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Women’s football in Afghanistan takes a tumble, issues chained to other sports as well

first_imgAdvertisement 2499NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyi1k3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ei( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 259rtWould you ever consider trying this?😱eozCan your students do this? 🌚w65Roller skating! Powered by Firework Women’s football in Afghanistan officially started not more than 4 years ago, and their national team was a symbol of a new liberal Afghan. However, issues of sexual abuse amongst others have marred this new symbolic team and the same issue looms over the heads of athletes in various other sports teams of the country.Advertisement Reports show a top Afghani sports official admitting to the fact that the women in the football team have been subjected to sexual abuse and that, its not just football. Following the surfacing of the report, Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday called for an investigation into the claims, calling the allegations “shocking” and vowing to act immediately.The scandal has exploded in the last few days. On Friday, football’s governing body FIFA said it was investigating claims made by women in the national football squad. The Afghan Attorney General’s Office then announced its own investigation too.Advertisement “It is shocking to all Afghans. Any kind of misconduct against athletes, male and female, is not acceptable,” Ghani said after a meeting with the country’s attorney general. “I asked the attorney general to conduct a thorough investigation compliant with our legal codes into the issue. Even if mere allegations cause our people to stop sending their sons and daughters to sports, we need to act immediately and comprehensively,” he added.Hummel, a Danish sportswear company, has pulled sponsorship of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF), which is at the heart of the allegations.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Day 2: Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat bag two…

first_imgAdvertisement x4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj00Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E679ezm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7y3Would you ever consider trying this?😱5kihCan your students do this? 🌚mwnRoller skating! Powered by Firework India’s dominance in the ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019 at Munich continued in Day 2 as Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold medal for the nation in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s 25m Pistol event respectively. Apurvi Chandela opened India’s gold account on Sunday when she stood on the pole position at the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event.Advertisement ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Munich: Men’s 10m Air Pistol EventSaurabh Chaudhary bagged India’s second gold medal in the ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019 in MunichSaurabh started the final round on a shaky note as he shot 9.3 in his first attempt. However, the 17-year-old held on to his nerves to shoot above 10.1 in the next five attempts.Saurabh overtook Russia’s Artem Chersunov, who was ahead by 0.6 points in the first round, to maintain a slender lead. However, he held on to it in each of the eliminations to break his own World Record.Advertisement Usually, an Olympic quota is awarded to the winner of the event but Saurabh had already bagged one at the New Delhi World Cup. Shahzar Rizvi was the other Indian to reach the final round but finished fifth. Abhishek Verma, who also grabbed an Olympic quota, couldn’t qualify for the finals as he finished in the 30th position in the Qualifiers.ISSF Shooting World Cup 2019, Munich: Women’s 25m Pistol EventRahi Sarnobat announced her return to the shooting spree with a bangRahi Sarnobat won the gold medal after scoring 37 points in the final round. Manu Bhaker, on the other hand, finished fifth and missed the opportunity to bag an Olympic quota after a pistol malfunction in the last round of shooting.Advertisement Rahi Sarnobat was awarded with an Olympic quota for her triumph. With that, India now has bagged six Olympic quotas.Also Read: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinch gold in Asian Airgun Championship Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man’s arm severed

first_imgA Pakenham abattoir worker is believed to have had his arm severed by machinery. An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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NY police arrest fan who attacked wrestler at WWE event

