Woman player accuses co-player of rape at Bhopals SAI centre

first_imgBhopal, Jun 21 (PTI) A 25-year-old woman sportsperson from Haryana has alleged that a co-player from her state raped her under the pretext of marriage during their stay at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Ratibad locality here from 2013 till January this year, police said today.The woman who lodged the complaint in Rohtak Mahila Thana recently, which was later transferred to Ratibad police station, stated that she and the accused used to live in the SAI academy after they got the admission in 2013, according to police.She stated that the accused “lured” her into having physical relations with him under the pretext of marriage and later shot a video of the act, but later reneged on his promise, an officer said.An FIR under section 376 (punishment for rape) was registered recently in Rohtak and the case diary was transferred to Ratibad police station since the SAI centre comes under its jurisdiction, Ratibad police station in-charge Ashok Gautam told PTI today.”The case diary of this FIR was sent here yesterday by Rohtaks women police station. As per the case diary, the woman and the fellow player had been in touch with each other for the past three years. She said the accused lured her into having physical relations under the pretext of marriage,” Gautam said.He said both the players got the admission in the SAI centre in 2013 to undergo training for their respective games.They returned to Rohtak after completion of their training in January this year, the officer said.advertisement”The woman complained that the accused, who was in possession of the video, continued to pressurise her into having physical relations even after they returned to Rohtak. He had also sent the video to her,” Gautam said.The complainant said the accused is now refusing to marry her.”The case diary was sent to Bhopal after the woman complained to Haryana chief minister that Rohtak police have failed to take any action. We have forwarded the case diary to the crime branch for further investigation,” he said, adding that a woman police officer would conduct the further investigation into the case. PTI ADU MAS NSK BASlast_img read more

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Poor infra hurdle for footballers in Nagaland: Sports dept dir

first_imgKohima, Nov 2 (PTI) Nagas are second to none in football but due to lack of proper infrastructure, the boys and girls here are unable to perform to the best of their abilities, said the states Youth Resources and Sports (YRS) department director, Linda Solo.The YRS director was addressing the inaugural function of the 23rd edition of Classic Cup, a prestigious football tournament in the state, on Local Ground here.”The department has two hostels, one each in Kohima and Dimapur, with quite a few students, but due to lack of proper infrastructure, our boys and girls are unable to perform to the best of their abilities,” she said.”Some of our talented youth are playing for clubs of other states in the Indian Super League, and we are proud of them. It is a shame that Nagaland doesnt offer similar opportunities to our players,” she said.Nonetheless, she asked the players not to lose heart as the sport was gaining momentum in the state.”The tournament is organised every year to promote young and talented footballers and foster a team spirit among them,” said Classic Club president K Neibou Sekhose. PTI NBS RMSlast_img read more

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2nd Test: Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier put South Africa on top on Day 1 vs Pakistan

first_imgOpener Aiden Markram made a return to form as he scored 78 to help South Africa into a strong position on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Thursday.Markram’s contribution put South Africa on 123 for two wickets at close, 54 runs behind after bowling out Pakistan for 177 at tea. South Africa, who won the first of the three-Test series by six wickets in Pretoria last week, will be confident of building a substantial first-innings lead after their four-man seam attack ripped through the Pakistan batting line-up.The 24-year-old Markram, who struggled on tour in Sri Lanka in July and in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan, was bowled on the last ball of the day by Shan Masood.Hashim Amla, who is 24 not out, will resume on Friday with captain Faf du Plessis, who went out for a pair in the first Test.The solid home batting performance contrasted with Pakistan’s opening innings as they were flayed with a constant barrage of pace.Duanne Olivier added to his 11 wickets in the first Test with four more as Du Plessis’ decision to put Pakistan into bat, and go with a seam-only attack on a quick wicket, was vindicated.Pakistan were teetering at 75/5 at lunch and lost five more wickets before tea despite 56 from captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who went out to an injudicious uppercut shot just when a fightback looked on the cards.Masood made 44 with Olivier’s figures of 4/48 bookended by veteran Dale Steyn, who took the first wicket of the day and the last two of the Pakistan innings for 3/48.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

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18 days agoKeown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd move

first_imgKeown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Martin Keown says Daniel James will be regretting his move to Manchester United.Keown reckons the Wales international is United’s youngest but best player. Heaping praise on James, Keown said on Match of the Day: “Daniel James must be thinking ‘who have I signed for here?’ “He’s their youngest player, but he’s their best player.”Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Singh sets sights on opioid crisis pushes PM to decriminalize all drugs

