Farmers squatting on the Amritsar-Delhi rail tracks on Wednesday called off their agitation following the intervention of the High Court, which asked the State government to look into their demands. During resumed hearing on a PIL filed by Patiala resident Mohit Kapoor, the court of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli asked the farmers’ leaders to submit their demands within 24 hours to the Advocate General, Punjab, and posted the matter for March 19. A petition seeking removal of farm protesters under the banner of Kisaan Majdoor Sangarsh Committee from the Amritsar-Delhi rail track was filed in the court on Tuesday. “The State government has been directed to look into the demands of farmers and file its status report within 10 days,” Advocate Arun Gupta, counsel for the petitioner, said. The court initially heard the demands of farmers’ leaders during in-camera proceedings and asked them to first withdraw their agitation and clear the rail tracks. The court told them that their reasonable and genuine demands would be looked into and would be complied with, said farmers’ leaders counsel Mohinder Kumar. Three farmers’ representatives including Satnam Singh Pannu who was spearheading the protest, appeared before the court on Wednesday. Assurance to courtThey assured the court that they would lift the blockade by 12:30 p.m. Senior Superintendent of Police Parmpal Singh said in Amritsar that the agitation has been called off after two days. On March 4, farmers had blocked the Amritsar-Delhi rail track in Amritsar in support of their demands including full loan waiver, implementation of the Swaminanthan Commission report and payment with 15% interest for sugarcane bought by the mills. The Patiala-based resident had filed a petition on Tuesday, seeking appropriate directions for the clearance of the railway track from protesting farmers as the blockade led to cancellation or diversion of trains causing inconvenience to passengers. On Tuesday, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda had informed the court that about 85 trains had been cancelled or diverted, affecting about 85,000 passengers because of farmers’ protest. On Wednesday, 38 trains remained cancelled, the Railways said.
MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Diane Carlos showed the way for the Lady Maroons with 14 points, 11 on attacks, as they notched their first win in two outings in Group B, tying idle San Beda.Isa Molde also shone for UP with 12 points as she and Carlos peppered the hapless TIP defenses all afternoon with accurate hits.Marian Buitre had nine, Jessma Ramos six and Justine Dorog and Roselyn Rosier five each for UP, which fell to Adamson on opening day.It was the second straight defeat by the Lady Engineers who obviously didn’t get the exact measure of the team they faced.Ashley Jinion topscored for TIP with six points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games UP was head and shoulders above TIP in blocks, 8-2, and service aces, 10-1. But TIP worked hard, too, and was not that inferior in the digs (38-37) and receives (20-18) departments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Aiko Urdas fired 17 points while Jaja Santiago added 11 for the Lady Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in two starts.The Lady Bulldogs also proved they have adjusted well with new coach Babes Castillo, who replaced their long-time mentor and now Lady Stags tactician Roger Gorayeb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGorayeb didn’t show up and instead asked assistant coach Clint Malazo to call the shots for the Lady Stags, who fell to 1-2.Earlier, University of the Philippines strolled to the win column with an easy 25-20, 25-9, 25-13 decision over Technological Institute of the Philippines. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Menor’s next goal: 2nd pro win at Riviera Diana Mae Carlos of UP scores off Ashley Jinon (right) and Khem Consencino of TIP during their PVL match on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University has moved on.Showing no respect for the team being coached by its former mentor, NU crushed San Sebastian College, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18, Monday night for a share of the lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The much-hyped Indian boxing squad, led by Olympic medal winner Vijender Singh, flopped but the unheralded athletics contingent exceeded expectations when Krishna Pooniya led an unprecedented clean sweep of all the women’s discus medals in the Commonwealth Games on Monday.Baton has passed from me: Milkha | Video: Indian boxers falter in semisPooniya led a historic Indian 1-2-3 by hurling the disc to 61.51m and became the country’s first woman in 52 years to win the gold on a day the Games was rocked by its first doping scandal when woman’s 100m champion gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola of Nigeria returned a positive test for a banned stimulant.Pooniya is the second Indian athlete after Milkha Singh (1958, Cardiff) to garner a gold in track and field events and her title enabled the country to equal its previous-best gold medal haul in Games history. The country had won 30 gold at Manchester eight years ago.She swept the discus event with Harwant Kaur (60.66m) and national record holder Seema Antil (58.46m) bagging the silver and bronze to lift the host country’s tally in athletics to a record seven.However, the story that emerged from the boxing ring was disappointing with Vijender and three others biting the dust in the semis and settling for the bronze.The consolation was the entry of southpaw Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Paramjit Samota (+91kg) into the finals after winning their semi final bouts.Suranjoy reached the gold medal round defeating Haroon Iqbal of Pakistan, Manoj Kumar made the title round edging out Valentino Knowles of Bahamas and Samota outpunched F A Junior of Tonga.advertisementThe shock defeat of hot title favourite Vijender led the Indians to lodge a protest with the event’s officialdom after the referee penalised the Indian star towards the fag end of the bout when he led narrowly.Amandeep Singh (49kg), Asian champion Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dilbag Singh (69kg) also lost their semi final bouts and had to be content with bronze medals.Women rifle shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Meena Kumari also grabbed the bronze in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone event after logging one point less than the gold and silver medalists.
