first_imgNine college students from Pune were killed after their Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV) collided with a truck on the Pune-Solapur highway in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to the Loni Kalbhor police, the incident occurred at around 1 a.m. on Saturday near Kadamwak Vasti village on the highway. The police said that the nine students from Yavat in Pune were on their way home in a Ertiga after a trip to Raigad. “The vehicle was being driven at a very high speed and lost control suddenly, as a result of which it crashed through the divider and collided head on with a truck in the opposite lane,” police inspector Suraj Bandgar, of Loni Kalbhor police station said. The sound of the collision woke up the villagers who, along with some passing motorists, tried to help the occupants of the Ertiga. However, the vehicle was badly damaged and the police was informed. Several teams of policemen, along with ambulances and a Fire Brigade rescue team, reached the spot within the hour. “The impact of the collision was very severe and all nine occupants in the car died on the spot. We moved their bodies to Sassoon Hospital in Pune,” Mr. Bandgar said. Based on identification cards found on the deceased, along with documents in the vehicle, the police identified the nine victims, all aged between 21 and 25 years of age, and contacted their families. The bodies were handed over to the families late on Saturday evening after postmortem examination. Meanwhile, the police registered a case after recording the statement of the truck driver, who escaped unhurt. “We have posthumously booked the driver of the Ertiga for causing death due to rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act,” Mr. Bandgar said.last_img read more

first_imgTo encourage organ donation, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced that an annual award will be instituted in the name of a youth from Ganjam district whose organs were transplanted in six persons following his death in a road accident.Mr. Patnaik made the announcement after parents of Suraj Sethi, father Babuli Sethi and mother Gitanjali, met him at the Lok Seva Bhavan here on Monday.Suraj, a bachelor who was working in Surat, met with an accident on October 29. After struggling for about five to six days in hospital, he was declared brain dead on November 2.Six organs transplantedThe parents of Suraj were contacted by a Surat-based non-government organisation. They decided to donate their son’s organs to save the lives of others. Accordingly, his heart, liver, two kidneys and both eyes were transplanted in six different persons.While his heart was carried by plane to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai and transplanted into the body of a woman, his kidneys and liver were transplanted into three persons in Ahmedabad, and the two eyes given to two persons in Surat.Appreciating the noble act of Suraj’s parents, the Chief Minister announced allotment of homestead land and a house under the Biju Pucca Ghar scheme for them. He also announced an assistance of ₹5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as recognition for their inspiring act. The award to be instituted by the Odisha government will be given to persons and organisations working for promotion of organ donation in the State.last_img read more

first_imgCricket has given people enough reason to believe in the worst of it. The latest allegations of members of the Indian cricket team using “performance-enhancing drugs”, however, must be held up to the scrutiny of both reason and science. In the absence of a prohibitory code, overseas cricketers have flirted with drugs, whether sampling cannabis or trying out cocaine and heroin. But these were young men looking for thrills, not unfair advantage. What is unproven is whether performance-enhancing drugs (banned in Olympic sports) can make a significant difference in cricket. They may improve stamina but strength without direction will not help a bowler. Intense concentration without technical discipline will not result in runs. A steroid works on the body only when coupled with the most intense training, the kind the Indian team is not known for. Whatever Ajit Agarkar is said to be on, it’s obviously not helping. That a coach, who may or may not have made the allegations, did not bother to find out what his players were being given is symptomatic of an old-style approach to running a team. Indian team trainer Andrew Leipus recommending dietary supplements is part of the new. The difference between the two is an understanding of the potential and limits of sports science.The real scandal is in Indian athletics and weightlifting. Here drug use is rampant and, worse, practised by cut-price doctors hired from the now-defunct laboratories of the Soviet bloc. Despite evidence in the form of skewed results, mishandled injuries, and the latest, a drug bust in the National Institute of Sports hostel in Patiala, it hasn’t caused a stir. Athletics and weightlifting are relatively fringe sports in India. Cricket is currency.last_img read more

