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NC hints at contesting Assembly poll

first_imgNational Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday hinted that his party may not boycott Assembly election in J&K, hours after BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav questioned the regional parties, the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party’s demand to dissolve the Assembly. “You (BJP) got the control of a handful of towns and cities because the NC and the PDP stayed away (and the Congress did such a poor job of putting up a fight). Do you really think we will give you a walkover in the Assembly poll?” said the former Chief Minister Abdullah.The remarks came after Mr. Madhav questioned the regional parties’ boycott politics.last_img read more

Kiran Bedi: The game changer

first_imgKiran BediFrom being a tennis champion to a top police officer to a woman who fights selflessly for the greater good, 62-year-old social activist Kiran Bedi has stepped beyond the traditional role of the perfect wife and mother and set a benchmark of courage for women in a deeply patriarchal,Kiran BediFrom being a tennis champion to a top police officer to a woman who fights selflessly for the greater good, 62-year-old social activist Kiran Bedi has stepped beyond the traditional role of the perfect wife and mother and set a benchmark of courage for women in a deeply patriarchal society. Never one to mince words, her fearless spirit has attracted awe and fear in equal measure from those in power (often men). In recent times, she has seen the wrath of Parliament after her controversial, and rather animated ghoongat act, raising her voice agianst the hypocrisy of its members. While most people, clearly shocked, questioned her irresponsible behaviour as a public figure, she defends herself by saying that, “It was the frustration of the youth that I voiced that day.” The activism demonstrated by the youth in their movement against corruption, renews her belief that the people of this country are clear about what they want. “Now people are looking for value-based politics. Substance is coming back to centre-stage,” she claims.In October 2010, civil society activist, Arvind Kejriwal came to her and invited her to join the fight against corruption. First off, he wanted to expose the corruption in the CWG Organising Committee, and Bedi jumped in without any hesitation. “He came to me with evidence and asked me if we could file a first information report. And I thought, if we can file one for a small theft, why can’t we do it when our country is being plundered,” says the Delhi-based Bedi. Almost a year later, the question has turned into a neo-nationalist movement which jolted Parliament as much as it did the people of this country, resurrecting their faith in democracy. “We were just two people then, and now we’ve grown to two million,” she says with child-like exuberance.Bedi with Anna Hazare at Delhi’s Ramlila MaidanThe Jan Lokpal Bill, drafted by India Against Corruption, a forum consisting of civil society activists, aims at providing grievance redressal forums to the citizens of this country who are victims of corruption. It’s no wonder that the movement touched a chord with Bedi, who believes that legal literacy in the country is almost negligible. She should know, having been the host of the popular TV show, Aap Ki Kachehri, she moved justice out of courtrooms and provided a forum for people to solve issues such as domestic violence, adoption and property disputes in a quick and simple way. “We need more interesting forums like that to make justice more accessible so that it iseasier for people to understand their laws,” she says.Social justice is what drives Bedi. With a keen sense of right and wrong, her entire life has been one long fight against injustice. “She’s a highly motivated woman who always wanted to do something different,” says husband and fellow social activist, Brij Bedi, who is based out of Amritsar. Just as unconventional as her, he lent his unconditional support to her ambitions. “I knew what kind of a person I was getting married to and her work for the nation and society make me very proud,” he says.From fighting corruption in sports back in the 1970s up to now, Bedi has never feared authority and always stood for what she believes is right. Being the first woman to join the Indian Police Service, she also became the highest-ranking woman official in the nation’s history, changing the dynamics of power in the force.Bedi with daughter SainaFrom 1972, when she joined the force, to when she became the Delhi traffic police chief, earning her the nickname, ‘Crane’ Bedi, till the time she took voluntary retirement in 2007 as director general of Bureau of Police Research and Development Cell, she changed everything she took charge of. One of the first police officers to introduce prison reforms in India, her humanitarian work in improving the condition of prisoners in Tihar jail won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994. “More than a moment of victory, it reinstated my belief in my work. That award gave my work the acceptance and respect it deserved,” says Bedi, who believes that receiving the honour was the turning point of her life, where, “the cynical part of our community finally came out to support me.” This was the time she realised that an international recognition is the only way to be taken seriously in India. “Even though the global community recognised my work, the police force that I served so diligently has never given me a merit certificate. The play of politics is unavoidable in any structure,” she says. Her exemplary work in the force caught the attention of a young woman, Megan Doneman, an Australian filmmaker, who came to visit her in 1998, with a proposal to make a documentary on her life. “She literally followed me around while making this film,” says Bedi. Yes Madam, Sir was screened at several international film festivals . “Once the film was made, tables were turned. I started follow-ing Megan around, wherever she screened it,” she says laughing.Closer home, another person who quietly derives inspiration from her life is daughter Saina, 36. A social activist by profession, she says her mother is “the most focused and determined person I have met.” Not always around to give her life lessons in person, “she taught me right from wrong by the way she conducted her life,” says Saina. Kiran BediA simple person with limited needs, Bedi taught her daughter to be content and grateful for what life had offered her-lessons learnt from her own upbringing. “We fought like everyone else. Sometimes she was very strict and sometimes she was not there, but all the while, I knew when I really needed my mother, she would be there for me,” says Saina, who has no regrets about the limited time she spent with her mother during her childhood. Bedi made sure her family understood that duty towards her nation was a lot more important than the one towards her family. “There were situations when my duty called and my family took a back seat. But when Saina really needed me around, there was no question of work taking priority,” says Bedi. The fact that her family was always “non-complaining,” says Bedi, is what helped her achieve what she set out to do. “I have an understanding family, so I made the most of my life,” she says.Bedi left the force before her term was over “because I realised that I was limited in the force. I wanted to do a lot more for society,” she says. As a result, she founded two NGOs-Navjyoti, through which she has worked extensively in the areas of drug abuse and community education and placements; and Safer India, which aims to curb crime by working for prison reforms and empowerment of women. “I realised the power of an NGO. I could work on my own terms and get results that are far more extensive than when I was limited by the system,” says Bedi. The success of Anna’s fast has only made her convictions stronger as she gears up to reform the nation. Road to successNational and Asian Tennis champion, 1966.India’s first and highest ranking woman officer, she joined the Indian Police Service in 1972.Served as Traffic Commissioner of Delhi.Appointed deputy inspector general of police in insurgencyprone Mizoram.Worked with the United Nations as the Police Adviser to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.Set up NGOs Navjyoti in 1988 and Safer India in 2008-09.Icons who inspireMahatma Gandhi: For his life-long sacrifice and service for humanity.Swami Vivekananda: For going beyond barriers to attain allinclusive spirituality.Mother Teresa: For her selfless devotion.J Krishnamurty: For his rational call for internal revolution in every human being.Golda Meir: For being a true leader who ruled with an iron fist.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Brothers knocks down B-Town: Outstanding, emotional family saga

