3 Dec

Custodial deaths: panel gives clean chit

first_imgThe West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC), which has taken suo motu cognisance of more than 100 cases of custodial deaths in about five and a half months in West Bengal, said that barring one or two cases there was no foul play involved.As per the latest data uploaded on the WBHRC website, the panel took cognisance of 110 cases. The list covers the period from November 23, 2016 to May 16, 2017. Among these, 12 deaths took place in the Special Vagrants Home in Paschim Medinipur district, eight were reported from Presidency jail and six took place in the Dum Dum Central Correctional Home in Kolkata.However, the WBHRC chairperson, former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Girish Chandra Gupta said: “Custodial death does not necessarily mean beaten to death (in custody). When a person dies in custody it is referred to as custodial death. There is no reason to think that the 110 people who died were beaten to death or met with unnatural deaths,” Justice Gupta told The Hindu.Death from illnessHe also said that in the majority of such cases mentioned on the WBHRC website “the concerned convict or under trial person died due to illness.” Steps taken“In one or two cases we have ordered further investigation and summoned (the officials concerned). Wherever we got trace of any foul play we took necessary steps,” said Justice Gupta.However, legal experts and rights activists questioned the panel’s findings. Former WBHRC chairperson and Supreme Court Judge Ashok Ganguly said that “it is very unusual that out of 110 cases, WBHRC found possibility of foul play only in one or two cases. In case of custodial deaths police will obviously try to show them as natural deaths. It is for the panel to properly scrutinise the police version.”last_img read more

3 Dec

No decision yet on NRC in Tripura: Centre

first_imgThe Home Ministry said on Friday that no decision has been taken to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura, after a similar exercise was carried out in Assam to identify illegal immigrants.In a statement, the Home Ministry said a delegation of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), led by its president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, but no assurance had been given to the team regarding implementation of the NRC in the State.After the exercise in Assam, some leaders in the BJP said that the NRC should be implemented across the country. Updating the NRC to root out foreigners was a demand during the Assam Agitation (1979-1985). The NRC in Assam includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971. More than 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants in Assam were left out of the complete draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published on July 30.“The Home Minister met a delegation of the INPT, led by its president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, on October 4. However, no assurance was given by the Home Minister regarding the implementation of the NRC in Tripura. It is categorically asserted that no decision has been taken on the issue,” the statement said. The Ministry also said that news reports appearing after the meeting on the likely implementation of the NRC in Tripura are “absolutely incorrect and mischievous.”Mr. Hrangkhawl said that the agenda of the meeting was to discuss the NRC in Tripura, and a letter had been received for the same from the Home Ministry. “The Home Minister invited us to talk on the NRC. We met him on Thursday and, when we asked, he said ‘NRC work in Assam is going on now. Let Assam work be over.’ He did not specifically say NRC will be taken up in Tripura after Assam. But he did not deny also. The discussion was on the NRC because we received a letter from them on the topic,” Mr. Hrangkhawl told The Hindu.last_img read more

26 Nov

Sonowal meets PM, discusses govt formation in Assam

first_imgNew Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Assams chief minister-to-be Sarbananda Sonowal today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held a discussion with him on the government formation in the state.During the 15-minute meeting, Sonowalthanked the Prime Minister for his support during the campaign of Assam Assembly elections, sources said.Sonowal discussed with Modi about various aspects of the government formation in Assam, they said.The Prime Minister extended his best wishes to Sonowal and assured him of central governments help to the new government in Assam, which is to be headed by him.Sonowal last evening had met BJP President Amit Shah anddiscussed with him about the government formation too, sources said.He thanked Shah for the central leaderships help during the elections.The 53-year-old Union sports minister, who was BJPs chief ministerial candidate, led the campaign in the Assembly polls in which the BJP-led alliance bagged 87 seats in the 126-member House.Sonowal will take oath on May 24 which will be attended by the Prime Minister, the party chief, among others. PTI ACB KND RG KNDlast_img read more

