J-K govt launches “100 Dreams” project in Rajouri

first_img(Eds: Changes in headline)Jammu, Aug 20 (PTI) The Rajouri district administration has initiated a project to provide education and skill development opportunities to children of safai karamcharis working for the local municipal committee.They would also be provided career guidance under the Project 100 Dreams.Under it 112 children of safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) of the Rajouri Municipal Committee will be provided educational assistance, financial support and all pre- requisites for career development, District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said in a press note here this evening.Employment avenues will also be explored under the project, he said, adding that the administration is concentrating on career development of marginalised sections.A number of initiatives have been taken in this regard for students of Nari Niketan, Bal Asharam, Pahari and Tribal Girls hostels, the officer said.The district administration has shortlisted the 112 children, including 57 girls, aged between 4 to 18 years, for the project, he said.Of the total 23 children are in nursery and kindergarten, 14 in class 1, 11 in class 2, 13 in class 3, 10 in class 4, four in in class 5, five in in class 6, four in in class 7, six each in classes 8 and 9, eight in in class 10 and one each in in classes 11 and 12, and six are drop-outs, the officer said.These children would be provided scholarships, tuition for various subjects, insurance cover, pension for their parents, training in self-defence, uniform, school bags, sports material, books, stationery and other items, Choudhary said.Specialised skill development courses, computer certificate courses, vocational training, career counselling and specially designed courses, including spoken English would be provided as part of the project, he said.advertisementThe officer said special focus is laid on girl students and that additional facilities will be provided to them.The project also includes exposure visits, distance education, interaction through video-conference, extra- curricular activities among other components.It also includes a special module of health care and fitness, he said.Choudhary said a committee headed by deputy district commissioner would implement the project which is beginning next month and will be an annual scheme.PTI TAS AB ANB ANBlast_img read more

Eagles Lasso The Cowboys, 33-10

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — LeSean McCoy said beating Dallas with the NFC East lead on the line felt a lot like last year, when Philadelphia wrapped up a playoff berth in the Cowboys’ $1.2 billion stadium.There’s one big difference for the Eagles, though: They might have to do it again in a rematch on their home field next month to make sure they get back to the postseason.McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Mark Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Philadelphia defense took advantage of a ragged Tony Romo in a 33-10 victory on Nov. 27.“This is only the first half,” linebacker Connor Barwin said. “We have them again in two weeks and we need to back it up again. The same way we did today, if not even better.”The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including the Dec. 14 rematch.“We’re not into statements,” Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly said. “We’ve given ourselves the opportunity to play meaningful football in December, and in this league, every week is a whole different deal, a whole different animal.”McCoy, who led the NFL with 1,604 yards rushing last season, had his fourth 100-yard game in the past seven after going without one through the first five weeks. He secured his fourth 1,000-yard season since 2010, and the Eagles improved to 6-0 on Thanksgiving.Although his deficit to Dallas’ DeMarco Murray in the rushing race is probably insurmountable, McCoy outgained Murray, who was held under 100 yards for just the second time this season.Murray finished with 73 yards and Dallas’ only touchdown on 20 carries, the last a 6-yard loss when he was dropped by Mychal Kendricks on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter.“I don’t really compare myself,” said McCoy, who had a season-high 25 carries. “I just try to be me. I don’t really get into that whole, especially during the season, who’s this, who’s that thing. In the big picture, we’re trying to win games.”(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Road Rash in Moto2: Rider applies rival’s brakes at 225kmph, gets 2-race ban

first_imgItalian Moto2 rider Romano Fenati was banned for two races after leaning over on the straight and grabbing the brake lever on rival Stefano Manzi’s bike following an earlier clash in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.He was dumped by his Moto2 team on Monday, and was also set to lose a 2019 MV Agusta deal.The Marinelli Snipers team announced they had terminated the 22-year-old’s contract on account of “his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all.””With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way,” the team added.The boss of Italian bike maker MV Agusta also vowed to scrap a contract for 2019.FIM MotoGP Stewards ??Black flag Romano Fenati for irresponsible riding ??#Moto2 #SanMarinoGP pic.twitter.com/sTqv6nhZerMotoGP?????? (@MotoGP) September 9, 2018Stewards ruled he had “deliberately attempted to cause danger to another rider by interfering with his machine whilst on track”.Fenati was immediately shown the black flag, disqualifying him from the race, but Crutchlow felt the rider had got off lightly.”I think he should never race a motorcycle again,” Crutchlow told reporters. “He should have walked back to the garage and his team should have just kicked him straight out the back.””This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race. True sportsmen would never act this way,” MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni told his 565,000 followers on Instagram.advertisement”If I would be (MotoGP promoters) Dorna I would ban him from world racing.”Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company true values,” added Castiglioni.Fenati, who also caused headlines in 2015 when he was penalised for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Moto3 warm-up in Argentina, had been due to join MV Agusta’s new Moto2 project next season.Moto2, previously the 250cc category, is a feeder series one rung below the main MotoGP class.The MV Agusta project is in partnership with Forward Racing, whose rider Stefano Manzi was on the receiving end of Fenati’s actions.It was Italian Andrea Dovizioso who won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ducatiwhile reigning world champion Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points.Local favourite Valentino Rossi managed only a distant seventh for Yamaha and lost second place overall to Dovizioso who now has 154 points to Spaniard Marquez’s 221 with six races remaining. Rossi has 151.Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, who had started on pole position at the Marco Simoncelli circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast, crashed out on the penultimate lap while heading for a Ducati one-two finish.That lifted Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, whose home race at Silverstone last month was cancelled due to heavy rain and drainage problems, to third as the leading non-factory finisher on an LCR-Honda.”We did everything perfectly,” said Dovizioso, who had started in fourth place and was leading after six laps. His winning margin was 2.822 seconds.”That was the only way to win today because Jorge was very strong and beating Marc was very difficult,” added the Italian.The win was Dovizioso’s first at Misano and third of the season as well as his team’s third in a row. Lorenzo had won in Austria while his team mate triumphed in the Czech Republic before that.Lorenzo and Marquez had a lively battle for second place while closing in on Dovizioso but that ended when the polesitter slid out at turn eight.”It was so difficult,” said Marquez, who made the point that Ducati had tested at Misano while Honda had not. “When I saw that Dovi was so strong today my target was to finish second and to lose only five points.”I’m disappointed that Jorge crashed but we were both pushing a lot because Dovi was there in front.”Australian Jack Miller, who had lined up in second place at the start on a non-factory Pramac Ducati, also crashed out early on while fourth.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Sane shines as Man City hit five

