Officer who probed Sohrabuddin case seeks voluntary retirement

first_imgGujarat-cadre IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who had probed the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and arrested three senior police officers — Rajkumar Pandian, D.G. Vanjara and Dinesh M.N. in 2007 — has reportedly sought voluntary retirement from service.The 1992-batch IPS officer is currently on central deputation and is posted in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, at the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism School of the CRPF. According to sources, Mr. Rai has written to the Gujarat government seeking premature retirement from service. The State government has received his application but is yet to forward it to the Centre.He is the second IPS officer to opt for retirement after Rahul Sharma, who had probed the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. Both these officers were at loggerheads with the State BJP government owing to their investigations into the Sohrabuddin case and 2002 riots cases.Transferred frequentlyIn 2014, Mr. Rai was sent on central deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer to Uranium Corporation of India at Jaduguda, Jharkhand, where he had exposed alleged corruption and financial irregularities. He was then transferred to Assam as IG, CRPF. There also he had in a report alleged that two operatives of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (S) were gunned down in a staged shooting by the Army, the Assam Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal and the CRPF in Chirang district. Following his report, the Home Ministry had set up a panel to probe the allegations of extrajudicial killings.last_img read more

Wright: Nothing to brag about just yet

first_img“We’re finding our identity. Whereas before, maybe a year ago, we didn’t have any. We were just another bottom-dwelling team,” said the guard, who accounted for 19 points in Phoenix’s latest conquest.Wright, who embraced the role of a franchise player by inking a three-year extension with the young PBA team, also had seven boards, seven assists, and five steals in the affair.“We’re still so far from where we should be,” he said.Wright’s words echo the sentiment of his coach, Louie Alas, who warned his squad against being satisfied with its current run, especially since the Fuel Masters yet have to face the league’s heavyweights.“I feel it in my bones that we’re going to be something special,” said Wright. “We just have to keep at it.”ADVERTISEMENT ANTIPOLO CITY—Phoenix has zoomed right to the top of the PBA Philippine Cup standings with its four consecutive victories. But gunner Matthew Wright said there’s no reason to celebrate.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town At least, not yet.“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything worth bragging about. We haven’t won a playoff game yet,” the Filipino-Canadian marksman told the press shortly after the FuelMasters decimated Blackwater, 114-95, Friday night at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe team’s recent strides, Wright said, is a testament to how much work the FuelMasters have put in.“We’ve been working our asses off. I feel like we’re jelling together,” he said. MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PVL kicks off new season with All-Star Game View comments 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

Female Muslim workers asked to cover-up properly

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Jul 11 (PTI) Muslim women working in fast-food outlets and hypermarkets in Malaysias Kelantan state have been asked to cover themselves properly as per Islamic law, including wearing long-sleeved uniforms, by next year.Most female workers on such premises currently are wearing short-sleeved T-shirts.State Local Government, Housing, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Abdul Fattah Mahmood said non-Muslim staff were not included in the new ruling by the state government, but they were advised to dress decently.”The committee had a discussion with several hypermarkets and business operators over the issue recently. We want them to plan a proper uniform for Muslim workers and they have agreed in principle to our proposal.Fattah said the state government also encouraged food traders operating at night markets and food stalls to introduce long-sleeved attire for their workers, which would help in the campaign to promote hygienic practices on their premises.”The ruling is a must for Muslim women workers, but non-Muslims are encouraged to wear proper clothes. I would like to thank the non-Muslim community in the state for their support of the state governments policy,” he said.Kelantan is the only state in muslim majority Malaysia thatimplements such Islamic laws. PTI JB AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

Swiss great Martina Hingis announces retirement

first_imgSwiss great Martina Hingis has announced she will retire from tennis at the end of this week’s WTA Finals, where the 37-year-old multi grand slam champion is playing in the doubles tournament alongside Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan.”Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut,” Hingis said on her Facebook page on Thursday.”The years that followed have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, both personally and professionally, but I believe the time has come for me to retire, which I will be doing after my last match here in Singapore.”The retirement will be Hingis’s third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 grand slam titles since her WTA Tour debut in 1994, five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women’s doubles.Hingis first decided to end her career as a 22-year-old in 2003 due to persistent injuries after picking up all five of her singles crowns as a teenager, comprising three Australian Opens, as well as lone Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles from 1997-99.The Swiss returned to the tour in 2006 and although she found more success in doubles than singles, she retired for a second time a year later after being handed a two-year ban for testing positive for cocaine.Hingis returned to the sport for a third time in 2013 and has enjoyed another successful spell of doubles tennis in the latest comeback, winning four women’s and six mixed doubles grand slam titles from 2015-17.advertisementThe Swiss also spent 209 weeks as world number one and has won the season-ending WTA Finals twice in singles, three times in doubles and claimed a 2016 Olympic silver medal in women’s doubles with compatriot Timea Bacsinszky.”I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to play this wonderful sport for so many years,” she added.”Tennis has always been my passion and I am extremely thankful for all the challenges, opportunities, partnerships and friendships it’s given me.”last_img read more

