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Mayawati re-elected BSP chief; vows to never to stop or bend

first_imgBahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati was on Wednesday re-elected as the party’s national president after which she vowed never to “stop or bend, let alone break.” She was elected BSP president unanimously at a special meeting of senior office-bearers of the party’s central executive committee, its state units and representatives selected from across the country, a party release said. On her unanimous re-election, the 63-year-old Dalit leader expressed gratitude to all her party workers and followers and assured them of her continued commitment to take forward the BSP movement. She said she would remain ever ready as usual to pursue the humanitarian missions of sants, gurus and great men, born in the Dalit, Adivasi and other backward classes from time to time. She vowed never to “stop or bend, let alone break” in the interest of the party and the movement.Ms. Mayawati said the excellent work of the BSP governments in Uttar Pradesh is an example on the strength of which the BSP can seek people’s support in the upcoming elections in various states. Referring to the assembly elections to be held soon in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi, she said the party has to contest all elections with “full strength“. “The BSP has to fight these elections against both the ruling BJP and the Congress and has to move forward by first becoming a balancing power,” she said. “In addition to this, the BSP has to also show a good result in the assembly by-polls to be held for some seats in Uttar Pradesh,” she added.last_img read more

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invites BJP to form government

first_imgGovernor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday asked leader of the elected members of the single largest party, BJP, and its legislative leader Devendra Fadnavis to indicate willingness and ability to form government.Also Read With no new govt. in sight, Maharashtra Assembly to be in ‘suspended animation’ Elections to the Assembly were held on October 21 and results declared on October 24, in which the BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats and Mr. Fadnavis was elected its legislative party chief on October 31.Mr. Fadnavis will have to prove majority in the House of 288 members by 8.00 P.M. on November 11. Despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form government, the Governor office said.The BJP now has the option to prove they have the numbers or decline the invite. It can also request time to show the support of 145 MLAs either in writing or on the floor of the House. “In a scenario BJP conveys its response in a negative, the Governor will have to explore other options. The moment Mr. Fadnavis says yes, he would effectively take oath as Chief Minister along with an essential Council of Ministers. A Speaker will be appointed and the House called where the first business would be that of a confidence motion,” said former Maharashtra advocate general Shrihari Aney.Sources said the Governor had begun consultations with Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni on the process early on Saturday after the five-year term of the Assembly had ended. Earlier, the law and judiciary submitted a report to the Governor on the “order of preference” set out by the Sarkaria Commission Report, which gives four options to the Governor as ratified by the Supreme Court: inviting a pre-poll alliance of parties 2) inviting the single largest party which stakes claim to form government 3) inviting a post-poll alliance of parties, with all the partners in the coalition joining the government or 4) inviting a post-poll alliances of parties, with some becoming part of the government and some supporting from outside, as per the report.Sources close to Mr. Fadnavis said he was expecting the invitation and would respond at the earliest. “We had feelers he would invite us today or on Sunday, having explored step one — inviting a pre-poll alliance of parties. We were expecting him to move to step two soon: that is an invitation to us,” said a BJP leader.“The invitation will be decided at the BJP core committee meeting on Sunday. There is no option other than the BJP. We are ready for talks with Shiv Sena anytime. The mandate is for the grand alliance. Talks will take place when we sit across the table. Receiving invitation from the Governor is part of constitutional process. Shiv Sena should respect the mandate,” he said.last_img read more

Mamata declines comment on Mitras release

first_imgKolkata, Sept 10 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today declined comment on the release of Trinamool Congress heavyweight Madan Mitra who was arrested in connection with the Saradha scam about two years ago.Banerjee, who returned this morning from her eight-day visit to the Vatican and Germany, refused to take questions on the release of her former cabinet colleague who was yesterday granted bail by the Alipore court.However, the chief ministers co-traveller Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said Mitras arrest was “politically motivated”.Mitra, then Sports and Transport Minister, was arrested by CBI on December 12, 2014. PTI COR PR GVSlast_img read more

