West Ham winger Michail Antonio says it’s a “difficult situation” for Declan Rice to commit to either Ireland or England.Rice is faced with a massive decision to make, as he has to choose to represent either England, his country of birth or Republic of Ireland – after coming up through their youth teams, and West Ham teammate says he wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.Having only featured for Ireland in friendlies, Rice is still eligible to be called up by Gareth Southgate for England duty.Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland have omitted him from their squad while he deliberates his future.“It’s a difficult situation because I can’t put myself in his shoes,” Antonio told Sky Sports.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ve spoken to him about it and he’s got a bit of loyalty to Ireland playing in the younger teams, but then when England comes knocking it’s hard to ignore.“I think he’s doing the right thing by taking his time, thinking about the situation.“But it doesn’t matter who he picks, he’s going to be playing for either team, in the position that he is.“At the age of 19, 20 tomorrow, I don’t think there are many people better than him in that holding position. I think that’s his best position.”
Kolkata: West Bengal has registered a rise in the number of trafficking cases in recent years as more people are coming forward to report such incidences, a state minister has said. Over the years, the state government, with the help of various welfare organisations, has been able to convince people to fight the menace, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Shashi Panja said.”People often indulge in blame game, pointing fingers at the state government for the increase in the number of trafficking incidents. That isn’t the case. In the past few years, we have seen more people mustering courage to talk about their plight,” she asserted. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPanja was speaking at the seventh edition of ‘Anti-Trafficking in Persons Conclave’, hosted recently by the US consulate in Kolkata, in association with Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini.The two-day meet saw students, activists, journalists, government officials and security personnel coming together to find a solution to the issue that had been plaguing India and its neighbours.Lauding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the internationally acclaimed Kanyashree scheme, the minister said over 47 lakh girls have benefited from the move. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedKanyashree aims to ensure that girls stay in school and delay their marriages till at least age 18. As per the scheme, Rs 750 is paid annually to girls studying in class 8 and above, and a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 is paid after she turns 18 provided she is engaged in an academic or occupational pursuit and unmarried.”The scheme is a safety net for many girls, who wish to study and do something with their life,” Panja added.Echoing similar sentiments, US Consul General Craig Hall, who addressed the inaugural session of the meet, said human trafficking was a global problem. The US and India, as enduring partners of the 21st century, are committed to providing leadership on issues of shared interests, including the strengthening of human rights, he said.”In the last seven years, we have seen great examples of collaboration between civil society organisations and the government to combat trafficking,” Hall added.Sharing his experiences, Shrikumar Bandopadhyay, the IG of Sashastra Seema Bal, Siliguri frontier, said the porous international borders often make it easy for traffickers to escape law.”We visit schools in remote areas to generate awareness among the youths about the safe use of social media and the risks of giving in to temptations,” he said.”In the past two years, we have rescued at least 150 victims from the clutches of traffickers,” he stated.Ravi Kant, the founder of NGO Shakti Vahini, said the conclave gave all stakeholders a chance to brainstorm ways to tackle the global menace.”The two-day meet is a great occasion to strengthen our fight against forced labour and human trafficking. It is time that all stakeholders unite to end the menace once and for all,” he added.
Kolkata: A fake doctor was arrested from Gorabazar area of Murshidabad on Thursday. The police also arrested his associate. The arrested doctor has been identified as Sadananda Sarkar. His chamber has been sealed.The police said the doctor used to treat patients suffering from venereal diseases and enjoyed a highly successful practice in the area. He had been treating patients for many years and even used to extort money from the patients. Hoping that they will be cured soon, the patients used to fulfill his demands. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe matter came to the fore when a patient from Bhagawangola lodged a complaint with the police after failing to get results. The doctor, however, continued to assure him and took fees for treatment. This raised suspicion of the patient.Posing as patients, the police visited the doctor’s chamber and began interrogation. The doctor failed to show any document or registration number to the police and finally broke down. He was arrested along with his associate and the chamber was sealed.The police said that till now, eight fake doctors have been arrested from Murshidabad.