Milind Deora ignores Sanjay Nirupam’s jibes, says party bigger than individual

first_imgFaced with a barrage of criticism from his predecessor Sanjay Nirupam, former Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora turned the other cheek on Monday. ‘Unpleasant and unwarranted commentary’, he said, should be ignored. “A party and its ideals are bigger than an individual. Some unpleasant and unwarranted commentary from certain quarters should be ignored,” said Mr. Deora in a statement issued on Monday evening.Unpleasant scenes have accompanied Mr. Deora’s appointment as well as departure, with Mr. Nirupam criticising him over his idea to appoint a three-member committee to run the Mumbai Congress till the Assembly elections. “The idea to appoint a three-member committee to run Mumbai Congress in place of (a party) president is not at all appropriate. It will ruin the party further,” tweeted Mr Nirupam.He ridiculed Mr. Deora over his hints at undertaking an important responsibility at the national level. “Resignation (usually) comes with sacrifice. But here, a national-level position is being demanded. Is this a resignation or a ladder to climb? The party should be wary of such ‘devoted’ leaders,” he said.Mr. Deora, however, said he was humbled by the affection and support he received after his resignation, and asked party workers to keep up the good work. The Congress’s vote share in Mumbai rose by 5%, he said. It was proved in the Lok Sabha elections that party workers can work unitedly for all Mumbaikars and earnestly pursue their support to build an inclusive Mumbai, he said. “We have re-established Mumbai Congress as a party for all Mumbaikars and this is a great beginning to build on,” said the statement.last_img read more

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CWG scam: CAG indicts Delhi health department

first_imgThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found irregularities in procurement of medical equipment for the Games.The Commonwealth Games, hosted in the city last year, has come to be associated with a raft of scams. Here’s another.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found irregularities in procurement of medical equipment for the Games, causing loss of crores of rupees to the government exchequer.A CAG report states that the authorities concerned bought the equipment much above the market rates while beds and equipment at some designated hospitals were supplied only after the event got over.The authorities even issued fake work certificates for procuring items. The state-run GB Pant Hospital was designated for definitive care of accredited personnel along with AIIMS and RML Hospital. At GBP, a turnkey project for establishing an emergency block was approved by the government. The purchase committee approved the bid of M/ s Adison Equipment, which agreed to complete the supply, installation and commissioning of the system by August 20, 2010 at a cost of around Rs 5crore.According to the report, a review of expenditure revealed that a false work certificate was signed by a group of doctors on November 19 showing that the project was completed on September 6.”Installation of the turnkey project was possible in November after one month of the CWG. Whereas, this block was specially meant for the Games and the ground floor of the EDP building was specially modified for this purpose. The expenditure of Rs 5.15 crore thus proved unfruitful,” the report states. The report mentions that the hospital’s medical superintendent denied this and said the project was utilised fully for the CWG. Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta on Tuesday said chief minister Sheila Dikshit was responsible for this scam and should immediately resign.advertisement”There should be a proper investigation and all officials, including the CM, should be booked,” he added.Gupta said the CAG’s findings vindicated earlier claims that there was a huge scam in the whole exercise of improving health facilities ahead of the CWG by the Delhi government.The CAG report says lack of proper planning resulted in non-utilisation of budget.The decision to hold the Games in Delhi was taken in 2003 and the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) was entrusted with the responsibility of providing health services.The budget was allotted from 2006-07 but the final action plan could be finalised only in September 2009. The percentage of utilisation of the allotted budget was 0.1 to 8.5 during 2006-10 and hundred per cent during 2010- 11, the overall utilisation being 33.44 per cent.Delays were a common feature of Games-related projects. Health- related projects were no exception. The report says that although there was enough time to make purchases and call for open tenders, the DHS and hospitals made purchases worth Rs 6.02crore without inviting tenders. In its reply, the DHS attributed this to paucity of time.WHAT THE CAG FOUND – 68 ice- machines for treating sports injuries bought at inflated costs, leading to a Rs 23lakh loss- 11 firms failed to deliver medical equipment worth ` 4lakh- Directorate of Health Services and Lok Nayak Hospital bought equipment worth more than Rs 6crore without inviting open tenders- Director of health services waited till the end so that he could justify purchases without tender- Most equipment came after the Games were over- A Rs 5 crore emergency block for sportspersons at Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital completed a month after Gameslast_img
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Greek Sweep in Athens Marathon

