Parties urged to support health care

December 3, 2019

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first_imgA health activists’ group here on Wednesday called upon the political parties in Rajasthan to make their stand clear on the health care policies and give an assurance for implementing universal health care in their manifestoes for the upcoming State Assembly election. It said the parties should take steps in particular for a higher per capita expenditure in the health sector.The latest health indicators in Rajasthan have revealed that the State’s citizens suffer from a higher burden of morbidity and premature mortality than the national average. The health care delivery system was not accessible to the majority of the population and there was “no political commitment” to improve the citizens’ health status, the Rajasthan Jan Swasthya Abhiyan said here.Private facilitiesAbhiyan’s convenor Narendra Gupta said more than 65% patients seeking medical care in the State had to depend on private health system even for the treatment of minor ailments. “Infections like malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, respiratory ailments and viral fevers are very high,” he said.The Rajasthan Jan Swasthya Abhiyan functions as the State chapter of People’s Health Movement. It stated that the parties locked in the electoral battle should commit themselves in their manifestoes to reducing out-of-pocket expenditure from currently 66.6% of the total expenditure of medical care to less than 30%, besides ensuring that 80% of the patients received primary medical care from the public health system.Dr. Gupta, who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chittorgarh, said the State’s per capita health spending should be increased from ₹740 per year to a minimum of ₹2,000 in the first two years and ₹2,500 in the next five years. ”There should be an effective grievance redressal system to respond to adverse medical consequences,” he said.Right to Health ActThe medical activist said the next government in the State should enact the Right to Health Act and make it justiciable, so that no citizen was deprived of quality health care and it was freely available without any financial and geographical barrier. Besides, the provisions of the Clinical Establishments Act should be strictly implemented to ensure medical audits of the institutions in both public and private sectors.last_img read more


Overseas Indians’ wealth exceeds India’s GDP

December 2, 2019

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first_imgThe net wealth of overseas Indians exceeds India’s domestic economy.A high powered Indian government study estimates the combined wealth of 20 million Indians living overseas at over $1 trillion, substantially higher than India’s $850 billion GDP.In evaluating NRI welath, the committee factored in financial wealth, real estate, gold and art.   Related Itemslast_img


Gilas five needs pluck

November 30, 2019

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first_imgGilas Pilipinas players and coach Chot Reyes (right) pose for photographs on a makeshift stage outside Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. Behind them are Filipino supporters as they celebrate their victory over Qatar, 80-74, in the Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday. Photo from Fiba.comA huge number of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) celebrated with Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday night after the Filipinos topped Group B in the Fiba Asia Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals outright.But coach Chot Reyes was quick to remind his gung-ho wards that the way they played in a narrow 80-74 win over rugged Qatar won’t be enough to get the job done when they clash with either Japan or South Korea in the win-or-go home stage on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments MOST READ Standhardinger is expected to play despite an aching shoulder on Wednesday, when the Filipinos battle the winner of the Korea-Japan match, which was being played at press time on Monday, according to a report by TV5’s Jutt Sulit.“No matter what, pain or no pain, I will play on Wednesday when it really counts,” said the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who sat out his first game in two tournaments with Gilas because of a severe stiff neck and sore shoulder.Standhardinger, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, said that the injury occurred after a rugged win over Iraq, when “somebody hit me in the back and I heard it pop.”The Koreans have a history of inflicting heart-rending defeats on the Filipinos and actually own a win the last time the two countries met, in the Jones Cup in Taipei, recently.In that game, the Philippines made just 1-of-26 from three-point distance in an 83-72 defeat that took the Filipinos out of the title hunt.ADVERTISEMENT “You all know that had we played Korea or Japan tonight, we would be headed home,” Reyes told his players after they blew a 17-point lead and had to withstand a furious finish by the Qataris behind guard Mansour Elhadary.“No way we’ll win like that,” Reyes was quoted in a story sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which is providing details of Gilas games as no Philippine-based publication managed to beat Lebanon’s visa deadline on time.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 shutoutUsing speed yet again to win a third straight game and playing without big men Christian Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo, Gilas took command early but then had a cold spell in the fourth quarter, allowing the Qataris to come dangerously close.Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo quelled the last of the Iraqi uprisings with timely hits from the outside. Wright finished with 25 points built around seven triples, while Romeo made his only two field goals of the night inside the final three minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Gilas didn’t shoot that bad against Qatar, but it had 17 turnovers and couldn’t play solid-enough defense as Elhadary got away with 23 points and almost won it by himself for his team in the endgame.PBA DraftMeanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rookie Draft, slated Oct. 29 at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.The Commissioner’s Office set the deadline for submission of applications and requirements for half-Filipino players on Sept. 1.Local-born aspirants have until Oct. 12 to apply.After a preliminary list of rookie hopefuls with foreign blood is released, there will be a month-long period to contest an applicant’s eligibility.Rickie Santos, deputy commissioner for basketball operations, said the Draft Combine— which serves as a test to determine the skill set and physical and abilities of the players— will be scheduled on Oct. 23 to 26, with the venues still to be finalized.The final list of candidates for the Rookie Draft will be known Oct. 27. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flying V, Cignal eye PBA D-League title slots SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more


