BJP MP behind attack on brother: Kafeel Khan

first_imgDr. Kafeel Khan, an accused in the Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College negligence case involving death of scores of children and infants, on Sunday alleged that BJP MP from Bansgaon Kamlesh Paswan was behind a recent attack on his brother Kashif Jamal.Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, Dr. Khan said, “The attack on Kashif was carried out at the behest of BJP MP from Basgaon Kamlesh Paswan in collusion with Satish Nanglia (the owner of a plaza in Gorakhpur).”Maintaining that there was no direct enmity between the BJP MP and his brother, Dr. Khan alleged both Kamlesh Paswan and Satish wanted to occupy a plot of land belonging to his maternal uncle for which even an FIR had been registered earlier.Dr. Khan also demanded security cover for himself and his family members from the State government adding that they all are facing threat to their lives.‘Baseless charges’Mr. Paswan, however, termed the allegation against him “baseless,” saying Dr. Khan was trying to gain political mileage out of the attack. “These are all baseless allegations. I have got nothing to do with the case (attack on Mr. Kashif). And, I am ready for any sort of probe,” Mr. Paswan said.“Through these acts, Dr. Khan is attempting to establish himself politically,” he added.According to police, Mr. Kashif, 34, was allegedly shot at by some unidentified bike-borne miscreants near JP Hospital in Gorakhpur on June 10 after which he was rushed to a private nursing home from where he was referred to the trauma centre of King George Medical University in Lucknow. Mr. Kashif had sustained bullet wounds on his right upper arm, neck and chin. A day after the attack, Dr. Khan had said on twitter, “Allah rahem kare. I’m not going to bend.”last_img read more

Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff

first_img“These people, they have national organizing committees, they have to know. They only have X amount of dollars and they’re going to put it toward the programs where they think they have the best chance.”The inquiry is expected to report back to an IOC session in June, three months before AIBA’s world championships decide the first Olympic places, with other planned qualifiers close behind.Virgets said he’s preparing to file a 4,000-page report to the IOC inquiry showcasing reforms to the often-criticized judging system and more stable finances. He wouldn’t comment when asked whether Rakhimov would consider stepping down to smooth relations with the IOC.The IOC could try to derecognize AIBA and host its own Olympic boxing event without Rakhimov. Some national boxing officials have tried to gather support for such a move but face threats of disciplinary action from AIBA.Virgets alleged the breakaway was led by the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation, whose candidate lost to Uzbekistan’s Rakhimov in November’s presidential vote. Several Western European nations have been among Rakhimov’s strongest critics, but so far no national federation — including Kazakhstan — has openly backed a split.ADVERTISEMENT Asked when the point of no return would be, Virgets said “we’re getting there rapidly,” ahead of planned qualifying events later this year.The IOC froze Olympic boxing planning in November when it launched an inquiry into the association, known as AIBA, after Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president. The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov is a heroin trafficker linked to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVirgets argued the delay means poorer countries are reluctant to fund boxers ahead of other sports without knowing how they can reach the Olympics.“Everyone’s sitting there saying, ‘right, where can I put my money?’” he said. “For countries like Russia, the USA and others, they just find the money to make sure the athletes get to those competitions. But what about Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Yemen? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach MOST READcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “If not AIBA, then who?” Virgets said. Any alternative leaders, he argued, would lack credibility and would struggle to arrange funding and drug-testing for fighters.“How do you allow that group to be in charge of anything? It’s a rogue group,” he said. “The question is could they organize a one-person parade?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, top center, and Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori, bottom second from left, and Toshiro Muto, bottom second from right, CEO of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, attend an IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo. Time is “rapidly” running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020, the executive director of the International Boxing Association said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 amid disputes with the International Olympic Committee and a breakaway group of boxing officials. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)MOSCOW — Time is “rapidly” running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020, the executive director of the International Boxing Association said Tuesday amid disputes with the International Olympic Committee and a breakaway group of boxing officials.Tom Virgets told The Associated Press that boxers from poorer African and Asian countries already face losing crucial funding with the qualifying system still not confirmed.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

