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Pune University postpones Indian History Congress


first_imgThe 79th session of the Indian History Congress (IHC) that was to be held in the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) between December 28 and 30 has been “indefinitely postponed” by university authorities allegedly due to a shortage of funds.The university put up a statement on its website on Wednesday.The IHC, considered the premier body of academic and professional historians in the country and which boasts a membership of over 7,000 academics, said it was “shocked” and “deeply disappointed” at the university’s last-minute decision.On Thursday, SPPU organising committee member professor Radhika Seshan said that the ‘Khelo India’ programme scheduled between January 9 and 20, 2019, in the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi, meant that the facility would be unavailable for housing delegates coming to the IHC.“We have asked the IHC for a postponement till February or March owing to shortage of funds and because of the Khelo India programme. The loss of the Balewadi Sports Complex means that we would have to arrange for hotels to house the delegates. This would add to our costs,” she said.Though the IHC was scheduled in advance, she said that the neck-to-neck schedules of the congress and the ‘Khelo India’ event was the reason given by authorities for not making the Balewadi facility available to the SPPU. Ms. Seshan denied suggestions of any ‘political pressure’ on the university to host the IHC.Over 2,000 delegatesMore than 2,000 delegates from across India were expected at the Congress. According to SPPU authorities, the cost of hosting an event at this scale would come to ₹1.5 crore.“It is a matter of pride for us and we would still be happy to host. We hope that the IHC’s executive committee will agree to our request for a postponement,” Ms. Seshan said. When asked if the varsity would be able to secure funds if the IHC agreed to a postponement, she said that the organising committee had the full support of the SPPU.In a note put up on the IHC website on Wednesday, Professor Mahalaxmi Ramakrishnan, secretary, IHC said: “We had received an email from [university authorities] on the night of December 11 which said that due to financial difficulties and lack of arrangements for accommodation of delegates, they have at the last moment taken this unilateral decision. This morning [December 12], the website of SPPU carried the announcement of the postponement of the IHC, without the approval of the executive committee (EC) of the IHC. We have written to the Vice-Chancellor of SPPU expressing our deep anguish and asking him to ensure that the local delegate fee is returned immediately to the members.”Ms. Ramakrishnan further said that the IHC regretted that its members were being put to great inconvenience at this late hour but assured them that the 79th session of the congress would be held at a future date, the dates and venue of which would be duly conveyed to all members.Ms. Seshan, however, said that most delegates had not yet asked for the fee refund and had inquired about future dates.The IHC, which prides itself with the promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian history, has often taken a critical stance in the past towards attempts at rewriting history on the basis of myth.The Congress met for the first time in 1935 in Pune city under the auspices of the Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal and on the initiative of the renowned historian, Professor D.V. Potdar.A strong link with the city constituted the rationale for the congress to be held in Pune this time. Distinguished historians from Maharashtra and Pune including Professor D.V. Potdar, G.H. Khare and Prof. H.D. Sankalia among others have served as past presidents of the IHC.The history body’s link with Maharashtra is further exemplified by the fact that the most prestigious prize that the IHC awards is named after V.K. Rajwade, the great Maratha archivist and historian of King Shivaji.Delhi-based historian of modern political history, S. Irfan Habib in a tweet said, “Shocking to know that Savitri Bai Phule university in Pune suddenly decided not to host the 79th Indian History Congress session. IHC session was supposed to be held by the end of this month. Law and order issues are cited as one major reasons by the university host.” SPPU authorities, however, categorically repudiated speculation about having sent the IHC any previous communication expressing reservations about hosting the congress owing to a potential ‘law and order situation’.last_img read more


Cong., BJP begin exercise to identify bypoll candidates


first_imgThe ruling Congress and Opposition BJP in Rajasthan have started the exercise for identifying candidates for by-elections to two Assembly seats — Mandawa and Khinvsar — scheduled for October 21. After facing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the bypolls will be a challenge for the Congress, while the BJP pins its hopes on new State president Satish Poonia.The by-elections were necessitated after the sitting MLAs vacated the seats following their election to Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while Rashtriya Loktantrik Party MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, won from Nagaur after his regional party entered into an alliance with the BJP and joined the NDA just before general elections.The candidates’ nominations can be filed till September 30 and the date for withdrawal of candidature will be October 3. After the polling on October 21, the results will be declared on October 24, according to the Election Commission.Impact on civic pollsThe by-elections are important for Congress because of their perceptible impact on the municipal polls due in November this year, for which the rival factions in the party wish to field their favourite candidates with the winning potential. Moreover, the party wants to send across a message of its effective governance even after its defeat at all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State.For the BJP, the appointment of Mr. Poonia — a Jat leader with strong association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — as the party chief may help at the two Jat-dominated seats. The party is yet to make up its mind on entering into alliance with the RLP, though former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje may not play a major role in the candidates’ selection, unlike in the Lok Sabha polls.Mr. Beniwal said on Monday that the RLP-BJP alliance would contest both the Assembly seats and he would like to field his party’s candidate in Khinvsar. “We are willing to support the BJP candidate in Mandawa. The final decision will be take at a meeting of office-bearers of both the parties in a couple of days,” he said.The Congress, which has strengthened its position in the State Assembly after the recent merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, may give ticket to a member of Nagaur district’s influential Mirdha family. The party has lost the Khinvsar seat during the last three successive elections, as Mr. Beniwal won first on the BJP ticket in 2008 and later as an Independent in 2013 and as the RLP candidate in 2018.Mandawa was earlier considered a stronghold of veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary, who died in 2012. His daughter Rita Chaudhary defeated Mr. Khichar in 2008, but the latter emerged victorious as an Independent in 2013 and and as a BJP candidate in 2018.last_img read more


