Two instances of sexual assault of minor girls was reported here in the last three days. One of the victims was admitted to hospital with serious injuries. The accused in one of the cases — a domestic help at the child’s house — has been arrested.A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped in her house in the Manak Chowk area of the Walled City here on Saturday, while a six-year-old girl sleeping next to her mother on a pavement in the Mansarovar locality was allegedly abducted and assaulted by an unidentified person early on Monday. The accused in the second case is yet to be arrested.A 20-year-old youth, working at a jewellery shop and also at the shop owner’s house, allegedly took his four-year-old daughter inside a room and raped her after increasing the volume of television to make her screams inaudible. Police said the girl’s mother spotted the youth in the room and raised an alarm.Police have arrested the youth and registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against him. The charge-sheet in the case is likely to be filed within a week.In the second instance, an unidentified man allegedly abducted a six-year-old girl, daughter of a labourer couple, from a pavement near the Mansarovar Metro depot, where she was sleeping, and assaulted her in the early hours on Monday.When the girl’s mother raised an alarm after finding her daughter missing, police launched a search and found her at some distance. The victim, who had received multiple injuries, was rushed to the Jaykay Lon Children’s Hospital and admitted there.
Adding to the joy of India’s cricket World Cup triumph, veteran tennis players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won their second title of the season by clinching the Sony Ericsson Open here to become number one in the ATP World Tour Doubles Team Rankings.Third seeded Bhupathi and Paes rallied to beat second seeded Belarusian-Canadian pair of Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-7(5) 6-2 10-5.Paes had, in fact won the title even last year with Lukas Dlouhy but for Bhupathi it was his first career title at Crandon Park.”The key (to us winning) was just fighting as a team. Like Leander said, we didn’t play our best match of the week. All four of us were tentative in the beginning,” Bhupathi told ‘sonyericssonopen.com’.The Indian Express duo were up 6-5 in the first set but let it slip by conceding a break and never had a lead in the tie-break.”We had a chance to win that set but we didn’t take it — threw away the breaker pretty much,” Bhupathi said.Bhupathi and Paes found their rhythm in the second set and were also helped by a double fault by Nestor in the fourth game. That enabled the Indians to take a 3-1 lead and they never looked back after that.”My level dropped after the first set. We didn’t get enough balls in play and they served better as the match went on. Max played well, so I feel bad about that. But we played against a tough team today,” Nestor admitted.advertisementThe win takes the Indians ahead of World number one Bob and Mike Bryan for first place in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings and in the battle to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.It is Paes and Bhupathi’s second team title of the year, following the Chennai Open at the start of the season.”It’s still early for us. The season is broken down into four segments — this is just the first of them. If we’re still No. 1 after the US Open, then we’ll start getting excited,” said Bhupathi.Paes finished runner-up to Nestor and Zimonjic with Lukas Dlouhy last year at the French Open, after he and the Czech won it in 2009.”We love playing on the dirt. We got a month off now to get ourselves physically fit and get ready for a lot of long matches on the clay,” Paes said.”The clay definitely helps us because we train so hard for it over the years but at the same time there are a lot of singles guys who play well on the dirt too. At the French Open, I think it’s one of the hardest slams to win, but if we’re physically right, I think it will be good,” he added.- With PTI inputs
Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.”I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor.”I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”advertisementIn a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first boxing fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.”Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their mega fight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.”I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.”This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.