26 Nov

Abhishek wants his Dostana co-star John for football match

first_imgMumbai, Jun 3 (PTI) Actor Abhishek Bachchan said he would have loved to have his “Dostana” co-star John Abraham in his football team.Cricketers and Bollywood celebrities are collaborating for a friendly football match tomorrow.Virat Kohli Foundation has joined hands with Abhishek Bachchans Playing for Humanity for a charity football match.Abhisheks team will have actors like Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shoojit Sircar, Ranbir Kapoor among others.”We would love to have John Abraham in our team, he is good at football. But he is busy with his work,” Abhishek told reporters here.The team headed by Virat consists of cricketers like M S Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane among others.”The first time when I decided to do this we announced that the proceeds will go to the foundation. The main idea has been to help the underprivileged. We wanted to raise funds for the underprivileged, its a serious issue,” Virat said.”I am glad these guys (Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and other Bollywood celebrities) have come together for this,” he added.The match will take place at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri Sports Complex. PTI KKP KRK DIPlast_img read more

22 Nov


first_imgTVS Motor launches variants of its Star City+, Sport bikes *Two and three-wheeler maker TVS Motor has launched two variants of its popular motorcycles Star City+ and TVS Sport models in view of the nearing festive season.The city-based company has launched Star City+ in Spotlight White variant while the Sport in Black Silver variant. With the launch of new colour variant, Star City will be available in 11 different colours while TVS Sport in nine, a company statement said here today.”With the new colour variants, we intend to add more style to the overall experience of the rider this festive season,” TVS Motor Vice-President Marketing (Motorcycles), Arun Siddharth said.* * * * * * Yes Bank, NiYO team up for employee benefit app *Yes Bank has partened with fintech startup NiYO to allow organisations help their staff claim employee benefits by using a mobile application.”Under the partnership, Yes Bank along with NiYO has rolled out the Yes Bank NiYO Benefits Card that makes it easy for organisations to give employee benefits, and for employees to claim the benefits,” Yes Bank said in a release.Yes Bank said there are 30 million salaried employees who can benefit from this app.* * * * * * Orsuq launches online operations for gold & diamond jewellery *To increase its sale and customer base, Gold and diamond jewellery firm Orsuq today said it has launched its online operations.The prices of Orsuq products range from Rs 7,000 to Rs three lakh and above.”Indias online and offline jewellery industry is worth Rs 60 billion, which is further expecting a positive growth of 15-20 per cent CAGR year-on-year,” Orsuq Solutions co-founder and COO Minesh Shah said. (MORE) KPM PTI VIJ ROH BN KRK SSM ABIadvertisementlast_img read more

7 Nov

Rebels and Storm Take Out Cobras Cup Finals

first_imgThe Rebels were 10-3 winners over the Labrador Dodgers in the Men’s Open division, while the Southern Storm were 8-5 winners over the Caboolture Colts in the Women’s Open division. Congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective Cobras Cup titles on Saturday: Women’s OpenSouthern Storm 8 defeated Caboolture Colts 5 Women’s 2 Uni Rebels 3 defeated Southern Storm 2 Women’s 2B First Contact 4 defeated Caboolture Colts 1Women’s 3Eagles 5 defeated Uni Rebels 3 Men’s Open Uni Rebels 10 defeated Labrador Dodgers 3 Men’s 2ALabrador Dodgers 10 defeated Uni Rebels Gold 6 Men’s 2B First Contact 5 defeated CCU 4 in a drop off Men’s 3A Eagles 30’s 5 defeated Crazy Horses 4 Men’s 3BUni Rebels 15 defeated Eagles 1 Stay tuned to the website to read full match reports from the Men’s and Women’s Open Cobras Cup grand finals.last_img read more

