Sheffield Utd boss Wilder: I watched Liverpool from the Kop as a boyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits he stood on the Kop at Anfield as a young boy.Wilder’s dad is from Norris Green on Merseyside and his uncle took him on the Kop a couple of times in the 1970s as a kid during trips to see his relatives.Wilder saw Liverpool greats Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes in their pomp and remembers being carried down the Kop in an avalanche of people when the Reds scored.“I was on the Kop with my uncle Colin, he’ll like this plug!” said the Sheffield United boss ahead of hosting the Reds today. “He took me a couple of times.“I would have been eight or nine when we used to go for Christmas holidays and we’d have the odd trip to Anfield.“As people at the time will know and relate to you, you started halfway up the Kop, then when Liverpool scored you ended anywhere, possibly down the bottom, and my uncle would take the next 20 minutes to try and find me.“It was great to experience in my formative, young years. I am, and always will be, a Sheffield United supporter, but that part of me has always been there from my dad’s side and my uncle and my auntie.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard: My relationship with Giroud is really goodby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he speaks regularly with Olivier Giroud.The veteran has been on the outer this season.Lampard said, “My relationship with Olivier is really good. He’s a great professional, trains at a level every day, great in the dressing room and passes on his experience, but everyone keeps asking me about the players that aren’t playing. It’s a difficult one.”Some players can’t play, whether they’re 32 or at the other end of the spectrum at 21. They have to keep working and be positive within the group. I want the club to win and when I choose to select people or not, it’s because I think it’s the best thing.”Everyone wants to play, I understand that – I was one of the worst, I hated not playing – but all I want to see is positivity. I’m seeing that, and that’s something maybe the outside world doesn’t see. We need a big squad to be a successful team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ronaldo: Sarri has improved on Allegri’s Juventus workby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo admits he’s enjoying playing for Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.Ronaldo believes Juventus have changed for the better this season.“We’ve changed with Sarri to improve,” he said at a Press conference for their Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow.“I have more freedom. We’ve changed a lot, we’re improving and there are still things to fix but I’m very happy.“We did a great job with Allegri, but with Sarri we’ve improved. My position has changed a but.“I always try to occupy the areas on the pitch where I feel best. I like to have freedom of movement.“We must fight to assert ourselves again in the League and try to win the Champions League.“This is our objective. Collective results are important. As for the Ballon d’Or, I have nothing to say about it.“It’s not important whether I win it or not. If there are individual awards, it’ll be the result of results with the team.“Now we have a match to play, I’m thinking about that and nothing else. I like what he asks us to do on the field.“Compared to the past, we’re creating more chances. We’re having great possession and we move around differently.“I’m very happy with how things are going with the new Coach. I’m satisfied and happy with what we’re doing.”
Georgia doesn’t want to see a repeat of this in 2015.Louisville loses a number of defensive stars, including interception machine Gerod Holliman, from last year’s excellent defense, but a pair of Georgia transfers will look to pick up the slack. Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins both played for current Louisville defensive coordinator at UGA. Harvey-Clemons was directly involved in Georgia’s heartbreaking 2013 loss to Auburn. Nick Marshall’s 4th-and-18 heave deflected off of his hands into those of receiver Ricardo Louis for the game-winning touchdown. That’s the type of play that could haunt a guy for his entire career, but for Harvey-Clemons, the chance to play Auburn again was a major selling point that helped lock up his transfer to Louisville.When former Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was being recruited to Louisville, one of the unexpected selling points for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham — formerly at UGA as well — was who the Cardinals would play in Harvey-Clemons’ first eligible game with the new program. Auburn. “When he said that,” Harvey-Clemons said, “I just knew it was meant for me to come here, really. I’ve been waiting to play them again. I look forward to it.”With Jeremy Johnson at quarterback, Auburn may be a bit more pass-oriented than they have been in recent years under Gus Malzahn. Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins might have a few opportunities to get some revenge on the Tigers come September 5 in Atlanta. [Courier-Journal]
Twitter/@theACCESPN released a roundtable discussion Friday morning in which its college football writers decide just how many College Football Playoff contenders there are in each conference heading into 2016. As you’d expect, ESPN believes the ACC has two playoff contenders – Clemson and Florida State.From ESPN’s Andrea Adelson:For the first time, the ACC has multiple playoff contenders headed into the season: Clemson and Florida State. Their emergence has begun to change the narrative about ACC football, which has muscled its way into the national conversation over the past three seasons. So far, the league is 2-for-2 in getting teams into the College Football Playoff. (It also has the last BCS champion.) Whether it goes 3-for-3 largely depends on its two best teams: The Tigers hope to get back into the playoff for a second straight season behind Deshaun Watsonand seven other returning starters on offense; Florida State hopes to take down the Tigers behind Dalvin Cook and a stout defensive front. They meet Oct. 29 in Tallahassee, Florida. The winner has the inside track, though it probably has to end up undefeated to assure its playoff spot.The ACC has been decided during the annual meeting between the Seminoles and the Tigers for some time now, and that does’t appear to be changing in 2016. Louisville is a young, talented team that could cause some fits, and Miami has a leader in quarterback Brad Kaaya, but the conference will be won on October 29 in Tallahassee. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Toughest Stadiums To Play In This YearHow Much Money The Big Ten Made Last YearMatt Leinart Jokes About Kevin Love’s Quote
We’re officially three months away from college football’s first contest – Cal vs. Hawaii – so it’s time to start making some predictions. No, we don’t just mean for division winners, bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff field. We’re going to make predictions for every game. Every game that involves a Power 5 team, at least.Let’s get started with week one – which features a dozen big-time matchups. Week 1 Highlights:Tennessee looks like the most impressive team in the country, blasting Appalachian State.Stanford takes down Kansas State in an important non-conference matchup.UCLA hands Texas A&M a tough non-conference loss.Oklahoma holds off upstart Houston.LSU handles Wisconsin despite offensive struggles.Alabama crushes USC.Clemson downs Auburn on a last-second touchdown.Notre Dame has no problem with Texas.Florida State surprises Ole Miss with 21 fourth-quarter points.Here are the standings and the College Football Playoff outlook after week one:Here are the scores for every Power 5 game:California 33, Hawaii 7 Utah 43, Southern Utah 10 Minnesota 20, Oregon State 13 Wake Forest 20, Tulane 10 Louisville 45, Charlotte 23 Indiana 42, Florida International 17 NC State 55, William & Mary 10 Tennessee 65, Appalachian State 7 South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 Colorado 31, Colorado State 30 Stanford 17, Kansas State 7 Syracuse 24, Colgate 20 Michigan State 31, Furman 0 Ohio State 31, Bowling Green 17 Penn State 45, Kent State 20 Iowa 20, Miami (OH) 17 Northwestern 24, Western Michigan 3 Purdue 10, Eastern Kentucky 9 Kansas 27, Rhode Island 20 TCU 45, South Dakota State 10 Texas Tech 45, Stephen F Austin 20 BYU 27, Arizona 20 Baylor 35, Northwestern State 10 Iowa State 35, Northern Iowa 31 Arkansas 45, Louisiana Tech 23 UCLA 31, Texas A&M 23 Mississippi State 40, South Alabama 20 West Virginia 45, Missouri 20 Kentucky 34, Southern Miss 31 Arizona State 51, Northern Arizona 13 Oregon 50, UC Davis 7 Washington 54, Rutgers 23 Washington State 34, Eastern Washington 20 Nebraska 40, Fresno State 13 Illinois 19, Murray State 11 Maryland 24, Howard 7 Georgia Tech 23, Boston College 7 Oklahoma 24, Houston 20 Michigan 70, Hawaii 7 Virginia Tech 34, Liberty 10 Pittsburgh 17, Villanova 9 Virginia 17, Richmond 7 LSU 30, Wisconsin 20 Georgia 27, North Carolina 13 Duke 30, NC Central 3 Miami 30, Florida A&M 7 Alabama 31, USC 7 Clemson 35, Auburn 31 Notre Dame 35, Texas 10 Florida State 24, Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 48, SE Louisiana 0 Florida 34, UMass 6Next: Week 2 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14
The seemingly never-ending career Kazuyoshi Miura is set to continue on for at least one more year. Japanese second-tier side Yokohama FC have announced an extension of the contract with 51-year-old, giving him the chance to extend his own records. Miura, who broke Stanley Matthews’ record as the oldest professional to score a goal in 2017, retired from international football 18 years ago with 89 caps and 55 goals for Japan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I updated the contract for 2019 season,” he said after signing the new deal. “Thanks to everyone who always supports.” The veteran forward started his career with Santos and spent several years in Brazil before returning to his homeland in 1990 and seeing off the likes of Gary Lineker and Zico to be named MVP in the inaugural J.League season three years later, and is the only player still active from the first season of the J League. Miura was also named Asian Player of the Year in 1993 but was controversially left out of Japan’s 1998 World Cup squad, despite scoring 14 goals as the country qualified for the first time. This season will mark his 34th year as a professional player, but the legendary striker has no plans to slow down. Miura doesn’t see the field nearly as much as he once did, playing in just nine league matches last season, all as a substitute, while starting twice in the Emperor’s Cup. “When you are 51 years old, you lose power; fitness is very complicated,” Yokohama’s Brazilian manager Edson Tavares told the New York Times last year. “I have to be honest with him. When it’s possible, I use him.” But that hasn’t stopped him from pushing on to continue living the professional dream. “I will not waste it for one minute, one second,” Miura vowed. “I think that I want to go face-to-face with football and go to daily training with maximum power.” The goals have also dried up, with the once-prolific frontman having failed to find the net for the club last year.But with his birthday just around the corner – Miura turns 52 in February – you wouldn’t put it past him to set a new record for the oldest professional to score a goal at some point in 2019.
Lane Kiffin.Former USC safety Gerald Bowman does not appear to be a fan of Lane Kiffin.Before the Trojans kicked off against Alabama tonight, Bowman took to Twitter to blast the former USC head coach.Bowman played at USC from 2012-13. Kiffin was USC’s head coach from 2010-13.I always wanted to say this man F#%* Kiffin!!! Straight up!!— GBOW (@Gerald_Bowman) September 4, 2016Appreciate him offering me but he did me dirty!! Didn’t want to see me shine!! Call a spade a spade!!— GBOW (@Gerald_Bowman) September 4, 2016Fuck em ? https://t.co/zioKSktQ5W— GBOW (@Gerald_Bowman) September 4, 2016Bowman played sparingly the 2012 season and was injured for some of ’13.He’s currently a defensive back for the Baltimore Ravens.Alabama and USC are playing on ABC.
Philippe Coutinho’s representative has arrived in Barcelona to continue negotiations surrounding the Brazilian’s departure.Giuliano Bertolucci landed in the Spanish city on Wednesday morning to discuss the midfielder’s potential exit.His trip to Spain came following a flight to France, where he had talks with representatives of Paris Saint-Germain, and a quick trip to Lisbon to hold talks with Brazilian side Flamengo over the future of another client, Mario Balotelli. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Coutinho’s future is the agent’s biggest concern at the moment, though, as two possibilities remain on the table.The former Liverpool star could still move to PSG as part of a deal that would bring Neymar to Barcelona, while a loan to Bayern Munich with an option to buy also remains on the table.Barcelona sent a delegation including technical manager Eric Abidal to France for talks with PSG over a deal for Neymar, making an opening offer in the region of €100 million (£93m/$104m), plus Coutinho.Meanwhile, a spokesman for Barcelona told Goal on Tuesday that Bayern Munich remain interested.A full-on transfer to PSG without an exchange is also still a potential solution.On the Barcelona side, sorting out Coutinho’s departure remains a top priority as the club has already conceded to loaning him out for free if necessary.Coutinho is one of Barca’s highest earners and, with the addition of Antoine Griezmann this summer, the club is desperate to both trim the wage bill and move on from a player that has no guaranteed place in the team’s starting line-up.The 27-year-old joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for a £142 million ($201m) fee, making him the third-most expensive transfer of all time.He scored 10 goals in 22 appearances during his first half-season with Barcelona before firing 11 in 53 appearances last campaign.While Barca cruised to another La Liga crown, the club fell short in the Champions League, with Coutinho and Co. falling to overcome the Brazilian’s former side Liverpool following a stunning semi-final comeback.Barca will face Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Friday in the club’s first match of the domestic season.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)C.J. Harris was set to play for Auburn football this season. The Georgia native called it “a dream,” after he was offered the chance to be a walk-on for the Tigers. However, a medication that he takes to battle seizures is banned by the NCAA, and may not be able to play.As a sophomore in high school, C.J. Harris was diagnosed with epilepsy, after suffering his fourth seizure. It took until January 2017, after 14 total seizures, for doctors to find a medication that worked. Harris began taking cannabis oil, and has been completely seizure-free for over a year.Cannabis oil contains a small amount of THC, which is banned by the NCAA and shows up in drug tests. Because of this, he cannot play for the Tigers while on the medication.The situation has put the Harris family in a really tough bind. From WGXA:Curtis said telling his son he couldn’t play college football was “the hardest thing I’ve done.” He compared it to the conversation his father had with him at the age of 6, when his father told him and his sister that their mother had passed away.“You’re taking something away from a kid who’s worked so hard in his life to get there,” Curtis said. “And you’re just taking it away because he’s taking a medication that’s helping with his disability.”Cannabis oil is the only medication that has worked to prevent C.J. Harris from having more seizures.Now, he is looking for alternate options on both the medicine and football fronts. If he cannot find an alternate medicine that passes NCAA regulations, he may have to play at a lower level:Now, it seems like Harris has two options — find a new medicine or give up on his dreams of playing NCAA football.He’s currently looking at some junior colleges and NAIA programs to play for next season. Harris also says he’ll check in with some new doctors in the coming months to see if there are any alternate medicines he could take that would allow him to pass a drug test and play at the highest level of college football.This is a brutal situation for someone like Harris, whose dream has been to play college football, and may lose the chance through no fault of his own. You would hope that an exception could be made for him, given his medical situation, but that is not generally how the NCAA operates.[WGXA]
On Monday, restaurant chain Bob Evans announced a new endorsement deal with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Two days later, he became embroiled in scandal, with the release of text messages that indicate that he was aware of a 2015 domestic violence incident between wide receivers coach Zach Smith and his wife.Smith was fired a few weeks ago, after more details emerged about a history of domestic violence. Earlier this year, police were called when Smith was in violation of a restraining order, from which the rest of the story began to come out.Meyer was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday evening. Young coordinator Ryan Day was promoted to interim head coach.Now, Bob Evans has quietly scrubbed the Urban Meyer announcement from its website.The tweet announcing his status as the company’s “Head Breakfast Coach” is still live:Introducing our new Head Breakfast Coach: Urban Meyer! Get ready for a winning breakfast season! Learn more: https://t.co/oYwxYFySwy pic.twitter.com/92jPFSuviS— Bob Evans Farms (@BobEvansFarms) July 30, 2018The link in that tweet now leads to a dead “Item Not Found” page.Columbus Business First has more on the Urban Meyer deal that may or may not be dead:“On Monday, Bob Evans said the campaign with Meyers would include television spots, radio, digital and in-store advertisements and a landing page on Bob Evans’ website, which has been removed.The company’s Twitter feed still has the announcement.Bob Evans said the first promotion was to be the chain’s new Everything Breakfast. It also said Meyer would promote “Bowl Season” later in the year when the restaurant chain introduces new biscuit bowls to its menu in October.“Just like OSU football fans on game days, Bob Evans guests can expect nothing but our top performance for every breakfast and dining experience. I won’t accept anything less,” Meyer said in a press release.”It is unclear whether Bob Evans has terminated the deal, or just putting it on hold as the situation plays out. It has made no statement about the status of its brand new Urban Meyer endorsement.[Columbus Business First]
TUCSON, AZ – NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats watches from the bench during the second half of the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)After taking college football by storm midway through last season, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate looked like a strong pick to at least be in New York for the Heisman ceremony. Through two games, those hopes have been all but dashed.Arizona had a very disappointing Week 1 loss to BYU, in Kevin Sumlin’s first game as head coach, falling to the Cougars 28-23.Tate, who threw for just under 1,600 yards (and nearly nine per attempt), and ran for 1,411 (9.2 per carry) and 12 touchdowns after taking over as starter a few weeks into last season, just has not looked like himself.Tate was mediocre through the air, throwing for 197 and a touchdown on 17-of-34 passing, but was completely shut down on the ground. He picked up just 14 yards and a score on eight carries.Today, Arizona is playing against Sumlin’s former team Houston, and things are going so, so much worse.The Wildcats trail these Cougars 38-0. Houston got a run from a bad Rice team last week, so it doesn’t appear that UH is a great team either, despite the presence of all-world defensive lineman Ed Oliver.Tate is just 15-for-31 for 182 yards and two interceptions. Once again, he’s been a total non-factor on the ground, with three attempts for -5 yards.Yahoo! Sports analyst Pete Thamel has already declared Tate’s Heisman candidacy dead.We can declare on Sept. 8 at 11:33 a.m. that Khalil Tate’s Heisman chances have officially ended. (I blame @RossDellenger for the jinx). Houston leads 21-0 and Arizona looks completely hopeless on defense. UH’s D’Eriq King 8-12 with 2 TD touchdowns passing and 1 rushing.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018Tate was so magnificent last year because his dual-threat abilities. This season, there seems to be no focus on his running game, and overall the Wildcats’ offense has been ineffective all-around.Sumlin has found success with dual-threat players before. Johnny Manziel won a Heisman Trophy wheeling and dealing in Sumlin’s offense at Texas A&M. They really need to unlock Tate’s abilities, before this season gets away from them.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 3 of the college football season has come to a close. We had a wild Saturday around the country.A pair of top 10 teams–Auburn and Wisconsin–lost home games. Meanwhile, Alabama routed Ole Miss and Ohio State registered a big resume win over TCU.ESPN’s panel of experts released its College Football Playoff picks after Week 1. Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg made their selections.All four of them have the same quartet of teams in the playoff, but their seeding is different, save for all having Alabama at No. 1.Check out the picks below:It is still pretty early to think about the College Football Playoff. We won’t get actual rankings for another few weeks.However, it is clear right now that these four teams have set themselves up ahead of the pack.There is a lot of football to be played, but Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are the clear-cut playoff faves as of now.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player was hospitalized with a “serious head injury” on Saturday night. Here is an update on his status.Christion Abercrombie, a linebacker for Tennessee State, collapsed and was taken to the hospital during his team’s loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday evening.The school’s president, Dr. Glenda Glover, issued an update on his status this afternoon:“The TSU family asks for your continued prayers for Christion Abercrombie and his family. Christion remains hospitalized following an on-the-field injury during the TSU Vandy football game. Again, please keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers,” she writes.The TSU family asks for your continued prayers for Christion Abercrombie and his family. Christion remains hospitalized following an on-the-field injury during the TSU Vandy football game. Again, please keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers. #PrayersForChristion— Dr. Glenda Glover (@gloverpres) September 30, 2018Abercrombie began his collegiate career at Illinois. He redshirted the 2016 season and played in several games in 2017 before transferring to Tennessee State.Our thoughts are with Christion and his family. Stay tuned for updates.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 1 overall recruit in the 2020 high school football class announced his commitment earlier this week. Five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee is headed to Clemson and he started recruiting the No. 1 quarterback in the class not long after.While Clemson is the favorite to land the No. 1 quarterback in the class, the Tigers won’t land the No. 1 recruit at one position.According to Matt Freeman, the No. 1 long snapper recruit in the country announced his commitment on Wednesday.Alex Peitsch is headed to Notre Dame.Here’s the announcement from Freeman.BREAKING | Notre Dame has gained a commitment from Alex Peitsch (@AlexPeitsch) who is the nation’s top long snapper. https://t.co/1wZHjHjxxi— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) April 24, 2019Peitsch adds to a solid class for Notre Dame this cycle.The Fighting Irish currently hold the No. 13 class in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Their class is led by four-star wide receiver Jordan Johnson – who is the No. 6 player at his position.Peitsch took to Twitter to make his announcement:“I am humbled by Coach Kelly’s and Coach Polian’s confidence in me and with all that being said I am honored to announce that I have committed on scholarship to the University of Notre Dame,” he said.While landing a long snapper isn’t a sexy endeavor, it’s pivotal to have someone to rely on in key situations. A bad snap at any given time can ruin a game.
The answer: Not really.ESPN’s “future” power rankings top 10 is:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateNotre DameTexasWashingtonFloridaLSUThe Future Power Rankings are in and rounding out the top three spots in college football …1️⃣: @ClemsonFB 2️⃣: @AlabamaFTBL 3️⃣: @FootballUGAFull Top 25: https://t.co/G66pgUU3np pic.twitter.com/PmhgVtU1pg— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 13, 2019The “future” power rankings aren’t meant to predict anything that far out, though. It’s a three-year projection:Projecting through the next three seasons, the full-team Future Power Rankings examine offense-defense balance, recruiting performance, and potential coaching changes, dismissals and exciting new hires. Overall program trend (past, present and especially future) is weighed, too.So, this list seems pretty fair.Clemson has been recruiting better than anyone in the country – yes, even Alabama – and the Tigers are coming off a national title season. Dabo’s program rightfully gets the No. 1 slot.You can view the full rankings here. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)A handful of programs have dominated the college football world over the last five to 10 years. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma, among others, have been the country’s best in recent seasons.Will that change moving forward?ESPN has released its “future” power rankings for the college football world.Is anyone going to overtake the Crimson Tide or Tigers moving forward?
“I’m going to whisper this so nobody can hear…Is Tua really that good?”– Paul @Finebaum— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 20, 2019Now, Tua did struggle in two late-season games against Georgia and Clemson, but he also was excellent against Auburn and Oklahoma during that time frame. For the season, the sophomore sidearm tossed 43 touchdowns against only six interceptions.Do we know how Tagovailoa will be in the NFL? No, of course not. He’s still a year away from being there.But Finebaum is stretching things a little bit here. He probably wanted to do that though in the first place. Paul Finebaum is known for stirring the pot every now and then. He’s not afraid to ruffle the feathers of SEC fans.Alabama fans might have a bone to pick with the ESPN radio host after he questioned their starting quarterback on the air today. It happened right at the beginning of Finebaum’s show.While riffing about different SEC topics, Finebaum touched on Tua Tagovailoa and asked if he’s “really that good,” good enough for NFL teams to want to “tank” for him.“What about ‘Tanking for Tua?’ Is that a good idea? Not really,” Finebaum said. “I’m going to whisper this, so no one can hear. Is Tua really that good?”
