Middlesbrough break club transfer record for Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga

first_imgMiddlesbrough have signed striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a club record 15 million pounds, the Championship side have confirmed.The 24-year-old joined Forest in 2014 before sustaining a knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the 2015-16 season. He returned last season, netting 14 goals in 32 league matches.”I can’t wait to get started and train with the boys. I’m glad it’s completed and I can focus on what’s ahead now,” the Democratic Republic of Congo native told Middlesbrough’s website. (www.mfc.co.uk)”I can’t wait to meet the manager and get ready for next season. There’s a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right.”Assombalonga is new manager Garry Monk’s fifth signing of the transfer window as the club look to seal an immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated last season.Middlesbrough’s previous record signing was Brazilian striker Afonso Alves, who joined from Dutch side Heerenveen for around 12 million pounds in 2008, according to British media reports.last_img

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma fireworks expected at Wankhede Stadium

first_imgIndia will look to clean sweep the three-match series when they face Sri Lanka for the last time this year in the 3rd T20 International (T20I) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.India are ranked fourth in the ICC T20I rankings and defeated their southern neighbours by 93 and 88 runs in the 1st and 2nd T20Is respectively. India have won 36 matches across all the formats in 2017 so far.India will bank on their fearless batting led by captain Rohit Sharma and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul who have looked on top of their game.Supporting them will be batsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik who have the calibre to demolish the Sri Lanka which has failed to look up to the mark.In the bowling department, pacer Jasprit Bumrah — who currently tops the T20I bowlers list — will spearhead the unit along side fellow new ball seamer Jaydev Unadkat.However, wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have caused plenty of trouble to Sri Lanka throughout the series, will once again remain the key to pick crucial wickets.For Sri Lanka, experienced all-rounder Angelo Mathews has added to the worries for the side after being ruled out of the final rubber following a hamstring injury in the previous match.The visitors will however hope top order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera to play match winning knocks to salvage their side some pride and consolidate a victory before returning home.advertisementThe bowling, which has looked rather ineffective for Sri Lanka will need to re-form strategies with the likes of skipper Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya to try and trouble the formidable India batting line-up.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (c), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera.  (With inputs from IANS)last_img

Mets Blow it in 9th; Lose to O’s 5-4

first_imgBALTIMORE, MD — Henry Urrutia was rounding the bases after hitting his first major league home run, and one thought crossed his mind:“I can’t believe this.”Urrutia broke a ninth-inning tie with a drive into the seats in left field, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who hadn’t defeated the Mets since June 18, 2009.Baltimore rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before Urrutia led off the ninth against Carlos Torres (4-5).On a 1-2 pitch, Urrutia smacked an opposite-field liner that landed in the hands of a Mets fan. That guy later provided Urrutia with the ball, a treasured souvenir for the Cuban-born outfielder.“That’s the best gift for me tonight,” Urrutia said. “Now I can give that baseball to my son.”Never mind that this was only his 29th game in the big leagues. Hitting a game-winning home run for a team in the middle of a playoff run is pretty special.“This is the best moment of my career,” Urrutia said. “When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ‘I can’t believe this.’”Zach Britton (4-0) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores both homered and had two RBIs for the first-place Mets, who have lost four of five.After Schoop made it 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run homer, Flores put New York up 4-3 in the seventh with a shot off rookie Mychal Givens.Jones connected off Hansel Robles in the bottom half.Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He had a 3-1 lead in the sixth before yielding a double to Chris Davis and Schoop’s home run.That ruined Syndergaard’s bid for his first big league road win. He’s 7-1 at home and 0-5 in eight starts on the road.“For all the people who have been concerned about my performances on the road, this was a step in the right direction,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I made some really good pitches out there except for that mistake, a curveball to Schoop that he hit out of the ballpark.”Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in five innings.After Murphy homered in the top of the first, Syndergaard walked to the mound eager to see if an adjustment in his pregame workout would increase his effectiveness. Because he had given up 10 first-inning runs in 17 starts, the right-hander pushed back his warmup session in the bullpen to lessen the down time before his first pitch.The experiment started poorly. Manny Machado doubled on the first pitch and the Orioles quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Syndergaard then struck out Davis on a 3-2 pitch, and after Schoop bounced into a double play, Syndergaard pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.“Obviously our little plan in the beginning didn’t pan out,” manager Terry Collins said. “Actually in the first inning, I thought he threw the ball good.”New York made it 2-0 in the fourth when Jimenez issued three walks and Flores delivered a two-out RBI single.After Steve Clevenger hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half, a double by Curtis Granderson and a single by Murphy put the Mets up 3-1 in the fifth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Silva warns City must build on Liverpool win

