Nine Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

first_imgNine members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) surrendered to the police in Chattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Sunday, the police claimed.“Nine Maoists left the CPI(Maoist) and surrendered to the police in presence of Dantewada district SP Kamlochan Kashyap on Sunday after getting disillusioned with the Maoist movement due to constant discrimination and exploitation [by senior leaders]. The Maoists, who surrendered on Sunday, also include Nanda, the gunman of senior Maoist leader Ganesh Uike and a member of the CPI(Maoist) Dand Karanya Special Zonal Committee ,” the police said.Nanda alias Barse had joined the rebels in 2009.last_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle first batsman to complete 10,000 runs in T20 cricket

first_imgWest Indies superstar Chris Gayle added another milestone to his name as he became the first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.Gayle, who required just 3 runs to reach the magical figure before the start of the match against the Gujarat Lions, did so by hitting Basil Thampi for a single off the third ball of the fourth over. (More IPL News)10000 T20 runs for Chris Gayle…. first to do so in this format!Scored most runs for….3283* RCB1519 WI1452 Jamaica Tallawahs#GLvRCB- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 18, 2017Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who plays for Gujarat Lions in the IPL, is second in the list of batsmen with most T20 runs. McCullum has 7,524 runs.Prior to this match, he had played 289 T20s, scoring 9997 runs at an average of 40.47 and a strike rate of 149.20. He has scored 18 centuries and 60 fifties with his highest being 175* against the Pune Warriors India back in Indian Premier League 2013. Follow live Updates here Earlier, Gayle was made to wait in order to reach the landmark as he was dropped in favour of Shane Watson against Pune. He was also left out against Kings XI Punjab in favour of the returning of AB de Villiers. (Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke pick their XIs for India Today)However, Gayle was included in the playing XI for the match against Gujarat Lions in place of de Villiers, who missed the clash due to injury. The towering Jamaican had not been in decent touch coming into the match as he just scored 22 (Mumbai Indians), 6 (Delhi Daredevils) and 32 (Sunrisers Hyderabad) in his three matches.advertisementHowever, he displayed some finesse of his old self during this innings against Rising Pune Supergiant, a team he was playing against for the first time.Gayle, who has been out of the West Indies team for a while now, participates in different T20 competitions around the world like the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League in Australia.Gayle was expected to reach the milestone in the game against Mumbai Indians, but came up short after being caught behind by Parthiv Patel off a Hardik Pandya bouncer.In RCB’s home game on April 14, expectations were high from Gayle but he fell short of the milestone by 3 runs.last_img read more

Single fathers talk about what they do to keep their kids healthy

first_imgBeing a single parent is hard, and though many may think it’s more so when you’re a single father, these men prove it’s more bout responsible parenting and not gender specific. Overcoming odds in the kitchen and trying to win the fight against the banes of social media and the Internet, these dads have done it all over the years, including opting for a less hectic career or building up an alternate support system, one step at a time.EATING RIGHTRahul Rewal, 48, a media professional who opted to become a broker after his two sons Mir, 11, and Mann, 12, were born. says, “My ex-wife and I weren’t agreeing on things, so we decided to part ways.” Contrary to popular belief, it was Rahul and not his wife who was health conscious when it came to the kids’ health.”My ex-wife was not proactive about their health. Our home was loaded with trans-fat, packaged food, oversupply of medicines, sweets and unhealthy drinks. She also didn’t allow my kids to play football,” he opines. So, he taught himself how to cook by looking up recipes on the Internet. Waking up at 5am to pack their meals, he also makes sure that they drink nimbu paani instead of some premix squash.”We plan a weekly menu and they have two indulgent options per week like butter chicken. On other days it’s salads and bakes rather than fried and fresh than preserved. We don’t do takeaways and I ensure they eat fruits instead of junk food,” he says.advertisementSame is the case with 41-yearold Raman, who works in the IT sector, and has sons aged 11 and 14. “My ex-wife shied away from additional responsibility. I shifted to a work-from-home model to help out when the children were born, and so they were more attached to me because they saw me every day. But my ex-wife never cooked so she was always ordering food from outside. So, I picked up cooking.” Today, Raman packs their tiffin, keeping in mind that they want different things on different days. His set menu includes pancakes on Mondays, Dosa on Tuesdays, biryani on Wednesdays, pav bhaji or paranthas on Thursdays, and pizza or burgers or pasta on Fridays. “You also have to keep in mind that they have different tastes. One likes white sauce and the other likes red sauce,” he says.YOUNG CHEFFor restaurateur Priyank Sukhija, 38, being a single father required a little more caution as his daughter, Avika, now 14, needed special attention as she is diabetic. “I married my childhood sweetheart at 21 and Avika was born when I was 23. Three years later, he was a single father. Initially it was really tough and I was really scared. In the trade I’m in, I can’t come home early and wake up early, so I moved in with my parents,” he says. “We were on their toes the first few years. But today, Avika knows more about her condition than us. This is also her first working summer break, wherein she’s an apprentice in the kitchen at my restaurants,” he adds. Photo: Mail TodayFIT & FINEFitness is another area these dads focus on. While Rahul’s kids go for soccer practice in school at 6am, a game the elder one is keen on pursuing, they also go for a half an hour swim to Siri Fort in the evenings. “The younger one likes playing the table, so he has classes for that. I’m also trying to initiate them to yoga,” says Rahul. Raman’s kids always play football or TT or squash or go swimming after tuition in the evenings.And Avika even plays football with the guys! “She’s also into badminton and swimming.She’s even picking up tennis, a sport that even I used to play growing up,” says Priyank.PHONE MENACEBut the one thing that hampers fitness is access to technology. “We didn’t have a TV at home till three months ago. Their mother has given them smartphones and I can’t take those away as it would seem like I am trying to play against her. So, instead I have made rules – once they have completed their homework and had dinner, then they can be on their phones,” says Rahul.Also Read:Why sitting is as harmful as smokingAlso Watch:Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem on being fit and fabulouslast_img read more