India in mens and womens kabaddi finals

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Guwahati, Feb 14 (PTI) Indian mens and womens teams entered the finals of the kabaddi event at the 12th South Asian Games with easy victories over their respective opponents here today. The mens team, defending its title, outplayed Bangladesh 29-9 in the semifinals to make it to the final of the event at the R G Baruah Sports Complex. The Bangladeshis could not match the technical superiority of the Indians who led 15-3 at the half time. The Indians effected two lonas (two bonus points when entire opposition is out) to completely dominate the match against the hapless Bangladeshis. The Bangladeshis did a bit better in the second half as they got six points as against three in the first 20 minutes. But the Indians maintained the momentum to walk away with the match 29-9. India got 20 outs, five bonus points and four lona points in the match. In the womens section also, defending champions India thrashed Nepal 45-15 in the semifinals to set up a summit clash against Bangladesh tomorrow. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka 18-16 in a closely fought semifinals match. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Modric moment of class lifts Croatia to 1-0 win over Turkey

first_imgLuka Modric’s perfect technique lifted Croatia to a 1-0 win over Turkey on Sunday at the European Championship.The Real Madrid midfielder scored with a dipping volley in the 41st minute of a rugged and bloodied Group D game at Parc des Princes. Modric strode forward into the path of a high clearance for a 25-meter shot that Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan failed to keep out.Croatia had several good chances to score, but was twice denied by the crossbar in the second half. Veteran captain Darijo Srna’s curling free kick glanced off the woodwork on its way over, and Ivan Perisic’s close-range header rebounded out of danger.Modric’s goal stood out in a mostly uninspiring first half. Playing in a deep role, he was perfectly placed when Turkey’s defense panicked dealing with a cross into the goalmouth.An aimless clearance sent the ball looping into a central area and Modric sent back a bouncing shot.FAN DISRUPTS GOAL CELEBRATIONIn the first Euro 2016 match after violence Saturday at the match between Russia and England in Marseille, a fan in a Croatia shirt jumped from the stands to join the players while they were celebrating the goal. He was led away by stadium security staff and UEFA will likely sanction Croatia’s soccer federation for the security breach.The two teams, traditionally known for neat ground passes, mostly preferred lofting crosses into the goalmouth. Unfortunately for Croatia, back-to-back headed chances in the 23rd were wasted by midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as tall forward Mario Mandzukic lurked nearby.advertisementTurkey’s best headed chance also fell to a midfielder. Ozan Tufan miscued in the 29th to force goalkeeper Danijel Subasic into a stumbling save on his goal line.Amid so much aerial play, there were collisions and casualties.CORLUKA SHEDS BLOOD FOR CROATIACroatia defender Vedran Corluka was left with a bloodied head and face by forward Cenk Tosun’s elbow. Tosun was shown a yellow card and Corluka sported a large white bandage until halftime. The wound reopened in the second half and Corluka was patched up twice more.Turkey sent on 18-year-old forward Emre Mor as a late substitute but the new Borussia Dortmund signing had little chance to shine.In the other Group D match, Spain will play the Czech Republic on Monday in Toulouse.last_img read more

No bullock cart race in Maharashtra: Bombay HC extends ban, calls the sport cruel

first_imgEven as Maharashtra government decided to go ahead with notifying the rules for bullock cart racing in the state, Bombay High Court has extended the ban on the sport.This means that there will be no bullock cart racing in Maharashtra this Diwali.Every year post Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, bullock cart racing in great numbers are organised but Bombay High Court’s ban in the state will not grant the permission to do so this year.Bullock cart racing has been a popular tradition in some parts of Maharashtra and is known as Bailgada Sharyat or Shankarpat in various parts of the state. However, this year after Bombay HC’s ban, many organisers will not be able to let the speed of the carts go wild.MAHARASHTRA GOVT AND BOMBAY HIGH COURTThe Bombay High Court in August had asked the Maharashtra government to frame rules with the amendments in Maharashtra’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which would look over and govern the bullock cart racing.The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Act 2017, however, states clearly that the organisers of bullock cart racing would have to be approved by the respective district collectors.However, now that the government has amended the rules and is about to notify it, chief justice Manjulla Chellur observed, “The very act of making a bullock run would amounts to cruelty. Can an amendment to the law change this fact?”The Chief Justice said, “If Supreme Court says that bullocks are performing animals then let them say so. As of now we are bound by SC’s observation but bullocks are not performing animals and if they are put up for races, the animals go through pain and suffering.”advertisementBombay High Court is also hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Pune resident Ajay Marathe seeking a direction to stop the ‘traditional sport’.last_img read more

