After Amit Shah snub, options dwindle for RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha

first_imgOptions are narrowing fast for Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, who is awaiting a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Mr Kushwaha is likely to announce his future plans — on whether he will continue with the NDA — at a meeting of party office bearers scheduled for early December. Sources close to Mr. Kushwaha told The Hindu that while he had declared that he was waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet with him and hear his grievances, his failure to secure a meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah was indicative of where the situation was heading. “We are still holding out for an honourable share in the NDA kitty for Bihar, but haven’t received any assurances on that point. The party will be holding a chintan baithak (internal discussion) at Valmiki Nagar in Bihar on December 4 and 5,” said the source.New formationsThe party is in discussions with socialist leader Sharad Yadav’s new party Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) for a merger, and is also in conversation with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for a tie up for the Bihar polls.Earlier last month, Mr. Shah had announced that the BJP and the Janata Dal (U) would be fighting an equal number of Lok Sabha seats in Bihar which has a total of 40 seats, with the rest to be divided between allies— Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and the RLSP. Mr. Kushwaha, with some cause, is apprehending that his own share would be less than the three seats he was accorded in 2014 when the JD(U) had not been a part of the coalition. “But we haven’t been given any assurance that it was not so,” said a source.Mr Kushwaha has also been facing an internal split in his party, with one MP (out of the three including Mr. Kushwaha), Arun Kumar, making it clear that he did not accept Mr. Kushwaha’s leadership.The RJD, which has been keen for an alliance against the NDA in 2019, which includes the Congress and quite possibly the RLSP, will also negotiate. “We are in conversation with the RLSP but we have our own doubts about vote transference,” said an RJD office bearer. The proposed merger between the RLSP and the LJD is also being closely watched, as Mr Sharad Yadav’s “network in Delhi” is a cause for concern. “Delhi contacts can amplify political strength, even if its not there on the ground,” said the source.The last word on battlelines in Bihar has not been said yet.last_img read more

Proteins and a pregnancy woe

first_imgPreeclampsia, the leading cause of death in pregnant women, is a medical mystery and a disorder that every obstetrician dreads. Without warning, the blood pressure of a seemingly healthy pregnant woman may surge; if the baby isn’t delivered right away, she may die. Preeclampsia kills an estimated 76,000 women worldwide each year, but no one knows its cause or how to prevent it. Now, a new study this week in Science Translational Medicine demonstrates that—like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and mad cow diseases—preeclampsia is distinguished by misfolded and clumped proteins. The finding offers an entirely new take on this complication of pregnancy, and pinpoints a potential biomarker, so that a simple urine analysis could definitively diagnose a disorder that has lacked a gold standard test.For more, see the full story in this week’s issue of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

It’s official, Nico Hulkenberg to quit Sahara Force India, join Sauber in 2013

first_imgAfter weeks of speculation, it is now confirmed: Nico Hulkenberg will leave Sahara Force India at the end of the 2012 season to join Sauber.The Swiss-based team announced that it has signed Hulkenberg for the next season. The 25-year-old German made his Formula One debut in 2010 with the Williams F1 Team and captured a pole position in his maiden year.He joined Force India as a reserve and test driver in 2011 and was elevated to racing seat this year in place of Adrian Sutil.”We’ve been observing Nico for some time now and his performances have been very persuasive. That was the case in GP2 and has continued into Formula One. An obvious highlight was how he scored pole at Interlagos in 2010 despite the most challenging external conditions.”He clearly showed he can seize the chance if it arises. But high spots like that are one thing, systematic teamwork is another and on that score I have confidence in Nico too. I’m sure he will fit in very well with the Sauber F1 Team. We look forward to working together with him,” Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said.Hulkenberg sits 12th in the current Drivers’ championship with 49 points and three races to go. His career-best result came this season at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished fourth on the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit.”I’m really looking forward to working with the Sauber F1 Team. It’s a well-placed team and very competitive. The Sauber F1 Team is currently going through a very positive development and I’m certain that together we can achieve a lot. Until that time I will remain fully focused on my job with the Sahara Force India Team. I’d like to thank the management at Sahara Force India for giving me the chance to return to Formula One as a team driver,” Hulkenberg said.advertisementSauber said it will announce its second driver for the 2013 season at a later date. Meanwhile, Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya appreciated the good work Hulkenberg did for the team.”It has been a pleasure to have Nico with us for the last couple of years. At the end of 2010 we identified him as a star of the future and it has been rewarding to watch him develop his racing skills.”Together with Paul he has done a brilliant job for us, helping the team score more points than ever before and giving 100% commitment every weekend. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future,” Mallya said.last_img read more

