Woman gang-raped, video uploaded on social media

first_imgA 40-year-old woman was raped by six youths in Rajasthan’s Baran district who filmed the crime and uploaded the video on social media, police said on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The crime was committed around a month ago but the victim lodged a report in Mahila police station of Baran district after she came to know about the video being uploaded on social media, they said. Police have booked the six persons under section 376 of the IPC and various sections of the IT Act but none of the accused have been arrested so far. The woman, who works as a labourer at a roadside dhaba in Kota, lodged a complaint on March 5 against the six youths, SHO Mahila police station, Baran Anis Ahamed said. The victim, in her complaint, alleged that around a month ago, when she reached Baran to visit her in-laws’ family, one of the accused, Chetan Meena (21), who was also familiar to her, took her on his motorbike to an isolated place near Samaspura village in pretext of dropping her to her destination. Five others joined Meena and they took turns to rape her, the victim said, alleging that the accused also filmed the crime on mobile. They dropped her near her in-laws’ house the next day and threatened to kill her family members if she disclosed the matter to others. She could gather the courage to file a police complaint only after she came to know that the video had been uploaded on the internet and was being circulated throughout the area, the SHO said. The victim’s statement would be recorded before a magistrate on Monday, the SHO said. Further investigation into the matter has been handed over to the DSP, Baran, the SHO added.last_img read more

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Boycott everything Kashmiri, tweets Tathagata Roy

first_imgMeghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday tweeted that he was “inclined to agree” with an unnamed retired Army officer’s call to boycott everything Kashmiri, including the Amarnath Yatra, as a response to the Pulwama suicide bombing that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel on February 14.“An appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree,” read his tweet.Replying to a tweet by retired Major Gaurav Arya, the Meghalaya Governor suggested that the Indian Army should take a leaf out of the book of its Pakistan counterpart in dealing with Kashmiris.“The Pakistan Army (who are handling the Kashmiri separatists) was among their own in East Pakistan in 1971. They slaughtered and raped right and left. And they would have kept EP but for the whacking from India. I am not suggesting that we go that far. But at least some distance (sic)?” Mr. Roy said on Twitter.Sharp reactionsHis tweets have attracted sharp reactions with some saying his comments virtually absolved Pakistan by shifting the blame for the attack on Kashmiris.Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in reply to Mr. Roy’s tweets: “People like Tathagata want Kashmir but without Kashmiris. They’d sooner see us driven into the sea. He’ll be best placed to know he can’t have one without the other so what’s it to be?”Not new to controversiesMr. Roy had posted controversial tweets even when he was the Governor of Tripura.On March 23, 2015, he tweeted on the ‘fighting back’ nature of Hindus by pointing out: “One exception was Gujarat, 2002. I’m glad you appreciate what the Hindus did then.”Four months later, on July 31, he tweeted that many people who attended the last rites of 1993 Mumbai blast accused Yakub Memon were “potential terrorists”.last_img read more

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Mayweather Win Ties Marciano

first_imgLAS VEGAS — His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph.After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow.Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight Sept. 12, using his defensive wizardry to frustrate Andre Berto on his way to a decision so lopsided one judge gave him every round.The $32 million he earned was pocket change compared to what he got for Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. But the more important number was win No. 49 in the final fight of his unblemished career, tying the mark of the late heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano.“You gotta know when to go. I’ve had a great career,” Mayweather said. “I’m leaving with all my faculties. I feel like I’m smart and sharp.”Mayweather wasn’t about to change what he does best in his last fight.Both dominant and defensive, he used all the tricks learned in a pro career that began in 1996 to take a unanimous decision over Berto and retain his welterweight titles in what he insists was his final fight.Mayweather won yet again in a fight where he was chased but never really tested. He piled up points with a sharp jab and quick counter punches, leaving Berto swinging at air most of the night.“What can I say, I was the better man tonight,” Mayweather saidBy the late rounds, Mayweather was both talking to Berto (30-4) and taunting him, secure in the knowledge he was winning big against the 18-1 underdog. In the final seconds of the fight he took a victory lap, as the crowd of 13,395 stood and cheered at the MGM Grand arena.The ringside scorecards reflected Mayweather’s dominance, with one judge scoring a 120-108 shutout. The other scores were 118-110 and 117-111, while The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 119-109.Mayweather added to his pay-per-view riches once again, and once again he didn’t seem to have to work too hard to make it. Berto, who had lost three of his last six fights, tried to make it a fight but his punches were wide and mostly missed their marks.“I pushed him to the limit,” Berto said. “But he was just better.”Mayweather did what he’s done best in his long career, fighting defensively and picking his shots against Berto. He was especially effective when Berto rushed at him, using his counter punching skills to keep Berto away.It was a winning combination once again, just as it had been in his 48 previous fights.Mayweather had vowed to give fans an action fight in his last bout, after being criticized for fighting defensively in his win over Pacquiao. He did trade punches with Berto on several occasions, but never stayed in the pocket long enough for Berto to find his mark.Mayweather complained to his father in the corner during the fight that he hurt his hand, but said since he is retiring it didn’t matter.Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather’s defensive wizardry. Mayweather was credited with landing 232 of 410 punches, while Berto landed only 83 of 495.“I was in great shape but it was difficult to fight him,” Berto said. “He was really, really slippery.”Mayweather weighed in at 146 pounds, a pound more than Berto.Mayweather, in his 26th title fight, controlled the action all night, now allowing Berto to land more than one punch at a time. He was never able to hurt Berto, though, and passed up chances to engage him in exchanges.Berto was surprisingly passive early, doing little in the opening rounds but throw punches that hit nothing but air. He picked up the pace beginning in the fourth round, but Mayweather had little trouble ducking and moving away from his wild punches.By the 10th round were talking so much trash that referee Kenny Bayless called a halt to the action and told both fighters they needed to shut up.If Mayweather retires it will end a career that saw him become a pay-per-view star and earn more money than any boxer before him.Though most in boxing believe he will some day fight again, the 38-year-old said he had plenty of money and his health is more important than chasing records.“I’ve accomplished everything,” Mayweather said. “I’ve done everything in my sport.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The Spun 2016 College Football Staff Picks: Week 14, Army-Navy Game

