Goa Governor asks students at convocation to promise not to break up their marriages

first_imgGoa Governor Mridula Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of Goa University, accorded a five-pronged pledge to students at their convocation ceremony on Saturday, making them promise to not break up their marriages over trivial issues, protect women in distress, keep away from drugs, not to send their parents to old age homes and maintain cleanliness.Ms. Sinha administered the pledge during her address at the 30th annual convocation of Goa University, in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, during which the students who had assembled to collect their medals and degree certificates, had to raise their hands in acknowledgement of the pledge. “A marriage is not mandatory, but necessary. Once married, you will not break the relationship on trivial matters. You will strive to make the marriage lasting and happy. You will strive for mutual respect for each other. There is time, but such a time will come,” Ms. Sinha said, while reiterating her advice to University authorities on the need for pre-marital counselling for students at the University premises itself. “Pre-marital counselling is a necessity now. Youngsters need to know the art of making families work. If they have any doubts they should get clarifications so that there is longevity in marriages,” she said. Emphasising gender sensitivity, Ms. Sinha said, “At any time where you see an atrocity against girl or a woman, you shall strive to rescue her at the cost of your life. This is critical for protection of Indian culture. It is a very important pledge and I am happy that everyone is supporting it.” Ms. Sinha who is an ambassador of the Swachch Bharat campaign, also urged students not to litter and also urged them to prevent others from doing that. She also advised students, “Neither will you fall prey to addiction nor will you allow anyone to get addicted.” Ms. Sinha added that today’s girl students were fortunate as the times are changing and the future belongs to women. However, she told them not to forget that with their success and achievements, expectations from family and society also would be more.last_img read more

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‘Mandir yahi banega’ marker appears near Ram Janmabhoomi site on Google Maps

first_imgHindi phrase “Mandir yahi banega”, meaning ‘temple will be built here’,  evocative of a slogan raised by right-wing groups such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad pitching for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, seems to find a place on Google Maps, one of the most widely used map services in the world.When you search for the Ram Janmabhooomi site on Google Maps application on your phone, “Mandir yahi banega” appears as a point of interest, close to the disputed site where the Babri Masjid stood till December 6, 1992.Several Hindutva outfits have for decades demanded that a Ram temple be built at the site, saying the Hindus believe Lord Ram was born there.”Mandir yahi banega” is used to denote a “Hindu temple” on the map and an image of a model of the proposed Ram mandir is used in the description page. The page has received 12 review comments so far and is marked four out of five stars.Matter is sub judice It is to be noted that the Ayodhya title suit, politically known as the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhooomi issue, is sub judice and currently in the Supreme Court.When contacted, Google attributed the lapse to “unhelpful edits suggested by users”. Users can edit names and addresses of locations on the map.The company said it had “fixed the issue” and taken steps to get the marker removed.”We’re heavily invested in empowering users to contribute their local knowledge to Google products and services. Overall, allowing users to suggest information provides comprehensive and up-to-date info, but we recognize there may be, as in this case, unhelpful edits suggested by users. When this happens, we work fast to address the issue as quickly as possible,” a Google spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Gigi Hadid to fabric shopping, here’s what’s new in the world of fashion

first_imgGIGI IS BACK WITH NEW SPORTS CAMPAIGNSUPERMODEL Gigi Hadid is back with a new campaign for sports brand Reebok, reflecting the spirit of athleisure for fall/winter 2017. The range called ‘Reebok x Gigi’ includes Tshirts, sneakers and leggings, which have been treated to a pop of colour and graphic prints. The material includes lightweight, soft jersey fabric as well as Speedwick construction that provides breathability. Commenting on her fitness regime, Hadid said, “Working out isn’t only physical for me; it’s mental. It helps me escape the noise in my head, the only time my mind goes quiet.”The collection ranges from Rs 1,999 for crop tops to Rs 7,999 for sneakers, and is available across the country.Also Read: Here’s how Donald Trump’s misogyny is creating a new wave in women’s fashion  Photo: Mail TodayFABRIC AT YOUR DOORSTEPWITH wedding season in full swing, there’s always the need for new clothes to flaunt. For the girl-onthe-go, a website called Fabriclore.com has curated a range of material in both ethnic and contemporary styles. The website sells cloth by the meter, with details provided on the material of the fabric, its width, weight and sizing for different styles. Buyers can choose from the likes of ajrak on mashru silk, kota doria, kashish, dabu, Banarasi silk, net, velvet and kalamkari, to name a few. The styles begin from Rs 300 for digital prints on satin to Rs 1,157 for Gujarati embroidery. Orders can be returned if the customer isn’t satisfied, with a money refund offer.advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Ashamed’ Giroud still aims for Arsenal title win

