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Congress drawing political mileage from floods and calamity: BJP

first_imgThe war of words between the BJP and Opposition over management of the floods continues with the Congress and its senior leadership being accused of politicising the rescue and relief operation. This follows former chief minster Prithviraj Chavan’s allegation last week that the government was biased against the flood-hit western Maharashtra and may have responded differently if it had affected Vidarbha, a BJP stronghold and home to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. State unit BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari pointed out that the CM had cancelled his Vidarbha tour and returned to Mumbai to hold an emergency cabinet meeting. “He then went to New Delhi to participate in the last rites of Sushma Swaraj only to come back and visit Kolhapur the same day. This CM is 24×7 focussed. He even cancelled a tour to Russia,” said Mr Bhandari. Comparing the relief work to that during the 2005 floods, Mr. Bhandari said while over a thousand people had died then, not everyone was adequately compensated by the then government. Not everyone benefited from the State’s schemes and the Congress should ponder over the fact that it left Mumbai to fend for itself under the watch of its then leader from western Maharashtra, he said. “Mr. Chavan should be concerned about the work done by his party’s government during the 2005 floods,” Mr. Bhandari said.last_img read more

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Viswanathan Anand holds Hikaru Nakmura in Sinquefield Cup first round

first_imgViswanathan Anand, the five-time world champion, started the Sinquefield Cup with a draw against USA’s Hikaru Nakmura on Saturday. Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis is a part of the Grand Chess tour.Anand, who finished last in the rapid and blitz event earlier this month, did not give Nakamura any chance to hold the American to an easy draw.The pieces changed hands at regular intervals as Anand equalised with a typical central breakthrough in the middle game and the players arrived at a drawn queen and pawns endgame in quick time where the peace was a just result.Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan got off to a flier cruising past Wesley So of the US.In the other decisive game of the day, Levon Aronian of Armenia came up with a brilliant endgame show to beat Sergey Karjakin of Russia.The other two games in the ten-player round-robin tournament ended in draws as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point with world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and USA’s Fabiano Caruana could not make much headway against Alexander Grischuk of Russia.With eight rounds still remaining in the 300000 USD prize money tournament, Mamedyarov and Aronian emerged as early leaders with one point, while Anand, Nakamura, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana and Grischuk follow them at half point behind.It turned out to be a good day for Mamedyarov who enjoyed his typical variety of chess with complications remaining for the major part.Until a week ago, Wesley So was leading the Grand Chess tour but the pounding in rapid and blitz and the first round loss here means that the Filipino-turned-American will have to recover lost ground.advertisementIt was another Queen’s gambit declined of the day but Mamedyarov put pressure on the king side to win a pawn by force. The technicalities remained but the Azerbaijani made it look like child’s play and it was a picturesque finale where the checkmate was imminent.Aronian outwitted Karjakin out of a Berlin defense game as white. Slow manoeuvring throughout the game out of a level position ensued in the queen-less middle game and Karjakin was the first to err. Aronian wrapped it up in 69 moves.Results round 1: Hikaru Nakamura (Usa) drew with V Anand (Ind); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor); Fabiano Caruana (Usa) drew with Alexander Grischuk (Rus); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) beat Wesley So (Usa); Levon Aronian (Arm) beat Sergey Karjakin (Rus).(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Was affected by fatigue in Asian Games 2018 400m Final: Muhammed Anas