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix’s first playoff stint has left the team with invaluable lessons.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid After finishing at no. 2 heading into the playoffs of the PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fuel Masters plummeted once the big lights shone bright and lost their twice-to-beat edge to seventh seed Meralco.With three shots to make it to the quarterfinals again in PBA Season 44, star guard Matthew Wright and the Fuel Masters know exactly what they need to work on to make a deeper playoff run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s the same team, the same feeling, the same games, it’s just more games in a shorter amount of time and we just have to play better,” said Wright during Phoenix’s practice before the New Year.“I guess there’s a little bit of playoff atmosphere but whatever that is we can’t let it bother us or change the way we play because at the end of the day we’re playing the same games.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pelicans hope Elfrid Payton’s presence reinvigorates playoff hopescenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Phoenix had a lackluster performance in the first two conferences failing to enter the playoffs on both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but things changed when the team acquired the mercurial Calvin Abueva in a trade with Alaska right before the Governors’ Cup.Abueva averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks during the eliminations for the Fuel Masters but the whole team hit a snag against the Bolts in the playoffs.The loss is what Wright and his team are looking to avenge in their quest to become a better team in 2019.“We still haven’t won our first playoff game as a franchise so we’ll start there,” said Wright. “We lost twice to Meralco and that’s something we want to avenge but we have a long way to go to think about the finals. We’re going to take it one game at a time.”“We have to be a lot more disciplined come playoff time.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ The 23-year-old Bolick debuted in style, turning in a game-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field on top of three rebounds and three assists in close to 36 minutes of play.“He’s different. He’s made [for the PBA],” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPBA fans who never religiously followed Bolick’s NCAA career were surely left surprised by the guard’s performance.But his Batang Pier teammates have somewhat saw that coming from Bolick. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We’re not surprised. I’m not surprised because I’ve seen him play in our tune-up games and I’ve known then that he’s going to have a big impact on our team,” said swingman Paolo Taha, who also starred for NorthPort with a career-best 21 points.“We all know Robert is a winner ever since he was in college with many championships at San Beda. I like playing with him because he can do everything. He’s a court general, an unselfish player so he and Stanley are the ones who dictate our tempo,” Taha added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stanley Pringle and Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNorthPort newcomer Robert Bolick scored 10 points in his first six minutes in the PBA, had nine in the third quarter before adding the finishing touches in the final frame including a tough step back jumper from the deep right corner in front of his team’s bench.“He’s not even a rookie,” said his superstar teammate Stanley Pringle Wednesday after the Batang Pier steamrolled the Blackwater Elite, 117-91, in the two squads’ opening game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. ” He’s ready to go, ready to work.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening After last season’s runner-up finish, Lady Tamaraws not looking too far ahead Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDimapur, Dec 16 (PTI) Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang said the state needs proper infrastructure to promote sports and enable our youth to compete in national and international events.The Nagaland government is making all efforts to make the state a sport hub of region which will go a long way in encouraging our young boys and girls in honing their sporting talents, he said at the closing function of the 1st Nagaland Olympics which concluded today here.The chief minister said the state has many talented sports persons who can compete in national and international arena provided they are given the right exposure.Today sports have become a major industry in terms of employment and revenue generations. As such let us try to inculcate sports as part of our developmental programme in all seriousness, Zeliang added.More than 1000 athletes from 11 districts took part during the 5-day event which began on December 12. PTI COR RGlast_img read more

first_imgThe Xiaomi Redmi 5A, which is also known as desh ka — entry level but still desh ka — smartphone, is one of the best selling devices from Xiaomi so far. Even months after its launch, getting the Redmi 5A during its flash sales is extremely difficult. It goes out-of-stock in a blink of an eye. The problem, as far as consumers are concerned, is that there is no good alternative to the Redmi 5A in the other words. Or in other words, no good competitor. This I believe changes with the Infinix Smart 2.After using the Infinix Smart 2 for 10 days I can say that the phone has all that is needed to compete with the Redmi 5A. Launched recently, the Infinix Smart 2 comes with the same Rs 5,999 price tag as the Redmi 5A. It’s an online-exclusive phone and this price is for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage model.It does lack a few features, given that this is sort of an entry-level smartphone. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Not a big loss, in my opinion. It doesn’t have a bezel-less screen, or dual cameras. But then what phone with similar price has these features. Instead, the Infinix Smart 2 offers something better: good basics, decent hardware that makes the phone a decent choice.In some areas, the phone is even better than the Redmi 5A, although in some the Xiaomi phone is ahead. But overall, I have to say that the Infinix Smart 2 impressed me.Design is basicFor a phone this affordable, I didn’t expect much in design when I took the phone out of the box. And I was right to go in with low expectations. The Infinix Smart 2 isn’t a great looking phone. It is as basic as it can get. Like any other phone at this price segment, the Infinix Smart 2 is also made of plastic with a removable back cover that has a matte finish. The edges of the Smart 2 are curvy, which help in gripping the phone and you can use it with a single hand. The phone comes with thick bezels all around, which makes the handset look boring but also probably makes it look sturdy.advertisement Overall, if design matters to you in a phone, the Infinix Smart 2 may not impress you much. But then if a fabulously designed phone you want, you will have to spend more. It’s like, for now, you can’t do any worse or better than the Infinix Smart 2 at a price point of Rs 5,999.Display could have been betterJust like the design, the display of the Infinix Smart 2 is also basic. Compared to some of the other phones at this price point, the Infinix Smart 2 comes with a much bigger screen. The numbers tell a good story: The Infinix Smart 2 sports a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD display that has a resolution of 720 X 1440 pixels, an aspect ratio of 18:9, and an 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio. But beyond numbers, the story isn’t that rosy. The brightness level of the Smart 2 is fair enough in indoors, but take it out and in sunlight, the screen looks washed out and full of glare.Inside a room, keeping the brightness level of the Infinix Smart 2 display to around 50 per cent works well enough for me. But, under the blazing sun, you need to keep the brightness level to maximum, which in turn consumes a lot of battery. The Smart 2 comes with adaptive brightness, but it didn’t work all that great and I often — especially outdoors — manually adjusted the brightness level to keep the phone usable.The gaming performance is decent, although the Infinix Smart 2 works best when used with light games like Candy CrushWhen it comes to colours, the Infinix Smart 2 screen mostly gets it right. The phone shows vibrant colours. The viewing angles, though, are disappointing and that makes watching videos on the device a bit of hassle. You have to hold it at an exact angle. The Infinix Smart 2 comes with an inbuilt reading mode called the eye-care that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum for night-time reading. Nice!Android 8.1 OreoNow that Android 9 Pie is out, and rolling out to some phones (Google Pixels for now in India), it is fair for customers to expect newer version of Android in their phone, even in a budget phone. Unfortunately, most smartphones at this price — under Rs 6,000 — come with old software. Even the Redmi 5A is no exception. But surprisingly that isn’t the case with the Infinix Smart 2. It rocks Android 8.1 Oreo with custom user interface called XOS 3.3.0. The smartphone doesn’t come with stock Android interface and it has a number of third-party apps like PHX browser, Facebook, Flipkart, XClub preloaded on it. These pre-installed apps, however, can be deleted. The smartphone also comes with features like WhatsApp Mode, Battery Saver and Do Not Disturb etc. I would have liked stock, or at least close to stock Android. That would have given users real taste of Android Oreo but Infinix surely had other ideas.advertisementHit or miss cameraThe Infinix Smart 2 comes with a single camera setup on both front and back panel. The primary camera uses a 13-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 lens, while on the front, the Smart 2 sports an 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture lens and dual LED flash. The selfie shooter is capable of capturing bokeh shots — which in my tests turned out to be better than expected.IMAGE SAMPLESOverall, I feel the cameras of the Infinix Smart 2 could have been better. It’s true you can’t expect much in this price range, and there are areas where the Infinix Smart 2 cameras deliver. But low light performance is disappointing. After using the phone for 10 days, I can say the Infinix Smart 2 is capable of capturing fairly decent pictures in good lighting. If only it could have also managed well enough with the food pictures during dinner in a dimly-lit restaurant…With the back camera, the Infinix Smart 2 clicks decent pictures in good light. There is a lot of detail in photos, and colours are pleasant. Although, don’t blow up the photos or crop them too close. Apart from the poor low light performance, I also occasionally faced issues with exposure. In strong light, the phone has a tendency to overexpose photos, which means some part of the picture end up washed out. In low light, the LED flash doesn’t help improve the picture quality much. The rear camera of the Infinix Smart 2 comes with beauty and HDR modes, but when used none of these features enhance the image quality in anyway. Surprisingly, the front camera is a better performer for the money. The selfies clicked with the Infinix Smart 2 show good colours and fair amount of details. Unlike the rear camera, the front snapper comes with a bokeh mode, meaning the Smart 2 is capable of clicking pictures that have blurred background. Such a feature is not common in budget phones, the fact that the Infinix Smart 2has it and that it works well is a pleasant surprise. The low light performance of the front camera too is poor.Android good bit about the Infinix Smart 2 is that the phone comes with face unlock feature which works quite swiftly and unlocks the device is a fraction of second. Sadly, there’s no fingerprint sensor.Performance and battery lifeThe Infinix Smart 2 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The