first_imgPremier League ‘Ashamed’ Giroud still aims to win Premier League with Arsenal Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 18:45 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) oliviergiroud - Cropped Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Olivier Giroud Liverpool v Arsenal The France international striker admits he was embarrassed by the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool and urges that the Gunners “have to change something” Olivier Giroud was left feeling ashamed by Arsenal’s abysmal showing in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool but still has his sights set on winning the Premier League.The Gunners failed to register a shot on target at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge all on target in the rout.Arsenal 7/1 to win the Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina It was Arsenal’s second defeat in three Premier League matches this season and has already seen the pressure mount on Arsene Wenger, who signed a two-year contract to remain as manager despite growing discontent among the Emirates Stadium fanbase last term.And France striker Giroud, who is on international duty with Les Bleus, recognises that Arsenal must do more to turn their fortunes around.Speaking to RMC, he said: “I was ashamed when I left the pitch against Liverpool. We have to change something.”Giroud opted to remain in north London despite heavy interest from Ligue 1 during the transfer window, with Lyon and Marseille among his suitors.And the 30-year-old said winning a Premier League title remains his primary motivation.”I have decided to stay. It’s my choice, even if everyone does not understand it,” he said. “I still want to win the Premier League here.”I have always said that returning to France was not an option for me, even less so in the short-term future.”So it was not something against Marseille, because the project is very ambitious and very interesting. It was not specifically about Marseille, because I also had Lyon.”I am very flattered to have been chased by two great French clubs.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Champions League Team of the Round

first_imgUEFA Champions League Willian & Mane lead the way in the Champions League Team of the Round Goal 06:55 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Willian Chelsea Barcelona Getty UEFA Champions League Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Basel v Manchester City Porto v Liverpool Real Madrid v PSG Chelsea v Barcelona Bayern München v Beşiktaş Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Sevilla v Manchester United Porto Sevilla Real Madrid Bayern München Beşiktaş PSG Manchester United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Basel Liverpool Barcelona Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Roma It was a positive fortnight for the competition’s Premier League contingent, with Liverpool and Manchester City in particular making a big impressionlast_img read more

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Quebec shopping centre bans unaccompanied minors following merchant complaints

first_imgMONTREAL – Hanging out at the mall to get away from mom or dad is no longer an option for some Quebec teens after their local shopping centre took the controversial step of banning people under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent.Le Carrefour du Cap shopping centre, located halfway between Quebec City and Montreal in Trois-Rivieres, refused to comment on its decision.But police and the local school board said Wednesday the mall recently banned unaccompanied minors from its property after receiving complaints that students from two nearby high schools were disturbing merchants at lunch time.Trois-Rivieres police spokesman Luc Mongrain said he was surprised by the mall’s decision because he doesn’t consider the location to be particularly problematic.He said officers were called to respond to loitering complaints about 10 times in the last year but did not make any arrests.“It’s never in relation with a major problem, it’s more to disperse them and ask them to leave,” he said in a phone interview.Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are three times more likely than adults to be accused of property crimes such as theft or vandalism but are still responsible for a minority of the total property crime committed, according to a 2016 Quebec government report.Mongrain said crime isn’t higher at the Carrefour du Cap compared to elsewhere in the city, despite the presence of numerous students.“Every shopping centre makes complaints about shoplifting — most on a weekly basis — and this location isn’t targeted more than any other,” he said. “It’s not a major problem for us.”Meissoon Azzaria, a spokesperson with Quebec’s human rights commission, wouldn’t comment directly on the case, but said it would be discriminatory to deny people access to a public place based on age.The provincial Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms guarantees equal right to access public places, which include businesses, restaurants and hotels, according to Azzaria.“A public place that would deny access to a group of individuals solely on the basis of such personal characteristics (for example, because they are ‘young’), would be contrary to the principles of the Charter,” Azzaria said in an email.Anne-Marie Bellerose, spokeswoman for the local school board, said the schools have received sporadic complaints about student behaviour at the shopping centre over the years, ranging from corridors being blocked to rare accusations of shoplifting or bullying.Bellerose said the schools have worked with merchants in the past to address the issue and regularly remind students to behave respectfully in public.“The situations we have (seen) are isolated cases involving a few youth,” she said in a phone interview. “As for the rest, the students behave well and are good customers, too.”The schools, mall management and police are expected to meet next week to discuss solutions to the problem.last_img read more

