A delegation of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the recent violence against Catholic priests and seminarians in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, last week.Led by Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, president of the CBCI, the delegation said the purpose of its visit was to express “pain and shock” at the incident. “We pointed out that there was no FIR lodged in relation to what happened to the priests and seminarians while the arrest (of a priest) was undertaken on the basis of a false complaint; the Home Minister assured us that the matter would be dealt with as per the provisions of law,” he said.
The principal of a school, where a class I boy was allegedly attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by a girl, was on Thursday arrested even as officials said the suspect wanted a holiday in the event of a schoolmate’s death. The girl was later sent to a juvenile home till January 31. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the trauma centre and talked to doctors, inquiring about the well-being of six-year-old Ritik, who was attacked in the toilet of Brightland School in Triveni Nagar locality by his senior, in a chilling reminder of the murder of class II student Pradyuman Thakur in a Gurgaon school last year. The boy was stated to be out of danger. The school’s principal Rachit Manas was arrested by the police in connection with the incident that took place on January 16.“He has been arrested for negligence and hiding evidence. He did not inform the police of the incident,” Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said. Later, Chief Judicial Magistrate (Custom) Chhavi Asthana granted bail to Manas on furnishing two sureties of ₹20,000 each and a personal bond of the same amount. Kumar said the knife used by the 11-year-old girl, who was his senior in the school and was studying in class 7, has also been recovered. She was produced before the juvenile justice board after which principal magistrate Achal Pratap Singh sent her to the juvenile home for allegedly causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.“The hair recovered from the victim has been sent for forensic examination,” Kumar said. District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that prima facie it appeared that someone might have told the girl that a holiday could be announced by the school authorities only if there was death of any student.“For getting the school closed, the girl attacked Ritik,” police said. The victim’s father Rajesh had on Wednesday said, “I was informed by the school that my son is injured. He has been attacked with knife by a girl.” The boy was rushed to the trauma centre. Dr. Sandeep Tewari, who was treating the boy, said the victim had deep wounds on chest and stomach that “seem to have been inflicted with a knife-like sharp object”.An FIR was lodged in connection on Thursday. Panic gripped the school a day after the incident took place when other parents came to know about the matter and charged the school administration with trying to hush up the case. Taking note of the incident after the picture of the wounded boy went viral on social media and TV channels, District Inspector of Schools (DIoS) Mukesh Kumar Singh issued a notice to the school seeking clarification as to why legal action should not be initiated against it.“The school has not provided information to our office regarding the incident after registration of the FIR. A clarification has been sought from the school,” Mr. Singh said. Seven-year-old Pradyuman of Gurgaon’s Ryan International School was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon in the school’s washroom in September last year in which a 16-year-old student has been charged with committing the crime.
Many of the accusers who have spoken publicly said they were groped and inappropriately touched during physical exams. Some also said they were ogled in locker rooms where athletes joked about Strauss’ behavior, referring to him with nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The law firm hired to conduct the investigation for the school interviewed hundreds of former students and university employees.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn releasing the report, President Michael Drake offered “profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse.” He called it a “fundamental failure” of the institution and thanked survivors for their courage.The university said it has begun the process of revoking Strauss’ emeritus status. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess NLEX signs up import Curtis Washington as Tony Mitchell fails to report for duty DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State University team doctor employed by the school from 1978 until his 1998 retirement. Investigators say over 100 male students were sexually abused by Strauss who died in 2005. The university released findings Friday, May 17, 2019, from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss for the school. (Ohio State University via AP, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least 177 men were sexually abused by an Ohio State team doctor who died years ago, the university said Friday as it released findings from a law firm that investigated the accusations, concluding that school leaders knew at the time.The claims about Richard Strauss span from 1979 to 1997 — nearly his entire time at Ohio State — and involve athletes from at least 16 sports, plus his work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss His accusers allege more than 20 school officials and staff members, including two athletic directors and a coach who is now a congressman, were aware of concerns about Strauss but didn’t stop him. Most of those claims are part of two related lawsuits against Ohio State that are headed to mediation.The university has said the law firm’s work included determining what Ohio State and its leaders knew during Strauss’ tenure.But the independence of the investigation has been questioned by some of Strauss’ accusers, including some of the lawsuit plaintiffs, their attorneys and the whistleblower who helped to spur the investigation last spring.Ohio State has sought to have the lawsuits thrown out as being time-barred by law, but university leaders have insisted they’re not ignoring the men’s stories.The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights also is examining whether Ohio State responded “promptly and equitably” to students’ complaints.