Can Trump Really Value A Strong, Independent India

first_imgThere is no indication yet that Trump fully appreciates the value of a strong but independent India for preserving America’s place in the world. Related Itemslast_img

A short visit to another India

first_imgA few days ago, I did something I don’t do very often – I visited India. By which I mean I made arrangements for some kind strangers to host me in a village for two nights and a full day, and I went. Though it was only for a day, it provided me with the light shock every cityzombie needs from time to time. I won’t talk about my hosts except to say that these are people who have carried on a struggle to better the lives of ordinary, (read poor), rural Indians for over two decades; most of them are from villages themselves, a few from small towns and one or two are nominally PLM – people like me – that is, educated partly abroad, with a good command of English and an urban middle-class upbringing.MudSo, I drove down one of beautiful new highways, often hitting a speed around 120 kmph without either the car or myself breaking into a sweat and, by night time, found myself riding up and down smooth slopes of road that wound itself through dry jungle. The road was first-class and I could easily have kept driving, slept in some roadside motel-type hostelry and covered a distance of 900 kilometers between two of our major cities in less than two days (or say fourteen hours) of driving.Instead, I pulled off the highway at a pre-arranged place and was escorted to where my hosts have a small cluster of huts for their organisation. Suddenly, within the space of a few metres, I transferred from the semi-First-World into a something that belonged deep in what we used to call the Third World.advertisementMy hosts were very friendly but what they were welcoming me into was their daily reality, which is as close as can be to the lives of the people they work with – among the poorest of India’s poor. There were luxuries: the water came daily in a tanker and you could fill up a whole bucket from the storage and take it to a proper toilet in an enclosed hut; there were blankets aplenty to fight the record cold wave; there were a few lights, both solar powered and drawing current from the erratic electric supply; the food was simple, each meal consisting of either roti and daal or another India roti and sabzi, but it was piping hot and tasted very good and fresh; tea came with both milk and sugar; some mobile phones worked and it was possible to connect to the net through a dongle, albeit at a slow speed.Other than this, it was rough for a city-softy like myself.The thing that got to me most was the business of shoes. I had neglected to carry any kind of chappal and the getting in and out of stiff, heavy sneakers every time you entered or left a room was a major drag. When it warmed up the next morning, I walked around barefoot, which was fine on the smooth mud of the chaukat just outside the huts but I had to be careful to avoid the thorns and pebbles on the way to the toilet.It was the ground underfoot that sent me back to my late teenage days and the time I first went out of the city to a village in Bengal. I suddenly remembered the deep discomfort of the mud under my soles, sometimes dry and prickly, sometimes wet and slimy but always alien. I re-lived how foreign and awkward my body felt while squatting or sitting crosslegged on the ground for long periods of time. It had felt as if I had not been designed for this environment, as if I was some ineffective joke of a sports- car trying to drive over boulders.CityNow, my reasonably fancy running shoes felt like an encumbrance and my body, now thirtyodd years older, protested at being put into unfamilar positions.When I forced myself to sit down and be still (on a charpai where my knees could handle the sitting) I realised it was not just the physical discomfort that was getting to me, but – like that first time on the other side of the country – it was also the sense of time that was deeply unsettling, that was at the centre of this low fever of outsider- ness.At that time, in 1978, I’d spent a night and most of a day in a village not two hours from Calcutta.The night was okay, filled as it was with ganja, rum and wonderful Baul songs, but the next day had been pure torture.advertisementI’d wanted to run back to the city, to my flat with it’s clean tiled floors and running water in the bathrooms. Every loving offer of tea or food from the people we were visiting, every urging that we stay longer, stay another night, seemed like a trap, an obstacle to my escape home.Now, in this village in Western India, I wasn’t that desperate to leave, I was anxious about being able to re-connect with this reality which was not mine but which I needed to engage with as a citizen and a human.I am and probably always will be an urban animal, with my life bracketed by the modernities of the second half of the 20th century and the first half of the 21st.I am and probably always will be someone whose labours primarily involve nothing more than his arms, hands and fingertips.As a person, I am defined not by any commitment to social action but by an urge to see, understand and record as truthfully and insightfully the life I find around me. Why then did I need to put myself into this version of poverty, or activism – tourism? I don’t have any really good answer except to say that even though we know the world is round we often forget that when focusing closely on the flat earth around us and it’s crucial to remind ourselves of where are and who we are.DistanceIn that sense, if I myself am any kind of ‘Indian’ or ‘South Asian’ then it’s important never to forget that I am equidistant from Ratan Tata, Sania Mirza and Shah Rukh Khan at one end and the farmer trying to figure out his next meal at the other. It may seem like I’m closer to the rich and famous, the so-called ‘Faces of India’ but that’s perhaps an illusion.The evening before I left, a group of young people from an administrative institute arrived at the huts for their own version of activism-inspection. As they gathered around my hosts and listened to them, I looked at their faces.Some of them might have been from a rural background but most of them were clearly from cities or sizeable towns.The difference between them and me was that many of this bunch would be obliged to work in India’s rural areas for some part of their careers. They seemed happy enough to be there and alert and curious but I really couldn’t be sure they didn’t share my alienation or discomfort As I dropped my gaze from their faces I noticed their shoes. Like me, most of these twenty-somethings were wearing branded trainers. On my way south on the spanking new highway the next morning, I found myself wondering how many of them had brought along rubber chappals and whether any of them was happy walking barefoot on the mud for a while.advertisementThe writer is the author of The Last Jet- engine Laughlast_img read more