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Alwar gangrape case SCST panel wants FIR against negligent cops

first_imgAlwar/Jaipur: National SC/ST Commission Vice Chairman L Murgan on Friday recommended that an FIR be registered against police officers whose alleged negligence led to delay in action in the Alwar gang rape case.Murgan along with Commission secretary Pritam Singh, Rajasthan Chief Secretary D B Gupta and DGP Kapil Garg held a meeting in Alwar to review the progress in the case, which has triggered wide-spread outrage in Rajasthan. “I have asked that negligent police officers should be booked under section 4 of SC/ST Act, charge sheet should be filed within 15 days and the case should be monitored on a daily basis. The family has demanded government job. I have asked the district magistrate to see how it can be provided, Murgan told reporters in Alwar after the meeting. The victim’s husband had claimed that he had approached the police on April 26 after the incident, but an FIR was filed on May 2. He had alleged that the police did not take action saying that they were busy with elections. On Tuesday night, the Rajasthan government removed Alwar Superintendent of Police Rajiv Pachar and suspended SHO of the Thanagazi police station Sardar Singh while four policemen were taken off active duty. Murgan said that a compensation of Rs 4,12,500 has been paid to the woman victim apart from Rs 50,000 provided by the women and child development department. The victim’s family submitted a memorandum for speedy trial, compensation and government job. The Commission has also asked the state government to check how the victim’s husband can be provided compensation under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he added. Meanwhile, protests continued in parts of the state including in Makrana of Nagaur district and Kota where people demanded strict action against the accused. Police have arrested all six accused — Indra Raj Gurjar, Mahesh Gurjar, Ashok Gurjar, Hansraj Gurjar, Chhote Lal Gurjar and Mukesh Gurjar — on charges of gang rape and filming the crime. On April 26, the victim was riding pillion on a motorcycle with her husband when the accused, who were on two bikes, accosted them at Thanagazi-Alwar bypass and took them to an isolated place off. They allegedly beat up the husband and raped her in front of him, threatening them of dire consequences. Mukesh Gurjar allegedly filmed the incident in his mobile phone. The victims went to the police when the accused demanded money for not circulating the video on social media, but the FIR was lodged only on May 2.last_img read more

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Abdellatif Hammouchi Suggested to be Minister of Interior

Rabat – Abdellatif Hammouchi, Head of Morocco’s Directorate of National Security (DGSN,) is being suggested as the new Minister of Interior, reported weekly newspaper, Al-Oussboue Al-Sahafi.According to the newspaper there is a consensus between the six parties of the coalition government to allocate sensitive ministerial portfolios, such as both the Foreign and Interior Ministry, to technocrats.Nasser Bourita, outgoing Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is being seen as a possible choice to lead Moroccan diplomacy as the Minister of Interior in the new government, headed by Saad Eddine Othmani. The same source also noted that Ahmed Tawfik might remain as the Minister of Endowment and Islamic Affairs over the next five years, following his experience in the field of Islamic affairs. The remaining ministerial portfolios will be distributed among members of the six parties.Othmani has reportedly submitted the list of incoming ministers to the Royal Cabinet in Casablanca.  He is still awaiting the official announcement of the upcoming government by the royal cabinet on Monday.The government will consist of 25-27 ministers and 5-7 Secretaries of State. It will also see the regrouping of some departments under one ministry. The Ministry of Communication will be amalgamated with the Ministry of Culture. By the same token, the Ministry of National Education will be integrated into Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training.The Ministry of Justice and Freedoms will be extended to include the Department of Human Rights. The Ministry of Transport, Equipment and Logistics will now include the Water Department and the Ministry of Energy will incorporate the Sustainable Development Department.The Justice and Development Party (PJD) is reportedly seeking to take charge of the Ministries that its members had led in the former government, including the Ministry of Justice, Freedom and Human Rights Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Culture and Communication. The PJD is also seeking ministerial portfolios in the field of finance and economy. read more

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Algerian FM Accuses Morocco of Laundering Drug Money in SubSaharan Africa

