Tripura Minister protests attack on doctor

first_imgHours after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday promised stringent action against those who assaulted a doctor and left him seriously wounded, Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman surrendered his security escort to express solidarity with the medical fraternity.Meanwhile, organisations representing private and government doctors called for an agitation against repeated incidents of assault and threats. Physicians in government health facilities ceased work for six hours and doctors shut their private clinics for a week to protest the attacks.Critically woundedIn Thursday’s incident, Dr. Dipankar Debnath, a doctor at the IGM Hospital here was critically wounded. He has been admitted to the Trauma Centre in GBP Hospital. In an earlier incident a senior doctor inside a government hospital at Sabroom in south Tripura was assaulted.The Chief Minister, who called a press conference at his residence, informed that five persons had been arrested and stiff IPC sections added in the case of assault on Dr. Debnath.He said security camps would be set up in major hospitals in the city and appealed to the doctors to withdraw their protest as they “might hinder service to patients.”The Health Minister, who had been critical over “lack of security” in health facilities and “inadequate action against perpetrators”, wrote a two-page letter to the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to express his reservations.Mr. Barman informed the Chief Minister of his decision to surrender his security escort.last_img read more

‘No prayers outside places of worship’

first_imgThe administration of the Hailakandi district, where communal violence on May 10 left one person dead and several injured, has prohibited offering of prayers outside the boundaries of any place of worship.Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said Section 144 was promulgated on Thursday following reports that “certain anti-social elements, vested groups and organisations are trying to flare-up sentiments through various means to disturb peace and tranquillity in the district”.The order “strictly prohibits the offering of prayer outside the demarcated boundary of any mosque, temple, church, namghar [place of congregation for the Vaishnav sect] and mazhar [mausoleum], on roads and in any public places that may create inconvenience to the general public and obstruct the movement of traffic”.On May 10, trouble ensued when two groups clashed over the offering of Friday prayers on the road outside a mosque at Marwari Patti in the southern Assam town. The administration dissuaded them from doing so as it would create traffic issues.The situation got out of hand after some miscreants threw stones at a gathering.The caretakers of the mosque said many people had come to offer prayers because of Ramzan but very few could be accommodated within. The law and order situation would not have arisen if some miscreants had not parked two-wheelers blocking the entrance to the mosque and some space beyond.A 28-year-old person died after the security personnel opened fire to control the mob.last_img read more

Jagannath temple row: BJP says Odisha govt. ‘bulldozing heritage’

first_imgThe controversy over demolition of mutts around Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, raged on Thursday with the Opposition BJP accusing the Naveen Patnaik government of indiscriminately bulldozing structures having archaeological value without any consultation.Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who had unsuccessfully contested from the Puri Lok Sabha seat recently, met the Shankaracharya of Puri, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, in the wake of stiff resistance to the demolition move from mutt officials and seers of Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti.“There is an attempt to wipe out the mutt culture. Attempts are also being made to get rid of religious and spiritual leadership and bring society under secular governance,” said the Puri Shankaracharya.‘No consultation’Mr. Patra who held discussions with Harinarayan Das, the head of Bada Akhada Mutt facing demolition, said the mutt culture was in no way different from the temple tradition and consultation should have taken place before the administration going ahead with the drive.Meanwhile, the State government on Thursday announced a rehabilitation plan for individuals and institutions facing eviction – the second one in five days.Mr. Patnaik reviewed the progress of re-development plan of Puri here at Lokseba Bhawan and granted three new projects.Under Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture scheme at Puri, the heritage security zone, which falls within 75 metre-radius of the Jagannath Temple, will be developed keeping its religious sanctity, culture and heritage value in mind. An expert panel will be set up to monitor the work on various disciplines such as temple architecture, art, heritage and conservation architecture, art history, arboriculture and Shree Jagannath Culture.The government announced that it will build a library at a cost of ₹25 crore in a portion of land where the 12th-century Emar Mutt had been razed. It also announced housing projects for people who would be losing their dwelling units.last_img read more

