Tripura, where demand for Assam-like NRC widens gap between indigenous people and non-tribal settlers

first_imgThe Supreme Court on October 8 issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a public interest litigation petition by a non-political forum seeking an exercise, similar to the one done in Assam, to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Tripura. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma, son of Tripura’s last king, filed an affidavit in the court a fortnight later in favour of the NRC. A long-standing demand of Tripura’s ‘tribal nationalists’ for deportation of illegal migrants from Bangladesh resulted in these petitions, widening the gap between the indigenous people and non-tribal settlers, mostly Bengali Hindus and some Muslims.What is the demand about?Tripura is often cited in the northeastern region as an example of how migration can alter the demographic pattern of the State. Census data show the population of Tripura’s 19 Scheduled Tribes dropped from 63.77% in 1881 to 31.78% in 2011. This is attributed to the migration of 6.10 lakh Bengalis — the figure almost equal to the State’s total population in 1951 — from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) between 1947 and 1971. Going by the language census of 2011, Tripura has 24.14 lakh Bengali speakers, thrice the 8.87 lakh who speak Kokborok, the language of the largest tribal group. Unlike the NRC of Assam, where the cut-off date for excluding the putative foreigners is March 24, 1971, tribal groups in Tripura want July 19, 1948, as the date of determining migrants as per the provision of Indian nationality laws for people who migrated from territories that became East Pakistan. The Tripura People’s Front suggested this cut-off date in its petition. The petition followed former extremist leader and chief of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl’s meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.What is the Bengali view?Bengali academics and politicians admit migration was high after Partition in 1947, but the forebears of the Bengali migrants were essentially subjects or tenants of Tripura’s Manikya kings since the 13th century. Tripura became a princely state during British rule. The kings had sway over Hill Tippera, the hilly kingdom roughly the present area of Tripura, besides a zamindari in British India called Chakla Roshanabad or Tippera, comprising five districts of the present-day Bangladesh, then called East Bengal. These districts are Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Noakhali, Chittagong and a part of Sylhet. The kingdom’s revenue came from the resources-rich areas inhabited by Bengalis. The royalty, belonging to the largest tribal group called Tripuri, didn’t just keep the Bengalis in the plains of Chakla Roshanabad. The Rajmala, Tripura’s royal chronicles, says the kings brought educated Bengalis to run the administration and encouraged settlement of Bengali peasants with incentives like land grants. When did the conflict begin?King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (1923-1947) realised that his tribal subjects could be outnumbered by the Bengalis and created a 2,050-square mile tribal reserve in 1943 for the Tripuri, Reang, Halam, Noatia and Jamatiya tribes. This was the precursor to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, exclusive to these five and 14 other tribes. The fear of being swamped by Bengalis led to tribal extremism, first in the 1960s, and with more intensity two decades later. Tribal groups killed 1,400 Bengalis in 1980, but counter-insurgency operations made most outfits declare truce by the late 1990s. The scars remained, so much so that tribal NGOs pushed for switching the script of their Kokborok language from Bengali to Roman. The demand for Twipraland, a state for tribal people, gained ground.Where does the NRC stand?Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb initially rejected the demand for the NRC, but said later that his government would undertake the exercise if it succeeded in Assam. The ruling BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura – behind the Twipraland demand – favours the NRC. Pradyot Manikya, a Congress leader, feels an error-free NRC could help Tripura revisit political representation.last_img read more

Binny Bansal Seeks $100 Mn From Walmart After Flipkart Exit

first_imgFlipkart co-founder Binny Bansal is negotiating fresh terms to receive cash payouts from Walmart after he resigned from Flipkart as chairman and group chief executive last month, two people familiar with the matter said. According to his earlier contract, Bansal would have received cash from Walmart for over half of his 4-4.5% Flipkart stake that is worth more than $850 million after August 2020, the people cited above said, requesting anonymity.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img