Pelicans dump GM Dell Demps after Davis ‘dumpster fire’

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 “We will immediately begin the process of restructuring our basketball operations department,” Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said.Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, a Pelicans consultant with more than 25 years of NBA experience as a player and executive, was named the club’s interim general manager.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“My focus for the rest of the season is to provide leadership to our basketball operations group and give Alvin and our players the resources and support to positively impact the culture and foundation now and moving forward,” Ferry told The Athletic website.Demps exited barely a week after the NBA trade deadline passed with Davis still on the Pelicans roster despite saying he wanted a transfer to an NBA title contender. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis is averaging 28.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game this season.Davis said he will not sign a long-term extension with the Pelicans, leaving him to play out the final year of his contract with New Orleans next season or be shipped out for whatever they can get.The Los Angeles Lakers were reportedly in deep talks for a deal on Davis, but backed off when they kept getting different terms, saying the Pelicans kept wanting more and more even after the Lakers would scramble to assemble an offer.Asked if the Pelicans bargained in good faith, Lakers president Magic Johnson tersely replied, “No.”It will be the new general manager who decides among what are expected to be several bid deals for a Davis trade while he remains under contract.ADVERTISEMENT ABL: PJ Ramos returns as Alab Pilipinas dominates Wolf Warriors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Pelicans have the disadvantage of trying to make a deal with teams knowing Davis wants to go anyway, limiting what gains New Orleans can expect. Davis was fined $50,000 for revealing his desire to be sent elsewhere.The entire debacle has taken a toll on the Pelicans, Gentry said, his team having slid to 26-33, third-worst in the Western Conference and six games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the last playoff spot.“To tell you the truth, this whole thing has been a dumpster fire,” Gentry said. “It’s hard for guys to go through what they’ve been through.”Great expectations by owner But Benson demanded the Pelicans do more than finish off a disappointing season in the last two months of the campaign.“My expectations, and the expectations of our fans, are that this team will compete at a high level for the remainder of the season,” Benson said.Davis, who had been sidelined with a finger injury, suffered a bruised left shoulder on Thursday against Oklahoma City and is uncertain for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.The Pelicans reached the playoffs only three times under Demps, losing to eventual champion Golden State in the second round of last season’s playoffs.The biggest deal under Demps sent former New Orleans star Chris Paul to the Clippers in 2012. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – In this May 12, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps speaks during an NBA basketball news conference at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, La. A person familiar with the situation says the Pelicans have fired general manager Dell Demps.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, because the club has not announced it. Demps did not immediately return voice and text messages left with him Friday morning. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)Dell Demps was dropped as general manager of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans on Friday after what coach Alvin Gentry called a “dumpster fire” surrounding star Anthony Davis.Demps, who had served as general manager of the team since 2010, and the club agreed to a mutual parting, the team said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

England’s Euro qualifier in Bulgaria marred by racist abuse

first_imgLeBron: Rockets’ Morey ‘wasn’t educated’ on China tweet Bulgaria supporters in the crowd were seen directing monkey chants at England players, doing Nazi salutes and holding up shirts with the UEFA logo and the text “No Respect” — a reference to the European governing body’s “Respect” campaign aimed at curbing racism in the sport.During the first break, the public announcer warned that the match could be called off completely unless the racist abuse stopped — the first step in UEFA’s anti-racism protocol for games. During the second break, dozens of Bulgaria fans involved in the chanting, many of them wearing dark hoodies, left the stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I would like to see a very stringent review by UEFA because I know they take racism very seriously,” English FA Chairman Greg Clarke said. “We should join a movement to drive racism out of our game and have zero tolerance for it.”The FA also issued a statement saying the England players “were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting,” which seemed to be aimed mainly at black players like Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings. “As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behavior in society, let alone in football. We will be asking UEFA to investigate as a matter of urgency,” the FA said.Mings initially asked one of the assistant referees if he had heard the chants and England coach Gareth Southgate then held a discussion with the fourth official before the game was halted for the first time.“It was quite clear to hear on the pitch, but we showed a great response, we showed a good togetherness and ultimately we let the football do the talking,” Mings told ITV. “We made a decision at halftime to come out and play the game which we thought was the right decision and if anything else had happened we would have taken appropriate action.”The delays led to six minutes of added time, during which Sterling tapped in England’s fourth goal.Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov appeared to have a heated debate with a section of home fans, asking them to stop the chants, as the rest of the players went to the dressing rooms at half time.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The second half passed without interruption, with Sterling scoring his second goal with a precise finish in the 69th, and Kane completing the rout in the 85th, shortly after he was denied by the post.The Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia was already subject to a partial closure for the match after Bulgaria was sanctioned for racist chanting during qualifiers against Kosovo and the Czech Republic.“We have made two statements by winning the game but also we have raised the awareness of everyone of the situation,” Southgate said. “The game was stopped twice. I know for some people that won’t be enough.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Bulgarian fans leave the stadium during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between Bulgaria and England, at the Vasil Levski national stadium, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SOFIA, Bulgaria — England’s Football Association called on UEFA to take “very stringent” action after the country’s European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria was stopped twice in the first half because of racist chants and Nazi salutes from the home supporters.England’s 6-0 win was halted in the 28th minute and again in the 43rd, but the English players opted against leaving the pitch and the game was quickly resumed after both breaks.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

