Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has slammed Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel for spreading “rumours” regarding his resignation. Mr. Patel told reporters on Thursday that Mr. Rupani had resigned at a Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday and will be replaced with soemone from the Patidar or Kshatriya community. I have not resigned and there is no question of anybody’s resignation..,” Mr. Rupani said.In a sensational claim on Thursday, the 24 year old Hardik Patel told media persons that Mr. Rupani resigned in a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday and a new CM either from the Patidar community or from Kshatriya community will be selected as his replacement. “Very soon there will be new CM as Rupani has resigned” Mr. Patel told media persons.“There is no truth in what is being rumoured or speculated. I have not resigned and there is no question of anybody’s resignation as people have given us mandated in the assembly polls,” Mr. Rupani said, breaking his silence on sustained speculations in a section of media regarding his resignation.Nitin Patel too rubbishes Hardik’s claimMr. Patel’s claim on CM’s resignation in the cabinet meeting forced the Chief Minister and his deputy Nitin Patel to break their silence. “It seems Hardik does not even know the system that a resignation is not submitted in a cabinet meeting as he has claimed,” Mr .Rupani said, calling him a “Congress agent.”Mr. Rupani’s Deputy Nitin Patel also rubbished the quota leader’s claim and scotched all speculations about any change in the BJP government in the state. “Such speculations and rumours are being spread on media to damage the credibility of BJP government,” Deputy CM said from .New Delhi where he was participating in Health Ministers’ conclave.Though both leaders have strongly refuted all speculations being circulated on social media platforms and also Mr Hardik Patel’s claim, some party insiders don’t rule out the hand of some “disgruntled elements” from within the party.“I don’t thing any political development in the state at least till next parliamentary polls but the fact remains that some elements are on the job to float theories and speculations,” a senior party leader from Delhi told The Hindu.
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Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro wipes sweat from her face during her fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro blitzed into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Anett Kontaveit Sunday.The Estonian 32nd seed blew a set and 4-1 lead with two breaks to allow the 39th-ranked Spaniard back into the match.ADVERTISEMENT – Lifeline –When she double-faulted on break point, Suarez Navarro had a lifeline at 4-2.The Spaniard easily held for 4-3 and levelled the set as Kontaveit went wide with another misdirected forehand.The momentum shift was completed when Suarez Navarro held again and Kontaveit had to serve to save the set at 4-5, having been 4-1 up.Anxiety took over the young Estonian. A double fault and another forehand error helped Suarez Navarro create two set points.Kontaviet regathered to save those but, when a second double fault brought up a third, Suarez Navarro’s stunning comeback sent the match went to a decider.A ripping winner crosscourt brought up a break for Kontaveit to lead 5-4 but as in the second stanza nerves prevented her getting over the finish line and Suarez Navarro broke back.At 6-7 Kontaveit’s capitulation was complete when she conceded match point on her serve, the Spaniard taking her chance when the Estonian went long.The reward for the former world number six is a clash against either second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or Slovakia’s 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova. Suarez Navarro was ranked in the top 10 less than two years ago but has been on a downward slide and had no answer to the pace of Kontaveit’s early ground strokes.The 22-year-old made the decisive break in the fifth game and secured a 5-3 lead with the standout shot of the first set, a superb running forehand pass that flew around the net post to bring the Rod Laver Arena crowd to their feet.Kontaviet served out after 42 minutes and in the second, a bullet-like backhand gave her a second break of serve to 4-1 up with one foot in the quarter-final.But 29-year-old Suarez Navarro, whose first Grand Slam quarter-final at Melbourne Park was nine years ago, drew on her experience and began to play a patient game, extending the rallies.Nerves set in for Kontaveit as she neared her first Slam quarter-final and a forehand which had powered 15 winners in the first set alone faltered.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding She also stumbled when serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, as the experienced Suarez Navarro reached her third Australian Open last eight after 2hr 15min.“Was tough today. She started really well,” said the Spaniard who has also reached the quarter-finals twice at Roland Garros and also at the US Open, but never progressed further.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always have to fight to the end,” she added. “I just tried to play my game and stay really focused. I just run and run. That’s it.”Oozing confidence after despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, Kontaveit was on the front foot from the off. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Djokovic meditates to ‘lose fear and stress’ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments
Reaction to india’s sweeping success at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Kathmandu has been predictable. Congenital pessimists have dismissed the performances as inconsequential. South Asia is not exactly a sporting powerhouse. Part of the scornful attitude is, therefore, understandable.Yet consider the ridiculous euphoria that has greeted the cricket team’s victorious start to a patently B-grade tournament in Nairobi. It takes one tight spell and a couple of good shots against lowly Kenya for a middling tyro to be hailed as the new match-winner.On the other hand, Sunita Rani may have won races as far apart as the 1,500 m and the 10,000 m and may be only 19 but nobody seems bothered about sharpening her obvious talent. Likewise with swimmer Nisha Millet, karateka Damang Syngkon, the list can go on. Those who scoff at the SAF medals would do well to note that Sri Lanka’s world-class female track stars began their long journey at South Asian championships.This is not to suggest that every medal winner at Kathmandu is a probable Olympian. Given India’s dominance of the region it ends up taking home an overwhelming number of the medals from any SAF meet.It is necessary therefore to separate the athletes with potential from those whose aspirations and abilities can’t take them beyond the SAF winners’ podium. Is India even beginning to do this? Other countries have sports centres, training programmes and university scholarships that harness talent. Whether it is China or Australia or the US, no society leaves sportsmen with promise to their own devices. India does and, SAF games or no SAF games, suffers. The differential in attention paid to cricket and to lesser sports has created a new caste system. The old one is being fought with reservations. Cricket’s Brahminical status, however, is undisturbed.
sports associationSrinagar, Mar 24 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today asked the State Sports Council to restrain PDP MLC Firdous Tak from running a water sports association of the state.”Subject to the objections from other side and till next date of hearing before the Bench, respondent number two (Secretary, J-K Sports Council) shall not entertain any request with reference to running of the affairs of the association from respondents 3 (Tak) and 4 (Bilquees Mir),” Justice Ali Mohammad Magray said.The ruling came on a petition filed by Umar Rafiq, general secretary, and other members of Jammu and Kashmir Kayaking and Canoeing Association.The petitioners alleged that Tak, a PDP leader and Member of Legislative Council, was running an “illegal” and “unrecognised” association under the name of J-K Water Sports (Kayaking and Canoeing Association).The petitioners accused Tak and Mir of unauthorisedly running the affairs of the association and petitioned that allowing them to run the affairs would “jeoparadise the interest of the petitioners” and therefore sought retrain order on their activities.J-K Water Sports (Kayaking and Canoeing Association) was recently formed with Tak as president and Mir as the general secretary. The association has not been recognised by the State Sports Council yet. PTI SSB ZMN
FIFA have cleared Chelsea of any wrongdoing over Mohamed Salah’s loan to AS Roma in 2015 and rejected Italian club Fiorentina’s complaint against the Premier League side.Fiorentina accused Chelsea of committing a “breach of contract” after they loaned the 23-year-old to Serie A rivals Roma for the 2015-2016 season.Salah spent part of the 2014-15 season on loan at Fiorentina, who claimed they had a deal in place with Chelsea for the Egyptian international to return for an additional season.”We can confirm that the dispute resolution chamber (DRC) dealt with the dispute opposing the Italian club, ACF Fiorentina, to the player, Mohamed Salah Ghaly, and the English club, Chelsea FC,” a FIFA spokesperson told British media.”The claim of the Italian club was rejected. Since the decision is not yet final and binding, we are not in a position to comment on it any further.”Salah made 34 league appearances last season for Roma who finished third in the Serie A behind Napoli and Juventus.
