first_imgTrinamool Congress MP and the president of party’s youth wing Abhishek Banerjee on Monday sent a legal notice to the party’s former leader Mukul Roy for making “malicious and defamatory” statements against him, and demanded an unconditional apology within 48 hours.Mr. Roy who joined the BJP earlier this month, alleged at a public rally last week that ‘Biswa Bangla’, a brand which the West Bengal government uses to promote cultural and sports activities, was a company owned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. ‘Cease and desist’The notice demanded that Mr. Roy “forthwith cease and desist from making or circulating any defamatory comments, statement and/or causing publication of the same in any media” against Abhishek Banerjee and threatened to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against Mr. Roy.Senior officials of the West Bengal government have already refuted Mr. Roy’s allegations by stating that ‘Biswa Bangla’ was wholly owned by the State government. In connection with reports of multiple applications for trademark registration of the ‘Biswa Bangla’ logo, State Additional Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said CJ Associates, on behalf of Abhishek Banerjee, had withdrawn its application and this had been accepted by the Registrar of Trade Marks.Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress organised a rally on Monday at Rani Rashmoni Avenue, the same venue where Mr. Roy had made these allegations. Several senior party members, including Ministers, were present at the rally and targeted Mr. Roy and the BJP government at the Centre.last_img read more

first_imgOn January 9, Shah Faesal stunned the nation with his announcement that he was quitting as managing director of the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation. The 35-year-old had topped the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) examination in 2010. Why did he take such a step?He termed his decision a “small defiance and protest against unabated killings in Kashmir, lack of reach-out and marginalisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces by reducing them to second-class citizens.” Did he court controversies?Mr. Faesal’s frequent brushes with controversy has constantly pushed him to the centre of discourse. As Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, he ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing of a civilian, Farhat Ahmad Dar, in firing by security forces on protesters within his jurisdiction in 2014. He followed up the inquiry by writing to the General Administration Department, seeking an amendment to the rules to bring appraisals of officers of the rank of superintendent of police under a Deputy Commissioner’s purview “to reduce human rights violations.” His letter attracted a reprimand from the Chief Secretary, who called it “crossing of the red line.” Subsequently, his tweets and write-ups on the Kashmir problem landed him in a major row. Many BJP leaders, including Union Minister Jitendra Singh, were critical of his views. In July 2018, the Department of Personnel and Training pointed to a tweet of Mr. Faesal and said its contents were “prima facie in contravention of the provision of the All India Service (Conduct Rules), 1968, and All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.” An inquiry is pending against him for his tweets. Where did he grow up?Mr. Faesal hails from the far-flung village of Sogam in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, where militancy raged in the 1990s since the area is close to the Line of Control (LoC) and was a major route for youth ex-filtrating the Valley into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir for arms training. His father, a teacher, was killed by militants in 2002 in the village. The decision of Mr. Faesal, an MBBS with a Masters degree in Urdu, came nine years after he topped the IAS examination. In 2010, he described his feat as “breaking of the myth” of discrimination. In fact, he did motivate hundreds of local aspirants to compete in the Union Public Service Commission examinations, an effort that resulted in a quantum jump in the number of students appearing from the Kashmir valley. With his speeches and interviews, widely televised on Doordarshan, he emerged as a poster boy from the troubled Valley. Mr. Faesal’s story of success became a counter-narrative to the discourse of alienation that was driving youth to militancy and street protests.What next?Mr. Faesal, who returned to the State recently from Harvard University after completing a course in public policy, has since announced that he is going to join politics. However, he remained non-committal on joining any ideological platform. He described his stint in politics as “an addition and not an alternative” and made it clear that “he has no aim to divide the J&K electorate further,” a hint that he may join some regional party. In the face of an unprecedented feedback, especially from the youth on social media platforms, Mr. Faesal was swayed against joining a current mainstream party immediately. He said his politics would be “a politics of disruption.” The mainstream parties, which had failed to represent the sentiments of the people, should reinvent themselves and find a new vocabulary, Mr. Faesal said. He has decided to go back to the grassroots and meet people for the next six months before taking a call.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, and former Globetrotter and New York Rens player Zack Clayton were honored posthumously.McGrady had earlier told reporters his celebration was being tempered by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on his family and neighbors in Texas.His estate in Sugar Land, Texas, suffered only minor damage from the storm, allowing him and his wife to take in the families of five relatives and friends for three days after mandatory evacuations. He also put on a Labor Day feast at a church in the Houston area for about 800 victims of the storm.“My sister was at the house, and I was trying to take her home and driving to her house. Just seeing cars under water and you don’t know if people are in there — it’s real,” he told reporters. “I’m being as vocal and proactive as I can.”Other inductees were vocal about other issues Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jackson talked about being born in a box car in Missouri and rising to become a player and later a successful business executive and owner of the Globetrotters. His was the most political speech of the night, calling for unity in a divided nation, saying he does not believe the country can endure if it does not cast indifference, hatred and bigotry aside.