India vs New Zealand: Rohit-Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag with 14th-century standIndia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a solid start thanks to their 14th-hundred stand in the ongoing match in Mount Maunganui. Brief scores – India 144/0 in 24 overs vs New Zealand. Rohit Sharma (65*), Shikhar Dhawan (73*). Run rate – 6.04 per over.advertisement Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 11:41 IST Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runs together (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit and Dhawan are fourth on the overall list of most 100-run stands by an opening pairSachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have the most 100-run partnerships in ODI cricket with 26Rohit and Dhawan had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runsBrief scores – India 144/0 in 24 overs vs New Zealand. Rohit Sharma (65*), Shikhar Dhawan (73*). Run rate – 6.04 per over. Full ScorecardOne-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan created yet another record on Saturday as put on a hundred-run partnership for the opening wicket in the ongoing 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.Rohit and Dhawan surpassed the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScoreRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).Rohit and Dhawan went on to add 154 runs for the first wicket in the ongoing match. Dhawan eventually got out for 66 in the 26th over to Trent Boult while Rohit Sharma was removed by Lockie Ferguson for 87 in the 30th over.The wicket of Dhawan saw Trent Boult reach 400 international wickets across all formats. Thanks for that #StatChat @skysportnz & @FPayne100 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/5eZoYW81O6BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 26, 2019The duo had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runs together during the three-match series against Australia earlier this month.The two started opening the innings back in 2013 during the ICC Champions Trophy in England which India won. Over the last several years, Rohit and Dhawan have been among the most destructive opening batsmen in world cricket and have been instrumental in several Indian victories.advertisementOn Tuesday, during the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became only the second Indian opening pair after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to go past 4000 runs in one-day internationals. Tendulkar and Ganguly, who opened together from 1996 to 2007 in 136 innings, added 6609 runs and were involved in 21 hundred-run and 23 50-run partnerships.Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly continue to be the most successful opening pair in ODI history followed by Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden (5372 runs in 114 innings) and Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (5150 runs in 102 innings).Openining together in England nearly six years ago turned out to the turning point in both their careers. Dhawan had played only five ODIs before the Champions Trophy in 2013 but he has since been a top limited-overs batsman.After scoring 5 hundreds in 2013, Dhawan went on to score 10 more ODI hundreds up until 2018. Today, he has 15 hundreds and and 25 fifties and is just shy of 5000-runs in one-day internationals.Rohit Sharma has enjoyed even a more meteoric rise. Before the 2013 Champions Trophy, he had 2 ODI hundreds. Today, he has 22 hundreds in the format and is the only man to score three ODI double hundreds.Rohit as been spectacular over the last two years. In 2017, he scored 1293 runs and 6 hundreds. Next year, he smashed 1030 runs and 5 hundreds before beginning 2019 with a stylish hundred in the first ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Mount Maunganui ODIFollow IND v NZ 2nd ODI
Zimbabwe ban: BCCI to wait till October for call on T20I series at home in 2020The International Cricket Council on Saturday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket over government interference in administration. National teams representing Zimbabwe have been banned from playing ICC events.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 20:02 IST India are scheduled to host Zimbabwe for a 3-match T20I series in January 2020 (AP Photo)The suspension of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) by the ICC has cast serious doubts on the limited overs away series against India in January next year but the BCCI will wait till October to consider a back-up plan.The ICC Board unanimously decided that ZC, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of its constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections.This has certainly put India’s home T20 series against Zimbabwe in a limbo. India are scheduled to play three T20s in Guwahati on January 5, Indore on January 7 and Pune on January 10.”Right now, we are not really thinking of any back-up plan. We will wait for the ICC quarterly meeting on October 16. Since they have been given three months to get their house in order, it is only prudent that we wait,” a senior BCCI official privy to the developments in ICC told PTI on Friday.He however agreed that situation could be a bit different if ZC fails to get a clearance from the ICC in October.”Yes, that’s our dedicated home window. We hope they get their house in order or else we will have to have some plans in place,” he said.It needs to be checked if there is any full-member nation (Afghanistan, Sri Lanka or West Indies) available for a short tour which will be followed by a mini limited overs series against Australia.As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to ZC has been frozen and representative teams from the African nation will not be allowed to participate in any ICC event.advertisementThe ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of Zimbabwe government and ZC before making its decision.Also Read | Hundreds of people out of a job just like that: Zimbabwe cricket stars heartbroken after ICC decisionAlso Read | Martin Guptill reveals how New Zealand overcame World Cup final heartbreakAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Zimbabwe CricketFollow Zimbabwe vs IndiaFollow International Cricket CouncilFollow BCCIFollow ICC
Press Trust of India BangkokJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 12:44 IST PV Sindhu participated in Japan Open and Indonesia Open whereas Saina Nehwal was forced to withdraw. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTop Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand OpenSaina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event here after missing out back-to-back tournamentsSindhu reached the final in Indonesia Open but lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals last weekTop Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open but compatriot Saina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event here after missing out back-to-back tournaments.Sindhu, who reached the final in Indonesia Open but lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals last week, will not take the court in the Thailand Open main draw, which begins on Wednesday.The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week.On both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinx.She had lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in both the previous tournaments. The reasons for her withdrawal from the event here are not clear yet.Saina, seeded seventh, will open her women’s singles campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday. She was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds.Also Read | PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand OpenAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Saina Nehwal PV Sindhu withdraws from Thailand Open, Saina Nehwal returnsOlympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu had crashed out of the Japan Open after a second successive defeat to Akane Yamaguchi.advertisement Next
Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar The people behind Pierrepont Hicks are good friends of ours and after a couple of beers we decided we needed to do a giveaway together (yes people, that is how these things happen).Founded in 2009 by two awesome people, Mac and Katherine McMillan, who just happen to be married, the brand focuses on accessories from ties, hats, vests and shoes for the modern adventurer. They make some things for the girls too, so check those out for the lady in your life. Just don’t get matchy on us please. They are also the geniuses behind our favorite roving menswear market Northern Grade.Even better, they donate a portion of their annual profits to the National Parks Conservation Association. Both Mac and Katherine grew up fly fishing and time outdoors is something they cherish (who doesn’t?).As for the giveaway:We wanted to make sure to offer both wool and linen ties since we know some of y’all out there live in warmer weather climates.Stearns:This handmade English wool tie will keep you looking fresh at the office and on that Valentine’s dateAda:Hand-sewn with British wool, this tie comes in either a 3” or 2.5” width for you sartorial nitpickers.Cutty:This one is for you boys who live in warmer weather regions where wool may not work. Made with 100% linen this is the perfect pop of salmon to brighten up your dinner with your lady.Simply share this post on Facebook and tag us and we will pick three winners on Friday. Go. Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now
Norway’s Manshausen Island Resort is a Minimalist Retreat Founded by a Real-Life Explorer Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now Help Wanted: An Idyllic Scottish Island Is Looking for a Sheep Dike Repairman Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup After stepping foot on the small Spanish island of Majorca, it doesn’t take long to see why so many Europeans choose to spend their summer holiday lazing on its incredibly gorgeous beaches each summer.With perpetually sunny weather (for the most part), amazingly warm, crystal clear blue water, and a host of generally wallet-friendly attractions and entertainment, Majorca is the definition of paradise. Perhaps what’s most impressive about the island is the fact it offers something for nearly every kind of person. Whether it’s a family of five just looking to get some peace and quiet alongside a calm beach, outdoor junkies looking to satiate the need for adventure, or a group of friends keen on partying to their heart’s desire, Majorca has it and has it in spades. To help anyone traveling to this wonderful destination, we’ve put together some of our favorite Majorcan spots to have a good time, down some grub, and catch some Z’s.PLAYConsidering we spent most of the introduction glowing about Majorca’s beaches, the best activity to undertake on this gorgeous island is to just simply feel its powdery sand between your toes and go for a dip. With water temperatures hovering around 76 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, swimming in Majorca is one of the most enjoyable forms of recreation on the entire island. While the surf in most of Majorca’s open beaches doesn’t feature much in the way of big waves, the swell tends to be much more calm on its western coast near Torrenova.While enjoying a nice relaxing visit to the beach, we recommend upping your adrenaline quotient by participating in either a parasailing, diving, or snorkel excursion from one of the many vendors located at nearly every beach. On the island’s western coast, Big Blue Diving offers visitors a wide selection of diving and caters to all skill levels from beginners to more advanced divers.If staying above water is more your speed, then a trip to the subterranean lakes of Cuevas del Drach is a must-see. With a boat excursion clocking in around one hour, visitors get treated to one of the most eerily beautiful attractions on the entire island. Between the live classical music concert, a float across Lake Martel, and an imitation sunrise, Cuevas del Drach needs to be seen to be belived.To get a complete look at the island, you’ll likely want to rent a car. Though Majorca isn’t particularly big, it isn’t the easiest island to get around on if all you got off the plane with was your feet. While there exist many bus tours of the island, a car offers visitors the best way to find the island’s beautiful hikes and secluded beaches. Several rental car agencies offer rental cars at competitive rates, with most of those greeting you the second you step foot inside Palma’s airport. Also, if you rent a car, familiarize yourself with how to drive in a roundabout. Majorca no doubt possesses an abundance of beautiful locales and endless fun, but it also boasts a bevy of roundabouts sure to confuse and confound you while you navigate the island. Before warned.EAT & DRINKNothing screams traditional Spanish food like a good paella and Majorca has paella literally pulsating in its veins. Most seaside restaurants offer some form of this classic dish, each putting their own specific spin on the tried and true recipe. For arguably the best paella in all of Majorca, we recommend paying a visit to Sa Tasca Sa Coma. Aside from the restaurant’s incredibly friendly wait staff, you won’t help but be in awe of just how good its paella is. Chock full of delicious seafood and featuring a perfect balance of flavor, you’ll be in paella heaven.If you’ve got the hankering for some high-quality barbecue (yes, this exists in Majorca), head on over to the Zen Lounge Bar and Grill on the western side of the island in Palmanova. The menu rightfully calls its rib dish as one of the restaurant’s fan favorites and is truly mouth-watering. Each day the chef serves up a few specials ranging from a colossal combination of a sirloin steak and rack of ribs, to some made-from-scratch mozzarella sticks. Not only does Zen boast some flavorful food but the restaurant features a revolving lineup of live acoustic music which fit the vibe of the outdoor eating area incredibly well. This is one of the best places to wind down after a long day soaking up some rays at the beach.Once you’ve downed dinner and dessert, a local pub is the perfect place to enjoy a proper nightcap. On Majorca’s western coast of Torrenova, there’s no better place to order an ice cold pint and watch a beautiful sunset than from the bayside tables of The Scotsman. With an impressive selection of European beer, several flat-screen TVs for catching that night’s football game, and not a bad seat in the house, The Scotsman is incredibly adept at turning late nights into early mornings before you know it.STAYThere are literally hundreds — if not thousands — of different places to stay on Majorca, though to be quite honest, we highly recommend staying somewhere along the coast. This obviously seems like a no-brainer, but there exist a number of hotels and residences on the mainland of Majorca begging for tourist attendance. Thing is, there’s nothing quite like waking up to the sound of crashing waves or to see one of Majorca’s absolutely gorgeous sunrises for yourself. You go to Majorca (presumably) for its beaches and its beautiful scenery, why not soak that up every second you have?If the eastern, more relaxed coast suits your travel style well, then we recommend staying at the Hipotels Mediterraneo Hotel on Sa Coma beach. The Mediterraneo might not be the cheapest option of the bunch, but a booking at this resort not only guarantees you an ocean view room, but also access to its breakfast and dinner buffets every day. Once you take these crucial facts into consideration, the price for a room doesn’t start to seem all that expensive. Plus, with the beach just a few short strides from the lobby of the hotel you won’t have to go very far to let those all-you-can-eat crepes digest in peace. The Mediterraneo also grants guests access to its spa (where it offers a range of massages), a large outdoor heated pool, as well as a number of professionally run activities like rifle-shooting or aqua aerobics. We can’t recommend this hotel enough.If the party-oriented city of Palma strikes your fancy while visiting Majorca, the Hotel Comodoro Playa in Palmanova is your ticket to comfort and relaxation. Most of Comodoro’s rooms face the beautifully calm ocean lining Palmanova which gives those who stay front row seats to some of the most gorgeous sunsets around. Though this hotel doesn’t offer a dinner buffet to regular guests, it does offer an all-inclusive option which supplies visitors with a buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while offering a wide selection of alcohol and other refreshments. Like the Mediterraneo before it, the Comodoro is just a few paces from the beach meaning you won’t have to exert much energy on those especially lazy days. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Bourbon makes everything better. This is a fact of life. It doesn’t matter if it’s making an empty glass better (by making it not empty) or if it’s being added to a sauce of some sort, in each and every instance, bourbon can help a situation.That’s why, when we have to cook something, we usually turn to something with bourbon in it. Sure, we may screw up a cut of meat from time to time, but you know what will help that? Bourbon.Below, we’ve collected the best bourbon-based sauces (and then some) that you can buy online. From barbecue sauce aged in bourbon barrels to sweet syrups infused with bourbon, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list.Lillie’s Q Bourbon Barrel Aged BBQ – $15Often, bourbon barbecue sauces are bourbon-y because they have bourbon added to them. There is nothing wrong with that — in fact, we love us some bourbon barbecue sauce. Lillie’s Q, though, has taken it up a notch by aging the Smoky Barbecue Sauce in bourbon barrels for six months. Talk about dedication to bourbon (and barbecue).Bourbon Barrel Foods Worcestershire Sauce – $20If you hadn’t already guessed, Louisville’s Bourbon Barrel Foods knows its stuff when it comes to the “bourbon plus other stuff” equation. Of the brand’s many sauces, the barrel-aged Worcestershire sauce is the most renowned. Not only do you get the piquant notes from the Worcestershire, but you also get the somewhat smokey, oaky notes of bourbon. Win-win.Plochman’s Bourbon Mustard – $20 for 6Beer and brats go together, so why not bourbon and mustard? Plochman’s takes its spicy brown mustard and infuses it both bourbon and maple syrup to give it a sweet, rounded flavor. Hot pretzels (and hot dogs) will never be the same.Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup – $38Do we really have to say anything else about this one? The name in the title should be enough here. Pappy & Company works closely with Bissell Maple Farms in Ohio, aging the farm’s maple syrup in used Pappy 23 barrels. What results is sweet, beautiful, and great on more than just pancakes.Stubbees Bourbon Infused Honey – $22Another one in the sweet group, Stubbees’ bourbon-infused honey is a match made in small batch heaven. Floral honey is infused with bourbon, making it not only great as a glaze for meat but for cocktails (hot toddies, anyone?) or literally, anything else that you can use honey in.Red Clay Orange Habanero Hot Sauce – $7If you’re not a hot sauce user, it may strike you as funny that hot sauces are often aged in barrels of some sort. Red Clay, a Charleston, South Carolina-based company, takes their sauces and ages them for two months in used bourbon barrels, giving the sauces time to not only age, but take on a wonderful complexity from time in barrels.Brooklyn Brine Whiskey Sour Pickles – $10.99Brooklyn Brine didn’t fiddle around with aging in barrels. Instead, for the Whiskey Sour Pickles, the company simply dropped whiskey into the brine. Working with nearby Finge Lakes Distilling, Brooklyn Brine used McKenzie Rye Whiskey to spike pickles, imparting a smoky flavor in the process. The best part? Automatic pickle backs when you’re done with the pickles.Rare Tea Bourbon Barrel Aged Tea – $40-plusWhat started with dry-aging teas in whiskey barrels has expanded as the Rare Tea Company has seen demand rise. Currently, the company has teas wet-aging in rye, bourbon, brandy, and sherry barrels. These teas are pricy, but they’re worth it (if you can get your hands on some). What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less
Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Jamaican American Bar Association (JABA) Awards and Scholarship Gala, in New York, on Saturday, March 16. In addition to benefiting students attending law school in Jamaica and the United States, money raised from the event will go towards establishing a Jamaican Legal Defence Fund (JLDF), to help overseas nationals in need of legal representation. The black tie gala will take place at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York. According to President of JABA, Joan Pinnock, “the organization continues to address issues that are unique to our nationals, through seminars and legal advice.” She noted that in 2010, JABA prevented several Jamaicans from being deported, and was successful in returning one Jamaican national to the US after he was deported. The organization will recognize three persons for exemplary service, including Judge, Stephen Drummond – Magistrate’s Award; Attorney-at-law, Wayne Bennett – Barrister’s Award, and Paulette Willoughby – Community Leadership Award. Ms. Willoughby is Chair of the Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation Inc., organizers of the annual Jamaica Independence Ball in New York. A major plank of the organization’s core mission is to serve the Jamaican- American community by providing scholarships, co-ordinating the development of educational programmes, mentoring, career assistance for its members and service to Jamaica. This year’s theme for the gala is: ‘Promoting Health, Wealth and Prosperity’. By Derrick Smith, JIS Reporter
“The JCTI is the result of a major collaborative effort with both local and international educational institutions and businesses,” Mr. Bartlett noted. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says organisations that value and invest in their employees will reap the rewards of a truly engaged workforce. “Human capital and economic growth tend to go hand in hand. Therefore, if we hope to unlock the unlimited potential of Jamaica’s tourism sector, the development of our human capital holds the key,” the Minister argued. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says organisations that value and invest in their employees will reap the rewards of a truly engaged workforce.The Minister, who was speaking at the annual Melia Braco Village Staff Awards on February 19 at Melia Braco, Trelawny, said the flipside, however, is that entities that treat their workers as just another commodity will find it increasingly difficult to sustain a competitive advantage.“Human capital and economic growth tend to go hand in hand. Therefore, if we hope to unlock the unlimited potential of Jamaica’s tourism sector, the development of our human capital holds the key,” the Minister argued.Mr. Bartlett said it is specifically for this reason that the Ministry, in 2017, launched the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which is “providing a path to professionalism” for workers in the tourism industry.“The JCTI is the result of a major collaborative effort with both local and international educational institutions and businesses,” Mr. Bartlett noted.“They include the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism; the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Ministry of Labour and Social Security; the HEART Trust/NTA and the George Washington University, which have all had a critical role to play in the JCTI’s development,” he added.The Minister said the institution offers access to certification programmes that support existing hospitality programmes at several tertiary institutions.“Through the JCTI, individuals will have access to certification in areas such as hospitality management, tourism management, culinary arts, spa management and many others,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett said that the JCTI pilot project, which began in December 2017, is nearing completion, adding that 150 candidates were targeted to include employed persons seeking accreditation as Certified Hospitality Supervisors, recent college graduates seeking accreditation as Certified Hospitality Supervisors and academic staff seeking credentials to deliver Certified Hospitality Information Analytics training.“It also includes students seeking accreditation in Certified Hospitality Information Analytics, and American Culinary Federation (ACF) Executive Chefs seeking accreditation as ACF Certified Evaluators,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett further noted that the candidates who sought Certified Hospitality Information Analytics completed their studies and examinations in November 2017, while the majority of the first cohort of candidates is now preparing for examinations, scheduled to take place in early March 2018.The Minister said that while training is only one aspect of personal and professional development, “our tourism workers, like all workers, ought to be rewarded for their dedication and should feel as if they are truly benefiting from the sector,” he said.“I am, therefore, pleased to announce that arrangements for introduction of the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme are well under way. We will be issuing a second set of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel after comments are received from the Attorney General’s Chambers,” Mr. Bartlett said.
State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has called on members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have benefited from domestic violence training to become ambassadors in ending the scourge in the society. State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., has called on members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have benefited from domestic violence training to become ambassadors in ending the scourge in the society.“I expect to see you in the churches, in schools, at the community centres, and teaching other uniformed groups, as this is not a police issue; it is a Jamaica issue,” he said.He was speaking at the conclusion of a training session at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 8).Mr. Charles said there seems to be a cultural acceptance of domestic violence in Jamaica, which must end, as it contributes to other problems in the society.He pointed out that when children see their parents engage in physical and other forms of violence at home, it signals to them that this is the correct way to resolve differences.“Domestic violence creates murderers, the scammers; it creates all of the other aspects of criminal activities. Domestic violence is the root of all of the crimes that we have accepted over the years,” he contended.The domestic violence training is a collaborative partnership between the JCF’s Community Safety and Security Branch and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored Community Empowerment and Transformation Project Phase II (COMET II).The objective is to equip members of the Force to respond to domestic incidents, which account for a large portion of the country’s crime problem.The JCF is aiming to have at least one person in each of the 174 police stations across the island operate as a point person to interrupt domestic violence incidents at the community level. He was speaking at the conclusion of a training session at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 8). Story Highlights He pointed out that when children see their parents engage in physical and other forms of violence at home, it signals to them that this is the correct way to resolve differences.
A stakeholder working group has been formed in the St. Catherine North Police Division in an effort to sustain the positive results of the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the area.The group, comprising members of the security forces, political representatives, business leaders, community leaders and the church, was formed at a meeting of stakeholders organised by the joint security forces with responsibility for the SOPE.The meeting, which took place at the Church of God of Prophecy Convention Centre on Old Harbour Road on Thursday evening (April 12), was held to facilitate discussion and collaboration among the various interests within the division on a plan to maintain the gains once the SOPE ends.Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Clifford Blake, who was the main presenter, implored persons to participate in the discussions with solutions in mind to improve the division’s outlook. He noted that while the gains of the SOPE were good, the security operations could not and would not last forever.He reiterated that sustainable peace needed to be maintained and that the next two months were critical in arriving at solutions to achieve this. “We want to leave here this afternoon with a working group and a resolve that the security forces, politicians, members of the business community and all of us combined are going to work together to sustain peace, not only in St. Catherine North but in Jamaica,” he said.“While the security forces take the lead to sustain and keep the peace, building the peace is everyone’s responsibility,” DCP Blake noted further.He said he was pleased with the afternoon’s turnout and indicated that there were sufficient persons present “to start a good thing”.For his part, Commanding Officer of the St. Catherine North Division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Beau Rigabie, welcomed the group and expressed confidence that it would arrive at some workable ideas on how to sustain the positive results that have, so far, been achieved.“The concept that I would want them to embrace is to look calculatedly at the nuances that affect the division. We would also want them to look at whatever measures they think can create the avenue for change,” he said.SSP Rigabie pointed out that much of the gang-related crime in the division is driven by extortion and that when that source of revenue is removed, it would leave a void that needs to be filled with legal sources of income.“I want them to look also at the various agencies that can come in and give alternatives to these persons, because whilst we remove one avenue of revenue, there will be the need to replace it. So, I am hoping that this committee will be looking towards the various alternatives to the revenue that they normally have,” he said. The SOPE in the St. Catherine North Division began on March 18 for an initial two weeks. It has since been extended to July. Story Highlights The meeting, which took place at the Church of God of Prophecy Convention Centre on Old Harbour Road on Thursday evening (April 12), was held to facilitate discussion and collaboration among the various interests within the division on a plan to maintain the gains once the SOPE ends. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Clifford Blake, who was the main presenter, implored persons to participate in the discussions with solutions in mind to improve the division’s outlook. He noted that while the gains of the SOPE were good, the security operations could not and would not last forever. A stakeholder working group has been formed in the St. Catherine North Police Division in an effort to sustain the positive results of the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the area.
