Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea claims the ongoing season has been his best in a Manchester United shirt.De Gea, who has been at United since 2011, has kept 21 clean sheets across all competitions this season and his impressive form has helped the club reach the FA Cup final and put them on the verge of sealing a second-placed finish in the league.”Yeah, I’m pretty pleased with my performance. It’s been a fairly complete, all round set of performances from me,” De Gea told Premier League Productions when asked if this season was his best.”I’ve felt good, felt fit and in good form physically throughout the season. Let’s hope that these last few games to go before the end of the season continue the form, then leading into the World Cup, which is an important time for Spain.”The 27-year-old Spaniard was named in Professional Footballers Associations Team of the Year last week and is a favourite to win United’s Player of the Season award for the fourth consecutive campaign.De Gea praised manager Jose Mourinho’s winning mentality for the club’s performance this season but urged his team mates to build consistency if they are to challenge for the league title next campaign.”At the end of the day, it’s down to ourselves the players on the field… as a group, we’ve got to get that level of consistency and quality throughout the season,” he said.United return to league action when they host rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
One of the biggest disappointments of the ongoing 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been the poor form of Ben Stokes. The English all-rounder was acquired for Rs 12.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals in 2018 auction.Stokes, who played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, set alight last year’s tournament with his scintillating batting, crafty bowling and electric fielding, making him the obvious choice for the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) honour.England and world cricket’s premier all-rounder’s Midas touch has deserted him since joining Rajasthan, however, with the 26-year-old still looking for his first fifty in this year’s tournament, while the wickets have also dried up.But it may still not to be too late for Stokes, according to England team mate Chris Woakes.”He is a world class player,” Woakes, who is among a dozen English players in this year’s IPL, told reporters on Friday.”Probably has not played as well as he would have liked throughout the tournament but I never write him off.”Still four games left and more if they qualify. He’s a fantastic player. If you slip off your game against him, he will punish you,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore player added.Stokes did suffer a setback off the pitch when he was charged with affray following an incident in Bristol last September, costing him a place on England’s Ashes tour of Australia.The player has pleaded not guilty and will face trial in August.Hoping to help Stokes rediscover his best form, Rajasthan tried the middle-order batsman as an opener in Friday’s match against Chennai Super Kings but the all-rounder made just 11 before losing his middle stump to Harbhajan Singh.advertisementHowever, Rajasthan and England team mate Jos Buttler said the switch in order was primarily due to a hamstring issue.”(Rajasthan mentor) Shane Warne sort of said ‘why don’t you go at the top and play with some freedom and try and see if that comes off’ because he felt like he was going to find it hard in the middle with his running,” explained Buttler.Bought at a relatively modest Rs 4.4 crore, Buttler has provided better value for money for Rajasthan, the wicketkeeper-batsman hitting his fourth consecutive half-century on Friday to keep the side alive in the playoff race.Opening the innings with Stokes, Buttler went on to smash an unbeaten 95 to anchor Rajasthan’s chase in Jaipur against IPL heavyweights Chennai.Asked if it was his best Twenty20 knock, the 27-year-old said, “Definitely, especially in the IPL. I have hit my straps and it’s always special when you’re not out.”Rajasthan, currently sixth in the eight-team league, visit Mumbai Indians on Sunday.(With Reuters inputs)
Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7 series in India. The company is now working on the successor to the Redmi 6 aka the Redmi 7. Under the Redmi 6 last year Xiaomi launched three phones Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro, this year we are hearing just about the Redmi 7. The Xiaomi Redmi 7 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours of late but the biggest of them all is the hands-on video that has been posted by YouTuber Boby Do. In the video the presenter compares the alleged Redmi 7 with the Redmi Note 7.The leaked hands-on video shows Redmi 7 from all sides. Overall the Redmi 7 appears to be like the Redmi Note 7. The video reveals that unlike the Note 7 series the Redmi 7 will come with a polycarbonate back and not glass. Such compromises are understandable considering similar to the