Unite against BJP: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked Trinamool Congress workers to stay united and said the regional parties need to form a coalition to collectively fight the right-wing forces. “The country needs regional parties to come together. I am urging the regional parties to be together and be united,” said Ms. Banerjee. The Chief Minister was addressing party workers after an internal election where Subrata Bakshi was re-elected party’s general secretary. Ms. Banerjee asked party volunteers not to “tolerate politics to divide people using Lord Ram.” Accusing the BJP government at the Centre of “targeting Trinamool out of political vendetta,” she said several party leaders such as former Transport Minister Madan Mitra and party MP Sudip Bandopadhyay were put behind bars on the pretext of being involved in a “conspiracy.” Ms. Banerjee asked the Trinamool leaders against whom cases were lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation to stand up, and said they would not get cowed down as they have done nothing wrong. Recently, the CBI lodged FIRs against 13 senior Trinamool leaders in the Narada sting case. “They [Trinamool leaders] have nothing to worry about as they have not done anything illegal… the BJP’s strategy is to put [all Opposition leaders] in jail so that no one is left to challenge them in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” Ms. Banerjee said. Armed ralliesThe CM accused the BJP of indulging in “divisive politics” and cautioned them over the recent armed rallies to mark Ram Navami. “I have never seen armed rallies here. They are taking out armed rallies to incite riots. There is a limit to our patience,” she said. She also accused the Left Front of “colluding” with the BJP. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh denied the allegations and said the Chief Minister was making such “baseless comments” as she was afraid of the “rise of BJP” in Bengal.last_img read more

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Michael Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than James Harden, Russell Westbrook streaks

first_imgCharlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan says James Harden’s streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish.But the Charlotte Hornets owner said Tuesday — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: “Which is harder from the player’s standpoint? Six championships by all means.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ROS on a mission Jordan praised both players for what they’re doing, noting that both streaks are hard to accomplish.Jordan said the milestones show “the talent that we have within the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It shows progression in the league,” Jordan said during an interview at his Hornets facility while discussing the upcoming All-Star weekend. “I am very proud of how both guys have done because they are making a mark for the league and I think it really helps grow the league.”Harden needed a late scoring spree on Monday night to extend his streak to 30 games, scoring 11 points in the final 100 seconds as the Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. Harden, who is playing with a strained left shoulder, reached the 30-point mark by swishing a 30-foot pull-up jumper. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his 10th straight triple-double in the Thunder’s 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, breaking a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple doubles.Both players will be in Charlotte this weekend for the All-Star game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for Rio Olympics

first_imgSprinter Dutee Chand today created history by qualifying for the upcoming Rio Olympics in women’s 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting in Kazakhstan.The Odisha athlete became the 99th Indian to qualify for the Rio Games, starting on August 5 to 21. Dutee is also the first Indian woman to qualify for the coveted 100m event since the International Olympics Committee introduced a qualifying mark in the segment. Legendary athlete PT Usha had qualified for the same event in 1980 Moscow Olympics. In a scintillating run in the women’s 100m heats of the 26th G. Kosanov memorial meet, Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds, thereby creating a new national record and qualifying for the Rio Games. The qualifying mark for Rio was set at 11.32 seconds.VOWS TO PERFORM BETTER IN RIO Dutee, after her qualification, vowed to perform even better and not let anyone down in the Olympics.”I am really happy at the moment. It has been a tough year for me and I am so happy that my coach Ramesh sir’s and my hard work has paid off,” Dutee said.”I would like to thank all the people in India who were praying for me to qualify. Your wishes have paid off. I would like to thank Anglian medal hunt, Pullela Gopichand Academy and KIIT university for the all their support. I will not let anyone down at the Olympics”, she added.”Dutee clocked 11.30s to achieve 2016 Rio Olympic qualification in women’s 100m at XXVI International Meeting in Kazakhstan early today,” the Athletics Federation of India said.advertisementDutee was banned in 2014 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as her body produced testosterone at levels which were deemed higher than the limits for women sportspersons.But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in July, 2015 cleared the sprinter by suspending the “hyperandrogenism” rules, which may also be scrapped if the IAAF fails to provide evidence.”This is great news. I was in tears when I got Dutee’s message this morning. All the effort that we had  all put in has finally paid off,” said Payoshni Mitra, the Indian government appointed advisor for Dutee at the CAS.Speaking to India Today from London, an ecstatic Mitra added, “Dutee is such a great champion both on and off the field. She deserved to be the first woman ever from India to compete in Olympics 100 metres dash since qualifying standard was introduced.”Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, congratulated Dutee on her achievement and wished her luck for the Games.Congratulate #Odisha sprinter Ms. Dutee Chand for qualifying for #Rio2016, wishing her triumph and success pic.twitter.com/rUnxd51ZMK Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 25, 2016Despite this turmoil and the fact that she lost an entire year of training, Dutte’s qualification for the Olympics speaks volumes of her fighting spirit and character.(With inputs from Indrajit Kundu)last_img read more

