35 students going to PM’s rally injured

first_imgThirty-five students on their way to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Dharamshala were injured when their bus overturned in Kangra district on Thursday, an official said.The students from a computer training centre were heading for the Dharamshala’s Police Grounds in a private bus when the accident took place in the district’s Jawala sub-division. The condition of five of the injured is said to be critical, the official said.Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was saddened to hear the news. “I pray to God that those who are injured get relief as soon as possible,” he said on Facebook.last_img

Lady Altas return to Final Four, oust Lady Blazers

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help went through the wringer, surviving a desperate College of St. Benilde side, 27-25, 25-23, 11-25, 32-30, to complete the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Final Four Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Altas overcome an error-filled outing with Jowie Verzosa scoring back-to-back hits on opposite sides of the court that booked her team’s return trip to the semifinals after missing the cut last year.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We really wanted to win. I told my players to treat this game as if it was our last and their willingness to win showed,” said Perpetual Help head coach Macky Cariño in Filipino.“I’m just so happy right now because we really prepared hard for this season. We told ourselves before the season that we’re going to make the Final Four after missing it last season,” said Lourdes Clemente, who scored 15 points for the Lady Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Blazers had numerous chances to force a fifth set but went on to blow seven set points, most of which off service errors as the pressure got the better of them.The Final Four begins on Friday with No. 1 and defending champion Arellano University clashing with first-timer Jose Rizal University while the other matchup features No. 2 San Beda and No. 3 Perpetual Help. Cebuano studs rise in fourth week of NBTC 24 Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

China pays rich tributes to Muhammad Ali

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 4 (PTI) Chinas sporting fraternity today paid rich tributes to Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing legend and civil rights champion who passed away in the United States after a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease.Ali, the worlds most-loved and known sporting hero, visited China in 1979 and then again in 1985. He was greeted with unbound love wherever he went.During his 1979 China visit, Ali was greeted by then Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping, who said to him: “You have deep feelings toward China. Very welcome to China and have a look around.””Boxing can also be a bridge which enhances mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and American people,” Deng had said.Alis motto – “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” – is well-known in China and he was hailed as a beacon to Chinese youth chasing their sporting dreams.”He is an icon and a great man,” said Chinas first-ever WBC champion Xiong Chaozhong. “He taught us how to fight, how to overcome hardships.”Xiong recalled a meeting with Alis wife, Lonnie.”Alis wife came to see me in a press conference after I won the WBC title on November 24, 2012, telling me that Mr Ali wanted me to be his student because he had promised Deng Xiaoping that he would teach Chinas first professional champion if there would be one,” Xiong told state-run Xinhua news agency.Chinas two-time Olympic champion boxer Zou Shiming tearfully mourned the passing of Ali, vowing to win a professional title to honour the legendary boxer.advertisement”I planned to go visit my idol Mr Muhammad Ali after winning a professional bout. But now, I can only pray he is at peace in heaven, and free from illness and pain,” the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion posted on his Weibo account.In a tearful interview, Zou said: “I am deeply grieving over the passing of the legend Mr Ali, for whom I have great respect. He has been a great inspiration to me.”Chinese boxer Yang Lianhui hailed Ali as one of the most transformative persons in history.”Both Chinese boxing and world boxing benefitted from Muhammad Alis talents,” said Yang.”He was influential both in and out of sports. He fought against injustice and sacrificed prime years of his own career in the process.” PTI KJV ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Gambhirs DDCA role under conflict of interest scanner

first_imgBy Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Nov 11 (PTI) Veteran opener Gautam Gambhirs inclusion as a government nominee in Delhi & District Cricket Associations (DDCA) Managing Committee has come under the scanner due to conflict of interest issue.Yesterday, Gambhir announced via Twitter that he has been nominated in the managing committee of DDCA and also thanked sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.However, Gambhir is an active first-class cricketer and as per Lodha Committee recommendations will fall under the conflict of interest purview if he is a part of the policy making body before retiring from the game.DDCAs managing committee, as and when it comes into effect, will decide on coach and selection committee, which will then be directly beneficial to Gambhir if he remains an active cricketer.Interestingly, Delhi High Court appointed administrator of DDCA, Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen said he was unaware of the existence of any managing committee in the current set-up.”I have not received any notification from the government about Gautam Gambhirs appointment. I am not aware about any managing committee. I will be writing to the sports ministry to seek more details,” Justice Sen told PTI today.”Also, he is an active cricketer, so I am not sure if Lodha Committee reforms will allow him to take up administrative post,” he said.It is also learnt that no such managing committee exists as of now in DDCA since the time court appointed administrator took over. No one knows who all are a part of the committee.advertisementA close friend of Gambhir said that if the conflict of interest issue arises then he will not take up the post.”Gautam has no plans to retire and will be playing active cricket. If there is a conflict of interest issue, he will not take up the post,” he said. PTI KHS PDS PDSlast_img read more