IPL 2016: Skipper MS Dhoni takes blame for Rising Pune Supergiants’ humiliating defeat vs Mumbai Indians

November 26, 2019

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first_imgAnother day, another crushing defeat for Rising Pune Supergiants. MS Dhoni and his men have been uninspiring this season, succumbing under pressure during key moments in their games. The case was no different for Pune on Sunday as they slumped to their sixth loss in eight games so far in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Marred by injuries to big-ticket players, Pune Supergiants were looking for inspiration and it seemed Aussie skipper Steven Smith was proving them some in the game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. After the early loss of Ajinkya Rahane, Smith made Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma regret his decision of sending Pune in to bat with a big-hitting display. However, the right-handed batsman fell to pacer Jasprit Bumrah for 45. Skipper Dhoni, who walked in at No. 4, never got going and instead put pressure on the well-set Saurabh Tiwary who was scoring freely. (Also read: This is how Rohit’s unbeaten 85 helped Mumbai thump Pune) Pune lost the momentum after Tiwary’s exit and ended up with a score of 159 on board that was brushed aside by Rohit & Co. with nine balls to spare. (Photos) A dejected Dhoni blamed himself after the loss and rued his defensive approach, saying his 23-ball 24 didn’t help his team’s cause. “We didn’t bat well after the 10th over. That includes me also, on this kind of wicket, 23 off 24 doesn’t really help the team,” he said.Dhoni has been inconsistent with the bat this season. More often than not, the Pune skipper has gone into a shell in fear of losing wickets. The finisher hasn’t expressed himself and had brought down the scoring rate in the games against Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this season.advertisementDhoni seems to have realised where he had missed the trick so far in this season. “At times we were thinking too much about what happens if we lose a few wickets. What we need to do is go out there, express ourselves,” he said.On Sunday, Pune bowlers went down without a fight against Mumbai Indians. Ashok Dinda and Ravichandran Ashwin were the only men among the wickets as Mumbai went past the line with eight wickets to spare.  Dhoni, who has been vocal about the spineless efforts of his bowlers, said they needed to buckle up and win matches for their team. “The bowling has shown improvement, but it doesn’t really count if you’re not winning games,” he said.  On the other hand, Rohit, who led from the front smashing an unbeaten 80 off 65 balls, said he was more comfortable chasing targets. “I’ve not had a great time batting first, but when I’m chasing, obviously, the score is in front of you, I plan my innings really well. But again, it’s a challenge, batting first or chasing, toss is not in your hands,” he said.Rohit also credited his bowlers for restricting Pune Supergiants to a below-par score. “I think it was a great effort from the bowlers. Restricting them to 160 was a great effort, considering the way they started. Coming back, and tightening up was important, and the spinners and the fast bowlers did a brilliant job,” he said.Mumbai climbed to the second spot on the table after winning the Maharashtra derby. Rohit said he was happy sitting pretty at the top but insisted that there was still room for improvement. “The win is important for us, last three games have been superb, but there is room for improvement in our fielding,” he said.last_img read more


US backs India on its demand that Pak should act against

November 22, 2019

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first_imgterroristsNew Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) The US today “fully” backed India on its demand that Pakistan should act against terrorists operating from sanctuaries on its soil with US Secretary of State John Kerry asserting that his country “stands in strong partnership with India” against all terrorism.Terrorism, more specifically that emanating from Pakistan, figured prominently in marathon talks between Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who briefed him extensively on the “continuing problem of cross-border terrorism that India and the larger region face from Pakistan”.At a joint press conference with Kerry after the 2nd Indo- US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD), Swaraj said, “We reaffirmed the urgent necessity for Pakistan to dismantle safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and D Company.”Secretary Kerry and I also agreed on the need for Pakistan to do more to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice quickly.”Kerry said he had spoken to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif so that Pakistan deprives any terrorist group of sanctuary. (MORE) PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more


OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM12)

November 22, 2019

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first_imgMumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs)Mumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 6250 Groundnut Bold 60/70 8100 Javas 60/70: 8700 Javas 70/80: 8500 Javas 80/90: 8200 Kardi 3150 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 7000 Sesame 95/5/1: 6650 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5950 Sunflowerseed 3925 Nigerseed 8300 and Castorseed Bombay 3850.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 1220 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 660 Refined 730 Cottonseeds Refined 715 Palmolein Refined 638 Soybean Refined 665 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 900 Rapeseed Expeller 870 Copra White 990 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 1050 Castoroil Comm 800 FSG 810 Kandla 803 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 640.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 27,000 Kardi Extraction 16,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 28,200 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 19,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 30,470 and Castor Extraction 4300.Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 29,500/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD —- PTI KNM SBT MR RYSlast_img read more


