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Nagpur – Officials of the Mumbai District Cooperative Bank have been given a clean chit in a case of alleged distribution of loans to relatives.On Wednesday, Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh informed MLAs in the State Assembly the Vigilance Squad’s inquiry found no financial irregularities in the loans disbursed by the bank headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MLC Pravin Darekar However, the Minister claimed that technical irregularities had been found in the transactions and two officials have been suspended.
Is rape worth ₹6,500?The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Madhya Pradesh government while questioning the state whether it was doing a “charity” by giving this meagre amount to the victims of sexual assaults.The apex court said it was shocking that Madhya Pradesh, which was among the states which had received maximum funds from the Centre under the Nirbhaya fund scheme, was disbursing ₹6,000-6,500 only to each rape victim.The Nirbhaya Fund scheme was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gang-rape and murder case in Delhi to support the initiatives of governments and the NGOs working for women’s safety.A bench comprising Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta, while perusing the affidavit filed by Madhya Pradesh, said, “According to you (Madhya Pradesh) and your affidavit, on an average, you are paying ₹6,000 to a rape victim. Are you doing a charity? How can you do so… You value a rape at ₹6,500?”“For Madhya Pradesh, the figures are fantastic. There are 1,951 rape victims in Madhya Pradesh and you are giving them ₹6,000-₹6,500 each. Is that good, commendable? What is this,” the bench asked, adding, “this is total insensitiveness”.The bench termed it “shocking” that despite getting the maximum amount under the Nirbhaya Fund, the state had only spent around ₹1 crore on 1,951 rape victims.The Haryana government also faced the wrath of the top court today for not filing its affidavit giving details about Nirbhaya Fund.The court had last month directed all states and union territories (UTs) to file an affidavit indicating the amount received by them under the Nirbhaya Fund towards victim compensation, amount disbursed by them under the scheme and the number of victims of sexual assault. As many as 24 states and UTs are yet to file their affidavits.During the hearing, when Haryana’s counsel said they would file their affidavit, the bench observed, “If you have not filed affidavit, it is a very clear indication of what you feel for safety of women in your state”.“You take your time and tell the women in your state that you do not care for them,” the bench said while observing that 24 states and UTs have not yet filed their affidavit as per the court’s direction.When the counsel representing one of the petitioners told the bench that they have so far received only one affidavit filed on behalf of Sikkim, the bench asked, “Is this becoming a joke? If you are not interested in this case, tell us. On what basis you are saying that only one state has filed affidavit. You do not even see the office report?”The counsel for Meghalaya told the bench that they have disbursed around ₹30.55 lakh to 48 victims of sexual assault.In its order, the bench noted that despite all talks, discussions and intent expressed on gender justice, 24 states and UTs have not yet filed their affidavits.It asked these states and UTs to file their affidavits within four weeks, “if at all they were interested” in the welfare of women.Earlier, the Centre had told the apex court that it was finding it difficult to get the cooperation of states on the issue relating to disbursal of compensation to the victims of sexual assault under the Nirbhaya scheme.Six petitions were filed in the Supreme Court after the gangrape case in Delhi on December 16, 2012 raising concerns over the safety and security of women.All the petitions were tagged by the apex court and several directions have been issued from time to time in this regard.
Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian,Redeemed: Kapil Dev hugged by wife Romi after receiving the awardWhen Kapil Dev stepped up to slap palms with Viv Richards and receive the trophy for the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, it was both recognition and redemption.It has been less than two years since he resigned as Indian coach in the wake of the match-fixing controversy. A teary appearance on television, a very public distancing from all cricket and occasional jibes at the Indian team-all the bitterness looked to have vanished when he stepped up to receive the award.When asked whether the award was a vindication, he lashed out: “If this is vindication, then it is the sweetest thing I have ever known.” The margin between the top three was excruciatingly narrow-Kapil pipping Tendulkar to top place by, it is believed, a single vote with Gavaskar coming in a mere three points behind.Kapil’s career will forever be studied in two halves: first the outstanding allrounder and athlete who played for India from 1978-79 to 1994. Then, the former player-turned-coach trapped in the match-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket. The Wisden award is the endorsement of Kapil Mark I.The best tribute to Kapil came from his English rival Ian Botham: “Kapsy kept me on my toes. I’d look in the papers and see, ‘Oh, Kapil’s taken a five-fer, I’d better get six. Kapil’s got a hundred I’d better get 150.”Richards launched into a passionate defence of the Indian allrounder: “I never believed it of this individual- the way he played his cricket with competitiveness and enthusiasm.”advertisementKapil himself said of his experience: “When some people try to destroy you but the cricket fraternity sees you differently, you get your faith back.”At the exclusive Long Room dinner, Kapil was emotional and expansive, filling guests’ glasses with champagne. He had hugged both his rivals on the podium, singling Gavaskar out for his powers of concentration, confidence and his strong sense of Indianness.Of Tendulkar, he had a story: “Just before he played for India, I bowled to him in the nets and he hit me for two straight sixes … I thought then, ‘Old man … your career is finished’.”Life for Kapil Dev, artist and allrounder extraordinaire, has come full circle.
