No money to upgrade schools, says Tawde

first_imgMaharashtra’s Education Department has said that it cannot afford to provide ₹10 crore promised to upgrade 100 schools, as the government’s financial condition is not sound. Education Minister Vinod Tawde, while replying to a point of propriety raised by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLC Hemant Takle, has said that the State has scrapped the scheme that promised the funds. The Congress-NCP government had announced a scheme on March 3, 2014, under which 100 schools active since the pre-Independence era were to be provided ₹10 lakh each, subject to certain criteria. On August 10, during the concluded monsoon session of the State Legislature, Mr. Takle had raised a point of propriety seeking details of the scheme and the names of schools to which the money had been distributed. Mr. Tawde’s reply said, “The decision was taken without prior permission from the Finance Department … Considering the financial condition of the State, economical resources, the State’s needs and their priority, it will not be possible to make available ₹10 crore for 100 schools. Hence, the government decision dated March 3, 2014, was cancelled on July 5, 2017.” Mr. Takle criticised the State’s priorities. “This is the financial situation of the State, where it cannot spend even ₹10 crore on education but readily spends crores on advertising to celebrate its completion of three years,” he said. Facing difficultiesThe State has been reeling under financial pressure. The farm loan waiver worth ₹34,000 crore is far from being completed, and government employees are waiting for the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendations. The Public Works Department has sought help from financial institutions for construction of roads, and ambitious projects like the Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway and Mumbai’s coastal road need funding. Maharashtra will also have to bear the part of the loan for the Mumbai-Ahemadabad bullet train.last_img read more

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Rohit fractures finger, out of ODI series

first_imgIndia’s injury woes refused to end as Rohit Sharma was on Saturday ruled out of the remainder of the five-match ODI series against England after suffering a fracture in the index finger of his right hand.Sharma was hit by a Stuart Broad delivery in the 38th over of the Indian innings during the first ODI at Chester-le-Street.Rohit was struck on the glove by a short ball from Stuart Broad off the first ball he faced. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He felt the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.He has been advised rest for three weeks to recover from his injury and it automatically puts him out of the remaining four ODIs.Sharma retired hurt after facing that ball. He went for a check up and a fracture was confirmed though no official word has come from the BCCI yet on his availability for the series.Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary is likely to replace Rohit for the remaining matches.It has been a disastrous tour for India as many leading players, including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Yuvraj Singh suffered injuries at various stages of the tour.Tendulkar had to miss Saturday’s opening match due a toe injury.last_img read more

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Justin Brownlee, Lamar Odom’s late 3 push Mighty Sports past Magnolia in tuneup

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLamar Odom is still far from where he wants to be as he makes his return to basketball after a long hiatus. On Tuesday, however, Odom showed a glimpse of what he could still do despite his age and the lack of basketball activity the past several years.ADVERTISEMENT Zion Williamson powers Duke past Notre Dame ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES The two-time NBA champion buried the game-winning 3-pointer to lift Mighty Sports Philippines over PBA powerhouse Magnolia, 98-97, in a tune-up game at Ronac Art Center.The 39-year-old Odom, who last played in Spain back in 2014, hit the clutch triple to give Mighty Sports its first  lead of the game, 98-96, with 44 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHis teammates went berserk on the bench after the big basket but Odom, who played 14 seasons in the NBA, just shrugged it off.“Nah. I mean, I was wide open. Finally, I was able to hit a shot,” Odom, who had seven points, said. “I was wide open but it was a big shot, it was at the right time I guess.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The team leaves for Dubai on Thursday then, play right away less than 24 hours later to begin its campaign in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.Rodney Brondial and Ian Sangalang scored 15 and 12 points, respectively for the Hotshots, who are coming off a championship in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.Magnolia makes its season debut on Sunday night against TNT at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Odom’s bucket completed Mighty Sports’ comeback after facing a double-digit deficit early.Justin Brownlee led Mighty with 25 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, while big man Randolph Morris had 24.“I think we showed a lot of progress today. I think today we played together as a team,” Brownlee said. “I like how we ended the game. We played with a lot of energy.”University of the Philippines guard Juan Gomez Di Liaño added 16 points while going up against the Hotshots’ plethora of star guards in Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and PJ Simon.Mighty Sports improved to 2-0 in exhibition matches after defeating Blackwater recently.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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AFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United

