In a shocking incident, medical tests of female and male candidates during the ongoing recruitment drive in the Madhya Pradesh Police were conducted in the same room at Bhind district hospital on Tuesday.The matter came to light when a video footage of young male applicants stripped to their undergarments in front of a female candidate surfaced in social media. “We have learnt orthopaedic surgeon Dr. R.K. Agrawal, surgeon Vinod Bajpai, ophthalmologist Dr. R.S. Kushwaha, ENT specialist Dr. R.N. Rajoria and gynaecologist Dr. Ranu Sharma examined 21 men and 18 women recruits together in the same room ahead of their formal induction in the police on Tuesday,” District Hospital Superintendent Dr. Ajit Mishra said. Dr. Agrawal and a hospital clerk, Devendra Sharma, were suspended for alleged dereliction of duty. Dr. Mishra said Sharma was suspended because he had sent the recruits together to the room instead of calling them in one after the other.Probe ordered He said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident and show-cause notices have been issued to the five doctors. Senior doctor B.C. Jain will conduct the inquiry. Dr. Mishra said some more constable recruits — men and women — were medically examined separately on Wednesday in the district hospital. A controversy erupted last week in the State’s Dhar district when photos appeared in the media, showing aspirants for the post of police constables with caste categories inked on their bare chests. The photographs carried in various newspapers showed aspirants with the terms “SC” (Scheduled Caste), “ST” (Scheduled Tribe) and “G” (General) marked with sketch pens on their chests as they queued up for their medical examination. Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh has ordered an inquiry into the incident. (With PTI inputs)
Mississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Barcelona had drawn four of its previous five matches and its only goal in three games had been a penalty by Messi. A setback in Seville would have given Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid the chance to spark up the title race when they play on Sunday.Instead, Messi almost singlehandedly ensured Barcelona opened a 10-point gap over Atletico and a 12-point advantage over Madrid.Barcelona also rediscovered its scoring form in time for a critical week of back-to-back clashes with Madrid. The fierce rivals meet in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, before clashing again in the league next weekend.“We went through a patch when we weren’t playing our best and that makes everything more difficult. We were having trouble converting our chances,” Messi said. “When everything flows, things go well for us, as we saw today. Today we were back to playing like we know how. We played a great match.”Sevilla outplayed Barcelona through much of the first half and was twice ahead thanks to Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sevilla went ahead twice, but Messi hit back each time before he netted a third goal with five minutes remaining.After taking his league-leading tally to 25 goals, Messi added an assist for Luis Suarez to round off the win before the whistle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was Messi’s 44th hat trick for Barcelona, to go with another six for Argentina, according to the club.“This doesn’t mean the league is ours yet. There is a long way to go, but it was very important to win here to protect the advantage we have over our rivals,” Messi said. “The game turned against us but we knew how to pull it out.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Sixth-place Alaves drew 0-0 with relegation-threatened Celta Vigo, while Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 against Eibar. Raul Garcia scored a first-minute goal for Athletic, which is up to eighth. But Messi responded both times with strikes that produced the same result: goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik helplessly pawing thin air as the ball sailed over his head.Messi cancelled out Navas’ 22nd-minute opener four minutes later with an exquisite volley, as the Argentine blasted Ivan Rakitic’s cross into the top corner of the net.Messi equalized a second time in the 67th after Rakitic recovered the ball, laid off for Ousmane Dembele, who found Barcelona’s all-time top scorer alone on the edge of the area and he curled the ball into the corner.Messi finally put Barcelona in charge when he nonchalantly chipped the ball over Vaclik.