Santosh, Rodrigues in Hero MotoSports team for Dakar 2018

first_img(Eds: Correcting teams name in headline)New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) CS Santosh Joaquim Rodrigues and Oroil Mena were named in the three-member Hero MotoSports Team Rally for the Dakar Rally 2018. They also showcased their new Hero RR 450 rally bike for the first-time while announcing the squad.Inducted in the Team in September this year, Spaniard Mena is part of Hero MotoSports vision to identify new talent and nurture them into professional rally riders.Mena will be making his debut at the Dakar.The new Hero RR 450 rally bike will also be making its debut at the Dakar this year. The new bike is an upgrade of the well-proven rally bike from last year, with new design and styling of tank, body parts and front section to improve mass centralization, handling and riding ergonomics.The new Hero 450 RR proved its capabilities at the OiLibya Rally in Morocco this year. The key learning from the Team?s rookie year and last years Dakar experience have been implemented in the bike. There are several improvements in the bike, which have affected an increase in riders confidence.Hero MotoSports Team Rally had an impressive debut year with the distinction of being the only manufacturer team with 100 percent arrivals at the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally.The Team also managed to register its maiden win at BAJA India and a podium finish at the Desert Storm.After making an impressive debut at Dakar 2017 with a stellar 12th place finish, the Team is now fully geared-up to exceed its previous performance at Dakar 2018.advertisementCommenting on the occasion, Markus Braunsperger the CTO said:”We are excited and prepared for Dakar 2018. The team is stronger, both in terms of men and machine. We are focused on improving our last year?s performance at the Dakar next month and believe that we have the right tools to do it.”Next year, will be important for us, as we aim to win more rallies and grow the sport in India.”Team Manager Wolfgang Fische said:”The last race for the Team was in October this year. The riders have been under intense training sessions, to improve their mental and physical fitness since their Dakar 2017 performance.”They had a good run on the new bike at OiLibya and are now more confident on it. There is excitement in the Team with addition of Oriol and the entire team is now raring to have another go at the Dakar.”Star biker Santosh said:”I am satisfied with this years preparations, where I had the opportunity to work with industry professionals and experts, which brought in a better structure to the preparations.”I am very happy with the new bike that we raced with at the OiLibiya Rally in October. The new bike is light, agile and makes going fast safe! This Dakar I will aim to make each and everyday count! Ultimately its about enjoying the process and arriving at the finish line.”The biggest rally-raid in the world, Dakar, for its 40th edition will cross three countries, starting with Peru on January 6, 2018 and travelling through Bolivia before concluding in Argentina on January 20, 2018.This edition is expected to witness participation of 500 competitors from 60 countries who will cover a grueling stretch of almost 9,000 km. Out of the overall 14 stages, seven will include 100 percent dunes/off-piste, 1 marathon stage for all categories and 1 marathon stage for bikes and quads only. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

