A nine-day-old boy died on Tuesday at a government hospital in Darbhanga district of Bihar allegedly after being bitten by rats. The district administration has ordered a probe.The infant was admitted to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital on Monday. “When we reached the hospital early in the morning, no nurse or doctor was around… we found that rats had bitten the baby’s hands and legs at several places… we immediately informed the authorities who told us that the baby was dead,” Phuran Chaupal, the father told local journalists in Darbhanga. His inconsolable wife Neelam Chaupal too blamed negligent hospital doctors and nurses for the death of her child.The hospital authorities said when the baby was admitted he was in a serious condition. “We admit that the hospital is infested with rats which we cannot control but there were no signs of rat bites on the baby’s body”, said a doctor posted at the hospital. However, the grieving parents later met senior district official Kashi Prasad Mahto and demanded action against the hospital authorities for their ‘negligence.’ Mr. Mahto ordered a probe into the incident.
Virat Kohli has categorically said India would not think of the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal clash against Bangladesh ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against the Tigers at Edgbaston on Thursday.Two years ago, India had won an emotionally charged-up World Cup quarterfinal, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s sublime century. The opener had miscued a waist-high full toss from Rubeil Hossain and was caught at deep midwicket. But the umpire ruled it a no-ball because of height and Rohit finished with 137.A few other marginal umpiring decisions went India’s way but the Men in Blue rode on a fine collective performance to advance into the semis. The Bangladeshis have since held a grudge against the Indian cricket team and subsequent ugly memes have surfaced from Bangladeshi social media circles in an attempt to insult India’s superstars.However, Kohli said India would not think of that quarterfinal.”It has been 24 months since the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal. I seriously don’t think anyone’s thinking about that game. We have had so many matches against each other and since then and we are certainly not going out to prove any point to anyone. We just want to play good cricket as a side.Our opposition could be anyone and we’re certainly not thinking about what has happened in the past or things that go on at the international level. We’re certainly not thinking about anything like that,” he said.Bangladesh have made rapid strides in international cricket since 2015. They are currently sixth in the ODI ranking and beat New Zealand by five wickets in Cardiff to qualify from Group A. Chasing 266, they were four wickets down but Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah struck a partnership of 224 runs for the fifth wicket to seal a remarkable victory for the Tigers.advertisementKohli clearly said India would not get carried away by their superior record and Bangladesh, despite their recent strides, should also stay grounded. Yes, they did beat India in their last bilateral ODI series but it was India who romped home to a comfortable win in their warm-up before the start of tournament proper a few days back.The India captain also heaped praise on the lower batsmen — Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, saying that they’re waiting for their opportunities and are ready.”We are not bothered at all. Those guys are waiting for opportunities. If the crisis situation comes up, they are ready to deliver.”
Hyderabad, Jul 3 (PTI) Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan today inaugurated a sailing championship, where more than 200 participants, including women, are competing for laurels.The Multi-Class Sailing Championship is being held at the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake here.The event is being jointly organised by the EME Sailing Association (EMESA) and the Secunderabad Sailing Club under the aegis of Laser Class Association of India with the support of the Sports Authority of Telangana State.Speaking on the occasion, the governor appreciated the efforts of the Laser Class Association of India (LCAI), the Sports Authority of Telangana State and the host clubs in making the event a grand success over the years, according to an official release.Lt Gen K K Aggarwal, Commodore EME Sailing Association, in his opening address, said the competition has received tremendous response this year.”The response this year has been tremendous with the number of entries breaking the record set by this event only last year.”A total of 201 entries from different associated clubs were received for the championship, of which 17 are in the womens category. Seven participants are from Telangana,” the release quoted him as saying.The event would conclude on July 8. PTI SJR RSY
By Surendhar MKChennai, Jul 5 (PTI) His shirtless selfie sent the Internet into a meltdown and actor R Madhavan says he is both thankful and embarrassed by the recent attention showered on him by his fans.The 47-year-old actors Instagram photograph, in which he is much leaner and sports a salt and pepper look, has female fans drooling and garnered more than one lakh likes on Instagram.”Now I m a little embarrassed and under pressure, because I dont look like that all the time and I am trying to see if I can be accepted again as a normal-looking guy. That was an unprecedented amount of attention from the world. I am embarrassed and thankful at the same time,” Madhavan told PTI.The actor is no stranger to female attention. He became a hearthrob after playing a lover boy in “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein” back in 2001.Madhavan is currently gearing up for the release of his gangster-cop actioner “Vikram Vedha” directed by Pushkar and Gayathri.”When it comes to filmmaking, we have to deal with ego, anger, and a lot more; barring all these, how the team works towards the outcome matters. Vikram Vedha ticked all the boxes as a project.”The actor, who plays the role of an encounter cop, says the climax of “Vikram Vedha” will be first of its kind in Tamil film industry. He will be seen locking horns with Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi in the movie, where he essays the role of a gangster.advertisement”The plot is akin to Vikramadityan and Vedhalams story. Vikram is an honest cop, but he has his flaws, Vedha is a gangster but has a good side too. What happens when Vikram encounters Vedha, how Vedha escapes with his stories, what correlation the stories have with Vikrams life is what the film is about,” he says.Madhavan has finished working on a web series for Amazon Prime Video, which will also be dubbed in Tamil.The actor says many questioned his decision of doing a web series but he is glad to have agreed to do it as its scale is no less than a big-budget film.”The quality, story, and narration are extraordinary. We should understand that the content has become globalized. Web series is the next big thing.”All great scripts need not reach silver screen, and every good story cant be narrated in a 2-hour film. Kevin Spacey stands an example for that, he did House of Cards and made more than what he made with his films. Thats the power of the Internet.”Madhavan, who took a four-year break before producing a successful comeback with “Irudhi Suttru”, says his “3 Idiots” co-star Aamir Khan inspired him to make the decision.”I obviously was a little anxious about the break. But there is no point in being a part of the film industry if I was not doing some good movies. I learned this from Aamir Khan; he took a four-year break during Lagaan. And, public memory is short when something is of less significance.”The actor is also one of the few actors who maintain a cordial relationship with his co-stars in the industry and Madhavan says he is addicted to having a pleasant atmosphere around him.”When Im involved in a project for six months, I dont want to create or grow anger or hatred. Everyone has some eccentricity, some flaws. When we balance and orient ourselves, it becomes a pleasant situation and then it turns into a mutual respect and then eventually it turns to a great amount of love.” PTI CORR JCH
