How Asian Countries Are Buying India’s Investment Story

December 2, 2019

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Bindra chosen as India’s flag bearer at Rio Olympics

November 26, 2019

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first_img COMMENT File Photo of Abhinav Bindra, the flag bearer for the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010.   –  The Hindu June 10, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0 RELATED Abhinav Bindra is the country’s only individual gold medallist at the Olympics. Ideas for I-Day speech, Rio top Mann Ki Baat File Photo of Abhinav Bindra, the flag bearer for the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010.   –  The Hindu Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra was today chosen as the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the Rio Games’ opening ceremony on August 5.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) confirmed that they have chosen the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist as the country’s flag bearer for the quadrennial extravaganza. Bindra will be making his fifth Olympic appearance this year.Alongside star boxer Vijender Singh, tennis legend Leander Paes and decorated grappler Sushil Kumar, Bindra’s name was under consideration prior to the 2012 London Games too, before the IOA gave the honour to the double Olympic medallist wrestler.The 33-year-old is till date India’s only individual gold medallist at the Olympics. The usually reserved shooter achieved the feat when he clinched a historic gold in 10-metre air rifle event at the Beijing Games in 2008.The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) expressed its delight at the development. “He is India’s only singular gold medallist, he is also in the executive board of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). We feel it’s a just decision, a wise decision and we whole-heartedly support it,” NRAI President Raninder Singh told PTI.Winner of numerous medals at top international competitions including World Championships, World Cups, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, Bindra is also one of the goodwill ambassadors of the Indian contingent for the Rio Games and is working towards inspiring the athletes to give their best in the Brazilian city this summer. SHARE India at Rio: Biggest contingent eyes richest medal haul Published on sport × null COMMENTSlast_img read more


Magic Mystify Nets, 105-82

November 18, 2019

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first_imgNEW YORK — For Orlando’s players with ties to New York, it must have been frustrating that the Magic could never win in Brooklyn.When the Magic play as they did Dec. 14, they feel they can win in any location.Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points, Elfrid Payton had 17 and the Magic beat the Nets 105-82 for their first victory in Brooklyn.Tobias Harris had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who had dropped all six games here since the Nets moved for the 2012-13 season. They had little trouble in this one, going ahead just before halftime and gradually extending their lead throughout the second half.Forward Channing Frye said both his parents grew up nearby. Harris, his cousin, is from Dix Hills.“For me, any time you come home to New York, especially being that I was playing here, you want to show out,” said Frye, a former Knicks forward. “So I just wanted us to play good basketball and get this win.”The Magic bounced back after consecutive losses, including a 111-76 embarrassment at home against Cleveland on Friday. They shot 54 percent from the field and led by 26 in the fourth quarter.“We played great basketball today and we’ve got to keep it going,” Harris said. “We’ve got to play like this consistently.”Jarrett Jack scored 15 points for the Nets, who have dropped two in a row at home after winning six of their previous seven. Brooklyn shot just 39 percent.Brook Lopez shot 4 of 15 for just 11 points, the force clearly not strong in him on a night the Nets distributed a Star Wars-themed bobblehead of their leading scorer.“I definitely take responsibility for this one. I felt I was a complete negative for our team,” Lopez said. “I kind of let us down and pulled us back. I definitely need to be better and I can be. It was very frustrating.”Orlando closed the first half with an 11-4 spurt for a 52-45 lead, extended it to 83-69 after three, then began the fourth with six in a row to open a 20-point bulge. The Magic kept pouring it on after the benches were emptied and fans booed the home team as time expired.“Well, that was a good game for about a quarter and eight minutes,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “We had good defense, we had good ball movement and then we just started standing and holding the ball too much.”Brooklyn had won four straight and nine of the last 11 meetings, but these Magic are a difficult matchup for them. Orlando’s young players are quicker and big men Vucevic and Frye can shoot from the perimeter, making them tough for the Nets’ bigs to guard.Andrew Nicholson had 15 points off the bench, including a big fourth-quarter dunk over Andrea Bargnani, and Frye made three 3-pointers and scored 11.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in Bengaluru

