Dalit procession attacked in Meerut

first_imgA ‘shobha yatra’, a celebratory procession taken out by the Dalit community to mark B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, was fired upon and attacked by Jats in the Gesupur Shumali village of Meerut on Saturday.During the procession, over a dozen rounds of bullets were fired and the Dalit community was attacked with stones. The ‘shobha yatra’ had to be stopped midway due to stone pelting and firing on the procession. Heavy police was deployed to restore calm in the area, which has a history of Jat-Dalit clashes. Superintendent of Police Ajay Sahdev visited the area along with other police personnel. This comes a day after a statue of B.R. Ambedkar was vandalised and blackened by unknown people, which angered Dalits and led to tension in the area. Members of the Dalit community approached the police and filed a complaint against the dominant Jat community. After this incident, which occurred on Friday, an angry Dalit youth wrote an allegedly abusive post towards the Jat community, which heightened tension in the village further.Part of a trendDalit activists allege that the attack is a part of a trend with an increased number of attacks on Dalits since the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had come to power. Dalit activist and academician in Meerut College Satish Prakash alleged that in Meerut district alone, over two dozen minor and major attacks on Dalits had taken place over the last one month. “In Meerut district alone, over two dozens major and minor attacks happened on either the Dalits or Dalit icons, like the statue of Ambedkar. The party that is trying to appropriate Dalit icons like Ambedkar is supervising and I can safely say, encouraging this trend. The government has failed to prevent or stop the attacks,” Dr. Prakash told The Hindu. “Dalits are being attacked when they try to celebrate and hail their icons like Ambedkar.”last_img read more

Unable to eat for 2 months, Guwahati zoo rhino dies

first_imgBishnu, who cheated death twice, is dead.Assam State Zoo officials said Bishnu, the oldest of half a dozen one-horned rhinos in captivity, lost the battle of survival at 8 a.m. on Monday. The rhino died a few days short of its 34th birthday.Few had expected Bishnu to survive a bout of diarrhoea around this time in 2016. Such was the severity of the affliction that his rectum prolapsed.“He just did not give up despite the obvious pain. Our veterinarians reinserted his rectum after a marathon operation to script a rare success story,” Tejas Mariswamy, the zoo’s divisional forest officer told The Hindu.Bishnu’s digestive system improved but it began losing teeth. Last year, the rhino developed defecation problems again.“His teeth had worn out a few months ago. We noticed he was chewing the grass with his gums and spitting it out after ingesting the juice. Then he stopped eating and we feared the worst,” Mr. Mariswamy said.But Bishnu was in better health since December, with a team of zoo employees moving along with the animal holding a saline drip hanging from a piece of slender bamboo.This made Bishnu more of an attraction than it was before. It lived almost as long as a rhino in the wild does. Rhinos in captivity usually live up to 40 years, officials said.“He was very strong, probably in the mind too. He sired two of the six rhinos – three males and three females – left in the zoo,” a veterinarian said.The elder of Bishnu’s offspring is a 14-year-old female. The younger one, a male, is six years old.Assam is home to more than 55 per cent of the one-horned rhinos on earth. About 2,400 of them are in Kaziranga National Park, some 200 km east of Guwahati.last_img read more

Cricket: Root goes back to basics to face Kuldeep Yadav

first_imgAt Old Trafford last week, Kuldeep had Joe Root stumped by MS Dhoni for a duck in the first Twenty20. Similarly, Root got out by an lbw for just three runs during India’s eight-wicket victory in the ODI series opener at Trent Bridge.But what we saw on Saturday at Lord’s was a different story because Root’s 113 not out innings saw England to an 86 run win and level things up at 1-1 before his come-from-behind winning of the series and the record of 13 centuries for his nation saw a 2-1 win over a three-match series.Root spoke that he had gone back to basics in working out how to play Kuldeep rather than using the Merlyn spin bowling machine for practice.“I didn’t use Merlyn on this occasion. I looked at the three balls I faced and got out to – one thing that’s very easy to do is over-analyse things, over-think things,” Root explained.England, who in limited-overs cricket is captained by Eoin Morgan, is now number one in the ODI rankings and among one of the favourites to win next year’s World Cup having home soil as their advantage. Advertisement Joe Root accomplishes an established innings against spinner Kuldeep Yadav in limited-overs cricket and is looking forward to utilising his experience against India in the upcoming test series. Also Read :Cricket: NCA receiving negative feedback from senior playersCricket: Aussie quick clears the air on prediction about Virat Kohlicenter_img Advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams blasts Indian Wells CEO for ‘women riding men’s coattails’ remark

