Drug peddling: security stepped up along Manipur-Myanmar border

first_imgFollowing the statement of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren in the Assembly on Monday on drug peddling, police, Assam Rifles and other paramilitary forces have beefed up security measures along the Manipur-Myanmar border on Tuesday. He said that peddlers were selling narcotic pills even to school children. Sometime back he had announced that a fast track court would be set up to deal exclusively with the offenders.On an average, police, Assam Rifles and anti-narcotics cells of the Central government have been seizing drugs and other contraband items thrice a week. An Army officer in Imphal and relatives of some politicians were also allegedly caught in the anti-drug dragnet.Police say that smugglers of all hues are crossing the international border into India. Last week, police arrested three men with narcotic drugs worth over ₹ 400 crore, the biggest haul in the Northeast region. Officials said that the construction of the 10-km boundary wall near the border town of Moreh was suspended following an objection by Myanmar. Besides, smugglers were using the unmanned 364 km border with Manipur. There is a common boundary with Myanmar in Mizoram and Nagaland. Last week, several organisations observed a 48-hour general strike at Moreh and along the national highway, demanding, among others, transfer of one ranking officer of 43 Assam Rifles for allegedly harassing traders. The personnel had sealed the international border and only those having proper identity cards are allowed to cross the international gates I and II.last_img read more

Warriors beat Clippers, head back to Bay Area with 3-1 lead

first_imgLATEST STORIES Celtics complete rare sweep by beating Pacers 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 MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Game 5 is Wednesday in Oakland, when the two-time defending champions could close out the series.The Warriors were 17 of 19 from the free throw line. They controlled the boards, 49-33, led by Curry and Bogut with 10 rebounds apiece.“The rebounding really hurt us again,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now they are crushing us on the glass.”Coming off a 27-point loss in Game 3, the Clippers played tougher defensively and hung in after trailing by 11 in the second quarter.They outscored Golden State 30-25 in the third when they rallied to take a five-point lead. But Curry scored seven of the Warriors’ final 10 points to send them into the fourth ahead 87-84.ADVERTISEMENT “This team was just looking for a crack,” Durant said of the Clippers. “They don’t stop. Even when you go home after the game you’re going to be thinking of them because they’re tough.”The Clippers narrowed it to 87-86 early in the fourth, but Thompson sank his sixth 3-pointer and the Clippers never got close the rest of the way.Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers with a career-high 25 points. Danilo Gallinari added 16 points but was just 5 of 20 from the floor. Patrick Beverley had 12 points and 10 rebounds.“He played with no fear,” Durant said of Gilgeous-Alexander, “and that’s what kept them in the game most of the game.”Super subs Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell were held to 12 and 10 points, respectively. They were limited to a combined eight points in the second half.“We hadn’t been able to get everyone on the same page and to have good games on the same night,” Williams said. “My success has been predicated on everyone playing well and we just haven’t been able to get that going.”The Clippers opened the second on a 13-3 run to tie it 35-all, but Thompson made two free throws that put Los Angeles down 10 later in the quarter.The Clippers closed within four but Durant completed a four-point play to stretch the lead to eight points at halftime.TIP-INSWarriors: Their streak of having at least 30 assists in three straight playoff games, which tied a franchise record, ended. They had 27 assists. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, and forward Kevin Durant, center, congratulate each other as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley walks by during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 113-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — A little scoreboard watching inspired Klay Thompson and Golden State. Seeing Houston up 3-0 on Utah combined with having dropped a game at home, the Warriors got back to business.Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Thompson added 32 in a 113-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday that gave the Warriors a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Clippers: C JaMychal Green started in place of rookie Ivica Zubac. Green scored a career playoff-high 15 points in Game 3, but had just six points. … Retiring Hall of Fame announcer Ralph Lawler turned 81. … The anthem singer was 7-year-old Malea Emma Andrawidjaja.CURRY’S FOULSCurry had five fouls in Game 3 and piled up four in Game 4.He had written the words “no” on one shoe and “reach” on the other.“He didn’t reach as much tonight so that was good,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph sometimes loses focus. He’s such a fascinating player. The same thing that makes him not hesitate to shoot a fadeaway 30-footer maybe is the same thing that gets him in foul trouble. He’ll be fine.”UP NEXTGame 5 is Wednesday at Oracle Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We came in with that mindset to put our foot on the throttle and not let go,” Thompson said. “We let go in Game 2 and we won’t do that the rest of the playoffs. I really believe that.”After a quiet 12 points in Game 3, Thompson broke out for 27 points by halftime, when Durant had 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“In the first quarter, we really didn’t need to do anything special. Klay was just amazing. K.D. was consistent the whole game,” Stephen Curry said. “For us, obviously with the threats we have out there, it is just a matter of trying to be as patient as possible.”Curry’s patience was tried as he missed his first six shots and was in foul trouble for the second straight game before finishing with 12 points. Andrew Bogut fouled out with 5:50 remaining in the game with eight points and 10 rebounds.last_img read more