Governor Pete Ricketts has fired the head of the Nebraska State Patrol and placed six other employees on paid administrative leave after an investigation found “inappropriate conduct” by senior staffers.Ricketts announced Friday that he had fired Col. Brad Rice as the patrol’s superintendent.He says a state investigator has turned over his findings to the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office, but declined to discuss in detail what the review found.He says the review found evidence of interference in internal investigations.Ricketts ordered a review of the patrol’s policies and procedures following criticism of how the patrol handled an October fatal crash in Sheridan County that involved a trooper.Ricketts says he has appointed Major Russ Stanczyk as the patrol’s interim director.AP
The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is underway in the Black Hills of western South Dakota and local communities have beefed up law enforcement.Law enforcement agencies in Meade and Pennington counties are hiring more officers, temporarily opening a second jail and keeping a courthouse open seven days a week.The rally started Friday and runs through August 11th.Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says officers are “already busy.”Through 6am Sunday there had been 22 D-U-I arrests, 23 felony drug arrests and 20 accidents, with 9 of those resulting in injuries.No fatal accidents have occurred though.File photo
United States USMNT Player Ratings: Failure all around as Americans miss out on World Cup Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 10:29 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) United States WC Qualification CONCACAF Trinidad and Tobago v United States Trinidad and Tobago Opinion The likes of Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore fell short as a nightmare scenario came to fruition for the U.S. national team As the dust settles on the U.S. national team’s unthinkable elimination from 2018 World Cup qualification, much will be made of Jurgen Klinsmann’s disastrous start to the Hexagonal. Others will dwell on Bruce Arena’s inability to dig the Americans out of a manageable hole.But on a dark day for U.S. Soccer, a finger must be pointed to the obvious constant in the Americans’ World Cup qualifying struggles: a talented but underachieving generation of players.They offer ability, of course. There’s a reason the U.S. advanced to the 2016 Copa America Centenario semifinals and won the Gold Cup title this past summer. In fact, earlier in the Hex these same players recorded a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras and 4-0 dismantling of Panama — the two teams that edged the U.S. for CONCACAF’s final slots. 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. Yet for the likes of Tim Howard, Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore, they simply fell short when it mattered most. As the U.S. fell to a devastating 2-1 defeat in Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, there were poor performances all around from players who know how to deliver on the biggest stages.Here are Goal ‘s player ratings from the Americans’ loss to Trinidad & Tobago:🇹🇹GOOOOAAAAL🇹🇹Omar, WYD?! #TRIvsUSA pic.twitter.com/MjV03LIH3y — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2017 🇹🇹🚀GOOOOAAAAL🚀🇹🇹Alvin Jones fires one off from Tobago, and #USMNT are down 2-0! #TRIvsUSA pic.twitter.com/S5f6Qa6GyS — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2017 GK TIM HOWARD, 3: There wasn’t much he could do about the opening own goal, but he was caught flat-footed on Alvin Jones’ wonder-goal and badly spilled another long-range effort.D DEANDRE YEDLIN, 6: Created flashes of danger with his energy down the flank and did well to limit opportunities on his side.D OMAR GONZALEZ, 2: His misplayed clearance resulted in a stunning own goal to put T&T on the board, and he was lucky not to be called for a penalty moments later. The decision to bench Geoff Cameron looms large.D MATT BESLER, 5: Had a couple iffy moments and didn’t offer much in distribution, but he managed to avoid any major miscues in the back.D JORGE VILLAFANA, 3: Was seemingly targeted by T&T, struggling to defend one-on-one, and never got going in the attack.M PAUL ARRIOLA, 3: Didn’t find much of the ball during that sluggish first 45 minutes before exiting at halftime.M MICHAEL BRADLEY, 4: Was limited in his ability to dictate the tempo on such a choppy field and didn’t play with his usual defensive intensity.M DARLINGTON NAGBE, 4: Didn’t move the ball quickly enough in the first half, though he did bring some added urgency after halftime.M CHRISTIAN PULISIC, 6: Drifted in and out of the game but created some half-chances in an otherwise dismal first half and brought the U.S. back into the game with a 47th-minute strike. A missed opportunity for the 19-year-old to star on the World Cup stage is heartbreaking.F JOZY ALTIDORE, 3: Failed to capitalize on the opportunities that fell his way and lacked his usual sharpness in hold-up play.F BOBBY WOOD, 4: Didn’t bring much to the table up top, struggling to get on the ball or execute combination play. Did threaten with a late header that was denied by a stellar save.Substitutes F CLINT DEMPSEY, 6: Offered a much-needed threat after coming on at halftime, ringing the post with a bouncing effort. This likely marks the end of his legendary international career.M KELLYN ACOSTA, 6: Covered a lot of ground and played with vigor after entering as a makeshift left back.M BENNY FEILHABER, 5: Didn’t have much of an opportunity to make an impact in his late cameo.