first_imgBNP Paribas Open chief executive and tournament director Raymond Moore provoked outrage on Sunday with controversial comments he made before the women’s and men’s finals at Indian Wells, and later issued an official apology.The 69-year-old South African had earlier told reporters that top-level women’s players rode “on the coattails of the men”, did not make any decisions and were “very, very lucky” to have equal prize money, sparking a firestorm on social media. (Also read: Victoria Azarenka stuns Serena Williams in Indian Wells final)Moore also singled out Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza as being among the “very attractive prospects” on the WTA circuit tour, before explaining that they were “physically attractive and competitively attractive”. World number one Novak Djokovic said Moore’s comments were “not politically correct” and that women players had “fought for what they deserve, and they got it”. (Also read: Novak Djokovic crushes Milos Raonic, wins fifth Indian Wells title) However, he also suggested the men’s tour should receive more money as it draws more fans.”On the other hand, I think that our men’s tennis world … should fight for more because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men’s tennis matches.”I think that’s one of the reasons why maybe we should get awarded more.”Moore, in a statement which he issued later in the day, said: “At my morning breakfast with the media, I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous.advertisement”I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologise to all the players and WTA as a whole.”We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”Moore, a former ATP Tour player who won eight doubles titles during the 1970s and early 1980s, issued his apology after former world number one Victoria Azarenka had beaten an error-prone Serena Williams 6-4 6-4 in the women’s final.Serena not impressed with Moore’s comments Williams, when asked in her post-match news conference about Moore’s initial comments, replied: “Those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”Moore landed himself in hot water when he said during his annual breakfast with media covering the Indian Wells event: “You know, in my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA, because they ride on the coattails of the men.”They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky. If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”Moore went on to say that Muguruza and Bouchard were among a “handful of very attractive prospects” who could take up the mantle in the women’s game.When asked what he meant by attractive, he replied: “They are physically attractive and competitively attractive. They can assume the mantle of leadership once Serena decides to stop.”Billie Jean King, who co-founded the WTA Tour and has long been a pioneer in the women’s game, tweeted: “Disappointed in #RaymondMoore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success.”Fellow American Chris Evert, an 18-time grand slam champion, tweeted: “Now is the Golden Era 4 men, no doubt, but women have worked, fought harder, and have been bigger draws many times.”last_img read more

Ramya Krishnan lands a role in Suriya’s Thaana Serndha Koottam

first_imgRamya Krishnan or better known as Sivagami from SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Beginning, has been roped in to play a pivotal role in Suriya’s upcoming Tamil heist comedy Thaana Serndha Koottam.Going by a few leaked stills from the shoot that are circulating on social media, Ramya Krishnan has already started shooting for the film.ALSO READ: Post Baahubali 2 leak, SS Rajamouli tightens security measures ALSO READ: Rajinikanth and Salman Khan to act together ALSO READ: Singam 3 music review The film is currently on the floors in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.Suriya, who beefed up for his upcoming actioner Singam 3, will lose 10 kilos for Thaana Serndha Kootam. It’s also said the Vaaranam Aayiram actor will sport a different makeover for the film.Being directed by Vignesh Shivan, the film also stars Keerthy Suresh, RJ Balaji, Senthil and Nirosha.Earlier, reports suggested that the film was a remake of the Bollywood film Special 26. However, the makers quashed the baseless rumours. Produced by Gnanavel Raja, the film has music by Anirudh Ravichander.Meanwhile, Suriya awaits the release of Singam 3, which is the third part of the Singam franchise. Directed by Hari, the film will mark Suriya’s return as a fierce police officer Duraisingam, who will work on international mission this time.Singam 3 also stars Anushka Shetty and Shruti Haasan, and slated to release on December 16.last_img read more

