Top-ranked Belgium named FIFA Team of Year, England up to fourth

first_imgBelgium were crowned FIFA’s Team of the Year for the second straight time after retaining top spot ahead of world champions France in the latest world rankings released on Thursday, football’s world governing body said.Belgium, who finished third in the World Cup in Russia last year, won all 10 of their competitive matches in 2019.England moved up a spot to fourth place below Brazil, while Uruguay are fifth.Argentina (ninth) and Colombia (10th) entered the top 10 this year displacing Switzerland (12th) and Denmark (16th).Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup, were the biggest movers in a year in which they won the AFC Asian Cup, moving 38 places to sit 55th after gaining 138 points.Algeria (35th) were close behind moving up 32 spots while Japan (28th) climbed 22 places this year.last_img read more

Boondoggle…

first_img…on contractsOne of the greatest failures of this PNC-led Government has been their abysmal monitoring of contracts for executing their work programme. There isn’t a day that goes by when there isn’t a nasty revelation of billions paid to contractors for work done so shoddily it invariably costs more to fix the mess. Remember Durban Park “Jubilee Park” that was going to be built by a newly formed Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) – involving Rupert Roopnarine? They spent $550 million of money collected from the public, for which they never accounted; then had to be bailed out with another billion dollars paid from the Public Treasury to new contractors and the MPI! And it’s still falling apart!Then, of course, there’s the Indian Arrival Monument in Berbice, built by that new contractor from Linden, which fell down like the walls of Jericho without even a bugle being blown!! The Auditor General’s Report for 2017 of course revealed poor or non-existent monitoring of so many contracts the Government might well have plastered the structures with $5000 notes to save themselves some time!!And now they’ve grandly announced that from the 1st January next year, they will be awarding 20 per cent of all Government contracts to “small contractors”!! That’s less than two months away!! Now, if the Government can’t monitor all these massive contracts to ensure performance, how will they ensure they’ll get value with these fly-by-night “small” contractors?? And the answer, sadly, is “value for money” is furthest from the minds of the PNC-Government officials when they’re doling out these contracts. Rather, it’s all about money for the boys and money for their pockets. It’s the “20 per cent boondoggle”!!They didn’t even bother to check if the proposal is legal – and were pulled up short by Mrs Corbin of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). She explained that the law governing procurement will have to be changed to allow this dramatic move. She also pointed out that this 20 per cent Government contract reservation for “small business” is a form of “affirmative action”. In the US, which laid the way in this policy area, 10 per cent of Government contracts were reserved for Black and minority-owned businesses TO RECTIFY HISTORICAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THEM.Your Eyewitness figures the present PNC-led Government want to make their SMALL CONTRACTORS INTO REAL CONTRACTORS, after they failed in their first iteration to make the “small man into the real man”. But, in the US, these “minority contractors” had to first show they had the capability – especially equipment and skills — to do the job! Is the Government going to demand this? And most crucially, the US Government didn’t pussyfoot around insisting that standards be adhered to.Knowing here you have to be “born PNC”, will party cards be necessary?! …and singing for suppersEven the friends of Nagamootoo – few as they are – have bemoaned how far he’s willing to debase himself for the few pieces of silver thrown his way!  Imagine this man – even while acting as President of the Republic – could bring himself to write: “History would record that this APNU+AFC Coalition Government has opened its huge, generous heart to sugar workers”!!!  While fired sugar workers in his native Berbice are at best kicking paddy on the roads.But Nagamootoo quoted from a commentary your Eyewitness made a year ago about the “70 companies” his Government boasted were lined up to buy the closed estates! Your Eyewitness made the point that if the buyers went into sugar and succeeded, they’d make the Government look stupid. But if they diversified into “other crops”, cane cutters wouldn’t necessarily become farmers.Now that there have been only FIVE bids, we’ll soon find out, won’t we?…and Nagamootoo’s ignoranceYour Eyewitness had analogised the highly skilled cane cutters to Ballet Dancers in “Swan Lake”. Nagamootoo claimed the comparison was to “dancers at an opera”. Doesn’t he know the difference between Ballet and Opera?  How uncouth!!Then he took exception to describing cane cutters’ motion as “practiced”. Guess he doesn’t know “practiced” can be an adjective! How untutored!!last_img read more

