Opinions by medical experts helped nail accused: CB

first_imgThe Crime Branch (CB) on Saturday said it was on the strength of opinion furnished by medical experts that “it has been confirmed that the Kathua victim was subjected to sexual assault by the accused”.“The medical expert has also opined that hymen of the victim was not found intact,” said a CB spokesman.Section addedHe said, on the basis of the medical opinion, Section 376 (D) IPC (where a woman is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention) was added in the case.“The medical opinion has established beyond doubt that the victim was held in captivity and administered sedatives and the cause of death was asphyxia leading to cardio-pulmonary arrest,” he added.The Crime Branch said that it “was in the process of submitting supplementary charge sheet”.last_img read more

LeBron James blasts timing of Mavs’ Harrison Barnes trade

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town The makeover of the Mavericks continued even as parts of the blockbuster trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks were making their Dallas debuts. Porzingis isn’t playing this season as he recovers from a knee injury.Rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks made another move by dealing Barnes while beating the Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s really the first time I’ve witnessed it,” Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said of seeing someone traded during a game. “During practice, on the plane, bus, stuff like that, yes, that happened to me. But during the game? I have not witnessed that being live.”LeBron James of the Lakers blasted the move in an Instagram post late Wednesday. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “He’s a better man than me,” said Nowitzki, who scored eight points. “Everybody else would have bounced out. He’s just a genuinely good dude and he’s obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. That’s the kind of guy he is.”Kemba Walker had 30 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.With NBA Commissioner Adam Silver watching from not far behind the Mavericks bench, Doncic had a spinning layup for a 3-point play with Dallas leading by two and answered a bucket by Batum with a 3 to push the lead to six.The first teenager with multiple triple-doubles, Doncic had 11 assists and 10 rebounds on a rough shooting night (5 of 20, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range).Batum, who finished with 14 points, got the Hornets within three with a 3-pointer before Finney-Smith answered from long range for a 97-91 lead in his second career double-double.TIP-INSHornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs. … Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points, and Cody Zeller had 13 rebounds with nine points. … Batum was just 2 of 9 from 3-point range as the Hornets shot 24 percent from beyond the arc.Mavericks: After setting franchise record for 3s in a quarter by going 10 of 17 from long range in the first quarter of the meeting in Charlotte, the Mavericks missed their first 10 before Hardaway and Doncic hit consecutive 3s in the final 1:11 of the first. … All of Doncic’s triple-doubles have come in the past seven games. … Dwight Powell had his second double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. … As part of the Sacramento trade, Dallas waived C Salah Mejri.COMING AND GOINGAfter trying to figure out how to incorporate three new guards into his rotation, and only using two, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has a couple of forwards coming in with Randolph and Jackson. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “With this trade now, a lot of things are in play,” Carlisle said. “Everything is going to bump a little here and a little there. I have to let the dust settle and figure out who the hell is going to start.”UP NEXTHornets: Second stop on a four-game trip at Atlanta on Saturday.Mavericks: Second of three straight at home against Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gumban earns another shot at national crown LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — Harrison Barnes stayed on the bench in the fourth quarter after news broke that the Dallas Mavericks forward had been traded to Sacramento.The seventh-year player lingered on the floor a few extra moments after the game to chat up some Charlotte opponents, then walked through a throng of fans who seemed to want to say goodbye after seeing all the social media activity on their phones during the second half.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???” James wrote. “Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his first game since leaving the Knicks. Trey Burke went scoreless in four minutes while Courtney Lee didn’t play.Barnes, who was traded for Kings forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, played most of the third quarter before reports of the deal surfaced, scoring seven of his 10 points. He wasn’t available in the locker room after the game.Dirk Nowitzki started realizing something was up when Barnes didn’t replace him early in the fourth quarter as usual with the 40-year-old playing a limited role in his record 21st season with the same franchise.Since Nowitzki credited Barnes for being a positive influence in his two-plus seasons with the Mavericks, he wasn’t surprised that Barnes stuck around after word of the trade got out.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Nation congratulates India colts post Azzurri conquest

