Neymar’s father launches impassioned defence of his son

first_imgNeymar’s father has hit out at the rough treatment his son has received on and off the field after the Paris Saint-Germain star’s latest injury setback.The Brazil forward limped out of Wednesday’s Coupe de France win over Strasbourg after a strong challenge from Moataz Zemzemi.It was later confirmed that Neymar, who appeared upset as he left the pitch, had suffered a “painful recurrence” of the foot issue that sidelined him for almost three months last year. 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? The former Barcelona forward was often been criticised for going to ground too easily, with Pele having claimed that the 26-year-old’s apparent theatrics have become difficult to defend.And in a lengthy Instagram post, Neymar Santos Sr has now hit out at those who suggested his son was guilty of inciting players to injure him.He recounted Colombia defender Juan Zuniga’s challenge that left Neymar with a fractured bone in his back, ruling him out of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, and added of the most recent global showpiece in Russia: “A stomp on his ankle [from Mexico’s Miguel Layun] when he was out of the game. “It was said that there was nothing and that, on the contrary, he simulated. He had VAR, he had the whole world watching, but anyway, he was considered ‘guilty’.”Neymar Santos Sr also cited the Strasbourg incident to strengthen his case and said whenever his son falls, he is considered a diver and met with harsh treatment. He added: “Can we not dribble? We do not have the right to have talent? He gets carried away! “He believes that some in the press purposely insist on these facts to sell issues. “As always, life goes on, football too, and service geeks, who call themselves football experts, will continue to hold polls asking if ‘Neymar deserves to be sanctioned’.”And in concluding his tirade, he warned: “Be ready because, as always, he will come back stronger!”PSG are back in Ligue 1 action against Rennes on Sunday, with Neymar missing out and now seemingly a doubt for the Champions League last 16 meeting with Manchester United on February 12.last_img read more

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Premier Thanks Outgoing MLA for Years of Public Service

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter thanked Vicki Conrad for her many years of hard work to help make life better for families as MLA for Queens. Ms. Conrad announced today, April 26, she will not run in the next provincial election. “Vicki has proven herself to be a strong voice for the people of Queens and her passion will be missed,” said Premier Dexter. “Both in opposition and in government, Vicki always put the needs and concerns of her constituents first. “Vicki’s leadership and dedication for her community made her invaluable during the Bowater transition. She was there for those workers and was a driving force to help support a better future to the families in her region.” Ms. Conrad was first elected to the provincial legislature in 2006 and was re-elected in 2009. She is a ministerial assistant for the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (forestry) and she is a member of the Assembly Matters, Economic Development, and Internal Affairs Committees. “On behalf of the government and the people of Queens, I want to thank Vicki for her work over the past seven years as she and her husband, Scott, invest their time and energy in their homegrown business and community,” said Premier Dexter.last_img read more

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BJP govt in UP dictatorially inclined Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh of being “dictatorially inclined” and said party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s “imprisonment” at Chunar guesthouse is an attempt to trample upon democracy. Priyanka Gandhi was on Friday detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week, triggering a standoff with the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Refusing to furnish a personal bond, Gandhi stayed put at a guesthouse in Mirzapur district where she was taken after she squatted on the road with her supporters, insisting that she be allowed to proceed and meet the victims’ families. “The imprisonment of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, on way to meet the families of Sonbhadra massacre victims, in Chunar guest house through the night without water and electricity by a dictatorially inclined UP government is an attempt to trample upon democracy,” Rahul Gandhi said in a Facebook post in Hindi. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s Shamli The Congress will not get scared of such tactics and stop fighting for Dalits and tribals, he said. Earlier in the day, the Congress alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh wants to “deport” party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra so that she cannot meet the victims of the Sonbhadra clash. The party also alleged that “jungle raj” was prevalent in the state and the government had failed to take action against the guilty. “BJP government fails to prevent Sonbhadra Massacre. BJP government fails to act against guilty.BJP government illegally arrests Priyanka ji for wanting to meet families,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet. “BJP government cuts electricity/water of Chunar guest house where she is held. BJP government now wants to deport her from UP. Jungle Raj!” he said. The Congress on Friday also targeted the Uttar Pradesh government over the detention of Priyanka Gandhi, with former party chief Rahul Gandhi terming it as “illegal arrest”.last_img read more

