Right to Health Bill likely to be tabled in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Right to Health Bill, guaranteeing access to high-quality health care services, is likely to be among the Bills and amendments which will be tabled in the budget session of the Rajasthan Assembly beginning here on Thursday. The Opposition has identified several issues to attack the Congress government during the session.The State Cabinet, which met at the Chief Minister’s Office here on Wednesday, deliberated on the subjects to be taken up during the session and took nine decisions. The decisions included allotment of land to the families of five Central Reserve Police Force personnel from the State killed in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi also convened an all-party meeting to ensure smooth functioning of the House. The session is likely to be stormy, as the BJP will try to corner the State government on issues such as the law and order situation, paucity of water in several regions, changes made in school textbooks, ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) mafia operating without fear, lacunae in the loan waiver scheme and delay in releasing unemployment allowance.last_img read more

Wonder twins power Pirates past Falcons

first_imgAdamson had a shot to overturn the result with 3.4 seconds remaining but Lyceum forced a turnover on Falcons’ Simon Camacho as time run out.JC Marcelino led Lyceum with 19 points while Mike Nzeusseu added 14 and JV Marcelino finished with 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCamacho led Adamson with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.Lyceum’s frenzied finish stole the limelight from San Beda, which rose to 2-0 after crushing Mapua, 80-63, for their second straight victory. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES The Red Lions had the game in the bag as early as the fourth when Ain Obenza and Ralph Penuela found their mark from beyond the arc and Evan Nelle drilled a 26-footer at the buzzer to give San Beda a 30-11 spread after one quarter.The Red Lions stretched that lead to as many as 26 points, 71-45, after another long trey from Nelle.“We were coming off a loss in the D-League so it is good to see the team play well this time around,” said SBC head coach Boyet Fernandez.Mapua was missing the services of three of its players in Warren Bonifacio, Justin Serrano and Jasper Salenga due to suspensions and injuries. Mapua was also without head coach Randy Alcantara, who was sick.In the Under-11 Division that has drawn quite a crowd, the Xavier Golden Stallions turned back a late charge by the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 64-57, behind Rambert Lagar’s 23 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Montuano shines as Strikers stay perfect in M-League Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments With twins JV and JC Marcelino putting out fires in crucial situations, Lyceum squeaked past Adamson, 82-81, Friday in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.JC Marcelino hit the go-ahead basket for the Pirates for the final count to cap a furious rally by Lyceum, which fought back from six points down in the last 1:33 with a run keyed by JV Marcelino’s triple.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

UP eyes other options after commissioner nixes appeal

first_imgKayle Locke still feeling his way through PBA officiating UP’s legal team, led by lawyer Patricia Galang, said the school would now elevate its appeal to the UAAP board of trustees to remedy a decision she called “terribly misguided and based on a poor understanding of the tournament rules, a faulty appreciation of the facts and a blatant disregard for precedent.”“The commissioner is improvising to justify the legally unjustifiable,” Galang said. “In his first memo, he said that the two-game suspension was for continuous flagrant acts of aggression. Now, in an effort to justify each suspended game, he has gone back to the footage and tried to identify each of the purported acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace01:49Imee Marcos: Good for UP to teach martial law, but get our viewpoint too02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? UAAP Season 82 basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan on Friday stood firm on his decision to hand an additional two-game ban on top of the automatic one-game suspension slapped on University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, forcing the Maroons to scrounge for other options to reverse the decision.“Officiating may not be perfect, but it cannot justify outbursts like what he did. As head coach, he should know that he is a role model, and in the UAAP where character-building is of paramount importance, Mr. Perasol should have been aware of that,” Ilagan said in a statement. “Mr. Perasol did not only disrespect the officials that time but the UAAP as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Kumble-Kohli combo on track to improve overseas Test record: Adam Gilchrist