November 16, 2019

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first_imgIndia’s marathon man Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that Saurashtra will be able to put up a good fight in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final, starting February 3 in Nagpur against defending champions Vidarbha.Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 131 as Saurashtra edged past Karnataka by 5 wickets in the hard-fought semi-final on Monday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The in-form India batsman stitched a 214-run stand with fellow centurion, Sheldon Jackson as Saurashtra gunned down a 279-run target.Saurashtra have reached their third Ranji Trophy final in seven years. They were beaten in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 final by the powerhouses of Indian domestic cricket, Mumbai.”All of us are excited. Winning the Ranji Trophy title is something that all of us are looking forward to. We were in the final twice, this time we have a good opportunity to win the final. We have a good team. Hopefully, we will continue the good performance and not worry too much about the final and play our normal games,” Pujara said.Saurashtra were reeling at 23 for 3 on Day 4 of the semi-final but Pujara and Jackson ground down the Karnataka bowling attack who were persistent till the final ball of the chase. Pujara batted 266 balls and spent 10 hours at the middle and remained unbeaten as he helped Saurashtra cross the finish line.There were a couple of umpiring errors that handed reprieves to Pujara but the Saurashtra mainstay was composed and got the job done for his team. Pujara was booed by the Benglauru crowd on Saturday and a section of the crowd even shouted “cheater, cheater”.advertisementCheater is the reception Saurashtra batsmen received after Pujara denied to walk after edging twice in two innings. Sayied Khalid, well done Sir. #KARvSAU pic.twitter.com/cNVa0Nd53BThilak Ram (@Thilak_Rama) January 27, 2019Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson had joined forces in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow even as Saurashtra chased down a Ranji Trophy record of 372 runs. The two batsmen had added an unbeaten 136-run stand after opener Harvik Desai scored a century.Ranji Trophy Saurashtra vs Karnataka: HighlightsSpeaking about the marathon stand in Bengaluru, Pujara said: “I think we believed in ourselves. Partnership was crucial. We were under pressure when we were at 23/3. We thought a good partnership is needed. Looking at the first innings… I thought that once the ball gets old, it’s easier to bat.”Talking about Saurashtra’s love for batting last in the ongoing competition: “We’ll have a look at the pitch and then decide. Yeah, we are doing well with the bat in the fourth innings. Our openers are also doing well. Little disappointed with the way we batted in the first innings. Credit goes to our bowlers… the way they bowled in the second innings kept us in the game.”last_img read more


Punjab Board PSEB 12th Result 2019 to be out today! Check PSEB Class 12th results @ pseb.ac.in

November 16, 2019

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first_imgPSEB 12th Result 2019: The Punjab School Education Board, PSEB will declare the results of Class 12th board examination 2019 today, May 11. All the candidates who appeared for the Punjab Board PSEB 12th examination can check their scores on the official website, the link for which is pseb.ac.in . This year, nearly 3 lakh candidates appeared for the Punjab Board Class 12 examination in the state.Punjab Board PSEB 12th Result 2019: List of websites to check scorepseb.ac.inexamresults.netpunjab.indiaresults.comresults.gov.inPunjab Board PSEB 12th Result 2019: How to checkGo to the official website, pseb.ac.inClick on the ‘PSEB 12th Result 2019’Enter all the required details in the prescribed formatClick to submitResults will be displayed on the screenDownload and take print out of the same for future usePunjab PSEB Class 12 Board Exam 2019:Moreover, this year, the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) revised the exam datesheet of Class 12 vocational and commerce group exams. The Punjab board exams were conducted in different shifts.For theoretical exams, all the board students were given extra 25 minutes to read the question paper in addition to the three hours.Further, the candidates from the PwD category were given the facility of a scribe and an additional 20 minutes.Punjab PSEB Class 12 Result 2019: Last year result dataIn 2018, the Punjab board class 12 exams began on February 28 and continued till March 24 while the class 10 board exams were held from March 12 and concluded on March 31.Further, the overall pass percentage of Class 12 students stood at 65.97 per cent. Out of the 3, 00,417 students who had appeared for PSEB Class 12 Board exam in 2018, 198,199 successfully passed the exam in the state.advertisementPunjab Board Class 12 Topper 2018:This year, Puja Joshi of Ludhiana has topped the board examination by getting 98 per cent.List of other toppers:Vivek Rajput: 97.55 per centJasnoor Kaur: 97.33 per centPunjab Board Class 12 Result 2018: Sports category toppersPrachi Gaur: 100 per centPushwinder Kaur: 100 per centMandeep Kaur: 99.56 per centPass percentage:Pass percentage for open school: 40.07 per centOverall pass percentage: 65.97 per centPass percentage girls: 78.25 per centPass percentage boys: 60.46 per centAbout the board:The Punjab School Education Board came into existence through a legislative enactment in November 1969 for the development and promotion of school education in the state of Punjab. In 1987, the Vidhan Sabha amended the Board’s Act to grant it autonomy.The scope of Board’s functions is very wide and covers almost every aspect/stage of school education.Read: PSEB Class 10 topper and Ludhiana driver’s daughter Neha Verma with 99.54%, says studying is her hobbylast_img read more