After 21 years, Chennai Open ready for exit from city

first_imgUnable to meet the “commercial demands” of the main organisers, IMG, Chennai Open is set to move out of the city after 21 years and Pune is likely to host India’s only ATP World Tour event from next year.Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) Secretary General CBN Reddy said they will make an official announcement on the development tomorrow but another official, who did not wish to be named, confirmed that the event is moving out of city.”We can’t meet the commercial demands of the IMG,” said the official on the condition of anonymity adding without elaborating.The reason is surprising since the Tamil Nadu government has been supporting the event for long and IMG had even extended the contract with TNTA for three more years recently.”But it’s not a setback. We are premier state association and will remain,” the TNTA official asserted.It has been learnt that IMG, the owners of the tournament, were considering to take the event out of the country but is likely to settle for Pune as the next hosts.IMG officials could not contacted for comment.The state associations of Karnataka and Gujarat were also in the race but Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) has emerged favourites to win the bid as the state government has passed a resolution to support the event.Chennai has been hosting the event since 1996 and legends such as Rafael Nadal have been part of the tournament, which is organised in the lead up to the Australian Open.advertisementMSLTA officials did not deny or confirm the development but sources in the association claim that Pune is going to be the next host of the tournament.”IMG were considering Singapore as one of the possible venues but we wanted to keep it in India, keeping the interest of the Indian players in mind. It is India’s event and it should remain in the country,” the source said.MSLTA has been successfully hosting a USD 50,000 Challenger event since 2014 and the tennis facility at the Balewadi Sports Complex is well-equipped to host an ATP 250 event.AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said, “The tournament is IMG’s property and they have every right to host it where they find it more lucrative.”India have been struggling badly to host even ATP Challenger tournaments. This year Delhi Open has not been held so far despite AITA promising to host the event.The Sports Ministry recently snubbed AITA but refusing to sponsor ITF and ATP tournaments, saying it was Federation’s responsibility to raise funds and organise tournaments.last_img read more

Exam For Karageorge Brain

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio  — A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions, a coroner said on Dec. 1.The examination, not normally part of the autopsy process, is being done on Kosta Karageorge because of that history, said Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County Coroner.The pathologist “may or may not be able to determine any sort of abnormality or defect from traumatic brain injury,” Ortiz said.Preliminary results from a Dec. 1 autopsy confirmed that Karageorge died of a gunshot wound, Ortiz said, but she hasn’t yet definitively ruled it a suicide.However, Columbus police said that Karageorge died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was found in the trash bin with him, police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said.His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police her son had had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused.Players knew of Karageorge’s history of concussions, teammate Michael Bennett, a defensive tackle, said. “We knew he had a lot of concussions and we were worried about that. But we didn’t see any side effects of it,” Bennett said.Karageorge, 22, was a Buckeyes wrestler for three years, and the senior defensive tackle joined the football team as a walk-on this season. Although earlier reports said Karageorge played in one game, Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig corrected that, saying Karageorge had not played in any games.A woman and her son looking for items in a trash bin Nov. 30 found the body of Karageorge, who disappeared four days earlier after sending his parents a text message. The message said, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f—– up.”Police reports released indicated a man looking for food in the trash bin earlier in the day may have found Karageorge’s body, but he didn’t report it and instead told other people who called police.After Karageorge went missing, the football team’s physician, Dr. Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he said, “We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said he’d been instructed not to talk about medical issues surrounding Karageorge. “I can say this: This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around, the way they handle their business and the attention to detail,” Meyer said.Wrestling coach Tom Ryan told The Columbus Dispatch that Karageorge did not have documented concussions as a wrestler.Brain injuries seem to increase people’s risk for depression, though most studies on that have been with people who had severe head injuries, said Dr. Tom McAllister, Chairman of Psychiatry at Indiana University, who has studied concussions in college athletes.If the person had depression or an anxiety disorder in the past, “it often is the case that the concussion seems to exacerbate it,” he said. “These injuries don’t occur in a vacuum. People bring their own past history … into the injury.”Police found Karageorge’s body within a couple hundred yards of his home and about a half-block from High Street, the main artery of the campus. Karageorge had last been seen at his Columbus apartment, when roommates said he left for a walk.Several teammates recalled Karageorge as a hard worker at every practice, often staying for extra work, knowing he had little chance of ever playing.“Every day he came out with the same attitude, no matter what the circumstance was,” said offensive lineman Pat Elfein, adding: “The kid was just a grinder, you know?”___(Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Rusty Miller. AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione reported from MilwaukeeTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lionel Messi and Liverpool Shine in the Champions League

