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‘SIT report on farmer deaths an eyewash’

first_imgThe Shetakari Nyay Hakk Samiti has termed the Special Investigation Team report into the death of farmers in Yavatmal district last year an “eyewash and an attempt to save the real culprits”.The outfit floated by Congress leader from Yavatmal, Dewanand Pawar, had brought focus on the spate of farmers’ deaths in the district owing to pesticide poisoning between August and November last year.Mr. Pawar said, “When the SIT was constituted, we had told the public that it was formed to save the real culprits behind the death of farmers. The SIT was a part of a game-plan of the government to save the multinational seed firms and pesticide companies. The report is absolutely irresponsible and baseless. He said, “The report blames the farmers for the deaths. The government should not be complacent and think the SIT report will save them. The government and the firms are the real killers of the farmers in our district. We will not allow them to go scot-free.”Mr. Pawar also accused the State government of running away from instituting an independent inquiry into the deaths by a high court judge. He said, “Even the demand for a CBI probe was an attempt to divert the attention of the people.”Kishor Tiwari, head of Maharashtra government’s task force on farmers’ distress, slammed the SIT for blaming farmers and farm labourers for the deaths. He said, “The recommendations made in the SIT report are unfair to farmers. By putting all the blame on farmers, the officials are trying to defame the government. The multinational companies are the real killers of the farmers in Yavatmal.”last_img read more

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PDP and BJP: A Bollywood style break-up, says Omar Abdullah

first_imgNational Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday termed the break-up of the PDP-BJP alliance “a brilliant fixed match” , saying the two parties “crafted their divorce and scripted it to perfection after taking their cue from Bollywood.“The PDP & BJP have been watching Bollywood movies for political strategy. This is how they have crafted their ‘divorce’ Brilliant fixed match, scripted to perfection except the audience aren’t fools & neither are the rest of us, Mr. Abdullah wrote on Twitter as he shared a clip from the 1977 political satire movie Kissa Kursi Ka.The former Chief Minister called for immediate dissolution of the Assembly, saying keeping it in suspended animation encourages ‘dalals’ (brokers).“Then why not dissolve the assembly? If @rammadhavbjp is true to his word that there is no question of horse trading & clearly no new alliances are being formed then the assembly should be dissolved. Keeping it suspended has encouraged dalals,” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.He was responding to BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav’s reported comments that there was no question of horse-trading.last_img read more

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PDP expels leader for bid to split party

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World’s Apart

first_imgThe 2017 Forbes list of the 100 richest Indian billionaires estimated their collective fortune at $325 billion. Another recent ranking, the 2017 India Rich List by Hurun, found that the assets of the 617 richest Indians exceeded $660 billion, which is more than a quarter of India’s gross domestic product in 2016.Think about that for a second. Just 617 families in India control assets equivalent to a quarter of its GDP and 100 control almost a sixth.But don’t stop yet.According to Anas Rahman Junaid, chief researcher of Hurun Report India, “For every one entrepreneur in Hurun India Rich List 2017, we estimate that we missed three.”That could well mean that the assets of just 3,000 Indian families exceed the entire gross domestic product of the country.The problem of wealth inequality is of course endemic to the entire world, not just India.An Oxfam study found that just eight men owned more wealth than the 3.6 billion, who constitute the poorest half of the world, while a Credit Suisse report estimated that the richest 1 percent own nearly half the wealth on the planet.Nor are the inequities confined to capitalist societies. Indeed, the worst offender is Russia, where the top 1 percent hold almost 75 percent of the wealth.India has the dubious distinction of having the second highest imbalance in the world, with the richest 1 percent controlling 58 percent of personal wealth.Even though the pernicious consequences of wealth and income inequalities have long been recognized, and politicians the world rail against the lopsided concentration of national wealth, they are often in cahoots with the ultra-rich to perpetuate the iniquitous system.As a result, wealth inequality continues to grow. Forty years ago, the top 1 percent controlled one-fifth of global wealth and even at the turn of this century the proportion was one-third.Today it is close to half and rising.The economic system should reward innovation, entrepreneurship and hard work. But there is something fundamentally unjust and wrong about a system that concentrates wealth so disproportionately.The five richest Americans — Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison — are no doubt incredible innovators. But do they need to be rewarded, or are they even on the same scale, as the bottom third of all Americans combined?Do the rewards have to come at the cost of human dignity of the rest of the planet, where billions starve or live in inhumane conditions, just so the richest 1,000 can be financially incentivized to be creative?Surely, we can devise a system to generously reward creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship that is not so open-ended as to lock up a quarter to a half of the world’s wealth.After all, Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb, Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, Albert Einstein, who revolutionized physics, Galileo Galilei, who ushered in the scientific revolution, all made far greater contributions to the human imagination and societal progress than any billionaire to ever make the Forbes list. Related Itemslast_img read more