first_imgCollege Football Week 14 and Army-Navy Game picks by The Spun staff members.Well, it all comes down to this. For our final edition of staff picks, we’ve rolled together the Week 14 and conference championship games we’re selection, as well as the Army-Navy Game, which stands alone on December 10. That leaves us with 10 total games left to pick from. Considering our publisher Matt Lombardi has a five-pick lead entering the week, we’re those of us in contention are going to need some serious help to pull this one out.Last week, Andrew McCarty continued his hot picking, leading all staff members by three picks at 26-10. He is all the way up to third for the full season, and is in striking distance of the crown.Here are the full office standings through 13 weeks:Record:Picks Back:1.Matt Lombardi375-1132.Dan Lyons370-11853.Andrew McCarty368-12074.Andrew Holleran364-124115.Matt Hladik364-124116.Steve Driscoll349-13926This weekend, we have nine games over two days. On Friday night, Western Michigan looks to Row The Boat to a 13-0 season, and put itself in the driver’s seat for the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six bowl games. Later that night, Washington and Colorado meet in the Pac-12 Championship, which will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Washington currently sits at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, while Colorado has an outside chance to crash the party at No. 8. We know which squad Michigan will be rooting for.On Saturday, there is a slate of Big 12 games, including a de facto conference championship at Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in Norman. Wisconsin and Penn State jockey for Playoff position in the Big Ten title game, while Alabama and Clemson look to secure their bids in the SEC and ACC Championships, respectively.Here are our staff picks for every Power Five and Top 25 game for College Football Week 14, as well as the Army-Navy game the following week.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 14 and Army-Navy picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCarty17 Western Michigan vs. Ohiowestern michiganohio-logowestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michiganwestern michigan4 Washington vs. 8 ColoradowashingtoncoloradowashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonTCU vs. Kansas StateTCU logoTCU logokansas-state-logoTCU logoTCU logokansas-state-logo19 Navy vs. Templenavy-logonavy-logotemplenavy-logotempletemple9 Oklahoma vs. 10 Oklahoma Stateoklahoma-logooklahoma-logooklahoma stateoklahoma-logooklahoma-logooklahoma-logo16 West Virginia vs. Baylorwest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginia1 Alabama vs. 15 Florida  alabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaalabama3 Clemson vs. Virginia Techclemson-logoclemson-logovirginia-tech-logoclemson-logoclemson-logoclemson-logo6 Wisconsin vs. 7 Penn Statepenn-state-logowisconsin-logowisconsin-logopenn-state-logowisconsin-logopenn-state-logoArmy vs. 19 Navynavy-logonavy-logonavy-logonavy-logonavy-logonavy-logoSeason Record375-113364-124370-118364-124349-139368-120last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh: Negative Recruiters Are ‘Jive Turkeys’

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field to play the Illinois Fighting Illini.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field to play the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh went on John Calipari’s podcast this week, and the two head coaches talked about all the different aspects of recruiting players.Jim Harbaugh is a pretty interesting and strange guy, and John Calipari is also a pretty interesting and strange guy, so it’s incredible that the universe didn’t explode when these two found themselves in the same room, let alone on the same podcast. The entire thing is worth a listen (if only to hear Harbaugh say old-fashioned phrases like “youngsters” 500 times), and it can be found at the bottom of the page.Here’s a highlight (emphasis mine), with Jim Harbaugh hilariously referring to negative recruiters as “jive turkeys.” The conversation begins around the 23-minute mark:My philosophy and thought on it: if you have to talk about somebody else and somebody else’s program and negative recruit them or their situation then you’re really not concentrating on your own program and the situation what you have, and that’s what you should be presenting. That’s what you should be encouraging a youngster look at, not the negative side of recruiting. Definitely people use that against you. They use that against me. I’ve long referred to those people as jive turkeys.Add negative recruiters to the growing list of people Harbaugh considers “jive turkeys.” A few weeks ago, he used the same phrase to describe people who start rumors about him going back to the NFL.Leave it up to Jim Harbaugh to use an antiquated and bizarrely obscure insult as a way to refer to his “enemies.” He remains the best thing about college football.[Football Scoop]last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan sixathon helps England crush Afghanistan