Ankle pain

first_imgDefinitionAnkle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles.Alternative NamesPain – ankleCausesAnkle pain is often due to an ankle sprain.An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another.In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint.In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by:Damage or swelling of tendons (which join muscles to bone) or cartilage (which cushions joints)Infection in the ankle jointOsteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Reiter syndrome, and other types of arthritisProblems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include:Blockage of blood vessels in the legHeel pain or injuriesNerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica)Home CareHome care for ankle pain depends on the cause and what other treatment or surgery has taken place. You may be asked to:Rest your ankle for several days. Try NOT to put much weight on your ankle.Put on an ACE bandage. You also can buy a brace that supports your ankle.Use crutches or a cane to help take the weight off a sore or unsteady ankle.Keep your foot raised above the level of your heart. When you are sitting or sleeping, place two pillows under your ankle.Ice the area right away. Apply ice for 10-15 minutes every hour for the first day. Then, apply ice every 3-4 hours for 2 more days.Try acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other pain relievers made by the store.As the swelling and pain improve, youmay still need to keep extra weight stress off your ankle for a period of time.advertisementThe injury may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Once the pain and swelling are mostly gone, the injured ankle will still be a little weaker and less stable than the uninjured ankle.You will need to start exercises to strengthen your ankle and avoid injury in the future.Do not begin these exercises until a health care professional tells you it is safe to start.You will also need to work on your balance and agility.Other advice your health care provider may give you include:Lose weight if you are overweight. Extra pounds put strain on your ankles.Warm up before exercising. Stretch the muscles and tendons that support the ankle.Avoid sports and activities for which you are not properly conditioned.Make sure that shoes fit you properly. Avoid high-heeled shoes.If you are prone to ankle pain or twisting your ankle during certain activities, use ankle support braces. These include air casts, ACE bandages, or lace-up ankle supports.Work on your balance and do agility exercises.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalGo to the hospital if:You have severe pain even when you are NOT bearing weight.You suspect a broken bone (the joint looks deformed and you cannot put any weight on the leg).You can hear a popping sound and have immediate pain of the joint.Call your doctor if:Swelling does not go down within 2 – 3 daysYou have symptoms of infection — the area becomes red, more painful, or warm, or you have a fever over 100 ?FThe pain does not go away after several weeksOther joints are also involvedYou have a history of arthritis and are having new symptomsReferencesKoenig MD. Ligament injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section C.Baer Gs, Keene JS. Tendon injuries of the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section D.Brodsky JW, Bruck N. Stress fractures of the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section E.Hirose CB, Clanton TO, Wood RM. Etiology of injury to the foot and ankle. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section J.Abu-Laban RV, Ho K. Ankle and foot. In: Marx JA, Hockberger Rs, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 55.Osborne MD. Chronic ankle instability. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 77.advertisementPrice MD, Chiodo CP. Foot and ankle pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelleys Textbook of Rheumatology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 43.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

In pics: Mary Kom wins Asian Games gold

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Adam Gilchrist open to coaching role in Indian Premier League, not interested in Team India

first_imgAustralian great Adam Gilchrist doesn’t see himself being a full-time coach with the Indian team but is open to making an IPL comeback in whatever role possible. Gilchrist, who played his last IPL in 2013 when he also doubled up as the coach of Kings XI Punjab, said he has loved his experience in the world’s most popular T20 league. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)”Coaching a team full-time is probably unlikely. I am not really seeing myself as a coach but may be some involvement down the track in the IPL,” Gilchrist told PTI. “I don’t see myself in any full time role and with the BCCI, you really need to commit full time which is understandable but at the moment I am open to opportunities in IPL down the track. I have loved my experience in the IPL,” said the former wicket-keeper batsman, who famously led the now defunct Deccan Chargers to the IPL title in 2009. (Also read: Ponting backs Rohit to rediscover golden touch)Post retirement, Gilchrist wears many hats and is also Australia’s Education Ambassador to India. (Also read: Complete list of IPL 9 teams) The BCCI is hunting for a coach for the national side after Ravi Shastri’s tenure came as team director came to an end recently. The Cricket Advisory Committee which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is also reportedly interested in hiring Rahul Dravid as the coach. But the former India No.3 said he would need to look at the “bandwith” and take up the job only after much consideration.advertisementFormer Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is however pretty keen on coaching the Indian team.”I would love to work with the Indian team. I think they are a very talented team, wonderful team to work for. There is a lot of pressure, a billion plus people supporting the Indian team, if you make a mistake you cop it. If the opportunity came about, I would think about it,” Warne said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Olympian Anju George claims Kerala sports minister insulted her