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – For a change, a Greek won his country’s marathon as Christoforos Merousis finished first on Nov. 8 with a time of 2:21:22 as Japan’s Minori Hayakari won the women’s race in 2:52.06.Merousis had finished high in previous Athens Marathon races and is the national champion. To make it an even better day, another Greek, Dimitris Theodorakakos, was second at 2:27:03 and Dimosthenis Evangelidis third 25 second later for a Greek sweep.Hayakari, 43, beat Greek champion Ourania Rempouli, who finished second in 2:54.32 and Magda Gazea in third with 2:55.35.In the 10k race Costas Gelaouzos won for the second year in a row, with Christos Boudoulis second, while Anastasia Karakatsani won the women’s category for a fourth consecutive year, ahead of the Czech Republic’s Moira Stevartova.The results were dampened, however, by a weak field as budget cuts meant that the Greek sports federation SEGAS couldn’t afford to invite top runners but the event still drew more than 43,000 runners, an all-time record for the Athens Marathon.last_img read more

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Undefeated Greek Champions

first_imgWhat a season for Olympiacos! The Erythrolefki defeated Vouliagmeni 10-5 in Game 3 of the Greek A1 Water Polo League Playoff Finals, swept the series 3-0, and won their 4th straight Greek League Title!Olympiacos dominated the game from the start and was ahead 5-0 by halftime. In the third period, the lead rose to 7 (8-1) and Vouliagmeni had little hopes to turn the game around. The match ended 10-5 in favor of Olympiacos, giving them the 3-0 series sweep. Vlachopoulos, Milonakis, Kolomvos, and Mourikis each had two goals for the home side.The Erythrolefki finished the season undefeated and were crowned champions of Greek Water Polo for the fourth straight season. This is the 30th Greek title in their history; second most behind Vouliagmeni, who has 38 championships. Olympiacos will now turn their attention to the FINA Champions League where they have automatically qualified for the semi-finals. The Greek Champions finished first in the Group A of the preliminary round, with an undefeated record, and will look to win the European Championships in Budapest next month!Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul helps India sweep Test series vs West Indies

first_imgPaceman Umesh Yadav bagged his first-ever 10-wicket haul in a match to help India sweep the two-match Test series against West Indies in Hyderabad on Sunday.This was also India’s first-ever 10-wicket victory over West Indies in Tests.Umesh, who got his career-best 6/88 in the first innings, ended with 4/45 in the second to help India bowl Windies out for a paltry 127 on Day 3 of the Hyderabad Test.Sunil Ambris top-scored for the tourists with 38 while spinners Ravindra Jadeja 3/12 and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/24) shared five wickets between themselves.Chasing 72 to sweep the two-match series, openers Prithvi Shaw (33 not out) and KL Rahul (33 not out) looked positive in their approach and needed only 16.1 overs to take India home at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.Hyderabad Test: Day 3 Highlights | ScorecardRahul, who has struggled to find his rhythm right of late, got off the mark with a huge six over long off off Jomel Warrican in the second over of India’s chase.Shaw took a couple of blows to his body off Jason Holder. In the first instance Shaw was defending a ball when he was hit on his right elbow by a rising delivery. In the second, Shaw ducked but Holder’s delivery did not bounce much and it hit the Indian opener on his left bicep.The scenes were quite similar to how once Sachin Tendulkar got out to Glenn McGrath leg before wicket. However, this time the difference was umpire Ian Gould who turned down the appeal and luckily for Shaw the ball tracker showed umpire’s call in replays.advertisementIt was all happening with Shaw as he survived a stumping chance on 13 when substitute wicketkeeper Hamilton failed to gather the ball completely off Devendra Bishoo.The play was also extended beyond the cut-off time of 5 PM IST when India required only 14 runs to win.INDIA WIN!! pic.twitter.com/lTgNnJPjv3BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Umesh, who was on a hat-trick from the first innings, missed that opportunity but struck on the second ball of the innings, with Kraigg Brathwaite (0) caught behind.With Shardul Thakur out injured, spin was introduced early and Ashwin made the West Indies’s batsmen skittish on the three-day-old pitch.The score was 6-2 when Kieran Powell (0) was caught at slip off Ashwin, albeit television replays sided with the bowler in the absence of conclusive proof that Ajinkya Rahane dropped the chance.Shai Hope (28) played with some resolve but his teammates continued to struggle against India’s spin troika.Shimron Hetmyer (17) tried to hit out against Kuldeep Yadav (1/45) and was caught at backward point. Four balls later, Jadeja had Hope caught at slip.First innings centurion Roston Chase (6) tried to dig in again as he put on 23 runs with Ambris.But Umesh returned with another burst just before the tea break, removing the stumps of Chase and Shane Dowrich (0) successively to tilt the game decisively towards India.Innings Break!Windies all out for 127 in the second innings. @y_umesh registers his first 10-wkt haul in Tests.#TeamIndia require 72 runs to win the 2nd Test.Chase coming up shortly #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/7YOu03pPoaBCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Windies skipper Holder was involved in a 38-run stand with Ambris before Jadeja returned to send the two settled batsmen back to the pavilion.Jomel Warrican, who returned to the Windies XI after a gap of almost 2 years, was clean bowled by Ashwin while Umesh came back into the attack to castle Shanon Gabriel.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Hazard returns to Chelsea line-up

