M.P. police selection drive in another row

first_imgIn a shocking incident, medical tests of female and male candidates appearing for the ongoing recruitment drive in the Madhya Pradesh Police were allegedly conducted in the same room at the Bhind District Hospital on Tuesday.The matter came to light after a video of male applicants stripped to their undergarments standing in front of a female candidate surfaced on social media. The video showed two male doctors sitting in front of a table, two male applicants, wearing underwear, standing close to one of the doctors to get height and chest measured, a male constable watching the procedure of the medical test and a female applicant allegedly waiting for her turn to undergo the test in the hospital room. No women doctors or nurses are seen in the footage.Dr. Ajit Mishra, civil surgeon of Bhind District Hospital, said: “We have ordered an inquiry into the incident and have issued warning letters to all the team members of the examination committee.”“Today, we have deputed one lady doctor and one nurse for the medical tests,” he added.last_img read more

Ateneo snatches top spot, FEU humbles La Salle in men’s PVL

first_imgLATEST STORIES Marck Espejo led Ateneo with 17 points while Ishmael Rivera added 10.Joshua Umandal had 10 points to lead the Tigers who struggled in the offensive converting just 27 of its 93 spike attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Far Eastern University bounced back after losing the third set and dropped De La Salle, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, to take its second win.The Tamaraws are now at 2-1 to tie UST at the second spot while La Salle dropped to 1-2. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico Ateneo took down University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, to earn the top seed in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles continued their win streak and improved to 3-0 while the Growling Tigers slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mark Detablan had 17 points to lead FEU while getting ample support from three of his teammates.Redijohn Paler and Richardo Solis had 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Tamaraws while substitute Jude Garcia added 11.Arjay Onia had a game-high 19 points to lead the Green Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy—an Oscar

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments “What??” Bryant responded on Twitter. “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention.”The reaction to Bryant’s nomination was not all positive, however. Some on social media recalled the athlete’s sex assault case from more than a decade ago. “Congrats Academy you just nominated an accused rapist — Kobe Bryant for best animated short,” wrote Melissa Silverstein, of Women and Hollywood, on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBryant was accused in June 2003 of sexual assault by a worker at hotel in the Vail, Colorado area. Sexual assault charges were filed but dropped the following year after the woman told prosecutors she was unwilling to testify. Bryant in 2005 entered an out-of-court settlement with the woman for undisclosed terms.The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. Bryant is nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)LOS ANGELES — Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one — at the Oscars.Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24DILG, Napolcom should consider Senate report on admin raps vs Albayalde00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetualcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bryant’s poem begins: “Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.”It reflects on how time is running out. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.Bryant, 39, a five-time NBA champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. View commentslast_img read more

Mata in confident mood ahead of Anfield trip

first_imgManchester United ‘No game like this’ – Mata in confident mood ahead of Man Utd’s trip to Liverpool Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:11 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Mata Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool The Spain international is relishing another outing at Anfield, with the Red Devils expecting to fare well if they are able to control the atmosphere Juan Mata admits there is “no game like” Manchester United against Liverpool, with the Red Devils upbeat ahead of a trip to Anfield.Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten side will make the short journey from Manchester to Merseyside on Saturday for another eagerly-anticipated clash between two old adversaries.Mata 11/4 to score anytime  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The visitors will arrive in much the better form, with Liverpool having struggled for clean sheets and victories of late, but contests such as this often produce the unexpected.That is what makes them such enthralling spectacles, with Mata conceding that he has experienced few occasions like a north west derby.The Spain international, who netted a spectacular scissor kick as part of a match-winning brace in a 2-1 victory at Anfield in 2014-15, told Sky Sports when asked if Liverpool represent United’s biggest game: “I believe so, since I came here I always knew the rivalry was big over the years. Everyone in the training ground, fans in the street, they remind you that Liverpool is the game.”There is no game like this. Through the history there have been great games, big rivalries, and it is a special game to play in, and we feel very lucky to have the chance to play in these games.Liverpool v Manchester United 141017“The view from Spain I think is that all of the big Premier League games are viewed similarly. Once you are in England you realise United v Liverpool stands out.”I have pretty good memories from our games against Liverpool. Every United supporter even now, after a few years, remind me of that goal. When you play for United and score at Anfield and win the game, it stays in peoples’ minds.”Mata concedes that another highly-charged atmosphere awaits United this weekend, but he remains confident that Mourinho’s men can leave with the spoils if they are able to quieten the home support and dictate proceedings.”It’s tough. It’s a tough atmosphere,” added the 29-year-old World Cup winner.“Obviously, the stadium is full of supporters wanting their team to go over us and win. That’s what makes football special. Not speaking about violence at all, but about the atmosphere. You have to have personality to play in these games.”If we manage to impose ourselves in the game to control the emotions from the crowd, and play good football, I think we have a chance to win.”A positive result for United will take them back to the top of the Premier League table for a few hours at least, with arch-rivals Manchester City not in action until later in the afternoon. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