New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) World Champion Carolina Marin and Rio silver medallist P.V.Sindhu were expectedly the most sought after “Icon Players” as the two 2018 world championship finalists were picked by Pune 7 Aces and defending champions Hyderabad Hunters respectively in the players’ auction for the fourth edition of the Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) here on Monday.The fourth season of PBL, organised by Sportzlive under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), will kick off in Mumbai from December 22.With no retention or Right to Match (RTM) card at disposal, the auction was always going to be a keen contest for teams to get the combination right while looking for that one icon player who can inspire them to bigger glory.Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto became the highest paid non-icon player with the Delhi Dashers splurging Rs 70 lakh for his services. The Delhi outfit won a tense battle with two other teams to acquire the World No 11, paying more than double his base price (Rs 40 lakh above his base price).Among the Indians, rising doubles star Satwiksairaj Rankireddy was the top draw and Ahmedabad Smash Masters outbid the Hyderabad Hunters to secure the youngster for Rs 52 lakh, a massive jump from his base price of Rs 15 lakh.Given the strong pool of players in the auction, it was interesting to see the strategies the teams implemented to build their squad as three of these players could be retained for the next two seasons as well.Marin and Sindhu were the obvious choice for almost all the teams. At least four teams raised the prize purse to Rs 80 lakh, the maximum limit a team can bid for a player, before the players got assigned to the teams by a draw of lots.The Spaniard, who played a major role in helping Hyderabad win the title last year, would now shift base to Pune. The new outfit was clearly gunning for the three-time world champion and was understandably delighted when the announcer pulled out a chit of their name in a draw of lots.”I am very excited to be part of Pune team. Hyderabad has been like a second home for me. But now I am excited to be part of the Pune team and explore this part of India,” said Marin after learning about the bid.While the Hunters lost their star performer from last year, they would be delighted to welcome home Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu. The 23-year-old Sindhu, who was playing for Chennai Smashers for the last two seasons, will be playing for the home city for the first time and couldn’t hide her excitement.Two times CWG gold winner Saina Nehwal will be seen plying her trade for the North-Eastern Warriors in the upcoming edition.”It’s a great opportunity for me to get associated with the North Eastern Warriors. The fans over here are extremely passionate and I will try and give my best for them. I always had a special admiration for the north-east and with this alliance I wish to promote badminton in this region, so that we have more people inspired to take up the sport,” said the 2012 Olympic medallist.Among the other icon players, former world champion Viktor Axelsen will represent Ahmedabad Smash Masters, Kidambi Srikanth will play for Bengaluru Raptors, H.S.Prannoy will turn up for Delhi Dashers.Chennai Smashers, who will have Korean Sung ji Hyun as their icon player, managed to retain the services of English mixed doubles combination of Chris and Gabby Adcock, paying them Rs 54 lakh and Rs 36 lakh respectively.South Korea’s mixed doubles specialist Eom Hye Won also got a Rs 30 lakh jump from her base price of Rs 7 lakh as the Hunters secured her to build a strong doubles unit.But it was Delhi, who broke the bank to get Sugiarto in the squad after they had already spent Rs 80 lakh for Prannoy. However, their strategy clearly was to invest in men’s singles and they made the most of it.”We are thrilled to announce our team Delhi Dashers and the choicest players for this season of Premier Badminton League 2018. Led by Indian icon H.S.Prannoy and Indonesian champion Tommy Sugiarto, we are confident that the team will perform exceptionally well and emerge victorious this season,” said Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, the company that owns the team.Two teams — Awadhe Warriors and Mumbai Rockets — exhausted their entire purse of Rs 2.6 crore while Pune 7 Aces despite putting up a challenging line up managed to save Rs 14 lakh and North Eastern Warriors despite building a formidable squad around Nehwal still saved Rs 8 lakh.–IANStri/bgadvertisementadvertisement
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WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & World Cup play-off preview Ryan Kelly 02:34 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland v Denmark Denmark The tie is delicately poised as both sides have one last chance to book their place at the biggest tournament in the world The Republic of Ireland will endeavour to add their name to the 32 teams competing in the 2018 World Cup as they face Denmark in a winner-takes-all clash on Tuesday.The sides could not be separated in the first leg of the play-off in Copenhagen, which ended 0-0, but they will both be doing everything in their power to exert dominance in the second leg.Ireland have home advantage and they will be determined to give the Aviva Stadium faithful something to celebrate by securing victory Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Date Tuesday, November 14 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by live stream using Sky Go.In Ireland, the game will be broadcast live on television on RTE 2 and online via the RTE Player. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go In the United States (US), the match will be available to watch live on FS2 and by live stream using Fox Sports GO. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports GO SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Republic of Ireland players Goalkeepers Westwood, Doyle, Randolph Defenders Duffy, Christie, Clark, Ward, O’Shea, McShane, Doherty, K. Long Midfielders Whelan, McGeady, Brady, Arter, Hendrick, McClean, O’Dowda, Hourihane, Hoolahan, Meyler Forwards S. Long, Hogan, Murphy David Meyler returns from the suspension that ruled him out of the first leg and the Hull City midfielder is likely to slot back into the team, potentially replacing Callum O’Dowda. Daryl Murphy plowed a lone furrow with little success in the first leg and Southampton’s Shane Long may be restored to the starting XI.The Boys in Green are without their captain Seamus Coleman, while Jonathan Walters and James McCarthy are also on the sidelines. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot has dropped out of the squad due to bereavement and he has been replaced by Colin Doyle.Potential England starting XI: Randolph; Ward, Clark, Duffy, Christie; Meyler, Arter, Hendrick, Brady, McClean; Long. Position Denmark players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Lossi, Ronnow Defenders Vestergaard, Kjaer, Knudsen, Christensen, Bjelland, M. Jorgensen, Stryger-Larsen, Ankersen Midfielders Jensen, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto Forwards Fischer, Bendtner, N. Jorgensen, Poulsen, Cornelius, Braithwaite Neither side were shown yellow cards in the first leg so Denmark, like Ireland, have no suspensions to worry about.Having witnessed his side struggle to open up the Irish defence in the first leg, Age Hareide may opt for a different approach in Dublin, perhaps introducing RB Leipzig attacker Yussuf Poulsen from the beginning.Potential Brazil starting XI: Schmeichel; Stryger-Larsen, Kjaer, Bjelland, Ankersen; Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen; Sisto, Poulsen, N. Jorgensen.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Despite being away from home, Denmark are slight favourites at 7/4 according to dabblebet, with the Republic of Ireland priced at 2/1. A draw between the sides – which could suit the Danes – is a 15/8 bet.Nikolai Jorgensen is the favourite to score first at 9/2, while Daryl Murphy follows at 5/1. Shane Long has endured a goal drought, but he is 13/2 to open the scoring.Click here to see dabblebet’s markets for the World Cup play-off between Ireland and Denmark.GAME PREVIEW Ireland have only reached the finals of three World Cups and Martin O’Neill has the opportunity to write his name into the history books by guiding his team to Russia in 2018.The former Celtic boss steered the team to Euro 2016 and finished second to Serbia in qualifying, but his team’s style of play has come in for plenty of criticism along the way.Denmark completely dominated the first leg on Saturday, but, despite the best efforts of Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto and Yussuf Poulsen, they could not find a way through a resilient Irish defence.O’Neill will be hopeful that his players can continue to frustrate the Danes on Tuesday, but he will have to alter his game-plan somewhat if they are to find a goal of their own and take control of the game.Ireland’s competitive home record under the current boss sustained its only blot in September when they narrowly lost to Serbia, but they will still take confidence from their record at the stadium, which stands at six wins, four draws and one loss.Should Ireland upset the odds and win, they will end a 16-year wait for World Cup football and the opprobrium directed towards O’Neill may abate, for a while at least.
college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.Who do you have?
For the second time in recent years, a massive leak of data about offshore tax havens has sent shockwaves around the world. The Paradise Papers were released on Sunday after reporting by an international collective of investigative journalists. Here’s some facts about the fallout of a previous leak of a similar nature, the Panama Papers:The Canadian Revenue Agency launched audits into 122 Canadians and opened dozens of criminal investigations for tax evasion following the Panama Papers, the Toronto Star reported earlier this year. Experts say the number of investigations in offshore havens was an increase from previous years thanks to the leaked documents.———The Royal Bank of Canada was the only financial institution in the country to be linked to the massive leak. The bank’s CEO vowed to comb through four decades of files to find any proof of wrongdoing. While the institution accepted responsibility for monitoring the global financial industry, they said they’d been “dragged into” the controversy without any allegations of wrongdoing.———The Canadian government pumped over $400 million dollars into the Canadian Revenue Agency to hunt down billions of missing tax dollars in the wake of the Panama Papers. A large part of those efforts were to look into offshore tax havens.———Bill Morneau, Canada’s current finance minister, said he’d bring up the issue of tax evasion during an international summit and with provincial governments after the leak. The government vowed to fight tax evasion on multiple fronts. One group estimated overseas tax evasion was costing Canadian governments $8 billion a year.———
AARP has announced a plethora of additional presenters and honorees for their Movies For Grownups Awards.Legendary performer Bette Midler, Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, actress Rachel McAdams, Academy Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr, the original Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers, up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler, Joy Mangano herself and Boston Globe reporter Ben Bradlee Jr. will join host Kathy Griffin to celebrate 2015’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies with unique relevance for the 50-plus audience.The awards will raise funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income, and strong, sustaining social bonds.Sponsored by AARP Credit Cards from Chase, proceeds from this year’s Movies for Grownups event will support AARP Foundation’s work in the Los Angeles area to create and advance effective solutions to help struggling people 50 and older secure the essentials.“In addition to honoring outstanding performances and filmmaking, AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards underscore the tremendous appetite for great movies that exists in the 50-plus market,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We’ve seen that the 50-plus audience, as one of the nation’s fastest growing demographics, supports creative endeavors that speak to it.”“It’s inspiring that these talented performers and artists are helping to draw attention to the cause of senior poverty,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation. “Poverty remains a persistent and often invisible problem among older adults, with almost 10 percent of people 65 and older living below the poverty line. We are deeply heartened to have the support of these artists and the Movies for Grownups Awards to increase awareness of this important issue.”Also attending the awards show on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles are Michael Douglas (Career Achievement Award), Catherine Zeta Jones, Lily Tomlin (Best Actress-Grandma), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor-Trumbo), Diane Ladd (Best Supporting Actress-Joy), Tom McCarthy (Best Picture- Spotlight), Mark Ruffalo (Best Picture- Spotlight), Ridley Scott (Best Director-The Martian), David O. Russell (Best Screenwriter-Joy), Nancy Meyers (Best Comedy-The Intern), Morgan Freeman (Best Grownup Love Story-5 Flights Up), Patricia Clarkson (Best Buddy Picture-Learning to Drive), Irwin Winkler (Best Intergenerational-Creed), Phylicia Rashad (Best Intergenerational-Creed), Bill Pohlad (Best Time Capsule-Love & Mercy), Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up-Inside Out) and committee members Sherry Lansing, Rob Friedman, Ed Begley Jr., June Squibb, Robert Forster, Ed Asner, Sid and Nancy Hult Ganis, and Ken Scherer.