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Nets bolster playoff hopes with win against Bucks Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart A law enforcement official told The Associated Press a 26-year-old man was in custody and facing criminal charges. The official was not authorized to discuss to the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.Several shocked onlookers posted footage of the incident online.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe induction event resumed after the fan was taken into custody. Photo from WWE.comNEW YORK — Bret “The Hitman” Hart is OK after the famous wrestler was tackled by a spectator while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center.The man was promptly subdued by several people who came to Hart’s defense on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Re-emergence of unpopular uncultured PNC policies (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,In 1988, many key stakeholders in Guyana invited the Carter Center to address the overwhelming epidemic disease of democracy, called ‘Rigging of National and Regional Elections’. Over the previous 26, the Peoples National Congress (PNC) as the controlling Government, had cultured, ingrained, and utilized this and other clandestine approaches to impose far too many brutal told and untold sufferings on the people of this nation.Coupled with the decades of exhibited poor performance by the PNC Government, the situation regarding uncontrolled cheating during elections had become alarming in epic and unparalleled proportions. The results were not only crippling to the country’s development, but they also threatened Guyana’s alliances with partners both regionally and globally. By then, international interventions were way over due, and they served to realize positions that were mutually acceptable on national and international levels.The Carter Center, and the Price Waterhouse served as key mediators in providing recommendations, and in engaging key stakeholders of the then Desmond Hoyte Led PNC Party and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). The agreed prescription and recommended treatment for the infectious rigging informed a balanced platform and realized a considerable fair-minded mechanism for the operations of the Guyana Election Commission.Notably, the key stakeholders concluded many discussions of critical matters during a period which necessitated the postponement of National and Regional Elections for two years. The formula to elect the Chairman of the Commission and the process to employ staff of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were all put in place, advancing the more valiant initiatives to eradicate the ‘Rigged Elections’ infection that had plagued our nation for decades. The epidemic was virtually exterminated, which led to a very progressive Guyana in the decades leading up to 2015.Today, under President Granger’s PNC dominated coalition Government, we are witnessing the re-emergence of this disease. Its fertilisation is now being openly advanced by the many unpopular uncultured PNC policies, which certainly undermines the agreed balance intended in the tested and proved constitutional changes. GECOM’s Secretariat is now administering many of the required activities in a most unprofessional manner that absolutely diminishes the nation’s trust and confidence.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Cancer patient gains a new outlook on life

first_imgSugioka, 30, of Burbank was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most deadly form of brain cancer. UCLA doctors knew that even with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, most patients with glioblastoma live only about 12 to 18 months. Given those odds, Sugioka said she had no choice but to try all she could to stay alive. “If you know you have terminal cancer, you should try anything you can,” she said. She first underwent a delicate procedure to remove the tumor. The surgery involved keeping Sugioka awake so surgeons could speak with her to make sure they were not removing the part of her brain that controls language skills. She then enrolled for the first phase of a clinical trial at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center that involves using the patient’s tumor tissue to create an individualized vaccine. The vaccine is then injected, much like a flu shot. The tumor had grown to the size of a tennis ball, pushing deeper into Jennifer Sugioka’s brain and causing blinding headaches. She had trouble speaking, standing and studying for her law degree. But in a curious way, that same tumor that now sits in a University of California, Los Angeles, lab gave Sugioka the ability to see: the family who loves her, the friends who care for her and the UCLA neurosurgeon who gave her more time, thanks to a vaccine developed with Sugioka’s cells from her own tumor. “I see more clearly now,” she said. “I had wanted to become a lawyer to make lots of money. Instead, I learned that family and friends are more important, that time with them is everything.” Sugioka was one of the first 25 to be involved with that trial. And that was seven years ago. “Of all the patients that have been on the two trials, the majority have lived over two years,” said Dr. Linda Liau, the UCLA neurosurgeon who performed surgery on Sugioka. “There are now nine patients out of 18 that have lived four years from when they received the vaccine. Statistically, these patients are doing much better than without the vaccine.” Yet much is still unknown about the vaccine’s effectiveness, and whether it’s the treatment or the patient’s own physiology that is behind extending his or her life span. For that reason, Liau is hoping to recruit 150 glioblastoma patients to take part in the second phase of the study at 15 cancer centers nationwide. “I’m hoping that we’ll finally be able to answer if what’s happening is anecdotal, or if it’s really the vaccine,” she said. “Right now we can’t.” Brain cancer is among the rarest of the cancers, affecting about 20,000 Americans each year, Liau said. Researchers at UCLA began looking into a vaccine in 1998. Though there are similar studies being conducted at other universities, Liau said, individualized vaccines are often expensive to make, and less likely to be produced on a mass scale. That’s why studies are few and far between, she said. West Hollywood resident Kevin Carlberg, a 30-year-old musician who was diagnosed with the same brain cancer five years ago while on tour with the Blues Traveler and the Dave Matthews Band, agreed with Sugioka’s sentiment. After Liau explained the procedure to him, Carlberg said he was convinced to take part in the study. “It was like a why not?” he said. “It’s not going to hurt me. No pun intended, but it was like a no-brainer. “Dr. Liau saved my life. Her vaccine is another part of saving my life. The more people that know about it the better.” Because Sugioka has survived for seven years, Liau said she and other physicians have been able to learn more about the treatments. They test her blood frequently to see how her immune system is holding up. Though she still experiences fatigue and other complications and must take at least a dozen different medications a day to stabilize her hormones, Sugioka said she is proud that her survival is allowing researchers to learn more about brain cancer and the vaccine. “She has a good outlook on life and that really helps her,” said Mary Iwaki, Sugioka’s grandmother. A Burbank native, Sugioka graduated from UCLA with degrees in anthropology and business. She was a first-year law student when the headaches began. She almost fell from a flight of stairs at school because of the pain. Even after surgery, she studied for her finals from her hospital bed, she said, because she wasn’t ready to accept that her life path had changed. Her father, Gregory Sugioka, said it was difficult watching his daughter struggle with the illness. There were the physical pains and fatigue of chemotherapy and radiation, of course, but also the realities of her condition: her inability to go to work when all her friends have moved on to careers. And it was difficult for him to accept that he might lose her. “The hardest thing for me was that my oldest daughter was leaving me so soon,” he said of those early days. But Sugioka said she has accepted her life course. She has embraced Buddhism, visits with her grandparents more often, and says she has become closer with her friends, who invite her on trips, and with her younger sister Tricia, who helps care for her on days when she feels ill. All this because she was given more time, she said. “I live for the present, for day to day,” she said. “I have had my suffering, but it’s helped me in other ways.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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1st Test: Pakistan 64/0 after Dinesh Chandimal century helps Sri Lanka post 419

