J&K policeman caught on camera snatching money from beggar, held

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir Police have arrested one of their own after he was allegedly caught on camera “snatching” money from a roadside beggar in Ramban district.A video clip purportedly showing head constable “snatching” money from the beggar a few days back went viral on social media, triggering shock and uproar.‘Bad habit’“Head constable Munawar Hussain has been suspended and arrested by the police after the incident,” Ramban Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohan Lal said.He said an FIR has also been registered against the policeman, who was attached with Ramban police line after being transferred from “Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking”. Mr. Lal said Mr. Hussain came out of the police line and allegedly snatched money from the beggar. The officer said Hussain was caught by the policemen deployed there.More casesMr. Lal said three more cases are registered against Mr. Hussain in Kishtwar. “He was kept in the police line in Ramban after being transferred from Kishtwar due to his bad habit of chronic drinking. His ATM cards and others such items were given to his wife to operate in view of the his bad habits,” he said.last_img read more

‘India, Pak. can help resolve Afghan conflict’

first_imgIndia should cooperate with Pakistan to ensure regional stability and to end the Afghan war, said the Ambassador of Russia on Monday. Speaking at a public event here, Nikolay Kudashev said that India-Pakistan collaboration will help in resolving the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan.“The problems of Afghanistan are impossible to resolve without taking on board every neighbouring country. Excessive pressure on certain states would just antagonise them and make numerous problems even more complicated… this logic also guides us to further develop ties with Pakistan and it is in the interest of regional stability to help Pakistanis as well as Indians effectively adjust themselves to the new forms of cooperation offered by SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and enhance their anti-terrorism cooperation,” said Mr. Kudashev elaborating on Russia’s engagement of Pakistan.In a set of frank observations at an event organised by the Anant Aspen Centre, the envoy urged India to cooperate with Pakistan in the platforms that various multilateral bodies are providing.New-found bonhomieMoscow and Pakistan dealt with a difficult phase during the 1980s when Pakistan supported the Mujahideen fighters to counter Soviet occupation forces. However the cooperation took off in the last few years with joint counter-terror drills between two sides that India has observed with concern. The envoy clarified that Moscow does not prioritise bilateral disputes in South Asia while framing policies.“We don’t look at the region from the point of view of bilateral disputes that we are not in a position to interfere or take sides. There should be realistic and comprehensive approach to the issues of common interest,” said the envoy highlighting the need for peace between India and Pakistan.“No doubt that existing disagreements between India and Pakistan should be resolved politically and diplomatically according to the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” Mr. Kudashev said.He said that Russia is open to a relationship with all sides for the sake of regional stability and the crisis in Afghanistan requires the “Afghan-led” solution.last_img read more

Two Maoists killed in Sukma

first_imgThe security forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.The encounter took place in Burkapal area of Sukma when the District Reserve Guard (Chhattisgarh police’s special anti-Maoist unit) and the Special Task Force were conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the area.The security forces also recovered 11 country-made weapons from the spot of the encounter suggesting some more Maoists may have been injured or killed.In a separate development, Maharashtra police found one more body of a Maoist in Gadchiroli district.“A decomposed body was found in the forest near Indravati river in Tadgoan forest area of Gadchiroli where an encounter had taken place on last Sunday. One AK-47 rifle was also recovered during a search operation in the area today. Today’s recovery has taken the total number Maoists killed in Kasansur encounter to 34,” Gadchiroli police said in a statement.Mr.Abhinav Deshmukh, the district Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli, informed that 19 bodies have been identified so far and 14 bodies have been handed over to the relatives of the deceased.last_img read more

F1: Nico Rosberg wins dramatic Australian Grand Prix

first_imgNico Rosberg won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after Ferrari’s challenge was squandered by a bungled tyre strategy and Fernando Alonso walked away from a spectacular crash that reduced his McLaren to a mangled wreck.Rosberg’s 15th career victory was also his fourth in succession after the German won the final three races of last season.His team mate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton finished second, some eight seconds behind after recovering from a chaotic start that pushed the defending world champion back to sixth at the first turn.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led for much of the race but his advantage was eroded by poor tyre management, especially after Alonso’s crash brought out a red flag, as his compatriot Rosberg coasted home.”Yeah! awesome, guys, awesome. Great start to the season,” Rosberg yelled down the team radio.New team Haas celebrated points on debut, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean finishing sixth behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams driver Felipe Massa.last_img read more

