Ashok Mohan ChakrabortyIAS officer Ashok Mohan Chakraborty retired as chief secretary of West Bengal on April 30, 2010. Soon after, he sought permission from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the cadre controlling authority for the IAS, to join the Essar Group. After taking the advice of the state,Ashok Mohan ChakrabortyIAS officer Ashok Mohan Chakraborty retired as chief secretary of West Bengal on April 30, 2010. Soon after, he sought permission from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the cadre controlling authority for the IAS, to join the Essar Group. After taking the advice of the state government and other agencies concerned, the DoPT gave him approval to join as resident director on October 7, 2010. Chakraborty rules out any impropriety. “There is no question of any conflict of interest since the government, before giving permission to any officer, looks in to all these factors. I had to wait for five months to join Essar,” says Chakraborty.Click here to EnlargeAccording to DoPT sources, there is a queue of officers who have sought permission to join private companies after retirement without completing the mandatory cooling-off period from the date of retirement. Using Right to Information Act, India Today has accessed a list of around 100 such bureaucrats who, since 2001, have sought permission to join private sector jobs. Until January 1, 2007, the mandatory cooling-off period was two years from the date of retirement. It was reduced to one year after hectic lobbying by IAS officers.According to the All India Service Rules, “A pensioner shall not accept any commercial employment before the expiry of one year from the date of his retirement, except with the previous sanction of the Central Government.” There is no need to seek permission from the DoPT after the cooling-off period is over or if an officer resigns from the service.advertisementP.V. BhideClick here to EnlargeTake the case of P.V. Bhide who retired as revenue secretary only on January 31, 2010. The DoPT has given him permission to join five companies – NOCIL Ltd, Heidelberg Cement India Ltd, Tube Investment India Ltd, L&T Finance Ltd and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Some more applications are under consideration. Bhide believes there is nothing improper about joining the private sector soon after retiring. “Why should there be conflict of interest? There is no conflict unless we share government secrets,” he says. “I have run a fertiliser company while I was in the public sector. The private sector will now utilise my experience.” Bhide adds, “I can still work but the government does not need my services. Therefore, I chose to join the private sector.”Naresh DayalClick here to EnlargeNaresh Dayal, who held the post of secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, retired on September 30, 2009. Soon after that, he filed an application for permission to join GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health-care as a non-official director. He got permission on May 21, 2010. “I have handled every government assignment efficiently. Here in the private sector, I will do the same,” says Dayal.Other officers who joined private companies before the end of their mandatory cooling off period include 1973 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre officer Ajay Shankar who, after retiring as secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on December 31, 2009, joined Tata Tea as a director. The DoPT gave him approval for the job on May 25, 2010. Anil Baijal, a 1969 batch Union Territory cadre officer retired as secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development on October 31, 2006. He was given permission to join the Infrastructure Development Finance Company as advisor and chairman of its PPP initiative on June 22, 2007.While some officers join private sector after retirement, others choose to join after taking voluntary retirement. Ashok Kumar Khurana, a 1976 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre officer, took voluntary retirement in November 2007 while serving as additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Power. He was granted approval to join JPSK Sports as vice-chairman in April 2008. O.P. Arya, a 1975 batch officer of Uttarakhand cadre, took voluntary retirement in May 2008. He joined the JP Ganga Infrastructure Corporation Ltd as its CEO after getting permission from the DoPT in January 2009. These officers are getting salary between Rs 10,000 per sitting as director and Rs 1.70 crore per annum.The list would be even longer if it were to include officers who have taken permission only from state governments for post-retirement jobs. Officers below the rank of secretary who have been working continuously for three years in a state government are only required to take permission from the state government concerned, not the Central government.At the Centre, the DoPT, which reports directly to the prime minister, has been liberal in granting such permissions. According to sources, only four officers have been denied permission since 2005.Not all former IAS officers are pleased with this new wave of post-retirement jobs in the private sector. Says N. Gopalaswami, a retired IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre and former chief election commissioner, “This one-year cooling-off period is not enough. This should be at least three years or even five years. These officers must not be allowed to join companies whose work has been related to the government job of that particular officer.”advertisementThe reality, as this exhaustive list shows, is quite the opposite.