first_imgMOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss OJ Porteria struck in each half as Ceres survived a feisty Shan United side, 3-2, last Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium.Bienvenido Maranon was also on target for the Busmen, who survived a strong second-half performance from the Myanmar National League side to claim maximum points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam battling to a goalless draw in the Indonesian capital, Ceres vaulted to top spot in Group G.FULL-TIME | Ceres Negros (PHI) 3-2 Shan United FC (MYA) @CeresNegrosFC edged out Shan United to win their opening Group G encounter in front of their home fans! 🤩🤩🤩#AFCCup2019 #CERvSHN pic.twitter.com/pau7Qk7GEZ— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) February 26, 2019Porteria said losing the last match against Yangon spurred the squad to come out stronger.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefcenter_img Ceres, however, conceded for the second time moments later as Dway Ko Ko Chit headed home from close range to send the match back into a knife edge.Schrock had one more opportunity before the final whistle as the Busmen preserved the three points.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, however, was not completely satisfied with the performance.“I think we should have won easier,” said the Serbian. “We controlled the first half, but I don’t know what happened in the second half. It’s not normal to concede two goals at home especially for a team like us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “The last match here was a big loss for us so we knew we had to come out hard and play harder for this one,” said Porteria. “Everyone put in a shift tonight.”The Busmen took the lead in the 19th minute with Porteria applying the finishing touch to a flowing move from the left. Inserted into the starting lineup, Mike Ott made an immediate impact by starting the move that led to the goal.Omid Nazari chested the ball into the path of Porteria who lashed home a first time shot to the bottom corner.Maranon doubled the lead in the 37th minute with a cheeky penalty after Thitsar Min fouled the Spanish striker inside the area.But five minutes after the restart, Shan United grabbed a lifeline with Zin Min Tun firing from close range.Porteria restored the two-goal lead three minutes from time with a well-taken effort after receiving an incredible cross-field ball from the excellent Stephan Schrock.ADVERTISEMENT PBA D-League: UST overcomes AMA, Josh Munzon’s 46 View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ceres Negros. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.BACOLOD CITY – Redemption came quick for Ceres Negros.Stunned in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage three weeks ago, the Busmen responded by opening their AFC Cup campaign on a winning note.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Force Motors opens Rs 100-cr facility in Pune

first_imgChakan (Pune), Jun 22 (PTI) Force Motors today inaugurated its brand new facility here, entailing an investment of Rs 100 crore, to supply engines and axles to Mercedes-Benz India.The plant, which is dedicated to the production of engines and axles for all Mercedes Cars and SUVs made in India, was formally inaugurated by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.”The inauguration of this plant marks a significant step in our 45-year-long association with Mercedes Benz, ” Force Motors Managing Director Prasan Firodia said.This new plant will help Force Motors be more flexible in terms of the production capacity demands, he added.Force Motors has been the preferred partner for producing engines for all Mercedes Benz cars and SUVs made in India since 1997.The new plant, which is spread over 1,30,000 sq ft, has eight lines that produce and test up to 14 engine variants.This includes the 4 cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, 6 cylinder V-type gasoline and diesel engines.It employs around 200 people and works in two shifts. Made with an investment of Rs 100 crore this plant is a part of the Rs 700 crore investment pledged by Force Motors over the next two years, across its value chain for multiple products, business verticals.The facility has a current annual capacity of 20,000 engines and 20,000 front and rear axles.This capacity can be further enhanced, should there be a requirement from Mercedes, Firodia said.Till date Force Motors has supplied over 60,000 engines and over 50,000 axles to the German luxury carmaker.Last year, the company had inaugurated a plant in Chennai that produces power trains for German car major BMW.advertisementPune-based Force Motors expects to triple its revenue to Rs 3,000 crore in next three years driven by its contract manufacturing business for leading automobile companies like Mercedes Benz and BMW.Currently, the revenue generated (from OEMs business) is around Rs 1,000 crore.Force Motors sells vehicles including small commercial vehicles, multi-utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles, sports utility vehicles and agricultural tractors. PTI MSS ABKlast_img read more