U.S. Wins 2-Man Bobsled Bronze

first_imgKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The first thing Steven Holcomb noticed when he crossed the finish line  was that the Russian fans were wildly cheering. Not a good sign, the USA-1 pilot figured.The next second felt like forever. Had he medaled? Had he blown it? He had no idea. But as his sled slowed to a stop, friendly, joyous faces — people clad in red, white and blue — came into view.“I saw the flood of Americans coming up and over the wall,” Holcomb said, “and that’s when I knew.”Victory was not his. But he’d ended another 62-year drought for U.S. bobsledding, and that was more than enough. Holcomb and Steve Langton won the bronze medal in two-man bobsledding at the Sochi Games, the first Olympic medal by an American sled in the event since 1952.By now, 62 must be Holcomb’s favorite number. His four-man gold medal at the Vancouver Games also snapped a 62-year U.S. drought in that race. “If there’s anybody who needs a 62-year drought broken, give me a call and I’ll try to help you out,” Holcomb said.Russia’s Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda won the gold in a dominant home-ice show, beating the Swiss team of Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann by 0.66 seconds. Holcomb, of Park City, Utah, and Langton, of Melrose, Mass., were another 0.22 seconds back, finishing just 0.03 seconds ahead of another Russian sled in the race for bronze.“Man, thank God,” said Holcomb, who raced through a strained left calf that required treatment earlier.. “There was a lot of pressure on me there.”Holcomb needed 45 minutes of treatment after racing before he could emerge for interviews, and it was clear the team was worried about his leg. Langton said he and Holcomb didn’t even discuss the injury. Langton just knew Holcomb was going to show up and do his job, one way or another.“Best driver in the world,” Langton said, pointing across a room toward Holcomb. “The best. That guy.”Zubkov had the home-ice edge. Hefti has long been one of the best two-man drivers. And for quite some time, Holcomb has been fighting to dispel the notion that he’s only truly elite when racing on the North American tracks he knows best.He debunked that theory. An Olympics, in Russia, in conditions in which he’s never trained, facing a 62-year drought — and he delivered.Great U.S. drivers such as Brian Shimer and Todd Hays tried in recent years to be the streak-busters, coming close but never getting over the final hump. So maybe it was fitting that one of the first people Holcomb embraced when that mob of love reached his sled was Shimer, who simply beamed.“Holcy’s the man,” USA-2 pilot Cory Butner said, “and he proved it again.”Germany, which had won the last three gold medals in two-man, had its top sled finish eighth in the worst showing for the sliding power in the event since 1956.“If in 2010 we were sitting in a Formula One car, then this time we were sitting a trabby,” brakeman Kevin Kuske said, referring to one of the least-popular cars ever sold in Germany. “It’s definitely an equipment issue.”That used to be the case for the Americans. Not anymore.Holcomb and Langton gave the U.S. its fourth sliding medal so far at the Sochi Games, a total that beats the three the Americans combined to win in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.With women’s bobsled and four-man bobsled still to run, and the Americans expected to vie for golds in both, the U.S. has to be thinking their total will grow before the Sochi cauldron is extinguished.“What Holcomb has done is unbelievable for the sport,” USA-3 pilot Nick Cunningham said. “He’s put USA Bobsled on the international map.” And on the Olympic medal stand. Again.“It means a lot,” Holcomb said. “I have an Olympic gold in four-man, world championship in four-man, world championship in two-man. The one elusive medal was this one. We wanted gold, it didn’t happen … but I’m happy. Gold, silver, bronze, going home Olympic medalists. That was our goal. I’m losing my mind right now. This is amazing.”___By Tim Reynolds, AP Sports Writer.  AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rethink on new penalty law midway through is massive own goal by Fifa

first_imgTopics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. In theory, this is a relaxing of the law. Previously, both feet had to remain on the line. It is designed to benefit the goalkeepers, to make their life easier. Except the implementation of the original law was fairly slapdash. Goalkeepers did not step up in fear of being punished for minor infractions; there was a degree of subjectivity.VAR has changed that. It was brought to the Women’s World Cup late, after its use at the men’s World Cup in Russia prompted disquiet about its potential absence in France. Three yellow cards, plus a retake, were issued to goalkeepers for not having a foot on the line in the group stage and there was a fear, should knockout games go to penalties, that we could have seen endless retakes and under-prepared goalkeepers sent off for repeated errors. There remains scope, though, for further harsh bookings in 90 or 120 minutes.Announced on 2 March and implemented from 1 June, goalkeepers and coaches have had little time to adjust what is, ultimately, an instinctive process. In the immediate aftermath of Lee Alexander’s save from Florencia Bonsegundo of Argentina in added time being undone by VAR, with the game balanced at 3-2 in Scotland’s favour, the Manchester United goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain tweeted: “I understand this new penalty rule but it seems ridiculously harsh on goalkeepers! You have to have forward motion to stop you diving into the post. She was an inch off her line … A penalty is already massively weighted in favour of the attacker! Do they need more?!?”Hope Solo, who kept goal for the USA throughout their World Cup-winning campaign in 2015 and is a Guardian columnist during this tournament, believes being closer to the penalty-taker reduces reaction time. She tweeted: “A GK inching off their line before the kick doesn’t help, and it hurts the spirit of the game when VAR calls back penalties and keepers get cards in these scenarios. If a shooter misses, they shouldn’t get a freebie simply because a GK moved slightly forward.” Women’s World Cup Karen Bardsley questions ‘cruel’ VAR decisions after Scotland penalty drama Women’s World Cup 2019 Fifa is panicking. The approval by the International Football Association Board, at Fifa’s request, of a temporary suspension at shootouts of the new law that states goalkeepers must be booked for coming off their line before a penalty means tinkering with the laws in the middle of the most influential World Cup in women’s football history.Perhaps Fifa making a change, albeit a minor one, reflects the increased power of a sport which is so often marginalised. When players and associations spent two years lobbying against the 2015 Canada World Cup being hosted on artificial turf, their protestations fell on deaf ears. Except that these new laws were untested. The Women’s World Cup is still Fifa’s guinea pig, something it can use to benefit and develop the men’s game.The most controversial new law states: “The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line.”The rationale states: “Allowing the goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping, in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on the line. As the kicker can ‘stutter’ in the run, it is reasonable that the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick.” Read more Video assistant referees (VARs) The Observer Share on LinkedIn Alexander breached the letter of the law. As did Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnadozie when France’s Wendie Renard struck her spot-kick against the outside of a post. It is impossible to argue they did not breach the laws.As a test, it has worked and it has been reported in the Times that the Premier League is already distancing itself from allowing VAR to rule on the position of goalkeepers during penalties, putting it at odds with Ifab.Removing all subjectivity is, in theory, a nice idea but in practice less so. We all want the game to be fair. But VAR was introduced to spot a “clear and obvious error”. A goalkeeper a centimetre over the line is not a player trying to gain an unfair advantage, or having one, and there is also the question of outfielders’ encroachment at penalties going unpunished; replays showed Renard’s successful kick should have been retaken, too. No one is against rules that make the game fairer, but experiments are usually conducted in lower leagues or at age-group level. Testing them on the biggest stage in women’s football? Own goal Fifa.center_img features Share on WhatsApp Laws of football Share on Twitter Share via Email Women’s football Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

