WIC and Members of the Military

first_imgBy Carol ChurchAs discussed in Can Members of the Military Get SNAP Benefits? we typically hope and believe that members of the military and their families will be provided for when it comes to food, shelter, and medical care. Most of the time, this is the case. However, occasionally families of lower-paid members or families in various special circumstances (such as those with many children or those with a disabled member) need assistance. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides specific nutritional support for pregnant and postpartum women and young children, and it is easier to qualify for than Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).What is WIC?WIC provides redeemable vouchers for specific types of nutritious food to pregnant and nursing women and to infants and children under age 5. Examples of the types of food covered include fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat, nuts, beans, and grains. Families can also receive vouchers for infant formula, an expensive product.Participants also have regular appointments with WIC staff to talk about nutrition and check in on their health. They will receive nutritional counseling, recipes, and other useful information. The point of the program is to make sure pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children who are at nutritional risk are eating well and doing well physically.How Do You Qualify?Typically, the family income for WIC applicants must be no more than 185% of the federal poverty line. You can see those numbers here. However, things are somewhat different for members of the military. Individual states have the option of excluding certain important military payments when calculating whether a family is eligible for WIC. These include, but may not be limited to:Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)Family Separation Housing (FSH)Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)Overseas Continental U.S. (OCONUS) Cost-of-Living Allowances (COLA)BAH, in particular, is typically not used when determining WIC eligibility. Thus, depending on which state the service member lives in, it may be possible to obtain WIC benefits even if total pay package is significantly higher than 185% of federal poverty.Pexels/Pixabay.com, CC0Members serving overseas may be particularly likely to be eligible for WIC due to how eligibility is calculated. This TRICARE page goes into detail about the Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program, which is relatrively new and offers WIC benefits to those overseas. This benefit may be quite important to young families living outside the United States.To ApplyTo apply for WIC, service members serving on base should first find out if there is a WIC office on base. Otherwise, visit this site to find out how to contact the appropriate WIC state agency.WIC is a modest program that provides healthful foods for growing families. It can temporarily fill financial gaps for families, especially those who struggle due to underemployment or unemployment of a military spouse. Since this is a common issue for military families, WIC has an important role to play.For more information on government programs that can assist military families with food needs, visit this FDA page. References:Lightfoot, L. (2017). How WIC Benefits Military Families. Retrieved from https://themilitarywallet.com/wic-benefits-military-families/National Military Family Association. (2016). No Child Should Ever Go Hungry—Nutrition Assistance Programs For Military Families. Retrieved from http://www.militaryfamily.org/featured-news/no-child-should-ever-go-hungry.htmlTricare. (2016). Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program. Retrieved from https://tricare.mil/wic/USDA. (2016). Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Retrieved from https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/who-gets-wic-and-how-applylast_img read more

Held ‘positive interaction’ with villagers opposing Dantewada security camp, say police

first_imgA day after the police fired in the air to disperse 500 villagers descending on a security camp in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh to oppose it, the police on Wednesday claimed they held a “positive interaction” with those residing within the camp’s security perimeter.“There is a remarkable change in the approach of the villagers of Potali. Women and children in particular turned up at the security camp and held a positive interaction with troops,” says Sundarraj P., Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range).Carrying bows, arrows and axes, residents of Potali, 56 km from Dantewada and neighbouring villages on Tuesday confronted security personnel head-on to oppose the permanent security camp that was set up there on November 11. As the situation seemed to have spiralled out of control during discussions between villagers and the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police, the police fired blank rounds in the air to disperse the crowd.  Mr. Sundarraj claimed villagers were under duress to launch an agitation. “Maoists mobilised villagers to protest against the camp. They didn’t have any other option but to take part. Otherwise, they would be killed,” he says.Strategic locationThe camp is of strategic importance for the forces as it falls in the volatile Aranpur region, which forms a connecting corridor between the Darbha division and South Bastar division for Maoists, explains Mr. Sundarraj.“That’s why Maoists are trying their best to derail our efforts in setting up a camp. It’ll be tough for their Malangir area committee to continue its activities once operations begin here,” he adds.“The area is considered a Maoist bastion,” says Devhans Rathore, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police, Kirandul. “When the situation got tense on Tuesday, we fired eight-ten blank rounds which made villagers run helter-skelter.” | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Members of the District Reserve Guard interacting with villagers of Potali in Dantewada on November 13, 2019  According to the police, the development of the region is the “main antidote for the Maoist menace”. Therefore, under the Trust-Development-Security model, the police plans to win over locals through credible and transparent policing, speed up road construction and rehabilitate Maoists willing to surrender.However, Joga Poyam, vice-sarpanch of Potali, asserts the protest was independent and Maoists did not force them to take part. “Villagers are scared. They get caught in the crossfire between Maoists and security forces each time and bear the cost. Sometimes, when the police are unable to catch Maoists, they come for us.”Tribal women, who practise the age-old tradition of fetching wood and leaves from forests, do not want to be harassed by troops, he says. “Resentment is simmering in the village. We’ll continue our agitation.”On Wednesday, during discussions between neighbouring panchayats and security forces, villagers demanded they not be harassed or intimidated while going to fields, located as far as 5 km away in the hills, and markets.“They told us they had not set up the camp on our land but government’s, and that they won’t trouble us,” says Mr. Poyam. “They agreed with us and want to part of the development process,” says Mr. Rathore. “We told them we’re there for their own safety. If they don’t do anything anti-social, we won’t trouble them. If they need anything, they can come to us. Our doors are open.”’When will militarisation come to an end?’This being the fourth locals-led protest in a month against security camps in the Bastar region, Bela Bhatia, lawyer and social activist, believes that at the bottom of all of it lies the question: when will militarisation of the region come to an end?“Aranpur station area is already notorious for numerous fake encounters,” claims Ms. Bhatia. “Now they are moving even closer to locals, and they don’t want the camp there because they have been at the receiving end of fake encounters, sexual assault and arbitrary arrests for years.”Often, those living close to camps were arbitrarily stopped and questioned while going to fields and markets, she alleges.Ms. Bhatia believes the District Reserve Guard (DRG), composed mainly of surrendered Maoists, is now at the forefront of the anti-Maoist strategy of the police, while paramilitaries have faded in the backdrop.“Sometimes, they are deployed in areas where they were earlier active as Maoists. This helps them identify those who had attended meetings or given Maoists food back then. Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether these people still take part in such activities to the same extent or not,” she says.It is unclear whether their participation in such activities is voluntary or not in the first place as villagers are not in a position to say no to Maoists, she adds. “These protests, as I see it, is also due to the fear of an increased presence of the DRG in the area.”Mr. Sundarraj says typically a camp is set up by the DRG and the police. Later, if the situation warrants, paramilitaries can be moved in.last_img read more