Supreme Court gives BCCI 6 months to implement Lodha reforms, ministers barred

first_imgIn a major setback to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court in its ruling has set a six-month deadline for the cricket body to implement Lodha Committee recommendations including age cap of 70 and one state one vote.Morover, the apex court also accepted the panel’s recommendation on having no minister in BCCI, but allowed Maharashtra to have three associations on rotational basis.SC has also asked the Justice Lodha panel to oversee the board’s transition from the old to new regime within six months. On BCCI coming under the purview of RTI, SC let the parliament to take a decision.The court also accepted Lodha Panel’s recommendation to have a member of CAG within BCCI Governing council. In response to the ruling, BCCI said, “We will show greatest respect in implementing the judgment.”Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling, Justice RM Lodha said: “great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport, think cricket fans should rejoice the verdict of SC.”Earlier, on February 4 this year, the court had suggested the BCCI to fully accept the recommendation of the committee on the structural reforms of the world’s richest cricketing body. (BCCI overhaul: SC paves way for reform ) A bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla had told the BCCI that Justice Lodha committee has given a “very viable rational solutions. You take a realistic view of the matter and act according to the recommendations”. The Lodha committee was set up by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in the country after a corruption and match-fixing scandal hit the Indian Premier League (IPL), leading to two-year suspensions of three-time champions Chennai Super Kings and inaugural edition winners Rajasthan Royals. The three-member Lodha panel had put forward several recommendations to the Supreme Court which, if implemented, could have far reaching effects on cricket administration in India.advertisementAmong the recommendations were limitation of tenure for office-bearers of the BCCI and state associations, prescription to limit their age to 70 years, one state-one vote (set to directly affect the associations within the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat) and barring of ministers and government officials from becoming office-bearers. But, the Indian board objected to several points made in the Lodha panel report, pointing out the anomalies and difficulties encountered in the implementation of the committee’s recommendations.last_img read more

Barcelona close to Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele deals: sporting manager Pep Segura

first_imgBarcelona sporting manager Pep Segura has said the club are “close” to signing Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.Speaking after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup gave their arch rivals a 5-1 aggregate victory, Segura said Barcelona were discussing terms with the attacking duo.”We are close to Coutinho and Dembele, we are discussing their conditions but we do not know when they will be sealed,” Segura told Spanish television station TV3. “We hope they will be Barcelona players this season.”Barcelona, who said on Monday they had agreed a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47.19 million), are looking to fill the void left by Neymar after his world record 222 million euros transfer to Paris St Germain.According to reports in British media, Coutinho has submitted a transfer request after Liverpool rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros from the La Liga club.Barcelona’s other reported target, Dembele, has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after the 20-year-old France international skipped training amid speculation of a possible move to Spain.An initial Barca offer was rejected by Dortmund, with club bosses saying it was too low. German media have estimated the price of a move at more than 100 million euros.Barcelona are clearly in need of reinforcements after being outclassed in the Super Cup. After losing 3-1 at home on Sunday, Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat came at the hands of a Madrid side minus Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco.advertisementlast_img read more

2015 Watch Guide: Week 2

first_imgThat Michigan schedule isn’t a joke, man. OU-Tennessee will be fun as well. And Oregon-Michigan State should be thrilling. I’ve got Sparty there. Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide – Week 2If 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!last_img

