Congress forged signatures of absent Madhya Pradesh MLAs to prove majority, says Opposition

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Gopal Bhargava on Sunday alleged that the Congress had forged the signatures of some of its missing MLAs during the voting on a Bill in the Assembly on July 24, in which two BJP MLAs had voted in favour of it. The BJP is going to take up the issue with the Governor.“My source has informed me that 8 to 10 Congress MLAs were absent during the voting, yet they managed to get 122 votes to pass the Bill,” Mr. Bhargava told The Hindu. “In the Assembly itself, I was suspect as they were demanding for a division of votes on a non-financial Bill which we supported, just to prove their false majority. I requested the Speaker then that the number of MLAs be counted, but he adjourned the Assembly.”As the BJP MLAs were in their seats at the time of the voting when Congress MLAs signed against their names in a register, they signed even for absent MLAs, he alleged. “There was no transparency. Since they have never asked for a division of votes on financial Bills in the past, this shows they admit they are on a weak footing,” he said.The party had asked its advocates to find the constitutional recourse, what the Governor could do and the procedure to get the signatures verified, he added.Saying the BJP was acting out of desperation to make such an allegation, Shobha Oza, State Congress media chief, said, “Why do they want to topple a democratically elected government? That’s because the 15 years of corruption under their government has got into their DNA, and they just can’t do without it. It is high time they accepted their defeat.”Rejecting the Computer Baba’s claim that four BJP MLAs were in touch with him eager to cross over to the Congress, Mr. Bhargava said, “He just wants to be in the limelight. There is no damage to the party. We are yet to meet the dissident MLAs.”With the support of BJP MLAs Sharad Kol and Narayan Tripathi, the Assembly had passed the Criminal (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2019. Later, the two former Congressmen described the positive vote their ‘ghar wapasi’ and said they had supported the Congress since the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government had made tall promises but delivered nothing.last_img read more

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, right, leaves after speaking to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Kenya’s electoral commission has announced it has moved the date for a fresh presidential election to Oct 26. The electoral commission had earlier set Oct 17 as the date for the fresh poll after the Supreme Court invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)ACCRA, Ghana — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.The Confederation of African Football cited “accumulated delays” in Kenya’s preparations for CHAN early next year, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues. It’s the No. 2 tournament for national teams in Africa behind the African Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet Kenya’s preparations for the 16-team tournament were already troubled before its presidential elections held in August were nullified and a re-vote was ordered. That re-vote is scheduled for next month, and the political instability has meant preparations for the soccer tournament have been further undermined.Only one of the stadiums meant to host games has been deemed ready and Kenya’s government only approved a $40 million budget to host the tournament last week, with just four months to go until kickoff.Also at its meeting Saturday, CAF decided to open a tender process to recruit an audit firm to examine Cameroon’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Africa’s top soccer event.Like Kenya, Cameroon’s readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny. CAF said it needs to examine the state of Cameroon’s “infrastructure to host the tournament,” with the 2019 Cup of Nations the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.CAF president Ahmad, who goes by just one name, said that Cameroon would remain 2019 host for now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.South Africa had to step in to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations after Libya conceded it wouldn’t be able to. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Libya again withdrew as host for this year’s edition and Gabon was given the tournament on short notice.The next three hosts for the African Cup were all decided by the former leadership of CAF: Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.CAF was forced to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations after no bids were received on time. The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a “complete” application, CAF said.The poor quality of African candidates to host soccer tournaments reflects badly on Morocco, which is challenging the joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup. CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017,” CAF said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCountries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.Morocco, which is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a possible replacement host because of its relatively established infrastructure. 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Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_imgMOST READ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Heart of a champ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. “This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Wimbledon: Paes-Hingis crash out in mixed doubles third round

first_imgThe last remaining Indian hope at Wimbledon, Leander Paes and his partner Martina Hingis, crashed out in the third round of the mixed doubles event to home player Heather Watson and Finland’s Henri Kontinen 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in an hour and 31 minutes last night. (Sania-Hingis crash out in women’s doubles quarters)After facing an early breakpoint, the Indo-Swiss pairing rushed to a 4-1 lead and then were pegged back to 4-3 but Hingis produced a glorious return winner to break Watson’s serve. Paes then held serve authoritatively to close out the opening set 6-3.The second set started on level terms but buoyed by the home crowd support, the British-Finnish pair broke through to lead 4-2.That single break was sufficient to decide the second set and Kontinen came up with the big serves when needed to level the match at one set apiece.The weather turned overcast in the third set and a rain shower interrupted the match for about 10 minutes.On resumption, Paes lost his serve after missing a volley wide after an entertaining rally had brought up break point despite some good retrieving by Hingis and Paes off some offensive smashes by their opponents.Watson and Kontinen then utilized the momentum to get a second break as Hingis double faulted at breakpoint. It was soon over as Watson served out the match with ease to complete the upset win.Earlier in the day, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis were eliminated in the quarter-final of the women’s doubles, losing 2-6, 2-4 to Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova.advertisementlast_img read more

