The Narendra Modi government’s move to form a high-level committee for the effective implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord has been labelled a “poll gimmick” by political parties and organisations in Assam.Clause 6 of the Assam Accord seeks to provide “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards” to “protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”“This is an election stunt. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power at the Centre for nearly five years. They have not fulfilled their promises about granting ST (Scheduled Tribe) status to six communities of Assam and have now come up with a new set of promises. But the people will not fall for their election stunt,” Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP and spokesperson, said on Thursday.The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which had ended a six-year agitation against illegal influx by signing the Assam Accord with the Centre in 1985, had a similar view.“This is an attempt to placate the Assamese people angered by the BJP’s bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. After almost five years of sitting over the demand for implementing the Assam Accord, the BJP is talking about a committee when the Lok Sabha elections are near,” AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said.“Panels are meaningless when there’s no intention to execute the decisions taken during our tripartite meeting with the Central and Assam governments last year. The move is the BJP’s blueprint to cheat the people of Assam,” the union’s president Dipanka Kumar Nath said.The day also saw some 70 organisations headed by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) launch a renewed agitation programme against the Citizenship Bill, whose draft is set to be finalised by the Joint Parliamentary Committee. If passed by the Parliament, the Bill will legalise the stay of non-Muslims who migrated to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014, allegedly because of religious persecution.“Deciding to form a committee to assess the implementation of the Assam Accord signed 33 years ago is ridiculous since the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government’s term expires in three months. The panel ploy cannot divert us from the agitation against the Citizenship Bill,” KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi said.Union Home Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Wednesday said that the high-level committee would give its recommendations to the Centre for the effective implementation of the Assam Accord. He also said that the committee would discuss with all stakeholders and assess the quantum of reservation of seats for the indigenous communities in the Assam Legislative Assembly.
PBA IMAGESPlaying in their first game in the PBA D-League, both CJ Perez and Jaycee Marcelino agreed that they are facing a brand new beast in the developmental ranks in this stint with Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.“The play in the D-League is really different from that of the NCAA,” said Perez, the NCAA Season 93 MVP, in Filipino after wrapping up his first game in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia Perez chimed in: “We just need to be tougher.” Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Marcelino also added: “We’re still finding our way. We’re facing veterans so it’s really a new challenge for us. Eventually, we’ll get our bearings back.”Zark’s Burger-Lyceum lost grip of the game late in the second quarter as Marinerong Pilipino jumped to a 47-35 halftime lead which extended to a 56-39 advantage early in the third quarter.Though Perez and Marcelino carried the Jawbreakers back in the game and got in within two numerous times in the last two minutes, they could not deliver the victory, losing to the Skippers, 94-92.Despite the opening day loss, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum is keeping its hopes up as it seeks to recover in its next assignment against Batangas-EAC on Tuesday.“We need to do extra work so that we could sustain what we did in Lyceum,” said Marcelino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Marcelino, the Season’s Rookie of the Year, couldn’t agree more.“In the NCAA, everybody is on our level. Here, we’re playing against veterans, so we can’t say that we can replicate what we did in the NCAA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExpected to figure among the contenders this first conference, the Jawbreakers admitted that it still takes time before all of them adjust to the rigors of this new endeavor.“We’re still adjusting,” said Perez. “We just returned to practice and this was only our second game in the year, so we’re still confused at times on the floor.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates with center Bam Adebayo (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. The Heat won 102-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Dwyane Wade fondly remembers his dominant first game in New Orleans as an emerging college star with Marquette. He won’t forget what was likely his final performance as a pro in the Big Easy, either.Wade walked off the court to chants of “D-Wade! D-Wade!” from fans converging on the tunnel to the visitors’ locker room after his 19 points — highlighted by tough shots over Anthony Davis at the end of each half — helped the Miami Heat beat the Pelicans 102-96 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his matchup with Davis.Davis had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but curiously did not take his first shot of the second half until hitting a 3-pointer with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter.“Every time he got the ball they were running two guys at him. Once again, A.D. is not going to force shots,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He did what he was supposed to do and he had seven assists — probably could have easily had double figures. We did not make some (open) shots.”Both teams shot worse than 42 percent and Miami missed 25 3s, but the difference in the game was Miami’s rebounding. The Heat outrebounded the Pelicans 57-38, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds and converting them into 25 second-chance pointsTyler Johnson added 15 points off the bench for Miami, whose reserves outscored New Orleans’ bench 58-20.Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, but limped to the locker room with 6:49 to go after rolling his right ankle during a lost scrap for a rebound. Holiday had 22 points.TIP-INSHeat: Reserve wing player Derrick Jones Jr. scored 11 points in 21 minutes. … Guard Goran Dragic sat out for the fourth time in five games with right knee soreness. … Starting forward Justise Winslow left the game in the first half with right ankle soreness and did not return.Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic missed his second straight game with a right ankle injury. … Forward Darius Miller missed eight of nine shots, including seven of eight from 3-point range, where he normally hits 38 percent.MEMORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wade, who turns 37 in January and plans to retire after this season, said the efforts of fans around the country to see him play one last time is “definitely not lost on me.”So when a sore back sidelined him for Miami’s previous game at Memphis, he was determined to do what he could to loosen up in time to give it a go in New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I definitely understand the sacrifices people make to be at our games,” Wade said. “I just wanted to make sure tonight I was able to get out there. And then I started feeling pretty good as it went on, got a couple shots to fall and the rest is history.”Wade received an enthusiastic ovation when he first checked in and then made his first three 3-point attempts, the last of which he banked in with Davis guarding him closely in the final seconds of the first half. Wade stopped short of saying he meant to use the glass, but recalled thinking that was the only chance the shot had to fall when he released the ball over Davis’ long arms. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Wade said Marquette’s visit to Tulane in January 2003 was the first time he was aware of NBA scouts in attendance for one of his games. He scored 35 points in an 85-73 win. He returned to New Orleans that season for the Final Four in the Superdome. Then as an NBA rookie, his first playoff series was against New Orleans, which was then in the Eastern Conference, and Miami won that series.“I’ve had a lot of great moments here,” Wade said. “I was glad I was able to get out there today and kind of finish it off the last time being here.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Houston on Thursday night.Pelicans: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ “I decided to ask God to put it in for me — just prayed on it,” Wade said with a laugh.The Pelicans were as close as 96-90 after Davis’ 3 with 2:32 to go. But Miami, which led nearly the entire game — and by as much as 17 — squashed any hope of a late comeback with Wade’s driving floater over Davis to make it 100-92 with 51 seconds left.Wary of the pressure Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was putting on Heat ball handlers, Wade said he acted decisively to explode past Holiday toward the hoop.“And then when I got down there I saw the big fella coming, so the only chance I had to get the shot off, I had to throw it high, kind of like the 3, but just in the paint,” Wade said. “It was kind of the icing on the cake.”Josh Richardson scored 22 points for Miami, which closed out a six-game road swing with its fourth victory on the trip.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nuggets beat Raptors in matchup of conference leaders Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
