Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will play the first Test against Bangladesh beginning on Sunday, skipper Steve Smith has confirmed.Both left-handed opener Khawaja and Agar toured India earlier this year but neither played in any of the four Tests which Smith’s men lost 2-1.”I think he’s a player who has worked very hard on playing against spin,” Smith said of Khawaja who averages less than 20 in the sub-continent.”I know he didn’t get an opportunity in India, but he spent a lot of time in the nets working on lots of things and finding different ways to play and I’m sure that’ll hold him in good stead for this series as well.”Agar will join off-spinner Nathan Lyon in Australia’s slow bowling attack to play his first Test since the 2013 Lord’s game against Ashes rivals England.”I think he’s come a long way over the last year particularly,” Smith said of the 23-year-old.”He’s been bowling very well in the nets. His lengths have been exceptional so if he can get those right in the game I’m sure he’ll have a big impact for us.”All-rounder Glenn Maxwell retains his number six spot in the batting order while Australia stuck with specialist wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, resisting the temptation to try part-timer Peter Handscomb and accommodate an extra player.David Warner will partner Matthew Renshaw at the top of the batting order, while the New South Wales duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will lead the pace attack.advertisementSmith’s counterpart Mushfiqur Rahim said Bangladesh were capable of surprising the visitors in the two-Test series.”They are a very good team. But we have the ability to beat them on our home soil,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.”For that, we will have to play really well.”
TORONTO — For the first time in more than four months, Chris Capuano went home with a W next to his name.Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley homered to help Capuano to his first victory since April 16, and the New York Yankees beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Aug. 29.Capuano (2-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings in his first win in seven starts since joining the Yankees. The veteran left-hander, who was acquired last month in a trade with Colorado, allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits. “I couldn’t be prouder to get a win as a Yankee,” Capuano said. “It feels really good.”David Robertson got the final four outs for his 35th save in 38 chances. Jose Bautista homered and Dioner Navarro had three hits, but the Blue Jays dropped to 7-17 in August.“We’ve just got swing our way out of it,” Manager John Gibbons said. “We’re better hitters than what we’re producing as a whole right now.”Mark Buehrle (11-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings in another loss to New York.Bautista put the Blue Jays in front with a second-deck homer in the fourth, his third in three games. It’s the first time Bautista has connected in three straight games since July 1-3, 2011.New York answered with a five-run seventh, with the first four batters reaching against Buehrle. Brian McCann doubled, Carlos Beltran walked and Brett Gardner hit an RBI double, with Beltran scoring on an errant relay throw by second baseman Steve Tolleson.Aaron Loup came on after Ichiro Suzuki’s infield single, and Gardner made it 3-1 when he scored on a wild pickoff throw by catcher Navarro. Two pitches later, Ellsbury lined a two-run homer to right. It was the first homer by a left-handed batter in Loup’s career, snapping a streak of 233 at-bats.Buehrle dropped to 1-13 with a 6.14 ERA in 20 career starts against New York. The lefty is 0-11 in his last 16 outings against the Yankees.“It’s not like we’re all running to the bat racks because Buehrle is pitching,” New York’s Derek Jeter said. “I think that’s just a fluke thing.” More importantly for the sliding Blue Jays, Buehrle is 1-8 in his last 15 starts this season.Kevin Pillar chased Capuano with an RBI double in the seventh, and Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly made it 5-3, but Adam Warren got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out with runners at first and second.Headley made it 6-3 with a first-pitch homer off Dustin McGowan in the ninth. Ellsbury followed with a triple but was out at the plate trying to score on Jeter’s grounder to third, injuring his left ankle as he slid into Navarro.Ellsbury stayed in the game and X-rays were negative, but Manager Joe Girardi said his status for Aug. 30 was in doubt. “It’s frustrating because he’s playing so well,” Girardi said.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji continues to insist that Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri should quit office as she disagreed with the findings and recommendations of an independent inquiry committee that gave him a clean chit in a sexual harassment case.Edulji, the former India captain, had wanted Johri removed from the BCCI top brass even before the inquiry panel’s verdict came out on Wednesday, November 21.The three-member panel, comprising Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Delhi Commissioner of Women chairperson Barkha Singh and lawyer-activist Veena Gowda, ruled in favour of the apex cricket body’s CEO.Notably, Gowda was the sole member of the committee who noted Johri’s “unprofessional conduct” on one particular occasion and advised gender sensitivity counselling. Both Rakesh and Barkha gave him clean chits while calling the allegations “fabricated and mischievous”.Also read – BCCI CEO Rahul Johri given clean chit in sexual harassment caseEven as CoA chief Vinod Rai maintained that “no adverse action is warranted” against Johri, Edulji pointed out that Gowda’s findings about the “unprofessional conduct” would adversely affect the reputation of BCCI.”She alluded to the findings in Ms. Gowda’s recommendations to the effect that as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI, the unprofessional and inappropriate conduct of Mr. Johri would adversely affect the reputation of BCCI.”Even in Wednesday’s note, Edulji asked Johri to quit with immediate effect.”Ms. Edulji said that the fact that Ms. Gowda has recommended that Mr. Johri should undergo gender sensitisation counselling/training is sufficient for her to arrive at the conclusion that he is not fit to be the CEO of BCCI.advertisementThe first allegation of sexual misconduct against Johri surfaced on social media – an anonymous email that was shared by a Twitter user. Subsequently, there were two more allegations, from a Singapore-based media professional and another woman.Both women deposed via Skype, along with BCCI’s former Anti-Corruption Unit chief Neeraj Kumar, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, IPL petitioner Aditya Verma, and former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi.’Been a traumatic few months’Meanwhile, Johri said he had “no comments” to offer on Edulji’s stand after he arrived at the BCCI headquarters on Wednesday with his wife. Nonetheless, the CEO maintained he and his wife were confident that truth would prevail.”It’s been a traumatic few months for our family. I am grateful to God and thanks to all for having faith in me. I am really grateful to the independent inquiry committee. We were always confident that truth would prevail,” Johri told India Today.
