Phagwara clash: Internet ban in four Punjab districts till April 16

first_imgIn the wake of a violent clash between two communities in Phagwara, the Punjab government has extended the temporary suspension of mobile internet services in four districts till April 16. An official spokesperson on Sunday said that mobile internet services, SMS services, as well as all dongle services in the territorial jurisdiction of Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts will be temporarily suspended.Two groups on Friday night had clashed over an attempt to install a flex-banner with B.R.Ambedkar’s picture on it at the town’s ‘Goal Chowk’ [square].last_img read more

Global Cebu, Kaya draw

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But a defensive lapse just seconds after taking the lead cost Kaya maximum points as Guinean striker Sekou Sylla pounced on a scramble inside a waterlogged penalty box to fire a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma.Global moved up to third ahead of Ceres by a point, three days before the Visayas clubs square off in Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Red Lions out to dominate anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Global Cebu FC warmed up for its rematch with Ceres Negros by battling Kaya FC Makati to a 2-2 stalemate on Sunday in the Philippines Football League at University of Makati Stadium.Shu Sasaki put Global on top in the 25th minute, but the home side looked poised to grab maximum points after second half goals from Jordan Mintah and Robert Lopez Mendy, who smashed home from just inside the box in the 89th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View commentslast_img read more

Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year

first_imgJeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao won’t box Jeff Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties.Pacquiao’s unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday by Australian promoters of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The WBO said in a statement then that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five. The fight took place before 51,000 fans at an outdoor stadium in Brisbane.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Horn beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision in Brisbane on July 2. Pacquiao at the time said he wanted a rematch.“On behalf of the Philippines government, he (Pacquiao) will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight,” local promoter Dean Lonergan said. “Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018 and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title.”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 openingAmerican contender Jesse Vargas, a former world title holder, could possibly take Pacquiao’s place for a fight later this year against Horn, the promoters said. Pacquiao beat Vargas in a unanimous decision last November in Las Vegas.A week after his loss to former schoolteacher Horn, Pacquiao said he still disagreed with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the welterweight title, despite an independent re-scoring of the fight confirming the unheralded Australian’s win. LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Pullout of stars won’t affect tennis’ debut in CWG: Sania

first_imgThe game of tennis has “enough depth” to negate the absence of star players when the sport makes its debut at the Commonwealth Games, feels India’s star player Sania Mirza.It would have been a treat for home fans had world No. 4 Andy Murray, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, French Open finalist Smantha Stosur and Cyprus’ Marcos Bhagdatis, who recently stunned Rafael Nadal, not pulled out of the Games.The Games are clashing with prestigious season-ending ranking events on the two professional tours, forcing players to decide against playing in the Games.Sania, who has been India’s face on the WTA circuit in last half-a-decade, feels star-factor or rankings doesn’t count much when one is on court.”As a tennis player, one can only compete with the players who are on the other side of the net! However, I can assure you that at least in a global sport like tennis, the depth is tremendous and stardom or rankings have no bearing once a player enters the court,” Sania told PTI.India’s men’s squad is packed with legends such as Leander paes and rising stars in Somev Devvarman but the women’s squad wears a complete contrast look.AITA had to recall 33-year-old Nirupama Sanjeev for the Games and apart from Sania and Nirupama, another veteran Rushmi Chakravarthy (513) and youngster Poojashree Venkatesh (444) comprise the four-member women’s team.Sania acknowledged the bleak picture.”It is a great achievement for Niru to be still good enough to get into the team. However, it is disappointing that the cupboard of upcoming talent in Indian women’s tennis looks bare,” Sania said.advertisementSania will not compete in the women’s doubles event as Poojashree and Rushmi will take part in the event. She will play in the singles and pair up with Leander Paes in the mixed doubles. Nirupama will pair up with Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles.Talking about her own expectations at the Games, world’s third largest sporting event in terms of particpation of countries, Sania said she just believes in giving her best shot and do not think much beyond that.”I have always expected myself to give my best and to leave the rest to God. This is what I have done for every tournament that I have ever played in my life and till date my expectations from myself remain the same.”One being asked, if she feels pressure to put up a good show before home crowd since it has been an unimpressive season so far for her, she said, “International sport is all about pressure and handling it to the best of one’s abilities.I don’t really feel any extra pressure.”She though was quite optimisitc about winning gold in the mixed doubles event along with Leander Paes.”We had won a bronze medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002 and the gold medal in the Doha Asian Games in 2006. I’m hoping we can re-create that magic to win another medal for India in New Delhi.”Sania’s career graph has dipped in the last two years due to injuries and lack of form, though recently she won her ninth WTA doubles title in Guangzhou.The free fall of singles ranking forced her to go through the qualifiers at the US Open since 2005.Considering this, a good show at the Games before the home fans, look a must as a medal winning performance, would give it a massive fillip in order to revive her career .But the Hyderabadi says one single tournament may not shape or mar a career.”It takes a lot of patience, determination and will power to make a comeback from a serious injury at the highest level.Every win at the professional level adds to one’s confidence.I do not believe that any single tournament can make or break a career,” she contended.last_img read more