Paul Hurst’s new Shrewsbury side are riding the crest of a wave

first_img Pinterest Football League: Hull thrash woeful Birmingham as Shrewsbury win again Scunthorpe Reuse this content League One Topics Facebook Sheffield Wednesday’s Gary Hooper celebrates his opening goal with Steven Fletcher. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Messenger Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Shrewsburycenter_img Football League Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Ten years ago, as Shrewsbury moved out of town after 97 years at Gay Meadow, they changed their crest too, losing two of its three loggerheads as well as the inscription “Floreat Salopia”. This season they restored them. Evidently three dunces are better than one. The crest is of a wave and Shrewsbury are flourishing, the Football League’s only unbeaten club and top of League One by four points after beating Scunthorpe United 2-0 at home on Saturday.“It was a big win,” said Paul Hurst, their manager, not because it was their first by more than a goal but because The Iron had conceded only three before and not lost away. Hurst cuts the season into months and, after 10 points out of 12 in August, he said “to take 19 out of 21 is ridiculous”. Last season they did not reach 29 points until the end of January. features Share on Pinterest • Like Paul Hurst, Harry Redknapp, who stepped in to save Birmingham from Championship relegation last spring, got in 14 players of his choice for the start of this season. After six league defeats in eight games, including the last five, he was sacked. Some managers have it. Some lose it. Will this really be the end of Harry?• John Sheridan ended his playing days with six seasons at Boundary Park, easing into a caretaking role while still on the field and subsequently having three stints as manager as if he was always going to be the answer to all their problems. The third ended after nine games this season had produced seven defeats and four points. His successor, Richie Wellens, also played over 100 games for the club. So far he has won both games as manager. Surely Oldham and Sheridan have finally run their course together?• League Two looks as if it may reproduce the remarkable rises and falls of last season. Cheltenham had four points from their first seven games; Saturday’s 2-0 win at Chesterfield gave them 10 from the last four to reach 13th. Conversely Crewe, whom they passed going the other way, were unbeaten with eight points from their first four games but have since picked up three from seven, losing 1-0 at Coventry on Saturday to lie 19th. Next Saturday Notts County, still top despite losing 3-1 at neighbouring Mansfield, are at home to Forest Green, struggling to get a foothold in the League and bottom of the division with five points, 20 fewer than County. What odds a vegan victory? Football League blog Hurst did not reach Shrewsbury until the end of last October, when they were bottom of League One with 10 points from 15 matches. A left-back legend at Rotherham, with over 450 games, he cut his managerial teeth outside the League before leading Grimsby into it in 2016. Only now is he proving his full worth, drawing on his non-league knowledge and backing his hunch about players who “maybe took a knock earlier in their career but can make the step up”.Last season he never got Shrewsbury above 17th and they went into the final day facing possible relegation, losing at Oxford and surviving in 18th. Grateful to the chairman, Roland Wycherley, for “not putting him under pressure while probably a nervous wreck”, he was even happier to change the guard and team spirit with 14 newcomers in the summer. Results speak for themselves. Chris Doig, his assistant, was a prancing presence on the touchline in the first half. Hurst was dead calm in the second. Their very own side had pocketed their ninth victory.An old stager said beforehand he had not in 20 years “seen a Shrewsbury side with such a spirit, that works for each other and tries to play football”. The outcome after an uneasy start might have been different if Dean Henderson, 20 and on loan from Manchester United, had not held Josh Morris’s angled shot, then palmed away Rory McArdle’s header from a corner. Gradually, in a contest of dominant defences, Jon Nolan, with poise on the ball and time to size up options, got Shrewsbury on the front foot. Hurst generously let him go from Grimsby to Chesterfield, then a division higher than they are now, but wasted no time signing him in June.Shrewsbury went ahead when James Bolton met a corner with a header too hot for Matt Gilks to hold, allowing Stefan Payne to force in his fifth league goal. Bolton is new from Gateshead, Payne from Barnsley. Of those retained Mat Sadler stood out in central defence and Junior Brown has converted from wing to wing-back to dual effect. Ben Godfrey was a diligent defensive midfielder and his fellow loanee from Norwich, Carlton Morris, spared fans late agony with the second goal.This owed everything to the captain Abu Ogogo’s commitment. The match sponsors were Select A Skip and Hurst could not have chosen a better one. Sponsors get prominent coverage at this level, be it for substitutions, added time or whatever, and the ground has had so many names that players have hardly known where they are. Often it has been League Two. Top of League One is heaven.Talking points• Just when it seemed the Championship was finding some kind of order Sheffield screwed it up. First United, resurgent under Chris Wilder and winners at Wednesday the weekend before last, went down to a previously modest Nottingham Forest, despite scoring early. Then Wednesday put three goals past Leeds, who had previously conceded only eight in 10 games. It is all to the good. The improbable sustains hope.last_img read more

10 days ago​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at critics of his style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had a profanity laden response to his critics.”It is probably because I didn’t play like Rooney or Tevez,” Berbatov told Goal.com.”I didn’t like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn’t true.”People can go f*** themselves. People don’t understand and try to look smart. “I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn’t make any difference for me. I was more bothered how I move and make space.” last_img read more

Jamaican High Commissioner Opens Emancipation Exhibition in London

first_img Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, opened an exhibition in London on Tuesday, November 5, marking the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Emancipation of African slaves in the British West Indies.The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society before touring the UK.It is the initiative of the Windrush Foundation and presents the stories of the men and women, including Jamaica’s National Hero, Samuel Sharpe, whose struggles for freedom across the British colonies helped to bring about the emancipation of millions of slaves.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult.“During this, the 175th anniversary of Emancipation in the Caribbean,  it (exhibition)  also reminds us that …emancipation was not the end as there were many more struggles to overcome such as discrimination, prejudice, and to gain basic human rights,” she said.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba commended the Windrush Foundation for not confining the display to Black History Month in October, and also for taking it across the UK.“I am also very pleased that this exhibition … will run throughout the year and will tour the United Kingdom with a special focus on educating teachers about this important aspect of not just Caribbean but also British history. As a Jamaican, all of this is very familiar to me and so I am happy to see that this history is being brought to the wider British public in a very meaningful way,” she added.The Making Freedom exhibition celebrates those who resisted enslavement, those who fought to end it, as well as those in Britain, who worked to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in the Caribbean.It features more than 80 images from the Royal Geographical Society’s collections and includes a number of audio-visual experiences for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories.Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation, as well as the struggles for independence that ensued.The High Commissioner said the exhibition showed that the foundation was continuing its core ethos of promoting good community relations, while endeavouring to eliminate discrimination and making the general public aware of the contribution of African and Caribbean settlers and their descendants to Britain’s prosperity and heritage.Windrush Project Director, Arthur Torrington, said that the exhibition is breaking new ground in the way that the story of Emancipation is told. “It shows how the Africans were the agents of their own liberation,” he stated. High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult. Story Highlights The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society. Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation.last_img read more

