• APCC headquarters inaugurated in Vijayawada

    first_imgVijayawada, Feb 19 (PTI) AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh today inaugurated the headquarters of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) here.The APCC, which has been functioning from the joint capital Hyderabad for the last two years, has now formally shifted base to Vijayawada.State Congress chief N Raghuveera Reddy, AICC secretary Thirunavukkarasu, MPs J D Seelam, K V P Ramachandra Rao, former Union ministers M M Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi, Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy and a host of other leaders attended the event at Andhra Ratna Bhavan.However, Rajya Sabha member K Chiranjeevi was conspicuous by his absence.Incidentally, Andhra Ratna Bhavan, was the Congress headquarters when the then state of Andhra Pradesh came into being in 1953.Later, Digvijay chaired a meeting of the APCC coordination committee and the extended executive committee discussing ways to take up agitation programmes against the policies of the Central and state governments.Decision over agitation demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh as promised by the UPA government in Rajya Sabha in February 2014 when the state bifurcation Bill was being passed would also be taken in the meeting. PTI DBV DK NSDlast_img read more

  • Euro 2016: Germany sink Italy 6-5 on penalties to enter semis

    first_imgJonas Hector scored the winning penalty as Germany beat Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of the European Championship.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had saved Matteo Darmian’s spot kick moments before as the shootout went to ‘sudden death.’Neither side could score in extra time after drawing 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes of their quarterfinal match in Bordeaux. Leonardo Bonucci converted a penalty in the 78th minute to bring Italy level after Jerome Boateng handled a flicked header by Giorgio Chiellini in the area.Mesut Ozil had given Germany the lead in the 65th, racing onto a deflected cross to steer in from eight meters. The match had been a tactical stalemate until Ozil’s goal, with defenses on top and neither goalkeeper seriously tested.Germany advances to a semifinal against France or Iceland in Marseille on Thursday.It was Germany’s first ever competitive win over Italy.last_img read more

  • Seth Russell Injury Update: Baylor QB Has Dislocated Ankle, Getting X-Rays

    first_imgSeth Russell has a dislocated ankle coming from this play.Twitter/@DemetricDWarrenSeth Russell injury update: Baylor’s starting quarterback has a dislocated ankle, and is being taken in for x-rays at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Earlier in the game, Russell was tackled, and suffered an incredibly gruesome-looking injury, that most watching thought would be a season-ender. Watch the play with caution, especially if you are squeamish.Baylor QB Seth Russell breaks his leg. #Prayers #BayvsOU https://t.co/VtapyyVoMJ— Coach Warren (@DemetricDWarren) November 12, 2016According to ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter, Baylor says that its starting quarterback has a dislocated ankle, and he is going in for x-rays.According to Baylor, Seth Russell has been diagnosed with a dislocated ankle and is getting an x-ray at the stadium.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 12, 2016A dislocated ankle is incredibly serious, but based on the video, it definitely looked a lot worse. We wish Russell a speedy recovery. We’ll keep you updated as more comes out about the extent of Russell’s injury.Oklahoma leads Baylor 42-24 early in the fourth quarter, in this game, which could be instrumental in deciding the Big 12 champion. Oklahoma is 7-2, while Baylor is 6-2 on the season, though the Sooners are 6-0 in Big 12 play.last_img read more

  • Report ICBC Leasing Orders Kamsarmax Quartet

    first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license ICBC Financial Leasing has ordered four Kamsarmax bulk carriers in China, brokers reported.The Chinese corporation placed an order for firm 81,200 dwt bulker quartet at COSCO Yangzhou, according to information provided by Intermodal Shipbrokers.ICBC Leasing will pay around USD 27 million for each of the newbuilds.The 97,000 cbm ships are scheduled for delivery in 2020. Once completed, they will feature a length of 229 meters and a width of 32.3 meters.Separately, ICBC Leasing ordered five 2,200 TEU containerships in March this year, VesselsValue’s data shows. The vessels, to be built at Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industry in China, are expected to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Teachers Educators Celebrated During Education Week