World Tour Finals: Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori in thriller

first_imgAndy Murray has already scaled the tennis summit but Japan’s Kei Nishikori did his best to loosen his footing before falling in a three-hour thriller at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.Home favourite Murray’s insatiable will power allowed him to prevail in a brutal encounter 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4, keeping him on course for his first title at the year-ender.Should he achieve that in his eighth attempt it would guarantee the 29-year-old end the year as world number one ahead of Novak Djokovic who would steal back the crown if he manages a fifth straight title at the O2 Arena.The path will be a rocky one though if Wednesday’s cliffhanger — the longest match in the event’s seven-year residence in London — is anything to go by.Misfiring Murray looked in trouble when Nishikori edged a 20-point tiebreak to win an 85-minute opening set.But he clawed his way back to claim a 21st consecutive victory in three hours and 20 minutes.It avenged his five-set defeat at the hands of Nishikori in the U.S. Open quarter-finals — from which he has since embarked on the run that snapped Djokovic’s 122-week hold on power.”I wasn’t able to dictate many of the points,” Murray said. “More so in the third set. But not in the first couple. I was having to run, fight, get as many balls back as I could.”I eventually got over the line. These are the sort of matches you work so hard for.”advertisementWith two wins from two, Murray would have been assured a semi-final berth had Marin Cilic beaten Stan Wawrinka in the later group match but Wawrinka recovered from his drubbing by Nishikori to win 7-6(3) 7-6(3).Murray will now face U.S. Open champion Wawrinka on Friday knowing anything but a straight-sets defeat would suffice.”Hopefully there will be another three days to this season and I’ll do my best to get through them,” Murray said.last_img read more

India beat South Africa in 2nd hockey Test

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FIBA: Jubilant Spanou as Magic Greece Make History

first_imgPRAGUE (FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017) – Greece’s magical run has taken them to the FIBA EuroBasket Women Semi-Finals for the first time in their history, and center Artemis Spanou couldn’t contain her joy, FIBA says.“Greece arrived at this tournament with low expectations, but they served notice on opening night with an impressive victory over defending champions Serbia.Evanthia Maltsi, who has been in superb form during the tournament, warned that her team must not over-celebrate – but they dropped their next two games, firstly to an inspired Slovenia and then against France in the Group Phase, in a match where Styliani Kaltsidou was disqualified with an early second technical foul.The Greek team regrouped and delivered magnificent performances against Russia and Turkey, leading to a rematch against the French team with higher stakes in the Semi-Finals. Their success also means a first return to the global stage since 2010, with qualification for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.The last two games have seen Greece feel their way into the contest before switching gears – their feisty defense limited Russia to just four points in the third quarter, and a 21-3 run spanning seven minutes blew the game open against Turkey.“Sometimes it feels like this team has a little magic button,” says Greece’s skillful undersized pivot, Artemis Spanou. “We just press it, and everything goes perfect for us. We made our shots, that gave us the lead and gave us comfort knowing that we’re ahead – but we could not relax, that happened with Russia and they came back. We knew that, we went in hard again, and we got a better lead.””Read the full report here.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fabian Allen blames West Indies’ overt aggression for defeat to India in Kolkata T20I

first_imgWest Indies’ abject surrender in Kolkata was down to the wrong shot-selection from the batsmen which eventually led to their downfall in the first T20 international against India on Sunday, feels Fabian Allen.India restricted the visitors to 109 for 8 at the Eden Gardens with Kuldeep Yadav picking up 3 wickets for 13 runs while Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed struck once each.Allen was the lone batsman who managed to get past the 20-run mark, top-scoring with 27 off 20 balls with four boundaries at No. 8.Shame that some players are not interested in playing for West Indies: Carl HooperThe 23-year-old said it was not the best of wickets and a score of 150 would have made the game competitive.”It was not the best wicket but we had to be patient, should have played the ball on merit. We were too aggressive; I think we could have easily got 150 or 140, that was the target we were looking for,” Allen said at the post-match news conference on Sunday.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | Gallery”It’s one of those days. We will look to come back in the next game. I hope we learn from this and take it to our next game,” he said ahead of their second T20I in Lucknow Tuesday.Also Read – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer in comical run outAsked if the team missed star all-rounder Andre Russell who, despite being named in the squad, pulled out of the series on the eve of the opening game due to injury, Allen said: “Of course, he is a crucial player in the team, a leader. Chris Gayle was also not around. Young players tried to contribute as much they can.”advertisementKrunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaAllen said they would look to apply themselves better in the next outing.”Anything is possible in T20 games. It does not matter how many wickets you lose… We could have executed efficiently. It was our first game, we will try to execute our plan and play the ball on merit,” he expressed.”In T20s, you have to expect anything. It was one of those days. We will just look to bounce back in the next game,” Allen added.The next match between India and West Indies will be played in Lucknow on November 6 (Tuesday).(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Lee Bowyer agrees to stay on as Charlton manager after U-turn