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Cong prepares for assembly bypolls

first_imgBengaluru: The Congress in Karnataka on Thursday decided to prepare the party for by-elections to 17 constituencies, necessitated by the disqualification of rebel legislators, by sending in teams headed by party leaders as in-charge for each constituency. The party at a meeting of its top leaders here also decided to face the legal battle against disqualified MLAs in the Supreme Court, but remained non-committal on the continuity of its alliance with JD(S), putting the onus on the Congress high command. “There will be by-elections for 17 constituencies, a sMLAs from there have been disqualified, so we have discussed our strategy, how to face it- we have gathered opinion of our leaders,” Pradesh Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters after the meeting.last_img read more

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Key suspect in Kalutara prison bus shooting arrested

A woman who gave refuge to the Kalutara prison bus attackers was arrested earlier this month.Another person was also arrested in connection to the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The prison bus was shot at in Kalutara last month killing seven people including an underworld member.Underworld member Aruna Udayashantha, alias Samayan, was killed in the shooting incident. Two prison officers were also killed in the shooting incident. A key suspect wanted over the Kalutara prison bus shooting incident has been arrested.The police said the suspect was arrested in Kataragama, read more

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Canadian dollar falls nearly half a cent as commodity prices weaken

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell nearly half a cent on Wednesday as commodities-influenced currencies moved lower.The loonie dropped 0.44 of a cent to settle at 95.94 cents US.The shift lower came as key commodities were mixed.December bullion gained $2.80 to US$1,285.30 an ounce, ending six sessions of losses. September copper was unchanged at US$3.18.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 93 cents to US$104.37 a barrel, following the latest supplies report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude supplies fell 1.3 million barrels for the week ended Aug. 2.Questions have been percolating over the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s removal of monetary stimulus by tapering off its current bond-buying program, and recent comments from two regional Fed presidents that suggested the moves could happen in the near term.“The Fed’s attempts to cool market tensions related to tapering have reduced the allure of North American currencies over their European counterparts somewhat,” said Stephen Gallo, European Head of FX Strategy at BMO Financial Group.“Had the Fed not been so aggressive, we would have expected to see North American interest rate spreads over their European peers widen more in favour of the US dollar and the Canadian dollar.”Meanwhile, Statistics Canada says building permits dropped in June, making it the first decrease in six months.Municipalities issued $6.6 billion worth of building permits in June, down 10.3 per cent from May, it reported.The federal agency says the drop came mainly from the non-residential sector in Quebec and the residential sector in Ontario.Nationally, residential sector permit values fell 12.9 per cent to $4 billion in June. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 9:36 am MDT Canadian dollar falls nearly half a cent as commodity prices weaken read more

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Funding shortfall threatens UN efforts to counter El Niñoexacerbated drought in southern