Researchers honoured for identifying Newfoundland curse

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A research team was honoured Wednesday for identifying the cause of the “Newfoundland curse” — a deadly heart condition that has afflicted Newfoundland families for centuries.The condition, known to the medical community as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, is a genetic cardiac muscle disorder that often shows no symptoms before sudden cardiac arrest.A team from Memorial University of Newfoundland received the Governor General’s Innovation Award for leading research that identified the genetic mutation and the cause of the lethal heart attacks.The team also developed a blood screening test for people at risk.“It really is a life-saving kind of research endeavour,” said Daryl Pullman, who is being honoured along with fellow researchers Terry-Lynn Young, Kathy Hodgkinson and Sean Connors.“We’re accepting the award on behalf of many others, on behalf of the many families who have participated, coming forward to donate their samples and their histories.”ARVC affects people worldwide, but there is a concentration in Newfoundland, where the mutation has already been specifically linked to more than two dozen families.Many people with the condition feel perfectly healthy before the first fatal heart attack.Eighty per cent of men and 20 per cent of women with ARVC die by age 50. Pullman said it has claimed the lives of men in their late teens and early twenties.As well as developing a blood test to detect the previously hidden condition, the team also developed a preventative treatment for the disease.Connors, a cardiologist, developed a small defibrillator to be inserted into the heart that can recognize abnormal rhythms and restore the heart to its regular pattern before a heart attack can happen.Pullman said the award recognizes work that began two decades ago.Hodgkinson was working with families in Newfoundland and Labrador, collecting their blood samples and family stories, when she learned that similar research had already begun. Researchers from Texas had visited the province and left with blood samples and personal medical information, but never reported back with their findings.Pullman, a medical ethics professor, came on board to tackle the ethical oversight aspect of the project. He helped create unique legislation in Newfoundland and Labrador that requires all medical research done in the province to be reviewed locally.“It was a major issue for us in Newfoundland. Researchers were coming from outside the province, taking valuable information with them, but not sharing it with local people,” said Pullman.The Memorial University findings are being shared with medical practitioners in other parts of the world where the cause of ARVC has long baffled families and physicians.Pullman says there are still more pieces of the puzzle to figure out. For example, it’s still unknown why women are less severely affected than men, despite carrying the same genetic mutation.But Pullman is hopeful that further research will uncover more of the science behind this longstanding medical mystery, and lead to more lives saved.“You hear a story about a single vehicle accident on a nice clear summer day, a car went off the road for no apparent reason, and the driver’s dead, and I immediately wonder, ‘I wonder if that’s ARVC, that’s some person who has this condition,’” said Pullman.“So there’s still work to be done.”last_img read more

Female dies after being in Police custody in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe IIO has commenced an investigation into the incident to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played in the death of the female.The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. will be deployed to Dawson Creek after a female went into medical distress while in RCMP custody.The IIO of B.C. says that April 13, 2019, members of the Dawson Creek RCMP arrested a male and female and transported them to cells as a result of an ongoing investigation..@iiobc IIO Deploys to Incident in Dawson Creek (2019-067) https://t.co/2q4baK2V8E— IIOBC (@iiobc) April 14, 2019Later that morning, due to the behaviour of the female, Emergency Health Services were requested. On arrival, the female went into medical distress and was transported to the hospital in Dawson Creek. Medical assistance was given, but the female was airlifted to Prince George Regional Hospital and was pronounced deceased in the early hours of April 14, 2019.last_img read more

Police Arrest 9th Suspect Linked to ProISIS Cell Dismantled in Morocco

Rabat – The Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of a new suspect connected to an eight-member terrorist cell dismantled on Thursday in Tangier and Oued Zem, a city in the Khouribga Province.While investigations are underway to arrest other suspects in connection with the dismantled terror cell, security officials have managed to arrest another suspect for his alleged involvement in the said cell. According to initial investigations carried out by the Central Office for Judicial Research, which is affiliated to the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance of Morocco (DGST), the ninth suspect was arrested while in the process of obtaining financial aid from members his arrested cohort for the acquisition of materials involved in the preparation of IEDs (simple bombs made and used by unofficial or unauthorized forces). The ministry statement added that the suspects were plotting to exploit a deserted area owned by one of the detainees in order to manufacture bombs, with the greater view to undermine the stability of several places across the country.The statement concluded that the suspects will be presented before the court after investigations that have been carried out under the supervision of the public prosecutor.On Thursday, the Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of an eight-member cell in the cities of Oued Zem and in Tangier. All members were between the ages of 21 and 31 years old. The Counterterrorism Bureau (BCIJ) seized a shotgun, ammunition, knives, paramilitary clothing, computer equipment, and ISIS propaganda documents in the process of the arrest operation. read more