smartphone comes in two variants — the base version with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and the top-end model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.advertisementJust like the way camera works, the raw performance of the phone is also a mixed bag. For this review, I used the 2GB RAM plus 16GB storage version of the Infinix Smart 2. It didn’t disappoint me much as far as all-round performance is concerned. Remember, the speed and multitasking prowess of the Smart 2 is being compared with phones in this price range.In some areas, the phone is even better than the Redmi 5A, although in some the Xiaomi phone is ahead. But overall, the Infinix Smart 2 is impressiveWhen you pick up the phone and use it, it is fast enough. There is no discernible lag. But keep using it for a while, and phone starts to struggle a bit as the open apps accumulate. This is when you can notice some lag while switching between apps, or scrolling through Facebook or Twitter feed.The gaming performance is decent, although the Infinix Smart 2 works best when used with light games like Candy Crush (yeh, we are still playing that). Games like Asphalt 8: Airborne run too but after a while — say 15 to 20 minutes of gaming — do show some lag.For the price, I believe the Infinix Smart 2 delivers good enough performance. It’s not blazing fast. But then given that it is sold for Rs 5,999, it doesn’t have to be.The Infinix Smart 2 delivers a good battery backup. It comes with a 3050mAh battery. But hardware that is modest with its power requirement means that the Smart 2 manages to last a day when its battery is full in morning. Charging the phone, however, takes a while because there is no fast charging, not that you should expect this feature in a budget phone.Infinix Smart 2 for Rs 5,999: Should you buy it?If you are looking to buy your first smartphone and don’t want to spend more than Rs 6,000 or even Rs 7,000, I believe the Infinix Smart 2 can be a good option for you. For its price, the Infinix Smart 2 delivers more than what you expect from it. However, keeping aside all the goodness it has, I still wish Infinix could have worked a little more on the design and the performance of the Smart 2. A bit better showing on these aspects could have made the Infinix Smart 2 a perfect phone.So, should you buy the Infinix Smart 2, or go for the Redmi 5A? Considering, Xiaomi is a more popular brand than Infinix, most people would prefer getting the Redmi 5A. I too will suggest that you get the Redmi 5A, if that option is available to you. The problem with the 5A is that it is difficult to purchase it. The phone is rarely in stock. In fact, it is still sold in flash sale. So, if you can’t get the Redmi 5A do consider Smart 2. It’s more or less equally good.Infinix Smart 2 review 7.5/10Good stuffGood battery lifePocket-friendlyLatest softwareFace Unlock works wellBad stuffBoring designLags in multitaskingCameras hit or misslast_img read more

first_imgUNC players celebrate in the locker room after beating Duke.YouTube/UNCTarHeelsTVThere are few things better in sports than beating your rival. UNC lost a heartbreaker at home to Duke earlier this season, but paid them back on Saturday night with a massive win at Cameron Indoor Stadium to lock up the ACC regular season championship. After the game, the team was absolutely exuberant in the locker room. Late last night, UNC posted an awesome video of the celebration. UNC is the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament, and is a favorite to claim one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament. It is definitely a good time for the Tar Heels.last_img

first_imgBoston College's football team huddled up on the field.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – OCTOBER 07: The Boston College Eagles huddle during the second half of their game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Alumni Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)One of the nation’s best players reportedly won’t suit up for his team today.AJ Dillon, arguably the best running back in college football, has been sidelined the past few weeks with an ankle injury. Despite getting some much-needed time to rest, it looks like he’ll be on the sideline once again today.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Dillon won’t play this afternoon against Louisville as he recovers from an ankle injury.Here’s the report.Source: Star running back AJ Dillon will not play for Boston College against Louisville today. This is the second consecutive game he’s missed with a left ankle injury.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 13, 2018It’s a huge blow to the Boston College offense that revolves around the star running back. Dillon sits at No. 11 in the country in rushing with 652 yards despite not seeing the field last weekend against NC State.The Eagles failed to find a win against NC State last week and needs to find a way to take down Louisville today to move one step closer to a bowl game.With four wins on the season, BC is knocking on the door of the postseason.last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Richmond Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is ready for its closeup. The community and craft conscious brand has created a strong name for itself by creating high quality, delicious beers while staying true to a mission of environmental stewardship and philanthropy. With a large expansion on tap, it’s time you get to know Hardywood.The brewery’s motto, “Brew with Purpose,” can be found on many of Hardywood’s branding materials, but it’s more than just a tagline. The brewery uses locally-sourced ingredients, recycled packaging materials, and is even 