Four-times world champions Italy were drawn against Sweden on Tuesday in their two-legged playoff for a place at next year’s World Cup.Italy, who last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1958, will play the second leg at home in the most eye-catching of the four ties.Switzerland, who finished second in their qualifying group despite winning nine of their 10 games, were drawn against Northern Ireland, who last qualified in 1986, with the first match in Belfast.Croatia, runners-up behind Iceland in their group, will face Greece with the first leg at home. The fourth tie pits Ireland against Denmark, who host the first match.The matches are as follows:Northern Ireland v SwitzerlandCroatia v GreeceDenmark v IrelandSweden v ItalyTwo-legged ties to be played November 9-11 and November 12-14.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was seething over what he perceived as a lackadaisical effort in the first half Friday night and unloaded on his team at halftime.Message delivered.Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 23 points and the Bucks erased a 22-point deficit and beat the Chicago Bulls 123-104.It was the Bucks’ largest comeback win of the season and they tied the second-largest halftime deficit overcome in franchise history.Antetokounmpo described his coach’s demeanor behind closed doors.“He was mad,” Antetokounmpo said. “He was really upset. Coach came in and let us know that we weren’t putting enough effort and energy into the game.”Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe and Middleton responded with a much better second half.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled by Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Down 63-45 at the half, the Bucks outscored the Bulls 46-17 in the third quarter.Antetokounmpo’s dunk capped a 31-11 surge and gave the Bucks their first lead since the opening minute at 76-74 with 3:22 left in the quarter. Bledsoe had 14 points, Middleton 11 and Antetokounmpo nine to help Milwaukee take a 91-80 lead into the fourth.Milwaukee started the season 7-0, but has alternated wins and losses over the last nine games The Bucks lost to Memphis 116-113 on Wednesday night.Jabari Parker and Justin Holiday, who led the Bulls to the big first-half lead, went cold in the third. Each had a basket and nobody else stepped up to stop the blowout. Parker scored 17 of his season-high 21 points, and Holiday added 18 of his season-high 20 in the first half.Holiday knew exactly how their lead evaporated.“The name of the game is to able to play defense regardless of what’s happening offensively,” he said. “Defensively, we didn’t do our job.”Milwaukee never let the lead slip below 12 points in the fourth.Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Bucks came in leading the NBA in points per game differential and maintained that margin, winning their 11th game by an average of 10.9 points per game.Holiday was perfect from beyond the arc for Chicago in the first half. He sank all six attempts, three in each quarter. The last one just before the end of the second pushed the Bulls’ lead to 63-41.Parker keyed the Bulls’ first quarter with 15 points, five off his season-high. He hit three 3-pointers and a pullup jumper that capped an 11-2 surge for a 16-point lead at 35-19. The Bulls’ scrappy defense forced seven turnovers good for 15 points.TIP-INSBulls: F Lauri Markkanen (right elbow sprain) has increased his workload during practice. Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen, who missed his 15th game, was one to two weeks away from possibly returning to action.Bucks: F Thon Maker could see more playing time with C John Henson (left wrist ligament) out indefinitely. Guards Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown could be called upon with G Donte DiVincenzo (left quadriceps strain) out for the next three games.Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez grabs a ball in front of Chicago Bulls’ Shaquille Harrison during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 123-104. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MEDICAL UPDATES ON BUCKS HENSON, DiVINCENZOC John Henson tore a left wrist ligament at Portland on Nov. 6, then played the next three games before reporting new discomfort Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. An evaluation confirmed the injury. Surgery is scheduled for the near future. He was averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and an assist in 13.5 minutes per game.Rookie G Donte DiVincenzo suffered a minor left quadriceps strain against the Grizzlies. He is expected to miss three games before being re-evaluated. In 14 games, he is averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.STAT LINESChicago converted 17 Bucks’ turnovers into 30 points. Milwaukee forced 12 miscues for 13 points.The Bucks scored 52 points in the paint to the Bulls’ 38.UP NEXT:Bulls: Host Toronto on Saturday night.Bucks: Host Denver on Monday night.—By JOE TOTORAITIS , Associated PressChicago Bulls’ Jabari Parker drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 123-104. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Mahendragarh (Har), Aug 12 (PTI) Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today promised state government employees pay parity with their counterparts in Punjab, if Congress is voted to power after assembly elections next year.Addressing a public meeting at the start of the fifth leg of his ‘Jankranti Yatra’ from Mahendragarh in south Haryana, Hooda said the issue has been close to the heart of Congress.He said an announcement on bringing pay parity between government employees of Haryana and Punjab was made at a rally in Panipat in 2014.”We even got a cabinet approval, but the people of Haryana had voted for change before the decision could be implemented,” he said.”The BJP government too had made a promise to bring pay-parity with Punjab in their election manifesto but like the other 154 promises made by it, this too has been thrown in the dustbin. This and other issues have broken the morale of government employees,” Hooda said.Hooda took out a roadshow from the Central university on the outskirts of Mahendragarh to the Sports Stadium on the other side of the town, before addressing the public meeting.Repeating the promises made in his previous Jan Kranti Yatras, the former chief minister said Congress is committed to hike the old-age pension and cut power rates of all segments by half.Attacking the BJP, Hooda said the ruling party’s politics is based on “lies, divisions and loot of public money” and added that “causing divisions in the society is the only thing they have accomplished in their four years in power”.advertisement”Our unity and social harmony is our biggest strength and I appeal to all sections to defeat divisive forces by staying united and maintain social harmony,” the former CM said.Lauding Mahendragarh as the land of hard working farmers and brave soldiers, Hooda said the district has brought glory to the state.”The BJP made tall promises to farmers and soldiers before the elections and the people of the area handed over the reigns of power to them. It is sad that the BJP has not fulfilled any of the promises made to them,” he claimed.Hooda said he left no stone unturned to bring all-round development to southern Haryana when Congress governmentheaded by him was in power for ten years.”Mahendragarh and Bhiwani were added to the NCR, a central university was brought to Mahendragarh, the Indira Gandhi University was set-up in Rewari, a defence university was set up in Gurugram, a government engineering college was set up in Zainabad besides opening several ITIs across the region, opening the doors for education for the youth of the region.”We brought the Hansi-Butana canal to the dry regions of Bhiwani, Rewari and Mahendragarh and started the Rewari-Jhajjar-Rohtak railway line to connect the region to the state capital. No other political party has anything to show as their contribution to the development of the region,” he claimed.The former chief minister took on the INLD for their failure to develop southern Haryana and challenged them to list one development initiative during their six years of government from 1999 to 2004.”INLD leaders criticize me in their meetings but never talk about their achievements because they have nothing to say. Far from bringing any development to the region, they opposed the construction of Hansi-Butana canal,” Hooda said.Attacking the BJP over their failure on the development front, the former CM said far from bringing in new development projects, the BJP government has failed to even implement projects that were started when he was the chief minister.”Our government had started an Ayurvedic College in the name of Baba Kheta Nath who was one of the leading saints of the region. The building was constructed during our term but this government has failed to start the college. I assure you that we will start the college once we come back to power,” he said.”INLD and BJP are hand-in-glove. They did not vote against the BJP government in the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition in Lok Sabha while they voted with BJP in the recently-concluded elections for deputy chairmanship of Rajya Sabha,” he said. PTI SUN ABHABH
London, Nov 27 (AFP) Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi will stage a do-or-die duel as two of the most prolific strikers in the Champions League go head to head at Wembley on Wednesday. Both Kane and Icardi have humble origins after surviving rejection and self-doubt to reach the top. Now well established as talismanic figures for their clubs, these unlikely heroes have become two of the sport’s hottest properties. Both have been linked with European champions Real Madrid this season and this week’s vital clash between Tottenham and Inter provides another chance to celebrate their rags to riches rise and marvel at their predatory instincts. Born in Argentina, Icardi moved to Spain when he was nine and was one of the most sought-after players in Europe when Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool fought for the teenager’s signature in 2007. Icardi eventually chose Barcelona, but his time with the Spanish giants went surprisingly sour. He never broke into the first team after being written off as lacking the technical quality to shine at the Camp Nou. A loan spell in Italy with Sampdoria proved the making of Icardi, who stepped up to the big time when he joined Inter in 2013. Icardi has scored 106 league goals in 167 appearances for Inter, twice finishing as the joint highest scorer in Serie A and taking over as the club captain three years ago. It is a success story that would strike a chord with Kane, who also had to endure rejection before proving his doubters wrong.advertisement While some English stars are ear-marked for success years in advance such is their obvious potential, Kane was written off time and again as a schoolboy, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford all deciding he didn’t have the right qualities to make it. Tottenham eventually recognised the goal-scoring potential Kane possessed, but even then it took loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester before he was finally given his chance as a regular on the Premier League stage in 2014. A barrage of goals followed as Kane made up for lost time in stunning style. Now 25, Kane has amassed a host of goal records, scoring more than 100 times for Tottenham and becoming only the second England player to finish as the World Cup’s top scorer. Kane has 11 goals in all competitions this season, with his late brace against PSV Eindhoven in Tottenham’s last Champions League tie especially important as it clinched the 2-1 win that kept their last 16 hopes alive. Those crucial goals extended Kane’s remarkable Champions League record to 12 goals in 14 appearances. Icardi has been equally dynamic in Europe’s elite club competition.The 25-year-old scored the late goal that gave Inter a 2-1 win over Tottenham in the opening game of the group stage. The Argentina international also netted in Inter’s victory at PSV and bagged a priceless last-gasp equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Barcelona earlier this month. That strike against Group B leaders Barca allowed second placed Inter to keep a three-point lead over third placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the last 16. With only two games remaining, Luciano Spalletti’s side are in pole position to make the knockout stages as they host PSV in their last game, while Tottenham have the daunting task of a trip to Barcelona. An Inter victory at Wembley would book their last 16 berth, while Tottenham must win to send the battle to the last round of matches. Inter have won eight of their last nine Serie A matches to climb to third in the table, with Spurs in fine form as well after defeating previously unbeaten Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday. Spalletti expects Tottenham to come out all guns blazing, but he won’t make special plans for Kane. “We rate whichever opposition we come up against. However, Inter always inspire the opposition,” Spalletti said. “That means they have to go up a level compared to their normal performances. “With us, we have no specific approach for one team or another. We have got to perform as Inter Milan.” (AFP) AH
Serie A Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Piatek, who will sign a five-year deal, will replace Gonzalo Higuaín at Milan with the Argentinian striker set to complete a move to Chelsea this week. Higuaín has been left out of Milan’s game against Genoa on Monday with his manager saying that the 31-year-old “was not mentally ready” to play the game.Gennaro Gattuso added that Higuaín had pruduced “one of the worst training sessions” the manager had seen and had decided to leave him out after that. “All this talk is not easy for him,” he added. Piatek, too, will not be available as he is suspended.Milan and Genoa are expected to iron out the last details of the transfer on Tuesday with the Pole then travelling to Milan for the medical. Higuaín is also set to have his medical at Chelsea early this week before his loan move to Maurizio Sarri’s side.Higuaín’s arrival in west London means that Álvaro Morata will be free to join Atlético Madrid this week too. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest Genoa Transfer window Milan have reached a deal with Genoa to sign the Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek for €35m (£30.9m) plus add-ons. The 23-year-old has been a sensation at Genoa this season, scoring 13 goals in 19 Serie A games so far, after arriving from KS Cracovia in the summer. Milan Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Read more news Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this content
Please find below the Play By The Rules poster and flyer.Play By The Rules PosterPlay By The Rules FlyerFor more information on Play By The Rules, please visit their website.To learn how to promote Play By The Rules: Click Here.Play By The Rules CoursesCourses to Create Safer Sporting EnvironmentsThe Australian Sports Commission in conjunction with Play By the Rules have developed two free courses that are available for all members. The complaint handling course is a four hour online course that provides a thorough step by step guide to resolving complaints.This course, with the Play By The Rules resources – http://www.playbytherules.net.au are great sources of information to anyone who has responsibility for managing a complaint. Umpires, grounds people, presidents or administrators at any level in sport will gain some value from completing the seven interactive modules that can be accessed online.The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Course, once a two day workshop, is now only four hours online with a three to four hour workshop available in every state. To learn more about the value of an MPIO to your club, state or national association and how to access the training to become an MPIO go to http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/integrity_in_sport. Play By The Rules
Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic still wants Man Utd moveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic wants a Premier League transfer in January.Manchester United were close to signing the Croatia international during the summer – but Ed Woodward pulled the plug – thinking £14million was too much to pay for a 33-year-old.The Juventus striker has offers on the table from Qatar, where Al Rayyan are keen.However, Tuttosport claim Mandzukic is holding out for offers from England and with United’s striker crisis – Woodward could be forced to make a U-turn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