When Ravi Shastri ordered team bus to leave without Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer captain and current India head coach Ravi Shastri is known for his discipline on and off the field and he also takes pride in it.Shastri said in the current Indian team “punctuality is paramount” because he never compromises on that front.While speaking on Breakfast With Champions, Shastri narrated an old incident from 2007 when he had to take the bus without Sourav Ganguly as Dada was late.Shastri, who first became the Indian team manager in 2007, had to ask the team bus driver to leave without Ganguly.”I think that’s [Discipline] a habit. I take great pride in having that habit. You know because I am never one to give excuses. If you are called somewhere I think decency demands that you are punctual. And it’s a great quality in any human being…especially if you are involved with a team. And that’s why even in our team punctuality is paramount.”If the bus leaves at 9, it will leave at 9. I remember once.. and only once I have had to take the bus early.. This was in Bangladesh when I first became manager in 2007.”So the first practice session was in Chittagong I think. We were supposed to leave at 9 am and it got to 9 am.”So I said, ‘Let’s go. All the guys from the back, the local managers and all, they came back.. they said Dada (Sourav Ganguly) has not come yet. I said, Dada can come separately. Let’s go’. I think after that every time we left for practice, Sourav arrived 10 minutes before,” Shastri said.advertisementShastri boasts of his achievements with the Indian cricket team. He was the crisis man when India were getting hammered left, right and centre in England in 2014 under coach Duncan Fletcher before BCCI turned to the former all-rounder.He stayed with the team until Fletcher’s contract expired after the 2015 World Cup. He was even named as team’s director till the appointment of Anil Kumble as coach in June 2016.Shastri was hot favourite to replace Fletcher as full-time coach until Kumble threw his hat in the ring. However, according to reports, Ganguly was strongly in favour of Kumble.The interview process was conducted by BCCI’s cricket advisory committee, tasked with finding the Indian coach with Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and co-ordinator Sanjay Jagdale being in the panel.The committee picked Kumble as coach on a 12-month contract.Ganguly’s absence was disrespectful: Shastri to India TodayShastri had to swallow the bitter pill and said he was disappointed that Ganguly was missing from the meeting where he made his presentation.”Nothing surprises me in Indian cricket anymore. A member of the committee [Ganguly] wasn’t present and that was disrespectful to the selection process,” Shastri had told India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai.Shastri was vacationing in Bangkok when the CAC interviewed him. Unlike Kumble, who made a detailed presentation, Shastri spoke at length of his achievements in Tests and T20 Internationals.Shastri, however, refused to criticise the process and said he did what was expected of him.Shastri shouldn’t have been holidaying in Bangkok: GangulyGanguly hit back at Shastri and said he was living in a fool’s paradise if he thought only one member in the BCCI’s cricket advisory committee was responsible for him not becoming the Indian coach.”If Ravi believes that am responsible for him bot being coach, then he is mistaken. To imagine that I am responsible for him not being coach is living in a fool’s paradise. There were far bigger names in the CAC than Sourav Ganguly,” Ganguly told India Today.Shastri becomes India head coachOne year later, Shastri was back as India coach after Kumble decided to step aside following unfortunate circumstances.Kumble was struggling to get along with India captain Virat Kohli and the rest of the players in the dressing room.After Kumble’s resignation, Shastri was appointed as India’s full-time coach going through the same interview process and pipped the likes of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh.last_img read more

