Odisha CM wants cash assistance under PM-Kisan to be hiked to ₹10,000

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday demanded that the Centre should enhance cash assistance under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme from ₹6,000 to ₹10,000.The Chief Minister raised the demand at a farmers’ conclave in Bargarh district after government officials announced in Bhubaneswar that Odisha will extend all support for implementation of the PM-Kisan scheme in the State.Mr. Patnaik had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking enhancement of cash incentive under PM-Kisan and inclusion of landless farmers, sharecroppers and farmers in distress in the scheme as was done under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme launched by his government.The Chief Minister slammed the farmers’ body that called for Statewide bandh on Thursday saying “no one can stop the KALIA scheme, which aims to improve agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty”.At the rally, Mr. Patnaik released a sum of ₹700 crore that was transferred to the bank accounts of 14 lakh farmers of the State under the KALIA scheme. Earlier, financial assistance was released for over 12 lakh farmers at the first conclave held at Puri, and for 3.5 lakh farmers at the meeting held at Kendrapara.Mr. Patnaik said that he was monitoring the implementation of the scheme to ensure that no one was deprived of the benefits under KALIA.During his visit, Mr. Patnaik inaugurated the Sohela-Nuapada Biju Expressway and laid foundation stone of various projects worth ₹2,100 crore. He also announced that steps will be taken for revival of the Bargarh sugar mill.last_img read more

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Yogi Adityanath visits Hanuman temple in Lucknow

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at the famous Hanuman Setu temple here on Tuesday, a day after the Election Commission barred him from electioneering for 72 hours for likening the ongoing Lok Sabha polls to a contest between ‘Ali’ and ‘Bajrang Bali.’ The Chief Minister spent about 25 minutes at the temple and was seen bowing before the deity and sitting with folded hands to recite “Hanuman Chalisa.” He refused to take questions from the mediapersons, following the poll panel’s gag order. Ali is a revered figure in Islam. Bajrang Bali is another name for Lord Hanuman.last_img read more

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UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Lady Falcons eager to sustain winning culture for Adamson

first_img“I really want to set goals for ourselves, every team’s dream, on the top of their goal list, is to win the championship,” said Padda. “I know that they’ve been working hard, but we are hungry and we can battle this year.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Adamson University is done playing in the fringes, and for Season 80 the Lady Falcons have nowhere to go but soar upwards.Never mind that the Lady Falcons have a combined record of 2-26 for the past two UAAP seasons, that figure is a mere statistic for a now determined Adamson squad that is eager to challenge the league’s volleyball powers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHead coach Airess Padda said that if the men’s basketball team and the Pep Squad can change the landscape, so can the Lady Falcons.“Well one, I think we’re a school that didn’t really have a fighting winning culture until now,” said Padda. “Our basketball team ended up in the Final Four and our Pep Squad brought it home this year.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I think we have the best attitude but I also think we’re hungry. To see an underdog come from behind and fight, I think that’s what we have this year. We have that fighting spirit.”And that fighting spirit already emanated for the Lady Falcons during the offseason when they went on a tear of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and won six straight games before bowing out in the semifinals.Although skipper Jema Galanza was injured during the Final Four, the fight the remaining Lady Falcons brought against Arellano Univesity was enough for Padda to hope for the coming UAAP season.With Galanza fully recovered and the returning Fhem Emnas and Mylene Paat in the fold, Padda is looking forward for a renewed passion her team can bring.Adamson also brought in former champion Eli Soyud, who played with La Salle a few years back, to give the team that winning experience.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Read Next LATEST STORIES Head coach: Airess PaddaLast season: 1-13Key holdovers: Jema Galanza, Joy DacoronKey additions/returnees: Fhem Emnas, Mylene Paat, Eli SoyudADVERTISEMENT Coach hopes to see Team Lakay sustain good start to 2018 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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22,480 Enthusiasts set chess world record

