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Delhi Police justifies crackdown on Baba Ramdev, followers before SC

first_imgThe Delhi Police on Friday filed its reply in the Supreme Court justifying crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers on the night intervening June 4-5. In their affidavit, the city police blamed Ramdev for causing chaos that led to violence that night. Denying lathicharge, the police said they cracked down because the congregation at Ramlila Maidan was illegal. They said the congregation was allowed just for a yoga camp and not for any other purpose. The city police filed their reply on Ramdev’s arrest before the bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar, which had on June 6 issued notices to Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai and Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta asking them to explain by June 20 why Ramdev and his supporters were evicted in such a manner. The Delhi Police said it was forced to retaliate after supporters of Ramdev pelted stones and flower pots when the policemen tried to reach the stage from where the yoga guru was addressing his supporters. The police said their crackdown was necessary as the congregation of Ramdev’s 65,000 supporters was illegal. They said permission was granted for a yoga camp of 5,000 people and it was withdrawn after the numbers started swelling. The police denied that Ramdev’s supporters were lathicharged. They however admitted to the use of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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Winning ONE world title won’t change Rene Catalan’s ways

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis View comments No. 4 Duke edges third-ranked Kansas Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ On Friday, Catalan fights for the ONE stawweight world title for the first time against compatriot Joshua Pacio in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate at Mall of Asia Arena.And even if he beats Pacio to become a world champion, Catalan doesn’t plan on making any changes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I told myself, no matter how many times I become a world champion I’m still going to see myself as a challenger,” Catalan said in Filipino Tuesday after an open workout at Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Parañaque. “That’s what ‘Challenger’ means to me.”Being a challenger, drives Catalan to strive for more as it reminds him to never be satisfied. ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:57Senate honors late Senator Rene Espina00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “I’m not going to refer myself as a champion. I still want to reach greater heights and accomplish more in life. Even if I become a 10-time world champion I still want to be a challenger,” he stressed.“To me, challenger means always be humble and not be boastful like a world champion.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines — The nickname “D’ Challenger” isn’t just a moniker for Filipino warrior Rene Catalan, but a code he lives by.Catalan has won several gold medals, including the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games. His MMA career has flourished as well having won his last six fights in impressive fashion and yet, he’s kept his foot planted on the ground.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more

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Kumble in running for Coach of Year award

first_imgKolkata, Nov 1 (PTI) Former India coach Anil Kumble is in the running for the Coach of the Year award in the inaugural edition of the Indian Sports Honours, instituted by the RP-SG Group in association with the foundation of skipper Virat Kohli. Kumble, who had an unceremonious exit as India coach after differences with Kohli, is competing with Bisheshwar Nandi (gymnastics), Balwan Singh (kabaddi), Harendra Singh (hockey) and Vijay Davecha (golf) for the award. The nominations were announced today. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Mumbai on November 11. There are eight categories including sportsman of the year which has pitted cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya against each other. They will fight it out with kabbadi player Pardeep Narwal, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and hockey star Rupinder Pal Singh. The jury is chaired by former all-England champion and chief national badminton coach Puellela Gopichand, and also comprises multiple Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary sprinter PT Usha, former world number one shooter Anjali Bhagwat and former India hockey captain Arjun Halappa. Terming this an “authentic” sports award, Bhupathi said: “Having an award at the end of a season not only inspires youth but recognises the past players. Its exciting to have an authentic sport award in the country. I dont think we have one. It will definitely create an aspiration to achieve more.” The eight categories also include sportswoman of the year award in team sport where Indian hockey stars Deepika Thakur , Rani Rampal and cricketers Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are vying for honours. The finalists for the sportswoman of the year award in individual sport are Olympic silver and bronze medalist duo of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar, athlete Lalita Babar and tennis ace Sania Mirza. For the male category in individual sport, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, cue sports ace Pankaj Advani, golfer SSP Chawrasia, and in-form shuttler Kidambi Srikanth are the finalists in the race for the best sportsperson of the year award. In the team event category, the Indian junior hockey team, the senior cricket, hockey and kabaddi teams and womens cricket and hockey teams vie for the top award. The other categories are Emerging Sportswoman of the year ? Aditi Ashok (golf), Ritu Phogat (wrestling), Smriti Mandhana (cricket); and Emerging sportsman of the year ? Harmanpreet Singh (hockey), Neeraj Chopra (athletics), Ramkumar Ramanathan (tennis), Sameer Verma (badminton) and Vidit Santosh Gujarathi (chess). PTI TAP AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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Nusrat Jahan and hubby Nikhil Jain in cosy pics from their sangeet ceremony, trending now. Seen yet?