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UP coach Perasol not focused on standings as race to Final Four heats up

first_imgRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And although Jasper Parker tied the game with 32.9 seconds remaining, Paul Desiderio delivered another clutch triple with 1.1 seconds left that eventually gave UP the victory.“This was a morale-boosting win for us, these struggles are the things we need to experience for us to grow,” said Perasol. “The most important thing is that we have a a goal in mind and that is to uplift our program.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 All the potential intricacies, though, are far from UP head coach Bo Perasol’s mind with the Fighting Maroons more concerned with just simply winning the game that’s next on their schedule.“In fact we’re not thinking and we’re not talking about the standings,” said Perasol in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “It will give us undue pressure so we just talk about enjoying the game and making sure we’ll have a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd UP’s path to its fifth win involved erasing a 10-point deficit, 49-39, midway through the fourth quarter against the Tamaraws.Jun Manzo capped off the Fighting Maroons’ 17-4 run with a floater that gave UP a 56-53 lead with 38 seconds left in the game. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen University of the Philippines snatched a victory over Far Eastern University on Saturday, the Fighting Maroons also boosted their chances of barging into the Final Four.The Fighting Maroons tied the Tamaraws for the fourth spot with a 5-6 record, a major morale booster heading into the last four games of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa GlobalPort ships Robbie Herndon to Star in 3-on-1 swap Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Ceres poised to go deep

first_imgKarl Yulo scoops up five gymnastics golds; Buhayan is fastest man SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next YANGON—Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock feels his club is poised for a deeper run in the AFC Cup after the Busmen punched their ticket to the KO stage with a game to spare.Armed with more experience from previous campaigns, the Busmen qualified as the top team in Group G, which was considered as the toughest group in the Asean zone.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew But Schrock has noticed more positive changes in the way the team has played this year after losing in the Asean zonal final last year to Home United of Singapore.“I think we’re more composed in the way we play,” said Schrock. “It’s more on picking and choosing what to do with the situations.”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, logisticsIt will mark the fourth straight season that Ceres will appear in the knockout phase of the competition—a historic feat for a Philippine club.“It shows how well the club is organized and is functioning. All of us can be very proud,” said Schrock. View commentslast_img read more

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Anil Vij Sports minister of Haryana donates Rs 50 lakh to Baba Ram Raheem

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Tendulkar is one of the greats, Kohli has potential to become one: McGrath to India Today

first_imgComparisons between famous cricketers, especially among the batsmen, are always an exciting topic to talk and write about. Every generation has produced a handful of legendary cricketers who were a cut above the rest. (Dhoni and Kohli are different characters: Glenn McGrath to India Today)Ever since the media came into the picture, the trend of comparing cricketers has increased even more. From Viv Richards to Virender Sehwag and Gary Sobers to Jacques Kallis, nobody has been spared.The latest batting duo who have been caught in this web of comparisons is Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar and young superstar Virat Kohli. The Indian Test captain is being looked upon as the successor to Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs. (No score is safe in limited-overs cricket anymore: Yuvraj Singh to India Today)While Kohli is the face of Indian cricket at the moment, Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath, who has had some of the most memorable duels with Tendulkar on the field, thinks it is too early to compare Kohli with the ‘Master Blaster’.”Sachin is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, there’s no doubt about that. A lot of people are comparing Virat with Sachin already.”I think it’s a little too soon to be doing that, you know Virat has got huge potential and I think by the end of his career he’ll be recognised as one of the greats,” in an interview to India Today, the 46-year-old certainly made it clear on who’s the boss.advertisementTendulkar’s career spanned for 24 years and during that time he played a record 200 Tests and 463 ODIs smashing 100 international centuries along the way. When he finally decided to call it quits he was already 40. And McGrath feels Kohli still has a long way to go before entering the same league as Tendulkar.”I think he’s got to play a 100 Test matches or for 10-12 years before he can enter the same category, so at the moment, Sachin is one of the greats, Virat’s potentially one,” McGrath summed it up very nicely.last_img read more

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Supreme Court to BCCI: Set Lodha panel’s reforms rolling or court will do so tomorrow

