Rupee Plunges to Record Low of 71 Against US Dollar

first_imgAfter hitting its fresh all-time low of 71-mark against the US dollar in opening trade, the local currency was trading 17 paise down at 70.91.Month-end dollar demand from importers and rising crude oil prices in the international market during the last couple of sessions mainly pressurised the local currency. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Nigeria’s 100m gold medallist flunks dope test at CWG: report

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games was on Monday rocked by its first doping case when Nigerian women’s 100m gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola tested positive for a banned stimulant.Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell announced on Monday morning that Osayemi tested positive for methylhaxaneamine and her ‘B’ sample test and hearing will be held later on Monday.”I regret to announce that a positive dope case has come out. Nigeria’s Osayemi Oludamola has tested positive for methylhexaneamine and under anti-doping rules of the Games, she has been handed a provisional suspension,” Fennell said at his customary media conference.”Under anti-doping procedures she has been notified and she has requested for a ‘B’ sample testing. The ‘B’sample testing will be done today and her hearing will also be held today,” he added.Asked whether the gold medal has been taken back from the Nigerian, the CGF chief said, “At the moment no decision has been taken about the medal. She has been put under provisional suspension.”Oludamola was handed gold after Australian Sally Pearson was stripped of her medal in a controversial 100m dash on Thursday for a false start. The Nigerian had crossed the finish line in second place behind the Aussie woman.Fennell said the CGF wants the Games to be clean and would take “appropriate action” under anti-doping rules.”We have taken 950 dope tests (against 1,500 targeted) and so around 700 results have come. We are very transparent and upfront in dealing with doping cases.”At the same time there is also need to keep secrecy until the athlete is notified under anti-doping rules. We have done that and we regret any dope positive case whether the event is high profile or not. We want a clean Games and clean sports,” he said.advertisementAsked if the dope case will damage the image of the Games, he said, “But I don’t know about any damage which would accrue to the Games by the dope case. We are very vigilant, testing and laboratory analysis will be of highest standard,” he added.Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot said action would be taken if any athlete is found guilty of doping.”We want a dope free Games and that is why we had done 1,500 tests. If anybody is caught doping, action will be taken under anti-doping rules. This will also give a message to others that doping cannot be condoned,” Bhanot said.The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has said the positive result is the result of the prescription medication she took for a toothache.”She took medication for her toothache and we strongly suspect that it was that, which led to her failed drug test,” AFN President Solomon Ogba told Nigerian news site www.vanguardngr.com.last_img read more

Scholes is right, Mourinho’s Man Utd are embarrassing

first_imgIn many ways this was exactly the kind of fixture Manchester United needed. After the week from hell which culminated in a pathetic 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, the visit of an under-performing Valencia to Old Trafford on Tuesday could have been hand-picked.But their inability to create anything of any note in a tense and tepid 0-0 draw emphasised the state of things right now in M16. Paul Scholes claimed before kick-off that Jose Mourinho’s management of the club had reached “embarrassing” levels, and the events on the pitch will have done nothing to alleviate the pressure on the under-fire Portuguese.For the opening 10 minutes it looked like United were ready to throw everything at the cause, with their attacking tempo being high and their football smart. Yet that quickly evaporated and thereafter United’s performance was lacking in confidence, belief and creativity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Aside from a couple of moments of individual intent from Marcus Rashford there were few signs that the home side were going to cause serious issues for a Valencia side boasting only one win in eight matches this season. United’s build-up was far too slow, far too predictable, and the result was a bore-fest for much of the night.Things could easily have been worse for them, as Goncalo Guedes proved time and again to have the beating of Antonio Valencia but on almost every occasion he managed to waste the opportunity to cause United serious damage.Right now United need to be much, much better than this. There are rifts in the camp, with the manager barely speaking to many of his players, and all the while the football has become as tedious as at any stage in the 55-year-old’s reign.They needed more than anything to work up the supporters tonight, subsequently generating the kind of vociferous atmosphere which has dragged Manchester United kicking and screaming over the line in many a Champions League night for years gone by. But instead they sucked the life out of the whole occasion.And that is exactly where we are with United at this moment in time. Mourinho is questioning his players’ desire at every turn, the players are questioning the manager’s tactics, and the rest of the world has been forced to pick a side. Add in the fact the game had to be delayed because United arrived late for a home game and the club’s slow slide into the realms of ridiculousness are there for all to see.Michy Batshuayi Chris Smalling Manchester United Valencia UEFA Champions League 02102018All the while, their football is every bit as anxious and uncertain as is every supporter of a red, white and black persuasion.With the likes of Ryan Giggs, Denis Law and David Beckham in attendance this should have been a night to remind the United greats of some of the wonderful Old Trafford nights of yesteryear. Instead, every time they were caught on camera they looked as though they would rather be anywhere else, and their mood reflected that of the whole stadium. As a neutral it was hard not to feel embarrassed on their behalf given the turgid rubbish being served up in front of them.There was a flicker of late drama when Rashford drove a left-wing free-kick onto the far corner of the Valencia woodwork, but like so many United performances of late they never really looked likely to grab a winner.But neither did they really deserve one. When your football is too slow, your passing too indecisive and your every move carrying signs of nervousness, 0-0 draws are about the best you can hope for.This mess is not about to end quickly, and could get far more embarrassing yet.last_img read more

