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Modi greets Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura on Statehood Day

first_img Highlighting the natural beauty of Manipur, Modi said: “Manipur is blessed with immense natural beauty and hardworking citizens. I can never forget the affection I have got in the state. On their Statehood Day, I greet my sisters and brothers of Manipur. May the state continue scaling new heights of development.”Statehood Day greetings to the people of Tripura. In less than a year, the state has made remarkable progress. It is realising it’s true potential and people’s aspirations are being fulfilled at a record pace. May this spirit grow further in the coming years.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 21, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 21 extended his greetings to the people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on their Statehood Day.On the special occasion of their Statehood Day, greetings to the people of Meghalaya. People from Meghalaya have made a notable contribution to our country. I pray for the state’s continuous progress.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 21, 2019  The erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur were merged with India in 1949 and became full-fledged states in 1972. Meghalaya was a part of Assam before it was carved out as a full-fledged state under the North Eastern Regionlast_img read more

65 per cent cost escalation in CWG Village project: CVC

first_imgThe CVC has found several discrepancies in a DDA project for construction of certain facilities in the Commonwealth Games Village that led to a cost escalation from Rs 38 crore to over Rs 63 crore.According to an internal investigation report, the CVC’s Chief Technical Examination Wing has also said that the construction company has flouted government norms related to testing, purchase and security.As part of its different development projects, the work for construction of swimming pool, training hall, fitness centre and athletic track in the Village spread over 63.5 hectares area was given to Sportina Payce Infrastructure Private Limited, a consortium of four companies especially created for the job, by the Delhi Development Authority.”Sportina Payce Infrastructure Pvt Ltd was the lowest tenderer with their quoted amount of Rs 64.86 crore which was 67.39 per cent above the estimated cost of rs 38.76 crore…Negotiations were conducted with the agency and and the agency reduced their quoted amount to Rs 63,09,67,855 which was 62.77 per cent above the estimated cost and 11.79 per cent above the justified amount of Rs 56.44 crore.”As per CPWD manual which is being followed by the DDA the work can be awarded up to 10 per cent above the justified cost. Work Advisory Board decided to place the matter before the Hon’ble LG for acceptance… and work was awarded to Sportina Payce Infrastructure Pvt Ltd at their negotiated amount of Rs 63,09,67,855,” the report, which was received in reply to an RTI query filed by PTI, said.According to the finding, an application was submitted by a consortium of Payce Consolidated Ltd and Paynter Dixon Construction Pvt Ltd, Australia, Sportina Exim Pvt Ltd, Mumbai and Robertson + Marks Architect Pvt Ltd, Australia.advertisement”As per the agreement to establish a consortium, the consortium members agreed to incorporate a limited liability company i.e. a Special Purpose Vehicle Company (SPV) in the name and style of Sportina Payce Construction (India) Pvt Ltd…”But at the time of submitting the tender, a company was formed as Sportina Payce Infrastructure Pvt Ltd which submitted the tender and became L1 and finally work was awarded to them,” it said.”In this company other partners except Sportina Exim Pvt were not represented at all. Ultimately at site only Sportina Exim Pvt Ltd was executing the work which does not have expertise, experience which was considered at the time of Pre Qualification. Thus undue favour has been shown to agency,” the anti-corruption watchdog noticed in its report.”Certain discrepancies were observed in the justification of rates prepared during award of work which resulted into higher justified cost,” the report read.Pointing out the irregularities, it said that labour charges for fixing tiles and calculations of Value Added Tax (VAT) was calculated twice.The contractor also did not furnish workmen’s compensation policy which was a mandatory requirement to insure at his cost and expense against any damage or loss or injury which may be caused to any person or property at site of work, the report said.At the time of inspection, the CVC officials noticed that payments were being made without testing of cement concrete cubes was not being done for seven days strength which gives the idea of tentative strength of the concrete.The findings are the part of one of the 16 different Commonwealth Games-related construction works being carried out by various departments here. Six of them are being done by Public Works Department (PWD), three by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), two each by Central Public Works Department (CPWD), DDA, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also appointed a high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to investigate and report within three months time its finding on irregularities in the conduct of the mega sporting event held here between October 3-14.Besides Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and CAG are also conducting enquiries into various alleged financial and administrative lacunae.With PTI inputslast_img read more

