Jeevan Das, 103, who cast his vote in India’s first general election in 1951, is excited to exercise his franchise again this year. The centenarian claims he has never failed to vote in any election. “I have not missed a single election ever since the process began in the country. Be it a municipal election or the Lok Sabha polls, I have always made it a point to cast my vote. I am eagerly waiting to vote this time too,” Mr. Das said. “I was 35-years-old then. Common people like us did not even know what voting meant. We just knew that we are free after the independence struggle and voting is something which will make us even more free,” he said. Recalling the old times, Mr. Das said a lot has changed over the years, including women going out to vote.Women voters “Women did not use to go out much. I would go with my father and elder brother while our wives and my mother stayed home with the kids,” he said. What has not changed, however, is that people still vote keeping the prime ministerial face in mind, said Mr. Das, who lives in Arjun Nagar area here with his son. “Even then people did not vote to elect representatives for their constituencies but for the Prime Minister. Like today people will either vote for Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi, back then people voted for Jawaharlal Nehru,” he said. The centenarian feels that unlike differently-abled people, not much has been done to make voting easier for the elderly. “The election process in the country has undergone a tremendous makeover over the decades and has changed for good. But still there are no facilities for elderly people. They have so many options for differently-abled people but not for us,” Mr. Das rued.‘Voting at home’ He said it would be a lot more convenient if authorities could arrange for people above 80 years of age to vote at home. “These days people do not live that long so the number of such people would be less and making arrangements for them will not be a difficult task,” he added. Polling will be held across 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, including Jalandhar, in the seventh and last phase of general elections on May 19.
Advertisement AdvertisementIlkay Gundogan was Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice replacement for midfielder Paul Scholes according to former coach Rene Meulensteen. The then Borussia Dortmund player was linked with a number of clubs at the time including Barcelona and his current club Manchester City.Sir Alex retired from his managerial career in the 2012-13 season after winning a 13th Premier League title which saw Robin Van Persie score 26 goals in the league. The Scot was followed into retirement by United legend Paul Scholes after he had convinced the Englishman to come out of retirement in early 2012.“If Fergie had carried on then we would have added some more quality, probably some more energy,” Meulensteen told the Evening Standard. Meulensteen went on to say that Gundogan was being looked at since he was similar to Scholes, who could keep ticking the ball, thought quick, and had a steady tempo.The club finished 7th in the league the following season after Ferguson’s and Scholes’ retirement under head coach David Moyes, who spent only 10 months in charge of the club. The club was linked to players like Csec Fabregas, Toni Kroos, and Gareth Bale, but neither of the deals materialised and Moyes ended up sigining Marouane Fellaini from his former club Everton.Read full article here :https://www.skysports.com/transfer/news/11667/11496628/sir-alex-ferguson-wanted-ilkay-gundogan-to-replace-paul-scholes-at-manchester-united-says-rene-meulensteen Read also :LALIGA LEADERS BARCELONA AND REAL MADRID TAKE 100% RECORDS TO THE BASQUE COUNTRYFootball : Mariners sail their boat smooth after a 7-year thunderstorm
Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has bagged an Olympic quota in the men’s 65 kg freestyle category at the ongoing Asian qualifying tournament today.In the first round, Yogeshwar overpowered Korea’s Ju Song Kim 8-1 before defeating Xuan Dinh Nguyen of Vietnam by technical superiority in the quarterfinals. The Indian had opened up a huge 12-2 lead over his Vietnamese opponent.In the semifinal, Yogeshwar overcame Seungchul Lee of Korea 7-2. He thus bagged an Olympic spot as the top two wrestlers is each category are being awarded Olympic quotas.Among other Indians in the men’s freestyle competition, Rahul Aware (57kg) and Satyawart Kadiyan (97kg) missed out on securing quota places in their respective categories after crashing out in the semi-finals.This is the second quota place that Indian wrestlers have bagged for the Rio Olympics to be held later this year. Narsingh Pancham Yadav had bagged a quota place in the men’s 74kg freestyle division in Las Vegas last year.