UEFA Champions League Alonso tips Napoli as his Champions League surprise package Russell Greaves 17:59 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Napoli Bologna v Napoli Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Bologna Shakhtar Donetsk Serie A The former Spain international believes that Maurizio Sarri’s side are “attacking and fearless”, and have what it takes to dethrone Real Madrid Napoli have what it takes to cause a shock in this season’s Champions League, according to Xabi Alonso.Alonso’s former club Real Madrid have won the competition for the past two years, eliminating Napoli on their way last term, but the 35-year-old expects Maurizio Sarri’s men to challenge their dominance. The Spaniard lauded Sarri’s side as “attacking and fearless”, with Napoli – who finished third last season – having kicked off the campaign with a 4-0 aggregate win over Nice in the Champions League play-offs, and consecutive 3-1 victories in Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 “I really like this Napoli. I like Sarri’s philosophy and the desire of his team to always have the ball at their feet,” he told Sky Sport Italia.”Napoli are attacking and fearless. They have a clear mentality on the pitch and I appreciate it. I also have many friends there: Pepe Reina, [Jose] Callejon and [Raul] Albiol.“I often hear from them and I like to watch them play in Napoli’s system. As well as in Italy, they can be a surprise package in Europe.”i risultati delle nostre avversarie @ChampionsLeague https://t.co/3b7FZFGUpQ #UCL #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/6nY0wcAciO— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) August 27, 2017Alonso, whose glittering career ended in May following a spell at Bayern Munich, is also an admirer of Juventus, who he came close to joining from Liverpool before making the switch to Madrid.”Juve are a team among the favourites [for the Champions League],” said the 35-year-old. “They played two Champions League finals in three years and it’s no coincidence.”They’re very close to the top, and sooner or later they’ll end up winning it. I know how much the players want it, but there’s so much competition.”I was really close to Juve. I’d have liked to play in Italy but there was no agreement between Liverpool and Juve.”
Akshay Ramesh MumbaiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:25 IST MS Dhoni became the oldest Indian cricketer to win a Man-of-the-Series award in ODIs on Friday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjay Manjrekar said MS Dhoni’s great philosophy of staying at the middle till the end is serving him wellMS Dhoni slammed an unbeaten 87 to help India to their first-ever bilateral series win at the MCG on FridayKohli slammed Dhoni’s critics after the latter’s Man of the Series-winning performance in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardFormer India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said on Friday that MS Dhoni is being able to achieve success because his mind is still at its primeManjrekar pointed out that Dhoni has lost a bit of physical ability and confidence but his “great philosophy” of taking the game deep into the last over is serving him well.Dhoni on Friday won his first Man of the Match series in ODIs since 2011 after helping India achieve their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia. The 37-year-old World Cup-winning skipper hit an unbeaten 87 in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and made sure India gunned down a total of 231 with seven wickets and four balls to spare.Dhoni was criticised for his slow knock (96-ball 51) in India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI but the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman managed to silence his naysayers, at least for the time being, with two back-to-back match-winning half-centuries in the second and third ODI in Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.Dhoni wasn’t at his vintage attacking best but he stitched crucial partnership with the likes of Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (in Adelaide) and Kedar Jadhav (in Melbourne) and remained unbeaten to take his team past the finish line.”[Dhoni is] clearly not at his prime… The software – his intention, his mind is still at its prime. He knows exactly what is needed. The hardware is not quite keeping in touch with the software. The hardware was a lot better 5-10 years back. He would hit sixes at will… he doesn’t have that ability or the confidence now but he finds ways to stay there till the end,” Manjrekar told Sony Six on Friday.advertisementHe added: “He [Dhoni] mentioned in the post-match presentation as well the calculations as to which bowler to go after and take the match deep. His great philosophy the one that has made him and all-time great is “stay there till the end”. I remember Javed Miandad also had a similar strategy take the match till the end and feed off the nervous energy of the bowler.”Captain @imVkohli had some special words for #TeamIndia’s support staff #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/3Eb4HaBE1vBCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019Despite receiving constant backing from captain Virat Kohli and the team management, Dhoni came up with ordinary performances in ODIs in 2018, managing just 275 runs from 20 matches.However, Dhoni has managed to begin the World Cup year on a high. With three consecutive half-centuries, Dhoni finished as the highest-scoring Indian in the three-match ODI series, amassing 193 runs at an average of 193 from three innings.Earlier in the day, skipper Kohli hit back at Dhoni’s critics and expressed confidence that his senior compatriot will be able to build on the confidence he has seemingly gained in the three-match series in Australia.”Every batsman needs that kind of rhythm and runs next to your name to gain confidence. People say a lot of things on the outside. As an individual, I know that nobody is more committed to Indian cricket than MS [Dhoni],” Kohli told the media in Melbourne.”People should give MS his space… He is a very intelligent cricketer and he knows what he is doing.”Also Read | MS Dhoni oldest Indian to win ODI player-of-the-series awardAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kitsAlso Read | Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeFor 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow MS DhoniFollow Sanjay ManjrekarFollow India cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow Javed Miandad MS Dhoni’s software still at its prime, hardware not so much: Sanjay ManjrekarIndia vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets: Sanjay Manjrekar also said MS Dhoni’s ability to take a game deep into the final over is serving him well, as always. advertisement