first_imgMuhammed Anas Yahiya became India’s first silver-medallist in the Men’s 400m race at the Asian Games in 36 years. The last time an Indian won a silver medal or better at the Asian Games was in 1982 in New Delhi and it was K.K. Premachandran.On Sunday, Anas bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 400m, finishing just behind Qatar’s Hassan Abdalelah, with a timing of 45.69 seconds.Anas had qualified for the Final after topping the charts in both the Heats Qualification and Semifinal after clocking 45.63 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively.Earlier in the year, Anas had marginally missed out on a podium finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast but had set a personal best and National Record of 45.31 seconds.Congrats #MuhammedAnas for tht tremendous effort of 45.69s that added one more medal to #India’s tally at #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsiaThat was #WillToWin champion!!@muhammedanasyah @ioaindia @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/b97Vv4D1E7Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 26, 2018ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 9 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYHe later broke his own National Record during Nove Mesto nad Metuji in Czech Republic by clocking 45.24 seconds in a 400m race.However, announcing himself to the world at the Asian Games means the world to Anas. The fact that he missed out at CWG 2018 perhaps pushed him even more and in the end, he was able to fulfill one of his aims in Jakarta.”It was one of my aims to win a medal [at the Asian Games]. The practice for the Games was extremely good in Czech Republic, where there was a nice weather and good food. I also got a lot of competition and companionship in practice there,” Anas told IndiaToday.in.advertisementAnas topped the charts in both the rounds before the Final and clocked a brilliant 45.30 seconds in the Semifinals. During the Final, he got off the blocks brilliantly but faded away towards the end and just about managed to hold on to a silver medal.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverAnas accepted that fatigue played its part in his run at the Final but was still happy to have achieve the silver medal finish.”Yes, I got fatigued after the Semifinals and I guess that affected my run a bit but I want to thank God that I won a medal here.”During the Heats and Semifinals in Jakarta, it was evident how Anas attempted to break into massive speed in the last 100m at so to give himself a chance to win the race.Like it was seen even with India’s newest sensation Hima Das during her IAAF U20 World Championships gold medal run, she burst in the last 80 metres to take the gold.Anas said how he and his coach worked extremely hard on his speed ahead of the Asian Games and it bore its fruit. However, he added that he still needs to get better in that aspect and managed his body better.”During the practice for the Asian Games, we lay special focus on my speed. I still need to develop my speed further to run better,” Anas said.Sunday proved be a silver day for India in athletics as along with Anas, Hima and Dutee Chand also won silver medals in Women’s 400m and Women’s 100m, respectively.By the end of Day 8 of the Asian Games 2018, India stood at ninth in the medals tally table with 36 medals — 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.last_img read more

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Madrid notch largest European away win in 39 years

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid notch largest European away win in 39 years Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:13 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL Zinedine Zidane’s men made easy work of APOEL on Tuesday, led by Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid’s 6-0 victory at APOEL on Tuesday night was their largest away win in the Champions League/European Cup since 1978.Zinedine Zidane’s men steamrolled the Cypriot side behind doubles from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, clinching a berth in the Champions League round of 16. Dabblebet’s CL odds here 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 The win marked the largest European margin of victory away since the Blancos defeated Luxembourg side Progres Niedercorn 7-0 in September 1978.6+ – Real Madrid have registered their biggest away win in Champions League/European Cup since September 1978 (7-0 vs Progrès Niedercorn). Steamroller. pic.twitter.com/OkHHEKjUys— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 21, 2017The two-time defending Champions League winners will have to settle for second place in their group, however, with Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund securing top spot in Group H.last_img read more

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ESPN Names The 10 Best “Future” College Football Programs

first_img The answer: Not really.ESPN’s “future” power rankings top 10 is:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateNotre DameTexasWashingtonFloridaLSUThe Future Power Rankings are in and rounding out the top three spots in college football …1️⃣: @ClemsonFB 2️⃣: @AlabamaFTBL 3️⃣: @FootballUGAFull Top 25: https://t.co/G66pgUU3np pic.twitter.com/PmhgVtU1pg— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 13, 2019The “future” power rankings aren’t meant to predict anything that far out, though. It’s a three-year projection:Projecting through the next three seasons, the full-team Future Power Rankings examine offense-defense balance, recruiting performance, and potential coaching changes, dismissals and exciting new hires. Overall program trend (past, present and especially future) is weighed, too.So, this list seems pretty fair.Clemson has been recruiting better than anyone in the country – yes, even Alabama – and the Tigers are coming off a national title season. Dabo’s program rightfully gets the No. 1 slot.You can view the full rankings here. a wide shot of the rose bowl gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)A handful of programs have dominated the college football world over the last five to 10 years. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma, among others, have been the country’s best in recent seasons.Will that change moving forward?ESPN has released its “future” power rankings for the college football world.Is anyone going to overtake the Crimson Tide or Tigers moving forward?last_img read more

