first_imgThe controversy and violent protests against the period film Padmaavat dominated conversations on and off stage on the second day of the Jaipur Literary Festival on Friday, with filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj and Nandita Das voicing support for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.“There’s a gun to our heads. If you have to curb your thoughts, how can you be called a democratic, and free society?” Mr. Bhardwaj said in a conversation after his session, ‘Revolutionary Poets: On Hamlet, Haider and Shakespeare’s Ability to Speak Truth to Power’.The filmmaker, who has adapted three of Shakespeare’s plays to make the trilogy, Maqbool, Omkara and Haider, said, “When the Supreme Court says a film should be released and it is not released, then if it is not chutzpah (on the part of the Karni Sena), then what is it?”In defianceMore than anger, Mr. Bhardwaj expressed a sense of defiance when asked about the climate of censorship. “This is the best time for artistes. When they try to strangulate us, we will scream. It is time for us to scream,” he replied to huge applause from the audience.Recounting his experience of filming Haider,based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet that he set in Kashmir, Mr. Bhardwaj said he had a less difficult time shooting the film in Kashmir than after the film was made. “I was called an anti-national. That hurt more,” he said.Later, on being asked if the film industry had any plans to counter the stifling of creative thought as a collective, the filmmaker said, “We are not warriors that we will fight. What we want to say, we say through our films. We have no power; we are not taken seriously, and only considered as a glamour industry.”Role of state“I hope the state becomes more powerful to stop the violent protests. The protesters are getting away with breaking the law. That’s the scary part. No one has the right to violent protests. How will this country run if the system is not being respected?” Mr. Bhardwaj said.Later actor Nandita Das, speaking about her upcoming film on writer and poet, Sadaat Hasan Manto, said neither self-proclaimed custodians of culture nor the censor board should be allowed to decide what people should watch.“The whole concept of the censor board is faulty. How can a handful of people decide what the nation wants to see?” Her decision to make a film on Manto, a champion of free speech, was precisely with the intent to trigger a conversation on a subject so relevant to India today, she said.Speaking at a press conference here on the protests, Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, “If there is dissent, there must be opportunity to express that dissent. But they must remain within the four corners of permissible limit of free expression. We are all in committed to free expression, not free oppression.”last_img read more

first_imgFor Indian sports fans in Qatar, the last day of the 2006 Doha Asian Games was for celebrating with the bronze medal-winning Indian women’s hockey team. However, they were amazed to learn that six of the team members were all from one place: Shahbad Markanda near Ambala in Haryana. The,For Indian sports fans in Qatar, the last day of the 2006 Doha Asian Games was for celebrating with the bronze medal-winning Indian women’s hockey team. However, they were amazed to learn that six of the team members were all from one place: Shahbad Markanda near Ambala in Haryana. The ‘Super Six’ of Shahbad. Ritu Rani, Suman Bala, Surinder Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Jasjeet Kaur and Joydeep Kaur.were only outdone at the September 2006 World Cup in Spain where seven of its girls had donned the Tricolour. Ritu, 14, was the youngest in that event.STARS ARE BORN: The Super Six WORLD AT HER DOORSTEP: Surinder Kaur is the teams Goal Machine of Shahbad at the ground where they learnt how to be championsShahbad Markanda is today called the ‘Sansarpur of women’s hockey’ a reference to the village near Jalandhar which produced 14 hockey Olympians between 1932 and 1980. In the patriarchic milieu of Haryana’s Jatland, notorious for the second-worst sex ratio among all states, the girls have not only put the sleepy town of 30,000 on the country’s hockey map but also given it its most celebrated claim to fame. The girls have also effected a turnaround in the socio-economic status of their families by winning huge financial rewards.Indeed, the non-descript town’s emergence as the powerhouse of women’s hockey is an instructive lesson for Indian hockey bosses on how to nurture young talent at the grassroots level. The credit for scripting such a trail-blazing success story goes to intrepid hockey coach Baldev Singh. Adopting a hands-on approach combined with hard work, Baldev has single-handedly made hockey the defining leitmotif of this town.STANDING TALL: Suman Bala built a three-storey house with her cash rewardsHockey legend Pargat Singh, director of Punjab sports department, regularly cites Baldev’s accomplishments to motivate coaches, calling him an “instructor worth emulating”. Since 1992, the coaching centre established and run by Baldev, now the deputy director of Haryana sports department, has produced as many as 26 international women hockey players.all hailing from the Shri Guru Nanak Pritam Senior Secondary School (SGNP) in the heart of this chaotic town. While local girls form more than half of the Indian Railways team, they make up virtually the entire women hockey squads of Haryana in all categories. Such has been Shahbad’s dominance that there is not a single women’s hockey tournament, at the state or national level, in which they haven’t triumphed in the last decade. “We have stopped counting the tournaments our girls have won,” says Manmohan Singh, vice-80 president of the school management.”The victory streak has whetted their hunger for success.”advertisementBALDEV SINGH, HOCKEY COACHIncredibly, hockey was alien to Shahbad’s predominantly Punjabi community until the mid-1980s when Baldev, himself an accomplished player at the university level, first set up a coaching centre at the local Arya School. Among the first lot of players, three.Sandeep Kaur, Bhupinder Kaur and Sanjiv Kumar.made it to the international level. Impressed with his coaching credentials, SGNP persuaded him to run the hockey centre at the school in 1992. Until then, the all-girls school had no tradition of the game.WORLD AT HER DOORSTEP: Surinder Kaur is the teams ‘Goal Machine’Baldev discovered it would be a double challenge. First, getting the girls to play and then, moulding them into professional players. After much persuasion of parents, he took 20 girls, all less than 10 years old, under his wing. Next, they fashioned a playground for