first_imgAustralia’s legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has hailed the appointment of Anil Kumble as the Indian cricket team’s head coach, saying the combination of leg-spin great and Test skipper Virat Kohli is already showing positive signs in improving their overseas record in the longest format of the game.After being appointed as head coach of India in June, former India captain Kumble has begun his new spell in style by helping the national side to comfortable Test series victory against hosts West Indies with a match still to be played. The win also propelled India to No.1 position in International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings. (Also read: Mohammad Azharuddin wants Virat Kohli to go the Younis Khan way)And the 44-year-old Aussie has praised Kumble as a respected cricketer who will guide the team in the right direction, adding that the series win in the West Indies shows the Kumble-Kohli combination is working well.”It’s a fine appointment. He (Kumble) is a respected player and person who will guide the team in the right direction,” Gilchrist told IANS in an exclusive interview here.”The Kumble-Kohli combination has every chance of getting and retaining number 1 spot (Test). Their key focus will be on improving their overseas record; there are already positive signs of this from the win in West Indies,” he added.Considered as one of the most explosive batsmen in his era, Gilchrist came in defence of India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying that the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper definitely has still a lot to offer for his national side.advertisementHe also added that Kohli should not be rushed to take up captaincy in all three formats.”There is no rush in Kohli taking over captaincy (in all formats). Whilst MSD is still there, there is no reason for him to stand down. It’s a matter of time for Virat,” he said.”MSD-definitely yes,” he added when asked if Dhoni can continue playing.Gilchrist has also encouraged the initiative to popularise the game in the United States and other parts of the world after India and the West Indies are scheduled to play two-match Twenty20 International series in Florida later this month.”It is fantastic and must be encouraged wherever we can,” he said.Despite winning 50-over World Cup for a record fifth time in 2015, Australia is yet to make a mark in the 20-over format, failing to bag the World T20 title. And the Bellingen, New South Wales-born pointed out that lack of quality spinner in the side has resulted in their poor T20 form.”We don’t seem to have ever settled on our best T20 line up. We definitely haven’t identified and stuck with a spin bowler for any length of time. All successful T20 teams need a good spinner,” he added.Gilchrist who was in the city as a brand advocate of ‘Friend of Australia’, a tourism Australia’s global ambassador network, said that he wants more Indians to travel to his country and “experience a bit of everything.”Being a ‘Friend of Australia’, I get the opportunity to share my own personal stories to inspire travel enthusiasts to visit Australia. I am here to do my bit to inspire and drive Indian tourists to experience Australia and am honoured to be the chosen advocate of Australia in helping strengthen tourism ties between our two countries. Having spent so much of my cricketing career playing in India, I have gotten to understand the important bond Australia has with India,” he said.”As far as experiences (are concerned), Australia as a country pretty much has all to offer. Pristine beaches, scenic landscapes, fine cuisine, vineyards, quality snowfields, iconic attractions-can experience a bit of everything. Destinations such as Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Kangaroo Island, Uluru and Tasmania have seen an increased traction among the mid-aged affluent Indians,” Gilchrist signed off.last_img read more

Stan Wawrinka battles past Dan Evans to reach US Open fourth round

first_imgThird seed Stan Wawrinka saved a match point at the U.S. Open on Saturday before squeezing past unheralded Briton Dan Evans in five sets to reach the fourth round.The Swiss faced match point at 5-6 in the fourth-set tiebreak but won it 10-8 and then raced through the final set to clinch a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(8), 6-2 victory.”It was an unbelievable fight,” Wawrinka said. “I’m for sure lucky to get through that match, saving match point. He played really great, he’s really talented and he was really pushing me.”To finish like that, I’m really happy to get through. It wasn’t easy for me to find my best game.”World number 64 Evans, who was ranked as low as 772 in May of last year, stunned Wawrinka as he took the match to the two-time grand slam champion in a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium.The 26-year-old, trying to reach the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time, broke in the 10th game to take the first set and though Wawrinka hit back to level the match, the Briton took the third in a tiebreak.The pair traded breaks at the start of the fourth set but Evans, who surprised Wawrinka with his variety, had match point in the tiebreak as the crowd rose to their feet in anticipation of a massive upset.But Wawrinka saved it with a volley winner, and that proved the last gasp for Evans as the Swiss, a semi-finalist in New York in two of the past three years, prevailed in the tiebreak and then dominated the fifth set.advertisementThe Swiss will next play the winner of the match between Australian Nick Kyrgios and Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine.last_img read more

Former Greece International Team Coach Ranieri to the Rescue: ‘I’m Here to Save Sampdoria’

first_imgRanieri again replaced Di Francesco at Sampdoria.“Replacing Eusebio again is bizarre. It’s a strange destiny,” Ranieri said. “I hope he finds another squad soon and that he doesn’t hate me.”And as luck would have it, Ranieri’s first match in charge of “La Samp” will come against Roma on Sunday, which is his 68th birthday.Roma is Ranieri’s hometown club, the team he grew up supporting and the first professional side that he played for.“The moment you go out onto the pitch that affection gets left behind and it’s all about being professional,” Ranieri said. “I’m a Roma fan but I’ve always liked Sampdoria. I was pleased when they won Serie A (in 1991) and upset when they lost at Wembley (the 1992 European Cup final, to Barcelona), also because I was there to see it.”While Sampdoria flirted with the Europa League places last season before finishing ninth, the past several months have been turbulent after an ownership bid led by former Sampdoria star Gianluca Vialli failed.Fans this week protested outside the home of former Sampdoria president Edoardo Garrone for selling the club to current owner Massimo Ferrero, who has curtailed his investments in the team.Sampdoria has spent only one of the last 17 seasons in Serie B, in 2011-12, so relegation would be a complete failure.“What I ask is simple: run until you die on the pitch,” Ranieri said. “I didn’t come here to develop young players or polish the squad. I came here to save Sampdoria.”By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares ROME — Claudio Ranieri loves a challenge and his latest job at Sampdoria will be anything but straightforward.The Genoa-based club sits last in Serie A, has lost six of seven matches and Fabio Quagliarella — the team’s most emblematic player and the league’s leading scorer last season — is in a goal drought.“It’s not going to be easy. But nothing in my career has been easy,” Ranieri said when he was presented this week. “So the challenge is a welcome one.“I’m convinced that Sampdoria doesn’t belong (in last place). When a squad is in last place it loses its self-esteem, so restoring self-esteem will be the first order of business. I’ll accept a defeat only once we’re second to nobody in terms of motivation and desire to sacrifice yourself for teammates.”It’s the 20th coaching job of Ranieri’s career — including two stops at both Valencia and Roma.While he will always be remembered for leading Leicester to a highly improbable Premier League title in 2016, Ranieri remains a rescue man.He was hired to replace Eusebio Di Francesco at Roma for the final three months of last season and earn the Giallorossi a spot in the Champions League. When he took over, Roma was fifth and three points behind Inter Milan; at season’s end, Roma was sixth and still three points behind Inter.last_img read more