first_imgBernardo Silva admits Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool will count for little if Pep Guardiola’s side do not build on a crucial result in the Premier League title race.Pep Guardiola’s side welcomed the Reds to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday knowing that three points were imperative in their defence of the top-flight crown.Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane helped to deliver the required result, as they netted either side of a leveller from Roberto Firmino. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? City are now back to within four points of table-topping Liverpool and looking to re-establish momentum following an uncharacteristic wobble in December.Silva is hoping that positivity can be maintained, with there still little margin for error in a battle which could go down to the wire.The Portuguese playmaker told reporters after starring in the win over Liverpool: “When you win against the team that is top of the league it means a lot.“For the confidence it is always good to beat them. But it is just a game. “If we lose the next one this doesn’t mean anything. Try to keep playing the same way as we have the last two games and try to not let happen what happened to us a few weeks back.”Silva admits the fear of falling a long way off the title pace inspired City in their most recent outing, with a star-studded squad accustomed to performing at their best when the stakes are high.Manchester City celebrate 2018-19He added: “We knew that if we lost it would almost be over because 10 points is a lot.“Now, four points, we believe it is possible, knowing the Premier League is a very tough competition. “The pressure was a little bit more onto us. We are used to that kind of pressure. “We got three very important points against a fantastic team.”City’s attention is now set to be switched to domestic cup matters.An FA Cup third round clash with Rotherham is next up on Sunday, before Guardiola’s side then take in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Burton Albion.Their next Premier League outing is set to come against Wolves on January 14. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img

1st T20I: India overcome batting collapse to beat West Indies after Navdeep Saini heroics

first_img view more view less commentary scorecard 1st T20I: India overcome batting collapse to beat West Indies after Navdeep Saini heroicsIndia beat West Indies by 4 wickets in the first T20 international in Lauderhill on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. No data available!center_img advertisement graphs Rohan Sen LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 23:23 IST The win was set up by India’s bowlers led by debutant Navdeep Saini (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (98/6) beat West Indies (95/9) by 4 wickets to take 1-0 series leadRohit Sharma top-scored for India with 24 runs while Navdeep Saini starred with the ball with 3 for 17The second T20I of the 3-match series will be played at the same venue on August 4Navdeep Saini starred on his international debut on Saturday as India overcame a spirited effort from the West Indies to win the first T20 international by 4 wickets in Lauderhill and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chasing 96 for victory, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but eventually managed to reach the target with 16 balls to spare. Rohit Sharma top-scored with 24 while Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey made 19 runs each but India were in a spot of bother at 69 for 5 before Krunal Pandya (12), Ravindra Jadeja (8 not out) and Washington Sundar (10*) got the team over the line.Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell and Keemo Paul took two wickets each for the Windies.A six from Sundar to finish the proceedings. We win the 1st T20I by 4 wickets in 17.2 overs #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/y3SKQ82QmjBCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2019The win was earlier set up by India’s bowlers led by debutant Navdeep Saini, who finished with 3 wickets for 17 runs from 4 overs. He was ably supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/19) while Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya managed to pick up a wicket each.There was no substantive partnership in the West Indies innings with the highest being the 34 between captain Carlos Brathwaite (9) and top-scorer Kieron Pollard (49) for the sixth wicket. Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other West Indies batsman to score double digit figures.West Indies were reduced to 5 for 33 in the powerplay with Sundar getting rid of John Campbell with his 2nd delivery in the first over itself. This was the second lowest score for the Windies after the loss of five wickets in a T20I match while batting first.advertisementThe collapse started from there on as the Windies batsmen played some rash shots against the Indian pacers and spinners alike.Innings Break!A three-wkt haul for Saini as #TeamIndia bowlers restrict West Indies to a total of 95/9 after 20 overs.#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/MMn9drOxh1BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2019Veteran Kieron Pollard was the lone batsman who put up a fight for the home side with 49 runs off 49 balls including two boundaries and four sixes while the rest all failed to fire. Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other batsman who managed double figures as the Windies got bowled out for the 8th lowest total against India.Saini, who came into the attack in the 5th over, picked up the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer off successive deliveries in his first over itself.He returned for his second spell and picked up the wicket of Kieron Pollard in the final over without conceding a single run to become only the second bowler after Singapore’s Janak Prakash to manage a wicket-maiden in the 20th over of a T20 international match on debut.Washington Sundar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed openers John Campbell and Evin Lewis for a pair of ducks before Saini dented the world champions further with the wickets of Pooran and Htemyer off successive deliveries in the 5th over.West Indies could never recover from there even with comeback man Pollard top-scoring before Saini got his back in the final over which he finished with a wicket-maiden to cap off a dream debut.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutAlso Read | India vs West Indies, 1st T20I: Navdeep Saini enters record books on international debutAlso Read | India vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights: India beat West Indies by 4 wickets to go 1-0 upFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow india vs west indies t20Follow Navdeep Sainilast_img