Title in sight as United visit West Ham

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, April 16 – Having returned to winning ways at the weekend, Manchester United can close to within four points of the Premier League title with victory at West Ham United on Wednesday.United’s morale took a blow after last week’s defeat at home to Manchester City, but Sunday’s 2-0 success at Stoke City saw Alex Ferguson’s side re-establish a 15-point lead over their derby rivals. It left them seven points from an unprecedented 20th English league crown and they could even capture the title as early as Sunday if City slip up against Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur this week.However, before that can happen, United must prevail at Upton Park, and the boisterous east London stadium has not always been a happy hunting ground for the men from Old Trafford.United had title bids derailed there in both 1992 and 1995; the latter occasion a game in which home goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko produced save after save to deny United the goal they needed to pip Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League trophy on the season’s final day.More recently, United were given a searching examination in an FA Cup third-round game in January, when the visitors needed an injury-time goal from Robin van Persie to take the tie to a replay.All in all, United have won on just three of their last seven visits to West Ham in all competitions, including a chastening 4-0 thrashing in a League Cup tie in November 2010.At least van Persie has recovered his scoring touch, having gone 10 games without a goal before finding the net from the penalty spot in the second half at Stoke.Ferguson praised United for their “battling performance” at the Britannia Stadium and captain Nemanja Vidic believes a similarly committed display will be required on Wednesday.“Now it’s West Ham and we have to play well again,” the Serbian told United’s in-house television station, MUTV.“They play in a similar style to Stoke – we’re going to have long balls and set-pieces to deal with.”The game at Stoke saw Wayne Rooney deployed in a midfield role, but although his performance was praised by Ferguson, the England striker has hinted that he would prefer to return to a more advanced position at West Ham.“I’ve played there (in midfield) a few times this season,” he said.“You have to think. As a centre-forward, you want to be as close to goal as possible to try and score.“In midfield you have to hold yourself back at times and try and help the team keep the ball and move up the pitch.”West Ham appear to have secured their top-flight status for next season, with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton having taken them to within two points of the 40-point mark typically considered as a guarantee of survival.Manager Sam Allardyce had previously refused to answer questions about his future at the club, but with the finishing line now in sight, he has revealed he is already making plans for next season.“I wouldn’t be here if we weren’t playing in the Premier League next season,” he said.“(But) we are going to be safe and playing in the Premier League next season so my planning will be done as quickly as possible and we’ll get on to the contract, which I’m sure I’m going to sign.”Allardyce has several injury concerns in defence, with centre-back James Tomkins having joined Winston Reid and George McCartney in the treatment room after limping off at Southampton.Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley will hope to return to the United starting XI after being rested at Stoke, while Ferguson must also decide whether or not to restore Rooney to his attacking line.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Strawberry Shortcake sharing her sweetness with Fort St. John

first_imgAlong with a top notch performance, the show is also a spectacle on the eyes of the audience, as scenic design and productions are created by F & D Scene Changes Ltd., whose previous work includes creating sets for Broadway shows such as Wicked, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables.Shortcake makes her Energetic City debut on May 28, and tickets are now available for purchase through the North Peace Cultural Centre’s box office, online or by calling 1-877-785-1992. The theatrical production is based on the hit CGI-animated preschool television show, Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventure.Children in attendance get to experience the good times first hand, as the show is described as an interactive concert full of humour, fun, and friendship.The all-new musical production is being put on by Koba Entertainment, and is just one of the company’s various successful productions. Last year, Koba’s The Backyardigans Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens hit the stage of the Cultural Centre.- Advertisement -Strawberry Shortcake’s musical production brings together an award winning team, led by Koba’s artistic director Patti Caplette. The show will feature new songs co-written by Lorelei Bachman and her father, Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive), while also including songs from the hit TV show.Caplette says the show can be a special night for fans, who usually only get to see the characters through a screen.”Strawberry Shortcake has been a part of children’s lives for decades. This show is the first time families will be able to see the world’s most famous little girl live on stage.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Bush, House duel on war

