Vice-president to launch Sports Talent Portal on Aug 28

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu will officialy launch the Sports Ministrys much-awaited National Sports Talent Search Portal at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadiunm here on August 28. Sports Minister Vijay Goel said the Vice President has given his consent to be the chief guest of the ceremony. “There have always been issues regarding fair selection of talented sports personhs in the state, national and international levels for teams in various sporting disciplines in our country,” Goel said. “This has been a serious issue for our government and acordingly we took steps to evolve this portal, where every child who ys talented in a particular sport or his teacher of parent can upload the sporting achievements of the child who is eight years of age,” he said. Goel said this achievements will be considered by the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India while shortlisting the talented kids, who will then be called for trials at the nearest SAI Centre for final slection. The portal will provide a three step simple process for registration, pofile creatin and upload of achievements. Goel said around 1000 kids will be selected and they will receive scholarships of Rs 5 lakh per year for eight years. The portal will be available in English and otherv regional languages so that it is easier for any boy or girl who is talented in a particular sport to upload his or her achievements from any part of the country. The portal will also be avialable as as App which can be downleaded on smartphones. Besides, the Sports Minister today also announced the first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav which will start from the Capital. The first stage of the Rural Games will be held in Alipur, Mehrauli, Nangloi, Najafgarh and Shahadara from August 28 to September 1. PTI SSC AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Australia a solid opposition but India slightly ahead, says Harbhajan

first_imgWorld Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said India will have a slight edge over Australia when the two teams meet in what is expected to be a blockbuster World Cup 2019 match at The Oval on Sunday.Speaking to India Today from London, Harbhajan Singh opined the addition of Steve Smith and David Warner has made Australia a stronger unit.India have won only 1 of their 4 matches against Australia in World Cups since the start of the 21st century but India have been among the most dominant sides in ODI history in the recent past.India clinched their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia earlier this year but Australia began their revival after a horror run in ODIs with a win over India in the sub-continent ahead of Indian Premier League 2019.Did anyone say serving some short stuff? #TeamIndiaWill we see some lethal ones against #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ERyTMrbK02BCCI (@BCCI) June 8, 2019Australia have won 10 ODIs on the row and showed they have regained their old combativeness when they came back after being pushed to the wall against the West Indies on Thursday.”It’s going to be an exciting game. Both the teams are top most teams in the competition. This is going to be a cracker of a game. I think India are slightly ahead,” Harbhajan said.”I don’t think there will be any changes in the Indian playing XI. Weather is expected to be fine. I don’t think we have to make a lot of chances. We have the players who can adapt to any sort of situation,” the off-spinner added.”Australia are a solid opposition. When Warner and Smith joined back, they made this team even more stronger but I think India are stronger as well.advertisementNext up Australia & #TeamIndia looks ready for the challenge – @ImRo45 #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/spW8OnnRAMBCCI (@BCCI) June 8, 2019″It’s going to be challenging to bat against Mitchell Starc. We saw in the previous game. He is in fine form. Coming to London, I don’t expect a lot of swing. India just should bat normally in the first 10 overs just the way they played Tests against Australia. If can resist and not lose too many wickets or not a single wicket inside the first 10 overs. then I think India have a good chance of making 280-290.”Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh also rubbished concerns of distraction over the much-talked-about controversy surrounding an Army Insignia on MS Dhoni’s glove. Dhoni’s gesture fuelled a huge debate back in India but the International Cricket Council has barred the wicketkeeper from wearing the gloves with Balidaan Badge.”Obviously [players will be focussed], that’s something news channels are showing. I don’t think any player on Sunday will be thinking what MS is wearing on his gloves. They have a big game in front of them. If they win this one, then they will put out a statement that they are in it to win this Cup.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Can’t pick favourites for India-Australia clash, says Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Unfazed by MS Dhoni gloves row, India focussed on Australia matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at Ovallast_img read more

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Ever-present Van Dijk set to shrug off illness

first_imgVirgil van Dijk is a slight doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League game at home to Leicester City, but Jurgen Klopp has suggested that the Dutch defender will be involved.Van Dijk has started all 23 league games for the Reds this season, winning December’s Premier League player of the month award, but has been struggling with illness ahead of Wednesday’s visit of the Foxes.Former Southampton and Celtic centre-back Van Dijk has played a key role in Liverpool’s stunning campaign, with Klopp’s side four points clear of last term’s champions Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He has been nursing a virus over recent days and would be a big miss if forced to sit things out in midweek.Liverpool have major problems in defence for the Leicester game without bringing Van Dijk into the equation, with Joe Gomez still recovering from a fractured leg while Trent Alexander-Arnold has a knee injury.James Milner filled in at right-back in Liverpool’s last Premier League game, a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield, but he is suspended as he was sent off late in that game, with another makeshift option – Fabinho – another of those to have been nursing a knock.However, Dejan Lovren could come in as the Croatia defender has been passed fit following a hamstring injury.”Virgil was a little ill but he trained yesterday [Monday], so we will see. He will train today, so we will see,” Klopp told reporters.“Gini trained, Fabinho will train today, Trent is getting closer and closer and it looks all very positive, but he will not be ready for tomorrow. Joe is a no.”With Liverpool having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Klopp took advantage of a rare break in his side’s schedule to take his squad to Dubai for a warm-weather break.”It was good we could do that and usually you’d say no games in that time, usually one game in that time would be good, difficult lineup-wise as we needed couple days for the boys and a few players were not a part of training until a few days ago,” he added. “But it was good, we didn’t have to play important cup competitions but it would not have been possible for a lot of players. We had a few more days and now have to show [it made a difference]. But Leicester are in the same situation so it’s not a massive advantage. “It’s just the situation and they can bring back [Harry] Maguire I heard after injury in the last game and so we had a few more days and could wait for one or two players but we have to see if they are available for the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Notre Dame Announces Major CFB Playoff Uniform News