Indo-Pak Test: Pakistanis share this weakness with India

first_imgGavaskar: Chasing a recordThere are two lessons to be learnt from the first encounter of the short series between India and Pakistan, at Bangalore.The first is that playing Test cricket in India in September is tantamount to defrauding the public. The other is that playing conditions for a series, if,Gavaskar: Chasing a recordThere are two lessons to be learnt from the first encounter of the short series between India and Pakistan, at Bangalore.The first is that playing Test cricket in India in September is tantamount to defrauding the public. The other is that playing conditions for a series, if they are going to be at great variance with convention, should be formulated and circulated in advance to all concerned and should be discussed by the rival captains before the start of the series.Misunderstanding of the playing conditions and different interpretations of them by the two sides very nearly precipitated a major crisis in cricketing as well as diplomatic relations between the two countries. This was caused by the incident during the closing moments of the first Test which, for the first four days, was played in the most pleasant and relaxed atmosphere known in any Indo-Pak Test.Weather Conditions: But for the outrageous weather of the first three days, this Test match could have developed into a most enthralling contest. There was proof of it in the piquant flavour of the small portion of cricket that was served up in the form of the first innings. But let a review of the events of the match wait until the two vital side issues – the tour programme and the playing conditions – are put into perspective.Four years ago, when the Australian side led by Kim Hughes started its tour in the south zone in September, both the first and second Tests, played at Madras and Bangalore, were wrecked by heavy rains.advertisementDespite that experience and the known threat of interference by rain, the current series was arranged for the same time of year. Incidentally, the one-day international at Hyderabad, the pipe-opener of the short tour, only escaped the vagaries of the weather. Dark clouds looked over Fateh Maidan as the winning hit was made.What happened at Bangalore was that the city’s cricket lovers, amongst the most knowledgeable in the country, were deprived of an opportunity of watching a full Test match, and as only a few took a gamble with the weather and paid their rupees in advance, the finances of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) took a hefty blow.Inadequate Facilities: No doubt the KSCA would have resisted the board forcing down their throat a September Test if they did not already have a pistol held to their heads. After staging six Test matches in the most efficient manner, with due respect and regard for the game’s traditions. Bangalore was deprived of its status as a regular Test venue and the Test just concluded could be its last for some years.Under the circumstances, the association could be excused its reluctance to invest in covering facilities more efficient and elaborate than tarpaulin sheets. These were vulnerable, particularly as the rainstorms often struck with great suddenness.However, to be fair, it was never the pitch that caused any delay to resumption of play. It was always the outfield and even here, delays were reduced to minimum by the swiftest mopping up operations anywhere in the world.The rain, frequent and heavy on the first three days, reduced playing time in the whole match by more than seven hours and hence it was hardly surprising that on the last day, it was dying a slow lingering death.Palling Game: At tea, India, 13 runs behind on the first innings, had crawled to 73 for no loss from 33 overs in 130 minutes’ batting. Both sides had dragged their feet a bit. It was all a big yawn and the end was awaited with great longing.The Pakistanis dropped their guard a bit after tea. Gavaskar, 37 not out at the break, played a couple of hearty shots at Iqbal Qasim and got to his 50 just before the start of the 20 mandatory overs. The pitch was easier than at any time in the match and suddenly, there appeared a glint in the little man’s eye.Gavaskar detected an opportunity – under circumstances of no pressure – of gaining a little more ground on that other little man. Sir Donald Bradman, whose 29 centuries are the highest number scored by any mortal in Test cricket. Gavaskar’s tally then was 27 and the 28th was now there to be picked, like a ripe peach.Initially, Gavaskar showed only the slightest bit of extra haste. He was 51 at the start of the mandatory overs and after ten, he was no further than 64. There was still some doubt whether he was making a serious assault on the magic figure. He declared his intentions by cutting loose now and plundering 23 runs in the next four overs, Anshuman Gaekwad assisting by giving him as much of the strike at possible.advertisementMiandad: Swashbuckling performanceAt the end of that fateful 14th over Zaheer enquired the time of the umpire and being told that it was just gone 4 o’clock, he turned on his heels and started to make for the pavilion, followed by his troops. The umpires tried to stop the exodus, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Gavaskar and Gaekwad stood in their respective creases.The crowd kicked up a fearful din but the Pakistanis, disregarding umpires’ orders or crowd reaction, went into their dressing room and stayed there. Officials of the KSCA went in to reason and negotiate with them and were told that the playing conditions required that a total of 77 overs had to be bowled in a day and that requirement was fulfilled.At last, the ground authorities were able to bring the