Tax Workshop for Parents Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

first_imgParents and caregivers of children with disabilities can attend a free tax information workshop on Thursday, March 26. The session is a joint-effort by the Nova Scotia Partnership on Respite, Family Health and Well-Being, and the Canada Revenue Agency’s Outreach Program. The session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Sobeys at 2651 Windsor St., at the corner of Windsor and North streets in Halifax. Participants will learn about topics such as the Disability Tax Credit, the caregiver amount, medical expenses, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, fitness credits, attendant care, and the Child Disability Benefit. To register, call the Advisory Council on the Status of Women at 424-8662 or toll-free at 1-800-565-8662. The respite partnership, co-chaired by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Disabled Persons Commission, provides an opportunity for parents, community organizations and government agencies to work together to share ideas and identify creative respite solutions. To learn more, visit the advisory council’s website at women.gov.ns.ca/ProjectsRespite.asp .last_img

Statement from Minister on Canada Pension Plan Improvements

first_img Starting in January 2019 the rate employers and employees pay into CPP will be gradually increased over seven years. The upper earnings limit will be increased over two years starting in 2024. An increase to the Working Income Tax Benefit will help protect low-income earners from the rate increase. The changes to CPP improve this important retirement safety net while being modest, affordable and giving citizens and businesses time to adjust. A summary of the enhancements and more information can be found at www.fin.gc.ca/n16/data/16-113_3-eng.asp -30- increase the maximum CPP benefit by about 50 per cent replace one third of average annual earnings on retirement, up from one quarter increase the upper earnings limit at which this replacement rate maxes out to about $82,700. It is important that Nova Scotians have as many options as possible to ensure financial security in their later years. That’s why government has taken steps to improve retirement income security for Nova Scotians. Government is pleased to announce today, March 2, another important milestone has been reached in the implementation of improvements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The federal legislation to bring the CPP enhancements into force has been proclaimed, as agreed in principle between the federal government and provinces in June 2016. The approved enhancements will improve income security for future generations of Nova Scotians. Too many Nova Scotians are without the security of their own pension plan, registered retirement savings plans or other retirement savings. The CPP enhancements will help these individuals. The CPP improvements will:last_img

IMF gives thumbs up to Sri Lanka

The IMF noted the resumption of private credit growth following monetary easing in 2013-14. They advised close monitoring of credit and inflation developments, given the potential turn in the credit cycle and long lags in monetary transmission. They stressed that it is important to be prepared to act if signs of overheating emerge. The Directors agreed to extend post-program monitoring in light of risks and the desirability of maintaining a close policy discussion between the authorities and the Fund. Directors looked forward to the new government’s comprehensive economic policy agenda. (Colombo Gazette) The IMF, in a statement, also welcomed the authorities’ commitment to fiscal consolidation. However, they noted with concern that the deficit target under the revised 2015 budget relies to a large extent on one-off revenue measures. Given the risks associated with the high public debt, Directors urged the authorities to adopt more ambitious measures to contain current expenditure while protecting priority social and high value-added infrastructure spending. They emphasized that a strengthening of the fiscal framework is needed to support consolidation and debt reduction. Comprehensive tax policy and administration reforms, including tax expenditure reductions and simplification of the tax system to broaden the revenue base, will be crucial elements in a medium-term fiscal reform strategy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) have welcomed Sri Lanka’s recent favorable economic performance, including robust growth, low inflation, and a narrowing of the current account deficit.At the same time, they noted that fiscal risks and reduced external buffers pose challenges, underscoring the need for greater efforts to strengthen the policy framework and reduce vulnerabilities. The IMF Executive Board welcomed the authorities’ efforts to address weaknesses in the external sector, including plans to establish new swap lines and rebuild external reserve buffers. In this context, they underscored the importance of exchange rate flexibility in protecting international reserves and facilitating external adjustment. Further structural reforms will also be needed to raise productivity and improve the business climate and competitiveness.IMF Directors welcomed the reduction in banks’ nonperforming assets and the authorities’ efforts to bolster supervision and regulation. They highlighted the need for a strong supervisory and clear crisis management framework to be extended to the nonbank sector. They encouraged the authorities to move expeditiously to provide clarity to markets regarding financial sector consolidation.

