Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Novak Djokovic interrupted his U.S. Open practice twice on Saturday to have a trainer look at his right foot but the defending champion said the discomfort was due to blisters and is not a concern.So uncomfortable was Djokovic that he removed his shoe and sock to have his right foot inspected. Later in the practice, he stopped mid-sprint, lifted his right leg off the ground and hopped around on his left foot. “It’s just a minor thing with the foot. You know, blisters like anybody has those,” top seed Djokovic told reporters. “But it’s nothing major that is posing a concern for the event.”Djokovic, who saved two match points last month to beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, will hope the blisters do not worsen especially since solid movement on the court is key to his playing style.”It allows me to actually swing through my shots to get some balls that maybe most of the other players cannot get to,” said Djokovic, who will begin his quest for a 17th career Grand Slam on Monday against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.”I slide a lot, whether it’s clay, hard court, or grass. I think the flexibility of my ankles has helped with that pretty, so to say, aggressive style of movement.”Since Wimbledon, Djokovic has played one hardcourt event and made a run to the Cincinnati semi-finals where he lost to Russian Daniil Medvedev, who is the Serb’s projected quarter-final opponent in New York.Djokovic, 32, has won four of the last five Grand Slams and is two shy of Rafa Nadal on the all-time list and four away from matching Federer’s record tally of 20.The Serbian has a tough draw in New York but is favourite to inch closer to his rivals over the coming fortnight.”I still am very motivated to keep going and especially at this stage,” said Djokovic.”It always has been the case but, especially now, more or less everything is about Grand Slams in terms of how I see tennis and how I approach them because they matter the most.” BlistersfootinjuryNovak Djokovic First Published: August 25, 2019, 3:20 PM IST
The Bombay High Court today allowed the first of the 20 IPL matches scheduled to be held in Maharashtra to go on as planned but the fate of rest of the games hangs in balance.Several districts of Maharashtra are facing acute water shortage and objections have been raised over the “wastage” of water to maintain cricket grounds across the state.Petitions have been filed against hosting the Indian Premier League in Maharashtra at a time when people are finding it tough to arrange water even for their daily needs. But the big question is whether the opposition to the glitzy cricket tournament is mere symbolism or it means more than that?Big QuestionsWill 70 lakh litres of water really make a difference?Criticising IPL for water crisis mere symbolism?Should cricket alone be targeted?Should BCCI avoid hosting matches in Maharashtra?Morally right to host 20 matches in Maharashtra?IPL to be affected in drought-hit Telangana too?Why blame IPL only for the water crisis?Unnecessary controversy over non-potable water?Avoiding IPL games a solution to solve crisis?Water use during IPL really a criminal offence? Speaking to Karan Thapar on his show To The Point, Rakesh Singh, advocate who has filed a petition in the high court against hosting IPL in the state, said that concerns over the issue were genuine. “Maharashtra at this juncture can not afford to host IPL. This is a moral as well as a legal issue,” Singh said.Dipankar Gupta, one of country’s top sociologist, also pointed out that the controversy has certain moral connotations to it.advertisement”I do believe that one has to take a serious view of this. Look at the golf courses… the amount of water they waste. I think it’s not just a moral issue but an ethical issue too. Why should we waste so much water on these (cricket) pitches to favour certain kind of sport which is not indigenous to our country,” he said.Presenting his views during the discussion, Brand Guru, Dilip Cherian, said,” I would have supported IPL if it would have been real cricket. It is actually an advanced form of entertainment. As far as cricket is concerned, IPL is a tournament essentially based on clubs.””IPL is not even real sport, its actually a game people play to amuse vast number of people,” Cherian added.P Chengal Reddy, President, Federation of Farmers’ Association, observed that it was probably for the first time that such an issue has been raised in the country.”We are raising an issue which also concerns the sensitivity of cricket lovers and Mumbaikars. This is not a question about morality but sensitivity,” Reddy said.Former Indian cricketer Saad Bin Jung was of the view that if IPL matches are banned in Maharashtra then it should be banned in other places too.”Will banning the IPL get you 70 lakh litres of water? Do we have a method in place to provide that water to the families who actually need it. No we don’t,” Jung said, adding,” the petitioner has come as a blessing in disguise for the officials and politicians who for so many years have not delivered basic water facilities. What will happen now is everyone will go hammer and tongs against the IPL and forget the main culprits.”