first_imgAkshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra-starrer Brothers has received positive reviews from Bollywood with some calling the film ‘outstanding’ and others tagging it as ‘one of the best sports action till date’.RELATED: Apart from sibling rivalry, all forms of Mixed Martial Arts too in Brothers Brothers is the remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warriors. It is a tale of two estranged brothers (David Fernandes and Monty Fernandes), who, in order to prove themselves, are ready to fight each other inside the boxing ring.BROTHERS REVIEW: Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra in a bloody spectacle Some of the Bollywood celebrities took to twitter to express their reaction after watching the film – a family drama directed by Karan Malhotra. The film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah in pivotal roles.ALSO READ: The rise of combat sports in Bollywood in Akshay’s Brothers, Salman’s Sultan, Aamir’s Dangal Here is what they have tweeted: #brothers is outstanding!! Bright light n love 2 my friends @karanjohar @karanmalhotra21 @akshaykumar @Asli_Jacqueline , Sid n dear ekta! # Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 13, 2015Saw “Brothers” last night, very dramatic and the best sports action till date in a Hindi film. Super direction, Performances, editing etc Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) August 14, 2015Brothers!!! What an emotional family saga interlaced with the exciting world of MMA! @akshaykumar and @S1dharthM look like REAL bros ?? Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) August 14, 2015@akshaykumar @S1dharthM & Jackie Shroff will knock u out with their superb performances..Pure blood, sweat & tears! #Brothers @karanjohar ???? SOPHIE CHOUDRY (@Sophie_Choudry) August 13, 2015Saw #Brothers ! What a film!Stupendous performances &such real emotions&an enormous backdrop of #mma fighting! #Jackie shroff is legendary!advertisement Tanishaa Mukerji (@TanishaaMukerji) August 13, 2015Shah Rukh Khan, on his part, took to the micro-blogging site to wish Akshay and the Brothers’ team all the best: All the best @karanjohar wish u the best for Brothers and the whole team. Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 14, 2015last_img read more

Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj confident of return to his best

first_imgManchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is confident he can rediscover the form he displayed in his breakthrough season in 2013-14 and feature more regularly for the club.The 20-year-old scored four goals and had five assists in 27 Premier League appearances during the period but had a hard time last season after failing to find the back of the net.Januzaj saw his shot go in off the far post on Friday as he scored the winner in his club’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa, giving him much-needed confidence.”I’d not played for a long time, so I was happy to score my first goal of the season (against Villa),” Januzaj said ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Belgian Pro League champions Club Brugge.Also read: Januzaj scores as Manchester United seal three points at Vill”I’m happy to play and give everything for the manager and the club.”The Belgian, whose star has waned at Old Trafford since he burst on to the scene as one of the game’s young diamonds, has also been linked in the media with a loan move to Sunderland but he felt he was close to his best again.”It can happen, but this year is another year so I’m ready to get back to my best and do everything that I can do,” Januzaj said.”Of course (I’m improving); the manager has spoken to me a few times and I felt that I haven’t been myself but I hadn’t had many games, so hopefully I can play more this year.”advertisementlast_img read more

Jannik Sinner Beats Alex de Minaur to Win Next Gen ATP Finals

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Italian teenager Jannik Sinner admitted he felt like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal as he basked in the spotlight after defeating top-seed Australian Alex de Minaur in straight sets to win the Next Gen ATP Finals on home soil in Milan on Saturday.The 18-year-old Sinner, an eighth-seeded wildcard, saved nine break points to win 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in just over an hour against 18th-ranked De Minaur, who also lost last year’s final to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The tournament, which began in 2017, features the eight best players aged 21-and-under on the ATP Tour.And Sinner came in as a late wild card after a season when he rose almost 500 places to break into the Top 100.The player from the north of Italy, near the border with Austria, was basking in the spotlight at the hysterical support from the home crowd.”It’s something different,” he said.”I never had this kind of support, even on court. I don’t know if Roger or Rafa are still enjoying these kind of things.”I’m young and I’m enjoying it.””It’s been an unbelievable week,” continued the 95th-ranked Italian, who beat another top 20 ranked player France’s Gael Monfils last month en route to the semi-finals in Antwerp.”I was the last one in and tried to take my chances.”I played better and better with each game.”It was the first meeting between De Minaur and Sinner.But the Italian, the youngest competitor in this year’s tournament, brushed aside his Australian rival dubbed ‘Speed Demon’, who had captured his first three ATP Tour titles in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai.”The biggest difference was I had nine break points and I wasn’t able to convert any of them,” said De Minaur.”Yanick played a really impressive match, he was putting me under pressure very often.”If I had converted some of those break points early it would have been a completely different match.”The Australian added: “It don’t think it would be very smart if I judged my season on this one match.”Obviously I’ve had my best season yet.”I’m happy to be able to sit down and know that I finished the year 18 in the world. Now I’ve got the Davis Cup to look forward to.”È stata una settimana davvero incredibile! 😎Grazie Jannik! 😍#NextGenATP #SeeTheFuture #Sinner @janniksin pic.twitter.com/z7TD3S2xdn— Next Gen ATP Finals (@nextgenfinals) November 9, 2019Sinner broke to love in the sixth game of the first set and staved off break points on his serve in the first game of the second set.Hitting two aces he converted three of his eight break point chances to wrap up the match to love when De Minaur hit a return of serve into the net.Sinner’s winnings for the week over $372,000 overtake his career earnings of $274,470 so far, in a season he started the rankings 551.He follows South Korean Hyeon Chung and Tsitsipas, who won the two previous editions.Both went on to reach their maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open two months later.The top two players in the category are absent, with Greece’s Tsitsipas playing at the ATP Tour Finals in London next week, while world number 15 Denis Shapovalov withdrew from Milan after reaching last weekend’s Paris Masters final.The Next Gen tournament also offers a chance to test new innovations. Matches are played in three winning sets with four games, and a tie-break at 3-3.Coaching is allowed using headphones with hawk-eye replacing line judges.The let returned this year having being eliminated in the two previous editions. Alex De MinauratpATP FinalsJannik Sinner First Published: November 10, 2019, 8:21 AM ISTlast_img read more

Three gangsters arrested after encounter in Punjab

first_imgBatala(Punjab), Feb 18 (PTI) Three alleged gangsters were arrested after a brief encounter with police here tonight.Batala Senior Superintendent of Police Diljinder Singh Dhillon said that these gangsters were responsible for freeing one of their accomplice Atul Khatri from the police custody at Nawan Sehar on February 4.They were identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Ladi, a resident of Sherkhan village in Ferozepur district, Arjun, a resident of Kapuri gate Batala and Heera, a resident of Kaalia village under sadar police station here.Two pistols and 15 cartridges were seized from their possession.He said that a police party of Nawan Sehar district chased the gangsters who were in Sports Utility Vehicle and cordoned them in the city area here.One of them fired at police who returned the fire and after a brief encounter the gangsters were arrested.A case has been registered in this connection by police here. PTI COR VJ GS RGlast_img read more