Malaika Arora gives Monday motivation as she nails difficult stretch in sports bra and mini shorts

first_imgMalaika Arora is one of the fittest celebrity in Bollywood. The 45-year-old is also a fitness enthusiast and makes sure that yoga is a part of her day every day life.The actress recently shared a Monday motivation gram with her fans. The picture that is captioned, “Practise makes perfect”….. am still a work in progress.. starting this week with some stretches, bends, yoga, repeat. #malaikasmondaymotivation #fashionablyfit#yogaforlife,” shows the actress bending down to hold her ankles and touching her forehead with her knees.For her yoga session, the actress wore a pair of mini shorts. Her blue and black shorts had a quirky print on it. She paired her shorts with a black sports bra.The Chaiyya Chaiyya girl tied her hair in a top knot for her yoga session.The stretch that Malaika can be seen doing in the image is a really tough one and we are totally saying this with our own experiences.Her Monday motivation gram makes us want to hit the gym right now, what about you?ALSO READ | Malaika Arora takes style inspiration from Deepika Padukone, wears same saree. Who wore it better?ALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor on being trolled for age difference with Malaika Arora: Don’t want to justify anythingALSO WATCH | | Are Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor the newest lovebirds in B-Town?advertisementlast_img read more

Smoketown by Mark Whitaker review: an alliance that advanced Pittsburgh’s black culture

first_imgShare via Email It’s the story of the Courier which gives Whitaker’s narrative most of its spine, as it ranges from Louis’s victory over Max Schemeling to the fight to unionize 10,000 Pullman porters, the campaign to integrate the armed forces, and finally, the triumphant moment on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in the big leagues with his first appearance as a Brooklyn Dodger.The Courier’s journalists played a crucial role in the success of both Louis and Robinson. Courier sports writer Wendell Smith spent a decade arguing for baseball’s integration, and he was the first to tell Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey that Robinson had the talent and the temperament to become the first successful black player in the big leagues. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Pennsylvania The Courier initially achieved its dominant position through its exceptional coverage of Joe Louis, the heavyweight champion who was black America’s most important hero in the decade before World War II. The Courier’s Bill Nunn was the first of three Courier journalists who befriended Louis. Together with sports editor Ches Washington, Nunn wrote an exhaustive profile of the heavyweight fighter that appeared every week – for five months. Whitaker argues that Nunn, Washington and Courier publisher Robert Vann did “as much as any journalists in America to make Joe Louis a hero to his own people and a sympathetic champion to the rest of the country.” Even before his most important fight at Yankee stadium, Nunn summarized Louis’ importance this way: Pinterest Twitter Facebook Fog lifts over the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh on a foggy morning. Photograph: Gene J. Puskar/AP Facebook Share on Messenger Smith then became Robinson’s traveling companion during his early years with the Dodgers, to help ensure that his prediction would come true. Whitaker calls Smith the “indispensable Sherpa” in Robinson’s story: “the scout who studied the terrain beforehand and who protected Jackie from danger, settled his moods, and bore witness to his historic ascent.” This book is a timely reminder of the hideous obstacles black Americans still faced eight decades after Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When Robinson was in spring training in Florida with the Montreal Royals the year before he joined the Dodgers, ten games were called off when the hosting cities refused to allow a black player on the same field as whites. In Deland, Florida, Robinson was allowed to play – but only until he slid into home plate. Then a local policeman grabbed him by the collar and threatened to arrest him if he didn’t leave the field immediately.Things were not any better in America’s capital. It was only after the Courier waged a year-long campaign against the segregationist practices of Jim Crow in Washington DC that its correspondent PL Prattis became the very first black journalist to be credentialed for admission to the House and Senate press galleries–in 1947.Whitaker’s book includes Lena Horne’s connections to Pittsburgh, its native sons Billy Strayhorn, Billy Eckstine and Erroll Garner, and a lengthy portrait of its most famous playwright, August Wilson. But the most compelling parts are all about the collaborations between black journalists and black athletes – the alliances which arguably did more to advance the cause of black equality than everything else that happened in the United States between 1930 and 1960. Mark Whitaker has written an enticing history of the black culture of mid-20th century Pittsburgh, filled with engaging musicians, athletes, and journalists. Smoketown makes a plausible argument that the cultural achievements of African-Americans in this western Pennsylvania steel town often rivaled those of the much better known Harlem Renaissance in New York City – and that the relationships between reporters and sportspeople were at the heart of that.Whitaker was the first black editor-in-chief of Newsweek and a top executive at NBC News and CNN before becoming a full-time book writer. His resume is undoubtedly one reason that so much of this book focuses on the men and women of the Pittsburgh Courier, which was America’s largest black weekly at the end of the 1930s, with a circulation of nearly 250,000. To those of us who know him well, we know that Joe is the answer to our prayers … the prayers of a race of people who are struggling to break through a dense cloud of prejudice and studied misunderstanding … a race of people who ask nothing more than a CHANCE … a race of people, who though bowed by oppression, will never be broken in spirit. Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… US sports Pinterest Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Twitter Books … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers circa 1945. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images reviews Topicslast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s public chat with Ravi Shastri gets tongue wagging

