Rio Oly: J-K govt announces Rs 5 lakh cash award for shooter

first_imgSrinagar, Jun 14 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir government today announced a cash award of Rs five lakh for sportsman Chain Singh who became the seventh Indian shooter to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.Minister for Youth Services and Sports Imran Ansari announced the cash award in favour of Singh for his extraordinary performance in sports activities.Ansari made the announcement in the Legislative Assembly before the start of Question Hour.Singh became seventh Indian shooter to book a place at Rio Olympics scheduled to be held from August 5 to 21.Several legislators had raised the issue and demanded that the celebrated sportsman be honoured by the state government. PTI MIJ DBS RG DBSlast_img

Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri frontrunners as Hunt for India coach begins: Anil Kumble, Praveen Amre to be interviewed todayIndia’s hunt for head coach begins

first_imgAnil Kumble and Ravi Shastri along with 19 other shortlisted candidates will be interviewed for India’s head coach’s job in Kolkata from Tuesday. BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar will begin the process at a city hotel. Tendulkar, who is in London, will join the interview via video conference.A top Cricket Association of Bengal official said all the “prominent” names who are in contention would attend the interview.”Obviously, the two-three prominent ones would be here. The meeting will start at 1.30 pm. The meeting will be convened by Sanjay Jagdale,” he said. (Hope to finalise new India coach by June 24: Ganguly to India Today)Besides Shastri, Kumble and Patil, the other Indian names in contention include Vikram Rathour, Praveen Amre, Balwinder Sandhu and Venkatesh Prasad among others. (Anil Kumble in race to become Team India coach)NEW COACH TO BE NAMED ON JUNE 24The recommendation of the advisory committee will be forwarded to the BCCI president Anurag Thakur for ratification at the working committee meeting in Dharamsala on June 24. (BCCI Likely to prefer ‘Hindi speaking’ coach)Spin great Kumble incidentally does not meet all the criteria – of not coaching any international or first-class team, nor has he passed any course from the National Cricket Academy.The 45-year-old, however, had mentored Mumbai Indians to two IPL wins in 2013 and 2015. (Ganguly raises questions on Dhoni’s future as India captain)The advisory committee can interview anyone outside the 21 as the Board is keen to announce the coach ahead of the West Indies tour next month.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mercedes-AMG GT R debuts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

first_imgThe new Mercedes-AMG GT R made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the Chairman of AMG, Tobias Moers, behind the wheel.Despite the rain, the crowds gathered to watch the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Edition 1 Coupe drive up the Hill once again. Also making its debut at this year’s Festival was the 2014 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W05 Hybrid, which headed up the hill in front of thousands of spectators.Mercedes-AMG GT RFrom the world’s most demanding racetrack directly onto the road: Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R.Mercedes-AMG GT R The front-mid-engine concept with a transaxle, V8 Biturbo engine rated at 577 hp, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction laid the foundation for an especially dynamic driving experience.Even from afar, the exclusive “AMG green hell magno” special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car’s origin, having spent most of its development time in the “Green Hell” of the Nurburgring racetrack. Wider front and rear fenders allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds.Mercedes-AMG GT RA new front fascia with active elements, a large rear aerofoil and a new rear fascia with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip. The lightweight forged wheels equipped with cup tires as standard are likewise designed for maximum driving dynamics.Mercedes-AMG GT RThe same applies to other new features such as active rear-wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control system and adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control.advertisementMercedes-AMG GT RFurther, the new AMG Panamericana grille emphasizes the unique standing of the AMG GT R. Its characteristic form with vertical fins celebrated its world premiere on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer-sport racing car and now, for the first time, appears on an AMG production vehicle.Mercedes-AMG GT Rlast_img read more