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ramesh Taurani Diwali bash: Salman Khan kicks off celebrations with Sonakshi Sinha and Preity Zinta 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Saand Ki Aankh screening: Vicky Kaushal and Imtiaz Ali cheer for Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 screening: Ananya Panday and Aarav join Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan host War success bash. Disha Patani joins themOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoMoviesMoviesGallery Image: Image: Caption: Trinamool Congress MP and Tollywood actress Nusrat Jahan Ruhi married businessman Nikhil Jain in June this year.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The MP took to Instagram to share pictures of her sangeet ceremony, remembering the big day.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: Nusrat married Nikhil in a lavish ceremony in Turkey.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Nusrat came into limelight after she was trolled for sporting sindoor (worn by Hindu women) at her oath-taking ceremony as an MP on June 25.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: At that time, Nusrat reacted to the trolls saying, “I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion.”Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: Nusrat, contested her first ever election in the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Basirhat seat, won with a huge margin.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: Nusrat was seen in three films in 2018 Naqaab, Crisscross and Uma.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: Nusrat and Nikhil look adorable in this picture.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: Nusrat looks beautiful as a bride on her D-day.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Tags: Nusrat Jahan RuhiSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Tollywood actress and MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi took to Instagram to share pictures with husband Nikhil Jain from their sangeet ceremony.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d5c04e176da21566311649_1582848_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – 19:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1MzMiLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1OTgiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1MzMifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Nusrat Jahan and hubby Nikhil Jain in cosy pics from their sangeet ceremony, trending now. Seen yet?App headline: Nusrat Jahan and hubby Nikhil Jain in cosy pics from their sangeet ceremony, trending now. Seen yet?1200×675:last_img read more

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Ford Reintroduces Ford Ranger Pickup to the U.S. Market

first_img The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 1 of 15 Previous Protect Your Pup Against 4th of July Fireworks with Ford’s Prototype Noise-Canceling Kennel Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookah Next In 1982, Ford introduced a pickup truck for the everyman. While the F150 appealed to those with high demands and more generous budgets, the new Ford Ranger was suited for those who longed for an open truck bed without the extra heft of a full-size rig.For nearly three decades, the Ranger served its purpose, but as midsize truck sales slumped, Ford decided to axe the little pickup in the U.S. market. Since 2011, the Ranger has lived on internationally as the T6, but while the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and other models soaked up resurgence in midsize truck enthusiasm (sales between 2014 and 2017 were up 83 percent), the Ranger has been notably absent — until now.At this year’s Detroit Motor Show, Ford unveiled the first U.S. market ranger in seven years. Engineered in Australia and scheduled for production in Michigan, the 2019 Ranger will go on sale early next year. Ford says the decision to bring back the Ranger is based on how it now sees the midsize truck buyer. The Ranger shopper is one who doesn’t use his truck for work, but rather uses it for play on the weekends, says Ford. The size and maneuverability of the Ranger makes it distinct from the F-150, and therefore attracts a new set of clients.Styling is based largely on the international T6, albeit with a tweaked front fascia, headlights, taillights, and trim. There will be several variants of the Ranger, but only one engine option (for now): a 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder connected to a 10-speed automatic. Output hasn’t been confirmed, but this engine churns up 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque in other vehicle applications.In addition to the XL, XLT, Lariat, and FX4 trims, the Ranger will be offered in supercab (rear half-doors) and supercrew cab (full-size rear doors) configurations. The steel frame carries over from the global market T6, but it is now reinforced and fully boxed.The Ranger debuts a new “Trail Control” system that’s basically cruise control for crawling off-road with programmable speeds. Additionally, a drive mode system will have settings for normal, grass, gravel, snow, mud/ruts, and sand terrain.Pricing will be announced closer to launch, but expect the bidding to start around $25,000. The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors last_img read more

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Le gouvernement améliore laccès au logement

