‘Form internal complaints panel or face action’

first_imgGoa government on Saturday issued an advisory to all its departments and public and private organisations to constitute Internal Complaint Committees (ICCs) or face penalty under Section 26 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act, 2013.The advisory said failure to comply with provisions of the Act while constituting the committees would also attract a penalty. The advisory noted that sexual harassment of women at the workplace violates women’s right to gender equality, life and liberty. A writ petition (Civil) 1224 of 2017 has been filed before the Supreme Court to ensure implementation of the Act in all States and UTs. The Act provides protection to women at workplaces and redress of complaints.The committees should comprise a female presiding officer working at a senior level. At least two members should be committed to the cause of women or with experience in social work or with legal knowledge, and one member should be from NGOs working with issues related to women and sexual harassment.The Committee should be reconstituted every three years. Organisation that do not comply with the rules have to forward a copy of the Constitution of the Internal Complaint Committee within 15 days starting March 24.The District Magistrates of North Goa and South Goa are appointed as District Officers while Chief Officers of taluks and municipalities are appointed as Nodal Officers. As per the provisions of Section 4 of the Act, every department/organization/undertaking/industrial establishment, educational institutions/ private sector organization, hospitals, sport institutes, etc., are required to form ICCs.These ICCs should compose a ‘Presiding Officer’ who will be a woman employed at a senior level at workplace from among the employees; not less than two Members from among employees preferably committed to the cause of women or who have had experience in social work or have legal knowledge and one member from among non-governmental organizations or associations committed to the cause of women or a person familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment.The Committee constituted will be in force for a period of three years and subsequently to be re-constituted. As per the provisions of Section 21 (1) of the Act, the ICCs are required to submit Annual reports to the respective District Officer.As per the provisions of Section 19 of the Act, the employer is required to create awareness programmes at regular intervals, display the gist of the provisions of the Act, etc.All those establishments which are required to constitute such committees are also requested to ensure the constitution/re-constitution of the ICCs at workplace also comply with the necessary information to their respective District Officers.Stakeholders who have not complied may forward a copy of the Constitution of Internal Complaint Committee within 15 days from March 24.last_img read more

Wild Gazing in Africa And India

first_imgThe difference between an African and Indian jungle safari tells you how the two countries look at wildlife. Related Itemslast_img

Abandoned Wives’ Search For NRI Grooms

first_imgIt’s not only Punjab, but Himachal too is getting affected with problem of runaway NRI grooms leaving behind their brides to fend for themselves. Related Itemslast_img

Hair-raising battle between India’s cricket captains

first_imgWhen it comes to trendy and cool hairdos, India limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Test skipper Virat Kohli never fail to impress. Both the captains have never shied away from experimenting with their hair. While Dhoni has sported a long list of hairstyles in his long career, Kohli too likes to flaunt a new hairdo before every cricket series.Dhoni the trendsetter: He is one of those cricketers who loves to try out wacky hairdos and has resembled different hairstyles throughout. Right from his unruly billowing mane to a daring mohawk, Dhoni sported almost every hairstyle with ease be it short hair, military cut, buzz cut and what not.The Ranchi star went on to become one of the most influential youth icons of recent times and even soared over Bollywood celebrities in terms of popularity. As much as his unorthodox batting style, Dhoni’s changing locks too became talk to the town.Meanwhile, Kohli, who debuted in 2008, took the style battle a notch higher with his good looks.Kohli, who became India’s batting mainstay in no time, wasted no opportunity in taking his popularity to the millions of cricket-crazy fans.Unlike Dhoni, who did not mind going to his local salons in Ranchi, Kohli got appointments with India’s leading celebrity hairstylist Apeni George, who boats of clients like Yujraj Singh.When Dhoni stormed into the big scene, his batting prowess and long mane impressed President Pervez Musharraf when India toured Pakistan in 2007. However, not long after, Dhoni chopped off his hair and thus began, a long period of experimentation. Meanwhile, Kohli preferred shorter cuts to suit his rugged Delhi looks.advertisementWho can forget Dhoni’s iconic and uncharacteristic mohawk style during the 2013 Champions League T20? The Chennai Super Kings skipper surprised everyone including the commentators with his funky mohawk as he took the field against South Africa’s Titans. Dhoni’s new hairdo was quite similar to Italian footballer Mario Balotelli.Kohli, who is known for his aggressive style of play, however, was not shy of surprising everyone with a geeky hairstyle, which was adored by the fans.Dhoni, who led India to ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy in 2011 after 28 years, went bald soon after. During the official photo shoot with the trophy at the Gateway of India in Mumbai, Dhoni unveiled his new look, taking all by surprise.Kohli, after a while, decided to stick to his sharp undercut style with heavy top hair. It soon became popular in the entire country with people starting to refer it is ‘Kohli Cut’.  Apart from his hair, Kohli also set new beard goals for his fans. The stylish cricketer likes to keep his beard sharp and in shape to go with his changing hairstyle.Meanwhile, Dhoni who always went out of the ordinary hairstyles, experimented with buzz cut – short hair with full bear to get the angry young man look.Recently, Dhoni has preferred to sport a ‘boy next door’ look with comparatively long hair on the top and buzzed sides. However, Kohli, moving on from his under cut hair, opted for a crew cut prior to the West Indies series. This is how Dhoni looks now, He was at the US Open and will next be seen in action when India take on New Zealand in an ODI series next month. Kohli, who will lead India in a three-Test series starting September 22 against New Zealand, tweeted his latest look after a session with Apeni George.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard 83 trumps KL Rahul 100 as MI gun down 198 vs KXIP