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 20:06 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli had an animated chat with head coach Ravi Shastri during the semi-final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri and Virat Kohli were seen having a chat after Rishabh Pant’s wicketIndia lost 4 wickets in the first 10 overs in chase of 240Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul departed for 1India were under tremendous pressure in their chase of 240 against New Zealand in the 1st semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday at Old Trafford in Manchester.India’s top-order was blown away on an overcast morning by New Zealand pacers Matt Henry and Trent Boult as the two pacers picked up 4 wickets between them in the first 10 overs. In fact, the New Zealand new-ball bowlers deflated India’s chase of 240 as early as the fourth over by removing Virat Kohli for 1, Rohit Sharma for 1 and KL Rahul for 1.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreThe tension was palpable as Virat Kohli, who wore a dejected look while walking back after getting dismissed, walked out of the dressing room and had a word with head coach Ravi Shastri after Rishabh Pant threw his wicket away.Pant came up with a fearless approach as the young wicketkeeper-batsman, who walked out to bat at No. 4, kept releasing the pressure. However, after stitching a 47-run stand for the 5th wicket with Hardik Pandya, Pant perished while trying to slog sweep Mitchell Santner into the mid-wicket stands.Kohli walked straight to Shastri who was sitting in the balcony and had a word with him even as television cameras panned towards the India captain-coach duo. Kohli was seen having a brief chat with Shastri before heading into the dressing room.Australian commentator Mark Nicholas, who was on-air for Star Sports, suggested that the chat could have been just about Kohli letting his frustrations out, considering he wouldn’t have wanted to do it in the dressing room in front of youngsters.advertisementKohli and Shastri already discussing the team for 2023 world cup.Kuptaan ???? (@Kuptaan) July 10, 2019Did you watch the Shastri Kohli discussion? Clearly Kohli did not look happy.Sunil Kaushal (@nzindmgt) July 10, 2019Kohli and Shastri are Planning for packing , asking about things to pack and tickets.#NZvIND#indiavsNewzealandCoaching india???? (@Coach22167130) July 10, 2019The optics of Kohli giving Shastri a spray right after Pant’s wicket looked like panic. India are still in this though.Miguel D’Souza (@MiguelDSouza) July 10, 2019Dhoni waiting in the dressing room for Kohli and Shastri to send him in. #CWC19 Sant (@NackSant) July 10, 2019Virat Kohli to Neighbors:Thora sa Babar Azam mily ga? Alii (@sabooralii) July 10, 2019@imVkohli Searching for a bad situation handler in Indian dressing room, While Dhoni out in the field ?? #INDvsNZ A. (@Raashid_A) July 10, 2019Ravi shastri : (@UrsSaichand) July 10, 2019India are the new chokers. Won’t be shocked if the team gets a new coach and…a new captain. Clearly, the Ravi Shastri model ain’t working well enough. #CWC19Tushar (@tushjain15) July 10, 2019Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli had been India’s consistent performers with the bat in World Cup 2019 but their rare failure came in the biggest match of their campaign so far.Much to the surprise of quite a few in the cricket fraternity, India sent Dinesh Karthik in at No. 5 wen their most experienced batsman in MS Dhoni was still waiting in the dressing room. Karthik fell just at the stroke of the 10th over with Matt Henry getting his 3rd wicket.There was no signs of MS Dhoni even after Karthik’s departure as Hardik Pandya was sent ahead of the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.Sourav Ganguly, on-air for Star Sports, questioned the decision of holding an experienced batsman like MS Dhoni back when the team was under pressure after losing early wickets.Also Read | Viral video: MS Dhoni advising Yuzvendra Chahal and fielders during World Cup semi-final is goldAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs New ZealandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Rishabh Pant Next India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s public chat with Ravi Shastri gets tongue waggingICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli walked out of the Indian dressing room and had a chat with Ravi Shastri right after Rishabh Pant threw his wicket away by going for a big shot in India’s chase of 240 vs New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesdayadvertisementlast_img read more