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Charlton finished third in League One and defeated Sunderland in the play-off final to secure a place in the second tier after a three-year absence. Duchâtelet had cited Bowyer’s desire to use an agent to negotiate a deal as potentially constituting a conflict of interest over transfer policy. “What Lee has achieved in his short time at the club is very impressive,” said the owner, who is attempting to sell Charlton to the Cardiff City chairman, Mehmet Dalman. “He has united the club once again.“I would like to thank Lee for his professionalism during this process. While the negotiations have been ongoing, he has continued to work on building a squad for the club’s Championship campaign. Stability is essential and I am very pleased we now have the best man in place to lead us forward next season.” Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Charlton Athletic Championship Lee Bowyer has signed a one-year contract extension at Charlton Athletic just hours after the club announced talks had broken down over his wage demands and insistence on using an agent over the negotiation process.The Charlton owner Roland Duchâtelet, who is still attempting to sell a loss-making club, had released a remarkable statement via their official website on Monday afternoon suggesting Bowyer would leave upon the expiry of his deal at the end of this month. They claimed Bowyer “feels he should be paid like many other Championship managers” and added: “That the average Championship club makes a loss of around £15m per year is not something players should care about. The owners are crazy.”Yet Bowyer is understood to have contacted Duchâtelet immediately after the release of the statement – which had prompted a furious reaction among the fanbase – and conducted further talks with the owner overnight, with compromise duly reached.“We went on a real journey last season,” said the manager, who had originally been appointed on a caretaker basis at the club before taking over permanently last September. “The club came together – the players, the staff, the fans and we achieved something special. The journey hasn’t finished yet and I’m delighted this has all been agreed.“This has been a long process and I never wanted to leave, I love this club. I’d like to thank the owner for giving me the initial opportunity and now for continuing to believe in me. We have a fantastic fanbase here and my focus continues to be getting our squad in the best possible shape for the Championship next season.” Reuse this content news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Messengerlast_img read more

PM Modi launches Fit India Campaign

first_img india today digital New DelhiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 12:23 IST Photo: ANIPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement and urged people to become more aware of health and good life.Viewed as a huge health enthusiast himself, Prime Minister asked people to take the pledge for a fitter India.Addressing a large crowd of children who put up a grand show ahead of the launch at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here, Modi said: “We shhould make fitness our mantra for life.”The ‘Fit India Movement’ has been organised to celebrate the ‘National Sports Day’ and the campaign aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives, a statement said.Ahead of the event launch, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted: “Tremendous supports are coming from all sections of the society to participate in the Fit India Movement to be launched by PM Narendra Modiji…”Chief Ministers, corporates and many icons are taking amazing steps to make the programme a grand success.”Asked by the University Grant Commission, universities have prepared for the Fit India Movement.Also Read | Discussed with Rajnath Singh future steps needed for working together more closely: US Defence SecyAlso Watch | So Sorry: Modi shares the secret to a happy familyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey PM Modi launches Fit India CampaignViewed as a huge health enthusiast himself, Prime Minister asked people to take the pledge for a fitter India.advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenault v 3249265 Nova Scotia Ltd Board of Inquiry

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Arsenault v. 3249265 Nova Scotia Limited will begin Monday, May 14, at the Nova Scotia Securities Commission hearing room at Duke Tower, 5251 Duke St., Suite 400, Halifax. Board chair Kathryn Raymond has ordered a preliminary identity publication ban on the complainant’s first name for security reasons. A formal hearing on the ban will begin at 11 a.m. before the inquiry begins. The complainant alleges discrimination with respect to sex (gender) and sexual harassment in the workplace during employment at 3249265 Nova Scotia Limited. -30-last_img read more