“If basketball can be a showcase for non-discrimination, for integration, for performance-based emotions, why can’t we do that over in every part of our society?” he asked.Lobo and McGraw celebrated the growth of women’s basketball. McGraw became just the sixth women’s coach to be enshrined.“I’m grateful for Title IX and the opportunities that it’s given to women like me, who dreamed of a future where we could do the same job as a man, where playing a game could lead to a 40-year career,” she said.Lobo told a story about when her oldest daughter, Siobhan, was 5 years old and saw her father watching a UConn men’s game. She said to him, “I didn’t know boys play basketball too.”Self, 54, told The Associated Press he feels a little uncomfortable being enshrined in the middle of his career, which includes nine 30-win seasons and an NCAA championship in 2008“I hope it doesn’t mean that I’m on my last leg yet,” he said. “I think this will be motivation to try and validate it, always. I’ll work harder now that ever to validate being thought of with these other fraternity members.”Self spent part of his speech listing the Kansas basketball coaching greats in the Hall of Fame.“James Naismith, Phog Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and me; what is wrong with that picture?” he joked.Jernstedt, credited with overseeing the growth of the Division I men’s tournament and the creation of the women’s tournament, acknowledged to reporters that his class doesn’t include a superstar name like Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal, but said he is impressed with what this class has meant to the sport. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket “I didn’t know three of four of these people very well at all before, but the contributions they’ve made are so impressive,” he said. “Hopefully now, more people will understand that and reach out and learn more about them.”center_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Tracy McGrady raises his fists as he takes the stage for his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA scoring champion who played for seven NBA teams in his 16-season pro career. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Tracy McGrady says his wife, Clerenda, has been trying to get him to say that he deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time league scoring champion couldn’t bring himself to do that, until Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He went to the podium during his induction pumping his fists in the air as the crowd chanted “T-Mac,” then celebrated his 15 years in the league.“On this day, I can finally say, ’Yes I deserve to be here,’” said McGrady, who played for seven teams, starring with Toronto, Orlando and Houston. “I am truly humbled. I’m grateful and proud to be in the class of 2017.”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 shutoutMcGrady was among 11 basketball greats enshrined Friday night.The class also includes former ABA and NBA star George McGinnis, former UConn and WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, Kansas men’s coach Bill Self, Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw, former Texas high school coach Robert Hughes, former Harlem Globetrotters player and now owner Mannie Jackson, NCAA administrator Tom Jernstedt and former European star Nick Galis.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comSocial media exploded after the Philippines’ monumental victory over China Wednesday night in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.The Filipinos showed tremendous heart and grit in beating the Asian champions, 96-87, at the start of the continental tilt and that fact did not escape the fans.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The whole country was watching tonight, and rejoicing. Nakakatayo ng balahibo! And very proud of you. #PUSOADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Not surprised by @tbvromeo performance… I gotta guard that every day in practice!! 🕺🕺🕺🕺— mike cortez (@mikecortez_11) August 9, 2017 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters — sam daghlas (@samd13) August 9, 2017 READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bidGilas Pilipinas was playing with an undermanned, All-Filipino roster with June Mar Fajardo sitting out with an injured calf and naturalized center Andray Blatche begging off a week before the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPerhaps the biggest cheerleader of Gilas Pilipinas was sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, who couldn’t help but be proud of the Filipinos’ effort in the victory.What a great win tonight!Made more special with an all Filipino crew. Great job Team. Great job @coachot !— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) August 9, 2017 Sweet win. Proud of Japeth. Chot coached brilliantly. Like all of us in the PBA, China didn’t know what to do with Terrence. Again, awesome!— Tim Cone (@manilacone) August 9, 2017Fellow players–some former members of the national team—also took to Twitter to share their excitement over the Filipinos’ strong start in the Fiba Asia Cup, where the country has finished second the past two editions. Helll f**king yea!!! I see you T-Romeo!!! Lil bro Balling! #PUSO— Asi Taulava (@agelessasi88) August 9, 2017 Terrence Romeo is taking over the clutch role that Jimmy Alapag left! #BigTimeClutchBaskets @tbvromeo @JAlapag3 #LetsGoPilipinas #Gilas— Vince Hizon (@VinceHizon12) August 9, 2017 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul — Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) August 9, 2017Ginebra coach Tim Cone, a former national team coach, also marveled at the Filipinos’ tenacity against their Asian rivals, saying Gilas Pilipinas is “ready for anyone.”READ: Gilas shatters Great WallHe also praised his player Japeth Aguilar, who made a big impact on the defensive end, with a team-best five blocks.Who’s next??? Bring ’em on!! Gilas is ready for anyone!ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments 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 Jimmy Alapag, who was part of the team that ended the Philippines’ curse to South Korea in 2013, put into words what Gilas players are probably feeling right now.No better feeling than getting the opportunity to represent our country!!! #PUSO 🏀❤️— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) August 9, 2017LA Tenorio, meanwhile, turned into a big fan—like most of those who witnessed Terrence Romeo’s mesmerizing performance against China—when talking about the sly guard.Grabe ka @tbvromeo!!! #Puso #LabanPilipinas— L.A Tenorio (@LA_Tenorio) August 9, 2017Romeo unleashed 26 points including eight of the Philippines last 12 points that put Gilas Pilipinas out of danger in the last four minutes of the game.He’s on his way to earning nick name of big shot Romeo of Asia @hoopnut @JAlapag3 @FIBA — Tim Cone (@manilacone) August 9, 2017 Pocari bucks 2-set hole, grounds Air Force to book Finals berth Gilas Pilipinas hopes to sustain the momentum as it faces Iraq on Friday in the continuation of the group stages.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgUnai Emery’s decision to take Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal starting line-up means that nobody can afford to rest on their laurels, according to Lee Harper. Ozil has been the Gunners’ standard-bearer since moving to north London in 2013 from Real Madrid. The former Germany international has forged a reputation as one of the Premier League’s elite playmakers, breaking several assist records for Arsenal while also racking up more than 40 goals in his 208 appearances.  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! Emery, however, has used Ozil sparingly in recent weeks, with the star making just two appearances in all competitions over the course of November. And Harper believes that the Spanish manager has sent a message that below-par performances will not be tolerated even from Arsenal’s most experienced players.“I think Emery’s been fantastic. He’s given everyone a breath of fresh air, changing a few things around tactically and bringing in new ideas,” the ex-Arsenal keeper told Love Sport Radio.“The fact he reportedly left out Mesut Ozil because he wasn’t happy with his work-rate tells you that no one is safe.“Everyone knows that they’ve got to go out and perform and give 100 per cent.”Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a huge north London derby at home to rivals Tottenham. Arsenal celebrate 2018-19A place in the top four is on offer if the Gunners can win, and Harper has called on his old employers to leave nothing to chance against third-placed Spurs.“I think it’s going to be tough on Sunday, as tough as the game against Liverpool,” he added.“Tottenham are buoyed from a really big win against Chelsea and they have some very good players.“I think it’s a bigger game for Arsenal. Tottenham would be more satisfied to come away from the Emirates with a point whereas Arsenal could do with all three to keep themselves right in there at the top.“If they lost to Spurs there would be a six-point gap between them and you don’t really want that at this stage of the season.“They need to keep on their tails so hopefully they’ll get the win.“They’ve passed every test they’ve faced so far on this 18-month unbeaten run and that’s a fantastic achievement, but they’ve also drawn four or five games recently and now they’re 10 points down on Manchester City.“They need to pick up some wins as well and there’d be nothing better than picking up a win on Sunday.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgBritish player Dan Evans has been provisionally suspended after admitting on Friday that he had failed a doping test for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April.The world number 50, who reached his first ATP Tour final this year in Sydney and has played for Britain in the Davis Cup, released a statement at a news conference in London.”This is a very difficult day for me and I wanted to come here in person and tell you guys face to face that a few days ago I was notified that in April I tested positive for cocaine,” the 27-year-old from Birmingham said.”It’s really important to know that this was taken out of competition and in a context completely unrelated to tennis.”I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second that this was acceptable behaviour,” Evans added.”I’ve let a lot of people down, my family, my coach, my team, sponsors, British tennis and my fans and I can only apologise from the bottom of my heart.”Evans, who pulled out of this week’s grasscourt tournament at Queen’s Club due to injury, will be provisionally suspended from June 26 and will not be able to play at next month’s Wimbledon championships.”Mr Evans was charged on 16 June with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation,” the International Tennis Federation’s Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) said in a statement.”Mr Evans has accepted the finding of cocaine in his sample collected on 24 April.”As positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension, Mr Evans will be provisionally suspended with effect from 26 June…pending determination of the case.”advertisementBEST SPELLEvans has enjoyed the best spell of his career in the past 18 months having dropped outside the top 700 two years ago.After reaching the final in Sydney he made the last 16 at the Australian Open where he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.At the Barcelona Open he won his first Tour-level matches on clay, reaching the last 16 before losing to Dominic Thiem.The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said it was “very disappointed” at the news.”We absolutely condemn any form of drug-taking and will support the process which needs to take place,” it said in a statement.”We are in touch with Dan and we will offer appropriate guidance, support and education to him on how best to address the issues he now faces.”Evans is not the first tennis player to fall foul of cocaine. Frenchman Richard Gasquet escaped with a two-and-a-half month ban in 2009 after an ITF tribunal panel ruled that he inadvertently took cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub.In 2007, former world number one Martina Hingis said she had tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon that year and promptly announced her retirement from professional tennis.The Swiss five-times grand slam singles champion was banned for two years but has since returned to the tour as a successful doubles player.last_img read more