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider decriminalizing all illegal drugs in an effort to combat Canada’s escalating opioid crisis.Singh, who campaigned on the promise during his party’s recent leadership race, said he will push the federal New Democrats to make the position part of its own formal policy platform.The NDP is scheduled to hold a policy convention in Ottawa in February.“We have the evidence,” Singh said in an interview this week. “Why do we continue down a path that makes no sense?”Singh, a former criminal defence lawyer, has been vocal about the opioid issue ever since becoming the party’s new leader, including during a trip last week to British Columbia, when he paid a visit to an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.In his legal practice, Singh said he witnessed first-hand how the current criminal approach is failing.“We are prosecuting people and incarcerating people that don’t need to be incarcerated,” he said. “These are folks that need to be helped and supported.”The majority of Canadians struggling with opioid addiction are also battling problems like mental health challenges and poverty, Singh said, noting that he would exclude drug trafficking from any decriminalization efforts.On Saturday, Singh told about 2,000 delegates at the B.C. NDP convention that Canada’s drug laws need to change to recognize drug addiction is a social justice issue, not a criminal justice problem.His comments come as Canadian health-care experts, including B.C.’s provincial health officer, urge the federal government to strongly consider borrowing from Portugal’s approach to drug policy, including decriminalizing personal possession of illicit drugs.Earlier this year, B.C.’s chief medical officer Perry Kendall said precious time and resources are being spent chasing people around the court system — exertions that do nothing to curb the drug supply or prevent drug deaths.“I think it is incumbent upon us, if we are really serious about trying to deal with this epidemic which is actually killing people, then we need to look at these alternative, regulatory frameworks to see if they might work for us,” Kendall said.It is up to Ottawa to shift its approach, because the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is a federal law, he added. Portugal did not decriminalize all drugs in all circumstances, but rather removed the application of criminal law on personal possession for limited amounts while offering education and social supports, he said.Leila Attar, a 20-year-old advocate who suffered an overdose last November after taking Percocet pills laced with fentanyl, said Tuesday she is pleased leaders like Singh are speaking about decriminalization, even if it’s not a “popular opinion.”“There’s so much stigma,” said Attar, who is channelling her own experiences into helping others at a pop-up injection site in Ottawa.If Trudeau fails to consider decriminalization, he is turning away from an approach that could save lives, she added.“It is frustrating,” Attar said. “We know there are so many people that are experts … pushing for the same thing.”Singh, who visited the Ottawa pop-up site in September during his leadership bid, said while social workers and advocates are trying to step up, the government has done nothing so far to stem the tide of tragedy.“The reason it is happening is because people are dying,” Singh said. “It is across this country and what people are doing is they are absolutely filling a void.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Canadian anthropological linguist creates concept languages for films

first_imgVANCOUVER – Typically when anthropology professor Christine Schreyer finishes concocting a new language for a film, it is eventually spoken by aliens from beyond the stars bearing messages of hope, peace, and occasionally destruction and doom.However, her latest concept language has a uniquely human origin, contrary to the work she has done on films like “Man of Steel” and “Power Rangers.”Her newest language, called Beama, was created for the recently released film “Alpha,” which is about a young man separated from his tribe who befriends a lone wolf and takes place 20,000 years ago.Schreyer said the filmmakers’ desire for authenticity forced her to set her sights on ancient oral traditions to create something realistic but manageable for the cast.“They really strived for accuracy in terms of the tool technology, the housing, the animals and also the language,” said Schreyer, who teaches at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna.Schreyer started by exploring the research on phonetic sounds of several protolanguages to determine how her new language should sound.“I did take out some of the more complex sounds for English speakers because the actors needed to be able to say everything,” she said from Kelowna, adding there were sounds different from English retained in Beama.Although there are no fossil records for languages like there are for ancient peoples and animals, poetry and research from the study of historical linguistics helped guide Schreyer while sounding out Beama.“Poetry and traditional story-telling tends to have more of the older or high version of the languages — just like how Shakespeare has older forms of English in it,” said Schreyer.She said the film’s director, Albert Hughes, preferred more melodic-sounding languages, which prompted her to incorporate more vowel sounds and remove some of the harsher consonant-heavy words from Beama.And while concept languages have been used in various films and television series since the late 1960s, such as Klingon in Star Trek or the Elven tongue in “Lord of the Rings,” Schreyer said the internet has given fans far more access to the languages than they had previously.“They’re able to access details on films they were very rarely able to access before,” she said. “Part of the reason I’m here is because I did a study of people learning Na’vi from ‘Avatar’ and how they were able to do that.”Schreyer said the production designer for “Man of Steel” hired her to create the Kryptonian language after reading her study, knowing that diehard fans of Superman would not accept gibberish.“Fans are demanding that detail and that authenticity.”That sense of authenticity was not always in demand, or even desired at all. Schreyer said some films, including the Star Wars movie franchise, use inconsistent patterns interspersed with gibberish for language-like sounds.“I think at this point it’s a point of pride for them, that they’re the ones that don’t have it,” said Schreyer.“I know people in the constructed language communities often have an axe to grind with that.”She said she’s received many requests for Kryptonian translations for tattoos, and one woman on Twitter had compiled every trace of the language she could find from “Man of Steel.”Schreyer said people have taken her courses because of their love of her concept languages, and even gone into the field themselves afterwards.It’s the lovers of Na’vi and Klingon who often become the professional linguists preserving and maintaining oral traditions, said Schreyer, who has also worked in Canada and around the globe with Indigenous communities in revitalizing their languages.“Actually, you can get people like me who can do both things.”last_img read more

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Duncan wont visit Attawapiskat but says temporary shelters opening in healing centre