County cricket talking points: Roses drama excites fans more than media

November 16, 2019

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first_imgShare on LinkedIn County Championship Division Two Twenty20 Share on Messenger Ball three: Ian Bell chimes in to tie the scores at Edgbaston features Sussex Reuse this content Lancashire fail to build on Jordan Clark’s all-star hat-trick against Yorkshire Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Ball one: The T20 Blast bring in huge crowds but little coverageHas there ever been a greater mismatch between popular interest and media profile than what we are witnessing with the T20 Blast 2018? Tens of thousands of people turn up day after day all around the country, pay decent money and enjoy the cricket in the sunshine and yet the game is almost invisible in newspapers and their websites, and is ghettoised by the national broadcaster into online-only commentaries. On most sports news bulletins, some of which find room for very niche interests, you’re lucky to get: “And there were wins tonight in the T20 Vitality Blast for Lancashire, Sussex and Surrey.” Of course, there is some splendid work being done by the counties themselves, with ever-improving streams of live action and highlights packages, and there will be pockets of local coverage too, but this is a national sport with huge popular interest – it deserves better.Ball two: Fans turn out to watch the Red RoseMore than 22,000 of The Ignored turned up at Old Trafford for a pulsating Roses Match between two counties whose fans this season have prompted mutterings of “trouble at t’mill” with well founded grumbles. In a shortened 14-overs-a-side match, the crowd saw more than 350 runs, spiced with 23 sixes, the whole show coming down to the last ball, Kane Williamson needing a four but only squeezing the inexperienced Toby Lester for a couple. Of course there is more to the game than the big hits, but try telling that to the Lanky fans who streamed out into the night royally entertained with their team top of the North Group. County Championship Division One Cricket Read morecenter_img Topics Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Lancashire Guardian Sport Network Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian The County Championship is back! It even poked its head up last week with a match at Cheltenham because the locals expect such distractions from their afternoon teas in the second week of July. And what a match it proved to be – another fine advert for the grand old competition. Gloucestershire had the better of things when Sussex were 97-4 in their first innings, but Ben Brown and Harry Finch got together to put on 113 for the fifth wicket to even things up before the last five wickets went for 76 – Sussex 286 all out. Miles Hammond scored a maiden century and, with the home side in front with just three down, things were looking good for Glaws fans. Cue Jofra Archer to justify the hype with three wickets in four balls and, in 10 overs of mayhem seven wickets fell, so Sussex resumed just 20 behind, the match evenly balanced again. Harry Finch (98) top scored for a second time for Sussex and Gloucestershire were looking at 276 for the win – call that one! It looked a long way off at 38-4, but James Bracey and Gareth Roderick secured a foothold in the chase with a partnership of 138 for the fifth wicket and the pendulum swung again. Despite batting all the way to 11 (having deployed a nightwatchman) the Sussex seamers had too much for the lower order and Bracey was last to go for an heroic 87. Sussex go third in Division Two and appetites for the longer format can be considered well and truly whetted.• This article appeared first on The 99.94 Cricket Blog• Follow Gary Naylor on Twitter Performance of the week in the North Group goes to dear old Ian Bell, who is having the most glorious summer – enjoying his cricket again at last. Northamptonshire’s bruisers, led by Richard Levi’s 95 not out, piled up 231-5, but Warwickshire were undaunted, tying their opponents’s score to share the points. Bell’s contribution was 131 off 62 balls, 11 of which were struck to the boundary and seven over it. Bell can infuriate as much as he can delight, but we’ll miss him when he’s gone, so we should catch him when we can – so that’s what I’ll be doing at Lord’s this week.Ball four: Somerset getting a tune out of Max WallerWith rain causing some “No Results” in the South Group, Somerset jumped up the table to third with a couple of wins, chasing 176 against Middlesex and defending 190 against Glamorgan. Once again, wrist spin proved a fine option for a captain, Max Waller taking 2-23 from his four overs at Lord’s (including the wicket of Eoin Morgan) and 2-20 from his full allocation at Cardiff. Any player who has one that goes the other way and can land four or five out of six in roughly the same spot, should be practising their difficult art as hard as possible, because what is the ideal number of wrist spinners in a T20 XI? Three? Four? It’s certainly more than one.Ball five: On song Surrey slog skilfullyPerformance of the week in the South Group is a sympathy vote for Surrey (stop giggling at the back!) Having made 222-4 and 192-3 in their previous two matches, they topped those mountainous scores with a vertiginous 250-6 against Kent – only to see rain wash away their defence before a ball was bowled. Aaron Finch led the way with 83 off 38, but seven batsmen in total took guard and all reached double figures with no strike rate was less than Sam Curran’s 160. Though Surrey lost five wickets in the last nine overs, they kept attacking, knowing that they had batting resources down to Gareth Batty at 10, something other sides will have noted and may wish to emulate themselves. It’s almost certainly worth the risk of trying to hit every ball hard if you have eight wickets in hand and fewer than half the overs left. You’re more likely to get 220 than 160 in such circumstances, but the collapses live longer in the memory because the big scores look inevitable in hindsight.Ball six: Sussex produce a fine win at Cheltenham Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Yorkshire Facebook last_img read more


