Sidhu’s TV show puts govt. in a spot

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to seek legal opinion on whether his Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu can continue to appear as a celebrity judge on a popular television show. “Capt. Amarinder has said he is not sure what the law says regarding a Cabinet minister working on a television programme, and will have to ask the State’s advocate general to give legal advice on the matter,” his media advisor, Raveen Thukral, told The Hindu.Conflict of interest“It’s about whether there’s any conflict of interest if he [Mr. Sidhu] continues to work in television…If there is any, then the Chief Minister will talk to him [Mr. Sidhu] and bring it to his knowledge,” he added.The controversy erupted after Mr. Sidhu recently said that he will continue to appear on a popular TV show as a celebrity judge. “TV shows will not interfere with my Cabinet responsibilities. The public had elected me five times with what I have been doing…If they don’t have a problem, why should anyone else have it,” Mr. Sidhu had said. ‘Not office of profit’He insisted that his TV shows will not interfere with his Cabinet responsibilities. “I have no liquor, sand mining or transport business like former deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. I earn a living through TV shows and I will be in Chandigarh from Monday to Thursday and in Amritsar from Friday to Sunday. What I do at night should not be anyone’s concern. I will take first flight back to Punjab after TV shoots in Mumbai,” he said.Mr. Sidhu, who currently holds the portfolios of local government, tourism and cultural affairs, has been maintaining that doing a TV show does not come under the ambit of “office of profit”.Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur has come out in support of his husband through a Facebook post, saying that the issue was being over-hyped without any reason.“Such hype has been created about Navjot earning a living from television. He has left 80 per cent of shows, which included IPL, commentary, etc.I think it is a meagre time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic,” she wrote on Facebook. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Asia University Ranking 2018: India Sets Record With 42 Ranked Institutions

first_imgIndia’s entries in the Asia University Ranking 2018 improved after a total of 42 universities, from last years’ 33, were ranked in the annual list, with 12 new entrants. The list of Asia University Ranking 2018 has been topped by National University of Singapore. The Indian institutions that have been ranked in the Asia University Ranking 2018 include the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.While IISc is India’s highest-ranked institution, it has dropped two places to 29th position in the Asia University Ranking 2018. IIT Bombay has been put on 44th rank; it was at the 42nd in the Asia Univerity Ranking 2017 list.Read it at India Related Itemslast_img read more

US wants visa applicants to submit phone, email, social media details

first_imgThe Trump administration wants all US visa applicants to submit details of their previous phone numbers, email addresses and social media histories as part of its “vetting” practice and to prevent entry of individuals who might pose a threat to the country. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Wizards slip past Hornets but lose John Wall for season

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ “Of course losing John is huge for this team — he’s the head of the snake,” Ariza said. “But when something like that happens, you have to find ways to win. That’s why you have what we call a team.”Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza had nine assists and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDespite allowing Hornets guard Kemba Walker to score 47 points, Washington won for just the third time in 12 games after announcing Wall would undergo a procedure to address bone spurs in his left heel and miss at least six months.The Wizards also overcame an uncharacteristic 7-of-19 shooting from leading scorer Bradley Beal, who finished with 19 points. Tomas Satoransky added 20 on a night rookie Troy Brown Jr. was the only Wizards player not to reach double figures. Hornets: G Tony Parker did not travel with the team on a planned off day. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s put-back at the buzzer gave Charlotte a 29-27 lead at the end of the first quarter.Wizards: F Markieff Morris will see a specialist about his continuing upper back and neck stiffness sometime next week, coach Scott Brooks said. . F Otto Porter Jr. (right knee) has been cleared to play, but Brooks wanted him to return to full practice first, rather than returning for the second of back-to-back games on Saturday. . Sam Dekker had 13 points off the bench after hitting his first six shots.UP NEXTHornets: Host Orlando on Monday.Wizards: Conclude a three-game homestand Wednesday against Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I can’t sit here and try to do it all on my own,” Beal said. “There’s no way .. I’ll be able to do it on my own. And it’s just a matter of trusting my teammates no matter what it looks like. We’ve got to get the win.”Walker scored 24 of his points in the fourth quarter and nearly lifted Charlotte to a remarkable comeback when his 3-pointer cut the lead to a point with 1.9 seconds to play.Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Hornets, who fell to 4-11 on the road and are facing a six-game West Coast road trip early in January. Charlotte has allowed at least 130 points in consecutive road contests.“It wasn’t enough offense,” Walker said. “The defense is usually what gets teams over the top. It gets us over the top. That’s when we’re at our best … tonight it wasn’t it.”The Wizards went 20-21 last season without Wall, who missed many of those games while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. They’re still nine games below .500 (14-23) this season, despite Saturday’s victory.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 The Hornets led only once after halftime, when Walker’s jumper made it 105-103.However, Washington nearly squandered a 125-116 lead inside the final 25 seconds. Walker sank a technical free throw assessed to Beal, and Cody Zeller hit two more. Then, Walker hit two more jumpers, one following a turnover and the next off a pair of missed free throws by Satoransky. He then hit a 3 from the left wing to cut it to 127-126.On the ensuing inbounds, Jeff Green found Ariza on a full-court feed. Ariza was fouled by Walker and converted a three-point play to seal it.“We found a way to score the basketball,” Ariza said. “We played together, we moved the ball, so we got a lot of people a lot of open shots.”FORTY FEATSaturday marked Walker’s fourth time scoring 40 or more this season, after posting career-high five 40-plus point performances in the 2017-18 campaign. He now has 13 such games for his career.LOST JOHNThe decision for Wall to have surgery came after visiting with Green Bay Packers associate team physician Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday.Wall had yet to address the surgical option publicly before to the game, although he walked through the Wizards’ locker room Saturday night with a gray protective boot on his left foot.TIP-INS Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jon Jones wins at UFC 232 BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Washington Wizards guard John Wall leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Washington. Washington won 130-126. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards will need more of the balance they displayed on Saturday night if they hope to make the playoffs without injured All-Star guard John Wall.Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and was one of seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Hornets 130-126 amid news that Wall will have season-ending surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to Play World Cup Opener