Redmi 6 the Redmi 7 is also said to be an entry-level smartphone.The hands-on video further reveals that the Redmi 7 will sport the same design as the Redmi Note 7. This means that the Redmi 7 comes with Dot Drop notch display with slim bezels on the sides. The Redmi 7 also includes the Redmi by Xiaomi logo on the bottom of the back panel yet again much like the Redmi Note 7. The back panel also includes dual camera setup with the primary 12MP sensor. The details of the secondary are yet to be revealed. On the rear panel the phone also includes a circular fingerprint sensor. For selfies, the Redmi 7 is said to sport an 8MP camera.advertisementXiaomi has some more compromises on the Redmi 7 to cut down the overall cost of the phone. The video reveals that the Redmi 7 will come with micro USB port for charging and not USB Type C which the Redmi Note 7 series of phones pack.The video also reveals the complete specs of the Redmi 7. It reveals that the Redmi 7 will come packed with a 6.26-inch display with HD+ display with screen resolution 720 x 1440p. The video also reveals that the Redmi 7 also includes a Dot Drop notch which includes the single selfie camera. The video further notes that the Redmi 7 will be powered by Snapdragon 625, in contrary some other report suggest that Xiaomi may use Snapdragon 632 for Redmi 7.Going in line with the TENAA listing the hands-on video also reveals that the Redmi 7 will come in three variants – 2GB RAM/16GB storage, 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The phone is said to pack a 4000mAh battery.The hands-on goes even further and reveals that the expected price of the Redmi 7. It suggests that the Redmi 7 may be priced around RMB 900 which is roughly translated around Rs 9,000. In India, we expect the price of the phone could be much cheaper considering the Redmi Note 7 comes for Rs 9,999.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7, Galaxy M10 and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Best smartphones under Rs 10,000 in March 2019ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Fighting for the top slotALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A50 and Poco F1: Top 5 smartphones under Rs 20,000 in March 2019
Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One Editors’ Recommendations When it comes to finding the best skincare for men, it’s important to take into consideration the man’s age because, like all things in life, not every face is created equal.A man in his 20s is going to have skin that’s a touch oilier, more prone to breakout, and requires less exfoliation because those young skin cells are regenerating and turning over faster than you can say “over the hill,” therefore he is going to have its own set of special requirements when compared with a man in his 30s when the primary skin concern is battling aging as opposed to remedying a complexion issue. A man in his 30s is going to want more retinol, eye cream, and exfoliation than a man in his 20s, but much less of an intensive regimen than a man who has already hit his 40s and his skin is showing it. Men of middle age will see their skin dull, discolor, and start to sag and so a man in his 40s skincare goals should be focused on exfoliation, moisturization, and anti-aging.If this all sounds confusing and a little excessive, don’t be so daunted. After all, you’re only in one of the above age groups, so you only have one area to focus on. To make finding out which skincare regimen is best for you and your age, we mapped out the best products for the three prime decades of a man’s life. With a little preparation, a few products, and a dedicated routine, you can end up looking 30 when you’re 40 … or, in the case of Jared Leto, 23 when you’re nearly 50.Skincare for Men in Their 20sWhen it comes to good skincare, it’s never too early to start. Yep, we’re looking at you, kid.Men have a habit of trying to fix a problem rather than prevent one. If you start taking good care of your skin by the time you’re in your twenties, you’re ahead of the game. With your budget likely prioritizing booze and rent, good skincare may be towards the bottom of the list. So, we remind you that drinking gets you through the night, but your face sticks with you for good.If you want to look 21 forever, or at least get compliments on how good you look for years to come, these five basic steps (and corresponding products) will help you get on the right track.Wash Your FaceGuys, you need to be washing your face every day. You can wash once (at night) or preferably twice (morning and night), but ridding your skin of grit, grime, and gross stuff on a daily basis is a must since it allows for your skin to perform at its peak. Using a glycolic acid face wash like the one from Jack Black is a great way to get started. In the right doses, glycolic acid is great for ridding skin of dead skin cells without stripping oils that keep the skin balanced. This face wash is loaded with antioxidant-rich volcanic ash, which helps to repair skin while maintaining your moisture balance. If that wasn’t enough (that’s more than some products that cost twice as much), it can double as a mask when you want to give your face a little extra attention.Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser – $22Shop NowSometimes You Gotta ScrubHaving a great cleanser is the first step in any skincare routine, but sometimes you need something with a little more oomph. Add this Exfoliating Scrub from Mario Badescu for a little texture in your routine. Earth-friendly ground seeds of the Ecuadorian ivory palm (never opt for micro-beads) polishes skin while aloe vera, coconut, ginger, ginkgo, and green tea hydrate and invigorate. (If this doesn’t appeal to you, check out our roundup of the best exfoliators.) Don’t forget: Scrubbing before a shave is a great way to help prevent ingrowns.Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub – $26Shop NowTake Care of the EyesEyes show age. The skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest you have, and if you are going to be living your best life all night, then you need a strong, kick-ass eye cream to help hide the evidence. Recipe For Men is a luxury brand from Sweden that is known all over the world, but they also have a collection that is made for the every man (it’s a lot less expensive). The core values of the company mean you’re getting a great product, no matter what. The price means you can afford it. Pro tip: Keep this in the refrigerator for a cooling sensation that will snap your eyes into shape in record time. For other eye cream options, head here.Recipe For Men myEyes Anti Dark Circles Eye Gel – $20Shop NowUse SPF Every Day — No ExceptionsIf you invest in one thing to ensure good skin as you age — and only one thing — it should be a facial moisturizer with SPF. This is nonnegotiable. You can put all the lotions and potions you want on that mug, but if you are getting too much sun, you’re just throwing money away. Yes, other products will do wonders in helping you fend off Father Time, but using sunscreen isn’t just for vanity — it’s for your health. Plus, a lot of those anti-aging products can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Kiehls Facial Fuel is one of our favorites, but we also have a full list of suggestions.Kiehls Facial Fuel SPF 15 – $42Shop NowZap Those ZitsFor most of us, zits don’t ever go away. Those people that say they go away after your teenage years are liars. Zits will settle down a bit and only show up for important occasions, making them all the more frustrating. It’s likely you don’t need all that crazy acne stuff anymore (unless you have cystic acne, in which case, listen to your dermatologist, not me). This Overnight Spot Treatment from (Malin + Goetz) works on the targeted area and works fast. By the time you wake up in the morning, chances are you’ll be zit-free, or at least well on your way. No need to use another medication during the day either — too much attention to a zit can dry out your skin, causing it to go into oil overdrive, which is what helps cause zits in the first place. If you need something for the daytime, try one of our other fave zit zappers.(Malin + Goetz) Acne Treatment Nighttime – $22Shop NowAging out of your 20s? You better take a look at how to take care of your skin once you hit your 30s…Skincare for Men in Their 30sLuxy/Getty ImagesBy now, you should have gotten the memo that taking care of your skin is pretty much a must if you want to age well. If not, refer to our advice on beginning a good skincare regime in your 20s. That’s a great place to start — and it’s never too late to start.Those of you who are graduating into your 30s, congratulations! Welcome to the decade many men call one of the best of their lives (said the 30-something author of the post you’re currently enjoying). We trust that, by now, you have established a good foundation of washing, hydrating, and protecting your skin, so it’s time to dive in a little deeper into keeping that skin looking better, longer.As we get older, our skin loses its ability to bounce back. Much like how our metabolism slows, our eyesight fades, and our hair falls out, our skin changes quite a bit as we age. After we hit 20, 1 percent less of collagen is produced in the dermis each year and the skin’s natural exfoliation process decreases by almost 30 percent. Once we hit our thirties, fat cells shrink due to moisture transfer slowing down between the layers of the skin. And this is just the stuff you can’t avoid. Things like your skincare routine, diet, and, most of all, sun exposure can speed all this up faster than you can say Botox.So what are you going to do about it? For starters, using products that contain higher doses of antioxidants and vitamin A derivatives like retinol, as well as regular exfoliation will help you keep your skin in youth mode, allowing you to age a little more like George Clooney and a little less like Kieth Richards. These five basic steps (and corresponding products) will help you get on the right track.Vitamin A for EffortBy 30, you should be adding a retinol to your routine. Retinol is the hero when it comes to fighting off wrinkles. It’s one of the many derivative forms of vitamin A and it increases cell turnover which can help to actually reverse damage. There isn’t really another product you just go out an buy that does that. Our pick for those of you just getting started with retinol is this duo from Dermalogica. It allows you to ease into retinol by letting you customize your overnight treatment. Vitamin A products like this can be drying or irritating, but if you start slow, and early, it will become your skin’s best friend.Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair – $89Shop NowTake a Hit of (Alpha Hydroxy) AcidYes, there is a tonic outside of that which goes well with gin. This potent skin tonic is packed with Alpha Hydroxy Acids like Lactic Acid, Azelaic Acid, and Salicin to keep skin in its peak condition. Gentle enough to use daily (we prefer it as an aftershave with an added kick) swiping this over your face not only helps prevent breakouts like any good post wash tonic should do, it also gently exfoliates skin, therefore, helping to keep wrinkles at bay. The key to all skincare, but especially a routine that involves vitamin A products and acids, is regular sunscreen use.REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – $35Shop NowUse SPF DailyNow that you have embraced retinol and acids for cell-turnover and exfoliation, it’s time to up your daily dose of SPF. We’ll say it again and again — sunscreen is an absolute MUST if you want to fend off the signs of aging. And whereas the aforementioned products do wonders your skin the envy of all who see it, you’re just wasting your time if you don’t protect it every day. This new sunscreen from Avène is our pick because it’s chemical sunscreen-free and specifically made for those who have oil-prone skin and don’t like wearing sunscreen (so … most guys). On top of that, there are added antioxidants that help protect skin from other harmful elements out there and of course Avène Thermal Spring Water to help hydrate the driest skin.Avène Mineral Light Mattifying Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 – $28Shop NowFight off the Free RadicalsSpeaking of antioxidants – if you haven’t started already, it’s OK. Your 30s are a great time to add an antioxidant serum to the mix. Resveratrol and ferulic acid are both antioxidant powerhouses and in this concentration, you’re doing your skin a solid by using a couple drops every morning. Yep, all you need is a couple drops after you wash and before you put on any creams and sunscreens. Your skin will have a protective base layer fending off free-radicals caused by pollution. Other brands can charge well over $100 for this kind of stuff, but we wanted to let you in on the secret of The Ordinary, where you can get almost any of their products for less than $10.The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Antioxidant Serum – $8Shop NowPay Extra Attention to the EyesThe skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin you have. Baggage and wrinkles show up here first, and once they do, good luck getting rid of them without the aid of your neighborhood dermatologist. So now that you’ve hit your 30s, spend a little extra and give them something with some strength. Ferulic acid (the same as above) and retinol (yep, same too) are added to the Dr. Dennis Gross ECG Complex to act together and keep the delicate eye area looking it’s best by keeping skin not only super hydrated but also gently exfoliated.Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream – $69Shop NowSkincare for Men in Their 40s (and Beyond)Aziz Ary Neto/Getty ImagesIf you’ve been smart enough to take good care of your skin while in your 20s and 30s, then your 40s should only require a few moderate additions. If you haven’t, and you’re starting to see those fine lines turn into straight up wrinkles, you may want to take a more drastic approach and investigate dermatological procedures like Botox and fillers. There’s no shame in wanting to look your best because when you look better, you feel better, right?What’s really going on with your skin once start going over that hill? Well, for starters: gravity. Yep, you’ve been fighting gravity for decades and it really starts to win once you hit 40. What else? Your body’s collagen (what keeps your skin “plump”) and elasticity (what lets it bounce back from the natural aging process) have been on the decline over the last decade, but that deterioration really starts to pick up the pace.To fend off future wrinkles (or worse), you need to up your defense against these three offenders. Below are some of our favorite skincare products to add to your good skin regime that will help fight back against this aggregate of aging. For those of you behind in the good skin game, it’s OK. Pick these up now, and you’ll certainly see some results sooner than you can say “40 is the new 30.”Lab Series Max LS Daily Renewing Cleanser – $42Guys tend to think that in order to achieve a clean face, it’s got to squeak. It’s not true — you actually want to hold on to