first_imgIt is the first time since the Vietnam War that the legislative and executive branches have fought so bitterly over the president’s authority as commander in chief. Around the Capitol on Thursday morning, televisions were tuned into the White House news conference, as members and their aides passed around the White House’s Iraq status report. Bush wants Congress to wait until September, when the top military commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, and the top civilian official, Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, deliver a fuller assessment of progress of the troop buildup. But the president said he was not “going to speculate on what my frame of mind will be” at that time, and he would not say how he might react if the September report is as mixed as the one delivered Thursday. The report assessed the Iraqi government’s progress in meeting 18 benchmarks set forth by Congress on military, economic and political matters. It found the Iraqis made satisfactory progress in meeting eight benchmarks, including committing three brigades for operations in and around Baghdad, and spending nearly $7.3 billion in Iraqi money to train, equip and modernize its forces. But the Iraqis made unsatisfactory progress in meeting another eight benchmarks, including passing an oil revenue sharing law and preparing for local elections that could help reconcile the country’s Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish groups. On two benchmarks, progress was too mixed to be characterized. The report criticized the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, saying the government continued to permit political interference in some military decisions. Though the report claimed that al-Maliki has not been involved, it singled out the Iraqi Office of the Commander in Chief, which reports directly to al-Maliki, saying there was evidence that the office formulated “target lists,” primarily of Sunni Arabs. And Bush himself offered only lukewarm support for al-Maliki at Thursday’s press conference, declining to echo the praise he put forth in Jordan last November, when he proclaimed al-Maliki “the right guy for Iraq.” Asked whether he still felt that way Thursday, the president responded, “I believe that he understands that there needs to be serious reconciliation and they need to get law passed.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush struck an aggressive new tone Thursday in his clash with Congress over Iraq, telling lawmakers they had no business trying to manage the war, portraying the conflict as a showdown with al-Qaida and warning that any move toward withdrawal now would risk “mass killings on a horrific scale.” Hours later, the Democratic-controlled House responded by voting almost totally along party lines to require that the United States withdraw most combat troops from Iraq by April 1. The 223-201 House vote, in which just four Republicans broke with the administration, came as the White House continued its intense effort to stem a growing tide of Republican defections on the war. White House officials – beginning with the president himself – have been reaching out to party members all week, trying to persuade them to wait until September to pass judgment on Bush’s current military strategy of sending more troops to quell the sectarian fighting and pursue insurgents. Both the House vote and a similar one planned in the Senate next week add pressure on Republicans facing widespread frustration with the war. Most Republicans say they won’t vote to force Bush to withdraw troops on a timetable and that they’ll wait for a mid-September report to decide whether to change course. In heated speeches and cloakroom buttonholing, war critics leaned on Republicans to join them behind a plan that keeps the anti-terrorism element of Bush’s strategy, but leaves it up to Iraq’s government and military to secure the country. At the same time, several bipartisan amendments were in the drafting stages that aim to push, if not force, a change in course in the next few months. House Democrats said that with casualties in Iraq high and worldwide terrorism threats growing, there was no reason to hold back, and they pressured Republicans to reject the president’s strategy now. They were 67 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to override a presidential veto, however. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said there would be more votes on Iraq, “hopefully with an increasing level of support from our Republican colleagues.” And some Republicans conceded Thursday that it could be difficult for Bush to hold the party together for much longer. During a morning news conference at which he released a mixed progress report on his troop buildup, Bush repeatedly invoked the threat of al-Qaida as a reason to stick with his strategy, saying the group he referred to as al-Qaida in Iraq “has sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden.” He acknowledged that public opinion might be against him – he said that “sometimes the decisions you make and the consequences don’t enable you to be loved” – but suggested that Congress was overstepping its constitutional role by attempting to force a change of policy on him. “I don’t think Congress ought to be running the war,” Bush said. “I think they ought to be funding the troops.” last_img read more

