Virbhadra Singh applies for bail in disproportionate assets case

first_imgDisproportionate assets case: Virbhadra Singh appears before ED  The other accused are LIC agent Anand Chauhan, Tarini Infrastructure managing director Vakamulla Chandrashekhar, Universal Apples Associates (Himachal Pradesh) owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, Prem Raj, Lavan Kumar Roach, Ram Prakash Bhatia and Joginder Singh Ghalta.The CBI has accused Mr. Singh of amassing assets worth Rs. 10.30 crore between May 2009 and June 2012, when he was the Union Steel Minister. It alleged that the LIC agent helped Mr. Singh invest unaccounted money in life insurance policies.In his annual returns, Mr. Singh later showed the additional amount as income from the sale of apples from his orchard. An MoU was later prepared showing the LIC agent as the orchard manager. Mr. Raj and Mr. Roach were shown as witnesses. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and others on Monday appeared before Additional Sessions Judge Virender Kumar Goyal in Delhi and applied for bail in a disproportionate assets case.The judge issued notice to the CBI and posted their bail applications on May 29 for arguments.Taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by CBI, the judge, on May 9, summoned them to appear in the court on Monday.Also Readlast_img read more

Kashmiri separatists to take on Islamic State supporters

first_imgSeparatists under the umbrella Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) plan to confront Islamic State (IS) supporters on Friday by holding a protest against the unfurling of an IS flag at the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid here last week.All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Valley’s head priest whose family traditionally delivers a sermon from the pulpit every Friday, on Monday registered a protest against the move “to usurp” the politically significant pulpit. He met JRL leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik to rally their support against the act. During the meeting of the Awami Action Committee, chaired by the Mirwaiz, the attempt by the alleged IS supporters was termed as a “violation of the pulpit by a bunch of goons”. The Mirwaiz, sources said, described the act as “a ploy” against the entire separatist leadership.He is reported to have asserted at the meeting that the pulpit represented the religious identity, social and political aspirations of the people of Kashmir for the past many decades and that it would continue to do so, no matter how many conspiracies were hatched by “miscreants backed by security agencies”.Joint protestThe Mirwaiz, who will chair another meeting on Wednesday, called for a joint protest on January 4, and described the coming Friday as Youm-e-Taqadus (Day of Consecration).Supporting the Mirwaiz, Hurriyat faction chairman Mr. Geelani and JKLF chief Mr. Malik said, “These mischievous actions cannot be tolerated and people should be cautious and conscious about such disrespectful events.” All three plan to offer prayers together.The Jamaat-e-Islami and traders’ bodies including the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) condemned the masked men’s bid to unfurl the IS flag at the pulpit.“The mosque is our pride,” said KEA chairman Yasin Khan. “The desecration wouldn’t be tolerated. There’s a need to come up with a collective strategy to foil such nefarious designs,” he added.According to the police, it had killed at least 10 IS recruits, who switched sides from the Hizbul Mujahideen or Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen in 2018.“The IS ranks are negligible and its limited influence was confined to urban pockets, especially Srinagar and Pulwama,” said a senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It did influence educated and Internet-hooked youth like Esa Fazili through online literature and videos,” he added.last_img read more

No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDon’t expect any reunion between Louie Alas and son Kevin at Phoenix in the PBA–at least not in the immediate future.Just minutes after the story broke that Alas would be taking the head coaching duties of the Fuel Masters, the soft-spoken former Alaska assistant said he would rather let Kevin spread his wings with the NLEX Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Likewise, I am sad as I’m leaving Alaska, especially coach Alex, who has been very supportive and is a dear friend to me and my family.”Sources said Alas signed a three-year deal with Phoenix. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The younger Alas has been entrusted with a major responsibility by NLEX coach Yeng Guiao and has responded with aplomb.“He’s doing good at NLEX,” Alas told the Inquirer from Hong Kong, where he was awaiting an 8 p.m. flight back to Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was earlier reported that Alas would replace Ariel Vanguardia, who reportedly resigned as Phoenix coach. Alas said his staff would be made up of Lyceum coach Topex Robinson and his former deputies at Letran, brother Mel and Kris Reyes.“I’m super excited to take on a head coaching position again as it will be a big challenge,” said Alas, who once coached Mobiline (now TNT) in the early 2000s. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lanete gets boost from starting gig, pounces on chance to make impact LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Love overwhelmed by reaction since revealing panic attack

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I want to continue to push that message,” Love said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. I’m glad this is out there and glad I can help.”He’s got the support of teammate LeBron James.“When people that are dealing with the same situation, that’s in the same situation as Kev, it helps them out more than anybody — to not feel like they’re alone, because they’re not,” James said. “We, as athletes, are put on this pedestal, but we go through some of the same problems. We’re all human beings. All of us. I think it’s very enlightening for him to know that, and to see that, and to know he can help others by doing that.”James knows it’s not easy to come forward on such topics as mental issues.“Because we live in a sport or a world where our whole lives, we always talk about, ‘Figure it out on your own,’ and ‘Be as strong as you can’ and ’Don’t show anybody any weakness,’” James said. “So, that’s how we’ve been built. We’ve been built like that our whole lives, ever since we picked up a basketball or picked up a football, or whatever the case may be.ADVERTISEMENT “I think that sometimes can become a problem. Obviously, when you’re able to see that, sometimes that’s not the way to deal with it, and it actually makes you even more strong in the respective sport that you are in.”In his essay, Love said he was hit hard by anxiety Nov. 5 during a home game against the Atlanta Hawks. Love added that he had been under family stress and hadn’t been sleeping well. After briefly being winded while playing 15 minutes in the first half, he felt his heart racing and couldn’t catch his breath during a timeout in the third quarter.Love was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, but tests didn’t reveal anything abnormal. He returned to playing at a high level, but was perplexed by what happened and burdened about people finding out.And while he did not mention it in his essay, titled “Everyone Is Going Through Something,” Love left a Jan. 20 game against Oklahoma City under similar circumstances.He said Wednesday that had nothing to do with a panic attack.“That was me being sick,” Love said. “I wasn’t aware how many people knew (about the panic attack). I kind of buried it and put it off to the side. That kind of started a big push in the back to why I wanted to write this article.”Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he hasn’t read Love’s essay yet, but that the team is there for Love.“Whatever he needs,” Lue said. “We’re going to support him 100 percent.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sits on the bench as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. As the Cavs continue to wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series to emerge as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion. And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work. APDENVER — Kevin Love has received more than 4,000 messages since opening up about his struggles with mental health issues.“Overwhelming is a good word to use,” the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said Wednesday after the morning shootaround before a game against the Nuggets. “I’m trying to read through all the emails and all the texts and respond to everybody in the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Gaston embraces last-minute role change to libero Love considered it therapeutic to write his essay for The Player’s Tribune in which he addressed such things as his panic attack during a game this season and how he’s spent most of his life afraid to accept there was something wrong with him.Although, it was daunting to release his story to the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It did take me a while (to write). I didn’t know if I was going to address it potentially in the summer, but I’m glad I did it now,” said Love, a five-time All-Star who’s currently sidelined by a broken hand. “Everybody is going through something. Everybody has things that you can’t see, you can’t touch, that they’re walking with every day. … We need to beat down that stigma about mental health and be able to come out and talk things out.”Love thanked Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan for recently acknowledging his bouts of depression. It gave Love the courage to tell his tale. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Citylast_img read more

