Cut all ties with Pak till terrorism ends: Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir today called for a complete freeze on ties with Pakistan till the time cross-border terrorism does not end, saying that “Indian lives are more important than sports”. “I would not even think of playing cricket with Pakistan. Indian lives are more important than sports,” Gambhir told mediapersons here. Gambhir insisted that every Indian must put himself into the shoes of an army personnel before talking about keeping politics and sports separate. “I absolutely endorse that we should not have any relation or ties with Pakistan until the time this cross border terrorism finishes. People need to put themselves in armys shoes who have lost their kids, someone have lost their father, son. “We can say this sitting in an AC room that cricket or bollywood should not be compared to politics as long as we dont think ourselves as Indians, or think for our own countrymen. So I totally endorse that until the time we dont secure our own Indians, our own countrymen, all other things can be kept aside,” the 35-year-old added. Gambhir, who had recently made a comeback to the India Test team against New Zealand, is not the first Indian sportsperson to express his views on the issue of Pakistan. India Test skipper Virat Kohli had condemned the Uri attack of September 18 on an army camp that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers and former opener Virender Sehwag has also spoken out this on the social media. The Indian team has not played a bilateral series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. India were due to tour Pakistan in January 2009 but that series was cancelled following the attacks. Another scheduled series in March-April 2012 was also cancelled after the Indian government refused to give the green signal to the tour. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Dinesh Chandimal in squad for South Africa Tests despite suspension threat

first_imgSri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been named in the squad for the two-Test series against South Africa, even though he may be unavailable due to suspension.Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha have admitted breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct after the team delayed play during the second Test against the West Indies last month.The minimum punishment for the offence is suspension from two Tests for Chandimal, with the hearing due to be held on Tuesday — two days before the start of the first Test against the Proteas.Sri Lanka have also included Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera in the 16-man squad but their participation is subject to fitness.Spinner Herath split the webbing on his bowling hand ahead of the third Test against the Windies, while Perera collided with a boundary hoarding during the final Test on the tour.All-rounder Angelo Mathews has returned to the squad after he left the West Indies tour to attend the birth of his second child.Sri Lanka will host the first Test in Galle which begins on July 12, before moving to Colombo for the second Test from July 20.Full squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (subject to fitness), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath (subject to fitness), Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajithalast_img read more

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Meet Praveen, the 17-year-old farm labourer’s son who won India its only bronze at Youth Olympics 2018

first_imgPraveen Chitravel, a farm labourer’s son from Tamil Nadu, clinched a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump to give India its second athletics medal in the Youth Olympics that closed today in Buenos Aires.17-year-old Praveen cleared a distance of 15.68m to finish fifth in the Stage 2 competition on October 16 but his good showing in Stage 1, where he was third with a jump of 15.84m, took him to the podium with a combined effort of 31.52m.New format in Youth Olympics 2018In a new format, there are no finals in track and field, except for the 4km cross-country, in the Youth Olympics and each event is held twice, with results from both rounds counting towards the final standings.Gold and silver in athleticsAlejandro Diaz of Cuba won the gold with a combined effort of 34.18m (17.14m + 17.04m) while Emmeanuel Oritsemeyiwa (16.34m + 15.51m) of Nigeria took the silver.Praveen’s athletic trainingPraveen is a gold medallist, which he won at the inaugural Khelo India School Games this year Praveen Chitravel, right, gave India its second athletics medal at the Youth Olympic Games 2018. (Image: IOA)Praveen won a silver medal in the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore this year and Indira feels that he has the potential to reach the highest level and compete in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics in future.Praveen luckily met a mentor in Indira Suresh, an athletics coach at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Boys in Chennai who is an employee of the Sports Development Authority of India, and she groomed him.advertisementHe now trains under Indira at Nagercoil”When Praveen was in Class VII at the CoE in Chennai, I spotted him and took him under me. When I was shifted to a college in Nagercoil, he also came to me and said he will train only under me. So, I got him admitted to my college,” Indira told PTI.”Not even Praveen, his younger brother also is training under me now,” she addedPraveen has the talent and he is very hardworkingHis father’s meagre income cannot support the cost of his training”I want to groom him as a national champion and then represent the country in the Asian Games and the Olympics,” she said.Praveen’s familyHe is from a very poor family in Thanjavur district, his father is a daily wage farm labourer and his mother is a housewifeHe has an elder sister and a younger brotherHe rarely goes home, and so his father comes to meet himHe now studies BA first year at a college in Mangalore, Karnataka, under the sports quota; but still trains at Nagercoil”Praveen goes to Mangalore only to appear for examinations as he gets exemption from the college to train at Nagercoil with me,” said Indira.”See you next at the Olympics!”Happy had a different feeling to it today, as an exuberant Praveen Chithravel spoke about his Bronze ?? win at #BuenosAires2018! His maiden international Medal will ignite a hundred more dreams, to be at the @Olympics! #IAmTeamIndia ?????? @tiyubao pic.twitter.com/I8Yv71kkCYTeam India (@ioaindia) October 17, 2018He was earlier in the national camp briefly”He gets some stipends and with some financial support from others, I am supporting him in his training, participation in competitions etc. His family has no money to support him in his athletics career,” the coach said.India’s medal-winners at Youth Olympics 2018Praveen’s bronze was India’s second athletics medal in the Games after Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in the men’s 5000m race walk event earlier this week.Indian athletes have won us three gold, nine silver and one bronze medal at the Games (mixed event medals not included)In another good news, 15-year-old Akash Malik became India’s first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games, providing a fitting finale to the country’s best-ever campaign at the marquee event here.Gold1. Jeremy Lalrinnunga | Weightlifting2. Manu Bhaker | Shooting3. Saurabh Chaudhary | ShootingSilver1. Tushar Mane | Shooting2. Tababi Devi | Judo3. Lakshya Sen | Badminton4. Simran Ahlawat | Wrestling5. Hockey 5s (Men)6. Hockey 5s (Women) Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga notched up India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category. (Image: Twitter/ IOA)7. Suraj Panwar | Athletics8. Akash Malik | Archery9. Mehuli Ghosh | ShootingBronze1. Praveen Chitravel | AthleticsAlso read | India’s medal count at Youth Olympics 2018: Saurabh Chaudhary wins third goldAlso read | Youth Olympics 2018: Can India’s gold-medallist sprinter Anu Kumar capture a spot?Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Video: 2 High School Football Players Speared A Referee On Purpose

