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‘Tribal community facing starvation in Tripura’

first_imgSenior leaders of the Gana Mukti Parishad, the tribal front of the CPI(M), led by Member of Parliament Jitendra Chouhdury on Saturday met Chief Minister Biplab Deb to place demands concerning socio and economic issues of the tribal community in Tripura. The delegation submitted a memorandum complaining about the poverty and starvation situation allegedly prevailing in the hills and the interior areas of the State. The memorandum said that the indigenous population was passing through a tough time in the absence of cash or food. It also spoke about the displacement of hunger stricken tribals to various places, including Bangladesh.Two former Ministers in the earlier CPI(M)-led Left front government Naresh Jamatia and Pranab Debbarma were also present in meeting. They demanded that the Chief Minister should implement the promises for tribals made in the vision document of the BJP ahead of Assembly election held in February. Mr. Choudhury alleged that the stoppage of the MGNREGA funds had further “aggravated” the situation.Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman said the allegations were politically motivated. He claimed that man days under MGNREGA had been increased to support poor tribal families.On the migration issue, he said the government had checked the matter with appropriate agencies, but fount it to be incorrect. “Indigenous people are better taken care of now …why should they leave?” he said.last_img read more

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No Scope for Break Due to Crammed Calender, Olympic Qualification Pressure: Pullela Gopichand

first_img badmintonPullela GopichandPV Sindhu First Published: November 12, 2019, 10:53 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: Chief coach Pullela Gopichand on Tuesday rued that the tournament calender, packed with mandatory events, combined with the pressure of Olympic qualification has not given any respite to the players, who are now dealing with injuries and lack of form.Gopichand, credited for transforming Indian badminton, said not only the Indians but almost all top players in the world are struggling. “There is no respite. You are actually playing way too many tournaments. If you look at world badminton, a number of players have withdrawn (from tournaments) from Tai (Tzu Ying) to Carolina Marin,” said Gopichand.”Ideally Sindhu should have rested but world badminton makes it mandatory for you to play all the 1000s, 750s and 500s. So we almost end up playing 14-15 tournaments which are mandatory,” he said.Sindhu has been enduring a rough patch as she has not got a big result after winning the World Championship in August this year.Gopichand hoped the players would achieve Olympic qualification as quickly as possible and Sindhu would make a strong comeback.”She’s good, she’s strong, she’s our best bet going into the big tournaments. This is what happened last year as well. She did not have a great result in October, November and in December at the year-end she beat everybody. So I’m confident that she’ll make a comeback quickly,” he said.Gopichand was full of praise for in-form doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. They became the first Indian men’s pair to win BWF Super 500 badminton tournament after they clinched the Thailand Open in August.”Satwik and Chirag have really been stars. They played very well and have started to look threatening and consistent at the highest stage. It comes well with getting into the Olympics with this form and it is something that I would be very happy about.”The Hyderabad-based coach was speaking after launching an initiative Football Mania’ by IDBI Federal Life Insurance in association with KheloMore, founded by former India batsman and current national selector Jatin Paranjpe.Gopichand was pleased with the way season 2019 unfolded so far for India.”We have had a decent year. I would say for the reason that the biggest tournament of the year was World Championships, and we have managed to have two medals there,” he said.In the World Championship, Sindhu won a historic gold while B Sai Praneeth clinched a bronze.He yet again stressed that India need to produce more good coaches.”We need to spend time and energy to identify where the good coaches are and give them awards, rewards, empower them and keep them motivated. That’s the way to move forward. Indian badminton has a lot of potential,” he said, adding “coaching as a profession hasn’t taken off in our country.””Till the time we produce coaches, we need foreign coaches. And even after we produce coaches, we still need them because they come out with another perspective which is needed.”But we should clearly define what our country’s policy is regarding the culture of sport. We cannot keep deviating from Malaysian to Indonesian to Chinese systems based on the coaches. A country can’t change its stance and culture based on who we get. And the coach should help us get better,” he stressed.Gopichand said he would travel with the team for “one-off tournaments now” but will accompany them consistently before the Olympics. last_img read more