World number two Andy Murray withstood the challenge of Nick Kyrgios on Monday, sweeping aside the mercurial Australian 7-5 6-1 6-4 on Centre Court to reach his ninth straight Wimbledon quarter-final.For much of a pulsating first set 15th seed Kyrgios had the edge, however, thudding down serves at close to 140 mph that the second-seeded Scot struggled to reach let alone control. (Also read: Serena Williams powers into Wimbledon quarter-finals)Murray’s serve, meanwhile, was misfiring and, under darkening skies and roared on by a partisan crowd, he had to dig deep to stay on terms with the Australian. (Also read: Federer storms into Wimbledon quarters, equals Navratilova’s win record)The set and the match turned in the 12th game, when a combination of Kyrgios errors and two inspired Murray backhands presented the Scot with three break points. Kyrgios saved the first two with booming serves but Murray converted the third when the Australian netted a forehand volley.Thereafter Kyrgios’s focus and intensity wavered, the Briton breaking him twice in a second set that flew by in 26 minutes. He broke once more in the third, closing out the contest with an ace on his third match point. (Also read: Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic slayer Sam Querrey moves into the quarter-finals)Murray will face swashbuckling Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 12th seed, in the quarter-finals.
Usain Bolt delivered a rebuke those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race at the World Athletics Championships by revealing details of his hamstring tear on Thursday.The Jamaican, stung by speculation that he had pulled up in the anchor leg of the 4×100 metres relay final in London on Saturday because he was too far behind to win the race, said the injury would need three months of rehabilitation.Accompanied by an x-ray of the injury to his left hamstring, the eight-times Olympics gold medallist was also adamant in social media posts that he never cheated his fans.The 30-year-old explained on Twitter: “Sadly I have tear of the proximal myotendineous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab.”I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.”I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone.”The posts on Twitter were removed shortly after they had been posted.Bolt had been three metres down on the two leaders as he took on the last leg of the relay, which was won by Britain, only to pull up sharply and fall to the ground, coming to a halt after a forward roll on the track.advertisementHe speculated on Sunday that the injury, which ended a wretched final championships for him after he only managed to win bronze in the individual 100 metres the previous weekend, might have been caused by having a long wait before the race.Bolt, who won 19 global championship golds, is widely considered the finest sprinter in athletics annals.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)2019 has been a pretty good year for Michigan alumni. Former Wolverines quarterback Tom Brady won yet another Super Bowl, and another famous alum is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. That soon-to-be Hall of Famer is getting honored next season.Via WolverinesWire, Michigan is planning to honor Hall of Fame cornerback Ty Law at the October 5 Homecoming Game against Iowa. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh extended Law the offer to serve as honorary captain of the game on the most recent episode of the coach’s “Attack Each Day” podcast.Law accepted the invitation on the spot. From the site’s write-up:“Absolutely man, I would be honored and I will be there!” Law said. “We’re gonna make this a homecoming—we’re gonna go out there and whoop some Iowa ass. That we’re gonna do. “I would be honored, Coach, thank you so much and I will be there!”As a member of the Wolverines, Law was a two-time unanimous All-Big Ten Conference selection. After his junior year, he was drafted No. 23 overall by the New England Patriots in the 1995 NFL Draft.Law was a major defensive player in the Patriots’ first three Super Bowl titles, earning four of his five Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro selections in his ten-year stint in New England.He went on to have brief stints with the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos from 2005 to 2009 before retiring.Law was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2009.Earlier this year, Law was announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The province is investing $3.5 million in new hospital equipment for the women and children served by the IWK, Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson announced today, July 12. “New technology and equipment are important in continuing to provide safe, quality health care services,” said Mr. Wilson. “This investment will improve care and enhance safety for patients throughout the province.” The funding includes about $3 million to replace 19 anesthesia machines and monitors at the IWK Health Centre hospital, as well as and $500,000 for new and upgraded pharmacy and laboratory equipment. The hospital will also receive funding towards a $102,000 laparoscopic system for minimally invasive surgery. “This new equipment will directly benefit the care of the women, children, youth and families served by the IWK each day,” said Anne McGuire, president and CEO of the IWK Health Centre. “The province’s investment in medical technology allows our staff and physicians to provide the best possible care today, which will in turn lead to healthier generations of Maritimers.” Under the cost-share formula for capital equipment, the Department of Health and Wellness will pay 75 per cent of the cost for the equipment and the district health authority IWK will pay 25 per cent, which was raised by the IWK Health Care Foundation through donations. The province’s investment is part of $15 million announced in December from its Jobs and Building 2012/13 Capital Plan. The money is earmarked for district health authorities and the IWK Health centre to purchase or replace necessary equipment.