some of that oil. As our skin gets older, it gets dryer, which will only get worse if you keep using that same oil-absorbing face wash you used as a 20-something. Switch out whatever soap you’re using for this creamy cleanser from Lab Series that leaves your skin feeling fresh while helping keep that all-important moisture where it belongs: in your face.Shop NowMalin+Goetz Resurfacing Glycolic Acid Pads – $52Not only does our skin get dryer as we age, but it stops renewing itself as much as it once did. That’s called “cell renewal,” and it’s what kept your skin glowing when you were younger. To give your skin’s natural renewal process a push, use these Glycolic Pads from Malin+Goetz. The pads help fend off fine lines while keeping hyper-pigmentation, or dark spots, away. Use these bad boys once or twice a week, and you’ll notice a big difference in no time.Shop NowSkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense – $98What’s one of the biggest giveaways that you’re getting older? Age spots — it’s right there in the name after all. You don’t have to see spots though. Using a targeted treatment to fight them, like this Discoloration Defense from SkinCeuticals, is a necessary step if you really want to fade any surfacing darkness. Most important with any dark spot treatment? Consistency. Use this twice a day, every day, to get rid of those stubborn spots. They took years to get here, so they aren’t going down without a fight. Be patient and dedicated and you’ll definitely see results.Shop NowClinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate – $39Men aren’t typically the ones to grab the rich, heavy, anti-aging cream to keep hydration up and wrinkles down. Add this lightweight — no really, it’s super light — Water-Gel Concentrate from Clinique For Men to your routine after you wash and before your go-to moisturizer to give your skin a hydrating boost. You won’t even notice the gel after you put it on, but you will notice a dramatic difference in your skin. All that moisture and you didn’t even need to pick up a fancy French crème.Shop NowVerso Night Cream – $100If you haven’t gotten on board with retinol yet, then what are you waiting for? Adding this gentle, yet effective night cream from Verso is a must. Basically, you need retinol at night like you need SPF during the day (as in, you should always use it). This cream, like the majority of Verso’s products, use a unique form of retinol – Retinol 8 – to do what other retinols can’t, which leads to high power results without drying out skin. In fact, it’s so good, they even made a day cream with Retinol 8 in it (but you still need your sunscreen).Shop Now The Best Anti-Aging Creams and Skincare Products for Men 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men? 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Speaking on CBI Founders Day and delivering the 18th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture, the CJI made some telling observations on CBI. The most hard-hitting first. He charged the CBI with being influenced by “political oversight” when investigating politically sensitive cases. His concerns were legal ambiguity, weak human resource, lack of adequate investment, accountability and political and administrative interference. To quote him, “the CBI should be given statutory status through legislation equivalent to that provided to the Comptroller and Auditor General. The legal mandate of the CBI must be strengthened by having comprehensive legislation addressing deficiencies relating to organisational structure, the charter of functions, limits of power, superintendence and oversight.” The CJI bluntly pinpointed what ails the CBI. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhen the Special Police Establishment (SPE), the forerunner of today’s CBI was created there was a legislation – the SPE Act. When CBI was notified on April 1, 1963, there was no CBI Act and that is how it remains today. While the name is CBI everywhere, it is legally only SPE which is authorised to investigate. Till the early 60s, it was a very small unit investigating only corruption. At the start, it only investigated that corruption which impeded the Allies War efforts in India. Much later, after 1947, it took up the investigation of corruption elsewhere in public services. With CBI as its new name on April 1, 1963, administratively formed and created, it plunged first into corruption investigations in all departments of the government of India. Soon after came grave economic crimes, Haridas Mundhra, LIC scandal, Dalmia Airways. This was followed by murder investigations, beginning with Deen Dayal Uppadhya murdered on a train. By the late ’60s, an understaffed CBI, without CBI Act, was pulling its weight way beyond its original weight. With enormous goodwill of courts, abiding faith of the people and integrity of its pool of officers, CBI pulled off successes one after another in its assignments. The Emergency was the first rude jolt to it. CBI began to be misused slightly at first and then in a big way. The Shah Commission