Indian cab aggregator Ola has officially launched its cab services in new Zealand and will be initially available to passengers in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland.New Zealand will be the Ola’s third international market and fourth globally including its home market of India.Earlier this year the company launched its overseas services in the UK, and Australia.To attract more customers in its newest market, the company is offering 50 percent discount on all rides for the first month. Ola said its services will also be available in Wellington and Auckland Airports.The Bangalore-based unicorn had announced it would launch operations in New Zealand a few months ago.The company said that customers in New Zealand can download the Ola app and register to book rides. The company also said driver partners joining the platform will get several benefits like low introductory commission rate of nine percent, as well as daily payments and 24/7 support.According to media reports, Ola cabs in New Zealand will offer an in-app emergency button and include real-time vehicle tracking, location coordinates, and other emergency services. Every Ola vehicle is inspected to ensure it is roadworthy and every driver undertakes a police check,the company said.Brian Dewil, New Zealand Country Manager for Ola said, “Entering New Zealand is an important step for Ola and the ridesharing industry here. Over recent weeks, we’ve received enthusiastic feedback from drivers across Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. With a reliable platform, an engaged, growing group of drivers and local staff in place, we’re excited to announce that Ola is now available to Kiwi passengers, giving them a fresh alternative to move about conveniently within our cities.”Just like India, Australia, and the UK, Ola’s local competition will be Uber. In Australia, Ola operates in over seven cities and has over 50,000 registered drivers that have completed over 2 million rides since the launch.Last year, the company, founded by Bhavish Agarwal and Ankit Bhati, had raised $1.2 billion in funding from existing investor SoftBank, and since the beginning of this year, has been expanding internationally.Sometime back, Indian media had reported that Ola has started making profits on each ride and was moving toward profitability. Related Items
Ace golfer Anirban Lahiri might not have won the PGA Championship in Whistling Straits on Sunday, but for an Indian, who nurtured his talent in a country with limited infrastructure in golf, even a tied fifth-finish is an incredible feat.Lahiri surpassed the record of the best finish by an Indian in a Major, which was previously held by Jeev Milkha Singh, who finished ninth at the 2008 PGA Championship. While a tied-fifth finish on Sunday helped him return to top-50 at world rankings, where he stands 38th now, he also achieved the rare feat by an Indian golfer to make to the prestigious biennial President’s Cup, where Rest of the World (minus Europe) competes against the United States.Lahiri is the winner of seven titles on the Asian Tour which also include two co-sanctioned European Tour titles. What can’t be ignored he has achieved all this at 28, quite an early age by Indian golf’s standards.Speaking of Lahiri’s ability to scale greater heights, his long-time Bengaluru-based coach Vijay Divecha said it was the golfer’s sheer hard work and habit of not sitting on laurels, which stood him out.”What Anirban is achieving now is a result of hard work of 14 years. He has great work ethic, knows what he wants to achieve and enthusiastically commits himself to do that. He has hunger to win, is brutally honest about himself and psychologically he is very strong. His qualities have mounded him into an achiever and his progress is a result of that,” Divecha told Mail Today.advertisementHe further told, “One thing you can’t ignore about him he never sits on his laurels. He is coming back to India after two months of extremely busy schedule and on Monday, we will sit, wipe out the memories of the PGA Championship and plan how we can give better results in future.”It was no mean feat that Lahiri returned under-par cards on all four days in Whistling Straits. While his starting round was a two-under 70, he improved on the second day to go five-under 67. Third day, he submitted a 70 again, but staged a superb comeback on the pressure-packed final day to card a four-under 68 for an 13-under 275 aggregate. In one of the four Majors – the PGA Championship – where world’s top golfers were in the fray and psychological pressure lets one down, how did he manage such low scores?”He went to play in the US in March and acclimitise to the conditions fast. In the process, he played on some of the toughest golf courses, plus he had already been playing tough courses around the world. In the US, courses are set like that a minor mistake can cost you dear. This year he has played in some of the biggest tournaments on the US PGA Tour. So psychologically he is better equipped to handle pressure and he considerably did that at the PGA Championship.”Lahiri also has age with his side and can go miles if he keeps him improving. Can he set the bar high for him and other Indian golfers, Divecha said, “Playing four Majors in a year is a big feat and finishing fifth in one of them makes people take a notice of your ability. Anirban has so many years of golf left in him that he can win more than one Majors, if in upcoming years, he doesn’t sit on his laurels.”The coach said, “He can do that since he has extraordinary commitment to his mission. Within two years into the amateur circuit he was India No. 1, within two years of turning pro he was India No. 1. He started winning quite early on the Asian Tour and now he is making long strides on the PGA Tour. He always set a goal and invests all his energies to achieve that. He just needs to keep that doing,” Divecha said.
