For the second year in a row, Indore has been declared India’s cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 rankings announced on Saturday. Jharkhand was ranked the best performing state, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.At the bottom of the pile, the dirtiest city with a population over one lakh, was Bhadreswar in West Bengal. In fact, 19 of the country’s 25 dirtiest cities lie in West Bengal, according to the Survey. The nationwide urban cleanliness survey, conducted by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, covered 4,203 cities in its third iteration. The first version of the survey, released in 2016, ranked only 73 cities, while last year’s rankings covered 434 cities.Cities’ cleanliness scores take into account data provided by urban local bodies, independent observation by Central assessors, as well as citizen feedback. “The objective of the survey is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in,” said a Ministry statement. Overall, 38 lakh citizens provided feedback this year.This year, while national rankings were issued for the 485 cities with a population of over one lakh, zonal rankings were determined for smaller cities. Bundu in Jharkhand (East), Kakching in Manipur (North East), Panchgani in Maharashtra (West), Siddipet in Telengana (South) and Bhadson in Punjab (North) were declared winners among these smaller cities. Delhi Cantonment was awarded as the cleanest Cantonment Board in the country.
PLAY AND POWER: Juniors at nets at a camp in BangaloreOnce upon a time there was an ambitious young man who played cricket. He was a reasonable under-19 player but wanted more. So, at 25, he became the president of his state cricket association. It wasn’t enough: in November 2000,PLAY AND POWER: Juniors at nets at a camp in BangaloreOnce upon a time there was an ambitious young man who played cricket. He was a reasonable under-19 player but wanted more. So, at 25, he became the president of his state cricket association. It wasn’t enough: in November 2000 he walked into the change room of his state cricket team, appointed himself captain and played a Ranji Trophy match. He scored zero and took two wickets, but the cricket didn’t matter. That match had made him, son of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal, a first-class cricketer. It is a very important piece of fine print because the BCCI’s rules allow only first-class cricketers to be made national selectors. The young man’s name is Anurag Thakur and today he is a member of the national junior selection committee. The country’s best under-19 talent is picked by, among others, a man who chose to strong-arm his way into a first-class team because he was their boss. Thakur is now manager of the India under-19 team as it readies to defend its World Cup title in New Zealand this week.Even though it began with “once upon a time”, this is not a fairy tale. It’s a true – and unpleasant – story about the national junior programme which stays unnoticed because of the bright lights and high-profile concerns of the stars. In this foundry of Indian cricket, there is anarchy on the factory floor.National junior selectors V. Chamundeswaranath, Bhagirath Thakore and Ashok Bhagwat at a match in VadodaraThe method used by Thakur to become a national selector is a symptom. From the very top of the pile, the BCCI and its selectors, down to the club coach and even pushy parents, junior cricket is pock-marked with greed, mismanagement and even corruption. When the juniors step onto the big stage they are not bursting with confidence and ambition, they are a mass of insecurity and confusion. Because this is the world they come from:None of Thakur’s colleagues on the junior selection panel is a former India player. Four out of six members of the national junior cricket committee are not first-class players. Thakur’s modus operandi is obviously pioneering.An under-16 player accused a Mumbai Cricket Association junior coach and office worker of demanding Rs 25,000 from him for a spot in an under-16 selection tournament, Rs 50,000 for a place on the Mumbai junior team and Rs 1 lakh for a West Zone place. The office worker was suspended but an inquiry is still on against the coach. A Mumbai-based 20-year-old told INDIA TODAY that a cricket official had said he could be selected for the Baroda Ranji Trophy team for Rs 1 lakh. He has given up his ambitions of playing a higher level of cricket ever since.A North Zone National Cricket Academy (NCA) coach sent his wards out to buy his daily dose of chewing tobacco. His accompaniment to slipcatching practice to the youngsters was a backward glance – for spitting.The probables picked for the under-19 World Cup this year were refused permission to play practice games at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai because of a BCCI faction – fight between the officials who run the ground and those in charge of the team’s preparation.Two members of an Indian under-15 team for the World Cup in July 2000 were declared overage by doctors for a national under-19 competition in October that year.But hold on a moment. This must be a mistake: in the past six years, India have won the under-19 World Cup, the under-15 World Cup, and are under-15 and under-17 Asian champions. There are, on average, 322 official junior matches played in India every season across four age groups.advertisementThe national team should have a big hungry pack nipping at their ankles. The fact that it hasn’t means something has got lost in the transition. By the time quality is strained through the agendas of coaches and the ego of officials, fragile talent has been lost. Robust survivors learn an altogether unsavoury game.SELF-SELECTOR: Himachal cricket chief Anurag Thakur made himself state team captainFormer Hyderabad Cricket Association secretary P.R. Man Singh says, “Junior cricket is in a pathetic state because nobody pays attention to developing good traditions. The better youngsters are the ones who do not have the money to appease or please the corrupt selectors.” The phrase “corrupt selectors” is not considered heresy any more and not just in junior cricket. There are those who allege that in the late 1990s no less than three players had to give senior selectors a cut of their match fees.Says former Bengal Ranji player Raju Mukherjee: “Selectors are normally called jokers and not without good reason. They can easily be bought over.” Mukherjee, a Bengal under-16 coach in the 2000-1 season, walked out of a selection meeting when the panel picked a player who had scored three ducks and a 12 in four matches.advertisement After Mukherjee refused to field the boy, he was told not to accompany the team for their final league game, where the boy played. “There is nothing wrong with the boy but he hadn’t performed,” Mukherjee says. The traumatised teenager, who could hardly understand what was happening, came to Mukherjee’s home and wept. Mukherjee has since been removed as Bengal under-16 coach and looks after the under-14s.”There’s not only a price for selection but also for being able to attend a trial. I know coaches who sell forms for attending trials in the black market,” says one Delhi cricket official. “Only about 60 per cent of all state teams are selected on merit.” An under-14 selector from Tamil Nadu presents another equation. “Of 16 guys, at least 12 are selected on merit,” he says. “As for the rest, the association succumbs to pressure from influential people. But even meritorious guys think a godfather is necessary.”THE BOYS IN BLUE: India’s under-19 team for the Junior World Cup has survived a system defined by its arbitrariness and corruptionMan Singh remembers occasions when an under-14 side travelled with as many parents as players. The purpose: to keep the coach and selectors in good humour. Mumbai-based Dr Kinjal Suratwala, who works with Mumbai junior teams, says, “Parents look at cricket as a profession, and every parent believes that his child is destined to play for India. The youngsters who play now are more anxious.”He has also noticed another more insidious trend. Young players arrive at representative level armed with something more lethal than a surprise bouncer. “Bad coaches teach not just bad technique but wrong attitudes. Kids of 15-16 know how to suppress a rival, how to manipulate. If you are captain you don’t give enough overs to someone you consider a threat to yourself,” says Suratwala. “Coaches must be role models, trained people. But ‘mushroom coaching’ found in big cities means anyone with access to a cricket pitch becomes a coach.”A junior selector from Tamil Nadu agrees, “There is no system of coaching, nor are there any set standards. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is detached from the camps.” It is estimated that there are more than 100 “clinics” in Delhi, with all and any stripe of “cricketer” running them. A respected Delhi coach says, “The problem is that the star players who run clinics think that mere se zyaada kisi ko nahi aata (no one knows more than I do). It’s a mindset.”STARTING BLOCKSSullied Selection: Cricket officials often bow to the dictates of power and influence while picking junior teams.Coaching Cons: Clinics run by former players who are not trained coaches teach bad habits and bad attitudes.Pushy Parents: Cricket is seen as a viable profession by ambitious parents.Former England fast bowler and coach Frank Tyson has worked with Mumbai and India juniors from the early 1990s. “At the moment there are too many coaches coaching wrong techniques which worked for them,” he told INDIA TODAY. “What do they do when the same techniques do not work on youngsters? They then have to unlearn bad habits before they can learn the correct way. India needs a National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.”advertisementWhen the NCA invited applications for a coaching seminar last year, four “star” player-coaches from Delhi had to take the help of a less glamourous peer to help them fill in the preliminary test questionnaire.When a cricketercoach or a secretary of a club doubles up as a selector, objectivity is history. Says India junior coach Balwinder Singh Sandhu: “Junior coaches want to win trophies and not to develop skills. That way they are known as coaches you must go to.”Of all the state associations, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) sets the standard in maladministration and corruption. “There are all kinds of clout available in Delhi and people use anything,” says a Delhi-based BCCI official.DDCA selections are pure farce. Twenty players are routinely named on squads to accommodate all kinds of sifarish (recommendations) and sent on tour. Goons threaten junior selectors and routinely, the best talent available to Delhi selectors is neglected and moves to other states. India under-19 player Mihir Diwakar’s move to Bihar is only the latest example.The issue of cheating on age has been addressed with a rule that requires every junior picked for representative cricket to undergo a mandatory age test through X-rays of the wrist and the jaw. BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has turned his attention to junior cricket with a blur of hyperactivity.Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar is now the director of the Talent Resource Development Programme, and has been given the job of selecting five “talent spotters”. There is now a move on to “coach the coaches” in order to have some kind of uniformity down the line for technical and physical training received by young cricketers.But how does this earnest endeavour weigh up with the personnel who will finally judge who plays and who doesn’t for an India junior team? NCA Director Brijesh Patel believes that the selection of the selectors is critical. “The BCCI needs to do a rethink on its policy of appointing selectors. They have to sort out the system because it’s most important at the junior level.” Patel also lists the order of priorities in junior cricket-coaching, selection, pitches, quality of umpires.Those conclusions do not require an advanced degree in lateral thinking; but given the political compulsions inside the BCCI they are very difficult to achieve. Because the cricket doesn’t matter, of course. Thakur’s elevation to the junior selection committee is directly linked to his ability to swing the four deciding votes that helped Dalmiya win a fractious election in Chennai last September.Only when the cricket begins to matter will there be the realisation that while many people and most things may have their price, there are still some jobs which cannot be gifted away. Until then, expect little joy and fewer miracles from Indian cricket.- with Amarnath K. Menon and Arun Ram
Mumbai, Oct 16 (PTI) Seven foreign coaches in four disciplines have been roped in by the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), an outfit founded by sports icons Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi, to train 80 junior and senior sportspersons within the country and overseas.This has been done as OGQs research and experience over the last two Olympic cycles “has shown that foreign coaches bring in invaluable knowledge on the techniques, strategies and training methods used by top athletes worldwide which is important to implement in training of our Indian athletes as they prepare for the Olympic Games”, a media release from OGQ said today.More than 40 of these trainees are being supported by OGQ, the release said.The foreign coaches appointed by OGQ are: Charles Atkinson of England for boxing, Kim Hagyong of Korea for archery, Vladimer Mestvirishvili of Georgia for wrestling as well as Kim Seonil (Korea), Munkhbayar Dorjsuren (born in Mongolia but a German citizen) Lazslo Scuzak (Hungary) and Anton Belak (Slovak Republic) for shooting.OGQ, a not-for-profit foundation, has been established to help Indian athletes win Olympic Gold medals. OGQ raises donation from fans, individuals and organisations to support training of senior and junior Indian athletes who have a potential of winning an Olympic medal. PTI SSR RSY
New Delhi, Dec 9 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday launched the jersey for the second edition of Khelo India, rechristened as Khelo India Youth Games, which will kick start from January 9-20 in Pune.Building on the success of the inaugural edition, the Minister alongside Khelo India stars Manu Bhaker, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Saurabh Chaudhary, Lakshya Sen, Esha Singh, Tababi Devi, and Srihari Natraj started the countdown to Khelo India Youth Games with an evocative “#5MinuteAur” campaign.Scheduled to take place at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, the Games will see over 10,000 participants from 29 states and seven Union Territories taking part in the two age categories — under 17 and under 21.In its inaugural edition, Khelo India had a strong message “Kheloge Kudoge Banoge lajawaab” encouraging more kids to play every day, it was an effort towards changing an age-old belief. Building on the core of this message through the #5MinuteAur campaign, the Ministry wants India to encourage kids to play for those extra five minutes.”The success of Khelo India School Games is a testimony to the hunger and multitude of sporting talent in India. Buoyed by the terrific response for Khelo India School Games and with an aim to increase participation in sports across all age groups, we have not just added two sports this year but have also increased the age limit to allow even more enthusiasts to participate and flourish,” Rathore said.Star India has expanded the broadcast coverage for the second edition. The coverage of the upcoming season will include live telecast in five languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English) and telecast of all 18 disciplines of both age groups. PTI APA BSBSadvertisement
ESPN sideline reporter Laura Rutledge had a rather scary moment at Saturday’s Georgia-UMass game in Athens. She was accidentally leveled while delivering an in-game report.Rutledge was talking on camera while a play was going on. In the background, Georgia running back and special teamer Prather Hudson was engaged with a defender and they wound up hurtling out of bounds.In the process, they took Rutledge down. Thankfully, she was okay.Took an L in Athens today. So many thanks to everyone at @UGAAthletics for their help after this happened…even though I’m a Gator ? pic.twitter.com/b1FTCPaqtH— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 18, 2018Hudson waited two days before responding to Rutledge’s above tweet. In doing so, he hit on her in very cheesy fashion.Hey @LauraMRutledge really sorry I knocked you down, but… I can pick you up at 7 ? https://t.co/jkHsTsLk0s— Prather Hudson (@PRAYHUD) November 20, 2018Rutledge, who is happily married, let down the bold college student gently.?— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 20, 2018You missed 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, or so the old adage says. However, this attempt from Hudson barely even got out of his hand.It did provide a pretty funny exchange though.