5 Signs Your Workplace Is Toxic

first_img 3.4★ 2.8★ CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Life Care Centers of America Fort Worth, TX 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA 3.5★ Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX View More Jobs Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h WP – Food & Beverage – Assistant Manager – Winter Season – Full Time Winter Park Resort Winter Park, CO 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h CNA Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Lennox, SD Some employees are fortunate enough to work in a positive environment, and for companies whose cultures promote collaboration. But if you’re in the opposite scenario — you basically hate your job and dread coming to work — then the problem isn’t necessarily you. Rather, it could be that you’ve landed in a toxic workplace where pretty much everyone is guaranteed to be miserable. Here’s how to know if that’s happened.1. Your Boss Badmouths Other Managers OpenlyIt’s not unheard of for employees to grumble about their bosses. But if your boss has no problem criticizing other managers, or speaking poorly of them in front of you, then it’s a sign that the people you work for don’t believe in showing one another respect.5 Ways To Talk About Your Horrible Boss In A Job Interview2. Your Peers Regularly Try to Sabotage One AnotherIt’s one thing for your coworkers to not go out of their way to be particularly supportive, but it’s another thing for them to stoop to the level of sabotaging one another in an effort to get ahead. If most of your colleagues fall into that category, it’s a sign that you ought to run the other way.3. You’re Afraid to Have an OpinionWhen you’re fairly new to a job, it’s natural to stay quiet and avoid rocking the boat too much. But if you’ve been at your company for quite some time and are still nervous to speak up when something you see doesn’t sit right, or you feel that internal processes aren’t efficient, then it’s a sure sign that you’re stuck in a ridiculously oppressive environment.4. When You Do Have an Opinion, It Isn’t ValuedMaybe your manager isn’t particularly open to ideas or suggestions. But if you’re brave enough to offer them anyway, and they’re consistently ignored, then it means you’re just not valued the way you should be. A good company is one that’s open to employee input, no matter what level you’re at professionally, so if the opposite is happening, it’s time to make a run for it.6 Steps To Find Your Voice In The Workplace5. A Poor Work-Life Balance Is the NormMany workers have weeks when they can’t seem to leave the office on time, and periods of pressure on the job aren’t uncommon. But if you find yourself burning the midnight oil almost every day, and you’re given a hard time on the days when you do attempt to sneak out on time, then it’s a sign that your company just doesn’t care about its employees or the fact that they have lives outside the office. This especially holds true if the overwhelming majority of your colleagues have a pretty lousy work-life balance.If you’re stuck in a toxic workplace, your best bet is to dust off your resume and find a way to make an escape. Sure, you could try waiting it out and seeing if things improve, but if most managers at your company are unapproachable and dismissive, and the bulk of your colleagues are unhelpful and miserable, then you’re better off busting out of that toxic workplace and finding a job that won’t make you loathe the idea of coming into the office.Related links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission. Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

​Swansea set to complete loan deal for Chelsea forward Abraham

first_imgChelsea forward Tammy Abraham could become a Swansea player by the end of the week, according to the Daily Mail.Abraham has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs, with Scottish champions, Celtic, also keen on the 19-year old.The paperwork on the deal is not yet finalised, but the Welsh club are confident they can wrap up what will be an important signing.The England U21 international proved he could score goals at a senior level last season, having netted 23 times whilst on loan at Championship club, Bristol City.last_img read more

Steve Nickson named Newcastle head of recruitment

first_imgSteve Nickson has earned a promotion at Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says manager Rafa Benitez has been growing frustrated at the club’s inability to bring in transfer targets so far despite owner Mike Ashley saying he would be support his manager with a competitive budget in the transfer window.Newcastle made their former Under 21 scout Nickson head of recruitment on Saturday and he will be charged with driving more deals over the line.However, Newcastle are also looking to offload players first with the likes of Grant Hanley and Daryl Murphy made available.last_img read more

Literacy and the School-Health Connection: An Informal Conversation With Robert LeVine and Ana Langer

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 21, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Ana Langer, Director of the Women and Health Initiative and the Maternal Health Task Force, and Robert LeVine, Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, discussed the connection between literacy and health in a round table discussion at Harvard last month.“Literacy’s impact on health reflects the challenges of navigating complex medical systems and language, understand health professionals, and interpret media messages about health, including those they hear on the radio or television. Clinics in poor communities may still be scary places for women, said LeVine, but literacy skills may lower a woman’s anxiety level about seeking medical care, and help her to overcome systemic barriers.”To learn more about how literacy influences women and children’s health, read Harvard’s full article here.Share this:last_img read more