first_imgOlympian and Arjuna awardee Anju Bobby George today accused Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan of allegedly insulting her with “corruption” charges even as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came out in support of his Cabinet colleague.Jayarajan, who denied the charge, found himself at the centre of another controversy days after leaving the CPI(M)- led LDF government red-faced when he described boxing icon Muhammad Ali as a sportsman from Kerala during his obituary reference.Here are the HighlightsAnju, President of the Kerala Sports Council, said she had complained to the chief minister regarding the issue. She was appointed to the post by the previous Congress-led UDF government.On Anjus allegation that the sports minister had insulted her and spoken harshly, Vijayan told a meet-the-press programme here, “The sports minister had only asked her about her flight tickets. How does that become an insult?”When she came to meet him, Vijayan said he told Anju that they had not seen her as a political person.Anju, who made history after she won a medal in the World Championships in Athletics in 2003, said she had gone to meet the Sports Minister along with the Council Vice President on June 7 after the new government came to power.The athlete said the minister also objected to the flight tickets availed by her from Bengaluru, where she is based, to Thiruvananthapuram for attending the council meetings. This facility had been allowed by the previous government, she said.She alleged that the minister had told her that it was all corruption and against rules and he could stop all of this. Anju said besides her, Preeja Sreedharan, Indian Hockey captain P R Sreejesh and Kerala Cricket Association President, T C Mathew, are other members of the Council.advertisementAlso Read:  Muhammed Ali was an eminent sportstar of Kerala, says state ministerlast_img read more

Alcacer claims three points for Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona 2 Sporting CP 0: Catalans labour in Messi’s absence Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 05:48 12/6/17 pacoalcacer-cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi was among the substitutes as Barcelona won their last Champions League group game 2-0 against Sporting CP. Jeremy Mathieu scored an own-goal on his return to Camp Nou as Barcelona laboured to a 2-0 win over Sporting CP with Lionel Messi a second-half substitute.Coach Ernesto Valverde opted to rest his side’s star player and watched as the likes of Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal misfired for almost an hour against Jorge Jesus’ well-drilled Sporting team.Paco Alcacer scored the opener moments before Messi’s 61st-minute introduction, which prompted a marked improvement in Barcelona’s play as what was only a second win in five outings for Valverde’s men ended with the home side in control. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sporting went into the game needing a famous victory and Olympiacos to deny Juventus maximum points, but neither materialised despite a respectable performance in which the Portuguese side matched LaLiga’s leaders for long periods.After an acrimonious Barcelona exit at the end of last season, Mathieu’s late own goal ensured the result flattered his former club, who failed time and time again to make their final pass count until Messi came on.Valverde will hope his side can continue to build momentum ahead of a Clasico with Real Madrid on December 23, while Sporting drop into the Europa League knockout stages.Final whistle at Camp Nou!#BarçaSporting (2-0)#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/U5cBYhxd2u— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2017Sporting kept Barcelona quiet for the opening 12 minutes of the game, and even then the home side mustered nothing more than a speculative Denis Suarez shot that flew over from 20 yards.Aleix Vidal ballooned high of the target from the edge of the box five minutes later, but Andre Gomes went closer with a low drive from similar range that flew narrowly wide.The unusually quiet Luis Suarez burst into the penalty area and rounded Sebastian Coates after 23 minutes, only to be denied by a good save from Rui Patricio at his feet.Bruno Fernandes gave Jasper Cillessen a rare touch of the ball when the Barcelona goalkeeper saved his tame shot, before Denis Suarez danced through a line of defenders on the edge of the Sporting box but misjudged his pass to Vidal and the first half ended goalless.Jesus sent on Gelson Martins and Bas Dost for the second half as Sporting rolled the dice to try to force a result and the former dragged a shot wide of Cillessen’s goal in the 52nd minute.With Messi stripping off on the touchline, Barcelona took the lead just before the hour mark when Denis Suarez’s corner found Alcacer at the near post and he flicked the ball into the far corner with a well-placed header.Before Messi could contribute on the pitch, Dost found himself with a wonderful chance to equalise five yards from goal and with only Cillessen to beat, but the goalkeeper made a brilliant reaction save to keep Barcelona ahead.With nine minutes left, Denis Suarez fed Messi who curled a sweetly struck left-footed shot towards goal, but Patricio saved one-handed at full stretch.There was a cruel twist in the tale for Sporting and Mathieu, who turned Denis Suarez’s cross into his own net to prevent the ball reaching Alcacer at the far post, and his intervention gave Barcelona a margin of victory they barely deserved. Key Opta facts:- Barcelona have finished top their group for the 11th consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the Champions League.- Barca’s top-scorers in this season’s Champions League are Lionel Messi (three) and own goals from their opponents (three).- Barcelona have conceded one goal in the Champions League this season, their best defensive record in the group stages.- Lionel Messi has played consecutive Champions League games as a substitute for the first time ever.- Luis Suarez has gone eight games in a row without scoring in Champions League, his longest drought in the competition.  read morelast_img read more