Via crash report released

(Update)Canada’s Transportation Safety Board released it’s report into last year’s deadly VIA train derailment Tuesday.The report is calling for “fundamental changes” to Canada’s rail system. The agency also says the crew driving VIA 92 “mis-perceived” crucial signals telling them to slow down before the train derailed. Melissa Raftis is near the site of the crash with the details.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Liberia International contact group urges Government and rebels to hold ceasefire talks

Voicing “serious concern” about the conflict following a meeting in New York on Friday, the International Contact Group on Liberia reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive approach to the crisis and outlined specific steps which could garner global backing.”The Group urges the Government of Liberia and LURD to enter immediately and without preconditions into negotiations on a ceasefire, as they have both committed to do,” said a press statement which urged both parties to accept Mali as mediator on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).The Group also agreed to call on the Security Council to consider authorizing a monitoring mechanism for the ceasefire.While stressing the importance of free and fair elections in Liberia, the Group concluded that the conditions for such a ballot – including a ceasefire, security, a process of national reconciliation, electoral reform and respect for human rights – did not exist. The Liberian Government was urged “to act rapidly to create such conditions before elections are held.”Towards that end, the Group agreed to request United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to consider sending a needs assessment team to Liberia, and urged the Government to cooperate with it. The Group, which will meet again in two months’ time, also agreed to maintain contact in Monrovia to facilitate its work.Representatives of Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the African Union, the European Union (EU), the ECOWAS Secretariat and the UN attended Friday’s meeting, which was co-chaired by Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, and the Special Representative of the EU’s Presidency to the Mano River Union countries, Hans Dahlgren. read more

UN envoy discusses regional security concerns with Sierra Leones President

Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah that Mr. Annan had “specifically asked me to see how I can assist to resuscitate” the Mano River Union, which comprises Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.With regard to the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), the envoy, who last week attended Security Council deliberations on the matter, said its members stressed that “whatever is being done should take into account the sub-region, especially happenings in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.” President Kabbah said he understood that the mission was reducing its forces, but he added, “The international community has invested so much here so I would expect a careful decision to be taken as to drawdown beyond December.”While cautioning that the international community “cannot waste all investment just for the sake of drawdown,” he pledged that Sierra Leone would have “adequate security by the time UNAMSIL leaves.”Mr. Mwakawago, who now heads UNAMSIL, said his job was to work with the Freetown Government, “so that as UNAMSIL draws down, Government takes over.”A UN assessment team would visit Sierra Leone in February to review the drawdown timetable, he said. read more

March new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for March pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in March 2015 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the March 2015 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Filip Jicha – Czech Handball Player of the Year

BundesligaCzech handballFilip Jichahandball player of the yearTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Fans opinion: Who to get Wild Card invitation? Next Story → Joan Canellas to HSV Handball from 2014 Who else if not the great Filip Jicha. For sixth time in a row, Filip Jicha wins the award of being the Czech Player of the Year. He has been brilliant this past season, and with THW Kiel with which signed a new contract until 2017, won the Bundesliga and German Pokal, also finishing 4th in the EHF Champions League. With his national team – he made it to the European Championship in Denmark 2014, leaving Germany at home. Right after Filip Jicha came goalkeeper Petr Stochl, and third was Pavel Horak.Barbora Ranikova won the Female Handball Player of the Year prize. read more