first_imgKL Rahul’s maiden Indian Premier League hundred went in vain after Kieron Pollard powered Mumbai Indians toa sensational 3-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.Chasing 198, MI were 65 for 3 off 10 overs but Pollard’s fireworks stunned KXIP who were the more dominant team for the first 30 overs of the match.Pollard’s knock was studded with 3 fours and 10 sixes. Thanks to his blitz, Mumbai Indians scored 133 runs off the final 10 overs of the innings to record a memorable win.KL Rahul was unbeaten on 100 off 64 balls while Chris Gayle blasted 63 off 36 balls as Kings XI Punjab posted 197 for 4 off their 20 overs. The pair added 116 for the opening wicket and lost their way in the middle when Davud Miller, Karun Nair and Sam Curran fell in quick succession.Faced with a steep chase in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians got off to a poor start. Mohammed Shami removed Rohit’s replacement and debutant Siddesh Lad during a brilliant first spell of 2-0-4-1.Suryakumar Yadav fell to Sam Curran in the 8th over of the MI innings and R Ashwin got rid of Quinton de Kock to leave the hosts reeling by the 9th over.Half-way into their chase, Mumbai Indians were 65 for 3 with Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard at the crease.Mumbai Indians needed a special effort from Kieron Pollard to stay in the hunt for 198. And that is precisely what he did. He stunned KXIP with a flurry of sixes as R Ashwin conceded 30 runs off his final 2 overs after bowling the first 2 for only 7.advertisementSam Curran brilliantly ran Ishan Kishan out but Pollard’s presence meant Mumbai Indians still hoped.Mohammed Shami struck with the first ball of his second spell to remove Hardik Pandya who promised to be an able ally for Kieron Pollard.Three balls later, Shami dismissed Krunal Pandya but Pollard stormed to his first fifty of the season off 22 balls in the next over from Sam Curran and Mumbai Indians, at that stage, needed 40 off 18 balls.Mumbai only had 4 wickets in hand and Pollard had to farm the strike. But he was unstoppable Wednesday night. In the 19th over, Pollard hit Sam Curran for a 4, refused a single and then smashed two successive sixes before finally giving Alzharri Joseph the strike on the ffith ball..@mipaltan beat KXIP by 3 wickets on the last ball!Phew, what a thrilling game we’ve witnessed #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/Uu5UjXknPr IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201915 runs were needed off the last over.Ankit Rajpoot bowled a no-ball first up and Pollard hit it for a six. He hit a four off the free-hit and was out in the second legal delivery of the over with MI needing 4 runs off 4 balls with 3 wickets in hand.It was a cliffhanger alright as MI needed 2 off the final over. Joseph drove Rajpoot straight down the ground and ran two runs to give Mumbai Indians victory.Earlier in the evening, Kieron Pollard, standing in for Rohit Sharma as Mumbai Indians captain, won the toss and opted to bowl.KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, both in good form, got off to a sedate start but Gayle took off and looked set for his 7th IPL hundred when he fell to Jason Behrendorff for 63. This was his second fifty of the 2019 IPL.After Gayle’s dismissal, KXIP lost 3 more wickets for 20 runs. It looked like Mumbai Indians had pulled things back a little before KL Rahul exploded in the penultimate over of the innings.He smashed Hardik Pandya for a 6, 4, 6 and 6 to move into the 90s before bringing up his maiden IPL hundred off 63 balls in the 20th over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.Also Read | IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard in awe of Pandya brothers after MI crush CSKAlso Read | Can’t get better than this: Alzarri Joseph after record 6 for 12 on IPL debutAlso Read | KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta flaunts her language skills with Afghanistan spinner Mujeeblast_img read more