Dai Young’s forward thinking faces acid test from Harlequins’ Lions props

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Northampton get their big guns firing to overpower lacklustre Bath Read more … 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. Billy Twelvetrees: ‘Welford Road can be intimidating – but it’s also why you play’ Rugby union Share on Pinterest Topics Support The Guardian Young has added the scrum to his list of duties this season and there were signs at Worcester last Sunday that he is making a difference, allowing for the early replacement of the home prop Nick Schonert, who suffered a broken ankle. Wasps ground out a 24-10 victory, not quite winning ugly but, in the second half especially, playing within themselves to move to the top of the table, the position they finished last season.“We did not reach the standards we set ourselves at Worcester, but what was positive was the part our defence played in the victory,” says Ashley Johnson, the former South Africa flanker who started at hooker at Sixways. “The Premiership is a tough league and there are occasions when you have to keep it tight. We are perceived to be an attacking team and we intend to show that there is more to us. We have made a good start to the season with two wins from two but you have to keep your foot on the pedal. We have done a lot of stuff right but there is also a lot we need to work on. We are nowhere near where we want to be.”Wasps face Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday in what used to be a London derby. They have made home advantage count decisively against their old rivals in the last three seasons but, with the Lions props Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler packing down for the visitors, Johnson acknowledges that his side’s improvement up front will come under more scrutiny than on the first two weekends.“The scrum is an area of the game where we felt we were mediocre last year and needed to improve,” he says. “We have put a lot of time and effort into scrummaging and having Dai take over in that area has been a real plus: he has made sure that everyone takes collective responsibility.“He has been a driving force in raising standards but, while we have taken a step forward, we are not taking anything for granted. We need to back it up and Quins have two Lions props. It will be a big task for us.”Up to this season, Young set relatively modest targets for the club based on qualification for the European Champions Cup, mindful that five years ago Wasps were only a few minutes away from bankruptcy. Reaching the Premiership final last season and losing it so narrowly, on top of making the knockout stage of the Champions Cup for the second successive campaign, has resulted in the goal being reset. Share on WhatsApp Wasps lost last season’s Premiership final to Exeter two minutes from the end of extra time when they were penalised for collapsing a scrum and, at a time when sides are looking to play with more adventure following rule changes designed to stimulate attacking instincts, European rugby’s greater entertainers have gone back to basics.Not that Wasps are turning into the Argentina of old, all set piece and sinew, but the not uncommon sight last season of a retreating scrum was too much for their director of rugby, Dai Young, who in his playing days as a prop went on three Lions tours and established a reputation as one of the game’s leading scrummagers. Since you’re here…center_img Reuse this content Share on Twitter Premiership The Observer Read more Share via Email Wasps “After coming so close last season, it would be silly to say we are not thinking about winning the title,” says Johnson. “We are using the hurt of losing the final and the desire and hunger it generated to drive us on. What you have to be mindful of in this league is that everyone improves every year and we have to. The first step is to get into the play-offs and that means concentrating on our performance.“The last couple of seasons have given us the experience of big knockout games and the more you play, the more you learn to do things differently. The game is more quick as you cannot slow the ball down as much under the new laws. Teams will look at ways of getting around that and I do not think a lot will change. Defending teams are not going to flood the breakdown, so there will be more guys on their feet. It is give and take. For us, it is about setting goals and being consistent week in, week out, keeping up our attacking intensity while knowing we need to step up in defence.”The 31-year-old Johnson started his career in South Africa as a hooker before being converted into a back‑row. He divided his time almost equally between the positions last season, making 13 appearances in the front row and 16 as a flanker, including coming on as a replacement, and he has no preference between the two. “The boys often ask me which I love the most, but I will play where I am picked and believe in my ability,” he says. “Every player wants to contribute to the club and there is something special going on here. Both positions suit my running game, but I do enjoy being in the middle of a scrum.” Share on Facebook Share on Messenger featureslast_img read more