Opinion Theres no room for complacency over the investigation into Apple in

first_imgTHERE IS NO room for complacency with respect to the European Commission’s decision to commence an investigation into the tax status of Apple in Ireland.Successive Irish Governments have relied on foreign direct investment as a vehicle to drive employment since at least the 1980s and – irrespective of your views on how Apple may or may not have paid tax, the rate of corporation tax and any other matters relating to the Irish taxation system – this matter must be handled professionally and robustly by the Government, the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners. Jobs and the reputation of Ireland as a location to do business are at risk.RisksThe potential downside for Ireland is significant. The fines in competition cases taken by the European Commission are now reaching towards the billion euro mark in some cases (mostly anti-trust). This is a matter that the Government cannot leave to the normal structures of civil service to be dealt with. Repeated concerns have been raised over the last number of years of the lack of professionally qualified people within different public sector bodies (most recently the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement announced that he had only one accountant).Statistics released by the European Commission earlier this month show that there are nearly 800 people working for the Competition Directorate of the Commission. You can be sure that whatever number of staff they ultimately put working on the case, those working on it will be highly qualified and experienced professionals. It is essential that the team Ireland puts out to defend the case are equally (if not better) qualified and skilled as well as properly resourced.Behind in preparationTurf wars between Ministers or Departments, taking months to establish cross Departmental working groups etc will impact on the quality of the defence that Ireland can make. The Competition Directorate has reportedly been “informally gathering” information for some months, so Ireland is already behind in terms of preparation. It is essential that the Taoiseach ensures that the usual system does not apply in this case. A team of the best people need to be put working on this defence immediately, and these people need to be on the team irrespective of who their current employer is.While some will no doubt see this as a call to feather the nests of well-heeled professionals, it absolutely is not. Rather it is an investment in the protection of the Irish State and Irish employers against the potentially crippling effects of an adverse decision in this investigation. Every million euros lost to the State in the event of a finding against Ireland can be measured in a drop of nurses, medical cards and Gardaí on the streets.No complacencyThe Department of Finance has expressed its confidence that no State aid rules have been broken, but then again Microsoft maintained throughout its anti-trust trial that it was innocent, as did the many of the international banks ensnared in the more recent Libor cases, but this did not stop them ultimately failing in their defence; their fines were €860 million and €1.71 billion respectively. Confidence is fine, complacency is not.It cannot be argued that we were not told that there could be a tsunami on the way. We have been told clearly that an earthquake has taken place out at sea – do we act now to avoid as much of the damage as possible, even if the tsunami does not materialise, or do we wait until we see a mountain of water coming towards the beach?Richard is currently the Chief Executive of the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants ( In addition to being a qualified accountant, he also holds a Masters in Public Administration and worked in the Public Service for more than 10 years before moving to the private sector.last_img read more

Archos G9 10inch android tablet launches but may need a price cut

first_imgThe new Archos G9 tablets generated plenty of buzz when they were first announced by the company earlier this year, but now that both the 8-inch and 10-inch version are up for sale I can’t help but think that they’ve missed the mark.What’s the problem? Back in July, price points sounded a lot better, with the 8-inch G9 at $299 and the 10-inch at $369.99. The hardware is decent and pretty well the same as what you’ll find in all first-gen Honeycomb tablets: dual core processors at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and capacitive screens at 1024×768 and 1280×800 pixels, respectively.Now, however, the Archos G9 tablets have the Amazon Kindle Fire to contend with. At $199, the only real advantage the 80 G9 offers is full-on Android Honeycomb and access to the official Android Market. Does that combination warrant paying an extra $100 for the 8-incher?The 10-inch 101 G9 is also in direct competition with competitors like the Toshiba Thrive, which can be had for just $10 more at major retailers. The Thrive boasts several advantages, including a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera, full size USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, and a brand name with a heck of a lot more street cred.To this point, Archos has built its reputation by offering hardware that’s capable but not necessarily on par with what’s offered by tier-1 manufacturers and putting that hardware up for sale at very competitive prices. In today’s tablet market, I’m not convinced that $299 for an 8-inch and $369 for a 10-inch from a less recognizable brand like Archos is going to cut it.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Are you really going to scrap the euro Le Pen clashes with