    first_imgTeachers and education partners across the province are being celebrated, today, April 20, for their dedication to their students, schools and communities. Education Week runs until Saturday, April 25, and has been celebrated since 1935, honouring the commitment of teachers and partners, to students. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey presented Education Week Awards to 23 teachers and five education partners at École du Carrefour in Dartmouth. “Teachers and school staff are the foundation of our schools,” said Ms. Casey. “The educators being honoured today are the difference between a school being simply a building or part of the community. “Collaborating with schools and communities is an important part of our action plan for education, and it is very fitting that today we are honouring great educators who do this every single day.” This year’s theme is Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Recipients are being recognized for supporting student development through service learning, community projects and co-operative education, and for encouraging students to be active in their schools and communities. Education Week is a co-operative effort of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.last_img read more

  • Rahul still our leader say Congmen BJP calls resignation brand new drama

    first_imgNEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi’s decision to step down as Congress president triggered varying reactions on Tuesday, with the BJP dismissing the move as “brand new drama” of the party and the Congress asserting that the Gandhi scion will remain the “voice of the party workers”. More than a month after declaring his intention to quit, Rahul on Wednesday formally resigned as Congress president, saying he is responsible for the loss in the Lok Sabha election and that accountability is critical for the party’s future growth. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Senior BJP leaders were quick to take a dig at the Congress following Rahul’s announcement, with Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi terming calling it “yet another drama of the grand old party”. Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the timetable for organisation election and membership drive is already in place in the BJP, referring to a long spell of continuing uncertainty in the Congress after Gandhi first offered to resign following his party’s drubbing in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAsked for her reaction, Union minister Smriti Irani, who had defeated Gandhi in Amethi in the Lok Sabha polls, merely said, “Jai Shri Ram”. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli described the Congress as a family-run party unlike the BJP which is, he said, runs democratically. BJP ally Shiv Sena expressed that Rahul’s resignation will pave the way for restructuring of the main opposition party and herald a new era in the 133-year-old organisation. Shiv Sena spokesman and MP Sanjay Raut said with the resignation, the Congress has become “Gandhi family-free” under the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Modi storm has uprooted Rahul Gandhi. It is during Modi’s tenure that the Congress has become “Gandhi family-mukt”. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, a Congress ally, lauded Rahul for sticking to his earlier decision and said that he is a young leader who can become party president again in the future. “Mubarak Ho, that he stood by his decision. He is young and he can become president again in future. He had always wanted someone else in that position, I cannot say that his resignation was due to Congress’s defeat in the recent elections. I think he will now work towards building the party,” Abdullah told a news agency. Meanwhile, top Congress members asserted that Rahul will continue to be their leader and would always remain the “voice of the party’s workers”. “It is very sad to see him quit as he put in enormous effort and at one point, we felt he caught the pulse and we saw a return of the Congress. Even though he has quit as the Congress president, he continues to be our leader. Reluctantly we have to accept it. If he has announced it, his advice sadly has to be followed. We will put our heads together and do our best,” former Union minister and senior party leader Salman Khurshid said. Former Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said even after his resignation, Gandhi would remain the voice of the party’s workers. “We are proud to have @RahulGandhi ji as our leader! Congress President or not, he would always be the voice of millions of Congress workers and those who believe in its ideology! Rahul ji has taken a right decision-and we support him,” he said in a tweet. “We request him to take back his resignation because we know his struggle,” deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot said.last_img read more

