The Meghalaya High Court has taken note of the case of a woman who lost her baby after being made to sit in a wheelchair during delivery in a government-run hospital in Shillong.The court of Chief Justice S.R. Sen and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, clubbing the case taken on “suo motu cognisance of deficiencies in health services” in Meghalaya with a previous case, on Tuesday sought a report in this regard from the State government.A 20-year-old woman was admitted in Shillong’s Ganesh Das Hospital around 9 a.m. on August 29 and was administered a pill for forced labour at 4 p.m. She delivered the baby in a room near the emergency ward after 2 a.m. on August 30.The baby was declared dead more than an hour later. The discharge slip from the hospital said the woman delivered a dead foetus on August 30 at 3.35 a.m., though the woman’s sister had called up her family to break the news of a “healthy baby” having been delivered.Wheeled to labour roomThree days later, the woman said that she was asked to sit in a wheelchair while the head of the baby was emerging. Women’s rights activists, who stood beside her, said the nurses should have helped her deliver the baby on the bed instead of forcing her to sit on the wheelchair, or a stretcher should have been used to take her to the labour room. The nurses wheeled her to a room near the emergency section where the baby was delivered. “Despite repeated pleas, the nurses did not say whether the baby was a boy or a girl. A nurse wrapped the baby in a piece of cloth and put it in a bucket that appeared to be a trash basket full of ants,” she was reported as saying. Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander L. Hek said he has sought a report from the hospital in writing, though the authorities had clarified verbally.“We came to know two more babies died on the night this lady was made to sit inhumanly on a wheelchair during delivery. We have sought information on the number of newborn deaths in the hospital over the years,” rights activist Agnes Kharshiing told The Hindu.
The CPI(M) appeared to have successfully defused a crisis in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), a day after dissidents expressed ‘no-confidence’ in the council’s Executive Committee members and sought their resignations or removal. Lashing out at the State’s ruling BJP for trying to “destabilise the council for narrow political gain,” Chief Executive Member (CEM) Radha Charan Debbarma on Tuesday addressed a press conference at the CPI(M) State office here, accompanied by 24 of the council’s 28 elected members.A group of dissident council members had on Monday circulated a letter purportedly signed by 15 members urging the Secretary to convene an urgent session and demanding the removal of the Executive Committee’s members. The group also met Governor Ramesh Bais.At the press conference, some of those whose names appeared as signatories to the letter confirmed that they had indeed signed the letter, but contended that they had done so “assuming a matter related to their perks”. Only one member, Safai Mog, claimed his signature had been faked.Mr. Debbarma alleged that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman had ‘orchestrated a conspiracy’ against the CPI(M) controlled TTAADC. “BJP would carry on its sinister design to make a back door entry into the council, but we are also vigilant to thwart any unethical attempt,” the council’s CEM asserted.Former Lok Sabha Member and senior CPI(M) leader Jitendra Choudhury also slammed the BJP for trying to unseat elected officials of the TTAADC.The CPI(M) had won all the 28 seats in the TTAADC in the last elections.Meanwhile, one of the dissidents, Patiram Tripura, refuted the CEM’s charge and claimed that all 15 members had signed the letter willingly and that no signature was ‘fake’.He asserted that the actual picture would become clear once the council session was convened and it took up discussion on their ‘no confidence’ motion. The Governor would be approached again for his intervention in convening an early session of the TTAADC, the dissident member added.
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Galanza was the fifth best scorer in the league with a total of 207 points while Paat was at 10th with 182 points. Emnas, for her part, was the no.4 setter with 7.67 sets per period.Left to carry the burden for Adamson now are Chiara Permentilla, Bernadette Flora, Mary Joy Dacoron, and captain Eli Soyud and even though none have the same star power as Galanza’s, Padda is nothing but confident about her team.“I have more players now in the program who have been under me and I’m kind of capitalizing on that,” said Padda. “They’ve been under me the longest and I really feel like the system is more on track than it’s ever been.”Padda admitted that her first two years with the Soaring Falcons hit some turbulence especially since she inherited a lineup that played under Sherwin Meneses and, for a time, Domingo Custodio.“We were still working on setting the system instead of trying to build for two years and now the system’s set, and even with the underclassmen coming in they don’t know any other system than my own,” said Padda who took up the Lady Falcons’ coaching job in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee, Juan Gomez de Liaño star as Mighty Sports earns semis berth Padda said she won’t expect her new Lady Falcons to become the next Jema Galanzas or the future Mylene Paats–she wants her players to become the first of their name.“I’m not going to throw into their faces that ‘you have to replace Jema, this is what Mylene did’ but I want to try and give them their own identity so they can build on that,” said Padda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I think we will use Jema, Mylene, and Fhen [Emnas], as inspiration because those three girls have stories and even though we didn’t make it into the Final Four it was really amazing just going on a journey with them and I think all of the players coming into the team this year want to experience that too.”The three former Lady Falcons were instrumental in the team’s 6-8 finish in Season 80 though Adamson failed to enter the Final Four that year, falling short at fifth place. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Adamson is entering a new era and head coach Air Padda is confident her team would find its identity for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “They kind of latched into it in a way that I could never get the older kids to do when I first came in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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
