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first_imgTwo days after the followers of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda went on the rampage and clashed with security forces in Panchkula, the epicentre of Friday’s violence, a sense of fear is still palpable among the local people in this otherwise peaceful city, which is now limping back to normality.“As I peeped through the window and saw the agitated mob rushing past on the street, the memories of Partition were rekindled … I told my wife, who was sitting beside me, to stay calm, but yet the fear was evident in her eyes,” Balraj Katiyal, a nonagenarian residing in Sector 4 of Panchkula, told The Hindu. Mr. Balraj’s son Dalip said: “The scene was scary, they [Dera supporters] started throwing stones and torching vehicles soon after the verdict in the rape case was announced,” he said, adding that the government should have taken note of the huge build-up of Dera followers.“Once the security forces used tear gas, the followers started running for shelter. A few scaled the wall of my house and tried to barge in. We were afraid they would harm us,” said Mr. Dalip, a retired bank employee.“Even before the verdict, the way the number of Dera supporters was swelling in the city was creating a sense of fear among us. While the situation is calm now, the past three or four days were frightening,” he said.Rakesh Agarwal of Panchkula said the failure of the State government to judge the situation had put the life of city residents at risk.Lax action“Our lives were at stake and it was all due to the government’s laxity. My maid told me that Dera followers had started gathering in nearby villages at their relatives and friends’ places. The government ignored the early signs and ultimately it was the local people who suffered,” he said. “For the past five days, my family and I have been cooped up inside the house due to the panic across the city. The day the Dera supporters created mayhem, the city’s sky was covered in smoke. The visuals I witnessed from my roof were chilling,” he said.Seema Bhardwaj, a resident of Sector 2 of the city, said she heard loud howling voices from the street. It was enough to create panic in the family. “As I heard the howling I rushed to the roof and saw the mob vandalising vehicles on the roads. Soon they [Dera supporters] attacked the security forces. For almost an hour, they created mayhem. As they assembled outside my house, it sent a shiver down my spine. I was worried they would harm us,” she said. “What my family and I went through the past few days was a terrible experience. We were virtually locked inside our home.”last_img read more

first_img She said reports suggesting that the SP and BSP had entered into an alliance for 2019 were “baseless and wrong” and being spread by mischievous elements.She said she had only appealed her supporters and party workers to vote for the “opposition party candidates in the strongest position” to defeat the BJP in Phulpur and Gorakhpur.The former chief minister though hinted at that her party did not rule out a strategic transfer of votes with the SP in the upcoming Rajya Sabha and Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council to keep out the BJP’S extra nominees.”Except in Karnataka [where she has alligned with Dewe Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular)] the BSP has not entered into any alliance or understanding in any other state. Final decision will be taken when 2019 Lok Sabha elections are declared,” Ms. Mayawati said.As per the strategy, the BSP will support the SP getting its MLCs elected in U.P., while the SP will help Ms Mayawati’s party send a candidate to the Rajya Sabha. It is not yet clear if she will contest the election to the upper house. Though SP president Akhilesh Yadav has gone all out to ensure a united opposition front including the BSP and Congress, in the by-polls, he has not yet reacted to Ms. Mayawati’s fresh remarks.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath dismissed the idea that a combined force of the SP and BSP would be any threat to the BJP.Ms. Mayawati’s clarification came hours after her Gorakhpur and Allahabad office-bearers declared support to the respective SP candidates.A combined SP and BSP force, if resonated on the ground, has the potential to stretch out the BJP, at least in Phulpur, the seat it won for the first time in 2014 under the Modi wave.That year, the BJP won both Phulpur and Gorakhpur, securing over 50% votes on each seat, 13% more than the combined vote of SP and BSP. However, in the 2017 Assembly election, while the BJP and its allies won all 10 Assembly segments in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, the SP and BSP combined defeated the BJP candidate on six of them. In addition, in Gorakhpur Rural the combined vote of the SP and the Nishad Party, which is this time directly alligned with Akhilesh Yadav, was more than the BJP’s tally. In another seat in Gorakhpur, Campierganj, the combined vote of the Nishad Party, BSP and Congress [the SP did not field a candidate as per an alliance understanding] was more than the BJP’s vote. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Sunday indicated that it would extend support to the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls scheduled for March 11.However, BSP president Mayawati clarified that the decision this did not amount to a formal alliance between the two parties.Also Read U.P. parties pulling out all stops to win Gorakhpur, Phulpur pollslast_img read more