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Strauss, a well-regarded physician and sports-medicine researcher, killed himself in 2005.No one has publicly defended him, though his family has said they were shocked at the allegations. Like the school, they said they were seeking the truth about him.Employment records shared by Ohio State reflect no major concerns about Strauss before he retired in 1998. But alumni said they complained as early as the late 1970s, and Ohio State has at least one documented complaint from 1995.The State Medical Board of Ohio said it never disciplined Strauss but acknowledged having confidential records about the investigation of a complaint involving him. Records of board communications indicate Ohio State reported Strauss to the medical board at some point but include no details.Strauss’ personnel records indicate he previously worked at five other schools. None of those has said any concerns were raised about him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments
Failing to impress national selectors after back-to-back shoddy performances in the domestic T20, veteran spinner Saeed Ajmal is planning to call time on his international career.”Saeed is disappointed with his own form and his failure to come to grips with his modified bowling action. That is why he also skipped Faisalabad’s last match in the tournament in Rawalpindi,” a source said, informing that the off-break bowler is thinking about retirement.Ajmal, 37, finished with two wickets at an average of 62 after conceding 124 runs in four matches and he has struggled to make an impact with his new action since early this year.Also read: Gayle might play in the Pakistan T20 league Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said there was a lot of domestic cricket to be played this season and Ajmal should keep on working on his bowling action and hope for the best.”It is never easy to change your bowling action after you have bowled with it and enjoyed success for so many years. We feel for Ajmal and the problems he must be going through. But atleast he is trying and like I have said the doors are still open for him if he can show us his new action has also become effective,” Rasheed said.
Wales boss Chris Coleman is considering deploy Gareth Bale as a striker against England on Thursday after he played a similar role in their European Championship opener against Slovakia.Bale, who usually plays on the wing for club Real Madrid and country, scored the opening goal as Wales kicked off their campaign in Group B with a 2-1 win over Slovakia in Bordeaux on Saturday. “There’s an option there or put him back in the normal role he plays for us,” Coleman told reporters in France.”But I think that we have got between today and Thursday to work on one or two pieces.”I was happy with him at the weekend, more than happy with him. He scored a great free-kick and had a couple of good chances playing in the number nine role.”At the weekend he got his chances and he was effective. So there will be a chat with him and we will look to see if we will keep him there or move him.”Bale last week made a comment suggesting that Wales had more passion and pride than their neighbours who “big themselves up before they’ve done anything”, a remark that prompted a defensive response from England boss Roy Hodgson. (ALSO READ: Euro 2016: England should not change game plan for Wales, says Wilshere)Coleman said Bale had meant no disrespect.”If you know Gareth, he is the most down-to-earth boy you could wish to meet,” he said.”He is not a disrespectful kid. I can understand where Roy was coming from but I think Gareth meant it in a way of ‘little old Wales’.” (ALSO READ:FA chief voices security concerns ahead of England vs Wales clash)advertisement
Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly on Monday revealed that the selection process for Team India head coach was over but they need a little more time to deliberate and discuss everything with captain Virat Kohli before making a final announcement.The CAC interviewed five candidates at the BCCI headquarters – Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Ravi Shastri – while Phil Simmons wasn’t available for the meeting.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly said all stakeholders needed to be on the same page and that was why it was important for the CAC to speak with the captain before announcing who the next coach will be.The former India captain also lauded Kohli for staying completely out of this process.”We will speak to Virat and the announcement will be made after that. Virat, who we respect so much, is an important cog in this wheel. Credit needs to Virat Kohli for staying completely out of this process.”He has no inputs, he has not sent any names but we feel as an advisory committee that he is the captain which is the most important thing in Indian cricket.”He and everyone of us needs to be on the same page because for us Indian cricket is more important. We are just a small bit, the main bit is the players who are going to play and the coach,” Ganguly said at a press conference after the interviews were done.Kumble’s tenure ended after the ICC Champions Trophy this year when he resigned from the post citing differences with captain Kohli. advertisementWith Kumble at the helm, the Indian team won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and a one-off Test against Bangladesh. India also regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings during this time and reached the Champions Trophy final.Shastri on the other hand also had a successful stint with the team when he was the team director between 2014 and 2016 as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.
NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers set a baseball record with a $270 million opening-day payroll, including nearly $44 million going to players no longer on the team.Major League Baseball’s average salary on opening day April 5 also set a mark at $4.2 million, according to calculations by The Associated Press. That is up 6.3 percent from last year’s opening average of $3.95 million and is a 15 percent rise over two years.“It’s a shocking number for the average family to think about,” Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said. “But overall it’s a good thing. It’s a reflection of the health of the sport.”The Dodgers’ payroll, up from $234 million at the start of last season, includes $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of Brian Wilson and Dustin McGowan, who were released; Matt Kemp, Dan Haren and Dee Gordon, who were traded; and Chad Billingsley, who was owed a buyout when his option was declined.“The Dodgers’ ownership and the front office have done a great job of collecting players, and they’ve shown that they’re willing to spend money for what it takes to win and what they deem is the best team,” Los Angeles catcher A.J. Ellis said.The New York Yankees, whose 15-year streak as the top spender was stopped the Dodgers last year, are second at $219 million, followed by Boston ($175 million), World Series champion San Francisco ($173.2 million) and Detroit ($172.8 million).Washington was sixth at $166 million — more than $100 million less the Dodgers.At the bottom are Houston ($69.1 million) and Miami ($69.2 million). The Mets ($100.1 million) reached $100 million for the first time since 2011.A record 508 players earn $1 million or more.Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw makes the most at $31 million, followed by injured Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander ($28 million), Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke ($27 million) and injured Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton ($25.4 million).“Me, probably like the majority of guys in here, came from a middle-class family. My father was a police officer, my mother worked in school system, and if you would have told me that one day I’d be making the type of money that I’m making now, I would told you that you’re crazy and laughed at you,” New York Mets Captain David Wright said.“It’s pretty surreal, but to be honest with you, I’d like to think that I don’t think about it that much. You play the game, I still haven’t thought about this as like a job.”The average of $4,199,030 would have been even more if high-priced Cuban rookies Yasmany Tomas and Rusney Castillo had not been demoted to the minor leagues and if Cody Ross had not been released by Arizona.The average also was depressed by 115 players on the disabled list, 14 more than at the start of last season, which causes teams to fill their spots with lower-priced players.Among the major North American leagues, the NBA has the highest average salary at $5 million this season, according to its players’ union. That figure is boosted by the league’s maximum roster of 13 active players per team.The NHL Players Association calculates the league average at $2.58 million in 2013-14, the last season available, and the NFL Players Association figures the 2014 average at $2.016 million,MLB’s median salary, the point where an equal number earn above and below, is $1.65 million — up from $1,475,000 at the start of last season. The NFL median was $839,000 last year.There are 27 players making $20 million or more and 123 at $10 million or higher. Just 46 MLB players are at this year’s minimum of $507,500.Average and median salaries decline over the course of the season as veterans are released and replaced by younger players making closer to the minimum. The players’ association calculated last season’s final average at $3.82 million, about $90,000 more than MLB’s figure.The AP’s figures include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income for 868 players on active rosters and disabled lists and three on the restricted list. For some players, parts of deferred money are discounted to reflect current values.Payroll figures factor in adjustments for cash transactions in trades, signing bonuses that are the responsibility of the club agreeing to the contract, option buyouts and termination pay for released players.___By Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shares
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Within two years of launching her foundation, MacArthur was presenting an analysis on the circular economy to the World Economic Forum. Seven years later, the team has grown from the yachtswoman and a couple of friends to a 100-strong staff on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her partner and young baby. Today she still sails, but just as a hobby.The foundation’s groundbreaking investigation into plastics produced shocking findings: 95% of plastic packaging material – worth $80-120bn each year – is lost to the economy after a single use, and after 40 years of recycling only 5% of plastic is recycled into a similar quality item. Perhaps the most devastating statistic was the finding that if plastic leakage is not quenched, by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by weight.MacArthur believes it is through global partnerships and “incredibly frank conversations” with industry that change will naturally come by proving that more money can be made from circular rather than linear economics.“We are trying to change a system, not one business. We need to change the way people think, the way things are designed, the materials that are put into them,” she said.Her optimism is such that she believes change will happen through collaboration, and she has numerous leading companies, from Nike to Unilever, Google and Renault, as partners. Pollution Trophies from her past glories as a competitive yachtswoman are placed discreetly around the 16th-century building on the Isle of Wight, the base of Dame Ellen MacArthur’soperations today.On a blackboard in one of the meeting rooms, the targets of a different passion are spelled out. From uncovering the scale of plastic pollution in the oceans to targeting the textile waste of the fashion industry, MacArthur, who in 2005 broke the solo record for sailing round the world, is dedicating her life to saving it.Now 41, MacArthur dreamed of being a sailor aged four when living in landlocked Derbyshire, and saved up her school lunch money to buy her first dinghy. The same single-minded drive to achieve her goals is clear in the way she tackles the dream that has consumed her since her early 30s: to help stop humanity using up the world’s finite resources. Indeed, it is unlikely her new passion would have emerged without the experience of her first. MacArthur is reticent about a more interventionist, polluter-pays approach, in which companies are forced to move to a less wasteful model through taxation, fines and charges.