Haryana police takes steps to check eve-teasing

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 24 (PTI) In its bid to check eve-teasing, the Haryana Police has prepared a comprehensive plan, including identifying trouble spots, taking strict actions against mischievous elements and organising activities aimed at empowering women.The police is also partnering with the youth through Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH) initiative.Through the initiative, the Haryana Police will encourage the youths to enrol with them and in turn become part of the campaign to prevent incidents of eve-teasing, an official said.”We have put in place a comprehensive programme to stop eve-teasing. The hot spots have been identified. Work to sanitise them by way of warning and cautioning signages, CCTV cameras, plain cloth traps and time-aligned uniformed police patrolling is in progress.”We are also collaborating with schools, colleges, parents, businesses, Panchayats, non-governmental organisations and other government departments to teach girls bravery and boys chivalry through public speaking workshops, adventure and endurance sports and self-defence training. We are very keen to team up with the youths (our natural allies in our fight for making public places safer for women),” Haryana Polices Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters), O P Singh told PTI here today.Speaking about YASH initiative, Singh noted, “We aim to give young boys and girls a platform to voice their opposition to gender-based victimisation. They can make a difference by simply taking a pledge to resist it, speak against it on social media, wear a T-shirt condemning it, spread a word about the seriousness of the problem, organise events to create awareness, alert us about such outrage and so on.advertisementHe said DGP K P Singh had recently addressed Commissioners of Police and SPs through video conferencing for the implementation of the plan to prevent incidents of eve-teasing and crime against women. “We will also encourage young boys and girls to enrol as volunteers by subscribing to our website mahilapolicestation.in. At the rate of 5,000 volunteers per district, we look forward to have some 1,10,000 volunteers onboard in next one month. “They will be guiding our actions to weed out gender-based street violence, usually trivalised as eve-teasing. We will, in turn, train them through online tutorials to be change makers,” Singh said. The ADGP said all women police stations of the state were functional at all district police headquarters as well as their extension centres in sub-divisions. “Over 800 police officials with 130 vehicles work round-the-clock to prevent and detect crimes specific to women. Rolled out in August 2015, these police stations deliver ease of reporting, empathetic listening and prompt action for women victims. So far, the officials have disposed of over 53,000 inquiries and investigated around 4,000 cases,” Singh added. PTI SUN SRYlast_img read more