The Kapil Sharma Show is the No. 1 show of the week; Sumona Chakravarti thanks fans

first_imgAmidst all the brouhaha created by his bribery tweet, there is a good news for Kapil Sharma! The actor’s comedy show–The Kapil Sharma Show–has beaten all the supernatural and saas-bahu sagas to emerge as the No. 1 show of the week in urbal belt, according to the latest data released by BARC India (September 24-30).The September 24 episode of TKSS featured Yuvraj Singh and his British model girlfriend Hazel Keech. The couple who is all set to marry in December this year exuded brilliant chemistry on the show.Also read: Anna Hazare said these 5 interesting things on The Kapil Sharma ShowKumkum Bhagya’s partial memory track is making sure the audiences stay glued to the show. But it looks like the track is getting stretched now. Brahmarakshas, however, hasn’t lost its pace. In the coming episodes, after killing off Parag Tyagi’s character for the second time in the show, Kishwer Merchantt will become the next Brahmarakshas.After a not-so-impressive start TKSS’ ratings have seen a steady improvement. After receiving criticism for replicating his Comedy Nights With Kapil format in TKSS, Kapil and the creative team of the show have been trying their best to include new elements in the show. From fresh characters every week to celebrities from the field of sports, movies, music, Kapil last week also invited anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.last_img read more

Ramos to Enrique: Every victory will be yours

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to former coach Luis Enrique after the ex-Barcelona man stepped down from his role as boss of the national team.Having taken on the role at short notice ahead of last year’s World Cup, the 49-year-old brought to an end an 11-month tenure in the post having been absent from the international camp since March due to personal reasons.Enrique was appointed last July after Fernando Hierro stepped down following their round-of-16 exit to the hosts in Russia, with the latter himself having been hired at short notice to replace the unceremoniously sacked Julen Lopetegui. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Having led them to safety in their Nations League group alongside England, he missed out on reaching this year’s finals in Portugal.Subsequently, he missed three European Championship qualifiers earlier this year, with Roberto Moreno overseeing the assorted victories since March.Former assistant Moreno has now been handed the job until next year but in a statement on Twitter, Real Madrid star Ramos paid tribute to Enrique while lending his full backing.The captain had previously stated that the whole squad understood and respected Enrique’s decision to stay away from the national camp.”Every victory of the national team will also be yours, coach,” Ramos wrote on his official Twitter account . “All our support and our encouragement.”As a manager, Enrique guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles, a Champions League crown and three Copa del Rey trophies before spending a year out of the game.He was named La Liga and FIFA’s Coach of the Year in 2015 for his efforts, when he won the treble.He subsequently took the Spain job and masterminded results such as a 6-0 thrashing of World Cup finalists Croatia and a 2-1 victory against semi-finalists England at Wembley.Such form saw the nation secure sixth in the most recent FIFA World Rankings, behind only Belgium. France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Croatia.Spain next face Romania in September when they travel to Bucharest before they host a return clash with the Faroe Islands in Gijon, having trumped them 4-1 in Torshavn earlier this month .last_img read more

James Franklin Explains Why So Many PSU Players Are Transferring

first_img “I get it from both perspectives,” Franklin said in the Inquirer interview. “But one of the things that I worry about a little bit is I do think college athletics, and specifically football, have a very important role in our society of teaching how to overcome adversity, mental toughness, physical toughness.“Most of these guys have been bigger, stronger, faster, smarter than everybody, and for the first time in their life, they’re challenged with that. They’re around a bunch of guys that are like that. And they learn to buckle down and find a way to overcome the adversity.”The Nittany Lions are coming off their third-straight season of nine wins or more, and are set to bring in another superb recruiting class in 2019.However, the loss of so many players – especially Stevens – means that the Penn State depth chart is going to look very different this coming season.We’ll see whether Franklin can coach so many young studs to another Big Ten title.[The Philadelphia Inquirer] A solo shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the sidelines during the first half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Few Power Five football programs have seen as many players leave this off-season via the transfer portal as Penn State. With Nittany Lions departures numbering in the double-digits, head coach James Franklin addressed the recent exodus.In a recent interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Franklin stated that the recent wave of departures was likely a result of a “perfect storm” of problems. He explained that the introduction of the transfer portal along with many recruits losing their jobs to younger players may have prompted the various moves.“We had a number of young players that started, and that can create some challenges within your locker room when you’ve got a bunch of young players coming in and earning starting jobs,” Franklin told the Inquirer’s Joe Juliano.“So it kind of was a perfect storm of a new rule going in place, and a bunch of young players starting.”Ten Penn State players have already found new destinations. Top quarterback prospect Tommy Stevens is heading to Mississippi State while four-star wideout Juwan Johnson is heading to Oregon.Franklin went on to lament that the transfer portal is making it easier for players to avoid having to face adversity.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX makes tripledigit gain on stronger commodities