No difference between Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri, says Stuart Binny


first_imgAll-rounder Stuart Binny said there is no difference between former team director Ravi Shastri and new head coach Anil Kumble as both shared the same desire to win. He said Kumble is right now focussing on charting out a roadmap to victory instead of delving in the technical aspects of the game. (Kumble’s focus is on every player, says Shikhar Dhawan)”He (Kumble) has spoken only positive things at this point of time. He has not spoken anything technical, but on build-up to the West Indies series. A build-up to win the series. He is focussing more on charting out a roadmap of victory than focusing on technical aspects,” Binny told reporters in Bangalore on Saturday.Binny, 32, said Kumble knows exactly what is required of him because he has seen him grow for the last eight years. (Virat Kohli leads the way for Team India with yoga in Bengaluru)”I have known Anil bhai since the times when I played under him in Ranji games. He has seen my progress and he knows my game very well. He knows exactly what’s required of me,” he said.THE KUMBLE-VIRAT INSPIRATION Binny also said the combination of Kumble and Test captain Virat Kohli has inspired the team to think of winning the upcoming four-Test series against West Indies, starting from July 21. (Ravi Shastri hits back at Sourav Ganguly again)”It is all about balance. Virat is someone who has played cricket all his life, and Anil bhai encourages us to play positive and ruthless cricket. We are already thinking of winning West Indies series,” he said.advertisement’NO PROBLEM WITH UNDER-UTILISATION’ The Karnataka all-rounder, who made his Test debut in England in 2014, said he doesn’t get upset with captains under-utilising him in matches.”In Ranji cricket, I am used heavily as a bowler, but in international cricket I hardly get four overs, and sometimes I never even get to bowl and bat at number eight. I guess that is what is required at that point of time. There is no use getting upset about it. It is about getting that one chance which I get,” he said. (Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble combination will be potent for India: Greg Chappell)Meanwhile, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar said his role in West Indies will be to take wickets with new ball and that he would like to quickly acclimatise to the conditions in the Carribbean.”My role will be to take wickets with new ball. We as bowlers have to quickly adapt to the conditions in West Indies, and playing two wram-up matches could help us in this regard,” he said.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more


Crafted with care


first_imgBy Shilpa and Sameer BalvallyShould a home be a tribute to what’s trending in interior design, or should it solely be true to those who live in it? These are questions an introspective family of four asked themselves before deciding on the design of their 3BHK apartment in Lodha Group’s,By Shilpa and Sameer BalvallyShould a home be a tribute to what’s trending in interior design, or should it solely be true to those who live in it? These are questions an introspective family of four asked themselves before deciding on the design of their 3BHK apartment in Lodha Group’s World Towers at Mumbai’s Lower Parel. The bar sits smartly on the curve of the apartment. Photo by: Photographix IndiaThe client’s brief was to design a space that in spite of being in one of the most luxurious Armani designed World One project, radiated the warmth and comfort that a home provides. The design concept stemmed from the premise that you leave the hotel-like luxury behind when you enter home. This dictated the colour and material palate for us in terms of balancing the elements of warmth and luxurious elements while maintaining the functionality of the space. In the corridor connecting the bedroomsAnother consideration was the prominent curve design of the building itself which has a continuous stretch of balcony with some of the best city, sea and sealink views. The living room was planned to create a comfortable yet clutter-free family space and at the same time, the curved facade that spans throughout the living room was highlighted using various design elements.The ceiling and subsequent lighting design radially frames the view of the outdoors. The home, which sprawls across 2,100 sq ft has an overall neutral colour palette of beige and browns with splashes of blue and yellow. In the living room the custom-designed steel-grey and mustard highlighter sofas are oriented towards the TV and the centre table to provide scope for additional seating around it.advertisement The serene master bedroomThe table was custom designed for pouffes that tuck into the table when not in use. A custom made circular carpet with abstract radial patterns ties the space together. The hidden cabinet temple is subtly reflected by the slight traditional floral-inspired modern layered graphic art printed on the wooden panels and console, which was collaboratively designed with LivinArt. The metal artwork on the wall was designed by a local artist in Jodhpur.The dining area sports a custom designed rectangular table with metal inlay that tapers slightly to one side. The metal legs of this table have been painted in the accent colours of the space. The balcony, which runs along the curve of the living room, has been converted into an outdoor bar. The bar sports a concrete countertop and is front cladded with hand-painted ceramic tiles mimicking the colours of the sea. The bedrooms are designed with the same balance between luxury and comfort.The materials selected are not flashy yet exude a sense of elegance. The colour palette for the master bedroom and bathroom is bolder with pastel rich grey-blues, and greys with jute and white sheers. The boy’s room has a fresh colour palette of yellows ochre, teal, light grey and birch ply, and has been designed keeping in mind the need for storage. The existing kitchen was designed by Armani, but was narrow with a platform only on one side. The team at Studio Osmosis opened the kitchen with an additional working counter and upfront, well-organised spaces. The custom bench and swing in the balcony.Art has been used in some unique ways in this project with various artists customising it. The long passage that spans from the living room to the master bedroom with doors leading to the other rooms has a detailed custom designed graphic along the entire length commissioned by collaborating with Kalaakari Haath. The metal artwork in the living room wall was designed and created by a local artist in Jodhpur and customised fabric and handmade paper artworks have also been used. The hand woven outdoor furniture is by Retyrement Plan which follows the design mantra of handmade pop luxury.The best part? While the apartment exudes the warmth of a home, it successfully encapsulates the essence of luxury living. Founded in 2010, Studio Osmosis is a multidisciplinary design practice formed by architects Sameer Balvally and Shilpa Jain Balvally. The Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary practice has many award-winning designs. www.studioosmosis.comlast_img read more