first_imgROME (AP) — Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday.Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage’s midpoint.Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak away from home in the group phase.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the most of a rare start to score twice and Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet for last season’s champion.Still, Liverpool remained one point behind Napoli in Group E after the Italian club won 3-2 at Salzburg with a brace from Dries Mertens, who surpassed Diego Maradona for second spot on the team’s all-time scoring list.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, right, vies for the ball with Genk’s Jhon Lucumi, left, and Carlos Cuesta during a Champions League group E soccer match between Genk and Liverpool at the KRC Genk Arena in Genk, Belgium, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund trail Barcelona by three points in a group where three heavyweights are vying for two spots in the knockout stage.Inter beat Dortmund 2-0 in the other Group F game with goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva.Messi floated a free kick to Luis Suárez at the far post and the Uruguayan’s shot was deflected in by Slavia forward Peter Olayinka for Barcelona’s winner.Earlier, Messi finished off a fast move he had started.It was the first goal for the Argentine in the campaign, taking his overall tally in Europe’s top club competition to 113.TREMENDOUS TEENAGERSalzburg’s 19-year-old forward Erling Haaland scored twice in the loss to Napoli, giving him six goals in three matches.Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli in Salzburg, Austria, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)That makes him only the second teenager in Champions League history to score in each of his first three appearances in the competition, after current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema achieved the feat with Lyon. And he’s the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances.Haaland now has 20 goals in all competitions for the Austrian club this season.Haaland’s first goal came with a penalty, then he made it 2-2 by taking advantage of his 6-foot-4 (1.94 meter) frame for a precise header.He also had a score disallowed early on by the VAR for offside.SUPER SUBSMichy Batshuayi came off the bench and scored a late winner as Chelsea rode its luck to beat Ajax 1-0 and throw Group H wide open.The Belgium striker fired in off the underside of the bar from close range in the 86th, 15 minutes after coming on. United States international Christian Pulisic, another of coach Frank Lampard’s subs, provided the cross.“It’s what you want from subs,” Lampard said. “Sometimes the toughest part of management is leaving out players that really want to play week in, week out, and you rely on them being positive, coming on and making an impact and they both did. Delighted for them both.”The result left both teams on six points after three matches. Valencia, which drew 1-1 with Lille, is next with four points.It was another late Champions League stinger at the hands of a London team for Ajax, which lost the semifinal last season to Tottenham thanks to a Lucas Moura goal deep in stoppage time.LEIPZIG LEADSLeipzig leads Group G following a 2-1 comeback win over Zenit St. Petersburg and is in position to advance to the knockout rounds for the first time.Marcel Sabitzer scored with a sublime volley for the winner near the hour mark“It’s without doubt one of the best goals of my career,” Sabitzer said.Sabitzer also set up the equalizer for Konrad Laimer after Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy opened the scoring for Zenit.Leipzig has six points, two more than Zenit and Lyon, which lost 2-1 at last-place Benfica.___By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

12 killed, 49 injured as bus falls into Mahanadi riverbed in Odisha

first_img(Eds: Updating toll) Cuttack, Nov 20 (PTI) At least 12 people were killed and 49 injured after a bus fell into the Mahanadi riverbed from a bridge near Jagatpur on the outskirts of the city Tuesday evening, police said.The private bus, on its way to Cuttack from Talcher, crashed into the railing of the bridge and plunged 30 feet down into the dry riverbed, they said.According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the bus lost control when a buffalo came in front of it. The driver swerved the bus to save the animal and thus the accident happened, apolice officer said.Policemen from Cuttack, along with fire brigade personnel and the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), rushed to the accident site to rescue the trapped passengers.Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethy said all the passengers trapped inside the bus have been rescued and they were taken to the SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Emergency officer of SCB Medical College and Hospital B N Maharana said they have received 12 bodies. Among the deceased nine were men and three woman. Forty-nine people were undergoing treatment at the hospital, Maharana said.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep concern over the accident and has directed Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera to rush to the spot and oversee treatment ofthe injured. The chief minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of the deceased. He said the injured would be provided free treatment. PTI CORR SKN AAM SBN KJ SMNSMNadvertisementlast_img read more