Senior players object to cut in fee if teams fail to end in Top 3

first_imgTop Indian cricketers, who have been part of different teams of Indian Premier League (IPL), have objected to a clause in their contract with the respective franchises that denies them 20 per cent of their fees in case their team fails to finish among the top three.The clause has been introduced for season IV. As per the rule, if the teams fail to qualify for the Champions League (top three IPL teams make it to the international league), the players would get only 80 per cent of their fees.The players of the 10 IPL teams read the newly-introduced fine print in their contracts only after the January 8-9 auction. They collectively approached Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar with their complaint last week.At the meeting, the players said that the clause was unfair, and a breach of their trust. Manohar assured them that the matter would be discussed at the IPL governing council meeting on February 4.However, the team owners insisted there was nothing unfair in the clause as the players’ payment was meant to be for both the IPL and the Champions League.The clause was part of the contract of only those players whose names figured during the auction. Uncapped players would get full payment regardless of how their teams do.last_img read more

Gascutters help city burglars breach bank’s high security

first_imgBurglars broke into the Corporation Bank at Mayur Vihar-I in the early hours of Saturday in quite a novel way – they used a gascutter to first rip open the shutter and then slash the lock of the grill door.Luckily, they could not lay their hands on cash or other valuables.The incident came to light in the morning when the residents of Samachar Apartments were informed by the locals that the bank, located at the shopping centre near the apartment building, had been broken into.”A gascutter was used to break open the shutter as well as the lock. The burglars also tried to open the almirah containing cash, but were unable to do so. We have been told by the bank officials that nothing is missing from the spot,” a senior police officer said.He added: “We recovered the gas cylinder that was used to cut the lock. It looks like the cylinder stopped functioning after the robbers entered the bank, that’s why they failed to open the almirah and steal anything.” Investigating officials said there were quite a few CCTV cameras inside the bank but all, except one, were found switched off.The one CCTV captured only the blurred images of a few persons entering the bank, according to sources.A probe team reached the spot and collected fingerprints after the police were informed of the incident around 7.30 am.”We are questioning a security guard deployed at an ATM booth near the bank on whether he had seen suspicious elements nearby at night. The probe is on and we will interrogate local criminals as well,” the police officer said.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

India vs Ireland: First T20I Review- Men In Blue begin tour on an emphatic…

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIIndia’s tour to Ireland embarked with a dominating 76 run victory over Ireland, as the visitors proceeded to take a 1-0 lead in the series.Opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were on song after the Irish asked the Men In Blue to bat first after winning the toss at Dublin. The long-time openers strung a spectacular 160 run opening stand. Sharma missed out on a well deserving ton by 3 runs as he was dismissed in the final over.Few lusty blows by MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in the final overs helped India steer towards a mammoth total of 208-5.Innings Break!#TeamIndia 208/5 in 20 overs (Rohit 97, Dhawan 74)Follow the game here – https://t.co/Qr2pRPJyur #IREvIND pic.twitter.com/wsYfaLESHy— BCCI (@BCCI) June 27, 2018Ireland’s chase began on a sour note as in-form batsman Paul Stirling was dismissed for 1 by Jasprit Bumrah. The powerplay did not go smoothly for the Irish as they were often troubled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s impeccable line and length.Fellow opener James Shannon was the only batsman to offer resistance as he waltzed his way to 60 off just 35 deliveries. Spinners Chahal and Yadav shared 7 wickets amongst them as the Men In Green failed to build partnerships before ultimately finishing with 132 for the loss of 9 wickets..@imkuldeep18 takes a four for.He has also attained his best T20I bowling figures of 4/21 in this game.#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/I43E8T6MeF— BCCI (@BCCI) June 27, 2018 Read Also:FIFA World Cup 2018: Champions Curse Prevails As Germany Are Knocked Out From The Group StagesIndia vs Ireland: Preview for the first T20I – Will the Indian Tigers set a marker for what is about to come? Advertisementlast_img read more

