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a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the better

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is full of praise for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Sanchez Flores says Guardiola has changed football in England for the better.”The philosophy I think is really new,” said Sanchez Flores.”When he arrived in England, English football was changing, it was in the middle of some big changes.”Many good coaches are coming here, introducing this idea to touch the ball, but we know the English fans they don’t like to touch horizontal, they like to touch forward, so it’s completely different.”Pep is putting the stamp for this change, this kind of big change, so of course finally he defined a little bit the change.”When he was coaching Barcelona you could see that he’s a clever guy and he’s thinking very well and really passionate with football.”If you look like this, you have the possibility to change a lot. If you have very good players like he has, you have more possibilities to change things, so the ingredients they are really good for him.” last_img read more

5-Star ATH Darnay Holmes Teases Possibility Of Nebraska Commitment After 4-Star Teammates Pledge To Huskers

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first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Calabasas High School has a trio of big-time recruits in the 2017 class – five-star athlete Darnay Holmes, four-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia and four-star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Nebraska’s football program has received commitments from two of those players – Gebbia today and Johnson last month. Could Holmes be next? It’s a possibility. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, ranked the No. 6 player in the class, tweeted the following tonight. Am I next? #GBR pic.twitter.com/3Rx7EasGUB— Darnay Holmes (@DarnayHolmes) April 5, 2016That appears to be a message from Keyshawn Johnson, who played for Nebraska coach Mike Riley at USC. The Huskers’ 2017 class is ranked the No. 28 class in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

AP Exclusive Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement

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first_imgSEATTLE – Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year’s worth of revenues for the 5-year-old charter advocacy group.All told, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $25 million to the charter group that is credited with keeping the charter schools open after the state struck down the law, and then lobbying legislators to revive the privately run, publicly funded schools.It’s an extreme example of how billionaires are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend and expand the charter schools movement across the country.Since 2006, philanthropists and their private foundations and charities have given almost half a billion dollars to those groups, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and Foundation Center data. The review looked at 52 groups noted by a U.S. Department of Education website as official charter school resources in the 44 states plus Washington, D.C., that currently have a charter law, as well as the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.Most of the money has gone to the top 15 groups, which received $425 million from philanthropy. The Walton Family Foundation, run by the heirs to the Walmart fortune, is the largest donor to the state charter advocates, giving $144 million to 27 groups.“We ought to be paying more attention to who these organizations are, and what kind of vision they have, and what drives them. A lot of these organizations have extraordinary influence, and it’s often pretty quiet influence,” said Jon Valant, an education policy expert at Brookings.Charters aren’t subject to the same rules or standards governing traditional public schools but are embraced by Gates and other philanthropists who see them as investments in developing better and different ways to educate those who struggle in traditional school systems, particularly children in poor, urban areas. Studies on academic success are mixed.The charter support groups, as nonprofits, are typically forbidden from involvement in political campaigns, but the same wealthy donors who sustain them in many cases directly channel support to pro-charter candidates through related political action committees or their own contributions. In one indication of the philanthropy’s success in asserting its priorities, Georgia’s lieutenant governor was recorded saying he was motivated to support school choice laws to curry the Walton foundation’s favour for his gubernatorial campaign. The Walton foundation has denied any connection to the candidate.Nationwide, about 5 per cent of students attend charters. They have become a polarizing political issue amid criticism from some, notably teachers unions, that they drain resources from cash-starved schools and erode the neighbourhood schooling model that defines communities.The Walton foundation notes the groups it funds have resources that often pale in comparison to the war chests of teachers unions, the usual foes in their battles over state education policy.“The philanthropic support is essential for a small group of schools” that represents disadvantage families without their own political power, said Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a University of Washington-affiliated think-tank that has in the past been funded by the Gates foundation to support charter schools and traditional school districts working together.But John Rogers, an education policy expert and UCLA professor, said it’s a problem for democracy that billionaires who back a certain model of education reform can go toe-to-toe with a critical mass of professional teachers.“A handful of billionaires who are advancing their vision of education reform is very different than having 200,000-some odd teachers across the state representing their understanding of public education through their union representation,” Rogers said.In California, the Waltons are the biggest backers of the powerhouse California Charter School Association, which has gotten more than $100 million since 2006 with support coming also from Gates, Michael and Susan Dell and the Mark Zuckerburg-backed Silicon Valley Community foundations.“We’re proud of our partners and very open about our desired outcomes, and that is, honestly, access to more better schools,” said Marc Sternberg, who leads the Walton foundation’s education program.Sternberg said the foundation doesn’t set the agenda but wants to empower the local vision, which has included the charter association’s fight for more money and access to public school buildings through lawsuits against Los Angeles Unified, the country’s second-largest school district. The California charter group said it works aggressively when painted into a corner.A political arm of the association also has been a force in Golden State politics. It’s now focusing on pushing pro-charter candidates in the November election, including former charter schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools superintendent, and a number of legislative seats.In Washington state, charter skeptics say Gates single-handedly propped up the entire charter school network. He gave at least $4 million to help pass a state charter school law, though the concept had failed three times at the ballot. Voters eventually approved a charter school law in 2012, making Washington one of the last states to adopt the schooling model.After the state’s highest court ruled in 2015 that the charter law’s funding model was unconstitutional, the Gates-backed state charter group shepherded almost $5 million to keep the lights on at six charter schools and urged legislators to pass a new law. In 2016, its political arm called Washington Charters Action was created, and an affiliated political action committee has already given small amounts to dozens of state lawmakers up for election this fall.Today, the state’s teachers union is challenging the second version of the law. The Washington Educators Association’s spokesman Rich Wood said the charter group inserted itself into the case after the union sued the state.The Washington charter group — and all the charter schools in the state — wouldn’t agree to be interviewed. The Gates foundation said in a statement it is not involved with the lawsuit but values the association’s technical work helping charter schools blossom.Some critics say money can define the advocacy itself, so not all charter support groups accept money from the billionaire philanthropists.A second statewide charter support organization in California, the Charter Schools Development Center, relies on programming fees to preserve its independence, according to director Eric Premack.Though the two California charter groups share many similar values, Premack said, they’re on different sides of the testing issue: how to and how much to use test scores to determine educational quality. Premack said he rejects test-based accountability — embraced by the California Charter Schools Association and many of its business mogul donors — as antithetical to the charter movement’s innovative spirit.“You often find them being close political bedfellows — if not the same — who support high-stakes testing,” Premack said.___Associated Press journalist Larry Fenn in New York contributed to this report.___Follow AP Education Reporter Sally Ho on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SallyHolast_img read more