24 Oct

MSI: Brexit to Hit Container Shipping Recovery Prospects

first_imgzoom The UK Brexit vote will have far-reaching effects on the container shipping market, despite the country’s relatively minor role in global trades, according to Maritime Strategies International (MSI).An analysis of the impact of the UK Brexit vote on the container shipping sector found that amid the short term political and economic uncertainty, the downside risks for container shipping have been extended beyond 2016 and into 2017 as the risk of recession grows.The impact of reduced UK economic growth as a result of Brexit will be slight for container shipping, as the UK market only represents around 5 million TEU out of a global total of 185 million TEU. However, there are three ways in which Brexit could have a far greater impact, MSI said.“The first is on a wider European project in which policymakers are far more reluctant to impose structural reforms on recalcitrant countries. Furthermore, given that populism seems to be the new order of the day, further measures to liberalise or encourage trade look increasingly imperilled,” MSI added.Secondly, there will almost certainly be a long-term impact not merely on sterling but also the euro itself, with the direction of travel likely to be downwards. This will have a significant impact for container shipping.MSI believes that the negative growth seen on the Asia-Europe trade in 2015 was largely a function of inventory destocking which in turn reflected the significant falls in the euro seen that year.“Prior to the Brexit vote, we had believed that the stabilisation of the euro would lead to significant inventory restocking in 2016, which in turn would push up Asia-Europe westbound trade growth to over 7% year-on-year in the second half of 2016. This rapid Asia-Europe trade growth, and its knock-on impact on intra-Asian cargoes, is integral to our projections of the rapid elimination of idle capacity – or at least its reduction to below 500,000 TEU which is the level at which we believe some pricing power shifts back to the owners,” James Frew, Senior Analyst, MSI said.If the euro weakens further, Frew believes it is reasonable to expect a protraction of the high amounts of idle capacity and as a consequence a deferral of any meaningful market improvement to 2017.The third element is the impact on sentiment both in Europe and globally. If recessionary fears filter into the real economy, shipping will be one of the casualties – a highly plausible scenario given the extent to which markets are skittish and economies weak, according to MSI.“Taken in isolation Britain’s decision to leave the EU is not going to sideswipe the shipping markets. However, the possible knock-on effects are potentially severe,” MSI said.last_img read more

22 Oct

Traffic Advisory Hants and Pictou County

first_imgHANTS COUNTY: St. Croix River Bridge St. Croix River Bridge on Highway 101, in St. Croix, will be reduced to one-lane from Thursday, Nov. 3 to Friday, Nov. 4 for repairs. A detour is available via Trunk 1, between Exit 3 and Exit 5. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge on West River East Side Road and Road 376 will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 5, for pre-construction testing. A detour available via Route 376 and Alma Road. Work takes place from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. -30- Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184last_img read more

18 Oct

Rhetorical gesture

first_imgAs soon as the news of the arrest of dreaded Lashkar e Toiba ( LeT) and Jamaat ud Dawa ( JuD) leader, Hafiz Sayeed was broken, India reacted swiftly and rightly by describing the much-publicised arrest as cosmetic and more specifically for the consumption of the US where Prime Minister Imran Khan is to meet President Trump. Trump has gone on record particularly stating on Hafiz Saeed’s so-called arrest describing him as the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008. Imran Khan and his government hastened to complete their homework before the US visit so as to give the impression that Pakistan is doing enough to rein in terror. Also Read – A special kind of bondHowever, such misconceptions are unlikely to augur well with the US and other countries who are seriously battling terror and putting pressure on Pakistan from refraining from extending support to homegrown terror groups mainly the LeT, its close affiliates and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) who have been complicit in unleashing terror in Kashmir and supporting these groups in terms of support by means of training, Kashmir-centric direction, and funding. Also Read – Insider threat managementMeanwhile, it is in public domain that Pakistan is doing these arrest-related exercises under severe pressure of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). It is now cornered and is rendered almost a pariah in large part of the world. It is an uphill task on its part to erase the taint that easily. Whatever Prime Minister Imran Khan and his advisors have readied for the talks with the US side, accompanying the Prime Minister are two high profile military men. The army chief, Gen Bajwa and the head of the ISI, Faiz Hameed. Presence of such powerful members of the deep state in the PM’s entourage is perhaps unprecedented. It shows that either the military doesn’t trust its PM and wants to be present or they think they are more articulate than the PM to discuss the domestic terror scene, especially on Hafiz Sayeed and the LeT. It remains equally intriguing why the US agreed to accommodate these generals on the PM’s trip. At the same time, it could be assumed that the ISI chief will try to convince the US side about alleged Indian role in interfering in the internal situation in Pakistan. As LeT is being put on a tight leash, albeit for tactical reasons, mentors of terror outfits in collaboration with the state are believed to have drawn up a terror plan to now use the Al Badr in carrying out a proxy war in Kashmir so as not to lose focus or momentum in its ongoing terror campaign in Kashmir. Al Badr, founded in 1998, has come to notoriety, for its extremism and had its baby walks’ training from Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HuM) under Salahuddin in its militant activities in Kashmir. Al Badr stands banned by the US administration. In all likelihood, ISI may use it now in Kashmir to wean way focus from Hafiz Saeed and LeT. Indian security forces, therefore, need to keep up pressure in neutralising terrorists as done now. ISI may try to show that terror in Kashmir is the handiwork of local terrorists. LeT nexus with Al Badr is well-known. Equally well-known is the LeT connections with the Rohingyas of Myanmar. Sel- styled leader of Harkat ul Jehad Islam (Arakan), Abdul Quddus Al Barmi was spotted sharing the same platform with Hafiz Saeed, LeT supremo in Karachi sometime in 2012. LeT under express directions of Hafiz Saeed, was responsible for radicalising a large number of Rohingyas within Myanmar prior to August 17, 2017, when an onslaught on Rohingyas was launched leading to their flight to Bangladesh. LeT is also suspected of being in active collaboration with ISI, of creating All Rohingyas Salvation Army (ARSA) and arming it to the teeth to fight the Myanmar army. Knowledgable sources also allege that a serving Pakistani army major was directly supervising operations in favour of the Rohingyas. Meanwhile, prominent Pakistan daily Dawn in its editorial on July 21 has categorically stated that PM Imran Khan’s departure for the US is most timely coinciding with the arrest of Hafiz Saeed last week by Counter Terrorism police when he was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore. It further says that Saeed’s arrest could be perceived as little more than an opportunistic move calibrated to coincide with this significant state visit to the US. Similarly, raids on the madarsas, mosques, and schools run by JuD in the provinces of Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab a few months ago ahead of the US programme looks a definite shift in Pakistan approach towards the terror outfits. This comes in the midst of the world watching very closely Pakistan’s support to Jaish, JuD, etc. Such a tenor by a responsible newspaper like Dawn endorses India’s impressions that Hafiz Saeed’s arrest is cosmetic. In reality, it is. As Imran set his foot on the US soil, there is a spate of demonstrations protesting against atrocities in Baluchistan and back home, 9 persons including some cops were killed in a suicide attack on July 21/22 in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Terror continues. Imran Khan and the military should, therefore, make genuine efforts to contain terrorists and terror instead of deceiving people by making token arrests merely for showcasing endeavours which lack sincerity and commitment. It will be interesting to see, how tough is Trump to Imran in his reprimand to tighten the terror outfits or he is happy on Imran’s assurance in controlling Afghan Taliban before the pull-out of the Afghan troops. The role of the army and ISI chiefs accompanying the PM will be equally worth pursuing. (The writer is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and the former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