themselves by clearing an uneven stretch of land of bushes and hedges in the backyard of the two-and-a-half acre school. All the trainees came from poor socio-economic strata. Surinder’s father, for instance, was a farm labourer. “I then didn’t even know what hockey was,” recalls Sukhdev, now the proud father of an international player nicknamed the ‘Goal Machine’.A hard taskmaster with an uncanny knack of spotting talent, Baldev set about honing their precocious skills. For the first two years he set a rigorous regimen of seven hours a day, without any holiday or break. Of the initial lot, eight dropped out, unable to cope with the pressure. But the rest shaped into talented players, and nine of them later went on to play at the international level. Surinder was the first, participating in the 1998 Asian Games. Prior to that, the team had tasted its first major success in the 1993 Nehru Girls’ Hockey (under-17) Tournament where it emerged second.THE WIZARD: Talent-spotter Baldevs tough regimen has worked wondersThe turning point, however, came in 1994, the year the local team won a prize money tournament. Its impressive winning spree at the national level earned the players a windfall of scholarships from the Sports Authority of India and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The financial spin-off not only boosted the players’ confidence but also changed the attitude of parents over the years. Suman’s father was a humble farmer till she earned nearly Rs 40 lakh in cash rewards in eight years. Her family has built a three-storey home in place of a brickand-mud dwelling and sent her younger brother to college in Australia. Then there is Surinder. Her family was living in a one-room shanty when she started playing hockey in 1993. Today, they own eight acres of land, a house and a dairy with a dozen cattle. Her latest gift to her parents before she left for Doha was a DTH dish antenna. Meanwhile, offers of lucrative deals from coaching centres in other states and jobs from the Railways and SAIL have started pouring in. “The victory streak has whetted their hunger for success,” says 57-year-old Baldev.INSPIRED: Young girls in Shahbad are now inspired to take up hockeyOn a roll all these years, the Shahbad juggernaut has been steadily gaining momentum. Consider this. In 2006, it won the All India Sub-Junior Tournament, the National Championship of Schools and the National Senior Women’s Hockey Championship, wresting the title from the Railways after 19 years. The Haryana team has also romped home in the All India Nehru Hockey Tournament (under 17) nine times in the past 13 years. Besides, it has been making a clean sweep of the prize money at Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament for the past several years. “Now, the organisers have stopped inviting us,” says Suman in jest.While the international players are now treated as local idols, their success has inspired parents to initiate their daughters into hockey. The coaching centre at present has 60-odd trainees-the youngest being sixyear-old Reet. “Hockey has lifted the status and esteem of the girls,” says principal Surinder Kaur. Baldev, too, has set his sights high despite the lack of regular sponsorship and the callousness of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). The IHF, he says, “failed to recommend a single Shahbad girl for the Arjuna Award despite the team’s sterling performance and has never used my services at the national level”. Clearly, the goalposts have shifted, but tragedy is, the organisation entrusted with promoting the sport poses the toughest hurdle.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Connecticut got the rebound and Jasmine Thomas sank two free throws with 18.4 seconds left to make it a three-point game.After a timeout, Cloud drove to the basket but missed the shot and Alyssa Thomas corralled the rebound and hit the first of two free throws to seal the win.“I think we also had a few open shots we didn’t hit,” Powers said. “The ball movement wasn’t there, we didn’t hit shots. We need to be better come Thursday.”Elena Delle Donne, who left Game 2 with back spasms that an MRI later showed resulted from a herniated disk, was able to play more Tuesday night than in Game 3, when she was limited to 26 minutes. The league MVP had 11 points and five rebounds while playing 30 minutes.“I was a little looser today, so felt better. Hopefully continue to progress and feel better Thursday,” Delle Donne said. “They were playing more aggressive defensively. They weren’t letting us sit outside and shoot 3s.”Having a chance to win the title at home on Thursday gave the Mystics some confidence.“That’s what we worked for this whole season,” Delle Donne said. “Can’t rely on being home to get it done. The way we came out and started the game dug us into a huge hole. They are a great team, and you give that type of lead to them, makes thing difficult.”FIRST QUARTER PREDICTORGame 4 held to form for this series, with the team that led after the first quarter coming away with the victory. The Sun outscored Washington by 15 on Tuesday night.The Mystics won the opening period of Game 1 by 13 points. Connecticut was ahead by 12 in the second game and Washington by 15 in Game 3. Each time, the team that was trailing in the period had 17 points. Becoming his own man “It was just about being together out there, being on the same page, knowing the game plan and protecting home court,” Thomas said. “When we’re all locked in and on the same page, we just move in unison.”The title will be decided Thursday night in Washington with a first-time champion crowned. Thomas fell just short of the first triple-double in Finals history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“We’re having the time of our life right now,” Sun coach Curt Miller said. “You dream as a little kid being in a deciding final game, a Game 7 or 5 to win a world championship. If you grew up a basketball fan, these are the moments you dreamed of.”Jonquel Jones had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Sun, who had five players score in double figures. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers FOUL SHOOTING DISPARITYConnecticut took 26 free throws to only 13 by Washington, with Delle Donne and Meesseman only combining for three attempts. Mystics coach Mike Thibault wasn’t sure why that was the case, especially when the Sun only committed one foul in the final quarter.“I’m struggling how to understand how Connecticut played with one foul in the fourth quarter,” he said. “Free throw attempts was 26-13. If we could have gone to the line a couple times, we could have slowed the momentum down a little bit.”UP NEXTGame 5 is Thursday night in Washington.