Fire on a goods train gutted down two coaches on Thursday night near Dahanu Road, leading to several trains being cancelled and services affected on Friday morning. The incident occured around 10.35 p.m. on Thursday on the Uttar Pradesh line (towards Mumbai) between Dahanu Road and Vangaon station. According to railway officials, the overhead equipment had melted due to the fire and as a result traffic services in that section were completely disrupted on Friday morning. There were no casualties reported.The line was made operational at 9.10 a.m. on Friday. While the Down Line had been restored 1.35 a.m. after repair works carried out over night, services were operating with speed restrictions.Due to the fire, 12 trains had to be either cancelled or short-terminated, including the Mumbai-Surat Flying Ranee. Suburban services in the morning were being operated till Boisar, before the UP line was made operational. Four long-distance trains were also diverted, including the Pune-Ahmedabad Duronto Express. List of Affected TrainsDIVERTED TRAINS11095(ADI-PUNE) JCO 8/11/18 DRD ARR 0.55 DIVERTED VIA BHET-JL,12298(PA-ADI) DURANTO JCO 8/11/18 DIVERTED VIA KYN, JL, ST22475(HSR-CBE) JCO 8/11/18 VIA BHET-JL12264(NZM-PUNE) JCO 8/11/18 VIA BHET-JL22944(IND-PA) JCO 8/11/18 VIA BHET-JLOTHER AFFECTED TRAINS69173 (Virar- Dahanu Rd) of 8-11-2018 & 69174 (Dahanu Rd– Borivali ) JCO 9-11-2018 are cancelled.59442 (Ahmedabad- Mumbai Central ) JCO 8-11-2018 Will Be Short Terminated at Vapi & reversed as 59439 ex Vapi.59024/59023 (Valsad-Mumbai Central-Valsad) & 12935(Bandra T-Surat) JCO 9-11-2018 are Cancelled.22954 (Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central) JCO 9-11-2018 is short terminated at Surat & wl be reversed as 22953 ex Surat to Ahmedabad ie will be cancelled bet ST- MMCT-Surat.12922/12921 (Surat-Mumbai Central-Surat) JCO 9-11-2018 Is Cancelled.59038(Surat -Virar) JCO 9-11-2018 Is Short terminated at Valsad.19016(Porbandar Mumbai Central) JCO 8-11-18 is short terminated at Surat & reversed as 19015 JCO 9-11-18 ex Surat to Porbander22444 (Bandra T–Kanpur Cntrl ) JCO 9-11-18 sch departure 5.10 hrs is Rescheduled at 8.05 hrs.12009(Mumbai Central -Ahmedabad ) JCO 9-11-2018 sch departure 6.25 hrs, is rescheduled at 8.25 hrs.19023(Mumbai Central -Firozpur ) JCO 9-11-2018 scheduled departure at 7.25 hrs is Rescheduled at 10.20 hrs i.e. 2.55 Late.12922/12921 (Surat-Mumbai Central-Surat ) JCO 9-11-2018 Is Cancelled.59038(Surat-Virar) JCO 9-11-2018 Is Short terminated at Valsad.19016(Porbandar – Mumbai Central) JCO 8-11-2018 is short terminated at Surat & reversed as 19015 JCO 9-11-18 ex Surat to Porbander.12932 (Ahmedabad -Mumbai Central) JCO 9-11-2018 is short terminated at Valsad & reversed as 12931 ex Valsad to Ahmedabad.12934 (Ahmedabad -Mumbai Central ) JCO 9-11-2018 is short terminated at VAPI & reversed as 12933 ex VAPI to Ahmedabad.59441(Mumbai Central -Ahmedabad ) JCO 8-11-2018 is short terminated at Vasai Road and cancelled between Vasai Road-Ahmedabad .17204(CAO – Bhavnagar ) JCO 8-11-2018 diverted Via Jalgaon-Surat.15068(Bandra Terminus -Gorakhpur) JCO 9-11-2018 diverted Via Vasai Road -Kalyan -Jalgaon.61002 (Domivli-Boisar) of 9-11-18 is short Terminated at Vasai Rd & Cancelled bet Vasai Rd -Boisar.61001 Boisar-Vasai Rd of 9-11-18 is cancelled. 69164 Dahanu Rd–Panvel of 9-11-18 is Cancelled bet Dahanu Rd -Vasai Rd12936 (Surat – Bandra T) of 9-11-18 will be Cancelled. 59039 (Virar-Valsad ) of 9-11-2018 is Cancelled.
