Court summons man in Unnao frame-up case

first_imgA Delhi court on Saturday summoned another person for allegedly conspiring to frame Unnao rape survivor’s father in a case of illegal firearms possession after taking cognisance of a supplementary charge sheet filed by the CBI. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma directed Sharadveer Singh to appear before it on September 5. The court had earlier framed charges against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother Atul Sengar, three former U.P. policemen and five others for allegedly framing the rape survivor’s father in an illegal arms possession case.False documentsThe court noted on Saturday that Singh was part of the alleged conspiracy to frame the rape survivor’s father by planting arms and for falsely implicating him by creating false documents. The CBI named Singh for offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 166 (public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person), 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document), 193 (false evidence), 201 (disappearance of evidence) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record ) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act. The court had earlier also framed all the accused for allegedly murdering the rape survivor’s father while in judicial custody. The counsel of the rape survivor and her mother, advocate Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, had earlier told the court that there were lapses in the CBI investigation and further probe was required to bring forth the role of others involved in the alleged conspiracy. The CBI had told the court that further investigation was going on and it may come up with a supplementary charge sheet in the case. The woman was allegedly raped by Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor. The court had also framed the MLA in the rape case. The rape survivor’s father was arrested on April 3, 2018, and died in judicial custody on April 9, 2018.last_img read more

WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third time

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LeBron’s 3rd visit speaks of his love for hoops-crazy Philippines, says Alapag Read Next NBA Superstar LeBron James during his Nike Strive for Greatness Tour at the Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonNBA superstar LeBron James kept his promise and he delivered another show for his Filipino fans during his Strive for Greatness event Saturday night at Mall of Asia ArenaJust like his previous two visits here in 2013 and 2015, James joined an exhibition game between current and former national team players and thrilled the crowd with his electrifying dunks.ADVERTISEMENT The three-time NBA champion vowed to be back in Manila. Watch the highlights of his “Strive for Greatness” show here:LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES 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 shutout MOST READ US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

World Cup: India-Pak semifinal tickets costs Rs 1 lakh in black

first_imgICC World Cup ticket.Black marketers are making a killing with cricket enthusiasts from India and Pakistan scrambling to get tickets for the semifinal in Mohali at “any cost”.Tickets for the semifinal – dubbed as the mother of all clashes – have been attracting offer prices up to twenty times the original rate.So big is the rush that tickets priced at Rs 10,000 were being sold for about Rs 50,000.The tickets worth Rs 15,000 are attracting bids of about Rs 1 lakh each. The student block tickets priced at Rs 250 are commanding a price of up to Rs 5,000 while the huge demand has escalated the chair block tickets worth Rs 500 each to Rs 10,000.Fans have been making phone calls to friends and acquaintances, including those in media and police, to arrange the tickets or accept money for passes.The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium at Mohali – which would host the historic semi-final on March 30 – has made arrangements to accommodate 27,500 people.The PCA sold more than 15,000 tickets over the counter on March 21 and 22.Those who bought tickets earlier are trying to sell them in the black market since people are ready to dole out “an unprecedented” amount for tickets.Though police authorities claimed they would check black marketing of tickets, cricket enthusiasts revealed a large number was actually being sold by cops – some of whom are on security duty in and around the stadium.Representatives of some corporate houses, who were ready to pay ‘any amount’, were seen outside the PCA Stadium in an effort to get tickets for the corporate boxes.advertisementThe town also expects more than 200 fans from Pakistan and Mohali’s neighbouring towns – Chandigarh and Panchkula – have also made elaborate arrangements for receiving the guests.MP Pandove, PCA secretary, stated that the association had already sent 50 tickets to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).”The PCB would distribute those tickets among their official visitors, celebrities and other VIPs. Several sports enthusiasts had made arrangement of tickets on their own,” Pandove said.”People from Pakistan are calling us for tickets. The tickets with the PCA have been sold out,” Pandove said.GS Walia, PCA joint secretary, said that some senior political personalities and celebrities were expected to witness the match.”We have made arrangement for world-class hospitality,” he said.AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi and chairman of the Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani are also expected during the match.last_img read more