A’s Pound Fading Yanks, 7-3

first_imgNEW YORK  — Playing on the road is really starting to suit manager Bob Melvin and the Oakland Athletics.Khris Davis and Coco Crisp homered on consecutive pitches, backing Rich Hill’s six strong innings, and the A’s beat the New York Yankees 7-3 on April 21 to complete a three-game sweep.“We’re just playing games and trying to win games,” Melvin said. “We’ll take every one we can get no matter where we are.”Oakland won its fifth straight and remained the only team in baseball with a perfect road record. It was the first time the Athletics swept a series in the Bronx since 2006 and only the second time over the last 21 seasons.With the score tied at 2-all to start the seventh inning, Davis greeted reliever Chasen Shreve (1-1) by sending his first pitch deep over the center-field wall for his first homer of the season. Crisp then lined the first pitch he saw into the second deck in left for the A’s first back-to-back home runs of the season.“I’m not taking pitches right now,” Davis said. “You can’t get hot just looking at pitches. I was going up there being aggressive and I got him.”The 36-year-old Hill (2-2) kept his former club’s anemic offense off-balance with a big, sweeping curve, limiting the Yankees to just two runs and three hits while striking out 10.The left-hander’s five outings with double-digit strikeouts are the most in the majors since he made his season debut last Sept. 13, according to STATS.“I was able to keep the ball angled down and just mix speeds,” Hill said. “That’s a great lineup so you have to continue to stay aggressive on them and pursue the strike zone.”Liam Hendriks allowed two runners in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Ryan Madson retired Starlin Castro and Carlos Beltran for his sixth save.The Yankees pulled within a run in the seventh as pinch-hitter Brett Gardner led off with a walk against A’s reliever Fernando Rodriguez and later scored on Castro’s RBI single. John Axford then retired Beltran, stranding runners on first and third.Chris Coghlan gave Oakland some breathing room in the eighth, clubbing a two-run homer to right-center off of rookie reliever Johnny Barbato to make it 6-3.Aaron Hicks snapped an 0-for-17 stretch with a bloop single to center that drove in Mark Teixeira and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second. It was Hicks’ first hit from the right side of the plate this year.Oakland opened the top of the fourth with three straight hits, including Jed Lowrie’s single that drove in Josh Reddick to tie the score.Yankees starter Luis Severino escaped further damage, thanks to an acrobatic catch against the wall in foul territory by a leaping Hicks followed by two strikeouts.New York regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an unearned run. Following a one-out walk, Alex Rodriguez broke for second and advanced to third after an errant pickoff attempt by Hill sailed past first. Two batters later, Austin Romine singled on a soft dribbler up the third base line, driving in Rodriguez.Mark Canha, who drove in the winning run in the 11th inning on April 19, tied the score at 2-2 with a two-out home run in the fifth. Canha also had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.Hicks threw out Lowrie at second base trying to stretch a single in the top of the sixth, much to the delight of Severino. The 22-year-old righty shouted, smacked his hand into his glove and pointed emphatically in the left fielder’s direction.After struggling in his first two outings, Severino looked more like the confident rookie who posted a 2.89 ERA over 11 starts last year; pitching six strong innings, giving up two runs and seven hits.“I thought he was better,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We had a chance to win and that’s what you’re asking from your starters.”(SCOTT ORGERA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Reload: Four-star Hoops Target Sets Visit, Nearing Final Decision