England and Scotland to meet in their Women’s World Cup opener

first_imgTopics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Group A  France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria Group B Germany, China, Spain, South Africa Group C Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica Group D England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan Group E Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, the NetherlandsGroup F United States, Thailand, Chile, SwedenMatches take place from 7 June to 7 July Hide Such sentiments seemed to be echoing in the Parisian air. “It’s a tough group, possibly the toughest group, but a really exciting one for Phil and the players ,” said Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s head of women’s football, who attended the draw with Neville. “I think Phil’s going to need his full squad.”A few kilometres away in central Paris another day of rioting against government policies had seen cars torched, teargas deployed, armoured vehicles on patrol and more than 500 arrests but as the draw – expertly compered by the former England right-back Alex Scott – unfolded at La Seine Musicale all was serene.Even Emmanuel Macron might have felt secure safely cocooned inside the World Cup bubble at the concert venue on an island in the Seine towards the city’s south westerly outskirts. With not a yellow-vested protester in sight, the Île Seguin might have been a Fifa enclave; on an evening when part of the French capital remained in lockdown it certainly felt like Narnia. Read more Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Ada Hegerberg: ‘The Ballon d’Or was an amazing night for women’ Thank you for your feedback. Women’s World Cup Read more England women’s football team Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img The Observer “What better place to be than the city of lights,” said Amanda Davies, one of the draw’s moderators as, with no hint of irony, she introduced the spectacular football-themed sound and light show prefacing the draw.Presumably it was not a reference to the flames rising a few arrondissements away but by June’s kick-off the sun will surely be out, the game’s world governing body in firm control and the recent violent disorder – never a good look for tournament hosts – a receding memory.Certainly Campbell has no concerns about next summer. “I think every nation has its problems,” she said, diplomatically. “I don’t have any worries. You’ve seen how fantastic the security and organisation here is tonight and we’re confident it will be the same next June.”England, the bronze medal winners at Canada 2015, would love to emulate Japan’s achievement in winning Germany 2011 but Campbell does not want to pile too much pressure on Neville’s squad.“I don’t think we should overburden the players but yes, that’s the ultimate aim,” she said. “Some luck comes into it and there’s no guarantees – but if we play at our very best …”. Quick guide 2019 Women’s World Cup draw Share on Messenger Women’s World Cup 2019 The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Scotland women’s football team England’s women have variously been offered opportunities for revenge, the reassertion of neighbourly bragging rights and a chance to put a historical enemy in their place in France next June.The draw for the group stage of the 2019 World Cup has paired Phil Neville’s Lionesses with Japan, Scotland and Argentina for games which will transport them from Nice to Le Havre and back to the French Riviera again. Reuse this content Given Japan narrowly defeated England in the semi-finals of Canada 2015 before losing to USA in the final and Shelley Kerr’s Scotland are fast improving, it looks a tricky group. That said, a woefully under-resourced Argentina are arguably the weakest team to have qualified and should hold no fears for Fran Kirby, Steph Houghton, Jodie Taylor and co.“I like Nice, the weather down there is always very nice,” Neville said. “It’s a tough group but they are all top games, all three have special meanings for English football.“England v Argentina will always be special to me because of the historic rivalry but I think all our games are ones fans will want to watch. We’ll need to be at our absolute best to beat both Japan – and it’s tricky that we’ll be playing them in the SheBelieves tournament in America next spring – and Scotland. Shelley is a fabulous manager, she’s done a great job and the two sets of players know each other inside out.”Top Group D and, owing to the mechanics of the 24-team tournament, Neville’s side would potentially face what appears, on paper at least, a fairly kind pathway towards the final in Lyon on 7 July. Significantly they would avoid meeting four formidable opponents in USA, Germany, Canada and Australia before that showpiece in France’s gastronomic capital.Despite receiving an £80,000 funding grant from the Scottish government that will enable them to turn full time in the preamble to next June, Kerr’s side are highly unlikely to reach Lyon – which also stages the semi-finals – but have improved significantly along the road to qualification for their first World Cup.They should be much stronger than when England thrashed them 6-0 courtesy of a Taylor hat-trick in Utrecht during the opening game of Euro 2017. “We’ve got to forget what happened at the last Euros,” Kerr said. “It’s going to be tough but exciting.” news Share on WhatsApp Women’s football Show last_img read more

College Football Star’s Career Is Over With ‘Disabling Neck Injury’

first_imgMiami players running on the field for a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Ahmmon Richards was expected to be one of Miami’s top playmakers this season. In 2016, he was a freshman All-American, and looked to bounce back from injuries that cost him a third of last season.Instead, Richards was limited to one nine-yard catch in the season-opening loss to LSU, before going out with what was described as a knee injury.According to a new report by Miami Herald writer Barry Jackson, Richards’ injury status is much worse.Jackson reports that Ahmmon Richards suffered a neck injury that will end his football career.From his story:UM junior receiver Ahmmon Richards’ football career is over because of a disabling neck injury, a source told The Miami Herald on Saturday evening.The injury will prevent him from ever playing again.The stunning news about Richards, who was considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick, was revealed on a day UM rallied from a 20-point deficit to defeat Florida State, 28-27.Richards caught 49 passes for 934 yards and three touchdowns, and was also a second team All-ACC player in 2016. Lingering hamstring issues held him to 24 catches for 439 yards and three scores last year.He was expected to bounce back, and become one of the top NFL prospects at the position this year. Instead, unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back.According to Jackson, Miami hasn’t confirmed the extent of the injury, and it is not known how Richards suffered the neck injury at this time.[The Miami Herald]last_img read more

South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Hashim Amla returns to squad for last two ODIs

first_imgSouth Africa vs Sri Lanka: Hashim Amla returns to squad for last two ODIsAmla, 35, was rested for the first three ODIs, all of which were won by South Africa, after a poor Test series last month.advertisement Reuters DurbanMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 14:47 IST Hashim Amla was rested for the first three ODI vs Sri Lanka (@OfficialCSA Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla, JP Duminy and Aiden Markram returned to the ODI squad for last two ODIs vs Sri LankaQuinton de Kock’s fine form has helped South Africa seal an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the 5-match seriesDuminy, 34, is back after being out of action for several months following shoulder surgeryHashim Amla, JP Duminy and Aiden Markram all return to South Africa’s squad for the last two One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka as Cricket South Africa make changes with an eye on World Cup selection.Amla, 35, was rested for the first three ODIs, all of which were won by South Africa, after a poor Test series last month amid growing speculation his international career is coming to an end.Duminy, 34, is back after being out of action for several months following shoulder surgery while opener Markram, a surprise omission from the squad at the start of the five-match series, has won his place back after back-to-back centuries in domestic competition.”Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup,” said selection panel convener Linda Zondi as he announced the changes.”We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned.”South Africa face hosts England in the opening game of the World Cup at The Oval in London on May 30.Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow Hashim AmlaFollow JP DuminyFollow Aiden Markramlast_img read more

