Mayawati’s demand to relook into cases against Dalit protesters natural: Ashok Gehlot

first_imgA day after Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati’s threat to reconsider support to the newly-elected Congress regime, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said his government would examine the cases registered against Dalits who had participated in the Bharat Bandh organised on April 2 last year over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.“The cases were lodged against Dalit protesters… How many of them were actually guilty is a matter of investigation,” Mr. Gehlot told reporters at the State Congress headquarters here. He said those who were innocent were also booked sometimes, and added that no innocent person should be framed in a criminal case.In an indication of the seriousness with which the Congress has treated Ms. Mayawati’s warning to the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments, Mr. Gehlot said the BSP chief’s demand was “natural”. “She may be right in her perspective… The [State] government will look into it and examine the cases,” he said.Mr. Gehlot expressed gratitude to Ms. Mayawati for extending outside support to his government. “I appreciate and thank Ms. Mayawati for giving the BSP’s support without the Congress formally asking for it,” he said. In Rajasthan, the Congress won 99 of the 199 seats for which elections were held, falling just short of a majority in the 200-seat House. The BSP then offered outside support of its six MLAs.Ms. Mayawati had warned that the BSP would reconsider its support to the Congress governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh if they did not act swiftly and withdrew the cases registered against “innocent people” in connection with Bharat Bandh. Violent incidents took place in several towns of the State during the bandh and one person died in Alwar.last_img read more

Boxing: Nonito Donaire enters the WBSS tournament

first_imgAdvertisementNonito Donaire a likely future Hall of Famer will be dropping down eight pounds and fighting at a weight he hasn’t fought at since out-pointing Omar Navarez back in 2011. His last fight came against Carl Frampton at featherweight in April where he performed well but lost a clear decision.At 35 years of age one has to wonder how the weight cut will effect Donaire not to mention the stacked young talent he’ll be going against.Regardless it’ll be interesting to see how he fares once the tournament kicks off. It should be an explosive tournament from beginning to its conclusion.Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland, “Donaire is a legend in the game and an amazing addition to the Ali Trophy action. He has fought in various divisions, but will look at his very best in the 118lb line-up because of exceptionally fast hand speed and terrific punching power.”Three weight classes will feature in Season II of the World Boxing Super Series with two categories, Bantamweight and Super Lightweight, already announced.Advertisementlast_img read more

Injured Gujarat Lions pacer Andrew Tye ruled out of remainder of IPL 2017

first_imgGujarat Lions fast bowler Andrew Tye has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2017 after the Australian suffered a shoulder injury during his team’s match against Mumbai Indians in Rajkot on Saturday.BCCI PhotoTye hurt his shoulder while diving to save a boundary and was immediately stretchered off the field. He was rushed to a hospital soon after. It was later revealed that he has dislocated his shoulder.BCCI PhotoThe 30-year-old Tye, with 12 wickets in six matches at an average of 11.75, has been the most successful bowler for the Gujarat franchise and his injury will be a big blow for the Suresh Raina-led side.”Well that didn’t quite go to plan! Shoulder is back in place and I have a bit of sticky tape holding it together. I’ll be back soon thanks for the support and well wishes,” Tye wrote on an Instagram post.Tye was a frustrated bystander for his first two seasons in the Indian Premier League but the Australia paceman grabbed his chance when it came, taking five wickets including a hat-trick to set up a first win for the Gujarat Lions. Tye also became the first bowler to grab a hat-trick on his IPL debut.advertisementTye was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad in 2015 and was then picked up by Gujarat in 2016 but spent both editions sitting in the dugout waiting for his maiden opportunity in the cash-rich tournament.It finally arrived in the winless Lions’ home game at Rajkot against the Rising Pune Supergiant, who are led by Australia captain Steve Smith.Tye finished with match-winning figures of 5/17 as his side registered their first points of the 2017 season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in their third match.last_img read more