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Connecticut Sun’s Courtney Williams gets a lift from her father Don Williams after the Sun defeated the Washington Mystics in Game 4 of basketball’s WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)UNCASVILLE, Conn.— With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over the final 2:10 to beat Washington 90-86 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Connecticut blew a 16-point halftime lead as Washington used a huge third quarter to tie the game at 68. The Mystics kept it going to start the fourth, opening up a five-point lead. With their season on the line, the Sun responded.Jasmine Thomas hit a 3-pointer to put the Sun ahead 84-81. The lead was short-lived as Emma Meesseman answered with a 3 from the wing to tie the game again.Shekinna Stricklen, the league’s 3-point champion at the All-Star Game, then shook off a defender before making another 3 to give the Sun an 87-84 advantage with 2:22 left. Natasha Cloud made a layup a few seconds later to get the Mystics within one. But Washington didn’t score again.Aerial Powers, who led Washington with 15 points, missed an open 3-pointer in the corner with 27.5 seconds left that would have put the Mystics ahead.“Both teams were making big shots. We’d make a 3, they’d answer with a 3,” Miller said. “Ultimately we made a few more plays down the stretch. We got to the line down the stretch. Alyssa Thomas was best foul shooter in the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Out of the two world records held by track superstar Usain Bolt, his 100m dash timing of 9.58 seconds stands more likely to be broken than the 200m mark of 19.19secs, his fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said today. Former 100m world record holder Powell, who is here as brand ambassador of Delhi Half Marathon to be run on Sunday, said that it would be very tough to break Bolts two individual world records. “It will be very difficult to break these two records. I feel breaking the 9.58secs (in 100m) could be more likely to be broken, if at all it happens. 19.19secs in 200m is ridiculous,” Powell said, when asked which one of the two sprint records could be easier to be broken. Both the existing 100m and 200m world records were set by Bolt while winning gold medals during the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin. Powell himself held the world record of 9.72 secs between 2005 and 2008 before Bolt took it over. 33-year-old Powell is known as Sub-10 King for running 100m dash below 10 seconds for 98 times, the maximum by any sprinter and he said he would like to notch up his century of sub-10sec in Jamaica. “It is difficult to say specifically when I will run my 100th sub-10 sec but I hope it comes sooner than later and I would like to do that in my home country of Jamaica,” he said. Surprisingly for a celebrated sprinter like him, Powell has never won an individual medal in the Olympics though he has two gold medals in the 4x100m relay (n 2008 and 2016). In the Championships, he has won two 100m individual bronze medals (2007 and 2007) besides two gold in 4x100m (2009 and 2015). Asked if he thinks he will run for Jamaica in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he said, “It is difficult to say now that I will run in 2020 Olympics. I have not thought that far. As of now I feel I can plan to run till 2018.” Powell said with the advancement in technology and better coaching techniques, more records will tumble and athletes will run faster in future. But, he said that the most important factor for breaking of records was the raw talent of the athlete. “Coaching play a big role, so does technology. But, ultimately the raw talent is what matters. 100m dash is a very technical race and you need to be perfect if you want to break records. But an athlete having better raw talent are more likely to break records.” He said Jamaica is considered the nursery of sprint races and athletics is big in his country because of its better nurturing of the sport at the grassroot level. “The atmosphere at the Junior National Championships is just like that in the Olympic Games. It is big in Jamaica. I think we groom athletes at the grassroot level better,” he said. MORE PTI PDS ATK PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 16:14 IST Sanjay Jagdale, Ashu Dani and Vinay Limba, former players have approached the BCCI to raise their monthly pension (Photo: India Today)HIGHLIGHTSA monthly gratis is paid to cricketers who have played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04But the amount has not been revised since 2015BCCI acting president CK Khanna chose to refer the matter to the CoAFormer first-class players including Sanjay Jagdale, Ashu Dani and Vinay Limba have approached the BCCI to raise their monthly pension by 50 percent.A monthly gratis is paid to cricketers who have played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04, but the amount has not been revised since 2015 despite repeated requests to the Committee of Administrators (CoA).The affected players wrote to BCCI acting president CK Khanna, who, in turn, has requested the CoA to address the issue.”BCCI keeps the welfare of its cricketers in mind, and the former cricketers are reaching out to BCCI with a hope that the areas highlighted by them will be looked into and implemented.”While discussions have been held over the revision of pension of retired international cricketers and domestic cricketers who played at least 25 first-class games by 2003-04 and that the amount was revised in 2015; the players are waiting for the revision of pension,” Khanna wrote in his e-mail to the COA.Players who have played more than 75 first-class games have also been recipients of BCCI’s one-time benefit scheme but multiple requests have been made to the BCCI to include cricketers who have played less than 75 matches.Jagdale, who has also been a BCCI secretary, has played 53 first-class games for Madhya Pradesh while Delhi’s Dani has featured in 49 matches.”The former players’ demand is a valid one and should be addressed at the earliest. The BCCI’s chief financial officer has been told to work on it but there is no clarity over the reason for the delay,” a board official told PTI.advertisementIt is unlikely that the current dispensation will approve the players’ request anytime soon with fresh elections set to be held on October 22.Read Also | World Cup 2019: Ashes catch was better as it came against Australia, feels Ben StokesRead Also | World Cup 2019: Justin Langer urges fans not to boo Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow BCCIFollow CricketFollow Sanjay JagdaleFollow Ashu Dani and Vinay Limba Sanjay Jagdale and other former 1st-class players request BCCI to revise their pensionSanjay Jagdale, who has also been a BCCI secretary, has played 53 first-class games for Madhya Pradesh while Delhi’s Ashu Dani has featured in 49 matchesadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img The Jamaica Middle East Diaspora is looking to partner with local entities on various projects in support of national development.