Olympics: Emmanuel Macron to meet with IOC bid evaluation team next week

first_imgFrench president elect Emmanuel Macron will meet next week in Paris with officials evaluating the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.Macron, who takes office on Sunday, spoke to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to reiterate his backing for the French bid, the centrist election winner’s movement, En Marche!, said in a statement.Bid organisers are hopeful that Macron’s internationalist outlook will be a boost to their campaign, and he had signalled his intent to meet with the IOC’s evaluation commission on Sunday.The En Marche! statement said Macron, who won the presidency in a runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen last Sunday, would meet with the commission “next week”.”Emmanuel Macron has always backed Paris 2024 since he launched his presidential bid. We are happy that the president elect took this initiative before officially taking power,” Paris 2024 bid leader Tony Estanguet said in a statement.The evaluation commission starts its three-day visit on Sunday, after a trip to Los Angeles, the only other city in the race to host the 2024 Games.The final vote will be held in Lima on September 13.Also Watch:last_img read more

Europe’s female representative presses FIFA on disparities

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe’s female representative on FIFA’s ruling council is determined to narrow the financial disparities between the men’s and women’s game, and she also wants to eradicate a “stupid cliche” about women in the sport.Evelina Christillin, a veteran Italian sports executive who worked on Turin’s 2006 Olympic bid before being a top official on the Winter Games, was elected unopposed on Wednesday by the UEFA Congress. She takes up one of six new guaranteed FIFA leadership roles for women in a drive for greater gender equality in the male-dominated sport.“I think female football is a wonderful sport,” Christillin said after the congress of European soccer’s governing body. “They are wonderful athletes and so they have to be respected and possibly paid not as much as men but at least recognized, honored and praised.”While FIFA gave out $576 million in prize money at the last men’s World Cup in 2014, including $35 million for champion Germany, the global governing body awarded only $15 million at last year’s Women’s World Cup, with $2 million going to the champion United States.“We have to work to improve and to boost these conditions both financially and sporting (for women),” Christillin said. “The same prize (money) would be difficult at the very beginning but little by little I think that this can be.”Asked about changing women’s football, Christillin said: “It’s very important because I hate this stupid cliche about women looking like false men playing football.”Christillin will arrive at her first FIFA Council meeting next month as an outsider, saying it will be her first visit to Zurich where the organization is based.“You don’t have to scream or beat your hands on the table to make yourself heard and understood,” she said. “If you show yourself capable and let’s say, not with authority, but with capability and sometimes with a smile (it) is not difficult.”The largesse around FIFA sits uncomfortably with Christillin.“I think many things have to be changed in terms of a moral way of living, less money for the executives, more money for building facilities and restructuring the ones deserving it,” she said. “It has to be a little rebranded and reshaped the world of football without corruption, without money wasted, without privileges.”That includes the $300,000 paid annually to FIFA Council members for the part-time role.“There is no reason why earning such an amount of money for doing a representative job,” Christillin said. “We should be honored by having the responsibility and the task of representing sport.”At the UEFA Congress, Christillin held talks with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, whose leadership style and decision-making has faced criticism in his first seven months in power.“I know he had a lot of difficulties in the beginning,” Christillin said. “It’s very difficult to change because the resistance of the predecessor is very hard to fight … (Infantino) had problems with the press, the old guard.“He is trying to diminish very much what Blatter did and the previous administration was earning or getting … he is very convinced that so many privileges in terms of financial (costs) — super hotels, super first-class trips and so on have to be canceled. And if this does not happen I will fight for that.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NBA Star Antetokounmpo’s Allure Draws Tourists to Greece

first_imgMILWAUKEE – Greek-Nigerian NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rising prominence is drawing tourists to Greece this year too.The “Greek Freak,” as he is affectionately known, wowed even other All-Stars at the East vs. West game with an array of dunks so astonishing they had other players ducking out of the way when he came down the lane.Antetokounmpo was the focus of attention in the recent “celebration” of New Orleans, where the biggest stars of the NBA gathered and coincided with the “high season” of Americans’ reservations to European destinations.Two days after the end of the All Star Game, the social media still write about the achievements of Antetokounmpo with the nickname the “Greek Freak.”According to US travel agencies, all this fame of Antetokounmpo has attracted the interest of American tourists who choose Greece over other famous European destinations for their next holidays, the Athens News Agency reported.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