first_imgNew Delhi, May 20 (PTI) From cricketer Virender Sehwag to sports minister Vijay Goel, distinguished people from all walks of life congratulated the India U-17 football team for their stupendous 2-0 victory in an international friendly against Italu, yesterday. Most of them took to twitter to congratulate the youngsters, who would be playing the FIFA U-17 World Cup. “Great day! #India U-17 #football team defeats #Italy 2- 0! Well done boys, proud of you all!,” Goel tweeted. AIFF president Patel said:”First entering the 100 club & now Indias U-17 Team beats Italys U-17 Football Team. Way to go @IndianFootball #FIFAU17WC.” Mumbai Football Association boss Aditya Thackeray comes out loud in support of Indian Football and time and again AIFF has expressed their gratitude towards this youthful vibrant leader. The Mumbai-based leader urged everyone to watch the match before the kick-off and the avid football fan was following the action as it unfolded. After Matos boys secured the victory, he could not hold his emotion back and congratulated the boys wholeheartedly. “Huge boost for India! @IndianFootball team of U17 lads won against Italys Football Team of U17 2-0! Congratulations #IndianFootball” He added more:”This win is a big win for India and a boost before the U17 World Cup in India! @IndianFootball” The Delhi-born maverick batsman Virender Sehwag who guided India to the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 and won the same 8 years later, is an active Twitterati person. Virender Sehwag, in his signature tone, took up the opportunity to praise the boys as well. “Yaay! We have beaten Italy. Congratulations to the under 17 @IndianFootball on the spectacular victory. Italy ki idli ban gayi !” Mohammed Kaif termed it as a “great occasion” and “historic.” “What a great occasion this! Congratulations to the boys. Indeed historic.” Even the Mumbai Film Industry didnt mince their words eulogising the colts who pulled off the heroics last night. Abhishek Bachchan, an ardent football fan, symbolised this victory as “a sign of things to come.” “Many congratulations to our Indian U-17 boys football team who beat Italy 2:0 today. Hope this is a sign of things to come. #BleedBlue” Stephen Constantine praised the entire team for the wonderful victory against the Azzurri. “Great result lads well done to the entire team”, was what he tweeted yesterday following the 2-0 victory. AIFF Player of the Year 2016 Jeje Lalpekhlua who is going to hit the pitch tomorrow for Mohun Bagan in their quest for the second consecutive Hero Federation Cup, congratulated the boys for their astounding feat. Senior India stars Sandesh Jhingan and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also heaped their praises for the colts. “Congratulations to our u-17 @IndianFootball for this inspirational win, keep working hard and more results like this will come. My best wishes”, was what Sandeshs twitter handle read yesterday. Sunil Chhetri, who has already embossed his name as the highest scorer on the national colours for India, tweeted: “Big result last night for our @IndianFootball U17s against Italy. Keep working hard and miracles will happen boys!” Gurpreet, who has an all-win record as the National Team skipper until now, put a cosy picture of himself along with the U-17 squad on his official twitter handle and wrote: “Good win for the @IndianFootball U-17 team against #Italy U-17, im not surprised by it because i know these boys have the fight in them.” The Asian Football Confederation lavished their praises for the Indian colts which would surely motivate them to scale a newer height in the near future. “A great result – well played India!”. PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Rio’s Filthy Waters Await Olympians

