Hotel rooms booked for J&K civic poll candidates

first_imgThe J&K government on Tuesday offered hotel accommodation as part of security arrangements to candidates contesting the urban local bodies elections in the State from October 8. “Additional 400 companies of armed forces will be deployed for polling duty across Kashmir keeping in view law and order situation. Around 300 hotel rooms have been booked in Srinagar for candidates and similar arrangements are made in south and north Kashmir. Adequate security will be given to candidates,” Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam said.The government has also decided to provide a month’s extra salary to employees opting for election duty.The elections are being held to 79 urban local bodies with 1,200 wards — 600 each in the Kashmir and Jammu regions. There are 4,490 panchayats in the State, headed by sarpanches. Posts of 35,000 panchs will be filled through the elections. Funds for civic bodiesMr. Subrahmanyam said ₹4,335 crore will be devolved to the ULBs for development activities. “There is no link between the timing of panchayat elections and the hearing of the PIL petition challenging Article 35-A before the court. It is just accidental that the case is listed in January and the panchayat elections are to be completed before that,” Mr. Subrahmanyam said.The All J&K Panchayat Conference chief Shafiq Mir expressed unhappiness over the measures taken by the govt. “Both urban local bodies and panchayats are community institutions and have no link with the larger political issue of J&K. It should not be politicised. The security to candidates should come from the community. Instead of hotel rooms, the government should work on providing conducive atmosphere for elections,” he said.Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suspended the party leader, Hameed Manhas, for filing his nomination for the election. “Manhas tried to defy the unanimous decision to stay away from the polls,” said party spokesman Rafiq Mir.last_img read more

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U.P. govt. issues orders to withdraw 22 more cases of Muzaffarnagar riots

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has issued orders to withdraw 22 more cases linked to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, taking the total number to 70. Additional district magistrate Amit Kumar confirmed to The Hindu that he has received the orders. “Out of 90 cases in which report was sought, the government has decided to withdraw proceedings in 70 cases. These are cases related to arson and loot,” he said.District government counsel Dushyant Tyagi said he would move the application at relevant courts. “I can’t say much as the cases are still sub-judice. It is for the court to accept or reject the government’s position.” The riots which swept Muzaffarnagar in 2013 claimed at least 65 lives and thousands were displaced. Since 2017, Muzaffarnagar courts have delivered verdicts in 41 cases and have acquitted the accused in 40 cases where Muslims were attacked.Mr. Tyagi said the government was not keen to go on appeal in acquitted cases. The prime reason, he said, was witnesses in most cases turned hostile. Welcoming the move, senior BJP leader from Muzaffarnagar Sohanveer Singh said these were “fake cases” foisted by the then Samajwadi Party government. Describing the move as “unprecedented”, human rights activist Ovais Sultan Khan, who has been working with the victims since 2013, said it was the third attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government since last year to derail the criminal-judicial procedure in the case. “It is a way to tell the victims that the government of the day is not with them and that others should withdraw cases as well. Those who instigated or participated in the riots are sitting on positions of power,” he alleged. He refuted the administration’s claim that witnesses are being protected. “Many have wilted under social pressure and threats and the ones who have not are being killed like Ashbab.” added Mr. Khan. A milk vendor, Ashbab was a witness to the killing of his two brothers during the riots. He was gunned down at the busy Indra Murti stretch in Muzaffarnagar in March this year just days before a hearing of the case.last_img read more

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Pacman finding his groove

first_imgLike a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces are slowly coming together for Manny Pacquiao’s training for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.Trainer Freddie Roach watched Pacquiao spar three rounds each against lightweight Leonardo Doronio and light welterweight Sonny Katiandagho and was contented with what he saw.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast After grading Pacquiao a 4 during a listless sparring session Tuesday, Roach gave his ward a passable 6 this time.And with Pacquiao’s title bout against Australian Jeff Horn still on July 2, Roach knows the jigsaw puzzle will be completed in time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Batang Pier, Kings score Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kolkata Knight Riders- KTK win by 17 runs