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local):3:32 p.m.Egypt coach Hector Cuper says he is “very optimistic” that Mohamed Salah will play in his team’s World Cup opener against Uruguay.Cuper announced the development during a news conference in advance of Friday’s matchup.Cuper said officials would continue to monitor Salah during their training session Thursday. But he said he was expecting his star striker to be on the field.Salah had been questionable since suffering a left shoulder injury during a collision with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final last month in Kiev, Ukraine.Salah almost single-handedly led Egypt to its spot in the 32-team World Cup field. He scored five goals in six games in the first round of the qualifiers, including a late penalty that earned the seven-time African champions their first World Cup berth since 1990.Salah will celebrate his 26th birthday Friday.— AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower reported from Yekaterinburg, Russia.___3 p.m.Russia’s rival neighbor Georgia is denouncing the Kremlin’s decision to showcase the leaders of two breakaway regions at the opening of the World Cup.Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at Thursday’s opening match in Moscow.The Georgian president’s foreign relations secretary, Tengiz Pkhaladze, told The Associated Press that “Russia is trying to use a sports forum to legitimize its unlawful actions.” He urged the international community not to allow Russia to whitewash its actions.Russia gained control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia after a short war in 2008. Russia recognizes both regions as independent nations but supports them financially and militarily, despite international condemnation.Others expected at Thursday’s match include a senior North Korean official, the Saudi crown prince and some Latin American presidents.___2:11 p.m.The French football federation says it has set up houses for its supporters who traveled to Russia to back Les Bleus.Dubbed the “Casas Bleues,” for blue houses, they will be set up in the cities where France plays its group games, in Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Moscow.The French federation says performances will be organized ahead and after the matches for the fans, who will also be provided with transportation to the stadiums.___1:17 p.m.Russian women and visiting World Cup fans: be fruitful and multiply.After a Russian lawmaker caused a backlash on social media by advising Russian women against getting involved with foreign soccer fans, her colleague is urging love and procreation during the championship.The state news agency Tass is quoting parliament member Mikhail Degtyaryov as saying on Thursday that “the more love stories we have connected to the world championship, the more people from different countries fall in love, the more children are born, the better.”Degtyaryov is the head of a parliamentary committee overseeing sports. He said Russia is welcoming “fans from all countries, skin colors, all religions, all genders and all (sexual) orientations.”Degtyaryov spoke after his colleague Tamara Pletnyova suggested that Russian women may end up rearing the fans’ children alone.___12:56 p.m.Some workers in Moscow will mark the start of the World Cup with a day off in a push to ease the Russian capital’s notorious traffic jams.Mayor Sergei Sobyanin appealed last week to companies to give their staff time off “so they don’t end up in jams and there aren’t transport problems.” Those going to work are urged to use public transport.While it’s been far from universally accepted, some bosses have agreed to let their staff work from home or take the day off altogether.Widespread road closures are expected ahead of the Russia-Saudi Arabia kickoff at 6 p.m., the height of what would normally be rush hour.Russian authorities are reluctant to have the World Cup start against a backdrop of clogged roads, and they’re also keen to clear the way for the various visiting dignitaries, mostly from ex-Soviet and Latin American countries.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