KOC’s First Tug Launched at Damen Galati, Romania

October 24, 2019

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first_imgApril 17, 2014 zoom Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania, has launched a new ASD Tug 3212 for the Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC).The ceremony marks the first in a 14-terminal tug contract between the two companies whose working relationship spans more than 25 years.In detail, the contract comprises nine units based on successful Damen ASD 3212 model, providing 80t bollard pull, and 5 examples of the trusted ASD 2810 design, providing 50t bollard pull. The new tugs will be assisting tankers at near shore loading terminals and at the new single point moorings further offshore. As such, they will also be equipped with powerful FiFi systems.The cooperation between KOC and Damen dates back a quarter of a century, when Damen delivered several fast crew vessels and the large FiFi and terminal tug, Sabahi, to KOC.In the early nineties, Damen was contracted to construct a complete new fleet of tugs, crew tenders, work boats and mooring boats for KOC. The company has also provided KOC with comprehensive technical services, spare parts, and maintenance assistance.The contract to design, construct and deliver the series of tugs for KOC awarded to Damen back in September 2012. All vessels are to be constructed by Damen Shipyards Galati.last_img read more


Selfhelp Advice on Flood Protection

October 22, 2019

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first_imgMunicipalities in flood-prone regions of Nova Scotia are advising the public to be aware of potential flooding based on the latest weather forecasts. “I encourage people to consider their own family plans and have emergency kits ready, just in case,” said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. “We need to have battery-powered or hand-crank radios so we can hear local broadcasts in case the power goes out. And I encourage Nova Scotians to make sure they have an emergency ‘go kit’ ready in case they have to leave their homes.” Mr. Morse said he appreciates local emergency measures co-ordinators who are broadcasting public service announcements to remind residents that ice build-up, significant rainfall and wide temperature swings can lead to serious flooding. Here are some general tips: For more information, go to www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Listen to a radio for local instructions. Turn off basement furnaces and shut off outside gas valves. Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level. Turn off electrical power. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe location, do not attempt to turn it off. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 (HRM) or 1-877-428-6004 (toll free). Do not stand or wade in water where contact has been made with electrical equipment. If drinking water is contaminated, purify by boiling, using purification tablets or chlorinate with a bleaching compound. Do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and determined to be safe.last_img read more


Premier to Attend Meeting of National Indigenous Leaders and First Ministers

October 22, 2019

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first_img proposed federal tax changes cannabis legalization Canada-U.S. relations economic growth and job creation Premier Stephen McNeil will participate in meetings with the Prime Minister, provincial and territorial premiers, and national Indigenous leaders on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Ottawa. “Our relationships with the federal government and other provinces and territories are highly important, particularly in light of the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations and other pan-Canadian issues,” said Premier McNeil. “I look forward to representing Nova Scotia in these discussions with my colleagues.” Topics of discussion will include: “The proposed federal tax changes have generated a lot of discussion and raised many questions in Nova Scotia and across the country,” said Premier McNeil. “I was grateful to have the chance to speak with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau last month about Nova Scotians’ concerns. This meeting will be a good opportunity to hear an update on consultations and to have further discussion with the Prime Minister and First Ministers.” The meeting with Indigenous leaders will focus on economic development in Indigenous communities. “Improving overall economic prosperity is a priority, and the contribution of Indigenous communities is an important part of inclusive economic growth, said Premier McNeil. Since the last First Ministers’ Meeting on Dec. 9, 2016, federal, provincial, and territorial governments have been implementing the pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Last week, amendments to the provincial Environment Act that will allow Nova Scotia to develop a cap and trade program were tabled in the legislature. This program will help Nova Scotia fulfill its commitments under the pan-Canadian framework, further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Province, and ensure that Nova Scotia remains a national leader in fighting climate change.last_img read more