first_imgUEFA Champions League Chelsea team news: Hazard returns to line-up for Atletico clash Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:53 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte, Chelsea Getty UEFA Champions League Chelsea Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid The Belgian attacker will start in the Champions League encounter after being used off the bench against Stoke City on Saturday Eden Hazard has returned to the Chelsea line-up for the Blues’ Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, while Gary Cahill also comes back in after being benched in the last game. The Belgium captain makes his second start of the season and his most high profile on after previously only starting in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest. Hazard 13/5 to score v Atletico Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Chelsea have also switched to a more conservative formation as they line up in a 3-5-2 system with their captain returning in place of Antonio Rudiger. David Luiz is back in the team for Andreas Christensen as his suspension doesn’t count in European competitions. Alvaro Morata will be hoping to continue his good form after a hat-trick at the weekend against Stoke and Chelsea have a strong bench, with Pedro making the squad despite his minor injury. Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Fabregas, Hazard; MorataSubstitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Christensen, Zappacosta, Willian, Pedro, BatshuayiChelsea line uplast_img read more

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Unlikely leader has emerged in Seattle this year

first_imgMLS MLS Cup Spotlight: Cristian Roldan has evolved into fierce young leader for Sounders Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 02:42 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristian Roldan MLS Seattle Sounders 11022017 Jennifer Buchanan MLS Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders The 22-year-old Seattle Sounders midfielder took a major step in 2017, emerging as a two-way threat and on-field leader for the reigning MLS champions TORONTO — The story of Cristian Roldan’s 2017 season isn’t about the fact that he improved considerably as a player, or that the 22-year-old Seattle Sounders midfielder played at an MLS Best XI-caliber level. No, the story of Roldan’s breakout season is about how a young player has managed to emerge as a leader on a championship team filled with stars and veterans.Roldan’s 2016 season, just his second as a pro, was in itself a breakout season, as he emerged from bench option to reliable midfield sparkplug playing alongside all-stars like Nicolas Lodeiro and Osvaldo Alonso. As good as that season was, Roldan has blown it away in 2017, improving in all areas of his game.”I would say it’s the natural evolution of a player who is super dedicated, super fit, serious about his craft, and just wants to be part of a successful team,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer told Goal. “The kid’s drive to win is tremendous.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was that drive that led him to take on a bigger role this season despite being one of Seattle’s youngest players.Watch MLS live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)”I think I had to become a leader this year,” Roldan told Goal. “When you become a leader you aren’t afraid of making mistakes. Some guys, younger guys especially, that come into the league, once they come in and become starters they’re still a little timid and still a little afraid to make mistakes on the field and really play your game.”A lot of responsibility fell on my shoulders,” Roldan added. “A lot of players went down. I had to play as a six this year, as a 10, as a right back, so I led in several ways. I led by example and vocally I felt like I was more vocal this year and I’m very proud of that because a 22-year-old coming into the locker room we have is really tough.”Cristian Roldan MLS Seattle Sounders 10222017Roldan is one of a handful if highly-impressive youngsters making inroads at an earlier age than we’re used to seeing for American players. Players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams. Roldan is older than that trio of teenagers, but he has drawn inspiration from seeing other young Americans thrive and be fearless.”You see guys like [Christian] Pulisic, who are playing at an all-time high because of their confidence,” Roldan said. “So I think now, being a leader, having that confidence of not caring what people think and playing my game has helped me this year.”Roldan’s evolution into a young leader on the Sounders has been a natural one, with his veteran teammates clearly impressed enough to embrace him in that role despite his age.”For us, Cristian is very important,” Lodeiro said. “He covers so much ground, plays in all the positions, he’s very supportive on the field and has a bright future. Above all, as a person he’s a kid everybody cares about. He’s very humble. He deserves everything that’s happening to him because he works hard and is very humble so it makes you happy to see him continue to grow.”Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei added: “He’s starting to be my go-to guy when I want things to be on player’s minds. For example, when we’re in Houston and we have Nico and Cristian on yellows, he’s the one that went to and told him, ‘Listen, it’s your responsibility to make sure you don’t get a second yellow.’ That funny video of him dragging Nico away that isn’t a coincidence. That’s playing smart. We don’t want to shoot ourselves in the foot. I knew that he would carry that responsibility as a young guy. It shows how smart of a player he is.”In 2016, Roldan played the complementary role in the Sounders midfield to a tee, serving as a reliable outlet for teammates who could get the ball to Seattle’s attacking stars. This year, he became much more aggressive on both sides of the ball, showing more of a desire to get into tough challenges defensively, while getting more involved in the attack.”I think last year I tried to keep it simple, one-two touches,” Roldan said. “I defended for others, but then I realized I was fit enough to play box to box, get into the box at times and pick and choose the best times during the game. That’s definitely part of my game that has improved and next year I want to add a couple more elements to my game.”Cristian Roldan USMNT 07122017Roldan’s growth as a player earned him his first call-ups to the U.S. national team this year, and while he didn’t earn much playing time, he did come away even hungrier to show he deserves more opportunities.”Being on the bench for those games totally motivated me,” Roldan said. “I came back and I was just this new player who just wanted more. To be part of the United States team that won the Gold Cup, but not play very much on that team, I don’t feel like I won the trophy. I want to be part of the team, I want to play every minute. Until then I need to improve, and when I improve hopefully by next year I can become a starter then.”Roldan will be one of the key figures in Saturday’s MLS Cup final, even if his name won’t make the marquee ahead of the likes of Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco. His evolution as a player has drawn the attention of TFC head coach Greg Vanney, who sees a player who continues to improve.”A lot of young players have big engines, but are inefficient in how they use it,” Vanney told Goal. “I think Cristian is getting smarter. He’s recognizing when to use his engine and when to just sit into spots. The more experience he gains, the more intelligence he gets, the better he uses his engine, the better he’s at at covering territory, I think he’s maturing in his possession and his decisions.”As outstanding as his 2017 season has already been, Roldan wants more and sees himself doing more. He has the same aspirations of playing in the world’s top leagues and starting for the national team that every young player has, but his growth over the past two years has many believing he is well on his way to achieving those dreams.”I think I can improve from this year. I do believe I haven’t hit my potential and I want to keep going,” Roldan said. “I’ve set my mind to improving on little things like my passing, my forward off-the-ball running. Stuff like that can make the biggest difference for next year. This year it’s nice that I had the year that I did, but I don’t think I’ll be satisfied if we don’t win MLS Cup.”last_img read more

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Photo: This Fan Is Going Viral At The Ohio State-Penn State Game

first_imgA Penn State fan looking upset.We’ve entered the final minutes of tonight’s Ohio State-Penn State showdown at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.If you’re by a TV, get there. Now.Ohio State now leads Penn State, 27-26, with about 1:30 to play. The Nittany Lions the ball and are driving.Everyone inside Beaver Stadium is waiting on pins and needles right now.This fan in particular is going viral:There have certainly been a lot of “wows” in tonight’s Ohio State-Penn State game.There will probably be a lot more in the game’s final seconds.Get to ABC!last_img