New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 25: Prediction and probable playing XI

first_img Next New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 25: Prediction and probable playing XIAs New Zealand take on strugglers South Africa in Birmingham on Wednesday, here’s a look at the probable playing XIs and match prediction for the crunch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 11:58 IST New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)South Africa is in a desperate situation for a win as they take on New Zealand in Match 25 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.South Africa has had a woeful start to their World Cup campaign, having suffered 3 defeats on the trot before securing 3 points from their next two games. Faf du Plessis’ men cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to keep their slim chances of making the World Cup semi-finals alive.Ahead of what is a repeat of World Cup 2015 semi-final, South Africa opener Quinton de Kock said the Proteas are looking at Wednesday’s match as a virtual quarter-final.”Tomorrow is a quarter-final, I guess you could say it. But if we do win it, it’s another big game again… We have to win all the games, not just focus on tomorrow. But in saying that, we know how good New Zealand are playing at the moment. They are a big team in World Cups. They always seem to step up, so it’s going to be a tough one anyway,” De Kock said.On the other hand, New Zealand will be looking to inch one step closer to the semi-final spot after a brilliant start to their campaign. The Black Caps are heading into Wednesday’s match after an 11-day break as their previous game against India on June 13 was washed out without a ball being bowled.South Africa vs New Zealand: Recent formSouth Africa may have struggled to get off the mark in the World Cup but the Proteas clinched a dominant win over Afghanistan in their previous World Cup 2019 match on Saturday in Cardiff. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla showed glimpses of a return to form as South Africa won by 9 wickets (DLS) wicket. Imran Tahir stole the show with the ball, picking up 4 wickets as Afghanistan were bowled out for 125.advertisementSouth Africa has 3 points from 5 matches and are reeling at the 8th spot of the 10-team table.On the contrary, New Zealand is sitting comfortably at the 2nd spot with 3 wins from 4 matches. Kane Williamson’s men had started the campaign with wins over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before the washout against India.Pitch predictionEdgbaston in Birmingham is hosting its first World Cup 2019 match on Wednesday. The wicket at Edgbaston has traditionally offered a lot of assistance for the batsmen. However, pace bowlers are expected to make good use of the overcast conditions but spinners will play a role as well.Match predictionDesperate South Africa are boosted by the return of pacer Lungi Ngidi who was injured in South Africa’s loss to Bangladesh on June 2. Faf du Plessis’ men will take confidence from their win over Afghanistan but in-form New Zealand should provide them with a stiff test.It will be interesting to see how New Zealand perform after their 11-day break. Moreover, New Zealand hasn’t faced a top-four team yet but expect them to beat South Africa today.New Zealand vs South Africa: Predicted playing XIsNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi/Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultSouth Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran TahirAlso Read | World Cup 2019: PCB chairman telephones Sarfaraz Ahmed, asks Pakistan captain to focus on upcoming matchesAlso Read | New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Birmingham on WednesdayAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow New Zealand vs South AfricaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019last_img read more

Trudeau in Latvia prior to NATO summit expected to extend Canadian mission

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to commit Canada to spend several more years leading a NATO battle group in Latvia — news that will come Tuesday on the eve of the alliance’s summit in Brussels, where leaders will be braced for a showdown with U.S. President Donald Trump over military spending.Trudeau arrived in Latvia late Monday, one day before he’ll visit the approximately 450 Canadian troops leading the multinational force that was first announced in 2016 as a check against Russian aggression in eastern Europe.That will serve as the backdrop for the news that Canada is renewing the mission, the current three-year mandate for which is currently run out on March 31, 2019, sources told The Canadian Press, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details not yet made public.Such an extension has been widely expected. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has asserted numerous times that Canada remains committed to leading the mission for the foreseeable future.The Canadian-led battle group is one of four in the region, and includes troops from Albania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Germany leads a similar force in Lithuania, Britain leads one in Estonia and the U.S. leads in Poland.“We’re not here trying to take an aggressive posture. This is about deterrence. We would like Russia to get back to normality,” Sajjan told The Canadian Press in January during a joint interview with Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.“This will take some time. And Canada is committed for the long term.”The prime minister is expected to use the extension to defend Canada from criticism from Trump that America’s northern neighbour is not spending enough on defence.Canada and other countries have faced U.S. pressure to meet the alliance’s target of spending two per cent of GDP on defence and 20 per cent of defence budgets on equipment — a target member states agreed to in 2014 at a NATO summit in Wales.Trump has sent letters to the leaders of several NATO allies, including Canada, expressing “growing frustration” over the fact the targets are still not being met by the majority of alliance nations.The Liberal government has repeatedly argued that has Canada consistently contributed to NATO operations and efforts — as evidenced by its role in Latvia — and committed to grow funding for defence by 70 per cent over the coming decade.But critics have noted that even with the increase, Canadian defence spending will top out at 1.4 per cent of GDP, and it’s unclear to what degree extending an existing mission will satisfy Trump’s demands for Canada and others to put up more cash.And while Canada’s role in the Latvian mission is positive, it is a relatively small one compared to ongoing NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo — two operations that are highlighted in annual reports from NATO secretary general Jans Stoltenberg, said David Perry, a senior defence analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.“We’re doing good things in Latvia, we’re one of four countries that are leading the battle groups … but the two that the secretary general tracks in his report, we have five out of about 18,000 troops.”The Liberal government last year rebuffed requests from the Trump administration and NATO for allies to redouble their efforts in Afghanistan, including a specific appeal for Canadian police to help train Afghan security forces.France, meanwhile, is expected to pledge this week that it will meet the two per cent spending target within the next seven years, while Germany says it will reach 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2024.German newspaper Bild am Sonntag quoted Stoltenberg as saying, “One and a half per cent is not two per cent.”Any extension in Latvia will nonetheless be welcomed by the country’s government, which has turned to Canada and NATO for support and reassurance in the face of Russia’s recent attempts to flex its muscle and exert its influence across eastern Europe.“This Latvian enhanced forward presence mission altogether in the Baltics and Poland is one of the most successful missions of NATO,” said Karlis Eihenbaums, the Latvian ambassador to Canada.“We feel much more stable as a people and also the NATO eastern flank is much more stable. You can ask our neighbouring countries which are not NATO members, like Sweden or Finland, what they think, they are very much for this presence … they are very happy that Canadians are there.”Eihenbaums said security is also a concern when it comes to trade — Latvia has been trying to grow its exports to Canada under the Canada-EU trade agreement.“In order to trade we have to have safety,” he said. “We should not stop (the Latvian mission), probably we should go further because we have to think about the air, we have to think about the water, we have to think about the seas.”— With files from Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa; follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the news of Canada’s mission extension in Latvia would come Wednesday.last_img read more