The power of letting go

first_imgWhen a business venture, partnership, or idea doesn’t work out, it can have a devastating effect on us. Questions about preparedness, execution, or even one’s business acumen and aptitude may arise. Understandably, these are all responses that can leave one feeling doubtful and even confused.Unfortunately, this past month, I had to sever a client/provider relationship with someone whom I have known for almost two decades. Even with the best of intentions and numerous attempts at reconciliation, the relationship grew unproductive and contentious. Although it was an incredibly difficult decision to make, I had to forsake our business and personal relationship—not out of spite, but out of necessity.Knowing When to Let GoIf you have anyone in your sphere of influence who is under the age of 12 then you are probably familiar with the song “Let it Go” immortalized in the movie, Frozen. Although this cute and quite whimsical song was used for an animated film geared towards a youth audience, there are kernels of wisdom embedded throughout its chorus that can be useful for those of us who are self-employed:Let it go (go, go, go go, go go, go go, go, go, go go)Let it goLet it goLet it goOf course, the key to letting something go is first understanding what’s anchoring you down and preventing you from moving forward. As someone who strongly advocates for overall well-being—physical, financial, spiritual and psychological—it is important that we recognize when something is not working. It is also important to recognize when letting go means asking others to step in to help us.Independent contractors are not expendable or disposableIn my particular case, my friend had a pattern of paying his invoices late. Typically, he leaned on our friendship in order to explain away his insolvency. I often listened empathetically and gave him extensions. However, there was a sizable invoice that he did not pay and would not acknowledge. I sent email reminders, but he ignored them. Eventually, he started ignoring me. After almost a year of non-payment and no other recourse, I had my lawyer write a demand letter.Upon receipt of the demand letter, my “friend” began sending me an onslaught of mean-spirited text messages, nefarious FB inbox messages and he even went so far as to create a retaliatory video about me (without naming me and without giving context) for his YouTube channel. I was shocked that asking him to pay his debt would lead to such an unprofessional and sophomoric response on his part.Within a matter of days, it became clear that he did not value my time, services or friendship.The value of time, gifts, and skillsI admit that I even started questioning if collecting the debt was worth this additional stress, but then reality kicked in: Why should I feel bad about asking someone to pay me what I am legally owed? Why should anyone expect me, or others, to give away their hard-earned time?In this case, I recognized that I needed someone else to advocate on my behalf. One of the first questions that my lawyer asked me was: Why did you allow this to happen?The question was fair and simple; the answer was not so simple. I wasn’t letting someone take advantage of me or forgetting what had transpired; I honestly thought that he would eventually do the right thing for the right reasons. In this sense, I allowed the assumption of goodwill to blind me from the realities of a business transaction that had gone south. In the words of my lawyer this could have led to “a very expensive lesson.”The power of letting goAlthough she was referring to the potential legal costs that I would have to deal with, I also understood that there was another cost, the cost of losing something that was once valuable—a client and a friend.As independent contractors, freelancers and business owners, it is important that we stand firmly when others, friends or non-friends, refuse to pay or engage in behaviors that are counter-productive. It is important to note that letting go does not mean that we won’t hold others accountable or that we will remain silent when wronged.The reality is that at some point throughout this journey, we will all encounter something (or someone) that we will have to disconnect from in order to move forward. In this sense, letting go can be a springboard for new lessons, new growth, and a greater sense of empowerment.last_img read more

Athletes in Bengaluru file PIL to reclaim Sree Kanteerava Stadium

first_imgA group of athletes have come together to save the Sree Kanteerava Stadium from being used majorly for football activities. This has according to many of them severely hampered their training schedules.A few athletes have filed a PIL in the Karnataka High Court (HC), in an effort to what they claim to be “theirs”. The HC has asked the state authorities to make sure there is no hindrance to any of the athletes while they practice on the synthetic track at the stadium. A Division Bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar have adjourned the hearing to December 11.Reeth Abraham, an Arjuna Awardee athlete has started a petition on change.org titled ‘STOP FOOTBALL FROM KILLING ATHLETICS IN BANGALORE,’ a week ago. In the petition she wrote, “for the last three years, national and state track and field athletes and their coaches have been facing an uphill battle to train at Sree Kanteerava Stadium primarily meant for athletics. The athletes have been restricted access to the stadium and have been barred from training on the turf (in the centre) which is used to do a lot of drills, to improve techniques, speed, as continuous training on synthetic track increases possibilities of injury.”She further wrote in the petition, “For the last three years, Sree Kanteerava Stadium is being used by Bengaluru Football Club (BFC), a private entity hindering the activities of athletes… Their (District Youth Empowerment and Sports) only concern of late has been to generate funds rather than encourage athletes to perform better.”advertisementImage tweeted by Mustafa Ghouse SPORTS MINISTER APATHY TO THE FORESpeaking exclusively to India Today, Abraham disclosed what transpired when they met the state sports minister sometime back that shocked them all.”He asked what income are you guys bringing for us?” to which she responded, “These are coaches, they are producing athletes and bringing glory to the state and country.”The sports minister rather questioned her in a manner that was extremely insulting saying, “As coaches you are charging the athletes, what income are you guys giving the state?”Initially, Bengaluru FC used to play their home games at the Bangalore Football Stadium in 2013 but then moved to the Sree Kanteerava Stadium from the past 3 years. They have been part of the Indian Soccer League (ISL) from this year and have had all their home games at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.last_img read more