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect. Four-star forward nearing decisionFour-star small forward Landers Nolley, a Class of 2018 hoops target who recently named OSU among his top five schools, is targeting a final decision for October according to Rivals.com.AdChoices广告Before Nolley makes his decision, though, he’ll be making the rounds with his official visits which include OSU, Georgia, Illinois, UConn and Virginia Tech.He’ll visit OSU for homecoming.“They talk about most of the same things and coming in and making an impact as a freshman,” Nolley said of OSU. “I talk to them almost every day.”Nolley is a four-star, top-100 prospect from Fairburn, Georgia, who as of now has just four official visits set after UConn fell off his map — with the Pokes currently the final visit scheduled on his list.Power forward target names final 8Three-star power forward Reggie Chaney of Findlay Prep in Frisco, Texas, dropped a list of his final 8 schools this week.His cut included OSU, Wichita State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Memphis and VCU. He trimmed DePaul, Texas Tech and Utah State from his list of consideration. As of now, Chaney has four official visits set up this fall: Texas A&M, Wichita State, Arkansas and TCU, leaving one final school vying for his fifth and final official visit. Oklahoma State, which entered his recruitment in May shortly after Underwood’s departure and early in Boynton’s tenure, figures to be a factor in vying for that final spot.OSU recruiting dad to get to sonOklahoma State is coming hard for 2019 running back prospect Isaiah Spiller, a four-star prospect from Klein Collins, and they’re getting creative in recruiting him: by recruiting his father.OSU bringing back memories making me feel like a recruit lol!!! #Gopokes #OSU @isaiah_spiller @LoneStarHSFB pic.twitter.com/kKJgyz1MAi— Fred Spiller (@fred_spiller) September 12, 2017Isaiah’s a prospect with double digit offers and a national name, and he’s got good genes to boot: his father, Fred, played tight end for Texas A&M.Spiller and his father visited OSU earlier this summer and he came away impressed with what OSU had to offer.“Today was eye-opening, the facility was very nice,” Spiller said of his summer trip to Stilly. “I love their stadium. I love their culture. I just love everything about OSU.””The Genesis” My humble beginnings!!?: @itsIBIFIRI pic.twitter.com/qAKSz7ekB9— Isaiah Spiller (@isaiah_spiller) June 20, 2017LB commit Blake Barron shines in lossOSU’s 2018 inside linebacker commitment Blake Barron wasn’t a part of our recruiting roundup earlier this week, but it seems he should’ve been. Barron shined in a 48-41 shootout and, despite his team’s loss, he was all over the field for Rockwall.Barron finished with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.Oklahoma St. commit Blake Barron (@BlakeDynomite) highlights from Wk 2 vs. Rowlett. #GoPokes | @OKStateRivals➡️ https://t.co/wCeGpD7GPv | pic.twitter.com/Q1VWV4OXMx— Nick Krueger (@RivalsKroogCity) September 12, 2017OSU visits Overland Park big manOklahoma State’s staff paid a visit on Tuesday to 6-foot-9 Overland Park power forward Yor Anei, an unranked, under-the-radar prospect currently with offers from UAB, Central Arkansas and Denver.Anei is a Lee’s Summit, Missouri hoops standout and Class of 2018 recruit.OSU has offers out to 2018 prospects at Anei’s position currently, namely to Reggie Chaney, as well as big man David McCormack and Moses Brown, but if those plans fall through, Anei could be a contingency plan for Boynton and his staff if he remains under the radar. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Toronto unveils interim safe injection site 3 permanent sites being built

first_imgTORONTO – An interim safe injection site in Toronto — the first such officially-sanctioned facility in Canada’s most populous city — will save lives as the city grapples with a spike in suspected overdoses, public health officials said Monday as the temporary location opened its doors.The site, which can accommodate three people at a time, is at Toronto Public Health’s downtown harm reduction facility, known as The Works. It launched a day after receiving approval from Health Canada and about a week after harm reduction advocates set up an unsanctioned injection site in a city park.“Today is very good day because we’re able to offer this service to our clients,” said Shaun Hopkins, manager of facility. “They really need it and we think they’re going to use it and hopefully we can save some lives here.”The city is currently constructing three permanent supervised injection sites, but they won’t open until some time this fall.The current interim facility — where people can use illicit drugs under the supervision of a medical professional —will operate between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The facility has one table, three chairs, three desk lamps and three containers for sharp objects. Nurses and counsellors are also on site to monitor and answer questions.Toronto received approval for three permanent facilities in June. Recently, however, the city sought approval from Health Canada to open an interim spot due to a worsening overdose crisis, which many officials blame on the deadly opioid fentanyl making its way into the drug supply.Health Canada inspected the small facility late last week, said Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa, with the approval announced on Sunday.“It provides a safe environment for people who are going to use drugs to use their drugs because we know both through research evidence and through lived experience that it’s a very, very high risk — and in fact it’s the highest risk for overdose and for deaths related to overdose — when people use alone,” de Villa said outside the facility.“That’s why we’re creating this safe space — we provide a safe environment for people to use their drugs safely so that they minimize harm to themselves and to others.”Health Canada echoed de Villa’s thoughts in a statement announcing the interim site’s approval.“International and Canadian evidence shows that, when properly established and maintained, supervised consumption sites save lives and improve health without increasing drug use or crime in the surrounding area,” it said.There have been 325 suspected overdoses in the four weeks leading up to Aug. 13, according to the most recent data available from the city’s Toronto Overdose Information System.Police and health officials have warned of a spike of drugs tainted with fentanyl in recent months.For Hopkins, the last year or so has been difficult, she said.“We’re relieved that we’re going to be able to provide this service,” Hopkins said. “We want to be able to offer people a safer, more dignified place to use drugs in an area where can monitor them. We’re tired of hearing about our clients overdosing and dying.”In response to the growing crisis, harm reduction workers set up an unsanctioned safe injection site in Toronto’s Moss Park, citing the city’s growing string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths as the catalyst.Nick Boyce, a harm reduction advocate who has been volunteering at the so-called “pop-up” safe injection site, said five people have been revived from an overdose at or near the area.“This is an emergency situation … and the pop-up site shows the need for this kind of service,” he said.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said Monday that the force has no plans to take down the illegal site.There are safe injection sites currently running in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Montreal with clinics under review in many other Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.last_img read more