“The number of people without enough food could rise significantly over coming months as the region moves deeper into the so-called lean season, the period before the April harvest when food and cash stocks become increasingly depleted,” WFP said in a news release. “Particularly vulnerable are smallholder farmers who account for most agricultural production.” The cyclical El Niño pattern of devastating droughts on some regions and catastrophic floods in others that can affect tens of millions of people around the globe, is already leading to even worse drought across southern Africa, affecting this year’s crops. With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming. “Driving through southern Zambia, I saw fields of crops severely stressed from lack of water and met farmers who are struggling to cope with a second season of erratic rains,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said at the end of a visit to drought-prone southern Zambia. “Zambia is one of the biggest breadbaskets in the region and what’s happening there gives serious cause for concern not only for Zambia itself but all countries in the region.” Worst affected by last year’s poor rains are Malawi with 2.8 million people facing hunger, Madagascar with nearly 1.9 million, and Zimbabwe with 1.5 million and last year’s harvest reduced by half compared to the previous year due to massive crop failure. In Lesotho, the Government has declared a drought emergency and some 650,000 people, a third of the population, do not have enough food. As elsewhere, water is in extremely short supply for both crops and livestock. Also causing concern are Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland. Food prices across southern Africa have been rising due to reduced production and availability. The price of maize, the staple for most of the region, is 73 per cent higher in Malawi than the three-year average for this time of year. “I’m particularly concerned that smallholders won’t be able to harvest enough crops to feed their own families through the year, let alone to sell what little they can in order to cover school fees and other household needs,” Ms. Cousin said. WFP is working with Governments, regional organizations and other partners on contingency, preparedness to secure food supplies and protect people’s livelihoods. WFP assessment analysts estimate that more than 40 million rural and 9 million urban people in the region live in geographic zones that are highly exposed to the fall-out from El Niño. South Africa, the major breadbasket of the region, has indicated that this El Niño-induced drought is the worst the country has suffered in more than half a century. One particularly worrying symptom of southern Africa’s vulnerability to food and nutrition security is the alarming rate of chronic malnutrition. Levels of stunting among children in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia are among the worst in the world. This affects children’s physical growth, cognitive development, as well as their future health and productivity. read more

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Twist of fate after lost dog is reunited with his family

first_imgWHEN A LOST dog was found wandering, wet and dishevelled, in the Carrick-on-Shannon area last month, the man who found him knew what to do – bring him to the Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre.What happened next surprised everyone, as what seemed like a run-of-the-mill lost dog case turned out to be so much more. The dog, who was called Aran, was an older black and white collie who had evidently fallen into the river but managed (despite stiff back legs) to get himself out.MicrochippedAndrea Sharp, the manager of the centre (there are also two dog wardens on site, two other full time kennel workers and two weekend staff who work there) told TheJournal.ie that the first thing they did when he arrived was check to see if he was micro-chipped. Normally we go through FIDO, a registration base for microchipped dogs, and normally at that point they give us a phone number, and if that rings dead then the search is no more. But in this case they gave me three numbers and one did ring out.When the people she rang in the UK said they didn’t have a dog, Sharp would normally have declared the search over. But this time was different. “I don’t know what it was. I just felt like I just had to write anyway,” she said. Sharp wrote a letter to the people who had answered the phone, asking for more information.“I don’t know what made me do it, but I just felt I had to,” she said. It turns out new people had just recently bought the house, and they contacted their estate agent, who had a forwarding address for the old owners.If any little chain in that link had broken, it wouldn’t have resulted in them reuniting.The dog had been found on 20 September, and as his owners Di and Albie Roberts later explained, they had been on holiday in Carrick-On-Shannon and went cruising on the River Shannon, bringing their 15-year-old collie, Aran, with them. One day they were getting aboard the boat and took their eyes off the dog for a few minutes – and he disappeared.Despite searching for hours, and even calling a diver in to check the river, there was no sign of him. The heartbroken couple cut their holiday short and went home, devastated, without Aran.Emotional momentThanks to the estate agency, Leitrim Animal Welfare Centre were able to get in touch with the Roberts, who immediately got the first ferry to Ireland, drove during the night to Leitrim, and arrived, exhausted, to collect Aran 10 days after he first went missing.It was an emotional moment, said Sharp. “They were completely and utterly delighted”.But that wasn’t the the end of the story. “I rang them after about a fortnight afterwards to see how Aran was,” said Sharp. “They said, we’re going to give you sad news but don’t be sad – Aran passed away with liver failure.” The dog had died in his owner Di’s arms. But before he passed, the Roberts had rescued a companion for him, another collie, from a Dogs Trust centre in Glasgow.A twist of fate“They hadn’t told me the name of the collie, and I went off on my coffee break. Then I suddenly thought – we sent some dogs to Glasgow five weeks ago,” recalled Sharp. She went on the database and discovered that they had sent only one collie, called Ellie.Just moments later, she went to check her emails, and saw she had received one from the Roberts. They wanted her to see a photo of their new dog – a collie called Ellie. “I rang them back and said ‘you are not going to believe this, but Ellie’s ours, she came from us’,” said an astounded Sharp.It was such a twist of fate that then it just added to it even more. It felt even more incredible. It’s really lifted everybody here.“It’s nice that his memory lives on,” said Sharp of Aran. “He was such a sweetheart.”Read: Some seized puppies ‘only six weeks old’, says DSPCA>Read: Rescued puppies will need homes…potential owners asked to register>last_img read more