CONE PARK TO HOST RIVER-CADE CARDBOARD SLED RACES

first_imgEVEN THOUGH THERE’S NOT A LOT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IN SIOUX CITY, THAT WON’T STOP THE ANNUAL RIVER-CADE CARDBOARD SLED RACES FROM SOON TAKING PLACE.SPOKESMAN PHYL CLAEYS SAYS CONE PARK WILL ONCE AGAIN HOST THE EVENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SLEDS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..TO GET INVOLVED. ;15CLAEYS SAYS THERE’S PRIZES FOR EACH DIVISION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SLEDS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………CREATIVE IN EACH AGE DIVISION. :12HE SAYS DESIGN CREATIVITY IS A BIG PART OF THE FUN:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SLEDS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..SLEDS OUT OF. ;23THOSE ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CITY PARKS AND REC OFFICE IN THE LONG LINES FAMILY REC CENTER.THE FEBRUARY 10TH EVENT AT CONE PARK IS FREE AND CO-SPONSORED BY RIVER-CADE, WINNAVEGAS, THE CITY PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT AND THE LOCAL SERTOMA CLUB.last_img read more

Date with destiny if Wallabies can follow Brumbies’ blueprint

first_img Michael Cheika has shown a preference for the Waratahs when picking his Wallabies squads. Photograph: Tim Ireland/AP Christian Lealiifano was superb for the Brumbies on Saturday. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images Twitter Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup 2019 Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Support The Guardian Facebook A strong Brumbies will give Australia a greater chance of contributing two teams to the Super Rugby playoffs, which in turn will help the Wallabies to prepare for the Bledisloe Cup, the Rugby Championship and the World Cup. But how much notice will Wallabies coach Michael Cheika take of Super Rugby form? Will he continue to rely on players who have performed for him in the past, particularly members of his 2014 Waratahs Super Rugby title-winning team?Significantly, when the Brumbies won the Australian conference title in 2016 and 2017, their dominance was not reflected in the selection of the Wallabies in the opening Test of the Bledisloe Cup series, the most important game of the year. In 2016 there were nine Waratahs (who finished sixth) in the Wallabies’ 23-man squad for the opener against the All Blacks in Sydney compared to seven Brumbies, including five to four in the starting line-up.Similarly, in 2017 there were eight Waratahs (who finished ninth) in the Wallabies’ 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks in Sydney compared to the Brumbies’ six, including five each in the starting line-ups, while ex-Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was playing for the Western Force. The Wallabies were thrashed by the All Blacks in both of those games. Was selection a contributing factor in those defeats?The new Wallabies selection panel of Cheika, Rugby Australia director of coaching Scott Johnson and dual international Michael O’Connor will be crucial in ensuring outstanding Super Rugby form is transferred to the Test arena. The question is, will Johnson and O’Connor be merely selection advisors or will they have the power to outvote Cheika? The spark for the Brumbies’ win was the scintillating performance of five-eighth Christian Lealiifano, who capped off his comeback from cancer with a game that turned back the clock. It was the best display by an Australian playmaker for several years. February 23, 2019. Is this the date future rugby historians will pinpoint as the turning point for the game in Australia? Or was the Brumbies’ astonishing 54-17 win against the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday night just another false dawn for the struggling code?Australia’s Super Rugby teams failed to win a single game against New Zealand opposition in 2017 and won only four matches last year. But in the second round of the 2019 season, the Brumbies smashed the Kiwi hoodoo, raising hopes of a long-awaited revival of Australian rugby at Super Rugby and Test level.If the Brumbies can maintain this form, what are the implications for Australia’s chances in Super Rugby and more importantly for the Wallabies at the World Cup in Japan? The Brumbies produced a superb display of total rugby, complementing their strong set-pieces and rolling maul with expansive, running rugby. And they did it without injured star openside flanker David Pocock. Their line-speed in defence and support play in attack were excellent. They showed no fear of the Chiefs and they never took their foot off their throats, very much a ruthless Kiwi trait. Intriguingly, under Rugby Australia’s new power structure, Cheika will answer to Johnson, which effectively makes him head of the selection panel. The key for Johnson and O’Connor is to help Cheika find the players who are best equipped to play the style of game the coach wants the Wallabies to play, but also make sure Super Rugby form is given a high priority.After two rounds it is way too early to make confident predictions about which Super Rugby team will win the Australian conference. With Will Genia and Quade Cooper running the show, the Melbourne Rebels looked fairly impressive, if not entirely convincing, in their 34-27 win against the Brumbies in Canberra in round one. The Queensland Reds showed a lot of improvement in attack and a huge amount of heart in their 36-31 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin last Friday night. But the Waratahs – the team Cheika seems to rely on most – have had a slow start; their one-point win against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday more disappointing than their one-point loss to the Hurricanes at Brookvale Oval the previous week.On form the Brumbies should supply the majority of the Wallabies, but one game does not make a season. There is still a long way to go before the Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks in Perth on August 10. We will know more about the Brumbies when they play the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday night. They may have made a rod for their own back, particularly against the Kiwi teams, who will now be on high alert. The Brumbies need to back up their performance against the Chiefs to prove they are not one-game wonders, while Australia’s other three Super Rugby teams and the Wallabies should sit up and take note that if you play positively and fearlessly, you can achieve something special. Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook center_img Share on Facebook Super Rugby comment Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Share on Messenger Read more Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Wales on course for grand slam as late tries shatter England Share on Twitter Rugby union Australia rugby union teamlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane: When we lose I’m out and in when we win