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “There are lots of places which wanted to join,” he said as the league organizers opted to limit the participating teams to just 10. “Once it grows, it will be like the NBA. If they have East and West, here we can have North and South.”MPBL’s first conference, named the Anta Rajah Cup, tipped off at the historic Big Dome with Daniel de Guzman of Parañaque scoring the league’s first basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Paranaque Patriots withstood the Caloocan Supremos, 70-60, to open the festivities, with Gab Dagangon leading the way with 20 points and nine rebounds.Also seeing action in the league are Bataan Defenders, Batangas Tanduay Athletics, Bulacan Kuyas, Imus Bandera, Muntinlupa Cagers, Navotas Clutch, Quezon City Capitals, and Valenzuela Classics. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ahanmisi powers Akari-Adamson in thrilling win over Marinerong Pilipino Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Pacquiao couldn’t help but beam with pride seeing his dream turn into reality.“This has been in the works for over a year, and we tried to find the formula to make this good and involve the mass in this league. The LGUs are involved and we’re including the localities here, both the cities and the provinces,” he said.The eight division boxing world champion also believes that the MPBL will be vital in finding new gems in the local level, same as to how he got his break in the pug-fighting scene.“I got into boxing when I was young because weekly, there were fights staged in our place. I see it the same way here, that we can do that in basketball,” said the 39-year-old public servant.“In time, we can discover good basketball players because anybody can play here. Those who are already old but are still good can play, while the young players who are also good are given a chance, not just to play in a league but also be seen by the whole country.”ADVERTISEMENT MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFinally unveiling his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) on Thursday, founder Sen. Manny Pacquiao only has big dreams for the program moving forward.So big are those ambitions that he sees the newly founded league turning to something reminiscent of that of the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments
Skipper Varsha and crew Aishwarya finished the race, one minute and 41 seconds behind the Thai crewThe Indian pair of Varsha Gautham and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan finished second in the 12th and the final race to claim the bronze medal in the 29er – women’s two person dinghy – at the 17th Asian Games at the Wangsan Sailing Marina here Tuesday.Skipper Varsha and crew Aishwarya finished the race, one minute and 41 seconds behind the Thai skipper-crew pair of Noppakao Poonpat and Nichapa Waiwai in the 12th race. The Thai duo went on to win the gold medal with a net 19 points.The Singaporean duo of Rui Xi Priscilla Low and Rui Qi Cecilia Low finished third in the final race, 2.08 seconds behind the Thai girls, but went onto clinch the silver medal with net 21 points.The Indians had net 25 points. They started off well winning the first three races and then lost way and were even disqualified in their seventh race. The made a stunning comeback in the last two races finishing first and second, respectively.
Ace Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt joined the battle against anti-national campaigners with a moving poem.Anti-India and pro-terrorists slogans in New Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University sent shock-waves through India. At a meeting convened in the JNU campus on February 9, radical-minded students shouted slogans in support of Afzal Guru, who was sentenced to capital punishment for his role in the Parliament attack of 2001.Several students in the campus also threatened to destroy India and pledged to fight for Kashmir’s independence. Indian security forces have been fighting a bloddied battle for the last several decades with infiltrators and Pakistani-funded extremists to keep the valley safe. Consequently, the pro-jihadi and pro-Afzal chants upset the consience of the nation and Yoheshwar, who won the bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics penned his thoughts in a Hindi poem.??? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ???? ??? ?? ????? ??? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ???? ?? ??? ??????? ??? ??? ????? ??? ??? ??? pic.twitter.com/hMqKNdjxkE Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 13, 2016Yogeshwar said those who wanted to wage war against India, they would not be spared. He wondered if they thought Afzal was a martyr, what about people like Lance Naik Hanumathappa, who breathed his last after miraculously surviving an avalanche at the Siachen glacier a few days back.Delhi police flexed its muscles days after the February 9 meeting and arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the JNU students’ union.
Now that it’s been more-than established that Game of Thrones’ beloved, Jon Snow, is as alive as he could be, let’s talk about someone who is as important as him.Okay, maybe not as important as him, but one who could easily steal Snow’s share of fame–all thanks to his looks.Look at those tresses. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ @facialfolliclesWe’re talking about a certain American man named Josiah Martin, whose resemblance to Jon Snow aka Kit Harington has made him an Instagram stalwart.That man bun though. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ @facialfolliclesAlso Read: Kit Harington just said the sweetest thing about his on and off-screen girlfriend Rose Leslie With facial features and tresses bearing a strong resemblance to Kit Harington, Martin’s Instagram account goes by the name of @facialfollicles, and is flooded with pictures ranging from selfies that have him sport a manbun to photos of him with an adorable set of pets.So what if it’s not a direwolf. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ @facialfolliclesAlso Read: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was excited to see Jon Snow’s resurrection And it doesn’t end there! Say hello to the selfie-obsessed Lord Commander. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ @facialfolliclesMartin is soon to become a daddy, with his girlfriend already referring to their yet-to-be-born as ‘Baby Snow’.You go, Lord Commander!