Mourinho: The real reason I’m a better coach now

first_imgPremier League Mourinho: I’m a better coach now, I can control my emotions Stephen Crawford Last updated 2 years ago 01:00 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) GOAL.com Premier League Manchester United José Mourinho The Portuguese insists that he can keep a lid on his ego, and believes Man Utd’s stellar start to the season “means nothing” at present Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists that he is more in control of his emotions than ever, leading to him being a better manager as a result.The Portuguese trainer has been no stranger to controversy in the past, often being accused of playing mind games in press conferences to get a psychological edge over opponents. Man Utd 9/5 to beat Liverpool 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. Similarly, Mourinho has been sent to the stands more than a few times for verbal disagreements with officials, while disciplinary fines are also a mainstay on the coach’s rap sheet.Now, however, Man Utd, who were originally said to be apprehensive about hiring Mourinho due to his behaviour, will be buoyed by his assertion that he can now keep a lid on his passionate personality.“I’m a better coach today than I was before because I can control my emotions,” Mourinho told Portuguese outlet Record .“These days I face difficulties with more maturity – it means I keep my feet on the ground.”Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedThe Red Devils have hit the ground running in the Premier League, racking up six wins and one draw since the beginning of the season and sit in second place behind Man City purely on goal difference.Many are hailing United’s return to form as the best they have been since the Sir Alex Ferguson era, with fans and pundits slating the side to win the league. Mourinho, however, is keen not to get ahead of himself.“Things started off more difficult last year and the season turned out really well,” he said, referring to the club’s Europa League and League Cup victories.“But this year has started off really well so we don’t know how it’s going to end. “In another league [our start] would mean we’ve basically won the title, but in England in means nothing.”Mourinho on Man Utd start GFXWith World Cup 2018 qualifiers under way again, attentions have turned to Portugal and the Man Utd boss feels that it will be difficult for the nation to echo their Euro 2016 glory.“Portugal are the European champions at national level and that’s not easy to repeat, just as a Portuguese team winning the Champions League again will be tough, but Portuguese football continues to produce high quality players.”Asked how the Seleccao would fare in their upcoming clashes with Andorra and Switzerland, Mourinho was unequivocal: “We’ll win and go to the World Cup.”Manchester United return to action on October 14 with a high profile clash against Liverpool at Anfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Sanchez snubbed Barcelona switch’

first_imgPremier League ‘Spurs star Sanchez snubbed Barcelona switch’ – Osorio Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 17:16 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) davinsonsanchez - cropped Getty Images Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Barcelona Primera División The Tottenham defender rejected the advances of the Catalan club earlier in his career, instead choosing to sign for Dutch giants Ajax Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez opted to snub advances from Barcelona to join Ajax on the advice of Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.Spurs 3/1 for clean sheet v ArsenalOsorio discovered Sanchez as a 17-year-old in Colombia and helped develop the central defender during their time at Atletico Nacional. 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 His form in Medellin attracted interest from Europe’s elite, with Catalan giants Barca keen to take him to Camp Nou – according to Osorio.With plenty of options available to him, Sanchez sought the advice of his coach and Osorio was in no doubt he should snub Barca in favour of a switch to Ajax.Sanchez followed his mentor’s advice and after one season in Amsterdam joined Spurs for a reported £42 million.Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur 09132017Osorio is delighted to have seen the progression made by his former protege and believes his advice earlier in his career was proved right.”I remember him calling me and asking if he should go to Ajax or Barcelona, who were also interested,” he told Sky Sports. “I just thought the best thing for him was to play football, and maybe in Barcelona he would not get playing time, he would be a sub.”That is what he decided to do and then he went to Holland. He played a very good season and Tottenham decided to go for him.”That’s fantastic to see. When a player can have such an improving career in such a short period of time.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mourinho reveals Chelsea instructions over Drogba