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Two high school football players are in some serious trouble, if we’re to believe that what you see in the below video was done on purpose.According to Deadspin, during a game between Marble Falls and San Antonio John Jay on Friday night, two high school defensive backs (who play for John Jay) targeted an official during live play. One speared him, just before the other dove into him, helmet-first. It’s one of the most ridiculous videos you’ll ever see.The title of the video suggests that it was in retaliation for a “bad call.” If that’s the case, this is reprehensible.Both players were ejected from the contest, and the district is investigating the play.last_img

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Way Paved for Land Divestment Advisory Committee to be Enshrined in Law

first_img “The Government sees land ownership as an important tool for broadening the stakeholder base in the society by empowering people through land ownership..” The Land Divestment Advisory Committee has been given legal authority to provide advice in ensuring that Government-owned lands are disposed of fairly, transparently, and equitably.Provisions have been made in the amendments to the Crown Property (Vesting) Act for the body to be incorporated into law. The Bill was approved in the Senate on Friday, October 11, after being passed in the Lower House on Tuesday, September 24.Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, who piloted the Bill, explained that the Committee has been providing professional and technical advice to the Minister with responsibility for land, to guide him in making decisions relating to the divestment of government-owned lands and has brought improved transparency and efficiency to the process.While the existing Act makes provision for the Commissioner of Lands to acquire, hold and dispose of land and other property of whatever kind, this power cannot be exercised without general special authority in writing from the Minister. The legislation, however, makes no provision for the Minister to be advised on technical issues to inform his decision-making.Senator Golding said the amendments will also ensure that Government-owned lands are divested fairly and transparently and widen the base of land ownership in Jamaica.“The Government sees land ownership as an important tool for broadening the stakeholder base in the society by empowering people through land ownership to lift themselves up and build a brighter future for themselves, their children and future generation,” he stated.Supporting the Bill, Opposition Senator Christopher Tufton, said that as a small island state, with an expanding population, it must be ensured that, “there is a system in place to ensure the appropriate levels of transparency and accountability”.For his part, Government Senator Wentworth Skeffery, said he is confident that the government is on the path to ensure that the issue of land distribution is done in the best way possible.“I welcome the committee…and if this committee really has the cohesion and works well, then we all will seek to enhance that transparency and minimise or ultimately reduce whatever perception or reality of corruption that can take place in a system of distribution,” he said. Story Highlights The amendments will also ensure that Government-owned lands are divested fairly and transparently and widen the base of land ownership in Jamaica. The Bill was approved in the Senate on Friday, October 11, after being passed in the Lower House on Tuesday, September 24.last_img read more