“There are mechanisms to speed these things up, regulation or policy change,” is as far as she will go. Even with plastic packaging, the material which, according to her research, is part of a system that is the hardest to change, she shies away from punitive incentives.MacArthur says some companies are getting on top of the issue – for example, Unilever, which has pledged to make all plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.“It’s shocking, its horrendous, it’s getting worse not better … but this is a systemic failure and we are trying to go back to the beginning of the pipe and stop that systemic failure through redesigning the system,” she said.“It is by working with these companies, with policy makers, with cities, with innovation to design bio-benign products – that we will tackle this. There isn’t a company out there which wants to see its logo in the ocean or in a river.” Facebook Twitter features Read more Share on LinkedIn I had no wish to stop … but I realised I was in a position in my life where doors had opened and I could use that … … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Ellen MacArthur Oceans Pinterest Support The Guardian Read more Waste “There were lots of subconscious things that happened that I was quite unaware of when I was racing; there were things I would write in the log,” says MacArthur. “I was racing round the world to try and beat the record, I was completely and utterly fully immersed in the record, I was thinking of nothing outside that … but every now and then I would write something down.“I remember quite poignantly writing in the log on the boat; ‘What I have got on the boat is everything.’ It really struck me that you save everything, everything you have, because you know it’s finite, you know there isn’t any more. What you have on that boat is it, your entire world.”Back on dry land, away from the intensity of racing, MacArthur began to process the thoughts she had on the water. Her newfound fame suddenly became an opportunity.In the winter after the round-the-world race, MacArthur spent two weeks on an island in the Southern Ocean to film a programme about the albatross. “It gave me time to reflect and it made me think even more deeply about resources,” she said. “You see the empty whaling stations down there and you realise that was just a resource – they pulled out 175,000 of them … and then there weren’t any to pull out.”“The basis of my thinking was completely around resources. It was around the pure fact – stemming from what I had learned on the boat – that resources are finite. The more I learned, I just saw this as the greatest challenge I had ever come across. If we are using these resources in a very linear fashion we are going to use them up at some stage, and no one knows exactly when.” Sailing Round-the-world yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur, in 2006. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Reuse this content Plastics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter How did that get there? Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread MacArthur realised that if she was to capitalise on her moment of fame, her days as a competitive sailor would have to end. MacArthur researched how best to move away from the disposable economic model to one in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, then recovered and regenerated into other products and materials. She decided to dedicate herself to acting as a catalyst for change – a task that required her single-minded attention.“It wasn’t like I was looking to stop sailing, I never thought I would stop sailing ever, ever, ever, no way,” she said. “I would have argued 10 years ago I would be racing in 20 years’ time. It was the hardest decision I have ever made to walk away, but I realised I was at a position in my life where doors had opened that I wasn’t expecting to open and I could use that … that now was the time.” Share on Messenger Plastic debris inundates remote UK coasts endangering wildlife Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)With Trace McSorley off to the Baltimore Ravens and Tommy Stevens transferring to Mississippi State, there’s going to be a very green quarterback under center for Penn State in 2019. Head coach James Franklin recently provided an update on his quarterback situation.Speaking to Rivals’ Blue-White Illustrated, Franklin made it clear that he has no intention of naming a starter even if one quarterback sets himself apart from the others. As of writing, sophomore Sean Clifford is widely expected to win the job.“What I don’t want to do is, I don’t want to ever make promises or make statements and then don’t live up to them,” Franklin told BWI. “We don’t do that in recruiting. A lot of schools do that in recruiting. They promise a guy a number, they promise playing time. We just don’t do that.“To me, we’re supposed to be using the game of football to teach kids life, and you earn things in life and you earn things in college football.”McSorley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the NFL Draft after three years as Penn State’s starter. Stevens, his backup, decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his senior year.Franklin is heading into his sixth year with Penn State, but only his second quarterback controversy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p He inherited Christian Hackenberg from his predecessor Bill O’Brien in 2014, who went on to lead the Nittany Lions for Franklin’s first two seasons.McSorley beat out Stevens for the starting job in 2016, and maintained the job through the 2018 season.Whoever takes over for McSorley in 2019 will have some big shoes to fill.[Blue-White Illustrated]
