In Assam, neglecting parents will cost dear

first_imgNine months after tabling a Bill in the Assembly, the Assam government has decided to implement the policy of deducting the pay of employees who do not take care of their parents and physically-challenged siblings.The suicide of an elderly couple, abused and neglected by their son, in Sivasagar on July 1 has influenced this decision. The State government will also make changes in the service rules of employees in accordance with the State Population Policy passed last year. This will make people with more than two children ineligible for government jobs and election or nomination to the Panchayat and other local bodies. “The suicide of businessman-theatre producer Rajani Khargharia and his wife was painful. It reminded us of the PRONAM Bill, 2017, that was passed by the Assembly [in September] last year,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday, warning employees who treat their parents shabbily.PRONAM, which stands for Assam Employees’ Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring Bill, aims at “accountability for employees of the State government or any other organisation in Assam in taking care of their parents and divyang (disabled) siblings and in matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”The purpose of the bill was not to interfere with the private life of State government employees but to ensure that their parents and siblings with disabilities, if neglected, could lodge a complaint with the employee’s department, Mr. Sarma said.Upon receiving the complaint, the department would then deduct 10% of the employee’s monthly salary and give it to their neglected parents and physically-challenged siblings, he said.The government, Mr. Sarma said, would also implement the two-child policy for jobs and elections to local bodies and Panchayats. The policy, passed in the Assembly soon after the PRONAM Bill last year, also proposes to disqualify MLAs ignoring family planning.“In case any MLA from the State flouts the family planning norms, say MLAs having more than two children, he/she may be disqualified from his or her membership and be debarred from contesting polls,” the policy, drafted by the Health & Family Welfare Department, said.Assam was the 12th State in India to come up with such a policy for barring people with more than two children from applying for government jobs, contesting polls, and from housing and other beneficiary schemes.“Assam is facing a dangerous population explosion,” Mr. Sarma had said last year to justify the population policy.According to the 2011 Census, the population of Assam increased from 2.66 crore in 2001 to 3.2 crore, with the decadal growth being 17.07%. Although there was a decline in the decadal growth of population, the rate of increase was at an unsustainable level, the government said.Various minority groups had panned the population policy as being anti-Muslim.last_img read more

Charges framed against Sunny Deol, Karisma Kapoor in 22-year-old chain pulling case

first_imgA railway court here has framed charges against Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol and actor Karisma Kapoor in a 22-year-old case of alleged chain pulling in a train at the Naraina Railway Station in Rajasthan during the shooting for a film. The two actors challenged the order through a revision petition in a sessions court on Wednesday.Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, along with stuntman Tinu Verma and Satish Shah, had allegedly entered the station and stopped train 2413-A Uplink Express by pulling its emergency chain in 1997, causing its delay by 25 minutes. The film unit was shooting for a movie Bajrang at Sanvarda village near Phulera in Jaipur district. The Assistant Station Master said in his complaint that a few persons from Mumbai shooting for a movie in a nearby village had illegally stopped the train.After framing the charges under the Railway Act earlier this week, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Railways) summoned three witnesses for the next hearing on September 24. The actors have been accused of violating Sections 141 (needlessly interfering with the means of communication in a train), 145 (drunkenness or nuisance), 146 (obstructing a railway servant in his duties) and 147 (trespass and refusal to desist from trespass) of the Railways Act.The revision petition filed in the sessions court stated that the railway court had framed the same charges for the second time after its charges read out earlier in 2009 were set aside in 2010. A.K. Jain, counsel for Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, contended that the September 17 order for framing of charges was against the law.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Sparks are expected to fly as two contenders for the…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementEuro Cup 2016 winner Portugal take on Uruguay for the 2nd match of the Round of 16, the winners of which go straight to the Quarter Finals. A late Iran penalty saw Portugal qualify for the knockout stages, having snatched a late draw with Spain and beating Morocco by a small margin whereas Uruguay came to the Round of 16 winning all their group stage matches.Ahead of Saturday’s game, Portugal Coach Fernando Santos knows the forward line has to be in top form to upset an Uruguay side who are yet to concede a goal in this World Cup.“They are a typical South American side,” said Santos.Uruguay coach, Oscar Tabarez who is in his 14th year as Uruguay’s head coach knows that his side has to work hard to contain the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world,” Tabarez said.Line-Ups:-We’ll shortly discover who will be playing #FRA in the #WorldCup quarter-finals…Here are your teams for #URUPOR!— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018Read Also:-Football: Stephan Lichsteiner thanks Juventus in an emotional tweet ahead of joining ArsenalFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 16last_img read more