Simmons had 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Redick scored 19 points.DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points.Embiid went 13 of 28 from the floor and had two 3-pointers. Embiid, who had his NBA-best 33rd game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, hit a 3 from the top of the arc and connected on the tying free throws the next time down to send the game into the fourth tied 96-all.“I told myself that I really needed to get going,” Embiid said. “For us to win, I had to show up. I did the best I could.”His best was good enough against the Spurs.The 76ers turned in the sequence of the half after Brewer’s 3 made it 51-48. Jonah Bolden blocked Aldridge twice on the same sequence and Simmons grabbed a loose ball off the second rejection. He took off and fed it to Bolden for a crowd-igniting dunk on the other end. Redick followed with a 3 for a 56-48 lead that had the four-point favorite Sixers rolling.“We had really good resolve anytime they made a run,” Shamet said.TIP-INSSpurs: Belinelli, a former 76er, got a nice ovation when he checked into the game.76ers: Simmons played with an upper respiratory infection. Embiid’s back has bothered him for some time — NBA broadcaster Charles Barkley ripped the Sixers’ decision to play Embiid in a recent win over Indiana — and there’s no telling when it may get better. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants CELEB SIGHTINGSRapper Biz Markie was in the house, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and players Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins rang the ceremonial bell. Former Spur David Robinson spent several minutes signing autographs for Sixers fans.PALESTRA POWERThe Spurs held their shootaround at Philadelphia’s Palestra, the historic gym known as the basketball cathedral on Penn’s campus.“This is what you’re supposed to feel like when you play basketball,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “All these other arenas that we’re all in, they don’t do anything to your spirit. They don’t make you feel anything. You don’t fall in love.”NOVA NATIONVillanova’s Jay Wright will serve as an assistant coach under Popovich for Team USA.“He’s a helluva coach. He’s a helluva guy. End of story,” Popovich said. “He’s been pretty successful last time I checked.”HE SAID IT“He’s full of (expletive). That’s why I got rid of him. Kiss-(expletive).” — Popovich, on Brown saying Pop’s the greatest coach in NBA history. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Spurs blew their chances to win: Philadelphia had a shot-clock violation, but DeMar DeRozan had his shot blocked by Wilson Chandler.“I thought Wilson was maybe the main reason we won the game,” Brown said.Corey Brewer went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line for a 122-120 lead with 1.1 seconds left. San Antonio’s final shot at sending the game into overtime was denied when Ben Simmons broke up an inbound pass headed for Marco Belinelli, with DeRozan on the bench.“We couldn’t get one bucket to keep ahead and try to pull it out,” DeRozan said.The packed house of 20,339 went wild as the Sixers closed on a 10-0 run while playing without star guard Jimmy Butler (sprained right wrist).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Popovich gave his former assistant a playful shove on the sideline late in the game.UP NEXTThe Spurs play Saturday at New Orleans.The Sixers open a four-game trip Saturday at Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, celebrates after a dunk past San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid stretched his balky back each time he had a moment’s rest.Those vital health breaks were fleeting — Embiid gutted out nearly 40 minutes, showing again that the days of the All-Star center missing seasons and stretches of games with injuries have become a faded memory.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Embiid had 33 points and 19 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers used a pair of four-point plays in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-120 on Wednesday night.“He felt the responsibility to play,” coach Brett Brown said. “He’s starting to get older and feel the weight of the responsibility. He understands his role in all of this, the growth of all of this, the ownership of all of this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmbiid, expected to be named an All-Star starter on Thursday, shook off LaMarcus Aldridge and scored 16 straight points that kept the Sixers in the game. Landry Shamet ended Embiid’s personal run with a four-point play late in the fourth that pulled the Sixers within one.After the Spurs nudged ahead, Shamet hit a 3 to make it a three-point game and JJ Redick gave the Sixers a 121-120 lead with 1 minute left after he converted Philadelphia’s second four-point play of the fourth. View comments
London: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino accepted he must bear the brunt of criticism for his side’s slump in form in 2019, but insisted things are not as bad for Spurs as a run of four wins in 17 games seems.Pochettino saw another opportunity to win the first trophy of his managerial career slip by with a shocking League Cup exit on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester after a 0-0 draw on Tuesday. Spurs have taken just eight points from their opening six Premier League games of the season to already fall 10 points behind leaders Liverpool, who also beat Pochettino’s men in the Champions League final in June.But after five seasons of progress and praise for their Argentine manager, there are fears that a lack of movement in and out during a number of transfer windows has allowed Tottenham to go stale.”That responsibility is mine, to create that dynamic for us all to be together and start to perform in the way that we want,” said Pochettino on Thursday.”I think during five years it was almost all praise for Tottenham, how we are, how we work in