Ajax Beats AEK, Rejoins Champions League Elite

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Dusan Tadic scored twice in the second half Tuesday to take Ajax to the last 16 in the Champions League for the first time in 12 years with a 2-0 win over 10-man AEK Athens, in a match marred by fan violence in and around the stadium.The Serb defender scored from the penalty spot in the 68th minute after Marko Livaja received a second yellow card for handling the ball. He struck again four minutes later, tapping in an unselfish pass from substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar.AEK had managed to keep Ajax at bay thanks to the unyielding center-back duo of Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Marios Oikonomou, but struggled after losing Livaja.AEK fell to its fifth straight loss in the competition. The host’s best chance came four minutes before the end of the match when a powerful shot on target from Lucas Boye forced an athletic save from Andre Onana.The game was preceded by violence inside Athens’ Olympic Stadium and in parts of central Athens, mostly involving Greek fans who clashed with local rivals and riot police. Moments before the match started, riot police charged into the stands to break up AEK fans who hurled flares and smoke canisters. Police reported no injuries or arrests, although images seemed to show one fiery explosion going off near a section of supporters.Smoke raises from the stand of Ajax fans after flares are thrown during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Four-time European champion Ajax returned to the Champions League group stage this season for the first time in four years. The team’s 19-year-old captain, Matthijs de Ligt, was only 6 the last time Ajax made it out of the group stage.“That was so long ago, so it’s really tremendous for this to be happening again,” he said. “We were happy to make it to the Champions League, but sometimes we surprise ourselves and exceed our own expectations.”The center-back said Ajax is now hoping to overtake Bayern Munich at the top of Group E.“It would be great for us to come out of the winter break in the top spot,” he said. “Now that’s what we will fight for.”—By DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressAjax’s Matthijs de Ligt flies in the air after a challenge with AEK’s Alef during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt flies in the air after a challenge with AEK’s Alef during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana saves an attempt on goal by AEK’s Ezequiel Ponce, on the ground, during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)A fan throws a flare towards Ajax supporters during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Ajax’s Dusan Tadic celebrates his goal gainst AEK during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

West Indies skipper Jason Holder set for Northamptonshire stint ahead of World Cup

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder will join Northamptonshire for the start of the county season in a move that will give the all-rounder a chance to get used to conditions ahead of this year’s World Cup in England and Wales.Holder will be available for Northamptonshire’s opening two County Championship matches in April against Middlesex and Glamorgan as well as six One-Day Cup games.”England is somewhere I’ve wanted to play for a long time and I’m looking forward to the experience of county cricket and testing myself in different conditions,” Holder, the world’s top-ranked test all-rounder, said in a statement.Holder’s move is subject to a no-objection certificate being issued by Cricket West Indies as they look to safeguard one of their main players before the 50-over World Cup starting in May.Holder has helped West Indies take a 2-0 lead in their ongoing three-match series against England, scoring an unbeaten 202 in the opening test and claiming a total of seven wickets.The 27-year-old will miss the third test, starting in St Lucia on Saturday, as he has been banned by the International Cricket Council for his team’s slow over rate in last week’s second test, which the hosts won by 10 wickets.Also Watch:last_img read more

Southern Vipers sink Surrey Stars despite Sophia Dunkley’s defiance

first_imgCricket Batting first, Stars had looked in danger of capitulation, reeling at 18 for four in the first four overs when they were undone by a combination of Tash Farrant’s pace and the spin duo of Amelia Kerr and Fi Morris. Farrant, whose first over was a wicket-maiden, quickly got rid of Lizelle Lee and Taylor, bowled by straight, full balls, while Bryony Smith and Nat Sciver spooned straightforward catches into the off-side.It was Dunkley, batting at six, who took her side to a respectable total. Although arriving at the crease so early on had obviously never been in the plan, she looked completely unfazed by the pressure and waited a mere three balls before hitting her first boundary. Eventually she brought up her half-century with an audacious drive for four over extra cover. When she holed out to deep midwicket in the 18th over she had given the raucous home crowd plenty to cheer about.“I just tried to be positive and ignore the situation,” Dunkley said. “I had a bit of first‑game nerves but as soon as I got going I felt pretty comfortable. The worst thing I could have done in that situation was go into my shell and bat defensively – I tried to stick to my strengths. I hope it has got me a bit of recognition.”Meanwhile in the two other tournament openers both Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning also eased to comfortable wins, against Yorkshire Diamonds and Lancashire Thunder respectively. Of the two, Lightning’s six-wicket win was the more comprehensive, coming after they had bowled Thunder out for an embarrassing 72, none of Thunder’s three overseas players able to muster double figures. While Lightning were at one point 19 for three in reply, the Sussex pair of Georgia Elwiss and Georgia Adams eventually did the necessary, Adams hitting the winning boundary as they romped home with 4.5 overs to spare.At Taunton it was Heather Knight who starred with the bat in Western Storm’s seven-wicket win, the England skipper falling three runs short of a maiden KSL century, caught in the deep as she attempted to finish things off in style.Yorkshire Diamonds had performed well with the bat after the Australian Delissa Kimmince top-scored with 55 in their 162 for five, and they even looked on the verge of causing an upset against the reigning champions – Storm faltering at nought for one after Rachel Priest went first ball to the young Durham leg-spinner Helen Fenby – but it was not to be. Topics match reports Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Sophia Dunkley: ready to use Women’s Super League to claim England spot A magnificent half-century from the 20-year-old Sophia Dunkley was not enough for Surrey Stars to overcome Southern Vipers in the opening match of the Kia Super League at Guildford as Vipers chased down their 142-run target with 18 balls to spare.For Vipers it was Tammy Beaumont and Mignon du Preez who formed the mainstay of the innings, sharing a 99-run partnership with Beaumont finishing unbeaten on 62.The partnership came after Marizanne Kapp struck twice in three balls to leave Vipers in some trouble at 21 for two but that was the last time they wobbled. By the time Du Preez departed in the 15th over, stumped by Stars’ new acquisition Sarah Taylor two runs short of her half-century, the game was as good as won. Sara McGlashan eventually hit the winning runs 13 balls later.“I wanted to do well against my old team – I had a point to prove,” said Beaumont, who spent the first two seasons of KSL playing for Stars. “Mark Robinson’s challenged us England players to be the standout players this year and we’ve got a T20 World Cup right around the corner. It’s nice to be not out at the end.” Read more Women’s cricket Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Tour de France boss ‘feels sad’ for tourism chief in expenses row