Andy Murray talks to Britain’s royal couple after Wimbledon win

first_imgAndy Murray took a few moments to talk about his baby daughter with Prince William and his wife Kate after winning the Wimbledon title.Murray, with the gold trophy in his hands, briefly chatted with the heir to the British throne inside the Centre Court stadium. (Also read: Here’s how Murray crushed Raonic’s maiden Grand Slam hopes) The royal couple asked about his daughter Sophia, while Murray asked about William and Kate’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Murray also briefly spoke to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, left, shakes hands with actor Bradley Cooper during Wimbledon 2016 final. (AP Photo)Murray won his second Wimbledon title by beating Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) on Centre Court.Murray broke Raonic’s serve only once in the match, while the Canadian had some chances in the third set but failed to convert.Murray came into the tournament after losing to Novak Djokovic in the finals of both the Australian Open and French Open this year.Three years ago, Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win the singles title at the All England Club. He also won the U.S. Open in 2012, a few weeks after winning the Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon.The two-time #Wimbledon champion has a quick catch-up with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge… Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2016Benedict Cumberbatch meets his biggest fan…#Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2016last_img read more

CWG scam: ED attaches construction firms assets worth Rs

first_img11.28 cr(Eds: Updating with details)New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached a construction firms assets worth Rs 11.28 crore in connection with its money laundering probe into the 2010 Commonwealth Games held here, the agency said today.The action has come after five years of the agency registering a criminal case in the alleged irregularities in the installation of Timing, Scoring and Resulting (TSR) system for the sporting extravaganza.The central probe agency said it has issued a provisional order for the attachment of assets of the firm — Ms AKR Construction Limited — under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The attached assets include an immovable property in the upmarket Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad, valued at over Rs 5.98 crore, and more than Rs 5.29 crore funds lying in a bank account.The ED had registered a criminal case against M/s Swiss Timing Limited after taking cognisance of a CBI FIR.The agency said the investigation conducted revealed that for the installation of the TSR system, officials of the Organising Committee (OC) of the Commonwealth Games 2010 “conspired” with private persons and abused their official positions for awarding the tender to Ms Swiss Timing.This was done, it said, “by manipulating the tender process related to the TSR system and that caused a loss of Rs 95,60,64,729 to the OC and corresponding gain to Ms Swiss Timing and others.””Investigation also revealed that Ms Swiss Timing entered into a fraudulent contract with Ms Gem International and Ms Gem International in turn awarded sub-contract to Ms AKR Construction Ltd, Hyderabad, and paid about Rs 11.28 crore,” the probe agency said.advertisementThe ED said that the construction firm under the control of A K Reddy raised fake bills against labour contract, supply of cables among others and siphoned off the amount.The Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi in 2010 and were marred by allegations of corruption after which investigative agencies such as the ED, the Income Tax Department and the CBI began their separate probes.An attachment order under the PMLA is aimed at depriving the accused from taking benefits of their alleged ill-gotten wealth and such an ED order can be appealed by the affected party before the Adjudicating Authority of the Act in 180 days time. PTI NES ASK ASKlast_img read more