first_imgPlus de Néo-Écossais trouveront des logements abordables qui répondent à leurs besoins grâce à la première stratégie à long terme du gouvernement sur le logement. Le premier ministre, Darrell Dexter, et la ministre des Services communautaires, Denise Peterson-Rafuse, ont dévoilé la stratégie, aujourd’hui, 6 mai, lors d’une visite au centre communautaire de North Woodside à Dartmouth. « Nos foyers, et les communautés où ils sont situés, influent sur presque tous les aspects de notre vie, qu’il s’agisse de la santé, de l’éducation, du succès dans le milieu de travail et même de la sécurité et de la dignité de nos années à la retraite, a déclaré M. Dexter. Toutefois, beaucoup de familles qui travaillent ne peuvent pas payer de loyers, encore moins une hypothèque, et beaucoup de personnes âgées et de personnes handicapées n’ont pas d’options pour avoir un logement convenable. « Notre stratégie vise à bâtir des communautés dynamiques, à revitaliser des quartiers existants et à offrir des options de logement abordable aux familles néo-écossaises. » La stratégie représente un changement fondamental dans l’approche du gouvernement pour offrir des logements abordables. Le développement d’un marché mixte diversifié est un élément important pour avoir des communautés saines et dynamiques. Au cours des dix prochaines années, le développement de logements et de propriétés abordables augmentera considérablement et mettra l’accent sur des communautés diversifiées avec différents types d’habitations, de modes d’occupation, de niveaux de revenus et de composition familiale. « Il y a peu de choses qui sont aussi importantes que d’avoir un logement convenable et abordable qui répond aux besoins précis d’une personne, a déclaré Mme Peterson-Rafuse. Grâce à la collaboration de tous, nous avons élaboré une stratégie qui donne une nouvelle orientation à notre approche sur le logement, une orientation qui souligne l’accessibilité, le partenariat et l’émergence d’un esprit communautaire. Des choix appropriés en matière de logement peuvent signifier des communautés plus sûres, plus durables et plus dynamiques. » Voici les points saillants de cette stratégie de 10 ans. « Shelter Nova Scotia est heureux de voir une stratégie collective qui épouse le modèle de Housing First, a déclaré Don Spicer, directeur exécutif de Shelter Nova Scotia. Nous avons vu de première main les résultats positifs que ce modèle a eus sur les hommes et les femmes que nous aidons. » La stratégie a été construite à partir des thèmes qui ont émergé des consultations publiques tenues à l’échelle de la province en 2012 auprès de plus de 500 Néo-Écossais, notamment des membres d’organismes communautaires et à but non lucratif voués au logement, des promoteurs résidentiels, des membres des gouvernements et de citoyens intéressés. L’un des thèmes importants était pour plus d’options de logements modestes et efficaces sur le plan énergétique. « C’est un défi, mais nous devons construire plus de logements que les gens peuvent se permettre de payer, a déclaré Paul Pettipas, président de la Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association. Nous ne devons plus mettre « gros » sur le même pied que « meilleur » quand nous discutons des options pour le logement. La stratégie nous donne une direction audacieuse et novatrice. » La stratégie vise aussi la restructuration de la Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation qui devient Logement Nouvelle-Écosse et qui accueillera tout le personnel qui travaille actuellement dans ce secteur au sein des Services communautaires. La nouvelle entité continuera de subventionner et d’administrer les programmes sociaux et d’aide au logement, mais son nouveau mandat sera axé sur des modèles de logement et d’investissement novateurs et des partenariats collectifs. Parmi les programmes envisagés par Housing Nova Scotia, il y l’aide au versement initial, les possibilités de bail avec option d’achat, un programme d’accès à la propriété pour les diplômés et des programmes de rénovation pour aider les personnes âgées et les familles qui s’occupent d’une personne handicapée à adapter leur logement ou leur maison pour que les personnes âgées et les personnes handicapées puissent rester plus longtemps chez elles. « Je suis tellement reconnaissante d’être propriétaire de la maison dans laquelle mes enfants ont grandi. C’est quelque chose que nous souhaitons tous, a déclaré Karen Cole, une mère seule qui a acheté sa maison grâce à Habitat pour l’humanité. C’est grâce au travail d’organismes communautaires et d’organismes privés que j’ai pu acheter ma maison alors que mes enfants étaient encore assez jeunes pour y vivre. C’est une bonne nouvelle qu’il y aura des programmes qui donneront aux Néo-Écossais la chance de pouvoir acheter une maison abordable ou d’avoir un loyer abordable. » Un investissement de 500 millions de dollars sur 10 ans pour appuyer des projets et des programmes nouveaux et existants visant l’offre de logements abordables. La création de programmes novateurs et abordables pour l’accès à la propriété afin d’aider les jeunes et les familles dont le revenu est modeste. L’amélioration d’initiatives pour aider les personnes âgées et les personnes handicapées à rester chez elles, dans leurs communautés. La mise en chantier de nouveaux ensembles résidentiels qui s’adressent à des gens de différents niveaux de revenus et qui appuient la vie autonome. L’aide pour amener les sans-abris chroniques à ne plus vivre dans la rue et leur donner le soutien nécessaire pour faire la transition vers une vie autonome. last_img read more

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BC man who feared hed harm again if freed from prison pleads

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A man who told his parole board hearing that he feared harming someone if he was released from prison has now pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of a British Columbia teenager.Raymond Caissie, 43, entered the plea Thursday before Justice Gregory Bowden in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.Caissie served his entire 22-year sentence for a violent sexual assault and kidnapping in Abbotsford, and had been out of prison for just 18 months in September 2014 when he was charged with the slaying of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch.The teen’s body was found along railway tracks in Surrey, one day after she was reported missing.Staff Sgt. Dale Carr with the Surrey RCMP said the community was outraged by Vermeersch’s death.“This was a tragic and senseless act that devastated a family,” Carr said in a statement.The detachment had issued a warning about Caissie when he was released from prison in 2013, calling him a “high-risk sexual and violent offender.”Eight years of parole board documents made public after Vermeersch’s death revealed Caissie had refused to participate in treatment programs, repeatedly said he feared being released and thought he would reoffend.A 2010 board decision said he spoke openly about his anxiety of returning to society and how he was more comfortable within a highly structured prison environment.“You spoke of how you do not have the skills to live on your own, which you have never done, and how you cannot even shop for the basic necessities of life. You stated you were afraid of being returned to prison, if released, because you could not cope with the stress of living in society,” the board said in its written decision.Caissie later denied making those statements to a psychologist and, when he was released in March 2013 after serving his time for the Abbotsford attack, the board noted he had spent most of his adult life behind bars.Caissie is scheduled to be sentenced for the second-degree murder conviction on Sept. 21. (The Canadian Press, CKNW)last_img read more

