• Bru people to get voting rights: Ministry

    first_imgMore than 30,000 people belonging to the Bru community, who fled from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of inter-community violence, will be given voting rights, a senior Home Ministry official said on Wednesday.Mizoram goes to polls this year and the Election Commission has asked the State to revise its rolls and include the members of the internally-displaced community.As many as 32,876 people of the Reang tribe (known in Mizoram as Brus) are set to be repatriated to Mizoram after a tripartite agreement was signed between the Centre, Tripura and Mizoram.“The identification of migrants was done by the Mizoram government in 2014 based on the electoral rolls. Earlier, six repatriation plans had been finalised and 8,573 people returned to Mizoram. The current plan has taken lot of effort and we had to address the security concerns of the Brus,” said the official.The official said that steps were being taken so that families were not split and they get rehabilitated in villages from where they were forced to leave. “The entire process would cost ₹435 crore to the Centre over a period of two years,” he added.last_img read more

  • Lawyers back railway track project demand

    first_imgLawyers of four districts of Odisha — Ganjam, Kandhamal, Boudh and Sambalpur — have joined hands to strengthen the demand for the long-awaited Berhampur-Sambalpur railway track project.Representatives of lawyers’ associations of these districts met over the weekend to chalk out the future course of action to press upon the Railway Ministry to take up the project as the earliest. The meeting was convened by the Bhanjanagar Bar Association of Ganjam district.The Bharatiya Bikash Parishad, the Ganjam Chamber of Commerce, different social organisations and leaders of political parties had also at a meeting in Berhampur last week pressed upon this demand. Aska Lok Sabha MP Pramila Bisoi has supported the demand and promised to take up the matter in Parliament as well as with the Ministry.At the Bhanjanagar meeting, Ganjam lawyers alleged that the length of railway tracks in the district had not increased since 1872. Boudh Bar Association president Tarini Mohapatra said the Berhampur-Sambalpur railway track will be a major catalyst for development of the underdeveloped regions of Kandhamal and Boudh districts.No rail connectivityIn 2010-11, the Centre had given permission to the East Coast Railway to conduct a survey for the Berhampur-Sambalpur railway line. According to information received by RTI activists, although the East Coast Railway had submitted a survey report to the Ministry, it has not been registered in the ‘Pink Book’ so far. Any project can start only after it is registered in the ‘Pink Book’.According to the preliminary survey, the track will be 240 km long and connect the four Parliamentary constituencies of Berhampur, Aska, Kandhamal and Sambalpur. Ms. Bisoi has also said that her dream was to have this railway track materialise as it will pass through Aska which has no railway connectivity till date. According to the report, there will be 16 stations between Sambalpur and Berhampur as well as five tunnels and 38 big bridges.last_img read more

  • Rockets win 10th straight, top Kings

    first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ask anyone on the team if they believe they can get better after the break and the answer comes quickly — and often in one word.“Absolutely,” Chris Paul said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course,” James Harden said, before the question was even done.Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a late rally for the 100-91 win. The Rockets wasted no time putting Johnson to work. Johnson, who signed with the team on Wednesday afternoon, checked in with about four minutes left in the first quarter. The 36-year-old free agent spent 32 games with the Jazz this season. The move reunites him with D’Antoni, who he played for in Phoenix from 2002-05.Johnson had nine points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and the Rockets are looking forward to seeing what he can contribute once he gets better acquainted with the team.“Joe’s going to fit in great,” D’Antoni said. “He’s going to be really good, smooth … he can make plays. He’s got some gas left.”UP NEXTKings: Host Oklahoma City on Feb. 22.Rockets: Host Minnesota on Feb. 23. MOST READ Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were down six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his Houston debut, added two free throws before Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.The Rockets made four free throws after that to secure the win.“We didn’t have that energy and you could just see it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But they have the confidence that they can get it done defensively or by any means, and we just finished it up. Not a whole lot to say other than workmanship.”Paul added 19 points and seven assists, and Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20 points and Temple came off the bench to add 13.“We’ve got some young guys, and the older guys are always saying: ‘Come on you young guys,’” coach Dave Joerger said. “We know (they’re) going to be good but we’ve got to hurry up and accelerate this as much as possible.”Temple, who scored the last four points of the third quarter, opened the fourth with another basket to cut Houston’s lead to seven. But Johnson made a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 75-65.A 6-2 run by Sacramento cut the lead to seven later in the quarter before Harden made a 3-pointer to make it 83-73 midway through the period.Houston, which entered the game averaging an NBA-best 31.3 points in the first quarter, scored a season-low 20 points on Wednesday. The Rockets got going in the second quarter behind 17 points from Paul to lead 55-45 at halftime.The Rockets made the first four points of the third quarter before Bogdanovic scored all of Sacramento’s points in a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 62-52 with about seven minutes left.Houston scored the next seven points, while Sacramento missed its next eight shots, to leave the Rockets up 69-52 with about three minutes left in the quarter.The Kings ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes after that when JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws. That was the start of the 7-3 run by Sacramento, with two 3-pointers from Buddy Hield, that got the Kings within 72-59 about a minute later.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points, five assists and eight rebounds. … The Kings made 10 of 32 3-pointers, led by four from Bogdanovic. … Hield scored 12 points.Rockets: Eric Gordon sat out after bruising his right knee on Tuesday night. … Trevor Ariza missed his ninth straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Capela had two blocks and has had at least two in eight of his last nine games.WASTING NO TIME Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) celebrates after drawing a foul, as guard James Harden watches during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.These Rockets, who are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games, have much bigger goals ahead of them.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

