarily closed, while 1,300 students from Gaza have been unable to reach their universities in the West Bank. According to the report, recovery will be difficult. “The rapid and sustained deterioration of the Palestinian economy suggests that recovery will take longer than after previous periods of economic recession even if the conflict is ended soon and mobility restrictions [are] lifted completely,” it states. read more

Ohio State mens basketball set to take on Dayton in second round

Coach Thad Matta (center) talks to his players during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU lost, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State said it was ready to go up against some fresh blood and break away from the rugged Big Ten for the NCAA Tournament.Little did the team know, though, its first opponent in the Big Dance houses a former teammate, in addition to a descendent of Thad Matta’s extensive coaching tree roaming the sidelines.Meet Ohio State’s first matchup of the 2014 NCAA Tournament: the University of Dayton.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Flyers (23-10, 10-6) in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, after they were awarded a No. 6 seed in the tournament’s South region Sunday.For Matta, playing a school located a mere 72 miles away has its benefits.“For this team, it’s a great thing,” Matta said Sunday. “I like that. Because there won’t need to be a wake up call, there won’t need to be a, ‘Who is this? Who are they? What conference are they in? I haven’t heard of that guy,’ or anything like that. So I like that from that perspective.”After falling to top-seeded Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday, the Buckeyes (25-9, 12-9) were given lower than a No. 2 seed in the tournament for the first time in five seasons.Headed by coach Archie Miller — who spent two seasons as an assistant under Matta before heading to Arizona with his older brother, Sean — the Flyers are led by former Buckeye and redshirt-junior Jordan Sibert, who transferred to Dayton following the 2011-12 season.Sibert, an outside sharpshooter, leads the Flyers with 12.5 points per game while shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. He was a member of the same recruiting class as OSU senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., who both said they haven’t talked to him recently and are just excited to start the NCAA Tournament.“We’re excited, obviously, this is the time of year we want to play for and we’re in the tournament so got a great game against Dayton coming up and we’re excited about it,” Craft said Sunday.Smith Jr. agreed, but said if he put himself in Sibert’s shoes, he would be plenty excited to play against his former teammates.“At the same time, we’re both in the same boat — you lose, you go home,” Smith Jr. said Sunday. “So I think we’re both going to be jacked up for the same purposes.”Sibert left Columbus for Dayton because he wasn’t getting the playing time he wanted — he played just 481 minutes in 49 games over his two seasons at OSU.“When he left he said, ‘Look. I want to play a lot.’ And he’s definitely getting to do that, and he’s honestly having a great career there,” Matta said of Sibert. “I’m one of those guys that says, ‘Hey, as long as everybody’s happy in terms of where they are and what they’re doing, I’m happy for them.’”The Buckeyes enter the second round matchup after winning nine of their last 13 games, but failed to make the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time in six years after the loss to Michigan Saturday in Indianapolis.Although it was a little different watching the Selection Show at home instead of after playing for the championship, junior forward Sam Thompson said the mindset didn’t change too much.“The location was different but I don’t think the seeding was too much different,” Thompson said Sunday. “We know whatever seed we get, wherever we’re placed in the NCAA Tournament, there’s no such thing as an easy game, there’s no such thing as an easy opponent.”In what is now his 10th season at the helm of the men’s basketball program, coach Thad Matta had led the Buckeyes to a victory in their first game of the NCAA Tournament six of the seven times they have played. The lone loss was a 74-72 double overtime loss to Siena in 2009. OSU was on probation in Matta’s first season — 2004-05 — and won the National Invitational Tournament following the 2007-08 season.Initially, Matta said he was excited to see Dayton make the tournament because of Miller — then he realized it was his team that was matched up with Miller’s.“I wanted Arch to get in the NCAA Tournament. Then I was kinda like, ‘Huh, here we go,’” Matta said. “But I think from the perspective, I’m so happy for him in terms of getting in … the longer you do this, the more inner workings there are that it works itself out.”Tipoff Thursday between the Buckeyes and Flyers is set for 12:15 p.m. read more

Guatemalan mother caught with cocainesoaked shirts at Dublin Airport jailed for three

