Mohsin Shaikh’s kin get compensation

first_imgMore than four years after he was beaten to death by activists of a fringe right-wing group, the relatives of IT professional Mohsin Shaikh finally received compensation from the Maharashtra government.Through a Government Resolution the State Revenue Department announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh from the State fund and a matching amount from the Central fund.The GR directed authorities at the Pune Collectorate to hand over the ₹10 lakh to Shaikh’s family.Shaikh, 28, was beaten to death allegedly by activists of the Hindu Rashtra Sena on the night of June 2, 2014, in Hadapsar, Pune. The then Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government led by Prithviraj Chavan had given his family a compensation of ₹5 lakh soon after the crime.Shaikh’s father, Sadiq Shaikh, had approached the Human Rights Law Network in July last year to secure substantial government compensation; the HRLN is a collective of lawyers working towards providing legal assistance to vulnerable sections of society.“The HRLN had filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court. I believe this has prompted the State government to finally act and provide us compensation,” Mr. Sadiq Shaikh told The Hindu.‘No job yet’In August 2014, a three-member panel of the National Commission for Minorities had visited Pune to assess the situation in the strife-torn parts of the city. It had made a number of demands on behalf of the Shaikh family, including raising of government compensation and providing a government job to Mohsin’s brother, Mobin Shaikh.“Both the erstwhile Congress-NCP, and the present BJP governments have only doled out assurances. No job has ever been given to my second son, Mobin,” said Sadiq Shaikh. “This (compensation) is too little and too late,” said Anjum Inamdar of the Rashtrapremi Kruti Samiti, an outfit working for the rights of minority and backward groups. Mr. Inamdar said the State government’s long-delayed decision smacked of discrimination and apathy towards the welfare of minorities.last_img read more

National anthem singing made mandatory in UP schools

first_imgStudents in primary schools of Uttar Pradesh will now have to sing the national anthem “Jana Gana Mana” everyday.According to a state government directive, the singing of the national anthem, written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, has been made compulsory in basic education schools.Also, in the new academic calendar for the new session, issued by secretary (Basic Education), it has also been said that on every Wednesday, schools will have to observe ‘swachhata diwas’ (Cleanliness Day).The directive says that the primary schools will run for 200 days in a year while the higher secondary schools will function for 220 days.A sports period has also been made mandatory for the first four working days, while Scout and Guide programme would be undertaken on the two remaining weekdays.The state government also aims at promoting other extra-curricular activities like debates, painting, antakshari and others.ALSO READ:UP govt denies permission for Owaisis programme in Lucknowlast_img read more

Maha govt to approach corporates for aid to Olympic players

first_imgMumbai, Sep 2 (PTI) Maharashtra government has decided to approach the corporate sector to get additional financial assistance for the players preparing for next Olympics to be held in 2020.”Maharashtra governments aim is 2020 Olympics. Our endeavour would be to ensure that a large number of players from Maharashtra take part in the next Olympics. We will provide them with all kinds of facilities possible,” state Sports Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters here today.He said though the government will try to financially assist these players as much as possible, it will also approach the corporate sector to provide them with additional financial benefits.Tawde was speaking to reporters after felicitating participants of Rio Olympics from Maharashtra –Prarthana Thombare (tennis), Dattu Baban Bhokanal (rowing), Ayonika Paul (shooting) and long distance runners Lalita Babar and Kavita Tungar.Later, Tawde interacted with the guardians of the athletes and inquired about their expectations from the government and the facilities required by them.”This is for the first time that the athletes who took part in the Olympics have been felicitated by government. The players wanted the government to provide additional financial assistance to them and give them better facilities for their training.”We want the Olympic trainees to present their 4-year plan before government. For this, we will hold joint meetings with the players, their guardians and their coaches so that preparations can be made in a better way,” Tawde said.He said the mindset of “first study then play” has to be changed, “as though studies are important, encouraging youngsters to engage in sports is equally important.” PTI MM NSK KIS RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni still the best finisher in the world: Ajinkya Rahane to India Today