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Spent grains are shared with local farmers to be used as feed or compost. And since its opening, Hardywood has donated more than $100,000 to local charities like The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation as well as larger industry initiatives like Ales for ALS. That’s a strong track record of giving for a five year old operation. The excitement around Hardywood doesn’t stop at its philanthropy. No matter how noble the mission, a brewery without good beer will fail. With a solid core line up and exciting, sought after seasonal and special releases, Hardywood is generating the right kind of hype and following. Take for example its Virgindia IPA or VIPA for short. This flagship, year-round offering has a big tropical aroma and a full, lush tasting pattern that results in a refreshing, session-worthy feast of hops. It’s a real-world blend of the traditional India Pale Ale with a local flair, utilizing state-grown heirloom barley and hops.As for its more limited offerings, the recently released (and completely sold out) Trickery is an imperial milk stout aged in apple brandy barrels. After eight months in those barrels, the base beer evolves into a sweet, sticky dessert drink that is much more than the sum of its parts. Hardywood’s Farmhouse Pumpkin bucks the trend of most fall seasonal ales by being more saison than sweet. It’s a delicious decision that brings the Belgian yeast to the fore and lets the flame-roasted Virginia sugar pumpkins and brown sugar additions complement rather than compete. The upcoming winter months mean the return of Gingerbread Stout, another Reserve Series beer made with fresh local ginger and honey along with Madagascar vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon.Hardywood’s plans for expansion include a pilot brewery and taproom in Charlottesville, Virginia, in late 2016, and a new brewing facility and “beer campus” in Goochland, Virginia, to follow in 2017. That increase in production will surely result in wider distribution and a chance to get Hardywood’s beer in your home town. In the mean time, a visit to the original Richmond brewery and tap house should be on your craft beer road trip itinerary. Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene last_img read more

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsThe Liberal dominated ethics committee voted down an opposition motion that would have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak freely.This is the second committee where the opposition has failed to convince their Liberal colleagues to allow Wilson-Raybould, and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott to speak more about the SNC-Lavalin case.“The coverup continues,” Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said after the meeting ended.Wilson-Raybould told the justice House of Commons justice committee last month that she was pressured by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior advisers and senior ad visors to the finance minister, to overrule the decision by the director of public prosecutions not to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than proceed to a criminal trial on fraud charges.She believes she was shuffled out of justice in January because she wouldn’t change her mind.Trudeau has denied anything improper occurred but has been unable to change the channel from the saga that has badly hurt his public image. He said the whole thing boils down to a breakdown in trust between him, his aides and Wilson-Raybould.During the almost two-hour-long meeting Tuesday, Conservatives and New Democrats urged their Liberal colleagues to put partisan issues aside and agree to have the ethics committee take on the probe after the Liberals ended the justice committee’s investigation last week.Liberal MP Nathaniel Ermine-Smith, who voted in favour of an NDP motion in February to hold a public inquiry on the matter, said at the ethics committee Tuesday a new probe may only result in relitigating what has already been said at the unless the two former cabinet ministers were granted wider waivers to testify on the issue.Trudeau has not indicated any willingness to do that saying the waivers were already unprecedented and allowed for the facts relevant to the matter at hand to be made public.The justice committee heard from 10 witnesses over five meetings but opposition parties say Wilson-Raybould named 11 people who she felt crossed the line and all of them should be asked to testify. Only two of those people were among the witnesses the justice committee did hear from.Trudeau faced renewed questions about the controversy during a morning event in Winnipeg where he was trying to promote his government’s budget introduced one week ago. He would not, however, say whether he rejected Wilson-Raybould’s 2017 recommendation for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Sources told The Canadian Press that Trudeau turned down Wilson-Raybould’s recommendation that Glenn Joyal be elevated from chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench to chief justice of the Supreme Court over Joyal’s views on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Shortly after Trudeau told Wilson-Raybould he did not support her choice, the sources said Joyal withdrew his name from consideration.In a statement Monday, Joyal said he submitted an application for consideration for the Supreme Court in 2017, only to be forced to withdraw his name for personal reasons related to his wife’s health.Instead, Trudeau appointed Sheila Martin to the high court and named Richard Wagner as chief justice. Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper appointed Wagner to the high court.Trudeau said Tuesday he would not discuss the matter nor would he say whether his office was involved in the leak of what is usually a highly confidential appointments process.Trudeau said it is the prime minister’s choice of who to nominate for the Supreme Court, as well as for chief justice, and that Canadians can and should continue to have faith in their judicial system.Speaking at the ethics committee meeting, Kent said the breach of a highly confidential judicial appointment process would warrant a parliamentary investigation on its own. He also said the story could compromise the integrity of the appointment process, and possibly some sitting justices.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirande-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tatiana FlowersRabat – Twenty-six-year old, Anthony Sawina faces up to seven years in prison for five counts of second degree assault after he shot a group of Muslim men while they were on their way to prayer at a local mosque in Dinkeytown, Minneapolis.Just after 2 a.m. on June 29, Sawina and his friends approached five young Somali, Muslim men, all of whom were wearing traditional garb during the holy month of Ramadan.  The group had been walking toward their car and on their way to a local mosque after a basketball game when Sawina and his friends approached them. Hussein Gelle, one of the Muslim men who was shot, said Sawina and his friends had just left a bar and were visibly intoxicated when one of them screamed, “F*** Muslims,” according to Kare 11, an ABC affiliate.According to The Independent, the five Muslim men ignored them.  Sawina or one of the men in his group then screamed out again, “What’s that dress you’re wearing,” mocking the Somali men’s traditional clothing.One of the Somali men then responded, asking why they were screaming out such remarks.  This is when Sawina pulled out a handgun and started shooting at the windshield once the five Somali men were situated in their car.  Two of the men were able to run away as Sawina moved around to the passenger’s side of the car where he shot two of the other men in the leg.  The other three men were not at all injured.When police arrested Sawina they found the same 380-caliber handgun he had used to shoot the Somali men.  He is currently being held at Hannepin County jail with a 75,000-dollar bail, according to The Independent.  He also has a rap sheet with previous arrests for illegally possessing guns.Mr. Gelle told The Independent, “The rhetoric against Muslims, especially from politicians today, encourages people to believe they can exercise violence in the name of vigilante activity.”  He spoke about one of his friends that was shot that night, adding that he was still traumatized by Sawina.  “He thought he had seen someone that looked similar [to Mr. Sawina] at a gas station and he panicked, but it wasn’t the person he thought,” Gelle said. read more

“These findings underscore the importance of aligning efforts to prevent sexual violence and HIV prevention,” Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé said of the report – HIV/AIDS, Security and Conflict: New Realities, New Responses – produced by the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI), a global research programme supported by UNAIDS.“These connections have yet to be well established within the global context of HIV prevention, treatment, cure and support.”Among 10 specific ways in which peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian responses may be better attuned to the risks of HIV, ASCI called for greater attention to the links between violence against women, forced sex, and increased risk of infection, citing groups of men who control sex workers and trafficking as a “core group” influencing transmission rates.It also highlights the transition from war to peace as a factor that increase transmission as refugees go hone, soldiers leave the army and relief agencies wind down, urging international donors to provide funds to cover the gap in HIV services between relief and development. HIV prevention, treatment, care and support should be integrated into disarmament and demobilization programmes, it adds.The report stresses that in many countries laws and law enforcement drive the AIDS epidemic underground by criminalizing injecting drug use, sex work and homosexuality, thus ruling out proven HIV prevention methods such as needle exchange and the promotion of condom use.It called for a new international effort involving lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to draw up HIV-sensitive laws and policing. 22 September 2009Violence against women, the transition from war to peace and the criminalization of drug use and homosexuality are among the political, economic and social factors driving the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. read more

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 91.01 points to 15,126.32, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 110.82 points to 21,937.88. The S&P 500 index was down 18.45 points to 2,455.57 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 68.32 points to 6,284.01.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.64 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 78.71 cents US.The September crude contract was up 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $12.40 to US$1,285.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down two cents to US$2.91 a pound.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the signing of the Global Compact initiative – which aims to involve businesses in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions – by five of Ghana’s leading companies and several other organizations.Alfred Sallia Fawundu, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, called the signing a “ground-breaking” initiative for pursuing strategic partnerships and creating an enabling environment for all partners to promote business growth.