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Conte Quickly Making His Mark At Inter With Perfect Start (Video)

first_imgROME — Three rounds into Serie A, Inter Milan is already displaying the same grit, energy and determination that have been the hallmark of Antonio Conte’s teams.The Nerazzurri overcame a strong performance by 10-man Udinese for a 1-0 win on Saturday to extend their perfect start and establish a two-point lead over eight-time defending champion Juventus atop the standings.Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi scored with a difficult, diving header shortly after Rodrigo De Paul — Udinese’s most talented player — was sent off for slapping Antonio Candreva.Conte spent last season idle after winning multiple trophies at Juventus and Chelsea — plus a spell as the coach of Italy — and he’s picking up right where he left off.For the full 90 minutes, Conte ran up and down the sideline, gesticulating and urging his team on from the coach’s box.Earlier, Maurizio Sarri had a disappointing touchline debut with Juventus in a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina as the Bianconeri dropped their first points.Also, Napoli warmed up for its Champions League opener against titleholder Liverpool with a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Raninder is first Indian to be elected international shooting body’s vice-president

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Raninder Singh has become the first Indian to be elected one of the four vice-presidents of the International Shooting Sport Federation. The 51-year-old Raninder also heads the National Rifle Association of India. The former trap shooter bagged 161 votes to occupy the coveted post, while Kevin Kilty of Ireland received 162 votes, USA’s Robert Mitchell got 153 votes and Republic of China’s Wang Yifu was re-elected with 146 votes in Munich. Last year, Raninder was re-elected president of the NRAI for a four-year term with an overwhelming mandate in Mohali. In 2014, Raninder got 22 out of 25 votes in the General Assembly meeting at Munich, becoming the first from the country to be elected as a member of the global body representing the sport of shooting. On Friday, the NRAI president was awarded the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the general assembly. He was presented with the diploma and medal by the outgoing longest serving president of the ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana, who was at the helm for 38 years. PTI AHlast_img read more

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Manchester City justify Pep Guardiola’s £130m spent on full-backs

first_imgJaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City’s infinitely rich Abu Dhabi rulers. But on the pitch the sense of those investments is becoming clear. They nearly complete City’s team.The two most expensive of those full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, each cost more than £50m, about double what City paid Real Madrid for the third, Danilo. Walker and Mendy could not be deployed together for the first few matches of this campaign because of injury and suspension, but they have started City’s last three games and the opposition have paid a heavy price. Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been demolished by a combined score of 15-0. Share on LinkedIn Pep Guardiola Share on Pinterest Topics Manchester City Share via Email In those matches Mendy and Walker dominated their flanks, flying up and down relentlessly in a way that showed “full-back” to be an outdated label. They also showed how far past it last season’s counterparts were, once-fine performers such as Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov having become creaking thirty-somethings unable to contribute like the new thrusters.“[Mendy and Walker] are having a big impact, Danilo too,” says Pep Guardiola. “They are young – Mendy is 23 and Kyle (27) is also young enough. They have huge energy to go up and it stretches our play and means we can have more players in the middle to do the short passes. I like our passes to be three, four, five or six metres, no more than that. It gives us continuity. We create spaces in behind and you need players in those positions. Without these signings it would have been more complicated.”Guardiola’s description of the impact was particularly accurate at Vicarage Road, as Mendy and Walker’s raids enabled Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to flit in-field as they pleased. The pair tormented the hosts. De Bruyne, mind you, is evidently exempt from his manager’s six-metre guideline, his visionary short- and long-range passing making him a marvellous law unto himself.Silva, too, conjures at will. His cross from the left led to Nicolás Otamendi nodding in City’s fourth goal at Watford. With Sergio Agüero scoring a hat-trick, creating a goal for Gabriel Jesus and allowing Raheem Sterling to convert a late penalty, the hosts were overwhelmed despite not playing badly. City could have hit double figures.For all that, City have also benefitted from other factors during their recent run: Liverpool were weakened by the sending-off of Sadio Mané, and Watford were missing their first-choice centre-backs through injury and complained, correctly, that two of City’s first three goals should have been disallowed for offside. Those are important details even if it can feel like nitpicking to point them out given how formidable City have seemed. Similarly, the fact that Watford hinted at lingering problems in City’s central defence when they threatened from a couple of late set-pieces does not mean that Guardiola’s team did not deserve to win heavily. But the Catalan knows his team are not perfect. “After this [win at Watford] it looks like ‘oh no, we cannot improve. But of course we can improve! There are still movements and actions we can improve.”Guardiola notes the progress from last season but also knows that the biggest gauge so far of how much they have improved will come at the end of this month, when they travel to Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s team beat City home and away on their way to the title last season.“I think we have made steps forward,” he says. “Last season we did not win a game away in the Champions League and now we have done that. We won a lot of games away in the Premier League [12 out of 19] but this kind of performance [against Watford] we did not see. We will see when we go to face last season’s champions what our level is.” Share on Facebookcenter_img features Share on Messenger Sergio Agüero hat-trick puts rampant Manchester City top of the table Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Tottenham’s quiet evolution slowly nears endgame under Pochettino