first_imgKochi made a sluggish start but ended up triumphant against Kolkata beating them by 17 runs during the 45th IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing 157, Kolkata could only manage to score 139/7 despite a fine 66 by Eoin Morgan.Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan started the run chase on a high note. The two were making sure that the required run rate was well within control and were accelerating at the same time. In 10 overs the Kolkata scored was 69/0.Finally in the 11th over, Raiphi Gomez did more than what Kochi wanted. He not only scalped Kallis (45), but also got rid of captain Gautam Gambhir on the next ball to put firm brakes on the Kolkata charge. And Kolkata slumped to 69/2.But, Morgan isn’t the kind of batsman, who can be curtailed for long. A few balls later, he once again upped the tempo. He chose RP Singh for his blitz and hit a four and six off him in the 12th over bring the Kolkata chase back on track.Manoj Tiwary departed without making a major contribution to the team total. He wanted to pull R Vinay Kumar across the fence but ended up edging it to Brendon McCullum at mid-wicket for 1. Kolkata were 97/3 at the stage.Finally, in the 19th over Morgan fell, run out in R Vinay Kumar’s over after scoring a fine 66. His 51-ball innings was decorated with eight fours and two over the fence shots. Next ball, Yusuf Pathan fell to an R Vinay Kumar ball on 17 when the team total was 132/5.advertisementBrett Lee ended up getting run out on the third ball of the last over and Mark Boucher on the last as Kolkata finished with 139/7 on board.And Kochi ended their victory streak with a 17-run win at home at the Nehru Stadium.Kochi inningsCaptain Mahela Jayawardene’s dogged 55 Brad Hodge’s late charge helped Kochi post 156/5 against Kolkata in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. Live scoreEarlier, Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And he got to see the result of his decision early when Kochi opener Breondon McCullum was scalped by Jaidev Unadkat in the second over when the Kochi score was 6.Unadkat struck again on the second ball of the seventh over to despatch Parthiv Patel on 21 with Rajat Bhatia taking a fine catch at mid-wicket. Kochi were 30/2 at the stage.In the 12th over Michael Klinger, in a bid to up the run rate, charged away at Yusuf Pathan and ended up holing out in the deep to Iqbal Abdulla, who took a good catch inches away from the ropes. Klinger fell on 29 and Kochi fell to 81/3.There was no respite for the Kochi batsmen as Kolkata bowlers pressed on. Ravindra Jadeja, who is known for his quick-fire batting, too could not stay in the middle for long and fell in the 15th over off Ranji Trophy veteran Rajat Bhatia’s ball and Kochi were down to 96/4.In the penultimate over of the innings captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was holding fort with gusto, got run out after posting a dogged 55. Kochi were 134/5 at the stage.But, in the last over of the innings, Brad Hodge hit his Australian team-mates for a couple of fours and sixes as Kochi amassed 22 runs of it and finish the innings with a fine 156/5 on board.last_img read more

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India can pip South Africa to top of ODI rankings with Lanka ‘Whitewash’

first_imgIndia go into their One Day International series against Sri Lanka starting Sunday with the aim of winning 3-0 and overtaking South Africa to take top position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.India, who are top-ranked in Test cricket, are on 120 points in the ODI rankings, only one point behind South Africa and will go ahead if they win the first match in Dharamsala on Sunday.India will reach 121 points and edge South Africa on decimal points if they take a 1-0 lead in the series but will have to also win the following two matches in Mohali and Visakakhapatnam on 13 and 17 December.Sri Lanka are 8th on the table with 83 points and the rankings system is weighted to reflect the difference in ranking points.India will slip to 119 points even with a 2-1 win in the ODI series, which follows a three-Test series between the two sides, which India won 1-0.On the other hand, eighth-ranked Sri Lanka will remain on 83 points even with a 3-0 loss but can go up to 87 points with a 3-0 series win. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS cricket Published oncenter_img December 09, 2017 SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more