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a strong advance Tuesday as key commodity prices touched their highest levels in weeks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,372.45+102.12 0.72%S&P 500 —  1,851.96+6.92 0.38%Dow — 16,256.14+10.27 0.06%Nasdaq — 4,112.99 +33.23 0.81% The S&P/TSX composite index lifted 102.12 points to 14,372.45, while the Canadian dollar moved 0.39 of a cent higher to 91.56 cents US.Since last week, the resource-weighted TSX has been largely motivated by concerns about the fragility of the global economy and speculation that stock markets could be headed for a pullback. By Tuesday, those worries appeared to have largely subsided, with the TSX mining sector one of the biggest gainers, up 1.9%.Gold stocks were stronger as the price of bullion climbed to levels it hasn’t reached for two weeks, motivated by weakness in the U.S. dollar and further unrest in Ukraine. On Monday, pro-Russian separatists seized a provincial administration building in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk and proclaimed the region independent, saying they will hold a referendum on the issue.The June gold contract rose $10.80 to US$1,309.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose 40 cents to $20.54 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) lifted 37 cents to $27.53.Crude oil was also on the rise, reaching its highest closing price in a month as May crude gained $2.12 to settle at US$102.56 a barrel. May copper moved ahead 1.2 cents to US$3.05 a pound.Wall Street was relatively flat after three days of declines. The Dow Jones industrials increased 10.27 points to 16,256.14, while the Nasdaq was ahead 33.24 points to 4,112.99 and The S&P 500 index lifted 6.92 points to 1,851.96.After the bell, aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. was the first Dow component to release its quarterly financial results, easily beating analyst expectations on adjusted earnings per share. The company said it lost US$178 million in the first quarter and revenue was disappointing.However, excluding charges to idle capacity at aluminum smelters and mills, Alcoa said it would have earned nine cents per share on revenue of $5.45 billion, compared with analyst expectations of five cents a share on revenue of $5.57 billion, according to FactSet.Investors are eagerly anticipating the latest financial reports from big U.S. companies in the coming weeks, said Jennifer Dowty, associate portfolio manager at CIBC Global Asset Management. But she said it will be about more than just the headline numbers.“It’s not so much the reported earnings, but more so the outlook that is the focus,” Dowty said.“If we see some disappointments, it’s not going to be a large surprise. I think a lot of management teams are going to be blaming the weather.”Intense winter storms pounded much of North America in the fourth quarter. The harsh weather continued into the new year and has been blamed for everything from lacklustre retail sales to slower construction.Canadian companies like Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) and Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CCA) are scheduled to report on Wednesday. American financial services companies Walls Fargo and JP Morgan issue results on Friday.In economic data, the International Monetary Fund nudged its 2014 economic growth forecast for Canada upward one-tenth of a point to 2.3% this year, while leaving its 2015 estimate for Canada at 2.4% growth.Two reports on Canadian construction activity put a damper on hopes that activity may have picked up last month. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported that March housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 156,823 units, down from 190,639 a year earlier.Statistics Canada said the value of building permits — which are required before construction begins — dropped 11.6% to $6.1 billion in February.TOP STORIESHere’s what Quebec’s Liberal win means for business in the provinceGrowth yes, but IMF still sees plenty to worry about in Canada’s economyCBC expected to make deep cuts in wake of losing Hockey Night in CanadaScotiabank boss Brian Porter eyes bigger piece of Canadian credit card marketWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (Feb): Economists expect 0.5% rise from month before, 1% year over year 2 p.m.FOMC minutes from March meeting CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBed Bath & Beyond Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.60 a share Constellation Brands, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share CANADACogeco Cable Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.10 a share Cogeco Incorporated Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 91¢ a share Dollarama Inc    Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.10 a share read more