Tristan Tamayo/NQUIRER.netRain or Shine’s matchup against Columbian has taken an inexplicable turn for the worse—at least from the Elasto Painters’ point of view.Since last season, Rain or Shine, a perennial darkhorse in any tournament, hasn’t beaten the club that most any team in the PBA would be eager to play against.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “We’re trying to prepare hard for San Miguel Beer,” said Guiao, whose Road Warriors battle the Beermen at 7 p.m.Meanwhile, NorthPort (2-3) looks to put a controversial loss to Phoenix behind it when the Batang Pier battle the Meralco Bolts at 4:30 p.m.NorthPort nearly toppled current standings leader Phoenix Pulse recently but an offensive foul whistled on star forward Sean Anthony that nullified a lead-forging triple changed the complexion of the match in a crucial endgame sequence.The league has since admitted the call was wrong.Wins become even more crucial at this stretch of the tournament, where a single result can shake up the standings and practically define the makeup of the playoffs.And the Painters’ situation is the best cautionary tale. Now, every team with three losses or less can take a shot at the Painters’ hold of the No. 2 spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 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 “We’re not ourselves,” was all Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia could say following an 85-82 loss to the Dyip in the Philippine Cup elimination round on Wednesday night. “Maybe they feel like they match up well against us. They hit big shots toward the end.”“Kontra pelo talaga namin ang Columbian,” Garcia added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesA proud franchise which made its mark bringing down league heavyweights going through a winless spell against a perennial doormat?“We’re frustrated,” said big man Beau Belga, who only had four points in 26 minutes of action. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Ex-star Reyes not worried over La Salle slide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s like we’ve never learned our lesson,” Belga added in Filipino. “I actually don’t know what to do. If you were able to see the dugout scene earlier, everyone looked pissed. We thought we had an easier job since we were able to survive the stronger teams.”Rain or Shine rode into the long break on a five-game winning streak and a solid shot at landing one of two playoff bonuses. That run ended with a loss to TNT and that twice-to-beat cushion is now in grave danger after the loss to Columbian.Suddenly, it provided the other teams chasing that quarterfinal bonus a wider door.Defending champion San Miguel Beer is one of those teams. And the Beermen resume their chase for a top two berth when they battle the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.National coach Yeng Guiao returns from a fruitful stint during Fiba’s Asian qualifiers, where he steered Gilas Pilipinas to a World Cup berth, and he will be facing a different set of problems as he tries to pump life into NLEX’s playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Sunny Leone’s new sexcom Mastizaade failed to fire at the box-office, and A-list projects continue to elude the Indo-Canadian ex-porn star. So, Bollywood’s diva of oomph is these days wholly focussed on turning entrepreneur.On Monday, 34-year-old screen siren Sunny unveiled her team Chennai Swaggers that will play in the second season of Box Cricket League, a reality show cricket tournament backed by Ekta Kapoor and featuring prominent television stars as players.At the event, Sunny justified her buying a cricket team by saying that although she loved several other games, she had developed a passion for cricket after coming to India.”I love sports and have been closely associated with various sports all my life. Soccer is one of my favourite sports and I played it ever since I was very little. I also played ping-pong, volleyball and basketball growing up,” Sunny explained.”But with cricket it is something I have grown to be passionate about. It is something I enjoy watching. People in India love cricket and I have grown fond of the game ever since I moved here,” added Sunny, who officially bought the team last week.She, however, admitted she was yet to learn the nitty-gritties of the game.”I didn’t watch a lot of cricket growing up but I would hear my father talk about it. If he was alive, all this would be for him,” said Sunny, adding that she is a fan of Sachin Tendulkar.Meanwhile, as she learns new things about cricket, Sunny has decided to play out her role of a motivator for her players.advertisement”I hope Chennai Swaggers manage to kick butt and win some games. The plan is to win as many games as possible this season. I love being a motivator and cheering players, getting them off the ground, getting them angry to want to win, getting them hyped up!” said Sunny, whose upcoming films are skin flicks One Night Stand and Beiimaan Love.Sunny came into Bollywood via a reality show route herself. She first became a ‘popular’ face on Indian television with her stint in Bigg Boss.Her older profession of being an adult star was kept a secret from the other Bigg Boss housemates initially.But when they finally all got to know about it – they welcomed her into the fray.That moment was almost prophetic because that is exactly how Bollywood seems to have accepted her.Sunny’s first Bollywood film was Mahesh Bhatt’s erotic thriller Jism 2 opposite Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh.Chennai Swaggers have a handful of familiar names from the world of small screen, including Rithwik Dhanjani, Mouni Roy and Sangram Singh.Sunny has given each of her players a name, to define their playing style.
Mumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) Realty stocks ended the day on a mixed note today after a bill seeking to regulate the real estate sector, bring in transparency and help protect consumer interests was passed by Rajya Sabha. Cheering the move, shares of D B Realty went up by 2.58 per cent, Phoenix Mills climbed 1.75 per cent and DLF gained 0.38 per cent on BSE. In contrast, some companies witnessed selling as shares of Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd fell by 2.18 per cent, Unitech dropped by 1.79 per cent, Prestige Estates by 1.49 per cent and Godrej Properties by 1.15 per cent. The BSE realty index too fell by 0.30 per cent to end at 1,179.45. “The bill is expected to improve transparency and help numerous home buyers in the long term, but the bill does not seem to have a huge impact in the near term. However, barring few stocks, others soon corrected on the back of profit booking,” said Hiren Dhakan, Associate Fund manager, Bonanza Portfolio Ltd. It is touted as a major reform measure to regulate the vast real estate sector and bring order to it.Realty developers and consultants also hailed the passage of the regulatory bill in Rajya Sabha, saying the law will bring credibility to property business and protect consumers interest but felt that some of the provisions like imprisonment are harsh.The new law would boost home buyer confidence as well as investment in the realty sector, they said. “Everyone welcomes the bill. We respect the wisdom of Parliament. There are some provisions like imprisonment which are harsh and may be passage with the time they will be set right,” DLF Chief Executive Rajeev Talwar told PTI. The developers expressed dissatisfaction over inclusion of the ongoing projects in the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill. They wanted government authorities, which sanctions the project, to be brought under this bill. PTI SUM MRadvertisement
Mumbai, Sep 8 (PTI) Leading SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) today felicitated Indias Rio Olympics women medallists – shuttler P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik – by gifting them its true blue 4X4 off-roader, the Thar. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M, handed over the keys of the Mahindra Thar to the two sportspersons at a felicitation ceremony held at the companys manufacturing plant in Kandivali here, said a media release. Both Sindhu, who won the silver medal in badminton womens singles, and Sakshi, who bagged the bronze in 58kg weight class, received the honour for their performances at the just concluded Games.”It is my pleasure to felicitate Sindhu and Sakshi with the Mahindra Thar as they put India on the global map with their historic victory. Today, they have become role models for the youth in India who wants to excel not just in sports but in any arena,” said Goenka at the function.”Fighting all odds to come out on top, they symbolise the go anywhere spirit of the Thar and hence it is an ideal vehicle for our Olympic stars to make a personalised statement,” he added.”I am thankful to Mahindra for recognising my efforts and encouraging me to excel in future matches. The Thar is an iconic off-roader and I am looking forward to owning and driving this stylish off-roader,” said the Hyderabad-based Sindhu. “I am very pleased to own the Thar and would especially like to thank Mr Mahindra (Anand Mahindra, M&Ms Managing Director) for this very special gesture and the #TharForSakshi Twitter Campaign, which received overwhelming support,” said Sakshi, who hails from Rohtak, Haryana. PTI SSR RSY AH AHadvertisement
Aizawl 2017 Mizoram Premier League: Season Preview – Sixth edition dawns on Northeast’s footballing hotbed Swapnaneel Parasar Last updated 2 years ago 01:02 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MFA Aizawl Ramhlun North Bethlehem VT Chanmari West Chanmari Dinthar Mizoram Police Chhinga Veng Come 31st August, Mizo football lovers will have a reason to cheer again as the northeastern hills will rise to welcome the sixth edition of the MPL.. Seldom has a story been that a local single-venue event been the nursery for scores of footballing talents, with some even going on to win the top division league of a country. That is exactly what the Mizoram Premier League (MPL) has been for the state of Mizoram and more importantly Indian football over the last five years.The Mizoram Premier League kicks off for its sixth season at the Assam Rifles ground in Lammual from 31st August onwards.History of MPLUnder the aegis of the Mizoram Football Association President, Lal Thanzara, the state body signed a lucrative five-year deal with a local television channel worth ₹ 1.25 crore to telecast a revamped version of the state’s football league back in 2012.The idea was to make the Mizo people fall in love with football all over again after years of obscurity with the help of high definition telecast during prime time slots. The first season kicked off on 24th October 2012.An instant hit among the masses, the first edition of the MPL saw packed houses at the Assam Rifles ground in Lammual, newly refurbished for the 2012 Northeast Games.Ever since, talents from the MPL have been scouted by teams from the I-League. With many owing the success of the MPL delivering the 2014 Santosh Trophy to Mizoram, Aizawl FC, one of the founding team of the league went on to become the first Mizoram club to play in India’s top-tier league, the I-League in 2016 and then rewriting history books to become the champions earlier this year, only in their second season of top-flight football.Zonet, the official broadcasters have renewed their deal for the next five years starting the sixth edition for a total sum of ₹ 1.50 crore.Past WinnersThe inaugural season saw Dinthar FC lift the crown as Chanmari FC followed up with their 2013/14 triumph. The next two years belonged to Aizawl FC but Chanmari FC came back again in 2016/17 to join Aizawl FC as the joint two-time winners of the MPL.2012/13 – DINTHAR FC2013/14 – CHANMARI FC Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 2014/15 – AIZAWL FC2015/16 – AIZAWL FC2016/17 – CHANMARI FCFormat & VenueThe current season will follow the same format as it has been since its inception. Eight teams play each other twice in dual round-robin league system.After 14 rounds, the top four teams progress to the semi-finals. The eighth placed team is relegated to the Mizoram First Division League while the seventh placed team will have to face a relegation play-off with the runners-up of the second-division to retain their top-flight place for next season.The semi-finals are a two-legged affair with the winners culminating to play in the grand finale. All the matches will be played at the Assam Rifles ground in Lammual. Teams & FixturesAIZAWL FCBETHLEHEM VENGTHLANG FCCHANMARI FCCHANMARI WEST FC Here’s the full fixture list for #MPL6 pic.twitter.com/Huk7bKBxWH— Goal India (@Goal_India) August 30, 2017CHHINGA VENG FCDINTHAR FCMIZORAM POLICE FCRAMHLUN NORTH FC Title ContendersCHANMARI FCThe defending champions will be hoping to emulate what they did last term and lift the trophy again. Chanmari FC, who have a strategic alliance with Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Pune City are a force to reckon with in the MPL having appeared in four of the five finals, winning two.However, the loss of foreigners Ugo Godswill