“All of us have a common goal, which is we love our country and we want to give back,” said Administrator of the group, Marcia Clarke.“We are passionate and we are ready to support. We do not want to stay on the sidelines and criticise. We have families and friends in Jamaica and we want to see things go well and that is why we are seeking partnerships,” she noted further.Miss Clarke was speaking to JIS News at the staging of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The group, primarily comprised of Jamaicans living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is attending its first Diaspora conference since being formed in August 2016.Miss Clarke, who has been teaching in Abu Dhabi for four years, noted that while the group is predominately composed of teachers, it also has members from a widecross-section of professions including the medical field, aviation, engineering and marketing.“When we realised that we had other professionals then we made it inclusive so our objective is now partnering for growth, along the theme of the Diaspora Conference, to identify ways in which we can support Jamaica through entities here,” she told JIS News.On Thursday (July 27), which will be observed as Diaspora Day of Service, the group will be staging two workshops at the Mico University College in Kingston.These include a session on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects for teachers and students, and another on empowering and preparing Jamaican youth for the global job market.Miss Clarke said the group decided to place emphasis on STEM subjects because this is one of the areas of education that needs the greatest support.“Mathematics and science are areas that are critical to students all over the world and we thought that integrating technology into the curriculum, through robotics and animation, would support this,” she explained.As it relates to the job empowerment session, member of the group, Kristen King, said it is not only important for persons to have information on the global job market but to be able to access these markets.“Persons are looking across the world for opportunity in not only the traditional regions such as Europe and North America but also in areas like Asia. We want to give them the opportunity to dream and achieve their goals and be successful,” said Ms. King, who has been teaching in Dubai for one year.The Jamaica Middle East Diaspora has approximately 100 active members and is working to engage the other estimated 400 first and second generation Jamaicans living in the region.The membership also includes Jamaicans living in countries that are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) including Kuwait, Qatar, Omen and Bahrain. The Jamaica Middle East Diaspora is looking to partner with local entities on various projects in support of national development. Story Highlights Miss Clarke, who has been teaching in Abu Dhabi for four years, noted that while the group is predominately composed of teachers, it also has members from a wide cross-section of professions including the medical field, aviation, engineering and marketing. “All of us have a common goal, which is we love our country and we want to give back,” said Administrator of the group, Marcia Clarke.last_img read more

first_imgCox’s Bazar (Bangladesh): Bangladesh on Thursday said it has banned two aid agencies from Rohingya camps in the country’s southeast, alleging they were telling refugees to reject repatriation to their homeland in Myanmar. The move came amid growing impatience from Dhaka about the presence of the refugees in the country, two years after some 740,000 were driven over the border by a military crackdown on the Muslim minority. The latest repatriation attempt by Bangladesh and Myanmar two weeks ago, the second in less than a year, failed with not a single refugee volunteering to cross the border back home. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USUS-based Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and local organisation Al Markazul Islami were accused by the government’s NGO Affairs Bureau of “instigating” the stateless minority against the recent repatriation attempt. Kamal Hossain, the government administrator of Cox’s Bazar district where the refugee camps are located, said Dhaka had issued a notice for the NGOs to immediately stop their activities across the country. “The administration is taking action accordingly to the issued order,” he said, adding that the NGO Affairs Bureau also ordered bank transactions by the two agencies to be halted. More than 130 aid agencies work in the three dozen squalid camps in Cox’s Bazar, where the 740,000 Rohingya fled to, joining some 200,000 others already living here.last_img read more

first_imgRabat – Moroccan authorities have put strict security measures in place as over nine thousand Jews pass through Moroccan airports this week to celebrate Passover.Despite the Israeli citizens having been called upon to avoid Morocco for non-essential travel, thousands of Jews from all over the world, including many from Israel, have chosen Morocco as their destination to celebrate the Jewish holiday Passover.The seven-day event, which began at sunset on Tuesday April 15th, brought thousands of Moroccan Jews to the country, joining Moroccan Jewish residents to celebrate the Jewish holiday. Moroccan airline officials told Al-Massaa that more than nine thousand Jews have crossed through Moroccan airports in the last week. Most of the arrivals were from Israel, including Israeli-Moroccan Jews.According to the same source, the Moroccan authorities have initiated strict security measures to ensure the safety of the Jewish visitors during the weeklong holiday.These security measures aim at securing the crossing points and the religious spaces in various regions of the kingdom which will be occupied by the Jewish visitors.Passover remains one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, which immortalizes the liberation of the Jews from slavery to the Egyptians each year. Moroccan Jews also often celebrate another holiday called Mimouna that begins on the last night of Passover.