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to give an undertaking that it would comply with the Lodha recommendations. The Supreme Court decided to then reserve its order – it will pass a final order on the Indian cricket board on Friday.It was a day of high drama  at the Supreme Court, where the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur pulled up the Indian board for refusing to comply with the Lodha reforms. The apex court asked serious questions of the BCCI and wanted to know what qualifications the BCCI office-bearers had. The Supreme Court was not impressed with the board’s failure to meet the deadline to implement the Lodha reforms and even asked the Amicus Curiae Subramanium if he had any administrators in mind if the BCCI top brass was ousted.The BCCI was finally given an ultimatum to fall in line and give an undertaking to follow the Lodha recommendations. But Kapil Sibal, appearing for BCCI, refused  to give any undertaking, forcing the Supreme Court to reserve its order.The top court will now announce its order tomorrow. Here’s how the day panned out at the Supreme Court: 14.58 IST: Supreme Court asked BCCI: Will you give an undertaking to implement Lodha committee reforms unconditionally or will the court have to pass an order?BCCI lawyer Kapil Siban refused to give an understanding14.49 IST: CJI Thakur furious with the fact that States voted against Lodha reforms. He says those associations should refund the money and no further funds be given if they don’t intend to reform.  advertisement14.14 IST:  So, the Supreme Court is understood to have given two options – Either elect new administrators or Lodha panel gives the Indian board more time to “fall in line.”14:00 IST: Hearing resumes  13.35 IST: CRUX OF WHAT THE SUPREME COURT HAS SAID SO FARThe Supreme Court also took up the story that India Today did with Dave Richardson, without naming the organisation . The issue was CAG’s appointment that the Lodha Committee had proposed in which Richardson had admitted that a verbal request was made.CJI to BCCI: Lodha panel is not an ordinary panel, it is headed by a former CJI. If you have any outstanding issues, go to the panel. ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016#LodhaReport hearing – SC observed “either BCCI elects new administrators or Lodha panel gives more time to BCCI to fall in line” ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016Also, the Court has asked for qualifications of the office-bearers of the BCCI including president Anurag Thakur. Kapil Sibal, appearing for the BCCI, said Thakur is a Member of Parliament and has captained a Ranji team as well. Justice Thakur quips – Even I have captained the Supreme Court judges’ team. Justice Thakur also asked the Lodha panel counsel on the qualifications that they want in administrators who they wish to take over the BCCI in the interim. Hearing adjourned till 2 PM 13.25 IST: Supreme Court observation: Do BCCI officials have special skills? Anurag Thakur played one Ranji game before becoming BCCI president 13.20 IST: CJI ASKS BCCI: Do administrators   have special skills?Kapil Sibbal appearing for BCCI tells SC: Anurag Thakur is a cricketerCJI Thakur quips: Everybody here is a cricketer. Even I am the captain of the Supreme Court Judges’ cricket team.MORE SCOOP FROM INDIA TODAY: The lawyer representing the Bihar Cricket Association intervened and said that Thakur had selected himself because he was heading the Himachal Cricket Association. And he did so because that would make him eligible to be North Zone Junior Selection Committee member. 13.14 IST: Disbursement of Rs 400cr is not routine. Don’t give money till a disbursement policy is formed. Ask the committee first before disbursement, Supreme Court tells BCCI 13.10 IST: I think we’re coming to a point where they (BCCI top brass) are asking for their suspension by Supreme Court: Chief Justice of India TS Thakur 12.55 PM: Amicus Curiae Subramanium recommends administrators of impeccable integrity must be placed to initiate the reform process. Interim board must be set up to implement Lodha Panel recommendations, he says. 12:49 IST: Supreme Court makes fun of BCCI President Anurag Thakur’s claims of being a cricketer. 12:43 IST : Katju is the only interface of communication, who openly said in a press conference to defy SC orders: Lodha Panel to SC Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanim tells SC:This is an attack on judiciary and any losing side now won’t comply with the Supreme Court order.Disbursement of funds to the state associations continued without formulation of any policy as mandated by SC. advertisement12:41 IST: SC asks Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam to identify new administrators if BCCI’s top brass is ousted . 12:19 IST: Lodha Panel tells SC:BCCI defiant, not implementing reformsMany mails were sent to BCCI, but remain unansweredBCCI has been distorting facts in the mediaBCCI tells SC:Most recommendations of the Lodha Committee have been rejected through a voting systemResponded to mails from the Lodha Committee, submits a detailed mail exchange to SC 12:04 IST: Lodha Committee points out BCCI’s failure to implement the recommendations despite the SC order. Points out that BCCI appointed Katju as the single interface between the committee and the BCCI. But Katju publicly said he will not meet the committee.  “Don’t just respect us (SC) in words but also in deeds,” CJI Thakur tells BCCI.Lodha panel rakes up ICC issue on BCCI’s demand to furnish a letter and when they didn’t get it, they started accusing Shashank Manohar. Lodha panel: Seven items were to be implemented by Sept 30 but BCCI nowhere close to accomplishing any one of those.  11.57 AM: More information from inside the Supreme Court: Chief Justice of India has now asked how Ratnakar Shetty knew about the conversation between Anurag Thakur and Shashank Manohar and what’s the basis of his allegation? Serious questions being asked of the BCCI’s conduct. 