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Structures around Puri Jagannath temple torn down

first_imgThe Puri district administration carried out the demolition of structures flanking Meghanad Prachir, the massive compound wall of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple on Monday.Although the State Cabinet had recently approved a proposal to make land up to 75 metres from the wall encroachment-free, the administration claimed Monday’s drive was not connected with the decision.“The Archaeological Survey of India had requested us to clear all structures adjacent to Meghanad Prachir and there was an Orissa High Court order in this regard. All private and government structures will be demolished,” said Balwant Singh, Puri District Collector.“We have taken a decision not to touch old establishments and structures having monument value,” said Mr. Singh.Hundreds of police personnel, along with magistrates, were deployed to avoid any untoward incident that might have occurred during the demolition drive. Structures including shoe-stands, shops, toilets, a police outpost and a government information centre were pulled down. Administration assured that an alternative area will be identified for these establishments.The centuries-old compound wall is also an ASI protected structure.As per recent the State, all structures within 75 metres of the Jagannath Temple in Puri would be removed to ensure its safety and security, and for the convenience of the pilgrims.Submission of reportsThe State government had constituted a Commission of Inquiry comprising Justice B.P. Das, a retired judge of the Orissa High Court, on July 23, 2016, to submit a report for the better administration and governance of the temple. The Commission had submitted two interim reports on April 20, 2017 and December 07, 2017.The State had proposed to implement certain recommendations of the Commission from the first interim report which relate to the safety and improvement of the temple in the first phase.last_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Mesut Ozil Shkodran Mustafi Arsenal Tottenham IAN KINGTON Premier League Arsenal Burnley v Arsenal Burnley Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Sunday Arsenal’s victory over Tottenham in the north London derby emphasised that they have a squad capable of winning big games but the question going into Sunday’s match against Burnley is whether they produce similar results against teams in the second half of the table.The performance encapsulated everything good about the Gunners with the likes of Shkodan Mustafi putting in an impressive defensive shift upon his return from injury and Mesut Ozil starring as the link between midfield and attack.Burnley double chance 5/4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sunday’s match against Burnley represents a different task to a derby match. Traditionally a difficult place to go, Sean Dyche’s group are a physically powerful side who will look to stem Arsenal’s attacking flow throughout the game.“Turf Moor is a very difficult place to go for everybody,” said Wenger. “I believe that their capacity to be efficient with a restricted possession as well [is a big strength].“They have won games with 25 per cent or 30 per cent possession. That means they are calm, they know what to do and they are patient with that killing instinct of a snake. They put you to their face and then they bite you.”Wenger’s men lost to FC Koln in the Europa League on Thursday but are likely to make a number of changes for Sunday’s game.ARSENAL INJURIES Theo Walcott misses out through illness and despite returning to training the Englishman hasn’t been deemed match fit.Danny Welbeck was hauled off at half-time of Arsenal’s defeat to FC Koln but Wenger reassured supporters that it was planned substitution as he steps up his recovery from injury.”The last time he came back from injury, we played him at Watford and after an hour he got a bad hamstring,” said Wenger.”This time I didn’t want to take that gamble. I wanted to be a bit more progressive with him. Almost certainly, nothing would have happened but I felt it was more sensible to do it. He’s fine. He’s completely fine.”Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury and is likely to resume training at the turn of the New Year.Theo Walcott ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is likely to make wholesale changes for the trip to Turf Moor with Petr Cech returning in goal and Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac occupying the wing back spots.The likes of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi will start in defence while midfield pairing Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will support the lethal attacking triumvirate of Alexis, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal are expected to stick with the same formation which worked so successfully against Tottenham.ArsenalXIBURNLEY TEAM NEWS Sean Dyche’s side go into the game against Arsenal off the back of three successive wins for the first time in their Premier League history.The Clarets haven’t recorded a top flight win over the Gunners since 1974 but welcome back Chris Wood into the squad following his long-distance travels with New Zealand during the international break.“We were unfortunate last season [against Arsenal], the two games, home and away. I thought we played very well in both and two big decisions went against us.“I’m really pleased with how the team is performing at the moment.“But there is still a lot of work to be done and we continue to work at the details in our performances.”Jon Walters is yet to return to full training while Dean Marney won’t be fit for Sunday’s match.Sean Dyche Burnley Premier LeagueBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Burnley have won just one of their last 13 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D3 L9), winning 2-0 in a League Cup tie at Turf Moor in December 2008. Arsenal have won their last six meetings in all competitions against Burnley, including the last two in the Premier League at Turf Moor by a 1-0 scoreline. Arsenal won both Premier League meetings with the Clarets last season courtesy of 90th minute winners – only the second ever occasion of a team doing this home and away against the same opponent in the competition (after Manchester United v Manchester City in 2009-10). Turf Moor has only seen seven goals scored in six Premier League matches this season; fewer than any other stadium in the competition. Mesut Özil has created 30 goalscoring chances from open play this season in the Premier League; more than any other player. Only Eden Hazard (343) is above the German (310) in this category in the competition since his debut in September 2013. Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals in his five meetings with Burnley in all competitions, though each of these goals has come at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud has been used as a substitute on 10 occasions in the Premier League this season; more often than any other player. The Frenchman has scored seven of his 13 league goals since the start of last season as a substitute (54%). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the UK and kicks off at 14:00 GMT.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