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are heavy underdogs in their upcoming College Football Playoff game against the Clemson Tigers. But when they do face off against Clemson on Dec. 29, they’ll have a brand new look.According to Bleacher Report writer Matt Hayes, Notre Dame and uniform manufacturer Under Armour are planning to unveil a new uniform for the College Football Playoff tomorrow..@NDFootball and @UnderArmour will unveil a new @CFBPlayoff uniform tomorrow.— Matt Hayes (@MattHayesCFB) December 6, 2018The Fighting Irish have worn their traditional dark blue, gold, and white for most of the season, though some fans are eager to see a little bit of green on the uniform in tribute to some of the great uniforms of old.Hopefully you outfit them with those away uniforms with GREEN numbers! pic.twitter.com/6mufup7Yhy— Chris (@Chris_Nichol) December 3, 2018Not a Notre Dame fan but in my opinion they should always wear these uniforms at home. https://t.co/kt5uRzBPEJ— Bo Knows Retro (@mdwyer1977) December 6, 2018Notre Dame is coming off a 12-0 regular season and are in the College Football Playoff for the first time since the tournament began.But Notre Dame’s opponent, Clemson, is also undefeated. The Tigers have a 13-0 record and a coming off an absolute throttling of Pitt in the ACC Championship Game.As a result, Notre Dame are currently double-digit underdogs, with some outlets having an 11-point spread or higher.last_img read more

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Porsche’s New 911 Speedster Promises Perfection

first_img 1 of 3 Previous Porsche Porsche 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Porsche Porsche has stated that the company will only build 1,948 examples of the Speedster marking the year the company officially received its operating license and began production. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but given that the 911 Speedster will be one of Porsche’s ultra-exclusive Heritage line, the Speedster won’t likely be comparable to the 718 Boxster or even a standard 911 GT3. We’d hazard to guess that the 911 Speedster will set buyers back GT2 RS money, or around $250,000. As for now, let’s just stare at this gorgeous, gorgeous automobile and wait until we can get our hands on one and take a spin on some winding narrow roads, top back, wind in our hair.For more Porsche action, check out how the brand celebrated its 70th anniversary. Next center_img Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce PorscheFew automotive nameplates are as iconic as the Porsche 911. It is a marque that has stood the test of time and engineering and has seen little change to its shape and design since its inception. Advancements have been made and appearances altered, but the Porsche 911 is still essentially the same vehicle as the original 356s that first rolled out of the factory in Germany. To celebrate that, Porsche has reinterpreted a modern 911 GT3 to better represent that history. Enter the 911 Speedster. The name and design come from the drop-top 356s back in the day, while the rest of the car is out on loan from Porsche’s 911 GT3. Powering the Speedster is a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated, flat-six cylinder engine that delivers 500 horsepower and can rev to a spine-tingling 9,000 rpm. As for the transmission, only a six-speed manual unit can suffice. No automated dual-clutch here, either. This, after all, is a driver’s car.The exterior is where most of the 911 GT3 has seen changes with the most obvious change being the deleted roof. Only a manually operated tonneau cover remains under the double-bubble rear hood panel. The windshield remains untouched, but the side glass has been shortened, and the side mirrors replaced with “Talbot” shaped units that give the Speedster a more classic look. Lastly, the Speedster’s exterior receives a more iconic fuel-filler location centered directly in the middle of the hood. When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more