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I want to be seen as a newcomer Tamannaah

first_imgMumbai: Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, a big star in south Indian films, has been trying to find her feet in Bollywood for a while now. She will be seen in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer “Bole Chudiyan” soon. The actress counts the film as one of her biggest opportunities in Bollywood and wants the audience to consider her a newcomer. Being one of the actresses who made it big in the south with superhits such as “Kandein Kadhalai”, “Ayan”, “Tadakha”, “Dharma Durai” and the “Baahubali” series, Tamannaah has not done any memorable role in Bollywood. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I know that ‘Baahubali’ was a big deal for me but in this film, I am approaching my character very differently. The world of this film is very different. It is a Hindi film. I want our audience to look at me as a newcomer. I want to focus on the emotion of the character rather than applying my experience from my early films,” said Tamannaah, who replaced popular television actress Mouni Roy as the leading lady opposite Nawazuddin. She is excited to share screen space with Nawazuddin: “I am amazed to see how effortlessly he acts on screen and convincingly portrays every character. I think by the time I finish shooting the film, I will get to know his acting secret!” she quipped. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary So, how did she respond to the offer when she got a call for the film? “Firstly, when I got a call to act opposite an actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, I thought someone was playing a prank. So, I cross-checked and then realised it was a genuine offer! I have to say that I am a huge fan of Nawaz sir,” she replied. Set in the Uttar Pradesh, the film is a love story between a bangle seller and a village girl, and is the directorial debut of Shamas Siddiqui, brother of Nawazuddin. “Never have I ever worked on a script like this and that is why the world of this story is very interesting to me. I have done films in the South where stories are set in the rural landscape but in Bollywood showcasing such a beautiful side of northern India is rare,” she said. “I am so excited to be in the same frame with Nawaz sir. As an actor, it is always exciting to do something different and that is why it will be interesting,” added the actress.last_img read more

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Hot summer ticket 130K could get you on a dive to the

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Are you a risk-taking adventurer with $130,000 to spare?The first manned survey of the rusting RMS Titanic in 13 years will depart in June from St. John’s, N.L. — and they’re still taking applications.“It’s not for somebody who’s frail but it’s not as strenuous as, say, climbing a major mountain or going on a one-week bike trip through the Alps which some of our participants have done,” said expedition leader Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Inc., a private company based in Everett, Wash.Far more people have explored space than have seen the Titanic, resting about 4,000 metres deep in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland.Thanks to a scheduling change, three of 54 previously sold-out spots are now available for submersible dives this summer as part of a six-week mission to assess what’s left of the fabled wreck.Their $130,000 seats — US$105,129 — were priced at the inflation-adjusted cost of a first-class ticket for Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage, and help fund the company’s research. Each participant gets flown out for seven days on the chartered research vessel and at least one dive to the wreck site on a five-person sub lasting six to nine hours.“We have some folks who are mountain climbers, we have others who’ve been to the South Pole,” said Rush.“One guy, I think he snowshoed to the North Pole. It’s a varied group but I think the unifying characteristic is they’re adventurous.”Ages range from 23 to 75.“He convinced us he’s healthy,” Rush said of the eldest “mission specialist” who will help fund the endeavour while assisting with research and photography. It won’t be a pleasure cruise.“Quite a few of our participants are in their 50s and 60s,” Rush said. They hail from all over the world, including several Americans, Australians, Brits and others from various parts of Asia and across the globe. They must go through training to escape a helicopter in water and be able to climb a six-metre steel ladder.There are 18 spots left for a similar expedition in 2019, with others planned in subsequent years. Rush said cutting-edge high resolution imaging and underwater laser scanners will help create a highly detailed 3D virtual model to better track Titanic’s decay.A big question is the pace at which “rusticles” are devouring its remains.OceanGate provides manned submersibles for industry, research and exploration but has built a novel sub specifically for the Titanic dives.Dubbed the Cyclops 2, the sub features a carbon-fibre and titanium hull to drastically lighten its weight.Tests start Monday in Puget Sound near Seattle, before heading to the Bahamas for deeper dives in April.“The first trial down to 4,000 metres will just be me,” said Rush, 55. “It should be interesting.“Certainly your heart gets moving but it’s a very steady process. It’s not as though we go straight to 4,000 metres.”Repeated trips to gradually greater depths will take about a week, he figures.Rush laughed when asked what happens if someone needs a bathroom.“There’s actually something called a low-residue diet they use for the space program,” he explained. “Inside, the humidity’s very high so you don’t have a need to drink water. As long as your system’s empty you’re OK.”Still, the sub will be equipped with a portable toilet with a little screen for “semi-privacy,” Rush said: “That’s mostly so people don’t worry about it as much.”The Cyclops 2 is expected to reach St. John’s in May, and anticipation is already building.Rush said there are plans for presentations at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a public show and tell and maybe even some “shallow dunks” in the St. John’s harbour.Ron Collier of SubC Imaging, based in Clarenville, N.L., said the company will supply the sub with its latest ultra-high resolution cameras for video and still photos.“The capabilities that are available today are really staggering compared to what they would have been 10 or 12 years ago,” he said in an interview.Footage will be gathered carefully so as not to disturb what is considered a grave site, Collier said.More than 1,500 people died when the so-called unsinkable ship went down after striking an iceberg April 15, 1912, about 600 kilometres off Newfoundland’s southeast tip.Rush said he hopes the expedition will be the first of many others in the largely unknown deep sea.“Our hope is it opens people’s awareness of all the amazing things underwater to be researched and explored.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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A look at the Canadian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