Excerpts from Trudeaus House of Commons speech on new Indigenous policy

first_imgOTTAWA – Excerpts from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech Wednesday on his Liberal government’s plans for a new legislative framework for relations with Indigenous people:___“I just finished up a series of town hall visits in communities all across Canada. And everywhere I went, there was at least one person who wanted to know what our government is doing to combat racism, to help advance reconciliation, and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples.“There were questions about fishing rights, and land claims, and pipeline approvals. Questions about the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, about clean water, and about the alarming number of Indigenous children in foster care.“These were thoughtful questions … and it was immediately clear that every time these kinds of questions were asked, the room shifted. This was, in part, a show of support for the people who stood up and asked some tough questions. But it was also a signal that these are questions that Canadians want answered.”———“One of those questions is how we, as a government, recognize and implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We’ve seen those questions grow in number and intensity in just this past week, as more and more Canadians come to grips with the fact that we have so much more work to do.“More work to push back against the systemic racism that is the lived reality for so many Indigenous Peoples. More work to deal with the fact that too many feel and fear that our country and its institutions will never deliver the fairness, justice, and real reconciliation that Indigenous Peoples deserve.”———“Yesterday, I had the honour of spending some time with Colten Boushie’s family. With his mom Debbie, cousin Jade, and uncle Alvin.“And through all their grief and anger and frustration, their focus was not on themselves and the tragedy they have endured, but on how we must work together to make the system and our institutions better. Better for Indigenous youth, for Indigenous families, and for all Canadians.“We have a responsibility to do better. To be better. To do our best to make sure that no family has to endure what they have gone through.“Mr. Speaker, the criminal justice system is just one place in which reforms are urgently needed.“Reforms are needed to ensure that — among other things — Indigenous Peoples might once again have confidence in a system that has failed them all too often in the past.“That is why we will bring forward broad-based, concrete reforms to the criminal justice system, including changes to how juries are selected.”———“Last year marked 35 years since Aboriginal and treaty rights were recognized and affirmed through Section 35 of the Constitution Act.“You might recall, Mr. Speaker, that the government of the day — led by my father — did not intend to include these rights at the outset.“It was the outspoken advocacy of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, supported by non-Indigenous Canadians, that forced the government to reconsider.”———“You see, Mr. Speaker, the challenge — then and now — is that while Section 35 recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights, those rights have not been implemented by our governments.The work to give life to Section 35 was supposed to be done together with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. And while there has been some success, progress has not been sustained, or carried out.And so over time, it too often fell to the courts to pick up the pieces, and fill in the gaps.More precisely, instead of outright recognizing and affirming Indigenous rights — as we promised we would — Indigenous Peoples were forced to prove, time and time again, through costly and drawn-out court challenges, that their rights existed, must be recognized and implemented.”———“To truly renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples — not just for today, but for the next 150 years — we need a comprehensive and far-reaching approach. We need a government-wide shift in how we do things.“We need to both recognize and implement Indigenous rights because the truth is, Mr. Speaker, until we get this part right, we won’t have lasting success on the concrete outcomes that we know mean so much to people.“Indigenous Peoples in Canada should be able to drink the water that comes out of their taps. They should be able go to sleep in homes that are safe, and not overcrowded. Indigenous children should be able to stay with their families and communities, where they are known and loved.“And Indigenous youth should not grow up surrounded by the things that place them at elevated risk for suicide — things like poverty, abuse and limited access to a good education and good health care.”———“All of these things demand real, positive action — action that must include the full recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights. We need to get to a place where Indigenous Peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.“And so today, I am pleased to announce that the government will develop — in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people — a new Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework that will include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous Rights.This will include new recognition and implementation of rights legislation. Going forward, recognition of rights will guide all government relations with Indigenous Peoples.”———“Mr. Speaker, Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians are ready for change. Ready for a new relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. With a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, we can build that new relationship, together.“It won’t be easy, Mr. Speaker. Nothing worth doing ever is. But it will be worth it. It will be worth it because we will have taken more steps toward righting historical wrongs.“It will be worth it because we will have replaced apathy with action, ignorance with understanding, and conflict with respect. We will have laid the foundation for real and lasting change — the kind of change that can only come when we fully recognize and implement Indigenous rights.”———last_img read more