Dorrell makes a decision … and it’s final

first_imgWhen it came to quarterbacks, Donahue would take his time before naming the starter. He would wait and wait and wait. He would wait for excruciating weeks and months through spring practice into preseason camp before naming his starting quarterback. Not Dorrell. He made it clear at the end of spring – Ben Olson is UCLA’s quarterback. Period. End of discussion. In a read-my-lips statement, he said, “We don’t have a quarterback controversy.” At least not until Olson throws his first interception. Or perhaps misses a receiver on a big third- down pass. Then there will be calls for Patrick Cowan. And perhaps for Dorrell’s head. Cowan is the only quarterback at UCLA with a win over USC, which makes him a rare commodity not just in Westwood but in the nation. But Olson is No. 1 on the Bruins’ depth chart. “Ben clearly was the better, productive player in spring,” Dorrell explained. “So that’s an easy decision to make.” In truth, it is easier said than done. There are those observers who would like to explain that they value beating USC over winning during spring drills. The importance of the Olson-over-Cowan decision cannot be overstated. This is one point where Dorrell agrees with everyone. “Quarterback play is really, really important,” he submitted. This is Dorrell’s critical fifth year because he has yet to demonstrate he is, or is going to be, a top-of-the-line coach. His 29-21 record could be more deceiving than revealing because without a 10-2 third season he is an oh-so-average 19-19. He needs a big season to generate confidence in himself similar to the confidence he has shown in Olson. And a big season is expected with 10 starters returning on offense and 10 more returning on defense. What the coach has done is join himself at the hip with a quarterback. The party line on Olson praises his poise, maturity, grasp of the offense and ability to remain within the framework of the offense along with his accurate, efficient passing. The impression is, and these words will never cross Dorrell’s lips, they trust him more than Cowan and that they are more comfortable with him playing quarterback. There is more than ability, raw or otherwise, in the decision. “You can’t go into the season feeling you’ve got to build the confidence in your quarterback,” Dorrell said. “He needs to know his team is behind him and his coaching staff is behind him so he can continue to develop and grow. That’s what the plan is.” An ancillary factor is the need for the coach to build his own confidence in his starting quarterback. It’s easier to achieve that by artificially removing any competition and concentrating positive energy on the one you have selected. So the decision to go with Olson was cold and calculating. It was a pick-one-guy-and- build-him-up decision. It was a decision Dorrell clearly believes was necessary to get UCLA football, not to mention his career, to the next level. It also was a decision similar to decisions John Wooden made back in the years when he was building and maintaining UCLA’s unprecedented basketball dynasty. “It feels good,” Olson said of the No. 1 role. “You feel like you can do a lot of things you might not have been able to do if you had not been named the starter. It helps a ton.” A new factor entered the equation Monday. Perhaps that should be departed from the picture, at least temporarily. Cowan pulled his left hamstring while scrambling during a two-minute drill. He was on crutches Tuesday. Dorrell must have gone beyond game and practice tapes and had a good look at tea leaves when he made his decision. This eliminates any we-want-Cowan protests going into the opening game a week from Saturday at Stanford. It does not eliminate Cowan from the picture. At least not if he responds to treatment and is good to go again before long. He’s more of a gunslinger than Olson, which suggests he’s the better suited of the two to come off the bench and rally the Bruins. This of course is contingent on Olson faltering and Dorrell deciding to make another decision. A thought from Dorrell resonates. “It doesn’t matter, all the things that have been said, whether positive or negative, it’s about what you can do when you start your season,” he said. It’s about what your team does during the season. It’s about what Ben Olson does during this season. Negative or positive. That’s something else that is perfectly clear. mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Karl Dorrell has made one thing perfectly clear as he heads into his critical fifth year as UCLA’s football coach. He is his own man. Red Sanders is the uncontested outstanding coach in UCLA football history. Terry Donahue is No.2 on this list. Dorrell played for Donahue. He was a graduate assistant on Donahue’s staff. Donahue remains a mentor. last_img read more

