PDP leader accuses BJP of ‘communalising’ Jammu

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s ruling coalition partner, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday accused its ally of “communalising human rights and governance issues” in the Jammu region.“There is nothing right about the right wing. The outburst by so-called leaders of Jammu about certain measures to safeguard the tribal community is unwarranted and uncalled for. This follows the politicising of the probe into the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa,” said PDP leader Firdous Tak, also an MLC from Kishtwar in the Chenab Valley.Referring to the BJP’s stand on tribal rights over forest land, which the BJP is openly opposing, Mr. Tak said: “The majoritarian approach of pushing the minorities to the wall is not new in Jammu. The BJP is following the footprints of the Congress to represent the majority opinion.”Warning against playing communal politics, the MLC said: “Every time you [the BJP] play the communal card, you are hurting the constitutional mandate.”Tribal rights and the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl have had the two coalition partners pulling in different directions.Sources said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday refused to meet the BJP MLAs who are demanding that the rape case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Ms. Mufti’s stand has further soured relations.last_img read more

Ashish scripts history in gymnastics

first_imgAshish Kumar gifted himself an early birthday present by winning a historic gymnastics bronze medal in the men’s floor exercises on Tuesday. The youngster from Allahabad was competing in a tough field which included the big boys from China, Korea and Japan.Yet, the Allahabadi, who turns 20 on November 26, showed rare mental strength and character to win the medal in the Asian Games gymnastics hall, where the crowds had turned up in good numbers.As someone who had attracted attention during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi by winning silver in vaulting and bronze in floor exercises, Ashish had become very popular. And when he made it to the final in Guangzhou on Saturday, it was under intense pressure. His coach Vladimir Chertkov had walked away from the Games after a ‘fiasco’ at the opening ceremony. Yet, Ashish took it in his stride.In his moment of glory on Tuesday, Ashish wanted to talk of the positives and how he was actually hoping to win a better medal. But for someone who was soaking in the adulation after the highs of the CWG, he didn’t get as much time to prepare. “If I had more time after the CWG, I would have prepared better. All the same, this was a worldclass field and I am very happy that the entire Indian team and so many officials and people from the Indian media came to see me perform,” said Ashish.Back home, Ashish has a tough schedule to follow. He lives in a joint family and wakes up at 4am everyday to train, disturbing the schedules of the rest. But he does realise only such commitment can take him to stardom in a sport which does not have a rich tradition in India.advertisementAs for Tuesday’s performance, Ashish went ahead with his routine elements in a manner only a boy with a devil-may-care attitude can do. Ashish did precisely thatwith with an excellent triple-twist dismount which ultimately fetched the bronze-winning point (6.300+8.625) for a total of 14.925. China’s Chengiong (15.400) and South Korean Soo Myun Kim (15.400) were way ahead for gold and silver, respectively. The Chinese won after scoring 9.000 in the final to Korean’s 8.8. Ashish was happy for another reason as well. He admitted that he had ironed out the flaw in his execution of the Salto-powered dismount, but felt he could have done still better. “I felt good after the dismount because my first line of 900 to forward back was unique,” he said.Ashish is keen to compete in more World Cups next year to prepare himself for the Asian championships and the 2012 Olympics. “I had competed only in a couple of World Cups this year. But from now on I am going to participate in more to help improve my world ranking (now 32),”he said. Late at night, Ashish was busy with more press conferences and interviews. He was obliging and thanking all the people. “I am going to land in New Delhi on 18th and then go to Allahabad. My celebrations have to be there,” said Ashish.Coach served noticeWhile Ashish Kumar made history by winning India’s first medal in the sport at the Asian Games, the Gymnastics Federation of India has slapped a notice on his guiding force, Vladimir Chertkov, after the foreign expert consultant walked out of Guangzhou.The American of Russian origin has been asked to explain why he returned before the start of the gymnastics competition alleging discrimination and humiliation on the part of the team manager and other contingent officials. “We have issued a notice to Chertkov asking him to give in writing the reasons and circumstances for his behaviour,” secretary general Kan Singh Rathore told Mail Today. “We have asked him to send his reply within three or four days. Team manager Satpal Kaur’s report is also expected by then.”Chertkov said he had not received any communication yet. “I have not got any notice from them,” he told MAIL TODAY. Chertkov’s contract in India expires on November 30 and he has no idea about whether he will stay on after that. “I have had five offers for coaching in other countries but nothing has been finalised yet. They are impressed with my work here,” Chertkov said.- By Tushar Bhaduri in New Delhilast_img read more