VVS Laxman’s kids broke down after David Warner’s ball-tampering ban

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad were dealt with a huge blow ahead of the Indian Premier League this season when David Warner was banned from the tournament for a year following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March this year.David Warner had led SRH to victory in 2016 in just his second season as captain and took them to the play-offs last year with him finishing as their highest run-getter in both seasons.But Warner had to miss out on the IPL this season after being banned by Cricket Australia for a year along with Steve Smith after they were found guilty of ball tampering in the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cameron Bancroft, the third player in question, was banned for 9 months.The IPL Governing Council as a result, also had to ban Warner and Smith for this season. Both were supposed to lead their respective teams but couldn’t due to the ban.David Warner, banned from captaining Australia, named skipper in CanadaWarner, often criticised for his brash and aggressive attitude on the field, has a huge fan following in India despite his reputation in international cricket. Which is why millions were left heartbroken when he was banned from the IPL.Team mentor VVS Laxman’s kids were among those who were immensely disappointed with Warner missing out.Ball-tampering row: David Warner was key conspirator, Steve Smith knew of plan to cheatThe former India cricketer recently revealed that his son, Sarvajit (11), and daughter, Achinthya (9), broke down when they read about Warner’s ban in the newspaper.advertisementAustralia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coupMy kids had a gr8 evening & r very pleased to c one of their favourite cricketers @davidwarner31 score a scintillating 100Keep it up mate Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 30, 2017″Both of them are hardcore SRH fans. When we lose they are literally in tears. What really surprises me is the kind of knowledge Achinthya has. In such a short span of time, she knows the statistics of each and every IPL player.”When her friends come home for a play-date the way she, with authority, talks about the game like an expert. Both my kids are big David Warner fans and they know his importance in the team. The moment they got up in the morning and saw the headlines [David Warner’s ban] they started weeping. And I was surprised and I told them it’s okay,” Laxman revealed on Gaurav Kapur’s popular chat show Breakfast with Champions.WATCH”Also they were so disappointed when we lost to CSK (in qualifier 1). Faf (du Plessis) played a brilliant knock and it was such a close game. That’s the connect that they have got with SRH,” Laxman said.Laxman then went on to state that David Warner is one of the most misunderstood cricketers in the world and is sure that he will bounce back stronger.”David Warner has an X-factor even when he plays for Australia. When the pay-dispute happened between Australian players and the cricket board, the one guy who stood for the entire team was Warner. He’s always been someone who has been the face of the players.”He’s definitely misunderstood. Warner is a soldier, he does everything possible for the team. I’ve seen him at Sunrisers the way he used to interact with all the Indian uncapped players. People used to be scared of him initially. People from other franchises used to come and tell us that we made a big mistake by picking him.”But we have been pleasantly surprised and he’s been remarkable. That is why we gave him the captaincy. It will be interesting to see how he comes back. I have got no doubt that he will bounce back stronger,” Laxman said.last_img read more

Athenahealth fetches 57 billion cash buyout offer

first_imgAthenahealth shares soared Monday after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer.Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital plan to give athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that will take the company private. That represents a roughly 12 per cent premium over the closing price of athenahealth shares on Friday.But the latest deal is smaller than a $6.5 billion bid that prominent investor Elliott Management Corp. made in May.Elliott Management made its offer for $160 per share in cash after saying it had grown frustrated with athenahealth’s struggles, which included missed guidance targets and churning through five chief financial officers in the last four years.A month after Elliott made its offer, co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush said he was stepping down.Athenahealth said Monday that Elliott Management supported the latest deal offer. Evergreen Coast Capital is an Elliott affiliate that invests in technology.Athenahealth, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, makes medical record, revenue cycle and care co-ordination products and delivers most of it through the cloud. On Friday, it reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, but its revenue fell short of the average forecast on Wall Street.The latest athenahelath bid offers “a decent valuation for what has increasingly appeared to be a struggling business,” Leerink analyst David Larsen said in a research note.“We believe that following the long and tumultuous sales process it is unlikely another bidder will emerge,” he wrote.Evergreen and Veritas plan to pair athenahealth with Virence Health, which Veritas bought earlier this year. The combination will operate under the athenahealth brand and stay headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. Virence Chairman and CEO Bob Segert will lead it.Athenahealth’s board of directors unanimously approved the deal, which the company expects to close in the first quarter. Shareholders still have to vote on it.Athenahealth stock jumped about 9.5 per cent, to $131.73 while broader indexes slipped Monday morning.last_img read more