Cabinet has agreed to the establishment of a National Craft Council, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.Addressing a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, the Minister said this follows a submission from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) and a concept paper presented by the Ministry of Tourism to the Cabinet.He explained that the submission by MICAF highlighted the rationale for the policy and noted that the vision is for a viable, sustainable, diversified and internationally competitive industry showcasing authentic Jamaican products that have the capacity to sustain livelihood and leverage inherent creativity in cultural expression among the Jamaican people.Senator Reid said the cross-cutting nature of the craft industry was highlighted by the strategic objectives of the policy. This includes the establishment of a Craft Council and the establishment of artisan villages.“Given the nature of the industry, an integrated multisectoral approach across ministries and agencies was deemed necessary,” he explained.
zoom A feasibility study around a hybrid powertrain SWATH, commissioned this year by CTruk, has given the company further impetus in its ongoing development of a hybrid electric offshore wind support vessel design.The study was based on the CTruk CWhisper SWATH, a 20m craft fitted with twin Cummins QSM-11 marine diesel engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa FF41 waterjets. The feasibility report concluded that the implementation of a parallel hybrid solution would result in substantial operational cost savings on this particular vessel, an attractive prospect coupled with the already well-documented advantages of the SWATH hull form in offshore wind operations.Marine craft in the offshore wind support sector typically have two major transit periods each day, with the rest of their time at sea spent idling or slow manoeuvring with the occasional high speed peak. This usage profile makes OWSVs ideally suited to a hybrid configuration. The introduction of an electric motor to handle the load during low power demand periods allows the boat’s engines to be turned off or run as generators at a more optimised power rating. As well as the obvious fuel savings incurred, this reduces hours and wear on the engines, a key point for commercial marinevessels which typically require engine services every few weeks. The life expectancy of an engine could be increased dramatically if the craft ran electric during idling downtime, as these craft can idle for up to 50% of a shift offshore. Resulting reduced maintenance and direct costs also represent significant savings.CTruk builds high-speed vessels using resin-infused FRP composite, a robust material that is around 40% lighter than aluminium. These vessels are therefore well able to take the extra weight of the additional drive train needed for hybrid operation, a small price to pay for the resulting greatly reduced running costs possible over the vessel’s lifetime. The unique belt drive transmission system currently being fitted on CTruk’s latest SWATH build will be included on all subsequent CTruk SWATH vessels, future-proofing these craft by allowing for the retrofitting of a parallel hybrid solution.Jim Cutts, director of engineering at CTruk commented, “CTruk has always strived to offer more cost- efficient workboats and the reduced fuel consumption of our lighter, composite vessels has been a key factor in achieving this aim. We envisage that the significant further reduction of fuel usage on a hybrid electric vessel will see CTruk’s product range thrust forward into the future of offshore wind construction and O&M, a future where efficiency and cost reduction reign.” Print Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 CTruck, December 10, 2013
zoom In the first quarter of 2015 Nordic American Tankers (NAT) benefited from both a strong Suezmax tanker market and a significant drop in the oil price that had a positive effect on the tanker industry.Cashflow from operations was USD 50 million, compared with USD 24.5 million in 4Q2014. For all of 2014, cashflow from operations was USD 77.7m compared with -USD 11.1m in 2013.The strong level in 1Q2015 was reflected in an average TCE rate of about USD 37,000 per vessel per day, as against USD 24,000 per day per vessel achieved in 4Q2014 and USD 26,300 in 1Q2014.Earnings per share in 1Q2015 was USD 0.34, compared with -USD 0.02 in 4Q2014, and USD 0.05 for 1Q2014.“The size of its fleet allows NAT to reap immediate and sizeable profits when spot market rates rise. Even with its inherent volatility, the tanker market remains strong. So far, the 2Q2015 tanker market is encouraging,” NAT said.On April 14, 2015, NAT declared a cash dividend of USD 0.38 per share payable to shareholders of record as of May 7, 2015. The dividend is expected to be paid on or about May 21, 2015.The balance sheet was strengthened in 1Q2015 as NAT retained about USD 17m of cashflow from operations during the quarter.“In an opportunistic way NAT is now assessing investments that further build up the position of the company. After an acquisition of vessels or other forms of expansion, our objective is for the company to pay a higher dividend per share and produce higher earnings per share than had such an acquisition not taken place,” the company said.According to NAT, despite decreased seaborne imports of crude oil into the US, going forward, European crude imports have shown a rising trend along with economies in the Far East that have resumed their growth.
Maersk Line’s container ship Maersk Brooklyn experienced engine malfunction in the English Channel yesterday while en route from Belgium to Malta, the company’s Senior Press Officer Michael Christian Storgaard confirmed to World Maritime News.The 2007-built, 4196 TEU boxship is currently anchored at a ”safe position,” some eleven nautical miles ENE off Greenwich Bouy, Storgaard said.A tug is standing by to assist the stricken vessel, but there was no need for towage as of yet.Storgaard said that the mechanical issues are minor and are currently being addressed.The boxship is expected to resume its voyage to the Port of Marsaxlokk once the necessary repairs are made.World Maritime News Site
zoom Dubai-based port operator DP World has managed to negotiate a new 50-year tenure deal at the Port of Melbourne at a fraction of the previously proposed 750% rent hike.The new lease arrangements for DP World Australia’s West Swanson Terminal include incremental rent increases over the course of the fifty year tenure commencing with CPI increments in 2015 and 2016 to nominally AUD 45 in 2023, with agreed escalations to 2028.The first market rent review will then take place in 2028 and occur every five years thereafter. Up to now, DP World Australia paid between AUD 16 and AUD 18 per square meter used.Had the Port of Melbourne’s 750% rate increase proposal been accepted, DP World Australia would pay AUD 120 for every square meter used.Nick Easy, CEO at Port of Melbourne Corporation, said: ”The new lease will grant fifty-year tenure to DP World Australia to 2065 under a lease with key performance indicators, efficiency incentives, and most importantly, known fixed escalations for the next 13 years.”Back in May, the Victorian Government announced plans to lease out the Port of Melbourne for a period of fifty years, a deal expected to fetch between AUD 5 and 6 billion.
Arabian Gulf ship operator Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has named two of its new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver – at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal which will see 10 MR tankers delivered to the company over the next year.“The delivery of the Muscat Silver boosts OSC’s fleet to 44 ships,” OSC General Manager Wasam Al Najjar said.“This is just the beginning of our expansion too with the next nine ships due to be delivered within 12 months.”The Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver are both 183 metres long and 32.2 metres wide, with a draft of 19.1 metres.Each medium range tanker’s capacity is 37,900t at the design draft and 49,800t at the scantling draft. They both have a gross tonnage of 29,354t and a net tonnage of 12,195t.As part of Project Silver, which consists of 50 newbuilds, all the vessels will be chartered to Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.Incorporated in 2003, OSC is owned by the Omani Government through the Ministry of Finance, which holds 80 percent of the company, with Oman Oil Company controlling the remaining 20 percent.Launched with the acquisition of six LNG vessels, OSC has since diversified into the crude oil, chemical, LPG, dry bulk, container and general cargo markets.
zoom Due to extraordinarily weak dry bulk market conditions seen in the first half of 2016, the Hong Kong-listed dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping reported a net loss of USD 60.4 million, against a net loss of USD 15.4 million seen a year earlier, despite its strong TCE earnings premium.“While we were loss-making over this challenging period, our Handysize and Supramax earnings outperformed spot market rates by 56% and 29% respectively and we generated a positive operating cash flow,” Mats Berglund, CEO of Pacific Basin, said.The company’s said that its recent rights issue enhances its ability to navigate the protracted challenging environment, but also the ability to attract cargo and to assess and potentially purchase secondhand vessels at low prices.Average Handysize and Supramax daily earnings of USD 6,080 and USD 5,910 per day outperformed BHSI and BSI spot market indices by 56% and 29%, respectively.The sluggish dry bulk shipping market led to the reduction of the company’s daily Handysize vessel operating costs and shore-side G&A expenses compared to last year as Pacific Basin Shipping operated an average of 129 Handysize and 79 Supramax ships resulting in a 13% reduction and 39% increase in revenue days year on year.Driven primarily by South American agricultural exports, dry bulk rates have improved on increasing activity since the record lows of mid-February, the company said, adding that it is “continuing to manage for a weak market in the medium term, driving further cost savings and conducting our business efficiently and safely while astutely combining ships and cargoes to maximise our margins.”As at 30 June 2016, Pacific Basin Shipping operates 212 dry bulk ships of which 87 are owned and 125 are chartered. A further 12 owned and 5 chartered newbuildings are scheduled to join the company’s core fleet over the next two years.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwaegian gas carrier company IMSK SE, formerly known as I.M. Skaugen SE, is likely to be liquidated having failed to secure support for its restructuring plan.The liquidation scenario emerges as talks with the company’s key creditors led by Nordea fell through.In a letter to shareholders, the company’s CEO Morits Skaugen apologized, announcing “with the greatest frustration” the company was not successful in its refinancing mission.“We have worked very hard and we have tried to make it happen, but we were not successful. The responsibility is mine alone, and me and my family are losing most of us all,” the letter reads.As such, the expected course of action was the liquidation of the business.Bante Karin Flo, Chief Financial Officer of IMSK SE, said in a statement to the Singapore court that the company would no longer pursue its refinancing or restructuring plan presented in April this year.Under the plan, the shipping company was trying to renegotiate loan terms with the syndicate lenders represented by Nordea, as the agent, and Swedbank. The two lenders hold facilities secured by mortgages over Somargas vessels, which were key to IMSK’s restructuring plan.The company was trying to get an extension on its loan tenor, however, in August this year, Nordea asked for full payment of USD 35 million loan plus interest.Shortly after, Nordea ordered the Somargas vessels to be sailed to Gibraltar and Singapore, making them unable to trade, Flo said, adding that the vessels were the only revenue generating assets of the IMS Group.The ongoing situation has also jeopardized the company’s small-scale LNG project (SSLNG) in the West Africa, which was described as the first step in the company’s business transformation.As disclosed, the company was planning to deploy the Somargas ships in West Africa SSLNG project, wehere thy would earn an estimated USD 39 million a year; USD 273 million over 7 years, that would have been used to pay debts to creditors.“Given the present deadlock with the Nordea Syndicate, it is difficult to see how the IMSK Group would be able to progress with any of the SSLNG Projects,” the statement reads.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based tanker owner Nordic American Tankers has fixed one of its Suezmax vessels with Norway’s energy company Equinor.Under the deal, the company’s 158,600 dwt crude oil tanker Nordic Zenith would be chartered for a period of twelve to fifteen months. The new contract is expected to commence on expiration of the present spot employment.NAT informed that the contract has a value between USD 9 million and USD 11 million, depending upon the detailed scheduling of the vessel.“Going forward, we sense a strong upward trend for the tanker industry. NAT is in a positive phase of development,” according to NAT.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Australia has decided to join the United States-led mission to ensure freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran.According to the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia would deploy a frigate in January 2020 for six months, a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for one month before the end of 2019 and ADF personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.This mission will see the Australian Defence Force work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.“We have been working closely with our allies and partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, on this issue, which impacts global security and stability,” Morrison said.“Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law. All states have a right to expect safe passage of their maritime trade consistent with international law.”“It is in Australia’s interest to work with international partners to uphold these rights.”
A $1 million investment in African Nova Scotian learners will give students more opportunities to upgrade their skills and provide them with more support in school. The investment is part of government’s new plan for education, Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together. Education Minister Jamie Muir made the announcement today, July 20, during a leadership and management conference for African Nova Scotian educators in North Preston, Halifax Regional Municipality. “We’re focused on making investments that directly impact students,” said Mr. Muir. “We’re going to hire more student support workers, increase community college scholarships and work with the Nova Scotia Community College to provide more opportunities for students. All of these initiatives will contribute to a more equitable and accessible education system.” This year’s investment doubles the $500,000 government invested in 2004-05. It is part of a $4.1-million commitment to implement the operational recommendations of the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report on Education over four years. Many recommendations have already been implemented including the establishment of the Council on African Canadian Education and an elected seat on every school board for an African Nova Scotian representative. “This $1-million commitment will allow the Council on African Canadian Education and its partners to build on the work already started toward establishing an Africentric Learning Institute,” said Charles Sheppard, chair of the council. “The first africentric leadership and management training being offered for educators this week is an example of the innovative and unique programs the institute will offer.” Some of the initiatives being implemented in 2005-06 are: The Department of Education and the Council of African Canadian Education have also established a review committee to identify the needs of the Africentric Learning Institute. The committee will review the institute’s structure, role and function within the community, its sustainability and programming, as well as its capital requirements. In December, the committee will make recommendations about what is required to get the institute up and running. $156,000 to aid in the development and delivery of programs for the Africentric Learning Institute $310,000 for school boards to hire eight new student-support workers $90,000 to the Council of African Canadian Education to support its operations $50,000 to implement youth leadership and development programs $30,000 to increase parental involvement in the education system $49,000 to increase Community College Awards by 50 per cent, to $1,800 per student $50,000 for short-term, employment-related training for which students are not eligible to receive student loan support $80,000 to expand adult programming $100,000 to establish a program to enable African Nova Scotian youth to upgrade their skills with the goal of entering community college programs, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College $56,000 to continue implementing curriculum that represents a diverse population
Library users in the province will be pleased to know the popular Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere pilot program that allows users to borrow books at one location and return them at another is here to stay. For example, a book borrowed at the Kentville Library can be returned at any public, college or university library in the province. “This is great news for library users who enjoy the convenience of this service already,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Nova Scotians work hard and, with a struggling economy, flexible, convenient and economical options for entertainment makes life better for families.” The program was developed by Libraries Nova Scotia, a collaboration of all public, college and university libraries. During the pilot phase, launched in October 2009, over 20,000 items were returned under the program. “We have seen how much our borrowers value and use this new service and the response from library users has been extremely positive,” said Donna Bourne Tyson, university librarian at Dalhousie University. “This program makes the most effective use of library collections provincewide and provides an added level of convenience to our borrowers. Library staff are proud of this service enhancement and pleased to support it.” To borrow items, simply bring identification or a public library card to get a free membership at any participating library. To return borrowed items, drop them off at the nearest library. Libraries Nova Scotia was formed by Nova Scotia’s university, college and public libraries to improve library services. More information on the Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere program is available at www.librariesns.ca .
The provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will encourage greater collaboration on tidal energy research and policy development. The memorandum, signed by Energy Minister Charlie Parker and British Columbia Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman, will help advance extracting renewable energy from offshore wind, waves and tides, as well as river currents. It was signed during the federal, provincial and territorial Energy and Mines Ministers’ meeting in Charlottetown. “This is an important step in supporting small-scale tidal energy projects that could be developed near rural communities, providing community and economic benefits in both provinces and in other parts of Canada,” said Mr. Parker. “Partnerships and collaboration like this one will advance the industry in Nova Scotia and help ensure a consistent regulatory framework across the country.” “By working together, British Columbia and Nova Scotia can support marine renewable energy research and development and provide regulatory certainty to investors and project developers by developing a clear regulatory and permitting pathway for projects,” said Mr. Coleman. “British Columbia and Nova Scotia have coastal resources that include wind, tidal and wave energy. There are opportunities to provide power to coastal and First Nations communities, many currently served by diesel power.” Nova Scotia is a world leader in in-stream tidal technology development with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy in the Bay of Fundy. Research is also being done by the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia on tidal energy impacts, environmental affects and monitoring. In May, Nova Scotia released its Marine Renewable Electricity Plan to guide ocean energy resources development into affordable clean, renewable electricity, and use that to build exports. British Columbian companies have developed innovative in-stream turbines and wave-energy converters to generate electricity from ocean as well as river currents. Many B.C. sites are being examined for ocean energy potential. One pilot project has produced electricity from tidal currents, while three others aim to show innovative wave and tidal energy technology in the waters around Vancouver Island. All jurisdictions involved in marine renewable energy, including Nova Scotia, B.C., the U.S. and the U.K., support incremental development to build technical knowledge and allow research on ecological impacts, and community and public engagement.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a permanent cease trade order against BCA Investment Co-operative Ltd. The company, a Nova Scotia community economic-development corporation, violated securities laws by failing to file continuous disclosure documents. The director of corporate finance ordered BCA Investment to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of BCA Investment. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca -30-
Le premier ministre Stephen McNeil a annoncé aujourd’hui, 24 avril, un changement au Conseil exécutif. Monsieur Gordon Wilson, député provincial de Clare-Digby, entre au conseil des ministres à titre de ministre de l’Environnement. « Monsieur Wilson est un législateur sérieux et assidu, a déclaré le premier ministre McNeil. Je suis très heureux de sa venue au Conseil exécutif et je me réjouis en pensant aux services qu’il rendra aux Néo-Écossais dans son nouveau rôle. » Madame Margaret Miller, qui se remet d’une opération récente à un bras, quitte le Conseil exécutif pour se concentrer sur le travail dans sa circonscription. « Madame Miller a été une voix précieuse et sensible à la table du conseil des ministres et je suis fier de dire qu’elle est aussi une amie, a ajouté le premier ministre. Je la remercie pour le travail qu’elle a accompli en tant que ministre au service des Néo-Écossais et je sais qu’elle continuera de contribuer de façon importante au caucus du gouvernement jusqu’à la fin de son mandat comme membre de l’Assemblée législative. » Madame Miller, députée provinciale de Hants East, a déjà annoncé qu’elle ne se représenterait pas aux prochaines élections. La nomination de Monsieur Wilson entre en vigueur immédiatement. -30-
Chandigarh: Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development and the BJP’s candidate for Punjab’s Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, Hardeep Singh Puri, has been trailing his rival and Congress candidate Gurjit Aujla, as per available trends. The diplomat-turned-politician Puri is facing a tough fight in the constituency dominated by the Jatt community, say political observers. Moreover, with the Congress at the helm in the state, Puri has an uphill task. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Often accompanied by the Punjab BJP President Shwait Malik and other party leaders, Puri carried out a massive campaign in Amritsar from where the current Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley suffered an embarrassing defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Congress leader Amarinder Singh. Earlier in the day, the Amritsar-born Puri, who is a non-Jatt Sikh, said he would “abide by what he (the almighty) decides”. “Everyone is subject to Hukam; no one is beyond it. O Nanak! One who understands Hukam, does not speak in ego,” Puri tweeted. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations “As I wait for the result, I shall with no doubt, remorse or ego abide by what he decides,” he added. Amarinder Singh, who is now the Chief Minister, had won this seat by a margin of more than a lakh votes in 2014 by defeating Jaitley. At that time, the SAD-BJP combine was in power in the state. The Amritsar seat was represented by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from 2004 to 2014 when he was with the BJP. Sidhu is now a cabinet minister in the Congress government in Punjab. Following his win in Amritsar, Amarinder Singh led the Congress to a thumping victory in the Punjab elections in February 2017. He quit as the Amritsar MP before the Assembly polls and Aujla was fielded by the Congress for the by-election, which the latter won by over 1.97 lakh votes, defeating the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party candidates in a triangular fight.
Guwahati: Six-time world champion Mary Kom overcame some stiff resistance to beat promising Nikhat Zareen in a split decision to enter the women’s 51kg category final, while the men pugilists dominated the ring by making it an all-Indian gold-medal clash in seven categories in the India Open here Thursday. In the most-anticipated bout of the day, 22-year-old former world junior champion Nikhat of Telangana was at her aggressive best against her ‘idol’ Mary Kom who was happy to play the waiting game before taking the upper hand in the third round to win 4-1. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe 36-year-old Mary Kom, who was making her competitive debut at home in 51kg, took some blows initially but was quick to make amends as Nikhat was not able to connect her punches as the bout progressed. Using her vast experience, Mary Kom regained her composure and dealt a few telling blows on the Strandja Memorial gold winner Nikhat and that seemed to have clinched the issue in favour of the London Olympics bronze medallist Manipuri in the third round. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upMary Kom will face Vanlal Duati of Mizoram in the gold-medal bout on Friday. In the men’s section, 17 Indians stormed into the final in 10 weight categories. Continuing his dream run, former world youth champion Sachin Siwach registered an upset win over reigning Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki in a unanimous decision to set up a 51kg gold medal clash against Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal. A day after he eliminated World Championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon in a well-calculated bout, the 20-year-old from Haryana had his task cut out against his sparring partner but he again emerged victorious. Panghal, who had clinched a gold in his new weight category in the Asian Championship, defeated national champion P L Prasad in the second 52kg semifinal. Panghal had won the Asian Games gold in Jakarta last year in 49kg. “Amit has improved a lot of late but this is my big chance to show my prowess at a major competition. I hope to give my best and return winner,” Siwach, who won a bronze at the GeeBee Boxing tournament in Finland in March, said. Shiva Thapa also remained on course to clinching a gold at the same venue where he was crowned national champion three years ago as he fended off a strong challenge from his Polish opponent D Krystian Sczepanski to emerge 5-0 winner. Sczepanski was at his aggressive best and kept hurling punches but Shiva cleverly kept frustrating his opponent by going out of his range. “It made him tired at the end of every round. I was playing my style, did not give my 100 per cent. I was just trying to be tactical with him and let his punches go in the air and miss it so that he loses his control and confidence,” Shiva said. He will face Manish Kaushik in the 60kg final on Friday. There was also a setback in store for India in the men’s 75kg category, when Manjeet Panghal twisted his knee in the first round to be knocked out by his Filipino opponent Eumir Felix Delos Santosh. Santosh will face Ashish Kumar in the final.
