APTN is celebrating 20 years of being the world’s first national Indigenous network. Some of the highs and lows are shared in this special report, commemorating two decades of independent story-telling by the Winnipeg, Man.,-based broadcaster.
TORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia says its offer to buy a sizable stake in a Chilean bank for $2.9 billion has been accepted.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Tuesday that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) agreed Tuesday to sell its 68.19 per cent stake in BBVA Chile and its interests in certain subsidiaries.The deal, which is expected to close in June 2018, would double the the Canadian lender’s market share in Chile to approximately 14 per cent and make Scotiabank the third-largest private sector bank in the country.“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with BBVA to acquire their shares of BBVA Chile,” said Scotiabank president and CEO Brian Porter in a statement.“BBVA Chile has a proven track record … and this transaction demonstrates excellent synergy between both banks with customer-centric cultures.”BBVA Chile has $29 billion in assets and has 4,000 employees at 127 branches. Scotiabank says it intends to merge BBVA Chile with its existing Scotiabank Chile operations, subject to regulatory approvals.When the deal was initially announced last week, Scotiabank said the transaction is in line with its goal of increasing scale within the Chilean banking sector and the Pacific Alliance countries.Chile’s Said family, which owns 31.62 per cent of BBVA Chile, has waived its right of first refusal to acquire the share being sold to Scotiabank, but is willing to spend up to $650 million to own up to 25 per cent of the combined business when Scotiabank Chile and BBVA Chile are merged.“We will combine Scotiabank’s high-scale, high-sales productivity and retail portfolios with BBVA Chile’s capital markets expertise and cash management capabilities,” said Ignacio Deschamps, Scotiabank’s group head of international banking and digital transformation told analysts on a conference call Tuesday. “We have a strong cultural fit drawn from 2 leading international banks with an established local presence in Chile for several decades.”Deschamps added that Scotiabank expects pre-tax cost synergies of between $150 million and $180 million by 2020. As well, the lender expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings per share in the first year after completion, he added.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that BBVA had agreed to sell its 69.19 per cent stake in BBVA Chile.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – New Brunswick’s Green leader says his party would end the use of public money for loans, grants and payroll rebates for wealthy corporations.David Coon says the Greens’ economic development strategy would redirect that money to local enterprises.He says they would create a small business loan guarantee program to support start-ups and expansions of existing businesses.The provincial election is Sept. 24.Speaking in Saint John, Coon said a Green government would develop an import substitution strategy that would increase the local production of essential goods and services.He says a 10 percent shift in consumer spending on imported goods and services to New Brunswick-made products would create 14,000 jobs and add $1.8 billion to the provincial economy each year.Coon says he would consolidate the various economic development agencies into a Department of Community and Rural Development.
New Delhi: It’s 6 am in the morning when most of the people in the walled city are still in their cosy beds, a group of young women and men are already at work. With masks on their faces and brooms in their hands, they move to narrow lanes and bylanes of the walled city cleaning the garbage all by themselves.This group has young professionals from all walks of life who have taken up the cause to clean old Delhi streets and lanes. The group has given a name to this special cause “Safai Adha Iman” ( Cleanliness is half your faith ) and has declared a war on uncleanliness in the area. The member of the team feel no shame cleaning the area which is spread with garbaage thrown from the window of the houses in the lanes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe female members of the group are given the task of interacting one to one with the housewives in the walled city. “We are also appealing the housewives through loud speakers to throw the house garbage inside the bins we have placed ourselves in the lanes. Also, we are interacting with the women of the area to take them into confidence and tell them the importance of cleanliness which will bring good health and hyegine to the area,” said Sadia Syed, a volunteer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe male members of the group are holding a meeting with the RWAs and also the owners of food chains in the area to make a substantial change in the Walled city. The Imams of various mosques are also contacted for the same.The group is also calling for more volunteers through social media and is also appealing to youths from different parts of Delhi to apply the same concept of cleanliness in their areas. “We are doing the campaign at the micro level starting from various lanes in the area of the walled city, we are utilising the social media platforms to create awareness and also call for volunteering for the cause. We have also made vertical gardens on the walls to beautify the area,” said Irtiza Quraishi, President of an NGO Marham. The areas like lanes of Matia Mahal and Jama masjid have already started feeling the change and many lanes in Pahari imli, Gai Sayyedain, Pahari Bhjlia, Gali Andheri and Gali Mandir wali has also started looking cleaner along with others in the Walled city.