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At-Risk Youth Get Second Chance

first_imgStory Highlights Forty-four youngsters who have been in conflict with the law have been given a second chance to turn their life around and make a positive contribution to society. Following assessment, the participants, who were referred by the DCS, received psychosocial services, vocational skills training in areas such as auto mechanics and general construction, remedial education, counselling and consistent monitoring and follow-up by CSJP case management officers. At a ceremony held at the Ministry of National Security’s Oxford Road offices on Monday (March 19) to celebrate the success of the beneficiaries, Portfolio State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., commended the CSJP III and its partners for the transformative work. Forty-four youngsters who have been in conflict with the law have been given a second chance to turn their life around and make a positive contribution to society.Over the past two years, the youngsters have been engaged in a reintegration programme being undertaken by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).Following assessment, the participants, who were referred by the DCS, received psychosocial services, vocational skills training in areas such as auto mechanics and general construction, remedial education, counselling and consistent monitoring and follow-up by CSJP case management officers.Ten additional persons are currently engaged in the programme.At a ceremony held at the Ministry of National Security’s Oxford Road offices on Monday (March 19) to celebrate the success of the beneficiaries, Portfolio State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., commended the CSJP III and its partners for the transformative work.“This is an opportunity for us to say to Jamaica, to those who are most vulnerable and at-risk, that those that some label as not deserving can become the best among us. They can become the next generation of champions to move our country forward,” he noted.He expressed the hope that the publicity around the programme will inspire confidence in those struggling to maintain a positive path in society.“To achieve greatness [in the country]…, we have to treat with crime and violence. We have to create an environment where people feel confident, where people can trust again, where people believe in themselves, in the process and in the system,” Senator Charles Jr. argued.He pointed out that the Ministry is working to ensure that rehabilitation and redemption are not just theoretical, but that efforts produce positive and tangible results “to show to our country that we are making a sustainable and real difference”.Senator Charles Jr. hailed the beneficiaries, who have worked to transform their attitudes and circumstances, and urged them to be ambassadors for the Ministry and the CSJP in their communities.“We expect you to walk and to talk and to conduct yourself in such a way that others looking on know that you have benefited from the CSJP programme and know that they too can change,” he added.The young people involved in the reintegration initiative also benefited from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Internship Programme, aimed at improving the employability and social skills of participants as well as the relationship between young men and the security forces.They are part of a wider pool of 2,319 youth from across 50 volatile communities across eight parishes, who have benefited from the case management services under CSJP III since January 2016.CSJP case managers and other service providers have reported significant improvement in the participants’ general outlook on life, productivity, sense of purpose and their problem-solving skills.The CSJP is funded by the Government of Jamaica; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Britain’s Department for International Development; and Global Affairs Canada formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) of Canada.last_img read more

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Trelawny Surpasses Property Tax Target

first_img “Trelawny continues to be a leader in local government, and I want to say a special thank you to the management and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown in ensuring that our finely tuned machine continues to operate at peak efficiency,” he said. Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, says the Trelawny Municipal Corporation must be commended for Trelawny being the only parish other than Kingston and St. Andrew to reach and surpass the property tax target for the 2017/2018 financial year. “What is even more exciting and commendable is that the Jackson Town Tax Office by which Clarks Town is served, collected 19 per cent more than its targeted amount,” he noted. Story Highlights Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, says the Trelawny Municipal Corporation must be commended for Trelawny being the only parish other than Kingston and St. Andrew to reach and surpass the property tax target for the 2017/2018 financial year.The Mayor, who was speaking at the official opening of the Clark’s Town Transportation Centre in Trelawny on April 6, said the municipality collected some $340.7 million, which was $19.3 million more than the target of $321.4 million.“What is even more exciting and commendable is that the Jackson Town Tax Office by which Clarks Town is served, collected 19 per cent more than its targeted amount,” he noted.“Trelawny continues to be a leader in local government, and I want to say a special thank you to the management and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown in ensuring that our finely tuned machine continues to operate at peak efficiency,” he said.Turning to developments in Falmouth, Mayor Gager said the parish capital “is poised to reclaim her economic and social importance and is positioned to become the tourism mecca of the region”.He noted that the town of Falmouth and the parish of Trelawny have always played a pivotal role in nation-building and are major catalysts for the stimulation of growth for sustainable development.“The economic impact and contribution of this parish is rightly recorded in history as it was the royal parish when sugar was ‘King’ and the wealthiest town and parish during that period.Falmouth boasted in excess of 12 sugar factories and was the leading exporter of sugar, rum and molasses,” he pointed out.The Mayor said it should also be noted that Falmouth is emerging as a major force in tourism, pointing to the cruise-ship pier as “the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean and one of “the leading cruise-shipping ports in the world”.“It is the home of the world’s largest cruise-shipping vessels and has been repeatedly voted as the favourite destination port by passengers and crew members,” he said further.He pointed out that the parish has also produced stalwart leaders, who have not only contributed nationally but are making an impact internationally.“These are individuals such as Rex Nettleford, William Knibb, Hugh Lawson Shearer, Usain Bolt, Ky-Mani Marley, Anita Belnavis and the former world’s oldest living person, Violet Mosse-Brown,” he said.last_img read more