Pakistan team management and the umpires face-to-face for a discussion and the umpires pointed out to them that the 77 overs clause applied only to the first four days and that proceedings on the last day were governed by that law of the game which insists that at least 20 overs should be bowled in the last hour.With the match being in the state it was, this law seemed absurd, but the umpires were right. At all times, the laws of the game take precedence over local playing conditions. Had the Pakistanis not relented and gone out, the umpires would have had no alternative but to award the match to India on default.However, the ramifications of such a conclusion to the Test match would certainly have been serious beyond imagination. The Pakistanis would either have packed their bags and gone home immediately or they would have had to face hostile receptions from crowds wherever they played their following matches.Furthermore, the aftermath would have been another long pause in cricketing contact between India and Pakistan and relations between the countries generally would have been soured.Playing conditions of Test matches in all countries except India provide for a match to be stopped half-way through the last hour if both captains are agreed that a result cannot be reached, as was the case in Bangalore.Mentally conditioned to this convention, Zaheer wanted to call it a day. But there have been recent examples of play being continued only to allow a batsman to get a hundred. It happened in Karachi, earlier this year, for Mohinder Amarnath’s benefit and, not many weeks later, for Kapil Dev’s, in Trinidad.Splendid Beginning: Though it was apparent even after the first day that the match would be drawn, the two sides played with great keenness and enthusiasm. After all, any moral ascendancy gained in the first encounter would serve them well in the battles that lay ahead of them.The tussle in the only innings of consequence was truly enthralling and as so often happens, the thrilling situations were brought about by indifferent batting. India won the toss – Kapil Dev’s first in six Test matches – and were bowled out for only 275.advertisementBinny: Tenacious standThey could not be criticised overmuch for their patchy batting for the majority of the team had played no first-class cricket since the end of the World Cup, barring the Irani Trophy match just before the Pakistanis arrived. They were clearly not match-light.On the eve of the Test, the pitch had looked very hard but it sweated under the covers and the ball tended to move about a little off the seam. Moreover, Mudassar Nazar, whose military medium has won Test matches before, made the ball swing as well in the heavy atmosphere.Batting conditions were not hostile, but there was just enough help for the bowlers to discomfit a side not performing at concert pitch. Despite a tenacious 42 by Gavaskar, only his second highest score in his last six Test matches, India were 85 for six at one stage.Erratic Batting: They achieved the comparative respectability of 275, thanks to a record seventh-wicket stand of 155 between the all-rounders, Roger Binny and Madan Lal. At the end of the second day, the day before the intermission, they had taken the score to 191 for six, which was not alarmingly large. When the match resumed, Pakistan were bowling with the second new ball which was only eight overs old and yet Zaheer Abbas, to his disadvantage, gave his pace bowlers defensive fields and kept Azim Hafeez bowling right through the morning to slow down the tempo.Like India, Pakistan too batted erratically, but at least one of their batsmen in the higher order, Javed Miandad, played a major innings, a superb one of 99 which was ended by his own arrogance. Pakistan still would have fallen some way behind India but for a staunch eight-wicket partnership of 44 between Wasim Ban and Iqbal Qasim.The pitch had become even more true while Pakistan batted but the ball still swung sometimes and Kapil Dev and Madan Lal bowled well, accurately and intelligently to prevent Pakistan from getting on top.If any bowler troubled Javed Miandad during his masterly innings of 99, it was left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi, and that in spite of the pitch affording even less help to the spinners than to the seamers. Coming back to the side after being dropped halfway through the series in Pakistan and then left out of the West Indies tour, Doshi nearly had Miandad edging him twice in his very first over. Still, Kapil Dev soon took him off.Great Potential: In a later stint, Doshi brought about the downfall of the left-hander Wasim Raja, who had looked extremely dangerous while making 39. Yet, at the end of the match, Doshi again found himself out of the Test squad which seemed most unjust.There are many more Test matches ahead of India this season and once they get into the swing of things, they should be batting to their recent high potential. Within its limitations, the bowling did well in the first Test, but it is not good enough to bowl a side out twice in a Test match.The Pakistanis share this weakness with India. Even without Imran, a superlative all-rounder who was in magnificent batting form for the last half of the English season, Pakistan are without doubt a formidable batting side, capable of building colossal totals.But the bowling, minus Imran and Sarfaraz Nawaz, looks moderate. Perhaps it is just good enough to contain the opposition in the right conditions, but lacks the firepower to win a Test match. Until another time, when they are more fully equipped, Pakistan will probably be happy to go home drawing the series.last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 unveil bug-eyed Olympic mascot probables