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched the Compact in 1999, challenging businesses and other groups to embrace its nine principles upholding universal human rights, labour rights and environmental standards to help build a social and environmental framework to sustain the new global economy.At the recent signing ceremony in Accra, Ghana’s Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, exhorted other businesses to pursue their enlightened self-interest by signing the Compact, since social responsibility was emerging as a major criterion in investment and purchasing decisions.”We live in a globalized world, and though the anti-globalization movement may seem far away, it symbolizes the potential danger for companies and other partners ignoring social responsibilities,” he said.Ashanti Goldfields, whose CEO, Sam Jonah, is a member of the Global Compact Advisory Council, was among those companies joining the initiative. Others included Barclays Bank Ghana, Domod Aluminium, Interplast, and Standard Chartered Bank Ghana.Three business groups joined, including the Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana Chamber of Mines, and the Private Enterprise Foundation. The Trades Union Congress and the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement, a civil society group, also signed on. read more

The measures would include “the possibility of ‘hot pursuit’ operations, joint air patrolling, shared border responsibility, the establishment of a sub-regional reserve force, the possible reinforcement of airspace monitoring and joint planning for the repatriation of foreign combatants,” Pierre-Andre Wiltzer, Minister for Cooperation and La Francophonie of France, which holds the rotating Council presidency, said in a statement adopted at the conclusion of a debate on the issue.The 15-member Council will review further recommendations from Mr. Annan after he has consulted with the governments involved and, meanwhile, encouraged States in the region to organize joint patrols along common borders, according to the statement.These countries were also urged to ensure that arms embargoes are fully implemented, Mr. Wiltzer said, voicing the Council’s intention “to continue to consider whether any further restrictive measures are necessary to stop the illicit flows of arms to conflict zones.”Recognizing the need to address both the supply and demand side of the weapons equation, the Council invited governments to take steps in response to private companies selling “illegal arms or security services.”The Council also invited the Secretary-General and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) to improve the coordination of UN and ECOWAS activities in West Africa, Mr. Wiltzer said.ECOWAS was encouraged to “name and shame” those in the region who engage in the black-market arms trade or use mercenaries and child soldiers. Video of Council meeting [3hrs 10mins] read more

Ohio State freshman wide receiver Chris Olave (17) and redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrate after Olave scored a touchdown in the first half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s 62-39 win against then-No. 4 Michigan, the Buckeyes go into the Big Ten Championship with momentum — momentum that could lead the Buckeyes into the College Football Playoff, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin has thought the committee has been pretty consistent on its view of Ohio State in the playoff rankings, something that has fueled the team as a whole. “I think up until last week, I think they thought there were some inconsistencies or they want to say our defense or our offense can’t run the ball, things like that,” McLaurin said. “We’ve heard it all and we just try and focus on getting better each and every week. At the end of the day, we’ve been winning games and that’s what really matters.” But No. 6 Ohio State remains on the outside looking in, and it needs a convincing performance against No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday to earn a place in the College Football Playoff. This is something Northwestern has prided itself on all season long: playing its opponents close.The Wildcats (8-4, 8-1 Big Ten) have been within 14 points in each game it has played this season, falling to ranked opponents Michigan and Notre Dame by a combined 13 points, yet narrowly defeating Nebraska in overtime and recording one-score wins against Rutgers and Illinois. This hurt Northwestern in significant ways, losing all three of its non-conference games, including a 39-34 loss to Akron. However, head coach Urban Meyer does not view the Wildcats as a team Ohio State will play down to, something he admits happens in the program. “You watch them play. They’re very — they’re not averaging 55 points a game. But they’re very productive,” Meyer said.  “So, yeah, we play at the level of competition. That happens sometimes. You’d like to not have that happen. It does. That certainly is not this case.” The Northwestern defense brings something that will not allow for the Ohio State offense to have what McLaurin refers to as a “hangover” after putting up 62 points against the Wolverines. Despite having the 20th-worst offense in the country, the Wildcats allow 21.7 points per game, tied for No. 29 in college football. Much of this has to do with head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s pass defense strategy: perfecting the zone. “You just don’t see big hits against them,” Meyer said. “They keep the ball in front of you. And sometimes that’s — nowadays that’s harder than a team that you know is going to be man coverage across the board.” Despite allowing 238 yards passing per game, placing near the bottom of the Big Ten in pass defense, the Wildcats have allowed only 14 passing touchdowns all season, the same as Penn State and Wisconsin, who are the No. 2 and No. 5 pass defenses in the conference, respectively. With redshirt junior defensive lineman Joe Gaziano, who was named as a second-team All Big Ten defense member, and sophomore linebacker Blake Gallagher, Ohio State will have to overcome a Northwestern defense that McLaurin says is “bend and don’t break.”Redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins even said his approach to the offense will have to change when facing zone coverage instead of man-to-man coverage. “With zone coverage, you have to complete 70 percent of your passes to be able to move the ball down the field against them,” Haskins said. “So you have to be able to pick them apart, dissect them and be able to see the coverages and zones and knowing that every pass is not going to be a touchdown.” While the Ohio State offense faces a defensive scheme it’s not used to, the Buckeye defense will face a Northwestern offense that does not exactly stand out on paper. The Wildcats hold the 23rd-worst scoring offense in the country, averaging 23.7 points per game. Northwestern has not found much success running the ball, recording only 114.8 rushing yards per game. However, it has found its signature back in freshman Isaiah Bowser after Jeremy Larkin announced in September that he had medically retired from football. Bowser, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, has recorded six touchdown runs this season. The Sidney, Ohio, native has also rushed for more than 100 yards in four of his past six games, recording two multi-touchdown contests. The passing game is led by redshirt senior quarterback Clayton Thorson, who has completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Even with underwhelming numbers, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano views Thorson, who threw for 256 yards and ran for 44 yards with two total touchdowns against Ohio State in 2016, as an accurate passer who understands schemes very well. “He’s an NFL quarterback,” Schiano said. “We need to make sure we understand how that all fits in their entire offense.”PredictionOn paper, it’s clear who has the advantage in this game. Northwestern’s numbers do not stand out on the page and do not have any advantages personnel-wise over Ohio State.  But that has not kept the Wildcats from playing these games close. Northwestern led then-No. 14 Michigan 17-0 prior to allowing 20 unanswered points from the Wolverines. Even with the collapse, Northwestern still had a very close deficit when the clock hit zero. Now, the Wildcats go into its first Big Ten Championship with something to prove: that it can overcome a ranked Ohio State team that has arguably the most momentum heading into a conference championship game than any other team in the country. But even if a loss is not in the future for Northwestern, it is likely the Wildcats will play a game similar to the other ranked opponents it has faced this season, keeping with Ohio State until the very end. The Wildcats can do this by limiting Ohio State’s success in the passing game, erasing any big-play ability for Haskins and his wide receivers by limiting the Buckeyes to short slant and crossing routes. This may not keep the Buckeyes off the scoreboard, but would take time off the clock and take away an important part of the Ohio State passing attack. Ohio State is favored and likely will win this game. But Northwestern will not become the 59-0 example that the Buckeyes got in Wisconsin during the 2014 season. Colin Gay: 42-24 Ohio State Wyatt Crosher: 30-13 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 34-17 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 54-21 Ohio StateAmanda Parrish: 35-14 Ohio State read more

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first_imgThere are many videos of brand new gadgets getting smashed and destroyed for no reason other than to see what happens and maybe to gain a moment of fame on YouTube. It seems completely unnecessary and a total waste. The fact is, though, electronics are destroyed all the time by people who don’t really want them to be.If you are really accident-prone, then chances are you have dropped your smartphone or tablet already. When it comes to making your next purchase decision, seeing what device is most likely to hold up to your inadvertent torture is important.As such, if you are trying to figure out whether to buy a Nexus 7 or an iPad mini, there is a new video that you might want to check out above. The website Android Authority has posted a comparative look at how each tablet is able to hold up to various drops from about 4.5 feet.After the first drop on to their sides, the iPad mini held up quite well while the Nexus 7 already started to show significant damage. After the second drop, this time on their backs, the Nexus 7 became completely non-functional while the iPad mini still worked despite showing severe damage.The iPad mini also still worked after the third and most intense part of the drop test: face-down. The Nexus 7 ended up with more scratches and dents. So the moral of the story is that if you are going to drop your tablet from 4.5 feet high more than a couple of times, you are going to have a messed up tablet no matter what, but the iPad mini will be more likely to still work.The fact the iPad mini costs over 50% more than a Nexus 7, it’s not surprising to find it’s a little bit more resilient.via Android Authoritylast_img read more