first_imgJose Mourinho says he insisted Chelsea sign Didier Drogba from Marseille, claiming he told Blues owner Roman Abramovich to “pay and don’t speak”.Drogba moved to the west London club in 2004, the same year Mourinho joined, completing a £24 million ($31m) transfer from Ligue 1.The Ivory Coast international was 26 years old at the time and had scored a total of 39 goals from 80 appearances in the French league. 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? Speaking to beIn Sports this week, Mourinho said: “Drogba is the kind of guy who is so loyal that he never forgot that I took him from Marseille to the Premier League, where he was not even expected, because he didn’t start very young at that level.“He had already played for Guingamp, Marseille, Le Mans, so when I took him to Chelsea I remember clearly Abramovich was asking me, ‘Who? Who do you want as a striker?’“With all the big names in Europe at that time I said Drogba. ‘Who is he? Where’s he playing?’ (I said) ‘Mr Abramovich – pay. pay, and don’t speak’.“And Didier was an iconic player for Chelsea, for the Premier League.”Drogba went on to score a total of 164 goals for Chelsea in 381 appearances for the club across two stints, leaving him as their fourth-top scorer behind Frank Lampard, Bobby Tambling and Kerry Dixon.Having won two Premier League titles under Mourinho, Drogba lifted another in 2009-10 and pick up four FA Cup winner’s medals plus a famous Champions League victory immediately before he left for China, scoring the winning penalty in Munich. After brief stints with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray between 2012-14, the Ivorian was again signed by Mourinho at Chelsea and scored four Premier League goals to help the Blues to another league title.The Ivorian then moved to the MLS with Montreal Impact, and later become a player/co-owner of Phoenix Rising before finally retiring in November last year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lille president ‘confirms’ €80m Pepe to Arsenal

first_imgArsenal are set to sign Lille forward Nicolas Pepe for €80 million (£72.9m/$88.7m), according to Lille president Gerard Lopez.Pepe hit 22 Ligue 1 goals and registered 11 assists last season as Lille finished second in the table behind Paris Saint-Germain.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel made his admiration for the Ivory Coast forward clear, with Liverpool, Inter, Bayern Munich and Manchester United among the other major clubs linked with the winger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Carlo Ancelotti also confirmed the player was a target for Napoli, but the 24-year-old is instead set to become Arsenal’s record signing.”I think it should be done in the next 24 hours,” Lopez told RMC Sport.”It is €80m fixed, plus some other details.”In talking with Nico and his agents, things focused on the certain clubs that we wanted to focus on, the two projects that interested the player.”Pepe will join an impressive forward line at Arsenal, who also boast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.He will become the Gunners’ fourth signing of the close season after teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli arrived from Ituano, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos joined on loan and St Etienne defender William Saliba chose Unai Emery’s side over rivals Tottenham.However, 18-year-old centre-back Saliba is set to stay on loan in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 season.The Gunners have a couple more deals in the pipeline, too, with steady progress being made as they look to close out a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 22, as well as adding a central defender to shore up their leaky backline.Any deal for a centre-back will depend on the likely exits of Laurent Koscielny – who dramatically refused to join Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States – and Shkodran Mustafi, whose errors look to have cost him his place at the club.Arsenal were linked with a clutch of other wide players before settling on Pepe, chiefly Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, but the likes of Ryan Fraser, Yannick Carrasco, Malcom and Ivan Perisic were all mooted.last_img read more

US Officer accuses general of sexual misconduct

first_imgWashington DC: A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that found insufficient evidence to charge him. The officer told The Associated Press that Gen. John Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his aides. She said that he tried to derail her military career after she rebuffed him. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe Air Force investigated the woman’s allegations, which she reported days after Hyten’s nomination was announced in April, and found there was insufficient evidence to charge the general or recommend any administrative punishment. The alleged victim remains in the military but has moved to a different job. “My life was ruined by this,” she told the AP. The woman asked to not be identified by name. The AP generally does not identify those who say they have been sexually assaulted. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe accusations against Hyten come at a time when the Pentagon has had an unusual amount of turmoil in its senior ranks, with only an acting defense secretary for the past six months. One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for that position recently withdrew after details of his contentious divorce surfaced. On Sunday, an admiral selected to be the top Navy officer withdrew due to what officials said was an inappropriate professional relationship. It’s unclear when, or if, Hyten’s confirmation hearing will move forward. It has not been scheduled, despite the fact that the current vice chairman, Gen. Paul Selva, is scheduled to retire at the end of the month. Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Wednesday that Hyten’s nomination remains on course. “With more than 38 years of service to our nation, Gen. Hyten has proven himself to be a principled and dedicated patriot,” she said. A senior Air Force official said investigators went through 10,000 pages of documents, conducted interviews with as many as 50 people and pursued every lead, but did not uncover evidence to support the allegations. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters, added that they also found no evidence that the woman was lying. The official said Last month, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper asking why Hyten was not removed from his post amid the investigation. The letter, obtained by the AP, raised questions about whether he received special treatment. The woman making the allegations said she, too, wonders if Hyten received special treatment because of his rank, and she fears her honesty and motives will be questioned because of the circumstances and timing of her allegations. The woman began working for Hyten in November 2016. Though he is an Air Force general, she is in another military branch, which she asked the AP not to disclose. The officer said the unwanted sexual contact, kissing and hugging began in early 2017 and recurred several times throughout that year when she was working closely with Hyten. She said she repeatedly pushed him away and told him to stop. In December 2017, when they were in southern California for the annual Reagan National Defense Forum, Hyten came into her room wearing workout clothes and hugged her tightly and rubbed up against her, according to the woman. She said she told him to leave. Hyten then asked the woman if she was going to report him. She said she told him no. The woman said she didn’t report the incidents at the time in order to avoid embarrassment, and out of fear of retaliation. She was also thinking about retiring, and believed Hyten was as well, so she concluded that he would not pose a risk to any other service members. She later learned that she was under investigation by Strategic Command for what officials said was “toxic” leadership behavior. That allegation surprised her, she says, because Hyten was familiar with her leadership style and “encouraged” it. He had given her glowing performance reviews, some of which were reviewed by the AP. “I was not the most popular officer in the command. In fact, one could say I was not popular at all,” she said. “But I was very successful in turning around an organization.” In her interview with the AP, she showed copies of performance reviews from Hyten in which she was ranked as the top officer out of 71 on his staff. Hyten wrote that she had “unlimited potential to lead and serve with distinction as a multi-star” general. “Exceptionally competent and committed leader with the highest level of character,” Hyten wrote, adding that “her ethics are above reproach.” The investigators issued her a letter of reprimand for her leadership and she was removed from her job at Strategic Command. She submitted her retirement. But military officials in her branch of service determined her retirement was coerced and they rejected it. They then moved her to another senior job in the Washington area.last_img read more