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Messi and Suarez lead Barca to Rayo victory

first_imgMadrid: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might have been rested but instead both played and scored as Barcelona came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano, ahead of their crunch Champions League second leg against Lyon. Raul de Tomas’ scintillating strike gave struggling Rayo a surprise lead at the Camp Nou but Messi converted a penalty and Suarez finished a brilliant passing move to seal a 3-1 win, after Gerard Pique had headed in an equaliser on Saturday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhen Barca kicked off, Atletico Madrid had just completed their own 1-0 victory over Leganes, although Diego Simeone was more cautious, resting Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez, with Tuesday’s trip to Juventus in mind. “It is normal when there is an important game on Tuesday,” said Simeone, who substituted Griezmann at half-time. “He was not injured, he had just given all that he had to give.” There was always a risk that La Liga’s top two might take their eye off the ball, given Barcelona’s last 16-tie with Lyon hangs in the balance after a goalless draw in France, while Atletico hold a 2-0 lead over Juve but can expect an onslaught in Turin. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”We have a crucial match on Wednesday,” Ernesto Valverde said. “We know the importance it has for many reasons — because of the opponent, the competition and because we have seen what has happened to other big teams already.” Yet both avoided slip-ups to leave Real Madrid even further adrift in La Liga before they play away at Real Valladolid on Sunday. Barca stay seven points clear of Atletico and, temporarily at least, move 15 ahead of Real. Even with a two-goal cushion for the final eight minutes, Ernesto Valverde kept Messi and Suarez on until the end, which may have surprised some, given he was accused of exhausting key players last season at the expense of success in Europe. Messi’s appearance was his 443rd for Barcelona in La Liga, moving him ahead of Andres Iniesta and behind only Xavi Hernandez, on 505, in the club’s all-time list. Samuel Umtiti started his second match in three months after recovering from a knee injury. “Little by little he is reaching his level,” said Valverde. But Philippe Coutinho was underwhelming again, despite being picked ahead of Ousmane Dembele. He poked an early chance wide after a Messi cross and De Tomas put Rayo in front soon after, driving at Pique before unleashing a sizzling shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Pique headed one Messi free-kick wide and then another in at the near post, nipping in front of Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to nod in his sixth goal of the season. Dembele came on for Arthur Melo at half-time and Coutinho dropped deeper, but it was right-back Nelson Semedo that earned the penalty, after a foul from Jordi Amat. Messi made no mistake. Rayo’s belief, and energy, melted away and Barca’s third was their best of the night. Suarez freed Dembele down the right and he found Suarez again with a pull-back. Instead of shooting, Suarez bounced the ball off Ivan Rakitic in the area before finally tapping home. There was nothing as free-flowing at the Wanda Metropolitano where perhaps the greatest show of creativity came from Leganes, whose players wore shirts with the name of their mothers on their backs to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday. The first half was almost entirely forgettable but despite the absence of attacking punch, Griezmann came off at half-time for Thomas Lemar, with no visible sign of an injury. Griezmann would have taken the penalty soon after, won by Angel Correa with some quick feet in the area, which lured Kenneth Omeruo into a clumsy challenge. Saul stepped up and missed, but tucked in the rebound after Andriy Lunin could only push the ball back into his path.last_img read more

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Dynasty politics 8 grandchildren great grandsons and sons of exCMs to test