IOA adds one member to pencak silat squad

first_imgNew Delhi, July 27 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today added one member to the truncated Pencak Silat squad for the upcoming Asian Games before submitting the final list of the 541-member Indian contingent to the Sports Ministry.The IOA has added bridge, men’s handball and sport climbing to the final list after initially announcing a 524-member contingent on July 3. The national Olympic body, which had dropped as many as 20 athletes from the pencak silat squad earlier this month, has now added another member to make it a three-member team comprising Sonia, Simran, and Boynao Singh. A 24-member bridge unit has also been accommodated, so has been a 16-member men’s handball squad besides the addition of three athletes in sports climbing. However, the IOA is yet to announce the list of officials travelling to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. PTI BS KHSKHSlast_img read more

‘Blind should leave Man Utd for Barcelona’

first_imgTransfers Blind urged by Van Gaal to quit Man Utd and head for Barcelona Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:31 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Daley Blind Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Manchester United Primera División Premier League The versatile Dutchman has been linked with a January switch to Catalunya, and a former boss at Old Trafford and Camp Nou says a switch makes sense Daley Blind deserves better than his current treatment at Manchester United and should be looking for a move to Barcelona, says Louis van Gaal.The versatile Dutchman has become a fringe figure at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho favouring other options across his back four and midfield.As a result, Blind has been restricted to just one minute of Premier League football since starting the first three games of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He has featured in the Champions League and Carabao Cup, but Van Gaal believes the 27-year-old should be looking for more minutes amid talk of a possible January switch to Camp Nou.The former United and Barcelona boss said in the Mirror: “Daley Blind is better off going to Barcelona than staying with Man United.Van gaal on blind E“He is not even on the bench for United sometimes. Daley can play in more than one position and at Barcelona he would never be sat in the stands.“I think Daley would fit in better at Barcelona anyway. His level and his style of play is more suited to Spain than England.“He can operate as a central defender who builds up the play. He can be a defensive midfielder or an attacking left-back. Daley can do it all.”Blind joined United from Ajax in the summer of 2014.He has made 137 appearances for the club and is one outing short of 300 at club level.Mourinho, though, has shifted Ashley Young to a left-back role this season, while several other options have been utilised at centre-half and Nemanja Matic drafted in for £40 million to fill a holding midfield berth.last_img read more

India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs India

first_imgIndia vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaWorld Cup 2019: India’s batsmen have been dominant so far in the 2019 Cricket World Cup against spinners. Against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, India have not lost a single wicket to spinadvertisement Next Ajay Tiwari SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 18:57 IST India and Afghanistan will clash on June 22 in Southampton in only their 3rd meeting ever in ODIs (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and Afghanistan will clash on June 22 in SouthamptonIndia haven’t lost a single wicket to spin in World Cup 2019Afghanistan’s spinners have proved ineffective in the tournament which is a real worry for the sideAs far as match-ups go, India vs Afghanistan promises to be as ill-matched as David vs Goliath, but when the teams meet in Southampton on Saturday, it seems highly unlikely that the result will follow it’s biblical corollary. The magnitude of the gulf between the 2 sides in the ongoing World Cup 2019 can be gauged from the fact that while India are yet unbeaten in the tournament after 4 games, Afghanistan are still waiting for their 1st victory and the way they were brushed aside by Eoin Morgan’s England in their last match, it seems the wait is poised to get even longer.India are yet to lose a wicket to spin in World Cup 2019. Oppositions have so far bowled a total of 53 overs of spin to the Indian batsmen without getting a single wicket while leaking 339 runs. That’s an economy of 6.39!During India’s World Cup opener against South Africa, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled 10 and 9 overs respectively while going away for 112 runs in total. Australia, who possess a pace-heavy attack, still used Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell for a combined 13 overs but the duo was treated with disdain by the Indian batsmen as they plundered 95 runs off the spinners. Pakistan, possibly not taking a cue from India’s outing against Australia, unleashed 4 spinners (Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez) at Old Trafford, but there was no letup from the Indians as they refused to give a single wicket to their spinners.All this is not good news for their opponents on Saturday. Afghanistan arrived for the World Cup 2019, banking heavily on their troika of spinners – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman. The trio had proven to be match-winners in the past, including in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for Afghanistan, they remained key to whatever success they thought of achieving at the tournament.advertisementHowever, the story of these spinners has mirrored their team’s fortunes at the ongoing World Cup. Their spearhead Rashid has gone wicket-less in the past 2 matches against England and South Africa since he couldn’t bowl after being hit in the head while batting against New Zealand. In 16 overs since that blow, Rashid has been punished for 155 runs, with Morgan alone heaving him for 7 sixes! Before that Taunton game, Rashid had managed to pick 3 wickets against Sri Lanka and Australia.Rashid’s teammate Nabi, shone bright against Sri Lanka with 4 spectacular wickets with his off-spin but he too has failed to make a bigger impact in the rest of the games. Mujeeb has only played 3 games till now but only managed to get a solitary wicket so far. Clearly, one of Afghanistan’s biggest strengths has turned into their Achilles heel. Combine this with India’s record against spin in this World Cup, and Afghanistan have got a few headaches ahead of their clash on Saturday.If things go India’s way, the agony for Afghanistan from their outing against England in their last match could seem like it was in the distant past.Also Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh PantAlso Read | World Cup 2019: People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs AfghanistanFollow Rashid KhanFollow Mohammad Nabilast_img read more