The Centre Friday allocated Rs 400 crore for setting up world-class education institutes and announced ‘Study in India’ programme that will aim at attracting foreign students to the country.New national education policy:Presenting the first Budget of the NDA government in its second term, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will bring in a new national education policy to transform India’s higher education system to one of the best in the world.Highlights of the policy:The policy proposes major changes in both school and higher education, improve governance and gives more focus on research and innovation, for which a National Research Foundation (NRF) would be set up to coordinate and promote research in the country, she said.”NRF will ensure that the overall research ecosystem in the country is strengthened with focus on identified thrust areas relevant to our national priorities and towards basic science without duplication of effort and expenditure,” the minister explained.Funds for setting up world-class institutes in India:The funds available with all ministries will be integrated in NRF and would be adequately supplemented with additional funds, she said.Rs 400 crore allotted to build “world-class institutions”Sitharaman said to build “world-class institutions” in the field of education, Rs 400 crore has been allocated for the 2019-20 fiscal, which is over three times the revised estimates for the previous year.The finance minister also announced the ‘Study in India’ programme that will focus on attracting foreign students to the country’s higher education institutes.Higher Education Commission of India (HECI):Draft legislation for setting up Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) would be presented in the year ahead, she said, adding, “This will help to comprehensively reform the regulatory system of higher education to promote greater autonomy and focus on better academic outcomes.”advertisementReviving sports culture in India:The minister also said the Khelo India Scheme, aimed at reviving sports culture in India at the grass-root level, will be expanded to provide all necessary financial support.Also, a National Sports Education Board for Development of Sportspersons would be set up under the Khelo India Scheme to popularise sports at all levels.World university rankings:Sitharaman highlighted that three institutes — two IITs and IISc Bangalore — are in the top 2,000 institutions in world university rankings, which, she claimed, was not there five years back.This has been achieved due to concerted efforts by the institutions to boost their standards and also project their credentials better, she said.READ: Union Budget 2019: Important education highlightsRead: Govt to start ‘study in India’ programme to attract foreign students
Manchester City Man City record biggest Liverpool thrashing in 80 years 22:07 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Manchester City v Liverpool Liverpool Premier League Four goals in the wake of Sadio Mane’s red card saw Pep Guardiola’s side pick up a huge victory over their rivals at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City scored five goals past Liverpool for the first time in 80 years when they demolished Jurgen Klopp’s men 5-0 on Saturday.Two goals each from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane after Sadio Mane was shown a red card added to Sergio Aguero’s first-half opener to earn the win for Pep Guardiola’s side.Mane was sent off in controversial circumstances after a collision with Ederson. The Senegal international’s foot caught the face of the Brazilian goalkeeper, who was subsequently stretchered off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 As Mane appeared to be looking at the ball and unaware of Ederson, the decision sparked immediate debate among former players and fans.City, however, capitalised on their numerical advantage and recorded a scoreline over the Merseyside club that few in the stadium will have ever seen before.Not since March 1937, when they beat them 5-1, have City scored five or more goals in a game versus Liverpool.Meanwhile, Aguero became the highest-scoring non-European player in Premier League history with his 124th strike, overtaking Dwight Yorke.He has now scored in all six of his Premier League appearances against the Reds at the Etihad Stadium, netting once in each game and making him the fourth player in the league’s history to score in six consecutive home games against a single side.While City and Aguero take only positives, it was a dark day for Jurgen Klopp, matching the worst defeat in his career since his days at Mainz. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Antoine Griezmann scored all four goals as Atlético Madrid swatted aside Leganes 4-0 in La Liga on Wednesday to cut the gap on leaders Barcelona to four points. Barcelona visit Las Palmas on Thursday before hosting Atlético on Sunday.The French forward Griezmann bagged two goals in each half in a stunning display to become the first Atlético player this century to score hat-tricks in successive league games. He also became the first Atlético player to net four in a match since Radamel Falcao in 2012 and brought up his 100th goal for the club he joined in 2014.Leganes had started strongly and were unfortunate not to open the scoring. Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak tipped Gerard Gumbau’s thunderous effort on to the bar before Filipe Luis blocked Gabriel’s follow-up on the line in a frantic opening quarter in which Griezmann struck the woodwork. Athletic Bilbao Sevilla Valencia Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share via Email Reuse this content news Málaga Quini: a tale of kidnap, ransom and forgiveness in Barcelona Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter The Frenchman made no mistake, however, as he ran on to Koke’s sumptuous through ball to finish after 25 minutes and soon doubled his tally with a stunning free-kick.The hat-trick was completed with a towering header before Griezmann volleyed in a fourth to complete an eighth successive victory for Diego Simeone’s team in all competitions.Fourth-placed Valencia are a point behind Real Madrid after drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.Los Che were on course to leapfrog Real – who lost 1-0 at Espanyol on Tuesday – into third place until Óscar de Marcos brought Athletic level with a strike four minutes after the break.Geoffrey Kondogbia gave Valencia the lead in the first half with a fine strike in the 23rd minute, and the veteran Athletic striker Aritz Aduriz then had a 36th-minute penalty saved by Neto, the spot-kick being given following Jeison Murillo’s tackle on Markel Susaeta.Sevilla bounced back from being thrashed 5-2 at home by Atlético Madrid on Sunday, winning 1-0 at rock-bottom Málaga, with Joaquin Correa scoring in the 15th minute.It was a fourth successive defeat for Málaga whose search for a first victory under José González extended into a sixth game.Also still winless under their new manager are Clarence Seedorf’s 19th‑placed Deportivo La Coruña after their 3-0 defeat at Getafe.In Deportivo’s fourth game with Seedorf in charge, Angel’s 40th-minute opener was followed by an Eneko Bóveda own goal four minutes later. Jorge Molina added Getafe’s third eight minutes from time. Málaga and Deportivo are seven and two points adrift of safety respectively. La Liga Deportivo La Coruña Atlético Madrid Share on WhatsApp
