Rajbhar to meet Shah over sub-quota issue

first_imgSuheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, who had warned of parting ways with the National Democratic Alliance over the sub-quota demand, said on Friday the matter would be taken up with BJP president Amit Shah next week. Mr. Rajbhar, the Backward Class Minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh, has been vocal about implementing an expert group recommendation on subcategorisation of the 27% Other Backward Class reservation into three categories to benefit the most-backward castes. “A meeting with the BJP president Amit Shah has been fixed for March 4 (Monday) during which all issues, including the implementation of social justice committee recommendations will be taken up,” Mr. Rajbhar told reporters after a programme at Rasra in Ballia district. “The matter over continuation in the alliance with the BJP has not yet been resolved,” the SBSP leader said.Mr. Rajbhar had earlier threatened to part ways with the BJP if recommendations of the social justice committee were not implemented by February 24, but had later decided to defer a decision in view of the meeting with BJP leadership.Office allotment Besides the implementation of the recommendations, the SBSP chief has also been demanding an office for his party in Lucknow.last_img read more

Team India manager questions Anushka Sharma’s stay with Virat Kohli

first_imgSunil Dev said that wife’s are ok but girlfriends accompanying cricketers on tours is against Indian cultureThe debate of wives and girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after Team India’s manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma’s stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the India vs England Test series.Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Virat Kohli has now come under severe criticism for his Test failure — 134 runs in 5 matches. Many fans and some quarters of BCCI have blamed Anushka Sharma’s presence behind the vice-captain’s poor form with the bat in a series, which India lost 1-3.BCCI’s decision to allow the Bollywood actress to stay with the cricketer has snowballed into a controversy after Dev just stopped short of saying that wife’s are ok but girlfriends on tours was against the culture of the country.”I didn’t know who gave this permission and from where it was supposed to be taken. Whether this was been done before or not I am not aware of it. But I will definitely speak to the BCCI about what I feel and submit my report,” Dev told ‘Times Now’.Asked whether girlfriends travelling with the players on tour was against Indian culture, Dev said: As you said yes I agree with you. But I won’t make any comment until I meet Board members.”I am bound with a contract with the Board.”Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been grabbing headlines ever since they were first spotted together during the tour of New Zealand. During the England series, the couple were back in the news when it was reported that the actress was staying in the same hotel as Virat Kohli with permission from the BCCI.advertisementlast_img read more

I Don’t Ask About Location or Opponent When it Comes to Playing for India: Leander Paes

