Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a Krishak Kalyan Samavesh (farmer’s welfare rally) in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal on July 16.Speaking to The Hindu, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said the meeting was being organised to congratulate the Prime Minister for raising the minimum support price for kharif crops. “We are hopeful that the Prime Minister will not only criticise the Trinamool government over the plight of farmers in Bengal but will also speak on the Centre’s plans to address the issue,” Mr. Ghosh said. He said the party chose Paschim Medinipur as the venue for the meeting to “capitalise on its performance in the rural polls” in the tribal-dominated Jangalmahal area.BJP’s national spokesperson Shahnawz Hussain said the MSP hike showed the Centre’s commitment to farmers’ welfare. He added that this had become a cause of concern for the Opposition. “In Bengal, the BJP’s support base is steadily increasing. However, Bengal is going through a state of lawlessness under the Trinamool government,” he said in Kolkata.
Kunal Sharma, managing director & founder of Spartan Kunal Sharma, managing director & founder of Spartan Sports, said it was “an unbelievable feeling to have Sachin on board as partner”. “An icon like him being able to provide his expertise is mind-blowing,” added Ravi Thakran, chairman of Spartan International. In January 2016, Spartan also launched the first global Virtual Sports Club called the Spartan Cricket Club, which provides a unique global forum including a wide range of services dedicated to promoting cricket among cricket communities and fans around the world. The Spartan Cricket Club boasts some of the worlds highest performing cricketers, including M.S. Dhoni, Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson, Joe Burns and Holly Ferling as its foundation members. Now, Sachin will also join the club to further develop the sport and healthy living around the world. PTI AK AH AH
Joe Root does not admit to being a natural leader but England’s new Test captain says the time spent as Alastair Cook’s understudy has groomed him for the responsibility.The elegant right-hander has established himself as one of the premier batsmen of his generation across all formats, putting him among such luminaries as India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealander Kane Williamson.The 26-year-old can also expect to take on the illustrious duo in tactical battles after joining them as a Test captain of their respective national sides, making his debut in the role in England’s home series against South Africa starting on July 6.”I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily a natural leader but becoming more senior within the side and being vice-captain over the last few years will definitely help in that respect,” England’s batting mainstay told Sky Sports.While he can always draw on Cook’s experience after spending four years in an England side led by the Essex opener, Root is also keen to possess the grit of Nasser Hussain and the positive leadership of Michael Vaughan.”A balance of those two and someone like Mike Brearley… the way he was able to manage so many big characters, all in one dressing room, and get the best out of them, turn a series around against Australia (in 1981)…” he said.As a leader, the Yorkshireman said, he would be thorough in preparation but would always trust his instinct.”I want it to be quite natural, not have all these grand plans in place and then something change or not go to plan and then feel like you’re back to square one. I want to be quite instinctive with it from the start.advertisement”I think (being instinctive) has been one of my big strengths as a player, as a batsman, and I think it would be silly not to go with something that has served me so well in other departments.”Root has inherited a Test side teeming with match-winners and believes all-rounder Ben Stokes will prove vital to England’s progress.”He is going to play a massive role,” Root said of his deputy. “You’ve seen how his cricket has developed over the last year or so and he is the sort of person, the more you give him, the more you get from him.”I think it’s great that he’s got this chance to become a bit more of a leader in the dressing room, as vice-captain.”So he, along with the other senior guys like Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Cooky, obviously, will be massive for us moving forward,” Root added.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid home crowds now at almost 25-year lowby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid home crowds are now at an almost 25-year low.Marca says attendances at the Santiago Bernabeu are dropping with a little over 55,000 watching the game with Rayo Vallecano.It is necessary to go way back to 1994 for a match when Real Madrid has such a poor attendance.Los Blancos have finished the year with a record of 63% victories at home.In total there have been 27 games with 17 victories, five draws and five defeats.
