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BCI report roundly criticised

first_imgJammu and Kashmir State Women Commission chairperson Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor on Friday described the Bar Council of India’s report on the conduct of Jammu lawyers in the Kathua gang-rape case as “disappointing and disheartening.”“The BCI report seems manipulated. It’s disappointing. Who has the BCI [delegation] spoken to?,” Ms. Mehjoor asked.The CPI(M) said the BCI delegation “has no authority to submit such a report.” Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed “surprise” at the clean chit to the lawyers.last_img read more

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Rain-soaked Gujarat expects bumper peanut, cotton harvest

first_imgGujarat is expecting a bumper production of the cash crops groundnut and cotton, with the State having received more than 125% of the season’s total rainfall. A total of 205 dams in the State are filled to 93.73% of their capacity.According to the data provided by the State Emergency Operation Centre, the State has received 1,029.54 mm rainfall, almost 126.17 % of its average annual rainfall this season in a surplus monsoon after several years.Kutch and South Gujarat received the maximum rainfall, 144.58% and 137.73% respectively. North Gujarat, however, received only 96.69% of the annual average rainfall, with the lowest rainfall recorded in Banaskantha and Mehsana districts at 89.1% and 89.28 % respectively.Other districts like Patan, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and Mahisagar have also received below-average rainfall this season, the data showed. Chhota Udepur in central Gujarat received the maximum rainfall for a district in the State, at 163.98 %, followed by Bharuch in the South at 161.08%.The Narmada Water Resources and Water Supply Department said all 205 dams or reservoirs in the State are filled with 23,641.6 million cubic feet water as on September 25. Of these, nine dams have reached 100% of their capacity; 46 dams are 90% full, while 10 others are filled to 80% to 90% of their storage capacity.The State’s main water source, the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada, is 98.54 % full and is currently at a level of 138.25 m as against its full reservoir level of 138.68 m.Meanwhile, the State government has decided to start online registration for the procurement of groundnut for 2019-20 under the Centre’s Minimum Support Price scheme from October 1.Civil Supply Minister Jayesh Radadiya said actual procurement would start after Diwali in 124 centers across the State under CCTV monitoring and foolproof arrangements for storage. This year, the MSP has been fixed at ₹5,090 per quintal.last_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2017: Differences between captain, coach common everywhere due to generation gap, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for following the right procedures by advertising for a new head coach for Team India.The BCCI last week invited applications for the role of new head coach as current coach Anil Kumble’s one-year tem comes to an end at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy in June.WATCH VIDEOHowever, reports that skipper Virat Kohli and Kumble are not seeing eye-to-eye have fuelled speculation that the board advertised for a new coach because Kumble has apparently intimidated the rest of the team. Gavaskar said tactical differences between coaches and captains are common because of a generation gap and such differences exist in every team from every country.”What the BCCI is doing in my view is following procedure. You will never have a situation when the captain and coach of any country is on the same page,” Gavaskar said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017.”It is impossible for that to happen because the coach had played in the earlier generation and that’s why the approach maybe slightly different from the current generation. It might not be something actually happening on the field – it could be something to do with practice sessions or team combinations. I don’t think that should be taken too seriously because these discussions are healthy for the team,” he said.Gavaskar said a coach should be somebody who has long-term interests for Indian cricket at heart.”A coach should be somebody who has a vision for Indian cricket. He should have  a vision that should take the team ahead for the next 8 to 10 years,” he said.advertisementGavaskar, the first batsman to breach the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, said Kumble’s results over the last one year show he has done nothing wrong.”Kumble has done a very good job as coach. I am simply going by the results and when you go by the results of last year, you can say he has done nothing wrong.”Gavaskar also said he thought the captain was entitled to his strong feelings if he had any because he was the one to spend time on the field and conceded that he did not know how to resolve the current issue but hoped the Cricket Advisory Committee (Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman) would be able to speak to the skipper and coach.”Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman  – these three are legends of the game – these three have played with Anil and they will get the respect and will be heard by both Virat and Anil. These three have nothing but the interest of Indian cricket at heart. In case there’s any truth in the matter, I think that should be the way forward.”last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar recalls meeting Sir Don Bradman 20 years ago