first_imgEven as Indian cricket fans are trying to make sense of their best finisher failing to close out matches, Team India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has come out in support of the limited-overs skipper. (Also Read: MS Dhoni left to script his own comeback)Speaking to India Today Television in an exclusive interview Rahane said, “MS Dhoni is one of the best finishers in the world. We all know that. Nine times out of 10 he will win these matches. Everyone was disappointed after the loss but we gave our best. Even Dhoni bhai gave his best. It happens sometimes in sport.”Rahane was referring to India’s loss in their first T20 match against West Indies in Florida last week of the final ball. Dhoni, needing 2 runs of the last ball, held out to short third man. Dhoni did play his part with a brisk 43 in a partnership with centurion KL Rahul to bring India within one run of an historic chase of 245.’DHONI DISAPPOINTED’Win or lose, not one to give out much, Dhoni was hurting as much as the rest of the squad. “No body likes to lose. He has won all these games for us. He was also very disappointed that we could not win,” Rahane added. (Dhoni heartbroken)A couple of months earlier Dhoni was on the wrong side of the result as well against Zimbabwe, failing to get the required five runs of the last ball. On both the occasions India needed eight runs to get in the final over with Dhoni having his opportunities to take strike.advertisementDhoni called it quits from Test cricket in 2014 end to focus on his limited overs career, where he has been one of India’s best middle order batsmen, its most successful skipper and a finisher par excellence.But he hasn’t looked the same batsmen or captain after Test retirement and continues to look for ways to rediscover his form of old.last_img read more

Chelsea close in on Premier League title, condemn Middlesbrough to relegation

first_imgChelsea moved within three points of clinching the Premier League title with a 3-0 victory that condemned Middlesbrough to relegation on Monday after goals from Spaniards Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso plus a tap-in by Nemanja Matic.A win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday will secure the title in coach Antonio Conte’s first season at Chelsea.Costa got his 20th league goal this season in the 23rd minute, controlling a ball lofted into the area by compatriot Cesc Fabregas and neatly nutmegging keeper Brad Guzan.Two Spaniards were involved in Chelsea’s second goal in the 34th minute, Cesar Azpilicueta lifting the ball to Alonso on the left, who squeezed it under Guzan, with the ball hitting the stranded keeper’s legs on the way into the net.Nemanja Matic got the third goal in the 65th from another neat Fabregas chip to pile the misery on Boro, who will join north-east neighbours Sunderland in the second tier next season.”This game was very important for us after Tottenham’s defeat (at West Ham on Friday) and the possibility to take three points and go seven points clear of Tottenham,” said Conte.”This is a big step because there are three games and we need to take three points to win the title. We need another win and then to celebrate another fantastic target for us.”Chelsea have 84 points from 35 games followed by Tottenham Hotspur on 77 points also with three games remaining.Chelsea were without their injured France international N’Golo Kante, who won this season’s PFA and football writers’ Player of the Year awards, but Spaniard Cesc Fabregas controlled the midfield with almost languid confidence in his absence.advertisementBy the second half Conte’s team were buzzing and an increasingly beleaguered Middlesbrough side rarely managed to move out of their own half as they headed for the trap door.Despite his side’s total control of the game, the ever feverish Conte prowled the touchline as usual, gesticulating wildly and yelling commands to his players.Chants of “Antonio, Antonio” reverberated around the ground as the whistle went and the Italian hugged his assistants before applauding and shaking hands with the despondent Boro players.last_img read more