MULLAGHDUFF FLUTE BAND CREATES HISTORY WITH 6TH ALL-IRELAND IN A ROW!

first_imgThe Mullaghduff Flute Band from West Donegal created history at Breffni Park in Cavan after picking up the title of All Ireland Senior Flute Champions for the 6th year in a row.Never before has this feat been achieved by a Flute Band at an All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil. This is also the 11th time the band has won the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil since the first time they went to the Fleadh in 1991.As Marching Bands around the county slowly disappear from our areas, The Mullaghduff Band tradition continues to march on through the years.This band was started 25 years ago follows the “old” Mullaghduff band which has been in Mullaghduff for over 100 years.Every year there are more difficulties with getting the band ready for competitions but with the help of the committee, parents and the local and surrounding areas the band continues to represent its community with pride and presence. “The Band have been practicing hard all year for this competition in Ionad Phobail Mullachdubh” said Gavin Boyle, musical director with the band.“We are also very lucky to have over 15 young kids who are being taught to play the flute by former and current band members and from them we had 5 new members come into the band for competition this year”.“To have young people learning gives me great hope that the band will continue in the years to come”, Gavin continues.“We have a great band with members, both Senior and Junior, who give free of their time for practices and outings and without them it just would not be possible”.The Band had stiff competition this year with the resurrection of an old competitor, Maghery Senior Flute Band, but Maullaghduff managed to pip them to the post for the win this year again.A great welcome home on Sunday 21st with a cavalcade from the Gweebara bridge, down through Dungloe and into Mullaghduff Village itself where they were met with bonfires, flags and plenty of congratulations and best wishes from the local people. “It was great to see the other Donegal Bands in Cavan for the Fleadh aswell and we would like to congratulate each and every one of them for continuing to keep the strong tradition of Donegal Marching Bands alive and well in our county”.“We are taking a few weeks break now to rest and hope to be back practicing for next year within the next few weeks”.The band would like to take this opportunity to thank all who sponsor us, travel with us, the parents of the band members, the local people in Mullaghduff and our fantastic committee for looking after us so well.Ends MULLAGHDUFF FLUTE BAND CREATES HISTORY WITH 6TH ALL-IRELAND IN A ROW! was last modified: August 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Mullaghduff Flute Bandlast_img read more

Antelope Valley sewer bills may go even higher

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Already, Lancaster sewer-service bills have more than doubled since 2004, to $160 per house this coming year from $67 in 2003-2004, to pay for facilities to help stop the spillage, which has occurred for decades. The fees paid by developers to connect new homes to the sewage systems have nearly doubled since 2004, from $1,780 to $3,190 per house. In approving the permit for the new storage ponds, the Lahonton board forbid any increase in nitrates in the groundwater beneath the plant and limited the amount of dissolved solids. The four storage ponds would hold nearly 1.3 billion gallons of sewage outflow treated so it is safe for human contact. Sanitation District officials had wanted to leave the ponds unlined, saying they would sit on clay soil that is relatively impervious. LANCASTER – Lancaster residents could be facing higher sewer-service bills in the future after state water-quality officials imposed new restrictions for the community’s sewage treatment plant expansion. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board imposed groundwater-quality requirements that Sanitation District officials say will mean installing impervious liners in new earthen storage basins, upping the plant expansion’s expected $173 million cost by a preliminary estimate of $30 million. “We now have to go back and design the most cost effective liner we can,” said Ray Tremblay, head of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District 14 monitoring section. The water-quality requirements are part of an permit granted last week for four storage ponds to be added to the Lancaster treatment facility as part of an expansion to meet population growth and stop treated sewage from spilling onto Edwards Air Force Base’s Rosamond Dry Lake. But district estimates said seepage from the ponds could increase the presence of dissolved solids, a classification that includes sodium and chloride among other chemicals, to 900 milligrams per liter in groundwater. State regulations limit so-called “total dissolved solids” in drinking water to less than 1,000 milligrams per liter. In approving the permit, the Lahontan board set a limit of 450 milligrams per liter. The board also directed that nitrate levels go no higher than 2.4 milligrams per liter – the level that already exists in the groundwater. The dissolved solids would not come directly from the treated sewage but would occur as water leaches from the ponds, goes through naturally occurring salts in the soil and reaches the groundwater. Preliminary estimates put the additional cost for lining the ponds at $30 million, but better estimates won’t be known until a design is completed, official said. The ponds are part of an overall expansion of the Lancaster facility that would increase its capacity from 16 million gallons a day to 21 million gallons a day by 2014 and to 26 million gallons a day by 2020. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ousted Italian Space Agency Head in Race for E.U. Parliament