Hide Share on Messenger Aidan O’Brien Was this helpful? Reuse this content Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. news Topics A bookmaker was offering just 1-5 on Aidan O’Brien winning a record-equalling seventh Derby next month after his colt Rostropovich took the Dee Stakes here on Thursday and, though there are plenty of Classic trials to come over the next two weeks, the implication that O’Brien has around an 80% chance of saddling this year’s Epsom winner does not feel like a wild overreaction. Horse racing tips Market Rasen 1.30 Ilewin Geez 2.05 Pickamix 2.40 The Blue Bomber 3.15 Just Milly 3.45 Dormouse 4.20 Cafe Au Lait 4.55 Too Much Too Soon 5.30 Encore Champs Lingfield 1.40 Stoney Broke 2.15 Glitterdust 2.50 Glory Fighter 3.25 Jumira Bridge 3.55 Hateya 4.30 Salute The Soldier 5.05 Hedging Chester 1.50 Above The Rest 2.25 Forest Ranger 3.00 Dark Red 3.35 Who Dares Wins (nap) 4.05 Kachy 4.40 Rainbow Rebel 5.15 Coeur De Lion Nottingham 5.10 Dame Gladys 5.40 Raa Atoll 6.15 Worth Waiting 6.45 Lamloom (nb) 7.20 Beatbybeatbybeat 7.50 Birdette 8.25 Billyoakes Ascot 5.25 Cleonte 6.00 Come On Leicester 6.35 Corgi 7.05 George Of Hearts 7.40 Dreamfield 8.10 Corrosive Ripon 5.50 Essenza 6.25 Rita’s Man 6.55 Stanhope 7.30 Mordin 8.00 Zig Zag 8.35 Fakhoor Tips by Greg Wood. Any or all could yet be in the Classic field at Epsom on 2 June, while the search for a strong British-trained candidate to take on Team O’Brien could come down to the Dante Stakes at York next Thursday, where Charlie Appleby’s Ghaiyyath and John Gosden’s Sevenna Star, the winner of the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown, are among the possible runners.O’Brien left the Roodee with a double after Idaho, a full brother to the trainer’s King George and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Highland Reel, made a successful step up in trip to win the Group Three Ormonde Stakes by three and a half lengths.Moore plotted the same ground-saving path around the inside that he had used aboard Rostropovich and quickly built a decisive lead after sending Idaho ahead at the top of the straight.“We came here with a view to going back to the Coronation [Cup at Epsom, in which Idaho made his four-year-old debut last season] as that [a mile and a half] is as far as we ran him [in 2017],” O’Brien said.“Ryan was very happy with how well he stayed so that leaves more options for us. Ryan didn’t think that he would have any problems going further so that’s good to know. He’s travelled the world and he’s getting very professional now, so we came here looking at the Coronation and King George but we can maybe look at another plan if we need to.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Support The Guardian Horse racing Show Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The Derby Read more Goodwood brawl highlights danger of tracks chasing drink-fuelled profits Share on LinkedIn Saxon Warrior, the 2,000 Guineas winner, is an even-money chance, while O’Brien is likely to have at least three or four Classically bred runners to back him up after all the trials are run.Rostropovich, a son of Frankel, was cut to around 16-1 (from 66-1) after beating My Lord And Master by nearly four lengths under Ryan Moore and would be a fair each-way option at around that price. Whether he makes the cut for Epsom or goes elsewhere, though, will not be decided for a couple of weeks, and the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Chantilly, the day after Epsom, is a live alternative.“They’re all that type of horse that we need to find out where they can slot in,” O’Brien said after the Dee. “The improvement in them can be drastic, and then you hope that they step forward again [in a Classic].“The ground was so bad [in Ireland] last year that some of them, we didn’t even get runs into them and we forgot about their maidens. Everybody is learning at the same time as we are. Obviously we have Ascot and the French Derby to think about, [but] I’m never against running a lot of horses [in the Derby] as it’s what they’re born, bred and reared to do and we want to give them a chance.”Nelson, Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon, who finished one‑two‑three in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month, are expected to line up for O’Brien in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, while Kew Gardens, the beaten favourite in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket’s Craven meeting, has been declared for the Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday. Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Quick guide Horse racing tips for Friday 11 May Ryan Moore Since you’re here…
In the third edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Oscar Sanft, who is playing for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Australian 18’s Boys squad member Oscar Sanft is back in the Brisbane City Cobras team after playing for QSST in the past, and he is very excited to be back. He is now hoping to guide the Cobras to the finals in his last year of the championships. “I think I’ve played for Queensland for the past five years so to be back in the Cobras is overwhelming, especially for my last year, it feels good,” Sanft said. “I’m confident that we’ll be up the top, we’ve got a lot of kids with real potential and it’s going to be a long week as well. I’m very confident that we will do well and hopefully get to the finals.”The Cobras team has a mixture of youth and experience and Sanft is hoping to pass on some of his knowledge to the younger members of the team.“We are trying to develop them to become Open’s players but the senior boys are doing well, looking after the young guys. But it’s not like there is a difference, we are a good team so you can’t really see the difference in the developing players and the senior players.”Sanft and his Cobras team had the chance to play his former side on Friday morning, and in the lead up to the game he said he was looking forward to the challenge. “I’ve been thinking about that game ever since I saw the draw. As much as I love Queensland, as soon as I step out of it I have to give them so much pressure and aggression. I’m looking forward to it,” Sanft said. As well as being his last National Youth Championships, it is also Sanft and his fellow Australian Youth Squad player’s last chance to impress in the lead up to the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series to be played in Canberra. Sanft was part of the 20’s Mixed team at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and is hoping to be included in the team again this time. “That’s always on your mind. I try to keep humble about it, not trying to think that just because I’ve been there before it’s going to happen again so I’ve just got to knuckle down.”