Toivonen joins Melbourne Victory

first_imgMelbourne Victory have confirmed the signing of Ola Toivonen on a two-year contract.The Sweden striker follows Keisuke Honda and Georg Niedermeier in joining the A-League champions.Former PSV striker Toivonen joins Victory from Toulouse, where he failed to score in 23 Ligue 1 appearances last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But head coach Kevin Muscat believes signing the 32-year-old as one of their visa players is a coup for Victory.”Ola brings proven quality to our attack and he will play a big role in leading our forward line this season,” Muscat said.”He is exactly the kind of player we wanted to recruit, he is an accomplished striker so I’m delighted he’s decided to come to Melbourne.”We still have one visa spot available and we’re working hard to add even more quality to our ranks.”This is massive! @OlaToivonen20 is locked in for Victory  #MVFC #OurVictory— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) August 31, 2018Toivonen, who scored against Germany at the World Cup, where Sweden reached the quarter-finals, is set to join up with Victory in mid-September.”I know Melbourne Victory is a big club in Australia, they won the championship last year and they’re playing in the Champions League,” Toivonen said.”If you go on an adventure, you want the possibility of winning, you want to win something.”With the squad that has been assembled, including Keisuke, Georg and myself, I think we can do some good things this year.”last_img read more

Cahill: Chelsea delighted for Batshuayi

first_imgChelsea Cahill: Chelsea dressing room delighted for Batshuayi Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 2017 Getty Images Chelsea Michy Batshuayi Antonio Conte Watford Premier League The Blues captain saw the Belgium international come off the bench and turn the game for his side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday Gary Cahill said that Chelsea’s entire dressing room is happy that Michy Batshuayi immediately silenced the doubters after he was criticised following a poor display against Crystal Palace.Batshuayi came on the the 61st minute against Watford and scored two goals to help turn the match from 1-2 down to a 4-2 win in favour of the Blues.Chelsea 9/2 to win Carabao Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea have risen up the table to fourth and Cahill says that Batshuayi’s goals on Saturday will be a boost to him as he fights for minutes on the pitch.“Yeah, I’m sure that himself he feels he’s got things to prove and, as a player, that’s exactly how you respond – he’s come on and changed the game for us, scored two goals and arguably won us the game,” Cahill said at Stamford Bridge. “I’m very pleased for him and I’m sure the manager and the staff are everyone are pleased for him. When you have a sticky patch, to do that is the best way to respond so fantastic and for strikers it’s all about scoring goals.Michy Batshuayi“It’s the same for us [defenders], I scored eight goals last season and I feel like I can’t get a sniff at the minute. As soon as you score one goal you feel like every time you go up you are going to score so I’m sure it’s the same feeling for them. Two goals today will do him the world of good.”Batshuayi’s brace means that he has seven goals so far this season, which is the same number as Alvaro Morata.Chelsea’s late flurry meant they avoided a third consecutive defeat in the league which would have likely ended their Premier League title chances.The Blues have struggled for fluidity with injuries and tiredness setting in and Cahill tried to explain how Chelsea are trying to rebuild what they have lost in recent weeks.“It’s easy to play football when everything is going well and you are winning games back to back, winning, winning, it’s the best feeling ever, you can go out there and express yourself you feel like you are not going to make mistakes,” he added, as he spoke after his 250th appearance for Chelsea.. Gary Cahill“The hardest thing is when things are not going so well and you have got to dig in and get results. Obviously this moment is one of them, hence why I said the result was good. But yes, when you are in a difficult moment, the mood is obviously going to be slightly down, because everyone is going to be disappointed and they want to win.”For me it is not just a situation of being here, or this team, I would guess it is the same at every other big club. When things are going well, everyone’s coming into training, having a lot of banter and joking about and enjoying things, and when you are not, it’s not that feeling, because the expectation level is to win. That is natural.”That is why there is no better feeling than getting a win and then getting a bit of consistency. Getting some consistency, some games won and getting back-to-back wins, and all of a sudden you notice that that lifts.”But at the minute, when you into this game on the back of two defeats you can feel that weight, so it is about character and we have shown that today. Of course the spirit is still there. It is easy to play well when things are going rosy. The difficult moments are when you need to dig in. “Today the performance was not great, no sugar coating that, but the three points was all that mattered. Onto the next one and build a bit of momentum that way, and all of a sudden when you get a few back-to-back wins, you will see how everything lifts and we get back to expressing ourselves as we usually do.”last_img read more