first_imgItalian space scientist Giovanni Bignami, who in 2008 was forced out as head of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), is running as a Democratic candidate in the European Union parliamentary elections to be held 6-7 June. Contesting from the country’s northwest constituency, the largest of Italy’s five electoral districts, Bignami hopes to win one of 72 seats available to Italian representatives. The body will comprise a total of 736  parliamentarians for the coming 5-year term.Bignami’s manifesto promises an improved status of research in Italy and greater leverage of the country’s membership in the E.U. He wants to give young people better access to careers in research and raise spending on science, which currently stands at 0.9% of the country’s GDP, one of Europe’s lowest.Bignami’s party faces a tough fight against the right-wing establishment, led by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, which dominates the current flock of 78 Italian Euro-MPs. Bignami certainly has a bone to pick with Berlusconi’s government, which removed him from the presidency of ASI last summer in a broader move to overhaul Italian research institutes. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Bignami is demanding clear objectives and assessment and transparency in the use of public funds. An endorsement on his campaign Web site from fellow Italian and physics Nobelist Carlo Rubbia says Bignami is “the right person to defend science, research, innovation, and the universities in Europe.”last_img read more

Modi govt made concocted statement in Parliament: Mamata

first_imgKolkata, Dec 2 (PTI) Accusing the Narendra Modi government of making a “wrong and concocted” statement in Parliament regarding deployment of Army at toll plazas in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her voice could not be stifled by “hatching conspiracy and showing force”.”They told Parliament that the state governments permission was taken. It is absolutely wrong and concocted,” she told reporters before leaving the state secretariat after an overnight stay protesting against the presence of army personnel.Earlier in the day, the army strongly rebutted the chief ministers allegation that its personnel were deployed at the toll plazas without informing the state government and were collecting money, saying the exercise was being carried out in coordination with Kolkata Police.”This is being done in coordination with local police authorities. The exercise was earlier planned for November 27 and 28. The dates were changed to November 30 to December 2 on a specific request by Kolkata Police due to Bharat Bandh called on November 28,” said GOC Bengal area (officiating) Maj Gen Sunil Yadav.Reacting to the chief ministers allegations, he said, “We deny all charges with all contempt.”Banerjee said only Bengal was targetted and such exercise was not done in any other state.”I was MP for a long period. I was railway minister and held other portfolios like sports and coal. I have never seen such arrogance which is directionless”, Banerjee said in a scathing attack on the Modi government.”They are doing whatever they like by force. The people are suffering. They cannot even withdraw their salary. The peoples fight will continue. It cannot be stopped by hatching conspiracy and showing force”, she said.advertisement”Two more persons died today facing hardship to withdraw money”, she said.The chief minister said that the opposition parties raised this issue and thanked them for it.Banerjee said that Modi government has failed to bring Rs 50 lakh crore black money stashed abroad. PTI SCH SUN MD ZMNlast_img read more