“Not only did Messi score three great goals, it was how he scored them,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “There was a lot at stake in this match. We weren’t playing well and then he appeared. That is Messi.”Sevilla fell into fifth place, with Getafe moving up into the Champions League spots after beating Rayo Vallecano 2-1.UMTITI RETURNSDefender Samuel Umtiti played his first match for Barcelona after being sidelined since late November with a left knee problem that has plagued him since helping France win the 2018 World Cup.Umtiti, who played the full 90 minutes, has only made nine appearances for Barcelona this campaign.OTHER RESULTS LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Saturday, February 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain — Just when Barcelona was at its worst, Lionel Messi gave one of his best performances of the season.Messi scored his 50th hat trick for club and country on Saturday in a 4-2 victory at Sevilla, helping Barcelona to take a big step toward retaining the Spanish league title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Former India and Railways all-rounder Sanjay Bangar has been appointed India’s head coach for the short limited overs tour of Zimbabwe.India play three ODIs and three T20s in Harare starting June 11. The squad, comprising young and upcoming players, will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Bangar was India’s batting coach under team director Ravi Shastri till the World T20 held at home in March and April this year. (Watson backs Dravid to become Team India coach)Meanwhile, Abhay Sharma, who recently worked with the India Under-19 and A teams, has been named fielding coach.”Sanjay Bangar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indiancricket team for the forthcoming tour to Zimbabwe, comprising threeOne-Day International matches and three T20 international matches to beplayed in Harare,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement.”Abhay Sharma has been appointed as the fielding coach of the team.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Koka Ramesh, a former cricketer and Zonal Secretary of the Andhra CricketAssociation, as the Administrative Manager of the Indian team for thetour to Zimbabwe,” he added.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will appoint a full-time coach soon.
Legendary Kapil Dev was sceptical about Jasprit Bumrah’s long-term survival in international cricket with such an awkward action, but the former captain today said he has been proven wrong by the pacer.Kapil termed Bumrah a “fabulous” bowler and said the Gujarat pacer has completely changed people’s perception about bowlers with unorthodox action.”He (Bumrah) is fabulous. When I saw Bumrah for the first time, I thought how would he play with such an awkward action.”But this player has changed our thought process,” the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper said today during a event here.”And today we feel players with awkward action will play for their country for long,” he added.A stern advocate of fitness, the legendary all-rounder was full of praise for India skipper Virat Kohli for turning the current team as one of the fittest in world cricket.”Every captain has his thought process. This captain (Virat Kohli) has brought up an idea of fitness in the team and I think we should respect his decision,” Kapil said.”You may be very talented but if you can’t take catches and save extra runs for the team, it is of no use. A minimum level of athleticism is required. Yo-Yo test is not something which a player can’t clear.”I was also very fitness freak and it will be unfair if I don’t stand by it. I feel fitness to zaruri hai (fitness is important). The message that goes to youngsters is that you have to maintain a certain level of fitness. I support Virat in that, ” he said on sidelines of the launch of ‘Wonder Cement Saath: 7 Cricket Mahotsav’.advertisementKapil backed the Indian team management’s decision to test young Hardik Pandya in different positions in order to develop him as a fine all-rounder.”The team management knows better. We can have views sitting outside but they know better. We all want Hardik Pandya to do better. Surely, the team management is thinking something good about him,” he said about Hardik, who already has attracted comparisons with Kapil for his exploits in his short, little career.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a a number of changes in playing conditions, which includes restriction on dimensions of the bat, the introduction of player send-offs for misconduct and changes to the Decision Review System among others, on September 28.Asked Kapil about the new rules, he said: “The changes in the rules are always introduced for the betterment of the game. There should be changes but rules should be modified as well. Only time will tell the impact of the new rules.