The Best Men’s Turtlenecks to Wear this Winter

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now What’s an unexpected way to switch up your winter sweater game? That’s easy. When you get sick of wearing crewnecks and cardigans, simply turn to one of the best men’s turtlenecks. It’s a bold style that channels refinement and shows that you know what you’re doing when it comes to layering, yet it’s not over the top. Not even close, in fact. The best men’s turtlenecks can be worn with a suit just as readily as they can pair with your trusty set of broken-in selvedge – you’ve just got to know how to get the right one. That’s where we come in. Enjoy the best men’s turtlenecks below. Maybe even try wearing one to your holiday office party and watch the compliments roll in. Todd Snyder Cashmere Turtleneck in Navy – $328There’s something to be said about a slim, tailored turtleneck that you can wear with a gray flannel suit. It’s a timeless, crisp look that’s actually easy to wear (provided you add in some leather Chelsea boots). Consider this a starter turtleneck that’s worth the investment.Shop NowSuitSupply Wool-Cashmere Turtleneck – $169You might know SuitSupply for bold tailoring (think pinstripes and plaids), but did you know the brand also does a mighty fine job making casually luxurious pieces? Take this wool-cashmere turtleneck; it’s a nice change of pace from your typical V-neck sweater and you can wear it with all the same pieces. Start with slim grey wool trousers and leather chukka boots.  Shop NowUniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck – $40Want to try out a turtleneck without blowing a whole lot of cash? Uniqlo is here to save the day with a finely made merino turtleneck in a wide range of colors to suit every taste. The red option above would wear nicely with charcoal chinos and a camel topcoat.Shop NowSunspel Merino Wool Roll Neck Jumper – $210The preferred knitwear brand of James Bond — seriously, re-watch Casino Royale — also executes this classic, premium turtleneck with ease. This one is made to wear with a navy windowpane suit and investment-quality brown leather wingtips.Shop NowPolo Ralph Lauren Washable Merino Turtleneck – $125One of the obstacles that impedes even the most daring of guys to take a style risk like the turtleneck might be the difficulty in caring for it. Polo Ralph Lauren has done the hard work here with this washable merino turtleneck that’s soft, cozy, and able to layer nicely under a twill military shirt for a bit of collegiate-inspired style.Shop NowAbercrombie Chest Stripe Marled Turtleneck – $53Abercrombie continues to shed its old 2000s mall style with pieces like this bold-yet-classic turtleneck, which is the kind of cozy layer that wouldn’t look out of place when worn with a tan military jacket and perfectly faded denim. It’s a look that calls to  mind decades gone by, and that’s certainly one of the best ways to do it when it comes to wearing a turtleneck.Shop NowTwenty Montreal Everest Thermal Raw Edge Turtleneck – $125Want to give your turtleneck a bit of a streetwear-centric edge? Something that’s not stiff or stuffy? This unique take on the turtleneck is an ideal way to make the piece work for you.Shop NowNot into this particular style of neck-hugging sweater? Check out the best crewneck sweaters for a looser fit and feel. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