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Column Judges and ministers public spat will achieve nothing but reform is

first_imgTHE UNEDIFYING SPECTACLE of judges, ministers and court officials sniping at each other in public has brought the concept of judicial independence to the fore in recent days. Article 35.2 of the Constitution states that, “All judges shall be independent in the exercise of their judicial function and subject only to this Constitution and the law”.While for the most part, this idea has been uncontroversial since the foundation of the State, a combination of economic crisis, a change of government and a confrontational new Minister for Justice has raised tensions between the judicial and executive branches of government.Judicial independenceAn important element of judicial independence is the protection of judges pay contained in Article 35.5, which stated, prior to the referendum in 2011, that “The remuneration of a judge shall not be reduced during his continuance in office”. The reason behind this provision was explained by Justice Kingsmill-Moore in the O’Byrne case as being “… to safeguard the independence of the Judiciary from pressure or interference by the Executive …”.However, in light of the cuts to pay levels across the public service necessitated by the economic crisis and the refusal of all members of the judiciary to accept a scheme of voluntary pay cuts, the Government undertook an amendment to Article 35.5. This permitted judges salaries be reduced proportionately to the reductions in the salaries of others paid out of the public purse, where legislation was passed stating that this was in the public interest. The amendment was passed with just short of an 80 per cent Yes vote.Sniping judges and ministersWhile the current spat is primarily attributable to judges concerns about how future pay cuts may be implemented in light of the referendum, there would also appear to be a underlying concern about the issue of the appointment of judges. This was highlighted last year by former District Court Judge Michael Patwell, told Charlie Bird on RTE radio that he had used political connections to assist him in obtaining his position on the District Court.Regarding the approach of the current government, he stated, “You look at every judicial appointment since the current coalition went in, and you mark down behind them their political leanings, affiliations, connections — they’re [mostly] Fine Gael or Labour, so it hasn’t really changed”.Currently, judicial appointments are overseen by the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB), which was established by law in 1995. Prior to this, the Government of the day had complete discretion as to who it advised the President to appoint to the courts. The JAAB is comprised of the Chief Justice, the Presidents of the High, Circuit and District Courts, the Attorney General, nominees from the Bar Council and Law society, and up to three persons nominated by the Minister for Justice.Appointing judgesIt oversees the advertisement of judicial vacancies and assesses the application forms submitted by those interested in the position. Having sifted through the applications, the JAAB submits a list of names to the Minister for Justice, of persons it regards as suitably qualified and having the necessary character and temperament for the position in question. The Government makes the final decision regarding who is appointed.While undoubtedly an improvement on the previous system, there are significant flaws with the JAAB. The process only applies to applications for the ‘ordinary judges’ of each of the four levels of the courts. As such, the JAAB does not advise on the appointment of a new Chief Justice, or the Presidents of any of the lower courts. The procedure only applies when an individual becomes a judge for the first time – not when a judge from one level of the courts is being ‘elevated’ to a higher court.Significantly, the Government is not compelled to follow the advice of the JAAB. It must “firstly consider” those persons on the JAAB list, but has discretion to make an appointment outside the list. Finally, while the JAAB produces annual statistics about the gender, professional background and geographical location of judicial applicants, it does not undertake a wider examination of their socio-economic or educational background.Transparent systemIt could be argued that a more transparent system, whereby judicial applications were interviewed in public, could help dispel concerns about political influence on the process. The questioning of prospective Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges in the US by the Senate Judiciary Committee is by now a well known spectacle. However, while undoubtedly it does bring to the fore issues of concern regarding judicial nominees, it has contributed to a polarisation within the US courts according to judicial, or in reality, political philosophy.Recently in a speech in Griffith College, Justice Frank Clarke of our Supreme Court suggested a constitutionally mandated Judicial Commission, with a membership drawn from different strands of public life, including some appointed directly by the President. This body could be given the responsibility for choosing judges to fill vacant judicial positions, but also on issues like the terms and conditions of judges (including pay) and a possible disciplinary function.Undoubtedly, these suggestions are radical and would require constitutional amendment. Nevertheless, if the Government wishes to demonstrate its support for a truly independent judiciary, it must be prepared to undertake radical reform. This proposal, tentative though it may be, could have the effect of both addressing the current difficulties, but also strengthening public confidence in the independence of the judiciary by fully separating the Government from the process.Roderic O’Gorman is a lecturer in Dublin City University where he teaches Constitutional Law, EU Law and Business Law. He is also the Chairperson of the Green Party and is a local representative in Dublin West.Read: Judges happy that their concerns are ‘fully understood’>Read: Alan Shatter criticises High Court judge comments on pay>last_img read more