UN Geneva office pays final tribute to victims of Baghdad terrorist attack

“They embodied in their very diversity the ideals of the United Nations. They were all committed to helping the Iraqi people. They worked as part of a courageous and dedicated team under the leadership of a brilliant and charismatic man.” Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said in an address.”The people we lost were more than colleagues. They were members of our family,” Ms. Fréchette added.Stressing their legacy, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, said: “They were in Iraq with a noble purpose, a task to perform, and a goal to reach. Their presence was a testimony to their unwavering commitment and dedication to principles of the United Nations.”We must honour this commitment by continuing the work they began. Let us show the world that they will never be forgotten, that their work was not in vain, that we are proud of them,” Mr. Ordzhonikidze declared.”Let us show courage and resolve in the face of terrorism, and strength in our bereavement,” he concluded. “Let us show the world a more determined, more united ‘UN’, to honour the memory of our fallen colleagues.”During the ceremony, photos were screened as a personal tribute to each victim. Present were family, friends and colleagues, Mrs. Nane Annan, permanent representatives of Member States, Swiss federal and local officials, and Adnan Pachachi, member of the Iraqi Governing Council.

Alarmed at rising violence in Sri Lanka Annan calls for halt to

“The Secretary-General stresses that a return to civil war will not resolve the issues involved,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York, voicing alarm at the ongoing violence and joining the Sri Lanka Co-Chairs – the European Union, United States, Norway and Japan – in calling on the parties “to cease hostilities immediately and to return to the negotiating table.”Mr. Annan “is profoundly concerned at the rising death toll, including the seven people killed in a bomb attack in Colombo today, and reports of dozens of students killed in a school as a result of air strikes in the northeast,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.The Secretary-General deplored the assassination over the weekend of Ketheshwaran Loganathan, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Government Peace Secretariat and veteran Tamil human rights advocate. Both parties, Mr. Annan said, must allow humanitarian agencies free and unimpeded access to the affected population. The violence in Sri Lanka has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is working with local organizations to provide relief to those in need. Last week, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on human rights defenders Hina Jilani, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions, Philip Alston, and the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, expressed alarm at the growing violence, especially the killing of relief workers from French organization Action against Hunger who were providing assistance to survivors from the 2004 tsunami when they were murdered execution-style in the town of Muttur. The UN country team in Sri Lanka called the killings “totally reprehensible” and urged an independent investigation of the incident, which took the lives of 17 aid workers. UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and former US President Bill Clinton urged the authorities to do “everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators of this crime and to bring them to justice.”

Bucks land in the swamp for top10 matchup

Four years ago, in his freshman season, David Lighty and the Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to play at the University of Florida. “I really didn’t know what to expect going down there my first time.” said Lighty, now in his senior season. “We knew they were good, but when you get down there, it’s kind of unreal, the support they have from all their fans.” Now, with a new batch of freshmen making their first road trip, No. 4 OSU returns to Gainesville to play the No. 9 Gators at 6 p.m. tonight. After an exhibition against Walsh and the season opener last Friday against North Carolina A&T, Florida will be the first ranked opponent the Buckeyes have played this year, something that excites coach Thad Matta. “This will be a great test,” Matta said. “They’re a very experienced team with everybody back. Going on the road with six new guys, you’re looking at a Big Ten type of game.” Despite returning four starters from a season ago, the talk surrounding this Buckeye team remains focused on the newcomers. Freshman Jared Sullinger started alongside Lighty, seniors Dallas Lauderdale and Jon Diebler, and junior William Buford against both Walsh and A&T last week. Though the lineup is by no means set in stone, Matta said he feels comfortable starting those five and plans to do so tonight. Though Sullinger might continue to get starts, freshmen Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft have been just as good so far. In the 102-56 win over North Carolina A&T, Thomas scored 24 points, and Craft handed out nine assists, both team highs, despite playing just 20 and 22 minutes, respectively. Craft, who is the only true point guard the Buckeyes have, will likely see the most playing time at that position as the season progresses. Although Buford started last week, it was Craft who seemed most comfortable. Often, both Buford and Craft were on the floor at the same time, with Buford moving off the ball as a shooting guard, his natural position. Diebler, who was coached by Craft’s father in middle school, said he doesn’t expect the freshman to be fazed tonight. “I’ve known him since he was in like third grade,” Diebler said. “Aaron’s a kid who’s so mature for his age. You see how he plays — he’s tough. He knows what we’re going up against and knows that it’s going to be a tough game for us. I know he’ll be ready.” Although Diebler was quick to praise Craft and the rest of the freshmen, he knows a road game against a top-10 team is like nothing the new class has faced before. Unfortunately, Diebler said, there isn’t much his younger teammates can do to prepare. “You can’t prepare for the crowd being loud and everyone against you,” Diebler said. “Just the mindset of going on the road has to be different. You really have to come focused.” As hard as it is, Matta was cautiously optimistic that his team will be ready. “I’ll probably know in the locker room before the game,” he said. “They’ve been pretty focused, and we’ve talked a lot about that there’s two types of teams that go on the road, one that goes to have fun and one that goes on a business trip.”