Rabat – The Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, accused Morocco of “laundering drug money in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Invited to a debate hosted by the Forum of Algerian Business Leaders (FCE), Messahel, accused Morocco of “laundering cannabis money via its banks in the continent.”“Moroccan banks are being used in laundering the revenues from the sales of hashish. Everybody knows that,” the head of Algerian diplomacy claimed.  “I have been told this information by African heads of states,” Messahel claimed.Refusing to consider the Kingdom as an example for investment in Africa, Messahel also accused Morocco’s state-owned carrier, Royal Air Maroc of “carrying something other than passengers” to African destinations.The Algerian foreign minister said that for doing business in North Africa now, there is no “better country than Algeria.”The attack of the Algerian official comes on the heel of Morocco’s successful positioning as a trusted leader in Africa thanks to the African policy adopted by King Mohammed VI over the past 15 years.Morocco’ success in the continent, crowned by its triumphant reintegration to the African Union (UA) in January after thirty-three years of absence, has put Algeria in a difficult spot.The claims of the Algerian foreign minister are debunked by a recent survey that placed Morocco on the top African countries for doing business.According to a survey by an Africa-based economic research institute, Morocco ranked second best African nations for foreign direct investment (FDI) while Algeria ranked seventh.The ranking of Morocco in the Index is based on its solid economic growth, strategic geographic positioning, increased foreign direct investments, import reserve ratio, and an overall favorable business environment. read more

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PM spoke to WilsonRaybould after SNCLavalin was denied a remediation deal

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould almost two weeks after federal prosecutors informed SNC-Lavalin it would not be invited to negotiate a settlement to help the company avoid criminal prosecution.Court documents show the Director of Public Prosecutions told the engineering and construction giant last Sept. 4 about its decision not to proceed with negotiations towards a remediation agreement to help SNC-Lavalin avoid bribery and fraud charges.Trudeau has said that he spoke with Wilson-Raybould about the SNC-Lavalin case 13 days later, on Sept. 17.The Sept. 4 decision date adds new information to the timeline of events — until now, it had appeared that Trudeau spoke with Wilson-Raybould before the prosecutor’s decision not to proceed with the settlement negotiation.The Globe and Mail newspaper has reported that Wilson-Raybould, who was shuffled into the veterans affairs portfolio in January, was pressured by staff inside the Prime Minister’s Office to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution related to contracts in Libya.Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week and has sought legal advice from former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell amid questions over the SNC-Lavalin controversy.The Canadian Press read more

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Ban calls for immediate end to violence in Kashmir

“The Secretary-General regrets the latest loss of life,” his spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in response to questions. “He calls for an immediate end to violence and urges calm and restraint by all concerned.”Media reports indicate that dozens of people have been killed in Kashmir since June. 21 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to violence in Kashmir after recent deadly clashes there.

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Ban appoints Hungarian diplomat as deputy UN envoy for Iraq

9 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed György Busztin of Hungary as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq focusing on political, electoral and constitutional support. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed György Busztin of Hungary as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq focusing on political, electoral and constitutional support. He succeeds Jerzy Skuratowicz of Poland, who served with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for two years. The Secretary-General thanked Mr. Skuratowicz for his dedicated service and commitment to the people of Iraq. Mr. Busztin brings to the position a wealth of experience in diplomatic and international affairs, having served in various capacities in the region, including most recently as Hungary’s ambassador to Iran as well as serving in Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and Indonesia.He was born in 1955 and has a PhD in Arabic Language and Semitic Philology from Loran Eotvos University in Budapest. He speaks six languages in addition to his native Hungarian – English, French, Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Malay, and Russian.Headed by Special Representative Martin Kobler, UNAMI is tasked with assisting the Iraqi Government in the areas of elections, reconciliation, the resolution of disputed boundaries, human rights and humanitarian concerns, as well as reconstruction and development. read more

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As Sri Lanka moves closer to Iran Trump warns trading partners

During the recent talks, Sirisena highlighted the friendly and age-old relations between the two countries and underlined the grounds for further expansion of Tehran-Colombo cooperation in different fields, especially in the field of energy, and called for the strengthening of bilateral ties in international organizations. Some re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in November.The European Union, which remains committed to the original agreement, has spoken out against the sanctions, vowing to protect firms doing “legitimate business” with Iran. (Colombo Gazette) However today Trump said that anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the United States.Trump issued the strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. As Sri Lanka looks to move closer to Iran, US President Donald Trump has issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had recently discussed regional and international issues in a meeting in Colombo. “There is no obstacle in the way of expanding ties between the two countries,” he had said. read more