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Sealers group calls for increased seal hunt – and even a possible

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Hungry East Coast seal populations have surged in recent decades, spurring calls for an increased seal hunt — and even a possible cull — to protect fragile caplin and northern cod stocks.“If you don’t protect the ecosystem in controlling some of the top predators in the food chain, then something’s going to go out of whack,” said Eldred Woodford, president of the Canadian Sealers Association.The Northwest Atlantic harp seal population is estimated at about 7.4 million animals — almost six times what it was in the 1970s, according to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.Grey seal numbers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have grown from about 5,000 animals in 1960 to an estimated 98,000 in 2014, according to the department.The number of commercial sealing licences, meanwhile, has plunged in Newfoundland to 4,558 last year from 11,146 in 2009, say preliminary federal statistics.It’s time the federal government considered a cull on seals, Woodford said in an interview.“Certainly we’re going to have to start entertaining it and looking at it.”Woodford said he never wanted to promote the practice of killing harp or grey seals outright for the sake of limiting their respective effects on caplin and northern cod stocks.“I felt it would be a shame to destroy a natural, renewable resource for the sole fact of controlling the population. We should be controlling it with a commercial activity where the people could utilize the animals and gain some benefit from the resource.”Only about 70,000 harp seals were landed from the 2017 quota of 400,000, Woodford said, a trend of low harvests over the last several years. The price has hovered around $35 for the highest quality pelts, far below heady values of three times that much seen before international markets dried up over the last 15 years.Animal rights groups drew celebrity support from the likes of Paul McCartney and Jude Law in sustained campaigns against commercial sealing. They say it’s an unnecessary cruelty propped up with government support that should be redirected.Proponents says it’s a humane, sustainable and regulated hunt that’s unfairly targeted compared to the pork, poultry and other domestic meat sectors.Countries which ban imported seal products now include the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Russia and Taiwan.Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is expected to make an announcement soon on the northern cod fishery. Stocks collapsed off Newfoundland and Labrador before a sweeping commercial moratorium threw thousands of people out of work in 1992. They had been slowly recovering but the latest updates suggest a 30-per-cent drop over last year.Fisheries scientists point to natural mortality fluctuations.Fishermen have long complained that grey seals rely on cod for a good portion of their diets, while harp seals eat vast amounts of caplin — the small fish that help sustain cod and several other species.LeBlanc said last week in the House of Commons that seals are a “significant challenge” with no easy solutions.Officials in his department, however, said in an emailed response that no drastic population measures are imminent.“The department is not considering a seal cull at this time.”Nor is it planning to lift a freeze on new commercial sealing licences in Atlantic Canada imposed 15 years ago when prices were high and there were many new entrants.“The freeze on new commercial sealing licencing will remain in effect for the 2018 season,” it said.Fisheries officials plan to discuss next moves on that issue with harvesters throughout the region this fall when the Atlantic Seals Advisory Committee meets.Woodford said the number of active sealers has dropped in part because many with licences aged out of the industry.“We’ve got to reopen it and allow the younger blood back into the game.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Prince Charles Opens Hospitality Training Centre In Scotland

first_imgHRH The Prince of Wales – known as The Duke of Rothesay in Scotland – recently opened the Belling Hospitality Training Centre at Dumfries House Estate, with award-winning chef Tony Singh on hand to offer his culinary expertise.The new training facility, generously sponsored by global electrical manufacturers Glen Dimplex, features a state of the art training kitchen and restaurant designed to give students practical hospitality training experience, allowing them to learn new skills and progress within the industry.The centre will cater for the training needs of restaurants and hoteliers as well as offering one-day experiences for visitors.Prince Charles met with young people completing The Prince’s Trust Get into Hospitality programme at Dumfries House, who will benefit from the new training facilities as they complete the five week training course.The programme is aimed at unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 years old, and offers essential training in food hygiene and food preparation as well as front of house skills, such as housekeeping and barista training.His Royal Highness also visited the Sawmill Traditional Skills Centre which is a base for The Prince’s Trust to host Get into Sustainable Building programmes.The courses gives unemployed young people an insight into working within the building and construction industries, with a focus on traditional building methods including stone masonry, carpentry and dry stone walling.After meeting the young people participating on the programme, His Royal Highness presented their certificates to mark the completion of the course.Lauren Dipiazza, 18 from Kilmarnock, completed The Trust’s Get into Hospitality programme in May 2012 after being unemployed for eight months. After successfully completing the programme, Lauren was offered a fulltime post front-of-house within Dumfries House and has since been promoted to the role of Events Assistant.Lauren commented: “The Prince’s Trust and the team at Dumfries House have given me fantastic support, if it hadn’t been for them I would probably still be unemployed.“The new training centre at Dumfries House is excellent and any young person who comes to learn here will have an amazing experience.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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North Governor concerned over suffering of Northern people