Afghan anticorruption efforts receive financial boost with UN grants

23 October 2008Three Afghan civil society groups working to combat corruption in the fledgling democracy will be able to boost their activities to promote accountability and transparency thanks to grants being provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Integrated Approaches for Community Development, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and Saba Media Organization will each receive grants of up to $50,000 to carry out activities in the areas of monitoring, awareness-raising and capacity development, media and access to information, and training on anti-corruption and ethics.The grants are provided through UNDP’s Accountability and Transparency (ACT) Project’s Accountability and Transparency Grants Facility, which seeks to complement anti-corruption activities carried out by the Afghan public sector.The Grants Facility was set up “to encourage the active involvement of civil society and media in the fight against corruption,” said Manoj Basnyat, UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan.The ACT Project is working to facilitate broad public awareness and education initiatives on the complex issues of corruption and to engage more civil society actors and local think tanks in this process.Among other things, it is designed to support the Government in developing a broader anti-corruption strategy, as well as raise awareness and educate civil servants on the scourge.The Afghan Government has taken a number of steps to combat corruption, including becoming a State Party to the UN Convention against Corruption, adopting new anti-corruption legislation and establishing a new anti-corruption body. At the same time, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has noted that corruption must also be tackled “from the bottom up” with the people, Afghan civil society and the media having a crucial role in supporting Government efforts.According to a recent survey by Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the average Afghan household pays an estimated $100 in petty bribes every year – this in a nation where around 70 per cent of the population survives on less than $1 per day. read more

State responsibility to uphold rights of indigenous people stressed at UN forum

“First and foremost, the nation Member States of the United Nations are to take the initial obligation to begin to adopt policies and legislation… to maintain consistence with the human rights standards that are embraced in the declaration,” said Dalee Sambo Dorough, a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, at a press conference at UN Headquarters.She said the direct and often brutal violations of the basic rights of indigenous people in every region of the world continue, even in areas where success had been achieved, such as in Canada where an agreement over land use between the aboriginal communities in Nunavut has faced implementation hitches.“The reality of the UN declaration is that the rights of indigenous people did not arise out of the goodwill of States,” said Ms. Dorough.“Rather, it is because of the entire history of exploitation, colonization, as well as the full range of human rights violations that the indigenous community has pressed the UN to open its doors in order to for us to take our rightful place not only in the context of the human rights pillar of the UN, but also in the environment, as well as the peace and security pillar,” she told reporters on the sidelines of deliberations in the two-week Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.The forum is aimed at advancing the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous people worldwide. More than 1,300 delegates are participating.Edward Tunyon, an indigenous rights activist from Tanzania, highlighted the plight of pastoralist communities in his country, who, he said, have been losing land as other communities encroached upon their villages and authorities seized land for commercial or wildlife conservations purposes.This year’s forum is focusing on reviewing progress made on issues ranging from economic and social development to the environment and whether indigenous peoples have given free, prior and informed consent to decisions affecting their communities. 18 May 2011United Nations Member States have the responsibility to uphold the human rights principles outlined in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a member of the UN forum focusing on the issues said today, adding that violations of the fundamental rights of those communities persist. read more