Gang of auto lifters who stole vehicles from dark spots busted

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang who steal vehicles from dark spots of public parking and market areas in city. Police have recovered 15 stolen vehicles from their possession.Police identified the accused as Ravi, Iliyas and Dharambir. They were arrested from the area of Palam Village. During interrogation, it revealed that accused Ravi formed a new gang by the name of “Handi Gang” for stealing Two-Wheelers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe along with his associates Iliyas and Dharambir has committed several Auto-thefts in the ares of Dwarka, South-West, West, Outer-North and North Distt. During further interrogation, he has disclosed his involvements in several cases of vehicle theft. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that the gang used to recce dark spots of public parking and market areas and then planned to steal two wheelers which were parked. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”After getting suitable opportunity they used to break open lock with master key or screw driver and start the same without need of key,” said DCP Arya. After committing thefts, they used to park stolen vehicles in open spaces, parking, etc and later, sell it to one Md. Safique of Meerut, who further used to dispose stolen vehicles to Kabari dealers. A team of AATS comprising SI Mahesh, ASI Devender constituted under Inspector AATS Rajesh Malik and overall supervision of ACP Operations South West Distt Satish Kumar made the arrest.last_img read more

Can’t plan to dismiss greats like Kohli, ABD: Gopal

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first_imgNew Delhi: April 2 will always be etched in the memory of leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal. Playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he picked three wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to help his team register a 7-wicket win. More than the win, it was the wickets that he scalped that will stay with him forever — Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and upcoming Windies talent Shimron Hetmyer. Speaking more than two weeks after achieving a feat not many can boast of, Gopal said one cannot have a plan to dismiss legends and can only try his luck. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There was no plan for them (Kohli and de Villers). You can’t make any plan for such great batsmen. I just wanted to bowl a googly and keep it tight as possible,” he said. “They misread the line of the ball and I was fortunate to get their wickets.” In the ongoing edition, the Bengaluru cricketer has consistently performed for his team and has picked eight wickets from as many games so far. But what makes his performance stand out is an economy rate of 6.60. For a spinner to bowl so well is undoubtedly a quality effort, but Gopal feels there is no secret behind it. “There is no secret. I am just happy that my hard work in the past one year is paying off. Despite the kind of result we are getting as a team, personally I had a decent season from the start and will just try to continue and get even better,” he opined. Gopal started his career as a middle-order batsman and slowly turned into a genuine leg-spinner.last_img read more

No changes needed in citizenship bill if Clause 6 implemented properly: Assam CM Sonowal

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first_imgGuwahati: The citizenship bill does not require any changes if Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly, says Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the proposed legislation which the top BJP leadership has vowed to bring back if voted back to power.In an interview to PTI, the student leader-turned politician said the bill will be brought after arriving at a consensus with all stakeholders. “It (amending the Act) is not a new thing as amendments were taken up nine times before this also. This is a continuous process since 1950,” he said, adding the BJP will ensure constitutional safeguards to Northeast’s political, cultural, social and linguistic identity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’When asked if the Assam government will request the Centre to make necessary changes in the existing bill to allay apprehensions of the people here, Sonowal said that is not needed if the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly. The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which was signed in 1985 after the Assam Agitation of 1979-85, envisages that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, should be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the people of Assam. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If Clause 6 is implemented in letter and spirit, then the indigenous people of Assam are well guarded and protected. That was the agenda ought to be taken up on priority by earlier governments, but it was never seriously considered, Sonowal said. “Now the prime minister has taken up the matter with sincerity, commitment and dedication. So, I believe once it is implemented, we have nothing to worry. If Clause 6 is implemented, we have no issue with the citizenship bill, even if it comes in the current form, he added. Several groups and parties have opposed the bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 but was not tabled in Rajya Sabha and seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document.last_img read more

Gattuso on Gonzalo Higuains injury

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first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has hinted that Gonzalo Higuain’s injury will be monitored in the coming days.Higuain went off injured against Udinese, and with games against Juventus and Betis coming up this week, Milan fans are frustrated with the long list of injured players.“It’s no coincidence that we give players a recovery day after games, but many of them are here at Milanello for treatment today,” Gattuso revealed, according to Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Pipita will be evaluated in the coming days and we hope it’s nothing serious. Franck [Kessié] is in a bit of pain but that’s normal when you play so often. He has a high threshold and can play with pain.“We hope to recover [Hakan] Calhanoglu and [Davide] Calabria because they are very important players for us and we need to recharge our batteries in the two games before the international break.”Milan could only wrap up the tie against Udinese late in the gamelast_img read more