Soldier found dead on New Brunswick base was veteran of Afghanistan Bosnia

first_imgOROMOCTO, N.B. — The Canadian Armed Forces has released the name of a soldier and Afghanistan veteran found dead at New Brunswick’s Gagetown base on Monday.He has been identified as 41 year-old Warrant Officer Mark Boychuck.Boychuck was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for the last 20 years, deploying three times to Afghanistan and once to Bosnia.Col. Keith Osmond, Commander 5th Canadian Division Support Group, issued a statement urging people to take time to remember Boychuck’s contributions to Canada, the international community, and the Canadian Armed Forces.Base officials are not releasing a cause of death, but confirm it was not the result of a training accident.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nexstar offers just over 4B for Tribune Media

first_imgIRVING, Texas — Nexstar is offering to buy Chicago’s Tribune Media for about $4 billion, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group.The offer Monday would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 per cent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S.Tribune Media owns or operates 42 local TV stations that reach 50 million households, as well as the national network WGN. It also has a stake in the TV Food Network.Nexstar will pay $46.50 per Tribune share. The companies value the transaction, which also includes debt, at $6.4 billion.The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2019, if approved by regulators and shareholders.Tribune’s stock jumped nearly 10 per cent early Monday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

PAM, OMDH Call For Investigation into Case of Mmi Fatiha in…

Rabat – The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (OMDH) have requested an investigation into the case of Mmi Fatiha, a local vender in Kenitra who had her money and products stolen by the police before she self-immolated. According to the Moroccan magazine Telquel, Fatiha covered herself in paint thinner and set herself on fire in the Oulad Mbarek neighborhood in her home city on April 9th.The officers who stole her belongings were preparing for the king’s visit to Kenitra, which regularly involves removing trash, vendors and beggars from the street in an effort to “purify” the area before his majesty’s arrival, a local woman who spoke to Febrayer, a national news site, said. Since reports of the incident – which resembles the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi starting the Arab Spring – Moroccans on social media have taken to social media to criticize the government’s inaction on the issue.The OMDH called on the government to investigate the investigate during a press conference on April 15th, while the PAM sent a delegation of four elected officials to visit Fatiha’s family on April 17th.The party – currently a major player in the opposition coalition – said in a memo that it aimed to “express solidarity with the family of the victim” and, like the human rights group, called for “the opening of an investigation into the matter.”Members of parliament affiliated with the Istiqlal, or Independence, Party called on the president of the House of Representatives to move for a point of information on “the reasons and circumstances of the death” of Mmi Fatiha on April 18th.Later that same day, Agence France Presse reported that “dozens” of street vendors in Kenitra protested in the deceased women’s neighborhood.“Brandishing portraits of the woman before and after the immolation, they called for the investigation and punishment of those responsible.” the source said. read more