Alexis Sánchez’s outburst hints at more Arsenal headaches for Arsène Wenger

first_imgIn a little under a week, Alexis Sánchez’s life has been turned upside down. When the Arsenal forward woke up last Thursday, on transfer deadline day, he was assured that he would complete his endlessly trailed move to Manchester City; the one he had wanted and made no secret about pushing for.It did not happen for a number of reasons, chief among them Arsenal’s failure to close an incoming deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, despite an offer to the French champions of €100m (£92m).That night Sánchez played in a World Cup qualifier for Chile at home to Paraguay. They lost 3-0. Then, on Tuesday, he and his international team-mates faced Bolivia. They lost 1-0. Rather abruptly, Chile have slipped from fourth place in the South American standings to sixth – with two matches to play; the first at home to Ecuador, the second away to Brazil. The top four nations qualify automatically, with the fifth entering a play-off. Chile’s hopes have been left hanging by a thread. Share on Pinterest Sánchez is not, generally, given to public pronouncements but he poured out his heart on Instagram after the defeat in Bolivia. “You get tired of being criticised with reason and without reason, you get tired of those who want you to lose, you get tired of saying to yourself: ‘I’ll get up again,’ after crying after a defeat,” Sánchez wrote.“You get tired of telling the world and people who are with you that everything is going well. And the worst is that no one ever realises how that makes you feel. I have the No7 of Chile on my back and it is a huge responsibility. That’s why it makes me sad that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing.”It did not take a psychologist to detect a man whose frustration is overwhelming and whose focus has to be open to question. Sánchez will now come back to a club he wanted to leave and attempt to unscramble himself for the potentially fraught home fixture in the Premier League against Bournemouth on Saturday.Sánchez was not the only Arsenal player who wanted out and was denied his wish. Héctor Bellerín told Arsène Wenger in a face-to-face meeting in early July that his heart was set on a move to Barcelona and, later in the window, Shkodran Mustafi voiced a desire to leave. Both have stayed. The Mesut Özil stand-off rumbles on – the midfielder is running down the final year on his contract, although he lacked suitors over the summer – and what of players such as Mathieu Debuchy and Jack Wilshere?But it is Sánchez’s situation that has drawn the bulk of the headlines and the backdrop to his return is a sense of battle fatigue in the dressing room. Some of his team-mates have had enough of him and the whole soap opera and they felt it would have been better for the club to have taken City’s money and moved on. Read more Twitter Instead, those players and everyone else must prepare for another season-long plot line. Last time out it was Wenger and the will-he-won’t-he saga of the manager’s contract renewal. There is no will-he aspect to the Sánchez story; he will not stay beyond next summer and the expiration of his deal but, nonetheless, it is surely an unwanted distraction.The scrutiny on him promises to be relentless; every performance and every gesture will be viewed through the prism of his wish to leave. Sánchez might have felt the weight of the Chile No7 shirt but what of his Arsenal jersey? Despite everything, he remains the club’s most talented player and the imperative will remain on him to make the difference.Wenger can be expected to talk up the positives of the retention of Sánchez at his press conference on Thursday morning. This is a player who is defined by his warrior spirit and simply wants to play and win when he steps onto the pitch. Everything else is forgotten. The club’s hierarchy are confident that Sánchez’s innate drive will slice up the other issues – particularly in a World Cup year. How they need Chile to find a way to the finals. Read more City, for their part, were dismayed at the deal’s collapse, having had indications from Arsenal that it would happen because Lemar was coming to north London. They felt that Arsenal’s position on Sánchez had softened around the time in early August he reported an abdominal strain that saw him miss the opening two games of the Premier League season. Arsenal maintain that the injury was genuine.Arsenal would say they ran out of time to complete the finer details on the Lemar move, namely the personal terms and a medical – particularly as he played for France against Holland on the night of the deadline. On the other hand there were reports in France that Lemar had turned down Arsenal. Where, City wondered, was the London club’s due diligence on the player before a €100m offer?It has been a summer in which Wenger has broken his transfer record for the striker Alexandre Lacazette and beefed up his defensive options with the free agent signing of Sead Kolasinac. He believes that his team are stronger than last season.But there have also been mystifying decisions. Why did Wenger start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 4-0 debacle at Liverpool, days before the England player completed his transfer to the Merseyside club? Maybe, it was because, to quote Wenger, Oxlade-Chamberlain was “100%” certain to stay at Arsenal.Then, there was Lucas Pérez; stripped of his shirt number and pressed towards the exit only to be loaned, rather than sold, to Deportivo La Coruña. Wenger had paid £17m to take the striker from Deportivo last summer.In training Wenger has tried several approaches and it would not be a surprise to the players if he ditched his three-at-the-back formation. The search for the perfect blend continues. Sánchez, drained and disorientated, must be a part of the solution. Topics Arsène Wenger Arsène Wenger will hope that Alexis Sánchez’s innate tenacity will help him lift Arsenal’s performances, despite ongoing off-field wrangling. Photograph: Super/SilverHub/Rex/Shutterstock Facebook Alexis Sánchez Pinterest Stan Kroenke’s abject US teams a warning things may get worse for Arsenalcenter_img Arsenal Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share via Email features Share on Facebook Arsenal also feel that they deserve credit for not selling a player with one year on his contract for a fee of £60m, which is what City offered last Wednesday night. In the past they have relented in similar situations (think Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri) but this time they put on-field interests ahead of money in the bank.That said, they would have sold Sánchez if they had been able to sign Lemar and it reflects badly on them that even the offer of nine figures in euros could not get the deal over the line. Furthermore, selling Sánchez and not bringing in a replacement would have been akin to setting the Emirates Stadium on fire. Arsenal are on thin ice if they want praise for choosing not to torch the place.At the start of the summer it would have been the dream scenario to keep Sánchez and Wenger will back himself, as ever, to sweet talk the player back around. But the manager has been damaged by the affair, simply because of how adamant he had been since the opening press conference of the pre-season in Australia that the club would not entertain any offer for Sánchez. In the end, that proved to be untrue. Arsenal have since claimed it was a case of them playing hardball. The layman might call it talking bullshit. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Alexis Sánchez staying at Arsenal could cost club £140m, says Arsène Wenger Share on Twitter Scrutiny promises to be relentless; every performance and gesture will be viewed through the prism of his wish to leavelast_img read more