Toyota Land Speed Cruiser claims “World’s Fastest SUV” title

first_imgLand Cruiser, Toyota’s iconic go-anywhere four-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicle, has earned myriad accolades and records over the 60-plus years it’s been in production. And now, among them: the title of “World’s Fastest SUV” thanks to a record speed of over 230 mph, attained by the custom 2,000-horsepower Land Speed Cruiser.  With former Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards at the helm, the understated Land Speed Cruiser shattered the previous “World’s Fastest SUV” record by more than 19 mph, reaching a GPS-verified and video-documented 230.02 mph before running out of usable pavement. With enough track ahead, the Land Speed Cruiser could be expected to go even faster. “At Toyota, we like to say ‘Let’s Go Places,’ and the Land Speed Cruiser goes places faster than any SUV before it. This was an aspirational goal that inspired us all,” said Steve Appelbaum, Toyota Motor Sales national engagement marketing manager. “We achieved success by employing the kind of innovative solutions and unyielding determination that have long represented the core of Toyota’s soul.”The Land Speed Cruiser, which debuted at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, started life as a stock production model before being heavily modified by a team of engineers at Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center (MTC). “The World’s Fastest SUV record was at 211 mph. That’s extremely fast. Toyota thought, ‘Why don’t we make a really, ultra-powerful Land Cruiser, and let’s just see how fast we can make it go,'” said MTC Manager, Chuck Wade. Using the Land Cruiser’s production 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 engine as a starting point, the team added a pair of volleyball-sized Garrett turbochargers that are capable of producing up to 55 PSI of boost. To cope with extreme force induction, the MTC team upgraded the engine’s internals with sturdier pistons and rods and a custom-made intake manifold, among other key items. This helped ensure the monstrous V8 could safely and reliably produce over 2,000 horsepower for its record-setting runs. The role of doling power was left to a custom racing transmission strong enough to withstand the stresses and abuses of high power and tremendous speeds. advertisementHowever, building the engine was the easy part. Driving in excess of 200 mph challenges a vehicle’s aerodynamics and stability. To aid controllability, the Land Speed Cruiser sits lower to the pavement, thus dramatically reducing the amount of turbulent air allowed to pass underneath. Its frame received some massaging in order to maintain optimal suspension geometry, and was narrowed by 3 inches to accommodate wider Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.  Test driver and championship road racer Craig Stanton played a key role in fine tuning the Land Speed Cruiser’s setup at Toyota’s Arizona Proving Ground (TAPG). His input was translated into tactile changes made by MTC’s engineers. “I wanted the Land Speed Cruiser to provide the confidence you need, as a driver, to keep pushing even when the world around you becomes a high speed blur,” he said. “We made some setup adjustments, and it not only accelerates and shifts more smoothly, but it also has enhanced stability.” With the Land Speed Cruiser dialed in and finally ready for its record-setting run, recently retired Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards met the team at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. In addition to being one of the very few places in the U.S. where supersonic flight is allowed, it features a two-and-a-half-mile paved runway perfectly suited to the Land Speed Cruiser’s mission. Prior to Edwards’ run, Stanton warmed up the SUV, moving it along at a hefty 198 mph. On his first run, Edwards was able to hit an awe-inspiring 211 mph, but found himself running out of pavement to slow the big SUV. More boost was then dialed in to up the power, and he tried again. The next run proved to be the most impressive. Edwards put the hammer down, and piloted the Land Speed Cruiser to its jaw-dropping 230 mph record. “At 225 mph, the thing was wandering a little bit. All I could think was that Craig said, ‘No matter what, just keep your foot in it,’ and we got 230 mph,” Edwards recounted from behind a huge grin after setting the record. “It’s safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet.”Also Read:Toyota Innova Touring Sport vs Mahindra XUV500Also Read:Toyota Innova Crysta vs Tata HexaAlso Read:Lexus in India: What lies ahead for Toyota’s premium brand?last_img read more

Cricketing legends to speak at Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 in London today

first_imgIndia’s No. 1 Hindi news channel — Aaj Tak — is bringing the legends of cricket together on a mega cricket platform — Aaj Tak SALAAM CRICKET 2017 on May 31 in London to brainstorm and predict the winner of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The 8th edition of the elite cricket tournament, second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup is scheduled to start on June 1, 2017 in England. Eleven former captains, Five Members of Champions Trophy Winning Teams and other superstars of the game will converge at the largest Cricket event being held just before the start of the tournament.Prominent names from cricket world would include: Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Shane Warne, Michael Clarke, Nasser Hussain, Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara and Brendon McCullum. Legends Like these are now in London at Salaam Cricket 17′.The day will start with the session — Master Stroke by Sunil Gavaskar, Former Captain & Member of the World Cup Winning Indian Team. This will be followed by a session by Australian Cricket Legend Shane Warne – Wow Warne!The Champions of Captains session will be attended by former Captains – Michael Clarke (Australia), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Graeme Smith (South Africa) and Mohammad Azharuddin (India) while Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne & Michael Clarke will share their views during session Warnie, Pup and Dada Show.Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former England skipper Nasser Hussain, former Pakistan captains Rameez Raja, Aamer Sohail and former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar will also speak at the event alongside Ganguly, Warne, Clarke and Azharuddin.advertisementThere will be a big clash between India and Pakistan before the match on June 4 as captains Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin, Rameez Raja and Aamer Sohail clash off the field in the session Superhit Muqabla-Indo-Pak Captains.The cricket conference will be an all-day affair and it would be a chance for cricket aficionados to listen to some of the most well respected minds in the game.Here is the full schedule:May 31, 2017 – London10:00 hrs: Opening Address10:15 – 11:00 hrs: ‘Master’ StrokeSpeaker: Sunil Gavaskar, Former Captain, India & Member, World Cup Winning Indian Team11:00 – 11:30 hrs: Wow Warne!Speaker: Shane Warne, Member, World Cup Winning Australia Team and Cricket Legend11:30 – 12:15 hrs: Warnie, Pup and Dada ShowSpeakers:# Sourav Ganguly, Former Captain, India# Shane Warne, Member, World Cup Winning  Australia Team and Cricket Legend# Michael Clarke, Former Captain, Australia12:15 – 13:00 hrs: Champion of CaptainsSpeakers:# Michael Clarke,  Former Captain, Australia# Kumar Sangakkara, Former Captain, Sri Lanka# Graeme Smith, Former Captain, South Africa# Mohammad Azharuddin, Former Captain, India13:00 – 14:00 hrs: LUNCH14:00 – 15:00 hrs: Singh & SinghSpeakers:# Harbhajan Singh, Member, World Cup Winning Indian Team# Monty Panesar, Former Cricketer, England15:00- 16:00 hrs: Superhit Muqabla-Indo-Pak CaptainsSpeakers:# Kapil Dev, Captain, World Cup Winning Indian Team#Sourav Ganguly, Former Captain, India# Mohammad Azharuddin, Former Captain, India# Rameez Raja,  Former Captain, Pakistan# Aamir Sohail, Former Captain, Pakistan16:00 – 16:15 hrs: Tea Break16:15 – 17:00 hrs: Magnificent McCullumSpeaker: Brendon McCullum, Former Captain, New Zealand17:00 – 19:00 hrs: World Captains XISpeakers:# Kapil Dev, Captain, World Cup Winning Indian Team# Sourav Ganguly, Former Captain, India# Mohammad Azharuddin, Former Captain, India# Graeme Smith, Former Captain, South Africa# Michael Clarke,  Former Captain, Australia# Kumar Sangakkara, Former Captain, Sri Lanka# Nasser Hussain, Former Captain, England# Brendon McCullum, Former Captain, New Zealand# Aamir Sohail, Former Captain, Pakistan# Rameez Raja,  Former Captain, Pakistan# Habibul Bashar, Former Captain, Bangladesh19:00 hrs onwards: Cocktail & Dinnerlast_img read more