first_imgA new world record was set in Ahmedabad on Friday when 22,480 people played chess simultaneously. The feat surpassed the previous mark of 13,446 players set in Mexico in October 21, 2006.Chess world champion Viswanathan Anand and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi were present at the occasion.Guinness Book of World Records representative Tarika Vara awarded the certificate to both of them after witnessing the event with her team.More than 20,000 students and 1,200 experts gathered at around 5.00 pm and played chess simultaneously to break the world record. Each expert took on 20 players. Another 200 experts were on standby. The event was organized by Gujarat State Chess Association, NIIT and the Gujarat Sports Authority after 10 months of preparation.The Gujarat University ground was divided into 64 squares with 320 participants in one square. From top of the GMDC building, the venue looked like a big chess board.” I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am at this point of time. This is an amazing event,”Anand said. ” I feel like I won one of the biggest title in chess today. I always wanted to do something more for the game apart from just playing it so I started efforts for popularising it across the nation.I am really proud to be the part of this record- breaking event and will work for spreading awareness for chess in Gujarat.”Modi pointed out that India has now completed 300 world records and thanked Anand for his help. ” I am thankful to Anand because he came to Gujarat more than once, he guided the players, and instilled the faith that this was possible.” Tarika said: ” I am truly amazed with the talent and turnout here.advertisementIt’s a great pleasure to announce that 22,480 played chess at this place simultaneously, and have set a new world record.”last_img read more

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India register historic Test win at Lord’s

first_imgIndia bowler Ishant Sharma, left, celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root caught out by Stuart Binny on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)India on Monday registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test at Lord’s. ScorecardThis is India’s second Test win at Lord’s after a period of 28 years. At the same venue, India registered their lone win back in 1986.Resuming the second session at 173/5, England were bowled out for 223 while chasing a target of 319 runs.Pacer Ishant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers with career best figures of 7/74. He was adjudged the Man of the Match.Ishant Sharma has the honour of leading India off after his match-winning 7/74 #EngvInd https://t.co/J4eQMLZApVLord’s Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 21, 2014With the win, the visitors have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.This is India’s second win at the ‘home of cricket’ since a Kapil Dev-led team won here back in 1986.Brief scores: India 295 and 342 beat England 319 and 223 (Joe Root 66, Moeen Ali 39; Ishant Sharma 7/74).England’s Moeen Ali walks off the field of play after losing his wicket off the bowling of India’s Ishant Sharma on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)India’s Ishant Sharma, center, celebrates with his captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, second right, after taking the wicket of England’s Moeen Ali, second left, on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)advertisementIndia’s Cheteshwar Pujara, center, celebrates catching out England’s Moeen Ali off an Ishant Sharma, left, delivery on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)England’s Joe Root hits a shot watched by India’s captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)India’s Shikhar Dhawan, left, regains his balance after stopping the ball at slip beside his captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)England’s Stuart Broad tries to avoid a bouncer form India’s Ishant Sharma on the fifth day of the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)last_img read more

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Ravichandran Ashwin betters Wasim Akram’s record with sixth 10-wicket haul Test