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues. But neither the government nor the IOC tests for viruses, relying on bacteria testing only.Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites.As a result, Olympic athletes are almost certain to come into contact with disease-causing viruses that in some tests measured up to 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on a Southern California beach.Despite decades of official pledges to clean up the mess, the stench of raw sewage still greets travelers touching down at Rio’s international airport.Prime beaches are deserted because the surf is thick with putrid sludge, and periodic die-offs leave the Olympic lake, Rodrigo de Freitas, littered with rotting fish.“What you have there is basically raw sewage,” said John Griffith, a marine biologist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Griffith examined the protocols, methodology and results of the AP tests.“It’s all the water from the toilets and the showers and whatever people put down their sinks, all mixed up, and it’s going out into the beach waters. Those kinds of things would be shut down immediately if found here,” he said, referring to the U.S.Vera Oliveira, head of water monitoring for Rio’s municipal environmental secretariat, said officials are not testing viral levels at the Olympic lake, the water quality of which is the city’s responsibility.The other Olympic water venues are under the control of the Rio state environmental agency.Leonardo Daemon, coordinator of water quality monitoring for the state’s environmental agency, said officials are strictly following Brazilian regulations on water quality, which are all based on bacteria levels, as are those of almost all nations.“What would be the standard that should be followed for the quantity of virus? Because the presence or absence of virus in the water … needs to have a standard, a limit,” he said. “You don’t have a standard for the quantity of virus in relation to human health when it comes to contact with water.”Olympic hopefuls will be diving into Copacabana’s surf on Aug. 2 during a triathlon Olympic qualifier event, while rowers take to the lake’s water beginning Aug. 5 for the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships. Test events for sailing and marathon swimming take place later in August.More than 10,000 athletes from 205 nations are expected to compete in next year’s Olympics. Nearly 1,400 of them will be sailing in the waters near Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay, swimming off Copacabana beach, and canoeing and rowing on the brackish waters of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.The AP commissioned four rounds of testing in each of those three Olympic water venues, and also in the surf off Ipanema Beach, which is popular with tourists but where no events will be held. Thirty-seven samples were checked for three types of human adenovirus, as well as rotavirus, enterovirus and fecal coliforms.The AP viral testing, which will continue in the coming year, found not one water venue safe for swimming or boating, according to global water experts.Instead, the test results found high counts of active and infectious human adenoviruses, which multiply in the intestinal and respiratory tracts of people.These are viruses that are known to cause respiratory and digestive illnesses, including explosive diarrhea and vomiting, but can also lead to more serious heart, brain and other diseases.The concentrations of the viruses in all tests were roughly equivalent to that seen in raw sewage — even at one of the least-polluted areas tested, the Copacabana Beach, where marathon and triathlon swimming will take place and where many of the expected 350,000 foreign tourists may take a dip.“Everybody runs the risk of infection in these polluted waters,” said Dr. Carlos Terra, a hepatologist and head of a Rio-based association of doctors specializing in the research and treatment of liver diseases.Kristina Mena, a U.S. expert in risk assessment for waterborne viruses, examined the AP data and estimated that international athletes at all water venues would have a 99 percent chance of infection if they ingested just three teaspoons of water — though whether a person will fall ill depends on immunity and other factors.Besides swimmers, athletes in sailing, canoeing and to a lesser degree rowing often get drenched when competing, and breathe in mist as well. Viruses can enter the body through the mouth, eyes, any orifice, or even a small cut.The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers.Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites, with results ranging from 14 million adenoviruses per liter on the low end to 1.7 billion per liter at the high end.By comparison, water quality experts who monitor beaches in Southern California become alarmed if they see viral counts reaching 1,000 per liter.“If I were going to be in the Olympics,” said Griffith, the California water expert, “I would probably go early and get exposed and build up my immunity system to these viruses before I had to compete, because I don’t see how they’re going to solve this sewage problem.”However, Dr. Richard Budgett, the medical director for the International Olympic Committee, said after seeing the AP findings that the IOC and Brazilian authorities should stick to their program of testing only for bacteria to determine whether the water is safe for athletes.“We’ve had reassurances from the World Health Organization and others that there is no significant risk to athlete health,” he told the AP on the sidelines of an IOC meeting in Malaysia.He went on to say that “there will be people pushing for all sorts of other tests, but we follow the expert advice and official advice on how to monitor water effectively.”Many water and health experts in the U.S. and Europe are pushing regulatory agencies to include viral testing in determining water quality because the majority of illnesses from recreational water activities are related to viruses, not bacteria.___A “HUGE RISK” FOR ATHLETESIvan Bulaja, the Croatian-born coach of Austria’s 49er-class sailing team, has seen it firsthand. His sailors have lost valuable training days after falling ill with vomiting and diarrhea.“This is by far the worst water quality we’ve ever seen in our sailing careers,” said Bulaja.Training earlier this month in Guanabara Bay, Austrian sailor David Hussl said he and his teammates take precautions, washing their faces immediately with bottled water when they get splashed by waves and showering the minute they return to shore. And yet Hussl said he’s fallen ill several times.“I’ve had high temperatures and problems with my stomach,” he said. “It’s always one day completely in bed and then usually not sailing for two or three days.”It is a huge risk for the athletes, the coach said.“The Olympic medal is something that you live your life for,” Bulaja said, “and it can really happen that just a few days before the competition you get ill and you’re not able to perform at all.”Dr. Alberto Chebabo, who heads Rio’s Infectious Diseases Society, said the raw sewage has led to “endemic” public health woes among Brazilians, primarily infectious diarrhea in children.By adolescence, he said, people in Rio have been so exposed to the viruses they build up antibodies. But foreign athletes and tourists won’t have that protection.“Somebody who hasn’t been exposed to this lack of sanitation and goes to a polluted beach obviously has a much higher risk of getting infected,” Chebabo said.An estimated 60 percent of Brazilian adults have been exposed to hepatitis A, said Terra, the Rio hepatologist. Doctors urge foreigners heading to Rio, whether athletes or tourists, to be vaccinated against hepatitis A. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends travelers to Brazil get vaccinated for typhoid.___UNDER A MICROSCOPEThe AP commissioned Fernando Spilki, a virologist and coordinator of the environmental quality program at Feevale University in southern Brazil, to conduct the water tests.Spilki’s testing looked for three different types of human adenovirus that are typical “markers” of human sewage in Brazil. In addition, he tested for enteroviruses, the most common cause of upper respiratory tract infections in the young. He also searched for signs of rotavirus, the main cause of gastroenteritis globally.The tests so far show that Rio’s waters “are chronically contaminated,” he said. “The quantity of fecal matter entering the waterbodies in Brazil is extremely high. Unfortunately, we have levels comparable to some African nations, to India.”Griffith, the California expert, said the real concern isn’t for what Spilki actually measured, noting that “there are very likely to be nastier bugs in there that weren’t searched for and that are out there lurking.”There is no lack of illness in Rio, but there is a severe shortage of health data related to dirty water, medical experts said.The maladies often hit people hard, but most don’t go see a doctor, so no data is collected.Globally, however, rotavirus accounts for about 2 million hospitalizations and over 450,000 deaths of children worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization.The AP testing found rotavirus on three separate occasions at Olympic sites — twice at the lake and once at a beach next to the Marina da Gloria, where sailors are expected to launch their boats.Mena, an associate professor of public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and an expert in water quality, conducted what she called a “conservative” risk assessment for Olympic athletes participating in water sports in Rio, assuming they would ingest 16 milliliters of water, or three teaspoons — far less than athletes themselves say they take in.She found “an infection risk of 99 percent,” she said. “Given those viral concentration levels, do I think somebody should be exposed to those amounts? The answer is no.”The AP also measured fecal coliform bacteria, single-celled organisms that live in the intestines of humans and animals. Fecal coliforms can suggest the presence of cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid.In 75 percent of the samples taken at the Olympic lake, the number of fecal coliforms exceeded Brazil’s legal limit for “secondary contact,” such as boating or rowing — in two samples spiking to over 10 times the accepted level.The Marina da Gloria venue exceeded the limit only once, while at Rio’s most popular tourist beach, Ipanema, fecal coliforms tested at three times the acceptable level in a single sample. At Copacabana, the AP tests found no violations of fecal coliform counts.Fecal coliforms have long been used by most governments as a marker to determine whether bodies of water are polluted because they are relatively easy and cheap to test and find. Brazil uses only bacterial testing when determining water quality.In Rio, the fecal coliform levels were not as astronomical as the viral numbers the AP found. That gap is at the heart of a global debate among water experts, many of whom are pushing governments to adopt viral as well as bacterial testing to determine if recreational waters are safe.That’s because fecal coliform bacteria from sewage can survive only a short time in water, especially in the salty and sunny conditions around Rio. Human adenoviruses have been shown to last several months, with some studies even indicating they can last years.That means that even if Rio magically collected and treated all its sewage tomorrow, its waters would stay polluted for a long time.___“A WASTED OPPORTUNITY”In its Olympic bid, Rio officials vowed the games would “regenerate Rio’s magnificent waterways” through a $4 billion government expansion of basic sanitation infrastructure.It was the latest in a long line of promises that have already cost Brazilian taxpayers more than $1 billion — with very little to show for it.Rio’s historic sewage problem spiraled over the past decades as the population exploded, with many of the metropolitan area’s 12 million residents settling in the vast hillside slums that ring the bay.Waste flows into more than 50 streams that empty into the once-crystalline Guanabara Bay. An eye-watering stench emanates from much of the bay and its palm-lined beaches, which were popular swimming spots as late as the 1970s but are now perpetually off-limits for swimmers.Tons of household trash — margarine tubes, deflated soccer balls, waterlogged couches and washing machines — line the shore and form islands of refuse.Starting in 1993, Japan’s international cooperation agency poured hundreds of millions of dollars into a Guanabara cleanup project. The Inter-American Development Bank issued $452 million in loans for more works.A culture of mismanagement stymied any progress. For years, none of four sewage treatment plants built with the Japanese funds operated at full capacity.One of the plants in the gritty Duque de Caxias neighborhood didn’t treat a drop of waste from its construction in 2000 through its inauguration in 2014. For 14 years, it wasn’t connected to the sewage mains.By then, the Japanese agency rated the project as “unsatisfactory,” with “no significant improvements in the water quality of the bay.”As part of its Olympic project, Brazil promised to build eight treatment facilities to filter out much of the sewage and prevent tons of household trash from flowing into the Guanabara Bay. Only one has been built.The fluorescent green lagoons that hug the Olympic Park and which the government’s own data shows are among the most polluted waters in Rio were to be dredged, but the project got hung up in bureaucratic hurdles and has yet to start.“Brazilian authorities promised the moon in order to win their Olympic bid and as usual they’re not making good on those promises,” said Mario Moscatelli, a biologist who has spent 20 years lobbying for a cleanup of Rio’s waterways. “I’m sad but not surprised.”As the clock ticks down, local officials have dialed back their promises. Rio Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao has acknowledged “there’s not going to be time” to finish the cleanup of the bay ahead of the games.Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has said it’s a “shame” the Olympic promises wouldn’t be met, adding the games are proving “a wasted opportunity” as far as the waterways are concerned.But the Rio Olympic organizing committee’s website still states that a key legacy of the games will be “the rehabilitation and protection of the area’s environment, particularly its bays and canals” in areas where water sports will take place.___By Brad Brooks and Jenny Barchfield. AP sports writer Stephen Wade and senior producer Yesica Fisch in Rio de Janeiro, and sports writer Stephen Wilson contributed to this report from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Studies show Bihar turning to expensive clothes, honey, cheese after liquor ban