Midwives needed now more than ever UN agency says as it marks

6 May 2010Three million newborns and hundreds of thousands of women die each year because they lack access to maternity health services and skilled midwifery care, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on the occasion of International Day of the Midwife. Three million newborns and hundreds of thousands of women die each year because they lack access to maternity health services and skilled midwifery care, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on the occasion of International Day of the Midwife.“No woman should die trying to give life. Increased investment is needed to provide midwifery skills and life saving services and to make midwives a priority within health programmes, policies and budgets,” said Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, in a joint statement issued yesterday with Agneta Bridges, the head of the International Confederation of Midwives.“The world needs midwives now more than ever to protect the lives of women and babies,” the statement said as it marked the Day, which is observed on 5 May.Midwives can prevent up to 90 per cent of maternal deaths where they are authorized to practice their competencies and play a full role during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth, according to the UNFPA. They can also help lower long-term illness effects brought on obstetric fistula, a severe medical condition where a hole or fistula develops after severe or failed childbirth.In addition, midwives provide information on family planning, counselling, and prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child.Reducing maternal mortality ratio, cutting the mortality rate among children under five and halving the spread of HIV are three of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which world leaders agreed to reach by 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a special thematic session on accelerating progress towards the MDGs during the high-level General Assembly debate in September in New York. read more

Toronto stock index racks up minor gain as loonie and the price

TORONTO — Falling energy shares weren’t enough to drag Canada’s main stock market into the red, as BlackBerry Ltd. and Bombardier Inc. provided some of the lift.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 8.59 points to 15,618.25.“Overall, it’s a flat day for the TSX,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “But I think we’re seeing a bit of a reversal and a little bit of profit taking in some places.”The information technology subsector was a top performer, anchored by a nearly 13 per cent increase for BlackBerry stock (TSX:BB) after it reported record software and services revenue on Thursday. Shares were up $1.47 to $13.00 at the close of markets.A bright spot for industrials was Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B). Its shared closed up 11 cents, or 5.24 per cent, to $2.21 — a reversal from the day before when they fell 7.49 per cent after investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of its railway rivals Siemens and Alstom.Meanwhile, oil and gas companies fell 0.84 per cent on the commodity-heavy TSX as oil prices tumbled.The November crude contract gave back 58 cents to US$51.56 per barrel.South of the border, it was a positive day on Wall Street despite meagre movements.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 40.49 points to 22,381.20 and the Nasdaq composite index inched up 0.19 of a point to 6,453.45.The S&P 500 index added 3.02 points to 2,510.06, hitting a record high. September is historically the weakest month of the year for stocks, but the S&P 500 has risen 1.6 per cent this month.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.32 cents US, down 0.25 of a cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was up 90 cents to US$1,288.70 an ounce.The November natural gas contract gave back four cents at US$3.02 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added five cents to US$2.98 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Keepers of Norfolk culture