Nazi collaborators living in UK receive thousands in taxfree pensions

In total, just under £12,000 a month – or £144,000 a year – is paid to the 34 people living in the UK who are entitled to the money after suffering injuries in the war. If that sum was divided equally it would mean each of the 34 pensioners would receive £350… It is understood that just over a fifth of the pensioners are German, with the vast majority thought to be foreigners who collaborated with the Nazi regime. The German government is paying 34 “Nazi collaborators” living in the UK £12,000 in tax free pension payments each month, The Telegraph can reveal. The lump sum handouts are part of a series of payments made to 2,000 former soldiers or collaborators wounded fighting for the Third Reich. 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.

Jagdeo to Govt Pay sugar workers their full severance now anything

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeverance pay: Despite GAWU’s court case, Govt will pay when “it promised”- HarmonJuly 5, 2018In “Court”Govt’s Enmore meeting ends with many retrenched sugar workers disgruntledJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Not the sugar severance draining the Govt, it’s the extravagance- Jagdeo to PresidentSeptember 14, 2018In “latest news” … says if severance is not fully paid, court action will followHours after Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, put the Coalition Government on blast for their “illegal” actions, relative to withholding full severance payments to sugar workers terminated by the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the government moved to the National Assembly and received approval for $1.93B – initially $1.75B – to pay some, not all, sugar workers the full sums of monies owed.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoFinance Minister, Winston Jordan, today, told the National Assembly that the $1.93B will ensure that those workers whose severance packages are below $500,000 receive full payments. The remaining workers will have to wait until the second half of this year as originally announced to receive their full payments.The Coalition Government, in the meantime, remains under fire over its plan to pay severance to over 4,763 sugar workers who have been terminated in two tranches.The Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act states that: “On termination of his employment, an employee who completed one year or more of continuous employment with an employer shall be entitled to be paid by such employer a severance or redundancy allowance….”The terminated sugar workers were dismissed on December 29, 2017, without severance being paid “on termination” as required by the law.At a news conference held at his Church Street office earlier today, the Opposition Leader stressed that, by law, severance payments must be made in full to the 4,000+ sugar workers who have been terminated by GuySuCo. He stated that the government has “gone into overdrive” with their public relations campaign to divert attention from its “total incompetence” in dealing with the issue of severance payments to sugar workers.He said, “Severance is obligatory and not determined by the benevolence of the government…it is law…there is an Act that all employers must respect…that Act says once people are severed, once they qualify, and the sugar workers qualify, then severance must be paid.”According to him, the government knew that over 4,000 severance letters were issued, even before the Budget 2018 was passed, and made no provision for severance, hence the move to approach the National Assembly today for additional funds.Jagdeo stated that the Coalition government has also exposed the callousness with which it treats sugar workers, particularly since only 50 per cent of severance will be paid by the end of January and the sugar workers do not know when the next installment of their severance will be handed over.“This is one way of control….this is one way to make the sugar workers beg.  So the Unions must crawl to Granger and beg him for something they have to get according to law.  The whole idea is control, humiliating the sugar workers. Now they have to beg and fight in court for their severance, which they have a right to….clearly this must be challenged. The union has challenged it. The sugar workers have spoken out against it. Even organisations that are not sympathetic to the PPP have spoken out about this,” Jagdeo said.LEGAL ACTIONThe Opposition Leader committed to ensuring that the legal bills of all sugar workers will be covered by the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP) – noting that lawyers with the Party offer their services pro-bono, but the Party may have to engage additional legal professionals.He said, “It (the non-payment of severance) is illegal. This government treats the issue of severance as if, somehow, it is dependent on their goodwill.”The Coalition government, he charged, can avoid court action if it moves to ensure that sugar workers are fully paid their severance and treat the workers with respect – having already disrespected them by not having consultations before the terminations and not offering alternatives for employment. If severance is not fully paid, court action, he added, will follow the payment of the first tranche of severance payments in an effort to avoid giving the Coalition government an excuse for not paying any monies at all.According to the Opposition Leader, he expects a positive ruling from the judiciary once the matter is taken to court. “I don’t see how any judge could rule otherwise….if GuySuCo says it has no monies, then we will move to get a judgment that can be enforced against the assets of GuySuCo to ensure that the workers read more