first_imgShare on LinkedIn The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Tour de France Read more Earlier this week the police said it was “not clear if any criminal offences have been committed”.The Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven, a former leader of Sheffield city council, has confirmed he had written to the police force’s chief constable, Dee Collins, to ask for a criminal inquiry to be launched.Scriven said he was “astounded and angry” the board had not called in the police.WTY is a private limited company but has received £14.9m of public funding since 2013, more than 50% of its annual turnover, according to figures released to the Guardian last week.Asked whether the public did not therefore have a right to know in detail how their money was spent, including by Verity in his expenses, Stewart said: “The public have a right to know in general terms how we spend our money. And of course some of it is extremely visible on an annual basis because of the huge number of events we put on. As soon as these investigations are completed, we will report back. We have nothing to hide.”The board had been aware of Verity’s expense “issues” since January, according to Stewart. He said further issues had come to light since Verity’s resignation “in terms of the behaviour allegations”.Various former WTY employees have spoken of being bullied by Verity, who was ordered to undergo behavioural management counselling by the board in 2016 after a complaint. He had already been disciplined by the board after another allegation in 2014.Helen Long said she had been one of Verity’s many short-lived PAs and accused him of “mental torture” and of constantly “berating” her during the five months she worked for him. She told the Yorkshire Post she had been prescribed antidepressants after she left.Long questioned WTY’s judgment in buying a huge advert wrapped around the Yorkshire Post on Wednesday, which pictured a yacht, its sail emblazoned with the WTY logo, sailing past the Statue of Liberty. “A luxury yacht on the front page is not exactly the message to send at this time, or any other time!” she tweeted.The advert covered up the “real” front page, which included a story about police taking an interest in Verity’s expenses. “I can’t comment on when that was printed,” said Stewart.Asked if Verity had become “too big to criticise”, Stewart said: “No one is too big to criticise. Yes, Gary had a huge personality, and because of that the success of WTY is down in no small way to him.”He said WTY had begun the search for Verity’s successor. “I’m sure that person will be different and set a different tone.”Asked if the new boss would inherit Verity’s £243,000 salary, Stewart declined to comment. Yorkshire news Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Since you’re here… Local government Share on Pinterest Share via Email Cycling Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter The Tour de France director has paid tribute to Sir Gary Verity, the tourism boss who brought the race to Yorkshire but who resigned last month in an expenses scandal, repaying a reported £40,000.Christian Prudhomme, who became friends with Verity after the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ, told a gathering in Leeds: “I cannot help but feel sad for the man who made me discover your beautiful county, for the man who brought together our ‘ooh la la’ with your ‘ee bah gum’, the man who made me love Yorkshire: mon ami, Gary Verity.”Board members from Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY), which Verity had led since 2008, refused to confirm or deny that he had misclaimed at least £40,000 before his abrupt departure two weeks ago.Asked how a person could accidentally claim £40,000 in expenses, Keith Stewart, a board member for five years, said he could not discuss the figure because of “legal considerations”.On Tuesday WTY announced two independent investigations into allegations of Verity’s bullying behaviour and his expenses. They also had an apparent change of heart about police involvement, contacting West Yorkshire police to alert them of the two inquiries.Shortly after Verity’s departure on 22 March, the chair of the board, Ron McMillan, released a statement saying he believed that Verity had “made errors of judgment” and that the expenses “did not require police investigation”.last_img read more

Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough rest

first_imgKohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli decided not to enforce the follow-on even after India clinched a lead of 292 runs in the first innings of their 137-run win over Australia in the Boxing Day Test. advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:52 IST Virat Kohli will be bidding to become the first India captain to win a Test series in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s decision to not enforce the follow-on baffled quite a few experts and former playersIndia their first-ever Boxing Day Test in Australia by 137 runs at the MCGIndia will head into the Sydney Test with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match seriesIndia captain Virat Kohli has said that the visitors’ decision not enforce a follow-on during the Boxing Day Test was not intended to wear out the Australian bowlers but give their Indian counterparts enough rest ahead of the second innings.India had taken a 292 run lead in the first innings, thanks to Jasprit Bumrah’s six-for that broke the back of the fragile Australian batting, which folded for 151 in response to India’s 443 for 7 declared.Contrary to popular opinion, India decided to bat again on the third day. The visitors were able to add only 108 runs to the total after Pat Cummins’ spirited second innings spells but the lead of 398 was enough for Kohli’s men to win their first-ever Boxing Day Test in Australia.”We didn’t think about any of that [make Australia bowlers tired]. First innings, our, our aim was to go past 400 and psychological have that number on the board no matter how much ever time it took,” Kohli said on Sunday.He added: “We never thought we want to keep them in the field for longer. We didn’t enforce the follow-on because when our bowlers bowled in those two sessions, it was really warm out there. We just thought we would give them an overnight break, good sleep…come out fresh and let them have a go at the batsmen.”That was our intent. We never really wanted to keep them out there. We just think of what the team wants at every stage.”Several experts, including former Australian cricketer-turned commentator Allan Border, had questioned India’s decision to not enforce the follow-on. Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh told India Today that he was also against Kohli’s decision but insisted that he is happy after things worked out in favour of the Asian giants.advertisementBumrah confident about his skills: Kohli Jasprit Bumrah won the Man of the Match award after picking up nine wickets in the MCG Test (Reuters Photo)Meanwhile, Virat Kohli heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, calling the 25-year-old pacer the best in the world. Bumrah, who has emerged as the skipper’s wrecker-in-chief across all formats of the game, picked up nine wickets at the MCG and walked away with the Man of the Match award.With 20 wickets in three matches, Bumrah is topping the wicket-takers list, clear of Nathan Lyon’s tally of 17 wickets. The Mumbai Indians pacer, who made his debut in the longest format of the game as recently as in January 2018, also finished the year as India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests with 48 wickets.”Jasprit obviously is the best bowler in the world, as per me. He is a match winner, without doubt, even if he has only been playing for 12 months,” Kohli added.”I mean if there was a pitch like Perth, I wouldn’t want to face Jasprit Bumrah to be honest because if he gets on a roll, he can really crank it up. The way he bowls is so much more different to anyone and I think he realizes that more than the batsmen. That’s why he is so confident about his skills.”With the cushion of having a relatively fresh bowling attack, India are favourites to win their first-ever Test series in Australia. Kohli’s men will play the final Test of the four-match series in Sydney from January 3.Also Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow MCG TestFollow Virat KohliFollow Allan BorderFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India follow-onFollow Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

Prajnesh Gunneswaran shocks Benoit Paire at Indian Wells

first_img Next Press Trust of India Indian WellsMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 13:58 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran registered one of the biggest wins of his career (Photo tweeted by @ATP_Tour)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran stunned world number 69 Benoit Paire in the Indian Wells first roundPrajnesh next faces world number 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia”It’s definitely one of the biggest wins of my career. It has come at a good time,” Prajnesh saidIndian qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran knocked out world number 69 Benoit Paire for one of the biggest wins of his career and progressed to the second round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters event.Playing his maiden singles main draw at this level, the Indian left-hander shocked the fancied French player 7-6(5) 6-4 in one hour and 29 minutes.Before this, Prajnesh had taken out then world number 23 Denis Shapovalov for the biggest win of his career at the Stuttgart ATP 250 event last year.The world number 97 Indian next faces world number 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia.Listen up! @PrajneshGP has a message for you #BNPPO19 pic.twitter.com/9GezmLGZBuATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 8, 2019Since Prajnesh is not defending too many points ahead and has already added 41 to his kitty, he is likely to jump to 80th, a new career-high.”It’s definitely one of the biggest wins of my career. It has come at a good time, I am close to making the cut for the Wimbledon [main draw] and I am going to go up in the rankings,” Prajnesh told PTI.”These kind of results, winning matches against quality opponents definitely add to my self-belief.”First ever Masters 1000 main draw matchFirst ever Masters 1000 winA debut to remember for PrajneshGunneswaran, beating Benoit Paire 7-6(5) 6-4#BNPPO19 pic.twitter.com/YbA5SdyzxdTennis TV (@TennisTV) 8 March 2019Prajnesh said more than the tennis, it was about handling the windy conditions which played a role in the outcome of the match.”It was more about who is able to deal with the conditions than playing the perfect tennis. I am glad I got through, I did what was necessary to win but definitely did not play my best. I look forward to my next match on Saturday,” he said.advertisementIn the doubles draw, Rohan Bopanna is the only Indian competing. He has paired up with Canada’s Shapovalov, instead of regular partner and compatriot Divij Sharan.The Delhi left-hander said he and Sharan could not have made the main draw together as a team with their combined ranking. Therefore Bopanna had to team up with world number 25 from Canada.Bopanna is ranked 38th and Sharan 40th.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Benoit Paire Prajnesh Gunneswaran shocks Benoit Paire at Indian WellsPlaying his maiden singles main draw at this level, Prajnesh Gunneswaran shocked the fancied Benoit Paire 7-6(5) 6-4 in one hour and 29 minutes in the first round.advertisementlast_img read more

