Charity Ambassador Solicits Support for Post Ebola Initiative

first_imgCharity Ambassador T. Nelson Williams, II is currently meeting with various organizations in the United States to solicit support for post Ebola initiatives in Liberia. Williams, who is representing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. engaged Alpha International in Baltimore, Maryland, World Changers Ministries,   Business Executive Network (BEN) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He also made a courtesy visit to Alexander B. Cummings, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca Cola Company.When contacted, Ambassador Williams informed us that the meetings were fruitful and that some groups had already made commitments.Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have embarked upon a Post Ebola Transitional Service Initiative (Children Focused) to mobilize six to twelve months worth of committed resources and support for two programmatic initiatives intended to impact up to 200 children.The Alpha organizations will also provide support to family caregivers.  This temporary support will be given to family members or other care givers who take on the added responsibility of caring for a child orphaned by Ebola.Williams concluded by informing his fraternity members that there is no greater love than a brother giving of himself and his resources to help the less fortunate.  He said, “We must always remember the aims of our dear fraternity, Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind”.It may be recalled that on December 4, 2014, T. Nelson Williams, II was honored as Charity Ambassador  when the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity eta epsilon Lambda Chapter 200 joined more than 200,000 Alpha members around the world to celebrate 108 years of existence of the noble organization with a Dinner at the Monrovia City Hall., Alpha Phi Alpha. The highly reputable group Charity, Liberia bestowed the honor of Charity Ambassador on Mr. Williams at the colorful ceremony. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first Black Inter-Collegiate Greek-lettered Fraternity founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Itacha, New York. The seven founding members are known as founding fathers.   The tenacious seven that founded the organization include: Charles Henry Chapman, Robert Harold Ogle, Eugene Kincles Jones, Vertner Woodson Tanely, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Henry Arthus Callis and George Biddle Kelley.Ambassador T. Nelson Williams, II is the chapter president and under his leadership, the organization continues to make head ways and has since become a model to many organizations in and out of the country, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reports – Villa defender agrees to join Porto on loan

first_img1 Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho has agreed to join Porto on loan, according to reports in France.Villans boss Tim Sherwood is determined to revamp his squad this summer after the club finished 17th in the Premier League last season.Nine players have already joined, while ten have left as the former Tottenham boss looks to mould the team in his eyes.Those ten departures now look set to rise to 11, though, with left-back Cissokho agreeing to join Porto.According to Foot Mercato, the 27-year-old will join the Portuguese giants on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.The Frenchman only moved to Villa Park last summer, arriving from Liverpool for around £2m and signing a four-year deal. Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho last_img