The addition of the Marshall Thundering Herd to Notre Dame’s schedule gives the team nine confirmed opponents for 2022. The others that have officially been announced are Ohio State, USC, Stanford, Boston College, Clemson, Navy, North Carolina, and Syracuse.Our @herdfb team and our great fan base will be traveling to South Bend, Indiana, to face off with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2022. https://t.co/bpdbKJukjJ #HerdFamily— Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD) March 4, 2019Since hiring Doc Holiday in 2010, the Thundering Herd has become a consistent presence in bowl games.The team is coming off back-to-back winning seasons that includes wins in the Gasparilla Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl.In 2014, Marshall won the Conference USA title in a 26-23 win over Louisiana Tech. The Thundering Herd went on to finish with the No. 23 ranking – the school’s highest since 1999. SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Tabari Hines #6 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons lets a punt bounce as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish close in for the tackle during the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)The Notre Dame football program is still working hard on fill out the schedule for the next decade and beyond. The latest addition to Fighting Irish schedule involves a Group of Five powerhouse.On Monday morning, Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick took to Twitter and announced that the Thundering Herd would be heading to South Bend in 2022. Per the report, the two teams will only play against each other the one time.Per the announcement, the game will take place on September 10, 2022. The week before, the Fighting Irish travel to Ohio Stadium for a showdown with the Buckeyes.The two sides have never played against each other.
advertisement view more view less commentary World Cup 2019: Centurion Rohit Sharma explains why he couldn’t play his natural gameIndian opener Rohit Sharma curbed his attacking instincts to post an unbeaten 122 as India beat South Africa by 6 wickets in their World Cup 2019 opener in Southampton scorecard graphs No data available! Ajay Tiwari SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 01:55 IST Rohit Sharma celebrates India’s win with Hardik Pandya (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma hit 122* to help India beat South Africa by 6 wicketsIt was the 23rd ODI hundred of Sharma’s careerThe opener played with caution initially, only to accelerate later in his inningsIndian opener Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 122 runs to help India win their first match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. After being set 228 runs for a victory, Rohit played a gem of an innings depite being troubled initially by the Proteas pacers. Adjudged the Man of the MActch for his match-defining innings, Rohit explained why he approached the innings with caution.”Different experience from India. There was something in it for the bowlers through the game, so you had to play out the overs initially and see what the ball was doing. Couldn’t play my natural game. You have to take your time. Certain shots that I like playing, I had to cut out and play close to the body, and follow the basics properly – try and leave as many balls as possible on a pitch that is doing a bit,” said Rohit after the win.Rohit found able support from Virat Kohli (18), KL Rahul (26) and MS Dhoni (34) as they stitched crucial partnerships whenever wickets fell, to romp home with a victory by 6 wickets.”Building partnerships was key in this chase. It was a small total, but since there was something in it for the bowlers, it was tough and we needed partnerships. It’s the batsmen’s job to get the job done, whoever is out in the middle. We can’t rely on one or two individuals all the time. That’s been the hallmark of this team over the last two years – someone always puts their hand up and takes the responsibility to take the team across the line. I hope at some stage someone will put their hand up and take that challenge,” explained Rohit.advertisementWhen presenter and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar asked Rohit how he could look so fresh after spending close to 100 overs in the field, the batsman credited it to the weather in England.”That’s the beauty of playing in England – we are playing a little early. We play in July/August, but this is June. The weather has been good, and overcast, so you don’t sweat too much like in India. It wasn’t a typical Rohit Sharma innings, but I had to play out the overs initially to make sure that the job is done,” concluded Rohit.India will next clash against Australia on June 9 at The Oval.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal power India to opening win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma goes past Sourav Ganguly with 23rd ODI hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Team IndiaFollow World Cup 2019
Some 51 agricultural specialists from the across the island were presented with certificates following their completion of a two-week irrigation training course, sponsored by the Israeli government. The workshop, which ran from November 26 to December 7, covered four main topics: automated pump management; on-farm irrigation design; rainwater harvesting techniques; and quality and application of treated effluent in agriculture. Speaking at the closing ceremony at the Farmers’ Training Centre, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on December 7, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, cited irrigation and water management as two key areas that must be addressed in efforts to improve the agricultural sector. He noted, however, that the costs associated was a major hindrance for many farmers, and pointed out that the government was moving to address this concern. “The cost of irrigation is somewhat prohibitive, although the government subsidises it to about 70 to 80 per cent; but even with all that, it is still very expensive. Therefore, it is important that any kind of way that we can find to make irrigation more affordable, we have to pursue those areas,” he stated. Mr. Clarke said that the course will help to strengthen the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) technical capacity in on-farm water management, enhance sustainable agriculture islandwide, and facilitate sensitivity towards climate change resilience. Additionally, he said the course will enable farmers, through the NIC, to augment their water sources, as well as reduce input costs. “It will lead to operating efficiencies, improved management information systems, enhance cost savings, and reduce risks in remote areas where pumps are located,” he stated. “The training will also provide technical knowledge transfer to the NIC and assist with critical management decisions.” The Agriculture Minister thanked the Israeli government for its continued assistance and support extended to the sector, pointing out that the country possesses exceptional expertise in irrigation management. In his remarks, Israeli Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Moshe Sermonetta, said the workshop forms part of an effort and commitment to increase the level of cooperation and between Jamaica and Israel. He noted that the course was one aspect of a long tradition of cooperation, technical assistance, technology transfer and sharing of best practices between both countries. “We will continue to seek to work together with local partners, in order to explore ways to increase the levels of trade, investment, tourism, as well as high level visits (between the two countries),” the Ambassador stated. Course participant and Manager, On-farm Water Management Unit, NIC, Winston Shaw, remarked that the course represented two-weeks of invaluable resource training, which will, undoubtedly, assist in moving “the agricultural sector to a higher level”. “All the subjects (covered in the course) are areas that we welcome in our agricultural sector,” he stated. Participants were drawn from a number of organisations involved in agriculture. These include: the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; NIC; Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Bodles Agricultural Research Station, HEART Trust/NTA Ebony Park Academy; University of the West Indies (UWI); University of Technology (UTech); Jamaica Drip Irrigation Ltd, Water Users’ Associations, as well as farmers from across the island.