Last year, the Minister of Health asked me to recommend improvements to emergency care in this province. It wasn’t a task I took lightly. Like all Nova Scotians, I value the important role each hospital has in our communities. Over the past year, I heard from people who live the reality of emergency care every day — doctors, nurses, mental health workers, long-term care workers, and citizens, to name a few. Their voice from the front line was crucial because they know what works and what doesn’t. I wanted this report to be a reflection of those realities. But moreover, I wanted this report to focus on the patient experience as they make their way through the emergency care system. When I focused on the report from a patients’ perspective, what I saw was a broken system. On the media front, there has been much focus on 24-7, and whether emergency departments will be open or closed overnight. I am concerned about the fear this can create for patients. I want people to understand that my recommendations, if adopted, will give them far better access to 24-7 care than they have now. They will still have emergency departments, and much more. For far too long, Nova Scotians have become accustomed to a level of access and quality that is less than what they deserve. In too many communities, people call their family doctor only to be told to wait up to six weeks for an appointment. By default, they go to their local emergency department. That’s not how it is supposed to work. My report includes 26 recommendations to improve access to emergency care. The recommendations will give communities access to better care, sooner. If it’s done right, long waits to see a doctor will be a thing of the past — so will overcrowding in our larger hospitals. In smaller hospitals, the problem is less about overcrowding and more about access to care. When people are told to wait weeks to see their doctor, they go to their emergency department for treatment of a sore throat, a cut or an upset stomach. That is if their local emergency department is open. Frequent emergency department closures in some communities create uncertainty. Last year, emergency rooms were closed for more than 19,000 hours provincewide. That’s the equivalent of 795 days. Unpredictable closures cause stress that can be avoided. My report recommends creating collaborative care centres where people can get better care, including emergency care, sooner. That means same or next day access to a clinician instead of waiting weeks or going to the emergency department and waiting hours to be seen. There has been some confusion in the reporting around these centres. Some media have reported that I recommended closing emergency departments overnight. That is not correct. Emergency departments remain a very important part of collaborative care centres. I also recommend options to keep the centres open overnight, if the district health authority, hospital staff, and community choose. These options include innovative on-call systems, including enabling staff in smaller hospitals to reach out to doctors in larger centres through video conferencing. It really comes down to the distinct needs of each community, and about supporting them in making the right decisions on how to match services to real needs. It is also about making the best use of the time and skills of our doctors, nurses, paramedics, our HealthLink nurse line, and all who provide care as part of a more effective 24-7 emergency care system. Collectively, the recommendations I’ve made will mean better health care, sooner for patients. I encourage you to read my report at www.gov.ns.ca/health and get involved in ensuring the health care in your community matches your needs. -30-
Weight restrictions will be in place on all provincial gravel roads starting at noon Friday, Feb. 24. Gravel roads will be posted to a maximum of 15,000 kilograms until further notice. Unseasonably warm weather is softening gravel roads to the point where weight restrictions are necessary to avoid unsafe road conditions and expensive repairs. The department will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine when it is safe to remove the restrictions. -30-
“It has been adopted and has become too much of a convention… “, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das angry explanation on cutting the repo rate by 35 bps instead of following the tradition of cutting it in multiple of 25 bps. The RBI Governor reacted angrily on being questioned on why he is breaking the convention, he was angry that it was adapted as a convention. If there is a convention which RBI Governor and MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) needs to challenge, it is the convention of incrementalism. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe frustration and anger that the Governor expressed is also because every twitch of his is analysed. Every alphabet and comma in the policy statement is questioned. When every move is tracked, small dalliance from past are pounced upon by commentators viciously sliced and diced. It makes one defensive about changes as things seems to be out of control. But it’s not the change, it is the lack of pace that is bothersome. An incremental change as an institutional approach is a serious issue. Now compare the anger of businessman, employees who feel that their businesses and jobs are going away due to circumstances beyond their control. Also Read – Insider threat managementIf the same problem has to be solved, every quarter by making another small change it shows a fearful mindset. It shows a mindset afraid of taking a bold step. A mindset mired in tradition of gradual shifts, postponing the ultimate. This is Central bankers’ approach to solving a problem bit by bit. Not roil the market, prepare it for the change before making it. A sudden step can lead to a rout in currency which may affect confidence in the market and impact even the stock market. A sharp turnabout can crush the bond market raising bond prices. Foreign investors, credit rating agencies may get startled with the risk as they anticipate that the Central bank is always hiding more than it is revealing. A Central banker cannot be alarmist, it’s not his job to create turbulence in markets. Even if there is a fire, he has to make it appear that it is not going to burn anything. He cannot provide oxygen by his utterances or action. Hence, incrementalism as an approach comes naturally to a central banker, there are no sudden moves that the market cannot anticipate and predict. Incrementalism is identified with conservatism and worn as a badge of honour. Hence, even after retirement it is difficult for Central bankers to shed it as this article by former Governor D.V. Subbarao says about sovereign bond. According to him, the idea is good but the timing is not right. He does not know when