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zidane: When we lose I’m out and in when we winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he can handle the sack talk swirling around him.Pressure has eased on the Frenchman after victory at Sevilla on Sunday.And ahead of their meeting with Osasuna, Zidane shrugged: “When we lose I am out and in when we win.”Beyond the game we did, what stands out is that we played as a team from minute one to the end. “To win the game tomorrow, we need the same. There is no easy game. We have to continue along this line.”He added: “Tomorrow there is a game and what happens happens. We have to make a great game tomorrow, with the same intensity and the same desire. It is what interests me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

On a poll roll! Satta bazaar booms in city

first_img Ajay Kumar Gulam Jeelani New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 02:00 IST The most popular bets include those on Modi becoming PM, Rahul winning both his seats and the performance of the SP-BSP alliance in UP. (File Photo)With the Lok Sabha election entering its final two weeks and ‘judgment day’ (May 23) approaching, the underground betting market has reached a state of ecstasy.Political betting has grown so big that it has even dwarfed punting on the IPL, bookies told MAIL TODAY. Different estimates by them suggest that the size of the election betting market now stands at over a thousand crores, almost twice as big as it was in 2014. Since betting is unregulated and illegal, MAIL TODAY could not independently verify this figure.The exponential growth of the ‘satta’ market has also been aided by mobile apps and websites, with many of them operating abroad – where betting is legalised. “It is a multi-million pound business. Bets change every day,” said a person familiar with the international betting market, referring to a website operating from London which offers daily betting rates for the number of seats the BJP and the Congress will (or won’t) win.Even as rates change every day, the ‘satta bazaar’ predicts that the BJP will finish below the majority mark of 272, but will manage to form the government. The Congress, on the other hand, might not cross 100 seats, predict the punters.”Betting rates are directly proportional to the possibility of seats that a party will get. The BJP getting less than 200 seats is a distant probability and hence a bet on this number will offer a premium,” he said.On Tuesday, the odds (where the money one gets is return varies) on BJP were 200/13/15.advertisementThis meant for every Re 1 placed on 200 seats for BJP, one would get `1.15. And if the BJP doesn’t get 200, the return comes down to `1.13. Similarly for Congress, the odds were 60/22/27. So if Congress wins 60 seats, the person would get `1.27 in return. If it is less than 60 seats, the person will get `1.22 paisa. In many cases, the betting rates are decided by the party’s vote share in the 2014 elections.The betting market also factors in key issues such as unemployment, prices of commodities and fuel as also allegations and counter-allegations (depending on which ones stick and have the potential of impacting voters’ choice).In Delhi, the market predicts five to seven seats for the BJP. Bookies believe there is a tight triangular contest among the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, but the saffron party leads in at least five seats on the back of PM Narendra Modi’s popularity.”Though there is no Modi wave in the country, there is an undercurrent of urban voters by and large casting their votes for the BJP. Besides, the momentum has shifted after the Pulwama terror attack and nationalism comes on top of the minds of voters, especially the urban class,” a Delhi-based bookie told Mail Today.In the Chandni Chowk constituency, the sizeable population of Muslim voters is expected to vote for JP Agarwal, candidate of the Congress party. Hence, Agarwal is bookies’ favourite here and the betting market offers lesser returns on him. In North East Delhi, there is a triangular fight between Sheila Dikshit of the Congress, Manoj Tiwari of the BJP and Dilip Pandey of the AAP.The ‘satta’ market believes Dikshit has an edge over the other two. “There is a strong chance of the Purvanchali vote splitting between Tiwari and Pandey and it will help Dikshit clinch the seat,” the bookie said.The betting market has shown a lot of interest in East Delhi too, with cricketer Gautam Gambhir taking on AAP candidate Atishi and Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely. Atishi, as of now, is a favourite among punters, with Gambhir a close second.”The minimum betting amount is Rs 10,000. We have different mobile apps, websites and direct investment also possible. The bidding price fluctuates every day,” a bookie said.Payments are done through back-channels, sources said. For larger bets, running in lakhs or crores, the money goes to offshore accounts – to avoid detection by security agencies.The most popular bets include those on Narendra Modi becoming PM, Rahul Gandhi winning both his seats (Amethi and Wayanad) and the performance of the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.According to the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, states have the rights to make laws and policies regarding “gambling and betting”. Physical betting on sports (offline) is illegal across India.Most of the betting on elections is done telephonically. Bookies are reached over a call, text message or WhatsApp, where they reveal the odds for a bet. Payments happen through backchannels and online transfers.”If you know a bookie, you do not need to give an advance. If you come through a reference, you pay 50% in advance. Cash transactions happen in small bets, but the larger bets – running into several lakhs – involve offshore accounts too,” said a bookie.advertisementPolice say they act as soon as they receive a tip-off. “As there is a possibility that a bookie may operate individually or as part of an organised international syndicate, we keep an eye on the activities of known bookies and Hawala traders,” said Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Police (Crime) Rajiv Deshwal.Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, told Mail Today, “The Delhi Police’s crime branch, Special Cell and Intelligence wings closely monitor the activities of bookies, also called punters. They generally operate through apps. We appeal to the people to avoid getting into the net of such punters.”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 byPrakriti Sharma Tags :Follow Lok Sabha election 2019Follow Rahul GandhiFollow PM ModiFollow congressFollow BJP On a poll roll! Satta bazaar booms in cityAided by apps and websites, the betting market for 2019 elections has grown almost twice as big as it was in 2014.advertisementlast_img