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)One of the top wide receiver recruits in the 2018 class has officially been dismissed from his college football program.Jalen Hall, a four-star wideout in the 2018 class, is officially no longer a part of Oregon’s football program.The Ducks’ head coach, Mario Cristobal, announced the news today.From Duck Territory:“Well he hasn’t been on the roster for a pretty long time now,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said following Wednesday’s practice. “We’re moving on and certainly it is what it is. He hasn’t been on the roster and hasn’t been part of our team roster for some time now.”The news comes as Hall was reportedly arrested in Southern California this week.According to the Whittier Daily News, Jalen Hall, 19, and another man were booked on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and burglary. The Los Angeles County Sheriff booking website has a inmate matching the name, birthdate and description of Hall listed with a bail amount set at $100,000.Hall was ranked the No. 22 WR in the country coming out of high school by 247Sports.Oregon is set to host San Jose State on Saturday.
zoom Struggling South Korean yards exhibiting at this year’s Posidonia event in Greece seem to be on a roll over the past few days as they clinch the badly-needed new orders.One of those shipbuilders is certainly Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (Sungdong), which has won its first order for this year.Namely, the yard’s traditional partner Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has ordered construction of two 74,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) crude-oil carriers with an option for two more.The total value of the contract for the four LR1 tankers could reach up to USD 170 million. The LR1s are slated for delivery in the first half of 2018, according to Asiasis website.TEN has already ordered three tankers from Sungdong.Greek owners are apparently eager to boost their orderbooks as just yesterday Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL) placed an order for four new ships with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).The order comprises of two 173,400 cbm LNG carriers and a pair of 318,000 TDW VLCCs.According to DSME, the contract, signed also at Posidonia, includes options for up to four more units and is worth some KRW 5.8 billion (USD 501 million). The deal is the biggest contract signed by the yard this year.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: CMA CGM French shipping major CMA CGM witnessed a growth in volumes and revenue in a market environment affected by a sharp rise in oil prices.In the first quarter of 2018, the volumes transported by CMA CGM increased by 15 percent, mainly driven by the service offering of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, the strong momentum of the African/US and North America/South America lines, as well the integration of Mercosul.The group’s revenue in the first quarter of 2018 was up by 17.1 percent to USD 5.41 billion compared to the same quarter last year.In the first quarter, the company recorded a net loss of USD 77 million, resulting from the unfavourable euro-dollar exchange rate variation.“The shipping industry is experiencing sustained growth but was hit in the first quarter by the sharp increase in bunker prices,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said.“In this environment, CMA CGM succeeded in recording a strong increase both in volumes transported and in revenue, while maintaining a positive core EBIT margin, thus demonstrating once again the relevance of our strategy. Volumes should remain high throughout the year,” Saadé explained.CMA CGM informed that it is implementing an exceptional surcharge “in order to deal with the increase in bunker prices,” which continue to rise into the second quarter.Following quarter end, CMA CGM acquired a stake of nearly 25 percent in CEVA Logistics. With this transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, CMA CGM expands its presence in the logistics sector.“The market should see strong volume growth in 2018. The delivery of new vessels will significantly decrease in the second half of the year,” CMA CGM said, adding that it thus expects an improvement in the market environment in the second half of 2018, excluding bunker costs and the impact of exchange rates.The company believes that its measures regarding the increase in freight rates, the implementation of Emergency Bunker Recovery Measures and cost reduction initiatives “should bear fruit in the second half of 2018.”
BALANCING THE BUDGET To get your finances in order, the first step is to balance your budget. That’s what the province has done the past number of years. This is the sixth consecutive year that the province has brought forth a balanced budget. Eliminating annual budget deficits, however, is only one part of managing debt, the other is to stop the debt from growing. That’s what the debt reduction plan is designed to do. DEBT REDUCTION PLAN In recent years, the province of Nova Scotia has taken a number of steps to stop the growth of Nova Scotia’s debt. One of the most important steps has been its Debt Reduction Plan, introduced in April 2005. The plan has two components, a legislated requirement to ensure the $830 million Nova Scotia received from the Offshore Offset Agreement is applied to the debt, and a commitment to have the net direct debt decline, beginning in 2007-08. Applying the full $830 million from offshore offset directly to the province’s gross debt helped reduce annual net debt-servicing costs from $890 million in 2004-05 to $841 million in 2007-08. These savings were redirected to help fund programs and services Nova Scotians use every day. Since implementation of the Debt Reduction Plan, net debt-servicing costs, as a percentage of the province’s total expenditure, have gone from 14.7 per cent in 2004-05 to 12.1 per cent in 2006–07. Nova Scotia is on track with its Debt Reduction Plan. In addition, while the net direct debt was not slated to decline until 2007-08, it was reduced in 2004-05 by $22.6 million and in 2005-06 by $66 million, because of increased surpluses, largely because of higher than anticipated revenues. As planned, in 2006-07, Nova Scotia’s net direct debt did increase. This was primarily because of funding a number of important capital projects that provided much needed infrastructure across the province. In 2007-08, the province’s net direct debt will decline by $15.4 million, which will put the net direct debt at an estimated $12.414 billion. This is $7 million lower than estimated in the Debt Reduction Plan of 2005. The government has reaffirmed its commitment to stop the debt from growing, and will continue to focus on living within our means and spending responsibly. -30- Note: For further 2007-08 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance.
CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Jacket Street Blue Jacket Street, from Northwind Road to Bluenose Avenue, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 331 Route 331, from the Bridgewater town line to Trunk 10, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from the canal bridge in St. Peter’s east for 5.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bluenose Avenue Bluenose Avenue, from Blue Jacket Street to Northwind Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, from the Bridgewater town line to Evergreen Acres, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Croft Road Croft Road, from Trunk 3 to Trunk 12, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fauxburg Road Fauxburg Road, from Route 324 to the Mahone Bay town line, has alternating lane closures for road repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Northwind Road Northwind Road, from Route 331 to Blue Jacket Street, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Huey Lake Road Huey Lake Road, from Route 331 to Mount Pleasant Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. KINGS COUNTY: Deep Hollow Road Starting Monday, Dec. 5, Deep Hollow Road, New Minas, will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for road repairs. Work continues until Friday, Dec. 23. In the evening, Deep Hollow Road will be reopened to single lane traffic. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals. During daytime closure time detour via Davidson Street and Black River Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Waterloo Road Waterloo Road, from Route 210 west for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland County is installing water lines in Pugwash. There is single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Friday, Dec. 16. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch Road Lower Branch Road, from Civic 796 to Oaks Road, has alternating lane closures for road repaving until Wednesday, Dec. 14. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the ISRO scientists worked hard for Chandrayaan-2 mission and the nation is with them.The lunar mission’s lander ‘Vikram’ lost contact with the ground station minutes before its planned soft landing on moon surface.”We are proud of our scientists. The @isro team worked hard for #Chandrayaan2. A befitting tribute to our founding fathers who envisioned India’s place in the league of scientifically advanced nations far ahead of their times,” she tweeted.She congratulated the ISRO scientists and said the nation is with them.”A testimony to the scientific temper they ingrained in us, and their unmatched caliber and dedication. My sincere gratitude and congratulations to @isro. We are all with you.May you continue to make us proud,” she added.
VANCOUVER – People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it’s up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families.“There has really been a lack of any appropriate response to chronic pain in our province and in our country,” said Maria Hudspith, executive director of Pain BC, the only non-profit society in Canada to bring together clinical experts and policy-makers to work on chronic pain management initiatives.Beside painkillers, patients must have access to physical therapy and psychological support but wait lists stretch from one to three years at the few specialized pain clinics in the province, she said.“We’ve seen this overreliance on the prescription pad as the only tool in the toolbox,” Hudspith said. “Some people may become dependent on the medication in order to function and some of those people may become addicted.”One in five people in B.C. lives with pain that can be relentless and crippling but she said some communities have no specialized health-care providers for patients who need intervention after an injury or surgery, for example.A lack of dedicated pain services means patients make more doctors’ visits and may require more surgeries, resulting in high health-care costs and poor quality of life, Hudspith said.“There’s a growing recognition that this is a huge problem that is really, in many way, at the root of a lot of issues that we’re seeing.”Hudspith said Pain BC has been in discussions with the provincial government to expand services.Neither the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions or the Health Ministry could provide any information when the provincial government was contacted for comment.In June 2016, B.C. doctors became the first in Canada to face mandatory standards for prescribing opioids and other addictive medications. At the time, the College of Physicians and Surgeons replaced guidelines offering only recommendations with legal standards that allowed for consequences, such as complaint hearings and disciplinary action.Following the introduction of the standards, some doctors began weaning or cutting patients off pain medication. Hudspith said that has left people suffering, especially if they don’t have access to other options for pain relief.“We have documented cases of people who are no longer able to work, they’ve maxed out their sick time, they’re contemplating going on disability,” she said.While the college’s policy came into effect with the intention of minimizing the effects of opioids in the midst of an overdose crisis, overdoses have “continued like a runaway train,” Hudspith said.