Grains livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery was up 7.80 cents at $4.6920 a bushel; Jul corn rose 4.44 cents at $3.8220 a bushel; July oats gained 1 cent at $2.9360 a bushel; while Jul soybeans fell 14 cents at 8.4320 bushel.Beef and pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle rose 1.65 cents at $1.1112 a pound; May feeder cattle was up .83 cent at $1.3460 a pound; Jun lean hogs was .95 cent higher at .9200 a pound.The Associated Press

On independence anniversary President calls for war on corruption

The President also paid tribute to the members of security forces who made immense sacrifices to defeat the LTTE. “When the LTTE terrorists attempted to break our country, our Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defence Services made sacrifices, their lives and limbs and being handicapped, even denying their children and families a proper family life, suffering many such painful experiences on behalf of the future of the nation, freedom of the nation and unity and the territorial integrity,” he said.President Sirisena pointed out the need for communal harmony among the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher communities to build the nation. Pointing out the right of the people to live as equal citizens, the President said the fullest commitment and support of every section was essential to achieve true reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena said the fight against corruption is the self defence of the nation and it is an imperative need of the era.He said that corruption has become one of the main impediments to the progress towards prosperity, which is the aspiration of all citizens. Stating the importance of identifying development priorities, the President pointed out that there were adverse repercussions due to the implementation of personal agendas in development strategies.Emphasizing the need for financial discipline, President Sirisena said politicians as well as public servants including every head of departments fulfilling the responsibilities towards the people must act with utmost fiscal discipline. “There is a requirement of a national movement against corruption in order to establish a clean political culture and such a collective movement must be mobilized with the participation of the intellectual community of the country,” he said.He also said that the experiences gained during the past 70 years must be used to face the future challenges.“One of the main challenges is poverty and every government implemented different programmes to free the people from poverty and they have made positive contributions. With those experiences, we have launched programmes to achieve that end and there is a need to make them more intelligent and efficient and I am sure with such measures we can win this challenge,” the President said. Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 70th independence anniversary celebrations at the Galle Face in Colombo today, the President said that a broad national movement against corruption is essential for the self defence of the march towards progress of the country. He said that bribery, corruption, fraud and malpractices are having the most adverse impact on the economic independence of the country and so all the politicians should fulfill their duties in an exemplary manner. read more

Valeant Pharmaceuticals announces shakeup on its board of directors

Valeant Pharmaceuticals announces shakeup on its board of directors by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 29, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals is shaking up its board of directors, with half of them not standing for re-election, the Quebec-based drugmaker announced Friday.Among the seven of the 14 board members not seeking re-election are the company’s outgoing CEO, Michael Pearson, and former chief financial officer Howard Schiller. The board had previously requested Schiller tender his resignation as a director, but he refused.In addition, five independent directors will not stand for re-election at the company’s annual meeting scheduled for June 14, when the board will be reduced to 11 members.The company also announced three new independent director nominees.“As we transition to new leadership, it is a natural time to welcome three independent nominees who bring important new perspective and expertise to the board,” Robert Power, the chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the board, said in a statement.The news came after the company announced it filed its restated financial statements for 2015 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The pharmaceutical giant had received default notices from its debtholders due to the failure to file its form 10-K with the regulator.Valeant (TSX:VRX) said Friday the filing of the document corrects the problem and it is in full compliance with its credit agreement.Valeant missed a March deadline because of a need to restate how it reported about US$58 million of revenue from U.S. mail-order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services, an affiliated company that has since been shut down.Once Canada’s most valuable company by stock market value, Valeant’s stock has plunged by nearly 90 per cent amid controversy on several fronts, including its relationship with Philidor and its increases to drug prices.Pearson, Schiller and Bill Ackman — a new director whose hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management is the second-largest shareholder in Valeant — expressed regret for hiking drug prices during a grilling Wednesday by a U.S. Senate committee.In addition to Congressional probes over alleged drug-price gouging, it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Attorney’s offices in Massachusetts and New York.The company also disclosed Friday it is under investigations by the North Carolina Department of Justice over three drugs under scrutiny from Congress and the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety over Philidor.Quebec’s securities regulator, L’Autorite des marches financiers, has also requested documents about the internal committee it set up to review Philidor, its relationship with the company, Valeant’s accounting practices and other matters. read more

JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

Compensation payout for mum left unable to open her jaw wider than

first_img 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. Stock image of surgeons  I was in pain around my jaw and throat but I thought that must be normalAmanda Walker Ms Walker, who has an 11-year-old son named Louis, at first did not realise the severity of the situation.She said: “I was in pain around my jaw and throat but I thought that must be normal. In the immediate aftermath of the operation I was taking ibuprofen so that masked some of the pain.”Days later I knew that it wasn’t right. I was still in a lot of pain. But at that point I didn’t even connect the pain in my jaw with the operation. It was only when I went to see my dentist and I was told the amount of damage that I started to put two and two together.”I was in total shock to think this could have happened.” She had to live on a diet of bananas and soup The last thing she expected following the procedure was to be enduring years of agonising pain in her jawRoss McWilliams, medical negligence lawyer Ms Walker has had to go through numerous operationsCredit:Christopher Furlong /Gettycenter_img Ms Walker, from Knarsborough, North Yorks., has received a payout between £100,000 and £400,000 and a written apology from the hospital.She said: “It turned out that during the operation I had not been given enough anaesthetic so I started to come around mid-procedure.”In her panic to rectify the situation the anaesthetist used a Laryngeal mask – a medical device that keeps a patient’s airway open during anaesthesia or unconsciousness – designed for a 25 stone man, forcing it down my throat.” In April 2011 Ms Walker’s jaw was drilled and forcefully flushed out to try and align the joints – but this only worked on her left-hand side.She had the same procedure in August of that year but again it did not work. The following month she had open surgery to shave away bone on the right side of her jaw, but once more it did not work.In the meantime, Ms Walker was in immense pain and was only able to open her jaw a tiny 2cm – if she tried to move it any more than that pain would shoot through her face.In May last year Ms Walker had a partial titanium jaw replacement at Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorks. Bananas  Ross McWilliams, an expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who represented Amanda, said: “Amanda has had an extremely difficult time over the last five years. She went into the hospital at a very distressing time for her, shortly after a miscarriage, and the last thing she expected following the procedure was to be enduring years of agonising pain in her jaw.”She is determined that the Trust and staff at the hospital learn from what happened to her. She was left in agonising pain that completely turned her life upside-down and she needed extensive facial surgery to correct the problems she suffered as a result of her dislocated jaw.”Amanda is aware that there she is likely to need further surgery in the future, which is obviously causing her a great deal of anxiety.”We are glad that the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust has finally admitted liability for the injuries Amanda suffered and agreed a settlement with her.”However, the Trust denied responsibility for what happened to her for four years, which caused a great deal of distress and prolonged the litigation unnecessarily for someone who has been desperate to put this terrible ordeal behind her and begin to get her life back on track.”No disciplinary procedure was ever brought for the anaesthetist reponsible for the damage.Dr David Scullion, Medical Director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust is pleased that an agreement has been reached. We have apologised to Ms Walker for the impact this injury has had on her, and I would like to reiterate that apology now.”We conducted an investigation into Ms Walker’s care with us in 2010 and want to give assurance that we have learned all we can from this incident.” A mother-of-one has received a six figure payout after a botched operation left her unable to open her mouth wider than 2cm for five years.Amanda Walker lived on a diet of soup and bananas, had difficulty talking and laughing and was in constant pain after a doctor dislocated her jaw while fitting breathing apparatus during a procedure.The 48-year-old had started to come around during a routine womb operation at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Hospital just days before Christmas in December 2010 which she needed as she had miscarried twins.The anaesthetist used excessive force when fitting a special mask to keep her airway open dislocating her jaw.last_img read more