Practice Your Fernet Face at the Great Branca Bar Pop-Up

first_imgEver wanted to learn more about one of the most iconic amaris on the market? What about watching an unsuspecting friend take a shot of something bitter? Or maybe you’re just looking for a good bittersweet cocktail? No matter your reasoning, over the next few months you’ll have a new place to do it as the Great Branca Bar — a pop up started by the creators of Fernet-Branca and the Italian marketplace chain Eataly — makes its way across the country and back.(If you’re reading this and have no idea what Fernet-Branca is, check out a brief history here).The idea behind the Great Branca Bar, according to the company, was to create a spirited “Grand Tour” that would showcase both Fernet-Branca and Eataly to those who maybe weren’t already familiar with either brand.The bar will feature Fernet-Branca cocktails designed in an apothecary style to highlight the herbal notes of the spirit, as well as shots of Fernet. (If you want to see a friend make their very first “Fernet face,” give them a shot before ordering a cocktail, you won’t regret it … they might, though. Just remind them that taking a shot of Fernet-Branca is a right of passage.)“Fernet-Branca has entered a new phase in its life as the center of many wonderful cocktails, which will be showcased through The Great Branca Bar this year,” says Edoardo Branca, the sixth generation Branca family member who manages the business in the United States. “We are thrilled to educate new consumers and loyal Fernet lovers and bring Italian spirit in major U.S cities in a way that is authentic to Fernet-Branca and unique to Italy.”The Great Branca Bar started in New York City in late January and will continue on to Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles before finishing up in New York City again in the fall. Each location will feature a cocktail unique to the city (for example, Fernet Me Not seen below can only be ordered at the NYC stop on the tour).Aesthetically, the company describes the pop-up bar’s look as “Art Nouveau meets Duotone,” and was inspired in part by vintage Fernet-Branca advertisements from the early 20th century and the vibrant advertisements of the 1960s.The Great Branca Bar will open in Chicago on March 19 and run through April 1 before shipping up to Boston (May 14-27). Over the summer, you’ll be able to visit the Great Branca Bar in L.A. then the pop-up will return to New York City in the fall.Not going to be able to make it to the Great Branca Bar? Here’s your chance to play with Fernet and recreate some of the cocktails at home. If you do get a chance to visit, the Great Branca Bar(s) will be open weeknights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.Ferneta-Groni1.5 oz Malfy Gin1.5 oz Carpano Antica Formula1 oz Fernet-BrancaMethod: Stir ingredients together with ice. Strain and serve up. The Toronto1.5 oz of Templeton Rye.25 oz of Fernet-Branca.25 oz of Simpledash of bittersMethod: Stir ingredients together with ice. Strain into a glass and serve on the rocks. Fernet Me Not1 oz Fernet-Branca1 oz Tequila.5 oz Lime juice3-4 oz Fever Tree Ginger BeerMethod: Shake Fernet-Branca, tequila, and lime juice together with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with ginger beer. 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy last_img read more

Social Policy Framework Outlined to Senior Government Staff

first_imgGovernment departments working together with communities to develop and implement social policy is the principle behind Nova Scotia’s new framework for social prosperity released today, Nov. 30. Premier Rodney MacDonald spoke to senior managers and policy makers in government about the framework that outlines how social prosperity, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability are linked. “Virtually every government department has something to do with social policy,” said Premier MacDonald. “We can let these departments work independently or we can weave departmental efforts together — work as a team — in a collective, co-ordinated effort that makes a real difference in the lives of Nova Scotians. “This is our vision, it’s what we want this province to achieve for all Nova Scotians.” Weaving the Threads: A Lasting Social Framework is a companion document to government’s economic development strategy Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. It is the basis for building issue-specific strategies and actions to meet the social priorities of Nova Scotians. “With the Weaving the Threads document, Nova Scotia is making an important first step to integrate the idea of a broader social prosperity into all aspects of public policy and not silo it within a single department. For this we commend them,” said Valerie Payn, president of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. “Now the challenge will be to make this happen, to move it past the idea stage, and change the mind set of people at both ends of the economic spectrum.” Minister of Community Services Judy Streatch said the initiative will help shape the future. “Social prosperity is about people — how we live, what we value, what we do — our quality of life,” said Ms. Streatch. “It is about making decisions today that sustain and enhance that quality of life for our children and grandchildren.” “I am hopeful that government’s vision with the social prosperity framework will benefit Nova Scotia children and families with clear investments in community programs and services,” said Yvonne Blanchard, executive director of Nova Scotia Council for the Family. “It provides a good foundation to base the province’s social programming.” IWK CEO Anne McGuire congratulated the province for the policy. “I’m delighted with the direction government is headed with this new social prosperity document,” said Ms. McGuire. “The new strategic plan for the IWK is absolutely in keeping with Weaving the Threads: A Lasting Social Fabric.” Strategies and plans relating to Weaving the Threads: A Lasting Social Framework will be announced soon. The document can be found at: www.gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

Province Spurs Innovation at University Campuses

first_img greater affiliation between the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s more online courses at the Atlantic School of Theology collaboration among Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, NSCAD, and Saint Mary’s on a personal and professional development program to match the skills of rural Nova Scotians with job opportunities. Another collaboration is a new leadership management program that was not available in the province ongoing affiliation and facility studies, as well as a natural gas conversion project at NSCAD a Mount Saint Vincent project to improve student services, including meeting the needs of the diverse student population energy conservation at University of King’s College and Université Sainte-Anne “The projects recognize the commitment of the province to innovation in the university system and confirms the co-operation that can occur among our institutions,” said Colin Dodds, president and vice-chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. The Halifax-area and Université Sainte-Anne projects have a combined value of about $3 million. On March 25, Premier Darrell Dexter announced several Innovation Fund projects that will benefit all universities across the province. These include plans for a one-stop, on-line student application process to all universities, national and international student recruitment, shared IT services, shared library services and easier credit transfers. A $25-million Innovation Fund, established in 2011, is helping universities deliver high-quality education while exploring ways to reduce operating costs. Each university is receiving Innovation Fund investments this year to enhance learning opportunities and services for students. Students in more metro-area universities will benefit from seeing their work come to life in the new 3-D data cave at Saint Mary’s University. The project is another example of how the province’s Innovation Fund is helping universities collaborate more, be more efficient, become greener and more competitive with other provinces. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett, said it is critical that Nova Scotia universities continue to draw the best students, faculty and staff, and that they prepare young people for good jobs so they will remain in Nova Scotia. “If our graduates are to help Nova Scotia achieve prosperity that we have not seen for generations, they need to be up to date on the latest developments in their field of study,” said Mr. Preyra. “That’s why the province is investing in students, in universities and in the future.” Today’s announcement, at the data cave at Saint Mary’s University focused on a joint project between Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent and NSCAD universities. It is an example of four universities working together to improve the learning experience. The data cave is a three-sided box with two projectors facing each wall; people entering it wear special 3-D glasses that make the brain see width, height and depth, the third dimension. Instead of building expensive prototypes engineers now be able to test designs by walking through a virtual, full-scale computer-generated mode of their design. They could tweak the design, then print to a 3-D printer. Jared Perry, president of the Saint Mary’s Student Association, said the projects will help students develop skills that will give them an advantage in the workplace. “The opportunity to work collectively with other institutions is important and can result in synergies that aren’t available to individual institutions,” he said. Other metro-area projects support:last_img read more