Report: Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 1


first_imgBournemouth 2 Arsenal 1: Wenger’s worries worsen without Sanchez Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 23:22 1/14/18 Jordon Ibe - cropped Getty Images The absence of Alexis Sanchez was keenly felt by Arsenal as they lost away to Bournemouth in the Premier League. Arsenal experienced an uncomfortable taste of life without Alexis Sanchez on Sunday, as they gave up the lead to lose 2-1 away to struggling Bournemouth. The visitors were missing two key players on the south coast, where a knee injury kept Mesut Ozil out of the team and Sanchez was omitted as he continues to be linked with a move to Manchester City or Manchester United.The absence of the Gunners’ chief creator and most potent attacking threat told as they struggled to break down the home team prior to Hector Bellerin’s 52nd-minute opener.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Callum Wilson’s equaliser with 20 minutes to go was quickly followed by Jordon Ibe’s first Premier League goal for Bournemouth and those strikes proved enough to register a famous victory for Eddie Howe’s team, who are now unbeaten in their last five matches across all competitions. Arsenal meanwhile remain sixth, but have not won in five and are struggling to keep pace with the Champions League qualification challengers ahead of them in the table. If, as expected, Sanchez completes an imminent move to the Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger must find new attacking solutions ahead of a London derby at home to a resurgent Crystal Palace next weekend.69 mins: Bournemouth 0-1 Arsenal74 mins Bournemouth 2-1 ArsenalWhat a turnaround for @afcbournemouth! pic.twitter.com/gExysVdP7q— Premier League (@premierleague) January 14, 2018Bournemouth enjoyed an early sight of goal when Adam Smith fired wide from outside the area, but it was Arsenal who had the better of the opening exchanges.Ainsley Maitland-Niles hit the bar after collecting a cross from Alexandre Lacazette at the back post and a deflected Alex Iwobi strike forced Asmir Begovic to parry behind and concede a corner.The Gunners then had to wait until the 35th minute to threaten again, Begovic using his feet to deny Danny Welbeck one-on-one.  Howe’s side finished the half strongly, though, Ryan Fraser drawing an important block from Calum Chambers and then testing Petr Cech, while Arsenal were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball against Iwobi from a corner.The away team capitalised on that good fortune by taking the lead early in the second half, when Iwobi’s well-weighted throughball released Bellerin in behind the Bournemouth defence down the right. The Spaniard raced into the area and was able to squeeze a low finish under Begovic, who got a touch but could only succeed in making the ball loop up and bounce over the line.No player has scored more @premierleague goals than @HectorBellerin in 2018 #AFCBvAFC pic.twitter.com/aweUbAIY1c— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 14, 2018Undeterred, Bournemouth levelled in the 70th minute, a brilliant Fraser pass to the edge of the penalty area allowing Wilson to steer a sharp, first-time finish past Cech, who had charged off his line.Four minutes later it was 2-1, Ibe running onto Wilson’s lay-off and firing home a fierce strike to open his league account for the club.Wenger introduced Theo Walcott, another player who has been linked with a move away from north London, in an attempt to salvage something from the game.But the visitors proved unable to apply significant pressure in the closing stages, Bournemouth remaining resolute to record a victory that could prove crucial to their survival hopes.WHAT A WIN! #BOUARS | #afcb pic.twitter.com/J11BQzyS9U— AFC Bournemouth  (@afcbournemouth) January 14, 2018Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have recorded their first win against a side from the ‘big six’ in the Premier League since December 2016 (4-3 v Liverpool), ending runs of 14 winless games (D3 L11) and nine successive losses.- Arsenal have picked up just 13 points after 12 Premier League away games (W3 D4 L5) – their worst record at this stage of a season since 2005-06 (12 from 12).- The Cherries have won their first ever game against Arsenal in all competitions (D1 L5).- Arsenal have lost the last three Premier League games that Alexis Sanchez has not played any part in – 0-1 at Stoke, 1-2 at Watford and this game.- At average age of 25 years and 56 days old, Arsene Wenger named his youngest Arsenal starting line-up in the Premier League since November 2012 v Aston Villa (25y 11d).- Callum Wilson has scored three goals in three Premier League games against the Gunners, and also recorded his first ever top-flight assist when setting up Jordon Ibe for the winning goal. read morelast_img read more