different ways, how nice the coach is, how nice the coaching staff are and the club is.”Now if we deserve to be criticised, we need to accept that. If we don’t get the result people expect then we need to accept the criticism.”The critics can make you realise that we maybe need to wake up in something, to evolve, to find different ways to evolve.”I am so relaxed because you cannot live forever in a happy world. Up and downs happen, that is life and especially in football.”Tottenham were unfortunate in losing 2-1 at Leicester last weekend as Serge Aurier’s goal that would have given the visitors a 2-0 lead at the King Power was controversially ruled out by a VAR review for Son Heung-min being adjudged to be millimetres offside.And Pochettino believes his side are currently not getting the results their performances deserve.”We’re not so far away. Our performances are not as bad as the feeling and atmosphere that we create. I’m sure we’ll start winning games and performing well,” he added.”The team is doing similar or better than last season in performances but the results are different.”I do not escape my responsibility. Our responsibility is to keep calm, to work hard, be right in our assessment and help the players perform. We have quality players who are going to perform, for sure.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballmauricio pochettinoTottenham Hotspur First Published: September 26, 2019, 11:14 PM IST
The Twenty20 format of the game has gone through lot of transformation in the last decade with batsmen showing marked improvement compared to the bowlers, feels former India captain Rahul Dravid. (England to begin three-month tour of India from November 9)Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Dravid said that there is a marked change in the skills level of players with the T20 coming in. (Ashwin, Jadeja shine for India in second warm-up match)”You know from my experience, I think the batsmen have may be – are slightly ahead of the bowlers in terms of the way their skills have improved over the last 9, 10, 11 years in T20 cricket but the bowlers are slowly catching up,” Dravid said.However, Dravid was quick to elucidate on the difficulties bowlers face in the shortest format.LIMITATIONS FOR BOWLERS”I think the very nature of bowling is such that you’re limited physically by the amount you can do. It’s not that you can go on… You can’t obviously go on bowling for two hours, two and a half hours, three hours, right every day because you’re going to get injured or you’re going to break down at some time,” he explained.”So, the opportunities for bowlers to work on their skills is limited physically, by the physical demands and the nature of the job that they are doing. Whereas batsmen I think have a little bit of a leeway because they are able to push themselves physically and practice a lot more than say bowlers do.”advertisementEQUAL BATTLEDravid said it would be quite a task to ensure that the battle between bat and ball is an equal one in T20 cricket.”I think T20 cricket is only going to get you know bigger and bigger. I think we need to be a bit careful that we maintain, still maintain the balance between bat and ball. I see that as one of the major challenges of T20 cricket.”What we don’t want in time is to become – every score to become a 200 plus score where we are always seeing power hitting skills,” Dravid said.”We want somebody to, even if it’s for two overs, you want somebody to negotiate a difficult spell, you want someone – to see someone’s ability against the turning ball and how he negotiates that and how he’s still able to score at seven-eight runs an over against a good spinner on a track that assists the spinner as well.”So, I think we need that balance. I think otherwise you know you just might put up bowling machines and see who hits it further. I see that as a major challenge,” he added.(With PTI inputs)
Hyderabad, Aug 21 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today announced cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in womens vault Gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics.”Exceptional performance by girls in the Rio Olympics is inspiring. There is a need to encourage girls in all fields and entire nation should support them in their endeavour,” KCR was quoted as saying in a release from the Chief Ministers Office.In the Olympics, Dipa, from the north eastern state of Tripura, had ended up just outside a medal bracket with 15.066 points after putting on a superb display in the eight-woman vault final held earlier this month.The Telangana government had yesterday decided to give cash reward of Rs 1 crore to grappler Sakshi Malik, who won bronze at the quadrennial sports event. PTI VVK NRB RG