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EB virtually seal record seventh CFL title

first_imgKalyani (WB), Sep 15 (PTI) East Bengal virtually sealed their record seventh successive Calcutta Football League Premier Division title with a 1-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting here today. The red-and-gold brigades Korean forward Do Dong-hyun scored the match-winning goal from the spot kick in the 72nd minute after James brought down Lalrindika Ralte in the box. Dong-hyun made no mistake to score the goal as the anxious fans went up for celebration. Mohammedan pressed hard but could not break East Bengals defence. East Bengal now lead the pack with a perfect record of 24 points from eight matches, excluding the result of the Mohun Bagan. The win meant East Bengal are virtually champions with a match to spare but they will have to wait till their last match against Aryan Club on September 18 as a decision on the walkover against Mohun Bagan who did not show up in the last round match on September 7 has been postponed till September 20. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

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South Carolina Reveals The Uniform It Will Wear vs. Alabama

first_img Here’s the video that South Carolina shared yesterday:Battle Armor 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KqNeAEA0Vp— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) September 12, 2019This is the third uniform combination the Gamecocks will wear this season.During Week 1, the team wore all white against the Tar Heels. The following week they wore black throwback jerseys with garnet helmets.Will Muschamp will be without junior wideout Randrecous Davis and junior linebacker Brad Johnson on Saturday. It’ll be tough to knock off Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, but an upset win would certainly be the biggest story this weekend in college football.Kickoff for this matchup between Alabama and South Carolina is at 3:30 p.m. ET from Williams–Brice Stadium. A closeup of a South Carolina Gamecocks helmet.COLUMBIA, SC – AUGUST 29: A general view of a helmet before the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina has a crucial matchup coming up this weekend when it faces Alabama. In an effort to get its fan base amped for this SEC showdown, the program revealed its uniform combo for Saturday in an awesome hype video.After losing the season opener against North Carolina, South Carolina bounced back nicely with a win over Charleston Southern. Ryan Hilinski shined at quarterback with 282 passing yards and three total touchdowns.Hilinski needs to have a similar outing on Saturday if the Gamecocks are going to stay within striking distance of the Crimson Tide.While South Carolina will be underdogs for this weekend, the program seems ready to battle the top team in the SEC. On Thursday, the Gamecocks revealed they’ll be wearing their “Armor Battle” uniform against the Crimson Tide.last_img read more

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Slower Industrial Activity in China Bad News for Shipping

first_imgSource: BIMCO, September 16, 2014 zoom The demand for dry bulk shipping and container shipping in China is bound to change according to the slowdown in Chinese industrial production growth. The downturn adds to the existing concerns that China is going through challenging times, as Beijing aims for a soft landing and a transition of the economy, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) writes.“China’s industrial production growth level is the lowest since February 2009 when activity was under immense pressure in the early days of the global economic and financial crisis,” according to BIMCO.Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, said: “Today’s production data from China shows that the world’s second-largest economy is still struggling to keep up with past performance. The forecast level of 7.5% GDP growth in China can be a challenge to reach with, by Chinese standards, such a sluggish level of industrial production.“Industrial production accounts for half of the Chinese GDP and is the part of the economy which is vital for shipping. A slowdown in manufacturing is a sign of lower demand, which could affect demand for shipping of containerized goods.“A lower activity level for utilities and mining companies suggest that less energy is required and construction activity may be slowing down too. In itself this is not positive for dry bulk shipping demand.”last_img read more

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Royal Wagenborg Chooses Wärtsilä Scrubbers