MS Dhoni struck two free-kicks as Virat Kohli-led All Hearts FC thrashed Abhishek Bachchan’s All Stars FC 7-3 in the Celebrity Clasico at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.The match was a continuation of an yearly tradition that started last year, when the game ended 2-2 and it will be played next year as well.Dhoni dazzled once more but this time on a football pitch with two free-kick goals giving All Hearts a 2-0 lead within 40 minutes of the game.Live that super Mahical moment! ?????? pic.twitter.com/cGrjDL5oxr- Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017While the first goal came from a deflection, the second goal was a thing of beauty — one that Sunil Chhetri, All Hearts manager for the match, would be proud of.It is well known that Dhoni was a footballer before being drawn towards cricket and that showed when he took on the field in the Celebrity Clasico.With the rule of rollover substitution, Dhoni was seen on and off on the pitch which was attributed to the fact that he is flat-footed and has troubles staying in the footballing shoes for too long.Ashish Nehra, the mentor of All Hearts FC, said on the sidelines of the game that Dhoni was the one chatting the most in the dressing room.Even though Dhoni was the fulcrum of the unit and his sense of positioning was for all to see, Virat Kohli with his constant runnings and bundle of energy was a threat at all times.advertisementAfter two of Dhoni’s goals, Anirudh Srikanth, son of former India opener Kris Srikanth, also scored a brace — one being a header and the other a composed penalty.Now @aniruda77’s turn! #CelebrityClasico ?? pic.twitter.com/0hVMTd36Dd- Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017Besides Anirudh, Kedar Jadhav also scored on a rebound, with his brand-new studs that he bought for the game, after All Stars goalkeeper has stopped a shot from Kohli.Even though Kohli failed to find the net once, his hard work was rewarded in the end as he sealed the match with a beautiful chip, which turned out to be the second last goal of the match.Shikhar Dhawan, in the end, got his name on the scoresheet as he scored from the penalty spot after theopposition’s goalkeeper handled the ball outside the penalty area.For All Stars FC, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Ranbir Kapoor and Armaan Jain scored.MS Dhoni was very calm after scoring the goal! Football pitch or Cricket Pitch man is a legend #CelebrityClasico- Õ?É?iÕÉ?É?rÉ?! (@BeingKushSharma) October 15, 2017MS Dhoni scores the 1st goal for All Heart in #CelebrityClasico Football match Jersey No. 7 doing the trick in the 7th Minute of the Game.- Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) October 15, 2017MSDhoni is the player of the match for his two goals. And this man rules at any sports #CelebrityClasico pic.twitter.com/5k44WwawAg- DHONIsm ? (@DHONIism) October 15, 2017
Mumbai, Nov 27 (PTI) Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who won four Super Series titles this year, bagged the Sportsman of the Year award at the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours held here.Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was the Sportswoman of the Year award in the individual sport category, a release said here today.Ravichandran Ashwin, who today became the fastest bowler to reach Club 300 in Test cricket and womens cricket team skipper Mithali Raj were awarded Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, respectively, in the Team Sport category.The Indian Womens Cricket Team, which ended as runners up in the ICC Womens World Cup, were named as the Team of the Year.While star tennis player Sania Mirza was awarded the Inspirational Honour by the jury, countrys first Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was honoured with the Transformational Contribution to Sport award.Indian Sports Honours is an initiative partnered by India skipper Virat Kohli and Sanjiv Goenka, in line with their vision to support the development of Indian sports.The ceremony was telecast on Star Sports.Awards: *Sportsman of the year (Individual sport): Srikanth Kidambi *Sportsman of the year (Team sport) – Ravichandran Ashwin *Sportswoman of the year (Individual sport) – P.V. Sindhu *Sportswoman of the year (Team sport) – Mithali Raj *Team of the year (Men/Women) – Indian Women?s Cricket Team *Coach of the year – Bisveshwar Nandi *Emerging Sportswoman of the year – Aditi Ashok *Emerging Sportsman of the year – Neeraj Chopra *Differently abled Sportsman of the year – Devendra Jhajaria *Differently abled Sportswoman of the year – Deepa MalikadvertisementJury Honours *Keep Walking Honour for Lifetime achievement – Balbir Singh *Inspirational Honour – Sania Mirza *Transformational Contribution to Sport – Abhinav BindraPopular choice Honours *Breakthrough performance of the year – Hardik Pandya *Star Sports ?Believe? Honour (Comeback of the year) – Saina Nehwal *Spirit of Sport – Yogeshwar Dutt *Player of the year – Sunil Chhetri *Club of the year – Mumbai Indians *Best Fan Club – Manjappada Kerala Blasters. PTI NRB ATK ATK