first_img graphs view more view less advertisement World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan sixathon helps England crush AfghanistanEoin Morgan led from the front with the bat as England registered their fourth win of the tournament to clinch the top spot in the points table. Rohan Sen ManchesterJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 00:12 IST Eoin Morgan destroyed the Afghanistan bowling attack along with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland (397/6) beat Afghanistan (247/8) by 150 runs in ManchesterThis was England’s biggest win in a World Cup match since 1975A record 33 sixes were hit by batsmen from both teams in this game including 17 by Eoin MorganEngland dished out one of their most devastating performances with the bat in the World Cup 2019 on Tuesday as they crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in Manchester to grab the top spot in the points table with their fourth win of the tournament.This was the biggest win for England in terms of runs since the 1975 World Cup game against India which they had won by 202 runs.The game was taken away from Afghanistan in the first innings itself when England posted their highest World Cup score of 397 for 6 in 50 overs after opting to bat first.England skipper Eoin Morgan led the way with a swashbuckling 148 off 71 balls while Jonny Bairstow (90), Joe Root (88) and Moeen Ali (31 not out) played the supporting roles as the hosts ended up with the 6th highest team total in a World Cup.Afghanistan in reply, could never match up to the required run rate but they did show a lot of fight and were determined to get as close to the total as possible.Hashmatullah Shahidi (76), Rahmat Shah (46) and Asghar Afghan (44) made sure they didn’t give up without a fight and took Afghanistan to 247 for 8 in 50 overs.The match also broke the record for the most sixes hit during a World Cup game with 33, bettering the previous record of 31 which took place in the match between New Zealand and West Indies in Wellington in 2015.Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer were the pick of the bowlers for England as they bagged 3 wickets each while Mark Wood took two.advertisementEarlier, Eoin Morgan demolished the Afghanistan bowling attack and smashed the fourth fastest hundred in World Cup history as England reached 397 for 6. Morgan ended up clobbering 17 sixes, a world record in ODI cricket.England finished with 25 sixes in total which is also the most hit by a team in an ODI innings. 17 maximums were hit by the captain himself, while Moeen Ali hit four and Bairstow clobbered 3 sixes. Root also managed to hit one out of the park. Moeen Ali played a lovely cameo in the end, scoring 31 not out off 9 balls.Morgan was superbly assisted by Joe Root in the 189-run partnership for the third wicket during which Root made 88 runs off 82 balls. Before that Root was involved in a 120-run stand for the second wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 90 off 99 balls.Morgan and Co took all the Afghanistan bowlers to the cleaners but the batsmen were particularly brutal against leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who conceded 110 runs from his 9 overs without taking a wicket, which is the most runs conceded in a World Cup match.Also Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 oversAlso Read | Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs AfghanistanFollow Eoin Morgan commentary No data available! scorecard Nextlast_img read more

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Yang Ming Swings Back to Profit

first_imgzoom Taiwan-based shipping company Yang Ming managed to close the third quarter of this year with a profit of TWD 1.26 billion (USD 42 million), compared with losses recorded in the same period of 2016.As explained, Yang Ming’s improved financial status can be attributed to “a combination of strategic actions and initiatives designed to control operating costs and the concerted efforts of its team members worldwide”.Coupled with a support from the company’s major shareholders, Yang Ming has reversed the losses of the previous quarters. To remind, the company posted net losses of TWD 901 million and TWD 445 million in the first and second quarter of 2017, respectively.Yang Ming’s Q3 consolidated revenues were TWD 35.78 billion, surging 23.4% compared with the corresponding period last year when the company reported revenues of TWD 28.99 billion.Volumes in the third quarter of this year totaled 1.24 million TEUs, a jump of 11.1% year over year.In addition, the company’s earnings per share were TWD 0.7 and its net operating income year-to-date was TWD 0.5 billion. The company’s accumulated loss after tax for the same period was TWD 82 million, a 99% reduction compared to the same period last year.As Yang Ming’s financial health continues to recover, the company said it looks for opportunities to expand operations and improve its service network.In Southeast Asia, Yang Ming intends to partner up with the Taiwan International Port Corporation to jointly invest in Indonesia in an effort to upgrade shipping and logistics infrastructure. Additionally, Yang Ming will be establishing a Regional Operating Center to oversee the company’s operations in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.last_img read more

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Infrastructure bank may avoid projects with too much financial risk Sohi says

first_imgOTTAWA – The government’s new agency for financing major construction projects might take a pass on proposals that pose too great a risk for taxpayers when they’re asked to make a private sector idea a reality, the infrastructure minister says.Amarjeet Sohi said the key test for the so-called infrastructure bank, which combines public and private funding for major projects, will be whether it is financially viable in the long run to provide the necessary returns to public and private investors.The government will be taking on financial risk regardless of what projects go ahead, but only on its portion of the funding, not the entire cost of the project, Sohi said in an interview Wednesday with The Canadian Press.The Liberal government has been parrying opposition questions about the agency and just how much public money will be on the line for transport, energy, and transit projects that could cross municipal, provincial and international borders.“That is the review that the bank will do: is it too risky for the government to get involved? Maybe the government will not get involved,” Sohi said.The Liberals see the bank as a way to use public dollars to leverage private funding for projects that are either too expensive or too risky for Ottawa or the private sector to go it alone.The government plans to fund the bank with $15 billion in cash from its long-term infrastructure plan and a further $20 billion in financing, the costs of which would be defrayed through project user fees or other revenue streams.The bank is not exactly what the Liberals promised during the 2015 election.The party’s campaign platform proposed using the government’s “strong credit rating and lending authority” to provide low-interest loans and “small capital contributions” to help provinces and cities build projects that lacked the necessary capital.Sohi said the Liberals changed the concept of the bank because provinces didn’t want Ottawa to compete with or duplicate their own lending agencies that provide financing to municipalities.Instead, the Liberals looked to woo private investors for financing help, enlisting the help of investing giant BlackRock to bring together deep-pocketed international investors last year. The government has refuted opposition charges that private investors have too much say in how the bank is being designed.The opposition criticism about the bank has expanded since the legislation to create the bank was tabled last month, with questions about how much more Canadians would be forced to pay in user fees to provide a return to private investors — Sohi said those would be project-by-project decisions — and whether taxpayers could lose money if federal loans aren’t repaid.The auditor general this week highlighted the need for the government and Crown corporations to report on how much is set aside annually if loans are ultimately not repaid. Michael Ferguson’s report on government spending estimates pointed to the $1.9 billion in estimated risk from loans, loan commitments and loan guarantees at Export Development Canada as one example of this reporting.Sohi said the government wants to make sure financing deals are structured in a way to protect the public interest. If the project is unnecessary or not in the public interest, the government won’t fund it through the bank, he said.The government won’t take majority stakes in any projects, Sohi said. Rather, a minority stake would give the government a say in how much is charged in user fees that would ultimately come back to public coffers.“What is wrong with that, if we are able to share in that profit and maybe use that profit for other areas?” Sohi said.Sohi also said that the bank wouldn’t be used to privatize any existing infrastructure.“The bank is mandated to build new infrastructure, infrastructure that would otherwise not be possible to build,” he said.“We are not privatizing infrastructure. This is infrastructure that doesn’t even exist. So how can you privatize something that doesn’t even exist?”— Follow @jpress on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version moved May 17 said taxpayers could be on the hook for loan commitments and loan guarantees from Export Development Canada.last_img read more

