Targetting the urban and semi-urban population of the State, the government on Wednesday presented supplementary demands worth ₹11,445 crore, with focus on metro projects in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.With this the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena government’s total supplementary demands — additional grant to meet government expenditure — have now touched ₹1,47,351 crore since December 2014. The Urban Development Department (UDD) under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is one of the biggest beneficiaries of these supplementary demands with ₹1,686.10 crore allocation. With focus on metro projects in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur the government has made an allocation of ₹660.73 crore which include subordinate debt, state government equity in the project. A sum of ₹189.26 crore was allocated for Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) II, while₹250 crore is the proposed state capital in the special purpose vehicle formed for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.Focusing on Municipal Corporations and municipal councils, the government has allocated ₹190 crore and ₹546.47 crore respectively. For corporations the money is meant to improve the basic amenities in their respective areas while for councils it is to provide funds for distinctive works in their areas.Rural infrastructureSensing the need to make money available for rural areas for developmental works in villages, including improving infrastructure, the government has made an allocation of ₹1,000 crore of which ₹100 crore has been allocated for road repairs in rural areas. It has also been decided to provide ₹220.31 crore under MLA/ MLC local development program. Boosting one of its much-publicised afforestation programme, the government has allocated ₹274.60 crores and an additional ₹30 crore for publicity of the same. The government will also be buying two new helicopters at a cost of ₹159.63 crore. It has also been proposed to make a provision of ₹6.63 crore for rehabilitation of families involved in the business of horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai city as per a Bombay High Court order. The State’s cooperation department is the biggest beneficiary of supplementary demands with ₹1,853.52 crore of which ₹1,528 crore will used to repay the loan taken from nationalised banks on government guarantee by the Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation for the purchase of tur dal. The government has also made an allocation of ₹769.02 crore in Public Health Department for Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojna.Following the strike called by state anganwadi workers demanding hike in moratorium which was accepted by the government, it has now made an allocation of ₹493.64 crore in supplementary demands. A sum of ₹500 crore has been allocated for Integrated Child Development Services Scheme.Pension schemeMaharashtra government also announced a ₹15 crore pension fund for senior journalists who have worked in the field for at least 20 years and completed 60 years of age.The other significant demands include ₹5 crore for the development and recarpetting of airstrips of Karad and Chandrapur airports.It has been decided to provide additional funds of ₹159.63 crore for the purchase of two helicopters for the air travel of very very important persons (VVIPs).
November 28, 2019
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games By now, Nadal was pulling his own intimidating, topspin-lathered forehand up the line and attacking whenever del Potro left a ball short.It was quickly clear that the only doubt remaining was what the final score would be.“Just the fight to be in the final, and have a chance to fight for another title here, is so important for me,” Nadal said.Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.“I don’t know if it’s appropriate,” Anderson said. “It certainly felt the right thing to do.”Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season. Ankle surgery, plus left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries were problems last year.He is appearing in his 34th major tournament and took advantage of a draw depleted by withdrawals of several top players, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.“It’s nice that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament,” Anderson said. South African Kevin Anderson advances to US Open final Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Once Rafael Nadal went from passive to aggressive and got his uppercut of a forehand going, it didn’t take long for him to power into the U.S. Open final.Closing in on a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th Grand Slam championship overall, Nadal overcame a so-so start with an overwhelming performance the rest of the way Friday night, taking nine games in a row during one stretch to beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT No. 1 Nadal will be a significant favorite Sunday against No. 32 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP’s computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at the University of Illinois, is equipped with a big serve, certainly, but he only once had even been a quarterfinalist at a major until this week. He’s also lost all four previous matches against Nadal.Plus there’s this: Nadal looked as good as ever over the last three sets against del Potro, further confirmation of his return to the height of his powers. Nadal is again healthy and capable of excellence, after wrist and knee injuries dulled his effectiveness in 2015 and 2016 — the first seasons since 2004 in which he not only failed to win a Grand Slam trophy but didn’t even make a final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s been an amazing season, of course, after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments,” Nadal said. “So this year, since the beginning has been a very emotional year.”He reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Roger Federer, then claimed his record 10th French Open championship in June. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Save for a less-than-dominant opening set Friday, in which Nadal had nine winners and 10 unforced errors, he barely missed his targets. His numbers the rest of the way: 36 winners, 10 unforced errors.Eventually, Del Potro’s flat, fearsome forehand became less dangerous, as if he suddenly remembered just how weary he was. Dealing with an illness, del Potro came back from a two-set deficit to win his fourth-rounder in five sets, then got past 19-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals in four. Maybe it was all too much for del Potro, whose one Grand Slam title came via wins over Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final in New York eight years ago.That was the last time Nadal lost in a major semifinal ; he’s now won 15 in a row. This time, the 24th-seeded del Potro actually edged ahead with the match’s first break, going up 3-2 in the first set when a backhand return caught the net tape and took a fortuitous roll over to Nadal’s side for a winner.That was greeted with a chorus of “Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!” for the popular Argentine, who would serve out that set, punctuating it with a forehand.Maybe that woke up Nadal, who wouldn’t again relinquish a game until he owned the second set and a 3-0 lead in the third. The next time del Potro served, Nadal finally earned his first break point with some fantastic defense, throwing himself to his left to somehow get back one massive forehand from del Potro, who — perhaps stunned that ball came back — sent his next forehand long.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
November 27, 2019
Donnie Nietes. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)Promoters of four-division champion Donnie Nietes denied that they are ducking an emerging power in the super flyweight division, fellow Filipino Aston Palicte.ALA Promotions president and chief executive officer Michael Aldeguer said they have been discussing a rematch with Palicte through his handlers, Roy Jones Jr. Promotions, since the first week of February.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We never said we won’t be fighting Palicte,” Aldeguer said through a statement relayed to the Inquirer by trainer Edito Ala Villamor. “What we said is Nietes is looking for bigger fights and still weighing options, including fighting Palicte.”Now they will have no other choice but to face the Bago City native after the World Boxing Organization on Friday ordered a purse bid for their fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe bidding will be on Feb. 28, with all legitimate promoters, including those of Nietes and Palicte, submitting a bid with a minimum amount of $100,000.Purse bids are called when parties fail to come up with an agreement. The winning promoter during the bidding would then have to come up with payment up front, which is usually a percentage of the total purse. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Roger Pogoy replaces Scottie Thompson in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
November 22, 2019
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PGA Tour hopes to ‘never leave Japan’ It was a crucial victory for the Bolts, who remained in fourth place with a 4-2 record.Almazan bagged his second Player of the Week honor this conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MANILA, Philippines—Big men June Mar Fajardo and Raymond Almazan stood tall above their competition as they starred for their respective teams this past week.Fajardo was in his element, helping San Miguel Beer rally past Columbian Dyip, 113-107, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ The reigning five-time MVP muscled his way to a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double that went with four assists as he teamed up with import Dez Wells to give the Beermen their fifth win in six outings.Almazan also notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to power Meralco over Blackwater, 106-97, on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWith their strong showing, the two went on to be named the PBA Press Corps Co-Player of the Week.It marked the second straight time the citation was shared after TNT forward Troy Rosario and Alaska swingman Jeron Teng last week. This jewelry designer is also an architect
November 16, 2019
Ajax Amsterdam took a massive stride towards a first Champions League final for 23 years as Donny van de Beek’s early goal earned a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday.Erik ten Hag’s youthful Ajax side, featuring several players polished in the Dutch club’s famed academy, were too energetic for a laboured Spurs team who hardly got a kick in the opening 25 minutes of their first European Cup semi-final for 57 years.Such was Ajax’s domination in the early stages that they could already have virtually sealed a place in the final – but they had to be content with Van de Beek’s 15th minute goal.Tottenham badly missed injured striker Harry Kane and the suspended Son Heung-min and managed only one shot on target.Had David Neres’s shot not bounced back off the base of the post late on it would have been an even more calamitous night for Mauricio Pochettino’s struggling side.As it stands they will go to Amsterdam next week with a glimmer of hope, even if only one club have ever reached the final by overturning a first-leg home loss.RESULTAjax claim impressive first-leg victory at TottenhamFirst-half Donny van de Beek goal secures away winWho was the star man tonight?