U.S. Soccer confirms presidential candidates

first_imgUnited States Solo approved as U.S. Soccer confirms presidential candidates Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 04:28 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hope Solo USWNT Olympics 08092016 Erich Schlegel United States United States MLS World Cup The former U.S. national team goalkeeper is among eight candidates to have met the requirements to run in February’s election Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo is among the eight candidates confirmed by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday to be eligible for February’s presidential election.Solo is joined on the ballot by fellow former players Paul Caligiuri, Kyle Martino and Eric Wynalda; lawyers Steve Gans and Michael Winograd; Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter; and U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro.United Premier Soccer League executive Paul LaPointe was the lone announced candidate who failed to earn a place on the ballot. 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 Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Solo, who only announced her candidacy Dec. 8, managed to secure the three nominations necessary by the Dec. 13 deadline. U.S. Soccer also required all candidates to pass a background check.The 36-year-old last played at the Olympics in August 2016, after which she received a six-month suspension from U.S. Soccer for referring to Sweden as “cowards” because of their play in a quarterfinal victory over the Americans.The Feb. 10 election in Orlando, Florida, will see U.S. Soccer tab a new president for the first time since 2006, with Sunil Gulati announcing earlier this month he will not seek re-election after the men’s national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.”I spent a lot of time thinking about it, and talking about it with people in many different positions — many of whom told me I should run,” Gulati told ESPN. “But in the end, I think the best thing for me personally, and for the federation, is to see someone new in the job.”Gulati, who ran unopposed in each of his three elections, will remain a FIFA vice president and chairman of the unified USA-Mexico-Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup.Speaking to reporters in Toronto ahead of the MLS Cup final Dec. 9, Gulati declined to give his public backing to any candidate, though sources have told Goal that Carter is his preferred choice.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: India’s openers took the game away from us, says Kane Williamson

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand: India’s openers took the game away from us, says Kane WilliamsonIndia vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: Kane Williamson said it just wasn’t New Zealand’s day after India stormed to a seven-wicket win in Auckland. This was the first time New Zealand have lost to India at home in T20 Internationals. Overall, this was only New Zealand’s third defeat to India in the shortest format.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:34 IST Kane Williamson said he knew that the Wellington performance was going to be difficult to replicate (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said India’s opening partnership took the game away from the hostsRohit Sharma and ShikharDhawan added 79 for the 1st wicket as India successfully chased down 159 in AucklandIndia have now levelled the 3-match T20I series. New Zealand had won the first T20I in Wellington on WednesdayBrief Score – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30) (SCORECARD)New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson conceded his side missed a trick or two after a seven-wicket thrashing to India in the second T20 International in Auckland. India chased down 159 with plenty to spare to level the three-match series 1-1. This was also India’s first T20I victory in New Zealand.Williamson made 20 while Colin de Grandhomme top-scored with 50 against an Indian bowling attack that was far more disciplined and determined. Shot-making was not as easy as it was in Wellington and Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed found the right lengths straightaway.Krunal Pandya, however, did the most damage as New Zealand once again succumbed to spin after struggling against Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the ODI series which they lost 1-4.#TeamIndia win by 7 wickets. Level the three match series 1-1 #NZvIND (@BCCI) February 8, 2019Williamson said he understood the Wellington performance was going to be difficult to replicate but added it was India’s brisk opening partnership that took the game away from the Black Caps. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 79 off only 9.2 overs before Rishabh Pant made an enterprising 40 not out and MS Dhoni scored 20 not out to help India win only third T20I vs New Zealand.”I suppose the performance in Wellington was going to be difficult to replicate,” Williamson said in the post-match presentation ceremony.”We missed a trick or two with the bat. It was slightly more tricky to bat, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better. It wasn’t a 180-200 wicket for sure, but the opening partnership from India just took it away.advertisement”It’s important that as a side we are aware of the good bits we have done and put that into practice every time we come out to bat. Today it wasn’t our day to be honest. Today wasn’t as close as we would have liked, but having a full house like Eden Park, there isn’t any better atmosphere in the world,” he said.India and New Zealand will next travel to Hamilton for the series decider to be played on Sunday.Also Read | We learnt from our mistakes: Rohit Sharma after historic T20I win over New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma overtakes Martin Guptill to become highest run-scorer in T20IsAlso Read | Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20IsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd T20IFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Aucklandlast_img read more