IPL 2019: Chris Lynn wants to visit the casino after his lucky break

first_img Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Rajasthan RAJ All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Square Leg third Man 16 Toss: KOL elected to field view more view less Kolkata KOL Dinesh Karthik (c)(wk) D. Karthik (c)(wk) 8.75 Sudhesan Midhun S. Midhun 139/3 3 0.5 nb 139/3 3 Kolkata Shreyas Gopal (RAJ) S. Gopal (RAJ) 0 (20.0) Indian Premier League, 2019 Reuters April 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 14:26 IST Chris Lynn got a lucky break as a ball ricocheted off the stump but didn’t dislodge the bails ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDhawal Kulkarni managed to hit Chris Lynn’s wicket but the bails wasn’t dislodgedLynn after the match said that he “might actually go the casino tonight”RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane requested the umpire to not give it a boundary at leastAustralian Chris Lynn was tempted to visit a casino to cash in on his luck after a miraculous reprieve while batting during Kolkata Knight Riders’ Indian Premier League (IPL) victory over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.The 28-year-old was on 13 when he inside-edged a delivery from Dhawan Kulkarni onto his stumps and started walking off without bothering to look behind.Kulkarni was celebrating too but it was soon cut short when the bowler realised that the ball had lit up the zing bail but failed to dislodge it, ricocheting off the leg stump to the fine-leg boundary for a four instead.Lynn went on to score 50 off 32 deliveries in Kolkata’s successful eight-wicket win chasing Rajasthan’s 139-3 that put them at the top of the IPL table with four wins from five matches.Chris Lynn Bowled? Well, not really! #RRvRCB (@IPL) April 7, 2019″I always like to ride my luck,” Lynn told teammate Harry Gurney in a video posted on the IPL website.”I inside-edged it, and then I heard a second noise. I thought (the wicket-keeper) might catch it or the bails might come off, but I got lucky.”I might actually go the casino tonight!”‘I might go to a casino now’ – Lucky Lynn tells Gurney!@lynny50 rode his luck on his way to a Fifty for the @KKRiders while @gurneyhf admits he was nervous before his splendid debut show! By @Moulinparikh #RRvKKRWatch the full video – (@IPL) April 8, 2019It was the third time in this year’s IPL that a batsman had benefited from the bails refusing to be dislodged.Rajasthan were also on the receiving end in an earlier match when Jofra Archer’s delivery rolled onto the stumps but Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, yet to open his account, survived as bails was not dislodged.Dhoni, who went on to make a match-winning 75 off 46 deliveries, suffered the heartbreak himself on Saturday when bails did not fall despite his direct hit with Punjab opener KL Rahul short of his ground.Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane appeared as bewildered as the bowler and was involved in a long conversation with the on-field umpire after Sunday’s incident.”The rules are what they are, but I told the umpire, at least don’t declare it a boundary,” Rahane said.”It’s already so tough for the bowlers in T20, and in such a situation, a ball can, maybe, declared a dead ball. That was my conversation with the umpires.”Also Read | Dinesh Karthik lauds KKR’s clinical effort with ball and batAlso Read | No need to panic yet, assures RR skipper Ajinkya RahaneFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chris LynnFollow CasinoFollow LuckyFollow RR vs KKRFollow bailsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Rajasthan Royals Top Batsmen Top Batsmen fine Leg 140/2 114/2 ( C. Lynn 10.5 Overs) , third Man 1 Harry Gurney (KOL) H. Gurney (KOL) Mid off 140/2 0 4.66 3 m Mid Wicket Match Ended Square Leg advertisement 2 6s (13.5) 0 Mid off e/r Kolkata batting KOL batting Fall of Wickets Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) All batsmen are considered right handed w 156.25 3 c Steven Smith b Shreyas Gopal c Sudhesan Midhun b Shreyas Gopal Harry Gurney H. Gurney Nitish Rana N. Rana Mid on Mid off 6 0 third Man Shubman Gill S. Gill not out 47 (20.0) 0 3 2/25 (4) 10 0 2 0 Mid Wicket Mid on 14 0 50 (32) Robin Uthappa R. Uthappa not out Jofra Archer J. Archer Mid Wicket not out 1 1 162.5 graphs third Man commentary Square Leg Rajasthan RAJ Mid on Mid Wicketcenter_img No data available! 188 o covers (13.5) All batsmen are considered right handed 0 60 Mid on 0 4 0 Steven Smith (RAJ) S. Smith (RAJ) (13.5) Sunil Narine S. Narine c Steven Smith b Shreyas Gopal Piyush Chawla P. Chawla covers Series Status: Player Of The Match: Harry Gurney Point 32 50 – Krishnappa Gowtham K. Gowtham 31 Prasidh Krishna P. Krishna Extras: 11 runs (B: 0, LB: 8, WD: 3, NB: 0, P: 0) B view full scorecard Super Over IPL 2019: Chris Lynn wants to visit the casino after his lucky breakChris Lynn got a lucky break while batting on Sunday as a ball ricocheted off the stump but didn’t dislodge the bails. Kolkata Knight Riders went onto beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in their Indian Premier League encounter. Chris Lynn (KOL) C. Lynn (KOL) 13.5 R vs Kolkata beat Rajasthan by 8 wickets Kolkata KOL 0 Rajasthan 25 26 fine Leg 0 91/1 ( S. Narine 8.3 Overs) , Mid off 0 6 10.33 Chris Lynn C. Lynn c Sudhesan Midhun b Shreyas Gopal Andre Russell A. Russell 1 Match Ended 73 (59) 0 Point Square Leg 140/2 covers Point All batsmen are considered right handed 0 2/35 (4) 0 Scorecard 6 Point 22 35 2 22 covers S/R 4s Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 21 Referee: Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND) Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (IND), Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) 27 Ben Stokes B. Stokes Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav 1 Rajasthan Bowling RAJ Bowling Shreyas Gopal S. Gopal fine Leg Dhawal Kulkarni D. Kulkarni 0 0 fine Leg 0 3.6 0 wd r not outlast_img read more

People who kill Indigenous women punished less than those who kill nonIndigenous women