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JAPEX in Mobay Sept. 23-25

first_img In his message regarding this year’s staging, President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson, noted that the event provides the business-conducive atmosphere for participants to meet, collaborate and conduct business with wholesalers, tour operators and travel agents. A slew of overseas buyers and local suppliers in the tourism sector are expected to converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from September 23 to 25, for the 28th staging of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX). A slew of overseas buyers and local suppliers in the tourism sector are expected to converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from September 23 to 25, for the 28th staging of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX).The annual event, put on by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), provides the ideal forum for leading suppliers in Jamaica’s tourism industry to negotiate and network with overseas buyers.In his message regarding this year’s staging, President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson, noted that the event provides the business-conducive atmosphere for participants to meet, collaborate and conduct business with wholesalers, tour operators and travel agents.“It is also a golden opportunity for our partners in Jamaica’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors as we continue to integrate our suppliers and showcase valuable tourism linkages at JAPEX,” Mr. Robinson said.He added that this year, the workshops will address critical topics, such as marketing small properties, interior decorating, energy efficiency and revenue management.JAPEX commences with the official opening and welcome reception on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.Over the three days, participants will be engaged in discussions, appointment scheduling, networking and scheduled tours of hotels and attractions. Over the three days, participants will be engaged in discussions, appointment scheduling, networking and scheduled tours of hotels and attractions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Nursing Home Officially Opens in Falmouth

first_imgA new long-term care facility in Falmouth, Hants Co., is offering seniors a home away from home. Windsor Elms Village, which officially opened today, April 1, is a place where friends and family can ensure their loved ones receive the support and quality of care they need, in a home-like environment. Operated by the Windsor Elms Village for Continuing Care Society, the 108-bed nursing home facility was built to replace the former Windsor Elms. “Windsor Elms Village will enable its residents to receive the care and support they need in a facility that feels like home,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister, Maureen MacDonald. “This facility allows residents to be close to their families and friends and remain in the community.” Reflecting new provincial design standards, which emphasize home-like surroundings, the facility consists of 12, nine-resident neighbourhoods. Residents have access to six therapeutic gardens, a spiritual room and a multi-purpose room. Clients also have 24-hour nursing care, along with medical, nutritional and pharmacy services, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Other features include a room for family visits and functions and a hair salon. The facility utilizes geo-thermal heating. “I receive the very best of care here at the Elms,” said resident Lawrence Eddy. “The staff are starting to help me plan for gardening in the spring. I’m looking forward to getting out in the gardens when the weather warms up.” The 108 beds at Windsor Elms Village are part of the 849 replacement long-term care beds, outlined in the Continuing Care Strategy. Access to Windsor Elms and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health and Wellness Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

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Trump accuses India of putting tariffs on American products

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that India has long had a “field day” putting tariffs on American products and said such practices are “no longer acceptable”. Trump’s comment came days after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 28 on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan where the two leaders aired their concerns over the bilateral trade disputes and agreed for an early meeting of their commerce ministers to sort out the issues. “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. President Trump, championing his ‘America First’ policy has been a vocal critic of India for levying “tremendously high” duties on US products, has described the country as a “tariff king”.last_img read more

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Mobile Internet services again snapped in Jammu region

first_imgJammu: Low-speed (2G) mobile Internet services were once again snapped in five districts of Jammu region on Sunday to check rumour-mongering, a day after the services were restored.A police official said authorities concerned directed service providers to snap the services around forenoon. The official said the decision was taken to check rumour-mongering and maintain peace and tranquillity. Low-speed mobile Internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday after remaining suspended for nearly a fortnight. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMobile Internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Curfew-like restrictions were put in place across the state hours before the move. However, the restrictions were subsequently eased.Immediately after resumption of 2G mobile Internet services in five districts of Jammu region, Jammu Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh had warned of strict action against anyone circulating fake messages or videos on social media.last_img read more

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Accident or murder A look at some court cases involving fatal shootings

first_imgA Saskatchewan jury has found farmer Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie. Court heard that Boushie and his friends drove onto Stanley’s property seeking help for a flat tire, but had also tried breaking into a truck on a neighbouring farm. Stanley testified he fired some warning shots in the air before approaching the SUV. He said he reached in to grab the car keys in the ignition and the gun he was holding accidentally went off. Boushie was shot in the back of the head.Here are a few court cases involving people charged with murder who said the shootings were accidental:April 21, 1996: Nick Biuk, 26, was shot and killed at a backyard barbecue in Kitchener, Ont. Michael Meiler, angry that his estranged wife had a new boyfriend, had gone to the home with a gun. One man jumped on Meiler from behind in an attempt to get the gun. Meiler flew into Biuk and a struggled ensued. Biuk died from a single shot to the abdomen. Meiler testified that he did not intend to shoot Biuk and that the gun fired accidentally. A jury convicted him of Biuk’s second-degree murder and the attempted murder of his wife’s boyfriend. He was sentenced to life with no chance at parole for 12 years.___May 6, 2000: Chester Charlie, 20, was shot and killed at a house party in Fraser Lake, B.C. Jody James Gunning admitted to the shooting but said he never intended to kill Charlie. Gunning said he found Charlie, an uninvited guest, sitting on his bed and going through a drawer in his night stand. He said Charlie refused to leave and the shotgun he took out to intimidate him accidentally went off. Charlie died from a single shot to the neck. A jury found Gunning guilty of second-degree murder, but the Supreme Court ordered a new trial. Before his second trial was to begin, Gunning pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years.___April 5, 2005: Jessica James, 34, was fatally shot in the head in a home on Penelakut Island, B.C. Her husband, Robert Taylor, testified that the shooting was accidental. He said they had been drinking and arguing about money. She told him he was wasting money on his drinking and questioned why he could buy food for their dog but not his family. He loaded a high-powered rifle intending to point it at the dog. He testified that his wife grabbed the rifle and it went off. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder, but a new trial was ordered on appeal. A judge reached the same guilty verdict in 2009.___May 28, 2008: Janice McMath, 64, was fatally shot on a farm near Abbotsford, B.C. Her estranged husband, Robert McMath, told police he was responsible but that the shooting was an accident. Court heard the couple were separated and about to go to trial over their assets. However, they were cordial and Janice often visited Robert at the farm. They had been drinking wine outside near a barn when McMath said he picked up a rifle he used for coyotes. He said he was unloading the gun when he stumbled and it went off. Janice was shot twice and died days later in hospital. A judge acquitted McMath of second-degree murder and found him guilty of manslaughter. He received the minimum sentence for manslaughter when a firearm is involved — four years.last_img read more