We gave up a lot Chief of most northern Ontario community hates

first_imgFORT SEVERN, Ont. – Paul Burke is chief of the 463-strong Fort Severn First Nation, Ontario’s most northerly community, which is located near the mouth of the Severn River as it empties into Hudson Bay. Burke, 42, opened up in a recent interview about life in the remote community.Tell me a bit about yourself?My father was a Scot who worked for the Hudson Bay company, my mother was Cree. I got hit on both sides from both worlds. I was sent to a Catholic high school of 3,000 students in London, Ont. That’s a lot for a kid to take. I used to be a heavy equipment operator and a carpenter before that.How do you envisage the future for the younger internet generation in Fort Severn?Kids nowadays operate on a New York minute. It’s gotta be now. They want what’s out there. The hard truth is we can’t have that, just because of where we are. I see their frustration. But there is an advantage to the new technology in that we can now do lots of jobs from home, even in Fort Severn. There’s nothing wrong with Fort Severn. There’s nothing wrong with living out here.What do you say to those Canadians who complain Indigenous people freeload off their taxes?Screw you, buddy. We gave up a lot, and it wasn’t voluntarily either. We wouldn’t live in houses like that if we actually had our fair share. It’s just like crumbs from the table. ‘Here you go and shut up.’ (But) people have no idea what goes on. Urbanites have no idea about daily life here. All the negative things overshadow all of the good things. You don’t hear the success stories.You are adamant that Indigenous people in communities such as Fort Severn need to become self-sustaining. Why?All the communities are stuck in a rut. I hate the idea of standing with your hand out. I want to break that dependency. You can’t make a long-term plan if you’re asking for money all the time. We know what our problems are, let us fix them ourselves. That’s how you fix the ‘Indian problem.’ The mentality is changing out there. I want to capitalize on that.Do you think you’re succeeding?My aim as chief is to impose financial discipline and make decisions for the entire community. The proportion of people on social assistance here is the lowest ever. I’m trying to ensure at least one or two earners per family. Our $2.5-million solar project is about 40 per cent complete. Fort Severn is capable of leading a project of this scale. My goal is to make our generators go quiet. I also want to encourage small-scale eco-tourism: groups of six to eight people, maybe 30 groups a year.The interview has been edited and condensed.last_img read more

A program helping prevent violence among youth is folding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are concerns that a Vancouver program meant to help prevent violence among youth is being cut because of federal budget cuts.The national program aimed at re-connecting aboriginal youth with cultural and artistic activities was recently cut in the federal budget.APTN’s Tina House tell’s us many are concerned about what that will mean for those kids who are considered at high risk and vulnerable.last_img

Woman who spent £16 million in Harrods is wife of Azerbaijani banker

Zamira Hajiyeva is subject to the first unexplained wealth order Zamira Hajiyeva is subject to the first unexplained wealth orderCredit:east2west news Documents lodged at the High Court stated: “The NCA’s enquiries have not identified evidence which otherwise suggests (contrary to Home Office records) that R1 [Mrs Hajiyev] has been a succcessful businesswoman or entreoreneur in her own right or that she has received significant income from other sources.”The document went on: “There are no grounds to suspect that any income originating from Mr Hajiyev was not lawfully obtained.”Details of her lavish spending habits, which were laid bare in the court process, revealed that she had spent £16.3 million at Harrods between 2006 and 2016.NCA investigators claimed she had used 35 different credit cards issued by her husband’s bank to fund shopping sprees and on one occasion had spent £150,000 on jewellery. In a statement they said: “The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on her part or that of her husband.”The NCA’s case is that the UWO is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offence.”Donald Toon, the director for economic crime at the NCA, said: “The NCA fully supports an open and transparent justice system that helps demonstrate our determination to ensure that the UK is not seen as a soft target for the investment of illicit finance.”Where we cannot determine a legitimate source for the funds used to purchase assets and prime property it is absolutely right that we ask probing questions to uncover their origin.“Unexplained wealth orders have the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the UK as a destination for illicit income. Zamira Hajiyeva spent £16 million in HarrodsCredit:Moritz Wolf The woman at the centre of a McMafia style financial investigation, who spent more than £16 million at Harrods, can be revealed as Zamira Hajiyeva – the wife of a jailed Azerbaijani banker.The 55-year-old, who has lived in Knightsbridge, London, for more than a decade, is the subject of the UK’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO), amid allegations that she used stolen money to fund her lavish lifestyle.As well as spending more than £16 million in the Harrods department store over a ten year period, Mrs Hajiyeva owns a five bedroom house worth £15 million and also bought the Mill Ride golf and country club in Ascot for £10.5 million.Her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, is the former chairman of the state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2016 for defrauding the bank out £2.2billion.Her identity had been shrouded in mystery after the courts agreed to protect her anonymity throughout the UWO process.But following a challenge by the Telegraph and other media organisations, the Court of Appeal agreed to lift the cloak of secrecy.The National Crime Agency alleges that Mrs Hajiyev used fraudulent funds to purchase her home which is just a short walk from the famous Harrods department store. But her lawyers have argued that her husband was a legitimate businessman, whose wealth was the result of a number of shrewd business deals.They also argued that she could not be described as a “politically exposed person”, as required by the UWO, and that her husband’s role had been misrepresented. Official records also revealed Mrs Hajiyev owned two dedicated bays within the private Harrods car park.The court also heard that Mrs Hajiyeva owned a £35 million private jet and a wine cellar stocked with some of the world’s most expensive vintages.She had made an unsuccessful application to discharge the UWO, but her lawyers are appealing that judgment.Mr Justice Supperstone has ordered that Hajiyeva must comply with the UWO and explain how she came upon the funds used to fund the property purchases. Zamira Hajiyeva’s home is a short walk from HarrodsCredit:Paul Grover Zamira Hajiyeva spent £16 million in Harrods “They enable the UK to more effectively target the problem of money laundering through prime real estate in London and across the UK, and we will now seek to move further cases to the high court.” Zamira Hajiyeva's home is a short walk from Harrods It was alleged that she paid a deposit of £4 million for the house in 2009 and had cleared her £7.4 million mortgage in just five years. 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. read more