Julio Cesar Messi save was my greatest one

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first_imgFormer Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar recalled the moment of his remarkable save against Lionel Messi in 2010Under Jose Mourinho, Inter were drawn against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League that year and entered the second leg with a 3-1 aggregate lead.Things didn’t start well for Inter at Camp Nou as they attempted to protect their advantage from Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team with Thiago Motta’s sending-off forcing them to play with 10-men for more than an hour.Gerard Pique had given the Catalan’s the lead with an 84th-minute goal before Bojan Krkic had an injury-time goal ruled out to secure Inter a 3-2 aggregate victory.But one of the main talking points for the game was Cesar, who saved Messi’s goalbound curler from 20 yards brilliantly by tipping it wide.Nearly nine years later and the retired Brazilian still fondly recalls the moment while discussing his three best saves.“I would say that my save to deny Messi at Camp Nou was my best one,” Cesar told the club website.“It was an almost impossible save as the ball was almost behind me when I got to it.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“In second place would have to be my save which prevented Thomas Müller from scoring in the final.“I would rate the save I produced to deny Aquilani in a Serie A match against Roma as my third-best one.”Inter would go on to win the Champions League that year along with the Serie A and Coppa Italia to become the first-ever Italian club to win the treble.“The treble is my biggest dream that ever came true,” added Cesar.“It sounds like something easy to say, but it was an incredible achievement from all of us. There was a special energy at the club during that season. We knew we could do something special and we did it.“Being an interista, to win with this shirt is something difficult to describe. A unique emotion that I share with my fans. I feel one of them”.last_img read more

Cudicini recalls his time with Cech at Chelsea

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first_imgCarlo Cudicini recalled his time alongside Petr Cech at Chelsea where they competed with each other for the number one goalkeeping jerseyBefore Cech’s arrival in 2004, Cudicini had been the undisputed number one at Chelsea for the last four years and was even named the Premier League’s best goalkeeper of the 2002/03 campaign.But once Cech was at Stamford Bridge, Cudicini was instantly demoted to the bench as the Czech enjoyed record-breaking success with Chelsea.Cudicini spent the following four and a half years being Cech’s backup before he left for Tottenham in January 2009.However, the Italian only has fond memories of his time alongside Cech who announced his retirement this week from football at the end of the season.“We were fighting for one place and we always gave 120 per cent because we knew if we weren’t able to do our job somebody else would have stepped in,” Cudicini told Chelsea TV.“I tried to push Petr very hard when he was playing, trying to make sure his concentration was always top, and I’m sure that he thought to do the same when I was playing in cups and other games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s easy to get along well with Petr because he’s such a smart guy, an intelligent guy.“He has so many hobbies so we developed a friendship which is still there, still strong and hopefully it will carry on to be like that.”Cech’s first season at Chelsea was especially remarkable given his quick adaption to English football which saw him only concede 15 goals and make a record 21 clean sheets in the Premier League at the age of 22.“If you think, in his first season he was still very young,” said Cudicini.“I said many times that it’s never easy to make the transition between other leagues and the Premier League and he was unbelievable. He had the record for clean sheets and it was a brilliant season.”Nowadays, the Italian has retired from playing football and works as an assistant coach back at Chelsea.last_img read more

Hasselbaink Bolt can manipulate the media

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first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink implied that Usain Bolt is a media manipulator, while discussing his credentials as a footballerThe sprint king has captured headlines while on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners for the past two months.Bolt recently turned down a two-year contract offer from Maltese champions Valletta and his agent announced that they’ve received an offer from Mariners.Although head coach Mike Mulvey claims to know nothing of Mariners’ alleged offer to Bolt.Now Chelsea legend Hasselbaink has reflected on Bolt’s ability to use the media to his own advantage.“You’re talking about Usain Bolt, he could manipulate the press however he wanted for all his career, ” Hasselbaink told Man on the Street TV host Rob Cornthwaite on his Twitter.“So why do you think he can’t do it now?”Bolt recently bagged his first two goals as a footballer in a friendly game for Mariners, which Hasselbaink praised him for.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“But still, it’s an achievement for him to score those two goals,” said the Dutchman.“It’s one thing to run as fast as he can, but it’s another thing to switch professions.”Hasselbaink is a former striker who played for the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United and Atletico Madrid.The former Netherlands international scored 200 goals in 455 career matches before retiring in 2008.Hasselbaink has since undergone managerial spells with Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town.With all the Usain Bolt talk I asked what one of the best strikers the @premierleague has seen what he thought about Bolt. @jf9hasselbaink words on Bolt and his ability to manipulate the media! #bolt @TheWorldGame @FOXFOOTBALL @stadiumastro @GoalAustralia @ALeague @usainbolt pic.twitter.com/bYZgIIwkuo— Rob Cornthwaite (@robcornthwaite) October 21, 2018last_img read more