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin produced yet another masterclass as he picked up his sixth 10-wicket match haul to help India humble New Zealand by a massive 321 runs and sweep the three-match Test series at Indore.Ashwin, who completed his 21st five-wicket haul, picked up career-best 7/59 after his first innings figures of 6/81 to finish with best match figures of 13/140. (Scorecard | Key Highlights)Ashwin also finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series with 27 wickets to his credit and was intrumental in India’s fourth series sweep in the history of the game. He was adjudged Man of the Series for his exploits in the three games to take his tally to 7 which is the most awards won by an Indian cricketer in Tests.Ashwin also left behind the likes of Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Waqar Younis (Pakistan), Abdul Qadir (Pakistan), George Lohmann (England), Sir Alec Bedser (England), Dale Steyn (South Africa) and countryman Harbhajan Singh, who all have picked up 10-wicket hauls in a match five times.His sixth 10-wicket haul also saw him go level with Imran Khan (Pakistan), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) and Derek Underwood (England).The 30-year-old spinner is now second in the list for most 10-wicket hauls by an Indian after Anil Kumble’s eight.Ashwin is now eighth in the list of most wickets by an Indian bowler, with 220 scalps from 39 matches at an average of 24.29.Spinners with best strike-rate in Test cricket (200 wickets or more): SR Bowler Matches Wickets Average 5WI 10WM 49.50 R Ashwin (Ind) 39 220 24.29 21 6 54.02 Stuart MacGill (Aus) 44 208 29.02 12 2 55.05 Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 133 800 22.72 67 22 57.49 Shane Warne (Aus) 145708 25.41 37 10 60.19 Graeme Swann (Eng) 60 255 29.96 17 3 62.15 Rangana Herath (SL) 73 332 28.71 26 6Indian spinners with best strike-rate in Test cricket (200 wickets or more):advertisement SR Bowler Matches Wickets Average 5WI 10WM 49.50 R Ashwin 39 220 24.29 21 6 65.96 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar 58 242 29.74 16 2 65.99 Anil Kumble 132 619 29.65 35 8 68.54 Harbhajan Singh103 417 32.46 25 5 80.32 Bishan Singh Bedi 67 266 28.71 14 1 Most wickets by an Indian bowler in a series vs New Zealand: Bowler Series Country Matches Wickets Average 5WI 10WM Subhash Gupte 1955-56 India 5 34 19.68 4 0 R Ashwin 2016-17 India 3 27 17.77 3 2 Erapalli Prasanna 1967-68 New Zealand 4 24 18.79 2 0 Bishan Singh Bedi 1976-77 India 3 22 13.18 2 0 Arshad Ayub 1988-89India 3 21 13.67 1 0 S Venkataraghavan 1964-65 India 4 21 19.00 1 1 Erapalli Prasanna 1969-70 India 3 20 21.65 1 0 Anil Kumble 1999-00 India 3 20 18.20 2 1 Narendra Hirwani 1988-89 India 3 20 19.50 1 0 R Ashwin 2012 India 2 18 13.11 3 1 Indian bowlers with most wickets at home: Bowler Matches Wickets Average 5WI 10WM Anil Kumble 63 350 24.88 25 7 Harbhajan Singh 55 265 28.76 18 4 Kapil Dev 65 219 26.49 11 2 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar 32 142 27.69 8 1 Ravichandran Ashwin 22 153 20.37 16 5 Bishan Singh Bedi 30 137 23.99 8 0 Javagal Srinath 32 108 26.61 5 1 Zaheer Khan 38 104 35.87 3 0 Vinoo Mankad 23 103 26.53 4 2 Pragyan Ojha 20 101 27.51 7 1 (Stats by Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

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Showers fail to dampen enthusiasm of yoga participants

first_imgLucknow, Jun 21 (PTI) Early morning rains failed to dampen the mood of thousands of yoga enthusiasts, who assembled at the sprawling Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan here today to perform asanas along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the face of continuous downpour, people took cover under yoga mats.In a lighter vein, Modi said yoga enthusiasts here were not only spreading a message that yoga is important in life, but they were also demonstrating as to how yoga mats could be used to protect them from rain.”People of Lucknow have turned up despite rains…your effort is praiseworthy,” he said referring to people taking cover under yoga mats to save themselves from the downpour.After addressing the participants, Modi came down from the dais and performed yoga with children. Sporting a white T-shirt along with an Assamese gamocha (towel), Modi performed various asanas along with the children who followed the postures on orange, green, red and blue mats. The prime minister performed yoga for almost 45 minutes before leaving for Delhi.The programme commenced with chanting of Om three times. It was followed by a prayer before the asanas started. A security cordon was thrown around the programme venue, and intensive checking of the vehicles done. LCD screens were also installed at various places at the venue so that participants could follow the instruction of the yoga trainers properly. When the programme concluded, Modi did not disappoint the crowd, who were eagerly waiting to have his glimpse or shake hands with him. PTI NAV SMI RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

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I do films that appeal to the human side of me: Hrithik

first_imgMumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Hrithik Roshan said he takes up a film only when the story appeals to him on an emotional level.”I keep my instincts in mind. I must do a film that appeals to the human side of me and not to the star (side). If it connects with me then it will connect with the fans and audiences,” he said in an interview here when asked about his process of choosing a film.For the 43-year-old actor, the basic emotions of a story should strike a chord with him first.”There are times when the scene is supposed to be emotional and you imagine the audience crying but are you crying? The scenes in the film might seem very beautiful, but if the script has not moved me then it will not work (with the audience as well).”He was talking on the sidelines of an event here last evening where he unveiled the Rado sports collection as the global ambassador of the Swiss watch brand.To a question about the influence of sport in his and his childrens lives, he said, “I am going to push my kids to adopt some sports as it builds sportsmanship, character. It teaches you a lot of things, it teaches you survival.” PTI KKP JUR ARS BKlast_img read more