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that it had moved to a refugee camp in southern Pakistan about 1,000 Afghans who were part of a larger group that had unexpectedly arrived earlier this week in the no-man’s land border area after fleeing bombardments in Afghanistan.In an operation that began yesterday, the Afghans went to the Landi Kareze camp, about 15 kilometres west of the Chaman border, Fatoumata Kaba, a spokesman for the agency, told a news briefing in Islamabad.At a time when thousands of Afghan refugees were crossing back into Afghanistan via the Chaman border, these families began to arrive near the Killi Faizo staging camp at the border on New Year’s day, after having travelled sometimes for as many as 20 days.Some of the refugees interviewed by UNCHR explained that they had to flee their villages more than two weeks ago because of bombardments; others mentioned drought as a cause for flight. “We feel that if there is assistance inside southern Afghanistan, this influx may stop,” the spokesman said. “Unfortunately, insecurity in southern Afghanistan continues to hinder delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance.”Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported good turnouts in Kabul for its ongoing measles immunization campaign, with a steady stream of parents taking their children to the 200 immunization centres in and around the city.The Kabul phase will run for roughly two weeks before the campaign fans out to other parts of the country, UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun said. Vaccines and syringes will be sent to Herat this weekend, supplementing supplies already on the ground. “The goal is to immunize 690,000 kids in the western region from the middle of the month,” the spokesman said. “Similarly, the target population in the eastern region is around 700,000.” read more

CALGARY – The chairman of Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) says Jana Partners LLC is providing incentives to the nominees it wants installed on the fertilizer giant’s board, undermining their independence and putting them on a “golden leash.”Agrium’s current board and chief executive Mike Wilson have been outspoken critics of Jana, a New York-based fund that is Agrium’s biggest shareholder with a 7.5 per cent stake.In a letter to investors, Agrium chairman Victor Zaleschuk says “it is important to note that Jana’s dissident nominees have agreed to accept special incentive payments from Jana for serving on Agrium’s board.”Zaleschuk says in the letter, which accompanies a management proxy circular filed by Calgary-based Agrium, that the incentives are structured to support short-term actions even “at the expense of greater long-term value.”“This kind of ‘golden leash’ arrangement is unheard of in Canada and raises serious questions about the independence of Jana’s nominees, and their ability to act in the best interests of all shareholders,” Zaleschuk said.The letter and proxy filing were made in preparation for Agrium’s annual general meeting in Calgary on April 9, when shareholders will have a chance to vote.Jana described the letter as “another diversionary tactic” from a board that knows it’s losing shareholder support.The fund said that its nominees would only “stand to gain to the extent that all shareholders gain” and that they meet the standards of independence set by Canadian law, the New York Stock Exchange and Agrium’s own governance guidelines.“Agrium has known this since we first disclosed our director nominees four months ago but is raising it now out of desperation,” it said.“It is also preposterous that a board chairman that has purchased literally zero shares personally in almost seven years and a board that overall has invested so little personally in their own stock, and has acted accordingly, would seek to make an issue out of director alignment with shareholders,” Jana said in a statement emailed to The Canadian Press.Jana also said Agrium’s new appeal doesn’t address the board’s “total failure” to unlock Agrium’s true potential value.“If these are Agrium’s best arguments, we feel even more confident that real change is coming, and we look forward to releasing our own proxy to shareholders shortly,” Jana said.The Jana proposal that has garnered the most attention has been to split up Agrium’s retail business from its wholesale business. Agrium said Monday that Jana has proposed to spin off Agrium’s potash business, too. Jana also wants to cut costs, allocate capital more effectively and improve corporate governance and has criticized Agrium for focusing only fighting on the spinoff element.“Jana’s campaign isn’t about corporate governance, operating performance or board experience,” Zaleschuk counters in his letter.“It is a Trojan Horse tactic aimed at securing board seats that Jana can then use to further its agenda of breaking up Agrium. To that end, Jana has promoted an ever-changing but consistently flawed analysis of Agrium’s track record, business and board.”Zaleschuk said the facts do not support Jana’s claims.“You are invested in a company that has delivered a 467 per cent shareholder return (as of Feb. 13) since embarking on its current integrated strategy – a strategy that continues to create record results and significant and sustainable value,” said Zaleschuk.“Jana wants to abandon that strategy, break the company into three small pieces, and take other actions that will destroy shareholder value.”In a slide-show presentation, Agrium also goes after the companies in which three of Jana’s nominees were involved: UAP, which was acquired by Agrium in 2008, Brenntag and MSC Industrial. It points out weaknesses on each of those company’s boards, including a lack of independent directors with distribution experience.Jana has said UAP’s David Bullock, Brenntag’s Stephen Clark and MSC’s Mitchell Jacobson would fill the retail distribution experience gaps on Agrium’s board. It also wants to appoint Jana managing partner Barry Rosenstein and former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief.Agrium has appointed former Viterra CEO Mayo Schmidt and former John Deere executive David Everitt to its board.In its proxy circular, Agrium said it picked the two men after an “extensive search” that began in March 2012 — two months before Jana made its initial approach. A representative for Agrium said board succession planning was something Agrium was always planning on doing, with or without Jana’s involvement.Last month, Agrium gave Jana the opportunity to appoint one of its own directors, in addition to Schmidt and Everitt, in an effort to end what has become a bitter proxy fight. Both sides have offered differing accounts of what caused talks to break down.Agrium shares were down more than two per cent at $104.81 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday afternoon. Agrium chairman says Jana’s dissident board nominees are on a ‘golden leash’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2013 9:03 am MDT read more