first_imgTio, despite his hot shooting, said he still needs to adjust to playing in the UAAP and it just so happened he had the stroke against the Fighting Maroons.“I won’t say I already grasp the UAAP but at that moment I was feeling good so I had the confidence to shoot,” said Tio. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tio was perfect from the field going 6-for-6 en route to 14 points in just 11 minutes as he helped Ateneo flatten University of the Philippines, 92-71, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was excited to play but I wasn’t thinking that I had to score this amount of points, I just wanted to make sure that I played correctly,” said Tio, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 5-foot-11 guard wasn’t able to play in Season 79 as he couldn’t secure a Philippine passport in time and was considered as a foreigner.Ateneo had Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh in the roster and the UAAP allows just one foreigner per roster.center_img SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Tyler Tio had to sit out Season 79 due to his citizenship, and when Season 80 started he had to wait once again as his bum ankle wouldn’t allow him to play.So when he finally got the chance to hit the floor on Wednesday, the Canadian-born guard released his pent-up frustrations.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. (right) throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on Aug. 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe fight of the century went down over the weekend, as boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his record unblemished at 50-0, turning back a very game adversary in Conor McGregor.READ: 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th roundADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ However, not every sports fan managed to watch the fight on pay per view (PPV) and resorted to illegal streams online.According to a report form Forbes, digital platform security company Irdeto estimated that 2,930,598 people illegally watched the fight on various social media platforms via 239 illegal streams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlenty of unwarranted videos were shared on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch last Saturday (Sunday in Manila), while ads for the illegal streams were promoted on sites like Alibaba, eBay and Amazon.Other viewers, meanwhile, depended on “digital Robin Hoods”—or generous fans who purchased the fight and videotaped it live through their television or computers. Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out On the other hand, Facebook did its part to stop videos from spreading by taking down live streams of the fight.However, the social platform still could not keep up with the number of users, as some videos managed to be streamed live up until the end of the fight.Despite the massive number of illegal streams, the Mayweather versus McGregor fight is still expected to break PPV sales. As of this writing, official PPV numbers have yet to be released.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for youADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

first_imgAdam Voges’ unbeaten 80 from 72 balls – his highest one-day international innings and his 95-run partnership with David Hussey set up Australia’s 57-run win over England to take the series 6-1 on Sunday.Australian team celebrates after winning the ODI series against England at the WACA in Perth on Sunday. APIn reply, England collapsed to be 64-5 and was all out for 222 in the 44th over. Michael Yardy finished 60 not out for England, also his highest one-day score.Mitchell Johnson took 3-18 for Australia, while Shaun Tait bowled nine wides but still managed 3-48 and Jason Krejza picked up two wickets in his one-day debut.Australia took the opportunity to rest skipper Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Steve Smith.Voges, Tim Paine, Krejza and Doug Bollinger all came into the side, which was captained by Cameron White for the first time.After the early loss of Paine and Callum Ferguson, White joined Brad Haddin and the pair took 11 overs to put on a 37-run stand, with both men intent on spending long periods in the middle after just one half-century between them during the series.Haddin never really got going before he holed out off Yardy’s first over to Steve Finn, who cleverly released the ball as he stepped over the boundary before re-catching it inside the rope at long on.White struggled on for another five overs, before he mistimed a drive and Yardy completed a sharp catch off his own bowling, White’s 27 coming from 47 balls.Voges engineered several useful partnerships down the order, most notably a 45-run stand with Johnson (26).advertisementJames Anderson was the best of the England bowlers, with 3-48 off his 10 overs, while Liam Plunkett claimed 2-49 and Yardy 2-59.England’s bowlers conceded 30 extras, including 19 wides, but Australia did little better, having