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‘Arsenal have already lost Ramsey to top-end club’

first_imgArsenal have already lost Aaron Ramsey, according to Craig Bellamy, with the midfielder prepared to run down his contract and join “a top-end club”.The 27-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his current deal at Emirates Stadium and has offered no indication that he will be signing an extension.Discussions regarding a fresh agreement are reported to have broken down over terms, with the Gunners finding themselves in an all too familiar situation as a senior star prepares to head for the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bellamy, a former Wales and Great Britain team-mate of Ramsey, believes there is no way back from this point, with a decision having been taken to make a fresh start away from north London.He told Sky Sports of a player Arsenal are in danger of losing to the likes of Liverpool or Juventus: “I think they’ve lost him already – I think he’s gone.”Come January or the summer, he’ll be going somewhere else.”Four or five years ago, every club wanted him – Manchester City, Barcelona. I think it’s time for him to move on.”He’s become conscious of some players that have stayed too long at Arsenal and not got the best out of their ability. He’s a tremendous footballer that has had injuries.”Unai Emery will be a good manager for him but he needs a change. He’ll have a better chance of going to those top-end clubs if he’s on a free transfer.”Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Fulham 071018While Bellamy believes the time is right for Ramsey to take on a new challenge, former Arsenal star Paul Merson has questioned how another key man is being allowed to slip through the club’s net following similar contract struggles with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere last season.He said: “Arsenal have got to ask themselves some serious questions.”It’s a great club, but whoever is letting people’s contracts run down is an absolute joke.”You have to sign him. He brings goals to the midfield – he takes the pressure off the strikers. It’s Arsenal’s fault, they’ve allowed this to happen. In January, he’ll have clubs queuing up to sign him.”last_img read more

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Flyers Fly Past Islanders, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — To a man, the Philadelphia Flyers were feeling good about themselves and the brand of hockey they’ve been playing nearly every night.Down the hallway, the New York Islanders were searching for a solution to halt their late-season tailspin.Brandon Manning’s first NHL goal midway through the second period snapped a tie and powered the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Islanders on March 21.Nick Cousins, Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux also scored for Philadelphia, which won for the 10th time in 13 games. The surging Flyers closed within one point of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“Our team has played well the last 30 games,” coach Dave Hakstol said.Philadelphia trails the Islanders by three points for the first wild card. The Flyers are 2-1-0 against New York this season, with one game remaining.“(We) control our own fate,” said Steve Mason, who made 23 saves.The Islanders have lost five of six at a most inopportune time. They fell to 21-9-4 in their first season at Barclays Center, after spending the franchise’s first 43 years at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.New York finishes the regular season by playing seven of its final 11 games in Brooklyn.“Obviously, it hasn’t gone well the last couple of games,” captain John Tavares said. “It’s obviously been a tough stretch. It starts with myself. I have to elevate my game where we need it.”Kyle Okposo scored for New York, and Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots.Cousins opened the scoring at 2:24 of the second period with his sixth of the season. He outdueled Thomas Hickey in front before tapping the rebound of Jake Voracek’s shot into a half-empty net.Okposo tied it 90 seconds later with his 20th of the season. The pending unrestricted free agent jammed a loose puck under Mason to reach 20 goals for the third time in his NHL career.But that was all the offense the Islanders could muster.“(Tavares) is trying to lead our game. He’s doing the best he can, but the supporting staff and a few other guys, it’s non-existent right now,” coach Jack Capuano said. “You’re going to need the secondary guys to pick up some of our leaders.“You’re hoping eventually some of the guys can get out of the funk they are in, but there’s limited time to do that.”Philadelphia regained the lead when Manning beat Greiss high to the glove side, moments after the Flyers had successfully killed his 2-minute minor for cross-checking Johnny Boychuk.Manning’s first goal came in his 66th NHL game.“Been a long time coming,” he said. “Got a lucky bounce.”Mason’s stop on Nikolay Kulemin at the doorstep with 2:31 left in the period kept Philadelphia ahead.“Three or four times he kept us in the game or in the lead,” Manning said.Gagner scored his eighth goal at 4:22 of the third to make it 3-1.Mason had to make two stops on Josh Bailey before Ryan Strome’s attempt hit the post with less than 10 minutes left. Giroux added an empty-net goal with 26.9 seconds remaining.“We stayed with our game,” Cousins said. “We stayed composed (and) played our game for a full 60 minutes. … This was a big test for us, a big challenge.”(DENIS P. GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup-bound Steve Smith and David Warner likely to miss final stages of IPL 2019