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE COMMENTS December 07, 2017center_img Published on sport Tokyo Olympic organisers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots today – from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. The Olympic and Paralympic designs, which celebrate the themes of harmony, diversity and resilience, were unveiled by pupils at a Tokyo elementary school.After a bungled rollout of the official Olympic logo that led to it being scrapped following accusations of plagiarism, local organisers have left the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascots in the hands of schoolchildren. From December 11 to February 22, pupils at every elementary school across Japan – and Japanese schools overseas – will choose their favourite design, with each class casting a single vote. The winner will be announced on February 28.The competing mascots are instantly recognisable as “Made in Japan”, ranging in appearance from sci-fi cool to a glum-looking fox closer in spirit to the country’s beloved “yuru- kyara” (soft characters).Design A’s futuristic blue-checked design with pointy ears and oversized eyes evokes Japanese manga, while Olympic organisers revealed it has a “strong sense of justice” and can apparently move faster than light. Its Paralympic cousin, meanwhile, sports red checks derived from cherry blossoms and possesses the ability, helpfully, to “talk with stones and the wind.”Design B pairs a cartoon hybrid of a “lucky” cat and a fox draped in a red flame-like cloak with a blue lion-dog of the type seen guarding Japanese shrines – the common thread between them big round eyes resembling disco lights. Olympic Mascot B also “loves to take naps underneath the sunlight,” said Japanese organisers, adding that it “gives happy energy to people by touching them with its tail.”he softer appeal of Option C, meanwhile, brings together a fox looking less than overjoyed at being decorated in prehistoric “magatama” beads and a red raccoon looking a little bemused by all of the commotion.Tokyo organisers will hope to make smooth progress on the mascots to build on recent momentum following a series of public relations disasters. Last month, Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics – a welcome boost after plans for the main stadium were torn up by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two years ago over its $2 billion price tag.Designs for the official Games emblem were then scrapped amid a plagiarism row. There was more bad news in October when Olympic organisers admitted that prolonged summer rain had brought high levels of bacteria to a venue earmarked for triathlon and open water swimming.While Tokyo has taken successful measures to reduce costs, the International Olympic Committee has urged local organisers to try to further cut its current USD 12 billion Games budget.last_img read more

Mitchell Starc fit and ready to take on South Africa

first_imgAustralia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is confident he will be fit to take on South Africa in next month’s first Test after declaring himself available for a domestic Sheffield Shield match on Thursday.Starc sustained a nasty gash on his left leg in a freak training accident last month and has been sidelined since, casting doubt over his participation in the three-Test home series against the Proteas.His compatriots were sweating over his fitness after Australia slumped to an unprecedented 5-0 one-day series defeat in South Africa, but on Thursday Starc told 30-odd journalists assembled outside Sydney Cricket Ground he was “ready to go”.”It’s going well,” the 26-year-old said. “It’s not restricted at the moment.”The first session I had about two weeks ago, it was a bit tight, but since then it’s been fine and I’ve been bowling off the long run.”Unfortunately these things happen in life and in cricket but hopefully I can get up to Brisbane and get some bowling under the belt, then move on to Perth.”Starc will travel with the New South Wales team to Brisbane on Monday for a four-day match against Queensland, where he will play alongside fellow Test paceman Josh Hazlewood.The pace duo were always going to be rested from the ODI series even before Starc injured his leg and the left-armer was confident he could now play through six Tests against South Africa and Pakistan over the Australian summer.Starc also thought that with Australia’s first-choice pace attack back on board, the South African batsmen would find it far harder to score runs than they did against an inexperienced bowling unit in the ODI series.advertisement”I think the South Africans obviously played really well in that series and they’ve been talking it up coming over here to Australia,” he said.”It’s two very different teams and Josh and I are looking forward to being there in Perth. Hopefully I’m there, I’ll be making myself available for selection.”Starc, who sustained the injury when he landed on the metal base of a set of wickets during fielding practice, agreed with Australia captain Steve Smith’s description of the wound as “gruesome”.”I couldn’t actually look at it,” he said. “I didn’t actually see it until after surgery. It wasn’t the prettiest thing, and it’s still not the prettiest thing.”It’s all going well, it’s still not closed up but that won’t stop me playing.”The first Test against South Africa begins at the WACA on November 3.last_img read more