IPL 2011: Pune Warriors vs Deccan Chargers- DC win by 6 wickets

first_imgHyderabad had an easy six-wicket victory against Pune during their IPL match at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. Score | PhotosPune’s loss ended their team’s slim chances in the IPL-4. Hyderabad openers Shikhar Dhawan and Sunny Sohal got off to a good start against Pune and they didn’t have a reason to worry as a 137-run target wasn’t too tough to achieve. The two put on 67 runs for the first wicket blunting the opposition attack.It wasn’t until the 9th over that Pune managed to get a breakthrough. Skipper Yuvraj Singh’s turner that was moving away from left-hander Shikhar Dhawan missed his bat and even before he could recover, keeper Robin Uthappa had removed his bails off. Dhawan scored 28 of 25 balls.Then in 10th over Rahul Sharma sent back the other opener Sunny Sohal with a straight ball that hit him on the pads when he was batting on 34 and Hyderabad lost their second wicket on 73.The first ball of the 16th over saw Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara walk back dismissed by Mitchell Marsh on 25. Sangakkara wanted to steer the ball towards the third man, but an edge was lapped up by keeper Robin Uthappa and Hyderabad lost their third wicket on 108. That was the end of Sangakkara’s last innings in this IPL. He now heads back home to get ready for Sri Lanka’s tour of England.Hyderabad’s JP Duminy was bowled out by his South African team-mate in the opposition camp – Wayne Parnell in the 18th over on 23 when the team total was 126.advertisementFinally, Daniel Christian and Bharat Chipli helped their side score the winning run on the second ball of the 20th over with six wickets in hand.Pune inningsA late charge by Mitchell Marsh and Wayne Parnell helped Pune to 136/9 against Hyderabad.The two put on 35 runs for the eighth wicket helping Pune to a decent total after Hyderabad bowlers had reduced them to 92/7.Earlier, Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to field. And Pune lost their in-form opener Jesse Ryder early on the last ball of the fourth over of Dale Steyn. He smashed Styen towards the covers and the ball would have gone past the fence but D Ravi Teja took a splendid low catch to send him back on 18 and reduce Pune to 31/1.Sourav Ganguly playing his second match in the IPL too did not last long and departed without opening his account in the sixth over when the team total was 35. A limp shot off the left-hander off Daniel Christian was easily pouched by Pragyan Ojha in the covers.Next it was the turn of opener Manish Pandey to take a walk. A turner off Ojha that completely beat him crashed into his stump when he was batting on 23. Pune were 45/3 in 6.4 overs.Pinch-hitter Robin Uthappa too walked back as soon as he came in. He gave a simple catch to Amit Mishra off his bowling when the team total was 45. The very next ball Mishra got rid of Mithun Manhas and Pune were down to 45/5 in no time.A few minutes later Pune their sixth another wicket when the score was 73. Callum Ferguson gave an easy catch to Hyderabad’s South African import J.P. Duminy off his own bolwing on 11, making it look like catching practice.Pune captain Yuvraj Singh, who was holding fort as wickets were falling all around him, too departed of a Steyn delivery in the 15th over when the score was 92. He wanted to pull an away moving short ball towards the leg side, but a top edge off his bat got carried away towards captain Kumar Sangakkar behind the stumps, who did the rest to send him back on 23.Finally, Mitchell Marsh (37) and Wayne Parnell (16) helped Pune to 136/9.last_img read more

PCB chief Shaharyar Khan invites ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to Lahore

first_imgThe outgoing chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has invited the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to visit Lahore next month.Khan confirmed today that he had spoken to Manohar during the ICC meetings in London last month and extended an invitation to him.”Manohar said he will look into the invitation and try to make it. But nothing is confirmed yet,” Khan said.Sources close to Khan said he had invited Manohar, a former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, to formally attend a farewell reception which will be given to the him in Lahore.The PCB is set to elect a new chairman at its Governing Board meeting later this month but Khan will complete his three-year term in mid-August.”The idea behind inviting Manohar to Lahore is to also finalise the World XI’s tour to Pakistan in September as the ICC has shown its support for the tour,” the source said.Najam Sethi, who heads the PCB’s executive committee and is expected to succeed Khan, said the ICC will make the decision of who will lead the World XI to Lahore.”We see the World XI tour as the beginning of good times for Pakistan cricket and that is why we are giving it so much importance,” Sethi said.No top Test team has toured Pakistan since March 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan national cricket team in Lahore.Khan also confirmed that the PCB was still trying to convince the Sri Lankan cricket board to send its team to Lahore to play a few T20 matches this year, while he said that the board had dropped the idea of inviting new Test entrants — Ireland — to Pakistan.advertisement”We had invited Ireland in recent times but they have asked for fees to come to Pakistan and right now we are not in a position to afford such expenses,” Khan said.last_img read more