Nova Scotias Cold Snap Brings Sand

first_imgDrivers in Nova Scotia may be surprised to see sand on the road instead of salt, during extra cold winter days. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has a variety of tools it uses to combat the elements during the winter season, including more than 400 pieces of snow-removal equipment, 300,000 tonnes of road salt and 100,000 tonnes of winter sand. When temperatures dip below -10 C, salt is no longer an effective de-icer. So the department switches to sand or a salt-sand mixture when temperatures fall that low. Harsh winter storms are a part of life in Nova Scotia, which is why the department has 800 full-time winter operators on call 24-7 to clear roads. When severe winter storms hit, the department encourages people to stay at home to ensure everyone’s safety, and to allow winter operators to properly clear roads. If it is necessary to drive during a storm, remember to check road conditions and to adjust driving speeds to the conditions. For road information, call 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information. Drivers should also follow traffic at a safe distance, be aware of black ice that can form instantly, keep vehicles in top working order and have a winter survival kit in vehicles. More winter driving tips, plow priorities and other maintenance facts, can be found on the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s website at: read more

Light rains predicted in city

first_imgNew Delhi: The weather in the city is expected to be cloudy on Thursday, with the Met department predicting light rains. The maximum temperature is expected to be 36 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature recorded on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday was 27.5 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. There was no rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours.last_img

Harper government uses rhetoric to alarm the public against Indigenous rights Bellegarde

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The Harper government uses inflammatory rhetoric to “alarm the public” against Indigenous rights, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said during a speech Monday at the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City.Bellegarde’s speech focused on how nation states, including Canada, continue to try and dilute the impact of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Domestically, Bellegarde said the Harper government is using misleading rhetoric against a private member’s bill, C-641, introduced by Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash to ensure federal laws comply with the declaration.“Government statements of C-641 follow a pattern when spokespersons are addressing the rights of Indigenous peoples. While claiming to support Aboriginal rights, the rhetoric is designed to alarm the public. Little regards is accorded to accuracy or justice,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said Ottawa’s favorite tactic is to use the word “veto” when describing why it continues to oppose the full implementation of the declaration in Canada. The Harper government has claimed, in its argument against supporting Saganash’s bill, that the declaration gives First Nations veto power over legislation and development impacting its rights and territories.“The term veto is not used in the UN Declaration. Veto implies an absolute right or power to reject a law or development that concerns Indigenous peoples, regardless of the facts and law in any given situation,” said Bellegarde. “Canada then builds on this imagined frenzy of absolute power and declares: ‘It would be irresponsible to give any one group in Canada a veto.’”Bellegarde said the Harper government is ignoring Canada’s own Constitution and Supreme Court decisions, including last summer’s Tsilhqot’in decision, in continuing its opposition to any real implementation of the declaration domestically.“The (Supreme Court in the Tsilhqot’in decision) repeatedly referred to the constitutional right of Aboriginal title holders to give or withhold consent. Such title holders have the right to use and control the land and enjoy its benefits…In (the Tsilhqot’in decision) the Supreme Court ruled that, in absence of Aboriginal consent, ‘legislation may be rendered inapplicable going forward to the extent that it unjustifiably infringes Aboriginal title,” said Bellegarde. “It is disturbing that the government of Canada claims to uphold the Aboriginal rights of Aboriginal peoples and Canada’s Constitution, but ignores key rulings of Canada’s highest court that favour such peoples.” read more