Report is replete with instances of misuse of CBI. In 1980 Indira Gandhi was back. The cases in progress against her, Sanjay, V C Shukla, Om Mehta, R K Dhawan and other goons of the Emergency, all initiated through CBI and then CBI Director, R D Singh had to be closed. So R D Singh was sacked and his successor J S Bawa and a coterie of CBI officers, who were assured rewards, joined hand in manipulating to ensure courts will find no merit in CBI’s own investigations. That is the ‘political oversight’ which the CJI has found fault with. However, it must be admitted that political oversight was selective; few and far in between initially. It did not affect the personal integrity of senior officers of the CBI as far as any financial quid pro quo deals were concerned. But it was only waiting around the corner. Now it has come to pass. Three former Directors of CBI are facing corruption charges. Two Special Directors have been moved out of CBI for corruption. Some reports suggest that 1,200 CBI officers will be removed or retired from CBI as they are “deadwood”, a euphemistic phrase for the corrupt and inefficient. Was CBI always totally corrupt-free or were there no corrupt officers in the department? To both, the answer is no. There was corruption and many CBI officers were cashiered for corruption. Till the early ’60s, CBI/ SPE was manned by a small number and supervision of crime was meticulous and at several levels. The corruption that existed did not damage the result of CBI investigations. But there was corruption of sorts. For instance, in some branches, there was a system of extracting/extorting by naming the method ‘Goodwill Money’. The investigating officer would assure the accused of no harassment during the investigation. No calling and making him wait. No Also Read – Insider threat managementmistreatment either of him or his family and friends. No arrest or recommendation of suspension or detention for long hours, etc. For this good gesture, a payment would be mutually agreed. However, the investigation which in any case was closely supervised would be without blemish. SPE/CBI, till the ’60s, seldom initiated suo moto investigations. It waited for complaints. These would be sent by Department Heads or on their authorisation. Then SPE/ CBI would determine if it was an act of corruption. If it so decided it would register an FIR naming the public servant(s) as accused in serial number along with names of conspirators. Arrest or search of premises by the investigating officer without the authority of his SP and above was barred. Long before the National Police Commission in its 3rd Report found the power of arrest as one of the sources of corruption, SPE/ CBI had curbed this power in its officers. Arresting even a corrupt public servant except when he was caught red-handed accepting bribe money was rare. CBI officers, at least till the ’80s, investigated honestly. It is possible they did so as their investigation was very closely supervised and political oversight was largely invisible and limited. Be that as it may, today’s CBI is worsted by the CJI’s accusing finger. He laments that political and administrative interference has continued despite the Supreme Court having expressed concern over the state of affairs and laid down explicit guidelines for protecting the integrity of the force (Vineet Narain V. Union of India). His quote “However, given that superintendence and control of the agency continues to, in large measure, lie with the executive by virtue of Section 4 of the Delhi Special Establishment Act 1946, the possibility of it being used as a political instrument remains ever-present” cannot be brushed away. However, in a face-saver, he also said (hope?) “I have no doubt there is enough strength within the organisation to deal with any such situation”. Most of us on the sidelines do not see that silver lining but it could if the CJI exercising his constitutional authority incorporates into law and compels implementation of Section 25A of CrPc. It is included in the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill 2005 which has Presidential assent. Thus, the Directorate of Prosecution will come into being and all investigations including CBI’s will be vetted under a High Court approved by an advocate of considerable seniority. Finally, the CJI has to enforce the Supreme Court orders of meaningful separation of the investigation and Law and order wings. The same has also been the view of Justice V S Malimuth Committee made in 2002. A separate DGP (Investigation) and DGP (Law and Order) in every state and “political oversight” on the investigation will be a casualty in states and, by implication, in CBI too. After all, political leaders in states–used to getting their way there–will do it when at the Centre as well. If it is blocked in the states, it will cease at the Centre too. (Shantonu Sen is a former Joint Director of CBI. The views expressed are strictly personal)