Everyday Stuff Proudly Made In America

first_imgWhat do the words “Made In America” mean to you?To me, they mean that the product in question was made in the United States of America.At least, that’s part of the story. The other part of the tale is that the people making those American products were paid here in America, and their wages will likely largely be spent here, too. It means a shorter distance for the goods to be shipped to domestic locations, and that means less energy consumed in the process (AKA a smaller carbon footprint). And it means products produced that will meet the rigorous standards of excellence that we (or at least many of us) here in the U.S. of A. demand of our goods.Related: 5 Badass Commanders In ChiefNow don’t get me wrong, I’m no xenophobic protectionist debutante* who rallies against anything produced west of California (oh right, Alaska. Oh RIGHT… and Hawaii) or east of Quoddy Head, Maine (look it up). I like a fine Scotch as much as the next fellow, and if you appreciate a fine pair of Italian leather loafers or some genuine Australian Vegemite, then indulge and enjoy! If you like the idea of buying American when it makes sense to do so, then you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised to find that many everyday necessities, like hats and luxury vehicles, are made in the Land of the Free, no free trade issues involved.For The Hirsute: BearditionIf you demand the best when it comes to beardcare, and you also love America, then you’re going to love Beardition. From their Soft+Sweet Beard Oil to their Really Good Beard Shampoo to their Even Better Beard Conditioner, everything the company offers is made right here in America. And that includes all of their packaging and printed materials, too. The Nashville, TN based company is dedicated to great beardcare products that are not only ‘Merican, but also all natural. Facial hair management presents a crowded marketplace these days; perhaps this brand’s American approach will help them stand out.For The Kids: Crayola CrayonsThat’s right, those beloved tubes of color you used to create many a masterpiece when young and which children today continue to love are made in Pennsylvania! The company was founded more than 130 years ago (it was originally named the Binney & Smith Company) and is today a subsidiary of Hallmark (also American). They have been producing crayons since 1903 and currently produce approximately three billion of the things each year, most of which are broken in half and in a drawer somewhere, but hey, still classic stuff — buy the kids a box with pride.For The Cowboy and/or Texan: Stetson HatsIt would be pretty durn unseemly if’n a cowpoke went about wearin’ a ten gallon made o’er there in Yugoslavia or whatnot, wouldn’t it? Never you mind that ol’ Yugoslavia was dissolved into multiple sovereign republics back in the 1990s following a devastating series of ethnically fraught conflicts, neither. Anyhow, a cowhand oughtta wear a cowboy hat made right here in America, and that’s why we’re so golshmuckin’ (?) happy to say that Stetson hats are still made here, just like John B. Stetson intended when he founded his eponymous company way back in 1865. Chances are that Stetson yer wearin’ today was made in Texas. And it it ain’t from TX, it’s from PA or MO. AKA it’s from here, durnit.For The Cook: Webber GrillsWouldn’t it be nice to know that the quintessentially American hamburger (named for the German city of Hamburg) you just prepared was cooked on grill made right here in America? If you used a Weber grill, those iconic bowl shaped grills usually black or red in color, then it was, sir. Weber started off back in the 1890s as a metal works company. They created their first charcoal grill in 1951, and the rest is history! Or rather, if you want to know the rest of the history, you can read up on your own time. We’ve got burgers to flip, see?For The Motorist: The TeslaIf you’ve got about a hundred grand sitting around and you need a new car, consider a Tesla Model S or X. Or you could hold out for a year or so and get yourself a Tesla Model 3, which should be priced much lower. Regardless of which vehicle you choose, you’ll be getting an all electric luxury vehicle that’s also all American. Tesla Motors is headquartered in California, produces its vehicles in America, and is in the process of actively expanding. (FYI, an optional “Ludicrous Mode” upgrade to the Model S allows for a 0 – 60 time of just 2.8 seconds. Which is very, very fast.)__________* A debutante or deb (from the French débutante, “female beginner”) is a girl or young lady from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity and, as a new adult, is introduced to society at a formal “debut” presentation. – Thank you Wikipedia How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers last_img read more