Bad weather could affect search for missing fisherman

first_imgTHE SEARCH FOR a missing fisherman resumed at Lough Ree in Co Roscommon this morning, but bad weather looks set to interfere with the task.Three men went into the water after their boat capsized on Lough Ree on Thursday.While two of the men were rescued from the water, one of men – who was in his 20s – died just hours after his rescue. The second man is in critical condition in hospital.The accident happened when the men were travelling to Carnagh from Hodson Bay in Athlone on Thursday evening.The alarm was raised by a member of the public who saw the conditions the boat was facing.The crew found one of the three men in the water at around 4pm, while the second was found at 5.15pm.SearchThe third man has still not been found and the Coast Guard, gardaí and other emergency and rescue services are involved in a search for him.The Coast Guard helicopter was out for an hour and a half this morning, before returning to base to refuel.Nothing was found during its search. The Coast Guard said that a number of boats are taking part in the search, and the Lough Ree lifeboat is currently out at the moment.However, the forecast is “fairly poor” and as the day goes on the weather is set to deteriorate, with squally and gusty winds predicted.This will most likely affect the search for the missing Co Armagh man.The search is being concentrated on the south and east sides of the lough.All pics of the search: Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Read: Search for missing fisherman stood down for the evening>last_img read more

Suspect arrested in Vancouver Bank of America robbery

first_imgA suspect in a lunchtime robbery at Bank of America in downtown Vancouver was arrested later Friday a short distance away, according to the Vancouver Police Department.The robbery was reported at 12:28 p.m. Friday at the branch, at 805 Broadway, according to dispatch records.Witnesses told police a man entered the bank, passed a note to a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, a police statement said. Officers canvassed the area immediately after the report and could not locate anyone matching the robber’s description.Later, a detailed description and surveillance photo were sent to law enforcement, and a Vancouver Police Department administrator spotted a man matching the description in the 600 block of East Evergreen Boulevard, the statement said.Officers converged on the scene and took the man into custody and positively identified him as the robbery suspect, according to the statement. The man, Alejandro Velasquez Mendoza, 25, was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery and for an outstanding warrant. He is scheduled to make a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court, according to the jail’s roster.last_img read more

I5 Publishing Buys Say Media Pet Properties

first_imgI-5 Publishing is adding to its portfolio of pet brands by purchasing Dogster and Catster from Say Media.Terms weren’t disclosed.”As the world’s largest owned and operated online pet network, we want to bring a pet owner’s voice to our line of products, while executing on our commitment to growing our digital footprint, which is critical as we continue to evolve and expand our business,” says Mark Harris, CEO of I-5 Publishing, in a statement. “We look forward to integrating and leveraging the Dogster and Catster properties to bolster our company efforts and serve current and future pet owners and pet businesses across the globe.”The deal brings another 2.5 million unique visitors to I-5, doubling traffic to give the publisher the largest digital network in the $58-billion pet market. Much of I-5’s original portfolio (including Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy) came from the acquisition of BowTie Inc. early last year.For Say Media, which has 10 remaining titles primarily in fashion and tech verticals, the deal moves Dogster and Catster to more fitting company.”Taking them to the next level requires a company like I-5 Publishing where pets play a key part of the overall sales and editorial strategy,” says Matt Sanchez, Say Media CEO. “We’re thrilled to see Dogster and Catster find a home with a company that has a strong commitment to growing these brands and investing in the pet community.”last_img read more

Acuras working on a flagship concept for Monterey may also revive ZDX

first_img 3 Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 10 Photos More From Roadshow 52 Photos Share your voice Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 0 Car Industry General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Comments 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Post a comment 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Share your voice 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Concept Cars Car Industry Crossovers Coupes Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUVcenter_img 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 68 Photos 81 Photos 4 Photos More From Roadshow 69 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Tags Acura Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Enlarge ImageIf Acura’s forthcoming, nearly production-ready flagship concept looks like the Precision concept did, then it’s safe to say that it’ll make a splash in Monterey. Mullen Lowe With a couple of notable exceptions like the NSX and the last RSX, Acura has been living quite solidly at the dull end of the automotive spectrum for the past couple of decades. That started to look like it might change when the brand released the beautiful and aggressive Precision concept back in 2016.Unfortunately, the Precision concept didn’t herald any significant immediate changes, but now the rumor is that Acura is preparing to launch a new concept during this year’s Monterey Car Week that will be nearly production ready and would be a look at a soon-to-come flagship sedan, according to a report by Car & Driver published on Thursday.This new flagship concept would bear some resemblance to the long, low, sleek and suicide door-sporting Precision concept — and in our opinion, that would go a long way toward curing Acura’s lack of excitement. That would be doubly true if it threw the excellent turbo four-cylinder engine from the Civic Type R under the hood, though we wouldn’t hold our breath for that.Also included in Car & Driver’s article were hints that we might even be able to expect the second generation of Acura’s ZDX crossover coupe thing which originally ended production in 2013. Clearly, that car was ahead of its time, as has been proven by the plague of other coupe-overs to hit the market in the last year.Acura execs are allegedly looking at early designs for a new ZDX, and if that goes well, we’d expect to see one in the next few years.Acura representatives declined to comment on future products. 2010 Acura ZDX 71 Photos 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more 49 Photoslast_img read more