first_imgDinesh Chandimal scored his ninth Test century and first as captain as Sri Lanka posted 419 against Pakistan on day two of the first Test on Friday. (Scorecard)By stumps, Pakistan were a chanceless 64 without loss, Sami Aslam on 31 and Shan Masood on 30 to make honors even.Sri Lanka resumed on 227-4 after Dimuth Karunaratne’s 93, and Chandimal advanced from 60 to his ton in the morning with a cover drive. He needed 273 balls for his second century of the year.His overnight partner, Niroshan Dickwella moved from 42 to 83 when he edged Hasan Ali onto his off stump at 295-5. The wicketkeeper’s highest Test score, surpassing 81 in July against Zimbabwe, lasted 117 balls, and included nine fours and a six.Dilruwan Perera replaced Dickwella and took 33 balls to get off the mark. In the meantime, he reversed two lbw decisions before he scored.After lunch, Perera also survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.Sri Lanka took tea on 403-7, then the end came quickly. In an eventful 155th over bowled by paceman Mohammad Abbas, Chandimal lost his middle stump but the delivery was a no ball, and Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep were dismissed cheaply in consecutive balls to end the innings.Chandimal was stranded on 155, seven shy of his career-high score. He’d faced 372 balls, hitting 14 to the boundary.Abbas took 3-75 and left-arm spinner Yasir Shah had figures of 57-11-120-3.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield success

first_imgLiverpool star Wijnaldum: Competition key to midfield successby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeorginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool’s packed midfield is helping them improve as players.Jurgen Klopp has Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to pick from in central midfield. And Wijnaldum believes the competition encourages them players to raise their game.”It’s always good if you have competition in one position because that means you have to perform to stay in the team,” the midfielder, who has very often stayed in Jürgen Klopp’s team this season, tells liverpoolfc.com.”But I think that has to be normal at a club like Liverpool because it’s a top team, one of the biggest teams in England, so Liverpool will always sign good players and that means there will always be competition in the team.”That makes players even better – not only because you have an ‘opponent’ in your position, but also because you play and train against good teammates, so it makes you automatically a better player.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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21 days agoTottenham to compete with Man Utd for Leicester midfielder James Maddison