APTN National NewsFour First Nations in Ontario are involved in a human rights complaint against the federal government. They say that the current method of funding aboriginal education discriminates unfairly against larger First Nations, and are seeking a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Ottawa attempted to have the case thrown out, saying that it doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of the CHRC, but a federal court decided that the CHRC can indeed handle the complaint.Michael Hutchinson sits down with Patrick Macklem, a law professor at the University of Toronto and spokesperson for the four First Nations, to talk about the complaint and its implications.UPDATED: The original version of this story incorrectly named the Ontario Human Rights Commission as the human rights body handling the complaint. The complaint is being handled by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
By Safaa KasraouiRabat -The World Bank Organization (WBO) launched its EmpowerHer Hackathon initiative for Morocco on March 18, at Technopark in Casablanca.The EmpowerHer Hackathon, already established in other countries, is intended to address the restrictions that prevent women from playing a larger role in the labor force. The event brought together young developers, rural women’s associations, and private sector sponsors to discuss innovative solutions and share suggestions to ensure the continuation of creativity.Those who attended, especially women, had the opportunity to gain insight on investment, saving, spending, and other aspects of personal finance.30 competitions were held during the event, in which young entrepreneurs presented their projects on marketing, transportation, logistics, and skills development in front of a jury.Competitors for the Best Hack Solutions Award suggested their ideas on how to improve and overcome some of the difficulties faced by women in the economy field.The Minister of Handicrafts, Social Economy, and Solidarity, Fatema Marouane, remarked on the importance of this initiative, in line with other initiatives which aim to empower women through various programs, including the National Human Development Initiative(INDH) projects.“Moroccan Women are playing a major role in several areas to ensure their economic independence,” the minister said.In response to this, the Ministry has implemented a set of training programs, in English and French, financial education workshops for women workers in the artisanal field.This event was organized in collaboration with the Moroccan government and Moroccan organizations.
Rabat – The European Parliament adopted the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement in a plenary session in Strasbourg today.The fisheries agreement received 415 votes in favor and 189 votes against.According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), 49 MEPs were absent for the vote. Morocco and the EU signed the fisheries deal on January 14, one of the final steps in the process before ratification at the EU Parliament. The deal will allow European vessels to fish in Moroccan waters for a set amount of compensation.Read Also: EU Parliament’s Fisheries Committee Adopts EU-Morocco Fisheries DealThe deal covers the fishing area from parallel 35 and Cap Spartel in northern Morocco to parallel 22 and Cap Blanc in southern Morocco, including the waters off Western Sahara.The agreement specifies the fishing areas and access conditions for EU vessels. It also increases the EU’s financial contribution from the previous agreement’s annual payment of €40.0 million to €52.2 million.In addition to the fisheries agreement, the European Parliament also adopted the EU-Morocco agriculture deal on January 16.At the EU Parliament, 444 MEPs voted for the renewal of the agreement.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that the adoption of the agriculture agreement required intense efforts.After the adoption of the agreement, the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini commended the partnership between Morocco and the EU.She added that the two partners are aspiring to make a qualitative leap in their ties to build a regional partnership, particularly in the Mediterranean, the Arab world, and Africa.The adoption of the two agreements comes despite Polisario’s threats to hamper the agreement process.Polisario threatened to appeal to the European Court of Justice and the United Nations.The Moroccan government, however, emphasized that it had already informed the UN of the adoption of the agriculture agreement.Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN Omar Hilale said the EU decision would create a “legal structure that would facilitate many economic and development activities and opens the way for arranging other cooperation aspects between the two parties.”
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market snapped a three-session losing run to close higher Tuesday amid a heavy slate of economic data coming out this week and hopes for strong fourth-quarter earnings.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,596.93 +101.39 0.75%S&P 500 — 1,837.88 +11.11 0.61%Dow — 16,530.94 +105.84 0.64%Nasdaq — 4,153.18 +39.50 0.96%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 101.39 points to 13,596.93.The Canadian dollar tumbled 1.05 cents to 92.83 cents US, its lowest close since Novembe, 2009, with the currency weakening amid data showing a growing trade deficit in November even as the greenback gained ground amid strong U.S. trade data.Statistics Canada said the country’s trade deficit went from $908 million in October to $940 million in November as merchandise imports edged up 0.1% while exports were unchanged.Meanwhile, the U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years as gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.The trade gap dropped 12.9% to US$34.3 billion in November as exports rose 0.9%, aided by a 5.6% rise in petroleum exports. Imports dropped 1.4%. U.S. markets have had a negative start so far in 2014, but indexes closed firmly in positive territory Tuesday.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 105.84 points to 16,530.94, the Nasdaq ran ahead 39.5 points to 4,153.18 and the S&P 500 gained 11.11 points to 1,837.88.The most closely watched economic report of the week will come on Friday. Economists forecast that about 195,000 jobs were created in the United States in December.The reading will help the Federal Reserve determine how quickly it withdraws from a key stimulus program, its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases. The central bank said last month it would taper those purchases by $10 billion starting this month.The greenback also strengthened a day before the release of the minutes from the Fed meeting last month.Analysts suggest that the dollar could rally if the minutes showed strong support by the Fed at the end of last year to start tapering. Likewise, lukewarm support for tapering could push the U.S. currency lower.Thursday marks the start of what will be a flood of fourth-quarter corporate earnings over the next few weeks with resource giant Alcoa leading off.Investors hope earnings will help justify the sharp, 30% run-up in the S&P 500 last year. But there has been a steady drip of revised expectations recently.