Andy Murray dumped but not disgraced under Kyle Edmund’s Eastbourne storm

first_imgOn another warm afternoon in Eastbourne, Murray, who turned 31 last month, showed in losing to Kyle Edmund over two decent sets in the second round of the Nature Valley International that most of the components he needs to compete at the highest level are in place. Whether he can reproduce it over five sets in a slam, nobody knows, not even him.He served well enough after a slow start, his backhand slice whirred like a butcher’s blade, he struck some pleasing forehand winners and his movement was satisfactory. But Edmund, whose hard, flat groundstrokes are feared on the circuit, was pretty much in control at the end, and he won 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes.“I feel all right,” Murray said of his body’s reaction to two matches in three days. He said he would probably decide before the draw on Friday morning but would not play an exhibition match. “I don’t feel like I get as much out of them as competitive matches.”He added: “I don’t anticipate any issues from today’s match. With each match I’m trying to gain information about where I’m at physically and where my game is at. Today I was reacting a lot rather than being the one that was dictating on my own serve. They are the sort of things that when you play against the best players, that tells [you] a little bit.“Maybe there are things I can do to improve over the next few days or maybe there are not. I’ll need a little bit more time. There is no risk [to his hip] of me playing tennis just now. It’s just whether I feel like I’m able to do myself justice. I want to be able to compete properly. If I don’t feel like I can do that, then I won’t play. If I do and physically I feel ready, mentally I’m in the right place, then I’ll go for it.”This was, some said, the future of British tennis against the recurring past, but Edmund – who plays Mikhail Kukushkin next – resisted the idea it represented a changing of the guard. Share on WhatsApp Kyle Edmund beats Andy Murray: Eastbourne International 2018 – as it happened Share on Twitter Pinterest Facebook Tennis Read more Share on LinkedIn Konta had hinted this week at plans to play with greater aggression but it was that which began to undermine her when Wozniacki capitalised on her coming to the net.After avoiding dropping the opening game on her serve, the Dane performed clinically, was gifted a further break when Konta sent a forehand long and then converted a fifth break point to secure the set.The Briton’s frustration grew at the same rate she appeared to be losing her confidence. Konta increasingly attempted to force play which particularly suited Wozniacki with the short ball and contributed to unforced errors. She held at 0-40 down to move to 3-4 but eventually proved incapable of resisting when, for the fifth time this year, she lost against one of the world’s leading players after taking the first set.The promising Cameron Norrie, 22, reached the quarter-finals of the men’s competition after defeating fellow Briton Jay Clarke 6-4, 6-3. He will next face Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, who earlier overcame the top seed Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Press Association Read more Andy Murray Share on Facebook Share via Email Andy Murray will test his Wimbledon readiness with Kyle Edmund exam Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Pinterest Topics Kyle Edmund celebrates his straight sets victory over Andy Murray. Photograph: Tom Jenkins Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “He’s the best ever British player and one of the best tennis players that’s ever lived,” he said, looking back on the time when they started working together at Murray’s Miami winter training camp six years ago. “For me to be a young 17-year-old who just got a pro ranking, it was amazing to be part of that. And all these years later it was weird playing him at Queen’s first [in 2016], and now to be on the winning end. But that’s sport. It happens. You have to be selfish and win. He probably did the same thing when he beat Tim [Henman] for the first time [at Basel in 2006].”There is no denying the operation Murray had in Melbourne in January has pinched a yard or two of pace from his trademark retrievals, especially when he moves to the right off his left leg, and, while Edmund was alive to that vulnerability, he said later he did not prey on it just because of the injury.Edmund is just the fifth British player to beat Murray, alongside Henman, Matthew Hilton, David Sherwood and Tom Greenland. Kyle Edmund Twitter Facebook Victory for Murray on Wednesday was always going to be in the performance rather than the result. After breaking a 342-day absence at Queen’s last week with a three-set workout over two hours and 39 minutes against Nick Kyrgios, he beat Stan Wawrinka in style in an hour and 17 minutes here on Tuesday, even if the Swiss was struggling with his own knee troubles. One out of three is not bad.Murray had his chances against Edmund, and the crowd seemed evenly split – although sentiment for the triple-slam knight of tennis grew as he began to struggle. As Murray dug deep to hold for 4-5 in the first set, there were successive shouts from the packed stands of “Come on, Andy”, “Come on, Kyle”… and “Come on, both of you.”But there was little the Scot could do about a second-serve 117mph ace down the T that delivered the set to Edmund. The second frame was old-fashioned attrition, Murray broken twice and saving five of seven break points, then breaking back before a wicked Edmund backhand down the line finished the job.Johanna Konta ousted at EastbourneJohanna Konta has lost to the world No 2, Caroline Wozniacki, in the third round at Eastbourne. The 27-year-old made a promising start but her preparations for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, were undermined by a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat.Wozniacki, who had lost her previous two matches against Konta, progresses to the quarter‑finals where on Thursday she will meet Ashleigh Barty of Australia.Playing in her home town and against an opponent whose natural strengths are not suited to competing on grass, Konta made an impressive start. She broke Wozniacki in the first game and went 2-0 up to build a sense of momentum.Even when she dropped serve to allow the Dane back to 3-3 she responded by breaking Wozniacki again and closing out the set.During her victory against Aleksandra Krunic on Tuesday there were hints of the inconsistency that undermined her in the second set against Wozniacki. Johanna Konta fires a backhand return to Caroline Wozniacki. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Andy Murray has only a day or so to analyse his form and fitness three matches into his comeback but, if he does commit to playing Wimbledon next week – he was still undecided on Wednesday night – he will return as surely the best three-digit outrider in the world rankings since Andre Agassi.The mercurial American, Murray’s childhood hero, drifted as low as No 141 a year after being No 1 in the world during an existential collapse in the 90s before climbing back to the top, and retired a decade later at 36.Agassi’s dip was spiritual and his comeback redemptive; Murray, who has slipped to No 156, is renewing his tennis after the physical trauma of surgery to groin and hip, as well as the internal discussion he must have about his self‑belief in the strongest era of the sport. Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger newslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai Indians