At a meeting in Jerusalem, Bank officials informed the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) that the money had been allocated from the Al-Aqsa Fund in a bid to support the Agency’s emergency job creation programme, with special emphasis on rebuilding destroyed and shelled homes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Thanking the Bank for its generous contribution, Commissioner-General Peter Hansen said the funds would enable the Agency to address the urgent needs of refugees resulting from the continuing confrontations in the occupied territories and the consequent Israeli punitive restrictions on the movement of goods and Palestinian people.Mr. Hansen pointed out that the Bank’s contribution, along with the generous support of UNRWA’s major donors, demonstrated the international community’s trust in the Agency’s ability to respond to an emergency situation.UNRWA, which has been operating for over 50 years, is the main provider of basic services – education, health, relief and social services – to over 3.7 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East.
Ohio State associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was cited by the Columbus Division of Police for failure to obey a traffic control device. The citation is a minor misdemeanor offense. The accident occurred Thursday morning at the intersection of West Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive. Schiano’s vehicle hit a 26-year-old, male bicyclist who was taken to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.The Columbus police said that the victim was transported in critical condition with a head injury, but Sgt. Brooke Wilson, who was at the scene, said at the scene on Thursday that the bicyclist is expected to survive. There has been no update on the condition of the bicyclist.Schiano is scheduled to appear before a judge on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. The traffic fine is $55 and, including court fees, the total cost due by Schiano is $152.
OSU field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson won her 300th career game on Oct. 17 when the Buckeyes beat Indiana, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAs junior forward Peanut Johnson was darting in front of the net to score a game-winning overtime goal, Ohio State field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson went on as if nothing special was happening.Johnson’s goal gave OSU its first Big Ten win of the season against Indiana, and — more importantly — gave Wilkinson her 300th career victory.“That’s all we were thinking about,” Johnson said. “Just win for Anne. We’re really happy we got to be a part of her 300th.”Wilkinson, a West Chester, Pa., native, became the 15th coach in Division I field hockey history to reach the mark.Wilkinson’s assistant coach Homero Pardi picked her up after the game and the team celebrated by dumping ice on her. Wilkinson received roses and a picture frame from the team.Despite the team’s struggles this season, Wilkinson said she couldn’t have been happier for the group to be involved in the moment.“I was very touched,” Wilkinson said. “I was like, ‘Wow.’ I’m excited this group was a part of it. Our record (6-10, 1-6) doesn’t really show our work rate.”Despite the hoopla that took place, Wilkinson remained calm and humbled.“I was really just trying to get a win in the conference,” Wilkinson said. “I’m not one to focus on records, though they are big.”Wilkinson grew up on the East Coast, about an hour outside of Philadelphia. Her face is still “painted green” for her Philadelphia Eagles and she still describes herself as a “Philly girl.”After playing field hockey and lacrosse at Delaware and leading the Blue Hens to the lacrosse national title in 1983, Wilkinson moved on to become field hockey coach at American University in Washington, D.C., in 1987.A lifelong East Coast resident, it wasn’t until Wilkinson visited Columbus that she realized how much she loved the tradition at OSU.“When I came out to Ohio State and saw the playground I would get to play in, I was like, ‘Wow,’” she said. “Being a part of the Ohio State athletic department is a dream come true.”Since becoming OSU’s coach in 1996, Wilkinson has accumulated 221 victories and numerous memories, she said.In 2010, Wilkinson led OSU to the program’s first NCAA Final Four in school history after defeating Syracuse, 3-2, in overtime in the second round. She said she’d never forget then-junior midfielder Aisling Coyle throwing her stick in the air after hitting the game-winning penalty stroke.Freshman forward Annabel Sams said Wikinson always gets the best out of her players because she is something of a team mom.“We have a really good set up for warming up before games, really good pregame meal and she always makes sure we’re focused,” Sams said. “If anyone’s having issues, we can talk about it and then (Wilkinson will) tell us what to do and we really improve.”Wilkinson’s tutelage produced 22 All-Americans and 66 All-Big Ten selections in her first 18 seasons in Columbus.Despite the success, Wilkinson said she still finds it difficult to recruit top East Coast field hockey talent to come play in the Midwest.“They think we’re in a different time zone,” Wilkinson said, referencing OSU’s proximity from major talent pools like Philadelphia and New Jersey.But players often fall in love with the tradition the way Wilkinson did, she said.Wilkinson still goes home to Pennsylvania for the holidays or to check out high school field hockey action, but she has not tired from her job at OSU.The 27-year veteran coach said she wants to continue to convey her passion for the game as long as she physically is able.“I’m a coach. I’m a teacher,” she said. “This is what I really enjoy.”