Impartial SC justices show true colors in upcoming UP-UST game

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis WATCH: CJ Peralta on UST-UP UAAP game on Sunday: Baka first half lang alam mo na talo ang UP.(He is a graduate of UST Faculty of Civil Law) @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/O35FDOcMSh— tetch torres-tupas (@T2TupasINQ) November 8, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMANILA, Philippines–Justices of the Supreme Court have shown their biases on a matter that will be resolved on the hardcourt two days from now.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress RELATED STORY:UST knocks off FEU, moves on to face UP in stepladder semisSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “Wala naman laban yung UP,” Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said Friday when asked on what he thought about the upcoming fight between the University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) on the semifinals of UAAP Season 82. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “Wala namang laban yung UP. Dalawang beses ng natalo [UP has no match. It already lost twice],” Peralta told reporters during the CJ Meet the Press event.The Chief Justice added that “it will be obvious” even before the end of first half that UP will lose the game.“Baka first half lang alam mo na talo ang UP…Kaya lang baka may tsamba. Yun ang delikado,” he said adding that Ateneo is also hoping that the UST Growling Tigers will be defeated.But Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has issued a dissent: I am confident that the true facts of this controversy will be proven without a shadow of the doubt within the next few days.Leonen even used the hashtag #UPFight. He is a graduate of the UP College of Law and also served as UP Law Dean.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports leaders predict at least 220 gold medals for Philippines in SEA Games What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View commentslast_img read more

Rio 2016: Only Indian counter didn’t have water or refreshments, says OP Jaisha

first_imgThe Olympics is not an easy platform, but the performance in the last two Games had raised expectations from India’s athletes.This Olympics turned out to be a disappointment for many. Though our Olympians had put their best foot forward, the results were shocking. While there were many who were ready to criticise the athletes, there are many untold stories and difficulties that they faced. (Officials in blame game after OPL Jaisha reveals horror tale from Rio 2016)In a shocking revelation, India’s woman marathon runner, OP Jaisha in an exclusive interview to India Today said, “Indian officials were not there at the respective Indian counters and also there was no water, energy drink or refreshment arranged for us.” In the event that Jaisha was part of, other countries provided water bottles and honey to their runners after every 2.5km. (Also read: Rio 2016: No water served to India’s thirsty women marathoners)However, unfortunately at the Indian counters, the athletes were welcomed by empty counters. The only water these athletes got was from the organiser’s counter, which comes after every 8 km.”Our body is not used to running in such hot weather. It was 42 degree there and it was draining to run such a long distance and the water provided by the organisers was just not enough,” added Jaisha.Jaisha finished 89th with a timing of 2:47:19, and collapsed after finishing the race. It took seven drip bottles to help her regain consciousness. “It was very tough to finish the race, and I am still surprised how it was done without enough water. I remember collapsing and then remember waking up two hours later. By this time, our officials and coaches gathered to help me.” In her vivid memory of the collapse, she says that fellow marathon runner Gopi T and coach Radhakrishnan Nair, and her coach Nikolai were the first to help her at the finish line.(Also read: Role reversal: The men behind the successful Indian women in Rio)advertisementAfter returning to India on Saturday, Jaisha is to return to her hometown Waynad in Kerala and she is to spend the next few days with her family. Talk about resuming practice and she says, “It is impossible to start practice in the next six months. My body has been drained completely and it needs to heal before I can do anything. I will start ayurvedic treatment after reaching Kerala and get back to form and resume practise.”This is one of the worst performance showcased by the Indian athletes in the recent past at the Olympics as India managed to win only two medals – Silver (PV Sindhu) and Bronze (Shakshi Malik), but then the spirit of these athletes still remain and their focus is to prove themselves in the upcoming Olympics.last_img read more

What are the rules for 4-day Tests? Details here

first_imgSouth Africa and Zimbabwe are all set to play the first-ever four-day Test and the rules have been laid for the historic affair.The International Cricket Council (ICC) granted it official status and welcomed the countries to experiment with the format and the two countries will play the first-ever four-day Test in Port Elizabeth, starting on December 26.A minimum of 98 overs will be played on each day and a first-innings lead of 150 will be enough to enforce the follow-on in the day-night fixture in Port Elizabeth. Play will also be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional eight overs.Currently, a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled per day during a five-day Test affair and a first-innings lead of 200 is required to enforce the follow-on.Test matches, the game’s oldest format, have witnessed a steady decline in attendances in recent years, throwing the door open to a number of novel means to engage fans, including the introduction of day-night Tests.The format has come in for stiff competition from the game’s newer, shorter formats, such as Twenty20 internationals and domestic leagues across the globe.Officials and former players have acknowledged the need to make Tests four-day affairs instead of five, hoping it would help them become more viewer friendly.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Resources should be gathered to improve infrastructure for quality education in Rajasthan, says State Education Minister

first_imgRajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara said on February 29, 2019, while addressing the CSR Conclave on Education, that providing quality education for new generation was significant for the country’s development. It is a challenge for the government to provide quality education given the limited resources. All stakeholders of the society should come together and pool in their resources to improve the services and infrastructure required for quality education in the state, Dotasara said, while addressing the CSR Conclave on Education here.Details on developing quality education in Rajasthan The minister said that there were 86 lakh children studying in 63,000 schools in the state. The centres and schools in rural areas need development.A roadmap should also be devised for promoting sports in schools, rewarding teachers and inclusion of specially-able and other neglected sections in the mainstream, among others, he said.R Venkateshwar, the principal secretary of school education, said that infrastructure was not the only factor to enhance quality education, and that teacher-student relationship, as well as development of soft skills were also of paramount importance. Other initiatives taken to development quality education in the state Venkateshwaran threw light on the Gyan Sankalp Portal. This portal is developed by the department to raise funds for government school infrastructure development. Since its inception the portal has raised more than Rs 88 crore.Challenges faced by children in the state UNICEF officer-in-charge Manjaree Pant said rural students in the state face various challenges such as child marriage, migration, child labour and gender disparity.Schools should be able to fight these challenges and provide skill-based support along with infrastructure, Pant added.advertisementRead: Awake, arise and stop not till your goal is reached, M Venkaiah Naidu message to studentsRead: J&K will soon get 10 new degree colleges and upgrade 228 schools by 2019-21last_img read more

West Ham sack Tony Henry for ‘unacceptable comments’ on African players

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Topics Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook David Moyes news Reuse this contentcenter_img “Our action follows a full and thorough investigation. West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination. The West Ham family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.”Henry, who had worked for the club since 2014, is reported to have sent an email to an agent and a club executive asking them not to recommend any more African players. When confronted over the contents, Henry admitted to having made similar remarks to other agents. He told the Mail: “It’s nothing racist at all. It’s just sometimes they can have a bad attitude.”Henry claimed the strategy towards signing African players was supported by club management. West Ham deny that is the case. They have one player capped by an African country in their squad, Senegal’s Cheikh Kouyaté, but five other players who could claim nationality.In the January transfer window West Ham sold Ghana’s André Ayew and Diafra Sakho of Senegal. David Moyes said earlier on Friday the club had been expecting to sign two African players on transfer deadline day, only for both deals to fall through.Speaking before Henry’s dismissal Moyes said: “[Henry’s] comments are wrong. We were signing two players from Africa on deadline day. We have an open transfer policy, we always look to sign good quality players and it doesn’t really matter where they’re from at all.”The manager added: “I have never experienced prejudice in a club’s transfer policy.” He also denied ever having heard anyone call African players disruptive. “I’ve heard them say Scottish players are disruptive,” he said.The two deadline-day players West Ham had hoped to sign were Leicester’s Islam Slimani and Ibrahim Amadou of Lille. Moyes said both targets had been recommended by Henry, with whom he had also worked at Everton. The Cameroon-born Amadou was, said Moyes, the subject of a “really big” loan offer but stayed at Lille. The Algerian Slimani moved to Newcastle.The Guardian reported Leicester decided not to broker a deal with West Ham after remarks made by the vice-chairman, Karren Brady, in a Sun newspaper column. “It’s a question for the club, not for me,” Moyes said, insisting Brady’s column was “not a problem”. West Ham have acted swiftly to distance themselves from Tony Henry, sacking their director of player recruitment over remarks he made about African football players.Henry’s dismissal came 12 hours after the club announced an inquiry into a report in the Daily Mail that Henry had claimed some African players “caused mayhem” and that West Ham “don’t want any more Africans”. It is understood the club acted after reading a full transcript of an interview he gave to the newspaper.A West Ham spokesman said: “West Ham have terminated the contract of director of player recruitment, Tony Henry, with immediate effect following his unacceptable comments that were widely reported in the press. West Ham United Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp West Ham crisis: Tony Henry suspended after report over African players Share via Emaillast_img read more