first_img davis cupIndiaLeander Paespakistan First Published: November 21, 2019, 7:22 PM IST New Delhi: Worrying about the venue is never an option when it comes to playing for India, asserted Leander Paes, days after several of his colleagues expressed reservations about travelling to Islamabad for their Davis Cup tie.A number of top players and captain Mahesh Bhupathi had refused to play in the Pakistan capital due to security concerns but Paes, along with Saketh Myneni and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, were available. All three are now part of India’s Davis Cup squad which will travel to Nur-Sultan for the November 29-30 tie, the winner of which will compete in the 2020 World Group Qualifiers.”I am very pleased to be playing for the country again. My job is not to worry about the location or the opponent, my job is to put my best foot forward. Given the circumstance, part of my job was to motivate the youngsters,” Paes told PTI after a practice session.”We did not want India to either default or forfeit this tie. When it comes to playing for India, I don’t ask where and who my opponent is,” he added firmly.Does it mean that Paes was not worried about his safety in Pakistan?”Regardless of where we play, we do due diligence to make sure safety of the team is there. That being said, I knew that once venue was decided, players were picked, homework was being done and right measures were taken for us to play.”It was widely believed that Paes had played his last Davis Cup tie for India when he got the record-shattering 43rd doubles win while playing against China in April 2018.He was not considered for selection after that. However, the AITA had to fall back on the iconic player when the country’s top doubles player Rohan Bopanna refused to travel to Islamabad and Divij Sharan was unavailable due to his wedding reception.For the 46-year-old legend, the season was already over as he had not played since the US Open in September and the Davis Cup call did catch him by surprise.”There were a lot of rumblings going on behind the scene in the Indian tennis fraternity that Leander has played his last davis Cup tie but for me playing for my country has been greatest honour. It (the call) caught me off guard but I had enough time to prepare and I have done so.”Despite the other top players’ willingness to play in Kazakshtan’s capital, the AITA rewarded Paes, Myeni and Jeevan by picking them in the squad.”It has been a bit of roller-coaster but I am pleased we have brought the best team forward, going into this tie. As athletes, as patriots, our job is to play for. All things happening around tennis is not our focus. Out focus is to make ourselves ready to play for country and win.”Pakistan will be without their top players Aiam-ul-haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan, who pulled out in protest against shifting of the tie, but Paes is optimistic that the senior Pakistan players will change their mind and turn up for the matches.”I don’t think you can take that for granted because as we sit here and talk, they can change their team. Aisam and Aqeel still could come. I have had great relationship with both.”But every human being has their own evaluations and viewpoints. That’s not my call to make. All I know is when it comes to playing for country, whether it was Islamabad or anywhere in the world, I am ready.”Until November 28, teams can be changed. Regardless of who you are playing, as athletes we never underestimate the players we are playing.”Paes said the harsh cold conditions will be a test for the Indian team.”The conditions are going to be so rough. It’s minus 29 today in Astana (Nur-Sultan). It’s brutal, I don’t think our players have played in such conditions. This is by far the toughest, weather wise. We have to be smart about fitness there.”Paes is most likely to be paired with left-handed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan for the doubles and he was all praise for his new partner.”Left-right combination is always good. Jeevan brings lot of energy, communicates well. He thrives in team environment and these are the kind of guys, you need in the Davis Cup team.”The most important part of the team is the team and each individual plays their role to enhance the team and Jeevan does a good job like that.”Whether it’s talking with Ram in Tamil or us three teasing each other, his close relationship with Bala.”Paes also praised captain Rohit Rajpal and coach Zeshan Ali for their role in putting together a team at a short notice. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

India Blue inch closer to seal Duleep Trophy final berth

first_imgIndia Blue established their dominance against India Green by taking a mammoth 555-run lead on the penultimate day of the four-day Duleep Trophy match on Tuesday.After a brilliant first innings where they piled on 707 runs, the Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue decided to carry on batting after bundling out Indian Green for a paltry 237 in their first essay.The third day ended with India Blue reaching 85/0 in the second innings with Gambhir and Mayank Agarwal unbeaten on 36 and 49 respectively at the Greater Noida Sports Complex here.Facing a mammoth 707, India Green started off on a poor note as opener Murali Vijay (6) threw away his wicket by stepping down the track but missed the ball altogether in the fourth over.This brought in Jalaj Saxena, who also could not add much to the scorecard and was sent back to the pavilion with just 37 runs on the board.After this, India Green never managed to get a big partnership though middle order’s Parthiv Patel (55) and Shreyas Gpoal (26) tried to steady the ship but too perished in the process.India Blue came up with a double strike sending both the set batsmen back off consecutive deliveries. Skipper Suresh Raina came in late and entertained the crowd with a breezy 52, but his knock could not take the team out of troubled waters and as a result only managed to score 237 runs, and trail by 470.Legspinner Karn Sharma and pacer Abhimanyu Mithun got three wickets each while Pankaj Singh managed two scalps. Despite a huge lead, Gambhir decided to bat again and he along with his opening partner Agarwal remained unbeaten at stumps. They forged an 85-run unbeaten partnership with Gambhir going on to make 1000 runs in the Duleep Trophy.advertisementBrief Scores: India Blue: 707, 85/0 (Gautam Gambhir 36 not out, Mayank Agarwal 49 not out) vs India Green (Parthiv Patel 55, Suresh Raina 52, Abhimanyu Mithun 3/16, Karn Sharma 3/74)last_img read more