first_imgIndia is a big market for PUBG and that has been evident from all the activities the PUBG team does. From mega e-sports events to special India-themed seasons, the game in its own way tries to keep Indian players happy. Recently, we got see the PUBG LITE for PC in India under the beta program for selected players and now, we have PUBG MOBILE LITE in India.What is PUBG MOBILE LITE?In simple words, it is a lighter version of the full-blown PUBG MOBILE that we have been used to for a long time. The main version on mobile utilizes resources extensively to offer console-quality gameplay experience but it struggles to run on low-end smartphones. In a country where smartphone manufacturers thrive on budget smartphone sales, it was only wise to bring a version of PUBG optimised for these low-end smartphones and tablets to reach a wider audience.PUBG MOBILE LITE has been in beta in other South-East Asian countries and it has been finally introduced in India. There are a couple of things quite exciting about PUBG MOBILE LITE:Installation details:–It can run on phones with a minimum of 2GB RAM.–The download size is only a mere 400MB, which can be easily downloaded even on 1GB per day data packs.However, there are a couple of optimisations the team has done keeping in mind the poor network conditions in rural areas as well as low-end devices. The developers say that the authentic PUBG experience is retained but in a more optimised way.advertisement–The game only hosts 10-minute Classic mode matches for now with up to 60 players. This is done in mind keeping the low-end resources on phones and weak network conditions.–The map quality is optimised along with parachute loading screen to offer a smooth experience on old or low-end phones.–The game also brings a few gameplay assists such as auxiliary aim assist, bullet trail adjustment with increased bullet speed, weapon recoil suppression and extended Time to Kill.–When a shooter shoots at you in close proximity, the game will highlight his/her location on the mini-map. Also, players will now be able to heal themselves while moving.– The Winner Pass replaces the Royale Pass and will have much faster achievement unlocks and span a month, with fantastic rewards on offer.ALSO READ | Erangel in PUBG becomes more realistic, updated graphics and new elements make it more interestingALSO READ | PUBG finally explains how it all began: New trailer video shows evolution story in Erangel mapALSO READ | PUBG LITE Beta quick review: Feels like heaven for PUBG loyalists on low-end PCslast_img read more

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. -30-center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for highway sign replacement until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. A Detour route is available on Trunk 3 from Hubbards to Blockhouse. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge located on Tannery Road in the town of Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour route will be available on Avon Street. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she was sad to see that the values endorsed by India’s founding fathers were being undermined. “On this day in 1946, the interim government of Undivided India was formed, which functioned till August 1947. I am saddened to see that many of the values our founding fathers stood for are being undermined,” Banerjee tweeted. The interim government of India, also known as the provisional government, was formed on this day in 1946 and lasted till the country got independence on August 15, 1947.last_img

first_imgREGINA – A retired police chief wants the coroner’s office in Saskatchewan to develop a plan for responding to mass casualties like the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.Former Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill, who released his review of the provincial coroner’s office Wednesday, said the office was tasked with creating such a plan 13 years ago but none exists.“They’ve done everything they can to keep their head above water and they haven’t had a lot of time to get right down and deep into some of the policy and procedure that they should be responsible for,” Weighill said.“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when we have mass casualties.”In December, a plane crashed near the remote northern community of Fond du Lac, seriously injuring nine people. One man later died in hospital.In April, a truck and a bus carrying the Broncos junior hockey team collided at an intersection near Tisdale. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured.Weighill cited both recent tragedies in calling for a mass casualty plan and making 44 recommendations including adding six positions to the coroner’s office.Weighill, who was tasked with the review in November, said he was excluded from examining specific cases like the mix-up in the identification of two Broncos players.Two days after the crash, it was discovered that a player believed to be among the dead was actually in hospital, and the player thought to be in the hospital was in the morgue. The name of the player still alive had already been released by the coroner’s office and RCMP on a list of those killed in the crash. The coroner’s office apologized for the mistake.Weighill said that he met with a Broncos family as part of his review but didn’t name them because he wanted people to be frank.He suggested the roles of coroners and first responders at scenes where there are mass casualties need to be better defined.“Further, the plan needs to address issues of mass body transfer, temporary morgue infrastructure and evidence collection criteria.”Weighill suggested Saskatchewan keep its coroner’s model, instead of changing to one using medical examiners, such as in Alberta and Ontario.He also recommended staff get help for post-traumatic stress disorder, that community coroners receive more than the current one day of training and that a child death review committee be created.Justice Minister Don Morgan said he’s not sure how much it will cost to add all the positions that Weighill is recommending.“But I think it’s probably worthwhile to take that recommendation and look to see if we can do those things better,” Morgan said.Opposition NDP justice critic Nicole Sarauer said she’s concerned it’s taken this long to develop a mass casualty plan.