On May 24, the high court had reserved its decision on theOn May 24, the high court had reserved its decision on the application moved by Delhi government seeking a stay on the proceedings on the petitions arising out of its standoff with the LG over powers to appoint bureaucrats in the national capital and other issues.It had said the high court does not have the jurisdiction to deal with such dispute. The Supreme Court is the forum for adjudication of disputes of federal nature, it had added.Whereas, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain had told the bench that Article 131 of the Constitution does not come in the way of jurisdiction of high courts under Article 226 of the Constitution.He had said that power of high courts cannot be ousted as Article 226 is a part of the doctrine of basic structure of the Constitution.Delhi government had on May 28 last year approached the high court challenging the Centres notification of May 21 giving the LG absolute powers to appoint bureaucrats in the city.It had also challenged the July 23, 2014 notification limiting the jurisdiction of the Anti-Corruption Branch to Delhi government officials only.Later, more cases on various aspects of the tussle between the Centre and the AAP government were filed in the high court.The AAP government had also moved the apex court recently, seeking its intervention in the dispute with the Centre, while pointing out that the Union government, acting through the LG, had opposed most of the executive decisions taken by it. PTI PPS ABA HMP ZMNadvertisement
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India skipper Virat Kohli said losing three wickets early on in 323-run chase made it impossible for his team to bounce back against England in the second ODI.India succumbed to a 86-run loss at Lord’s as England bounced back to level the three match ODI series 1-1.Batting first, England put up 322 in 50 overs as Joe Root smashed a brilliant 113 off 116 balls. The England Test skipper was ably supported ODI captain Eoin Morgan (53) and David Willey (50*).In reply, India got off to a solid start as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a 49-run partnership for the first wicket. But then English bowlers sprung in action as they took three wickets in a space of four overs including that of the openers and KL Raul.India vs England 2nd ODI: HighlightsKohli and Suresh Raina then did well to add 80 runs for the fourth wicket but India’s chances were dealt a major blow when the Indian skipper fell to Moeen Ali.Kohli’s dismissal opened the floodgates as India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. They were eventually bowled out for 236.”We started pretty well with the bat, it was a good wicket, it got slower but when we lost three wickets in three overs that hurt us. I thought that’s where we fell behind. Credit to the bowlers, they stuck to their guns,” said Kohli after the match.The 29-year-old also praised England spinners Ali and Adil Rashid, who took three wickets and leaked only 80 runs in 20 overs.”Moeen and Rashid are both quality bowlers in this format and sensed we couldn’t take risks. They created pressure in the middle overs.”advertisement2nd ODI: Root, Plunkett script England’s crushing win over India at Lord’sIndian bowlers including Siddarth Kaul, who had pretty good outing in the first match, were rendered ineffective by English batsmen in the second match. But Kohli said the team management wants to “test the new guys.””We always want to test the character of the new guys, we expect these guys to do the job. It’s a great thing to test our new guys and it’s important how they bounce back. Today was a day when we couldn’t get going,” said KohliMS Dhoni, who became the 4th India to score 10000 runs in ODI cricket on Saturday, came under some criticsm for scoring a slow 37 off 59 balls.Kohli, however, defended his former captain saying people “just wait to jump on him.””This thing comes up whenever he (Dhoni) doesn’t have a good day. People just wait to jump on him. On days when things don’t work, it can happen and immediately, people jump on him. Today was a bad day for all of us, not just him,” signed off Kohli.