11.43 AM: There’s plenty of action inside the Supreme Court at the moment. Here are more live updates:Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramium comes down heavily on Justice Markandey Katju”I have never seen a former judge of the supreme court holding press conference and making remarks about sitting judges of this Court,” Subramanium tells SC. 11.40 AM: The CJI has just asked BCCI to respond to India Today’s exclusive interview with ICC CEO Dave Richardson , where he had exposed BCCI’s last bid effort to resist Lodha reforms 11.37 AM: Information from inside the court –  The Chief Justice of India asks what Ajay Shirke does. What is his line of work? Gopal Subramanium arguing now and pointing out how BCCI has continued to be defiant.11: 32 AM: As the argument gets underway inside the courtroom, here is a look at the key differences between the Lodha panel and BCCI as listed out by Anusha Soni: – BCCI had promised to take up a ‘new memorandum’. However, it did not keep its promise and instead called a meeting to ‘consider’ the proposed changes. The apex court directions are binding on the BCCI.- No directions issued to the State authorities for compliance with SC orders.- BCCI did not comply with SC directions on selectors and selection process.- Appointment of officials at the BCCI board – SC barred politicians holding public offices, mandated a cooling off period. BCCI made appointment to the post of Secretary in violation of these norms. 11.20 AM: Boria Majumdar gives a cricketing analogy to the tussle between the BCCI and the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panelThe BCCI here is like the Indian cricket team. If a player has been given out by the umpire, he cannot change the decision. Only the umpire can, not the Indian cricket team. advertisementWe have said everything we wanted to say in our report, SC will take cognizance now: RM Lodha on Lodha Committee Report #BCCI; ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016BCCI says “records of 40 mails sent to Justice Lodha will be submitted to the court, not true that we didn’t respond to Committee’s mails” – ANI BCCI says “a meeting comprising all members took place, and several recommendations of the Lodha Committee were rejected by voting.” – ANI#FLASH BCCI files reply with the Supreme Court, refute allegations of non- compliance with Lodha Committee recommendations&; ANI (@ANI_news) October 6, 2016JUDGEMENT DAYA big day for BCCI with the Supreme Court hearing the Board’s response to the Lodha Committee’s status report. In July this year the apex court had asked the BCCI to implement the Lodha reforms.However, BCCI has refused to accept few contentious points recommended by the Lodha panel. On September 28, former chief Justice of India RM Lodha submitted a status report in the Supreme Court stating how the cricket board has failed in implementing the reforms suggested. (National selectors legality in question ahead of ODI team selection)In response to the status report, Supreme Court blasted BCCI for not “falling in line” and warned them to face the consequences for contempt of court.BCCI DEFIANTIn a complete defiance of the Supreme Court, the BCCI earlier rejected key recommendations of the Lodha Committee, like one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years and cooling-off period of three years, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with the a apex court.At the Board’s Special General Body, deliberated on the recommendations and chose to stick to their stand by accepting only a few minor recommendations as most of the members were on the same page. They have also not accepted the recommendation on selection panel, which called for three selectors, instead of five, and with Test experience. (Harbhajan Singh backs BCCI, says IPL not a ‘tamasha’)Among the significant recommendations adopted unanimously in the meeting were induction of the representative of Comptroller and Auditor General as the member of the Apex Council as well as the IPL Governing Council and the formation of the Apex Council with certain modifications.In its press release, BCCI mentioned about the “various committees as recommended by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee including the special committee for the differently abled and the Women’s Committee”. (Anurag Thakur’s last-ditch effort ahead of Supreme Court hearing on status report)Another recommendation was “formation of the Players Association and their representation on the Committee”. As per one of the recommendations, the SGM authorised the CEO to contact the steering committee as proposed by the Justice Lodha Committee and commence the formation of the cricket players association.The members were unanimous in giving voting rights to the Associate members as per the ICC guidelines.As per the Board statement, the SGM also accepted (Item No 3) Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, Anti-Doping Code, Anti-Racism Code, Anti-Corruption Code and Operational Rules of the first timeline report of the Justice Lodha Committee for implementation for the next IPL season.The release further said, “With regards to (Item No. 4) of the timeline report issued by the committee, the members drew the attention to the fact that while it was the effort to ensure a 15-day gap between the national calendar and the IPL – the same will not be possible in the year 2017 because of the ICC’s Champions Trophy being scheduled in England at around the same time.”Justice RM Lodha had made it clear that none of the reforms suggested by the panel are negotiable. The committee had asked the BCCI and its state associations to adopt the new Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations by September 30.last_img read more