first_imgShare on Messenger Tottenham, so far, have invested relatively little in players since Pochettino took over: only around £33m net. Their spending, rather, has been on their stadium. Pochettino’s capacity to get the best out of young players has ensured a greater return on their investment than they could have expected. A sense endures that the project could spin apart at any moment, as players seek the greater riches available elsewhere, and yet they have already surpassed Arsenal, with whatever financial advantage the new stadium gives them to come.If they end 28 years of failure at Stamford Bridge and win on Sunday, Spurs will move eight points clear of Chelsea with seven games remaining, which would go a long way to securing their Champions League participation next season and keeping Chelsea out. That would be two seasons out of the last three in which Chelsea had failed to qualify for the Champions League.Abramovich can afford that but the question is whether he wants to. There has been a notable retrenchment at Chelsea, a source of huge frustration for Conte and Mourinho before him. In the past four years, their net spend is roughly double Tottenham’s but the squad (or at least those who have not been loaned out) have looked short for a couple of seasons and are beginning to appear ragged.Without the lure of Champions League football, without investment, the chaos that has characterised the past decade at Chelsea may be about to overwhelm them. It seems to have come on suddenly but by Sunday night Tottenham, ephemeral as this incarnation may seem, could find themselves the indisputable top side in London. Read more Share on Twitter Twitter Since then, Chelsea have made 11 managerial changes. They have employed Guus Hiddink (twice) and Rafael Benítez as interim managers. They appointed Roberto Di Matteo on a short-term deal but then he won the Champions League and had to be given a longer-term contract that was terminated three months into the following season. They have also sacked Carlo Ancelotti and José Mourinho within a year of winning a league title and look likely to do something similar with Antonio Conte. And yet in that decade, they have won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.You don’t have to be Harry Lime sitting on the Prater wheel to start wondering whether a little chaos may not somehow be beneficial.Causation, though, is not correlation and the truth is surely rather that Tottenham, for all the care of their recent planning, for all the promise and the expectation surrounding the new stadium – complaints about the structure of ticket pricing notwithstanding – are running up against a familiar London problem: that whatever resources you may have managed to scrape together, unless you are one of the mega-rich, you would have been better off spending it 15 years ago.Chelsea, for all the errors of judgments in the hiring and firing of managers since Mourinho’s first spell, have always been insulated by the initial splurge they embarked on after Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.That is the nature of super clubs: they are, effectively, too big to fail. No matter how badly they sign players or appoint managers, the resources will always be there to bail them out. It may be the Premier League retains an element of jeopardy missing in other European leagues – the prospect of Barcelona or Bayern Munich slipping to 10th, as Chelsea did in 2016, is all but unthinkable. Equally, the consequences of failure are not what they were in, say, 1974 when Manchester United were relegated six years after winning the European Cup, or in 1982, when a Leeds side who had dominated the late 60s and early 70s, were relegated seven years after playing in a European Cup final. Facebook Share on WhatsApp It’s even arguable the nature of English football, with a putative big six, means there cannot be an English superclub, or at least that English superclubs are not as super as those of other leading leagues. With effectively six sides scrapping for four Champions League spots there is no guarantee of picking up the European bonus each year, no self-perpetuating cycle to keep them at the top. Plus, the Premier League is wealthier than the other leagues, the gap between richest and poorest not so great: there is further to fall.And that is why Sunday is so vital. It takes a lot for the elite to be shifted. It requires the hundreds of millions Manchester City have invested or the decade-long stagnation Arsenal have endured. As a host of clubs with a variety of stories – from Leeds to Everton to Aston Villa to Leicester can attest – a season or two of positive results and investment is not sufficient. Becoming a member of the top table requires sustained and sustainable investment, ideally coupled with the decline of a member of the existing elite. Sportblog Read more Topics Share on Pinterest On 24 February 2008 Tottenham came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the League Cup final. Since then, they have sacked Juande Ramos, enjoyed a period of Gareth Bale-driven excitement under Harry Redknapp, taken significant missteps with André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, and then found in Mauricio Pochettino a bright young manager under whom they have made progress in each of the past four seasons. But in that decade, they have won nothing.center_img Mauricio Pochettino admits stadium move has made Spurs job difficult features Share via Email Tottenham’s Jonathan Woodgate (right) heads the winner past Petr Cech in extra time of the 2008 League Cup final against Chelsea. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Pinterest Mauricio Pochettino Share on LinkedIn Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli needs to be helped, not booed Chelsea Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Work to Verify Cockpit Country Boundary Under Way