Medical cannabis should be legalised says Royal College of Nursing

Nurses also called for a a referendum on the final Brexit deal. The RCN passed a vote in favour of the move by 364 votes to 163 but is expected to consult more widely with members before campaigning.The trade union was neutral in 2016 but is now the first to demand a second referendum on Brexit.Chief executive Janet Davies said: “We can’t manage without our European nurses but they are already leaving. Even though we’re desperately trying to recruit, people aren’t coming from Europe in the number they used to.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cannabis should be legalised for medical use, nurses have voted.They argued patients should be allowed to take the drug if it helped reduce their pain or controlled symptoms of conditions like epilepsy.Members of the Royal College of Nursing voted overwhelmingly in favour of lobbying the Government to change the law around the drug.Nurses argued that painkillers such as morphine and fentanyl were both legal despite being from the same family as heroin, so cannabis should be treated no differently.Legalising the drug would protect patients from disreputable dealers and prevent them being treated as criminals, they added.Tracey Risebrow, a nurse from Suffolk, said: “Surely it is better to have patients using cannabis being monitored by health professionals able to pick up on any adverse effects quickly.”It is inhumane to have people suffering when there is something that can help… We are making criminals out of people who only want to do what is best for their loved ones.”Speaking at the union’s annual congress in Belfast, nurse Fallon Scaife said she had lost “the man I loved” to cannabis use but had since moved to a cancer ward and seen the benefits the drug had for patients.Geoff Earle, from Edinburgh, added: “Our patients are often forced to use irresponsible dealers and risk prison sentences.”Nurse Catherine Gault said she suffered from a chronic condition which may require treatment with cannabis in future, adding: “There is strong enough evidence to support the use of cannabis to treat pain. It would not be a recreational drug for me, it would add quality to my life.”After the debate, RCN chief executive Janet Davies said nurses found it “frustrating” they were not allowed to give patients a drug which could help them.She said the move would protect vulnerable patients who were currently self-medicating with cannabis from illegal sources.“It’s about protecting people who are actually breaking the law, but they are also putting themselves at risk because they don’t know the content of what they’re taking, they don’t know where the original source is from, they don’t know if people are putting something else in it,” she added.Nurses voted in favour of the “complete decriminalisation” of the drug in all its forms, including “cannabis and cannabis resin”.But the union’s chief said medical professionals would not advocate smoking the drug and making it available as a medicine would lead to fewer people smoking it.As a Class B drug, cannabis cannot be prescribed, administered or supplied to the public.Although the cannabis-based drug Sativex has been approved for MS sufferers, it is only available from specialist doctors in special circumstances and is not widely prescribed.Over 40 countries, including Italy, Finland, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and half of the United States have decriminalised cannabis in some form.Last month, the Royal College of Physicians – which represents 26,000 doctors in the UK – also called for the drug to be decriminalised, claiming the threat of jail meant addicts were put off seeking help.Responding to the RCN news, Peter Carroll, of campaign group End Our Pain, said: “We welcome this bold and decisive move from the RCN. People who find relief from their symptoms by using medical cannabis should be treated as patients, not criminals.”And Peter Reynolds, of cannabis law reform campaign group Clear, said: “This is recognition by the people we all turn to in our most difficult times that cannabis is an extremely valuable medicine which science now proves to be both efficacious and safe.”But the Royal College of Psychiatrists urged caution. A spokesman said: “The legal status of cannabis and other drugs is a matter for government rather than doctors to decide. Cannabis carries significant mental health risks for some, including psychosis, depression and anxiety. We support medical use of NICE approved, cannabis products, following properly conducted independent research… Legalisation for recreational and medicinal use should be considered as distinct.” read more

Tier 4 Final Cat 793F has proven itself in testing and trials

first_imgIn extensive testing and field validation trials, the Cat® Tier 4 Final 793F mining truck has proven it equals performance of the 793F configured to meet Tier 2 emission standards, and it burns less diesel fuel than the Tier 2 model. The 793F, the market leader in the 227 t size class, is available to meet US EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards in the United States and Canada.The Tier 4 Final 793F successfully completed field validation, with all of the pilot machines exceeding requirements. Two of the pilot trucks accumulated more than 7,600 operating hours in their first year in the field. The trucks were put to the test in a variety of applications, including cold ambient temperatures, high ambient temperatures, uphill hauls and flat hauls. All of the trucks integrated seamlessly into the mining systems as customers reported excellent performance and reliability.At an iron mine, Caterpillar conducted a rigorous performance study on a Tier 4 Final 793F and measured no loss in performance or productivity compared to the Tier 2 793F trucks working on the same site. In addition, the machine demonstrated up to 5.3% less diesel fuel burn over the haul cycle. As a result of a reduction in diesel fuel consumption, the Tier 4 Final 793F pilot machines demonstrated lower total cost of ownership (TCO) relative to the Tier 2 793F.The Tier 4 Final 793F uses the Cat C175-16 engine, proven in previous 793F models. The truck in Tier 4 configuration is equipped with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, which uses diesel exhaust fluid. Caterpillar selected the SCR solution because it provides the most robust and reliable means to meet Tier 4 Final emission standards while delivering equivalent engine performance. The modular SCR design, which was adopted from other Cat production products, minimised new content and design changes to the proven Tier 2 793F.As of September 1, 2017, the Tier 4 Final 793F machines have achieved a combined 30,500 hours of field validation operation, and they continue to work reliably and productively.last_img read more