the timing is right but does not want to surprise the market. Change slowly is the maxim. The incrementalists are also perfectionists they know the problem too well they have discussed it threadbare. They do know that India is the only large economy with positive interest rates in the world. Take a look at this datasheet comparing real interest rates across the biggest economies it shows that the real interest rates in India are higher than the Europe, US, China, and Japan. We had negative interest rates in 2012 and the economy was doing well but the obsession with inflation ignoring the other factors is taking its toil now. The data clearly shows that there is a need to cut rates by more than 135-150 bps. The RBI is not ready but the market is awaiting this. There is another thing that the RBI is not preparing the market. That is the pace of slowdown. Auto numbers have been falling since April 2019, June saw the biggest fall in 18 years. The largest company Maruti Suzuki saw the biggest dip in July. The demand slowdown happened earlier it did not appear on companies’ balance sheet because they were still choking the supply chain and the dealer with unsold inventory. The demand got hit further by banks and NBFCs stopping consumer credit. The auto dealers are burdened with unsold inventory, working capital has dried up, and they are threatening to cut 2 lakh jobs. All this has happened fast in one single quarter – April to June – which is too fast for a central bank to anticipate and prepare the market. Has the government or the RBI respond to the woes of the sector not yet. The pace at which sectors are tumbling is too fast for an incrementalist approach. The same thing is happening in services and BPO sector. Here the shift and the change is even more difficult for to capture as they do not borrow from banks. There is little or no debt on their balance sheet, no distress in revenues or profit, but they have started shedding people. Overall employment is coming down in the largest job engine of the country, due to automation. These numbers will not show up in the unemployment numbers as it does not track retrenchment of mid-level service sector employees. This will finally show up in lower tax collection, and consumer spending with a lag effect. Indicators come with a lag effect, response time is slow, pace of change is accelerating. Automation is an exponential change. This is a wake-up call. The GDP growth is slipping, but RBI wants to acknowledge it 10 bps at a time. To do so in any other manner will create panic. Indian savers who have been brought up on a healthy rate of interest would panic if the rates are cut rapidly. Though the saving rates in the country is at a historic 20 year low. The incrementalist thinks that people will not notice the drop in deposit interest rates if done gradually. It is built on a premise that people don’t see a change if it happens slowly, the boiling frog thesis. Unfortunately, there is a social shift underway, average of age of savers is rising while numbers are not rising. Culture of saving is changing Millenials look at banking from a transactional point of view, not fixed deposit. Central bankers know it all but why exacerbate the shift, it will happen.. C’est cera, cera. The shifts may be gradual and generational in nature, but there are others the structural shifts which are not being noticed due to the fact that they are happening too fast. The incremental approach of let’s do a 35 basis points cut wait, than wait for another quarter to do next cut. Wait for several quarters for it to transmit. Wait for more expression of pain for it to flow to the MSME sector. Wait and watch if an NBFC is about to collapse, but don’t interfere. It is interesting that this approach is not considered wrong. If you go back to the archives of 2008 and see the discussion that was happening in Federal Board of Governor meetings in the US. They were slow to understand the full impact of the calamity facing them even two days after Lehman Brother went down. The Fed’s meeting discussed and kept the rate at 2 per cent. The RBI is candid about the problem in NBFCs so that the markets know but it has not done anything about it. NBFCs growth happened in the shadows of a frozen banking sector. NBFCs funded companies that banks would not lend, mutual funds subscribed to bonds that NBFCs would not subscribe. Now they are both collapsing on each other faster than you can say fraud or contagion. Almost every sector is slipping and sliding away as credit squeeze, regulatory overreach and technology disruption is affecting them. This is not something that the RBI is unaware it’s overflowing with internal advice, is being pushed by the Minister of Finance and even external analyst. The RBI is stuck with taking baby steps so who will take the leap to solve the whole problem in one stroke. Developed countries have built their economy by manipulating their currency and interest rates. China has been ruthless with deposit rates for decades, manipulating its currency shamelessly and at will. A former Fed Governor once told me that what is holding India back is self-belief. NDA 2.0 does not believe in incrementalism. Did Amit Shah first abrogate section 35 A then discuss and scrap article 370, and then put up a bill for the bifurcation of the state of J&K? The time to react is rapidly shrinking the time to act is now. IANS(K. Yatish Rajawat is a policy analyst and journalist. The views expressed are strictly personal)
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26 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the deadly violence that broke out in parts of Nigeria in recent days and reportedly killed at least 30 people and injured more than 70 others. Bombings struck near the city of Jos in the central state of Plateau on Friday, according to media reports. These have been followed by further clashes in the city, which has been the scene of past violence between Christians and Muslims, including earlier this year.In addition, members of a radical Muslim sect reportedly attacked two churches in the northern state of Borno on Friday, killing several people.Mr. Ban “condemns these deplorable acts of violence, especially at a time when millions of Nigerians are celebrating religious holidays, and supports efforts by the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible to justice,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The Secretary-General also conveyed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Nigeria.