first_imgManchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0: Guardiola’s men sink strugglers to go top Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 00:01 24/9/2017 RaheemSterlingLeroySane - cropped Getty Images Raheem Sterling’s second-half brace and goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph gave Manchester City their latest big win. Free-scoring Manchester City added to Crystal Palace’s mounting misery with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, a result that sent Pep Guardiola’s men top of the Premier League.Palace are the only team without a goal in Europe’s five major divisions this season after a sixth straight top-flight defeat, and the scale of the task facing the recently appointed Roy Hodgson is thrown into a stark light by a fixture list that places Manchester United and Chelsea next on their agenda.Contrary to the final scoreline, Hodgson’s men acquitted themselves well in the first half and should have led through Ruben Loftus-Cheek before a splendid opener from Leroy Sane arrived a minute before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Raheem Sterling’s quickfire second-half brace put the result beyond any semblance of doubt and an overworked Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal was unable to keep out Sergio Aguero’s 79th-minute header from Sane’s cross.The goal moved Aguero to within one strike of Eric Brook’s all-time club scoring record of 177 and an excellent fifth from substitute Fabian Delph extended the goal-difference advantage Guardiola’s side enjoy over Manchester United at the summit to four.How many more goals ’til you’re the Club’s all-time record goalscorer, @aguerosergiokun? pic.twitter.com/IkLyHwWoLy— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 23, 2017Despite the array of City attacking talent on the field, they almost opened the scoring courtesy of a Palace defender in the seventh minute when Mamadou Sakho headed Kevin De Bruyne’s testing cross against his own post.Guardiola’s men were not operating with the pleasing fluency of their recent outings but should have led in the 12th minute, with Fernandinho blasting straight at Hennessey after Nicolas Otamendi’s attempt from a right-wing corner dropped to him seven yards out.Hennessey was operating behind an amply stocked defence, well drilled by Hodgson, whose team nearly led in the 19th minute.Loftus-Cheek let fly from the edge of the area and his shot clipped a lunging Otamendi before bouncing clear off Ederson’s right-hand post.The Chelsea loanee then spurned a glorious chance on the end of Andros Townsend’s deflected cross and an uncomfortable period for City was compounded by left-back Benjamin Mendy limping off with a knee injury.Aguero lifted over left-footed when Sane presented him with the chance to score his 176th goal for the club before the Germany international took matters majestically into his own hands, touching David Silva’s chipped return pass over Scott Dann and slotting home on the half volley.Sane turned provider six minute into the second period, Silva sliding a pass down the left channel for him to send over a low cross and hand Sterling a simple finish.The England winger should have doubled his tally when he blasted into the side-netting shortly afterwards and Aguero shot too close to Hennessey at the end of a solo run.Those two players combined to make it 3-0 before the hour – Aguero knocking De Bruyne’s raking ball back across goal for Sterling to convert.5 – Raheem Sterling has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games, as many as he’d scored in his previous 31. Form. pic.twitter.com/gEjLwh2ZNp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017Palace were rocking and Aguero released Sane into the box, where Hennessey stood firm despite his earlier protection having evaporated.Guardiola remonstrated extensively after a Sane penalty claim fell on deaf ears with 15 minutes to play, but it was his slumped counterpart in the opposite dugout who could reflect on more genuine reasons for anguish by the time Aguero got in on the act.Hodgson handed Delph his England debut in 2014 but would rather not have seen a career that has stalled through fitness woes in Manchester dazzlingly spark a minute from time, as he cut inside and looped a right-footed shot into the top corner. Key Opta facts:- Crystal Palace are the first side in England’s top four tiers to lose their first six games of the season without scoring.- Palace are the only team in Europe’s big five divisions yet to score a league goal this season.- This is Manchester City’s best goal return after six league games (21).- City are the first side to score 5 or more goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn in 1958-59. read morelast_img read more

Why does county cricket always get the blame for England’s failings?