FIFA bans Barcelona from signing players for two transfer windows

first_imgBarcelona will be banned from registering players during the next two transfer windowsBarcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said.FIFA also rejected Barcelona’s appeal against a 450,000 Swiss francs (493,637 dollars) fine and have been given 90 days to regularise the situation off all the minor players concerned, the governing body said.The ban was originally imposed in April and would have covered the current transfer window, followed by the next one in January.However, Barcelona appealed later the same month and the ban was lifted pending the outcome of the disciplinary process.Barca have since signed Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, himself serving a four-month ban from football, for 65 million pounds ($108.18 million), Belgium centre back Thomas Vermaelen, France defender Jeremy Mathieu and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic.”The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to? confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors,” said FIFA in a statement.”FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015).”advertisementThe Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) also lost its appeal against a 500,000 Swiss francs fine, FIFA said.”The RFEF has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 and granted a period of one year in which to regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.”last_img read more

No. 22 Auburn routs 8th-ranked Tennessee for SEC title

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Auburn’s Malik Dunbar celebrates after defeating Tennessee in the championship game of the NCAA Southeastern Conference basketball tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Auburn won 84-64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Auburn Tigers are taking home their first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship since 1985 and aren’t satisfied.Not with the NCAA Tournament up next.ADVERTISEMENT Now Pearl has his first SEC Tournament title at the expense of the first team he coached in the league.“I get no greater pleasure in beating Tennessee for this SEC championship because I spent so many wonderful years as a Tennessee Vol,” Pearl said. “Got great respect for their fans and program, their tradition in basketball.”On the court, Pearl thanked SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey for forgiving him and letting him return to the league as a coach. Pearl was still under an NCAA show cause penalty when Auburn hired him in 2014 for violations committed when he was at Tennessee. He was fired in 2011 for lying to NCAA investigators about a cookout he held for recruits.“I hope the SEC’s better with me in it,” Pearl said.Tennessee (29-5) likely cost itself any chance at the program’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Vols will have to win their first-round game to reach 30 victories for only the second time in school history.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tennessee: The Vols had not lost a rematch in the regular season, going 5-0 in such games in each of the past two seasons. This game came a week after the Vols lost at Auburn. The Vols’ drought without a SEC tourney title, last won in 1979, will stretch to at least 41 years.BROWN’S BACKBrown had struggled in the first half of games at this tournament and said after Auburn’s win over Florida in the semifinals that he knew he would have to start faster in the championship game. The senior guard did just that. He was 4-of-8 shooting with 11 points, and Auburn needed his production with Harper limited to two minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.QUOTABLE“The fact is we weren’t very good,” Barnes said.UP NEXTAuburn is cruising into its second straight NCAA Tournament.Tennessee makes its second straight NCAA Tournament. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director “Now it’s time to play for the big one,” Tennessee senior Admiral Schofield said after being held to a season-low four points.Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Auburn, and Danjel Purifoy added 10. Junior guard Jared Harper, Auburn’s second-leading scorer, went 1 for 11 and had nine points.Lamonte’ Turner led Tennessee with 24 points. Grant Williams, the two-time SEC player of the year, was held to 13. Jordan Bone had 11 and Jordan Bowden scored 10.Tennessee struggled to bounce back after an emotional win over No. 4 Kentucky in the semifinals. Coach Rick Barnes said he told his assistants the Vols looked a little drained at the start.“We just came out with no energy,” Williams said. “We came out like we expected things to happen. It’s hard to bounce back from that, especially how Auburn plays, how explosive they can be, especially when they start making shots.”The Tigers also became only the third team this season to lead Tennessee by double digits. Tennessee led 17-13 with 11:09 left on a pull-up jumper by Jordan Bowden. Then the Vols went cold, making only two buckets the rest of the half.Auburn heated up with the Tigers’ defense helping them turn the Vols over and over. The Tigers scored 16 straight points in a run that featured a pair of 3s from Brown. A free throw by Horace Spencer capped the spurt with 3:58 left and a 31-18 advantage. Auburn led 32-23 at halftime.The team that just set the SEC record for 3s made in a season hit 6 of 12 outside the arc to push that lead further. By the time Austin Wiley finished off a three-point play with 11:22 to go, the Tigers led 56-34.BIG PICTUREAuburn: The Tigers get so much attention for how they shoot 3s, but they also are fifth in the nation in steals per game. They came up with 14 steals in forcing 17 turnovers and had a 21-11 scoring edge off turnovers. … The Tigers also got the most minutes yet from Wiley, coming off an injured lower right leg. He missed five games, including the Tigers’ tournament-opening win over Missouri. Copeland, Yale beat Harvard for Ivy League title, NCAA berth MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bryce Brown scored 19 points, and Auburn won the SEC Tournament title by routing eighth-ranked Tennessee 84-64 on Sunday.“We still have a lot more to prove, a lot more to accomplish as a team,” said Brown, a senior guard who hadn’t won an SEC Tournament game before this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNo. 22 Auburn (26-9) hadn’t even played for the title since 2000, and the fifth-seeded Tigers won their fourth game in as many days to capture only the second SEC Tournament championship in program history. The Tigers now have won eight straight and 10 of their last 11 heading into the NCAA Tournament.Better yet, Auburn and coach Bruce Pearl have become the nemesis to his old program, beating Tennessee three straight times. Auburn ruined Tennessee’s hopes of winning back-to-back SEC regular-season titles for the first time with an 84-80 win to wrap up the season a week ago, and the Tigers also are the last team to beat Tennessee in Knoxville. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View commentslast_img read more