ExTory Senate leader blasts former colleagues for gutting impaired driving bill

October 17, 2019

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first_imgOTTAWA – A former leader of the Conservatives in the Senate is blasting her erstwhile colleagues for spearheading a move to gut a bill aimed at cracking down on impaired driving.Marjory LeBreton, whose daughter and grandson were tragically killed by a drunk driver 22 years ago, says she’s “appalled” that her former colleagues have succeeded in stripping the centrepiece measure out of Bill C-46.The deleted provision would authorize police to conduct random roadside breathalyzer tests, without needing to have reasonable grounds to suspect the driver may be impaired by alcohol.LeBreton noted that an identical measure was championed by former Conservative public safety minister Steven Blaney in a private member’s bill just two years ago, with the support of some of the same senators who now argue it’s unconstitutional. His bill received unanimous approval in principle from all parties in the House of Commons but did not proceed beyond that stage.“I must tell you in all honesty that I am profoundly disappointed by the actions and words of some of my former colleagues in the Senate and wonder how it is that some have completely reversed themselves on the issue of mandatory alcohol screening,” LeBreton told The Canadian Press in an email.LeBreton had particularly harsh words for Conservative Sen. Denise Batters, who last month persuaded her Conservative colleagues, plus one Liberal independent, on the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee to delete the roadside testing measure from the bill.At the time, Batters argued that a “glut” of impaired driving cases has already resulted in major court delays that have caused other more serious cases to be dismissed — a situation she predicted would only be made worse by approving the constitutionally questionable provision on random alcohol testing in C-46.“I know we don’t want to see many more serious criminal charges like murder, sexual assault, serious child abuse cases dismissed because of the massive amount of charter challenges brought because of the random alcohol testing provisions in this bill,” Batters told the committee.LeBreton said she was “shocked and saddened by the insensitivity” of Batters’ words.“For a senator and a lawyer, to cite ‘more serious criminal charges’ in relation to impaired driving proves yet again that our society and, unfortunately, some of our legislators refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of this preventable crime,” she said.“I would like to remind my former colleague that my daughter and my grandson, who were killed by a drunk driver in 1996, are just as dead as those victims who are dead as a result of her ‘more serious’ crime of ‘murder.’”An attempt earlier this week by independent Sen. Marc Gold to reinstate the provision was defeated on a tie vote of 38-38. Twenty-two Conservative senators voted against reinstatement, while just six supported it.And on Thursday, senators approved Bill C-46, as amended without the measure, in a voice vote.It will now go back to the House of Commons, where the Liberal government has already indicated it will reject the deletion of the random roadside testing provision. Senators will then have to decide whether to bow to the will of the elected chamber or dig in for a protracted parliamentary battle.Constitutional experts are divided on the issue, with some agreeing the provision would likely be struck down as a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and others, including pre-eminent constitutional scholar Peter Hogg, saying it would not.Hogg has argued that the benefit to public safety would be so strong that a court would find the provision to be a justifiable infringement of charter rights.LeBreton, who as government leader in the Senate was a member of Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet from 2006-2013, also doubted a charter challenge would succeed.“The reality is that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are already subject to mandatory screening many times as they go about their lives, whether at airports, entering government buildings, crossing the border or attending pubic events,” said LeBreton, who retired from the Senate in 2015.“I doubt that any Canadian court would rule that these mandatory searches violate one’s charter rights.”To those who contend the existing law on roadside testing, which requires police to have reasonable grounds to suspect alcohol impairment, is working, LeBreton said she’d ask them “if they consider about 1,000 deaths and 60,000 injuries every year (resulting from impaired driving) as a law that is ‘working.’”New Zealand has had mandatory alcohol screening for years and a 2003 study found it’s resulted in a 54 per cent decrease in serious and fatal car crashes, LeBreton said, adding that Ireland has seen a similar reduction since adopting mandatory screening in 2006, along with a big drop in the number of impaired driving charges.Bill C-46 is a companion bill to C-45, the government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis. However, the roadside testing provision was intended to apply only to alcohol.Liberals suspect Conservative senators’ newfound opposition to the provision has more to do with trying to hold up the government’s plan to legalize cannabis by this summer rather than with its constitutionality.While it would prefer to implement the two bills at the same time, the government has said it will push ahead with legalization without the stiffer impaired driving laws if need be — a position that’s been slammed by Conservative MPs in the Commons.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said two Conservative senators voted for reinstatement.last_img read more


Maliotenam inquiry hears about stolen children and police rape

October 14, 2019

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first_imgPierre Paul Niquay, left, Viviane Echaquan Armand Echaquan family of Lorianna Echaquan at the inquiry Monday. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Tom Fennario APTN News Lorianna Echaquan was two and a half months old when she caught pneumonia and was brought to a hospital three hours away from her home in the Atikamekw First Nation of Manawan.That was in 1973 – her family hasn’t seen her since.“He believes that his daughter is still alive and that there was an exchange of babies,” said Pierre Paul Niquay translating the Atikamekw testimony for Lorainne’s father, Arnaud Echaquan.“He’s still waiting for his baby to come back and see her family.”The Echaquan family was the first to testify Monday at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Maliotenam First Nation, about 900 km northeast of Montreal.They spoke of how Lorianna had died upon arrival at the hospital but the family was only alerted to the fact a month later.When they saw her body, they doubted it was her.“What my mother told me was that when she saw the baby in the casket, it didn’t seem to be her own baby,” said Viviane Echaquan, Lorianne’s sister.“What my mother said to me when we arrived at the funeral home, is ‘that’s not my baby because my baby is small.’”(Alain Arsenault at the Maliotenam hearings. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Inquiry lawyer Alain Arsenault said that there will be a lot of these stories at these hearings.“These are stories that we’re only beginning to understand in Quebec,” said Arsenault.“We always said that the 60’s scoop didn’t happen in Quebec, but I think we are about to show that, yes, it did happen in Quebec and this morning is the first case of an Atikamekw family, but there will be others, of Innu families and more.”Inquiry commissioner Michèle Audette agreed that this week’s inquiry will have an emphasis on the “missing” part of their mandate.“Stolen children, or children that got sick and went to the hospital with their mum, and never came back. We thought there was just a few of them, but there’s maybe, 30, 40, 50 of them in this [Innu] nation.Audette says she is taking strength from having this week’s inquiry in her home community of Maliotenam, although there are challenges as well.“When I was in the room yesterday [for the opening ceremonies] and I mentioned having some of my first experiences here, mostly good ones came to my mind, but there are some dark ones that came too,” said Audette, who has spoken of being abused in the past. “ I went to go see an elder to get grounded.”Audette’s experiences of abuse are not unique here.The Innu First Nations of northeastern Quebec, or Nitassian as they call their territory, struggle with high rates of suicide as well as sexual and physical abuse.Monday’s second testimony by Innu Deborah Einish of Matimekush First Nation provided a harrowing example.“There was cement all around, closed up like a dungeon. I was banging the bars, ‘what am doing here? What am I doing in this cell, confined?’ There was a cop with a pill. There were pills. They brought a cot. When I woke up, I was raped, the police officers raped me, I had taken those pills” said Einish sobbing.“My pants were down to my knees. I was pregnant.”Einish said in 1980 police officers in Schefferville, Que. had handcuffed her outside of a bar after there had been a fight that she said didn’t involve her.From there she was brought to a cell where the alleged rape took place.“I kept this to myself for 37 years, I was not ready to talk about what happened,” said Einish, who did recently speak to a crown prosector but was told there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges.“I would like to be well at one point. I’m furious with the police because they never listened to me. I think there are many women who have kept this to themselves.”Einish’s was proven correct in the very next hearing.(Lise Jourdain testifying at the Maliotenam hearings Monday. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Lise Jourdain, an Innu woman, also spoke of being raped by a police officer in Schefferville.“I attempted suicides three times, the last one left me in coma for three days,” said Jourdain, who described how it took years before she could face what happened to her and why she’s chosen to speak out.“I am bringing up girls, no I can no longer be silent, I can’t close my eyes and ears with regards to what’s happening,” Jourdain stresses.Sixty people are expected to be heard from now until Friday, December 1.last_img read more