According to the Minister, permission will be given to several large companies to import dairy cattle from disease-free countries, so that the shortage can be filled, because “we want to rebuild our industry”. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging small dairy farmers to get ready for a turnround of the industry. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging small dairy farmers to get ready for a turnround of the industry.According to the Minister, permission will be given to several large companies to import dairy cattle from disease-free countries, so that the shortage can be filled, because “we want to rebuild our industry”.Delivering the keynote address at the launch of the 2019 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show on June 5, in White Marl, St. Catherine, Mr. Shaw said the Administration wants small farmers to start raising dairy cattle again.The Minister added that the same route will be taken to ensure a striving beef cattle sector, as the patty making industry is purchasing more than half of the beef that they require from abroad, which he described as “unacceptable”.Mr. Shaw also used the occasion to assure members of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) that, under the repositioning of the group from being an affiliated agency of his Ministry to a non-governmental organisation (NGO), support for farmers will not be diminished.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (right), and Assistant Vice President at Hi-Pro, Colonel Jaimie Ogilvie, view mangoes on sale at the launch of the 2019 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, on June 5, at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre, in White Marl, St. Catherine. “The Government is not going to abandon you, we are going to work with you to do the transitioning in an orderly fashion; and most importantly, to make sure that you are at your productive best, and to support the over 230,000 small farmers in this country,” the Minister told the farmers in attendance.The show will be held from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow’.President of the JAS, Lenworth Fulton, said the event is moving to become an agro-business expo, where “business and investment opportunities in the sector can be initiated, pursued and consummated”. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (centre), in discussion with President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Lenworth Fulton (left), at the launch of the 2019 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, on June 5, at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Marl, St. Catherine. At right is Assistant Vice President at Hi-Pro, Colonel Jaimie Ogilvie. Delivering the keynote address at the launch of the 2019 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show on June 5, in White Marl, St. Catherine, Mr. Shaw said the Administration wants small farmers to start raising dairy cattle again.
which include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck and muscle soreness — should seek medical attention. HEALTH–Second Travel-related Human Case Of West Nile VirusConfirmed The public is urged to continue reporting dead crows, blue jaysand ravens to local offices of the Department of NaturalResources. Staff can then determine whether the bird is suitablefor testing. To date, 871 birds have been tested for the virusthis season. Information on West Nile virus is available on the Department ofHealth Web site at www.gov.ns.ca/health or at Health Canada’s Website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/westnile/index.html . Health officials confirmed today, Oct. 20, that the second humancase of West Nile virus in the province is suspected to betravel-related. It is believed that a woman from Antigonish County becameinfected with the virus after spending time in Saskatchewan,where there are approximately 693 probable and 38 confirmed humancases of West Nile virus. “We’re quite confident that this person wasn’t infected in NovaScotia,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, associate medical officer ofhealth for the province. “We’ve had no West Nile virus activityin Antigonish County, and this person didn’t travel to any areaswhere we have had infected birds.” Dr. Baikie said the woman became ill with West Nile fever afterher return from Saskatchewan, but has recovered fully. She didnot need to be hospitalized. In addition to the second human case, two more birds have beenconfirmed West Nile virus-positive. The birds are an Americancrow found in Barton, Digby Co., and an American crow found inYarmouth, Yarmouth Co. This is the first infected bird in eachcounty. “Despite positive birds, we still have no positive mosquitoes inthe province,” said Dr. Baikie. “We may continue to see positivebirds for the next few weeks, but the colder autumn temperaturesare reducing the likelihood of positive mosquitoes.” Dr. Baikie said the province will continue to monitor for thevirus in people, birds, mosquito pools and horses. The virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. While coldertemperatures should reduce mosquito numbers and therefore lowerthe risk of West Nile virus, it is still important for NovaScotians to protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes,especially in areas where dead birds have been confirmed to havethe virus. It is possible to reduce the risk of mosquito bites byeliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing loose fittingclothing that covers as much skin as possible and by using insectrepellent containing DEET according to the instructions on thebottle. Dr. Baikie said the human health risk associated with West Nilevirus is very low. “Most people infected with the virus will haveno symptoms. Others may have mild symptoms, and only a very smallnumber of people will develop more severe symptoms,” she said. Anyone who demonstrates the more severe symptoms of the disease –