World Cup 2018: England unlikely to make wholesome changes for Belgium clash

November 17, 2019

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first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate says he hopes to make “as few changes as possible” for Saturday’s World Cup third-place playoff against Belgium.Southgate says his selection will be based primarily on the fitness of individual players suggesting he will resist the temptation to give some fringe players a run-out.All 23 players in Southgate’s squad trained on Friday at the team’s Repino base.”We’ve set the standard of how we work, the standard of how we play, and we want to maintain those standards right to the end. The players did that this morning in training,” Southgate said.World Cup 2018: FIFA to investigate discriminatory chants by England fans”We have to decide who can go again physically. Everyone wants to play. Everyone trained this morning. Sometimes it’s not always a good decision to play if people’s energy isn’t quite there.”It won’t be exactly the same starting eleven, but we want ideally to make as few changes as possible.”England’s Sikh Army at World Cup 2018: ‘Proper Supporters'”(There are) one or two injuries, one or two with a bit of illness. But we have high motivation to perform and finish with a medal at a World Cup, which only one English team have ever done. We’d like to redress having lost to Belgium once before already, too,” he added.England lost 2-1 to Croatia after extra time in their semi-final on Wednesday and Southgate said it had been a tough loss to process.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”In terms of mentality, it’s obviously been a really difficult couple of days for us. We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final and then, in extra time, 10 minutes from a shootout to get to a World Cup final. The reason for us being here was to achieve that big goal.advertisementAlso read – It’s not coming home: Croatia end England’s World Cup dream”We got back to St Petersburg at 6.30am on the day after the game, so it has been an emotion fuelled few days. But the players are incredible. They’re a pleasure to work with. Their energy this morning and desire to finish the tournament well, we owe it as much to ourselves as to our nation to finish well,” added the England manager.Also read – World Cup 2018: FIFA warns broadcasters for focusing on womenKANE’S GOLDEN CHANCEOne player who will be particularly keen to play will be England forward Harry Kane who is currently the top scorer in the tournament and has a chance to win the Golden Boot.Kane has six goals, despite sitting out England’s final group game, a 1-0 loss to Belgium.”There have been some exceptional individual performances and we are very proud that Harry Kane is the top scorer,” said Southgate.”Outside that I’m not interested in individual awards. Football is about winning as a team. The first thought for Harry has been about how far can he help the team go.”He sat out against Belgium earlier on in the tournament to help the team and it will be even more powerful for him winning the Golden Boot after making that sacrifice.”The England manager said that Kieran Trippier’s injury, which forced him off the field in the final stages of extra time against Croatia, appeared to have been a combination of a nerve issue and cramp.Trippier was among those training on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


World Cup 2019: Jason Roy hits 9th hundred and knocks down umpire Joel Wilson

November 16, 2019

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first_imgJason Roy overcame the disappointing performance against Pakistan five days ago and was back among the runs as he smashed his ninth one-day international hundred in Cardiff on Saturday.Roy’s rapid century laid a solid platform for England as they look to get back to winning ways in their third match of the World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh.But there was a comedy of errors as Roy reached his hundred.Roy was facing Mustafizur Rahman in the 27th over and on the fifth delivery, he pulled a short ball to the deep square leg fence and set off for a single but a misfield allowed him get to the landmark in 92 deliveries.Roy was so busy looking at the fielder that he didn’t see umpire Joel Wilson at the other end and crashed into him, knocking the umpire down flat on the ground.Roy went past former captain Graham Gooch on the list of most hundreds in ODIs for England with his 9th century. He is now joint fourth on the list with Kevin Pietersen and Jos Buttler. Joe Root (15), Marcus Trescothick (12) and Eoin Morgan (11) lead the list.Roy is the fifth fastest batsman in the world to score 9 ODI hundreds in his 77th innings behind Hashim Amla (52), Quinton de Kock (53), Babar Azam (61) and Shikhar Dhawan (72). This is the third hundred by an England batsman in this tournament which is the most in any World Cup.Root and Buttler had scored hundreds in the last match against Pakistan but still ended up on the losing side. Root was the first batsman to reach triple figures in World Cup 2019 and went on to score 107 while Buttler made 103 but England still fell short of the 349-run target by 14 runs.advertisementRoy had flopped in that game scoring just 8 runs while he also had a horrible time in the field, having dropped a catch and even misfielded on a few occasions.But he more than made up for his poor show against Pakistan by scoring freely in this game. He had put on a 128-run opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow and carried on dominating the bowling attack after his opening partner departed for 51.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pressure on England as Bangladesh seeks another CWC upsetAlso Read | World Cup 2019: The middle order needs to take more responsibility, says KarunaratneAlso Seelast_img read more