FYROM would have accepted North Macedonia 10 years ago Wikileaks reveals

first_imgMeanwhile, Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated his promise not to sign the deal reached between Skopje and Athens.“Today’s revelation from WikiLeaks, that Skopje had been asking since 2008 to name their country ‘North Macedonia’ and their people ‘Macedonians’ who supposedly speak the ‘Macedonian’ language confirms in the most tragic way what I have been stressing all those months. That [PM Alexis] Tsipras, [Defense Minister Panos] Kammenos and [Foreign Minister Nikos] Kotzias wanted to present their extremely damaging agreement – which satisfied what Skopje had been demanding for years and had been rejected by all previous governments – as a success for Greece,” the New Democracy leader said in a statement.“I reiterate my commitment: New Democracy is not going to ratify this agreement,” he said.The full Wikileaks cable file can be seen here: https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08SKOPJE491_a.html According to a classified cable from the US embassy in Skopje which was released by Wikileaks on Monday, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was willing to accept the name Republic of Northern Macedonia or Republic of North Macedonia since 2008.The basic term clarified in the cable titled ‘What the Macedonians need to resolve the name dispute’ and dated July 29, 2008 was to secure the recognition of the “Macedonian” language.The cable compiled by the then US Ambassador to the neighboring country, Gillian Milovanovic was in fact very similar to the joint deal that was signed by FYROM and Greece in the Prespes Lake region back in June.In the leaked cable, Milovanovic presents her conclusions following meetings with FYROM’s leadership at the time, President Branko Crvenkovski and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, as per below:Name: Republic of Northern Macedonia or Republic of  North MacedoniaScope: in all international organizations, plus bilaterally by any country that does not want to use the constitutional name. (Although we have not discussed this explicitly, presumably international agreements would follow the same pattern, with multilateral ones using the new name and bilateral ones having the option.) Macedonia would use its constitutional name in referring to itself, on passports, product labels, in the media, etc.Identity: The language and nationality would be called Macedonian, but this could be handled tacitly, perhaps as a subsequent annex to a UNSCR, or in some other internal UN document not subject to Greek review/approval. Bottom line is Macedonia needs assurance that their language, nationality, etc. would continue to be called Macedonian, not North Macedonian. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Pickup used as weapon

first_imgA Ridgefield man who said he struggles with alcohol abuse allegedly drove his pickup into several parked vehicles Thursday night before hitting and pinning a man between his truck and a trailer, according to court records.Warren W.J. Nellor, 26, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular assault, six counts of hit-and-run and second-degree assault.According to a probable cause affidavit, Nellor, Joshua Keen and another man were socializing at a residence in the 8300 block of Northeast 63rd Street in Vancouver. They shared 24 cans of beer and a bottle of whiskey. Throughout the night, the men wrestled. However, the playful wrestling turned into more when Nellor allegedly started hitting Keen.Nellor then got into his Chevrolet S10 pickup and started driving in circles, hitting everything in the backyard of the residence, including dune buggies, two parked trucks and the trailer where Keen lives, the affidavit states. Keen said he tried to get Nellor to stop and was pinned between his truck and the trailer. Nellor allegedly backed up the truck and drove it into Keen again, and he continued to spin his tires, court records said.Nellor eventually backed up again, and the third man opened the driver’s side door and began hitting him until Nellor left the pickup and ran away, according to court documents. Keen fell to the ground but said he believed he only had “a really bad charley horse,” the affidavit said.The next morning, he had difficulty moving and went to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he learned he has a broken pelvis, court records state.last_img

I-5 Bridge bill draws favorable reviews at hearing

first_imgA Senate panel heard favorable reviews Tuesday for a House bill intended to restart the process to replace the chronically congested Interstate 5 Bridge.The panel also briefly discussed efforts to reconcile the bill with a companion measure.Lawmakers earlier this month passed House Bill 2095 with a 60-38 vote, and it had its initial hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.During the hearing, state Sen. Curtis King, a Yakima Republican who chairs the committee, said that in addition to the five people who testified in favor of the bill, another 33 had signed in as supporting the legislation.“So you guys have done your homework, let me tell you,” he said.Those who spoke in favor of the bill included representatives from the Port of Vancouver, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, retired local labor leader and activist Ed Barnes and Clark County Councilor John Blom.Their remarks focused on how the congestion on the bridge had the potential to constrict economic growth and was already making it difficult for residents to cross the river for medical or business appointments.“It’s a major problem,” John Rudi, president of Vancouver-based Thompson Metal Fab, told the committee of the clogged bridges. “You essentially have a 3 1/2 -hour window to get anything done.”last_img