New Delhi: Cricketers emerging from the newly-created union territory of Ladakh will represent Jammu and Kashmir in the domestic circuit for the time being, Indian cricket’s Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai said on Tuesday. The government on Monday bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir to create two union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir but the BCCI won’t have any separate state body for the newest UT for the time being. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “We are not thinking of having a separate state body for Ladakh as of now. The players from that region will continue to qualify to represent Jammu and Kashmir in all BCCI domestic competitions,” Rai told PTI on Tuesday. The J&K Ranji team is not known to have featured a player from Ladakh till date. The upcoming Ranji Trophy season is scheduled to start in December later this year. Asked if Ladakh will become a voting member of the BCCI like Puducherry, which is also a Union Territory, Rai said that there has been no discussion on the matter as of now. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Nothing of that sort has been discussed as of now. The arrangement remains the same like it is for Chandigarh which is also a Union territory. Their players either play for Punjab or Haryana in domestic competitions,” Rai said. On the situation in Kashmir after the government decided to revoke provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Rai said the BCCI has nothing to worry and cricket is expected to continue in the valley as usual. “We are confident that J&K will play their home games in Srinagar just like last year. There has been no discussion on having an alternate home venue as of now. So nothing changes on that front,” Rai said. Recently, all the age-group as well as senior team camps in Srinagar were indefinitely postponed after a state government advisory with regards to a terror threat on Amarnath Yatris. The Jammu and Kashmir team’s mentor along with 100 aspirants left the valley due to the prevailing security situation.
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Canadian director Paul Haggis’ scheduled deposition will not go forward as planned next week. The Oscar-winner is facing a lawsuit in which he is accused of rape. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Haggis has denied the allegations and countersued Breest, who sued Haggis in Manhattan in December.Breest’s attorneys have asked for the deposition to be immediately rescheduled. They also criticized Lepera for requesting a settlement which was then characterized as extortion in the countersuit.Lepera did not immediately respond to a request for comment.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A scheduled deposition of Paul Haggis in a lawsuit in which the Oscar-winner is accused of rape will not go forward as planned next week.Attorneys for Haleigh Breest, a publicist who says he raped her in 2013, scheduled Haggis to give sworn testimony on Monday. But his attorney, Christine Lepera, informed her attorneys on Thursday the date didn’t work.The lawsuit, filed in December, prompted three additional women to detail to The Associated Press their own sexual misconduct accusations, including another who says he raped her. They aren’t identified in court papers.
Trina Roache APTN National NewsMILLBROOK FIRST NATION, NS — A Mi’kmaw woman is fishing again after Canada’s Human Rights Tribunal found her band discriminated against her.But a happy ending for Stacy Lee Marshall Tabor is still up in the air. At the same time the Millbrook band in Nova Scotia hired her as a deckhand, it asked the Federal Court to reverse the tribunal’s decision.Stacy Lee Marshall TaborJust the same, Tabor is relieved to finally be out on the water again after eight years.“I was so overwhelmed,” said Tabor. “The ‘I won’ factor, I did it. I’m here, missing my kids, scared at the same time, like, what do these guys on the boat think of me? I took some deep breaths and got back into the wheelhouse.”Tabor said she was denied work in the Millbrook First Nation Fishery because she’s a woman.Last May, the tribunal agreed. It found Tabor’s situation reflects a larger discriminatory attitude towards “the place of women in the community, namely that they should stay home with their kids.”At the beginning of July, Tabor headed out to fish snow crab.“All she had to do was apply,” said Millbrook band manager Alex Cope. “She never really did that before. When she did, she got the job.”Tabor agreed that in recent years she had given up and not applied. She added that back when she was trying to get work on a boat, there was no formal hiring process.Prior to 2007, Tabor did work at various times as a deckhand and First Mate. She was a qualified captain, but was denied job opportunities and advancement in the fishery. The tribunal found the band ignored or downplayed Tabor’s experience and pointed to systemic sex discrimination as the cause.The band has asked the Federal Court of Appeal to review the decision.No one at the Millbrook band would comment, instead that to its lawyer.“The tribunal simply got it wrong,” said Gavin Giles, a lawyer for the Millbrook Band. “It overstated the importance of some evidence and largely ignored other evidence.”