Inzamam-ul-Haq agreed to be chief selector after PCB assured three-year term

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said yes to the job of chief selector after PCB’s assurance that he will be given a three-year term.”Inzamam made it clear to the board he would only resign as the head coach of the Afghanistan team and become the new chief selector if he was given time to prepare a squad for the next World Cup in 2019 in England,” a PCB official told PTI.PCB dissolved the previous selection panel headed by Haroon Rashid after Pakistan’s dismal show at the Asia Cup and World Twenty20.”Inzamam has ensured that the board chairman Shahryar Khan accepted a couple of his conditions before he spoke to the Afghanistan cricket board and sent in his resignation although his contract with them was till December 2016,” the source disclosed.The source said one of the main conditions included that Inzamam be given time for at least three years so that he could work towards building a strong side for the next World Cup. (Inzamam-ul-Haq appointed Pakistan chief selector )Another condition was to esnure that there was no interference from the board or outside forces when it came to decision making.The former captain who played 120 Tests and 398 ODIs in an illustrious career has told the board he wants to rebuild a strong outfit for the next Champions Trophy in 2017 and then the World Cup 2019.”Our performances in Test cricket is satisfactory although we can get better. But it is in the 50-over and T20 formats that we have struggled badly in recent times,” Inzamam told Geo Super channel.advertisement”My main task would be to build a strong combination for these two formats so that our rankings improve a lot before the Champions Trophy and World Cup,” he said.Inzamam said that Pakistan’s present eighth ranking in ODIs was not satisfactory since it had loads of talent in this format.”We need to improve our rankings so that we can remain in the top eight and qualify for the next World Cup.””What we aim to do first is to ensure the players feel secure and motivated while playing for Pakistan. In recent times there has been lot of chopping and changing in the limited over teams,” he noted.Inzamam agreed to become the chief selector after taking a pay cut as he was getting 1.2 million rupees from the Afghanistan board while the PCB will pay him 900,000 rupees per month.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Pandya-Rahul controversy: Indian players to attend behavioural counselling session