  • After historic Test series triumph, India eye 1st ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia

    first_imgIndia came to Australia as favourites to dominate across formats. The T20I series ended in a 1-1 draw before India won their first ever Test series in Australia. The ODI series will be decided in the final match of the tour at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where India have not defeated the hosts in 11 years.But then plenty has changed for India and Australia in the last 11 years. Australia are no more a dominant force in world cricket and are reeling from the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. India have made steady progress and are now the team to beat in any condition. Yes, they floundered in the Tests in South Africa and the Tests and ODIs in England but Virat Kohli would tick most of his boxes as the 2019 World Cup comes closer.Depleted but spirited Australia stand between India and historyIn the ODI series, India have been made to work hard by a depleted but spirited Australia. At the Sydney Cricket Ground last Saturday, Australia’s batsmen came together for a strong show before young Jhye Richardson handed his team a 34-run victory despite Rohit Sharma’s hundred.In Adelaide, it took the combined skills of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik to gun down 299. Riding high on confidence after their 6-wicket win on Tuesday, India will once again look to their batsmen for a strong show but Kohli will be eager to solve the isssue around the third seam bowler in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah who was rested after his sensational performance in the Test series.advertisement.@msdhoni looking in great touch here at the nets session ahead of the 3rd and final ODI against Australia.What’s your prediction for the game? #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 17, 2019Can India solve their bowling issues in MCG decider?With eyes set on their first ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia, India will have to look at solving their bowling issues on Friday. Between Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammad Siraj, the third seamer has gone for 131 runs off 18 overs. More significantly, Kuldeep Yadav went for 66 runs off his 10 overs in Adelaide.The MCG is a huge ground and Sunil Gavaskar felt India could play three spinners and two pacers which meant bringing in Yuzvendra Chahal. India might also consider replacing Siraj with Khaleel.It’s time for the series decider tomorrow here at the ‘G.Will #TeamIndia clinch the series? #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 17, 2019Besides, India have two all-rounders to pick from. Either of Vijay Shankar or Kedar Jadhav could replace Ambati Rayudu, who has so far scored 0 and 24 in the two matches.Without Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, India’s balance has been affected.Playing three spinners along with Bhuvneshwar and Shami and adding either of their two all-rounders could solve the problem for India.Meanwhile, Australia made two changes to their playing XI for the series decider. Nathan Lyon was dropped after going wicketless in Sydney and Adelaide; he will be replaced by Adam Zampa. Billy Stanlake replaced Jason Behrendorff who has been ruled out because of an injury.Also Read | MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil ChopraAlso Read | Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Black Caps name strong squad for ODI series vs Virat Kohli’s menAlso See:last_img read more

  • You have one hand on that WC: Ravi Shastri lauds Kane Williamson’s composure and dignity

    first_imgIndian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri heaped rich praise on New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for his immaculate composure and graceful conduct after a heart-breaking defeat in World Cup final.New Zealand lost to England in arguably the best World Cup final at the Lord’s due to inferior boundary count after both 50 overs and the Super Over ended in ties.Kane Williamson was disappointed too but was still graceful as he walked away without making any stinging remarks about the result and rules.Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to praise Kane Williamson and pay his respect to Kiwi skipper’s remarkable behaviour after the World Cup defeat.”Your composure and dignity viewing the sequence of events was remarkable. Your dignified grace and silence 48 hours since is simply remarkable. We know you have one hand on that WC. You not just Kane. You Kane and Able. God bless. #CWC19.”Your composure and dignity viewing the sequence of events was remarkable. Your dignified grace and silence 48 hours since is simply remarkable. We know you have one hand on that WC. You not just Kane. You Kane and Able. God bless. #CWC19 Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 16, 2019Kane Williamson showed his class both on and off the field throughout the tournament and certainly has become the most revered cricketer after his graceful behaviour.The ICC recognized not just Williamson’s scores of 578 runs at 82.57 but also the manner in which he has conducted himself and led his team throughout the tournament. And Williamson being Williamson was stunned when he was told that he was selected the player of the tournament.advertisementRavi Shastri has been given a 45-day extension following the World Cup to stay in charge for the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.Also Read | Who are the nice guys of world cricket and why they rarely finish lastAlso Read | Martin Guptill’s World Cup story: Poor run with the bat, crucial run-outs and a heartbreaking overthrowAlso See:last_img read more