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Dolphins Bop The Bills, 22-9

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Put simply, the Miami Dolphins were due.They had been on a disastrous stretch against the Buffalo Bills, with one touchdown in a span of 33 possessions overlapping four games — three of which they lost, the fourth one looking like it would have the same outcome.“I wasn’t aware of that statistic,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said. “Certainly didn’t pass it along to the team.”Then came a breakthrough, and just like that the Dolphins’ playoff chances look a whole lot more realistic.Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes on back-to-back drives in a five minute span in the second half, Miami’s defense held Buffalo without a touchdown and the Dolphins beat the Bills 22-9 on Nov. 13.“The team felt, the offense especially, felt confident in what we were doing,” Tannehill said. “We were able to move the ball, do exactly what we wanted to do. … I think we did that in the second half, played more clean.”The Dolphins (6-4) moved into sole possession of second place in the AFC East, 1 1/2 games behind New England — a team Miami beat in Week 1.Tannehill completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards and the two scores to Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry. Lamar Miller rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries for Miami and the Dolphins’ defense held Buffalo to 86 yards on 30 plays after halftime.Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals against his former team, accounting for all of Buffalo’s scoring. The Bills (5-5) had beaten the Dolphins in each of the teams’ last three meetings, but left the game looking up at 10 other teams in the AFC standings.“We’ve got to score,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “This was a team loss. There’s no doubt about that when you look at all the things that happened out there tonight. … We lost this game as a team.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Le temps chaud fait grimper le risque de feu de forêt

first_imgLe gouvernement met les Néo-Écossais en garde contre le risque accru de feux de forêt causé par les températures chaudes de l’automne. « L’été est fini mais la menace des feux qui peuvent se déclarer en forêt et dans les champs est encore bien réelle à cause du temps chaud en ce début d’automne; les gens devraient donc être encore plus prudents, souligne Kara McCurdy, agente de prévention des incendies au ministère des Ressources naturelles. Les feux de forêt peuvent commencer facilement et se répandre rapidement dans les conditions actuelles où tout est sec. » Tout est extrêmement sec dans toute la province. Des nuits fraîches et la gelée qui arrive à l’automne peuvent aider à ralentir les feux de forêt mais une faible humidité, des vents modérés et des températures chaudes le jour font que les feux peuvent se répandre rapidement. Dans ces conditions, un feu de forêt peut avancer de 10 à 15 mètres à la minute. Les gens qui font brûler des broussailles sur leur propriété ou qui font un feu de camp devraient vérifier les restrictions quotidiennes sur le brûlage en appelant le 1-855-564-2876 ou en consultant le Les feux de broussailles et les feux de camp sont illégaux et dangereux entre 8 h et 14 h. Si la carte sur le brûlage est rouge, les feux sont interdits. Si elle est jaune, le brûlage est permis uniquement après 19 h. Si elle est verte, les feux de broussailles et les feux de camp sont permis. Pour des conseils sur la prévention des feux de forêt et pour d’autres mesures de sécurité incendie, consulter le (en anglais seulement)last_img read more

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Jerry Seinfeld To Stand Up For A Cure Again

first_imgThe Stand Up For A Cure 2013 Concert Series has announced that comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld will perform the first show of the new season with a performance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 17th with special guest Colin Quinn.The show is collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to benefit research for children and youth with diabetes.A limited number of tickets for this highly anticipated event went on sale through Ticketmaster on December 20th at 10AM EST. A passcode is required to purchase tickets for this exclusive event. For more information about supporting this event or purchasing tickets, please visit or call 1-800-706-CURE.This concert marks Jerry Seinfeld ’s third time performing as part of the Stand Up for a Cure Concert Series which has included other high-profile performers including Bon Jovi, The Dave Matthews Band, Brian Wilson and Barry Manilow. In addition, celebrity hosts have included Julia Roberts (9/10/08 at Madison Square Garden) and Alec Baldwin (6/2/08 at Wamu Theater).The concert will feature a top shelf VIP pre-party hosted by actress, model and Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza – most recently seen as a contestant on NBC’s the Celebrity Apprentice. In addition, a limited number of Meet and Greet experiences will be available for purchase on Ticketmaster with a passcode. The concert series has been known to attract an A-list audience of celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olsen, Antonio “LA” Reid, Woody Harrelson amongst many others.Welcoming the concert, Larry Hausner , CEO of the American Diabetes Association said: “The American Diabetes Association is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this special Stand Up for a Cure event. About 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes and this number continues to grow. Thanks to events like these, we are able to provide a vast array of resources for these youth and their families.”This concert is sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit Follow US-based news on Twitter: @NovoNordiskUSThe 2013 Stand Up for a Cure Concert Series is produced by Live Production Group who produce events to raise funds and awareness for various medical and social causes.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Country Stars To Party For A Cause