Shea Patterson Has Reportedly Signed A Contract With The Texas Rangers For 2019


first_imgA closeup of Shea Patterson throwing the ball for Ole Miss.AUBURN, AL – OCTOBER 07: Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels looks to pass against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Barring something unexpected, Shea Patterson will be Michigan’s starting quarterback this season. What he does beyond that will be interesting to follow.It seems that Patterson might have some options at his disposal. According to the Dallas Morning News ‘ Evan Grant, Patterson has signed a 2019 contract to play for the Texas Rangers after he completes his eligibility at Michigan.The Rangers drafted Patterson in the 39th round this year. He has not played college baseball.Martin Perez will pitch Thursday for Round Rock…. Jax Biggers No. 9 pick has signed… 39th round pick Shea Patterson has signed a 2019 contract to play after he completes his football eligibility at Michigan— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 3, 2018Patterson’s main focus has always clearly been football. He could be a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft if he has a strong junior season at Michigan.His future should be in football. This is just likely him hedging his bets.Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss during the winter. Due to the sanctions surrounding the Rebel program, he was granted immediate eligibility at Michigan this coming season.He will compete with redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton to be Michigan’s starting QB this fall.Michigan opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1.last_img read more


Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez dropped from PCB central contracts


first_img Press Trust of India KarachiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 14:46 IST Shoaib Malik retired from one-day internationals after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ended. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were exuded from PCB central contractsPCB has reduced number of centrally contracted players from 33 to 19 for the 2019-20Malik announced his retirement from ODI cricket while Hafeez retired from TestFormer captains Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were left out of the list of players awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, batsman Babar Azam and leg-spinner Yasir Shah were retained in category A.Test opener Azhar Ali and left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, have been demoted in category B and C respectively.The board has also reduced the number of centrally contracted players from 33 to 19 for the 2019-20 season during which the men’s cricket team will play six World Test Championship Tests, three One Day Internationals and nine T20Is.”While finalising the list of central contracts, which will run from 1 August 2019 to 30 June 2020, players’ performances and fitness in the past 12 months and the formats they are likely to represent Pakistan in the upcoming season was taken into consideration,” PCB said in a media release.Despite Malik and Hafeez’s omission, the PCB maintained the two will be available for selection.”Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been offered contracts but they will remain available for selection.”Malik had announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only play T20 format while Hafeez has retired from Test cricket.”The PCB have set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season. We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract.”We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set-up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets,” PCB Managing Director, Wasim Khan said.advertisementCategory A (PKR 1.1m) : Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir ShahCategory B (PKR 750,000) : Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab RiazCategory C (PKR 550,000): Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman ShinwariAlso Read | Waqar Younis slams senior Pakistan players for ‘lingering on in their careers’Also Read | Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir planning to settle down in the UKAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Sarfaraz Ahmed Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez dropped from PCB central contractsFormer Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik , who announced his retirement from ODI cricket after his side’s last match in the World Cup 2019, did not find a place in the PCB central contracts.advertisementlast_img read more


Watch: Two shooters involved in fistfight at Karni Singh range


first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiOctober 21, 2019UPDATED: October 21, 2019 13:04 IST File photo for representational use (PTI Photo)Ugly scenes were witnessed at the iconic Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR) in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area when two shooters were involved in a scuffle.The incident happened when the two shooters started fighting with each other in broad daylight close to the firing area where other shooters were still training.Delhi based shooter Shimon Sharif on Sunday tweeted a 40-second long video of the incident in which the duo can be seen hitting each other, using their hands and legs while other people present at the spot are trying to restrain them. The identity of the shooters could not be ascertained.”All is not well at the iconic Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, tweeted Sharif along with the video and tagged Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh and Sports Authority of India (SAI).All is not well at the iconic Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. @Media_SAI @IndiaSports @KirenRijiju @RaninderSingh pic.twitter.com/DLm7MT55GaSHIMON SHARIF (@ShimonSharif) October 20, 2019Reportedly, NRAI has also taken cognizance of the incident and launched a probe.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow ShootingFollow Karni Singh Shooting Range Next Watch: Two shooters involved in fistfight at Karni Singh rangeThe incident happened when the two shooters started fighting with each other in broad daylight close to the firing area where other shooters were still training.advertisementlast_img read more