Tommie Smith (left), Malcolm Jenkins (middle right) and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (right) talk about social justice in sports at the Blackwell as a part of an event hosted by Ohio State’s Sports and Society Initiative. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Senior Lantern reporterOhio State’s Sports and Society Initiative hosted panelists Thursday night at the Blackwell Inn to discuss the role of athletes in the field of social-justice activism.Panelists included Tommie Smith, a gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics in the men’s 200-meter dash; Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles and former OSU safety; and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a former NBA guard in the 1990s. The three have contributed nearly 50 years worth of social justice activism. Vince Doria, the former senior vice president and director of news for ESPN, acted as moderator during the event.Doria began the evening with a brief history of athletes and social activism, noting that activism of this kind almost always involves race — something he said should not be surprising given the contributions that African American athletes have had on the sports industry and American culture.From the days of Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali resisting policies they saw as unjust to, more recently, Lebron James and Kyrie Irving donning “I Can’t Breathe” shirts before a Cleveland Cavaliers game, Doria said the sports industry has had a long history of African American athletes breaking barriers for social justice.“In the past half dozen years, there has been a steady drumbeat of social activism among athletes,” Doria said.Each of the panelists shared their personal stories and answered questions prepared by Doria and submitted by faculty, students and audience members.Smith is most recognized for his demonstration on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, when after winning his gold medal, he and his teammate, John Carlos, donned black gloves and Olympic Project for Human Rights badges then raised their fists in a Black Power salute. Smith and Carlos were immediately reprimanded and sent home from the Games. Smith said that he did not view the gesture as a symbol for black power, but rather as a salute for human rights.“A lot of people view that as a negative message to our country or an insult to America,” he said. “But for Tommie Smith, it was a cry for freedom … it was a plea through faith –– and there was no hate involved.”Though his actions were arguably the most overt political protest in Olympic history, Smith said he views his display of protest differently. “We wasn’t there to change the world, only to help the world change,” Smith said.Abdul-Rauf is best known for refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games in 1996, saying that standing for the national anthem would be a contradiction to his Islamic beliefs. His actions led to a one-game suspension, after which he agreed to stand during but would keep his eyes closed and look downward, often reciting prayers. After growing a thirst for reading in college, Abdul-Rauf said he “developed a conscience” the more he read about the troubles of the world, which motivated him to sit in protest of the American flag and the anthem.“We speak about equality, we speak about fairness,” said Abdul-Rauf. “This is something that many of us hope for and dream for. I really want it to be a reality. And this was the way, as (Smith) was saying earlier, it was a cry for freedom.”A month after Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, gained national attention when he took a knee during the national anthem in protest the treatment of people of color in 2016, Jenkins took a stand of solidarity with Kaepernick. Alongside several of his teammates, the former Buckeye raised his fist during the national anthem, symbolic of Smith’s own protest at the 1968 Olympics.“What (Kaepernick) did showed me how far and how much influence we have as athletes,” Jenkins said. “When he took a simple knee, it started a worldwide conversation … Regardless of how you feel about what he did, whether he did the right thing or not, he started a conversation.”The panel discussed a number of different issues included in social activism, including Abdul-Rauf and Smith sharing the impact their activism had on their professional and personal lives and Jenkins experiences meeting with members of Congress to discuss criminal justice reform.Despite their efforts, Jenkins said he knows activism is not for every athlete competing today, rather all he asks is for those who want to be involved would be involved wholeheartedly.“We can get a lot done with the few that are committed,” he said. “But if we have the whole team and everyone has lukewarm convictions, we still won’t get anything done.”