Teenager Provides Ocean Garbage Patch Solution

first_imgzoom By deploying the proposed system for ten years, almost half of the plastic within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch can be removed.The Ocean Cleanup, founded by Dutchman Boyan Slat, has unveiled its feasibility report today, concluding that its concept is a viable method to clean the oceans from plastic. The report is the result of more than a year of extensive scientific research in engineering, oceanography, ecology, maritime law, finance and recycling.“I first became aware of the plastic pollution problem when diving in Greece, coming across more plastic bags than fish. Unfortunately, the plastic does not go away by itself. Hence I wondered: Why can’t we clean this up?,” said Boyan Slat, the founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation.A cleanup has always been deemed impossible, costing many billions of dollars and taking thousands of years to complete. Besides, bycatch and emissions from ships would likely cancel out the benefits. “I wondered; why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you? By attaching a system of long floating arms to the seabed, the oceans could basically clean themselves,” said Mr. Slat.The 530-page report – reviewed by scientific peers – concludes it is a technically and financially viable method.Mr. Slat’s concept uses the natural ocean currents and winds to passively transport plastic towards a collection platform. Instead of using nets and vessels to remove the plastic from the water, solid floating barriers are used to make entanglement of sea life impossible.In order to bridge the gap between the outcome of the study and the full implementation of the concept, the execution of a series of up-scaling tests ultimately resulting in a large-scale operational pilot is needed.To minimize costs, The Ocean Cleanup will act as a facilitator for the research, outsourcing most of the fundamental research to institutes and collaborating with offshore and engineering companies to cover most of the costs.Based on this approach, The Ocean Cleanup now seeks $2 million for the execution of this next phase, for which it now has announced a new crowd funding campaign.“Although a cleanup will have a profound effect, it is just part of the solution. We also need to close the tap, to prevent any more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place,” added Mr. Slat.June 4, 2014last_img read more

Ottawa axes longer deadlines for answering veterans requests for service

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is backing off a plan to give bureaucrats more time to respond to veterans seeking benefits and support for their service-related injuries.The idea was floated last fall, when Veterans Affairs Canada said it wanted to give veterans a more “realistic” idea of when they could expect to hear back about their requests for assistance.That followed years of criticism about former service members’ being forced to wait months longer than promised to get support — or even find out whether they qualified for help.But Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s spokesman Alex Wellstead says the idea was scrapped following consultations with hundreds of veterans and their families.Wellstead says the government remains committed instead to getting benefits and services to veterans faster and more efficiently.Veterans Affairs’ backlog of applications for disability benefits was nearly 40,000 at the end of November — an increase of 11,000 from the same month in 2017.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Court Testimony from OxyContin maker must be unsealed

first_imgFRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public.A three-judge panel ruled Friday the deposition of Richard Sackler must be unsealed. Sackler is a former president of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. He’s a member of the family that controls the company. His testimony could reveal more information about the company’s marketing practices. The company announced earlier this year it would stop marketing the painkiller.Sackler’s testimony is part of Kentucky’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma that settled in 2015 for $24 million.The ruling is a victory for STAT, a national health publication owned by Boston Globe Media that sued to unseal the testimony.Adam Beam, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Greece removes ancient sites museums from development list