Hirving Lozano Lozano showing superstar potential for high-flying PSV Peter McVitie Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty PSV Excelsior v PSV Excelsior Eredivisie Opinion The 22-year-old has made an immediate impact in Netherlands for a side sitting clear at the top of the Eredivisie PSV knew they were getting something special when they lured Hirving Lozano to Eindhoven, but no one expected such an electrifying start from the 22-year-old.Even those who had witnessed Mexico’s most promising attacker blossom in his homeland with Pachuca were shocked.PSV -1 4/5 v Excelsior 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 “He has been extraordinary, even above the expectations we had,” his former side’s sporting director, Marco Garces, told Marca this month. “We always knew that Hirving was a great player, he had everything to prove it in Europe, but the scoring ability that he has shown is above what he showed here. It fills us with pride.”After knocking back Manchester City to secure immediate first-team football in his first voyage to Europe, the winger quickly emerged as the Eredivisie’s star player and has been nominated for the CONCACAF Player of the Year award after finishing runner-up last time.It took just eight league matches for him to reach a tally of nine goals and three assists and Dutch pundits are already caught up in the excitement of speculating the price a superpower will have to pay to get him after just one season. TV show Studio Voetbal started the estimates at €70 million.Man City are said to still be interested, and Arsenal have reportedly highlighted him as a potential successor to Alexis Sanchez.Just a few months into his six-year contract, however, Lozano has settled with his family in Netherlands and is just getting started with a team that has taken a surprise hold of first place in the Dutch top flight.Phillip Cocu’s side have collected 33 points from 12 matches, scoring an incredible 38 goals, and Lozano has been a big inspiration.His pace, skill and directness make him a devastating threat, but his neat passes make him useful in building quick attacks and opening chances for others.”Making and creating something, that is of course his greatest quality,” Cocu said in October. “He is still a young player and busy learning all facets of European football.“It’s great to work with him and he has so much quality that he can make a difference.”As Lozano shines amid a flourishing attack, PSV have emerged as a favourite for the Eredivisie title.After last season’s third-place finish, some big summer departures and an early elimination from Europe, a tough campaign was expected for Cocu’s team.Instead, they are on form reminiscent of the Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnadum-led side that lifted the crown in 2014-15 and again have an attack that is proving difficult to contain for Dutch defences.They are eight points clear of main rivals Ajax and 14 ahead of reigning champions Feyenoord, who have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions.A 2-0 loss at Heerenveen in week four has been the only negative for them, but they recovered with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord. A 7-1 trouncing of Utrecht followed and they scored at least three in each of the next five before scraping to last week’s victory at fourth-placed PEC Zwolle.Not focused on dominating possession, instead, quick, fluid attacks are central to PSV and they have the right attackers to make it work.Joint-top of the Eredivisie goal chart with Lozano, Jurgen Locadia is again a vital player after falling in and out of the team in recent years and a lengthy injury spell last term. The PSV academy graduate is dangerous as he lingers in the box, and although he is capable of fabulous goals, his tendency to shoot from distance is frustratingly wasteful.On his third loan spell at the Philips Stadion, Marco van Ginkel has been vital for their attack. The midfielder steams towards opponents’ boxes and picks out team-mates while continuing to chip in with goals – already netting seven this term.Uruguayan attacker Gaston Pereiro and Steven Bergwijn are key in supplying chances to Locadia and Lozano, while Luuk de Jong has become useful again despite his ongoing struggles in front of goal as he helps link the attack together.Their record of 13 goals conceded is a good one at this stage, and Cocu has settled on his ideal back four, while Jorrit Hendrix is impressing at the base of the midfield, but teams like Heerenveen, Feyenoord and PEC have been able to put them under pressure.PSV can be exploited, but Feyenoord showed clear defensive weaknesses last term and stayed top of the table all season.Issues await Cocu’s side, however, as a few injuries will force him to call upon talented but untested youngsters that may struggle to click with their fast attacks.A few slip ups will prove costly as Ajax are showing signs of stabilising after some early wobbles under Marcel Keizer. Like PSV, they are already out of Europe and have a strong enough squad to build on last week’s 8-0 win over NAC Breda. Last year’s Eredivisie and Europa League runners-up need to get either Kasper Dolberg or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar firing regularly up front and improve their pressing, but they will likely pull closer to the frontrunners soon.PSV still have a lot to prove in their bid for the Eredivisie title as they await Ajax to push them further, but with Lozano, Locadia and Co. impressing, they are showing real credentials a third of the way into the campaign.