BCCI accuses Committee of Administrators of double standards

first_imgBCCI accuses Committee of Administrators of double standardsThe BCCI members expressed shock at the double standards on display in dealing with issues related to players where show cause notices have been issued and the players have been suspended pending enquiry and in dealing with issues relating to the CEO who was not even suspended.advertisement Ateet Sharma MumbaiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 15:50 IST Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai with other members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoard of Control for Cricket in India members met in Mumbai on Friday and slammed the Committee of AdministratorsThe members expressed shock at the manner in which decision-making was happening in the Committee of AdministratorsThe members also expressed great unanimity on the issues discussedThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members met in Mumbai on Friday and slammed the Committee of Administrators (COA). Individuals from the members of the BCCI met to discuss and deliberate upon the state of affairs of the cricket board and expressed grave concern over the same.The members also expressed great unanimity on the issues discussed. A lot of issues were discussed and a summary of the discussion on some of the prominent issues that were discussed are given hereinbelow.a. The members expressed shock at the manner in which decision-making was happening in the Committee of Administrators (CoA) where the decisions and views of one member were being ignored and the decisions of the other were being executed irregularly despite there being a deadlock in decision making on such decisions. The members were concerned about the resources of the BCCI being wrongfully expended on such irregular decisions being taken.b. The members expressed shock at the double standards on display in dealing with issues related to players where show cause notices have been issued and the players have been suspended pending enquiry and in dealing with issues relating to the CEO who was not even suspended and in whose case the enquiry procedure adopted was arbitrary and in violation of the BCCI’s constitution and in the absence of any decision from the CoA as a committee.c. The members appreciated the effort put in by the member Associations that fielded the teams who were participating in domestic cricket for the first time.advertisementd. The members expressed shock at the statements being made in order to portray the purported success of the 2018-19 domestic season while nothing could be further from the truth. It is unfortunate that for the first time the basic eligibility rules were shockingly changed mid-season, players ineligible to play for a state were given permission to play for the state. Rules were even changed to benefit particular individuals to allow them to allow inter-state transfer which was severely condemned and decried by those present. There have been incidents where the match referees and umpires have reported for a game on the morning of the match in the face of settled protocol. A failure to source video equipment by the organisation has derailed the entire umpire assessment program that the BCCI had invested heavily in over the years both in terms of resources and in terms of legacy. The members condemned the fact that the BCCI management totally disregarded and ignored the decisions of the Technical Committee led by the former Indian captain, Mr. Sourav Ganguly.e. The members condemned the fact that the CoA willfully ignored the decisions taken in the Special General Meeting held in June 2018 which were solely in the domain of the General Body despite the fact that it was a meeting duly requisitioned by the members and only those individuals who were eligible as per the Lodha recommendations were present. This was an act to frustrate the democratic functioning and policy-making of the BCCI.f. The members lamented the fact that efforts have been made to frustrate the legal representation of the Board before the courts of law which tantamounts to an attempt to frustrate the administration of justice.g. The members decided that they would bring forth certain points before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in order to ensure that democracy is restored in decision making especially on cricketing matters so that Indian cricket does not suffer.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Committee of Administratorslast_img read more

Ben Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his family

first_imgBen Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his familyEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes took to social media to slam a prominent English news website for publishing an article revealing personal and sensitive details about his family.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 16:32 IST Ben Stokes has never spoken about his family’s tragic past in public (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEnglish daily the Sun published an article revealing details about Ben Stokes’s mother and her tragic pastStokes slammed the article, calling it “immoral, contemptuous and heartless” on social mediaStokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs and took 8 wicketsEnglish news daily The Sun has come under fire for publishing an article which contains sensitive information about England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s family and the cricketer even took to his social media accounts to post a message slamming the news article.The Sun published an article with the headline, “STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before cricketer’s birth,” and it contains details of his family’s tragic past which Stokes has never mentioned in public.According to the message posted by Stokes, the news agency “sent a reporter to his parents’ house in New Zealand to question them out of the blue on this incredibly upsetting topic”. Stokes called the article immoral, contemptuous and heartless in the message he posted on social Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019″Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.”It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.”For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events. On Saturday, the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ house in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.advertisement”To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has gave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.”This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to the lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.”The article also contains serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.”Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family’s privacy and right to home life,” Stokes wrote on his Twitter handle.Stokes is currently on a break from cricket after a brilliant Ashes 2019 campaign in which he scored 441 runs from the five Tests at an average of 55.12, including two hundreds, and took 8 wickets. The five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw after England won the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Sunday with Australia retaining the Urn as holders.Also Read | I would swap the drama at Headingley for an Ashes win: Ben StokesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith dons spectacles again, Jack Leach loves them this timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Ben Stokes family Nextlast_img read more