Cooray said that water in Jaffna is not safe for drinking and could cause kidney disease.He says he himself takes water from Colombo when he visits Colombo and goes back to Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray today raised concerns over the suffering of the people in the North.The Governor said that among the concerns was the lack of drinking water and adequate housing.

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Toddler in critical condition following crash on Hwy 401

Ontario Provincial Police say a toddler is in critical condition following a crash on Highway 401 Monday.The three-vehicle collision happened on the eastbound collector lanes of the highway near Leslie St. around 4 a.m.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says among the vehicles in the crash was a car with five occupants inside – including three children.A 17-month-old child was taken to trauma centre and is currently in critical condition.Schmidt says no other injuries seems to be life-threatening at this time.The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for the investigation but re-opened around 6 a.m.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.No charges have been laid. read more

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Shaw customers likely to see price hikes on internet television service by

CALGARY — Residential customers of Shaw Communications Inc. will likely see a price increase for their internet and television services, chief executive Brad Shaw said Thursday after the company’s annual meeting in Calgary.Shaw’s chief competitor in Western Canada, Telus Corp., has already announced price increases that will take effect Feb. 25.Shaw told reporters that the details of the cable, internet and wireless company’s price increases haven’t been decided but they will most likely take effect in April. Shaw beats expectations as Freedom Mobile revenue soars 60% Canadians paid more than $1.2 billion in wireless data overage fees last year Customer complaints against Canadian telecom, TV providers soar 57% in 2017-18: report He said the cost of getting rights to sports programing is getting higher for Shaw and other Canadian television service providers, even though audiences are falling.“It’s a real concern,” Shaw said. “How are Canadian companies even going to be able to compete?”He said that Shaw doesn’t get special treatment from Toronto-based Corus Entertainment — a publicly traded company that’s partly owned by the Shaw family and Shaw Communications.Corus owns more than 40 specialty television channels, some acquired along with the Global television network that it acquired from Shaw in April 2016.“Even though they’re both family controlled, the family really says (they’ve) got to stand on (their) own,” Shaw said.He said Corus has had a “fight on its hands” because of competition with other forms of entertainment, such as Netflix, but added that its most recent quarter was promising.Corus reported last week that its overall revenue for the quarter ended Nov. 30 totalled $467.5 million, up from $457.4 million and above the estimate of $451.2 million. Its television division had the biggest revenue increase, rising to $426.2 million from $415.5 million a year earlier.Despite the higher first-quarter revenue, Corus profit attributable to shareholders fell to $60.4 million, from $77.7 million a year earlier, partly because of its accounting for a revaluing of a TV brand that will be retired and replaced this year.Shaw Communications, on the other hand, beat analyst estimates for both profit and revenue over the same period — mainly because of its Freedom Mobile wireless division. Its main cable and internet business, however, saw virtually no revenue growth as it lost video subscribers and home phone customers.However, the profit margin at Shaw’s wireline residential services was up significantly from last year’s first quarter as management focused on optimizing its consumer business’ by removing costs where possible.A year ago, Shaw Communications announced a major employee buyout program aimed primarily at its residential consumer business, as part of adopting to a new generation of network technology using the Comcast X1 platform.Brad Shaw told reporters Thursday that it was “absolutely the right move” given the company’s need to be agile and more automated but added that the loss of 3,000 people “it’s a little bit emotional.” read more

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UN envoy discusses way forward on Lebanon with European foreign ministers

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Council resolution 1559, which calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, met with the ministers in Brussels at the invitation of the EU Presidency, at present held by Britain.The discussions focussed on implementing the terms of the resolution, and included the results of the recent parliamentary elections and the ongoing conflict-ridden efforts to form a new government, spokesperson Marie Okabe told the daily UN briefing in New York.In spite of significant progress on some of the provisions of the resolution, Mr. Roed-Larsen underlined the necessity for the full implementation of all the requirements of resolution 1559, she said. He expressed his concern over the rising tensions in Syrian-Lebanese relations on economic and security related issues.The meeting was chaired by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. After the discussions, Mr. Roed-Larsen called on all parties to continue to use dialogue and he made an appeal to wisdom and sensibility, based on the Lebanese people’s right to political independence and economic well-being.Ms. Okabe quoted him as saying: “The meeting was constructive and forward looking. It displayed a remarkable international similarity and consensus in policy related to 1559. This is reflected in the conclusions of the meeting released by the British presidency of the EU.”Mr. Roed-Larsen, who earlier this year shuttled between Syria and Lebanon to broker an agreement on this spring’s Syrian military withdrawal from its smaller neighbour, stays in close contact with the key players and has over the last few days spoken extensively with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Prime Minister-designate Fuad Siniora and others. read more