“I don’t think they’re going to be as bad as the naysayers want to make out they are,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.“There has been enough caution expressed that when we really get into some of the numbers as we go through the first quarter and even into the second quarter, it wouldn’t surprise me if they show up a little bit better than expected.”Earnings from S&P 500 companies are expected to have risen 6.3% in the fourth quarter. That’s slower than the 9.3% growth analysts expected at the end of September, according to FactSet.That would follow third-quarter profit growth of $39.2 billion, compared with a gain of $66.8 billion in the second quarter.The tech sector led TSX advancers, up 1.5% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) registering a solid gain for a second day, up 63 cents to $9.14 after CEO John Chen told Bloomberg TV that the smartphone maker plans to re-focus on keyboard-equipped phones. Chen said the company’s phones will ”predominantly” have physical keyboards in the future, rather than touch screens.Celestica (TSX:CLS) gained 16 cents to $11.45.The energy sector rose 1.13% as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 24 cents to US$93.67 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 59 cents to C$37.17 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) advanced 60 cents to $46.58.The consumer discretionary group was up 0.76% thanks largely to gains in auto parts manufacturers. Magna International (TSX:MG) improved by $1.86 to $87.31 and Martinrea International (TSX:MG) climbed 10 cents to $8.08.March copper was unchanged at US$3.36 a pound and the base metals sector was flat as HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) gained 15 cents to C$8.61.The gold sector moved into positive ground, up about 0.7% with February bullion off $8.40 at US$1,229.60 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) added 22 cents to C$24.12.In other corporate news, shares in Valeant (TSX:VRX) jumped $15.04 or 12.53% to $135.03 after the pharmaceutical company said Tuesday that it expects revenue of between $8.2 billion to $8.6 billion for fiscal 2014, an increase of 40%, and cash earnings between US$8.25 and US$8.75 per share. It adds it will continue to look for a big acquisition or a merger of equals.TOP STORIESBlackBerry CEO plots return to physical-keyboard roots in wake of costly touch-screen flopsValeant Pharmaceuticals wants to buy its way into the ranks of the world’s top 5 drugmakersTale of two economies? Canada’s trade gap ballons as America’s shrinks to 4-year lowDeep freeze lights fire under commodities markets as crop, cattle futures soarSamsung Electronics profit falls for first time in more than two years as smartphone momentum wanesWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:15 a.m.ADP Employment Report (Dec): Economists expect 200,000 jobs gained, down from last month 2 p.m.Fed minutes from December meeting 3 p.m.Consumer credit: Economists expect US$14-billion, down from last month CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBed Bath & Beyond Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.15 a share Family Dollar Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 69¢ a share Monsanto Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ a share Constellation Brands, Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 91¢ a share
“It is with deep regret that the Secretary-General learned today of the tragic death of 62 Spanish troops returning from service with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and 12 Ukrainian crewmembers, in a plane crash in northwest Turkey,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York.The troops were returning “from having served with ISAF in the selfless contribution to the Afghan peace process,” he added.Through the statement, the Secretary-General also extended his condolences to the Governments of Spain and Ukraine and to the bereaved families.
“Four days of fighting between two commanders erupted in Koshak valley on 26 August and restarted again earlier this month,” Maki Shinohara told the press in Kabul.UNHCR, which is monitoring the situation, said the violence has subsided and voiced hope that the affected families would soon be able to safely return to their homes. Instability in the area is of particular concern because of extensive violations documented by the agency. “Our return monitoring teams have collected over the past two years numerous reports of human rights abuses and harassment by the local commanders in Daikundi area,” the spokesperson said, adding that UNHCR currently does not recommend that displaced families return to certain areas because of on-going conflict or human rights abuses. There are 220,000 internally displaced people in Afghanistan, according to the agency, which is working to address their plight.
Russell Westbrook is the MVP. You are likely already familiar with Westbrook’s claim to the award because every conversation that suggests someone else is the MVP must do the work of explaining why it is not, obviously, Westbrook.Westbrook’s case for MVP is self-evident. His season-long triple-double is a historic accomplishment, and its grandeur only grows when adjusted to account for the way the game is played today. Here are the top seasons for the triple-double stats sorted by John Hollinger’s Versatility Index, which shows how good players are at those three metrics, combined1Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists per 100 possessions., which adjusts for pace: Source: NBA.com SEASONPLAYERPOSS. PER GAMEPTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX Versatility index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions).Source: basketball-reference.com 4’14-’15Westbrook95.741.110.612.517.6 3’15-’16Westbrook96.733.911.315.118.0 LeBron James126+15.140.667.332.124.6 Jimmy Butler141+12.831.563.041.329.4 … 34’61-’62Robertson124.926.710.89.914.2 PER 100 POSSESSIONS 1’16-’17Westbrook97.844.815.114.721.5 James55.152.3+2.840.937.2+3.7 DeAndre Jordan105+3.21.968.818.723.4 5’04-’05Garnett89.131.419.18.016.9 Isaiah Thomas163+18.225.065.446.026.4 2-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE3-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE Kawhi Leonard137+24.023.055.440.428.5 Source: NBA.com PLAYERCRUNCH TIMENET RATINGASSIST %TS %USAGE %PIE DeMar DeRozan139+16.128.854.842.926.1 PLAYERTEAMMATES’ WIDE-OPEN 3-PT % James42.4 Source: NBA.com Top NBA players by involvement during crunch time In general, the more possessions a player uses,2Plays on which a player takes a shot, draws a shooting foul or commits a turnover. the less efficient his personal offense becomes. You can see the frontier of exceptional player seasons forming a rough diagonal, sloping down from Kevin Durant’s 2016-17 in the upper left to Westbrook’s in the lower right. Generally, that’s the frontier of achievement for maximizing efficiency and usage, and anything that breaks past the outer rim is in the running for the best season in