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Rockets Advance While Spurs, Jazz Take 3-2 Leads

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped Houston overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to advance to the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1.The Rockets used a 5-1 run, with all their points coming on free throws, to pull away from the Thunder and make it 98-91. Victor Oladipo threw a pass about 5 feet above Westbrook’s head and out of bounds on the next possession and Harden made a layup on the other end with about 3 minutes left.The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap.Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson, second from left, defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston couldn’t add to its lead though and the Thunder cut it to 4 points twice in the final seconds, with the second one coming on a basket by Alex Abrines. But Harden made two free throws both times they got close to secure the win.___SPURS 116, GRIZZLIES 103SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and San Antonio rebounded from two discouraging road losses to beat Memphis and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.San Antonio shot 14 for 28 on 3-point attempts, two off its postseason record, including 5-for-7 shooting by Patty Mills.Mills finished with 20 points and Tony Parker added 16.Mike Conley had 26 points and Marc Gasol added 17 for the Grizzlies, who have lost nine straight postseason games in San Antonio.With each team winning on its homecourt, Game 6 is Thursday night in Memphis.___JAZZ 96, CLIPPERS 92LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.Hayward returned after missing most of Utah’s win in Game 4 because of food poisoning.Chris Paul’s 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn’t do anything as time expired.The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points.Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot.The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sergio Ramos named as world’s best defender

first_imgGoal 50 Sergio Ramos named as world’s best defender of 2017 Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(45) Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Getty Images Goal 50 Real Madrid Sergio Ramos UEFA Champions League Primera División The prolific centre-back has been recognised for becoming the first man to lead Real Madrid to a league and European Cup double since 1958 Real Madrid and Spain star Sergio Ramos is the highest-ranked defender in the 2017 Goal 50.The 31-year-old is coming off the back of another outstanding season, having become the first player to lead Los Blancos to a league and European Cup double since Juan Alonso in 1958.Spain 7/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ramos contributed an impressive 10 goals to the Madrid cause – a new personal best for the centre-half over the course of a single campaign.There was a precious equaliser in the 1-1 Liga draw at Barcelona that preserved his side’s unbeaten run, which ultimately stretched to 40 matches, as well as a dramatic late winner against Real Betis during the title run-in.Sergio Ramos Real MadridRamos also drew Madrid level at a time when they were 1-0 down on the night – but still 3-2 up on aggregate – in their Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli.As a result of his decisiveness at both ends of the field, the World Cup winner finished above fellow defenders such as Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves in this year’s Goal 50.But where exactly did Ramos finish? Find out when the full Goal 50 list is published at 1200 UK time on Tuesday!The Goal 50 is an annual award that both recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the past 12 months. Chief editors and correspondents from Goal’s 37 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.last_img read more

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‘Henry a novice and wrong for Arsenal’

first_imgArsenal ‘Henry a novice and wrong for Arsenal’ – Petit wants experienced Wenger successor Chris Burton 01:38 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Thierry Henry Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League A former favourite may be a popular choice among fans to take the reins at Emirates Stadium, but another ex-Gunners feels head should rule over heart Thierry Henry would be the wrong choice to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, says Emmanuel Petit, with the legendary striker a “novice” in managerial terms.With the man currently at the Gunners helm facing more uncomfortable questions regarding his future, a host of names have been offered up as possible candidates to fill a coaching void.Wenger has given no indication that he will be stepping aside any time soon, but if that decision is taken out of his hands then Arsenal will be in the market for a new boss for the first time in 22 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Club icon Henry, who is fondly remembered in north London for breaking the Gunners’ all-time goalscoring record, has been mooted as an option to cut his management teeth at the very highest level, with the Frenchman boasting the fan support that Wenger now lacks.Petit, though, believes his former team-mate and fellow Premier League title winner needs to gain experience elsewhere before taking on such a role, telling SFR Sport: “He has his statue outside the stadium, and he benefits from an impressive credit in terms of affection and love not only from Gunners fans but also the whole Premier League.”He’s the player, after Ryan Giggs, who has made the most impact in the Premier League.”That shows you the extent to which he is in people’s minds and has been for a long time. If you add to that his passion for football, he could do something good – but he is a novice.”He’s the third assistant coach of Belgium. When you see Patrick Vieira, who is coaching in the MLS … the MLS is different, but he belongs to Manchester City.”So, bring back a former player? Yes, but I think that given Arsenal’s current context it’s not what Arsenal need right now. I think they need a seasoned coach who’ll put things on the right track.”While Petit is against Henry returning to Arsenal at this stage, others have been quick to talk up his claims to a coaching post.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said: “If he wants to be manager, he has the talent to do it. But he has to decide, not me.”Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has added of a man who admits it is his “dream” to one day take charge of the Gunners: “The same requirements we were appreciating in Pep Guardiola when we decided to put him as a coach of the first team, Thierry has many of them.”If he wants to become a coach, and more specifically wants to coach Arsenal, then it is because he is convinced he will do it very well because he is looking for excellence all the time – just as when he was a player.”last_img read more