Spidercams are fine as long as it’s not affecting the game: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli said that he doesn’t mind the idea of using Spidercam in Test cricket as long as it is not affecting the the game in any way.Spidercams have been used in One-dayers, Twenty20s and IPL matches but the technology has never been experimented in Test matches. However, it will be used for the first time during the first Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur starting tomorrow and when asked about Kohli’s thoughts on it, he said when it interrupts the game, it’s never a “nice feeling”.”It’s something which has been added for the entertainment of the people. People to get different view and perspective about the game, how the game is seen or looked at from different positions from the ground. That’s one thing which is achieved through the Spidercam.”Everything you do or introduce, will have flaws and those need to be corrected and make sure that Spidercam doesn’t come into the guidelines of the game, or becomes too interactive and starts interrupting the field of play. That’s not logical,” Kohli said. (Also read: India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)During the fifth One-day against Australia in Sydney early this year, India were chasing a huge 331-run target, when Kohli’s uppercut off John Hastings had hit the Spider Cam en route to the boundary ropes and the umpire had declared the ball dead.India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had earlier expressed his displeasure regarding the Spidercam.He had made it clear that he was not a big fan of such interruptions where one stroke can change the course of a tense match.advertisement”If it’s used at a safe distance, in between overs, in between deliveries, when everything is safe, not while the play is going on, I think that’s a pretty logical assessment as far as I am concerned,” Kohli said.”It’s obviously distracts you when you are fielding, batting you are not focused on all those things. Ball hitting the Spidercam is freak incident. We have seen that before and it can happen again, the balls have been given dead balls which could have been fours and sixes.”It can change the whole game, you might not be able to hit those fours and sixes again. If it doesn’t come into the field of play, it’s fine. As long as, it doesn’t stop the cricket,” he added. (Also read: World T20 experience will help our spinners against India: Kane Williamson)There have been a few other instances when Spidercam affected the proceedings during the sporting events. During the fourth Test in the 2014-2015 Gavaskar-Border Trophy Test Series between the India and Australia, the Australian captain Steve Smith missed a catch, which was blamed on a supporting wire being within his line of sight.During the 2012 Champions League Twenty20, in a Group match between Mumbai Indians and Sydney Sixers, Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik’s shot hit the Spidercam. The hit didn’t result in any damage to the camera system and it continued to broadcast. The ball was declared dead. (Also read: India vs New Zealand: Five reasons why Black Caps can stun fancied hosts in Kanpur)Even during the Rio Olympic Games, in a volleyball match between the United States and Netherlands, a ball had hit the Spidercam and was declared out of bound by the judge. The US coach had appealed against the decision but he was told that it can’t be contested.According to the rules, The Spidercam should be placed at least 30-feet high from the ground.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Ines Henriques breaks own world record to win women’s 50km title

first_imgInes Henriques smashed her own world record by more than two minutes to win the inaugural women’s 50 kilometre race walk at the World Championships on Sunday.The 37-year-old crossed the finishing line at The Mall in 4 hours, 5 minutes and 56 seconds, obliterating her previous best of 4:08:26 which she set in January after the IAAF ratified conditions for a women’s 50km record.Henriques dominated the race to win her first major global title, and the first race walking title to go to a Portuguese woman.Reuters PhotoDraped in the flag of her country, she was embraced after the finishing line by a member of her team and cheered generously by the crowds lined up all the way down from Buckingham Palace.”It is great that the 50km is at the World Championships despite the fact that it is a really hard event,” Henriques told reporters.”The last 5kms were really tough. My goal was to go under 4 hours and 6 minutes, so I am really happy with this time.”It felt like at home in London with so many Portuguese fans supporting me. I hope that in future we will see more women competing at this distance.”Athletes from China completed the podium. Yin Hang claimed silver with an Asian record of 4:08:58, while 20-year-old Yang Shuqing finished third with a personal best of 4:20:49.The conditions were near-perfect for the athletes, who were competing at the same time as the men, with bright sunshine, clear skies and a cool breeze.The IAAF introduced the women’s 50km to the programme in July in order to ensure gender equality.advertisementlast_img read more

Europa League quarter-finals: Arsenal take 2-0 advantage over Napoli

first_imgAn Aaron Ramsey strike and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday – and a rare and valuable clean sheet to take to Italy in a week’s time.Arsenal took the lead in the 14th minute through Ramsey, who finished off a sweeping move down the right by calmly slotting the ball past Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret.They doubled the advantage 10 minutes later after a moment of individual brilliance from Lucas Torreira, who dashed through the Napoli midfield before spinning and switching the ball to his left foot and letting fly.The Uruguayan’s shot took a heavy deflection off Senegal defender Koulibaly and was registered as an own-goal.”We can be happy with this result, but (Napoli) are going to be more competitive away. Our challenge – our success – is going to be if we can be competitive away,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery told reporters, repeatedly describing the tie as “50:50″.The Gunners tried to increase their advantage as the first half wore on but they failed to capitalise despite several shots on goal from strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Napoli had Meret to thank for numerous saves.Carlo Ancelotti’s men poured forward at the start of the second half in search of an away goal, with striker Lorenzo Insigne’s effort ruled offside and Koulibaly denied moments later when keeper Petr Cech tipped his header over the bar.ARSENAL CHANCESThe game quickly opened up and Ramsey, who will join Napoli’s rivals and Serie A leaders Juventus in the close season, and Nacho Monreal created chances at the other end but were unable to outwit Meret again.advertisementNapoli went closest to scoring when Insigne raced down the right and crossed to Piotr Zielinski, but the Pole’s right-foot effort shot up over the bar.”We had our chances and wasted them. We know we didn’t have a good game. Now we have to think about the return leg,” Insigne told Sky Sports.”The away goal would have been vital. We have to stay focused, learn from our mistakes and have more courage next week,” he said.The Italian side have now failed to beat English opponents away from their San Paolo stadium in nine attempts in European competition, and will need to find some scoring form at home if they are to progress in the competition.”I think the second half gave us some idea how we can play the second game,” Ancelotti told reporters, suggesting his side had more of the run of play as Arsenal’s players tired, a number of them pulling up with cramp as the game neared the end.Also Read | Champions League: Allegri lauds Ronaldo as Juventus held to a draw at AjaxAlso Read | Champions League quarters: United boss Solskjaer hoping for PSG repeat against BarcelonaAlso See:last_img read more

Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik shatters glass window with huge sixes

first_imgPakistan’s veteran batsman Shoaib Malik broke two glass windows after hitting two massive sixes for Vancouver Knights against Brampton Wolves in the Global T20 Canada League on Thursday at CAA Centre, Brampton.Riding on breathtaking knocks by Malik and Andre Russell, Vancouver Knights entered the knockouts by beating Brampton Wolves in a rain-interrupted match.The 20-over game was reduced to 16-overs-a-side due to rain and batting first, Vancouver Knights skipper Malik and Andre Russell batted very well to take the Knights’ score to 170 for four wickets in the stipulated 16 overs.Malik scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 balls. At the same time, Russell scored 43 runs off 21 balls at a strike rate of over 200. Russell hit three fours and four sixes in his innings. At the same time, Malik hit four fours and three sixes.A quick innings of 46*(26) by @realshoaibmalik helps @VKnights_ post a match winning score of 170/4 after 16 overs.#GT2019 #BWvsVK Canada (@GT20Canada) August 9, 2019In response, Brampton’s team was reduced to 103 runs. From Brampton’s side, only their captain Colin Munro could touch the figure of ten. Munro scored 62 runs. Apart from him, Ish Sodhi scored nine runs. No batsman could make more than nine runs.During his match-winning inning, Malik has hit the ball out of the boundary in such a way that it broke the glass of the cabin twice, which left the audience in shock.In an unusual scenario, @realshoaibmalik literally hit two glass breaking sixes.#GT2019 #BWvsVK Canada (@GT20Canada) August 9, 2019Match SummaryVancouver Knights 170-4Brampton Wolves 103-All OutVancouver Knights won by 77 runs (DLS method)Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik was left out of the list of players awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.Malik had announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only play T20 format while Hafeez has retired from Test cricket.Read more | Every profession has conflicts: Anil Kumble on ‘Conflict of Interest’ issueAlso see:last_img read more

Ian Robertson hangs up his mic: ‘You don’t gain anything from being an assassin’