England overwhelm careless Australia with Kyle Sinckler power game

first_imgAutumn internationals Read more England 37-18 Australia: how the players rated at Twickenham Pinterest Rugby union Twitter … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… The Observer Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp When England finished their 2016 series in Australia with a flourish, they had a backline with an emphasis on ball-handling rather than manhandling. Fired by George Ford at fly-half, the aim was to be reactive and revel in the unstructured. They scored 44 points that night in Sydney, their record against the Wallabies, and here they equalled their highest tally at home against the 2015 World Cup finalists but their approach was markedly different.There was a period towards the end when Ben Te’o, Manu Tuilagi and Joe Cokanasiga made up three-quarters of the three-quarter line, not ones to take the outside route when there is a defender to plough through. The only survivor from the outside backs who had played in Sydney 29 months before was Owen Farrell, and he had been shifted to fly-half from the centre. Australia went into the game without Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper for a breach of squad protocol two weeks before – the delayed decision and the minor infraction testament to a side who had lost their way and, Hooper apart, does not reflect the indomitable image of its head coach, Michael Cheika.The Wallabies made much of an incident at the end of the first half when they trailed 13-10. Farrell had kicked two penalties to one by Matt Toomua before Israel Folau wrong-footed Farrell and stepped away from Youngs despite taking a stumble on a 35-metre run for an individual try against the run of play. The Wallabies had created little but they had another chance on the stroke of half-time when the second row Izack Rodda had the line at his mercy and Farrell standing in front of it.As Rodda charged, Farrell lowered his shoulder and felled the second row. Australia were awarded a penalty which Cheika complained afterwards should have been at least a penalty try that would have put his side 17-13 ahead at the break. It may also have been worth a yellow card but while Cheika’s frustration was understandable after a second year here when big decisions went against his team, his ire should have been reserved for Rodda.A second-row with a weight advantage of more than four stone and forward momentum clattered into an outside-half only to collapse in a heap. Joe Cokanasiga breaks through but was denied a second try by a Michael Hooper tackle. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Observer Read more The legality of Farrell’s challenge should not have been an issue: Rodda should have powered his way through it, but his desire was nothing compared with the England captain’s; there is a flimsiness about the Wallabies that is not characteristic of a side coached by Cheika.That was as good as it got for Australia. They conceded quickly after the restart, Farrell dummying into space and giving Elliot Daly the opportunity to impersonate Folau. Then came Cokanasiga before Farrell made the game secure with a penalty and concluded it with his side’s fourth try. Folau gave Australia the last word with his second but it was slight consolation.England’s next match is against Ireland in Dublin. Eddie Jones did not quite say bring it on but he dealt an early card by saying that a World Cup was not decided by who was the best team 10 months before it started. Ireland will know what is coming: the Vunipolas should be back by then. England’s beef will be at its rawest. Topics The England head coach, Eddie Jones, has gone back to the future with the World Cup now nine matches away. This victory, which should have been even more comfortable, was built on English staples: the set pieces. Australian scrums tend to find themselves with only a reverse gear here and if the home side’s dominance did not resurrect the days when Andrew Sheridan mangled props in green and gold, it provided a platform for attack and led to the opening try two minutes in.That followed a passage of play which summed up the hapless, calamitous state Australia are in after a year in which they have lost nine matches. They conceded a needless five-metre scrum when Dane Haylett-Petty’s clearance kick from a ruck at which he was acting as scrum-half hit Ben Youngs rather than be charged down: England pushed Australia back, forcing the blindside flanker Jack Dempsey to remain locked to the set piece and when Mark Wilson picked up at No 8 and ran towards the short side, Youngs provided an overlap for Jonny May to score.It took England until the second half, as it had against South Africa and Japan, to achieve cohesion. They were at their best when looking to blow a hole in the opposition defence, Kyle Sinckler, Wilson, Te’o and Cokanasiga all storming the gainline for Farrell to dictate. There was nothing subtle about their play: they sensed their opponents’ vulnerability and homed in on it.England have been handicapped by injuries this month but that has given Cokanasiga his opportunity. He scored one try and was only denied another by a sinew-straining tackle by the Australia captain Michael Hooper, whose example was not followed by enough of his colleagues. Haylett-Petty had one of those afternoons which started badly and got worse. He scored a try but rightly had it scratched because of his forward pass in the build-up to Samu Kerevi, and found himself in the wrong place when Cokanasiga received the ball 40 metres out 15 minutes into the second half. Haylett went one way and Petty the other, leaving Cokanasiga to charge through the gap. 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Shells First LNG Bunker Ship Arrives in Rotterdam

first_imgzoom Royal Dutch Shell’s first LNG bunker vessel named Cardissa has arrived in the port of Rotterdam to fuel ships with cleaner-burning marine fuel, the company informed.The seaworthy bunker vessel was built at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Company yard in South Korea on behalf of Shell and is powered by Wärtsilä DF dual-fuel engines.The ship will be used to deliver gas to LNG fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe.The bunker vessel will make use of Gate’s LNG breakbulk terminal and jetty in the port of Rotterdam.The LNG-powered vessel has the capacity to carry 6,500 m3 of LNG, and features an innovative transfer system, enabling it to use both large and small LNG terminals.The new vessel was built in response to the increasing acceptance by the shipping industry of LNG as a marine fuel, especially amid stricter environmental regulations.Separately, Shell also concluded a time charter agreement with Victrol NV and CFT for a bunkership with a capacity of 3,000 m3 LNG. The vessel will also be operating from Rotterdam and provides the company with additional flexibility to bunker a range of customers, including vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways.“LNG as a marine fuel has an important role to play in the energy mix of the future,” says Steve Hill, Executive Vice President of Shell Energy.“With these bunkers and the Gate terminal, we are demonstrating that Shell is dedicated to building a robust and reliable supply chain to meet the needs of our customers. With stricter emissions regulations on the horizon, we continue to work with our customers and partners on cleaner energy solutions.”last_img read more