first_imgAustralian batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner are likely to leave their respective IPL teams by the end of this month to attend their national training camp from May 2 after being drafted into the squad for the upcoming World Cup.Smith and Warner are currently playing for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively in the IPL after serving their 12-month ban for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket last year.The two were recalled to the national team after Australia named their 15-member squad for World Cup beginning May 30 in England and Wales.”The fifteen-player squad for the ICC world cup will assemble in Brisbane for a training camp at the National Cricket Centre on May 2,” Cricket Australia said.”The training camp will include three practice matches between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field.”While Warner has been in red-hot form for Sunrisers, holding the orange cap with 400 runs, which includes a century and four fifties, Smith has found the going tough for Rajasthan, having scored just 186 runs in seven matches.They are likely to miss a couple of matches for their respective franchises, besides the knockout stage in case the teams make it to the play-offs.Rajasthan will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 before meeting Delhi Capitals in their last league game on May 4, while Sunrisers will be up against Mumbai and RCB on May 2 and May 4 respectively.Seamer Jason Behrendorff and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who were also named in the World Cup squad, are also expected to leave Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively by the end of the month to attend the camp.advertisementWhile Jason is likely to miss two scheduled Mumbai matches on May 2 and May 5 against SRH and Kolkata Knight Riders, Stoinis might leave a little early considering RCB’s dismal run in the IPL this season.Stoinis played a crucial cameo of 28 runs off 16 balls to help RCB register their first win this season when they defeated Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets.RCB will have to win the next seven matches to salvage any chances of making it to the play-offs. The team has just one league match next month against Sunrisers on May 4.Among others, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, who also plays for RCB, has already been ruled out of the IPL following an injury and South Africa’s Dale Steyn has been drafted into the squad.Australia opens their World Cup title defence against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Also Read | SRH vs DC Live Score, IPL 2019: Paul gets Bairstow to break 72-run opening standAlso Read | IPL 2019: Kagiso Rabada stars as Delhi Capitals stun SRH to move to No.2Also Read | IPL 2019: Suresh Raina, Imran Tahir star as CSK smash KKR at Eden GardensAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russellast_img read more

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RICKETTS BUILDS SUPPORT FOR NEBRASKA INCOME TAX CUTS

first_imgGovernor Pete Ricketts is rallying Nebraska’s business community behind his plan to cut the state’s top income tax rate.Small business owners from around the state gathered with Ricketts at the Capitol on Monday to tout the measure, which would lower the top rate from its current 6.84 percent to 5.99 percent over eight years, as long as the state’s revenue growth exceeds 3.5 percent.Ricketts argues that lowering the top tax rate would stimulate the economy by encouraging businesses to hire more people and invest more in their operations.Critics of the plan point to tax cuts in Kansas, which saw no major economic growth but triggered a budget crisis when it cut income taxes.Ricketts says his proposal is different because it’s incremental and relies on cutting expenses first.last_img read more

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Satire: OU still a national title contender

first_imgCould Bob Stoops still win it all? (USATSI)Could Bob Stoops still win it all? (USATSI)The Sooners started the season with high hopes. After a promising victory in the Sugar Bowl in which quarterback Trevor Knight played an inspired four quarters, many believed that 2014 would be their year to take it all.However, things haven’t played out how the Sooner have hoped.After losing two close games to TCU and Kansas State and a blowout to Baylor, all hope seems dashed for the Sooners to win the Big 12 or the inaugural CFP playoff. Sooner head coach Bob Stoops disagrees with the naysayers.“We’ve still got everything to play for,” said Stoops. “After all, we’re the best three-loss team in the country.”Stoops says that while OU may have three losses, all of those losses are “quality losses,” particularly in a league as deep as the Big 12 with teams like Texas Tech, Iowa State, OSU and Kansas.“If you look at the Baylor game,” said Stoops explaining the loss, “we were right there with them. All it takes against a quality team like that is for a few things not to go your way, and suddenly you’re down 48-14. It could easily go the other way.”Stoops says that while it is numerically impossible for the Sooner’s to win or earn a share of the Big 12 title, the rest of their resume is more than good enough to merit inclusion in the playoff.“I mean, look at Auburn and Mississippi State, teams that were top four this season,” said Stoops. “They lost to Bama this year. Guess who hasn’t lost to Bama this year? No really, I want you to guess.”One reporter guessed Ole Miss.“No,” said Stoops, scowling. “Try again.”Another reporter guessed UO, and Stoops seemed to brighten.“Yes!” said Stoops, “Wait, UO?”The reporter clarified that he meant the University of Oregon. Stoops became visibly irritated.“No, look, it’s us,” said Stoops. “We beat them in the Sugar Bowl in January.”Stoops noted that in addition to having a strong resume, the Sooners have frequently controlled the games they’ve played, such as their 44-7 drubbing of Kansas.“Look at that margin!” said Stoops, “Who else has demonstrated that sort of game-control? Florida State barely beat Miami and Boston College. I mean, who are they? I’ve never even heard of those teams before.”Stoops noted that not only did they control the game, but they did so against a quality team like Kansas.“Winning in the Big 12 is always tough,” said Stoops, “especially against a program on the rise. Now that they’re a football school, beating Kansas is even more meaningful.”Stoops notes that even though the Sooners are not a shoe-in for the playoff, with a victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State, the Sooners will deserve a spot as much as any of the current top four.“We’re the Sooners,” Stoops concluded, “of course we belong in the playoffs. I mean, we’re the Sooners. I’m not sure why I have to explain this.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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STOCKTAKE SALE- MUST SEE! GREAT BARGAINS!