Maha to give Rs 50 lakh each to 3 womens cricket team players

first_imgMumbai, Jul 28 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitated members of the Indian womens cricket team from the state, at Vidhan Bhawan here today.Tabling a resolution in the Assembly to congratulate the womens cricket team, Fadnavis said Indias prestige has gone up due to the “scintillating” performance of these players.The team has returned from London after participating in Womens World Cup, in which India lost to England in the final played last Sunday.Fadnavis said the state government has decided to award team players from Maharashtra – Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut — Rs 50 lakh each for their sterling performance.The players were felicitated by Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan.”Although the team could not win the Cup, sports lovers showered praise on the players performance, which in itself was a big victory,” Fadnavis said, reading out the resolution in the Lower House.Fadnavis informed the House that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hosted the womens cricket team and told the players that they made the nation proud. PTI VT NPlast_img read more

Sevilla Οusts Man United from Champions League with 2-1 Win

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Frustrated and feeling increasingly uneasy, Manchester United fans unleashed a loud cry of “attack, attack, attack” with their team’s Champions League fate hanging in the balance against Sevilla.It was the Spanish side who answered the call.Within eight minutes, Sevilla had scored two goals and was heading into the quarterfinals of Europe’s top competition for the first time in 60 years.In the biggest surprise of the last 16, Sevilla eliminated United by winning the second leg 2-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday, thanks to two goals in the space of four minutes by substitute Wissam Ben Yedder. In the night’s other match, Roma advanced after Edin Dzeko scored early in the second half to secure a 1-0 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk, overturning a 2-1 first-leg defeat to advance on away goals.It was a historic night for Sevilla and an embarrassing one for United, which managed only four shots on target in 180 minutes against one of the weakest defenses left in the competition.“I don’t want to make a drama out of it,” United manager Jose Mourinho said, struggling for an explanation for his team’s feeble performance. “That’s football. It’s not the end of the world.”United was lucky to escape from the first leg with a 0-0 draw and it always felt dangerous score line for United.The longer it went scoreless, the more nervy it got inside Old Trafford. The “attack, attack, attack” chant — made famous during the glory years under Alex Ferguson — came after 70 minutes, and Sevilla’s response was to throw on Ben Yedder two minutes later.Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder, second left puts his shirt back on as he celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)The French striker, a former international futsal player, gave the visitors a cutting edge the man he replaced — Luis Muriel — didn’t offer. Another two minutes later, he ran onto Pablo Sarabia’s precise through-ball, got half a meter on marker Eric Bailly and drove a low shot inside the post.De Gea had no chance with that goal, but could have done more about the second. A Sevilla corner was flicked onto the back post where Ben Yedder stooped to send in a header that De Gea tried to palm over the bar but only succeeded in diverting it into his own net.Ben Yedder moved onto eight goals in this season’s competition and he missed a chance for a hat trick as United’s defense fell apart in the latter stages. Only Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo — with 12 goals — has more.Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for United from close range in the 84th but a late rally couldn’t prevent United slipping out of the competition in meek fashion.“I sat in this chair twice in the Champions League,” Mourinho told reporters after the match. “I knock out Manchester United at home at Old Trafford. I sit in this chair with Porto (in 2004), Man United out. I sit in this chair with Real Madrid, Man United out. I don’t think it’s something new for the club.”But unlike in those victories, Mourinho might have got his tactics wrong this time.By starting Marouane Fellaini for the first time since Nov. 22, United manager Jose Mourinho ceded some of the midfield control that was a standout feature of his team’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder, at right reacts after he scores his sides second goal of the game during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)There was space in front of United’s back four, with holding midfielder Nemanja Matic isolated as Fellaini roamed, and a team with more incisiveness than Sevilla would have capitalized earlier than it did.As it was, Sevilla couldn’t find the target with a slew of efforts from distance in the first half but, with Steven Nzonzi and Evert Banega controlling the midfield, United was not finding it easy.After halftime, United looked more threatening — Jesse Lingard’s low shot brought a good save from goalkeeper Sergio Rico — but was thankful for a last-gasp tackle by Bailly to deny Joaquin Correa just as the Sevilla forward was about to shoot.Mourinho chose to bring Paul Pogba on for Fellaini on the hour mark to bring some variety to the team’s attacking moves. But it was the introduction of Ben Yedder that had the bigger impact.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ESPN Says These 2 Teams Will “Decide” The College Football Playoff