Deepika Padukone is winning the internet with her reaction when asked for ID at airport. See video

November 16, 2019

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first_imgDeepika Padukone is winning the internet with her reaction when a security guard asked for her ID at the Mumbai airport. The actress was entering the airport with her father Prakash Padukone when the guard asked her for her ID. Without showing any starry tantrums, Deepika immediately turned around and politely asked the guard, “Chahiye?” (Do you want it?). The actress then walked back to the guard to show her ID, before entering the airport.The actress is being praised by netizens for her positive attitude. A fan commented on the video saying, “She is really down to earth….tht’y people love her….she is amazing…love ya. (sic).” Another fan wrote, “How can some1 be so humble. (sic)” On the work front, Deepika recently wrapped up shooting of Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak. The film is based on the life of acid attack survivour Laxmi Agarwal. The Padmaavat actress also ventured into production with Chhapaak.Deepika will also be seen in Kabir Khan’s 83. She will play the role of Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia in the film. Deepika’s real-life husband Ranveer Singh is playing the role of Kapil Dev in the film.advertisementDeepika and Ranveer were last seen together in 2018 film Padmaavat. Though they were not paired romantically in the film, they both made a mark with their respective performances in the film.Talking about if they take inspiration from each other, Deepika said, “Yes, I think so. We have worked in three films together, and they have all been successful. Individually, we are strong and different personalities, and when put together, we know how to feed off each other’s energy and that’s the beauty of it. I think Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela was a classic example of that. It’s exciting and challenging at the same time.”Also Read | Deepika Padukone on playing Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83: This isn’t coming from a personal equationALSO READ | Will Deepika Padukone play Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83?ALSO READ | Kapil Dev on Ranveer Singh’s 83: India was not ready to make sports films 20 years agoALSO READ | 83: Ranveer Singh to live with Kapil Dev in Delhi for 10 daysALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019last_img read more


Football transfer rumours: David de Gea to PSG? Gareth Bale to Inter?

November 16, 2019

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first_img Read more Share on Pinterest Is this really the end? According to sources perilously close to the nest of yellowing newspapers The Mill calls its office, Eden Hazard is hours away from joining Real Madrid. So ends a saga that began in 2010, when Zinedine Zidane first clapped eyes on the bootylicious Belgian. You’ve got to admire Zizou’s commitment to the long game.But where does that leave us? Your trusty Mill has been subsisting off morsels from the Hazard-to-Madrid bandwagon for nigh-on five years. Thankfully, plenty of the transfer market’s other usual suspects remain very much active. Not least David de Gea, who this very morning has been linked with PSG. Real Madrid to sign Eden Hazard after agreeing a €100m fee with Chelsea Transfer roundup: Aston Villa snap up Jota from Birmingham City Topics Share on Facebook Transfer window Football Rumour Mill Share via Emailcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more According to ESPN FC, the Parisians are in the market for a declining keeper, with Gigi Buffon hightailing it after just one season. Potential replacements for De Gea at Manchester United range from the ambitious – Gianluigi Donnarumma, Jan Oblak – to the realistic – current backup Sergio Romero, or Dean Henderson, who impressed on loan at Sheffield United.Hazard looks set to be joined at Real Madrid by Christian Eriksen, who delivered the most direct come-and-get-me plea ever seen outside the Uber app. That means Spurs could be stepping back into the transfer market, blinking and disorientated. They’re getting ready to hijack Manchester United’s slow-burning move for Bruno Fernandes, and also like the look of two Roma talents: winger Cengiz Under and playmaker Nicolò Zaniolo.The pair would likely set Tottenham back a cool £70m, and they could blow what’s left of the Eriksen cash on PSV winger Steven Bergwijn. If Hazard and Eriksen go on to form the silkiest duo since Charles and Eddie, that would be very bad news for Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger has thus far resisted Florentino Pérez’s attempts to bundle him out of the Bernabéu, but might change his tune now Antonio Conte’s Internazionale are keen.Across north London, Arsenal are already up to their neck in transfer speculation, only a week after that night in Baku. The latest crumbs being proffered in their direction include Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco, and 2014’s Mario Götze. Unai Emery might also be saying “good evening” to River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios.According to the Metro, the young River Plate midfielder appears keen on a move, saying: “I’m proud clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal are interested in me.” What was that first bit again? Ah. In somewhat surprising other news, Sead Kolasinac is being linked with Barcelona. The Catalan chokers are also dangling right-back Nelson Semedo in front of Atlético Madrid, in hope of warming up their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. Elsewhere, West Ham may move for Isaac Hayden as a cut-price alternative to André Gomes, Southampton are circling Standard Liège winger Moussa Djenepo and Schalke want to lure Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny to the Bundesliga.Aston Villa are keeping it strictly Midlands, hoping to add Wolves’ Kourtney Hause and on-loan Derby defender Fikayo Tomori after signing Birmingham forward Jota on Wednesday. Finally, Slaven Bilic could be the new manager at West Brom, and his first order of business will be keeping Jay Rodriguez from the clutches of Marcelo Bielsa, his big blue bucket and Leeds. features Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more