first_imgAfter a serious sort out and count of all of the Touch Footy merchandise we’ve got in the mountains of boxes in the storage room, we’ve put together a list of items going out at bargain prices in the 2005 STOCKTAKE SALE. Simply go to www.myclubtouch.com.au and click on the link ‘Shop’ to view these specials and purchase them, as well as other stock online, or simply click here to go straight to the specials: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Scroll through the pages of stock, these will be updated over the next week or so, with more stock and more sale items added on. There is a huge variety of things on sale, with plenty of chances to grab some supporters gear for our Aussie teams (perhaps you’re heading to the All Nations and looking for something to wear?) Or perhaps you’re needing some t-shirts or hats to kit out your association’s junior teams in? The stocktake sale could be just what you need! To purchase online you’ll need to register in the shop. If you have any questions please email ata@austouch.com.au Postage costs for bought items: $2.20 for orders under $5.00 $5.00 for orders up to $50 $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100 $10.00 for orders over $100last_img read more

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico Incentivizes Guests to Disconnect from the Digital World

first_imgRiviera Maya, Mexico – June 24, 2019 – With offline becoming the new trend, Hotel Xcaret Mexico proves to be one step ahead of the rising trend. For guests seeking the ideal destination to detox from the virtual world, this 900-suite property offers thrilling adventures and culturally-driven experiences that guarantee an off-the-grid vacation, through the simple use of an All-Fun Inclusive® wristband. “People are beginning to realize that sometimes there’s a need to disconnect in order to reconnect with what truly matters,” said David de los Santos, Commercial Hotels Director for Grupo Xcaret. “That’s why at Hotel Xcaret Mexico we pride ourselves in being leaders at curating unique experiences that not only lead guests to keep Mexico in their memory, but allows them to cherish true organic moments they create during their stay, without relying on electronic devices.” Upon check-in, guests are given waterproof wristbands with an adjustable strap that not only work as a room key, but also serves multiple functions to eliminate the need of carrying basic day to day items such as phones and credit cards. Throughout the property, guests will find strategically placed cameras with a design inspired by traditional Mexican art sculptures known as alebrijes, made to capture unique moments during their vacation. While exploring Hotel Xcaret Mexico, guests should lookout for these hidden treasures that can be found within caves, at the clear glass bridge in Casa Fuego’s rooftop pool, and in other unique locations. Vacationers can simply scan their wristbands and pose for the picture-perfect moment. All photos are collected and synced to guests’ respective rooms, allowing them to scroll through the images when tuning into channel one. For guests interested in purchasing photos from their trip, they’re given a link to a website that has their pictures easily available for download. Through this offering, Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s goal is to ensure guests are always present in the moment and can fully cherish every experience made during their trip. Hotel Xcaret Mexico understands that avid travelers are inclined to use digital wallets or mobile payments for safety purposes or simply to avoid carrying excessive documentation. That’s why, as part of the hotel’s commitment to cater a carefree stay, credit cards can be linked to the wristbands, allowing guests to experience the property’s extended offerings with a simple tap. Whether visitors are looking to dine at the hotel’s renowned HA’ Restaurant, overseen by Michelin starred chef Carlos Gaytán, splurge at the several souvenir shops found throughout the property, or enjoy the treatments offered at Muluk Spa, Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s wristband guarantees a seamless vacation for all. Also included in Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s All-Fun Inclusive® concept, visitors are granted complimentary admission to Grupo Xcaret’s nine adventure parks and tours, some of which offer similar features found at the hotel. For instance, hidden cameras are also present throughout selected parks, aimed at automatically snapping everlasting memories. During an eventful day ziplining through the Mayan jungle or driving amphibious vehicles, guests are bound to get hungry. For a quick energy boost, visitors can use the same wristband given at check-in to easily pay for food and beverages at selected parks without carrying their wallets. After an adventurous day, hotel guests can wind down and access the images in the comfort of their own suite. Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s All-Fun Inclusive® package allows for an effortless experience connected with reality that ensures the return of its valued guests. For more information visit https://www.hotelxcaret.com/en/ or email hxmfoto@hotelxcaret.com. About Hotel Xcaret Mexico: Hotel Xcaret Mexico is an opulent, oceanfront haven where thrilling nature-driven experiences, superior service and the authentically rich spirit of Mexico come to life. Situated by the azure blue Caribbean Sea and verdant Riviera Maya jungle, the premier all-inclusive resort features striking architecture and design inspired by Mexican traditions, art and culture which reimagines the possibilities of luxury all-inclusive hospitality. Complete with 900 spacious guest suites, 10 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center, the hotel offers guests all the perks and privileges of its exclusive All-Fun Inclusive® concept, where travelers are privy to Grupo Xcaret’s nine nature parks and archaeological tours, free airport transportation and more. Hotel Xcaret Mexico promises an unforgettable experience where guests can discover new ways to connect with nature, themselves and loved ones. For more information, visit http://www.hotelxcaret.com.last_img read more