The Olympic conversation continues to be a hot topic in Calgary.This time, questions surrounding a potential Olympic bid were directed at Federal Minister of Sport, Kent Hehr.If city council does decide to eventually put in a bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, how much money, if any, would the federal government put forward to help with costs?Hehr said he is still waiting to hear more on council’s coming decision.“I’m looking forward to seeing their business case and how it applies to having the federal government’s involvement,” said Hehr.Council has to determine if they want to go forward with a two-million-dollar bid corporation, which is a new guideline put in place by the International Olympic Committee.While Ottawa waits on the city’s decision, Hehr explained Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is always open to showing the world our country.“Our prime minister said we’re always interested in looking at opportunities to allow Canada to showcase our skills, our talents, our athletics and otherwise, throughout the world and we know Calgary has some big decisions to make.”
Trina Roache APTN InvestigatesAfter years of conflict over the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador, an Inuk leader is finally at the table negotiating an agreement with the crown corporation in charge of it.Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council, said a deal is in the works with Nalcor Energy that will see future benefits for the Southern Inuit.“Protests will have to end sometime. And at the end of the day, most of these end with negotiations, or they end with agreements,” said Russell. “If we’re really going to have reconciliation, it is around the table.”The benefits agreement Russell is negotiating with Nalcor could provide employment, business opportunities, and partnerships in future renewable energy initiatives in Labrador.Russell couldn’t attach a dollar figure just yet but said more information would be coming soon.With the hydro project at Muskrat Falls 85 per cent complete, Russell said he had hoped consultation would have taken place before now.But he’s optimistic about the direction of talks now.“There’s either been no relationship or a very failed relationship,” said Russell. “And I just see this as an opportunity.”Russell said his community development agreement looks way beyond Muskrat Falls.“It’s important. I’m not diminishing the significance of it or what it symbolizes,” said Russell. “Yet not every relationship or not every act of reconciliation can be seen through that prism. There’s more to our lives than Muskrat Falls.”But Muskrat Falls will be making headlines for a long time to come.On Monday, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a public inquiry into the hydroelectric project.The inquiry will look at how the costs of the megaproject doubled to $12.7 billion over the last several years.The cost of electricity for people in the province could double by 2022.But for many Inuit in Labrador, the costs go beyond a dollar amount.The dam casts a huge shadow on people downstream.“Muskrat Falls threatens our very existence as Inuit,” said Amy Norman, in a media release about a 15-stop tour organized by environmental and social justice groups, like the Sierra Club of Canada.Norman, an Inuk woman from Labrador, will speak about Muskrat Falls at the National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day, an event organized by the United American Indians of New England.“It is poisoning our food webs, and contaminating the country foods we depend on, both physically and spiritually. It is forcing us to cut ties with the land,” said Norman. “To continue this project knowing the damage it will cause is cultural genocide.”Roberta Frampton Benefiel, a Labrador land protector and director of the Grand Riverkeeper Labrador Inc., is the main speaker on the tour called ‘MegaDams; MegaDamage.’She started in Halifax on Wednesday evening and is trekking through Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and New England.“Noise needs to be made everywhere this power has a potential market,” Benefiel told the two dozen people who came out to hear her talk about Muskrat Falls.“Green and clean?” Benefiel shakes her head. “These megaprojects are devastating the north.”The more immediate goal of the tour is to build a network of activists ready to rally against the project.But Benefiel ultimately wants the project stopped.The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has said that with costs of Muskrat Falls sitting at $12 billion, it’s too expensive to pull the plug now.“At the very least,” said Benefiel, “if we can get more education about these hydro projects and the impacts, that’s success.”Back in Labrador, Russell is focused on building a new relationship with Nalcor Energy.“One that is more meaningful and more significant,” said Russell. “And that can avoid some of the mistakes of the past, where we have been shut out, there’s been no consultation or inadequate consultation.”In an emailed statement to APTN, Nalcor Energy wrote, “Our ongoing dialogue with the leaders of NCC have been positive and productive. At this time, a formal agreement has not yet been finalized.“We look forward to continued dialogue with community and Indigenous leaders as we work together to build stronger relationships in Labrador.”In 2010, the province and Nalcor Energy signed an Impact Benefits Agreement with the Innu, who have a land claim in the area of the dam.But the two Inuit groups were left out.As concerns over Muskrat Falls mounted, Russell was a key figure in the ongoing actions against the project.He was arrested during a protest in 2013. He fought a previous injunction at Muskrat Falls in court and had it thrown out.At a community meeting livestreamed last year, he famously tore up the current injunction.At the peak of the rallies at Muskrat Falls in October 2016, Russell was part of the marathon meeting with the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador that ended in a deal to address environmental and cultural impacts of the dam downstream.