NBA history. Curry’s 2015-16 was more or less unprecedented, but was followed up quickly by Isaiah Thomas and Harden this season, each putting up absurd efficiency numbers with what have traditionally been extremely high usage rates. Then there’s Russell Westbrook.While a glance at the advanced stats (55.4 true shooting; 41.7 usage percentage) will give you the gist of the relationship — less efficient, more usage — they mask just how far out of the norm Westbrook has been. He has bucked the trend that’s afflicted super-high-usage NBA players for as long as the league has existed: Westbrook’s usage has exploded … and his efficiency hasn’t really changed. As a challenge to the basic makeup of NBA efficiency trends, Westbrook’s season is just as much of an aberration as Curry’s 2015-16.This is the final entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the cases for James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. Also, check out our NBA predictions.That said, just because Westbrook’s season has been impressive does not necessarily make it useful or valuable. And while it’s undeniably hard to do what Westbrook has done, it’s been an open question how much value there is in his tirelessly filling up the box score while also eating up possessions. Players such as Curry and Harden, who shake up the ratio by adding efficiency to a standard-issue star player workload, are far easier to evaluate. But a player who can take on limitless responsibility with seeming immunity to defensive attention is a dangerous tool in situations where good possessions are hard to come by, even if he isn’t the most efficient guy on the floor. We’ve seen Westbrook deliver in those situations this season.An unstoppable, moderately efficient forceWestbrook has been laboring under LeBron-esque playoff demands all season long as the late-game anchor for a severely offensively handicapped team.Westbrook’s crunch-time numbers this season are comical. We’ll define “crunch time” here as the last five minutes of a game (or overtime) in which neither team has a lead greater than five points. In those situations, Westbrook has been unstoppable. His already absurd usage percentage jumps from “just” 41.7 to 62.3. (Sixty-two point three!!!)Something else interesting happens to Westbrook during crunch time: As his usage goes up, so does his efficiency. His true shooting percentage creeps up to 56.9, and his assist percentage goes to 58.3. While he’s on the court in crunch time, the Thunder is outscoring opponents by 21.7 points per 100 possessions (up from +12.5 overall). In fact, Westbrook’s work rate late in games is so prolific that he produces as much value as entire teams. No, really.We know this thanks to a little-noticed stat on the NBA’s stats site called Player Impact Estimate, or PIE. PIE is the share of all box score activity in a game (so points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) with deductions for negative stats (turnovers, missed shots, personal fouls). The average for a player should be about 103Since there are 10 players on the court., and the average for a team about 50.4Since each team makes up half the players. It’s an especially useful stat when used in tandem with net rating, because you can then see both how well a player is doing individually (the PIE rating) as well as how well the team is performing overall (the net rating).5Net rating is just a team’s scoring differential per 100 possessions.Anyway, Westbrook’s PIE in crunch time is 40.3, meaning he accounts for about 40 percent of both teams’ combined activity all on his own — a greater share of game stats in his clutch minutes than five teams6The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Nets and Suns. collect as a whole. The Thunder as a team has a 61.4 PIE in crunch time, fourth in the league, which tracks more or less with its 19.9 net rating, which ranks second overall. Westbrook58.2%48.6%+9.633.1%31.4%+1.7 Harden62.652.5+10.134.037.6-3.6 A player totally unfettered from the effect of a defense is dangerous all game long, but a particular nightmare late in games.Team composition mattersOK, so Westbrook can get his whenever he wants to get his. No one really doubts this. But Westbrook’s ability to get his teammates quality shots is a lingering question because Westbrook is not Curry, who distorts the parameters of the game without even touching the ball. Curry’s teammates find better shots and make more of them without Curry ever having to generate a traditional assist. But Westbrook’s teammates … let’s just say not even Curry could charm Andre Roberson into hitting his wide-open 3s.The Thunder roster is not quite as bereft of talent as it’s sometimes made out to be — Steven Adams is a very good center, and Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo and a few young players like Domas Sabonis all have their uses. But the team’s players are the worst long-range shooters in the league.This is made clear when we separate out the team’s doomed long range shots. 2’16-’17Harden100.038.410.714.818.3 PLAYEROFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFFOFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFF Curry40.0 Anthony Davis163-2.78.351.736.124.8 Harden38.3 The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons Nevertheless, clucking about the righteousness of one MVP candidate over another inevitably returns to an epistemological debate about “value.” And there are a variety of cases to be made for players who had less outstanding, but perhaps more “valuable,” seasons than Westbrook did. James Harden moved to point guard and turned in a season that was two parts Steve Nash, one part Corey Maggette, and his Houston Rockets have faint yet plausible finals hopes. LeBron James had the best statistical season of his career at age 32, in his 14th year in the league. And Kawhi Leonard squeezed 61 wins out of a depleted San Antonio Spurs roster on which Dewayne Dedmon has a reasonable claim to being the second-best player. Each of those players’ teams has a far greater chance than Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder of making the finals and winning a championship.But what if a player is uniquely valuable when the stakes are highest? We’ve seen an example of this before: LeBron James during the 2015 Finals. During that series, James took two games against the ascendent Warriors basically all by himself. James led all players in points, rebounds and assists, and did so while carrying a true shooting percentage of 47.7 and a usage percentage of 39.3. It was a marvelous series for James despite his poor efficiency, in part because his efficiency remained basically in proportion to what’s expected of the most efficient stars despite an altogether absurd workload.Russell Westbrook has done over 82 games what James did for six. He has scrambled our sense of what game-altering dominance looks like in the age of advanced stats, and he’s done it largely without the benefit of the most important tool of the modern game: reliable 3-point shooting, from himself or his team. Westbrook’s success this season has argued convincingly that top-end efficiency isn’t an absolute