General Dynamics NASSCO Cuts Steel for Two ECO Tankers

first_imgzoom U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO on October 16 cut steel for two LNG-conversion ready Jones Act tankers ordered separately by American Petroleum Tankers (APT) and SEA-Vista Newbuild II LLC.The tanker built for APT is the fifth and final in the series of ECO 50,000 dwt tankers, each capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of cargo.One day later, on October 17,  General Dynamics NASSCO and APT organized a christening ceremony for the first tanker in the series. The tanker was named the Lone Star State.The tanker being built for SEA-Vista is the third in the series, and is a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design. Lone Star State Christening: Mrs. Helen Downs Christens the Lone Star State at General Dynamics NASSCO | October 17, 2015 from General Dynamics NASSCO on Vimeo.All the tankers ordered by both APT and Sea-Vista are 610-foot long, and are equipped with Ballast Water Management Systems.The tankers were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.DSEC’s ECO design achieves improved fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.The tankers will have conversion-capable, dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate the future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and tanks.last_img read more

Province Increases Services for Hearing Speech Treatment

first_imgNova Scotians will have access to more hearing and speech treatment in the new year. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, Dec. 12, the province will begin funding medically-approved double cochlear implants in January. About 30 people – mostly children – are expected to benefit from the change in policy. “Providing double cochlear implants as early as possible can have an incredible impact on speech and language skills and can improve learning skills,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We’re pleased to make this investment, which can bring immense value to children and families.” Cochlear implants are devices that capture sound and turn it into electrical signals. They are surgically placed in the ear, next to the hearing nerve, where they send information to the brain, allowing the patient to hear sounds. In Nova Scotia, these surgeries are performed at the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Single cochlear implant surgeries have been performed in Nova Scotia since 2001. New medical research has recently shown that double cochlear implants can significantly improve hearing and speech skills in some people. For a patient to be a good candidate for a double cochlear implant they would have to have profound hearing loss in both ears, be at least 12 months old, and will usually have tried hearing aids for at least six months with no success. The investment will cost government about $300,000 a year.last_img read more

Ministers Panel on Education Releases Report

first_img Strengthen the curriculum to transform teaching and learning Make high-quality teaching the norm in every classroom Prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities Ensure that inclusion is working for everyone Create a positive climate for learning Collaborate for improved student health and well-being Build a modern-day structure for teaching and learning The province is being challenged to make significant changes to the way education is delivered in Nova Scotia. The Minister’s Panel on Education released a report today, Oct. 30, that contains seven themes that represent what almost 19,000 Nova Scotians said are the most important issues to improve the system. “The panel is pleased to present our results of our review. We took a holistic look and are all proud to assist the Province of Nova Scotia in charting a course for change in our education system,” said Myra Freeman, panel chair. “With such a high level of participation from Nova Scotians, the panel is in a strong position to identify the issues that government and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development need to address most urgently.” Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey accepted the report and announced work will begin immediately on an action plan to create changes in the education system. “I want to thank the panel for all of the work they have done over the past nine months, and thank all Nova Scotians who took the time to share their feedback on the province’s education system,” said Ms. Casey. “I know Nova Scotians are passionate about the quality of learning and education that students receive. I look forward to reviewing the report and creating an action plan for change.” Nova Scotians presented mixed views about the quality of the public school system, with 50 per cent expressing dissatisfaction. The report focuses on areas where a compelling case can be made for change and the greatest areas of concern for Nova Scotians. The themes of the report are: Many teachers, parents, administrators and students expressed the need for fewer curriculum areas and more time to master key areas of learning — math and literacy. Curriculum at the early elementary level for all subjects should be integrated, with math and literacy as the foundation. Teacher education, certification, discipline, hiring and professional development were cited as critical areas for improvement. Students need more support entering and leaving the school system, as well as from grade to grade. Many Nova Scotians feel students are not ready for the workforce and post-secondary learning when they graduate from high school. There are concerns about advancing students to the next grade with peers even if they are not academically ready. There is support for the principles of inclusion, but it is not working in its current model. In the absence of appropriate levels of support, inclusion has introduced a new layer of complexity to classrooms, and teachers are struggling to effectively meet the needs of all students. Respect between students, teachers and parents was a common theme, as was ensuring schools are welcoming and reflective of cultural groups. Creating a positive school climate is a shared responsibility. All staff, students, parents and community partners must work together to create respect and take action against bullying and violence in schools. The role of the school has expanded over the years. It is expected to ensure students succeed academically, but also faces issues such as obesity, mental health, career planning, and health and well-being. There is an urgent need to continue work on improving the physical health of children and youth in the province. Nova Scotians say schools are taking the right steps to contribute to students’ health and well-being, but add there is a need for more physical activity during the school day and a greater focus on mental health awareness. The province needs to look for ways to improve how the school system is funded and governed. Concerns were raised about a system that is not working as well as it should for students. Key points Nova Scotians brought up during consultations were: The report is the first comprehensive review of Nova Scotia’s school system in 25 years. The full report, Disrupting the Status Quo: Nova Scotians Demand a Better Future for Every Student, is available at www.novascotia.ca/review .last_img read more