first_imgDanielle Moore:Media reports indicate the 24-year-old, who lived in Winnipeg, was among the victims.She posted on Facebook on Saturday morning that she would be travelling to Nairobi, Kenya, for the United Nations Environment Assembly.“Over the next week I’ll have the opportunity to discuss global environmental issues, share stories, and connect with other youth and leaders from all over the world,” she wrote.“I feel beyond privileged to be receiving this opportunity.”A marine biology student, she graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2017, said Prof. Kim Davies, her honours thesis adviser.“Danielle was exceptional in every sense,” Davies said in an email “She excelled at her studies, she was a kind and friendly person, and she was deeply devoted to environmental and human rights causes.”Davies said after graduating from Dalhousie, Moore returned to Manitoba where she worked for several non-governmental organizations, including the Canada Learning Code, a group dedicated to improving the accessibility of educational and technological resources for Canadians.The professor confirmed Moore’s work was recognized by the United Nations, which is why she was invited as a delegate to the environmental assembly. Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir:The 33-year-old Edmonton woman and her five-year-old daughter were travelling to Kenya to visit relatives.Her brother, Mohamed Hassan Ali of Toronto, said he had planned to travel with them but had to cancel last week.“(She was) a very nice person, very outgoing, very friendly — had a lot of friends,” he said.A family friend said Odowaa had lived in Edmonton since 2006. Peter deMarshCondolences poured in for the New Brunswick native from his colleagues in the forestry sector.DeMarsh was chairman of the International Family Forestry Alliance, an international group based in Luxembourg that represents more than 25 million forest owners worldwide.His employer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.According to the Kenya Forest Service, deMarsh was en route to Nairobi to attend a workshop on financing for small farms. Pius Adesanmi:Adesanmi was a Nigerian-born professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.He was a “towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship,” said the school’s president, Benoit-Antoine Bacon.Adesanmi was the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010.Mitchell Dick, a Carleton student in communications, said Adesanmi was “extremely nice and approachable,” and stood out for his passion for African literature. Derick Lwugi:An accountant with the City of Calgary, Lwugi was on his way to Kenya to visit both his and his wife’s parents.“His mom was not feeling well,” Lwugi’s wife, Gladys Kivia, said in a brief interview from Calgary.The couple have three children, aged 17, 19 and 20, all of whom live at home.The family has lived in Calgary for 12 years.center_img Details are emerging about the 18 Canadian victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash in Addis Ababa that left 157 people dead. Here is what we know so far: Jessica HybaHyba’s Facebook page says she was born in Ottawa and pursued a career in international aid work.She worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as an public relations officer, based in Mogadishu, Somalia.Prior to that, the UNHCR said Hyba worked for Care Canada, who did not immediately respond to request for comment.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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These sporting activities to be kept outside DU quota

first_imgNew Delhi: The administration of Delhi University has decided to exempt some of the sports from the ambit of sports quota. A member of Delhi University standing committee stated, “committee members have collaboratively decided to include only those games in the sports quota, which fall under the category of Olympics, Asiad and Common Wealth Games.””Accordingly some games that will be deluded from the sports quota are Korfball, Soft ball (excluded only for boys), Handminton, Ball badminton, Baseball and yoga, Though, yoga is included in ECA (Extra Curricular Activities),” official said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Apart from this Kho-Kho, Cricket and Chess will stay in the sports quota. Previously 33 games were included under sports quota but now only 27 games will remain,” official added. Though, the experts are expecting this year that admissions rate through sports quota will fall this year as the Admission Council of DU has instructed every college of its university to reserve 1 per cent seats for ECA among the 5 percent sports quota. Total seats calculating both the quotas is 3,100. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe official further added that the standing committee has sent three proposals to the Academic Council- The DU entrance exam should be taken in both English and Hindi Medium. The exams include every other programmes excluding the language programme. The students from government schools and village areas should be provided 1 per cent reservation in cut-off. The ward quota reservation for teaching and non-teaching staff should be increased. Presently 3 seats for each category is reserved.last_img read more

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HSBC removes restaurant after scam