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Attawapiskat residents living in squalid housing conditions will be able to move into temporary accommodations in the community’s sportsplex and healing centre.Duncan, however, said he had no immediate plans to take up Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s request to visit the community.Duncan said Emergency Management Ontario was already in the community to prepare temporary shelter inside the community’s existing facilities.Duncan said people would be able to live in the sportsplex and healing centre until the department figures out a way to find a permanent solution to the housing crisis, which has forced families to live in tents, shacks with no running water and a trailer packed with 90 people.The housing crisis has turned into a national spectacle with the Canadian Red Cross flying in sleeping bags and images of children living in houses being slowly choked by mould.“We looked at the facilities, they are ready and we can make other facilities available very, very quickly,” said Duncan, in an interview with APTN National News. “Our most critical thing is to make sure we deal with the urgent need. That is what we are doing. We will look at the medium and long-term separately, that is our priority.”Duncan announced Wednesday the community would be put under third-party management, meaning an outside consultant would come in to run administer the band’s finances.Duncan told APTN National News there were problems with how the band was managing its funds, which total about $90 million since 2006 to run all its services and build houses. Duncan said the department had been very patient with the community.“Twelve years of co-management, the indication is things were not being delivered quite efficiently and there was a high degree of patience expressed,” said Duncan.A former deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs who read the audit on the community said there were problems with how the band handled the money, but found it “surprising” the department didn’t know about it despite Attawapiskat being in co-management for so long.“There is a co-manager in there. The department should have had access to any information they needed if they were really tracking what was going on,” said Scott Serson, deputy minister for the department from 1995 to 1999. “None of this should come as a surprise.”Serson said the bigger issue hanging over the Attawapiskat situation is the two per cent cap imposed by the Jean Chretien Liberal government in 1996 on funding for core band services.The cap, which meant funding for services like education, child and family services and welfare, could only receive up to two per cent extra funding every year.With First Nations facing rapid population growth, they couldn’t keep up with their needs and often took money from housing and other infrastructure to top up their service delivery.“We are going to see more communities like that because the transfers aren’t adequate when they don’t have other sources of income,” said Serson.For his part, Duncan said he didn’t know about the housing situation in the community until recently, despite repeated trips by Aboriginal Affairs officials to Attawapiskat over the last several months, including three trips in October.“I was unaware. My officials may or may not have been aware,” said Duncan.Duncan also dismissed calls made by some newspaper columnists and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former advisor that it may be time to shut down some of these remote reserves that consistently find themselves in crisis.“We don’t do forcible relocations. It is a relic of the 1950s and we don’t do that,” said Duncan.The minister, however, said he wouldn’t be visiting the community any time soon. Spence told APTN National News she wanted Duncan to visit.“I have had officials in the community and that is what is required,” said Duncan. “I have been to many, many communities in remote areas since 1994.”last_img read more

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Debtridden Wasaya Airways in danger of collapsing forced to sell assets

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Cullen CrozierAPTN InvestigatesJust before Christmas the principal owners of Wasaya Airways received a letter.They were warned Wasaya was about to be grounded by a mountain of debt, according to a letter obtained by APTN Investigates in an on-going investigation into the First Nation-owned airway.The letter was written by the chair of Wasaya’s board of directors to the chiefs of the 11 other First Nations that share ownership of Wasaya.“Unless we are able to substantially reduce the amount owed to (Wasaya) Airways by our ownership First Nations, as represented by you, within the next month, (Wasaya) Airways is in danger of collapsing,” wrote Chief Bart Meekis on Dec. 16.Meekis confronted the ownership First Nations, telling the chiefs they had racked up more than $2.6 million in debt to Wasaya as of Dec. 13. Meekis is also an ownership chief, representing Sandy Lake First Nation.Together, they were more than $1 million over their credit limit.A closure wouldn’t just affect them but the many other First Nations that depend on them, Meekis said.“The impact of this would be catastrophic, not only for you and for your community, but also for the other First Nations and businesses within each community, as no other airway will be willing and able to offer the level of service that we currently provide,” he said, adding that he appreciated that government funds were slow coming in to each First Nation, possibly affecting their ability to pay on time.It was just a couple months ago when Meekis raised the alarm in the letter.Wasaya hasn’t gone under and continues to operate.APTN has learned that to do this, Wasaya had to either sell assets or is in the process of selling assets.When questioned by APTN, Meekis said the company had to make changes.“We’re restructuring,” he said during an interview. “There are some businesses that Wasaya had that were eating away at the financials, so right now what’s happening is we’re letting go of some of those side businesses that Wasaya had that’s not making money. It’s just drawing money out from the business.”He didn’t say what those businesses were but according to their website Wasaya owns Wasaya Prop Shop that claims to be a worldwide leader in aircraft repair. The website also lists a fueling company.Wasaya flew over 100,000 passengers in 2012.Wasaya President Tom Morris at first offered this week to speak to APTN face-to-face, but later declined via a letter.In his letter, Morris wrote: “Wasaya Airways LP is a private company and is accountable to the First Nations who are its owners. Wasaya Airways will not comment publicly on any internal matters. ”It’s not clear if the mounting debt has been cleared but it was beginning to interfere with day-to-day business as creditors refused to loan anymore money to Wasaya until they paid up, according to Meekis’ letter.“We have already been refused further credit by some suppliers, pending clearing our outstanding accounts payable,” said Meekis in the Dec. 16 letter. “That is in itself a warning sign that we are in financial trouble.”When asked why the ownership communities ran up the debt to the point of near collapse Meekis said it wasn’t just the owners but other communities that Wasaya provides services to.“It’s not only the ownership communities it’s the other communities that run up the bill,” he said to APTN during a telephone interview.But in his letter to the chiefs, Meekis said the other communities’ debt was considerably low in comparison to what he said ownership First Nations owed.He mentioned, but didn’t name, 10 other First Nations owing just over $200,000.Wasaya staff and chiefs have flown into the communities to try and get First Nations to pay up, Meekis told APTN. Chiefs were warned that Wasaya wouldn’t carry their debt any longer.“So what’s happened is that the staff, and some of the chiefs, have visited the communities to try to, because it’s not a bank. Wasaya’s not a bank. To try to pay their bills because when you owe a bill you got to pay your bill,” he said.According to further documents obtained by APTN and interviews with confidential sources, since Wayaya became 100 per cent First Nation owned in 1998, it’s unclear if ever only turned a profit besides one year and that was in 2009.Meekis partially addressed that in his letter to the chiefs.“We also know that the decisions not to pay your Wasaya account directly relates to your ownership shares in the company. In those communities where the First Nations’ accounts with Wasaya are way beyond their authorized limits, local stores are also way behind with their payments,” Meekis wrote.When asked why Wasaya has rarely provided a yearly return to the communities Meekis said he didn’t know.“I don’t know if I can give you that information right now because I don’t know,” he said.Meekis called a different APTN reporter later the same night of his interview, demanding to know who provided us with a copy of his Dec. 16 letter to the chiefs.The identity of the source was not disclosed.During the phone interview, when Meekis was asked if Wasaya is going bankrupt, he replied that it wasn’t.But in his letter, Meekis warned the chiefs that financial collapse was a very real possibility. He wrote that six First Nations in the ownership group were in “serious arrears.”“Please be prepared to work with us, as we all stand to lose if Wasaya Airways fails,” he wrote.kjackson@aptn.caccrozier@aptn.calast_img read more