Nova Scotia election roundup


first_imgHALIFAX – (Liberals-Health)Nova Scotia’s Liberal Party is promising to ensure Nova Scotians have better access to highly trained medical specialists.The party’s candidate for Sydney-Whitney Pier says a Liberal government would invest in recruiting and retaining specialists to reduce surgical wait times.Derek Mombourquette says the Liberals will invest $13.5 million over three years to expand the specialist residency program.He says the Liberals would also add 15 new positions to Dalhousie Medical School, with five positions located in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(NDP-Health)An NDP candidate in the Sydney area says the Liberal election campaign platform offers nothing for Cape Breton.Sydney-Whitney Pier candidate Madonna Doucette says the Liberal platform fails to invest in what matters most to families, seniors and children in Cape Breton.She says many people in the area don’t have a family doctor due to a lack of spending on primary health care.Doucette says an NDP government would invest at least $17 million in the doctor shortage in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(Tories-Carbon)Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives are calling on the Liberals and NDP to explain their plans for a provincial carbon tax.The Tories say a cap-and-trade system would burden Nova Scotia families and businesses by making the price of everything from gasoline to home heating fuel more expensive.They say voters should know the plan of each party before heading to the polls on May 30.The Tories say they would not impose a carbon tax in any form on the province.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Debate)An accountant, a United Church minister and a former Annapolis Valley businessman will square off tonight in a televised leaders debate less than two weeks before Nova Scotians head to the polls.The leaders of Nova Scotia’s top political parties will have 90 minutes to make their pitch on the province’s future.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill will dole out stump speeches and trade barbs on issues including labour relations, education, health and the economy.The CBC debate could be decisive in determining the province’s next premier.(The Canadian Press)—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)last_img read more


Top Quebec court overturns naturopaths acquittal and convicts her of manslaughter


first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s top court has overturned a 2015 acquittal of a Montreal-area naturopath in the death of a patient 10 years ago and convicted her of manslaughter.Mitra Javanmardi has also been ordered to stand trial on a charge of criminal negligence causing death, for which she had been acquitted.Roger Matern, 79, died after Javanmardi injected him with a contaminated substance.Javanmardi is scheduled to appear in Quebec court for sentencing on the manslaughter conviction.Matern visited Javanmardi’s clinic in June 2008 following heart surgery that reportedly did not improve his health.According to court documents, Matern wanted quick results and insisted that Javanmardi inject him with nutrients despite her telling him the procedure was not done on a first visit.She eventually acquiesced.During the injection he complained of being hot and then started shivering. His condition deteriorated rapidly while at the clinic and Javanmardi recommended he get a good night sleep.Matern’s condition worsened at home and he only went to hospital the following day, when it was too late.Police who raided Javanmardi’s office following Matern’s death seized vials containing the substance with which she injected him.Analysis discovered one of the vials contained 9.7 million bacteria when the norm for an injectable product is zero.The appeals court ruled the lower court did not properly apply the law to the facts of the case.It highlight several critical elements: the naturopath injected the medication as opposed to delivering it orally; she used the single-dose vial on two previous patients; she derogated from protocol by complying with the demands of a patient; and she didn’t send her patient to hospital despite witnessing symptoms unknown to her.“The (trial) judge therefore erred by not retaining, from the uncontested facts, that the conduct of the accused is blamable … and meets the criteria of criminal negligence,” the appeals court wrote in its ruling Thursday.last_img read more


Anjelica Huston Named PETAs 2012 Person Of The Year


first_imgIn 2012, Anjelica Huston’s volunteer work accomplished a goal first set in 2008, when Huston filmed PETA’s hard-hitting video exposé of how great apes suffer in the entertainment industry: All of the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. have now adopted policies stating that they will not use chimpanzees and other great apes in their commercials.And to honor Huston for her work defending animals—which this year also included speaking out against the deadly fur trade and New York’s cruel horse-drawn carriage industry—PETA has named her its 2012 Person of the Year.“Having worked with actors for many years, I find it hard to believe that anyone would have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into show business. But the next time that you see a chimpanzee in a movie, on TV, or in an ad, chances are, that’s exactly what happened,” Huston says in her exclusive PETA video. The actor sent her video to agency chiefs across the country, showing them exactly how great apes are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and frequently beaten during training to perform in ads for companies such as Dodge, Europcar, Pfizer, Samsung, and Travelers Insurance, all of which pulled their ads after talks with PETA.Huston’s activism for animals in 2012 also included an appeal to the New York City Council to support a bill that would phase out the city’s archaic horse-drawn carriage industry as well as a letter to the Irish government urging the country to honor its commitment to ban fur farms. “I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur,” Huston wrote. “I had a change of heart when I learned how minks and foxes on fur farms are crammed into tiny, dirty cages and driven so crazy by the confinement that many … cannibalize their cage mates.”Previous PETA Persons of the Year include outspoken vegans Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, and Russell Simmons. For more information, please visit PETA.org.last_img read more