Derrick Pereira named India U-23 coach for AFC Qualifiers

first_imgDerrick Pereira was on Wednesday named the head coach of the India Under-23 team for the forthcoming AFC Qualifiers, to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from March 22.Besides India, the other teams in the group are Tajikistan and Pakistan.Pereira will be in charge of the preparatory camp in Goa, which kicks off on March 2.The team will also play a friendly match with Qatar U-23 team in Doha on March 11.”His coaching pedigree along with AFC Pro Licence degree is the perfect recipe to guide our young players in the AFC U-23 qualifiers. We aim to qualify from the group to the AFC Championship next year, and I wish him and the team good luck,” said Kushal Das, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary.”It’s an absolute honour to get associated with the National Team setup. I love to take challenges,” Pereira said. “I know most of the players and have seen them in action. But we need to find the right combination to perform and achieve the desired results,” he said.”They are a quality side. I have a feeling that some of the U-23 boys from Qatar will be in their 2022 World Cup squad. It will be a tough challenge which will help us prepare for future assignments,” he said.Here is the list of probables:Goalkeepers: Mohammed Nawaz, Prabhsukhan Gill, Arshdeep Singh, Dheeraj Singh.Defenders: Nishu Kumar, Kamalpreet Singh, Provat Lakra, Boris Singh, Sajid Dhot, Sairuatkima, Sarthak Golui, Sahil Panwar, Gaurav Bora, Narender Gahlot, Mehtab Singh, Anwar Ali, Wung Muirang, Asish Rai, Jerry Lalrinzuala.advertisementMidfielders: Liston Colaco, Lalianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Deepak Tangri, Rohit Kumar, Suresh Singh, Komal Thatal, Rahul KP.Forwards: Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Hitesh Sharma, Rahim Ali, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Rohit Danu, Jerry Mawihminthanga.Also Read | Roma’s teenage match-winner Nicolo Zaniolo told to stay groundedAlso Read | Manchester United need to step up, says Solskjaer after PSG defeatlast_img read more

Louisville President ‘Evaluating’ Possibility Of Changing Stadium Name In Light Of Papa John’s Controversy

first_imgLouisville's mascot leads the football team on the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – OCTOBER 30: Louisville Cardinals mascot run on the field prior to their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)After admitting to using the n-word during a conference call, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is out as company chairman. He has also resigned from Louisville’s board of trustees. The name of the school’s football stadium—Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium—is a more complex issue.Schnatter had been a huge benefactor of the school for years. That includes a strange naming rights deal that may be more difficult to get around, without Schnatter’s cooperation.On Wednesday, Louisville players began to voice their displeasure at the name of the stadium. A few called for it to be renamed “ASAP.”Louisville’s stadium naming rights deal is with John Schnatter himself, though, not the Papa John’s company.That means he controls what the stadium is named, through the expiration of the deal in 2040. From ABC News:Schnatter remains prominently linked to the school through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a complicated arrangement, the school’s deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John’s brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.There’s a chance that he will surrender the name willingly. Louisville can also try and buy him out.School president Neeli Bendapudi says that the administration is looking into the issue, per WDRB.com:University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi said she is “evaluating” the status of university naming-rights agreements tied to John Schnatter, including that of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.[…]“We haven’t had a chance to discuss it formally but yes, certainly we are aware that there is a lot of interest in this and we are hoping to come together to discuss it,” she said.If Louisville can pull it off, the school shouldn’t have a tough time finding a new name. Receiver Keion Wakefield had a pretty good idea, which he shared via Twitter: Muhammed Ali Stadium.[WDRB.com]last_img read more