Toronto Vancouver home sales fall sharply in March

TORONTO — Home sales in two of the country’s largest real estate markets were down sharply in March compared with a year ago, according to the real estate boards in Vancouver and Toronto.The Toronto Real Estate Board said sales were down 17% at 7,765 sales through its MLS system last month compared with 9,385 in March 2012.[np_storybar title=”Why Canadian banks shouldn’t fear the housing slowdown” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/02/canadian-housing-slowdown-seen-as-overly-discounted-in-bank-stocks/”%5D Canadian banks continue to report healthy and better-than-expected earnings, near-record profits, and capital levels at all-time highs. Yet valuation expansion for the sector has been muted so far in 2013 due to negative sentiment about the domestic housing market.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The drop came as the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported a decline in sales of 18.3% at 2,347 sales in March compared with 2,874 sales recorded in the same period a year ago.The sales last month were the second lowest March total in Greater Vancouver since 2001 and 30.2% below the 10-year sales average for the month, the board said.“While home sales were below what’s typical for March, we are seeing more balance between the number of sales and listings on the market in the last two months, which is having a stabilizing impact on home prices,” said Sandra Wyant, president of the Vancouver board.The sales-to-active-listings ratio was 15.2% in Greater Vancouver, the first time the ratio was above 15% since May 2012.In Toronto, the drop in sales did not seem to affect house prices as the average March selling price crept higher compared with a year ago.The Toronto board says the average price was $519,879, up 3.8% from March 2012.However, Vancouver reported that the MLS home price index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver was $593,100, down 3.9% compared with a year ago.Home sales in Canada have been heading lower since last summer when the federal government tweaked mortgage lending rules.In July, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty moved to tighten mortgage rules for the fourth time in as many years in order to discourage those most at risk of becoming over-leveraged.The record high levels of consumer debt among Canadians has also raised a red flag from Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and others who have warned that interest rates will rise at some point — raising the cost of borrowing. read more

Minister says nothing done which will adversely affect Tamils

In an effort to bring normalcy into their lives after being affected by the war and giving them the opportunity to establish permanent housing, Ministry of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs presented these land ownership certificates.“ We are committed to ensure the well being of the Tamil Community and all projects implemented in the North are to benefit the people living in these areas. The Tamil community should understand that the present government has not done anything that would adversely affect them,” Minister Swaminathan said. Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V Wigneswaran also participated in the event. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister this week presented land ownership certificates to over 190 families living in the Sidhambarapuram village in Vavuniya. Minister of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D M Swaminathan says the present Government has not done anything that would adversely affect the Tamils.He says the Government is committed to ensure the well being of the Tamil Community. The Sidhambarapuram village was a camp that housed families who were in temporary settlements for the last 25 years. The villagers were temporarily settled in this area in 1990 after they were displaced due to the conflict situation in the North. read more

Man suffers life threatening injuries in Wainfleet crash

A 33-year-old man has been taken to hospital following a single-vehicle collision in Wainfleet. Emergency crews responding to a crash on Regional Rd. 27, just east of Philips Rd., around 10 p.m. on April 26. Police say the victim was driving a Nissan Altima eastbound on the roadway when he lost control of the car and collided with a tree.The driver was transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to an out of town hospital for treatment. A 26-year-old woman who was also inside the car suffered minor injuries. Detectives are currently investigating the collision. Anyone with information that could help police is asked to contact investigators at 905-688-4111, ext. 5500.

Maldives at UN Assembly calls for stronger UN to tackle global crises

“The United Nations is what we all make of it,” Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim said. “It is made up of us, the Member States. Its successes and its weaknesses are determined by how much we put into it. “My country, the Maldives, envisions a United Nations that is fair, that is representative ofits diverse membership, that takes into account the views and opinions of all, and forms consensus, based on compromise and dialogue. A United Nations that commits and delivers.” As the representative of a State made up of low-lying islands, he underscored the dangers of global warming climate change. “There is no bigger global threat than that of climate change,” he said. “Island nations, including the Maldives, are the first to be devastated by these impacts. But, we are not the only ones. Today, climate change is becoming a reality for the rest of the world – whether we choose to believe it or not,” he added, citing he intensity of the recent hurricanes to hit the Caribbean and the United States, and the Pacific islands last year.Full statement available here read more

March Break campus visits underway

There will be plenty of new faces around Brock University during March Break.Prospective students and their families will be touring the campus throughout the week. On Monday, tours will also take place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Tours at the main campus begin in the Cairns Complex Atrium.The following is a list of tour times this week:• Monday, March 14: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and MIWSFPA tour at 12:30 p.m.• Tuesday, March 15: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.• Wednesday, March 16: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.• Thursday, March 17 – no tours• Friday, March 18: noon, 2 p.m.Guests are parking in Zone 1.  Inflatable Badgers will be set up outside both Cairns entrances to guide guests in from the parking area.For questions, or to have any lost guests escorted down to Cairns, please contact Linda Steele at x 4293. read more

Block O tattoo signified early commitment from Buckeyes new quarterback Braxton Miller