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Cavoukian Waterfront Toronto not resisting smart city data demand

first_imgTORONTO – Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian said Waterfront Toronto has recently “expressed no resistance” to her demand for companies working with the organization and Alphabet Inc.-backed Sidewalk Labs on their Toronto smart city to commit to de-identifying data as it is obtained.Cavoukian has long been pushing for the measure and last month, went so far as to resign from her consultancy role with the Quayside project when she felt her advice on the policy wasn’t being heeded.Cavoukian told The Canadian Press she believed a Monday meeting she had with a “senior” Waterfront Toronto representative “to be a commitment” to the organization implementing the policy.“I believe they will follow through…They seem very sincere and genuine. There was no animosity,” she said.“I asked for something like a press release or an announcement, so the public can be relieved that their privacy will not be in jeopardy when this smart city starts unfolding.”Waterfront Toronto spokesman Andrew Tumilty said that Cavoukian had met with Kristina Verner, the organization’s vice-president of innovation, sustainability and prosperity.“We are currently exploring the methods available to ensure de-identification of data at source, and we look forward to further conversations on this subject with Cavoukian,” he wrote in an email.Tumilty said any of the principles the organizations set up for the project will need to be vetted by an advisory panel and be subject to public consultations.The proposed Quayside project has raised many privacy and data concerns because it involves a slew of high-tech innovations that are expected to change how people live, work and play within the smart community and beyond.Critics have complained about issues around the project’s leadership, the lack of clarity around Waterfront Toronto and partner Sidewalk Lab’s plans and few details being shared with the public. Several members have quit or considered quitting an advisory panel Waterfront Toronto set up to help guide the project.Several of those members and critics have cited the same concerns as Cavoukian.“Because there is going to be sensors and other technology collecting information 24/7 you don’t have the opportunity to obtain consent with people because it will be happening all the time and everywhere,” Cavoukian said, explaining why forcing companies working on the project to de-identify data at source is so important to her.“From the beginning, I wanted it to be a smart city of privacy and not a smart city of surveillance.”Tumilty said that Waterfront Toronto has always been committed to protecting personal privacy and has “enormous respect” for Cavoukian and her Privacy by Design framework, which she crafted as a set of best practices for data and safety.He relayed Waterfront Toronto’s willingness to work with Cavoukian on the project, but Cavoukian says she is still considers how she exactly will be involved as a “question mark.”“I told Waterfront Toronto that I would be happy to help them with things,” she said. “Certainly I am very, very open to working with them in some capacity.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

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Amazon to bring 1day delivery to Prime members

NEW YORK — Two-day delivery is going out of style.Amazon, which hooked shoppers on getting just about anything delivered in two days, announced Thursday that it will soon promise one-day delivery for its Prime members on most items.The company hopes that cutting delivery times in half will make its $119-a-year Prime membership more worthwhile, since every other online store offers free deliveries in two days. Amazon also can’t compete with Walmart and Target, where ordering online and picking up at a store is becoming more popular with shoppers.Amazon didn’t say when the change to its Prime membership will happen, but says it has already been growing its selection of items eligible for one-day deliveries in the past month.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press

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Uruguayan general named chief of UN observer mission in India and Pakistan

Maj.-Gen. Gloodtdofsky, 58, will replace Major-General Kim Moon Hwa of the Republic of Korea as the Chief Military Observer and head of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to Maj.-Gen. Kim, who completed his assignment on 27 November, for his exemplary and highly professional service in UNMOGIP over the past two years.The Secretary-General said Maj.-Gen. Gloodtdofsky brings extensive and wide-ranging experience, including significant command expertise and prior service in UN peacekeeping to his new position. He joined the Uruguayan army in 1972 and is currently a division commander.Between September 2006 and November 2007, Maj.-Gen. Gloodtdofsky served as Deputy Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and, in 1991, as a Military Observer in UNMOGIP. He was also the Military Adviser of the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN from 2001 to 2003. 17 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Major-General Raul Gloodtdofsky Fernandez of Uruguay as head of the United Nations mission in India and Pakistan. read more

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Fond du Lac calls on province to recommit money for airstrip province

The chief of the Fond du Lac Dene Nation says the Saskatchewan government has “abandoned” its commitment to help improve the runway at the community’s airport, where a plane crashed 17 seconds after takeoff in December 2017, fatally injuring a passenger.However, Government Relations Minister Lori Carr said the province didn’t receive a completed funding application from the community. In a prepared statement, Carr said the project couldn’t be considered for the funding without a completed application.Carr was responding to a statement Fond du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi made in a release issued by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. The FSIN release said the community lobbied for help with the runway project after the death of band member Arson Fern Jr., 19, and the province committed to do all it could to help.“They gave us hope when they initiated the design phase which is almost complete. Now it’s election time and we’ve been brushed aside and forgotten,” Mercredi said in the statement.Mercredi called on the province to “recommit their portion of the funding to make sure it’s finished before more lives are lost.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.On Dec. 13, 2017, a Westwind Aviation aircraft, that was not de-iced, carrying 22 passengers and three crew members crashed shortly after takeoff from a runway.In June 2019, ministry officials asked that a full application for the project be submitted, but this didn’t occur, Carr wrote. The funding would have come from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program via a provincial infrastructure stream.Another application process for the fund will take place later this year, according to Carr.The province was previously approved for funding to rehabilitate, but not expand and widen the runway through the Airports Capital Assistance Program.The runway is currently safe to use and meets physical and safety standards, Carr added.“It is also important to note that the Transportation Safety Board evaluated the runway at Fond du Lac and said that the runway was not a contributing factor to the accident that resulted in the tragic death of one individual.”Related ‘This is not a small problem’: TSB wants changes following Fond du Lac plane crash One year after fatal plane crash, community leaders ‘angry’ at lack of action to make transportation safer ‘I know he is no longer in pain and suffering’: Fond du Lac airliner crash victim remembered Province to expand Fond du Lac airport read more