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Casemiro, Luka Modric shine as Real Madrid register 2-0 win over Sevilla

first_imgReal Madrid midfielders Casemiro and Luka Modric struck late to earn a 2-0 home win over Sevilla as Santiago Solari’s stuttering side leapfrogged the Andalusians into third spot in La Liga on Saturday.Brazilian Casemiro unleashed a stinging shot from outside the area which was too powerful for outstretched goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, giving the European champions a deserved lead in the 78th minute after they dominated the second half.Teenage forward Vinicius Jr was again Madrid’s most dangerous outlet and had come close to breaking the deadlock with a scooping shot that just crept wide of the post before Casemiro finally broke the deadlock.Luuuuka, Luuuuka, Modric!@lukamodric10 pic.twitter.com/s8ZPN4xnve Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 19, 2019Dani Ceballos, the match-winner in last week’s scrappy 2-1 victory at Real Betis, had also earlier hammered the bar as Madrid took the game by the scruff of the neck at a rainy and cold Santiago Bernabeu after a drab first half of few chances.YOU BEAUTY! An absolute ROCKET from @Casemiro this afternoon. Take a bow! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/1dHbE6IYFI Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 19, 2019Modric finally sealed the victory in stoppage time with a cool finish, giving Solari’s team a second straight win after their poor start to 2019.Madrid climbed to third on 36 points, three ahead of Sevilla who have failed to win in their last four league outings, while Barca, who host Leganes on Sunday, are top with 43.Also Watch:last_img read more

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MLS to name Coach of the Year award after Schmid

first_imgThe Major League Soccer Coach of the Year award will now be named after the late Sigi Schmid, the league announced Friday.Schmid passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 65, leaving behind a legacy as one of the United States’ soccer coaching greats.“Sigi was an important part of our league from the very early years in our history, and he had a significant impact on everyone he touched throughout his life and coaching career,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “While he will be remembered by many in the soccer community for his success on the field, it was his kindness and his great qualities as a father, husband and mentor that made him such a special person.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The German-born Schmid won three national championships at UCLA, where he played from 1972-75, during a tenure that lasted from 1980-99.During that period, Schmid was also was an assistant for the United States national team during the 1994 World Cup.Schmid would move to Major League Soccer in 1999, taking over the LA Galaxy, where he would win an MLS Cup in 2002.Schmid also won an MLS Cup during a three-year run as the head coach of the Columbus Crew, taking home the title in 2008.He would next become the manager of the Seattle Sounders for their debut season in the league in 2009 and stayed with the club until being fired midway through the 2016 season.Schmid made one more stop in his coaching career as he returned to the Galaxy midseason to replace Curt Onalfo in 2017. He would last just over a year in the role, resigning in September 2018 with the Galaxy struggling in the hunt for the MLS postseason.Overall, Schmid won 240 games in the MLS regular season, added 26 victories in the postseason and is MLS’s all-time winningest coach.He also won five U.S. Open Cups, four coming in Seattle and one with the Galaxy in 2001, and three Supporters’ Shield for the best record in the league, one with each of the three MLS clubs he managed.Schmid won the award that will be named after him twice – in 2002 and 2008, the years he won the MLS Cup.The announcement of the named of the award was made just prior to the MLS SuperDraft, where UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya was taken No.1 overall by expansion team FC Cincinnati.last_img read more

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Additional Antlerless Deer Hunting Stamps to be Issued in Zone 2A

first_imgEligible Nova Scotian hunters who do not have an antlerless deer stamp can now receive one for Zone 2A. The zone is the coastal area from East River at the head of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co., west to the Medway River, Queens Co. “These measures are being taken to increase the harvest of deer in this area,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “We are committed to reducing the number of deer in this area and associated problems such as deer-motor vehicle collisions.” Hunters who have already been issued a 2008 antlerless deer hunting stamp for another zone, or who have already received their stamp for Zone 2A, are not eligible. Hunters who are issued an antlerless deer hunting stamp for Zone 2A, and take and register an antlerless deer, may apply for a bonus deer hunting stamp. This will authorize the holder to take a second deer of either sex. The bonus deer hunting stamps will be available at no cost at all hunting licence vendors in Lunenburg and Queens counties, and at all Department of Natural Resources district offices. Participating hunters are reminded to be respectful of landowners and aware of areas where hunting or the discharge of firearms is not permitted. Landowners in the area are encouraged to inform hunters of areas where hunting is possible. Beginning at 7 a.m. today, Sept. 22, hunters can call 1-900-565-DEER (3337) any day of the week, 24 hours a day, to apply. The line will remain open until midnight on Saturday, Oct. 11. A non-refundable application fee of $6.11 plus HST will be charged to the telephone bill of the phone that is being used. It is not possible to call this number from a cellphone. Applicants can also apply online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ for the same fee. A map and legal description of Zone 2A can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ddZones.asp .last_img read more