nine wides within the first six overs and also 19 in total.England was in trouble immediately in its reply after Tait got a ball to clip the top of Andrew Strauss’ off stump with the second ball of the innings, and the visitors were never really in the hunt for victory.After a slow start, Hussey compiled a run-a-ball total and found an ally in Voges.It was Voges’ second one-day 50 and his partnership with Hussey got the Australian innings back on track before he engineered several useful partnerships down the order, most notably a 45-run stand with Johnson (26).Paine was the first wicket to fall, given out lbw to Plunkett on referral after umpire Paul Reiffel had originally turned down the appeal.Replays showed that the ball was hitting the stumps despite Paine having advanced a fair way down the pitch, and the decision was overturned.White said it was good to head into the World Cup, where Australia is the three-time defending champions, on a winning note.”I think there is a bit of improvement left, I still think we are really yet to combine a good bat and ball game,” he said. “It’s been very good but I still think there is another that we can take it to, and need to for a tournament like the World Cup.”Strauss said England should have batted better but denied that his side’s minds was already on the flight home after a winning Ashes series and the long one-day series.”I think our minds are on the plane home now, definitely, but I don’t think that was the case out there today,” the England captain said. “We didn’t play particularly well. There were lots of wides, in between some good stuff as well, but I think we should have made a better fist of chasing that down. I don’t think that was an unattainable target on that wicket.”To lose five wickets in the first 15 overs is criminal really when you are chasing down a big score, and from that moment on it was going to be hard.”last_img read more

first_imgBonbon Batiller spent most of his time during the long break trying to figure out the puzzle that is hotshot Allyn Bulanadi of San Sebastian.The defense-oriented guard finally found a way to stop the league’s top scorer on Tuesday night and helped the Letran Knights bundle the San Sebastian Stags out of the semifinals of Season 95 of the NCAA basketball tournament after a slim 85-80 win at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Supreme test for both Donaire, Inoue China edge out Philippines 82-80 in Asian Games men’s basketball thriller PLAY LIST 00:54China edge out Philippines 82-80 in Asian Games men’s basketball thriller02:00Games and Amusement chair: Kiefer Ravena should be allowed to play in PBA02:45Tugade: Solving Edsa traffic will be slow without emergency power02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “I had been thinking about him way before we came into this game,” said Batiller, one of four graduating Knights who refused to end their season on Tuesday, in Filipino.“What kind of defense will I have to play against him? Those were the thoughts that came into my mind,” added Batiller.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWhen the chance came on his much-awaited face-off with Bulanadi, Batiller made sure the MVP contender, feared for his wide repertoire of accurate shots, won’t be a big factor in the endgame.With a phalanx of defenders anticipating his every move, Bulanadi missed all of his five attempts in the final quarter and finished with 15 points on 5-of-15 field-goal shooting. MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “We haven’t thought about Lyceum yet. We’ll rest tonight and start thinking about them in practice tomorrow,” said Tan.LETRAN 85—Balanza 15, Batiller 14, Mina 12, Muyang 11, Ular 10, Yu 10, Caralipio 9, Balagasay 4, Ambohot 0, Olivario 0, Reyson 0, Sangalang 0, Javillonar 0.SSC 80—Ilagan 36, Bulanadi 15, Villapando 8, Calahat 7, Capobres 5, Altamirano 5, Desoyo 2, Sumoda 1, Cosari 1, Calma 0, Isidro 0.Quarters: 23-20, 50-40, 69-59, 85-80 Rice industry paralysis Crafty point guard RK Ilagan covered for Bulanadi and erupted with a career-high 36 points, including a long three that cut the Letran lead to 81-80.King Caralipio sprinted on a break for a crucial basket on the next sequence and Fran Yu cooly sank his pair of free throws in the dying seconds that extinguished the hopes of the Stags for good.Graduating forward Jerrick Balanza led five other Knights in double figures with 15 points, while Batiller also contributed 14, highlighted by back-to-back threes in the third that gave them a 14-point spread.“They don’t want to end their careers yet,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan, referring to Balanza and Batiller.The Knights will advance to the next step of the stepladder semis against the second-ranked Lyceum Pirates on Friday where the winner meets the defending champion San Beda Red Lions in a best-of-three titular showdown.