3 workers injured in hot metal spill at Tesla factory in San

3 workers injured in hot metal spill at Tesla factory in San Francisco Bay Area AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2013 3:03 pm MDT FREMONT, Calif. – Three Tesla Motors employees were injured Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.One employee was seriously hurt and two other sustained minor injuries when the low-pressure press spilled hot metal shortly before noon, said Greg Siggins, a spokesman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration.“Hot metal somehow burned the workers,” said Siggins, who added that there was no fire inside the plant.The most seriously injured Telsa worker received chest and upper-body burns, Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. The three workers were taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose with second-degree burns, Siggins said.One of workers was released Wednesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She could not disclose the workers’ identities or conditions due to privacy laws.Telsa CEO Elon Musk said in an email Wednesday that he planned “to visit them in the hospital later today and will personally ensure that they receive the best possible care.”The incident was being treated as an industrial accident, Siggins said.“We will be talking to any witnesses, reviewing training documents and manuals to see if they are in accordance with specifications as part of finding out what happened,” Siggins said.Tesla Motors, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory. Tesla took ownership of the former plant jointly-owned General Motors and Toyota four years ago and has transformed a portion of the cavernous auto plant into a state-of-the-art facility.Wednesday’s accident follows recent Telsa car fires in Washington state, Tennessee and Mexico that made headlines. Two Model S sedans caught fire after hitting a metal object in the road and a third caught fire after a high-speed chase.None of the drivers were injured.Musk said Tuesday that there are no plans for a recall and insisted the Model S is one of the safest cars on the road. read more

Ban welcomes important step forward towards Mali peace

In a statement released this afternoon, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General commended Malian stakeholders for “the progress achieved to date” and expressed his gratitude to both Algeria, for hosting the peace process, and members of the international community for their “dedicated efforts in support of the resolution of the conflict.”“The initialling on 1 March in Algiers of a draft agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali by the Government of Mali and the Plateforme coalition of armed groups is an important step forward,” said the statement. “The political will and ownership of all Malian parties is essential for sustainable peace.”The Government in Mali has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.Throughout much of this time, Mali’s north has remained restive and, in recent months, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) and its “blue helmets” have come under repeated violent attack.In addition, the country has been consumed by a series of humanitarian crises. Addressing journalists in Geneva last week, Jens Laerke, from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), noted that at the peak of the crisis, more than 500,000 people had left the north of Mali to seek refuge in the south or in neighbouring countries. Although nearly 400,000 had already returned, they continued to face challenges in restarting their lives as communities had become more vulnerable, livelihoods had deteriorated, and social services were working only partially, especially in rural areas.At the same time, Mali continued to face a high level of food insecurity and malnutrition – a problem affecting countries throughout Africa’s Sahel region. According to UN estimates, nearly 2.6 million people in Mali, or 15 per cent of the total population, will suffer from food insecurity this year while more than one in 10 children would be affected by acute malnutrition.The UN spokesperson declared the Organization’s continued commitment to supporting Malians in their search for peace, security, justice and development through the “full and timely implementation of a future agreement” and said Mr. Ban called on all parties “to engage to reach a final settlement.” Also today, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Major General Michael Lollesgard of Denmark as the new MINUSMA Force Commander.Mr. Lollesgard succeeds Major General Jean Bosco Kazura of Rwanda to whom Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for his “dedicated and exemplary service during his tenure.”According to the UN spokesperson’s office, Mr. Lollesgard brings to his new role 30 years of national and international experience including deployments in peace support operations in the Balkans and Iraq. read more