first_imgShare on Pinterest Australia sport ECB England cricket team Cricket Share on Messenger The last big ballyhoo in English cricket was after the team’s abject 2015 World Cup. Paul Downton lost his job as the managing director and Andrew Strauss took over with instructions to improve England’s limited-overs cricket before the 2019 tournament. Concurrently, the board was concocting plans to bring in a new T20 league. It’s been designed to address two other long-standing criticisms of the way it has run the sport, which were that having invented T20, the ECB’s version of it had long since been overtaken by others around the world and that youth interest and participation in the sport had dropped off a cliff while it was stuck behind Sky’s paywall.Most of the key decisions since have been made to serve those ends. Trevor Bayliss was hired, in the large part, because he had such a strong record as a limited-overs coach. Then, the number of County Championship matches was cut and the schedules rearranged so teams could play limited-overs cricket on hard, fresh pitches at the height of summer, the one-day final could take centre stage again, and the players would have to do less chopping and changing between formats.Problem being that when the ECB shifted one piece of this jigsaw into place it left a muddle in the other corner. The championship has been marginalised, shunted into the far ends of the season, when conditions are more likely to suit the very kind of bowling that suffered in Australia, and at domestic level, the counties and their players are being encouraged to prioritise limited-overs cricket.So the ECB has over-corrected, and ended up off course in the other direction. But then, you would need to be a hell of a plate spinner to come up with a system that serves the national team in all three formats, keeps the counties solvent, satisfies diehard fans and seduces a new audience too. The ECB would do well to find a chaplain to blame. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics Ashes 2017-18 Steven Finn Read more Melbourne miracle of 1998 shows ‘dead-rubber’ fourth Ashes Tests do mattercenter_img Dexter had a rare flair for the form, though. These days (if not always) a lot of the explanations, excuses and arguments about what went wrong are starting to sound tired and familiar. As if English cricket was turning circles while it tries to find the way ahead. On the one hand there are the pundits offering old bromides about a weak county game that fails to produce the particular cricketers the national team needs, and on the other, there are county fans who bounce the blame back on to the ECB’s mismanagement of the sport and their coaching set-up at junior and elite levels.This winter the focus is on fast bowlers, because England’s batsmen have been skinned by three of them. Steven Finn touched on the issues when he was doing some charity work for Chance to Shine last week. He picked out the pitches, which are “a bit of a pancake because people are scared of losing games”, and the workload, “when you play 12 months a year it can suck the pace out of you”, but defended the ECB’s national performance centre in Loughborough, where the coaches cannot seem to decide whether they should be teaching quick bowlers to stay fit or get fast.The telling detail was what Finn had to say about the ECB’s recent changes to the playing conditions. Last winter it was not the lack of quick bowlers everyone was worrying about but the shortage of spinners, because England had been thrashed in India. The ECB had taken a step to fix exactly that problem earlier in the year, when they decided that in the championship visiting captains would have the choice of whether or not to bowl first. This was supposed to encourage counties to produce pitches that would bring spinners into the game as it wore on. And it worked.The flip side, Finn explained, is that “we are trying to develop spinners in this country with the toss rules and not making pitches biased towards fast bowlers but I do think the slowness of the wickets discourages people from bowling fast.” Point being that in the attempt to fix one problem, the ECB has exacerbated another. Which is a pattern it is repeating on a larger scale. Steve Smith edges closer to Bradman with new ICC rankings high Sportblog comment Share via Email Read more Ian Botham Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A stock of explanations and excuses is a valuable bit of any cricketer’s kit and should be kept ready, stashed by bat, box and pads. “The sun was in my eyes. I couldn’t pick it up in this light. My foot slipped. Somebody was moving behind the sightscreen.”England, who, after all, have had no shortage of practice at this, have used some particularly ripe examples over the years. Ian Botham blamed the rain that ruined their chances in a group match against Pakistan at the 1992 World Cup on the team chaplain, Andrew Wingfield Digby “You’re useless, you are,” Botham told him, “It’s not surprising there’s a worldwide movement in favour of Islam.”That was when Ted Dexter was the chair of selectors. Dexter, who once explained away his late arrival for pre-season at Sussex by saying “I was fascinated by an adorable girl”, had a fine line in alibis himself. When England were thrashed in Caluctta in 1993, he announced he was going “to commission a report into pollution levels in Indian cities” (India’s environment minister replied that Dexter should “commission a report into the effect of pollution levels on the trajectories of India’s spinners” instead). And when England lost the Ashes in 1989 Dexter offered the deathless: “Venus may be in the wrong juxtaposition to somewhere else.” Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ashes: Craig Overton replaces Chris Woakes for England in fourth Test

first_imgnews Old Trafford and the Ashes stir great memories – plus one of leaving early The Ashes Share on LinkedIn England have made one change to their side for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford with Craig Overton coming into the side in place of Chris Woakes.The Somerset paceman was drafted into the squad following confirmation that James Anderson would not be able to return in the series due to a calf injury and is brought straight into the team.England captain Joe Root also confirmed the expected switch of positions for Joe Denly and Jason Roy, with the latter moving down to bat at No 4 after struggling as an opener in the series so far. “Jason is a high-quality player, we all know that, and he might be better suited at four,” said Root. “I think to play in an Ashes series is very exciting and he was extremely excited to get the chance to open the batting but I think that he might be better suited for the middle order on the evidence we have seen over the last three games. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport “It’s a great opportunity for him to make it his own and we have seen him play enough international cricket to know what he can do when he gets himself in so hopefully batting lower down allows him to do that. Joe has played some good cricket throughout the summer, he has got himself in and he was very good in that second innings [at Headingley]. It’s a great opportunity for him to get us off to a good start with Rory [Burns].”Steve Smith has returned to Australia’s squad after being forced to miss out at Headingley following the concussion he suffered when hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s. Root is looking forward to seeing the pair go head-to-head again.“For everyone watching I’m sure it will be an exciting contest between two world class players,” he added. “What that Headingley win has done is make this a very special week this week and a great opportunity for us to build on what was a great win and carry that forward. I thought the way we performed in that second innings was more what we are about as a team and as a batting group. It’s a great opportunity for us to do that in the first innings this time around.” Ashes 2019 Share on Messenger England cricket team Cricket Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Australia cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Transfer latest: Lindelof set for crunch Mourinho talks