South Africa win T20I series 2-0 after 3rd game gets washed out

first_imgThe third and final T20I between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Willowmoore Park was abandoned due to heavy rainfall and a wet outfield.With the washout, South Africa won the series 2-0. Earlier, they had won the ODI series 3-0.The matches were largely one-sided and South Africa used them to test the depth of their resources, using 22 players across the five matches.South Africa travel to Australia later this month to play three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international, while Zimbabwe depart later this week for Bangladesh where they will play three one-day internationals and two Tests. The first one-day international is in Dhaka next Sunday.Another big downpour came and the umpires have called the match. Congratulations South Africa on their 2-0 series win. #ProteaFire #SAvZIM South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 14, 2018Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza said his team’s batting in South Africa had been disappointing.”We will have to adapt quickly to Bangladesh conditions. As the top three or four batsmen, we must make sure we build a platform,” he said. JP Duminy, who was due to captain South Africa on Sunday, said the objective of giving opportunities to several players had been achieved.”The selectors got a look at quite a few guys,” he said. “We will be going into Australia with some confidence, although it is a work in progress.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Anthony Watson double sinks Toulon in Champions Cup to take Bath top

first_imgmatch reports Champions Cup Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Glasgow fall short in Montpellier but Scarlets sink Treviso in Champions Cup Garvey took out two defenders, including Nonu, but he did no more than hold his line as Bath moved the ball right. It was all down to Watson who, after Jonathan Joseph supplied the full-back with an inside pass, accelerated between two tacklers and burned off the coverdefence.His second, which concluded the opening half, was even more impressive. Bath spent the evening looking to attack the gainline and not getting into a test of strength with an imposing midfield and back five. They operated from deep positions to allow runners to go between defenders rather than through them. It relied on quick possession, which the home side initially secured in a breathless opening period in which they scored 13 points in as many minutes.It took them 48 seconds to score their first try. Toulon were given no time to get back on their feet after making tackles as Bath hit them with a wave of attacks that ended with the wing Aled Brew, who had reduced his opposite number Josua Tuisova to a state of stupefaction the week before, creating space for himself and offloading to give the prop Beno Obano enough space to get into a gallop before barging his way over the line. Share on Messenger … 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.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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. Bath Share via Email Support The Guardian Their response to Bath’s early dominance was to set up a powerplay period when their big runners, led by Nonu, Mathieu Bastareaud and Duane Vermeulen, battered their way into contact with not a trace of subtlety. Chris Ashton was hauled down by Brew after reaching a kick-ahead first but after Francois Louw, whose power over the ball on his first start for the club since September was a telling factor in the victory, forced a turnover, Toulon worked a move from the front of the lineout that gave the scrum-half Alby Mathewson a clear run to the line.Bath were forced into all-out defence, Jonathan Joseph, Tom Dunn, who made 22 tackles, and Charlie Ewels epitomising the determination of the home side who needed to win to remain in contention to top the group. Toulon had to settle for Francois Trinh-Duc’s 30-metre penalty and, like the week before, seemed to have recovered from a slow start.Then came Watson whose two tries, sandwiched in between Trinh-Duc’s second penalty, gave Bath a 23-13 interval lead. That cushion was deflated 100 seconds after the restart when Nonu’s break at pace was taken on by Ashton who, after being hauled down by Jack Wilson, a replacement for the injured Ben Tapuai, set up the ruck from which Samu Manoa scored.Tapuai’s absence robbed Priestland of a footballing foil at inside-centre. Banahan took his place there and Bath’s game became narrower as tension replaced belief in the crowd. Priestland’s third penalty gave Bath an eight-point lead before a controversial decision denied Wilson a try. The wing scored after taking a pass from Peter Grant that was reviewed many times before being called forward, never mind that the Toulon prop Fresia appeared to have played the ball in the tackle. Share on Twitter Beno Obano barges over for Bath’s opening try. Photograph: Bob Bradford – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images Read more Twitter Rugby union Share on LinkedIn They ended the half in the same manner, quick recycling stretching Toulon, but when Watson picked up the ball infield 30 metres out, nothing looked on. He ambled across the field looking for an opening when he stumbled upon Tuisova, who had been given more palpitations by Brew’s footwork. As soon as Watson scented the wing, he rounded his opponent as he would a mannequin before leaving Hugo Bonneval lost in his jet stream.It was a sublime moment from a player whose stated ambition is to convince Jones of his merits as a full-back. Watson’s pace was the difference between the sides on a night when Toulon were never more dangerous than when they appeared to be vulnerable. Exeter failure to exploit early edge punished by Leinster’s Luke McGrath The Observer Pinterest Facebook Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Mark McCall calls on Saracens band of brothers to stand firm in tough times Toulon Topics Toulon were winning the penalty count, favoured in the scrum in a reversal of seven days before. Trinh-Duc’s third kick reduced Bath’s lead to five points and his side kept coming. Priestland missed a penalty from 40 metres with eight minutes to go and Bath, who have lost two matches here this season in the final minute, tried to settle for what they had. Led by Louw, they succeeded, all heart again.Bath Watson; Banahan (Burns 77), Joseph, Tapuai (Jack Wilson 32), Brew; Priestland, Cook (Fotuali’i 50); Obano (Auterac 65), Dunn, Lahiff (Thomas 50), Stooke (Douglas 66), Ewels, Garvey (capt), Louw, Grant (Mercer 65) Tries Watson 2, Obano Con Priestland Pens Priestland 3Toulon Bonneval; Tuisova, Bastareaud (capt), Nonu (Pietersen 55), Ashton; Trina-Duc, Mathewson (Escande 56); Fresia (Delboulbes 64), Guirado (Etrillard 64), van der Merwe (Setiano 64), Manoa (Rebbadj 56), Taofifenua (Kruger 52), Lobbe (Lakafia 55), Isa, Vermeulen Tries Mathewson, Manoa Con Trinh-duc Pens Trinh-Duc 3Game rating 8/10 Referee Nigel Owens (Wal) Att 14,422 Read more Read more Bath showed heart in defeat in Toulon last week but here a pacemaker made the difference. The England head coach, Eddie Jones, was among the spectators as Anthony Watson, a wing for his country who plays at full-back for his club, supplied the antidote to the French side’s power with two tries of rare quality to take the home side to the top of an intriguing group on points difference.The tries were both down to his turbo-assisted speed. Toulon protested that his route to the line for his first try, on 27 minutes when Bath’s early 13-point lead had melted to three, had been cleared illegally by Matt Garvey, but they had not complained the previous week when Florian Fresia performed the same routine in the build-up to Ma’a Nonu’s try.last_img read more