At that time in my life I would have given everything not

first_img Follow us: ‘At that time in my life, I would have given everything not to play rugby’ Wales out-half Rhys Priestland on battling his demons and how working with a sports psychologist helped save his career. Ruddock ahead of schedule and could return for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final Share4 Tweet Email1 27,037 Views 3 Comments Feb 24th 2018, 8:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 8:00 AM PEAKS AND TROUGHS, ups and downs. They’re not mutually exclusive in the context of a single season, let alone a career, and for Rhys Priestland — the Welsh out-half — memories of Dublin evoke vastly contrasting emotions.There have been good days and bad days, as is expected in professional rugby, but the bad ones stick in the mind that bit more. Negatives weigh heavier, even if subconsciously they’ve been left in the rearview mirror. Priestland was in Dublin this week to launch the Tackle Your Feelings app. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO2014 was a low point. Wales were outplayed and overpowered by Joe Schmidt’s side, who lay down a significant marker of intent before going on to be crowned Six Nations champions. 26-3 was an accurate reflection of Ireland’s dominance that day.“They were much better than us all around the park,” Priestland recalls.Then there was the famous draw in 2016. Wales produced a stirring comeback having trailed 13-0 after an early Ireland avalanche, before Johnny Sexton rescued the hosts with a late penalty. Priestland came off the bench after 22 minutes to replace the injured Dan Biggar, and with the game tied at 16-16, sent a drop-goal effort agonisingly wide in the final throes. He had kicked three penalties and a conversion to that point. The miss is what he remembers, though.“We should have won that game,” the 50-time capped international laments. “Some mixed emotions from trips over here for sure.”No more so than 2012. It’s the one that stands out, the game Priestland references when asked about this fierce, yet friendly, Celtic rivalry which will be renewed at the Aviva Stadium later this afternoon.Wales won the Grand Slam that year, and had launched their championship with a dramatic 23-21 win in Dublin thanks to last-minute, match-winning penalty from Leigh Halfpenny. It was an epic contest, featuring five tries and a feast of high-class rugby, with Priestland playing his part.But for all the good he did — and there were a lot of positive contributions from the Welsh number 10, including an assist for Jonathan Davies’ try – a series of poor kicks, both from hand and the tee, blotted his copybook. An otherwise impressive showing was overshadowed by the misses.“That was the first time I played over here but a lot of mixed emotions that day,” the 31-year-old tells The42. “I missed three kicks. I had injured my knee in the last game of the Heineken Cup pool stage and it was sort of a rush to see if I was going to come back and play.“I managed just two kicking sessions that week and things felt comfortable but when I warmed up in the game, it wasn’t great. I kicked badly that day and that’s when Leigh Halfpenny took over the kicking duties for Wales. He kicked the winning penalty. I think he owes me a bit of money for that having become one of the best kickers in the world.” The out-half had a difficult day from the tee at the Aviva Stadium in 2012. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOPriestland’s kicking woes were well-documented at the time, and amid criticism from fans and media, his confidence crashed. Perhaps players operating in that pivot position are placed under a greater microscope, with their every performance, and overall contribution, judged largely on kicking stats and numbers.“I view kicking differently now compared to back then,” he continues. “I used to get really worked up about it but now I’m a lot more relaxed. I know it’s only part of my role on the pitch and that I contribute more than the place-kicking. Plus, I know I’m going to miss kicks but it’s about trying to understand that you can’t let it affect the next one.“I’ve changed my tee as well and that’s made the world of difference to me. I’m just a lot more relaxed about it and don’t get bogged down over it.”That wasn’t always the case, and it was towards the end of that 2012 Grand Slam-winning season when Priestland hit rock bottom. The pressure, the misses, the criticism became too much. Everything took its toll.Defeat to Argentina and Samoa in the opening two Autumn internationals drew further criticism and plunged Priestland, who had been the target of supporters’ ire for the team’s poor form, deeper into a dark place.“I didn’t want to play rugby anymore, I completely had enough,” he admits.“The reason why I started playing rugby was because I loved it. It was fantastic to turn up to work every day and do something you truly enjoy but at that time in my life, I would have given everything not to play rugby. Not to turn up on the Monday and review the game and go over what went wrong.”After Grand Slam glory, Wales lost eight consecutive Tests under interim head coach Rob Howley. Priestland, unfairly, took the brunt of the flak. Mistakes played over in his head. Two missed kicks to touch in the defeat to Argentina at Cardiff. Doubts reverberated. Demons surfaced.“After the Samoa game was probably my lowest point. I remember speaking to Rob Howley and I said, ‘I’m not happy, I’m not looking forward to going on the field’.“I’m going on the field and I just don’t want to make mistakes and I’ve never played like that. I knew I was so miserable and down and I didn’t want to drag everyone down with me. That’s why I kept myself to myself. It would eat me up, and I’d lock myself away.“I remember him [Howley] asking me, ‘Do you want to play against the All Blacks?’ and I couldn’t answer him straight away, and I couldn’t believe that I had to think about things like that.” Priestland won the last of his 50 caps in November. Source: James Crombie/INPHOAs Priestland’s mental health deteriorated, he sought the advice of a sports psychologist, who was able to completely change his outlook not just on rugby but life’s difficulties and challenges.“Mental health is something that I’ve struggled quite a bit with previously,” says Priestland. “If things didn’t go well for me, I’d really hide myself away and lock myself in a room. Not want to speak to anyone and it would really get me down if I didn’t play well or if we lost.“I think it’s as you get older you develop different coping mechanisms and you realise it’s never as good as you think it is but, more importantly, it’s never as bad as you think it is. It’s trying to get that balance right.“After that Samoa game was the first time I worked closely with a sports psychologist (Andy McCann) and he just completely changed my outlook on everything. I felt like a completely different person.“Preparation is a big thing now. If something doesn’t work or goes wrong, there must be a reason why and I look back on that to find out why. Whereas before I didn’t want to look at it and pretend it wasn’t as bad as what it was and then it would go wrong again.“And I was the type of guy to take things personally and it would bother me. It got me down but I realised there’s more to life than rugby. There’s a lot more to winning and losing at the weekend, even though it’s important.”For the first time, a weight had been lifted off Priestland’s shoulders. Talking about his feelings and expressing them changed his mindset and approach to rugby, but also his attitude towards training and preparation. Speaking out helped put everything in perspective.“I didn’t think it was a very manly thing to do, to seek help. And thankfully now there’s not so much of a stigma and people have realised how important it is to be strong mentally. It’s important to be strong in the gym, physically and tactically but just as important to be right mentally as a player and a person.”The key for Priestland was just letting the world in — but it’s different for everybody, and he’s keen to stress it’s not a case of ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to mental health.“I used to live with Jonathan Davies and remember telling him I was working with this psychologist and it was brilliant, but he didn’t find it helpful so it’s just down to the person. A lot more guys are willing to try it which is good but it’s just down to you and what may work for you. Rugby Players Ireland and Zurich have teamed up to launch the new app. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“And if you surround yourself with good people, it helps a lot. If I saw someone in a similar situation now I’d do my best to try and help them out. As I got older and more experienced with different aspects of life, I’m a more well-rounded person now and can deal with those things a lot better.”Priestland, now playing with Bath after eight years with Scarlets, is currently out injured with a hamstring problem which couldn’t have come at a more unfortunate time given how he was performing for Bath pre-Six Nations and Wales’ problems at out-half.Nevertheless, the rehab has gone well and he hopes to be back in action by the end of next month ahead of the business end of the season with Bath pushing hard for a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs.“I do realise how fortunate I am to do what I love and I’m now enjoying turning up to training on a Monday,” he adds.“I try not to let things get on top of me and that comes with age and experience, but also learning to operate on an equal level both on and off the field and not have these extreme highs or extreme lows.“I’m a lot better at dealing with all of those things now.”If you need to talk, please contact:Samaritans 116 123 or text 087 2 60 90 90Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)The42 is on Instagram! 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Cellules souches embryonnaires deuxième essai clinique aux EtatsUnis