Paceman Rajneesh Gurbani picked up seven wickets to help Vidarbha defeat Karnataka by five runs and qualify for their maiden final of the Ranji Trophy.Vidarbha needed three wickets on the final day and Gurbani did the job for his team at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Vidarbha will now take on Delhi, who beat Bengal in the other semi-final, in Indore on December 29.Ganesh Satish (81) and Aditya Sarwate (55) ensured Vidharbha put up a strong performance in their second innings, setting Karnataka 198 to win.With a batting line-up consisting Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, CM Gautam and Stuart Binny, not many would have expected Karnataka to finish the penultimate day precariously at 111/7.However, Vidharbha put Karnataka under early pressure when Umesh Yadav removed Agarwal in the third over of the innings. It was a nightmare for Karnataka from thereon as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.First-innings centurion Karun gave Karnataka some hope with a fluent 30 but he became the first of Gurbani’s four victims as Vidharbha took a stranglehold over the semi-final.The onus was on skipper Vinay Kumar to stage a sensational lower-order fightback but he became Gurbani’s first victim on the final day.Resuming on 111/7, overnight batters Karnataka skipper R Vinay Kumar (36) and Shreyas Gopal (24 not out) joined hands for a gritty 37-run partnership for the eighth wicket. After Vinay Kumar got out, Abhimanyu Mithun (33) took over to stitch a 48-run stand with Gopal who played the anchor’s role.But once Mithun’s brisk stay was over, Sreenath Aravind (2) failed to deliver the goods.advertisementIn the second innings, Karnataka were bowled out for 192 chasing 198 after Vidarbha wiped out a first innings lead of 116 by posting 313 in their second essay.Pacer Gurbani returned career-best figures of 7/68 in the second innings to run through the Karnataka batting despite stiff resistance by their lower order on the fifth and final day.In the first innings, Vidarbha chose to bat and were skittled out for 185. Karnataka, in reply, rode Karun Nair’s brilliant 153 to amass 301. Gurbani took five wickets in the first innings as well making it his best match figures of 12/162.(With inputs from IANS)
Peshawar, Aug 8 (PTI) Pakistan’s Prime Minister in-waiting Imran Khan has nominated a relatively newcomer in politics Mehmud Khan as the new Chief Minister of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Mehmud, who is from Swat district, won the provincial assembly seat PK-9 from Swat in the July 25 general elections.”Chairman PTI and Prime Minister designate Imran Khan has nominated Mehmood Khan as the new Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) said in a tweet.The announcement has ended days of speculation about the party’s choice in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the PTI acquired a two-thirds majority.Mehmud was minister for Irrigation and Sports in the previous PTI government (2013-18) which was led by Pervez Khattak.Born in 1972, Mehmud was picked by Khan ahead of Pervez Khan, Asad Qaisar and Atif Khan considered very close to the PTI chief.Mehmud is also the PTI President of Malakand Division and is credited with the party’s huge success in the region. Khan’s Party PTI emerged as the single largest party in the elections held on July 25. PTI AYZ MRJMRJ
A State League team The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play:# 6Austouch ready to take off in GippslandVictorian Game Development Officer Ali Tuai undertook a trip to East Gippsland last week to visit the affiliates of Sale, Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Lake Entrance.Ali met with key people in each affiliate and identified and confirmed Austouch programs in all four locations for this upcoming summer, which should see a boost to the number of junior players in the region. East Gippsland has already developed a consistent flow of Victorian junior representatives. With increased Austouch programs and a new affiliate, this flow should be greater in the near future.Other events:Albert Park Touch season hots up! With finals places on the line for the Winter Competition, the level of Touch Football (played in temperatures of six degrees) has reached new heights for Victoria Winter Touch. Almost every division has a battle royale on its hands; with no one team yet guaranteed a finals spot with three matches remaining. Watch this space for further updates.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out the States’ web sites to keep up to date with all the news and views from around the nation. The position of Games Development Officer is being advertised this week in the NT News and on the NT Touch website. Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston is moving to Borroloola later this year with her policeman partner Luke Shilton for work. Congratulations to Rebecca and Luke on their engagement last Wednesday. Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Thirteen.WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 12008 Be Active State ChampionshipsThe 2008 Be Active Touch West State Championships will be hosted by the Rosalie Touch Association on the March long weekend next year.After three years at Arena Joondalup, Western Australia’s biggest annual tournament will be moving on following a comprehensive tender and show of support for the event from the Rosalie Touch Club.“We’re pleased that one of the TouchWest clubs has shown such enthusiasm to host our premier event,” WA Manager Matt Bamford said.More information on the venue and logistical issues will be available in the coming weeks from the TouchWest website.Other events:Another week, another AusTouch launch in Western Australia!This week’s launch will be in the WA mining town of Laverton, around 1,000km North-West of Perth. WA Game Development staff Angela Doyle and Claire French will travel to Laverton for the launch and also visit a number of schools in the area. This follows last week’s successful launch of the AusTouch centre in Broome, which is now in its third year of operation.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 2ACT Junior Representative Sides NamedThe long wait is over – the ACT Under-12, Under-15 and Under-18 Representative Teams have finally been named. The 12s and 15s will travel to Melbourne from October 22 – 26, 2007, for the Australian Schools Championships. The 18s will travel to Coffs Harbour from September 17 – 20, 2007, for the National 18 Years Championships. ACT Touch would like to congratulate all players on their selection in the ACT Junior Representative Teams.The selection process for most teams has never been so thorough. Selections started back in March during the Inter district Competition and included the High School Days, Primary School Day and Open trials. All coaches and selectors have had a very tough time finalising their squads with the number of talented players at unprecedented levels. ACT Touch would like to thank all coaches and selectors for their time and efforts.Special mention goes to Matt Smith, Jo Adams, Donna Fraser, Chris Tarlinton, Dan Wilkinson, Ash Synnott, Erin Clayton, and Kath Finn who have worked with the coaches of these teams to help select the best possible teams to represent the ACT.To players who missed out on selection, ACT Touch Association hopes that they continue playing Touch Football and are able to play in Summer Junior Competitions to improve skill levels and game play.Other events:Trials for the Under-13 Mixed Team to travel to Brisbane in the last week of the October School holidays were held on Wednesday July 25 and Tuesday July 31, 2007. The final trial will take place on Thursday August 2 from 5pm – 6pm at Deakin Touch Fields.Please note that there is a change of dates for the upcoming ACT Level 1 Selectors Course. Watch this space for more details. If you are interested in becoming a selector, or would like more information about the course, please contact Chris Tarlinton on 212 2880 email@example.comThe ACT Touch Association website: www.acttouch.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play: # 3Mr. Jon Pratt commences as Queensland State ManagerThis week Mr Jon Pratt commences duties as Queensland State Branch Manager. Jon has a wealth of experience in Touch Football and has most recently worked as Touch Football Australia’s National Information Technology and Events Coordinator. Jon has been appointed to this role in an interim capacity until December 31, 2007, to allow the QTA Board to make a firm decision on the future direction of this position.Former Queensland State Manager Jeremy Sorensen will move fulltime into the National Technical Manager position this week. Good luck to Jon and Jeremy in their new roles. Other events:Level 1 Coaching Course being presented at the Palm Beach office of South Queensland Touch this week.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 4Level 1 Coaching CourseA Level 1 Coaching Course will commence this Tuesday July 31, 2007.Following the successful completion of the course there are many opportunities to coach: A junior team in a local competition An under-age South Australian Team The course will be conducted from 6.30pm – 9pm every Tuesday for five weeks starting July 31 at Touch Football South Australia – 20b Greenhill Road, Wayville.Participants will receive a coaching manual, rulebook, qualified presenters, and a transferable National Coaching Accreditation Scheme qualification.Contact Andrew Crawford: 08 8306 7500, firstname.lastname@example.org Other events:This is an event not to miss: If you’re young at heart but 30 and over this is for you. Australia’s largest multi-sport festival, the Australian