first_imgOregon's players get ready to return a kick against Florida State in the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the ball off to the Oregon Ducks to start the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)It’s game week in the college football world. Finally.The 2018 regular season is set to have its first full Saturday of games this weekend. There are several notable games, from Alabama-Louisville to Michigan-Notre Dame to Miami-LSU.Several outlets have been updating their predictions heading into the weekend.ESPN published some College Football Playoff predictions this morning. The Worldwide Leader believes two teams will “decide” the playoff.Those two teams: Auburn and Ohio State.Even with Urban Meyer suspended for the first three games of the season, Ohio State and the entire Big Ten will have arguably the biggest impact on the College Football Playoff race this fall, according to ESPN’s Playoff Predictor.Ohio State and Auburn will combine to play in the six of the seven most important games of the season, and five of the eight games with the biggest impact on the CFP race will feature two Big Ten teams. Ohio State’s games against Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan are each amongst the seven most important games — and Meyer will be coaching in all of them — along with Auburn’s games against Washington, Georgia and Alabama.Both Auburn and Ohio State are legitimate playoff contenders. And, clearly, they’ll be playing in several big-time contests this fall.You can view ESPN’s full predictions here.last_img read more

A New Excerpt From Jim Harbaugh’s Book Is Drawing Criticism

first_img Harbaugh ultimately believes that Michigan is the one school that can compete athletically and academically with any other program.“Most of the players we recruit are good enough to play for Alabama or Clemson and smart enough to play for Ivy League schools,” Harbaugh said. “If you don’t win in the classroom on Monday, you won’t be here for many Saturdays.”Here is the full excerpt:This is from Michigan’s Matt Dudek via the Forbes review is the book. Gag me. https://t.co/FqfmG5ZrBw pic.twitter.com/1Y3vsYvaJB— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 22, 2019It’s a bold take from Harbaugh, who evidently isn’t lacking confidence when it comes to his school pride.This probably won’t be the last we hear from Harbaugh, especially with Bacon’s book on the verge of being released. Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines for the Michigan Wolverines.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh was heavily criticized on Wednesday for his comments made to Michigan insider John U. Bacon. The head coach of the Wolverines reportedly said “it’s hard to beat the cheaters.”Well, it appears Harbaugh is under fire again for his latest remarks.In September, Bacon plans on releasing a new book called Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football. It’ll dive into the Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor.Obviously Harbaugh is very proud of Michigan, but the polarizing coach might be knocking down other schools at their expense. The latest quote from him that is going viral addresses the type of student-athletes that he tries to recruit.last_img read more

Injured Jhye Richardson withdrawn from Australia World Cup squad

first_imgInjured Jhye Richardson withdrawn from Australia World Cup squadJhye Richardson will be replaced by namesake Kane Richardson after failing to recover from a shoulder dislocation he suffered playing against Pakistan in March.advertisement Reuters MelbourneMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 11:31 IST Jhye Richardson has been in good form in white-ball cricket this year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJhye Richardson dislocated his shoulder while playing against Pakistan in MarchKane Richardson was already at the pre-World Cup training camp in BrisbaneAustralia’s first match in their World Cup title defence is against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1Australian pace bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled of his maiden Cricket World Cup by a shoulder injury and was withdrawn from the squad for the tournament in England and Wales on Wednesday.The 22-year-old, who made his one-day international debut in January last year, will be replaced by namesake Kane Richardson after failing to recover from a shoulder dislocation he suffered playing against Pakistan in March.”This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process,” team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a Cricket Australia news release.”After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required and therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad.”Jhye will continue with his rehabilitation and we will look to resume bowling in the coming weeks,” Beakley said.Kane Richardson, who has taken 29 wickets in 20 ODIs, was already at the pre-World Cup training camp in Brisbane and got the nod over Test paceman Josh Hazlewood, who is on the comeback trail after a back injury.Hazlewood was a key member of the team that won the World Cup in 2015 but will also be vital to Australia’s hopes of winning the Ashes series in England that follows the World Cup.Australia’s first match in their World Cup title defence is against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Revised squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jhye RichardsonFollow Australia World Cup squadFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offer