and Leonce Dodoz will create a huge void but the team will bank on its all Indian squad, bolstered by the signings of PC Zosanga, Jakob Vanlalhlimpuia and former Shillong Lajong Academy player Joe Zoherliana.KEY PLAYERS – Jakob Vanlalhlimpuia, Rosanga.AIZAWL FCThe Reds will now have heightened expectations to regain back their crown after becoming I-League champions last season. New coach Jorge Menezes will aim to pick up from where Khalid Jamil left but will need to manage his resources well with a totally revamped squad at The People’s Club. The rivalry with Chanmari FC intensifies after their shock semi-final ouster last season where they lost to the eventual champions 6-2 on aggregate. Most notably, Chanmari FC were the finalists on both occasions when they won the MPL twice in 2014/15 and 2015/16.KEY PLAYERS – Alfred Jaryan, Kareem Omolaja Nurain.Players to watch out forSHYLO MALSAWMTLUANGA (Aizawl FC)The veteran, who was the very first footballer from the state to earn a professional contract with East Bengal in the early 2000s returns to his home state at last. Pulling on Aizawl FC colours, the living legend of Mizoram, ‘Mama’ will make his MPL debut at the age of 32.MALSAWMFELA (Chhinga Veng FC)The Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner of MPL 2015 returns after an unfruitful loan spell at Chennai City FC in the I-League last time. However, he switches camps to Chhinga Veng FC after helping Chanmari FC clinch the title last year with his 11 goals and 5 assists.DAVID LALRINMUANA (Aizawl FC)It will be all about redemption for the former Aizawl FC man who comes back to the MPL where he won the Player of the Year award for two consecutive seasons. After captaining Aizawl FC to two MPL titles, the I-League 2nd Division and the Federation Cup final, the midfielder’s career went downhill ever since the end of the 2015/16 season ended.A failed stint with Mumbai City FC in the ISL and a troubled I-League 2017 season with East Bengal nearly saw the 24-year-old pushed into oblivion. However, he returns for the Reds and with the armband passed on to Alfred Jaryan for the season, Rinmuana can vindicate himself and knock on the doors of national selection again. Follow Swapnaneel Parasar on Twitter – @SwapyoClick here to return to the top of the page.
Daniel James: Every Man Utd teammate has been greatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James already feels at home with Manchester United.James says his new United teammates have helped make his move from Swansea City as easy as possible.He said: “They’ve all been great. I haven’t been here for long but I’ve made some great friends already and I think that’s so important when coming to a new club because you feel a bit intimated at the start, playing at such a big club.“Everyone has been great with me and I really thank them for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The annual JIS Heritage Competition’s essay category targets children at the primary level who are between nine and 12 years old. They are required to write between 400 and 500-word pieces on a specific theme. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has awarded 21 students for outstanding essays, posters and photographs submitted in the 2017 staging of the agency’s Heritage Competition, which was held under the theme ‘How would you like to see Jamaica in another 55 years?’.These students were awarded on Monday, November 27, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew, during the annual JIS Heritage Competition Awards Ceremony.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe, congratulated the awardees and encouraged them to continue aspiring for greatness through their individual talents.“The youngsters really showed that they understand the events that impact us as a country. They also were able to articulate for us their dreams and their vision for Jamaica. They took the courage to submit the entries and we’re very happy with the quality that we received this year, and our judges said they were very pleased with the outcome,” Mrs. Rowe said.Among the 21 students, three emerged overall winners in the categories of the competition. They were Jaida Lalor from George Headley Primary School in Kingston (Essay); Akeem Plummer from Belair High School in Manchester (Poster); and Sarah-Fay Buckland, University of the West Indies, Mona (Photography).Jaida was very excited about being the winner in her category, as her sister, Jhanel Lalor, a student at Campion College, won in the same category in 2015.“I was very excited and I was happy. My inspiration was the people I see on the streets when I go to school every day, so I joined the essay competition to write about how I would want to see Jamaica in the future,” Jaida told JIS News.Unlike Jaida, who expected to win, Akeem did not expect his victory, given that he was entering the competition for the very first time.When asked by JIS News how he prepared his poster entry, he said based on the photo [and] resources that were given, “I looked at the pictures that meant the most to me, like pictures from areas such as track and field, our heritage sites, our achievements, and I composed those based on my interpretation of the theme ‘Jamaica 55’.”Unfortunately, Sarah-Fay, winner of the photo category, was absent from the awards ceremony.Gianne Willie, another student from George Headley Primary; and Janelle Ellis from Praise Tabernacle Christian Academy, placed second and third, respectively, in the essay category.Zarri-Ann Baugh from Ardenne Extension High School and Aliyah Wright from Manchester High School came second and third in the poster category.Lamar Salmon from The Mico University College and Janielle Lyn placed second and third in the photo section of the competition.The annual JIS Heritage Competition’s essay category targets children at the primary level who are between nine and 12 years old. They are required to write between 400 and 500-word pieces on a specific theme.The essays were judged based on the relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of research data, writing style and language skills. At least one of the references should have been made to a JIS source.On the other hand, the poster competition was open to students in grades seven to 13 at a registered secondary school. They were required to design an 11×17-inch poster digitally or by illustration depicting ‘Jamaica 55’. Posters were judged on interpretation of the topic, originality, neatness and presentation.Meanwhile, the photographic competition targeted students attending an accredited tertiary institution. They were required to submit a high resolution quality photograph depicting Jamaica 55. Entries were judged based on originality, composition, technicality and impact. Story Highlights “The youngsters really showed that they understand the events that impact us as a country. They also were able to articulate for us their dreams and their vision for Jamaica. They took the courage to submit the entries and we’re very happy with the quality that we received this year, and our judges said they were very pleased with the outcome,” Mrs. Rowe said. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has awarded 21 students for outstanding essays, posters and photographs submitted in the 2017 staging of the agency’s Heritage Competition, which was held under the theme ‘How would you like to see Jamaica in another 55 years?’.