Sarri requests Higuain, Mertens & Koulibaly for Chelsea

first_imgTransfers Sarri requests Higuain, Mertens & Koulibaly as Chelsea talks speed up Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent 20:05 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Higuain Mertens Napoli Juventus Serie A Transfers Chelsea Napoli Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues are still not clear on who their head coach will be next season as they push ahead to get a deal resolved before pre-season kicks off Chelsea have spoken to prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri about his transfer preferences as he targets a host of Napoli stars from past and present, Goal understands.Talks over a deal to appoint Sarri to replace Antonio Conte continue to progress positively and, in conversations with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, he has stated his admiration of various Napoli stars, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj, Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens.However, Chelsea will have the final say on transfers, just as they did with Conte and remain cautious about offering players aged over 30 a contract lasting longer than one year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move This policy may scupper Sarri’s interest in signing Belgium international Mertens and also Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, whose future with the Serie A champions is the source of renewed doubts.Higuain retains a strong bond with Sarri from their time together at Napoli, despite controversially swapping the title challengers for their fierce rivals in the north of Italy.Koulibaly and Mertens both interested Chelsea in the past under Conte and the Senegal defender was the subject of an ultimately failed summer-long pursuit inNapoli have always proved difficult to work with for Chelsea as discussions continue to remove Sarri from his contract, despite club president Aurelio De Laurentiis having already signed Carlo Ancelotti to replace him.Sarri had a £7 million ($9.4m) release clause to be paid as compensation but that expired on May 31. Chelsea had sought to pay less than this clause, as they also face a possible £9m bill to remove Conte from his position as head coach.Talks have continued between Sarri and Chelsea, as they work on their strategy to secure his appointment, although Laurent Blanc remains a frontrunner, should the negotiations collapse. Chelsea have shown an interest in Nice’s Jean Michaël Seri and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, but a lack of manager has seen all transfer activity slow down at the club.Kalidou Koulibaly NapoliThe club’s players remain in the dark over who the new coach will be and their own futures could be affected by the next appointment. The non-World Cup players have been told that they are due back for pre-season on July 2 without knowing who the next manager will be.The situation around the head coach has delayed potential contract renewal talks for senior players, as well as the futures of those who are among the 35-man loan group.Blues legend Gianfranco Zola, meanwhile, is being lined up for a role under Sarri and he will be offered an assistant manager position.last_img read more

TFA Says ‘Thanks A Million’

first_imgThis week (Monday, 13 May to Sunday, 19 May) is National Volunteer Week, Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism. Touch Football Australia (TFA) would like to take the opportunity to thank its hard working volunteers for their dedication to the sport of Touch Football across the country. Today there are over six million people volunteering annually in Australia, representing 36 percent of the adult population. Touch Football has thousands of volunteers that contribute their time to the sport, from local affiliates through to at a TFA Board of Management level. Board Member, Barry McNamara has been on the TFA Board for 18 months and became involved at this level as he wanted to help make a difference. “I accepted nomination to the Board to give something back to the sport while I am still an active participant,” McNamara said. Board Member, Jane Russo has been involved in Touch Football at many levels and is enjoying her time on the TFA Board. “Having been involved in Touch as a player, selector, coordinator, administrator and now a Board Member I have been fortunate enough to have seen the sport from many angles. But it has been in the role of volunteer that I have learnt the most about the sport and truly embraced it. Being on TFA’s Board of Management has been a privilege,” Russo said. “To be involved in leading the way forward for the sport I love is very rewarding and with this comes great responsibility as it’s the member’s interests that I am representing. At the end of the day I am passionate about ensuring our sport grows at the grassroots and that it continues to engage with all. Volunteering is easy when you are passionate, committed and believe in what you are doing.”TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, says that National Volunteer Week is a good opportunity to recognise the work of the sport’s volunteers, who do so much for Touch Football.“No sport can operate effectively without the valuable contribution of volunteers; however, our sport is indebted to them at so many levels.  Our sport has a heavy reliance on volunteer infrastructure to not only steer the organisation at Board level but also the technical delivery and right down to the actual delivery of our product on a weekly basis. Without this amazing contribution of time and dedicated service from so many people, our sport would not have developed into what we are today,” Maguire said. “On behalf of the TFA Board, staff and indeed participants I thank all the people that afford time to our sport on a volunteer basis.  We truly value your contribution.”For more information on National Volunteer Week, please visit the following website:www.volunteeringaustralia.org For more information on how you can get involved volunteering in Touch Football, please contact your local affiliate. Related LinksTFA Thanks Volunteerslast_img read more

