Jats support to Cong. in Rajasthan could spell trouble for Haryana BJP

first_imgThe consolidation of Jats behind the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly elections, with the party winning two-thirds of the seats in the four districts dominated by the community, does not augur well for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Haryana with the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections due next year.The elections, the results of which were declared on Tuesday, saw the BJP winning 10 of the total 39 seats up for grabs in the Jat-dominated Jodhpur, Barmer, Nagaur and Jhunjhunu districts, whereas the Congress emerged victorious in 26. Two of the remaining three seats went to Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal’s newly constituted Rashtriya Loktantrik Party.Sikar-based political analyst Ashfaq Kayamkhani said Jats, comprising around 20 % of the Rajasthan’s population, were alienated from the BJP primarily because of being denied a “fair” share in the power. “While the Congress governments always had adequate Jat representation, with four-five ministers, the current BJP government accommodated only one Jat leader, Banshidhar Bajiya. Hit by the rising agrarian distress, the community, largely involved in farming, was further alienated from the saffron party,” said Mr. Kayamkhani. Though traditionally a Congress supporter, a sizeable section of the community had rallied behind Jat BJP leader Bhairon Singh Shekhawat over the years, but these Assembly elections mark their return to the Congress fold. The Jats have always felt, said Mr. Kayamkhani, that the BJP exploited them as a vote bank, but never gave them their due.Though in Haryana, two senior Jat leaders hold important portfolios and another leader from the community is the State party chief, the Jats, as Prof. Ranbir Singh, Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, puts it, have a “vicarious” feeling of loss of power in a government led by Punjabi Chief Minister. The BJP’s non-committal attitude on Jat reservation and death of around 20 youth from the community in police firing during the reservation agitation in 2016 further caused their alienation.Though Jats in Haryana don’t traditionally vote for the BJP, which rose to power in the previous Assembly elections riding on the Modi wave and support from the non-Jats, the community’s consolidation behind the Congress could upset the saffron party’s political calculations in the State.In 2014, the BJP was helped by the division of Jat votes between the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal, but with the split in the latter, the community is at the crossroads looking for a formidable political force to keep the BJP out of power. In such a scenario, their rallying behind the Congress in Rajasthan could be a cause for worry to the BJP.”Districts such as Jhunjhunu, Churu, Hanumangarh share their borders with Haryana. Those in Jhunjhunu have a large number of relatives in Haryana’s Mahendergarh. The community’s mood in Rajasthan is, therefore, likely to have a spillover impact in Haryana,” said Mr. Kayamkhani.Though its too late for the BJP to try and woo the Jats in Haryana, the mayoral elections for five corporations in Haryana, slated for December 16, could give an indication of how much the BJP manages to hold on to its non-Jat vote bank, which is crucial for its future electoral prospects in the State.last_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino charges late, downs Go for Gold for 4th straight win

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus The starters kept the Skippers above water before a telling 13-4 blast in the fourth quarter turned a 62-66 deficit into a commanding 75-70 lead.Jerwin Gaco kept the Scratchers within the game late as his three-point play made it an 84-80 affair in the last 1:23, but Robles split his freebies and blocked Yankie Haruna on the other end to secure the win.Gaco led Go for Gold (4-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Matt Salem had 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 86 — Robles 18, Subido 16, Pasaol 13, Banal 12, Ayonayon 9, Toth 6, Tratter 5, Babilonia 2, Lopez 2, Tolentino 2, Terso 1, Iñigo 0.ADVERTISEMENT Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls without Irving PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino fought back from 10-points down in the second half and frustrated Go for Gold, 86-80, for its fourth straight win Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Billy Robles came alive in the fourth period, firing six of his 18 points in the final 5:06 of the game as the Skippers recovered from a 49-39 deficit early in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico GO FOR GOLD 80 — Gaco 16, Salem 14, Alejandro 11, Gutang 9, Naboa 8, Dixon 7, Haruna 7, Casiño 4, Leutcheu 2, Pili 2, Domingo 0.Quarters: 22-20, 37-43, 62-66, 86-80. Read Next MOST READ View comments Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa He also hauled down 13 rebounds, dished out five assists, and got two steals and two blocks off the bench.Renzo Subido also had 16 markers, six coming in the final frame, three boards, and two assists, while Alvin Pasaol had 13 points, three rebounds, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGab Banal collected 12 markers, eight boards, four assists, and four steals, and Rian Ayonayon got nine for Marinerong Pilipino, which grabbed a share of the second spot at 5-2.“We could not get our rhythm in the first half, but I’m happy that we stepped ip on the defensive end,” said coach Koy Banal.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 13 runs