“There are people who have said to us or have said to their physicians or MLAs (members of the legislature) that they are going to the street and buying opioids through the illicit market despite the risk,” she said.The society has been working with the province’s medical association to create educational material for doctors, but Hudspith said “robust mentoring” is crucial so doctors and other clinicians can build their skills to provide evidence-based care for people who suffer from chronic pain.“Chronic pain is a very misunderstood condition. The approach needs to be very different from other chronic conditions that are very well understood.”She cited Project Echo, a mentoring program in Ontario, as a way to care for patients with chronic pain as doctors get guidance on specific challenges from a team of experts.Serena Patterson, a psychologist in Comox, B.C., said she has suffered with fibromyalgia for 30 years and also developed migraines before starting to see clients with chronic pain, many of whom suffer from depression, shame and stigma.Some people go from doctor to doctor for years trying to get help for conditions that remain undiagnosed for years while they’re denied long-term disability and unable to work or afford private therapists, she said.Publicly funded clinics with a variety of experts who work together, including nurses and other health-care providers offering physical, occupational, massage and psychological therapy, would serve patients most effectively, Patterson said.“We have a medical system that is geared toward fixing acute problems but does a terrible job with chronic pain.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
SURREY, B.C. – Police officers acted appropriately in dealing with a carjacking suspect as they attempted to arrest him at a ferry terminal in Nanaimo before he was fatally shot, British Columbia’s police watchdog said in a report released Monday.The report from the Independent Investigations Office determined that the male, whose name and age have not released, shot himself as police also opened fire during the confrontation on May 8 at the Departure Bay ferry terminal .It says police opened fire on the male as he raised a long-barrelled handgun.The report says while his intention was to shoot himself, it was impossible for police to know that he did not intend to shoot the officers who had tried to arrest him.“That was his only intention,” the report says. “However, as he did this, the gun would have been pointed at several police officers.”It says at that point, police had reasonable grounds to use lethal force.While the report says the evidence shows the man only intended to take his own life, there was no way of knowing that he wasn’t going to shoot at the officers who had tried to arrest him.The officers had to act quickly to protect themselves, their fellow officers and the public, it says.“Indeed, that was their duty at law.”RCMP officers had been called to the Departure Bay terminal to arrest a male in connection with allegations of a violent carjacking in Penticton, B.C.An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.The report also includes toxicology results, which show the suspect had a high dose of fentanyl in his body but it adds that toxicity is dependent on individual tolerance and how the drug was administered.It concludes that the male “appeared to be in a desperate state,” and his actions presented a life-threatening situation to the police.“Their actions were both justified and consistent with their duties as police officers,” the report says.
TORONTO — The Canadian government plans to announce it is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.A senior government official said late Sunday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Monday’s news conference.The official says specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but they are considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.The official says the Canada’s government is looking at what the European Union did and drawing inspiration from their model.Rob Gillies, The Associated Press
“The fact that the LTTE’s international network and its sympathisers remain active even after the war, has been noted by me on many previous occasions. They remain committed to the LTTE’s cause and constantly seek ways to resume the struggle for a separate state,” Gotabaya Rajapakse said in a statement. Former Defence Seretary Gotabaya Rajapakse today warned that national security is at risk since the LTTE international network is still active.A recent US report claimed last week that despite the military defeat of the LTTE at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support still persists. “It is disappointing to note that many parties have actively tried to downplay the continued threat posed by the LTTE for various reasons, including political ones. Further, because no major attacks by the LTTE have taken place after 2009, there is a widespread public perception that the LTTE no longer poses a threat to this country. The truth, however, is very different,” Rajapakse noted.Despite the claims, the Sri Lankan government said on Monday that India, the United States and the EU share intelligence with Sri Lanka on the LTTE and other matters and added that government agencies were on alert for any attempt to harm national security. “After all this there is no room for the LTTE to raise its head once again in Sri Lanka,” Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera had asserted. (Colombo Gazette) He also urged President Maithripala Sirisena and the new Sri Lankan government to give utmost consideration to national security and act with more awareness over the prevailing threat.