  • A look by the numbers at the wildfires burning across British Columbia

    first_imgASHCROFT, B.C. – Here are some numbers on the wildfires that are burning across British Columbia:Number of fires: There were 220 wildfires across B.C. at one point on Sunday. Ninety-eight new fires started on Saturday.Firefighters on scene: More than 1,000 firefighters were either deployed or on days of rest. At least 200 contractors backed them up. An additional 300 firefighters recruited from other parts of Canada are expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday.Evacuees: The latest estimate is 7,000 people.Fire sizes: The fires have burned an area of more than 236 square kilometres.Hardest hit: The four biggest fires ranged in size from about 20 to 44 square kilometres and drove thousands from their homes in the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House, 150 Mile House and the Alexis Creek area.Government financial response: B.C. announced a $100-million fund to help communities and residents rebuild. The fund includes $600 that will be made immediately available by electronic transfer through the Red Cross to people who have registered after being forced from their homes.Federal help: Three Canadian Armed Forces Griffon helicopters were expected to arrive in Kelowna on Sunday and some larger fixed-wing aircraft are to arrive over the next few days. The aircraft would be on standby and ready to help wherever they were needed, but they would not be assisting with fire suppression at this time.last_img read more

  • Muslim FBI agent who helped Canada wants to reclaim his religion from

    first_imgOTTAWA – A Muslim FBI agent who helped Canadian authorities foil a terrorist plot says his religion is being desecrated by violent jihadis — and he wants the public to hear a different story.The keys are educating people about the true tenets of Islam and including Muslims in the fight against those who warp the faith for their own ends, said the undercover agent, who has written a candid book as Tamer Elnoury, his cover name during the Canada-U.S. operation.“Al-Qaida and ISIS are the only ones with a voice,” Elnoury said in an interview. “I wanted to start the conversation. Because at the end of the day, the only way we’re ever going to win this global war on terror is if we stand united against it, and we understand it, and we don’t just use the jihadi brush to paint every Muslim.”An Arabic speaker, Elnoury has been doing undercover counter-terrorism work for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2008, a calling that has taken him around the world.In 2012, he found himself posing as a wealthy American real estate player and al-Qaida backer to halt a plan to derail a passenger train that travels from New York to Toronto.“American Radical” is his story of the investigation that led to terrorism convictions and life sentences in 2015 for Chiheb Esseghaier, a Tunisian citizen doing advanced research in nanotechnology in Montreal, and Raed Jaser, a stateless Palestinian who settled in Toronto with his family.The look in Esseghaier’s eyes when he talked about killing infidels was something Elnoury had never seen before, he writes. “It was a look of hatred and death. It made me physically sick.”Elnoury testified, using his pseudonym, during the rail-plot trial in Toronto, and was dismayed by the media focus on Islamic extremism.“Nothing true about Islam,” he writes. In the media’s defence, he adds, all they heard were Esseghaier and Jaser’s interpretations.Elnoury recounts how, despite the concerns of the Crown prosecutor, he wanted to squarely address the question in the witness box.“These religious views that are presented are a complete desecration of my religion,” he told the court. “So it stands out to me when I am having a discussion about rationalizing killing innocent women and children.”Elnoury said in the interview it was important to speak his mind.“I felt like it was lost on the world at that moment that the person testifying against them was an American Muslim,” he said.“I know people in the Islamic community — in mosques, family members, relatives, friends — who can’t even say the word ISIS because they’re so disgusted by the fact that it’s even said in the same breath as the religion of Islam. So what I would love to see is their voice heard.”Canada’s nice-guy international image won’t protect it from extremists, Elnoury said.“When you send troops overseas in this war, you put a bull’s-eye on your back, regardless of your stance in the world. That’s the way you will be viewed by our enemy.”Bridging communities through education and inclusion is the best way to ensure “we’re going to have someone who looks like them or sounds like them to help defeat them,” he said.For those Muslims wary of being profiled or targeted by police and intelligence services, Elnoury points to himself as “living proof” the agencies simply follow the evidence.“And if you see something that stands out, stand up — stand up for your religion, stand up for your country, and make sure those individuals are stopped dead in their tracks.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