Harbhajan Singh has once said that India must sever all ties with Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 when 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were martyred. India and Pakistan are scheduled to face-off in the 2019 ICC World Cup in Manchester on June 16.”One mistake will not correct the other one. Since we played in 1999 does not mean we should go ahead and do it again. We need to stand with our government and our soldiers. This is the time to talk and have a discussion which is far, far bigger than the World Cup. World Cup is not everything. Our country comes first, our soldiers come first and our government comes first. Cricket is not our first priority, our priority is our nation,” Harbhajan told India Today.Harbhajan in an earlier interview had said India are powerful enough to do well in the World Cup without having to play Pakistan. India will need to forfeit valuable points if they concede their fourth match of the tournament.”India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh said.”This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this,” he said.Former captain Sunil Gavaskar, however, said that India should look to play Pakistan and beat them in the mega even rather than boycotting the arch-rivals in the tournament.advertisementSpeaking to India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai, Gavaskar, who was part of India’s first World Cup-winning team in 1983, provided a different solution from the ones that are being suggested by the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan, who feel boycotting Pakistan in the tournament is the best way forward.”If India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan will get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series vs Pakistan hurts them.”I know India are strong enough to qualify by not playing Pakistan. Not playing bilaterally hurts them. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | No constitutional or contractual way India can block Pakistan from World Cup: BCCI officialAlso Read | India can try and throw Pakistan out of World Cup but it won’t happen: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Beat them comprehensively: Sushil Kumar tells Team India on World Cup clash with Pakistan
A confident Mumbai Indians will look to consolidate their position in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table when they host a lacklustre Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Mumbai has won their last three games and are placed third on the table with four wins from six games while their opponents have managed to win just one game so far and lie at the seventh place.In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard led Mumbai from the front and came up with two match winning performances. He was ably supported by Alzarri Joseph, who has been the find of the tournament.If Rohit comes back in the playing eleven, it will further strengthen Mumbai’s batting line-up, which features some dependable names like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan.Coming to Rajasthan, it seems nothing is going their way as they lost a nail-biter against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Thursday, thanks to Mitchell Santner’s last ball six which kept the yellow brigade at the top of the table.Rajasthan would once again bank on Jofra Archer, who conceded just 19 runs from his four overs, giving his team a chance to defend a modest 152 against the star studded Chennai team.Shreyas Gopal has also been amongst the wickets after picking up eight from six games. The leg-spinner however, failed to perform against the yellow brigade and would have to step up in another high-profile class.Where will the IPL 2019 match between MI and RR be played?advertisementThe IPL 2019 match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between MI and RR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between MI and RR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between MI and RR?Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock.Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag.Also See:
Since you’re here… Errol Spence Jr in intensive care after high-speed Ferrari crash Read more The animal, which was underweight when it was found, was eventually traced to Spong. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the cougar has since regained its health. It is not illegal to keep cougars in Florida but strict guidelines must be followed. Among the charges the 34-year-old Spong faces are allowing the cougar to escape, keeping it without a permit, keeping it in too small a cage, not providing it with shelter, failing to provide it with toys or things to do, and failing to provide clean water for exotic birds. Each of the charges carries a fine of up to $500. Formal charges were filed in court this week.“I don’t know nothing about it,” Spong told the Sun-Sentinel when reached for comment.Spong started his fight career as a kickboxer before turning to boxing. He has a professional record of 14-0 with 13 wins by knockout, and is the WBC and WBO Latino heavyweight champion. He was due to fight Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk this weekend in Chicago but failed a drugs test, a charge he denies. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Animals Share on Messenger Boxing Share on Facebook Topics Florida The heavyweight boxer Tyrone Spong has had 23 charges filed against him over the escape of an “extremely dangerous” cougar in Florida.According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, wildlife officers had to tranquilize the 60lbs cat in January after it was found sunbathing on a driveway before jumping into a backyard in Parkland, Broward County. It was initially thought to be an endangered Florida panther but was subsequently identified as a captive-bred cougar. Cougars rarely attack humans but they have killed people in the the western United States in the past, most recently in Oregon in 2018. Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email US sports … 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. Share on Twitter news Reuse this content