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Burundian refugees return home from Rwanda UN agency reports

The last Burundians left the Gikonko transit site in Mamba district of Butare province on Wednesday. More than 1,200 repatriated to Burundi with assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) while 740 were transferred to Nyamure camp just to the north.Only four refugees remain at the Gikonko site, where they are receiving medical treatment. They will be relocated to Nyamure camp upon their discharge from hospital. All food, firewood and plastic sheeting at the transit site will be moved to the camp, and the site will be dismantled shortly. The site’s facilities were run by the Rwandan Ministry for Local Administration with UNHCR support. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) provided food while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ran a health and nutrition centre and supported operations in the areas of water and sanitation. Since the start of voluntary repatriation on June 30 this year, more than 3,100 Burundians overall have returned home from Rwanda. They travelled from Gikongoro, Kigeme and Nyamure camps to Songore transit centre in northern Burundi, where they received three months of WFP rations, and basic supplies like plastic sheeting, buckets, pots, hoes and soap.UNHCR runs a monitoring programme in Burundi to ensure the well-being and integration of the returnees. It works with the Burundian Government and other partners to support reintegration programmes that focus on rehabilitating schools and health centres, as well as income-generating activities.An estimated 4,000 Burundian refugees remain in Rwanda. read more

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Indigenous population disadvantaged economicallyUNICEF

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHunger, obesity and inequality on the rise in the C’bean- UN reportNovember 8, 2018In “Regional”Indigenous peoples land rights under threat – APADecember 17, 2016In “latest news”12-18 age group, females the most vulnerable for TIP in GuyanaJanuary 11, 2018In “Crime” …most children depend on warm meals served at schoolBy Lakhram BhagiratThe recent study on Indigenous Women and Children in 12 communities in Guyana, found that the Indigenous population is seriously disadvantaged economically, hence accounting for their high poverty rate when compared to the rest of Guyana. Additionally, it found that most primary aged students, in the 12 communities, depend on the school feeding programme for one proper meal per day.Guyana has the largest number of Indigenous peoples in a single country in the entire Caribbean and according to the last census, they account for 10.3 per cent of the population.The Indigenous population is settled mainly in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), which serves as the home to approximately 80 per cent of the population.[File Photo]The study was conducted by UNICEF in Region One, Region Seven, Region Eight, Region Nine and Indigenous communities in coastal communities in Region Two – Akawini (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Region Three – Santa Mission (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region Four – St Cuthbert Mission/Pakuri (Demerara-Mahaica), Region Five – Moraikobai (Mahaica-Berbice), Region Six – Orealla and Siparuta (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Region 10 – River View (Upper Demerara-Berbice).It also found that although the Indigenous population is culturally rich, they are among the most materially poor and socially excluded people. They experience poverty at twice and sometimes even five times more than non-Indigenous populations, the study found.The report stated that Guyana does not have a recent measure of monetary poverty, identifying that the most recent was from 2015 with data from 2006 but it identified that the Indigenous population continued to exhibit the highest level of poverty in Guyana.The qualitative assessment showed that lack of money is not the only contributing factor to the level of poverty experienced by Indigenous communities; rather it is coupled with access to land, culture, medicine, food, education and safety. It was also discovered that most of the villagers depend on the help of their neighbours and religious organisations for assistance to deal with their situation.“It was reported that some would use traditional medicines not because it was part of their culture, but because the drug was not available in the health facility, and they did not have money to buy in the local shops. Many adolescents would say that they knew other people their age that would come to school without having eaten, and/or without money to buy something at the canteen. For some teachers, and a considerable group of students, the warm meal served in some of the primary schools would constitute the main meal for the day,” part of the report read.In the 12 communities assessed, it was found that Indigenous women and children are seriously disadvantaged with it comes to accessing good quality education, health and social services due to the lack of access to infrastructural and modern life facilities. That was coupled with the lack of employment opportunities resulting in male migration, which quite often ends up with the male counterpart leaving their families to fend for themselves.The Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF conducted the study. The aim of the study was to contribute to a greater understanding of Indigenous women and children regarding cultural/traditional practices as it relates to medicines; sexual and reproductive health issues; build or strengthen the resilience of children, families, communities and systems to natural disasters, conflicts chronic systemic crises and social conflicts.Additionally, it sought to examine decision-making processes on health and protection issues; strengthen the provision of equitable prevention and response to different forms of child violence, including gender-based violence; inform the development of a robust, sustained, early childhood development and equitable and inclusive education programmes for Amerindian children.It also sought to explore women’s leadership skills and their capacity building needs at the community level; explore livelihood and, empowerment opportunities; provide evidence for national and sub-national planning and developmental processes to contribute to an enabling environment, for Indigenous women and children, and determine the knowledge, perceptions and roles that were played by Indigenous peoples in the preservation of the environment and climate change and what are their current roles. read more