Kolkata: The Medical Council of India (MCI) had granted 350 seats at the undergraduate level at three medical colleges in the state, including a government-run institution.The newly constructed Diamond Harbour Govt Medical College and Hospital has obtained 100 seats for the academic year 2019-20 while two private medical colleges — ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, and Shri Ramkrishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Sanaka Hospitals, Durgapur, have received 100 and 150 MBBS seats each, respectively. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, have been granted the seats for five years. After five years, the institute may have to seek an approval to function with the increased number of seat. The other two medical colleges will have to seek permission from the MCI every year before admitting candidates in the added number of seats. The Mamata Banerjee government has set up five new medical colleges in the state to mitigate the crisis of doctors in the state and create new opportunities for medical aspirants. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersApart from Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital, four other state-run medical colleges are waiting for the MCI’s nod to get undergraduate seats for the current academic year. A senior official of the state Health department said a total of 400 undergraduate medical seats will be created in the four newly constructed medical colleges at Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. In 2016, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the project to set up five new medical colleges in the state. The Medical Council of India will approve the seats in these in colleges once it gets convinced about the availability of adequate infrastructure. The MCI has increased medical seats in all the other government-run medical colleges in the state having less than 250 sanctioned seats by 10 per cent on the overall number of seats in MBBS except the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical Colleges and Hospital. No seats were increased in these two medical colleges in the city as they already have around 250 seats. After coming to power, Banerjee felt the need to create more opportunities for aspiring medical students. To address the crises in this sector, she announced to come up with more medical colleges in various districts. According to sources in the state Health department, the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats has increased from 2,205 to 3,750 while the number of post-graduate medical seats has increased from 880 to 1,297. The number of post-doctoral seats has also increased from 107 to 147.
Srinagar: Eid al-Adha prayers on Monday morning at various mosques in the Kashmir Valley concluded without any violence, police said. The authorities had on Sunday said people will be allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers. Large gatherings, however, were not allowed in any part of the Valley, an official said on Monday. “#Eid #prayers concluded #peacefully in various parts of the #valley. No untoward incident reported so far,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Reports suggested authorities distributed sweets at various mosques. On the eve of Eid al-Adha, restrictions were eased in the Valley to allow people to shop for the festival. However, the usual hustle and bustle of the Eid al-Adha festival was missing in the Valley where normal life has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The district administrations are constantly reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and doing their best to minimise the inconvenience caused to people during the restrictions imposed on movement, the official said. The government has also made arrangements for availability of adequate food and other essential items across the Kashmir Valley and steps are being taken to even deliver certain goods at people’s doorsteps, another official said. The government’s top priority is to maintain peace and prevent any casualty and mischief in Jammu and Kashmir, he said. President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday declared the abrogation of special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 following a Parliamentary approval in the Modi government’s proposal. On Saturday, he gave assent to a bill passed by the Parliament for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — which will come into existence on October 31.
OTTAWA – U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance on climate change may end up being the biggest stumbling block in NAFTA talks when it comes to the environment.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Friday during a tour of eastern Ontario that he wants climate change, reducing emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy to be written into the new NAFTA when Canada, the U.S. and Mexico begin renegotiating the deal later this month.“We are certainly looking for a better level playing field across North America on environmental protections,”Trudeau said.However with Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, referring to climate change as a “hoax” and pledging to return the U.S. coal industry to its glory days, the White House and the Canadian government are pretty far apart on many environmental issues.Even getting the words “climate change” into the agreement could be a struggle.A government official speaking on background told The Canadian Press last week, that on the environment side, Canada will be looking to the free trade agreement recently signed with Europe, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, as a template.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has referred to CETA as the gold standard of trade agreements when it comes to the environment and said she wants to push CETA’s environment chapter with the U.S. and Mexico on NAFTA.However, several trade experts say the United States is going to be pushing for the environment chapter in NAFTA to be more closely aligned with the now-defunct Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP.One key difference?CETA mentions climate change. TPP does not.“CETA is more relevant to Canada and the TPP is more relevant to the United States,” said Peter Clark, an international trade expert and president of the Ottawa firm Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates.Several American states are stepping up to maintain their climate change commitments despite the federal government’s pullback, however NAFTA isn’t being negotiated at the state level.Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said whether Canada can push the U.S. into adding climate change protections and mitigation to NAFTA may depend on how influential state governments can be in the talks.