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore over KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments on a popular TV show, Koffee With Karan. The BCCI has suspended the two cricketers and their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the A squads.”The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson’s life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.When asked whether Rahul and Pandya will attend gender sensitization classes separately, the official responded in the negative. The duo faced severe backlash for making inappropriate comments on women during the show, hosted by renowned Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.”There will be no separate sessions for Rahul and Pandya. The entire Indian team will attend sessions and these two boys, as centrally contracted cricketers, will attend the same,” he said.Incidentally, the board’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, in his observations after the Pandya-Rahul episode, had also suggested that young players undergo gender sensitivity programme so that they are well equipped to face the spotlight when they get into top flight.Despite having a choc-a-bloc schedule, the senior team will attend a few sessions but the course will be more relevant for India’s U-19 cricketers, who are being thrust into spotlight with IPL riches coming their way even before they are 20.advertisement”Players like 17-year-olds Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them,” a former India player said.It is still not confirmed whether a group of individuals will separately conduct the training programme or any particular company will be outsourced.It has also been learnt that lawyer Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes for CEO Rahul Johri, has been requested to suggest names of the company/individual for conducting the sessions.Johri was given a clean chit by a three-member panel, which included Gowda, with regards to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.”Initially, CoA chief Vinod Rai had asked former Internal Complaints Committee head Kareena Kripalani to set the ball rolling and get a company with expertise on such programmes to conduct sessions,” said the official.”However Edulji, who of late has differed on every issue with Rai, refused to agree as her contention was that Kripalani directly reports to the CEO. She had suggested that Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes decide on relevant organisation or individual,” the official said.Also Read | Feel sorry for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, ban a bit over the top: Allan BorderAlso Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticelast_img read more

Top 5 Goals – Matchday 27

first_imgAfrican All Stars Video: Karl Toko-Ekambi’s strike amongst the best in Ligue 1 Goal 18:34 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) African All Stars Videos Lille v Angers SCO Angers SCO Lille Ligue 1 Here is the top 5 of the most beautiful goals scored during matchday 27 of Ligue 1 French leaguelast_img

Modric tells Neymar: We’re waiting for you!

first_imgTransfers Modric appears to tell Neymar Real Madrid are ‘waiting for you’ Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 16:20 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Croatia Getty Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Friendlies The Croatian midfielder seems to be doing his best to tempt the Brazilian back to Spain after meeting him at Anfield on Sunday Luka Modric appeared to encourage Neymar to join him at Real Madrid following Sunday’s friendly between Brazil and Croatia.Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to La Liga with the European champions, less than a year on from his world-record €222 million (£194m/$259m) move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.The 26-year-old played a starring role at Anfield in his first appearance since February, coming off the bench to score a brilliant opening goal in Brazil’s 2-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Afterwards, he was filmed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) swapping signed shirts with Madrid midfielder Modric, and it seemed he could not resist a cheeky hint at a transfer in the coming weeks.As they wrote messages and exchanged jerseys in the tunnel after the match, Modric could be heard saying, “We’re waiting for you,” prompting a smile from Neymar.Modric was later asked about the transfer rumours and, according to Globo, replied: “Let’s see what happens!”Neymar has also refused to be drawn on the Madrid speculation of late, with his focus locked on international matters ahead of World Cup 2018.He told reporters when quizzed on the latest reports: “The focus is now on the Brazilian team.”They are talking nonsense. It’s not worth answering.”Olha que momento nos bastidores de Brasil x Croácia! O reconhecimento de dois craques pelo trabalho do outro. Bonito de se ver!   #GigantesPorNatureza — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2018 Despite Neymar’s reluctance to be drawn on his links to the Blancos, Goal has revealed that the Brazilian is eager to find a way out of Paris this summer.That suggests Modric may get his wish of playing alongside the former Barca man in the near future, with the Croatian doing his best to act as an agent in a mooted big-money deal.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool not planning new Robertson deal

first_imgLiverpool not planning new Robertson dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool.Given the Scot’s emergence as a key player for Jurgen Klopp over the past 12 months, reports had suggested that he was close to earning a bumper deal from the Reds.However, the Evening Standard believe the club have no plans to renegotiate Robertson’s contract, which expires in 2021.Robertson is not upset with the decision from Liverpool, contrary to reports. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Ex-Girlfriend Of Deondre Francois Apologizes, Recants Allegation That He Hit Her