requirement for success in today’s NBA, so long as you can make up for a dip in quality with sheer force of quantity.Efficiency is not a vacuumAmong a certain part of the advanced stats-minded crowd, Westbrook is easy to dismiss as an outdated, high-usage, low-efficiency volume shooter in an NBA that has moved beyond ball hogs. This makes sense if you view the split between Westbrook and high-efficiency players like Harden as a proxy battle in some broader war for the aesthetics of basketball. On one side you have the game played as a brutal, Pat Riley-style combat sport, and on the other the spread-’em-out game of the Rockets or Warriors. But Westbrook is defying the norms of efficiency, too. He’s just doing it in his own way.Take a look at this chart showing usage percentage and true shooting percentage, which originally ran in an article by my colleague Ben Morris, in which he made the case for Steph Curry as the MVP: How teammates shoot after passes from their stars Russell Westbrook148 min+21.758.3%56.9%62.3%40.3 When a Westbrook pass leads to a 2-point shot, his teammates are shooting 58.2 percent; when they take 2-pointers not directly following a pass from Westbrook, they shoot 48.6 percent. This is a massive difference, but also a logical one: Players shoot better when their point guard sets them up for shots.Things go downhill quickly once OKC ventures out beyond the arc. There, Westbrook passes lead to makes on only 33 percent of attempts; without Westbrook passing to them, his teammates make 31.4 percent. Both numbers are staggeringly bad. The Thunder simply don’t have players who can shoot NBA 3-pointers. Westbrook30.9% Curry58.555.5+3.041.835.6+6.2 STATS DURING CRUNCH TIME Leonard47.249.6-2.443.838.3+5.5 As a team, the Thunder were a bit above average at creating wide-open 3s (meaning the nearest defender was six or more feet away). Getting open 3s is good! Except, they shot 32.4 percent on those wide-open looks, good for dead last in the league. Westbrook himself shot 40 percent, which means the rest of the team shot 30.9 percent. Again, on wide-open 3s. No defender within six feet. Thirty point nine percent. A tabletop cactus could shoot 30 percent with the defense out to lunch.So while Westbrook does not have as profound an effect on his teammates’ shooting as his peers, this is hard to pin on Westbrook himself when he’s holding the bag for an Oklahoma City front office running back the ’93 Knicks.“Stat hogging” is not a phenomenonOne final line of suspicion about Westbrook’s stat line revolves around the notion that the numbers are inflated by methods unnatural to the game. One of those allegations: that Westbrook’s teammates let him collect rebounds to help stuff the stat sheets.But it’s not that simple. For one thing, stars have always received preferential treatment on cheap rebounds. There’s an old story about Rockets players getting gassed up when Yao Ming finally began to yap at teammates who tried to scoot in on missed free throw rebounds — generally the easiest to collect — because those are reserved for the star big man, and the NBA runs on hierarchy. And Kevin Love made a habit of grabbing the ball at the ends of quarters, just after the buzzer sounded, and doing a quick turn, point and grin in the direction of the scorer’s table trying to get credit for the board.7These anecdotes came from Bill Simmons interviews that are lost to history after Grantland was shut down.The Thunder also aren’t as blatant about giving Westbook rebounds as they’re made out to be. Yes, it’s conspicuous that Westbrook is pulling in 8.5 uncontested rebounds per game, up from 5.9 a season ago. But we can track how often teammates give up a rebound so that a nearby teammate can pick up the ball: It’s a stat called deferred rebound chances. This season, the number of the Thunder’s deferred chances has decreased to 16.8 per game from a league-high 17.7 a season ago. What’s changed? Well, the 6.6 uncontested rebounds per game Kevin Durant collected in 2015-16 needed to be redistributed somewhere.Unlike shooting or passing, rebounding suffers from severe diminishing returns. There are only so many rebound opportunities, and only so many bodies needed to corral them. Oklahoma City finished first in overall rebound rate, and third in defensive rebound rate. The Thunder have decided to use this surplus of rebounding to leak extra bodies out into the break, knowing their point guard can collect the rebound and start the break. In other words, the Thunder have made a conscious effort to let Westbrook get the rebounds because they think it helps them win, not just because they wanted Westbrook to hoard triple-doubles. The Thunder are fifth in percent of points scored via transition, so it’s working out for them.But there’s a downside: This strategy often leads to Westbrook playing abysmal defense as he hunts for the rebound — the number of shots he contests is dismal, and by far the lowest among league leaders in defensive rebounds, though they are more or less in the same range as those contested by Harden and LeBron. But then, Westbrook has never been a great defender, and it makes a certain amount of sense to have him sacrifice already questionable defensive attention in service of the offense, especially since the defense manages just fine (10th in efficiency) without him. That’s not an ideal outcome, of course. In a perfect world, Westbrook would be more engaged defensively, and have teammates with shooting range that extends beyond the college 3-point line. But the Thunder’s willingness to let Russell be Russell is its own sort of progress.For years now, we’ve been hearing about how evolutionary players such as Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis or even Steph Curry were set to move the NBA game forward. That has largely turned out to be true: Offense in the league has improved at record rates, primarily because players and front offices have maximized efficiency at every opportunity. The league has found a way to squeeze more production out of more specialized players. And that works just fine as a general rule. But Russell Westbrook’s season proves that’s not the only way to remake the NBA in your image. Shaving away minor imperfections in pursuit of the ideal less-for-more ratio isn’t necessary if you come equipped with a never-ending supply of more. Stephen Curry90+10.827.361.836.123.3 Which stars have teammates who can shoot? James Harden133-3.040.055.651.021.5 Leonard41.4
The number of babies left brain-damaged by NHS blunders has soared amid a campaign for “normal” births. Official figures show the number of claims against maternity units for cases which ended in life-time disability has risen by almost one quarter in just one year. Bereaved parents made 232 such claims against the NHS in 2016/17 – a 23 per cent rise from 188 cases the… Health service officials said future payouts could exceed £20 million per child, to cover the life-long costs of round-the-clock care. Safety experts said a “cult-like fixation” on “normal birth” – with doctors kept out of the delivery room even when they were needed – has fuelled catastrophic errors and record negligence claims.