Dianas Board Clears Purchase of Three Vessels

first_imgzoom Board of directors of the Greek owner of dry bulk vessels Diana Shipping has approved the acquisition of three vessels, the company said.The approval follows closing of the company’s previously announced underwritten public offering of a total of 20,125,000 common shares, par value USD 0.01 per share, at a price of USD 4 per share.The offer includes the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters to purchase up to 2,625,000 additional common shares. Following this offering, the company has 106.1 million common shares outstanding, par value USD 0.01 per share.As part of the offering, entities affiliated with Simeon Palios, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, executive officers and certain directors, purchased an aggregate of 5,500,000 common shares at the public offering price.The gross proceeds from the offering were USD 80.5 million, all of which is expected to be used to fund the acquisition costs of additional dry bulk vessels, including two 2013-built Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels and one 2013-built Kamsarmax bulker.Any net proceeds from the offering not used for the vessel acquisitions will be used for general corporate purposes, the company added.As of April 26, 2017 the company’s fleet consists of 48 dry bulk vessels, featuring a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.9 years.last_img read more

Monday deadline for residential school common experience payment

first_imgAPTN National NewsSurvivors of Canada’s Indian Residential School system have until today to get their paperwork together to apply for a common experience payment.The payment is part of the federal government’s settlement agreement.Social service agencies are working hard to get its clientele registered or risk being left out.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Kanesatake ceases controversial talks with mining company Tom Fennario APTN National News The Mohawk council of Kanesatake has stopped talking with a mining company about reopening a niobium mine on their territory.They say emerging evidence proves they were lied to by the company, but the company isn’t the only one facing accusations in the community.last_img