first_img scorecard IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Kieron Pollard was tasked with leading Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab after Rohit Sharma was rested following an injury scare. Siddhesh Lad replaced Rohit in the playing XI at the Wankhede. graphs commentary No data available!center_img view more view less advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MumbaiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 20:13 IST IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians decided to rest Rohit Sharma as a precautionary measure after an injury scare. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians decided to rest Rohit Sharma as a precautionary measure after an injury scareKieron Pollard was named stand-in captain vs KXIP at the Wankhede on WednesdaySiddhesh Lad, who has been with MI since 2015, replaced Rohit Sharma in the playing XIMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was rested as a precautionary measure against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Kieron Pollard led MI against Kings XI Punjab after Rohit Sharma was ruled out with a right leg muscle spasm.Rohit Sharma has played 178 matches in the Indian Premier League and has scored 4611 runs including 1 hundred and 34 fifties.However, in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Rohit has only managed to score 118 runs from 5 matches and is yet to hit a fifty.On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians and India a major injury scare when he limped out of MI’s practice session. Rohit is key for MI in the IPL and he is expected to play a big role for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Kieron Pollard had captained Mumbai Indians in 3 games in 2014, but in the Champions League, when Rohit Sharma, sustained a fractured middle finger!#IPL2019#MIvKXIPMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 10, 2019There had been a slight injury scare around Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the season but he was declared fit soon after.On the eve of Mumbai Indians’ match against Kings XI Punjab, Rohit Sharma appeared to pull his muscle and lay on the ground and looked in pain. However, he walked up the steps after receiving immediate medical attention.Kieron Pollard said Rohit Sharma was rested against KXIP only as a precautionary measure. After tonight’s clash, Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals on April 13 and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15 before travelling to Delhi for their match against Delhi Capitals on April 18.advertisementSiddhesh Lad is all set to make his debut for the @mipaltan #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/tPw5eQN3svIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019Rohit Sharma was replaced by Siddhesh Lad who has been with Mumbai Indians since 2015 but had never got a game before. The 26-year-old Siddhesh Lad has scored heavily in first-class cricket. From 49 matches, Lad has scored 3592 runs including 8 hundreds.Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (captain), Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit BumrahKings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, K.L. Rahul (wicketkeeper), Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | IPL 2019: MI likely to rest injured Rohit Sharma for KXIP match at WankhedeAlso Read | Started to doubt myself after Koffee with Karan row, I was hated nationally: KL RahulFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Kieron PollardFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

North East votes Confusion among Muslims voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Whom to vote, Congress candidate Sheila Dikshit or AAP candidate Dilip Pandey? Vote division and the confusion prevailed among the Muslim voters in the North East Constituency of Delhi.Congress worker Maaruf Saifi said, “Former CM Sheila Dikshit’s decision to contest from here is something that people did not expect and feel fortunate that a huge figure like her has chosen the area which resulted the vote drifted towards the Aam Aadmi Party returning to the Congress so that the national party can put up a fight and defeat the BJP.” Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarShahid Mirza, who owns chemist shop at the main Mustafabad road, said that he supports Aam Aadmi Party because of the work done by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but feels that since Dikshit is not an ordinary Congress leader, the older generations will take her side and this splitted the vote bank which may benefitted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He further added that locals have realised that the Dilip Pandey’s campaign was strong on ground and has been campaigning and building outreach among locals for almost two years now. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceEarlier, he was only the symphathiser of North East voters in Muslim ghettos and has been closely involved in governance of Delhi government, but last time entry of Sheila Dixit has created a rift among the Muslims voters. Another resident of Mustafabad, Samshad Saifi said that Pandey had not only been campaigning but working for the upliftment of the people by sending girls to schools, undertaking cleaning drives, laying sewer lines and improving the condition of arterial roads. A first time voter from Ghonda and a social worker, Riyaz malik said that ever since the congress candidate Dikshit has entered the campaign, the voters have realised that the game is big and Congress will be a better tactical vote. Meanwhile, star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi’s road show may have diverted AAP sympathisers towards the Congress.last_img read more

Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Makes The Play For Healthy Habits

first_img“Making the play” – something quarterback Matthew Stafford does week after week each season with the Detroit Lions – is something he couldn’t accomplish without good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) wants to know how kids in grades four through eight would make Michigan healthier through its second annual “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” video contest.The student that submits the winning video will get to star as a host of his/her own healthy lifestyle video blog series on aHealthierMichigan.org, and will receive a school assembly featuring Stafford.Video submissions are being accepted Jan. 30 – March 29. In April, 10 semifinalists will be selected and notified and their video submissions will be posted on aHealthierMichigan.org for a two-week public voting period. The winner will be announced in early May.“Last year we had such a tremendous response from kids across Michigan to this contest, we are excited to do it again,” said Andrew Hetzel, BCBSM vice president for corporate communications. “Kids are naturally creative. Working with their parents and teachers, Blue Cross wants to see their creativity come to life with the goal of making their schools and communities healthier.”Video submissions should be no more than two minutes long. They should creatively answer the question “What would you do to make Michigan healthier?” and include the student’s perspective on how themselves, their family, teachers and classmates can live a healthier life. Students should explain how they would communicate healthy lifestyle choices with their families and fellow students.Students can submit a video using any digital recording device using an MP3 format, such as a smartphone, iPad, Flip video or webcam, or they can upload a video via YouTube. For more information, please visit aHealthierMichigan.org/kidcontest.Students, grades four through eight, must be enrolled in an accredited public or private learning institution within Michigan to participate.According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. The CDC also reports that 14.2 percent of Michigan adolescents in grades nine through 12 are overweight, while 11.9 percent are obese. In children ages two to five years, 16.3 percent are overweight and 13.3 percent are obese.Schools play a particularly critical role in combating obesity by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that can encourage healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.The “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” kid contest is an extension of BCBSM’s ongoing efforts to combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids to share their ideas using creativity and new media. In addition, this week BCBSM announced that elementary schools can apply for a new round of grant funding from Building Healthy Communities, a partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, Wayne State University’s College of Education Center for School Health and the United Dairy Institute of Michigan. Since 2009, BCBSM, the program’s creator and primary funder, has invested more than $3 million in the Building Healthy Communities program in an effort to promote healthier lifestyles and prevent childhood obesity and its associated health risks.Immediate health effects of childhood obesity: • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of five- to 17-year-olds, 70 percent of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. • Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes. • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.Long-term health effects of childhood obesity: • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age two were more likely to be obese as adults. • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Knowledge and prevention: • According to the CDC, healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies and the media, as well as the food, beverage and entertainment industries.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Province launching prototype childcare spaces for only 10 a day

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has launched applications for prototype daycares that will charge only $10 a day.The Ministry of Children and Family Development is now accepting applications from licensed child care providers who want their facilities to become prototype sites, which will model child care at a cost of $200-a-month per child, and report on the results. Information learned from these prototype sites will inform changes and the expansion of universal child care over the next 10 years.The new prototype sites, which will run from Sept. 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, will convert approximately 1,800 licensed child care spaces at existing facilities around the province into low-cost spaces for families. Fees at approved facilities will be capped at $200 a month, per child. For eligible families with an annual pre-tax income of less than $45,000, childcare will be free at these facilities through the new Affordable Child Care Benefit, which will officially roll out in September 2018. Families with a pre-tax income under $111,000 will pay less than $10 a day.Providers interested in this opportunity can learn more by participating in informational webinars being held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, Wednesday, June 27, and Wednesday, July 4, 2018. To join one of the webinars, please visit: http://video.web.gov.bc.ca/mcfd/liveIn February, the Province signed a $153-million Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) partnership agreement with the Government of Canada. As part of this agreement, the federal government is investing $60 million over the next two years to support these prototype sites.last_img read more