BSE Task Force Members Announced

first_img Brooke Taylor (chair), MLA Colchester Musquodoboit Valley; Anthony Van Oostrum, past president Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture; Leo Cox, chair Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board; Stephen McNeil, MLA; George Archibald, former minister of Agriculture; Larry Weatherby, producer; Kurt Sherman, producer; Don Cox, first vice-president Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. Friday, Oct. 17 in Wentworth at the Wentworth Community Hall; Saturday, Oct. 18 in Antigonish at St. Andrew’s Community Hall; Monday, Oct. 20 in Brookfield, Colchester Co. at Knox United Church Hall; Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Kentville at the Kentville Research Centre. “I am pleased with the high level of expertise and commitmentthat members bring to the table,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Inpursuing this initiative we are giving industry the opportunityfor direct input and I look forward to their findings.” The task force’s objectives are to determine the impacts of theBSE crisis on the Nova Scotia agriculture industry and todetermine the capacity of existing federal, provincial and otherindustry programs to address these impacts. The task force meetings will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: A task force has been named to deal with the impacts of bovinespongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on Nova Scotia’s agricultureindustry. The makeup of the task force was announced today, Oct.3, by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont. With the help of the task force, government will continue to workwith industry to address the impacts of BSE on farmers, said theminister. The Nova Scotia Agricultural Task force on BSE members include:center_img AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES -BSE Task Force Members Announced Stakeholders are invited to give presentations that address howthe BSE crisis affected their farming operations and whether ornot the current programs will assist them in dealing with theimpacts from BSE. Written submissions will also be accepted from those unable toattend. Individuals wishing to make oral presentations andwritten submissions should contact the programs and business riskmanagement division of the Department of Agriculture andFisheries at 902-424-8954 by Tuesday, Oct. 14.last_img read more

Constitutional debate over Canadas polygamy law heads back to court

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – A decades-long constitutional debate over Canada’s polygamy law is set to flare up again Tuesday, six years after a British Columbia Supreme Court ruled plural marriage is a crime.Winston Blackmore of Bountiful, B.C., is expected to argue the law infringes on his freedom of religion and expression. Blackmore married at least 24 women between 1990 and 2014 and was found guilty of one count of polygamy earlier this year.Blackmore is the leader of a small community in southeast B.C. that follows the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon breakaway sect that condones plural or “celestial” marriage.The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has renounced any connection to the polygamist group.This week’s proceedings are the latest attempt to test whether Canada’s polygamy law violates the Constitution.The RCMP first investigated Blackmore in the early 1990s and recommended he be charged with polygamy, but the province chose not to because of the constitutional uncertainty.B.C. appointed a special prosecutor in 2007 who advised against approving charges against Blackmore and his successor, James Oler.Oler was appointed to lead the community after Blackmore’s excommunication by church leader Warren Jeffs, who was based in the United States. Jeffs was later sentenced to life in prison in the U.S. after being convicted of multiple sexual assaults against minors.In 2008, the provincial government appointed a second special prosecutor who approved legal action against the church leaders, but the court threw out those charges, accusing the province of “special prosecutor shopping.”Three years later, the B.C. Supreme Court offered clarity by ruling in a lengthy reference case that Canada’s ban on polygamy is valid and does not unreasonably restrict religious freedoms. The decision found that plural marriage is inherently harmful and must be outlawed to protect women, children and the institution of marriage.The following year, the provincial government appointed a third special prosecutor who approved charges against Blackmore and Oler in 2014.Findings of guilt against both Blackmore and Oler won’t be entered as convictions until a decision is made in the constitutional debate. Arguments are expected to take until the end of the week.Both Blackmore and Oler are out on bail. The maximum sentence for a conviction of polygamy is five years in prison, said Crown spokesman Dan McLaughlin.Blackmore’s lawyer, Blair Suffredine, said Monday his client has been attacked for 20 years over religious beliefs that have not been shown to harm anyone.“It’s not fair,” Suffredine said. “It’s not as if there’s any allegation of serious misconduct. The allegation is simply that he has more than one wife, basically, not that there’s any complaint from anybody that he’s done anything that’s hurt anybody.”Suffredine added that his reading of the reference decision is that the court needs to find that actual harm is being caused, not potential harm.Prosecutor Micah Rankin said Monday in an email that the Crown has not filed a written argument in advance of Tuesday’s hearing, but he and his counterpart, Peter Wilson, would submit materials in court during proceedings.Oler does not have legal representation, but lawyer Joe Doyle was appointed as a friend of the court to ensure Oler receives a fair trial.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouver. Follow @gwomand on Twitter.last_img read more