first_imgCellules souches embryonnaires : deuxième essai clinique aux Etats-UnisPour la seconde fois de l’histoire, les Etats-Unis autorisent un essai clinique avec des dérivés de cellules souches embryonnaires humaines, dans le cadre d’un projet de thérapie, malgré les controverses. Il s’agit cette fois de traiter une maladie infantile héréditaire et irréversible de l’oeil.L’essai clinique vise à trouver une nouvelle forme de thérapie qui permettrait de traiter la maladie de Stardgardt, affection entrainant une dégénérescence de la rétine, pour laquelle aucun traitement n’a pu être efficace jusque-là. C’est la société Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) qui a obtenu le feu vert de l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) pour travailler avec des cellules souches embryonnaires sur ce traitement.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageLe Dr Lanza de ACT explique son travail à l’AFP : “Il n’existe actuellement aucun traitement contre la maladie de Stargardt. Avec des cellules souches embryonnaires, on peut générer un nombre illimité de cellules de l’épithélium pigmentaire de la rétine, les premières à mourir dans cette maladie et d’autres formes de dégénérescence maculaire”. De plus, la société travaillant sur le sujet a expliqué que plusieurs expérimentations ont déjà été menées chez des rats qui ont recouvré la vue grâce à des cellules de l’épithélium dérivées de cellules embryonnaires.Aujourd’hui, les cellules embryonnaires apparaissent comme le futur de la médecine pour certains car elles pourraient permettre de soigner la maladie de Parkinson. Mais il s’agit d’un domaine très controversé. Non seulement ces cellules sont prélevées sur des embryons, mais des doutes persistent quant à leurs effets pervers, comme la formation de cancers.Ce n’est que la seconde fois que la FDA autorise de tels essais cliniques. La première autorisation, délivrée en 2009, concernait le traitement des personnes paralysées après une lésion de la moelle épinière. Un essai clinique qui a débuté le mois dernier.Le 22 novembre 2010 à 17:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nicole Bricq nommée ministre de lEcologie et du Développement durable