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EHF CUP TOP 16 draw

Three qualification rounds of the Men’s EHF Cup are over and remaining 16 teams will learn their next opponents on Thursday, 5 December at 12:00 hrs, when the draw of the group phase in Vienna will define all four groups.Based on the competition’s ranking four pots have been determined with four teams in each. There will be a country protection applied during the draw as two teams from the same country cannot meet in the same group. France has three sides, while Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Sweden have a double representation in the top 16.Live coverage of the draw eventAll handball fans can follow the whole draw event on Thursday, 5 December live on various channels. There will be a live streaming from the draw venue – Gartenhotel Altmannsdorf 2 in Vienna on www.ehfTV.com, which will also cover the draw of the Men’s Challenge Cup Last 16 at 11:00 hrs local time.The up-to-the-second coverage of both draws will be also available via liveticker on www.eurohandball.com and on @ehfmedia Twitter channel.Seedings for the EHF Cup Group Phase Draw (Thursday, 5 December, 12:00 hrs local time):Pot 1: Pick Szeged (HUN), Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA), Füchse Berlin (GER), TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (GER)Pot 2: Tatran Presov (SVK), Skjern Haandbold (DEN), HCM Constanta (ROU), Reale Ademar Leon (ESP)Pot 3: Lugi HF (SWE), Chambery Savoie Handball (FRA), HBC Nantes (FRA), HC Zomimak-M (MKD)Pot 4: IFK Kristianstad (SWE), Csurgoi KK (HUN), Sporta Hlohovec (SVK), Sporting CP (POR)Further information ← Previous Story HANDBALL WORLD UNITED: 144.851 votes for the World’s Best Player 2013! Next Story → BEST IN 2013 – DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK: You make me so proud! read more

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Top 7 towns in Ireland plagued by stag and hen parties

first_imgSET DOWN THOSE paint ball guns, put away the L plates, and think about what you’ve done.Every weekend towns the length and breadth of the country are besieged with an influx of likely lads and girlo gals, determined to show their brides and grooms to be a good time.Now, we know they bring in much-needed business and craic, but spare a thought for the locals left behind after the last Jägerbomb has been imbibed.Here, in descending order, are the top six towns suffering from the zombie plague.7. GalwayWith the Go Bus and the train making a beeline for Galway, it’s a natural destination. Although some of them don’t wait until they alight to get the party started. Source: Burren Escape-Martin/Twitter Uh oh: Source: Rachel Cochrane/Twitter 2. Carrick-On-ShannonBooze cruises are the order of the day in Carrick, as is the ever-present bubble football. Source: YouTube And what the blazes is ‘hen party dancing’? 3. CarlingfordThere’s just the one (carpeted, national anthem-playing) nightclub in Carlingford, or so the legend goes.But that one nightclub (as well as the beautiful scenery, nice restaurants and ‘handiness’) is enough to draw scores of hen and stag parties to the Louth town. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 4. Dublin (Well, Temple Bar)Not only do they come from around Ireland to slip and slide around the cobbled streets, they come from across the Irish sea and beyond.The Temple Bar, The Quays, Oliver St John Gogarty’s and Fitzsimons with its ‘five floors of fun’ are all regularly subjected to gangs of men and women fresh off a Ryanair flight with baby Guinnesses on their minds.Matching t-shirts/headwear essential. Preferably with mention of each member of the party’s sexual prowess. Up For It Ursula, Dogging Dan etc. #selfie with Dutch tourists in a minivan. #carlingford #epic #henparty pic.twitter.com/pldjwaMEv7— Rachel Cochrane (@RadioRachelC) June 30, 2014 Source: Damien Tiernan/Twitter Be strong, people of Kilkenny.Read: 11 defining characteristics of an Irish hen party>Bill Murray crashed a stag party and gave an amazing speech> And then of course, there’s this: Source: Will Leahy/Twitter Source: gaulstownfarms/Twitter Manic day for hen party requests – over 30 in already @JJ2FM @Henparty Kilkenny & Carrick on Shannon beware— Will Leahy (@willleahy) October 25, 2013 Hen Party Dancing in Carrick-on-shannon: About Leitrim Henpartydance There is no better way to get the party… http://t.co/NtWcWQxZ0e— About Leitrim (@aboutleitrim) July 3, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet In langtons Kilkenny on stag, serious, glad all hay is baled and lambs weighed pic.twitter.com/4oVDC49N— gaulstown (@gaulstownfarms) July 28, 2012 RT @lahinchpackages: Check this Football Zorbing Package #Lahinch Beach. http://t.co/MikfL0imDr … #Stag #Hen #Clare pic.twitter.com/Dh8SRFz10I— Burren Escape-Martin (@burrenescape) January 9, 2014 Source: About Leitrim/Twitter Which brings us on to number one…1. Kilkenny“2 Stag parties and 1 Hen party” that’s what the receptionist told use were staying along with us, after we got our room keys.Thus begins a Tripadvisor review of just one of the many hotels, hostels and B&Bs that grace Kilkenny’s streets.It’s the unofficial hen and stag capital of Ireland.Langtons, the main nightclub in the town, has been known to play Black Eyed Peas’ I’ve Gotta Feelin’ (the unofficial hen party anthem) twice in the one night and there are restaurants in Kilkenny that refuse to take stag and hen parties, such is the reputation for carry-on. Hen party 21 women arrived into Springhill Hotel in Kilkenny; some with blow up doll wandered into count centre not knowing what happening— Damien Tiernan (@damienwlr) May 24, 2014 And again on the way home:6. AthloneThe Piano Bar in Athlone town is a regular haunt of hens and stags, and they play the national anthem at the end of the night, and Maniac 2000 at least once.What more reason is needed for the willy straw-waving brigade to descend on the midlands, keeping the residents of the Radisson, Sheraton and other hostelries up all night. Source: StagIt.ie 5. LahinchWherever you see zorbing, then you can be sure hens and stags will swiftly follow.last_img read more