HSBC Bank has withdrawn a restaurant from its seasonal promotions list for HSBC Credit Card customers after the restaurant attempted to dupe customers paying with their Credit Cards.The bank, in an email to complaints via email regarding the scam, said it had received several complaints from customers and as a result had pulled out on the promotion with the restaurant and informed HSBC customers via SMS. The customer was however in for a rude shock when he found that the original prices of the food on the menu had been altered and increased for those paying with their HSBC credit cards. In an email being circulated, one customer said he and his friend had visited the CEYNOR SEAFOOD RESTAURANT located on D.R Wijeyewardena Mawatha in Colombo for a meal. “Once we were seated the first question we were asked was whether we were planning to settle the bill by Card or Cash. This at first was quite amusing as we had previously never come across a restaurant that inquired after how we plan to settle our bill even before we had ordered our meal. Thereafter we were handed two menu cards by the waiter and whilst briefly scanning through the menu we realized that the prices were exorbitant as compared to the previous times we had visited this particular restaurant. Furthermore, we noticed that there were pieces of paper pasted over the original prices which had been substituted by a new price. This looked very “fishy” and so we had one of our mates walk in to the reception and pick up a menu straight off the counter. What followed was just appalling. To our amazement we noticed that the HSBC card Holders were offered a menu card with a price list that was marked up approximately 50%. We were in shock. Never had we come across a restaurant that would serve customers two separate price lists. Thereafter, we quizzed the waiter as to why they were trying to “Rip” their customers off. His reply to this was to say that it was the “Managements Decision”. Thereafter we requested to speak to the manager and then waited for over 20 minutes to be told that the manager was “Unavailable”. Upon realization that we were about to be cheated and also to find the manager unavailable we left the venue,” the email said.(Pic shows the actual menu and altered menu) read more

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As Security Council hears update of Iraq arms probe UN monitors continue

According to a UN spokesman in Baghdad, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) sought a private interview with a senior Iraqi scientist yesterday evening. “The scientist showed up for the appointment alone but declined to be interviewed under the UNMOVIC format,” said Hiro Ueki. “The interview therefore did not proceed.”Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC chemical team continued the process of destroying mustard from the artillery shells and containers. “Its main activity today was to take samples to determine if mustard reacted to the extent expected,” Mr. Ueki said. “Preliminary results show that the destruction process has been successful so far.”Approximately 50 kilometres outside of Baghdad, an UNMOVIC biological team performed an aerial inspection of the Chemical Corps School. Two other biological teams visited four sites – recently declared by Iraq – in and around the capital.Yesterday, a Mosul-based multidisciplinary team carried out a preliminary inspection of the Hadr Ammunition Storage Facility, an army storage site and that primarily contains all types of small arms and artillery munitions over an area of 100 square kilometres. The team inspected a number of selected bunkers and warehouses, Mr. Ueki reported. read more

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Community newspaper chains in BC agree to buy sell six publications

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2013 3:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Community newspaper chains in B.C. agree to buy, sell six publications VANCOUVER – The owners of two community-newspaper chains in British Columbia have agreed to swap six publications that serve more than 190,000 residents of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.Black Press Ltd. announced on Twitter it will buy the Abbotsford-Mission Times and the Chilliwack Times from the Glacier Newspaper Group.Black will also sell to Glacier the North Shore Outlook, the Westender, Bowen Island Undercurrent and the South Delta Leader in a deal that’s expected to close before Dec. 31.Each chain already operates a competing newspaper in the communities effected, except for Bowen Island where the Undercurrent is the only publication.Black Press president and CEO Rick O’Connor wouldn’t reveal how much the deal is worth or if the company would be closing down the competing publications in five of the six communities.But O’Connor says the company operates two papers each in the communities of Cranbrook, B.C., Salmon Arm, and Red Deer, Alta. read more

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Security Council must urgently take action to end impunity in Darfur –