9 months agoLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?

first_imgLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Silva ‘happy’ with Iwobi signing after Everton miss out on Zaha

first_imgMarco Silva was pleased with Everton’s late swoop for Alex Iwobi after confirming his side missed out on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.Everton announced the arrival of Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day in a deal thought to be worth up to £40 million ($48m).The Nigeria international was widely thought to be a back-up option, as the Merseyside club were heavily linked with Zaha in the latter stages of the window and reportedly had offers knocked back by Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Ivorian ended up staying at Selhurst Park despite being the subject of interest from Arsenal as well, who also had bids rejected by the Eagles.On the eve of Everton’s trip to Selhurst Park for their opening Premier League match of the season, Silva has insisted he is “happy” with his side’s overall transfer business despite failing to land Zaha.| Another target captured!The boss has his say on summer signing #7 #EFC pic.twitter.com/f8IKdwRGSD— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019He said at his pre-match news conference: “When you are planning a squad you plan with some names, and I did my job with the names to my football structure. We cannot just have one name.”The market was difficult and when we lost [Ademola] Lookman we looked for a winger, not two wingers. We have tried to do the deals and we’ve signed a good player. It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha.”We are happy. We always want more, but we are happy.”6 – No @Everton player had more league assists than Alex Iwobi(6, level with Gylfi Sigurdsson) last season. Justified. pic.twitter.com/xjL0Rdv0E1— OptaSuperEagles (@OptaSuper) August 8, 2019Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal’s first team after graduating from their academy and was used 51 times in all competitions last season, scoring six goals.Silva talked up the versatility of the 23-year-old, who has never scored more than three times in a single league campaign, but admitted his latest signing needs to improve in front of goal.”The position we are looking for him is clear – coming inside from the left,” Silva said. “He can also play behind the striker really well and if you need to play him on the right he can do that also.”He’s a strong player with good skills. One thing I will be demanding from him will be scoring more goals, because it’s important in that position.”But he will help us. He’s a strong player as you know, a fast player, and he can put good intensity in a match which I like from my attacking players. He will give me different solutions.”last_img read more

India head coach interviews next week but will Ethics officer play third umpire again?