first_imgChandigarh: A platform for dynastic politics for decades, Haryana is seeing many political families in fray this time too as grandchildren of four former chief ministers, two great grandsons and sons of political bigwigs are trying their luck.Political families including Chautalas, Bishnois and Hoodas are in fray every election in Haryana, a Jat-dominated state. However, the grandchildren of the four former chief ministers including Bhajan Lal, Chaudhary Devi Lal, Om Prakash Chautala and Bansi Lal, say they are not contesting the elections riding on the popularity of their families but on basis of the work done in their constituencies. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile the Congress has fielded Bansi Lal’s granddaughter Shruti Chaudhary from Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of Bhajan Lal and son of Kuldip Bishnoi is the party’s candidate from Hisar. Chaudhary, a former MP from the Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, told PTI, Coming from a politically influential family does come with its benefits as the family has a goodwill but voters today cannot be taken for ride. They are not interested in our dynasties but the work done . Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShruti’s mother, Kiran Chaudhary, is an MLA from Bhiwan’s Tosahm constituency. Three Chautala great grandsons are in fray albeit not from the same party after the Chautala clan split last year following a bitter family feud. With Om Prakash Chautala being in jail in connection with the teacher recruitment scam, his son Ajay Chautala had broken away from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) which has formed an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state. While the alliance has fielded Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala from Hisar and Sonepat respectively, Arjun Chautala, son of Abhay Chautala, is the INLD candidate from Kurukshetra constituency. Hisar, the industrial hub of Haryana and a politically crucial constituency, i seeing a triangular contest among grandsons. Digvijay Chautala and Bhavya Bishnoi are pitted against Brijendra Singh, the great grandson of prominent farmer leader Chotu Ram and son of Union Minister Birender Singh. I am not entering politics because I had nowhere to go. I have carved my own path in civil services, fairly succeeded at that and I am entering mainstream politics when I am confident I can bring substance to the table, Singh told PTI. And the dynasty politics theory does not apply to me as my party (BJP) is against it and hence my father has already submitted his resignation both from the Ministry and Rajya Sabha, he added. Rao Inderjit Singh, a Union Minister and son of former Haryana Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh, is in fray from Gurgaon. Singh, the sitting MP from Gurgaon, had ended his family’s decades old association with the Congress ahead of the 2014 elections and joined the BJP. Kuldeep Sharma, a former Haryana Speaker, the Congress candidate from Karnal is also in the fray to retain his family legacy. The Karnal seat was won by his late father Chiranji Lal four times in a row, thrice defeating BJP bigwig Sushma Swaraj. Also in the fray are Hooda father-son duo with Bhupender Singh Hooda, a former Haryana Chief Minister, contesting from Sonepat constituency and his son Deepender Singh Hooda contesting from Rohtak. The Hooda son, who is a sitting MP from Rohtak constituency, was the lone Congress candidate to win in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the Hoodas do not see a problem with dynasty politics. He told PTI, “if people have been voting for us for several terms means they have faith in us and find us credible. What is the problem with that?” PTIlast_img read more

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Morocco Frente Polisario remain far apart on Western Sahara – Ban Kimoon

Morocco and the Frente Polisario are still far apart on how to provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, despite the two parties’ commitment to a process of negotiations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.Mr. Ban writes that during the latest round of talks, held earlier this month in Manhasset, New York, the two sides held several sessions of face-to-face discussions but did not examine specific elements in each other’s proposals.“Although the parties dynamically interacted with each other, there was hardly any exchange that could be characterized as negotiations,” he states, adding that “their stated position remained far apart on ways to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.”The talks – attended also by Algeria and Mauritania as neighbouring countries – were limited largely to preliminary discussions on thematic subjects such as administration, competencies and organs, while the parties discussed but did not agree on any confidence-building measures.But Mr. Ban notes that in a communiqué issued by his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Peter van Walsum, after the talks, the two sides “agreed on the need to move the process into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.”Morocco and Frente Polisario also welcomed the intention of Mr. van Walsum to visit the region shortly for in-depth consultations and agreed to re-convene for a fourth round of talks in Manhasset, scheduled for 11 to 13 March.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario. 29 January 2008Morocco and the Frente Polisario are still far apart on how to provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, despite the two parties’ commitment to a process of negotiations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

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Nicaragua UN rights chief alarmed by imminent expulsion of key human rights