International Paralympic Committee to lift Russia ban, but with conditions

first_imgThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Friday it would lift the ban on Russia’s Paralympic Committee by March 15, under certain conditions.Russia has been barred from international Paralympic competitions since August 2016 over allegations of state-sponsored doping similar to the ones that led to the suspension of its athletics federation and anti-doping agency.The IPC said the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) had met 69 of the 70 reinstatement criteria outlined in 2016.”In August 2016 the IPC suspended the RPC because it was necessary and proportionate to the situation we faced and essential to ensure clean sport,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement.”Twenty-nine months later it is the IPC Governing Board’s firm belief that keeping the RPC suspended is no longer necessary and proportionate to the situation we now face in Russia.”The one reinstatement condition that has not been met is “an official response adequately addressing the findings made by Professor McLaren”, said the IPC.A two-part WADA-commissioned report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in 2016 found evidence of state-sponsored doping scheme across several sports and at 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi.The report led to the ban against the Russian Paralympic Committee and saw dozens of Russians banned from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Parsons said that upholding the RPC’s suspension on the grounds of Russian authorities’ refusal to accept the McLaren Report “does not seem right”.The IPC said that it will publish post-reinstatement criteria for the RPC that set out requirements for it to keep its conditional reinstatement.advertisementThe requirements will include Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA remaining compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations.It added that Russian Para athletes will only be allowed to participate in certain competitions, including the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and the 2022 Beijing Paralympics, “if they have met the specified testing requirements”.RUSADA, which was also suspended in the wake of the scandal, was reinstated last year, angering sports bodies around the world. In January, WADA decided not to suspend RUSADA despite Moscow missing a deadline to hand over laboratory data.Russia’s athletics federation remains suspended over evidence of systematic and state-sponsored doping.last_img read more

How OSU Football Recruits in High School Action: Week 2

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Chuba Hubbard: RBNo statistics were available for his game yet, but he did have a documented 105-yard sprint for a touchdown that was pretty stunning.Tracin Wallace: QB/ATHTracin finished the game with 128 yards through the air and 180 yards rushing to go with two scores in a 49-17 blowout win.Tylan Wallace: WRHis twin brother put the team on his back, but Tylan still finished the game with 54 yards and a touchdown.Braydon Johnson – WRJohnson caught six passes for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 34-28 win. It’s week two of high school football action and OSU recruits fared well once again and some improved from their week 1 performances. Here’s a recap of the action from the weekend.Brock Martin – DE/TEOologah had a nice win on Friday over Collinsville, one of the top teams in the state. Martin was a big contributor, adding 11 tackles and a sack in the winning effort.I’ve witnessed some hard hits and relentless motors before…. But what I saw last night in Oologah….??? the future looks bright! #GoPokes— Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) September 2, 2016Shamond Greenwood – WRGreenwood caught the game-winning touchdown for Lakeview Centennial this weekend over North Mesquite. He finished the game with 3 touchdowns and 156 yards.LaMarcus Morton: WR/SafetyMorton continued his hot streak in week 2 of the season with a solid game against Center, TX, finishing with 84 yards and a touchdown in a 70-21 domination.last_img read more