Junior center Amir Williams dunks the ball. OSU beat Nebraska, 71-67, in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse March 14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State was finished.After leading by as much as eight points in the first half, Nebraska used a huge run late in the first half and into the second to surge out to a 48-30 lead with 13:45 left.But sparked by sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle and the scoring prowess of junior forward LaQuinton Ross, the Buckeyes fought their way all the way to steal a 71-67 win Friday and advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.“I’ll tell you what, I’m very proud of these guys and the effort that they put forth,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the win. “We fought, we clawed, and found a way to win the basketball game.”A dunk by junior forward Sam Thompson made the score 58-56 with 4:42 left, as OSU’s pressure defense caused problems for the Cornhuskers.Ross made two free throws to tie the game at 63 with 1:52 remaining, and on its next possession OSU took the lead for the first time since there was one minute remaining in the first half after he made two more.The Buckeyes were able to make enough free throws down the stretch — they shot just 17-28 from the line during the game — to secure the victory.Matta said the come from behind win ranks with the Notre Dame game Dec. 21, where OSU came back from eight points down in the final minute to win, 64-61.“What were we down, 18 with 10 (minutes) to go today?” Matta said. “This one was probably — the stakes were high on this one … This one was definitely up there. No question about it.”Della Valle finished with 12 points off the bench for OSU to go along with six rebounds. He also hit a big 3-pointer that cut Nebraska’s lead to two with 2:51 to play.“Definitely one of the toughest games for me,” Della Valle said after the game. “But I’m glad we came out with the win.”Different from their first round victory against Purdue, the Buckeyes came out of the gate quickly against the Cornhuskers and led 11-3 after Ross buried a jumper with 14:57 left.After a dunk by junior center Amir Williams to give OSU (25-8, 12-8) a 20-12 lead, the Cornhuskers would finish the first half on a 19-8 run over the last 8:50 to take a 31-28 advantage into the locker room.The Buckeyes’ woes offensively toward the end of the opening half could have been a result of Nebraska (19-12, 11-8) switching to zone defense, as OSU found it difficult to get good shots inside.Early turnovers also prevented OSU from extending the lead when it had the chance, as the Buckeyes committed nine in the game’s first 20 minutes. Nebraska also made 5-13 shots from beyond the three-point arc, compared to just 1-8 shooting by OSU.Things didn’t get any better for the Buckeyes early in the second half, as Nebraska continued it’s scoring run to take a 36-28 lead and forcing Matta to call a timeout with 17:50 left.Ross would hit a tough shot in the lane to stop the bleeding momentarily, but the Buckeyes struggled further to score after as Nebraska’s lead swelled to 48-30 after sophomore forward Terran Petteway made two free throws at the 13:45 mark. Ross also picked up another technical foul — his third in seven games — during the run.But OSU would storm back with help from a stifling full court press and were able to come out on top.Thompson — who finished the game with seven points — said that although recent games against the Cornhuskers have been close, he wouldn’t call it a rivalry with them for one simple reason.“They haven’t beaten us enough for it to be a rivalry,” Thompson said.Senior guard Aaron Craft said after the victory he wasn’t sure what the difference was against Nebraska, since OSU has struggled in late game situations this season to secure victories. But in all, keeping their mind right was key.“We did a good job of never giving up, a phenomenal job of staying focused,” Craft said. “We kept looking up and seeing how much time was left on the clock.”Ross finished with a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. Petteway led the Cornhuskers with 20 points.“We stayed together through the whole thing. There was never any panic during the whole situation,” Ross said after the win. “If you watch some of our games earlier in the year, we was down less points than that, I think we were down 18 here. A couple games, like Minnesota, we (were) probably down five and we panicked but that game right there we (were) able to not panic and got through it.”Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on rival and top-seeded Michigan Saturday with a chance to play for their sixth straight tournament championship on the line.Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m. from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 12, 2016), we look at whether Alabama’s onside kick won the Tide this year’s college football championship. We try to work out who the heck is going to be crowned Super Bowl champion. Plus, we ask whether Alex Ovechkin is the best hockey player of all time. And we give you a Significant Digit on the awesome Lionel Messi as he secures his fifth Ballon d’Or. Also, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump makes his Hot Takedown debut. Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Neil Paine on what last weekend’s wild-card games really mean.Neil Paine writes about why there is no Super Bowl favorite.FiveThirtyEight’s college football coverage.Neil Paine reports on the quality of goalkeeping in modern hockey.Ben Morris explains why Lionel Messi is impossible. read more

first_img 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. St Cuthbert’s Church, Chester-le-Street, where Mr Reid servedCredit:Glen Minikin But he disbursed to himself more than £113,000 from parish cheques. He wrote more than 150 cheques to himself, most of which were co-signed by Veronica Leddy.  