Calgary man stabbed neighbour Albertas top court puts end to all appeals

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed two appeals in the case of a man who argued he was fending off an attempted sex assault when he stabbed his new neighbour 37 times.Nicholas Rasberry was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of school teacher Craig Kelloway in May 2013.Rasberry was originally charged with second-degree murder. He admitted at his trial that he stabbed Kelloway after the two men and their wives had spent time drinking at a barbecue at Rasberry’s Calgary home, but he said he acted in self-defence.He said Kelloway, who was originally from Glace Bay, N.S., had threatened to sexually assault him and his wife.Justice Robert Hall said he did not view the stabbings as “mere self-defence.”“Rasberry stabbed Kelloway 37 times. In doing so, he broke one knife and had access to another. He broke a second knife and bent a third,” Hall said in his verdict in October 2015.“It is important that the sentence denounces the crazy, excessive force used by Rasberry in killing Kelloway. The number of stabbings and slashings with the use of three weapons is a substantial, aggravating factor in this case.”Alberta’s top court rejected a request that Rasberry be acquitted. The defence argued that the court erred by not fully accepting his self-defence claim.“We are satisfied that the trial judge accepted Rasberry’s evidence to the extent necessary to ground the defence of partial provocation,” the three-member appeal panel wrote.“The trial judge found the wrongful act as described by Rasberry, and the response to it, met both prongs of the test of provocation and the Crown had not proved otherwise.”The panel also ruled that the judge acted properly in his finding that the severity of Rasberry’s attack on Kelloway was not reasonable.The court also dismissed the Crown’s submission that Rasberry should be retried because his self-defence claim had no “air of reality.”Rasberry remains free on bail until his appeal of his seven-year sentence is heard.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said all appeals in the case had been dismissed and Rasberry would have to turn himself in.last_img read more

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Aug. 24———TEACHERS’ UNION CALLS FOR FIRST PM’S NAME TO BE TAKEN OFF SCHOOLS: An Ontario teachers union says the provincial government should remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from all schools and buildings. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario cites what it calls Sir John A. Macdonald’s role as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.” The union passed a motion at its annual meeting last week, but it was not unanimous.———DUFFY TAKES SENATE AND RCMP TO COURT OVER EXPENSE INVESTIGATION: Sen. Mike Duffy has launched a lawsuit against the Senate and the RCMP for their handling of accusations about his expenses. He is seeking more than $7.8 million for loss of income and benefits and damage to his reputation. Duffy alleges in court documents that his 2013 suspension by the Senate was unconstitutional and that the RCMP were negligent in their investigation. Duffy was acquitted of 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery that were laid against him.———FEDERAL CABINET MINISTER LEAVES POLITICS: Public Works Minister Judy Foote has resigned from cabinet and will leave politics due to personal reasons. Foote has been battling breast cancer and was told the cancer causing gene she has been passed on to her children. While her two adult daughters and son are free of cancer, she says the news has put things into perspective for her.———KHADR FACES LEGAL ACTION IN ALBERTA: Lawyers representing the widow of an American soldier are launching legal action in Alberta against Omar Khadr. The move duplicates one in the Ontario courts seeking enforcement of a massive U.S. damages award against the former Guantanamo Bay detainee. The claim calls on the Canadian courts to recognize the judgment from Utah, and to issue a “corresponding” judgment in the amount of $173.88 million — the Canadian value of the US$132.1-million American award made in 2015. Khadr, 30, has been on bail in Edmonton for the past two years pending his appeal in the U.S. of his convictions before an American tribunal.———SCHEER CALLS FOR CHANGES IN REFUGEE CROSSINGS: Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says the Trudeau government should designate the illegal entry points into Canada being used by thousands of asylum seekers as official crossings. Nearly 10,000 people have been apprehended crossing illegally into Canada from the U.S. since January. The reason they’re choosing to come through unofficial openings in the border is an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that precludes people from making asylum claims at official land border points. Scheer says if the crossings were designated official, that would both deal with the problem and also send a signal to those in the U.S. that they can’t just cross and get asylum.———ALBERTA WOMAN VERBALLY ABUSED BY SELF-PROCLAIMED NAZI: A teacher who came to Canada from Bangladesh eight years ago says a man who said he was a Nazi was verbally abusive, making racist attacks at her for wearing a hijab during a visit to Manitoba this summer. Kaniz Fatima of Calgary posted video of the July encounter on social media this week and says women who wear hijabs must be prepared for such comments. Fatima says the man became abusive and told her he was a Nazi, then ordered her to take off her hijab and go back to her country.———VIDEOS PROMPT POLICE TO INVESTIGATE BC TRANSIT CONFRONTATION: Police are investigating a confrontation captured on video that featured “profane and racially slanted language.” Metro Vancouver Transit police say they started looking into the matter after several videos were posted on Facebook following the confrontation on Monday afternoon. Police say officers boarded a SkyTrain in Burnaby, B.C., after someone used the emergency alert system and spoke to a witness who told them a woman had been swearing at an elderly couple before leaving the train. Police say they’ve identified the woman and intend to talk to her about her conduct.———INQUIRY INTO MURDERED, MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMAN CONTINUES: The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is moving forward despite calls from some aboriginal groups for resignations and a reset. Chief commissioner Marion Buller says she and her colleagues intend to go ahead with community hearings next month, but will do so in a better way. In recent months, the commission has faced questions from concerned relatives who say they have lost faith in the inquiry because it is not giving families enough of a voice.———NHL REMEMBERS BRYAN MURRAY: A memorial was held in Ottawa on Thursday for longtime NHL coach Bryan Murray. Murray died earlier this month at the age of 74 after a three-year battle with colon cancer. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock attended the memorial, as were former NHL players including Daniel Alfredsson and Luc Robitaille and current members of the Senators roster.———HOSTAGE SITUATION IN SOUTH CAROLINA ENDS WITH ONE DEAD, GUNMAN WOUNDED: A hostage situation in a Charleston, S.C., restaurant has ended with the gunman being shot by police. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the restaurant employee shot by the gunman Thursday has died. Police says all the hostages at Virginia’s restaurant were rescued safely, it’s not clear how many there were. Police say the restaurant on tourist-heavy King Street was packed at lunchtime and officers helped rescue the wounded man and a number of diners.———last_img read more