Province Announces 626000 to Expand Home Dialysis

first_imgThe province is investing $626,000 in the expansion of the home therapy program so more Nova Scotians living with kidney failure will have better dialysis care, closer to home. Deputy Premier Frank Corbett made the announcement today, Nov. 14, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. The funding provides $526,000 for home hemodialysis machines for patients in Cape Breton District Health Authority and Capital Health. An additional $100,000 will help to continue to develop and implement home peritoneal dialysis training and support programs in South West Nova Scotia. “This strategic investment is a positive step in providing better health care to people receiving dialysis,” said Mr. Frank Corbett. “Receiving this care closer to home will make life better for Nova Scotians living with kidney disease and their families.” It takes one to two months for a patient to complete home hemeodialysis training, but once completed, they are able to self-manage their dialysis in their own homes, with support from care providers. Before this investment, patients from Cape Breton who wanted home hemodialysis training had to travel to Halifax. “Unfortunately, not all patients with end-stage kidney failure can have a kidney transplant right away,” said nephrologist Tom Hewlett, chair of the Department of Medicine, Cape Breton District Health Authority, and a clinical advisor to the Nova Scotia Renal Program. “For those patients, home dialysis therapies are the best option. “We have had success introducing local home dialysis training in the region over the last 15 years, and the addition of local home hemodialysis teaching means less travel and less expense for our patients and their families, and will help reduce the burden of illness. We have always put a high priority on treating patients as close to home as possible.” Both home hemodialyis and peritoneal dialysis patients receive an individualized plan based on their condition and can design their home therapy plan around their work and social schedule. For the second time in the province’s history, government is releasing the capital plan before the spring budget. The 2012-13 capital plan will invest millions to make life better for families. It will create thousands of good jobs, grow the economy, and provide better health care. The capital plan in invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians like emergency rooms, schools, roads and hospital equipment.last_img read more

RBI imposes Rs 50 lakh fine on PNB for delay in reporting

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Saturday said the RBI has imposed a penalty of Rs 50 lakh on it for delay in reporting of fraud in the account of Kingfisher Airlines. “RBI observed from the fraud monitoring report-1 submitted by Punjab National Bank on July, 10 2018 that the bank had delayed the reporting of fraud in the account of Kingfisher Airlines Limited,” PNB said in a regulatory filing. In exercise of the powers conferred under various sections of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, a penalty of Rs 50 lakh was imposed by the RBI on the bank, it added. In a separate filing, Bank of Baroda said the RBI has imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on it for delay in reporting fraud in an account.last_img

Iran rejects US allegations over Saudi drone attack

first_imgTehran: Iran on Sunday rejected US allegations that Tehran had carried out the drone attack at an oil field in Saudi Arabia, saying that Washington’s maximum pressure strategy has turned into a strategy of “maximum lie” against the Islamic Republic. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi made the remarks in reaction to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tweets where he said that “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while (President Hassan) Rouhani and (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply”, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Mousavi said that it was about five years that the Saudi-led coalition has waged a full-scale war on Yemen by repeated aggression and committing atrocity crimes against the civilians. “Such accusations and blind statements are meaningless and incomprehensible in diplomatic standards,” he noted. The spokesman added that such allegations would “tarnish the image of a country aiming preparatory works for future actions”. The attack on Saturday, which was carried out by 10 unmanned aircraft, hit Hijra Khurais – one of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields, producing about 1.5 million barrels a day – and Abqaiq, the world’s biggest crude stabilization facility, which processes seven million barrels of Saudi oil a day, or about 8 per cent of the world’s total output, Efe news reported. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls It has disrupted about half of the Kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5 per cent of the daily global oil supply. Although the Yemeni Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack, Pompeo has denied, saying: “There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.” Around 20 hours after the incident, the newly-appointed Saudi Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, was forced to publicly acknowledge that the state energy company Aramco – the world’s largest oil producer – had stopped the production of some 5.7 million barrels of crude, about half of its total output. The production at the plants have also been temporarily halted. Aramco said it was still assessing the damages and would offer more information of their scope over the next 48 hours.last_img read more