10 months agoINSIDER: Man Utd happy to pay Manolas clause

October 28, 2019

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Man Utd happy to pay Manolas clauseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to bid for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas.Agent Mino Raiola, who helped deliver Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba to Old Trafford, might facilitate the deal.Italian reporter Nicolo Schira, who works for Calciomercato and La Gazzetta dello Sport, has revealed United are tracking Manolas.”Manchester United is really interested in Kostas Manolas for the next season and talked with his agent Raiola,” Schira wrote on Twitter.”Man Utd is ready to pay the clause (€36M) and offered €6M at year for him,” Schira added. last_img read more


Tim Tebow: “I Was Born A Gator, I Played As A Gator, I Will Die A Gator”

October 26, 2019

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first_imgTim Tebow on the field before a game.GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 07: Tim Tebow watches the action during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Tim Tebow is an absolute legend at Florida after helping to lead the program to two national titles in the 2000s. Saturday, he was officially recognized by the university for his contributions to the football program.During Saturday’s contest between the Gators and rival LSU Tigers, Tebow was officially inducted into the school’s Ring of Honor. During the ceremony, he was asked for a quick speech. Florida fans are loving what he had to say.Tebow’s message? “I was born a Gator. I played as a Gator. I will die a Gator.” Pretty cool.CBS aired a portion of what Tebow had to say. He got quite the ovation from fans in the stands at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.”I was born a Gator. I played as a Gator. I will die as a Gator.” —@TimTebowCongrats, Tim. *tips cap* #GatorStandardpic.twitter.com/0Ibr2JHdIv— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 6, 2018Tebow, who won a Heisman Trophy for the school as well, was eventually drafted by the Denver Broncos and boasted a short NFL career. He’s currently in the minor league system for the New York Mets, trying to make it as a baseball player. He’s also an analyst for the SEC Network.As for the game itself, Florida currently leads LSU 14-10 in the third quarter. The Gators could use some offensive firepower. It’s been that way pretty much since Tebow left.last_img read more


Kole: A Fresh New Take On Flask Design

October 24, 2019

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first_imgWhen it comes to flasks, you’ve generally got two options. You can either store your booze in a traditional hip flask, or one of those chintzy plastic ones designed to look like an oldschool cell phone. Outside of these two categories, there’s not a whole lot to choose from — but Nisnas Industries wants to change that.The company’s new Kole flask is a complete departure from the tired old hip flask design. Instead of the curved but not-quite-pocket-friendly form that you’re used to seeing, Kole is boldly and unapologetically cylindrical. But it’s more than just a tube for your booze — Nisnas has included some simple design elements that make it highly functional as well.Related: Drink Up With Our Favorite Backpacking FlasksFirst of all, nearly all the flask’s parts are made from machined stainless steel, so they’re incredibly durable and designed to last a lifetime. However, because steel isn’t a great insulator (or very nice to hold in your hand), Kole’s container is nestled inside a warm, sumptuous sleeve of wood. It comes in your choice of oak, walnut, or mahogany; all of which will insulate your booze, coffee, or whatever liquid you happen to be carrying. And beset of all; when it comes time to enjoy the hooch you’ve stowed away, the lid of the flask is designed to double as a shot glass.Unfortunately you can’t get your hands on one right away, but Nisnas has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the cost of production. Back the project now, and you can lock down a Kole for about 93 bucks. The creators expect to begin shipping in early December if all goes well — so barring any hiccups in the manufacturing process, the flasks should be ready just before Christmas. Head over to Kickstarter to learn more. 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Editors’ Recommendations 8 Best Backpacking and Camping Flasks for the Trail and Beyond The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and Morelast_img read more


ZIM Cuts Net Loss in Tough Business Environment

October 23, 2019

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first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Israeli shipping company ZIM managed to shrink its net loss in the first quarter of the year.According to the company’s financial report, net loss was USD 24.3 million for the period ended March 31, 2019, compared to a net loss of USD 34.1 million in the first quarter of 2018.Revenues reached USD 796.2 million in the first quarter of 2019, reflecting an increase of 6% compared to USD 751.4 million reported in the same period a year earlier. Volumes were also up by 4.3% at 668 thousand TEUs in the period.“ZIM continues to pursue its strategic goals, and the Q1 2019 results reflect an improvement, achieved against a backdrop of challenging market conditions,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.Since the fourth quarter of 2017 and until the second quarter of 2018, freight rates have decreased while bunker prices, as well as charter rates, increased, negatively affecting the industry as a whole.In the second half of 2018, freight rates started to recover, with a slight decrease during the first quarter of 2019, while bunker prices remained highly volatile.Confronted with tough business environment, ZIM continued to record improvements and to introduce new services to its customers.In September 2018, the company launched its strategic operational cooperation with the 2M Alliance in several lines between Asia and the US East-Coast. During the first quarter of 2019 such cooperation was further extended also in two additional trades: Asia – East Mediterranean and Asia – American Pacific Northwest.“This cooperation is expected to create additional cost efficiencies, while enabling significantly upgraded service levels to our customers,” Glickman added.last_img read more