first_imgDeondre Francois warming up before a game.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 02: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up prior to their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In a strange twist in the Deondre Francois’ story that led to his dismissal from the FSU football team, Francois’ ex-girlfriend is apparently recanting the allegation that he hit her.Diamond Lindsey, who published a video on Instagram over the weekend depicting a domestic dispute with Francois, published a new post where she apologized to Francois and regretted posting the video in the first place.Francois was dismissed from the FSU program yesterday.I want to first start by apologizing to Deondre and his family for ultimately diminishing his character. I should have never posted a video from our past situations that were already handled. The motive of the video was to scare him not to ruin anything he had going for hisself.Lindsey goes on to explain that the video was made to threaten him, and took responsibility for the seemingly-violent sounds in the video.She stated that she did not call the police and further apologized for misleading people.The full transcript of the post is available here:The Instagram account that posted the Deondre Francois video Saturday evening just posted this.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) February 4, 2019Despite the apology, it is unlikely that Lindsey’s statement will give FSU any cause to reconsider Francois’ status. The video does appear to indicate some form of abuse coming from Francois, even if there is no visual evidence to reinforce what he was apparently saying.Since his dismissal from the football team, Francois has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal.last_img read more

BJP member for workfriendly dress for women in uniform

first_imgNew Delhi: A BJP member in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday raised the issue of work friendly dress for women in uniform and urged respective ministries to allow them to wear clothes which are both convenient and dignified. DP Vats (BJP) said during the Zero Hour that the present pattern of summer uniform with the shirt tucked in under the belt and pant is very inconvenient for women in police and military, especially during pregnancy and afterwards. “It does not suit Indian women,” he said. “Through you, I want to request ministries concerned that the option of wearing safari uniform or salwar kameez with rank badges as per respective dress colours may please be permitted for women in uniform. This will be more work friendly,” he said. The BJP member also said that women security staff in Parliament were a good example of safari in uniform. “‘Beti Bachao, beti padhao’, in addition to it make the ‘beti’ more comfortable and dignified,” he noted. Vats said the armed forces are permitting even saree for the Army, Navy and Air Force, but saree is not convenient for parade and other duties. While the member was making his submission, some women members in the House raised objections to the use of some words by him, but Chairman Naidu overruled saying every member has the right to speak.last_img read more

Heres a list of November inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.7 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 0.7 per cent (1.9)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.0 (2.6)— Halifax: 1.7 (2.7)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.3 (2.8)— Quebec: 0.7 (1.3)— Montreal: 1.1 (1.8)— Ottawa: 2.1 (2.7)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.7)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.7 (2.1)— Winnipeg: 1.6 (2.7)— Regina: 0.8 (2.4)— Saskatoon: 0.9 (2.4)— Edmonton: 1.6 (3.0)— Calgary: 1.4 (2.5)— Vancouver: 2.3 (2.7)— Victoria: 2.5 (3.0)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 1.5 (2.9)— Yellowknife, NWT: 2.5 (3.1)— Iqaluit, Nunavut: 2.4 (2.1)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN reports progress towards poverty alleviation urges increased support for the poorest