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has dedicated his life to animals. He has been a major part of enacting 138 federal animal protection laws, encompassing everything from ending puppy mills to incorporating animals into disaster plans; he’s helped enact over 1200 state laws and he’s testified in front of Congress about animal issues. Not to mention, HSUS was ranked the #1 high-impact animal group by Guidestar’s Philantropedia, just to name a very few of his achievements. He, somehow, also found time to write a book: The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals. Whether you’re an animal lover or are curious about the economic impact of animal advocacy, this is a wildly interesting, informative read. He was kind enough to chat with his about his book and the humane economy.To your knowledge, was there ever a moment in human history when we had something akin to the humane economy or is this a new era?We are at an odd moment in human history. There’s never been so much concern for animals, and yet in our industrial era, and with so many people on the planet, there’s never been so much exploitation. Something’s got to give, and we are finally seeing things break in the direction of animal protection. Major food retailers, such as McDonald’s and Walmart, are starting to develop animal welfare standards and changing practices in their supply chains; Ringling Brothers and SeaWorld are transitioning from the use of wild animal acts involving elephants and orcas; hundreds of companies are moving away from animal testing. The notion of the humane economy is a response to the crisis of the inhumane economy; we’ve been doing a lot of terrible things to animals for a long time. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We know too much about animals and their consciousness and intelligence to be in denial any longer, and we are creative and resourceful enough to figure out a way forward that does not require us to use and torment animals on a mass scale.Can you identify a watershed moment in the development of the humane economy?The single biggest political event in recent years was the passage of Proposition 2 by California voters to stop the extreme confinement of veal calves, breeding pigs, and laying hens on factory farms. That ballot measure, which addressed cruelties to a class of animals that some opinion leaders thought could not possibly stir the conscience of the masses, passed by an overwhelming margin in the nation’s biggest state. It upended political perceptions of animal protection and triggered a wave of additional lawmaking and corporate actions in California that then reverberated across the nation. It sets the stage for additional political gains and it opened up the discussion with hundreds of major corporations that suddenly recognized that they could not conduct business as usual.In the book you talk about exciting advancements in lab-made meats and leathers, requiring no animal harm or death. How far off are we from animal-free meat and do you believe it faces an uphill battle getting to market?The tools and technology exist now. It will take a while to scale it up, but that’s just a matter of time and properly perfecting the techniques and making them cost-efficient. That said, we don’t need to wait for that day to wean ourselves from factory farmed animal products. Businesses are affordably producing plant-based proteins that mimic the qualities of meat. These products can give us what we love about meat, but without hormones or antibiotics; overuse of grains, water, and topsoil; or animal cruelty.The Iditarod is an important cultural event in Alaska with historic roots. How do you approach the issue of animal welfare in the context of a cultural event like the Iditarod where animals have an innate disposition to work, there is an attempt to protect and care for the dogs, but still deaths occur?Culture should never be a defense for cruelty, yet looking at animal use through a cultural lens is both inevitable and important. Defenders of certain practices like bullfighting or cockfighting argue that these are culturally significant activities, but the exploitation and suffering inherent to some of these practices is so acute that there’s no legitimate defense. These practices must end, just as we’d never accept child slavery or the mutilation of women because it was practiced for a long time in a locale or a nation. The Iditarod, in my mind, is different than these extreme forms of cruelty because it need not require death or even injury of the animals. The dogs are competing, but it can be regulated in a way to minimize some considerable risks for the animals. It’s tough, but it can happen.In your book you talk about religion’s role in the fight for animal protection: the current pontiff, Pope Francis, has written about a Biblical precedence for respecting animals, Hinduism provides shelters for cows as well as banning their slaughter in certain places, Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama, have called for the end of animal abuse. You write that the Indonesian Council of Ulama even issued a fatwa on the “Protection of Endangered Species to Maintain the Balance of the Ecosystems,” the rationale being that man’s laws can be circumvented, but a god’s law carries more weight. How much of an impact does religion have on fostering the humane economy and what do you feel the role of religion will be in furthering the concept?There are many different forces pushing ahead the elements of the humane economy – from art and film and literature to science to entrepreneurial activity to strategic activism and so much more. So there’s no single key to success. But given that so many people align themselves with religious ideas, reminding people of faith of their own traditions that call for mercy and compassion for animals has the potential to be an immense force for good. Religious principles and tenets should never be abstractions, but instead give us practical guidance in conducting our lives. It’s so important that religious doctrine points us in the direction of being good to animals. As a matter of fact, religious influences were decisive in the early formation of the animal protection movement.Information about factory farming, slaughterhouses, puppy mills, animal testing, etc. can be incredibly disturbing. How do you educate people without upsetting them so much they might turn away from the issue?It’s very difficult to show people cruel practices and not to have them avert their gaze or even entirely shut down. As we roll out our investigations, we try to expose people to what we consider a digestible level of violence. We want to show them the reality of what happens to animals, but not overexpose them. An emotional response can stir indignation and