18 Oct

BSP leader shot dead in Alwar

first_imgJaipur: A Bahujan Samaj Party leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Monday, police said. Jasram Gurjar, 40, was the BSP candidate from Behror constituency in the 2018 state assembly elections. The attackers fired at Gurjar near a temple in Jainpurbas village in Behror, Station House Officer (SHO) Sagun Singh said. The SHO said Gurjar was rushed to a hospital where he died during treatment. The body was sent for post-mortem, Singh said, adding that efforts were on to identify and nab the accused.last_img read more

16 Oct

The Elders Welcome UN SecretaryGenerals Commitment To Fight Sexual Exploitation

first_imgThe Elders welcomed the commitment from the new Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres to personally lead efforts to eradicate sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff.Sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and children by United Nations personnel is a betrayal of trust and an assault of the victims’ human rights and dignity. The initiative by the Secretary-General and his Special Representative, Jane Holl Lute, to place victims at the centre of the UN’s strategy is a positive development.The Elders specifically welcomed the planned appointment of a Victims Rights Advocate within the UN system, and similar positions within peacekeeping deployments where serious incidents of abuse and exploitation have been reported. They also noted with approval the plans to end impunity for abusers through greater accountability, and to press troop-contributing countries to investigate and prosecute offenders.Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder and former UN diplomat, said: “Peacekeeping is a vital part of the work of the United Nations, but the disgraceful behaviour of some troops and other personnel is a stain on the organisation’s conscience. I am encouraged by the leadership shown by the new Secretary-General to tackle these crimes and end impunity, and hope all parts of the UN follow his example.”Hina Jilani, Elder and human rights defender, added: “The UN exists to defend human rights and dignity. It is offensive and unacceptable that any abusers within its own ranks are not held accountable for their actions. This damages the credibility of peacekeeping operations and the organisation as a whole. The new measures proposed in this report are a vital step to preventing further crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation.”last_img read more