Give Romney a second look

first_imgPretty much every election year since I can remember, a complaint has arisen that goes like this: “Why are we stuck with these awful choices? In this vast country of highly successful individuals, why don’t any of the best people run for president?” Some years evoked more howls than others, and admittedly, 1976 really did present two underperformers, as did 1996. So let’s pause to notice the fact that this year we have some exemplary choices. Fred Thompson is an excellent man who is running a refreshingly substantive campaign. John McCain has demonstrated not just personal courage but the courage of his convictions. And Rudy Giuliani achieved a seemingly impossible task in transforming America’s largest city. But no one running is more impressive than Mitt Romney. It was his speech on religion in American life that caused me to take another look at him. Until then, I confess that I saw him as a sort of robo-candidate: smooth, articulate, but perhaps a little opportunistic and possibly even insincere. The religion speech cast a new light on him. The question as to whether someone’s religious convictions are a fit subject for public scrutiny is not as simple as it sounds. It’s too pat to say, “There should be no religious test for public office and there’s the end of it.” If a candidate were, say, a fundamentalist Mormon like Warren Jeffs, or a Scientologist, that would be an obstacle. But the mainstream Mormon Church has enough of a track record in producing excellent Americans that the particularities of its doctrine are by now a matter of purely scholarly interest. Romney boasts that fourth- and eighth-graders in Massachusetts achieved the highest scores in the nation in reading and math, though they were doing so before he became governor as well. But his program of assessment, merit pay for good teachers, English immersion and a focus on math and science may have helped keep them at the top. Romney is refreshingly articulate, exceedingly well prepared and self-disciplined, clearly an excellent manager with both private and government experience, happily married with a large, supportive family, and well within the mainstream of conservatism on every major issue. His nomination would not divide the base. He is just the sort of candidate people complain that they never get. Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. (e-mail: 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNo one thought to raise objections to Mormonism when Mo Udall ran for president. The Senate majority leader is a Mormon and this fact causes not a flicker of interest on the part of his colleagues. Besides, Romney served as governor of Massachusetts. If anyone felt Joseph Smith’s brooding presence during that time, they haven’t mentioned it. What Romney’s religion speech demonstrated was not so much his devotion to his own faith (though he declined to run away from it) as his understanding and embrace of America’s civic religion. In his telling, that civic religion amounts to a commitment to religious liberty as well as to broadly shared religious values. “It is important to recognize,” he said, “that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it’s usually a sound rule to focus on the latter – on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights, or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people.” Romney went on to paint America as the golden mean between the empty cathedrals of Europe and the violent jihadists of the Islamic world. It was a masterful performance. But then Romney has been masterful in everything he has attempted. It is not insignificant that this cum laude JD/MBA graduate of Harvard guided Bain Capital to become a hugely successful private equity investment firm and rescued Bain & Company from financial collapse. Romney was brought in to save the 2002 Winter Olympics when the games were mired in scandal and $379million in debt. Romney was able to turn the situation around completely so that the games actually turned a $100million profit. last_img read more

Mouse Grows Long Finger, Takes Off Like a Bat

first_imgWhen does humor in a scientific journal cross the line of scientific objectivity?  You be the judge.  Science magazine, in its “Random Samples” news featurette, said this in the Jan. 18 issue:Over the past 100 million years or so, bats have evolved many features that distinguish them from their mammalian cousins.  One is long, bony digits to support their wings.  Now, by manipulating one small DNA sequence, Richard Behringer of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and colleagues have nudged mice a tiny step along the evolutionary path to bat-hood.    The researchers looked at the expression of a homeobox gene, prx1, a key to the development of limbs in all mammals, and found that bats expressed the gene differently from mice in embryonic limbs.  So, in mice they removed a chunk of DNA known to control prx1 expression and replaced it with the same piece from bats.  The forelimbs of the resulting mice were 6% longer than those of normal baby mice.  Although small, that increase is “important,” says developmental biologist Clifford Tabin of Harvard Medical School in Boston.    Similar studies have been done with flies and worms, but this is the first to show how a specific change in control of gene expression–and not an actual gene–can produce a gross morphological change in a mammal, says Behringer, whose study was published this week in Genes & Development.  “If you play this through with lots and lots of genes, maybe ultimately we could make that mouse fly out of the cage.”Bats, of course, have sophisticated flying skills, membranes for lift, specialized ears and mouth parts for sonar (with a brain to use them), special feet for clinging to cave roofs, dietary adaptations, and “many features that distinguish them from their mammalian cousins.”  The earliest known fossil bats already had these adaptations (05/18/2007), and their evolutionary history is “largely unknown” and their fossil record “impoverished” (01/28/2005).  It would seem much more than adding a millimeter or so to the forelimbs would be necessary before the mouse could fly out of the cage.OK, so the cute extrapolation was meant to be a little extreme for humor.  We try to have fun in our reporting, too.  What’s not funny is that in reality, they are dead serious.  They really believe a 6% change in a finger length is actually a “step along the evolutionary path to bat-hood.”  Give it 100 million years and these small changes can add up to major transformations.  And you thought orthogenesis went out in the 1920s.    Too bad we already awarded SEQOTW this week.  This would have been a good one: evolutionists take giant leap on the path to batty-hood.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa releases results of 2013 Thrive International Investor Perceptions Survey