Andrew Wilkinson wins BC Liberal leadership after partys 2017 defeat

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s Liberals turned to a former cabinet minister with a blue blood intellectual pedigree and deep rural roots to lead them Saturday night, as Andrew Wilkinson appealed to his caucus colleagues to help him expand and broaden the party’s membership.Wilkinson, 60, a doctor, lawyer and Rhodes Scholar, said leadership candidates who pushed the party to widen its support should be listened to after losing its 16-year grip on power last year.“Take those Liberal values, build out this party,” he said after defeating former Conservative MP Dianne Watts in a fifth round of vote counting.He stood on the stage after his victory with his wife Barbara Grantham, members of the Liberal caucus and Watts, who resigned as a federal Conservative MP to seek the party leadership in a field of six candidates.Wilkinson said the Liberals must unite as a party and get back to the days and values of former Liberal premiers Christy Clark and Gordon Campbell.“We have to respect that work and understand those values that got us here,” he said. “We are the party that doesn’t spend our children’s money.”He also began to galvanize the party to fight a referendum this fall on proportional representation, saying it would benefit the NDP and Greens who support changing the province’s voting system.“So let’s get ourselves organized because we have work to do this summer,” he said. “We have a challenge in front of us.”Prior to his political career, Wilkinson worked as a lawyer in Vancouver and before that he was a doctor in different parts of B.C., including Campbell River, Lillooet and Dease Lake.He served in a number of cabinet positions, among them attorney general, minister of advanced education, and minister of technology and innovation.The hotel ballroom erupted with cheers of “Andrew, Andrew” when he defeated Watts.He won with just over 53 per cent support after the final round of vote counting, while Watts had just under 47 per cent. Watts led the contest after four rounds of voting.Watts indicated she wants to play a role in B.C. politics in the future.“I’m not going anywhere,” she said. “I’ve committed myself to being part of the party.”Barinder Rasode, a two-term Surrey councillor and former mayoral candidate, said Wilkinson will bring the Liberals back from their low point following last year’s election.“Andrew Wilkinson has the support of all the caucus,” she said. “He’s well qualified. I couldn’t have hoped for better.”New Democrat Ravi Kahlon congratulated Wilkinson on behalf of the governing party.“Right now, the stakes couldn’t be higher for British Columbians. People are counting on us to make life more affordable, protect the services they count on and keep investing in a sustainable economy,” Kahlon said in a statement.“We look forward to working with you on legislation that works for all the people of this great province.”Green party Leader Andrew Weaver also congratulated Wilkinson. The two men have engaged in testy debates in the legislature.Former transportation minister Todd Stone, one-time finance minister Mike de Jong and Liberal caucus members Sam Sullivan and Michael Lee were eliminated from the leadership contest earlier in the evening.An estimated 60,000 party members were eligible to vote online and by phone to replace Clark, who resigned after the New Democrats formed a minority government last summer with support from the Greens.The Liberals used a preferential ballot that allowed its members to rank the candidates, and points were awarded based on their support.The B.C. Liberal party is not affiliated with the federal Liberals. It describes itself as “a made-in-B.C. free enterprise coalition” that includes members of the federal Conservative and Liberal parties.Getting the party back to power after a lacklustre election campaign last May was the main focus of the leadership campaign.There was finger-pointing in debates over who was to blame for the Liberal downfall, despite B.C. boasting the strongest economy in Canada.Some candidates criticized the party’s old guard for failing to address transportation, housing and social policy issues that led to losses in seat-rich Metro Vancouver, once a Liberal stronghold.Wilkinson ran his campaign on four priorities: security, opportunity, prosperity and sustainability.His promises included selling government-owned liquor stores, establishing a junior kindergarten pilot program, improving skills training for Indigenous youth, providing tax incentives to increase the supply of rental housing and taking regulatory steps that would allow municipalities to increase the supply of new housing.Watts, who is a former mayor of Surrey, was the only candidate who was not part of the Liberal caucus in the legislature. She resigned her House of Commons seat to seek the party’s leadership.Wilkinson, Stone and de Jong were longtime members of Clark’s cabinet. Sullivan, a former Vancouver mayor, was appointed to Clark’s cabinet in her government’s final weeks in power.last_img read more