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One trillion litres of sewage leaked into lakes and rivers over last

first_imgOTTAWA – Last Wednesday, a team of people from the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper environmental group descended on the Toronto harbourfront looking for any signs the previous night’s massive, flash-flood rainfall had caused the city’s ancient combined sewer system to overflow into the lake.They didn’t need to dip a single test tube into the water to know it had.There, in plain sight and floating around the docks and pedestrian bridges along the waterfront of Canada’s biggest city, was a toxic stew of used condoms, plastic tampon applicators and mounds of shredded toilet paper, along with a countless quantity of other, unidentifiable solids.When water testing was done, the levels of bacteria “were off the charts,” said Krystyn Tully, vice-president of the national water advocacy group Swim Drink Fish.Toronto, like the vast majority of Canadian cities, doesn’t monitor real-time data of sewage leaks into lakes, rivers or oceans. As a result, it’s unknown how much raw sewage flowed through overflow pipes when the storm overwhelmed the city’s treatment facilities.Environment Canada does require municipal governments to report annually how much untreated wastewater is spilled, but settles for calculations that are based on computer models, rather than specific data of actual events.Data provided by the federal government shows in 2017, municipalities reported 215 billion litres of raw sewage were spilled or leaked without being treated. Enough to fill 86,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, that represents an increase of 10 per cent over the amount reported five years ago.Over the last five years, the total amount is in excess of one trillion litres.About two-thirds of the amount of reported in 2017 was purposely released when rains overwhelmed water systems that use a single pipe for both storm sewers and wastewater. When storms happen, the excess water can’t be handled by treatment plants and must be released into waterways to prevent basement backups.The rest is usually the result of problems like power outages, system breakdowns or leaks. Tully, whose organization has monitored the Toronto inner harbour for the last three years, said whether it rains or not, “there isn’t a day that we’ve gone to the harbour that we haven’t been able to find some evidence of sewage contamination.”The largest contributor to the national problem is British Columbia, where municipalities reported 77 billion litres of raw sewage that leaked or was spilled in 2017, followed by Nova Scotia at 39 million litres, Newfoundland at 29 million litres and Ontario at 22.8 million litres.Those numbers are nowhere near the actual amounts being leaked, said Tully.Data she obtained from Environment Canada said in 2016, only 159 of the 269 municipal water systems that are required to report sewage leaks actually did so. The agency is supposed to investigate every missing report, but Tully said the government is more focused on providing education and technical assistance.Environment Canada also does not publicly report each spill, and very few cities do it themselves. Last year, the Ontario city of Kingston became the first in Canada to install monitors in its pipes to measure how much sewage is being leaked; the city now reports publicly in real time every time it happens.When Kingston began using the monitors, it also found that its earlier calculations were significantly underestimating how much untreated sewage was actually being discharged, Tully said.The municipality felt real-time monitoring was the best way to serve the public, said Jim Miller, director of utility engineering for Utilities Kingston. The eventual plan is to eliminate all its combined storm and wastewater pipes, but that will take time, he added.“This is a long-term solution,” Miller said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but in the long run it is the most effective solution.”The cost to addressing the leaks is large and the projects take a long time to finish. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates it will cost cities $18 billion to implement new regulations introduced by Ottawa in 2012 that toughened standards for treating wastewater. Those standards aren’t yet in effect; high-risk systems have until 2020 to meet them, while those deemed low risk have until 2040.Those regulations do nothing to require cities to address the problem, even as the effects of climate change amplify the frequency of extreme rain events — a phenomenon that risks making flash floods like last week’s in Toronto far more common.Several cities are taking on the challenge without regulation. Victoria, where decades of untreated wastewater being released into harbour prompted nearby Seattle to warn tourists from visiting, is spending $765 million to build a new treatment plant that will come online in 2020.Toronto is embarking on a $3-billion, multi-stage project to build overflow pipes to store excess water during storms until the treatment system can handle the additional water, said Frank Quarisa, Toronto Water’s acting general manager.But it will be 10 years before the first phase is expected to start operating, and as long as 25 years before the entire project is complete.Tully said she thinks Canadians are appalled when they hear about the sewage, but that public reporting of the issue needs to be much more detailed and complete, with cities being required to actually monitor their leaks.“The first thing they need to do is actually track what is coming out,” she said.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wasn’t available for an interview Friday. But she’s familiar with the problem: just days after becoming minister, she was forced to allow Montreal to purposely dump eight billion litres of sewage into the St. Lawrence River so it could fix a pipe.last_img read more