13 Oct

Thieves broke into Action Property and left empty handed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At 5:07 am, caught on surveillance camera what appears to be two thieves entering Action Property trying to rob the establishment.Wanda Smook shares with me they had just driven by the business 10 minutes prior to the break-in and there was no one there at that time.“The thieves broke in which immediately triggered our alarm system and Vivint called the RCMP. My maintenance man attended and determined that nothing was missing,” said Smook, “The thieves went straight to the lockbox so they were hoping to find money there I believe. Finding none and with the alarms going off they left.” If you have any information regarding this incident please call the Fort St. John RCMP a 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online.last_img read more

12 Oct

Moroccan National Debate Team Dominates National University Championships

Rabat – The Moroccan National (HIgh School) Debate Team competed and won Silver Medal and came in second position this weekend against Morocco’s best university teams.In a full day tournament this past Saturday, hosted by The Great Debaters of Morocco in Rabat, five young debaters pulled off a stunning victory, a glimpse of things to come in Thailand.The Great Debaters of Morocco, Morocco’s first national debate association, has been running a national University debate tournament for the past two years. The organization, founded by Rajae Boujnah and Younes Ahaddad, encourages political, social and cultural debate among Moroccan youth, and works to expand the limits of dialogue and discussion in Moroccan culture. The tournament this weekend was hosted at L’Ecole Nationale Architecture, Morocco’s premier school of architecture. The most prestigious universities in the country competed for the golden cup: ENSA Tetouan, INPT, ESI, and Cadi Ayyad University are the foes that the Moroccan National Debate Team faced.The Moroccan National Debate Team was defeated by Cadi Ayyad University, whose three excellent debaters took home the gold in a hard-fought final round.The five debaters from the Moroccan National Debate Team were by far the youngest competitors at the tournament–Rim Belkouadssi, for example, just turned fifteen years old! They were also the only high-school team in a tournament that represent the best of the best Moroccan universities. But the team more than held their own, beating three university teams to take home the silver medal at the national university debate championship and the gold medal for best coaching.That this young team should so successfully compete against Morocco’s finest university teams speaks volumes about their debating potential. Saturday’s win makes them officially the best high school debate team in the country, and the second-best university debate team! In fact, their competitors were so impressed by the performance that they all came to the team after the end of the competition to shake their hand and congratulate “the best team at the tournament.”Congratulations to Yassine Youssfi, Zakaria Jebari, Rim Belkouadssi and Ghali Bengebara, Morocco’s best young debaters. This is only a preview of things to come, so stay tuned for more victories–both at home and abroad!© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

7 Oct

Landmark decision for doctor assisted suicide

A unanimous decision from the Supreme Court today struck down the ban on “doctor assisted suicide”, or “doctor assisted death” as it is now referred too. The decision comes 21 years after the court upheld the original law against the practice.The landmark decision is giving parliament one year to draft new legislation, which recognizes the right of clearly consenting adults suffering from intolerable physical or mental pain to end their lives.“It’s my wish that at the end of my life when I determine, hopefully I can be the one to determine that I will have the assistance of a physician to end my life peacefully and with dignity.”Linda Jarrett has lived with MS for 16 years. The 66 year old says she is grateful for the life she has lead, but as someone dealing with a progressive disease the supreme court’s ruling brings absolute relief.“Before today’s decision I was left in that quandary that others before me have found themselves of having to possibly having to hasten their own death while they are still physically capable of doing so.”“I have Parkinson’s, had Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years, plus I’ve had a number of brutal back surgeries which has lead me to believe this is an option that should really be available to people.”Retired physician and Parkinson’s patient Philip Hebert says overturning the ban on doctor-assisted suicide allows patients to access the help they may need at the end of life.“My prognosis is things will get worse at some point, I don’t know when but I could imagine circumstances where things are so awful that I would want some assistance of dying yes. Hopefully it won’t be anytime soon.”“I think about the patients that I have seen there was so little that I could do for them where more and more and more and more morphine did nothing for them where I could see their suffering and they asked me for more and I couldn’t do more.”Dr. Brett Belchetz called today a victory for those people who will no longer be forced to endure prolonged and unnecessary suffering.“I’m happy to see that finally those people who are suffering irremediably and for whom palliative care is not enough to end that suffering there is an option for them.” read more