Global seafood industry must adapt to demand for greener fish UN official

“The push towards sustainable fisheries is not just coming from government or environmental groups, but from the market itself,” FAO Fishing Industries Division Director Grimur Valdimarsson told a three-day Seafood Industry Congress which ended in Dublin, Ireland, yesterday, noting that major seafood retailers like Unilever, Tesco, Walmart and Asda have already committed to putting on their shelves only fish that was harvested or raised sustainably.“In recent years the seafood industry has been uncertain as to whether these trends represent a momentary fad. Today, there’s no question: it’s real, it’s a sea change, and it’s the way of the future,” he said.In broad terms, this means that producers will need to be able to assure retailers and consumers that their catch complies with the demands of sustainable development and doing so requires monitoring fishing activities via tracking systems, labels and similar mechanisms.Resource-strapped developing countries will have a particularly hard time making the transition to fully certifying their fisheries. “They’ve already been struggling mightily to comply with health and safety regulations on fish imports put into place by importing countries in the developed world,” Mr. Valdimarsson explained.Helping resolve this problem is an issue of particular importance to FAO and retailers shaping market trends have a responsibility to help suppliers in the developing world cope, he said, adding that FAO and other international development organizations working on fisheries and aquaculture will need new resources to help the developing world’s fisheries sector adapt.This year’s Congress was co-organized by FAO, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the International Food Quality Certification Group, and Ireland’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority in collaboration with the International Association of Fish Inspectors and with the support of the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, Enterprise Ireland, and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.The congress has traditionally focused on seafood safety and quality issues, but environmental concerns have risen higher on its agenda in recent years. 28 September 2007The $400-billion global seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly ‘greener’ fish that are not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood or caught in nets that also snag endangered turtles, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). read more

Guinean to be named UN envoy for Somalia

Mr. Fall was educated at the University of Conakry and taught there in the Faculty of Law before joining his country’s foreign service in 1982 and serving in France, the United States, Nigeria and Egypt.In 2000 he became Guinea’s Ambassador at the UN and was elected one of the Vice-Presidents of the fifty-fifth General Assembly. From 2002 to 2004 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and served as Prime Minister in 2004.

First SMMT webinar of 2013 announced

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT’s first webinar of 2013 will take place on Thursday 24 January at 10:30 and will be based on the Automotive Council’s plans to develop an Automotive Sector Strategy.The Strategy, due for publication by Spring 2013, will build on the work that the Automotive Council has been leading, setting out achievements to date and describing future work.The strategy aims to:Develop a policy that covers the whole industrySecure the current strengths of the UK automotive sector.Improve the business environment to deliver growth in the supply chain.Move the sector into a low carbon future to ensure competitive advantage for the UK.The panel will be made up of Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the SMMT and a guest from the Department for Business, Innovation and SkillsTo  register, click here. read more