Indian shuttlers continue good run at Russia Open

first_imgVladivostock (Russia), Jul 26 (PTI) Former national champions Sourabh Verma and Rituparna Das continued their impressive run as they progressed to the quarterfinals of the USD 75,000 Russia Open BWF Tour Super 100 tournament here today. Also making it to the final eight were Mithun Manjunath, Subhankar Dey and Vrushali Gummadi in singles, while the men’s doubles pair of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla and the two mixed doubles combination of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg and Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh also entered the quarterfinals. Coming back after recovering from an injury, Sourabh, who made the cut for the Asian Games after proving his worth at the selection tournaments, trounced Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-11 21-9 in a lop-sided contest. The eighth seeded Indian will face Israel’s Misha Zilberman, seeded third. Rituparna, who won the India International Series and Polish International in 2016, had to dig deep into her reservoir to eke out a 13-21 21-17 21-19 win over second seed Ying Ying Lee of Malaysia. The 21-year-old from Haldia, who recovered from an injury-laden 2017 to clinch her first title this season at the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament in Bangalore, will square off against American qualifier Iris Wang next. Mithun, who had won the men’s singles title at the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament in Bangalore, defeated Japan’s Koji Naito 21-16 21-13 to set up a meeting with Malaysia’s Satheishtharan Ramachandran tomorrow. The fifth seeded Subhankar, who had won titles at Iceland and Portugal last year and registered a win at the KaBaL International this year, saw off compatriot Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-11 21-19. The 25-year-old will meet second seed Russian Vladimir Malkov in the quarterfinals.advertisement Vrushali Gummadi dumped Korea’s Byeol Lim Lee 21-11 21-13 in 24 minutes. The 20-year-old will meet Malaysia’s Yen Mei Ho. In doubles, Rohan and Kuhoo, who had won Iceland International and finished runners-up at the Lagos International last week, defeated local pair of Alexey Panov and Polina Makkoveeva 21-10 21-14. The duo will cross swords with local combo of Andrej Loginov and Liliia Abibulaeva at the Sport Hall Olympic tomorrow. Arun and Sanyam, who won the Dutch International this season, defeated Canada’s Jeffrey Lam and England’s Hin Shun Wong 21-12 21-13 in men’s doubles. The mixed pair of Saurabh and Anoushka also notched up a 21-6 21-12 win over Russian combo of Artem Serpionov and Anastasiia Pustinskaia. However, it was curtains for the seventh seeded Mugdha Agrey, as she lost to Iris Wang 4-21 13-21 in a one-sided women’s singles clash. PTI ATK AHAHlast_img read more

Leicester sign Dragovic on loan

first_imgTransfers Leicester City sign Aleksandar Dragovic on loan from Bayer Leverkusen Last updated 2 years ago 06:11 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aleksandar Dragovic Austria Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Bayer Leverkusen Premier League Bundesliga The Foxes have moved to bolster their defense by bringing in the Austrian international on a season-long loan deal Leicester City have announced the signing of Aleksandar Dragovic from Bayer Leverkusen on a season-long loan deal. The 26-year-old centre-back adds depth and experience to Craig Shakespeare’s back-line, having already made 54 senior international appearances with Austria.Foxes 15/4 for clean sheet v Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Defender Aleksandar Dragović has joined #lcfc on loan until the end of the season! More https://t.co/4Ldbmp6oJP#WelcomeDragović pic.twitter.com/atZHbt0fgb— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 31, 2017The defender began his club career in his native Austria before joining Swiss outfit FC Basel, where he won three league titles in three straight years and helped the club to the semi-finals of the Europa League. His stint in Switzerland was followed by a successful spell with Dynamo Kyiv, where he would get experience in the Champions League, and finally a move to Bundesliga side Leverkusen last summer.last_img read more