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s government has removed hundreds of archaeological museums, ancient sites and castles inadvertently put on a provisional list of properties up for private development under the country’s bailout terms.The culture ministry said Tuesday that following careful cross-checks, 2,330 properties were taken off the portfolio of state-owned real estate scheduled for development over the next 99 years.Among them was the 4,000-year-old palace of Knossos on Crete, Greece’s second most-popular ancient monument.Also, the tomb of King Philip II of Macedon —Alexander the Great’s father — in northern Greece, more than a dozen museums and most archaeological sites in No. 2 city Thessaloniki, including its White Tower, were removed from the list.The list of heritage sites was compiled in June, sparking protests, but the ministry only published it Tuesday.The Associated Press read more

Little progress in overcoming deadlock in Nepals peace process says UN envoy

6 November 2009The top United Nations envoy to Nepal today lamented the fact that there has been limited progress in overcoming the political impasse that emerged in the country earlier this year, and little movement on the remaining tasks of the peace process. Around 13,000 lives were lost during Nepal’s decade-long civil war, which came to an end in 2006 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government and Maoists. Presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), Karin Landgren told the Security Council that the peace process in recent months has “faced protracted deadlock, with the added risk of confrontation.” Ms. Landgren, the Secretary-General’s Representative and head of UNMIN, reported that the impasse that emerged following the events of May – when the President revoked the Army Chief’s dismissal, and consequently the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) stepped down from the Government – remains unresolved.“Despite continuing efforts, the level of trust among the major parties has continued to dwindle,” she stated.Mr. Ban, in his report, voiced concern that key commitments in the peace process have not been implemented, and that persistent mistrust among the parties and their “absorption in day-to-day politics and internal party issues” are impeding talks. Ms. Landgren noted that while much of the past three months has offered “the semblance of calm” in the country, the past few days have seen low-level clashes between the Maoist-affiliated Yong Communist League and the Unified Maoist-Leninist Youth Force in some eastern districts.“In the current climate, these protest actions carry a significant risk of confrontation and violence,” she said. “There is an urgent need to de-escalate the tensions and to find a framework for taking the peace process forward.”She added that the mandate of UNMIN – originally designed for supporting the election of the Constituent Assembly, and due to expire in less than three months time – cannot go on indefinitely. During the next 11 weeks, she said, the parties need to “arrest the loss of momentum, and invest goodwill, realism and rigour” in their pursuit of sustainable peace in Nepal.“Until the parties establish a clearer framework for cooperation, and find ways of moving forward on major elements of the peace process, it is difficult to plot a structured exit for UNMIN.”The Representative also said that, three years on, a review of the progress in the implementation of the major peace agreements may be overdue, and the principal parties should also be encouraged to take stock of the state of the peace process.“The parties themselves have repeatedly underlined their continued commitment to this process, and their intention to see it through to a positive end,” she stated. “It would be tragic if the successes so far were permitted to unravel.”Following closed-door discussions on Nepal, Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which holds the rotating Council presidency for this month, told reporters that the 15-member body “urged the Government of Nepal and all parties to work together in a spirit of compromise and in a forward-oriented manner to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and take the necessary decisions that will allow UNMIN to complete its tasks within its current mandate.”UN spokesperson Michele Montas, who was asked today about criticism made by some political parties in Nepal to the Secretary-General’s report, said that Mr. Ban’s observations are consistent with his repeated calls for unity and consensus among the political parties to ensure the success of the peace process. “The report is intended to encourage Nepal’s political parties to achieve what they themselves have expressed about the desirability of a unity Government and does not in any way represent a form of interference,” she told reporters. read more