Reeling Ohio State mens hockey team splits weekend series with Wisconsin

OSU senior forward Chad Niddery (19) gets pinned against the glass by Wisconsin freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty (4) during a game at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 13. OSU won, 2-1. Credit: Jordan Boone / Lantern photographerTimes have been tough for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, as the Buckeyes split a weekend series with Wisconsin, hurting their chances at earning a higher seed in the conference tournament.Going into the series, coach Steve Rohlik told the team he wanted it to play with a playoff mentality.“You know it’s all about getting better, and when we talk about playoff mentality, the NHL season is a long grind and you see what happens in the playoffs. It’s the ultimate sport to watch in the playoffs and I said, ‘That is the mentality you have to have,’” Rohlik said.But even with that mentality, the Buckeyes followed a 2-1 Friday win with a 3-2 loss on Saturday.The loss means the Buckeyes’ chances at a higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament have become slimmer. OSU is guaranteed a spot in the six-team tournament, but will likely have to face a top-three seed as the Buckeyes sit at fifth in the conference with eight regular season games to play.Senior forward Tanner Fritz said making a late-season push will come down to playing with pride and confidence.“(We are playing for our) pride. You have to play desperate hockey all the time and you want to go into the tournament with some confidence,” Fritz said. “It was a great opportunity for us tonight to get our first sweep, and we came up short.”Rohlik said he thought his team played with a bit of the playoff mentality in Friday’s game but didn’t feel the Buckeyes had the same approach going into Saturday’s matchup.“I talked to the guys after, I said, ‘You guys have to play desperate,’ and we talked about playoff hockey. Tonight’s performance was a different version of playoff hockey than I understand,” Rohlik said.With the offense falling short of the playoff mentality, the Buckeye defense stepped up and portrayed a bit of the desperation that Rohlik was looking for. After a total of 25 blocked shots against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes showed that they are willing to put themselves on the line for the puck.“If you’re in the lanes, you have to sacrifice your body for the team, and we talked about that and we have to continue to do a better job of that,” Rohlik said.With just four series remaining on the Big Ten schedule, including another against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will be looking for the playoff mentality to become a part of their everyday game. Senior assistant captain Matt Johnson said there are no excuses for losing games.“We weren’t executing like we were supposed to, we strayed completely away from our game tonight,” Johnson said Saturday. “(It) doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we need to come out the same way every single night. We know our strategy and we know our game plan and we just need to stick to what we know.”OSU’s Friday win snapped a six-game losing streak. Junior forward Tyler Lundey and sophomore forward Nick Schilkey tallied the goals for the Buckeyes.“I liked the end result, but I didn’t feel we started out great,” Rohlik said. “We are just scratching the surface. It’s a big win for our team. Anytime you can walk away with a win, it’s a huge boost to the confidence.”The rolling confidence started out strong for the Buckeyes as they came into Saturday’s game, taking the lead early in the first period. But they were unable to hold on to the lead, going into the third period tied, 2-2. The Badgers added a third goal to thwart OSU’s attempt at a series sweep.Rohlik said the fast start might have been more of a hindrance than a positive.“It hurt us scoring the early goal because we just weren’t the same after that,” he said. “Even getting up 2-1, our execution tonight was off. We didn’t take care of the puck.”The Buckeyes will look to restart this week in practice ahead of a home-and-home series against Michigan on Friday and Sunday.“Now it’s just focusing on getting better; next week we have to continue to grind and get better. We have to fix our flaws that came out this weekend and start moving in the right direction,” Johnson said. read more

Keep visiting relatives with dementia even if they dont remember you urges

first_imgCarey Mulligan works as a Dementia Friends ambassador But, she said, music helped connect with Nans with playing songs and sitting together “one of the loveliest things we can do”.Sir Michael Parkinson, who took part in the show to speak about his mother, who also suffered from dementia, said: “There is a tendency for some people to say if he or she doesn’t recognise me… as far as I’m concerned they’re dead. It does happen. 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. “I’ve certainly had it in my experience, that people with my grandmother have gone ‘well she doesn’t know me. It doesn’t matter that I don’t visit because she doesn’t know me,” said Mulligan.“Every visit for the last seven years, she hasn’t recognised any of us.“But when we have a good visit – and they’re not always good – when we leave, she won’t remember that we’ve been there but the sensation of being in company of someone who loves you is something we can’t deny. Terry Jones and his friend, Michael Palin Mulligan stars in The Great Gatsby Michael Parkinson, whose mother had dementia Carey Mulligan works as a Dementia Friends ambassador “That’s a real argument for people going to visit loved ones regardless of how far progressed their disease is.”She added: “There are moments of real joy. In the terrible terrible moments, there have been things that have made you laugh.“It gets so awful and we’ve had terrible visits where we’ve all ended up in tears, and then there are the visits where something really magical happens.”Mulligan, who works as an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, has previously spoken frankly about her grandmother’s diagnosis, disclosing it had progressed from “forgetful moments” 15 years ago to today, when she is living in a Welsh care home and rarely speaks.center_img Michael Parkinson, whose mother had dementia Mulligan stars in The Great Gatsby “You have to hope that if it happens to you, you don’t feel that kind of rejection.” Sir Michael Palin, whose friend and fellow Monty Python Terry Jones is suffering from a form of the disease, added: “It’s very very hard to know what to do and how to relax with them.“The important thing is not to treat them as something other than they were. Not to stigmatise and say oh you’re lost now.“I do think it’s terribly important to continue to relate to that person, to make sure they’re not considered to be in a different group from the rest of humanity.” Terry Jones and his friend, Michael Palin “There’s a calmness, there’s a companionship: these really fundamental feelings of being loved, being taken care of by people and family who really love you, I think that’s something that regardless of how progressed your dementia is stays with you. Families must continue to visit elderly relatives even if they no longer recognise them, the actress Carey Mulligan has said, as she argues dementia is not an excuse to leave them to languish.Mulligan, star of An Education, The Great Gatsby and Suffragette, said the calming effect of being with loved ones was a strong argument for visiting dementia patients, no matter how far their disease has progressed.Speaking in a special episode of Radio 4’s Today programme, which she guest edited, the actress said her family had experienced “awful, terrible” times with her grandmother, known to her as “Nans”.But, she said, while her grandmother no longer recognises her or her mother, the “calmness and companionship” she exhibited after family visits could not be denied.last_img read more