BOJ Projects Modest Growth for 2013/14

first_imgThe Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is projecting economic growth ranging between 0.5 and 1.5 per cent for the 2013/14 fiscal year.BoJ Governor, Brian Wynter, who made the disclosure during the Bank’s quarterly media briefing on Wednesday, May 15, said this forecast is based on the “expected boost” to investor confidence, consequent on the government’s recent conclusion of a four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the resulting funding support from other multilateral agencies and institutions anticipated.The IMF has already disbursed an initial US$207.2 million under the EFF provision to Jamaica, of which US$87.9 million represents budgetary support for the government.This, the Governor said, is expected to be complemented by anticipated loan and grant funding of some US$2 billion in multilateral support from agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU), and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), over the medium term.Mr. Wynter pointed out that the private sector is expected to benefit from the government’s fiscal consolidation programme, which is anticipated to release resources for investments.“The robust growth of 18.4 per cent in private sector credit for 2012/13 is anticipated to provide some momentum for the projected growth for the current (2013/14) fiscal year. Note (should) be taken of the decline of 50 basis points, or half per cent, in average lending rates to the private sector at commercial banks during the March quarter,” he informed.While noting that these rates are “still higher than desired”, Mr. Wynter said this “bodes well” for future credit expansion.“In this regard, at 5.3 per cent, the quarter saw the strongest rate of quarterly growth in loans and advances since 2011,” he added.Mr. Wynter said BoJ estimates for the January to March quarter suggest that the economy contracted in the range of -1.2 to -0.2 per cent. The economy is estimated to have contracted in the range of -1.0 to 0.0 per cent for the 2012/13 fiscal year.“The estimated outturn for this (January to March) quarter reflected the impact of drought conditions as well as weak domestic and external demand. In addition, continued uncertainty about prospects for the economy had a debilitating impact on investments and economic activity in general,” the Governor stated.In light of this, Mr. Wynter contended that the IMF’s approval of the Extended Fund Facility for Jamaica and anticipated strengthening of currency inflows from multilateral agencies should serve to boost confidence in the economy.Additionally, he said interest rates continue to be at “historically” low levels, and are expected to remain relatively low in light of the successful implementation of the National Debt Exchange (NDX), and the government’s fiscal consolidation programme.“These developments are expected to lead to a gradual recovery in the domestic economic activity and per capita income over the near to medium term. In this context, the Bank of Jamaica’s primary focus will remain the reduction of inflation over the medium term, towards levels which prevail among our trading partners,” Mr. Wynter said.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Hosts Conference for First Time

first_img Details are available at . Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 1937, serving legislative, executive and judicial branch officials in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Québec. Its mission is to provide a forum for new ideas, promote successful state policy innovations, advocate multi-jurisdictional problem solving, advocate regional interests at the federal level, offer leadership training and technical assistance, serve as a catalyst for public/private dialog and forecast policy trends affecting the region. U.S.-Canada trade border issues advancing the regional clean energy economy electric vehicles and renewable energy criminal justice education agriculture transportation infrastructure challenges For the first time, Nova Scotia is hosting the Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum of the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference, held Aug. 7 to 10 in Halifax at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is, Charting the Course to a Stronger Regional Economy: Partnerships – Relationships, A New Way of Doing Business. “We’re very pleased to be hosting the conference this year,” said Speaker of the House of Assembly and conference co-chair Gordie Gosse. “Many of the participants share the same challenges so this is an opportunity for us to discuss them with our neighbours and find new ways of working together to benefit all of us.” “A key part of the conference is meeting people and talking about shared interests, but there are other benefits,” said Deputy Speaker and co-chair Leo Glavine. “The conference gives us an opportunity to show off the province to delegates and their families.” The Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference, located in New York City since 1937, serves five Eastern Canadian provinces, 11 Northeastern states from Maine to Maryland, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It promotes initiatives, co-operation, and the exchange of ideas between legislative, executive and judicial branch policy-makers and educates state and provincial officials on areas of concern for the region. Highlights of the conference include the Monday, Aug. 8, Premiers and Governors Panel with Premier Darrell Dexter and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Christopher Sands, senior fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington D.C. The panel will include a discussion on Canada-U.S. relations with moderator Jean Laroche of the CBC and a keynote speech by Linda Nazareth, economist with Business News Network. There will also be a keynote address by Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, there will be a panel discussion on health care in Canada and the U.S. that will examine common challenges and solutions. Delegates will also visit Emera-Nova Scotia Power, the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s Universities, an electronics-recycling facility, vegetable farm, winery and mink farm. They will also participate in a series of offshore wind seminars to discuss alternative energy methods. In addition, there will be discussions and workshops on:last_img read more