Newsweek Turns Over Magazine to Television Character

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first_imgWhen I first heard that editor Jon Meacham got Stephen Colbert, the fake talk show host, to guest edit the New Newsweek, I thought, “Hey, that could be pretty funny.”Then I thought about it a little more. “Wait, this is Newsweek—a real, non-fake news magazine.” Wouldn’t it be a little like getting Sacha Baron Cohen, in “Borat” character, to guest-edit Travel + Leisure? Colbert is, after all, a character, although the degree to which his character’s satire differs from his own can be debated.Then I thought, “Oh, who cares? It’s just a magazine.” Well, Meacham cared enough that he felt the need to explain the joke to readers: “Everything he did in character is signed, so there should be no confusion about what is NEWSWEEK and what is Colbert.”Colbert, for his part, opens the issue with some sharp satire on Iraq, the state of the magazine business—and one bullet aimed directly at rival Time and its cover story this week on Twitter.Via Colbert’s editor’s note:When Jon Meacham asked me to guest-edit NEWSWEEK, I jumped at the chance, particularly because my guest editorship at Mature Honeys fell through. I guess my photo essay of sexy housewives reenacting the Battle of Fallujah was too “real” for them.Of course, guest editing is more than just sitting around tanning myself by the gleam of Fareed Zakaria’s teeth. I set the editorial agenda, assigned stories and yelled at Peter Parker to get me more photos of that web-slinging vigilante, Spider-Man. He’s a menace!I took advantage of my powerful new perch and published all my letters to the editor that NEWSWEEK had rejected, provided my Conventional Wisdom, took a red pencil to Meacham’s editorial foofaraw and took the bias out of the columnist bios. Most important, I sent NEWSWEEK’s reporters to find out whatever happened to Iraq. Unfortunately, this meant cutting the cover story they had planned: “Hey, Have You Heard About This Thing Called ‘Twitter?’”I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Newsweek turning over its magazine to a character to report on the War in Iraq. I’m not totally against the idea, although I might feel differently if one of my loved ones was included among the 4,232 dead or 30,000-plus wounded there.But Colbert is filming his Report in Baghdad this week. (As the New York Times notes, it’s the “first time in the history of the U.S.O. that a full-length nonnews show has been filmed, edited and broadcast from a combat zone.”) And he’s donating proceeds from iTunes downloads to donorschoose.org for school supplies for soldiers’ children. And he’s putting a spotlight on a war that we (or I, regrettably, often) forget about.last_img read more

Who is Archana Bhargava CBI slaps disproportionate assets case on exCMD of

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first_imgDA case against ex-CMD of United Bank of India Chief Archana BhargavaCreative CommonsThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a disproportionate assets (DA) case against Archana Bhargava, former chairperson and managing director of United Bank of India (UBI), for allegedly acquiring assets worth Rs 3.64 crore between 2004 and 2014.The case against Archana Bhargava comes at a time when Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and the Rotomac case have raised questions about the governance of Indian banks and the involvement of bank officials in them. The CBI alleged that Bhargava acquired movable and immovable assets in her name and in the name of her husband Sunil Bhargava and son Anshuman Bhargava between April 1, 2004, and February 2, 2014, reports Economic Times.Bhargava, who joined the Punjab National Bank as a management trainee in 1997, became a deputy general manager of PNB in 2004 and was eventually appointed the general manager of the bank in 2008. She worked in various portfolios including credit management, human resource management, planning and development, financial inclusion and international banking, reports Bloomberg.Bhargava held the posts of executive director in Canara Bank from April 1, 2011, to April 22, 2013.She joined United Bank of India on April 23, 2013, as chairman-cum-managing director, a position she held till February 20, 2014.Bhargava served as the chairman of the board and managing director of the UBI from April 23, 2013, to February 21, 2014. After which she took voluntary retirement from service in February 2014.According to Bloomberg, Bhargava also worked with firms including Canbank Factors Limited, Canbank Venture Capital limited, Canara Robeco Asset Management Company Ltd and Canara Robeco Mutual Fund.On Wednesday, there were reports that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had given permission to prosecute 30 officials from 13 banks and among them, five each are from the PNB and the UBI.last_img read more

Govt EC make mockery of Gazipur polls BNP

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first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirRejecting the ‘widely rigged’ Gazipur City Corporation elections, the main opposition BNP on Wednesday demanded fresh polls there.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir gave the party’s formal reaction to Tuesday’s Gazipur civic polls, where the ruling Awami League’s mayoral candidate was declared winner.”The govenment and the election commission jointly made a sheer mockery in Gazipur in the name of election. They’ve developed newer formulas of vote rigging and applied it to perpetuate its stay in power,” he told a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.Returning officer Rakib Uddin Mondal on Wednesday morning declared AL’s Jahangir Alam despite the BNP candidate  Hasan Uddin Sarker’s complaints and demand for cancelling the polls.”We reject the Gazipur city election results and we demand fresh elections there,” said Mirza Fakhrul.He alleged that the Awami League government has destroyed the country’s election system after abolishing the caretaker government system.“Fair election is not possible in the Awami League’s rule,” the BNP leader said adding that the model of the Gazipur polls proved this reality.For its part in the rigged polls, he demanded reconstitution of the election commission before the next general elections.The BNP secretary general also alleged that the government has created an atmosphere of fear for the media so that there is no authentic reports.Despite the adverse atmosphere, Mirza Fakhrul said, the BNP would take part in the three pending city corporation elections – Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet.“Such participation is part and parcel of our ongoing movement for free and fair elections,” he argued.BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, vice chairmen Ahmed Azam Khan and Shawkat Mahmood, joint secretary general Khairul Kabir Khokon and publicity secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury were present.last_img read more