BHP blasts off at South Flank iron ore project in Pilbara

first_imgBHP has carried out the first blast at its South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara of Western Australia, as the mining major continues with a schedule that should see first ore come out from the new mine in 2021.The company officially broke ground on the $3.6 billion development in July, just over a month since it approved construction.The South Flank project expands the existing infrastructure at Mining Area C, and involves construction of an 80 Mt/y crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work.South Flank is forecast to produce ore for more than 25 years, and is expected to help BHP Western Australia iron ore division’s average iron grade go from 61% to 62%, with the overall proportion of lump increasing to 35%, from 25%.Clough is the EPC contractor on the project, with MACA, CIMIC’s CPB, SIMPEC and NRW Holdings also carrying out work at South Flank, which is owned 85% by BHP and 15% by Itochu and Mitsui (collectively).last_img read more

Sweet Potato DNA Challenges Historic Notions of Crop Transport

first_imgStay on target We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Pre-Columbian history just got a lot clearer, thanks to root vegetables.New research from Oxford University suggests the sweet potato arrived naturally in Polynesia, not transported from America to the island region.The planet’s origin and domestication is thought to be in Central or South America, from where it is believed the Polynesians acquired crops to sow back home.Oxford professor Robert Scotland, however, has another theory.In the first complete study on the evolution and origin of sweet potato, Scotland and postdoctoral students Pablo Muñoz-Rodríguez and Tom Carruthers claim the sweet potato traveled not by human haul, but by “natural means.”“Our finding is that the plant probably reached the Pacific Islands through natural dispersal by birds, wind, or sea currents … as did several other species of morning glory,” Muñoz-Rodríguez said in a statement.One of the world’s most widely consumed crops (and one of my personal favourite veggies), sweet potatoes are deliciously misunderstood. Until now.By sequencing sweet potato DNA, the team (with contributions from The International Potato Center in Peru, Oregon State University, and Duke University) began answering questions about the origin and evolution of this tuberous root.According to Scotland’s study, the earliest known collection of sweet potato from Polynesia—pilfered during Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage on the Endeavour—represents a distinct variety that originated before humans colonized the region.Researchers believe their evidence is enough to discredit (or at least challenge) the long-held idea of contact between Polynesia and South America before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue (in fourteen-hundred-ninety-two).“The possible human transportation of the sweet potato to Polynesia has attracted broad attention in recent times—especially now that the sweet potato appears to be the only remaining biological evidence for these alleged pre-Columbian contacts,” the study said. “Other supporting evidence from chicken and human DNA is now considered questionable.”Among other findings, they uncovered the wild species from which the plant originated (Ipomoea trifida), and identified other closely related morning glory species that also naturally colonized in Polynesia.The full report, published last week in the journal Current Biology, is available online.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hodgson Its tough to lose any game especially at home

first_imgRoy Hodgson expressed his dismay at the manner Crystal Palace lost their grip on the game to lose 2-1 to Watford at home.Palace were leading 1-0 at the break thanks to Craig Cathcart’s own goal, but the player made amends with a goal at the other end before a fine volley from Tom Cleverley settled the tie.Speaking in his post-match press conference via the club’s media, the Palace boss addressed a number of issues“It’s tough to lose any game, especially at home and it’s made tougher that we’ve been doing quite well lately. I was hoping that this would be the chance for us to get that elusive third victory that would have lifted us to a much more comfortable place in the table.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We were unable to get it, and when that happens there is no other emotion that I can display other than the obvious one of feeling very sad that we couldn’t do it.”“We started the second half very brightly which was important after taking the lead late in the first, and we had our chances to increase the lead which would have made things very difficult for Watford but we didn’t and then the game evened out.“They scored from a corner kick and then when the game is in the balance Tom Cleverley scored a wonder-volley and we missed a very good opportunity when McArthur didn’t get a touch on the ball and then at 2-1 with 15 minutes to play, the game becomes what it is.last_img read more

A water main break in El Cajon closes road