action, but it can also cause paralysis, and it’s the indignation and action that we want.In chapter six, you discuss the sad state of wolves in the US, and how many oppose their reintroduction despite evidence of immense benefits. You write that the wolves’ natural hunting behavior would help regulate deer populations, mitigating the 1.2 million annual car collisions with deer, causing deaths and billions in damage and insurance payouts. Who are some of the unlikely allies, like insurance companies, advocates of the human economy should look for?When we are good to animals, we typically see good outcomes through the whole of society. Insurance companies should be friends of wolves, because wolves can limit deer populations and reduce deer-auto collisions, meaning that there are fewer claims by insurance holders. Law enforcement is aligned with us because when they arrest perpetrators of animal cruelty, they are identifying and often incarcerating people who represent a larger threat to our communities and the safety of them. When we crack down on factory farms, we help homeowners too, because their property values don’t drop because of the smell wafting from these concentrated animal feeding operations or because massive manure loads are not polluting their local water supply. What is the role of animals if and when a truly humane economy achieves completely animal-free meats, dairy products, and animal-free medical testing? What does the life of a cow, chicken, pig, or any non-pet animal, look like when they’re no longer necessary to humans?This is going to be a long, evolutionary process. The change we are seeking can only play out over decades, so there’s no risk that domesticated farm animals are going to vanish. In the end, I’m not sure people will give up all meat and other animal products, even though they can live healthfully without them. The key outcome is to reduce consumption. With small numbers of animals, and more farmers who actually tend to the animals and care for them, we’ll see a much more humane and sustainable agricultural system.The Humane Economy has an optimistic tone and ends with a variety of ways people can help and contribute to making the humane economy possible. What are you most hopeful about and what are the areas you feel need the most attention?Perhaps the greatest number of animals are at risk in the food production system, and that’s the one area where each of us has enormous control. We make life and death, humane and inhumane choices every day when we decide what food to put into our bodies. Because eating more plant-based foods is better for our health and for the planet, I do think this idea will be ascendant and more popular. Ultimately, I believe people will make rational decisions, even if they are obstinate or show poor judgment in the short run. The logic and science behind animal protection is hard to combat. 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“As Justices of the Peace, we are leaders and we have great influence in our communities, so we need to become mentors for these children. Let us, as Justices of the Peace, pledge to break the chain of abuse against our children,” she added. Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell, is urging the new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish to help to prevent child abuse by becoming mentors for vulnerable children in their communities. Story Highlights Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell, is urging the new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish to help to prevent child abuse by becoming mentors for vulnerable children in their communities.She argued that through these mentoring relationships, children are more likely to report cases of abuse or neglect so that corrective action can be taken.“As Justices of the Peace, we are leaders and we have great influence in our communities, so we need to become mentors for these children. Let us, as Justices of the Peace, pledge to break the chain of abuse against our children,” she added.Dr. Dunwell was addressing the commissioning service held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on June 14.She saluted the 32 new appointees and reminded them that being a JP “is an opportunity to reach beyond self and serve communities” with integrity.Meanwhile, Director/Principal of the Justice Training Institute (JTI), Karen Campbell-Bascoe, told the JPs that they will have a critical role to play in the operation of the justice centres that are to be set up across the island.The justice centres will coordinate the alternative dispute resolution activities in the parishes.“We’ll call on you soon as we move towards introducing and re-energising alternative dispute resolution mechanisms within our communities,” Mrs. Campbell-Bascoe said.“We’ll be calling on you to assist us in the area of mediation and restorative justice, and the JTI will be asking the Custos for names of persons to serve in these areas,” she noted further.During the commissioning ceremony, tribute was paid to the recently slain Maxine Simpson, who would have been sworn in as a JP for St. Andrew.Ms. Simpson was described as “eager to learn and to serve her community”.The commissioning ceremony was attended by Chief Judge of the Parish Courts, Judith Pusey; and President of the Lay Magistrates Association of St. Andrew, Hon. Marigold Harding; as well as family and friends of the new JPs.
Story Highlights Teachers may be nominated by a principal, colleague, an education officer or a member of the National Mathematics Team. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition. Nomination forms can be downloaded at the Ministry’s website at www.moe.gov.jm, or persons may contact any of the six regional offices across the island. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition.Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, said the competition is designed to promote the meaningful learning of mathematics and celebrate primary and secondary teachers who consistently apply best practices in the classroom.Teachers may be nominated by a principal, colleague, an education officer or a member of the National Mathematics Team.The Mathematics Teacher of the Year Competition, which is in its fifth year, is sponsored by Jamaica National (JN).Prizes for the winner include a two-year membership to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), which is the world’s largest organisation concerned with mathematics education; a trip to Washington DC in the United States for the 2018 NCTM Conference in April; and an Apple iPad.Nomination forms can be downloaded at the Ministry’s website at www.moe.gov.jm, or persons may contact any of the six regional offices across the island.Deadline for the submission of nomination forms is November 30, 2017.