Pb Cong workers put hoardings saying Amarinder is their captain

first_imgChandigarh, Dec 3 (PTI) Punjab Congress workers have put out hoardings and banners in Ludhiana city figuring Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with a message “Punjab da captain, sadda captain”, days after Navjot Singh Sidhu said his captain was party chief Rahul Gandhi.The hoardings and banners are placed at key locations in the industrial town. Notably, several ministers in the Congress government in Punjab have thrown their weight behind the chief minister after a controversy erupted following Sidhu’s remarks.Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Friday, Sidhu had said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was his captain and Capt Amarinder Singh was “an army captain”.The pictures of Punjab minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, the MLA from Ludhiana (West), and Lok Sabha MP from Ludhiana Raveneet Bittu also figure along side the chief minister in these hoardings and banners with a message Punjab da captain, sadda captain (Our captain is the captain of Punjab).The hoardings also carry pictures of Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Sonia Gandhi at the top.Commenting on the hoardings, Bittu said, “Punjab’s captain and Sadda (our) captain is Amarinder Singh. You will find such hoardings in the city. People immensely love Capt Amarinder Singh ji and party activists have put up big hoardings and banners”.Amarinder Singh was in the Army and served as a captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.Some of the ministers, including Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, had called for Sidhu’s resignation from the state cabinet.advertisementMinister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot had even reminded Sidhu that he was not running a comedy show. Sidhu had been a part of a popular TV comedy show aired in India.Earlier on Monday, Sidhu tried to clear the air over the controversy following his remarks about the chief minister, saying he loved Amarinder Singh.Sidhu told reporters in Rajasthan, where he has been campaigning for the Congress ahead of the state assembly elections, “You don’t wash dirty linen in public. He (Amarinder Singh) is a fatherly figure, I love him, I respect him, I will sort it out myself.” PTI SUN VSD DPBlast_img read more

UK court clears extradition of alleged bookie Sanjeev Chawla

first_imgA British court on Monday cleared the extradition of Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, a key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje in 2000, in a major boost to India’s efforts to bring back the alleged bookie to face match-fixing charges.The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London gave the go-ahead to extradite 50-year-old Chawla.A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service, which argued on behalf of India in the extradition case, said, “the district judge on Monday quashed its earlier order and cleared the extradition of Sanjeev Chawla to India.”The case will now go to Home Secretary Sajid Javid for a formal extradition order. If the Home Secretary thinks extradition should go ahead, he has to order extradition within two months from the date the matter was referred to him.According to court documents, the Delhi-born businessman had moved to the UK on a business visa in 1996, where he has been based while making trips back and forth to India.After his Indian passport was revoked in 2000, Chawla obtained a UK passport in 2005 and is now a British citizen.Chawla has been accused of acting as link between Crownje and bookies who wanted to fix matches in early 2000. He was arrested in London in June 2016.In November, the UK High Court quashed a lower court’s order against extraditing Chawla to India and directed the District Judge to re-start the extradition proceedings against him after being convinced with the assurances by the Indian government on the safety of prison conditions in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.advertisementChawla had won the case against his extradition to India in 2017 after the Westminster Magistrates’ Court concluded there was a prima facie case to answer but his human rights could not be guaranteed in Tihar jail, where he was to be held.In its ruling, the High Court said that it is convinced with the assurances provided by the Indian government regarding the safety of prison conditions in Tihar jail as it quashed the lower court’s order against extraditing Chawla.District Judge Crane’s judgment dated October 16, 2017, had accepted a prima facie case against Chawla over his role in the fixing of “cricket matches played between India and South Africa during the tour of the South African Cricket Team to India under the captainship of Cronje in February-March 2000”.The significant move to order Chawla’s extradition came nearly a month after a UK court in December ordered liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s extradition and said there were substantial “misrepresentations” in flamboyant billionaire’s characterisations of his financial dealings.Mallya, wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges amounting to nearly Rs 9,000 crore, has denied the allegations and disputed the jail conditions at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai as part of his defence.last_img read more