first_imgWhen two of the best batsmen of their respective generations meet, the moment is a special one. It is more so, if the two concerned are considered to be two of the greatest ever to play the gentleman’s game.And that is what happened when Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar met.Fans, statistics and everything keep pitting them against each other in terms of who is better than the other but when these two crossed paths 17 years ago, the meeting was a special one.And Tendulkar, remembering Don on his 110th birth anniversary on Monday, recalled the meeting in 1998 at Kensington Park in Adelaide as a ‘special memory.'”It’s been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday,” tweeted Tendulkar on Monday.Its been 20 years since I met the inspirational Sir #DonBradman but that special memory is so vivid. I still recall his amazing wit, warmth, and wisdom. Remembering him fondly today, on what would have been his 110th birthday. pic.twitter.com/JXsKxKwZJmSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 27, 2018Bradman was special and nobody has ever been able to accumulate as many runs in such a consistent basis over his or her playing career. But, Tendulkar, often pitted against Bradman for the tag of ‘greatest-ever’, comes the closest to him, according to the great man himself.Also read – Don Bradman, the world’s greatest ever batsman, was born 110 years ago todayadvertisement”I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at the TV and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel,” Bradman once said about Tendulkar.Bradman called time on his international career in 1948 and earned knighthood the very next year in March. He finished with 52 Tests for Australia and amassed 6996 runs with a highest score of 334 runs at an average of 99.94 — which has remained out of reach of any batsman till date, who has retired.And, if only he had scored four runs in his last Test innings at the Oval in 1948, he would have finished with an average of 100.Tendulkar on the other hand has scored 34357 runs from 664 international games and has scored a record 100 centuries across two formats (Tests and ODIs)Bradman also remains the only Australian cricketer to be honoured with knighthood and he was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009 — eight years after his death.However, the Hall of Fame status had eluded Tendulkar till now as he is yet to become eligible for inclusion into the list and will have to wait until after November 2018 to be considered for the same as he will complete five years of retirement from international cricket.last_img read more

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No more walk-on girls escorting dart players at games

first_imgDarts players will no longer be accompanied at tournaments by “walk-on girls” after pressure from broadcasters and fans.The practice of models escorting male players on to the stage will cease, starting with this weekend’s Masters tournament in Milton Keynes. “We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters,” said a Professional Darts Corporation spokesperson.ITV said it was consulted about the change. “We fully endorse this move,” a spokesman said.The change was predicted last year by world No 1 and two-time world champion Michael van Gerwen, who said the days of walk-on girls were numbered.However, more than 6,000 fans have signed a petition calling for their return.The Women’s Sports Trust, which champions women in sport, supported the move and called on other sports to take notice.It tweeted: Women’s Sport Trust (@WomenSportTrust)We applaud the Professional Darts Corporation moving with the times and deciding to no longer use walk-on-girls. Motor Racing, Boxing and Cycling….your move. https://t.co/ZHgpBduTGRJanuary 27, 2018 Reuse this content Share via Email Support The Guardian Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger newscenter_img Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Darts Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Women UK newslast_img read more

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Clubs looking to announce away ticket price cap for European competitions

first_imgTopics Europa League Share on LinkedIn news The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Sitting alongside Van der Sar was former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who now does the same job at Milan. He agreed with his Ajax counterpart and said Europe should follow Premier League clubs’ example with its £30 cap on away tickets.Gazidis said: “The English experience with a cap on away tickets has been really positive. It was a very good step and was well received and embraced by our fans. That was a national issue but we’ve got to have it on our [European] agenda, too.” Share on Pinterest Football Uefa Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentcenter_img Share via Email Read more Leading clubs, working with Uefa, are close to announcing a cap on ticket prices for away fans in European club competitions.A working group was set up last year by the European Club Association and Uefa following complaints from Bayern Munich and Liverpool fans about ticket prices at Anderlecht and Porto, respectively. Many Bayern fans boycotted their game against Anderlecht in November 2017 when the Belgian side raised the cost of tickets to €100 (£85), while Liverpool objected to Porto charging their fans three times as much as local supporters for a Champions League game.Liverpool and Porto have now bilaterally agreed to keep prices down for each others’ fans in their Champions League quarter-final next month, with Porto agreeing to reduce the cost of an away ticket from a planned £73 to £52.There was no such cooperation between Barcelona and Manchester United, however, with the Premier League club deciding to subsidise the £102 cost of an away ticket at the Camp Nou by charging Barça fans the same price at Old Trafford.Speaking to reporters at the ECA general assembly in Amsterdam on Tuesday, the organisation’s general secretary, Michele Centenaro, said the matter was discussed by the clubs on Monday and “a proposal” would now go to the next Uefa club competitions committee on 14 May.ECA vice-chairman Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper who is now chief executive of Ajax, said: “We want vocal fans at games and most of the time that’s the support that travels to domestic away games, too. We have fans who watch on TV all around the world but I think it’s important that we keep football affordable for local fans so they can travel at home and abroad.” Other meaninglessly limp sanctions are available Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Champions League Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay: When Mr Bajaj’s hair colour got washed off by Switzerland rain. Watch hilarious video