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BC First Nation angered by federal ministers response to downed tug

first_imgThe Canadian PressBELLA BELLA, B.C. — Members of a Heiltsuk Nation on British Columbia’s central coast say they’re angered and dismayed by a federal minister’s response to a fuel spill in the area.Fisheries and Oceans minister Dominic LeBlanc has issued a statement saying crews have finished pumping oil from a sunken tug boat near Bella Bella, B.C., and are now turning their attention to removing the Nathan E. Stewart from the waters.The statement says environmental monitoring and shoreline cleanup are also underway.But Marilyn Slett, chief of the Heiltsuk Nation, said in a release that there is an extensive amount of work to be done, and it’s still unclear what environmental impact the fuel spill has had on the area.Slett says the minister needs to come to Bella Bella to see the situation first hand.The tug had more than 200,000 litres of diesel on board when it ran aground and sank on Oct. 13, and representatives say about 110,000 litres of an oil-water mixture have been recovered.last_img read more

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Dhoni opens up on 2013 IPL fixing scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: What mistake did the players make, asked Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opening up on a phase of life made “most difficult and depressing” by the 2013 IPL fixing scandal. The two-time World Cup winning captain broke his silence in a docudrama aptly titled ‘Roar of the Lion’, which focuses on the scandal that rocked Indian cricket and the ensuing fairy tale comeback by Chennai Super Kings following a two-year suspension for its management’s role in spot-fixing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “2013 was the most difficult phase in my life, I was never depressed as much as I was then. The closest was 2007 World Cup when we lost in the group stages. But all said and done, 2007 happened because we did not play good cricket. “But 2013, the angle was completely different. People are talking about match-fixing and spot-fixing. It was the most talked about thing in the country,” Dhoni said in the first episode titled ‘What did we do wrong’? broadcast on Hotstar. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Dhoni, who led the CSK to three IPL titles, said they knew a “harsh punishment” was on the cards. “We did deserve the punishment but the only thing is the quantum of the punishment. Finally we got to know that CSK will be banned for two years. There was a mixed feeling that time. Because you take a lot of things personally and, as a captain, question what did the team do wrong,” Dhoni stated. “Yes there was mistake from our side (the franchise) but were the players involved in this? What mistake did we, as players, do to go through all of that?” Recalling the torrid time when insinuations and allegations flew thick and fast, Dhoni said fixing a match requires the involvement of the majority of players. “My name also came up in talks of fixing. They started showcasing in the media or social media as if the team was involved, I was involved. Is it possible (in cricket)? Yes it is possible, anyone can do spot-fixing. Umpires can do that, batsmen can, bowlers can… but match-fixing needs the involvement of the majority of the players.” For Dhoni, who has always preferred to go about his job quietly even when leading the Indian team, his silence may have been misunderstood. “The problem when people think you are very strong, is that more often than not, nobody comes and asks: how are you doing. It was more of how I dealt with it. “I did not want to talk about it to others, at the same time it was scratching me. I don’t want anything to affect my cricket. For me cricket is the most important thing.” In a trailer of the documentary recently, Dhoni had called match-fixing a bigger crime than murder. “Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is because of cricket. So the biggest crime that I can commit personally is not murder. It’s actually match fixing because it doesn’t get restricted to me. If I’m involved in such a thing, it has a bigger impact. “If people think a match is fixed because the outcome of a match is extraordinary, then people lose their faith in cricket. I don’t think in my life I would deal with something that is tougher than this,” he said. Dhoni had not commented on the turmoil before this. In July 2015, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich league for two years for betting activities by their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. On his silence post the episode, Dhoni said, “What makes it even tougher is that, as the Indian captain you keep going to press conferences. There is a known line that is drawn that that was the IPL and this is the Indian cricket team. “It’s not easy to keep performing at the top level when these things are on your mind. Ten years down the line, no one is going to remember what was said in a press conference but how the team did.” While he agreed that then BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Meiyappan was part of the team setup, Dhoni said, in what capacity, is open to debate. “Initially, when Guru’s name came up, (we knew) he was part of the team, all said and done. But in what capacity, that is debatable. Was he the owner, the team principal, the motivator… what exactly was he? “I don’t know if anyone from the franchise introduced Guru to us as the owner… we all knew him as the son-in-law.” The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha, which held that the betting activities brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute. Lastly, Dhoni called his association with CSK is “like a match made on matrimonial site an arranged marriage”.last_img read more