A harrowing home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday left Chelsea eight points adrift of the Champions League qualification places with seven matches to play. Although the meagre consolation of the Europa League awaits, next season would be the second in three spent outside Europe’s premier club competition. So what could be the ramifications?Finances will take a hitFailure to qualify for the Champions League will affect income, even with the sums generated through Premier League media rights. The club’s most recent financial figures, covering a 2016-17 campaign spent out of Europe altogether, serve as a gauge. They show revenues rose by £32m, yet that was less than half the increase recorded by Manchester United (£82m), Arsenal (£72m) and Manchester City (£66m), who were competing in the Champions League. Match-day incomes fell 6% to £66m and, although the Europa League awaits, those games will not attract the same glitz, glamour or gates. A club who made £193m between 2012 and 2017 from playing in Europe will inevitably suffer another downturn. Share via Email Pochettino used to bow to Chelsea but now Tottenham dictate the terms Listen Share on WhatsApp There will be an impact on retaining key players and the current staffChelsea retained their best players after the trauma of 2015-16 but, two years down the line, concerns centre on their Belgians. Thibaut Courtois enters the last 12 months of his contract in July and, although talks are scheduled to resume in the summer, a goalkeeper consistently linked with a return to Spain may not be quite as keen to re-sign if the immediate future comes without the perk of Champions League football. Eden Hazard’s deal does not expire until 2020, with Chelsea apparently willing to offer him the most lucrative terms in their history, but he seems intent on waiting to see if Real Madrid’s long-standing interest crystallises into a firm offer.Squad strengthening may be harderChelsea thrived in the summer of 2016, prising N’Golo Kanté from Leicester, with David Luiz and Marcos Alonso also added, so they have strengthened without the Champions League factor in the recent past. Theirs is a relatively young setup and hardly in need of a radical overhaul, which is just as well because recruitment would be a challenge. They have spent relatively heavily in recent windows, for all Conte’s complaints, albeit with money recouped for players such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic. The problem has arguably been the reluctance to secure stellar arrivals – Conte was after established pedigree – and the size of the revamp instigated in each window, with so many ins and outs. The senior squad hardly feels significantly deeper than it did two years ago. This will be a shorter summer window, crammed largely into the post‑World Cup period, which will bring its own complications to be confronted at present without a technical director. Marina Granovskaia has held informal talks with prospective candidates to replace Michael Emenalo but the club do not appear certain quite what the role will entail. Whether that lack of clarity proves a hindrance remains to be seen. Share on Pinterest Antonio Conte Chelsea Topics Spurs end Stamford Bridge curse as Manchester City close on title – Football Weekly Read more features Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Champions League Share on Messenger More pertinently perhaps, so will the club’s reputationIn October Chelsea’s commercial director, Chris Townsend, targeted doubling revenues to more than £650m over the next seven to 10 years “to be a top-four or -five club in Europe [by revenues], rather than ranked eighth”. The aim was to increase the number of sponsors from 12 to between 30 and 35 premium brands, plans considered highly ambitious in a market where clubs such as Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boast a significant head start. It would, according to Townsend, “allow Chelsea to invest more in players”. Yet will prospective sponsors find Chelsea as attractive without the Champions League? At a time when Roman Abramovich is hoping to push through a £1bn redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, a scheme likely to require significant outside investment, the suspicion that Chelsea have regressed into a club who flit in and out of Europe’s elite competition would be damaging.Will the pursuit of a new head coach be affected?The chances of Antonio Conte remaining next season were remote even if the team achieved a top‑four finish, given his