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10 months agoMcGrath slams Man Utd players: I’ll go to grave knowing I gave my all

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McGrath slams Man Utd players: I’ll go to grave knowing I gave my allby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul McGrath says it’s time for the players to start playing for the fans.McGrath wrote for the Irish Independent: “Now the Manchester United players have to step up to the plate. And that’s from someone who knows what he is talking about.”You are reading here the words of a man who had a row with a Manchester United manager, someone he didn’t get on with.”But every time Alex Ferguson picked me to play in that famous red shirt, I went out and gave it my all. I will go to my grave certain of that.”And I played as hard as I could for three reasons.”Firstly, it was a matter of pure professional pride for me.”Secondly, because I wanted to show I was a half decent footballer.”And thirdly, and above all, because I was doing it for the supporters, those people who put their hands into their pockets for their hard-earned cash to watch the team and thus pay my wages.”That’s what I thought of when I was a Manchester United man, not that the manager wanted me out of the dressing-room.”There were Manchester United players who did not do those three things over the last few weeks and months.” last_img read more

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10 months agoBatshuayi reveals influence on Chelsea Pulisic deal

first_imgBatshuayi reveals influence on Chelsea Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has hinted an influence on the deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.Pulisic made a £58million switch to Chelsea on Wednesday, although he will return to Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the campaign.Batshuayi, who is currently on loan at Valencia, spent the second half of last season with Dortmund, where he formed a strong friendship with Pulisic.Batshuayi wrote on Instagram: ‘#AgentMichy. Happy for you bro @cmpulisic #specialtalent’.#AgentMichy@mbatshuayipic.twitter.com/2XpsW8ynAo— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) January 2, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State Freshman Marcus Hooker Reportedly Charged With DUI

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State freshman football player has reportedly had a run-in with the law. A freshman defensive back has reportedly been charged with a DUI.The New Castle News is reporting that Marcus Hooker, a freshman defensive back from Pennsylvania, has been charged.“Marcus James Hooker, 18, of New Castle, by Neshannock Township police with driving under the influence, disregarding traffic lane, careless driving, no rear lights and purchase of alcoholic beverage by a minor,” reads the report.Hooker is reportedly scheduled to appear in court on July 5 at 9:30 a.m. E.T. for a preliminary arraignment.The three-star recruit is a New Castle, Pa. native.Hooker was ranked the No. 62 cornerback in the country coming out of high school this past spring. He is the younger brother of former Ohio State star and current Indianapolis Colts defensive back Malik Hooker.Ohio State has yet to release a comment on the reported charge.last_img read more

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Amendments to Environmental Assessment Regulations Proposed

first_img Changes are being proposed for Environmental AssessmentRegulations. “The proposed changes will make it easier for us to protect theenvironment,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.”And they will allow potential developers to meet theirenvironmental responsibilities with less red tape.” Environmental assessment is a process that evaluates thepotential environmental effects of major developments before theycan proceed. Applicants are required to explain how they willminimize the environmental effects of their proposed development. The proposed regulatory changes are intended to add efficiency tothe assessment process, introduce innovation and implement someaspects of Nova Scotia’s Energy Strategy. “I’m particularly enthused about how these proposals will improvepublic consultation,” Mr. Morash said. “Stakeholders have told usloud and clear that the regulations needed work in this area.” The proposed amendments were released today, Dec. 2, for publiccomment. “We need to be sure that stakeholders understand whatwe’re proposing,” the minister said. “And it’s important for usto hear from the public when we propose changes to regulations.” The public comment period ends on Jan. 19, 2004. The draftregulations and an explanatory brochure are available at anyEnvironment and Labour office. They can also be obtained throughthe department’s website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ea/ . ENVIRONMENT AND LABOUR–Amendments to Environmental AssessmentRegulations Proposedlast_img read more