No stopping Tsunamo

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards a stupendous victory for the second term in office, as his message of nationalism, security, Hindu pride and a New India was wholeheartedly embraced by voters across large swathes of the country.With the elections establishing the 68-year-old Modi as the most popular leader in decades, the partial vote count released by the Election Commission showed that BJP will surpass its 2014 performance, and likely cross 300 seats. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistUntil 6 p.m., the BJP had won 26 seats and was leading in 278 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in seven phases, demolishing the combined opposition with the Congress Party stuck with seven victories and a lead in 43 seats, according to the trends. Modi himself was leading in Varanasi with a margin of over 4.3 lakh votes while party president Amit Shah was ahead in Gandhinagar in their home state of Gujarat by over 5.5 lakh votes. “With all+ development for all+ everybody’s confidence = victorious India,” Modi tweeted. “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again,” he said Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn the end, BJP’s prediction in the final stages of campaigning of “ab ki baar 300 paar” appeared coming true, as Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s campaign slogan of “chowkidar chor hai” found no resonance among voters. In almost all the states where BJP won, its vote share was more than 50 per cent. If the trends hold firm till final results, the BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance will likely end up with 344 seats, up from 336 in 2014. The BJP, which is now tantalisingly close to the 300 mark in Lok Sabha, had won 282 seats on its own in the last election. The opposition had criticised the BJP campaign as divisive and polarising. Still, the trend shows that the Modi wave and the party’s brilliant election management swept across geographies, caste lines, age, gender and economic status. In the politically critical state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine had posed a stiff challenge, the BJP had won two and was leading in 59 of the 80 seats at stake. The Modi wave not only swept through the Hindi heartland and Gujarat, as was expected but also rippled through West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Only Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh appeared untouched. Even in Telangana, where it was expected to fare poorly, the BJP was ahead in four seats, the same as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. However, Andhra Pradesh threw up a shock in the Assembly polls, which were held simultaneously, voting out of power the Telugu Desam Party of Chandrababu Naidu, and electing Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress. After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the third prime minister of the country – and the first non-Congress one – who has been able to retain power for a second term with full majority in Lok Sabha. The results were staggering for BJP in the Hindi-speaking states, including those where Congress had won in the recent Assembly elections: in Madhya Pradesh, BJP was ahead in 28 out of 29 seats with a vote percentage of nearly 60; in Rajasthan it was leading in all but one of 25 seats; similarly in Chattisgarh, BJP was ahead in nine compared to Congress’ 2 seats. The trends of the ruling party’s leads were in sync with the exit polls, most of which predicted that the NDA would be on course to retain power for a second term. In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats, leaving the Congress with an all-time low of 44 seats against the 206 it won in 2009. Buoyed by the Lok Sabha election results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah thanked the people of the country and congratulated the party workers for the landslide victory.last_img read more

Stigma a major issue for many young people with Type 1 diabetes

first_imgTORONTO – At 16, Michael Wright was shocked to learn he had developed Type 1 diabetes. Not only did he have to learn how to manage the condition with frequent blood-sugar checks and insulin injections, he quickly became aware of the stigma associated with having a chronic disease that set him apart from most of his peers.“I didn’t want to show it in front of my friends, I didn’t want to seem uncool,” said the Montreal university student, now 22. “I was kind of embarrassed to do the injections in front of people because it’s visual. You can’t really be subtle about it.“Doing it in the cafeteria with everyone around me was kind of unsettling,” admitted Wright. “I had to inject any time I ate anything, whether a snack or a meal — anything with carbohydrates, I had to count and give injections accordingly.”Intense physical activity can also play havoc with blood-sugar levels. Wright, who played hockey and soccer, found it upsetting when he would have to bench himself periodically during a game to stabilize his glucose. “I wanted to play.”Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that attacks the pancreas, leaving critical cells in the organ unable to secrete insulin that naturally regulates blood glucose levels related to food intake.The disease differs from Type 2, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough of the hormone. Genetics and environmental factors, such as excess weight and inactivity, are thought to be contributing factors.While Type 1 affects only 10 per cent of all diabetes patients, more than 90 per cent are under age 25.For teens and young adults with Type 1 diabetes, stigma surrounding the difficult to manage condition can be a major issue at a time when they are faced with the stresses of going to school, figuring out their career path or starting jobs, as well as embarking on romantic relationships, said Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Dasgupta and colleagues found that a sense of stigma can lead many young people to be neglectful of their diabetes health, putting them at potential risk of both short- and long-term complications.The study involved 380 Canadians aged 14 to 24, who responded to a web-based questionnaire about their experiences with diabetes-related stigma and the effects on management of their disease. Participants were largely recruited through social media platforms, and their involvement included providing a blood sample that was checked for glucose levels.Dasgupta said 65 per cent of respondents reported experiencing some form of stigma related to having Type 1 diabetes.“The people who did experience a feeling of stigma were twice as likely to have either a … high level of blood sugar or an episode of severe hypoglycemia in the last year, meaning that they had a blood sugar level low enough that they required someone to come to their assistance,” she said from Montreal.“In fact, people with stigma were three times as likely to have dangerous low blood sugar levels in the past year.”A bout of hypoglycemia — caused by having too much insulin in the body — results in not enough glucose getting to the brain, causing confusion, slurred speech and potentially loss of consciousness.“You could even die,” said Dasgupta, noting that the opposite danger is repeatedly having too little insulin and high blood sugar, which can damage blood vessels and lead to blindness, kidney failure and cardiovascular disease over time.“Navigating that space between highs and lows can be very challenging.”Beyond the difficulty of managing the lifelong disease, contending with people’s attitudes can also be a challenge, said Sarah Baker, 24, a study participant who was diagnosed with the disease at age 12.“One of the biggest things is that (when) people hear diabetes, they automatically think Type 2, so there have been comments made like ‘Oh, you must have had a problem with sugar’ or ‘Oh wow, you’re pretty thin for having diabetes,’” said the Winnipeg social worker.“Neither of those things have anything to do with having Type 1, so there’s a lot of that misconception that results in people’s uninformed comments.”She recalled that while on a high school trip to Europe, a waiter in Italy refused to serve her dessert because the restaurant had been informed of her condition.“Because of the language barrier and whatever the server’s assumptions were about what diabetes is, he refused to serve me dessert when everyone else was having it. So it became this huge thing and my friends in the group were like ‘she can have it’ and they’re giving up their desserts.“And it could have been avoided with just better education,” said Baker, who now uses an insulin pump and a continuous blood-testing device that sends readings to her smartphone. “Those sorts of things come up a lot where people assume what my treatment should be because they think all diabetes is universal.”Wright, who was one of two people with Type 1 diabetes who helped researchers design the study and analyze results, said a common theme heard from participants was feeling singled out in public when they had to inject insulin.“A typical example I like to give is going to a food court and people stare at you bringing out a needle or giving yourself an injection, having eyes on you because you’re doing something so visual,” he said, adding that the assumption was that the person was shooting up an illicit drug.“It’s one of the issues that the people in this study brought up, like strangers would be coming up to them saying not to do this around their children, or ‘Why are you doing this in a public place?’”As a result of the study, the researchers helped put together a virtual private network (VPN), a Facebook community where members can support each other, reducing the sense of isolation that stigma surrounding their disease can cause.“It’s helped a lot of people so far,” said Wright. “To have a place where we can interact easily with each other is really beneficial.”—Online:VPN:— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Christchurch Terrorist Visited Morocco Before Mosque Attacks