first_imgTottenham to compete with Man Utd for Leicester midfielder James Maddisonby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will compete with Manchester United for the signature of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.Christan Eriksen looks set to leave Tottenham after refusing to sign a new contract, having made it clear during the summer that he wanted to find a new club, says the Daily Star.The Danish midfielder is in the final year of his contract and so can leave for nothing next summer – meaning Spurs will likely look to cash in on him in the January transfer window.And Leicester City ace Maddison , who has just been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, has been identified as the perfect replacement.But Tottenham will face competition for the 22-year-old, who does not have a buy-out clause in his contract, with United believed to be confident of completing a £60m deal to take him to Old Trafford. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Messi denies Barcelona threw away the Copa del Rey

first_imgAfter leading FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey semifinals with a turn around against Sevilla, Lionel Messi was fuming at critics who doubted them.During the Copa del Rey’s first Quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, the media ran with a headline that suggested the Catalan club had thrown away the competition by not calling Lionel Messi to the match.The Argentine forward has been resting for games that manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t consider risky as a new strategy he is trying to test, this is with the goal of having the best version we can possibly get of Messi for the final stages of the season in all competitions and possibly have a chance to win another treble.But the media saw this as a sign of weakness after both times in which the club lost its away matches against both Levante and Sevilla, Messi came back to save the club against the Valencian club but nothing guaranteed he would do the same against Sevilla at Camp Nou.The doubts on the Argentine player were quickly trashed by his amazing level of performance this Wednesday, he not only provided an assist and scored the most beautiful goal of the evening, but Leo also motivated his teammates to deliver the best performance they have given the public in months.🏆👑Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”🔵🔴 #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019It was clear that the player loves responding to any kind of criticism on the pitch, he usually does it in the most spectacular fashion and just goes home to enjoy the spoils of his success.However, something has changed in the Argentina international as he is taking the captain role very seriously and wanted to talk to the press in order to remind everyone that FC Barcelona will keep fighting for all the titles this season.At the very start of the current competitions that the club is now playing, Messi spoke very honestly to all the fans to let them know that his most burning desire was to win another Champions League this year and he would do everything within him to achieve it.Leo wanted to state this Wednesday that perhaps the fans misunderstood his message because he wasn’t only talking about the European competition, Lionel believes that the Catalan club should always aim to win everything each season and he didn’t think that mentioning it was necessary back then.But now that things have gotten this mixed up, the man decided to come out and remind everyone of his intentions.To think this guy has gone on to rack up 5⃣0⃣ Copa del Rey goals for Barça… 🐐 Plus the ones to come… ⚽ pic.twitter.com/JWkDoF92jNTop 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019“People keep saying that we threw away the Copa del Rey and we didn’t really want to win it,” said Messi via Diario Sport.“Maybe my message from the start of the season was misinterpreted. Let me be clear, this club wants to fight for all three competitions because it is Barcelona’s obligation every year. We are going to keep trying until the very end, we threw nothing away.”“The fans have delivered tonight. This looked like a Champions League match. We were fortunate enough to turn the result in our favor but it wasn’t easy because they did have a few important chances.”“Allowing another goal would’ve complicated everything for us, but we were lucky enough to go through. I did have a couple of chances that I missed.”“But we were lucky enough to get that goal by Luis that granted us that moment of calmness we needed. After that, my goal came when the match was already decided.”“The most important thing here is that the squad played a fantastic game and we made it to the next round.”“The penalty? Coutinho was coming from taking the last one against Levante. He wanted to take it and we came to an agreement because winning is all the mattered. He scored it and that makes me happy, because that’s where it all started,” he concluded.When you and the 🐐 are about to celebrate your 200th win in a Barça shirt 😍 pic.twitter.com/hVvwlLelX2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 31, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi and Barcelona can deliver and compete for all the titles this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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TCI Supplementary being considered by UK Ministers