Feds boost funding for Indigenous police services

October 14, 2019

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first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN News Policing services in First Nations and Inuit communities will receive a boost in federal dollars starting this spring following years of chronic under-funding.The federal government has earmarked $291 million for the First Nations Policing Program that services more than 450 First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada.“It’s budget has been too thin and too short term, subject to periodic extensions and renewals from time to time,” said Ralph Goodale, minister of Public Safety. “The last one of those was in 2013 which locked in agreements with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities until April 1, 2018.”Rick Head, chief of the Dakota Ojibway police (DOPS) in Manitoba, said he hopes this means more support for his officers.“More police officers to place in the various communities that’s what I would hope,” said Head. “A stronger integrated approach so that I can build a team with DOPS that would be oriented to support all the other detachments.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more


Security sector reform key to bringing stability to TimorLeste UN says

October 12, 2019

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17 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission helping Timor-Leste recover from fighting last year that drove 15 per cent of the population from their homes has called for improved relations between the police and army, a strengthened legal framework, increased capacity and enhanced civil oversight as part of overall security sector reform. The United Nations peacekeeping mission helping Timor-Leste recover from fighting last year that drove 15 per cent of the population from their homes has called for improved relations between the police and army, a strengthened legal framework, increased capacity and enhanced civil oversight as part of overall security sector reform.At the meeting attended by leaders of the national military and police, President José Ramos-Horta and the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão both gave opening addresses welcoming UN assistance in addressing the challenges facing the security sector.Participants agreed that civil society should have a larger role in the reform process.Mr. Khare, who heads the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) said he agreed with both the President and Prime Minister about the need to look at the road traveled to avoid pitfalls in the future.The mission enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May last year, killing at least 37 people and forcing 155,000 others to flee their homes.The country has been beset by renewed unrest this month following the appointment of a new Government after elections in June failed to produce a single outright winner. There have been numerous cases of arson and rock throwing in which nearly 400 houses were burned or damaged, at least 4,000 people driven from their homes, a UN convoy attacked and more than a score of UN vehicles damaged. read more


UN launches new initiative to stimulate green market growth

October 12, 2019

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22 October 2008Boosting investment in clean technologies and natural resources is the best way to spur real global economic growth, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the world’s leading economists said today in London at the launch of the new Green Economic Initiative. The $4 million scheme seeks to seize the historic opportunity to shift the focus of the global economy towards environmentally-friendly investments to simultaneously tackle climate change and trigger employment expansion.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said that 2008’s triple financial, fuel and food crises are partly due to speculation and governments’ failure to “intelligently manage” markets, as well as leading to losses of nature-based assets and an over-reliance on finite fossil fuels.“The flip side of the coin is the enormous economic, social and environmental benefits likely to arise from combating climate change and re-investing in natural infrastructure – benefits ranging from new green jobs in clean tech and clean energy businesses up to ones in sustainable agriculture and conservation-based enterprises.”Mr. Steiner appealed for “transformational thinking” ahead of the November follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, along with the proposed summit called for by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the next round of UN climate change talks in Poznan, Poland, in December.Unless “transformative decisions” are taken, “the alternative is more boom and bust cycles: a climate-stressed world and a collapse of fish stocks and fertile soils up to forest ecosystems – vast, natural ‘utilities’ that for a fraction of the cost of machines store water and carbon, stabilize soils,” and sustain indigenous and rural livelihoods.The Green Economy Initiative has three main pillars: boosting the potential of nature worldwide, stimulating job growth, and clarifying the actions that can be taken to speed up the shift to a more environmentally-friendly economy.Within the next two years, it expects to deliver to all governments – of both developed and developing countries – a comprehensive guide on how to make the transition.The scheme has identified clean energy and technologies; sustainable agriculture; ecosystem infrastructure; reduced emissions; and sustainable urban planning as the five sectors most likely to generate the greatest returns. read more