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Wall criticizes attempt to link carbon policy with provincial transfer payments

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says any attempt by Ottawa to link transfer money with a province’s carbon tax policy would be a serious attack on federal-provincial relations.Wall says memos obtained by the online publication Blacklock’s Reporter show the federal government intends to tie a province’s stance on carbon tax to equalization renegotiations.In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wall says that would violate the principles of fiscal federalism and he calls the threat unacceptable.“I’m also asking him … to release the unredacted version of these internal memos so all the provinces know what we’re dealing with here,” Wall said Monday at the legislature.“I think this is very serious. If the federal government is now saying, ‘Look, if you don’t support us here, you won’t get any of this money,’ to which all provinces are entitled to on a formula, well that’s less like how to run a federation and more like how you run a crime family.”Equalization is a federal program that transfers money to poorer provinces so they can offer government services at similar levels across the country.Wall argues Saskatchewan’s resource-based economy has contributed more than $5 billion to equalization over the last decade, while receiving nothing in payments.Saskatchewan officials are contacting the federal government to find out what’s being considered, he said.“First of all, the fact that it would be mused about even is a concern to me, that there’s someone in the Department of Finance — and I have to think it wouldn’t be without license from someone very senior — who’s thinking about, well, should equalization payments be tied to some province’s support of a specific federal Liberal policy,” said Wall.“That kind of discussion shouldn’t even be happening, never mind in the senior levels at the Department of Finance.”He said he’s also concerned about other transfer payments including for health, education and infrastructure funding.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office tried to ease Wall’s concerns in a statement on Monday.“The issue of pricing carbon pollution is unrelated to the federal government’s continual engagement with the provinces on the topic of equalization. Linking the two is not a conversation we are having with the provinces,” she said in the email.Wall said he’s pleased to hear McKenna’s assurances, but her comments don’t address other types of federal payments, such as infrastructure funding.Trudeau has said all provinces must set up a cap-and-trade system or impose a price on carbon of at least $10 per tonne starting next year, which would increase to $50 by 2022, or Ottawa will do it for them.Eleven provinces and territories agreed to the carbon price plan in December when they signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.Saskatchewan and Manitoba did not.McKenna told The Canadian Press last week that negotiations with the two provinces have continued.Wall said Saskatchewan will continue to oppose any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan.“Meet us in court,” said Wall.“My point to the federal government is, if they think they have the constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax on one or a couple of provinces, then go ahead, bring it forward and we will take this to court. We’re reasonably optimistic about our chances and if they are too, that should be their final vindication.”last_img read more