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Fed says economy growing only modestly could mean longer period of bond

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 3:11 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve stopped short of signalling any timetable Wednesday for slowing its bond buying.Instead, it dropped hints that it might need to maintain its $85 billion a month in bond purchases, which have helped keep long-term borrowing rates ultra-low.In a statement after a two-day policy meeting the Fed:— Slightly downgraded its assessment of economic growth from “moderate” to “modest.”— Noted for the first time that mortgage rates, which have fueled home sales, “have risen somewhat” from record lows.— Pointed out that inflation has fallen “persistently below” its 2 per cent target. The Fed’s bond purchases could help stop inflation from falling so low that it could pose a threat to the economy.Taken together, such factors could cause the Fed to delay any pullback in its bond buying beyond September. September is when many economists have thought the Fed would start to slow its purchases because of a strengthening economy.“I don’t think the Fed will be ready” to slow its bond purchases in September,” said Brian Bethune, an economics professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. “Not only is growth running below their target, but inflation is below where they would like it to be.”The Fed does expect growth to pick up in the second half of the year. But it doesn’t appear ready to assume it will.Investors offered a muted reaction to the Fed’s policy statement. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 73 points an hour after the statement was released at 2 p.m. Eastern time. It had been up 13 points moments before.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.62 per cent from 2.66 per cent just before the announcement.In its statement, the Fed said it will keep buying $85 billion a month in bonds to help lower long-term interest rates. And it says it plans to hold its key short-term rate at a record low near zero at least as long as the unemployment rate stays above 6.5 per cent and the inflation outlook remains mild.Stronger job growth has fueled speculation that the Fed could start reducing its purchases as soon as September. But economic growth remains sluggish and unemployment high at 7.6 per cent.At its June meeting, the Fed had described economic growth as “moderate,” and forecast that growth could be at least 2.3 per cent for the year. In the Fed’s sometimes arcane language, “moderate” is stronger than “modest.”Chairman Ben Bernanke said after the June meeting that the Fed could slow the bond purchases later this year if the economy and job market continued to strengthen.But after Wednesday’s meeting, the Fed described the economy as expanding only at a “modest pace.”Earlier Wednesday, the government said the economy grew at a subpar 1.7 per cent annual rate from April through June. The pace was an improvement from than the previous two quarters, which were revised lower. Still, growth remains sluggish and has been below 2 per cent for three straight quarters.Most economists, including those at the Fed, expect growth will strengthen in the second half of the year. That’s because they believe businesses will spend more, stronger job growth will fuel more consumer spending and government spending cuts will weigh less on overall growth.Job growth has averaged 202,000 a month since January, up from 180,000 a month in the last six months of 2012. That makes Friday’s July employment report even more critical to the Fed’s assessment of the economy. The report is expected to show employers kept hiring at roughly the same pace in July, while the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5 per cent.Fed policymakers will also pay close attention to a report Thursday on July manufacturing activity. That could give them more insight into businesses confidence in the economy and how that will affect third-quarter growth.The Fed’s statement was approved on an 11-1 vote. Esther George, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, objected for the fifth straight meeting because of concerns that the bond buying could make financial markets unstable and increase the risk of inflation. Fed says economy growing only modestly; could mean longer period of bond buying AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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SMMT meets Conservatives at party conference

SMMT meets Conservatives at party conferenceSMMT hosted a lunch event at the Conservative party conference in Manchester on 5 October 2009. Conservative MPs, MEPs, London assembly members, and prospective parliamentary candidates met SMMT members to discuss the role of the UK automotive industry in a low carbon economy. Over 50 attendees joined members of the Conservative front bench, including party chairman Eric Pickles MP and shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers MP to discuss the latest industry issues. The lunch completed a series of successful fringe events at the three main party conferences designed to promote the automotive industry by engaging with key politicians and stakeholders.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mark Prisk MP, shadow minister for business, gave a keynote speech outlining Conservative business policy in relation to the automotive sector. Mr Prisk welcomed the publication of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT) report, noting that the Conservatives wish to form a closer, strategic partnership with the automotive industry to help make the UK a leading exporter of value added manufacturing products. SMMT president Joe Greenwell spoke on behalf of industry, highlighting the difficult year the automotive sector has experienced as well as the much needed boost for the industry through the scrappage scheme. Mr Greenwell explained that it could take until next summer before modest growth returns to the market. He also outlined industry’s full commitment to work in partnership with political decision-makers to deliverthe recommendations laid out by the NAIGT report, ensuring a prosperous future for the UK automotive industry.  read more