first_imgNew Zealand’s batsmen picked up the pace way too late as Pakistan survived some tense moments before beating them by 13 runs in their Group D clash of the World Twenty20 here on Sunday.Chasing 178, New Zealand, who beat Bangladesh in their lung-opener, played steady with the bat but it was a tad too slow for the format as they ended with 164 for nine.Pakistan, on the other hand, put up a clinical performance with both the bat and ball to win the match comfortably.After Nasir Jamshed’s maiden half century – a 35-ball 56 – and Mohammed Hafeez’s fine 43-run knock guided the team to a challenging total, their bowlers completed the job by drying up the runs for the Kiwi batsmen.Brendon McCullum (32) showed some spark but he hardly found any aggressive support at the other end and was castled by Umar Gul after striking four boundaries and a six in a 31-ball effort.Rob Nicol top-scored for the Kiwis with a 28-ball 33 that included three fours and a six. Skipper Ross Taylor also made a fine contribution, hitting three fours and a six in his 11-ball 26 before being run out.The rest of the Kiwi innings did not feature any worthwhile contribution as Saeed Ajmal worked his magic to pick up four wickets in his four overs that cost 34 runs.Earlier, electing to bat, Pakistan rode on Jamshed’s 35-ball 56 and some fine contributions from the openers – Mohammed Hafeez (43) and Imran Nazir (25) – to post a tough target for New Zealand.The openers provided a steady start with a 47-run stand before Nazir’s entertaining cameo, that came off 16 deliveries, was ended by Tim Southee.Nazir, who struck five boundaries during his brief stay at the crease, was sent back to the pavilion after he pushed the ball right back to Southee, who took the catch in his follow through.advertisementlast_img read more

India assures full security to Pakistan for WorldT20

first_imgThe marquee clash and Pakistan’s participation in the event has come under a cloud after the Himachal Pradesh government expressed its inability to provide security.With uncertainty hanging over the match, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that central paramilitary forces will be provided to ensure security for the March 19 clash.”If the (Himachal Pradesh) Chief Minister asks for security forces, we will provide,” he told reporters here.Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday had written a letter to the Union Home Minister stating that his governmen t cannot provide security for the match. Meanwhile, the Pakistan government said it will send a security team to assess the situation in India, further delaying the possibility of an early resolution to the stalemate.A concerned Pakistani government which had initially given the go ahead for the team’s participation in the March 8-April 3 megaevent, will now take a final call on their visit after the security team submits its report.The decision to send a security team was taken after a meeting between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. Prime Minister Sharif directed the ministry to send an advance security team to India for a review of the situation.”The Prime Minister directed the Interior Minister to ensure foolproof security measures for the cricket team in India in coordination with Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi,” the InteInterior Ministry said in a statement. Himachal Pradesh’s ex-servicemen are protesting against the game in the wake of the Pathankot terror attacks in January.advertisement”The situation now is that only after this security team gives the okay can we send the team to India,” said Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman (PCB) Shaharyar Khan.PCB on Thursday had threatened to pull out of the event after Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh expressed his helplessness over the matter. The BCCI had reached to PCB assuring it foolproof security.”As far as the BCCI is concerned, foolproof security will be provided to Pakistan. They should not worry about the security arrangements.Now the decision has to be taken by the PCB (if they want to come or not). They are accountable to the ICC (world body). The PCB should decide on the matter but we will be providing foolproof security to their players,” said senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla.”The government has given us clearance to play in the World T20 but after the security concerns surrounding the Pakistan and India match in Dharamsala a report was given to the Prime Minister,” Shaharyar added.- With inputs from agenciesALSO READ:Pakistan to assess India’s security arrangements before ICC World Twenty20last_img read more