  • Messi, Ronaldo & the top free-kick scorers of the last 10 years

    first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Messi, Ronaldo & the top free kick goalscorers of the last 10 years Goal 19:41 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(48) Ronaldo Messi Pirlo top free-kick scorers Goal/Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Philippe Coutinho Paulo Dybala Zlatan Ibrahimović Real Madrid Barcelona Juventus Internazionale Milan Manchester United Liverpool PSG Olympique Lyonnais Roma Bayer Leverkusen Udinese Tottenham Hotspur Everton Swansea City Chelsea Manchester City Olympique Marseille Monaco Lazio Leicester City Primera División Serie A Bundesliga Ligue 1 Premier League Dead-ball specialists are an important part of the modern game, with Goal having uncovered the cream of that particular crop over the past decadelast_img read more

  • Woodland denies Koepka with threestroke US Open triumph

    first_imgPebble Beach (US): Gary Woodland won the 119th US Open on Sunday, capturing his first major title with a 13-under par total to deny two-time defending champion Brook Koepka’s bid for history at Pebble Beach. Woodland punctuated the victory with a birdie bomb at 18, a final flourish in a display of back-nine fortitude that saw him convert a 54-hole lead for the first time in eight career attempts. “Once that went in, it all kind of came out of me, it was special to finish it off here at Pebble Beach,” said Woodland, who threw his arms in the air then pumped his fist. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevHe knew his 13-under total was one better than the 12-under posted by Tiger Woods in his US Open victory at Pebble in 2000. But 19 years ago, Woods was the only player under par, marching to victory by a massive 15 strokes while Woodland topped a leaderboard that featured 31 players under par. Most dangerous was Koepka, trying to become just the second player — and the first in more than a century — to win the US Open three straight times. He started the day four strokes off Woodland’s lead and immediately applied pressure with four birdies in his first five holes. But his three-under 68 left him three strokes shy on 10-under 274. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsKoepka did grab a slice of US Open history, becoming the fourth player to complete four rounds in the 60s. Minutes later, Woodland became the fifth with a final scoreline of 68-65-69-69. “I was proud of myself to stay in my moment and control myself and not get too worried about what he was doing,” Woodland said. England’s Justin Rose, who started the day one shot behind Woodland, struggled to a three-over 74 to finish tied for third on seven-under with Americans Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie and Spain’s Jon Rahm. Woodland, 35, took a two-shot lead with a bold birdie at the par-five 14th, where he powered his second shot to the short rough behind the green and chipped to three feet. “The idea was to play to win,” Woodland said. “That birdie kind of separated me a little bit.” He was in trouble at the par-three 17th, where his tee shot found the front right of the putting surface — on the wrong side of a ridge in the hourglass green. Woodland opted to pitch up and the shot tracked straight toward the hole, settling two feet away. “I was just trying to get it over that hump,” Woodland said. “Fortunately I had the same shot earlier in the week, so I already executed it once. It came off beautifully, and I thought it had a chance to go in there — it gave me a little cushion on the last.” Woodland, who admitted he once had trouble handling the rush of adrenaline in pressure situations, displayed impressive poise on a day when plenty of players were pressing on a receptive Pebble Course. Louis Oosthuizen got to nine-under. So did Adam Scott. Only Rory McIlroy was going backwards, the Northern Ireland star’s bid doomed by a brace of double-bogeys. Even Tiger Woods got on the birdie bandwagon with six birdies on his last 12 holes. But after four bogeys in his first five, it was too little too late, the 15-time major winner finishing two-under and 11 shots off the pace.last_img read more