Masters Games, is held in Adelaide from the October 5 – 14, 2007. This year Touch Football will be running from October 11 – 14. To register go to www.australasianmasters.comSimply complete Participant Games Entry and Touch Sport Entry forms found in the Games Registration Booklet or register onlineRegistrations close this Friday the August 3, 2007.For more information contact: Andrew Crawford, +61 8 8306 7500 or Email: email@example.comTouch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORYPlay # 5Darwin Touch Competition closes team nominations for Season 2, 2007.Nominations for Darwin Touch Football Competition’s upcoming Season 2, 2007, closed last Friday July 27. This means the new season is coming up fast! Teams are being finalised and sorted into divisions for the new season. Currently there are 14 new teams to add to the Senior Competition, with more enquiries still flowing in. Even though nominations have closed, Touch NT is aiming for another six teams to increase the count to 20 new teams for the season.New team nominations will be accepted up until this Friday August 3 2007 to ensure the new season brings with it new teams, new faces, and an even better competition than ever before.The new season begins on August 20, 2007, and will run through until ChristmasTouch NT is looking forward to the most successful season yet! Other events: A local team playing within an Affiliate The Darwin Cup Carnival is fast approaching. The NT Touch fields are currently covered in tents, tables and chairs in preparation for the big event “that stops a city.” The Touch football shoes are off and the high heels are on as ladies frock up and gentleman pull out the “monkey suits” in readiness for the Darwin Cup, to be held next Monday August 6, 2007. Games Coordinator Erin Eva has been offered the position of Events and Development Manager at Tennis NT and will be starting the position in the next few weeks. The position of Games Coordinator for the Darwin Touch Competition is being advertised this week in the NT News and on the NT Touch website.
The joint security team, which is operating in the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the St. Catherine North Police Division, is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints. Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News at a recent stakeholders meeting in Spanish Town, Acting Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, outlined the procedures for civilians at the SOPE checkpoints. “When you are approaching the checkpoint, check your speed, roll down your windows, turn on your roof light (at night) and be compliant when asked questions,” she informed. The joint security team, which is operating in the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the St. Catherine North Police Division, is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints.Speaking with JIS News at a recent stakeholders meeting in Spanish Town, Acting Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, outlined the procedures for civilians at the SOPE checkpoints.“When you are approaching the checkpoint, check your speed, roll down your windows, turn on your roof light (at night) and be compliant when asked questions,” she informed.She said the police and the soldiers will do a quick scan to assess the situation, and “if you are required for a further search, more than just an observation, you are being urged to comply with the instructions given”.ASP Garrick said it is important to answer the questions promptly and comply with any instruction given by a member of the security forces, as that will help the process to go smoothly.She further instructed that persons should have a valid form of identification in their possession, because that will also help to speed up the process.ASP Garrick appealed for understanding as the security forces carry out their work, noting that everyone has a part to play in creating and maintaining safer communities. “All of this is intended to ensure the safety of the communities” she added.ASP Garrick explained that in a SOPE, it is the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) that takes the lead role.She noted that the joint team of JDF and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members have been working well together. “We know the objective of this operation, and the collaboration with the JDF has been tremendous,” she said.“We hold our members accountable to the highest level of professionalism, and, so far, the feedback has been that the security forces have operated with the highest level of courtesy and respect,” she added.Since the imposition of the SOPE in the St. Catherine North Division on March 18, 1,515 persons have been processed. Of that number, 1,431 have been released, 17 detained and 67 arrested. Of those arrested, 19 remain in custody and 48 have been released on bail.