  • Freeland says Venezuelas Maduro is now a dictator after illegitimate win

    first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says today’s inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has entrenched him as a dictator.Freeland’s remarks align Canada with the international community in condemning Maduro’s recent election victory as fraudulent and illegitimate.She says the suffering of Venezuela’s people will only get worse the longer he is in power.Canada has downgraded diplomatic relations with Venezuela and imposed sanctions on 70 officials in the regime.Venezuela’s political and economic crisis has forced three million people to flee the country in search of food, health care and other basic services since 2015.Canada has provided $2.2 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuela and is a member of the Lima Group of countries that is trying to bring international pressure to bear on the South American country.last_img read more

  • Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

    first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Carr says the government is still examining its options, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to meet with the premiers of British Columbia and Alberta.Ottawa’s options include buying a stake in the pipeline to both provide confidence the pipeline will be built and cash to compensate for nervous investors. B.C. Premier John Horgan’s persistent threat to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in court has investors fearful that the project will be postponed.Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction along with environmental safeguards.last_img read more

  • India faces choice between fiction reality

    first_imgIt was Jawaharlal Nehru’s accomplishment, as the leader of India for its first 17 years of Independence, to make an inclusive national consciousness a daily experience for Indians as the legacy of modern India, renowned novelist and writer Nayantara Sahgal said recently. Sahgal, 91, made the remarks while delivering the keynote address at a conclave on ‘Nehru’s legacy: Its relevance to contemporary India’, organised by a retired civil servants’ collective Constitutional Conduct Group. She expressed her viewpoint on the first Indian Prime Minister’s government and outlook. “As a political creation, modern-day India dates from 1947, when this subcontinent became a singular political entity for the first time in its history. The Congress that came to power had been the first political formation to demand political independence from British rule and to build a country-wide movement under Gandhi to fight for it. “Allegiance to that movement and active participation spread across region, religion, class, language and gender. And its inclusiveness gave the movement its unique character,” she said. Referring to Mahatma Gandhi as the architect of “this first national consciousness and unity”, Sahgal, Nehru’s niece and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit’s second daughter, said Nehru took this consciousness forward and made it an everyday experience for Indians. She said a fight for freedom is always accompanied by the frame of mind that inspires it, and the then-government’s “avowed commitment to equality, pluralism and secularism came out of this experience of a unity about differences and a shared Indian identity”. “After the bloodshed and devastation of Partition, Nehru’s immediate and overwhelming priority was communal harmony. His personal pledge to safeguard religious freedom left no room for doubt. Speaking to a public gathering in 1951, he said: If anyone raises its hand against another in the name of religion, I shall fight him till the last breath of my life, whether from inside the government or outside.” Sahgal said: “India had been drained of resources and impoverished by over two centuries of plunder and exploitation under British occupation. An economy designed for British profit halted indigenous growth and in the 1930s had seen a series of famines.” “By 1947, 50 per cent of nearly 400 million Indians lived in miserable poverty. This was a moment when the world’s critical, skeptical and judgemental eyes were watching India. Assessments of Indian development by informed observers are of value because they were contemporary, they tell us exactly the opposite of Indian critics are now saying, which was that nothing happened under Nehru and the first 20 years were wasted years.” Contrasting this idea of India with “a diametrically opposed idea of India”, the writer who had returned her Sahitya Akademi to protest country’s “rising intolerance”, said Indians will have to answer if Nehru’s legacy will “survive this onslaught” in a global political climate now “replicated in India where democracy, pluralism and human rights are being retraced by an enforced uniformity and criminalisation of those who do not conform”. Concluding, Sahgal remarked “The choice before us today, or the choice between one idea of India or another, is in fact a choice between fiction and reality.”last_img read more