She said she had been given the Landolfi by her grandmother in 2002 as she set out on her musical career, with the instrument valued for insurance purposes at £80,000. “It has caused me the highest possible level of stress,” she said. After an hour in court, the judge adjourned the case, to be fixed for hearing in a few months’ time. Musician Ruzica West (left) with her mum Olgica West (right) outside Central London County CourtCredit:Champion News He is described by the Royal Academy of Music, where he is an honorary associate, as “one of the leading violinists, recording artists and teachers of his generation”.Judge Avent told Ms West and her mother: “I don’t need to remind you that you should have got all the money before you parted company with your Landolfi. Your problem is that you parted with this violin before you got all the money.”Outside court afterwards, Ms West explained how she first got to know Prof Marinkovic while studying under him at the Purcell School of Music in 1997.She went on to forge a career as a singer, violinist and teacher, but by 2016 she had hit hard times with money worries compelling her to sell the instrument, she said.”I was desperate and needed the money, and I had to accept his offer because, if I had taken it to an auctioneer, I would have waited for a long time for it to be resold,” she said.Both mother and daughter claimed they had been badly affected by the stress of the incident and court case.Ms West, whose family are from Serbia, said she had found the case in some ways more distressing than enduring the air bombardment of Belgrade in 1999. A leading violinist has been taken to court by his former pupil over an “£80,000” Landolfi violin, amid claims he left her out of pocket after she sold it to him in desperation.Professor Mateja Marinkovic, a musician and honorary associate at the Royal Academy of Music, has been accused by a former student of giving her an over-valued French violin instead of paying the amount she had asked.Ruzica West, 36, told the court she had sold him the 18th century Landolfi instrument when “desperate” for cash three years ago.Ms West, of Ilford, Essex, claims that Prof Marinkovic, formerly her tutor at the Purcell School of Music, a specialist school for musically gifted children in Bushey, Herts, did not pay in full.She is now suing Prof Marinkovic at Central London County Court claiming the musician, who is currently working in China, left her £12,500 out of pocket.Prof Marinkovic insists he does not owe his former student a penny, having already handed her £26,000 cash and a replacement violin in exchange for the Landolfi.Ms West and her mother Olgica West, 61, told Judge Ian Avent she agreed to sell the 250-year-old instrument to Prof Marinkovic in 2016. She conceded she had agreed to accept £40,000 from Prof Marinkovic because she wanted a quick sale. Her former tutor paid her £26,000 in cash, plus a French violin, the court was told.Ms West told the judge that Prof Marinkovic has now relocated to China with £12,500 still owing, due to the French violin being worth far less than she was told.As well as suing Prof Marinkovic, she and her mother are bringing a claim against the valuer of the French instrument.”I believe that Mateja gave an assurance to us that the French violin was worth between £12,000 to £14,000,” the mother, Olgica West, told the judge of an alleged conversation in 2016.A professional valuation in November 2017 came up with a price of just £1,500, she told the court. Prof Marinkovic was described by Judge Avent as a “leading protagonist because he was the contracting party”.The professor, who did not attend the pre-trial court hearing and was not represented, is now “somewhere in China”, the judge noted. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A MALE MOTORCYCLIST died in a collision in Co Meath today.Gardaí in Athboy are investigating the two vehicle fatal road traffic collision, which occurred at Tullaghanstown, Athboy, Co Meath at approximately 3.30pm.They said a 20-year-old male motorcyclist was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with a tractor and trailer.He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Navan Hospital. The driver of the tractor was uninjured.This stretch of road was closed for a time to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. It has since reopened.