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Only America can solve tax issues for multinationals

first_imgTHE JOBS MINISTER has said that if America wants multinationals to stop leaving their country, they are the only ones who can make it happen.Richard Bruton was responding to the comments of US President Barack Obama, who last night told CNBC that companies that come to Ireland to funnel profits back to America are “economic deserters”.Speaking to reporters today, Bruton said that the problem Obama has lies in his own country.“The only place this can be resolved is in the US. Ireland can do little. It’s under the US law that companies can do this. There are issues that need to be resolved.“The solution to this doesn’t lie in Ireland, it lies in the US.”He added that Ireland makes itself attractive to investors.“Ireland provides an attractive environment for multinational companies who wish to invest substantively here, grow their businesses, and generate economic activity and jobs. Maintaining and improving this environment has been a key part of our recovery strategy.“As part of our recovery strategy, we will continue determinedly to promote Ireland as a location for substantive multinational investment and jobs based on our track record, our talent pool, our technology capabilities.“Our low, stable, transparent, statute-based corporation tax rate is one part of this strategy and we are absolutely committed to that rate. We are convinced that by continuing to implement our plan we can continue to rebuild our economy and attract the investment and job-creation we need.”Reporting by Cliodhna RussellRead: Obama accuses companies that relocate to Ireland of “gaming the system”last_img read more

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Rudd slams Abbotts Anglosphere vision