Beermen veteran Ronald Tubid gets a lot of love from Filipino fans in Macau

first_imgMACAU—San Miguel veteran Ronald Tubid has played for six teams in his 16-year career and spent nearly a decade with either the Beermen or Barangay Ginebra—the league’s most famous teams.ADVERTISEMENT It’s no surprise that when the Beermen played in the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12, Tubid was showered by love by Filipinos here.Just sitting at the bench prompted rabid cheers from the Filipino fans and head coach Leo Austria obliged, fielding in Tubid late in the Beermen’s 101-92 win over Ryukyu Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“He once played in Ginebra and that’s the most popular team in the PBA and he played there for quite a long time,” said Austria of Tubid, who has won nine PBA titles and played in seven All-Star games.“He’s quite good and in his first year in the pro league he’s one of my players and he’s a very good player that’s why a lot of people chanted his name.” Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:11Makabayan 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 Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As of 2019, Macau has a population of 642,551 people and 4.6 percent is Filipino and with most of the nearly 2,000 people who watched the game hailing from the Philippines San Miguel enjoyed a raucous de facto home crowd.Not to disappoint the supporters, Tubid got into the game in the final minute with the game already decided.Tubid bricked all four of his shots but he did get two offensive rebounds, both off his own miss.Austria, though, promised that Tubid will be a regular fixture in the team once he gets into top shape.“In the next games, he’ll be included in our regular rotation.”ADVERTISEMENT Still no Fajardo, Lassiter for San Miguel in Terrific 12 semis DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

National Olympic Committees Get Glimpse of Tokyo 2020 Venues

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — A dozen national Olympic committees have been given a quick look at Tokyo’s venue preparations for the 2020 Summer Games.Mark England of the British Olympic Association says they were impressed.“We haven’t had many questions to ask the organizing committee because the venues have been absolutely fantastic,” England said.The tour Tuesday marked the committees’ first visit to Tokyo since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended last month.Tokyo’s Metropolitan Gymnasium was among the venues. It was built in 1954 and hosted gymnastics for the 1964 Olympics. It will be the venue for table tennis in two years and sits next to the new Olympic stadium, which is under construction.“In this venue here today — historical and traditional though it is — we can see that it is in absolutely superb condition,” England said.Tokyo’s use of existing venues will delight the International Olympic Committee, which has been criticized when cities have built “white elephant” sports venues.National Olympic Committee members from a dozen countries inspect a Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics venue at Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)The most recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro left behind a half-dozen venues that are not being adequately utilized.Rio built a cycling velodrome that has caught fire twice since the Olympics ended two years ago. Several arenas in the Olympic Park are largely vacant, and a newly built golf course has struggled to find players.“It was obviously more challenging for Brazil because it was the first (Olympics) in South America, so they didn’t have that history, tradition of hosting games,” England said. “The games were very different in Rio de Janeiro. The two are not comparable. The state of readiness if very, very well advanced in Tokyo.”In addition to Britain, nations on the venue tour included: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Greece, Guatemala, Serbia, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Monaco and Japan.“National Olympic committees feed off of each other when we’re talking and asking questions,” England said. “Some of us go back a number of games, so we know each other well. And you can see this is a terrific opportunity.”—By STEPHEN WADE , AP Sports WriterNational Olympic Committee members from a dozen countries inspect a Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics venue at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Manchester City reach agreement to sign Jesús Medina from Libertad

first_imgShare on Pinterest Manchester City have reached an agreement with the Paraguayan club Libertad to sign the attacking midfielder Jesús Medina for £3m.The 20-year-old, who has represented Paraguay at under-17 and under-20 level and made his debut for the senior side this year, is expected to be sent on loan to Girona or New York City FC. They are part of the City Football Group stable. Medina has been tracked by several clubs in Europe but City were able to strike a deal that will see him sign a long-term contract with the Premier League leaders. The club are keen to sign the best young talents in world football, with Pep Guardiola hoping to give more youngsters a chance in the first team.The City manager was delighted to see his side, which included the 20-year-old Tosin Adarabioyo, Oleksandr Zinchenko (21), Phil Foden (17) and Brahim Díaz (18), beat Leicester City on penalties in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night. City conceded a 97th-minute spot-kick but recovered to win on penalties.“What is important is how we reacted,” Guardiola said. “Whether it was a penalty or not, the referee is there and the TV is there, so the important thing is how we reacted. We could have gone down because it was the last minute and it was tough, especially with a lot of young players.” Manchester City will not win the quadruple, insists Pep Guardiola Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Transfer windowcenter_img Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email Manchester City news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Worn-down West Ham to sell disruptive Marko Arnautovic for €25m to China