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Federal Liberal government to introduce preelection budget on March 19

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government will introduce its pre-election budget on March 19.The document will be the Trudeau government’s fourth budget since the Liberals won the 2015 election — and its final one before October’s federal election.Morneau made the announcement today in the House of Commons.The budget is expected to include money to help workers get the skills training they need to adjust to the rapidly changing workforce.Morneau has also said the Trudeau government is looking for ways to make home-buying more affordable for millennials — something that could be addressed in the budget.He’s also hinted his budget will address some of the issues around pharmacare.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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New US envoy Kelly Craft faces challenges representing Donald Trump

first_imgOTTAWA – Kelly Craft’s first acts of public diplomacy in Canada involved quoting John F. Kennedy — a Democrat — and acknowledging the country’s collective loss of Gord Downie.As for her boss, President Donald Trump, and all his talk of tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement, that was consigned to the back burner on her first day on the job in Canada.Craft became Trump’s new U.S. ambassador to Canada, but offered a reference to Kennedy — the only deviation from her carefully scripted and delivered public remarks — after she formally took office Monday, becoming the first woman to ever occupy the role.“If I may echo the sentiments of President Kennedy, I truly feel amongst friends,” she said after joining several new diplomats who submitted their credentials to Gov. Gen. Julie Payette at Rideau Hall.The Kennedy remark was not in the first version of her speaking notes, which were distributed by the U.S. embassy after her swearing-in.Craft also gave a respectful nod to the lingering national grief over the death of Downie, acknowledging the passing last week of the beloved Tragically Hip frontman.“It is clear that he deeply loved Canada; his poetic voice fell silent too soon,” she said.“He once said that in recent years, it was hard for him to leave a song without a glimmer of hope. He viewed art, his music and his writings to help bring people closer in. I believe this is important business that we should all be about.”As Trump’s ambassador, she is likely to find herself negotiating some tough issues with her Canadian hosts, including the NAFTA renegotiation and climate change.She has also expressed support for the president’s trade agenda, which involves renegotiating or cancelling NAFTA.She professed to be “a great listener” who will work to protect the economic relationship between the two countries.“I am committed to continuing our collaboration to address security at the border,” she said. “But, I also want to make sure we continue to make it easier to engage in cross-border trade and travel.”Colin Robertson, a retired Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in the U.S., said Craft was clearly trying to put her best foot forward.“It’s in our interest to take her in and embrace her, and have her become, in a sense, our best advocate,” Robertson said.With the latest round of NAFTA talks exposing a wide gulf between the U.S. and Canada, Robertson said Ottawa needs to cultivate Craft as a pipeline for Canada to the White House, said Robertson.That’s especially important, he added, because relations appear strained between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Freeland and Craft exchanged smiles and good wishes in the minister’s office on Monday afternoon with the envoy saying she looked forward to strengthening relations between the two countries.Freeland told Craft that she knows “first hand” that she is extremely well respected in the U.S.“Isn’t it great that we now have the first woman ambassador from the United States.”Payette, who was presiding at her first ceremony to welcome new diplomats, also told Craft it was “a pleasure to welcome you as the first female ambassador of the United States to Canada.”Roland Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first foreign policy adviser, said Craft faces the tough task of representing a president who is unpopular in Canada.“It won’t be easy to put a kinder and saner face on this administration,” said Paris.“Among other things, she will be asked to explain why President Trump seems inclined to treat Canada, America’s closest ally and friend, as an economic adversary rather than as a partner.”Craft got cracking on that job Monday, declaring: “It is a privilege to represent the United States in Canada and to be entrusted with the responsibility of working so closely with such an important friend, ally and neighbour.”Craft is well-known sports fan, philanthropist and powerful donor to the Republican party, whose husband is Joe Craft, a wealthy Kentucky coal magnate.She is also close with Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers, who also hails from her state.McConnell has occasionally bickered with the president, whose anti-establishment, trade-skeptical, more combative stance has put him at odds with the party’s establishment.Paris said it will be difficult at times for Craft to represent her president to the Canadian government, “given the confused state of the Trump administration.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to the ambassador as Kelly Knight Craft, a name she is no longer using.last_img read more

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No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