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 16:44 IST Kasautii Zindagii Kay: Ekta Kapoor shared a fun BTS video from Switzerland.Kasautii Zindagii Kay team is currently shooting in Switzerland for a major twist in the show. According to reports, in the upcoming episodes, Prerna will marry Mr Bajaj to get Anurag out of the jail. Post their marriage, Prerna and Rishabh Bajaj will head to their honeymoon in Switzerland, and Anurag will stalk them as he would be under the impression that Prerna has married Bajaj for money.Kasautii Zindagii Kay cast members including Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan, Pooja Banerjee, Sahil Anand, Karan Singh Grover and others are posting loads of updates from the picturesque locations of Switzerland. And now the show’s producer Ekta Kapoor has also joined the team to be part of all their masti.Ekta posted a video from Switzerland where the show’s team is enjoying the rain. Erica, Karan Singh Grover Parth, Pooja, director Muzammil Desai can be seen laughing and pulling each other’s leg. KSG who sports salt and pepper hair for his role was also seen getting drenched. His co-stars pull his leg after his hair colour gets washed off by the downpour.Watch the video:”Ye Mausam ki baarish Ye baarish ka paani! ….it rained n bajaj got young ! #epicrains,” Ekta captioned the video.In Kasautii Zindagii Kay currently, Mr Bajaj is all set to overtake Basu Publications and Anurag is behind the bars for Ronit’s murder. Prerna wants to get Anurag out of his troubles at any cost and contacts Mr Bajaj for help. The astute businessman finds the perfect opportunity to make the “best deal of his life” and asks Prerna to marry him in lieu of Basu Industries and Anurag’s freedom.advertisementAlso read | Kasautii Zindagii Kay July 2, 2019 written update: Prerna left shocked by Mr Bajaj’s unexpected marriage proposalGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Next Kasautii Zindagii Kay: When Mr Bajaj’s hair colour got washed off by Switzerland rain. Watch hilarious videoEkta Kapoor shared a BTS video from Switzerland where Kasautii Zindagii Kay team is seen having a blast.advertisementlast_img read more

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Feel Good Friday- Grounds&Hounds