#UCL pic.twitter.com/2Wyj2NFw0gUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 30, 2019″The away goal was the most important. Unfortunately Neres hit the upright. If that had gone in, it would have been even better,” Ajax’s 19-year-old skipper Matthijs de Ligt said.advertisement”But we must be satisfied with the 1-0 score. It was a tough battle but we were fortunately very sharp tonight.”Christian Eriksen, one of four former Ajax players in Tottenham’s team, summed up the home mood.”We were under-par, we didn’t play our best at all. In the first 20 minutes, we were ball-watchers. We need to change it up a lot for the next game,” the Dane said.”We’re lucky they hit the post and hopefully we can turn things around in Amsterdam.”TOO GOODDonny van de Beek finding the target? #UCL | @AFCAjax pic.twitter.com/3ynxcmlpC1UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 30, 2019Ajax have already proved too good for Real Madrid and Juventus in the competition this season and were streets ahead of Spurs in the first half on a perfect night for football.Tottenham were chasing shadows and fell behind after a quarter of an hour when Ajax sliced through the home defence with their quick-passing game.Hakim Ziyech threaded the ball through to Van de Beek and the midfielder calmly placed his shot past keeper Hugo Lloris.There was a suspicion of offside but unlike in Tottenham’s epic quarter-final win over Manchester City, when Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time goal was ruled out, VAR could not save the London side this time as the Ajax fans celebrated.Van de Beek should have made it 2-0 from Dusan Tadic’s pass as Ajax dominated and when Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen was replaced by Moussa Sissoko in the 39th minute after a clash of heads with team mate and fellow former Ajax player Toby Alderweireld, it seemed nothing was going right for the hosts.Donny van de Beek = Big. Game. Player.April 16 v Juventus, TurinApril 30 v v Tottenham, London #UCL pic.twitter.com/SzO2eAQn9fUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 30, 2019Tottenham’s 34-year-old striker Fernando Llorente did his best to lead a blunt attack with little service, but the Spaniard headed wide from Kieran Trippier’s cross.The introduction of midfield powerhouse Sissoko injected some much-needed energy into a flagging Tottenham side and he fizzed a shot wide from Llorente’s knockdown before halftime.Spurs enjoyed their best spell early in the second period as they switched to a more direct approach and Dele Alli had a couple of half chances.But Ajax showed they can defend as well as attack and rarely looked stretched as the hosts huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser.Tottenham were vulnerable to the counter, however, and Ajax came close to doubling the lead, and leaving Spurs with a near-impossible task in the second leg, after 78 minutes when Tadic linked up with Neres whose side-footed shot struck the post.Also Watch:
October 24, 2019
Relocation is not punitive, but rather it is to correct a system that is unsustainable Story Highlights Most schools have principals in place for the start of the 2013/14 academic year Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says some 100 teachers, many from primary schools, have volunteered to be relocated to larger and higher level institutions.Rev. Thwaites, who made the disclosure during a back-to-school press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kingston on August 23, said the Ministry has been receiving significant cooperation from teachers to whom the proposal was made.He said they have consented to do so in order to optimise the use of the education sector’s human resource. This, he pointed out “begins a process which we expect to accelerate over the next few years, and the principle at work is one of voluntary relocation.”“So far a hundred and more (teachers) have agreed to be relocated and these cover all regions, schools, and types. This is a good start and we trust that many more will understand that the idea of relocation is not punitive, but rather it is to correct a system that is unsustainable…Many of the teachers wish to move from smaller primary schools to larger institutions where they can have a much greater input,” the Minister informed.Rev. Thwaites noted that the undertaking is consistent with the contents of the government’s Letter of Intent submitted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for funding support, which, among other things, resulted in the signing of a US$932.3 million our-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in May.He indicated that the Letter ‘calls for the rationalisation of teacher assignment in our schools” and suggests that it be done ‘voluntarily and if not, mandatorily’. “We are however, proceeding with voluntary relocation,” he added.The Minister expressed gratitude to the teachers who opted to be reassigned, adding that “it will improve their professional experience”.In the meantime, Rev. Thwaites said most schools have principals in place for the start of the 2013/14 academic year, which starts on September 2.“Less than 50 are pending in this regard, and in those cases, it’s purely a matter of procedure; where vacancies exist, competent persons have been appointed to act,” he added. Some 100 teachers have volunteered to be relocated to larger and higher level institutions
October 18, 2019