GuineaBissau UN peacebuilding office should be extended – Ban Kimoon

7 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau be extended for one year, with the possibility of it transforming into an integrated mission following the 2008 legislative elections. Extending the mandate until next 31 December will “allow the Office to continue to assist Guinea-Bissau as it confronts the challenges of peacebuilding and strives to bring about political stabilization,” Mr. Ban wrote in a letter to the President of the Security Council made public earlier this month.He suggested a revision of the UNOGBIS mandate so that it can help to generate the international community’s support for the West African nation’s efforts to stem drug trafficking.To this end, the Office’s 2008 activities would focus on supporting the country’s reconciliation and dialogue; helping to reform the security sector; assist with the holding of transparent and credible legislative elections; promote respect for the rule of law and human rights; among others, Mr. Ban wrote.After next year’s elections, the Secretary-General noted that he will look into the possibility of transforming UNOGBIS into an integrated mission.“Such a mission, if deemed appropriate, would provide a holistic approach to addressing the complex and multidimensional situation facing Guinea-Bissau,” the letter said.UNOGBIS was created in 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau emerge from the devastation of a civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes. read more

Bombardier strengthens balance sheet updates progress on CSeries sales

MONTREAL – Bombardier says it has strengthened its balance sheet and is on track to turn its finances around, nearly two years after it teetered on the verge of bankruptcy.The manufacturer of aircraft and trains, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Friday it lost $296 million or 13 cents per share in its second quarter, an improvement from its loss of $490 million or 24 cents per share in the same period a year ago.In adjusted profits, it earned $39 million or two cents per share, its highest in two years.“We had a very strong first half of the year,” CEO Alain Bellemare said during a conference call. “We’re confident that we will be able to deliver on all of our commitments.”Revenue for the quarter ended June 30 slipped to $4.09 billion from nearly $4.31 billion a year ago as a result of lower production of business aircraft.Shares in Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) increased by 6.2 per cent, gaining 15 cents at C$2.56 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The results, which beat analyst expectations, came as the company said it expects to hit the high end of its full-year guidance, which is now between $580 million and $630 million in earnings before interest and taxes.Bombardier has implemented a cost-cutting plan that has resulted in thousands of layoffs around the world. It has also secured funding from the federal and Quebec governments, as well as an investment from Quebec’s pension fund manager, for its CSeries passenger jet program.During the quarter, Bombardier delivered six CSeries planes, raising the total number in service to 16. It expects to ship about 30 of the aircraft for the year.Bellemare said CSeries sales have been held back. He said that’s because airlines are examining how the 100- to 150-seat planes can be used on routes that best accommodate that number of passengers versus smaller regional jets or larger Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s.The earnings come as Bombardier is in a trade dispute with Boeing. The Chicago-based rival has petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging that the Montreal company has been selling CSeries planes in the U.S. below cost because of subsidies that violate trade rules. Bombardier has denied the accusations.If Boeing is successful, that would have a “material adverse impact” on the CSeries program, Bombardier warned in its results. But Bellemare said there is no effect so far on discussions with potential customers.“People understand that these are long processes,” he said.The company also announced that former auditor general Sheila Fraser has resigned from the board of directors for personal reasons. Bombardier strengthens balance sheet, updates progress on CSeries sales by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 4:23 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Commentary Its up to Fickell to have Miller prepared

As freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was given his first opportunity to take the reins of the Ohio State offense on Saturday, this much was clear: what looked to be a disappointing 2011 season a week ago had suddenly transformed into one full of optimism, not just for now, but for the next four years in Columbus. But even as Miller moved the ball with the most consistency the Buckeyes had seen since playing woeful Akron in the first week of the season, his success was the cause of more frustration for Buckeye fans. First, let’s examine the good that came along with Miller’s starting debut on Saturday. Thanks in part to a Colorado special teams unit that would have made former OSU coach Jim Tressel cringe, Miller led the Buckeyes to 37 points, the most the offense has scored since OSU’s win against Akron. He ran the ball well as he accumulated 83 yards rushing the ball and turned multiple would-be losses into gains with his feet. After last week’s debacle against Miami, the Buckeyes needed to find a new identity to tell poll voters that this wasn’t the same OSU team that couldn’t score a touchdown or even move the ball with any sort of consistency a week ago in South Beach. With Miller playing well as he took over as the undisputed starting quarterback for the Buckeyes, they accomplished just that. But with Miller playing as well as he did on Saturday, I’m sure that many OSU fans found themselves asking why Miller wasn’t named the starter earlier in the season. Despite turning the ball over twice against Miami, Miller moved the ball more consistently as the team’s quarterback than Joe Bauserman did, and one can’t help but think that giving Miller more playing time — especially versus Toledo, against which he didn’t take any snaps — would have better prepared him for the Hurricanes and the remainder of the 2011 season. The best way to get past that frustration is to tell yourself that it’s time to look forward and not backward. But even doing that raises more questions about the OSU coaching staff’s use of Miller. Throughout much of the game against Colorado, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman refused to take the training wheels off of Miller as the Buckeyes centered their offense around running the ball. On two separate occasions, OSU elected to run draw plays when facing third-and-long situations. Not surprisingly, both attempts were unsuccessful. Admittedly, I’ve never taken a meaningful snap at quarterback at any level, but even playing Madden on my PlayStation 3 has taught me that in order to maintain a successful passing game, it’s best for a quarterback to develop a rhythm, which would require attempting more than the 13 total passes that Miller attempted on his 11 offensive drives on Saturday. OSU’s negligence to its passing game resulted in a 5-for-13 throwing the ball performance for Miller, who wasn’t helped by drops from T.Y. Williams and Jaamal Berry and a questionably ruled incomplete pass to his new favorite target, Devin Smith. It was still good enough to beat Colorado, but it won’t be good enough to beat the Buckeyes’ next two opponents, Big Ten title contenders Michigan State and Nebraska. Both of those teams will bring defensive-minded coaches in Mark Dantonio and Bo Pelini who carry ties to OSU and will be making their best cases to take over for OSU coach Luke Fickell at the end of the season. And if Miller proves to be ill-prepared for the challenges brought by the Spartans and the Cornhuskers in the next two weeks, then it will be Fickell, more than anyone, who helped those coaches’ causes. read more

The US pastor with a criminal record at the bedside of Charlie

first_imgAn evangelical preacher jailed in the US for picketing an abortion clinic is spearheading the campaign to secure Charlie Gard’s treatment.The Reverend Patrick Mahoney led a team of American ‘right to life’ campaigners who flew to the UK last week to drum up support worldwide for the 11-month-old boy.Rev Mahoney, the pastor in charge of the Church on the Hill in Washington DC and director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said he had met with a senior official in the White House before flying to London. Show more Connie Yates with son Charlie Gard Charlie Gard’s parents were at the High Court on TuesdayCredit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31 arrive at the High Court Rev Mahoney said he and his team, which includes a US lawyer, had been invited to the UK by the family after they enlisted their support to widen the campaign. The reverend said he had met with a White House official before departing for London and that president Trump was being kept abreast of events. Today the group launched a new campaign “#IamCharlieGard” and released a photograph of the little boy, wearing a US-themed rompersuit, which they hoped would be posted by at least a million people on Facebook and Twitter in support.According to Rev Mahoney, US Congress is also due to debate a bill on Tuesday that would give Charlie effective US citizenship allowing him to travel to the US for the experimental treatment – should the British courts decide his parents can go ahead and take him abroad. 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. The source said: “I have no idea how he got in with the parents. He just suddenly turned up last week.” He posted a photograph on Facebook of himself with Charlie’s parents at the boy’s bedside in Great Ormond Street, claiming the hospital had tried to prevent him from entering the intensive care unit before relenting.“This continues to show Great Ormond Street Hospital’s disregard for the wishes of Charlie’s parents. First, the hospital denies care, and now they deny prayer,” he wrote on Facebook.The 63-year-old pastor has been jailed in the US for defying a court order that prohibited him from demonstrating front of abortion clinics in Houston, Texas. He was also jailed briefly by Chinese authorities for trying to pray in Tiananmen Square in 2008.A source previously close to Charlie Gard’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard has spoken of their [the source’s] dismay at the apparent hijacking of the campaign and the attack on Great Ormond Street Hospital. Connie Yates with son Charlie Gardlast_img read more