Joachim Löw considers his future after Germany’s shock World Cup exit

first_imgJoachim Löw is contemplating his future after the defending champions went out of the World Cup in the group stage following their 2-0 defeat against South Korea.Löw signed a contract extension to 2022 in May but refused to confirm he would take change of their European Championship campaign. “It is too early for me to answer that question,” he said. “We need a couple of hours to see things clearly.“The disappointment is deep inside me. I couldn’t imagine we would lose to South Korea. I’m shocked because we didn’t pull it off. It’s premature for me to say something, I’m incredibly disappointed. Where we go from here – we will have to take some time and talk about it calmly.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter There have been accusations of arrogance about Germany, notably in Marco Reus’s comment after being left out for the match against Mexico that he was being saved for “important games”. Even Löw’s tactics in that match, piling forward with only Sami Khedira protecting the defence seemed, in retrospect, to have underestimated their opponents.The obsession with attacking, with playing on the front foot, is reflected in the fact Germany have conceded in each of their past eight games, a run going back to November when they drew 0-0 against England.“We had a good training camp,” Löw said. “The team worked well, players were training really well but the two friendly matches, against Austria and Saudi Arabia, were not good. Maybe we thought at the push of a button we could shift gears but we lost against Mexico. If we had taken a point it would have been different.“We couldn’t flip that switch. We were convinced once the tournament started we would be able to play well but it didn’t happen.”It was clearly the Mexico game that rankled, far less than the edgy win against Sweden or the defeat against South Korea on Wednesday, when Germany were forced to chase the game.Shin Tae-yong, the South Korea manager, had said his side had only a “1%” chance of winning but he was adamant that had been a psychological ploy to get the best from his side. Share on Pinterest Germany crash out of World Cup group stage after defeat by South Korea news World Cup 2018 Share on Facebook “I told my players it was really a last-ditch effort for them,” he said. “Germany are the defending champions, number one in the Fifa ranking so I thought about what mistakes they could make. They probably felt they could beat us. I thought we could use that as a strategy to beat them and it hit the nail on the head.“Since we won we can say that everything went as planned. For two days we looked at their strategies. I told them our opponents would need this win a lot more. I told them when opportunities arose we had to take advantage. I feel great but at the same time I feel a little bit empty.” Share on LinkedIn Germany South Korea ‘Speechless’: the internet reacts to Germany’s exit from the World Cup World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Cho Hyong-woo, South Korea’s extrovert goalkeeper, said the players had not known until the final whistle that Sweden had beaten Mexico and they were therefore also out. “We all became one playing for the Korean nation,” he said. “We were disappointed and that’s why a lot of us cried.”Despite the defeat, Löw was adamant the future of German football remains bright and there are no “dark times” ahead. “Until quite recently we were probably the most constant in terms of performance in the past 10, 12 years. We were always in the final four for a long period, including the 2014 and 2017 wins in the World Cup and the Confederations Cup.“This is a case of absolute sadness and disappointment. We have young players who are very talented and still have the potential to go forward. This has happened to other nations before. We just have to draw the right conclusions.” Share via Email Read more Read more Topics World Cup Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Mother Of UCF QB McKenzie Milton Issues Latest Injury Update

first_imgUCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton continues to recover from the brutal leg injury he suffered in the regular season finale against USF. He underwent another surgery on Friday.Tonight, Milton’s mother Teresa provided an update on his progress. He was released earlier today.“Meet the dream team. Less five other attending ‘s. KZ will be realeaaed today 100% success! Now for the recovery work. We had Gods healing And amazing surgeons . Please keep prayers coming!” she tweeted.Meet the dream team. Less five other attending ‘s. KZ will be realeaaed today 100% success! Now for the recovery work. We had Gods healing And amazing surgeons . Please keep prayers coming ! pic.twitter.com/x99vWIBie9— TeresaMilton (@milton6teresa) January 27, 2019Given how serious Milton’s injury was, there’s a good chance he won’t be able to play next season. UCF seems prepared for that possibility.The Knights landed Notre Dame grad transfer quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Wimbush will compete with Darriel Mack Jr. for the starting job in 2019.Mack played in nine games, making two starts in place of Milton as a redshirt freshman in 2018.In the meantime, Milton will continue to recover. The most important thing is he gets his health back, regardless of when he can return to the gridiron.last_img read more