Sri Lanka:Sri Lanka: D Chandimal c Buttler b Jordan 1 T Dilshan c Hales b Willey 2 M Siriwardana c Morgan b Willey 7 L Thirimanne run out 3 A Mathews not out 73 C Kapugedera c Stokes b Plunkett 30 T Perera c Willey b Jordan 20 D Shanaka c Root b Jordan 15 R Herath b Jordan 1 J Vanderdsay not out 0 Extras (LB-2, WD-7) 9Total (FOR 8 wickets in 20 overs) 161 Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-4, 3-15, 4-15, 5-95, 6-137, 7- 155, 8-157.Bowling: D Willey 4-0-26-2, C Jordan 4-0-28-4, L Plunkett 4-0-23-1, B Stokes4-0-19-0, A Rashid2-0-31-0, M Ali 2-0-32-0. PTI AT AT
New Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) The HRD ministry today said IITs have been requested to offer Sanskrit as an elective subject or as a language course for students who wish to study it.In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said a committee headed by former CEC N Gopalaswami, had suggested that IITs may facilitate study of science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature, along with inter-disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subjects.”In consonance with the recommendations, IITs have been requested to offer Sanskrit as an elective subject or as a language course for students who wish to study the language,” Irani said.Responding to another question related to IITs, Irani said although 2,463 teaching positions in these institutes were vacant as on September 1, 2015, research scholars, contract adjunct and visting faculty more than adequately compensated for these. PTI ADS PRM SC PRM
Mumbai, Jun 4 (PTI) Over 200 physiotherapists and trainers from all over India are expected to attend the Sports Science and Medicine Programme to be conducted in Bengaluru by the BCCIs National Cricket Academy (NCA). The June 13-17 programme for physiotherapists, trainers and strength and conditioning coaches will update them about latest trends in Sports Science and Sports Medicine and also inform them on how the senior Indian team functions, the BCCI stated today on its website bcci.tv.The five-day course will focus on key topics like load monitoring, orientation on the use of the BCCI database, injury definition and surveillance, cricket-specific lower limb injuries, return to play decision process (hamstring) and basic bio-mechanics, nutrition and supplementation trends, according to bcci.tv. “We are looking up-skill physios and trainers across India. We want to ensure they are up to date with how the national team operates and the best way to do that is have a professional workshop and meet them face to face, educate and discuss issues” said SSSM NCA Head Andrew Leipus.One of the important things is sports first-aid. When a cricketer is injured, the first-aid and care has to be competent until the further assistance arrives. The seminar is also being organised to make sure everyone is on the same page and all the boxes are ticked, he said. Leipus said that physios and trainers from all over India are expected to attend the programme. “Going forward this is going to be a mandatory programme for all those who are looking to get involved in Indian cricket,” he added.advertisementLeipus stated that there are going to long term benefits of having such a seminar.”With the BCCI now having an online database tool, accessing information related to player injuries and work load will be fairly easy and quick. We will have combined lectures for strength and conditioning coaches and physios, where we will talk about management of injuries and monitoring work load, especially for the fast bowlers” Leipus told bcci.tv.”At any stage selectors, coaches, Patrick Farhat (Team Indias physiotherapist) or I will be able to look online and know the status of a player with regards to injury or work load.”The BCCI has an online database and the physios working with domestic teams need to insert and update data regarding their players and we can track the status” he added. PTI SSR NRB AH AH RDS
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UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) will review its decision to clear French side Paris Saint-Germain of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after breaking the bank for Neymar and subsequently agreeing a ‘huge’ deal for Kylian Mbappe.PSG signed Neymar for a world record fee of 222 million euros from Barcelona and also sealed a loan move for French teenager Mbappe from AS Monaco with an obligation to buy for a fee of something in the region of 180 million euros, according to media reports.The club were cleared of breaking FFP rules last month following a UEFA investigation but UEFA says judges on its club finance monitoring panel will review a decision by investigators that PSG’s accounts to June 2017 complied with “Financial Fair Play” rules.FFP rules ban clubs from spending more than their generated revenue, a policy introduced to prevent rich owners from trying to buy success and distorting the transfer market.The rules oversee spending on transfers and wages by all clubs which qualify for the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA can exclude clubs in serious cases. The review adds pressure on the French champions which UEFA asked last month to raise cash selling players before its latest financial year closed last weekend.Teams can be thrown out of European competition for breach of rules but UEFA has in the past negotiated settlements with offending clubs.”In light of the decision of the CFCB chief investigator to close the investigation into PSG, the chairman of the CFCB has decided to send this decision for review by the adjudicatory chamber,” UEFA said in a statement.advertisement”This announcement does not pre-judge in any way the result of the review to be conducted by the adjudicatory chamber of the CFCB,” it added.PSG sold midfielder Javier Pastore to Roma last week for 24.5 million euros ($28.6 million) to help balance accounts made lopsided by the world-record deal to buy Neymar from Barcelona last August.UEFA investigators also said Qatar-owned PSG overstated the market value of sponsor deals from the emirate.(With inputs from agencies)