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 5, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 22:33 IST File Photo of CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji (PTI)The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Delhi on Monday cleared the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory committee (CAC) to pick the next head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Some BCCI officials however, fear this move could be self-defeating if the appointment process of the coach itself is embroiled in conflict.”WV Raman was appointed women’s coach by the ad-hoc CAC. CoA member Diana Edulji questioned the process and now Ethics officer DK Jain has to decide if Raman can continue. One hopes we don’t face a situation again where the Ethics officer has to play the third umpire on whether due process was followed with the head coach’s appointment,” a BCCI official told Indian Today.In Monday’s meeting too, the CoA could not be unanimous on the move to allow the ad hoc CAC to pick the Coach. “I wanted the matter to go to the Ethics officer to decide on the conflict. I also reasoned in the meeting that appointing any ad hoc CAC would be going against the BCCI constitution. I voiced my dissent but the committee went ahead with a 2:1 verdict,” CoA member Diana Edulji told India Today.The three committee members which also include Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaekwad were told to submit an undertaking declaring their involvement in any other cricketing activities to clear them of conflict of interest charges.CoA Chairman Vinod Rai told the media after the meeting, their declarations were fine. “We are satisfied with the declarations submitted by the CAC. They will now go ahead with the selection of the next Indian CoAch once they receive the shortlist for the post from the BCCI. We are hoping to organize the interviews on August 13 or 14 and we’ll be able to announce the name of next CoAch in a couple of days.”advertisementCurrent head Coach Ravi Shastri starts favourite to keep the job with no high-profile candidates having thrown their hat in the ring. Australian Tom Moody and former Indian cricket manager Lalchand Rajput are amongst the few others who have applied for the top job. A section of the BCCI says the very public nature of talking up Shastri by captain Virat Kohli and CAC members has discouraged big names from applying.”What’s the tearing hurry to pick the head CoAch for two years by an outgoing CoA? The new BCCI dispensation when it comes to power in October can make the appointment. In any case Ravi Shastri and the rest of the support staff have been given an extension for the West Indies tour. They could have been asked to continue for two more months,” a BCCI official said.The conflict charge against Kapil Dev pertains to his Directorial position in Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) and his business that supplies floodlights to some Indian cricket grounds.Anshuman Gaekwad is member of BCCI affiliation committee while Shanta Rangaswami is a director with ICA. Opinions are divided if holding these posts can be seen as conflicts with their CAC role but strictly going by ‘the one person, one post’ principle they could be deemed ineligible.Also Read | BCCI CoA clears Kapil Dev and team to pick next India head coachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Team India head coachFollow cricket advisory committeeFollow COA India head coach interviews next week but will Ethics officer play third umpire again?The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Monday decided that the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy is clear of any conflict and is free to pick the next head coach of Team Indiaadvertisementlast_img read more

Agriculture Minister to Tackle Illegal Imports

first_imgIndustry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be taking steps to stop the illegal import of sugar, coffee and other commodities.“Right now, we have a stockpile of 32,000 tonnes of locally manufactured sugar that cannot be sold because of the illegal importation of white sugar. Some of it is being coloured with molasses to (give it an appearance) of brown sugar,” he said.“If we do not protect our local industry we have nothing,” he pointed out.The Minister was addressing farmers from across the island at the 123rdannual general meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, on July 11. The Sugar Industry Authority in an advisory issued in June reminded the public that it is against the law to import raw brown sugar into the island or export brown sugar from the island without first obtaining a licence from the authority.The authority further explained that brown and refined sugar for direct consumption should only be sold in heat-sealed packages, pre-packed by re-packers registered by the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA).Meanwhile, Minister Shaw told the farmers that there is urgent need to increase production of Blue Mountain and High Mountain coffee to supply the local stores of American coffee chain, Starbucks.“We have already started the process, and last year, we committed $80 million to begin to support the resuscitation of Blue Mountain Coffee,” he said.He indicated that coffee farmers will benefit from the distribution of fertiliser in short order.Mr. Shaw told them that “Starbucks isn’t here to just import all their coffee. They have pledged to work with us”.About 15 Starbucks locations are planned for Jamaica. Five have already opened at locations in Montego Bay, St. James; Falmouth, Trelawny; and Liguanea, St. Andrew.last_img read more