SLC should share expenses if it wants Pakistan to host home Tests in UAE: PCB

first_img Next Press Trust of India KarachiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 13:28 IST (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSLC chief remarked that his team felt stifled by the strict security arrangements in Pakistan on their recent tourPakistan successfully hosted Sri Lanka for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in Karachi and Lahore in September-OctoberPCB is now looking to host Sri Lanka for two ICC Championship Test matches in DecemberThe Pakistan Cricket Board is not willing to bear the expenses of hosting another home series in the United Arab Emirates and wants Sri Lanka Cricket to share the financial burden if it decides not to tour Pakistan for the two-Test rubber in December.After successfully hosting Sri Lanka for a limited over series in Karachi and Lahore in September-October, the Pakistan Cricket Board has been pushing the Sri Lankans to send their team for the two ICC Championship test matches as well in December.”PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, and CEO, Wasim Khan who are in Dubai for the ICC board meetings have apparently conveyed to Sri Lankan officials that if they (SL) insist on playing the test series in UAE, they should bear the expenses,” a reliable source said.”The PCB has decided to take a stance that even after convincing the ICC and Sri Lankan board officials that they can properly manage all security arrangements in Pakistan, if the Sri Lankan board still insists on having the series in UAE it will have to pay or share the expenses of hosting the series,” the source said.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Shammi Silva, who was in Pakistan for the recent white ball series, had said after returning home that the visiting players and officials were confined to their team hotel due to security arrangements and couldn’t roam around freely.”Three days stuck in your hotel even I got fed-up,” he told media.He also made it clear that the Sri Lankan board would consult its players and team officials on whether they would be willing to tour Pakistan for the Test series before reaching a final decision.advertisementHe noted that a team has to stay for a longer duration to play a Test series.Pakistan has not hosted a home test series since March 2009 when militants had attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, leaving at least six Pakistani policemen dead and others wounded.Pakistan has since hosted all its Test series in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah but Wasim Khan recently said in a television interview that the board now felt it was just not cost-effective to host matches away from home.The new leadership in the PCB, fully supported by Prime Minister Imran Khan, now feels that time has come to take a strong stance on teams refusing to play in Pakistan and this new policy could be tested for the Test series against Sri Lanka.”This is necessary since Pakistan is also due to host Bangladesh for a Test series in January,” the source said.The PCB has already said it will be hosting the entire fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League in Pakistan and the tournament will not be split between UAE and Pakistan.Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq baffled by Pakistani players’ reluctance towards fitness and trainingAlso Read | SLC chief’s comments on security arrangements in Pakistan irks PCBAlso Read | PCB Chairman wants Sarfaraz Ahmed to leave Test captaincy: ReportFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Sri Lanka CricketFollow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow PAK v SL SLC should share expenses if it wants Pakistan to host home Tests in UAE: PCBSri Lanka Cricket president has made it clear that the board would consult its players and team officials on whether they would be willing to tour Pakistan for the Test series before reaching a final decision.advertisementlast_img read more

Wärtsilä Introduces Next Generation of Thrusters

first_imgzoom Wartsila introduces a new series of both steerable and transverse thrusters that will further develop the current portfolio. The new Wartsila Steerable Thruster series (WST) is being introduced to replace the company’s Modular Thruster and Compact Thruster series, while the new Wartsila Transverse Thruster series (WTT) is replacing the current range of transverse thrusters.The new products have been developed in response to changing market demands, requiring competitive thruster products which are more efficient and cover a wider power range.This major product development project was launched by Wärtsilä’s Propulsion R&D already in 2011. The latest insights in thruster design were implemented using state-of-the-art numerical simulation tools. The first product to enter the pilot phase is a 4500 kW under water (de)-mountable steerable thruster, the WST-45-U, which began its pilot phase in summer 2013. Two more products, the WST-14 and the WTT-11, are scheduled to begin their pilot phase before the end of this year. Wärtsilä will continue the introduction of different sizes of thrusters in the coming years based on market requirements and customer priorities. The new thrusters are available for various types of vessel depending on the size and features of the product. For example, the WST-45-U is designed mainly for the offshore drilling market; the WST-14 is intended for tugs up to 45tBP, inland waterway vessels, and for river/sea going cargo ships. This thruster is compatible with both medium speed and high speed (1800 rpm) diesel engines. The WTT-11 is a 1100 kW tunnel thruster designed mainly for merchant cargo vessels.The new WST and WTT units come with several added features, such as an increased power range, an 8° tilted propeller gearbox, and a new Wärtsilä Thruster Nozzle for the thrusters designed for offshore drilling. The new thrusters intended for tug boat applications also have the new nozzle, which improves performance and has a high level of system integration as well. The new tunnel thrusters are more compact and efficient than earlier versions.Wärtsilä, October 2, 2013last_img read more

Maritime Emergency Response Body for Dutch Caribbean …

first_img Print  Close zoom The Department of Waterways and Public Works of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Rijkswaterstaat) is working together with the Dutch Caribbean to set up a maritime emergency response organization for the islands of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius.The major part of the crisis organization has already been set up. The final part is contracting shipping capacity, principally for the benefit of its oil spill response duties. Market parties are also invited to contribute their thoughts on the manner of contracting.In view of that, Rijkswaterstaat is opening a market consultation and inviting parties to contribute their thoughts to fulfilling the required shipping capacity and its oil spill response duties.“Rijkswaterstaat would like to explore the possibilities in the market and how it should set up tendering for the best possible result,” the Department said.This public market consultation is aimed at the following target groups:Ship-owners with suitable vessels for shipping/sailing capacity;Brokers with access to suitable vessels;Ship-owners with suitable vessels for storage capacity;Oil containment companies with experience in all types of spills in all maritime zones;Consulting firms dealing with oil containment;Salvage companies;Regional authorities with oil containment duties;Private parties with oil containment duties by virtue of permits.Closing date is 1st September 2014. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Press Release, August 15, 2014last_img read more