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Government document calls Unistoten leader aboriginal extremist

first_imgA government report says the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. are led by “aboriginal extremist.” Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNJustin BrakeAPTN NewsHereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation say their territory and sovereignty are under attack by a pipeline company that’s turning to the courts for help in building a pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en lands.But federal government documents obtained by APTN News reveal the odds may already be stacked against the Wet’suwet’en, and in particular the Unist’ot’en House of the Gilseyhu Clan, which the government regards as a risk to Canada’s “national interest” and one of its leaders an “aboriginal extremist”.The documents, dated April 1, 2015 and marked “SECRET”, also reveal the government’s concern that ending the years-long Unist’ot’en resistance to pipeline development through their territory could trigger nationwide Indigenous-led protests.Last week Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd., a subsidiary of Calgary-based energy company TransCanada, filed for an injunction with the Supreme Court of B.C. against the Unist’ot’en, whose members reoccupied parts of their traditional territory eight years ago.The Unist’ot’en, who say they have the full support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, have until Dec. 10 to respond to the application.The documents obtained by APTN come from the Government Operations Centre (GOC), an office of the Department of Public Safety that compiles information from other departments and police and intelligence agencies to identify potential threats to what the government regards as Canada’s national interest.The 12-page report assesses the Unist’ot’en’s risk to the national interest as “Medium-Low”. A section titled “Impact on the National Interest” appears to offer details on this conclusion but is entirely redacted.The report contains no expressed concern for the Unist’ot’en or discussion around whether the potential resource development on their territory poses a risk to their Indigenous rights.The Unist’ot’en say the person referred to in the government document is not an extremist, but a hereditary chief.They suspect Canada and the RCMP will try to portray them as potentially violent and as criminals if police are compelled by the provincial supreme court to remove the Unist’ot’en from their land.Returning to the landIn 2010, after learning of various companies’ interest in transporting oil and gas through their territories to the B.C. coast, Wet’suwet’en citizens Freda Huson of the Unist’ot’en House and Smogelgem, Hereditary Chief of the Laksamshu Clan— who is also known as Warner Naziel—moved out on to their lands to build a camp, in part as a way to resist what they see as unauthorized encroachment on their territory.Huson and Naziel are the two individuals named on Coastal GasLink’s injunction application, along with “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” and “persons unknown”.What’s now widely known as the “Unist’ot’en Camp” has since become a home and a place of healing for Wet’suwet’en people, Smogelgem told APTN in a phone interview from Smithers, where he and other hereditary chiefs gathered last week to discuss the injunction, he said.“That’s our permanent home and we’re planning on living out the rest of our lives there,” he said.Smogelgem said moving from a nearby community and back onto their traditional lands has “become a way of life” for he and Huson and others who stay with them.Watch Rob Smith’s 2016 APTN Investigates episode about the Unist’ot’en camp.“We live off the land. We do a lot of trapping and hunting and fishing up there. We collect our medicines. We pick all the berries. We sustain ourselves primarily off of our territory, and that’s the way our ancestors were.”In addition to it being their home, Huson and Smogelgem have overseen the construction, with the help of volunteers, of a three-storey healing centre where they house citizens of their Nation in need of support with addiction and other health issues.Huson said the centre, which utilizes traditional Wet’suwet’en healing methods, has already provided shelter and healing for a family with five children, and currently has others staying there.The Unist’ot’en Healing Centre prior to its completion. Unist’ot’en Camp/Facebook.“The land itself contributes to speeding up the process of the healing — because they’re actually being reconnected to their homelands, and that actually helps in their healing.”In recent years, as workers associated with Coastal GasLink, and previously the Northern Gateway pipeline—before that project was killed by the Trudeau government in 2016—attempted to access the Unisto’ot’en lands, Huson and others have repeatedly turned them away. Huson said the Unist’ot’en have filmed the encounters for evidence of their people’s intentions and behaviour.“We’ve always been peaceful and we’ve always been respectful,” she said. “It was their workers who haven’t been respectful…who go back and claim we threatened them.”Indigenous rights and title Vs. Canada’s largest ever private sector investmentIf built, the almost 700-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline would carry fracked natural gas produced by LNG Canada from just outside Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. to a processing facility in Kitimat, where the gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asian markets.The processing facility, pipeline and associated infrastructure are said to be worth a combined $40 billion, making the project the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.In October, at an announcement that the pipeline would go ahead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the LNG project, including the Coastal GasLink pipeline, “shows what’s possible when you collaboration and consult with Indigenous and local communities, when you coordinate all orders of government, and when people insist on economic, environmental and socially responsible development of our natural resources.”In its court application Coastal GasLink says it has “entered into project agreements with all 20 elected Indigenous bands along the Project route, including five Wet’suwet’en Bands.”The company says the Unist’ot’en “blockade is causing damage and irreparable harm.”“It is not my problem that they didn’t follow proper business practice to ensure that the land you’re going to try to utilize, that you got permission from the title holders,” said Huson.Smogelgem, hereditary chief of the Laksamshu Clan, and Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson say the Wet’suwet’en have never ceded their territories. Unist’ot’en Camp/Facebook.“When you hear they have 100 per cent support from First Nations along this proposed pipeline route, those are elected bands and not one pipeline goes through those reserves where elected officials have jurisdiction,” Chief Na’Moks, hereditary chief of the Wet’suwet’en Tsayu Clan, told APTN in a phone interview.