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SC Collegium recommends names for appointment as chief justices of 4 HCs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of four high court judges for their appointment as chief justices of the high courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana.As per May 10 resolutions uploaded on the apex court website, a three-member Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, recommended to the Centre the name of Justice D N Patel for his appointment as the chief justice of Delhi High Court. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSimilarly, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices A A Kureshi, V Ramasubramanian and R S Chauhan for their appointment as chief justices of high courts of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana respectively. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court would be falling vacant very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice Rajendra Menon, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” the Collegium, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and N V Ramana, said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Justice D N Patel is a senior puisne Judge from Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Jharkhand High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice D N Patel is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Delhi High Court,” the resolution said. Recommending the name of Justice Ramasubramanian for appointment as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the Collegium said it has taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one chief justice from Madras High Court. “Justice V Ramasubramanian is the senior-most judge from Madras High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court,” the resolution said. Regarding Justice Kureshi, the Collegium said he is the senior-most judge from the Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in the Bombay High Court. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice S K Seth, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. The Collegium resolution said that Justice Chauhan is the senior-most judge from Rajasthan High Court and at present is functioning in Telangana High Court as acting chief justice. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, which has recently been constituted as separate high court for the state of Telangana, has been lying vacant for some time. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. Besides them, the Collegium has also recommended the names of two advocates, Vishal Dhagat and Vishal Mishra, for appointment as judges at the Madhya Pradesh High Court. It dealt with the file relating to proposal for appointment of five advocates as judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. “For purpose of assessing merit and suitability of the above-named recommendees for elevation to the high court, we have carefully scrutinized the material on record including the observations made by the Department of Justice as well as certain complaints, placed before us. Apart from this, the Collegium had an interaction with all the recommendees on April 1, 2019,” the resolution said.last_img read more

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UNESCO chief pays tribute to late Spanish author and activist Jorge Semprún

9 June 2011The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) paid tribute to the late Jorge Semprún, a renowned Spanish author, screenwriter, political activist and long-time friend of the agency who died on Tuesday. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Jorge Semprún, a truly great man of peace and a champion in the struggle against oppression,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.Mr. Semprún, 87, also served as minister of culture in his native Spain in the 1970s, as well as an interpreter for UNESCO during his youth, the Paris-based agency stated in a news release.It added that his works were influenced greatly by his experiences during the Second World War as a member of the French Resistance and as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald. He was most famous for the French films The Confession and Z, which was nominated for an Academy Award.Mr. Semprún “vividly demonstrated the power of culture to defend human dignity, which became his life’s work,” noted Ms. Bokova, adding that he contributed greatly to bringing forward UNESCO’s ideals, actively fighting against all forms of discrimination. read more

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Trudeau acknowledges grumbling but defiant on small business tax changes

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says he’s paying attention to the growing dissent over his government’s controversial plan to eliminate tax incentives that he insists only benefit wealthy small business owners.But the prime minister said Friday he “will make no apologies” for the Liberal government’s commitment to helping the so-called middle class, even at the expense of the wealthiest Canadians.Speaking to reporters in Saskatoon, Trudeau acknowledged the backlash over what the government calls proposals to inject more fairness in the tax system by closing loopholes used by a growing number of small businesses.“We’re doing more for the people who need it and doing less for the people who don’t,” Trudeau said.“I’m hearing feedback from Canadians that want to make sure that this does help the middle class…. I’m happy to have discussions and feedback from interested Canadians who want to make our tax code fairer and we’re going to take all of those reflections into account.”Entrepreneurs, major industry associations, tax experts and political rivals have warned the three-part plan would hurt the economy and small businesses, including many whose owners would be considered middle class.The potential changes under scrutiny include ending a practice that allows business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower brackets, even if those relatives are not active in the business.Another proposal calls for limits on the use of private corporations as a way to gain tax advantages when making passive investments in things like stocks or real estate.The third change would limit the conversion of a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.The government has launched a consultation on the proposed reforms that ends Oct. 2.Trudeau characterized the changes as being in step with his oft-repeated promise to help the middle class, even if it requires Canada’s wealthiest to “pay a little more.”“We’re doing more for the people who need it, and less for the people who don’t. That’s the commitment we made to Canadians and will continue to make to Canadians,” he said.“I will make no apologies for this approach.”Opponents of the plans include a newly formed coalition of more than 40 industry associations.The group argues that the incentives targeted by the Liberals are designed to recognize the greater risks faced by small business owners. Those include the use of their family homes as collateral against business loans and having no access to unemployment insurance.The Conservatives have also demanded that the government allow more time for Canadians and experts to study the proposals.The growing anger over the proposed changes has also created concerns in the Liberal caucus.Finance Minister Bill Morneau held a conference call this week to ease the fears of Liberal backbenchers spooked after complaints over the proposals poured into their riding offices.Morneau listened to the concerns of his colleagues and provided strategies to help them counter what he considers rampant misinformation about his plan. He also reassured them the government is open to tweaking the proposals to avoid any unintended consequences.Many Liberals also expect the tax proposals to be a major theme at next week’s caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Can my dog eat that Tips to keep your pet safe