Lungi Ngidi is expected to be sidelined with a knee injury for around 12 weeks, ruling him out of South Africa’s home Test series against Pakistan starting next month as he seeks to be regain full fitness for the 2019 World Cup.Ngidi injured his knee while fielding in a Twenty20 International victory over Australia on Sunday and scans have revealed ligament damage.”He underwent investigations and further assessments with knee specialists upon his return to South Africa, which revealed a significant ligament injury to the right knee,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement on Friday.”Due to the significant nature of the injury, he will require a minimum of 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation to make a successful return to play.”We hope Lungi Ngidi is OK after leaving the field following this great effort@GilletteAU #CloseMatters pic.twitter.com/DwQqe6afhBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 17, 2018Ngidi has been an important figure for South Africa across all three formats this year, but will not be considered for the matches against visiting Pakistan, which include three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 fixtures.The 22-year-old will hope to be back for the visit of Sri Lanka in March, which will serve as the team’s final series before the 50-over World Cup gets under way in Britain in May.Ngidi has a bowling average of below 20 in his four Tests and 23.03 in 13 ODIs since making his debut against India earlier this year.Also watch –
Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Australia sport Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Both batsmen used their feet against the spinners, steadying the innings and reaching half-centuries in the process. Glenn Maxwell’s part-time off-spin finally earned Australia the breakthrough with Tamim lobbing one to David Warner at backward point to fall for a 71 which included three sixes off Lyon’s bowling. Lyon then claimed the important wicket of Shakib with an extra bit of bounce from the track when the batsman edged him to Smith in the slips. Shakib’s 84 included 11 boundaries. Australia’s spin duo of Lyon (3-79) and Ashton Agar (3-46) shared six wickets between them to bowl out the hosts for a modest total. The strong start Australia expected from their openers, however, did not materialise. Warner fell lbw to Mehedy Hasan for eight, a delivery after successfully reviewing and overturning a similar leg-before appeal. Usman Khawaja then ran himself out chasing a non existent single and nightwatchman Lyon fell lbw to Shakib to further complicate Australia’s crisis. Bangladesh Cricket Team Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up news Bangladesh v Australia: first Test, day one – as it happened Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Read more Australia bowled out Bangladesh for 260 and then suffered a spectacular top-order collapse of their own to leave them reeling at 18 for three after the spin-dominated opening day of the first Test. On a day of fluctuating fortunes, Bangladesh slumped to 10-3 before Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal raised 155 runs to help them post a competitive total at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Since you’re here… Australia witnessed a similar collapse in their reply and slumped to 14-3 as Bangladesh roared back into the contest in the eventful final session when eight wickets fell. Matt Renshaw was batting on six at stumps with skipper Steve Smith on three. Australia now face a daunting task on a spin-friendly track where slow bowlers have claimed nine of the 13 wickets that fell on the opening day. After opting to bat, Bangladesh were left gasping for breath after Pat Cummins reduced them to 10-3 inside four overs with a terrific display of fast bowling. The paceman gave an indication of things to come with his third delivery, which flew off the shoulder of Soumya Sarkar’s blade and soared over the agitated slip fielders.Two balls later, the batsman was caught in the gully by Peter Handscomb. Cummins returned to have Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman off successive deliveries, the leaden-footed batsmen perishing caught behind without scoring. With two left-handers at the crease, Smith pressed off-spinner Nathan Lyon into service but Shakib and Tamim, playing their 50th Tests, refused to retreat into a defensive shell and batted positively. Australia cricket team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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. Cricket Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Transfers Moutinho signs Monaco contract extension Jamie Smith 02:07 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Monaco Ligue 1 The Ligue 1 champions have tied the Portugal midfielder down to a new contract Joao Moutinho has agreed a new contract, committing his future at Monaco through to 2020.Moutinho’s deal had been set to expire at the end of the season but the 31-year-old has signed a two-year extension.The Portugal midfielder helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season and has made 24 starts this term, with Leonardo Jardim’s men second behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Moutinho has been at Monaco since 2013, when he joined the club from Porto in his homeland.”I am very happy to extend my contract with AS Monaco,” Moutinho told the club’s official website. “These years have been very positive on a personal level but also as collective with very beautiful runs in the Champions League and winning the French title.”I feel very good in Monaco, I will continue to give the best of myself to help AS Monaco achieve its goals.”Monaco are next in action on Saturday, taking on PSG in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue.L’AS Monaco est fier d’annoncer la prolongation du contrat de @JoaoMoutinho jusqu’en 2020 ! #Moutinho2020 pic.twitter.com/yDU62aWv1K— AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) March 29, 2018The game is a rematch of last year’s showpiece, which was won 4-1 by the Parisian giants.