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ED questions actor Prosenjit in Rose Valley chit fund scam

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate questioned actor Prosenjit Chatterjee for nearly six hours on Friday, in connection with the ongoing probe of the multi-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam. A day before, actor Rituparna Sengupta was interrogated by the central agency.Sources said the agency had sent summons to these actors to dig information on financial transactions between their companies and the Rose Valley group. “I have provided them with all the details they wanted. They had sent summons to my company, and I have always said I am ready to cooperate,” Chatterjee said post interrogation. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers This is the first time that the actor has been questioned since the chit fund scam came to light in 2013. As per sources, Chatterjee had attended several events hosted by the Rose Valley group. He had also reportedly acted in a film produced by it. Sources said the agency had received documents that revealed transactions carried out between the Rose Valley group and Chatterjee’s company and the ED officials sought clarification on the same. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChatterjee is a famous actor and has acted in over 200 Bengali and Hindi movies. ED had registered an FIR against the Rose Valley firm, its chairman Gautam Kundu and others in 2014 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Kundu was arrested by ED in Kolkata in 2015 and multiple chargesheets were filed in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar courts. It has also attached assets worth Rs 4,200 crore in the case till now. The group had reportedly floated 27 companies to allegedly run the chit fund operations. The ED has alleged that the scheme floated by the group promised investors in various states inflated returns. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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UN task force seeks to boost use of information technology for development

Uniting government representatives, business leaders and academics, the meeting, the Task Force’s first in Europe, will focus mainly on its vital role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets adopted by world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 for development and poverty eradication by 2015.The broader aim of discussions will be to help develop approaches to providing content to the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in December 2003, as well as to build alliances for action. The Task Force will follow up its previous meeting with a review of efforts to jump-start ICT-for-development in Africa.Tomorrow morning’s plenary will also examine the ICT’s advisory role to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and discuss how the Task Force can best assist in developing an ICT strategy for the UN system and help promote public-private partnerships for its implementation.The Secretary-General launched the ICT Task Force to bring together a variety of actors – from community leaders to captains of industry – united by the goal of using ICT to reduce the gap between the information-haves and have-nots. read more

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Auto sales set record in May gain 112 per cent compared with

Auto sales set record in May, gain 11.2 per cent compared with a year ago by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2017 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canadian auto sales set a monthly record in May, gaining 11.2 per cent year-over-year.The consulting firm says vehicle sales for the month totalled 216,861 including 75,172 cars and 141,689 light trucks, topping the previous record set in April 2016.That result compared with total sales of 194,934, including 73,079 cars and 121,855 light trucks, in May 2016.Ford led the way with 34,475 sales last month, up 17.4 per cent from a year ago, while FCA was second with 33,186, up 4.6 per cent.General Motors sold 31,149, up 35.8 per cent compared with May last year.Toyota sales totalled 21,611, up 7.4 per cent from a year ago. read more

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Syria humanitarian air drops still in the planning stage – UN agency