HS Prannoy defeated local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik 21-11 22-20 in the finalsYoung Indian shuttler HS Prannoy clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the USD 1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, following his straight-game victory over local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik in the finals in Indonesia on Sunday.In a 43-minute battle, fifth seed Prannoy, who finished runners-up at the USD 50,000 Vietnam Grand Prix in Hochiminh City last week, got the better of qualifier Firman 21-11 22-20 in the men’s singles competition.The 22-year-old Prannoy dished out a dominating performance in the opening game as he opened up a 6-2- lead early on and then kept increasing the distance. He then reels off five straight points to take a lead 1-0 at the GOR Jakabaring stadium.Firman regrouped himself in the second game and moved 5-3 up but Prannoy fought back at 6-6 and grabbed a slender 9-7 lead. The Indonesian once again surged ahead to 12-9 and thereafter it was a gruelling battle, but Prannoy managed to earn a four-match point.However, Firman clawed back with four straight points to draw level at 20-20. Prannoy then dug deep to reel off the next two points to seal the door on his opponent and celebrate his first title victory.Prannoy won a silver medal in Boys’ singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.
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Southampton and West Ham United have both agreed upon a fixture swap due to the IAAF World Athletic Championships being held at the London Stadium in August.The two clubs had originally been scheduled to face off at the stadium on Saturday August 19, but will now play the match at St. Mary’s on the same date.The reverse fixture will be held at the London Stadium on Saturday March 31.This swap means that West Ham will now play their first two matches away, and conversely, Southampton will play their opening two fixtures at home.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 20, 2011June 19, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This is the second post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Health Challenges in Kenya: What New Research Shows.” The first is available here.“Do you want to be a pregnant woman or a prisoner in Kenya?” asked Dr. Margret Meme, one of speakers in Nairobi at the recent policy dialogue Maternal Health Challenges in Kenya: What New Research Shows. She explained that the last prisoner killed in Kenya through capital punishment was over 20 years ago, yet pregnant women continue to die of treatable causes not just in Kenya, but globally.As Dr. Meme addressed maternal health through the lens of a human rights perspective she highlighted a number of recommendations in order to more adequately address maternal health challenges in Kenya. She was concerned that pregnancy was treated more like a medical disease with purely medical solutions. Dr. Meme urged maternal health advocates to also focus on the cultural, social, gender, and economic factors that influence maternal health and asked that these factors be addressed along with medical solutions in order to truly address maternal health challenges.Naturally, addressing maternal health challenges can come with a monetary price. However, instead of viewing that cost as a cost that must come after more immediate government priorities such as infrastructure and defense, Dr. Meme argued that cost should be borne as the government would bear any other cost for public goods. As pregnancy builds a nation, Dr. Meme argued that maternal health is a public good, in the same vein as defense. Therefore maternal health should have a budget allocation that is just as important as the budget line for defense.Of course, pushing for more public funding of maternal health can lead to other complications. If advocates successfully encourage politicians to increase funding for maternal health programs, the work of maternal health advocates can not simply end there. Advocates should hold governments accountable; not just in putting aside funding for maternal health, but also for actually making sure that the money reaches the intended beneficiaries. Therefore budget accountability tracking mechanisms should go hand and hand with pushing for increased public funding to maternal health programs.Finally, Dr. Meme addressed the need for men to be more involved in maternal health. As she clearly stated; the role of men in maternal health shouldn’t stop at conception. Men focused programs which clarify reproductive and sexual health rights, as well as educate men on issues of maternal mortality and morbidity should encourage men to respect the rights of women to space their pregnancies and deliver their babies safely.Share this:
England captain Joe Root is relishing the competition with his counterpart as the five-match Test series got underway with an action packed first day in Edgbaston.India came back strong on Day 1 after England took the upper-hand in the first two sessions. The hosts were cruising at 216 for the loss of three wickets on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday when an ill-judged call by Jonny Bairstow led to Root being run out on 80 following a brilliant throw by Kohli.Kohli, who was mid-wicket, quickly collected the ball and released it swiftly to the non-striker’s end for a direct hit to dismiss Root.The India captain then celebrated the dismissal with a ‘mic drop’ gesture. Earlier, with ODI series levelled at 1-1, Root slammed 100 not out at Headingley as England defeated India by eight wickets to clinch the series. Root then celebrated the win by dropping his bat with Kohli watching on. The celebration was seen as a statement made by Root prior to the Test series against India. Joe Root did the ‘mic drop’ celebration after winning the three-match ODI series for England (Getty Images)Also read – India vs England: Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root with mic drop celebration Virat Kohli’s direct throw from mid-wicket ran Joe Root out on Day 1 of the first