  • Schools should play key role in curbing child abuse DCPCR

    first_imgNew Delhi: “Schools should play a key role in curbing child abuse,” was one of the agendas that was discussed in a meeting held between DCPCR and other stakeholders including Child Welfare Committee, civil society organisations, lawyers. According to Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), the meeting was held on Tuesday at Delhi Secretariat. The chairperson of DCPCR Ramesh Negi, in the meeting said, “65 per cent of the crime is done by a known person. It is vital to ensure that children in our homes are safe too. School can play a crucial role in ensuring child’s safety.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further, he said, “Schools, during meetings, should create awareness among parents to report cases to concerned authorities if their children are being abused by their relatives.” In the meeting, it was also discussed that there should be adequate street lighting in those areas from where cases of missing are regularly being reported. Sources said that the stakeholders talked about providing street furniture (chairs) for residents of the areas vulnerable to kids. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Residents or neighbours can also keep a tab on children when they are playing outside their homes. It will deter the crime in the area,” an official said during the meeting. Another official pointed out that schools should comply with the guidelines of DCPCR such as setting up of Child Abuse Monitoring Committee at schools. In July, a compendium of missing children released by DCPCR revealed that Narela, Sahbad Dairy, Jaitpur, Vijay Vihar, Khajuri Khas, Dabri, Uttam Nagar, Mehrauli are the areas from where most missing cases were reported. Jyoti Duhan Rathee, DCPCR official emphasised on the need to have many conversations on the topic of child sexual abuse. Moreover, she emphasised the importance of victim compensation, mandatory reporting and the need for all the stakeholders to come and work together. An official from NGO said that as per their survey 49 percent of the crime is committed at the house of either the victim or the offender.last_img read more

  • Liberals can afford to spend 8 billion a year on daycare program

    first_imgOTTAWA – International Monetary Fund researchers say the federal government can afford to spend $8 billion annually to reduce the cost of child care spaces nationwide because the program would pay for itself.The proposal is more than 10 times what the Liberals have promised to spend annually over the next decade on child care.The IMF predicts the cash would bring down the national average for child care fees by about 40 per cent, a figure expected to be high enough that it could entice more women into the workforce and drive greater economic growth.By the organization’s estimates, there are about 150,000 highly-educated women who are stay-at-home parents.If they all entered the workforce and started paying taxes, the IMF says, they would boost economic growth by two percentage points, equal to about $8 billion more in federal income tax revenue — enough to cover the cost of the program.But the IMF adds a caveat to the proposal: It should be conditional on employment so that highly-educated mothers are prodded into the workforce.A spokeswoman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government’s commitment of $7.5 billion over 11 years towards child care would increase women’s labour market participation.“When quality educational child care services are affordable, parents — particularly women — can more easily participate in the labour market and invest in their careers. Taking gender equality seriously means taking child care services seriously, and our government will continue to work on improving gender equality,” Emilie Gauduchon-Campbell said.“Canada succeeds when women and girls are given opportunities to succeed.”The Liberals’ economic growth council, which met with IMF researchers as part of the study, recommended in a February, pre-budget report that the government consider creating a national child care program to boost productivity by getting more women, particularly those with younger children, into the workforce.Maternal labour force participation rates have risen in recent decades, but the IMF report notes there remains a gender gap in participation and wages — one that isn’t as wide in Quebec where there is a subsidized system.The Liberals unveiled their child care proposal in this year’s budget, pledging $7.5 billion over 11 years, beginning with $500 million this year and increasing to $870 million annually by 2026 in order to fund spaces — or improvements — in provinces and territories.The money could potentially create 40,000 subsidized spaces over the next three years at a cost of $1.3 billion.The federal government has to sign funding agreements with provinces and territories before the money can flow.A key step in that process took place last month when Duclos and his provincial and territorial counterparts signed a national framework that sets the goals for federal child care spending. At the time, Duclos hinted that the deal could one day lead to a national system similar to the one in Quebec.But the IMF also believes the Liberals’ signature Canada Child Benefit might be having the opposite effect on women in the workforce.The $23-billion-a-year benefit is worth up to $6,400 annually for a child under six, and up to $5,400 a year for children six to 17. The benefit is income tested, meaning that the less a family earns, the more it receives in benefits per child.The IMF says the benefit doesn’t provide incentives for parents to work or get job training.The effect on low-income families may be the largest, with the IMF team calculating that they would see their finances worsen if both parents work due as a result of a reduction in the child benefit, increases in taxes, and covering the high cost of child care. Middle- and high-income families see their finances improve or not change at all if both parents work, the report says.Gauduchon-Campbell said the Liberals introduced the benefit to help more women and girls. She said the government also intends to introduce pay equity legislation next year.last_img read more

  • Celebrated Yukon First Nations leader Mike Smith has died

    first_imgWHITEHORSE – First Nations leader, Yukon lawyer and residential school survivor Mike Smith died Wednesday in Whitehorse.His family released a statement Thursday saying that Smith wanted his condition and last days to remain confidential. His age and cause of death were not released.“Mike was a great leader who shared the vision of the many leaders he worked with in trying to build a better future for his people,” the statement says.He was Yukon’s regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations when he died.Smith was a residential school survivor who went on to earn his law degree in 1984 and become one of the first two Indigenous lawyers in Yukon, the statement says.He was a “great legal mind,” at the forefront of the Yukon First Nations land claims movement, which gathered momentum in the early 1970s, it says.Smith became the chief of his Kwanlin Dun First Nation in 2003 and served three terms. During that time, he signed a land claim and self-government agreement.He was also instrumental in the vision that brought about the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on the riverfront, the family says.He was an eldest brother and a “devoted family man.”“We’re still very devastated by the loss of not only a brother, but the head of our family,” his brother Steve Smith said in an interview Thursday.Smith was a father of three and grandfather to four.The City of Whitehorse ordered flags to fly at half-mast at city buildings to recognize his passing.(Whitehorse Star, CKRW)last_img read more