In the Shadow of the Dam the failure of reconciliation at Muskrat

first_imgNalcor Energy was granted the injunction in October 2016.It was an attempt to quell the rising momentum of Indigenous-led resistance to the Muskrat Falls project.Innu and Inuit wanted key concerns around health and safety addressed. One of the safety concerns is Methylmercury – a naturally occurring toxin that is created when trees and topsoil decompose in the reservoir when flooded.A Harvard study in 2015 predicted the impacts would reach further downstream than first thought.Another fear focused on an area of the dam called the North Spur.The soil in the area consists of what’s called quick clay and many in Labrador worry it won’t support the weight of a full reservoir and could flood communities downstream if the dam gives way.“This issue was and still is way too important to be swayed by a court injunction,” said Marjorie Flowers.The Inuk woman is among dozens facing criminal and civil charges for breaking the injunction.Flowers is one of four land protectors who spent several days in jail after refusing to promise a judge they would obey the court order to stay away from Muskrat Falls.“I am an Inuit woman that lived off the land and continue to live off the land and my lifestyle that sustains me is now threatened. And I’m not allowed to speak,” said Flowers. “And it’s so frustrating. It is so hurtful. It is so painful. It is so despairing.”(Pictured here on July 31, 2017, the three Labrador land protectors had just been released from jail.)Over the last year, it’s been a seemingly endless series of court dates for land protectors in Labrador.Cole, who is also facing charges for breaking the court order, called the injunction “a very heavy-handed tactic to get us back under control.“It says basically that the interests of a crown corporation are way more important than any Indigenous rights,” said Cole. “A right to traditional foods in a safe way. A right to our sacred spaces.”Marshall only came on as Nalcor Energy CEO in April of 2016.Premier Dwight Ball was in opposition when Muskrat Falls was approved and has pointed out numerous times that he voted against the project. In September, he announced a public inquiry to look into the Muskrat Falls fiasco.But the 2016 court injunction happened under the leadership of both Marshall and Ball.(The interim court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy in October 2016 is still in place a year later. Dozens of people in Labrador have been charged with breaking it during ongoing protests last year.)“I haven’t seen a lot of proof, I suppose, that the government is really into reconciling with Indigenous people,” said Flowers.“In fact, it’s the very opposite. It’s the very antithesis of what reconciliation is.”Bill Gallagher, a lawyer and author of Resource Rulers; Fortune & Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources, agrees.“If you are relying on lawyers and their legal toolbox to put everyone back in their place you’re going in the opposite direction of reconciliation,” he said.Gallagher has a long history of work as a strategist and legal expert in the resource sector, from Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador to Alberta’s oil patch.He’s been paying close attention to the Lower Churchill project.“You don’t have to speculate on what went wrong with Muskrat Falls,” said Gallagher. “Nalcor is relying on lawyers to do it the hard way. And that makes sense. No schedule. No budget. Lots of lawyers. That’s a perfect formula for a boondoggle.”Gallagher said the resource sector can be the easiest place for reconciliation, as long as governments and corporations follow the right road map; one that includes consent, Indigenous rights, and revenue-sharing.And not addressing Indigenous rights is a big mistake.“[First Nations] have amassed the biggest legal winning streak in Canadian legal history,” said Gallagher. “At the time we’re doing this interview, they’ve won 247 high-level court cases in the resources sector. And so I call them resource rulers.“Because if you’re trying to bring a megaproject online in Canada today in the face of native opposition, it’s probably not going to happen.”He points to Rexton, New Brunswick and the Mi’kmaq-led fight against fracking near Elsipogtog in 2013.“Keep doing it the hard way and you’ll lose every time. All sorts of injunctions get won by corporations. South Western Resources. SWN won all its injunctions in Rexton,” said Gallagher.“You see any projects happening in Rexton?”U.S. energy giant SWN Resources may have packed up and left New Brunswick, but the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has said the billions of dollars tied up in contracts make Muskrat Falls unstoppable.(The Lower Churchill project at Muskrat Falls is still under construction. The dam will be up and running in 2020. It will produce 834 megawatts of power.)The federal government has backed the project with close to $8 billion, with $2.9 billion of the federal loan guarantees coming from Trudeau’s Liberals in 2016.“The federal interest in this is pretty significant when they are trying to use a project like Muskrat Falls to try and justify a green energy plan,” said Cole. “So in helping the provincial government in a financial way is to hurt Indigenous people in a healthy way, and in a cultural way.”Cole said money talks louder than buzzwords around reconciliation. And that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission goes much deeper than residential schools.“We’re talking about the justice system. We’re talking about how communities are treated. We’re talking about how resources projects are handled,” said Cole. “And Muskrat Falls for me is the biggest example of that because, of course, it’s right in my backyard.”Gallagher said Canada has been a “slow learner” when it comes to incorporating Indigenous rights and interests in the resource sector. And he said Indigenous leaders called the decade of Harper’s Conservatives ‘dark days’ for good reason.“But [Harper] sets the stage for Trudeau’s so-called ‘sunny ways,’” said Gallagher. “Which obviously are a lot of platitudes. But that heartfelt sentiment he brought in in his first two years had to happen. First Nation leaders had to hear a prime minister say those things as they’re starting to acknowledge and factor in the empowerment of First Nations through these court cases.“They still have a long way to go – but that’s the unfinished business on the road to resources.” Trina RoacheAPTN Investigates On an early morning in late September, Denise Cole led a group of land protectors to Nalcor Energy’s head office in St. John’s to keep workers out – to send a message to the corporation and the province.“To Dwight Ball, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall,” said Cole, standing at Nalcor’s doors, drum in hand. “It’s not okay to poison people downstream with methylmercury.“It’s not okay to try and bankrupt this province, and it’s certainly not ok to put people in fear of drowning downstream.”Nalcor Energy is the provincially-owned corporation in charge of the Lower Churchill hydro project – a controversial dam under construction at Muskrat Falls in Labrador.Famously called a “boondoggle” by Marshall, the cost of the project has doubled to $12 billion.The land protectors blocked the building’s entrances for a couple of hours. Cole wanted to talk with Stan Marshall. That didn’t happen. Nalcor called the police instead – no one was charged. Nalcor communications manager promised Cole a future meeting with the CEO and after several weeks, she was given a date. On November 29, Marshall will join a sharing circle with the Labrador Land Protectors. Before the group left, Cole read a statement from the land protectors – a sample of what she wanted to say to Marshall face to face.“Drop the court injunction peaceful protectors in Labrador,” said Cole. “Stop acting like you cannot.”last_img read more