Test (Reuters Photo)Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ gesture was clearly in response to Root’s actions in front of Kohli after the third ODI.Also read – Keaton Jennings ‘cool’ with Kohli’s mic-drop gesture after Root run outadvertisementBut, Root sees no offence to it. Instead, he feels that Kohli’s actions spice things up in the series and make it entertaining.”I actually think it adds to the whole spectacle of Test cricket, it gives a bit of humour to it, and it makes for a very entertaining series for something like that to happen so early on, so we’ll see how things pan out over the course of the five test matches,” Root told Sky before the second day’s play. Joe Root had celebrated in front of Joe Root after England won the third ODI (Reuters Photo)Root’s teammate and England opener Keaton Jennings also weighed in on the issue and said that he is completely ‘cool’ with Kohli’s actions.”It’s fine. Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to. He celebrated, and that’s cool,” Jennings said at the end of day’s play.On Day 2, India bowled out England for 287 and started their chase in a good fashion before calamity struck.They suffered three quick blows in their reply to England’s modest first innings total with English left armer Sam Curran pegging them back to 76 for three at lunch.The Indian openers chalked up a half century partnership but the visitors were rocked by three swift strikes by the 20-year-old swing bowler who is playing in his only second test match.Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan got the visitors off to a good start with Dhawan looking the more dangerous of the two despite some good bowling by Stuart Broad and James Anderson.But the introduction of Curran turned the tables in favour of the hosts as he dismissed India’s top three batsmen in the space of nine runs.Dhawan scored 26 off 46 deliveries peppered with some fluent strokes while Vijay made 20. KL Rahul made only four.
Transfers ‘Mourinho risks custard pie with Alexis gamble’ – Merson sounds Man Utd transfer warning Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:19 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Premier League A. Sánchez José Mourinho The Red Devils have joined arch-rivals City in pursuit of the Arsenal forward, with a big risk being taken as they seek to pull off a remarkable coup Manchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.Those at the Etihad Stadium have made most of the running in a protracted pursuit of the Arsenal forward, with Goal revealing on Friday that they still head the queue.United, though, have made a late bid to pip their neighbours to the post, sparking a scramble for a much sought-after signature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Merson understands why the Red Devils have joined the chase, but feels failure to secure Sanchez could end up doing serious damage to the reputation of both the club and their manager.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’.“Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United. “He surely wouldn’t just say it for the sake of saying it, there’s got to be something going on.“Man United, there’s no about it, are still the biggest football club by a million miles. “But that would be a custard pie if Mourinho goes ’I want Sanchez’ and he goes ‘no, I’m going to go to Man City’.”Sanchez hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career last season, with those efforts helping to underline his value to any given cause.He has managed just eight strikes in 22 outings this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future has provided an unwelcome distraction while he has also been shifted back to a more familiar wide attacking role following the arrival at Emirates Stadium of Alexandre Lacazette.
New Delhi: The Congress said on Monday that the CWC meeting on Saturday held a collective deliberation on the partys performance in the Lok Sabha polls instead of casting aspersions on the role or conduct of any specific individual and any “conjectures, speculations, insinuations, assumptions” in the media about its deliberations were “uncalled for and unwarranted”. In a statement released, Congress Communications In-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the party has authorised its President Rahul Gandhi to go for radical changes and a complete organisational overhaul. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He said the Congress Working Committee, which is the highest decision making body of the party, is a democratic forum to exchange ideas, formulates policies and takes corrective action. “In this realm and context, members of the CWC expressed their views in the meeting on May 25, 2019. The CWC looked at the reverses in the Lok Sabha elections as an opportunity for radical changes and a complete organisational overhaul, for which it authorized the Congress President Rahul Gandhi,” he said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “The Congress party expects everyone, including the media to respect the sanctity of a closed door meeting of the CWC. Various conjectures, speculations, insinuations, assumptions, gossip and rumour mongering in a section of the media is uncalled for and unwarranted,” Surjewala said. He said the gist of deliberations was made public in the CWC resolution of May 25. “The CWC held a collective deliberation on the performance of the party, the challenges before it as also the way ahead, instead of casting aspersions on the role or conduct of any specific individual. We would request everyone, including the media, to not fall into the trap of conjectures or speculations and await the calibrated efforts by the Congress party towards future course of action,” he said. The CWC had rejected the offer of resignation made by Rahul Gandhi following the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elecitons. There have been reports in the media of Rahul Gandhi conveying at the meeting that Congress Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath wanted tickets for their sons but he was not very keen on it.