Convergence of diversity

first_imgThe Congress party has been reduced to being a confederation of leaders ever since president Rahul Gandhi announced he was stepping down following a near rout in the elections, with lack of homogeneity becoming a least common denominator. There is a palpable loss of the sense of balance, with each one pulling in a different direction. Whether it is the inevitability of a member of the Gandhi family to lead the party out of the rut or the desirability of having a young president or even the ‘rudderless’ effect of Rahul’s untimely decision to quit, there is no clear stand on anyone’s part. Also Read – A special kind of bondNow the party cannot make out what would be an acceptable stand when it comes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies. Loose cannon Jairam Ramesh, after a certainly forced hiatus, has fired one, saying it might not be wise to demonise Modi for whatever he does. The ‘outside’ politician thinks that the good things that Modi does, and he sees a number of them, must be appreciated. Ramesh was soon followed by Manu Abhishek Singhvi, a most unlikely name to align with whatever the former IAS officer has been saying and doing, and of course Shashi Tharoor, whose penchant for controversy needs no introduction. Also Read – Insider threat managementBut for many Congressmen, for whom a pathological hatred for Modi is the raison d’etre for their existence and survival, this is like committing suicide. Spokesperson Anand Sharma says if the opposition sings praise for the government, that is the end of democracy. But one does not know whether constructive criticism, the hallmark of a good opposition, implies blind opposition to whatever the government does. But at least for Anand Sharma, that seems to be the case. Jairam Ramesh has since declared that he is stopping to give advice to party men, but Tharoor is showing no signs of giving in. When Kerala PCC chief Mullappally Ramachandran and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala suggested that Tharoor must first join BJP and make the kind of comments he has done, the Thiruvananthapuram MP said he has nothing to learn from the Kerala Congress leaders, which prompted the PCC chief to seek an official explanation for his conduct. There is even a demand that Shashi Tharoor should be expelled from the party. It was the height of embarrassment when even on a crucial issue like the abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir, the party could not speak in one voice. Things came to such a pass that at one stage it appeared that the party was not even sure whether Kashmir was an internal, bilateral or an international issue. Thankfully, the Kashmir developments happened so abruptly that the party was spared the trouble of a prolonged period of confusion. Anand Sharma has, however, said unlike the BJP, everyone has the right to express themselves in Congress. He cannot be more than right. Congress has always been a confluence of conflicting interests. True to its credentials as the oldest party of India, it had in its ranks people who stood for ideas as diverse as India itself. In fact, some of their great leaders themselves were a bundle of contradictions. We have Jawaharlal Nehru, who, despite being a staunch nationalist, shared the imperial grandeur of his colonial friends, including a reported fancy for having his laundry done in Paris, though that has been clarified as pure fiction. It also includes leaders like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who became a political pensioner even before he reached his political youth. During his tenure, he exhibited a rare organic disability to say ‘no’ to anything, which he attributed to the compulsions of coalition politics and allowed a free run to all those who had placed personal money above all national duties as ministers. We also have veteran leaders like A K Antony, whose commitment to principles is as intense as Romeo’s obsession with the romance of love, rather than his lady love. Antony’s principles have brought no good to either himself, his party or even the nation. And yet, he likes himself to be known for his devotion to his ideals. The current crop of Congress leaders have made the difference between politics and business a very thin line and it is no wonder that most of them have landed in trouble over questionable deals. As Modi kept taunting, many of them are riding the ‘bail’ Gadi, an obvious reference to the National Herald case involving Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Former home and finance minister P Chidambaram, who has been dodging the investigating agencies for years, has finally landed up in the custody of CBI but is challenging the government to produce evidence of his money-making. An eminent lawyer himself and a man well-versed with the ways of the world, it would rather be naïve to expect him to leave easy trails for the law enforcement agencies. That is probably what lends him the courage to challenge the government. It is a different matter that, given the privileged position he has enjoyed in the government for most of his political career, it should ideally be incumbent on him to come clean on his own for people to believe him.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Popular Winnipeg Friendship Centre cut off from funding again