first_imgThe Academy of Country Music has announced the partners, activities and special events taking place during the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.The festival will be the first-ever special event held at the The LINQ in Las Vegas and will transform into a country music fan’s paradise featuring multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more including the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event, ACM Expo Marketplace presented by Roper, Coors Light Beer Garden, Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, Firestone’s Destination Country Tour, RAM Ride and Drive and many more.“We are thrilled to partner with some of America’s most recognized brands in order to create a dynamic, interactive experience for our fans,” said Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music. “Each brand’s participation is pivotal in making The Week Vegas Goes Country one of the most exciting weeks in Las Vegas!”The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Two-day passes for the ACM Party for a Cause® Festival headlined by Rascal Flatts on Friday and Keith Urban on Saturday are available for $65 and one-day tickets are available for $45 at performers include Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and The Cadillac Three plus Will Hoge, Chase Rice and Charlie Worsham on Friday night and Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Love and Theft and Parmalee plus Joel Crouse, Jon Pardi, Leah Turner, Austin Webb, Dan + Shay, and Max Impact, the premier rock band of the United States Air Force, on Saturday night.A free open-to-the-public concert event, ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, will officially kick off the Week Vegas Goes Country on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The LINQ and serve as a preview to the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival. The event will be headlined by Hunter Hayes and feature performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh.For more information, visit or The event benefits ACM Lifting Lives.last_img read more

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Haiti UN increases food distributions following protests over high prices

17 April 2008The United Nations is taking further action to confront food insecurity in Haiti with plans to distribute 8,000 more tons in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where rising prices have led to widespread protests, some of them violent. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will hand out the food in the coming days in the north, west and central regions, focusing on children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will double its child feeding programme to combat malnutrition and spend some $1.6 million on water and sanitation in the northwest and the Artibonite regions.Meanwhile, the Brazilian contingent of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is distributing 14 tons of food to more than 3,000 families in the poorest quarters of Port-au-Prince, the capital.MINUSTAH and WFP also continue to support various projects aimed at creating jobs that, with a combined $2.3 million budget, already employ some 2,500 Haitians.Set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, the Mission also focuses on a host of humanitarian issues. read more

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UN agency issues new guidelines to prevent mothertochild HIV transmission

The World Health Organization guidelines, “Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating Pregnant Women and Preventing HIV Infection in Infants,” said using the treatment during a pregnancy “substantially benefits the health of the woman and decreases the risk of HIV transmission to the infant.”It recommended using combinations of drugs called zidovudine, lamivudine and nevirapine.The South African Medicine Control Council has voiced concern about nevirapine, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and one of their partners, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.The three said the body of evidence was changing and more up-to-date research was needed on nevirapine-resistance, but they said the drug had to be used whenever no other options existed. read more

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Hidden epidemic of HIV hitting adolescents in AsiaPacific region UN agencies warn

“Adolescence is a time of transition and risk-taking, as children navigate the difficult journey to adulthood,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) East Asia and Pacific Director Daniel Toole said of the report, which is being released ahead of tomorrow’s World AIDS Day, showed that those at highest risk include gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, injecting drug users, and people who buy and sell sex.The 2014 figure accounts for almost 15 per cent of all new cases in the region. Although new infections are falling overall, they are rising among adolescents, coinciding with an increase in risky behaviour, such as multiple sexual partners and inconsistent condom use.Titled Adolescents: Under the Radar in the Asia-Pacific AIDS Response and published by the Asia-Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations, which includes UNICEF and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the report warned that the AIDS epidemic cannot be ended as a public health threat by 2030 without tackling the issue of adolescents.It called on Governments to provide access to adolescent-sensitive HIV testing and treatment and develop better data and adolescent-specific laws and policies, including comprehensive sex education in schools and through social media, information on where to get an HIV test, and condom use.“It is vital for adolescents to know their HIV status, and get treatment if they need it, but in many countries they are turned away from HIV testing centres,” it stressed.Ten countries account for 98 per cent of those aged 10 to 19 living with HIV in the region – Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, thePhilippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. There are now some 220,000 adolescents in the region living with HIV, with large cities like Bangkok, Hanoi and Jakarta hubs of new infections.“In Asia and the Pacific – as worldwide – adolescents have been largely neglected as a distinct group in focused efforts to prevent HIV transmission and prolong the life of people living with the virus,” Mr. Toole and UNAIDS Regional Director Steven J. Kraus wrote in a joint foreword to the report.“The result is rising infections among 10-19 year-olds at risk of HIV, and an increase in the number of AIDS-related deaths. These are preventable deaths. As parents, teachers and leaders – as societies – we ask that children in their second decade of life assume ever-growing responsibilities as they approach adulthood. “And yet, we have responsibilities towards them – to ensure their right to health care, to education, to protection, and to development. Failure to prioritize adolescents in the HIV response leads to injustice at many levels,” they stressed, calling for new action from the highest levels of Government, and new ways of reaching adolescents at risk of and living with HIV. read more