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (OSPCA) says the holiday festivities can be stressful on pets and it’s important to ensure your four-legged friend feels safe.Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pet safe on Thanksgiving Day.Food for thoughtUncooked food and herbs can cause your pet gastrointestinal upset, so keep an eye on food while prepping dinner. In particular, keep dogs away from raw dough, cake batter, uncooked eggs, raw meat, and herbs.Don’t let your dog overindulgeIf you do decide to give your pet a little bit of turkey, make sure it has no seasoning, skin, or bones and is well cooked.A little bit of food here and there can add up, causing stomach upset, vomiting, or in severe cases pancreatitis.It is important to inform guests that your pup shouldn’t be given any table scraps, so you can keep track of what and how much your dog has eaten.Keep an eye on scavenging petsYour dog may look for other sources of food, like in the trash or traces of food on aluminum foil, wax paper, and plastic wrap. If ingested, these items could make your dog quite sick. Make sure garbage is secure and food coverings are kept out of reach.Allow some time to relaxThanksgiving can be a stressful and busy time for both people and pets. Don’t forget to take your dog out for its regular walks so they can exercise before guest come over. Also, make sure you set aside a quiet space away from the crowd in case your pet needs a break.Watch the doorWith people coming and going from your home, your pet should have restricted access to exits, like the front door and garage. The OSPCA says your pet should be wearing its collar and ID at all times while company is over just in case they run from the home.For more information on foods your pets can and cannot eat, visit the OSPCA’s website. read more

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia region shrinks for a fifth straight month

Manufacturing in Philadelphia region shrinks for a fifth straight month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 20, 2012 11:17 am MDT WASHINGTON – Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region shrank for a fifth straight month in September, suggesting demand for American-made goods has weakened.The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional manufacturing activity had a reading of -1.9 in September. That was slightly better than the August reading of -7.1 and a July reading of -12.9. Still, any reading below zero indicates contraction.Nearly 23 per cent of firms in the region reported declines in activity in September. That’s down from 30 per cent in August. The region includes firms in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.Manufacturing, which helped lift the country out of the Great Recession, has slowed since spring. A weak job market and meagre pay raises have hurt U.S. consumer spending. Businesses are investing less in machinery. And slower global growth has cut demand for U.S. exports.U.S. manufacturing activity shrank in August for the third straight month, according to the closely watched national survey from the Institute for Supply Management. The contraction in the Philadelphia region suggests the broader picture hasn’t improved.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that the string of declines in the Philadelphia manufacturing survey was consistent with his forecast for continued manufacturing troubles.“Our forecast that the euro-zone recession will only deepen from here and that growth in China will slow further suggests that the outlook for U.S. manufacturers isn’t very rosy,” Dales said.Last week, the Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing output fell 0.7 per cent in August, led by a 4 per cent drop in output at auto plants. read more

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Wiltjer has 25 points as Canada routs Brazil 9467 in World Cup

SAO PAULO — Kyle Wiltjer had a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds and Canada all but punched their ticket for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 94-67 rout of Brazil on Monday.The win improved Canada’s record to 8-2 with just two Group F games remaining in the second round of qualifying. The the three highest-placed teams from each group, and the top fourth-placed team between Group E and Group F qualify for the World Cup in China, Aug. 31-Sept. 15.Phil Scrubb added 15 points and six assists and brother Thomas Scrubb had 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench.Marquinhos Sousa led Brazil with 17 points.Canada will play its final two contests at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L., on Feb. 21 versus Chile and Feb. 24 against Venezuela.Canada hasn’t appeared at the World Cup since the 2010 tournament in Turkey, where they went 0-5 to finish 22nd of 24 teams.The Canadian Press read more

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Recyclage une histoire damour originale pour nous sensibiliser

first_imgRecyclage : une histoire d’amour originale pour nous sensibiliserLa société de production de films Catsnake a travaillé récemment sur un projet aussi original qu’intelligent : des spots surprenants autour du recyclage pour sensibiliser les consommateurs, à la demande de “Friends of the Earth” (Les amis de la Terre à l’international). Attention, sens de l’humour obligatoire.Ils se sont aimés dès le premier regard et ne veulent plus se lâcher l’étiquette. L’histoire d’amour entre deux bouteilles de lait, “Happy Farm” et “Valley Dairy”, risque de vous émouvoir plus que vous ne l’imaginez. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauRéalisée par la société Catsnake pour “Friends of the Earth” le spot écolo très original dans lequel ces deux personnages apparaissent, prête à sourire et vise à sensibiliser les consommateurs qui négligent parfois l’importance du recyclage.Sans en dévoiler plus sur l’issue de cette petite histoire émouvante et à la fois pleine d’humour, Maxisciences vous propose de découvrir le spot en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/recyclage/une-romance-entre-deux-bouteilles-de-lait-pour-sensibiliser-au-recyclage_art14712.html Le 19 mai 2011 à 13:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lawsuit claims church ignored warnings about principal

first_imgSEQUIM — A lawsuit filed in King County claims a church ignored warnings about a now convicted pedophile principal.KIRO-TV reports that Douglas Allison taught at Mountain View Christian School, part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, until last year when he pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two girls.Lawyer Chris Davis represents parents who claim their 10-year-old daughter was the victim, along with another 10-year-old girl.Their lawsuit claims the school was warned about Allison being too affectionate with students more than six months before his arrest.The lawsuit also claims at least one student at a school in California, where Allison worked before moving to Washington, claimed Allison molested her.Davis says the church did nothing about those claims.A Seventh-day Adventist Church spokeswoman said she hadn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.last_img read more