Why Indian Premier League 2019 will be huge for Hardik Pandya

first_imgWhy Indian Premier League 2019 will be huge for Hardik PandyaIPL 2019 will be an important tournament for Hardik Pandya. He has played only 6 internationals since his injury in the Asia Cup in September and India will be eager for him to find form ahead of the World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 21:47 IST Hardik Pandya joined the Mumbai Indians IPL 2019 camp after regaining fitness from lower back injury. (BCCI Photo)Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the T20I and ODI series against Australia, has regained full fitness and he was spotted training with Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. He even imitated MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot after returning to the cricket field.Hardik Pandya was injured during an Asia Cup match against Pakistan in September 2019 and missed the the rest of the tournament. He also missed India’s home series against West Indies and the T20I and Test series against Australia. Hardik Pandya, however, did play a Ranji Trophy match for Baroda and scored 73 besides picking up 7 wickets in the match.Hardik Pandya was all set to play the ODIs in Australia before the Koffee with Karan controversy broke out leading to a suspension that was lifted a few days later. Pandya travelled to New Zealand and played three ODIs and three T20Is.Almost certain to make the World Cup squad, Hardik Pandya has played only 7 matches including 6 internationals since the Asia Cup in September. India have completed all their international assignments before the World Cup and the only chance for Hardik Pandya to get back into the groove is the IPL..Most of India’s top guns are likely to be rotated and rested throughout the IPL. However, the Indian team management would be keen to see how Pandya reacts to the workload in the Indian summer.In 2018, Hardik Pandya had his best stint with Mumbai Indians with the ball picking up 18 wickets. He scored 260 runs including a fifty. In 2019, he will be more intensely scrutinised.advertisementVirat Kohli did say the IPL won’t impact team selection for the World Cup but Hardik Pandya’s case is different. He will need to score runs, take wickets and show he has completely recovered.Along with Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya could be crucial to India’s chances in England. Ravindra Jadeja has bowled well in patches but his form with the bat in ODIs has left a lot to be desired.IPL 2019 will be huge for Hardik Pandya and India. He is the kind of all-rounder Virat Kohli will be eager to have in the team for the World Cup. For starters, he is a better bowler than Vijay Shankar and far more electric on the field. Besides, despite all the early promise in New Zealand, Vijay Shankar failed to deliver in the ODIs against Australia and that will be cause for concern as India head to the World Cup.Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul needed the wrap on their knuckles: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Fit-again Hardik Pandya joins Mumbai Indians in pre-tournament campFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Hardik PandyaFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

Man killed for opposing snatching act three held

first_imgKolkata: The railway police have arrested three persons in connection with the murder of a 35-year-old man who stopped them from snatching valuables at Kankinara railway station in North 24-Parganas late on Friday night.The victim was brutally killed by the gang of miscreants after he suffered splinter injuries in various parts of his body. The accused have been identified as Shahnawaz Ahmed, Faizal Khan alias Raju and Ibrahim Khan. Police said Shahnawaz hurled bomb on the victim and he also suffered injuries in his right hand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShahnawaz was admitted to the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Police went to the hospital and arrested him after interrogation. The investigating officers came to know the names of two others and arrested them from Nayabazar area in Kankinara on Sunday morning. All the accused are the residents of Nayabazar area. The trio was remanded in 8 days police custody after being produced before the Sealdah court. Police said that the victim, Biswajit Biswas (35) was returning home at Krishnanagar from Bihar after receiving the news of his elder brother’s death. Biswas intended to get down from the train at Naihati station but he had fallen asleep when the train stopped at Naihati station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen he woke up he found the train standing at Kankinara station. Without wasting any time the victim deboarded the train in the wee hours. When he was sitting at the platform number 3 at around 2.30 am on Saturday the miscreants walked up to him and tried to snatch valuables. The victim opposed the miscreants from looting him. A scuffle broke out between the victim and the gang members. Following the incident, Shahnawaz hurled bomb on the victim who was declared dead at a nearby hospital.last_img read more

Injured dog found buried alive in suburban Montreal has died SPCA

first_imgMONTREAL – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says an injured dog found buried alive on Montreal’s South Shore has died.The Monteregie SPCA said in a Facebook post that the dog, a Boxer mix, was extremely dehydrated when it was first brought in for care on Tuesday and couldn’t even lift its head.The SPCA said that the dog appeared to be in stable condition, but it took a turn for the worse on Wednesday afternoon and died.Linda Robertson, the organization’s director, says the pup was spotted by a man walking in a field in Saint-Paul-D’Abbotsford — he heard a whimper and saw a dog’s paw sticking out of fresh topsoil.Robertson says the man dug the animal, which had been wrapped in a sheet, out of the ground, adding it’s unclear how long the dog had been underground.She says it appears the dog was strangled and hit on the head with a blunt object.“This is the first time we’ve had a situation where a dog was buried alive,” Robertson said.last_img read more

Coronation Street Stars Attend Ronald McDonald House Charities Gala

first_imgCoronation Street stars turned out in force for the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Manchester Gala Dinner earlier this month.Jenny McAlpine who plays Fiz StapeCredit/Copyright: John RhodesThey gave a special cabaret performance which brought the full house of 450 guests to their feet. Everyone enjoyed a splendid evening of fine food, wine and entertainment.Jack P Shepherd who plays David Platt with girlfriend Lauren ShipleyCredit/Copyright: John RhodesHeld at the stunning venue of Manchester Cathedral, the event raised a record £48,000 for the new Ronald McDonald House Manchester. Opened in May this year, the House cost £7.5 million to build and needs to find an additional £500,000 a year in running costs.Corrie Street stars who attended included Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Stape), Debbie Rush (Anna Windass), Jack P. Shepherd (David Platt), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Ian Puleston-Davies (Owen Armstrong), and Mikey North (Gary Windass).Debbie Rush who plays Anna WindassCredit/Copyright: John Rhodeslast_img read more