Ottawa shuns CPP overhaul in favour of new hybrid pension proposal

TORONTO — The best way to secure retirement for more Canadians is with a third option for pension plans, and not the way Ontario is approaching the problem by expanding the Canada Pension Plan, says Kevin Sorenson, minister of state for finance, on Thursday.[np_storybar title=”Forget talk of a pension crisis, Canadians are very well protected in their retirement” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/23/forget-the-talk-of-a-pension-crisis-canadians-are-very-well-protected-in-their-retirement/”%5DPhilip Cross: Canadians are anything but the robotic automatons portrayed in models and blanket increases in pension coverage are needless. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The federal government wants to create a target-benefit plan, or shared-risk plan, as an alternative to defined-benefit plans, generally favoured by workers, and defined-contribution plans, which are favoured by employers. It’s billing the new framework as a “sustainable and flexible” option, which will only be available for Crown corporations and federally-regulated workers in the transportation, banking and telecommunications sectors.“We need to have a third option,” said Sorenson following the announcement during a speech at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto.“We are not picking and choosing for Canadians. We want the defined-benefit plan there as a choice, we want the defined-contribution plan to be an option and we want the target-benefit plan to be an option.”We would encourage Ontario to look at balancing their budgets, and move away from higher payroll taxes for people of OntarioOttawa calls the voluntary plan as an “innovative approach” that will allow employers and employees to create targets, and adjust benefits and contributions to their needs in times of surplus or deficit, like the recent financial crisis that put many defined-benefit plans in jeopardy due to investment shortfalls.The proposed framework would allow companies with defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans to convert to target-benefit plans, if all parties agree. The flexibility of the third option may prove attractive to employers who are moving away from the risk of defined-benefit plans.With more workers retiring in the next few years, and living longer, the drain on pension plans has led to concerns that Canadians may be not be adequately prepared, financially, for retirement.Sorenson said a shared-risk plan will allow flexible target benefits to be set, based on a pre-determined formula. Retirees would benefit from the “pooling of longevity risk” between employers and employees, something not offered by the current plans. Public consultations regarding the proposal will be held during the next 60 days.Sorenson said Ottawa continues to oppose expanding the Canada Pension Plan by boosting premiums and benefits, an initiative favoured by Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba, but one the federal government called “risky” and said would cost jobs and stunt business development by raising premiums for workers and firms.“We are not looking at the present time enhancing CPP. We have said that now is not the time to talk about extra payroll taxes,” he said“We would encourage Ontario to look at balancing their budgets, and move away from higher payroll taxes for people of Ontario. We believe it would put businesses here in Ontario at a disadvantage to other businesses across the country.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said his province plans on moving ahead with its own provincial pension plan, even without the support of the federal government. In the past, Sousa has accused Sorenson of misrepresenting the issue with statements that enhancements to CPP could cost up to 70,000 jobs.“Talk of a modest enhancement was, however, dismissed by the federal government in December, and today’s announcement gives no sign of a change in direction,” he said in a statement.“It is as a result of this continued inaction that has forced Ontario to act now, so that today’s workers have a more secure retirement tomorrow. We will continue to move forward to implement a made-in-Ontario alternative to protect Ontario workers in their retirement. Doing nothing is not a solution to this problem.”Meanwhile, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said it supported Ottawa’s move but was disappointed that the target-benefit plan would not be available to the public service.“With the private sector moving quickly away from traditional defined benefit pension plans, a shared risk model will be a terrific addition to Canada’s pension landscape,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly.“A shared risk plan could also help taxpayers get out from under massive unfunded pension liabilities, such as the $6.5 billion liability at Canada Post alone. We hope the federal government doesn’t stop with Crown Corporations and considers moving the core civil service to a less costly shared risk pension plan.”Sorenson would not commit to whether these new plans would be extended to the public service, only stating that it will continue to take it under consideration following the consultation period.The Harper government has long preferred tax-free savings accounts and pooled registered pension plans, both voluntary savings vehicles created by the Conservatives, rather than mandated CPP improvements.The CPP, established in 1965, currently provides retirement benefits to contributing workers up to a maximum of about $12,500 annually.Maximum yearly premiums of about $4,700 are split half-and-half with employers; the self-employed pay the full amount. There are currently more than 1,200 federally-regulated pension plans in Canada.— With files from Julian Beltrame read more

Man gets last chance to stay out of prison

A Haldimand man with a destructive history was spared a penitentiary sentence when he pleaded guilty in Simcoe court recently.John Charles Willard, 29, pleaded guilty to mischief under $5,000, mischief over $5,000, theft of motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and dangerous operation of a vehicle.Justice Aubrey Hilliard sentenced Willard to time served, calculated at 312 days, and another 23 months in jail.“This is your last chance to stay out of the penitentiary,” the judge told Willard.His most recent offences began last August when he broke a faucet in a bathroom at Simcoe’s Norfolk General Hospital bathroom and then stole his mother’s car a few days later.Speeding through the community, Willard, despondent and a disqualified driver at the time, crashed the car, ending up with multiple serious injuries.Defence lawyer Ann Marie Stewart said her client was taken to the Simcoe hospital and then to a trauma unit in Hamilton. His injuries included a broken or dislocated hip, damaged sternum, broken ribs and broken neck bone, she said.“My client was in the hospital for a long period of time and then transferred to the Windsor detention centre’s medical unit.”Stewart said she found it difficult to discuss issues with Willard because he was so impaired by pain medication.At the Windsor centre, a guard found Willard in a solitary infirmary cell using the top of a portable table to smash windows. He did an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 in damage to four windows before being restrained by a group of officers.Assistant Crown attorney Gracie Romano said Willard, while in jail in Ottawa, caused about $100,000 in damage by  tearing apart the sprinkler system.“The resulting flooding caused significant damage to the institution.”Romano asked the judge to sentence Willard to a prison term for his own sake.“He can’t control his addictions and it’s very concerning to the Crown,” she said. “He’s been offered all these programs over the years and he starts them and doesn’t finish them.”Romano said Willard has a “horrendous record” of 112 convictions.“A penitentiary sentence is absolutely necessary now. He’s a significant risk to re-offend and to cause harm to others in the community.”But Stewart argued her client’s Indigenous and family background should be taken into consideration, including that he found the man he thought to be his father dead from suicide.“His record is terrible but I’m asking you to consider his mental-health issues. There’s a cry out to the medical community to make a diagnosis here.”Stewart said a jail sentence would permit Willard to return to St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre in Brockville, Ont., where he’s already begun an assessment, speeding up his rehabilitation programming.Willard acknowledged he has a “very long record.“I wanted to kill myself,” he said. “I’m so sorry for what happened and hopefully I can get some help.”Willard also was ordered to repay $14,712 to an insurance company for the destruction of his mother’s car.And he is banned from driving for 10 years.“The hope is the authorities will send you to St. Lawrence Valley as soon as practical,” said the judge.“This is a very significant sentence and, if you come back before the court, the sentence will go up and not down.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Isaias Guardiola joins MVM Veszprem