A small northern Saskatchewan First Nation is once again in mourning after two teenagers killed themselves in recent weeks.The suicides in Fond du Lac came as the community recovers from a Dec. 13 plane crash that led to the death of 19-year-old Arson Fern Jr.Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said the crash and Fern’s death have been tough on the community.“Shortly after, a young teenager took his own life and, probably a week later, a young girl,” he told The Canadian Press on Monday. “They’ve been going through a very difficult time emotionally and spiritually.”In December, a West Wind Aviation plane with 25 people on board went down shortly after taking off from the Fond du Lac airstrip.Everyone on board escaped the wreckage but seven people were seriously injured. Fern, who had cerebral palsy, later died in hospital from his injuries.Cameron said it’s difficult to know whether the two suicides are directly linked to the plane crash.“One can only speculate what the youth were going through and what they were thinking,” he said. “One thing is for certain — something was bothering these youth. Something was on their mind.”A recent report about suicide among Indigenous youth in northern Saskatchewan suggested they often feel bullied, sad and alone in their communities.“It’s really troubling and it’s not only here in Saskatchewan,” said provincial child and youth advocate Corey O’Soup. “I want to call it an epidemic, because it is.”Similar reports are coming out of some Alberta First Nations.A summary report into the serious injuries and deaths of young people in Alberta over the past five years shows Indigenous youth make up more than 70 per cent of suicides.“It’s prevalent in Alberta as well,” said Alberta’s child and youth advocate Del Graff. “We hear about these circumstances and it’s just so sad that families are facing these preventable deaths and that communities are reeling, particularly Indigenous communities, are reeling from the impact.”In Saskatchewan, the suicide rate for First Nations boys between the ages of 10 and 19 is six times higher than for non-Indigenous boys, while the rate for girls is 26 times higher.Six girls between the ages of 11 and 14 committed suicide in Indigenous communities in October 2016.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the time called it a “tremendous tragedy.”O’Soup said governments are really good at responding to the initial crisis.“They send in all these supports for a couple weeks or a month and then they’re gone,” he said. “The big challenge is finding long-term sustainable solutions for our communities in the North, particularly those ones that are isolated.”Officials with the federal government said in an email that they are working to address the issue.“The health issues facing Indigenous communities across the country, including high suicide rates among youth and limited access to mental health supports in rural, remote and isolated communities are serious and unacceptable,” said the statement from the Department of Indigenous Services Canada.“We are working with Indigenous partners and provincial and territorial governments to provide effective, sustainable, and culturally appropriate health programs and services to improve the health of First Nations and Inuit.”
TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $21 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on Aug. 6 will be approximately $26 million.The Canadian Press
Rabat (Reuters) – Morocco’s trade deficit expanded 4.7 percent from a year earlier in the first two months of the year to 31.39 billion Moroccan dirhams, the foreign exchange regulator said on Monday, mainly due to increased wheat imports. The north African country’s wheat imports jumped 60 percent or 2.548 billion dirhams compared with the same two months last year as the government suspended customs duties and introduced subsidies from the start of January to counter rising world prices. Those measures will expire at the end of April.Energy imports edged down 0.1 percent to 14.84 billion dirhams from 14.99 billion in the same period in 2013. Tourism receipts fell by 0.9 percent to 7.95 billion dirhams, and remittances from the 4.5 million Moroccans living abroad dropped by 3.3 percent.
These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0014Brazil real 0.4022China renminbi 0.1868Euro 1.4890Hong Kong dollar 0.160678India rupee 0.01973Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01136Malaysia ringgit 0.2931Mexico peso 0.07029N.Z. dollar 0.9340Norway krone 0.1593Peruvian new sol 0.3876Russia rouble 0.02073Saudi riyal 0.3349Singapore dollar 0.9246South Africa rand 0.09488South Korean won 0.001119Sweden krona 0.1551Switzerland franc 1.2960Taiwanese dollar 0.04154Thailand baht 0.03776Turkey lira 0.3556U.K. pound 1.6619U.S. dollar 1.2560Vietnam dong 0.000055
