The Union government is yet to announce the setting up of a world-class All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State Gujarat, but some State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are already fighting over its location.Gujarat BJP leaders and legislators from Rajkot and Vadodara have been fighting over the venue of the facility, which is likely to be set up in the State. Recently, Gujarat State BJP president Jitu Vaghani said in Rajkot that the AIIMS would be set up in Rajkot to cater to the healthcare needs of the people of the Saurashtra region.Mr. Vaghani said this while campaigning for the recently held by-election for the Jasdan Assembly constituency in Rajkot district. Mr. Vaghani’s impromptu announcement caught even State Ministers off guard. Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel feigned ignorance over an AIIMS in Rajkot.“I am not aware of any development regarding the AIIMS in Rajkot,” Mr. Patel reportedly said. Legislators meet CMSubsequently, a group of eight legislators from the Vadodara district called on Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in an attempt to persuade him to select Vadodara as the venue for AIIMS.“We want AIIMS in Vadodara as was promised earlier. Now, they cannot change the location and pick up Rajkot,” said the party’s veteran legislator Yogesh Patel, who led the delegation of legislators from central Gujarat to the Chief Minister.According to Mr. Patel, there are tribal pockets like Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Godhara and Dahod near Vadodara, so a world class medical institute can cater to them, too, besides Vadodara city. Another legislator who was part of the delegation said that the CM himself was not sure whether Rajkot was being picked as the location for the AIIMS, as was suggested by the State party chief.
Manchester United have signed Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic from Premier League champions Chelsea on a three-year contract with an option to extend for a further year, both clubs said on Monday.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported that United paid between 40 million ($52.48 million) and 50 million pounds to reunite the 28-year-old midfielder with manager Jose Mourinho.”Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player,” Mourinho said in a statement.”I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.”A beast in midfield.Nemanja Matic is a red. #ACE17 #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/MCSxbpobgl- adidas Football (@adidasfootball) July 31, 2017Mourinho signed Matic when he was in charge of Chelsea in 2014. Matic, who originally joined Chelsea in 2009 before moving to Benfica in 2011, became an influential part of Chelsea’s title-winning side under Mourinho in 2014-15.”To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Matic said.”This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.”Watch the full interview with our new signing, Nemanja Matic, exclusively on #MUTV in 10 mins! https://t.co/pTjtU90C91 #MaticIsRed pic.twitter.com/3fqMbL39eZadvertisement- Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 31, 2017Matic’s arrival followed Mourinho’s unsuccessful move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier as United seek to mount a serious Premier League challenge for the first time since the departure of Alex Ferguson as manager in 2013.Matic made 40 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season as Italian Antonio Conte marked his first season in charge of the London-based club by winning the league.However, Chelsea’s signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in this transfer window was an indication that Matic could have struggled for game time next season.United have also signed defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
A recently released federal report suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction promises and what its policies are likely to achieve.The news comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia — a move critics say would push Canada’s emissions even higher.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining its progress on reaching targets agreed to in the Paris Accord to fight climate change. Canada has promised to reduce those emissions to the equivalent of 517 megatonnes of carbon dioxide.In 2016, Ottawa made a similar report to the UN acknowledging that both its current and planned policies would likely leave the country 44 megatonnes short of its target.But in the recent report, Canada notes the gap between its commitments and the likely result of its policies has grown to 66 megatonnes — a 50 per cent increase in only 18 months.Environment Canada was unable to immediately explain that expanding shortfall. Figures for greenhouse gas emissions in the report are only given up to 2015 and are reported to have been largely stable for several years previously.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said the increasing gap between promises and probable results is likely due to increasing energy production.“There might be some changes from demographic growth, but I can’t believe there’s been a huge change in those projections in a year and a half,” he said. “I think the main factor here is oil and gas.”Figures from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers suggest overall oil production declined by 15 per cent between 2014 and 2016. Production from the oilsands, the most carbon-intensive form of production, increased 12 per cent over that time.Stewart said Canada should not be considering a new pipeline to move more of that high-carbon production at a time when the country is falling further behind its commitments. Pipeline critics say building more infrastructure to move the product will only increase production.“Another pipeline is just going to dig an even deeper hole,” he said.Simon Fraser University energy economist Mark Jaccard said, overall, Canada’s climate change policies aren’t tough enough to meet its targets.“We would need much higher stringency of any package of the intended policies to achieve Paris (targets),” he said.Higher carbon taxes, though politically difficult, are one method. Others include a lower overall emissions cap on the oilsands, tighter rules on methane emissions, quicker phase-out of coal-generated power that leans more on renewables than natural gas and a clean fuel standard.“We can do it all with only carbon taxes. We can do it all with only regulations. We can do it all with a combination.”A “package” of policies is called for, he said.In its report, Environment Canada offered few specifics on how the 66 missing megatonnes of carbon might be made up.It said greater reductions might come from investments in public transit and clean technology. Calculations of the capacity of forests and wetlands to store carbon may also increase, the report says.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
AFTER ten years of loyal sponsorship and support for the Saints, Hattons Solicitors are pleased to announce a new five-year deal with the club.Hattons have renewed their rear shirt sponsorship as well as the naming of the home supporters terrace stand to the West of the new Saints ground and the adjacent seated family stand.Previously, the Hattons Solicitors stand at Knowsley Road worked to create a positive awareness for the solicitors in the St Helens community and Hattons hope to build upon this.Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors said: “The 2012 rugby season is an exciting time to be in partnership with the mighty Saints.“We’ve sponsored Saints since we opened in 2001, this year celebrating our tenth anniversary, and we wanted to make sure we supported the club through the transition to its new home and stadium. I understand the massive passion of the fans, and to be honest it’s great personally as a fan to sponsor the club through such a momentous time.“The longevity of our Saints sponsorship has greatly contributed to Hattons general awareness in St Helens and the North West, leading thousands of people to contact us with a vast array of legal issues. We’ve worked hard to develop the business and stay ahead of the competition, whilst building a strong reputation. In fact a huge amount of our business comes through recommendations from previous clients, showing the high level of service our team offers.”Hattons Solicitors are real favourites in the Rugby League community offering support and sponsorship from children’s rugby and kid’s health initiatives to international partnerships with Ireland in the last World Cup and at all levels of the adult game. Their association with Saints is however the link with the sport they are perhaps best known for.Tony Colquitt, CEO of Saints said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Hattons Solicitors. The relationship between both parties has been long established and as we enter a new era we are pleased they are on board.“We look forward to enhancing the relationship in the future and pursuing other avenues that will be mutually beneficial.”Hattons Solicitors innovative approach to legal services can be seen not only through their rugby league sponsorship, but also by how they were the first solicitors firm in St Helens to get the Law Society Lexcel Accreditation. Hattons were also one of the first firms to invest in an online file management system, which also allows clients to view their cases online at www.hattonslaw.com If you have a legal issue that you need advice with from compensation claims to business legal advice call their friendly team on 08000 111 560.