New Delhi: Concerned over the ongoing crisis of drinking water across the country, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Union Minister of Jal Shakti, has on Tuesday reiterated that every household would get clean drinking water by 2024.While addressing a gathering, he said that the government is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to nearly 14 crore households. “The prime minister has set a target and our party manifesto talks about providing clean drinking water by 2024. There are nearly 14 crore households where clean drinking water is yet to reach,” Shekhawat told reporters here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The main agenda of the newly constituted ministry is ‘Jal se Nal’ under which tap water will be provided to all the households by 2024. Currently, the status of tapped water in the country is 18 per cent which has to be taken up to 100 per cent,” the minister said, adding that in the coming years there will be a deficit of 43 per cent between water availability and requirement and to address this issue, we have to come together with the same approach and vision. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Centre has set a target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2024, Shekhawat said, adding that the government is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to nearly 14 crore households. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his poll campaign, had promised to integrate all ministries that look after water-related issues into one ministry. The BJP had also promised to provide clean drinking water to all households in the country. He said that in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, the coverage of clean drinking water is less than five per cent. Shekhawat held discussions with officials and ministers from several states looking after water-related issues.
San Francisco: In its bid to stop the spread of misinformation and hoaxes, Twitter has pulled down almost 5,000 accounts suspected of being directly run or linked to the Iranian government. The micro-blogging site said all the account sets were originated in Iran. “We believe Twitter has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the public conversation — including through the timely disclosure of information about attempts to manipulate Twitter to influence elections and other civic conversations by foreign or domestic state-backed entities. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “We believe the public and research community are better informed by transparency,” Yoel Roth, Head of Site Integrity, Twitter, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Twitter cracked down on a total of 4,779 pages and it took down at least 1,666 accounts in set one that originated in Iran. Cumulatively, these accounts tweeted nearly two million times. They posted global news content, often with an angle that benefited the diplomatic and geostrategic views of the Iranian state. Platform manipulation is a violation of the Twitter Rules, the company noted. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Twitter pulled down 248 accounts in set two and 2,865 accounts in set three. These accounts were taken down in set three employed a range of false personas to target conversations about political and social issues in Iran and globally. The micro-blogging platform has been regularly removing accounts, it suspects of election interference from Iran, Russia and other nations since the fallout of the 2016 US presidential election.
New Delhi: After launching its biggest crackdown on railway ticket agents and touts, the Special Intelligence Branch of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) is now probing the role of insiders involved in the racket which runs into several crores. The RPF has sought details from the commercial department of the railways about the real-time data of e-tickets. However, the crucial data is yet to be shared with the investigating agency. Sources said that once the data relating to the booking of e-tickets and payment channels of various ticket agents across the country are made available, a clearer picture of the nationwide ‘Tatkal’ ticket racket will emerge. When asked about the involvement of insiders, or lower staff in the racket, the Director General RPF, Arun Kumar, said: “It’s a matter of investigation. I cannot share any details at this stage.” Sources said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has appreciated RPF’s investigation, called Operation Thunder, into the ticket fraud. The Minister has given the go-ahead to initiate action if any insider is involved in the racket. The RPF rounded up more than 405 touts from raids conducted in 205 cities and towns relating to the booking of Tatkal Seva and e-ticketing. During the course of investigation, it was discovered that most of the ticket agents and touts use specific software to fraudulently book e-tickets under Tatkal Seva. The tickets are later sold to passengers at high rates. The RPF and its intelligence branch were gathering evidence related to ticket frauds for the past few months. Sources in the RPF said a software, ‘ANMS/Red Mirchi’, has been seized from Kota, Rajasthan, which was being used to hack into the Tatkal facility offered by the IRCTC, which is now being rectified. According to an official of the RPF, 387 user IDs under which these tickets were booked frequently have been blacklisted and the tickets have been deactivated. RPF has also instructed all zonal railways to continue such raids in their areas to mount pressure on the touts.
The recently concluded strike by West Bengal doctors had many unusual features to it. There is nothing new in irate relatives of patients attacking doctors. Such outbursts keep occurring regularly in different parts of the country. There is nothing new in the affected doctors going on strikes demanding better protection either. What is new this time is the larger political dimension the entire issue assumed in West Bengal. Even as the state was being rocked by post-poll violence with BJP being on the offensive, the ruling party at the Centre opened a new front. When the junior doctors in the state went on a flash strike to protest against serious attack on two of their colleagues by the unruly relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital on 10 June 2019, BJP saw an opportunity to fish in the troubled waters. The ruling powers at the Centre swung into action. Also Read – A special kind of bondThen something hitherto unheard of happened. On June 13, 2019, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a four-day nationwide protest including a one-day all-India solidarity strike on June 17. On the morning of June 14, meetings were arranged between Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and no less than half a dozen doctors’ associations in Delhi, where they complained to him about attacks on two of their colleagues in Kolkata. In a highly controversial move, on June 15, while writing a letter to all chief ministers about beefing up security to doctors, Harsh Vardhan also circulated an old 2017 Bill titled Draft Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017 as a model bill of sorts. The Bill, however, had been drafted by the IMA and not by the Union Health Ministry, and it prescribed ten years of rigorous punishment to those who assault doctors, almost considering them at par with murderers, and the Bill had not been vetted by the Union Law Ministry or approved by the Cabinet! Also Read – Insider threat managementIn another unusual gesture, the Union Home Ministry under BJP strongman Amit Shah sought reports from the West Bengal government not only about the general political violence in the state but also specifically on the attack on these two doctors. In an equally unusual gesture, on June 15, the AIIMS Doctors’ Association, known to be loyal to Harsh Vardhan, gave a two-day media “ultimatum” to the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee though they were at a loss to explain what the ultimatum was about. On June 17, from Ahmedabad to Hyderabad, and from Lucknow to Patna, and in Pondicherry and Chandigarh, tens of thousands of doctors went on a strike. In yet another surprise development, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat stooped down to the level of a mofussil politician and criticised Mamata personally for the doctors’ strike while addressing the concluding session of a training programme for RSS volunteers at Nagpur on June 17. Are the assaults on doctors by patients’ relatives too widespread and is the entire medical community too incensed to go on a spontaneous strike in solidarity with the striking West Bengal doctors? Is the issue really so serious at all parts of the country that it was snowballing into a major all-India media and political issue? No, not at all! The local IMA chapters and BJP wings among the doctors took care to explain to doctors that there would be no action as the strike enjoyed the indirect support of BJP governments. In this sense, it was an engineered strike. But the dramatic anti-climax happened in Kolkata that day. Mamata Banerjee, sensing the BJP’s larger plan, invited doctors for talks on June 17. Being a consummate political communicator, she even accepted their precondition for live-streaming the meeting. On June 17, the day of the all-India strike, she met with an unusually large delegation of two representatives each from more than 30 hospitals, and in the meeting, she assured them of full protection and accepted almost all their demands. Meanwhile, pressure and public criticism were also mounting against doctors and one patient even died in Malda allegedly in the absence of timely medical attention. The young doctors were not carried away by the unexpected new-found all-India support from BJP but withdrew their strike. BJP, which had hoped to further rake up the issue against Mamata, ended up with egg on its face! The high-point of Mamata’s agreement with doctors was the establishment of complaint redressal cell in each hospital, a sensible institutional option which patients can use to take up their grievances instead of resorting to blind physical violence against doctors. Mamata also directed the police chief to appoint nodal officers to oversee security arrangements for doctors in each hospital, who would be answerable for that. These were the most practical and sensible solutions to the vexing issue. Regarding legislative protection to doctors, Tamil Nadu had already passed an act in 2018 called Tamil Nadu Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2008, that made any act of violence against any medical personnel or institution a cognizable non-bailable offence and prescribed imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may extend to ten years with fine. This itself was called too stringent by rights groups which feared its misuse against poor people and nobody has been punished under it though and there has been no review of its functioning by the Centre either. Instead of proceeding in that direction and drafting a realistic Bill at the ministerial level after consulting the Law Ministry, Harsh Vardhan thought it fit to circulate an unofficial Bill prepared by the IMA that made a mockery of criminal jurisprudence and the principle of proportionality. The young doctors of Bengal remained stuck to their professional concerns and failed to walk into the trap of political manipulation. Mamata Banerjee also outsmarted the BJP in their own political gameplan. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: Residents of South West Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area woke up to the news of a horrific murder on Sunday. An elderly couple and their maid were found stabbed to death at their residence in Vasant Apartment and their throats were allegedly slit.The Delhi Police claimed that robbery was not the motive behind the killing. Police identified the deceased as Vishnu Mathur (78) and Shashi Mathur (75) and their maid as Khushbu (24). Both were retired government employees. “Vishnu retired from group C services as Pharmacist whereas his wife Shashi was earlier with a municipal body,” police said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to the Vasant Vihar residents, the incident came to light after another maid found them dead and alerted other residents. “She found the doors bolted from the outside. When she entered the house, couple and their help were lying dead,” residents said. The couple was found dead on the bed and the house help’s body was found lying on the floor. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devinder Arya said that prima facie it seems nothing has been robbed. “They (deceased) were stabbed. They are probing every angle in the case,” said DCP Arya. The elderly citizens lived on the first floor of the house. At the spot, residents were talking that late night a PCR call was made regarding the incident but the house number was given wrong. DCP Arya denied this fact. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe posh locality is covered with several CCTV cameras. Police have started scanning CCTV footages of the area to check whether the accused has been captured on CCTV camera entering and leaving the house. “The details related to the deceased maid is also being checked,” added an investigator. A board which was installed at one of the entry points of the society reads that “Vasant apartment comes under Neighbourhood Watch scheme”. Usha Singh, neighbour of the deceased told Millennium Post that for last several days she had not seen Vishnu Mathur. “Aunty (Shashi Mathur) stayed in bed as she had some health issues. Uncle (Vishnu Mathur) used to walk in society. For last several days I have not seen him,” said Singh. They had two caretakers of which one used to live with them. “She had one daughter who lives in the Greater Kailash area with her family,” said Singh. Neighbours clueless about incidentNew Delhi: The neighbours living close to senior citizens’ apartment who were murdered in Vasant Vihar said that they did not hear any noise from the deceased’s house late night on Saturday. Rosy, who lives on the second floor of the house where the elderly couple lived, said that she had two dogs including a labrador who barks after seeing or hearing any unusual or suspicious activities in the locality.”On Saturday they (dogs) also remained quiet. I also did not hear any noise,” said Rosy. She further added that entry in their house was only allowed after Vishnu Mathur (deceased) confirmed the visitor’s identity. “I met them four months ago to know about their health,” added Rosy. Usha Singh who lives next to the deceased house, came to know about the incident in the morning after she went outside hearing some noise. “Shocked what I can say, this is something happened for the first time in the locality,” residents said. Some of the residents said that they were also in the locality late night but they did not hear anything. According to Vasant Vihar residents, the family had shifted 15-20 years back in the area. “Earlier Vishnu Mathur came for a morning walk in the area but for last few months no one saw him. Very kind persons,” said Maniram, another resident. Residents said that the area had a police post in front of the entry gate. Delhi Police data Delhi Police chief recently held a meeting with the districts in which he had directed them to take stern action against the violent crime. The Delhi Police data on heinous crime against senior citizens revealed that in the year 2018 as many as 63 cases were registered. In the year 2017, nearly 96 cases were reported. “There is a decrease of 34.38 per cent in crime against senior citizens,” claimed Delhi Police.
Patna: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Monday strengthened speculation about a realignment ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls, saying he and his party are not adverse to JD-U President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. “We are not adverse to Nitish Kumar, we are not against him,” Singh said. He said all secular parties should unite and join hands to fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Singh said he welcomes non-BJP parties to join the Grand Alliance in the state. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Singh held a closed door meeting with senior Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Narendra Singh. Singh, a former Union Minister and considered close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, had earlier also showed a soft attitude towards Nitish Kumar and asked him to join the Grand Alliance. He said Nitish Kumar should join hands with the non-BJP parties to fight against the saffron party. However, the JD-U, an ally of the BJP-led NDA, has repeatedly claimed that it was with the BJP and part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The RJD failed to win even a single seat in Bihar in the Lok Sabha elections.
Darjeeling: The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has decided to devote their time to social issues more than politics. The political party has constituted a Disaster Management Committee (DMC) to help the district administration during calamities.”Darjeeling is prone to landslides and earthquakes. It falls in the fourth seismic zone. Most of the landslides occur in rural far flung areas and tea gardens. In such times road communication gets badly affected. Our units will be from these areas and hence will be able to launch prompt relief and rescue operations. They will work in unison with the district administration and the local social organizations,” stated Praveen Zimba, Convenor of the DMC. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe DMC will be approaching all political and social organizations to send in volunteers. “The volunteers will be trained in relief and rescue in a two day long workshop,” added Zimba. A 20-member team will be meeting the District Magistrate, Darjeeling on Wednesday to discuss as to how the DMC can aid the administration in times of emergency. “We will also meet the Municipal authorities as the Block Development Officers. As of now the DMC will function in the Darjeeling sub division. Teams will be developed in all vulnerable areas like Rimbik- Lhodhama, Bijanbari,” stated Zimba. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTarpaulins are very important for monsoons in the Hills. “The MLA has a quota of 500 tarpaulins every year. The MLA can send in requisitions for more. Even the Municipalities and the Block Development Offices get their quota of tarpaulins to be distributed as relief,” said Zimba. The Convenor stated that in the past the relief clothes coming to the Hills were same as the plains and would not serve the purpose. “Sarees and dhotis are not of much use in the Hills. This time we have heard that track pants and sweaters will be sent as relief material,” he added.
Kathmandu: Nepal Police have arrested two Indian nationals in separate cases of plotting to kill a local man here and for possessing narcotic substances. Nineteen-year-old Kunal Kumar, a resident of Sitamarhi in Bihar, was arrested from Metro City Hotel in Biratnagar for allegedly plotting a murder, police said. The police confiscated two automatic pistols, four magazines and eight rounds of bullets from Kumar. Along with Kumar, the police have also arrested Mannu Gupta, a resident of Biratnagar, for his involvement in the plot. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USGupta had hired Kumar and two others — Hari Narayan Jha from Sarlahi in Nepal and Rakesh Jha from Sitamarhi — to execute the alleged murder plan, according to Nepal Police. Further investigation is on, police said. In a separate case, 25-year-old Rahul Kumar, a resident of Vaishali in Rajasthan, has been arrested from Balkhu in the outskirts of Kathmandu and narcotic substance recovered from him. The Narcotic Drugs Control Unit of Nepal Police confiscated 171 ampules of dyzapam, 171 ampules of bruphen, 167 ampules of phenergan from his possession.
Port of Spain: India skipper Virat Kohli scored a majestic hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval as the Men in Blue registered a comprehensive win over West Indies in a rain-affected second ODI. India defeated West Indies by 59 runs (DLS method), thus taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber, the final of which will be played on Wednesday at the same venue. On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 42nd century during the course of which he went past former India skipper Sourav Ganguly tally of 11,363 runs in the list of leading run-getters in ODI cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The 30-year-old has scored 11,406 runs at 59.91 in 238 matches and is currently at the eighth spot in the list topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 18,426 runs in 463 matches. Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: “Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket…what a player.” During the course of his 120-run knock, the Delhi lad also became the first batsman to complete 2,000 ODI runs against West Indies. The previous record was 1,930 by Javed Miandad, whom Kohli passed in his 34th inning against the Windies. The Indian skipper now has eight centuries to his name against West Indies. He also has eight tons against two other teams — Australia and Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring maximum hundreds against a single opposition — 9 against Australia. He had also scored eight hundreds against Sri Lanka. No other batsmen have more than seven centuries against a single opposition.
Manama: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for France from here to attend the G7 Summit where he will speak on burning global issues of environment, climate and digital transformation and also meet world leaders.Modi, who was in Manama on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain, concluded his visit with prayers at the 200-year-old Shreenathji Temple in Manama, the oldest temple in the region. “After the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain, as a special gesture PM @narendramodi is seen off by Deputy PMs HH Mohammed bin Mubarak and HH Khalid bin Abdullah as he emplanes for Biarritz, France to participate in #G7Summit as Biarritz Partner,” Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring the G7 Summit, which will be held in the picturesque seaside French town of Biarritz, the Prime Minister will address sessions on environment, climate, oceans and digital transformation. Though India is not a member of the G-7 grouping, Modi has been personally invited by the French President Emmanuel Macron. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that the invitation was a “reflection of the personal chemistry” between the two leaders and also “recognition of India as a major economic power”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe countries which are part of the G7 include the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US. On the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Modi and US President Donald Trump are likely to discuss the situation in Kashmir, trade issues and other topics of mutual interest.Earlier this week in Washington, Trump said that he would discuss with Prime Minister Modi the situation in Kashmir and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France this weekend. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.Modi is also expected to meet the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The two leaders spoke on phone earlier this week and agreed on the importance of working together to tackle climate change and other threats to biodiversity. Modi and Johnson also spoke on the need to further strenghten the bilateral partnership, particularly through trade and economic relations. “The bilateral visit to France and the invitation to G7 Summit are in keeping with the tradition of strong and close partnership and high level political contacts between India and France,” the MEA said in a press statement ahead of the prime minister’s visit.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong police used water cannon for the first time Sunday, raising the stakes against protesters who have staged sometimes violent rallies that have rocked the city for the past three months. Officers were also seen with drawn sidearms as protesters clashed with police in the district of Tsuen Wan after a rally at a nearby sports stadium. The financial hub has been gripped by mass rallies that were initially against a proposed extradition bill to China, but have spun into a wider pro-democracy movement targeting the pro-Beijing government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs thousands of people marched in the pouring rain to Tsuen Wan, a group of hardcore protesters erected makeshift roadblocks and dug up bricks from the pavements. After firing tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds, police drove water cannon vehicles onto the streets, unfurling signs warning protesters they would deploy the jets if they did not leave. The jets were later fired from the moving trucks towards a crowd of protesters who ran away, but hardcore group of protesters later threw bricks and Molotov cocktails in violent confrontations with riot police. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThere were no immediate reports of injuries. Police had previously said the vehicles, complete with surveillance cameras and multiple spray nozzles, would only be used in the event of a “large-scale public disturbance”. Throughout the protests, Beijing has used a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle to constrict the protests in a strategy dubbed “white terror” by the movement. The MTR – the city’s metro – is the latest Hong Kong enterprise to face public censure, after appearing to bend to Chinese state-media attacks accusing the transport system of being an “exclusive” service to ferry protesters to rallies. On Sunday the MTR shut stations near the main demonstration area in Tsuen Wan, in the second day of station closures in-a-row. “However bleak our future is, we’re trying to express ourselves rationally,” said Peter, in his 20s, before the clashes began. “We have faith in ourselves and we have faith in our city that some day our demands will be answered.” A second rally in the afternoon of a few hundred people – some of them family members of police – criticised the government for leaving officers to handle the brunt of the crisis, while also calling for an independent investigation into the police handling of the protests. “I believe within these two months, police have got enough opprobrium,” said a woman who asked not to be named and said she was a police officer’s wife. The city’s officers are often the focus of protesters’ anger because of their perceived heavy handling of the rallies. Ten people were left in hospital after Saturday’s clashes – two in a serious condition – staff said, without detailing if they were police or protesters. On Saturday police baton-charged protesters and fired tear gas, while demonstrators threw rocks and bottles later into the night in a working-class neighbourhood. Protesters say Hong Kong’s unique freedoms are in jeopardy as Beijing tightens its political chokehold on the semi-autonomous city. The city had appeared to have pulled back from a sharp nosedive into violence, with the last serious confrontation taking place more than a week ago, shortly after protests paralysed the airport.
OTTAWA – Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.The man, who used the name Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, is now reported to be living in Toronto.In question period on Friday, Conservatives demanded government action, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was cautious, saying he couldn’t comment because of security concerns.“This individual is speaking freely to the media,” said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen. “The government has got to know where he is.”Bergen said he told the podcast he won’t be held responsible for his killings.“The media are reporting this individual is in Toronto, right now, as we speak. Can the government confirm it? Why isn’t this government doing something?”Goodale said police and security agencies are doing their jobs properly.“I am charged with the responsibility of keeping Canadians safe,” he said. “Discussing operational matters on the floor of the House of Commons is exactly the opposite of keeping Canadians safe.”Bergen, however, was not backing down.“This guy is apparently in Toronto,” she said. “Canadians deserve more answers from this government. Why aren’t they doing something about this despicable animal?”CBC News reported in 2017 that Abu Huzaifa had been questioned extensively by RCMP and CSIS, but had not been charged.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has estimated that about 60 Canadians have returned home after fighting with foreign terror groups.The federal government has established a centre to fund research and programs to stop radicalization and help people leave extremist groups, although the Conservatives have scorned its efforts as little more than poetry lessons for terrorists.The government says it has a host of other counter-terrorism tools for returnees, including surveillance, criminal investigations, peace bonds, and the revoking of passports.Such measures are effective, Goodale told the Commons.“The security and police agencies of this country do an extraordinary job in identifying individuals that pose a risk to the public and taking the appropriate action to make sure that Canadians are safe.”
LONDON – Teenage royal wedding guest Faith Dickinson says she’s got her “dream dress” ready for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The Peterborough, Ont., resident is among the throngs of royal fans who have flooded the town of Windsor west of London to celebrate the union at Windsor Castle on Saturday.But unlike most, the 15-year-old will watch the spectacle from the castle grounds, as one of seven youth associated with the Diana Award to receive a coveted spot outside St. George’s Chapel.Some 200 others from a range of charities are also invited onto the grounds, as well as more than 2,000 members of the public. Tens of thousands of other royal fans are expected to line the historic town’s winding streets.Dickinson expected she’ll have a prime view of the couple’s arrival, as well as their emergence from the ceremony as newlyweds.But her day will start early — she says she’ll have to dress and complete her makeup for an 8:30 a.m. arrival at the castle.With the wedding not set to begin until noon, and the couple’s procession through town not expected until 1 p.m., it’ll make for a long morning spent outside, the teen noted Friday.“But it’s all worth it,” Dickinson said, adding she’ll also get a chance to enter the chapel after the guests leave.“I love them, they’re a perfect couple and they do so much amazing charity work.”It’ll be a whirlwind trip for Dickinson, who arrived in London on Thursday, heads to Scotland on Sunday and returns to Canada on Wednesday.She’s still in school, after all, she points out.The Grade 10 student brought homework to tackle on the train to Edinburgh and back.“I have to get back to school — it’s exam season so I can’t miss too much,” said Dickinson, who brought math, history and science work.Nevertheless, she’s soaking up as much of her fairy tale trip as possible and plans to bring a camera to snap some prime shots of famous guests.And she gushed over her bespoke silk and lace dress by Ottawa designer Nora Pucci of the brand Zarucci, and a matching fascinator by Toronto milliner David Dunkley.“It’s a perfect outfit, my dream,” she said of the dress, in mauve.Dickinson said it was exactly one year ago that she met Prince Harry in London to receive a Diana Award for her charity work. Cuddles for Cancer provides blankets to cancer patients and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.“I would never have imagined that I would be back for his wedding.”