first_imgzoom Dutch ship owner and operator Royal Wagenborg has ordered Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust emissions from two of its RoRo carriers, the Balticborg and Bothniaborg. By installing Wärtsilä scrubber systems, the vessels will comply with the regulations covering emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) while using conventional residual marine fuel (HFO).The Balticborg and Bothniaborg are employed on a long term freight contract with Smurfit Kappa for the weekly shipment of paper products between Haraholmen, Bremen, Sheerness and Terneuzen. These operating routes fall within the Baltic and North Seas’ Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA). The retrofitting of these systems will take place in the autumn of this year.The systems chosen for these vessels are Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubbers, which enable the use of either closed or open loop technology to remove SOx from the exhaust. When operating in open loop mode, exhaust gases enter the system and are sprayed with seawater. The sulphur oxides in the exhaust react with the water to form sulphuric acid. Chemicals are not required since the natural alkalinity of seawater neutralizes the acid.When operating in closed loop mode, the natural alkalinity of seawater is boosted by an alkali. The hybrid approach enables operation in closed loop mode when required, for instance whilst in port and during manoeuvring using NaOH as a buffer. When at sea, the switch can be made to open loop using only seawater.last_img read more

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Cosco Shipyards Bag USD 150 Million Worth of Contracts

first_imgzoom Three shipyards owned by China’s Cosco Shipyard Group have won contracts worth USD 150 million to build one products/oil tanker and two cargo transfer vessels.Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard will build the 22,000 dwt tanker for an unnamed Asia-based owner. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016.Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard and Cosco (Guangdong) Shipyard will build the two cargo transfer vessels for an undisclosed European buyer, with an option for four additional units.Cosco Nantong plans to deliver the vessel in the third quarter of 2017, while the second vessel is slated for delivery from Cosco Guandong in the first quarter of 2018.last_img read more

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BJD MLA arrested for forcing engineer to do situps

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Police on Monday arrested newly elected BJD MLA Saroj Kumar Meher for allegedly forcing a junior engineer from a tribal community to do sit-ups in public. The incident came to light in the beginning of the month when a purported video went viral showing the MLA asking the PWD engineer to do sit-ups in public. The incident took place in Patnagarh assembly segment on June 5. After statewide furore, Bolangir Collector Arindam Dakua had ordered an enquiry by the sub-collector to verify the allegations. The enquiry report stated that due to sub-standard road construction work, the Patnagarh MLA “punished” Jayakanta Sabar in public and also asked the engineer-in-charge to slap him. Meher was booked under different sections of the IPC based on the FIR filed by the engineer’s wife. Earlier in the day, the police picked up the MLA from a hotel in Nuapada and brought him to Bolangir for questioning. Meher will be produced at the court of the Additional District Judge, Bolangir, police said. The MLA had apologised for his action, contending that he was compelled to ask the engineer to do sit-ups to assuage public anger.last_img read more

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UP cop under fire for posting TikTok videos in uniform

first_imgLucknow: A police constable is under fire for having posted Tik-Tok videos of himself in uniform. Two videos of Sub-Inspector Mohammad Arif, who is posted at the PGI police station in Lucknow, are going viral on the social media. In the first, the cop is seen dubsmashing the dialogue: “Yeh police station hai, tumhare baap ka ghar nahi. Jab tak baithne ko na kaha jaaye khade raho (This is a police station, not your father’s house. Don’t sit till you are asked to).” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In the second video, Arif is seen sitting on a chair, pointing towards his service revolver, which is kept on a table behind him, and saying: “Na policewalon ki dosti accchhi na dushmani (Neither friendship nor enmity of cops is good).” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said: “We will seek an explanation from the cop for posting the video on the social media. If a cop is on duty and is wearing the uniform, discipline should be followed. General instructions are also being issued to policemen not to indulge in such indiscipline on social media platforms by posting videos in uniform.” This is not the first time a policeman is in trouble for making Tik-Tok videos on duty. In July, a policewoman from Gujarat was suspended after a video of her dancing to a song inside a police station went viral on the social media. Two Delhi Police woman constables also faced disciplinary action when a video of them singing on duty at a VVIP location went viral.last_img read more