PIRAEUS — Ciprian Marica scored a 10th-minute penalty before being sent off in the second half as Romania beat Greece 1-0 away in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Sept. 7.Romania captain Marica was given a second yellow card for a harsh challenge on Andreas Samaris in the 53rd minute of the Group F match.Greece played in front of empty stands at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, as punishment for crowd trouble in the team’s last European Championship qualifier at home, in October 2011, when fans lobbed firebombs at Croatia fans.“It was a great victory against perhaps the best team in the group,” Romania coach Victor Piturca said. “We had a slight advantage in the first half and we remained very concentrated in the second. We knew Greece would be tired after playing in the World Cup.”The empty stadium seemed to affect the Greeks, who appeared lethargic at the start. Romania was more lively on the attack and won a penalty when Jose Holebas brought Alexandru Chipciu down inside the area.The shock failed to galvanize the home side, which created no significant chances throughout the first half, while Romania nearly took a 2-0 lead through Gabriel Tamas, whose glancing header off a corner kick was blocked with some difficulty by goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.Marica’s dismissal left Greece with a lot of space, but Romania defended well and Greece was reduced to trying its luck with long-range shots. Its first chance from inside the area didn’t arrive until the 78th minute, when Panayiotis Kone’s header was blocked by goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.Vasilis Torosidis had Greece’s best chance to equalize when his header in the 89th glanced off the crossbar following a free kick taken by Kone.“The game was not good, but we deserved the draw,” Greece’s new coach Claudio Ranieri said. “We’ll do better when we have more training under our belts and the players will know what I demand of them.”“We tried, but nothing seemed to work. It is not easy to create chances when the opponent hunkers down on defense,” said midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis.Greece had eliminated Romania in a two-game playoff to reach the World Cup finals.The away teams also won in the other two Group F games. Northern Ireland overcame a late lead by Hungary to win 2-1 and Finland, down 1-0 to the Faroe Islands at halftime, won 3-1.In Budapest, goals from Niall McGinn in the 81st and Kyle Lafferty in the 88th earned Northern Ireland a 2-1 win over Hungary. Tamas Priskin had opened the scoring for the home side in the 75th.At Torshavn, Riku Riski scored in the 53rd and 78th for Finland, with Roman Eremenko adding a third in the 78th. Christian Holst had opened the scoring for the Faroe Islands in the 41st.In the next round of matches, on Oct. 11, Romania hosts Hungary, Northern Ireland plays the Faroe Islands and Greece travels to Finland.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Fresh from leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title, the first for one of the city’s three professional sports teams in 52 years, LeBron James on Thursday agreed to a three-year, $100 million contract with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press.James, who said earlier this summer he intended to re-sign with Cleveland, will soon sign the deal, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because certain details of the deal were yet to be finalized.ESPN.com first reported the financial terms of James‘ new deal.The 31-year-old had been expected to accept the same one-year deal he signed in each of his two previous seasons since returning to Cleveland. However, he’s decided to stay longer to try to win more championships.“I’m re-signing back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, man, my hometown team, and I couldn’t be more excited with this opportunity once again man, to defend our crown, defend our title,” James said in a posting on the athletes’ web platform Uninterrupted.“We all know last year was magical, inspiring, all the words you can come up with man. It was an unbelievable season.“I just can’t wait to get the group back together man, the team, the franchise, and more importantly get everybody together.”The three-time champion also used the opportunity to push the Cavs to re-sign free agent J.R. Smith, a good friend who is also represented by James‘ agent, Rich Paul.“Let’s get J.R. done,” James said, laughing. “It’s that time.”James wanted to rest and recharge after the finals and skipped playing in the Rio Olympics. He won gold medals in Beijing and London. On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony surpassed him as the leading scorer in U.S. history. TweetPinShare0 Shares
CLEVELAND (AP) — The comeback’s complete. Four months later, the Indians are again atop the AL Central.Carlos Santana homered leading off the ninth inning as Cleveland continued its stunning climb with a 6-5 win over the fast-fading Boston Red Sox on Monday night, moving the Indians into sole possession of first place for the first time since April 19.After the Red Sox tied it in the top of the inning off closer Brad Hand, Santana, who hit a grand slam in the 10th to beat Minnesota on Sunday, connected on a 2-2 pitch from Marcus Walden (7-2). Santana’s shot barely cleared the wall in left to give the Indians their biggest win in a season that seemingly grows more special every day.“Right when you get punched in the stomach he takes a swing like that,” Francona said of Santana, who connected for his 200th homer with Cleveland. “That was a gorgeous swing. I know the last two days, but he’s been doing it all year.”Santana, who has had a storybook return to Cleveland after playing in Philadelphia last season, circled the bases and was mobbed at home by his overjoyed teammates, who trailed the idle Minnesota Twins by 11 ½ games but have gone an MLB-best 43-17 since June 4.“Nobody threw in the towel,” said Hand, who blew his second save in two days but got bailed out again by Santana. “Nobody gave up and we all battled together.”José Ramírez hit a three-run homer and Franmil Reyes had a two-run shot as the Indians moved 25 games over .500 with their sixth walk-off win.It’s been an uphill battle for months, but the Indians are finally in front — and hope to stay there.“Playing these type of high-energy atmosphere games, it’s amazing,” said Indians rookie starter Zach Plesac. “I feel the chemistry we have is special. Everyone feels it. It’s been so much fun, this whole ride, this whole year coming back and battling up to first place. We have something great going.”Down 5-1 after three innings, the Red Sox chipped away and finally tied it in the ninth on a two-out double by Xander Bogaerts off Hand (6-3). The left-hander gave up a one-out walk and struck out Rafael Devers before Bogaerts doubled off the right-field wall.“It was joyful for a quick five minutes,” Bogaerts said. “It’s rough.”An All-Star, Hand has not had his usual command in his last few outings.“I just can’t make the big pitch to get out of it,” Hand said. “I had a chance yesterday to get out of some stuff — two outs, runner on first today, but I just can’t make that pitch to get the job done right now.”J.D. Martinez and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, but Boston lost for the 12th time in 15 games.The defending World Series champions are quickly vanishing from the playoff picture as well. They came in trailing the New York Yankees by 16 games in the AL East and 7 ½ back in the wild-card race.“It’s not easy. You fight, fight, fight and in one swing, it’s over,” Red Sox manager Joey Cora said.FIRST SHOTThe Indians were without slugger Yasiel Puig, who pulled the appeal of his three-game suspension for his involvement in the July 30 brawl with Pittsburgh while he was with Cincinnati.So Reyes took Puig’s cleanup spot and promptly hit a two-run homer — his first with the Indians.After Santana drew a two-out walk, Reyes, who came in batting just .111 (4 of 36) since coming to Cleveland from San Diego, drove an 0-1 pitch into the bullpens in right-center.ELITE COMPANYSantana is the first Cleveland player to hit a game-winning homer in the ninth or later in consecutive games since Hall of Famer Jim Thome and Albert Belle each did it in 1995.HARD WOODIndians reliever Hunter Wood was replaced in the sixth after taking a comebacker off his right calf. It was his birthday.“He’s going to be OK,” said Francona, who tied Tris Speaker for third on the Indians’ career wins list with 617. “It hit him in the calf and he got tight real quick. I’m actually glad we took him out because by the time he got to the dugout he was pretty sore.”TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP David Price, out with a cyst in his left wrist, played catch at Fenway Park on Monday. The five-time All-Star had a cortisone injection last week after being placed on the injured list.Indians: Two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will start for Double-A Akron on Tuesday as he nears his return from a broken right arm. Kluber, who pitched three innings last week at Triple-A Columbus, is scheduled to throw roughly 65 pitches. He’s been out since May 1, when he was nailed by a line drive in Miami.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 4.41 ERA) will start needing five strikeouts to reach 2,000 in his career. According to information provided by the Red Sox, Sale could reach the milestone faster than any pitcher. He’s thrown 1,623 innings. Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez reached 2,000 strikeouts in 1,711 1/3 innings.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.02 ERA) has won six consecutive decisions. He’s 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA — baseball’s second lowest — at home.By TOM WITHERSTweetPinShare0 Shares
Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to win his fourth Wimbledon title. The Serb was playing in his first Grand Slam final since 2016 while Anderson was the first South African to reach a Wimbledon final in 97 years.Both men had played marathon semi-finals to reach the title clash. Anderson’s semi-final clash against America’s John Isner had lasted over six years – that was the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history. Djokovic, later upstaged Rafael Nadal in the second-longest semi-final in Wimbledon history.However, the Serb master showed little sign of fatigue on Sunday.Djokovic had taken the first set of his Wimbledon final against Anderson 6-2 in just 29 minutes.Wimbledon 2018 Men’s As It HappenedAnderson wasn’t broken in his final 27 service games during his six-hours-plus semifinal win over John Isner, but Djokovic managed it in the first game of the match.Well worth the wait.@DjokerNole is a Grand Slam champion once again after beating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) in the Wimbledon final #TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/3H6cWWiVohWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Three-time champion Djokovic broke again for a 4-1 lead as he lost just three points on his own serve.Anderson called the trainer and began receiving treatment on his right arm at the conclusion of the set.The Serb moved into a 6-2, 6-2 lead on Centre Court, with Kevin Anderson struggling physically after his 6 hour-plus semifinal with John Isner.A fourth #Wimbledon title: sealedThe moment @DjokerNole would have dreamed of… #TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/czu3QgrdHradvertisementWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Djokovic also came through a five-set match – against Rafael Nadal – to reach the final and has shown no signs of fatigue.After Djokovic had broken twice, Anderson earned his first break point of the match at 2-5 in the second set. Djokovic saved it before serving out successfully to double his lead.Anderson mounted a fightback in the third set but Djokovic came back strongly and took the set through a tie-breaker.(With AP inputs)
From Craig Cathcart to André Gomes: 10 underrated Premier League players The 25-year-old had some useful experiences to draw on when it came to adjusting to the task of facing Premier League strikers, with memories of the days when Luis Suárez tormented him in training at Liverpool still fresh in the mind. “He used to twist me inside out,” says Coady, who made two first-team appearances for Liverpool. “He’s a sensational footballer and it was never the happiest times coming in from training because he showed me up a few times. But I’ve had a lot of years between then and now to improve as a footballer.”The fact Gareth Southgate has spoken so positively about Coady, who captained England Under-20s at a time when Harry Kane and John Stones were in the team, has led many to believe a senior call-up may not be too far away.“I love watching England and what they are doing,” Coady says. “But I can promise you I’ve not thought about anything that high. If it does come, it would mean I’m doing OK at Wolves, so it’s important I keep improving and listening to the manager here.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Conor Coady made two appearances for Liverpool but left in 2014 after failing to get into their midfield. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Topics Twitter Reuse this content Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Wolverhampton Wanderers Nuno recognised the need to take away some of that tension and inject a shot of self-belief into his Championship winners. “The manager spoke to us and said: ‘What are you like? Relax, they’re not superheroes. It’s nothing like that. It’s 11 men against 11 men and we go and play how we play. And if we play well, we will win. It’s as simple as that.’ Since then, nothing has changed. There’s not been one game where we’re thinking: ‘We’re not going to win today.’ We always believe.”The fact Wolves have gone on to take points off Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal is evidence that any sort of inferiority complex has long disappeared, and judging by the loud cheers coming from another part of the training ground while Coady is talking, the mood among the players is about as relaxed as it could be. “That’ll be head tennis,” Coady says, smiling.It makes a change from cricket, which is played regularly in the gymnasium and has done wonders for team spirit but not a lot for the state of the ceiling. “The holes are bad, aren’t they,” says Coady, sounding like a naughty schoolboy. “Big John Ruddy has a hard hit – he smashes it. The staff went mad when it first happened. But there are loads of holes now.” Read more Read more Share on Facebook A few days after Wolves drew with Everton, on the opening weekend of the season, Nuno Espírito Santo called his players together for a meeting. That game was the first time Wolves had played in the Premier League for six years and, in the eyes of the manager, it showed in the mentality of his players.“You could see as a team we were nervous,” Conor Coady, the Wolves captain, says. “Don’t get me wrong, you always get butterflies before a game, but it was a little bit more than that and you could see it because it was our first game in the Premier League. Everybody was thinking about it, everybody was over-thinking their jobs and focusing on what they needed to do. You could see a little bit of anxiety.” Facebook interviews Share on Pinterest Wolves’ Rúben Neves and Diogo Jota: ‘Porto has wine, food but here it’s fine’ The Observer Asked who explains the rules of cricket to Wolves’ sizeable Portuguese contingent, Coady gives an answer that makes sense on one level but would probably go down badly with Geoffrey Boycott. “It’s not hard, is it? You throw a ball and someone whacks it!” Coady says, laughing. Rúben Neves, by all accounts, is the rising star among his countrymen. “He’s good at everything,” Coady adds. “Particularly head tennis. Him and [João] Moutinho are at a different level to anyone else.”While Neves and Moutinho are at the vanguard of the new hugely ambitious Wolves, Coady is part of the Old Gold and one of the few survivors from the pre-Nuno era. Signed three years ago from Huddersfield, who are Wolves’ opponents at Molineux on Sunday, Coady arrived as a midfielder and even filled in as a right-back before Nuno made the inspired decision to convert the Liverpudlian into the central figure in a three-man defence. Coady, who had never played in that position before, has been a revelation ever since.“When [Nuno] came in, he didn’t have a conversation with me about [changing position] – he just put me there,” Coady says. “It was in the first session and I thought to myself: ‘OK, I’ll try to get better and listen and learn.’ But it didn’t really matter to me where I played. When I saw a manager of his calibre coming in – what he had done at Porto and at Valencia – I wanted to be part of it.”
Will Grigg FA Cup hero Grigg revels in dousing Manchester City’s fire Dom Farrell 07:01 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic Manchester City FA Cup The striker scored the decisive goal as Wigan Athletic stunned the Premier League leaders, a result the striker could scarcely believe FA Cup hero Will Grigg hailed Wigan Athletic for making the impossible possible after his goal secured a stunning 1-0 upset win over Premier League leaders Manchester City.Grigg kept his cool after an error from Kyle Walker in the 79th minute to slot beyond Claudio Bravo and book a quarter-final place for Paul Cook’s League One side, ending Pep Guardiola’s quest for a historic quadruple in the process.AdChoices广告Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho wasted glorious chances for City in the first half, but their task was complicated by Fabian Delph being sent off for a rash lunge on Max Power. 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 Wigan still had to withstand long spells of pressure after the break, doing so magnificently, before Grigg coolly dispatched his seventh goal in as many FA Cup matches this season.”It’s brilliant – obviously it was a nice easy game out there,” Grigg joked when he spoke to BBC Sport after the match.”It was an unbelievable performance by the lads. They’re probably the best team in Europe at the moment”I caught the offside trap and it was a nice little foot race with Kyle Walker, which was not really what I wanted.”I’m a goalscorer. I’ve said I’ll score at any level and luckily that one’s gone in.”#wafc pic.twitter.com/xG8c8ddac6— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 19, 2018Asked whether he had thought a victory that mimicked the scoreline of Wigan’s famous win over City in the 2013 FA Cup final was possible beforehand, Grigg replied: “To be honest, probably not. We worked really hard. The gaffer and the staff have put a great game plan together.”Even before the sending off we were playing really well. It comes at a good time but it’s one of those things.”Against a side like that – you can see in the second half that they’ve dominated possession.”They’ve got some unbelievable players, some of the best players in the world and we defended unbelievably well.”
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame is undefeated. It’s looking like the Fighting Irish could finish the year undefeated, too. Brian Kelly’s team doesn’t have another ranked team on its schedule. The Fighting Irish are 6-0 and seem primed for a 12-0 finish.A 12-0 Notre Dame team seems like a lock for the College Football Playoff, right?Well, actually, ESPN’s Laura Rutledge posed a scenario on Get Up! that could possibly leave a 12-0 Fighting Irish team out of the College Football Playoff.That scenario:A 12-0 Alabama team loses to a 12-0 Georgia team in the SEC Championship GameOhio State finishes 13-0Clemson finishes 13-0A 12-1 Alabama team makes it in over a 12-0 Notre Dame teamESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was asked this morning about that scenario. He disagrees with Rutledge.“I honestly think if you have Notre Dame at 12-0, even though it’s Alabama…I still think Notre Dame would be in the top 4,” he said.Herbstreit added that he “can’t imagine any scenario” in which a 12-0 Notre Dame team misses the College Football Playoff.
zoom CMA CGM’s North European Mediterranean Oceania (NEMO) and Hapag Lloyd’s Europe, Australia Express (EAX) combined service will begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port in early January 2017, with CMA CGM’s Rossini as the first to call on the service.In addition to four port calls at cities in Australia, the service will provide the port with more direct links between Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Malta and Italy.The full NEMO/EAX service loop into the UK from Australia comprises: Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Cochin, Damietta, Malta, Salerno and DP World London Gateway.Outbound of the UK, the NEMO/EAX service loop comprises: Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre, Fos Sur Mer, Genoa, Damietta, Pointe Des Galets and Fremantle.“With this new service we are now the only UK port to provide direct services to Australia, giving importers and exporters a unique trade advantage. This service also enhances our connection to the Mediterranean, opening up new markets for Port and Logistics Park users at DP World London Gateway,” James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway, said.
New Delhi: Citing “insignificant number” of officers willing to work at the Centre, the personnel ministry has asked all states to ensure that required number of bureaucrats are nominated for central deputation to ensure career progression and exchange of relevant experience.It said there is “extremely low” representation of officers on central deputation, especially at deputy secretary or director level. The personnel ministry had in December last year asked all states to send officers for appointment on deputation to the posts under central staffing scheme and for the posts of chief vigilance officers (CVOs) who act as distant arms of the Central Vigilance Commission to check corruption in central public sector enterprises. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Although a period of six months has passed since applications for 2019 were called for, the number of nominations received so far has been ranging from ‘Nil’ to an insignificant number. Attention in this regard is also invited to the extremely low representation of officers from various cadres/services under central staffing scheme especially at DS/director level,” the ministry said in a communique. Every cadre is allowed a deputation reserve to ensure that officers have the opportunity to work on deputation including that under the central staffing scheme, which adds to their experience, it said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”Under utilization of this reserve, particularly at deputy secretary/director level, causes serious gaps in cadre management,” the ministry pointed out. This aspect would also be kept in view while considering cadre review proposals, to be received in future, it cautioned. “The cadres that have not been forwarding adequate nominations for central staffing scheme at various levels may have to settle for less number of additional senior duty posts in future by way of corresponding reduction. These aspects have been duly conveyed to the cadre-controlling authorities during the recent meetings taken by the secretary, Department of Personnel and Training,” the ministry said. It is, therefore, requested that larger number of officers may kindly be recommended for appointment at DS/director/joint secretary level under the central staffing scheme so that the central deputation reserve/deputation reserves are duly utilized for this purpose, the order said. The states were also asked to ensure that the officers who are at the verge of promotion to senior grades are “not nominated” as it often necessitates their early repatriation to avail of promotion in the cadre. “It may be ensured that the names of only those officers are forwarded who are likely to remain available under the central staffing scheme for full tenure,” it said. In its 2018 letter, the ministry had said the movement of officers from the states to the Centre and back is crucial for building up the capabilities at the state level and contributing towards developing state perspectives in the Government of India or national perspective in the state at the decision-making levels. “Considering the general shortage of lAS officers at deputy secretary/director level, it would be appropriate if a conscious effort is made to nominate officers from your cadre and share the shortage proportionately between the Centre and the states. This will also ensure that every eligible officer has an opportunity to serve at the Centre at least once at the middle management level,” it had said. The ministry had shared figures with the states showing “adequate number of officers” were not being nominated to work at the Centre. According to the data, eight IAS officers of West Bengal cadre were working at the Centre against their central deputation reserve of 78. Similarly, 44 IAS officers of Uttar Pradesh cadre were working at the Centre as against 134. As few as 20 IAS officers of Karnataka were working at the Centre against the strength of 68. Chhattisgarh has sent seven IAS officers against 38, Madhya Pradesh has nominated 27 against 90, Bihar has sent 36 such bureaucrats against 74 and Odisha has nominated 20 against 51. A total of 19 IAS officers were working at the Centre against the strength of 81 from West Bengal, Haryana has sent 12 against 44, Gujarat has nominated 17 against 64, Andhra Pradesh has sent 18 against 46 and Jammu and Kashmir has sent 14 IAS officers against 30, among others. The central government has also decided to appoint 40 private sector specialists at the posts of deputy secretary and director, considered as crucial decision-making levels in the bureaucratic hierarchy. PTI
Seoul: North Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a “newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher,” another demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal apparently aimed at increasing its leverage ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks with the US. The North’s Korean Central News Agency said Saturday’s weapons test was successful and cited Kim as saying the rocket launcher is “indeed a great weapon.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USKim underscored the need to “continue to step up the development of Korean-style strategic and tactical weapons for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces,” according to the KCNA. The “hostile forces” likely referred to the United States and South Korea, whose recently ended regular military drills infuriated North Korea. The North has called the drills an invasion rehearsal and conducted a slew of missile and rocket tests in response. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome experts said North Korea aims to show off its weapons to try to get an upper hand ahead of a possible restart of nuclear negotiations, which remain largely stalemated since the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February fell apart due to squabbling over US-led sanctions on North Korea. The two leaders met again at the Korean border in late June and agreed to resume talks. Trump downplayed the latest launch, saying “Kim Jong Un has been, you know, pretty straight with me. … He likes testing missiles but we never restricted short-range missiles. We’ll see what happens.” South Korea’s military said North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday morning and that they flew about 380 kilometers (236 miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles). It was the seventh known weapons test by North Korea in about a month. North Korea has been pushing to develop powerful multiple rocket launch systems, whose projectiles resemble short-range missiles, some experts said. On Aug. 1, North Korea said it tested a large-caliber multiple rocket guided system, a day after South Korea said the North fired two short-range ballistic missiles. Most of the North Korean weapons tested in recent weeks have shown short-range flight distances. This suggested North Korea still doesn’t intend to lift its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, which would certainly derail the negotiations with Washington. The latest North Korean launches came two days after South Korea said it would terminate its intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid trade disputes between the US allies. Washington expressed its disappointment at the South Korean decision. In a development that could possibly further complicate ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea’s navy on Sunday began two-day exercises on and around a group of islets controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan. Japan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the islets belong to Japan and called the drills “unacceptable.” South Korean navy officers said the drills are the first of two regular exercises held every year near the islets called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. They said the drills involve aircraft landing on the islets and warships maneuvering nearby. Local media said South Korea originally planned the first drills in June, but delayed them in consideration of relations with Japan.
EDMONTON — Alberta health officials are declaring a province-wide outbreak of syphilis after rates of the sexually transmitted infection increased last year to levels not seen since 1948.Alberta Health Services says a total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported in 2018 compared with 161 in 2014, which is almost a tenfold increase.Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer, says syphilis rates jumped 187 per cent between 2017 and 2018.She adds Alberta Health Services is expecting higher numbers for this year.Hinshaw says the province has seen similar rates of congenital syphilis in which the infection is spread from a mother to her unborn child.She says a provincial outbreak co-ordination committee is to be set up on how to increase testing for sexually transmitted diseases, promote public awareness and reduce the overall number of syphilis cases in Alberta.Hinshaw says she can’t comment on how Alberta compares with the rest of the country, because other jurisdictions have not released recent syphilis figures.The Canadian Press
Paris – Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane said, on Monday in Paris, that Morocco seeks to reach a growth rate of 6 to 7% given that it has all the potential to attain it. “We are convinced that the private sector should be an engine of growth and that the State’s role is to ensure an appropriate economic, legal and institutional environment,” he said in a speech before ambassadors accredited to the OECD. The head of government explained that one of the main projects undertaken in Morocco is the reform of the judiciary to reinforce the independence of the judiciary power, improve its efficiency, help modernize judiciary administration and support amelioration of its governance as well as its moralization. Benkirane said that the reform of the judiciary is a real road map for this vital sector, not only for business but also for defending individual and collective rights. Underlining that public governance is considered by the Moroccan cabinet as a key element in any policy seeking to reconcile citizens and enterprises with the administration, he recalled the main measures that were taken in this regard.
Rabat – The F10 Committee meeting of the African Union Finance Ministers opened on Tuesday afternoon at the headquarters of the Pan-African Union in Addis Ababa. Mohamed Boussaïd, Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance, is taking part in this rendez-vous for brainstorming the financing mechanisms of the AU budget.Boussaid took part in the meeting, extended to welcome Morocco and Nigeria for the first time as two of the the top five contributors in the union budget, culminating in an in-depth review of the modalities of financing the Pan-African Organization’s budget.Held under the title “Towards the Financial Independence of the African Union by 2020,” the meeting was also attended by Angola, Cameroon, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. The committee’s focus was on alternative resources and new funding mechanisms for the AU’s budget, which is still mainly financed by the European Union. Currently only 7 percent of the member states pay their dues, while 73 percent of the AU budget estimated at USD 522 million comes from external sources.The AU Reform Committee, led by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, wants to break with this financial dependence by providing sustainable solutions, namely levy tariffs on imports from the continent by0.2 percent.This measure would allow more freedom for the African Union to function as desired by Alpha Condé, the head of state of Guinea and current president of the AU. The Union hopes that this new financing mechanism will be able to meet its operational funds requirements by 2022.For the president of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the “integral” and “rapid” implementation of this decision constitutes a “factor of credibility and effectiveness of the action of the African Union, including the implementation of 2063 Agenda and its 10-year plan.”Among the other considered reforms is the holding of a single annual summit in place of the two usual held by the Pan-African organization. Says Mahamat, “it is useless to meet every six months, to take decisions of which nine out of 10 are not implemented.”The AU F10 Committee was implemented by the AU Heads of State and Government at the African Summit in Kigali on July 2016. The Committee met for the first time in September 2016 in Addis Ababa and is scheduled to meet once a year.
Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, joining his longtime teammates Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith in Canton. As a key contributor to the Bills’ four Super Bowl berths in the 1990s,1The lasting memory of Reed’s career for many NFL fans may be his performance in this game — eight catches, 136 yards and three touchdowns — when he helped Buffalo mount the biggest comeback in NFL history. Reed is a qualified candidate for the game’s greatest individual honor. But while he was good, he wasn’t nearly as good as several other receivers the Hall has ignored. It’s not Reed’s fault — it’s the Hall’s. Canton hasn’t figured out how to best judge the careers of modern wide receivers.Even in a sport where an individual player’s statistics are contaminated by the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates, his coaches and countless other considerations, wide receiver performance is a particularly tough nut to crack. Raw numbers rarely offer enough to help us properly distinguish between pass-catchers, especially across eras, and statisticians haven’t always agreed on how best to correct biases in the data.Take Reed’s career as an example. It’s a glossy one — at the time he retired, he ranked third all time in catches, fourth in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown receptions. But it’s also one that was entangled with the great ensemble of offensive talent, and one that was a beneficiary of the dawn of the NFL’s passing explosion. Moreover, some advanced stats show that Reed’s on-field influence wasn’t what it appeared to be — the evidence is surprisingly mixed with regard to his actual effect on team passing efficiency.In recent years, the Hall of Fame’s selection committee has reacted to its wide-receiver dilemma either by ignoring the position or by disregarding advanced stats when the committee does deign to induct those who played it. (Until Reed and Cris Carter were tapped in the last two elections, the Hall had only taken seven receivers since 2000, a number that included the controversial selection of Lynn Swann.) But Reed and Carter’s inductions signal that the WR logjam has become too much to ignore — and the tide of qualified receivers is only going to keep surging.2Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss and Torry Holt are either on the ballot or coming soon. It’s time to re-evaluate how we judge Reed and his contemporaries statistically.Wide receivers are products of their eras. When the NFL opened up the passing game in 1978, enacting new rules to make pass-blocking easier and to eliminate downfield defensive contact with receivers, league-wide passing output spiked almost instantly. As a consequence, the numbers that once automatically signified greatness quickly became devalued. For example, using a simple ratio of league passing yards per game in one season compared to another,3If the average passing yards per game in 2013 was 1.4 times as many as in 1960, I would multiply a 1960 player’s stats by 1.4 to “convert” to the equivalent in 2013. Reed’s 1,312-yard campaign in 1989 would have been the equivalent of a mere 883 yards a dozen years prior. What was, at the time, the 22nd-highest single-season yardage total ever becomes the 324th.To appreciate a receiver’s true(r) talent isn’t just about adjusting to his era, though, it’s also about adjusting to his team. The degree to which a receiver’s team throws the ball relative to the league norm has an effect on his stats. It’s a point that sounds laughably obvious, but somehow isn’t often considered when judging pass-catchers: Teams that run more plays through the air give their receivers more opportunities to put up eye-popping numbers.For Reed, this wasn’t a major factor; his Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins threw about 3.5 percent less often than other teams in the league over the course of his career, which would only be enough to take 35 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. But it does matter for someone like Calvin Johnson, whose Detroit Lions have chucked the ball downfield 12 percent more often than average in a league that already generates 10 percent more aerial yards per game than the historical norm. How we treat this adjustment can make a huge difference in how a receiver is perceived statistically.I tried to solve this issue last August by developing a metric called True Receiving Yards (TRY) with Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com. (You can download the raw career TRY data, along with some other metrics I introduce later in this piece, on GitHub.) TRY attempts to boil down a receiver’s production4Including catches, raw yardage and touchdowns. into a single (yardage-like) number that adjusts for differences in schedule lengths, league-wide passing environments and team passing volumes.We initially scaled a player’s TRY in lockstep with the frequency with which his team passed relative to the league average. That downgraded Johnson’s 2012 production by 23 percent, because, despite him breaking the all-time single-season record for receiving yards that year, Detroit also broke the all-time record for pass attempts in a season.But it wasn’t as simple as that. Teams that pass heavily tend to do so for a reason. Namely, because they have a skilled quarterback and/or receivers. And so when Chase and I looked into it further, it became apparent that a 5 percent increase in team passing frequency didn’t necessarily lead to a 5 percent increase in individual receiving output. Instead, we found that it was more like a 2.5 percent increase — for any given increase in team passing volume, a player only saw half that increase in production.Our difficulty in pinning down the real effect of something so simple underscores just how ambiguous receiving stats can be. Complicating matters, receivers — unlike players at just about any other position — are competing with their own teammates for touches during a game, in real time. That makes them more like basketball players, and we know that a guy like Carmelo Anthony, who uses a lot of his team’s possessions, appears to exert an influence that goes beyond his personal stats. Having a receiver who commands extra attention seems like an obvious benefit to a team — but it’s difficult to prove that’s true.Not that it’s stopped statisticians from trying. The most commonly cited advanced receiving statistics are generated by Football Outsiders, whose Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric tracks a team’s passing success on plays where a given player was targeted by the quarterback as the intended receiver. Measuring performance on a per-opportunity basis is rooted in the traditions of baseball’s sabermetrics, where discrete events can easily be identified as opportunities for specific players. But football is much more fluid than baseball, so we run into a curious phenomenon: By getting an opportunity — even an unsuccessful one — a receiver could be demonstrating a positive in-game influence, if not simply by stretching the defense and opening up opportunities for teammates.Some of this phenomenon also is rooted in Bayes’ theorem. Since coaches and quarterbacks both have strong incentives to funnel targets to their most talented receivers, the very act of being targeted for a pass is evidence of a player’s quality as an offensive threat. Because of this, looking at per-target metrics like catch rate and DVOA may miss the bigger picture of a player’s full on-field value. Those metrics aren’t taking into account how a receiver is shaping the game even when he’s not directly involved in a successful play.And then there’s the matter of adjusting for the quality of a receiver’s teammates, and quantifying how much his conventional numbers truly lead to better team outcomes. A year ago, I took a very rudimentary step in that direction by computing With Or Without You (WOWY) scores for historical receivers. Essentially, WOWY measures whether all of the quarterbacks who played with a given receiver were more efficient5According to Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt (ANY/A) versus the league average. over their collective careers6After adjusting for aging effects. with him or without him. This is, in some ways, a more pertinent question to ask about a receiver — forget individual yardage, is he associated with a more efficient passing offense? But that question isn’t perfect either: It requires using an entire team’s passing-efficiency data, which can be noisy from season to season.Regardless, most of the usual suspects come out looking good by WOWY. For instance, Randy Moss, whose statistical sway over his quarterbacks was legendary, boasts a +1.1 WOWY,7Meaning the average True Receiving Yard gained in Moss’s career came on a pass from a QB whose ANY/A was 1.1 higher with Moss than without him. which ranks second only to Rod Smith’s8Whose influence on John Elway’s numbers was also very notable. among players with 10,000 career True Receiving Yards. And Tim Brown (the long-time Oakland Raiders receiver whom the committee did not select despite better individual receiving statistics than Reed) also ranks among the top WOWY receivers ever at +0.7.Reed’s WOWY, however, comes out tied for second-worst among players with 10,000 lifetime TRY. Despite his impressive raw (and adjusted) receiving numbers, he wasn’t associated with better play from his quarterbacks when they were throwing to him. How much of this merits a serious indictment of Reed as a player isn’t completely clear, but the Hall of Fame isn’t even having that discussion using new metrics.(Brown’s resume, on the other hand, was more impressive by every standard that doesn’t involve the postseason. And while 71 percent of Reed’s career yardage came on passes from Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Brown put up his superior numbers with an aging Rich Gannon, Jeff Hostetler, Jeff George, Jay Schroeder and Vince Evans at quarterback.)Certainly the challenge of interpreting receiving data, especially across different eras of the game’s history, presents a daunting task to those seeking to fairly analyze Hall of Fame candidates. But the solution to the Hall’s wide receiver logjam isn’t to ignore the data entirely. It’s to dream up inventive ways of answering the pertinent questions about a player’s qualifications. Advanced analytics attempt to answer fundamental questions about a player’s actual on-field influence. Last I checked, that’s what’s supposed to put a player in the Hall of Fame.