New Delhi: Growth of eight core industries dropped to 0.2 per cent in June, mainly due to contraction in oil-related sectors and cement output, according to official data. The government also revised downwards the growth rate of these eight sectors for May to 4.3 per cent from the earlier estimate of 5.1 per cent.The eight core sector industries — coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity — had expanded by 7.8 per cent in June last year. These core industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). Crude oil output, which has shown negative growth in the past one year, contracted by 6.8 per cent in June, as per data of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe output of ‘refinery products’ too registered de-growth for the second month in a row. The contraction was 9.3 per cent in June 2019 as against a growth of 12.1 per cent in the year-ago period. The natural gas segment too posted a de-growth in June. Cement production, which was showing growth in the previous months, slipped into the negative zone. As per the data, the segment posted a contraction of 1.5 per cent during the month under review. However, steel and electricity production showed a growth of 6.9 per cent and 7.3 per cent, respectively. The fertilisers segment also posted a growth of 1.5 per cent in June, reversing the de-growth registered in the previous two months.
October 18, 2019
New Delhi: An event organised by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind at the Talkatora stadium led to massive traffic snarls in central Delhi on Monday, officials said. Commuters coming towards Lutyens’ Delhi were stuck in a mile-long jam due to the ‘Aman and Ekta Sammelan’ organised by the outfit. The event witnessed the participation of close to 16,000 people. The Delhi Traffic Police had warned commuters against taking the route in the morning. “Traffic will remain heavy on Talkatora Marg and Vandemataram Marg due to a function at Talkatora Stadium. Kindly avoid these stretches,” it had tweeted.
October 17, 2019
HALIFAX — Federal officials are looking into how a Saudi man may have fled Canada while facing sexual assault charges, as legal experts suspect the Middle Eastern kingdom’s embassy played a key role.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in Sherbrooke, Que., that it’s cause for concern when any person skips bail while facing serious criminal charges, and said, “in that particular case we are looking into it.”Lee Cohen, a veteran Halifax immigration lawyer, said the likeliest scenario is that the Saudi embassy provided Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi with travel documents to leave, as his passport was being held while the 28-year-old awaited trial in Sydney, N.S.Alzoabi’s whereabouts remain a mystery, but a court document says a sheriff unsuccessfully tried to locate Alzoabi on Dec. 8, and quotes his lawyer at the time as saying the young man had “fled the country some time ago.”Crown prosecutors say Alzoabi had $37,500 of his bail posted by the Saudi Arabian embassy last year in relation to the alleged sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement of a woman between Aug. 1, 2015, and March 26, 2017.Robert Currie, a professor at the Schulich school of law at Dalhousie University, says the case is similar to an incident just over a decade ago where another Saudi student managed to return to his country as he faced sexual assault charges in Halifax, even though his passport had been seized.He said if Saudi Arabia is assisting students who are facing trial in Canada to escape justice then it is a “flagrant violation of international law,” and Ottawa should demand explanations.The Saudi embassy has refused to provide any comment to media outlets since the story first became public last week.The Canadian Press
October 11, 2019
12 October 2010The head of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire today urged the international community to deploy enough election observers to monitor the West African country’s presidential election on 31 October to enhance the credibility of the poll results. Speaking at a seminar for international election observers and members of the diplomatic corps, Y. J. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the mission, known as UNOCI, said more observers working together will be able to cover larger geographical areas to effectively monitor the long-awaited poll.He outlined to the participants of the two-day seminar what UNOCI had been able to accomplish in support of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).“All ballot papers have been transported to the interior of the country, as well as heavy electoral materials such as ballot boxes and polling booths,” Mr. Choi said. “All the materials are being transported in time.”The Chairman of the IEC, Youssouf Bakayoko, said the seminar had given him the opportunity to explain the operational aspects of the election.“This seminar is a forum for the IEC, UNOCI and the diplomatic missions to exchange ideas on all questions pertaining to the legal, material and logistical organization of the election,” said Mr. Bakayoko. He described the national and international observers as “sentinels” of the integrity and transparency of the election.The elections were supposed to have been held as far back as 2005, but have been repeatedly postponed, most recently from March this year.Civil war broke out in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 splitting the country into a rebel-held north and a Government-controlled south.The UN mission has been providing logistical and technical assistance for the preparations for the presidential polls. Established in 2004, it is also tasked with facilitating other aspects of the peace process, including those related to disarmament and the reunification of the country.