first_imgSenator Lillian Dyck has co-authored a soon to be released study that she says has found disproportionate sentencing for offenders in female homicide cases. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsAn Indigenous Senator who is trying to change how perpetrators of violence against Indigenous women are sentenced in Canada says a soon to be released report shows that courts are more lenient to people who kill Indigenous women and girls than to those whose victims are not Indigenous.Cree Senator Lillian Dyck shared some of the report’s findings with APTN News.The co-authored paper analyzed data from around 800 cases involving violence against women between 1980 and 2013.The cases were selected because they reveal the ethnicity of both the victim and the perpetrator, Dyck explained in a phone interview.Among the researchers’ starkest findings is a disparity between the punishments for those who kill Indigenous women and those who kill non-Indigenous women.“Even though with murder there is very little wiggle room [with convictions], we did find that if you looked at the type of convictions by the victim’s race, when it was an Indigenous victim most often it was second-degree murder or manslaughter. If it was a non-Indigenous victim it was more likely first or second-degree murder,” Dyck said.First degree murder convictions are more likely to be given to those who killed a non-Indigenous woman–33 per cent–compared to perpetrators who killed an Indigenous woman, at 20 per cent.For second degree murder convictions, the rates were 39 per cent in cases where the victim was Indigenous, versus 46 per cent when the victim was not Indigenous.In contrast, the researchers found 39 per cent of manslaughter convictions in cases where the victim was Indigenous, versus 21 per cent when the victim was non-Indigenous.“That shows there’s something going on. It doesn’t prove there’s a racial bias, but it’s an indication that you should look into it further.”Dyck and her collaborators also found that in some homicide cases Indigenous male perpetrators “got a much higher sentence” in cases where the victim was not Indigenous, compared to cases where the victim was Indigenous, Dyck explained, adding the number of such cases was “not very high” but enough to warrant further investigation into the matter.The researchers found that non-Indigenous offenders received roughly “the same number of years before parole” regardless of their victims’ race.“But it was very different for the Aboriginal perpetrators if it was a non-Indigenous victim. He has to wait many more years before he got parole,” Dyck said.The Senator said in most homicide cases involving non-Indigenous female victims, the perpetrator was an intimate partner.But in cases where the victim was Indigenous, “usually it’s an acquaintance.”According to the study, 32 per cent of perpetrators or accused offenders were not known to Indigenous victims, while 12 per cent were unknown to non-Indigenous victims.“Contrary to the widespread belief that Indigenous women are only killed by persons known to them, this data shows the significant role of persons not known to Indigenous victims,” the report reads.The research also substantiated claims by former federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and former RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson in 2015 that upward of 70 per cent of female Indigenous homicide victims were killed by Indigenous men.Valcourt came under fire from First Nations leaders after he told Alberta chiefs of the unpublished RCMP statistic during a meeting in Calgary.Paulson later confirmed Valcourt’s assertion.But Dyck said those claims haven’t been corroborated with evidence until now.People rally on the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2018, seeking justice for Cindy Gladue. Justin Brake/APTN“Before colonization women were not seen the way they are now — there was respect for women,” she said.“And that respect has been eroded through centuries of colonization, through the residential schools, and so on.”By contrast in the authors’ findings, only two per cent of those accused in homicide cases involving non-Indigenous women were themselves Indigenous.“This data disputes stereotypical beliefs that non-Indigenous women should be most fearful of Indigenous men,” Dyck and her co-authors write in the study.Dyck said 92 per cent of the offenders in the study were male.The authors say the findings reveal a “racialized dimension” to the homicide of women.They say Indigenous women are targeted by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous killers, while non-Indigenous women are targeted “almost exclusively by non-Indigenous perpetrators.”Bill S-215 pushes for legal reformDyck’s partial release of her research results coincided with the second reading of her Senate Bill S-215 in the House of Commons Monday.The proposed legislative change would require courts, in cases of violent offences, to consider the fact that a victim is an Indigenous woman as an aggravating factor when sentencing offenders.Effectively, those accused of crimes like sexual assault, aggravated assault, manslaughter or murder could face stiffer sentences for harming or killing an Indigenous woman than if the woman was not Indigenous.At the very least, the Senator hopes, judges will be compelled to address the vulnerability and disproportionate targeting of Indigenous women in their decisions and sentencing.Having already passed three readings in the Senate, the bill was sponsored on Monday by Indigenous Liberal MP for Winnipeg Centre Robert Falcon-Ouellette, who said S-215 will “rebalance the scales of justice.”He said the cases of Indigenous women and youth like Tina Fontaine, Cindy Gladue and Helen Betty Osborne are proof that “the combination of being Aboriginal female and living in a colonial society has devalued and dehumanized our women, and they are seen as inherently less worthy than other women.”Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette sponsored Bill S-215 Monday in the House of Commons, saying if passed it would “rebalance the scales of justice” for female Indigenous victims of violent crimes.He referenced the Canadian justice system’s “so-called subtle discrimination against Aboriginal women and girls” and said Dyck’s proposed legislative changes would “increase the likelihood that the consequences of assaulting or murdering an Aboriginal woman or girl are appropriate and meaningful.”Dene NDP MP Georgina Jolibois also supported the bill, admitting it’s “not a catch-all solution for the problems Indigenous women face in the justice system,” but that it’s “an opportunity for us to examine and question the belief systems judges, lawyers, police officers and court workers have and calls on them to see indigenous women from a new perspective.”But the bill isn’t receiving support from some MPs in the Liberal and Conservative caucuses.Conservative MP Michael Cooper questioned the bill’s constitutionality and suggested it might contradict the Gladue principle in sentencing.He asked if S-215 would violate Section 15 of the Charter, which guarantees all Canadians equal protection and benefit under the law without discrimination.“What the bill would do with respect to the Criminal Code is quite novel from the standpoint of aggravating circumstances,” he said, “because it would create a special class of victim, namely indigenous women.”Cooper said race, gender and vulnerability can already be considered aggravating factors in sentencing.He said under Dyck’s proposed legislative changes “it would not even matter if the offender knew that the victim was an Indigenous woman.”Cooper was joined by colleague and Conservative Crown-Indigenous Relations Critic Cathy McLeod, and Liberal MP Randy Boissonneault, in his concerns about the bill’s potential contradiction of the Gladue principle, which compels judges to consider all reasonable alternatives to jail when sentencing Indigenous offenders.“There would certainly be some litigation and some degree of uncertainty around sentencing,” Cooper said, in situations where a judge may be compelled to consider a victim’s Indigeneity as an aggravating factor while also considering alternative sentencing for Indigenous offenders.If S-215 were passed into law, “a judge could be under contradictory obligations both to lengthen the sentence for an Indigenous offender’s criminal conduct against an Indigenous woman and, at the same time, to consider alternatives to incarceration and reduce the sentence because the offender themselves has an Indigenous background,” Boissonneault said.Jolibois said Monday under Bill S-215 “the practitioners of violence would still get the punishment the law calls for, even with the aggravating circumstances the bill would put in place.”She said the Supreme Court has ruled that for serious offences, there may not be any reduction in imprisonment for Aboriginal offenders.Dyck said the Gladue provisions as they currently exist have “created a situation of unfairness” for Indigenous women “whereby [they’re] worth less than the man.”“Really what you’re saying to Aboriginal offenders is that you’re going to get special provisions and that maybe your crime of sexually assaulting someone—maybe even your spouse—is not that serious because of the circumstances of your life — which I understand. But those same exact factors are what made the Indigenous women vulnerable to that.“Indigenous women are seen as the lowest. In terms of racial hierarchy, we’re on the bottom.”Dyck said she is open to amendments of the bill and had previously considered making it applicable to all women, “with special consideration given to First Nations, Inuit and Metis women.”But there’s an urgent need for the reform, she adds.“The longer we wait the more Indigenous women and girls go through the court system and don’t get a fair deal — 30 to 40 a year, 450 I think in the last three years,” she said.“We could be making a difference for them rather than sitting and waiting. It’s certainly frustrating seeing it happen, to know the families are wanting this.”With endorsements from the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, it remains to be seen if the bill will garner enough support in the House of Commons.But Falcon-Ouellette suggested Monday that if Conservative and NDP members “decided to support the bill, I suspect there might be enough members on this side of the House, whether the government supports it or not, to move it forward.”Dyck said “it’s hard to know” if her bill would deter offenders.She said if the bill is passed and a judge decides to hand down a harsher sentence to an offender who has killed an Indigenous woman, the impact could be that people’s views “gradually start to change.”“It’s not going to be instant; it’s going to take time.” read more