“We have done our part and it is up to this Council to live up to the legitimate expectations of Darfur’s victims, namely that individuals alleged to be responsible for their daily sufferings are brought to justice,” Fatou Bensouda told the 15-member body during a briefing this morning. “These individuals are few among a population of millions who continue to endure untold daily suffering,” she declared, imploring Council members “to act with courage and conviction by adopting appropriate measures within its mandate to ensure that Sudan fugitives are brought to justice sooner rather than later.”In 2005, the Security Council asked the Hague-based Court to investigate war crimes in Darfur after a UN inquiry found serious violations of international human rights law. In March 2009, ICC judges issued arrest warrants against, among other top officials, Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir, for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur. Mr. Bashir, along with the other ICC indictees in the country, has yet to be arrested.Ms. Bensouda told the Council today that she was deeply concerned by the worsening situation in the region, as 300,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year alone, which exceeds the amount of displaced individuals in the last two years.There have also been reports that indictees Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, Ahmad Harun and Abdel Raheem Hussein – all Government officials – have been involved in crimes against civilians this year, with Mr. Kushayb, leading an attack on the town of Aby Jeradil in April which left more than 100 civilians dead and displaced 30,000 people into Chad.“Observers have suggested that the Government of the Sudan wanted to appease members of the Misseriya and Ta’isha tribes who participated in the Janjaweed/militia by helping them to seize the land of Salamat, considered by some to be Chadian nationals, and forcibly displacing them in the process,” she said, noting that her Office had been informed of many such incidents in that past.“This is part of an ongoing pattern,” she declared.“These alleged crimes are of concern to the international community and require urgent and concerted action. Again, this is a question of potential individual criminal responsibility, not of group or organizational responsibility,” Ms. Bensouda said.“Regrettably, each briefing has been followed by inaction and paralysis within the Council, while the plight of victims of crimes committed in Darfur has gone from bad to worse,” she said, adding that the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, hindering humanitarian access, and ongoing impunity have continued, causing despair among the population.These few individuals must be prosecuted, Ms. Bensouda stressed, and noted that “as long as they enjoy impunity for the crimes they commit, they will continue to represent a threat to international peace and security.”She noted that while there have been reports of prosecutions of rebels under Sudan’s anti-terrorism act, there have been no prosecutions of systematic crimes committed by Government forces. Working with regional actors such as the League of Arab States and the African Union (AU) could help address this challenge, and Ms. Bensouda called on the AU to implement the recommendations of its High-Level Panel on Darfur.Although Sudan is not a State Party to the Rome Statute which established the ICC, it is obliged to cooperate with and provide any necessary assistance to the Court and the Prosecutor in accordance with a Council resolution adopted in 2005.“We stand ready to continue doing our part, but time is long past due for this Council to act with courage and conviction by adopting appropriate measures within its mandate to ensure that Sudan fugitives are brought to justice sooner rather than later,” she concluded. read more

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Survival of postal service hinges on ability to quickly change innovate UN

“From liberalization to privatization and the emergence of competition, the Post has faced many challenges to its survival, but none so daunting as the development of modern information technology,” said Bishar A. Hussein, Director General of the UPU in a message.“Today, the traditional postal business line – letter post – has been greatly challenged by faster and more efficient ways of communication thanks to advancements in information and communications technologies,” he added.However, the Director General underlined that successful postal services have taken these challenges as opportunities to innovate and establish new market segments. They understand “that a faster and more efficient communication medium is actually what the Post needs in order to build a new business value chain.”Mr. Hussein said the message is clear: the survival of postal services hinges on its ability to quickly change and innovate. “Customer expectations, needs and tastes are changing, and the Post must change as well to meet these new demands,” he explained.Meanwhile, with this realization, the draft World Postal Strategy for 2017–2020 identifies postal industry reform as the key driver. “In its blueprint, Vision 2020, the UPU focuses on innovation, integration and inclusion as the main factors that will drive postal business in the future.”To achieve innovation, Mr. Hussein said it will be critical to develop digital competencies, along with the relevant regulatory frameworks that will support the new environment. For successful integration, post services will need to build a “seamless network that is connected both virtually and physically,” and that has a local and international presence. Furthermore, with the adoption in September of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by all world leaders, UPU’s Director General said postal services today “have an even more relevant role to play as an infrastructure for development.”“Given its universal nature, the Post is best placed to drive the economic, social, financial and digital inclusion of all citizens of the world,” he stated. “Through its vast network, the Post should target micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the unbanked population as a new business frontier and create appropriate products to support the market.”He added that achieving success in this area is one of the best ways to ensure the achievement of the SDGs, for the benefit of the global community.Since 1969, more than 150 countries mark World Post Day each year on 9 October, the anniversary of UPU’s establishment in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. read more

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University research saving Ontario vineyards one grape bud at a time