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As Yet Another Jameis Winston Controversy Brews He Clearly

People, the haters, want to see Jameis Winston punished. . . at all costs. If he sneezes and does not cover his mouth, those who detest the Florida State Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will scream infraction and call for a suspension.In one sense, Winston created this animus by his insistence on showing the youthful silliness of being 20. In another sense, the money-grubbing, victory-seeking adults in the NCAA, ACC and at Florida State have at least magnified his bad judgment by not sufficiently admonishing the young man.Now, whatever he does becomes grounds for punishment for those who cannot stomach the consistent drama Winston has sparked.The latest came Saturday during FSU’s 20-17 victory over Boston College, another Seminoles late-game triumph. In the third quarter, with 5:20 left in a tied game, Winston approached the line of scrimmage to initiate a play. Official Mike Webster stood between Winston and his center.To get to the line to start the play, Winston nudged Webster to the side so he could play football. The ref moved back, stumbled slightly and the play went on.After the game, screams came from all points asking why Winston was not penalized at least, suspended at worse for touching an official. Really?The bull’s eye is on the back of Winston’s jersey. The video clearly shows the referee impeding Winston’s progress. The referee was not offended, did not call a penalty and went on with the action. And yet there are cries of foul from outlets near and far.Winston said:  “He was just holding me because he said we had a substitution. It was actually a fast-tempo play, so I was trying to get up under there and let it ride.”Critics say “so what?” The rules state you cannot touch an official. The spirit of the rule is about forcefully handling an official, particularly in the anxious moments during a shoving match or melee. Winston’s act was not malicious. He was just trying to play football, which is the reason he was on the field.Others, like officiating stalwarts Dave Cutia of ESPN and Mike Pereira of Fox, said Winston should have been ejected and a 15-yard penalty should have been marked off. Seems ejection would have been a bit harsh when the referee caused the situation.The ACC ruled the contact “incidental and insignificant,” coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads said in a statement Sunday. So that should be a wrap with this situation, right?Not right.Because he is Winston and because he’s been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, because he exited a grocery store without paying for crab legs, because he participated in a silly prank by yelling an obscenity on campus. .  . and, essentially, has not been penalized for any of these situations, some people want him sidelined for this act.If Johnny Manziel had moved a referee to get off a play, he would have been called a “gamer who was trying to do his job.”Winston shows he’s in command of the game, and he should be suspended? It’s not like he grabbed and threw the ref to the ground. He nudged him to the side so he could execute a play.But Winston’s history makes it easy for people to squawk when he’s involved in anything just a tad out of line. It would be a lot easier if Winston grew up. He doesn’t need to be punished to accomplish this. He just has to realize the outcomes of his drama could have been significantly different, and not in a good way.Realizing that would inspire him to grow up and do what’s right. For some, that would be a good thing. For others, it will not be enough. read more

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NCAA hits Ohio State with 1year bowl ban loss of scholarships

The Ohio State football program has received a one-year postseason ban for the 2012 season and a loss of scholarships from the NCAA Committee of Infractions. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the Buckeyes will be allowed to play in the Gator Bowl against the University of Florida on Jan. 2, but will forfeit postseason eligibility next season, which would include a possible berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game and a bowl game.  OSU will also face a reduction of four scholarships over the next three years in addition to the five scholarships the school already forfeited over that time period, according to the report. The NCAA has added an another year of probation the the football program’s self-imposed two-year probation. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel has been handed a five-year “show cause” penalty for his role in the violations meaning any program that attempts to hire him in the next five years could face NCAA sanctions. The penalties stem from a series of NCAA violations the OSU football program committed dating back to December 2010 when OSU became mired in a scandal involving players receiving improper benefits including discounts on tattoos.  The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Jan. 2 in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., where the team will play Florida. read more

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Cancer patient with 3 children homeless following Triumph fire