6 Oct

UN mission stepping up efforts to stem illegal arms flows to DR

The spokesman for the UN Organization Mission for the DRC (MONUC), Hamadoun Toure, reminded journalists in Kinshasa that in a resolution approved on Friday, the 15-member Council re-affirmed the obligations of all States to prevent the provision of arms, materiel and other assistance to armed groups operating in North and South Kivu and in Ituri.He added, however, that maintaining an arms embargo was not enough, if no solution to the conflict in the eastern region was found.The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, William Lacy Swing, regarded the Council resolution as extra pressure for the implementation of the July 2003 arms embargo, the spokesman said.Meanwhile, MONUC’s marine forces were deployed in the area of Lake Albert to watch for any arms flows to the country’s eastern region, Mr. Toure said.MONUC’s military spokesman, Col. Abou Thiam, said at least 30 foot patrols and 50 vehicular patrols had been organized by the mission’s Ituri Brigade for Bunia and other patrols had been deployed in other Ituri districts. read more

30 Sep

High School QB Ejected For Imitating Cam Newton Celebration

Jalan McClendon, a highly touted high school quarterback in Charlotte, obviously is a Cam Newton fan. And when he replicated the Carolina Panthers’ QB touchdown celebration during a playoff game Friday, McClendon was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.McClendon of West Mecklenburg pretended to rip open his jersey following a touchdown run — just as Newton does. But unlike the NFL, where such maneuvers are acceptable, high school officials considered it poor sportsmanship and threw him out of the game.His team won 45-10 and McClendon, a junior who his being recruited by a number of schools, will be allowed to play this weekend.West Mecklenburg coach Jeff Caldwell said Wednesday that McClendon wasn’t trying to taunt. Newton said: “I was like, ‘Wow,’ because where I’m from if you get kicked out, you sit out the next game.”State high school officials ruled he was disqualified for an unsportsmanlike act, not taunting, which just meant he had to sit out the remainder of the game.Caldwell couldn’t see the celebration from where he was standing, but said McClendon is a “solid kid.”“I don’t think it’s any different than when kids jump at each other,” Caldwell said. “It’s a hard call to make. Every year you have kids get caught up in the moment. It’s up to us as coaches to keep reiterating what is allowed and what isn’t.”Newton said he was flattered that McClendon, and others, have taken to his celebration.“Taunting is taunting, but at the end of the day, you still have to have fun playing the game,” Newton said. “I don’t think my (celebration) is anything derogatory of any sort.“It’s not on the ‘Tebowing’ level, but it goes to show you as a professional athlete what type of an impact you have on your community or on guys that look up to you,” Newton added. “The result wasn’t the result I wanted to hear for (McClendon), but it goes to show that if I go out and do a good deed in the community, people are going to hear about it or read about it.“And the same thing if I do something crazy. … All eyes are on you.” read more

22 Sep

Making hospital a little easier – the charity that has given 10000

first_img“One of the big advantages of the teddy is that the nurse or doctor can actually demonstrate to the child what they are going to do.”Because of rules governing toys that can be used in hospitals, the teddies are bought in from Asia, sealed in sterile bags. The first time they are opened is when they are given to children.That means that the charity can’t accept donations of teddies, but all teddies are kept by the children they are given to.Money is being raised by Freemasons organisations across the country, but public donations are welcomed.Philip says that the scheme “has no life end” and will be done on an ongoing basis, ultimately aiming to deliver 30,000 teddies a year.The positivity doesn’t end in hospitals, however.“If there is any surplus at the end of a year, we have plans to donate that to the Laura Lynn House or the Children’s Hospital in Northern Ireland.”To find out more about the appeal, click here.Read: Food Bank centre reacts to a new reality – a new povertyColumn: Tarring all charities with the same brush hurts vulnerable people As you can imagine, most children in an emergency department would be in some distress. AN EMERGENCY ROOM is not the nicest place in the world to be at any time.But for children those experiences can be heightened. The waiting rooms of emergency departments are typically not welcoming to younger patients, which is why the Teddies for Loving Care Appeal was established.Running in Ireland since July, the charity have delivered over 10,000 new teddies to 29 hospitals across the country.The charity is funded and run entirely by members of the Freemason Society of Ireland and is based on an appeal that started in England in 2000. Since then that appeal has given over 1 million teddies to hospitals.Philip Daly of the Irish TLC Appeal says that the reaction in Ireland has been outstanding.“The reaction has been absolutely brilliant. The teddies are there for the medical staff to hand out as they see fit at their discretion for children who are in distress.last_img read more