More than 250000 loan defaulters in country Finance minister

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first_imgAHM Mustafa KamalThere are a total of 266,118 loan defaulters in the country as of December 2018, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal informed parliament on Thursday, reports UNB.Answering a starred question of lawmaker Waresat Hussain Belal (Netrokona-5), Kamal also made available the list of top 20 loan defaulters, published in line with an earlier decision.However, a number of stay orders of the High Court prevented names of some defaulters from being published, noted the finance minister.The top 20 defaulters, as per the Credit Information Bureau of Bangladesh Bank, are: 1) Quantum Power System Limited 2) Samannaz Super Oil Ltd 3) BRSpinning Mills Limited 4) Suprov Spinning Limited 5) Rimex Footwear Ltd 6) Rising Steel Limited 7) Computer Source Limited 8) Benetex Industries Ltd 9) Max Spinning Mills 10) SA Oil Refinery Ltd 11) Rubya Vegetable Industries Ltd 12) Anowara Spinning Mills 13) Crescent Leather Products Ltd 14) Suprob Rotor Spinning Limited 15) Yasir Enterprise 16) Chowdhury Knitwears Ltd 17) Siddique Traders 18) Rupali Composite Leather Wear Ltd 19) Alppa Composite Towels Limited and 20) MM Vegetables Products Ltd.The sum of non-performing loans (NPL) stood at Tk 939.11 billion at the end of 2018, up from Tk 743.03 billion a year ago, according to Bangladesh Bank data.They accounted for 10.3 percent of the banking sector’s total loans, up from 9.3 percent in 2017.The majority of the total amount of NPLs is still held by the country’s eight state-owned commercial banks, standing at Tk 534.84 billion at the end of 2018, up just over 25 percent year-on-year.Yet worryingly the amount of default loans is rising faster at the private commercial banks, having ballooned by 30 percent year-on-year to end 2018 at Tk 381.40 billion.Against this background, Mustafa Kamal also briefed the house on the imminent launch of three new private banks – namely Bengal Bank Limited, People’s Bank Limited and Citizen Bank Limited, after the central bank in a board meeting on February 17 decided to issue their licenses.Responding to a written question of Md Nurunnabi Chowdhury MP (Bhola-3), the finance minister said there are currently 41 private commercial banks and nine foreign banks in the country, besides the state-owned commercial banks.last_img read more

7 killed in new Kashmir battle

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first_imgA policeman stands guard at a street during a curfew in Jammu, 17 February, 2019. Photo: ReutersIndian troops suffered new losses Monday in a fierce battle with Kashmir militants that left at least seven dead just days after a suicide bomber killed 41 paramilitaries in the troubled territory, officials said.The confrontation piled more pressure on the Indian government, which has blamed Pakistan for Thursday’s suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy that sparked widespread calls for action against the country’s neighbour and nuclear arch-rival.Shooting continued for hours after military and police sources reported that four soldiers, two militants and a civilian were killed in Pulwama district, south of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir.An army major was among the dead, according to the Indian army. Police said another soldier and a civilian were critically wounded.”The encounter is still on,” Colonel Rakesh Kalia, a military spokesman in Kashmir, told AFP.Hundreds of soldiers raided villages and fired warning shots at a suspected militant hideout, unleashing the firefight in the village of Pinglan.Some of the militants were believed to have escaped, police said, and government forces cordoned off other villages as they gave chase.Government forces launched a massive hunt for militants after an explosives-packed van rammed a convoy transporting 2,500 security forces in Thursday’s assault.The deadliest attack in Kashmir in 30 years was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which said a local supporter was driving the vehicle.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan region and have fought two wars over the territory.New Delhi accuses Pakistan of harbouring the militant group and has vowed retaliation to avenge the deaths.Within hours of the attack, New Delhi withdrew trade privileges for Islamabad and ended police protection to four Kashmiri separatist leaders.Pakistan has denied a role in the attack, insisting the Islamist group is a proscribed “terrorist organisation”.JeM is one of several militant groups fighting Indian troops in Kashmir, with the rebels experiencing a resurgence after a popular rebel commander’s death in 2016 triggered months of mass street protests.- Calls for revenge -The shock attack has fuelled anger across India with demonstrators demanding military action against Pakistan.India launched what it called ‘surgical strikes’ on targets in Pakistani Kashmir in September 2016, 11 days after a militant attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir which left 19 soldiers dead.Pakistan says the strikes never took place.Many small businesses and shops in markets across New Delhi were shut Monday to protest against Thursday’s attack. Calls for a nationwide shutdown met with a mixed response however.Protesters in New Delhi on Sunday burned effigies of Pakistani and JeM leaders while attacks on Kashmiris were reported in different cities.A Kashmiri man was beaten by a mob in New Delhi that accused him of chanting anti-India slogans. He was later detained by police.A curfew remained in force for a fourth day in Jammu city, in the Hindu-majority part of Kashmir, where mobs attacked and set fire to properties belonging to Kashmiri Muslims.Thousands of residents in the city have either fled back to the Himalayan valley or have taken refuge in Muslim-majority areas.Mobile internet has been shut down across the state to stop “rumours” from spreading.Kashmir is the world’s most militarised zone with some 500,000 Indian troops deployed to fight a rebellion that broke out in 1989. Scores of armed groups are now involved.Tens of thousands of people, mainly civilians, have died in the conflict. Violence has spiked since 2016 with almost 600 killed last year, the highest toll in a decade.last_img read more