RCMP investigate theft of a white Chevrolet Cavalier

first_imgWhen the owner returned a short time later, the vehicle was gone.The vehicle is described as:white4 doors2003 Chevrolet CavalierCst Chad Neustaeter, of the Fort St. John RCMP, says it is always a good idea to lock your car in order to deter theft.“Locking your vehicle, whether it is running or not, is always a deterrent for thieves who are looking for easy targets, such as the vehicle itself or the items inside.”RCMP say no other reports were received for additional vehicles from that area at that time.The Fort St John RCMP wish to remind drivers to take all measures to secure your vehicle.  A fine can be issued under the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act for Unsecured Motor Vehicle with a penalty of $81. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and ask anyone who may have information in this matter to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. UPDATE; Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – Frontline Dawson Creek RCMP members located the 2003 White Chevrolet Cavalier On March 6, 2019, that was stolen on March 2 in Fort St John, BC. The car was held for examination by the Fort St John Forensic Identification Services Unit.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier from the Totem Mall parking lot at approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 2.The Fort St John RCMP believe this was a theft of opportunity as the vehicle was left unlocked with keys inside while it was warming up.last_img read more

Cops bust students gang of bike thieves

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested seven persons, including five juveniles, allegedly for stealing motorcycles here on Thursday. These youths were studying in schools and colleges and they confessed that learnt the techniques of stealing motorcycles on the YouTube.Two accused persons have been produced before the Barasat Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court and were remanded to police custody for five days while, the five juveniles have been produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Salt Lake and were sent to a home. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe youths confessed that they stole the motorcycles to meet their expenses. According to a source, since the past few months Baguiati police station received several complaints of bike thefts from the area. While probing these cases, police officers interrogated several bike thieves. During one of the interrogations, a bike thief gave some lead to the police about a new gang operating in the area. Based on the information provided by him, police officers identified a man and kept him under observation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPolice officers found a gang comprising students of schools and colleges were stealing motorcycles. On Wednesday night, police raided their homes and arrested all seven of them. During interrogation, they said they learnt about bike stealing techniques on YouTube. According to the police, Aditya Gupta and Ajay Mallick, who are college students, were the prime accused in the case. During interrogation, Gupta told the police that he had no idea about stealing motorcycles and he learnt on internet how to start a bike without ignition key and the trick to break the handle of bar lock without drawing attention. Before stealing the motorcycles these youths made sure no one was looking at them and one of them sat on the bike as if he owned it and quickly broke the handle bar. After that the wire to the ignition was cut off and joined to the battery to start the bike. The parents and family members of these students said they had no idea that their children were involved in bike thefts. The father of one of the accused persons said: “My son worked as a delivery boy at an organisation that delivered food to people. He returned home late and complained about work the pressure. We had no idea what he was doing.” Police suspect that some persons more are involved with the gang. They are interrogating Gupta and Mallick in this regard. Cops still don’t know where these students sold the stolen bikes. On Thursday, three stolen bikes were recovered by the cops.last_img read more

Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing childless

TOKYO — Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country’s rising social security costs and its aging and declining population.Aso said Tuesday that he apologized if some people found his remarks “unpleasant.”The gaffe-prone Aso, who is 78, is among conservative lawmakers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government who have at times blamed the elderly or childless for long-term demographic trends.Abe himself has acknowledged that lack of access to affordable child care, excessively long working hours, elder care and other realities of life, especially in Japan’s biggest cities, are major factors behind the country’s low birthrate. But promised labour and other reforms to help alleviate the burden on families that discourage couples from having more children have made limited headway.The Associated Press read more

Annan attends inaugural session of African Union holds talks with continents leaders

Mr. Annan, who had addressed the OAU final summit in Durban, South Africa, yesterday, was among dozens of African leaders and thousands of people participating in a three-hour extravaganza held at a stadium to mark the birth of the African Union. The festivities included a flyover, parachute landings, performances by Zulu dancers in traditional dress carrying spears and shields, and the launch of the Union’s theme song – called “Unity Afrika.”According to a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General watched as the presidents of the African Union walked into the stadium behind their national flags and heard the crowd give a huge welcome to former South African President Nelson Mandela. The crowd, which waved miniature flags of the member States, also cheered when the Senegalese and South African soccer teams were brought in.Afterwards, Mr. Annan met with Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa before holding talks with the presidents of Djibouti, Togo, Nigeria, Somalia and Equatorial Guinea, as well as with the Prime Minister of Guinea and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, spokesperson Hua Jiang said.The Secretary-General’s programme on Tuesday included a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Congolese President Joseph Kabila to discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to Ms. Jiang. read more

Security Council seeks to send strong and unanimous message to Iraq President

Speaking to the press after closed-door consultations on a draft resolution presented by the United States and the United Kingdom, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon said the members had proposed “wording that will lead us to a consensual text.” “The Council remains determined to achieve the disarmament of Iraq,” he stressed. “And for that, the Council wishes the prompt return of the inspectors.” He added that the Council “wishes to give a mandate which is clear and precise to the inspectors.” Asked about the lifting of sanctions against Iraq, Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou said the issue had been thoroughly discussed, with some suggesting that the draft resolution incorporate “positive aspects of reconsidering the sanctions in the case of full cooperation given by Iraq.” read more