Son Of NFL Star Joey Porter Announces His College Commitment

first_imgView of the Beaver stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)The son of a former NFL star defensive player announced his college commitment this morning. It’s a big one.Joey Porter Jr., the son of former NFL standout linebacker Joey Porter, announced this morning his decision to commit to Penn State.The son of the four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro announced on Twitter his decision to commit to the Nittany Lions.Porter Jr. is a four-star defensive back.#WeAre ⚪️?⚪️ Better #DC5 #T4L pic.twitter.com/TWMU9GuvJe— Joey Porter Jr (@jjporter_1) September 11, 2018Porter Jr. is a 6-foot-1 cornerback out of Wexford, Pa. He’s ranked the No. 30 CB in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 14 class in the country.last_img read more

Big 10 Head Coach Addresses Rumors He Could Take Another Major Job

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Jeff Brohm already had plenty of momentum after taking Purdue from the dregs of the Big Ten to a bowl in his first year as head coach. Beating Ohio State by 29 last weekend shot him into a new tier of potential candidates for big jobs this off-season.Of course, one of those jobs that becomes available could be his alma mater.Brohm is a former Louisville quarterback and assistant coach. UL has really struggled this season, and with a revamped athletic department, Bobby Petrino could be in trouble.Jeff Brohm is the most popular candidate for the Louisville football job if it opens, but obviously, he remains outwardly committed to Purdue.He was asked about the rumors that he could be up for another opportunity once again last night.From Gold And Black, the Purdue Rivals site:“I don’t think people realize how good it is here (at Purdue),” Brohm said Thursday evening following practice.Following the 49-20 win over Ohio State last week, Brohm has done several national television, radio and print media requests. Inevitably in the midst of those interviews, the questions surrounding Brohm’s future ultimately pop up. Asked if he’s tired of answering questions about where he’ll be coaching next year or for several years to come, Brohm had a simple response.“On that one, yes I am. For sure,” Brohm said.Brohm went on to promote how well recruiting has gone for Purdue. Landing Rondale Moore, a four-star 2018 recruit who has instantly become a college football star, was a coup, and he’s not slowing down with the Boilermakers.Purdue’s 2019 class already has three four-star players committed, and a class currently ranked in the Top 30.[Gold And Black]last_img read more

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Expected To Enter 2019 NFL Draft

first_imgDwayne Haskins throwing a pass against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier this week, a report suggested Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins would return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. That report, from Bleacher Report’s draft expert, Matt Miller, was countered by none other than Miller on Friday morning.After reporting that Haskins planned to return to Ohio State, Miller said he received messages from multiple sources who revealed Haskins’ off-season plans.According to Miller’s new piece from Friday morning, Haskins is now expected to enter his name into the 2019 NFL draft.Here’s more from Miller:Multiple sources reached out soon after it published and disclosed the offseason plans of Haskins. Barring injury or a massive drop-off in play down the stretch, the plan is for Haskins to leave for the NFL draft after this season.It’s a pivotal decision for the star college quarterback. If Haskins enters his name into the draft, he’ll likely be a day one prospect, though that remains to be seen.After hearing from his sources, Miller revealed a new big board. The NFL draft expert placed Haskins as a top-30 NFL prospect suggesting he’ll go in the first round.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more

Several Markets to be Rehabilitated

first_imgThe Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has implemented a project to rehabilitate several markets as part of an initiative that will ensure expanded business and orderly spatial management.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 28.He noted that the Falmouth Market in Trelawny was completed, in partnership with the Port Authority of Jamaica, at a cost of $300 million.Mr. McKenzie also informed that phase one of the Clark’s Town Market has been completed, with phase two of the project, which involves the construction of an administrative building, being done.“Last year, I signed the contract to commence the first phase of a new market in Port Maria, and we expect the works to be completed by July,” he noted.In St. Elizabeth, the installation of awnings at the Black River Market has been completed, and in the Corporate Area, repairs to the Papine Market are currently under way.Mr. McKenzie also noted that focus will be placed on the Stony Hill Market in St. Andrew, where $13 million will be spent to do sanitary, electrical and plumbing works, and to develop water harvesting infrastructure.In addition, the Hopewell Market in Hanover will undergo rehabilitation works at a cost of $20 million.“Following consultations with the Negril Chamber of Commerce, residents and other stakeholders, the technical team has completed the designs for a market in Negril. The project will commence this year, at a cost of $70 million,” he informed.last_img read more