St Cuthbert's Church, Chester-le-Streetcenter_img A Roman Catholic priest who fell in love with his housekeeper defrauded his parish of more than £50,000 while lavishing her and her daughters with gifts.The Rev John Reid, 70, was supposed to live a simple life, but spent £1,200 on a canteen of cutlery, was a member of the Sunday Times Wine Club and spent £80 on oysters and smoked salmon while holidaying in Scotland.Jane Waugh, prosecuting, said the priest, now living in Stockton, had joined the parish in 2009 and accounts showed spending increased fourfold in some areas after he took over.She said “female clothing” had been found in the bedrooms and passports belonging to the housekeeper Gillian Leddy and her two daughters had been found in the safe. The court heard that Mr Reid told police he had fallen in love with Gillian Leddy, and saw her daughters, Veronica and Alice, as “the family that he never had”.During the inquiry, it emerged that the priest gave property and money to the Leddys on a “large scale”, buying two homes each for Veronica and Alice, a car each and financing a cafe business for them.He also gave them both substantial amounts of cash. But Ms Waugh said the money for these gifts came from an inheritance of the priest, not the result of fraud.Mr Reid accepted taking the Leddys out to eat “a few times a week”. Over the four years he was at St Cuthbert’s, his basic remuneration should have totalled £31,455. “In particular, there had been dramatic increases within the categories of general administration, housekeeping and hospitality,” said Ms Waugh.”This would appear to be because Gillian, Alice and Veronica Leddy, who are mother and daughters and close friends of the defendant from his previous parish at Willington, were effectively living at the presbytery and the defendant’s expenditure increased to reflect the fact that he was helping to support them financially.”This additional expenditure was claimed back from the Church, in expenses, by the defendant,” she added.Christopher Knox, defending, spoke of 15 character references and said the priest expressed “great distress, regret and apology”.Mr Reid was handed an 18-month suspended sentence at Durham Crown Court after he admitted fraud by abuse of position at a previous hearing.He has agreed to pay back the £50,000 within three months.last_img read more

first_img Short URL Kieran Keane (file pic). Chiefs assistant Kieran Keane confirmed as next Connacht head coach Keane will bring “ambitious and exciting brand of rugby” to the Sportsground, says CEO Willie Ruane. Feb 20th 2017, 1:15 PM 40,004 Views Share48 Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3249030 By Paul Fennessy Android Kieran Keane (file pic). Image: Photosport/Chris Symes/INPHOcenter_img Monday 20 Feb 2017, 1:15 PM CHIEFS ASSISTANT KIERAN Keane will take over as Connacht head coach ahead of next season.Keane has agreed a three-year contract to replace Pat Lam, who leaves for Bristol at the end of the current campaign.“The Chiefs Rugby Club warmly congratulates Kieran Keane on his appointment as Head Coach of Connacht Rugby in Ireland,” the Super Rugby franchise said.“The current Gallagher Chiefs assistant coach will depart New Zealand at the conclusion of the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season to take up his new post.Kieran has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand rugby over many years and is highly respected by the many players he’s coached and staff who have had the privilege to work alongside him.”Speaking following the news, the 63-year-old — who mainly played in thecentre for Canterbury between 1977 and 1985 — added:“Everyone has to weigh up their future in this game and coaches are no exception. When one door closes another door opens. I have aspirations to return to head coaching and Connacht have afforded me the opportunity to realise this aspiration.Connacht is a good fit for me as they have ambition and I like the passion of the community and the warmth of the people. My time in New Zealand rugby is done after 36 consecutive years of coaching at all levels which I am proud of. It has been stimulating and rewarding and I have made some wonderful friends and colleagues throughout this time, I am so much richer for having made their acquaintance. 50 Comments iTunes Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “During my recent trip to the West of Ireland, I had the chance to meet many people within Connacht Rugby and I was immediately taken by the genuine passion they have for the people they represent and the ambition they have to achieve so much more.”Debuting in 1979, Keane made six appearances for the All Blacks though none were classed as official internationals. He has also worked as a schoolteacher, as well as coaching at provincial level with Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, and overseeing New Zealand U16 and U17 age grade sides.His greatest success arguably came as head coach of Tasman Makos, where he guided the team to an ITM Cup Championship victory and promotion into the Premiership in 2013, taking them to the final of the latter competition a year later and gaining plaudits for his attacking style of rugby in the process.Reacting to the news, Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said: “Kieran’s rugby CV speaks for itself and immediately highlighted to us that he was the perfect fit for Connacht Rugby in the context of the profile of coach that we were looking for.Kieran is a highly experienced Head Coach with a winning track record and a proven ability in identifying talent and maximising the full potential of that talent. His ambitious and exciting brand of rugby is also consistent with the way Connacht Rugby and in particular our players want to continue to play the game into the future.“Kieran’s time at Tasman also highlights the connection that his teams have with the community they represent, and that is something he clearly sees in Connacht as well.Kieran was immediately able to identify with our vision of ‘Grassroots to Green Shirts’, further highlighting to us that he was the right man for the job.“Everyone at Connacht Rugby is extremely excited about the future and Kieran’s appointment is key to helping us achieve the level of sustained and consistent success that we are all working towards. Before he starts, there is a lot of rugby to be played and I know Pat and the team are fully focused on delivering a really strong finish to the current season.”Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Image: Photosport/Chris Symes/INPHO Billy Vunipola admits he ‘probably won’t make’ Six Nations finale against Ireland>In-form Leavy always striving for improvement after seizing his chance with both hands>last_img read more