“The territory itself—the jurisdiction there—belongs to the people and the hereditary chiefs and the names that we carry.”The hereditary chiefs may have a strong case if they end up in court, according to Métis lawyer Bruce McIvor, who runs First Peoples Law in Vancouver.“This is one of the huge outstanding issues now in Aboriginal law: who gets to speak for the Indigenous people? It’s one of the most difficult, thorny things to unravel as part of decolonization,” McIvor said.“We have hundreds of Indian Act bands across the country and a lot of the time those bands may not align with the traditional governance [systems].”The Wet’suwet’en, he explained, “have a very complicated governance system” compared to other Indigenous peoples.“They have their various clans and houses and they’re quite numerous. And they don’t necessarily align with the Indian Act governance system.”McIvor said the Unist’ot’en’s case is strengthened by the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1997 Delgamuukw decision.“They’re not operating in a vacuum when it comes to Canadian law,” he says. “The Gitxsan and the Wet’suwet’en led extensive evidence about their governance systems as part of the Delgamuukw trial. It’s there, it’s on the record — how it works. And then of course how it’s very different than the Indian Act chief and council system.”McIvor said if the provincial or federal governments want to “override” the Office of the Wet’suwet’en decision not to let the pipeline through their territory, “then they’re held to a very high [legal] standard in order to try and justify the entrenchment of title.”TransCanada applied for an injunction and a civil lawsuit against Unist’ot’en Camp. They’re seeking an injunction & damages for “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” to our own unceded territory. Statement: https://t.co/S8FXB2SaiM #nopipelines pic.twitter.com/LnR8TwRjqg— Unist’ot’en Camp (@UnistotenCamp) November 29, 2018In its application the company said the project “is at a point where unimepeded access is now required to complete the work necessary to finalize execution plans and permitting, and continue with construction of the project.”Without unimpeded access to the site, they say, “the project cannot proceed”.“We will protect our lands as we see fit”In its risk assessment report of the Unist’ot’en “blockade” the GOC regards the Unisto’ot’en camp as “the ideological and physical focal point of Aboriginal resistance to resource extraction projects.”It also reveals government was aware TransCanada would pursue legal avenues to deal with the Unist’ot’en.“TransCanada has signaled that it will seek a British Columbia Provincial Court injunction presumably to have the protesters and blockade removed,” the document reads, and that the injunction “is expected to be sought in April 2015.”TransCanada, through Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd., finally applied for that injunction on Nov. 26.In a statement posted on its website last Thursday, Coastal GasLink says its decision to seek the injunction against the Unist’ot’en “was not taken lightly,” and that “after years of attempting to engage the blockade to work through a solution, this step has become a last resort and a necessary action in our efforts to safely gain access to the area.“As we have done in the past, we will continue to keep the lines of communications open to work towards a mutually beneficial outcome.”The GOC document says if an injunction is enforced, “there is concern that violence could result.”The government believes that “other groups may use this violence as a trigger to protest against other federal initiatives,” adding the protests could centre around other issues important to Indigenous people, including missing and murdered Indigenous women, the environment, and Bill C-51, the Harper government’s controversial 2015 anti-terrorism legislation.Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. say LNG pipeline doesn’t have unanimous consentCommunity on edge as LNG plans ‘man camps’ to start building gas pipelineThe feds believed at the time that the response to police enforcing the injunction could amount to “efforts to obstruct site access to pipeline companies, coupled with aggressive and threatening language, and potentially property damage to equipment.”That prediction was “based on historical precedence, with confrontations occurring during 2014 between pipeline companies and protesters that resulted in the RCMP attending in order to keep the peace.”Ultimately though, the GOC rated the “severity of those events…as LOW,” the document reads.“Past assessments…suggest that these types of events are not highly functional due to a lack of the organization’s ability to garner the support of large groups. There is no indication that ongoing protests and blockades have been endorsed by local band councils or First Nation chiefs.”Injunction coincides with government’s commitment to Indigenous rights frameworkHuson believes the “aboriginal extremist” referred to in the report is Hereditary Chief Smogelgem, since Huson and Smogelgem are widely regarded as the camp’s leaders, and since the GOC reveals the gender of the individual it’s referencing.In a written statement to APTN Public Safety Canada said it “cannot comment on matters before the courts,” but that “our government vigorously defends the rights of all Canadians to peaceful assembly and demonstration.”The department says is “does not collect information about groups or individuals [and] relies on partner departments and agencies to provide analysis on threat assessments to the GOC.The GOC in turn “compiles this information to identify potential impacts and to plan for whole of government consequence management response. Its job is simply to be aware of significant public events in case the Government is called upon to help.”(The Unist’ot’en and Wet’suwet’en heredtiary chiefs say they will fulfill their duty to protect their territory from unwanted development. Kathleen Martens/APTN) “Fulfilling these obligations should be a priority, as the United Nations has repeatedly urged,” he said.After generations of colonization the Wet’suwet’en have finally “realized what we’ve lost,” said Huson.“We’ve got only like 10 per cent of our traditional territory left,” she explained, citing municipalities, farming, mining, logging and other resource development that has encroached on her people’s lands.“That’s why we’re grasping on to that 10 per cent so tightly right now, because our lives depend on it. We’re grasping on to it so we can practice our traditional ways of medicine, berry-picking, hunting, fishing.“All these natural resources that are valuable to us you cannot replace.”Chief Na’Moks said the hereditary chiefs “have banned pipelines in our territories in our house of parliament, and our people have supported that.“We will stand to protect our territory.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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Court orders Italian govt to publicize cellphone risks