Man Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoriaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is being lined up for a return.O Jogo says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to recall on loan Pereira.He’s currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal but he’s going to be called back. The report doesn’t give a reason and given United have a wealth of keepers at their disposal at the club the likelihood could be they want to sort a different loan move out for him as he’s only started one out of the last four league games. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Health Minister Angus MacIsaac today, April 29, announced thatevery proper step is being taken to protect patient safety inlight of a potential Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) diagnosis. “Yesterday we learned about a breakdown in process at CapitalHealth during the hospital’s investigation into this suspectedcase of CJD,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “I want to reassure NovaScotians that our main concern is patient safety. With that inmind, a joint review, involving the provincial Department ofHealth, Health Canada and Capital Health, is being undertaken toestablish everything that has happened here and to help us applythe lessons we learn from this experience throughout ourprovincial health system.” The review will involve experts from the provincial office of thechief medical officer, Health Canada and Capital Health. Thereview will be conducted in a timely fashion and recommendationswill be provided to the minister of Health before being madepublic. This morning, Capital Health briefed senior officials with theDepartment of Health about the actions taken to date and theirongoing review process. “I am satisfied that Capital Health took appropriate action oncethe breakdown was identified,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Patient safetyis of utmost importance and Nova Scotians need to be satisfiedthat all efforts are being made to review the entire process inan objective way. That is one of my goals, as we participate inthis review process. The other goal is to ensure that anythingand everything we learn from this process is shared throughoutour health-care delivery system across Nova Scotia, indeed,across Canada. “We must also remember that this diagnosis is not yet confirmedand that, even among the 26 other patients involved, the risk ofcontracting CJD is deemed to be extremely remote,” noted theminister.
New Delhi: A CBI team on Friday visited Deoria Jail in Uttar Pradesh to speak to jail officials in connection with the agency’s case against former Samajwadi Party MP Ateeq Ahmed, sources here said.The Central Bureau of Investigation had earlier registered a case against Ahmed on charges of extortion, cheating, and forgery. The FIR alleges that Ahmed’s goons had, after continuously intimidating a businessman named Mohit Jaiswal, kidnapped him and brought him to Deoria Jail, where Ahmed himself was lodged. The complaint further goes on to say that Jaiswal was beaten up by Ahmed’s associates in jail and then forced to sign away ownership of four of his companies to Ahmed’s associates. Earlier, sources familiar with developments had said that four firms, namely MJ Infra Housing, MJ Infra Green, MJ Infra Land, and MJ Infra State were transferred to Ahmed’s associates forcefully inside the jail premises. Sources in the know told Millennium Post that the CBI team as part of its investigation into the case, had visited the UP jail in order to speak to jail officials as part of their basic enquiry as to how Jaiswal was brought in the jail and extorted without any interference from them. Further, they said that relevant documents have been collected from the UP Police and are being scrutinised. The case was entrusted to the CBI after the UP government had approached the Supreme Court of India, saying that CCTV cameras at the jail complex were tampered with at the time of the incident. Initially, the UP police had registered an FIR in 2018, and in the complaint, the incident is said to have occurred on December 26, last year. Ahmed was a Samajwadi Party (SP) member in the 14th Lok Sabha from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. Jaiswal, who has a real estate business in the posh Gomti Nagar area in Lucknow, had alleged that Ahmad was threatening him for extortion for the last two years.
The Elders strongly condemned President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.They called on the other signatories to the deal – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union – to continue to do everything in their power to sustain its spirit and implementation.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, former UN Secretary-General and a Nobel Peace Laureate, said:“The JCPOA was a hard-won diplomatic achievement and proof of what robust negotiations on the part of all those involved can achieve. I deeply regret President Trump’s decision to withdraw, and urge all other signatories to renew their commitment to the deal and avoid a broader escalation of tensions across the Middle East.”The Elders emphasised that after the JCPOA came into effect in January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s implementation of its provisions.However, they also expressed alarm at recent threats by Iranian officials to resume nuclear fuel enrichment and even withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if President Trump proceeded with his threat to pull-out.Ban Ki-moon, Elder and UN Secretary-General from 2007-16, said:“I am very worried about the risks of a new nuclear arms race, this time in the Middle East, as well as the negative implications for ongoing negotiations on North Korean nuclear issues. To prevent that frightening prospect, everyone must do what they can to keep the JCPOA alive and well. The UN Security Council ratified the agreement unanimously; no single country has the right to declare it dead.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, added:“I believe that, in the end, common sense will prevail. So, I suggest that a seat at the table should be kept empty for the United States to return to this agreement. The NPT remains a critical element of international security architecture, and any withdrawal by Iran would not be in its long-term interests.”