first_imgUne jeune diabétique écrit au ministre de la SantéUne jeune fille a rédigé un courrier à l’attention de Xavier Bertrand, le ministre de la Santé français, lui demandant le maintien du remboursement intégral des bandelettes d’autocontrôle de la glycémie. Le ministre a promis qu’il allait rencontrer la jeune diabétique.Lucile a 15 ans et pourrait être une lycéenne comme les autres. Mais depuis qu’elle a 2 ans, elle se sait diabétique et son quotidien est rythmé par les injections d’insuline et le contrôle de sa glycémie. Depuis fin février, un arrêté limite les remboursements des bandelettes d’autocontrôle de la glycémie pour les diabétiques de type 2. Si Lucile souffre d’un diabète de type 1, dit insulino-dépendant, et n’est donc pas concernée par la limitation des remboursements, la jeune fille a tout de même tenu à écrire au ministre de la Santé pour demander le maintien du remboursement intégral de ces fameuses bandelettes, elle qui en utilise environ 730 par an. La jeune fille explique ainsi dans sa lettre publiée par Libération : “Certains jours, la vie me semble ne plus valoir la peine d’être vécue”. Si Xavier Bertrand aurait promis de rencontrer la jeune fille, le ministère de la Santé précise à nouveau que les personnes souffrant de diabète de type 1 ne sont pas concernées par les déremboursements. De son côté, l’Association française des diabétiques explique que pour les personnes souffrant de diabète de type 2, le médecin peut prescrire plus de bandelettes, qui seront alors remboursées. En France, 3,5 millions de personnes souffriraient de diabète.Le 21 avril 2011 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle has just launched a new volunteer community it is calling YouTube Heroes, which aims to bridge the gap between YouTube’s automated video monitoring systems and getting a real person making decisions about what content is inappropriate.YouTube has a staggering amount of new content added on a minute-by-minute basis (hundreds of hours), making it impossible for humans to review it all before it goes live. So automated systems do the heavy lifting, but this has lead to some content being flagged as inappropriate when it really shouldn’t be. Google’s answer to this is a global community of volunteers who help police content in return for perks.YouTube Heroes will be able to mass flag inappropriate content as well as add captions and subtitles to videos. They’ll have a direct line to YouTube staff and can share their knowledge with other YouTube users. Google will help with training by holding workshops and hero video chats, which if you pass gains you access to supertools allowing you to help filter YouTube for the masses.Heroes will be rewarded using a points system. Points are accrued by carrying out “qualifying contributions.” Earn enough points and perks are unlocked, which so far include access to new services early, testing new features first, and potentially going to a Heroes Summit. Direct access to YouTube staff is also viewed as a perk.This is a clever way for Google to get thousands of real people reviewing video content and comments every day. But it can also be viewed as Google finding a very cheap solution to its ongoing (and growing) problem of content moderation. YouTube Heroes costs the company a tiny amount and is sure to be popular. I think the perks could be improved a lot, though, and hopefully will be in the coming months.Want to be a YouTube Hero? Just head on over to the sign-up page.last_img read more

first_img Comments Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media 2:27 Tags What’s new to stream in April 2019 Netflix Now playing: Watch this: 5 Tuesday’s report comes after some, including legendary director Steven Spielberg and several theater chains, have said Netflix-distributed films should count as “made for TV movies” that contend for Emmy awards, not Oscars. Critics say the company only puts movies into cinemas as “token” screenings purely to qualify for awards like the Oscars. Netflix won big at the Oscars this year, taking home four awards in total for Roma and a documentary short.  Stay tuned for whatever comes out of that meeting of Academy leaders this month. First published April 2, 12:59 p.m. PT.Update 1:21 p.m. PT: Adds statement from an Academy spokesperson.  Netflix film Roma took home three awards at the Oscars this year. Getty Images The US Justice Department is concerned that potential rule changes by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may hurt Netflix and other streaming services’ eligibility for the Oscars, according to a report from Variety on Tuesday. Changing Academy rules to exclude Netflix and others may raise antitrust issues and violate competition law, the agency reportedly warned in a March 21 letter to Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.”In the event that the Academy — an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership — establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns,” Makan Delrahim, the chief of the DOJ’s antitrust division, reportedly wrote.The Academy acknowledged receipt of the letter but said little beyond that.”We’ve received a letter from the Department of Justice and have responded accordingly,” said a spokesperson of the Academy in an email statement. “The Academy’s Board of Governors will meet on April 23 for its annual awards rules meeting, where all branches submit possible updates for consideration.” Neither the DOJ nor Netflix immediately responded to requests for comment. last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: Press Council of India (PCI) held a two-day inquiry committee meeting under the chairmanship of Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad after the council received complaints against media persons and organisation. So far, 37 complaints were lodged with the council, in which 10 were from the Telugu States. PCI Chairperson Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad speaking to the media here on Thursday said 37 cases were brought before the inquiry committee across the nation, in which five complaints were against media persons of different organisations and the rest were against paper content. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Out of the total complaints received ten complaints were registered from both Telugu States. The PCI has also received complaints about the attacks on journalists from Tamil Nadu and Telangana. “The inquiry committee of the Press Council of India has concluded its two-day meeting on June 26-27, 2019 under the chairmanship of Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The committee considered 37 cases of violation of Freedom of Press and journalistic ethics. The inquiry committee while adjourning three cases recommended censure in four newspapers for violation of Norms of Journalistic conduct. It also recommended dismissal/disposal in 30 remaining cases”, said an official press release. He also suggested that the media persons consult the Council if they face any obligations in their journalistic career. Advertise With Us He asked the media persons to have confidence upon the council as PCI is to safeguard journalists and journalism values. He advised newspapers and agencies to write to the PCI if they were deprived of getting advertisements for publishing news against government. “The committee also came across few complaints against paid news; censorship will be implemented on such media organisations. PCI will keep an eye that no media person will be harassed or harmed by anyone,” PCI Chairperson added.last_img read more