India Today Web Desk DindigulJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 13:44 IST VB Kanchi Veerans in action during TNPL match (@TNPremierLeague)HIGHLIGHTSThe seventh match of TNPL will take place today between VB Kanchi Veerans and Karaikudi KaalaiVB Kanchi Veerans were whipped by Lyca Kovai Kings by 8 wickets in their first match of TNPLKanchi Veerans will try to be consistent as they are making their comeback after a thrilling super over victoryVB Kanchi Veerans will make comeback with today’s match as they were whipped by Lyca Kovai Kings by 8 wickets in their first match of Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019. It is expected that Kanchi Veerans will make changes in their strategy today when they will lock horns with Karaikudi Kaalai at the NRP College Ground, Dindigul.On the other side, Kanchi Veerans will try to be consistent as they are making their comeback after a thrilling super over victory against Ruby Trichy Warriors.Here are the match details:Where: NPR College ground, Natham, DindigulWhen: 24th July, 7:15 PM ISTMatch timings: 7:15 P.M. onwardsTEAMSVB Kanchi Veerans: S Lokeshwar (WK), K Vishal Vaidhya, Baba Aparajith (Captain), U Mukilesh, Arun S, Aushik Srinivas R, P Francis Rokins, R Silambarasan, R Sanjay Yadav, Rajagopal Satish, NS Harish, R Suthesh, RS Mokit Hariharan, K Deeban Lingesh, S Siddharth, R Divakar R.iDream Karaikudi Kaalai: Anirudha Srikkanth (Captain & WK), V Aaditya, L Surya Prakash, R Srinivasan, Maan K Bafna, M Shajahan, R Rajkumar, S Swaminathan, Sunil Sam, V Lakshman, S Mohan Prasath, S Kishan Kumar, Ashwath Mukunthan, R Kavin, RD Ashwin Kumar.Also see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Tamil Nadu Premier LeagueFollow VB Kanchi VeeransFollow Karaikudi KaalaiFollow TNPL 2019Follow TNPL Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 Live streaming: VB Kanchi Veerans vs Karaikudi Kaalai today, Where to watchTNPL 2019 Live Streaming: VB Kanchi Veerans vs Karaikudi Kaalai will contest against each other in match number 7 of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) match at the NPR College ground, Dindigul on Wednesday.advertisement
The Board of Supervision (BOS), an agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has boosted its disaster preparedness plans, aimed at improving the care and protection of the nation’s homeless for the hurricane season.Homelessness Co-ordinator at the BOS, Damion Campbell, tells JIS News that the increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homeless, through its many intervention programmes.The measures include: a review of the National Disaster Action Plan, which outlines the roles and responsibilities that the various stakeholders must play at the parish level, which takes into consideration the provision of food, shelter and medical care.In addition, a series of workshops and training exercises are being conducted in an effort to sensitize persons about how to effectively deal with the homeless, in case of a natural disaster.“In terms of feedback from the various training exercises that were conducted, we have discovered that on a regional basis, individuals are better aware of the roles that they have to play, as it relates to the different case that exists, in dealing with street persons,” the Co-ordinator tells JIS News.Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing, developing public awareness programmes, implementing additional projects at the parish level, and building and strengthening partnerships among diverse stakeholders.“We have to play our part, because homeless persons are in need of care and protection, whether or not there is a hurricane. Our aim is to make persons aware of the services that currently exist, so that assistance can be acquired from the various organisations islandwide,” he said.Mr. Campbell informs JIS News that currently there are six homeless shelters in operation islandwide, where persons can go in case of an emergency.These are the Marie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston; Portland Rehabilitation Centre and Open Arms Drop-In Centre, Portland; Refuge of Hope in St. James; Westmoreland Association for Street People (WASP) in Savanna-la-mar; and the Ebenezer Home in Manchester.He points out that information on shelters for the homeless can be accessed through the various parish council offices, and poor relief departments islandwide.Mr. Campbell adds that while funding remains a challenge to effectively provide for this sector of society, the BOS remains committed to safeguarding the welfare of the nation’s homeless, in collaboration with its stakeholders.He emphasizes that the Government alone cannot do it, and is encouraging private sector companies and individuals to get on board.Some of the stakeholders are: Ministry of Health (MOH), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Food for the Poor, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Community Mental Health Services, Jamaica Red Cross and the Salvation Army.The Board of Supervision is a statutory body that was established under the Poor Relief Act, to supervise and monitor the delivery of the poor relief service, performed by the Parish Councils and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing Story Highlights The increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homeless