by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2014 12:03 pm MDT Nintendo apologizes for lack of equality in life simulator game; promises more inclusiveness Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they’re produced.Nintendo came under fire from fans and gay rights organizations this past week after refusing to add same-sex relationship options to the game “Tomodachi Life.”“We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” Nintendo said in a statement released Friday. “Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch.”The game was originally released in Japan last year and features a cast of Mii characters — Nintendo’s personalized avatars of real players — living on a virtual island. Gamers can do things like shop, play games, go on dates, get married and encounter celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Shaquille O’Neal. Already a hit in Japan, “Tomodachi Life” is set for release June 6 in North America and Europe.Tye Marini, a 23-year-old gay Nintendo fan from Mesa, Arizona, launched a social media campaign last month seeking virtual equality for the game’s characters.“I want to be able to marry my real-life fiancé’s Mii, but I can’t do that,” Marini said in a video posted online that attracted the attention of gaming sites and online forums this past week. “My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiancé’s Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it.”Marini said Saturday that he was “very happy” with Nintendo’s response. “I don’t believe they are a homophobic company at all,” Marini said. “I think that the exclusion of same-sex relationships was just an unfortunate oversight.”Yet the issue does mark a cultural divide between Japan, where gay marriage is not legal, and North America and Europe, where gay marriage has become legal in some places. It also highlights the problems with “localization,” the process when games are changed to suit different locales and customs.The uproar prompted Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo Co. and its subsidiary Nintendo of America Inc. to pledge to create a more inclusive “Tomodachi” installment in the future.“We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone,” Nintendo said on Friday. “We pledge that if we create a next installment in the ‘Tomodachi’ series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players.”While many English-language games don’t feature gay characters, several role-playing series produced by English-speaking developers, such as Electronic Arts, “The Sims,” Microsoft Studios’ “Fable” and Bethesda Softworks’ “The Elder Scrolls,” have allowed players to create characters that can woo others of the same sex, as well as marry and have children.After Nintendo said this past week — in response to Marini’s growing campaign — that it wouldn’t add same-sex relationship options to “Tomodachi Life,” the publisher of such gaming franchises as “The Legend of Zelda” and “Mario Bros.” was called out by fans and organizations such as the gay advocacy group GLAAD.“Nintendo has taken a first step, but if the company’s longtime values are rooted in ‘fun and entertainment for everyone,’ then it needs to catch up to peers like Electronic Arts, which has been inclusive of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) gamers for years,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang FILE – This photo provided by Nintendo shows the cover of the video game, “Tomodachi Life.” Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of the life-simulator video game. But the publisher said it was too late to make changes. Nintendo came under fire from fans and gay rights organizations in early May 2014 after refusing to add same-sex relationship options to the game set for release June 6, 2014 in North America and Europe. (AP Photo/Nintendo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
She went on have a baby son by him, born three months after Paul died.The couple split in 1970 and he never saw Peter again until Mr Booth faced him in court and told the jury what he saw.In graphic evidence, a baby doll was marked up to show the different injuries found on Paul’s body and shown to the jury.Home Office pathologist Dr Mark Egan then hit the doll’s head on a hard surface to show how the skull fracture could have been caused.Dearlove, who had no previous convictions, moved to London after his split with Mrs Booth, and started a new life.He married, had two daughters and is now a grandfather. Dearlove was 21 when he moved in with Carol Booth, now deceased, and her three children, and told the jury he liked them but did not love them. “However, sadly Paul was not given the opportunity to live his life due to the cruel and wicked actions of David Dearlove.”This was a man who entered Paul’s life and was supposedly to act as a father figure to Paul.”A man, who was supposed to care for him and look after him.”Instead of doing this he ended Paul’s life in the most violent way.”The actions of David Dearlove on October 1 1968 not only physically killed Paul but also destroyed his memory.”He was buried into an unmarked grave the location of which remains unknown and he was not spoken about for many years.”However, we now believe as a family that this court case has shown everyone that Paul did live a life and that his memory will