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At a meeting to discuss inter-cultural dialogue in Melbourne, former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said that Tony Abbott’s vision for Australia’s future foreign policy is fundamentally flawed.Having delivered a keynote speech in the heart of the city’s culturally-diverse suburb of Broadmeadows, Mr Rudd tore into Tony Abbott’s views on a future Coalition government’s foreign policy and multicultural agenda. “I don’t think he’s got the temperament or the policies for Australia’s future,” said Mr Rudd. “On sensitive questions like multiculturalism, for a guy who goes out there in print and says that most of the modern world is made in English – this is in his book Battlelines – and puts great faith as the cornerstone of Australia’s future foreign policy [being] in what he describes as ‘the Anglo-sphere’ – I believe we’ve got a guy there who is radically out of step with what this country needs for its future.” Mr Rudd made his comments at a public meeting called by Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou, to discuss the importance of interfaith dialogue in multicultural communities. Broadmeadows is part of the Calwell electorate, where residents born overseas represent almost 40 per cent of the population. One third come from non-English speaking countries, particularly the middle east. During Mr Rudd’s speech at the Banksia Gardens Community Centre he steered clear of party politics, preferring to remind the audience of the benefits to Australia of its cultural and linguistically diverse population. The former prime minister said he was ”totally blown away” at how successfully Australia managed its diversity, declaring, “what we have built in this country together is nothing short of a modern miracle”. Mr Rudd said that he was a proud father of a daughter who had married into the Chinese community, and a son who had a Malaysian wife, and then joked: “I was shocked recently when our youngest son came home with his first girlfriend. He’s 18 and she’s Caucasian – so much so, that [my wife] Therese and I thought we had to undertake some cultural sensitivity training on how to deal with Anglo-Celts!” The appreciative audience of around 200 people – who spoke at least ten languages and represented five religions – lapped it up. ”That is as Australia wonderfully is, and how it is evolving,” Mr Rudd told them.”Diversity is a strength.” In a speech that avoided analysis of recent tensions thrown up by the anti-Islam film that sparked violent protests in Sydney, the former PM preferred to speak in universal terms. A quote from a 19th century Christian preacher should be a guiding light he said: ”In things essential: unity. In things non-essential: diversity. In all things: love.” Briefly touching on the subject of the visit to Australia by the controversial Dutch anti-Islamist MP Geert Wilders, Mr Rudd said: “When anyone comes to this country to preach hate we are strong enough and robust enough as a country and a community to weather that, and to absorb it. Frankly I hope, to ignore it.” Asked if he received many invitations nationally to speak on matters beyond his own constituency issues, Mr Rudd said: “I get a lot more than I ever accept, but when colleagues and friends like Maria [Vamvakinou] ask me to attend functions – which are important to their local community, but more broadly, important on national themes, such as multiculturalism – then I’ll be there. “Part of my reason for remaining nationally engaged is because as I’ve said time and time again – I’ll do everything while I draw breath to prevent Mr Abbott from becoming the next Prime Minister of Australia.”last_img read more

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Heads must roll on NHIP cover up

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 28, 2016 -The PDM is not surprised by the recent revelation on the state of finances of the National Insurance Board. We are offended by the comments attributed to the Cabinet in their Cabinet Minute as we find them to be insulting to our people and shows clearly that there is a disrespect for the intellect of our people and a serious case of negligence on the part of the Government.“I told the people of this country that something was wrong for years now with NHIP and the entire healthcare system” says Party Leader.  “When I sat in the Consultative Forum, I said something was wrong:  at the rate, with our population and with how much that had to be covered from the then 4%, NHIP would be financially challenged.   After being elected I called for a review of the contract and NHIP. I later brought a Private Member’s Motion for a full investigation and it was blocked by the Government so nothing happened. When a few amendments were recently made that will incur further costs, I called for a review of NHIP.  I told this country as recent as a few months ago that as Leader of the Opposition and Chair of the Public Accounts Committee I had not seen an Audit (not that they were not done but none was ever laid for the 6 years it was in existence).  The Minister of Finance in response to a parliamentary question that I asked inquiring as to when we might see an Audit of NHIP responded that it would come.  Here we are 6 years after its introduction and there has been no public scrutiny of the finances of NHIP and now we see why these audited accounts have not been released”.The Minister of Finance and a Minister of Health who is also Premier together with Cabinet is recorded as saying in a recent Cabinet Minute that “Cabinet expressed grave concern about the failure of NHIB Management to bring to the attention of Cabinet in a timely fashion the parlous state of its financial situation.”  The people of this country need to know how is it possible for this to be happening under the noses of the people elected to manage the purse and they not know?  The PDM is convinced and can not be otherwise convinced that the Government did not know all along the state of the Institution.The PDM finds it troubling that the Cabinet Minute said for the first time a report of this nature was prepared and presented. This is an indictment on this Government and this ought to have never been the case.  Healthcare is the largest expenditure in our country’s Budget and the Minister of Finance whose portfolio includes NHIP and the Premier as Minister of Health would wish for our people to believe that they did not know.  If they did not know, they did not care to know and was negligent and asleep on the job.“The management of a health system is a life or death issue and this Plan is a part of a major expenditure item that is bleeding this country. The people of this country must ask what is this critical funding towards and whether patient care is in jeopardy? What the people need to know who we owe and if $6.1m is critical, then are there other amounts that may be less critical but outstanding in payment? With the Cabinet only able to approve $2m where does that leave our patients and their care?” says Party Leader.  She continued, “Last year, I was reported in one of our local papers saying that there was a cover up and I remain steadfast in this stance. We now need to know what else is to be uncovered?”The PDM believes that both the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Health/the Premier has failed us as a people in many ways but this one is absolutely reckless and irresponsible and we find it more alarming that they are continuing to offer themselves as candidates in this upcoming election but so is the immediate past Chairman of the Board, Mr Mark Fulford who also had direct management of the Board and ought also to have known. These three gentlemen should be rejected at the Polls.Our Party Leader has consistently called for an investigation into healthcare generally and NHIB specifically and as recent as a few weeks ago.  Having brought a Motion which was successful in its passage, this Government has done nothing more than cover up the true picture and stifled the agreed Resolution passed for an investigation into healthcare.  We note that there is a call by the current Government now for an investigation by the end of January next year but we demand an investigation immediately.Our Party’s Leader has written to the Governor to this effect and we expect that the investigation will take priority given the amount of monies involved and the veil of secrecy as to its true state.  The Staff at NHIB must be congratulated for its stance as it seem to have yielded this important disclosure.The PDM believes that the Minister of Finance and the Premier should resign even before the Polling Day.  They cannot in good conscience think that they are serving our people well.We will address this issue head on and bring the much needed reform. We maintain, as we have always said, that the PNP has no moral authority to do so. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Lincicome wins Pure SilkBahamas LPGA Classic

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Nassau – Florida native Brittany Lincicome, 32, walked away with the Sixth Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic title on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the world-famous Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.  It was Lincicome’s second victory in the $1.4 million Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic held January 25 to 28, 2018.  Despite a slow start in the opening round, Lincicome won outright, beating Wei-Ling Hsu by two strokes, and Amy Yang and world No. 1 Shanshan Feng by three.  The Ministry of Tourism is a major sponsor of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, a women’s professional golf tournament in The Bahamas on the LPGA Tour that debuted in May 2013.Linicome is pictured with her portion of the financial winnings next to the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation.  In group photo, from left: Virginia Kelly, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation; the Hon Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation; Brittany Lincicome; Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Angelika Cartwright, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.(BIS Photos/Kemuel Sturrup)Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation donates 250000 to Dehesa School Board

first_img June 13, 2018 Updated: 10:28 PM Posted: June 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Dehesa School Board received a generous donation Wednesday from a Mission Indian tribe.A whopping $250,000 was donated to the school by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.This comes after the Dehesa School Board provided the tribe with facilities they needed, but lacked the funding for.So the tribe returned the favor.The tribe and district have partnered for decades on several different initiatives as most tribal members have attended the school. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation donates $250,000 to Dehesa School Board KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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With Perfume on EVM Button TMC Workers Smell Voters Fingers to Crosscheck

first_imgNew Delhi: The battle between the BJP’s ‘kamal’ (lotus) and the TMC’s ghas phool (grass flowers) in Bengal’s electoral battle has entered a different sensory realm. With perfume on TMC’s EVM button, the party’s workers were standing at a ‘safe’ distance to ensure that votes were polled in their direction, said reports.The polls in Bengal have seen sporadic clashes, allegations of rigging and booth capture. In Birbhum district, two constituencies Bolpur and Birbhum are voting. As per a report published in Bengal daily Anandabazar Patrika, the TMC had found a novel method of voter intimidation. The report claimed that the local TMC leadership had sprayed ‘ittar’ (perfume) on the EVM button for the party. It quoted sources as saying that “if you vote for TMC, the smell stays on your finger”.It alleged that after casting their ballot, voters and their fingers would then be “scrutinised” by TMC workers who would be standing at a distance of about 200 meters. The report added that several such complaints had been registered by those “whose fingers didn’t smell of perfume”.“When a political party like the Trinamool knows that it has been rejected by voters, it resorts to every method known to subvert a free and fair poll,” said Shishir Bajoria, BJP leader and member of the party’s election management committee, while confirming the incident at Birbhum. A source in the party said, “Ye naya nahi hai. Purana khel hai (This isn’t new. This has happened before).”However, the ruling party has denied the allegations.Earlier, on her visit to Birbhum, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had asked her party’s district president Anubrata Mandal to be careful and, perhaps most importantly, “fight like a tiger”. The Election Commission, meanwhile, has kept the TMC leader under strict surveillance while the Lok Sabha seat goes to polls on Monday.Mandal is the president of Birbhum’s TMC unit and has been involved in a number of controversies. With him under lock and key and with no access to mobile phones, Birbhum saw clashes between the TMC and BJP supporters in Nanoor turning violent with nine people being injured. Birbhum’s BJP candidate Doodh Kumar Mondal is also reportedly under the EC scanner after he was seen using a mobile phone inside a booth.The TMC had won 87 percent of the gram panchayat seats uncontested in last year’s polls that were marred by violence. BJPLok Sabha elections 2019tmctrinamool congress First Published: April 29, 2019, 3:03 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Senguptalast_img read more

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EC Sends Fresh Notice to Adityanath For Remark Comparing SP Candidate to

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionsAdityanathelection commissionuttar pradesh First Published: May 2, 2019, 9:18 PM IST New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Thursday issued yet another notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath for violating the Model Code of Conduct. The firebrand BJP leader has been given 24 hours to explain his remarks in which he had described a Samajwadi party candidate as “Babur ki aulad” or “Babur’s child”.Adityanath made the comment at an election rally in UP’s Sambhal district on April 19. Referring to the SP candidate from Sambhal, Shafiq-ur-Rehman Burq, Adityanath had said, “What can be said about the SP… it fielded a candidate in Sambhal who claims to be the descendant of Babar, hesitates to garland the statue of Babasaheb, and does not recite the Vande Mataram.”Adityanath had made the comment immediately after resuming campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections upon his return from a 72-hour ban.The EC said Adityanath’s comment could “create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities” and along religious or linguistic lines. The poll body said that candidates should refrain from criticising other parties or workers “based on unverified allegations”.The EC said it had already earlier censured Adityanath for making communal speeches and had barred him for 72 hours from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, roadshows and interviews. The poll panel had earlier issued him a showcause notice for his “communal” remarks, where he had Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between ‘Ali’, a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman. last_img read more

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Kejriwal Sisodia Get Poll Panels Notices After BJP Complains of Violations

first_img aaparvind kejriwaldilip pandeymanoj tiwari First Published: May 6, 2019, 10:53 PM IST New Delhi: The Delhi poll panel issued notices on Monday to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on two separate matters following complaints against them for violating the Model Code of Conduct.BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari had complained to the Chief Electoral Officer, accusing Kejriwal of “intentionally insulting” his profession and the Poorvanchali community on Saturday. The CEO office had also received a complaint against Sisodia from BJP’s Girish Sachdeva, claiming the Aam Aadmi Party was issuing letters, asking voters to vote for the party by highlighting the achievements of the government, which was a violation of the poll code.Following the complaints, the Delhi poll panel issued the notices, seeking Kejriwal and Sisodia’s reply by Tuesday noon, officials said.An official of the poll body said they have asked Sisodia whether such letters have been issued.At a public meeting in support of AAP’s North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey last week, Kejriwal had said, “Manoj Tiwari dances really well. Pandey does not know how to dance. Pandey knows how to work. Vote for the person who works and not the one who is a dancer. The dancer won’t be of any use to you.”In the complaint, Tiwari, an actor-singer and also the BJP’s North East Delhi nominee, had said, “My profession is not immoral and illegal and that people of our country feel proud that being a professional, I am serving the masses and representing Poorvanchali people living in Delhi.” last_img read more

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