first_imgROME — A consumers’ group says an Italian tribunal has ordered a public information campaign about the possible health risks of cellular and cordless phones.The Lazio region’s administrative tribunal ruled that Italy’s health, environment and education ministries must begin the campaign within six months about the phones’ proper use.Consumer advocacy group A.P.P.L.E. had argued in court that improper use causes exposure to electromagnetic fields that are particularly harmful to children.The tribunal, based in Rome, was closed on Wednesday evening. A.P.P.L.E. made available a copy of the ruling, which was published Tuesday.In 2017, a different Italian court ruled that improper, long-term use of a company-issued cellphone caused an employee’s non-cancerous brain tumour.Scientific studies in several countries have produced inconsistent findings on cellphones and brain tumors.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Canadian IPOs surged 50 in 2013 to raise 27 billion

TORONTO — PricewaterhouseCoopers says there was about $2.7 billion raised through Canadian initial public offerings last year — a 50% increase from 2012.The accounting and consulting firm says there were a total of 30 IPOs on all Canadian exchanges in 2013, including six in the fourth quarter that raised $582.6 million on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange.In 2012, there were 62 issuers that went public but they raised only about $1.8 billion, including 23 in the fourth quarter that raised $1.3 billion.IPOs enable businesses to raise money by selling shares or other types of equity that will be listed and traded through a stock exchange.Investors who buy into the business through the IPO will reap a profit if they sell the stock at a higher price, or a loss if the price goes down.Among the most notable Canadian IPOs in the fourth quarter were Canadian Tire’s real estate spinoff, which began trading in October. CT Real Estate Investment Trust began trading at $10.01 on Oct. 23 and closed the year at $10.92 on Dec. 31. read more

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UN agency trains more South Africans in refugee registration

Last year alone, 32,558 people and their applications came in. Although the pace of processing has quickened, the backlog has clogged up the system, making it more and more difficult for legitimate refugees to receive the protection and assistance South Africa provides, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The pending cases include 27,000 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), nearly 15,000 from Somalia, 14,000 from Angola, 12,500 from Nigeria, 6,600 from Ethiopia and 6,000 from Zimbabwe. In addition, some 12,600 Pakistanis and 10,400 Indians have asked for asylum, UNHCR said.Of the 27,683 people recognized as refugees by the South African authorities over the past decade, more than 9,000 have come from DRC, more than 7,000 from Somalia and nearly 6,000 from Angola, UNHCR said. Official recognition as a refugee allows access to local social services and the right to work.The Government is adding more than 200 new refugee eligibility officers, most of them lawyers, to handle the individual interviews that provide the basis for deciding whether an applicant is accepted or rejected. In addition to training new staff at South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA), UNHCR has provided computer equipment to strengthen the refugee registration system and has advised on improving the standards for data-handling. read more

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Brock celebrates its diverse multicultural community at Celebration of Nations