The Government will continue implementation of key policy, administrative and legislative reforms during the 2018/19 fiscal year, to supplement measures already instituted under its Revenue Strategy. This is outlined in the Government’s 2018/19 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw. Story Highlights As it relates to tax administration reform, the document indicates that initiatives previously commenced by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to improve the tax system’s efficiency will continue. The Government will continue implementation of key policy, administrative and legislative reforms during the 2018/19 fiscal year, to supplement measures already instituted under its Revenue Strategy.The strategy focuses on building an efficient and equitable tax system that supports macroeconomic stability and facilitates a competitive business environment to undergird economic growth and development, thereby ensuring that the Administration’s policies and programmes are adequately financed.This is outlined in the Government’s 2018/19 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw.As it relates to tax administration reform, the document indicates that initiatives previously commenced by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to improve the tax system’s efficiency will continue.The Policy Paper states that TAJ’s strategic focus will centre on boosting the notable achievements recorded during fiscal year 2017/18, as efforts to satisfy taxpayers’ and stakeholders’ expectations are amplified.To this end, several medium-term strategic objectives have been identified. These include:• Continuously improving voluntary compliance, through continued focus on the four primary facilitatory quadrants – registration, filing, payment and accurate reporting. Initiatives to be implemented towards improving these areas include publication of the National Compliance Plan; strengthening of the legislative support; and implementing the special property tax project.• Engendering a customer-centric organisation by continuously reviewing and redesigning TAJ’s current service offerings to improve public engagement regarding taxpayer obligations. TAJ will broaden this concept by developing and implementing a stakeholder management plan/communication matrix to further address stakeholder needs and expectations. For 2018/19, product and service channels will be strengthened by exploring additional e-strategies, such as expansion of payment options and mobile application development;• Institutional strengthening through the TAJ’s continued forging of agreements for information sharing with third parties and institutionalising quarterly divisional expenditure management and control to ensure an effective cost of collections ratio.In this regard, continued implementation of business processes such as the Revenue Administration Information System (RAiS) will be enhanced, while phase two of the Enterprise Content Management system (ECM) will be implemented. A most critical delivery will be the development plan that focuses on producing an infrastructure standardisation policy framework to guide work on tax offices. The TAJ will advance the centralisation of project coordination, which is expected to greatly support the five-year development plan;• Building human capital synergies that will be supported by implementation of the findings from the employee satisfaction survey, along with strengthening of the staff performance management system; and• Enhanced corporate governance and culture through strengthening of TAJ’s accountability and transparency mechanisms. A key strategic initiative to be implemented is a governance framework that will fully establish TAJ as a Semi-Autonomous Revenue Authority (SARA). This will be supported by implementation of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, aimed at conducting business continuity testing.The TAJ’s net revenue inflows at the end of December 2017 totalled $207.8 billion, which was $13 billion or 6.7 per cent above target.This out-turn equated to collections over the first three quarters being above target by 9.4 per cent, 7.1 per cent and 8.4 per cent, respectively.According to the Fiscal Policy Paper, tax compliance measures were developed to provide a risk-based approach to treat with taxpayer segmentation.A total of 17 programmes were developed and implemented covering registration, filing and payment compliance, audit, and taxpayer service and education.These strategies included a combination of interventions, such as taxpayer education and assistance, to clarify legislation or simplify overly complex administrative procedures; outreach and communication programme; audit and enforcement; as well as leveraging of third parties (tax professionals, industry associations, financial institutions, and other government agencies).The JCA’s medium-term objectives in support of the Revenue Strategy, as also building on the agency’s achievements in 2017/18 include:• Maximising revenue collection, and the rate of detecting illegal and prohibited goods;• Ensuring efficient and effective use of resources;• Improving voluntary compliance through ongoing public education and by initiating discussions with stakeholder groups/traders;• Improving planning and research within the Agency;• Facilitating efficient processing of legitimate goods and services; and• Automating and strengthening information management, information and communications technology, and financial management systems.Net fiscal year revenue inflows at the JCA totalled $157.4 billion at the end of December 2017. This was $16.1 billion or 11.1 per cent over the corresponding period in the 2016/17 fiscal year.About 92 per cent of this out-turn was generated from taxes, which grew by $15 billion or 11.5 per cent over the previous year.