The Guardian view on Delhi’s pollution: when smog stops play

first_imgShare on Facebook Opinion comment Support The Guardian Delhi Share on WhatsApp Cricket isn’t cricket without the occasional “rain stopped play” that has marked – not often enough for English taste – the Ashes test in Adelaide. But rain is not the only reason why cricket matches sometimes have to be halted. Snow, dazzling sunshine and a solar eclipse have all brought games to an early end. So have hedgehogs, pigs, snakes and cars on the pitch. But cricket’s love of the eccentric gave way to a truly disturbing interruption on Sunday when Delhi’s bad air pollution – which was 15 times the WHO’s recommended toxicity maximum – caused stops and starts to a test between India and Sri Lanka. With players forced to leave the game to vomit and Sri Lankans wearing anti-pollution masks on the field, this was a Delhi clean-up call. If India’s favourite sport can’t be played in the nation’s smog-laden capital, cricket in Delhi should be no-balled. Reuse this content Cricket Share on Messenger South and Central Asia Share via Email Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… India Share on LinkedIn Pollution Sri Lanka Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topicslast_img read more

Dévoilement dune reproduction dune carte de lAcadie datant du 18e siècle

first_imgLe ministre des Affaires acadiennes, Graham Steele, a dévoilé aujourd’hui 12 mai, à Province House, la reproduction d’une carte de l’Acadie datant du 18e siècle. Des représentants de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la Société nationale de l’Acadie et de Parcs Canada assistaient au dévoilement. La carte originale date de 1757 et montre plusieurs villages acadiens le long de la rivière Annapolis et elle montre aussi la région de Belleisle durant la période de la déportation des Acadiens. Beaucoup des noms de famille acadiens utilisés pour nommer les villages figurant sur la carte existent encore aujourd’hui en Nouvelle-Écosse. On croit que la carte aurait été dessinée par un membre des forces militaires britanniques. « La carte revêt une grande valeur historique pour la communauté acadienne et pour tous les Néo-Écossais, de souligner M. Steele. Je suis heureux que le Président de l’Assemblée législative ait fait le nécessaire pour que les générations à venir puissent aussi en apprécier la valeur. » « Au nom de toute la communauté acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, je tiens à exprimer combien nous sommes fiers de savoir que l’Acadie a maintenant une place d’honneur à l’Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse », d’ajouter Désiré Boudreau, président de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse a présenté la carte à M. Steele en octobre dernier lors de son assemblée générale annuelle.last_img read more

NSLC Stores Closed for Canada Day

first_imgAll Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) retail stores will be closed in honour of Canada Day on Monday, July 1. Stores will be open regular hours Sunday will resume normal business hours on Tuesday. For more information on NSLC store hours, visit myNSLC.com and select the Store Information link. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the largest single banner retail business in Nova Scotia, generates more than half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning more than $200 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,500 Nova Scotians. -30-last_img read more

Victims of Toronto van attack to receive donations from TorontoStrong fund

first_imgTORONTO – The families of those killed and injured in last week’s van attack in Toronto will soon see some of their expenses covered as $500,000 in donations is distributed from a fund set up to support those affected by the tragedy.City officials say the #TorontoStrong fund, which was established following the attack, has raised more than $2.5 million in donations.They say the initial $500,000 will be transferred to Victim Services Toronto to cover families’ funeral expenses, travel, accommodation and other immediate costs incurred following the tragedy.Ten people were killed and 16 others were injured when a rental van mounted a sidewalk along a bustling street in north Toronto and ran down pedestrians in its path.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, with another three attempted murder charges expected.A committee established to determine the allocation of the #TorontoStrong funds has been tasked with identifying recipients and directing the donations for the greatest impact possible.“We will work with our partners to ensure this fund is distributed in a thoughtful, impactful and accountable manner and thank all those who continue to support our city through these donations,” Mayor John Tory said Friday in a release.Donations have also continued to come in through a partnership with Canada Zakat, a project from an Ontario-based Muslim community organization called DawaNet. A GoFundMe campaign set up by the organization has now raised approximately $220,000 to support the families and victims of the attack.“Our prayers and thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy,” said Junaid Sohail of Canada Zakat. “Together, Toronto is strong.”Police allege Minassian rented a van and drove to Toronto’s Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area, where he began cutting a swath of destruction along one of the city’s busiest roads as well as nearby sidestreets.Minassian was arrested a short time later by an officer who has earned international acclaim for taking the man into custody without firing a single shot.Deputy police chief Peter Yuen has said Const. Ken Lam clearly exhibited and understood police training when he made the arrest. Video footage of the interaction shows Lam talking to Minassian, who can be heard shouting, “Shoot me,” and “I have a gun in my pocket.”Funerals for several of those killed in the April 23 incident have been held this week and makeshift memorials near the scene of the attack continue to be maintained with flowers and tributes in different languages.Don Peat, a spokesman for Tory, said earlier this week that the mayor would be speaking with the community and the local councillor about a permanent recognition of the tragic event.last_img read more