Former Alaskan describes evacuating his California home following wildfires

first_imgHoward Grant rakes leaves away from his home as his wife, Laurie, wets down the roof of their home Tuesday in Calistoga. (Photo by Clark Mishler)A former Alaska resident who now lives in northern California is waiting to learn if his home will survive the wild fires. Clark Mishler, a professional photographer lived and worked in Anchorage for more than 40 years. Two years ago Mishler and his wife moved to Calistoga to be near their daughters and grand-kids. Mishler said Calistoga is the northern most community in the Napa Valley. He said it’s a small agricultural community of under 6,000, filled with hard working people. He said they had to evacuate Tuesday night.Listen nowMISHLER: It’s completely deserted. There are maybe ten people in the entire town who are there, patrolling. And so far, there have been no structures burned within the Calistoga city limits. This week is going to be very critical though, due to the fact that they’re expecting some very high velocity winds. So, this whole thinking can change in hours and it could go from “We’re okay” to “Oh my God! Everything’s on fire in all directions.”TOWNSEND: You’re a photographer and you were taking photos before you left Calistoga. Tell us about some of what you captured.CalFire firemen compare notes near the Tubbs fire just north of Calistoga. (Photo by Clark Mishler)MISHLER: I stuck around town photographing people as they prepared to leave. So I photographed the people at the old folks home, and they took them out pretty early on Monday, and I got photographs of them leaving there. So of them were in tears, not sure of what’s going on, and that was kinda sad. But then I came across other people in the community who had pretty much the same attitude that I did which was, “Hey. You know, we’re alive. We’re able to pack up our cars.” That’s a lot better than some people. There are stories of people who were woken up by this fireball that came through Santa Rosa. And they basically were awakened when they realized that their whole house was lit up inside from the fires outside the house. They literally ran out the front door in their pajamas — no shoes, no cell phone, no wallet — hopped in their cars and drove off to try to and out-speed these fireballs.TOWNSEND: You also mentioned that there were a lot of folks helping out, a football team helping out with emergency relief. What was going on there?Volunteers at a collection center in Vallejo accept donations for victims of the wild fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. (Photo by Clark Mishler)MISHLER: We’re down here in East Bay and yesterday we went over to Costco and we bought a bunch of supplies. And we took them over to a collection center in Vallejo. And the Vallejo high school football team was there, along with a whole bunch of volunteers. And they were doing all kinds of triage on these things — all these paper towels in one pile, water in another pile and all the campers in another pile. And these volunteer trucks were rolling up, and they were filling up these trucks with supplies. And then these trucks were taking off for Santa Rosa, and they were dropping the supplies off at the various centers where people were waiting at the evacuation centers.TOWNSEND: Clark, what have you been told about when you may be able to go back? What’s happening with containment efforts?MISHLER: It wasn’t until today that they now feel that they’ve got ten percent to a high of 27 percent containment on some of the fires. There’s a number of major fires burning in the area, some of them have zero containment. So, this weekend is going to be real critical. We’re expected to have some more winds which are really the problem here. As long as the winds don’t come back, they can surround these fires, they can do some back burns and they can stop the progression. But if they don’t know which way the wind is going to be blowing, nor do they know the velocity, they don’t know how large to make that fire break. And so that’s the problem. If you get that winds at the speeds that we had Sunday night, there’s really no stopping it.last_img

5 burglars held property worth Rs 27 lakh seized

first_imgKakinada: The Amalapuram Division police in East Godavari arrested five persons and recovered property including gold jewellery worth of Rs 27 lakh. Disclosing the details to media, district Superintendent of Police Adanan Nayeem Asmi said the arrested five were professional offenders and they were involved in several cases. They are Undi Siva Subrahamanayam, Nadipalli Jagadamba, Yeditha Satyanarayana, Challaboyina Kishore Kumar and Dake Surayya. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us The police recovered 664 grams of gold jewellery, 6 two-wheelers, Rs 2.5 lakh worth of electronic goods– all worth nearly 27 lakh. On this occasion, the Superintendent of Police complimented Amalapuram DSP SM Basha and staff for the recovery of the valuable property and arresting the five accused burglars. They did a commendable job in nabbing the culprits, who have become a menace in Amalapuram. He cautioned the residents to lock their houses properly before venturing out to prevent such type of thefts in future. He sought their cooperation with the police in preventing crimes in various towns.last_img