According to High Commissioner Bachelet, the two non-profit human rights organisations were set up by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), “in full cooperation with the Government after the violence and unrest earlier this year”. One of them is MESENI, a follow-up mechanism from IACHR set up specifically for Nicaragua, and the other is known as GIEI – the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts.“After the earlier cancellation of the registration and confiscation of properties of national NGOs working on human rights, the de facto expulsion of the two IACHR organizations means there are now virtually no functioning independent human rights bodies left in Nicaragua,” said Ms. Bachelet, who added that “the Government has said it will no longer accept visits by the IACHR itself”.Civil society is in danger of being shut out altogether, and international organizations are also struggling to keep operating – UN rights chief Michelle BacheletSince April, when student-led protests began in response to a decree which raised taxes and ordered changes to social security, hundreds have been arrested. The UN human rights office (OHCHR), has received reports that fair trial rights of protesters and their leaders are being violated.According to media reports, the violence and civil unrest has led to around 300 deaths, and a report from the UN rights office in late August, detailed numerous violations carried out by Nicaraguan security forces, including extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. The report noted that 22 police officers had also lost their lives. “Coupled with the parallel clamp-down on independent media, including last weekend’s raids on media outlets, the net result is a country where civil society is in danger of being shut out altogether, and international organizations are also struggling to keep operating,” warned the UN Human Rights High Commissioner.“These actions by the Government make resolution of the crisis affecting the country much more difficult and risk blocking all dialogue within the country, with neighbouring states and with the international community at large, with possible wide-ranging consequences,” she added, hoping that some common ground can be found with the Government so this trend can be reversed. read more

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Scottish economy performed half as well as UK last year

first_img“By making Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK, the Scottish Government risks damaging, rather than growing, our economy.”Dean Lockhart, the Tory economy spokesman said the SNP could not blame anyone else, adding: “It’s not because of Brexit and not because of Westminster. It’s been caused by the actions of a short-sighted, high-tax and anti-business SNP government.” Nicola Sturgeon said her government was working to support businessCredit:PA New figures have revealed that Scotland’s economy performed only half as well as the rest of the UK last year, amid warnings that tax hikes taking effect from Friday risk damaging to economic growth.The latest Scottish Government statistics show that GDP grew by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2017.Annual growth for Scotland was 0.8 per cent higher than the previous 12 months, but the UK economy grew over the same period by 1.8 per cent.The Scottish Conservatives said the statistics were the fault of SNP administrations that have been in charge of the country’s economy for more than a decade.David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, claimed that while it was good that GDP continued to grow, for the fourth quarter in a row, it was ”increasingly concerning that a significant gap persists between Scotland’s economy and the rest of the UK”.He added: “The Scottish Government has the powers to boost productivity and strengthen the economy, and must use them to close this gap. 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. david mundell The Liberal Democrats branded the figures “pathetic”, with the party’s economy spokesman Cllr Carolyn Caddick stating: “People will be disappointed that for all their speeches SNP ministers have not been able to keep pace with the growth in the rest of the UK. UK growth itself is pretty pathetic.”Nicola Sturgeon, visiting a power firm in Dumbarton, said her government was working to support businesses despite t”he Brexit headwinds”.She added: “This is the fourth consecutive quarter of positive economic growth in Scotland and we are seeing growth his year that is stronger than the growth in our economy last year.”Its important that we continue to support businesses and companies across Scotland to see that growth accelerate – that’s why we’re investing in research and development, its why we’ve set out plans to establish a National Investment Bank, investing in manufacturing and supporting the economy in every way.”Of course one of the biggest challenges Scotland and the UK faces over the next few years is Brexit, which is why its so in the interests of our economy to see Scotland remaining in the single market.”Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, said that compared to the same point in 2016, Scotland’s economy grew by 1.1 per cent. nicola sturgeon “Scotland deserves better than SNP ministers content to put their fingers in their ears, do nothing and blame bad economic performance on Brexit.” Scotland’s quarterly growth was slightly up from the previous quarter figure of 0.2 per cent, and slightly behind the 0.4 per cent economic growth seen across Britain.However, construction decline by 2.6 per cent, the eighth consecutive fall, with agriculture, forestry and fishing also reduced.The services sector, making up about 75 per cent of Scotland’s economy, grew by 0.5 per cent while output in the production sector was up by 0.9 per cent. David Mundell said Scottish Government tax hikes risked damaging the economyCredit:Getty The Scottish Parliament ratified the SNP administration’s tax plans in February, which will mean people earning over £26,000 paying more tax than those south of the border.The new five-band system creates a 19p “starter” rate for lower earners and a 21p “intermediate” rate for earnings over £24,000. A penny has also been added to both the higher and top rates of tax, making them 41p and 46p respectively.Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour’s economy spokesman, said any amount of economic growth was welcome, but claimed the figures exposed “how Scotland’s pitiful economic growth under the SNP is low and slow”.She added: “Scotland’s economy is still lagging far behind the rest of the UK, while the continued contraction in the construction sector is a particular concern. He added: ”These figures are welcome, but we are determined to do more to grow our economy.”last_img read more