“This is what happens when the coroner’s office is chronically underfunded for several years,” she said.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Roots Corp. has lowered its sales and earnings estimates from targets set when the company went public in October 2017 after sales fell “well below” its own expectations in the third quarter.The clothing company’s total sales for the three months ended Nov. 3 were $87 million, down three per cent from $89.7 million last year when Roots benefited from Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.Net income was $2.8 million or seven cents per share, down from $5.0 million or 12 cent per share last year.Adjusted net income was $4.7 million or 11 cents per share, down from 23 cents per share in last year’s third quarter.Analysts had estimated $90.6 million of revenue and 16 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Roots says its performance during the quarter reflected the absence of a large marketing campaign and unseasonably warm fall weather.The company is now estimating between $358 million and $375 million of sales in fiscal 2018, compared with the estimated range of $410 million to $450 million when Roots did its initial public offering.Roots is also revising its fiscal 2019 target range for adjusted EBITDA to between $46 million and $50 million, from between $61 million and $68 million, and it’s also revising its adjusted net income target range to between $20 million and $24 million from its previously stated target range of between $35 million and $40 million.Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTaylor mayor Rob Fraser and Chetwynd mayor Merlin Nichols at the opening of the Peace Island Park Pavilion. Photo by Chris NewtonTaylor mayor Rob Fraser gave some brief remarks at today’s ceremony, speaking about the hard work and dedication of those who have been involved in the pavilion’s construction.Chetwynd mayor Merlin Nichols also spoke about how the concept of the pavilion – which was initially imagined as more of a gazebo to be built by the playground near the park’s boat launch – had evolved over time, getting bigger with each year to become the rather large building with a wood fireplace it is now.He said that the pavilion’s evolution was similar to the evolution of Chetwynd’s annual chainsaw carving competition, which was fitting as Nichols and several other councillors were on hand for the unveiling of one of the community’s famous chainsaw carvings.Taylor mayor Rob Fraser and Chetwynd mayor Merlin Nichols unveiling the donated chainsaw carving at the opening of the Peace Island Park Pavilion. Photo by Chris NewtonFraser spoke about how Nichols had offered up one of Chetwynd’s carvings at around the same time the final concept of the pavilion was taking shape, and that the carving should be co-located with the pavilion and the as-yet built accessible playground, which is currently in the fundraising stage. TAYLOR, B.C. – Officials with the District of Taylor, the District of Chetwynd, the Fort St. John Petroleum Association, and the BC Peace Country River Rats were on hand today at Peace Island Park for the grand opening of the Park’s new Pavilion.Building the Pavilion has been the focus of both the River Rats and the Oilmen for the past several years, when the idea of building a permanent structure at the park along the Peace River was first imagined.The River Rats have hosted numerous fundraisers for the pavilion since 2016, including their annual Mother’s Day Dance. In August of that year, the Northern Development Initiative Trust awarded a $250,000 grant towards the pavilion’s construction. The carving, titled ‘Climbing Lessons,’ was carved in the 2006 competition by Prince George carver John Rogers.last_img read more

first_imgThe 37th Edition of India Carpet Expo, organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council, was inaugurated on March 10, 2019, at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla, New Delhi. The event began with lamp lighting ceremony by Raghvendra Singh, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in the august presence of Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The Expo is organised with an aim to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets, and other floor coverings among the visiting overseas carpet buyers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSpeaking at the event, Raghvendra Singh said: “We are very glad that CEPC organises this Expo twice every year to promote Indian weavers worldwide. Every year Expo generates a huge amount of business. We have everything handmade and hand weaved here, which is the major attraction to the foreign buyers.” He further appreciated the new innovations and display by the members. Chairman, CEPC highlighted that carpet industry was not incorporated in the recent decision taken by cabinet for extending ROSL (Rebate on State Levies) to the handmade carpet industry. Raghvendra Singh, Secretary Textiles immediately called for a meeting on March 11, 2019 with the representatives of the Handmade Carpet Industry to present their case and assured his best possible support to the Handmade Carpet Industry. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardShantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) appreciated the efforts made by Chairman and Committee of Administration in organising India Carpet Expo on such a large scale and expressed hope that the benefit will ultimately go to the artisans and weavers. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC said, “India carpet expo is an ideal platform for International Carpet Buyers, buying Agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish long term business relationship. This exhibition is a crucial step towards taking Indian exports of handmade carpet to much greater and newer heights. We have also set up a special theme pavilion wherein the experts of the industry are showcasing the process of carpet weaving through the concept of ergonomic and flexible tufting frame.” Sharma further added that orders worth over a thousand crores are expected to be executed. New fall-winter colors and designs are being showcased at the Carpet Expo. India Carpet Expo is one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia that offers a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. With the participation of over 305 exhibitors, it has become a popular destination worldwide for handmade carpets. A record number of 152 overseas carpet buyers from around 60 countries registered their presence on the first day of the fair. It is the endeavor of the Council to provide an exclusive business environment to both carpet importers as well as manufacturer-exporters, which ultimately will benefit about two million weavers and artisans employed in this highly labour intensive rural based MSME cottage industry.last_img read more