  • Avril Lavigne Debuts Song For Special Olympics

    first_imgInternational, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song “Fly” to benefit Special Olympics yesterday.Avril Lavigne cover art for “Fly” – photo by Mark LiddellThe song is exclusively available today, April 16, on iTunes 100 days before the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will be the world’s largest sporting event in 2015, and will take place July 25-August 2 in Los Angeles. The inspiring music video for “Fly”, debuted yesterday on ABC’s Good Morning America, featuring Avril Lavigne and Special Olympics athletes from around the world.“This song means a lot to me personally,” says Lavigne. “It is inspired by the many young people I’ve met throughout my work with my Foundation. They pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they face.” The Avril Lavigne Foundation provides support to children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. “Special Olympics’ mission is to unleash the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, so they’re a natural fit for this song.”In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special Olympics Program in Shanghai to learn more about their work, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.Lavigne co-wrote “Fly” with her husband Chad Kroeger and David Hodges. The track was produced by Avril Lavigne and Chris Baseford, mixed by Chris Lord-Alge at Mix LA with assistance from Keith Armstrong and Nik Karpen, with additional engineering from Andrew Schubert and Adam Chagnon, engineered by Chris Baseford, and mastered by Ted Jensen. Special thanks to Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The track also features violin by Slovakian sensation Filip Jančík, who is known for melding rock and pop with classical violin.The music video for “Fly” was directed by Avril Lavigne and Robb Dipple (who also provided photography direction), produced by Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern, edited by Ray Conley and associate produced by Brittany Futterknecht.“Fly” will also be featured during Special Olympics’ first-ever Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America event, where over the course of 46 days, over 20,000 participants nationwide will carry the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games. The relay will kick off May 26th in Augusta, Maine; Miami, Florida; and Washington, D.C. and end on July 10th. Along each route, nightly celebrations will take place with musical performances, celebrity guests and Unified Sports Experiences (where people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same team together). Every night, during each community celebration, Avril’s song will be played when the torch arrives into the city. For more information on the relay, visit And for more information about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, visit read more

  • SiriusXM Canada Aware of Potential Class Action Litigation

    first_imgAdvertisement Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (“SiriusXM Canada” or the “Company”) (TSX: XSR), the parent of Sirius XM Canada Inc., announced that the Company is aware of Applications for Authorization to Institute a Class Action (the “Applications”) that have been filed with the Superior Court (Quebec). The Applications seek to authorize the bringing of class action litigation against the Company in connection with Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act and includes bringing a class action litigation against certain other prominent Canadian companies in the media, technology, telecommunication and financial sectors in addition to the Company. The Company has retained legal counsel and intends to vigorously defend itself against any potential class action litigation.The Company does not intend to comment further upon this matter unless and until it deems further disclosure is appropriate or required by law.Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements include, without limitation, statements relating to the Applications and related litigation and the Company’s response thereto or the outcome thereof, and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on assumptions, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. For a description of relevant assumptions and risks, please consult the Company’s publicly available documents including its Circular dated July 29, 2016, its Annual Information Form dated November 30, 2015 and its 2016 Third Quarter MD&A dated July 13, 2016 all filed with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities (available at and which are also available on the Company’s website at The forward-looking statements contained in this press release describe our expectations at the date of this press release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with more than 2.7 million subscribers, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 130 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news, entertainment and major sports brands including the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, CNN, CBC, FOX, BBC, Howard Stern, Disney, Comedy Central and more.SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available online at and on Apple and Android-powered mobile devices.SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 2,500 retail locations nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada, visit our website at Canada has been designated one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies seven years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member, in addition to 2013, 2014 and 2015 rankings in PROFIT 500’s list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Youtube at Login/Register With: Advertisement AppleMarkcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • Fort St John shows its support for the Humboldt Broncos