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Armed Forces told to ignore rank in bid to prevent suicides

The higher degree of risk and pressure in the armed forces can lead to suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans says, as new support is offered to service personnel.Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley The higher degree of risk and pressure in the armed forces can lead to suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans says, as new support is offered to service personnel. Soldiers must report their superiors if they think they are a suicide risk, the first ever suicide prevention booklet given to the armed forces says.The new pocket guide to help armed forces personnel spot and support those who may be struggling with their mental health will be launched on September 4th. The guide, jointly launched by Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence, gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties and considering suicide. It suggests ways of offering support and gives information on where help can be found.All military personnel and reserves, some 200,000 people, will have access to either a hard copy or digital version of the booklet.A loss of personal discipline, drinking alone and appearing “not quite there” are all warning signs, the guide says. Using negative statements such as ‘it’s like everything is against me’ could be an indication the individual is struggling.‘Being in the armed forces means you are exposed to a higher degree of risk and pressure than you might expect in other jobs,’ the booklet states. The guide champions ‘looking after your mates’ and is specifically designed to promote peer support amongst those serving, regardless of rank.   Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said: “Mental health issues can affect anyone and I want to ensure no one in our military suffers in silence. It is vital that service personnel know where to turn to in times of crisis, and this guide will raise awareness of the support available”.“By helping our people to spot the early signs that someone may be struggling, we give them the best chance of a full recovery.”The booklet will also help personnel spot signs that colleagues may be having suicidal thoughts and provides information on how such a situation should be approached, and where support is available.The military rate of suicide was 8 per 100,000 in 2017, compared to 18 per 100,000 in the general population in 2016. Although the number of military personnel who take their lives continues to be below rates for the general population, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood, said: “We’re committed to ensuring that those who need help are able to get the support they need”.Mr Ellwood has previously championed the cause of mental health care for the armed forces, having revealed his army veteran uncle killed himself having suffered depression in silence.The guide acknowledges suicide is a complex issue and says there is rarely only one reason why someone chooses to take their own life. It highlights homesickness, losing custody of a child, long-term separation and the recent loss of a friend or loved one as being possible triggers. Loss of identity for those leaving the armed forces is also a concern.The booklet is the first in a series of joint initiatives by the Samaritans and the MoD to offer training and support to serving personnel, veterans and their families who are struggling with mental health issues. The programme has been funded by £3.5 million from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate.Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland, said: “Samaritans is committed to bringing the expertise we have gained in training people to provide peer support to the military, in order to prevent suicides. This is the first step in a journey to provide a variety of support for serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families.”The Ministry of Defence is now spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for serving personnel. In February of this year, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families, funded by the MoD and run by the charity Combat Stress. 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. read more

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Police hunting £48m golden lavatory thieves release man 66 on bail

Guide book showing the location of works by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace including “America”, a solid gold toilet that has apparently been stolen.Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Guide book showing the location of works by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace including "America", a solid gold toilet that has apparently been stolen. “From the speed the robbery was executed we can say for sure they are great performers,” he said.“Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold,” he added.Cattelan described his golden lavatory as “the 1 per cent for the 99 per cent, and I hope it still is. I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action.” The golden lavatory, on display in New York Investigating officer Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: “We are still actively searching for the stolen piece of artwork and there will be a continued police presence in and around the palace while this search continues.“We believe a group of people used at least two vehicles during the burglary, which was reported to Thames Valley Police at 4.57am on Saturday.“Investigations are continuing and it is our main priority to locate the stolen item and the offenders involved.“I would urge anybody with any information about the burglary, no matter how insignificant you believe this to be, to call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting URN 273.” “Who’s so stupid to steal a toilet? America was the 1% for the 99%, and I hope it still is. I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action…”- Maurizio Cattelan#RIPgoldtoilethttps://t.co/Ol7x6CfGjF pic.twitter.com/4QLBuCbgZN— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 16, 2019 Blenheim Palace said the robbery caused  “significant damage and flooding” and released a picture of the stall today.The lavatory, plumbed into the water system so that visitors could fully engage with the artwork, is worth £4.8 million and its creator, Maurizio Cattelan, 58, said the burglars who stole it were “the real artists”. Mr Hare did not think the man was an employee and had no idea how police had connected him to the lavatory. Police searching for a gang of burglars who stole a solid gold lavatory from Blenheim Palace have released a 66 year-old man on bail.He had been taken in for questioning just hours after the artwork was ripped out of an interior wall at the country house where Winston Churchill was born.This morning, Dominic Hare, Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “You always take a risk in showing art. We have a sophisticated security system, but are now challenged to look hard at ourselves.”Last month, Edward Spencer-Churchill, half-brother of the current Duke of Marlborough and founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation, told the Sunday Times: “It’s not going to be the easiest thing to nick.“Firstly, it’s plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don’t plan to be guarding it.” “Our imagination runs wild, but they are still holding him so they must be convinced there’s a clear connection,” he added.Asked if the artist could have played a part in the theft, Mr Hare said: “I think he would be mortified by that suggestion and has said so. That simply hasn’t happened here.”But he is right. He feels like he is in a heist movie and I think it took him quite a few minutes to comprehend that this had actually happened.”He was mortified, shocked, praying that it was a prank and that it would come back. Now he’s just reflecting, I think.”Ticket holders who booked three-minute time slots to see the fully functioning lavatory will be reimbursed.“They could fully perform on it if they wished, but most people couldn’t time it that way so they just took selfies,” Mr Hare said. 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. The golden lavatory, on display in New YorkCredit:Jacopo Zotti / PA read more

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Crack down on illegal puppy farms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian government is cracking down on illegal puppy farms by introducing tough new penalties, massive fines for cruelty, equipping the RSPCA with new policing and confiscation powers, seizing profits and assets of illegal puppy farms and establishing an Animal Welfare Fund. “Legislation being introduced into Parliament this week will deliver on our election commitment to crack down on illegal puppy farms and ensure operators are held accountable for the welfare of animals in their care,” Mr Baillieu said. “We are not going to tolerate cruelty to animals and these are some of the strongest laws ever introduced to protect animals from abuse and neglect. “I am appalled by the images I have seen of abused and helpless animals and we will be establishing a $1.6 million Animal Welfare Fund to assist organisations that provide care and treatment for these abused animals. “The legislation will also make it illegal to sell or advertise the sale of puppies without a microchip identification number or notice, giving the community confidence that puppies sold are only from legitimate breeders,” Mr Baillieu said. The crackdown includes: • an increase in maximum penalties for puppy farms operating illegally, from $1,195 to $20,000• penalties of up to $30,000 for rogue operators that breach a Code of Practice• a ban on owning animals, of up to 10 years, for those found guilty of operating un-registered puppy farms or breaching a code of conduct• the introduction of a new offence for breeding establishments that fail to provide a microchip number (or council domestic animal business registration number) in an advertisement for a dog or cat• the potential seizure of profits, assets and property of illegal puppy farm operatorslast_img read more

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Celebrating innovation and craftsmanship in Athens

first_imgPromoted as being “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth”, Maker Faire is travelling to Athens, Greece, for a weekend of fun, craftsmanship and inventions. Stemming from San Mateo, California, Maker Faire is a staple of the events calendar in both the West and East Coast in the US and for the past twenty years, it has been expanding its reach to Berlin, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, among oter cities, bringing together the international “Makers” community, that is amateur scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters and garage tinkerers, eager to present their ‘inventions’ and creations. 85 makers will take part in the exhibition, which covers all areas of invention, including crafts, mechanics, innovation and food. The event will also include 30 talks and workshops, covering anything from 3D printing to coding to macrame. A family-friendly event, the Mini Maker Faire is hailed as a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Do-it-yourself technology is on the rise, taking advantage of the affordability of tools and the emergence of new funding options, such as crowdfunding. For many in Greece, such events can prove to be an outlet of creativity, innovation, or even an opportunity to market their skills. The 1st Athens Maker Faire takes place this weekend at the Exhibition Center of Peristieri.For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/makerfaireathens Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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