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 2 April 2014 – Brand South Africa today co-hosted with the WITS Business School a special seminar at which the results of the 2013 Thrive International Investor Perceptions Survey was released.Participants were also briefed on the outcomes of the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum hosted by Brand South Africa at the end of 2013.Speakers included Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency CEO, Mr Siphiwe Ngwenya; Group Executive Business Intelligence, Dr Shima Nokaneng; Brand South Africa’s Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock and Mr Tsholo Mogotsi ofthe City of Johannesburg.In presenting the outcomes of the 2013 Thrive study, Brand South Africa’s Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, articulated why the study matters.  “In an increasingly globalised world, with shrinking borders driving the 24/7 culture enabled by, amongst others, the internet and 24 hour-news programmes, it is crucial for South Africa to understand the way in which we are perceived in both our traditional markets and trading partners, as well as in the markets that are bound to continue driving global growth in coming decades.”According to the results of the 2013 survey, South Africa competes equitably with other emerging markets in the study – including the continent and BRICS countries.Some high-level findings from this year’s investor perceptions research indicate that:87% of respondents have heard of South Africa recently from any source;61% overall familiarity with South Africa among the sample; and32% of the respondents are currently investing, or doing business with South Africa.While the overall findings show a relatively high level of awareness of South Africa as a whole, the research also aims to identify the specific economic sectors associated with South Africa.The research also asks of respondents to indicate which three countries are the best to do business in or with. South Africa comes 4th in this category with the top three being China, India, and Brazil.According to respondents, the economic areas for which South Africa is most well-known are:Mining & Quarrying – 64% Agriculture – 46%Hospitality, hotels, restaurants & tourism – 44%Manufacturing – 36%Construction – 29%Wholesale & retail – 28%Transport – 23%Electricity, gas & water supply – 20%Finance, insurance & real estate – 17%Post & telecommunications – 14%At the same time, respondents indicate the most attractive features for doing business in South Africa include:Infrastructure;A growing economy; andLow cost of doing business.Meanwhile, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola briefed participants that Brand South Africa is currently implementing the recommendations of the 2013 inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum including the establishment of a task team to ensure all stakeholders work together for South Africa’s continued competitiveness, economic and social growth as mandated by the country’s National Development Plan.  “It is crucial that we begin to close the executive deficit that presently prevails in our country.  We must implement decisions that will see all stakeholders contribute our desired social and economic growth and development,” said Mr Matola.Presentations from the representatives of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency and the City of Jo’burg included a brief on the integrated strategy by the province and city to ensure international investors are supported to enable them to maximise their investment while contributing to job creation and economic growth in our country.This will go a long way towards building perceptions of South Africa as a competitive and reputable investment destination.At the same presenters expressed the need for greater integration by agencies and stakeholders who are responsible for driving a shared agenda for growth and development in South Africa.  Twenty years after democracy this must be taken to new heights to ensure that the gains in our country are sustained.The results of the 2013 International Investment Perceptions Survey and the discussions at the seminar indicate that while South Africa has made significant gains in the past 20 years, much more can be done.You can participate in the conversation on South Africa’s competitiveness and reputation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA. Note to EditorsFor more information on the outcomes of the 2013 Thrive International Perceptions Survey please visit or on the outcomes of the 2013 inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum can also be accessed at or  About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.last_img read more