Lack of expectation leaves Socceroos free to write their own slice of history

first_imgWorld Cup 2018 Fast forward to that fateful night in November 2005 and with John Aloisi’s successful penalty Australian football had discovered a second foundational myth, and one for a generation of fans that were oblivious to the troubles of the NSL (some real, some perceived), and weaned on the arrival of football as a “mass entertainment product” neatly packaged in the A-League.With the arrival of Guus Hiddink an unimportant nation in world football was cast into the limelight. The harrowing defeat to Iran in 1997 was expunged from our collective memories, and the cavalcade of calamities accrued across seven consecutive failed campaigns were consigned to history’s dustbin. Read more Read more The remarkable story of the trailblazers of 1974 has been well documented: Australia’s first and only successful involvement over the first 17 iterations of this unique global sporting spectacular. Pioneers that escaped the mire of Australian football, with its peripheral place in our collective affection and its seemingly endemic organisational dysfunction, they were a tight-knit collective bound together in financial sacrifice and wrought strong in the theatre of conflict. Stories such as of Manfred Schaefer, the part-time footballer and full-time milkman, facing his countrymen and great celebrities of the age, Gerd Müller and Franz Beckenbauer, have attained an iconic place in the hearts of Australian football fans. Larger than life characters like Rale Rasic and Johnny Warren went on to become the figureheads of a game forever agitating for its place in the popular consciousness.Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Reuse this content Australia sport Guardian Australia writers pick their Socceroos World Cup starting XIs features Read more Share on WhatsApp Paul Pogba has to accept he’s not the star of this France team Share via Email The 2006 World Cup campaign was exhilarating: a first World Cup goal; a first World Cup win. The madness of Croatia, Graham Poll and Aussie Jo Šimunić. The disaster and injustice of Fabio Grosso.With the transfer to Asia and its supposed “easier” qualification path, 2010 had an air of denouement, and yet with Harry Kewell, Lucas Neill and half of the Golden Generation some frisson still remained. Qualification ties against Argentina or Uruguay were replaced with fixtures against Qatar and Uzbekistan, and even our Dutchman felt cut from less exalted cloth.Pim Verbeek’s infamous white flag of a formation – the 4-6-0 rolled out against and subsequently rolled over by Germany, lay the scene for an on-air evisceration from Craig Foster and ironically given their shared history, laid the path for the emergence of Ange Postecoglou. By the time the “second Pim Verbeek”, Holger Osieck, had been sent packing the clamour was deafening. No more pragmatic conservatism, Australia stands on its feet in world football, or not at all.Handed another Group of Death at World Cup 2014, expectations were low for Postecoglou’s relatively unheralded squad; and yet through the verve and gusto with which they took on first Chile and then the Netherlands it seemed another exciting chapter of Australian football was being written. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Ahead of Australia’s fifth World Cup participation, starting with a tough opener against France on Saturday, it’s hard to articulate the precise mood or narrative surrounding Bert van Marwijk’s Socceroos. Share on Facebook World Cup Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Australia Topics Against the condemnation of Van Marwijk’s perceived overly-pragmatic style – let’s remember the recent friendlies against the Czech Republic and Hungary were just his third and fourth games so far (games the Dutchman explicitly didn’t want and would have preferred training time instead) – set the fact that this is a coach who has taken a squad of players all the way to a World Cup final.With swirling discontent about commercial imperatives trumping team selection, remember that, if selected, in Tim Cahill Australia still have a genuine world-stage performer, and players like Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy perform week-in, week-out under the unforgiving spotlights of the Premier League.Players like Robbie Kruse, Mat Leckie even Tom Rogic may not have yet hit the heights of Harry Kewell or Mark Viduka in an Australian shirt, but funny things happen at World Cups. The Socceroos of 2018 don’t have a ready narrative like their storied predecessors, and it could well transpire that with poor performance the sands of time will come to cover their exploits almost entirely.But in the absence of genuine expectations or a burden of history, there’s fertile wriggle room to write their own chapter. Who knows, even a new and exciting one to enhance Australian football folklore. Share on LinkedIn Marcel Desailly No longer willing just to exist as a second-tier football nation, Postecoglou’s attacking philosophy and will to take on the world’s best playing aggressive, attractive football garnered international praise, and culminated in continental triumph at the 2015 Asian Cup.Which brings us to Russia 2018 and Australia’s fifth World Cup appearance.As they limped through qualification, failing to attain direct passage from Group B and riding their luck in last-minute drama against Syria, the sheen was wearing off the Postecoglou revolution. The coach seemed jaded and irritable, the players appeared jaded and irritable, and the press pack were absolutely jaded and irritable.From the tenor of the general discussion, it appears for the first time in their history Australia enter a World Cup amid low public confidence, with a squad that pales in comparison with more illustrious cohorts like 2006 and 2010, and with a coach whose short-term mandate and general demeanour fails to inspire.But this general malaise speaks more to the context of Football Federation Australia’s ongoing congressional ructions, the perceived stagnation of the A-League in recent seasons and the complacency of the Australian public after four consecutive qualifications. And it’s a circumstance that creates the slightest space for optimism.From Cameroon beating Argentina in 1990, Senegal shocking defending champions France in 2002, to Costa Rica upsetting Italy in 2014, the World Cup is littered with upsets in a game that despite all its sophistication and investment still remains two teams of 11 v 11. Read more Eight minutes that helped shape Australia’s recent football historylast_img read more