Province Releases Schedule to Winddown Industrial Expansion Fund

first_img Reorganizing the Investment Division, adding resources, and documenting all investment procedures Strengthening the processes and reporting of existing files, including tracking and managing existing loans and incentives Consolidating and processing all documentation in client files Developing a client file checklist Formalizing an application process that is based on best practices and tailoring it to the type of potential transactions. Many of the new processes and procedures will be piloted in the fall and adjustments will be made, as needed. During this transition, investment proposals will continue to be considered and processed. When the new fund is in place all existing investment agreements will be honoured, and new investments will follow the new process and governance structure. May – September: Review key economic development legislation across provinces and design new fund September: Get feedback from interested parties on the new fund and framework for accountability and governance September – December: Pilot new processes, as recommended by the auditor general October – November: Propose legislative changes in the House of Assembly January – March 2012: Transition to new fund January: New Cabinet committee begins reviewing proposed investments April 1, 2012: New fund in effect 2013: Evaluation of new fund for continuous improvement The province outlined a schedule today, July 28, for the phasing out of the Industrial Expansion Fund, which will soon be replaced with a new modern investment fund. The new fund, which will go into effect on April 1, 2012, will implement recommendations from the auditor general to improve transparency and accountability when the province invests in Nova Scotia businesses. “Good businesses with good workers, good leaders and good ideas are worth investing in,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “To do that, the province needs a modern investment fund that encourages and supports businesses and communities to be more innovative, productive and competitive in the global marketplace. “That’s what jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy, is all about. This new fund will work hand-in-hand with that plan to help strengthen and grow Nova Scotia’s economy.” Premier Dexter announced plans to scrap the almost 60-year-old Industrial Expansion Fund on May 18, during the spring legislative session. At that time the province also committed to release a schedule to wind it down the by July 31. The schedule is as follows: “We appreciate the advice and recommendations from the Auditor General,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “We are committed to putting in practice the recommendations and strengthening program and financial controls through better documentation of processes.” The department is already making progress on the implementation of the Auditor General’s recommendations, including:last_img read more

Music comes before everything Kavita Seth

first_imgA young girl from Bareilly, who would accompany her father to Khanqah E Aalia Niazia (Dargah in Bareilly) to hear Sufi music, had no idea that music would become her life one day. “Music comes before anything for me”, she feels.Sharing her childhood memories, the singer further says, “At dargah, I would find myself lost in the musical trance. back then, I could hardly understand the technicalities or depth of Sufi music (or music in general), but nevertheless, it left an everlasting impression on my soul.” Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveBefore finding tranquility in Sufi music, Kavita explored various genres like Ghazals, Qawwali and Folk music. But there was always a void…a feeling of incompleteness that haunted her, until she got an opportunity to perform in ‘Jahan-e-Khusrau’ (annual concert organised by Muzaffar Ali). “There were Sufi singers from across the world participating in that event, and that’s where I found the missing piece of my life. The charm of Sufi music took over me and I found serenity. Thereon, I started reading about Sufi saints and their writings,” she says, adding,”There could be nothing better than singing for divine power. Jab Aap Khuda ki Shaan me Gaate ho, to Phir Kuch Aur Accha Nahi Lagta” she adds. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painRecently, Kavita was in the Capital for a musical evening ‘Anandotsav – A celebration of life’. Held at India Habitat Centre, the event was organised on the birth anniversary of her late husband K K Seth, whom she considers her friend, mentor, support system and guiding force. “Every year I try my best to do something in his beloved memory and acknowledge his contribution to my success. Whatever I am today is because of him.” A successful and world acclaimed singer today, Kavita went through a long and difficult journey. “Like any other small town girl, I faced discouragement from my family when they came to know about my aspirations. They told me ‘Shaadi ho jaaye, uske baad agar husband ko tumse gawaana ho toh gaana, We can’t take you to places. Guarantee nahi hai ki success milegi’ – they said. Soon after my graduation, they started looking for a suitable match and all I prayed for was to get married to a person who would support me and my dreams. And it was my good fortune that I found Mr Seth.” “From the day we met, to the day he died, he lived my dreams. The word ‘Impossible’ was not in his dictionary, and that’s the reason I am so positive about everything. He changed me as a person. You won’t believe but within 10 days of his death, I was doing shows. I didn’t cancel a single concert because that’s what he taught me – to be loyal towards work, to accept the changes, and move on with grace,” mentions the singer who has sung chartbusters including ‘Iktara’, and ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’. The time after her husband’s death was the most challenging phase of Kavita’s life, and being a part of the entertainment industry further added to the difficulties. “Working in this industry is nothing less than working like a soldier for BSF or CRPF. You have to hide your pain, look presentable, and be available all the time. There is no weekend for us.” However, despite all the drawbacks, the best thing about this industry is that people are very passionate about their work and that’s the reason why working round the clock is not a headache for them, she feels. In 2014, Seth got married again to a man who was equally supportive. “My husband helps in organising my events, my children are supportive and I have music in my life. What more can I ask for,” she concludes.last_img read more