US France UK in intense discussions with China on Azhar listing at

first_imgWashington: The US, France and the UK are believed to be in intense “good faith” discussions with China to arrive at a “compromise”, including on the language on the UN designation of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, according to people familiar with the matter.On Wednesday, China blocked for the fourth consecutive time a resolution at the UN Security Council Committee on designating Azhar, head of the JeM terror group, as a global terrorist.The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.If the fresh efforts by the US, France and the UK does not end up in the formal designation of Azhar, the three permanent members are planning to soon move a resolution for his listing in the most powerful wing of the UN which would be preceded by an open debate on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter.India had expressed disappointment over the Chinese stance and the original co-sponsors of the resolution had warned they will consider “other actions” to achieve their goal.While the internal consultations of the Security Council committee remain private, this time several Council members, frustrated at China’s unreasonable stance to protect a terrorist, privately spoke to the media the negative role being played by Beijing.”If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to pursue other actions at the Security Council. It shouldn’t have to come to that,” a Security Council diplomat told PTI on Wednesday in an unusual tough warning to Beijing. In the last 50 hours, it is believed that the original sponsors of the Azhar resolution are having intense “good faith” consultations with China on what many familiar with the matter describe as a “compromise”. This probably means Azhar would be designated as a global terrorist by the UN body, but the language of designation would include a language acceptable to China.China is believed to have suggested “certain changes” in the language of the terrorist designation. The US, Britain and France are believed to be currently looking at the suggestions. It is understood that there is back-and-forth exchange of texts on the matter.The three countries have indicated that they are willing to accommodate Chinese request for changes in the language as long as it does not change the substance of the resolution and it ends up designating Azhar as a UN global terrorist.But unlike in the past, the US, France, Britain and other members of the Security Council are not willing to wait for long to conclude their discussion with China.It is learnt that China has been informed by these countries that they are seriously looking for other options, in particular an open debate followed by a vote on a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, pretty soon.Not months, not weeks but days. This is the what Beijing has been conveyed.At the same time, officials of the these countries believe that China this time has been much more co-operative than in the past. But in case at any point the three countries get a feeling that China is not doing a good faith negotiation on the “compromise formula” that is being negotiated, they are ready with the other move.China, after its decision to put a technical hold on the resolution, has invited criticism and its stance has also resulted in an outrage in India.Beijing would have to calculate the risk of being isolate globally on the issue of fight against terrorism or signing off to a compromised language that would designate Azhar as a global terrorist, since except China, all other UNSC members supported the resolution.Getting Chinese support to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, at the UN, in any format, would be considered as a terrific accomplishment. The very fact that there has been discussions going on between China and the US, Britain and France, is considered as a positive development.Those familiar with China’s working pattern are still not confident and that’s the reason why they are seriously working on other options including an open debate in the Security Council, where Beijing might find it difficult to defend a terrorist in public.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Congratulates President Trump on US Independence Day

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has addressed a congratulatory message to US President Donald Trump to congratulate him on his country’s Independence Day, which is observed today, July 4.In his cable, the monarch expressed his warm congratulations and sincere wishes to President Trump for health and happiness, and more progress and prosperity to the American people.The King also expressed satisfaction with the historic and solid ties of friendship, mutual esteem, and fruitful cooperation between the two countries. The King has also reiterated his determination to continue to work with the US President to develop the diplomatic ties which will give the Moroccan-American strategic partnership a strong and renewed dynamic.The King also welcomed the strategic dialogue established between the two countries, reaffirming the importance Morocco gives to reinforce consultation and coordination with the US at the bilateral and multilateral levels to serve the supreme interests of the two friendly peoples and consolidate the values of freedom, coexistence, security, and peace in the world. read more

UNICEF launches emergency hepatitis B vaccination campaign in Peru

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an emergency vaccination campaign against hepatitis B for two ethnic groups in a remote region of the Peruvian Amazon, whose existence could be threatened by a prolonged outbreak of the disease.Local leaders warned that both the Candoshis and the Sharpas, located in the High Amazon, Department of Loreto, could face extinction within 10 to 12 years if preventive action, especially among children, is not taken to staunch an outbreak of hepatitis B. The population of both groups in this region totals only about 3,000.UNICEF said the situation is dramatic, with 145 cases of hepatitis B reported among the Candoshi ethnic group alone in 2001 and approximately 40 deaths registered in 2002. The agency plans to vaccinate 150 newborns of both groups every year and to complete vaccination before their first birthdays. The challenge is to achieve vaccination within 24 hours after birth to avoid contagion directly from the mothers, in what are very difficult geographical conditions. Travel from almost any of the 124 communities to the closest health centre may take up to four days. read more