Press Trust of India HyderabadApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 16:20 IST The CSK team was “exposed” for the first time this IPL season, said coach Stephen Fleming (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSCSK coach Stephen Fleming says his team was “exposed” for the first time this IPLChennai suffered only their second loss of the season on WednesdayFleming said Dhoni’s exclusion due to a back spasm was a precautionary moveChennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says his team was “exposed” for the first time this IPL in the six-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad and it would be interesting to see how the side, which doesn’t believe in over-analysing, responds to the setback.Chennai suffered only their second loss of the season on Wednesday and Fleming said the defending champions would work together to iron out the flaws.”This is the first time in a while we were exposed like that and will be interesting to see how the players respond,” Fleming said at the post-match press conference.”We don’t over-analyse our defeats. We identify the areas to work on and we work on those. You have to have some kind of resilience. We played eight and won seven and the ninth one we got to keep motivated,” he explained.Asked if anything would change in training sessions, Fleming said it will be business as usual.”…except for us focusing more on the things we should have done better. I don’t know if there is complacency due to the good run but you have to expect to lose games every now and then,” he said.”Need to make sure that in the next game against RCB we are better. You can’t assume you’re in the semi-finals. It doesn’t matter how teams are playing because each game is tough. That’s a motto we have had for a long time,” he added.Fleming said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s exclusion due to a back spasm was a precautionary move.advertisement”He (Dhoni) was stiff after the game in Kolkata. So it’s mostly a precaution and it’s also the part of the season where we have to careful so that he gets through the season in good shape.”Every ground he goes to people want to see him play, but we have to make big calls,” he said.Dissecting the Wednesday’s loss, Fleming said inconsistency was a major problem which led to a below-par total of 137/4 by the team.”The performance was a bit stop-start. We started well with the bat, till about 10 overs and after that we got a bit strangled. We kept losing quick wickets and fell short. Hyderabad bowled very well and we didn’t bat well,” Fleming said.”What we didn’t do today was respect the little things, the batting was inconsistent and when we started with the ball, we were intimidated and inconsistent,” he added.Also Watch | Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Watch | Ishant Sharma is biggest surprise in 5-man Cricket World Cup stand-by listAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Mahendra Singh DhoniFollow Stephen FlemingFollow CSK vs SRH Don’t know if there is complacency due to the good run: CSK coach Stephen FlemingChennai Super Kings suffered only their second loss of the season on Wednesday and coach Stephen Fleming said the defending champions would work together to iron out the flaws.advertisement
Advertisement Twitter ‘ARROW’: TV’S LONGEST-RUNNING SUPERHERO SERIES SAYS FAREWELL TO COMIC-CON: Arrow will notch its eighth and final season this fall, but on Saturday the CW’s linchpin superhero show bid an emotional early farewell to fans at Comic-Con International, the place where the show started its success story. A surprise guest also flew in (figuratively) to the delight of fans in Ballroom 20: Brandon Routh, the title star of Superman Returns (2006) who will reprise the role with an Arrow appearance in Season 8. READ MOREArrow (The CW)COMIC-CON 2019: ‘ARROW’ CAST DISH ON ‘CINEMATIC’ FINAL SEASON & FELICITY’S ABSENCE (EXCLUSIVE)Crossovers, old characters resurfacing and multiple Olivers! His legacy. His destiny. The final season of #Arrow premieres Tuesday, October 15 on The CW. #CWSDCC pic.twitter.com/YCroDRhHaR— Arrow (@CW_Arrow) July 20, 2019 Login/Register With: @MzKatieCassidy and I ran out of time! Here’s the concept art for the new Black Siren costume for Season 8! pic.twitter.com/YFlTxQOqy7— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) July 20, 2019ARROW: CONCEPT ART FOR LAUREL LANCE’S FINAL SEASON COSTUME REVEALEDArrow’s final panel at San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up just a little while ago, but it looks like more surprises are still in store. Shortly after the panel, consulting producer Marc Guggenheim shared a series of concept art pieces for the final season, including the new suit worn by Laurel Lance/Black Canary (Katie Cassidy Rodgers). READ MORE The cast of “Arrow” sat down with ET’s Leanne Aguilera to dish on the CW show’s final episodes during 2019 Comic-Con in San Diego, California, on Saturday. READ MOREARROW CAST DROPS FINAL SEASON TEASES, REVEALS WHO THEY WANT TO RETURNIn keeping with recent tradition, it seemed only fitting that the Arrow cast was tight-lipped about what to expect for the CW series’ final season. But if one pays close attention to their visit to TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con suite, there are some provocative morsels to ponder. READ MOREARROW SEASON 8 FIRST-LOOK TRAILER SENDS OLIVER QUEEN ON A MIND-BENDING FINAL QUESTOliver Queen visits some literal ghosts from his past in the trailer for Arrow’s eighth and final season.The first-look footage from Comic-Con International begins ominously with a flashback to The Monitor sharing the prophecy of Ollie’s death – along with a flash to the 2019 date on the Green Arrow’s tombstone. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook
Rabat – The makers of the French app Heetch have collaborated with Moroccan taxis’ labor union to create the first legal transport application in Morocco: Fiddek. You don’t have to wave forlornly or line up on the street anymore – Fiddek is now available to connect Casablanca’s residents with its taxi drivers.Launched on November 17, the app is currently only available in Casablanca but eventually is planned to spread to other Moroccan cities. The idea behind Fiddek and other “ridesharing” apps is simple: When you need a taxi you open up the app, which shows you all the cars nearby and how quickly one could reach you. You press a button, and you wait for the driver to show up at your current location.“We are glad to join the Moroccan taxis labor union to launch this project. Indeed, by combining the technology of Heetch with the quality of service and the know-how of ‘Fiddek’ taxis, we contribute to improving Casablanca’s residents’ quality of life and in facilitating the task of taxi drivers,” said the director of Heetch in Morocco, Patrick Pederson.Fiddek aims to be a high-quality service. The taxi labor union will recommend drivers according several criteria: cleanliness, conviviality, respect for the law, and others.Heetch will allow the drivers to work in good conditions and have health insurance. But to benefit from these welfare benefits, drivers must to pass a training course by the Heetch Maroc team and by the national labor union of taxis.Drivers working with Fiddek must also sign a quality charter, committing to drive an appropriate vehicle and provide safety, conviviality, and attention to details such as music and bottles of water on boardTaxis vs Uber and CareemThis initiative shows that Moroccan taxi drivers are changing their once-aggressive approach towards Uber and Careem. They are adopting a new strategy, “an honest competition,” by adopting the tools of their enemies to fight them.Since the 2015 arrival of Uber, taxi drivers have protested the app, claiming they are losing clientele to an illegitimate service.Casablanca’s streets have become a taxi war zone with numerous car chases, threats, and vandalized vehicles being reported as frustrated taxi drivers have taken matters into their own hands.
Rabat – Moroccan workers’ representatives say they have had enough of the government’s reluctance to meet their demands.After three months of fruitless discussions over improved working conditions, the groups are pointing accusatory fingers at the government, saying that they are no longer willing to tolerate the government’s passivity and perceived lack of interest in their daily struggles.The relationship between Moroccan trade unions and government authorities has been a bit of a roller coaster in the past three months, oscillating between public or written protestations, half-hearted compromise, a static social dialogue, and strike announcements. The two entities now seem to have finally switched to a full-throated Tom & Jerry mode. In the latest development, especially marked by the failure of the ongoing social dialogue, trade union representatives are accusing the El Othmani-led government of treason and lack of concern.The news, reported by Al Akhbar in its August 26 edition, comes in the wake of a three-month long dialogue between the government and workers’ representatives.Trade unions demanded improvement of working conditions, with the most vital elements being salary increase and a revision of family allocations from MAD 200 to 300 for each of the first three born to a family. While the government agreed in principle in July and promised that implementation would follow, nothing has changed in the past months.In an unsparing attack on the government’s failure to deliver on its promises, an association of trade unions described the prevailing situation as an “unacceptable step back and treason.”The collective statement also urged the government to start working towards signing the official decrees for the implementation of all the measures agreed upon three months ago.Should the government fail to positively respond to the unions’ cri de coeur, stressed the statement, the coming months will be a constant scene of public strikes and protests.In an attempt to justify the delay in meeting its agreement with the group of worker representatives, the government said that the long wait was due to the summer holidays. It promised, yet again, to deliver as soon as possible.But trade unions say they have waited numerous times, and for far too long. The biting tone of the message suggests they have no intention of waiting for months again, only to be told on the due date to wait some more. They do not seem to have bought the government’s summer holiday excuse.The statement reads: “The government has evoked summer holidays as a reason why it delayed singing into a decree [the agreement]. But these are baseless allegations that do not justify the delay in signing an agreement many of us trade unionists grudgingly signed, given that some of us disagreed with many of the points it contained.”The statement added that trade unions have already played their role by signing the terms of thé agreement, even though they did not feel at ease with some if the content. It noted that “the ball is now in the government’s court….” This latest episode of the broken social dialogue comes after teachers’ and doctors’ strikes.For all the workers’ declared determination to take to the streets in case their demands are not met, the Moroccan government may drag its feet on delivery, testing the group’s resolve.But the acrimonious tone of the trade union’s message suggests there are more strikes in store for the coming weeks should the government fail to deliver or convince the seemingly irritated workers to wait a little more.