Goodale says report on terror threats maligned certain communities

October 17, 2019

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first_imgOTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says future reports on terrorist threats to Canada will not refer to Sikh extremism and instead use “extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India.”Goodale says the language used in his department’s 2018 terror-threat report “unintentionally maligned” certain communities and is not in keeping with Canadian values.But Goodale isn’t going to change the language in the existing document, which drew ire from Canada’s Sikh community, nor has he provided public evidence backing up the decision to include Sikh extremism in the annual report for the first time.Balpreet Singh Boparai, the lawyer for the World Sikh Organization in Canada, says admitting the language was wrong and fixing it in the next report is a small step forward, but questioned why the existing report wouldn’t be revised.He also said Goodale is missing the wider concern that the government has provided no evidence of extremist threats among any Canadians who want to have an independent Sikh state within India, known as Khalistan.The House of Commons public-safety committee voted this week to summon Goodale to appear sometime before the end of June to discuss the concerns about the report.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


RCMP government skip community meeting on police oversight in Iqaluit

October 14, 2019

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first_imgKent DriscollAPTN National NewsDespite months of notice, members of the RCMP and the territorial government skipped a community meeting in Iqaluit to discuss police oversight in Nunavut.About 40 members of the community gathered in Iqaluit’s soup kitchen for a meeting organized by local journalist Thomas Rohner, and featured Senator Kim Pate, a long time prisoners advocate, and Tamara Fairchild from the Legal Services Board of Nunavut.The role of Nunavut’s RCMP has been under fire in recent months, as the number of police shootings has increased.Members of Nunavut’s RCMP have shot and killed three people in the last six months.The latest shooting occurred May when police shot and killed Jeremy Nivviaq in Hall Beach, NU.Ottawa Police have been called in the investigate the shooting.The results of the investigation will not be released to the public.To date, no Mountie has been charged or disciplined for any of the shootings.The other men shot and killed in Nunavut in recent months are Charles Qirngnirq, 21 who was killed in Gjoa Haven Dec. 19, 2016. And a 20-year-old man in Pond Inlet who died in March, 2017. Police are not releasing the man’s name or whether officers shot him or he killed himself.In February, an Iqaluit drunk driver received a lesser sentence because he was assaulted by RCMP.Two recent cases of men being beaten by RCMP in their cells on video were dismissed by the Ottawa Police Service, the outside police brought in when Nunavut RCMP need to be investigated.Former Premier Paul Okalik has called for a different agency to investigate RCMP, and the Justice Department is currently studying their options, with no clear goal or timeline established. Nunavut’s Justice Department is the contractor for Nunavut’s RCMP, and the outside force chosen is their decision.Nunavut’s RCMP cited a scheduling conflict as the reason they were not in attendance – and the Government of Nunavut Justice Department responded in writing.“We will not be attending this meeting given the need to first complete the work the Department of Justice is currently undertaking on this issue… we are intending to commence community engagement and public discussion of this matter in due course.”Even without the Justice Department, the meeting was almost entirely comprised of community engagement and public discussion. Rohner acted as host, and explained a recent study from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.The study explains different methods for police oversight, ranging from completely internal to completely done by civilians.This work is new, and Rohner sees an opportunity for Nunavut to lead.“There’s a huge lack of data, a lack of information. That means policy makers are operating in a black box. They’re at a point now where it is trial and error. Because of that, Nunavut has the opportunity to forge its own path, instead of justcopying what they find in other jurisdictions,” said Rohner.Fairchild explained to the crowd how the Legal Services Board of Nunavut helps those charged with a crime, reminding the audience of some of their rights when dealing with police.“You have the right to call a lawyer. I’m a lawyer and if I was arrested, I would call a lawyer. If you’re detained, the question you should have for police is ‘are you free to go’? If you’re not free to go, you’re being detained, and have the right to speak with a lawyer,” said Fairchild.Senator Pate is the former executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, a group that helps women transition from prison to life outside. She called for more local involvement in correctional choices.“When I was at the jails today, I asked how many non-Inuit were jailed. I was told, most times, there’s nobody but Inuit in the jails here,” said Pate. “It seems to me that the overlay of the system means that those who have come to develop those systems, develop them in what appears to be an equal fashion. But in fact, it’sa completely unequal application, because not everybody is starting on the same foot.”Once the formal part of the presentation was over, the floor was opened for discussion, and two translators tried to translate their culture as well as their words. Mary Wilman and Elisapi Aningmiuq were in attendance, and volunteered to translate after seeing some unilingual elders in the back of the room.After translating, both were urged to speak, providing a long view of Inuit history and of the City of Iqaluit.Aningmiuq told the crowd about the Inuit experience in Iqaluit, where the system can seem overwhelming.“For us, for Inuit, it’s very intimidating to go to the correctional facility, it’s even intimidating to even go to an office sometimes,” said Aningmiuq. “It’s even intimidating to make a phone call. If they say ‘there’s no one here to answer your call at the moment, if it is an unilingual Inuk, they may have no idea what you’re talking about.”Wilman is a former Iqaluit mayor and a longtime Iqaluit resident.Frustration with repeated processes, and disregarding the previous ones, is always a relevant topic at Iqaluit community meetings.“It’s been 40 or 50 years we’ve been talking about these topics. It’s like a broken record, to me. 20 years ago, I was a facilator, and there were wonderful suggestions made at that time,” said Wilman. Kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more