BPA Calls for Action as No Deal Brexit Is Now Likely

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The British Ports Association (BPA) has called for renewed emphasis on cross border trade facilitation following a research which showed that growing opinion that a ‘no deal’ Brexit outcome is now likely.The research, which was conducted by Maritime UK and the Institute of Directors, “underlines the growing feeling a ‘no deal’ is a real possibility which for parts of the ports industry, namely Roll-on Roll-off port operations, could be a real challenge,” Richard Ballantyne, British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, said.Ballantyne explained that the Checkers agreement and the Brexit White Paper proposals offered a solution to the challenge of possible new customs and borders checks, however, recent comments by Michel Barnier, French politician serving as European Chief Negotiator for the UK Exiting the European Union, “has left this concept in limbo.”BPA encouraged both sides to strike an agreement which works for ports in the UK and the EU, adding that the Government should start to seriously plan for the allocation of funding for post Brexit physical and electronic border infrastructure to ensure ports are free flowing on day one.The implications of leaving the EU Customs Union and Single Market means that without an agreement goods travelling to and from Europe will be subject to new authorisations and other requirements. Traders will need to undertake new border processes which could be most challenging for freight on lorries travelling through UK’s ‘roll-on roll-off’ ferry port gateways, such as Dover, Holyhead, Immingham and Portsmouth.For most other types of ports handling bulks and containerised cargo, the likely new customs procedures should be relatively straightforward to achieve, according to BPA. However, there are still questions around other frontier inspections such as port health standards which are mandated under EU law and without agreement will be difficult to overcome, particularly in respect of the UK’s exports through the EU.last_img read more

BC court grants a conditional sentence to woman in standoff with police

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A woman shot by police three times in an armed standoff in eastern British Columbia has been given a conditional sentence because the Crown says she was also a victim.A Prince George Court heard that 24-year-old Shanna Buehler and her father, John, holed up in a trapper’s cabin near Valemount, B.C., for 10 days in September 2014, refusing to come out for police.RCMP shot and killed John Buehler when he turned his rifle on the officers.The B.C. Supreme Court heard on Monday that the man was violent and abusive to the young woman throughout her life and dragged her into the difficult and tragic situation.Crown counsel Geoffery McDonald told the court that the woman’s father beat her with a belt and forced her to hold liquid soap in her mouth.“In one instance, he apparently beat a pet to death with a hoe,” McDonald said.During the time they lived on a rented property in Valemount, John Buehler allowed her to leave the home just six times and only under careful supervision. She was denied access to newspapers, television and any outside contact, McDonald said.“Her only viewpoint of the world was the one given to her by her father,” he said. “It’s not surprising then that she came to believe that her father really was a prophet and that Armageddon was near and she was willing to obey his orders.”On Sept. 17, 2014, the Buehlers drove all-terrain vehicles about two kilometres away from a cabin they had been holed up in and an RCMP emergency response team moved in to prevent them from returning to the property.When police confronted the pair, the court heard, John Buehler was shot, while his daughter retreated and placed her .22-calibre rifle next to a log not far from her.Officers found her crouched behind the log and she initially complied with police orders to stand up, but then grabbed the rifle and was shot three times by police, the court heard.Two of the gunshot wounds were superficial but one entered her chest, striking her lung and her liver. She remained in hospital for six weeks and continues to suffer the effects as well as some post-traumatic stress, the court heard.After her release, she turned herself into police and was released on a recognizance which she has obeyed ever since. She pleaded guilty to three charges in connection to the standoff.Although Buehler participated in a lengthy armed standoff with police, “in many ways she is a victim of John Buehler as well,” McDonald told the judge.“We would not expect someone who had been abused and controlled and manipulated from early childhood to be able to exercise an independent mind and step clear,” he added.Justice Kenneth Ball accepted a joint submission from Crown and defence lawyers, and sentenced Buehler to 18 months probation. If she lives up to the terms and conditions, she will avoid having a criminal record.“This was obviously a very difficult and tragic incident brought about by what appears to have been the bizarre beliefs of John Buehler who unfortunately dragged his daughter along for the ride,” Ball said.“She was, as counsel had told me, abused and certainly under his control and now that this incident is over, her circumstances have clearly changed and I expect we’re seeing her true character come forward.”Buehler, who now lives in Alberta, remained quiet throughout the hearing, occasionally wiping away a tear as her mother looked on from the gallery.last_img read more