NSW STATE CUP & QLD STATE CUP/AUSTRALIA CUP

first_imgIt is a massive weekend for Touch around Australia with the NSW State Cup being held in Port Macquarie and the Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup being held at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. Here you can find links to the results for both events. Also, our homepage will have more stories on the tournaments. Click here to view the NSW State Cup draw & results:NSW STATE CUP DRAW AND RESULTS Click here for the Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup draw & results:QUEENSLAND STATE CUP/AUSTRALIA CUP DRAW AND RESULTS See below for all the stories from the events:last_img read more

Its a tough time for everyone: Sachin Tendulkar on India’s exit from World CUp

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Government to Reimburse Employees for Pension Overpayment

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia will reimburse a small group of government employees who paid too much to buy back pensionable employment time. An administrative review completed by the department this summer concluded that pension regulations for the Public Service Superannuation Plan were not correctly interpreted after the year 2002 in one specific area. As a result, about 150 full-time staff who once worked as casual employees were charged too much when they bought back pensionable time. “The review has helped us clarify the interpretation of pension regulations,” said Kim Blinn, director of pensions. “Refunds, including interest, will be made to all affected plan members since 2002 who may have paid too much to buy back pension time.” Legislation and regulations governing the Public Service Superannuation Plan allow full-time Nova Scotia government employees who worked as casual employees for a period of six months or more to purchase this time as pensionable service for pension purposes. Employees who are eligible for reimbursement will be contacted directly by the pension services group of the Department of Finance. The average amount to be paid is estimated to be in the range of $5,000. Employees may also take the amount as a credit to purchase additional time, if they are eligible. More information is available on the Public Service Superannuation Plan website, at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/pension . Employees who have questions about pension time purchases may contact the Pension Services Group at 424-5070. Other provincial pension plans are not affected by this change.last_img read more