More Nova Scotians will have help to care for a loved one at home thanks to increased support by the province. Thousands of Nova Scotians support family members, friends and neighbours living at home by providing personal care, help around the house, and drives to health appointments or running errands. The province is providing more support to care for loved ones as part of the government’s commitment to give Nova Scotians more options to stay in their homes and communities longer. “This government said it would make life better for families and offer better care sooner and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson during a visit to the Adult Day Centre in Halifax today, Oct. 10. “By supporting caregivers, we are helping to ensure they are able to continue to provide quality care to their loved ones, which, in many cases, can mean the difference between living at home or going into a nursing home.” The government is taking three key steps to support caregivers by: About 1,100 low-income Nova Scotians qualify for the $400 monthly Caregiver Benefit. By raising the low-income threshold from $18,785 to $22,003, about 100 more caregivers are expected to qualify. Over the next two years, the province will more than double the grant to Caregivers Nova Scotia to run community-based peer support groups and offer telephone assistance and practical support for caregivers. It also partners with organizations to deliver workshops about care-giving issues. “Providing care can be extremely rewarding and satisfying. It can also put a physical, mental, emotional and financial strain on caregivers and families,” said Sharon Reashore, executive director of Caregivers Nova Scotia. “We offer recognition and practical supports to friends and family giving care. This funding will allow us to make our programs and services available to more caregivers in more areas of the province.” That is welcome news for caregivers like Cathy White, who found herself caring for her husband Tony after he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease four years ago. She appreciates the ongoing support, recognition and information she receives from Caregivers Nova Scotia. “Caregiving changes your life,” said Mrs. White, who attends regular support group meetings organized by Caregivers Nova Scotia. “It has been important to me to have the support of other caregivers, other people, who know and understand what you’re going through on a daily basis. Caregivers Nova Scotia also helped me realize I needed to take care of myself if I wanted to be able to look after him.” The province is also making respite beds available in more communities. Respite beds are an affordable, convenient option for caregivers who need a temporary break from their caregiving responsibilities. Eight nursing home beds will be converted to respite beds as they become available in Yarmouth, Middleton, Brookfield, Springhill, New Glasgow, Sydney, Dartmouth and Sackville. Today’s announcement is part of the additional $22 million included in the 2012-13 budget to improve and meet the demand for home care supports across the province. The funding will make life better for Nova Scotia’s seniors by making home care more affordable, supporting caregivers, strengthening community solutions and investing in more technology and equipment. Access to the caregiver benefit, respite care and other home care programs is available through the single-entry access system at 1-800-225-7225. making the monthly Caregiver Benefit available to about 100 more people enabling Caregivers Nova Scotia to expand their programs and services to more areas of the province opening respite beds in more communities so caregivers can take a temporary break from caregiving responsibilities
OTTAWA – The families of some recently deceased veterans may not be getting the help paying for funerals that they deserve, an internal government audit has found, prompting a renewed commitment to outreach by the federal government.The Veterans Affairs audit was looking at a program that helps pay the costs of burying veterans who died because of their military service or whose survivors can’t afford a proper funeral.Since 2013, the government has helped pay for around 1,200 such funerals each year at a cost of around $7 million.But the audit said many more veterans may have been eligible, as the estates of only a fraction of the roughly 21,000 veterans who die each year were assessed to determine whether they qualified.“Although the overall intake to the program has remained relatively consistent over the past four years,” the audit report said, “there is a risk that the program is not fully reaching veterans.”One specific area of concern was the 3,000 veterans receiving disability benefits who died each year, but whose families were never contacted about whether they were eligible for financial help with the funeral.The audit also raised concerns that veterans who were homeless or poor were more at risk of being overlooked than others, despite the fact the survivors of such people were more likely to need assistance.Officials were also less likely to look at the files of veterans who were single or widowed when they died, which meant, among other things, “that the estates of female veterans are negatively impacted.”The number of cases assessed, meanwhile, has steadily decreased from more than 3,100 in 2011-12 to 2,200 to 2015-16, though the audit did not cite a reason.In response to the audit, Veterans Affairs, which has long struggled with complaints from veterans about difficulties obtaining support and services, said it is following up with vets to ensure nobody is missed.Department spokesman Nick Wells said in an email that the measures include a monthly report on veterans who have been identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness, or receive financial assistance.“Any veteran or veterans’ family who is eligible for funeral and burial services will be provided them,” he said. “We continue to work hard to ensure more veterans receive a dignified funeral and burial.”The funeral and burial benefit is administered on behalf of Veterans Affairs by the non-profit Last Post Fund, which was founded in 1909 and currently covers up to $7,376 for a veterans’ funeral.Additional funds may also be available to pay for the burial plot, interment or cremation.The program was heavily criticized for years for only covering the costs of those veterans whose estates were valued at less than $12,000, after the Chretien government cut the threshold from $24,000 in 1995.But the Trudeau government raised the threshold last October and tied it to the consumer price index, with the cutoff currently sitting at $35,738.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