zoom Russian shipping company OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has penned a new USD 319 million 10 year credit facility with a consortium of European banks. According to SCF, the funds will be used towards financing two new ice-class LNG carriers, SCF Melampus and SCF Mitre, which will operate on long-term contracts with the Shell Group.Dutch financial-services company ING acted as agent in securing the transaction.Nikolai Kolesnikov, Senior Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, said: “This deal represents a major milestone for the company in 2014 and serves to demonstrate its continued access to the international financial markets. In the course of the last one and a half year SCF has arranged long-term bank financing in a total amount of over USD 700 million for its growing liquefied gas transportation business. This limited-recourse financing will further strengthen the group’s liquidity position and enable it to address upcoming financial requirements.”The new high-spec Atlanticmax Ice2 (1C) class gas carriers feature a tri-fuel engine, a cargo capacity of 170,000m³ and are equipped for operating in harsh and low temperature conditions.The vessels’ design is optimised to provide trading flexibility to their charterers, as they are able to transport LNG year round to and from most of the world’s existing LNG terminals.“The project facility has a limited recourse structure and a favourable long-term tenor, as well as competitive pricing, reflecting the robustness of the deal structure, the stability of the charter hire revenue stream and cash flows, and the high credit quality of the charterer,” SCF said in a release.The vessels will form part of Sovcomflot’s recently established company SCF Gas Carriers Ltd., the group’s dedicated vehicle for its expanding gas transportation business.
An underground coal exploration project near Donkin, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, has successfully passed the provincial environmental assessment process. It has approval to begin, if environmental conditions are met. The exploration project was proposed by Xstrata Ltd., and is intended to determine if a longwall coal mine would be commercially viable. “After reviewing the science and other information submitted through the environmental assessment process, including comments received during the public comment period, I am approving this project with conditions, to ensure the environment is protected,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. The Xstrata project will take three years. The site will be prepared in the first year. Coal extraction, using continuous mining, will follow in the second and third years. Ground and surface water quality and quantity near the mine will be monitored. The company has established a community liaison committee to ensure the public has a venue to forward comments, questions or concerns as the operation proceeds. To read the environmental assessment report, go to www.gov.ns.ca/nse/ea/donkin.exploration.project.asp .
Ottawa should give lobster harvesters access to underdeveloped species and Nova Scotia is willing to help pay for science to make it happen, Fisheries Minister Sterling Belliveau said Tuesday, Feb. 12. “Several Nova Scotia fishermen have applied to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to fish stone crab and other undeveloped species and been denied due to a lack of scientific information or old data,” Mr. Belliveau said in a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. “Well let’s get some. The province is willing to partner with DFO to help support the scientific research necessary to develop two exploratory species and to pay our share,” said Mr. Belliveau. Mr. Belliveau told the committee that providing the province’s lobster harvesters with access to underdeveloped species will help them diversify and supplement their incomes. He cited green crab, hag fish, quohogs and Irish moss as having potential. Mr. Belliveau said Ottawa needs to provider clearer direction to Nova Scotia’s troubled lobster fishery. He used the appearance before the Senate Standing Committee to raise concerns about recent comments suggesting the possibility of quotas for the inshore lobster fishery. “I have spoken to many fishermen and community leaders who are concerned about the recent federal comment, as a quota system for the inshore lobster fishery could jeopardize the independence of the fishery and further erode small business and reduce independent harvesters.” He said the talk of possible quotas and other recent federal announcements on changes to the lobster trap tag program and EI reform, have been troubling at a time when the lobster fishery needs stability. “The lobster fishery employs thousands of Nova Scotians, many of whom are seasonal employees that rely on EI benefits. The federal government needs to understand the realities of living in rural parts of Canada,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Throughout Nova Scotia’s coastal areas, the lobster industry depends on these experienced workers.” Mr. Belliveau said the province has consistently expressed Nova Scotians’ concerns to the federal government about the EI benefit changes and their impact on those who work in the fishery. “They need to listen to the voices of thousands of people in this industry who are expressing concerns and frustrations,” he said.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sounded a defiant note Tuesday as he promised to press ahead with the Liberal government’s controversial tax changes even as clear new evidence emerged to show a Canadian economy on the rebound.The Finance Department says the federal government ran a smaller deficit than the $23 billion forecast in the spring budget, ending the 2016-17 fiscal year with an actual deficit of $17.8 billion.Not surprisingly, Trudeau seized on the news as evidence of progress in the Liberal plan to grow the economy by helping middle-class Canadians — a plan that now also includes contentious new tax rules for small businesses.Trudeau stood firmly by those proposed changes, focusing on the argument that they are about making the system fair, rather than generating revenue.