19 March 2010A senior United Nations official has lauded the progress achieved by the men and women of Haiti involved in the cash-for-work programme, which was identified as one of the priority activities in the early recovery agenda following the 12 January earthquake. The programme, coordinated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), enables Haitians to earn an income as they help their country recover from the quake, which is estimated to have affected one third of the 9 million citizens of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.Working with local municipal authorities, thousands of Haitians are put to work removing rubble from the streets, removing waste and clearing drainage canals ahead of the upcoming rainy season. They are paid 180 gourdes a day, or roughly $4.50 at current exchange rates, for six hours worth of labour. “Although so much more is needed, it is encouraging to see the streets open to traffic, canals being cleaned, and shops open for business – and all of it done by the men and women of Delmas working to rebuild their city one step at a time,” UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan remarked as she visited one municipality yesterday. During her visit, Ms. Grynspan also reviewed the other areas of support to the Government, including restoring its capacity to deliver justice and security services, the agency noted in a news release.Among the buildings that were destroyed in the 7.0 magnitude quake was the Palais de Justice in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and gone with it were the archives and legal documents related to millions of Haitians, leaving them without proof of property, inheritance and business licenses. UNDP is working with its partners to help tackle this challenge, including by providing temporary work facilities, office equipment and technical support.“Problems with land and properties titles and adoption processes will increase with the loss of documentation, human and material resources to deal with those matters,” said UNDP Country Director Eric Overvest. “A new generation of judges and justice auxiliaries will receive training to meet demand,” he added. “Also, measures have been taken to address the needs of displaced and homeless Haitians, who need protection against possible risk of raising violence, especially against women and children.”Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that more than two months after the earthquake, the emergency response phase of the relief efforts should continue for months to come – given the scale and complexity of the crisis.Concerning shelter, OCHA said that over three-quarters of the 1.2 million people in need of emergency shelter have now received materials, and added that the relocation of people needs to be sped up ahead of the upcoming rainy season. The Office also stated that it is working the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSTAH, and the Haitian National Police to improve protection in the camps where Haitians have taken shelter. Some 150 patrols by UN Police (UNPOL) and the Haitian National Police are conducted everyday in camps. Also, a pilot project is underway in the Petionville Club camp where female officers from UNPOL and the Haitian National Police are working specifically on gender-based violence. In addition, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is in the process of assembling and distributing 17,000 flashlights to women, and plans to give 300 tents to set up “safe spaces for women” in the camps.The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the ongoing vaccination campaign in Haiti has prevented outbreaks of diseases, particularly in Port-au-Prince. About 400,000 adults and children have now been immunized, mainly in camps for displaced people in the capital.The campaign is expected to be completed by mid-April and is being extended to other areas of the country, the agency added.