UN envoy on Yemen presses on towards political solution with meetings in

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, with whom he exchanged views on the situation in Yemen and the peace process, UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in Geneva. The Secretary-General said that “the League, when the time came, would consider seriously the question of monitors, in case of a ceasefire,” said Mr. Fawzi. While in the Egyptian capital, the Special Envoy also met with the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and key leaders of the General People’s Congress.“The Special Envoy still feels, as he did in Geneva, that there is momentum for a political solution to be reached and he is pushing all parties in that direction,” said Mr. Fawzi. Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will soon travel to Oman for meetings, followed by a visit to Saudi Arabia, before traveling to New York to brief the Security Council.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March but the agency’s regional response to this outflow is just one fifth funded. “With funding also low for operations inside Yemen, UNHCR is concerned that delivery of assistance there, as well as to refugees fleeing the country, will be at risk without additional funding soon,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards said at a press briefing in Geneva.UNHCR requires $105.6 million for its emergency response inside Yemen. It has only received about 23 per cent of that. Some 1.2 million internally displaced people and approximately 250,000 refugees continue to need assistance in extremely challenging conditions with severely restricted access, UNHCR noted. The conflict continues to cause death, injuries and damage to homes and infrastructure. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today that the civilian death toll in Yemen has risen to at least 1,916, with another 4,186 civilians wounded since the escalation of the armed conflict in March. Also, over the past few weeks, there have been two “particularly devastating” attacks in residential areas, according to spokesperson Cécile Pouilly. On 19 July, 95 civilians, including 29 children, were killed and 198 injured in Aden in the Al Ghaleel Residential Area, which is home to members of the Al-Muhamasheen community, a marginalized group in Yemen. The attacks were reportedly conducted by the Houthi Popular Committees using mortar shelling. Fourteen civilian homes also incurred extensive structural damage. Then on 24 July, at least 73 civilians, including 11 children, were killed and 93 injured, when two residential compounds in Taiz were hit. The compounds housed the families of workers of Al Mokha Steam Power Plant. According to eyewitness, the residential compounds were hit by nine missiles. OHCHR is working on verifying reports of the source of the attacks. “We are also deeply concerned about attacks against civilian infrastructure, including places of worship, hospitals and schools,” Ms. Pouilly told reporters. “We urge all parties, again, to ensure that they, at all times, distinguish between civilian and military targets, comply with the principle of proportionality when conducting military operations and take all feasible precautions to avoid, and in any event to minimise, the impact of violence on civilians.” read more

Miami SelfImposes Second Straight Postseason Ban

Miami University has self-imposed yet another postseason ban for the second straight season in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the school’s compliance practices.The inquiry began in 2011 after a former booster came forward with allegations that he provided multiple athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts.The Hurricanes are hopeful by implementing a postseason ban that the NCAA will lessen its punishment if it find that the university has committed any wrongdoing.The announcement came Monday morning from interim athletic director Blake James following the Hurricanes 40-9  victory over South Florida Saturday, which made them bowl eligible with an overall record of 6-5 and 4-3 in the ACC.University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in the decision.The school issued the following statement:“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” the statement read.It continued, “The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”Hurricanes coach Al Golden, was not apart of the decision-making process, but told reporters Sunday that he understood if a decision was reached to forego another postseason due to self-impose sanctions because the decision was out of his control.“It’s not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account.”Golden is on board with any decision that will expedite the process, allowing for the program to move forward.The Hurricanes have the opportunity to secure a share of the ACC Coastal Division title with a win over Duke in their regular season finale, but Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division on Dec. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.But Golden said that Saturday’s season finale is more important for the seniors of the program.“It’s critical,” Golden said. “It’s critical for our seniors, for them to have weathered what they will have weathered and be able to have an opportunity to go out like that.” read more

Parents who wont let their son wear a skirt may have to

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. Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity The Department for Education (DfE)’s statutory guidance on safeguarding says that staff with concerns about a child must alert the school’s safeguarding lead, and if necessary contact social services or the police.  Another scenario outlined in Brighton and Hove City Council’s guidance document is parents who contact the school to ask: “My daughter doesn’t want a boy changing next to her, what if he looks at her body?”It explains that in such a case, “it would not be appropriate to remove the trans pupil from the changing rooms”.Instead, the school should focus on increasing their “training and awareness raising” to ensure that all pupils understand that a transgender girls is a “real girl”.    The guidance document, now in its third edition, was produced by Allsorts Youth Project, a charity that supports young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ). Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity Parents who refuse to let their son wear a skirt to school may need to be referred to social services, a council’s guidance has advised schools.Mothers and fathers who dismiss a “gender questioning” child’s requests to change their name could also be a trigger for concern, according to Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”.  It comes after warnings that schools are “sowing confusion” in children’s minds by over-promoting transgender issues, and that children are being encouraged to “unlearn” the difference between boys and girls. The guidance advises teachers on how to handle a number of different scenarios, including if parents say: “I refuse to allow my son to change his name or wear skirts”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Schools are advised that some parents may “struggle” to accept their child’s gender identity and it may be a long time before they accept the change.“If a setting has a significant concern about the child’s wellbeing and or safety in relation to how the parents or carers are managing the exploration of the child’s gender identity it may be necessary and advisable to follow safeguarding procedures,” schools are told.     Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit”   Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit” Credit:Allsorts Youth Project It advises that in “all cases”, transgender pupils should be allowed to use the changing room that corresponds to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.This means that any boy who identifies as a female should be allowed to use girls’ changing rooms, even if it makes other girls feel “uncomfortable”.“It is important to ensure that these are safe environments for all by challenging underlying attitudes and bullying behaviours,” the guidance says.  A spokesman from Brighton and Hove Council said the version of the toolkit, which is published online on the Allsorts Youth Project’s website, is undergoing final checks before being sent out to schools.  Earlier this year, it emerged that a teacher who was accused of “misgendering” a child was told by police that she had committed a hate crime.  The teacher, who claimed they were a “grammatical purist”, refused to acknowledge that the pupil self-identified as a boy and failed to use the pupil’s preferred pronouns of “he” or “him”. read more