North American stock markets push higher in latemorning trading loonie up

first_imgTORONTO — The financial, industrial and energy sectors helped Canada’s main stock index push higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. markets also charged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 68.41 points at 15,279.63.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 232.91 points at 24,603.01. The S&P 500 index was up 28.86 points at 2,664.82, while the Nasdaq composite was up 79.79 points at 7,164.25.The Canadian dollar traded at 75.51 cents US compared with an average of 75.22 cents US on Thursday following a pick up in the annual inflation rate in December to two per cent, topping expectations for a reading of 1.7 per cent.The March crude contract up US$1.69 at US$54.05 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 12.6 cents at US$3.29 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$9.60 at US$1,282.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 3.15 cents at US$2.71 a pound. The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)last_img read more

Rajasekharan gets rousing welcome

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan was on Tuesday given a rousing reception by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar workers when he arrived here. The BJP is most likely to pit Rajasekharan against Congress’ Shashi Tharoor in the Lok Sabha polls here. After calling on top BJP leaders in Delhi, the 66-year-old arrived here to a noisy welcome by party leaders who gave Rajasekharan a ride in an open jeep through the capital’s streets. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! RSS strongman Rajasekharan was made the BJP President in 2015 and then appointed the Governor. The BJP has never won a Lok Sabha seat from Kerala and it hopes Rajasekharan will open the account. Although the BJP has not named any candidate, Rajasekharan said he was confident of winning the Lok Sabha battle. “People in Kerala have been cheated by the traditional rivals (Congress and Left) and they desire a change.” In the last Lok Sabha K.J. Alphons was nominated a member of the Rajya Sabha and given the cabinet berth as Minister of State for Tourism. In 2009, on Tharoor’s first outing, he won the polls with a margin of close to one lakh votes. In 2014, the Congress’ margin fell to around 15,000 votes. BJP’s Rajagopal finished a close second while the CPI was far behind. In 2016, Rajasekharan put up a close fight but finished second in Vatiyurkavu Assembly seat.last_img read more

It was emotional goodbye for Maisie

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Maisie Williams says she got really emotional while wrapping up the hugely popular show ‘Game of Thrones’. What was your wrap day like? “I just said a few things about how the industry has been really difficult but coming back to the show has always been worth it and that everyone was like a family to us,” Williams said in a statement. “Everyone was pretty emotional by that point, having watched everyone wrap,” added the actor, who essays Arya Stark in the fantasy series. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe last season will premiere internationally on April 14. On the final season, Williams said: “I just think in these final seasons all of the women have started to really come into their own. One, that’s been not very predictable. Two, it just makes a lot of sense. When you read into the show and you read into their storylines and how people have been playing the game, the five women on top have really deserved to be there. That was something that we had hoped for but the fact that the show is really going that way is just so powerful, unlike lots of other shows.” What has it been like saying goodbye to the show that has made your career? “It is actually just been really lovely. For Sophie (Turner) and I it was our first gig, really exciting but the established actors have always been really lovely. It will be interesting to see how we stay in touch.”last_img read more

UNbacked scheme seeks to insure poor farmers against extreme weather

17 November 2008A new United Nations-supported scheme seeks to provide financial support to poor rural farmers facing the impact of climate change and natural disasters. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have joined forces with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the $1 million initiative.“Poor people in rural areas are vulnerable to the harsh effects of natural hazards, such as drought and floods,” said Ulrich Hess, WFP’s Chief of Risk Reduction and Disaster Mitigation Policy, who is also the team leader of the project.“Weather index-based insurance can dramatically improve their ability to predict and cope with the impact of severe weather events exacerbated by climate change,” he added.Natural disasters and extreme weather events can perpetuate poverty cycles for poor farmers, while droughts and flooding can thwart development and drain countries’ financial resources.Three quarters of all of the world’s people living on less than $1 a day live in rural areas of developing countries. Most of them rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, but do not have the financial capacity to withstand natural hazards.The programme’s funds will be put towards assessing other insurance schemes and determining how to boost access to them.“Affordable insurance can help improve the livelihoods of poor, rural smallholders by enabling them to protect themselves and their financial security, in the event of a crisis,” said Kevin Cleaver, Assistant President of IFAD’s Programme Management Department.Insurance programmes have been successfully rolled out in countries including Ethiopia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Honduras and India. read more