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man fighting to have his last name — Grabher — reinstated on a licence plate says police have now forced him to remove an inactive Alberta plate from the front of his car.Lorne Grabher said he received a call from police Monday after a complaint was lodged against the personalized Alberta licence plate he had on the front of his car.Nova Scotia requires only one valid plate, at the rear, and drivers in the province often place inactive or novelty plates on the front of their vehicles.Grabher says police told him he would face a stiff penalty for driving with a fraudulent plate if he did not remove the Alberta plate, which had his last name on it in capitalized letters.The 69-year-old man said he feels he’s being unfairly targeted.“I’ve been red-flagged,” he said from his Dartmouth home, noting the large number of vehicles in the province that have inactive out-of-province plates on the front.Grabher received international attention after the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked his personalized Nova Scotia plate bearing his last name, saying it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”“The issue for me is where does anybody, especially the government, get the right to discriminate against somebody’s name,” he said. “The only place I can think of where they do stunts like that is if you live in a communist country.”The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing Grabher, and says the revocation infringes on his constitutional rights.The organization filed a notice of application with the provincial Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision.A hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to June 6 after a lawyer representing the province requested more time to “gather the names of witnesses” and “confirm instructions with my client.”Grabher called the legal dispute a waste of taxpayer dollars.“It’s my last name,” he said. “We’ve had this licence plate in my family for 27 years.”Grabher said his last name is a point of pride for his family and its Austrian-German heritage.In the early 1800s, Grabher’s great-great-grandfather made the journey from Austria to the United States, part of a wave of settlers.His grandfather then moved to Canada in 1890 and put down roots in Alberta.Grabher said his father joined the army at the age of 17, during the Second World War, and was sent to Cape Breton, where his family settled.He said revoking his personalized licence plate is foolish and offensive.Grabher said he is now using an alphanumeric licence plate on the rear of his car, and has removed the old Alberta plate from the front as requested by police.
VANCOUVER – The Transportation Safety Board’s final report into the deadly capsizing of a whale-watching vessel off Vancouver Island is expected to be released next month.An email from the board says its investigation report into the October 2015 incident involving the Leviathan II will be issued June 14.Six people died and all 27 aboard were thrown into the waters off Plover Reef north of Tofino when a large wave hit the side of the vessel.Safety board investigators have said most passengers and crew were on the top deck of the vessel’s port side when the 20-metre vessel rolled and capsized.Survivors described being thrown into the ocean without life jackets and grabbing hold of a single floating life ring while others reported swimming through oily water and rough seas to get away from the boat’s rotating propellers.At least 15 survivors and several family members of the six victims have filed lawsuits against the vessel’s owner, Jamie’s Whaling Station.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Oct. 16———AMID BACKLASH, LIBERALS TRIM SMALL-BIZ TAX: The Trudeau government took the first of several steps Monday to stanch the bleeding from a self-inflicted political wound, resurrecting a campaign promise to cut taxes for small businesses outraged by its controversial tax-reform proposals. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to gradually trim the small-business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019, down from its current level of 10.5 per cent, and also to make further changes to the plan that triggered the angry backlash from entrepreneurs in the first place. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers have denounced the tax proposals, contending they’d hurt the very middle class Trudeau claims to be trying to help. In hope of calming critics, Trudeau also announced Monday he will abandon at least one of the tax-reform elements: changing the lifetime capital gains rule, which is an adjustment intended to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.———SOMALI-CANADIANS LEFT REELING AFTER BOMBING: Somali-Canadians say they’re in shock after a bomb blast killed hundreds of people in Mogadishu on Saturday, and they’re calling on the federal government to help those affected by the attack. More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 others are injured, many badly burned, after the truck bombing on a crowded street in Somalia’s capital. Jibril Ibrahim, president of the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton, says the country has been devastated by the attack and the Canadian government should be offering help. Ibrahim says the Canadian government should work to help get the wounded out of Mogadishu and into places where they can get adequate medical treatment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted his condolences to the Somali-Canadian community and the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the attack, but Global Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the government would send increased aid to the region in the wake of the bombing.———PHARMACISTS WANT EXPANDED ROLE IN OPIOID CRISIS: The head of the BC Pharmacy Association says chronic opioid users in rural and remote communities should have access to supervised injectable treatment that is already available in the Vancouver area. Geraldine Vance says the overdose epidemic demands immediate involvement by community pharmacists and up to 20 pilot projects should be started in under-served parts of British Columbia. Vance says there’s already a pilot study in Vancouver to expand on injectable treatment provided at the city’s Crosstown clinic, where patients receive hydromorphone and pharmaceutical-grade heroin. She says that service needs to be expanded to areas where overdose deaths have increased dramatically, and pharmacists could help play a vital role in dispensing the drug and monitoring patients. Vance says her association has been in discussions with the BC Centre on Substance Use and the BC Centre for Disease Control since the spring about how pharmacists could be involved.———FAMILY OF INDIGENOUS GIRL FROZEN TO DEATH TESTIFIES: Family members of a 16-year-old Indigenous girl who was found frozen to death behind an auto body shop in Winnipeg say they do not want her death to be in vain. Relatives of Nicole Daniels were the first to testify as the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women opened four days of hearings in the Manitoba capital. Daniels was found face down in the snow in April 2009, the morning after, her family says, she had gone out with a middle-aged man she had met on a telephone chat line. An autopsy showed she had a high level of alcohol in her system and died from hypothermia. The police ruled out foul play. Her aunt, Joan Winning, says the teen’s clothes were undone, and that — along with other factors — leaves the family convinced that she was murdered. Nicole’s cousin, Isabel Daniels, told the hearing society sees Indigenous women as disposable and that has to change.———LOBLAW TO LAY OFF 500 PEOPLE FROM OFFICE JOBS: Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is laying off 500 workers from its office operations. President Sarah Davis wrote in a memo to employees that some of the employees were informed Monday and many of the positions will be eliminated immediately. She said the business faces growing pressures from both new costs and competition, and remains committed to reducing costs and running efficiently. Davis said Loblaw is making major investments in omni-channel, financial services and other growing areas and expects to create hundreds of near-term jobs. Spokesman Kevin Groh said the job cuts will come from its offices around the country, including Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax and Montreal. He said Loblaw employs about 200,000 people across Canada.———U.S. SEEKS END TO SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AS NAFTA TALKS CONTINUE: The United States has requested a complete end to Canada’s supply management system for dairy, poultry, eggs and turkey within a decade. Two sources tell The Canadian Press the request came last night at the NAFTA talks. One says the request came with an initial phase-in period of five per cent more market access per year. Both say the goal would be to end all quotas and tariffs within 10 years. They say the Canadian government is calling the idea a non-starter. The federal Liberal government has promised to maintain the protected system for supply-managed products like dairy, arguing that the U.S. maintains numerous support programs to support its own farmers. The nearly completed NAFTA round in Washington has featured a series of aggressive demands from the U.S. that have prompted fears about whether a deal is possible. The U.S. has made tough requests on auto parts, dispute-resolution mechanisms, Buy American rules, and on a so-called sunset clause that could result in NAFTA ending within five years.———ACCUSED KIDNAPPER SAYS HE WAS COERCED: One of the men accused of kidnapping Amanda Lindhout says he was forced to travel to a house outside Mogadishu where she was being held in August 2008. Testifying Monday in Ontario Superior Court, Ali Omar Ader said he had no role in planning to seize Lindhout, who was working as a journalist in Somalia. Ader said he was suddenly approached by men who told him to accompany them, or else he would die. Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national, has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking for his alleged role as a negotiator and translator. Lindhout, a native of Red Deer, Alta., and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were abducted by armed men while working on a story, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. Both were freed in November 2009.———HALF A MILLION STUDENTS AFFECTED BY ONTARIO COLLEGE STRIKE: Classes were cancelled for about half a million students in Ontario on Monday as faculty at the province’s colleges went on strike. The labour dispute involving more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians began late Sunday after the two sides couldn’t resolve their differences by a deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday. Both sides say there are currently no talks scheduled to end the dispute that involves Ontario’s 24 colleges. The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says it is up to the College Employer Council, which bargains for the colleges, to re-start talks. The union presented a proposal Saturday night that called for the number of full-time faculty to match the number of faculty members on contract but the colleges say it would add more than $250 million costs each year. More than 45,000 people have signed a petition calling for a tuition reimbursement for each day lost to a strike. Matthews would not comment on that idea or the possibility of eventual back-to-work legislation, saying she wouldn’t discuss hypotheticals.———POLLEY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT EXPERIENCE WITH WEINSTEIN: Canadian film and TV star Sarah Polley says Harvey Weinstein once suggested they have a “close relationship” in order to advance her career, but she turned him down. In an op-ed in the New York Times over the weekend, the Oscar-nominated actress-turned-filmmaker wrote the encounter happened when she was 19 years old and starring in the 1999 Miramax film “Guinevere.” The Toronto native says she was doing a photo shoot for the film when the fallen Hollywood producer summoned her into his office. When a publicist insisted she accompany the actress to the meeting and assured her she wouldn’t leave her side, Polley says she “knew everything I needed to know in that moment, and I was grateful.” Polley says Weinstein told her if she had a “close relationship” with him, like the one he had with a famous star a few years her senior, she could have a similarly successful career. But Polley told him she wasn’t very ambitious or interested in acting and indicated that he was wasting his time. The op-ed was published as Weinstein faces mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault in a saga that first broke in the Times.———GM WORKERS AT CAMI APPROVE DEAL: Workers at General Motors’ CAMI plant are ending their four-week strike after accepting a new contract Monday that includes higher compensation, financial penalties against GM for future layoffs and the preservation of production shifts. The contract proposal was hammered out last week and Unifor, which represents 2,500 of the 2,800 workers affected at the plant in Ingersoll, Ont., had recommended the deal be accepted. The union said almost 86 per cent of production workers and 79 per cent of tradesworkers approved the contract. About 2,400 workers voted. The automaker threatened last week to shift more production to Mexico if a settlement wasn’t reached swiftly and the two sides agreed to a deal on Friday. Workers will receive two per cent wage increases in the first and fourth year of the deal, a $6,000 signing bonus and annual payments of $2,000 each Christmas. The automaker will also be forced to pay $300 million for any future job cuts. About 400 workers are currently on layoff. Retirement packages will be offered to entice about 100 workers to leave their positions for laid-off colleagues.———
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Oct. 26———POTENTIAL CYBER ATTACKS WORRY CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR: Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz says the threat of a cyberattack is perhaps the scenario that troubles him the most. Poloz told The Canadian Press on Thursday that the financial system will get through economic turbulence. But he said he is unsure what the fallout would be if there was a cyberattack against the financial system. The central bank warned Canadians in June that the country’s banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks.———FEW SEX ASSAULTS RESULT IN CONVICTION: Statistics Canada says only about 12 per cent of sexual assaults reported to police led to a conviction. The agency looked at sexual assault figures between 2009 and 2014. StatsCan says the figures only cover the complaints that police validated and don’t include complaints deemed unfounded.———PARENTS ASKING DOCTORS ABOUT MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATH FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN: A survey by the Canadian Paediatric Society says parents are increasingly asking their doctors about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children who have progressive terminal illness or intractable pain. Federal legislation brought in last year allowed eligible adults the right to seek out assisted death in cases of incurable illness or intolerable suffering, but the situation regarding minors is still being reviewed. Dr. Dawn Davies of the pediatric society says the findings show the medical community should start thinking about issues involving assisted death for minors.———MILLIONS OF COMPENSATION GIVEN TO TORTURE VICTIMS: Over $31 million in federal compensation has been paid to three Canadians who were tortured in Syria. The Trudeau government announced this spring that it had settled long-standing lawsuits filed by Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin over the federal role in their ordeals. Recently released federal documents note a $31.25-million payment to three unidentified individuals and The Canadian Press has confirmed it refers to the settlement. An inquiry concluded that Canadian officials contributed to the torture of Almalki, El Maati and Nureddin by sharing information with foreign agencies.———MORNEAU TO DONATE SOME SHARE EARNINGS TO CHARITY: Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he won’t keep any money he makes as a result of any increase in the value of shares in his family business since he was elected two years ago. Morneau said on Thursday that he’ll give the money to charity. Morneau plans to sell all of his roughly one million shares in Morneau Shepell, which are worth an estimated $21 million, and put all his other considerable assets into a blind trust. Morneau has been under fire in Parliament for failing to divest his shares earlier because the opposition contends he is in a conflict of interest.———NEW SCREENING IN EFFECT FOR CANADIANS TRAVELLING INTO THE U.S.: New security guidelines are in effect for Canadian travellers flying into the U.S., but the airlines are saying little about what the procedures involve. The U.S. government said earlier this year that there would be increased screening of passengers and their cellphones and other electronic devices. There would also be more security around planes and in passenger areas. Air Canada says all of its flights to the U.S. go through preclearance in Canadian airports so passengers will encounter the new screening before leaving Canada.———IRVING ORDERED TO PAY IN LAC MEGANTIC DISASTER: Irving Oil has been ordered to pay $4 million after pleading guilty to 34 counts stemming from the 2013 rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people. Irving pleaded guilty to a number of charges under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Transport Canada and the RCMP said Irving had not complied with all applicable safety requirements by not classifying the crude oil being carried by trains as a dangerous good. A government statement said Irving did not adequately train its employees in the transportation of dangerous goods.———U.S. DECLARES OPIOID CRISIS A NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: The acting American health and human services secretary has officially declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency, as requested by President Donald Trump. Eric D. Hargan says in a statement that Trump “has made this national crisis a top priority since he took office in January.”———HALIFAX POLITICIAN SAYS THE WORD MARIJUANA IS RACIST: A Halifax city councillor says he won’t use the word marijuana because it’s racist. Shawn Cleary says in the early 1900s during the criminalization of cannabis in the U.S., “marijuana” was used to demonize marginalized communities, namely Mexicans. Cleary says he’s decided to stop using the word. His tweets prompted intense debate on social media with some people thanking Cleary for informing them and others questioning the validity of his comments.———GREY CUP SOLD OUT: It might be hard to come by a ticket to the Grey Cup. The CFL championship is sold out despite the fact the game is a month away. Capacity at Ottawa’s TD Place will be increased from 24,000 to 36,000, with the addition of temporary stands in both end zones, to meet the increased demand.———
FRASER LAKE, B.C. – Rose Prince arrived at the former Lejac Residential School in British Columbia when she was six years old and never left.Her grave site on the grounds of the Catholic-run institution at Fraser Lake is all that remains of the school, but it brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous visitors on pilgrimages every year seeking spiritual and physical healing.Prince was known for her devout faith, compassion, humility and self-sacrifice. But it’s the almost unreal circumstances surrounding her death and claims of healing that prompts the pilgrimage to her grave every July.Her acclaim has gained the attention of the Vatican as a possible candidate for sainthood.Prince was 34 when she died of tuberculosis in 1949. It has been reported that Prince’s body did not cool after she died at the former St. John’s Hospital in nearby Vanderhoof.When her gravesite was disturbed by construction two years later, her opened casket revealed her body hadn’t decayed.“The workers were amazed to find her body and clothing perfectly preserved,” says a brochure produced by the Prince George diocese.“They found her body in perfect condition. She seemed to be transparent and looked as if she were sleeping. There was ‘just a tiny bit of a smile on her face.’ A bouquet of withered flowers was on her chest.”Gravediggers, nuns and priests from the residential school reported a floral scent in the air. Only the bouquet of flowers she was buried with had wilted.Among Catholics, “incorruption” of the body is believed to be a sign of a life of holiness and reflects the victory of Christ over death.Grand Chief Ed John said he can’t confirm miracles but has experienced an unexplained phenomenon at Prince’s grave.John, who spent seven years at the Lejac school, said he often visits Prince’s grave to pray and seek strength from her spirit. Many Indigenous people across B.C. already consider Prince a saint, he said, but it could take the church decades or more to decide.“She’s a special person in our peoples’ history and we revere her in many respects,” said John, the leader of the First Nations Summit, one of B.C.’s largest Indigenous organizations. “We’ve heard stories of people who have had miraculous cures. I understand the church has taken steps to document that.”He can’t logically explain what he felt during one visit to the grave, but John said he experienced her presence.“I was there and I get out of my vehicle and I’m walking towards the site of her burial and all you could smell were roses,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was early enough that there wasn’t really any flowers out there yet. I can’t make heads or tails of that.”Jack Lacerte was 10 years old when he saw Prince’s body after the coffin opened in 1951 as he helped his father, who was a caretaker at the school.Lacerte died three years ago and was the last surviving person who saw the body, but his wife Shirley said her husband — one of Canada’s first Indigenous RCMP officers — never changed his story.The pilgrimages to the Lejac school site, which started in 1990, bring people from across Western Canada and the North, said Rev. Vince James of St. Andrew’s Parish in Fraser Lake, located about 160 kilometres west of Prince George.Fraser Lake miner Nick Loza told the Vancouver Sun in the 1990s he became pain free after soil from Prince’s grave was mixed with holy water and rubbed on his damaged spine.A letter signed by Loza describes the experience he had on Aug. 13, 1991: “The afternoon of August 13th, Father Jules Goulet anointed me and prayed for me through the intercession of Rose Prince. Since the anointing I just keep getting better. After three days I was able to walk again having to endure little pain. I was also able to have a full night’s rest every night.”James said he sees the pilgrimages as “people gathering to share their faith with each other.”“I believe that Rose is a great soul and a holy woman. Some people claim she, through her intercession, they’re healed physically or spiritually.”He said the church moves slowly on matters of sainthood, but “Rome knows about Rose. We’ve sent information over that we had.”James said a Vatican official has visited the parish about Prince.The Vatican’s five steps to sainthood involve waiting five years after the person’s death, becoming a servant of God, showing proof of a life of heroic virtue, verifying miracles and canonization.James said the pilgrimages are emotional gatherings because Prince brings those wanting to share their faith, but many wounded by their residential school experiences also arrive at the former school, which was torn down in 1976.“They say, I hated the place,” he said. “My grandmother went here. I’ve come here not to be happy, but now that I’ve experienced the weekend I feel good about it. I haven’t forgiven. I’ve got a lot of pain in my heart.”Among the school’s darkest chapters was the death of four boys in 1937. Ranging in age from seven to nine, the boys froze to death in January 1937 on Fraser Lake after running away from the school in -29 C temperatures.Prince was at the school when the boys died.“They were found huddled together on the ice the next morning,” said John. “It’s just tragic. It’s heartbreaking for us to see it now.”He said the boys were trying to get home, much the same as Chanie Wenjack, the Indigenous youth who died trying to return to his family from a residential school in Ontario. Wenjack’s journey became the subject of an illustrated book and recording by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who died this year.Wilma Pattison said she considers her aunt a saint who lived a devout life where worldly things did not matter.Prince died when Pattison was three years old, but she’ll never forget walking into St. Andrew’s Parish in Fraser Lake for her first time almost 50 years ago.Minutes after entering the church, Pattison said Sister Mary Ann gave her a greeting card made by Prince. The card was dated July 1948, the year before she died, and was addressed to the nun.Sister Mary Ann said she vowed to give the card to the first person from Prince’s family to come to the church.Pattison says the card is signed, “With Love from Rose Prince.”“May all the days of all the years that God has still in store be filled with every joy and grace to bless you more and more,” said one of the handwritten verses.
EDMONTON – Businessman Pete Howell was preparing to coach another season of community softball when his stepdaughter invited a transgender friend to join her on the McLeod Royals.Sports officials told him the 15-year-old had to provide medical proof of gender reassignment before she would be allowed on the Edmonton girls team.Howell was shocked.“I have three kids I signed up in the same league and they weren’t singled out. They weren’t asked questions like that,” he said. “Technically not all kids can play — as much as they talk about it — without being put to the side and having to jump through a bunch of hoops.“We’re talking community level here, not the Olympics.”Howell complained about the rule and said other parents also voiced concerns. During the controversy, the girl decided she no longer wanted to join the team.Then Howell quit as coach.“I just said, ‘You know what? Good luck, I don’t want to be part of this.’”Hugh Mitchener, chief executive officer with Softball Canada in Ottawa, said it wasn’t until the Edmonton coach cried foul that the organization learned its policy on transgender players was outdated and illegal. The federal government added gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Code last year.“I checked with our lawyer and he said, ‘Yep. It’s no longer compliant. You need to change it,’” said Mitchener.“So that’s what we quickly are doing.”A draft of the new policy, which has yet to be approved by a board of directors, allows players to join the team they self-identify with, he said.Mitchener said some provincial softball groups which had adopted the old national policy, including Softball Alberta, are being notified that a new rule will be ready in time for the upcoming season.“I regret that it’s inconvenienced anybody,” Mitchener said. “I expect that this will make it a lot more comfortable for transgender players to compete in softball.”A spokesperson with Softball Alberta could not be reached for comment.Tom Clooney, president of the Edmonton Youth Softball Association, said his group trusted national and provincial softball groups to stay on top of policies and the law.The Edmonton association is talking with lawyers and LGBTQ community associations to craft a new transgender policy that ensures “all participants feel safe, accepted and have fun,” he said.