Sapping heat, crocodiles await in England’s final Ashes warmup

first_imgEngland’s final warmup match before taking on Australia in the Ashes will see them play in the sweltering heat of the northern Queensland city of Townsville, where huge crocodiles bathing in local waters are a common sighting.With temperatures regularly pushing into the high 30s in November in Townsville, Joe Root’s team should be well acclimatised by the time they head south to Brisbane for the first Test at the Gabba starting on November 23.England will play a four-day match against a Cricket Australia XI from November 15 at Townsville’s Tony Ireland stadium, which lies adjacent to the Ross River, a notable meeting place for saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.After a hard day’s play, the tourists might think twice about cooling off in the coastal city’s lagoons or taking a swim off the foreshore, where mammoth crocodiles occasionally cause local beaches to close.Wildlife workers hauled out a 4.7-metre saltwater “bruiser” that was swimming about 50 metres off the popular Strand beach last year.Townsville media have reported an “explosion” of crocodile encounters this year, with triple the number of calls to wildlife authorities to May, compared to the same period last year.Crocodiles and people have long co-existed peacefully in the muggy city of 180,000, but the encroachment of the ancient reptiles into public areas has raised alarm bells.Politicians in the opposition party have tabled a controversial culling proposal which would authorise wildlife officers to shoot problem crocodiles if unable to remove them quickly from high-risk areas.The England team will also do well to apply insect repellent liberally in a city which suffers occasional outbreaks of dengue fever, and where the main local waterway coined the name for the Ross River virus, a debilitating tropical disease borne by mosquitoes.advertisementEngland’s Townsville tour will follow less intrepid warmup stops in Perth and Adelaide, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.The tourists’ first hit-out on Australian soil will be a two-day match from November 4 against a Western Australian XI at the WACA, which was recently confirmed as the venue for the third Test starting from December 14.The side will then head to Adelaide Oval for a four-day day-night tour match against a Cricket Australia XI from November 8, offering them a chance to get accustomed to the pink ball before the first day-night Ashes Test at the same venue from December 2.In the leadup to the third Test, England play another two-day tour match against a CA XI on December 9-10, at a Perth venue to be confirmed.last_img read more

ATK rope in ex-Ireland forward Robbie Keane for ISL 4

first_imgATK on Friday roped in Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane for the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4, the franchise said in a statement.The 37-year-old, who was a free-agent after leaving American football club LA Galaxy in 2016, will join former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Teddy Sheringha, who is the coach of defending champions ATK in the Kolkata outfit.Keane has been a prolific scorer playing for the Republic of Ireland with 146 International appearances and scoring 68 goals.”I feel extremely fortunate to have played for some of the best clubs in England and the USA, as well as representing my country at several major tournaments,” Keane said.”At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me. To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hard work I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season,” the former Liverpool forward added.Keane was Ireland’s top scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also represented his country at UEFA Euro 2012 followed by Euro 2016.Commenting on the signing, club’s principal owner Sanjiv Goenka said: “As a football fan, I am eagerly looking forward to some Irish magic touch on the field when Robbie plays his first game in our colours.””His envious record as a centre-forward while playing for his country Ireland, English Premier League Clubs or Major League Soccer teams is known to all football fans. I am sure it will be a great association and a learning curve for our entire team ATK.”advertisementHead coach Sheringham said: “His enthralling skills with the ball and willingness to take on the opposition without inhibition is an asset for any team. I am sure ATK’s striking abilities will be bolstered with Robbie in the side.””I am sure the young Indian players we have selected from the domestic draft will learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL.”Keane scored 92 times in his five seasons with LA Galaxy, and has been keeping himself sharp by training with Airtricity League Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers in recent months.Join us in welcoming Robbie Keane to the #ATK family. #AamarBukeyATK Atltico de Kolkata (@atletidekolkata) August 4, 2017last_img read more

AIFF senior vice president Subrata Dutta elected as vice president of SWAFF

first_imgAll India Football Federation senior vice president Subrata Dutta was on Sunday elected as a vice president of the newly formed South West Asian Football Federation during its General Assembly in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Dutta was elected for a four-year term in the polls of the regional football body.”I believe my election as vice president of SWAFF will be good for Indian football. I am happy to be part of the SWAFF as vice president,” Dutta told PTI.”The SWAFF has promised to give the AIFF USD 500000 for the development of Indian football and India will be taking part in the SWAFF Cup and play against the likes of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain,” he added.A successful first #SWAFF General Assembly in Jeddah saw the election of our board members, as we look forward to developing the beautiful game in the region West Asian Football Federation (@officialSWAFF) August 12, 2018Dutta said SWAFF president Adel Ezzat, who heads the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, will visit India either on August 30 or 31 to meet his AIFF counterpart Praful Patel and find out how the new football body can help the country in the development of the sport.Dutta also said said there is a high possibility of India playing Saudi Arabia in a football friendly in mid November ahead of the Asian Cup in January next year.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Brooks Koepka untouchable at US PGA as Woods misses the halfway cut