first_img 7 Comments 16,950 Views Image: Sasko Lazarov via Rolling News Image: Sasko Lazarov via Rolling News Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Guatemalan mother caught with cocaine-soaked shirts at Dublin Airport jailed for three years The cocaine was valued at €179,000. Feb 24th 2018, 7:01 AM A GUATEMALAN MOTHER who was caught with shirts soaked in cocaine valued at €179,000 in her luggage at Dublin Airport has been jailed for three years.Gardaí revealed a chemical process would later have been used to extract the cocaine from the shirts.Keila Pineda Lopez, aged 29, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Dublin Airport on 22 November 2017. She has no previous convictions.Garda Michael Higgins told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that Lopez was intercepted by customs officers at Dublin Airport after travelling from Brazil. Her luggage tested positive for cocaine and it was found there were 20 identical shirts soaked with cocaine.Garda Higgins told the court that the cocaine could be extracted from the shirts at their intended destination using a chemical process. He accepted that Lopez would have had no knowledge of this process.The shirts were analysed and the cocaine that would have been extracted from them estimated to have a street value of €179,550.Lopez told gardaí she had been approached in her home country and offered €3,000 to transport the drugs. She said she was to be paid on her return and made some allegations of threats. Gardaí accepted there had been a mixture of inducement and coercion involved in Lopez’s participation in the offence.Lopez had little English and had been given a note to give to a taxi driver with the name of a hostel on it, where she was to wait for further instructions. She made full admissions and co-operated fully with the investigation.Garda Higgins said Lopez had been very honest about her role and was worried about her family.Padraic Dwyer SC, defending, said his client was a mother of one child who she had as a teenager and left school to support. She has worked as a waitress and cashier. He submitted that her reward for this offence was to be small and there had been some coercion.He asked the court to take into account her guilty plea, co-operation with the gardaí, her remorse and the fact she will be serving her sentence as a foreign national with little prospect of visitors.He said she was using her time in custody well to educate herself to improve her employment chances and said her prospects for rehabilitation were excellent. Counsel submitted this offence was at the lower end of the scale and asked the court to impose as light a sentence as possible to allow her to return home to her child.Judge Melanie Greally noted a letter from Lopez in which she outlined that she regretted her actions and understood the consequences of the activity in which she was engaged. Lopez said she had learned a lesson and would not re-offend.Judge Greally said the circumstances of the case allowed her to depart from the presumptive minimum sentence of ten years applicable to this offence and she imposed a three-year sentence to date from when Lopez went into custody.Read: Convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally loses appeal for reduced sentenceMore: Bill Cullen is suing Ulster Bank for €120 million over takeover strategy Share237 Tweet Email Short URL By Fiona Fergusonlast_img read more

Pensions audit finds major fraud

first_imgA review of all the pensions being issued by the Greek state which started two years ago in a bid to weed out false claims has resulted in savings of 42.2 million euros, Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Tuesday while presenting the findings of a General Accounting Office census which highlighted hundreds of cases of people claiming the pensions of their dead relatives.Pension payments totaling 64.4 million euros were dispensed based on bogus claims, according to Staikouras, noting that authorities had recouped 42.2 million euros of this sum and were seeking the remaining 22.2 million.Noting that the management of the Greek pension system has been made more efficient since 2012, Staikouras said, “Not one illegal pension is being paid out today.”According to the General Accounting Office, 3,423 pensioners were registered as dead at least six months before their names were removed from the state pension records.In 358 cases, pension fraud exceeded 30,000 euros and in several cases the sum pilfered from state coffers was much larger. One instance relates to the daughter of a deceased judge who is alleged to have fraudulently claimed more than 300,000 euros and the son of a deceased cleric who pocketed 147,000 euros on false pretences.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

FYROM replaces name sign of international airport

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has officially renamed its international airport from Alexander the Great to Skopje International Airport.In February the Turkish consortium TAV, which operates the airport removed the signage from the building in February. The letters were replaced on Tuesday with the new name.The decision to rename the airport, along with changing the Alexander of Macedonia Highway which leads to the Greek border to ‘Friendship Highway’, are seen to be goodwill gestures to neighbouring Greece, as intensive negotiations continue between the two countries’ governments regarding the official name of FYROM.Greece and FYROM have been at loggerheads over the matter for decades.last_img

Bouygues Telecom fait marche arrière sur les appels illimités vers les mobiles

first_imgBouygues Telecom fait marche arrière sur les appels illimités vers les mobilesBouygues Telecom préfère finalement mettre en place une option payante pour les appels illimités plutôt que de les intégrer directement dans son abonnement BBox.Bouygues Telecom avait annoncé il y a quelques mois qu’il emboîterait le pas à Free en intégrant les appels illimités vers les mobiles à sa nouvelle offre Internet, qui devait être lancée au prix de 37,90 euros mensuels. Aujourd’hui, l’opérateur fait marche arrière. À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Selon PCWorld, Bouygues Telecom pourrait alors mettre en place une option payante. Les rumeurs laissent penser qu’elle serait facturée 6 euros par mois. Dans ce cas, le prix pour l’abonné au triple-play (Internet, télévision, téléphone) ne changerait donc pas puisque cet abonnement coûte 31,90 par mois.La raison de ce revirement pour Bouygues ? L’attente des consommateurs ne serait pas aussi forte qu’espérée. En effet, les abonnés qui dépassent 2 heures d’appels chaque mois vers les téléphones mobiles ne sont pas très nombreux. Pour l’opérateur, il serait alors injuste d’augmenter le prix des abonnements de tous les clients. L’offre illimitée vers les mobiles incluse dans l’abonnement avait été reprise par SFR, Orange et Numéricable, après l’annonce de Free, pionnier. Il s’agissait pour les opérateurs de ne pas se faire distancer.Le 3 mai 2011 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more