“We support the calls of the Secretary-General for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and his demand that both sides should do everything to avoid further escalation and must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians at all times,” the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) added in a news release.In addition to calling for an immediate de-escalation earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel and called on Israel to exercise maximum restraint.The new wave of violence in Gaza and southern Israel has resulted in several people being killed or wounded on both sides.UNRWA has over one million beneficiaries in Gaza, where, earlier Thursday, one of its staff members was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the north. The relief agency said that reports indicate that Marwan Abu El Qumsan – an Arabic teacher in his fifties at UNRWA’s Preparatory Boys School in the city of Jabalia, in northern Gaza – was in a car near the scene of an air strike at the time of his death; his brother, who was with him in the car, was severely injured. UNRWA also expressed its condolences over Mr. El Qumsum’s death.Separately, an UNWRA spokesperson in Gaza, Adnan Abu Hasna, said that the agency had closed its schools temporarily due to the violence.“There will be no schools as long as the situation remains dangerous and the air strikes continue. The students will be in danger, that’s why UNRWA has decided to suspend the work in its educational institutions until further notice,” Mr. Hasna told UN Radio.He added that the agency’s international staff members continue with their work, noting that staff had entered Gaza today to help with emergency operations.Also today, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) highlighted that the continuous waves of airstrikes and indiscriminate rocket fire have triggered widespread fear among the civilian population in Gaza and southern Israel, especially amongst children.In particular, OCHA added, the humanitarian situation remains precarious, with widespread panic amongst the population in Gaza, stockpiling of food and fuel, low levels of drug and medical supplies and the closure of crossings for humanitarian goods. In southern Israel, all schools within a 40 kilometre radius of the border with Gaza are closed and movement is limited. OCHA said that all parties must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to spare civilians from the effects of hostilities, in accordance with the principles of distinction and proportionality.On Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy about the situation in Gaza and southern Israel. He expressed his concern to Mr. Netanyahu about the deteriorating situation, which in addition to the increase of indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, includes the targeted killing by Israel of a Hamas military operative in Gaza.Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, the head of the military wing of the Palestinian group Hamas which controls Gaza, was killed when his car was reportedly targeted during Israeli air strikes on the territory, following a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.In the telephone call, the UN chief also noted his expectation that Israeli reactions are measured so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could cause additional civilian casualties and have dangerous spillover effects in the region. He also called for the parties to exercise the utmost restraint and to respect international humanitarian law.In his call with President Morsy, the Secretary-General stated the need to prevent any further deterioration of the situation, and expressed strong support for the leadership being exercised by Egypt to restore calm in the region.The Security Council also met on the issue on Wednesday night behind closed doors.
Decisions have been made by the EHF Court of Handball following disciplinary proceedings against Jesper Brian Noddesbo of FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP) and Kasper Hvidt of AG Kobenhavn (DEN).Both players received a direct disqualification in the 58:45 minute of the EHF VELUX Men’s Champions League Quarter-final match betwen AG Kobenhavn and FC Barcelona Intersport on 20 April 2012.Referreing to the EHF legal bodies case law, the EHF Court of Handball found that the conduct of the players Jens Brian Noddesbo and Kasper Hvidt sanctioned during the match did not meet the necessary characteristics to impose further sanction.text: eurohandball.comThe players are therefore eligible to play in the 2nd leg Quarter-final match FC Barcelona Intersport vs AG Kobenhavn which will take place in Barcelona on 28 April 2012. ← Previous Story Sanne van Olphen and Estavana Polman stay in Sonderjyske Next Story → Lajos Mocsai is leaving MKB Veszprem after five years? AGEHFJesper NoddesboKasper Hvidt
Levante manager Paco Lopez says he is proud of his team’s performance as they defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg on Thursday night.Levante dominated control in a match where Barcelona star player Lionel Messi was not listed to play a part and many soccer followers suggest Barcelona’s decision to rest key players accounted for the outcome of the Match.Lopez has now played down such claims and feels the victory was no less commendable even in the Argentine’s absence.“For a team like ours, defeating Barcelona is always based on merit and I am not going to take anything away from it.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We are aware that the best player in the world was not present, but I am very proud of my team, very proud,” Lopez told Marca.Levante made some changes to their lineup as eight new faces played a part in the game.Barcelona look set to concentrate on LaLiga title race.