New Delhi: India will require $500-700 billion in renewable energy and supporting grid investment over the coming decade in order to meet its renewable energy targets, the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said on Friday. In a note titled ‘International Capital Awaits Robust Policy Environment in India’s Renewables Infrastructure Sector’, it reviewed India’s energy market and found some recent policy changes favourable for renewable energy investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBut it also noted with caution some sovereign risk issues that need to be resolved quickly. Author Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies with IEEFA, said the world is looking to invest in India’s renewable energy sector. “There has been clear momentum in India’s renewable energy capacity building in the last 24 months, leveraging the expanding opportunities in deflationary sustainable domestic projects,” Buckley said in a statement to IANS. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”India is set to reach 144 gigawatts of renewable energy by the end of financial year 2021-22.” “The country has a clear ambition to transition to a cheaper lower emission electricity system, and that ambition is attracting healthy global investment,” he said. According to Buckley, global capital flows into India will accelerate as long as the Indian government provides a clear policy framework and puts in place measures to lower risks and protect investor confidence. The briefing note highlighted multiple examples of international investment in India’s renewable energy projects, while also noting recent obstacles to India’s renewable ambitions, including a slowdown in the tendering process, grid integration constraints, and issues with excessively aggressive tariff caps on reverse auctions. As a result, during FY2018-19 India failed to capitalise on the momentum built over the previous two years through record low solar and wind tariffs. Only 10.3 GW of renewable generation capacity was added in FY2018-19. Co-author Kashish Shah said the slowdown masks some very positive policy announcements recently which accelerated tendering activity in June 2019, post the general election. “The proposed tariff policy revision and the payment security mechanism enhancements are both significant regulatory reforms, while removing the priority lending limit for the renewable energy sector will accelerate private bank lending to renewable energy infrastructure projects,” Shah added. For global public and private debt and equity capital seeking steady long-term returns, there is a huge investment opportunity in India’s electricity and transportation sectors to support the development of new generating capacity and grid development by 2030. “India wants to meet its renewable targets while showing global leadership in setting a policy framework consistent with the Paris Agreement,” Buckley added.
Karachi: The price of milk has gone out of control across major cities of Pakistan on the day when Muharram is observed, according to Pakistani media reports. The cost of milk has reached Rs 140 per litre in Karachi and the Sindh Province. Interestingly, petrol and diesel prices in Pakistan are lower than that of milk. Petrol was selling Rs 113 per litre, while diesel was Rs 91 per litre in Pakistan, just two days ago. There have been even reports that milk is sold for as high as Rs 140 a litre in some parts of Sindh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Milk is being sold between Rs 120 and Rs 140 across the city of Karachi due to the sharp increase in demand,” said a shopkeeper. During Moharram, Sabeels (stalls) are set up in different parts of the city to offer milk, juices and cold water to the participants of the holy month’s processions. For this, there is a huge demand for milk. Due to the increased demand, milk prices have shot up. Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani, who is responsible for controlling the price of milk, seems to have done nothing about the exorbitant rates at which milk is being sold, according to reports. Ironically, the official price of milk set by the Commissioner Office is still Rs 94 a litre.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Canadian Paralympic star Brian McKeever grew up without a television.But days before the 1988 Winter Games opened in Calgary, his parents took their long-broken TV set in to have it repaired, and the cross-country skier’s Olympic love affair began when Canada marched into the stadium for the opening ceremonies.