Toronto stock market turns to close negative on mixed earnings weak data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto Stock Exchange moved back from earlier gains to close lower Tuesday as traders weighed the impact of mixed North American corporate earnings and weak consumer data.The TSX/S&P composite index lost 8.85 points to 11,980.1, as investor concerns about the European debt crisis extended into another session. The junior TSX Venture Exchange shed 5.26 points to 1,365.77.Investors are focused on the “push and pull” between earnings that are mostly beating analysts’ expectations and a messy macroeconomic situation, said John Stephenson, a portfolio manager at First Asset Investment Management.While earnings may overshadow the wider drama for a time, the positive impact they could have on stocks is likely fleeting, Stephenson added.The June crude oil contract added 44 cents to US$103.55 a barrel, while gold prices ran ahead $11.20 to US$1,643.80 an ounce. Copper prices bounced five cents higher to US$3.67 a pound.The Canadian dollar rose 0.30 of a cent to 101.21 cents US even as traders took in data showing weaker than expected February retail sales and declining consumer confidence.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial index was up 74.39 points to 13,001.56, the Nasdaq index dropped 8.85 points to 2,961.6 and the broader S&P rose 5.03 points to 1,371.97.Stephenson said corporate earnings so far have been pretty good.“We’ve had a pretty good beat rate thus far, at least in the U.S., and I wouldn’t expect Canada to be too far off the U.S.,” Stephenson said.But at the same time, he added, analysts have been knocking down expectations as they take in a slowing macroeconomic growth environment.“With that backdrop, it’s hard to see very strong earnings, so I don’t think there will be much of a lift to stocks through the week, even in spite of what I think will be a pretty good earnings season.”However, economic data rolling in from consumer sectors in North America on Tuesday was not encouraging.Statistics Canada said retail sales slipped 0.2 per cent to $38.9 billion in February, while, the Conference Board of Canada said its consumer confidence index slipped 4.5 percentage points to stand at 75 in April after three months of increases.A similar report from the U.S. Conference Board found its consumer confidence index fell to 69.2 in April, down slightly from a revised 69.5 in March.U.S. data also showed home prices dropped in February in most major U.S. cities for a sixth straight month, a sign that modest sales gains haven’t been enough to boost prices.As consumer spending makes up a majority of both the U.S. and Canadian economies, the weaker data is a major weight on trader sentiment, Stephenson said.“This is one of the big worries, how do you keep the consumer in the game … without the consumer, how do you appreciably grow beyond two per cent?” he said.“It’s definitely a headwind and will be a worry.”In Canadian corporate news, pulp producer Fibrek (TSX:FBK) said it isn’t giving in to a hostile takeover bid by Resolute Forest Products, which still hasn’t secured a majority of its shares.The company, formerly known as AbitibiBowater (TSX:ABH), said Tuesday it holds about 48.8 per cent of Fibrek shares after adding 2.66 million as of Monday. Shares in Fibrek were unchanged at 95 cents, while Resolute shares rose a penny to $12.90.Shares in Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) were up 52 cents at $35.85 as it reported a profit of $218 million, or 37 cents per share. After excluding the impact of debt refinancing and other items, the company earned $504 million or 86 cents per share.Celestica (TSX:CLS) shares were up 49 cents at $8.77 after it reported first-quarter profit of $43.2 million or 20 cents per share, up from $30 million or 14 cents per share a year ago.Shares in Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) added $1.85 to $81.24 after it boosted its earnings guidance for the year Monday after beating analyst forecasts with first-quarter profits that surged 16 per cent to $775 million or $1.75 per share.Meanwhile, rival railway Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) saw shares rise $1.57 to $75.78 a day after it boosted its dividend to 35 cents from 30 cents amid a fight with its largest shareholder, Pershing Square Capital Management, which is seeking to replace the railway’s chief executive.After the close of markets, Apple said it earned $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per share, in its latest quarter, nearly double the $6 billion, or $6.40 per share, it earned a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting earnings of $10.07 per share for the quarter.Meanwhile, Rogers Communications reported a profit of $305 million or 57 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter, down from $335 million or 60 cents per share a year ago. Adjusted for one-time items, Rogers said it earned $356 million in the quarter, down from $423 million in the same quarter last year.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated Teck’s revenue. Toronto stock market turns to close negative on mixed earnings, weak data by Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2012 5:27 pm MDT read more

Womens basketball Newcomers fitting right in for Buckeyes

OSU redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (4) turns the corner to drive to the hoop during a scrimmage against Ashland on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 88-78. Credit: Zach Konno | For The LanternWhenever a team replaces a large chunk of its roster, there is some level of uncertainty. This was the case for the Ohio State women’s basketball team as they were set to debut six new players in the 2016-17 season.Five have seen the court so far, and it’s safe to say that some of the uncertainty can be put to rest. Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga (transfer from North Carolina) and redshirt sophomore Sierra Calhoun (transfer from Duke) have carved out spots in OSU’s starting lineup. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper (transfer from Kentucky) is sitting out this semester due to NCAA transfer rules.True freshmen guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti, and forward Tori McCoy have helped the Buckeyes off the bench.“I really like our young players,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “You can see the talent that they have, they just need a lot more experience.”Mavunga has led the team in rebounding in each of its first three regular season games. She’s averaged 12.7 points and 11 rebounds per game, and is shooting 60.9 percent from the field. The Brownsburg, Indiana, native can be seen wearing a large brace around her right knee and working with trainers during games, but when McGuff was asked about her health, he took a playful jab at the forward.“She’s getting old I guess,” McGuff said with a laugh. “She looks like me out there trying to play.” Despite shooting just 28.6 percent from the field, Calhoun has contributed 11.3 points per game. She’s shooting a team-high 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.OSU’s trio of freshmen have impressed as well. Leading the way is 5-foot-8 guard Kiara Lewis, who has averaged 6.7 points and four rebounds in 16.3 minutes. She’s shown a good amount of athletic ability and a knack for weaving her way through the opposition and getting the ball to the basket.“Kiki’s got a chance to be a great player here; I think you can see her talent,” McGuff said. “Probably as much as anything, she came from a high school program where they have high expectations … so she really showed up ready and you can see that with how she plays.”Playing significant minutes with a top-ten team as a true freshman may be too tough a task for some, but Lewis hasn’t looked the least bit fazed on the court.“I feel real comfortable,” Lewis said. “I think the leadership on the team is a big key to me feeling comfortable.”McCoy has backed up Mavunga and put up six points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game. She struggled a bit in her first two games, but the forward put up 12 points and grabbed six boards in the Buckeyes’ most recent win against Cleveland State.Caretti has played in two games and tallied a total of 24 minutes. She’s just 1-for-4 from the field with three points thus far, but her athletic abilities are evident. She sees the floor well and is solid as a distributor.Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell has played a large role in welcoming the newcomers. She stepped into more of a leadership role this offseason and is currently enrolled in a leadership course at OSU. Part of her new responsibilities include taking the new Buckeyes under her wing.“It starts with off the court, making sure they feel welcomed and making sure they feel loved,” Mitchell said. “I know for myself, it’s not so much what I do on the court for those guys … It’s just as small as giving them a ride or taking them to get something to eat. You’ve got to make them feel like they’re a part of something. I try to do a good job of that, especially with the freshman, making them feel like we’re sisters.” read more