Westminster School is at the top of the tree when it comes to GCSE performance among independent schools, according to the latest available data.The private boys’ school achieved a 98.61 per cent A*-C/9-7 rate – one of four schools to surpass 95 per cent for the top grades, according to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).Our interactive league table allows you to search these results by school and compare private schools of your choice against one another.Some independent schools decline to release their results in this fashion, so it may be possible that there is a better performing school out there. However, Westminster School is the best among the roughly 300 schools who entered at least 25 candidates and agreed to have their results published.Search for the best independent schools for 2019 A-level resultsSearch for the best grammar schoolsSearch for your school or town to find out where it ranks Guildford High School for Girls and North London Collegiate School came second and third in our table with 97.27 per cent and 96.29 per cent of grades at A/7 or better respectively.King’s College School in Wimbledon came in fourth place, with 95.88 per cent of entries achieving either a 9-7 or A/A*. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. If you’re having problems with this interactive on our mobile app, click here to load the article in your phone’s internet browser. “Our schools are committed to providing a broad education and offering extra-curricular activities, all with a view to enabling every child to find the right path so they can fulfil their potential.”Search for small independent schools for 2019 GCSE resultsYou can also search the following table to compare the performance of schools fielding fewer than 25 candidates. Those that field fewer than 10 are excluded from our rankings altogether. This is the third year since changes in the GCSE regime meant that a new numerical system was used to mark several subjects.In an attempt to toughen up GCSEs, the new system uses grades nine to one, rather than A* to G – with grades 7-9 being equivalent to A/A* in the old system.The new grades are being phased in to account for more and more subjects each year. As many as 95.6 per cent of independent school entries received a C/4 grade or higher, compared to 67.3 per cent for all schools nationally and up 0.1 points compared to last year.The proportion of relevant entries that were awarded a level 9 – the highest available under the new reformed system – was 23.1 per cent this year, more than five times the national average.Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC, said: “Independent school pupils and their teachers should feel incredibly proud of their achievements, especially in light of the significant exam reforms that have taken place – the impact of which is still being felt by many schools regardless of sector.“It is very impressive to see such a high proportion of entries awarded a grade 9. Additionally, and given many independent schools are not academically selective, the fact nearly every exam entry was passed (C/4 or higher) is noteworthy. You can also:Search for the best primary schools near youSearch for the best schools near you for GCSE resultsSearch for the best schools near you for A-levelsNote: Schools have been ranked by their rate for A*-A or 9-1 grades, for both GCSE and IGCSE results combined to two decimal places.*Results for d’Overbroeck’s school are for UK candidates only. d’Overbroeck’s also has a separate international section where pupils complete a one year GCSE programme. Results for international students, for whom English is not their first language, are not included in the statistics stated in this article. This year’s Year 11 GCSE exam results have revealed that nearly two thirds – some 62.1 per cent – of GCSE entries at ISC schools were awarded an A/7 or higher. This is nearly three times the national average of 20.8 per cent.In total, 20 schools with more than 25 students managed to get 90 per cent of their entries gaining an A/7 or above, according to the ISC.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo separate ceremonies for the 2000 UG students graduating in NovemberOctober 30, 2017In “Business”Outstanding Guyanese honoured with doctorates by UGNovember 10, 2018In “Business”Prem Misir resigns as University of Fiji Vice-ChancellorJune 18, 2018In “latest news” … reminds graduands to be humble and helpfulDescribed as an extraordinary humanitarian and health care leader, Schulich alumnus and physician, Guyanese, Dr Narendra Singh received an honorary doctor of laws during the morning Spring Convocation ceremony held June 18 at the third largest University in Canada.From left: Chancellor Greg Sorbara, honorary degree recipient Narendra Singh and President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. LentonAccording to York University’s (York U’s) online news website, the honorary degree was conferred before graduands in the Faculty of Health, including students belonging to the first cohort to graduate from York’s Global Health program.“It is a marvelous synergy that someone with such an outstanding body of work in global health is here as we celebrate our first graduates of the global health program,” said York University Chancellor Greg Sorbara of Singh.According to York U, Singh, who has devoted his career as a physician to global pediatric and neonatal health care, recently retired as Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital to direct his efforts full-time to Guyana Help the Kids, an initiative he founded in 2009 that has drastically reduced infant mortality rates.“I’m receiving this honorary doctorate of laws, but I’m somewhat conflicted since my success … is the combined effort of many people, some in the audience today … and so I would like to share this degree with them,” said Singh.Musing over how to inspire a generation in the age of advanced technology, with “everything at their fingertips,” Singh chose to focus on what he learned from a long life and career.Dr Narendra SinghHe spoke to graduands about the life lessons he learned on his own journey to success, and highlighted three main points: the importance of family, personal qualities for success, and the importance of giving back.Two guarantees in life, he suggested, are that everyone will experience good times and bad times. He then asked the graudands “when adversity strikes, and it will strike, my question to you is who will be there?”He spoke of his own support from his parents, and how after completing specialty medical training he was offered an exciting job in the United States, but took a less exciting opportunity closer to home in Ontario to be near his parents and two brothers.Though his career could have taken a drastically different turn had he accepted the job in the U.S., he believes he still did well, and attributes his success to putting family over career.“I will say to you unequivocally: your career will flourish if you’re happy and surrounded by loved ones like you are today,” he told graduands, urging those who doesn’t have the same fortune of nearby family to find and build their families.“We are all connected and the stronger and healthier our relationships are, the more grounded, resilient and, ultimately, successful we can be,” he said.He also spoke of personal qualities that drive success, including good interpersonal skills and humility, and shared a personal memory of his to highlight that.He recalled as a child in Guyana, at age six or seven, being one of the lowest ranked students in the class. Remembering the support of his family and how he did initially struggle, he also recalled that with hard work, his grades began to improve.“My point is that when you look at people who have done really well, finally, in their lives, their grades don’t necessarily explain all of it,” he said.Singh also urged graduands to let their accomplishments speak for themselves.“Consider team success, not personal success; sing the praises of others, not your own,” he said.Giving back is also a driver toward success, said Singh, who runs a charity to save the lives of infants.“Being successful also means helping others to achieve their success … so make sure that you leave room in your life for giving back,” Singh said.And, while make a big contribution is important, Singh circled back to the sentiment that family is the stepping stone to a happy, fulfilling and successful life.“Give first to your family with your time and attention. You only have one chance. Invest in your family, hone your skills and wait for the right time to do the big things,” he said.In his address, Singh noted that he was, not too long ago, sitting among students when he recently graduated from the Schulich/Kellogg Executive MBA Program.He commended the program, Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and faculty for making it the number one executive MBA program in Canada and noted the program’s global high ranking.According to York U, in addition to leading Guyana Help the Kids, Singh is also a consultant pediatric intensivist at Doctors Hospital of Renaissance in Texas. He has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Award “Prix de Excellence/Specialist of the Year” and the Professionalism Award from the Government of Guyana.