WASHINGTON – The vice-president of the United States has some less-than-complimentary words for Canada’s health-care system, which he accuses of certain “failings.”Mike Pence made the remarks in an interview last week with Alaska radio station KFQD.He was being asked about the Republican health legislation struggling to get through Congress.Republicans appear to be wrestling to get a bill that would repeal Obamacare through the legislature before a procedural deadline later this month — and the effort is in deep trouble.Pence warned that if the legislative effort collapses, the U.S. will be on a course for something similar to Canada.That’s because the Democratic party is starting to rally to an unprecedented degree around the idea of single-payer health care as a long-term solution to the U.S.’s endless health debates.“We have a clear choice here,” Pence said.“You know, somewhere in between where I’m sitting in Washington, D.C., and (you) Alaska, is a place called Canada. I probably don’t need to tell the people Alaska about the failings of national socialized health care because it’s right in our neighbour and you see the results every day.“Look, we’ve got a choice: It’s between big government, Washington, D.C., solutions that ultimately, I believe, will collapse into single-payer health care — or whether or not we’re going to repeal the (Obamacare) individual mandate.”Canada’s health system is known to suffer from long wait times, especially for elective procedures. On the other hand, Canadians not only have longer life expectancies, but also spend far less on health care than Americans according to World Bank data.The Trump administration has just received a fresh round of bad news about its health-reform effort: After John McCain, Susan Collins became the latest senator Monday to say she opposes the Obamacare repeal bill, almost certainly dooming it.The congressional budget office attempted to assess the bill, and released a preliminary report Monday. It said the legislation would end health coverage for millions, but reduce federal spending by more than US$133 billion over a decade.But the non-partisan watchdog said it needed more time to properly analyze the bill — time it doesn’t have, because of the Republican rush to get a bill passed.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled fresh condemnation at Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but refused to weigh in on the Russian president’s meeting with Donald Trump — underscoring what experts say is the difficult tightrope act that the U.S. president is forcing Canada to walk on the world stage.The tough words for Putin came during a news conference in Nova Scotia, where the prime minister was announcing new money for highway safety even as officials in Washington, Ottawa and other many capitals were still grappling with the previous day’s Trump-Putin summit in Finland.“Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia,” Trudeau said in response to a reporter’s question before listing a host of Russian actions under Putin’s watch that Canada has opposed.Those include Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, as well as its alleged use of chemical weapons in Britain, which Moscow has denied.Yet Trudeau noticeably avoided any mention of Trump, who offered warm words for the Russian president during the summit in Helsinki while appearing to blame his own country for poor relations with Moscow and accept Putin’s denials of having interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.The latter comment contrasted sharply with the assessment of various U.S. intelligence agencies about what happened in the election that saw Trump become president, and sparked an uproar in the U.S. as officials and pundits blasted Trump for siding with Putin over American authorities.Asked specifically about Trump’s comments during Monday’s joint news conference with Putin, Trudeau replied: “We condemn Russia and the way that Russia engages in international affairs.”On Tuesday, Trump appeared to walk back some of his comments in Finland, saying that he had full faith in the U.S. intelligence community shortly after tweeting that while he had a good meeting last week with NATO leaders, “I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.”Still, Canadian officials were hard at work trying to get a better sense of what was said during the two-hour, closed-door meeting between Putin and Trump — and what ramifications, if any, the discussion would have for Canada.The potential implications are many, including in Latvia and Ukraine where Canada has troops, and in terms of further election interference, says Fen Hampson, director of the global security and politics program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont.“What we’re all worried about coming out of this summit is that Putin is going to feel emboldened,” Hampson said. “The worry is that an emboldened Russia will do things that will increase the risk and security uncertainty.”Even without a firm handle on what passed between Putin and Trump, experts say the meeting again saw the U.S. president throw long-standing norms, conventions and principles out the window — many of which have formed the basis of Canada’s approach to the world.Some such as former Canadian ambassador Ferry de Kerckhove would like to see Trudeau work with allies to take a more assertive stand with Trump when it comes to defending shared values, which he argued is easier now than ever with North American free trade talks having stalled.Yet the prime minister’s refusal to comment on the Trump-Putin meeting, despite Canada’s strong views on Russia, highlights the difficulty he continues to face when it comes to the U.S. president, says University of Ottawa professor Roland Paris, who served as Trudeau’s first foreign-policy adviser.“Canada is in a particularly exposed position compared to other western allies because of our trade dependence on the United States,” Paris said.“The prime minister has to walk a fine line between standing up for Canadian principles and interests and managing a relationship with a mercurial president.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Bombardier says a Chinese leasing company has changed its aircraft order for 10 regional jets by swapping half of the CRJ 900s for five 90-seat Q400 turboprops.Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft division, says the deal is part of a fleet expansion plan in Asia.The Montreal-based transportation giant entered into an agreement in June 2016 with a subsidiary of Chinese financial institution, Industrial Bank Co. Ltd.The revised order would have a list-price value of US$420 million, although it’s typical for purchasers to get discounts based on order size and other factors. The new list price compares to US$472 million in the original 2016 deal.The Q400 typically flies routes that range between 300 and 800 kilometres, while CRJ 900s cruise on flight paths between 2,500 and 3,000 kilometres, industry experts say.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)
DENVER — A group that advocates for religious liberty in the military says the U.S. Air Force Academy should cancel a planned speech by a Chick-fil-A executive.The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said Wednesday the company has a history of supporting anti-gay causes and that Rodney Bullard, a Chick-fil-A vice-president and academy graduate, shouldn’t speak at the school’s upcoming leadership conference.Bullard said the company and its charitable foundation don’t fund anti-gay programs. He says Chick-fil-A’s foundation funds programs to help children in poverty, including groups that work with LGBQT youth.Chick-fil-A has faced accusations that it is anti-gay since 2012 when its president, Dan Cathy, publicly opposed gay marriage. The company has said Cathy’s statements are his personal views.The academy said it invited speakers with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and conference participants choose which talks to attend.The Associated Press
29 November 2007The top United Nations relief official has begun his visit to Sudan by calling on the Government to ensure safe and unimpeded access for aid workers, particularly those providing vital humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in the country’s strife-torn Darfur region. The top United Nations relief official has begun his visit to Sudan by calling on the Government to ensure safe and unimpeded access for aid workers, particularly those providing vital humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in the country’s strife-torn Darfur region. In his meeting with senior Sudanese officials in Khartoum, Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes stressed the ongoing need for a “safer and more conducive environment” for humanitarian workers. “The key issue is safety so that we can continue to assist the Government to provide assistance to these most vulnerable communities,” Mr. Holmes said following discussions with Ali Karti, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Hassabo Abdel Rahman, the Commissioner General of the Humanitarian Aid Commission. A key issue was the extension of the 2004 Moratorium enabling non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to continue to operate in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced in the past four years due to violence. An estimated 4 million Darfuris now depend on humanitarian aid for survival. “My discussions today with Government were useful, and clear assurances were given to me that there would be no problem with the extension of the Moratorium,” said Mr. Holmes. While in Khartoum, Mr. Holmes also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, as well as Ameerah Haq, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan. In addition, Mr. Holmes, who is Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, also discussed pressing issues and challenges with representatives of UN agencies, NGOs and donors. Mr. Holmes will travel on Friday to South Darfur where he will meet people directly affected by the conflict. Sudan is the current stop on a three-nation trip that began in Ethiopia and will also take the UN humanitarian chief to Kenya in the coming days.