“It would be a high altitude operation, dropping food with parachutes,” World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Bettina Luescher said today in a briefing to the press. WFP is considering using an experienced, registered company for the complex operation, but no details could be provided as it is “still in the planning stage,” she said. WFP would work with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent on this project, as part of a larger international effort. The situation in Deir ez-Zor is devastating for families living under siege, where food is sometimes sold at prohibitively high prices, she said. Air drops are always the last resort because land routes are easier and more cost-effective, Ms. Luescher emphasized. She also said that life-saving aid had reached more than 21,000 people in Moadamiyeh, an area inaccessible to WFP aid for over a year and a half. Families there received two bags of wheat flower and other food items, including rice, lentils, canned food and cooking oil. WFP had also sent date bars that were fortified with vitamins and minerals.More than 20,000 people in Foah and Kefraya, 39,000 in Madaya, and 1,000 in Zabadani have also been reached, she said.Intra-Syrian Talks Meanwhile, Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, was headed to Geneva earlier today to attend a meeting of the international coordinating group tasked with implementing a ceasefire in Syria, according to Michele Zaccheo, Chief of the Radio and TV Section at the UN Information Service in Geneva. The Ceasefire Task Force meeting was planned for the afternoon, and would be attended by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia. Mr. Zaccheo said that there was no information that the meeting was cancelled as reported by some media.Regarding the resumption of the intra-Syrian talks, there has been no confirmed date, he said, noting that the Special Envoy would address the media on 22 February, probably in the morning, at a time to be specified.Aid Reaches 37,000 Children Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), informed that 37,000 of the 82,000 people in five besieged towns reached earlier this week by the UN and its partners were children. The aid had reached the towns of Madaya, Foah and Kfreya, Moademiyeh, and Zabadani, he said. Over two million people continue to face critical drinking water shortages in the Aleppo Governorate, he added. Khafsa water treatment facility in Aleppo was shut down on 16 January. In response, UNICEF scaled up its water tracking operations to provide eight million litres a day, enough to meet drinking needs of over 530,000 people and fuel to operate ground water wells, he said. In cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF was rehabilitating the Ein Al Beida water pumping station. In the south of the country, in De’ra, UNICEF had provided emergency health kits for 35,000 people to six local clinics. UNICEF and partners have sent education supplies for 8,800 children and distributed family hygiene kits for 45,000 people and baby kits for 3,000 children, and 3,500 testers for water quality. Water quality assurance and surveillance services were ongoing, he said. read more

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Your consumer rights in 29 languages

first_imgA new tool has been launched to help people from non-English speaking backgrounds understand their rights as consumers, according to Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury. Mr Bradbury joined Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou for World Consumer Rights Day to announce that the Your Shopping Rights fact sheet will now be available in 29 community languages. Under Australian Consumer Law, which began January 1, 2011, consumers have clear rights that are now applied consistently around the country, Mr Bradbury said. “The law guarantees the consumer the quality of goods and services, no matter whether the product was purchased at home, interstate or online,” he said. “Your Shopping Rights gives consumers – whether they speak English, Mandarin, Dinka, Spanish or Croatian – practical information about their rights and where to go if they have questions or concerns.” As a former language teacher Ms Vamvakinou said she was particularly excited that the fact sheet will be available in different languages. “Languages other than English have an important role in Australian society as we are a multilingual community. Our language capacity is one of our greatest strengths and should be reflected in our daily activities,” she said. “There are now a wide range of information tools available to consumers, including an iPhone application, that will help them understand their rights, and I am pleased that we can now also make these tools available in different languages.” For more details phone1300 302 502 or visit: www.consumerlaw.gov.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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The Specter of Savitar Dulls a Fun New Metahuman on The Flash