7 July 2011Some of the world’s poorest countries have made impressive gains in the fight against poverty, but the least developed countries still lag in efforts to improve living standards, the United Nations said today in a report showing significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty. Some of the world’s poorest countries have made impressive gains in the fight against poverty, but the least developed countries still lag in efforts to improve living standards, the United Nations said today in a report showing significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty.Giving examples of achievements, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report – prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) – says that Burundi, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Togo and Tanzania attained or are nearing the goal of universal primary education, one of the targets.Considerable progress has also been made in Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Mozambique and Niger, where net enrolment ratios in primary school increased by more than 25 percentage points from 1999 to 2009.Sub-Saharan Africa, with an 18 percentage point gain in school enrolment between1999 and 2009, is the region with the best record of improvement, according to the report.Despite significant setbacks caused by the global economic crisis that plunged much of the world into recession in 2008 and 2009, and the high food and energy prices, the world is still on track to achieve the MDGs, according to the report.“Despite these declines, current trends suggest that the momentum of growth in the developing world remains strong enough to sustain the progress needed to reach the global poverty-reduction target,” the report says. “Based on recently updated projections from the World Bank, the overall poverty rate is still expected to fall below 15 per cent by 2015, indicating that the Millennium Development Goal target can be met.”The number of deaths of children under the age of five declined from 12.4 million in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2009, which means nearly 12,000 fewer children die each day. Increased funding and intensive control efforts have cut deaths from malaria by 20 per cent worldwide – from nearly 985,000 in 2000 to 781,000 in 2009, the reports notes.Increased funding from various sources has also expanded key programmes, such as treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.The report, however, stressed that efforts need to be intensified especially among the most vulnerable members of the global population who continue to be marginalised as a result of sex, age, ethnicity or disability. Disparities in progress between urban and rural areas also remain significant, according to the report.The document points out, for example, that wide gaps remain in women’s access to paid work in at least half of all regions and following the job losses in 2008 and 2009, the growth in employment during the economic recovery in 2010, especially in the developing world, was lower for women than for men.“The poorest of the world are being left behind. We need to reach out and lift them into our lifeboat,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during the launch of the report during the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva. “Now is the time for equity, inclusion, sustainability and women’s empowerment,” he added.“Achieving all the MDGs will require extra effort. Even where we have seen rapid growth, as in East Asia and other parts of the developing world, progress is not universal, nor are the benefits evenly shared,” said Mr. Ban. “Stubbornly high unemployment persists in rich and poor countries alike. And in many cases, the wealth gap is widening between the prosperous and the marginalized and between urban and rural,” he added.The report also highlights the fact that as a result of concerted efforts to achieve the MDGs, new HIV infections have been on a steady decline. In 2009, some 2.6 million people were newly infected with HIV – a 21 per cent drop since 1997, when new infections peaked. The number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV or AIDS increased 13-fold from 2004 to 2009, thanks to increased funding and expanded programmes.An estimated 1.1 billion people in urban areas and 723 million people in rural areas gained access to an improved drinking water source between 1990 and 2008.Progress has, however, been uneven, the report notes, highlighting the large gaps between and within countries. The poorest children made the slowest progress in terms of improved nutrition and survival, and nearly a quarter of children in the developing world were underweight in 2009, with the poorest children most affected.Advances in sanitation has also often bypassed the poor and those living in rural areas, with more than 2.6 billion people still lacking access to toilets or other forms of improved sanitation. In Southern Asia, for example, sanitation coverage for the poorest 40 per cent of households hardly increased between 1995 and 2008.“Everywhere, social inequalities have grown too wide,” Mr. Ban later told reporters. “We need to change that. We need to do things differently. We need a renewed global partnership for global social progress.”The MDGs were agreed at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, with eight targets for reducing extreme poverty and hunger, improving health and education, empowering women and ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015.Last year, world leaders attending a summit at UN Headquarters reaffirmed their commitment to the goals and called for intensified collective action and the expansion of successful approaches. A Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health was also launched, attracting over $40 billion in pledges. read more

UN envoy says Arafats Sunday speech marks potential turning point

Mr. Arafat’s speech marked “a potential turning point in the search for an end to the violence,” Special Coordinator Terje Roed-Larsen said in a statement released in Gaza on Monday. The envoy, who met with Mr. Arafat on Sunday night, noted that the speech had been accompanied by “significant” Palestinian steps on the ground. During their meeting, Mr. Roed-Larsen told President Arafat that the Palestinian Authority must deepen its efforts to control violence emanating from its territory. The UN envoy added that while the speech might likely be criticized by some Palestinian groups, it should be understood that suicide operations, mortars and other attacks gravely weakened international efforts to restore a processes leading to a viable, independent Palestinian State. In a subsequent meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Mr. Roed-Larsen emphasized that Israel must recognize that the speech had opened a potential opportunity and that it must respond accordingly.The envoy also said that the international community stood by the demands made of Israel in a joint statement issued on 26 October by the UN, the European Union, the United States and the Russian Federation. Among other measures, that statement had called for Israel to halt extra-judicial killings, ensure greater restraint by its defence forces, fully respect the ceasefire and move swiftly to ease closures. The Special Coordinator stressed that urgent efforts were needed by all parties to take advantage of Mr. Arafat’s speech and recent security efforts. “Violence achieves nothing for either side,” he said. “Violence will not bring an end to the occupation. Violence will not bring security for Israelis or Palestinians, and violence cannot bring peace.” In that connection, he said further extra-judicial killings at the current sensitive juncture – when the Palestinians were making “a genuine effort to calm things down” – would not be conducive to the process. read more