Tony Clement and the Ring of Fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe resources held deep beneath what is commonly known as the Ring of Fire is well known.For one, the mining industry believes northern Ontario has one of the largest deposits of chromite in the world.But getting a billion dollars worth of resources hasn’t been easy.Now the federal government is hoping to move things along.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Minister Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board, to bring First Nations, industry and the province of Ontario together.Clement joined APTN National News in Ottawa last week.last_img read more

Sri Lankan refugee in Tiruchi threatens to commit suicide

Special Deputy Collector (Refugee Camps) S. Natarajan said the inmate’s family was told about the status of his release on Friday. “He ran into a room and locked himself. Sensing trouble, we asked his wife to persuade him to come out. He spoke in a high pitch and started shivering…an ambulance was called in to shift him to the hospital,” he said, adding that the release of refugees from the special camp would be considered reviewed by an advisory board that reviews cases once in three months.Mr. Dhayabararaj refugee gave a letter to the camp officials that his family might take the extreme step if he was not released. He also threatened to go on an indefinite fast. (Courtesy The Hindu) In March this year, Mr. Dhayabararaj alleged that his wife Udayakala and children were illegally detained for several months in a special quarantine camp at Rameswaram in Ramanathapuram district. After The Hindu published a report, the State government ordered their release and even allotted a house in the open camp for refugees in Mandapam. However, Mr. Dhayabararaj was not released. “When my family came to see me today, the authorities told her that there was no possibility of my release from the camp in the near future. Threatening to commit suicide, she threw her mobile phone and left in a huff with the three children. I have no other option but to commit suicide…,” the refugee said. A Sri Lankan national lodged in the special refugee camp in Tiruchi threatened to commit suicide along with his family on Friday, giving tense moments to State authorities. K. Dhayabararaj has been demanding his release from the camp claiming that he is innocent and has no criminal case pending against him in Sri Lanka.Even as security agencies assured his family that the release of Mr. Dhayabararaj was pending with the government, the refugee fell ill and was rushed to the Government Hospital late evening. His condition was said to be stable. read more

EU clarifies LTTE funds remain frozen despite recent ruling

The Court of Justice found that the Council failed to explain why it believed the LTTE still had the intention to continue terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka despite the LTTE’s military defeat in 2009. In the judgement issued on 26 July 2017, the European Court of Justice therefore confirmed the annulment of the continued freezing of the LTTE’s funds between 2011 and 2015. The judgement only applies to this specific period of time.These same funds remain frozen as a result of the two most recent reviews by the Council which took place in July 2016 and January 2017. In 2006, the Council placed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the list, and has maintained the LTTE on the list ever since. While the LTTE did not challenge the Council measures by which they were initially listed, they did contest their subsequent retention on the list before the General Court. In its judgement delivered in 2014, the General Court annulled the restrictive measures concerning the LTTE due to procedural shortcomings. However, the General Court decided to maintain (until the conclusion of any appeal) the effects of the annulled measures in order to ensure the effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds. The 2014 judgement was appealed by the Council of the European Union at the European Court of Justice. The European Union today clarified that LTTE funds in EU countries will remain frozen despite the recent judgement by the European Court of Justice.On 27 December 2001, the Council of the European Union adopted a legal framework for measures to combat terrorism. These measures include the freezing of the assets of individuals, groups, and entities related to terrorism, whose names are included on a list which is biannually reviewed by the Council of the European Union to ascertain that there are grounds for retaining them on the list. Any future review must take into account the judgement of the Court of Justice issued on 26 July 2017. At present, however, the LTTE remains designated as a terrorist organisation in the European Union (EU), and the EU’s restrictive measures against the LTTE remain in force. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Côte dIvoire UNs top human rights chief urgently appeals for protection of