Identify villagewise government lands tahsildars told

first_imgEluru: West Godavari District Collector R Muthyala Raju has directed the tahsildars to identify village-wise government lands and submit reports at the earliest. He convened a videoconference with officials from district headquarters on different administrative issues here on Wednesday. He asked the tahsildars to specify the kind of government land and based on which he would conduct field inspection. If any mistakes observed during inspection, the concerned officials would have to face departmental action, he warned. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us During survey of lands, the officials should identify the vacant lands feasible for distribution of house site pattas to the poor. The Collector enquired the municipal commissioners about the training to village volunteers. He also reviewed arrangements for test to be conducted for recruitment of staff for newly coming up village secretariats. He asked ZP CEO to supervise arrangements as about two lakh candidates would attend for the test in the district.He also referred to various issues in the videoconference. Joint Collector M Venugopala Reddy accompanied him.last_img read more

The Eerie Prophecies of Mother Shipton that Terrified all of England

first_imgMother Shipton still provides a scare to British folklorists. In the spring of 1881, families across England deserted their homes, too terrified to sleep in their beds. They slept in fields or prayed in churches and chapels for God to spare their lives in the apocalypse that was foretold: “The world to an end shall come; in eighteen hundred and eighty-one.” The source of the population’s terror was Mother Shipton, also known as Ursula Shipton, a woman whose prophecies had been circulating through England and beyond since the 17th century.In often cryptic verse, the crone-like seer predicted wars, rebellions, and all types of natural disasters. After London burned in 1666, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary: “Mother Shipton’s word is out.” Her prophecies were published in one form or another over 20 times between 1641 and 1700.But in the 1800s, her predictions grew even more terrifying: The end-of-the-world was foretold in a book published in 1862. Its other prophetic verse included: “A carriage without a horse shall go; Disaster fill the world with woe; In water iron then shall float; As easy as a wooden boat.”The world did not end in 1881. People began sleeping in their beds once more. It was not the first time that fear of a Mother Shipton prediction convulsed a nation and it would not be the last.Mother Shipton and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, whose downfall as Henry VIII’s minister she foretold.Today there is considerable skepticism that a prophetess named Mother Shipton ever existed. Many of her written predictions are, after all, confirmed forgeries, created to sell greater numbers of chapbooks and almanacs. Her 1684 “biographer” spun spooky details of her birth and existence; the 1881 end-of-the-world prophecy was debunked when the Victorian editor Charles Hindley publicly confessed to concocting the verses himself.Nonetheless, belief in Mother Shipton persisted. Today a thriving tourist attraction called Mother Shipton’s Cave, at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, features the cave where she was born and the petrifying well where objects can turn to stone. There’s also a shop selling mugs, tea towels, thimbles, and wishing-well water in dark pink, ruby red, and kelly green.But just because Mother Shipton has become the label on kelly-green wishing-well water does not mean that she has no basis in fact. Like Robin Hood or King Arthur, it’s believed that if we were able to trace the myth-making back to the very beginning, a living, breathing person could be identified.Mother Shipton in Knaresborough Photo: Immanuel Giel CC BY 3.0There are no written references to Mother Shipton in the 1500s. That name does not appear in print until 1641; prophecies in her name didn’t exist in her lifetime or for decades afterward. But a mention of a “witch of York” in a chilling letter written by King Henry VIII himself could be the elusive source of the legend.The context of the letter is critical. It was written to Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk, while the duke was in the middle of a clean-up operation following the Northern rebellion against the king known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. Thousands of commoners and a fair number of nobles rose up against the reforms in religion forced on the country by Henry VIII. The rebels were particularly upset by the fresh taxes and the closing of the monasteries, which in the poorer regions of the North were needed sources of food, shelter, and medical care.The Duke of Norfolk had defeated this 1537 