never be forgotten.” He and his sister Stephanie Marron also said they had suffered assaults and cruelty at the hands of Dearlove while in the household. David Dearlove and Paul Booth, in a photograph that was posted on Facebook Credit:Cleveland Police Paul was not given the opportunity to live his life due to the cruel and wicked actions of David Dearlove.Paul Booth’s family The house in Haverton Hill, Stockton where Paul Booth diedCredit: Cleveland Police John Brennan from the CPS said: “For almost 50 years David Dearlove has lied about the death of his stepson, who he said fell out his bed and accidentally injured his head…Those lies have been exposed thanks to Peter Booth, and Dearlove will now face the consequences of his horrendous actions.”Alongside Mr Booth’s testimony the CPS was able to present medical evidence that assessed the injuries Paul suffered five decades ago in light of scientific developments since then.”This included evidence concerning bruising to Paul’s ankles, which supported Mr Booth’s account that Dearlove had grabbed him and swung him into the fireplace that evening.”Thanks to Mr Booth’s bravery and that of his sister who also assisted the investigation, as well as the clear evidence presented to the jury, Dearlove will be held to account for Paul Booth’s death.” Dearlove denied all of the allegations, but today, he was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 13 years. He was also jailed for four years to run concurrently with the life sentence for three child cruelty offences. Mr Justice Males said Peter had been “haunted” by his childhood memories.He said Stephanie had tried to bury the memories but had been forced to relive them when she gave evidence in court. A man who witnessed the murder of his brother when he was three-years-old has been praised for his bravery in coming forwards 49-years later to secure the conviction of his stepfather for the killing having been “haunted” by his memories. Peter Booth went to the police after he became incensed when he saw a photo on Facebook of his little brother Paul sitting on David Dearlove’s knee.The trial heard how Paul was taken ill at his home on Rodney Street, in Haverton Hill, Stockton, on the evening of October 1, 1968.He suffered a fractured skull and bleeding around the brain, and died hours later.The child was in the sole care of Dearlove, who said it was a tragic accident from Paul falling from his bed on to an uncarpeted concrete floor.Police investigated at the time but no action was taken and an open verdict was recorded at Paul’s inquest.But five decades later, Peter came forward and said he had seen Dearlove swing Paul by his ankles and bash his head on the fireplace through the living room door when he went downstairs to get a drink. Outside court, Paul’s family said he would have celebrated his 50th birthday this year but instead he lies in an now-unidentifiable grave at the Haverton Hill baptist church, since closed and demolished.In a statement they said: “Thinking about this makes us sad, as Paul would have been a man, no doubt married and more than likely with children of his own. Photo issued by Cleveland Police of Paul Booth in September 1968Credit:Cleveland Police/PA Wire 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.
IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Toxic truthSarin is the chemical confirmed to have been used in the deadly attack in Damascus, Syria – but what is Sarin? Ian Sample writes about the history of this lethal poison, and why it is “one of the most murderous weapons in modern warfare”. (The Guardian )Approximately 9 minutes reading time – 1980 wordsSarin takes such a dreadful toll on the body by interfering with a specific but crucial aspect of the nervous system. It blocks an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, with devastating consequences. Nerves that usually switch on and off to control muscle movements can no longer be switched off. Instead, they fire constantly. 2. Power and diseaseEva Hershaw writes in The Atlantic about the fact that marital sex represents the single greatest risk for HIV infection in rural Mexico. She meets HIV+ women and finds out why ‘machismo is deadly’. (The Atlantic) Approximately 13 minutes reading time – 2634 wordsTears came easy as they described the moment they received their diagnosis, the children and grandchildren who brought meaning to their lives, and the fears that continued to haunt their thoughts. All the stories had one common thread: each of the women at the workshop got HIV from their long-term partners, most of them from their husbands.3. Reality bitesOver in Opinion and Insight, Lisa McInerney tackles a recent profile of a reality TV star that drew ire online. She asks: should we direct our distaste at airhead figures like Roz Flanagan, or the system that creates them? (TheJournal.ie)Approximately 4 minutes reading time – 805 wordsIt might come as a shock to Ireland’s C-list, but people in general have little problem with the moneyed; Hello magazine wouldn’t sell at all if everyone was wound up over Kate Middleton’s audacious shoe collection. Sky wouldn’t use David Beckham’s snazzy, espresso-sipping lifestyle as a way to sell its products if the rest of us didn’t find him a teeny-tiny bit inspirational.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday>