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Amid a tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena over government formation in Maharashtra, their ally Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday said Sena should not be “adamant” on its demand for the chief minister’s post as it rightly belongs to the BJP.Mr. Athawale also said he is hopeful that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari would be able to resolve the situation as he enjoys respects across party lines.“I am going to meet Gadkariji and will discuss the current situation in Maharashtra. He is a senior leader respected by everybody and I am sure they will definitely find a way to resolve this crisis,” Mr. Athawale, who is a Union Minister, said.Since the Maharashtra assembly results were announced on October 24, the BJP and its ‘Mahayuti’ ally Sena are locked in a bitter battle over sharing of power in the next government. The bone of contention is the Sena’s demand for the post of Chief Minister on rotational basis with the BJP and a “50:50 formula” for allocating ministries.The BJP won 105 seats in the polls followed by ally Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (44) in the 288-member Assembly.“BJP is the single largest party and there is a sizeable gap between the seats of the BJP and others so the Chief Minister post rightly belongs to it and not to Shiv Sena. The Sena can be given deputy chief minister’s post,” he said.Athawale claimed that the BJP is ready for 50:50 allocation of cabinet portfolios and also to give some important ministries to Sena.The people of Maharashtra have given the mandate to the BJP and the Shiv Sena to form the government not to the Congress and the NCP, he said.“If Sena forms a government in alliance with the NCP and the Congress, it will not be in the interest of any political party… it will be against the mandate given by the people,” he said.Also read: If BJP-Sena fail, NCP will have to think of alternative: PatilHis remarks on Sena came a day after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the current political situation in Maharashtra, which led to speculation about these three parties coming together.
BL20_P5_SINDHU × COMMENT Film stars congratulate Sindhu on winning Silver at Olympics Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has become the darling of the nation with her sterling performance at the Rio Olympics.The 21-year-old badminton star from Hyderabad has carried the nation’s hopes on her slender shoulders to come up with her best, beating top ranked players. In doing so, she has cheered up the entire nation starved of a top slot in the medals podium.Sporting familyBorn into a family of volleyball players — PV Ramana and P Vijaya — in 1995, Sindhu started playing badminton when she was barely eight, inspired by the performance of Pullela Gopichand, the All England Badminton Champion, and her coach, who honed her skills and guided her.Hyderabad is home to a number of badminton stars, and Sindhu grew up watching the likes of Saina Nehwal, who won the Olympics bronze in the London games.Her father Ramana, an Arjuna awardee, sighted the potential, talent and drive in Sindhu and encouraged her in the sport. Backed by her coach Gopichand, she made it big and went on to be awarded the Padma Sri at a young age.Over the years, Sindhu has gradually emerged as a fierce and an aggressive player from a defensive rally-based approach.Her hunger to win set her apart.After a number of achievements in the domestic circuits, and laurels in tourneys across the globe, Sindhu first made her mark in 2013 when she won the Malaysian Open and followed this up with other wins including the Macau Open. The ace shuttler earlier won the bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Clearly, her strength lies in her aggressive game, and her long reach adds to her advantage.Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, meanwhile, are making rival bids to claim credit for her achievements, much to the chagrin of sports lovers. August 19, 2016 Badminton star offers panacea to medal-starved India I’ll give my heart for gold: Sindhu RIO OLYMPICS 2016It’s silver for P V Sindhu AP announces Rs 3 cr cash award, Group I cadre job for Sindhu 0 RELATED COMMENTS Really happy to win a silver, gave my heart out: Sindhu Published on null sport BL20_P5_SINDHU SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger
According to reports, Tata Motors is working on an all new range of SUV based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport and will be launching the flagship product by 2018.The new SUV from Tata Motors will be based on the L550 platform from the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago launch delayed from March 28 to AprilMoreover, the new SUV, codenamed Q501/502, will be positioned below the upcoming Tata Hexa crossover that was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo in February.The upcoming Tata Q501 SUV will come powered with an all new 2.0L, MultiJet II, diesel engine churning out maximum power output of 170bhp, mated to a six-speed manual and automatic transmission.Moreover, the engine for the new Tata Q501 SUV will be locally manufactured so as to get the competitive edge while pricing the new flagship product.ALSO READ:Tata Kite 5 to be called Canvas, Dribble or IngridThe new Tata Q501 SUV will compete against Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Fortuner in the market.Watch this space for more information on Tata Q501 SUV.
India’s top junior shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a bronze medal at the Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 at Markham, Canada after losing in the boys singles semi-final on Saturday night.Lakshya Sen was up against the top seed and world junior number one Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand and could not overcome the huge challenge 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 and bowed out with a bronze.This was India’s fifth boys singles bronze medal at the BWF World Junior Championships and the only medal India got at this year’s Championships.Previously, RMV Gurusaidutt (2008), B Sai Praneeth (2010), HS Prannoy (2010) and Sameer Verma (2011) have won the bronze medal. Siril Verma (2015) is India’s only boys singles silver-medallist at the World Junior Championships.Saina Nehwal (2008) remains India’s sole gold medallist at the BWF World Junior Championships. She also won a silver two years before that in girls singles.Also read – Youth Olympics: Lakshya Sen settles for silver in badminton singlesThailand’s Vitidsarn took 71 minutes to beat Lakshya and enter the final. He overcame a first game deficit and rallied to defeat the fourth seed Lakshya.The Asian Junior champion began well in what was touch-and-go opening game. Lakshya seized the opportunity after the mid-game break and sealed the extended game in his favour. The Thai, however, came back strongly and got a number of winners to level the match 1-1 and stay in the tournament.Lakshya failed to find any rhythm after losing the second game and was unable to gather himself in the decider with the Thai getting a good lead and maintaining it throughout.advertisementAfter the break, it was almost inevitable that the first seed, who led by half a dozen points, was making marching into the final.Lakshya admitted missing his tempo in the final. “I could not get into my usual rhythm, though I managed to win the first game. But he [Vitidsarn] was too strong in the second. I could not play to my strong points and my opponent had all answers to my strokes,” Lakshya said.Also watch –
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Antonio Conte Conte predicts bright future for England & vows to give Chelsea youngsters a chance Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 07:35 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Bournemouth FC AFC Bournemouth Premier League UEFA Champions League The Blues boss congratulated the Three Lions Under-17 team after their World Cup win and has insisted he will give opportunities to his young talents Antonio Conte has congratulated England Under-17s on their World Cup win and vowed to give Chelsea’s crop of young talents a chance at the club.Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jonathan Panzo, George McEachran and Marc Guehi were all part of the Three Lions squad that defeated Spain 5-2 in Saturday’s final, with former Blues academy graduate Rhian Brewster also starring.Chelsea 13/8 to beat Roma 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 Conte, who captained Italy as a player and also managed the national side, is predicting big things in the future for England and has promised he will give Chelsea’s young players a chance, if he deems them good enough to warrant a place.“A big congratulations to the whole team because to win the World Cup with the Under-17 national team means they are working really well,” the Chelsea boss said.“I think football in England is growing in an incredible way because it is not the only result for [these] young players, Under-19s, Under-20s have won and the Under-21s played a really good European Championship. It means football is growing and improving a lot.“I am sure that in the future, the England national team, the first team will be very difficult to beat. I want to tell you this because I was a coach with the Italy national team and I think when you have this movement in front of you, you can have a great possibility to have a strong team for the next World Cup and for the other competitions.“I am very happy for our players, and sometimes Callum Hudson-Odoi came with us. I am very happy with our academy because it means our academy is working very well. Against Everton, [Ethan] Ampadu played for the first time and he is only 17 years old.“Don’t forget that my first appearance in my career in Serie A, I was only 16 years old. I think I am the best person to give this possibility. If I see. I repeat. In my experience at Juventus, Pogba was only 18 years old.“I repeat I want to give these possibilities – but you have to deserve these possibilities. He is not an England player, only 17 years old, but he deserves to stay with us and to develop, to be the future of Chelsea.”Chelsea have now won three games in a row after beating Bournemouth and, ahead of the meeting with Roma in the Champions League, Conte is calling on his players to keep their focus.“Don’t forget that we played against Atletico Madrid. I have players with a good experience to face this type of situation,” he added. “You have to play football, you want to try to play better than in the first game.“For sure we have to try to do this. It won’t be easy but first of all we have to go game-by-game. Now the most important game is the Roma game in the Champions League. After this game we will start to think towards Manchester United.”
Rory McIlroy European Tour Topics Asked if mobile phones should be banned – as they are at Augusta National for the Masters – Poulter added: “No, I just think people need to educate themselves and understand it’s an issue for us and them. They don’t realise they distract us as much as they do. Ninety nine per cent of them are on silent and unfortunately there’s a couple which are not. You’re not expecting it because you think they’ve got it on silent.“I’m angry and am going to continue to be angry until I wake up tomorrow morning. Throwing shots away for no reason is really annoying.”Karlsson’s last European Tour title came in 2010, but the Ryder Cup vice-captain’s 67 was enough to leave him a shot ahead of Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, Graeme Storm, Paul Dunne and Richie Ramsay.Hatton held a three-shot lead at halfway, but could only card a 71 after two bogeys in the last four holes, while the tournament host, Lee Westwood, dropped three shots in the last six holes – his first bogeys all week – to fall three off the pace.However, there was better news for late entry Rory McIlroy, who admitted his competitive juices were flowing again after a superb 64 took him to within two shots of the lead alongside Shane Lowry, Chris Hanson, George Coetzee and David Lingmerth.“You get yourself into contention and you start to think about things and it would be nice to get a win,” said McIlroy, who had previously insisted he was unconcerned about possibly just the second winless season of his career, a season which will come to a self-imposed early end next week.“The crowds have been fantastic. The last couple of tournaments I’ve been off pretty early on the weekends and had 50 people following me, where there’s thousands out there so it’s nice to get into that sort of environment again.”Storm was equally happy to see McIlroy’s name in the frame, having beaten the Northern Irishman in a play-off for the South African Open in January.“I saw his name go on the leaderboard and I was thinking this could be a bit of an omen, something which could be great for me again,” Hartlepool native Storm said.“I’m disappointed I’m not leading the tournament, to be perfectly honest. I missed short putts on 12, 13 and 14 and should have been sitting pretty on the top of the leaderboard, but we’re in with a shout and that’s all I can do.”With the course set up for low scoring, Ramsay was one of those to take advantage of the shortened ninth hole, driving the green on the par four and holing from 15 feet for eagle.“I’ve just been there or thereabouts for a long, long time and I feel that getting in the mix tomorrow, back nine on Sunday, I just love it,” Ramsay said after a bogey-free 65.“Pressure is just brilliant. Put me in that position, it’s the best place you can be. All the practice and it comes down the stretch under the pressure with a great field and also a great turnout, I can’t wait for it.” Rory McIlroy pays tribute to Tiger Woods and looks to his own legacy … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Share on Twitter A furious Ian Poulter remained in contention for a first victory in five years despite a costly incident on day three of the British Masters.Poulter recovered from an early double bogey at Close House to card a 68 and finish in a five-way tie for second on 11 under par, a shot behind Sweden’s Robert Karlsson.The former Ryder Cup star found the water with his tee shot on the par-three fifth after being distracted by spectators taking pictures on their phones and was still seething hours later.“What are we doing?” Poulter complained. “We’ve allowed them all to take pictures and videos and tell them to put them on silent, and it doesn’t work, does it?“You get distracted on the wrong hole at the wrong time and it’s extremely penal and it’s really fucking annoying.” Share on Facebook Ian Poulter Share on Messenger Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Golf Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share via Email news Reuse this content
Jack Wilshere You know nothing – Wilshere hits out at journalist over World Cup snub Jamie Smith 03:39 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England Tunisia v England England v Panama England v Belgium World Cup After saying he deserved a place in England’s World Cup squad, the midfielder has hit out at a journalism who criticised him over the tweet Jack Wilshere says feeling he should be in the England squad does not mean he is “self indulgent” as he hit out at a journalist over his World Cup snub.Wilshere was among the headline absentees from Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament, along with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.The Arsenal midfielder did not make Southgate’s reserve list either, with the manager indicating his drop in form toward the end of the season had played a role in his omission. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Wilshere – who made 38 appearances this season – subsequently complained about his exclusion, writing on Twitter: “I should be in the squad!”The 26-year-old Wilshere argued after a strong season by his standards he had the qualities needed to make “a real impact.” However, he also noted in his two tweets that he respected the manager’s decision and will be rooting for the Three Lions in Russia. Wilshere’s outspoken response drew a mixed response and he responded angrily to a journalist who criticised him and suggested he had been badly advised on Friday.”And what would you know about me or who gives me advice?” Wilshere posted on Twitter. “Because I believe I should be in the squad means I’m being self indulgent? You know nothing.”England start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia before taking on Panama and Belgium in Group G.Meanwhile, Wilshere’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of June, meaning he could have a new home next season.
Mourinho: Man Utd players physically fragileby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his players couldn’t physically cope with Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits Liverpool were physically superior on the day.”We have lots of problems related to physicality,” said Mourinho.“We have lots of players that I could consider injury problems, because some of our players are always injured and it’s not with me – it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and David, we had players that are permanently injured and, when you’re permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get.”Then there are qualities you cannot improve or make them have. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players and on top of that they are good technically.“I have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have that intensity or physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Canadian Press HALIFAX — DHX Media Ltd. reported a loss in its latest quarter compared with a profit a year ago as its revenue rose 5.5 per cent.The children’s entertainment company says it lost $2.4 million compared with a profit of $8.1 million a year ago, due to a larger non-controlling interest in Peanuts and a non-cash write-down in deferred financing charges.The loss amounted to two cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of six cents per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the first quarter of DHX’s financial year totalled $104 million, up from $98.6 million.Last week, DHX announced a deal to sell its Halifax animation studio to IoM Media Ventures as part of what it said was a strategic shift to focus and streamline its production operations.DHX completed a strategic review earlier this year that ended with a deal to boost distribution and sales of its Peanuts brand in China and elsewhere in Asia. The company also suspended its dividend, cut staff and streamlined operations. Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX)
Mumbai: Aamir Khan has said that his son Junaid is currently more interested in doing theatre and he supports his decision. Junaid, Aamir’s elder child from his previous marriage to Reena Dutta, has worked as an assistant director on Rajkumar Hirani’s “PK”, which featured the Bollywood superstar in the lead. “It is up to him (about making his film debut). He should lead his own life and take his own decisions. I don’t want to take it for him. I have left it all to him. He certainly has an inclination towards the creative world and towards filmmaking. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “He is following his path, he has studied theatre. He is actually more interested in theatre than films. I am allowing him to go and find his own path. That’s how it should be. He is very bright,” Aamir said in an interview here. The superstar once again made it clear that if Junaid wants to venture in to Bollywood as an actor, then he will have to follow the proper process and give audition for roles. “If I feel there is something that I got and if he (Junaid) fits in, then only (I will cast him)… He will have to go through a casting process. He hasn’t audition for anything,” Aamir said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Talking about his eight-year-old son Azad, the “Thugs of Hindostan” star said he has started spending more time with him. “Kiran had told me two-three years ago that I don’t care for them and she was not saying it in a complaining way and that is important to understand. One thing changed after that is I started coming home by 6 pm. From 6 pm to 8 pm I’m with Azad and then after 8 pm I again start work. But those two hours we are together I read to him, talk, etc.”
Rabat – The national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) issued a statement on Monday, saying that its AT 788 flight to Casablanca from Paris experienced a “disruption” and delay on June 29 due to the “aggressive and threatening behavior” of one passenger toward a flight attendant on the previous flight. In its statement, which was received by Morocco World News, RAM said that en route to Paris, a passenger had “physically and verbally assaulted” the flight attendant before attempting to access the cockpit.In response, the flight captain applied the “alert procedure” for this type of situation in order to ensure the safety of passengers and the airplane crew. The flight landed at the Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport on time and the passengers were evacuated under the supervision of the authorities, RAM added.The flight captain, two witnesses and the flight attendants have all filed complaints against the passenger to the French authorities.The incident resulted in 1 hour and 55 minute delay of the AT789 return flight.Denouncing the alleged behavior of the passenger, RAM said that “the safety of passengers and aircrew is a non-negotiable priority abroad all flights of Royal Air Maroc.”The statement added that the “company wishes to recall that its services remain uncompromising vis-a-vis these inadmissible acts.”
12 June 2007The Sudanese Government today announced its acceptance of the proposal for a hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation to be deployed to the violence-wracked Darfur region after the UN and AU issued clarifications about the mandate, structure, components and tasks of the force. The agreement was reached during two days of high-level technical consultations between the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government that wrapped up today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.In the conclusions issued following the consultations, the Sudanese Government said it accepted the joint proposals on a hybrid force “in view of the explanations and clarifications provided by the AU and the UN.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today’s positive conclusions and is looking forward to expeditiously implementing the hybrid force, his spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Asked whether Sudan’s acceptance of the hybrid force was unconditional, Ms. Montas noted Khartoum’s call for African troops and added that the UN had always planned to deploy a large number of African troops to the region, although this depended on availability.She also said that some issues raised about land, water and deployment still needed to be hammered out with the Sudanese Government.The UN and AU have outlined two options for the size of the force’s military component: under one plan, there would be 19,555 troops and under the other there would be 17,605 troops. The police component would require 3,772 officers.The hybrid operation is the third phase of a three-step process to replace the existing but under-resourced AU Mission in the Sudan (AMIS), which has been unable to end the fighting in Darfur.More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others displaced from their homes since clashes erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups.The planned hybrid force “would contribute considerably to the stabilization of the situation in Darfur in its political, humanitarian and security dimensions,” according to the conclusions, with the participants stressing that both the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council must adopt the necessary decisions and resolutions to authorize the implementation and operation of such a force.The UN, AU and Sudan also underlined the need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire, accompanied by an inclusive political process, as well as for troop-contributing countries and donors to step up and ensure the hybrid force can be implemented quickly.Also today, a high-level committee comprising representatives of the UN, the Sudanese Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the European Commission, met in Khartoum to discuss the latest progress on the humanitarian front in Darfur.The participants welcomed the recent steps taken to streamline customs and immigration problems for aid workers, as well as in the recruitment of international staff and the establishment of a database to monitor implementation of a recent joint communiqué affecting their work.
The Tamil Nadu government led by J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said that due to its consistent efforts Sri Lanka had released over 500 fishermen arrested by its navy since May, 2011 and re-affirmed that retrieval of ‘katchatheevu,’ an islet ceded by India to the neighbouring nation in 1974, was its “topmost agenda.”Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had written 17 letters to the Centre on the issue of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy who also allegedly attacked them, the Press Trust of India reported. The islet was ceded to Sri Lanka “unilaterally,” he said adding government was taking pro-active steps such as State Revenue Department impleading in a case filed by Jayalalithaa in the Supreme Court in 2008 against the Indo-Lanka agreement.The government had also filed an ‘Expedite petition’ in the apex Court last year, he added. Jayapal said the fishermen from the districts off Palk Bay in the State who ‘drift’ to the other side of International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) while fishing in Palk Strait were at times “arrested/harassed by the Sri Lankan navy.”Taking a ‘serious view,’ of this, Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 17 times since May 2011, nine letters seeking steps for release of arrested fishermen and the rest asking him to take “urgent steps” to prevent the mid-sea incidents of ‘harassment’ Mr. Jayapal reiterated the government’s commitment on retrieval ofKatchatheevu as that and restoration of traditional fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay area “are the topmost agenda of the government of Tamil Nadu.” “Due to the consistent efforts taken by the government, 505 arrested fishermen since May 2011 (217 in 2011, 219 in 2012 and 69 till date in 2013) have been released by the Sri Lankan authorities and repatriated to Tamil Nadu,” State Fisheries Minister K. A. Jayapal told the State Assembly. He assured the House of action for release of the “remaining innocent” fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan jails but did not specify the exact number.
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2014 6:39 am MDT In this March 24, 2014 photo, a pedestrian passes a J.Crew store in the Shadyside shopping district of Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department reports on retail sales for March on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 per cent in March, the best showing since September 2012. The government also revised February to a 0.7 per cent gain, more than double its previous estimate. Sales had fallen in January and December.Sales of autos climbed 3.1 per cent while sales at general merchandise stores, a category that covers retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target and department stores, increased 1.9 per cent, the strongest one-month gain since March 2007, before the country went through the recession.The strong March gain was evidence that the economy is emerging from a harsh winter with some momentum. US retail sales jump 1.1 per cent in March, best showing in 18 months, led by auto sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos gives a thumbs up during a campaign event in Bogota, Colombia. A corruption scandal that has spread across Latin America is inching closer to Santos amid new evidence on Monday, March 6, 2017 that suggests a Brazilian construction company paid $1 million for an opinion poll carried out during his re-election campaign. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File) by Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2017 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Colombia’s Santos may have received Odebrecht contributions BOGOTA – A corruption scandal that has spread across Latin America is inching closer to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos amid new evidence that suggests a Brazilian construction company paid $1 million for an opinion poll carried out during his re-election campaign.Chief Prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martinez said Monday his office had verified that Odebrecht signed a contract with a Panamanian-registered company linked to a local advertising agency hired by Santos’ 2014 campaign. He said the company’s goal was to curry favour with the Santos government to help it win a $100 million arbitration involving disputes over a highway project.It’s not clear what evidence existed to back up the claim or what crime, if any, may have been committed. Presidential campaign contributions by companies other than banks are illegal in Colombia, and Santos didn’t report taking any contributions from individuals. But it’s an open secret in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America where such restrictions exist that politicians regularly turn to companies for undeclared contributions and to pay costs associated with running for office.Indeed, Odebrecht is also accused of covering the bill for Santos’ conservative rival during the 2014 race. Martinez said his office had obtained new evidence showing how Odebrecht executives introduced the candidate, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, to a top-flight Brazilian campaign strategist during a 2014 meeting in Sao Paulo and then proceeded to pay $1.6 million for services to the candidate’s campaign.Santos has yet to comment. But just his association with Odebrecht is bound to further damage Santos with elections to choose his successor 14 months away and an uneasy coalition in congress needed to implement a peace accord with leftist rebels showing signs of fraying. Odebrecht, in a plea agreement last year with the U.S. Justice Department, admitted to paying some $800 million in bribes to win business across Latin America,Santos’ approval rating stood at 24 per cent in February, near the lowest since he took office in 2010, according to a Gallup poll. The same survey found Colombians for the first time in more than 12 years of polling by Gallup listing corruption as the country’s top problem, more than even the traditional concerns in the war-torn country of public safety and the lack of economic opportunity.The fallout from Brazil’s continuing investigation into Odebrecht is increasingly implicating politicians across the region. Last month, a judge in Peru ordered the arrest of former President Alejandro Toledo for allegedly receiving some $20 million in bribes for granting a lucrative contract to build a highway between Brazil and the Pacific Coast.
Sixteen-year-old Usha Yadab, class leader for Choose Your Future, a UNFPA-supported programme in Nepal that teaches girls about health issues and encourages the development of basic life skills. Photo: UNFPA/William Ryan A United Nations report released today spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services.The State of World Population 2013, produced by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), notes that out of the 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls who are 14 or younger, many of whom suffer grave long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy such as obstetric fistula, and an estimated 70,000 adolescents in developing countries who die each year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.“Too often, society blames only the girl for getting pregnant,” said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. “The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control. It is a consequence of little or no access to school, employment, quality information and health care.”The report, Motherhood in childhood: facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, seeks to offer a new perspective on teenage pregnancy, looking not only at girls’ behaviour as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities and Governments.Early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl’s health, education and rights. It also prevents her from realizing her potential and adversely impacts the baby. A country’s economy is also affected by teenage pregnancies as adolescent mothers are prevented from entering the workforce.In Kenya, for example, if the more than 200,000 teenage mothers had been employed instead of becoming pregnant, $3.4 billion could have been added to the economy. Similarly, if girls in Brazil and India had been able to wait until their early 20s to give birth, the countries would have greater economic productivity equal to more than $3.5 billion and $7.7 billion, respectively. A 13-year-old fistula patient at a VVF centre in Nigeria. Photo: UNFPA/Akintunde Akinleye Hortência, 25, developed an obstetric fistula at 17, during a complicated delivery. Photo: UNFPA/Pedro Sá da Bandeira Life-skills class, Ethiopia. Photo: Mark Tuschman/Planned Parenthood Global Abriendo Oportunidades offers safe spaces, mentoring, educational opportunities and solidarity for adolescent Mayan girls. It also introduces new possibilities into their lives. Photo: Mark Tuschman/UNFPA Girls in Rajasthan, India learning to read. Photo: Mark Tuschman/Educate Girls India ‹ ›The report notes that countries must not only increase efforts to prevent teenage pregnancies, they must also invest more in girls as the currently the global community directs less than two cents of every dollar spent on international development to adolescent girls.In addition to funding, the report stresses that to tackle teenage pregnancy, countries must adopt a holistic approach which does not dwell on changing girls’ behaviour, but seeks to change attitudes in society so girls are encouraged to stay in school, child marriage is banned, girls have access to sexual and reproductive health including contraception, and young mothers have better support systems.“We must reflect on and urge changes to the policies and norms of families, communities and governments that often leave a girl with no other choice, but a path to early pregnancy,” said Mr. Osotimehin. “This is what we are doing at UNFPA and what we will continue to do and recommend until every girl is able to choose the direction of her life, own her future and achieve her greatest potential.”While teenage pregnancy is a much bigger challenge in developing countries, the report also found that it is a significant issue in developed ones. In the United States for example, only about half of the girls who become pregnant as adolescents complete high school by 22, compared to nine out of 10 girls who do not become pregnant. It also harms the economy as a whole, with nearly $11 billion a year in costs to taxpayers in the country.