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Foxes And Lily Donaldson Join Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

first_imgGrammy Award-winning musician Foxes, model and presenter Abbey Clancy, Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Donaldson and model and musician Alice Dellal are taking part in Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in 2015, the UK’s most stylish charity fashion campaign.Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2015Credit/Copyright: Fashion Targets Breast Cancer/Simon EmmettThis year’s poster campaign is shot by globally renowned photographer Simon Emmett.Representing the best and brightest of British talent, this year’s coterie of cover girls are the ones to watch in 2015. Already successful in their fields in the UK and internationally, each star brings their own unique look to the campaign, inspiring women across the UK to showcase their style and wear their support in the fight against breast cancer.“Fashion is a huge part of my life, and if by taking part I can inspire women to wear their support, join the fight and take on breast cancer head on, that’ll be something to be really proud of,” said Foxes.Launched by Ralph Lauren in 1994, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer unites the world of fashion as a force against breast cancer. The iconic campaign hit the UK in 1996, bringing the best of British style and talent to the fight. Since then, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has empowered UK women to wear their support, raising more than £13.5 million for pioneering research charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.“As a mum, it makes me proud to be part of a campaign that funds vital work ensuring the next generation of young women won’t have to be afraid of a breast cancer diagnosis,” said Abbey Clancy.“By wearing their support, women across the UK are joining together to say “We’ve had enough of breast cancer” and bringing us closer to the day we no longer have to be afraid of this terrible disease,” added Lily Donaldson.They follow in the footsteps of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer alumni Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, Emeli Sandé and Jessica Ennis-Hill.Find out more here.last_img read more

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True warriors dont reveal plans to enemies says Chief Fox

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–First Nations chiefs say a major showdown with Canada looms on the horizon.Talk of blockades and protest is once again in the air as the diplomatic efforts by the First Nations leadership through the Assembly of First Nations appear to have failed to make any headway with the Harper government to deal with longstanding grievances around land, natural resources and the fiscal relationship between Ottawa and First Nations communities.Instead, the federal government has introduced deep cuts to First Nations organizations and tribal councils and has pushed legislation First Nations leaders say first needed their consent because of its impact on Aboriginal and treaty rights.The growing frustration flowed to the threshold of the House of Commons chamber Tuesday after a group of First Nations chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario scuffled with security guards as they tried to enter the domain of MPs.The chiefs involved say that was only the beginning, but what is to come is being held close to the chest.“True warriors don’t go out and tell their enemies, ‘This is what we are going to do in a battle,’” said Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox, who was among the chiefs involved in the confrontation with Parliament Hill guards.Fox, who leads an oil-rich First Nation in Saskatchewan, has emerged as one of the leading voices in the latest upsurge in First Nations anger over the state of affairs across the country.Samson Cree Elder Cecil Napoose says he’s convinced prophecy foretold the emergence of a leader like Fox who issued the call that led Tuesday to a scuffle between Parliament Hill security guards and chiefs on the threshold of the House of Commons chamber.Napoose was there with Fox and Anishinabek Grand Council Chief Madahbee, Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak when they tried to enter the chamber to deliver a message Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the time for direct action had arrived.“He is the leader to challenge the government that the time has come,” said Napoose, whose community is in Alberta. “He is also a spiritual leader…his people are his power.”Napoose isn’t the only one who believes prophecy is on the side of Fox. Fox admits that others have approached him this week at the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., saying they also believe his emergence was foretold.Fox, however, says he is not interested in any political office beyond his role as leader of Onion Lake. He believes Ottawa’s cuts to First Nations political organizations will lead to their demise anyway.Fox says he follows the traditional ideas of leadership.“I have to speak on behalf of the people,” said Fox. “I also have to listen to their direction.”Fox said the decision to take the fight to the heart of Canada’s democracy came in response to the demands from First Nations youth who are frustrated with the state of things in their communities across the country.“The youth are very frustrated across the country,” he said. “We wanted to show that we are listening to them.”Fox said Tuesday’s actions are a foreshadowing of things to come and the House of Commons’ passing of Bil C-45, the Harper majority government’s omnibus bill proves Ottawa still doesn’t take First Nations interests seriously.“We are not going to stop,” he said. “We are going to continue this fight.”Other chiefs have also picked up the same call.“I think you will start to see more direct actions and raising the level of awareness in this manner,” said Day.“We’ll stand strong. We’ll fight where we need to fight. We’ll shove where we need to shove and we’ll get into the rooms that we need to regardless of the impediments put in our way,” said Nepinak.But it’s not just chiefs who are driving the agenda of confrontation. Powered in part by social media, youth and grassroots activists are also planning to launch protest campaigns. There was even chatter around launching a blockade on the Trans-Canada in Saskatchewan, but it has since turned into a planned march along the highway.On Facebook and Twitter, a grassroots movement under the name Idle No More has been picking up steam and there are now planned Dec. 10 day of actions across the country under its banner. Plans for the day include protests at city halls, legislative assemblies and outside corporate offices.The movement, founded by a group of women from Saskatchewan, initially began with a focus on the omnibus bill, but has since included the broader cause of Indigenous rights, said one of the founders Jessica Gordon, 34, from Saskatoon.“It is our time now. We have been restless, we have been waiting for a moment to show that we need to be heard and we have been looking for a way to come together,” said Gordon.Gordon said the movement is committed to peaceful means with the broader aims of sending a message to Ottawa and educating the Canadian public about First Nations issues.“We say keep it peaceful,” she said. “The pipe will be raised. When we do that, we know that no that there is no violence involved at all.”This isn’t the first time that First Nations leader and grassroots activists have prepared for protests against the Harper government. Much of the current rhetoric echoes what chiefs said in late 2006 and in 2007 when former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson authored a resolution calling for a day of action on June 29, 2007.The Conservatives reacted by threatening to cut funding to First Nations organizations and then-Aboriginal affairs minister Jim Prentice struck a deal with Nelson. The Harper government also created the Specific Claims Tribunal which was announced by Harper and former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine on Parliament Hill. Only the Tyendinaga Mohawks launched action that day, shutting down the highway between Ottawa and Toronto and blocking a CN rail-line for 12 hours. The action costs about $100 million in economic damage.This time around, however, the Aboriginal Affairs federal portfolio is held by a minister chiefs believe to be “weak” and the Conservatives can no longer threaten funding cuts, because the cuts have already been announced.Several chiefs told APTN National News that the cuts have been liberating and gives them a flexibility they didn’t have before.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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US hits Ukraine separatists Russia officials with sanctions