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share via Email Read more It would have added to Woods’s frustration that, as Koepka’s partner, he had such a close-up view of a player tearing Bethpage apart. It took until the 28th hole of his tournament for Koepka to drop a shot, with that damage repaired at the 13th. By close of play Koepka’s 128 shots – 65 of them on Friday – set a major championship scoring record. Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott are the closest challengers, if such a term is valid. Koepka in this mood is simply unbeatable. Bethpage? Brookspage.A resurgent Spieth added a round of 66 to Thursday’s 69 to move to five under par.History is on Spieth’s side even if Koepka’s touch certainly is not; on the previous three occasions where he has opened majors with back-to-back rounds in the 60s, he has won.“I feel like I am playing the way I’m scoring, which is nice,” Spieth said. “I haven’t been in contention since the Open last year. If I’m able to put some good work in tomorrow, then I will be in contention on Sunday. At that point, it will be about trying to win a golf tournament. It won’t matter to me what that tournament is.”Scott was a shot ahead of Spieth and briefly within four of Koepka. The Australian, dogged by putting woes for so much of his career, duly missed from 2ft for par on the 17th. Scott, though, still had cause to be content with a 64 and the matching of Spieth’s total.Further leaderboard gloss is provided by Dustin Johnson, who is four under par. Justin Rose is one adrift of the world No1 after a 67.Rory McIlroy, having played his first three Friday holes in five over par, was heading for a first missed cut in 14 months. Instead the Northern Irishman responded in terrific fashion over the closing stretch. McIlroy’s back nine of 31 meant a 73 and plus-three total which ensures he remains for the closing 36 holes.So what was the motivation to bounce back after such a fraught start? “Just pride,” said McIlroy. “Just trying to play a good round of golf and trying to get something that’s close to the best out of myself. I don’t like missing cuts. It’s not something that I’m used to fortunately and I wanted to be around for the weekend.”There is a mitigating circumstance attached to McIlroy’s six at the 10th, his 1st. The hole has proved troublesome to many players when starting rounds there this week. “You go from the range and then you get in a car and you’re not hitting a shot for another 25 minutes,” added McIlroy of a 10th tee that might as well be in Toronto.Jason Day, playing with McIlroy, added a 74 to his first round 69. The third member of that marquee group, Phil Mickelson, will begin the third round at even par after a Friday 71.John Daly’s US PGA unsurprisingly ended at the half-way point. More notable than Daly’s 11-over total was the fact he used a golf cart to negotiate Bethpage due to ongoing trouble with his right knee. Daly has requested permission to have the same mode of transport at Portrush for July’s Open Championship. “We have received a request from John Daly for permission to use a buggy at the Open and it is currently under consideration,” said a spokesman for the R&A. This does not read like a desperate desire to assist the 1995 champion. How far Daly is willing to push the situation in order to travel to Northern Ireland remains to be seen.Ian Poulter, Sergio García and Padraig Harrington were among those following Daly out of Long Island. “I’d give myself a Z for preparation,” said Harrington. Benjamin Franklin nodded with agreement in the great clubhouse in the sky. news US PGA Championship 2019: second round – as it happened Share on LinkedIn US PGA Brooks Koepka Golf Support The Guardian US sportscenter_img Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Topics Share on Messenger They continue to swing and miss at Brooks Koepka. Closing time drunks may have more of a hit rate than those seeking to topple this major specialist. The 29-year-old has two rounds left to conclude a successful defence of the US PGA Championship. Koepka’s lead, which for now sits at seven, has not appeared under serious threat at any stage over the first 36 holes at Bethpage. This bears all the hallmarks of a sporting procession.Danger – and plenty of it – caught up with Tiger Woods. The 43-year-old, on his first start since winning the Masters, suffered the ignominy of a missed cut. This marked only the ninth time in his career that he has lasted only until Friday evening of a major. A second round of 73 meant a Woods aggregate of five over. In truth he was sloppy throughout. Woods bowed out; others bowed towards Koepka’s 12 under par. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Tiger Woods Since you’re here…last_img read more