first_imgPatna, Jun 17 (PTI) Prohibition is making people of Bihar spend on good clothes and food with sale of expensive sarees rising by 1,751 per cent while consumption of honey by 380 per cent and that of cheese by 200 per cent in the first six months of the ban, according to latest studies on the measure.The studies, conducted by reputed think tank AsianDevelopment Research Institute (ADRI) and government-funded knowledge institute Development Management Institute (DMI), also pointed out that 19 per cent of households acquired new assets from the money they earlier splurged on alcohol.Both studies were commissioned by the state toevaluate consequences of prohibition, which came into force in April, 2016 “mainly as a response to demands of rural women who suffered because of the widespread practice of drinking alcohol”.The findings were appended to the economic survey report and tabled before the state assembly this year.The ADRI study took stock of purchasing behaviour asrecorded at retail outlets of COMFED (Bihar State MilkCo-operative Federation), better known by the brand name”Sudha”.It noted that the consumption of honey registered amonumental increase by 380 per cent and cheese by 200 percent.An impressive rise in sale was also recorded for itemslike butter milk – 40 per cent – flavoured milk -28.4 percent- and lassi -19.7 per cent- the report said.The ADRI study collected data on purchase of a fewother consumer items as well, based on sales tax revenues. Theincrease was substantial – the sale of expensive sarees roseby 1,751 per cent, expensive dress materials by 910 per cent,processed food by 46 per cent, furniture by 20 per cent andsports goods by 18 per cent.advertisementThe other study done by DMI also underscored the”substantial economic impact” of the ban on alcohol.The DMI study, based on primary data collected from2,368 households in five districts of Nawada, Purnea,Samastipur, West Champaran and Kaimur, noted that familiesreported a weekly expenditure of Rs 1331 on food afterprohibition, compared with Rs 1005 before the ban, implying an increase of 32 per cent”.”After prohibition, 19 per cent of households acquired new assets and another five per cent spent money on renovating their house”, the study said.It also observed that 58 per cent women feel they were given more respect and played a better role in making household decisions.Going further, 22 per cent of women said their opinionwas now counted not just for household matters, but forvillage issues as well, the study added.On the crime front, the ADRI report noted there was a66.6 per cent dip in cases of kidnapping for ransom, followedby 28.3 per cent dip in murder cases and 2.3 per cent indacoity.Taking into account the consumption figures of 2011,there were at least 44 lakh alcoholics in Bihar when theprohibition was enforced in April 2016.Even by conservative estimates, each of these boozershas been spending at least Rs 1,000 per month on alcohol, theADRI study said.On this basis, at least Rs 440 crore every month wassaved every month, which translates to Rs 5,280 crore everyyear, it added. PTI NAC SNS RMS DVDVlast_img read more