UN gives technological boost to 500000 Albanian school students

October 11, 2019

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20 July 2009Almost half a million Albanian students now have access to modern computer laboratories, high-speed Internet and training in information technology skills thanks to a new United Nations-backed initiative aiming to improve their employment prospects. As a result of the “e-School” programme, some 379 high schools and 800 elementary schools across Albania have been equipped with up-to-date computer technology, benefiting some 450,000 students and 25,000 teachers.“For us in the Western Balkans ICT or information technologies is a major cornerstone of our activities, particularly with a view to the European Union accession of these countries,” Moises Venancio, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Senior Programme Manager and Team Leader for the Western Balkans told the UN News Centre today.Mr. Venancio underscored the importance of the programme “in terms of helping to train the future generation of Europeans who will have to compete in a far different and far more complicated labour environment than their parents will have done.” Leonik Tomeo Secondary School, with more than 950 students and teachers, is using the tools to produce a school newspaper while, as one student put it, joining the rest of the world’s teenagers on the Internet.Before the “e-schools” project was launched in 2005, the situation in many schools was “very primitive, in some cases perhaps one computer for all the kids in the school,” said Mr. Venancio.“Some of these schools are really in rural areas that are very deprived of anything, in particular any access to any type of new information,” he added. “So this has really enabled kids who live in very poor marginalized rural areas to benefit from the advances of having online access to information and what’s going on in the world.”The initiative was financed with a $25 million loan from the World Bank and support from a number of private and public donors, including Western Union Corporation, the Albanian Banking Association and UFO, a private university. read more


Former SinoForest executives didnt deceive lawyer tells OSC hearing

October 8, 2019

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TORONTO — A lawyer for four former Sino-Forest executives says his clients did not deceive anyone or avoid responsibility for their actions while they worked for the now-defunct forestry company.Markus Koehnen — the lawyer representing Albert Ip, Alfred Hung, George Ho and Simon Yeung — began his closing arguments today in the Ontario Securities Commission case against five former Sino-Forest executives accused of perpetrating fraud before the firm collapsed in 2012.Along with Koehnen’s four clients, former CEO Allen Chan has also been accused of perpetrating fraud. The OSC claims the executives misled investors by issuing false financial statements in every quarter from 2007 to 2010.Sino-Forest Corp’s former CEO was ’controlling mind’ behind alleged frauds, lawyer tells OSC hearingOntario judge won’t review defence fees in Sino-Forest class actionEstablished in 1994, Sino-Forest was the largest foreign-owned forestry company in China.Most of the company’s business was conducted in China, but its headquarters were in Ontario and its shares were traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.At its peak, Sino-Forest was the most valuable forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of $6 billion.From June 2005 to March 2011, the company’s shares rose by 340 per cent from $5.75 per share to $25.30 per share.The securities watchdog alleges the five men took part in “deceitful conduct” that included the fabrication of assets and revenue, undisclosed relationships with suppliers and customers and providing misleading documentation to support the alleged fraud. read more


Free parking in Zone 1 and 2 now underway

October 2, 2019

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Brock’s free parking model that was introduced last spring returned to campus Monday, April 29.Free parking for faculty, staff, students and campus visitors is now underway in Zone 1 and 2 for the Spring and Summer Terms.A permit is not required to park in Zone 1 or 2 on weekdays or weekends until Aug. 31. Parking is still prohibited in both zones from 2 to 5 a.m.Seasonal signage will be posted in the near future to direct drivers to the free lots.  For more information and frequently asked questions about the free parking model, visit brocku.ca/parking read more