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant are on the cusp of history. They are one win away from lifting the IPL 2017 trophy and given their recent form against the other finalists, Mumbai Indians, it would take a very brave heart to not pit RPS as favourites.RPS have been on the rampage thanks to their star players and a host of young Indian cricketers who have risen to the occasion.Speaking exclusively to India Today, RPS team owner Sanjiv Goenka said the success of the Dhoni-Smith partnership is at the root of the team’s stellar performance this season”When two of the best minds meet this is what you get.”Goenka was also impressed with the performances of the young Indian players. The likes of Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat took the IPL by storm and played crucial roles as the team rode to the final on the back of some gutsy performances.”The Indian youngsters in the team have exceeded expectations and have learnt a lot from Dhoni and Smith.”To have Smith and Dhoni in the same dressing room is a huge learning for everyone in the team.”They have won everything that is there to win in world cricket and RPS has benefited as a result: see the semi-final.”Dhoni unleashed himself in the last two overs knowing you can wait till the end before you launch a brutal assault. That comes from experience,” Goenka stated.Confident ahead of the final, Goenka concluded saying “the season is already a huge success.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Cuming county says a Wisner, Nebraska resident has reported that he shot an intruder.Officers were sent to a home in Wisner around 6:50 a.m. Thursday on a report that someone was trying to break into the locked home.They found a wounded man lying on a floor inside and a resident armed with a handgun that had been fired.The wounded man was taken to an Omaha hospital with what was reported to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound.Wisner Police have not released the names of those involved in the shooting.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Manchester City January transfer news LIVE: Sterling set for new £250,000-a-week deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:26 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester City Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Citizens as the January transfer window heats up Sterling set for new £250,000-a-week dealRaheem Sterling is in line for a new Manchester City contract worth in excess of £250,000 a week, reports  The Guardian. Sterling’s current deals expires in 2020 and he earns a basic £170,000 a week, with City keen to reward the England international with a bumper new deal.The total package is likely to land Sterling a sizeable increase, with City keen to start talks over a new deal for the winger in February. 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 Man Utd ask for Evans updatesJonny Evans West BromManchester United have been asked to be kept updated on former defender Jonny Evans’ situation at West Brom, reports The Times. Manchester City have held talks over a deal for Evans, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested his club will struggle to compete with the Premier League leaders for the centre-half.Evans, who left Old Trafford for West Brom in 2015, remains of interest for his old club, while Everton and West Ham are also watching matters.Has De Bruyne dropped Alexis hint?Alexis Sanchez Kevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne may have accidentally revealed that Alexis Sanchez will leave Arsenal for Manchester City.Goal reported on Sunday that City hope to sign the Chilean in the January transfer window and are in on-going negotiations with Arsenal, with all three parties keen to find a resolution.And De Bruyne may have suggested a deal is all but done when he was asked about the possibility of Alexis moving to City this month, saying: “When he comes he will add something to the team.”Read the full story on Goal!  Alexis to start vs ChelseaAlexis Sanchez 31122017Despite intense speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester City, Alexis Sanchez will start Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea, reports The Guardian. City have submitted a £20m offer to Arsenal for Alexis, whose contract with the Gunners expires at the end of this season. Pep Guardiola’s side are confident of landing Alexis for free in the summer but with Gabriel Jesus out for two months with an injury, City are hoping to acquire the Chile international in January. City keeping tabs on MaguireHarry Maguire Leicester CityManchester City are interested in Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire but do not consider him a January target, according to Sky Sports News .Maguire joined Leicester from Hull in the summer for £17 million, but City may have to shell out £50m in the summer to land the 24-year-old. The Premier League leaders are targeting West Brom’s Jonny Evans or Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez to reinforce their defensive options in January. Arsenal join Liverpool & City in Pavon chaseBoca - Belgrano Torneo Primera Division 11092016Arsenal have joined Liverpool and Man City in the chase for Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon, reports the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old striker has turned heads with his performances for the Argentine giants, and has been compared to Alexis Sanchez. Pavon is said to have a £27 million release clause, and is likely to be named in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad for the World Cup in Russia.Man City to clinch Alexis