“You don’t necessarily understand what the Olympics are at the time, but if it’s important enough for mom and dad to get the TV fixed, it must be pretty big,” said McKeever, who was in Grade 3 then. “So we watched the whole Games from opening to closing . . . it’s always a big event, right?”On Friday, the 10-time gold medallist will carry Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Olympics, leading a Canadian team 55-athletes strong.“I’m sure it will be (emotional),” McKeever said through a big grin. “Everything about sport is, good and bad. And I think that’s partly why we do this, to experience all the stuff, and so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens out there.”McKeever, who’s never marched in the opening ceremonies in his four previous Paralympics — his racing schedule has been too demanding — posed for photos after Thursday’s announcement at Canada Paralympic House. He draped the Maple Leaf around his shoulders like Superman’s cape, his buffalo plaid baseball hat pulled on backwards.“I’m a proud Canadian, and I’ve been fortunate to represent my country on the field of play out there, through a lifetime of sport that’s brought a lot of riches of experience,” he said. “This is something that you dream about doing, and it’s actually a nervous time. I think I’m more nervous to carry the flag than I am to race.”The 38-year-old visually impaired skier from Canmore, Alta., has owned the top of the Paralympic medal podium, going undefeated in Games competition since 2006.He was poised to make history in 2010 in Vancouver as the world’s first athlete to compete in both the winter Olympics and Paralympics in the same year. But Canada’s Olympic cross-country coaches opted to enter four other skiers in the men’s 50-kilometre race and not McKeever. The pain of being the odd man out, he said, stung for a long time.He did make history as the first Canadian to be named to both a Paralympic and Olympic team in the same year, and a few weeks after the Olympics, he shrugged off his heartbreak by racing to three Paralympic gold medals.Four years later in Sochi, McKeever got tangled up with a Russian skier near the start of the one-kilometre race, but clambered back to his feet and he and guide Graham Nishikawa caught up to win gold.The skier admitted his competitive spirit may show itself when he walks into Pyeongchang Stadium on Friday.“Racer mentality probably means I’ll be catching the teams in front,” he said, with a laugh. “I think there will probably be people there to keep me in place. Which is good… Blind guy will just wander all over.”McKeever competed in cross-country skiing from the age of 13, and raced at the world junior championships in 1998. A year later, at the age of 19, he started to lose his eyesight and was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, an inherited condition of macular degeneration that also claimed his father’s vision.The disease has robbed him of his central vision, but he still has 100 per cent peripheral vision — he likes to tell people he can see the donut but not the Timbit.McKeever roared to a pair of gold medals in his Paralympic debut in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and would race to eight more titles over the next three Paralympics, plus a pair of silver medals and two bronze.He’s also racked up 19 world titles, including two in February 2017, over 10 and 20 kilometres.McKeever’s 10 Paralympic golds match the amount earned by wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc and swimmers Michael Edgson and Timothy McIsaac.Canada’s chef de mission Todd Nicholson, a retired Paralympic hockey player and the flagbearer in 2006 in Turin, presented McKeever with the Maple Leaf.“In 2006… I can honestly say it’s a moment I will never forget,” Nicholson said. “I remember going into the opening ceremonies and there were 80,000 people screaming and yelling, and I’m really hoping that (McKeever) will experience that just as much as I have.”McKeever’s older brother Robin, who competed at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, then raced as Brian’s guide before becoming the para-Nordic head coach, cheered on his younger brother at the announcement.Also on hand were McKeever’s two guides Nishikawa and Russell Kennedy, who competed for Canada at the Olympics last month, and is new to Paralympic sport.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version referred to the closing ceremonies, instead of the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics.