first_imgWest Ham feel badly let down by Arnautovic’s behaviour in agitating for a transfer six months after they refused to grant him a move to a club in China, thought to be Guangzhou Evergrande, where he was offered a four-year contract worth more than £40m. Arnautovic ended up signing a new deal, saying that he wanted “to put a stop” to the speculation over his future. The agreement included a pay rise, with Arnautovic’s wages of £120,000 a week making him the squad’s second-highest earner, and in a gesture of goodwill West Ham agreed to insert an annual £40m buyout clause. Arjen Robben retires at 35 after conceding injuries have taken toll Share on Twitter West Ham have decided to cut their losses on Marko Arnautovic and sell him for €25m (£22.4m) to a Chinese Super League club, believed to be Shanghai SIPG, after Manuel Pellegrini told the board to let the Austrian forward leave. Hide Share on WhatsApp Arnautovic informed West Ham this week that he wanted to be allowed to move to China and, although the club initially told him to honour the contract extension he signed in January, they have since come to the conclusion that keeping him would have a negative effect on squad morale. Pellegrini is furious with the 30-year-old and the player’s teammates believe it would be better if he were sold as soon as possible.West Ham rejected a bid in the region of £19m for Arnautovic on Tuesday, deeming that figure insulting, and initially hoped to take a hard line with a player who has scored 11 goals in each of his two seasons at the club. Yet there is an acceptance that Arnautovic, who was signed for an initial £20m from Stoke City two years ago, has become a disruptive influence in the dressing room and West Ham are expected to accept Shanghai’s improved offer of €25m. Share on Pinterest Gianluigi Buffon returns to Juventus in ‘confirmation that life is incredible’ West Ham have a fractious relationship with Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel, who stoked the flames with provocative comments on Tuesday. “He’s not a cow or a horse which you bring to market,” he said. “He’s a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them.”The decision to let Arnautovic leave will force West Ham to accelerate their search for a new striker, especially as they have already sold Lucas Pérez to Alavés and released Andy Carroll on a free transfer. They have targeted Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez, Porto’s Moussa Marega and West Bromwich Albion’s Salomón Rondón. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe West Ham United Topics Read more Share via Emailcenter_img Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Read more Share on Facebook news Chinese Super League Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Transfer window Show Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Reuse this contentlast_img read more

NGO GMB Keeps Alang Ship Recycling in the Dark

first_imgzoom The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has “turned a cold shoulder” to requests by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform to visit the shipbreaking yards on the tidal beach of Alang.According to the Platform, for the past two months the Indian authority has refused to reply to repeated requests, submitted via the Indian member organisation Toxics Link, to visit and see the working and environmental conditions at the shipbreaking yards.“By refusing to reply to the requests to visit the yards, the GMB has opted to keep the negative environmental and labour impacts of the operations at Alang out of sight,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.“This lack of openness is disappointing and represents a decision by the GMB to keep Indian ship recycling in the dark ages,” Ingvild Jenssen, Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.The European Commission is expected to prohibit the recycling of EU-flagged ships in beaching yards when it publishes its upcoming list of approved ship recycling facilities in non-EU countries.The EU list represents an important turning point for sustainable ship recycling by setting a benchmark for an industry in which standards have been historically absent.last_img read more

Tender process started for 15 lakh more CCTV cameras Sisodia

first_imgNew Delhi: Asserting that the Arvind Kejriwal government was committed to ensure safety of women in the city, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Sunday said a total of about three lakh CCTV cameras will be installed in Delhi as part of a project to boost security. The AAP government has already begun work on installation of 1.4 CCTV cameras. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the work to install 2,000 CCTV cameras in his assembly constituency of Patparganj here as part of the project. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark “I congratulate the people of Patparganj. It is a big dream realised today.. as it is related to women safety. Though (the job of ensuring) women safety (Delhi Police) does not directly come under the Delhi government, it is doing whatever it can, and installation of CCTVs is a step in that direction only,” he said. Entire Delhi is to get 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in two-three months, Sisodia said during the event held at Supershine Chowk in East Vinod Nagar in East Delhi, adding, Patparganj will get 2,000 cameras in the first phase. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “And, tender process begun for another 1.5 lakh cameras. So, entire Delhi will have about three lakh cameras,” he said. “Our sisters and daughters will get the biggest relief,” Sisodia said. The deputy chief minister, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, said the cameras shall be installed separately for schools and buses. Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that the work would start on June 8. He said the tender for installing 1.40 lakh CCTV cameras had been passed and a survey completed for 70,000 cameras. The entire project is likely to be completed by December, the chief minister had said.last_img read more