PRRD lifts evacuation order near Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has rescinded the evacuation order that had been in effect for the area near the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John.The PRRD issued the evacuation order last Saturday after high winds fanned the flames of the fire, causing it to grow rapidly over the weekend. The PRRD said this morning that as of 9:00 a.m., that evacuation order has been lifted, however, residents that were forced from their homes will continue to be on evacuation alert.The area covered by the evacuation alert is identical to the area of the previous evacuation order, and includes the following area northwest of Prespatou: Starting at the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road, bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beaton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continue stopping near Two Creeks road near the Beatton River; Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Residents who are under an evacuation alert should prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order by doing the following:Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc). Have these items readily available for quick departure.Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 1-800-670-7773 or 250-784-3200.Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.last_img read more

Sewer deaths NHRC notice to Delhi Chief Secy Police commissioner

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo moto cognizance of media reports that two labourers died while three others are battling for life after they entered an unauthorised ten feet deep septic tank at an under-construction house in Prem Nagar in Rohini on the May 7.According to NHRC, the commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and the Commissioner of Police (Delhi) calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe Commission has also asked the Delhi Government to inform whether it had issued any guidelines prohibiting unauthorised construction and cleaning of septic tanks and, if so, why its strict compliance was not being ensured. It has directed the Delhi Government to chalk out appropriate instructions to deal with the issue and inform. The Commission has observed that apparently there were multiple reasons which might have caused the death of two persons in the incident. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarHad the septic tank not been constructed in an unauthorized manner and had the labourers been not forced to go inside the septic tank without any safety gear/ training, two precious lives could have been saved. “A large number of people are dying every year in such painful incidents, due to negligence by the authorities. In spite of specific law and guidelines on the subject, such incidents are happening,” said NHRC. The Commission has also condemned as uncivilized the attitude of some people gathered at the place of the incident for not coming to the help of the victims terming them as untouchables. Main accused arrested Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have arrested the house owner Mustafa who with his mason (Rambir) had forced the labourers to go inside the sewage tank. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra stated that no other casualty was reported in the incident. Police identified the deceased as Ganesh Shah (35) and Deepak (20). The victim has been identified as Bablu (40), Sher Singh (40) and Ranbir Singh (33). DCP said Mustafa and Rambir (Mason) forced them to go inside the tank after threatening them for not paying their three days wages. “The compelled labourers went inside the tank and fell unconscious. Rambir also went in the tank when he didn’t get any response and fell unconscious too due to poisonous gases,” said DCP.last_img read more

Death Toll from Italy Earthquake Rises to 120

Rome- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the death toll from the quake that hit central Italy has risen to 120.Renzi spoke Wednesday in the provincial capital of Rieti after visiting rescue crews and survivors in the town of Amatrice and other demolished towns in nearby Le Marche region.The quake struck towns and villages in the mountainous heart of the country, which was making the rescue operation more difficult. The quake, estimated to have struck after 3:30am at a depth of 6 miles, was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic centre felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.The last major earthquake to hit the country struck the central city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing over 300 people