“We say Ms. Tabor was not discriminated against,” said Giles. “And that the band didn’t systemically discriminate against women with respect to employment opportunities.”Giles said the band wants the decision either overturned or a new hearing altogether.Read original story on Stacy Lee Marshall Tabor here: Mi’kmaw woman wins sex discrimination case against Nova Scotia bandTabor is not surprised. “They’ve been fighting me tooth and nail for the last several years, this is their last chance.”There is still another decision expected soon from the tribunal on whether the band retaliated against Tabor because of her human rights complaint.In addition, the band has yet to come to the table to negotiate damages over Tabor’s loss of employment. Giles said that process may be put aside until the federal court hears the appeal. He expects a date to be set in the fall.Tabor wants the band to pay for her retraining. Her Captain’s licence has expired. For now, she wants to work.“Just hoping I can feed my family,” said Tabor. “They want bikes, school clothes, put some money away for Christmas. I don’t want to struggle like I have over the years. When I do get my cheque, I just want to be able to buy my kids the things that they’ve been wanting for so many years.”firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Summit will focus on delivering three key outcomes: raising real ambition; transformative action in the real economy; and an unprecedented citizen and youth mobilization,” said the UN Secretary-General, speaking to a room full of reporters and change-makers attending the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC).Scheduled for 23 September 2019 at UN headquarters in New York, the event aims to galvanize support for urgent climate action at the highest political levels. “We are holding the event during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly to ensure we have as many heads of State and Heads of Government as possible in attendance,” he explained.The UN General Assembly usually attracts well over 100 national leaders to discuss and set the global agenda for the following year. “The outcomes of the summit will be your outcomes,” stressed Mr. Guterres who invited “all governments, businesses, sources of finance – public and private – and civil society organizations to join in the preparatory process.”Asked by a reporter if the UN was planning to engage in dialogue with fossil fuel producers in the oil, gas and coal industry, he noted that interactions have already started and although “the dialogue with the industry is sometimes difficult and complex,” these businesses were increasingly recognizing the need to switch and develop renewable energy strategies.The Summit will focus on driving action in six areas: transition to renewable energy; funding of climate action and carbon pricing; reducing emissions from industry; using nature as a solution; sustainable cities and local action; and climate change resilience.Last month, in order to lead the way to the Summit, the UN chief appointed Luis Alfonso de Alba as his Special Envoy. Also present in Katowice for COP24, he explained that one of his highest priorities in the coming months will be strong and deep engagement with each and every party to the UN Climate Change Convention, as well as other stakeholders, to raise ambition.“The intention is not to have a negotiated outcome, but rather to incentivise highest level participation, to be very selective in what goes to the Summit in terms of ambition and innovation… and then have a summary of the discussions during the meeting itself,” said Ambassador de Alba. Paving the way, a special session of the UN General Assembly will take place in March.
The presence of senior tackle Don Matheney is far less intimidating than his 6-foot, 300-pound frame initially suggests. Instead, Matheney is soft-spoken and undeniably optimistic. Before he enrolled at Ohio State, Matheney was enrolled at the College of Holy Cross. There he endured 40-plus hours of homework a week to meet the demands of a Holy Cross athlete. Matheney contributed his first two seasons as a Crusader, but suffered a season-ending injury during his sophomore season transferred to OSU for his junior season after tuition increased at Holy Cross. Coming from a school with an enrollment of 2,900 to the 55,000 at OSU has been a huge change, but one that Matheney appreciates. “There is less one-on-one time with the teachers, but I really like it: the classes, the environment, the atmosphere.” Classes have been Matheney’s main focus since he transferred, as he was not eligible to compete his first season as a Buckeye. Per NCAA rules, as a transfer student-athlete, Matheney was required to sit out his junior season. His senior season was his first opportunity to help the Buckeyes on the defensive line. These events have only fueled Matheney’s optimism, however. When asked how he stays even-keeled despite what is required of him as a student-athlete, he simply responds, “I don’t even think about it … I just do what I have to do.” Not only does he do what he has to do, he does more. As he strives to complete a history of art degree along with a computer science degree, he does the work required to make an impact for the Buckeyes, on and off the field. In 2009, Scout.com reported the OSU football team had a 62 percent graduation rate. With a genuine desire to be a Buckeye, a motivated attitude to graduate and a humbling presence, Matheney will increase the number of OSU’s graduating athletes and better the reputation OSU’s athletic department holds so dear.