Kanesatake hit by rising waters Were working like crazy here


first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsKANESATAKE MOHAWK TERRITORY – Drive past Torrey Daoust’s house from the back, and it could be mistaken it for an island. Brown water from the Ottawa River laps at his green lawn about a metre away from a row of sandbags.“I’ve slept three hours in the last twe days because I’m just worried about the water going up. I have to worry about my house and my mother’s house it’s very stressful,” said Daoust while driving through almost a metre of water in his pick up.Unlike some of his neighbours, Daoust hasn’t had to leave his home yet. But the 51 year old Mohawk man says that his house is precariously close to being flooded.“They told us today it’s going to come up another 18 inches [almost half a metre], as you can see it’s going to be right up against the sand bags here,” he said.Kanesatake Mohawk Territory is confronting what dozens of other municipalities in Quebec have faced in the last week, mass flooding that hasn’t been seen in generations. So far eight homes have been evacuated, and at least 20 more are in danger.“We’re fighting the clock right now,” said Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake. “We’re working like crazy here.”Simon said that close to 300 tons of sand has been bagged by community members like 26 year old Anthony Fournier-Phillips.Fournier-Phillips has been throwing 20-35 kilogram bags of sand on to pallets for two days, and he says he’s starting to feel it in his lower back. Still, he intends to keep at it. He and a few dozen others have formed an assembly line making thousands of sandbags to transport for Kanesatake Mohawks in need.“Everybody is just trying to help out, get everything out as fast as possible for the guys who are laying out the bags,” Fournier-Phillips said.The armed forces have been called in to help the neighbouring municipality of Oka, but Grand Chief Simon says they’ve declined any help from the army even though volunteers are getting tired and that resources such as bags and twist ties are running thin.“We’re not ready to have the army back here, after what happened 26 years ago,” said Simon referring to the 1990 invasion of Kanesatake by armed forces, known as the “Oka crisis”. “We’re doing pretty good, I think we’re doing as good as the army could. I’m really proud of my community.”While Torrey Daoust is grateful for all the community support, at this point all he can do is hope that it’s enough. There’s no real Plan B if the sandbags fail to withstand rising floodwaters.“I have insurance for my belongings, but not the property itself, it’s a federal house. They won’t insure it, I have no deed for it,” Daoust explained.It’s a common problem in many First Nations. Here in Kanesatake, it’s one they’ll have to tackle in the days ahead when the waters finally recede.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more


Japan announces Rs 22 lakh for Kolkata museum


first_imgKolkata: The Japanese government on Monday announced a donation of some Rs 22 lakh ($31,800) to the Rabindra Bharati Museum here in a bid to strengthen historical and cultural ties with India. To refurbish the Japan Gallery of the museum, a MoU will be signed between the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga, and the Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, on Wednesday. The renovated and refurbished Japan Gallery in the Jorasanko Thakurbari campus of the University will go a long way to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution in the Japan-India relations, the statement issued by the University said. Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel Prize recipient, visited Japan in 1916, 1924 and 1929, renewing relations between the countries as India’s leading cultural ambassador.last_img read more


Exports up 244 in Feb trade deficit narrows


first_imgNew Delhi: Marginal 2.44 per cent increase in exports as well as lower imports of gold and petroleum products in February significantly narrowed the country’s trade deficit to $9.6 billion, according to data released by the commerce ministry Friday. India’s merchandise exports rose to $26.67 billion in February from $26.03 per cent in the year-ago month mainly on account of higher shipments in sectors such as pharmaceutical, engineering and electronics. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsImports declined by 5.4 per cent to $36.26 billion in the last month, narrowing the trade deficit to $9.6 billion. The gap between imports and exports was $12.3 billion in February 2018, and $14.73 billion in January 2019. As per the data, the decline in imports was mainly on account of sharp decline in inward shipments of gold and petroleum products. While the import of gold fell by about 11 per cent to $2.58 billion in February as against $2.89 billion in the corresponding month last fiscal, inward shipments of petroleum products were down by nearly 8 per cent to $9.37 billion. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepDuring the April-February period of the current fiscal year, exports grew 8.85 per cent to $298.47 billion, while imports rose by 9.75 per cent to $464 billion. The trade deficit has widened to $165.52 billion during the 11 months of the current fiscal from $148.55 billion compared to the year-ago period, the data said. Non-petroleum and non-gems and jewellery exports in February 2019 stood at $19.87 billion, as compared to $18.90 billion in year-ago month. Non-petroleum and non-gems and jewellery exports in April-February 2018-19 were $217.43 billion, as against $201.95 billion in the comparative period last fiscal. Oil imports in April-February 2018-19 were $128.72 billion, which was 31.98 per cent higher over the same period last fiscal. The global Brent price (USD/bbl) decreased by 1.97 per cent in February 2019 compared to the same month previous year. Commenting on the trade data, President of exporters’ body FIEO Ganesh Kumar Gupta said that exporters have managed to do well despite increasing protectionism, tough global conditions and constraints on the domestic front. He said economies across Asia specially China and South East Asian nations have been showing signs of sluggishness with contraction in manufacturing due to slowdown in the global trade and fragile world economy. Gupta said 18 out of 30 major product groups were in positive territory, with most of them with marginal growth during the month. “However, with this trend, we will be able to achieve merchandise exports of about $330 billion, the highest ever exports for a fiscal,” he added. Meanwhile, the RBI said services exports in January 2019 were $17.75 billion, registering a negative growth of 1.02 per cent over December 2018. The imports stood at $11.03 billion, down 3.07 per cent over December 2018. Taking merchandise and services together, overall trade deficit for April-February 2018-19 is estimated at $93.32 billion as compared to $82.46 billion in year-ago period.last_img read more