Despite the scorching heating in NYC last Thursday, celebrities like Ally Brunetti, Kiera Chaplin and Jemima Kirke still rolled out to the Mckittrick Hotel in Manhattan to support EndGame: the Global Campaign to Defeat AIDS, TB and Malaria founded by Leigh Blake.The Host Committee included big names like Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and Lou Reed. The evening featured the full production of Sleep No More, the critically acclaimed interactive, experiential play, as well as performances before and after the show by Santigold, Angela McCluskey, DJ Chelsea Leyland, The Hot Sardines and King Holiday.Proceeds from the event funded the direct care that Arms Around the Child provides to children in adversity in the impoverished world and EndGame’s efforts. The night also featured an on-site auction, and a silent online auction on Charity Buzz. Drinks were provided by Belvedere Vodka.Find out more about EndGame here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Advertisement Login/Register With: ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 ON HULUThe streamer’s Emmy-winning series will keep expanding the world of Margaret Atwood’s novel. The resistance in Gilead isn’t finished yet.Hulu has renewed its flagship series The Handmaid’s Tale for a fourth season. A return date for the Emmy-winning drama starring Elisabeth Moss hasn’t been set. READ MORE‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 BY HULU – TCATen episodes into The Handmaid’s Tale’s third-season run, Hulu has renewed the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning drama series for a fourth season. The announcement was made at TCA. READ MORE Facebook The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 AT HULUOffred and co. are coming back for more. Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a fourth outing. The news comes with three episodes of the third season still to air. “Handmaid’s” has become a signature original series for Hulu, which claims that it is the most watched show, original or acquired, on the streaming service.The series picked up a hatful of Emmys in its opening season, including one for drama series, one for lead actress Elisabeth Moss and one for supporting actress Ann Dowd. At last year’s ceremony, the series came home with three Emmys. A trio of episodes from season 2 are eligible at this year’s Emmys and picked up nominations in 10 different categories, while the entirety of season 3 will compete at the 2020 edition. READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement
Shenzhen: Chinese telecom equipment major Huawei on Tuesday said that India should address the constraints in the spectrum availability to make 5G technology-based services a success in the country. Speaking to IANS on the sidelines of the Huawei Global Analysts Summit 2019 here Huawei Executive Director David Wang, who is also the company’s ICT strategy head, also pointed out that the Indian telecom market is currently faced with excess competition. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Huawei would like to see India become more attractive in terms of 5G. We hope to see more changes in the Indian market..there is lack of spectrum for 5G operators which could affect the services. If the constraints present in the 4G is there in 5G as well, then these constraints might hamper growth,” Wang said. Huawei Deputy Chairman Ken Hu said some of the growth irritants of 4G in India should not be repeated. These problems had made it difficult for telcos to make profits with the 4G spectrum in the face of excessive competition in the telecom services market. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “If operators are struggling to make profits under 4G, I wonder how will they become profitable in 5G. Competition in Indian market is overheated”, Ken said. “My personal view is that for a very long time after 4G deployment, eMBB will be the main scenario. If operators are already struggling to gain profits on eMBB scenario under 4G, then I wonder how do they make profits under 5G””, he added. eMBB, or enhanced Mobile Broadband, is one of the three sets of used cases defined for 5G. Huawei which has faced security concerns in some parts of Europe and in the US, said that it is already in the Indian government’s invitee list for 5G trials, as and when these take place. “We were invited by the Indian government last year to conduct field trials for 5G and also participated in used cases and researches with operators in India. Huawei is deeply engaged with the Indian market on 5G,” Wang said. “India is similar to China and other growing markets in terms of requirements and ICT and is an important market for us”, he added. Huawei has undertaken 5G demo trials, alongwith Airtel and Reliance Jio, at the Indian Mobile Congress. India’s Department of Telecom so far has not taken any decision on the time period for 5G trials as the telecom operators have differences over the quantum of spectrum to be allotted and the duration of the field exercise. While the operators demand a one-year minimum period for trial, the government says it only allot spectrum for 90-day trials. The Indian telecom services market is facing severe competition, with a tariff war unleashed by Reliance Jio already affecting telcos’ bottomlines. They are already complaining about the high high reserve price of the next spe4ctrum auction slated to take place later this year. Huawei has been present in India since the last decade in the telecom equipment business and has so far worked with Airtel and BSNL. It faces completion from fellow Chinese rival ZTE, Korean major Samsung, and the European firms Ericsson and Nokia.
Philadelphia – Last Sunday, Coca-Cola debuted its “America the Beautiful” commercial during the Super Bowl, taking heavy criticism in some circles for perceived defamation of a patriotic American song. The ad features bilingual American women singing the quasi-national anthem in seven languages, including English, Spanish and Senegalese, and triggered outrage and heated debate across the country – exactly as Coke intended.Some conservatives deemed the ad divisive and un-American, while most commentators took the opportunity to indulge in self-righteous grandstandingon the virtues of multiculturalism. The debate is as old as the United States, which has no official language, precisely because the country has been deeply diverse since its founding. Despite the revisionist efforts of xenophobic pundits, our history is rife with examples of linguistic pluralism, from the bilingual California state constitution to the numerous native U.S. dialects, including Louisiana Creole and Pennsylvania Dutch, and home to thousands of religious denominations (Islam, by the way, is the fourth most-practiced after Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism). In this light, the passionate defenses of diversity put forth by most commentators do more to increase their own self-worth and give legitimacy to the ravings of misguided partisans than present a truly revolutionary take on the issue. Recently, marketing strategies by Coca-Cola and other well-established corporations have preyed upon this very tendency.Cheerios presented a similarly “edgy” commercial in 2013, featuring an interracial family. The company ran a follow-up ad with the same family in response to critics, and a 30-second spot was featured in Super Bowl ads last Sunday as well. Recalling, too, JCPenney’s gay-friendly advertising, with controversy over a Father’s Day ad featuring gay parents, it is significant that older companies with broad customer bases are opting for a risky, progressive approach (not always with success – the CEO of JCPenney was fired after a 25% decrease in sales stemming from the ads).The Millennial generation, currently aged roughly 13-29, is the most ethnically diverse and progressive generation in history, and advertisers are taking note. Companies with more traditional reputations are using daring political statements to present a fresh face to younger consumers, backed by the huge revenue required to risk negative sales results. Coca-Cola’s choice to