  • A new era

    first_imgAs India’s 900 million voters head out to exercise their franchise on Thursday, the nation stares at a new chapter that would usher in an inspiring change, setting fresh precedence by itself in the midst of myriad ethnoreligious triumphalism and political opinions. This election will uphold the authority of commoners, their nationalist narrative, aspirations and expectations, political preferences and indomitable spirit to alter the course of history. But it is important to note that conducting elections in this country is not an easy task. In India, where more than one in four people are considered illiterate, where voters speak around 22 official languages and thousands of dialects, where tribal communities have been living without water, electricity or basic amenities, schools and hospitals for epochs, where people have to climb mountains and cross swamps and forests to cast their vote, the exercise could be a quite challenging one. Hundreds and thousands of individuals are caught in the vortex of political oppression, be it in the name of religion, caste or communalism, coupled with stuttering social mobility and faltering growth. This has led to a feeling of exclusion and prohibition. It is definitely not a good sentiment to have, especially when elections are approaching. India has always been known as one of the most tolerant countries in every sense. However, in the present scenario, beyond the theatrics, there is a lot of intolerance and it does have a lot of ramifications. National responses highlight dissent and anger, pressing for mutual respect and tolerance in public discourse as they feel communal polarisation has hit an all-time peak. Writers, authors, visual artists, theatre personalities and thinkers are emphasising on a change of government at the Centre, the reasons for which are very clear. Former bureaucrats and diplomats have also written to the President of India complaining about the Election Commission suffering from ‘a crisis of credibility’, whose “independence, fairness, impartiality and efficiency are perceived to be compromised today, thereby endangering the integrity of the electoral process which is the very foundation of Indian democracy.” The group also accused ECI of acting with “lethargy” in respect of the Namo TV channel (until yesterday) and transfer of three top police officers and the Chief Secretary in Andhra Pradesh and four top police officers in Bengal. The perception of an ever-vigilant ECI undoubtedly has an impact on the voters. Thus, it remains to be seen over the coming 40 days as to how the reasoning, experience and rationale of the nation’s top election body make it possible for India to begin a new era in the country’s history.last_img read more

  • UN official welcomes reopening of aid groups operations in Gaza Strip

    14 August 2011A senior United Nations official has welcomed today’s re-opening of the International Medical Corps (IMC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip. The re-opening of IMC in Gaza comes a week after the Palestinian group Hamas, which has had control of the Strip since 2007, suspended its operations, according to media reports.In a statement issued in Jerusalem, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said “he recognizes the important work of NGOs in Gaza and is confident that a way forward has been reached in the interest of the people of Gaza.” read more

  • Karunanidhi slams statement on Sri Lankan issue

    Besides, the UN panel report itself has recommended a hybrid inquiry mechanism with the participation of international judges, lawyers and investigators. The UN panel’s findings show that all international laws had been flouted in the crimes against Tamils and they were deliberate and planned. “A domestic investigation will not be impartial and a probe by the accused into the crimes will turn justice into a mockery. The Indian government should voice its support for an independent, credible and international investigation and introduce a resolution for it in the United Nations Human Rights Council”, he added. India’s DMK leader M Karunanidhi has opposed a statement made by Vikas Swaroop, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, supporting a resolution accepted by Sri Lanka on the findings of the UN human rights probe panel on the atrocities on Tamils, the New Indian Express reported.Karunanidhi urged the Union government to support an international criminal investigation into the matter. The DMK leader said, “Supporting the US resolution will deny justice for war crimes, human rights violations and genocide of Tamils and the wound will remain unhealed in the hearts of Tamils.” read more

  • AP sources Tsai buys rest of Nets Barclays from Prokhorov

    NEW YORK — Joe Tsai has agreed to buy the remaining 51 per cent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Mikhail Prokhorov in deals that two people with knowledge of the details say are worth about $3.4 billion.Terms were not disclosed Friday, but the people told The Associated Press that Tsai is paying about $2.35 for the Nets — a record for a U.S. pro sports franchise — and nearly $1 billion in a separate transaction for the arena. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the transactions have not yet been completed.Tsai is the co-founder and executive vice-president of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant. He already had purchased a 49 per cent stake in the team from Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in four years.Instead, he pushed up that timeline for full ownership of a team on the rise after signing superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in July.Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press read more