“(The project) is going to produce Canadian LNG that will supplant coal in Asia as a power source and do much for the environment,” he said.Earlier Wednesday, he told a CBC Radio program in Kamloops that the arrests were “not an ideal situation.”The federal government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline is “still an ongoing process,” he said.“There are a number of people and communities who are supportive, there are a number of folks who disagree with it,” he told the CBC.The RCMP enforced an injunction Monday from the B.C. Supreme Court that ordered the removal of any obstructions to the pipeline project in and around the Morice River Bridge on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston.The pipeline company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route but demonstrators say Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given their consent. “The challenge we have to have as Canadians is to be open to listening to people, to understand their concerns and their fears, and to work together to try and allay them,” he said.“We will always have in this country perspectives that vary widely.”Dozens of protesters on both sides of the pipeline debate gathered Wednesday outside the hotel where Trudeau spoke at the fundraiser.Protesters wearing yellow vests carried signs that read “Carbon Tax Cash Grab” and “Trudeau for Treason” while taking part in a chant opposing a United Nations pact on migration signed by Canada. Conservative critics argue it threatens Canada’s sovereignty.Keith LaRiviere, who is Cree and participated in the yellow-vest protest, said he knows some of the people involved in the pipeline blockade.He said he supports their right to protest but he believes those building the pipeline have the right to do their work.“I go to sweat lodges with some of those people so I really know them intimately, and I do support their cause. I do support their right to their land. I don’t support the aggressive way they were forced out of their position,” said LaRiviere, who travelled from Prince George.On the other side of the hotel parking lot, a group of Indigenous protesters opposed to the pipeline sang, drummed and held a banner reading “PM Trudeau: Canada needs climate action now.”Janice Billy said she supports the Wet’suwet’en because her First Nation, the Secwepemc, are also losing control of their lands.“The people … had no reason to be arrested. They are peaceful people. They were there protecting the land and water,” she said.The federal riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is held by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod and the Liberals see B.C. as a key battleground for the election in October. KAMLOOPS, B.C. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday.RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in northwestern British Columbia over a protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline by Coastal GasLink, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project.In a campaign-style speech at the Liberal fundraiser, Trudeau did not address the arrests but heralded the massive project as one of his government’s key achievements over the past year. Trudeau said he would not visit the blockade site.“One of the things that is really important is to try to reduce the temperature a little bit,” he told the CBC.Trudeau was scheduled to speak at a town hall gathering later Wednesday night.He told supporters at the fundraiser that he expected to hear “strong voices” at the town hall with very clear ideas about what his government should be doing.
The other agreement between the federal and provincial government is less developed, he added.“It’s lacking in concrete actions. It’s more about setting out the planning they are going to do and engagement with communities in order to recover caribou,” he said.“There’s some bit and pieces in there of meaningful action like funding for maternal pens but very little in the way of concrete action on the ground.”The caribou recovery process has been ongoing for decades, Burkhart said, adding that while the governments were negotiating these agreements two herds have died out.“So while they’re talking and negotiating, caribou are disappearing.”A lot of caribou habitat has been logged and lost, which has driven down their numbers, he said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – An agreement has been reached between the federal, provincial and two First Nations to offer temporary protection to the central caribou population in British Columbia while a long-term plan is developed.The agreement between B.C., Ottawa, the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations is one of two agreements announced Thursday.Doug Donaldson, B.C.’s minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, said the agreements include tangible measures that are rooted in the “best available science and traditional knowledge.” The measures include additional protected area, establishment of a recovery committee with representatives from the federal and provincial governments as well as First Nations, recreational management, predator control and reduction of disturbances.Donaldson said some local industries might be impacted and the governments will work to ensure that the effects are limited.The B.C. government is seeking consultation and feedback until the end of April on the two draft caribou recovery agreements.The agreements minimize the risk of a federal emergency order, which could see caribou habitat being closed off, resulting in billions of dollars in economic losses and affecting jobs, the province said in a technical briefing.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the federal government is working with British Columbia and First Nations to ensure that the southern mountain caribou, a species at risk that is facing imminent threat, gets the help it needs while also providing appropriate support to local communities and workers in B.C.The West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations welcomed the agreement. Chief Ken Cameron of the Saulteau First Nations said it was a “powerful moment in history and a turning point for B.C. and Canada and First Nations.”Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations said the caribou recovery program has shown that combining science with Indigenous traditional knowledge can “stop extinctions” and by providing habitat protection, caribou populations can be brought back and given a chance to thrive again.The central caribou population has declined from approximately 800 animals in the early 2000s to about 220 animals, the provincial government said.Tim Burkhart, B.C. program manager of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, said the agreement that includes the First Nations is a step forward.