“The agreement that was reached is maybe a small glimmer of hope that the attitudes of government is changing,” said Russell.“Am I disappointed that the some of the very specific undertakings that were part of the agreement have not been honored? Absolutely I am. But having said that I also believe that the spirit of intent of what we agreed to is still alive.”The deal promised that though initial flooding of the reservoir would occur before the winter of 2016, the water would be released come spring before the waters warmed up.The goal was to avoid creation of methylmercury.The toxin is naturally created when trees and topsoil are flooded.Concerns that methylmercury produced at Muskrat Falls will contaminate the traditional foods for Innu and Inuit downstream was at the heart of the ongoing protests.But news came this summer that the water levels could not be fully released. And the Independent Expert Advisory Committee to study and help mitigate the impacts of methylmercury is underway now but was late starting.“It’s happening with the project three quarters of the way done and so there are certain inherent limitations and challenges,” said Russell.Other critics of the Muskrat Falls project are less understanding.“Nalcor came out and said, guess what? We were wrong. We can’t lower the water. In fact, we’re actually going to raise it a little bit higher this winter and we’re never going to lower it again,” said Denise Cole, an Inuk land protector in Labrador.“So it put a lot of egg on the face of people – Indigenous governments, provincial and federal governments – that were supposed to all be having this wonderful relationship. That was the script every time we asked a question.”Cole wants the project paused until Indigenous concerns are addressed.“As long as there’s a colonial government that’s hell-bent on exploiting and destroying land, water, and lives in indigenous communities,” said Cole, “then we will always have to continue to fight for this.”For Cole, reconciliation and Muskrat Falls is like oil and water.“I keep saying you cannot have truth and reconciliation in a land of lies and oppression,” she said. “There has to be a deep consultation that happens with the Indigenous and downstream communities that are impacted by the Muskrat Falls project.“And then, only then, if they achieve the free, prior, and informed consent should this project be allowed to proceed.”The fight is far from over.Muskrat Falls is only the first phase of the Lower Churchill hydro project.A second, much larger dam, is planned at Gull Island, a traditional gathering place for the Innu.The environmental approvals are in place for Gull Island, but there’s no timeframe for when work might begin.Russell said it’s important to be at the table because it’s clear Nalcor Energy isn’t going anywhere.And neither are the Inuit.“Is it a risk bringing in the room? Of course, there is a risk being in the room cause people will accuse you of saying, well, my gracious. You were on the protest line one day and now you’re in talking to the enemy the next day,” said Russell. “I don’t see it in that way.“And reconciliation will happen through conversations,” said Russell. “Through negotiations, through agreements, through actions.”
12 November 2007The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved $1.1 billion of new grants to be handed out over the next two years and agreed to allocate another $130 million to five projects it had already started supporting. The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved $1.1 billion of new grants to be handed out over the next two years and agreed to allocate another $130 million to five projects it had already started supporting. This is the first time since the Fund was established in 2002 that it has passed $1 billion mark in approving new grants, the Executive Director, Michel Kazatchkine, said after a meeting of the Fund’s Board in Kunming, China. “We all know there is a tremendous need for investments in health,” said Dr. Kazatchkine. “These new grants show that need is increasingly turned into high-quality demand for resources. This is a trend we must develop further.” Projects devoted to tackling AIDS account for 48 per cent of approved proposals this year, while malaria projects comprise 42 per cent and tuberculosis projects 10 per cent. Fund officials said they were impressed by the scope and quality of much of the proposals submitted, particularly in the area of combating malaria. Almost half of grant applications were approved this year, up from an average of 40 per cent in the previous six rounds of grants. Rajat Gupta, the Chair of the Fund’s Board, said it was looking forward to scaling up the fight against the three diseases. Nearly a fifth of the approved funding is being contributing to the large-scale strengthening of national health-care systems, such as by upgrading infrastructure and buying new equipment, he noted. For the first time, a project focused on the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank and the Gaza Strip – a HIV prevention programme – has received money from the Fund. In total, 73 new grants were approved and five others that had reached the end of their five-year life were renewed. More than 80 per cent of overall funding went to projects based in low-income countries, with the majority in Africa. Since its founding the Fund has now awarded over $10 billion to projects in 136 countries as it battles the three diseases of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which collectively claim more than 6 million lives every year. Programmes backed by the Fund are estimated to have averted the deaths of 2 million people by providing AIDS for 1.1 million people, tuberculosis treatment for 2.8 million people and distributing some 30 million insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria.