Bangladesh High Commission pays tribute to Tagore

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first_imgThe audience were reeling in trance by listening to the melodies sung by the renowned Bangladeshi Rabindra Sangeet exponent on Monday. The program was arranged by the Bangladesh High Commission in the national Capital and a large number of diplomats, high officials and 1971-war veterans attended the event. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Nazma Heptullah, Minister for Minority Affairs of India. While welcoming the august gathering, Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, highlighted the invaluable contribution of Tagore in the evolution of Bengali literature. “Tagore immortal creations will remain ever relevant in the lives of all Bengalis,” he said.Chief guest Dr Nazma Heptullah mentioned the attachment of the people from both the countries to the works of Rabindranath Tagore. She emphasized that the creations of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore has passed the test of time and brought the souls of the people of the two countries closer in a common bond of friendship.last_img read more

WestJet breaks company record for singleday guest load

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group WestJet breaks company record for single-day guest load Share Wednesday, August 8, 2018 center_img Posted by Tags: WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Link, WestJet Swoop CALGARY — The WestJet Group has reached a new record for passengers flown in a single day, breaking its previous record set in 2017.On Aug. 7, an estimated 80,219 guests flew across its network, surpassing its previous record of 79,961 set on Dec. 22 last year.“The WestJet Group continues to grow our guest numbers as our strategic plan is executed,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We continue to expand our connectivity while providing more choice for Canadian travellers. Thank you to our 13,000 WestJetters for their part in our success and thank you to our guests for choosing WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Link and Swoop for their summer travel plans.”The record-setting day comes on the heels of WestJet’s July 2018 traffic results, which show a load factor of 85.2%, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.2% year over year, while capacity (measured in available seat miles, or ASMs) grew 8.7% over the same period.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”In total, the carrier welcomed an additional 144,000 guests in July, a year-over-year increase of 6.5%.In July, WestJet was named North America’s Best Low-Cost Airline at Skytrax’s World Airline Awards for 2018. It also signed an agreement to create a transborder joint venture arrangement with Delta Air Lines that will include expanded code sharing, more closely aligned frequent flyer program and reciprocal elite benefits, joint growth across their U.S./Canada transborder network, and co-location at key hubs.last_img read more

Twoyear old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plasti

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first_imgTwo-year old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plastic car in his grandmother’s living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa stuffie.It’s playtime for the kids of the provocatively named Facebook group “Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes.”Maverick’s mother, Jenna Sauter, started the group after he was born. “I was a new mom, a young mom — I was 22 — and I was just feeling really lonely in the house, taking care of him,” she says. She wanted to reach out to other mothers but didn’t want to hide her marijuana use.”I wanted friends who I could be open with,” Sauter says — “like I enjoy going to the river and I like to maybe smoke a joint at the river.”There are nearly 2,600 members now in the Facebook group. Marijuana, which became legal for recreational use in California earlier this month, is seen by many group members as an all-natural and seemingly harmless remedy for everything from morning sickness to post-partum depression.Delilah Smith’s mom Andria is 21 and a week away from her due date with her second child. She took umbrage when an emergency room physician recently suggested she take “half a Norco”— a pill akin to Vicodin, an opioid-based painkiller — for her excruciating back pain.Smith is disdainful. “She was like, ‘We know more about Norco and blah, blah, blah and what it can do to you, but we don’t that much about marijuana,’ ” Smith says.”I was like, ‘Test me!’ I was like, ‘Observe me. My kid could count to 10 before she was even 2 by herself, and I smoked pot throughout my whole pregnancy. She’s not stupid! There is no third eye growing.’ “The number of women in the United States who use marijuana during pregnancy has been difficult to gauge, partly because some women are reluctant to tell their doctors; at least 24 states consider substance use during pregnancy a form of child abuse, so divulging such information can have serious consequences.Still, a number of studies nationally suggest there’s been a sharp jump in pot use among pregnant women, especially among younger mothers.Smith and Sauter both told their doctors of their marijuana use, and after they gave birth, their babies were tested for signs of marijuana’s chief active ingredient, THC. Researchers say psychoactive compounds in marijuana easily cross the placenta, exposing the fetus to perhaps 10 percent of the THC — tetrahydrocannabinol — that the mother receives, and higher concentrations if the mom uses pot repeatedly.Dr. Dana Gossett, a research obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of California, San Francisco who also treats patients, says studies show marijuana increases the risk of stillbirth and adversely affects how a baby’s brain develops.Gossett cites some research that suggests children exposed to marijuana while growing in the womb can have poorer performance on visual-motor coordination — tasks like catching a ball or solving visual problems like puzzles.And studies also show, she says, these kids may have behavioral problems at higher rates than other children by the age of 14, and are at greater risk for initiating marijuana use.”That is biologically plausible,” Gossett says, “because the effects of THC in the brain may actually prime that child for addictive behavior, not just to marijuana but to alcohol as well.”There has been little research on the effects of THC passed to a baby via breastfeeding. But because there isn’t enough evidence to determine the risk, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages marijuana use during pregnancy, and warns breastfeeding moms to avoid eating or smoking marijuana or inhaling its second-hand smoke — since some amount of THC, just like alcohol, can pass into the baby that way.To Andria Smith’s point that her daughter, Delilah, is just as smart as her peers, studies do show that, in general, children exposed to marijuana in utero don’t score worse on reading or mathematics as they get older.After their babies tested positive for THC, Sauter and Smith were visited at home by county social service workers, who gave the women information about the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.Sauter says she and her friends don’t smoke near their children, nor do they spend their days stoned to oblivion.”It’s not like being totally out of it,” Sauter says. “I’m completely aware of my surroundings. I’m watching my kid, watching my friends’ kids. I’m hanging out. You totally know what’s going on.”Sauter says many parents she knows are uncertain if they can get in trouble using pot now in California. Indeed, child protection laws in most states remain at odds with liberal marijuana laws. Some moms on the Facebook page will not go to the doctor — even when they’re sick.”They don’t want to get tested,” Sauter says. “And that’s dangerous. We should be able to be open about it. Because if something does go wrong, we’ve got to know.”ACOG does not endorse mandatory testing for THC in pregnant women or newborn babies — out of concern that women could be jailed or have their babies taken from them. Instead, the organization urges obstetricians to ask pregnant women about drug use during prenatal visits, counseling these patients against substance use and helping them alleviate their nausea, back pain or post-partum depression with medications deemed safe by federal drug regulators.But with recreational cannabis now legal in at least eight states and the District of Columbia, physicians like Gossett are worried that newborns and young children, whose brains are rapidly developing, constructing billions of neural connections, will come to know the world in an altered state.”They’re learning what things look like and how things move and how to respond to the world,” Gossett says. Marijuana’s psychotropic effects, she adds, will change “a child’s ability to interpret the world around him.” Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Which Goats and Soda stories were most popular thi