Anil Kumble-led ICC cricket panel to discuss boundary count ruleAnil Kumble-led committee will discuss the controversial boundary count back rule in their next meeting. England won their maiden World Cup on boundary count rule after a tied Super Over against New Zealand.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 23:39 IST England edged past New Zealand on the boundary count to win their maiden World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee is to discuss on boundary count ruleEngland won the World Cup 2019 on boundary count rule after a tied Super OverEngland vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 final ended in a tie even after a Super OverFormer India skipper Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will discuss issues relating to the World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in their next meeting, International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager, Cricket, Geoff Allardice said.”The Cricket Committee will consider any issues arising from the World Cup final when it next meets (in the first quarter of 2020),” Allardice was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”A Super Over has been used to determine a winner in a tied match in ICC events since 2009 (replacing the bowl-out), and the tie-breaker after a tied Super Over needed to be derived from something that happened in that particular match. So it has always related to the number of boundaries scored in the match,” he added.England edged past New Zealand on the boundary count to win their maiden World Cup earlier this month, leading to a massive uproar regarding the rule. In the final at Lord’s on July 14, England were adjudged winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count – 22 fours and two sixes – to New Zealand’s 17 after the the match ended in a tie after regulation play and Super Over.”Almost all the T20 leagues around the world also use boundaries as the tie-breaker in their Super Overs. We wanted to use the same Super Over regulations that are used across all professional cricket and that’s why it was the way it was. Whether it should be different is something that our cricket committee will consider at some point,” Allardice said.advertisementOn sharing the World Cup, he said that the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee did not deliberate on the matter at its annual conference.”No, that wasn’t discussed. The consistent view has been that the World Cup final needs a winner, and a Super Over was in the playing conditions to decide a tied final in each of the last three World Cups,” he said.Allardice also hailed India skipper Virat Kohli’s comments on the World Test Championship. “It is very encouraging to hear those comments. I know players love playing Test cricket. For the first time there is a real context to the matches they play that extends beyond a particular series.”I know the Test rankings have done a good job over a long period of time in the sense of identifying the best team, but to be able to compete on a points table and play for a spot in the final will add a new element to Test cricket and will make it more interesting to people from the countries not involved in that particular match,” Allardice said.Also Read | Right process followed: ICC backs Kumar Dharmasena’s overthrows decision in World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Endured ‘excruciating’ pain during World Cup: Jofra ArcherAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Anil KumbleFollow World Cup 2019 final
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More than 340 employers, educators, human resources professionals, government representatives, and community members are gathering in Halifax today, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, for the 8th Annual Ability Starts Here Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment. The annual event is organized by the Collaborative Partnership Network, the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission and the Human Rights Commission in recognition of the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Thursday, Dec 3. “This unique event provides groups with an important opportunity to learn, share and advance our understanding of equal access to employment and education for Nova Scotians with disabilities,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “Full participation in all aspects of society not only benefits people with disabilities in our workforce and higher education institutions, but also helps to create a strong, more diverse and sustainable economy.” The two-day event features workshops in employment, education and human rights. A special focus new this year will be issues concerning women with disabilities. Keynote speakers Danny Graham and Susan Scott-Parker will share insight and personal experiences that will help attendees increase their disability confidence to create a strong, diverse workplace that represents the communities they serve. “The time is right in Nova Scotia for people with disabilities to help create our new economy and help build more welcoming, inclusive and sustainable communities,” said Janice Ainsworth, chair of this year’s symposium planning committee and executive director of the Collaborative Partnership network. “This untapped human resource has the potential to support economic growth and reduce the strain on social assistance.” The Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards were also presented at a gala luncheon today. The awards recognize employers throughout the province who demonstrate success in hiring employees with disabilities. To request photos and bios for award recipients please contact Corinne MacLellan at email@example.com or 902-209-3234. For more information on the symposium, speakers and workshops, please visit www.abilitystartshere.ca .