Presidents Golf Tournament raises funds for student athletes

Golfers joined President Jack Lightstone at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls yesterday for the ninth annual President’s Tournament in support of Brock Athletics.This year’s tournament, led once again by David Howes, chair of the President’s Tournament and immediate past chair of the Brock Board of Trustees, raised $75,000 which goes exclusively to awards and financial support for the University’s student athletes.“The proceeds from this event make the difference in helping some of Canada’s smartest young athletes fulfill their university studies and become key contributors to society,” Howes said.Brock has a tradition of athletic excellence. In its 44-year history, the Badgers have captured 28 national and 56 provincial championships. It currently offers 26 varsity sports, which includes 14 men’s and 12 women’s programs.“Brock athletes not only excel in sport, but also in academics,” said Lightstone. “In addition, they are active members in the Niagara community. Athletes who benefit from these awards maintain a high academic standing, all the while juggling athletics, studies, part-time jobs and volunteering.”Sodexo was the tournament’s presenting sponsor. read more

5 things to watch for in Ohio States game against Buffalo

Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Braxton Miller tosses the ball during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-38.The Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s matchup against Buffalo.1. Who will step up at running back?What was supposed to be one of the strongest positions for the Buckeyes heading into the year is now one of its biggest question marks. The suspensions of Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, the two guys expected to be at the top of the depth chart, have left the backfield in disarray. Although Jordan Hall is still with the team and has been named the starter for the season opener, he may take on more of a hybrid role rather than the traditional pro-style running back. True freshman Dontre Wilson has been a standout during fall practice, using his blazing speed to work his way up the depth chart and will start the game as the backup H-back behind senior wide receiver Chris Fields. Players like sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball will also be hoping to take advantage of the suspensions when noon rolls around on Saturday.2. Changes to the front sevenThe most buzz coming out of Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class for the Buckeyes was focused around the defensive line, particularly sophomore defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. The duo showed off their potential during the Ohio State spring game on April 13, totaling seven sacks, and will make their first collegiate starts Saturday opposite of each other. Junior nose tackle Joel Hale, junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant and sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry all have either limited or no experience as a regular starter for the Buckeyes. With only junior linebacker Ryan Shazier returning in the front seven, the new guys will have to step up their game to live up to the legacy left behind by players like John Simon and Jonathan Hankins.3. How Doran Grant matches up with Alex NeutzDespite finishing 4-8 last season, one bright spot for Buffalo was wide receiver Neutz. The then-sophomore led his team with 1,015 yards, 65 receptions and 11 touchdowns last year. With starting cornerback Bradley Roby also suspended for the Buckeyes, it will be on junior Doran Grant to cover the Bulls’ top weapon. Grant only has one start in his career, last season against Alabama Birmingham, and is forced into a tough spot against Buffalo. Sophomore Armani Reeves will also be getting the start at cornerback and could take some time lining up against Neutz, but most of the time it will be Grant trying to shut down Buffalo’s top receiver. It remains to be seen how Grant will hold up when matched up one-on-one with a No. 1 receiver during an actual game.4. Braxton MillerDespite the negative storylines this offseason (Hyde, Roby, Smith suspensions) and the questions about the defensive front, there is still one reason for fans to be confident. Miller is back and, in year two of Meyer’s spread offense, is more capable than ever. Throughout much of the fall practice, Meyer and offensive coordinator/QBcoach Tom Herman have been raving about the strides that Miller has made in terms of his fundamentals. When you add that to his already potent athletic ability, a recipe for success seems to be in place for the Buckeye signal caller. Although he may not be the nation’s top quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville) or it’s most explosive player (De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon), Miller’s ability as a dual threat quarterback will put him into the Heisman conversation and help the Buckeyes pursue their championship expectations.5. Cameron JohnstonAfter Ben Buchanan graduated, OSU was left in a tough situation at punter. Buchanan spent four years punting for the Buckeyes and finished his career as the eighth best punter in school history, averaging 41.2 yards per punt. But after his replacement made a last second switch, decommitting from OSU on signing day, things looked bleak. In steps Australian-born Johnston. After discussions with special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, Johnston committed to the Buckeyes and is listed as the starting punter Saturday. If called upon with the rest of the punting unit, Johnston will face immense pressure in his first time at Ohio Stadium with the Buckeye faithful counting on him to succeed. read more