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration said Friday it will punish 21 people and nine companies with sanctions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.Eleven of the individuals are Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists, the Treasury Department said. They hold titles such as minister of finance, trade, justice and security in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.The United States is also targeting several Russian officials, including Andrey Cherezov, a deputy energy minister in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government. Cherezov is already under EU sanctions for his role in transferring turbines to Crimea. The turbines were sold to Russia by German electricity giant Siemens for use on Russian territory. Several companies involved in building infrastructure in Crimea are also being targeted by the latest sanctions.Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 is not recognized by the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has insisted that U.S. sanctions on Russia related to Crimea will remain in place indefinitely as long as Moscow refuses to withdraw from the territory.“The U.S. government is committed to maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and to targeting those who attempt to undermine the Minsk agreements,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, referring to a 2015 peace agreement reached in Minsk, Belarus, that has never been fully implemented.Russia’s government reacted to the sanctions by calling them “senseless” and arguing that previous sanctions have failed to produce results for Washington. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. actions would lead to financial losses for American businesses and that the United States was demonstrating “to the whole world their own helplessness.”“If U.S. authorities prefer to break economic and other ties with Russia, it is their right — just as we reserve the right to respond,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.The new U.S. sanctions came as Tillerson met Friday with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in Davos, Switzerland.___Associated Press writer Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Home in Diamond destroyed by fire children were playing with explosives