first_imgDogs and coffee? Not two things we usually put together but two things we really, really love. So does Jordan Karcher, the founder of Grounds & Hounds, a coffee company that supports no kill rescues around the nation. 20% of all of their proceeds are donated to their rescue partners working to find forever homes to man’s best friends.We rang up Jordan to hear more about this feel good company:Where are you based?Indiana of all places! I started the company when I was getting my MBA at Notre Dame. We are based in South Bend but we do all of our roasting in Minneapolis and have an office in Los Angeles as well. We are big believers in the saying: start with what you have where you are. It’s nice to have less overhead so we can be more risky.We are big fans of companies who are not running to open in New York and Los Angeles. What is your background?I worked in the wine industry in Sonoma and then I moved to Southern California to work in the spirits industry. I have a weird passion for beverage brands. I can’t explain it. My own personal outlet was always coffee so I spent a lot of time in L.A. during the coffee boom about five years ago. I learned about the supply chain and sourcing. I was 25 at the time and left to get my masters degree.I loved the learning aspect of the MBA but once I saw the direction it was going (working for a big company) I figured I could make my own impact and wake up much more motivated. I have always been passionate about animals and animal rescue. I am confident I can make more of an impact – beyond just spending time and labor at a shelter.I was looking at what other organizations were doing and wondered where I could integrate animal welfare into daily life. ‘Coffee and Dog Rescue’ was kind of my ‘aha’ moment. I checked out market sizes, did some surveys and I found a lot of people with a similar mindset.So we started tweaking the coffee and then focused on the branding. We get a lot of attention for our packaging and design. We integrated our love of animals into that and launched 365 days ago on March 23rd.Happy one year anniversary! How did you find the organic coffee makers to work with?My background is not roasting. So I found someone who has done roasting for 25-30 years. We wanted someone to bring some craft into it. As for finding the bean, it’s a lot of meetings and a lot of coffee! I spent a fair amount of time on the green side looking for fair trade and organic. Our key regions are Latin America and South America and we have some from Africa and Indonesia. We are always looking for the best. That is a key thing for us. We are a coffee company but we don’t talk about the coffee a lot. We let the customers talk up the coffee and we focus more on the social angle.How did you find the partner organizations to work with? I see you have ones from Silicon Valley and Charleston to Chicago and Kansas City.Those are our flagships but we are growing partnerships every day. We are still small so the logistics are tricky; we try to automate it as much as possible with key cities around the country.What’s next?Keeping our goal on the animal rescue but also learning how to prevent the animals from entering the shelters. We would like to focus on finding placement in forever homes and the core issues for animal overpopulation.Grounds&Hounds coffee is available on their online store. The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United Stateslast_img read more

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These are the juiciest pork sliders of all time

first_img How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Editors’ Recommendations Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.When it comes to pork, it doesn’t get much better than rich, juicy Ibérico. Indigenous to Spain, Ibérico pigs wander the countryside where they graze on grass, herbs and sweet acorns. The resulting meat is almost incomparable to other pork on the market—it’s deep in color, unbelievable juicy and has a rich, sweet acorn-flavored fat. It’s our go-to Spanish ham whether we’re feasting on tapas or packing a picnic for our next adventure. And now, there’s an Ibérico pork for the burger-obsessed.Related: Fire Up Your Summer Grilling EssentialsLa Tienda just introduced the world’s first Ibérico pork slider, seasoned only with salt and pepper to let the meat’s rich flavor shine through. An artisan sausage maker perfectly grinds the Spanish pork so it’s ready for the perfect sear whether you throw it on the grill or in your favorite cast iron pan. Each patty is made with 80% Spanish Ibérico de Bellota pork and 20% humanely-raised American pork for the correct fat to lean ratio.Related: American grilling 101: how to grill the ultimate burgerLike any meat, we prefer these sliders cooked on the grill. For the perfect flavor, get them brown and crisp on the outside with a pink middle. Because the pork is so juicy, it’s best to cook them on indirect heat so their drippings don’t flare the fire. Serve them simply on a brioche bun with a white, salty cheese and pickle slice.Grab a six pack for $19.95 at LaTienda.com. Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? last_img read more

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Of Montreal Bring In New Influences on ‘Innocence Reaches’

first_img The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Of Montreal is set to release Innocence Reaches, its follow up to 2015’s Aureate Gloom next Friday, August 12th. In many ways, the record finds Kevin Barnes at his most upbeat in years, which considering of Montreal’s discography is something of a feat. Much of that upbeat sound comes from new, contemporary influences. He explained, “Forever I’ve been detached from current music. I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low-end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on.”That influence and Barnes’ mood come through from Innocence Reaches‘ opening track, “Let’s Relate.” The song bursts forth with a bouncing synth line, and its chorus exudes positivity, “I already like you / I like that you like you / I think that you’re great / I want to relate.” “Let’s Relate” is not all frivolity, however. You would not know it from the music alone, but the final verse turns more serious with a mention of “sobbing in the Père Lachaise…till i was clear of all reflexive anger and the dodgy ‘hate you’ song.”Second single “My Fair Lady” expands on the experience brought up toward the end of “Let’s Relate.” With its funky sound and personal lyrics, “My Fair Lady” is reminiscent of 2007’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Though not nearly as heavy as its predecessor Innocence Reaches explores similar emotional territory. “My Fair Lady” addresses Barnes’ divorce from his wife, and tracks that follow speak about a tumultuous relations (“Les Chants de Maldoror”) and new lovers (“Ambassador Bridge” and “Trashed Exes”).Of Montreal’s Innocence Reaches comes out Friday August 12, 2016 through Polyvinyl, and is available for preorder on Amazon, iTunes, and Polyvinyl. The album is currently available to stream on NPR First Listen. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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Clarksons Shipping Market Heating Up