Despite much progress more must be done to protect childrens rights –

“It is unacceptable that children are still dying from preventable causes, like pneumonia, malaria, measles and malnutrition,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in releasing the annual State of the World’s Children report.The special edition of UNICEF’s flagship report comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly. “Many of the world’s children will never see the inside of a school room, and millions lack protection against violence, abuse, exploitation, discrimination and neglect,” she added, stressing the “particularly alarming” problem of violence against children, with between 500 million and 1.5 billion youngsters estimated to suffer such abuse annually. The Convention “is the most ratified human rights treaty in human history” with 193 States parties, she said, listing the benefits achieved since its inception. Beyond the mortality reduction, these include access to improved water sources for 1.6 billion people; an increase in primary-school-age children in class to around 84 per cent, with the gender gap narrowing; more care for children in the HIV and AIDS pandemic; steps to protect youngsters from serving as soldiers or trafficked into prostitution or domestic servitude; a rise in age of children getting married; and a gradual fall in the number of girls subjected to genital cutting. The rights of girls still require special attention, the report stresses. The majority of children not attending primary school are girls, and girls are more likely to suffer sexual violence, be trafficked or forced into child marriage. In many regions they are less likely to receive essential healthcare. The report includes special expert essays from public and private sector representatives, alongside examples of the child rights situation in a range of countries. The essays offer advice on the role the Convention can have in an increasingly populous, urbanized and environmentally challenged world, over the next 20 years and beyond. More than 160 events are taking place worldwide commemorating the anniversary. The report launched today is part of UNICEF’s contribution, which includes jointly hosting with civil society and government partners a global commemoration and panel discussion at UN Headquarters in New York tomorrow. In a foreword to the report, Ms. Veneman called for broad collaboration at international and national levels in implementing the Convention’s principles and the rights contained in it. “The challenge for the next 20 years is to build on the progress achieved, working together to reach those children who are still being denied their rights to survival, development, protection and participation,” she wrote. “The Convention on the Rights of the Child stands as a universal standard for building a better world – a world in which the best interests of children are a primary concern of all.” 19 November 2009Despite considerable progress over the past 20 years in improving the lot of the world’s children, including a 28 per cent drop in annual mortality of those under five from 12.5 million to an estimated 8.8 million, their rights are still far from assured, according to a new United Nations report issued today. read more

Steal pebbles from beach and risk prosecution visitors in Pembrokeshire warned

The poster has had a mixed reaction online, with one resident saying it was difficult to prevent people taking stones from beaches.Ben Williams wrote: “When your three-year-old little girl wants to keep a pretty little pebble she found, I can’t say no.”A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council confirmed while the unsigned poster was not one of theirs, they agreed with the sentiment. The sign warned the pebbles were a "vital" part of the beach's sea defences.  The sign warned the pebbles were a “vital” part of the beach’s sea defences. Credit:Alamy An anonymous sign has appeared at a beach warning visitors who take pebbles as keepsakes they will be prosecuted.The unsigned, laminated sign, appeared on a beach in Amroth, Pembrokeshire, where it warned that “the stones on this beach are part of Amroth’s vital sea defences”.”Removal is a criminal offence,” it read.”Offenders are liable to prosecution.”The offence falls under the Coastal Protection Act 1949, which leaves offenders liable for a fine for leaving areas exposed to erosion.It comes after a holidaymaker was forced to drive hundreds of miles to a beach in Cornwall to return pebbles he had taken last year, after a Cornish council threatened court action.The incident took place in Crackington Haven, Cornwall, where pebble theft has become so common St Gennys Parish Council was forced to put up signs on the beaches warning the practice was illegal. “If everyone started taking pebbles from the beach then we would have a problem. But we have no plans to put up any of our own signs at the moment,” he said. 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. read more