Pogba leaves Old Trafford on crutches after injury

first_imgPaul Pogba Pogba leaves Old Trafford on crutches after injury against Basel Last updated 2 years ago 05:45 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League The midfielder was hurt in the opening 20 minutes of his club’s Champions League group stage clash with Basel at Old Trafford Paul Pogba left Old Trafford on crutches after injury blighted his first start as Manchester United captain in the Champions League.The midfielder was replaced after 19 minutes by Marouane Fellaini during United’s 3-0 win over Basel in the group stage.Man Utd 10/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing With club captain Michael Carrick on the bench and Antonio Valencia, who has taken the armband in every game this season, rested completely, Jose Mourinho had given Pogba the captaincy for the first time.However, Pogba failed to last 20 minutes of the Group A encounter at Old Trafford after stretching awkwardly to win the ball in midfield.The France international immediately held his hamstring and signalled to the bench for assistance after only being able to take a few steps.The 24-year-old limped off the pitch as Mourinho turned to Fellaini, who missed the weekend’s 2-2 draw at Stoke City, to fill the void in midfield.And he was forced to leave the stadium on crutches as United await medical reports that will determine the severity of the injury.Pogba has been in superb form for United this term, netting twice in the opening fives games and any prolonged absence would represent a significant blow as a packed fixture list awaits now that European football has returned.United, who are unbeaten after four Premier League fixtures, host Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.Pogba had initially been chosen to lead a line-up featuring two enforced alterations, with Victor Lindelof handed a second start for the club alongside Chris Smalling due to Eric Bailly and Phil Jones being suspended.Ashley Young was picked for the first time this term at right-back, while Juan Mata and Anthony Martial returned to the XI in place of Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford respectively.United, playing in the Champions League for the first time in two years, entered the contest on the back of an unbeaten start in the Premier League.last_img read more

Suarez & Cavani lead Uruguay World Cup squad

first_imgUruguay Suarez and Cavani lead Uruguay World Cup squad as Gaston Ramirez misses out Joe Wright 01:13 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) luis suarez - cropped Getty Images Uruguay World Cup Luis Suárez The Sampdoria playmaker joins Nicolas Lodeiro and Fede Valverde as the three players cut from the Celeste’s final list for Russia 2018 Uruguay have named their final 23-man squad for the World Cup, which includes star strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.The forwards are joined by rising young players including Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and Celta Vigo’s Maximiliano Gomez.Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and defenders Martin Caceres and Diego Godin are experienced options included by national coach Oscar Tabarez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now In total, 11 of the players were in the squad for the 2014 finals in Brazil, while seven were involved eight years ago in South Africa, when Uruguay reached the semi-finals.Former Manchester United full-back Guillermo Varela, now of Penarol, has also been included, as has Girona forward Cristhian Stuani. However, Federico Valverde, Gaston Ramirez and Nicolas Lodeiro all miss out.Uruguay face Uzbekistan in a friendly match next Friday before they begin their World Cup campaign against Egypt on June 15.They then face Saudi Arabia and host nation Russia in their remaining Group A matches.Plantel definitivo de @Uruguay para la Copa del Mundo #Rusia2018. El Cuerpo Técnico confirmó los 23 futbolistas que defenderán a la Celeste en el mundial.#ElEquipoQueNosUne pic.twitter.com/bS9ZQtMK1w— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 2, 2018Uruguay’s final 23-man World Cup squad:Martin Campana (Independiente); Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray); Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama); Martin Caceres (Lazio), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Penarol); Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter); Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)last_img read more