  • Security Council members urge Liberian government rebels to end conflict

    In a statement to the press by the current Council President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, the 15-nation body called on the Government and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels “to work to bring the armed conflict to an end through dialogue and to create the security conditions necessary for inclusive, peaceful and free legislative and presidential elections, including a ceasefire to guarantee safety for all.”The statement also welcomed the outcome of a meeting on 19 December of the International Contact Group as a positive step in this direction.Ambassador de La Sablière said the members expressed their regret at the Government’s lack of response to the proposals by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a revised mandate for the UN Office in Liberia (UNOL), including an extension until 31 December 2003 and steps to increase the Office’s capacity for objective reporting.Expressing concern over human rights violations in the country, Council members also sought free access for aid workers to displaced civilians and refugees, as well as permission for international observers to monitor elections there, Ambassador de La Sablière said.The statement concluded with an appeal to the Government of Liberia to “commit to building peace in the region” by complying with Security Council resolutions and normalizing its relations with neighbouring countries and the international community at large.Earlier Friday, the Council heard a briefing by Youssef Mahmoud, Director of the Africa Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs on the situation in Liberia. read more

  • January new car preregistration figures

    Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Today, SMMT released figures for January pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in January 2010 that were defined as pre-registrations.Download release.

  • Monster Pitch finalist Bundle

    This is the third in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Monday, April 3.For David Lisi, walking around campus with not one but two scarves around his neck is more than just a fashion statement.The doubled neck apparel represents a brand the second-year student, completing a bachelor of arts, is working to build — one he hopes will ultimately help people in need.Lisi is launching a company called Bundle that aims to have a substantial social impact across Canada.Using a one-for-one business model, Bundle donates a scarf to someone in need for every scarf purchased. The company will also contribute financially to a yet-to-be-chosen not-for-profit organization that helps people through difficult times.For Lisi, Bundle is about more than making, selling and even donating scarves.“It’s about letting people who might be going through the worst experience of their lives know they aren’t alone and letting them know Canadians are there for them,” he said.The idea started as a group project in an entrepreneurship class and Lisi is now pursuing it beyond the classroom.He sees an opportunity to build a distinct scarf brand while adding a social dimension to the business, which he feels is a key component.“I just really believe in social business,” Lisi said.“I think that’s the next stage for Canada and North America. I think as my generation gets older, we’re going to see a shift in true capital-based businesses towards businesses that deal with corporate social responsibility.”Lisi believes that shift will lead to the next stage of capitalism focused on “being more socially integrated, helping the world and helping business at the same time.”Lisi will have a chance to compete for startup services to help further build his business during next week’s Monster Pitch.Already a sold out event, Monster Pitch is taking place Monday, April 3 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Four shortlisted student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas before a panel of judges for a chance to win a funding and startup services package worth $15,000.Monster Pitch is hosted by the Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and BioLinc and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.Last year’s judging panel is returning and includes: Jim Treliving, one of five judges on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International Inc.; Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13; Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. read more