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Lindelof set for crunch Mourinho talks over his future Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:08 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Victor Lindelof Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Lindelof wants future cleared up by MourinhoVictor Lindelof hopes to have a discussion with Jose Mourinho over his future with Manchester United, The Sun reports.The Swede has made just 10 appearances in the Premier League since joining the Red Devils from Benfica in the summer and has not played in the top flight since January 1. AdChoices广告And with no sign of his return to the first-team, the £31 million signing wants to have a talk with his coach to decide if he should remain in Manchester much longer. 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 Kroos is Man Utd’s top targetToni Kroos, Real Madrid, 17/18Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos is Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s leading summer midfield transfer target, reports The Independent .Mourinho has confirmed he is in the market to sign a new midfielder at the end of the season, with Michael Carrick due to retire.Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl is one option, but Mourinho’s main target is Kroos, with the Germany international not being considered as a replacement for Paul Pogba.Milan line up €25m Dzeko moveEdin Dzeko RomaAC Milan are lining up a €25 million summer move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko as they search for a prolific goalscorer, reports Tuttosport. Dzeko was wanted by Chelsea during the January transfer window, but a deal failed to be agreed and the former Manchester City man remained in Rome.However, Milan are set to make a push for the Bosnian at the end of the season and are also interested in Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus. Bailey to make Man Utd and Arsenal waitLeon Bailey, Bayer Leverkusen, 17/18Bayer Leverkusen striker Leon Bailey has indicated that he is prepared to make his long list of suitors wait, as he is not willing to depart before he has developed sufficiently.The 20-year-old attacker moved from Genk to Leverkusen for €13.5 million in January 2017 and is under contract with the Bundesliga outfit until 2022. His outstanding form this season has seen him net nine times in 20 outings and attract attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Milan, Manchester United and Arsenal among the teams leading the chase to sign him. Read the full story on Goal! Courtois unsure on future amid Real Madrid linksThibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois has revealed that he does not know if he will leave Chelsea this summer amid links with Real Madrid.Goal understands that Real have prioritised the purchase of a goalkeeper in the next transfer window, with Courtois one of a number of targets, including Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Manchester United’s David De Gea .Recent reports have suggested that Real believe Courtois will be easier to extract from the Blues than De Gea from United.Read the full story on Goal! ‘Icardi suits Inter better than Man Utd’Mauro Icardi InterInter boss Luciano Spalletti has advised Mauro Icardi to forget the interest in his services coming from elsewhere and to commit himself to the San Siro side. Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, who has scored 18 goals so far this season in just 22 league appearances.Read the full story on Goal! Juve interested in Man Utd’s DarmianMatteo Darmian Manchester UnitedJuventus are interested in securing the signing of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian.The Serie A giants are keen to replace 34-year-old defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is set to leave the club when his contract expires this summer.Darmian has also been the subject of interest from Napoli and Roma, but Mourinho has so far resisted his sale – valuing him as a useful squad member.Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea to battle Bayern for PulisicChristian Pulisic Borussia DortmundChelsea have identified Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic as a summer target, but face competition from Bayern Munich, reports the Daily Mail. Dortmund are reluctatnt to sell the 19-year-old, but the winger could spark a bidding war this summer among several of Europe’s biggest sides. Bayern want Pulisic to help replace the aging Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, while Chelsea are looking for cover in case Willian and/or Eden Hazard leave the club. Kroos key to De Gea moveDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedNot only is Toni Kroos reportedly Jose Mourinho’s top midfield target, but he also holds the key to David de Gea securing his move to Real Madrid, claims Don Balon .Madrid are in the market for a new goalkeeper in the summer and Manchester United No.1 De Gea has long been linked with a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.But, with United reluctant to sell, De Gea has reportedly told Madrid president Florentino Perez that letting Kroos move to Old Trafford will persuade the Spanish keeper’s current club to do business.Juventus still eye North Korean teenHan Kwang-SongJuventus are still determined to land North Korean forward Han Kwang-Song from Cagliari, Calciomercato  explains.The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Perugia and impressed Juventus scouts, but is now back in Serie A with Cagliari.Han, capped twice for his country, is expected to be a big star in Italy and Juve are hoping to lure him to Turin in the summer.De Vrij wants to join Man UtdStefan de Vrij, SS Lazio, Serie A 09202017Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij wants to join Manchester United this summer, according to the Mirror . The Netherlands international has already confirmed his intent to leave Lazio this summer when his contract expires, and has drawn interest from several Premier League sides. But the 26-year-old reportedly favours a move to Old Trafford, and Lazio believe that negotiations between the Red Devils and De Vrij over a contract have already taken place. Liverpool interested in NavasKeylor Navas Real MadridLiverpool have expressed an interest in signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, claims D iario Gol. The report states that the Costa Rican has never been a favourite of Madrid president Florentino Perez, with the Blancos hoping to sign David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois this summer. The Reds could be interested in signing the 31-year-old but initially appear willing to only bid as high as €20 million, which is far too low for Madrid’s taste. PSG not planning Rojo moveMarcos Rojo Manchester UnitedParis Saint-Germain are not currently planning a summer move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, reports ESPN FC. The Argentine has been linked with a move to Parc des Princes, but the Ligue 1 leaders are not interested in the 27-year-old at present time. Spurs chase DiawaraAmadou Diawara Manchester City Napoli Champions LeagueTottenham Hotspur are on the trail of Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, reports TuttoMercatoWeb .Diawara’s agent has recently claimed that there is Premier League interest in the 20-year-old, with Everton previously having been linked with a bid.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, though, has made Diawara a leading target and is reportedly ready to offer in the region of £33 million.Real Madrid move of no interest to SanchezDavinson Sanchez, TottenhamDavinson Sanchez is giving no thought to future moves away from Tottenham, with Real Madrid of no interest at this stage.Sanchez has produced a number of composed performances in the Premier League and Champions League for Spurs, sparking speculation that he could be targeted by Real at some stage.The youngster is, however, feeling settled at Tottenham – having already snubbed Barcelona – telling Fox Sports Radio Colombia : “I do not think about money or where it is.”Read the full story on Goal! ‘Alexis moved to play Champions League’Alexis Sanchez Manchester UnitedAlexis Sanchez’s frustration at Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League last season was central to his decision to join Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho.Chile forward Sanchez completed his move to Old Trafford last month in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners.Mourinho described the former Barcelona star as a player United “needed” and believes the 29-year-old’s desire to play in Europe’s premier competition was the motivating fact for his move.Read the full story on Goal! De Vrij ready to leave his ‘comfort zone’HD De VrijStefan de Vrij is ready to step out of his “comfort zone” at Lazio after offering Manchester United and Liverpool hope of securing his signature.The Dutch defender has been unable to agree a new contract in Italy and as a result will drop into the free agent pool this summer.Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for some time, and De Vrij is ready to take on a new challenge.Read the full story on Goal! Romeu would snub Barcelona returnOriol Romeu, Southampton, 17/18Oriol Romeu claims he would snub a return to Barcelona in favour of regular football at Premier League relegation-threatened SouthamptonThe 26-year-old is a product of the famed La Masia academy system, but he made just two first-team appearances for Barca before moving to England to link up with Chelsea.His efforts since then have taken him to Southampton and sparked talk of a potential second stint at Camp Nou , but Romeu insists he is happy at St Mary’s and unaware of any interest from afar.Read the full story on Goal! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for India vs Afghanistan