first_img Show Happy retirement to Ian Robertson, last of the BBC’s cherished sporting voices Read more Radio 5 Live Autumn internationals Ian Robertson’s most memorable BBC commentary came 15 years ago this week – the closing moments of England’s dramatic World Cup final win over Australia in Sydney. With Rob Andrew as his co-commentator, Robertson takes up the story in the 100th minute of the match:Robertson Dawson goes through. Makes a wonderful break. He’s tackled 15 metres from the line. Back’s there. Wilkinson will drop for goal. There’s offside surely against England – no, Martin Johnson has it. He drives. There’s 35 seconds to go. This is the one. It’s coming back for Jonny Wilkinson. He drops for World Cup glory. Andrew Yesssssss!Robertson It’s over. He’s done it! Jonny Wilkinson is England’s hero yet again. And there’s no time for Australia to come back. England have just won the World Cup.Andrew Oh … my … goodness. Catch the ball, get it off the pitch.Robertson We’ve had full-time. They just have to get this ball into touch. There’s no time for anything else. It comes to Mike Catt. He kicks it high into the stand. The whistle goes. It is all over. And England are the 2003 world champions. Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Pinterest On Saturday, Robertson will do his last commentary, England versus Australia at Twickenham. He is 73 and his eyes are not as keen as he would like them to be. “It’s the right time,” he says. “I can still do it but it’s harder work.” He decided the World Cup in Japan would be one trip too many “for an old fossil like me”. It is the end of an era. Robertson learned the trade from broadcasters such as Bill McLaren, Bryon Butler, John Arlott and Brian Johnston. For those who grew up listening to him, it feels as if he is the last in the line of the great radio raconteurs.Robertson does not buy it but he is a modest man, especially when talking about his playing career. He won eight Scotland caps, most of them at fly-half. There were a couple of great wins: one against South Africa, another – his favourite – against England, 14-5 at Murrayfield. Robertson had quick feet, a sharp pass and a cunning way with a dummy. “When it came to tackling I was a complete coward but then I had some good back-row forwards who did that for me,” he says.Robertson’s game got him into Cambridge, where he did his postgraduate studies. At his admissions interview, with one Dr Pratt, he walked into an empty room. “Suddenly, two hands appeared from behind the substantial desk,” Robertson remembers. “In his hands was a rugby ball which he chucked at me while bellowing the single word: ‘Catch!’” Robertson did. “Even more miraculously I drop-kicked the ball – left-footed! – across the room and into the wastepaper basket.” Pratt came out from hiding, hugged him and said: “You’re in!” Commentary came easy, too. After all that, Eddie Jones must seem easy. “Eddie and I get on well because I know to let him win every argument.” It must help that Jones knows, along with everyone else in rugby, that underneath it all, Robertson is driven by his deep and abiding affection for the game and the people who play it. “You do the job because you love rugby, and if you love rugby you paint the best picture you can but you make sure it is still a true picture.” Radio industry Facebook Hide Topics Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter He worries that national teams have too many foreign players, and hates the way Lions tours are being cut, but he still thinks the game is bigger and better than ever. “I’m not a doomsday prophet. The game itself is hugely physical but there’s still plenty of good, entertaining rugby going on.”As I leave, he pulls out his notes for Saturday’s game, and starts practising his pronunciation of the Australian players names. “Tatafu Polota-Nau,” he says, rolling each syllable, “Allan Alaalatoa.”He describes commentary as “the last of the ad lib shows” but he puts a lot of work into making it look easy. “This is my last game. I mustn’t make a bollocks of it.” Of course he will not, he never has.center_img Reuse this content Support The Guardian If something is wrong you simply point it out. ‘He’s struggling a bit today’ is much better than ‘he’s having a howler’Ian Robertson At school the teachers called Ian Robertson “Chatterbox”. It was “Chatterbox! Silence!” and “Chatterbox! Stop it!” and “Chatterbox! Shut up!” And he would tell them: “Yes sir, sorry sir, but I just mean to say, sir!”Robertson has had a lot of jobs since. He has been a player, teacher and coach, he has written books, worked for newspapers and TV, but he has only ever had one real calling. He is a radio man, and almost always has been. He has been in the business for 47 years, chatterboxing away on the BBC, where his peppery Edinburgh brogue has become the voice of rugby. Share on Facebook Ian Robertson receives a pass from Barry John for a coaching manual in 1979. Photograph: Colorsport/Rex/Shutterstock … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. BBC Robertson’s playing career came to a sudden end at 25. He was captaining Scotland in a trial match when he got caught in a gang tackle that damaged both his knees. “It was the cruciate in one leg and the medial in the other, and either would have been enough in those days.” So he went back to his day job teaching at Fettes College, where one of his pupils was a smart, scruffy boy called Tony Blair, who kept coming up with excuses to cut Robertson’s rugby lessons. “Athlete’s foot, ingrowing toenails,” he recalls. “I’m not sure we got on terribly well.”These days Robertson looks back on his injury as a blessing. “In a sense it was very, very lucky because a vacancy opened up at the BBC.” It was McLaren who recommended Robertson for the job, and who taught him one of the most important lessons about how to do it. Be kind.“If there’s something wrong you simply point it out rather than make a West End production of it. ‘He’s struggling a bit today’ is much better than ‘he’s having an absolute howler’. You don’t gain anything from being an assassin.”Robertson is as quick and canny as he is kind, a shrewd judge of what to say when. He persuaded Nelson Mandela into an interview by telling him “the BBC have promised me a fate worse than death” if he did not get it. Mandela, curious, asked him what that fate was and Robertson replied: “They’ll send me to Robben Island for 27 years.” Mandela laughed, and gave him 20 minutes. Robertson charmed Elizabeth Taylor into letting him stay a week at her house while he was researching a book on Richard Burton. She was still sending him Christmas cards a decade later. Thank you for your feedback. 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C-TOC to Develop Checklist to Help Schools Identify Students with Deviant Behaviour Traits