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first_imgWhich Goats and Soda stories were most popular this year?You loved the stories that looked to the developing world that offered insights into the way we live our lives: how to sit without hurting your back; whether it’s OK to sleep with your baby.Readers also were drawn to stories of injustice (like the gang rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in India) and looming dangers (the thawing permafrost in Alaska could release billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere).You also liked our fact-checking stories. When the Netflix show The Crown showed a dance between Queen Elizabeth II and Ghana’s leader Kwame Nkrumah in 1961, we got the real story. And we investigated Matt Damon’s clean water promise in a Super Bowl ad.From the 392 global health and development stories posted on our blog in 2018, here are seven of our most popular stories, ranked by page views.To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You SitBack problems crop up because sitting like a C — or a cashew nut — puts stress on the little shock absorbers in the spine, called the intervertebral disks. Sitting in a C-shape, over time, can cause disk degeneration. Or one side of a disk can start to bulge.”When you sit with a C shape in your spine, you’re sitting on this tail,” says Jenn Sherer, who runs a studio in Palo Alto that teaches people how to move, sit and stand as they did in the past — and as they still do in other parts of the world. “It’s kind of like a dog with its tail between its legs, who is scared and frightened.”To straighten out the C shape, Sherer says, “we need to position the pelvis in a way that this tail could wag.”In other words, we need to untuck our tails. To do that, Sherer says, you need to bend over properly when you go to sit down.Read the full story hereGang Rape And Murder Of 8-Year-Old Girl Sparks Outrage Across IndiaShe was 8 years old and wearing a purple salwar kameez when she disappeared on Jan. 10.A week later, on Jan. 17, her mutilated and lifeless body was found in a forest near Kathua in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir. It was a mile away from Rasana, the village where her family was living.Reports say she was abducted while grazing her horses in a meadow, taken to a prayer hall nearby, sedated for three days, tortured and brutally raped. Her abductors eventually strangled her and hit her on the head several times with a stone to ensure that she was dead.Details from the report revealed that the crime was fueled by religious and political tensions between the young girl’s tribe, a group of Indian Sunni Muslims called the Bakarwal, and local Hindus who saw them as a threat.Read the full story hereIs There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?In northern Alaska, the temperature at some permafrost sites has risen by more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1980s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in November 2017. And in recent years, many spots have reached record temperatures.The consequences of this warming could have ripple effects around the world. “The permafrost contains twice as much carbon as is currently in Earth’s atmosphere,” says Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “That’s 1,600 billion metric tons.”Scientists don’t know yet how much carbon will get released from thawing permafrost or how fast it will happen. But once carbon begins to percolate up through the thawing soil, it could form a feedback loop “over which we would have zero control,” says Charles Miller, a chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who measures gas emissions from Arctic permafrost.Read the full story hereIs Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?Here in the U.S., more moms are choosing to share a bed with their infants. Since 1993, the practice in the U.S. has grown from about 6 percent of parents to 24 percent in 2015.But the practice goes against medical advice in the U.S. The American Academy of Pediatrics is opposed to bed-sharing: It “should be avoided at all times” with a “[full-]term normal-weight infant younger than 4 months,” the AAP writes in its 2016 recommendations for pediatricians. AAP cites seven studies to support its recommendation against bed-sharing.But a close look at these studies — and an independent analysis from statisticians — reveals a more nuanced picture. And some researchers say it might be time for the U.S. to reassess its recommendation and its strategy to stop SIDS.Read the full story hereSo 2 Goats Were Stuck On A Beam Under A Bridge …A listener flagged down for us a post he saw on Facebook: Two goats were stuck on a beam about 100 feet above the ground. The beam is part of a Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge in rural western Pennsylvania.The goats had escaped from their yard. And goats do love to climb and explore, notes goat specialist Susan Schoenian of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.A dramatic rescue operation was carried out by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “It was my first goat extraction,” says Steve McCarthy, a civil engineer with the department.Read the full story here’The Crown’ Says One Dance Changed History. The Truth Isn’t So SimpleIt was a highlight of the latest season of the Netflix series The Crown, which chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s reign: The year was 1961, the Cold War was heating up and the queen (played by Claire Foy), feeling self-conscious after learning that first lady Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) called her “incurious” at a dinner party, decided to take a more active role in dealing with Ghana, a former colony whose new leader, Kwame Nkrumah (Danny Sapani), appeared to be getting too cozy with the Soviets.Her solution: A dance with Nkrumah at a ball in the capital, Accra.It turns out The Crown got a lot wrong about that dance, according to Nat Nuno-Amarteifio, an architect and amateur historian who served as mayor of Accra from 1994-98 and remembers the queen’s visit from his teenage years.Read the full story hereFact-Checking Matt Damon’s Clean Water Promise In A Super Bowl AdIn a Super Bowl ad, Matt Damon made a bold promise: Buy a limited-edition Stella Artois chalice and your money will help give a clean water supply to someone in the developing world for five years.”If just 1 percent of you watching this buys [a chalice], we can give clean water to 1 million people,” Damon says in the ad.Damon’s statement about “1 percent of you watching” would add up to roughly 1 million purchases from the Super Bowl audience. According to Water.org, Stella Artois would donate the $3.13 for “up to 300,000 chalices” sold in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.And what exactly does that $3 buy? Can it really bring clean water to one person for half a decade? Skepticism surfaced on Twitter.Read the full story hereYour TurnWhich Goats and Soda story did you love in 2018? We want to hear from you. Tweet us at @NPRGoatsandSoda or drop us a line at goatsandsoda@npr.org. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A new report has called for greater awareness of t