“We are moving forward to make the tax system fairer to stop the system that encourages wealthy Canadians to use private corporations to pay lower tax rates than the middle class,” Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa.The proposed changes have sparked a revolt by doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some backbench Liberal MPs, who have spoken publicly about the complaints they have been hearing from their constituents.Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the controversial, three-pronged plan in mid-July, including restrictions on the ability of business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do no work for the business.He also proposed limiting the use of private corporations to make passive investments in things like stocks or real estate and limiting the ability to convert the regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Trudeau said he will take the feedback into account to make sure the proposed changes specifically target the wealthy, but will not throw the entire idea out the window.“We are glad to hear people’s questions and concerns to ensure that as we move forward — which we will — on changing the system … we will ensure that we’re doing it the right way,” he said.“We were pleased to see a tremendous amount of response to our consultation paper — people with concerns, some legitimate, some less so — and we are folding them into the proposal that we will put forward, which will make our tax system fairer.”Trudeau also suggested the promised legislation would be narrowly targeted, “so that hard-working, middle-class small businesses, hard-working, middle-class farmers, do not get penalized by a measure that is aimed at wealthy Canadians.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wasn’t buying it.“I think that this is nothing more than a cash grab that will hurt local businesses’ ability to not only retain the workers that they already have, but to create new jobs in their community,” Sheer said Tuesday.The House of Commons finance committee will not be studying the proposed changes in detail until legislation is tabled, but has agreed to hear from witnesses on the issue next week. They are inviting Morneau to appear as well.On Tuesday, Morneau made it clear that while he is listening to concerns, he will not extend the consultation period past Oct. 2.“We’ve been listening for a long time,” he said.The Liberal party promised during the election campaign to run deficits of less than $10 billion in each of their first two years in power, partly to fund a massive infrastructure program, before returning to a balanced budget in 2019.The 2016 Liberal budget — their first after forming government — blew past that promise, tripling the projected deficit and setting no timeline.“The Liberals are patting themselves on the back for the fact that the deficits they’ve created, while being much larger than the ones they had promised during the campaign, are not as bad as the ones they predicted a short while ago,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.On Tuesday, Trudeau deflected questions as to whether the better-than-expected numbers in the annual financial report would allow him to finally set a deadline for eliminating the deficit.The annual financial report released Tuesday also said program spending was $3.7 billion lower than forecast, due in part to lower-than-expected infrastructure transfer payments.Trudeau defended the pace of the program, but the government wants to make sure the projects selected will create jobs and stimulate growth.“Doing this right is what Canadians expect and that’s what we’re doing, but I can reassure people that the commitments we made to invest in infrastructure will be met,” he said, promising anything they were not able to spend this year will go out next year.— With files from Stephanie Levitz— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours.The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early Wednesday en route to Istanbul from Russia.Video footage of the rescue operation showed crew members being brought to safety one-by-one with the help of a winch system extended from the shore as high waves battered the ship. At least one crew member was seen holding a suitcase while being pulled to shore.Divers and ambulances were on standby throughout the rescue operation.The Associated Press
In 1983 he entered the St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Triruchirappally, in India, where, in 1986, he finished his theological studies. He was ordained deacon 12 March, 1985 and was incardinated in the then undivided Diocese of Trincomalee-Batticaloa. He received priestly ordination on May 21, 1986, in the Cathedral of Trincomalee. (Colombo Gazette) In the years 1978 – 1981 he studied philosophy at the National Seminary of Kandy. From 1981 to 1982 he did a year of regency with pastoral work. The Pope has accepted the resignation presented by Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Trincomalee, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law and has appointed Rev. Noel Emmanuel Christian, presently Episcopal Vicar and General Treasurer of the same diocese as the new Bishop of Trincomalee, Vatican Radio reported.Rev. Dr. Christian Noel Emmanuel, was born December 25, 1960, in Trincomalee. After secondary school, he entered the St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary.