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Create an eerie symphony of sound with jelly

first_imgAnd here you were under the impression that jelly was just for eating. Well, in most cases it is, unless you hook it up to a fancy capacitive sensor and some other bits of hardware and software to make this wiggly snack sing.A group of students at their last year at Les Ateliers French national institute for design have created what they call a “game” called ‘Noisy Jelly’, but it really isn’t a game per se–more of a fun reason to play with your food and make theremin-like noises.The artist Marianne Cauvard is a food designer with a deep fascination for jellies, a material she describes as both “attractive and repelling.” Combining her food fascination with engineer Raphaël Pluvinage’s mind for virtual and physical systems, you can begin to piece together how this project came about.The jelly is made up of water, agar agar powder (a semi-translucent gelatin), and food coloring. The “game board” is a capacitive sensor made up of a piece of wood laid over metal foil, which is hooked up to an Arduino board that is running #capcence lib, Max/Msp software, and Arduino2Max.The sensors react to your electric touch based on the salt concentration where you touch the jelly, and how much pressure you use. The shape of the jelly also factors into the equation. The result (as seen in the video above) is a musical, almost eerie noise that emanates from nearby speakers at the mere touch of your finger. Touch more than one at a time and you have a bizarre symphony of sounds.via PopScilast_img read more

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EU referendum leave vote expected to impact workplace benefits

first_imgThe UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU), with potentially far reaching consequences for employers and employees.With a reported 71.8% turn out, 52% of voters elected to leave the EU in the referendum on 23 June 2016.To begin the withdrawal process, the government will have to trigger Article 50. Once triggered, the UK will have a period of two years to negotiate its exit.Following the outcome of the vote, David Cameron has announced that he will step down as prime minister by October 2016.The referendum result is expected to affect workplace benefits such as pensions and share schemes, and raises questions around certain areas of employment law.Peter Cheese, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The impact of a ‘leave’ vote is much bigger than simply changing the political landscape of the UK. It stands to have a significant impact on the world of work and future planning within organisations.“We need a broad and thorough consultation between government, organisations and employees across all sectors and representative bodies. The CIPD will play its part in these necessary consultations drawing on our strong base of evidence and experience of the world of work. It’s important that the government takes the time to really understand the impact of any proposed changes and works with businesses to minimise risk to individuals, organisations and the economy.”Ruth Christy, an employment specialist at Blake Morgan, said: “In reality, employment law was unlikely to see too many dramatic changes from a Brexit. Despite the claims that businesses are stifled by EU labour laws, the fact is that many employment law rights either originated in the UK or have become deeply embedded in UK law as the UK’s attitudes to social issues have evolved. A move to scale back all but the most minor employment law rights would, in all likelihood, be politically unpopular.”Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon UK, said: “Our key message to pension savers is don’t panic. If you have a defined contribution or personal pension, it’s value will be affected by stock market movements and if you are thinking of taking money out in the immediate future, we recommend you first seek advice.”Gareth Tancred, chief executive officer at the Pensions Management Institute, said: “Pension schemes are long-term arrangements and should therefore maintain that long-term focus, resisting any pressure to react to short-term events where the implications are unclear.”last_img read more

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