The Best Ice Bars Around the World

first_imgBreak the ice on a first date or enjoy your booze on the rocks at one of the coolest ice bars (of both the pop-up and permanent varieties) around the world, from New York City to the beaches of Barcelona.Throw on your trusty Fjallraven Parka (the best winter jacket in the world), and stash an extra hand warmer in your pocket. Admission to many of these ice bars include a jacket and gloves, but come prepared to freeze your ass off and have a cool time doing it.If you’re wondering why we’re suggesting you go to an ice bar in the winter, the answer is simple — why not? It is literally the coolest option. We’ll leave it at that. Don’t make us make more ice-related puns.Chill Ice HouseToronto, CanadaShotski? Check. Shot glasses made of ice? Check. Senior discount? Check. Toronto’s Chill Ice House is open year-round and stands as one of the only permanent ice bars around the world where everything from glasses to seats are made of ice. Pricing is low compared to other ice bars and since it’s Canada, you can enter when you’re 19. Forgot your coat? Insulated capes and gloves are provided with admission.Icebar StockholmStockholm, SwedenObviously, Sweden has a badass Nordic ice bar (it’s also obviously located inside a cozy hygge hotel). Order a massive round of neon-colored “Viking Shots” like the Thor, Odin, and Loki served on the rocks in blocks of ice. If you’re feeling energized from the cold, complete a tispy “Ice-Scape” escape room. Celebrate with more Viking Shots.Ice Kube BarParis, FranceThe only ice bar in Paris is a post-apocalyptic frozen netherworld where a transformed wartime shelter home of the first member of La Résistance is frozen over and packed with brilliantly cool cocktails. Normally a tropical bungalow bar, Ice Kube Bar’s winter expression feels like entering an art installation and is great for people who dig bizarre drinking experiences compared to safe sports bars or dance clubs. Let’s get icy and weird. Make it a weekend and stay at the Kube Hotel — possibly the coolest hotel you’ll ever visit.Ice Pub PraguePrague, Czech RepublicEven the walls are made of ice at Ice Pub Prague, and the place gets packed year-round. Visits are divided into 30-minute drinking slots,  which works out not only for your freezing extremities, but because Ice Pub only serves three vodka cocktails (“ice sweet, ice sour, and ice bitter”) and super-cold Heineken beer. The space is intimate and small so go with a group of fellow yetis.Igloo BarNew York City, New YorkA seasonal pop-up at 230 Fifth Rooftop in NYC running November through May lets city-dwellers escape to transparent (heated) igloos. No need for a reservation — the igloos are first-dibs and fit an intimate 12. The drinks are hot (Kahlua Hot, Bailey’s Boozy Hot Chocolate, and Godiva Peppermint Hot Chocolate) and the mood is bright, with neon lights illuminating the open space. Feeling fancy? Get a VIP Igloo package with a s’mores station, food platter, and bottle service.Igloo BarBoston, MassachusettsSame arctic ambiance as the NYC spot, but set up overlooking the Seaport District of Boston at the rooftop of the Envoy Hotel. The cocktails at this Igloo Bar, however, are crafted by Envoy’s master mixologist Brain McDougal.Amsterdam Icebar XtracoldAmsterdam, NetherlandsLiterally one of the coolest ice bars around the world (-10 degrees Celsius or 14 Fahrenheit), Icebar Xtracold is more than a place to stop in for an ice-cold beer. The bar takes visitors on an Arctic voyage that recreates the epic adventure of Nova Zembla, a freezing island where Dutch explorers became stranded during their journey to find the Northeast Passage. Although there’s ice-cold beer, too. Bask in the freezing history of 1500s explorers and pretend you’re stranded at the North Pole.IcebarcelonaBarcelona, SpainIce bar on the beach? Yes, please. Head to Spain’s Icebarcelona. If you’re too chilly inside, warm up on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This ice bar is also fully accessible to kiddos and tickets for the whole fam include a jacket, gloves, and cocktail (adults only, duh). Plan your visit on one of their theme nights, like “Back to the 80s” with movies, music, and video games inspired by the 1980s. You can help the DJ by adding to the collective playlist. (Bangers only.)Minus 5Las Vegas, NevadaWhile the temperatures soar on the strip, drop down into the chilly Minus 5 Experience set up during the winter at the Venetian and Mandalay Bay. Super kitschy and perfect for your bright aqua-colored puffy, this ice bar is complete with ice chandeliers, walls, and seats. You can’t take the Vegas out of the bar, though — Minus 5 boats a cool LED light show and upbeat music to match the city’s general ambiance. 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Leader of the Opposition National Heroes Day Address 2018