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsOne of the largest and busiest friendship centres in the country is in unfriendly waters with the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres (MAC).The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (IMFC) in Winnipeg’s north end, claims to serve some 7,000 vulnerable people a month, offering a warm place to stay, cultural programs for kids, parenting programs and food bank services to name a few.But they’re at risk of closing their doors as MAC has sanctioned them for the second time in as many years, saying the centre too often plays fast and loose with the rules and finances.“We’ve told IMFC many times, ‘this is what you need to do, this is how you need to do it, this is what we expect’ and they’re just not following what we’re asking,” said MAC president Roberta MacKinnon.Last year, American Indian Movement supporters took over the friendship centre’s elections and voted in a nine-member board with Norman Lagimodiere as president.Soon after, six members of the board were turfed. Then the executive director was let go and the finance director followed him.MacKinnon said members of the board have no authority to kick out other duly elected members. And the president has stepped in as interim executive director.She said the previous executive director and finance person were instrumental in getting funding flowing to the IMFC late last year after it was cut off in 2016 for noncompliance with reporting rules.“There’s something about Winnipeg, they just won’t report,” said MacKinnon.Some staff and board members also haven’t complied with the requirement to submit a criminal background check to MAC,These issues put every friendship centre at risk, she said.“When you’re not behaving or not being responsible for your financials and your governance it paints a bad brush for the rest of the centres.”Lagimodiere said IMFC has asked MAC for governance training but they’ve been denied. MacKinnon disputes that.“We have reached out to help them. We have asked them to have governance training, board training, how to take minutes, let us know when your board meetings are so we can observe and help you, and they haven’t let us know,” said MacKinnon.“I don’t want to see this centre fail. I want to see it thrive,” MacKinnon said.Meanwhile, the friendship centre’s community services liaison said they’re planning a volunteer appreciation banquet next month he hopes Winnipeggers will fund.“We will be sending out a GoFundMe page very soon so Winnipeg if you can come together to keep the centre going so we can do bigger and better things,” said Chris D’Souza.mridgen@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Direct tax collection falls short CBDT raises alarm

first_imgNew Delhi: Mar 28 (PTI) The CBDT has rung alarm bells and has asked the Income Tax Department to go for a major assault as the direct tax collection target remains short of about 15 per cent, with the financial year closing less than a week away.On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the tax collection figures have “been reviewed and it is seen that as against the budget collection target of Rs 12,00,000 crore, only 85.1 per cent of the target at Rs 10,21,251 crore has been collected as on March 23.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe officer, who is responsible to supervise I-T department’s tax collection work across the country, underlined the areas that are sluggish vis-a-vis direct tax collections obtained from personal, corporate and advance tax categories.”The minor head-wise analysis indicates worsening trend of negative growth in regular collections at -6.9 per cent as against -5.2 per cent in the last week. This is an alarming situation which needs immediate attention,” Kumar wrote in the letter. The officer expressed CBDT’s disappointment at this situation and has asked the supervisory tax officials to pull up their socks and ensure no stone remains unturned to achieve the target. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the I-T department and is also its controlling authority that functions from the North Block in the Finance Ministry.”You are aware that regular assessment tax is bench-mark of performance as it is based upon quality of demand raised which can further be converted into actual collections,” Kumar wrote in the letter.”Board (the CBDT) has discussed strategies through various communications with you (senior officials) and it was expected that by this time your strategies would have succeeded resulting into improved collections. However, the figures of collection give a different account,” she added. She asked the department to take “all possible actions urgently, especially with respect to recovery of arrear and current demand, so as to achieve the targets for collection.”The CBDT has been worried over the direct tax collection work for quite some time and Board Chairman P C Mody had recently held a video-conference with the top brass of the department across the country and discussed strategies to boost the collection figures to be achieved by the end of the 2018-19 fiscal on March 31. Both Mody and Kumar are undertaking daily updates on the issue. They are monitoring advance tax and arrear collections, enforcement action to check tax evasion and subsequent surrender of undisclosed income, a senior official said.last_img read more