first_imgNicole Bricq, nommée ministre de l’Ecologie et du Développement durableSi plusieurs bruits avaient couru sur le successeur de Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, c’est finalement Nicolas Bricq, membre du Parti socialiste et ancienne conseillère générale d’Ile-de-France qui s’est vu confier le rôle de ministre de l’Ecologie, de l’Energie et du Développement Durable. Retour sur son parcours.Née en 1947, Nicole Bricq a fait des études de droit à Bordeaux avant de devenir cadre de direction. En 1972, elle adhère au Parti socialiste devenant membre du CERES, un courant classé à gauche du PS et mené par Jean-Pierre Chevènement. Néanmoins, elle rompt définitivement avec ce dernier en 1991 lorsque celui-ci se positionne contre l’engagement de la France dans la guerre du Golfe. Quelques années plus tard, elle participe activement au courant de Dominique Strauss-Kahn baptisé Socialisme et Démocratie dont elle ne se séparera qu’en 2007.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauEntre temps, Nicole Bricq se fait une réputation de femme de caractère et de travailleuse acharnée qui lui vaut de devenir conseillère régionale d’Ile-de-France entre 1983 et 1989 puis députée de la sixième circonscription de Seine-et-Marne en 1997. Plus tard, en 2004, elle est nommée sénatrice de Seine-et-Marne. Un poste auquel elle sera réélue en 2011. La même année au mois d’octobre, elle devient également la première femme à occuper l’important poste de rapporteur général de la commission des Finances du Sénat succédant au sénateur UMP Philippe Marini.Parallèlement, en 2009, elle se rapproche de François Hollande pour qui elle va devenir un soutien important durant toute sa préparation pour l’Elysée. Ces dernières années, Nicole Bricq s’est illustrée au Sénat notamment sur les questions budgétaires en menant une véritable bataille contre le dernier projet de loi de Finances du quinquennat de Nicolas Sarkozy. Côté environnement en revanche, le CV de la sénatrice est assez léger. Toutefois, celle-ci est connue pour l’opposition dont elle a fait preuve contre les gaz de schiste. Le 17 mai 2012 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Oct 13 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Shell oil rigs leave the Arctic, skip SeattleJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaShell’s Arctic oil rigs have left the Arctic. The two rigs pulled into Unalaska’s Dutch Harbor on Sunday, more than a thousand miles south of the company’s drilling site in the Chukchi Sea.Why did Shell walk away from Alaska?Rachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageWhen Shell announced it was pulling out of the Arctic “for the foreseeable future,” it surprised just about everyone. Many in Alaska had high hopes for offshore drilling — from an Arctic economic boom to more oil for the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Shell’s announcement left the state wondering what to blame — low oil prices? Tough regulations? Better prospects elsewhere? In other words, is it us? Or is it Shell?FBX 4 investigators testify, point to languishing evidenceDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksTwo Alaska State Troopers hired in September 2013 to re-investigate the 1997 John Hartman murder case testified in state court in Fairbanks Monday.Kachemak sea otter deaths under investigation; Authorities seek public’s helpDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerScientists continue to see large numbers of dead or sick sea otters turning up in the Kachemak Bay region.Juneau trapper, hiker take stand at first day of trialLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauMonday’s small claims case between a trapper and a trap springer was supposed to last an hour, but after about two and half hours in District Court, it’s stretching into a second day.Study: Alaska’s wild berry harvests becoming more variableTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaA new study suggests that the harvests of several popular wild berries are becoming less reliable in many areas of the state. The study is a first step in a process that might learn more about the connections between climate factors and berry production.IndiGenius: Connecting conference attendees with craft, heritageJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauIndiGenius — a play on the word indigenous — is an offering of afternoon workshops at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference this week.‘Assimilation’ playwright flips the script on Native historyElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauIn a dystopian future, Western civilization has crumbed and indigenous people are in control. That’s the premise of Jack Dalton’s play “Assimilation,” now touring Alaska. It flips the history of boarding schools with “whites” violently assimilated into Native culture.last_img read more

Lailatul Qadr Tuesday

first_img.Muslims across the country will observe holy Lailatul Qadr on Tuesday night with due religious fervour and solemnity, reports UNB.The holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.According to the holy Quran, the night is superior to one thousand nights.Devotees will pass the night offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and holding milad mahfil and zikr.In their prayers, they will seek divine blessings for themselves, country and the Muslim Ummah.Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes while newspapers will publish special supplements highlighting the significance of the night.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted the country’s people and the Muslim Ummah on the occasion.In separate messages, they prayed for continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country and the Muslim Ummah.last_img read more

How to Pick a Customer Relationship Management Tool That Fits Your Business

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the January 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. It’s fairly straightforward to determine if you need a customer relationship management solution such as Salesforce. Maria Thomas, director of product management at Insightly, a San Francisco-based CRM software provider, says that if you communicate daily with at least 10 to 20 customers, prospects or partners, your business could benefit from a proper CRM tool. We asked her to guide us through the selection process.What’s the first step?Start by documenting your technical requirements — what you need the tool to accomplish and the data you want it to track. If you don’t, you’ll likely overpay for a solution with unnecessary functionality or, worse, you might waste time and money on a CRM tool that can’t support a crucial part of your business.What should I consider from a technology perspective?Look for the tool’s APIs. How easily can they be used to build a customized interface that works seamlessly with your CRM data? You also want programs that integrate with Google and Microsoft. If your employees are mobile and rely on their smartphones, make sure the CRM has native mobile apps for both Android and iPhones. If employees spend a lot of their day on email, look for vendors that marry email inboxes with CRM so your staff can view all the info they need on one screen.Then there’s security. CRM databases hold a ton of personal and proprietary information. You want one that supports role-based authorizations.Should I look at a cloud solution or one I have to download and install locally?That decision rests on your needs, budget, time and resources. On-premises CRM gives you more control and full security of your data, offline access and the power to endlessly customize your system. But going that route requires purchasing servers, hiring IT personnel to maintain the system and an upfront investment of time and money.Cloud-based software-as-a-service CRM requires only a web browser to get started and an annual subscription fee per user. And therein lies the rub. That $50 or so a month isn’t bad when it’s you and a co-founder. But if you’re expecting rapid growth among your sales staff, consider buying from a company with tiered pricing for large clients.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » December 29, 2015last_img read more