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Head of UN aviation agency appointed to second threeyear term

Taïeb Chérif, an Algerian with over 30 years of commercial airline experience, has been reappointed to a second three-year term as Secretary General of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), effective 1 August 2006.Mr. Chérif, first appointed to the position on 1 August 2003, focused during his first term on measures to further improve ICAO’s efficiency and effectiveness in responding to the evolving needs of its 189 Contracting States and of the world aviation community.Measures include the more widespread use of technology for cost-effective delivery of information and documentation services, significant changes to the organizational structure and realignment of human resources strategies and greater functional integration between Headquarters and the Organization’s seven Regional Offices.Mr. Chérif was Representative of Algeria on the ICAO Council from 1998 to 2003. His career includes various high-level positions in the civil aviation administration as well as Secretary of State for Higher Education in Algeria.Among measures adopted by ICAO in the past year were tougher controls on aircraft smog emissions and a new ‘unified strategy’ to boost air safety worldwide. read more

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World simply not on track to slow climate change this year UN

“We are not on track to meet climate change targets and rein in temperature increases,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).We are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it – WMO chief  Petteri Taalas“Greenhouse gas concentrations are once again at record levels and if the current trend continues we may see temperature increases 3-5 degrees centigrade by the end of the century. If we exploit all known fossil fuel resources, the temperature rise will be considerably higher,” he said.Data from five independent global temperature monitors which formed the basis of the latest annual WMO Statement on the State of the Climate report, indicated that this year is on course to be the fourth highest on record. Worryingly, the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the top four in the past four years.“It is worth repeating once again that we are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it,” Professor Taalas said.The WMO Secretary-General’s comments support the findings of another authoritative global body, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).In its report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, it concluded that the average global temperature in the decade prior to 2015 was 0.86 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels.’Every fraction’ of warming ‘makes a difference to human health’Between 2014-2018, however, this average has risen to 1.04 degrees centigrade above the pre-industrial baseline, IPCC’s experts said.“These are more than just numbers,” said WMO Deputy Secretary-General, Elena Manaenkova, noting that “every fraction of a degree of warming makes a difference to human health and access to food and fresh water”.The extinction of many animals and plants also hinged on global warming, the WMO official insisted, along with the survival of coral reefs and marine life.“It makes a difference to economic productivity, food security, and to the resilience of our infrastructure and cities,” Ms Manaenkova said. “It makes a difference to the speed of glacier melt and water supplies, and the future of low-lying islands and coastal communities. Every extra bit matters.”WMO’s report adds to the scientific evidence that will inform climate change negotiations from 2-14 December in Katowice, Poland.The key objective is to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which aims to hold the global average temperature increase to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees centigrade.This target is possible, according to the IPCC, but it would require “unprecedented changes” in our lifestyle, energy and transport systems.Highlighting the economic impact of higher global temperatures, WMO noted that many countries were increasingly aware of the potential problems.This included in the United States, where a recent federal report detailed how climate change is already affecting the environment, agriculture, energy, land and water resources, in addition to transport, people’s health and welfare.A just-published United Kingdom assessment also warned that summer temperatures could be up to 5.4 degrees centigrade hotter, and summer rainfall could decrease by up to 47 per cent by 2070.In Switzerland, famed for its mountains and skiing, national weather experts warned earlier this month that the country is becoming hotter and drier. In addition, it is expected to struggle with heavier rainfall in the future – and less snow.Check out our comprehensive explainer story ahead of the key COP24 UN climate change conference which starts this weekend. It’s got everything you need to know. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball loses tripleovertime thriller despite Mitchells schoolrecord 48