Sting Brings The Last Ship To The Sage Gateshead

first_imgTo benefit the Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal, Sting will perform songs from ‘The Last Ship’ his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name, on 24th and 25th April 2015.These will be the only UK performances of their kind and are both kindly supported by Cunard. Additional support comes from Shepherd Offshore and Port of Tyne.Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, The Last Ship tells a universal story. Drawn from his childhood growing up beside the Swan Hunters shipyard, The Last Ship is very personal to Sting yet also echoes the experiences of those working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port, as well as post-industrial communities the world over. The play was originally work-shopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut – but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of The Last Ship should be performed for a North East audience.The musician said: “‘The Last Ship’ is a musical allegory set in Wallsend, the town where I was born and raised. The demise of industry – not only in shipyards like Tyneside and Gdansk, but also great manufacturing centres like Detroit – has been well documented and the effect of that demise on the identity and future of local communities particularly resonates with me. I’m very much looking forward to bringing these songs and stories home.”Sting will be joined onstage at the Sage next April by many of the region’s best loved musicians including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham, Co. Durham.The Last Ship’s homecoming has generated great excitement and support from partners, particularly relating to the North East’s shipbuilding heritage. Leading the support is Cunard, the international cruiseline company, who commissioned many of their greatest ships from the Swan Hunter ship yard in Wallsend.In benefitting the Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal, proceeds raised from both performances will ensure that its vital work in the region will continue.Opened in 2004, Sage Gateshead has established itself as an international home for music and musical discovery. Its concert programme runs throughout the year, attracting artists from across the world and incorporating all genres of music.The venue, designed by Foster and Partners, is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia. This orchestra was founded in 1968 and received royal status from Queen Elizabeth II in June 2013. Sage Gateshead is also home to the North East’s longstanding Folkworks programme – formed in 1988 to promote and encourage the furtherance of folk music across the region. What’s more, Sage Gateshead runs many other musical education programmes,– each enabling people of all ages and abilities to become involved in music. 70 per cent of the work of these programmes takes place outside of the venue and at the heart of local communitiesIn June 2012, Arts Council England set Sage Gateshead the challenge of raising £4 million by July 2015 (in order to claim an additional £2 million in match-funding) to help secure the future of this important work. In December 2014, Sage Gateshead will celebrate its 10th Birthday, Its correspondent birthday appeal runs until the summer of 2015, and features a number of high profile concerts and celebrations. Each will help Sage Gateshead to meet the challenge set by Arts Council England and help to ensure that its work in the North East can continue.Anthony Sargent, General Director of Sage Gateshead, said: “We’re honoured that Sting has chosen to bring ‘The Last Ship’ to Sage Gateshead. His support for our 10th birthday appeal means that our work across the region, helping enrich so many lives through our musical education programmes, can continue. For the past ten years, these programmes have benefitted everyone from marginalized, struggling young people through to people at the end of their lives. The generosity of Sting, and our other kind supporters, will help even more people as Sage Gateshead enters its second decade”.Sting added: “The North East has a great creative atmosphere and legacy. The Sage sits proudly at its cultural heart and I’m always happy to support it.”Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday 1st September from 10am at www.sagegateshead.com, and also at Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.last_img read more

Fort St John Hospital Foundation to celebrate 25th Anniversary

first_imgTours will start at 4:00 p.m. and run until 5:00 p.m., with the ceremony taking place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.The Hospital Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration is taking place on February 21 at the Fort St. John Hospital Lobby.For more information, you can call the Foundation at 250-261-7564. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation will be holding an evening of celebration in honour of the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary.The evening will include speeches, music performances, and tours of the Hospital.Light refreshments and cake will be served.last_img read more

Lack of infrastructure investment holding back AsiaPacific region – UN meeting

22 March 2007The long-term development of the Asia-Pacific region is being threatened by a lack of investment in infrastructure, according to a United Nations-sponsored meeting which ended today with a call to back a proposal to set up a new regional body to raise funds. Kim Hak-Su, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), described the meeting as “a crucial step” in finding the path forward to generating investment in infrastructure.“The region needs to find a way to utilize our large amount of savings and foreign exchange reserves,” he said after the two-day meeting in New Delhi, which attracted about 100 representatives of government, academia and the private sector from 20 countries.Welcoming India’s championing of the need for a regional solution, Mr. Kim noted that a series of recent studies indicate there is a shortfall of more than $200 billion every year in investment in transport, energy, water and telecommunications.Yet the Asia-Pacific region has foreign exchange reserves of about $3 trillion, with much of it invested outside the region.The meeting, which was jointly organized by UNESCAP and an Indian think-tank known as RIS, endorsed a proposal to examine the establishment of a regional intermediary to channel the savings into investment.This new mechanism could be an infrastructure investment bank or finance corporation in Asia, and it could either be independent or an affiliate of an existing financial institution in the region, such as the Asian Development Bank.The meeting also ended with a call for UNESCAP’s members to set up a high-level working group to consider all options and issue recommendations to the region’s governments. read more