relationship with the hierarchy has long since fractured beyond repair. The Italian was plucked from his national association by a club apparently on their knees but the worry remains that the recruitment of an elite successor may be hampered without Champions League football. Certainly any faint hopes of luring Mauricio Pochettino across the capital would have to be abandoned. Luis Enrique might not be overly concerned at life outside the European elite in the short term but his contract at the Camp Nou in his previous position is understood to have been worth far more than Conte’s £9.5m a season. Thomas Tuchel is apparently not under consideration, though other young coaches may come into the hierarchy’s thinking. A club who go through two-season managerial cycles may have to sell a long-term project to prospective candidates. Share on Facebook Reuse this content
Cabinet has agreed to the establishment of a National Craft Council, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.Addressing a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, the Minister said this follows a submission from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) and a concept paper presented by the Ministry of Tourism to the Cabinet.He explained that the submission by MICAF highlighted the rationale for the policy and noted that the vision is for a viable, sustainable, diversified and internationally competitive industry showcasing authentic Jamaican products that have the capacity to sustain livelihood and leverage inherent creativity in cultural expression among the Jamaican people.Senator Reid said the cross-cutting nature of the craft industry was highlighted by the strategic objectives of the policy. This includes the establishment of a Craft Council and the establishment of artisan villages.“Given the nature of the industry, an integrated multisectoral approach across ministries and agencies was deemed necessary,” he explained.
A $1 million investment in African Nova Scotian learners will give students more opportunities to upgrade their skills and provide them with more support in school. The investment is part of government’s new plan for education, Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together. Education Minister Jamie Muir made the announcement today, July 20, during a leadership and management conference for African Nova Scotian educators in North Preston, Halifax Regional Municipality. “We’re focused on making investments that directly impact students,” said Mr. Muir. “We’re going to hire more student support workers, increase community college scholarships and work with the Nova Scotia Community College to provide more opportunities for students. All of these initiatives will contribute to a more equitable and accessible education system.” This year’s investment doubles the $500,000 government invested in 2004-05. It is part of a $4.1-million commitment to implement the operational recommendations of the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report on Education over four years. Many recommendations have already been implemented including the establishment of the Council on African Canadian Education and an elected seat on every school board for an African Nova Scotian representative. “This $1-million commitment will allow the Council on African Canadian Education and its partners to build on the work already started toward establishing an Africentric Learning Institute,” said Charles Sheppard, chair of the council. “The first africentric leadership and management training being offered for educators this week is an example of the innovative and unique programs the institute will offer.” Some of the initiatives being implemented in 2005-06 are: The Department of Education and the Council of African Canadian Education have also established a review committee to identify the needs of the Africentric Learning Institute. The committee will review the institute’s structure, role and function within the community, its sustainability and programming, as well as its capital requirements. In December, the committee will make recommendations about what is required to get the institute up and running. $156,000 to aid in the development and delivery of programs for the Africentric Learning Institute $310,000 for school boards to hire eight new student-support workers $90,000 to the Council of African Canadian Education to support its operations $50,000 to implement youth leadership and development programs $30,000 to increase parental involvement in the education system $49,000 to increase Community College Awards by 50 per cent, to $1,800 per student $50,000 for short-term, employment-related training for which students are not eligible to receive student loan support $80,000 to expand adult programming $100,000 to establish a program to enable African Nova Scotian youth to upgrade their skills with the goal of entering community college programs, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College $56,000 to continue implementing curriculum that represents a diverse population