Preservation of the culture must be a duty for all Story Highlights Jamaicans should treasure the national symbols and never be disloyal but stand and keep strong Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, is urging Jamaicans to preserve their culture and learn to accept themselves.The Mayor, who was addressing an Independence civic function in Water Square, Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday, August 6, said preservation of the culture must be a duty for all as “independence for us as Jamaicans is more than a day; it is a pride that comes with being triumphant and free.”“Let us remember that if we are to be truly independent, we must accept ourselves for who we are. Every time we exchange the Jamaican tongue for foreign accent, we lose our Jamaican pride. Every time we adopt the culture we see on cable, we give up our culture that is uniquely Jamaican. Every time we bleach our skin we give up our right to be free. Let us remember that the greatest gift we can give our children is routed in the love for our country,” the Mayor told his audience.Mayor Wilkinson also noted that there is a strong call and yearning for Jamaicans to come together for nation building and protection of communities, especially protection of the children.He also urged persons not to become independent of each other. “The journey continues and we need one another,” he reminded.The Mayor further contended that Jamaicans should treasure the national symbols and never be disloyal but stand and keep strong.“Let us always believe in the black, the green, and gold. Let each of us look at the world and say, ‘this is Jamaica, my Jamaica, this is the land of my birth’,” he urged as he quoted from several national festival songs.The event saw the participation of uniformed groups and cultural performances from Artistry in Motion, the William Knibb Memorial High School, and other home based performers. There is a strong call and yearning for Jamaicans to come together for nation building
UK’s fund management company Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited has further expanded its fleet with two general cargo vessels.The company reached an agreement to invest USD 13.1 million into the two units, which will be bareboat chartered to an unnamed general cargo shipping operator.These are Tufton Oceanic’s first investments made from the proceeds of the placing announced on March 11, 2019. The additions will take the company’s fleet to fourteen vessels.According to Tufton Oceanic, the average tenor is 5.5 years. The yield on these vessels exceeds the targets expressed in the company’s prospectus dated September 25, 2018.
For more information about food safety and food handling tips,see the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf or call 902-424-1173. As you prepare for your holiday feast with family and gather withfriends to celebrate the holiday season, remember to keep foodsafety in mind. Food safety experts with the Department of Agriculture andFisheries are reminding Nova Scotians who are planning andhosting parties and potlucks to use good food safety practiceswhen preparing, transporting and re-heating food. “We want to make sure that people enjoy their holidayactivities,” said Mike Horwich, provincial manager of foodsafety. “It’s important that they take the appropriate steps toensure food safety is a priority during the holiday season.” The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has several factsheets on its website that provide information on food safety. They include tips on: preparing and serving holiday buffets; travelling with food — keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold; how to prepare and store special holiday foods, such as eggnog and apple cider; ordering and serving take-out foods, such as meat trays; saving and re-serving leftovers; how to buy, thaw, cook a turkey and store the leftovers.
APTN National NewsThis story started with a request for information and now it is leading to the question, just how open and accountable are First Nation governments in the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has this report.