New global headquarters for Tenova focuses on developing new talents and skills

first_imgTenova, one of the world’s major suppliers of technologies, advanced engineering products and services for the mining and metallurgical industries, is moving its main headquarters to Castellanza (Varese), to a new and modern corporate campus. The Tenova Campus extends over a surface of approximately 100,000 m2 and will host over 400 employees. It was designed and developed in accordance with principles of functionality and environmental sustainability, characterised by the integration of new buildings with the Tenova Pomini offices and production site. The company has invested a total of approximately €15 million in the project.“The campus is an expression of the Tenova working approach, grounded in a heightened attention to and awareness of sharing, collaboration and the integration of different company functions”, explains Andrea Lovato, Chief Executive Office of Tenova. “This choice reflects Tenova’s long-term strategic vision, focused on continuous innovation and on attracting, training and developing talents and skills capable of sustaining the company’s future development.”“In this new location, Tenova’s industrial vocation will be fully expressed: the company’s various business units, functional staff and the existing Pomini factory will all come together in a single site, creating a work environment congenial to the interaction and exchange of best practices between engineers, office staff, specialised and professional workers, with positive effects on the efficiency of the company’s processes.” Collaboration, sharing and integration will all be developed alongside another of the company’s values, ‘transparency’, which will also be palpable in the campus’ architecture. Indeed Tenova says all of its offices will be characterised by floor-to-ceiling windows and walls, for bright interiors overlooking outdoor green areas, which will “also guarantee internal visibility, for a continuous environment where staff can work together.”Tenova says it will focus on young people and is set to bolster exchanges with universities, schools and technical institutes. On-site areas have been specifically created for this purpose: for example, in the congress centre there are training rooms and a 150-seat auditorium. The campus will also feature numerous meeting rooms and break areas as well as a canteen that has been designed to encourage conviviality and sharing. In order to guarantee staff wellness, services available to the company’s employees include a new sports and fitness area.last_img read more

Gay couples too face domestic violence

first_imgWhile intimate partner violence is a prevalent and pressing concern in heterosexual relationships, gay couples too may be at an increased risk of physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse as well as controlling behaviour, finds a study.According to researchers, the violence links back to HIV prevention because men in abusive relationships may find it hard to negotiate for condom use or even when and how they have sex. A gay man who is struggling with his identity might lash out at his partner with physical or emotional abuse as a stress response behaviour – similar to heterosexual couples, where an unemployed man lashes out at his female partner because he feels inadequate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study makes a strong connection between internalized homophobia and violence, the findings showed.”If you just looked at physical and sexual violence in male couples, it’s about 25 to 30 per cent, roughly the same as women,” said Rob Stephenson, Professor at the University of Michigan in the US.”We’re stuck in this mental representation of domestic violence as a female victim and a male perpetrator, and while that is very important, there are other forms of domestic violence in all types of relationships,” Stephenson added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe research is important because it debunks that stereotype, and accounts for controlling and isolating behaviours as well as physical abuse, Stephenson said.For the study, published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the researchers recruited 320 men (160 couples) to independently complete individual surveys measuring demographic information, partner violence experience and perpetration, and individual and relationship characteristics that may shape the experience of violence. They found that 46 per cent of the 320 men (160 couples) experienced some form of intimate partner violence in the last year – physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse and controlling behaviour.The Supreme Court in India has began hearing a number of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises consensual homosexuality for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.last_img read more

Injured striker Álvaro Saborío will travel with Costa Rica to the World

first_imgRelated posts:Álvaro Saborío breaks fifth metatarsal in morning practice, out of World Cup With Saborío out for World Cup, a broken-up Pinto says team must move forward Costa Rica completes 23-man roster for World Cup 2 days before the World Cup, Costa Rica loses another player to injury Thanks for all your messages of support. I feel stronger and better !! pic.twitter.com/sjaHe17U2W— Álvaro Saborío (@al_saborio) June 3, 2014 Forward Álvaro Saborío announced Tuesday that he plans to travel with Costa Rica during the World Cup.Saborío would’ve directed the Ticos’ attack during the tournament, but doctors discovered a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot last Thursday. He will need three to four months to recovery from the injury after undergoing a successful surgery Monday.The Costa Rica Football Federation had said it hoped Saborío would accompany La Sele at the World Cup. On Facebook, the Real Salt Lake striker confirmed his attendance in Brazil.I want to thank the fans that since the first day I wore the La Sele shirt have supported me and given me good vibes.Thanks to all who have tried to make me feel good despite the pain I’ve been through. I want to say thanks to all.I have received support from teammates and other teams, that affection from all of you has given me the encouragement to go. I will be supporting the team and will see them make history.Saborío, who led Costa Rica in qualifying with eight goals, was dearly missed last night when Japan roughed up the Ticos, 3-1, in a friendly in Tampa.center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more