October 8, 2019
The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was taken to the remand prison from the Homagama Magistrate’s court after tense situation arose this evening.Several monks and supporters of the BBS General Secretary protested near the court and threatened to commit suicide if Gnanasara Thera was not released. The protesters prevented the police and prison guards from taking the monk in the prison bus but eventually he was taken in another vehicle. The Fort Magistrate later withdrew the arrest warrant after Gnanasara Thera surrendered to court.In May last year the police arrested Gnanasara Thera after a warrant was issued against him after he failed to appear before Court over his alleged participation at a protest in front of the Bribery and Corruption Commission in violation of a Court order. He was freed on bail. (Colombo Gazette) In October last year he surrendered to the Fort Magistrate after a warrant was issued for his arrest on the charge of contempt of court. The Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant yesterday on the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was produced before the Homagama Magistrate today and remanded till February 9. The arrest warrant was issued after the monk had allegedly disrespected court during proceedings into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.Later outside court the monk had slammed the Government for arresting soldiers in relation to the case.This is the third arrest warrant issued against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera over the past several months. The venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested today after he surrendered to the police in Homagama.
October 7, 2019
About $1,000 worth of meat is missing after a theft on Alma Street North in Hagersville.Haldimand OPP say an employee at the Hagersville Legion noticed the storage freezer was empty on July 21.Police say the theft occurred between 10 p.m. on July 20 and 9:15 a.m. July 21.OPP continue to investigate is asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 1- 888 – 310 – 1122.
October 6, 2019
In their latest expression of concern over strife in Nepal, United Nations human rights officials today urged both the Government and opposition protesters to refrain from violence in demonstrations planned for tomorrow to impel King Gyanendra to restore suspended parliamentary rule and democratic rights. “To the security forces, I stress that it is precisely during times of large demonstrations that the observance of international standards requiring minimum necessary force and restrictions on the use of firearms is most essential,” the Nepal representative of the Office of the UH High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ian Martin, said in a statement. “I call on the commanders and all members of security forces to fulfil their legal obligations in policing these demonstrations, to prevent injury, and to respect and preserve human life,” he added of the two-week-long protests in which 14 people are reported to have been killed and scores injured. “To the organizers and participants of the demonstrations, I call upon them to make every effort to ensure that demonstrators respect the rights of others, including the right to life and security of person,” he said, adding that they should not throw rocks and other projectiles, destroy public property, or attack people believed to be Government infiltrators. It was the latest of a series of statements issued by OHCHR-Nepal in recent days in which the office has deplored the “grossly excessive use of force” by police and army troops. The office said it “is deeply concerned by the growing number of instances in which security forces have fired live ammunition as well as rubber bullets.” The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said hospitals in Kathmandu, the capital, are reported to be overcrowded, with victims injured by bullets and batons. Tear gas-induced respiratory tract problems are the most common ailments. Human rights officials are keeping a list of prominent journalists and civil society leaders who have been arrested after taking part in peaceful demonstrations. OHCHR-Nepal is concerned that the conditions under which they are being kept are not adequate or suitable for prolonged detention. The new expressions of concern were the latest in a series voiced by UN officials from Secretary-General Kofi Annan on down as worsening violence has marked the pro-democracy demonstrations against the king’s suspension of parliamentary rule. Mr. Annan, who has been calling for the restoration of “democratic freedoms and institutions” ever since the king dissolved parliament, imposed a state of emergency and suspended civil liberties in February 2005, called on him earlier this month to take “courageous steps” to find a way avoid further bloodshed in the impoverished, strife-torn kingdom.