Supreme Court appeal in childs meningitis death could be dismissed from bench

first_imgCALGARY – Lawyers say just because parents convicted in the meningitis death of their toddler are taking their case to the Supreme Court that doesn’t mean they will get the privilege of a long deliberation.Lisa Silver, law professor at the University of Calgary, said the couple can automatically appeal to Canada’s top court because the three-member Alberta Court of Appeal wasn’t unanimous in a recent decision upholding the conviction.David Stephan and his wife, Collet, were found guilty last year of failing to provide the necessaries of life in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death.The trial in Lethbridge, Alta., heard the Stephans treated the 19-month-old boy with garlic, onion and horseradish rather than taking him to a doctor. They eventually called 911 but the little boy died in hospital.An appeal for failing to provide the necessaries is serious enough to warrant the attention of Canada’s top judges, Silver said.“Remember this is a death of a child.”But just because someone is granted a hearing before the Supreme Court, doesn’t mean the issue will be given a full airing, she said.“They can dismiss it from the bench,” she said. “You’ve got a right to do it because there’s a dissent … You argue it and then the court says, ‘Thank you very much’ and they go in the back and they come back out and they go, ‘Goodbye.’”David Stephan has indicated he and his wife will ask the Supreme Court to overturn their convictions.“We are attempting to remove a very concerning precedent that has been further substantiated by two out of the three Appeal Court judges.” Stephan wrote on his Facebook page recently.David Stephan was sentenced to four months in jail and his wife was ordered to spend three months under house arrest. The Crown plans to appeal the sentences as being too lenient.Silver believes the upcoming appeal of the sentence may be a factor in trying to have the conviction overturned.“I feel like they’re appealing because they’re sort of putting off that sentence appeal which I feel may be an issue,” she said. “I feel that the sentence was light.”Longtime Calgary defence lawyer Balfour Der says the Stephan case has similarities to a criminal negligence case that went before the Supreme Court in 1989. The case called Tutton and Tutton involved a wife who said she had a vision that told her to remove her diabetic child from insulin.“It could have been precedent-setting except one of the judges of the seven who heard it became ill and retired and the court split 3-3,” said Der. “It was quite a debate as to whether it’s … looking at it through her eyes or an objective test looking at it through an impartial adviser.”Tim Caulfield, research director at the University of Alberta’s Health Law and Science Policy Group, said David Stephan is using the Supreme Court appeal as a continued platform for his beliefs.“This has clearly become a crusade for the Stephans. His recent online rants have raised the idea that evidence was falsified, that there was an elaborate coverup, and that the judicial system was under political pressure to convict,” Caulfield said.“The existence of a dissent, which was specifically about the nature of the jury charge, does not, in anyway, confirm the conspiratorial thinking of Stephan.“Regardless, that is how it will likely play with the supporters of the Stephans. And all of this will help position Stephan as a martyr.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Onlineonly admission in undergraduate level

first_imgKolkata: The state Higher Education department has directed all universities under its aegis and colleges affiliated to these universities that admission process in undergraduate level for the 2019-20 academic session will be conducted entirely online. Students need not come to colleges during the admission process and will have to report directly on the day of commencement of classes.”We are going for online admission which will be merit-based. This will ensure transparency and students will not face any harassment during the admission process. They should not be called on campus during admission and communication with college authorities, if needed, will be through e-mail. Students will report to colleges only when the classes start,” said R S Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Higher Education department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShukla, however, made it clear that colleges will do physical verification of documents when classes start and if they are found to be not authentic then the concerned student’s admission is liable to be cancelled. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee chaired a meeting with vice-chancellors and principals of colleges on Monday at a private university based in New Town and informed them about the modalities of admission in the undergraduate level. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe admission process will start soon after the results of the Higher Secondary Examination on May 27. It may be mentioned that CBSE Class XII and ISC results have already been published. Student unions will not be allowed to set up any help desk in colleges and the administrative process will be entirely under the supervision of the college authorities. “We have already issued clear-cut guidelines about the admission. Today (Monday) we convened the meeting to clear any confusion. Instructions regarding admission have also been sent to the District Magistrates across the state,” a senior official of the Higher Education department said. It may be recalled that last year, there were allegations of extortion on the part of students’ unions in some colleges for admitting students. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had to intervene to resolve the issue. She had reiterated that if someone is found asking for money for personal interest in lieu of granting admission, stern action will be taken against him/her. Members of students’ unions in some colleges were also arrested by the police after Banerjee’s intervention. The state Higher Education department had issued a notification directing all colleges that counselling for admission to undergraduate courses must be done strictly online and physical verification of documents, if required, can be done only after the commencement of classes. It may be mentioned that it was former Education minister Bratya Basu, who had mooted the idea of online admission for the first time.last_img read more