first_img The Forestry Department is undertaking work to verify the estimated boundary of the Cockpit Country.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (July 25) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.He noted that the estimated area to be protected as the Cockpit Country is 219 kilometres.“The verification exercise commenced at the start of the financial year on the eastern side of the proposed boundary and will continue until the on-the-ground data is collected for all of the component parts,” Senator Reid said.He added that the process is projected to be completed in the next financial year and is being supported through funding received under the European Union Budgetary Support Programme.The Information Minister said that approximately five meetings will be held over the next few months in order to keep members of the various communities in and around the boundary abreast of the verification exercise.“This will give persons from approximately 31 communities in the environs of the area to be protected as the Cockpit Country the opportunity to pose questions to the agency on the process,” Senator Reid said. Story Highlights The Forestry Department is undertaking work to verify the estimated boundary of the Cockpit Country. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (July 25) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House. “The verification exercise commenced at the start of the financial year on the eastern side of the proposed boundary and will continue until the on-the-ground data is collected for all of the component parts,” Senator Reid said.last_img read more

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Iran tells US to take first step by ending sanctions

first_imgTehran: President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday told the United States to “take the first step” by lifting all sanctions against Iran, a day after US President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting. Trump said on Monday he was ready to meet with his Iranian counterpart within weeks, in a potential breakthrough reached during a G7 summit in the French seaside resort of Biarritz. Iran’s economy has been battered by US sanctions imposed after Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States in May last year from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and world powers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The step is to retreat from sanctions. You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran,” Rouhani said in a speech aired live on state television. “The key for positive change is in the hands of Washington,” he said, because Iran had already ruled out ever doing what worries the US the most — building an atomic bomb. “If honestly this is your only concern, this concern has already been removed” through a fatwa issued by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the Iranian president. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We don’t (intend to) make an atomic bomb… our military doctrine is based on conventional arms.” Khamenei issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons in 2003 and has reiterated it several times since. “So take the first step. Without this step, this lock will not be unlocked,” Rouhani said at a Tehran event marking the start of work on a housing project. In Biarritz, French President Emmanuel Macron said the “conditions for a meeting” between Trump and Rouhani “in the next few weeks” had been created through intensive diplomacy and consultations. Trump, speaking at the final news conference of the G7 summit, said he “would certainly agree to that”. He added that the timeline proposed by Macron was realistic. Trump was equally confident that Rouhani would be in favour. “I think he’s going to want to meet. I think Iran wants to get this situation straightened out,” he added. Rouhani has indicated he is open to holding talks with the Americans, but it is an approach that has faced criticism from ultra-conservatives in the Islamic republic. In his speech on Tuesday, Rouhani said his government’s policy of “constructive interaction” with the world was in line with the supreme leader’s approach of “extensive interaction”. But he stressed the United States had to “retreat from their mistakes” and return to commitments made under the nuclear deal. “Our path is clear if they come back to their commitments, we too will fully act on our commitments. If they do not come back to their commitments, we will continue our path,” said Rouhani. But the Iranian president said he was not just looking for photo opportunities. “We seek to resolve issues and problems in a rational way but we are not after photos. For anyone wanting to take a picture with Hassan Rouhani, this is not possible,” he said. The possible meeting between Rouhani and Trump was blasted as a photo opportunity Tuesday on the front page of the Javan newspaper close to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Trump has put in place a policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran through crippling sanctions that critics see as raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East between the US and Iran.last_img read more