BRANDON, Man. – Police in western Manitoba have charged a mother for abandoning her toddler in a stroller.Brandon police say an 18-month-old girl was left alone in the city’s downtown in August.Police say they received a call from a concerned woman who found the child and stayed with her, waiting for her parents to show up.The girl was reported missing hours later and was taken into the care of Child and Family Services.“This investigation is still actually ongoing,” said Sgt. Dave Andrews, with Brandon police. “The reasons as to how or why the child was abandoned are still being investigated.”Police say a 26-year-old woman, who cannot be named, has been charged with abandoning a child and failing to provide the necessaries of life.Andrews said she has been released from custody until her case is back in court in November.Officers say they are still trying to locate another suspect in the case.(CKLQ)
On the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, award-winning actor and UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador, Anne Hathaway, and actor and activist Winston Duke joined world leaders, global CEOs, university presidents and activists to unveil groundbreaking solutions to achieve gender equality around the world.Anne Hathaway SpeaksMost notably, HeForShe released three distinct products at the Summit, based on the work of its HeForShe Champions:The HeForShe Proven Solution on How to Achieve Parity in Global Leadership: Emerging from the work of HeForShe IMPACT Champion PwC Network, which has moved from 18% female representation on its Global Leadership team to 47% in just 15 months, the solution sets out a roadmap for other organizations.The HeForShe Emerging Solutions for Gender Equality Report, containing 34 concrete emerging solutions on how to achieve gender equality. These solutions address a wide range of issues, including closing the gender pay gap, ending gender-based and sexual violence, and achieving parity across society.Last, HeForShe unveiled its first HeForShe Male Allies Guide for Gender Equality – Tips for Understanding and Managing Your Emotions, built on a program pioneered by the Government of Finland, a HeForShe IMPACT Champion, to enlist army conscripts to prevent violence against women.Welcoming the solutions, Anne Hathaway said, “Today, the men on stage with me are here because they are throwing a huge rock through the glass ceiling.”The newest HeForShe Champions, officially announced at the Summit are: Chief Executive Standard Bank Group, Sim Tshabalala; and Secretary-General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Ahmad Alhendawi.In the lead-up to the event, HeForShe launched #MorePowerfulTogether, inviting landmarks around the world to turn off half their lights to demonstrate the power lost when women are underrepresented. The summit underlined this message by bringing together champions from all corners of society to demonstrate that we are truly more powerful together.In a closing call to action, Winston Duke said, “As an actor I have always been told that there are no small roles; and in the world of gender justice I’ve found no statement to be more true. To every single man and boy tuning in to this conversation today, I ask: I am HeForShe, are you?”
2002CBrazilTurkeyChinaCosta Rica1750-51.8 1994DArgentinaGreeceNigeriaBulgaria1757-43.6 Powerhouse France, coming off a loss in the finals of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal, will be looking to move through and claim its second ever World Cup trophy. Peru owns a 47 percent chance to make its second-ever knockout stage appearance and first since being defeated by Pelé’s Brazil in Mexico in 1970. Group B is projected to be the strongest in the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and will be headlined by an early game between old rivals Portugal and Spain, which will face off for just the second time at a World Cup. The Iberian Peninsula neighbors met for the first time in 2010, when the Spaniards won 1-0 on their way to the country’s first ever World Cup victory. And the duo could meet again on the grandest stage of them all: They have the highest combined chance of making the final of any two teams in the same group. 2018ASaudi ArabiaEgyptRussiaUruguay1720-97.8 2010FParaguayItalySlovakiaNew Zealand1713-66.9 Luck of the draw?The easiest groups in expanded World Cup history based on the difference between average Elo rating of group and the average of the tournament, 1986-2018 YEARGROUPTEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 3TEAM 4AVG. ELO RATINGDIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT AVG. 2006HSaudi ArabiaTunisiaUkraineSpain1744-44.7 2014HAlgeriaBelgiumSouth KoreaRussia1734-92.0 1998BAustriaCameroonChileItaly1747-52.3 2002BParaguaySouth AfricaSpainSlovenia1749-53.0 Belgium and England will be extremely pleased with how the draw turned out for them, as they’re combined chances of making it out of the group stages are the highest of any two teams in the same group. What’s more, they don’t play each other until the final round of group-stage matches, so depending on how they fare against Tunisia and Panama, the Belgians and English could have already qualified by the time