UN development agency honours antipoverty activists

“Let us be glad that the human family includes men and women like this year’s winners of the 2002 Poverty Eradication Awards,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told participants at the event, which was held on Wednesday evening. “They bring hope to all of us, but most of all to the earth’s most vulnerable inhabitants.”UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said that the awardees’ initiatives serve as inspiration for global action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in 2000, especially the key target of cutting the rate of severe poverty in half by 2015. He pointed out that where people, particularly women, come together to protect local ecosystems, they also have better schools, health care and economic prospects. “Empowering the poor to look after their interests drives the whole process of sustainable development forward,” he said.Those recognized by UNDP were Edi Rama, the Mayor of Tirana, Albania, who launched Clean and Green, a project that mobilized unemployed workers to clean up the banks of the Lana River, and restore historic buildings; Maqsood Sinha and Iftekhar Enayetullah, co-founders of Waste Concern in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which helps poor urban communities transform garbage into cash by composting organic waste into fertilizer; and Grâce Dotou, founder and President of Qui dit Mieux in Benin, which helps unemployed women create attractive, marketable handicrafts from recycled plastic bags.Also receiving awards were Pablo Sándor, Executive Director and co-founder of the Ayacara Foundation in Chile, which has established an environmental high school, a research station and four small community enterprises based on local ancient traditions; Aref Kodeih, founder of the Kobeyat Council for Environment in Lebanon, which has pioneered initiatives paving the way for legislation to improve the local environment benefiting some 400,000 people.In addition, UNDP honoured John Demsey, President of M·A·C Cosmetics, who received a special award for leadership in the campaign against HIV/AIDS and efforts to end poverty. Mr. Demsey presented a check for $250,000 to UNDP for activities to combat the epidemic in southern African and Asia and the Pacific. The contribution brought the company’s combined support to UNDP activities against HIV/AIDS to $1 million. read more

Brock studentathlete wins national award for community service

Brock University women’s rugby player Katelyn Heyens has earned national recognition for her community service.On Wednesday, Oct. 31, U SPORTS presented Heyens with the Student-Athlete Community Service Award during the annual women’s rugby All-Canadian gala in Wolfville, N.S.“I am honoured to receive this award and am incredibly humbled by it,” said Heyens. “However, this was a team effort. I would not be here if it wasn’t for the support from all the amazing people in my life.“I am truly thankful for all the people who have encouraged me to get involved, and for all those who have helped me grow as an athlete and individual over that past few years.”Brock Badgers women’s women’s rugby player Katelyn Heyens in action during a game at Alumni Field.Last month, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) also recognized Heyens’ community work with the the Russell Division Community Service Award.To say Heyens is greatly involved in the school and community would be an understatement. The Eduction student has donated her time in many ways such as volunteering with the CIBC Run for the Cure, the Niagara Superhero Run, SNAP and IMPACT; leading Fit Break at the OPHEA Conference and at first-year orientation; and serving as motionball co-ordinator in 2018. She also took part in the Brock women’s rugby Rookie-Vet Mentorship program for three years and Brock University Athletic Council for four.Heyens said volunteering has been part of her life since she was young, when her parents encouraged her to get involved and help others whenever she could.“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the help and support of others, so in return I want to do all I can to help others reach their goals,” she said. “Through volunteering, I’ve been able to meet some amazing people and gain some valuable experience. Through meeting new people and hearing their stories, it really adds a new perspective to life. By offering even a little bit of your time to help, it can make an incredible impact in the lives of others. Helping others and giving back is something that I am passionate about and is something I will continue to do in the future.”Heyens is selfless, hard-working and has done a great deal to spread her passion for teaching and helping others lead a healthy lifestyle, said Brock women’s rugby head coach Stefanie Pavlovich.“She generously donates her time to help others and takes pride in being able to do so,” she said. “Katelyn is always willing to help others in need. Last year, she was the recipient of the Dallas Beaton Award at the Brock Athletic Banquet, which goes to a Brock athlete that has truly left an impact on the Brock community.Heyens didn’t pick up the sport of rugby until after her first year at Brock University. Growing up in La Salette of Norfolk County, she chose to play soccer over rugby because they had similar seasons.A senior fullback, Heyens is one of the Badgers’ captains and helped her team to a second consecutive 4-0 regular season record and a playoff run that saw Brock finish fourth in the province. She is also a three-time OUA all-star.“Rugby has become a significant part of my life in the last four years. It has challenged me both as an athlete and as an individual,” said Heyens. “This sport has taught me resiliency, teamwork, time management and the importance of hard work. But ultimately, rugby has allowed me to meet so many incredible people, many of whom will be lifelong friends. Our team is like a family. We support each other both on and off the field, and we constantly push each other to strive for greatness. I couldn’t imagine my life now without this sport and all the amazing people I have met.” read more

Bill Turnbull reveals he needs more chemotherapy despite thinking he had finished