Adel Taarabt Blames Moroccan Media for Ruining His Sports Career

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Moroccan international midfielder, Adel Taarabt, criticized Moroccan media on July 8, claiming it had negatively influenced his sporting career.During an interview with national sports TV channel Arryadia, the 28-year old footballer revealed he had not played for the Moroccan national football team for two years. “I miss the national team,” said Taarabt. He added that he has had a very hard time with his football clubs, including current Portuguese team, Benfica. However, the Moroccan was optimistic: “I am always here and I am always working to improve my skills.”“My hometown makes my happy”When asked about his native city, Taza, Taarabt said that the city is very important to him: “All my family members live in Taza. My mother and father’s family are there, [….] It has my roots; whenever I feel down, I go back to the city to visit my cousins and my family.”Taarabt emigrated to France with his family when he was only 11 years old. “People, especially Moroccans, do not know that I always felt pressure. People were always expecting me to be the future Zinedine Zidane (French former footballer), a pressure that was always difficult to manage.”While he knows he will not be able to forge a better career for himself, he does not regret what he has done so far. “I have already played for famous international teams, like Tottenham Hotspour, Queens Park Rangers,Benfica, which itself is an achievement.”Taarabt has also played for France’s national under-17 and 19 teams.During the televised interview, Taarabt mentioned the first time he was called to play for the Moroccan national team. “I asked my family, my mother and father, and they told me that it would be a pleasure for me and them if I accepted Morocco’s invitation, but emphasized it was my own career, telling me ‘you can do whatever you want’.”“I think before I speak”The footballer touched on past clashes between him and former coaches for the Moroccan national football team, including Moroccan Zaki Badou and Belgian Eric Gerets. “I have never done anything bad to them, I just was very honest. Whatever I felt like I wanted to say, I just said it without thinking of the consequences.”Taarabt made a number of mistakes while playing for the Moroccan team. On the eve of the national team’s match against Algeria during the 2012 African of Cup of Nations qualifiers, he decided to leave the training camp andconsequently did not play the match.Taarabt has blamed Moroccan media for continuous rumors, which he claimed were untrue. “They keep publishing stories that I went partying here and there, which is not true.” He continued that the majority of articles published were in Morocco, “from unprofessional journalists.”“They were not aware that these rumors might affect my sporting career, and even my family.” The footballer added that his mother was always receiving calls from family, asking if there was any validity to the rumors that he had been fired from Benifica.A potential future representing Morocco?Earlier this year, Taarabt expressed his desire to rejoin the Moroccan national football team. “I’d be happy to join the Moroccan team in the future, and I will do my best with Genoa to have the opportunity to get back my Moroccan team’s jersey, which I had been hoping to defend during the African Cup of Nations,” Taarabt said.The footballer’s wish may come true if he succeeds in developing his football techniques with Genoa FC. The Moroccan joined the Italian club in 2017, on loan from Benifica. read more

UN health agency helping to contain deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is leading a joint team of health experts and clinicians rushing to control an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed more than 60 people in the northwestern part of the Republic of the Congo.According to the UN agency, laboratory tests conducted late last week confirmed that a recent outbreak of haemorrhagic fever was caused by deadly Ebola, one of the most virulent diseases known to humankind. The virus, which causes death in 50 to 90 per cent of all clinically ill cases, is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons. In past outbreaks, health workers have become sick after contact with the bodily fluids of patients they were treating.WHO said 80 cases have been reported as of Tuesday, including 64 deaths. Most of the cases – 72 people reported ill and 59 deaths – are in the district of Kéllé.The Congolese Government in Brazzaville requested assistance from WHO, and a joint Ministry of Health-WHO assessment team travelled from the capital to the site of the outbreak two weeks ago. The agency is providing further support from its headquarters in Geneva as well as from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. read more

Independent UN human rights expert highlights serious transgressions in DPR Korea

Vitit Muntarbhorn, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, said that the State had declined to cooperate with him and had not invited him to the country, while the North Korean representative who also spoke during today’s debate flatly denied all findings in the report.The situation in the country provides a continuing cause for concern – there are still many transgressions and discrepancies of an egregious nature, which require effective redress, Mr. Muntarbhorn said, according to a press release from the Council. Specific concerns raised in this report include women’s rights, particularly violence against women; children’s rights, particularly to protection and participation; the rights of older persons/the elderly; the rights of those with disabilities; and ethnic issues, he continued.In response, Choe Myong Nam said the DPRK resolutely rejected the report, adding that the country was a target of a “human rights offensive” by the United States, which wanted to dominate the whole Korean peninsula. He said Japan had also been fanatical in its clamour against the country.Representatives from 10 other countries also made statements during the debate, before the 47-member Council went on to discuss reports on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Myanmar. Akich Okola, Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Burundi, said the new Government had made commendable strides in the area of social and economic rights and had also satisfactorily resolved the issue of political prisoners. However, the overall human rights situation remained of deep concern, he said.Human rights violations still continued on a daily basis due to the culture of impunity, widespread poverty, and the weakness of the culture of human rights in general, Mr. Okola said, adding that the most violated rights were those to life, physical integrity, safety and inviolability of the person, opinion and expression, and property.In response, Francoise Ngendahayo of Burundi said elected democratic institutions had only been operating for a year and the period was relatively short to make an objective evaluation of the actions of the Government and in particular of the human rights situation.The socio-economic situation of the country should also be considered as 12 years of civil war had destroyed the infrastructure, devalued the currency by diminishing the purchasing power of the population, and also destroyed social, moral and human values, the representative added. Six other countries also made related statements.Turning to the DRC, the report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights, Titinga Frederic Pacere, was considered in his absence. The report highlighted that the human rights situation continues to be a matter of concern throughout the country, but especially in the eastern regions and in northern Katanga, where militias and other armed groups are committing atrocities.In response, Marie Madeleine Kalala requested that the Independent Expert visit the DRC in the next few days to see the changes on the ground in a number of key areas.Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, said that he had not been permitted to conduct a fact-finding mission to the country since November 2003. He said grave human rights violations were taking place not only with impunity but authorized by the sanction of law, adding that the criminalization of the exercise of fundamental freedoms by political opponents, human rights defenders and victims of human rights abuses was a matter of grave concern.Responding, U Nyunt Maung Shein said that although there were many contentious chapters in the report that Myanmar could argue against, time constraints would allow him to take up only a few cases to shed light on the truth, especially regarding forced labour.In particular, he contradicted the report’s view that relations between Myanmar and the International Labour Organization were deteriorating, saying there had been positive developments and two persons mentioned in the report in this connection – Su Su Nway and Aye Myint – had been released from prison. He also said the perception that there were vast violations of human rights was not accurate and entirely based on information collected from a few remaining insurgent groups confined to border areas and foreign-funded expatriates with a hidden political agenda.Representatives from 11 countries made statements before the Council discussed a report from Arjun Sengupta, Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, which highlighted that poverty existed in most countries as a failure of social action. This second session of the Council, set up earlier this year to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights, opened on 18 September and will run until 6 October. read more