New UN report links processed meats to cancer in humans red meat

“In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance,” said Dr. Kurt Straif, Head of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) programme responsible for the findings.After reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a working group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC, processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer. Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood.The agency said examples of processed meat include hot dogs, or frankfurters, ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky, as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.The experts “concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” according to a press release issued today.The agency also said that the consumption of red meat asprobably carcinogenic to humans based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans. Red meat refers to all types of mammalian muscle meat, such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat.The association between red meat and cancer was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer, it said. ”These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat,” said IARC director Dr. Christopher Wild.“At the same time, red meat has nutritional value,” Dr. Wild said. “Therefore, these results are important in enabling governments and international regulatory agencies to conduct risk assessments, in order to balance the risks and benefits of eating red meat and processed meat and to provide the best possible dietary recommendations.”The IARC Working Group considered more than 800 studies that investigated associations of more than a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat in many countries and populations with diverse diets. The IARC’s mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. read more

Cyclist killed in Berbice accident by reportedly speeding car

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedElderly man killed in road accidentSeptember 8, 2017In “Crime”11-year-old killed by car allegedly speedingDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Father of 3 struck, killed by alleged speeding car along Corentyne HighwayJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news” A fatal accident which occurred about 18:55hrs on Sunday at the No.71 Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice has resulted in the death of pedal cyclist Devenana Hardeo ,53, of No.69 Village Squatting Area, Corentyne.This publication was informed that a motorcar, HC 6790, driven by a 25-year-old resident of Tarlogie Village, was proceeding north along the western carriageway of the public road with the cyclist in his lead when the car which was allegedly speeding struck the bicycle from the rear.As a result of the impact the cyclist fell onto the road surface and sustained injuries.He was taken to the Skeldon Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. his body is presently at the said hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.According to the police, the driver is in custody assisting with the investigation; he was tested for alcohol and found negative. read more

Growing garlic

first_imgIt was hard to find Australian grown garlic and it was difficult to grow, because there was no disease resistant garlic varieties in Australia and this had to be developed with Intellectual Property from Europe. I was lucky enough to attend university back in the 1980s when it was free of charge, graduating in Science. I worked for several years as an industrial chemist but always had a passion for working on the land. My garlic started off as a hobby, something I did in my spare time and funded with my own resources. It took me about 10 years before the operation actually became profitable. I didn’t have children back then, so I felt that I was able to take more risks. I made a lot of mistakes that were all very valuable lessons that have helped me to make better decisions now. I was lucky to have a supportive partner and family who encouraged me to follow my dream and to do what makes me happy. Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days? My background did not impede me, in fact many associates in the fresh food (agribusiness) sector are of ethnic background. My work involves a lot of travel to many places around the world. My Greek background helps me to appreciate and understand other cultures. What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition? There is no other competitor. Other garlic growers produce garlic on a small market garden scale. Australian Garlic Producers (AGP) Pty Ltd has mechanised planting, harvest, processing and packing. We are the only large scale producers of garlic that supply major Australian supermarkets nationally. Garlic is one of the hardest agricultural products to grow on a broad acre scale. AGP was able to establish supply agreements with major supermarkets. Australian grown garlic is among the healthiest and tastiest garlic in the world. Imported garlic is not always grown to the same stringent standards as our local garlic. It is believed that in some of the low labour cost countries, chemicals that are banned in Australia are still being used for the production of garlic. How is business currently? Thankfully good! The current economic crisis has not affected our sales. I suppose people still have to eat. The drought in Victoria meant that we had to develop a growing operation in a viable area, so at the moment we are growing garlic in Tasmania. Contingency planning is critical but it is also important to be adaptable and innovative wherever possible. In fact during difficult times, people probably cook more at home and really enjoy using garlic when preparing healthy home cooked meals. What is your vision for the future of your business? My vision is to replace most of the imported garlic with safe and healthy Australian grown garlic. Furthermore, Australia produces garlic at a time of the year when there is a global shortage of fresh garlic so there exists a good opportunity to export garlic into the Northern Hemisphere. We have a minced garlic paste that we supply to Woolworths and Coles and we hope to expand into more value added products in the future. Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs? Ensure your product is unique and do your market research – The business must be market driven and not production driven. Make sure you have sound contracts in place with your customers. You must enjoy your work because generally you will spend many hours developing any new venture. Understand what drives you and stay focused on your goal. Challenges will always present themselves within your business – it’s how well you manage them that will determine your success. This is no different to everyday life. It is not just about the money you make but also about the contribution you make to society. Never become complacent – ongoing improvement is vital. Most importantly try to have a healthy balance between work, family and friends. From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business? When I first began researching agri-business in Australia, I found that there was no major producer of garlic. Around 95 per cent of garlic sold in Australia was being imported from China. I tried to find out why this was the case. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Brésil des singes capucins séchappent dun zoo à laide dune pierre