first_img Short URL 41 Comments FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL FRONTRUNNER Emmanuel Macron attacked far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her economic policy and plans to scrap the euro last night in an unprecedented debate between all 11 contenders ahead of this month’s election.The discussion was at times chaotic and dominated by the anti-capitalist and virulently anti-EU smaller candidates who made their first major appearance ahead of the first round of the two-stage vote on 23 April.The most telling clash between the frontrunners came at the end of the first section when 39-year-old Macron took on what is considered one of Le Pen’s vulnerabilities – her plans to scrap the euro and revert to the franc.“What you are proposing, Madame Le Pen, is a reduction in French people’s spending power because, by withdrawing from the euro, for savers, workers, it’s a reduction in spending power,” he said.Polls show only a third of French voters support scrapping the euro, many of them anxious about the impact of a devaluation which would hit their savings and spur inflation.The clash and Macron’s more combative performance could point to the tone and shape of the campaign ahead, with Macron and Le Pen having emerged as the clear frontrunners.Macron accused her of wanting to start an “economic war” with France’s neighbours and denounced her nationalist stance, which he said had torn the continent apart in the past and filled graveyards near his hometown Amiens in northeast France.With just 19 days until the first round of voting in a rollercoaster contest, the debate could influence the momentum of the campaign, with around a third of voters still unsure of how they will vote.Polls show far-right candidate Le Pen and centrist independent Macron in a dead heat at around 25% heading into the first round on 23 April. Macron is seen easily winning the second round on 7 May.‘Unfettered globalisation’Le Pen put in a steady performance under fire, warning about the closure of factories, and the danger of Islamists and immigrants eroding France’s national identity.“I consider that in this election our civilisation is at stake,” she said at the start of the debate, promising to restore order and combat “unfettered globalisation”.When questioned about legal problems surrounding her National Front party including campaign financing and the use of expenses at the European parliament, she said she considered herself to be “politically persecuted”.Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon scoffed at her defence, saying it was “amusing to see you playing the victim while spending your time attacking immigrants”.For the second time, Hamon found himself eclipsed by his rising far-left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon, who put in another assured performance, according to a poll published by BFM television after the debate.One candidate who needed to shine was conservative Francois Fillon, whose campaign was almost derailed by criminal charges over claims he paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for fake parliamentary jobs.He concluded by saying that if voters did not want the ”chaos proposed” by Le Pen or “the continuity” represented by Macron, then they should vote for him.Unlike the first debate, yesterday’s featured all of the candidates ahead for the first time in French history.They included fast-talking autoworker Philippe Poutou, who featured widely on social media after taking on Le Pen and Fillon over their legal problems in unusually blunt language.“With Fillon, the more you look the more corruption and cheating you find,” he said.Communist firebrand Nathalie Arthaud vowed to protect French workers from being “strangled by the capitalist system”, while anti-EU nationalists such as Francois Asselineau, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and Jacques Cheminade enjoyed rare airtime.‘Race to the bottom’?It was the first time that all candidates had debated before the first round of a presidential election in France with many observers sceptical about whether the format would help inform voters.Writing in Le Monde before the debate, Michel Noblecourt, noted that President Francois Hollande — who decided in December not to seek re-election — warned that the “dangerous” innovation in French politics risked “a race to the bottom”.The final result of an election that is being watched closely around the world is still seen as highly unpredictable.Dissatisfaction and outright hostility towards mainstream politics is high in France and surveys show around a third of voters plan to abstain.- © AFP, 2017Read: Le Pen ignores summons over allegations she misused European Parliament fundsRead: Le Pen’s personal assistant charged in ‘fake jobs’ scandal By AFP Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 7:38 AM Share Tweet Email 16,085 Views Image: Domine Jerome/ABACA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 5th 2017, 7:38 AM ‘Are you really going to scrap the euro?’ Le Pen clashes with rivals in first presidential debate The chaotic debate featured 11 presidential hopefuls. 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Life after a heart attack