TORONTO — Cheaper avocados at Whole Foods might get fans of the organic grocery chain salivating over savings, but retail analysts say it probably won’t launch price wars at Canadian supermarkets.Amazon took ownership of Whole Foods Monday and immediately decided to cut the cost of some of its pricey organic and specialty foods, an approach that’s designed to resonate directly with the chain’s best customers and create buzz in the marketplace.Among the items reduced at a Vancouver Whole Foods location this week were Colombian Hass avocados, which are now $1 cheaper at $1.99 each, and organic baby spinach which costs $3.49, or 50 cents less than a week ago.Elsewhere in the store, organic black quinoa has been reduced by 80 cents per 100 grams to $1.59 and Whole Foods’ private label organic almond beverage in vanilla is $1 cheaper at $2.49.But the Whole Foods price cuts won’t be particularly effective in attracting consumers on the hunt for deals, said Mark Lee, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management.“Whole Foods is already marked up quite high,” he said. “The price reduction is really just getting back to the level of regular grocery prices.”The country’s biggest grocers are unlikely to play along with deep cuts by Whole Foods’ new owner Amazon in the aisles of its 13 locations across Canada. That’s partly because the imminent threat of the high-end chain wouldn’t justify the financial hit of reacting with deep discounts, suggested Brynn Winegard, a marketing expert at Winegard and Company.“Places like Loblaws, Sobeys and Longo’s won’t necessarily be able to afford that,” she said.“But what you will be looking at is a huge market play towards loyalty.”Winegard expects established chains to lean on their reputations — and points redemption programs — in hopes of keeping customers from straying to competitors in the short term.Expect better deals on taking home three bottles of spaghetti sauce instead of two, for example, and more appealing bonus point offers designed to get customers back into stores. Both are generally more affordable, and effective, strategies than deep cuts to a wide assortment of products.Price wars have a long history of offering Canadian grocers little upside, especially if their profit margins are cut to the bone. It’s happened in the past, most notably when Wal-Mart Canada Corp. bulked up its food offerings nearly 10 years ago and some chains dropped prices in response.Winegard says those fights usually only generate “short-term wins” for the retailer when they should be focused on the big picture of an evolving industry where Amazon is looking to get a stronghold on the Canadian shopping basket.“I don’t see adequate evidence that our existing oligopolies are really hedging against those competitive threats,” Winegard said.“It’s almost as if they don’t take (it) seriously or don’t think it will be real – and it will be very real in the next couple of years.”Lee suggested Canadian grocers are misdirecting their attention to storefronts, rather than establishing infrastructure that could go head-to-head in the digital world, Amazon’s forte.“Amazon certainly has the capacity, the capability and the website support to do this — the other stores, like Loblaw and Sobeys, aren’t really there yet.”— With files from Aleksandra Sagan in VancouverFollow @dfriend on Twitter.
Judge OKs $84.9M payout in truck stop rebate scandal; company owned by Browns owner, brother AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge in Arkansas approved a settlement Monday that pays $84.9 million to 5,500 trucking companies that were cheated out of promised rebates by Pilot Flying J, the nation’s largest diesel retailer.The settlement doesn’t put to rest a federal investigation in which seven company employees have already entered guilty pleas.Attorney Aubrey Harwell Jr. of Nashville said Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of the truck stop chain, had no knowledge that employees were cheating customers. The company is co-owned by Haslam’s brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who has said he isn’t involved with Pilot Flying J’s operations.U.S. District Judge James Moody said Monday that he was satisfied that the settlement was fair, reasonable and equitable.“I don’t have any reservation about giving final approval here,” Moody said at the end of an hourlong hearing in Little Rock.Moody also approved $14 million in fees that will go to the truckers’ lawyers.The settlement reimburses trucking firms for their losses, plus 6 per cent interest, which is calculated from the time each rebate should have been paid. The cheating dates back to 2005.Lawyers on both sides stressed that no one among the 5,500 companies agreeing to the settlement filed an objection and that only about 1 per cent of affected companies opted out of the agreement so they could file their own lawsuits.Don Barrett, an attorney for the truckers, said the settlement makes his clients whole.“What Pilot was required to do was done well and … honourably,” Barrett said.He said many clients received their money before the settlement was approved.“They’re already paying it out. They’ve paid out most of it already” Barrett said.Barrett praised Jimmy Haslam for opening the accounts in question to auditors and striving to make trucking companies whole.“We couldn’t have had this result in this short amount of time had not Mr. (Jimmy) Haslam stepped up to the plate, said he was going to do the right thing and in an honourable way and he did it. … That’s the comment of the 5,800 truckers that I represent,” Barrett said.Harwell said it was in the interest of the company to reach a settlement quickly.