Sony India expects up to 15 pc sales growth this year

first_imgNew Delhi: Consumer electronics major Sony India is eyeing sales growth of 10-15 per cent this fiscal, snapping two years of de-growth, led by its premium TV range, audio products and cameras, a top company official said. Sony India expects contribution from segments such as audio products and digital imaging to rise. The company’s revenue at present is mainly led by the TV category. “I am expecting a growth of 10 to 15 per cent this year considering all the categories. If we are able to deliver that, then we would be in a very good spot,” Sony India Managing Director Sunil Nayyar told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep According to him, there is a “positivity in the market” being seen after a long time. Presently, Sony India gets around 65 per cent revenue from the TV segment, 15 per cent from audio, 10 per cent from camera and rest 10 per cent from other verticals. “Two years back, contribution of TV was 80 per cent,” he said, adding, “We are making a shift and balanced portfolio in the country, which is profitable and driving the growth of the industry.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The company is quite encouraged by the sales of its premium range of TV panels and headphones (both normal and wireless) and digital imaging products. In the TV market, Sony India is now focusing on the premium segment, which brings higher margins. Asked whether Sony TV sales in the mass market have been impacted due to aggressive pricing and competition from new entrants, Nayyar said, “Yes, they came and the price was driven down. It definitely impacted us (in 32-inch segment).” “It did impact our sales but now I am stabilised to a new level, which is good for us. We have repositioned our products,” said Nayyar. Sony India is also expecting good growth from its audio products, which comprises sound bars, party speakers and headphones, and would expand its portfolio further in the segment. “Overall headphone is growing by 30 to 40 per cent and our market share is also 30 per cent. We have big plans for the headphone segment because we are established as a premium leader in the market,” he said. Sony is also betting big on cameras, and claims to be the leader in the full-frame mirrorless camera segment with 45 per cent market share. “This category (digital imaging) has shown a growth of 250 to 300 per cent growth from last year,” he said, adding, “In near future, we would give more surprises to this industry.” According to reports, Sony India posted sales of around Rs 7,000 crore in 2017-18, which was lower than Rs 7,181 crore a year ago and Rs 8,073.33 crore in 2015-16. It had posted a peak revenue of Rs 11,010.3 crore in 2014-15. Sony India is yet to file its annual results for 2018-19.last_img read more

Sprott Inc to take control of rival gold holder Central Fund of

first_imgTORONTO – Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII) says it has struck a deal to take control of rival gold-holding firm Central Fund of Canada Ltd. (TSX:CEF.A) after a protracted takeover effort.Toronto-based Sprott said Monday it will pay $120 million in cash and stock for Central Fund of Canada Ltd.’s common shares and for the right to administer and manage the fund’s assets.The deal, which requires approval from Central Fund shareholders, would see its class A shareholders transferred to a new Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust.Sprott says the deal would add $4.3 billion to its assets under management, which are focused largely on holding physical precious metals on behalf of clients, and 90,000 investors to its client base.In March, Sprott tried to go through the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to allow Central Fund’s class A shareholders to swap their shares to Sprott after the family that controls Central Fund rebuffed their attempt to make a deal.Last year Sprott took over Central GoldTrust, a similar fund controlled by the same family, after securing support from more than 96 per cent of shareholder votes cast.last_img read more

HNZ Group chief executive and PHI to acquire company and split up

MONTREAL — HNZ Group Inc. (TSX:HNZ) is proposing a $242.4-million deal for its CEO acquire the international helicopter company and then sell its offshore operations in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Papua New Guinea to PHI Inc.Under the agreement announced Tuesday, HNZ shareholders will receive $18.70 per share — 43 per cent above Monday’s closing price at the Toronto Stock Exchange.HNZ, which provides helicopter and related services, says its operations in Canada, the United States and Antarctica would remain with the company under the leadership of chief executive Don Wall.The deal requires approval by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders and a simple majority vote by shareholders excluding Wall.It is also subject to court approval and other customary closing conditions.HNZ shares closed up 15 cents at $13.05 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday. read more

Five customs officers injured after being assaulted by Kuwaiti couple

Five customs officers were injured after being assaulted by a Kuwaiti couple at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.The five officers have been admitted to hospital for treatment following the incident. The incident took place when the customs officers had requested that a pet dog with the couple be quarantined.The couple were later arrested over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

Arriving in Lesotho Annan urges action to combat AIDS and food shortages

Earlier Wednesday, prior to leaving Botswana, the Secretary-General held a meeting with President Festus Mogae in which he raised his concerns about food shortages and AIDS in the country, according to a UN spokesman. Mr. Annan appealed to Botswana to join the UN standby arrangements for peacekeeping and raised the issue of the country’s indigenous people. The two also exchanged views on the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development and on the newly created African Union.When asked afterwards by reporters about his views on possible military action against Iraq, the Secretary-General said: “The UN is not agitating for military action.”After his arrival in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, the Secretary-General took a short helicopter tour of the Mohale Dam. He then met in Mohale with Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili and discussed the country’s recent elections, as well as the two crises – food shortages and AIDS – that are facing the nation.The Secretary-General noted that Lesotho was spending 2 per cent of its national budget to treat victims of the AIDS epidemic, and pledged the UN’s help in tackling the scourge.Later, in an address to a joint session of the nation’s Parliament, Mr. Annan returned to the theme of the AIDS crisis, noting that 30 per cent of all people in the country between the ages of 15 and 49 were estimated to be HIV-positive. He also congratulated the people of Lesotho for the elections held last May, and underscored the importance of education and the empowerment of women.The Secretary-General’s speech before the country’s lawmakers echoed his remarks made last night in Gaborone at a dinner held in his honour by President Mogae. Mr. Annan praised the people of Botswana for achieving a stable, multi-party democracy with a consistent track record of high economic growth and improvements in health, water, sanitation and education. “That only makes the tragedy of HIV/AIDS all the more poignant, since it is snatching away the precious development gains you had made,” he observed.Among his other activities in Lesotho today, Mr. Annan planted an olive tree at a ceremony to launch the International Year of the Mountain and met with His Majesty King Letsie III, while his wife, Nane, met with the Queen. Later, the Secretary-General witnessed the re-naming of a road in the capital from Maseru Bypass to Kofi Annan Road. He asked anyone using that road from now on to drive carefully. read more