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Charity left Alzheimers sufferer on minibus for three hours after forgetting about

The worried granddaughter said: “They were laughing and joking saying nan probably had a kip. I said it’s not a laughing and joking matter.”If nan didn’t have family she would have been left on there. She would not have been found until the Monday. An old person wouldn’t have lasted more than a day. She would have been dead.”Ms Harris’ daughter Tina, 52, added: “I was just numb. I couldn’t believe it.”The family made an official complaint to Age UK and said they were not happy for the grandmother to keep attending the charity’s centre.She had used the charity’s Sheerness branch but that provision stopped at the end of October, her family said.An investigation was carried out after the incident in July which resulted in disciplinary action.The charity also said changes have were implemented, but the family say they do not understand how the driver kept their job.Mother-of-two Gemma added: “If I’d left the kids in the car, I’d have had social services on my back. If she’d died they’d be up for manslaughter.”Age UK chairman Alan Doucy said: “We are truly sorry for this incident and the upset caused and have apologised to our client and their family. A pensioner with Alzheimer’s was locked in a charity minibus for three hours after the driver went home for the weekend having forgotten about her .The family of grandmother Beryl Harris, 87, fear she could have died after she was abandoned in the Age UK bus having fallen asleep.Beryl was left behind by the driver, who forgot to take her home before returning the vehicle to a centre run by the charity on a Friday night.He locked up and left, leading the pensioner’s family to conduct a desperate search for her.  She was eventually found by Age UK staff, who Ms Harris’ relatives say joked about the ordeal, insisting she must have gone for a nap. Granddaughter Gemma Cunningham has questioned why the driver was not sacked, after she launched the frantic search party at about 7pm that evening when carers who visited Beryl got no answer at her flat in Sheppey, Kent.Relatives were initially told everyone on the bus had been dropped off at home – but it emerged Beryl was left in the van from about 3.45pm until 7.30pm.Ms Cunningham, 34, said: “I got a phone call to say the carers could not get in. I went down there and realised nan wasn’t there. We thought she had gone walkabout or something.” “KCC staff are working with the family to ensure the individual concerned continues to receive appropriate care and support.” “Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of all older people in our care so we are very disappointed to have fallen short of that.”Following the incident we took immediate steps to investigate how this occurred, as well as implementing our formal disciplinary procedure with the member of staff concerned.”In line with our regulatory responsibilities we reported the incident to Kent County Council, the Charity Commission and Age UK, and continue to work closely with them.”We have now put in place new measures and processes to try and ensure this kind of situation could not happen again.”These include, appointing additional drivers, extra training for staff who drive minibuses, updating our record-keeping process, and ongoing discussions with Kent County Council regarding our transport to further strengthen our policies and processes.”We are also investing in digital record-keeping system to further improve our systems.”We have also met with the family since the outcome of our investigation to listen to their concerns, and took steps to ensure this was as objective and transparent as possible.”Throughout this period we have taken every step to ensure our client was supported and that they still visited the centre.” The Age UK centre in Mustards Road, Bay ViewCredit:SWNS/KMG Beryl Harris, 87 of Leysdown, with daughter Tina (left) and granddaughter Gemma Cunningham (right)Credit:SWNS/KMG Beryl Harris, 87 of Leysdown, with daughter Tina (left) and granddaughter Gemma Cunningham (right) The Age UK centre in Mustards Road, Bay View A council spokesman said: “The incident is being treated extremely seriously and a safeguarding inquiry has been launched into the circumstances. This investigation is ongoing. She said calls to Age UK went unanswered but she used a private number to contact a staff member. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Local rep yet to confirm fate of Dynamic Airways