October 2, 2019
Ontario’s lieutenant-governor met with a group of Brock University students and researchers Wednesday to discuss environmental sustainability, mainly how to understand and bring ‘social’ aspects back into sustainability discourses.Less than three months after taking office, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell said the discussion on environmental sustainability was just getting started.“We have so much in this province,” Ms. Dowdeswell told a group of close to 40 in the sixth floor of Brock’s Plaza building, which is a hub of the University’s increasingly renowned environmental sustainability activities. “We are so rich in terms of resources, human resources, and have so much to contribute to the rest of the world. We are doing some of that and we don’t talk about it and we don’t let people know about it.”Ms. Dowdeswell engaged in a roundtable discussion with many of the faculty and students from Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC).“I think the answers will continue to be looking systemically and holistically at things, which make for great conversation but not a very good track record in terms of delivering,” she said. “Finding ways in which we can focus on systemic issues and responses, real problem solving as opposed to standing up on a platform and finger pointing, is part of the way ahead.”First-year Sustainability Science and Society graduate program student Katrina Krievins said the lieutenant-governor’s visit and discussion “validates what we are interested in researching here in the program and in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.”“It shows that it’s very important in Ontario and the world.”Brock scientist Ryan Plummer, Director of the ESRC and driving force behind the new graduate program, said the lieutenant-governor’s visit so early in her term is an honour for the University, and a strong signal about the importance of sustainability initiatives.“I’m invigorated by the lieutenant-governor wanting to talk to Ontarians and, specifically, get the social aspect of environmental sustainability on the agenda,” he said. “We need to think innovatively about different mechanisms to make that happen.”The visit caps off a year in which Brock was awarded a UNESCO Chair for sustainability research, and also launched the new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program that grants a master’s in sustainability.Before she became the Queen’s representative in Ontario this fall, Ms. Dowdeswell had a distinguished career as an internationally-recognized executive, including terms as Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Program.
September 25, 2019
Mrs Uriely told her son: “Mummy’s here.”She told the inquest: “I said: ‘I’d never let anything bad happen to you.”‘She said she spoke to staff about the “worst case scenario” but was told she was on a “wild goose chase”.There was no improvement in Michael’s condition on August 21, the inquest heard.Mrs Uriely made an appointment with Dr Aisha Laskor, believing that her son had been prematurely and inappropriately discharged from hospital.She felt the prospect of leaving him untreated for the weekend was “frightening” and felt that at this stage it was “imperative” that the referrals she had requested were sorted.The inquest heard that Dr Laskor expressed shock that the hospital had failed to treat Michael – but the two women disagree about what was said during the appointment.”Your recollection is completely different,” the coroner said. She told the inquest he said that Michael was “not in this category”.Mrs Uriely told the inquest she made requests for Michael to be referred to an asthma clinic as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital, but these requests did not materialise before his death.She said she was told on one occasion that Michael’s condition “didn’t require it”.Michael was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital on August 18 and discharged at 8pm the same day.He was readmitted on August 19 and sent home again the following day.On August 18, Mrs Uriely said she thought he was having the worst asthma attack she had ever seen him having.But she said she was told: “You don’t really need to be here. You should go home.”She told the inquest: “I said: ‘I can’t go without you doing some sort of test.”‘ Michael was a big sports fanCredit:PA A tragic, unnecessary death of a bright young talent… https://t.co/HuN2RbOXqx— Nigel Short (@nigelshortchess) March 15, 2017 He suggested she was saying that to “justify” her decision to send him home.Later in her evidence, a tearful Dr Laskor said: “I was still questioning my decision that evening.”Asked if Mrs Uriely appeared to be “desperate”, the doctor said: “I would have to say that no, she did not appear desperate.”Michael, who played for Barnet Knights Chess Club, died on August 25 after he collapsed in the early hours and never regained consciousness.At the time of his death he had been competing in the Mindsports Olympiad, an international multi-disciplined competition which includes chess.A memorial chess tournament was held for Michael in April last year and December’s Super Rapidplay at the London Chess Classic 2016 was also held in memory of him. I was still questioning my decision that eveningDr Laskor Dr Laskor said she was “concerned enough to consider calling for an ambulance”, but decided not to send him to hospital.She said her “gut instinct” was to send him back to hospital, but she said Mrs Uriely told her he was better since he was discharged – something Mrs Uriely says is untrue.The doctor said she told the Urielys to stay in the waiting room for 20 to 30 minutes after the appointment so that if they needed to see her again they could do so.Representing the Uriely family, Adam Korn put it to Dr Laskor: “It’s not true, is it, that Mrs Uriely said Michael had got better?” Michael’s mother Ayelet Uriely said in a statement that she was “devastated beyond words” about the loss of her son, who she described as “highly gifted”.Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that there were chances to treat Michael in the months before his death.While dealing with Mrs Uriely’s statement to the inquest, Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: “There was 11 opportunities within seven months to appropriately test, diagnose and treat him.”The inquest heard Mrs Uriely “felt strongly” that her son was denied basic care. As early as February that year, Mrs Uriely asked a doctor about the chances of her son dying as she felt his condition was deteriorating. Mrs Uriely said they were told “something like we were wasting their time”, and that Michael would grow out of asthma.The child was brought back to the hospital in the early hours of August 19, and by this stage was having violent bouts of vomiting as well as a bloated chest.The inquest heard he was told that he was “hysterical” and not having an asthma attack.Mrs Uriely was told he was being discharged that afternoon but she said she told staff: “I am scared my son will die tonight”.She also said Michael himself said he was “afraid to die”, adding that he was “not the kind of person to say something like that”. Doctors missed 11 opportunities to treat a nine-year-old chess champion in the months before he died of chronic asthma, an inquest heard.Michael Uriely, who was one of the UK’s brightest prospects in the game, was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London twice in the days before his death after he suffered violent coughing and vomiting fits which left him struggling to breathe.The national chess champion, from St John’s Wood, north-west London, died on August 25 2015, five days after being discharged from the hospital for the second time.In the months before his death the Westminster Under School pupil was also seen by NHS GPs, as well as having private doctor appointments. Mrs Uriely said Michael’s father Roy took their son out of the room and she asked the doctor about “the likelihood of death”.She said he responded to her by saying: “What are you talking about?” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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September 25, 2019
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. Earlier this year the Health Secretary revealed that he is at heightened risk of developing prostate cancer as he urges the NHS to roll out gene testing more widely.Matt Hancock said tests found he has a 15 per cent chance of suffering prostate cancer by the age of 75 – a risk about 1.5 times greater than the average man.The Health Secretary, 40, said the news had left him worried, saying he would be seeking a blood test from his GP, and ensuring he did not miss any screening appointments.But critics accused him of “astonishing ignorance” saying his score would not be considered high risk, and could come down to a “margin of error”The NHS normally only provides PSA blood tests – which can show an increased risk of prostate cancer – from the age of 50, if requested. There is no NHS screening programme for prostate cancer. Five million Britons will be offered free gene tests on the NHS, helping to predict their risk of major diseases.Under the plans, individuals will be able to volunteer to receive personalised reports, setting out analysis based on their DNA.Ministers said the anonymised data will be used to develop a new generation of personalised treatments.Experts said this would allow individuals to make lifestyle changes, or ensuring they are targeted with the right medications, But plans to give healthy people the option of paying to have their DNA analysed by the NHS are understood to have been scrapped. Health officials said a £79m Government investment, backed by £160 million from charities and businesses, would be used to support research on early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease including dementia and cancer. Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: “Prioritising life-saving research and innovation means we can unlock solutions to deadly conditions like cancer, dementia and heart disease – saving lives and securing the health of the next generation.“To achieve this we must harness the power of technology, so I am delighted with today’s investment from businesses and charities – a huge boost for healthcare innovation which will help patients lead longer, happier lives.”
September 22, 2019
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #RIP: The young boy killed after falling from a cliff in Ballycastle, County Antrim has been named as Logan Crawford, who was from the town.2. #TICK TOCK: The deadline for Domino’s Pizza to pay a ransom of €30,000 to hackers in France and Belgium who have hijacked hundreds of thousands of customer accounts is just two hours away.3. #HUNT PRAYERS: The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has said it is unacceptable that some priests “endorse cruelty” by blessing hunts.4. #TRANSPLANT: The independent senator David Norris has undergone a liver transplant and says he is “a bit feeble”.5. #BANNED: Forced marriages have been banned in Britain today. The new legislation also makes it a criminal offence to force a British national into a marriage abroad.