reveal their commercial during the most-watched television event in U.S. history was a move calculated to maximize the reaction that executives knew would result from an ad featuring a classic patriotic anthem sung in Spanish and other languages by immigrants, including a woman in hijab, at the height of political debate on immigration reform.Like other corporations before it, Coca-Cola has recognized the opportunity to wring more money from this controversy by expanding the original ad, running a 90-second version during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on Friday. Americans (and commentators worldwide) should stop taking the bait. Attempts by Coke and other companies to capitalize on progressive trends belies their actual roles in decidedly anti-progressive activities, from Coca-Cola’s alleged involvement in union organizer assassinations in Colombia to its discrimination against African-American employees.A Super Bowl ad for home soda maker Soda Stream was allegedly banned by the network for a derisive comment directed at Pepsi and Coke, both sponsors of the sporting event – a troubling sign of the totalitarian-esque power of two of the world’s largest beverage producers. Coincidentally, Soda Stream is implicated in damning enterprises as well, operating factories in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.Rather than get caught up in endless online debate with social conservatives on the merits of diversity, further enriching Coca-Cola’s advertising revenue, commentators would do well to focus on actual threats to democracy and multiculturalism worldwide. We are more concerned with pressing 1 for English than seeing beyond the polished presentations of multinational corporations, who wield actual power to influence global trends, either for human advancement or profit margins. Disingenuous advertising aside, their actions show that they will continue to choose profit until consumers demand otherwise.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Taroudant, Morocco- On Thursday the Court of Appeals in Fez acquitted Mohamed El Baladi, 31, who was sentenced on September 3rd by the Trial Court in Taounate to thirty months in prison for converting to Christianity and inducing young Muslims to convert.“The judge has just acquitted this Moroccan who converted to Christianity,” said Mohamed Oulad Ayad, president of the regional branch of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) in Fez.On August 27th, the police of Aïn Aicha, a rural town in the Taounate province, arrested Mohamed El Baladi on charges of converting to Christianity and attempting to spread the Christian faith among young people in his village of Aïn Aicha. Since the beginning of the trial, El Baladi had always defended his right to embrace the Christian faith.The Moroccan constitution guarantees religious freedom, but any attempt to shake the faith of Muslims is punished according to the Moroccan Penal Code.In accordance with Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code, a proselytizer may face “six months to three years prison and a fine of 100 to 500 Dirhams” for using the “means of seduction in order to convert” a Muslim “to another religion, either by exploiting his/her weakness or his/her needs, or using for these purposes education, health, asylums and orphanage institutions.”According to AFP, Morocco’s higher council of religious scholars (CSO), the only institution entitled to issue fatwas in the kingdom, “called for the death penalty for Muslims who renounce their faith.”After admitting their failure to spread what they call “the message of Christ” in the Kingdom, Christian missionaries have used Facebook to distribute more than 30,000 Bibles translated into “Darija,” Moroccan Arabic, in an attempt to entice Moroccans to convert to Christianity.According to the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report of the U.S. Department of State, the predominantly Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian expat community in Morocco “consists of approximately 5,000 practicing members, although some Protestant and Catholic clergy estimate the number to be as high as 25,000”.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Notley says details coming soon on who qualifies and how for carbon tax rebates EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says details of the carbon tax rebates will be worked out in the next few months.Notley says the information is expected to be ready when next year’s budget is released in the spring.Alberta is bringing in a carbon tax starting in 2017 that will see heating and power bills go up, along with hikes at the gas pump.The bill for the average household is projected to go up by $470 a year by 2018.However, the government is planning to rebate some of that money to middle and lower-income Albertans.Notley says about 60 per cent of Albertans will qualify. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2015 12:07 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
By Aoife Barry 25 Comments Share3 Tweet Email Jan 23rd 2017, 3:12 PM A STUNT ACTOR was shot dead in a tragic incident during a video shoot for an Australian hip-hop band.Bliss N Eso were filming their latest music video in Brisbane when the incident occurred.In a statement, the band said they were “incredibly saddened” by what occurred.Though they were not on set at the time, the trio said they were “extremely upset and shaken up by this”. Short URL Source: BLISS N ESO/Twitter 24,415 Views Stunt actor shot dead during Australian hip-hop band’s video shoot Police are investigating. The Courier Mail said that the man who died was from the Gold Coast and was a “seasoned stunt double”.Brooklyn Standard, the venue at which the incident took place, said in a Facebook statement that police were investigating the incident.The venue had been hired for use out of hours.“We would like everyone to know that none of our staff were involved in the incident and everyone is safe, and we are doing everything we can to help the police investigation at this time,” they said.Read: 55-year-old Australian diver ‘lucky to be alive’ after being mauled by giant bull shark> http://jrnl.ie/3200841 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 23 Jan 2017, 3:12 PM We’re incredibly saddened by the tragic incident that occurred today. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/3a6Z8uiTDM— BLISS N ESO (@blissneso) January 23, 2017