“Major economies like California and northeastern states that already have various forms of carbon pricing may have a real interest in this,” he said.Canada’s coming national price on carbon adds further fuel to the debate, as some will be looking for Canadian industries affected by the carbon price to get protections, maybe even in the form of a carbon tax applied at the border on goods coming from places in the U.S. where there is no such policy.Clark said mischievously he recommends Canada seek a border adjustment carbon tax at best, but at a bare minimum he believes Canada should require the Paris Agreement be added to a list of multilateral environment agreements to which NAFTA countries must belong.In its list of objectives for NAFTA released last month, the Office of the United States Trade Representative said it wants NAFTA to require signatories to adopt and uphold their obligations under several such pacts, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.“I think Canada should immediately add the Paris accord to that list,” said Clark.CETA also has what it is known as the “precautionary principle,” which means a party proposing a development or an action has to prove it won’t harm the environment, even if only some, not all, scientists agree it could be harmful.In CETA there is also a provision which says that the costs of pollution are borne by the polluter and requires Canada and Europe to prioritize trade in environmental goods and services related to renewable energy and co-operate on climate change adaptation and mitigation. It also makes clear that foreign companies cannot claim compensation when they believe a government’s environmental regulations or policies harm their business.Canada has been subject to several such challenges under NAFTA and lost many of them, paying millions in compensation.TPP, on the other hand, includes a provision to allow countries to suspend trade benefits with a country that doesn’t respect its environmental responsibilities.One area where both Canada and the United States agree is in bringing the environment chapter into the main NAFTA papers. In 1994 it was included as a separate annex.Including it as its own chapter in NAFTA would make whatever environmental obligations it puts forward subject to the agreement’s dispute resolution provisions.However, Clark said Canada cannot really insist that environmental provisions are make-or-break requirements.“I can’t see us walking away over it,” he said. “It’s important, but what kind of leverage do they have?”If Canada says it will leave the table unless Trump agrees to put climate change into the agreement, he’s likely to say ‘fine, go ahead’, said Clark.“This is not really a typical trade negotiation,” he added.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
EDMONTON – The Alberta government plans to control the online sale of legalized marijuana but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators.Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley introduced the rules in proposed legislation Thursday, but details on how sales would work have yet to be determined.“This is a major shift for our province and one that has to be made very quickly with a lot of complex questions,” said Ganley.“We believe this plan represents what the majority of Albertans want to see.”There are still questions about how online weed would be delivered.Private cannabis stores would have to be physically separate from stores that sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals — but how that would be legally defined hasn’t been determined.“They do have to be in a completely separate premises,” said Ganley, but added that this could include businesses that are separate but part of the same structure, such as in a strip mall.Ganley said the government will finalize those decisions by early next year.The stores would not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products.Marijuana distribution would be run by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and there would be ways to ensure that minors couldn’t buy weed off the internet.How many cannabis stores would be allowed would be up to the commission, but retailers would have to undergo background checks. All staff would have to be 18 or older.Jeff Mooij, who works for a medical marijuana clinic and wants to become a bricks and mortar retailer, said he expects demand will quickly outstrip supply.“(The lineups) will be huge, there’s no doubt about it,” he said, saying other jurisdictions in the United States, such as Colorado, have had marijuana shortages. “The feds need to step up this (growing) process.”Mooij suggested Alberta will need well over 200 licensed producers. He said there are 73 right now that are licensed and only half of them are producing product.Ken Kobly of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce said the proposed model is the best way to balance private enterprise with public safety.“The primary concern is obviously ensuring only those (legally) permitted to purchase cannabis are able to do so,” said Kobly.The bill also proposes legislation for initiatives announced last month by Ganley in a draft cannabis framework:— Minimum age to buy and use cannabis is to be 18, the same as alcohol.— Maximum public possession limit is to be 30 grams.— Zero tolerance for youth possessing pot.— Maximum of four pot plants per household.— Smoking and vaping cannabis banned wherever tobacco use is banned.— No cannabis allowed on hospital grounds, schools and anywhere kids gather such as playgrounds, splash parks and sports fields.Provinces and territories have been working on rules for cannabis since the federal government announced last spring that it will legalize recreational use of marijuana by July 1.Quebec is taking a different approach with legislation that proposes that all cannabis cultivated in the province must be sold by the government, through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board. It would also be illegal to cultivate cannabis for personal or commercial use, unless authorized by the government.Ottawa will be in charge of overall health issues and regulations, while provinces will distribute and sell cannabis while keeping roads, schools and workplaces safe.The provinces and Ottawa are still working on who should get what percentage of taxes.The federal government is revising and toughening up Criminal Code charges for anyone caught driving impaired while under the influence of cannabis or a mix of cannabis and alcohol.Earlier this week, Alberta announced it will add its own administrative penalties, including zero tolerance on cannabis for new drivers.The province is still working on updating workplace rules to address the risk of cannabis impairment on the job.