Les élèves vont aider à nommer le congé de février

first_img un nom générique pour le congé qui suscite la fierté d’être néo-écossais et une suggestion d’un endroit, d’une personne ou d’un événement qui représente une contribution historique ou culturelle importante pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Non seulement les élèves vont-ils contribuer à nommer le congé de février, mais il vont aussi nous aider à dresser une liste de certains des personnages, des endroits et des événements remarquables qui ont fait de la Nouvelle-Écosse ce qu’elle est aujourd’hui, de dire Mme Regan. Nous soulignerons chaque année une nouvelle contribution au passé chargé d’histoire et à la culture diversifiée de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et nous en apprendrons ainsi davantage sur notre histoire. » Le congé de 2015 rendra hommage à Viola Desmond, l’entrepreneure afro-néo-écossaise qui a été mise à l’amende et emprisonnée à tort en 1946 pour avoir refusé de quitter sa place dans la section réservée aux blancs dans un cinéma de New Glasgow. Beaucoup considère Mme Desmond comme la Rosa Parks du Canada. Le nom du congé et les 12 prochaines contributions qui seront mises à l’honneur seront annoncés d’ici la fin de l’année scolaire. « C’est un excellent moyen de souligner et de rendre hommage à la richesse culturelle et historique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, ajoute M. Ince. Les élèves en apprendront beaucoup sur le passé et le présent de la province à mesure qu’ils prépareront leurs soumissions et ils contribueront ainsi concrètement à quelque chose dont les Néo-Écossais profiteront tous les mois de février, année après année. » Chaque classe peut soumettre une proposition par catégorie en allant au site Web www.novascotia.ca/februaryholiday (site bilingue) d’ici le 28 mars. Un comité passera en revue les propositions et recommandera des noms à Mme Regan. Kim Stairs-Freeze, enseignante de quatrième année à l’école Bedford South, a dit que ses élèves étaient excités de participer à la campagne pour trouver un nom au congé. « Explorer le passé de la Nouvelle-Écosse présente tellement d’occasions d’apprentissage merveilleuses, d’ajouter Mme Stairs-Freeze, et cette campagne permettra aux élèves de tous les âges d’en apprendre plus sur l’histoire et la culture de l’endroit où ils vivent. Notre classe a déjà commencé à discuter certaines possibilités. « Nous avons régulièrement des discussions en classe sur la manière de faire preuve d’empathie et d’aider les autres à la maison, à l’école et dans la collectivité, alors l’occasion est parfaite pour amener les élèves à découvrir des Néo-Écossais qui ont contribué à différents aspects de la société durant leur vie. » Le congé est prévu le troisième lundi de février, et ce à compter de 2015, ce qui donne aux Néo-Écossais six congés fériés par année. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent regarder Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond Story (en anglais seulement) pour en apprendre davantage sur l’histoire de cette femme courageuse. Le film est offert dans les écoles et en ligne à l’adresse www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI00i9BtsQ8 . Pour de plus amples renseignements sur la campagne pour nommer le congé de février, consultez le site bilingue www.novascotia.ca/februaryholiday . Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse auront l’occasion de montrer ce qu’ils ont appris en classe en suggérant des noms pour le nouveau congé de février. Les élèves de quatrième année de l’école Bedford South se sont joints aujourd’hui, 17 février, à la ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, Kelly Regan, et au ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Tony Ince, pour lancer la campagne destinée à nommer le congé. La campagne invite les élèves du primaire à la 12e année de la province à soumettre deux choses :last_img read more

Nebraska approves TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline in close vote

first_imgCALGARY – Nebraska’s Public Service Commission has approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a 3 to 2 vote, clearing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial $10 billion project.The panel’s approval came with a tight margin of victory for the pipeline, which would transport about 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Hardisty, Alta. to Steele City, Neb. The vote comes as TransCanada continues to clean up a 5,000-barrel oil spill from its pipeline in nearby South Dakota that opponents have pointed to as reason not to approve Keystone XL.Among other concerns, opponents of the 1,897-kilometre Keystone XL project say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region in Nebraska of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.The commission, however, was specifically prohibited from evaluating safety considerations, including risk or impact of a spill, and will instead rule on issues including regulatory compliance, economic and social impacts of the project, the potential intrusion on natural resources, and whether better routes exist.Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL in 2015 after years of review, only for President Donald Trump to give the go-ahead to the project in March, saying the pipeline will bring jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.last_img read more