Having a conversation with John Bentley Mays, who died suddenly while on a walk with friends in High Park in Toronto last Friday, could be a disorienting experience. First of all, his bald head was unusually large and bulbous, as though made to be chiseled from marble, and his eyes, gazing out from behind glasses with thick black rims, had a fixed, unblinking attentiveness that rarely betrayed where his singular mind was roaming.But despite his seemingly imperious—if not impenetrable—presence, his voice was disarmingly gentle and had a distinctive drawl. Though by the end he had spent more than half his life in Toronto, a city he loved and explored deeply, Bentley Mays never lost the quality of being a southern gentlemen, an enduring trace of a complicated childhood on a crumbling cotton plantation in America’s deep south. “When I first read Faulkner,” he once told me, “I really thought I was reading about my childhood.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement
Facebook Advertisement MONTREAL — The Montreal street artist MissMe has sold one of her works, a self-portrait from her series “Portrait of a Vandal,” to Madonna.The singer briefly posted on her Instagram story this week a photo of the six-foot high canvas, which depicts the artist in her trademark Mickey Mouse-eared balaclava, lifting her shirt to expose her naked body.MissMe, who wears a mask to maintain anonymity, is described on her website as “an activist, feminist, and one of the most recognized outlaw artists in North America.” Advertisement Her work, which has appeared on buildings around the world, explores “her own struggles with race, gender, society, and class while uplifting icons of the past,” the site says.Madonna first noticed MissMe’s art on the streets of Lisbon in 2017. When she shared a photo of the Lisbon piece on social media, it began a relationship with the artist.MissMe, who is originally from Switzerland but has lived in Montreal for 18 years, heard that she and Madonna were going to be in Morocco at the same time for photo shoots last summer and that the singer wanted to meet her.“She came to me — I was wearing my mask obviously — and she was like, ‘I’m a great fan, but you know this already,’ ” the artist said in an interview. “I was like, ‘Wow!”‘Madonna asked about making a purchase. “As soon as I had one, I sent it to her,” she said. “She was, like, ‘All right, I love it. I want it.”‘She described her persona on the canvas sold to Madonna as “an angry woman, in a way, you could say, that is pretty head-on and violent. My series is raw, emotionally and visually.”MissMe travels frequently, finding inspiration in new urban settings. The self-described “artful vandal” rarely stays more than a few months in a row in the same city, but considers Montreal her home. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: A piece from the series “Portrait of a Vandal by Montreal artist MissMe is shown in this recent handout photo.Hand Out / The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter
TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. say they are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.The Japanese automaker and the Japanese electronics maker said in a joint statement Tuesday Toyota will take a 51 per cent stake and Panasonic 49 per cent in the joint venture, which is to be running by the end of 2020.Products will be sold to various automakers, they said.The companies have been studying working together on batteries since 2017.Panasonic will transfer equipment, assets and workers from its plants in Japan and China to the joint venture, and 3,500 workers from both companies will be moved to the joint venture.Innovations in batteries are critical for electric vehicles.The Associated Press
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research has announced the launch of “Tadkik” (audit), an online service devoted to students who will sit for baccalaureate exams in the 2017-2018 school year. The service, which will officially launch on Monday, aims to provide baccalaureate students with a reliable and up-to-date student profile database, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The ministry statement said that the goal of the service is to avoid any profile errors which could potentially alter candidates personal data and scores.The ministry recommends that all applicants verify their data before collecting invitations to take baccalaureate exams.More information is made available at the moudamadris.com website, a platform dedicated to Moroccan students. The process of verifying a student’s data is done through the examination of applicants’ electronic applications, which contain personal data that has been entered into a school management system and approved electronically.If there is a data error in terms of a student’s data, the candidate must correct the error and submit the application again for correction, signed by the candidates and their guardians within established deadlines.Morocco’s national 2018 baccalaureate examination period will take place June 5-8, according to the ministry.325,191 Moroccan students took baccalaureate exams during the 2016-2017 academic year, according to a statement released by the ministry in June 2017.The graduation rate for the 2017 academic year reached 62.5 percent, compared to 61.72 percent in 2016, said the ministry. Some 49,490 students graduated during the retakes, which were held July 11-13.
“Many disasters would not happen and many lives and livelihoods would be saved if there was greater public awareness of the threats posed by natural hazards such as tsunamis,” Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in a statement, welcoming the designation of the day as a “welcome step.” “It will help to focus attention on measures which can be taken to reduce risks from both man-made and natural hazards and to ensure that more people live and work in places which are free from the threat not just of tsunamis but other sudden onset hazards such as earthquakes, floods and storms.”The proposal was first suggested by the Japanese Government after the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai in March this year. Japan has suffered heavy losses as a result of tsunamis, most recently the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011, which claimed over 15,000 lives, disrupted the nuclear power industry and left many thousands homeless.“It should be remembered that the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives from countries across the world galvanised political commitment to reducing disaster risk and disaster losses,” Ms. Wahlström added.“The memory of that event helped to ensure the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction this year which sets targets for the first time on reducing mortality, the numbers of people affected, economic losses and damage to critical infrastructure from disasters.”