first_imgzoom Increased activity in a number of core areas in 2017 has seen the shipping market temperature rise a little, according to Clarksons Research.The shipping services provider’s ClarkSea Index, which measures the performance of key volume market sectors, averaged USD 11,816/day since the start of the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to USD 23,667/day between the start of 2000 and the end of the third quarter of 2008.Aside from earnings, investor appetite for vessel acquisition often added “heat” to the market in the form of investment in newbuild or secondhand tonnage, even at times when earnings have remained challenged.The quarterly Shipping Heat Index, which reflects not only vessel earnings but also investment activity, shows that things, though still chilly, have been warming up a little.In 2016 the quarterly index averaged 37.4. It surged by 32% in 2017, averaging at 49.4, and in the fourth quarter it stands at 46.1, up 25% year-on-year.One factor behind this has been that earnings have started to improve this year. The ClarkSea Index has averaged USD 10,718/day, up 14% on its average level in 2016.Meanwhile, the investment side has seen an even more positive, if still mixed, picture. Contracting, although more than 40% up on full year 2016 in value terms, remained limited at USD 53 billion in the first eleven months of 2017.S&P investment meanwhile has seen an active year. Around USD 19 billion so far is an improvement of nearly 55% on 2016, reflecting that, albeit with many distressed assets out there, investors perhaps harbour warmer feelings towards the markets.The shipping markets still “look like a chilly environment,” Clarksons said. Although earnings alone suggest a slight thawing in conditions, a wider view of the temperature of the shipping markets points towards a greater degree of heat, with S&P investors in particular helping to bring back some much-needed warmth.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Honour Workers and Families on Day of Mourning

first_imgNova Scotians will honour workers who have died or were injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province Saturday, April 28. Labour and Advanced Education Minister, Labi Kousoulis and Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO, Stuart MacLean, will join representatives from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax. Shannon Kempton, who lost her father as a result of an explosion at an auto yard in 2013, will also speak at the event. “I wish for more time with my dad,” said Ms. Kempton. “One more day so that I can tell him that I love him. One more day so that I can take him to our cabin. One more day to just hang out like we used to do when I was a kid.” In 2017, 21 Nova Scotia workers lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries, diseases or conditions. “This ceremony is about joining together and honoring those who were killed or injured on the job, as well as their families, loved ones and colleagues who’ve been affected by workplace tragedies,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This ceremony also serves as an important reminder that we must continue improving workplace safety, and preventing workplace injuries and fatalities.” The annual event is organized by the Federation of Labour to publicly acknowledge those affected by workplace tragedy. “Our thoughts, condolences and commitment go out to the families and friends of the workers who have lost their lives, or were injured due to work,” said federation president, Danny Cavanagh. “A person’s life should not be at risk when they are at work; nor should a worker’s loved ones wonder if they will be returning home safely.” For more information on the Day of Mourning, visit dayofmourning.ns.ca.last_img read more

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Harper agrees to meeting with First Nations leaders