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has warned all those threatening apple farmers in Kashmir to quickly mend their ways or else they would be punished. “We will protect the farmers and give them security and those who are threatening the farmers will be punished immediately,” Malik said. The Governor was speaking at the launch of the market intervention target scheme for apple farmers in Srinagar which will cover procurement of apples from the farmers by the nodal procurement agency of the central government or NAFED on remunerative prices. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Spelling out the importance of Kashmir vis-a-vis apple production, Malik said that that Kashmir is the second-largest apple production centre in the world. He said 75 per cent of apples of the country are produced in J&K and the new mechanism will give a major boost to the business, hugely adding to the revenues of the farmers. “C-grade apples are 40 per cent of the total production, each kilo of apples fetches three to seven rupees per kilo at present but after the implementation of this scheme the prices can get doubled and tripled,” Malik said.
By Beryl KessioRabat – UN climate change negotiations will take place in Marrakech at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) from November 7 to 18.This conference is a follow up to the December 2015 conference that produced the Paris Agreement, an agreement that promotes increased sustainability practices that will pave the way for a low carbon future. Specifically, it aims to curb global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while striving for 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. The pact will be enforced 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance to the United Nations. Currently, 61 countries have submitted their instruments of ratification, accounting for 47.79 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has made climate change a top priority during his tenure, called on world leaders to bring the agreement into force by the year’s end at U.N. headquarters last week.“I am confident that, by the time I leave office, the Paris Agreement will have entered into force,” he said. “This will be a major achievement for multilateralism.”“When this year ends, I hope we can all look back with pride, knowing that, together, we seized the opportunity to act for the common good, for a sustainable future and the protection of our common home,” the U.N. chief added.The Paris Agreement has drawn criticism from policymakers and environmentalists for not being a legally binding agreement. There are no sanctions for countries who don’t reduce pollution or enact economic policies to meet the goals of the agreement. Nations are only required to convene at global climate change summits, report how they are going to implement their targets while tracking progress towards the long-term goal through a transparent system.“The deal reached in Paris is weak, containing no concrete increase in the level of ambition to address climate change, and simply urges countries to do more over time,” Richard Chatterton, head of climate policy at Bloomberg Energy Finance, said.At COP22 meetings, the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be a central theme. Leaders will discuss countries’ specific plans to reduce emissions. Also to be discussed is the development of accountability systems so that nations who ratified the Agreement are more inclined to abide by it.“The leaders of the world recognize that the consequences of noncompliance are disastrous. We are looking at a wholesale transformation of our global climate,” executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, Mike Burger said. “The main incentive here for compliance is not the threat of some civil penalty?—?non-compliance would mean environmental disaster.”