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 11, 2018 – Providenciales – Premier Robinson in responding to a media house invitation to comment on a Face Book Posting has responded as follows:“In what has become usual mischief and gutter style politics, certain members of the Opposition choose to mislead the people of this country.  If it were not a serious accusation and mistruth, I would not feel compelled to respond to Grand Turk North’s candidate who posted that the UK Government had rejected my Government’s application for a supplementary.The Ministry of Finance forwarded the final responses to questions raised last week and the Governor in dismissing any such statements, has confirmed that the UK is actively considering the request”, says Premier Robinson.Premier Robinson went on to say, “what basis would there be to deny critical works identified by the elected Government of these Islands, many of which will begin critical works to Schools among other critical projects?  If the UK rejected such a Supplementary, the Hon Member should be joining the Government in protest and not celebrating as such as the last time I checked this country belonged to all of us.  We must know that there are issues that we must stand resolute on and political division on national issues is not only immature but reckless.”“In the Supplementary submitted there are critical resources for the Police, funding for NHIP, repairs to Schools which can double as Shelters, funding to support the introduction of online payment to better secure government revenues and enhance public service, funding to support the critical work of the National Physical Development Plan, additional resources to support border control and planning enforcement activities, among other critical projects and matters.  We can only hope that the people will continue to dismiss gutter style politics and demand a higher level of representation from all its elected members,” says Premier Robinson. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islandslast_img read more

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I am leaving because I am bored

first_imgI have never read a suicide note that I would want to have written.’ -Edwin Shneidman, Suicide ExpertMorbid. So morbid. I have heard that word almost every day of my life since 2011 and I will pretty much have to hear it for the rest of my life if things go exactly the way they are right now.  No. I didn’t try killing myself. I had decided to work on suicide notes for my doctoral thesis. Battling through a course on autobiographies in Delhi University I recall guffawing at a certain author’s tale and whispering to a classmate – ‘He could have made all of this up!’ ‘No! He couldn’t have!’ came the response. ‘Why not?’ – ‘It is an autobiography. Why would someone lie?’ ‘If there is scope to lie, people lie,’ I shot back. ‘You have serious issues…’ she had said and the conversation ended because we were asked to stop talking. This was a M.Phil class mind you. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Autobiographies, I believe, are the best place to lie. You can make a whole world up and those (unfortunates) who read the work believe every word because this genre of writing comes with a herculean truth claim. Would you believe it if someone said that Gandhi lied in his My Experiments with Truth? No true-blood Indian would. He is after all our shield, barrier and excuse when we condemn. I know one person did not lie – that was Primo Levi. And that is perhaps why his Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSurvival in Auschwitz and If This is a Man reads more like suicide notes than an autobiographies or biographies or even stories. The bridge that would plague me for days to come was forged then. Suicide notes are private documents. A stranger should not read a suicide’s last words, it is just not fair. Marc Etkind says in his book …Or Not to Be, ‘This book of suicide notes is pornography. In reading these, the most intimate documents, you are a sadistic voyeur, transforming someone else’s pain into your own pleasure.’ Almost as a conjecture comes Hannah Arendt’s words – ‘Nothing and nobody exists in this world whose very being does not presuppose a ‘spectator’. In other words, nothing that is, insofar as it appears singular; everything that is- is meant to be perceived by somebody.’Etkind writes, ‘It was no coincidence that the rise in suicide notes correspond with the rise of newspapers in the eighteenth century. Suicide notes only became common when there was an outlet for them to be read,’ and goes on to say that every note he has in his book has been ‘previously published’. Etkind believes that suicide notes are written when people are at their psychological worst. He calls the content bizarre, rambling, angry and sad documents but then there are only so many ways to express pain. Pain, suffering, eternal melancholia seems to be the backbone of Literature. Perhaps, across the world there are only a few books that thrive on happiness and sunshine wholly. This written document that also comes with a truth claim (why would anyone lie moments before their death?) seems to bear a burden very similar to autobiographies. Are they literature? If yes – what genre? I may have an answer in a years’ time or I may not. But till then I can safely immerse myself in the morbid pleasure of reading about death and reading a lot of suicide notes. ‘…I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate…’ wrote Virginia Woolf. ‘…I must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they’re alone. I’m too sensitive. I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasm I had as a child…it’s better to burn out than to fade away,’ – and Kurt Cobain burned.Compared to Sylvia Plath’s words from Lady Lazarus – ‘ Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels  like hell. I do it so it feels real…’ her suicide note was unimaginative and blunt – ‘Please call Dr. Horder’.  The poetry-insanity mobius strip did the author of The Bell Jar in ages before she actually killed herself. ‘But suicides have a special language. Like carpenters they want to know which tools. They never ask why build,’ wrote Anne Sexton in Wanting to Die.  This special language  is what fascinates me and thus my obsession with this pornography. Given, all suicide notes are not weighty enough to merit deep analysis or even a re-read. But then final words should be chosen with care, they are the last of what remains of  you. That little shot at eternity, ironically.  A suicide chooses to end life that he/she found unbearable but then they decide to leave behind something imperishable. Words. But then if someone had the clarity of thought to pen a decent note, would they necessarily kill themselves? The debate rages. ‘Dear world: I am leaving because I am bored. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool,’ wrote actor George Sanders.  I am still searching for that one note I wish to write if I ever do decide to kill myself.last_img read more