Badgers draw blueprint for beating Buckeyes

September 28, 2019

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With Wisconsin handing the Ohio State men’s basketball team its first loss of the 2010–11 season, the Badgers showed the rest of the nation that the Buckeyes are, in fact, beatable. The Badgers knew the only way they could defeat the Buckeyes was to be resilient, and limit OSU’s 3-point and free-throw attempts — and they accomplished all three. Wisconsin never backed down while facing the nation’s No. 1 team. After entering halftime with a two-point lead, the Buckeyes managed to extend their advantage to as many as 15 points in the second half. The Badgers didn’t back down, however, answering the Buckeyes with a 15-0 run to tie the game, and a 10-0 run down the stretch. “We started missing shots and they started making shots,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game. “You got to give Wisconsin a ton of credit. They got rolling there and they were banging shots from deep, and they were going in.” The Badgers’ 15-0 run was sparked by the resilience of point guard Jordan Taylor, who unlike previous Big Ten point guards such as Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Penn State’s Talor Battle, found success against the defense of OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Taylor scored 27 points in the game, 21 of which came in the second half. At one point, Matta switched Craft — who has earned a reputation of being one of the top defensive stoppers in the conference — off of Taylor in favor of OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty. “He got rolling,” Matta said of Taylor’s performance. “He hit some challenged, tough shots.” Wisconsin benefited from accurate 3-point shooting, making 12 of its 24 shots from beyond the arc. “A lot of them were contested. A lot of them were off movement, off ball screens, you know, pull up threes and things like that,” Lighty said. “All you can do is hope they miss and run at them.” The Badgers also limited the number of 3-point shots taken by the Buckeyes, with OSU connecting on three of its nine 3-point shot attempts the entire game. One successful attempt was a desperation heave by OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger, making the score 70-67 with four seconds left. The Buckeyes took 20 3-point attempts in their Feb. 6 win against Minnesota, 15 in their Feb. 3 win against Michigan and 19 in their Jan. 25 win against Purdue. It wasn’t only beyond the arc that the Badgers limited the Buckeyes. Sullinger, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer on the season with 451 total points and an average of 18 points per game, took 12 shots and just four free-throw attempts the entire game — the fewest free throws he’s attempted since OSU’s Jan. 19 win against Iowa, in which he attempted three. Not all is lost for the Buckeyes, though, who despite Taylor’s and Wisconsin’s performance from beyond the arc, found themselves in the position to potentially eke out a close victory at the end of the game. “They had to play perfect for that stretch there to get us, and they did,” Matta said. “They deserve the credit for that.” read more


Queen marks 65 years on British throne with Sapphire Jubilee

September 25, 2019

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuchess of Cambridge pregnant with third childSeptember 4, 2017In “Entertainment”Commonwealth to choose next head during summitApril 16, 2018In “World”Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as next headApril 20, 2018In “World” Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Look back at moments from her life so far.Despite relinquishing some of her royal duties to other members of the family, she has continued to maintain an active public presence, appearing in a striking neon green outfit at her official 90th birthday celebrations in June 2016. This 2014 photograph has been reissued for Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Anniversary on February 6.The Queen has no public events planned for the anniversary, and will instead spend the day at Sandringham, her country retreat in eastern England, according to a palace spokeswoman.It was on February 6, 1952 that the Queen’s father died and the 25-year-old princess ascended to the throne.The Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch in September 2015, after 63 years and 216 days on the throne, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. London (CNN) Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years on Monday.Her Sapphire Jubilee is being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London’s Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The bells at Westminster Abbey in central London will be rung at 1pm today in honor of the occasion.A photograph taken by British photographer David Bailey in 2014 has been reissued to celebrate the anniversary. In the photo, the Queen is wearing sapphire jewelry that was given to her as a wedding gift by her father King George VI in 1947.The photo was originally taken for the GREAT Britain promotional campaign, which launched soon after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, marking 60 years of her reign. The then-Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the Queen during those celebrations, describing her as “a rock of strength for our nation” throughout her reign.A ”heavy cold” prevented the Queen from attending church  over the Christmas and New Year period, but she has since recovered, attending a service on January 8 and making an official visit to an exhibition about Fijian art and life in Norwich, near Sandringham, later the same month. read more


Hungary secure place in Olympics qualification tournament

September 22, 2019

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Thanks to their 31:28 win over Poland the Hungarian team didn’t only reach the seventh place at this World Championship but booked their ticket for the Olympics qualification tournaments in April 2012. Poland ranks eight in the end and have to hope for one of the free places for those tournaments which will be decided at the European Championship 2012Placement match 7/8:Poland – Hungary 31:28 (16:14)The spectators saw a first half like a roller coaster, Hungary was in front 3:0 but couldn’t keep the lead, as Poland improved and on their hand extended the gap to 12:8 and 14:10. But suddenly everything changed completely, as Poland lost their rhythm in attacks. It only took some minute, as Hungary had equalized at 14:14, then went to the dressing rooms with a 16:14 lead and even extended it to five goals at 19:14. But nothing was decided as Poland rose like Phoenix from ashes again, but couldn’t come closer than to a two goal gap at 28:30. A penalty goal, scored by Gergö Ivancsik – his eleventh goal in total, decided the game atleast.Fifth place won Croatia with a win over Iceland 34:33.Phots by Sascha Klahn ← Previous Story WC 2011 FINAL: Denmark against France! Next Story → WC 2011 Final: French “Experts” ready to break Wilbek’s “playstation”? (Sunday 17h) read more