The ban on consumption of tobacco products such as gutka and pan masala has been tightened in Goa with the State Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) banning the products under the Food Safety Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. The Act came into force in 2011.Salim Veljee, Goa Director of FDA, said the gutka lobby was trying to exploit loopholes in the ban under Public Health Act by separating Ghutka from pan masala using packaging gimmicks. “By banning the products under the FSSA, the loophole has been fixed. This ban makes everything consumed orally associated with tobacco as food.”As per Food and Safety Standards Authority of India, under the Act, gutka and pan masala consumed in any form and used in any type of containers for production, sale, consumption and storage will be banned for one year.
‘I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav ‘First time in history’Some RJD leaders and party workers were seen receiving Mr. Yadav and shouting slogans in his favour at the Patna airport. However, a lone senior JD(U) leader Ramai Ram, said to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, also accompanied Mr. Sharad Yadav from the airport.Mr. Sharad Yadav continued his three-day journey of “direct interaction with the people of the State” and received a warm welcome at Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. “In the history of Independent India, it has happened for the first time that two parties contesting against each other on separate manifestos joined hands midway and formed the government,” Mr. Yadav said while addressing people at Hajipur.At Sonepur, he said, “People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and ministers in Patna but, there is the real Janata Dal among the masses.” When asked whether his tour would not amount to ‘anti-party activity’, Mr. Yadav declined to comment.Meanwhile, JD(U) State chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh reminded him, “JD(U) means Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar means JD(U).” On his three-day Bihar tour, State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh said, “It is his [Sharad Yadav’s] personal initiative and the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.” Earlier, along with Sharad Yadav, two other JD(U) Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — had also opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).If sources in the JD(U) are to be believed, party chief Nitish Kumar may suspend Mr. Sharad Yadav from the JD(U), which would mean that the latter would lose all his privileges that a leader of party in the Rajya Sabha.Grapevine abuzzThe political grapevine in the State is abuzz that Sharad Yadav is in touch with some other disgruntled JD(U) leaders, MLAs and MPs to form a new alliance with the RJD and the Congress to take on Mr. Nitish Kumar.“The JD(U)’s 14 State presidents are with Sharad Yadav…let Nitish Kumar be with his Bihar unit and rule the State with the BJP,” said Arun Kumar Shrivastva, who was recently was removed from the post of general secretary of the JD(U) after the lone party MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, declared that he had voted for the Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. Also Read Kicking-off his three day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar, disgruntled Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Thursday said, “I continue to stand by the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (‘grand alliance’) of the RJD, Congress and JD(U)…ending the alliance is betrayal of the mandate of 11 crore people of the State…the mandate was given for five years.”Accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on his tour, the senior JD(U) leader said, “I was personally hurt and pained by [the decision] as I too had campaigned hard for the ‘grand alliance’.”
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Nemanja Matic is out of today’s clash with Liverpool in the Premier League and will likely be sidelined for “a couple of weeks”.The 30-year-old midfielder has featured in 12 of Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge of Manchester United and will surely be missed in their big clash with rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.Taking Matic’s place in the midfield is Scott McTominay after the Serbian was forced to withdraw due to an injury he sustained in training during the week.“He [Matic] got injured during one of the training sessions a few days ago,” Solskjaer told MUTV.”We tried to get him fit for the game but it was not to be. He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, but we will manage without him.”We tried to get him fit for the game but it was not to be. He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, but we will manage without him.“Scott has played in these games before. He is an Academy kid who knows the importance of this game. He has got some of the same attributes that Nemanja has, so I am sure he will slot in there and do well.”Matic was signed from Chelsea in 2017 by Jose Mourinho and has been an ever-present figure in the United line-up ever since.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But now Matic could be absent for United’s Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Southampton this week along with the return leg of their last-16 Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain on March 6, where Solskjaer’s side must overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit.Although former assistant coach Rene Meulensteen recently spoke out against the Serbian by claiming that he’s too slow to be a decent midfield partner for Paul Pogba.Meanwhile, David de Gea has replaced Sergio Romero in goal for United’s game today against Liverpool.Team-Line UpsManchester United: De Gea, Young (captain), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.Subs: Romero, Bailly, Alexis, Lingard, A. Pereira, Fred, Dalot.Liverpool: Alisson, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson (captain), Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.
Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaMichele Gay and Alissa Parker founded the nonprofit, Safe and Sound Schools, after their daughters Josephine and Emilie were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.This week, about 400 people are gathering in Houston for a national summit on school safety, including educators, law enforcement officials, counselors and architects. Two moms whose daughters were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting are helping lead the event, which is also sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Houston and the regional service center of the Texas Education Agency.Beforehand, the two moms, Michele Gay and Alissa Parker, talked with News 88.7 about their nonprofit Safe and Sound Schools, their meeting with some Santa Fe families and how to improve school safety.Q: Can you tell me about Safe and Sound Schools?Michele Gay: The mission really is to help prepare schools for safety and that’s about helping them learn to better prevent, respond to and recover from any type of school-based tragedy. And that’s very much a personal mission for us, given that we founded the organization in honor of our daughters, Joey and Emilie.Q: I’m very sorry for your loss. With the summit coming up, can you tell me about the meeting that you’ve had with some of the Santa Fe families?Gay: It was a real blessing for us before embarking on this summit to be reminded of why we do this work — and just to sit and talk. We shared our personal experiences, our challenges in terms of recovery, things that we learned in hopes that, perhaps, we save them a couple of steps on the journey. And more than anything, just really encourage them to be kind to each other, kind to themselves. To know that it’s a marathon, not a race.Alissa Parker: It’s always really emotional for me to go and talk to people who’ve gone through something similar to what we have — in whatever capacity. It takes me back to that experience and that tragedy. And it reminds me why it’s so important to continue to be an advocate.Q: You said that you try to help them skip a few steps. What specifically do you mean?Parker: It’s not about skipping steps. It’s about thoroughly going through the steps. It’s about not trying to rush your process, to feel what you have to feel, to process what you have to process. Healing takes a long time. In fact, it goes on your entire life. So, I think it’s accepting that it’s a long process and having patience with yourself. Their process is their process and no one should tell them how to do it.Gay: Maybe saving missteps is a better way to phrase that, because there aren’t really any shortcuts, unfortunately. But I know for us, it was helpful to learn from others about some some pitfalls on the journey. It was shared with us early on that we would be served to keep our mission true to our girls. It became obvious that it would be helping communities come together around their schools and school safety. Avoiding the politics would be something that would save us a tremendous amount of heartache and personal pain and would really help us to to propel this positive legacy.Q: There’s been some very sad news in the last couple of weeks of continued trauma and loss both with Parkland and Sandy Hook. How much is this secondary trauma something that you worry about?Parker: I think that when a traumatic event occurs, the ripple effects last a very long time. It’s easy for people to underestimate how long those remain. It’s important for us to be able to identify those things in ourselves and identify those in the loved ones around us. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect situation in which we can. It’s something that I think we want to wrap a pretty bow on and say, ‘We’re good. We did it. The end date is here. I have healed.’ But it’s not that simple.Gay: I would agree and the losses in Parkland, they rippled through us immediately. And then very shortly, the loss of our friend Jeremy (Richman) in Newtown just underscores how important it is that we stay connected, take care of each other, check on each other.We were talking with the other families — this is the club that no one wants to belong to. But it is the family that will never leave you and will take good care of you. We do have this sort of family across the country of survivors from tragedies like ours and some that are not quite like ours, but very tragic nonetheless. And we do, I feel, a very good job of sending each other a text from time to time, picking up the phone from time to time, doing a gut-check here and there. Keeping a watch on each other in a way that I think probably nobody else could.Q: Shifting gears for a moment to your mission and what you’re trying to do, what do you see as most lacking when it comes to school safety?Gay: There’s no shortage of people that want to do the right thing. It’s just that sometimes we get really comfortable in our silos. Maybe law enforcement doesn’t know what the school officials have been working on. And the school officials don’t necessarily know of some of the things that the school-based staff have been working on. So, I think collaboration is one of the greatest challenges and it also happens to be one of the things that caused us to put this summit together.Q: In the Texas Legislature right now, there are some bills to increase funding for school safety, especially for security and hardening schools. Do you feel like that is the way to go?Parker: I think that each of those different components are equally important. So, if you focus only on one, you drop the rest of the balls. It is a juggling act. So, yes, we support any legislation that funds any of those different components. But does one of them solve it all? No. It definitely is something that you have to balance, always.Gay: I would say one thing that we really dislike — and maybe that’s because we’re parents and I’m a former elementary school teacher — is the term of hardening schools. It sounds so cold. It sounds like that picture you might have in your mind of a school as a prison and that is certainly not what we are promoting when we talk about school security, school infrastructure, design and tools and technology. Yes, those things are tangible … But in this day and age, the amazing thing is that we can have those things and we can still have a warm, beautiful, inviting environment.This interview was edited for length and clarity.