Home affordability declines in Toronto Vancouver as RBC warns of rate hike

TORONTO — A report by RBC Economics says housing affordability continued to decline in Toronto and Vancouver, while conditions for homebuyers improved in Alberta during the first quarter of the year as lower oil prices caused the real estate market to soften.RBC says mortgage rate cuts improved the affordability of homes in many Canadian housing markets where prices didn’t accelerate too rapidly.That offset rapid price growth in Toronto and Vancouver, leaving national affordability levels relatively flat.RBC says demand in softer markets such as Montreal and Ottawa began to pick up. The RBC Housing Affordability study measures the proportion of household income that is needed to service the costs of owning a home at current market values.Foreign investors in Canada’s housing market need to be counted, experts sayGap between Toronto condos and low-rise homes jumps a record $100,000 from a year agoShould Canadians be worried about a potential housing meltdown?On a national level, RBC says affordability edged 0.3 percentage points lower for condos to 27.1 per cent, while for detached homes it declined 0.2 percentage points to 47.9 per cent.The bank predicts that rate hikes from the central bank, which is expected to raise its trend-setting overnight interest rate next year, are likely to erode affordability.“Exceptionally low interest rates have been a key factor keeping housing affordability levels in a largely manageable state in recent years,” Craig Wright, RBC’s senior vice-president and chief economist, said in a statement.“The knock-on effect of the anticipated rise in rates would be most visible in high-priced markets.” read more

Auto insurers urge holiday season refresher as young drivers return home

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 2:45 pm MDT TORONTO – It’s the time of year when students return home from school to celebrate the holidays with their families and start the negotiations to borrow their parents’ car.But insurance companies say both parents and young adults should consider several factors about auto coverage before the keys are handed over.Everything from safety habits to the specifics of the insurance policy can be discussed at the kitchen table, suggested RBC Insurance adviser Natalie Dupuis.“Have a sit down conversation to refresh their memory about distracted driving or winter driving,” said Dupuis, who serves as the bank’s senior product manager of auto insurance.“And really it doesn’t hurt at that point to call your insurance company and let them know you have a driver who’s going to have access to your vehicle for a week or two weeks.”If you haven’t done it before, this is a great time to lay out the facts of insurance to young drivers because there might be a disconnect between their logic and the thinking of the insurance industry.In most Canadian provinces, insurers are legally allowed to discriminate by gender, often charging hundreds of dollars more to male drivers under 25 because statistics show they’re more prone to accidents.These factors can serve as a gateway to a bigger conversation about road safety, and the financial dangers associated with ignoring insurance rules.For example, there are major risks if a youth lends his parents’ car to a friend, as the financial risks can fall to the parents.If that friend has an accident, then it’s the vehicle’s owner who would likely be sued, not necessarily the driver. If the accident was the fault of the friend who borrowed the car, the owner would shoulder the collision deductible and the accident would be counted against their driving record.Also, parents should make it clear that insurance won’t cover any damage to the vehicle if their son or daughter is driving while impaired.Insurers say that a quick review of a collision scenario can help alleviate some of the confusion of an already stressful situation.“Often the problem we see is somebody doesn’t know what to do,” said Steve Cohen, senior vice president of personal lines, underwriting and pricing at Aviva Canada.“One of the first things you should do is call your insurance company.”He warns against using the first tow truck that comes along, for example, since it may not take the vehicle to the most honest repair shop.Tracey Neziol, manager of marketing at the Neziol Insurance Group, notes that insurance payments for young adults living away from their parents — typically considered “occasional drivers” — depend on the distance between the family home and school residence.A young driver who lives only a couple hours away should be kept on their parent’s insurance policy in case they borrow the car while visiting for the weekend.“If they’re far away from home, parents can take you off the policy,” Nezoil said.However, all of these rules change when a young person graduates into the workforce. Once they’ve severed financial ties with their parents, mom and dad will need to reassess their insurance coverage to account for an occasional driver.At some insurers, there is a fine line between who qualifies as “occasional” and who is just borrowing the car during a short stay.The specifics would have to be negotiated with your insurance provider.Other auto insurance tips:— Don’t leave expensive items, including Christmas gifts, visible in car windows. Vehicle break-ins climb during the holidays.— Put your registration and insurance cards in your wallet, not your glove compartment, which prevents thieves from stealing a valid identification card. Don’t even leave a photocopy in the car. Auto insurers urge holiday season refresher as young drivers return home read more

Evan Turners No 21 to be raised to the rafters at Feb

Former OSU guard Evan Turner (21) is set to have his number retired on Feb. 16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSA fifth number will soon be hanging from the rafters of the Schottenstein Center to signify Ohio State men’s basketball immortality: Evan Turner’s No. 21.The former three-year OSU guard made Columbus his home from 2007-2010, winning the Naismith Award for the top player in the country for his final 2009-10 season. In that year, he averaged 20.4 points per game on 51.9 percent shooting and added 6.0 assists and 9.2 rebounds per contest.Turner left for the NBA after his junior season, where he went second overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. After parts of four seasons there and a brief stop in Indiana, the Chicago native now comes off the bench for the Boston Celtics, averaging about 27 minutes per game.The 6-foot-7 Turner was the fourth individual OSU player to win the national player of the year award. He finished his collegiate career 18th in OSU scoring with 1,517 points and ninth in assists with 414.The No. 21 is scheduled to be lifted on Feb. 16 in a halftime ceremony during a game against Michigan, the same opponent Turner hit a famous buzzer-beating 3-pointer against in the 2010 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.Turner’s number will join John Havlicek’s No. 5, Jerry Lucas’s No. 11, Jim Jackson’s No. 22 and Gary Bradds’ No. 35 in the Schottenstein Center rafters. All but Havlicek won a national player of the year award.The game against Michigan is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16. read more