Library users in the province will be pleased to know the popular Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere pilot program that allows users to borrow books at one location and return them at another is here to stay. For example, a book borrowed at the Kentville Library can be returned at any public, college or university library in the province. “This is great news for library users who enjoy the convenience of this service already,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Nova Scotians work hard and, with a struggling economy, flexible, convenient and economical options for entertainment makes life better for families.” The program was developed by Libraries Nova Scotia, a collaboration of all public, college and university libraries. During the pilot phase, launched in October 2009, over 20,000 items were returned under the program. “We have seen how much our borrowers value and use this new service and the response from library users has been extremely positive,” said Donna Bourne Tyson, university librarian at Dalhousie University. “This program makes the most effective use of library collections provincewide and provides an added level of convenience to our borrowers. Library staff are proud of this service enhancement and pleased to support it.” To borrow items, simply bring identification or a public library card to get a free membership at any participating library. To return borrowed items, drop them off at the nearest library. Libraries Nova Scotia was formed by Nova Scotia’s university, college and public libraries to improve library services. More information on the Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere program is available at www.librariesns.ca .
The recently concluded strike by West Bengal doctors had many unusual features to it. There is nothing new in irate relatives of patients attacking doctors. Such outbursts keep occurring regularly in different parts of the country. There is nothing new in the affected doctors going on strikes demanding better protection either. What is new this time is the larger political dimension the entire issue assumed in West Bengal. Even as the state was being rocked by post-poll violence with BJP being on the offensive, the ruling party at the Centre opened a new front. When the junior doctors in the state went on a flash strike to protest against serious attack on two of their colleagues by the unruly relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital on 10 June 2019, BJP saw an opportunity to fish in the troubled waters. The ruling powers at the Centre swung into action. Also Read – A special kind of bondThen something hitherto unheard of happened. On June 13, 2019, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a four-day nationwide protest including a one-day all-India solidarity strike on June 17. On the morning of June 14, meetings were arranged between Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and no less than half a dozen doctors’ associations in Delhi, where they complained to him about attacks on two of their colleagues in Kolkata. In a highly controversial move, on June 15, while writing a letter to all chief ministers about beefing up security to doctors, Harsh Vardhan also circulated an old 2017 Bill titled Draft Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017 as a model bill of sorts. The Bill, however, had been drafted by the IMA and not by the Union Health Ministry, and it prescribed ten years of rigorous punishment to those who assault doctors, almost considering them at par with murderers, and the Bill had not been vetted by the Union Law Ministry or approved by the Cabinet! Also Read – Insider threat managementIn another unusual gesture, the Union Home Ministry under BJP strongman Amit Shah sought reports from the West Bengal government not only about the general political violence in the state but also specifically on the attack on these two doctors. In an equally unusual gesture, on June 15, the AIIMS Doctors’ Association, known to be loyal to Harsh Vardhan, gave a two-day media “ultimatum” to the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee though they were at a loss to explain what the ultimatum was about. On June 17, from Ahmedabad to Hyderabad, and from Lucknow to Patna, and in Pondicherry and Chandigarh, tens of thousands of doctors went on a strike. In yet another surprise development, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat stooped down to the level of a mofussil politician and criticised Mamata personally for the doctors’ strike while addressing the concluding session of a training programme for RSS volunteers at Nagpur on June 17. Are the assaults on doctors by patients’ relatives too widespread and is the entire medical community too incensed to go on a spontaneous strike in solidarity with the striking West Bengal doctors? Is the issue really so serious at all parts of the country that it was snowballing into a major all-India media and political issue? No, not at all! The local IMA chapters and BJP wings among the doctors took care