Cominar REIT sells 97 noncore properties to Slate Acquisitions for 114 billion

QUEBEC — Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust has signed a deal to sell 97 non-core properties to Slate Acquisitions Inc. for $1.14 billion.The real estate trust (TSX:CUF.UN) says the properties are located in the Toronto area, the Atlantic provinces and Western Canada.Cominar announced a plan earlier this year to reduce its debt and focus on its core markets in Quebec and the Ottawa region.Cominar selling properties across Canada to focus on base in Quebec, OttawaFollowing the deal, Cominar will not own any properties in Western Canada, the Toronto area or the Atlantic provinces.The trust says it plans to use the net proceeds from the sale to reduce debt.Cominar owns a real estate portfolio including office properties, retail properties and industrial and mixed-use properties. read more

UN committee against torture to review Sri Lanka

The committee will publish its findings, officially known as concluding observations, on the respective states on 7 December.  (Colombo Gazette) The countries are among the 159 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and so are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee on how they are implementing the Convention and the Committee’s previous recommendations. The UN committee against torture is meeting in Geneva from 7 November to 7 December to review Sri Lanka and several other countries.The UN committee with review Ecuador (8-9 November); Finland (9-10 November); Monaco (11 and 14 November); Sri Lanka (15-16 November); Namibia (18 and 21 November); Turkmenistan (21-22 November); Armenia (23-24 November) and Cape Verde (24-25 November). The committee, which is composed of 10 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the respective Government delegations. read more

Reports of violence still coming out of Sudans Darfur region – UN

The reported attacks are the latest in Darfur which the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.8 million others forced from their homes since rebels took up arms against the Government in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources.In South Darfur on 27 and 28 January, armed tribesmen reportedly attacked internally displaced persons (IDPs) gathering at Djedja, killing six and displacing over 4,000 more. Only three routes are clear for UN movement, UNAMIS said.In West Darfur, the situation appears to have calmed down since heavy fighting north of Sirba on 20 January, but the area remains tense.In North Darfur on 26 and 27 January, unidentified persons burnt several huts, including one belonging to a local non-governmental organization (NGO). On 28 January, a group of IDPs in Abu Shouk camp, who claimed not to have received ration cards and not to have received food since their arrival, looted food items, leading to a riot and halting food distribution.Humanitarian agencies are planning to meet to discuss and identify alternative sites to relocate some 25,000 IDPs who have arrived in Abu Shouk camp over the past two months due to insecurity. read more

Spotifys Top 10 most viral tracks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, March 4, to Sunday, March 10, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.1. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)3. Michael Buble, “It’s a Beautiful Day” (Reprise)4. Kat Dahlia, “Gangsta” (Vested in Culture/Epic Records)5. The Neighbourhood, “Sweater Weather” (The (r)evolve Group)6. Rhye, “Open” (Polydor Ltd. (UK) Exclusively licensed in the U.S. to Seven Four Entertainment LLC and Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings Inc.)7. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)8. James Blake, “Retrograde” (Polydor Ltd.)9. Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack” (Hollywood Records Inc.)10. CAZZETTE, “Beam Me Up (Kill Mode) (Radio Edit)” (Veratone AG)UNITED KINGDOM1. The 1975, “Chocolate” (Dirty Hit)2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)3. Frank Turner, “Recovery” (Xtra Mile Recordings Limited)4. Bring Me the Horizon, “Sleepwalking” (RCA Records)5. MS MR, “Bones” (Bones)6. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)7. Rhye, “Open” (Polydor Ltd. UK)8. James Blake, “Retrograde” (Polydor Ltd.)9. Fleetwood Mac, “Everywhere” (Warner Bros.)10. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 11:44 am MDT read more