Rabat – The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Morocco 75th out of 140 countries in its Global Competitiveness Index.In the 2018 edition of its annual report on global competitiveness published Wednesday, October 17, WEF gave Morocco a score of 58.5 on a scale from 0 to 100. Morocco has gained two places in the ranking since 2017.The Global Competitiveness Index evaluates factors that determine a country’s productivity. The factors are organized into 12 pillars and grouped into four categories: enabling environment, human capital, markets, and the innovation ecosystem. In the pillars of institutions, infrastructure, financial system, macroeconomic stability, and market size, the north African country scored well with an average score in those pillars of 68.88 out of 100.Morocco’s workforce skills and education in addition to its “labour market” scored poorly, ranking 114th and 119th globally with a score of 45.2 and 50, respectively.In health and business dynamism, Morocco also scored poorly, receiving a score of 74.9 (88th globally) and 53.9 (99th globally), respectively.Morocco scored modestly in product market and innovation capability, ranking 75th and 78th globally with scores of 55.2 and 34, respectively. Morocco lost 10 points in information and communication technology (ICT) adoption compared to the 2017 report, coming in 93rd place with a score of 44.2.Morocco comes fourth in Africa, behind Mauritius leads the African continent with a score of 63.7 (49th globally), followed by South Africa (67th globally) and, Seychelles (74th globally), and Morocco (75th globally).Globally, the United States leads the overall rankings with a score of 85.6. Singapore (83.5) came second, ahead of Germany (82.8) and Switzerland (82.6).Angola (37.1), Haiti (36.5), Yemen (36.4), and Chad (35.5) bottomed out the list.
According to a press release today from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, and the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides have concluded their joint three-day visit to Nepal.On the last day of their visit they met with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, and reaffirmed the commitment of the international community to support the country in this time of crisis.“My thanks to the Prime Minister for his clear message on the importance of working in partnership to speed up aid delivery,” said Ms. Amos, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “I assured him of the international community’s strong commitment to provide the necessary support.”For his part, Mr. Stylianides said that a disaster of such magnitude would test the capacities of any government in the world. “The Nepalese people can rest assured that we will stand by them, Nepal is not alone in this crisis.”During their visit, the UN and EU aid officials witnessed the devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck a week ago and met with people who were directly affected.They also had an opportunity to meet those on the front lines of the relief effort, including search and rescue (SAR) teams, medical professionals, and aid workers. Ms. Amos and Mr. Stylianides also met with senior representatives of local and national authorities, as well as financial and technical partners.Seven days into the relief operation, a significant amount of national and international aid and responders are being used. Teams are working around the clock to reach those affected. Helicopters and aircraft are particularly needed to reach those in the most remote areas.The UN and EU aid chiefs repeatedly stressed the urgent need to provide emergency shelter to hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in the rural areas. This is especially important given the fast approaching monsoon season. Healthcare and sanitation are also priorities.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund is (UNICEF) warning that the health and wellbeing of children affected by the disaster are hanging in the balance – as many have been left homeless, in deep shock and with no access to basic care. With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children will be at heightened risk of diseases like cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as well as being more vulnerable to the threat of landslides and floods.“The earthquake has caused unimaginable destruction,” said Rownak Khan, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nepal. “Hospitals are overflowing, water is scarce, bodies are still buried under the rubble and people are still sleeping in the open. This is a perfect breeding ground for diseases.”UNICEF is broadening its response so that children in the most severely affected communities, including those in hard-to-reach areas beyond Kathmandu, are provided with lifesaving services and supplies.”We have a small window of time to put in place measures that will keep earthquake-affected children safe from infectious disease outbreaks – a danger that would be exacerbated by the wet and muddy conditions brought on with the rains,” said Ms. Khan. “That’s why it’s so crucial to get essential medicine, medical equipment, tents and water supplies out to these areas now.”OCHA – the UN relief wing headed up by Ms. Amos – has launched a joint humanitarian response plan alongside other UN agencies and partners in an effort to support Government-led efforts in addressing the most critical needs of millions of people in need of shelter, water and sanitation, emergency health, food, and protection for the next three months.A $415 million emergency appeal, which was jump-started with $15 million made available through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), will help partners provide emergency shelter to 500,000 people who remain in the open, braving the damp and cold weather. Emergency health services and medical supplies and facilities, and safe drinking water and sanitation facilities are also urgently needed for up to 4.2 million people.As many as 1.4 million people will benefit from food assistance, including 750,000 in hard-to-reach areas. Some 2.1 million children and 525,000 women will benefit from protection assistance.To date, some $68 million was provided in support of the ongoing response, according to OCHA.
