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People supreme, Naveen reminds MLAs

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday told State legislators that democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency under any circumstances.Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day orientation programme for legislators, Mr. Patnaik said that democratic dissent is “a right, however, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency”.“The roots of our successful democracy lie in our people and their unflinching faith in democratic values,” added Mr. Patnaik.“Every elected representative must understand this: whatever position you may be in, the people are supreme. Elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said the CM. Stating that the primary function of the legislature is to make laws, Mr. Patnaik said an appetite for information and education on legislative procedures, and understanding of socio-economic issues and policies is beneficial.“All our Acts and policies are essentially directed towards the greater public good. Legislators should endeavour to bring the Acts and policies to the public domain so that the people can be partners in the process of change,” he added.‘Lead by example’Stating that the legislators must lead by example. Mr. Patnaik said: “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us stay connected to the people.”Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro presided over the inaugural session of the programme., which was organised by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick also attended the event.last_img read more

Whitewashed! Time’s up for Lopetegui as Barca run riot

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first_imgIt was a humiliation, by the end. Even though, for a brief period in this enthralling Clasico, it looked like Real Madrid might turn things around, it wasn’t to be.Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday to go back to the top of La Liga, leaving their arch-rivals ninth, down and out, and almost certainly putting visiting coach Julen Lopetegui out of a job.Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez struck in a first half utterly dominated by Barcelona and, truth be told, Madrid were fortunate to go in at half-time just two goals down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was only thanks to sloppy Barcelona passing that they did. Injured Argentine star Lionel Messi, watching on from the stands, rolled his eyes as two golden chances were spurned.Rafinha, playing on the right flank in the Argentine’s stead, heavily overhit a simple pass that would have sent Alba through on goal, before Suarez somehow squandered a four on one Barcelona break, clipping a strange chipped effort well off-target with runners screaming for the ball to his left.The Uruguayan was allowed this folly, after he won and dispatched the penalty for Barcelona’s second goal, arriving at his best form in the week he most needed to. He followed up his impressive display against Inter in the Champions League with another fine outing here, going on to complete his hat-trick.By contrast, at the other end, Lopetegui’s impotent Madrid side were reduced to speculative efforts from distance, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos all taking pot-shots easily fielded by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.“It’s difficult to understand how this Barca, and without Messi too, are so superior. We have 45 minutes to turn this around,” wrote Madrid club ambassador Alvaro Arbeloa on Twitter at the interval.Luis Suarez Barcelona Real Madrid 281018And for a while, it looked like they might. Lopetegui changed formation from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2, and pinned Barcelona back.Marcelo scored, Luka Modric hit the post and Karim Benzema missed a header from close range that would have tied the game at two goals apiece.That miss was gut-wrenching for Lopetegui and spelled his doom. Barcelona had the ball in the net at the other end, minutes later, with Suarez showing his opposite No 9 just how to head the ball.Barcelona Real Madrid LaLiga 28102018The Uruguayan’s bullet header made the game safe for Barcelona and broke Madrid spirits, the last stand over and done.Suarez completed his hat-trick and Arturo Vidal, who has carried a grudge against Real Madrid for a while, from his Bayern Munich days, twisted the knife with a late fifth.This Barcelona team are far from unbeatable, showing their fragility earlier this season, but they put their game-heads on for a huge week, beating Sevilla, Inter and now Real, leaving them leading the Spanish top flight and their Champions League group.By contrast for Los Blancos, it is back to the drawing board, except it won’t be Lopetegui making the marks.Madrid president Florentino Perez is expected to sack the Spaniard in the coming days, or even hours, completing a nightmare year after he was dismissed by Spain on the eve of the World Cup.last_img read more

Tiered Work Permit Fees Could Be Implemented

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first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security is currently exploring the possibility of implementing a tiered work permit fee structure, in a bid to streamline the issuance process. Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on June 4, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the proposed structure, along with a pre-approved point system, will help to make the issuance of work permits more efficient in various sectors, such as agriculture and telecommunications. [RELATED: Flexible Work Arrangements Will be a Reality – Minister Kellier] “This is being done in an effort to encourage local entrepreneurship and productive investments,” the Minister told the House. He further emphasised that these measures are being implemented to protect the Jamaican worker and to “prevent unscrupulous persons from compromising our work permit system.” Mr. Kellier noted that the process of issuing work permits is guided by an Inter- Ministerial Committee, which meets on a bi-weekly basis to review and make recommendations for approval. “This group provides invaluable expertise to the process of granting a work permit. The committee also conducts research into the needs of the market and assists in carrying out investigations to minimise the reported incidence of human trafficking,” he said. Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Bostons Mikmaq speak to APTN in bombing aftermath

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first_imgAPTN National NewsBoston residents are still coming to terms with the terror attack two weeks ago.A number of the city’s residents are Mi’kmaq. In fact, more than 2,000 have moved south from Canada and call Boston home.APTN’s Tim Fontaine caught up with the community to find out how they’re coping.last_img