Cutting smog and soot could have fast and broad benefits – UNbacked

14 June 2011Fast and relatively short-term action to curb soot and smog could improve human health, generate higher crop yields, reduce climate change and slow the melting of the Arctic, according to a United Nations-backed study released today. The study, compiled by an international team of more than 50 researchers and coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), “complements urgent action needed to cut carbon dioxide emissions,” the two agencies said. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, said: “The experts spotlight how a small number of emission reduction measures – targeting, for example, recovery of methane in the coal, oil and gas sectors through to the provision of cleaner burning cook stoves; particle traps for diesel vehicles and the banning of open burning of agricultural wastes – offer dramatic public health, agricultural, economic and environmental benefits.”The report specifically recommends reductions in emissions of methane and black carbon. Black carbons are a major component of soot and are formed from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels wood and biomass, including emissions from cars and trucks, cookstoves, forest fires and some industrial facilities.Methane contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone, a major component of urban smog, and a powerful greenhouse gas and air pollutant harmful to human health and ecosystems. “Big cuts in emissions of black carbon will improve respiratory health; reduce hospital admissions and days lost at work due to sickness… Close to 2.5 million premature deaths from outdoor air pollution could on average be avoided annually worldwide by 2030 with many of those lives saved being in Asia, it is estimated,” UNEP and WMO said in a joint press release.Fast action might also reduce losses of mountain glaciers while reducing projected warming in the Arctic over the coming decades by two thirds.Big cuts in ground-level ozone could also contribute to reduced crop damage equal to between 1-4 per cent of the annual global maize, rice, soy bean and wheat production. The report concludes that cutting these so-called “short-lived climate forcers” can have immediate climate, health and agricultural benefits. This is because, unlike carbon dioxide, which can remain in the atmosphere for centuries, black carbon only persists for weeks.But the researchers also said that while fast action on black carbon and ground-level ozone could play a key role in limiting near-term climate, “immediate and sustained action to cut back CO2 is crucial if temperature rises are to be limited over the long term.”The findings were released today in Bonn, Germany, during a meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). read more

Housing market to cool CMHC

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. raised its expectations for housing starts this year on Thursday, but said it expects both new and existing home markets to moderate in coming months after getting off to a strong start early in the year.The agency’s second-quarter housing market outlook said housing starts will be in the range of 182,300 to 220,600 units this year, up from a forecast in February for 164,000 to 212,700 starts in 2012.CMHC deputy chief economist Mathieu Laberge said condo construction helped drive housing starts in the early part of the year, but noted it varies significantly from month to month.“Although economic conditions are expected to remain supportive of housing demand, housing starts activity is expected to moderate as 2012 progresses,” Laberge said in a statement.“Similarly, balanced market conditions in the existing home market will result in modest house price gains through to the end of the year.”[np-related]CMHC expects housing starts for 2013 to range between 175,100 and 213,500 units compared with an earlier forecast of between 168,900 and 219,300.It forecasts that the number of existing home sales will be in the range of 431,200 to 516,100 units this year and the 2013 range will be about the same at between 431,300 and 522,400 units.The outlook suggests the average Multiple Listing Service price will range between $341,100 and $406,700 this year and between $346,000 and $419,900 next year.It said the moderate increases in the average price, of two to three per cent, are consistent with the balanced market conditions that are expected to continue in 2012 and 2013.The report came as Statistics Canada said its new housing price index rose 0.2% in April, following a 0.3% increase in March. On a year-over-year basis, the index was up 2.5% in April, following a 2.6% in March.The agency said the metropolitan regions of Toronto, Oshawa, Ont., and Edmonton were the main contributors to the March to April increase.St. John’s, N.L., St. Catharines—Niagara and Windsor, Ont. all reported price declines of about 0.1%.Continued strength in the housing market, largely due to the staying power of low interest rates, has led some economists to warn the market is overvalued.They have warned that could make homeowners vulnerable to a downturn, especially those who have used low interest rates to borrow more than they could otherwise afford.The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty have warned Canadians repeatedly to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The Canadian Press read more