Brock professor Hans Skott-Myhre displays the cover image for the soon-to-be-released book Habitus of the Hood, which he co-edited with one of his former students A Brock professor and the master’s student he supervised have co-edited an eagerly anticipated book that gives us new perspectives of the ’hood.Habitus of the Hood is a collection of essays that explores how the ‘hood has been conceived — from the experiences of residents, particularly its youth, to its representation in popular culture.Hans Skott-Myhre is an associate professor of Child and Youth Studies. He’s on faculty in the MA in Popular Culture and the Interdisciplinary PhD program. He’s also an adjunct professor in Child and Youth Studies at the University of Victoria.Chris Richardson, the other editor, received his MA in Popular Culture in 2008 from Brock. He’s currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.The book, three years in the making, contains a mix of contributions from scholars who’ve lived inside, outside or both sides of the ’hood. The book’s published by Intellect Ltd. and is scheduled for release in October.“I was extremely pleased that Chris asked me to co-edit his first book,” said Skott-Myhre. “His vision for an alternative reading for the ’hood was powerful and compelling. It has been an honour to be able to advise, co-author and learn from him.”Habitus is a complex concept that describes the set of socially learned skills and ways of acting as individuals, groups, societies and nations that are acquired through everyday experiences and activities.The book explores the way that history, society and geography interact with the identity formation of young people, Skott-Myhre said. Habits, beliefs and practices of the people who live in the space also shape the space, often contrary to media expectations and portrayals.“The ’hoods are a place where people live, work, go to the grocery store,” Skott-Myhre said. “The dominant media and agenda of the ruling class often try to explain away the suffering that make the ‘hoods seem scary — broken families, fatherless homes, high crime, poverty. In fact, there is a rich and supportive community where alternative economies and cultures exist and thrive.”His chapter in Habitus of the Hood was based on living in the ’hood in the U.S. Before entering academe, he worked for 25 years with homeless and runaway kids.“I left that work with an appreciation for the value of struggle and revolution,” he said. “People who won’t be assimilated into the system find another way, and it’s not through government or NGOs or the middle class.”Richardson became interested in perspectives of the ’hood after growing up in Scarborough. Even though did not grow up in the ’hood, he often felt that the entire city of Scarborough was painted with the same brush, stereotyped as an area of high crime. There was little attempt to scratch beyond that thin veneer to discover its rich and diverse aspects. The areas of Jane-Finch and Regent Park were similarly stamped as areas of high crime and disintegrating family structures.“The ‘hood is a place we all think we know,” said Richardson. “It’s on TV. It’s on film. It’s in music. But for those who live it day to day, it’s a very different place.”Richardson credits Brock with encouraging him to pursue his interests in researching the ’hood.“My experiences at Brock really opened my eyes to what was possible in academe,” he said. “When I wanted to investigate and write about Tupac, hip hop, gangster films, or Sesame Street, the faculty encouraged me to pursue those ideas and showed me how to do so in a rigorous, scholarly way.“When Hans and I began talking about doing a book, I thought there was no way he would see it through,” he said. “He’s a very busy professor and I was a lowly MA student. But he said yes right away and he’s been engaged and encouraging throughout the process.”