Rabat – Turkish intelligence, according to an op-ed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, found that the perpetrator of the New Zealand terror attack against two mosques visited Morocco, Croatia, and Israel.Turkish security services said that the 28-year-old Australian attacker visited Turkey twice in 2016.Turkish services are now cooperating with New Zealand law enforcement to investigate the murder to avoid possible future attacks, according to Erdogan, who published his op-ed in the Washington Post. The perpetrator, whom police arrested after the attack, filmed himself while he was shooting Muslims inside a mosque.Read Also: New Zealand to Air Friday Call to Prayer Nationally to Honor VictimsThe gunman killed 50 people and injured at least 50 more in the heinous attack.The suspect had also written a 74-manifesto expressing anti-immigrant views and implying that migrants with higher birth rates are displacing European populations.Muslims and non-Muslims all expressed support and solidarity with the victims and their relatives.As March 21 marks a week after the terror attack, the New Zealand government decided to air the Muslim call to prayer on Friday to honor the victims.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the gesture translates the country’s “desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to mosques, particularly on Friday.” read more

In Côte dIvoire UN representative for elections is pleased with first mission

During his 11-day mission, he met with all the principal individuals and institutions involved in the peace process, especially the leaders who signed the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement, which ended two years of fierce civil war. He also discussed the situation with representatives of the international community, UNOCI said. All expressed a wish to see the political crisis resolved through fair and transparent elections and those involved with the elections welcomed his recommendations for quickly establishing an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), it said. Mr. Monteiro left for New York late last week, but was scheduled to return to Côte d’Ivoire very soon to assist with the elections scheduled for late October. The civil war broke out in 2002 when rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo seized the north, dividing the world’s largest cocoa producer in two. Last year the Security Council set up UNOCI, which, along with French Licorne forces, maintains a ceasefire between Government forces and the major rebel group, Forces Nouvelles. read more

In Europe Annan promotes sports for peace and development

“In the past we talked of ping-pong diplomacy, today we talk of cricket diplomacy,” Mr. Annan told the press after meeting with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge in Lausanne, referring to the softening of relations between India and Pakistan through that game.“I don’t know what else you are going to give us, Mr. Rogge, but what is important is that you are putting sports in the service of peace and development,” he added.Speaking to Olympics staff, the Secretary-General said that governments have begun to take the potential of sports seriously, following the designation of 2005 as the International Year of Sports and Physical Education and other such initiatives.As one sign of that, the General Assembly has supported the revival of the ancient concept of the Olympic Truce and has urged all countries to observe the truce during the Winter Olympics in Turin, he said.Mr. Annan also visited the Zurich headquarters of the International Football Federation (FIFA), where he and FIFA President Joseph Blatter reiterated their support for the societal benefits of football (soccer).“I can’t think of a single sport that has a capacity of bringing so many people together and getting them for 90 minutes to forget their worries,” Mr. Annan said. “I’ve seen societies that have been divided for that brief moment forget their divisions and they become one nation, one people sharing for their people and nation to do things.”In Davos, Mr. Annan will continue the sports theme at the opening media lunch on the subject of “The Impact of Sports in the World.”Also while in Davos, at a plenary session of the World Economic Forum, he will deliver a speech entitled: “A New Mindset for the United Nations.”Mr. Annan’s travel plans also include a stop at The Hague, for a meeting of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and in London, for meetings on the Middle East peace process and the future of Afghanistan. read more