this weekAlexis Sanchez 31122017Alexis Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to Manchester City could be completed as early as this week, claims the Express .City have refloated their interest for Pep Guardiola’s former Barca charge in January, with the two clubs entering talks.The Premier League leaders want the deal done as soon as possible, and hope to land Alexis in a move worth around £30 millionArsenal to use Debuchy in Evans deal?West Brom | Jonny EvansArsenal could send Mathieu Debuchy to West Brom as part of a deal to sign Jonny Evans, according to the Evening Standard .The Gunners reportedly have yet to meet West Brom’s £25 million valuation for Evans, with Manchester City also interested in the centre-back. But the inclusion of Debuchy could sway the Baggies, who are keen to add the right-back.last_img read more

first_imgAjax and Netherlands star Matthijs de Ligt revealed Cristiano Ronaldo asked him if he would join Juventus next season following Portugal’s Nations League victory over the defender’s Dutch side.De Ligt, 19, is expected to make a big-money move from Ajax in the close season, with Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona reportedly among the likely transfer destinations for the young defender.But Juve star Ronaldo wasted no time trying to get the defender to Turin after Portugal edged Netherlands 1-0 in the Nations League final on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Portuguese forward was seen talking to the defender following the match, which saw Portugal edge De Ligt and co. 1-0 behind a goal from Goncalo Guedes.Asked if Ronaldo had questioned if he would be his team-mate at Juventus, De Ligt told NOS: “That could be true, yes.”I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything.”Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.”@Cristiano #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/h3cF9IUcFU — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the centre-back, who enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals.They were defeated by Tottenham in that semi-final battle, but the Eredivisie champions were able to take down reigning champions Real Madrid and Ronaldo’s Juventus along the way, with De Ligt putting in standout performances in both ties.Ajax were also able to seal a league title, edging PSV to win the Eredivisie.De Ligt, Ajax’s captain, has made 117 senior appearances for the club and was recognized with the Golden Boy award in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians will change their clocks this weekend (April 3-4).Nova Scotia fire marshal Robert Cormier says that’s a reminder todo something else, too. “Change the battery in your smoke alarm when the time changes,”says Mr. Cormier, “and you’ll be sure it is protecting yourfamily the way it should.” Smoke alarms need maintenance to be fully effective. They need tobe kept clean, tested every month and the battery should bereplaced twice a year. The alarms are built to warn owners when the battery is low; theunits emit a brief chirping sound. But Mr. Cormier says ownersshould not depend on that. “Many people react to it by disconnecting the battery, with thegood intention of picking one up later in the day,” he explained.”The problem is that the battery then gets forgotten and thealarm offers no protection at all.” Changing the battery when the time changes will prevent mostsmoke alarms from chirping and will ensure a high level ofprotection. The fire marshal’s office recommends a smoke alarm on each levelof multi-level homes, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.Alarms should meet the requirements of a professional testinglaboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories. “Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning of fire,”says Mr. Cormier. “That advance warning gives everyone more timeto escape, but is especially important for seniors and children.”last_img read more

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada’s former justice minister.Singh says serious questions need to be answered about the scandal that cuts to the heart of Canada’s democracy.Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week, days after a report that says she was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution when she was justice minister.She was moved to veterans affairs in a cabinet shuffle last month before she resigned, saying she was getting legal advice on what she was permitted to say about the claims.Singh, who’s campaigning in Burnaby, B.C., for a byelection next Monday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government appears to be acting on behalf of its “friends” in this situation.He says after Liberal justice committee members attempted last week to obstruct any attempt to get to the bottom of the allegations, while the prime minister repeatedly changed his story, it’s become clear that a public inquiry is needed.The New Democrats will is also asking Trudeau to allow Wilson-Raybould to be able to speak about the issue.The party will ask for a vote on both measures later this week, he says.  “These are things that Canadians demand,” Singh says.The call comes as Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary and longtime friend, resigned.In a statement, Butts denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMelanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, says internet companies have immense power in deciding what content Canadians consume. (JUSTIN TANG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I think more and more voices around the world are being raised regarding the fact that platforms need to recognize their responsibility, and that while they’re getting a huge piece of the pie of digital advertising revenues, there needs to be an approach to support more trusted local journalism,” Joly said in an exclusive interview.“The benefits of the digital economy have not been shared equally. Too many creators, journalists, artists have been left behind, and there needs to be a better balance.” OTTAWA–Internet giants like Facebook and Google should play a direct role in investing in “trusted local journalism” and Canadian culture, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said Tuesday.Joly told the Star international tech companies have “not basically accepted they have a clear responsibility” to the countries they operate in, including promoting and funding cultural content, but also shaping public debate and discussion.Far from being “neutral pipelines” for information, Joly said the digital platforms have immense power in deciding what content Canadians consume, from Netflix recommending your next TV binge to Facebook and Google promoting some news stories over others. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img“How many wells we drill, how many rigs we bring in and how many plants are built, ultimately depends on the natural gas prices, on pipeline ability, and market conditions. Our plans for right now is to go from one rig, right now, to two rigs within next year and building to five to six rigs by 2022”.During the presentation, Deyell talks about how PETRONAS Canada is going to monetize the North Montney. According to the company, the resource size in the North Montney is currently at 63 trillion cubic feet. The company says the current plan shows they are developing only 15 percent of that resource and 7 tcf of that resource will be sent west to the LNG Canada project in Kitimat.By 2022, PETRONAS is aiming to spend a total of $1 billion in investments on the production projects in Fort St. John and the surrounding area. The President and CEO of PETRONAS Canada, Mark Fitzgerald, was scheduled to present at the conference but was unable to attend due to poor travel conditions.On Fitzgerald’s behalf, Liz Hannah and Nicole Deyell presented and talked about the plans the company has for the area.Hannah, Vice President of External Affairs and Communications for PETRONAS says the company is committed to the well-being of the community.“We’re very focused on making sure that it’s not just what we do, but it’s also how we do it. So we are very focused on making sure that we are going to be the kind of neighbour that you want in your backyard for a very long time to come.”From 2016 to 2018, the company halted all new drilling activity due to continued natural gas prices and spent that time revising their strategy.Nicole Deyell, Vice President of Development and Unconventional Centre of Excellence for PETRONAS, says the company is happy to announce the return of drilling operations to the area. “We’re very happy to announce that in October we brought back a drilling rig. We started drilling in the Town area, an eight-well pad, and we’ve actually finished three of those wells already, and we expect to have most of the pad, but not all of them, drilled this year.”Deyell also says that PETRONAS Canada has started the work to build two new gas plants in the Fort St. John area and that the projects will be done based on a steady increase in activity.“We’ve also started the work to build two new gas plants in the Town area and those will both tie-in to the main line when it comes online late next year, and then the following segment comes on in the following year. What you’ll see from us is a slow, steady increase in activity as we drill the wells for production in a measured way.”As for the number of wells to be drilled, Deyell says it all depends on market conditions.center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce hosted an evening with PETRONAS Canada.The evening allowed members of the community to hear a company update and the projected activity near Fort St. John and the surrounding area.The company recently changed their name from Progress Energy to PETRONAS Canada to better reflect with the parent company’s values and commitment to the Country.last_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd due to a collision.The collision is 39km from Chetwynd between Watkins road and the 283 road.There is no estimate on when the highway will reopen.If you’re traveling in the area, let us know what you see.Here is the full details from Drivebc.caHighway 97. Collision between Watkins Rd and 283 Rd (39 km north of Chetwynd). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Next update time Fri Dec 21 at 9:00 PM MST. Last updated Fri Dec 21 at 7:01 PM MST. (DBC-4326) UPDATE #3 – The RCMP have confirmed a pedestrian was killed in this collision.  