first_imgNo regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerCricket South Africa’s selection panel convener, Linda Zondi said in a statement that they have ‘no regret’ in turning down AB de Villiers’ offer to make a comeback to international cricket for South Africa at World Cup 2019 as the selection panel’s decision was based on principle.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 17:05 IST AB de Villiers had offered to make a comeback to international cricket for South Africa at World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth African cricketer AB de Villiers had offered to return from retirement to play for World Cup 2019South Africa, however, turned down de Villiers’ offer to return for World Cup 2019South Africa board issued a statement saying they had no regret in rejecting AB’s comeback offerAfter the news of swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers making an offer to come out of international retirement for World Cup 2019 started doing the rounds, Cricket South Africa’s selection panel convener, Linda Zondi issued a statement to clarify the board had ‘no regret’ in rejecting de Villiers comeback offer.”The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players,” Zondi said in an official statement.According to an ESPNcricinfo report, AB de villiers, who retired from international cricket last year in May, approached South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis and other important members of management to express his desire to come out of international retirement for World Cup, 2019.However, the offer was rejected by the South Africa team management.Claryifing on turning down de Villiers services for the showpiece event, Zondi, said in a statement, “For Faf du Plessis and Ottis Gibson to share AB’s desire to be included in the squad on the day we announced our World Cup squad on April 18th was a shock to all of us.””AB left a big vacuum when he retired, we had a year to find players at franchise level to fill the gap. We had players who put in the hard work, who put up their hands and deserved to be given the opportunity to go to the World Cup.””At no point in the year that he (AB) had retired did he make himself available for selection. It was no option when I received the news on the day of the squad announcement, our squad was finalised and confirmed. AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principles; there is no regret in the decision.”advertisementRecently, many South African fans had demanded an emergency recall for AB de Villiers, seeing South Africa’s worst ever start to a World Cup in the last eight editions.South Africa have lost all their 3 matches in the World Cup so far. After losing their first two matches, to England and Bangladesh, they went down by 6 wickets to Virat Kohli’s men in Southampton on Wednesday.AB de Villiers was in sublime for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 edition and ended his campaign with 443 runs in 13 innings at an average of 44.20 and strike rate of 154 with 5 fifties.Seeing de Villiers’ current form and Proteas’ poorest start in eight World Cup campaigns, the decision to refuse former South Africa captain’s proposal of international comeback by South Africa team management will raise many eyebrows.Also Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansongAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Change-room is hurting and guys are down, says Faf du PlessisAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow AB de VilliersFollow Cricket South Africalast_img read more

More Leave Time for Nova Scotia Employees and their Families

first_imgGovernment is making changes to the Labour Standards Code to provide employees with more time to support and care for their families. The changes, introduced today, Sept. 13, enhance combined pregnancy/parental leave, parental leave and caregiving leave. This aligns with recent federal changes to employment insurance benefits. “We’re making these changes so Nova Scotians have stronger job security when they need to care for a new child or a sick family member,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “We want employees to know that if they need to take time off to care for their families, there is support.” Changes include increasing both parental leave and combined pregnancy/parental leave from 52 weeks to 77 weeks. These changes ensure eligible employees can take a protected leave from work while accessing federal employment insurance benefits of 61 weeks for parental leave and 76 weeks for combined pregnancy/parental leave. Under the federal changes, eligible employees have a choice of parental benefits paid over a period of 35 or 61 weeks. The proposed changes will also create a new 16 week critically ill adult care leave and provide a broad definition of family member, to include persons who are like family, for both critically ill child and adult caregiving leaves. These proposed changes will come into effect on royal assent should the proposed bill be passed in the legislature.last_img read more