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire destroys Tucville range housesFebruary 3, 2019In “latest news”Henrietta fire leaves 3 homelessSeptember 10, 2016In “latest news”Fire destroys house in Agricola – female occupant appeals for helpMay 11, 2016In “latest news” Five persons are now homeless after a mid-afternoon fire in Diamond, East Bank Demerara razed their wooden flat house on Wednesday.The blaze started just before 16:00h at the Lot 1892 20th Avenue, Great Diamond home.The completely destroyed houseINews was told that the house is divided into two apartments – owner Carmalita Singh lived in the front half, while her daughter and three grandchildren occupied the other half that was separated by a wall.At the time of the fire, Singh was at home with the three grandchildren – aged 12, nine and five.A distraught Carmalita SinghSpeaking with this publication, the distraught woman related that she had just finished her chores, and was taking a shower when she heard her grandson screaming loudly.Singh said she thought the lad had taken a beating from his mother, but she decided to investigate anyway.“So I decide to run in the house by my daughter side, and when I reach in, the fire was close to the bedroom area, high up,” she recalled.The woman said her grandsons were playing with firecrackers all morning, and she had cautioned them to desist from so doing.However, she could not say whether the fire was lit by the children, but added that it could be that the explosives they were playing with could have fallen into the bedroom unknowing to them.“Whole morning I telling them don’t play with this (sparkle), and I said y’all don’t play with this thing…(One of the boys) was lighting like a steel wool, he was playing with a steel wool or whatever, and I don’t know if he was conscious that piece fall in the bedroom,” Singh explained.The woman went on to relate that after seeing the fire, she attempted to turn off the main switch which was in her daughter’s apartment, but the heat was too much. She then rushed over to her quarters to grab her documents, but the fire had already started spreading into her space as well.She continued that she ran out to full water and at the same time alert her neighbour.“It didn’t really had nobody around that I could have called. I called for the neighbour, but she live alone, so it didn’t had any male persons around to help me. I get so stupid I call for the other neighbour, and by then people start running coming… One of my son’s friend come and he started dipping gutter water, and then everybody started helping,” the woman recalled with tears in her eyes.Singh further told this publication that about two months back, one of her other grandsons had started a fire next to the gas bottle, burning two kitchen towels. She has since been cautioning the kids against playing with fire, and had warned their mother to keep a close eye on them.“I’m just confused… I work and build this, nobody don’t help me,” cried the woman who moved into the house only three years ago. At the time she was speaking with this publication, Singh had a towel wrapped around her back – that was the only belonging she is left with. Her neighbour had to provide her with clothing to change into, since she was showering at the time of the fire and rushed out wrapped in her towel.However, after dousing the blaze, fire fighters were able to salvage some of Singh’s important documents, like her transport, but that was all that was saved.Meanwhile, her daughter, Nicole Singh, related that she was at her place of business when a neighbour called and told her that the house was on fire. However, she thought the man was pulling a prank on her, until he put someone else on the phone to confirm the news. She said she immediately left to go home.“When I was coming, the fire truck was actually in front of me, and when I reach home, the place was almost burnt to the ground,” she recalled. The woman said she does not know exactly what happened, but her mother told her that the children were playing with explosives in the house.Luckily, none of the kids were injured in the fire. “I lost everything, every single thing that was in the place…Was a good house, we had everything inside,” said the daughter. read more

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BM Ciudad Real easily won Copa del Rey

← Previous Story Gille brothers two more seasons with HSV! Next Story → Jerome Fernandez to remain in Kiel – Chambery interested? In front of 3000 spectators, without expected rival in the big final of “Copa Del Rey” (King’s Cup), F.C Barcelona (lost against Valladolid), Renovalia Ciudad Real easily beats Cuatro Rayas Valladolid 31:22 (12:12).22. Cuatro Rayas Valladolid (12+10): Sierra; Tvedten (2,1p), Krivocapic, Asier Antonio, Ávila, Víctor Alonso y Eduard Fernández (3) -equipo inicial-, Óscar Perales (2), Gurbindo (8), Davor Cutura (2), Bilbija (5), Rambo y Alexis.31. Renovalia Ciudad Real (12+19): Sterbik, Abalo (3), Lazarov (6,1p), Julen Aguinagalde (2), Cañellas (2), Jurkiewicz (1) y Källman (6) -equipo titular- Hombrados (ps), Viran Morros (2), Dinart, Isasías Guardiola (5), Alberto Entrerríos (2), Davis (1) y Shevelev (1). read more

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