← Previous Story Barca put on silence “Orange army” in Kristianstad Next Story → Piotr Przybecki is new ORLEN Wisla Plock coach! The reigning SEHA GAZPROM champions MVM Veszprem announced contract signing with Spanish right back Isaias Guardiola. The 32 years-old Spaniard will be loaned player from his club French Pays D’Aix until June 30, 2016.The 197 cm tall and 100 kg lefthander has a huge international experience which will help Xavi Sabate team in the last part of the season. He will be a useful addition to the right back position where are Laszlo Nagy and Christian Zeitz, who is struggling with the arm injury for a while.Guardiola has played in two EHF Champions League finals with BM Ciudad Real and BM Atletico Madrid.Guardiola’s career:2003-2005: Valencia2005-2010: Ciudad Logrono2010-2011: Ciudad Real2011-2012: Atletico Madrid2012-2014: Rhein-Neckar Löwen2014-2015: Aalborg Håndbold2015: Pays d’Aix read more

Rare farouche rusé une photo exceptionnelle dun glouton

first_imgRare, farouche, rusé : une photo exceptionnelle d’un gloutonGrâce aux caméras automatiques disposées dans l’ouest des États-Unis par une ONG internationale, les naturalistes peuvent étudier les populations d’un carnivore nord-américain devenu très rare, le glouton (ou carcajou). L’un d’eux vient d’être ainsi d’être photographié dans le Montana.  Le glouton, ou carcajou (Gulo gulo), un carnivore apparenté au blaireau (mais bien plus gros), est un animal rare, dont il ne reste que 250 à 300 individus, vivant au Canada et dans les régions montagneuses de l’ouest des États-Unis, où son habitat s’est réduit de moitié au fil du temps. À lire aussiLes tatous géants, des ingénieurs de l’écosystème qui creusent des abris pour les autresL’un d’eux a récemment été ‘piégé’ dans le Montana par l’un des appareils photo à déclenchement automatique disposés dans la nature par la Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), une ONG environnementale internationale basée au Parc zoologique du Bronx, à New York. Destinés à recenser un maximum d’individus pour évaluer la population globale de ces mammifères et son évolution, ces pièges photographiques, munis d’un appât de nourriture et placés dans les arbres, sont conçus de telle sorte que les marques distinctives ornant la face inférieure de chaque carcajou apparaissent à l’image. En identifiant ainsi chaque spécimen (qui se laisse tirer le portrait du moins), les scientifiques peuvent documenter les données liées à la distribution de l’espèce et à son habitat. Mis en place depuis huit ans dans le grand écosystème de Yellowstone, ce procédé a conduit à une meilleure compréhension de l’écologie du glouton et aidera à améliorer les stratégies de conservation.Le 6 mars 2012 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

More Scripps Health nurses head to help Camp Fire victims

first_imgMore Scripps Health nurses head to help Camp Fire victims. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A second team of nurses from Scripps Medical Health traveled to northern California Tuesday to provide aid to the Camp Fire victims.A Scripps Medical Response Team of five nurses returned last Friday from their week long deployment to provide medical care to victims and evacuees of the Camp Fire in Northern California.This second team will be led by Kelly Hardiman, R.N., and will also include Jay Larrosa, R.N., Debra Egan, R.N., and Jennifer Casey, R.N. Posted: November 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom November 27, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The drumbeat to break up Facebook gets louder The 359 Ep 559

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple The drumbeat to break up Facebook gets louder (The 3:59,… • See All The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Now playing: Watch this: 5:03 Post a commentcenter_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Internet Tech Industry reading • The drumbeat to break up Facebook gets louder (The 3:59, Ep. 559) The Daily Charge CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Can Facebook be broken up? iPhone owners can sue Apple over App Store.A chat about trust and privacy with Google’s ad chief. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 0 Facebook Google Applelast_img read more