Rabat- Attempts at irregular migration continue to pressure Moroccan authorities and make headlines in Morocco.In a patrol mission on Saturday, the navy rescued the irregular migrants, Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans sailing from Nador in northeast Morocco and Tangier together in makeshift boats, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The navy units successfully returned the migrants to Ksar Sghir in Tangier and Nador in the Rif region. Read Also: Morocco’s DGSN Seizes 493,700 Ecstasy Pills at Tanger Med PortAs the Moroccan government continues to fight irregular migration through road and sea to Europe, many Moroccan migrants are persistent in trying to leave the country.Since September, when a young woman named Hayat died from navy gunfire while on a migrant speed boat, Moroccans have protested the harsh measure and the government has reported on large numbers of intercepted immigrants.Late in October, the Moroccan navy intercepted four boats carrying 143 migrants off the coasts of Tangier and Nador.EU officials announced earlier in October they would seek to extend economic and logistic support to help Morocco curb irregular immigration. Authorities also stated that current irregular migration attempts had surged 150 percent along the western Mediterranean route from the levels recorded between 2003 and 2015.
But physical stresses resulting from the quake could affect the long-term safe operation of some plant components at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant and the mission’s findings and Japanese analyses include important lessons, both positive and negative, that will be relevant to other nuclear plants worldwide, UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said. The six-member team, assembled by the IAEA at the request of the Japanese Government, found that damage appears less than expected, and in a statement Mr. ElBaradei welcomed the cooperation and transparency afforded by the authorities. The mission’s full report will be issued shortly. The team, which conducted a three-day physical examination of the seven-unit complex as well as an analysis of instrument logs and other records, concluded that plant safety features performed as required during the quake, supporting the Japanese authorities’ conclusion that the radioactivity released was well below authorized limits for public health and environmental safety. Damage appears to be limited to those sections that would not affect the reactor or systems related to reactor safety. Detailed checks and inspections by the operator and Japanese authorities are ongoing and significant work, such as detailed examination of the reactor vessels, cores and fuel elements, has still to be performed, the mission said. Additional engineering analysis of some components would be an important consideration for determining whether they should be replaced earlier than otherwise anticipated, the team of two IAEA experts and four other specialists added. The quake significantly exceeded the level of seismic activity for which the plant was designed, but as with most nuclear plants additional robustness in design, known as a design safety margin, had been incorporated into the structures, systems and components, probably explaining why damage was less than could have otherwise been expected. However, experts cautioned that conduct further technical analysis is essential to understand the precise design elements that resulted in the plant performance. 15 August 2007A Japanese nuclear power plant damaged by a strong earthquake last month shut down safely, and the very small amount of radioactivity released was well below the authorized limits for public health and environmental safety, according to a United Nations-sponsored fact-finding team of international nuclear safety experts.
OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association has downgraded its sales forecast this year as national home sales slipped 9.9 per cent in August compared with a year ago.The association expects sales to decline by 5.3 per cent year-over-year to 506,900 changing hands this year, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.It projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario to fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.The association says sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.However, the average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago.Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the national average price was $373,859.
The police arrested 11 Nepalese women in Bambalapitiya for violating the visa regulations, officials said today.All the women were employed at restaurants operating in Bambalapitiya at the time of the arrest. Several Indian nationals who work in Sri Lanka violating their visa regulations had been arrested in recent times. The immigration and emigration department is now making arrangements to deport the women back to Nepal. Recently a group of Indians who had been engaging in farming activities, without the required visa credentials, in Akkaraipattu had been arrested.The police stated that they had been working on tourist visas. After being produced before the Akkaraipattu Magistrate’s Court, the court ordered the suspects be sent to the Immigrants Detention Centre in Mirihana.
Speaking in New York to the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Mr. Annan urged the participants – who included current and former Heads of State, business leaders, academics and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – to play their part to build a better world.“We all have the power to make choices. We can choose to be silent and turn away. Or we can step forward and take action. You are here to make a difference, and there is much you can do,” Mr. Annan said.He said development, security and human rights are not just vitally important on their own, but they also “reinforce – indeed, depend on – each other.”The Clinton Global Initiative focuses its work in four areas: fighting poverty, improving religious and ethnic reconciliation, encourage better governance and greater investment, and handling climate change more effectively.The Secretary-General told participants they can take many steps on all four fronts, such as holding governments to their commitments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), promoting efforts to limit carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy sources, pursuing dialogue between people of different cultures and faiths, and exhorting business leaders to take part in the UN’s Global Compact.