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first_imgA new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit.The Implications Of Brexit For Disability Rights looks for ways in which disability organisations can work together to push the government to ensure that disabled people’s rights do not suffer after the UK leaves the EU.And it describes the “key priorities” for disabled people in a post-Brexit Britain.The Disability Rights UK (DRUK) report warns that too much of the Brexit debate appears to be about trade tariffs rather than rights, and that disabled people “have too little awareness of their rights and what they can achieve”.It quotes disability consultant Jonathan Kaye, who has said he fears that unless those EU rights important to disabled people are highlighted during Brexit negotiations, most will “simply be disregarded and seen as being ‘unnecessary red tape’ once the UK formally leaves the EU”.Kaye says there are “literally thousands of regulations and rules governing the design, functionality and usability of almost every product and object in the home and general environment, indoors and outdoors, which contain elements of disability related consideration”, many of which have taken years of “painstaking and careful lobbying and dialogue”.The report does not take a position on whether leaving the EU was the right decision, and quotes a Papworth Trust survey which suggested last year that disabled people were slightly more likely to be in favour of leaving the EU (54 per cent) than the overall population who voted in the referendum (52 per cent).But it paints a clear picture of the potential risks of leaving the EU without paying attention to the impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights.Philip Connolly (pictured), policy and development manager at DR UK, said he believed there would be “a lot of unity” among disability organisations and disabled people over the need for these issues to be addressed, whether individuals voted “remain” or to leave the EU, and whoever they voted for at the general election.Some of the major areas covered by EU action on disability include: access to air, ship, rail and coach travel; employment equality; Braille labelling on medicines; public procurement; funding for EU-level disabled people’s organisations (DPOs); other funding from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund; accessibility of public sector websites; and schemes which provide mutual recognition of benefits when disabled people travel to other EU countries, such as with parking badges and health insurance.Another crucial benefit, provided through freedom of movement across the countries that are part of the European single market, has been the ready supply of committed and professional personal assistants, and care workers.Other concerns include the post-Brexit rights of disabled people from the UK currently living in other parts of the single market and of disabled people from those countries currently living in the UK.The report proposes a manifesto of eight points, which includes calling on the government to carry out a full assessment of the impact on disabled people of its future plans for freedom of movement across the EU.Connolly said that chancellor Philip Hammond had argued for an “open Brexit”, where “certain proportions of migrant labour are allowed into the UK, perhaps to do specific jobs in specific industries, and he’s saying this is in the interests of the British economy.“Our position is not massively dissimilar to that. We are saying that there are people who are doing a job, meeting the needs of disabled people, in the health service or social care sector, and these people should still be allowed into the UK so that disabled people can get support or live independent lives.“The chancellor’s call for an ‘open Brexit’ is opening a door that we want to go through as well.”The manifesto also calls for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be given greater legal status in the UK.And it says the government should ensure that EU-based rights, such as regulations on access to air and ship travel and public sector web accessibility, are maintained post-Brexit.It also wants to see all those disability rights that are already incorporated into UK law remain unchanged, including regulations as well as primary legislation.Other demands include calling on the government to guarantee that it will match current EU spending on disability rights and DPOs in the UK after Brexit, and for it to pledge a continued commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.The manifesto has already secured backing from a number of leading disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) including Action on Disability, Disability Wales, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, the National Survivor User Network, Shaping Our Lives, Spectrum, Spinal Injuries Association, York Independent Living Network, Breakthrough UK, Inclusion Scotland, Independent Lives and Real.The report was written by Professor Anna Lawson, head of the Centre for Disability Studies and the new Disability Law Hub at the University of Leeds, and Liz Sayce, recently retired as chief executive of DR UK.It was funded by The Legal Education Foundation, and was based largely on views expressed during public events on the impact of Brexit, interviews with DPOs and disabled people, discussions with experts from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and government, and analysis by Professor Lawson.Connolly said the all party parliamentary group on disability was likely to be addressing the issues raised by the report at a future meeting, which would provide a “very good opportunity” for disabled people to lobby their MP to attend the meeting and hear that “disabled people have a perspective on Brexit”.last_img read more