Africa to dominate Security Councils work this month says President

Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters on the 15-member body’s schedule, Belgian Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke said the focus on African-related subjects is due partly to the fact that Africa is an important topic within the Council, and also because its members will embark on a week-long, five-nation visit next week. The mission, which will depart on 14 June, will take Council members to Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Khartoum, Sudan; Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before returning to New York on 21 June. In addition, on 25 June, the Council will focus on the relationship between natural resources and conflicts during an open debate initiated by Belgium. “The purpose is that we look at the relationship [between] natural resources and conflict from a perspective which transcends the classical perspective [that] the Council has been looking at it until now,” Mr. Verbeke said. “We see three ways of approaching the problem,” he added. The first was in terms of natural resources being the origin or the cause of conflict, while the second was to view natural resources and their revenues as fuel for prolonging conflicts. The third was to view the resources as empowering newly-recovered governments to move beyond the conflict period. Regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict – the focus of a meeting scheduled for 22 June ¬ Mr. Verbeke said he hoped that Council members will come with “some insights and a sense of urgency that all the diplomatic work ultimately bears on women, children and men for whose protection we are working here in New York.” Kosovo, the situation in the Middle East, and the possible phasing out of the UN mission tasked with verifying Iraq’s compliance with its obligations to be rid of its weapons of mass destruction (UNMOVIC) are among the other topics that are expected to be considered during June. 4 June 2007The United Nations Security Council will have a “fairly heavy programme” this month, dominated by African subjects and including a visit to the continent, its President for June said today. read more

DMK calls on Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen

Stalin, who is the leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, was elevated from the post of Treasurer in the party. As many as 16 resolutions were passed on the day including one that urges the central government to take action in the issue of lifting ban on ‘Jallikattu’, a bull taming sport.The party also staged a demonstration on Tuesday urging the State and Central governments to take immediate steps to conduct Jallikattu during the harvest festival of Pongal later this month. (Colombo Gazette) India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has urged Sri Lanka to immediately release fishermen detained in Sri Lanka.The call was made after MK Stalin was elected as DMK’s working president in the party’s general council meeting today, the Press Trust of India reported. DMK) members paid condolence to J Jayalalithaa who died on December 5 after prolonged illness. After this the meeting started with taking several important decisions including passing resolutions. read more