Epidémie d’hépatite A liée à la consommation de tomates séchéesFrance – Cinquante-cinq personnes réparties sur dix-huit départements ont été touchées par une épidémie d’hépatite A. D’après l’enquête, elle aurait pour origine la consommation de tomates séchées en provenance de Turquie.L’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) indique que les Hautes-Pyrénées, les Pyrénées-Atlantiques et le Lot sont les départements les plus touchés par la maladie virale, avec dix-neuf cas pour les Pyrénées et quinze pour le Lot. Vingt-sept personnes ont dû être hospitalisées suite à l’apparition de symptômes entre le 20 novembre 2009 et le 5 février 2010. L’InVS indique cependant que “l’évolution a été favorable pour tous”. Les patients ont tous rapporté avoir consommé une grande quantité de tomates séchées au cours des deux à six semaines précédant l’apparition des symptômes (durée d’incubation). Les aliments incriminés se trouvaient dans des sandwichs et des salades achetées dans des sandwicheries. D’après l’enquête, elles avaient été importées de Turquie et distribuées entre octobre 2009 et février 2010. Si cela s’avère être juste, l’épidémie ne concernerait qu’un seul lot de tomates séchées surgelées, le risque n’existerait donc plus. Cependant, l’InVS rappelle que l’hépatite est une maladie virale qui peut être transmise par contact, d’où l’importance d’un lavage régulier des mains. Il s’agit du deuxième cas d’épidémie d’hépatite A de ce type dans le monde. La première avait touché 240 personnes en 2009 et concernait l’Australie. Les doutes s’étaient également concentrés sur la consommation de tomates séchées. Chaque année en France, environ 1.500 cas de personnes infectées par l’hépatite A sont recensés dans le cadre du dispositif de déclaration obligatoire mis en place en 2005. Le 3 mars 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Internet : le haut débit devient un droit pour les FinlandaisFinlande – Le gouvernement finlandais a voté une loi garantissant aux foyers un minimum de débit concernant la connexion Internet. La barre a été fixée à 1 Mbit/s.La loi garantissant “le service minimum Web” pour les cinq millions de Finlandais vient d’être adoptée. Désormais, les opérateurs web devront fournir un débit au moins égal à 1MBit/s à leurs clients pour lesquels le haut débit est devenu un droit fondamental. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les fournisseurs d’accès Internet (FAI) ne sont toutefois pas condamnés à réaliser des prouesses pour garantir cette offre puisque déjà 96% du pays bénéficie d’une connexion Internet dépassant 1MBit/s. Néanmoins, le gouvernement a insisté pour affirmer que d’ici 2015, l’ensemble des foyers seront reliés au Web par fibre optique. La Finlande vise en effet une performance de 100 MBit/s pour 99% de la population à l’horizon 2015. “La Finlande a travaillé dur pour développer une société de l’information et nous nous sommes rendus compte que tout le monde n’avait pas d’accès”, a expliqué le ministre de la communication Suvi Lindén. Et de souligner que “les services Internet ne se limitent plus aux loisirs”.Le 5 juillet 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Macau gaming regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), met with representatives of the SAR’s six concessionaires on Wednesday to remind them of their duty to closely monitor the activities of junket partners.The meeting followed the publication of an article earlier this week by an affiliate of state-owned news agency Xinhua alleging that leading Macau VIP operator Suncity Group was offering online and proxy betting to players who gambled in its junket rooms. Suncity has vehemently denied those allegations. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau RelatedPosts Load More In a Thursday statement, the DICJ said it had urged Macau’s concessionaires to closely supervise the junket promoters providing services in their casinos while reminding them that online and phone betting remained illegal. It added that if instances of online or phone betting were discovered, the DICJ must be notified immediately.Any such instances would “affect the suitability of Macau’s gaming promoters,” the DICJ said in what appears to be a threat to strip junkets of their license to operate.Inside Asian Gaming has contacted all six concessionaires for comment, with MGM China stating it “strongly condemns and will not accept any illegal online gaming activities carried out, in or from any of our properties in Macau SAR.”As previously reported by IAG, Suncity Group has issued a statement denying the allegations made against it and reserving its right to take legal action.Suncity currently operates 17 VIP clubs in Macau and 14 in overseas countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea and Australia.
(Image courtesy Alaska Inter-Agency Management Team)The Funny River fire continues to burn the central Kenai peninsula.Download AudioAs of 9 p.m. Wednesday night, incident command estimated it had burned more than 192,000 acres, mainly within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.Light rain and little wind slower the spread of the fire over the past two days. As a result, all of The evacuation advisories for the area were lifted Wednesday morning.The cause of the fire is under investigation. Refuge manager Andy Loranger says officials are seeking any information about the cause.It is 30 percent contained and as of Wednesday.