OSU coach Kevin McGuff yells during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-70. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorA road matchup against No. 20 Michigan State (22-7, 13-4) was how the No.5 Ohio State (23-6, 15-3) women’s basketball team would end its regular season, and it surely was a thrilling conclusion. After losing to Minnesota just three days ago in overtime, the Buckeyes once again needed extra time to try and secure a win. However, they fell to the Spartans in not one, not two but three overtime periods, 107-105, on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. Despite the loss, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell set a single-game scoring record for OSU after dropping 48 points. Senior guard Ameryst Alston added 19 points and seven assists. It was Michigan State’s senior day, making it the second game in a row that the Buckeyes would battle against an opponent honoring its seniors. The inspired Michigan State roster followed the same strategy that Minnesota set in place against OSU by coming out in a zone defense. After facing a zone the past few games, though, the Buckeyes started to find a flow, moving the ball around the court and being patient until they found the shot they were looking for. The first half was bundled with highlight action from both squads, but neither team was able to take advantage of opportunities that were presented. At the halfway mark, the Buckeyes and Spartans were knotted up at 34 apiece.As could be expected from the matchup between ranked conference foes, the lead was exchanged multiple times between the two teams, with a total of 22 lead changes and 16 ties by the final buzzer. The Spartans came out of the locker room for the second half fired up, willing to do whatever it took so that OSU wouldn’t be able to celebrate a win on their home court, on their senior day.Michigan State swarmed the Buckeyes on the defensive end at the beginning of the second half, forcing five turnovers in a 2:18 stretch, then making OSU coach Kevin McGuff take a timeout to allow his team to regain composure with 6:08 to play in the third quarter.The Buckeyes would finish the game coughing up the ball 25 times, allowing the Spartans to score 18 points off those mistakes.Back and forth the two teams went until the final media timeout of the fourth quarter when the action began to get interesting.At the timeout, the score was knotted up at 63. With the Spartans controlling the final few minutes of play, the Buckeyes had a tough time regaining the momentum to help put them ahead.Down two points with under a minute to play and the game clock ticking down, Mitchell tied it up after making a nifty spin move in the paint and floating the rock through the net. With 25 ticks remaining, the teams were leveled at 72. Michigan State would not have to worry about the shot clock in the final seconds, but redshirt junior Ariel Powers, who has been the Spartans’ main scorer all year, missed the potentially game-winning pull-up jump shot, pushing the game into overtime.The continued exchanges for the lead continued in the extended time, and with 11 seconds left the Buckeyes thought they had the road win wrapped up with a two-point lead. They were wrong.Senior center Jasmine Hines, who finished the game with a career-high 36 points to make for an impressive senior day showing, would answer for the Spartans and tie the game, moving it to another bonus period.The second overtime was controlled by the Buckeyes; receiving contributions from Mitchell, Alston and sophomore guard Asia Doss. The defensive specialist Doss made a huge steal for her team and scored on the other end to put OSU ahead 92-88, but it was immediately was answered by Spartan redshirt sophomore guard Branndais Agee on a 3-pointer.Alston went to the charity stripe after getting fouled off the inbound, where she knocked down both and regained the three-point lead for the visitors.Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant then drew up a play during a timeout, which her team executed to perfection, as junior guard Tori Jankoska drained one from downtown to tie it up 94-94 with 11.1 seconds on the game clock.The Buckeyes put the ball in Mitchell’s hand for the final shot. Dribbling down the floor, the sophomore made a move to the left wing, but after being unable to create space for a shot, she looked to kick out to Alston. But the pass went awry, flying out of bounds.Triple overtime was next on deck.In the third and final overtime period Michigan State would dig down, eventually coming out on top when time expired. Jankoska was the hero yet again for the Spartans, knocking down her three free throws at the end to get the two-point lead and victory.Mitchell’s 48-point performance led all scorers, but with Alston and junior forward Shayla Cooper having a tough time from the field, Mitchell had no choice but to attempt to put the team on her back down the stretch. The Cincinnati native showcased her seemingly unlimited range and speed on the fast break, which she utilized to get to the basket and finish with contact. Mitchell is in the conversation for the national player of the year award, as she is averaging 24.5 points per game and continues to be the go-to option for the Buckeyes.Powers, who is also a nominee for the player of the year award for the 2015-16 season, had an impressive all-around performance, despite being quiet in the first half as she struggled to find her groove from the start.On Saturday, Powers showed that she can do it all, finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists. Before their next game, the Buckeyes will have to play the waiting game to see which team they will be playing in their first game of the Big Ten conference tournament. They will also have to wait to learn their seed in the tournament. A win Saturday would’ve locked up the top seed and a share of the Big Ten title, but instead a Maryland win over Minnesota on Sunday would give the Terrapins the outright title.Last year, OSU fell in the championship game of the tournament against that Maryland team, and it will look to flip the script this year in Indianapolis. Its quarterfinal matchup is set for Friday. read more

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Queens Birthday Honours Arise Sir Billy Connolly as Paul McCartney JK Rowling