to explain to doctors that there would be no action as the strike enjoyed the indirect support of BJP governments. In this sense, it was an engineered strike. But the dramatic anti-climax happened in Kolkata that day. Mamata Banerjee, sensing the BJP’s larger plan, invited doctors for talks on June 17. Being a consummate political communicator, she even accepted their precondition for live-streaming the meeting. On June 17, the day of the all-India strike, she met with an unusually large delegation of two representatives each from more than 30 hospitals, and in the meeting, she assured them of full protection and accepted almost all their demands. Meanwhile, pressure and public criticism were also mounting against doctors and one patient even died in Malda allegedly in the absence of timely medical attention. The young doctors were not carried away by the unexpected new-found all-India support from BJP but withdrew their strike. BJP, which had hoped to further rake up the issue against Mamata, ended up with egg on its face! The high-point of Mamata’s agreement with doctors was the establishment of complaint redressal cell in each hospital, a sensible institutional option which patients can use to take up their grievances instead of resorting to blind physical violence against doctors. Mamata also directed the police chief to appoint nodal officers to oversee security arrangements for doctors in each hospital, who would be answerable for that. These were the most practical and sensible solutions to the vexing issue. Regarding legislative protection to doctors, Tamil Nadu had already passed an act in 2018 called Tamil Nadu Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2008, that made any act of violence against any medical personnel or institution a cognizable non-bailable offence and prescribed imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may extend to ten years with fine. This itself was called too stringent by rights groups which feared its misuse against poor people and nobody has been punished under it though and there has been no review of its functioning by the Centre either. Instead of proceeding in that direction and drafting a realistic Bill at the ministerial level after consulting the Law Ministry, Harsh Vardhan thought it fit to circulate an unofficial Bill prepared by the IMA that made a mockery of criminal jurisprudence and the principle of proportionality. The young doctors of Bengal remained stuck to their professional concerns and failed to walk into the trap of political manipulation. Mamata Banerjee also outsmarted the BJP in their own political gameplan. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
International Medical Corps Global Ambassador Sienna Miller is in Lebanon to raise awareness about the ongoing Syria crisis – now well into its fourth year – and the enormous impact the war is having on both Syrian refugees and the communities in Lebanon that are assisting them.The estimated 1.1 million Syrians in Lebanon now comprise more than one-fourth of the country’s total population, putting a huge strain on Lebanon’s scarce resources. Lebanon hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country.“These Syrian families have lost loved ones, their homes and livelihoods, and witnessed unspeakable horrors,” Miller said. “Throughout the crisis the true First Responders in Lebanon have been the host communities. It is the people of Lebanon who generously provided space, shared food and access to water, opened their health centers and their schools.”“The most vulnerable include pregnant women, and children under the age of five who have not received vaccinations for years during the war. There is also a severe risk of disease outbreaks in the settlements, where access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is extremely challenging. Groups like International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission are achieving incredible things but it is important that the world does not forget about Syria’s refugees or their hosts in Lebanon.”Earlier this year, Miller joined European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva to launch the First Responders Campaign, a collaboration between International Medical Corps and the European Commission to celebrate humanitarian first responders in places like Lebanon who are saving lives every day.“International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission support local communities around the world in being their own best First Responders. I am doing all I can to stand behind these heroic individuals and raise awareness of the lifesaving work they are doing every day.”
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.47 points to 15,042.52.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.16 points to 21,787.51.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 1.97 points to 2,441.08.The Nasdaq composite index was up 11.34 points to 6,276.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.06 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 80.05 cents US.