LeBron James has called out President Donald Trump for the way the way he says the commander-in-chief has used sports to break the nation apart.“What I’ve noticed over the last few months [is] he’s kinda used sport to divide us and that’s something that I can’t relate to because I know that sport was the first time I was ever was around someone white. … Sports has never been something that divides people, it’s always been something that brings people together,” James tells CNN’s Don Lemon Monday, July 30.At the 9:49 mark, Lemon asks James about how Trump has called out athletes like Steph Curry and Colin Kaepernick for refusing to visit the White House or kneeling during the national anthem. James says there are times when the president has used Black athletes as a scapegoat.“I believe he uses anything that’s popular to try to negate people from thinking about the positive things that they can actually be doing and try to just to get our minds to not be as sharp as possible right then,” James says at the 11:16 mark. “You look at Kaepernick, who was protesting something he believed in and he did in the most calm, fashion way possible. Very respectful. He did all his due diligence. He was knowledgeable about it and everyone knew why he did it.”As for the possibility of James, who has grown more political in recent years culminating with his critique earlier this year of Trump not caring about “the people”, running for office, the baller shot it down. However, when asked if he’d enter the presidential race if only Trump were an option, James gave it a second thought.“Well, in that case, I may,” he said. “If they had no one, I mean, I believe there’s some people out there, I hope. Let’s see first. Let’s see first.”But that doesn’t mean he’d be eager to have a chat with Trump face-to-face.“I would never sit across from him,” James says. “I’d sit across from Barack [Obama], though.”
A separate report by a joint committee of MPs and peers found that another aid fund, the £1 billion a year Conflict and Security Fund, was “opaque”. Priti Patel is the Secretary of State for International Development Credit:Matt Cardy/Getty It said major projects which usually take at least a year to approve are being pushed through in six months and there was a “serious risk” the Prosperity Fund will fail in its objectives of reducing poverty and creating opportunities for increased trade with British businesses.The report says: “Given the speed at which participating departments are expected to move from concept notes through to full business cases and implementation at scale, the lack of delivery capacity in key departments and diplomatic posts presents some serious risks.” It comes at a time when care for the elderly under the NHS is in crisis. Other projects targeted for aid spending include supporting China’s fashion and film industries and providing “policy and regulations for football”.The news came as a report warned that the money risks being wasted because the foreign aid fund is being spent at an “unprecedented” rate.The Independent Commission for Aid Impact found the Government is planning to push through approvals for projects worth hundreds of millions of pounds with “unprecedented” speed. Sustained economic growth is the only long-term solution to povertyGovernment spokesman It suggested there was a risk it could be being used as a “slush fund” for projects which fall short of improving Britain’s national security.A spokesman for the Government said: “Sustained economic growth is the only long-term solution to poverty and the Prosperity Fund supports the vital economic development needed to help middle-income countries, where more than 60 per cent of the world’s poorest live, to stand on their own two feet and become our trading partners of the future.” Care for the elderly under the NHS is in crisisCredit:ISABEL INFANTES/AFP The UK is planning to spend taxpayers’ money on improving social care for China’s elderly population and boosting its fashion industry.The Government has announced plans to spend £1.3 billion on improving economic growth in “middle-income” countries such as China, India and Mexico.The Foreign Office has outlined a series of “policy objectives” for the funding in China with “suggested projects” including improving “care in the community for elderly people in China” and the “sustainability of the health system”. 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.