they meet. Before the World Cup draw on Friday, there was reason to suspect that Russia would get off easy. As the host country, it was slotted into Pot 1, which made it impossible for them to be grouped with a powerhouse like Brazil or Germany. But it looks like the Russians also had a little luck on their side. In fact, by one metric, Russia’s Group A is the weakest group in modern World Cup history.Based on Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s quality that takes into account factors such margin of victory, game importance and game location — Russia’s group with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia has an average rating of 1720, which is 98 points worse than the average of all World Cup teams. That’s the largest gap between group strength and the World Cup average for any group in the World Cup since the expansion to the modern format in 1986.1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 teams from 1986 to 1994 and then 32 from 1998 onward. 1986BBelgiumMexicoIraqParaguay1757-45.0 Using Elo averages, no group in this next World Cup cracks the top 10 most difficult since 1986, but all are obviously tougher than Group A. Here’s a look at which teams should advance from each: The Russians avoided a whammy each time a pingpong ball was selected. After Uruguay joined them as the group’s Pot 2 team — Uruguay is middle of the pack, with an 1849 Elo rating — things really started going Russia’s way. Egypt, which has the second-weakest Elo of any team in Pot 3, was drawn, and the group was rounded out with Saudi Arabia, which has the lowest Elo in the field of 32. Compared with all of the potential ways Russia’s draw could have played out, its group ended up being among the easiest 2.2 percent of all possible combinations, according to the average Elo rating of its members.(Of course, this is even better news for Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, because they get to face Russia — the worst Pot 1 team by a wide margin — in addition to one another.)While Group A is the easiest when compared to the 2018 World Cup field, it actually doesn’t hold the claim for lowest raw score among all groups since 1986. That distinction belongs to Group F in 2010, which featured the defending champion Italy, Slovakia, Paraguay and New Zealand. No team from this group would make it past the quarterfinals.That said, Russia should stroll into the knockout stage. Indeed, FiveThirtyEight is giving Russia a 74 percent chance of advancing that far, with Uruguay followed closely behind with a 72 percent chance of reaching the knockouts. After scraping through the qualifying stages, Argentina is the clear favorite in Group D, with a 74 percent chance of advancing. But all eyes will be on Iceland, which famously beat England in the 2016 Euros on their way to the quarterfinals, to see if the country of just 330,000 people can go on another magical run. And they may be ready to shock the world again: Iceland’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage is just 33 percent, which will likely become even smaller after they face the Argentines in its first game. 2006GFranceSwitzerlandSouth KoreaTogo1732-57.2 Group F is in the mix for being this tournament’s “Group of Death” as reigning champions Germany will be joined by Mexico and Sweden. The Mexicans’ and Swedes’ qualifying chances are separated by just 3 percentage points, which is the smallest difference of any teams drawn out of Pots 2 and 3 in the same group. Rounding out the group is South Korea, which famously made it all the way to the semifinals in 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament, and currently have the third-worst SPI rating of any team traveling to Russia. The prize for second place in Group F? A possible date with Brazil in the Round of 16. Good luck. After its heartbreaking 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of its home fans in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, Brazil will be out for revenge in Russia. The way the tournament’s bracket is set up, Brazil and Germany could be on a collision course to meet in the final if they both win their respective groups. As it stands, Brazil and Germany have the highest and third-highest chances of making the final in 2018. The Polish could be the most likely team from Pot 1 to fail to qualify for the knockout stage, as they currently have the second-lowest SPI rating of any team from Pot 1. They’ll be joined by Colombia and Japan, which have a 70 percent and 49 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage, respectively. This means that Group H is the only group that has three teams with at least a 49 percent chance of making it out of the group stage. With the Colombians ranked the ninth-best team in the tournament and the Japanese being the highest-ranked team of any from Pot 4, Poland faces one of the toughest tests of teams from Pot 1.Additional contributions from Neil Paine and Dean Strachan.CORRECTION (Dec. 4, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Colombia’s and Japan’s chances of making it to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup were 2 percentage points apart. Poland’s and Japan’s are 2 percentage points apart.