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2012 5:14 pm MDT MONTREAL – Bombardier is bracing for what could be a lengthy strike at its Quebec railcar assembly plant after workers rejected what the company characterized as a generous offer that raises wages and pension benefits and contained a commitment to invest in new technology.“Don’t worry, we’ve got our contingency plans and we could go a long way,” company spokesman Marc Laforge said Thursday, hours after union members massively rejected Bombardier’s “final” contract offer.He said the company has a long-term vision for the plant and has no immediate plans to transfer work to its other facilities in Thunder Bay, Ont., Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Mexico.But he said Bombardier will meet its commitment to deliver 420 Toronto subway cars and interior finishings for 706 Chicago transit cars. It also has contracts for 100 multi-level New Jersey transit cars, 54 multi-level cars for Maryland transit, along with nearly 500 Montreal Metro cars, which aren’t yet in production.Nearly 90 per cent of the votes cast at a special meeting of the workers at the rail-equipment plant in La Pocatiere, northeast of Quebec City, were against the deal.The six-hour meeting ended early Thursday morning and the results were published by their union, an affiliate of the Confederation of National Trade Unions.Subcontracting, pension and salaries have been the key issues for the 330 workers who have been without a contract since Sept. 30, 2011.The strike, which started Nov. 1, is the first at the plant in 30 years.Laforge said the offer includes a 12.5 per cent wage increase over five years, a $9-million pension plan contribution that would raise employee benefits by 18 per cent and a commitment to invest $3 million in new state-of-the-art laser welding technology that would return some jobs outsourced to the United States.The investment would allow La Pocatiere to make the aluminum roof and sidepanels for the Montreal Metro and other contracts and stop doing less specialized work with carbon steel.He said the company isn’t surprised by the contract rejection given that the union executive and negotiating team recommended such a vote.While Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) may be willing to make some adjustments, the final contract cost must be within the framework of its last offer, the company said.“The table is set and whatever agreement there is … it’s going to be within what has been put on the table,” Laforge said.“I don’t know how many employees these days are getting a raise of 18 per cent on their pension plan benefits through negotiations. That’s something pretty important and the salary raises that we’re ready to grant stand perfectly with what is given in the industry.”Union president Mario Levesque is disappointed with Bombardier’s hard stand and belief that it can settle in for a long labour dispute. He said the union is prepared to return to the bargaining table at the conciliator’s request but only if the company is willing to negotiate changes.“As soon as we get a call we are ready to sit at the table but not just to sit, we want to negotiate so things advance,” he said in an interview.Levesque also called on the company to respect terms of a 2010 letter of intent that would guarantee hundreds of jobs related to the Montreal Metro contract.“The workers want that their managers act responsibly and respectfully by honouring their signatures from that time.”Laforge said Bombardier has a different interpretation of the work that must be completed at the plant, which is part of an integrated manufacturing model that has the best chance of succeeding against the competition.He added that outsourcing beyond Bombardier Transportation’s network represents just 10 to 15 jobs and suggested the union is trying to move a grievance on the subject, which is slated to be heard next month, into the negotiations.“It (the grievance) has nothing to do with negotiations. They are trying to bring that into negotiations.”Meanwhile, Levesque said the union will respect an injunction granted late Tuesday that limits the number of picketers to 25 and requires unfettered access to the plant by about 200 non-union and management personnel.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares closed up three cents to $3.07 in Thursday trading. Bombardier bracing for strike after Quebec rail workers reject ‘generous’ offer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Donald Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.Seeking to promote his father’s presidential campaign, the younger Trump posted a tweet featuring a bowl of the candy Skittles with a warning.“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” said the tweet on the verified @DonaldTrumpJr handle.“That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” said the post, which caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday.Young Trump’s tweet said, “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”His father has advocated sharply restraining immigration and has accused opponent Hillary Clinton of advocating acceptance of tens of thousands of refugees.Skittles parent company Wrigley Americas distanced itself from the tweet with a terse response opposing Trump Jr.’s premise.“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”The tweet came as world leaders meeting at the United Nations on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more co-ordinated and humane response to the global refugee crisis, among which Syrians are a major grouping.During the campaign Trump has repeatedly called for a moratorium on accepting Syrian refugees. This is part of a more wide-ranging policy on immigrants that has ranged from an outright ban on foreign Muslim immigrants entering the United States “until we know what the hell is going on” to “extreme” vetting and an ideological test for would-be immigrants from countries and regions plagued by extremism.Clinton has said she would expand President Barack Obama’s refugee program to accept about 65,000 Syrian refugees. This would be in addition to the tens of thousands of refugees accepted from around the world every year. Clinton said she would continue with the vetting currently in place, an effort that can take multiple years to complete.Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in Europe while many others wait in neighbouring countries and refugee camps for the war to end or a chance to move away from the carnage. Obama pledged the U.S. would accept 10,000 Syrians this budget year, which ends Sept. 30, and achieved that number a month early. This is in addition to about 75,000 refugees from other parts of the world. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 20, 2016 12:48 am MDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2016 at 5:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