‘Milan made mistake with €194m splurge’

first_imgMilan AC Milan signed too many players, admits Fassone after €194m summer splurge Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 20:27 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) acmilan - cropped Getty Images Milan Serie A The Rossoneri CEO says the arrival of 11 players during the close-season may have been too many to make the club credible Serie A title challengers AC Milan’s fervent activity in the transfer market ahead of the 2017-18 season may be responsible for destabilising the club in Serie A, says CEO Marco Fassone.After finishing outside of the European places for a fourth successive campaign last season, the Rossoneri embarked a spending spree to bolster Vincenzo Montella’s squad.Milan spent in excess of €194million as 11 new faces arrived at San Siro, including Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It has done little to improve their fortunes, though, with Montella having been sacked as Milan languish in seventh, 16 points behind leaders and city rivals Inter.And Fassone admits they may have brought in too many players to try and make themselves Scudetto challengers again.Leonardo Bonucci Milan“The signings? I’d do them all again, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t make a couple of mistakes,” he told Radio Uno.”There are some things we wouldn’t do today, but by that I don’t mean the players.”There are some who are performing lower than their own quality, but it seems impossible that Bonucci and [Lucas] Biglia won’t return to the levels of the past.”Did we sign too many players? It’s possible. We did a lot of assessment, and in the end the answer [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and Montella gave me was to make a major change with six or seven players to be kept.”There was an awareness that it would be difficult to create a real team in the first few months, we thought we’d get a lower return in the first part of the season and then rise back up.”We’ve lost five or six points now that are difficult to recover in terms of fourth place.”last_img read more

French racing hit by low Longchamp crowd for Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Show Enable joins horse racing greats with second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe win Quick guide Racing tips for Tuesday 9 October Share on Messenger Hide France Galop, French racing’s ruling body, appears to have a fight on its hands to attract racegoers to its most famous event following the news that just 35,000 paying spectators attended the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.The race was the first at the Arc’s traditional home since 2015, when about 55,000 racegoers saw Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori add Europe’s showpiece event to their win in the Derby at Epsom earlier in the season.Sunday’s race provided one of the most exciting spectacles at Longchamp for many years, as Enable, last year’s winner, just held the late charge of Sea Of Class by a short neck. It was the first running of the race following two renewals at Chantilly, 40 miles north of Paris, while Longchamp underwent a €140m (£123m) redevelopment, and also the first since a sharp rise in the price of admission to watch a card that includes six Group One events. Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing tips Reuse this content A general admission ticket on Sunday cost €75 (£68), more than double the €30 to watch the race at Chantilly in 2017 and more than three times the €20 for a ticket to watch the last Arc at the old Longchamp.Thousands of British and Irish racing fans spent several hundred pounds at least on an annual trip to the Arc in October, while French racegoers can decide whether to turn up on the day. As a result, leaden skies over Paris on Sunday morning may have deterred a significant number of local, “walk-up” customers, but a drop of 20,000 is still hugely disappointing given pre-race expectations of a crowd of around 50,000.French racing’s ruling body will also be concerned that the new grandstand at Longchamp, which replaces two larger stands which had been in place since the 1960s, did not win unqualified praise from those who did attend. A number of spectators used social media to complain about the length of the queues for the betting windows, bars and toilets at the course, while there were also suggestions that some bars were running dry by mid-afternoon.William Haggas, the trainer of Sea Of Class, confirmed on Monday that his filly will not race again this season and will return to action next year with the Arc, and a possible rematch with Enable, as her principal aim. Enable and Sea Of Class are the joint-favourites for the 2019 Arc at 6-1. Support The Guardian Read morecenter_img Share on Twitter Horse racing Brighton 1.20 Ask The Guru 1.50 Water Diviner 2.25 Nayslayer 3.00 Catan 3.30 Allegiant (nap) 4.00 Hedging 4.35 Katabatika 5.05 Kirkland Forever Catterick 1.30 The Cotswold Wasp 2.00 Chitra 2.35 Reeves (nb) 3.10 Massini’s Trap 3.40 Shortbackandsides 4.10 Redrosezorro 4.45 Morning Skye 5.15 Pearl Noir Leicester 2.15 Manor Park 2.50 Canadian George 3.20 Kick On Kick On 3.50 Huge Future 4.25 Verve 4.55 The Right Choice 5.30 Danecase 6.00 Channel Packet Newcastle 5.10 Swansway 5.45 Marechal Ney 6.15 Euro No More 6.45 My Ukelele 7.15 Pea Shooter 7.45 Outrage 8.15 Testa Rossa 8.45 Field GunTips by Greg Wood Since you’re here… Share via Email news Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Vision 2030 Essay Competition Winners Selected

first_imgSix students and two schools will walk away with trophies and other attractive prizes won in the recently held Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat’s Essay Competition, during the awards presentation ceremony slated for January 30 at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), New Kingston.Communications Specialist at the Secretariat, which falls under the PIOJ, Carmen Miller, told JIS News that the winners will each receive tablet computers along with Vision 2030 memorabilia packages, while the two schools with the first place entries will each get a trophy.Ms. Miller explained that the essay competition formed part of the Secretariat’s efforts to heighten awareness, knowledge and understanding, particularly among youngsters, of the country’s first long-term National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. The Plan seeks to position Jamaica to attain developed country status by 2030 and in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business. She said the competition, which was launched last October, was open to youngsters in both private and public institutions and was divided into two age groups, targeting youngsters age 10 to 14 years, and 15 to 19 years.The youngsters in the first category (Category I) were required to write an essay between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length on any one of two topics: “How Can I Contribute To Making Jamaica The Place of Choice to Live, Work, Raise Families, and Do Business by the Year 2030” or “From What You Know About Jamaica’s Vision for the Year 2030, Discuss How It Will Help You Achieve Your Personal Ambitions”.The second category of entrants (Category II), were asked to compose an essay, 2,000 to 2,500 words in length, on any one of the following topics: “What are the Benefits of the Country having a Long-Term Plan such as Vision 2030 Jamaica?” or “The Values and Attitudes of Individuals and the Society, as a whole, will play an Integral Role in the achievement of Vision 2030 Jamaica”.Over 70 entries were received from students in several parishes, with a significant number coming from Kingston and St. Andrew, St. James, Trelawny, and Clarendon. Ms. Miller said the winners were selected in December by a panel of judges, comprising representatives of the Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, whom she said endorsed the initiative, and the PIOJ.Scoring, she advised, was based on comprehension of the subject, creativity, originality and organisation of the composition, among other areas. Ms. Miller said the quality of the submissions reflected many of the students’ understanding of Vision 2030 Jamaica.“We are pleased that that our objective of getting more students to understand Vision 2030 Jamaica, by doing research, by taking time to read about it, by discussing it with their teachers, and also getting the teachers involved in assisting the students was achieved,” she stated.Going forward, Ms. Miller said a jingle and poster competitions, incorporating the wider public are among the plans for the year.Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, is slated to be guest speaker at what is expected to be a grand affair.last_img read more