UNESCO denounces yet one more journalists murder this time in Haiti

In yet another denunciation of the murder of a journalist, this time in Haiti and reportedly by police, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned this “intolerable attack on democracy and rule of law.”Haitian radio reporter Abdias Jean was allegedly killed by police in the Village de Dieu sector of the capital Port-au-Prince on 14 January. Police are reported to have beaten and shot him after he identified himself as a journalist while covering a police raid on the shanty town and their killing of several people there.“I strongly condemn the killing of Abdias Jean who appears to have been shot dead for carrying out his professional duty to inform the public,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “If reports that Mr. Jean was killed by the police are confirmed, it would be particularly shocking to think that such crimes are perpetrated by the very forces responsible for law and order.”He voiced his concern about the situation in Haiti, and persistent reports of violence against the media, which he said “have an essential role to play if normalcy and good governance are to be established in the country.”It was the latest of many condemnations Mr. Matsuura has issued over the past year in connection with attacks on journalists around the world. UNESCO’s mandate inckudes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

Mahaicony resident shot by police during confrontation

…over his presence in the areaPolice say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a Rebeccalust, High Dam, Mahaicony resident which occurred about 23:30hrs last night at Fair Field Public Road, ECD, by a member of the Guyana Police Force.Investigations so far revealed that about 23:00hrs the gazetted Officer was returning to Georgetown from Berbice when he reportedly felt sleepy and decided to stop on Fair Field Public Road to take a rest.The officer alleged that he was subsequently awakened by someone knocking on the window pane of the driver side of his vehicle where he was seated.The officer then lowered the glass and saw the resident who enquired as to his presence there, to which he explained.The resident reportedly removed the officer’s car key from its ignition and as the officer attempted to retrieve it, the victim allegedly drew a hatchet.According to the police, the officer immediately drew his service revolver and discharged two rounds hitting the man in his left ankle.The suspect was allegedly escorted to the Mahaicony Hospital where he was treated and sent away.The officer,  Inews was told, is assisting with the investigation. The weapons (gun and hatchet) along with two spent shells which were recovered from the scene have been lodged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother not confident in Police’s ability to conduct fair inquest into son’s deathJanuary 7, 2015In “Crime”Update: Investigators on the hunt for suspect in execution of Police OfficerSeptember 24, 2013In “Crime”Police officers turn a blind eye to critical information – Top Cop tells Berbice residentsJanuary 29, 2014In “Crime” read more

Signell has 16 Swedish girls for Womens EHF EURO 2018

EHF EURO 2018Henrik SignellWomen’s EHF EURO 2018 ← Previous Story SEHA: RK Vardar junior team with -15 from Brest Next Story → Kim Andersson to play until 2021! The Swedish coach Henrik Signell announced squad for the upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France which start on November 29. Sweden will play against Denmark, Poland and Serbia in Group in Nantes.Sweden made a huge step forward by winning fourth place at Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany.GoalkeeperJohanna Bundsen, CopenhagenFilippa Idéhn, Brest BretagneLeft wingLoui Sand, Fleury LoiretOlivia Mellegård, IK SävehofRight wingLinn Blohm, KöpenhamnAnna Lagerquist, Nyköbing-FalsterLine playerDaniela Gustin, SG BBM BietigheimMathilda Lundström, Skuru IKLeft backJamina Roberts, Randers HKJohanna Westberg, Nyköbing-FalsterJenny Alm, CopenhagenPlaymakerIsabelle Gulldén, Brest BretagneCarin Strömberg, ViborgRight backHanna Blomstrand, CopenhagenNathalie Hagman, CSM BucharestDefensive playerSabina Jacobsen, CSM Bucharest read more