Vancouver home sales fall in August after new tax on foreign buyers

VANCOUVER – Home sales in the Vancouver area tumbled 26 per cent in August compared to the same month last year, as observers say a new tax on foreign buyers accelerated a cooling trend in the market.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver released the data a month after the British Columbia government implemented a 15-per-cent tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver in an effort to chill one of the hottest markets in North America.Dan Morrison, president of the real estate board, said sales have been slowing down for several months. While the tax has added to the downturn, it’s hard to say how much, he said.“There’s no question the foreign-buyers’ tax is having an effect, and that effect is causing everybody to hold their breath and say, ‘What’s going to happen?’ ” he said Friday.“Certainly the first two weeks of (last) month, we saw a lot of that. However, as the month progressed, we saw it returning more to normal, whatever normal is in Vancouver.”Morrison said the month ended about three-per-cent below the 10-year average for sales in August, signalling a return to historically normal activity after record-breaking sales earlier this year.It will be months before the true impact of the tax is understood, he added.While sales were down, the board also reported that the composite benchmark price for all residential properties was $933,100, a 31.4-per-cent jump compared to August 2015.Tsur Somerville, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, said he didn’t think prices would decline but the rate of increases would slow down.He said it’s hard to quantify the effect of the foreign-buyers’ tax without new data from the B.C. government, but he pointed out sales of detached homes dropped 45 per cent last month.The detached housing market has been completely out of sync with incomes and that sector was thought to be most favoured by wealthy non-local buyers, Somerville said.“That’s the area that would be most sensitive in a correction and the area that would be most sensitive to the tax.”The B.C. Finance Ministry said it expects to release in mid-September the amount of revenue earned from the tax, as well as the number of foreign transactions during the second half of July and August.Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, speaking because the finance minister was unavailable, reiterated the real estate board’s view that August’s sales reflect a return to normal volumes after an overheated period.“It’s early to tell what the effect of the tax was, but certainly the market is calming down, which is in keeping with what the goal of the tax was.”New listings in the Vancouver area totalled 4,293 in August, a slight increase from the 4,281 units listed for the same month in 2015. But new listings were down 18.1 per cent from July.The total number of properties listed in August was 8,506, down 21.9 per cent from a year earlier and up by 1.9 per cent from July.The real estate board said it is still a seller’s market based on the data released Friday.Royal LePage Realtor Adil Dinani said the impact of the tax is evident in the data, but sales are still relatively strong and underpinned by a booming condo and townhouse market.Dinani said he was seeing price reductions in detached housing. Investors and speculators are now sitting out of the market, waiting to see the impact of the tax and the ongoing cool-down, he said.“When the prices are going up, it’s easy to jump into the market,” he said. “Now, no one really knows what that segment of the market is doing. There’s no rush to jump in, because prices may in fact retract.”He said the decline in listings is not a problem because homes are not selling overnight or over a weekend any more. Supply is still down year-over-year, but current conditions allow buyers to take time with decisions and negotiate good terms, he said.Marc Pinsonneault, a National Bank of Canada senior economist, said in a note to customers that it was difficult to conclude the tax had an obvious impact on August sales.The decrease could be a continuation of the deceleration that was already underway — probably due to higher down payments and fast-rising prices harming affordability — and perhaps the Chinese authorities’ crackdown on foreign capital outflows, he wrote.“It’s not to say that there’s no evidence of an impact of the tax,” he said in an interview. “But it hasn’t translated in the kind of collapse that people were describing earlier in the month.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the city implemented the tax. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 2, 2016 9:14 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – Home sales in the Vancouver area tumbled 26 per cent in August compared to the same month last year, as observers say a new tax on foreign buyers accelerated a cooling trend in the market. A for sale sign is pictured outside a home in Vancouver in a June, 28, 2016, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File Vancouver home sales fall in August after new tax on foreign buyers read more