Landmark study shows military veterans at greater risk of suicide

first_imgOTTAWA – A landmark study from Veterans Affairs Canada appears to confirm what many have long feared: Canadians who have served in uniform are at greater risk of taking their own lives than members of the general public.The results showed that the risk of suicide among male veterans of all ages was 36 per cent higher than men who had never served in the Canadian military, which was cause for concern.But even more worrying was that the risk was significantly higher among younger male veterans, with those under 25 being 242 per cent more likely to kill themselves than non-veterans of the same age.The risk among female veterans was also found to be alarmingly high — 81 per cent greater than for women who hadn’t served. Age was not considered as great a factor when it came to women who had worn a uniform.The statistical study did not delve into the reasons veterans are at greater risk of suicide than the general population, though it did say that the trend has been largely consistent for decades.Researchers used 37 years of data from Veterans Affairs, the Department of National Defence and Statistics Canada to review the records of more than 200,000 former service members between 1976 and 2012.Statistics Canada was unable to provide more recent data, which is why the study did not go past 2012, though officials say they intend to continue adding to the information as more numbers become available.The study is the first of its kind and appears to confirm what until now has been only anecdotal evidence suggesting that those who have served in the military are more likely to kill themselves.The federal government has promised to roll out more services and support to serving and retired military personnel through a new suicide prevention strategy, which was released last month.Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan said officials will now study the results and try to find ways to improve that strategy — and ultimately cut down on the number of military and veteran suicides.“Every one of those numbers is a life,” O’Regan said outside the House of Commons on Thursday.“You can’t stop repeating that because you’re talking about friends, you’re talking about family, you’re talking about people within the military community where these things really resonate.”While there have long been suspicions that the suicide rate among veterans was higher than the general population, Queen’s University psychiatry professor Diane Groll said the results were nonetheless surprising.That’s because despite concerns about the number of suicides among some segments of the military, especially the army, the overall rate among all active service members has been statistically similar to the general public.“So I guess I would have assumed that given there is no difference in the active military, there probably wasn’t this big of a difference in the veterans,” said Groll, an expert on mental health in the military and police forces.“My mindset was: Yes, it seems to be a lot more, anecdotally, but it comes down to coverage, so you don’t know until the hard, cold stats come out.”Groll could not say why it has taken the government so long to conduct such a study, particularly if the suicide rate among veterans has been greater than the rest of the population for decades.And she acknowledged that the results leave more questions than answers, including the reasons why veterans are more likely to take their own lives — and how to address the issue.“But without having the baseline numbers, you know nothing,” Groll said. “You can’t do anything without the baseline information.”last_img read more

Panel puts brakes on efforts to unionize Disney Lyft drivers

ORLANDO, Fla. — A labour relations board has put the brakes on a decision allowing the Teamsters to represent scores of Lyft drivers who haul passengers around the Walt Disney World property in Florida.A National Labor Relations Board panel ruled against the Orlando-based Teamsters local last Friday.The panel says the Lyft drivers have different responsibilities than do bus drivers who are already represented by the Teamsters local.The Teamsters demanded the right to bargain on behalf of the Lyft drivers after an NLRB regional director last May ruled the union could represent the “Minnie Van” drivers.Disney World guests can get the private rides using the Lyft app on their phones instead of waiting for Disney buses to drive them around the resort.Neither Teamsters nor Disney officials responded to immediate requests for comment.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