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents showed their support for Humboldt on Thursday during Jersey Day.Residents all over the community pulled out their jerseys and donated money in support of the Humboldt Broncos. As of 6 p.m. Thursday $5,414.25 was collected at the Pomeroy Hotel and Chances Fort St. John for the GoFundMe campaign.General Manager of the Fort St. John Huskies Jeremy Clothier said he spoke to the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos the last Wednesday. Clothier says it’s not just the hockey community that is reacting to this collision. “It’s sports, dance, its everybody that goes on the bus to a function, the bus is probably one of the safest rides.” Images from Jersey Day in Fort St. John – April 12, 2018 Staff from Home2Suites Staff at the Fort St. John Hospital Staff and kids at the CDC participated in jersey day. Staff from Petrogas Staff at Murray GM Students from the ELC wore their Jerseys on April 12. Staff from SD60’s Settlement Team on Jersey Day FairFab Welding showed off their Vancouver Canucks jersey. Staff at Troyer Ventures 1 of 14 Macro Industries participated in the day The Fort St. John Co-op has already donated $2,500 to the SJHL Player Assistance Program. Co-op’s all across Western Canada have donated over $300,000. The Fort St. John Co-op will also be collecting donations at the Fort St. John Trade Show this weekend and matching all donations up to $5,000.For residents who didn’t own a jersey, they could still show their support thanks to the Home Hardware Fort St. John. The store created green and gold ribbons that were sold for a donation to the Humboldt Broncos.The support for the team doesn’t stop there. Ten-year-old Braden Hagen has created 260 necklaces made out of clay and will be selling them at the Fort St. John Tradeshow at booth #142. The necklaces are $25 and all of the money will go to the team.As of Wednesday, 16 people had died because of the crash in Saskatchewan. The GoFundMe campaign created by two residents of Humboldt has raised over $10 million for the team. The majority of the money will be split between the victims of the crash. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.Businesses and residents also sent in pictures to Moose FM of all their jerseys. Below are just some of the photos submitted. Norther Metalic staff wearing their jerseys. The staff of AAA Safety wearing their jerseys on Thursday, April 12th. Submitted photo More staff at Murray GM last_img read more

  • Iraq oilforfood coordinator reports progress amid obstacles

    “Very sizeable quantities [of relief supplies] have gone in; on the other hand, there are also very sizeable problems still remain,” Tun Myat told a press briefing in New York. Among the major obstacles facing the scheme – which allows Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief – was some $4 billion worth of contracts on hold in the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Baghdad. The programme also faced difficulties in obtaining the required visas for its staff, he added.Since the initiation of the programme in 1996, “there is general agreement that, notwithstanding the various difficulties we’ve had, the average lot of the people has improved.””We’re trying to fill a very tall order,” explained Mr. Myat. “The sheer extent of the needs of the country are such that despite the oil revenues and the money that is available to the country, there seems to be a tremendous amount of work that still needs to be done.”Asked about priority concerns, Mr. Myat said “all the food and all the medicines in the world” would not improve the humanitarian situation of the Iraqi people in the absence of clean water and sanitation. “The biggest killer of children is not lack of food or medicine but of water and sanitation – clean water and sanitation are absolutely necessary for the children of the country,” he stressed.Commenting on “what life is like in Baghdad these days” given recent events, he said, “with all the things that are going on around the world, and all the news that is swirling, it is a little bit like living in the eye of a hurricane – so far the eye has not moved so I think all the swirling is around you rather than at you.” read more

  • Ohio geologists link small earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing change permit conditions

    Ohio geologists link small earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing, change permit conditions by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2014 12:28 pm MDT COLUMBUS, Ohio – State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.A state investigation of five small tremors in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, last month has found the high-pressure injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers. He called the link “probable.”While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. Five seismic events in March were all part of what was considered a single event and couldn’t be easily felt by people.The state’s new permit conditions are perhaps the most cautious yet put in place in the nation, he said.Glenda Besana-Ostman, a seismologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, confirmed the finding is the first in the region to suggest a connection between the quakes and the actual extraction of oil and gas, as opposed to wastewater disposal. A deep-injection well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in the same region of Ohio in 2012.Under the new permit conditions, all new drilling sites in Ohio within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment. Results will be directly available to regulators, Simmers said, so the state isn’t reliant on drilling operators providing the data voluntarily.If seismic activity of 1.0 magnitude or greater is felt, drilling will be paused for evaluation. If a link is found, the operation will be halted.“While we can never be 100 per cent sure that drilling activities are connected to a seismic event, caution dictates that we take these new steps to protect human health, safety and the environment,” said James Zehringer, director of Ohio’s natural resources department.Ohio has also imposed an indefinite drilling moratorium at the site of the March quakes. The state is allowing oil and gas extraction to continue at five existing wells at the site.The Utica Shale lies beneath the better-known Marcellus Shale, where energy companies have drilled thousands of unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia in recent years.The Marcellus is considered to be one of the richest natural gas reserves in the world. Drillers have only recently begun to tap into the deeper Utica. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • Isle of Barra deeply affected by fresh tragedy