Trial to begin for man accused of killing Manitoba teen Tina Fontaine

first_imgWINNIPEG – A trial is set to begin in Winnipeg today in the death of an Indigenous teenager whose body was found wrapped in the Red River.The death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in 2014 renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Tina had only been in Winnipeg a couple of weeks after leaving her great-aunt’s home on the Sagkeeng First Nation, about 70 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.She was in the care of Child and Family Services, but police said Tina became an exploited youth in the Manitoba capital.Raymond Cormier, who was 53 when he was arrested in December 2015, is charged with second-degree murder.Court documents allege Tina was killed around Aug. 10, 2014 — 10 days after she was first reported missing from foster care.Winnipeg police encountered Tina two days before it’s believed she was killed, but did not take her into custody. She was later taken to hospital where she was picked up by social workers.She was put in a downtown hotel but ran away again shortly before she was killed.The trial is scheduled to last for five weeks.last_img read more

Fort St John Association for Community Living chosen as recipient at 100

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Last night, Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 the Fort St. John Association for Community Living (FSJACL) chosen as the recipient of the 100 Women Who Cares financial infusion of $19,200.The event held at the Lido Theatre was the largest attended event to date with over 190 members showing up to support the local community. The presenters at the event were chosen previously from a draw of 15.The Northern Environmental Action Team, FSJ Friendship Society and FSJ Association for Community Living made presentations to the full audience by sharing who they are, what they do in the community and how financial help would help their organizations. After the presentations the members cast their $100 vote in favour of the charity they want to support. With each member bringing $100 to the event, the total awarded to the chosen recipient last night was $19,200. This financial infusion can make an incredible difference for the organization receiving the funding.The 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Addressing violent extremism urgent human rights priority warns UN chief

“That means addressing discrimination, ensuring good governance, and providing access to education, social services and employment opportunities,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to the UN Human Rights Council’s panel discussion held in Geneva, adding that “these steps can help strengthen trust between state institutions and the people they serve.”The event, convened during the Council’s current session, which runs through 24 March, examined measures to prevent or counter violent extremism from the human rights prism.“Human rights abuses by violent extremists directly assault the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights,” Mr. Ban said, noting that his new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism stresses that human rights and the rule of law should be central to countering or trying to prevent the scourge.Approaches that are morally wrong are also strategically counterproductive because they further alienate marginalized communities, the UN chief warned.Because violent extremist groups are acting with growing impunity, the fight against violent extremism must fully respects human rights, he said. Addressing violent extremism is “an urgent human rights priority,” he stressed, while underscoring the need to avoid the use of sweeping definitions of terrorism or violent extremism that encroach on human rights.“Full respect for human rights and accountability for wrongdoing are essential to heal broken societies and successfully counter the threat of violent extremists,” he concluded.Also delivering a statement was UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, who said the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action is rights affirming, ambitious and far-reaching, and draws attention to the broader range of intersecting factors that underlie, foster and promote violent extremism.“Only with such a diagnosis can we begin then to devise the more effective prevention programmes that this multi-dimensional threat to human security demands of us,” she said.She stressed that responses to violent extremism that respect and protect human rights are more effective and sustainable. The “heavy-handed” counter-terrorism responses, following the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States, have widened the rift between communities when bridges were needed, deepened distrust when investment in trust was called for, and generated divisive, often hateful, public discourse, she added.The selective application of the term “violent extremism” only to Muslim believers reinforces intolerance and discrimination, she warned.Ms. Gilmore also underscored equality and non-discrimination as the roots of a strong foundation for preventing and countering violent extremism. Policies and laws that combat social exclusion or marginalization are thus essential to the effective prevention and countering of violent extremism.Accountability for human rights violations is essential for enduring solutions to violent extremism, she said. Access to justice and remedies is crucial for the dignity of victims whether the abuse to which they have been subjected is at the hand of the State or a non-State actor.“The new more comprehensive plan of action for preventing or countering violent extremism is a welcome – and urgently needed – shift away from a ‘security-only’ approach,” she said.The Secretary-General presented his Plan of Action to the UN General Assembly on 15 January. It provides more than 70 recommendations to Member States and the UN system. On 12 February, the Assembly adopted a resolution welcoming the initiative. Further in the resolution, the 193-nation body took note of the Plan, saying that it “will give further consideration” to it. read more