GECOM chair Opposition Leader President agree to third list

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: Jagdeo says AFC cannot deny its role in the unilateral selection of PattersonNovember 14, 2017In “latest news”Patterson new GECOM Chair: Says he was approached hours before swearing inOctober 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news” …high-level team to be assembled for smoother transitionOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger have agreed to the submission of a third list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), a joint statement from the Opposition and Government said on Monday.This decision was made after a second meeting between the two was held at State House.The meeting was also attended by People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Members of Parliament Anil Nandlall and Irfaan Ali, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.The joint statement said the parties agreed that it would be in the best interest of the people of Guyana that the choice of a Chairperson of GECOM is made without undue delay.However, both parties further agreed that the Opposition Leader will submit a new list of six names to the President.It was also agreed that a high-level team would be assembled representing the President and the Opposition Leader which will begin to work immediately on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to this matter in the event that the list is rejected again by the President.The Opposition has publicly stated total disagreement with the President’s interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana which deals with the selection of the chairman of GECOM.Jagdeo had, last April, submitted to President Granger a second list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of GECOM. They were retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and businessman and pilot, captain Gerald Gouveia.This second list suffered the same fate as the first, following President Granger deeming them “unacceptable” on the grounds that they were not in keeping with ‘his interpretation’ of Guyana’s Constitution and his criteria outlined for selection.GECOM has been without a Chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down after 15 years at the helm. read more

Last home match for Pick Szeged in 2013 Charity and Victory

pick szeged 2013 ← Previous Story Norway and Angola at the top – Spain beat Poland Next Story → Kielce began with recovery by convincing win in Zabrze Hungarian League leaders and the only 100% team Pick Szeged played their last home match in 2013 yesterday evening. Their opponents were mediocre newcomers Győr who, just like Szeged have a Spanish trainer. Pick Szeged’s management offered the total income of the match and the plush toys throw non court by the spectators to charity.The home team were the odds-on favourite to win the match and they started accordingly. Thanks to powerful play by Hungarian international pivot Zubai, they quickly managed to gain a substantial lead (10th minute 8-2). The guests were unable to keep the Szeged’s pace and were unsuccessful in stopping distant shots by Sulc and Balogh so the home team managed to obtain a serious lead by the end of the first 30 minutes (20-11).In the second half coach Pastor changed Pick’s defence to a 6-0 formation and offered all his players a chance to be on court. Ancsin scored some big goals from distance, Vranjes managed to cause much trouble in the opponent’s wall and Tatai made some great saves. In some cases he was very angry with his fellow players. Due to a lack of concentration, Szeged’s defense became soft, the players made far too many mistakes so the guests were able to keep the distance at 9-10 goals.Pick Szeged will play two more away matches this year. On Wednesday they will travel to No. 4 Tatabánya who recently signed Milorad Krivokapic and they will conclude this year against fifth-placed Balatonfüred on Saturday.Pick Szeged-SZESE Győr 35:25 (20:11)Best scorers: Zubai, Larholm, Ancsin (6) / Gebhardt (7)TEXT: Gábor Várkonyi read more