Art Hayward accepts the Group Dogwood Award from Councillor Michael Columbus on behalf of the Norfolk Remembers Committee. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Councillor Michael Columbus alongside Lifetime Achievement Award winner John B. Lee at the Dogwood Awards event on May 29. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Councillor Ian Rabbits with Youth Award winner Abi Boatright at the Dogwood Awards on May 29. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) John B. Lee giving his acceptance speech after being given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dogwood Awards on May 29. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Dogwood Award winners John b. Lee, Abi Boatright, Mary Jane Kekes, Art Hayward, Heather King, David Stelptra, Jim Nicholls, and Mary Caughill. The award ceremony took place May 29 at the Delhi Tobacco Museum. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Members of the Norfolk Remembers Committee accept their Dogwood Award from Councillors Michael Columbus and Ian Rabbitts. Members from left are Art Hayward, Heather King, David Stelpstra, Beverley Slater, Jim Nicholls, and Trevor Delvaux. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) In a building full of Norfolk’s history, members of the Norfolk community were recognized for their efforts in preserving Norfolk’s culture.The 2019 Dogwood Awards, named after Norfolk’s official flower, were held at the Delhi Tobacco Museum on Wednesday night. The event was led by Melissa Collver, director of heritage and culture for Norfolk County.“Norfolk’s lively heritage and culture community has been built on the tireless efforts of countless dedicated individuals and groups, and it is a privilege to work with them,” said Collver. “What a wonderful way tonight is to end May is Museum Month.”Awards were handed out for youth, individual, group and lifetime achievement.Abi Boatright, a Grade 10 student at Waterford District High School, was the recipient of the youth award.Boatright began her interest in Norfolk as a young camper at the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum (WHAM) program. Boatright now is involved in WHAM, Waterford Old Town Hall, her school’s student council, along with multiple sports teams, music, and drama clubs. With her involvement in all of these activities she is still able to maintain a 95 per cent average in her classes.“I feel really honoured to be accepting this award. I really appreciate being recognized,” said Boatright. “I really enjoy all of the different experiences, and all of the different people I get to meet.”Boatright said her drive to participate in the community so extensively is the opportunity to share experiences.“It’s just to get to enjoy and experience as many different things as I can in this county, and in the process be able to meet others and share the experience with others within the community.”Two individual awards were delivered, one to Mary Caughill, and the other to Mary Jane Kekes.Caughill is involved in the Norfolk Heritage Committee (NHC), serving as chair for the committee, the Vittoria and District Foundation, and volunteers with multiple different organizations, including the Norfolk County Archives at the museum.Caughhill is active in the NHC, creating requests to be reviewed by council regarding historic significance of buildings, participating in site visits, and presentations at community events.Caughill sits on many committees involving Vittoria, and has conducted walking tours of Simcoe.“She is thoughtful, yet passionate in her approach,” said Collver.Kekes is active in the Delhi community, as a member of the Hungarian Hall, acting as president for a few years, and is now president of the Multicultural Heritage Association.“It’s wonderful, it means the world to me. It came as a real surprise,” said Kekes. “I’ve made so many wonderful friends through all of the organizations I belong to. I’m so proud of my heritage.”Kekes took a moment to consider the biggest highlight of her volunteering career.“Being part of the Multicultural Heritage Association is very special because it began with Reverend (Laszlo) Pandy many years ago, and I was so close to the Pandy family. To carry on his legacy means a lot to me,” said Kekes.The group award was given to Norfolk Remembers Committee, which has published a series of books about the soldiers from Norfolk that have risked or given their lives for the freedom of everyone in Norfolk. Art Hayward accepted the award on behalf of the committee.Members of the committee in attendance were Hayward, Heather King, David Stelptra, Beverley Slater, Jim Nicholls, and Trevor Delvaux.King said she had only been the CEO of the library for two weeks when she was approached by members of the committee with the idea of writing and publishing the first book of their series.“I am overwhelmed that our committee has been honoured with the 2019 Norfolk County Heritage and Culture Dogwood Group Award,” Grant Smith, Norfolk Remembers Committee member, said in an earlier press release. “I can remember sitting in a Grade 1 class in Delhi in 1946 and learning that the trillium was our provincial flower and that the dogwood was our county flower, and now we can place a dogwood pin beside the poppy and the lapel pin of the 133rd Norfolk Battalion.”Smith was unable to attend the event.The lifetime achievement award was presented to John B. Lee, a retired educator and a poet laureate for Norfolk County.Many of Lee’s poems are inspired by living in Norfolk County. He has written poems about sunbathers along Lake Erie, and special finds from Norfolk.Lee inspired and established the Poet’s Garden at the Port Dover branch of the library, and the annual tree planting on the grounds to honour writers.“What an honour to be here amongst my fellow Norfolkians,” said Lee. “It means a great deal to me to be honoured. They say a prophet is never honoured in his home, and I can hear my wife saying ‘who said you were a prophet?’”“If I can make a prophecy of Norfolk, it will flourish as long as it has people like yourselves in its midst,” Lee said to the crowd.astaylor@postmedia.com  Mary Jane Kekes says a few words after recieving her Dogwood Award on May 29. Beside her is Councillor Ian Rabbitts. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Councillor Michael Columbus with Dogwood Award winner Mary Caughill on May 29. 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25 million displaced persons still need protection and aid UN rights commission