Johnson wins Trumps approval for tough approach to Brexit


BIARRITZ, France — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval Sunday for his plans to take a tough approach in talks to leave the European Union after a chummy meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France.Johnson glowed as Trump said he gave him a vote of confidence in carrying out the Brexit talks. The British prime minister has vowed to bring his country out of the EU on Oct. 31 no matter what, an approach that has raised worries about a chaotic divorce that could cause chaos and hurt the economy.Trump promised that he and Johnson would work out “a very big trade deal” between their nations once the United Kingdom leaves the EU.“I’m very grateful for that,” Johnson said. “And we’re looking forward to having some pretty comprehensive talks about how to take forward the relationship in all sorts of ways, particularly on trade. We’re very excited about that.”But the pair were barely past the elegant winding staircase at the Hotel du Palais when it became clear that each had a different vision of what a trade deal might look like. The United States has said it is ready to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.K. in pieces — rather than London’s wish of a comprehensive pact.Johnson pledged a “fantastic deal once we clear up some of the obstacles in our path.” Trump interrupted promising “lots of fantastic mini-deals.”The British prime minister badly needs a trade deal with the United States. After taking power last month he vowed that Britain would leave the EU on time with or without a divorce deal, cutting the country off from the EU’s single market of 500 million people. A no-deal Brexit would see new tariffs and border checks on trade between Britain and the EU, seriously disrupting business.Supporters of Brexit say a free trade deal with the United States can help make up for any reduction in commerce with the EU after Britain leaves the bloc’s single market for goods and services. In 2018, Britain did almost half its trade with the EU, while the U.S. accounted for 18% of U.K. exports and 11% of imports.“We’re working on a very big trade deal and I think it’s going to work out,” Trump said.The meeting between the leaders came a day after Johnson warned that getting a trade deal with the United States won’t be “plain sailing” as he bemoaned barriers to the United Kingdom’s goods in American markets.Speaking to reporters as he flew to France for the Group of Seven meeting, Johnson cited examples small and large of British goods that struggle in U.S. markets for bureaucratic reasons. He cited things like cauliflower, English wine, pillows, rail cars and even parts for showers.It wasn’t just goods on Johnson’s radar, but professional services, which far and away make up most of Britain’s economy.“If you want to sell insurance in the U.K. you only need to speak to two regulators,” Johnson fumed. “If you want to sell insurance in the U.S. you have to speak to 50 regulators. The same point can be made about architects and many other professions.”But even though he needs a deal, Johnson was at pains to say he wasn’t giving away the store. Some sectors of the U.K. economy would remain off limits to any deal. Johnson has promised the National Health Service will be off-limits and that animal welfare standards would be safeguarded.Danica Kirka, The Associated Press read more


Security Council delegation heads to West Africa for eightday seven country mission