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Two young brothers suffer serious injuries in Montreal dog attack

first_imgMONTREAL – Two young brothers were seriously injured on Sunday when they were bitten by a dog in Montreal.Police say the boys’ family had agreed to look after the dog, which belonged to an acquaintance, in their apartment in the city’s Montreal-North neighbourhood.But in the family’s apartment Sunday morning, the animal attacked a four-year-old child, leaving him with severe head injuries.The family did not contact police at that time, instead locking the animal in the apartment. Police spokesman Manuel Couture says the child was taken to hospital by relatives.Later that day, the dog managed to escape the apartment and attacked the boy’s seven-year-old brother on the street, seriously injuring his arm.Police say several people called 911, and one citizen intervened in the attack on Saint-Michel Boulevard.Officers attended the scene and managed to corral the animal, which is now in the hands of a specialized agency run by the city.The boy with the arm injury was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There’s no word on the condition of the other child.last_img read more

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KIM CATTRALL SAYS SHE LOST TV GIG OVER LACK OF SEX APPEAL

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Kim Cattrall was once cut from a TV pilot because she lacked “sex appeal.”The British-born star of the Sex and the City franchise shared the irony of her previous career setback via Twitter on Thursday, as she took part in the “#ShareYourRejections” trending topic online, as writers and other media personalities were encouraged to reveal their rocky paths to success.“Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal,” she told fans.Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal.— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) August 16, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Cattrall, who turns 62 next week, didn’t name the show or the TV bigwig who dropped her from the job, but she is now famed for portraying sex-obsessed publicist Samantha Jones in the screen adaptations of Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name.last_img read more

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World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion

first_imgWashington DC: A World Bank arbitration panel ruled on Friday that Venezuela must pay US oil giant Conoco Phillips more than 8 billion as compensation for a decade-old expropriation dispute, roughly the same amount as the South American country’s foreign currency reserves. The bank’s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 that the 2007 expropriation of Conoco Phillips investments in two heavy crude oil projects violated international law. “We welcome the ICSID tribunal’s decision, which upholds the principle that governments cannot unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation,” said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, which represented Venezuela before the panel, did not immediately respond a request for comment. Collecting the money may be difficult as the Venezuelan economy has shrunk more than half since 2013 and sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government complicate President Nicolas Maduro maneuvering. Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Venezuelan government and its state-owned entities currently owe around 150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just 8 billion. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage. Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the blackout — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro made the decision to shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted. Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as the country slowly began to emerge from the 24-hour blackout. Electricity supply was also being resumed in areas of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port. Other areas like the western states of Zulia, Tachira and Barinas — where lengthy outages are common — were still without power. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, patrolling the west of the capital Caracas in an open-topped military jeep, said “everything is calm throughout national territory” as electricity workers tried to restore the electricity. The outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports. Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities. Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working. “The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what where they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle. Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients. “The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said. Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be cancelled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cellphones. “The children were very scared.” The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.last_img read more

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Value of building permits issued fell in March StatsCan

Construction workers build a new home in Oakville, Ont., on April 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Value of building permits issued fell in March: StatsCan by The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 6:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $6 billion worth of building permits in March, down 3.0 per cent from February.The agency says the decline followed an 11.3 per cent decrease the previous month.It says lower construction intentions in the non-residential sector in six provinces, led by Ontario, more than offset a gain in the residential sector.The value of permits in the non-residential sector fell 8.8 per cent to $2.3 billion in March, the lowest level since January 2013.In the residential sector, the value of permits rose 1.0 per cent to $3.7 billion, following a 20.8 per cent decrease in February.The total value of permits was down in five provinces in March, with Ontario posting the largest decline, followed by Quebec and New Brunswick. read more

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UN experts urge El Salvador to reconsider abortion legislation citing ruling against

“It is high time to reconsider the serious consequences on women’s rights of the abortion legislation and practice in El Salvador, and to afford the legal protection that all women in the country deserve,” said the experts in a news release. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to deny a woman, known only as “Beatriz” to protect her privacy, the right to undergo an abortion, even though the pregnancy was threatening her life and her baby had been deemed unlikely to survive. Instead, Beatriz underwent a Caesarian section yesterday, but her baby died shortly after birth due to the brain condition that had been identified as fatal.“This Court ruling exposed the physical and mental health of Beatriz to serious risk, which could eventually threaten her life,” said the UN experts on right to health, torture, and discrimination and violence against women, Anand Grover, Juan E. Méndez, Kamala Chandrakirana and Rashida Manjoo. However, they welcomed the decision made by high-level public officials, including the Minister of Health, which allowed an alternative procedure to be carried out; and expressed their hope that medical professionals who provided the required treatment will not be sanctioned.Beatriz, 22, is still in urgent need for medical intervention, and the experts underlined that her condition could lead to irreparable damage to her life and physical and mental integrity.“The court’s decision is in clear contravention of El Salvador’s human rights obligations, including article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which recognizes the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” they warned, “and article 12 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women to which El Salvador is party.” The experts highlighted that having obliged Beatriz to continue with the pregnancy could amount to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. “An absolute ban on abortion, when the result is serious risk to the life and health of the woman, constitutes a violation of the State’s obligation to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” they said. read more