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsGATINEAU, Que.-Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is interested in a formal meeting with First Nations leaders and has asked his office to engage in discussions with the country’s main First Nations organization on a wide-ranging reform package to overhaul governance and economic development.Harper has asked Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo direct his officials to work with the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan to explore the possibility of the meeting.“With respect to the proposed Crown-First Nations gathering, I remain open to participating and I ask that you work with my office and Minister Duncan’s office to assess the viability of such an event,” said Harper, in a Dec. 8 letter to Atleo.Harper’s willingness to participate in the meeting, which Atleo had called for, reveals how much headway the AFN national chief has made with the Conservative government.Harper’s letter follows an Oct. 28 meeting with Atleo, where the prime minister pledged his support for improving reserve education and the AFN’s involvement in a process to improve schools and teaching quality for First Nations students.Harper’s direct involvement on the education file also seems to heighten the likelihood the recently appointed blue-ribbon panel commissioned to study education may lead to concrete reforms.There has been some concern from chiefs at the AFN’s special assembly in Gatineau, Que., who worry the panel is just a rerun of previous government-initiated studies that led to nowhere.Former Liberal Indian Affairs minister Robert Nault created a committee in 2002 with representatives from the provinces, universities and First Nations education organizations to study First Nations education. The report, however, led to little if any action and continues to gather dust.The AFN also undertook a multimillion dollar study in the 1980s on education.Harper has also directed officials in the PMO and the Privy Council Office, the central department in government, to work with Indian Affairs and the AFN on a wide-ranging reform package on governance and economic development.“I appreciate the vision being proposed,” said Harper, in the letter. “There are a number of considerations to take into account when examining fundamental reform of this nature. Given this complexity, I reiterate my commitment from our…meeting to have officials…meet to discuss the scope of your reform proposal.”Harper’s letter seems to confirm some of the speculation among observers that Atleo had managed to create a direct link in the PMO to push his agenda through.There is a widespread belief among those involved in First Nations politics that Indian Affairs officials pose some of the strongest resistance within government to major reforms.The letter also shows that Harper has taken a personal involvement in First Nations issues.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Rinelle Harper attacked a second time after she crawled out of river

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG–A 20 year-old man and a 17 year-old youth have been charged in connection with brutal, repeated attacks on 16 year-old Rinelle Harper and a second, unidentified woman.Winnipeg police Superintendent Danny Smyth said Wednesday that Justin James Hudson, 20, and the 17 year-old male were now in custody and facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon. The two suspects were arrested Tuesday.Smyth said the two suspects also allegedly attacked Harper and a second, unnamed 23 year-old woman the same night, leaving her unconscious on a Winnipeg street.Smyth revealed chilling new details about the attack on Harper during a press conference Wednesday. He said Harper was attacked a second time after she crawled out from the Assiniboine River.The two men met up with Harper at midnight Saturday after she had become separate from her friends, Smyth said.  After striking up a conversation, they led her to the river-walk along the Assiniboine where she was violently sexually assaulted with a weapon, he said.“The two males turned on Rinelle and violently assaulter her in the upper and lower body,” said Smyth.Harper ended up in the “frigid” waters of the Assiniboine River after the initial assault. She crawled out of the river only to be attacked again by the two suspects and “left for dead,” said Smyth.Harper was found by a passerby at about 7 a.m. Saturday.After the suspects attacked Harper, they met up with a second woman at about 2:30 a.m., sexually assaulting her with a weapon. She was also left unconscious on the street.While Winnipeg police’s homicide unit led the investigation, it was information from a constable that proved key in leading to the arrest and charges, said Smyth.“That was instrumental in linking the two separate attacks together and the two victims,” said Smyth. “Without that information, I’m not sure if we would have been able to resolve it as quickly as we did.”Smyth said police had yet to find any strong links between Saturday’s attacks and the murder of Tina Fontaine, 15, whose wrapped body was pulled from the Red River.Smyth said the two suspects were not known to police before their recent arrest.–More to comenews@aptn.calast_img read more