Cosby Canadian accuser calm and focused as trial nears friends say

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – When Andrea Constand takes the stand in the coming days to break her decade-long silence about Bill Cosby, jurors will hear from a free spirit who devotes her life to family, her French poodle, and her work treating cancer patients and others as a massage therapist.The Canadian will be the star witness when the comedian dubbed America’s Dad goes on trial Monday in suburban Philadelphia on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 79, could get 10 years in prison if convicted.When they last met, in 2004, Constand was wrapping up a life in basketball that had taken her from the Toronto suburbs to a national title with the University of Arizona to a pro league in Europe and finally a job on the coaching staff at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater.Constand, now 44, has never spoken publicly about the TV star under the terms of a confidential settlement they negotiated in 2006. And her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed. Yet friends say she is ready to face Cosby and the crush of media in the courtroom.“Andrea is not focused on the outcome. She is not emotional. She’s the opposite. She is so centred and focused. She does yoga, she meditates,” said Donna Motsinger, 75, a fellow Cosby accuser who has become close to Constand since the Canadian woman reached out to her two years ago. “She lives a beautiful life.”Constand, an athletic six-footer with colourful arm tattoos and a wild mane of brown curly hair, is the only Cosby accuser whose complaint has led to criminal charges. About 60 women have accused him of similar conduct, most of them coming forward in Constand’s wake.“She’s the only one who found the fortitude to press charges against him within the statute of limitations. I think that’s not a coincidence. She’s so strong and courageous,” said Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on “The Cosby Show” in 1992, the eighth and final season of the top-ranked sitcom.Constand has visited Motsinger during trips to the Southwest, an area she loves from her college days in Arizona. They hike, talk about their spiritual journeys and share the occasional margarita. One thing they don’t talk about is Cosby, the older woman said. Constand also visited Bernard in Los Angeles last year, where they happened upon his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while taking in the sights. They kept walking, Bernard said.Cosby, Temple’s most famous booster and trustee, first spied Constand from across the school gym in 2002. He had a friend introduce them. When she mentioned having back pain, he led her into the locker room to engage in a back-to-back, two-person stretch.They became friendly over the next two years, discussing sports, health tips and Constand’s career. Cosby, according to his deposition in her lawsuit, once invited her to a dinner with local college presidents and also took her to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to talk career options with an executive.Cosby called some of their time together “romantic,” describing a few occasions when he said he made advances toward her or lay next to her on his bed during the 2003 casino trip. He insists the encounter at the heart of the criminal case was consensual.Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, considers that ludicrous, since the 30-year-old Constand was dating a woman at the time.The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault, but Constand’s lawyer has said her name can be used.On the night in question, in early 2004, Cosby summoned her to his gated estate near Philadelphia to discuss her job search. In his deposition, he said he gave her three unidentified pills to ease her stress. She said she thought it was an herbal remedy. Cosby, 36 years her senior, then put his hand down her pants, according to his deposition.She later told police she was drifting in and out of consciousness, unable to fend him off.Constand left Temple when the basketball season ended, returning home to become a massage therapist like her father. During her training, she learned about the professional boundaries involving touch and started having nightmares, according to court documents. She told her mother in 2005 that something had happened. They went to the police.Prosecutors in Pennsylvania at the time deemed the case too weak to prosecute.Constand then filed the first sexual battery lawsuit against the Hollywood star, a case he settled for an undisclosed sum after giving four days of lurid testimony about his sexual conduct with Constand and other young women. He acknowledged giving some of them pills and alcohol and at least one woman quaaludes.After that testimony became public in 2015, more women came forward and a new set of prosecutors took another look at the case and arrested Cosby.The trial is expected to last about two weeks.“Andrea was a basketball player. She would prepare for a championship game like no other,” Motsinger said. “That’s what she’s done here.”last_img read more

Andy Murray Raises £305000 At Charity Event

first_imgAndy Murray Live presented by SSE, the tennis exhibition event set up by the British number one, has raised over £305,000 for two children’s charities – Unicef UK and Young People’s Futures.The money raised will be used by Young People’s Futures to buy much needed facilities for young people in Possilpark, one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. These will include a minibus to transport children to sports facilities, and a caravan to provide respite and holidays for families.Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, will use the money raised to help protect children in emergencies, such as those affected by the Syria crisis. For example the funds could help Unicef provide 29,000 children with thermal blankets to keep them safe and warm when bitter weather hits this winter.In its first year, the event sold out within 48 hours, giving 10,000 people the chance to see Andy Murray play live at The SSE Hydro. Over half the tickets for the event were priced at less than £25 making it very affordable for all.Those not able to watch the event live could watch on SKY and over a million people globally tuned in to watch on Facebook – the largest audience of its kind so far on the social network.Murray commented: “It was always really important to me that this event should be for charity and so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to raise a significant amount in our first year. Children’s charities have become more relevant to me now I’m a father, and both these organisations are doing great work with young people in Scotland and around the world.”Lily Caprani, Unicef UK’s Deputy Executive Director said: “We are incredibly grateful to Andy for his continued support as a Unicef Ambassador to help children in danger. Right now, children’s lives are at risk from sudden disasters, long running and overlooked conflicts around the world. Millions are being forced to leave their homes, risking their lives on dangerous journeys in search of safety. The money raised by Andy and his fans will help Unicef provide life-saving food, clean water and vaccines, as well education and psychological support for children affected by conflict and disaster around the world.”Young People’s Futures spokesperson, Ann Lawrance said: “This was truly an amazing opportunity for our charity. Not only will the money raised make a huge difference to us, but also the awareness our charity received through being a partner of the event, was enormously important. It has made a real difference for the children on our programme and for that we are so grateful. Some of our children were able to attend the event, and to see Andy live, which was a once in a lifetime opportunity and will hopefully go on to inspire them to better things.”Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau said: “Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as a top five global sports city with a world-class events portfolio and a state-of-the-art arena in The SSE Hydro, which provided a fantastic backdrop for a thoroughly entertaining evening. We’re also a city of hugely supportive tennis fans, as our hosting of the Davis Cup has shown, so it was no surprise that the event proved to be a sell-out in its first year – in front of a packed home crowd it felt like the roof was going to come off when Andy and Jamie stepped onto the court. To have raised such a terrific sum of money, which will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Glasgow and beyond, was the icing on the cake.”Murray plans to run a similar event in 2017, with more details being announced early next year.last_img read more