Briefing the press at UN Headquarters in New York on the Council’s mission, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said the team was set to visit Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and Guinea and would focus on the situations in Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.The mission planned to closely assess the situation in those three countries, all of which affected the regional situation as well, Ambassador Greenstock said. The Council would also be working closely with regional governments and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), particularly on Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, and with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the issue of Guinea-Bissau.The delegation’s first stop will be in Guinea Bissau to help with internal peace-building and shoring-up the fragile political system ahead of elections, which Ambassador Greenstock said he hoped would be rescheduled soon. The mission aimed to ensure that all efforts underway in Guinea-Bissau would promote better relationships between the main political leaders and that new policies began to have a real effect on the socio-economic realities of the people of the country.In Côte d’Ivoire, the mission will follow on the heels of work within the region to implement the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement (LMA), a French-brokered peace accord reached in January that calls on the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005. “The LMA is a good agreement that must be built upon between the protagonists in the recent civil strife,” Ambassador Greenstock said.”In Liberia, we obviously have a fluid situation – a pretty distressing situation”, Ambassador Greenstock said. There was an agreement in place to observe an ECOWAS-negotiated cessation of hostilities and ceasefire, which was to have paved the way for comprehensive peace talks and the proposed formation of a transitional administration. Even in light of renewed violence, “That work still needs to be done”, he said.The mission will also visit Guinea and Sierra Leone, the other two of the three countries of the Mano River Union, to seek their views on current events, he said. The mission will also study the state of rebuilding process in Sierra Leone and see whether the Rabat agreement arrangements for good practice among the countries of the Mano River Union could be taken further.After Guinea Bissau, the mission will travel to Abuja to meet with Nigerian President Obasanjo, who was a major regional player with close interest in subjects under discussion, he said. In Accra, Ghana, the mission will meet with President Kufuor, who currently holds the rotating ECOWAS chairmanship, on the organization’s input into the mission’s three main issues.Ambassador Greenstock said the region was “in a condition of real distress and ordinary people were suffering miserably.” The mission had talked in detail with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and with non-governmental and civil society representatives in New York about their views on Africa. Members of the mission will take with them a number of recommendations for action on humanitarian issues, including the protection of civilians, children recruited for armed conflict and violence against women and children as a tool of war. read more


Cellsized microrobot will carry drugs in your bloodstream


first_imgSmall enough for injection without leaving a wound, new microrobots could revolutionize the way modern medicine treats certain hard-to-reach areas of the body. The eyes and brain are extremely tricky places for surgeons, and a non-invasive solution to certain ailments has long been sought. The impediments to this are numerous, however, and range from producing to controlling to excreting any tiny agents that might be up to the job.Now Chinese University researchers say they’ve created a working microbot for internal use, a cage-like structure just 100 microns long by 40 microns wide. Its inventors coat the cage shape in a thin layer of nickel, giving it the magnetic properties they require to guide it through to body after insertion. The electromagnetic field used to guide the little “robot” can push them through the body with extreme accuracy. In tests, the researchers were able to show that their robot successfully delivered a drug payload to the predetermined target cells.Zhang Li of Chinese University, with his team’s creation.The current methods of delivering drugs throughout the body are insufficient to treat many serious ailments, such as retinal degeneration and the brain issues that can lead to stroke. A researcher on the project claimed that the microbot is a “truck, not a car” in terms of its carrying capacity, and the proportion of its overall size used for cargo storage. Despite the increased capacity, this new microbot is too small to be tracked by current standards in resonance imaging, which have been the method of tracking microbots up until now. The team is working to improve the resolution so it can directly track the movement of these little drug mules.Zhang claims that by injecting thousands of the microbots in the vertebral column and directing them to the brain, they could theoretically cure strokes without the need for brain surgery. Since the cages are distinct from whatever medicine they carry, a generalized carrier for each of many tissue types could be stored in hospitals, to be filled with the appropriate drug, as needed. The researchers are currently working only with rabbits and mice, but human trails are a short-term goal.last_img read more


Griezmann believes Mbappe can be a killer forward


first_imgThe Atletico Madrid player believes his fellow French teammate can score at least 50-goals per season just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel MessiKylian Mbappe wowed the world during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.There, he scored four goals and also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Brazil’s Pele did it in 1958.And for his fellow countrymen Antoine Griezmann, Mbappe has all he needs to become one of the best attackers in the world.“As he will be less glued to the line and more in position to score, with the experience he has, he can score 50 goals per season,” Griezmann said as quoted by Sport 360.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…Mbappe started his professional career with Monaco B, where he scored 4 goals in 12 matches.He then moved to the senior squad, scoring 16 goals in 41 occasions.But his numbers have risen, he was loaned to Paris Saint-Germain on 2017 and scored in 13 occasions in 27 appearances.And after being transferred to PSG in 2018, he has scored four goals in just three games.last_img read more


TCI and Caribbean on alert Irma now Category 3 Hurricane


first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Related Items:#Irma, #magneticmedianews, DDME Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 31, 2017 – Providenciales – The nation is put on alert now that Tropical Storm Irma has rapidly become a hurricane, a Category three hurricane which is barreling towards the islands of the Caribbean and while her trajectory over the next week includes many islands… experts are advising all to be prepared.Based on a National Hurricane Center model, the storm will strike the Lesser Antilles by Monday but it is what #Irma does after that which becomes most import for the Turks and Caicos Islands.   We have learned that the #DDME this morning held a contingency meeting to discuss preparation and readiness in the advent of this major hurricane making a hit on these islands.Category three Hurricane Irma has maximum sustained winds near 115 mph with higher gusts.    Fluctuations in strength, both up and down, are possible, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane for several days and at this time there are no watches or warnings for any land masses right now.Hurricane Irma is moving WNW at 12mph.  Add to this a new tropical wave today rolled off the African coast, it is with a low chance for development in the next five days.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more