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In Australia, a heart attack occurs every 10 minutes. Disturbingly, more than 50 per cent of heart attack deaths occur before a person reaches hospital. Why? Because people wait too long to respond to the warning signs.Every second counts. The quicker you respond by calling an ambulance, the more chance of reducing damage to the heart muscle and surviving.That’s where Markos’ story is important, highlighting not only his experience with a heart attack, but the process of recovery and the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation programs.The 81-year-old Coburg resident suffered a heart attack in September 2013.Recounting details of his attack, he recalls becoming “very dizzy”. “I broke out into a cold sweat. Next thing I knew, I was in the Royal Melbourne Hospital where I underwent open heart surgery. “After returning home, I began to feel that the heart attack was a sign from above,” he says.Eager to recover, Markos started participating in the Australian Greek Welfare Society’s (AGWS) Greek Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which he says played an vital role in getting him where he is today. He first attended the Greek Cardiac Program in Brunswick in November 2013, with a referral from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and has been a regular participant ever since. “This is my favourite time of the week by far; the cardiac health talks are always informative and useful to me. I cannot wait for the weekly exercise component of the program; I always manage to complete it and that alone makes me feel able, confident and competent,” Markos says.These are feelings which he says he has not felt since 1992, when he fell into a bout of depression following his retirement. “My heart began to hurt from that point onwards as I felt that I had lost everything – my life had no meaning.”He admits to not taking care of his diet, and that he became very tempted to start smoking again. “I became couch-bound and felt very alone. After my heart attack I felt as if I had lost even the last resources of self-worth I had left. In 1958 I said goodbye to my country forever, in 1992 I lost my identity, and two years ago I felt that I had even lost my heart.”It was the Greek Cardiac Program that not only managed to help the state of Markos’ health, but also brought him out of his shell and rebuilt his confidence.“Through this program I have made new friends, true friends … Angelo, Peter, Lonny … and have gained vast knowledge about my condition. I feel that I have finally taken control of my life,” he explains. The 81-year-old now supports new participants by welcoming them and making them feel comfortable by sharing their personal heart attack stories. “It becomes therapeutic. Thanks to this program my life feels meaningful and purposeful again as I belong somewhere, and that is no exaggeration.”Early recognition of the warning signs is key to survival and cannot be stressed enough. As with Markos, attending a cardiac rehabilitation program can provide you with the best possible chance for your recovery and heart health.For a free Warning Signs of Heart Attack Action Plan (in Greek), call the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87. If you require an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for the Heart Foundation. For more information about the Australian Greek Welfare Society Greek Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call (03) 9388 9998.last_img read more

Contraceptions hormonales des effets secondaires sur la libido

first_imgContraceptions hormonales : des effets secondaires sur la libido ?Allemagne – La pilule contraceptive, tout comme les autres formes de contraception hormonale, occasionnerait une baisse de la libido selon une étude publiée dans le Journal of Sexual Medicine.Les chercheurs de l’université de Heidelberg en Allemagne ont suivi 1.000 jeunes femmes étudiantes en médecine. 90% d’entre elles prenaient la pilule comme moyen de contraception. Il est ressorti de cette enquête que les femmes qui utilisaient une contraception hormonale avaient davantage de difficultés sexuelles que celles qui utilisaient un autre moyen de contraception. Le coauteur de cette étude, Alfred O. Mueck, a cependant indiqué que les mécanismes biologiques pouvant expliquer le lien entre hormones et désir n’étaient pas clairement établis. Les hormones contenues dans certaines contraceptions diminuent le taux de testostérone dans le sang. Cette hormone est susceptible de jouer un rôle dans la libido des femmes a expliqué Kim Wallen de l’Université Emory. Il a notamment rappelé qu’une autre étude publiée dans le New England Journal of Medicine dès 1978 mettait déjà en avant un dysfonctionnement de la libido au milieu du cycle hormonal pour les femmes qui prenaient la pilule. En France, la pilule est le moyen de contraception le plus utilisé devant le préservatif et le stérilet.Le 13 mai 2010 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Benitez has no choice but to play defensively

first_imgThe Newcastle United boss surprised everybody with his tactics against Chelsea, but he admits he wishes he could be attacking all the timeRafa Benitez is known in the world of football as a coach who loves attacking tactics.All his teams have been built over the idea that the sport is better when the club is attacking.But since he doesn’t feel he has the footballers he wants on Newcastle United, he has no choice but to play defensively.“I like to play with five strikers if I can,” he said as quoted by The Chronicle Live.“Again I will say, in all my life, we have had teams organized playing attacking football because attacking football means scoring more goals than the others and we used to score a lot of goals.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“When a team is organized, it seems that it is defensive,” he added.“I like to be organized because we are strong and in the big picture, we are better.”“Now again I will say, I was watching yesterday teams playing 5-4-1, 4-5-1 and it seems that they are great tacticians and they are fantastic because someone on the TV has an opinion, he explained.“But I was watching the game analyzing the stats and I don’t agree with some of these comments.“As a manager, you have to make decisions; as a pundit, you have to give opinions,” he said.“That’s it.”last_img read more