Female pensioner trailed from VreedenHoop Bank robbed in Parika

Police say they are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on a 67-year-old pensioner of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, which occurred about 10:00hrs on Tuesday at Parika, by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.Based on information from the police, the victim transacted business at a Bank in Vreed-en-Hoop, and then proceeded to Parika, where she was approached by one of the suspects, who exited a private motorcar and held her at gunpoint.He then demanded her bag containing approximately $900,000 and escaped on a waiting motorcycle, registration number CH 1423, which the police said they subsequently found abandoned at “Train Station Dam”.According to the police, the driver of the vehicle that the armed bandit exited from was charged and is presently before the court for Robbery Under Arms.This publication was informed that the driver is also assisting the Police in this investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits rob busload of passengersMay 10, 2015In “Crime”Bandits creating havoc at Vreed-en-Hoop …several businesses targeted over the past few weeksSeptember 28, 2016In “Crime”WBD man slapped with robbery chargeAugust 22, 2016In “Court” read more

Saayii Tolof – Part 166 EPISODE 13 Difficult Marriages – Sins

Saayii Tolof – Part 166 EPISODE 13 Difficult Marriages – Sins

first_imgMa Kumuna’ Intervention   She was my Governess (Nanny) whom I thought was my mom, she was strict a no nonsense lady but also kind, generous and compassionate and I enjoy both sides of her character and it gave me discipline she cannot beg me anything I can refuse. I rushed to her and wept bitterly that my mom touched my soft spot by asking my real mom to intervene. “Mom give me time and I’ll report back to you.” She understood me more than my arrogant mother then she replied; “I know you my son and what you are capable of I’ll be waiting for a positive reply and please whatever the case may be I expect a positive reply and will be patiently waiting.” I kissed her and left with my luggage but mom is never sure again; “Will he come back Haja?” “I know my son he hates to me pressurize; I’ll be seeing him don’t you worry but don’t threaten him if you do he’ll dare the challengeNanny and Son Ambruce visited his nanny and discussed further with her.     “Look at what this adulteress, wicked woman has done to my father your friend and brother, I can forgive but not forget it made me stereotype women so as not to fall into my father’s trap, he was so gentle and kind and she took him for granted so as to bring her lovers into her matrimonial home, what a disrespect! I’ll never allow such and will never allow her to interfere and wreck my life, I’ll take my time and find my wife and she can also never influence me to marry a wife she brings for me; talk frankly to her as a true friend and confidante.”Nanny “I’ll talk to her you know me now I used to advise her to take note of you that you are growing up a bitter young man and that she is destroying your life and you’ll grow up to hate women and marriage stereotyping all women and that’s exactly what has happen, but take it easy with yourself and her go back to your family home and take your time in finding a better woman.”Pa Ambruce “I’ve heard you nanny but you know that arrogant fool she thinks only of herself and whenever I go back she’ll never stop interfering and you’ll forever keep sitting on our case, let me be I can be visiting her whenever there is time but I can never go back to that house my spirit and soul is not in agreement.” “I’ll respect your decision but still ask you for more somber reflection.” “Thank you nanny well appreciated I promise that you’ll be well posted.”Ayoumerou Ayou is his best friend who have the most influence over him since childhood he went abroad with his family and have just returned to run the family business while his family live and stay overseas. Mama D went to him to impress upon his best friend to return home and marry a wife.Mama D   “Ayou! How are your parents it’s so long I haven’t heard from them? Hope they are fine?” “They are mom and have sent their greetings always asking after you since my return. How is my friend I also hope he is fine? I’ve not seen him since my return.” “I am here because of him; he moved out of the house out of protest that I told him to find a wife and settle down, well every parent would want to see his/her grandchild especially we women who are emotionally attach to that.” She reflected and asked Ayou, “Are you married yourself?” He smiled and answered in the negative; “I am still searching mom.” Then she urged him to also find one before he can influence his friend. “Mom I am still young and there is no need to be in a hurry before you fall into a trap.” Mom became defensive; “That’s what your friend always keep saying, but if you stick to that principle when will you ever find one if you don’t try? Will a wife drop down from the sky?” “That is a point but let us first get into friendship and start it from there.” “I’ll agree but your friend is even afraid to get into a courtship please influence him to start from friendship and take it up from there.” “Okay I’ll do my best but where does he live now?” “I don’t know but you can go to his company and you’ll surely make an appointment.” She then gave him the address and phone number. She praise him and left.Pa Ambruce Ayou found the place and he was excited and happy to see him. After exchanged of pleasantries he told him his mission; “Are you not staying at home? I went there but you were not found so mom gave me your company’s address; what is happening boyfriend?” “What has mom told you? I hope you are not here to convince me get married and go back home?” “If that is the case what’s wrong with it? Am I not part of the family?” “Of course you are but you know that one cannot marry for marriage sake? One has to take time not to be rushed to failure and that’s what I am doing and I’ll never allow mom ruin my life, she has to let me be give me time to find a spouse.” “And that’s exactly what I told her but she agreed and said what is worrisome is that you have not even start courting that wife will not drop from the sky.” “I’ve heard you and will surely court when I meet the right woman/girl.” Ayou thanked him for offering him an audience then left.Pa Ambruce He went to mom and told her off; “Stop discussing me with strangers, what sort of mother are you? Do other women discuss their children with other non- family members? So far I am discreet but if you push me you’ll leave me with no other option but to tell them how you’ve killed my father made me hate all other women and distrust you, let me be and leave me at my own time to make my decision!” He scolded her and left in a rage. Mama D wept bitterly and regretted her action; she prayed to God to soften her son’s heart and make him forgive her. To be Cont.last_img read more