UNICEF stresses need for humanitarian access in Lebanon aid airlifted into Beirut

With more than a thousand people killed in the worsening conflict between Hizbollah and Israel and around a quarter of Lebanon’s entire population forced to flee their homes, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today stressed the urgent need to allow humanitarian aid to get through, as the world body said it was airlifting more emergency supplies into Beirut but that land convoys were still facing problems.Listing the growing humanitarian cost of the conflict, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman highlighted its impact on children, noting that along with those killed and injured “countless others are living in extremely precarious conditions which are worsening daily, with limited access to clean water, food, medicine and hygiene supplies.”She pointed out that thousands of families and children critically need support. “At present we are unable to reach the majority of them,” she said. “We call upon the parties to urgently agree to a cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian agencies to deliver needed supplies.”UNICEF, which is involved in various aspects of emergency work including supporting an immunization campaign to protect Lebanese children against measles and polio, is also working to help young people deal with the deaths, injury and other terrifying events they and their families have experienced.“By keeping families together and organising structured activities we can go some way towards putting normality back into the lives of these children and their parents,” says UNICEF regional child protection adviser Trish Hiddleston. “Children do have an inner resilience in times of crisis – we have to build on this.” Implementing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities will be the most effective way to protect these children from further distress and provide an opportunity for their healing and recovery, the agency said in a press release.Also on the humanitarian front, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started an airlift from Jordan and Denmark to help rush tonnes of urgently needed supplies to Lebanon, including medicines from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), it said in a press release, adding that the first flight got through on Thursday and a second flight landed in Beirut this morning.UNHCR said more flights are being planned and sea routes are also being used to bring in supplies because the severely damaged roads between the border with Syria – where the agency has a major supply base – have slowed up the convoys and made it increasingly difficult to move emergency aid in bulk.Israeli warnings and air strikes in the densely populated southern suburbs of Beirut are also creating havoc as people flee to overcrowded areas for safety and the aid agencies scramble to help, according to UNHCR.“It is really impossible for thousands of civilians to leave their homes in a matter of hours and find safety nearby, particularly when the public centres are already bursting with displaced people,” said UNHCR’s representative in Lebanon, Stephane Jaquemet. “For those who have already been displaced once and fled to find safety in Beirut, only to be displaced a second time, is exceptionally tough and frightening,” he added.The UN refugee agency has also started setting up tented camps in Syria to help deal with around 160,000 Lebanese who have fled to safety there, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.Permission for UN convoys to southern Lebanon continues to be denied by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, while noting also that there’s been no improvement in the countrywide fuel shortage.OCHA says that according to the Lebanese Higher Relief Council, 1,056 Lebanese have been killed and 3,600 wounded in the past month of conflict, while Israel’s Government reports that 41 Israeli civilians have been killed.Adding his weight to broader UN calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the Middle East, was the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today who also warned of the conflict’s longer-term impact on the young people of the region.“Moreover, what does the future hold for the youth of the Middle East – whatever their nationality, affiliation or religion – when their minds risk being so deeply troubled that they will never be able to learn to talk to one another or live side by side?” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura asked. read more