OTTAWA — Viewers won’t have to adjust their television sets anymore as the Senate says it has fixed a problem with one of their brand new cameras vibrating during broadcasts.The Canadian Press reported last week that the Senate was forced to bring in a special engineer to deal with wobbly cameras as the Red Chamber started broadcasting for the very first time.While the House of Commons has been televised for more than 40 years, the Senate has only started to broadcast meetings in its main chamber.The decision coincided with the upper chamber being temporarily relocated into a former train station in downtown Ottawa while Centre Block is being renovated.However, “natural vibrations and inherent movements” endemic to older structures had created problems with one camera in particular that wouldn’t stop shaking.Senate spokeswoman Alison Korn says the problem was finally fixed late Friday, meaning Canadians won’t need to take anymore Gravol before tuning in. The Canadian Press
It’s a relatively secretive piece of technology. So secretive, that authorities don’t even like to admit they use it. But the police are now using it to gather data from cellphones in Canadian cities. What can they do with that data? Depends on who you ask. Should you be worried? They say no, and privacy experts disagree—so in other words, it’s another story about what we should expect when we walk around in public.What are they collecting? How does it help solve crimes? What rights does the public have to their smartphones data signature? What’s the logical extension of increased use of this technology? And, for the crimes it’s supposed to solve, does it work?GUEST: Kate Allen, Science and Technology reporter, Toronto StarAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03292019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
In today’s Big Story podcast, Canada’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup is today. And, as usual, the best player on the pitch will be Christine Sinclair. At age 36, she’s still the undisputed leader of her team, one of the very best women in the world at what she does and, right now, just a handful of goals away from becoming international soccer’s all-time leading goal scorer—for either gender.So why isn’t she automatically included on the Mount Rushmore of Canadian sports legends? How has she managed to spend nearly 20 years adapting to whatever style the game or her opponent throws at her? When she does open up, what is she like? And will she finally lead Team Canada to the top of the mountain eight years after dragging it out of the valley?GUEST: Stephen Brunt, SportsnetAudio Playerhttps://rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06102019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving for a major international summit in Japan this morning, hoping to make progress, or at least find allies, in a multi-front dispute with China.The G20 leaders’ summit in Osaka comes at a critical moment for Trudeau, months ahead of the October election and as Canada continues to push for the release of two Canadians in China’s custody — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.China detained the two, a former diplomat and an entrepreneur, days after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant in December.Tuesday, China sought to suspend imports of Canadian meat on the grounds that its authorities don’t trust Canadian assurances about the quality of its exports, and has previously obstructed shipments of Canadian canola, peas and soybeans.Canadian ministers and officials have had little luck getting to speak to their opposite numbers in China about any of it.In order to get a message across, Trudeau will lean on the power and influence of the mercurial Donald Trump to raise the issue of two detained Canadians during a one-on-one meeting with China’s president Xi Jinping.Earlier this month in Normandy, France, Trudeau said he was looking forward to attending the G20 and that the “opportunity to engage with the Chinese president directly is certainly something that we are looking at.”A Canadian government official now says it is “unlikely” to request such a meeting in Osaka, where key themes include the global economy, trade, investment and innovation.The G20 includes countries with large economies from all over the world, with much more divergent interests than the smaller G7. Its members include Russia, China, Turkey, Indonesia, Brazil and South Korea.Ahead of the meeting, Trump pledged his support for Canada’s detainees in China during a meeting with Trudeau last Thursday in the Oval Office, where the two leaders sat together in bright yellow armchairs and the president vowed to bring up the issue with China’s Xi.“Are you trying to get a meeting?” Trump asked of Trudeau in response to a reporter’s question, to which the prime minister replied: “We’ve got a lot of things to discuss. ““Anything I can do to help Canada, I will be doing,” Trump said.Trudeau needs that assistance.David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said it should not come as a surprise that China is not interested in a meeting between its president and the prime minister.Trump will be Canada’s best shot to address the issue of the detentions, said Mulroney.“That would be the strongest card that could be played in our interests,” he said.“It would be an American card played to say … ‘If you want a normal relationship with us, you’ll leave our allies alone.’”Mulroney said he would also use the G20 to talk to other leaders who face similar challenges with China and are susceptible to its bullying.“If we can build this sense of shared purpose in pushing back against China, in not allowing ourselves to be isolated like this, that’s a big step forward,” he said.“It is in America’s interest and it is in the interest of a lot of other countries to see China pull back from hostage diplomacy and bullying … The only way to counter that is through collective action and that is a long, hard slog.”Trudeau is expected to meet with European partners to discuss a range of issues on Friday.Christopher Sands, the director of the Center for Canadian Studies at John Hopkins University, said Canada doesn’t play offence very much but agrees it would be advisable for Canada to talk to other leaders about the detained Canadians.Beyond asking for Trump’s support, countries like Japan, South Korea and perhaps India might be willing to do the same, Sands said, adding that would only strengthen the U.S. president’s commitment to the cause.An official confirmed Trudeau is expected to sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the summit — a conversation where the detentions are likely to be raised.To date, a list of countries including Australia, France, German, Spain, the U.S. and the U.K. have spoken in support of the detained Canadians. Rohinton Medhora, the president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, said he will be watching to see who else Xi meets in one-on-one sessions — called “bilaterals,” or just “bilats,” in diplomatic circles.“Beyond the Trump bilat, how many other bilats does he grant?” Medhora said. “If it turns out that he has very few others, then I wouldn’t read that much into it. On the other hand, if he has half a dozen and Canada isn’t one of them, then I would read something into that.”The G20 is an opportunity to show whether Canada is a player or not and its place in the world, Medhora added.“I would say the pressure (is on), especially going into an election when you have to demonstrate that Canada is better and different than four years ago,” he said.Conservative foreign-affairs critic Erin O’Toole echoed that point, saying it is critical Canada not let the opportunity afforded by the G20 pass, especially given the upcoming election campaign.“As of September, the writ will drop,” he said. “This is really the last major time to really shake up and try to stop the spiral of the China relationship.”—Follow @kkirkup on TwitterKristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to ban all military-style assault rifles as part of a broader gun-control plan that will also take steps towards restricting and banning handguns.“People are dying. Families are grieving. Communities are suffering,” he said. “So we’re going to do more and we’re going to do better. Thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it.”In Toronto, Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau making a gun control announcement #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 20, 2019Trudeau made the pledge in Toronto as he worked to get his campaign back on track after apologizing for wearing blackface years ago. The Liberals have also pledged to work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns.He made the announcement in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood, where a gunman killed two people and wounded 13 others last year in a shooting rampage.The party says it will protect the rights of law-abiding hunters and vows not to re-establish the controversial long-gun registry that was scrapped by the previous Conservative government.Trudeau says the Liberals will ban military assault rifles and allow municipalities to implement hand gun bans #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/YFsewnoZw6— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) September 20, 2019But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said that Trudeau’s party is focused on the wrong things.“Our plan goes after the real criminals. We’re going after illegal firearms, we’re standing up for honest Canadians.”The Liberal proposal also includes pledges to create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and a two-year amnesty while the program is being set up.
HAY RIVER, N.W.T. — The boat that was being used by four missing fisherman on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories has been found submerged.RCMP says searchers have found no trace of the overdue men.Police, military aircraft and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel are continuing the search.The men failed to return as planned after leaving Hay River early Sunday morning to check nets at Sulphur Point on the south shore of the lake.Poor weather on Monday prevented some vessels from joining the search. RCMP have been urging volunteer searchers not to put themselves at risk. (The Canadian Press) The Canadian Press
The American Red Cross presented Sean Penn its International Humanitarian Service Award at a ceremony on October 24, 2012.The award recognizes an individual or group whose work exemplifies or inspires the humanitarian values of human dignity, respect, compassion and the protection and assistance implied in the Fundamental Principles of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.Penn was chosen because of his tireless work in Haiti since the catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010. Shortly after learning of the quake, Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), with the goal to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better future. Earlier this year, Penn was named Ambassador at Large for Haiti by President Michel Martelly. Penn is the first non-Haitian to take on this role.J/P HRO has become a leader in Haiti across multiple sectors seeking to improve living conditions in camps and surrounding neighborhoods by clearing rubble, and providing medical services, education and enrichment programs, housing construction and neighborhood redevelopment. J/P HRO is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.“Many people – both famous and not famous – generously gave their time and support for the people of Haiti in the days following the earthquake. What sets Ambassador Penn apart is his sustained dedication over the past two and a half years to improving the conditions for Haitians affected by the devastating earthquake,” said David Meltzer, Senior Vice President, International Services, American Red Cross. “He continues to raise funds and attention for Haiti, has spent months in camps and communities working directly with beneficiaries, and consistently advocates on behalf of Haitians with the highest levels of government, civil society and media to improve people’s lives.”Penn and the American Red Cross worked together in the early days following the outbreak of cholera to offload and deliver medical supplies and equipment. He personally intervened with the Government of Haiti on behalf of the American Red Cross, and he has publicly spoken in support of American Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.Penn, a two time Academy Award winning actor, a film writer, producer and director, is committed to the multiple social causes and has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts. He most recently was presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.The Red Cross also presented two other awards that evening. The Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service was presented to Deborah MacSwain and Elaine M. Lyerly, for their dedication and commitment to the mission of American Red Cross. The Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award was presented to the American Red Cross, Southern Minnesota Region for their nurse leadership pilot program.Source:Red Cross
The Emmy-winning daytime series, The Doctors, welcomes Hollywood actress, mother, and wife of actor John Travolta, Kelly Preston, in an exclusive first interview on the tragic circumstances surrounding her teenage son’s passing in 2009.Kelly Preston on The DoctorsFor the first time on camera, Preston opens-up about Jett Travolta’s medical conditions and what she and her husband feel are the factors that lead to their son’s disabilities.The interview airs on November 21.In response to media reports immediately following her son’s passing, Preston cautions, “do not believe a lot of the things you read.” Preston went on to say, “[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures, and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki syndrome.”The actress visited The Doctors to advocate the health benefits of eating organically and diminishing the widespread use of pesticides and chemicals in consumer products and commercial foods, which Preston believes are contributors to the rising rates of disease and autism in children. Preston also takes The Doctors’ cameras behind-the-scenes at Alternative Laboratories for a rare look at how organic products are made. Her goal is to empower parents with information to live an organic lifestyle and to remind everyone that choosing organic food is not about getting more nutrients; it’s about getting less chemicals.In the exclusive interview, Preston said she believed the autism and seizures that contributed to the accident which ultimately took Jett’s life, were caused by a collection of factors that included Kawasaki Syndrome, complications from her “fast and hard” labor, and the use of antibiotics while breast feeding. The antibiotics, Preston says, “gave [Jet] thrush,” an infection of Candida yeast, which some studies have linked with the symptoms of autism.The Doctors weigh-in on the controversial topic of autism and also speak with Preston about her recent pregnancy, dropping the baby weight, and how her family’s life has changed with the addition of Benjamin, now 2-years-old. The Doctors also shares never-before-seen home video of Kelly Preston and husband John Travolta with Benjamin.
Actress and lung cancer advocate Valerie Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti, actor Elliott Gould, and leaders in entertainment, politics, business and medicine will come together at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s (LCFA) “Lung Cancer – Bring on the Change!” event on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 5 PM – 7 PM.The evening is hosted by producer Marta Kauffman and composer Michael Skloff in their Hancock Park home. Ms. Harper, who is currently fighting lung cancer that has occurred in the lining of her brain, is the special guest speaker. The evening is designed to bring attention to and raise funding for lung cancer, the USA’s number one cancer killer for both men and women.“It means so much to Tony and me to be able to support LCFA in its efforts to raise awareness and research funding for lung cancer. I’m still here, living, laughing, loving, dancing because of lung cancer research — but the only way I can be here in six months or six years is through new treatment options, or hopefully a cure,” said Ms. Harper.Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of LCFA added, “Thanks to Marta and Michael, Val and Tony, and all the other co-hosts and supporters, we’ve had an overwhelming response to this event. I believe that changing the course of this devastating disease is absolutely possible. Millions of people have been deeply affected by lung cancer but because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 16%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for the disease. That’s why this evening is so very important, and inspirational.”Guests will learn that lung cancer is the USA’s leading cancer killer, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. The poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. It is estimated that over 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses are in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Guests will be introduced to lung cancer advocates like Val, lung cancer researchers and the work of LCFA — an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswire
International Medical Corps Global Ambassador Sienna Miller is in Lebanon to raise awareness about the ongoing Syria crisis – now well into its fourth year – and the enormous impact the war is having on both Syrian refugees and the communities in Lebanon that are assisting them.The estimated 1.1 million Syrians in Lebanon now comprise more than one-fourth of the country’s total population, putting a huge strain on Lebanon’s scarce resources. Lebanon hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country.“These Syrian families have lost loved ones, their homes and livelihoods, and witnessed unspeakable horrors,” Miller said. “Throughout the crisis the true First Responders in Lebanon have been the host communities. It is the people of Lebanon who generously provided space, shared food and access to water, opened their health centers and their schools.”“The most vulnerable include pregnant women, and children under the age of five who have not received vaccinations for years during the war. There is also a severe risk of disease outbreaks in the settlements, where access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is extremely challenging. Groups like International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission are achieving incredible things but it is important that the world does not forget about Syria’s refugees or their hosts in Lebanon.”Earlier this year, Miller joined European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva to launch the First Responders Campaign, a collaboration between International Medical Corps and the European Commission to celebrate humanitarian first responders in places like Lebanon who are saving lives every day.“International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission support local communities around the world in being their own best First Responders. I am doing all I can to stand behind these heroic individuals and raise awareness of the lifesaving work they are doing every day.”
Last week, Forbes awarded its Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy to United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner in recognition of his unprecedented philanthropy and his dedication to building a better world.On behalf of the UN Foundation, President and CEO Kathy Calvin congratulated Turner and highlighted the legacy of his work:“We congratulate Ted on receiving the prestigious Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. His historic $1 billion dollar gift to support United Nations causes sparked a new wave in global philanthropy, and blazed the trail for many other organizations and people who were inspired by his gift to join in support of the United Nations.Ted’s gift has inspired tens of thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies to support the UN’s work on girls’ and women’s empowerment, energy and climate, and global health. To date, hundreds of partners and nearly 300,000 donors have supported Ted’s bold vision — doubling his investment and boosting its impact for years to come.”As the world rallies with the UN to begin implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Turner serves as a reminder that we each have a role and responsibility to rise to the challenges of our time and build a better world.
Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF today released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.Video: Sachin Tendulkar on why early moments matter I UNICEFThe video will be played at the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval, London on Sunday 18 June, when more than 80 countries celebrate Father’s Day.The video features cricketer and father-of-two Sachin Tendulkar who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. It is part of UNICEF’s Super Dads initiative, which invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.All photo and video submissions to the Super Dads initiative will feature on the #EarlyMomentsMatter gallery. UNICEF will select the most heart-warming, humorous, and imaginative photo and video submissions post them on the organization’s own digital platforms.
Advertisement Advertisement “We’re thrilled that WYNONNA EARP is now part of the Space lineup,” said Jordy Randall, Executive Producer, SEVEN24 Films. “Canadians across the country are now going to be able to see why this show has struck such a chord with audiences around the world.”Developed for television by showrunner Emily Andras (KILLJOYS) and based on the IDW Publishing comic book series of the same name by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP is a fast-paced, gun-slinging thriller that follows Wyatt Earp’s great-granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings. After years away, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR) has traveled back to her home town of Purgatory to reluctantly take on the role destined for Wyatt Earp’s heir: end the family curse that has resurrected the villains her legendary ancestor dispatched – now known as Revenants. Using her unique abilities, a magical gun, and a dysfunctional posse of allies, Wynonna must try to stop the Revenants from taking over the town – and escaping into the world.After a successful run on U.S. network Syfy last year, WYNONNA EARP earned critical acclaim including being named E! News TV Scoop Best New Show 2016, and Collider.com’s Best New Sci-fi series. In addition, the series was nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, winning for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction, and has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.Starring Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter, WYNONNA EARP also features Tim Rozon (BEING HUMAN) as Doc Holliday, Shamier Anderson (Race) as Agent Xavier Dolls, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Waverly Earp.In the debut episode, “Purgatory” (Saturday, April. 15 at 10 p.m. ET), on the night of her 27th birthday, Wynonna Earp – descendent of the great gunslinger Wyatt Earp – reluctantly returns to her hometown to take on her family’s legendary curse.WYNONNA EARP was developed for television by Emily Andras who also serves as executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Executive producers are Jordy Randall (HEARTLAND), Tom Cox (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK), David Ozer, Ted Adams, Rick Jacobs and Todd Berger. Brian Dennis (THE BEST LAID PLANS) is producer. The writing team spearheaded by Andras includes Alexandra Zarowny, Brendon Yorke, James Hurst, Shelley Scarrow, and Caitlin Fryers. Directors are Paolo Barzman, Peter Stebbings, Ron Murphy, and Brett Sullivan.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter@SpaceChannelSpace on FacebookAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and Ilana Banks’ new detective drama. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its tenth season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. TORONTO, March 29, 2017 – Space announced today that it has become the Canadian production partner of Calgary producer SEVEN24 Films for their original Canadian series WYNONNA EARP, distributed by IDW Entertainment. Season 1 of the 13-episode, one-hour, supernatural western, which Variety named as one of the Top 20 series of 2016, airs exclusively in Canada on Space beginning with a two-episode premiere event on Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the Season 10 premiere of DOCTOR WHO. Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP, recently nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, is currently in production in Calgary, and premieres exclusively on Space this summer.“WYNONNA EARP is an action-packed, supernatural thriller that introduces us to the badlands of the Wild West with a contemporary twist,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This modern western is an exceptional addition to the existing slate of exclusive genre series on Space, and we’re delighted to schedule it immediately following ratings juggernaut DOCTOR WHO.”“WYNONNA EARP and the SEVEN24 Films production team are a perfect addition to the Canadian programming slate at Space which already boasts the best genre lineup on any network, including ORPHAN BLACK, KILLJOYS, and DARK MATTER,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “This buzzy drama delivers a compelling and fresh new style of programming to our Space audience.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:
Halifax musician Asif Illyas (right) hosts the online talk show “Live On The Flight Deck” in a home-built flight simulator. Here he is shown interviewing musician Joel Plaskett (left). THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Asif Illyas MANDATORY CREDIT Illyas said he had long wanted to host a music show, and he had finally found the perfect setting. This week, Illyas is in Barbados to film an episode on a real tarmac. On another episode, Halifax musician Dave Carroll relives the United Airlines flight that inspired the trio of protest songs “United Breaks Guitars” about how his guitar was damaged by reckless baggage handlers. Illyas, the 45-year-old former frontman of Halifax alt-rock group MIR, said the concept for the web series came to him while he was watching Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which the legendary comic drives around with his famously funny friends to talk shop over caffeinated beverages. Illyas said some of the most interesting tidbits from the interviews are unrelated to music, like learning that Newfoundland singer-songwriter Amelia Curran is named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. He said his passion for aviation stayed with him through adulthood, and he became eventually interested in recreating the rush of flying through digital simulations on his laptop. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In each episode, Illyas and his co-pilot travel the world in a digitized plane. The flight path is usually of some significance to the guest, he said, such as Plaskett’s voyage over the suburb of Mesa, Ariz., where he recorded his acclaimed 2005 album “La De Da.” “Sometimes, the best conversations happen when you’re travelling,” he said. “For me, it was just a no-brainer. This is where we’re going to get to know these people really well.” “It was just like this light bulb moment,” said Illyas. “I think I could finally find a way to bring these worlds together, because these are the two things that I love — music and flying.” HALIFAX — Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett croons about Arizona over what appears to be an aerial view of the desert landscape near the Grand Canyon — but in reality, he is sitting in a cramped corner of Asif Illyas’s Halifax home. But with two kids, Illyas said his days on the road are over for the most part, which is why he is excited to have found a way to take to the skies without leaving his own home. Twitter Advertisement Growing up in England, Illyas said he used to sit on the roof of his family’s car and watch the planes take off from Heathrow Airport while he waited for his father to get off work as a pilot. Often, he said, musicians who seem fearless on stage are revealed to be nervous fliers. Halifax’s Ria Mae has a strong distaste for takeoffs, he said, and Alan Doyle of Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea gets claustrophobic in close quarters. “It’s also such an atypical thing for people to try and fly a plane,” said Illyas. “We go on airliners all the time, but when you’re actually in the front, it’s just so weird that a lot of fun happens.” A longtime musician who now works primarily as a film score composer, Illyas said he had been saving up money to record another album, but instead spent roughly $20,000 to convert his home office into an cockpit-like shell outfitted with instrument panels, switch plates and thrust levers. Plaskett was the inaugural guest on Illyas’s new online talk show “Live On The Flight Deck,” where he chats with fellow East Coast musicians as they soar through computer-generated skies in his home-built flight simulator. When the plane reaches cruising altitude, the captains pull out their instruments and jam out amid the virtual clouds. The web series premiered last week after about a year in production, and Illyas said upcoming shows feature some of the biggest names in East Coast music. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “I needed to be able to travel because it’s so much a part of being a musician,” he said. “I needed to have a way to get places, even if it was with pixels.”Adina Bresge | The Canadian Press
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Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: EDMONTON, Canada – Buff up the Talus balls and grab a green onion cake. Corus Radio is bringing a new feel to the Edmonton airwaves today with the launch of 92.5 The ‘Chuck. Rebranded from Fresh Radio, The ‘Chuck is giving listeners more music variety full of hits and surprises, interspersed with irreverent slices of this city that we love.“If you live in Edmonton, you’ll get it. We saw an opportunity in the market to introduce an unconventional and original sound,” says Greg Johnson, FM Program Director, Corus Radio Edmonton. “Edmontonians are proud of their city and this station embodies that passion.”92.5 The ‘Chuck will keep the city entertained on shuffle with an exciting, unpredictable mix of pop rock and variety from the 80s through today. In between the hits, The ‘Chuck’s distinctly local personality will keep things topical with less chatter than any other station in the market. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Join The ‘Chuck Crew out and about this weekend, starting this afternoon in Old Strathcona where they’re dodging potholes and blasting the hits aboard an Urban Pedal Tour team bike. Then on Saturday at the Heritage Festival, The ‘Chuck is inviting Edmontonians to break bread at the city’s largest communal table. Measuring 70 feet in length, take a seat near the main entrance of Hawrelak Park to learn about the brand, check out the local art on the table and enter to win $500 to Skip the Dishes.Tune in to 92.5 The ‘Chuck, or listen live online at 925thechuck.ca Advertisement
Netflix’s Lost in Space is expected to start filming season 2 in Vancouver on September 4th. And wrap early next year.More Danger, Will Robinson. — The Robot. Login/Register With: Advertisement Filming Dates: September 4th to January 30th, 2019.The remake of the classic 1960s series films in metro Vancouver — with Toby Stephens as Dr. John Robinson, Molly Parker as his wife Dr. Maureen Robinson,Mina Sundwall as their daughter Penny Robinson, Taylor Russell as their daughter Judy Robinson, Maxwell Jenkins as their son Will Robinson and Ignacio Serricchio as smuggler Don West. And in a gender twist, Parker Posey is Dr. Smith. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
Login/Register With: Advertisement For people in northern countries such as Canada, summer is extra special, our reward for getting through the long, dark winter months.That’s why we throw ourselves into its fleeting months with abandon. We crowd patios, head out on road trips, shed layers of clothing, fill parks and beaches, and take the art of cottaging to a whole new level.And, of course, music is essential to all of it. Facebook Shawn Mendes? Carly Rae Jepson? Justin Bieber? Lights? Whose song will be crowned ‘song of the summer’ for 2019? (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images) Every year, one song emerges from the pack to claim the title of song of the summer. In 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call me Maybe” wore the crown, so it’s no surprise that two tracks from her recent album, Dedicated, made this year’s list, alongside recent hits from Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Lights and others.Below, find our picks for this year’s top Canadian contenders.Which Canadian song is soundtracking your summer? Let us know at @CBCMusic.‘Julien,’ Carly Rae JepsenThe opening moments of Carly Rae Jepsen’s last album, Emotion, are seared into my memory. That bright burst of saxophone on “Run Away With Me” will forever remind me of summer 2015, when I shouted the words to that song at the top of my lungs at every given opportunity. In some ways, Jepsen has gifted us another memorable introduction on her latest release, Dedicated.The album opens with “Julien” and its squelching synth sounds are subtler than its predecessor, but it fits perfectly with the “chill disco” vision she originally had for this album. Whereas “Run Away With Me” was a euphoric declaration of love, “Julien” is about being hung up on a past fling as Jepsen confesses, “Another bad dream where you were running away/ I’m forever haunted by our time.” Sure, it sounds like a bummer, but it also has an incredible way of unearthing butterflies buried deep in the crevices of your heart. This song makes the act of pining feel blissful instead of painful. Whoever your Julien is, Jepsen’s new song spins an old thorn into a blooming fantasy that you can spend all summer getting lost in.— Melody Lau‘If I Can’t Have You,’ Shawn MendesWasting no time, this song hits you with the chorus right off the bat, as if to say, “You may as well learn it now; you know you’ll be singing it all summer.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsOne of the mandates of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to educate Canadians about the history and legacy of residential schools.As the commission holds its 6th national event, just how much does the general public really know about Canada’s history and the schools?APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.
Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsAPTN is celebrating 10 years of hosting Aboriginal Day Live.Across the country you can tune in this Saturday to watch performances from Indigenous artists.It all happens in Winnipeg at the historic Forks.
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Dennis WardAPTN Face to FaceAs the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls nears its end later this year the chief commissioner says it still has concerns about the Trudeau governments action so far on its previously released interim report.Which makes Marion Buller aware the recommendations in the inquiry’s final report can’t be ignored.It raises a lot of concerns for us,” says Buller, chief commissioner of the inquiry.“The interim report was ground-breaking in the work that was contained in it. So, of course it doubles our concern about framing our recommendations in a way that will be acted upon.”Buller was joined by commissioners Michele Audette and Brian Eyolfson on Face to Face with host Dennis Ward Tuesday night.Their interim report was releases in early November 2017.They acknowledged they have “more than one new level of frustration” with the federal government.Commissioners also expressed their disappointment with the inquiry being timed to the next federal election.“I’m trying to think of polite words to use but horribly disappointing not only to us but to Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people all across Canada,” says Buller. “We view this issue or issues of violence against Indigenous women and girls to be so serious and so important to all Canadians that it should have survived an election cycle.”Cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have continued as the inquiry has crossed the country.News broke of the death of Mary Madeline Yellowback while the inquiry was in Winnipeg holding hearings.The body of the 33-year-old woman from God’s River in Manitoba was discovered at a Winnipeg recycling depot on Sept. 28.Police are investigating Yellowback’s death as suspicious.“It is just a reminder that we have to keep going with this very important work and get the important recommendations out there to ensure that government makes the necessary changes,” says Commissioner Brian Eyolfson.Final submissions to the inquiry by Parties with Standing will take place in Ottawa from Dec. 10-14.The final report is due in April 30, email@example.com@denniswardnews
BEIJING — Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei has unveiled a processor chip for data centres and cloud computing in a bid to expand into an emerging global market despite Western warnings the company might be a security risk.Monday’s announcement comes as Chinese vendors that rely on Western technology step up efforts to develop their own.Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest global maker of network gear and the No. 2 smartphone brand, said its Kunpeng 920 chip is designed to process a growing flood of data from smartphones, entertainment and other services.The U.S., Australia and some other governments have labeled Huawei and other Chinese suppliers a security risk and imposed curbs on use of their technology. Huawei has denied accusations it is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or facilitates spying.The Associated Press
OTTAWA, O.N. – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says that progress is being made in negotiations with Treaty 8 First Nations around settling agricultural benefits claims.In a statement released Tuesday, Minister Bennett said that she participated with Treaty #8 First Nation Chiefs and community members in a ceremony recently to celebrate the recent progress the two parties have made in finding a solution to resolve longstanding claims. The Minister said that in the past year, the federal government and eighteen First Nations in Treaty #8 have successfully concluded negotiated settlements to resolve their agricultural benefits claims.“This is a decisive step forward to renew our relationship with and advance reconciliation with the following First Nations: Athabasca Chipewyan; Black Lake; Blueberry River; Doig River; Duncan’s; Fond du Lac; Fort McMurray; Fort Nelson; Halfway River; K’atlodeeche; Mikisew Cree; Prophet River; Saulteau; Sturgeon Lake Cree; Swan River; Tallcree; West Moberly; and Whitefish Lake,” said Bennett. “Settling claims is the right thing to do. Negotiated settlements help right past wrongs, honour treaty obligations and advance reconciliation with First Nations for the benefit of all Canadians. Settling claims is one of many steps on the journey of reconciliation with First Nations and helps create a better future for everyone.”
“We’re repurposing the site for what we believe is a modern grid type of product,” he said, pointing out the project will be able to utilize mine roads and a high-voltage power connection to reduce new environmental disturbances.In November 2013, one of the then-suspended mine’s tailings dams failed, releasing an estimated 670 million litres of slurry into two creeks that fed into the Athabasca River, thus sending fine rock, clay and unrecovered coal particles as far as Lake Athabasca, 500 kilometres away.The mine owner was handed nearly $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties in 2017.The Canyon Creek facility will consist of two new 40-hectare water storage ponds, connected by a five-kilometre, two-to-three-metre-wide pipeline, Horton said.At night, when power demand is low, water will be pumped from the lower to the upper pond, gaining 500 metres of elevation. When demand is high, the water will flow the other way, turning a turbine generator producing 75 megawatts, enough to power about 50,000 homes, for up to 37 hours at a time.“Typically, the price of power goes down during the night because we’re all sleeping, industry isn’t using it and, in Alberta, in fact, the wind blows stronger at night,” said Horton. Horton said he is also looking for customers to sign long-term contracts but hopes to start construction on the much smaller Canyon Creek project by next spring and have it operational by the end of 2020. He said the capital cost will be in the millions but has yet to be finalized.In its decision, the regulator found that the project “is in the public interest” in terms of social, economic and environmental effects.In February, Alberta’s NDP government unveiled its second request for proposals to build renewable power projects, targeting a total of 700 MW of new capacity, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership.In the first round last year, three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation under 20-year contracts with a set minimum price.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030. “We can be a sponge and soak up that power that’s being produced at night … run our pumps, move that water uphill 500 metres in elevation and then have a fully charged battery, in a sense, ready for 8 a.m. when Alberta wakes up and starts flicking on lights.”The only other pumped hydro system in Canada has been in use at Niagara Falls in Ontario since the 1950s, he said.Calgary-based TransAlta Corp. has proposed adding a pumped hydro component to more than double capacity at its existing 355-MW Brazeau facility on the North Saskatchewan River southwest of Edmonton.It has set 2021 target to start construction, subject to winning a long-term contract. CALGARY, A.B. – A hhydropowerstorage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval.Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the recent ruling by the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can now seek financial support for what it says would be the first large-scale energy storage project in the province.Canyon Creek is to be located next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine about 60 kilometres east of Jasper National Park, said Kipp Horton, CEO of Calgary-based WindRiver Power Corp., the parent company of Turning Point.
New Delhi: The Government will come out with the first ever Rs 20 coin which will be shaped like a 12-edged polygon with a design of grains to denote farm dominance in the country. Besides, new series of one, two, five and ten rupees coins too would be minted, which will be circular in design and have denominations written in Hindi script.The exact date of issuance of these new series coins is yet to be announced. The Rs 20 coin will weigh 8.54 gm and its outside diameter will be 27mm with the outer ring made of nickel silver and the centrepiece of Nickel brass, a finance ministry notification said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe face of the new Rs 20 coin shall bear the ‘Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar’ with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below. The left periphery will have the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and the right periphery will have the word ‘India’ in English. The reverse side of the coin would have the denominational value ’20’ in the international numerals along with the Rupee symbol. “The design of grains depicting the agricultural dominance of the country is flanked on the left periphery of the coin,” the notification said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’The year of minting in international numerals shall be shown in the centre of the left periphery of the coin, it added. According to the notification, the new Rs 10 coin will have an outside diameter of 27 mm and weigh 7.74 gm, while the Rs 5 coin will have a diameter of 25 mm and weight of 6.74 gms. The new series one rupee and two rupees coin will weigh 3.09 gm and 4.07 gm, while the diameter would be 20 mm and 23 mm respectively. The face of all these coins shall bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar with the ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and on the right periphery with the word ‘India” in English. As per Coinage Act, 1906, the Government of India has the sole right to mint coins and the responsibility for coinage vests with the Government. The designing and minting of coins in various denominations is also the responsibility of the Government. Coins are minted at the four India Government Mints at Mumbai, Alipore (Kolkata), Saifabad (Hyderabad), Cherlapally (Hyderabad) and Noida (UP). The coins are issued for circulation only through the Reserve Bank in terms of the RBI Act.
Madrid: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might have been rested but instead both played and scored as Barcelona came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano, ahead of their crunch Champions League second leg against Lyon. Raul de Tomas’ scintillating strike gave struggling Rayo a surprise lead at the Camp Nou but Messi converted a penalty and Suarez finished a brilliant passing move to seal a 3-1 win, after Gerard Pique had headed in an equaliser on Saturday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhen Barca kicked off, Atletico Madrid had just completed their own 1-0 victory over Leganes, although Diego Simeone was more cautious, resting Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez, with Tuesday’s trip to Juventus in mind. “It is normal when there is an important game on Tuesday,” said Simeone, who substituted Griezmann at half-time. “He was not injured, he had just given all that he had to give.” There was always a risk that La Liga’s top two might take their eye off the ball, given Barcelona’s last 16-tie with Lyon hangs in the balance after a goalless draw in France, while Atletico hold a 2-0 lead over Juve but can expect an onslaught in Turin. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”We have a crucial match on Wednesday,” Ernesto Valverde said. “We know the importance it has for many reasons — because of the opponent, the competition and because we have seen what has happened to other big teams already.” Yet both avoided slip-ups to leave Real Madrid even further adrift in La Liga before they play away at Real Valladolid on Sunday. Barca stay seven points clear of Atletico and, temporarily at least, move 15 ahead of Real. Even with a two-goal cushion for the final eight minutes, Ernesto Valverde kept Messi and Suarez on until the end, which may have surprised some, given he was accused of exhausting key players last season at the expense of success in Europe. Messi’s appearance was his 443rd for Barcelona in La Liga, moving him ahead of Andres Iniesta and behind only Xavi Hernandez, on 505, in the club’s all-time list. Samuel Umtiti started his second match in three months after recovering from a knee injury. “Little by little he is reaching his level,” said Valverde. But Philippe Coutinho was underwhelming again, despite being picked ahead of Ousmane Dembele. He poked an early chance wide after a Messi cross and De Tomas put Rayo in front soon after, driving at Pique before unleashing a sizzling shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Pique headed one Messi free-kick wide and then another in at the near post, nipping in front of Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to nod in his sixth goal of the season. Dembele came on for Arthur Melo at half-time and Coutinho dropped deeper, but it was right-back Nelson Semedo that earned the penalty, after a foul from Jordi Amat. Messi made no mistake. Rayo’s belief, and energy, melted away and Barca’s third was their best of the night. Suarez freed Dembele down the right and he found Suarez again with a pull-back. Instead of shooting, Suarez bounced the ball off Ivan Rakitic in the area before finally tapping home. There was nothing as free-flowing at the Wanda Metropolitano where perhaps the greatest show of creativity came from Leganes, whose players wore shirts with the name of their mothers on their backs to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday. The first half was almost entirely forgettable but despite the absence of attacking punch, Griezmann came off at half-time for Thomas Lemar, with no visible sign of an injury. Griezmann would have taken the penalty soon after, won by Angel Correa with some quick feet in the area, which lured Kenneth Omeruo into a clumsy challenge. Saul stepped up and missed, but tucked in the rebound after Andriy Lunin could only push the ball back into his path.
In a match of football, if a player does a foul, a referee’s natural instinct is expected to be a quick blow of the whistle, occasionally followed by a card as punishment for flouting the rules. The game resumes, only to pause at another foul by either team. The vigilance of a referee is good, with the position’s autonomy highly respected and appreciated, yet there are instances when undetected mistakes are brought to the referee’s notice by anxious players of the other team. At that point, the referee’s credibility is put to test. Fair play is expected and, more often than not, practised. And the contest proceeds irrespective of the outcome with the foul treated as part of the game. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been approached by the opposition leaders lamenting about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s misuse of position to draw political mileage while the nation edges towards the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to start on April 11. The ECI has directed a committee of officers to examine the Prime Minister’s announcement of an Anti-Satellite Missile test. The news channels went into a frenzy as Modi tweeted about his plan to address the nation at noon. From a variety of apprehensions that may have been cooked in the anticipation of the announcement, it unfolded to be an achievement in the field of Science & Technology. India had entered the elite list of Space Super Powers, only the fourth nation to do so in the world. There is no doubt that this makes every Indian proud. Collectively, as a nation, we have walked quite a mile since we won our Independence back in 1947. The fact that our PM treated us to this delight on Wednesday noon, however, did not digest for some. While the achievement reverberated in the heads of many, some snapped out of it. But few criticised and demonstrated discontent over it. The outcry of opposition leaders protesting a flout of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by Modi labelled the day which started on a high note of scientific progression. Like the anxious players on a field, they complained to ECI, in case ECI did not detect such a prominent address by the PM. Few pertinent questions spurred in social discussions amongst which one was if the achievement was necessary to be announced by the PM himself and not DRDO, that too in the middle of the election campaign with MCC in effect. PM is the head of the state and in all likelihood an appropriate person to do so. And, besides, our PM is the one who has ensured that we are in “safe hands” and hence demonstrating space prowess is only fitting for such a statesman. But, the statesman did not address the nation despite Pakistan holding his nation’s Airforce pilot captive. The time and occasion of his announcement are what have left a dubious mark on the entire episode. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe MCC was developed with the intention to check and maintain fair play in the contest. Part VII of the MCC deals with regulations for the ruling parties and point four of part VII deals with misuse of official mass media by the ruling party for publicising achievements during the election period. Modi’s ‘Mission Shakti’ speech has attracted criticism over the aforementioned norm, and to the opposition parties’ credit, and facilitated scrutiny by the ECI. Similarly, the unprecedented biopic of a serving Prime Minister scheduled to release just days prior to the elections and a web show about Modi’s life have both been considered as flouting of MCC in full effect during the election period. With incumbents making partisan statements and state governments complaining of the commission’s double standards, MCC has been a regular feature in the election discussions this week. Will the voters care is the bottom line of the entire episode. The bitter taste in the opposition camps is the apprehension of Modi’s announcement doing irreversible damage to their election prospects by his government’s achievement. Modi launched his party’s campaign from Uttar Pradesh citing how his administration had shown the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres – land, sky and space. Though, even if he hadn’t announced it himself, including it in the campaign speech the next day would also have attracted abject criticism from the opposition camps. But announcing himself is where the rivals are hurt. Sitting BJP Ministers using the party’s slogan – “Namumkin ab mumkin hai” – have only rubbed salt on the opposition’s wounds in what is expected to be a fine example of good governance through technological achievement. While the eyes focus on ECI and what it comes up with its examination, the PM has nevertheless, got the benefit of doubt, and all that remains to be seen is how big an impact it made on the voter.
New Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, on Sunday issued a statement claiming that his inspections of foot-over-bridges that were supposed to be completed years ago have shown that the Delhi government’s incompetence in fulfilling their promises.With poll dates drawing closer, Gupta went on a full offensive, accusing the AAP-led government in the Capital of being “useless” and blaming other forces for their flaws. The senior BJP leader claimed to have inspected foot-over-bridges that were supposed to be constructed by the Kejriwal government at Mukarba Chowk, Nirankari Samagam, Jahangirpuri, and Jagatpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a statement, Gupta said that the only reason for construction on these bridges to be stalled was callousness displayed by the Delhi government regarding this matter. Gupta further went on to say that the construction of unfinished bridges does not require full-statehood, hence Kejriwal “has no excuse to blame the Central government or BJP for not allowing him to work.” In addition, Gupta claimed that the AAP government’s apparent inaction has led the people of Delhi to realise that BJP must come to power in the upcoming election. “The people have now made up their minds that they will teach them (AAP) a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha elections,” he said. In a tweet tagging the Chief Minister, Gupta also asked him to answer for the delay in constructing these bridges.
NEW DELHI: As many as 132 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Tuesday.The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s Chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.38 crore in cash and also seized 162.86 kg of narcotics and drugs. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A total of 132 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters “Out of these, 15 are against the Aam Aadmi Party(eight FIRs and seven DD entries), 16 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (nine FIRs and four DD entries), four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (1 DD entry), Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.87 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said. Police have registered 709 FIRs and arrested 707 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 257 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 296 people were arrested.
New Delhi: A day after Jet Airways suspended all its flights after running out of money, lenders to the carrier Thursday said they were “reasonably hopeful” that bidding process for the airline will end successfully. Lenders led by the State Bank of India had declined to extend more funds to Jet, forcing it to suspend all its flights. “The lenders after due deliberations decided that the best way forward for the survival of Jet Airways is to get the binding bids from potential investors who have expressed EOI (Expression of Interest) and have been issued bid documents on April 16,” a statement by lenders said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A consortium of 26 lenders led by the SBI, with 51 per cent stake in the debt-trapped airline, has invited bids from potential suitors. “Lenders are reasonably hopeful that the bid process is likely to be successful in determining the fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner,” it said. Banks on Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations. Jet had been, over the last few months, on a decline as competition from budget airlines hurt its profitability and led to a debt pile. It reported losses for four straight quarters despite sales holding up. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday At its peak, Jet operated 123 planes and over 600 daily flights. It was flying just seven planes on Tuesday. Its chief executive officer Vinay Dube on Wednesday wrote an email to airlines’ passengers saying “with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we would like to share with you that, effective immediately, Jet Airways will be suspending all its domestic and international operations”. “Tuesday night, we were informed by SBI, on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, that they are unable to consider our request for interim funding. Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funding was forthcoming, it would therefore not have been possible for us to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” he wrote. He said the airline had over the last several weeks and months tried “every means possible” to seek funding, both interim as well as long term funding, to keep our operations going. “Unfortunately, despite the very best of our efforts, we have been left with no other choice today”. “A decision like this is never easy to make, but without the interim funding, which we have been repeatedly requesting for, we are simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of our guests, employees, partners and service providers,” he wrote. “After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities to ensure the sustainability of the airline did not yield the desired results.” He, however, said the future provides new hope and opportunity as India is better off with a flying Jet Airways. “We will now await the bid finalization process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders and will continue to support the bid process initiated by the lenders,” he added. Passengers who had booked on Jet for travel on future dates will get a refund. “We sincerely and profusely apologise for the disruption to your travel plans. We would like to thank you for your continued patronage, support and loyalty over the years. We are hopeful that we will be able to bring the Joy of Flying back to you soon,” he added.
London: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline’s loan defaults. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. “None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts,” reads Mallya’s Tweet. “Who does one believe? One or the other is lying,” he said. His statement came hours after Master David Cook, a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled on Wednesday that an interim debt order in favour of SBI and other banks seeking access to funds in Mallya’s ICICI UK bank account “should remain in force”. However, the application to make it final has been adjourned until after the hearing of Mallya’s pending bankruptcy petition, expected by the end of this year. The funds held in the account 258,559.79 pounds will meanwhile remain frozen as part of the worldwide freezing order in favour of the Indian banks last year.