Market Hall had a noticeably more international feel last week.Flags representing more than 100 countries hung from the rafters, the atmosphere filled with the temptation of international cuisine and a cultural exhibition took shape for the Celebration of Nations.Brock International Services hosted the annual event Thursday, Feb. 1 to showcase various cultural food, traditions, artifacts and performances for faculty, staff and students.For many, the event was a learning experience.Master’s students Andrei Solodinin from Russia and Sarah Revilla from Mexico said they were intrigued by the display from Ghana showcasing culture, music and an interactive game known as Oware.Second-year MSc. Mathematics and Statistics student Evans Boadi, who represented Ghana, was proud to educate guests about his homeland, while explaining one of his country’s most popular games.A strategy game involving pits and pebbles, Oware translates to ‘marriage’ because it’s said that those who are able to play the game endlessly will marry in order to continue playing.In another exhibit, first-year History student Alim Zaidi set up a display on Pakistan to educate about his country and challenge common misconceptions.“Most people don’t think of Pakistan when it comes to a prosperous economy, but it is,” said Zaidi, pointing out that the country is often stuck in the shadows of neighbouring India and China.Third-year Political Science and Labour Studies student Matthew Gerrior said he found the event enlightening.“As a Political Science major, learning about so many countries in a short period of time was invaluable,” he said.He was most surprised by Malaysia, learning about the country’s geography and cultural history from Brock International Ambassador Yi Xiang Chen, a second-year Business Administration student. With a tropical climate, countless islands and some of the world’s best beaches, many left the Celebration of Nations event with Malaysia high on their vacation bucket list. read more

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ZTE to use Intels new Atom Z2580 in future smartphones

first_imgZTE gave Intel’s last-gen mobile chips a shot in the Android-powered Grand X IN (pictured), and the company has now announced that it’ll be tapping Intel’s first dual-core, quad-threaded mobile SoC in future phones.ZTE may not be a household name in North America,  and it also isn’t the first company to sign on. Lenovo beat them to the punch with the K900. Nevertheless, ZTE is a key partner for Intel as it’s the fourth-largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world. ZTE is also based in China, giving it the home field advantage in one of the world’s largest — and fastest-growing — mobile markets.As far as specific plans for the Atom Z2580, ZTE has yet to announce anything. However with two cores/four threads, clock speeds up to 2.0GHz, and an substantially upgraded PowerVR 544MP2 GPU it’s safe to assume that ZTE won’t be slapping this little number inside any low-end or mid-range handsets.And if ZTE is planning on using the Atom Z2580 in a hero device, it could very well be a remix of a Tegra 4 phone. ZTE was already announced as one of Nvidia’s first partners for its latest chip — when its jaw-dropping performance was demonstrated at Mobile World Congress last month.It’s still a win for Intel, though. ZTE is a major player in the moble device game and it has deals in place with more than 200 carriers in 160 countries. Not all of those will be deal markets for an Atom Z2580-powered superphone, of course, but ZTE is pushing hard for a bigger share of the premium device pie. It already unveiled the massive Grand S this year, and there’s no doubt the company will do its best to keep pace with big guns like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.last_img read more

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Vague de spams sur GTalk

first_imgVague de spams sur GTalkGoogle n’est pas convaincu de l’interopérabilité entre AIM et GTalk. En effet, des spams auraient été envoyé en masse depuis la messagerie instantanée d’AOL.Il est loin le temps où AOL dominait l’internet. Après restructuration, la firme tente de redorer son blason mais un nouveau problème fait surface, après celui de l’archivage abusif des conversations sur iChat. D’après Computerworld, Google aurait suspendu l’interopérabilité qu’il y avait entre son service GTalk et AIM. Le directeur des produits de messagerie chez AOL, Christian Crumlish, explique ce cas de la manière suivante: « Nos serveurs envoyaient trop de spams vers les passerelles de fédération de Google ».AOL affirme toutefois que le problème devrait être réglé d’ici la fin de la semaine.Le 8 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Facebook is working on a rival to Amazons Alexa

first_img Share your voice Smart Speakers & Displays Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: 0 Facebook Portal aims to take Messenger video chat up… Facebook is working on its own voice assistant. CNET Facebook is working on a voice assistant that could be used in its Portal video chat device.”We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. The social network would face stiff competition from tech giants that already have voice assistants, like Amazon, Google and Apple. CNBC, citing several people familiar with the matter, said Facebook has been working on the new voice assistant since early 2018 but it’s “unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant.” Facebook’s Portal currently taps into Amazon’s Alexa. Facebook employees in Redmond, Washington, led by Ira Snyder, director of AR/VR and Facebook Assistant, are reportedly leading the effort to build a new AI assistant.This isn’t the first time Facebook has tried to build a virtual assistant. Last year, the company shut down a chat assistant called M that was used in Facebook’s messaging app.  2:54 Post a comment Tags Facebook Originally published April 17, 11:54 a.m. PT.Update, 12:49 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook comment. last_img read more

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