first_imgDr. Peter Phillips, MPLeader of the OppositionMessage forNational Heroes Day 2018This year’s celebration of National Heroes Day, coincides with the 80th anniversary of the 1938 Labour Rebellion.In that year, two of our national heroes, The Rt. Excellent Norman Manley and The Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante provided the leadership for the Jamaican people, which helped win social, and political rights that were denied for a century following emancipation.These included ultimately, the right to vote, the rights of workers, and ALL the other rights such as freedom of speech, and association which are today enshrined in our Constitutional Charter of Rights.One of the most important of these rights was the right of workers to organize through their Trade Unions.This provided the foundation to win many more significant rights and benefits for our workers in subsequent decades.Today, many of these hard-won rights, and benefits are at risk. Both Bustamante, and Norman Manley would have vigorously protested today’s widespread practice, of calling full-time workers independent contractors, thus depriving them of many of their benefits such as pension rights, maternity rights, and sick leave, among others, which were won over the years through the collective bargaining process.So, as we recognize, and celebrate the achievements of our national heroes, let us commit ourselves to ensuring that the gains secured for the workers are protected.We also must remember that effective nationhood, and nation building must be inclusive of all Jamaicans. Progress and Prosperity must include everyone, most importantly our workers. We must remember too, the importance of volunteerism in Nation Building. All across the country it is the ordinary Jamaican continuing to give service in their neighborhood watch, their youth club, their citizens associations, and community centers or helping the indigent, and the elderly that keep our nation together.  They are the ones who ensure that as best as possible, we don’t leave any Jamaican behind in our quest for progress.We urgently need a renewal of that spirit of volunteerism that expanded educational opportunities for our people and which provided the foundation for the community building efforts of Jamaica Welfare in the 1930s.  Ideally each and every Jamaican should be a part of their own community development process, and should be a beneficiary of the progress of the nation.Fortunately, there are thousands of our ordinary Jamaican citizens whose daily contribution to nation building makes them national heroes and heroines in their own right. We would do well to emulate these Jamaicans who continue to give voluntary service every day. National Heroes Day also provides us with the opportunity to honour our heroes of the past by emulating their commitment and fixity of purpose to build a better Jamaica.So in honouring our national heroes, let us summon up:The strength of Daddy Sharpe,The bravery of Nanny,The determination of Paul Bogle,The empathy of Bustamante, The vision of Garvey, andThe integrity of Norman Manley,Let us all use today, to revive our spirits to build a progressive Jamaica that offers opportunity to all our people. May our reflections on this Heroes Day call us to this action.God Bless you, and God Bless Jamaica.last_img read more

Strengthening Past and Future Links in Boston

first_imgA Nova Scotia delegation is bringing more than tidings and good cheer to the annual Christmas tree lighting in Boston today, Nov. 30. For the past 35 years, Nova Scotia has provided a giant evergreen tree, donated by a private landowner, to the people of Boston to thank them for their outpouring of assistance after the 1917 Halifax Explosion. The event has traditionally been used to express gratitude, to solidify friendships and to promote tourism. For the last several years, tourism officials and business partners have teamed to also promote trade and investment, and to strategically position Nova Scotia in the important New England market. “This is a perfect opportunity to promote all that Nova Scotia has to offer to a receptive audience in lucrative market,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, who is representing Premier Rodney MacDonald at the event. “We’re building on our historic ties with the people of Boston to promote Nova Scotia’s beauty and culture, our convenient transportation links — including the new US pre-clearance at Halifax International Airport — our growing IT sector, our highly educated workforce and more.” Before the official tree lighting ceremony, Nova Scotia partners, including the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, the Nova Scotia “Come to life” initiative, Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Destination Halifax, will host about 200 business clients at a Nova Scotia reception. At the tree-lighting ceremony on the Boston Common, young Cape Breton performers Ciaran and Fiona MacGillivray of the Cottars, along with twin brothers Keith and Kyle MacDonald, will provide Bostonians with a taste of authentic Nova Scotia culture. They will be included in the televised portion of the ceremony, which can be seen from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. AST on Boston’s ABC affiliate, Channel 5 WCVB, carried by some Nova Scotia cable providers. While in Boston, representatives from the “Come to life” initiative will host a sounding board session. The Boston sounding board is one of four advisory groups that provides input on how Nova Scotia is being received in the board’s market, and gives advice on how the province can best capitalize on opportunities within that market. The meeting will provide an update on brand programs, coming plans for marketing and communications in Boston, and an opportunity for input and feedback on topics relating to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Business Inc. will also conduct a trade mission from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 to coincide with the tree-lighting event. During the mission, five Nova Scotia companies Brainiac Games Inc.; Dover Flour; Lomans Custom Kitchens Inc.; MacLeod Resources Ltd.; and Terry Hawkins Industries Ltd. will have an opportunity to meet with pre-qualified potential customers, partners, agents, distributers, and other key contacts in the region.last_img read more