Several dozen miners believed trapped after Zimbabwe floods

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Media in Zimbabwe say several dozen artisanal miners are missing after rains flooded mines while they were underground.State broadcaster ZBC said late Wednesday that 38 miners were trapped underground, while the state-run Herald newspaper put the number at 23.Reports say the gold miners went underground near the town of Kadoma before heavy rains destroyed a dam wall, resulting in massive flooding. Police say rescue teams and pumps to drain the water were mobilized.Large groups of men, women and children using picks, shovels and hoes are a common sight in Zimbabwe’s mineral-rich fields. The artisanal miners operate without regulation and safety standards are hardly practiced.Illegal mining has become rampant in a country where many people are unemployed.The Associated Press read more

Annan urges Morocco to accept peace plan for Western Sahara

In a report to the Security Council circulated today, Mr. Annan says, “I urge Morocco to seize the opportunity and positively engage in the process and implementing the plan.”The plan submitted by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, James Baker, earlier this year, calls for a referendum on the area’s future. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) accepted the plan on 6 July. The Moroccans have sent objections to the Secretary-General.In his report, Mr. Annan notes that in September Morocco sent a high-level negotiating team to Houston to meet with Mr. Baker, and had asked for additional time to study the proposals.Mr. Annan agreed to the time extension and says he hopes to receive Morocco’s response before the end of the calendar year.Mr. Annan also recommends that the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) should have its mandate extended for three months, to 31 January 2004. The mandate is due to expire 31 October. The Security Council is scheduled to turn its attention to Western Sahara next Monday. read more

Loonie at sevenmonth low amid US sequester worries weakening housing sector

Loonie at seven-month low amid U.S. sequester worries, weakening housing sector TORONTO – The Canadian dollar traded at a fresh, seven-month low Tuesday amid worries centred on fears of massive U.S. government spending cuts, the housing market and oil prices.The loonie slipped 0.65 a cent to 98.74 cents US.The dollar has not had a good start to 2013, falling more than 1.5 cents US.Analyst say there is more than one issue putting pressure on the Canadian currency.For starters, there’s the looming sequester in the U.S., Canada’s biggest trading partner. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective.It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for an economy struggling to put in growth of even two per cent and bad news for an export-driven economy like Canada’s.The housing sector has also been a focus for worry with the International Monetary Fund saying that it is overvalued by a good 10 per cent.Oil prices have also been a concern because of the gap between Brent crude and Western Canadian Select, which is the crude produced by Western Canada’s oilsands. Recently, that price gap widened to as much as $65 a barrel as pipeline bottlenecks have prevented growing oilsands production from getting to the most lucrative markets. That gap is now down to about $45 amid expectations it will fall even more.There is also suspense over the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline last year, but invited TransCanada (TSX:TRP) to file a new application with an altered route that would skirt an ecologically sensitive area in Nebraska.TransCanada did that and is now awaiting word on approval from the U.S. State Department.Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotia Capital, says the near-term outlook for the Canadian dollar is soft but strong in the medium term.“China’s improved growth outlook, combined with a recovery in the U.S., should also flow into Canada, particularly with regards to lumber and other commodity exports,” she said.“We would suggest the worst is behind Canada in terms of the Brent-WCS oil spread, housing is undergoing a needed moderate cooling and market risk aversion appears to be abating.”Traders also took in a couple of pieces of weak economic data.Statistics Canada said that wholesale sales fell 0.9 per cent in December to $49 billion, after rising 0.7 per cent in November.The agency said that the decrease was largely a result of lower sales in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry.Statistics Canada also said that non-residents reduced their holdings of Canadian securities by $1.9 billion in December, led by large retirements of bonds and equities. This was the second consecutive month of a net outflow of funds in the form of securities.Commodity prices were lower as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down five cents to US$95.81 a barrel.Copper prices fell sharply after several local governments in China announced new measures to restrict financing to potential homebuyers. That triggered concerns about a fresh wave of tightening for the property sector.March copper ticked eight cents lower to US$3.65 a pound. China is the biggest consumer of copper, considered an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, including electrical and plumbing in houses.April gold fell $4.90 to US$1,604.60 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 11:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bernanke says he believes market volatility lessening as investors better understand Fed

Bernanke says he believes market volatility lessening as investors better understand Fed AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke says markets are more stable now that investors better understand the Federal Reserve’s guidance on when it might start reducing its bond purchases.“I think the markets are beginning to understand our message,” he said at a House Financial Services hearing.Last month stocks plunged after Bernanke said the Fed could reduce its $85 billion in bond purchases later this year if the economy improves. But stocks have since recovered after Bernanke and other Fed members have made clear that any change depends on the economy’s performance, not a target date.On Wednesday Bernanke told lawmakers the Fed’s timetable is not on a “preset course.”Bernanke says it’s important to provide guidance on the Fed’s possible moves so that investors don’t expect the purchases to continue indefinitely. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 11:23 am MDT read more