With erratic temperatures and extreme weather events on the rise, researchers at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) are working to make vineyards across the region more resilient to climate change.After experiencing an unusually mild October, southern Ontario was blasted with a mass of frigid air that caused a record-breaking cold snap in early November — putting grapevines at risk for early frost injury.When the mercury plummeted, CCOVI researchers were already out in the vineyards collecting bud hardiness data for the VineAlert program. By also collecting data on grape bud survival rates after cold weather events, the Institute is able to give growers direction on how to manage any damage vines may have sustained.“Thankfully, we had some data available and it didn’t get cold enough to damage the vines based on our preliminary bud survival data,” said Jim Willwerth, CCOVI’s senior viticulturist, “but the extreme variances in temperature are especially problematic when the grapevines are early in their cold acclimation process.”Now in its ninth year, the VineAlert program tracks a grape bud’s ability to survive cold temperatures over the dormant season, from October to April, across Ontario’s key grape producing regions.During that period, alerts indicating which grape varieties may see damage during a cold weather event are sent out to growers and researchers. This allows them to determine when they should utilize their wind machines or other freeze-avoidance technologies.Kevin Donohue (BSc ’94), Vineyard Manager at Colio Estate Wines located on the north shore of Lake Erie, said the alert system acts as confirmation that the weather conditions warrant running his wind machine.“VineAlert allows us to correlate real-time weather data with what is actually going on in the field,” said Donohue, who also graduated from Brock’s Grape and Wine Technology certificate program in 2002. “We can adjust some of our strategies for field operations to help us to get to the safest level of dormancy going into the winter months.”Willwerth said monitoring the hardiness of the region’s grape buds is especially crucial in periods with volatile temperature fluctuations, including the shift from the cold below-average temperatures of early November to the above-seasonal temperatures experienced at present.“With all these ups and downs in temperature, we worry the plants won’t acclimate well or they might de-acclimate prematurely, leading to spring frost injury,” he explained.As weather patterns continue to become more unpredictable, it’s also important to monitor conditions on a long-term, historical basis in order to use that data to understand and predict the vines’ response.That’s why CCOVI researchers will be sampling more grape buds than usual this year in order to further bolster their cold hardiness database.The goal is to improve predictive modelling to help growers better understand how their vines will react during erratic weather conditions.Willwerth said the years of data will help researchers “further understand how growing season and variable winter conditions impact hardiness, which will allow us to better protect the vines and better understand how viticulture may change in the future.”Willwerth operates the VineAlert program along with CCOVI Professional Affiliate Kevin Ker, of KCMS Applied Research and Consulting, and CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. read more

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Paula Radcliffe Transgender runners who identify as female get unfair advantage to

Responding to a story about several transgender runners in last year’s Boston marathon, she wrote: “The serious significance here is worse because Boston is notoriously difficult to qualify for. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The serious significance here is worse because Boston is notoriously difficult to qualify for. Opening women’s QT’s up to any male who ‘self-identifies’ as female is unfair because the end result will be that female BQT’s are made harder due to the added numbers achieving them. https://t.co/P9BQS95qak— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 7, 2019 Paula Radcliffe has waded into a row over the entry requirements for transgender athletes at one of the world’s most elite marathons, suggesting it is “unfair” on women.Next week around 30,000 runners will line up to compete at the 2019 Boston Marathon after securing a place by hitting the qualifying time for their age and gender category.For men aged between 18 and 34, a Boston bib has to be earned with a speedy time of 3hrs 5mins or quicker at the 26.2-mile marathon distance in an official race.Women of the same age, meanwhile, need to beat a target which is half an hour slower – at 3hrs and 35mins.However, in a shake-up of entry rules, the Boston Athletic Association officially confirmed before last year’s event that transgender runners could compete in the Marathon Major as the gender with which they identify.It meant several runners who identified as female secured places, despite not having times quick enough to have qualified in the male categories.The announcement sparked a debate about whether transgender runners were getting easier access to the race due to an unfair biological advantage.Radcliffe, who is Britain’s most celebrated female distance runner and still holds the world record for the fastest women’s marathon, hit out at the rules. read more

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Residents of Matthews Ridge without adequate power after theft of generator

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral sick patients air-dashed to GPHC still undiagnosedApril 7, 2019In “Health”Sidewalks for Corriverton by end of May 2016November 9, 2015In “Business”Vandalism to highway lights, distribution cables must be reported- MPIFebruary 20, 2018In “Crime” The Hinterland Electrification Company Inc. an agency within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) had on Monday, 12 November, 2018, issued a report to the ministry of the theft of a turbocharger from the generator at Matthew’s Ridge, Region One.As a result of the stolen turbocharger residents within Matthew’s Ridge are currently experiencing power outages.The matter has been reported to the relevant authority and the Ministry, in a statement said that it, is working prudently to recover the stolen turbocharger or to have it replaced, so residents can enjoy “the privilege of electricity”.According to the Ministry, last weekend, as the mechanical engineer conducted maintenance work on the generators, he observed several parts were missing from the 156VA Cummins generator.An investigation was immediately launched at the power station to find the missing equipment.Moreover, the Ministry outlined that it was upon this investigation that the Station Operator allegedly confessed that he had removed the turbocharger from the generator and sold it to a miner.The Station Operator is currently in custody at the Matthew’s Ridge police station as the investigation continues for the recovery of the stolen equipment.The Ministry is asking for patience from the residents, while noting that it is working assiduously towards a speedy resolution to the issue at hand. read more

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Twoyearold boy seriously injured in Roscommon car crash

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a crash in Roscommon this morning in which a two-year-old boy was seriously injured.The collision happened between two cars on the N5 at Currinah, Ballaghderreen at about 9am.Two adults and three children were injured in the crash and were taken to Mayo General Hospital.One of the children, a two-year-old boy who sustained serious injuries, has since been transferred to Temple St. Hospital. The injuries of the others involved are described as minor.The scene has been examined by investigators but gardaí want anyone who may have seen the incident to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea garda station 094-9621630 or confidentially on 1800 666 111.Read: Woman knocked down by articulated truck in Thurles >last_img