Easing of blockade enables UN aid to enter Yemen but agencies say

“The situation in Yemen is currently the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world and aid is urgently required in order to avoid famine,” said Bettina Luescher, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), at a press briefing in Geneva.She said two daily flights to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, from Jordan’s Amman and one from Djibouti will continue until the end of this month, and a WFP-chartered vessel carrying 25,000 metric tons of wheat grains, now docked at Saleef port, will be unloaded over the coming days. Ms. Luescher stressed that it is essential that commercial imports, which accounts for 90 per cent of the country’s food requirements, also be allowed in to Yemen, as the UN can not feed the entire population, and that continued access to Hudaydah and Saleef is especially vital as those ports are equipped with unloading, storage and milling facilities. WFP has more than doubled the number of people it reaches every month from 3.5 million people in January to a current average of seven million people. Due to the funding shortfall of $362 million, however, some people are only receiving half-rations. Alessandra Vellucci, spokesperson for the UN Information Service in Geneva, said fuel is urgently needed to operate generators for hospitals, water well pumps and sanitation units and to facilitate the trucking of drinking water and food to vulnerable people. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is largely focusing its efforts on the diphtheria outbreak. There have been 194 clinically suspected cases of diphtheria and 20 deaths in 13 governorates, said spokesperson Christian Lindmeier. He said that the outbreak is spreading faster than WHO anticipated. It can only be tackled if medicines, supplies and vaccinations are allowed to enter and move around the country. Mr. Lindmeier noted that a WHO team left Sana’a on Sunday and travelled to al-Sadah and Yarim districts in Ibb Governorate, where more than 80 per cent of the diphtheria cases have been reported, to collect samples and analyse them on the spot. Between Tuesday and Friday, the team will provide training for the rapid response team on the case management of diphtheria at local health centres in Ibb city. A diphtheria vaccination campaign targeting 300,000 children aged under 12 months began in remote areas on Saturday. Further vaccination rounds for priority districts for 940,000 children under 5 years of age and 2.3 million children and young adults are scheduled for December, he said. The lifting of the blockade on the movement of humanitarian goods will enable the shipping of 361 tons of medicines and medical supplies that have been blocked in Djibouti. The supplies to be shipped over the coming days include enough antitoxin to treat 1,000 cases of diphtheria. read more

Myanmar willing to repatriate verified returnees from Bangladesh

Some 900,000 mainly Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought shelter in the Cox’s Bazar region in south-eastern Bangladesh following military operations two years ago.Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, said repatriations would be carried out in line with a November 2017 agreement with Bangladesh.“Our priority now is to expedite repatriation and to create a more conducive environment for verified returnees,” he said, highlighting cooperation with Bangladesh, the UN and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), among others.Qualified returnees to receive citizenship cardsMr. Swe said displaced people who had been living in Rakhine state “have a different legal status.”Those who qualify for citizenship will be issued with citizenship cards. The rest will receive National Verification Cards which he likened to the “green card” issued to immigrants in the United States.Mr. Swe said Government efforts to bring peace and stability to Rakhine state “predate the violent attacks by the ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) terrorist group in 2016 and 2017 that triggered off the current humanitarian crisis.”Some 300 people have already returned to Myanmar of their own volition “despite obstacles, including killings and threats by ARSA,” he said.The Minister dismissed demands to establish a “safe zone” in Myanmar as “neither warranted, nor workable.”He called on Bangladesh to faithfully implement the bilateral agreement, which he described as “the only feasible way to resolve the issue of the displaced persons.”Military investigation underwayRegarding accountability for the events in Rakhine state, Mr. Swe reported that a military investigation is currently underway.“A recent announcement suggests that there will soon be a court martial,” he added.Mr. Swe also addressed an International Criminal Court (ICC) request to authorize an investigation into alleged crimes in Rakhine State.However, he said “independent scholars have already identified the request is problematic in that it excludes alleged crimes committed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, with deliberate omission of the undisputed fact that their actions precipitated the current displacement.”Other concerns cited include that the ICC Prosecutor “relies heavily on human rights reports” which contain “factual errors” on both national and international law.In Mr. Swe’s view, the ICC Prosecutor is focused on the outflow from Rakhine state yet remains “silent” on what he called “the broader picture” behind the displacement, as well as the various parties involved.“This silence widens the divide between the International Criminal Court and the people of Myanmar who have been made to feel that their concerns are of less import than the perceptions of influential nations and organizations acquainted but superficially with the true situation on the ground,” he said. read more