Here are the details:  http://energeticcity.mystagingwebsite.com/2018/12/pedestrian-killed-on-highway-97-between-dawson-creek-and-chetwynd/UPDATE – The road is now clear.  We are still waiting for more information about the collision from the RCMP.UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says the highway is now open to single lane alternating traffic as of 10:30 pm.last_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan and Sahrawi flags were both seen in Cairo this past week at an African Union specialized committee meeting. The AU had invited officials from both Morocco and the Polisario Front to the summit, which took place from April 14-18. Polisario was represented by its secretary-general of transport, Salama Mohamed Youssef, and Morocco’s secretary of state for transport, Najib Boulif, led the Rabat delegation.While Polisario’s invitation to the meeting was not unexpected, since the self-proclaimed SADR is an AU member state, it does conjure up memories of past diplomatic tensions raised when delegations from both Morocco and the self-proclaimed SADR arrived at international summits. The AU’s specialized technical committees are the primary bodies in charge of its program and project implementation and work in areas that range from women’s empowerment to security and defense. They meet every two years.The specialized technical committee that met this week in Cairo was the committee on transport, infrastructure, energy, and tourism. It was billed as the “most prominent meeting of ministers responsible for transport,” bringing together the top transport officials of AU member states and hundreds of other professionals. Attendance from many African nations was key to push the AU’s goals for transportation forward, said Cheikh Bedda, African Union commission director of infrastructure and energy. “Our collective effort is critical,” he emphasized in his opening remarks at the meeting.For the AU, Polisario was included in that collective action.Throughout the week, Youssef joined other top officials from dozens of African nations to construct a vision for transportation and energy in Africa. The committee placed a particular emphasis on infrastructure development. The continent was at an important crossroads, Bedda said.“Whether it’s a new airport in Dakar in the West or a 300 MW wind farm in the East, major road and rail links in north, central and southern Africa, or energy generation and interconnection projects in various parts of the continent, infrastructure development in Africa is leaving a mark and making a difference in the lives of ordinary people,” he said.This week was not the first time Polisario has provoked questions about Egypt’s stance on the Western Sahara conflict. In October 2018, a representative from Polisario attended an event at the Egyptian embassy in Ethiopia, although Egyptian Ambassador to Morocco Ashraf Ibrahim said that the individual sneaked into the event and was not invited.Egypt officially supports Morocco’s stance on Western Sahara. The African Union has proclaimed its support for the UN’s role in the conflict, most recently when 37 AU countries attended a Moroccan conference in Marrakech in March on the issue. read more

Leaders of the fifteen member regional organization the Economic Community of Western States (ECOWAS) decided to establish special police units to combat trafficking in persons, to provide special training for police, customs and immigration officials, and prosecutors and judges, and to strengthen their laws. These decisions form part of a plan of action against trafficking in persons, developed hand-in-hand with United Nations crime prevention experts. The plan commits governments to these and other urgent actions against trafficking in 2002-2003 and sets tangible goals and objectives. A protocol outlining a regional response to battling corruption, also developed by ECOWAS with assistance from the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, was adopted by the eleven heads of State and five senior ministers who attended the meeting. ECOWAS new chairman, President Wade of Senegal, closed the conference with a strong statement of support for the battle against international terrorism, and called for additional help to strengthen the ECOWAS intergovernmental action group which is working on ways to combat money laundering. read more

by Gregory Katz And Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2017 12:42 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email London Fashion Week opens amid Brexit uncertainties LONDON – Models and fashion editors descended on Britain’s sunny capital from snowy New York Friday for the start of London Fashion Week, kicking off a whirlwind of runway shows featuring Burberry, Versus, Roksanda and dozens of other designers.The first day of the fashion showcase started in a new location on the Strand in central London. Here are some highlights:___BREXIT ANXIETIES LOOMFor a change, politics took centre stage as the event opened.“Brexit” — Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union — and political uncertainties in the U.S. and Europe dominated opening remarks by the organizers, who urged the fashion industry to make a clear statement of unity and inclusiveness in the face of rising nationalism.Britain’s fashion leaders are concerned about how Brexit will impact trade in an industry that has grown accustomed to the easy movement of talent and goods across European borders.