first_imgStory Highlights The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be developing a checklist that will help school officials to identify students with deviant behaviour traits. Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said he fully endorses the move, noting that the Ministry is looking forward to the partnership. The checklist, which will be developed over the next few weeks, forms part of a strategy being developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information aimed at deterring students from engaging in illicit activities, particularly gangs. The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be developing a checklist that will help school officials to identify students with deviant behaviour traits.The checklist, which will be developed over the next few weeks, forms part of a strategy being developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information aimed at deterring students from engaging in illicit activities, particularly gangs.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said he fully endorses the move, noting that the Ministry is looking forward to the partnership.He pointed out that it is important for the Ministry to monitor every child, particularly those deemed at-risk, in order to provide the necessary support that will ensure they lead productive lives and not turn to crime.“So once you identify vulnerable households, vulnerable mothers, boys, children, there is a strategy to support, because if you don’t… that is where the gang comes in with the support,” he said, noting that many youth join gangs for familial support.He was speaking at a high-level strategy meeting at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle location on Monday (April 16).Chief Education Officer, Dr Grace McLean also welcomed the initiative, noting she was heartened that the JCF has taken the lead in working directly with the Education Ministry to encourage positive behaviour change among youth.She noted that this partnership would involve the development of a database within the Ministry on those students who have displayed deviant behaviour, in order to track them through the education system. In addition, the JCF would also provide information on these individuals to the Ministry relating to matters outside of the system.“This is one area that I really want us to move quickly on, because we are of the opinion that if we are able to identify these deviant behaviours very early, and if youngsters know that education is tracking them, other services such as the JCF are also tracking them, then we expect to start seeing some kind of turnround,” she said.Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Coleridge Minto, who led the talks on the collaboration, explained that CTOC has agreed to assist the Ministry withthe training of all principals of public schools, and is to be extended to principals of independent schools.Principals, along with Deans of Discipline, teachers, and other stakeholders will be educated in identifying traits or signs that a student is likely to become a part of a gang, so he/she can be diverted from this path.ASP Minto said the initiative is part of a wider strategy of the Ministry in taking a more proactive approach to safety and security within schools.“We recognise that if we are going to see better results in the years to come, then we will have to not only look at those who already dropped out of the system, and those at risk, but those who are potentially at risk,” he said.For Head of C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fitz Bailey, this intervention is one sure-fire way to keep troubled youth on the right side of the law.“We believe that the way we can impact our youth and the way we can create a more lasting change, is to target the youth that are at risk within the schools,” he said.This partnership, for which an agreement is to be signed soon, is one of several areas of collaboration the Ministry and the JCF are to engage in. Other areas include public education on responsible use of social media; anti-gang initiatives, including the staging of an Anti-Gang Week; and special presentations by C-TOC to school officials.The activities are to be funded under the US$3-million Safe Schools Project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).last_img read more

NAT Agrees Financing Terms for Suezmax Trio

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has signed the main terms for the financing of the outstanding commitments for its three Suezmax newbuildings.Under the terms, reached with a major international financial institution, the commitments are due on delivery of the ships, scheduled to join their owner during the latter part of 2018.“We expect the agreement to be fully executed about mid-November 2017 at which time the full financing of the newbuildings will be completed,” NAT said.In August 2017, the company informed that an amount equivalent to 30% was paid cash on contract signature, while the balance of USD 116 million for the three ships will be paid at the time of delivery.At the time, NAT has under review a financing arrangement for the three newbuildings.last_img read more

Civic official hit by BJP MLA with bat admitted in hospital

first_imgIndore: The Indore civic body officer attacked by BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya with a cricket bat Wednesday has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital here, a doctor said Friday.The officer, Dhirendra Singh Bais (46), was hit by a cricket bat-wielding Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, in full public view when an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) team went to demolish a dilapidated house at Ganji compound here. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahBais was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital in the Palasia area late Thursday night for treatment of high blood pressure, said the doctor of the medical facility. He is stable now, the doctor said. The first-time MLA was arrested and produced in a magistrates court within hours of the assault. The court had sent him to jail under judicial custody till July 11. The BJP legislators bail plea had been turned down two times by local courts in as many days. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyAkash Vijayvargiya’s counsels are now likely to move a bail plea in a special court in Bhopal designated to fast track cases related to MPs and MLAs of Madhya Pradesh, said a Bhopal-based district court lawyer. The special court would seek case diary from the Indore district police after the bail application comes up for hearing before it, he said. This will take some time and the MLA’s bail plea is likely to be heard Saturday, the lawyer added. The incident, which was caught on camera, took place when the 34-year-old MLA from the Indore III seat was opposing demolition of the dilapidated house.last_img read more