A criminal case against Lord Carey would be an attack on us all, conservative Church of England figures have said. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, 10 signatories including the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, suggested that the former Archbishop of Canterbury was being targeted for his involvement in the Bishop Peter Ball case because of “what he represents of biblically faithful Christianity”. The letter, also signed by Simon Rufus Isaacs, Marquess of Reading, who is a friend of Prince Charles, former bishop of Woolwich Colin Buchanan, and campaigner Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, says that similar high-profile cases have not resulted in prosecutions for misconduct in public office.On Monday this newspaper reported that police and prosecutors were considering a criminal investigation following the publication of the Gibb report last year, which found that Lord Carey, 82, was among senior figures who had “colluded” with convicted sex offender Ball. The letter says that investigations into child sexual abuse “have investigated hundreds of cases of suspected misconduct in public office and have yet to bring a case to trial.”It adds: “No one has been charged with any offence in relation to the misdemeanours of Jimmy Savile. “The cases against Lord Bramall, Leon Brittan, Edward Heath and Cliff Richard were all dropped. “Why is Lord Carey being targeted at this time? Certain public leaders appear to be being attacked by insinuation without due process.”The notion that a criminal case could be brought against Lord Carey is so bizarre that we can only surmise that the object of the persistent pressure that brings these public attacks is not only Lord Carey but what he represents of biblically faithful Christianity. “An attack on him is an attack on us all.” The religious figures highlighted the case of Jimmy Savile, pointing out that no one has been charged with an offence in relation to his misdemeanours The Gibb report, published last June, found that Lord Carey did not pass on six letters alleging abuse by Ball to police and failed to add his name to a list of clergy who were considered unsuitable to exercise ministry. In a letter to Ball’s brother Bishop Michael Ball following Peter Ball’s police caution for for gross indecency, Carey said he believed Ball was “basically innocent”, the report added. Following the Gibb report Lord Carey apologised to Ball’s victims and said he “believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations”. He later resigned his role as an honorary assistant bishop in Oxford following intervention from current Archbishop Justin Welby. In a Christmas letter to friends he said the Archbishop had insisted that he stand down and that his decision was “unjust and eventually will be judged as such.”A spokesman for the Archbishop responded that the “independent inquiry into Peter Ball’s case was quite strong in its recommendations.”Officers working on the potential investigation into Lord Carey are co-ordinated by Operation Hydrant. On Monday a Hydrant spokeswoman said: “The matters under consideration are complex, and advice is currently being sought from CPS to understand whether anything contained within the Report suggests criminal offences have been committed. “This does not equate to a criminal investigation being underway.”CLARIFICATION: This article originally referred to Metropolitan Police officers being attached to Operation Hydrant. Operation Hydrant is in fact a national policing Operation providing operational co-ordination in matters of non-recent child sexual abuse and has no investigative function. It is separate and distinct from the Metropolitan Police and other UK territorial police forces.
A gossiping chiropractor faced a disciplinary hearing after he told a patient’s mother that her daughter was pregnant. Benjamin Mathew, 40, treated the woman who was six-weeks pregnant at Cardiff Bay Chiropractic, on West Bute Street, before revealing the news to her mother, despite having no permission to do so.The pregnant woman said she was “shocked, disgusted and angry” when she discovered that Mr Mathew had passed the news of her pregnancy on to her mother without her consent.Mr Mathew was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by breaking patient confidentiality by revealing the baby news.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A disciplinary hearing was told she had planned to tell her mother about the pregnancy on Mother’s Day a few weeks later.However, when they gave her mother a Mothers’ Day card announcing the pregnancy it was apparent that she already knew. She then told her daughter how their chiropractor had gossiped.The woman added: “Telling your mother you are pregnant should be a very special moment and he took that away from us. Mothers’ Day was ruined.” The revelation comes as Mr Mathew was found guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” by a regulator following a catalogue of failings.Mr Mathew was found to have “over-treated” patients when they should have been referred for surgery as well making false claims about the benefits of using a chiropractor and performing unnecessary x-rays. Benjamin Mathew was said to have ruined a planned Mother’s Day announcement by telling the newsCredit:Media Wales The Professional Conduct Committee of the General Chiropractic Council imposed a 12-month Conditions of Practice Order which involves being regularly audited by a registered chiropractor.The GCC report stated: “The committee found that Mr Mathew had made wide-ranging and fundamental errors in his clinical practice in relation to three patients over a considerable period of time.“The committee had considered that whilst Mr Mathew has demonstrated some insight into his failings, by way of his admissions and the steps he has taken to remedy failures identified in this case, that insight has yet to be fully developed.“The committee was of the view that Mr Mathew’s conduct was not at the lower end of the spectrum.”Mr Mathew also claimed at a talk that the measles vaccine caused autism and that mammographic screening caused breast cancer. “The talk touched on highly-emotive subjects for potentially vulnerable groups of the general public,” the report added.“The committee noted that Mr Mathew intends to stop the talks and replace them with a pre-recorded introduction to the clinic and chiropractic in order to avoid the possibility of any impromptu inappropriate comments.” 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.