Commentary Ohio States Deshaun Thomas has patience maturity to make it in

It’s been almost two weeks since Ohio State men’s basketball forward Deshaun Thomas announced he is leaving early to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Being one of Thomas’ biggest supporters this past season, my heart sank when I heard about his decision, but it is one that I fully understand and respect. Something that I am struggling to understand is all the so-called “experts” saying that he will not have much success at the next level. Some say he is not quick enough to defend at an elite level and earn playing time. Some say he is too selfish and takes too many bad shots that will frustrate coaches. Some say that he is a “me first” player who will get frustrated when he does not get shots. This madness needs to stop now. Thomas led the Big Ten in scoring this past season at 19.8 points per game and scored in double digits in every game. He shot 83 percent from the free throw line, 34 percent from behind the arc and an impressive 45 percent overall. Thomas made all of that happen while being the main scoring option on a limited offensive team and thus getting the opposing team’s best defense thrown at him every game. Sure, sometimes he forced some outside shots that were cause for frustration and he was not as good as of a defender as some people might have liked. But when you play on the same team as junior guard Aaron Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott, you are never going to look as good defensively as you want. The truth of the matter is Thomas improved the defensive part of his game immensely during his three years at OSU. He never visibly got upset when he was not getting the ball, and when his shots were not going in, he wasn’t afraid to keep firing away with confidence. Take the NCAA tournament, for example. In both the third-round game against Iowa State and Sweet 16 matchup against Arizona, it was Craft and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross, respectively, who made game-winning shots to help the Buckeyes advance. I will admit that I wanted Thomas to be the one with the ball in his hands at the end of the game, but after both of the shots went in, he was among the first to hug his teammates in excitement. I’ve never seen a player who enjoys playing basketball as much as Thomas. He rarely seems to be upset and is usually smiling. I know that I am biased, but after watching the OSU episode of “The Journey” on Big Ten Network, I could not help but think that Thomas is tremendously positive and has the right outlook toward life. I think those qualities will translate well to the NBA. At 6-foot-7, Thomas most likely will play wing in the NBA. His critics say that he is not quick enough to play on the outside and too short to play on the inside. However, Thomas possesses an exceptional mid-range jump shot and has proven that he can get it off thanks to a quick release. He also excels in isolation situations, a trait that will work well at the next level. The topic that is rarely mentioned is how much Thomas has matured in comparison to his freshman year at OSU. For example, during the Wisconsin game in Columbus on Jan. 29, he got the ball in transition with an opportunity to try and score against three defenders. He chose instead to wait for his teammates to get down the court to set up the offense. Two years ago, Thomas might have tried to be the hero and score in that situation. Something as simple as that shows how much he has grown and how smart he is as a player. I’m not saying that he should be a lottery pick. What I am saying is that the team that drafts him will get a player who loves the game, is willing to work hard and can score from anywhere on the court. I think he deserves to be selected in the first-round, and after going through the adjustment period that nearly every player goes through when he makes the jump from the college to professional ranks, he will be a productive player. No matter how you feel about it now, I’m sure Thomas will be fun to watch, and I know that I will certainly be tuning in. Eric Seger is a Big Ten Network Student U intern. read more

EYEWITNESS Tall tales…

…and integrityIf there was anything to that Pinocchio story, PM Moses Nagamootoo’s nose should be reaching further than his outstretched hands by now when it comes to the Integrity Commission he’s supposed to’ve launched over a year now. You remember the Integrity Commission, don’t you Dear Reader?? Yeah…that institution the PNC refused to participate in for a decade and a half because they said Bishop Randolph George, head of the Anglican Church, wasn’t a “fit and proper” person to head it!!So since then, even though it was the law of the land that all Members of Parliament report their income and assets to the Integrity Commission, the PNC MP’s refused to do so. So, who cared they were breaking the law – certainly not them! But when they slinked into Government leading the “APNU/AFC coalition”, suddenly they became all hot and sweaty about a “Code of Conduct” for their MP’s and Ministers. NOT the Integrity Commission.Raphael Trotman, then in charge of “Governance”, announced the Code would be built on a foundation of the Ten Principles of Public Life – accountability, dignity, diligence, duty, honour, integrity, loyalty, objectivity, responsibility and transparency!! That took months to compile!! During which time, of course, such “accountable” acts like collecting of private funds by a Minister of Government for constructing Jubilee Stadium slipped through the absent Code of Conduct net.Then “Governance” was handed off to Nagamootoo (who should’ve had it in the first place, under the Cummingsburg Accord). What to do about the Code of Conduct? You couldn’t very well implement it when warehouses had to be set up by Government Ministers, Ministers had to get scholarships when they were on their jobs and so on. But Nagamootoo – with 50 years of experience at this sort of thing – came to the rescue!!Like Christopher Columbus of yore, he discovered the Integrity Commission to which he would yoke the Code to that Commission. But hold it! That needed legislation to mesh the institutions. So the Code was passed to the Parliamentary Drafting office for “Drafting” – NOT stalling! And that’s where it stood while mega pharma contracts were hived off illegally to foreign companies who built arches and donated fridges…and suchlike.But now, two years later, Nagamootoo glided down from the mountain top and burning bush and announced the combined “Code of Conduct and Integrity Commission” is nigh upon us! While he didn’t have two engraved stone tablets, he assured us it will address, “issues of bribes, discrimination, gifts, conflict of interest, use of official influence, handling of classified information, use of public property, sexual misconduct and entertainment.”Does “use of official influence” exclude helping sons-in-law?…at Culture MinistryOver the last couple of hundred years, there’s been an ongoing debate about what’s usually purveyed as “culture”, is actually elitist “high culture”. There’s since been a sustained movement to rope in the more mass-based “culture of the people” into the swing of things. In Guyana, it seems the Culture Department in the Education Ministry has taken its mandate rather seriously. This was first exhibited at the Jubilee celebrations when the Ministry – under the direct direction of its Minister – introduced the “culture of confusion” that permeates every Guyanese mass event – from weddings to bus parks.At the ongoing Public Account Committee’s (PAC’s) hearings we now see the mass “culture of corruption” has also been taken up by the Culture Department of the Ministry. Quite blithely, the PS announced that somehow the employment of 50 persons slipped off the radar when it came to following the proper hiring procedures. But of course, it didn’t…really. They just introduced the “common touch” of hiring “we own” into the Ministry!…and fishy storiesOnce again, we’re hearing that tilapia will be the salvation of GuySuCo. Didn’t Burnham and the PNC try this back in the day when they were trying to make sugar workers redundant? That’s when the GNS failed to break GAWU’s 177-day “recognition” strike!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Clueless…June 30, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Betrayal…March 27, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”President hopes Integrity Commission will be functional by year-endAugust 13, 2016In “latest news” read more