The management software is generally available and works in conjunction with Jabber and the Cisco 7800 and 8800 Phone Series. In this week’s No Jitter Roll, we share the latest news on expanded PSTN audio coverage for Webex Meetings, the latest headset management technology, AI-based recommendations, UC platform enhancements, and an update to Rumpus videoconferences. Cisco Webex Expands PSTN Audio Global CoverageStarting this week’s news is a pair of announcements from Cisco. First, the company expanded its global public switched telephone network (PSTN) audio coverage for Webex Meetings to include 11 additional countries and made changes to its Webex Meetings Audio coverage plans. To alleviate the costs associated with PSTN audio across the globe, Cisco has expanded its global PSTN audio coverage to Webex Meetings Flex plan users in Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Cyprus, El Salvador, Georgia, Malta, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine for no additional cost. With this service, companies can consolidate their Webex Meetings and PSTN audio bills and save money. To further reduce costs, Cisco recommends keeping your audio usage to IP audio (on-network) to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for meetings. The company also suggests this can be done by encouraging Webex Meetings users to adopt in-app computer or mobile VoIP participant join; Cisco video devices; or Webex Edge Audio, to leverage PSTN cost savings for on-net participants. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily October 04, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from BlueJeans, Symphony, Unify Square, Arkadin, and Edify Labs. With CUCM 12.5, IT admins can remotely deploy headsets, view real-time usage metrics, receive diagnostic data, and push automatic firmware updates to discrete groups or the entire organization. When a user receives a headset and connects to Cisco Jabber or desk phone, UCM registers the headset, identifies the owner, and begins tracking. Highfive Promotes Interoperability, Accessibility Ryan Daily September 11, 2019 With a mission to make video conferencing more ubiquitous, Highfive introduced a new connector tool and licensing model. Log in or register to post comments The new feature uses AI technology to highlight moments from meetings and make role-based suggestions for deals, meetings, reviews, or coaching opportunities. For example, managers might receive suggestions on what deals are most at risk or items that might be of high importance after a meeting. Additionally, the system might identify low scoring skills for a specific sales team member – creating an opportunity for management to provide more coaching, according to Chorus.AI. The image below shows examples of how the system displays the recommendations. Chorus.ai Launches AI-based RecommendationsIn the meeting space, conversation intelligence platform provider Chorus.ai has added AI-based recommendations to its platform. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 27, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Cisco, Salesforce, Avaya, NextPlane, and Serviceaide. See All in Vendor News » The device is currently available for an MSRP of $3,175.00.Tags:News & ViewsCisco WebexCiscoheadsetsmeeting platformProduct NewsVendor NewsConferencingDigital WorkplaceMonitoring, Management and SecurityVendor News Articles You Might Like No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 20, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from 8×8, Nuance, Slack, Nectar, and UnifiedFX. In addition to the expanded coverage, the company rolled out a series of coverage changes to its Webex PSTN Toll Dial-In services that include:Webex PSTN Toll Dial-In. Included with Webex Meetings for no additional cost, the service will expand to the countries listed above.Webex PSTN Premium Toll Dial-in. Available through the company’s usage-based Committed Audio offer, the service will expand to an additional nine countries, including China, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.Webex PSTN Toll-Free Dial-in. This service is also available through the company’s usage-based Committed Audio offer and will expand to 14 more countries, including Bahamas, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Honduras, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Serbia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.Cisco Releases Headset Management ApplicationMoving out of the meeting room and into the office, Cisco last week also announced the launch of CUCM 12.5, an integrated headset management application. Coaching is a particularly valuable application for the new offering. “The reality is most sales managers’ days are filled to capacity, which pushes all coaching to the bottom of the priority list,” said Joe Caprio, VP of sales at Chorus, stated in the company’s announcement. “This can negatively impact a rep’s growth, quota and even retention at the company since 60% of sellers say they’ll leave an organization if their manager is a poor coach.” NEC Enhances SV9000 Series PlatformOn the platform side, enterprise communications and IT solutions provider NEC Corporation of America has rolled out a series of enhancements to its Univerge SV9000 series. Optimized for the meeting room, the NV-32-H is a multi-stream HDMI encoder/decoder that provides high-quality (up to 4K60 4:4:4) video and distribution across a standard gigabit infrastructure. Additionally, the device is software definable as either a video encoder or decoder and can be remotely managed and monitored, according to the company. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 13, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Slack, Fuze, Front, Numonix, and LogMeIn. The enhancements include collaboration applications delivered for both on-premises and cloud-based deployments, a more powerful processor, more memory, and enhanced security features, NEC announced. Additionally, NEC has rolled out a series of enhancements to its DT900 and DT500 terminals, which include an enhanced range of wideband audio, gigabit network support, and touch display options. QSC Releases Network Video EndpointWrapping up this week’s news roundup, QSC, has launched its Q-SYS NV Series (NV-32-H) network video endpoint, a native peripheral for its Q-SYS Ecosystem. Chorus-AI-Recommendations.jpg office-620822_1920.jpg read more

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Tourists invited to dance at New Credit