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Chandrayaan 2 completes fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre What next

first_imgNew Delhi: After successfully performing its fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre on Friday, Chandrayaan-2, India’s first lunar lander mission, is a step closer to the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 will now go through one final orbit manoeuvre. This next lunar orbit manoeuvre is scheduled to be performed on Sunday, September 1 between 18:00-19:00 hours IST. The spacecraft has reached into an orbit that is 124 km from the lunar surface at its nearest point, and 164 km at the farthest. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhat is the next step for Chandrayaan-2 The mission has a few more milestones to cross before the Lander and Rover components of the spacecraft, called Vikram and Pragyaan respectively, make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on September 7.September 1: The next and the last orbit manoeuvre is scheduled between 6-7 pm on Sunday. This will make the spacecraft enter its final orbit, passing over the lunar pole at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday September 2: The lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. It will then perform a series of complex manoeuvres. September 7: The Lander and Rover components of the spacecraft will make a soft landing in the South polar region of the Moon, unexplored by science so far. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the south pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow is much larger than that at the north pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon is going to be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before. On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 mission crossed a key milestone in its journey to the Moon, after it entered the lunar orbit, almost 30 days after being launched on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Halifax 12yearold called 911 to complain about their salad RCMP say

first_imgHALIFAX – RCMP are issuing a gentle reminder about proper 911 use after a 12-year-old called to express their dislike of salad.The Mounties say Halifax dispatchers received a call just before 10 p.m. Tuesday from a youth who said their guardian made a salad they didn’t like.“The child was upset and did not care for what the parent put in the salad, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.“As a member was responding, they called back again wondering where the police officer was and that they were very unhappy with what ingredients were in their salad.”Police say they took the opportunity to speak to the child about what happened and also about when it’s appropriate to call 911.“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Hutchinson said in a release Thursday.Hutchinson said in an interview the incident isn’t isolated and those like it pose a serious risk when emergency responders go to a scene where they aren’t needed.“Sometimes it takes us to a location out of our coverage area that is at the opposite end of where an actual real emergency call may come in,” he said.He said he knows of various instances, including one where someone was upset that there wasn’t enough meat in their donair.In another, an upset caller couldn’t find their television remote, Hutchinson said, while one parent was upset that a barber didn’t do a good enough job on their child’s haircut.“On a regular basis we get (those) calls from people,” said Hutchinson, who added that improper use of 911 can result in a fine of $697.50.Within the last two weeks alone there have been more than two dozen bogus 911 calls in Nova Scotia, he said.Improper 911 use is a problem across Canada and in other parts of the world.In December, a 51-year-old Florida man was charged with misusing the emergency line after he called twice to complain about the size of the meal served to him at Crabby’s Seafood Shack in Stuart, Fla., telling dispatchers: “I ordered something, and it was extremely so small.”In 2016, the Las Vegas-area fire department held a news conference to ask people to not call over “stubbed toes and sore throats,” while police in Kentucky pointed out that people often called them to ask directions.In 2016, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said an upset St. John’s woman called 911 to report her pizza didn’t have enough cheese.That same year, police in Edmonton launched a public awareness campaign because the situation had become so ridiculous. They said about 40 per cent of the 911 calls they handled through the emergency service were bogus.In December 2015, British Columbia’s largest 911 call centre, E-Comm911, issued a list of the top 10 reasons not to call the emergency line, based on actual calls received that year.Among them: Requesting the number for a local tire dealership; reporting an issue with a vending machine; asking for the non-emergency line; complaining a car was parked too close to theirs; reporting that a child wouldn’t put his seatbelt on; telling police about a coffee shop that refused to give a refill; asking if it’s OK to park on the street; reporting someone had used a roommate’s toothbrush; seeking help getting a basketball out of a tree; and complaining that their building’s noisy air system was keeping them awake.last_img read more