Toulon scalp the latest highlight in Prendergasts growing career

first_img“TOULON IN TOULON; with the squad and everything they have going on, to win down there was massive.”Grenoble’s 22-21 victory over the reigning Heineken Cup champions was the result of the weekend in France and beyond. Skills coach Mike Prendergast underlined the achievement by mentioning Toulon’s magnificent home record, one which had last seen them lose at the Stade Mayol on the 19th of January, 2013.“It was massive. I don’t think Toulon have been beaten down there in a year and the thing is that they had all their big guns playing as well. I suppose the way it ended up, we defended well.“You could just see from the get-go that the mentality was right and our line speed was there. I thought defensively we frustrated them more than anything. With the score all day, there was just three, six or nine points in it. So we took our points and they took their points. To get an intercept try near the end and hold out in the last few minutes with a bit of pressure is great. We’ve taken a few scalps this year, but to be fair that’s the biggest.”It is certainly the most remarkable victory of Grenoble’s campaign so far, but the fact that they now lie sixth in the Top 14 table  – inside the play-off positions – tells the true story. Wins over Stade Français, Racing Métro and Toulon at home have been the other highlights.Indeed, it is getting to the point where these big results for Grenoble are not quite in the ‘shock’ category anymore; this is a serious outfit. The ability to perform well on the road has been one of the keys to their success. Three wins away from home, as well as three bonus points, have bucked a long-standing French trend.Prendergast points out the importance of Grenoble’s attitude on their travels, a contrast to so many other clubs.“That’s been a really, really positive thing for us. A lot of teams near the bottom or middle of the league look at targeting their home games, but we’ve had a bit of a different mentality here and it’s something that myself and Bernard do drive.”Prendergast arrived at Grenoble last summer from Young Munster. ©INPHO/James Crombie.Another key element to Grenoble’s rise up the table – they finished 11th last season – has been the visible team spirit and passion the players bring to each game. The squad may be lacking in household names, but Prendergast points out that that means “maybe we’ve to work a small bit harder during the week.”The former Munster scrum-half mentions the Grenoble’s “chip on the shoulder” and images of his home province immediately spring to mind. Munster’s Heineken Cup successes in the 2000s were driven by a core of talented players, but all of them admit that bitter attitude was the real key.With 10 games left in the Top 14 season – six of which are at home for Grenoble – the possibility of Heineken Cup qualification is real. Prendergast admits that the Isére-based club had planned for this season with the goal of simply cementing their place in France’s top tier at the forefront of their minds.“I think realistically from the outset, it [our aim] was to maintain our status again this year. But we had a few good early results, and I suppose when that happens it gives you confidence. The way the league has panned out this year, there’s very little between the bottom teams and the top.”You’ve the likes of Oyonnax winning often and we’re still only 11 points off second last. That’s three or four games going against you. I suppose where we are after Toulon does kind of open your eyes to pushing into Europe, which would be great.“I know the players are hungry; we’ve a lot of foreign players here and Heineken Cup would be huge to them, and the French guys.”That Grenoble are at this point is a major credit to the work of the coaching staff led by former France international hooker Fabrice Landreau. Prendergast himself has been a key man in developing Grenoble’s game in his role as skills coach.There have been notably more frequent glimpses of handling ability in Grenoble’s important wins this season, a clear sign of Prendergast’s input. In his first year with a fully professional club after working as Director of Rugby at Young Munster, the 36-year-old is thriving.Such has been his impact, that the one-time Gloucester player will be promoted to the role of backs coach next season. Prendergast claims that fellow Irishman Bernard Jackman – FCG’s defence coach – has been an integral figure in his integration into the club.“Bernard has been a massive, massive help here. Whatever about having one Irish coach, to have two at a French club is great. I owe massive credit to Bernard.Prendergast was playing for the Cookies as recently as March 2013. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.“We’ve also got James Hart here from Dublin; we’ve Andrew Farley, who spent six years at Connacht and played for Ireland ‘A’. We’ve Shane O’Leary as well, who I had at Young Munster. There’s a nice little group here.”22-year-old Hart has made impressive strides on the pitch this season, while young O’Leary has featured in the club’s Amlin Challenge Cup campaign and is settling into life in Grenoble well. That Irish core has certainly aided Prendergast’s adaptation, but there was still plenty of pressure on him.Having spent a season with Bourgoin in 2006/07, Prendergast did have some rusty French on arrival, but getting his ideas across to the players and coaches in French was a testing challenge.“[The] first day it was sink or swim. I spent the year here seven years ago, but you’d lose a good bit of it [French]. I did a fair few classes before I came out. They’ll pull you up at times, but it’s something I work hard on.“We do two classes a week, but I’ll probably go to three a week with taking on the backs next season!”Life at the foot of the French alps is sweet for Prendergast after the initial difficulties, with himself, his partner Shona and eight-year-old daughter Emma living in the “quaint French village” of Claix.With the little pocket of Irish natives thriving in Grenoble, will Prendergast be attempting to bring a few more players from these shores over to the Top 14?I don’t think I’d be too popular at home if people started leaving,” he laughs. “It’s just the way it’s materialised with James and Shane.“James came over through Bernard and Shane had played with Canada U20s. He was looking around France and a couple of clubs were interested, including Grenoble. I gave him a good reference, which he deserved.”Prendergast does agree that for young players like O’Leary and Hart, who don’t make the provincial academies, a move abroad can be a good thing, particularly if it means talented young players are not lost to the game.He points out that it can be “tough as well” to uproot and leave behind friends and family, but there are so many positives to joining the growing Irish legion in France. One point that is often missed is how these young men can gain “life experience” as well as furthering their professional ambitions.That’s certainly been an enjoyable element of Prendergast’s time in France so far, alongside the clear progression of his coaching career. There is plenty more to come.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Irishman Prendergast to take over as backs coach at GrenobleHere are all of this week’s Pro12 highlightslast_img read more