Powwows are traditionally about artistic vendors, fair food and tourists taking photos of native dancers who don colourful regalia and dance to compete for points.But the Three Fires Homecoming held each year at the nearby New Credit reserve is a bit different.“I liken this powwow to a homecoming for our visitors as well,” said elected Chief Stacy Laforme at the event, “because they can reconnect here as well, even if they’ve never been here before.“They reconnect to nature and music and things that they’ve forgotten.”During the first welcoming dance, Laforme, accompanied by Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, waved in tourists and visitors from the stands around the dance circle and those in shorts and T-shirts shuffled along with the intricately dressed dancers around a great arbour set in the forest near the council house.“I don’t think we’ve ever had such a large crowd all dancing with us at once,” said Laforme. “It was great to see.”The elected chief said his council recently dropped the “new” from the band name and is now just the Mississaugas of the Credit, a name that developed from the mid-1700s when French fur traders did business with band members and found them reliable when it came to extending credit.Laforme said these days, the goal is to try and reconnect with other Anishinabe nations to form a wider family.“Our communities have come so far apart. We need an alliance and then we will have a really strong voice in Canada.”Politics aside, band residents, extended family who joined in the event, and visitors danced around a new wooden arbour, designed and facilitated by University of Waterloo students in the forested area behind the council house on the reserve.The dancers included bare-chested young men, young girls in jingle dresses that rattled with every step, hoop dancers and those with regalia made of colourful plastic ribbons.Standing out as she moved sedately around the ring was Nikki Sargent from Lac Seul, northeast of Dryden.“This regalia,” she says, pointing to her blindingly white outfit of leathers, feathers and beads, “weighs about 40 pounds.”Elsewhere on the grounds vendors did a brisk business in traditional foods like strawberry juice, Indian tacos, corn soup and scones, along with fair favourites such as pogo sticks, poutine, lemonade and freezies.But the powwow is also a chance for area artisans to show off their talents and a chance for visitors to find a hand-made belt, pair of moccasins, purse, shirt or custom artwork.Jerrilyn Russell ignores the shoppers in favour of focusing on her latest work, etching a drawing into a mug, all without a stencil or guide.“She sees the finished product before she starts,” says her Six Nations mom, Dawn Russell.“Most people can’t freehand a project like that but she’s got a gift. She’s been like this from the beginning.”Like many Indigenous youngsters, Jerrilyn was drawn to beadwork when she was an adolescent but, when she was around 15, she started to attend powwows and was inspired by seeing other artists’ works.Through a Hamilton program, she’s developing a business doing woodburning and glass etching and beadwork.“I like to bring my culture into a modern aspect,” she says.Last year’s powwow drew about 3,000 people and about 150 dancers, said an organizer from the New Credit Cultural committee.It was expected that this year’s event, with sunshine but temperate heat, drew even more.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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At 1 billion more per year vaccines can save 10 million lives

Ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of $1 billion, according to a new study by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The estimated $2.5 billion current annual spending on immunization in the poorest countries would need to increase to $3.5 billion by 2010 and $4 billion by 2015 to reach this goal, according to the study presented to last week’s meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) Partners in New Delhi, India.“Immunization is one of the best values for public health investment today: adequate resources and the right strategies lead to concrete results,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said.“We have achieved much progress already through immunization, but much more can and should be done. WHO, through GAVI and with partners such as UNICEF, is looking to achieve a massive impact in lives saved through immunization over the next decade,” he added. The new study, following on the WHO/UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy adopted this spring, lays out a number of goals such as raising immunization coverage levels to 90 per cent and reducing vaccine-preventable illness and deaths by two-thirds by 2015. If countries achieve these goals, by 2015, more than 70 million children who live in the world’s poorest countries will receive each year life-saving vaccines against the following diseases: tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, rubella, yellow fever, haemophilus influenzae type B, hepatitis B, polio, rotavirus, pneumococcus, meningococcus, and Japanese encephalitis.“Immunization is critical in reducing overall child deaths. This new study shows that we can achieve a significant reduction in deaths due to vaccine-preventable diseases with a modest increase in funds,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “Of the more than 10 million children under five who die every year, an estimated 2.5 million are dying from diseases that can be prevented with currently available or new vaccines.”The poorest countries currently finance, on average, one-third of their immunization expenses. Until they can take on a greater proportion of the expenses, it is in the interest of resource-rich countries to cover some of the long-term costs. In an interconnected global community, there is increasing vulnerability to the spread of disease, making immunization even more critical. read more

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Big Game features winning teams for a change

BERKELEY, Calif. — The annual Big Game between Stanford and California always comes with the pageantry and intensity befitting a rivalry between two schools less than an hour apart.This year’s showdown features something that has been a little unusual over the past few decades: two successful teams.When the Golden Bears (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) host the Cardinal (7-4, 5-3) on Saturday it will mark just the second time in the past 27 seasons that both Bay Area schools come into the game with at least seven wins.“It’s always better when both teams have winning records, both teams are going to bowl games, both teams are excited about this game, knowing that one will finish ahead that’s a positive,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “Justin Wilcox has a lot of respect in coaching circles and he’s done a great job of building that team across the bay with toughness and athleticism. It should be an exciting game.”The teams have traded runs of success over the years, with Stanford being the dominant force the past decade, winning eight straight meetings for the longest winning streak by either school in a series that began in the 1800s.Cal’s last win came in 2009, which was the only other time since 1991 that both teams had seven wins at the time of the showdown. But in Wilcox’s second year, the Bears are a vastly different team than they’ve been in the past with a defence that has been dominant at times.Cal has held its last five opponents to 21 points or less and the defence forced five turnovers and scored two TDs in last week’s win over Colorado.“I feel like every guy on the defence, every position group has a good understanding of the defence and where they fit,” said safety Ashtyn Davis, who had two interceptions and a touchdown last week. “It’s made us much better in every aspect of the game.”Here are some other things to watch:DELAYED GAME: This matchup was originally scheduled for Nov. 17 but was postponed two weeks because smoke in the Bay Area from a wildfire about 150 miles away was at a dangerous level. Both teams already had a full week of preparation before the game was pushed back and spent this extra week just tinkering with the game plan.“It’s just trying to focus like it’s the first time so that you’re that much more prepared for when the game comes Saturday,” Stanford offensive lineman A.T. Hall said. “There’s a whole new game film to break down.”JJ’S JUMP BALLS: Stanford’s best offence has been having K.J. Costello throw the ball up to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and letting the physical receiver come down with the catch or draw a penalty. Arcega-Whiteside has caught 14 TD passes, tying the school record set by Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton in 1977. Arcega-Whiteside needs four TD catches in the final two games to tie the conference record set by Washington’s Mario Bailey in 1991.“He has long arms and he’s got really strong, strong hands,” Wilcox said. “The contested catches he makes are pretty impressive. When they get into the red zone, they keep throwing it to him.”MILESTONE CHASE: Bears running back Patrick Laird has rushed for 816 yards this season and scored nine TDs. With 184 yards in the final two games of the season, Laird can become just the third player in Cal history with two 1,000-yard seasons in his career, joining Marshawn Lynch and Russell White, who did it three times.“He’s a good player,” Stanford linebacker Bobby Okereke said. “He’s smart, he’s savvy, he’s real patient back there.”CALIFORNIA KINGS: The Cardinal have already beaten L.A. rivals UCLA and Southern California and can sweep their three in-state conference opponents for the third time in four years by beating the Bears. Stanford also swept the three in 2015 and ’16 and has a 22-4 record against those schools during Shaw’s tenure. The Cardinal also beat San Diego State and UC Davis in the nonconference season, giving them four wins against in-state schools.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Josh Dubow, The Associated Press read more

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Holles Street board reendorses deal to move maternity hospital

first_img Short URL Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 9:20 PM Image: 26 15:56: Updated 9.20pmTHE BOARD OF the national maternity hospital at Holles Street has passed a motion to re-endorse the agreement it reached with St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) last November.There has been growing controversy about the issue in recent days, with fears the Sisters of Charity, the principal shareholder in the SVHG, would influence the type of procedures carried out at the new hospital, which is set to be built on the same campus as St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4.In a statement released following the meeting tonight, the board said: “This agreement provides that the clinical, financial and operational independence of the national maternity hospital at Elm Park shall be enshrined in its memorandum and articles of association and all related legal agreements.” Source: RTÉ News/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3358663 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: 26 15:56: 29,410 Views center_img Apr 26th 2017, 9:20 PM Can’t watch video? Click here. Earlier, Health Minister Simon Harris said the use of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to buy the site at St Vincent’s Hospital “is not the ideal solution by any way, manner or means” to the controversy.The Wicklow TD said he did not want to say anything that would “further inflame the situation”, stating that he has called for a “period of calm” over the next month.The Sisters of Charity are to be given ownership of the hospital in return for providing the site.Labour TD Alan Kelly has suggested that a CPO could be used by the government to take control of the site. The idea was also raised by former master of the national maternity hospital (NMH) Dr Peter Boylan.Factfind: Could compulsory purchase be used for the maternity hospital and what would it cost?>However, speaking to reporters today, Harris said:We don’t need to be caught up in potential legal difficulties for a large number of years. We also have to remember the site is being donated free of charge.The issue was also discussed at today’s Cabinet meeting, where both Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said the hospital should be built on the St Vincent’s site.Harris said he informed his Cabinet colleagues today that he wishes to the use the “window of calm” to tease out the issues of concern.The issue of religious interferences is dealt with in black and white in the agreement … We have an agreement, that is the heads of an agreement, we need it in contractual and legal obligations, and I am asking for a month to tease through those issues. Holles Street board re-endorses deal to move maternity hospital Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris said the compulsory purchase of the site is ‘not the solution’. What I am very clear of is the law of the land will apply at the National Maternity Hospital. The board of Holles Street has passed a motion re-endorsing the agreement for it to move to the St Vincent’s Hospital campus pic.twitter.com/VzOEgu1cpc— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 26, 2017 A government source said there should be “no ambiguity” that the hospital will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital site. “It is absolutely going ahead,” they added.Dr Rhona MahonyThe Master of the National Maternity Hospital also defended the decision to relocate the new hospital on grounds owned by a religious order, saying that they will have complete control over medical procedures and governance.On Morning Ireland today, Dr Rhona Mahony said the hospital will be independent and retain their medical practices without religious interference.It’s the board’s duty to do their best for women and babies. We will not mention any religious, ethnic or other distinction [in hospital governance].“We will have the termination of pregnancy just as we do today. The nuns will not be involved.”When asked about the clear dispute over governance, Mahony said they are the first of the colocations, but the integrity of their services and autonomy over them will be protected.“This is a separate company and it is very likely that in time that there will be a lease arrangement, [ownership over the building is] a technical issue over land.This hospital will be entirely independent – it’s black and white agreement.“The nuns do not want to run this hospital.It will be an independent hospital with an independent board. We will practice contraception, IVF, termination of pregnancy to save a woman’s life and in the future, we will expand services according to the law.Boylan’s resignationDr Peter Boylan, a former master of the maternity hospital, was asked to resign from Holles Street’s board at the weekend after he voiced his concerns about the colocation.This was decried as a silencing of opinion, but Mahony denies that was the reason, saying it was an issue of “corporate governance, not over opinion”.She said the vote to colocate with the Sisters of Charity was overwhelming: “25 voted in favour, one voted against and three abstentions”.There was no division in the National Maternity Hospital in relation to this move. Peter Boylan might have voted against if he disagreed.She added that the new maternity hospital was important: “We are practicing medicine in the 21st century in a hospital that is crumbling.”With reporting by Christina Finn and Órla RyanRead: Here is the deal reached by St Vincent’s and Holles Street over the new National Maternity HospitalFactfind: Could compulsory purchase be used for the maternity hospital and what would it cost? 234 Comments Share398 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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City managers pay rises across county

first_imgClick here to access The Columbian’s database of public-employee salaries in Clark County.Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes’ 3.5-percent salary increase raised some eyebrows earlier this month. It turns out Holmes has plenty of company. In fact, his pay bump is not the highest among local top city administrators.After being frozen in recent years due to the economic swoon, salaries of top city leaders across Clark County are beginning to thaw in 2012.Four of the five city CEOs in Clark County will receive pay increases in 2012, whether through planned merit increases or pre-negotiated raises secured for city employees across the board. These raises do not include cost of living adjustments, which remain frozen in order to save money.Clark County commissioners will decide in January whether County Administrator Bill Barron will receive a raise in 2012. Barron currently makes $174,252 a year and receives an additional 7.25 percent for a deferred compensation program.Awarding pay raises to public leaders is important because it lessens the chance of a more affluent city or private company poaching them and, symbolically, makes the employees feel more appreciated, said Mark Stephan, a political science professor at Washington State University Vancouver.last_img read more

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Man leads MiamiDade police on chase before crashing into officers car

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man allegedly led police on a chase that ended with the man crashing into a police car.The chase began in Sweetwater and ended at a gas station on Northwest 79th Street and Fifth Avenue where the driver lost control of the car and hit a curb, early Wednesday morning.According to police, the man refused to stop after they suspected he was involved in a separate investigation.The Miami-Dade Police officer’s injuries were minor, and the suspect has since been arrested.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Dunbar Brooks 63 Leaves a Lifetime of Service

first_imgDunbar BrooksDunbar Brooks, the first African American president of the Baltimore County School board died Aug 17 at 63.Brooks also served as president of the Maryland State Board of Education from 2007-2008 and worked extensively with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), where he rose from a planner to the Director of Data Development.“I am grateful for the opportunity to know Dunbar,” Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. The two men met about 20 years ago, when Kamenetz was campaigning for the Baltimore County Council.Kamenetz said Dunbar was an advocate for the needs of African Americans and for the needs of Baltimore County’s children. He said that Dunbar always wanted to make sure that all children were challenged, and didn’t accept excuses.“He did not tolerate substandard expectations for any child. He was all about performance and outcome and raising the bar. I was always struck by that as sending the appropriate signal,” he said.Kamenetz issued a statement, Aug. 19, reflecting on the contributions Brooks made to his community as well as ordering that the flag outside of the County courthouse be lowered to half mast.The memory I have most of him is his perseverance for kids and education,” said Larry Klimovitz, executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. “Trying to be a mentor and an advocate for education for kids in the Baltimore region.”“He always treated those around him with respect, which earned others’ respect, and he made decisions based on his high ethical standards throughout his life and career,” the BMC released in a statement. “He spent much of his long career gathering pertinent U.S. Census, population, household and employment data for the Cooperative Forecasting Group to use in producing the travel demand model, economic research and for long-term transportation planning. “He chaired a lot of committees and did a lot of work with the region’s elected officials according to Klimovitz.“He was an incredibly good natured, kind-hearted community-minded individual. A statesman by every definition of the world. If I had a flag, I’d fly it at half mast for him.”Brooks is survived by his wife of 37 years, Edythe, a daughter, Cheryl Renee Brooks of Dundalk; a stepson, Gary Arthur Young of Vienna, Va.; a stepdaughter, Tracey Young Williams of Dundalk and three grandchildren.Services for Dunbar will begin with a wake, 10 a.m., Aug. 26 at his home church, St. Matthew UM Church, 105 Main Street in Turners Station, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m., Sept. 19 in the theater of the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk campus.last_img read more

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Mamata visits ailing Buddhadeb Bhattacharya

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at his Palm Avenue residence on Thursday evening.Banerjee came around 6.16pm and left around 6.57 pm. She told the reporters who had gathered at the state run housing complex in south Kolkata that she had come to inquire about Bhattacharjee’s health and was happy to see that he is keeping well. His eye treatment is on. “We talked about music and books. Buddhababu loves to listen to music and read books. I also spoke to boudi” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBanerjee was received by Meera Bhattacharya, wife of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who took her inside the flat. Earlier, Banerjee had ordered to repair the two room flat where Bhattacharjee has been staying for more than three decades. She also offered Bhattacharjee to stay at a separate flat till the repairing was complete.Banerjee had called on the former chief minister when he fell sick in October 2017. Bhattacharjee became unconscious at the party office on Alimuddin Street and was coughing heavily. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBanerjee had assured every medical assistance and was ready to shift him to SSKM hospital. However, Bhattacharjee had refused to go to any hospital. Banerjee gave her personal phone number to Meera Bhattacharya and requested her to get in touch with her in case of any need.For the past few years, Bhattacharjee has not been keeping well. He could not attend the Politburo meeting in Delhi on health grounds. He also refused to remain in the party’s central committee. Bhattacharjee suffers from Choric Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder ( COPD) and despite repeated requests from doctors, he refused to give up smoking. He had problems with his eyes and had been to Cuba over two decades ago for treatment.last_img read more

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