Ranbaxys Journey over the Years

first_imgRanbaxy’s JourneyRanbaxy is an India-based pharmaceutical company. Its subsidiary, Ohm Laboratories in the US, received an approval to launch a cheaper version of Novartis blood pressure and heart attack treatment pill, Diovan, from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, this approval came after regulatory bans due to poor production quality and complaints.The Journey of Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Laboratories Limited:1937: Cousins Ranjit Singh and Gurbax Singh (hence the name Ranbaxy) started as Indian distributors of vitamin-drugs for a Japanese pharmaceutical company in Amritsar, Punjab.According to the book World Class in India, in 1951 and 1952, Lapetit, an Italian pharmaceutical company and businessman Mohan Singh, joined as partners to enhance the company’s growth.A decade later, in 1961, Ranbaxy established its first manufacturing plant at Okhla in South Delhi District. Within a year, the company had 200 employees including retailers and doctors.1966 to 1969: Due to conflict between Italian Lapetit and Ranbaxy, regarding packaging and distribution, the former withdrew partnership with the latter, so this replaced the Italian-pharmacy brand with Indian Ranbaxy.Its breakthrough came with ‘Calmpose’ – a drug prescribed by doctors for insomnia, anxiety and seizures. As a result of its success, the company came up with popular drugs like Ampicillin and Paracetamol.1968: The company made net profit of ₹1.8 million, after the return of Dr Parvinder Singh, son of Bhai Mohan Singh, from Michigan following his completion of PhD in Pharmacology.1971: Gained strong position in the Indian market, by financing its first drug amenity centre at Mohali in New Delhi. It got listed by public issue for over ₹17 million and ₹31 million in the same year.1978: Ranbaxy became the first Indian pharmaceutical company to develop doxycycline, an antibiotic used for treatment of skin infection. This innovation made the company to come up with its US patent in 1990.1985: The company manufactured Rantidine, a drug used to treat ulcer, which was protected with 22 patents.1986-1998: Exports surged with an annual growth rate of 34 percent. This happened after Indian government came up with Price Control Act in 1979, by holding prices of drugs sold in the domestic market. This led Ranbaxy to focus on exports and make profits.1977: High inflows of capital came after appointing Dr D S Brar as business development manager. However, he quit Ranbaxy in 2004.In 1992, the company set up a joint venture to market Eli Lilli products. Hence, by the mid-1990s exports resulted in turnover worth ₹120 million in 1996, where 84 percent of the exports were in chemical and rest were in formulations. Moreover, it invested in joint venture capitals and was being recognised as establishing brand worldwide.1997-1998: It entered the US Market with patented products and made turnover breaching ₹10 billion.Parvinder Singh established a strong base for the company till his death in July 1999, which was later controlled by his elder son, Malvinder Mohan Singh.2000-2004: After Parvinder, D S Brar was appointed the CEO. He took decision of producing anti-AIDS drugs for Indian population, as the country had over 3.7 million HIV patients. Hence, after launching the products, the company made turnover worth ₹552 million in 2003.Ranbaxy’s business stretch in the US had breached with revenue of over ₹412 million, which represented 42 percent of the company’s global turnover, according to the Journal of Case Research by Xaviers Institute of Bhubaneshwar.In 2004, an inspection done by World Health Organisation (WHO) detected malpractices by Ranbaxy, which put the company in big trouble.2004-2008: Whistle-blower Dinesh Thakur undertook a series of investigations and helped the US FDA, which pleaded guilty of manufacturing adulterated drugs. He quit the company in 2005. In the same year, Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo acquired majority stake in the company.In 2006 and 2008, Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to the drug maker, regarding manufacturing deficiencies and exports of adulterated drugs.2009: FDA took regulatory action against Ranbaxy’s Paonta Sahib plant in India. After the second warning by the FDA, 30 varieties of drugs were banned exporting from Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh for not meeting standards.Later in that year, Ohm Laboratories was sent a letter for violating certain rules in the US. Moreover, in May 2009, Malvinder Singh stepped down as CEO and MD of Ranbaxy.2012: FDA determined the possibility of health adversity due to contamination of very small glass particles similar to the size of sand grains in the drugs.2013: On 13 May, the US Justice Department announced that Ranbaxy had pleaded guilty regarding adulterated drugs made at two Ranbaxy manufacturing units in India. The company was slapped ₹150 million and ₹350 million fine to settle civil read more

Bangladesh India railway ministers agree on more coop

first_imgBangladesh railway minister Nurul Islam Sujan (L) and his Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh railway minister Nurul Islam Sujan met his Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal on Tuesday ahead of the upcoming visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India and said that the two governments will work closely in the railway sector.After the meeting, Goyal tweeted: “Had a detailed meeting with His Excellency Md Nurul Islam Sujan, Railway Minister of Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh will work closely together through increased frequency of Maitree and Bandhan express trains and cooperation in training, workshop modernisation and supply of locomotives.”The two leaders met at the Rail Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.A senior official of the railway ministry of India told IANS that the government is working on the plan to increase the trips of the Maitree and the Bandhan Express during the visit of Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina in October this year.The official said that the Maitree Express which runs between Kolkata and Dhaka thrice a week is planned to now run six days in a week while the Bandhan Express which connects Kolkata and Khulna once every week will be made to run thrice a week.last_img