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Armed conflict destroys hope of education for millions of worlds children –

Classrooms, teachers and pupils will continue to be seen as legitimate targets unless there is tougher action against human rights violations, an overhaul of global aid priorities and strengthened rights for displaced people, a new report by the United Nations educational agency warns, urging action on behalf of 28 million children out of school in the world’s conflict zones. A new paper launched today by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that half of the 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries and that urgent action is required on several key fronts to address their needs. Globally, the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, the report underscores that the benefits of this slow progress have not reached children in conflict-affected countries; they now make up 50 per cent of children who are denied an education, up from 42 per cent in 2008. More than half of those struggling to get an education in conflict-affected countries are women and girls. The paper is being released in partnership with Save the Children to mark the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights activist shot by the Taliban in October 2012. The day has is being commemorated as “Malada Day,” and, in her first major public appearance since the incident, Ms. Yousafzai is set to address the UN General Assembly in New York as keynote speaker of the world body’s Youth Assembly. The paper, Children battling to go to school, shows that 44 per cent of the of the 28.5 million children affected live in sub-Saharan Africa, 19 per cent in South and West Asia and 14 per cent in the Arab States. The vast majority – 95 per cent – live in low and lower-middle income countries. Girls, who make up 55 per cent of the total, are the worst affected, as they are often victims of rape and other sexual violence that accompanies armed conflicts. “Education seldom figures in assessments of the damage inflicted by conflict,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “International attention and the media invariably focus on the most immediate images of humanitarian suffering, not on the hidden costs and lasting legacies of violence. Yet nowhere are these costs more evident than in education.” The UNESCO chief said that across many of the world’s poorest countries, armed conflict continues to destroy not just school infrastructure, but also “the hopes and ambitions of a whole generation of children.” While the 2011 Global Monitoring Report exposed the hidden crisis of education in war zones, two years later, the new paper declares: “The crisis of education in conflict is no longer hidden: there is no excuse for not helping to bring it to an end.” The 2013 paper also shows that the share of humanitarian aid for education has declined from 2 per cent in 2009 to just 1.4 per cent in 2011. Not only does it receive a small share overall, but it also receives the smallest proportion of the amount requested from humanitarian aid of any sector: in 2010, of the modest amount requested for education in humanitarian crises, just over a quarter was actually received, leaving a funding gap of around $220 million. “The decline in humanitarian aid for education is especially bad news because funds are needed more than ever,” said Pauline Rose, Director of the Education For All Global Monitoring Report. “There are more refugees now than there have been since 1994; children make up half of those who have been forcibly displaced. Nowhere is this more painfully visible than in Syria today,” she said, adding that those girls and boys “face a disruption of their learning process at a critical time – and the risk of a lifetime of disadvantage as a result.” The UNESCO panel compiled testimonies from a few young boys and girls to vividly illustrate this point, including a 16-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon who has been unable to graduate because of the war raging in his home country. Aware that schools are being targeted and children are being killed on their way home from their classes, he says in the report: “Now students do not go to school because when they did, there were shells… this war stopped me from graduating and now my future is destroyed.” read more

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UN to enforce zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse senior

Edmond Mulet, briefing Member States on behalf of the Secretary-General, said that since last June, reports of sexual exploitation and abuse have continued to come to light in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in other countries.On 24 March, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) informed the Secretariat and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) that it had received reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and non-UN troops.These acts are alleged to have been committed between 2013 and 2015 in Kemo prefecture. The information available so far indicates that there are more than 100 victims who have made allegations against both UN and non-UN forces.“Tragically, the vast majority of the victims are children,” he said, adding, however, that “at this stage, these remain reports,” which must be verified and investigated swiftly and professionally.“The Member States have been advised that if there is credible evidence to support the reports, their number would constitute widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse,” he said, noting that this would trigger a decision by the Secretary-General, under UN Security Council resolution 2272 (2016), to repatriate the units in question.In addition, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) reported 11 alleged acts of sexual exploitation and abuse, all of which involve paternity claims. The concerned troop contributing country has been formally notified of the reports and asked to take immediate steps to investigate.As information becomes available, the Secretary-General will consider whether these circumstances should trigger any of the measures called for in resolution 2272, he noted.“This is a global issue. It is not confined to any one region, mission or nation,” he said. “The United Nations must lead by example in confronting this criminal conduct, supporting victims and ensuring that blue helmets remain a beacon of hope for the people we serve.”He went on to recall the various measures taken recently by the United Nations, including the Secretary General, to fight against this “scourge” that undermines the work of the Organization, and its beneficiaries, betrays the values and principles that the UN purports to advance, and tarnishes the credibility of UN peacekeeping operations and the United Nations as a whole.“The United Nations is unwavering in its commitment to working in partnership with Member States to ensure that we take care of the victims, and ensure zero impunity. We are convinced that only determined collective action will bring results,” he concluded. read more