  • Buckeye safety refuses to make excuses during injuryplagued career

    Despite a promising freshman season, senior safety Aaron Gant has started only one football game for Ohio State. Injuries have been the culprit. “With football it comes with the territory, injuries will happen. It’s just how you persevere through them,” Gant said. “Right now I’m persevering through it.” After arriving at OSU in 2006, Gant ended his freshman season as the second-string free safety, one of only two true freshmen on the first or second team, and started against Michigan State. It has been downhill from there. After being hampered by a foot injury that limited him to special-teams play his sophomore year, Gant returned to the second-string safety position but saw little playing time as a junior. After a 2009 medical redshirt, Gant is still struggling to find his role as a senior. OSU coach Jim Tressel is also searching for Gant’s role. “We expected him to play and we expected him not only to play on defense but to come back into our special teams,” Tressel said. Rated a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Detroit, Mich., by Rivals.com, Gant was recruited around the Big Ten. He received offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern in addition to OSU. However, both of his home state schools were recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball. In “high school I played fullback, I played linebacker, I played secondary … (and I played) running back,” the 6-foot, 206-pound Gant said. “I played a little bit of it all.” His preference for the defensive side of the ball influenced his decision to be a Buckeye, he said. Though still a role player, his teammates appreciate his defensive talents. “Whether we have on pads or no pads … Aaron comes to hit every day,” senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa said. “He’s fearless and very aggressive.” Chekwa referred to Gant as the “hardest hitter” on the team. Injuries to others in the defensive backfield might allow Gant to do more of that hitting in games. “Aaron Gant’s going to have to be able to do some things and … going to have to be able to step in (due to injuries),” Tressel said. Gant is looking forward to the opportunity. “Hopefully with the injuries that we have had, I could come in there and play my part and help out as much as I can this year,” he said. Despite not meeting his individual goals and enduring multiple injuries at OSU, Gant is not upset about his time with the Buckeyes. “I never have regrets in my life,” he said. read more

  • Claudia Lawrence Police to scale back investigation eight years after chef disappeared

    first_imgMiss Lawrence, who worked as a chef at in the kitchens of York University, was last seen around 3.05pm on March 18, 2009 walking back towards her home in the cityThat night she spoke to both her parents on the phone, but the following day she failed to turn up for her 6am shift.She was reported missing the next day by her father Peter but despite a huge police investigation no trace of her has ever been found. Police launched a review of the case three years ago Miss Lawrence's father Peter is desperate for any information Mr Kennedy, who attended the family meeting, said: “We have explained to Claudia’s family step by step the extensive work the review team has conducted in an attempt to determine precisely what happened to Claudia.“The team has reviewed the entire investigation into Claudia’s disappearance in 2009, and as a result, has identified many new lines of enquiry which have been pursued with vigour and determination.“Despite their exhaustive efforts, the support of national experts, the application of the very latest forensic techniques to exhibits recovered many years ago, and despite the team tracing and speaking to many people who did not come forward in the first enquiry, we have sadly not been able to find that crucial piece of information.” Three years ago the police launched a proactive review of the case, convinced they could make a breakthrough.But with more than £1 million spent on the review already, North Yorkshire police said they were now scaling back the inquiry.Miss Lawrence’s family were informed of the decision in a meeting with detectives earlier this month. Detectives investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence eight years ago are scaling back their inquiries, it has been announced.North Yorkshire Police launched a £1 million review of the case three years ago, but despite making a number of arrests, have admitted they are no nearer establishing what happened to the 35-year-old, who went missing in York in March 2009.Police said there remained one outstanding line of enquiry relating to DNA, but if that did not provide a breakthrough they would start to scale down the investigation next month.Announcing the decision to Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy from North Yorkshire police said there were still people out there who knew what had happened to Miss Lawrence but were refusing to come forward. But prosecutors concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against any of those people.Mr Kennedy said: “It is not for the want of trying that a breakthrough has not yet come, but rather the result of the continuing refusal of those who know what happened to Claudia to come forward and tell us the truth.“The case will not be closed until those responsible for Claudia’s disappearance and, we believe, her murder, are brought to justice.”Whilst the current review team will and has been scaled down, the new Cleveland and North Yorkshire cold case dedicated team will still have responsibility to review any information that is considered relevant.“Disappointing news though this is for Claudia’s family, we have not given up hope, and I do believe that one day we will be able to tell them what happened to Claudia.” A total of nine people have been arrested or interviewed under caution during the three year review of the case and several files have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. 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. Miss Lawrence’s father Peter is desperate for any informationCredit:PA Police launched a review of the case three years agoCredit:PA Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to make a breakthrough Despite extensive inquiries police have failed to make a breakthroughCredit:Nigel Roddislast_img read more