A Dáil committee is talking to unionists to prepare for a possible

first_img Image: Julien Behal/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 82 Comments Feb 17th 2018, 4:00 PM Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 4:00 PM 34,702 Views Share1054 Tweet Email10 A Dáil committee is talking to unionists to prepare for a possible united Ireland Senator Mark Daly says ‘the lesson of Brexit’ is that you must prepare. The Orange Order march past City Hall in Belfast. Image: Julien Behal/PA Imagescenter_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL SENATOR MARK DALY is currently undergoing a task which, in the light of this week’s events at Stormont, may seem particularly daunting.Daly is spearheading an effort by an Oireachtas committee to tease out what a reunited Ireland might look like in a post-Brexit world.As part of this effort, the committee has tasked itself with understanding and comprehensively addressing the fears unionists hold of a united Ireland.The thinking is that this engagement, and the plans that may stem from it, should be carried out before a border poll becomes a reality.Daly argues that recent history shows just how important that is: You must learn the lesson of Brexit, which is that you don’t have a referendum and tell everybody what the future will look like. What you do is talk about all the issues of health, education, housing, jobs and opportunities, but you also look at the issue of identity.These efforts are already underway and Daly says he has been meeting with unionists of different backgrounds who have shown a willingness to engage on the issues.He says that while most unionists do not aspire to a united Ireland or anything like that, there are pragmatic elements that value at least preparing for it should that be the will of people north and south of the border.Brexit has seen also seen these discussion become more common, he adds.“There’s a middle ground there. I was in Glencree on Tuesday at a cross-community meeting, unionist and republican and there is this kind of small u unionist who are kind of going: ‘You know we probably would be better of staying in the EU.’ ”UlsterThe commitment to engage with unionists to assess their “fears and concerns” was part of a detailed report published by the committee in August of last year.It was the first report of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and focused on the impact of Brexit and the prospect for a united Ireland.Unionist fears and concerns were stressed to the committee by Dr James Wilson, a freelance lecturer who specialises in the field of unionism and loyalism.In his submission to the committee, Wilson outlined that, aside from economic arguments, much of the opposition of northern protestants to Irish unity “has been based on fear”.Wilson stated that these fears are “real and powerful” and broken down into three parts:Fear of dispossession, fear of retribution, and fear of assimilation into an alien Gaelic culture that eliminates their ethno-cultural diversity as British/Ulster Scots.The retribution element he addresses relates particularly to members of British security forces who served during the Troubles. It’s estimated that there are 300 unsolved murders involving former members of the security forces during that period.“The belief of post-unity retribution still lingers amongst former soldiers, policemen and prison officers, even though the vast majority never went to bed plotting to kill anyone,” Wilson said during his submission.Wilson outlined that unionists also fear a literal dispossession of the lands that came under the possession of protestants during the Plantation of Ulster and in the following centuries.Daly agrees but points out that there is no single branch of unionism. Among unionists there are working class people, farmers and business people, all of whom may have different priorities.Asked whether he feels unionists would accept a united Ireland if that was the decision north and south, Daly points to a 2010 survey which found that 82% would accept such a scenario.The remaining 18% he describes as “fight or flight”, with some unionists choosing to leave Ulster and others perhaps resisting the transition.In order to help prepare for that, the committee has also heard the expertise of Michael R. Ortiz, who was senior policy advisory in the Obama White House, about how best to guard against the rise of unionist radicalism following a united Ireland.Daly argues that the best way to do so is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged loyalists, whom he says are already being left behind by their representatives.“It’s about giving jobs and opportunities, education and hope and making sure that there’s a society where they have a future,” Daly says.“And at this moment in time, regardless of the referendum, the most disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland are the ones being left down by the DUP. The loyalist communities are being ignored and know they’re being ignored.”Clarification: An earlier version of this article quoted Senator Mark Daly as using the term “small new unionist” when he had said “small u unionist”. The article has been amended to reflect that clarification. Read: ‘Those gaps were closed’: Coveney surprised over collapse of power-sharing talks in the North >Read: Explainer: What is the Irish Language Act and why is it causing political deadlock in Northern Ireland? > The Orange Order march past City Hall in Belfast. By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/3849573 last_img read more

Member of bible study group strangled a widowed pensioner and set fire

first_img A COLD CASE murder trial has been told that a member of a bible study group strangled a widowed pensioner and set fire to her Kilkenny house shortly after a publican had dropped her home.John Joseph Malone is charged with murdering 69-year-old Ann (Nancy) Smyth on 11 September 1987 at her home on Wolfe Tone Street in Kilkenny City.Malone (53) of Newpark, Kilkenny city, has pleaded not guilty and has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court.Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, opened the case for the jury this morning. He explained that this was an old case or ‘cold case’, but that he couldn’t take any advantage from that.He said that Smyth, who had lost her husband the previous year, had lived alone with her labrador in a detached bungalow. He said she was very well-known locally, very visible and loved a chat.Had been out with friendsHe explained that on Thursday night, 10 September, she went to a local pub, where she was well-known. She was there from about 9pm to midnight, during which time she chatted with locals and had a number of drinks.Although she lived nearby, the publican often dropped her home. He also did so this night, bringing her to her door. On the prosecution case, the publican was the last person to speak to her prior to her interaction with the person the State says was ultimately her murderer.Gillane said that a man driving by noticed her house on fire around 5am. He managed to open one window but was repelled by smoke.The emergency services found Smyth lying on the floor next to a burnt-out sofa. Her body had extensive burns, he explained.Initially not treated as suspiciousThere was no immediate suspicion, with it appearing to have been a domestic fire. However, on further examination, her cause of death was found to be asphyxia due to neck compression that had enough force to fracture her thyroid cartilage. There was also trauma to her head, he said.“So Ann Nancy Smyth wasn’t killed by the fire,” Gillane said. “An investigation commenced.”A neighbour had heard an argument around 12.30am or 1am. There was ‘some give and take’ and a man was shouting: Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 1:53 PM 13,661 Views Member of bible study group strangled a widowed pensioner and set fire to her home, court hears John Joseph Malone is charged with murdering 69-year-old Ann (Nancy) Smyth on 11 September 1987. ‘Let me f**king in’ and ‘I’ll f**king get you’.This neighbour knew the accused and said that it was he who was shouting.Others on the street saw a man banging on Smyth’s porch window, and one witness said a man with a speech impediment had asked him for a cigarette.“On the evidence, you’ll be satisfied that was John Joseph Malone,” said Gillane.The prosecutor said that the 1987 investigation had run into the sand and no prosecution was initiated. However, he said that in 2005 a person came forward with some information that ultimately led to the case being resuscitated.There was a public appeal for information in 2012 through the television programme, Crimecall, and witnesses came forward.Gillane told the jurors they would hear from a member of a bible study group that the accused had also attended. He would say that the accused told him that he had fought with Nancy Smyth that night, that he had struck her, that she’d died and that he had set fire to the house.A member of the same circle would give evidence that Malone told him he’d strangled her.“The prosecution case is that the man on the street shouting: ‘I’ll f**king get you. Let me in,’ was Malone,” concluded Gillane. “That he did get in, that he strangled Smyth and set the house on fire, and subsequently admitted his guilt of same.”The trial continues before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men. It’s expected to last more than three weeks.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Man in his 40s arrested after major cocaine seizure in Dublin shopping complex >Read: A spy novel set in Dublin during the 1940s Emergency chosen as this year’s One City One Book > http://jrnl.ie/3300672 center_img No Comments By Natasha Reid Mar 22nd 2017, 1:53 PM Share7 Tweet Email1 Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