Hundreds protest Bombardier salary increases for senior management

Hundreds protest Bombardier salary increases for senior management by crystalladeras Posted Apr 2, 2017 2:21 pm MDT About 200 people gathered in front of Bombardier’s Montreal headquarters on Sunday to denounce a hefty increase in compensation to senior management. Protester Paul Bourdon describes the raises as “an insult to Quebec workers.”“I have difficulty to have two per cent, or 1.5 per cent this year for my salary and our money is going to the rich guy out there,” he said.The company has been under fire since it became known last week that compensation to chairman Pierre Beaudoin and five senior executives soared to more than $32 million last year, up from $21 million in 2015. Beaudoin announced late Friday that he has asked the board to scale his pay back to 2015 levels.The increases came as the company recieved hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. Protester Hannah Obermeir is furious at the provincial government for giving the company a billion dollars in 2016 without guaranteeing how the public funds would be used.“Who gives a billion dollars without negotiating some conditions linked to that money? You keep jobs here and the leaders of this company are not allowed to give themselves such abominable raises,” she said.Jean Monty, the head of Bombardier’s human resources and compensation committee, issued an open letter Saturday saying the company must compete with firms globally to recruit and retain talent.Monty’s letter also points out that 75 per cent of compensation for most senior Bombardier executives is based on meeting performance targets and is not guaranteed.Monty’s letter also said pay comparisons between 2016 and 2015 are misleading because some of the executives started with Bombardier only part way through 2015; for example Alain Bellemare was appointed President and CEO in February, 2015. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare steps off of a model of a Global 7000 jet before making a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

NFL Says Its Message is Being Lost in Political

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels during the national anthem in front of teammates before an NFL football game  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.Trump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel during the anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him.The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players’ protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the “heartbreaking” threats in a social media post.“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest. read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GAZA: Israeli troops have pulled out of Gaza for a 72-hour ceasefire which began at 5am Irish time.2. #HOMELESS CRISIS: The number of families being made homeless has risen, with 39 becoming homeless last month in Dublin alone.3. TOO AMBITIOUS: Health Minister Leo Varadkar wrote in the Irish Independent that he’s going to delay the introduction of universal health insurance as well as the abolition of the HSE.4. #UNSECURED: The HSE has said there is no evidence that staff were responsible for inputting inappropriate names on a publicly-available training system, though it has now had the website taken down.5. #RULEBREAKERS: One in ten Irish motorists continue to break mobile phone laws with 53% texting or checking their phones while driving or at traffic lights.6. #FRAUDSTERS: Joan Burton has told the Irish Examiner her department is going to start using some complex computer software to beat welfare fraud which will save €16 million a year.7. #EBOLA: The World Bank has pledged $200 million in emergency funding to tackle the Ebola outbreak as the death toll passes 887, AFP reports.8. #HIGH MAINTENANCE: The Irish Times reports it costs €846,000 a month for the upkeep of courts buildings which includes window-cleaning, security and maintenance.9. #SPIES: A Canadian couple have been accused by Chinese authorities of stealing state secrets – something their son has said is “absurd”, BBC reports.last_img read more

Koreas Tesco reinvents grocery shopping with QRcode stores

first_imgThere’s just no time to make a trip to the grocery store some weeks. Tesco Home Plus is a supermarket chain in Korea that’s vying to be rated No. 1, and leave its second place spot to E-Mart, its main competitor. E-Mart has a greater number of stores than Tesco, but the company is determined to become the No. 1 grocery chain without increasing the number of stores. How does it plan to do this? Why, with the use of a smartphone, of course.According to Tesco, Koreans are the second hardest working people in the world, and time is literally money. Taking an hour a week for grocery shopping can be a real drag, so the company devised a way to have the store come to the people. Tesco set up virtual grocery stores in locations like subway/metro stations so that people can literally do their grocery shopping while waiting for the train.AdChoices广告The walls are plastered with posters that resemble the aisles and shelves of a supermarket. They’re lined from top to bottom with the products you’d normally see while grocery shopping. The only difference is that you can’t just grab the product and check out. The groceries each have a QR code which the shopper scans with a smartphone camera and adds to a shopping list. When the shopper has scanned all the codes for all the groceries needed, he pays using his phone and the groceries are then delivered to his home.QR-code-based shopping allows the customer to shop at more locations, many of which are more convenient than making a trip to the grocery store. A big advantage of getting your groceries delivered right to your door is that in major cities where driving isn’t really an option, people are left lugging heavy bags on the train and up a couple of flights of stairs before they reach their door.A nitpicky gripe to this way of shopping is that checking out the product’s information will be impossible. More specifically, the shopper won’t be able to turn the product around to see the nutritional facts. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to look at this in the store displays. There may be an option available once you scan your QR code, but otherwise, people will literally be buying food based on a photo. You also don’t get to choose what produce you buy, which is a nice part about shopping in a store. Do you like your bananas a little more un-ripened than ripe? You’ll get whatever the store decides to deliver, meaning you can’t pick and choose the exact product that you want. A small price to pay for convenience we suppose.This isn’t the first case of ordering groceries to be delivered to your home, but it’s unique since you’re not just sitting in your home clicking on a website. The customer actually gets to stroll down the “aisle” while waiting for a train to arrive and visually make their choices.via Pocket-lintlast_img read more