WWII African American families museum topic

first_imgThe Clark County Historical Museum’s inaugural First Thursday event of the year — Deep Roots, Strong Branches — is a look at African American families who came to Vancouver during World War II and chose to stay.The Feb. 5 program will feature performances by local students, using a script made from original interviews with descendants of those families.It originated in a community project called First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community: From World War II to the Twenty-First Century. Jane Elder Wulff researched and wrote a book by that title in collaboration with the Vancouver branch of the NAACP, Clark College, YWCA Clark County and the museum. Copies of the book will be on sale.The project has led to an ongoing effort to highlight the history and contributions of Vancouver’s African American community, including the annual Back In The Day Reunion and the Vanport Media Project. “What this project shows is that after the war, in spite of pressure to make them leave, these young families stayed in Vancouver simply because they liked it and felt at home here,” Wulff said in a news release. “What’s more, they deliberately settled throughout the town and county, rather than all in one corner, to help build a broader community of good neighbors.”Admission is $4, $3 for seniors, $2 for children younger than 18, and free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Ford EcoSports Official Brochure Surfaces Online Ahead of Speculated Launch

first_imgThe official brochure of Ford’s upcoming EcoSport SUV has been leaked online, days ahead of its speculated launch in India.An auto enthusiast had recently posted the official brochure of the compact SUV on the Automotive India forum, indicating the imminent arrival of the vehicle. The brochure correlated well with previous leaks and rumours. EcoSport will come in four trims – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium Optional trims. While the 1.5-litre petrol MT of EcoSport will be available in three variants – Ambiente, Trend and Titanium, the 1.5-litre AT will be offered only in the Titanium variant.(Click here to see the brochure)The Titanium and Titanium (O) trims will feature Smart Keyless entry and Push Button Start. The SYNC emergency system is exclusive for the top two models of EcoSport. Along with the Sync Emergency technology, the top variants will also get CD/MP3 player and a 3.5-inch multifunction display.The EcoSport SUV will be launched in seven colour variants and the interior will come in two colour options – charcoal black + warm neutral gray (offered on all variants except on Titanium (O)) and charcoal black + dark shadow gray (exclusive for the top end Titanium (O) model).Earlier leaked features of EcoSport suggested that the top-end variants which are powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine will come with six-speed automatic transmission, while the Ambiente and Trend will have the five-speed manual transmission (MT). The base model of the EcoSport Ambient will lack safety features like ABS and airbags, but will have manual air-conditioning, manual rear windows and Bluetooth audio system.The Trend variant will come with ABS and EBD but will lack airbags. The other features of this variant include steering mounted audio controls, height adjustable drive seat and front and rear power windows. The Titanium variant will have power windows, steering mounted controls, automatic air conditioning system, Microsoft SYNC, 16″ alloys, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors and chrome exteriors. The top variant, Ford EcoSport Titanium Optional, will feature leather seats, push button start, Keyless Vehicle System and side and curtain airbags, along with the features seen in the Trend.With the latest leak, EcoSport aficionados seemed to have got a clear picture of the India-bound SUV. However, the price factor remains undecided. Going by the rumours, EcoSport is likely to be priced between ₹5.9 and ₹6 lakh, while the high-end variants may cost as much as ₹9 lakh. The India-bound models are also likely to come with high degree of localization as they will be produced locally. Ford India is expected to launch its much anticipated EcoSport on 11 June.last_img read more

Heres how UKs new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is connected to India

first_imgBoris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves his office in London, Britain July 22, 2019.ReutersThe election of Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister did not come as a surprise to many after he won comfortably in the Tory leadership race. Johnson won 92,153 votes in the leadership election. His opponent Jeremy Hunt got 46,656 votes. As many as 159,320 members of the Conservative Party voted in the election.It was a well-known fact that Johnson had his eyes on No. 10 Downing Street for quite a while. He will take office on Wednesday after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace.What many do not know is Johnson’s connection with India through his estranged wife, Marina Wheeler. Johnson was married to 54-year-old Wheeler for 26 years before they announced their separation in September 2018. They have four children.Wheeler is half-Indian and half-English. She is the daughter of Charles Wheeler, BBC’s Delhi correspondent during the 1960s, and Dip Singh, Charles’ second wife. They had married in New Delhi in 1961.Through her mother, Marina is connected to India with her family hailing from Sargodha, which is present-day Pakistan. Dip Singh’s family had moved to India after partition, Hindustan Times reports. During Wheeler’s and Johnson’s 26-year marriage, they had often visited India. Johnson got into hot water during the 2017 election when he mentioned how he brings Scotch Whiskey for his Indian relatives whenever he went to visit the country. Johnson made these comments during a speech at the Bristol Gurudwara.”I can’t think of any other British prime minister who has had such a strong Indian connection,” journalist Rahul Singh said. He is late Khushwant Singh’s son. Interestingly, Khushwanth Singh was Dip Singh’s brother-in-law through her first marriage to Daljit Singh, who was the acclaimed writer’s brother.last_img read more

3 killed in inmate hunt shootout near US border

first_imgPIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) – Authorities in Mexico say three gunmen have been killed after attacking police hunting for inmates who joined in a mass escape from a prison near the U.S. border.The Coahuila state prosecutor’s office says the gunmen were in a truck in a residential area of the border city of Piedras Negras when they fired on state police officers Thursday who were helping look for some of the 131 prisoners who fled a nearby prison early in the week. Investigators have yet to determine whether the dead gunmen were escapees. The statement says the truck matches records of a vehicle stolen in San Antonio, Texas.Authorities say the Zetas drug cartel orchestrated the prison break apparently with the help of prison personnel. Three escapees have been recaptured so far.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Bombs kill 29 as Nigerian leader says US hampering fight

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “The application of the Leahy law … has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorist group in the prosecution of its extremist ideology and hate, the indiscriminate killings and maiming of civilians, in raping of women and girls, and in their other heinous crimes,” Buhari said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Wednesday night’s bombings in northeastern Gombe town are the latest in a series by Islamic extremists that has spilled across Nigeria’s borders. In neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, two suicide bombers killed at least 18 people at a marketplace near the border, officials said.Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari returned home Thursday to the capital, Abuja, from a four-day visit to the United States where he was warmly received by President Barack Obama, but failed to get all he wanted.“Buhari returns to Abuja, with no weapons sale from USA,” said a headline in The News.Buhari told policy makers at the U.S. Institute for Peace on Wednesday that Nigeria’s armed forces are “largely impotent” because they do not possess the appropriate weapons to fight Boko Haram.He urged the U.S. president, Congress and government to find ways around the Leahy Law that prohibits sales of certain weapons to countries whose military are accused of gross human rights violations.Amnesty International charges Nigeria’s military is responsible for the deaths of 8,000 detainees — twice as many as Boko Haram’s victims in the first four years of its 6-year-old insurgency. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Bomb blasts at two bustling bus stations killed 29 people and wounded 105, officials said Thursday after Nigeria’s new president warned that the U.S. refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is “aiding and abetting” Boko Haram.Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency called Thursday for urgent blood donations to treat 105 wounded people, according to spokesman Sani Datti who said at least 29 bodies have been recovered. Comments   Share   last_img read more