CHIBA, Japan – In a story June 14 about Japanese military equipment sales, The Associated Press omitted the name of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries official quoted in the story. It was Shoji Sato.A corrected version of the story is below:Japan seeks to expand arms deals with Southeast AsiaA Japanese defence official says Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North KoreaBy MARI YAMAGUCHIAssociated PressA defence official said Monday that Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea.The move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to bolster Japan’s military role and its sales of defence equipment, especially in Southeast Asia, where China has expanded its own arms sales.Hideaki Watanabe, head of the Defence Ministry’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, said Japan will host a meeting Thursday with defence officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss the sharing of equipment and technology.He spoke Monday at an international arms exhibit near Tokyo that was attended by hundreds of defence officials and industry leaders from around the world.Watanabe said there have been aggressive attempts by nations in recent years to change the status quo, in an apparent reference to China’s building of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.“It is essential to maintain the open and stable sea under the rule of law,” he said. “Ensuring safety of navigation and flight contributes to the peace and prosperity of Japan and international society. Japan’s research and development of high-quality defence equipment contributes to the defence of Japan and elsewhere.”Japan’s defence industry at home is worth about 1.8 trillion yen ($16 billion) annually, a fraction of the country’s 52 trillion yen ($470 billion) auto industry.Japan had restricted arms exports under its post-World War II war-renouncing constitution, limiting joint research and development to the U.S. under a bilateral security pact. Since an easing of the rules in 2014, Japan now has joint research deals with Britain, Australia and France.In order to scale up the defence industry, Japan’s government has bolstered research funding to more than 10 billion yen ($90 million) this year.Japan has been promoting the transfer of defence equipment to Southeast Asian countries to help their maritime security capabilities amid China’s growing presence in the South China Sea, but deals have been limited to the sale of TC-90 surveillance aircraft to the Philippines.China already exports mostly low-cost military equipment to many Southeast Asian countries.The arms exhibit, sponsored by the Japanese defence, foreign and industry ministries, included panel discussions focused on missile defence. North Korea has conducted several missile tests this year.U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin and Japanese contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries were among dozens of exhibitors from around the world who had booths at this year’s Mast Asia exhibit, just east of Tokyo.Japanese manufacturers are still cautious about the prospects of military sales.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a maker of Aegis destroyers and fighter jets, is not expecting booming business right away, as Japan’s defence equipment sales are more focused on disaster prevention and international peace.“We want visitors to see our comprehensive and advanced technology first,” said Mitsubishi Vice-President Shoji Sato. “We are happy to provide our technology and equipment wherever they can be used for international peace.”While Japan’s defence role is still a sensitive issue for other Asian countries that still have bitter memories of Japanese wartime aggression, a greater contribution by the country is welcome as the region now faces common challenges such as North Korea, said South Korean defence expert Yoon Sukjoon, a retired navy captain who was at the exhibit.“We have a threat, a real threat from North Korea,” Yoon said, citing the North’s recent missile capabilities and nuclear development. “Japan is our neighbour. As long as we have common interests, common security concepts, there is no specific reason why we should reject military co-operation in terms of military equipment and sharing of the information of that.”___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at twitter.com/mariyamaguchiFind her work at https://www.apnews.com/search/mari%20yamaguchi Visitors look at the booth of BrahMos, the India-Russia joint venture, during ” MAST Asia”, Japan’s international arms exhibit, supported by Japanese government, in Chiba, near Tokyo, Monday, June 12, 2017. The three-day exhibit, second since Japan’s 2014 easing of arms export rules, began Monday near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 3:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Correction: Japan-Defence story
“It is far from clear that the recent intensification of fighting is producing any winners,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Security Council on Friday.“It is, though, abundantly clear, all too abundantly clear, who the losers are: millions of Yemenis civilians, most of them women and children, whose lives are right on the line.”Bleak humanitarian situationAcross Yemen – which was already among the world’s poorest countries before fighting erupted in 2015 – well over three-quarters of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance; some 18 million people, including women and children are food insecure, eight million of them severely-food insecure; millions of families have are without a source of income, with teachers, health and sanitation workers and public servants not paid any wages in two years.Challenges are further compounded by wave after wave of cholera outbreaks and fighting that has not only claimed civilian lives, but also severely hampered delivery of life-saving aid.Despite heavy odds, work of brave humanitarians on the ground and the support of the international donor community had been successful in keeping the situation “stable” and avoiding the “worst loss” of life, said Mr. Lowock.Aid operation could be overwhelmedHowever, two recent developments are now threatening to “overwhelm the aid operation”, he warned.“The first is a marked economic deterioration, symptomized by the depreciation of the Yemeni Rial by some 30 per cent in the last month or so,” said Mr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.We are already seeing pockets of famine-like-conditions … people are eating leaves because they have no other form of sustenance – UN relief chiefBecause almost all the food consumed in Yemen is imported, that depreciation translates directly into a sharp increase in the price of food, who are food insecure but who are not reached by the aid operation, he explained.“We are already seeing pockets of famine-like-conditions – including cases where people are eating leaves because they have no other form of sustenance.”The second development, continued Mr. Lowcock is the intensification of fighting around Hudaydah, choking the vital port which the aid operation and the commercial markets depend on.Heading off an impeding catastropheIn his briefing, Mr. Lowcock underscored that while humanitarian action can be scaled up, relief organizations “simply cannot look after the needs of all 29 million Yemenis.”“That is untenable,” he stressed, asking the Security Council for support in “three key areas” to prevent a complete collapse.The areas, he outlined, are:Immediate measures to stabilize the economy and support the exchange rate;Everyone with a stake in the conflict to uphold their obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, facilitate aid access to vulnerable people; andAll parties to find practical solutions to key issues, including ways civilians in need of medical treatment can travel outside the country to receive it.“And, of course, and finally, the parties need to get around the negotiating table and engage seriously with the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy [Martin Griffiths] on a positive path towards peace,” he concluded.