Moroccan Sahara France deems useless Algerias statements against Morocco French Senator

first_imgParis – French Senator, Christian Cambon stressed that France considers Algeria’s hurtful and hostile statements against Morocco “useless.”Commenting on the decision of Morocco to recall its ambassador in Algiers, following the escalation of acts of provocation and hostility by Algeria against the Kingdom, Cambon told MAP that the position of France on the Sahara issue is well known.“The position of France vis-à -vis the Sahara issue is well known. It advocates dialogue and believes that hurtful and hostile comments are useless,” he said, noting that the initiative of the advanced autonomy proposed by Morocco in the Sahara “is a legitimate and positive basis for discussion that should help move things move foward” towards a final solution to this issue.“We must explore this initiative with constructive rather than provocative statements, and use dialogue as the only way find a common ground,” said  Cambon, also Vice -President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defense, and armed forces at the French Senate. Morocco has decided on Wednesday to recall for consultation its Ambassador in Algiers in response to a number of hostile and provocative acts by Algeria against the Kingdom, particularly with regard to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.last_img read more

TSX moves higher midday Tuesday

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved higher near midday as metals prices fluctuated, leaving several key sectors moving erratically.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 11.18 points to 12,381.37 after slipping into negative territory in the morning. The TSX Venture Exchange lost 1.03 points to 1,337.67. The Canadian dollar fell 0.05 of a cent to 101.71 cents US.The base metals sector gained 0.5%, as the December contract for copper rose a penny to US$3.80 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries.TSX energy stocks gained 0.7% while November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 26 cents to US$92.22 a barrel. December bullion pulled back $5.60 to US$1,777.70 an ounce, as the gold sector slipped 0.2%.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials slipped 34.66 points to 13,480.45. The Nasdaq composite index lifted 6.31 points to 3,119.84 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.71 of a point at 1,445.20.Traders are focused on a potential bailout request from Spain that could happen soon. And Greece’s government is in talks with its debt inspectors over its latest austerity measures. If the inspectors refuse to sign off on the measures, Greece faces the prospect of not getting its next batch of bailout funds, a development that may lead to its exit from the euro.In corporate developments, CML HealthCare Inc. (TSX:CLC) said it is selling its diagnostic imaging business in Alberta to Canada Diagnostic Centres for $17-million. Shares of CML were unchanged at $8.82.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index was down 0.2% at 5,808 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.2% to 7,313. The CAC-40 in France was off 0.7% to 3,413.Earlier, Asian trading was subdued as markets in Hong Kong, mainland China and India were closed for public holidays. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed morning gains to close 0.1% lower at 8,786.05, but Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained one per cent to 4,433 after the country’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point.The Canadian Press read more

TNA ready to discuss UNP proposal

The UNP constitution also proposes as a novel system the executive powers of the President to be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances.Under the Westminster system the Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister. He said that as the proposal is open for discussion in order to have a final document the TNA is willing to have discussions with the UNP. The main opposition UNP had last week made public its proposed constitution which includes a British style Westminster system for the Cabinet. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to discuss the proposals put forward by the UNP for a new constitution.TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that the proposal put forward by the UNP is only a structure and not a final document. The proposed constitution of the UNP also guarantees the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information.It also proposes that the system of preference votes be abolished and the tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council fixed at five years. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO read more

Residents told to stay indoors as crews battle fire in St

UPDATEEmergency crews were called to a fire at an industrial building in St. Catharines around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Business and residents within 800 metres of 55 Oakdale Ave. were asked to close their windows and doors, stay indoors and turn off their heating and air conditioning due to the heavy smoke. Motorists and pedestrians were also told to avoid the area. Both advisories were lifted after firefighters managed to get the blaze under control around 1:30 p.m.“Today’s fire is another example of how an emergency can happen in a moment’s notice and why all residents need to be prepared,” said acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick. “I encourage all residents to have a 72-emergency kit ready so they are prepared.”