first_img India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 20:37 IST Team India have so far been able to put on complete performances in each of their three games (Reuters Photo)With three wins in four matches (including a no result), Team India will be looking to come out with yet another commanding performance and continue their winning run in the ongoing World Cup when they take on Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl here on Saturday.Team India have so far been able to put on complete performances in each of their three games against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. While the top-order has consistently given good starts, the bowlers, aided by some brilliant fielding, have backed it up with disciplined performance.If India bats first at the Ageas Bowl, Virat Kohli’s team will likely be targeting Afghanistan for the biggest total of the tournament so far. That honor currently belongs to England which smashed Afghanistan for 397-6 on Tuesday. India can also boost its net run rate, a potential tiebreaker if it stumbles later on.Afghanistan has lost all five games so far but shown signs of improvement, including against England where it used all 50 overs for the first time this tournament. It still lost by 150 runs, thanks mostly to England captain Eoin Morgan’s 71-ball 148 and an ODI record 17 sixes into the crowd at Old Trafford.Dream XI Fantasy Tips: India vs AfghanistanBatsmenPicking Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the playing XI should be a no-brainer for fans as both have been in superb form. Rohit in particular, has been the best batsman in the Indian team so far with 319 runs from three matches and is fifth on the list of highest run-getters in the tournament. Kohli too has been averaging over 59 with two half-centuries so far.advertisementWhen it comes to picking Indian batsmen, these 2 should be your top choices followed by KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who doubles up as the all-rounder as well. On the other hand, Afghanistan have been below par with both bat and ball and the sloppy fieldwork has also not helped their cause. Hashmatullah Shahidi has been their best batsman so far with 165 runs so he would be a good pick from the other side.BowlersIndia will be going in with three fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Mohammad Shami. The injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar will give Shami the opportunity to shine for the next few games after he warmed the bench for the first three.Bumrah, the world’s top-ranked ODI paceman has five wickets so far in three completed games for India and walks in to any dream XI side for sure. Rashid Khan, after getting thrashed in the previous game, would be looking to bounce back so picking him in the side could be a gamble which can pay off handsomely if he performs to his potential. Kuldeep Yadav was on fire against Pakistan so he gets the preference over Yuzvendra Chahal.All-roundersHardik Pandya doubles up as the pinch-hitter in the death overs and is a good wicket-taking option in the middle overs with the ball. He can walk into any side just through his batting talent and the form he is in right now.Gulbadin Naib as the second all-rounder can be a good option as well. He has picked five wickets so far in five matches and scored 100 runs at 20.00.Wicket-keeperThere shouldn’t be any confusion in this department as MS Dhoni wins the contest hands down against any wicket-keeper in the world. He has the fastest hands in the business along with a shrewd cricketing brain, makes him an invaluable asset in any cricketing side.Dream XI Team for India vs AfghanistanRohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Gulbadin Naib, MS Dhoni, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavAfghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil.Also Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh backs Vijay Shankar ahead of Rishabh Pant for Afghanistan matchAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019, Weather Update: Will rain play spoilsport in Southampton?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs Afghanistan dram 11 predictionFollow Dream11 Captain predictionFollow Dream11 Vice Captain PredictionFollow Dream11 Playing XI PredictionFollow India vs AfghanistanFollow World Cup 2019 Next Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for India vs AfghanistanDream11 Prediction: India vs Afghanistan Captain and Vice Captain Prediction: The scoreboard may need as much preparation and care as the wicket ahead of Saturday’s anticipated run-fest when India seeks to follow title rival England by thumping Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

A Visit with the Indigenous Broran Community of Costa Rica (Photos)