Every preschooler would have to study a foreign language if the coalition wins the next election, said Tony Abbott in his budget reply speech. Mr Abbott stated that within a decade, 40 per cent of year 12 students would be studying a second language under a pre-election target set by the opposition leader. He said further that Australians should not rely on people of the world speaking English. “The Coalition believes that starting in pre-school every student should have an exposure to foreign languages,” he said. He also said that this change would be generational as they coalition would need time to mobilise and train foreign language teachers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La grippe H1N1 tue 22 personnes au Sri LankaEn deux mois, 22 personnes sont mortes de la grippe H1N1 au Sri Lanka, selon le ministère de la Santé. Dans le pays, 300 autres personnes sont atteintes de la maladie.Pour l’épidémiologiste du gouvernement sri-lankais, Sdath Peiris, les fortes pluies et le temps frais ont grandement participé au développement de la grippe H1N1 dans le pays. Si cette maladie est bénigne, elle peut s’avérer très grave pour les personnes au système immunitaire déficient. Ainsi, 22 personnes infectées par le virus sont mortes depuis le 25 octobre au Sri Lanka, rapporte AP.L’Organisation mondiale de la santé avait proclamé la fin de la pandémie de grippe H1N1 le 10 août dernier. Pourtant, celle-ci fait visiblement son retour, et pas seulement en Asie. La semaine dernière, plusieurs cas ont été recensés au Royaume-Uni, où 300 personnes ont été hospitalisées (voir notre article).Fin 2009, la maladie avait mis la planète en émoi avant de s’avérer “modérée” et moins dévastatrice que la grippe saisonnière.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 11:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Stay on target Well, I guess the showrunners also felt they were running out of people to kill in these last couple episodes because we start with footage from three characters we’ve never seen before. Three kids named Sophie, Milo, and Todd, who embody every millennial stereotype you can think of, are wandering through the woods looking for the Roanoke house. They’re filming everything, of course, so they can post the videos to Instagram and “blow up the internet.” They’re fans of “My Roanoke Nightmare,” and are discussing how it’s really a story about racism and patriarchy when the spooky stuff starts happening.They run into a bleeding woman, running through the woods. She keeps mentioning her car. They follow her, and they come to a clearing with an overturned car. The woman is nowhere to be found. Sophie checks inside the wrecked car and finds the dead body of the woman they were following.The next time we see the trio, they’re talking to the police. Apparently, when the cops investigated the car, they didn’t find the body. They think the kids are just screwing around and threaten to arrest them for trespassing if they go near the house again. Todd even laughs about how their situation is just like every horror movie. Well at least someone on this show watches them. Not that it’ll help them survive, of course.Meet the kids who show up for one episode and die horribly. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)We cut back to the Roanoke house, right where we left off last week. Dylan explains that he was given instructions by Sydney to show up at the front door with the pig head on to add a few scares to what he assumed would be a dry point in the season. Lee and Audrey convince him that all the horrific stuff they’ve experienced was real and that they need to go back to the Polk’s house. Dylan says he’ll draw on his military experience to lead them.At the Polk house, Audrey searches the barn and finds Monet, still alive and tied to a chair. Lee finds the tape and tries to delete the footage of her admitting to her ex-husband’s murder. Dylan stays outside to hotwire the Polks’ truck so they can make an escape. He manages to start the engine but is stabbed by one of the Polks from behind. So much for that military training. Lee walks out with the camera threatening to show the footage to the cops and turn the Polks in. They’re interrupted by the torch-wielding ghosts. The Polk brother drives away in the truck, and Lee drops the camera and runs off into the woods. Audrey and Monet run out of the barn to find Dylan dead and the camera on the ground. Audrey picks it up, and they escape.Monet and Audrey run back to the Roanoke house and argue over why they chose to do that. It’s not like they’re any safer inside. Monet realizes Lee is gone. Audrey says they have the camera and now they’ll be able to prove their innocence. They watch the tape and find out that Lee did, in fact, kill her ex. As they watch the tape, we see Lee stumbling through the woods. She meets Scathach, the forest spirit played by Lady Gaga in “My Roanoke Nightmare.” Scathach feeds Lee a heart, just as she did for The Butcher centuries ago.Audrey (Sarah Paulson) caught by Lee. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)The kids, meanwhile, are back in the woods trying to prove to their followers that they weren’t lying about the body. They run into Lee, who is not looking so great. She stabs Todd and chases the other two into the woods. They come across the production trailer and see the dead bodies outside. With Lee close behind, they run into the trailer and find they’re able to watch what’s going on at the Roanoke house on the monitors. They see that Lee has entered the house and is about to kill Audrey and Monet. Sophie calls the police, but surprise: The police don’t believe them. Sophie and Milo run to the house to save the actors.At the house, Audrey and Monet see that Lee has entered and confront her about the murder of her ex. Lee holds a cleaver and is talking a lot like The Butcher, but for whatever reason, that doesn’t seem to bother them. Monet says she’s not scared of Lee, but Lee pushes her over the banister and Audrey is impaled on a broken pillar. Guess I was wrong about her being the one to survive. Audrey escapes through the tunnel in the basement, but Lee is waiting for her on the other side. She slices into Audrey’s shoulder with her cleaver and leaves her on the floor of the tunnel.Sophie and Milo find the house, but stop when they see the torch-carrying figures in the front yard. They see Dylan, still alive for now, being dragged in front of the crowd. From his chest-mounted camera, we see his intestines torn out. Sophie and Milo turn to run, but are caught by Lee and dragged in front of the crowd. Lee has taken on the role of The Butcher. She stands at the center of the crowd as Sophie and Milo are impaled on wooden poles and burned alive.The only survivor of this season (Adina Porter). (Photo: Screenshot via FX)The next morning, the police arrive, having heard reports of a lynch mob from someone watching the kids’ live-stream over the internet. They find all the bodies, and Lee still alive. She begs them to get her out of there and the police help her into a car. They then see that Audrey is also still alive, though bleeding from her shoulder. She crawls towards the police, who help her towards the car. When she sees Lee, she flies into a rage, calls her a murderer, grabs the police officer’s gun and tries to shoot her. The cops open fire and kill Audrey. Lee, seemingly with no memory of the night before, is the one who survives.After last week’s horrifying and disturbing episode, this week seemed almost tame by comparison. Well, until the very end. Just when I thought American Horror Story had run out of disturbing ways to kill someone, they impale two people through the rectum (that is what was happening, right?) and set them on fire. As for the rest of the episode, it was a little light on scares and a little too heavy on the slasher cliches. Guess they were luring us into a false sense of complacency for that final scene.The real exciting part though is what happens next week. Everyone is dead except for one person that one person is finally getting away from the house and there’s still one episode to go. So where do they go from here? We’ve seen in a preview that Lee will be put on trial for her murders because I guess Ryan Murphy loves courtroom drama now. Knowing this show, that’s not all it’s going to be. But how do you make a trial scary? The final episode is shaping up to be something completely unexpected.