“The advantage to Pilot Flying J is demonstrating clearly and unequivocally that they were committed to doing the right thing. Where there were things that happened improperly, they were committed to make them right,” Harwell said.Pilot Flying J conducted internal audits after the chicanery came to light in April and, according to Harwell. An independent auditor verified the company’s findings.The truckers’ lawsuit alleged a variety of violations, including fraud, unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment, breach of contract and other claims, all of which were dropped with the settlement.Pilot Flying J has annual revenues of about $30 billion.Prosecutors alleged in court documents that the scheme to cheat customers out of rebate and discount money was well known among sales staff. Plea agreements allege sales staff took part in a training session that taught employees how to defraud trucking companies without getting caught.Harwell stressed that the Haslams had no involvement in any wrongdoing.“The federal government took documents, they’ve interviewed witnesses, they’re subpoenaing people to the grand jury and they’ll get to the bottom of what they think occurred. In terms of any impact … there will be charges brought, there have been some guilty pleas already, there will likely be more,” Harwell said.The settlement breaks down to $66.25 million in principal and $9.75 million in interest that goes to the truckers. Legal fees comprise $14 million. The company spent $4.5 million on audits plus other expenses.___Follow Chuck Bartels on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cbartelsLIT by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2013 11:26 am MDT
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Technology is slowly making its way into every aspect of our lives, and that includes the rather solitary life of a shepherd.Spending his days looking after a flock a sheep requires a person who enjoys their own company. But technology such as smartphones and now tablets will surely make their days more entertaining. It looks like it may also keep those delicious sheep a little safer from a wolf attack.An experiment has just been carried out in Switzerland that saw a small flock of sheep fitted with heart rate monitors. Two trained wolf dogs (muzzled shepherd dog/wolf crossbreeds) were then released and attempted to herd the flock, which of course sent the heart rates of the sheep skyrocketing to 225bpm. The monitors were configured to send a text message to the shepherd if such a sudden increase was detected, ultimately informing him of an imminent attack.With the coverage of mobile networks expanding, it’s certainly viable that these monitors would be able to send a message even in quite remote locations. In doing so the shepherd could react in time to stop one or more of his precious stock from becoming a tasty wolf meal.There’s also plans to fit the final units with some kind of wolf deterrent. This could take the form of a noise and/or spray that would scare the wolf enough to retreat. The one problem with that being it may also scare the sheep or injure them depending on what the spray consisted of. I also imagine the wolves will become accustomed to such a deterrent and start ignoring it, especially if they are very hungry.If the shepherds get on board with this technology they could also ask for an upgrade allowing them to track the individual sheep by GPS on a tablet. That way if they ever get spooked or a few get lost, finding them is as simple as looking at a Google Maps-style tablet app.More at SDA (translated), via The Verge. Image courtesy of Jacquie Wingate.
24,408 Views No Comments A LIMERICK MAN, Ger Dundon, has appeared in court this morning charged with multiple counts of dangerous driving.The 30-year-old, with an address Hyde Road, Limerick, was charged at Limerick District Court with ten separate counts of dangerous driving, at various locations in Limerick city and county, on last Sunday.The father of three was also charged with one count of endangerment, contrary to Section 13 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, at St Paul’s Roundabout, Ballinacurra Road, Limerick, also on Sunday.He was brought to the court this morning by armed Garda escort.Inside the court he was flanked by up to five gardaí.Detective Garda David Baynam of Henry Street Garda Station gave evidence of arresting him at 8.30pm yesterday for the purpose of charging him.Detective Garda Baynam told the court Mr Dundon “made no reply to any of the charges, after caution”.Solicitor John Devane was assigned to represent Mr Dundon, and free legal aid was granted by the court.Mr Devane indicated to the court he would be seeking bail on behalf of Mr Dundon.Detective Garda Baynam told presiding judge Marian O’Leary, that gardaí would be objecting to bail under O’Callaghan Rules and Section 2 of the Bail Act.Ger Dundon, who wore a grey adidas tracksuit, and had visible bruising to his right eye, did not speak during the brief court hearing.The matter has been left stand for a bail application at some stage today.Read: French leadership candidate Fillon to face charges – but WON’T pull out of campaignRead: Shane Ross: ‘People want me to come to the Bus Éireann dispute with money. I have none to offer’ Short URL Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 12:55 PM Ballinacurra Road http://jrnl.ie/3265180 Mar 1st 2017, 12:55 PM By David Raleigh Ballinacurra Road Image: Google Streetview Image: Google Streetview Share16 Tweet Email Ger Dundon charged with multiple counts of dangerous driving The 30-year-old was charged at Limerick District Court with ten separate counts of dangerous driving. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article