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Matt Payne/The ManualMore threatening to the community than the loss of language, however, is the fact that the Costa Rican government hopes to place a dam on the Térraba River. While great for many coastal and mountain communities in terms of energy, it will be the end of the Broran’s centuries old residency in the magical rainforest.Due to the varying forms of encroachment and exodus, Bolmar and Asdrubal, along with many other Broran, are turning to tourism to share the Broran culture with people from around the world — and to bring their youth back to their native community. Greenspot Travel is just one of several travel companies that the Broran are working with to raise awareness of the Costa Rican indigenous experience.Greenspot Travel prides itself on creating experiences with a purpose. Eco-minded, high-end vacations in Central America have long been this company’s heart and soul, but more recently they have begun to incorporate indigenous visits into what are already world-class destinations in order to highlight a more meaningful understanding of nature.  Most trips feature lodging in eco-lodges owned and operated by the representative indigenous community. Meals are locally sourced and often prepared and eaten in the homes of those native to the area. Among these exerperiences, which extend into Panama’s San Blas Islands and throughout Central America, is a sojourn to the Térraba and the Broran.Matt Payne/The ManualIt is one thing to visit a rainforest, but it is another thing entirely to venture into a rainforest with an individual whose life and the rainforest are linked. Experiencing such a place with those indigenous to the terrain allows adventure seekers to engage with the rainforest in a more intense and intimate matter. The experience goes from being one of observation to one of participation, and in this participation, one leaves with a sense of connectivity that can be acquired no other way than with those who call it home.Upon our return, Asdrubal hands me a cup of cacao that has been boiling since we set off on our pharmaceutical adventure. Bolmar had picked leaves from nine different plants in our 20-minute walk. We’d seen fiery-billed aracari (think Toucan Sam), blue-crested motmots, and Cherrie’s tanagers. Bolmar gives the leaves to his mother, who takes them into the open-air kitchen. She will turn them into a paste and then cook them in pig fat until it turns into a salve that they assure me will cure my ailments.Matt Payne/The ManualWe sip our cacao and Bolmar tells me about the masks he carves. The animalistic renderings were originally designed to scare the Spanish out during their occupation a half-millennia ago.Once again, the land is threatened. Where medicine can be made in moments might soon be a lake. Where now is tradition and reverence, one day might just be another guy with a cell phone wondering what’s wrong with the world. As my lungs open from the medicine I’ve rubbed on my chest, I listen again to the music of the rainforest. It sounds not just beautiful, but important. Editors’ Recommendations 6. Matt Payne/The Manual What is Biodynamic Wine? A Quick and Easy Guide to the Buzzyworthy Trend Allbirds and Just Water Collaborate on Sneakers to Save the Amazon Rainforest center_img How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The modest, rural house sits on the edge of the rainforest high in the mountains in the Térraba region of Costa Rica. The afternoon shower has passed and in the distance, above the hum and buzz and the dripping of rainwater onto thick leaves, I can hear the roosters and Brahman cattle of a neighboring farm. The sound is electrifying. Alive.Over an open fire in the kitchen adjacent to the porch where I sit, cacao boils slowly, turning into what will soon be a chocolate-y beverage. Earlier in the day, as part of my visit to the area, I’d had a hand in harvesting and roasting the beans used to make the drink.Daunting masks of powerful animals are spread out on a table alongside well-worn carving tools. The masks are part an annual ceremony performed by the Broran, an indigenous community that has lived in this region of Costa Rica for centuries. I’ve come to visit the Broran and experience the rainforest through the eyes of those whose lives are intertwined with it. It is something I’ve looked forward to for months but, unfortunately, I also have a terrible cough … Matt Payne/The Manual“Tos?” asks Bolmar, a powerful man and the artist of the ceremonial masks. He pantomimes a cough to clarify. Bolmar and his brother, Yuba, have begun hosting tourists to share their people’s traditions. They’ve been showing me around all afternoon.“Sí,” I say.“I will make better,” he says. “Come with me.”With that, we set off into the rainforest. Bolmar moves through the dense foliage as though he is a part of it, with me clunking and coughing behind. He stops at a plant, plucks a leaf, takes in its scent, then tosses it on the ground and pulls another. He smells the little stem again, only it is not just a little sniff. It is as if he is breathing in its essence — the lineage of the plant from the beginning of time. Then he smiles.Matt Payne/The Manual“Very good.” He cuts two more leaves and puts them in a satchel.“Come,” he says with another smile. “There is more …”He stops again, plucking another leaf, this one more frazzled looking and closer to the ground. Most of the Broran converted to Catholicism after the Spanish occupation of Costa Rica, but they largely consider themselves deeply spiritual people, their lives divinely woven with Mother Earth.  This ethereal connection is apparent as he contemplates yet another plant. “This is good,” he says again with more gust — and once again, we are off.The Térraba River is Costa Rica’s second longest waterway, emptying into the Pacific Ocean north of the Osa Peninsula. The Térraba (Teribe) region , located in the southeastern part of the country, is occupied by six indigenous communities, including the Broran. There are roughly 1,000 Broran living in the area and, despite having lived  the river valley for many centuries, their language and traditions are getting lost in an ever-evolving global culture of technology and urbanization. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Don’t Place Lewd Posters at Schools

first_img Director of the Safety and Security in Schools Programme, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, said persons continue to place posters with material that is appropriate for children, at and near schools. Organisers of entertainment events are being urged to desist from placing posters and billboards with lewd material on premises housing educational institutions.Director of the Safety and Security in Schools Programme, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, said persons continue to place posters with material that is not appropriate for children, at and near schools.He is calling for responsible use of the nation’s educational facilities.“Our schools must be places where our children can go for learning, and when they are not being used for teaching and learning, they are used for other activities that our communities can be proud of,” he said.ASP Minto was delivering the keynote address at the awards ceremony for the Youth Gambling Prevention All-Island Poster Competition held on Tuesday (July 11) at RISE Life Management Services’ downtown Kingston offices.As it relates to school safety and security, he informed that the Government has earmarked $100 million for the erection of fences at various institutions across the island.He said there has been a reduction of break-ins at schools, and urged communities to do more to protect institutions.The poster competition, organised by RISE Life, is part of activities aimed at preventing gambling among youth, and in particular school-age adolescents, by creating awareness of the dangers that underage gaming poses.It was sponsored by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and Supreme Ventures.The Kingston-based Denham Town Primary School dominated the competition, taking the first- and second-place cash prizes of $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, plus trophies, with Immaculate Conception High in St. Andrew receiving a trophy and $7,500 for placing third.Denham Town Primary School also placed fourth, eighth, and ninth and shared tenth place with Immaculate Conception High.RISE Life Management Services operates the only gambling prevention, treatment, research and responsible gaming programme in the Caribbean, which has been in existence for over 11 years.In order to gamble legally in Jamaica, persons must be 18 years and over. As it relates to school safety and security, he informed that the Government has earmarked $100 million for the erection of fences at various institutions across the island. Organisers of entertainment events are being urged to desist from placing posters and billboards with lewd material on premises housing educational institutions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