first_imgBrésil : des singes capucins s’échappent d’un zoo à l’aide d’une pierreMardi, huit singes capucins se sont échappés d’un zoo brésilien. Ils ont réussi à casser les serrures de l’enclos où ils vivaient avec une pierre, et se sont enfuis dans une forêt voisine du parc animalier. Si certains ont été rapidement retrouvés, d’autres sont encore en fuite.C’est une évasion digne des plus grands films d’action qui vient de se dérouler au Brésil sauf que celle-ci concerne… huit singes capucins. Mardi, les petits primates ont en effet réussi à s’échapper de l’enclos du zoo de Cascavel, dans l’Etat brésilien du Parana, où ils étaient enfermés. Comme le rapporte Zegreenweb, les animaux appartenant à l’espèce de primates considérée comme la plus intelligente du continent américain, ont pour ce faire utilisé une pierre avec laquelle ils ont brisé les serrures de l’enclos. Jusqu’alors, les singes capucins utilisaient des pierres pour ouvrir des noix, un geste transmis de génération en génération qui s’est donc trouvé détourné d’une manière inattendue.À lire aussiLa réaction hilarante d’un orang outan face à un tour de magieLes singes capucins se sont enfuis dans une forêt proche du zoo, mais quatre d’entre eux ont été retrouvés. Deux primates se sont laissés prendre à des pièges remplis de bananes, et deux autres ont été découverts dans un restaurant situé tout près du parc animalier. Les quatres autres en revanche, ne sont pas réapparus. Les responsables du zoo pensent même avoir retrouvé les cerveaux de cette évasion. Il s’agirait d’un vieux singe baptisé Ceara et de sa compagne Amarela. “Nous espérons désormais être en mesure de récupérer les quatre autres” a déclaré la coordinatrice du zoo, Gladis Dalamina. Mais elle se montre très optimiste : “ils vont revenir car ils sont encore jeunes”, assure-t-elle en effet.Ce n’est pas la première fois que des singes capucins prennent ainsi la fuite au Brésil. L’espèce est réputée pour être fugueuse. Ainsi en juillet dernier, plusieurs singes se sont échappés dans Rio de Janeiro, entrant et saccageant des maisons pour trouver de la nourriture.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 16:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dembele laughs off Arsenal rumors

first_imgThe French footballer went live today on Twitch and made everything clear: he’s staying in Barcelona to winOusmane Dembele is enjoying life so far.With only 21 years of age, the French forward was crowned champion of the FIFA World Cup with his national team.But his time in Spanish club Barcelona has been superb too.After arriving in 2017 from German side Borussia Dortmund, Dembele has played in 17 occasions with the Blaugranas, scoring three goals.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.And during the transfer window, he was supposedly targeted by English club Arsenal, who would pay up to 89 million Pounds for his services.But Dembele laughed it off.Today he went live on Twitch to talk about these rumors.“Yes, I’m going to stay and I’m ready for the Super Cup of Spain against Sevilla,” he said was reported by Barca Blaugranes.last_img read more