Oregon races to finalize rules for marijuana issue licenses

Oregon races to finalize rules for marijuana, issue licenses by Andrew Selsky, The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2016 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PORTLAND, Ore. – After months of public hearings with pot growers, lawmen, public health officials and others, an Oregon commission is racing to finalize recreational marijuana regulations and issue licenses to hundreds of businesses within a few months.But those who aim to produce souped-up coffee and other niche products might have to wait a bit longer.“It’s like the circus around here,” Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chair Rob Patridge said after a hearing in which a pot advocate and a panel member argued about whether marijuana is safer than alcohol, and an entrepreneur discussed selling marijuana-infused java, eliciting blank looks from commissioners.The commission has been grappling with its massive task, issues that Colorado and Washington state previously dealt with, including the number of licenses initially offered. Besides Oregon, Alaska also legalized pot in 2014.Oregon decided to do some things differently, including:— Setting a lower tax rate than Washington’s 37 per cent and Colorado’s rate of upward of 29 per cent. A pot advocate who helped write Oregon’s legalization measure said this allows for the regulated businesses to effectively compete with the illegal market by not driving their prices too high.— Avoiding caps on the number of licenses, so “we can let capitalism work it out, like we do with bars and breweries with no cap,” Anthony Johnson said.The OLCC has had to deal with changes mandated by the legislature and requests from numerous interests as it establishes the regulations.“We’re trying to accommodate everybody, but you’ve got to realize that people are throwing a new business model at us every day … like coffee, like ice cream, like yogurt, like marijuana tasting bars,” Patridge said. At some point, “we have to stop, get the rules in place” and then assess it again.Patridge is an unlikely champion of making marijuana go mainstream, a trade whose outlaw status used to evoke images of marijuana-laden burros being led down the Sierra Madres and of pilots contour-flying across borders to avoid radar.A district attorney from a conservative southern Oregon county, Patridge voted against legal pot, and is still against it.“I’m not going to stand on the air hose of what Oregonians wish to do,” he said. “My side lost, and so now we’re going to put in the best system that we can put in, to allow these marijuana entrepreneurs to move forward, and allow the public the access that they voted for.”Johnson, a lawyer working fulltime on marijuana political reform, was at first wary of Patridge, but the two have formed a bond. Patridge keeps Johnson’s mobile number on his own cellphone and calls him “the Godfather of Measure 91.”“I will admit that I had some misgivings that a Republican district attorney was going to be a good steward for the marijuana industry,” Johnson said. “But I have been very surprised and pleased with how Rob has handled the job.”Business people have been coming from around the country — lawmakers recently tossed out a residents-only requirement — to try to get a piece of Oregon’s cannabis industry that already existed for 18 years with medical marijuana.The commission said it wants at least part of the supply chain ready by year’s end. When complete, it will cover production from seed to store and will allow the tracking of the marijuana with a computer dashboard using data from radio-frequency identification scanners and tags.“Each plant has a serial number, just like a VIN number on a car,” said Scott Denholm, executive director of metrc, which has partnered with the commission to build the tracking system.The commission issued its first recreational marijuana licenses on May 2 to eight businesses, including one called Far Out Farms. It is dealing with more than 1,500 license applications as of Wednesday, and approved about 50 others.Each applicant must undergo a criminal background check and receive land use approval from local authorities. The commission’s staff was increased by about 44 staff to around 260 to handle the extra work, Patridge said.Steve Marks, the commission’s executive director, said he spends 70 per cent of his time on marijuana issues, which is turning out to be a big business.Medical marijuana dispensaries, which can sell recreational marijuana until Dec. 31, started collecting a 25 per cent tax on those sales in January. Recreational outlets will charge a 17 per cent tax. The state says it processed a whopping $10.5 million in marijuana tax payments through April 29.The Legislative Revenue Office in May quadrupled its estimate of net tax revenues, from $8.4 million to $35 million, that the state is expected to receive from recreational marijuana through June 30, 2017, according to Malik Mazen, senior economist with the Legislature.A company named Avitas, which is awaiting a license, began refitting a former cabinet factory in March located less than a mile from the state capitol in Salem into a 12,000-square-foot “cannabis production facility” and expects to be done by mid-June.The facility is expected to produce 160 pounds of pot per month, plus a powerful cannabis oil produced with compressed carbon dioxide.Avitas General Manager Joe Bergen predicted that the industry will have an enormous effect on the economy, and predicted other states will legalize.“We believe that the Pacific Northwest will be the epicenter for high-quality cannabis because of the climate and culture here, much like the craft brewery movement,” he said.__Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter @andrewselsky read more

2013 Terry OMalley Lecture From fresh food to fresh fashion

Lindsay Cook, director of marketing for Joe FreshLindsay Cook, the dynamic young director of marketing for the popular Joe Fresh fashion brand, will deliver the 12th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Advertising and Marketing at Brock University.Cook will share her unique perspectives in a talk, entitled “My Journey to all things Orange,” which takes place Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the David S. Howes Theatre at the University.Listed among Marketing magazine’s prestigious list of Top 30 Under 30 in 2012, Cook will share the remarkable story of her rise from in-store signage specialist at Loblaw to her current role as marketing director of the widely admired Joe Fresh brand.Cook recently led a conceptual redesign of more than 100 Loblaw grocery stores, re-thinking every inch of retail space to freshen up home, leisure and entertainment merchandise. At the same time she oversaw the enormously successful launch of Joe Fresh in the United States, including the opening of the first flagship store outside of Canada on Manhattan’s famous Fifth Avenue.Cook is currently overseeing the roll out of dedicated Joe Fresh shops in more than 680 jcpenney stores next month, bringing Joe Fresh’s chic, modern and brightly affordable style to people all over the U.S.This year marks the 12th anniversary of the lecture series that honors advertising legend Terry O’Malley, a native of St. Catharines and one of the most highly acclaimed creative talents in modern Canadian advertising.Advertising legend Terry O’MalleyO’Malley is the former creative director and partner in the highly influential Toronto-based agency Vickers and Benson Advertising.In more than 30 years at V&B, O’Malley helped build the agency into one of the leading brands in the Canadian advertising industry. O’Malley’s creative contributions spanned a wide spectrum of businesses and public service categories, from quick service restaurants (McDonald’s) to breweries (Carling Red Cap Ale) to a role as key strategist on the federal Liberal Party’s Red Leaf Communications team that helped win electoral victories for former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.The Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising is hosted by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University.This public event is free, but tickets are required. To reserve your tickets, please contact the Brock Centre for the Arts Box Office by calling 905-688-5550 x3257. read more

Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop questionable for Ohio States game against Penn State

Ohio State redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a three pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State could be without its best player in its quest to win its first 10 Big Ten games of the season.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is dealing with an illness and is questionable for the Buckeyes’ game Thursday against Penn State, an Ohio State spokesperson tweeted. He will be a game-time decision. Bates-Diop is averaging 19.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season in a team-high 32 minutes per game. If he is unable to play, sophomore forward Andre Wesson would likely be his replacement in the starting lineup.Without Bates-Diop, Wesson would be tasked with covering Penn State power forward Lamar Stevens. The 6-foot-8, 226-pound forward averages 15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and has been the Nittany Lions’ second-most productive player this season. Bates-Diop has been the go-to player for the Buckeyes all season. In nearly every game the star forward has gotten off to a slow start, Ohio State’s offense seems to follow suit. Offensively, the team would need to rely on forward Jae’Sean Tate and center Kaleb Wesson to help step up the interior production for the team. Junior Keita Bates-Diop is questionable (illness) for the @OhioStateHoops home game vs. Penn State tonight. His availability will be determined at game time (8 p.m./BTN)..— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) January 25, 2018 read more

Charitable offseason keeps mens lacrosse team busy

In just two weekends of preseason action, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has done more than most teams do all season.Coach Nick Meyers has jump started preseason play with a “Thumbs Up,” two weekends full of fundraising for athletic scholarship funds near and dear to the Buckeyes’ hearts.The Buckeyes scrimmaged Johns Hopkins in a friendly rivalry game on Oct. 10 at Upper Arlington High School. Johns Hopkins is the top team in the country, and the game served as a reminder that the Buckeyes have a lot of work ahead of them.     More than $5,000 was raised for The Michael Robert Breschi Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is the largest memorial scholarship endowment in the Ohio State Department of Athletics. The scholarship commemorates the life of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi.Michael passed away in an accident in March 2004 when he was just three years old. In the ten years Breschi coached men’s lacrosse, he shattered the record for most career wins with 81.    The 2009 recipient, defenseman Scott Foreman, accepted this honor at the team banquet. Foreman was second team All-Conference in 2008.        The Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship golf outing took place last weekend. The scholarship was created in honor of former Buckeye lacrosse player Dan Lindner’s wife, two young sons, and mother-in-law, who died in a car accident in 2006. “Every decade of our lacrosse program was represented at the outing. It was great for the team to see the tradition our program has created,” Meyers said.The Lindner Memorial Scholarship honor was given to junior midfielder Michael Pires. A British Columbia native, Pires has stepped into the leadership role the team has needed. On Saturday, the Buckeyes hosted an alumni lacrosse game in the Horseshoe. The team played with recent graduates for about an hour, while older alumni surrounded the field. The weekend concluded with the annual team banquet. In addition to the Michael Breschi and Linder Memorial honors, awards were announced for the most valuable players, unsung heroes, most improved and players who performed exemplary service for OSU.The banquet recognized the accomplishments of the 2009 team and solidified the goals of the 2010 season. The focus of the offseason will be strength training and teaching the team the fundamentals.“The guys have been hammering away and the energy level at this point is great,” Meyers said. “We are going to work on an individual level and focus on studying game films.” The Buckeyes have a close-knit team, but Meyers would like to see the group get tighter. “We are working on our core values and maintaining what makes our program so special,” Meyers said. Regular practice will begin in January, giving the team just six weeks before they face Duke in the first game of regular season play. read more

Berbice schools reconnected after bills partially paid – GWI

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) reconnected water supply to all schools in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), according to Public Relations Officer, Leana Bradshaw.Several schools were disconnected after the Utility Company failed in its efforts to get to Regional Administration to pay its multimillion dollar bill, which was racked up over three years.Though regional officials said the bill amounted to $61M, Bradshaw said the outstanding payment was actually $136M.She explained that it was only after GWI disconnected the schools, the Regional Administration made efforts to clear the bill.GWI and the Regional Administration are expected to work out a payment plan to settle the debt. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI disconnects Berbice schools after $61M water bill owedFebruary 20, 2019In “Business”High percentage of Georgetown customers illegally reconnect service- GWINovember 1, 2018In “Business”GWI advises customers to only make payments at its officesJuly 8, 2016In “latest news” read more