Vice Media makes lastditch attempt to keep reporters materials from RCMP

first_imgTORONTO — A high profile RCMP demand for a journalist’s background materials related to interviews with a suspected terrorist should be set aside even though Canada’s top court recently upheld the police request, Vice Media argues in a new legal action.The application to Ontario Superior Court hinges on indications that the accused is in fact dead.“In this case, there has been a material change in circumstances underlying the production order since it was first issued,” the application by Vice and reporter Ben Makuch asserts. “The RCMP and the Crown cannot prosecute a dead person. The production order is no longer legally enforceable.”As a result, Vice and Makuch argue, the courts should now declare the RCMP’s demand unenforceable and a violation of their constitutional rights.The materials at issue relate to three stories Makuch wrote in 2014 on a Calgary man, then-22-year-old Farah Shirdon, whom police charged in absentia with various terrorism-related offences. The articles were largely based on conversations Makuch had with Shirdon, who was said to be in Iraq, via the online instant messaging app Kik Messenger.With court permission, RCMP in February 2015 sought access to Makuch’s screen captures and logs of those chats. Makuch refused to hand them over, prompting a hard-fought battle that ended in November when the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the police demand as legitimate.Despite conflicting indications over Shirdon’s fate, Vice argues the suspect was killed in Iraq in July 2015. That information only emerged in media reports in September 2017, long after the RCMP issued its production order. The courts, Vice argues, have never taken that new information into account in upholding the production order against Makuch.The reports of Shirdon’s death in a coalition airstrike on Mosul were based on a statement by the U.S. Army Central Command at the time. However, the U.S. State Department later placed Shirdon on a terrorist watch list, leading to speculation that he might still be alive, although the command stood by its assessment as recently as last month.In supporting materials filed with the court, Vice cites the State Department as saying that a person may for various reasons remain a designated terrorist even after death. The upshot, Vice argues, is that the U.S. military assessment Shirdon is dead is “highly reliable” and uncontradicted.“As the criminal charges against Shirdon cannot be prosecuted or investigated any further because there is no prospect of a trial as a result of Shirdon’s death, any further attempt to enforce the production order would be for reasons that are unrelated to the basis upon which it was issued and, therefore, unlawful,” the court application states.Makuch, who once vowed never to hand over the materials, has repeatedly refused to respond to interview requests from The Canadian Press since the Supreme Court decision, which came amid alarm from media groups over police investigators using journalists to do their work.In a statement on Wednesday, Vice said the U.S. military had “reliably confirmed” Shirdon’s death in 2015, causing a significant change in circumstance to the original production order.“While the RCMP continues to demand the production of information on a subject known to be deceased, our application respectfully asks the court to see the absurdity of such a request and revoke or stay the order,” a Vice spokesman said.The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Vice application, which asks for a stay in enforcing the production order pending outcome of the proceedings, is slated to he heard at the end of this month.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadas agriculture minister talks canola with Chinese counterpart at G20

first_imgTOKYO — Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau briefly met with her Chinese counterpart, where she expressed Canada’s concern with the suspension of canola exports to China over claims it is contaminated.Both were attending the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Japan on Monday.A news release from the agriculture ministry says the two officials had “an introductory conversation on the margins of the G20,” where Bibeau urged that the issue needs to be resolved quickly.The release says Bibeau expressed that the Canadian government “stands firmly behind its robust inspection system and good reputation of being a reliable supplier of quality products worldwide.”China’s rejection of Canadian food products is part of escalating tensions following the December arrest of a Huawei Technologies executive on a U.S. warrant alleging fraud.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said last week that the decision by Beijing to ban Canadian canola is linked to the trade war between China and the U.S.Trudeau said Canadian canola is “unimpeachable in terms of its quality” and China is using concerns over it “as an excuse to prolong what is fundamentally a conflict, not even with Canada, but between the two largest economies in the world.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crown begins questioning of Quebec man charged in murders of exwife stranger

first_imgST-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec man charged with the first-degree murders of two people, including his ex-wife, has told a jury that a combination of stress and anger were precursors to the killing.Ugo Fredette was under cross examination by the Crown on Friday, two days after taking the stand in his defence.Fredette has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murders of his ex, Veronique Barbe, and Yvon Lacasse, a random stranger he came across at a highway stop. Defence lawyer Louis-Alexandre Martin has told the court his client’s actions were not premeditated and that he snapped on the day of killings. Martin urged jurors to find Fredette guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter on both counts.The Crown argued that Fredette couldn’t accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times before fleeing with a child who was present at the scene. While on the lam, he allegedly killed Lacasse, 71, before stealing the man’s car at a rest stop.Fredette, 43, was arrested Sept. 15, 2017, in Ontario. He was reportedly spotted by citizens across Quebec during his alleged run from authorities.On Friday, the accused brushed off the Crown’s assertion his relationship with Barbe was “toxic,” describing it instead as “intense” or “hard-core.”Fredette was also questioned about a violent altercation outside the home he shared with Barbe just four days before both murders.Prosecutor Steve Baribeau asked Fredette if he had a problem with violence.“What happened is unacceptable,” Fredette said, alleging it was the first time such an altercation between the two had taken place.Fredette elected to take the stand in his own defence and told jurors Wednesday he exploded when Barbe threatened him with a knife on Sept. 14, 2017.The accused testified that he didn’t remember stabbing his ex-wife numerous times and was left with a singular image of her, inert on the ground, with a knife in her stomach.As for the slaying of Lacasse, Fredette said he was ashamed.He said he attacked Lacasse at a rest stop because he thought the man was trying to kidnap the same six-year-old boy Fredette had fled with.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NEAT receives 150000 for their food secure kids program