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District of Columbia passes paid family leave bill

first_imgCouncillors in the District of Columbia (DC), Washington, have passed a bill that provides eight weeks of paid parental leave for private sector employees who work DC.The Universal Paid Leave Act will enable private sector employees to have eight weeks of paid parental leave when a new child joins a household through birth, adoption, foster care or assumed legal guardianship.The bill also includes six weeks of leave to care for sick relatives and two weeks of leave for self-care, for personal injury or illness.The new leave will be funded through an employer payroll tax of 0.62%.Employees who earn up to one and a half times the minimum wage will be able to receive 90% of their salary. Employees earning more will receive 90% of their salary up to one and a half times the minimum wage and then 50% of their wage, up to a maximum $1,000 (£812.71) a week.The bill will be reviewed three years after implementation to determine whether the tax rate or benefit levels need to be amended.The bill was passed by DC council members on 20 December 2016 by a final vote of nine to four. It requires approval from the mayor, or in the event of a mayoral veto, action by the Council to overturn the veto.Muriel Bowser, mayor of DC, said: “Chairman Mendelson and the Council passed a $250 million tax increase to mostly benefit residents of Maryland and Virginia. It is wrong to raise District taxes to fund a costly, new government [programme] that sends 66% of the benefits outside of the city, and leaves District families behind. If the Council wants to raise $250 million in new taxes, shouldn’t the focus be on District residents and their needs?“I predict the council will need to revisit this legislation and address the detrimental impacts on District residents and small businesses. I will not add my name to this legislation.”A spokesperson for Family Values at Work said: “We are thrilled that the DC City Council passed a comprehensive paid family and medical leave bill which will guarantee about 530,000 [employees] the ability to take the time they need to care for themselves and their loved ones without falling into financial hardship.“While DC is showing true leadership by passing such a bill, it is important to note that the eight weeks proposed for parental leave falls short of the 12 weeks recommended by doctors to be sufficient to care for infants during this critical time in their lives. It is also important to address the bill’s inadequate length of time for caring for a personal health condition.”last_img read more

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Fly fishing and guide academy brings local touch to sport fishing industry

first_imgBristol Bay’s world class sport fishing draws visitors from thousands of miles away. It’s not only fishing that brings people to the area’s rivers and lakes – many come from far away to work in the industry.  An instructor at the guide academy shows a student how to tie a fly on June 8, 2019. (Photo by Alex Hager / KDLG) “This industry generally has a lot of people coming up from the lower 48,” Barker said. “While we have awesome guides and awesome resources who are coming up, I think a lot of times at overshadows a lot of the incredible local knowledge that is here already – and that has been here for so many years.” Meghan Barker is a community organizer with Trout Unlimited, a non-profit that promotes the conservation of rivers and other sportfishing waters. She says guides from Bristol Bay can bring something special to the places they work.  The academy is now in its 11th year, and it’s had a number of success stories – from Chaney getting hired this year to an alumna that’s worked her way up to assistant manager at Mission Lodge. Barker says the academy’s reputation has grown over the past decade, making it more appealing to employers and potential students. “A lot of it comes from name recognition,” Barker said. “A lot of it comes from being passed down. These are small communities, and word spreads fast” “All the stuff that goes on,” Chaney said. “The housekeeping, boating, getting all the gear ready for the season, all that. It shows all aspects, the whole range of what has to go on.” But the guide academy does more than just teach the hard skills, it also connects its students with lodges that are looking to hire – which is exactly how Chaney got his job.  “Where else in the world can you go out in one day and catch 10 different species of fish,” Chaney said. “There’s mountains in one spot,” Chaney said. “Clear running streams and another vast miles of open tons where you can go to so many different animals you can see in one day. It’s just not something you see pretty much anywhere else in the world.” Triston Chaney is from Dillingham, and he’s about to start work as a fly fishing guide at Bear Trail Lodge in King Salmon.  He’s been going fly fishing since he was in elementary school, when his dad introduced him to the sport. But now he’s embarking on a career as a guide after two summers at the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy – an annual program that teaches local young adults every part of working at a lodge. After his two summers at the academy, Chaney says he’s excited to turn fly fishing into a career, and he considers himself lucky to have a job in a place as special as Bristol Bay. But some of those staffing area lodges have been fishing these rivers their whole lives. After a week of learning everything from tying flies to working in the lodge’s kitchen, the students at guide academy had a “client day,” where they got to put their skills to the test in a real world setting. And for some, that real world starts in just a few weeks.last_img read more

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