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Hearing to begin to determine if accused in Fredericton shootings fit for

first_imgFREDERICTON — Jury selection begins Monday at a hockey rink in Fredericton to determine if Matthew Raymond — accused of killing four people in a shooting spree in August 2018 — is fit to stand trial.Earlier this month, Justice Fred Ferguson of the Court of Queen’s Bench ruled the threshold to question the fitness of the accused had been met.Fitness means that an accused understands the charges against him and can instruct a lawyer on how he wishes to be defended.Raymond is charged with the first-degree murders of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday at the Grant-Harvey Centre, at the same time potential jurors have been told to show up to begin the registration process, but the reason for the pretrial session has not been released.The arena was chosen for jury selection to accommodate the large number of people who were sent notices as prospective jurors.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Peoples Choice Awards To Honor Jennifer Hudson With Favorite Humanitarian Award

first_imgThe People’s Choice Awards has announced that platinum-selling Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award-winner, Jennifer Hudson will receive the second annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens, during the telecast of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2014, live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.Ms. Hudson was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization she formed in 2009 with her sister, Julia Hudson in honor of their nephew, Julian King. The foundation works to provide stability and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they may grow to become productive, confident and happy adults, able to be positive influences on their communities.“Thank you for honoring me with the Favorite Humanitarian Award. My sister Julia and I were raised with the belief that helping others was always very important. I am so grateful that the People’s Choice Awards and Walgreens have come together in the same spirit. This spotlight will provide us with the opportunity to share all the amazing work being done by the Julian D. King Gift Foundation for children in the city of Chicago and around the United States,” stated Hudson.Walgreens, the official retail sponsor of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2014, is once again presenting the award for Favorite Humanitarian in conjunction with the company’s purpose to help people get, stay and live well. In recognition of Jennifer Hudson’s contributions that positively impact the community, Walgreens will donate $100,000 to the Julian D. King Foundation. Also, starting tonight, consumers can help increase the donation amount by up to an additional $100,000 by clicking the People’s Choice Awards icon within the Walgreens mobile app.last_img read more

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Mohawk woman taking her place among the saints

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A Mohawk woman buried in Kahnawake is taking her place among the saints.Pope Benedict XVI on Monday signed a decree approving a miracle attributed to Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as the Lily of the Mohawks, clearing the way for her canonization.The Vatican received evidence of Tekakwitha’s miracle in 2009 from Monsignor Paul Lenz, who sent the documentation to Rome through the Vatican embassy in Washington D.C.Tekakwitha is credited with healing a child in the U.S. from flesh-eating disease.The Pope also approved the miracles of six others who will also ascend to the pantheon of the Catholic Church’s saints.The official Vatican Information Service identifies Tekakwitha as simply an “American laywoman.”But she is much more than that to her numerous followers.Tekakwitha died at the age of 24 in 1680 and is entombed inside the St. Francis-Xavier Church in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal.The Vatican has been receiving requests to canonize Tekakwitha for more than a hundred years.She has followers throughout the Americas and in parts of Europe. Tekakwitha is celebrated every year during a festival held in her honour in Fonda, N.Y., which is about 65 kilometres northwest of Albany, the state capital.In 1980, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, the final stage before sainthood.Tekakwitha was born in 1656 in a Mohawk village near Fonda. Her mother was an Algonquin who was captured around Trois-Rivieres, Que., and then married a Mohawk chief.Her village was burned by the French and her mother, father and younger brother all died during the smallpox epidemic.Tekakwitha survived the disease, but it left its mark on her, leaving her body weak and her face scarred.She was baptized Catholic in 1676 and was taken to a village around what is now Kahnawake and Ville Sainte-Catherine after she faced pressure from her family to give up the religion.Tekakwitha stood only about 4 and-a-half feet tall and frequently fasted. It is said Tekakwitha once scattered thorns on her bed and lay on them for three nights.When she died, it was reported her face lost its scars and she became beautiful. Her crucifix, pieces of her garments and dirt from her grave were said to have healing powers.last_img read more

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InFocus Kids with disabilities onreserve still getting less