Guardiola: City’s problems ‘must be solved collectively’

first_imgKevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho do not represent a magic formula for Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Pep Guardiola insists, with the club requiring a collective effort to overturn their five point deficit to Liverpool. The midfield trio were at the heart of City’s 100-point season last time around, with Fernandinho providing a base from which dual-playmakers Silva and De Bruyne were able to wreak havoc. Fernandinho has proved just as pivotal this time around, particularly in light of Guardiola being unable to secure specialist holding-midfield cover during the close-season transfer window, but a pair of medial knee ligament injuries have left De Bruyne on the sidelines for the most part, and Silva has been getting back up to speed after suffering a hamstring injury in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Tuesday’s trip to Newcastle United was the first time Guardiola deployed his preferred central trident from the start of a Premier League game in 2018-19, but De Bruyne was substituted after an hour – having trodden close to a second yellow card – and Fernandinho gave away the penalty that allowed Matt Ritchie to seal a shock 2-1 win for Rafael Benitez’s side Asked whether City were missing the benefit of De Bruyne operating at full tilt ahead of Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Guardiola insisted the responsibility for hauling in Liverpool’s five-point advantage at the summit lay with the collective. “All the players play at a high level when the team is playing good, not for one single reason,” he said. “What we have to do is play good and when our game is good then the potential of individual players will increase.” Silva celebrated his 33rd birthday last month and Fernandinho turns 34 in May but Guardiola does not believe their advancing years are becoming incompatible with his intensive style of play. It was not the result we wanted or the best performance. But now it’s time to keep our head up and keep fighting until the end. #comeoncity— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) January 29, 2019″It’s the same with the questions about Kevin,” he said.  “The team, the way they play – potential, individuals – I don’t change one player of 33 years old [Fernandinho] because three months later they are older. “The team’s potential, the way we play in the individual actions…I don’t expect as a manager to take all decisions and solve our problems. Our problems must be solved collectively.” Benjamin Mendy could become part of that process once more at the weekend. The France left-back suffered swelling in his knee following his return from surgery against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup but is back working with Guardiola’s squad and was set to be assessed after training on Friday. However, the manager has “no idea” when club captain Vincent Kompany will return from his latest calf setback. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sampdoria sign Barca flop Murillo

first_imgValencia centre-back Jeison Murillo has cut short his stay in La Liga after Sampdoria agreed a deal for the Colombia international.The 27-year-old, who only moved to Mestalla on a permanent basis last year following a loan deal with an obligation to buy from Inter, made only seven appearances across the 2018-19 campaign, split between his parent club and a half-season loan spell with Barcelona.The Colombia international’s limited opportunities saw him lose his place in his nation’s squad following his World Cup exploits in Russia, missing out on selection for this year’s Copa America. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now, he will initially link up with the Serie A outfit on loan before joining for a reported €15m (£13.5m/$16.9m) fee, having agreed to a four-year deal.Initially contracted to Udinese as a teenager, Murillo never made a senior appearance for the Italian team, instead spending the early stages of his career on loan with Cadiz and Las Palmas on loan.He subsequently established himself as a regular for Granada in 2013 before making the move to Inter two years later, on the back of an international breakout performance for Colombia that saw him named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2015 Copa America.He found his chances somewhat reduced in his second season at San Siro, and ultimately sealed a return on an initial loan to Spain to join Valencia, only for that to also falter over the past 12 months.Murillo becomes the latest in a line of off-season recruits at Sampdoria as the club seek to build upon last season’s ninth-place finish.Having lost highly-rated defender Joachim Anderson to Lyon, they have raided fellow domestic rivals Juventus and Udinese among others for goalkeeper Emil Audero and midfielder Jakub Jankto.Valencia meanwhile have effectively swapped goalkeepers with Murillo’s former club Barca bringing Jasper Cillessen on board with Neto heading in the opposite direction.They have also brought on-board Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev, and have lost striker Simone Zaza to Torino.The La Liga outfit will be one of four Spanish teams competing in the Champions League this coming season after they beat out Getafe and Sevilla by two points to finish fourth.last_img read more

New Bridge Slated for Meteghan

first_imgA new two-lane panel bridge with sidewalk is going to be builtacross the Meteghan River along Trunk 1. Motorists should be crossing the new structure in early November,said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. Itwill replace a timber bridge that collapsed recently. “Staff will work as quickly as possible to provide service acrossthe river,” said Mr. Russell. “I appreciate the patience ofresidents as we move forward together.” The new bridge will carry heavy trucks, including fully-loadedsemi-trailers. Cost of the project is expected to be $700,000. An investigation into the collapse of the timber bridge isongoing. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new legal framework for Indigenous people