by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2012 5:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s infrastructure and legislation aren’t strong enough to ensure public health is protected should the shale gas industry be expanded, the province’s chief medical officer of health warns in a report released Monday.In her report, Dr. Eilish Cleary makes 30 recommendations that aim to address what she says is a lack of research on the health effects of the shale gas sector.Cleary’s report highlights the possible benefits a thriving shale gas industry could offer the province such as increased employment and tax revenues, but it also flags a gamut of potential health risks that include deteriorating air and water quality, increased truck traffic accidents and a “Boomtown Effect.”“These negative impacts can include increases in crime, drug and alcohol abuse, sexually-transmitted infections and domestic violence,” Cleary says in her report.“Because the Boomtown Effect is thought to be more intense for small communities with a traditional way of life that did not previously involve the industrial sector responsible for the boom, there may be a risk to New Brunswick communities unless this effect is anticipated and mitigated through strategic investments.”As it stands, the province is not ready for shale gas development, she says.“Proper controls and mechanisms to protect and monitor health must be put in place to reduce the risk of spoiling the potential benefits from economic gains through adverse health outcomes,” the report says.“Action should be taken well in advance of any proposed expansion. Current infrastructure, capacity, processes and legislation are not adequate to meet the needs. The funding of these recommendations will not be insignificant; however there may be opportunity to have much of the costs absorbed by the industry.”Cleary calls for measures that include monitoring the health of people who live or work near a shale gas site, disclosing all chemical compounds used by the shale gas industry, and provisions for the handling and disposal of wastewater.The province’s Health Department said Cleary and Health Minister Hugh Flemming were unavailable to comment Monday. Cleary is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the report.The Progressive Conservative government initially said earlier this month that it would not release Cleary’s report because it was considered confidential and designated as ministerial advice.But days later, former health minister Madeleine Dube said parts of the report would be released. Environment Minister Bruce Fitch then promised to release the report in its entirety.It was one of two reports released Monday as the cash-strapped government weighs the economic benefits of shale gas development and the concerns of some in the public who have voiced their opposition to growing the industry.In his report released earlier in the day, University of Moncton biologist Louis LaPierre says New Brunswick should proceed with shale gas exploration but with a phased-in approach that would limit it to one to three sites to allow for research and development.LaPierre, who was hired by the provincial government in May to study the shale gas industry, released his report following public meetings throughout the summer.LaPierre’s report rejects a moratorium on shale gas development as sought by the Opposition Liberals, saying it would halt research on the issue and not be in the province’s interests.“A moratorium on future shale gas exploration activities would not provide the opportunity to address the concerns of the citizens nor would it enable government to define the economic potential of the shale gas industry,” he says in the report.Interim Liberal Leader Victor Boudreau took issue with that.“This is a commercial exploitation of shale gas that is occurring in the province of New Brunswick,” Boudreau said.“In no way would a moratorium prevent research from happening. It may prevent the commercial exploitation, but it doesn’t have to stop the research.”LaPierre began his review following the release earlier this year of a government paper on shale gas containing 116 recommendations that addressed issues such as well designs, royalties and protection of water supplies.LaPierre told a news conference that he repeatedly heard the public’s concerns over water during his consultations.“Citizens in New Brunswick spoke passionately to me on the need to protect their water,” he said.LaPierre also said he would like to see four universities — Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University and his own — work together to establish a research institute that would gather data on the shale gas sector.“We need credible data for New Brunswick, not extrapolated data from away.”Energy Minister Craig Leonard said he needed more time to study LaPierre’s report, but added that he was interested with its recommendations.“The approach that he is suggesting for a way forward is intriguing,” Leonard said. “It would certainly reduce the amount of risk that’s out there and give a better comfort level to people about moving forward.”Green party Leader David Coon accused LaPierre of not taking environmental concerns seriously.“We believe you can’t make shale gas and fracking safe with regulations,” Coon said. “Besides, it’s a fossil fuel, and he seems to have forgotten we have a climate crisis.”LaPierre also recommends that a portion of any shale gas developed in New Brunswick should be reserved for use within the province. New Brunswick chief health officer warns of ‘Boomtown Effect’ with shale gas
Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 Sanchez-0.05 So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 Kaepernick+0.21 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 EPA/Rush Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427
← Previous Story Viktor Szilagyi to play 200th match for Austria Next Story → FATHER & SON: Alex Dujshebaev to Kielce? Borko RistovskiDanijel SaricQatar Experienced Qatari NT goalkeeper, Danijel Šarić (37) signed contract with Qatari team Al Quiada, finds out Handball-Planet.com. One of the world’s best goalies will leave FC Barcelona Lassa next summer with, at least, two trophies of the VELUX EHF Champions League, and starts new adventure with the ambitious team from Doha, who will try to be more competitive for two leading forces El Jaish and Lekhwya.Free place between Barca’s posts alongside Gonzalo Perez de Vargas attracted many goalies, but according Spanish and Macedonian media, Rhein Neckar Lowen member, Borko Ristovski, made a deal with reigning EHF CL champions. The Macedonian NT goalie should stay in Barcelona until summer 2018.
Chandanagar: The railway underpass at Chandanagar station is getting flooded even after a short spell. Motorists face a blockade as the underpass gets choked and makes it difficult to commute. The locals allege the reason for the waterlogging is bad maintenance of the underpass drains.A daily commuter shares, “The underpass always gets flooded even after small rains. This is clearly the negligence of contractors for improper construction of the underpass and leaving no drainage system. Bikers are at risk as the entrance gathers slippery slush which can be risky for any motorist. This is causing a lot of traffic congestion and one has to take a long detour in order to reach their workplace or house. Already we are annoyed due to bad roads in the locality and this is adding up to our agony.”
Several students of Kabi Sufia Kamal hall of Dhaka University (DU) were allegedly forced out of their dormitory early Friday, reports UNB.Wishing anonymity, a student of the dormitory, said “When we tried to protest at the hall authorities’ decision, the hall provost threatened us to cancel the studentship if we don’t leave the hall immediately.”It is not clear yet how many students were forced to leave the dormitory although some students alleged that 20 students were forced out of the hall.Hall provost Sabita Rezwana Rahman denied the allegation saying, “We called a number of students for investigation and checking their mobile phones.”“They are spreading rumours through fake Facebook accounts. We also called guardians of some students to inform about their daughters’ activities. Three students have been handed over to their local guardians. But we didn’t expel or cancel any student’s seat.”On 10 April, the DU authorities expelled Isha, president of Sufia Kamal hall unit of BCL, as some BCL activists led by Isha allegedly swooped on some residents of the hall, leaving Morsheda Akhter, a 4th year student of Botany department, critically injured.A probe body was formed soon after the incident.Besides, the BCL central executive committee expelled Isha on charge of ‘violating organisational discipline’ and later withdrew it as the organisation also found her innocent.The Dhaka University authorities on Wednesday withdrew its previous order expelling Isha as its probe body found ‘no evidence of torture on a student inside the hall’ by Isha.