Chandigarh: A platform for dynastic politics for decades, Haryana is seeing many political families in fray this time too as grandchildren of four former chief ministers, two great grandsons and sons of political bigwigs are trying their luck.Political families including Chautalas, Bishnois and Hoodas are in fray every election in Haryana, a Jat-dominated state. However, the grandchildren of the four former chief ministers including Bhajan Lal, Chaudhary Devi Lal, Om Prakash Chautala and Bansi Lal, say they are not contesting the elections riding on the popularity of their families but on basis of the work done in their constituencies. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile the Congress has fielded Bansi Lal’s granddaughter Shruti Chaudhary from Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of Bhajan Lal and son of Kuldip Bishnoi is the party’s candidate from Hisar. Chaudhary, a former MP from the Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, told PTI, Coming from a politically influential family does come with its benefits as the family has a goodwill but voters today cannot be taken for ride. They are not interested in our dynasties but the work done . Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShruti’s mother, Kiran Chaudhary, is an MLA from Bhiwan’s Tosahm constituency. Three Chautala great grandsons are in fray albeit not from the same party after the Chautala clan split last year following a bitter family feud. With Om Prakash Chautala being in jail in connection with the teacher recruitment scam, his son Ajay Chautala had broken away from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) which has formed an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state. While the alliance has fielded Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala from Hisar and Sonepat respectively, Arjun Chautala, son of Abhay Chautala, is the INLD candidate from Kurukshetra constituency. Hisar, the industrial hub of Haryana and a politically crucial constituency, i seeing a triangular contest among grandsons. Digvijay Chautala and Bhavya Bishnoi are pitted against Brijendra Singh, the great grandson of prominent farmer leader Chotu Ram and son of Union Minister Birender Singh. I am not entering politics because I had nowhere to go. I have carved my own path in civil services, fairly succeeded at that and I am entering mainstream politics when I am confident I can bring substance to the table, Singh told PTI. And the dynasty politics theory does not apply to me as my party (BJP) is against it and hence my father has already submitted his resignation both from the Ministry and Rajya Sabha, he added. Rao Inderjit Singh, a Union Minister and son of former Haryana Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh, is in fray from Gurgaon. Singh, the sitting MP from Gurgaon, had ended his family’s decades old association with the Congress ahead of the 2014 elections and joined the BJP. Kuldeep Sharma, a former Haryana Speaker, the Congress candidate from Karnal is also in the fray to retain his family legacy. The Karnal seat was won by his late father Chiranji Lal four times in a row, thrice defeating BJP bigwig Sushma Swaraj. Also in the fray are Hooda father-son duo with Bhupender Singh Hooda, a former Haryana Chief Minister, contesting from Sonepat constituency and his son Deepender Singh Hooda contesting from Rohtak. The Hooda son, who is a sitting MP from Rohtak constituency, was the lone Congress candidate to win in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the Hoodas do not see a problem with dynasty politics. He told PTI, “if people have been voting for us for several terms means they have faith in us and find us credible. What is the problem with that?” PTI
London: Nicholas Hoult says he would love to reprise his role in the X-Men series if there are plans to bring the mutant back in other films in the Marvel franchise. Filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who has directed the upcoming Dark Phoenix, recently said the Sophie Turner-led film marks the “culmination” of all the movies made under the X-Men franchise. Hoult, who plays Beast/ Hank McCoy in the films, said while he is uncertain about how the series will branch ahead of Fox Studios’ merger with Disney, he would like to be a part of these films. “That’s the thing, it’s a character that I love. That character’s grown as I’ve grown, and I feel like when I grow and get older and discover new things in life I can put more into the character. The actor said he did not expect to play Beast for as long as he has.
New Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Wednesday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in March declined by 2 per cent to 2,42,457 units as compared to the same period last year. PV sales stood at 2,47,278 units in April 2018, according to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA).Two-wheeler sales declined by 9 per cent to 12,85,470 units last month compared with 14,09,662 units in the year-ago period. Commercial vehicle sales declined by 16 per cent to 63,360 units against 75,622 units in April last year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThree-wheeler sales saw a dip of 13 per cent to 47,183 units last month. Total sales, across categories, declined by 8 per cent to 16,38,470 units in April, against 17,86,994 units in the same month last year. “On a year-on-year basis, there was de-growth in all the categories as April 2018 had a very high base,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement. The near-term outlook continues to be negative to neutral with the absence of any immediate positive triggers which could affect retail sales, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKale said that despite negative situation, which is expected to continue over the next 8-12 weeks, the industry still believes that things could become better if there is a stable government in place. Besides, an average to above average monsoon with an even spread and continued easing of liquidity by Reserve Bank of India can also help the sector, he added. Kale said that inventory levels continue to remain high and requires further correction than done in recent months. “We believe that high inventory at this time is an extra burden on the auto dealers especially when the current environment is witnessing negative sales growth combined with extremely tight working capital availability,” he added. FADA will be strongly advocating for a leaner inventory of 21 days for its members thus helping them reduce a huge cost burden to stay afloat in these challenging times, Kale said. He added that consumer liquidity in April has seen marginal improvement but continues to be tight and still far away from the normal levels. “FADA is extremely concerned at the dealer liquidity which continues to remain very very tight and access to working capital for dealers has reduced further with the banking system taking a negative view towards auto retail in the current circumstances,” Kale said. There have been an unusually high number of dealership closures in recent times, especially in metro and tier 1 cities.
New Delhi: China-based Transsion Holdings’ itel Mobile is set to launch a new feature-packed smartphone in India on May 16 that would take Redmi 6A head on. Industry sources told IANS on Monday that the power-packed itel device is likely to be launched below Rs 5,000. On the other hand, the 2GB and 16GB Redmi 6A is currently priced at Rs 5,999. The device may house features like AI dual camera, capable of performing tasks beyond just capturing good pictures, 2GB RAM for multitasking, latest Android Pie 9 OS, full screen HD+ display and double security features like fingerprint and face unlock. Sources said that the upcoming itel device would be a good choice in the budget smartphone segment. The latest itel portfolio includes A44 Air (5.45-inch full screen device), A44 power and A23 — priced at Rs 4,399, Rs 4,599 and Rs 3,999 respectively. The latest addition could be a game changer for first time buyers and those consumers who are willing to upgrade from old entry level handsets. The company logged 7 per cent share in the feature phone segment in the first quarter of 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.
CAIRO- An Egyptian police officer was shot dead north of Cairo on Thursday while on a mission to arrest militants suspected of assassinating a senior security official, the interior ministry said.Captain Ahmed Samer Mahmoud was killed at dawn in an operation in the Nile Delta town of Qulubiya when a team of special forces exchanged gunfire with militants, the ministry said.The team was chasing “terrorist elements” wanted for the murder of Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabruk, it said in a statement, adding that two arrests were made. Mabruk, an officer involved in the crackdown against Islamists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood to which ousted president Mohamed Morsi belonged, was shot dead on Sunday in Cairo.A Sinai-based group linked to Al-Qaeda, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, said its militants had gunned him down.Militant groups such as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis have escalated their attacks since the ouster of Morsi and have expanded to targeting security forces outside the restive Sinai Peninsula.The group had previously claimed bombing the interior minister’s convoy in a failed assassination attempt in September.Egypt’s new military-installed authorities are engaged in a crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi.More than 1,000 people have been killed in clashes with police since his ouster in July, and thousands have been arrested.
BENGHAZI, Libya – Shops and schools closed across Benghazi Tuesday as residents of Libya’s second city responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army.The call by the city council came as a source said defence ministry officials were in talks with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on an offer of safe passage out of the city on condition its fighters leave their weapons behind.The army clashed with jihadists on Monday after one of its patrols was attacked near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a group blamed for the killing of the US ambassador in 2012. The health ministry said seven people were killed in the fighting and around 50 wounded.On Tuesday, the army deployed across the eastern city, taking control of key roads, an AFP correspondent reported.Troops were also in control of the Ansar al-Sharia headquarters in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, which residents had attacked late Monday, forcing jihadists to flee, before handing it over to the army.Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising during which NATO-backed rebels toppled and then killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Since the end of the uprising, Libya has been hit by waves of deadly violence much of it blamed on heavily armed former rebels who have banded into militias each with its own ideology and allegiance.The government has been struggling to integrate the former rebels into a regular army and police, or make them surrender their weapons.Fed up by the government’s inability to rein in the gunmen, the city council called on residents to show their frustration through three days of “civil disobedience”, including strikes.The move brought Benghazi to a near standstill with schools, universities, shops, banks and public offices all closed, as residents mourned the dead.Earlier this month, residents of the capital Tripoli observed a similar campaign of protests against militias in response to deadly violence, prompting some of them to pull out of the city.Jihadists seek ‘safe’ exitDefence Minister Abdallah al-Teni said his ministry was in touch with Ansar al-Sharia to find a solution that would avoid further bloodshed.Ansar al-Sharia is requesting a “safe corridor” for its fighters to leave Benghazi but army chiefs are demanding they leave behind their heavy weapons, the minister said, according the spokesman of Libya’s top political body, the General National Congress.A GNC delegation also arrived in Benghazi on Tuesday at the request of the city council.Late on Monday Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, fresh from talks with US and British officials in London on the violence wracking his country, flew into Benghazi briefly for meetings with security officials.Last week, the US military said it hopes to train 5,000 to 8,000 troops for the fledgling new army, following a request from Zeidan.Zeidan met both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Britain’s William Hague in London on Sunday and after the talks the US top diplomat vowed to help stabilise Libya.The Benghazi violence comes as the authorities take steps to evacuate militias from Tripoli, on the back of popular discontent in the capital against armed groups.Less than two weeks ago, 46 people were killed and more than 500 wounded after militiamen opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in Tripoli prompting armed clashes.Ansar Al-Sharia advocates the implementation of sharia Islamic law and has systematically refused to recognise the authority of the central government or its security services.The group controls areas of Benghazi as well as Sirte and Derna, also in eastern Libya, and has been blamed for bloody attacks against foreign missions, judges and security personnel.The most daring attack, in September 2012, targeted the US consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Ansar al-Sharia denies any involvement.
CAIRO- Egyptian ambassador to Turkey Abdel-Rahman Salahuddin returned to Cairo on Saturday from Ankara.Last week, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d’affaires and declared the Turkish ambassador a “persona non-grata.”It linked the decision to statements made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Egypt’s domestic affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded the same day by downgrading diplomatic relations with Egypt to the level of charge d’affaires and declaring the Egyptian ambassador a “persona non-grata”.
Quebec – Minister Delegate in Charge for Transportation, Mohamed Najib Boulif, held, Tuesday in Quebec, a series of meetings with leaders from the Quebecer transportation association (AQTr), the Montreal port department (APM) and transportation and infrastructure enterprises, on means to foster relations between Morocco and Quebec in these fields.Boulif highlighted the importance of debates and talks he had with the said leaders and of the province’s performance in the transport sector, underlining that Morocco boasts huge opportunities that could be the basis of a win-win cooperation between the two parties.He also underscored Morocco’s interest in the development of port infrastructure to become real engine for socio-economic development, stressing Morocco’s geostrategic positioning (3500 km of coastlines) as well as its maritime assets.
Rabat – After he had an accident with Tom Coronel in Marrakech, driver Mehdi Bennani of Morocco was disqualified from the race on Sunday for being underweight.This is big disappointment for Moroccans who were expecting their superstar to shine in the World Touring Car Championship that kicked off on Sunday in Marrakech.Bennani crashed into Tom Coronel at the startline, and Coronel’s Chevrolet was destroyed after it hit the wall hard and then bounced back across the track. Bennani has been given a three-place grid penalty for the race next week for the incident, but the worst is yet to come.After Mehdi Bennani passed Mikhail Kozlowski and was ranked fifth in the provisional results, he was supposed to qualify to the second race of World Touring Car Championship. However he has been disqualified for technical reasons.According to Touring Car Times, Bennani “has now been excluded as his car has been found to be underweight in scrutinizing.”According to the same source, “the minimum weight for the Honda Civic, like the Citroën, the Lada and the Chevrolet, which all are running maximum ballast in Morocco and France is 1,164kg.”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Azrou – Throughout their school years, twin sisters Salma and Soumaya Al Ahmadi were known for their excellence. As expected, the day of their baccalaureate exam, both girls scored high in all subjects— with the exception of philosophy.Recognizing suspicious patterns in the two’s scores in the philosophy section of the test, the scorer assigned them a score of 0/20. Consequently, the sisters were prohibited from taking the makeup test.Salma and Soumaya disagree with the decision and it will mean that they will have wasted an entire year of their education if it stands. They brought their case to court, which issued a ruling in their favor. But to the twins’ dismay, the Ministry of Education refused to implement the court’s ruling. In an interview with Medi1 TV, the twins’ lawyer Morad Zerzori claimed the Ministry’s refusal to implement the court’s decision is unjustified and based on unsound facts. He had expected the Ministry to comply with the judicial ruling and allow the twins to retake the test instead of repeating the academic year. However, the Ministry’s actual decision forbids the sisters from taking the baccalaureate exam for one year.While the exam administrator claims that the twins exams contain matching ideas, Morad Zerzori notes that the sisters’ introductions and conclusions were completely different. The similarities lie in the analyses and citations, which is permitted under the exam laws. Morad Zerzori adds that as twins, Salma and Soumaya Al Ahmadi live under the same roof, use the same books, and refer to the same reference materials to prepare for exams. Their lawyer adds that the twins have consistently earned similar grades, the difference never exceeding a half-point.The Ministry of National Education has confirmed in a statement that changes in decisions regarding cheating are not possible. Only the Regional Academy for Education and Training has the authority, under Article 105 dated 6 May 2014, to reverse decisions made against those accused of cheating.The Ministry also highlights that during the correction process, the scorers found matching answers on the twins’ answer sheets. The Regional Academy for Education and Training indicated that exams undergo correction anonymously.The Ministry’s decision has failed to put an end to the twins’ case as protest amongst the twins’ supporters continues to heighten. In response to the protest, the Ministry replied that their verdict ensures the credibility of the results, as well as equal opportunity for students. The Ministry reported that they will not address grievances that are incompatible with the morals and educational values that Moroccan schools seek to consolidate in society. The Ministry confirmed the Regional Committee’s decision to prevent the twins from participating in the retake session.Salma and Soumaya have reached out to their supporters through YouTube claiming that given tightly controlled exam room conditions, it would be impossible for them to copy from each other. Moreover, the sisters state that they always prepare for exams together from the exact same references and that their writing style is almost the same. The twins even share a Facebook account and a single cell phone. The two sisters provided, as proof, copies of their previous exams in philosophy in which the analysis and ideas were similar.The two sisters are distraught since they hoped to achieve high scores on the baccalaureate and continue their studies at the best schools available to them. Salma and Soumaya are convinced their only crime is that they are twin sisters.Edited By Sahar Kian© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
By Mohamed ZefzafThe ContextLike most nations in the world, The United States is a society divided along many lines. These divisions are not just across economic, social, ethnic, or religious demarcations; they are, especially, acute along political affiliations. Such affiliations-or lack, thereof- determines who is elected president of the United States. The artful Politician who is best able to carefully dance between these constituent parts is usually the winner. The Yellow Dogs DemocratsA cursory examination of the American electorate reveals that slightly less than a third are registered democrats. No matter what, a substantial majority of this group consistently votes along party line. They are often labeled “Yellow Dogs Democrats.”Meaning-and this is metaphorical, of course- that in any election, even if the party’s nominee is a yellow dog, they’ll still support the dog- as long as it is a democrat.The Die-hard RepublicansJust like their counterparts on the democratic side, a portion of the American people always votes Republican, regardless of the standard bearer. These die-hard Republicans, faithfully and repeatedly, choose party first. That leaves the remaining forty-five percent of the electorate- the so-called middle voters. This large group is not affiliated with any political party.The UnaffiliatedPresidential hopefuls know-and history bears this out- that the unaffiliated, or independents, are the most influential voters in general elections. Their decision is based on issues and candidates rather than ideology. These men and women are heterogeneous and represent every segment of the American people; they’re flexible, sensible, and not driven by dogma. Unlike the Yellow Dogs Democrats, or the Die-hard Republicans, this Great Middle has no party loyalty. In all previous elections, the formula for potential presidential winners is to secure their respective base first, but without alienating the all-important unaffiliated block.The Mathematics of Presidential ElectionsThe mathematic is simple: In the United States, it is virtually impossible to be elected by the yellow dogs or the die-hard alone. There are just not enough of them. That is why presidential nominees of both parties must pivot to the Great Middle, to the unaffiliated voters. Traditionally, it is this crucial constituency that actually decides who is elected president of the United States.In the current equation of American electoral politics, Donald Trump stands for a loud and vocal minority. This faction makes the sort of constant background noise the media loves, amplifies, and lives for. The reality, however, is that throughout America’s history, successful candidates must carefully calibrate their rhetoric so as not to make it impossible for them to attract the unaffiliated voters.For well-documented reasons, Donald Trump has crossed the Rubicon of political decency; he is too close to the abyss to ever credibly walk toward the necessary political center, where elections are won or lost. It follows, therefore, that it is very unlikely for him to become the next president of the United States.
By Bryn MillerRabat – According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, 43,754 Moroccans received green cards between 2005 and 2014. Green cards are identification documents issued by the Department of State that grant its holder lawful permanent residency.The government reported that an average of 4,375 Moroccans obtained a green card each year through various classes of admission, including family-sponsored preferences, employment-based preferences, and the State Department’s diversity lottery. Green card issuance for Moroccans reached its peak in 2010, when 5,447 immigrants received a card. In context, during this ten-year period the United States issued green cards to 1,172,380 immigrants from predominately Muslim countries, 1,051,249 Europeans, and 10,822,112 total immigrants,Morocco ranked ninth out of the world’s predominately Muslim countries for the number of nationals receiving lawful permanent resident status. Bangladesh came first with 139,584 recipients, followed by Iran and Iraq with 137,097 and 119,146 cards respectively.Egypt, Somalia, Albania, Uzbekistan, and Turkey also ranked higher than Morocco. However, Moroccans far outstripped their neighbors in the Maghreb region, receiving almost 40,000 more green cards on average than Algerians, Mauritanians, Tunisians, and Libyans. Saudi Arabia, another American ally, received only 13,696 green cards for its citizens.
Toronto – Indonesian fashion designer, Anniesa Hasibuan, is returning to the runway with her second New York Fashion Week collection. Once again, hijabs will be front and centre of her work, according to the UK Independent.It’s New York Fashion Week and that means the second collection for breakout Muslim fashion designer, Anniesa Hasibuan. Last year, Hasinuab became the first fashion designer to feature the hijab in her collection for New York Fashion week.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Anniesa Hasibuan takes a bow on the runway at the Anniesa Hasibuan during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)She’s making history again this year by using only immigrants and second generation children of immigrants as models. For the designer, however, her collection is more about answering the call from Muslim women who were looking for fashion industry representation, than it is a political response. The red-hot designer was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and opened her first boutique in 2015. In Spring of that same year, she made her fashion debut in London and is now travelling to the US to introduce and showcase her game-changing collections.So-called Islamic fashion is fast becoming the new darling of the industry and simply refers to fashion which acknowledges the Islamic view that some parts of the female body should remain modest.In recent years, there has been an increasing demand from Muslim women who desire fashionable clothing that adheres to their beliefs. Islamic fashion offers an important bridge between the world of consumer fashion and religion. It encourages the idea that Muslim women can be covered, if they so desire, and still be fashionable.Breakthrough designers such as Anniesa Hasibuan are answering the demand by presenting the hijab as a religious component which can also be fashionable; modest yet beautiful.Asked about the pairing of fashion and the hijab, Hasinuab has declared that “fashion is for everybody.” Asked about her own creative perspective as a designer, she said “There is beauty in diversity and differences, something we should not be afraid of.”According to the same source, Somali-American model Halima Aden, is also breaking barriers. Last November the she participated in the Miss USA pageant, proudly sporting her hijab and modelling a burkini during the swimsuit portion of the competition. In Yeezy Season 5, Kanye West cast the 19-year-old to make her runway debut during this year’s fashion week. Aden is fast becoming an icon in the beauty industry.
New York – The members of the Security Council concluded on Thursday morning their negotiations on the draft resolution regarding the Western Sahara.The United States has pushed for the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution that is very pro Morocco, sources acquainted with the matter from inside the United Nations told Morocco World News on Thursday.The 15-member body held another closed-door meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the final language of the resolution. The final version of the resolution was submitted “in blue” – meaning ready for adoption – to the secretariat of the Security Council. But according to our sources in New York, new developments may warrant revision of the text and a vote has not been scheduled. It is unclear whether the 15-member will adopt the resolution tomorrow or this weekend.The latest version of the resolution, which was obtained by Morocco World News, is positive for the Moroccan position and puts clear pressure on the Polisario.The resolution reflects the concern expressed by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres concerning the situation in the region. In his first annual report on the Situation Regarding the Western Sahara, the UN chief called on the Security Council to urge the Polisario to withdraw from the Gueguerat region.The resolution calls unequivocally on the Polisario to respect the provisions of the 1991 ceasefire agreement and withdraw from the Gueguerat region without conditions.Paragraph 3 of the resolution expresses the Security Council’s “deep concern with the continued presence of elements of the Polisario Front in the buffer strip in Guerguerat and strongly urges the Polisario Front to fully and unconditionally withdraw from the buffer strip in Guerguerat immediately.”The Polisario will be given 30 days to abide by the provisions of the resolution. In the event it refuses to withdraw from the Gueguerat region, the Security Council will decide on ways to compel it to do so.The Security Council “requests the Secretary-General to brief the Council within 30 days on whether elements of the Polisario have withdrawn from the buffer strip in Guerguerat and expresses its intention, if there is no full and unconditional withdrawal, to consider how best to facilitate achievement of this goal,” says the resolution in its paragraph 4.On the other hand, the resolution calls on the parties to show commitment towards achieving a mutually acceptable political solution. In this regard, unlike last year’s resolution, the new text insist three times that the any political solution should in the “context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.”The addition of this sentence in three paragraphs echoes the recommendation made in the report of the Secretary General in which he called on the parties to work towards achieving a mutually political solution and on defining the meaning and scope of the concept of self-determination.The recommendation of the UN chief and the text of the resolution are in line with the position of Morocco, which has for long insisted that independence is not only way of achieving self-determination and that autonomy is also among the arrangements of the United Nations that provide achieving self-determination.The Security Council expressed “its full support for the commitment of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy towards a solution to the question of Western Sahara in this context to relaunch the negotiating process with a new dynamic and a new spirit leading to the resumption of a political process with the aim of reaching a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,”To achieve this goal, it calls on “the parties to resume negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, with a view to achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and noting the role and responsibilities of the parties in this respect.”The resolution calls on the Secretary General “to update the Security Council within six months of the appointment of the new Personal Envoy on ways in which the Personal Envoy, working with the parties, is progressing towards a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and present a clear path forward.”US and France lend their support to MoroccoBut while the United States, penholder of the resolution, and France wanted to push for the resolution along the lines expressed in the first draft, other members called for the adoption of a more nuanced and more balanced resolution.The main bones of contention were the need that Polisario withdraw from the Guerguerat region and respect the ceasefire agreement, and the approach that the Security Council will adopt to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable political solution.“The differences relate to how the Council addresses the situation of Guerguerat, and also how it addresses the parties’ proposals. It appears that the Council is leaning for the Moroccan proposal submitted to the Council in 2007,” the same source said.“The text was leaning or very favorable to Morocco as prepared by the US, especially in these two areas. Therefore, there was some disagreement from other members that do not agree with this approach,” the same source added.