first_imgEach of the five Fort St John schools have gardens onsite where students plant the food they’ve grown in their classrooms. This food is available to the surrounding community throughout the year. Additionally, there are Community Garden beds and beds growing food for the food bank at each school to round out the effort to improve local food security.“As a community, we all reap the rewards of this program. We’re not just helping to grow food security know-how in our kids, we’re also helping to grow a new generation of community-minded citizens. We at Pembina see this as a win-win, and can’t wait to get out to the schools this spring to lend a hand”, says Jeff Spenst of Pembina Pipeline Corporation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team will receive $150,000 over three years from the Pembina Pipeline Corporation to support the Food Secure Kids program.Each spring, NEAT, works with local schools in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to bring food security education to students from K-6.  As part of this program, students are encouraged to explore what they eat and how their food gets to them. Each grade has specifically designed curriculum that incorporates how to grow plants and keep them healthy, what role pollinators play in our food system, and how to minimize the distance your food is travelling amongst other things.“It’s really about creating healthier relationships within our food systems,” says NEAT Executive Director Karen Mason-Bennett. “We understand not everyone is going to grow their own food as adults, but knowing how much goes into getting those carrots onto your table will hopefully foster an increased respect and support for those who do.”last_img read more

300 DecisionMakers to Meet in Marrakech to Discuss Water Security

Rabat – Marrakech will host the International Summit for Water Security on October 1-3. The Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water is hosting the event in collaboration with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH).More than 300 international decision-makers from 65 different countries, including 10 ministers of water, will take part in the summit. The participant list also includes heads of water management agencies and representatives from UN agencies, such as UN-Water, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and UNESCO.The summit, held under the theme “For Participative and Innovative Basin Management,” has multiple activities in its agenda. While the first two days have workshops and discussion panels planned, the last day will be dedicated for technical and cultural study visits to the Menara gardens and to the Water Museum “Aman.” The organizing committee of the international meeting picked Marrakech to host the event for different reasons. The “Ochre City” has one of the oldest water distribution and management plans in Morocco’s history. The city also hosted the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22), which dedicated a whole day for water, under the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA).INBO will also hold their 11th World General Assembly (WGA) on the sidelines of the summit. The international organization, established in 1994 in Paris, works for sound and balanced water resources management all over the world. It is a non-profit organization with 200 members in 70 countries and has seven regional networks. INBO holds a WGA once every three years.The summit comes as water security is becoming a major issue affecting socio-economic development globally. Water resources are encountering increasing pressures related to economic activity, population growth, and urbanization.Additionally, the intensity and frequency of extreme hydrometeorological phenomena are increasing due to climate change. Morocco’s southern regions have majorly suffered from heavy rains and floods this year, resulting in many deaths.Morocco’s efforts to tackle the water issue are not recent. In 1967, the late King Hassan II launched a water management policy by building dams all around the country. Since King Mohammed VI’s ascendance to the throne, other water management policies were put in place, notably under the Green Morocco Plan that was launched in 2008.As Morocco is one of the world’s most water-scarce countries, King Mohammed VI ordered the construction of dams of different capacities throughout the kingdom, in October 2017.“Our constant concern to improve the general social situation and to meet the economic challenges is matched only by our active commitment to preserving and enhancing the strategic resources of our country. In this respect, water plays a key role in the dynamics of development and the preservation of stability,” said King Mohammed VI during his speech for the 19th anniversary of his ascension to the throne. read more

UNESCO honours five women scientists for role in maledominated field

This year’s L’Oréal-UNESCO awards recipients, who each received $100,000, represent all five continents and the Paris-based agency voiced hope that they will be role models to encourage young women from around the world to follow in their footsteps. The winners were selected by a jury led by the 1991 Nobel laureate for physics, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. A founder of the awards, Christian de Duve, who received the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1974, also participated in the deliberations. The awards, presented in Paris, reflect a “vision of science” which aims to “safeguard the future of the planet,” the agency’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura declared. “The world needs science and science needs women, but women also need support, encouragement and recognition to lead successful scientific careers,” said Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal. Worldwide, women make up only 27 per cent of all researchers, and glaring disparities can be seen on different continents, with women scientists comprising, of the total, 46 per cent in South America, 29 per cent in Africa and 15 per cent in Asia, according to a 2006 UNESCO study. The European Commission reports that in Europe, 32 per cent of state laboratories and 18 per cent of private ones are staffed by women. Figures for the next generation are also not promising for women scientists. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has noted a steep drop in the number of girls studying science and technology, particularly in the Untied States, Canada and France. This year’s recipients, who join more than 40 other women scientists from over 20 countries who have received the honour, are:Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius for her exploration and analysis of plants from her country in paving the way for their use as safe and effective alternatives to existing commercial medicines; Ligia Gargallo of Chile for her work helping drug designers envisage how new compounds will interact with the body’s enzymes; Mildred Dresselhaus of the United States for her research on solid state materials, including carbon nanotubes; Margaret Brimble of New Zealand for her contribution to synthesizing complex natural products, especially shellfish toxins; andTatiana Birshtein of Russia for her efforts to understanding the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules.In a related development, 15 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowships were given out yesterday in Paris to post-doctoral students. Awarded annually, these fellowships are intended to support women’s efforts in science, encourage progress in the field and promote societies’ development globally. 22 February 2007Five outstanding women scientists received major awards today from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the cosmetics company L’Oréal for their efforts in a field dominated by men. read more