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Bengal govt looks to cut down on avoidable expenditure

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a high level meeting on Thursday at Nabanna Sabhaghar, to ensure ways to cut down on avoidable expenditure.The state government has already issued a memorandum on Monday, stating the steps that need to be taken to cut down on avoidable non-plan expenditure.All the ministers and minister of states will be present in the meeting. Malay De, Chief Secretary, Virendra, Director General of Police, Surajit Kar Purkayastha, State Security Advisor, Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, officers of joint secretary and above rank of all departments and state government undertaking companies, will also be present in the meeting that will be convened at 1 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the meeting, the Chief Minister will be discussing all the issues related to the measures need to be taken to cut down on avoidable expenditure.As stated in the memorandum, 15 measures have been suggested to check the expenses. Conferences and seminars must be held in government premises, instead of in any hotel or private facility without approval of the Chief Secretary and ostentatious decoration of the venues shall be stopped.No lavish reception or meet shall be organised without approval of the Chief Secretary. At the same time, offering of bouquet and expensive gifts and mementos to greet dignitaries, apart from state guests and the dignitaries coming from outside the state, should also be stopped. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPMoreover, the lunch packet in meetings should be kept simple and cost of refreshments should be restricted.Restricting expenditure on stationery for participants in any meeting, it has been stated that at maximum, writing pad and a simple pen can be given. Only a simple bag may be given in very special cases.Most importantly, stress has been given on video conferencing to avoid frequent meetings at the state headquarters or regional headquarters, in which field officers from districts need to travel long distances. There should not be any expenditure to beautify or furnish office rooms, guest houses, etc. and “the head of the department can accord necessary approval to such expenditure of not more than Rs 5 lakh for any financial year”.Bar has also been imposed on purchase of new vehicles for “meeting operational requirement” of the departments, for providing essential and emergency services. Finance department’s approval is a must for purchasing and hiring of new vehicles.At the same time, restriction has also been imposed on fuel consumption for both operational and non-operational vehicles and officers are to be provided a pool vehicle, as per entitlement, instead of individual vehicles.In a bid to save power consumption, installation of air-conditioners shall be made as per existing entitlement of officers. Officers should visit Delhi and other states only when it is absolutely necessary, with appropriate authority’s permission and it has to be in economy class of a flight for travelling within the country. There shall be no foreign trips, unless specifically approved by the state government.Creation of posts has to be approved, only after being scrutinised by the State Level Committee.It may be mentioned that the next cabinet meeting will be held on July 5 from 5 pm onwards.last_img read more