How Snakes Got Their Extreme Makeovers

first_imgWhen two groups of scientists decided to sequence a snake genome, both figured they might as well pick one of the most extreme species. One group chose the king cobra, the largest venomous snake in the world and one of the most deadly ones. The other went for the Burmese python, a species that lacks venom but has remarkable eating habits: It strangles its prey to death and can survive on just three to five meals a year.Now, both groups have published their analysis of the genomes, and their findings reveal the molecular basis behind these snakes’ remarkable traits. The Burmese python’s genome allows it to rev up its metabolism to 40 times its usual rate after it eats, during which organs like the kidney, liver, and gut can double in size in less than 3 days. In the cobra’s genome, entire gene families were repurposed to help produce a sophisticated, highly toxic mix of proteins and peptides that kept changing as prey evolved mechanisms to elude it. Both papers, published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that snakes have evolved very rapidly.These are only the first two snake genomes ever sequenced; snake scientists have studied snakes around the world, but were late to join the revolution in molecular biology, says Nicholas Casewell, a snake scientist at Bangor University in the United Kingdom and a co-author on the king cobra paper.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(*)The team that sequenced the python genome, led by Todd Castoe of the University of Texas, Arlington, zoomed in on the changes that happen in the Burmese python—which lives in Southeast Asia and recently invaded the Florida Everglades—after it eats. The researchers checked the activity of genes in the heart, kidney, small intestine, and liver before a meal and again 1 and 4 days after eating. “The magnitude of the gene expression response really floored us,” Castoe says. Half the python’s genes changed their activity significantly within 48 hours, the team reports in its paper.With the study in hand, “people are going to have a ton of new targets for looking at the genomics” of how snakes adapt physiologically, predicts Harvard University evolutionary biologist Scott Edwards.The team also compared the 7442 genes found as single copies in both the cobra and the python with the same genes in all other land vertebrates sequenced so far. The bottom line: Snake genomes have changed a lot—and they have changed very fast to meet the demands of their unusual lifestyles.The scientists who sequenced the king cobra—which occurs in India, China, and Southeast Asia—focused on its venom, a very toxic mix of 73 peptides and proteins. They measured gene activity in the venom gland and in the so-called accessory gland, a poorly understood structure through which the venom passes before it leaves the cobra’s mouth.In the paper, the researchers report that the two glands have very different gene activity patterns. The accessory gland doesn’t produce toxins but makes many different lectins, a group of proteins that bind carbohydrates. In some other snake venoms, toxic lectins are part of the mix, but in the cobra, lectins are never released into the venom. The accessory gland’s role may be to activate the venom somehow, but “we really don’t know” what lectins do exactly, Casewell says.The venom gland itself relies on 20 gene families for its toxins. The scientists found that the genes for each toxin family were also used in other parts of the body in the snake’s evolutionary past and even today. “These dangerous proteins are co-opted from elsewhere in the body and [are] turned into weapons and diversified,” says Frank Burbrink, an evolutionary biologist at the City University of New York. Often, a gene was copied more than once, allowing each copy to mutate in different ways, yielding an ever more sophisticated mix.That gives the snake an advantage in an evolutionary arms race. The cobra’s prey evolve constantly as well, developing ways to resist being immobilized or killed by the toxins. For snakes, this genetic competition can be deadly, because ineffective venom can enable potential prey to turn on the snake and kill it.The paper is “a stunning piece of work, just amazing,” says Jimmy McGuire, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Vonk, Castoe, and their colleagues stress that they have only just begun to milk their data. And another 10 snake genomes or so are likely to come out within the next couple of years, Casewell says.Check out the 6 December print issue of Science for a news package on snakes, including more on the genomes, a story about efforts to develop drugs from venom, and a report about the fight against the invasive brown tree snake in Guam.last_img read more

Champions League: Liverpool’s Firmino out of Barcelona visit, Salah at risk

first_imgLiverpool will be without their Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona at Anfield, manager Juergen Klopp said on Saturday.Klopp could also be without another key forward in Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian was carried off with a head injury in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Newcastle.Firmino, who has a muscular injury, was not included in the match day squad for Saturday’s game at St. James’ Park and Klopp said he will not feature against the Spaniards as Liverpool look to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg.He will not be ready for Tuesday and the rest we will see, said Klopp, whose side face Wolves in their final Premier League game on May 12.Klopp said it was too soon to say whether Salah would be able to play against Barca.What I heard, he got the hip of the goalie on his head, Klopp said.He was then on the ground and the doc had to make a decision on the pitch or off the pitch’, and the decision was off the pitch. We accept that of course.When we came in he was sitting in the dressing room watching the game on television. So he was then fine, but of course we have to wait. He got a proper knock, obviously, in that situation.Divock Origi, who grabbed the 86th minute winner at Newcastle, could start against Barca while Daniel Sturridge, who started on Saturday, would be another option.advertisementAlso Read | It was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire: Liverpool coach Juergen KloppAlso Read | Premier League: Liverpool edge Newcastle 3-2, Cardiff City relegatedAlso Seelast_img read more

Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

first_img1) England positive but Wallabies a pale shadowEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent and sluggish at times but the overall end-of-term report has to be a positive one. If the Vunipolas return fit and firing, Manu Tuilagi and Joe Cokanasiga stay intact and Owen Farrell adjusts his tackle technique, they will be tough, at the very least, to beat in 2019. The Six Nations already has the makings of a wonderful tournament, with England’s opening fixture against Ireland in Dublin a potential humdinger. If the Harlequins’ trio of Chris Robshaw, Danny Care and Mike Brown make it back into the starting XV for that fixture it will be some achievement; England, with Farrell at the helm, are increasingly entering a new phase. Australia? The Wallabies are currently a pale shadow of the World Cup winning sides of old. Watching their forwards on Saturday was like going snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, diving under the water and discovering almost all the coral has died. Robert Kitson• Match report: England 37-18 Australia2) Fiji can give Australia headaches in JapanA year ago, Guy Novès was sacked as France’s head coach after a draw with Japan so his successor Jacques Brunel will have had a fitful night’s sleep after Fiji recorded a 21-14 victory – their first over Les Bleus in nine attempts. More than half Fiji’s players and all their points scorers at the Stade de France earn their livings in the Top 14 and they maintained their focus after a strong start having failed to do so earlier in the month at Murrayfield. France were virtually at full strength but failed to score a point in the second half after leading 14-12 at the break. Fiji, who lost to a late penalty in Dublin a year ago, are in the same World Cup group as Wales and Australia – just what the wavering Wallabies could do without. Paul Rees 4) All Blacks bounce back after Ireland upsetHell hath no fury like the All Blacks scorned as far as Italy are concerned. On Saturday New Zealand ran in 10 tries in Rome in a 66-3 victory – Jordie Barrett helping himself to four from the wing – to take the frustrations of last weekend’s defeat by Ireland out on Conor O’Shea’s side. Two years ago, it was also Italy who faced New Zealand a week after they had been beaten by Ireland in Chicago and that day the All Blacks also scored 10 tries. On Saturday, the All Blacks were far from flawless and the gloom that surrounded the Dublin defeat has not been lifted entirely but at least a long season has been signed off with a bit of style and Steve Hansen can beginning plotting how to bring about necessary improvements for next year’s World Cup. Gerard Meagher Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Quick guide Jonny Sexton wins World Rugby Player of the Year 3) Ireland have much to thank Schmidt forIreland have much to thank Joe Schmidt for following the news that the 2019 Rugby World Cup will mark an ending to his hugely successful reign as their coach. But perhaps one of his greatest gifts to the side could be the farsightedness of offering a berth to a disgruntled Andy Farrell after England could not find a place for him on their coaching staff. Farrell will now take over from Schmidt to provide Ireland with the sort of continuity that the All Blacks have and which other teams crave. Only time will tell whether Schmidt’s decision “to finish coaching and prioritise family commitments” is a fudge to reduce speculation on whether he secretly harbours ambitions for the New Zealand job – if or when it becomes available. Tom Bryant• Match report: Ireland 57-14 USA Hannah Botterman is among the England players making a charge for a central contract after impressing recently. Photograph: Richard Perriman/Frozen in Motion/Rex/Shutterstock England rugby union team Women’s rugby union Australia rugby union team 4) Scotland still fall flat in victoryScotland secured their 11th home victory in 11 Test matches, but supporters who have become accustomed to champagne rugby had to make do with flat beer in the Murrayfield encounter with the Pumas. Sean Maitland’s try proved the difference between the sides on an afternoon when the conditions hampered the experiment of playing Adam Hastings at 10 and Finn Russell at 12. The