Jamie Oliver Gets His Face Dirty For Charity

first_imgJamie Oliver has chosen the tastiest way to make his face funny for money this Red Nose Day by planting his face into one of his delicious baking creations.To see his hilarious video, click here.Jamie, whose face was covered in red velvet sponge and cream, joins people all around the country who are finding fun and silly ways of making their faces funny for money in the lead up to Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March.Father-of-four, Jamie, was left red faced later that day as he said: “I had parents’ evening the same day and hadn’t fully cleaned everything off of my face, one of my children’s teachers thought I smelt really nice – it was the scent of the red velvet cake! You can see from the photos that I had such a laugh doing it, everyone should get involved and get sponsored to make their faces look as silly as they can.”The public are being encouraged to do their bit this Red Nose Day by coming up with creative ways to get sponsored to make their face funny for money including, dyeing their beard, face painting or letting their kids or friends do their make-up for the day. For more ideas of how to get involved download the free fundraising kit at www.rednoseday.com.Money raised through fundraising this Red Nose Day will go towards helping people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.last_img read more

Wave of prison deaths in South America sparks alarm from UN human

Three prisoners died in Uruguay, two in Argentina, two in Venezuela and one in Chile, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported yesterday. A video has also emerged showing a handcuffed female prisoner in Brazil who had just given birth.Amerigo Incalcaterra, OHCHR’s regional representative for South America, issued a statement expressing concern about the situation in a region where the rate of prison overcrowding ranges from 30 per cent to 70 per cent.“These events reflect an alarming pattern of prison violence in the region, which is a direct consequence of – or is aggravated by – among others, poor conditions of detention, including chronic prison overcrowding, the lack of access to basic services such as adequate floor space, potable water, food, health care, and lack of basic sanitary and hygienic standards,” he said.“These conditions are exacerbated by judicial delays and excessive resort to pre-trial detention,” Mr. Incalcaterra added.He noted that UN human rights rapporteurs, treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council have all repeatedly criticized the state of prison conditions across the continent.“Humane treatment is a basic standard of universal application which cannot depend entirely on material resources, and which must be applied without discrimination,” he said, citing the guidelines of the Human Rights Committee on the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty.Mr. Incalcaterra voiced concern that none of the countries that his office covers has established a national preventive mechanism against torture, as required under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.He also called for prompt investigations into all of the recent deaths, “with a view, where applicable, to identifying those responsible and to obtain redress for the victims and their families.” 9 February 2012A senior United Nations human rights official has voiced concern over a wave of violence inside prisons in South America, where at least eight inmates have been killed in the past two weeks in four separate countries. read more

Bank of Canada likely to hold interest rates until July 2013 BMO

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal predicted Tuesday that the Bank of Canada will keep interests rates lower for longer than it expected.Economists at the bank now believe the central bank will not raise its key rate until July 2013, six months later than their earlier prediction of January 2013.Senior economist Michael Gregory said the change stems from the easing policy of the U.S. Federal Reserve, a downgraded Canadian economic outlook and tightened mortgage rules.[np-related]The changes, which include a cut to the maximum amortization period for government insured mortgages cut to 25 years from 30, should stem some fears around growing household debt that would otherwise push the Bank of Canada to increase rates sooner.“The tightening of the government’s mortgage insurance rules does serve to act like higher interest rates specifically for that sector,” Gregory said. “So that takes some of the urgency away from the Bank of Canada to adjust rates any time soon.”The Bank of Canada has kept its key interest rate at one per cent since September 2010.The rate affects the prime lending rates at Canada’s major banks and in turn influences all kinds of interest rates including those charged to variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.Gregory said he expects that the Bank of Canada will change its projections for economic growth when it releases its new monetary policy report on July 18.“I suspect it will show softer growth in Canada, partly because of global factors and in part because of what’s going on in the U.S,” said Gregory.Andrew Barr/National Post read more

Fiorentina are not good at killing games off – Coach declares

first_imgFiorentina’s head coach Stefano Pioli has admonished his side to learn from their mistakes in an attempt to manage games better after their 1-1 draw with Frosinone last Friday.Frosinone’s Andrea Pinamonti fired in a late goal that equalized for his side prompting Pioli to declare that the Viola ‘aren’t good at killing games off’.“We’re not good at killing games off,” the Coach said after his side’s fourth straight 1-1 draw via Football Italia.“Either that or you have to know how to keep the ball. If you leave games open, one lapse is enough for the three points to slip away from you.”“We created a lot, even if Simeone didn’t have that many chances. The goals will come for him, but he must keep working. We must think about scoring more.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We have to learn from our mistakes. Their goal came from a ball we lost, so we must work on improving these situations.”“We had to manage the tempo of the game better and we didn’t always succeed. Our growth also passes through these things.”“The front three must improve and find more of an understanding on the field.”last_img read more

Outgoing Board of Supervisors member Ron Roberts on decades of work in

first_imgOutgoing Board of Supervisors member Ron Roberts on decades of work in San Diego Updated: 9:30 PM December 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: December 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- His service to San Diego spans nearly his entire life and after serving over two decades on the Board of Supervisors Ron Roberts is termed out.Ron Roberts joins KUSI to talk about his service over the years. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

RDA Reports Loss

first_imgAs of March 31, RDA carried a consolidated debt of approximately $2.17billion. Consolidated EBITDA was $281.7 million—up from $257.8 millionthrough the end of 2008.Through the first nine months of fiscal ’09, RDA’s U.S. segment reported an operating profit of $32.8 million, down from $51.6 million during the same period in 2008. Revenues were $557.6 million, down about 8 percent.During the third quarter of 2009, Reader’s Digest magazine saw ad pages slip 8.1 percent while sister RDA title Everyday with Rachael Ray saw pages fall 26.4 percent. Earlier this month, the publisher shuttered the U.S. edition of Selecciones, which saw ad pages fall 11.4 percent during the first quarter.Meanwhile, RDA recently launched three magazines: Fresh Home, a do-it-yourself title for women; Best You, a women’s health magazine; and Purpose Driven Connection, a partnership with Saddleback Valley Community Church pastor Rick Warren.Earlier this year, RDA—which is owned by Ripplewood Holdings—said it would eliminate 8 percent of its overall workforce, or approximately 280 employees. The company said it expects its cost reduction plan, as well as outsourcing its IT operation to India, to produce an incremental $50 million EBITDA in the second half of fiscal 2009.In March, RDA said it hired law firm Kirkland & Ellis and financial adviser Miller Buckfire to “explore strategic initiatives, including, but not limited to, raising additional capital and easing our debt burden,” according to an RDA spokesperson.In the financial report, RDA said some of its lending institutionsclosed five of its 10 international lines of credit (outstandingbalances were paid in full). Another lender lowered the amount RDA canborrow. The Reader’s Digest Association reported an operating loss of $560.6 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, which included a non-cash $527.1 million write down during the third quarter, according to a 10-Q report RDA filed recently with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Revenues were roughly $1.65 billion, down about 8 percent.Excluding the one-time impairment fee, as well as a $7.3 million lossdue to foreign exchange rates, RDA’s operating loss was $7.8 million,the company said.For the fiscal third quarter (ended March 31) RDA reported an operating loss of $535.9 million on $479.1 million in revenue, which was down nearly 17 percent from the same period in 2008. Excluding the write down, the company reported a loss of $8.8 million, roughly flat over the third quarter last year.last_img read more

In Setback For Sharad Pawars Party Lawmaker Says He Will Join

first_imgMUMBAI: In yet another setback for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra, its legislator Vaibhav Pichad announced on Saturday that he was going to join the ruling BJP. “Very soon, I will formally join the Bharatiya Janata Party,” he told news agency PTI. Vaibhav Pichad is son of senior NCP leader and former state minister Madhukar Pichad. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Two days ago, the NCP’s Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir joined the Shiv Sena, a ruling alliance partner. Vaibhav Pichad told PTI that he had organised a meeting of his followers in Ahmednagar to gauge their opinion. Most of his supporters wanted him to join the BJP, he said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured him that he would get all help in tackling the problems of his constituency. A day after Sachin Ahir announced in Mumbai that he was joining the Shiv Sena, NCP’s state women wing chief Chitra Wagh announced that she was quitting the Sharad Pawar-led party. There was speculation that she may join the BJP.last_img read more