first_imgEffie Walker, who has been working as a lollypop lady for Colgrain Primary School since it opened in 1973, received the BEM.Willem Visscher received an MBE for services to parchment and vellum making, and Anjna Patel for services to the parking profession. In fact this year’s list is likely to be labelled as one of the least political of recent years with lower level awards only being handed out to a handful of councillors and political volunteers with no honours going to Westminster’s big beasts.This year’s Birthday Honours list comes after Mrs May signalled she wanted to overhaul the system amid fears Britons may be losing confidence in it after a series of scandals.Her plans were also seen as a sideswipe at David Cameron who was accused of “cronyism” for honouring aides and donors. Sir Paul McCartney “I’m the lucky one. I’m still alive. I’m representing the squadron and it is the squadron that is being honoured with this, not me. Theresa May Tim Sayer, an art enthusiast who is leaving his collection to the nation, is awarded an MBE, along with Norman Veitch for services to glassblowing and Tommy Miah, nicknamed the “Curry King”, for services to the hospitality industry. Mr Kenny, a former miner had intervened to protect Mrs Cox after she was attacked outside her constituency surgery in Yorkshire.Two West Yorkshire Police officers, Pc Craig Nicholls and Pc Jonathan Wright, who arrested Thomas Mair, are awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.Mrs Cox’s senior caseworker, Sandra Major, who witnessed the killing, receives an MBE for parliamentary services.Reward for EU talksJonathan Faull, who was director general of the European Commission in the lead-up to Brexit, is to receive an honour for “services to UK relations with the EU”. Theresa May David Walliams, children's writer and comedian David Walliams, children’s writer and comedian Pc Keith Palmer Britain’s last surviving Dambuster has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, modestly saying he is “very grateful” to all those who had campaigned to win him a knighthood.George “Johnny” Johnson, 95, will be honoured by the Queen for services to World War II Remembrance and in his local community, more than 70 years after his heroics in the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron helped save Britain.Mr Johnson said he was “honoured” to be recognised, and hoped to ask the Queen’s permission to dedicate the award to the 59,000 bomber command personnel who gave their lives for their country. Tim Sayer, the art collector Jo Cox Julie Walters and June Whitfield are to become dames, while June Spencer, who has played Peggy Woolley in the Archers since the show began, has been awarded a CBE. Pc Palmer, who was stabbed to death when he confronted attacker Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament in March, “paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions”, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.She added: “Keith acted that day with no thought for his own safety, intent simply on doing his job and protecting members of the public and Parliament.”Jo CoxBernard Kenny, the pensioner who was stabbed in the abdomen as he tried to save the life of Jo Cox, is to receive the George Medal for his actions. George 'Johnny' Johnson Andy McNab Supporters of Mr Johnson, who had led a campaign to see him knighted after he was snubbed in previous honour lists, maintained he should have instead received the highest honour, arguing that his achievements and sacrifice were greater than any celebrity, sportsman or businessman to be elevated to a Sir.Mr Johnson said it was “amazing” that so many people had invested time in campaigning for him to be honoured, adding he is “very grateful to all those people that signed the petitions and made it possible”.Asked about not being given a knighthood, Mr Johnson added: “I think the MBE is as much honour as I could really expect and I thought, if a knighthood comes up, I’m going to having difficulty not only in accepting it but pointing out to all and sundry that it’s not me. Olivia de Havilland 'Johnny' Johnson, the last Dambuster in Britain JK Rowling, the author Sir Billy admitted he is “very pleased”with the honour but had “never been big on bragging”. “I feel like I should be called Lancelot or something,” he said. “Sir Lancelot, that would be nice. Sir Billy doesn’t quite have the same ring.”Rowling said she was “deeply honoured and proud” to be made a Companion of Honour, while Sir Paul McCartney pronounced the news “colossal”.Raymond Briggs, the children’s author, has been awarded the CBE, while Judy Murray, Gloria Hunniford, Sarah Lancashire and Patricia Hodge will each receive OBEs. Miss Olivia de Havilland, Hollywood royalty Mr Faull retired after 38 years, following what has been described as a “high-profile but unsuccessful attempt to keep his country in the EU.” The End of Political Cronies?Theresa May stepped away from any involvement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list to avoid accusations of a conflict of interest during the General Election campaign.Knighthoods and damehoods for Westminster politicians are usually a fixture of the honours list but in this edition there are none because of the timing of the snap poll on June 8.center_img Westminster PolicemanPc Keith Palmer has been posthumously awarded the George Medal for bravery, for his heroic actions in the Westminster terror attack. Pc Keith Palmer The Last Dambuster Miss Olivia de Havilland, Hollywood royalty JK Rowling, the author Mr McNab, who rose to fame under a pseudonym in 1993 with his controversial book Bravo Two Zero, said he was “delighted” to have been told he would be recognised.Mr McNab’s CBE is in recognition for his work with the military and in disadvantaged schools to encourage reading.Speaking to the Telegraph , he  joked that he was especially pleased with his CBE after fearing the official-looking envelope it arrived in was an invoice.Everyday HeroesMichael Tuohy, a father who has sacrificed his own Christmas for more than 35 years to help the homeless, is among the previously unsung heroes in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst, who dedicated their lives to campaigning against domestic violence after the death of their daughter, receive an MBE.  But The Telegraph understands Mrs May chose to take no part in the final honours approvals process because of the timing of the election. Olivia de Havilland David Cameron, who was accused of cronyism Jo Cox Dame Olivia, who is approaching her 101st birthday, said she was “extremely proud” to be made a dame for her services to drama, in recognition of her glittering Hollywood career.The Gone With the Wind star, a double Oscar winner, who will celebrate her birthday in July, is 11 months older than the Order of the British Empire itself, which was founded in 1917 by George V.“I am extremely proud that the Queen has appointed me a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire,” Dame Olivia said. “To receive this honour as my 101st birthday approaches is the most gratifying of birthday presents.” ‘Johnny’ Johnson, the last Dambuster in Britain David Walliams, OBE, said: “The news made me happy, but nobody is happier than my mum.”Delia Smith, the chef who joins Dame Steve Shirley, Dame Beryl Grey, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Terence Conran, Lord Stern and Sir John Sulston as companions of honour, said: “From day one I received so much encouragement and enthusiasm from the people who responded to what I was trying to do.  This honour is an even deeper affirmation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. As a result there are no high-level awards for parliamentarians and the recommendations from the main honours committee were simply forwarded through Number 10 to Buckingham Palace.Andy McNabAmong more than 1,000 others to receive an honours this year is Andy McNab, who receives a CBE not for his service with the SAS but for his work for literacy charities. “In fact, I got to the stage where I felt that I would have to ask – probably the Queen, if necessary – if I might be permitted to dedicate it to the memory of the now 59,000 bomber command personnel that gave their lives during World War Two and have got little or no respect for that.”Oldest DameActress Olivia de Havilland has become the oldest recipient of a damehood at the age of 100, in the centenary of the honour itself. Andy McNab George ‘Johnny’ Johnson Tim Sayer, the art collector She joins an illustrious group of older recipients, with Dame Vera Lynn last year made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour at the age of 99. David Cameron, who was accused of cronyism Billy Connolly, the comedian, has been knighted in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, as he ponders changing his name to Lancelot because “Sir Billy doesn’t quite have the same ring” to it”. Sir Billy is joined on the honours list by JK Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney and Delia Smith, who have been elevated to the prestigious Order of Companions of Honour. Sir Paul McCartneylast_img read more