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Cole HarbourEastern Passage Byelection Oct 2

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 28, that a byelection will be held in the riding of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage on Tuesday, Oct. 2. “Though it has only been a year since our last general election, it’s important that all Nova Scotians have representation in the legislature, so the people of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage will have an opportunity to elect their representative on Oct. 2,” said Premier MacDonald. The seat has been vacant since March. -30-last_img read more

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Power still off for 400 properties in Red Deer after Tuesdays windstorm

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – The City of Red Deer says 400 homes and business are still without power after a violent windstorm hit central Alberta earlier this week.In an update on its website, the city says it could be another two days before electricity is restored to everyone.Homes where damaged and trees were uprooted Tuesday evening when wind gusts of more than 100 km/h hit.Windows were blown out at one city mall and the roof of at least one store was lifted off.One person suffered minor injuries at a campground.Red Deer remains under a local state of emergency.last_img read more

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Over 2800 deaths last year linked to opioids hospitalizations also on rise

first_imgTORONTO – At least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 and that number “will almost certainly” surpass 3,000 in 2017, the country’s chief public health officer predicted Thursday, as officials outlined the growing scope of the epidemic.While the western provinces have been hardest-hit — there were 978 illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. and 586 apparently opioid-related deaths in Alberta in 2016 — the numbers of people dying in Eastern Canada are also rising. For example, Ontario had 865 deaths last year and Nova Scotia had 53 as a result of opioid-related toxicity.“No area of Canada is necessarily safe from this crisis,” Dr. Theresa Tam told a media briefing from Ottawa.Canadians aged 30 to 39 accounted for the highest proportion of deaths related to the potent narcotics, at 28 per cent overall, although the figures varied widely across the country.“We are beginning to get a better picture of the kinds of drugs that are fuelling this epidemic,” said Tam, noting that illicit synthetic fentanyl and fentanyl-like drugs are a major driver of overdose deaths in the hardest-hit areas of the country.Deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled in the first three months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, she said.“We’re also seeing that this is not a crisis involving only opioids. Many of the overdoses involved a mix of substances. In fact, 84 per cent of apparent opioid-related deaths also involved a substance that was not an opioid, adding to the complexity in addressing the crisis.”Those substances include alcohol, cocaine and benzodiazepines, a class of anti-anxiety drugs that includes Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam).Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, said the number of deaths from illicit opioid use varied widely across the country: in Alberta, 64 per cent involved fentanyl, while only 15 per cent of deaths in Nova Scotia were linked to the powerful drug.“This data illustrated to us that we are facing two different but overlapping issues,” Strang said. “First, overdose deaths from prescription opioids and second, overdose deaths from illicit drugs laced with fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.”In Atlantic Canada, most deaths were related to prescribed opioids, some of which may have been diverted to the black market from legitimate users with acute or chronic pain.“But we are starting to see in 2016 that we had our first small number of deaths … where illicit fentanyl was part of the picture,” he said of Nova Scotia.In a report released earlier Thursday, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) warned the opioid crisis is having a significant impact on the health system as a growing number of Canadians seek emergency hospital care for overdoses.In 2016-17, 16 Canadians a day were admitted to hospital for opioid toxicity, up from 13 per day two years earlier — a rise of almost 20 per cent.That one-year hospitalization rate translates into more than 5,800 Canadians needing treatment.The last decade has seen hospital admissions for opioid poisonings jump 53 per cent, with more than 40 per cent of that increase occurring in the last three years, CIHI reported.“We found rates varied across the country, but interestingly they were generally lower in the largest cities, such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver,” said Michael Gaucher, director of pharmaceuticals and health workforce information services at CIHI.That finding may reflect a different demographic in smaller urban centres such as Hamilton, Saskatoon and Victoria, where a higher proportion of residents may be seniors taking prescription opioids and where there may be greater availability of the drugs on the street, he said.The CIHI report showed adults aged 45 to 64 and seniors 65 and older had the highest rates of hospital admissions for opioid toxicity over the last 10 years, but the fastest-growing rate was for youth and young adults aged 15 to 24.About half of those admissions were due to accidental opioid poisonings; about one-third were intentional; and the cause of the remainder are unknown.“With seniors, you seem to see higher rates of accidental poisonings, perhaps related to multiple medications that they may be on,” Brent Diverty, CIHI’s vice-president of programs, said in an earlier interview. “So they simply take the wrong dose.“We see higher rates of intentional self-harm in younger folks.”CIHI found intentional opioid overdoses were most prevalent among young people aged 15 to 24, accounting for 44 per cent of hospitalizations.Still, the researchers also found escalating rates of accidental overdoses among younger people, which Diverty said may be linked to recreational use of illicit drugs, some of which may be laced with a synthetic opioid like fentanyl.In data from Alberta, CIHI found emergency room visits related to heroin and synthetic opioid overdoses soared almost 10-fold in the last five years. Over that period, ER visits in Ontario for heroin poisoning rose almost four-fold, while visits for synthetic opioids more than doubled.While CIHI doesn’t have a dollar figure for the cost to the health-care system, Diverty said people admitted for an opioid overdose spend longer than average in hospital and there are downstream costs for continuing treatment of complications.Meanwhile Thursday, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced an additional $7.5-million grant aimed at fighting the opioid crisis as she toured an Ottawa substance abuse treatment centre run by the Shepherds of Good Hope, which has applied for approval as a supervised-injection site.Shepherds’ president and CEO Deirdre Freiheit said the centre’s staff are “absolutely fatigued.”“We would have had a handful of overdoses a year or two ago and now we’re seeing multiple overdoses every single day…. Nurses, peer support workers, frontline staff are all just absolutely overwhelmed with the number of interventions they’re making just to keep people alive every day,” she said.“I think this is the tip of the iceberg and we need some help.”— With files from Joan Bryden in Ottawa———Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Mother speaks out about her daughters death appeals for action on MMIWG