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:If a motion passes unanimously in the House of Commons, does anybody hear it?That’s the question advocates of equal access to health care are asking.Jordan’s Principle was adopted in 2007.It was a motion vowing that children with disabilities who live on reserve, would be treated the same as all children who live off reserve.But eight years later a McGill University study reports that those on-reserve kids still have poorer access to health care services.last_img

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Saradha case SC rejects Rajeev Kumars plea

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s plea seeking setting up of a special bench to hear extension of his interim protection from arrest in the Saradha scam. The Supreme Court registry informed Kumar’s counsel that the matter cannot be listed this week. Kumar was recently removed by the Election Commission (EC) from the post of Additional Director General – Criminal Investigation Department (CID) West Bengal and attached to the Home Ministry. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The former Bengal officer moved the top court on Monday, after it last week withdrew protection granted to him from arrest earlier on February 5 in the Saradha case, but gave him a week to approach other courts for relief. His protection from arrest ends on Friday. Kumar’s counsel told a vacation bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, that the matter required urgent listing as a week of protection from arrest was not enough and he needed more time to approach a court in Kolkata, where the lawyers were on strike. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi The court, however, told Kumar’s counsel that since the earlier order was passed by a three-judge bench, it would be appropriate to approach the Registrar General of the apex court for setting up of a bench. The court told the counsel that CJI was the master of the roster. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has accused Kumar of tampering with evidence in the Saradha case chit fund scam case to shield powerful politicians. Vacating its February 5 order, the top court on Saturday expressed concern over the manner in which the case had panned out.last_img read more

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Police Arrest Student for Distorting National Anthem Drop Charges

Rabat – Police in Ksar El Kebir arrested a student for allegedly “distorting the national anthem” while chanting with his comrades in the school. The director of Saada high-school called the police on Saturday, September 28, to report the incident.Police arrested the 17-year-old student to investigate the complaints filed by the director. After questioning him about his act, authorities decided to release him without charges. The director claimed the student’s act–distorting the national anthem– was a “disrespect to the nation.” He said such acts must be reprimanded and punished.The Ksar El Kebir section of the  Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) condemned the prosecution of the minor.In a statement, AMDH said that the director’s act to call the police is unprofessional and non-pedagogical. The advocacy group maintained that the director’s complaint goes beyond all laws and norms governing the country’s educational institutions.The association also said it was surprised by the director’s behavior, noting that “he did not bother to listen to the student for clarification.”Read also: Moroccan Student to Participate in Dubai’s Arab Reading ChallengeIt added that the director must have reported the student’s behavior to the rest of the administrative and educational staff, and presented him to the discipline council within the high school instead of reaching out directly to the police. In a video posted on youtube, the student, Oussama Harik, denied the allegations. He claimed that he and the director have not been on good terms since last year.Harik spoke of internal disagreement at school, further clarifying that his standing out-of-raw while singing the national anthem made the director call him up to his office before the police arrested him. read more

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Sudan Ban stresses need for peaceful resolution of any electoral disputes

27 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Sudanese authorities and political parties to peacefully resolve any disputes arising from this month’s presidential and parliamentary elections as he commended the country’s people for taking part in the recent ballot. The Sudanese people’s participation in the largely peaceful elections, despite numerous challenges, “stands as a demonstration of their commitment to democracy,” according to a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Secretary-General.The statement was issued after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced the results of the vote following the historic elections, the first of their kind in Sudan in 24 years.The elections have been regarded as an important milestone in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of warfare pitting the Sudanese Government against the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The SPLM formed the administration that runs southern Sudan after the signing of the CPA. In Darfur, a region in western Sudan, a separate conflict between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militiamen and rebel groups has continued since 2003.“The Secretary-General takes note of the preliminary reports of observer groups detailing both the successes and shortcomings of the elections, as well as a number of security incidents,” according to today’s statement.“The Secretary-General calls on the authorities and political parties of Sudan to continue to resolve by peaceful means any matters arising from contested results or other irregularities.“The Secretary-General calls on the CPA partners and other Sudanese political actors to make rapid progress with the preparations for the next and final phase of CPA implementation, the conduct of the referenda on self-determination in Southern Sudan and Abyei [slated for next year].” read more

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