Security Council extends mandate of European peacekeepers in Bosnia for another year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the European peacekeepers tasked with ensuring the continued compliance by all sides with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The European Union assumed peacekeeping responsibilities in 2004 when it took over from a stabilization force led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which continues to have a presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, authorizes the force – known as EUFOR ALTHEA – to continue its “peace stabilization role” for another 12 months, beginning today. The reconfiguration of EUFOR ALTHEA was completed in September, resulting in a reduced number of forces based in the country and focusing on capacity-building and training while also retaining the capability to contribute to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities’ deterrence capacity if the situation so requires.Yesterday, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, told the Council that the country’s political leaders are failing to produce what they should be 17 years after the signing of the Dayton accords, and that secessionist rhetoric is on the rise. “They must stop their divisive behaviour and finally start leading the way to the country’s full reintegration in the interests of all its citizens,” he said.In particular, he noted that the “anti-State, secessionist rhetoric” emanating from the current leadership of Republika Srpska – one of two semi-autonomous entities that make up the country – has intensified and worsened considerably during the past six months.In its resolution, the Council also called on the parties to “comply strictly with their obligations” under the peace agreement, while reiterating that the primary responsibility for its further successful implementation lies with the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina themselves.“The continued willingness of the international community and major donors to assume the political, military and economic burden of implementation and reconstruction efforts will be determined by the compliance and active participation by all the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing the peace agreement,” it added. read more

New AODA coordinator brings world of experience to Brock

Chris Lytle is Brock’s new AODA co-ordinator.The University has a new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) co-ordinator.Christopher Lytle started at Brock in March, replacing Margaret Sanderson, who left in September for a post at Sheridan College.Lytle brings with him a world of experience. He has worked as a research associate for Disability Rights Promotion International at York University, where he helped national organizations of people with disabilities develop individual human rights monitoring, systems monitoring and media monitoring. His work at York took him to Rwanda, Serbia, Nepal, Thailand and Montenegro to establish pilot monitoring initiatives.Prior to that, he participated in the development of the draft text of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a part of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).After leaving York in 2012, Lytle started a consulting firm to help businesses and organizations improve accessibility to comply with the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.He has a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology and his master’s in Critical Disability Studies from York University.Lytle sees the AODA as a mechanism of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will work toward an inclusive and barrier-free environment for all faculty, staff and students. His initial goal is to ensure the University is compliant with the IASR in its built environment, teaching and learning, employment standards, and information and communications systems.“Accessibility is an aspect of a healthy vibrant community and by its nature, it is a continuum,” he says. “I am here to complement the work that has been done so far with my goal of ensuring that Brock University can become a central figure as an inclusive place for people to learn and work.“I see my role as an opportunity to build a positive cultural awareness surrounding inclusion at Brock,” he adds.Lytle can be found on the 11th floor of the Schmon Tower where he works with Kathryn Walker, Interim Manager, Health Management and Wellness. read more