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The need of the hour

first_imgDevelopment, progress and economic growth of the society and country is proportional to the participation of the workforce in these activities. The health of people is, therefore, of utmost importance. Only a disease free healthy person can contribute effectively to the process of advancement. Unfortunately, India accounts for a relatively large share of the world’s disease burden and there is an epidemiological transition from the communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases in the total disease burden of the country. It is thus important to review the national health profile. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), the 71st round report on ‘Health in India’, has brought out certain facts which are of serious concern. Also Read – A special kind of bondAbout 9 per cent of rural population and 12 per cent of urban population reported ailment during a 15 day reference period. This means nearly 13 crore people in the country are unwell at any time. Proportion (no. per 1000) of ailing person (PAP) was highest for the age group of 60 & above (276 in rural, 362 in urban) followed by that among children (103 in rural, 114 in urban). About 4.4 per cent of the urban population was hospitalised (excluding childbirth) any time during a reference period of 365 days. The proportion of persons hospitalised in the rural areas was lower (3.5 per cent). This means about 6 crore people need hospitalisation. Also Read – Insider threat managementBoth in rural and urban areas highest proportion (around 25 per cent) for hospitalisation (excluding childbirth) were reported for ‘Infection’ (inclusive of all types of fever, jaundice, tuberculosis, tetanus, diarrhoea/dysentery and other infection). About 60 per cent people took treatment without any medical advice. This was primarily attributed to ‘financial constraints’ (57 per cent in rural, 68 per cent in urban). Out of the total medical expenditure, around 72 per cent in rural and 68 per cent in urban areas was made for purchasing ‘medicine’ for non-hospitalised treatment. In a recent report of India Council of Medical Research (ICMR), titled India: Health of the Nation’s States: The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative(2017), it is observed that the disease burden due to communicable, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional diseases, as measured using Disability-adjusted life years(DALYs), dropped from 61 per cent to 33 per cent between 1990 and 2016. In the same period, disease burden from non-communicable diseases increased from 30 per cent to 55 per cent. The epidemiological transition, however, varies widely among Indian states: 48 per cent to 75 per cent for non-communicable diseases, 14 per cent to 43 per cent for infectious and associated diseases, and 9 per cent to 14 per cent for injuries. The cost of treatment has been on the rise in India and it has led to inequity in access to health care services. India spends only 1.02 per cent of its GDP (2015-16) as public expenditure on health. Per capita public expenditure on health in nominal terms has gone up from Rs 621 in 2009-10 to Rs 1112 in 2015-16. The Centre: State share in total public expenditure on health was 31:69 in 2015-16. The share of Centre in total public expenditure on health has been declining steadily over the years. As high as 86 per cent of rural population and 82 per cent of urban population were not covered under any scheme of health expenditure support. Rural households primarily depended on their ‘household income/savings’ (68 per cent) and on ‘borrowings’ (25 per cent), the urban households relied much more on their ‘income/saving’ (75 per cent) for financing expenditure on hospitalisation, than on ‘borrowings’ (only 18 per cent). The country strives towards achieving Universal Health Coverage. But till date, it has been a piecemeal approach. What we need is a comprehensive state-controlled healthcare assurance, not insurance. The Ayshman Bharat talks of insurance without keeping in view the health determinants like nutrition, housing, wages, purchasing capacity, clean drinking water, sewage facilities and job security. Moreover, it covers less than 40 per cent population that too for inpatient care. From the NSSO data, it is clear that major expenditure is on outpatient care and in purchasing medicines. It is still not clear as to who are the 50 crore people covered in the scheme and who will add their names in the list of beneficiaries. Many people resent that they are not able to find their names in the scheme. Moreover, the rest about 80 crore people who are left out are not rich. There are no special schemes for senior citizens who form the largest number of ailing persons. Primary care which forms the basis of a healthy society has no mention. The whole scheme is for inpatient care. It will not help reduce the catastrophic health expenditure on health by the households. There is a need to study the health profile from the perspective of universal healthcare. Fear is that the scheme may end up giving doles to the insurance companies. (Dr. Arun Mitra is Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

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SMMT promotes UK supply chain at automotive industry networking event

The participating supply chain companies for this particular event were selected via SMMT’s Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) database (www.autosupplierfinder.com), a tool designed specifically to match buyers to suppliers.  Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Automotive Council was announced in November 2009 as part of government’s response to recommendations made in the industry-led report from the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team. The Automotive Council is co-chaired by business secretary Vince Cable and Richard Parry-Jones. It has two sub-groups – the Supply Chain Group chaired by Bill Parfitt, GM UK and the Technology Group which is chaired by Jerry Hardcastle from Nissan. Automotive businesses from across the UK assembled today at Cranmore Park in Birmingham to participate in a unique networking event designed to match OEM demand to capable UK-based suppliers. Co-ordinated by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in support of the objectives of the Automotive Council, the networking event was set up to promote and encourage sourcing from more locally based suppliers following genuine interest and commitment from global vehicle manufacturers in building a stronger UK-based supply chain. The day was supported by major OEMs including Aston Martin, BMW Group, Ford, General Motors UK, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Leyland Trucks and Nissan. “The industry networking event supports the work of the Automotive Council and provides an excellent mechanism to facilitate business opportunities between the OEMs and the UK supply base,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “UK-based supply companies have already made significant investment into low carbon technology and remain well placed to respond to further market opportunities.” read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 4 December 2015