“I appeal to the SLFP, the way they are saying now that they are for the 20th Amendment, they must go to parliament and let everyone know what their stand really is,” he said. President Maithripala Sirisena today urged the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to put words to action and vote for the 20th Amendment to the constitution in Parliament.Speaking at a rally in Colombo, the President said that the public must know who is for and who is against the 20th Amendment. The President noted that if electoral reforms are not introduced now, then the people will curse the current Parliament in 10-15 years saying the current Parliament missed an opportune moment. (Colombo Gazette)

This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Sri Lanka, and the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Rubber-Rice Pact between the two countries. Wang said China expects to cement solidarity and cooperation with developing countries including Sri Lanka. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang met with visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana in Beijing Wednesday, Xinhua reported.Wang said China highly values its relations with Sri Lanka, and regards the country as an important cooperation partner in the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes and beyond. It comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Marapana congratulated China on the success of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.He said Sri Lanka considers China a close friend and partner, and hopes to participate in the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and boost cooperation in ports, infrastructure and other areas. (Colombo Gazette) read more

OSU redshirt senior offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) poses for pictures with fans after the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavorgianis | Photo EditorThe look of maize and blue and scarlet and gray across from one another has graced the final weekend of college football for numerous decades. Thousands of players have traveled through the gauntlets of Columbus and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Some of the rivalry’s biggest names made their final statement in their final game in their home stadium.On Saturday against No. 3 Michigan, when the four Buckeye captains walk uniformly to midfield for the coin toss, Ohio State redshirt seniors center Pat Elflein and linebacker Joe Burger will be the only two captains at the coin toss who are definitively playing their final game in Ohio Stadium.Elflein and Burger are both natives of Ohio, so the rivalry means more to them, naturally. Elflein grew up in the Columbus suburb, Pickerington, and Burger in Cincinnati.The first time Elflein played in “The Game” was one of the more memorable ones in 2013. At the start of the third quarter, OSU then-freshman H-back Dontre Wilson was tackled following a kickoff and surrounded by several Michigan players. From there, flags flew, punches were thrown and the sidelines had nearly emptied. Starting offensive lineman Marcus Hall was one of three players ejected, and when he exited the field, he saluted the crowd with a double bird. Enter then-redshirt freshman Elflein.“I saw a fight break out. Someone told me that Marcus just threw a punch. I was like, ‘Uh-oh.’ Then they started naming off numbers that were ejected, then I heard No. 79 and was like, ‘Alright, I’m in,’” Elflein said.Having not played in any games other than when the outcome was completely out of reach, Elflein filled Hall’s role admirably on a day OSU ran for over 400 yards. The Buckeyes put up 42 points in Ann Arbor and its championship dreams — at least at the moment — were saved by Tyvis Powell who intercepted a go-ahead two-point conversion by Michigan.“I’ll never forget that. We talk about it, especially around Thanksgiving, because it’s always getting ready to play that game,” he said. “Everything happened so fast, and I just remember the end of the game.”Elflein could have left with what felt like the majority of the team after last season. He was projected as a high-round pick. He already accomplished a national championship. What more could he have wanted?Elflein’s decision to come back to Columbus for his final season shocked a few, but not necessarily his teammates. When Elflein agreed to make the switch from guard to center this summer, that was evident of who he is. Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis specifically remembers how Elflein treated him when Lewis arrived on campus as a freshman.Being from North Carolina, Columbus was brand new to Lewis. As a true freshman, he didn’t really know anyone in the program other than maybe a couple guys he went on recruiting visits with. One of the first teammates to approach Lewis was Elflein. He offered Lewis, fellow freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle and others a ride to practice as early as 5:30 in the morning.“He was always there to pick me up when I was down. Pat’s a tremendous leader,” Lewis said. “We all love him. For this to be his last go round, this is tough.”Elflein has been a starter on the offensive line for three years now, this being his only at center. He is one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has been behind the line for the majority of those three years and has a great appreciation for not only what Elflein has accomplished on the field, but the person he is outside of cleats and shoulder pads.“He means a lot to me. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had and that’s just solely because he cares about the people,” Barrett said. “I think at times, especially when you’re at a top-tier university, you get caught up on doing well in your own individual success. He had himself together, but he always seeked out to see how you were doing, how someone else was doing … That’s why he came back is to be with us. I think that’s selfless and not a lot of people come around like that.”Losing Elflein won’t be easy for coach Urban Meyer, either.