Israel to respond strongly against those who attempt to harm Netanyahu

October 12, 2019

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first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli government will respond strongly against those who attempt to harm Israel, in response to an attack on Gaza on Sunday morning.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “Hamas should take into account that Israel would respond strongly against those who attempt to harm the country.”In response to a Gaza attack on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said the Israeli government is committed to “protecting tranquility in the south” and that they will continue their policy of pre-emptive action. Israeli air forces attacked a Palestinian, allegedly held responsible for launching five rockets towards southern Israel last week.UN Science, Education and Culture Organization (UNESCO) cancelled a planned exhibition this weekend in France titled “Ties Between Jews and the Land of Israel” because it could harm peace talks between Palestine and Israel.Netanyahu strongly criticized the cancellation of the exhibition, which he said would not harm negotiations.‘’Negotiations are based on facts,’’ Netanyahu said. ‘’Truth does not hurt.’’Netanyahu, who will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos between January 22 and 25, is scheduled to meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and respective managers at Google and Yahoo.last_img read more


Closing Bell TSX falls Wall Street rises as Fed signals its in

October 8, 2019

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TORONTO — North American markets were mixed Wednesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled it still plans on keeping its key interest rate at a record low for a considerable time.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,458.88-51.66 -0.33%S&P 500 —  2,001.57 +2.59 0.13%Dow — 17,156.85 +24.88 0.15%Nasdaq — 4,562.19 +9.43 0.21%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 51.66 points to 15,458.88, weighed down by gold and energy stocks. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.28 of a cent to 90.88 cents US.The U.S. central bank says it will keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control and until it sees consistent growth in wages, long-term unemployment and other gauges in the job market. It says it will also make another $10-billion cut in the pace of its monthly bond purchases, which have fuelled stock markets and kept long-term borrowing rates low. The program is still slated to end in October.Most economists have said they think the Fed will raise rates starting around mid-2015. But as the U.S. economy has strengthened, speculation had intensified about whether it might do so sooner, perhaps by March.There was little reaction to the Fed’s decision to not move on interest rates. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials was ahead 24.88 points to close at a record high of 17,156.85. The Nasdaq was up 9.43 points at 4,562.19, and the S&P 500 index advanced 2.59 points to 2,001.57.“With (quantitative easing) ending next month, inflation cooling a bit, and the economic data muddled (the Q2 rebound from Q1 making it hard to discern underlying trends), the Fed opted to hold its ground,” Michael Gregory, managing director and deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets said in a note.Ian Nakamoto, a director of research at 3Macs, said much of the Fed’s decision is “data dependent” and signs are still pretty mixed on when the U.S. economy will be able to withstand a hike in short-term interest rates.“In the back of my mind, they’re going to err on the side of being cautious,” said Nakamoto. “(Yellen) is still very cautious of the stability of the U.S. economy.”Before the policy announcement, the U.S. government reported that consumer prices fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in August, the first monthly drop in prices in 16 months.Meanwhile, the other major event that is adding some volatility to markets is Thursday’s Scottish referendum on independence. Polls show the Yes and No camps are neck and neck, with undecided voters expected to be the difference. Secession would have complications for Scotland, from currency to its membership in the European Union and NATO.In corporate news, U.S. Steel Canada has filed for court-supervised protection to give it a chance to restructure to better compete in the North American steel industry. The former Stelco Inc, which U.S. Steel bought in 2007, has recorded operating losses in the last five years for about $2.4 billion, the company and its parent, U.S. Steel, said in statements after markets closed on Tuesday.In commodities, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 46 cents to US$94.42 a barrel. December gold bullion fell 80 cents to US$1,235.90 an ounce, while December copper dipped two cents to US$3.14 a pound.TOP STORIESFed to end bond buying next month, renews pledge to keep rates low for ‘considerable time’U.S. Steel stock soars after Canadian unit files for creditor protectionTwo new iPads? The release of OS X Yosemite? Apple is planning another event on Oct. 21, report saysToronto and Vancouver’s red-hot housing markets aren’t as ‘insane’ as they look, says CIBC’s top economistThe reviews are out and everyone is saying the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone you can buyApple released iOS 8 today, but whatever you do, don’t put it on your iPhone 4SWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m. International securities transactions (July)UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 305,000 new claims, down from last week Housing starts, building permits (Aug): Economists expect 5.2% decline in starts, 1.6% decline in permits 10 a.m.Philadelphia Fed Index (Sept): Economists expect reading of 23, down from last month 12 p.m.Flow of funds CORPORATE NEWSCANADAGluskin Sheff + Associates Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.10 a share UNITED STATESConAgra Foods Inc  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 35¢ a share Oracle Corp   Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ a share Red Hat Inc   Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ a share read more