17 Sep

Gattuso believes Torino stalemate was a fair result

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has given his verdict on the barren draw with Torino claiming it was not a missed opportunity citing the growth of the team.Milan’s shot-stopper Donnarumma pulled two great saves in the first half, however, Gattuso’s men were not clinical in front of goal after the break.A win would have kept them in a firm position for the top four race in the Serie A, but instead are only one point clear of Lazio.“I don’t consider it a missed opportunity, as we were well aware that Torino are a difficult team, were unbeaten on their travels,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We struggled a little for 15-20 minutes, but then played the game we needed to. Torino have a lot of quality and it’s a good point. I don’t see it as a bad performance at all. I am sure that a year ago, we would’ve lost this game.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“At this moment, the team is giving its all, we have a lot of players out injured and I think we’re doing well in the circumstances.“Higuain is a little below par because he still has this back problem, he’s playing through the pain and we need to wait for him to get better. He struggles to train consistently and this is penalising him.“I have to make do with what I’ve got. We have injuries, there are problems with UEFA, but all that is not my business. I can’t sit here complaining about things I can’t control. I just have to get the current players to deliver at the best of their abilities.“I’ve been a player and know how it feels when you hear the Coach talking about the transfer market or other players who can come in. I don’t want to disrespect them by standing here discussing transfers, that is for the directors to do.”last_img read more

10 Sep

2020 Kia Forte GTLine prioritizes thrift over shifts in Chicago

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt won’t win any stoplight sprints, but it looks like it could. Andrew Krok/Roadshow It’s hard out there for a Kia fan who wants to look fast without being fast. If you wanted the sportiest-looking Forte on offer, you’d have to opt for the 201-horsepower Forte GT. If you wanted that look without the hustle, though, you were out of luck — until the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.Kia unveiled the 2020 Forte GT-Line on Thursday here in Chicago. Think of it as the middle ground between outright performance and the standard ol’ Forte. That should also place it between the two in terms of price, but it doesn’t go on sale for a little while, and Kia hasn’t made that information immediately available.The GT-Line trim is fast in appearance only. There’s a gloss black grille up front, and red accents scattered about the exterior. The gloss-black getup also extends to the mirrors, rear spoiler and side sills. Kia also threw in a set of LED daytime running lights and 17-inch wheels that are exclusive to the GT-Line. More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line focuses on the bark, not the bite Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Post a comment 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line debuts at Chicago Auto Show with racy accents Review • 2019 Kia Forte Review More about 2019 Kia Forte Tags 0 reading • 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line prioritizes thrift over shifts in Chicago 1:32 See All Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors 19 Photos Now playing: Watch this: • Preview • 2019 Kia Forte: Stinger style and more tech Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Inside, things are a bit milder. The GT-Line borrows the flat-bottom steering wheel from the GT, including the little GT badge at the bottom, and it wears white contrast stitching. There’s also a set of alloy sport pedals, in addition to some sporty cloth seats with a GT-Line logo stitched in.Under the hood, it’s all base Forte, baby. Its 2.0-liter I4 gas engine has an output of 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. While that might be light on power, it helps the regular Forte achieve over 35 miles per gallon highway, so the GT-Line shouldn’t be too far off from that, either. A continuously variable transmission is the only box on offer. Some people are after the bark but don’t necessarily need the bite, and this is the trim for them. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Sedans Chicago Auto Show 2019 Kia Chicago Auto Show 2019 Kialast_img read more

6 Sep

Efforts to uncover folk art is admirable District Public

first_imgMancherial: The efforts to uncover folk arts is admirable, said District Public Relation Officer Y Sampath. He was the chief guest at the inaugural programme of the shooting of folk song ‘Guttameda poye o pilla’ under the production of Mamidla Laxman with the coordination of Folk Band Music YouTube channel.Sampath informed that Laxman earlier had produced ‘O Bava’ folk song, that was viewed by five lakh people. He appreciated the work of picturisation of the production. Photographer Suresh, Choreographer Pandina Manohar, singers Salluri Krishna, Relare Shiresha, Assistants Kummari Sharavan and others were present.last_img read more