Asian markets rise on ChinaUS trade prospects

SINGAPORE — Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday after a report suggested that the leaders of China and the U.S. could be endorsing a trade deal in weeks.According to Bloomberg, U.S. officials are preparing a final trade deal ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, which could take place as soon as mid-March. It cited unnamed sources close to the matter.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index picked up 1 per cent to 21,602.69 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.4 per cent to 28,738.72. The Shanghai Composite index edged 0.4 per cent higher to 2,953.02 and Australia’s S&P ASX/200 gained 0.4 per cent to 6,192.70.Shares rose in Singapore and Indonesia but fell in Malaysia. South Korean and Taiwanese markets were closed for a holiday.Traders hope that a tariffs battle waged by the world’s two largest economies would soon be called off if a deal is reached.Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day ceasefire in December after raising import taxes on billions of dollars of each other’s goods. The U.S. was set to hit China with a fresh wave of tariffs once the agreement expires on Saturday.While progress on issues like Washington’s unhappiness over Beijing’s technology policy has been slow, Trump said he will postpone the tariffs to give the countries more time to talk. He did not say for how long.Buying in Asia was supported by an announcement by MSCI, a leading provider of indexes and analytics. MSCI said it will quadruple the weight of Chinese A shares in its global indexes by November. It will also add more Chinese stocks to its Emerging Markets Index, giving the country’s foreign inflows a much-needed boost.A private survey also added to Chinese growth hopes. The Caixin manufacturing purchasing manager’s index, which measures growth in the sector, jumped to 49.9 in February, from 48.3 in the previous month. The index is on a 100-point scale, with 50 separating contraction from growth.This comes after China’s official manufacturing PMI fell 0.3 points to 49.2 in February, a three-year low.WALL STREET: Stocks slid Thursday on news that the U.S. economy slowed at the end of last year, although the performance still beat analysts’ expectations. The country’s gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 per cent annual rate in the October-December period, down from 3.4 per cent in the third quarter. The S&P 500 index lost 0.3 per cent to 2,784.49 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3 per cent to 25,916.00. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.3 per cent to 7,532.53, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks also dropped 0.3 per cent to 1,575.55.ENERGY: U.S. crude added 44 cents to $57.66 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It finished 28 cents higher at $57.22 a barrel overnight. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 60 cents to $66.91 a barrel. The contract gave up 27 cents to $66.31 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 111.77 yen from 111.39 yen on Thursday. The euro climbed to $1.1374 from $1.1371.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

Heading for Myanmar Ban Kimoon pledges to do utmost to speed aid

20 May 2008As he prepared to leave for Myanmar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will do all he can to reinforce the immediate relief effort in the cyclone-devastated country and will also draw attention to the need for long-term reconstruction and development. “I will do my utmost for the people of Myanmar,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to see the conditions under which relief teams are working and I intend to do all I can to reinforce their efforts in coordination with the Myanmar’s authorities and international aid agencies.” Mr. Ban will arrive in Yangon, Myanmar, early Thursday morning and is set to tour the Irrawaddy delta area – the part of the country most affected by the cyclone. He said the UN had a functioning relief programme in place but cautioned that it is a “critical moment” for the country and said that so far aid workers had been able to reach only about 25 per cent of people in need in Myanmar. According to UN estimates, some 2.4 million people have been severely affected by Cyclone Nargis. On Sunday, the Secretary-General will participate in a pledging conference co-sponsored by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to raise funds for the aid effort from international donors. Mr. Ban said he was travelling to Myanmar to “demonstrate my sympathy to the people and Government at this time of crisis and challenge, and to see for myself the situation on the ground.” He described the disaster caused by the cyclone as “unprecedented in Myanmar’s history.” The Secretary-General said he would coordinate closely with ASEAN and Myanmarese officials and said he was confident that relief efforts could be scaled up quickly. He added that the UN had received Government permission to operate nine World Food Programme (WFP) helicopters which would allow aid workers to reach areas that have so far been largely inaccessible. Mr. Ban also stressed that the international community had to give thought to Myanmar’s long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation. He said that Cyclone Nargis had “devastated Myanmar’s agricultural heartland” and that it may already be too late for farmers to plant the next harvest. “In this sense the economic effects of the natural disaster that has struck Myanmar could be more severe and longer lasting than the 2004 tsunami,” he added. Major relief efforts continue in Myanmar from the WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), who among them have delivered food, medical supplies, shelter materials and water purification equipment, and have been monitoring for the outbreak of disease. read more