Although the crisis of internal displacement remained daunting, the international community appeared resolved, and was certainly better equipped, to respond commensurately, Francis Deng, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on internally displaced persons, told the Geneva-based Commission as it began its discussion of the rights of specific groups and individuals, including migrant workers, minorities, mass exoduses and displaced persons and other vulnerable groups and individuals.Mr. Deng noted that in 2003 the number of people forced from their homes remained at 25 million because while some 3 million people were able to return to their areas of origin in places such as Angola, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and parts of Indonesia, an equal number were newly displaced. Most of them were in Africa – including in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sudan and Uganda – and in Colombia, Myanmar and the Aceh region in Indonesia.Mr. Deng said the challenge was to be effective and comprehensive on the ground, where the needs of displaced populations for protection and assistance were real and pressing. What should be avoided was complacency and pessimism.In a separate briefing, Hessa Khalifa bin-Ahmed al-Thani, the Commission for Social Development’s Special Rapporteur on disability, said that the past 10 years had seen steady progress in dealing with disability as a human rights issue.She told the Commission the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities adopted by the General Assembly in 1993 had served as an authoritative guide for countries in implementing disability programming and developing national plans and policies to ensure that persons with disabilities were brought from the margins of society into the mainstream of the economic, social, cultural, civil and political lives of their communities.The Special Rapporteur recalled that the UN General Assembly had begun in 2001 a process of discussing the adoption of a treaty on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The elaboration of a new convention and the integration of disability into the work of existing human rights mechanisms should be seen as complementary approaches, she added. This so-called multi-track approach, which also included the continued efforts to address the social development dimension of the problems faced by persons with disabilities, had received broad support in the international community. read more

TSX heads sharply lower amid falling commodity prices weak US retail data

TSX heads sharply lower amid falling commodity prices, weak U.S. retail data TORONTO – The Toronto stock market sold off Friday as concerns about the strength of the world’s biggest economy raised demand worries and helped send oil and metal prices tumbling.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 143.79 points to 12,337.59.Falling commodities helped push the Canadian dollar down 0.3 of a cent to 98.64 cents US.U.S. indexes recouped most of earlier losses resulting from earnings disappointments from banks and a reading on March retail sales that missed expectations.The Dow Jones industrials dipped 0.08 of a point to 14,865.06 as U.S. retail sales for March were down 0.4 per cent. Economists had expected a flat reading following a 1.1 per cent rise in February.The weak showing indicated that higher taxes and weak hiring have made consumers more cautious about spending.An increase in Social Security taxes, which kicked in on Jan. 1, has lowered take-home pay this year for nearly all workers. Someone earning $50,000 has about $1,000 less to spend in 2013.“I had been a little puzzled as to why the markets haven’t been paying more attention to this story because it’s a very big dollar item,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“Increased payroll taxes (are) coming off the bottom line for most people, and they’re having to make choices and so, things… that you can defer are being deferred.”The Nasdaq composite index declined 5.21 points to 3,294.95 while the S&P 500 index was down 4.52 points to 1,588.85.Gains this week have pushed the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 index further into record territory. However, traders wonder if the rally, which has gone on non-stop all year, is looking a bit stretched.The TSX is now back in negative territory for the year, down flat for the week and with a decline of 0.77 per cent for the year so far.The Dow industrials finished the week up 2.05 per cent, or about 13 per cent year to date and the S&P is ahead about 11 per cent so far in 2013.But analysts think the TSX faces greater challenges since it is so weighted in favour of energy and mining companies.Those sectors put in a weak showing Friday as prices for commodities further declined in the wake of the weak U.S. retail data.The gold sector led decliners, down about six per cent as June bullion fell $63.50 to US$1,501.40 an ounce.Gold has fallen this week by almost five per cent after Goldman Sachs dropped its forecast for 2013 to US$1,545 an ounce, down from a prior forecast of $1,610. Also, minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed members were at odds about when to stop quantitative easing.The program, involving printing more money to buy bonds, has had a depressive effect on the U.S. dollar in the past and helped hike gold prices since bullion is seen as an inflation hedge.“Without an immediate crisis and with risk of a financial meltdown fading, the haven component of gold pricing continues to erode, while a slow global economy and falling commodity prices reduce the need for an inflation hedge,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back $1.44 to C$30.77.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded $2.06 or 8.24 per cent to $22.94. Barrick shares have been under particularly selling pressure this week, tumbling nine per cent on Wednesday after a Chilean court suspended its Pascua-Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.The energy sector fell 1.95 per cent as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $2.22 to US$91.29 a barrel.Oil continued to lose traction after the International Energy Agency lowered its forecast for global oil demand in 2013 by 45,000 barrels to 90.6 million barrels a day. Its predictions were similar to those made earlier this week by OPEC and the U.S. Energy Department. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) shed $1.21 to C$31.28 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 51 cents to $30.43.May copper stepped back eight cents to US$3.33 a pound and the base metals sector declined 2.92 per cent. Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) was down 27 cents at C$4.33 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 56 cents to $28.14.Weakness spread across all TSX sectors with the tech sector down one per cent as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) down 95 cents to $26.19.Shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) edged three cents higher to $13.85 after the smartphone maker said it will file a formal complaint with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators about a “false and misleading” analyst report that the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen devices are being returned in unusually high numbers. The Canadian company and U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless are disputing the report.Traders also got their first look at earnings from American banks in the first quarter.Shares in JPMorgan Chase were down 30 cents to US$49.01 as the bank made US$6.1 billion in the quarter, after stripping out payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 34 per cent from a year ago and amounted to $1.59 per share, 20 cents better than forecast.Revenue was down three per cent from a year ago to $25.8 billion, after stripping out the effect of an accounting charge. That beat analysts’ estimates of $25.7 billion.The TSX Venture Exchange lost 25.92 points to 1,022.61. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 8:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Federal approval for Site C sparks outrage from First Nations advocacy groups