    first_img 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. castlebay Castlebay in BarraCredit:PA Residents of the Isle of Barra have been “deeply affected” by another tragedy after two shellfish divers died when they got into difficulty not far from the shore.A ferry skipper raised the alarm when he noticed a small boat being used by Iain Macdougall and Ryan McGuckin was unmanned off Castlebay at around 11.20am on Saturday.The men, both 39, died at the scene. Mr Macdougall was from the island village, and was a neighbour of the MacLeod family who lost their 14-year-old daughter Eilidh in the Manchester Arena terror attack. His friend from college days, Mr McGuckin, was from Falkirk and lived in London.center_img A coastguard helicopter and rescue teams were sent to the scene and the divers were found by Barra lifeboat crew at around 1pm. They had been diving around 250 yards from shore.The deaths came just weeks after the close-knit community was devastated by Eilidh’s death in the Manchester attack. Her friend, 15-year-old friend Laura MacIntyre was badly injured in the incident.Earlier this month, another Barra resident, Ian Johnstone from Castlebay, was found dead on an island beach.Alasdair Allan, the Western Isles, said: “Barra has had much more than its fair share of tragedy recently, and this will be a very difficult time indeed for this very close-knit community. Obviously, everyone will be thinking not just of the family of the man from Barra, but of the other man’s family. “This serves again to indicate how dangerous the seas around the Western Isles can be. I am sure the wider Western Isles community will be thinking of both families at this very sad time.”Insp Jane Nicolson, of Police Scotland, added: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both Mr Macdougall and Mr McGuckin at this very difficult time, as well as with the tight-knit community on Barra which has been deeply affected by this tragedy.”I would once again like to take the opportunity to thank members of the public who assisted the emergency services on Saturday. Our inquiries are continuing but there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”last_img read more

  • Channel 4 documentary on missing Esra Uyrun airs tonight

    first_imgA WOMAN WHO went missing in Ireland in February 2011 is to be featured on a documentary about missing people this evening on Channel 4.Featuring three families that are looking for their loved ones who seem to have vanished without a trace, the Channel 4 documentary ‘The Missing’ will feature Esra Uyrun’s story.Esra Uyrun, a 38-year-old mother of one has not been seen since leaving her home at Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin at around 7.15am on 23 February 2011.She was driving a grey Renault Twingo – registration number 08 D 23067.Never returnedUyrun, who is originally from the UK but is of Turkish descent, was meant to go to the local shop to get some milk for her two-year-old son before her husband needed the car to go to work.However, she never returned and the car and it was later found that day parked in Bray.The police investigation has gone cold leaving Esra’s family and young son Emin, aged 5, without any answers as to what happened to her.The Channel 4 programme follows Esra’s sister Berna on a trip to Ireland to investigate the disappearance herself.Berna recreates her sister’s last known movements and voices her concerns that she has been kidnapped and could still be alive.A sister’s searchIn tonight’s programme, Berna meets the detective in charge of the case, with Berna remaining hopeful that her sister is still alive and vows to continue in her search until her sister is found.Ms Uyrun is described as 5’3” in height, with dark hair and green eyes.  When last seen she was wearing black leggings, white Nike trainers, and a dark top.Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station 01 6667700, Bray Garda Station 01 6665300, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.For more information on the documentary click here. The Missing will air tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm. Related: Family renews appeal for missing Esra Uyrun two years on> Read: Gardaí renew appeal for Turkish woman missing since last February>last_img read more

  • DHSS Has Confirmed A Single Case Of Measles On The Kenai Peninsula

    first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) confirmed on Tuesday a single case of measles in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula. If anyone thinks they might have measles, they should call their health care provider or local public health center immediately. It’s important to get care quickly, but people should call first and not go directly to the doctor’s office, clinic or school. The teen recently traveled out of state to Arizona via Seattle, Washington. This makes Alaska the 29th state to have a confirmed case of measles in 2019. The DHSS Public Health Laboratory in Fairbanks confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Known exposure locations during the infectious period when measles can spread to other people include Froso’s Family Dining in Soldotna, from July 8-9 and July 11-13, and Urgent Care of Soldotna and Central Peninsula Hospital on July 14. The patient has been isolated at home since then and is recovering. Signs of measles may appear between 7 to 21 days after exposure (average of 14 days) so those who may have been exposed should watch for signs of illness. Measles often starts with a fever (as high as 105°F), cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat. A rash follows that usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Some people may have been exposed to measles through this confirmed case. A list of possible exposure locations, including dates and times, is posted on the DHSS measles webpage and will be updated regularly as more information becomes available. Health care providers may have instructions to prevent exposing others to an infectious disease.last_img read more