Needs of displaced persons in Colombia must be met top UN official

24 February 2009The United Nations’ top humanitarian official, on the first day of his mission to Colombia to assess relief operations for victims of natural disaster and civil strife, saluted actions taken but said much more must be done to protect civilians and aid displaced persons. “It is clear that there is a serious humanitarian situation in Colombia, particularly the problems ofmillions of internally displaced persons, and that there is a requirement collectively to do more torespond to these needs,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said yesterday in the capital city of Bogotá.During a day of meetings, Mr. Holmes saw ministers and senior officials in the Government of Colombia, as well as humanitarian actors from the UN, Colombian civil society, and non-governmental aid organizations.Government figures visited included the country’s ministers of justice and foreign affairs, its director of the Department for Prevention and Response to Disasters (DPAD) and its presidential advisor for social action. “Mr. Holmes praised the Government’s action and progress achieved, but urged increased dialogue on the humanitarian situation and the necessary response, particularly on protecting civilians,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release. There was also agreement on the need to increase prevention and preparedness for natural disasters, OCHA added.The country has recently suffered the harshest, most destructive rainy season on record, which wreaked havoc on the Sucre, Bolivar and Chocó provinces, affecting one million people and destroying 44,000 hectares of crops.In addition, continued violence has caused large-scale internal displacement in many areas.In a meeting with a large group of representatives from Colombian civil society, includingindigenous people and Afro-Colombian, human rights, women’s and youth groups, Mr. Holmes heard a wide range of concerns about the consequences of such displacement and the continuing violence.Mr. Holmes expressed particular concern about the situation of indigenous and Afro-Colombiancommunities, following the recent killing of members of the Awá group in a remote area in the country’s south-west which the UN refugee agency says suffers from some of the worst forced displacement.“There is a need to pay particular attention to the future of indigenous people and other vulnerable groups that have a special dependency on and attachment to their lands,” Mr. Holmes said.Today, Mr. Holmes is travelling to the Chocó region, where he is expected to meet with Afro-Colombians, indigenous communities, and groups of displaced persons. read more

Search for peace in Darfur has gathered pace says head of UNAU

14 July 2010The search for durable peace in the war-scarred Darfur region of western Sudan has gained momentum and is at a critical stage, the head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today, urging all parties to the conflict to join the process. The search for durable peace in the war-scarred Darfur region of western Sudan has gained momentum and is at a critical stage, the head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today, urging all parties to the conflict to join the process.“I therefore, wish to call on all who are holding out, particularly, the Justice and Equality Movement under Dr. Khalil Ibrahim, to join the process in the interest of peace and stability,” Ibrahim Gambari told representatives of Darfur civil society organizations who are attending the second round of discussions in the Qatari capital, Doha, to seek ways of contributing to resolving the conflict.Mr. Gambari welcomed the news that Abdul Wahid al Nur, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M), had expressed his support for the peace talks in Doha.“I firmly believe that this decision will positively change the dynamics of the peace process; indeed, only through the active participation of all parties to the conflict will lasting peace and stability be possible in Darfur,” Mr. Gambari said.“Your presence here in Doha can make a difference,” he told the civil society representatives on Monday. “It can be a catalyst for the parties, including the Government and armed movements to speed up the peace process and reach an agreement that addresses the underlying problems in Darfur, sooner rather than later,” said the Joint Special Representative.He welcomed continuing efforts to enhance cohesion among the representatives of Darfur civil society, saying greater coordination and coherence among them was crucial for the conduct of the peace process and for the achievement of an all inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement.He commended Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad Ben Abdallah Al Mahmoud, the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibrill Bassolé and the Government of Qatar for organizing the peace conferences, in coordination with UNAMID.Meanwhile, UNAMID’s Civil Affairs component on Monday met with representatives of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority (TDRA) in El Geneina, West Darfur, to discuss a joint venture aimed at promoting the peace agreement signed between the Rizeigat and Misseriya communities on 28 June to end three months of bloody feuding between them.The UNAMID representatives spoke with TDRA’s chairman of the Peace & Reconciliation Commission Asaad Bahreldin and the Reconciliation Committee’s rapporteur Yagoub Mohammed Ali about a strategy for the publication and circulation of the peace agreement document to remote communities.It is hoped that the project will help defuse residual tensions and encourage commitment to implementing the agreement to prevent another cycle of violence. UNAMID will help fund the plan as a Quick Impact Project.In a related development, following an assessment visit to the Kheir Khanaga Women’s Prison in El Fasher, North Darfur, UNAMID and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have provided equipment for temporary shelters to help alleviate overcrowding.The prison houses nearly 90 female inmates, some of whom are accompanied by their children. UNAMID plans to work with UNHCR partners and the North Darfur Prison Authority to help improve services, rehabilitate facilities, train corrections officers and provide child-friendly spaces. The mission recently funded the construction of a new women’s wing at the Shallah prison, the second largest in the country. read more