New Ships Drive Navig8 Chemical Tankers’ Income Up

first_imgzoom Navig8 Chemical Tankers, a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and Oaktree Capital Management, reported its net income at USD 9.6 million, against a net income of USD 2.9 million seen in the three months ended June 30, 2015. The increase in net income is mainly attributable to the larger size of the company’s fleet, as Navig8 Chemical Tankers continues to take delivery of its newbuilding program.Revenue for the three months was USD 39.9 million, compared to USD 14 million recorded in the same period a year earlier.“The chemical tanker market softened in the second quarter, driven by typical seasonality that was exacerbated by a weak CPP environment,” Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers said.Three vessels joined Navig8 Chemical Tankers’ fleet during the quarter, the 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker Navig8 Turquoise, the 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tanker Navig8 Sirius, and 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker Navig8 Topaz, which was delivered in July.Furthermore, the company secured USD 286.2 million to finance its newbuilding program.The company still has 14 vessels on order, all off which are scheduled to join their owner by September 2017. Once delivered, the new ships will be deployed in commercial pools managed by the Navig8 Group, including the Chronos8, Delta8 and Stainless8 pools.last_img read more

Hanjin Containership on Auction in Singapore

first_imgzoom The 1998-built containership Hanjin Rome, which was arrested on August 29, has been put up for auction in Singapore, according to data provided by the Supreme Court of Singapore.The data shows that the closing date for bids for the 68,955 dwt vessel is January 12, 2017 at 3 pm.The Supreme Court informed that the net value of bunkers on board Hanjin Rome is SGD 639,134, which is excluded from the sale, and have to be paid by the purchaser. The court added that the amount payable is not negotiable.Featuring a length of 279 meters and a width of 40 meters, the vessels is currently anchored in Singapore, according to AIS data from MarineTraffic.VesselsValue records show that the 5,302 TEU boxship has a market value of USD 7.6 million.The containership was one of the first vessels to be arrested amid the collapse of the South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping in late August.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

AAP to stage protest outside BJP office on Sunday over temple demolition

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday said it will stage a protest outside the BJP headquarters here on Sunday against the demolition of a temple in the Tughlakabad area of south Delhi.Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam had on Monday alleged that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the Guru Ravidas temple in the presence of police last Saturday and the statue was “taken away”. The DDA, however, did not use the word temple and said the “structure was removed as per the orders of the Supreme Court”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe demolition of the temple in a forest area in Tughlakabad led to a huge controversy, with the AAP seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in ensuring that the land be given back to the Ravidas community to rebuild the place of worship. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party held a meeting of its SC-ST wing on Friday, where it was decided that the party members, led by Kalyan Puri MLA Kuldeep Kumar, would protest outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here on Sunday, the AAP said in a statement. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri had on Tuesday said the Centre was determined find a solution to the issue and had not ruled out the possibility of identifying an alternative site for rebuilding the temple.last_img read more

Natural gas in BC limited through the winter after pipeline blast FortisBC

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – A British Columbia natural gas supplier is warning its one million customers to expect reduced supplies and “challenges in times of high demand” as winter looms.FortisBC says in a statement that the Oct. 9 rupture and explosion of the Enbridge natural gas pipeline northeast of Prince George will mean a reduced supply for months.Although Enbridge says it expects to have the ruptured pipeline in service by mid-November, it also advises that the pressure in that line, and in a smaller natural gas pipeline nearby, will remain below maximum levels until spring.FortisBC says that means natural gas supplies provincewide will be limited to 50 to 80 per cent of normal levels during the coldest months of the year.Company vice-president Doug Stout says more gas is being routed through a pipeline across southern B.C., which feeds the Interior from Alberta, and Fortis is working to provide enough fuel to keep logging, mining and other industries operating.Fortis says it is also seeking additional natural gas in the open marketplace, but urges all customers to turn down thermostats, cut back on hot water and conserve wherever possible.“We will have a shortage of gas compared to what we would normally have to operate with during the cold periods,” says Stout in a video statement.He says conservation will ensure all British Columbians are able to access natural gas for essential uses, and he thanks those whose efforts had reduced natural gas consumption by about 20 per cent within a week of the fiery blast on the Enbridge pipeline.There were no injuries when the pipeline exploded earlier this month and the RCMP says it does not suspect criminal activity, but the cause of the blast has yet to be determined.Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and the National Energy Board continue to investigate a cause.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:FTS) (TSX:ENB)last_img read more