Rabat – Prominent Moroccan comedian, Abderrahim Tounsi, better known as “Abderraouf” was honored during the 16th annual Marrakech International Film Festival, which runs until December 10.At a ceremony held at the Palace of Congress in Marrakech, in the presence of numerous national and international celebrities, fellow Moroccan comedian Hanane Fadili awarded the trophy to Abderraouf, presenting him as a legendary comedian who has instilled joy in the lives of Moroccans throughout the history of comedy in Morocco.Moroccan comedian Hanane Fadili awards the trophy to AbderraoufWhile he was being honored, Abderraouf expressed his appreciation for the tribute. Before his audience the humbled comedian said, “This tribute marks one of the most beautiful days of my life.” Abderraouf seized the opportunity to express gratitude to his many fans, who have supported him throughout his career and happily followed his rise to fame. .As part of her tribute to her peer for advancing Morocco’s comedy industry, Fadili praised Abderrouf as, , “one of the greatest comedians in the world. He was the voice of the voiceless commoners and oppressed people.”While expressing her admiration for Abderraouf, Fadili also lambasted Moroccan producers for neglecting comedy in cinema, saying, “It is a shame on cinema’s [officials] who do not give Abderraouf what he really deserves.”Born in Casablanca, in 1936, Abderraouf developed a passion for comedy during his childhood. Ironically, he began his career in prison, after he was arrested for joining Morocco’s National Movement.In the 1960s, Abderraouf found himself playing the role of a naïve and ironic character inspired by his classmate’s girlfriend. In many of his roles, he would humorously appear wearing clothes too big for him. He once said, “I tried wearing different clothes but I realized that large clothes fit my sarcastic character.”In 1975, Abderraouf founded a theatrical band and started touring popular theaters across Morocco and overseas.In 1979, seeking opportunities to hone his artistic credentials, Abderraouf requested the Royal Armed Forces permit his band to perform at a number of Moroccan barracks for the soldiers.“It was a real risk to perform at some [distant] barracks, but the energy of our art pushed us to reach some further place, and I am proud today for devoting my time to make Moroccan soldiers happy,” Abderraouf stated.With respect to King Mohammed VI’s decoration for his work, Abderraoufsaid, “When the King told me that he appreciates my performances while he was decorating me with National Medal of reward as a Degree officer, I felt motivated to do my utmost to show up anew as I was during the good old days.”
Rabat – During his July 4 radio show “The Scientists of Mars,” the controversial host Adil El Omari, made sexist comments which have caused outrage on social networks. Radio Mars consequently issued a statement on July 5, announcing El Omari’s three-day suspension.Reading listeners’ messages on the topic of the Moroccan national football team, El Omari made misogynist comments in response to a message from a female listener who expressed her opinion on the Atlas Lions’ participation in the African Cup of Nations (CAN).The Radio Mars host addressed the listener, telling her that she’d better “take care of her cooking, watch Choumicha’ s shows (famous Moroccan cooking show) and leave the national team alone.” Internet users, including journalists, supporters of football teams, and activists’ associations, instantly expressed their anger and disapproval of the host’s comments. Fille Football Association stated, in a post on its Facebook page, “unfortunately, we are still witnessing sexist statements that reduce women to household chores, even worse, coming from a so-called journalist on a Moroccan sports’ radio show – the only one of its kind in Morocco.”The association expressed its disappointment that such comments came from “a journalist who is supposed to be a source of information and awareness, and is held by the respect of fundamental values, in particular, freedom of expression and equality.”They then directly addressed the host, inviting him “to learn about the latest advances in the women’s football sector, and the national and international enthusiasm sparked by this game, especially in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.”The association also called upon Radio Mars, to act on the comments made by its host and to apologize to Moroccan women.Adil El Omari made an official apology on July 05, on Radio Mars. The host expressed that there was no intended malice behind his remarks. He then said, “if the Moroccan woman has deemed my remarks degrading, then I apologize to her.”Hicham El Khlifi, CEO of Radio Mars, qualified the misogynistic comments as “inadmissible and intolerable.” “They go against the editorial line of Radio Mars,” he said.
Some 825,000 people are still displaced from their homes across the country, more than 400,000 of them in Bangui alone, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The UN and its partners have requested $152 million to fund an emergency intervention plan, which aims to provide vital relief and protection to 1.2 million people across the country over the next three months.Targeted attacks against civilians, looting and the presence of armed elements at some displacement sites had severely limited humanitarian agencies’ ability to provide urgent assistance.“The security situation remains tense, especially in the capital,” a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York, citing OCHA.UN partner organizations are also working to prevent family separation, as well as to reunite families. “A comprehensive system in Bangui and other locations is a priority in order to identify, document, trace and reunify unaccompanied and separated children,” according to OCHA reports from aid organizations on the ground.They have also undertaken public-awareness campaigns on how to prevent care-takers and children from losing each other.Thousands of people in CAR are estimated to have been killed in the crisis, which began when the mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago, and has recently taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete), who are mainly Christians, take up arms.Earlier this month, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said more than 6,000 child soldiers may now be involved in the conflict, with their numbers growing as fighting pits community against community.UNICEF today said that its work on identifying and verifying boys and girls associated with armed groups led to the release of 23 children this week. Since May of last year, a total of 229 children have been released, according to the UN agency.