Column If you want to eat fatty foods go ahead – but

first_imgNEW YORK CITY’S health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a proposal to outlaw big sugary drinks shot down by a state Supreme Court Judge hours before it was to come into effect. The plan had been to limit the sale of drinks in sizes over 16 ounces (473 millilitres) in places like fast food restaurants and at petrol stations. The judge said that it was arbitrary and overreaching government interference into personal freedom.Like ground-breaking smoking bans before it, this law was being watched around the world by health policy makers who are trying to get to grips with the Battle of the Bulge that is engrossing the western hemisphere. Rich and largely sedentary populations combined with easy access to cheap, calorific food is having a visible impact on waistlines and health spending in many countries.The cost of treating obesityNearly 36 per cent of US adults and 17 per cent of US children aged 2 to 19 years old are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC); with costs associated of about $147 billion in 2009. Here at home we’re experiencing similar figures for obesity, and the state body Safefood reckons that treating obesity is costing some €400 million a year; with a further €700 million in indirect costs around related illnesses, absenteeism and premature deaths.The CDC reckoned in a November 2012 study that sugary drinks account for six per cent of American adults’ calorie intake, and a more significant portion among children. The average American adult consumed 44.6 gallons (167 litres) of carbonated drinks in 2011. It may sound like a lot, but it’s easy to rack up that kind of consumption when fast food restaurants, grocery stores and petrol stations will sell you drinks from fountains of up to and even beyond 64 ounces (1.9 litres) for around $2.There’s a lot more to fighting obesity than just tackling the size of soft drinks, but like making smokers go stand out in the rain the law to limit the size of beverages sold in fountains to 16 ounces was touted as a gentle prod in the right direction. Buying a coke wasn’t intended to become like trying to buy a packet of Solpadine is nowadays here. Consumers could always buy two or three or four drinks if they really wanted that much, though they would inevitably end up paying more as the price difference between sizes is only a few cents.Personal freedom v government interferenceI viewed this proposed law as something that both makes good sense and is utterly appalling at the same time. As a (mostly) libertarian thinker where social issues are concerned, I believe that we all have a right to do as we please free from interference from government or others; so long as we don’t harm anyone in the process and we can afford it.In general when gorging oneself on massive amounts of calorific soft drinks or fatty foods, no harm is done to others. As a libertarian I’d say go right ahead and enjoy that slow disintegration. Unfortunately, when it comes to ‘affording’ the vice of gluttony it’s not so clear cut. It’s cheap to get fat, but the healthcare and other costs associated with it are spread around in our beautiful little socialist paradise.If, heaven forbid, you and I are rushed to A&E some evening, you because of a genetically inherited heart condition and me because I finally ate that one spare rib I was away from having one; we get charged the same fee at the door and for our stay and care. While there’s a very real and substantial material hazard associated with over eating and other pursuits such as smoking, there’s very little moral hazard associated with the monetary fallout.That’s why a fine small government advocate like myself can look positively on a law that is nanny stateism at its best: government trying to control your body. Well, if government is paying for the damage you do to it then it starts to make sense for them to have a say in how you manage it.If government is paying, it has a sayThis is one of the troubles with a big nanny state: The more we expect government to do for us, the less control we inevitably have over what we do and how we do it. Just as I believe in the right to freedom of speech, no matter what stupidity you want to spout (and hey, one could argue it works well for me); I believe in the right to gorge oneself to excess if that is your preferred pastime. But, I think you ought to pay for it.We’re all familiar with ever skyrocketing health insurance costs, and medical inflation will probably become a watchword of the public lexicon once the government introduces mandatory universal insurance in the next few years. How and ever health insurance is blind to whether or not you’re a smoker, a drinker or obese.To an extent in a socialised system it is right and proper that people with, for example, congenital conditions are protected from massive costs that are not of their making. We already load younger health insurance customers with the higher costs associated with older ones, and go so far as to spread this between companies in a state-regulated system.It is not proper however that people with more self-inflicted ills should pay the same as the health freaks among us. In the US people with a body mass index of 30 or higher, considered obese, pay an average of 22 per cent more to buy health insurance according to data released by eHealthInsurance.com from 2012. Smokers pay on average 14 per cent more, and female smokers in particular are hard hit with a 22 per cent premium on female non-smokers.The cost of obesity being spread among healthier individualsUnder Obamacare, the US version of mandatory health insurance, smokers will still be liable of premiums of up to 50 per cent more than non-smokers; but people who are obese and overweight will no longer pay extra for their gluttony. This will inevitably lead to the cost being spread around among healthier individuals, as we do it here today.In Ireland there are no premiums for obese individuals, nor are there plans for any. At a recent Oireachtas health committee meeting about rising insurance costs consultant oncologist and Senator Professor John Crown asked whether more of a premium could be put on smoking. The insurers said they would be open to it, but it would demand the Department of Health making legislative changes to allow it. This should be done, particularly in an era of universal health insurance.Paying for bad habits through health insurance, that represents the true costs of bad habits, is a lot better than letting the government control our fluid intakes, as the old Dr Strangelove joke goes.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more