Participants pose for a picture after the 1st part of the Indoor Recurve 2018 ChampionshipsOn Sunday November 4, Archery Guyana held its first of four competitions to end the year with its 2018 Championships at the National Gymnasium.The indoor recurve competition began with 14 competitors in the ranking rounds of adult male, adult female and youth female categories vying for top spots.After the Opening Ceremony and remarks by President of Archery Guyana, Mohamed Khan, the action began at 11:00am with 8 men in the Adult Male Individual category shooting in the 300 ranking round, followed by the Ladies in the Adult Female Individual and Youth Female Individual categories also shooting in their ranking round of 300 (a ranking round of 300 is where an archer shoots 30 arrows with a possibility of scoring all 10s).After the Individual rounds were finished, athletes were paired for the mixed team ranking rounds, with the highest scoring male paired with lowest scoring female and vice-versa.Results so far are as follow:ADULT MALE INDIVIDUAL1st place – Umasankar Madray 225 points2nd place – Anand Mangra 198 points3rd place – Sean Duncan 174 points4th place – Ryan McKinnon 164 points5th place – Latchman Singh 89 points6th place – Mohamed Khan 82 points7th place – Jeewanram Persaud 80 points8th place – Nicholas Hing 76 pointsADULT FEMALE INDIVIDUAL1st place – Samira Duncan 104 points2nd place – Narda Mohamed 101 points3rd place – Shereeda Yusuf 65 points4th place – Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon 29 pointsYOUTH FEMALE INDIVIDUAL1st place – Talitha Kissoon 102 points2nd place – Jessica Callender 21 pointsIn the first round of Team Shooting, the results were as follows:1st place – Sean Duncan & Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon 137 points2nd place – Umasankar Madray & Nicholas Hing 123 points3rd place – Jeewanram Persaud & Talitha Kissoon 93 points4th place – Ryan McKinnon & Shereeda Yusuf 91 points5th place – Anand Mangra & Jessica Callender 73 points6th place – Samira Duncan & Mohamed Khan 73 points7th place – Latchman Singh & Narda Mohamed 63 pointsThe top 3 Scoring Teams moved on to the Eliminations Rounds and all the other Teams got a chance to battle it out for a final spot in the Elimination Round. The Results were as follows:1st place – Anand Mangra & Jessica Callender 126 POINTS2nd place – Ryan McKinnon & Shereeda Yusuf 121 points3rd place – Samira Duncan & Mohamed Khan 92 points4TH place- Latchman Singh & Narda Mohamed 69 pointsThe Part 2 of the Indoor Championships will be held on Sunday December 2, 2018 when the 4 Teams will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Semi-Finals and Finals.The next event (the outdoor recurve competition) will be held on Sunday November, 11, 2018 at the Carifesta Sports Club Ground, Carifesta Avenue from 11:00 am. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCompetition intense at first segment of 2018 Outdoor Archery ChampionshipsNovember 15, 2018In “latest news”Archery Indoor Recurve finals: Mangra, Mohamed win individual matchesDecember 5, 2018In “latest news”Archery Guyana Coaches conduct introduction session in Region 9May 23, 2018In “Sports”
Adding fruit and veg to diet cuts heart disease risk, no matter how you used to eat A new study says it’s never too late to start making healthy food choices. By Ceimin Burke NEW RESEARCH HAS found that it’s never too late to cut your risk of dying from heart disease by adding fruits and vegetables to your diet, even if you previously had poor eating habits.Previous studies have found that eating a diet rich in plant-based foods can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease but the new research has shown for the first time that positive or negative changes in a person’s diet can influence their risk of dying, no matter how they ate in the past.“Not all plant-based diets are equal, but boosting the intake of high-quality plant-based foods over time lowers the risk of death even among people who started off with poor-quality diets,” explains the study’s lead author, Megu Y Baden, from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.The study included nearly 48,000 women and 26,000 men with an average age of 64. None of the participants had a history of heart disease or cancer when they entered the study in 1998.During the 12-year follow up the death rate from all causes dropped by 10% for those who added the most fruit, veg, whole grains and nuts to their diet.This was achieved by people who made these adjustments to their daily food intake: Image: Shutterstock/K_Harris Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM 11 Comments Removed refined grains (such as bread, noodles, couscous and white rice) from one meal and replaced them with wholegrains (such as brown rice, whole-wheat couscous, oats or corn).Added one serving of fruit and one serving of veg.Cut out one sugary drink However, not all plant-based food has this life-lengthening effect, the death rate was 11 percent higher for those who ramped up their consumption of unhealthy plant-based foods such as chips, fruit juices and sweets. “Over a period of time, consuming more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, while decreasing your intake of refined grains, sweets and desserts, and animal foods such as animal fat meat, and miscellaneous animal-based foods, may lower your risk of death from heart disease and other causes,” Baden said. https://jrnl.ie/4526595 Mar 7th 2019, 6:15 AM Share155 Tweet Email3 14,541 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/K_Harris Short URL