Former Mulroney chief of staff Stanley Hartt dies of cancer at age

first_imgTORONTO – Stanley Hartt, who served as former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s chief of staff from 1989-1990, has died of cancer in Toronto at the age of 80.In a statement, Mulroney says he is deeply saddened by Hartt’s death, calling him one of the “most outstanding public servants of our country.”Mulroney describes Hartt as having an “extremely brilliant mind with a delightful sense of humour” and a remarkable capacity to analyze complex issues and produce policy options.Prior to joining Mulroney’s office, Hartt served as deputy finance minister under former finance minister Michael Wilson and was a key figure in the negotiations that led to the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.According to his LinkedIn profile, Hartt had spent the last five years as a lawyer with the Toronto-based law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright.He also served as chairman at such companies as Campeau Corp., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., and Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.“I will always remember Stanley as a warm and highly valued friend of some 50 years,” said Mulroney.“Stanley played an important role in all the major initiatives of our government, from free trade to the GST, from Meech Lake to the movement to free Nelson Mandela.”last_img read more

Erin Weir to seek NDP nomination despite ousting over harassment complaints

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – Member of Parliament Erin Weir says he’ll seek the NDP nomination in his riding again despite being removed from the party’s caucus after an investigation upheld harassment complaints.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has stood firm in his decision to block Weir from returning to caucus or running in the 2019 election, but the Regina-Lewvan MP says local New Democrats should decide the nominee.Weir said he’s knocked on thousands of doors in the riding and has “overwhelming support.”“The real question is what does Mr. Singh intend to do? Will he simply ignore the more than 2,000 NDP members in Regina-Lewvan and appoint his own candidate?” Weir asked.He added that if he lost the nomination vote, he would respect the outcome, but if Singh simply appoints a candidate without a democratic vote, then he would have to consult local members about the way forward.Further, Weir said a “significant” number of NDP members of Parliament want to see him return to caucus, but they cannot speak out publicly because they are subject to Singh’s discipline.“There are lots of people in the caucus that want me to be part of it. It’s Mr. Singh who’s said he doesn’t want me to be a part of it,” he said.Weir was suspended from the caucus in February after fellow New Democrat Christine Moore sent an email to her caucus colleagues saying she had heard numerous complaints about Weir allegedly harassing staffers.A subsequent independent investigation upheld several complaints of harassment, which Singh described at the time as a failure to read non-verbal cues in social settings.However, it was Weir’s response to the findings — publicly dismissing one complaint as payback for a policy dispute he had with a member of former leader Tom Mulcair’s staff — that got him booted out of caucus permanently in May.Several female NDP activists applauded Singh’s decision in a letter posted online this week, countering a letter criticizing the move from 67 former New Democrat politicians in Saskatchewan.Singh was in Surrey, B.C., this week for a NDP caucus retreat and said Tuesday he wasn’t going to change his mind because people in a “position of privilege” want to intimidate him.Weir said it was disappointing that Singh dismissed dozens of long-serving NDP members of Parliament and the Saskatchewan legislature as privileged rather than addressing their concerns about a lack of due process.At the end of the retreat Thursday, Singh said he would not consider apologizing to the politicians, though he noted they do “important work” for their communities.“Using a position of privilege to do good work for the community is great, but to use that same position to try to have a change in position when it comes to harassment is not going to happen,” he said.He also described the investigation into Weir’s conduct as a “fair process” and denied he had made any mistakes in handling complaints against the MP.The party leader said he’s made it clear he won’t readmit Weir to caucus, though if he tries to seek the NDP nomination a vetting process will take place during which he will have “due process.”“He can run as an Independent. That’s up to him,” Singh added.The caucus retreat came at a difficult time in Singh’s tenure as party loyalists grumble about poor fundraising results and question his effectiveness as leader.During a closing news conference with his caucus gathered behind him, Singh said there had been tough discussions but they emerged united in their determination to “make people’s lives better.”“Sitting down around the table and sharing those stories and talking about the people that are depending on us … really brings us together as New Democrats to say, ‘Listen, we’ve got an important job to do.’ “Weir said he’s completed sensitivity training to better respond to non-verbal cues and has reflected on how to have frank political debates in ways that won’t make people feel intimidated or embarrassed.The investigation report has never been released, but Weir posted a letter from the sensitivity trainer on his website that he says summarizes the findings. The sexual harassment complaints involved Weir’s habit of standing too close and inserting himself into conversations with others, the letter says.Weir said he feels a tremendous obligation to the hundreds of people who worked hard in Saskatchewan to regain some federal NDP seats after the party was shut out of the province for a decade.He added he’s eager to return to Parliament next week and speak up for the people of his riding.“I’ve been active in the NDP since I was 15 and feel a deep affinity to the movement,” he said. “I never thought I’d be in this situation. It’s been a difficult process to navigate, but I try to be focused on the task ahead.”— With files from Janice Dickson in Ottawalast_img read more