John Williams Already Hard at Work Composing The Last Jedi

first_img There are a lot of different aspects of the Star Wars films that are hit or miss with most fans. Whether you only enjoy the original films, have love for the prequels or enjoy everything in between, one thing we all can agree on is that John Williams’s composing brings life to this beloved film franchise. Even with lackluster entries into the series, Williams soundtracks are always top notch. These beautiful scores resonate with all of us when we watch this beloved saga unfold.Last year it was announced that composer Michael Giacchino would take over composing duties on the first full-fledged Star Wars side story, Rogue One. Whether you enjoyed the film or not, you have to give credit to Giacchino for doing Williams justice by creating a dynamic and enthralling score that fit Rogue One‘s dark tones perfectly.Although, if you are a John Williams junkie, rest assure that the legend himself is back in the studio and currently scoring this year’s highly anticipated entry into the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi.Filmmaker Robert Meyer Burnett recently stated on his Twitter feed last week…This is pretty impressive, seeing as most studios will use a mock score in place to help enhance the editing process, thus giving a more clear vision for the final composer to come in and work their magic. In Jedi’s case, it will be quite the opposite. The already done John Williams score will be in place to help the editing process.I think it is safe to say we may be seeing a few dynamic moments with a robust and sweeping score. Just thinking about the editing team sitting down and tying these (hopefully) memorable scenes together, done by the familiar sounds of John Williams leaves me feeling confident that this entry may be one of its strongest in the series.We may just get our first listen of the score during the teaser trailer of The Last Jedi, which is rumored to be attached to Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty & the Beast, releasing in theaters March 17th, 2017. If not then, definitely the following month in Orlando, FL for Star Wars Celebration. Stay on target Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Sheamus to have major role in TMNT 2 movie

first_img Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Courtesy of WWE.com:Sheamus reveals role in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2”WWE.com can confirm that the rumors are true – WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus will appear in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” as the fan-favorite villain Rocksteady. Sheamus tweeted the first official look at his character for the film, along with an announcement that the trailer will arrive tomorrow.During the film’s production, there were unconfirmed reports and alleged set photos that suggested The Celtic Warrior was cast in the sequel to one of 2014’s biggest blockbusters. However, his involvement was never official until now. Will he be transformed into the mutant rhinoceros hooligan alongside Bebop? We certainly have our fingers crossed.Sheamus joins an all-star cast, including Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee and SummerSlam 2015 competitor Stephen Amell – not to mention Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. “TMNT 2” strikes in theaters June 3, 2016.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMegan Fox is psychicVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:11/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 72.46%0:03Remaining Time -1:09 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Megan Fox is psychic Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Megan Fox Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Will Arnett CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next This Is Why Actors Like Jennifer Grey, Taylor Lautner and Megan Fox Are Not Cast Anymore Videos Articles Megan Fox May Be Joining The ‘Star Trek’ Movie Franchise Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Megan Fox’s Paparazzi Issuelast_img read more

Apartment fire in White Salmon affects up to 40 people

first_imgA fire in White Salmon on Tuesday morning caused significant damage to an apartment building and affected as many as 40 people.White Salmon Fire Chief Bill Hunsaker said the initial emergency call about the structure fire in the 200 block of Northeast Rhine Village Drive came in at 2:35 a.m.Hunsaker’s fire department and three others from nearby communities launched multiple fire engines, with more than three dozen personnel helping out.Firefighters arrived at the apartment and saw flames venting through the roof and windows of one of four units, the fire chief said.It took the firefighters about two hours to get the blaze under control, and several more hours to ensure the damaged building would not rekindle.last_img

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more