first_imgNothing could possibly top last week’s musical spectacular in terms of fun, but did we have to dive right back into the Savitar stuff? The episode gets off to a promising start by introducing a new metahuman for The Flash to deal with this week. Two security guards in a lab on the brink of closing down find that an eccentric man has broken in. He appears to be interested in a large glass case. Just as the guards are about to shoot him, he teleports into the case, which appears to be bulletproof. Holding a strange disc, he switches places with the guards, trapping them inside the case, which is now rapidly filling with water? Who could this be?Barry is still riding high off the musical he just experienced. He and Iris tell Joe and Cecile exactly how their re-engagement went down, including the whole singing thing. Everybody just accepts that that’s something Barry Allen does. I buy it. The trouble starts when Cecile invites them all out to a performance of Hamilton. Man, even fictional characters get to see this show before I will. The problem is the show happens in early July when Iris is supposed to die.That scene is a great representation of everything wrong with this episode. Something that should be fun is ruined by Savitar and Iris’s impending death. We have an exciting new metahuman for Flash to fight, but the show spends more time on what he knows about Savitar. Barry and Joe are called to investigate the crime scene from the beginning, but Barry’s alerted to a robbery in progress at another lab in town. He runs to the scene and meets the new metahuman, who reveals himself to be from the future. He knows who Barry is, who Savitar is, and he knows that Iris will die. Gypsy appears, and the two heroes try to take the new meta down, but he disappears in a swirling mass of playing cards.Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Jessica Camacho as Gypsy (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Gypsy reveals the metahuman to be Abra Kadabra, a time and interdimensional traveler from far in the future. He uses technology from all different universes to make it look like he’s doing magic. He also killed Gypsy’s partner, which makes all of Cisco’s awkward flirting even more inappropriate. The Flash can capture him when he tries to rob S.T.A.R. Labs, but he offers the team a deal: They let him go, he gives up Savitar’s identity. As the team spends time feeling conflicted about what to do, Joe opens Kadabra’s cell, points a gun at him and demands Savitar’s identity. When Gypsy interrupts the hold up to ask what Joe thinks he’s doing, Kadabra disappears. He steals an orb from the secret future newspaper room and escapes by making a small grenade appear in his hand. Everyone escapes unscathed except Caitlin, who has a metal rod sticking out of her stomach.Not wanting to turn into Killer Frost for her healing powers, she stays awake while walking Julian through the surgery. What follows is a cringe-inducing, but effective scene in which Julian painfully pulls out every piece of shrapnel and stitches her up. Thankfully, Caitlin lives. Before the celebrations can go on too long, Gypsy reveals she’s figured out why Kadabra’s been stealing all the tech. He’s building a time machine to go back to the future.Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Tom Felton as Julian Albert (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)The Flash and Gypsy agree to work together to bring Kadabra down. Cisco detects the wormhole his machine creates, and Barry and Wally chase him down. We get an exciting, prolonged race between Abra Kadabra, Flash and Kid Flash, with Gypsy and Vibe helping out. The Flash catches up with Kadabra’s time machine and pulls him out just before it goes through the wormhole. As Gypsy cuffs him, he taunts Team Flash that he’ll never reveal Savitar’s identity. That’s O.K. because Barry has a plan. Since all his troubles are caused by enemies from the future, he’s going to run to the future and learn what they know.At least the episode ends with something interesting. As Caitlin recovers from her surgery, she begins having a seizure. To save her life, Julian rips off her necklace. She instantly heals but gets up from her bed as Killer Frost.This episode had hints of what made us love The Flash in the first place, but they were all drowned out by the overly dark Savitar plot. That would be fine if it actually accomplished anything, but all it did was set up the episode that will. The Flash has a ton of fantastic, colorful adversaries, and the best episodes are the ones that show them off. The metahuman-of-the-week episodes where Barry has to figure out how to beat an unexplainable new foe are so much fun. And this week’s episode had hints of that. David Dastmalchian’s performance is hammy and deliciously evil. Barry even gets a few good quips in during the brief fight scenes. It feels like it’s going to be a classic Flash episode until they capture Kadabra early on and it becomes about Savitar. Again.The most disappointing thing was we didn’t even learn anything new. The Flash is on hiatus for the next month, and it went out with a whimper. No big reveals, not even an impressive battle. Just an episode that could have easily been so much better. All we have to keep us coming back next month is the promise of time travel and Killer Frost. Which are pretty good reasons to keep watching. Got me again, Flash.last_img read more

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Ridgefields Akhil Jhaveri dies after long battle with ALS

first_imgAfter a seven-year battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Akhil Jhaveri died from complications from the disease Saturday.The 52-year-old Ridgefield man and his family endeared themselves to the local community through his fight against ALS. That support was most recently on display during an honorary wedding ceremony in July, where Akhil got to see his daughters — Ashley, 25, Corinne, 23, and Jordan, 18 — share “vows” of the traits they would want in a partner in the future.Laura Jhaveri, Akhil’s wife, shared marital advice she picked up from their marriage. The couple’s 30th anniversary was Monday.Laura mentioned that Akhil might have been holding onto life in hopes of experiencing one more anniversary, since he enjoyed them so much.“He made them all special,” she said of their anniversaries. “It was always an important day to him. None of them in particular stand out above the others, but he was just always romantic and thoughtful about things like that.”In July, doctors told the Jhaveri family that Akhil had weeks to live. At one point, Laura asked Akhil what he was holding on for. Unable to speak, Akhil used his eyes to spell, through a computer, the word “wedding.” Akhil then communicated that the wedding had to do with their daughters. In just nine days, with the help of the Ridgefield community, the Jhaveris were able to host a ceremony in late July that mimicked a wedding.Vintage Gardens in Ridgefield hosted the wedding, and community members and businesses pitched in food, drinks and much more. Ashley, the oldest daughter, said the ceremony could act as a nice memory if any of the daughters do marry in the future.“I didn’t realize how important it was for my dad to be at my wedding,” Ashley told The Columbian in late July. “We planned it in a week, so there was no time to process through any of it. As we started walking down the aisle, I realized that if I do get married, I’ll get to take this whole ceremony with me, and he’ll be there.”last_img read more