A single mother of three children who is currently in the hospital suffering from cancer is now homeless after her Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home suddenly went up in flames on Friday Morning.What remained of the property after the fire37-year-old Polly Dowkaran of Lot 106 Agriculture Road Triumph, ECD and her three children, including a 2-month-old are left to make alternative living arrangements.Neighbours of the family told the this publication that the fire started at about 08:00h and no one was at home at the time.According to reports received, a neighbour, who resides on the southern side of where Dowkaran lives, was exiting her home to empty garbage when she saw smoke billowing from the one storey wooden property and immediately raised an alarm.The fire service was quickly called and the fire fighters managed to contain the blaze to the one location. However, by that time nothing could have been saved.“The response from the fire service was good, I must commend them but the house was very old so it burned quite fast…only problem was the house behind got a little damage” a neighbour reported.INews was told that an elderly man who occupies the a building aback Dowkaran’s had to be rushed to the hospital with burns about his body.“The old man, he house get scorch up and like he was trying to come out but he get burn” the woman relayed.The man, identified only as Sundar was reportedly unable to escape the heat in time.When this publication visited the scene, the man was returning from the hospital with gauze wrapped around his upper chest and back.His relatives who were escorting him inside however declined to comment.The fire is suspected to have been electrical in origin. The matter is however being investigated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related9 homeless as toddler perishes in Mon Repos fireJanuary 31, 2019In “Crime”UPDATE: Investigation launched to determine cause of Plaisance fireFebruary 24, 2018In “Crime”Family of 5 now homeless following late night fireNovember 16, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Wintler Parks new stairs are built to last

first_imgAccessing Wintler Park from the east just got a little easier and safer.Contractors Art and Margaret Rojsza finished building a set of galvanized steel stairs that lead down to the waterfront park in Vancouver’s Riverview neighborhood. Site grading and final inspections remain, but otherwise they’re usable stairs.Many people frequent the park, which marks the east end of the popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail. The new stairway has 15 steps and three landings made of galvanized steel with grating supported by concrete, as well as handrails on either side.The project cost $34,308.“Hopefully, they’ll last forever,” Art Rojsza said.Although the Ferndale couple planned to finish the stairs by August, the project took longer to complete than expected. Stairs are among the more technical construction projects, Art Rojsza said. In this case, they couldn’t use heavy machinery to dig the hillside or install the steel stairs, so they used shovels and carried the pieces to the site.The couple also built a set of concrete stairs at Larch Corrections Center.Previously, there were seven railroad ties that had rotted, and the ground next to the steps had eroded. It made the pathway along the railroad and down into the park treacherous for nearby residents and regulars to the park. While neighbors initially offered to pay for and install new railroad ties as a quick, cost-effective way of improving the walkway, the city chose to go with a costlier, longer-term solution. The stairs are designed to be sturdy and safe while mitigating any environmental impact.“In terms of price and product, we went with an extremely durable steel solution, instead of just installing the same railroad ties that do not wear well and will eventually be unsafe due to weather and erosion,” Julie Hannon, director of Vancouver Parks and Recreation, said in an email. “These stairs required plans and specifications that are approved by an engineer. The product is also a steel material that required off-site fabrication and galvanizing. A few inspections were also required. All these items add up to a much more durable, safe and sustainable solution, but there are costs associated with the higher-quality solution.”last_img read more

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The World Soy Foundation Thanks All Who Joined in the May Activities

first_imgThroughout May, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) was busy with a variety of activities—but they couldn’t have pulled them off without the help and support of so many of you. The first activity was the WSF fundraiser for the new project “The Youth We Feed Can Lead.” With your help, as well as an anonymous donor’s matching funds, the WSF was able to raise more than $850 to fund a project that will help encourage youth to be agents of change—empowering, educating and nourishing communities in Guatemala. The WSF thanks those who joined in making this project possible. The WSF is excited to share more updates with you as the project unfolds in the coming months! To learn more about this “The Youth We Feed Can Lead” check out this informational video HERE.The WSF also thanks those who joined in the Twitter Q&A on #WorldHungerDay. The Q&A titled “International School Feeding: Soy as a Hunger Solution” addressed topics such as government involvement in school feeding, soy as a benefit for diets and much more. To check out the entire summary of the discussion, visit the WSF website and look for the link in the left column on the homepage.BIG THANK YOU to all WSF supporters—you are helping to continue furthering the mission of reducing malnutrition around the world through the power of soy! For the month of June, be sure to check the WSF out on Facebook, Twitter (@TheWSF) and YouTube to see some great stories and stay up-to-date!last_img read more

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