Royal Bank of Canada hikes dividend 6 on record 23billion profit

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada added its name to the list of big Canadian banks reporting improved and even record earnings in the third quarter while announcing that it planned to boost its quarterly divided by 6%.Canada’s largest bank by assets said net income was a record $2.3 billion or $1.52 per share in the three months ended July 31. That’s up 3% from $2.24 billion, or $1.47 per share, in the same period a year earlier.Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.48, which was 10 cents above analyst expectations, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters.Revenue decreased to $7.72 billion from $7.76 billion.When filtering out certain items, like a favourable tax adjustment and losses related to the acquisition of the remaining stake in RBC Dexia, the bank said earnings were up 12% to $2.21 billion from $1.99 billion.The bank also announced it was increasing its quarterly dividend by four cents, or 6%, to 67 cents per share.The dividend boost “reflects the confidence we have in our ability to continue to generate solid earnings growth and successfully execute on our disciplined growth strategy by leveraging our strengths, scale and strong capital position,” president and CEO Gordon Nixon said in a conference call.Royal says its results were driven by continued strength across most of its businesses, including record earnings in retail and commercial banking and wealth management.Personal and commercial banking net income was a record $1.18 billion, rising seven% from the same time last year, largely due to solid volume growth across all businesses in Canada, which included the recent acquisition of Ally Canada.The bank’s insurance division reported profits fell $19 million to $160 million as higher earnings from a new U.K. annuity contract in the quarter were mostly offset by higher claims costs. They include net claims of $14 million related to severe weather conditions in Alberta and Ontario.“While the claims did have an impact … they were not material to our business given the claims mitigation process,” Nixon said.“This business continues to make consistent contributions to our diversified earnings stream.”Royal Bank’s wealth management net income increased 51% to a record $236 million, mainly due to higher average fee-based client assets resulting from net sales and capital appreciation. Higher transaction volumes also contributed to the increase.Analysts noted that much of Royal’s strength came from a lower effective tax rate, which Barclays analyst John Aiken estimates added 10 cents per share to the quarter’s earnings.“While we anticipate that consensus earnings estimates are likely to rise coming out of the quarter, the market’s reaction is likely to be more neutral than negative” after the results, he wrote.“While there may be some questions surrounding the quality of the third quarter’s earnings, the strong increase in the dividend indicates the bank’s confidence in its earnings going forward.”Stonecap Securities analyst Brad Smith said that while investors should be pleased with the bank’s overall results, he found some areas that were underwhelming.“The weak capital market results, especially compared to peer achievements in this area, is likely to raise investor concerns given the importance of the segment,” he wrote in a note.Royal Bank is the country’s largest bank by assets and market capitalization and has 80,000 employees serving more than 15 million clients. The bank has operations in Canada, the U.S. and in 44 other countries.Shares of Royal were ahead 1.3% at $65.37 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

After last minute lobbying SLFP decides to abstain in vote

He was also accused of tarnishing the image of the country before the international community by failing to take immediate measures to provide protection to Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim people during the unrest that occurred in the Kandy District while holding the portfolio of Minister of Law and Order, resulting in loss of lives and damage to property.Tight security was seen outside Parliament when the full day debate was taking place. (Colombo Gazette) The debate on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took place in Parliament today. After last minute lobbying the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament today, SLFP member A.H.M Fowzie said.Last minute lobbying took place yesterday and today involving the United National Party and the SLFP. President Maithripala Sirisena had a meeting with the SLFP Parliamentary Group today while Wickremesinghe had talks with the UNP. The motion, submitted by the joint opposition, accused Wickramasinghe of serving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Finance contrary to the norm and brought it under himself with the motive of committing a fraud associated with Treasury Bonds.The motion also noted that the Prime Minister made an attempt to exonerate the accused persons in the scam. read more