Brock University students have a lot to celebrate this month with a variety of events happening on and off campus.Homecoming, the opening of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the unveiling of the new artificial turf field and the Niagara Wine Festival to name a few.Over the next two weekends, Brock students will be volunteering at the Niagara Wine Festival.It’s a tradition that started in 1997, said Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Outreach and Continuing Education.She said students from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute will be in Montebello Park Sept. 19-20 and Sept. 26-27 helping winemakers show off their vintages during the wine and cheese seminars.“We are there to add an educational component and it’s a lot of fun – a chance to listen, learn and taste,” said Tatarnic.She said the students who volunteer have an excellent opportunity to work alongside some of the region’s premier winemakers and Brock alumni.Students will also be showing off their Badger pride during the annual Grape and Wine Parade on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to watch the parade roll through downtown St. Catharines.On Friday, Sept. 18, the entire Brock community celebrates a milestone seven years in the making. The opening of the $45.5-million MIWSFPA in downtown St. Catharines will include tours, performances and speeches.On Saturday, Sept. 19, it’s all about homecoming. Campus will be busy with alumni participating in reunions, tours and the weekend’s signature event – the Red Dinner. Brock alumni will gather in the field in front of Schmon Tower to reconnect and enjoy food truck eats.Also on Saturday, the opening of the new $1.5-million artificial turf field made possible through donations from alumni. After the ceremony, which will include revealing the field’s name, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will each play home games starting at 1 p.m.On Sunday, Sept. 20, a group of Brock students and staff will be participating in the annual Terry Fox Run. Brock cancer researchers will speak at the kick-off, sharing stories about how the Terry Fox Institute has helped them in the important work they do.For a full list of Homecoming events visit: http://brocku.ca/brock-news/2015/09/brock-university-celebrates-homecoming-weekend/For more information about the Niagara Wine Festival visit: http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/
by Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2014 3:44 pm MDT Tourism to Israel drops dramatically as jittery tourists fearful after Gaza war with Hamas JERUSALEM – It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travellers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake.The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel’s thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war.“Our challenge is how to prevent more cancellations. Despite a month having passed since the war, there is still an image among tourists that it is not safe to travel here,” said Oded Grofman of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association.Israel’s war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.Israel launched the war July 8 in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and to destroy a network of tunnels used to attack Israelis. More than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. Israel and Hamas signed a cease-fire on Aug. 26.None of the casualties on the Israeli side occurred in the country’s tourist hubs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which endured rocket attacks but were largely protected by the Iron Dome missile defence system. Still, gruesome images of the war beamed around the world scared tourists away. One rocket that landed near Israel’s international airport spurred American and European airlines to suspend flights for 48 hours, sending a chill through the local tourism industry.Before the war, the country hoped for a record-breaking year for tourist visitors. Since the second Palestinian uprising subsided nearly a decade ago, Israel has enjoyed a tourism boom, with as many as 3.6 million foreign visitors to the country last year. Tourism is now an estimated $5 billion industry and provides more than 110,000 jobs in Israel.But the war caused a 31 per cent drop in foreign visitors to Israel during that period compared to 2013, with the decline in August reaching 36 per cent. The amount of visitors during that month was the lowest since February 2009, shortly after fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. Israel’s Tourism Ministry estimates the losses to be upward of $544 million. A postwar influx of visitors for the Jewish holidays is expected to bring some relief, but not enough to salvage a miserable season.Merchants in Jerusalem’s Old City, a top tourist destination, say they are still feeling the sting. The area’s cobblestone streets are typically filled with tourists purchasing chintzy wares and cheeky T-shirts and visiting the holy sites. But they’ve been eerily empty over the summer.“When the Gaza war started it just went down,” said Kevork Kahvedjian, whose family has run a shop selling old photos in the Old City since 1949. “There were no people at all, none. It was as if there was a curfew or something.” Kahvedjian said his sales declined as much as 90 per cent.Beyond tourists, the war also drove away foreign acts, with many artists slated to perform this summer — among them Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys and Lana Del Rey — pulling out. Singer Lady Gaga did end up performing in front of a crowd of 20,000 people in Tel Aviv, however.The slump in tourism comes amid a wider economic slowdown in Israel, which emerged intact from the 2008 global financial crisis though is now suffering from timid growth. The Bank of Israel has taken measures to stimulate the economy, dropping interest rate levels to 0.25 per cent — the lowest ever — but some economists fear the country may be headed toward a recession. The Gaza war and its side effects may compound the sluggish growth.Mirit Craven Schneider was among the droves of tourists who cancelled trips to Israel because of the war. She was set to spend two weeks touring the country with her husband and three young children in what would have been their first trip to Israel.“Once everything started happening, it was very concerning,” said Craven Schneider, a first grade teacher from Houston, Texas. “We didn’t want to be there with air raid sirens going off, and the kids having to spend time in bomb shelters.”The industry is hoping to bounce back. Israel’s Tourism Ministry is set to launch new campaigns in markets in the U.S., Germany and Russia meant to target niche travellers, including Jewish and Christian communities. This year is largely unsalvageable, but officials hope that the numbers will rise again.“People abroad might feel that things here are unsafe but this is a very, very safe country,” Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said. “This is exactly the kind of perception that we would like to share with all of our potential visitors.”___Follow Tia Goldenberg on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tgoldenberg . 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