…as company stops selling tickets, slows down operationsFaced with bankruptcy and lawsuits which could force it to sell, Dynamic Airways may be in the process of preparing to pull out of the local aviation sector.According to local representative for the airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, Dynamic is currently slowing down its operations, and has stopped selling tickets.“They are slowing down the operations as of this time. In another couple of days, I will know for sure what is happening. They have not been selling any tickets, but we are examining the situation. When I know for sure by Dynamic, I will let the public know,” Gouveia told this publication.Gouveia has revealed plans to meet with officials of the US-based company to determine future plans. A number of travel agencies recently voiced concerns over the cancellation of all Dynamic flights for the remainder of the year.After investigations, it was revealed that the airline is planning to suspend operations soon. However, it is yet to inform the public what it intends to do regarding those passengers who have already booked flights with them.Dynamic had, earlier this year, announced that it had filed for bankruptcy with the United States Bankruptcy Court. It had noted that it would continue operations as normal.The voluntary Chapter 11 petition was filed by Dynamic Airways with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina. According to the United States Courts website, this chapter of the Bankruptcy Code generally provides for reorganisation.Chapter 11 allows a debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time. This includes the lawsuits from Hajj flights that Dynamic operated in 2014 for Air India, and an arbitration award against Dynamic Intl., finding that the airline was in breach of contract by failing to pay commissions to BKP Enterprises in connection with the Hajj flights.Just a month after filing for bankruptcy, one of the airline’s creditors had moved to the courts to force the airline to liquidate its assists after Dynamic owed some US$1.19 million. The creditor, PMC Aviation LLC of Greensboro, claimed in its motion for liquidation that Dynamic was suffering from millions of dollars of continuing losses, and that the debtor (airline) had been grossly mismanaged. Back in 2014, the airline had suspended its operation for four months. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDynamic Airways unsure of return date; Gouveia to join internal operationsAugust 19, 2014In “Business”Dynamic Airways celebrates one year anniversary; plans to add Toronto routeJuly 2, 2015In “Business””Guyanese have not seen the end of Dynamic Airways” – Gouveia assuresAugust 7, 2014In “Business” read more

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Cancun inauguration du plus grand musée sousmarin au monde

first_imgCancun : inauguration du plus grand musée sous-marin au mondeLe plus grand musée sous-marin au monde sera inauguré fin novembre. Au fond de la mer des Caraïbes, à Cancun, il offre à voir 400 statues de taille humaine, placées à neuf mètres de profondeur.Le plus grand musée sous-marin du monde est l’œuvre du sculpteur britannique Jason deCaires Taylor, amateur de plongée. Baptisée “L’évolution silencieuse”, cette intégration au milieu marin n’a pas qu’un intérêt purement artistique. Le sculpteur et Roberto Diaz, président de ce musée subaquatique de l’art (Musa), expliquent l’intérêt de l’intégration des statues au milieu marin. “La première fois que j’ai vu le travail de Jason sur internet, j’ai adoré. Il a cette touche magique du sculpteur inspiré par l’esprit de préservation de la nature”, déclare Roberto Diaz.À lire aussiCette start-up a trouvé comment faire pousser du corail 50 fois plus vite que la natureCoraux, éponges, anémones et autres organismes vont prendre possession petit à petit du musée et en faire ainsi “évoluer silencieusement” les contours.Parallèlement, le musée va contribuer à sa façon à la préservation de l’écosystème en détournant une partie des 750.000 touristes qui viennent chaque année s’adonner à la plongée sous-marine.Le musée a coûté 250.000 dollars (environ 183.000 euros) mais il doit encore s’agrandir, en s’ouvrant à d’autres artistes.”Je considère que ça n’est pas terminé, c’est seulement une phase”, souligne Jason deCaires Taylor. “J’en suis au stade où j’installe des sculptures dans la mer. Ensuite, comme l’indique le titre, elles vont évoluer, considérablement”, conclut-il. Le 12 novembre 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Wilshere urges teammates to play well quickly

first_imgThe West Ham United midfielder says his team has to work on welcoming the newcomers to be able to play all togetherWest Ham United got its second defeat of the Premier League season.The Hammers fell 2-1 against Bournemouth on Saturday and this is making players like Jack Wilshere frustrated.“We have got a lot of new players and we need to gel,” Wilshere he told West Ham’s official website as quoted by The Standard.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Hammers have a new manager this season and nine new signings, and Wilshere believes his team has to learn to play together soon.“At this level in this league, people aren’t given time, so we have to do it quickly and all tuck in this week,” he added.“We started well and we all wanted to win this week and we felt we were good enough to win.”“Obviously, the dressing room is devastated because we should have come away with something from the game, but we have to go again,” he said.last_img read more

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