FactCheck Has the government actually cut the mental health budget by €20

first_img This is not true, we are spending €74.7million more on mental health next year than this year. Please get facts right— Helen McEntee TD (@HMcEntee) October 21, 2016 Source: Rubber Bandits/Twitter Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM Find more FactChecks here 35 Comments Share259 Tweet Email2 The Irish government just cut €20 million from the mental health budget.The FactsThe claim that the government had cut €20 million from the mental health budget emerged last week, after Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee stated in the Dáil: While the €35 million that was promised towards mental health was indeed cut by €20 million, it’s still an increase from last year. There’s also funding behind a new forensic mental health hospital in Portrane. Things are improving, but not as much as they should. 20,442 Views In line with my commitment to achieve a full-year allocation of €35 million in additional funding for mental health, I am initiating €35 million in new services for 2017… OVER THE WEEKEND, a claim spread online that the government has cut the budget for mental health services by €20 million.It was much tweeted, the subject of a widely-shared column on (“It’s absolutely despicable to see the government cut mental health funding by €20 million”), and articulated by comedians and activists the Rubberbandits. As has been widely acknowledged, and as I acknowledged last week, the time lag in new staff taking up posts, and the completion of other preparations for the introduction of these services, it is estimated that the revenue spend in the calendar year for 2017, associated with this increased allocation will be some €15 million.In other words, €35 million worth of additional mental health services are being started in 2017, but because those services aren’t entirely ready to come on stream yet, only €15 million will be spent on them next year.Note that these are additional services, and the amounts involved relate to increased spending on mental health.This reality is in contrast to the impression brought about in many cases, that the total mental health budget itself amounts to only €35 million, and that it will be €20 million lower in 2017 than it is now. Campaigners oppose the diversion of €12 million in mental health funding in April 2016. The move was reversed after a public outcry. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieFor example, this sentence from a column in By Dan MacGuillcenter_img Short URL In 2016 it really does beggar belief that, if the Dáil rumours are true, and Simon Harris cuts the mental health budget for 2017 by €20 million from €35 million to €15 million, that the entire country doesn’t take to the streets over it.This is wrong by a massive margin.According to figures in this year’s HSE National Service Plan, the total budget for mental health services in Ireland is €826.6 million.This is composed of €791.6 million in the HSE budget, and €35 million that came from the Department of Health.In April, it emerged that €12 million of that €35 million was to be diverted elsewhere in the health services, but after a public outcry, it was reinstated.The Department of Health told FactCheck that in 2017, there would be additional spending of €15 million on mental health services, as well as a further €9.7 million in extra staff costs – meaning the total increased spending on mental health services next year is expected to be €24.7 million.As well as this, the government has budgeted €50 million to begin work on the National Forensic Mental Health Hospital at Portrane in North Co Dublin.However, this is capital spending, and is counted separately, but it accounts for Helen McEntee’s tweet in response to the Rubberbandits, in which she claimed the government is “spending €74.7 million more on mental health next year than this year”. FactCheck: Has the government actually cut the mental health budget by €20 million? FactCheck looks into a major claim that took hold online over the weekend. Oct 25th 2016, 8:00 PM This isn’t quite right, because she is comparing current and capital spending in 2017, with only current spending in 2016.Figures in the 2016 HSE National Service Plan suggest that a total of €5.33 million was budgeted for capital infrastructure spending on mental health this year (pg 131, 132).So if you include capital infrastructure in both years, next year’s spending will be at least €901.3 million, which is €69.37 million higher than the €831.93 million in 2016, not €74.7 million higher.In any case, the gross, non-capital budget for mental health in 2017 is €851.3 million – a 3% increase over 2016.And in addition to this, €50 million in new capital spending will go on starting the construction of the National Forensic Mental Health Hospital.The claim that the mental health budget has been cut is therefore FALSE.“Reversal” Minister of State Helen McEntee, speaking in the Dáil last week. Source: Oireachtas.ieWhat is true, is that this increase in current spending is not as high as had been expected.In his Budget speech, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe gave no details on mental health spending, but Minister of State Helen McEntee did, in a press conference later that evening (starts 3:19): The Irish Government just cut €20 million from the mental health budget. 10 people die a week in Ireland by suicide— Rubber Bandits (@Rubberbandits) October 21, 2016 Alison Ring from Sligo asked us to look into it, and another reader pointed specifically to the Rubberbandits’ tweet.(Send your FactCheck requests to, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: The government has cut €20 million from the mental health budgetVerdict: FALSEThe total non-capital budget for mental health services in 2017 is €851.3 million, some €24.7 million higher than this year€50 million in capital spending has also been committed to starting construction on the National Forensic Mental Health HospitalAdditional spending on mental health services is €20 million lower than had been expected, based on somewhat ambiguous comments made by Minister of State Helen McEntee on Budget DayWhat was said Source: can watch a video of Helen McEntee’s comments, and a breakdown of the facts, above.Although the claim of a €20 million cut has been widespread, we are focusing on the Rubberbandits’ tweet, due to the specific request of a FactCheck reader.They claimed: Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter Source: Helen McEntee TD/Twitter’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here.  I’m happy to say that I will be able to initiate €35 million in new developments next year. As has been the case with previous years, funding initiated will not always be completed in the same year…Despite the somewhat ambiguous disclaimer contained in the second half of this, McEntee did not state the full reality – that only €15 million would be spent in 2017.The only figure mentioned was €35 million, which gave rise to the mistaken impression that this was the amount that would be spent on new services in 2017.So when McEntee clarified the situation in the Dáil a week later – explaining that only €15 million would in fact be spent on new services next year – it led to a wave of criticism from opposition politicians and activists, and accusations of a “reversal” in the Budget commitment.But there was no “cut” to the budget. Spending on mental health in 2017 will be higher than spending on mental health in 2016.The Rubberbandits did not respond to FactCheck’s request for evidence in support of their widely-shared claim on Twitter.However, they did later post on Facebook: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more