Appeal today for Chicago woman who plotted Halifax shopping mall massacre

first_imgHALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s top court will hear the appeal today of an American woman who plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall.Lindsay Souvannarath was jailed in April last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a 2015 plan to shoot people at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court.The 26-year-old woman has argued in provincial Appeal Court documents that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years.The Chicago-area woman has provided five grounds for appeal, including suggesting that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had renounced anti-social beliefs.Souvannarath pleaded guilty in April 2017, about six months after Randall Shepherd — a Halifax man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the foiled shooting plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.The conspiracy can be traced back to December 2014, when Souvannarath and Gamble began an online relationship.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Conservatives pledge review of tax system to ease headaches for small businesses

first_imgST. CATHARINES – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is pledging to repeal changes to the tax system that led to a near war between small business and the Liberal government two years ago.Scheer said today he’ll reverse the decision by the Liberals that increased the tax rate on small business investments and made it harder for companies to pay dividends to family members.“A new Conservative government will continue to celebrate small businesses as drivers of prosperity, and not view them merely as sources of revenue,” he said.In 2017, the Liberals changed the tax system for businesses to close what they called an unfair loophole. It allowed small businesses to keep income from sources not related to their work inside their corporations, where it was taxed at a lower rate than if they had counted it towards their personal bottom line.The government had argued that allowing that system meant people were incorporating just for a tax benefit, but a massive outcry ensued among those who felt the Liberals were branding self-employed Canadians as tax cheats.The government was subsequently forced to change their proposed new rules, and decided to allow businesses to keep a maximum of $50,000 in passive income before the new taxes kicked in.Scheer said today he’ll just reverse that, and another change the Liberals made around paying dividends to family members.He’ll also appoint an expert panel to review the entire tax system in order to modernize it, find a way to help businesses better navigate the tax system and reduce regulations by 25 per cent over four years, which would be identified after a review. He said he’d assign a minister specifically to cut regulation.Scheer is campaigning today in southwestern Ontario, making his tax announcement in St. Catharines before moving on to Waterloo and London, Ont. pushing his central message that the election is a question about who people should trust to help them get ahead.last_img read more

Site C stop work injunction dismissed

first_imgBREAKING: West Moberly FN attempt to get injunction to halt Site C dam has been dismissed. #bcpoli— Keith Baldrey (@keithbaldrey) October 24, 2018More to come… VANCOUVER, B.C. – A court injunction to stop work at the Site C Dam has been dismissed.According to tweets from reporters in Vancouver, the injunction filed by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in January of this year has been dismissed.The two First Nations applied for seeking a complete stoppage to work on the dam, or for work to stop in so-called “critical areas” for a period of 18 months – which is the period of time that an expedited trial for the treaty infringement suit is estimated to take.last_img read more

Fatal collision on Alaska Highway South of Taylor

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP now confirm one person has died in the collision that occurred on December 13 at around 8:30 a.m. on the Alaska Highway, south of Taylor.Police say there was a two-vehicle head-on collision on Hwy 97 south of 230 Road, Taylor area, involving a semi-truck and passenger vehicle with one person in each.Emergency services, Dawson Creek RCMP, Traffic Services and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service responded to the scene. RCMP Corporal Mike Halskov says the Dawson Creek RCMP are currently investigating the collision as the cause of the crash is unknown at the moment.The highway will be closed for the foreseeable future. Motorists are asked to monitor DriveBC.ca for updates to the road closure.last_img read more

ECI unlikely to validate BJPs barb regarding Bengals booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) may not fulfill BJP’s demand of declaring all the polling booths in Bengal as ‘sensitive’ as there is no situation in the state disturbing law and order.As per the latest observation by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, there has been no law and order situation in any part of the state since announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The CEO’s office has so far identified around 18,461 booths as ‘sensitive’, spreading over 9 districts in the state. The ECI officials in the state are in the process of identifying the sensitive booths across the state, on the basis of their previous records of violence. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey have been carrying out a detailed examination of the nature of polling booths and are trying to identify the pockets which had witnessed violence in the previous few elections. According to sources in the CEO’s office, around 2,357 booths in South 24-Parganas have been designated as sensitive, while Birbhum has 1,556 sensitive booths. There are around 1,220 sensitive booths in Malda and 1,197 such booths in Murshidabad. In case of Hooghly, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas, the figures are 1,008, 503, 657 and 981 respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against BJP’s demand of declaring all the booths in Bengal as ‘super sensitive’. Banerjee had also asked how BJP prepared the list of sensitive polling booths and slammed the vindictive politics by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. She also urged the ECI to act impartially. Banerjee’s reaction came soon after a BJP delegation met ECI officials in Delhi on March 13 and apprised them of the party’s demands. Meanwhile, 10 companies of Central forces arrived at different districts on Friday and started area domination to boost the confidence of the voters. One company of CRPF jawans started route march along the bordering areas of Birbhum, Bankura and West Burdwan on Friday morning. They are keeping a close watch on the Jharkhand border as well. Forces are being deployed in various parts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and others. An ECI team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to come to the city on Saturday and meet the senior officials of the CEO’s office and the senior police officers in the state to supervise the poll-preparedness.last_img read more