Federal approval for Site C sparks outrage from First Nations, advocacy groups by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2016 1:55 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – First Nations, landowners and environmental groups are accusing Justin Trudeau of reneging on promises made during last year’s election campaign as the federal government quietly authorizes construction to ramp up for a controversial hydroelectric dam proposed for northeastern British Columbia.In a permitting document issued without fanfare late Friday before the August long weekend, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Transport Canada authorized B.C.’s power utility to move ahead with Site C.This includes building the actual kilometre-long earthfill dam, along with the spillways, drainage tunnels and generating stations and, ultimately, permission to divert the Peace River and flood what will become an 83-kilometre reservoir.Site C is a $9-billion megaproject that BC Hydro says will provide British Columbia with clean, renewable electricity for more than a century starting in 2020, though the proposal faces steadfast opposition from various groups over its environmental impact and a lack of consultation.“If this were the Harper government, I wouldn’t be surprised at all,” said Ken Boon of the Peace Valley Landowner Association, adding that he was both shocked and disappointed by the news.“(Trudeau) ran on a platform of doing things a new way, and having a nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations, and having greater environmental awareness,” he added. “And then we get this.”Boon’s organization filed a lawsuit against Site C, which has since been rejected, though an appeal is pending.By BC Hydro’s estimates, the Site C reservoir would expand the Peace River up to three times its width and flood 5,340 hectares of land, seven per cent of which is privately owned.In an email, BC Hydro confirmed permits had been issued for the project by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as Transport Canada, which also authorize operating the facility for the next 50 years.“Site C is a complex project with many different elements and the permits are an important part of construction proceeding as planned,” wrote spokeswoman Simi Heer. “There are more than 1,500 people working on the project and it is on time and on budget.”The Department of Fisheries and Oceans did not respond to a request for comment.Stewart Phillip, head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, described the approval as a bitter disappointment, especially in light of Canada’s pledge announced earlier this year to embrace the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.“It represents an absolute betrayal of all of the commitments and promises Prime Minister Trudeau made during the last election,” Phillip said.“We’re not the least bit impressed with Trudeau’s actions in comparison to his lofty public platitudes. There’s certainly a vast difference between the two.”The project is the subject of multiple legal challenges, from First Nations, landowners and environmental groups alike. But last week’s authorization means construction of the megaproject won’t be held up while grievances make their way through the courts, including an appeal court decision on a Treaty 8 First Nations lawsuit that is expected this September.Caleb Behn, a Treaty 8 member and the executive director of the advocacy group Keepers of the Water, described the permit approval as a politically motivated decision that reinforced the Trudeau Liberals’ business-as-usual approach to First Nations relations.“We are the heart and soul of the oil and gas economy in this country. We have given coal. We have given oil. We have given trees. My dad went to residential school. We gave souls,” Behn said in an interview.“And this is how you’re going to treat us in the 21st century? This is the kind of hypocrisy that makes me question the wisdom of my ancestors choosing to sign on to treaties.”Behn predicted Site C will be a hot topic in next year’s provincial election.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

UNESCO launches plan to safeguard Yemens cultural heritage sites

“It is evident that the destruction of their culture directly affects the identity, dignity and future of the Yemeni people, and moreover their ability to believe in the future,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said when the plan was announced.The Emergency Action Plan for the Safeguarding of Yemen’s Cultural Heritage was announced upon the conclusion of a two-day expert meeting over this past weekend held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and aims to respond to the recent widespread destruction of important heritage sites and museums caused by the conflict. The Action Plan is also seen within the leading role UNESCO is undertaking to coordinate an international response through the Global Coalition and the Unite4Heritage campaign.Ms. Bokova appealed for funding for the plan, saying “it is clear that local government does not have the resources to undertake these efforts alone.”According to UNESCO, cultural heritage sites in ancient cities such as Sana’a, Aden, Taez, Zabid, Saa’da and Marib have been heavily affected in the conflict in Yemen, mostly through collateral damage, but the intentional destruction of ancient tombs was reported to have occurred, for the first time, in Hadramout, last July.Sana’a, for example, has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. The religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Three cultural World Heritage properties (Old Walled City of Shibam, Old City of Sana’a, Historic Town of Zabid) are now inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Old City of Sana’a and the historic centre of Saa’da were hit by shelling and gravely damaged, UNESCO said. read more