WHO 10000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen

first_imgGENEVA — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, the agency had estimated the Ebola mortality rate at around 50 percent overall. In contrast, in events such as flu pandemics, the death rate is typically under 2 percent.Acknowledging that Ebola was “a high mortality disease,” Aylward said the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.He told reporters if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die” and health workers will be stretched even further. Experts say the epidemic is doubling in size about every three weeks.WHO raised its Ebola death toll tally Tuesday to 4,447 people, nearly all of them in West Africa, out of more than 8,900 believed to be infected. Aylward said calculating the death rate means tracking the outcomes of all possible patients — a complicated process since the numbers of cases are substantially underreported and much patient data is missing.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectwoman Jomarie OMahony Thanks The Voters

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectwoman Jomarie OMahony Thanks The Voters

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to take a moment to thank the voters of Wilmington for electing me to the Board of Selectmen this past weekend. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the town I love in this capacity and promise you that I will stay true to the person I am and always try to act for the greater good. I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time holding signs and their lawns for signs as well as their homes for meet and greets and their kind words in their letters of endorsement. As exciting as the experience was to be a candidate in a political race, now the work really begins. I promise to work to the best of my abilities and in harmony with the other members of the board to accomplish the tasks before us.Sincerely,Jomarie O’MahonyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Doreen Champoux & Former Selectman Mike Champoux Endorse O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Thanks The VotersIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Jomarie O’MahonyIn “Government”last_img read more