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Mens Hockey No 7 Ohio State loses to No 5 Notre Dame

Ohio State then-freshman goaltender Tommy Nappier covers up a puck during Ohio State’s 4-0 win against Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team split its Big Ten opener with No. 5 Notre Dame after dropping the second game of the road series 2-1.Ohio State (4-3-1, 1-1) shutout Notre Dame (4-3-1, 1-1) in the first game of the series 1-0 and led or tied most of the game Saturday night before a late goal by the Fighting Irish sealed the 2-1 victory for Notre Dame.After a scoreless first period featuring 13 shots by each team, senior forward Mason Jobst tallied the first goal of the game in the second period with assists by junior forward Carson Meyer and senior forward Freddy Gerard.The Fighting Irish quickly tied it up minutes later with an even-strength goal by sophomore forward Colin Theisen.A scoring drought took place for the rest of the second period and well into the third before Notre Dame senior forward Joe Wegwerth scored the eventual game-winning goal with just under seven minutes remaining.Ohio State didn’t convert on either of its two power play attempts of the night but killed every penalty they gave Notre Dame, an improvement on the previously lackluster special teams that plagued the Buckeyes through the first part of their season.The Buckeyes tried to tie the game with what time they had left, bringing sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier out of the net with around a minute remaining, but their comeback effort fell short.Nappier allowed two goals and saved 36 shots in his fourth start in the net this season.The Buckeyes will stay on the road next weekend against Colgate, with the puck dropping on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. read more

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UK weather Weeks worth of rain to fall on Monday as wet

first_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. Up to a week’s worth of rain is expected to hit parts of Britain on Monday as a wet weather front moves in from the Atlantic.Forecasters warned of torrential downpours and winds of up to 60mph that could cause difficult driving conditions.The west, Wales and the North West through to the South West are among the areas that will see the wettest weather.The Met Office said Monday could see up to 20mm of rain and gusts of around 50mph, particularly in the west, or up to 60mph in Scotland, thanks to weather moving in from the Atlantic.Forecaster Emma Sillitoe said: “It will be heavy rainfall for the day and it will affect most of the country as the rain will be moving slowly eastwards.”She said 15 to 20mm of rainfall is expected on Monday, while the long term local average is about 100mm for February. Surf-spotters brave the rain to photograph huge waves battering Chesil Beach, DorsetCredit:Stuart Fretwell/REX/Shutterstoc​k Wales could get gusts of 45mph to 50mph while the Scottish coast could see winds of 55mph to 60mph.It can be traced back to weather moving in from the Atlantic that will be a “quite a slow moving” system.The rain is set to move away by Tuesday, but it will linger around the east coast and the winds will not be as strong.UK weather forecast: Monday, February 6Forecaster Mark Wilson described the weekend’s weather as a “north-south split” and that temperatures had started to fall again.Monday night could see snow for upland parts of Scotland and the tops of the Pennines. Rain is expected to become more confined to Scotland and northern and eastern parts of England later, leaving clear spells and a few showers elsewhere. The Meteogroup said Tuesday will bring a mixture of sunshine and showers, which are likely to be heaviest and most frequent across south-west Britain – potentially producing hail and the odd rumble of thunder.It said the rest of the week will be largely cloudy, grey and chilly across eastern areas with some patchy rain and hill snow, but with brighter skies across the west.center_img Surf-spotters brave the rain to photograph huge waves battering Chesil Beach, Dorset Pedestrians shelter from the rain on Westminster Bridge, LondonCredit:Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock Pedestrians shelter from the rain on Westminster Bridge, Londonlast_img read more

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