OTTAWA — The Ottawa 67’s have acquired one of the top goaltenders in junior hockey in a bid to make a run for an Ontario Hockey League title.The league-leading 67’s, on a 23-game unbeaten streak, landed Michael DiPietro in a trade with the Windsor Spitfires on Tuesday.The Spitfires receive forward Yegor Afanasyev, along with four second-round draft picks and three conditional picks, while the 67’s get two other draft picks.DiPietro, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, is considered the favourite to be Canada’s starting goaltender at the world junior championship starting on Dec. 26 in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.He guided the Spitfires to the Memorial Cup championship in 2017.The 67’s haven’t won an OHL title since 2001.The 67’s and the London Knights, on a 17-game unbeaten run, are the front-runners in the OHL this season.“Michael DiPietro is a tremendous competitor whose team and personal accomplishments are well-documented,” 67’s GM James Boyd said in a statement. “Our fans will appreciate Michael’s character and work ethic. We’re excited with the outstanding goaltending depth this acquisition provides our team moving forward.”The Canadian Press
Small hospitals must stop treating stroke emergencies in order to save thousands of lives, England’s top doctor will today say.The national medical director will say NHS trusts across the country must centralise services, so that victims get the right help sooner.Professor Stephen Powis will say hospitals should follow a controversial model pioneered in London and Manchester, which is now saving around 170 lives a year.In both cities, local stroke wards were closed, with ambulances instead taking victims not to nearest hospital, but to larger centres with access to brain scans, clot-busting drugs and specialist procedures.As a result, the numbers dying or suffering long-term disability have fallen significantly.Now health chiefs want to introduce the same changes across towns and cities in England, in the hope of saving more than 800 lives a year.Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said rolling out expert stroke teams will ensure thousands more people “survive and thrive”.Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, he will say: “Introducing quicker access to better treatment for stroke in London and here in Manchester has saved hundreds of lives and we now want to see them rolled out across the whole of the country.“As clinicians and as leaders we have a responsibility to drive this forward and to make the case for change, because we know that the prize is so great: thousands more people surviving and thriving after stroke.” Such changes can prove controversial because they mean local hospitals lose major services, which can stoke political rows.But charities said the measures were crucial to save lives, urging NHS leaders not to delay making such changes.Juliet Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association, warned “time lost is brain lost”.She said: “When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you.“That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do.“The evidence shows that reorganising stroke services to create stroke centres of excellence saves more lives and enables survivors to leave hospital sooner to start their recoveries at home.A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or internal bleeding.Every year more than 150,000 Britons have a stroke – and it is the leading cause of complex disability.The units have operated in London since 2010 and Manchester since 2015.Before their introduction, patients were taken to the nearest hospital A&E department in the capital to receive immediate care, followed by treatment on a general ward.An independent analysis into the change showed that patients are now more likely to receive the right treatment sooner, and are therefore more likely to survive and recover faster.The study from University College London, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, reviewed data from 500,000 hospital admissions for patients between 2008 and 2016 and compared the rate of stroke survival and the time patients spent in hospitals in London and Greater Manchester compared with other urban areas in England.Chief investigator Professor Naomi Fulop said: “Our research provides robust evidence for centralising acute stroke services in urban areas. This may mean that patients are taken by ambulance past their local hospital to a specialist centre in order to save lives.”More than three in five strokes could be prevented if major triggers were treated, such as reducing high blood pressure and raised cholesterol.Professor Powis also wants the NHS to prevent more strokes, by providing lifestyle advice and medication sooner.NHS England has launched a £9m programme to support 20,000 people with heart problems in 23 areas with the highest rates of stroke.The scheme will see specialist nurses and clinical pharmacists identify sufferers from the heart condition atrial fibrillation but aren’t receiving treatment, so that they can be offered lifestyle advice and help to get them on the right treatment.Health chiefs hope it will prevent around 700 strokes, saving an estimated 200 lives.More than three in five strokes could be prevented if major triggers were treated, such as reducing high blood pressure and raised cholesterol. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.