Newly-elected president of the Indian National Congress party Rahul Gandhi (L) kisses his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi during a ceremony at the party headquarters in New Delhi on 16 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIn a generational shift that ended the Sonia Gandhi era in India’s political party Congress, her son Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over as the new party president and launched a sharp attack on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi accusing him of taking the country “backwards to a medieval past” where people are butchered because of what they eat and believe in.The handing over of the mantle of the leadership of the 132-year-old party took place at a ceremony on the lawns of the Congress headquarters where Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran presented the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony watched by Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other top leaders of the party.In his first speech as the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi launched an all-out attack against Modi and the BJP.”The Congress took India into the 21st century while prime minister (Modi) is taking us backwards to a medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat.”This ugly violence shames us in the world. Our country, whose philosophy and history is born out of love and compassion, is tarnished by such horror and no amount of hugs can repair the damage done to this great country of ours.”He said the country was now being compelled to imagines that businesses can be built without harmony and “that only one man, one man himself – is the voice of reason, that expertise, experience and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory, that it is acceptable for our foreign policy to lie in tatters so that one man can feel strong, and that everything in fact is subservient to the leader’s personal image”.He said many of the countrymen were “disillusioned by the politics of our time” as “today, politics is devoid of kindness and truth”.”Today, the BJP is trying to spread fire and violence in the entire country and only one power can stop this. That is the Congress worker and leader. They break and we bind. They set fire and we douse it. They create anger and we create love. This is the difference between them and us. And I want to assure you that Congress workers and leaders, that you all are my family, whether you are a youth or an elder, wherever you come from, you all are mine, and I will give you all my love.”The newly-elected party president Rahul Gandhi (R) receives the certificate of election as Congress president from the Congress Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramchandran during a ceremony at the party headquarters in New Delhi on 16 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIn an apparent reference to Modi’s “Congress-free India”, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress considers the BJP its brothers and sisters even though it doesn’t agree with them.”They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress’ inclusion and respect for all Indians extends even to the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. The Congress has met and will always meet our challenges and struggles with love and affection. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend.”They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear but, we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people. It is in this service that my idealism, your idealism and our hope for politics always rests.”The Gandhi scion’s formal takeover comes two days before the counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, the outcome of which could be a trendsetter for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. His main challenge remains the revamping of party organisation, apart from electoral battles in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Sonia Gandhi, 71, who helmed the party for 19 years, in her last address as the party President, said the Congress has been playing the role of opposition since 2014 and never before has it faced the challenge that it faces today.”The fundamentals of our Constitution are under attack, our party has lost several state elections. But an exemplary energy fires our Congress workers. We are not the ones to bend in fear, because our struggle is a fight for the very soul of this nation. We will never retreat from this fight.”Referring to the time she took over as Congress President in 1998, she said the party had only three governments and was far from a government at the Centre.”Meeting this challenge was not a marvel achieved by any one individual… India is a young country. I am confident that with a new and young leadership our party will be reinvigorated and bring about the changes we need.”Talking about Rahul Gandhi and challenges he faces after his elevation, Sonia Gandhi said it would not be suitable for her to praise him because he is her son.”But this much I will say — while from his very childhood he has borne the very experience of violence, the savage personal attacks he has confronted since entering politics have served to make him a brave and strong-hearted man.”I am proud of his endurance and firmness. And I am confident he will lead the party with a pure heart, patience and devotion.”Manmohan Singh said Rahul Gandhi was assuming the new responsibility amid “disturbing trends”.”As a distinguished academic pointed out a few days ago that there are dangers that the politics of fear will take over the politics of hope. Rahulji, we depend upon you to ensure that the politics of fear does not prevail over the politics of hope which this country needs.”He brings to this Office of the Congress President a new sense of dedication, a new sense of commitment, a new sense of looking after the leadership role with courage and humility.”Outside the 24, Akbar Road, Congress headquarters, a group of colourfully dressed artistes played drums and danced to Punjabi bhangra tunes with party supporters, including men and women, also shaking a leg or two and waving Rahul Gandhi’s pictures and Congress flags.There were other groups of artists from Hyderabad and Rajasthan performing folk dances of their regions.
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The Xoft System is used in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).The E-posters that were presented at the meeting included:“Electronic Brachytherapy for Non-Melanomatous Skin Cancer: Report of First 565 Lesions,” presented by Stephen Doggett, M.D., Aegis Oncology LLC “Electronic Brachytherapy for the Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer: Results up to 4 Years,” presented by Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D., MBA, 21st Century Oncology of Arizona“Initial Experience of Electronic Brachytherapy for the Treatment of 508 Non-melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC) Lesions in 305 Patients,” presented by Robert Strimling, M.D., FAAD and Camtu Lee Jones “Study results suggest that electronic brachytherapy is an effective treatment for patients with non-melanoma skin cancer, with few recurrences or side effects and excellent cosmetic results,” said Bhatnagar. “The studies support the use of the Xoft System for patients with non-melanoma skin cancer who are not candidates for surgical excision or traditional radiation therapy.”At the meeting, iCAD also showcased its new comprehensive solution for clinical practices interested in implementing a skin electronic brachytherapy program. 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