  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS In Compromise Next Years First Week Of School Likely

    first_imgThe School Committee is expected to vote on the 2019-2020 school calendar at its next meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email WILMINGTON, MA — At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Wilmington School Committee held a follow-up conversation to last month’s discussion of potentially changing the 2019-2020 school year calendar.The biggest proposed change would see the first three days of school become early release days, rather than full days.“While students will be dismissed according to the Early Release Schedule, staff will remain and these days would be designated as ‘building-based’ to allow for the following: (1) time for general education teachers to meet with Special Education staff to review student plans and program requirements; (2) the opportunity for staff to review 504 plans for students; (3) the opportunity for teachers to receive and review recent test data and any other important information that can help support the transition of students,” Brand explained when rolling out the proposal.Some school committee members, however, expressed reservations around three consecutive early releases, arguing it may be a burden for some families to have to for arrange a childcare during the first week of school.On Wednesday night, the School Committee signaled it was interested in a compromise schedule, requesting that Superintendent Brand bring the School Committee another calendar option that had only ONE early release day during the first week of school.  Whether the early release would be on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday was not discussed.“I’ve become more and more uncomfortable with having all three days be early release days,” said School Committee member David Ragsdale. “We’re already starting with a 3-day week. For all of those days to be early release days, our first week of school is just three half days. It’s hard to set expectations when students haven’t seen a full day.”“We’re clearly working with a lot of contraints here – contractual issues, different school times, parents needing to find childcare. Whichever way you turn, there’s going to be some sort of issue that can’t be maximized,” added Ragsdale. “Ultimately, in totality, you try to do what’s best for the kids. What’s the least bad option in front of us. I’d like to request an option that has one early release day & two full days in the first week of school; and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a vacation day.”“The two calendars aren’t really going to meet our needs,” echoed School Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson. “I will make a motion for a third calendar option to provide for one early release day and two full days… I respect that Dr. Brand came up with something new and different… As a teacher and someone who trains teachers, I can say that one day [for teacher preparation] is simply not enough.”“If the Committee could support any additional CIT time in the calendar, I think that would have considerable benefits for us,” responded Brand. “Whether that’s 1 day, 2 days or 3 days, anything additional would be quite helpful.”The motion to ask Superintendent Brand to present a calendar option with one early release day during the first week of school, and for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to be a non-school day, carried unanimously.Brand also clarified a key question that was raised during last month’s meeting — CARES WOULD be operational during the first week of school, BUT is structured so that the program would be available to the child only if the family signed him or her up for that particular day of the week. If the early release falls on a day that the children doesn’t use CARES, he or she would be unable to participate in the program.Parent and educator Teresa Smith was the only audience member to speak. She opposed early release days during the first week of school. Smith cited educational research that stressed the importance of establishing standards, norms and routines for students during the start of the school year.Survey ResultsSuperintendent Brand and School Committee members also reviewed the results of surveys taken by community members and staff members regarding the school calendar.Key highlights from the community survey results:27.51% of community members support early release days during the first week if known by April 1. 20.7% support of CARES is an option. 20.87% prefer to see as few early release days as possible. 41.42% are open to scheduling early release days when knowing that the next district-wide day is at the end of January.39.79% of community members prefer the school year start AFTER Labor Day. 41.16% prefer the school year begin BEFORE Labor Day. 19.36% don’t care.46.65% of community members prefer that the Friday before Labor Day remain a non-school day. 22.14% of community members prefer it be a school day. 32.21% don’t care.56.93% of community members prefer that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving become a non-school day. 43.07% do not.23.25% of community members prefer to have Good Friday continue as a holiday. 34.95% of community members do not. 42.71% don’t care.Key highlights from the staff survey results:14.29% of staff members are interested in starting the school year AFTER Labor Day. 72.67% prefer the school year begin BEFORE Labor Day. 13.04% don’t care.91.36% of staff members prefer the Friday before Labor Day remain a non-school day. 1.85% do not. 6.79% don’t care.60.25% of staff members support making the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a non-school day. 40.37% do not.40.75% of staff members prefer to have Good Friday continue as a holiday. 20.99% of staff members do not. 38.27% don’t care. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”Wilmington Considering MAJOR Changes To Next Year’s School Calendar, Including First Week Of SchoolIn “Education”School Committee Approves New Special Education Coordinator PositionIn “Education”last_img read more

  • Father kills two kids self

    first_imgMap of NarsingdiA man allegedly committed suicide after ‘killing’ two of his children at Tulatoli Moholla in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are Kajal Mollah, 35, son of Aziz Molla, his daughter Kakoli, 8 and son Sohel, 5, of the village.Local people found the body of Kajal hanging from a tree and the bodies of his children lying on the bank of a pond around 8:00am.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to the hospital morgue for autopsy.Delowar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Raipura police station, said Kajal might have drowned his two children to death and then committed suicide over frustration.Quoting family members, police said Kajal, an auto-rickshaw driver, provided Tk 650,000 to one Ruhul Amin, a broker of Kishoreganj, for going to Kuwait after selling his ancestral land two years back.Being cheated Kajal filed a case with Raipura police station against Ruhul last year but failed to get the court verdict in favour of him due to lack of witnesses.last_img read more