“I can’t give an adjective to over emphasize his value to our program, and I’ve done this 29 years,” Meyer said on Monday. “He’s as good a player, person, leader as I’ve ever been around. We have senior tackle on Thursday. That will be a tough one.”Joe BurgerBeing one of the Ohio’s top recruits in his recruiting class, Elflein probably expected his day in the sun. For Burger, his status as a Buckeye was a little more up in the air.Burger played his high school ball at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, where he was a Division-I first team All-Ohio football player and won a state title in not just football, but basketball as well. He had multiple offers from Mid-American Conference Schools, such as Bowling Green and Miami University, but Burger had greater aspirations.He decided to take a preferred walk-on role at OSU as a member of the 2012 class. He redshirted his first year in Columbus and then increasingly saw more playing time. He started one game in 2013 and saw time in every game in 2014 on the team’s way to a national title. By the time 2016 rolled around, it was determined by Meyer that Burger had paid his dues.The former walk-on earned his scholarship for his fifth and final season of Buckeye football. And not only did he receive a scholarship, but he was named a team captain along with fellow former walk-on and roommate senior linebacker Craig Fada.“If I have any more children, I’m going to name him Burger Fada. That’s how much I love those guys,” Meyer said. “Two of the most selfless guys I’ve ever been around, and I’m so proud to be able to put them on scholarship. They’ll be Buckeyes the rest of their life.”Burger’s family is a lineage of walk-ons.His father was a walk-on player at Notre Dame before earning a scholarship. His brother Bob, too, walked on at Notre Dame after leaving Dayton where he was playing on scholarship.Unlike Elflein, Burger isn’t going to be drafted and get the opportunity to play in the NFL. However, being able to play in his final game at the ‘Shoe against Michigan with so many national implications, Burger considers it an honor to take part in the historic edition of the rivalry.“It’s really a dream come true,” he said. “Ten years ago, you remember watching it (No. 1 OSU vs. No. 2 Michigan) and to play in a game like this is surely something special.”It’s 10-1 OSU versus 10-1 Michigan with a shot at getting into the College Football Playoff on the line. For Burger, it’s even more than that.As a captain and one of 21 Buckeyes being recognized on Senior Day, the Cincinnati native will run out of the tunnel one final time. The colors of maize and blue and scarlet and gray decorating the stadium and the field, the feel of one team united against another and to be a captain in one of the most anticipated installments of the rivalry, Burger doesn’t know how he’ll handle his emotions.“It’s hard to think about right now. I don’t know if the reality has really set in,” Burger said on Monday. “This thing has been built up all year long. At some point on Saturday, it may hit me. I don’t know if I can describe it until I get in the tunnel for one last time, hug my parents. I’m sure it will be a special moment for me.”Elflein and Burger will join elite company with five wins over Michigan if OSU wins on Saturday. read more

Junior forward Dakota Joshua skates with the puck against Princeton during the Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament win on March 24. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s hockey team could not have dreamed of a worse start in its first Frozen Four game since 1998. It giving up two goals to Minnesota Duluth in the first three minutes of the game and got outshot 17-4 by its opponent in the first period.The Buckeyes seemed to tilt the momentum toward them as the game wore on and picked up their first goal with 10:33 remaining in the game. But the late push was not enough and the No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell 2-1 to No. 3 Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals of the Frozen Four, ending its season. This is the second year in a row that the Bulldogs (23-16-3) eliminated the Buckeyes (26-9-5) from the NCAA tournament.The game’s first goal came less than two minutes into the game on a cross-ice pass from Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman Matt Anderson. He found Louie Roehl alone, and the freshman forward buried a shot past redshirt goalie Sean Romeo to take the early lead.Just 71 seconds later, Bulldog senior forward Jared Thomas beat Romeo low on a breakaway attempt made possible by a pass through the neutral zone by senior forward Karson Kuhlman. It was his 10th goal of the season.Romeo badly misplayed the puck and nearly gave up a third goal shortly after the Bulldogs’ second goal. But he was able to recover just in time to keep the puck out of the net. Romeo held strong the remainder of the game and stopped 26 shots. The Buckeyes got on the scoreboard in the third period with a power-play goal by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. With the help of sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege’s broken stick, Laczynski found himself alone in the slot with the puck, and ripped it past goalie sophomore Hunter Shepard to make the score 2-1.The biggest missed opportunity for Ohio State came in the second period on a power play. Sophomore forward Ronnie Hein had a wide-open net to shoot at while Shepard was down, but Kuhlman blocked the attempt with his stick, shutting down Ohio State’s momentum on the man advantage.Shepard gave the Buckeyes fits, saving 19 of 20 shots. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer Bishops’ teacher charged with rape, remandedMarch 8, 2018In “Court”Former teacher committed to stand trial in High Court for rapeMay 15, 2018In “Court”Sex scandal update: BHS teacher arrested, released on $100,000 bailDecember 3, 2017In “latest news” More than three months after being implicated in a sex scandal which alleged that he had been sexually involved with students while being a teacher attached to the Bishop’s High School, the Department of Public Prosecutions has finally recommended that Coen Jackson be charged with “sexual activity with a child by abusing the position of trust”.Embattled teacher: Coen JacksonThe disclosure was made on Wednesday by representatives of the DPP, following police investigations into the matter.Last year, iNews had reported that Jackson is being accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent.Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations on numerous occasions but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are now both in their early 20s.The Police claim that between December 2010 and May 2011 at Durban Street, Lodge, Jackson raped one of his students.The Ministry of Education then launched a full-fledged investigation into the allegations and upon completion authorised the Police to begin conducting a criminal investigation.The Police’s investigation resulted in Jackson being arrested and charged for one count of rape.However, the law enforcement officials had stated that their investigation is still on-going as they are still investigating other similiar allegations against the teacher of over 20 years.It was the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Cultural Advisor who broke the news of the allegedly sexual misconduct of Jackson on social media and ever since the story has catapulted resulting in a number of past students relating their experiences.The Cultural Advisor, in a letter to the Chief Education Officer, detailed numerous reports he received from present and past students of the teacher, who allegedly sexualized his lessons, had inappropriate conversations with female students and engaged in multiple sexual relationships with female students. (Ramona Luthi) read more

first_imgThe Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) has adopted the name Pronia as its business name and will from now on be known by that name.The president Mr George Spiliotis stated: “Pronia is proud to have made a significant contribution to our community over several decades. Today, changing demographics and models of care mean the organisation will be better able to advocate for a stronger community by transitioning to a new name that supports our mission and enables us to better serve all generations and meet the emerging needs of the Greek-speaking community.”Mr Spiliotis highlighted that Pronia means to ‘provide’ or ‘make provision for’ in Greek, but of course it means more than that. Its deeper connotations of ‘care’ and ‘forethought’ lie at the heart of their mission. “Many in our community have always known the organisation by this name and we now look forward to extending our story to colleagues, stakeholders and supporters among the broader community.”CEO Voula Messimeri emphasised that “at its core our organisation, Pronia, stands for the creation of a stronger community that enables individuals to reach their full potential. All existing programs, services and advocacy are embedded within this central aim. It is the job of our new brand, the logo and name, to further reflect and express this aim through our interactions with each other, with our clients, service providers, government and other valued stakeholders.” The legal name of Australian Greek Welfare Society Ltd will remain for the purposes of contracts with government, sub-contractors and other legal requirements. Mr Spiliotis concluded that “from its origins as a vital support system for the first wave of migrants, to supporting the development of a strong community over 44 years in the making, to the present, Pronia is paving the way to develop services and programs and innovate to effectively meet its stated purpose and mission going into the future”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new charitable project, the St Anna Centre for Community and Independent Living has just commenced construction and Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias recently blessed the new parish laying the Foundation Stone under the auspices of the Greek Archdiocese of Australia.Community members and special guests gathered at the Allied Drive site for the blessing service that was followed by community officials’ speeches and a celebratory afternoon tea at the Greek Community Centre in Bundall.The distinguished guest list included Mayor Tom Tate; Councillor Kristyn Boulton; Honorary Consul for Greece in Queensland, Jim Raptis OBE and St Anna President Sandra Voukelatos and her committee. Co-officiating were St Anna’s Parish priest, Fr Roman Stergiou and Fr Lavrentios Pescar from St Paraskevi Parish, Brisbane.Brisbane presidents Michael Anastas, Dr Peter Marendy and Stathi Zambas wera also present as well as founding benefactors of the Community Stamatina Vaggelas and Marika Palyaris who were warmly acknowledged in the main address. Mrs Voukelatos addressed those present explaining that the Parish had always dreamed of building a charitable project that would assist people within the city expressing her gratitude to the Gold Coast City Council.“Firstly, this dream would not have commenced without the generous gift of land given lease hold by the Gold Coast City Council to the Greek Community and, as you will see around you, to other communities and charitable organisations,” she said.“We thank them for this generosity which has allowed many communities to benefit and assist those in need. “Secondly, we are enormously grateful to Jim, Helen and Evan Raptis who have so generously donated the cost of this first building. Their enormous continuing contributions to the life of the Greek Orthodox Community of St Anna cannot be overstated. They continue to deepen the life of the Greek people here and the life of our city in general,” she concluded.The Raptis family donation allows the commencement of this major project completely free of debt.In its entirety, the project will eventually have 40 units that will be made available at a moderate rent to financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people within the Gold Coast. The first building will be ready for its tenants early in 2018 and will consist of seven individual units. Mr Raptis responded by outlining the plight of people who through family breakdown, illness or loss of a job find it difficult to find somewhere they can afford to live, while paying bills, groceries and medical expenses.“The Greek community through this project will play a part in helping those in need and those who are vulnerable,” he stressed.“My family is honoured to springboard such a worthy project that will be ongoing, multiplying the good within the city.”last_img read more