September 21, 2019
Whenever a blockbuster title is about to hit, video game retailers are going to look for ways to maximize profit off of that popularity. Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy are already starting to sing their siren song to the tune of pre-order bonuses, trying to lock-in sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.For some consumers, it may be a little early to even start thinking about a November 13th title launch. But when taking into consideration that its predecessor, Modern Warfare 3, reportedly sold around 9.3 million on launch day alone, retailers realize the enthusiasts are already gearing up for its release. And each retailer wants to make sure they’re the number one pushers for this “niche” crowd.Amazon is offering an exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 digital wallpaper, which will be sent two days after placing your order. Granted, you can also find it all over the internet today if you Google “Amazon Black Ops Exclusive Wallpaper.”GameStop, on the other hand offers something a little more tangible: a two-sided poster and, for PowerUp Rewards Members, a Modern Warfare 3 Prestige token. According to the company’s site there will also be three other “waves” of bonus offers that will be unlocked at certain dates depending on how early you pre-order.Best Buy will throw in a set of Black Ops 2-branded dog tags with your pre-order.No doubt gamers will be pleased in knowing that there’s no exclusive content being thrown up yet, so consumers won’t have to choose between a map pack or extra story like many did with the Batman Arkham City pre-order debacle.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be available November 13th, 2012, and will launch for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 consoles.
September 21, 2019
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Domestic bank deposits in Greece in increased by over 2 billion euros in December, compared to the previous month.Bank of Greece data indicated this week that bank accounts had a balance of 163.25 billion euros at the end of December, up from 161.04 billion at end-November, or a 1.37 percent increase. The increase came to 1.1 percent on an annual basis, which reflects citizens’ reluctance to put any savings they have left back in the credit system.The rise recorded in December is attributed to the Christmas bonus that most private enterprises distributed to their employees, even though public sector workers and all pensioners have now been deprived of it. Interest payments from the second half of the year also contributed toward the increase.Bank officials say that the end of the savings outflow, which started in 2009 and resulted in a balance decline of 75 billion euros, may be a positive development, but the return of just 13 billion euros since the low point of June 2012 (at 150.6 billion euros) is far from satisfactory. JP Morgan stated in a recent study that deposits in Greece could grow by as much as 30 billion euros in the coming years. Source: ekathimerini
September 20, 2019
New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile NationsNew Tinder Feature Sparks Summer Music Fest Lovin’ Stay on target Apes aren’t so different from people. For one, we are apes. And yeah, I know, you’re probably thinking “Hey, he’s wrong, we’re primates!” but *you’re* wrong, smartass. Evolutionary taxonomy dictates that any organism that falls into some category is also a member of its parent category. It’s why all dogs are mammals even though mammals supersede dogs on the “tree of life.” So, chickens really are dinosaurs, and humans are monkeys… and also apes… and mammals, chordates, etc.Now, with that incredibly pretentious, somewhat douche intro out of the way — orangutans and chimps are using Tinder. Wait… what? Yeah, in a sense.A Dutch zoo in The Hague wants to help some of their creatures find love. To that end, researchers have made what amounts to Tinder.The team shows images of other members of the apes’ species and measures their emotional response. Then, the apes will interact with a touch screen to express some kind of preference. Thomas Bionda, a researcher on the program, said that “there has to be a click,” and hopes that this could help them ease the process of finding prospective matches.This is cool to me, not just because these are some of the only animals you could pull this off with, but it does help demonstrate how similar we are to our cousins. We like to think we’re so far beyond everything else on Earth — and in a sense that’s true. But we’re also remarkably similar, guided by many of the same instincts and drives. We just happen to have global trade networks and nukes. Which… is scary if you think about it. We’re only barely intelligent enough to manage what we have, and for the amount of power we currently wield, you’d hope we’d use it better and more equitably. But, nope. We’re jerks to ourselves and all other life. Yaaaaaaaay.