win meant Scotland finished their four-match series with a 50% record. “We will learn a lot from these matches,” said their head coach, Gregor Townsend. “The Six Nations is two months away and we have to make sure that we keep improving as a team and play better than we did over this period.” Paul Rees• Match report: Scotland 14-9 Argentina5) Jenkins wows to showcase Wales’ depth at flankerWales is supposed to be the breeding ground for fly-halfs. Now they have very definitely usurped England as a factory for flankers. Especially the kind the game still likes to refer to as “opensides”. There may be only 10 scrums per game these days, but if you like your flankers fast, hard and skilful, Wales is the place to look for them. Ellis Jenkins is the latest to wow in a red shirt, not that he’s the latest to emerge from the country. He ran through the gamut of skills of a flanker, which means the skills of a rugby player. Alas, his injury near the end looked serious. All the same – if he’ll forgive us – there are plenty more where he comes from. Michael Aylwin• Match report: Wales 20-11 South Africa Quick guide Team of the weekend Show England women’s rugby union team Hide Reuse this content 15 Damian McKenzie New Zealand 14 Andrew Conway Ireland 13 Semi Radradra Fiji 12 Ngani Laumape New Zealand 11 Joe Cokanasiga England 10 Ben Volavola Fiji 9 Frank Lomani Fiji 1 Steven Kitshoff South Africa 2 Guilhem Guirado France 3 Kyle Sinckler England 4 Maro Itoje England 5 Alun Wyn Jones Wales (📷) 6 Ellis Jenkins Wales 7 Michael Hooper Australia 8 Mark Wilson England 6) England’s depth hands higher-ups contracts poserThe Red Roses might be behind France in the Women’s Six Nations pecking order but they are a long way ahead of the rest. England will be handing out 28 15-a-side contracts in January and have enviable strength in depth. The obvious candidates will be rewarded – Katy Daley-Mclean, Sarah Hunter, Marlie Packer, Abbie Scott and Lydia Thompson, whose second-half hat-trick of tries sank a young Irish side that included a 16-year-old schoolgirl. But the newer faces, the Saracens pair, tighthead Hannah Botterman and the 20-year-old fly-half Zoe Harrison, have also impressed this autumn along with Zoe Aldcroft, an athletic lock from Yorkshire who is thriving under the tutelage of England’s new forwards coach Richard Blaze. Everything in the red rose garden may not be perfect – and it has to be said that the standard of place-kicking from both sides was lamentable on Saturday evening – but Simon Middleton’s England are progressing nicely. Ian Malin• Match report: England 37-15 Ireland Hide Twitter Pinterest Topics Play Video Share on Facebook Scotland rugby union team Share via Email Show … we have a small favour to ask. 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Johnny Sexton was crowned World Rugby Player of the Year on Sunday on a night of sweeping success for Ireland. Joe Schmidt scooped the coach of the year award, with Ireland named team of the year in a triple win for the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam winners at the World Rugby Awards. British and Irish Lions fly-half Sexton has become the first northern hemisphere winner of World Rugby’s top accolade since France’s Thierry Dusautoir in 2011. “It’s been an incredible year for Irish rugby, to win everything we could, really,” Sexton said. “Teams try to peak for World Cup years. People ask have we peaked too soon? Well we haven’t peaked, so we’re just getting better and hopefully we can continue to do that. You have to improve ahead of the general curve. We know everyone else is going to get better. We’ve got to deal with being favourites and I’m sure we can do that.”Sexton’s stunning drop-goal on the 41st phase of the final play secured Ireland a 15-13 win over France in Paris, as Schmidt’s men set the ball rolling on just their third-ever Grand Slam. The lynchpin playmaker also guided Leinster to the PRO14-Champions Cup double, before starring when Ireland toppled back-to-back world champions New Zealand 16-9 in Dublin earlier this month. PA Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Support The Guardian Was this helpful? features Michael Cheika calls referee’s decision over Owen Farrell tackle ‘ludicrous’ – video Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