Tropical Watch with three systems being monitored Related Items:tropical depression Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Weekend Weather Watch – storms and general TCI weather for weekend Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – We are watching a system which the Natl Hurricane Center believes will develop several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It is expected the system will be a tropical depression by midweek as it moves west at 15mph. System becomes Tropical Storm Danny
Call 360-695-0123.When the PR guy for C-Tran freely admits that something to do with his agency is “sad and bizarre” — it has to be truly weird.Not surprising, then, that spokesman Scott Patterson was referring to a baby octopus in a pickle jar … or, one of the most strange things drivers handed over to C-Tran’s lost and found at the end of a route.While many folks have the luxury of leaving their odd personal items in their back seats, those riding Clark County buses risk leaving their oddball cargo in a very public place.Among the other greatest hits left on C-Tran buses? A full-size mannequin; teeth; a drum found just after the Paddy Hough Parade; and a giant walking stick with bright paint, stickers and a skull head on top.On a recent trip to C-Tran’s headquarters, where they store lost items behind a padlocked fence, the collection included: umbrellas, a few strollers, a cane, six bikes — and a large bird cage, complete with an inflated latex glove attached to the perch.
Macau gaming investor Success Universe, which operates peninsula integrated resort Ponte 16 under license from SJM, has issued a positive profit alert ahead of the release of its 1H19 financial results later this month.In an announcement filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Success Universe said it expects to record an increase of “around 2 to 3 times” in consolidated profit for the six months ended 30 June 2019, having reported a profit of HK$14.2 million in the prior year period. RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August The company said the increase is primarily due to an increase in its share of profit from Ponte 16.Success Universe saw gross profit of HK$34.4 million and profit attributable to owners of the company of HK$54.5 million in FY18, boosted by a 90% increase in revenue to HK$1.12 billion.
SOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A nonprofit hosted a blood drive as part of a worldwide effort to save the life of a South Florida girl with an extremely rare blood type.OneBlood hosted a rare blood drive on Sunday for 2-year-old Zainab Mughal in South Miami. Organizers rolled out a mobile unit and collected blood from donors that may be a match.Zainab, who lives in Broward, is battling neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, and she requires a specific type of blood. Her family is looking for donors with the missing antigen Indian B from someone of Pakistani, Iranian or Indian decent.“I heard about the blood donation for Zainab, like the rare blood type that they need,” said donor Daniel Mehranfard. “My mom and dad, both of them are Persian, and my blood type is A [positive], so I just called OneBlood, and I found out that I’m eligible, so I’m just trying to see if I can be matched with her and help her somehow.”So far, three matching donors have been found, one from the United Kingdom and two from the United States.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A participant drives his 1973 Porsche 911 as he arrives in Mexico City to take part in the Carrera Panamericana (“Pan-American Road Race”) in Mexico October 15, 2016.Reuters fileIs car-driving all set to fade into oblivion in the era of autonomous cars? No, say Mazda and Porsche, so long as people are passionate about driving. The trade-off is that you will have to be content with low volume growth.Take for instance, Japanese automaker Mazda CEO Masahiro Moro who is clear that driving matters when it coming to car buyers. “Mazda is targeting a very small niche of customers. These people really like driving and, to them, a car isn’t a commodity; it’s an emotional expression of their style,” he told Bloomberg in an interview recently.”We focus on a particular type of customer. Our share is two percent; it’s very small,” he said, matter-of-factly.His counterpart at Porsche, Klaus Zellmer has a similar view that shows no signs of nervousness over autonomous driving. The mantra for him is simple: embed all the technologies while ensuring the joy of manual manoeuvrability.”Of course, we’ll have an autonomous drive mode in all of our cars. You will be able to press that button and the car will take you home, because our customers also experience traffic situations they don’t enjoy and they want to do something else. That does not conflict with grabbing the steering wheel and doing the manual shifting,” he told Bloomberg.Zellmer makes a statement that would make volume-obsessed car makers feel embarrassed. “Porsche is not looking for volume; Porsche is looking for fans,” he said.German company Porsche’s range of sports cars sold in the US includes Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. The company sold 989 sports cars out of 4,479 last month in the US, as against 1,571 sports cars sold in March last year. Mazda Motor Corp’s new open-top sports car “Roadster”, also known as “MX-5” in overseas markets, is displayed at an unveiling in Tokyo May 20, 2015.Reuters file