UN Assembly spotlights key role of women youth civil society in development

“Inclusion and participation mean our global community grows even stronger,” said President John Ashe, opening the Assembly’s two-day High-level thematic debate on “Contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda.”Setting the stage for a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been made by Mr. Ashe the hallmark of his year-long Assembly presidency which ends in September.The MDGs, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015. Despite significant progress in some areas, these targets will not be reached in many countries, and they will be incorporated in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda.“All groups and all people have a stake in this development agenda and have a right to be included and heard,” he told the meeting, which also heard from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.Paul Quintos, Programme Manager, of IBON International, and other civil society representatives also addressed the meeting. Mr. Ashe said that if the post-2015 development agenda is to be a shared one, the Member States must welcome contribution from all stakeholders so as to ensure that the process has the greatest buy-in and that there is a broad commitment to equality, inclusiveness and participation.Turning to the specifics of today’s event, he said that women not only subsidize economies, but they sew the social fabric of their communities together, and are the primary drivers of nutrition, health, education and well-being of future generations.Mr. Ashe noted that on Saturday the world will mark International Women’s Day, which this year focuses on the theme “Equality for everyone is progress for all.” This is fitting, he said, because, “as a civilization, we will never reach our full potential without realizing the rights – including sexual and reproductive rights – of 50 per cent of our population, and making full use of their talents and skills.”As for youth, he said that while they are often denied the investments and opportunities to make use of their full potential – whether due to lack of employment and education opportunities, disease burden or child marriage – they are well aware of what they want and need: quality education and healthcare; job opportunities; protection from all forms of abuse; removal of barriers that hinder inclusion and participation; and open and transparent governance.Mr. Ashe went on to say that in the post-2015 process, the international community will increasingly have to rely on civil society to join in shaping the agenda, setting priorities, monitoring implementation and ensuring transparency and accountability. “Civil society is absolutely vital in identifying and helping to break down the systemic, policy and programmatic barriers such as unequal or blocked access to development, food, education, clean water, sanitation, energy, healthcare and justice; in preventing violence and gender inequality; and in ensuring freedom of expression and protecting universal human rights,” he said.Finally, the Assembly President said that all the participants taking part in the event “are part of a great civic movement” that has the power to impact individual lives, communities, social services, the economy and the planet. “As we include and empower more people and groups in this movement, even more people around the world become caretakers of its sustainability. Inclusion and participation mean our global community grows even stronger.”He said that all groups and all people have a stake in the new development agenda and have a right to be included and heard. “The post-2015 development agenda must embody a profound tenet of our United Nations Charter: that all people have rights and fundamental freedoms. It must reflect the principles of universality and non-discrimination, and enable meaningful participation and accountability.” read more

UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral

“The DRC security forces have repeatedly used excessive force to quash protests related to proposed presidential elections, firing teargas and live ammunition into crowds of protestors and inflicting numerous casualties,” said Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). More than 80 people had been reportedly killed, hundreds injured, thousands arrested and at least 225 demonstrations quashed or banned since January 2015, when protests began against prospective electoral law reforms that could extend President Joseph Kabila’s office term beyond the constitutional two-term limit. Details were still being verified, while other sources reported much higher figures. President Kabila’s final term in office is due to expire in December and elections are due in late November, but the National Electoral Commission has said that it will not be possible to hold them then. “People’s demand for a legal and peaceful political transition should not be met with excessive force and paid in blood. They ought to be celebrated and respected,” noted the new UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard. “Indiscriminate firing into a crowd is unlawful. Firearms and other potentially lethal weapons should never be used simply to disperse a demonstration.” Human rights defenders, journalists and opposition leaders have reportedly been particularly targeted by the Congolese National Police, the National Intelligence Agency, the Republican Guard and the armed forces. Genuine and meaningful elections cannot be achieved if fundamental freedoms are violated UN rights expert Maina Kiai“Demonstrations should ordinarily be managed with no resort to force, unless in exceptional circumstances of imminent threat of death or serious injury, and even in such cases force shall always be subject to the requirements of necessity and proportionality,” Ms. Callamard continued. In his press statement, Mr. Kiai urged the Government to “immediately halt the violent repression of protests and to release protestors who have been arrested for exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.” At the same time, Ms. Callamard expressed alarm at the number of people reportedly injured and killed during the demonstrations. He recalled the State’s duty to promptly investigate all suspected violations and bring perpetrators to justice, saying “Allegations of excessive use of force, bodily harm and unlawful killings should not go unpunished.” Both Rapporteurs also called for an international independent and interdisciplinary investigation, to assist in shedding light on the allegations. “The renewed violent repression of protests and the increasing crackdown on civil society – including the targeting of key human rights activists – suggest that the Government considers civil society as a threat and is simply engaging in a systematic campaign to silence dissenting voices,” Mr. Kiai pointed out. Quoting his 2013 report concerning the exercise of these rights in the context of election periods, Mr. Kiai underscored, “The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are essential to the democratic process, both during the election period and between elections.” “States have the responsibility to ensure the full exercise of these rights in general, and even more so during election periods,” the expert continued. “The resilience of a democracy can be judged, in large part, by how successfully it deals with challenges to those in power, and the peaceful transition from one leader to the next.” In the news release, Mr. Kiai further stressed that electoral periods often increase political tensions, but it is especially around these times that authorities should protect and facilitate fundamental expressive freedoms in order to allow citizens to fully participate in public debate and the decision making process. “There is clearly a political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but a threat to the government does not equal a threat to the State,” he added. “It is imperative at times such as these, that authorities give space to allow individuals to raise their voices to express their views and aspirations.” “Genuine and meaningful elections cannot be achieved if fundamental freedoms are violated”, concluded the human rights expert. Mr. Kiai’s and Ms. Callamard’s call has also been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst. Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Letters A case of too little too late

Dear Editor,An announcement on Friday November 2nd , 2018 by the Regional Executive Officer (ag) , and former RDC chairman, Mr. Knights, of RDC # 7,  that a contract was signed on the same day for one phase of the One -to- Four Mile stretch of the Bartica- Potaro Road valued at $8M to BK International is of interest.It is instructive that the contract is expected to last 10 days.First of all this is a mere election gimmick as this is basically a hurriedly done contract for patch work on a section of this road on the eve of the local government elections. One doesn’t know if this was publicly tendered. But one does know that the roads within the Bartica township are in a deplorable condition and nothing has been done by the government, the Regional Administration or the Town Council, despite the cries of the Barticians.In spite of a Parliamentary Opposition motion brought in July this year calling on the government to treat with urgency the abominable state of the interior roads especially Bartica to Lethem and Mahdia, the issue was treated with scorn by the Minister of Public Infrastructure and no or little work was done afterwards. Now at this last minute patch work will be done to try to pacify Barticians and bring them back home to the APNU. This is a case of too little too late.Most interesting is who got the contract, BK International, the same company who got a multi-billion settlement by the government in 2016 for the Haggs Bosche project for work that was not done.Now the township is buzzing that BK vehicles are being prepared to fetch people out from the quarries and the township to attend the APNU Rally on November 3rd in Bartica.As our national poet, Martin Carter wrote “the mouth is muzzled by the hand that feeds it”. So BK to the APNU rescue once again in election time ? Is this “pay back time” ????People aren’t fooled anymore.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, M.P., Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC Berbice faction outraged over $120M untendered contracts to membersJuly 29, 2018In “latest news”Bartica gets asphalt plantAugust 15, 2016In “Business”Ramotar accuses Tiwarie of spreading lies -says problem started after he demanded contractual obligations be metJuly 4, 2016In “latest news” read more