UN to send humanitarian assessment mission to Ethiopias Somali regional state

The Government of Ethiopia has agreed to facilitate the inter-agency mission at the UN’s request. “It is my hope that the findings of this assessment mission will construct a clearer picture of the humanitarian situation in the Region,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Fidele Sarassoro said today of the mission, which he will launch in Jijiga, the regional capital.“Equally important to us is that the findings of this mission also support the delivery of assistance to the people of Somali Region,” he added.The mission includes staff from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Department of Safety and Security, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The UN and other humanitarian actors have been supporting pastoral and agro-pastoral populations in the Somali Region with humanitarian and development assistance, particularly since 2000. 29 August 2007The United Nations is sending a humanitarian mission tomorrow to Ethiopia’s Somali Region, which has been affected by security operations, to assess relief needs, in particular access to food, water, health and nutrition services, and to monitor the dispatch and distribution of emergency food aid. read more

Ban urges greater use of digital technology to improve living conditions

“The United Nations is committed to ensuring that people everywhere have equitable access to information and communication technologies,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.“On this International Day, let us resolve to fully harness the great potential of the digital revolution in the service of life-saving relief operations, sustainable development and lasting peace,” the Secretary-General said.He notes that the use of telecommunications was crucial to saving lives in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January. Communications technologies were used to coordinate aid and to provide desperately sought information about victims, Mr. Ban said.“The [UN] International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its commercial partners contributed scores of satellite terminals and helped to provide wireless communications to help disaster relief and clean-up efforts,” he said, lauding efforts by the ITU and its partners to promote broadband access in rural and remote areas around the world.“Greater access can mean faster progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” the Secretary-General said, referring to the poverty alleviation and social development targets that countries have agreed to make efforts to achieve by 2015.“The Internet drives trade, commerce and even education. Telemedicine is improving health care. Earth monitoring satellites are being used to address climate change. And green technologies are promoting cleaner cities,” said Mr. Ban. “As these innovations grow in importance, so, too, does the need to bridge the digital divide,” he added.The theme of this year’s observance of the day is “Better Cities, Better Life with ICTs.” Mr. Ban said that the theme was a reminder that communications technologies must be employed – and disposed of – in a manner that raises living standards while protecting the environment.“Better Cities, Better Life” is also the theme of the World Expo in Shanghai, where the UN has a permanent Pavilion, and where the ITU today marked its 145th anniversary with the presentation of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Awards.This year’s laureates – Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak; Chairman and CEO of China Mobile, Wang Jianzhou; and Robert Kahn, President and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives – were recognized for their contribution to the ongoing digital revolution and their dedication to promoting ICTs as a means of providing a better life for humanity. 17 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to harness the power of telecommunications and information technologies to improve life-saving services, promote sustainable development and foster international peace. read more