Mediator le rapport au vitriol de Bernard Debré et Philippe Even

first_imgMediator : le rapport au vitriol de Bernard Debré et Philippe EvenSuite au scandale du Mediator, les professeurs Philippe Even et Bernard Debré ont remis un rapport au ministre de la Santé dans lequel ils préconisent une réforme profonde de l’Afssaps (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé).Face à la polémique autour du Mediator, Nicolas Sarkozy avait demandé un rapport sur le sujet aux professeurs Bernard Debré (député de Paris) et Philippe Even (Président de l’Institut Necker). Ces derniers viennent de remettre leurs conclusions au président de la République et à Xavier Bertrand, ministre de la Santé.À lire aussiN. Sarkozy remet sur la table la “taxe Google”L’affaire du Mediator “est beaucoup plus qu’un accident isolé”, notent les professeurs dans l’introduction de ce rapport de 85 pages. Pour eux, la refonte du système français du médicament et de son contrôle est vitale. Les professeurs mettent en cause la structure même de l’Afssaps et de ses cinq directions scientifiques et trois commissions. A propos de ces dernières, ils expliquent ainsi : “L’une dit toujours oui, en acceptant une foule de médicaments inutiles, et l’autre non, refusant presque toujours de suspendre ou de retirer les médicaments même les plus dangereux qu’utiles”. La décision d’autorisation de mise sur le marché d’un médicament est également mise en cause, alors qu’elle est prise par la commission des autorisations de mise sur le marché de l’Afssaps soit : “28 membres choisis sur des critères très contestables, où domine la cooptation relationnelle de hasard […] De nombreux membres ignorent presque tout du dossier sur lequel ils votent, et même de la pathologie en cause”, précise le rapport. Le rapport, aussi corrosif soit-il, préconise la mise en place d’une Agence du Médicament, sur le modèle de la FDA américaine (Food and Drug administration) qui repose sur 40 individus choisis pour leurs réelles compétences, et deux départements, l’un chargé de l’évaluation du médicament, et l’autre de la pharmacovigilance, sous l’égide d’un directeur général.Le 16 mars 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Save the Date Heat up your weekend with some cool wine and

first_imgHead to the heart of downtown Vancouver for hot summer jams at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. Tonight’s music will include rising jazz star Grace Kelly with her quartet, Grammy-nominated Alfredo Rodriguez and The Family Stone. Sunday will finish with the Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra, blues entertainers Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and the legendary Bettye LaVette. It all takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday in Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver. Tickets are $35. 360-906-0441 or www.vancouverwinejazz.comColumbia Tech Center and Ameriprise Financial will host a movie night in the park featuring games and activities at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by “Zootopia,” rated PG, at dusk. Megan’s Snack Shack will offer food in the park, 17701 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Admission is free. known comedians Alex Elkin, Tony Baker and Simon Kaufman will perform Comedy in the Vineyard starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery, 2411 N.E. 244th St., Ridgefield. Tickets are $10. French tradition of artists painting the landscape in “open air” will take over the streets of downtown Camas for its First Friday: “Plein Air Art Event.” Participating artists will be working on their paintings from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2, with the finished artworks displayed in front of Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be free art activities and crafts at participating businesses, local music and a photo booth along Northeast Fourth Avenue, Camas. downtowncamas.comOver Labor Day Weekend, the members of the Southwest Washington Winery Association will host a Food and Wine Pairing Tour, with winemakers offering up a variety of its wines with local culinary bites. Visitors can sample the emerging wine region, meet the winemakers and more on this self-guided tour from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 3-5. See the website for a complete list of participating wineries and tasting fees. www.swwawine.comlast_img read more

New Principals for TCI Government Schools

first_img Related Items:clement howell school, eliza simons school, enid capron school, turks caicos schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe three new principals and one new vice prinicipal for the government school system … and a woman will take over at the helm at CHHS. Mrs Kadean Cunningham named by the DP and Minister of Education for the job of running the country’s largest school … Juliet Arthur Thelwell is the new principal for Grand Turk’s Eliza Simons Primary…. And two on top at Enid Capron Primary in Five Cays… Sophia Garland is named acting principal, while Abigail Delancy is the acting VP. Former ECPS principal Rachel Taylor, according to the Minister’s remarks will return to this post in two years, once done with her study leave. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Private Schools Opened in Turks & Caicoslast_img read more

PDM has two for All Island Slate

first_imgThe official word comes tonight at the PDM Convention kick-off party at Kalooki’s in Blue Hills; but the choices include a civic leader and retail professional, while the other is a fresh face and entrepreneur.    Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: We know already that party leader, Sharlene Robinson, Derek Taylor and Josephine Connolly will re-offer as national candidates in the 2016 General Elections; but two more will be added to round out the PDM’s five all island. center_img The PDM convention runs today into Saturday under the theme, Victory is a Must. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTwo names are circulating already as the presumptive candidates, if you will, for the People’s Democratic Movement All Island slate. last_img read more