UNbacked treaty on hazardous chemicals to come into force in February

October 6, 2019

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Armenia’s action triggered the 90-day countdown for the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade to become effective on 24 February. “Thanks to the Rotterdam Convention, we now have an effective system in place for avoiding many of the deadly mistakes made in past decades when people were less aware of the dangers of toxic chemicals,” the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Töpfer, said in a statement. Jointly supported by UNEP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Rotterdam Convention enables importing countries to decide which potentially hazardous chemicals they want to receive and to exclude those they cannot manage safely. “This new regime offers its member governments, particularly in developing countries, the tools they need to protect their citizens, clean up obsolete stockpiles of pesticides and strengthen their chemicals management. Governments need to become members as quickly as possible so that they can reap these benefits and participate in shaping key decisions that must be taken next year”, Mr. Töpfer said. “Inappropriate pesticides and their misuse still threaten health and environment in developing countries,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf added in a statement. “We recognize that, in meeting the increased demand for food production, pesticides will continue to be used. The Rotterdam Convention provides countries with a major tool to reduce the risks associated with pesticide use.” Most of the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention, so far, are developing countries. Many pesticides that have been banned or whose use has been severely restricted in industrialized countries are still marketed and used in developing countries. Now, when trade is permitted, requirements for labelling and providing information on potential health and environmental effects will promote safer use. The Convention starts with 27 chemicals but five more pesticides have already been flagged for inclusion, and many more substances are likely to be added in the future. Some pesticides covered by the Convention, such as monocrotophos and parathion, are extremely hazardous and can present a severe threat to the health of farmers in developing countries. The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention will take place in Geneva in late 2004. read more


Chinese nuclear power plant says it plans IPO suggesting construction boom resuming

October 6, 2019

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 6, 2012 8:29 am MDT Chinese nuclear power plant says it plans IPO, suggesting construction boom resuming BEIJING, China – China’s main developer of nuclear power plants says it plans to raise money with an initial public offering, suggesting an industry building boom is resuming after being suspended following Japan’s nuclear disaster last year.The IPO will help to pay for a 173.5 billion yuan ($27 billion) program to build or expand five nuclear power plants, China National Nuclear Power Corp. said in a statement on the Environment Ministry website.The statement, dated Tuesday, said the share sale will take place in China but gave no timetable or a fundraising target. There was no indication whether the share sale has been approved by securities regulators.China has ambitious plans to have more than 100 reactors operating by 2020 to help curb surging demand for coal and imported oil and gas. But development was suspended after Japan’s March 2011 tsunami crippled the Fukushima power plant, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chornobyl in 1986.Authorities launched an inspection of China’s 13 operating reactors following the Fukushima disaster and said they found no problems. They said they were reviewing work on the 28 reactors under construction.China is the world’s biggest energy consumer. Increasing use of nuclear power is a key part of Beijing’s plans to curb demand for fossil fuels, though coal is forecast to remain the country’s main energy source for decades.A separate Environment Ministry statement said China National Nuclear Power Corp. had passed an environmental inspection required before an IPO can be approved by securities regulators.IPO proceeds will help pay for work on nuclear power plants in Fujian, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces in the southeast, Jiangsu province north of Shanghai and on the southern island of Hainan, the company said.It said those projects already have been approved by the Cabinet’s planning agency.In another indication industry development is about to resume, the Cabinet said last week it approved a five-year plan for nuclear security and handling of radioactive contaminants and set goals through 2020 on the issue.The nuclear power company was created in December 2011 as part of a restructuring of its parent, the state-owned China National Nuclear Corp. read more