Third premature baby dies at Glasgow hospital after contracting infection

A separate infection was found at the Queen Elizabeth University HospitalCredit:PA queen elizabeth universtiy hospital A spokesman for the health board said: “As previously reported, we have been rigorously managing a number of cases of a rare Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection in extremely premature babies in the neonatal unit of the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital. A third premature baby has died at a hospital in Glasgow after a rare infection was found at a neonatal unit.An incident team was set up earlier this year to investigate three cases of the Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection at the Prince Royal Maternity Hospital, following the deaths of two premature babies.The third baby has not been identified, although the health board confirmed that the “staph” infection was a contributing factor in the death.Experts admitted in February, following the deaths of two premature babies, with a third baby said to be in “stable” condition, that the source of the infection may never be found.The deaths were revealed days after a separate infection, linked to pigeon droppings, was named as a contributory factor in the deaths of two patients, including a schoolboy, at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).There have now been seven deaths in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area since January after patients picked up hospital-acquired infections. Alex Cole-Hamilton, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said patients would understandably be worried about a “flurry of infection reports” in recent months.He added that Jeane Freeman, the Health Minister, must establish how the infections occurred and share that information with other NHS bodies. The Health Minister jeane freeman The blood stream infection can be passed through skin to skin contact. The bacteria is commonly found on human skin and in the upper respiratory tract, without causing any problems.Monica Lennon, Labour’s health spokesman, said the death of a third baby was “extremely sad” and the health board must be “transparent” about infections when patients have died.She added: “The Health Secretary must reassure the public and NHS staff that she has all the facts and is doing everything possible to improve infection control and safety in all of Scotland’s hospitals.” “Three babies, who were extremely poorly due to their very early birth, sadly died and infection was one of a number of contributing causes in their deaths.”Since early March, no further patients have tested positive for the Staphylococcus aureus infection.”A programme of staff and family screening was carried out, as has been previously reported. This was one of a number of steps taken to respond to this strain of Staphyloccocus aureus.”As this was an extremely rare strain which is highly resistant to the two antibiotics normally prescribed for S. Aureus, and the skin cleaning agent routinely used in hospitals across the UK, we put in place a number of further infection control measures, including the prescribing of different antibiotics and the introduction of a new skin cleaning agent.” The Health Minister Jean Freeman was urged to reassure the public that everything possible was being doneCredit:Corbis 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. read more

Schoolboy murdered in TT ten years after brother

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged mastermind in murder of elderly women arrestedOctober 8, 2017In “Crime”Anti – smuggling squad members in custody for shooting death of LabourerJuly 5, 2015In “Crime”Three men shot dead in T&T for their shoesJune 20, 2017In “latest news” (Trinidad Express) Just over a decade after his older brother was fatally shot, 16-year-old Mikeel Caesar suffered a similar fate.Mikeel CaesarCaesar was one of two persons who were shot on Monday afternoon at Plaisance Road, Laventille and he succumbed that night.According to police reports, at about 1.30 p.m. on Monday, Caesar, a pupil of the Servol Regional Training and Resource Centre, was liming with a group, which included 48-year-old Stephen La Rosa, when a white Hyundai Elantra vehicle pulled up alongside them.Several shots were fired by a man in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which then sped off. It was found about 30 minutes later along Pashley Street, Laventille with several spent shells inside.Caesar and La Rosa were rushed to Port of Spain General Hospital, where they were treated, but Caesar died at about 10 p.m. on Monday.La Rosa was shot in his left leg and was in a serious but stable condition.Speaking to the Express on Tuesday, Caesar’s mother, Ann Williams, said that her son was a hard-working and loving individual, and the family was struggling to come to terms with the incident.She said the teenager was originally from Morvant, but was recently living with his family in John John. She said, he was studying to be a mechanic. Caesar, Williams said, had two other siblings. She recalled that ten years ago, Caesar lost his older sibling under similar circumstances. Kevin Miguel Williams was shot dead on April 17, 2008.Williams, of Plaisance Road, Laventille, was shot dead while working at the “Plannings”, just off Old St Joseph Road, Laventille.In 2016, Hakim Brathwaite, of Foster Cuevado, Picton in Laventille, was sentenced to death for Williams’ murder. read more