first_imgPrecious Ones: Nova Scotia mother calling for #MMIWG inquiry to include men Ten years ago her 19-year-old son Carlyle was found dead in Sydney.Last year APTN Investigates interviewed Mona about her son’s death. Mona said she wanted to see the MMIWG Inquiry include missing and murdered Indigenous men too. Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe mother and cousin of a young Mi’kmaw woman who died last month are speaking out in hopes of bringing more awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Cassidy Jean Bernard, 22, was found dead in her We’koqma’q home on Oct. 24.  Cassidy is the second child Mona has lost “at somebody else’s hand.” “It’s an awesome thing that they’re…recognizing that there’s a problem, that there’s an epidemic. But they should be doing something about it now,” she said. She was also the mother of six-month-old identical twin girls, Mya and Paisley. “It was amazing to watch her do that,” she said. RCMP in Nova Scotia have not yet named Bernard as the deceased, but have called the death “suspicious” and say they are investigating. “My eyes are wide open,” Mona said, having lost two of her six children. She wants answers. “They should have been doing something about it decades ago, so that these men and these predators wouldn’t feel safe to actually hurt our women and get away with it. It’s been going on far too long.  Speaking from her home in We’koqma’q First Nation, Nova Scotia Mona Bernard described her daughter Cassidy as “an angel,” a “bright-spirited child,” and “just beautiful.” She said she is taking care of her two granddaughters now. Police have not said there’s a public safety risk in the wake of Bernard’s death. Annie Bernard-Daisley, Cassidy’s cousin and a band councillor for We’koqma’q, told APTN News Cassidy was “very community-oriented,” and that the young mother “went to every community function that there was with her little babies. They’re waiting for Nova Scotia’s medical examiner service to complete its own investigation before the RCMP can classify the death as anything other than suspicious, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke told APTN News Friday.APTN reached out to Nova Scotia’s Medical Examiner Service for information on Cassidy’s case but did not receive a response by the time of publication. “They said he was swimming and that he drowned,” she explained. “But there was little investigation and nobody really gave me the right answers. I heard so many different stories on his death. He didn’t drown. He wouldn’t even go into that water. Waiting on medical examiner “They’re getting away with murdering our women, taking their lives, and taking them away from their families, because they know they can. They know there’s a track record with the government not following through with investigations and making sure people who are doing this to our women for the safety of everybody else in society.” “Bring a red dress, bring a poster ! Bring yourself!” Annie posted on Facebook Friday, adding the event will be  “peaceful protest to create an awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and men in all of Canada!” Annie said she and Mona are urging people in the community with information to come forward. “I don’t want anyone to lose an angel like I just did. I swear, I don’t want any other mother to feel this kind of pain,” Mona said. The family is also planning what they’re calling a “Red Dress Protest” for 12 p.m. Noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, when they will block the Canso Causeway, which connects Unama’aki (Cape Breton Island) to the mainland. “And the investigation, I don’t know what ever happened but it just didn’t keep going.” Mona said Cassidy “was just a master” at mothering. “She was just a queen of these babies.” Looking for answers, taking action “The government has to step up and actually do something about it,” Annie said, commending the Trudeau government for launching the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but adding action should not wait until the Inquiry files its final report. “We live in small communities. People are related to each other. People might be defending each other. And it’s our people who are doing that,” she said. “Our people have to stop [defending people who kill] because it’s making our society feel like they are able to take women’s lives and get away with it. And it’s gotta stop happening. They have to be courageous and stand up and give out the information to the right people.”