DOWNLOAD1. SMMT New Car Registrations2. Van and Truck Registrations3. UK government pledges ambition for electric cars4. Chancellor announces over £16m research funding5. Cutting carbon in London – 2015 Update6. Chancellor launches plan for firms7. By-election victory for Labour8. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Britishbuilt engine exports up a quarter in August

UK engine production stable in August, with 0.3% growth.Exports up 24.9%, offsetting decline in output for UK due to model and structural changes.Year-to-date production boosted to 1.8m units as global demand for UK’s high-tech, low emission powertrains continues.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:It is encouraging that long-term investments in British engine technology and production facilities have provided a solid foundation for growth. Everyone wants to see that continue, and the strong overseas demand for UK-built engines only serves to underline the extreme importance of maintaining free and frictionless trade with key overseas markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Teenager saved suicidal woman on his way home from Scouts by hanging

first_imgJonathan spent half an hour holding on to the woman preventing her from jumping before help arrived. He richly deserves the award. He was a true heroRoyal Humane Society They say that Scouts should be prepared for anything.And one quick-thinking teenager proved he could think on his feet by saving the life of a suicidal woman as he walked home from a Scouts meeting.Jonathan Cook, 17, saw the woman climbing from her car onto the railings of a bridge. When he realised that she was trying to jump, he raced over to try to persuade her to change her mind. Finally, he took hold of the woman’s legs to prevent her from throwing herself off the bridge and held on for half an hour until help arrived.Jonathan, who has since received and award for his bravery, described how he saw the woman acting strangely on the A4074 bridge in Oxford at around 10pm on May 20th.He said: “I was on the bridge and I saw a car drive up towards the other end of the bridge and I did not think much of it. “I saw someone get out of the car and I saw her climb up onto the front of her car and at this point I was unnerved as to what was going on.”She was leaning over the high railings and I just broke into a bit of a run. I ran up to her and tried talking to her to get her down but she was telling me to pretend I had not seen her so I just grabbed her legs and refused to let go.”Jonathan, who lives in Sandford-on-Thames and is a student at St Gregory the Great Catholic School, managed to get his phone out of his pocket and telephone his parents for help.However, it took half an hour before he could get through to them.He said: “My parents came dashing round the corner and my stepmum and I managed to get her down from the car.”Our neighbours rang the police who managed to coax her to come with them. Initially she did not want to go and said she was fine to drive back home herself. I was so relieved when I saw her safe, I just could not let her go ahead with it.”Jonathan was not able to find out the woman’s name or where she lived, and has not had contact with her since. He has now been honoured with a Royal Humane Society certificate of commendation for his actions.Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “Put simply Jonathan was the right person in the right place at the right time. And thank goodness he was.”If he had not been there and the woman had succeeded in jumping it’s impossible to say what sort of chaos and carnage might have resulted.”Jonathan spent half an hour holding on to the woman preventing her from jumping before help arrived. He richly deserves the award. He was a true hero.”Jonathan was recommended for the award by family friend Thomas Ackland, who said: “If it was not for his bravery a woman would be dead. Jonathan stopped this, plain and simple.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Feds will help plan water trail for paddlers on lake 3 rivers

first_imgThe National Park Service will help local park planners develop a “water trail” for kayakers and canoeists between Vancouver Lake, Lake River, the Columbia and the lower end of the Lewis River.The Lake and Lewis rivers enter the Columbia at nearly the same point, near the tip of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.The Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department will use a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service over the next year to plan a water trail for recreational nonmotorized boaters.“It’s looking at what is the need and what additional facilities or amenities are needed,” said parks manager Jane Tesner Kleiner.The plan could identify a need for more boat launches, better signs, or products such as brochures, guides and maps.Parks officials figure the federal assistance is worth about $35,000 in staff time.last_img read more

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