THERE ARE DISRUPTIONS on the Luas Red Line this morning after a fire on the line in the early hours of this morning.No tram service is operating from the Red Cow to Tallaght and Saggart after a fire on the line.Luas said this morning it does not expect that this portion of the line will be operable until after peak time.Normal services are operating between Red Cow and Connolly and The Point.An alternate bus service will be serving these stops this morning and Dublin Bus will be honouring all Luas tickets.More information can be found on the Luas website and Twitter account.
It will start raining for a few minutes, and stop and start up again.Here’s the clip: Source: Ashlynn YennieMore revelations: apparently “you can tell by the wet roads” that it’s been raining and people are “walking fast to get to where they need to go.”Hold on for the interview with a suffering victim of the rain. He describes his traumatic experience as follows:We went out of the place, and she was like ‘Oh I don’t have my umbrella!’ So we waited, and she went back and got it.Oh.The campaign to bring everyone in this video to Ireland on holidays starts now.via RedditGuy makes Beastie Boys music video while on holidays with his mam>Dublin radio station takes on Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘most epic of splits’> THIS IS WHAT happens on the TV news when a light rain shower hits Los Angeles.The report on NBC4 news, apparently from Wednesday night, includes a correspondent literally describing what rain is like.According to the breathless reporter, “it has started drizzling a little bit.” She describes the situation thus:
Vaporizes are everywhere these days, be they the e-cig or the *cough* herbal variety *cough cough.* Most of them are poorly built, cheap-looking, and often have a lot of problems. But Cloudious 9 is on a mission: they’ve been out to make the best portable vaporizer around. And, once you set aside some convenience issues, they’ve succeeded.At first glance, the Hydrology 9 is… intimidating. Standing at a bit over six inches, it’s huge for a portable. And it comes with a ton of little pieces. Just about everything comes apart (which is actually a point in its favor, as it makes the cleaning process easier), but that also means that it comes with a bit of a learning curve. Once you’ve got the hang of it, though, the machine’s pretty straightforward.In the box, you’ll find a detachable mouthpiece (which features a one-way valve to help prevent spilling), a cap for the water reservoir, the glass wall for the reservoir, the base, and a cover for the oven. Each of these pieces has a couple of delightful surprises that showcase the ingenuity behind the Hydrology’s design. The oven, for example, included a built-in, rotating stirrer, so you can stir your herbs and get a more even burn without having to open the chamber and adjust it manually.But the biggest feature here is the water filtration. Water is meant to cool the air intake, making your draws easier. And from my experience, it really works. The Hydrology produces remarkably smooth vapor. Plus, when the unit’s on, it shines RGB LEDs through the water, creating a calming, diffuse light. And that’s just awesome.That water does cause some problems, though. The machine has to be taken almost completely apart between each session. After my first use, I forgot about it, letting the Hydrology sit around for a couple of days. When I returned, bacteria had clearly started growing in the water, causing a foul smell. After that, I had to take a bit of time to clean it thoroughly, and I’ve avoided repeating the mistake. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s definitely something worth noting. While Hydrology has a lot of advanced features, hygiene is essential, and there’s no way around that. It’s a bit tedious, but the team at Cloudious have taken great care to make the process as easy as possible.When I put it together the first time, I also had to tighten some of the pieces so hard that I was a bit worried the reservoir’s glass walls would shatter. But, once you get used to putting a little elbow grease (that is a little, not a lot) it’s not too bad.With an array of temperature settings, tools to adjust total air flow, and a suite of other features, plus the aluminum construction, the Hydrology feels like a premium, luxury product. And, at about $250, you’d hope so. It’s a joy to use, too, though its size makes it much harder to stow and use on the go, despite the claim that it’s a “portable” vape.The Hydrology 9 is certainly unique. I can’t think of any other water-filtered portable vaporizers, and certainly none that are quite like this. Everything about the machine makes it clear that its designers have an exacting attention to detail, and eye for aesthetics. But with some premium features and metal-and-glass chassis come a bevy of convenience issues which, while annoying, do little to degrade the overall experience.ProsExcellent build qualityRemarkably smooth inhalationsExcellent Battery lifeConsHeavy, not very portableCleaning can be a painThere’s a lot to set-upBottom LineThe Hydrology 9 is a water-filtered vaporizer that embodies high-quality design and engineering, but that comes at the cost of portability and ease-of-use.