outbreak, which followed the main rebellion of 1536, and he was now imprisoning and then executing people without trial, imposing martial law. He wrote his king that he hanged more than 70.Mother Shipton’s houseHenry VIII, who wanted harsh measures taken against the rebels, dictated the following letter to Norfolk in response:“We approve of your proceedings in the displaying of our banner, which being now spread, till it is closed again the course of our laws must give place to martial law; and before you close it up again, you must cause such dreadful execution upon a good number of inhabitants, hanging them on trees, quartering them, and setting their heads and quarters in every town, as shall be a fearful warning, whereby shall ensue the preservation of a great multitude… You shall send up to us the traitors Bigod, the friar of Knareborough, Leche, if he may be taken, the vicar of Penrith and Towneley, late chancellor to the bishop of Carlise, who has been a great promoter of these rebellions, the witch of York and one Dr. Pykering, a canon. You are to see to the lands and goods of such as shall now be attainted, that we may have them in safety, to be given, if we be so disposed, to those who have truly served us…”“The witch of York”…could this be a contemporary reference to a woman who not only caused enough trouble to incite the wrath of Henry VIII but also transformed into Mother Shipton?Her legend grew and grew in the 1600s, in published almanacs: Ursula was born in a cave in 1488, the child of an orphan servant girl and an unknown father–perhaps Lucifer himself. She was singularly ugly, called “Devils Bastard” and “Hag-face.” Nonetheless, Ursula married a builder named Toby Shipton and lived quietly with him, never prosecuted for witchcraft though regularly uttering prophecy. “Her stature,” wrote her biographer, “was larger than common, her body crooked, her face frightful; but her understanding extraordinary.” How much of this describes the “witch of York” described by Henry VIII is unknown.Sculpture of Mother Shipton in her alleged birthplace, a cave in Knaresborough .Photo:chris 論 –CC BY 3.0The fact that Mother Shipton’s first known prediction concerned the fate of Cardinal Wolsey is significant. According to Wolsey’s gentleman usher and later biographer, George Cavendish, Wolsey, near the end of his life, was disturbed by a prophecy he heard. Cavendish wrote: ” ‘There is a saying, quoth he, ‘that When this cow rideth the bull, then priest beware thy skull.” According to Tudor-court interpretation, the cow was Anne Boleyn, who in her holding sway over Henry VIII and convincing him to divorce his queen to marry her, triggered the break with the Catholic Church. Mother Shipton was not attributed to this prophecy by Cavendish. But in the future, her soothsaying would intertwine with Wolsey’s fate.Belief in prophecy ran through every level of Tudor society. It reached a fever pitch during the dangerous 1530s, when queens and courtiers were beheaded, monasteries fell, and rebels were hanged from trees across the North of England.Mother Shipton’s cave.  Photo:chris 論 –CC BY 3.0Many prophecies were used for political purposes. Uprisers against Henry VII said they were following the ancient sages. The rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace cried that Henry VIII was the ancient “Mouldwarp,” a monster ruler foretold by Merlin who would be “cast down.” Anthony Babington, who conspired to assassinate Elizabeth I, carried a prediction of Merlin’s sayings. One popular prophecy during Elizabeth’s time was “When HEMPE is soon, England’s done.” HEMPE was thought to stand for Henry-Elizabeth-Mary-Philip-Elizabeth.Madeleine Dodds in Political Prophecies in the Reign of Henry VIII wrote: “Political prophecies tended to be invoked at a time of crisis, usually to demonstrate that some drastic change, either desired or already accomplished, had been foreseen by the sages of the past.”Related story from us: Eleanor Cobham, a seductive royal duchess, was found guilty of witchcraft in 15th century and forced to walk through London in penanceIn the 1700 and 1800s, Mother Shipton’s prophecies broadened to cataclysmic disasters, amazing inventions, and, of course, the end of the world. Stripped of politics, they were more potent than ever. Perhaps they filled a deep craving within to feel that everything happens by some design, even if it is drawn by an ancient mystic, sage or witch. We are all of us fulfilling an obscure and coded destiny.It’s a craving that we still see around us today. It just might be part of being human.Nancy Bilyeau, the U.S. editor of The Vintage News, has written a trilogy of novels set in the court of Henry VIII: ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Chalice,’ and ‘The Tapestry.’ The books are for sale in the U.S., the U.K., and seven other countries. For more information, go to read more