Dr Oz To Take Part In CAMO Dallas Family Fitness Day

first_imgChallenge America Military Opportunities (CAMO), a national veteran’s support organization, announced today that Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the nationally syndicated Emmy award winning “The Dr. Oz Show” will be joining an expanding multi-disciplinary team of experts and organizations participating in the inaugural CAMO Dallas Family Fitness Day on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.Dr. Oz, will be joined by Dallas-area health professionals to provide information and support to active-duty military, veterans and their families on health issues.Part festival and part educational and support program, CAMO Dallas will link returning military veterans with experts, organizations and groups who can help them with health, employment, housing, education, family, emotional and other issues military veterans face as they transition from combat and active duty back into mainstream life. Local sports celebrities also will be in attendance and will participate with attendees in fun sports activities. The day will end with a family-style picnic and evening concert on the field, hosted by music legends and CAMO Honorary Co-founders Vince Gill and Amy Grant. The complete artist line-up of the concert will be released at a later date. The event is open to all active-duty military, veterans and their families. A full schedule of event activities is available at www.challengeamerica.com/camo/dallas.In addition to the Saturday event, Challenge America and the F7 Group, a women’s veteran support organization, will sponsor a transitional workshop and reception for women of the military. The time and location of the workshop will be announced at a later date.Admission to all events is free, but tickets are required. Registration for the events is open here. Members of the military and veterans may register for up to six concert tickets (Family Pass) and up to four concert tickets (Neighbor Pass) for members of a guest non-military family.“Dr. Oz has been a tireless advocate for the physical and emotional health of our returning military veterans, and we are so pleased that he will join our team in working with our military and veterans here in Texas,” said Houston Cowan, CEO and founder of CAMO. “Many returning veterans face critical physical and mental health challenges when they leave the military, and it is vital that they have ready access to the resources and support they need for themselves and their families with they return home.”CAMO Dallas is the first of five events Challenge America will stage across the country to assist veterans with transitional issues. While the setting is festive and fun, the ultimate goal of the effort is to connect military, veterans and their families to the communities of care across the country. Other CAMO events will be held in Florida, California, Virginia and North Carolina, states that join Texas in having the nation’s highest concentrations of active duty military and veterans. Honorary chairpersons for the events include former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter. Other honorary chairpersons will be announced at a later date.“Charity is not the answer when it come to supporting our veterans. Community is the answer,” Cowan said. “Our goal is to unify what is typically a very fragmented effort to serve and support veterans. We want to tear down the silos that exist and create an integrated infrastructure of support in each community – families, non-profits, support groups, healthcare professionals and businesses – that makes it easier to find and access the resources they need to make that transition back to mainstream life.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Stevie Wonder And Kai Milla Host Their Sons 3rd Annual Kailand Obasi

first_imgKailand Obasi Morris, Youth Ambassador for All it Takes, along with his parents Stevie Wonder and Kai Milla and All it Takes, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Kailand Obasi Hoop-Life Youth Basketball Tournament and FriendRaiser on August 30, 2015.Four teams of 13-15 year old players will make up this tournament, with one team being Kailand and his selected teammates. The other three teams invited will be from community-based organizations, like the Frogg All-Stars. Professional athletes, coaches, and celebrities will coach the four teams, and there will be a halftime performance. DJ Prophet is confirmed to perform throughout the event.All it Takes was co-founded in 2010 by Lori Woodley and her daughter, acclaimed actress Shailene Woodley, as a conduit to create powerful, measurable, and meaningful change for youth in the L.A. area and beyond. Please click here for more.Invited guests include: Usher, Nick Jonas, Zendaya, Mike Epps, L.A. Laker’s Head Coach Byron Scott, L.A. Lakers Nick Young and Roy Hibbert, L.A. Clippers Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and ESPN Commentator Mark Jackson.WHAT: The 3rd Annual Hoop-Life Youth Basketball Tournament and FriendRaiser will benefit All it Takes. This unique charity basketball tournament brings together some of LA’s most earnest and talented young athletes ages 13-15 and will consist of a four-team basketball tournament, with a playoff game to determine the champion.Hoop-Life will host a half time performance, celebrity guests, autographs, prize giveaways, live music by DJ Prophet, and gourmet food.WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 2PM to 6PMWHERE: Galen Center, University of Southern California (USC)Sponsors: Kai Milla and Stevland Morris, Morgan Stanley, Iris and Michael Smith, Torches Design Studio, WG&S Business ManagementSource:PR Weblast_img read more

FRMF Penalizes Raja Supporters for Marrakech Vandalism

Rabat – On Monday, February 26, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) drafted a penalty against Raja team supporters for pandemonium during the Raja-KACM football match on February 25.Raja defeated KACM by 3-0 during Sunday’s “Botola-Maroc Telecom” for 2016-2017 season, but the triumph did not end well.Supporters of the green team, Raja, started a vehement diatribe with the supporters of the red team, KACM, which resulted in considerable material and financial loss for Marrakech Football stadium. The disciplinary committee of Royal Moroccan Football Federation decided to penalize Raja team supporters for vandalizing the stadium and throwing chairs at other spectators and law enforcement agents, which resulted in 14 injured, according to an announcement by the Crown Prosecutor Mohamed Abd Nabaoui, as reported by Akhbar Alyaoum.FRMF fined the Raja club MAD 50,000 and restricted Raja supporters from attending two upcoming matches.65 supporters of the green team were charged with “vandalism acts” and will face trial. read more

Afghanistan UN officials welcome direct talks between Government and Taliban

In a statement issued today by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban welcomed the direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives, which were held yesterday in Pakistan. “[The Secretary-General] reiterates his support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. He expresses his appreciation for the commitment of the parties and the constructive role of the host, Pakistan,” said the statement. In a separate news release, Mr. Haysom, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also welcomed direct talks and urged both parties to move towards reconciliation and peace. Recalling that at last month’s briefing to the UN Security Council he had specifically urged direct talks between the parties, Mr. Haysom reiterated the Afghan people’s desire to end the pervasive violence affecting every aspect of their lives. “In the long term, peace is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” Haysom said. “I welcome the direct face-to-face engagement by the parties as the only way to achieving progress towards a negotiated agreement and ultimately the peace that Afghanistan deserves.” Noting the importance of acknowledging the talks as the beginning of what could be a long and challenging process, Mr. Haysom expressed his appreciation to the parties for taking this significant first step and to the Government of Pakistan for hosting the meeting. These talks should be recognized as the outcome of the recent concerted efforts at rebuilding relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. read more