No more sunbeds for debs goers

first_imgTheir use becomes particularly intense around debs season and before summer holidays when sunbeds are used to give skin a so-called ‘base-tan’. We also know that using sunbeds at a young age can increase the risk of malignant melanoma by as much as 75%.When fully implemented the Act will also provide for bans on advertising and marketing of sunbeds and require mandatory training for sunbed operators.The HSE Environmental Health Service will be writing to sunbed business operators to advise them of the new legal provisions and what they will need to do to comply.Stack added that, “the most rapidly increasing cancers in the world are those of the skin, both melanoma and non-melanoma in both sexes.The danger surrounding sunbed use and overexposure to UV rays is very real. SUNBEDS WILL SOON be banned for anyone aged under 18.An Act has been signed into force by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.It’s expected that the ban will commence before the end of next month.This means that the scores of young people who would previously have lined up to scorch their skin in preparation for their graduation ball, won’t be able to do so.The Act has been welcomed by environmental health officers who will enforce its provisions.Chair of the Environmental Health Association of Ireland (EHAI), Caitriona Stack, said:“We know that a substantial proportion of those using sunbeds are young people, especially girls. “It’s time to protect vulnerable young skin from these dangers and our members are willing and ready to do so.”A web page will be set up to give information about the new laws as they come on stream.It will also provide details of how the public may lodge a complaint with the HSE Environment Health Service in relation to children under 18 being permitted to use sunbeds.’Read: Infographic: Here’s how you spot skin cancer>Read: Children using sunbeds, the new broadcasting charge and HSE grants>Read: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland and the numbers are rising>last_img read more

Your Instagram account shows how depressed you are

first_imgThe photos you post on social media may be saying more about you than you intend. Scientists from Harvard University and the University of Vermont have found that there is a strong correlation between the nature of photos posted on Instagram and the poster’s mental health. The link is so strong that researchers Andrew Reece and Chris Danforth suggest the algorithm they devised could be used for early detection of mental illness.The experiment started with recruiting 500 test subjects from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, who also used Instagram. They were asked to complete a standard clinical depression survey and share their Instagram posts for analysis. Only 170 agreed to be part of the test, and 70 of them showed some level of depression based on the survey.When the researchers downloaded the images provided by the study participants, they were left with a whopping 40,000 images to dig through. The analysis was based on the last 100 images posted by healthy people, and for those with depression the last 100 posted before their diagnosis. This was done to eliminate the effect of treatment on the images posted.Reece and Danforth used a different set of Turk workers to rate the photos, then added objective measurements like average hue, color saturation, contrast, and the number of faces visible. The reaction of other Instagram users in the form of likes and comments was also taken into account. The model was able to reliably predict which users were clinically depressed based on these metrics.Depressed people tended to post photos with predominantly blue, black, and gray color palettes. They also received fewer likes on Instagram than healthy individuals. Depressed people also had a strong preference for the Inkwell filter, which adds a monochrome effect to photos. Meanwhile, healthy individuals were more likely to use the Valencia filter, which lightens the colors. Faces were more common in the photos submitted by depressed users, but usually only one face — their own. So, excessive selfie use is associated with depression now.When tested with a new group of individuals, the researchers reported that it correctly identified 70% of those with depression. That’s better than most general practice doctors can do. Maybe some day the apps on your phone will start asking how you’re feeling based on the photos you post.last_img read more

Mbappe Kluivert Donnarumma up for Kopa Trophy

first_imgKylian Mbappe leads the way for the 10-man shortlist of the inaugural Kopa TrophyThe Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar will compete with the likes of AS Roma’s Justin Kluivert and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…France Football magazine, who also oversees the Ballon d’Or award, has announced a 10-man shortlist for the world’s best U-21 player.The judges for the prize will consist of five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi along with former recipients Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Bobby Charlton.10-man shortlist for Kopa TrophyKylian Mbappe (PSG/France)Justin Kluivert (Roma/Holland)Houssem Aouar (Lyon/France)Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan/Italy)Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan/Italy)Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool/England)Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/USA)Amadou Haidara (RB Salzburg/Mali)Ritsu Doan (Groningen/Japan)Rodrygo Goes of Santos (Santos/Brazil)last_img read more