PM Says Government is Resolute That There Will Be No Mining in Cockpit Country

first_img Addressing residents and stakeholders, as well as a number of foreign diplomats, in Troy, Trelawny, on June 5, Mr. Holness emphasised that contrary to what has been heavily rumoured, there is no bauxite mining currently taking place in that area. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is resolute in its commitment that there will be no mining in the area to be designated the Cockpit Country Protected Area.Addressing residents and stakeholders, as well as a number of foreign diplomats, in Troy, Trelawny, on June 5, Mr. Holness emphasised that contrary to what has been heavily rumoured, there is no bauxite mining currently taking place in that area.The Prime Minister said he is also confident that there is enough consensus to have legislation enacted in Parliament, so the Cockpit Country (Designated) Protected Area will officially be tabled into law.“I called all the agencies with regulatory and management responsibility for the Cockpit lands and who participated in the designation and demarcation of the area, and I asked each and every one of them to go back and use their resources to ascertain and to confirm to me whether or not there is any instance of mining in the area designated to be protected as the Cockpit Country,” he noted.“All the agencies have come back to say that they know of no instance of mining in the areas designated to be protected as the Cockpit Country. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has released a statement in that regard… ; so too have the Water Resources Authority, the Jamaica Bauxite Institute, the Forestry Department and the Mines and Geology Division,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister said that while his first inclination at all times is to protect the environment, he is also cognisant that as the duly elected leader of the country, he must take all matters into consideration.He said it is against this background that he is currently reviewing other matters that have been raised as they relate to residents and other stakeholders and the delicate balancing act between the protected areas and the commercial areas of the Cockpit Country.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second left), places a permanent marker in the designated protected area of the Cockpit Country in Trelawny, on June 5. Looking on is Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (left), while European Union Ambassador, Malgorzata Wasilewska (third left), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Department, Marylin Headley, are assisting the Prime Minister. Story Highlights The Prime Minister said he is also confident that there is enough consensus to have legislation enacted in Parliament, so the Cockpit Country (Designated) Protected Area will officially be tabled into law.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is resolute in its commitment that there will be no mining in the area to be designated the Cockpit Country Protected Area. “I had a visit from the Member of Parliament (Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, Southern Trelawny), who raised many of the concerns that citizens, residents, farmers and environmentalists who are close to the situation within a particular section of the Cockpit Country would have,” Mr. Holness noted.The Prime Minister said those matters are now under review, and at some later stage he will make further pronouncements on them.“I have to ensure that the review is thorough and take into consideration all the scientific data and knowledge that exist and, of course, I have to pay attention to what the people want,” Mr. Holness said.“It is never a simple issue… . It is a complex one where we have to spend time to ensure that we get it right. However, at the end of the day, we will be able to come up with a sustainable solution,” he added.last_img read more

Changes to Act Makes Communities Stronger

first_imgNova Scotia took another important step towards stronger, safer communities today, Oct. 8, with the introduction of changes to the provincial Emergency Management Act. “There is no greater priority than the safety and well being of Nova Scotian families,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “Nova Scotia has a robust emergency management system; these updates will reinforce the system and how its parts work together.” The amendments update the act to reflect practices that ensure that provincial emergency response is co-ordinated at a high level. They document and enhance the existing provincial leadership structure for emergencies and the processes for the flow of information. “The Emergency Management Office and our partners never rest when it comes to preparing the province to respond to emergencies,” said Craig MacLaughlan, CEO and deputy head of EMO. “We are constantly evaluating and adapting to ensure Nova Scotians receive the prompt and effective response they deserve.” The executive emergency management committee and its members, role and mandate will be permanently added to the legislation. The legislation will clarify that the Emergency Management Act takes precedence over other provincial legislation for emergencies. The proposed amendments will help responding organizations communicate better before and during an emergency. The rules and ways information is shared about municipal states of readiness and major events will be formalized. The Emergency Management Office’s authority to make rules for municipalities’ duties, planning, evaluation and reporting for non-governmental essential service providers will be strengthened. Non-governmental agencies have the expertise to develop, train and exercise their internal business continuity plans. The Emergency Management Office works with these organizations to ensure plans align with the provincial emergency response. The proposed changes to the act provide the province with a means to compel a non-government entity to provide its plan if requested during a crisis. Changes to the act will also allow the province to impose greater penalties for emergency management legislation offences. Given the seriousness of such offences, the penalties will be significantly increased to up to $10,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations. Courts will also have the power to increase fines by the amount a person gained by committing the offence.last_img read more

Harris says pathologists that raised concerns about Waterford mortuary carried out an