“I’d like to take this opportunity … to remind the government that retaining our competitive position isn’t straightforward and we hope that you’ll listen and understand our concerns and our needs when we talk to you about visas, talent, tariffs, and IP (intellectual property),” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council at an opening session.___PASTELS AT BORA AKSUThe London-based Turkish designer Bora Aksu dedicated his show to Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, a prominent advocate for women’s rights in Britain during the suffragette movement. He said she showed a “beguiling combination of royalty and revolutionary fervour.”The collection played heavily on lilacs, blues and powdery pinks. Some of the outfits offered playful variations on Victorian themes, complete with severe, almost masculine hats, while others were completely contemporary.The 1960s were present also, with some models braiding blue flowers into their hair and several outfits offering variation on black and white Op Art themes.A full-length pink and pale blue dress was particularly striking, seeming to bridge several eras of fashion history in a soft, subtle vision. At its best, the show had an ethereal quality.___TWEEDS AND SPARKLY GOWNS AT PAUL COSTELLOEIt was a splendid evening for Irish-American designer Paul Costelloe, a stalwart of London Fashion Week who spiced up his show with Jimi Hendrix’s apocalyptic “All Along the Watchtower” and finished by dancing with one of his models to Sam Cooke’s joyous “Another Saturday Night.”Between the first Hendrix chords and the last steps of his dance, Costelloe showed dramatic evening gowns, many with sheer, sparkly designs, and ensembles featuring tight corsets over culottes and oversize tweedy jackets over skintight leather trousers.Models were given a horizontal line of blood-red eye makeup that gave them a somewhat forbidding look. Many of the short dresses featured attached hoods, and one elegant outfit showed a distinct Japanese influence, with a floor-length kimono-style dress.Costelloe highlighted his Irish heritage with the use of tweeds, but not in traditional cuts or styles. He has perfected the sexy librarian look — giving one model a long, high-waisted tweed skirt paired with a ruffly white blouse. Many of his simple outfits, relying on solid pieces in contrasting colours, worked extremely well. The gowns were the highlight: distinctive, imaginative and fun.___VIRTUAL REALITYOff the catwalks, there was also a broad array of international talent on display at presentations at Somerset House, which includes designers from India, Guatemala, Slovakia and elsewhere.The new presentation rooms at the Store Studios included a virtual reality display that let visitors don special equipment for brief presentations about London’s fashion heritage plus a video about Alexander McQueen.The headphones and goggles gave viewers a startling display of the workmanship and detailing that goes into the construction of the highest of high-end apparel. A model wears a creation by designer Eudon Choi during the runway show as part of London Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) read more

Voicing alarm at the escalating violence in northern and central Rakhine state and Chin state, the UN Special Rapporteur on human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, urged all sides, including the State military and ethnic armed groups, to show restraint and protect civilians.In a statement, Ms. Lee added that “blocking humanitarian access is a serious violation of international humanitarian law”.On 10 January, a letter was sent by the Rakhine state government to the UN and international humanitarian agencies with instructions, apart from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross, to suspend their activities in the five townships in northern Rakhine that are affected by the conflict, Ponnagyun, Kyauktaw, Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw. Since November last year, the Arakan Army separatists and the Myanmar military have been engaged in heavy fighting, which has resulted in deaths and injuries to civilians. Since early December, at least 5,000 people have been displaced from their homes.Condemning the attack by the Arakan Army on the four Border Guard Police posts on 4 January and expressing concern at the Myanmar military disproportionate response to the attack, Ms. Lee stressed that “all the people of Rakhine state, including the Rakhine, Mro, Daignet, Hindu and Rohingya, have already suffered enough”.The UN human rights expert also expressed her concern about the risks of “exacerbating divisions among communities in an already fractured state, further complicating the complex situation that exists in the country”.The latest violence comes amid a wider pattern of sporadic but at times intense fighting between ethnic groups and the authorities in Myanmar dating back more than 70 years in some cases, since independence in January 1948.Ms. Lee called on the Government to prioritise the safety and well-being of “all the people of Rakhine State and work towards peace around Myanmar”. read more