Filmmakers apologise after complaints over allergy scene in Peter Rabbit movie

first_img Short URL Feb 12th 2018, 1:25 PM By Associated Press 70 Comments 31,782 Views PETER RABBIT FILMMAKERS and the studio behind it have apologised for insensitively depicting a character’s allergy in the film.Sony Pictures said yesterday in a joint statement with the filmmakers that “food allergies are a serious issue” and the film “should not have made light” of a character being allergic to blackberries “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way”.In Peter Rabbit which was released this weekend, the character of Mr McGregor is allergic to blackberries. The rabbits fling the fruit at him in a scene and he is forced to use an EpiPen.The charity group Kids with Food Allergies posted a warning about the scene on its Facebook page on Friday, prompting some on Twitter to start using the hashtag #boycottpeterrabbit. Filmmakers apologise after complaints over allergy scene in Peter Rabbit movie The scene involved a character who has fruit thrown at him and has to use an EpiPen. Share60 Tweet Email1 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Source: Kids With Food Allergies Foundation/FacebookThe group said that allergy jokes are harmful to their community and that making light of the condition “encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously”.A petition against the scene has garnered almost 10k signatures.Kenneth Mendez, the president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, wrote an open letter to the studio on Saturday asking for the opportunity to educate the company and the film’s cast on the realities of food allergies and urged the studio to “examine your portrayal of bullying in your films geared toward a young audience”.The studio and filmmakers say that they, “Sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize.”Read: Food intolerance testing kits ‘don’t work’> Image: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Monday 12 Feb 2018, 1:25 PM last_img read more

FactCheck Is Richard Bruton right to say housing starts are on the

first_img 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article …It is encouraging to see, at last, in Dublin and in other parts of the country, we’re seeing housing starts showing considerable growth.The FactsThe chart below shows the number of private residential units commenced in Ireland each month between January 2014 and November 2016 (the most recent month where figures are available).A commencement is an administrative notification sent by a house-builder to the relevant authorities, to let them know they are about to start construction.Commencement notices are sometimes known as “starts” – the term Richard Bruton used – and are one of the primary measures of housing construction.The other primary measure of housing construction is housing “completions”, which track when a newly-built house is connected to the electricity network. Source: For a full-size version of this chart, click hereAs you can see, housing construction rose in 2016.Between January and November there were 11,320 commencement notices – that’s a 46.5%% increase from the same period in 2015, when there were 7,727.In response to FactCheck, Richard Bruton’s spokesperson cited the same data, and specified that in his Dáil remarks, the Minister was referring to the last year.He correctly pointed out that in the last 12 months (December 2015 to November 2016) there had been 11,681 commencement notices – 44.8% more than in the previous 12 months (December 2014 to November 2015).It is true, as noted on Twitter, that the number of commencements declined in November 2016, the most recent month for which data is available.But it’s important to note that they declined from 1,759 in October (the highest monthly rate since February 2014), to 1,324 in November (the second-highest monthly rate since February 2014).Let’s take a broader view, and look at commencement notices over the past 12 years.Since we only have figures for January to November last year, we’re comparing that number to January-November in every previous year, as far back as 2004. Source: For a full-size version of this chart, click hereAs we’ve already shown, housing starts rose significantly between 2015 and 2016.But this chart shows that commencement notices in 2016 were also significantly higher than in every year between 2009 and 2014.The number of housing starts has also risen every year since 2012. The figures are not even close to what they were between 2004 and 2006, but in 2016 they were the highest in eight years.ConclusionRichard Bruton’s claim was: “We’re seeing housing starts showing considerable growth”.In 2016, housing starts (commencement notices) increased by 46.5% over 2015, and were the highest in eight years.While there was a month-to-month decrease between October and November 2016, this constituted a fall from the highest monthly rate in almost three years to the second-highest monthly rate in almost three years.On the whole, the trend is clear – there has indeed been “considerable growth” in housing starts in the last year, compared to the year before that, as specified by Richard Bruton in response to FactCheck.We therefore rate Richard Bruton’s claim TRUE. As our verdicts guide explains, this means: “The claim is accurate, and is not missing any significant details or context”.This is the third claim by Richard Bruton that we have fact-checked. Previously, we gave him verdicts of FALSE and UNPROVEN. You can read his FactCheck File here.To download a spreadsheet of data on housing starts from March 2014 to November 2016, click here. To download a spreadsheet of data on housing starts from January 2004 to February 2014, click here. Find more FactChecks here IN THE FACE of questions about the government’s housing strategy in the Dáil this week, Education Minister Richard Bruton noted what he called “considerable growth” in the number of new private houses being built.Several readers contacted us on Twitter to bring our attention to the claim, and some argued it was mistaken.So we’ve had a look at the numbers, and reached a verdict.(Send your FactCheck requests to, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: The number of new private houses being started is increasingWhat was said:   You can watch a short clip of Bruton’s remarks, along with a breakdown of the basic facts, in a video below.For our purposes, this is the statement we’re most interested in, which was made as the Education Minister took Leader’s Questions on behalf of the government, on Thursday. Source: Feb 1st 2017, 8:30 PM Share Tweet Email center_img By Dan MacGuill 12,141 Views Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter FactCheck: Is Richard Bruton right to say housing starts are on the rise? The Education Minister made the claim during Leaders Questions last week – our readers asked for it to be tested.’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. Short URL Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:30 PMlast_img read more