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TDs to get on their bikes for Cycle Against Suicide

first_imgSuicide doesn’t discriminate on the basis of age, gender or social background. It’s fantastic to have such cross party support here today; fighting shoulder to shoulder to break the cycle of suicide in Ireland. I am delighted that so many TD’s and Senators will be joining us as we cycle around the country, visiting 28 schools and colleges, hosting exhibitions of local mental health services, and arranging a series of mental health talks during the cycle.In excess of two thousand people – double what was initially expected – will be part of the Cycle Against Suicide, added Breen.Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said:The Cycle Against Suicide is a really tangible and practical way for people to help break the cycle for suicide in Ireland. The Cycle Against Suicide tagline – It’s OK not to feel OK, and that it’s more than OK to ask for help, is a really powerful statement.Fine Gael TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor added: “We need to continue to spread that message and to teach our young people that depression, anxiety and stress, sadly, are sometimes part of everyday life; but that there is help available and that there is a way out.”Participants can take part in a section of each 50 km leg, an entire leg, multiple legs, or even complete the entire cycle. To learn more, visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com. You can also follow @CASuicide on twitter.Read: Report: Irish rate of young male suicide ‘among EU’s highest’> TDS FROM ACROSS the political spectrum are to saddle up for Cycle Against Suicide, a national suicide awareness initiative.The Cycle Against Suicide takes place around Ireland from Monday 22 April to Sunday 5 May 2013, and among those taking part will be Fianna Fáil TD Micheal Martin, Labour TD Arthur Spring and Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor.Jim Breen, CEO and Founder of PulseLearning, devised the cycle after taking part in the TV documentary The Secret Millionaire, during which he visited a suicide awareness group.He said:last_img read more

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Marée noire le couvercle tant attendu a pris le large

first_imgMarée noire : le couvercle tant attendu a pris le largeÉtats-Unis – Alors que la plus petite des trois fuites issues de l’explosion de la plate-forme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon a été colmatée hier, le couvercle destiné à retenir le pétrole s’échappant de la plus grosse fuite a pris le large. L’entonnoir d’acier de 90 tonnes, dont le but sera de retenir l’énorme quantité de pétrole rejetée quotidiennement par le plus important puits de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon, a rejoint la mer hier à 19h30 heure française. Il s’agit d’un énorme silo blanc ressemblant à un donjon de château-fort, embarqué à bord d’une barge partie de Port Fourchon en Louisiane. Une fois installé, il acheminera le pétrole s’échappant du puits vers un navire situé à la surface.C’est la première fois que ce genre d’opération sera mené à une telle profondeur, en l’occurrence 1.500 mètres environ. Elle devrait commencer ce week-end et le pétrole devrait être pompé dès lundi prochain si tout se déroule bien.Malheureusement, il s’agit d’une opération très complexe, qui dans le meilleur des scénarios arrêtera l’une des fuites, mais qui dans le pire des cas multipliera par douze la quantité de pétrole dans la mer. Malgré le colmatage de l’une des fuites, la surface de la nappe de pétrole s’élève à 220 km de long sur 110 de large. Maxisciences vous propose un aperçu de l’évolution de cette nappe vue par images satellites : https://www.maxisciences.com/mar%e9e-noire/maree-noire-l-039-evolution-de-la-nappe-de-petrole-en-images-satellites_art7243.htmlLe 6 mai 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man charged in crash that led to death of unborn baby

first_imgPORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Washington man involved in a crash in which a pregnant woman was injured, resulting in the death of her unborn child, has been charged with vehicular assault.The Kitsap Sun reports investigators allege the Sept. 27 crash was caused when the man accelerated to prevent a car from passing him. The pregnant woman was a passenger in the passing car.Kitsap County Prosecutors’ Office says prosecutors will investigate the other driver in the crash for possible charges, as well as whether the drivers could be charged with vehicular homicide for the death of the fetus.The 18-year-old woman was 31-weeks pregnant with a due date of Nov. 27. Court documents say doctors performed an emergency C-section to remove the unborn child.last_img

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2017 Commodity Classic Session Videos Now Online

first_imgCommodity Classic attendees enjoy an educational session in San Antonio. Photo Credit: Steve DolanThe Commodity Classic Library featuring recordings of 28 educational sessions and the General Session is now available online. Registered Commodity Classic attendees enjoy free access to the recorded educational sessions that took place on the days for which they were registered.The library is a great way to refresh your memory on sessions you attended or enjoy those you may have missed. You can use this library all year long to brush up on best practices, continue your professional development or share industry-leading information with your team. If you were unable to join us at Commodity Classic this year, click here to view and purchase videos of the educational sessions.The Commodity Classic General Session video is available at no charge. Don’t miss Congressman Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Committee, motivational speaker John O’Leary and our very own, ASA President Ron Moore.Accessing the 2017 Commodity Classic video library is easy:Login using the link and account information: http://commodityclassic.sclivelearningcenter.comYour user name and your password are identical:CC17_[YOUR COMMODITY CLASSIC BADGE ID]Example: CC17_00000 (Remember to use the underscore!)Your Badge ID is printed on the lower left corner of your badge. It may be a 4 or 5-digit number.Once you’re logged in, click on the “My Content” tab for access to available recordings. This will connect you to all available presentations that took place on the days for which you were registered.Additional presentations from days for which you were not registered are available for purchase through the Commodity Classic library.DON’T HAVE YOUR BADGE NUMBER? If you need assistance, contact Multiview(our Commodity Classic Library partner) at MultiviewMediaSupport@multiview.com.A telephone help line at (972) 910-6899 is also open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.Any other questions, please contact Abby Podkul, Director of Commodity Classic Events at apodkul@soy.org or (314) 754-1345.Thanks for being part of the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim in 2018!last_img read more

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