Advocates opposed to mining in Bristol Bay region ramp up summer outreach

first_imgNick Harvey is a deckhand from Seattle. This is his first season fishing in Bristol Bay.(Avery Lill/ KDLG)Kristina Andrew greets Nick Harvey as he steps into the Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries booth at the Dillingham harbor. He’s hoping to buy a “No Pebble Mine” flag for his boat to fly. Andrew, the director of Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries, is out of flags, but Harvey agrees to sign a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency instead.Listen nowThe letter is addressed to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. It expresses disappointment that the EPA and Pebble Limited Partnership recently reached a settlement that will allow the Pebble project to proceed into a normal permitting process.As Harvey, a 20-year-old deckhand from Seattle, waits on a Dillingham resident to finish signing her letter, he chats with Andrew. She tells him the latest on litigation and legislation related to the proposed mine. This is Harvey’s second season fishing, and it is his first in Bristol Bay.“This fishery is one of the last truly wild ones in the world. And it’s definitely worth protecting,” Harvey said. “It’s not worth putting a mine upstream that would decimate the salmon populations. I didn’t know about it until I started working up here. It definitely should be a Pacific Northwest issue if not a national one. It could use more recognition nationwide.”Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries is a recent project of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. SBBF’s goal is to connect specifically with the commercial fishing industry. Andrew has set up operations in a shipping container in the harbor. The container is painted with fish, boats, and anti-Pebble slogans. Inside she has hoodies and t-shirts for sale, letters to sign and informational flyers to pass out. She is there every weekday afternoon.In a week and half of being open, she estimates 500 people have signed letters to the EPA. Over the weekend, SBBF hosted a happy hour at the Sea Inn, a bar in downtown Dillingham. Andrews estimates 150 attended, and 90 signed letters.Kristina Andrew is the director of Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries.(Avery Lill/ KDLG)“The importance of having the outreach in the summer is this is when we have the most traffic,” Andrew explained. “A lot of fishermen are coming up from out of town, and we really want to capitalize on everybody being here right before they go out fishing.”On the east side of the bay, Melanie Brown is manning a table outside the Naknek LFS store. Like Andrew, she is collecting signatures to protest the Pebble project. Brown is a part-time set netter in the Naknek district.“The more they hear about people’s concerns about the project, the more they’re going to have to listen,” Brown said. “They’re not going to be able to deny that they don’t have the social license to move forward if that means anything to them.”Brown sees these petitions as a concrete way of making a difference.“If fishing is important to you, if you want to continue to fish, if you have children you want to participate in the fishery, descendants who want to participate, then you have to remain diligent. You have to do what you can to put the pressure on the decision makers,” Brown said.After this week, Brown will switch from petitioning mining to doing what keeps her motivated—fishing.last_img read more

Chief Acevedo Announces Changes HPD Will Make To Deal With Domestic Violence

Chief Acevedo Announces Changes HPD Will Make To Deal With Domestic Violence

first_imgPhoto: Kese Smith (HPD)HPD Chief Art Acevedo has announced changes in the way Houston police officers will deal with domestic violence incidents.Chief Art Acevedo announced Wednesday changes in the way the Houston Police Department (HPD) deals with incidents of domestic violence.Acevedo explained at a press conference held at HPD headquarters that a new policy he has established entails that when an officer is in a call that involves domestic violence, the officer will be obligated to request the presence of an on duty supervisor to the scene in certain situations.Those situations are that the suspect is on scene; that a warrantless arrest is not made for an offense related to family violence; and there is a bodily injury.Acevedo said he expects the new policy will allow HPD sergeants to better assess the officers’ understanding of the law, as it relates to domestic violence, and evaluate how prepared the officer in question is to provide information to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.“This is a great opportunity to take this battle, this war against domestic violence, to the next level,” the chief noted.Acevedo added he also thinks the new guideline will help the department’s supervisors determine whether HPD personnel need more training related to domestic violence and how the existing laws deal with those incidents and crimes.Acevedo, who underlined HPD officers don’t ask about immigration status, detailed there were 43 domestic violence murders in Houston in 2017.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg explained that, historically, there have been “gaps” related to domestic violence incidents in the county “often because somebody at the scene didn’t want charges filed or because officers weren’t trained or told what evidence to collect” and that has meant that alleged abusers or attackers were not arrested. Sharelast_img read more

Loch Raven Boulevard Enoch Pratt Library Curators of Hip Hop Presents the

Loch Raven Boulevard Enoch Pratt Library Curators of Hip Hop Presents the

first_imgSeamlessly interwoven with poetic narration by SK (Shayla Mason), “The Curators Volume 1” chronicles the independent journeys of MCs Ahmad, Matt Reeves, RealPRIE, and Dee-1. It also captures and documents the infancy-to-stardom of Def Jam recording artist, Logic. These artists represent a younger generation trying to make it in the music world and the story parallels that of every artist trying to make a name for themselves. The screening will take place on Feb. 2 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 4420 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21218.last_img