NLT Australia, a subsidiary of NL Technologies in Canada, was recently awarded the contract to supply a complete tracking and two-way messaging cap lamp system for West Wallsend coal mine (WWC) in New South Wales. The Intrinsically Safe (IS) Messenger cap lamp system allows users to receive messages from any PC on the company’s network. Underground users can reply directly to the individual initiating the message. All messages are time stamped and stored on the system server for future reference. Another feature of the system is the ability for the users to raise an ‘Emergency’ message from their Northern Light® Messenger cap lamp should an emergency occur or assistance be required. This ‘Emergency’ will instantly be displayed on all monitoring PCs. NLT will also be supplying IS tracking for cap lamp users and underground vehicles. The IS tracking system operates over the same fibre optic-based Ethernet backbone as the IS Messenger system and therefore does not require a separate network infrastructure to be installed. Through the NLT Software suite the mine will have the ability to locate users and equipment throughout their underground workings. The complete system will assist the mine in managing any emergency situation.IS Messenger cap lamps will use NLT’s newest IS approved LED Headpiece expected to significantly reduce the incidence of bulb failures a common challenge with the older incandescent cap lamp systems. This combination of NLT Messenger cap lamps and the digital network infrastructure will provide the mine with the most innovative and advanced certified products available on the market today.NLT says WWC chose it’s tracking and messaging systems “after evaluating other available systems. NLT’s Digital Mine applications are technologically-advanced and IS-approved. The Northern Light Digital Network is the only system designed to stay active during a mine emergency.”The selection team from West Wallsend Colliery, Xstrata Coal, explains “We chose NLT Digital because it is totally IS, it provided us with true two-way communications and tracking required for both safety and productivity reasons even in the hazardous zones.” The safety benefits of the cap lamp system are in being able to instantly locate and communicate with system users, which is an unparalleled function in an underground coal mining situation. Adding to these safety benefits is the strong potential to increase productivity by being able to more readily locate equipment and specifically skilled personnel. This benefit alone provides the potential to dramatically decrease production downtime through timely and appropriate response to equipment breakdowns.
I’m gobsmacked, he fell six storeys onto a bed of burning debris in a sealed concrete tube, and he’s basically okay.I could feel the heat standing six floors above. A SOUTH AFRICAN firefighter survived a six-storey fall into a disused lift shaft engulfed in flames while trying to rescue a homeless man.Malusi Mncube, who works for the Durban fire department emerged from the 18-metre (59 feet) hole, which also had two metal spikes, with only a bruised hip, after he was saved by colleagues.“The shaft was dark and there was smoke…it’s incredible that he survived and suffered only minor injuries,” said Max Magnussen, the acting fire chief in the eastern port city.Mncube spent three hours inside the scorching shaft with the body of a homeless man he was trying to rescue. The man died of injuries from the fall and smoke inhalation.Mncube’s colleagues were amazed he survived.Justin Bateman told Witness newspaper: Bateman said Mncube crashed on a pile of burning garbage, narrowly missing two sharp metal poles.“If he didn’t happen to have breathing apparatus with him, he would not have survived 10 minutes down there – the smoke was trapped thick in that tube,” he added.- © AFP, 2013Dublin Lord Mayor catches fainting fireman>Concern about attacks on firefighters as Halloween approaches>