Closing 2016 Youth Forum senior UN official says young people key to

“We should aim high and we have the potential to reach ambitious goals,” Oh Joon said at the Forum’s closing ceremony. “What else have we learned? The challenges the youth is facing are real,” he said.Mr. Oh listed unemployment, poverty, climate change, and inequality as issues needing to be addressed through “a cross-cutting and interconnected approach.” “This being said, solutions exist and there is a need for an inspiring commitment by all stakeholders to drive the 2030 Agenda forward,” he stressed, referring to the new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all UN Member States last September.This year’s Youth Forum, an annual event taking place for the fifth time, focused on how young people can support the goals worldwide. ECOSOC’s President underlined that youth will play an important role in advocating for the SDGs so that people all over the world know about them. “This is a prerequisite to ensure that nobody is left behind,” he declared.Meanwhile, a key message that emerged from the forum was the recognition that young people are not only key actors in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but they are also directly affected by the challenges the SDGs seek to tackle.“One of these challenges is the prevailing employment crisis young people face all across the globe,” said Mr. Oh, delivering ECOSOC’s President Statement. “As President of the Economic and Social Council, I welcome the launch of the UN system’s Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth by the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, at the opening of our Forum.”The 54-member body also highlighted key messages and recommendations that emerged from the Forum. These included not just working for youth, but with youth to promote the SDGs; creating participatory and inclusive political processes for all the diverse voices of youth to be heard; creating not just jobs but decent jobs for young people; and enhancing the quality of education and training for them to meet today’s labour market needs.Mr. Oh also highlighted that the level of engagement during this year’s Youth Forum has shown that young people are ready to act to implement the SDGs. read more

EYEWITNESS Orwellian world…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: What now…September 6, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS What is…August 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Legitimacy…July 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …in GuyanaOur European colonial masters introduced us to the notion of “sovereignty”, which describes where in the polity POWER should reside. Around the time, they “discovered” us (evidently, we’d been lost or misplaced!), sovereignty was defined as residing in the Monarch. He’d been decreed by God to rule and his orders were to be obeyed to the “T”! If you dared disobey, it was” “Off with his head!!”But a strange thing happened over the next few centuries. Ordinary Europeans – especially the ones exploiting the “colonies” – outside of the nobility started improving their material circumstances and soon demanded a share of sovereignty – making rules for themselves. And so, after a gap of 2000 years with Ancient Greece, “democracy” came to Europe! And the Kings were decreed not to be so divine as not to take advice from the people – through their representatives.Now we natives, of course, weren’t as advanced as the Europeans and so had to wait another hundred or so years until we’re tutored in the ways of governing ourselves. So, by 1966, we were declared ready for our “democratic” right to share in our governance and share in the “sovereignty”. Heck…our Constitution declared that sovereignty RESIDED in we, the people!!But, as we know, Burnham and his PNC decided we weren’t REALLY ready…we were still lacking in the nuances of democracy and he had to “mould” our destiny by rigging elections for the next 20-odd (VERY odd!) years. By bringing our country back to a “state of nature” so “we the people” could live like “noble savages”! Burnham, of course, had to make the ultimate sacrifice and accumulate all sovereignty in himself! Poor fella! There were some recalcitrant souls, of course, who chafed at the demands of “noblesse oblige”, which would allow the “small man to be the real man”!Now after the PPP managed to return to office in 1992, they had the temerity to remove the PNC’s debt burden, expand the economy and move us from a “Highly Indebted Poor Country” into a “High Middle Income Country” etc, etc by holding democratic elections in 1997, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2015. In the last one, of course, the PNC returned to power – they had the troops to guarantee not just “office” but POWER – and promptly promised to return us to the path marked out by the Founder Leader Burnham.And it’s against this background we can understand Prezzie’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chair – he has to “mould” us further.It goes without saying, of course, he’ll have to sacrifice himself and allow all sovereignty to flow into his bemedaled body!! …in SugarIn Orwell’s “1984”, written in 1949, he describes the totalitarian future he saw lying ahead for mankind. Well, after what proved to be a false start by the PNC between 1968 and 1985, it’s clear (even if you hadn’t seen the argument above) by the headline in yesterday’s Chronic, we’ll all be goose stepping in unison soon.Here it is, three sugar plantations are going to be shuttered, at least 7000 workers are losing their jobs –which will put at least 30,000 men, women and children on the breadlines and the Chronic announces in banner frontpage headlines: “Future looks sweet for GuySuCo”!!!Like in “1984”, the PNC believes, “…if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale –then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’But what the PNC forgets, is Orwell also wrote: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”Guyanese must speak truth to power!!…and teachersAfter the teachers said “enough is enough” to being given Larwah one more time, they threatened to strike.  But after a meeting with Prezzie, they recanted!!In the days of Divine Kings, peasants also fell on their knees in HIS presence!! read more