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Report Arsenal willing to sell Ramsey in January

first_imgAaron Ramsey’s future has been given another twist with Arsenal now willing to sell him in the January transfer windowThe 27-year-old midfielder’s contract will expire at the end of the season with latest reports suggesting that a new offer by Arsenal has been withdrawn.This means that Ramsey will likely leave the Emirates as a free agent in next summer’s transfer window.But the Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal are determined to make sure they don’t go empty-handed.The Gunners have now decided that if they cannot keep Ramsey, then the only other option is to sell him in January.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Arsenal used the same approach with Alexis Sanchez in the last winter transfer window, which saw the Chilean completed a swap deal to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Manager Unai Emery had stated earlier this month that he was hopeful of convincing Ramsey to sign a new long-term deal.Ramsey was signed by Arsene Wenger a decade ago from Cardiff City and played major roles in the club’s three FA Cup titles by scoring the winning goals in finals against Hull City and Chelsea.Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the Wales international.last_img read more

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Hojbjerg speechless after Southampton defeat

first_imgThe Saints were defeated 2-1 by Cardiff City in the English Premier League, leaving them in the bottom three of the table.Southampton FC couldn’t defeat Cardiff City, and just two minutes after tying the match, they ended up losing 2-1 after Kenneth Zohore scored the winning goal for the Bluebirds in the last play of the game.After this result, Southampton is now in 18th place of the table, out of 20 teams, with only 24 points after 26 matches.They have won only five times, drawing nine, and losing 12 matches.And for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, this defeated left him “speechless.”“I’m speechless. I don’t quite know the words to put in,” he told the club’s official website.“The only thing I can say that makes sense right now is that we, as a group, as a team and as a club, need these days to get together and analyze our small mistakes and details.”“Then we’re going to improve, do better, work harder and come back as a stronger side,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They (the coaches) prepared everything for us, we just had to put it into play. We did all right and in some parts of the game we created what we had to.”“You have to give credit to Cardiff for keeping believing because in this case, you have to believe until the end,” he continued.“We’re going to work on what we have to work on and come back stronger – that’s what this club is about, that’s what the players are about and that’s what the coaches are about.”“We have a big potential, but we still have to put it into excellence. This is what we will work on,” the footballer concluded.Skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg says #SaintsFC must bounce back stronger after a painful #PL defeat to #CardiffCity:— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 9, 2019last_img read more

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FA charge Jurgen Klopp for postmatch comments on referee

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been formally charged by the English Football Association (FA) for his post-match comments against West Ham on February 4.The German was heavily critical of referee Kevin Friend at the end of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium.It marked the Reds’ second successive draw and handed title rivals Manchester City the chance to leapfrog them into top spot of the Premier League, albeit having played a game more.Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead in the match with a questionable goal that had James Milner seemingly offside during the build-up to the opener.Due to this, Klopp suggested that Friend had favoured West Ham in the 50-50 decisions during the second half despite it only taking the hosts six minutes to get back level through Michail Antonio.“There were so many situations where it was 50-50 or 60-40… [he gave a] free-kick for the other team,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“As a human being, I know if I make a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want to open the gap even more.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the FA were not amused with Klopp’s comments, which breaches the Rule E3, and have now formally charged him.“Jurgen Klopp has today been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3,” read a FA statement.“It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on February 4, 2019, breached Rule E3(1) as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”Klopp will have until Monday evening at 7:00 PM (CET) to answer to the FA’s charge.The 51-year-old is currently in Marbella, Spain, at a training camp as Liverpool prepare for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash against Bayern Munich at Anfield next Tuesday night.The Reds will then take on rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford five days later in the Premier League.LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on January 19, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)last_img read more

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