Margaret Atwood Elisabeth Moss and the Women Behind the Disquietingly Vital The

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter In February of this year, a novel from 1985, by a Canadian author now 77, shot right to the top of the bestsellers lists. Though popular for decades, The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a near-future dystopia in what was once New England—where a toxic environment, a cruel theocracy, and a plague of infertility have turned a sector of women into enslaved concubines—suddenly seemed all too timely. It was then that a trailer for the book’s upcoming TV adaptation aired during the Super Bowl, just a couple of weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated and a nationwide spread of marches for women’s rights turned into the largest protest in American history.Atwood did not seem upset by the sudden renewal of interest in the single most enduring work of her back catalogue, despite the fact that she’s still churning out book after book today. “How could I be?” she said on a recent morning in Washington, D.C., in the historic Hay-Adams hotel not even a block away from the White House. “But on the other hand, the circumstances that have given rise to it having this sudden uptick are quite frightening. If I had a choice of two things—book not popular, circumstances not arise, or book popular, due to certain circumstances—I would of course pick the first one. But those were not my choices.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Groups seeks to improve Winnipegs Indigenous hospitality

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome say it’s ironic that the downtown core of Canada’s largest urban Indigenous community has often been hostile to Indigenous people.But now, thanks to an initiative by a group of business people and some Indigenous advisors downtown Winnipeg may just become a bit more inviting.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

German FM calls on Syrian opposition to join Geneva II

first_imgBERLIN– Steinmeier underlines talks have now entered into a decisive week ahead of Geneva II peace conference which will be a ‘unique opportunity’ for peace in Syria.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the Syrian opposition groups to join Geneva II peace conference scheduled for January 22.“Entering political talks will be nothing but gain for the Syrian opposition,” Steinmeier said in an interview with the German public broadcaster ARD. “But in the war field the number of victims will continue to rise, without bringing any favorable outcome for the opposition,” he said, following the Friends of Syria group meeting in Paris. Steinmeier has underlined that talks have now entered into a decisive week ahead of Geneva II peace conference and this conference will be a “unique opportunity” for peace in Syria.German Foreign Minister dismissed any possible talks with radical groups fighting in Syria, stressing that Syrian opposition has also distanced itself from those radical groups.“Syrian opposition has been fighting in two fronts, in one front against the Assad regime, and in the second front against the radical Islamists,” Steinmeier said.“For a solution, we have to win the hearts and minds of the Syrian people. Once these are achieved, the radicals would not have any chance.”last_img read more

Aquaculture growth now outpaces other food production industries UN reports

The agency’s State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2002 report (SOFIA) states that worldwide, aquaculture has increased at an average compounded rate of 9.2 per cent per year since 1970, compared with only 1.4 per cent for capture fisheries and 2.8 per cent for terrestrial farmed meat production systems. China remains the largest producer, with 71 per cent of the total volume and nearly half of the total value.The report will be presented next Monday when the 25th session of the agency’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI) – the only global technical forum for debating international fisheries issues – opens its weeklong meeting in Rome. It notes that global fish production remains pushed by aquaculture, with a contribution to global supplies of fish, crustaceans and molluscs that increased from 3.9 per cent of total production by weight in 1970 to 27.3 per cent in 2000. Amid facts and figures about aquaculture’s soaring worldwide production rates and, environmental fluctuations affecting capture fisheries, other, more sobering statistics reveal that global main marine fish stocks are in jeopardy, increasingly pressured by overfishing and environmental degradation, FAO says.The report warns that nearly half of the world’s marine stocks offer no reasonable expectations for further expansion. “About 47 per cent of the main stocks or species groups are fully exploited and are therefore producing catches that have reached, or are very close to, their maximum sustainable limits,” the report says.The report also warns against overfishing on the high seas. Although it is difficult to fully assess the situation because reports to FAO of marine catches make no distinction between those taken within the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and those taken on the high seas, the report reveals that catches of oceanic species – particularly the oceanic tunas – nearly tripled, from 3 million tons in 1976 to 8.5 million tons in 2000. read more