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, who described the high-level visit as an opportunity to reiterate support for efforts towards peace and stability in the country, joined Mr. Guterres on the trip. He declared that the entire United Nations system, including the UN Mission in DRC, MONUSCO, is fully committed to ending the Ebola epidemic.Civilians in DRC are also dealing with the deadly effects of other diseases, such as measles and malaria, which both claim more victims than Ebola, reminded Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Mr. Tedros, part of the official UN delegation, said that this is why investments in a health system based on primary health care are so important, to address all health needs in a comprehensive way.Speaking in French to local media on Saturday, Mr. Guterres expressed his admiration for the resilience of the citizens of DR Congo, and underlined the solidarity of the United Nations in the fight against terrorism, not only in Congo, but across the whole continent of Africa, and the entire world. Mr. Guterres arrived in the town of Goma, situated in the North Kivu region of the country which is at the centre of the epidemic, on Saturday. There, he was received by Leila Zerrougui, his special representative in the country, and inspected a contingent of UN peacekeepers. The UN chief thanked them for their service and sacrifice, and for putting their lives at risk, in often dangerous conditions, to protect civilians.I’m very proud of the work of our UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo – putting their own lives at risk in often dangerous conditions to protect civilians. I thank them for their service & sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/2MoY5gUuJ4— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 31, 2019 UN/Matine PerretSecretary-General António Guterres briefing by MONUSCO leadership with SRSG Leila Zerrougui (Right) and USG Jean-Pierre Lacroix (left) and leadershipTurning to the “terrible situation” of Ebola, and other major health concerns such as measles, malaria, and cholera, the UN chief promised that the UN stands “side-by-side with the Congolese authorities and the people of the country, in order to do our best to meet all of these challenges.”During his visit, his first since taking up office as the head of the UN in January 2017, Mr. Guterres will meet senior government officials, actors in the DRC peace process, and the civilian, police and military members of the UN Mission in the country.Other senior UN officials joining the Secretary-General include Huang Xia, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes; Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa; Mike Ryan, Executive-Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; and Ibrahima Socé Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General of Emergency Response.
Mrs Jukes and All Call Signs want the Government to make coroners record the numbers of veterans who kill themselves to monitor the scale of the problem.A Department of Health spokeswoman said since 2010 the Government had provided an extra £22.5 million to treat mental and physical health needs of veterans, with an extra £9 million injected for early treatment. Dave Jukes, who killed himself after suffering years of PTSDCredit:Andrew Fox Campaigners claim some soldiers who served in British campaign in the Middle East are suffering PTSD as veteransCredit:MAR SOBHANI/Reuters When Mrs Dukes followed up that email because her husband was clearly suicidal she was advised by the unit to call 111, an NHS line for non-threatening emergencies.A spokeswoman for Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust which runs the TILS service assigned to Mr Jukes said it will “investigate all of the circumstances surrounding his death.”While Mr Jukes accepts her husband was “very difficult” for medics, police, and veterans’ associations to cope with, his problems stemmed from feelings of guilt and memories from his service.“He told me he felt guilty about what he had done, what he had seen and what haunted him. When ill he was not the man I married eight years ago,” she added. Dave and Jo Jukes on their wedding dayCredit:Andrew Fox His wife, Jo Jukes, 47, has written to Jackie Doyle-Price, the new suicide prevention minister, urging her to address the failings in mental health services for veterans.Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, she said: “My husband was asked to serve his country but was then abandoned and repeatedly let down by mental health agencies. How many times does someone need to ask to be sectioned before something is done?“I don’t think the NHS understands the symptoms of combat PTSD, which can result in them appearing resistant to treatment, at times due to their ingrained military persona which can appear aggressive and erratic.”Her letter catalogues how she and her two daughters struggled to cope with a “Jekyll and Hyde” character suffering nightmares, paranoid episodes and who could be potentially violent or withdrawn.She wrote “it is absurd that we as a society can create killers and then dump them without the correct support.” Jo and Dave Jukes were married for eight years before his death in October 2018Credit: Andrew Fox Jackie Doyle-Price who has been appointed the world’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own livesCredit:PA/Conservative Party Stephen James, of All Call Signs which helps veterans experiencing mental issues, said they were dealing with similar cases “time and time again”.“We are fearful of further loss of life. The mental health services available to veterans are so fragmented and difficult to navigate that it’s almost impossible to know where to turn in a crisis.