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I want its not lost Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the countrymen to keep up the achievement dedicating Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing nation to them as she was accorded a grand reception for her stewardship for the landmark development.”This achievement has been possible as we worked together . . . it’s the achievement of the people as they are the main strength (for the graduation),” she told a grand reception at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.The premier added: “I want this achievement to continue and it is not lost in any way.”The premier congratulated the people of all classes and professions in view of the achievement as she was accorded the reception for her stewardship to Bangladesh’s eligibility for graduating from the group of least development countries (LDCs).Coinciding with the reception she also opened a weeklong countrywide programme to celebrate Bangladesh’s graduation.The prime minister said the graduation proved again that people of the country could achieve everything they wanted and this achievement will have to be retained so that this journey did not stop.Economic Relations Division organised the reception with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in the chair while United Nations Under secretary-general Fajita Manual Katua Utau Common spoke on the occasion.A written message of UNDP administrator Achim Steiner was also read out at the function where ERD secretary Kazi Shafiqul Azam delivered the welcome address.UN secretary general Antonio Guterres , World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao, USAID administrator Mark Green and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka have sent separate video messages on the occasion.Ministers, premier’s advisers, lawmakers, politicians, chiefs of three armed services, diplomats, representatives of development partners, business community leaders, senior journalists, educationists, writers, artistes and literatures, senior civil and military officials joined the function.The prime minister said as a proud nation, Bangladesh wants to move keeping its head high as “we liberated the country through struggle and war . . . So why we will lag behind and why we will not stand our own feet and we’ve proved that we can”.She said whatever achievements the country made belonged to the people as “these achievements were not possible, unless we got their response and cooperation and they elect us to power”.The prime minister said the state power meant to her the opportunity to serve the people and “the power is not for me to enjoy luxury and change my own fate”.Sheikh Hasina, also the daughter of Bangabandhu, said her father taught her that the politics means changing the lot of the people and “we’ve been working with a goal so that the people stay good and this success has been possible due to it”.At the function, the finance minister handed over the letter of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations that declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the LDCs to the prime minister.Sheikh Hasina also released a commemorative postage stamp issued by Bangladesh Post Office on the occasion alongside a commemorative currency note of Tk 70 denomination issued by Bangladesh Bank.Post and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar and Bangladesh Bank governor Fazley Kabir were present on the occasion.Later information minister Hasanul Huq Inu, state minister for information Tarana Halim, information secretary Abdul Malek and principal information officer Begum Kamrun Nahar handed over a photo album to the prime minister.The prime minister said she has been running the state with a vow to change the lot of the people and present a beautiful life to them. “So, we have to keep up the development spree initiated during our tenure to achieve the goal,” she said.”We want that Bangladesh will advance further and be established as a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla holding the hand of this achievement,” she added.Citing the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said in his speech, the father of the nation had vowed that none would be able to suppress the Bangalees. “It has been proved again through Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing country,” she said.The prime minister said the nation had to cross many hurdles to achieve this success. “We had to advance being pierced of thorn on the leg,” she said.Expressing her gratitude to the almighty Allah for the achievement, Sheikh Hasina said she had to face repeated death attempts on her life, including the 21 August grisly grenade attack. “I never scared to death and don’t scare it,” she said.Recalling the dark chapter of Bangladesh after the assassination of Bangabandhu, the prime minister said she returned home in 1981 amid a hostile environment of the country. “At that time, the killers of Bangabandhu and war criminals were allowed by the then government to roam freely, do politics and put on the state power by promulgating infamous indemnity ordinance,” she said.”From that situation, we had started our journey and work for the welfare of the people and now we took the country one step forward,” she said.Paying tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the premier said the father of the nation had realised Bangladesh’s recognition as an LDC. “Now we have been able to graduate Bangladesh as a developing country…I don’t know whether he is seeing this achievement of Bangladesh’s people from the heaven,” she said in an emotion charged voice.She said Bangabandhu wanted to bring smiles on the faces of the common people and he also wanted that the people would get a better life. “Today, the door of that possibility has been opened. Had Bangabandhu been alive, we could earn this achievement within 10 years of independence,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the Father of the Nation had a long-cherished aspiration that people of this country would enjoy political freedom along with economic emancipation.The people of Bangladesh would get square meals, clothes and a better life – was his dream, she said, adding that he witnessed the sufferings and deprivation of people of this soil with his own eyes from the British colonial period to the Pakistani era.”No other else than Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had better idea about the real condition of the people. So, he struggled all over his life to change the fate of the common people,” she said.Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government’s determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and developed one by 2041.”We will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 and I have firm belief that we will certainly be able to establish a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the father of the nation by that year,” she said.The prime minister elaborated her government’s stunning successes in various fields, including agriculture, economy, education, health, power and poverty alleviation.She said her government wants to build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country in South Asia by 2041. “We may be not alive at that time, but we wish that the new generation must take the country forward and Bangladesh will get the honour as the best country in this region by that year.”A video documentary on the country’s stunning development that took place in different sectors in the last nine years was displayed at the function while another documentary containing the comments of working-class people about Bangladesh’s development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina was screened.Earlier, the prime minister was greeted with bouquets on behalf of president Abdul Hamid, Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the chief justice, the leader of the opposition in parliament, the chiefs of three services, the cabinet division, the 14-party, the police, government officials, freedom fighters, educationists, business leaders, journalists, artistes, litterateurs, sportspersons, women organisations, working-class people, the people with disabilities, children representatives and NGO representatives.Earlier, the prime minister paid tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait.The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) on 15 March officially declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the LDCs and handed over a formal letter in this regard to Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen on the following day.last_img read more