Interview Kevin Smith on Man of Steel beards and the future of

first_img 1 2 Of the many discussions that have come from the trailers for the upcoming Man of Steel, shaving company Gillette latched onto the pair of scenes where Clark Kent goes from having a full beard to being the perfectly clean-shaven Superman we all remember. Between the minds of Kevin Smith, Miyam Bialik (of Big Bang Theory fame), Bill Nye (the Science Guy), and Mythbusters Jaime and Adam, a series of short videos were made to offer possible theories as to how Superman managed to remove his Kryptonian superbeard.Kevin Smith’s answer was that Superman shaved using metal from the ship baby Clark Kent rode to Earth in. After all, the metal had to be tough enough to survive the journey here. We took a few minutes of his time for a follow up questions and, in true Kevin Smith fashion, we drifted off to other subjects.Russell Holly: In the original answer to this question, way back when, Superman could use his heat vision to remove the facial hair. You didn’t buy that, and even Clark Kent mentions that the heat vision took longer and longer over time to shave. Based on your answer to this problem, what happens when he runs out of baby spaceship parts to shave with?Kevin Smith: That’s an excellent point. If you think about how vast that craft is depicted, and you think about how many razors you have gone through in the course of your life… what we really need is one of these “we supply razors to dudes” companies and find out what the average is for a man over the course of one year in terms of how many blades they go through. Take that and average it over one lifetime, because who knows how ageless Superman is, so measure it out over one Earth lifetime. Say 80 years, and then do an extrapolation of how many razors that would be, and then kinda stretch it across and see what you get in terms of metallic square footage. Then we could figure out if he ran out of rocket ship material.Russell: Do you want to talk about Man of Steel itself?Kevin: Fuck yeah, I can’t wait man. They haven’t let me see any more of it than anybody else or anything like that, but here in town there are folks who have seen it. All I keep hearing from those people, when an Agent says “people really seem to like this movie” that’s the highest praise you’ll ever get in Los Angeles. Most of the time people are like “everyone fucking hates it, dude” but with this one people can’t hide it. They may have cracked the Superman code again, man. I’m looking forward to it. The trailers make me cry, as much as I can put together about the story I’m there for.The detective work I’ve been able to due just from the trailers and the kids book that come out early about Krypton, I was trying to figure out how much of J.J. Abrams stuff they kept, because in his version the planet was still around. Now they’ve got Zod in a spaceship so it makes you kind of go “wait a sec, is Krypton still alive or what?” because you don’t know enough. We’ll know everything in a couple of weeks but right now that kind of information is missing. The other thing is there’s no Clark Kent with the glasses. I’m betting that by the end of the movie is when he gets his job at the Daily Planet.I like the aspect of Lois chasing him down, trying to find this mystery savior guy. I don’t know how they are going to play the Clark Kent/Superman of it all in this day and age, especially with Lois being an investigative journalist instead of just a columnist or the reporter on the scene that she was in previous incarnations.The moment I look forward to most, more than making my own movie right now, is this little snippet that first showed up in TV spots two weeks ago. Superman is carrying Lois Lane, and it’s the performance on Amy Adams’ face more than anything, where she’s in his arms and she’s looking back behind camera. Something horrible, the worst thing imaginable is happening what looks like mere feet away. The expression that plays on her face is everything you’ve ever thought about as a comic book reader.When some superhero swoops in to save the day, in every comic book I have ever read, that moment is translated on her face. Right then I was like “fuck you take all of my money!” so I really want to see Superman do well.Next page: Kevin Smith on comic books in the digital agelast_img read more