“Until the government takes responsibility and provides a single point of contact for veterans seeking help, we’re going to keep losing our nation’s heroes to hidden wounds.” Listing her repeated failed attempts to get him sectioned, she adds: “All such failures have directly led to David ending his life in abject despair which has now destroyed a family.”She warned how the mental health “crisis” facing veterans was out of control, adding: “It is the prime responsibility of the Government to get its act together and get a grip on this and lead from the front.”The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that three weeks before his suicide, Mr Jukes, who joined the Army in 1991, wrote to the NHS’s Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) saying: “I seem to be getting worse and it’s starting to worry me… I think I need to be put away for a time before I lose it and do something I don’t mean to.“And it will give the ones I love a break… I’ve never had to fight myself this much before and it’s hurting me. All I want to do is never wake up and let them be happy.” The widow of a military veteran who killed himself after suffering from PTSD has written to the Government demanding it tackle the “growing mental health crisis” among former servicemen and women.Dave Jukes had battled for years with acute depression triggered by service in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.Despite the former lance corporal writing to specialist NHS veterans’ mental health services last month warning he was “getting worse” and needed “to be put away” or he would kill himself he was never sectioned. He killed himself three weeks later at his Birmingham home on October 9.The 49-year-old former infantryman is believed to be the 48th former or serving serviceman or woman to take their own lives this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Emergency services were called to the Essex seaside after reports of people coughing and struggling to breathe.Hundreds of families were enjoying the sun in the seaside town of Frinton in Essex on Sunday, when a large number of people began to have trouble breathing.Essex Police said they were investigating, but that the cause remained unknown and the force advised people not to enter the water.Emergency services, including the ambulance and fire service, attended the scene at the seafront off Fourth Avenue shortly after 2pm.Despite speculation of a fuel spill from a ship, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which sent a counter surveillance pollution aircraft to the scene, said no evidence of this had been found. A couple of officials in a dinghy warn people to get out of the water at the sea in Frinton, Essex, as emergency services received several reports of people coughing and struggling to breathe. Credit:Mark Wray/PA A mother on a family day out at the busy beach described how one of her twin daughters was left “gasping” for breath.Miriam Lansdell said: “My daughter started coughing. She said ‘I don’t feel good. It hurts to breathe in’. My other daughter was gasping and couldn’t form words because she couldn’t breathe well enough.”The 45-year-old mental health worker from Derbyshire, who was visiting her parents in Essex for the bank holiday weekend, said she also had difficulty breathing as she lay on the sand drying off after a dip in the water. “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has not received any reports of pollution being spilled in the area from vessels.”The MCA’s counter pollution surveillance aircraft has flown over the area this afternoon to undertake an aerial survey and no fuel pollution has been reported by this flight.”Earlier this month a hazardous material left several people on Worthing seafront complaining of sore eyes and vomiting, and two requiring hospital treatment.The coastguard said a passing cargo ship might have been the cause.An investigation was launched in August 2017 when a chemical haze in Eastbourne left 150 people needing hospital treatment for sore eyes and breathing problems.The most likely cause of that incident was believed to have been fumes from a ship illegally flushing its tanks with chemicals. She said they all began to breathe more easily when they moved further away from the beach, but took the 10-year-old girls to a walk-in clinic to be checked over by medical staff.She added: “It’s not what you expect when you go for a day out to the beach.”Training manager, Mark Wray, who was at the beach with his wife, said he had noticed a few children coughing as they came out of the sea, but assumed they had swallowed some water.He said officials later began patrolling the beach and starting to tape off some areas, before “a procession of emergency vehicles, including ambulances, fire appliances, police cars and other unmarked vehicles with blue flashing lights started heading towards the scene”.He said the beach was “packed with hundreds of families enjoying the record-breaking temperatures”.Essex Police said that while the cause was investigated, people were advised not to go into the sea.East of England Ambulance Service said people should wash themselves down if they were in the water, change their clothes and drink fresh water.Anyone with further concerns is advised to call the NHS on 111.A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “At around 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon, HM Coastguard received reports of beach swimmers suffering from a possible respiratory irritant causing people to cough at Frinton and Walton-on-the-Naze on the Essex coast.