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Russia probes act of terror after metro blast kills 11

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin places flowers in memory of victims of the blast in the Saint Petersburg metro at Technological Institute station. Photo: AFPEleven people were killed and dozens more injured as an explosion rocked the Saint Petersburg metro Monday, with the Kremlin saying it bore “all the hallmarks of an attack.”Authorities shut down the metro system in Russia’s second city for several hours as security services said they had also defused a bomb at a second metro station.Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was probing an “act of terror” but added it would look into all other possible causes of the blast.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which comes after the Islamic State group called for attacks on Russia in retribution for its military intervention in Syria fighting against the jihadists.Pictures screened on national television showed the door of a train carriage blown out, as bloodied bodies lay strewn on a station platform.Above ground, emergency services vehicles rushed to the scene at the Technological Institute metro station, a key transport hub in the city centre.As the city prepared to mark three days of mourning, President Vladimir Putin placed a bouquet of red flowers at the entrance to the station in the late evening hours, after chairing a meeting of officials from the FSB intelligence agency, rescuers and the interior ministry.Anti-terror authorities said in a statement to Russian news agencies that the toll had risen to 11 dead and 45 injured.“I will be afraid to take the metro now,” said Maria Ilyina, 30, standing near the station, where a growing pile of flowers has been left in tribute to the victims.“Before we thought that this would not come to Saint Petersburg—now our city is under threat.”Pensioner Vyacheslav Veselov told AFP he had seen four bodies at the station.“A station attendant in tears called on the men to help carry the bodies,” he said.‘Barbaric act’The blast occurred in a train carriage as it was travelling between the Technological Institute and Vosstaniya Square stations at 2:40 pm (1140 GMT), said anti-terrorist committee (NAK) spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.The NAK committee later confirmed security services had found another explosive device at the Vosstaniya Square metro station. This device did not explode and was immediately “neutralised.”The Moscow metro tweeted that it was “taking additional security measures” as required by law in such situations, while NAK said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that security was being stepped up at transportation hubs and crowded spots across the country.Putin, who had been in Saint Petersburg holding a meeting at his Strelna presidential palace, offered “condolences” to the wounded and to the loved ones of those killed.German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the explosion as a “barbaric act,” while US President Donald Trump said: “Happening all over the world, absolutely a terrible thing.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow and Washington had been in contact over the blast “through diplomatic channels.”EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini wrote on Twitter that she was following developments “together with all EU foreign ministers” gathered for a meeting in Luxembourg.“Our thoughts are with all the people of Russia,” she wrote.Russia has not been hit by an apparent attack this deadly since the bombing of a plane carrying holidaymakers back to Saint Petersburg from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in October 2015, which was claimed by IS. All 224 people onboard were killed.Russian ground transport has also been hit by extremists before.In 2013, twin suicide strikes within two days at the main railway station and a trolleybus in the southern city of Volgograd—formerly known as Stalingrad—claimed 34 lives and raised alarm over security at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.A suicide raid on Moscow’s Domodedovo airport claimed by Islamic insurgents from the North Caucasus killed 37 people in January 2011.last_img read more

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Baytown Kicks Off New Saturday Bus Service With Free Rides

first_imgIf you live in Baytown and you don’t have a car, and you need to get to work on a Saturday, you’re probably going to have to ask a friend for a favor or shell out for a taxi. But starting this Saturday you can take the bus.David Jones with Harris County Transit said it’s a lot cheaper than a taxi, “and if you have to pay for extra gas for the friend, that cuts that expense down as well.”Jones said they decided to launch the Saturday service after surveying riders on all three of Baytown’s bus routes. Along with getting to work, Jones says a lot of riders want to use the bus for Saturday shopping trips along the busy Garth Road corridor. They also want to get to activities at Lee College.Jones estimates they’ll start with about 300 Saturday riders.“As people get used to the service, we think that will increase our average daily boardings in Baytown right now run around 500 to 600,” Jones added. The Baytown Saturday buses will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fare is $1.00.To introduce the new service, Harris County Transit is offering free Saturday rides through the end of the month.http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2791253-Baytown-Map.html 00:00 /01:01 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

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