In a statement released in Geneva, Sergio Vieira de Mello cited a number of rights violations committed since mid-September, including summary executions, arbitrary arrests, attacks based on nationality, ethnicity or religious beliefs, ill treatment of children, destruction of private property and population displacement. These crimes, he pointed out, “can be prosecuted either before the national judiciary or the International Criminal Court, whose Statute has been signed by Côte d’Ivoire.” Deploring the absence of a cease-fire agreement, Mr. Vieira de Mello called on the Government and the armed groups to cooperate with the negotiations being carried out by mediators of the Economic Community of West African States and the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “In the view of the High Commissioner, only mediation and starting a dialogue between all the components of Ivorian society in the spirit of tolerance which the country is known for will end the conflict,” the statement said. read more

Pew maps Twitter chatter in new type of study finds 6 types

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2014 4:19 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – People take to Twitter to talk about everything from politics to breakfast to Justin Bieber in what feels like a chaotic stream of messages. So it may come as a surprise that the conversations on the short messaging service fit into just six distinct patterns.The Pew Research Center, working with the Social Media Research Foundation and using a special software tool, analyzed and mapped millions of public tweets, retweets, hashtags and replies that form the backbone of Twitter chatter. The resulting diagrams show how people, brands, news outlets and celebrities interact on Twitter, depending on the topic of conversation.When it comes to politics, for example, Twitter’s citizens tend to form two distinct groups that rarely interact with one another, divided along liberal and conservative lines, according to the report, which was published on Thursday. Liberals tend to post links to mainstream news sources, while conservatives link to sites with a conservative blend, according to the study, whose authors likened their methods to taking aerial photos of crowds gathered in public places.The researchers are quick to note that not everyone uses Twitter — only 14 per cent of the U.S. population — and not all who do use it to talk about politics, for example. Still, looking at how conversations flow on social media can provide new insights into how people communicate in a way that was not possible until very recently.“You could never do that in the old days when you were running around with a pen and clipboard,” said Marc A. Smith, one of the study’s authors and director of the Social Media Research Foundation.What emerged in maps of political conversations that the liberal and conservative groups are not even arguing with one another. Rather, they are “ignoring one another while pointing to different web resources and using different hashtags,” according to the study.The telephone polls that take the pulse of the country about everything from politics to race, religion and technology will continue to form the research centre’s backbone. But Lee Rainie, one of the study’s authors and director of the Pew Research Internet Project said there are other kinds of data that deserve exploration. Looking at social media — something that large swaths of people participate in — can give insights to important information about people’s lives.Here are the other five types of conversations:— People who talk about well-known brands on Twitter tend to be disconnected from one another, focusing only on the topic at hand and not really interacting with each other. The study calls these “brand clusters.” One graph, that looked at mentions of Apple, found that users didn’t follow, reply to or mention any other person who also tweeted about the company.— People who tweet from a social media conference, or about another highly specialized topic tend to form tight crowds of people who are connected to one another as followers. There are only a few users who are not connected to at least a few others in the group.— “Community clusters” happen when several, evenly sized Twitter groups are connected to each other. In a sense, these can be compared “to people clustering in different stalls at a bazaar.” The conversations in this group share a common broader topic, whether that’s Michelle Obama or a tech conference, but each cluster takes a different focus.— “Broadcast networks” are often media outlets or prominent social media figures with a lot of followers who repeat the messages such outlets send out.— A Twitter “support network,” is the last major conversation type. These conversations usually involve a large company, such as a bank or airline, that listens and replies to consumer complaints. When mapped, the interactions in these groups tend to look like a bicycle wheel hub with many spokes.___Online:The Pew study: Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at Pew maps Twitter chatter in new type of study, finds 6 types of conversations read more