.APTN Investigates interviewed Mona Bernard last year. She had already lost her son Carlyle Denny and believes police didn’t do a thorough enough investigation into his 2008 death. Now, following the death of her 22-year-old daughter Cassidy, she’s hoping for answers. APTN file photo..As part of their awareness raising campaign family members have begun using the hashtag “JusticeForCass on social media. “She must have been an angel from God, because nobody gets blessed very often to have that opportunity to have identical twins,” Mona said. But Mona and Annie say even though Cassidy’s case is so recent and is not yet solved, they feel compelled to speak out about the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Mona said her daughter was brilliant, “in her culture and in English,” and that she would sing and speak in Mi’kmaq to her daughters. “Cassidy was just a beautiful angel that was sent to me from God. And somebody has taken her away.”.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,301.91, up 62.65 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 33 cents, or 5.02 per cent, to $6.25 on 7.5 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 20 cents, or 0.87 per cent to $23.32 on 5.5 million shares.Stornoway Diamond Corp. (TSX:SWY). Materials. Unchanged at two cents on 5.4 million shares.Yorbeau Resources Inc. (TSX:YRB). Materials. Down 1.5 cents, or 37.5 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 4.9 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 16 cents, or 0.86 per cent, to $18.66 on 4.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Unchanged at $2.18 on 4 million shares.Companies in the news:TRANSAT AT Inc. (TSX:TRZ). Up five cents to $13.44. A Quebec developer who promised a takeover proposal for Transat AT Inc. has made good on his word, outbidding Air Canada in the process. Vincent Chiara of Group Mach Inc. filed a formal offer Thursday for $14 per share or $527.6 million. Transat began exclusive talks with Air Canada, set to end on June 26, after the country’s largest airline made a bid of $13 per share or about $520 million last month. Chiara’s rival bid includes trying to convince the Quebec government to finance nearly one-quarter of the purchase. He says he submitted a business plan to Investissement Quebec earlier this month.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down 46 cents or 1.77 per cent to $25.52. Neil Bruce, who stepped down abruptly as head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on Tuesday, says the process to replace him was in the works for at least six months. Bruce says in a LinkedIn post that the process started last year and notes that his interim replacement, Ian Edwards, was appointed operations chief in January, allowing a five-month handover period to groom the industry veteran. Bruce says his family moved backed to the United Kingdom after the winter holidays and that he was eager to join them.Canfor Pulp Products. (TSX:CFX). Down one cent to $11.40. Canfor Pulp Products is temporarily shutting down one of its northern British Columbia pulp mills — just days after parent company Canfor Inc. announced breaks at all but one of its B.C. sawmills and the permanent closure of another. Canfor Pulp says the Taylor mill won’t operate from June 29 to Aug. 5, reducing pulp production by about 25,000 tonnes. The Vancouver-based company says reasons include weaker market conditions and a short-term lack of wood supply due to slowdowns at its sawmills elsewhere in the province.The Canadian Press read more

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