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4616772 Short URL Image: Sam Boal May 2nd 2019, 2:24 PM All five of Fianna Fáil’s MEP candidates were present at today’s launch: Barry Andrews in Dublin; Brendan Smith and Anne Rabbitte in the Midlands North West; and Billy Kelleher and Malcolm Byrne in Ireland South.Kelleher said that the European elections and local elections running concurrently means that there’s a “difficulty in getting a strong debate” on issues in the EU and Europe, which Rabbitte agreed with strongly.When asked if he was concerned about the threat Peter Casey posed in taking Fianna Fáil’s support, Martin says he doesn’t think his party’s candidates will receive less support because of Casey, but said that people should be scrutinising what he says.On issues in Northern Ireland, Martin says “we should never weaponise the Irish language” and criticised both Sinn Féin and the DUP’s approach to Stormont negotiations to get an Assembly back up and running.Martin warned of the trepidation in relation to an EU army, saying that it’s constantly used to create a fear about Europe.How many times in the last 5 decades have we heard of the scare tactics of an EU army? It seems to be trotted out every time there is an election.In their manifesto, Fianna Fáil pledges to “fully maintain our neutrality status”, which has enabled Ireland to “play a leading role as independent peacekeepers across the globe”. But it adds:“Fianna Fáil is opposed to the creation of an Eu-wide army as it would breach out central principle of neutrality. Any role Ireland plays in European Defence Agency programmes should be guided by this core policy of maintaining our neutrality, underpinned by the triple lock mechanism.”Martin accused Sinn Féin of fermenting “an anti-EU agenda”, and being “soft on Russia” in relation to its military involvement in the Ukraine.Martin also took aim at Sinn Féin MEP candidate Matt Carthy, saying that a vote for him  would be a vote for Carthy as an MEP for a short time, as he’s expected to run as a TD in the next general election.With reporting by Christina Finn I think there’s a tendency to try to undermine people within our health system who try to raise serious issues, which I worry about. It’s not just on this issue, it’s on other issues. “There’s a certain culture of fear within our health system to speak out for fear that the system will be down on top of you very quickly and that’s something I don’t like.There are clearly issues with that mortuary in Waterford University Hospital, there’s no point trying to undermine the people articulating the issues on that, there’s ongoing correspondence on the issue. Image: Sam Boal Share64 Tweet Email1 18,126 Views Updated May 2nd 2019, 4:05 PM HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris said the four pathologists that raised concerns about the mortuary in University Hospital Waterford “carried out an important duty”. His comments come as Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin called out Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for stating on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the claims were true and that there was “no evidence” to support the allegations from those who made them. Martin said he was “surprised” by the Taoiseach’s comments, adding that they undermined the concerns raised by four pathologists.Dead bodies on trolleysLast week concerns were raised about dead bodies being left on trolleys in the corridors of the mortuary, leading to closed-coffin funerals, and exposing the public visiting hospitals “to the odours of a postmortem room”.But since the news broke last week, the South-South West Hospital Group and Waterford University Hospital said that it hadn’t received a complaint from the public or an incident report from staff members in relation to the mortuary.These concerns were first raised in an October letter signed by four consultant pathologists seen by the Waterford News and Star. Darren Skelton, the journalist who broke the story after receiving the letter anonymously following the refusal of his Freedom of Information request, published the letter on Twitter. Thursday 2 May 2019, 4:05 PMcenter_img Source: Gráinne Ní Aodha/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha 47 Comments Martin says “we should never weaponise the Irish language” and criticises both Sinn Féin and the DUP’s approach to Stormont negotiations in trying to get an Assembly back up and running. pic.twitter.com/vCZcIQe4uY— Gráinne Ní Aodha (@GAodha) May 2, 2019 Here is the letter, signed by the four pathologists who are as angry, and united today as they were when they wrote it. pic.twitter.com/7PoO9qLUqe— Darren Skelton (@Deisesupes) May 2, 2019 When asked about the issue today, and whether the Taoiseach’s comments would deter other health professionals from speaking out, Harris said the pathologists “carried out an important duty in coming forward and communicating their concerns to hospital management”.“Of course, they did that many months ago, obviously it arrived in the media many months later, but they had highlighted their concerns,” he said, adding that “there is no disagreement, there is a need for a new mortuary in Waterford.“I suppose we don’t know the details as to what happens in the mortuary on every single day, and that’s the point the Taoiseach was highlighting,” said the health minister. Taoiseach’s commentsWhen asked if it was wrong of the Taoiseach to speak out about the case before a review has been undertaken, Harris said “no, of course not”.“I think the Taoiseach, as is his trademark, was asked a question and he gave a very honest appraisal of the situation, that factually he didn’t have all of the evidence or all of the information,” said the minister. Harris disagreed that the government does not take seriously what is raised by nurses and doctors, stating:“Of course we take it extremely seriously what doctors and nurses say but we also respect other people that work in our hospitals as well.  We take very seriously what hospital managers say as well, and we respect their integrity and truthfulness as well, but I don’t think there is a serious disagreement here, it’s useful for some to endeavour to exploit it as such.”Fianna Fáil reactionSpeaking at the launch of Fianna Fáil’s European election manifesto, Martin said: “I was surprised by the Taoiseach’s remarks because he was essentially undermining the contributions that the doctors made.”  Harris says pathologists that raised concerns about Waterford mortuary ‘carried out an important duty’ The journalist who broke the story has published the letter which originally raised concerns. 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What is the state of the 11 million euro youth empowerment…

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYIn February this year the EU signed an agreement with the ministry of trade, regional integration and employment to economically empower the youth so as to reduce their migration to Europe. This is an important project and more money has to go to such project than in intensifying security in preventing them from going to Europe; because lack of jobs and economic opportunity is the main cause of the migration.Foroyaa has already approached the ministry requesting for an interview and as soon as it materializes, readers will be accordingly informed.This move is part of Foroyaa’s editorial policy of encouraging transparency in governance and holding government accountable to the people.last_img read more

Benitez frustrated about having to replay FA Cup match

first_imgNewcastle United and Blackburn tied 1-1 yesterday in the FA Cup Third Round, and according to the Magpies manager, this was the worst case scenario for the team.Bradley Dack scored for Blackburn yesterday in the FA Cup Third Round match.But Newcastle United was saved from a defeat thanks to a penalty goal scored by Matt Ritchie.In the end, both clubs drew, which means they need to play again to decide a winner.And for the Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, this is the worst case scenario.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Yes, in terms of another game, another situation that you have to manage with more minutes, more players, more risk,” he told Football 365.“I am not happy with another game – I would prefer to win this game and that’s it. But if you cannot, at least you have another chance and then try to win the next one.”“Some young players playing, some players who have not been playing having 90 minutes under their belts, the reaction of the team after we conceded and (Florian) Lejeune coming back after four and a half months with a serious injury,” he explained.“Those are positives.”last_img read more