Brock Wrestling takes 16 of 19 golds at OUA championships

The Brock Badgers reminded the entire nation why they are the kings and queens of the wrestling mats.The Badgers regained the No. 1 national ranking for both men’s and women’s wrestling Tuesday after the most dominant performance in the history of the Ontario University Athletics wrestling championships. While hosting the OUA championships last weekend, Brock won 16 of 19 gold medals en route to capturing both conference banners for the third-straight season.Brock Wrestling is now preparing for the USports National Championships hosted by Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie Feb. 23-24.In Tuesday’s USports national rankings, the Brock men’s basketball team remained at No. 2 in the country as they go into the final weekend of the regular season with a 20-2 record. With two regular season games remaining on the road at Western and Windsor, Brock has now won more games in a single season than ever before in school history.Brock Badgers Playoff ScheduleMen’s Hockey: OUA First Round (Best 2-out-of-3 series)Game 1 – Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at LaurierGame 2 – Friday, Feb. 16, 7:15 p.m. at BrockGame 3 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at Laurier (If necessary)Women’s Hockey: OUA First Round (Best 2-out-of-3 series)Playoffs begin next week – Schedule TBD after this weekendMen’s BasketballSaturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. at Bob Davis Gymnasium – OUA QuarterfinalsWednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., location TBD – OUA Semifinals (with win on Feb. 24)Saturday, March 3, Time and location TBD – OUA Finals or OUA BronzeOUA Curling ChampionshipsFeb. 15 to 18 at Algoma University, Sault Ste MarieUSports National Wrestling ChampionshipsFeb. 23 to 24 at Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie read more

HTC Omega specs leak include Windows Phone 7 Mango and 15GHz processor

first_imgWhen HTC isn’t building Android smartphones and tablets and tossing Microsoft a few shekels for those patents its licensed back in 2010, the company is churning out Windows Phone 7 devices. HTC has already produced a handful of WP7 phones like the Arrive, HD7, and Surround, and there will soon be at least one more model added to its line-up: the HTC Omega.It’s believed that the Omega will be HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango device, though it will cede the title of first overall to the Fujitsu IS12T. Apart from running Mango, the Omega will feature a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There will also be a rear-facing 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with autofocus and an LED flash, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and other standard accoutrements like a 3.5MM headphone jack, GPS, and DLNA support. It’s also been mentioned that the Omega could include both GSM and HSPA radios.AdChoices广告As for its display, the HTC Omega will sport a 3.8″ Super LCD touchscreen with 800×480 resolution. It’s an interesting choice, since it sounds a lot like the screen that has shipped in the Surround since it started shipping late last year. The camera may also be re-purposed from another HTC phone, the Sensation. The Qualcomm processor in the Omega is no slouch, and it’s the same one you’ll find inside Sony’s Xperia Arc. In the Omega, however, it’s been clocked a full 50% faster.There have been rumblings about this phone since May, but nothing official has surfaced about the Omega just yet. These specs could very well change before launch — assuming the phone does launch.More at Geeky Gadgetslast_img read more

Dimitria in Adelaide

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual 36th Dimitria Greek Festival 2014 will be hosted this Sunday at the Flinders University in Adelaide. Under the patronage of the Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia, the day will be filled with Greek food, Greek dancing and music, and activities for the whole family. The entry is free, all are welcome.When: Sunday 2 November, from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm Where: Flinders University, Humanities Courtyard, Sturt Road, Bedford Park For more information, contact Layla Plummer or call 08 8201 3854last_img read more

Listing schedule for the WWE Network for October 7 2014

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 Brie Bella Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser Videos Articles Nikki Bella buys a Ferrari as therapy for John Cena break-up WWE Network live-stream schedule for 10/7/14:10:00 am ET – Monday Night War: 9/29/14. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s drive and determination spurs WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’ to insurmountable heights.11:00 am ET – Total Divas: 12/15/13. Brie gets engaged. Nikki and John Cena break up after discussing the future. Eva Marie attempts to introduce her fiance to her family.12:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/8/14. Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.1:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/29/14. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s drive and determination spurs WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’ to insurmountable heights.2:00 pm ET – Total Divas: 12/15/13. Brie gets engaged. Nikki and John Cena break up after discussing the future. Eva Marie attempts to introduce her fiance to her family.3:00 pm ET – Edge Christian SmackDown Special: 10/6/14.4:00 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 8/26/99. The network premiere of WWE SmackDown has newly crowned WWE Champion Triple H in action vs. The Rock with two special guest referees.5:30 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 4/9/03. Rowdy Roddy Piper brings back ‘Piper’s Pit’ after 14 long years with Mr. McMahon as the featured guest.6:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 7/8/08. Ric Flair has seen it all and has taken on all challengers. This documentary looks at the incredible life and career of this WWE Legend.8:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event LIVE: 10/7/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action, from the WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.9:00 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 8/26/99. The network premiere of WWE SmackDown has newly crowned WWE Champion Triple H in action vs. The Rock with two special guest referees.10:30 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 4/9/03. Rowdy Roddy Piper brings back ‘Piper’s Pit’ after 14 long years with Mr. McMahon as the featured guest.11:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 10/7/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action, from the WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nikki Bella Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Othercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Twitter Google+ John Cena Videos Articles WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour todaylast_img read more