“The people I worry about are the people who have to tackle cancer alone.”Turnbull said bee keeping had been “very good therapy” as when he focused on his six hives everything else was briefly forgotten.“When in chemo you have to be careful not to be stung or catch colds but I still manage to peek in at them,” he added. Turnbull appeared on the Great British Bake Off: Stand To Cancer 2017 special, without realising he had cancer Credit:Mark Bourdillon / Channel 4  He described the “deep shock” he experienced on learning of his diagnosis and urged men to get checked for the disease. Turnbull said that having travelled so much as a reporter he had no desire to travel the world and admitted he hated the term “bucket list” because it implied you were about to kick the bucket.He is writing a book and enjoying spending time exploring Suffolk with his wife, Sesi, who he described as “incredible”. “I would be absolutely lost without her,” he added. Bill Turnbull, the broadcaster, has been told he needs more chemotherapy for prostate cancer having thought he had finished the treatment.The former BBC Breakfast host said his prognosis was “not dire but not brilliant by any means” and that although he hates the term “bucket list” he planned to spend the summer doing one or two things he would not otherwise have done.A keen bee keeper, he was at the Chelsea Flower Show to highlight the importance of the work of the Bees for Development charity and said the hobby had provided a welcome relief distraction since his diagnosis.Turnbull, 62, said: “I’ve had six rounds of chemotherapy and that should be the lot but I think I will have to have some more.“It’s a bit irritating because it gets worse as time goes on.”He revealed in March that he had prostate cancer which had spread to his bones, despite checks at 40 and 50. He said he made the decision to go public because of the “irony” that he had taken part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off – Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer special – when he had cancer but did not know it. Since then, he has been contacted by “a lot” of people who had been inspired to get tested as a result, or whose fathers or relatives had gone to get checked, and had been told they had prostate cancer.“Lives have been changed, lives have been saved as a result, which is fantastic,” he said.“I didn’t go to the doctor for four years because I didn’t have anything wrong with me, I thought.“Occasionally I think if I had taken notice of this or that things might be brighter but there we go, you just have to get on with it.”Turnbull, who has three grown-up children, is being treated at the Royal Marsden, a specialist cancer treatment hospital in London, which he said was a “great place.”“You don’t have to ask anybody what’s wrong,” he said. “We all know.”He has had chemotherapy, hormone injections and a “cocktail of drugs” and believes he should still have “quite a lot of time.” Bee keeping had been “very good therapy”, Turnbull saidCredit:Paul Hackett/Getty  Bill Turnbull bee keeping at his home in Buckinghamshire Great British Bake Off: Stand To Cancer 2017: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

EGA achieves international accreditation of its metallurgical laboratories

first_imgThe commitment of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to continual improvement and standardisation has led to the accreditation of the organisation’s laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories), in the field of metallurgical testing. The certificates were presented to Abdulla Kalban (MD & CEO: EGA) by the Director of Dubai Accreditation Centre (DAC), Amina Ahmed Mohammed, last month, in the presence of EGA senior management and core implementation team members.Commenting on the accreditation, Kalban said “Currently, the standardisation of best practices is one of the key elements that brings measurable value to EGA’s operations. It reflects EGA as a strong brand by delivering consistency in quality of the products manufactured at both our operational sites, in Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah respectively. This accreditation is an important milestone for EGA’s metallurgical testing activities, as it attests to our competency levels.”Ms Amina said that EGA demonstrated effective teamwork in achieving this stringent and renowned accreditation.The process of implementing the standard’s requirements at EGA started with the EGA corporate ambition to maintain a competitive edge. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is a quality system that is recognised internationally, and contributes directly to quality control of EGA’s products. It enhances the reliability of testing and measurement systems, processes and results as it requires adherence to demanding technical requirements. In addition, it enhances the confidence of EGA’s customers as it is one of the specifications indicated in automotive standard ISO/TS 16949 and further strengthens EGA’s quality management systems.Currently EGA’s Laboratories are in the process of evaluating the Optical Emission Analysis test for the final product. Future plans include extending the scope of accreditation to include other fields of testing such as raw materials, process materials, water, and oil.EGA is a jointly-held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Co of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corp of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA’s core operating assets are Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), whose combined annual production capacity of 2.4 Mt/y places EGA among the top five primary aluminium producers in the world, by volume. The UAE-based EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corp (GAC), a strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in West Africa; and is currently developing an alumina refinery in the UAE. In addition, EGA has plans for significant local growth and international expansion.DUBAL, where commissioning began in 1979, operates one of the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelters. The DUBAL complex, built on a 4.75 km2 site in Jebel Ali, Dubai, comprises a 1 Mt/y smelter, a 2,350 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.2 Mt/y), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. DUBAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 29990, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.EMAL, where commissioning began at the end of 2009, is the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelter. The EMAL complex, housed on a 6 km2 site in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, comprises a 1.3 Mt/y smelter, a 3,100 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.8 Mt/y), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. EMAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 10002, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 29990, ISO14001 and ISO/TS16949 certification; as well as OHSAS 18001 certification and NEBOSH certification in Occupational Health and Safety.last_img read more