LPG dealership scam BJP general secy of Murshidabad Town arrested

first_imgKolkata: In connection with the LPG dealership scam case, BJP general secretary of Murshidabad Town Soumen Mondal has been arrested on Friday. He will be taken into police custody for interrogation to find out who are the other connected individuals with the irregularity.Earlier during September, 2018, a BJP leader from Kolkata, identified as Ranjeet Majumdar, was arrested for allegedly cheating people by assuring them of providing LPG dealership. According to sources, after interrogating Majumdar, several more names cropped up in connection with the case. Following the arrest of Majumdar, the police were checking the documents which were provided by the complainant and those that were seized during the investigation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a prolonged probe, the investigating officers came to know that apart from Majumdar, Mondal also received a lot of money by promising LPG dealerships in Murshidabad. It is also alleged that few of the state-level leaders also received a part of the sum as commission. Mainly, Mondal was allegedly engaged in collecting the money from Murshidabad district and send it to the BJP leaders who were conducting the scam. Significantly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the Martyrs’ Day meeting on July 21 slammed the BJP regarding the ‘Ujala’ project irregularity. The fraud came to light on August 3 last year, after Ashok Sarkar, former BJP leader from Salt Lake, filed a complaint with the Jorasanko police station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the complaint, Majumdar was aware of the advertisement which was yet to be published, seeking LPG dealership. He and some other BJP leaders collected money and committed to provide LPG dealership to several BJP and RSS workers. According to the complaint lodged, several correspondences were made between BJP leaders for recommending the names for the allocation of LPG dealership for the year 2017-18. Subsequently, BJP and RSS workers were lured into the trap with an intention to cheat. Sarkar also alleged that crores of rupees were collected from different people from all across the state after assuring them the LPG dealership. It was also alleged that the final list of 235 names was being sent to a senior RSS leader for approval which contains a 17 digit code of different oil companies. However, the BJP leadership considered the arrest as a conspiracy. But according to the police, several clues that have been found which have led to Mondal’s arrest.last_img read more

Recent arrests in Myanmar extremely disturbing says UN envoy

The reports “run counter to the spirit of mutual engagement between the United Nations and Myanmar,” Mr. Gambari said today at a joint press conference in Bangkok with Thai Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram. “These actions must stop at once.” Thailand is the first stop on a six-nation tour for the Special Envoy, who was dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to meet with Myanmar’s regional partners about the situation in the troubled South-East Asian nation.Mr. Gambari reiterated the UN’s call on the Myanmar Government to release all political detainees, including those arrested during the demonstrations, and to allow access by Red Cross officials to those in detention. He said during his trip he will raise with Myanmar’s regional partners the UN’s serious concerns at the continuing reports of human rights violations in the wake of the recent demonstrations, a point made by the Security Council in a statement issued last week strongly deploring the Government’s use of force.The envoy noted steps taken by the Government in recent days, including easing – though not lifting completely – the curfew currently in place, appointing a liaison officer to start dialogue between the Government and the opposition, and the removal of the military from the streets. At the same time, Mr. Gambari warned that these actions could be damaged by continued reports of actions “detrimental” to national reconciliation and to overall peace and prosperity in Myanmar. In seeking to change the behaviour of the regime, he stressed that “all those who have influence in that process ought to be engaged.”Mr. Gambari’s current diplomatic tour aims to achieve this ahead of his return to Myanmar next month. “The sustained and active support of the region, through the strong voice and engagement of regional partners, has to be there in order for Myanmar to move forward,” he stated.Following his visit to Thailand, the Special Envoy will head to Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan. 15 October 2007The United Nations Special Envoy to Myanmar today urged the Government to halt the use of force against dissidents, calling recent reports of arrests, interrogations and intimidation “extremely disturbing.” read more