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Athboy Garda Station on 046 9432201, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After 12 days on the run with his 10 year old son Tomas, devastated Sydney dad George Betsis turned his son over to Los Angeles police on Wednesday. The forty-nine year old advertising executive burst into tears and hugged his boy tightly before letting him go, The Daily Telegraph reported. Betsis, who is an advertising executive had been the subject of a child abduction alert since he flew to the US and picked up his son from school on April 3. Tomas’ mother, celebrity baby whisperer Priscilla Dunstan, whom he had separated from six years ago called police who issued an amber alert. Mr Betsis claimed that he had not seen Tomas since Mrs Dunstan moved to the US from Australia seven months ago. “It’s heartbreaking for me and it was heartbreaking for him,” he told The Daily Telegraph. Mr Betsis also claimed that this was the only way he could see his son after Ms Dunstan allegedly breached an agreement for him to see Tomas at Christmas and Easter. Father and son allegedly spent their days in an apartment at a secret location in California, where they played board games, watched Star Wars and risked being spotted by venturing outside to visit a go-kart track. “For more than 10 days, we spent 80 per cent of our time confined indoors so even these few days have been stolen from us,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “I haven’t entertained the thought of jail much yet because I didn’t want the fear of that to interfere with me spending happy time with him.” Tomas is believed to be back with his mother in LA, and the District Attorney is now considering whether to charge Betsis. He would most likely be charged with kidnapping or concealment of a child, and police are expected to push for bond to be set at $US 500,000. Actress Mary Coustas (aka Effie), who is married to Betsis is preparing to fly to Los Angeles to be by her husband’s side if he is locked up in a Los Angeles jail. Frustrated and distraught, she said she could not believe his attempt to spend time with the son he had not seen for seven months could have got so out of hand. “George has conducted himself brilliantly throughout this whole thing by keeping in touch with police every day. I know it will be OK but right now we are in the thick of it,” she was quoted as saying. Coustas, whose stepson calls her Marebear said it was important for Tomas or any child to have both their mother and their father around.
Oakleigh resident Chris Pearson has spent the last two Sunday mornings at the market collecting signatures from visitors, stallholders and local traders who have expressed shock and anger at Monash Council plans to sell Oakleigh’s major car park, and site of the community market, to developers. “This is a terrible decision by six councillors who clearly don’t understand just how important this market is to the local community. The Rotary Market, with its fruit and vegetables – much of it grown in Oakleigh gardens – and bric-a-brac, complements the village atmosphere of Oakleigh. It’s a place that locals and visitors meet before enjoying a coffee and cake in Eaton Mall.”So far over 800 people agree with Chris, who is founder of ‘Save Oakleigh Rotary Market’. “With the help of Councillor Steve Dimopoulos and Oakleigh Rotary Market chairman Peter Norman, we have collected 816 signatures. People are genuinely horrified at the thought of this colourful Oakleigh institution being evicted for another soulless development.”Councillor Dimopoulos expressed his disappointment with the decision. “We can do much better than this. What this is giving us is just a mediocre, unimaginative apartment block and we’re losing many car parks on such an important piece of land in Oakleigh.” Oakleigh Rotary Market chairman Peter Norman is not happy with any of the suggested replacement sites either. “There is no other alternate site at present that allows us to run the market as effectively as we now do. The present site caters for 160 stalls and the best alternative, we understand, is 90 stalls.” The Oakleigh Rotary Market contributes over $70,000 to local community organisations every year and, since its existence at Hanover Street, Peter Norman estimates that the market has donated over a million dollars to worthy community groups. A rally to keep the market at its present location has been organised for 10.00 am on Sunday October 19 at the Hanover Street site. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Tracey Miller. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Clark County’s St. Johns/Andresen neighborhood Monday night.The fire was reported at 8:04 p.m. at 7018 N.E. 56th Ave., a single-story house built in 1977. All of the occupants were out of the home by the time firefighters with the Vancouver Fire Department arrived, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian. The crew attacked the fire from outside of the structure.The blaze was knocked down shortly before 8:30 p.m.Clark County property records list Patricia and Jerrold Melton as the owners. Additional information was not available Monday night.
Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Android senior director Stephanie Cuthbertson at Google I/O Screenshot by Morgan Little/CNET Android is now on more than 2.5 billion active devices, Android senior director Stephanie Cuthbertson said Tuesday at Google’s annual developer conference.”10 years and now over 2.5 billion active devices. Thanks for joining us on this journey,” Android tweeted. Tags Google I/O 2019 Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Google I/O 2019 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it reading • Android is on over 2.5 billion active devices Mobile Google I/O 2019 See All Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage 10 years and now over 2.5 billion active devices. Thanks for joining us on this journey. #io19 pic.twitter.com/wC2VcVgEBS— Android (@Android) May 7, 2019 Comments 2 Share your voice • Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Google is due to launch Android Q, the next version of its Android operating system, later this year.During the keynote address, the company announced the Pixel 3A and 3A XL phones, improvements to Google Assistant and what’s new in Android Q. Execs also discussed the new Nest Hub Max and Google’s plans for Lens and augmented reality in Search.
Bengaluru : Adding insult to injury, people managing a crematorium in flood-ravaged Kodagu district allegedly demanded Rs 8,000 from a family for the cremation of their two daughters killed in a landslip on Saturday. A video surfaced Sunday in which the family members were seen weeping at the alleged insensitivity of the crematorium managers for demanding Rs 8,000 for the final rites of Mamata and Nikita. We have lost everything, including my daughters, house and property. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Now they (crematorium managers) are demanding Rs 8,000. From where will we bring the money? We somehow managed to save our lives by running away from there. We lost everything. We are presently staying in the relief camp. How will we get Rs 8,000? a woman is heard crying in the video. Another member of the family said they were not allowed to enter the crematorium without money. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us We broke open the gate lock and brought the bodies in. Is such behaviour justified? the woman crying incessantly asked the authorities in the video. The person who shot the video appealed to Simha and the Virajpet BJP MLA K G Bopaiah to answer to this insensitivity. As the matter came to the notice of the authorities, an FIR was registered against those managing the crematorium, tweeted the Mysore-Kodagu BJP MP Pratap Simha. Posting the video on his Twitter handle, Simha tweeted, This video has gone viral. However, the last rites were performed at 3 pm. This morning, a cheque for Rs 10 lakh has been given to the family of Mamata and Nikita.
Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi.Twitter/@INCIndiaIn January, India’s main opposition Congress party seemed poised for a strong fight back against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after victories in three heartland states late last year.But just over four months later, even Congress officials admit the attempt to unseat Modi in the ongoing general election has suffered from a weak campaign and fumbled communications. Political strategists say the missteps and an inability to sew up alliances with other opposition groups had hurt Congress.Votes are to be counted on May 23 and it’s still not clear if Modi will come back to power, although many political analysts and pollsters have said he has the edge.Two Congress officials told Reuters that their campaign, centred around a promise of a handout of 72,000 rupees every year for India’s poorest families, was rolled out late – only four days before the first phase of the polls began on April 11.In contrast, the Modi campaign’s communications have been a huge strength – no one can complain that the message didn’t get out.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has dominated newspaper front pages, TV screens, social media posts, roadside billboards and rallies through the election, backed by a war chest multiple times that controlled by Congress.On 11 Hindi TV news channels, for example, Modi has got nearly three times the air-time compared to Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi between March 30-April 26, according to Broadcast Audience Research Council India.Congress has also been unable to forge alliances with other opposition parties in two important states and adequately overhaul its grassroots organisation, political strategists said, making an already difficult contest even harder.The campaign slip-up was partly because the party’s detailed manifesto came out late, followed by further delays in readying promotional materials, the two Congress officials said. Both requested anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.”The backroom work to push out the campaign hadn’t been done,” one of them said. “Basically, it was a big royal mess.”A Congress candidate in eastern India said that his party’s publicity campaign wasn’t even noticed by rank-and-file workers, let alone voters. On multiple trips to Uttar Pradesh, which elects more lawmakers than any other state, Reuters found that many voters did not know about Congress’s handout promise.DIFFICULT TO PREDICTElections in India are notoriously difficult to predict, and growing farm distress and a lack of jobs could still hurt the BJP like it did last December when Congress wrested away three states from the ruling party.There are a whole series of regional and caste-based parties that could benefit from any such anti-Modi swing as much as Congress. If that happens, a coalition of parties might form the next government with Congress a powerful force in that though not necessarily calling all the shots.A key problem in the campaign has been that instead of maximising the impact of December’s wins, Congress stumbled, particularly after a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama region, where a Pakistan-based militant group killed 40 CRPF personnel in February, the second Congress official said.”After the state elections there was complacency, and after Pulwama happened, there was no coherent campaign to respond,” he said.In response to Pulwama, Modi sent Indian warplanes into Pakistan in late February, dramatically escalating tensions with the nuclear-armed neighbour while projecting himself as a fearless leader, which the BJP deftly used to craft an election campaign focused on national security.HUGE LOSSESP Chidambaram, a top Congress strategist and a former finance minister, acknowledged that Modi had dominated the election so far, but declined to comment on his party’s delayed publicity campaign.”I think if anybody has gained in this election campaign it is Mr Gandhi if anybody has lost ground in the election campaign it is Mr Modi,” he told Reuters. “I think BJP will suffer huge losses.”Part of Congress’s confidence stems from states like western Rajasthan, where it has set up good ground operations.On May 6, as India voted in the fifth phase of the election, over 100 young men and women employed by a private firm sat inside a basement in Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur making and receiving calls on behalf of Congress.Most were calling party workers to check for any problems during polling and logging complaints, which were being monitored and resolved by Congress officials there and at another location in Jaipur.The same call centre, together with a large state-wide database of workers, was also used by Congress to receive daily feedback, tweak the campaign to local needs and identify swing polling centres in each Rajasthan constituency to focus on.Using a dozen similar operations, Congress’s data analytics chief Praveen Chakravarty said he has polled more than one million people covering all of India’s 543 constituencies in the last six months.That is only a start in an electorate of about 900 million.”There’s not one national election,” Chakravarty said, “In my view, it’s not even 29 different state elections. It feels like there are 543 different elections going on.” He said his data showed there was an upsurge in the number of people unhappy with Modi but he did not give any prediction on the final results.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday called on Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif, who conveyed his warm regards to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Pradhan, who is here to attend four-nation Turkmenistan -Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline meet, met Sharif on the margins of the meeting along with other TAPI oil ministers. “PM Sharif conveyed his warm regards and best wishes to PM Narendra Modi,” an official statement said later. This is the first visit by any Indian minister here after the cancellation of Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries in August last year. India called off the talks after the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi held consultations with the Kashmiri separatists on the eve of the Indo-Pak talks.Since then the ties between the two countries have been lukewarm. Even during the SAARC Summit in Nepal last year in November, PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart only exchanged pleasantries briefly.
Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA fast food delivery driver has been reported for driving without due care and attention – for driving down a Stoke-on-Trent street watching Friends. Police say they pulled over the motorist while after seeing him watching the American sitcom on High Street in Goldenhill tonight (Friday April 5). When stopped, police say he told them he didn’t realise it was an offence. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Burslem Specials witnessed the driver of this fast food delivery vehicle watching a series of Friends whilst driving on High Street, Goldenhill. “He informed officers that he did not know it was an offence to do so. Driver reported for driving without due care and attention.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
New rules around SA property owners and utility billsIf a consumer receives a utility bill with charges older than three years, they cannot be held liable for these amounts, as the charges have prescribed. Prescribed means that the law considers the charges that have prescribed as being too old to enforce the creditors’ right to collect.It is not the duty of the consumer to read meters and determine their actual consumption. As a result a consumer will not be considered to have acknowledged a debt when the municipality has failed to provide details.The prescription period of three years starts when the municipality should have taken actual readings and invoiced the consumer.The municipality has a duty to carry out such readings and invoice consumers at its convenience, but at reasonable intervals.Where no records of regular actual readings are available to ascertain how much of a bill for several years has prescribed, the industry standard should be applied. This is done by averaging out the consumption over the months between the two readings and then using that average to calculate the consumer’s liability for the remaining period.Source: BusinessTechLooking for that dream property in Ladysmith Remember to visit our Homes platform. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The landmark case dealt with Nelson Mandela municipality and a private investment company, Amber Mountain Investments. The municipality demanded that Amber Mountain Investments pay R1 million in advance for rates before the sale of their property could go through.The seller argued it was liable only for rates and taxes up to the date of transfer and not thereafter.Sellers can now refuse to pay rates and charges in advance beyond the date of the certificate when applying for a rates clearance certificate. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that municipalities can no longer demand that sellers of property pay for rates, fees and charges for months in advance before a rates clearance certificate can be issued.Until now the deeds office in South Africa needed a rates clearance certificate to prove that outstanding municipality bills had been paid before the registrar could transfer a property.
Image courtesy of Vital ImagesJanuary 21, 2015 — A team of researchers from Inserm led by Paul Hofman made a significant advance in the area of early diagnosis of invasive cancers. In a study which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, the team shows that it is possible to detect, in patients at risk of developing lung cancer, early signs, in the form of circulating cancer cells, several months, and in some cases several years, before the cancer becomes detectable by CT scanning. This warning could play a key role in early surgical intervention, thereby making it possible to attempt the early eradication of the primary cancer site.Studies carried out in animals have clearly shown that invasive tumors shed cancer cells into the bloodstream from the very earliest stages of their formation, even before the tumors are detectable by diagnostic imaging. The possibility of identifying these “sentinel” cells is considered a major asset in the race against time for the early detection, and hence treatment, of cancer. Circulating cancer cells are extremely rare in the bloodstream, are very heterogeneous and fragile and are difficult to isolate without bias or loss.The team of researchers used a blood test developed during French research, which isolates all types of tumor cells from the bloodstream, without any loss, leaving them intact. The team studied a group of 245 people without cancer, including 168 patients at risk of later developing lung cancer because they had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Participants systematically underwent the blood test and standard diagnostic imaging tests. Using the blood test, circulating cancer cells were identified in five patients (3%), whereas imaging did not show any nodules in the lungs.In these five patients, a nodule became detectable 1-4 years after detection of circulating cancer cells by the blood test. They immediately underwent surgery, and analysis of the nodule confirmed the diagnosis of lung cancer. Monitoring of the patients for a minimum of one year after surgery showed no sign of recurrence in the 5 patients, leading one to hope that the cancer had been eradicated. At the same time, no nodules were detected during monitoring of subjects who did not have circulating cancer cells, and no cancer cells were detected in the bloodstream of “control” subjects without COPD.Detection of these circulating cells via this blood test could play a key role in early surgical intervention, thus making it possible to aim for early eradication of the primary cancer site.Lung cancer is one of the most lethal cancers. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one-year survival among these patients is 44%, and 5-year survival only 16%. Only 15% of these cancers are presently diagnosed at a stage where the disease is localized. Early detection could both improve patient survival and help to improve health economics.For more information: www.inserm.fr/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. 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