Texas Tech introduces Matt Wells as new football coach

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech started its introductory news conference for coach Matt Wells as the Big 12 Conference championship game kicked off on Saturday.Athletic director Kirby Hocutt used the timing to make a point.“We expect to be kicking off in Arlington, Texas, at the Big 12 Conference championship football game,” Hocutt said. “We’re not there today, but we’re going to get there, and we’re going to get there together. And we’re going to get there because we’ve got the leader behind me to show us the path.”Wells is familiar with the tools the explosive Tech offence has and believes the Red Raiders can make a jump quickly from this season’s 5-7 finish. Tech averaged 37.3 points per game in league play despite constant injury issues at quarterback.“The current talent on the team — this is a reload, not a rebuild,” Wells said. “There’s guys here that can play. These guys deserve the chance to win right now.”Wells’ coaching career started at Navy from 1997-01. He went to Tulsa (2002-06), New Mexico (2007-08, 2010) and Louisville (2009) before joining Gary Andersen’s staff at Utah State in 2011.Wells was elevated to head coach at his alma mater in 2013. He had a 44-34 record in six seasons at Utah State. The Aggies are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span, and Wells was voted Mountain West Conference coach of the year for the second time. He was Utah State’s offensive co-ordinator in 2012, when the school won a program-best 11 games.The 45-year-old Wells said the decision to leave Utah State was difficult, but Texas Tech sold him on the chance to do something big.“It was a tough, and to be honest, a tough and emotional decision for me and a lot of that is because that was my school and I was an alumni there,” he said. “And I knew it would take somewhere special. Somewhere with a vision to where they wanted to go and how they wanted to go.”Wells replaced Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired after his third consecutive losing season. Kingsbury, a former star quarterback at Texas Tech, was 35-40 overall in six seasons.University President Lawrence Schovanec said Hocutt did a good job of finding the right person. He said the school was looking for someone with good character, integrity, class and a proven commitment to developing complete young men athletically and academically.“These standards are the characteristics of all of our athletics programs,” Schovanec said. “They are the qualities that resonate with Texas Tech University, with our culture, and that of all Red Raiders out there. Kirby, I want to thank you and congratulate you for bringing to Texas Tech University a person who meets every one of these expectations.”Things might not change much at Tech on offence. Utah State ranks third nationally with 47.2 points a game.The key might be getting Tech to play defence like Utah State. The Aggies have allowed at least 30 points only three times. They have an NCAA-best 18 interceptions, have recovered 10 fumbles and their plus-11 turnover margin is among the best in the country.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

No fiscal space for public servants to get bonus Jordan

Public servants hoping for a bonus this Christmas will be left disappointed, as Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday ruled out any bonus pay-out to State workers due to limited fiscal space.Finance Minister Winston JordanIn his revelation to the media, Jordan explained that countrywide infrastructure projects are ongoing. As such, he argued that because of these projects, money is being circulated back into the economy.“I can tell you that it will not happen this year,” the Minister said when asked about bonus for public servants. “The challenges are many and the resources are few.”In the absence of a bonus, Jordan explained that public servants still had much to be proud of as he pointed to the ongoing projects such as on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project.“The West Demerara road is close to completion. So there has been a hive of activity across the country. A lot of spending is taking place, so if only because of that, people should be happy because a lot of money is being injected into the economy,” Jordan said.Last year, public servants had waited with bated breath to hear if Government would announce a month tax-free bonus but were instead treated to a reduced amount.He later told reporters last year that Government simply did not have the monies available to make the one-month tax-free payment to members of the public service.The Minister in providing some insight on Government’s proposal to reform the public service through its public servants, pointed to comprehensive institutionalisation of the tenets of results-based management. He pointed too to the recently opened public service college and its role in revitalising workers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGAWU to Govt: Cut down on unnecessary spending and give public servants a bonusNovember 22, 2017In “latest news”Public servants left in the coldDecember 20, 2016In “latest news”5% & 10% increases for public servants; minimum wage, pensions increasedAugust 10, 2015In “Politics” read more

Meshkov Brest win Belarussian championship 2016

HC Meshkov Brest are the new-old champions of Belarus! Team of Sergei Bebeshko convincingly won Play-Off Final series against the biggest domestic rival SKA Minsk with 3:0. After away win on the start 32:30, Atman and Co. beat the rivals from the Minsk twice in Meshkov – 34:28 and 27:26 to secure eighth domestic Championship trophy in the club’s history.That means Meshkov will play at the VELUX EHF Champions League once again – the third year in a row. Belarus handballMeshkov BrestSKA Minsk ← Previous Story European Beach Handball Tour: Chardash & Greek-Brasilian triumph Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce win double crown in Poland read more

Giant Murmuration of Starlings in Galway Pic of the Day

first_imgPHOTOGRAPHER CONOR LEDWITH spotted this stunning murmuration of starlings in Galway at sunset last night.If you look closely, you can also see Venus appearing to shine brightly on the right hand side of the pic.Conor said seeing the birds was “a kind of David Attenborough moment”.“It was a really special event watch them, especially when they went over my head and the noise of thousands of beating wings,” he said. “Definitely one of nature’s wonders”.Gorgeous.(Pic: Conor Ledwith Photography on Facebook) Got a great photo? Send it our way: email us at tips@thejournal.ie Read: Beautiful murmuration of starlings causes power outages in village > Photo: Rainbow over Dublin Pic of the Day >last_img read more