Discussing when in the recruiting process he gets a sense a recruit will be joining Ohio State, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he’s not usually comfortable until he sees that player’s signed letter of intent. That wasn’t the case with Braxton Miller. When Miller, who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in his class according to multiple recruiting services, announced in June that he’d be joining OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, he left little doubt in his future coaches’ minds about his level of commitment, as he showcased an OSU Block “O” tattooed on his left shoulder. Though he announced his intentions months ago and has been taking classes for weeks as an early enrollee at OSU, Miller was officially introduced as a Buckeye on Wednesday at a ceremony introducing OSU’s 23-member recruiting class. Wearing his new No. 5 OSU jersey, along with a retro-style Buckeye hat, Miller said he’s still getting the hang of college life. “The first week was hard to adjust to,” he said, “but I’m cool now.” With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season, OSU coaches say they are hopeful that Miller’s ability to adjust carries over to the football field. With the 15 extra practice sessions Miller has received from enrolling during Winter Quarter, he likely will compete with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to fill the temporary void Pryor will leave. Miller said he’s excited for the opportunity to compete right away but that it’s too early to get caught up in the competition. “It’s just an opportunity,” he said. “Just got to get the job done, do the work and see who wins it out.” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano agreed that it’s too early to see when, or if, Miller will contribute in the upcoming season, but he acknowledged that Miller’s decision to enroll early only improved his chances. “That’s all going be determined to how fast he adapts to what we do on an offensive standpoint — our play-calling, our formation setups and all those things,” Siciliano said. “Any time you’re here from any position, it gives you an advantage to play football a little bit more. I think that really is an advantage for a quarterback, to be able to get 15 extra days of snaps.” Like Pryor, Miller has displayed an ability both to throw and run the ball. In his senior season at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Miller passed for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller led his team to the Division I state title game. As a three-year starter at Wayne, Miller compiled a 31-7 record. Enrolling early gave Miller the opportunity not only to practice early with his new team but also to bond with Pryor, whom he’ll attempt to replace either this season or the next. “He’s a cool dude to hang out with,” Miller said of Pryor. “I figured I’d learn from the best.” read more

Spotify entrepreneur loses legal battle to stop brother sending emails about his

first_imgTanweer, the head of credit and emerging markets at Unicredit Bank, admitted that some of his emails “may have been a bit overzealous”. But he told Mr Justice Nicklin that although Shakil’s claim had been “dressed up” as harassment, the case was really all about protecting his reputation. His behaviour was described as “less than exemplary” but the judge said there was no suggestion that he did not believe the allegations against his brother were true.He ruled that the emails had caused Shakil little more than “annoyance or distress” and did not justify an injunction. He suggested that the businessman could “exercise a degree of self-help” and simply delete them.And he said the order sought against his brother would “represent a very serious interference with his right of freedom of expression.”The judge, who said Shakil played a “significant role” in Spotify and was a close personal friend of Mr Ek, refused to deal with the case anonymously.Refusing an injunction, the judge said: “I do not consider these emails have crossed the line from unattractive, even unreasonable, to oppressive and unacceptable.” He did not make any findings as to whether the emails amounted to harassment, which will be dealt with at a later hearing. Lifting reporting restrictions, so that the brothers can be publicly named for the first time, the judge said: “There is … no justification for a blanket order.”center_img A Spotify entrepreneur has lost a High Court battle to stop his banker brother from sending “harassing” emails detailing his criminal past.Shakil Khan, an investor in the digital music service, argued that emails sent by his brother, Tanweer Khan, should be blocked.The court heard that 70 messages were sent by Tanweer to his brother, as well as Daniel Ek, the Spotify chief executive, and other associates between late 2016 and 2017.Shakil Khan had “a number of spent convictions” dating back to the Nineties, the court heard, including a “serious drugs conviction” for which he was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years. But while the content of some of the emails was described as “strident”, a senior judge concluded that they did not amount to harassment.The two brothers had fallen out over comments made by Shakil Khan in a podcast last year. Tanweer Khan attacked his brother’s public presentation of his criminal record as “a varnishing of the truth” and was said to have been “incensed” when his brother accused their father of beating him up during his childhood in Dagenham.The banker said that “in his culture, disrespecting one’s father is regarded very seriously and all the more so if he is dead”.last_img read more