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Liberal government is planning to implement a new legal Indigenous framework that includes building a new relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis.During a speech in the House of Commons Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the goal of the framework is to lead to self-determination and the “full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and agreements.“With this framework, we have a chance to develop new tools to support the rebuilding of Indigenous communities, nations, and governments; and advance self-determination, including the inherent right of self-government,” he said.Trudeau said the framework would replace policies around comprehensive land claims and the self-government “with new and better approaches that respect the distinctions between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.“This will give greater confidence and certainty to everyone involved.”The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will lead “national engagement activities” throughout the spring to determine the contents of the new framework. It should be introduced later this year and implemented by October 2019, the Trudeau government said.NDP MP Romeo Saganash Indigenous said there was “hope” from Trudeau’s words but Indigenous people have waiting too long for Canada to keep their promises.“We need to make sure this time it is for real,” said Saganash.NDP MP Romeo Saganash speaks in the House of Commons Wednesday.The news comes after a Saskatchewan jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of 22-year-old Red Pheasant First Nation member Colten Boushie.The Friday verdict spurred cross-country rallies calling for changes to the criminal justice system.Read below excerpts from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech Wednesday on his Liberal government’s plans for a new legislative framework for relations with Indigenous people:___“I just finished up a series of town hall visits in communities all across Canada. And everywhere I went, there was at least one person who wanted to know what our government is doing to combat racism, to help advance reconciliation, and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples.“There were questions about fishing rights, and land claims, and pipeline approvals. Questions about the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, about clean water, and about the alarming number of Indigenous children in foster care.“These were thoughtful questions … and it was immediately clear that every time these kinds of questions were asked, the room shifted. This was, in part, a show of support for the people who stood up and asked some tough questions. But it was also a signal that these are questions that Canadians want answered.”___“One of those questions is how we, as a government, recognize and implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We’ve seen those questions grow in number and intensity in just this past week, as more and more Canadians come to grips with the fact that we have so much more work to do.“More work to push back against the systemic racism that is the lived reality for so many Indigenous Peoples. More work to deal with the fact that too many feel and fear that our country and its institutions will never deliver the fairness, justice, and real reconciliation that Indigenous Peoples deserve.”___“Yesterday, I had the honour of spending some time with Colten Boushie’s family. With his mom Debbie, cousin Jade, and uncle Alvin.“And through all their grief and anger and frustration, their focus was not on themselves and the tragedy they have endured, but on how we must work together to make the system and our institutions better. Better for Indigenous youth, for Indigenous families, and for all Canadians.“We have a responsibility to do better. To be better. To do our best to make sure that no family has to endure what they have gone through.“Mr. Speaker, the criminal justice system is just one place in which reforms are urgently needed.“Reforms are needed to ensure that – among other things – Indigenous Peoples might once again have confidence in a system that has failed them all too often in the past.“That is why we will bring forward broad-based, concrete reforms to the criminal justice system, including changes to how juries are selected.”___“Last year marked 35 years since Aboriginal and treaty rights were recognized and affirmed through Section 35 of the Constitution Act.“You might recall, Mr. Speaker, that the government of the day – led by my father – did not intend to include these rights at the outset.“It was the outspoken advocacy of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, supported by non-Indigenous Canadians, that forced the government to reconsider.”___“You see, Mr. Speaker, the challenge – then and now – is that while Section 35 recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights, those rights have not been implemented by our governments.The work to give life to Section 35 was supposed to be done together with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. And while there has been some success, progress has not been sustained, or carried out.And so over time, it too often fell to the courts to pick up the pieces, and fill in the gaps.More precisely, instead of outright recognizing and affirming Indigenous rights – as we promised we would – Indigenous Peoples were forced to prove, time and time again, through costly and drawn-out court challenges, that their rights existed, must be recognized and implemented.“___“To truly renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples – not just for today, but for the next 150 years – we need a comprehensive and far-reaching approach. We need a government-wide shift in how we do things.“We need to both recognize and implement Indigenous rights because the truth is, Mr. Speaker, until we get this part right, we won’t have lasting success on the concrete outcomes that we know mean so much to people.“Indigenous Peoples in Canada should be able to drink the water that comes out of their taps. They should be able go to sleep in homes that are safe, and not overcrowded. Indigenous children should be able to stay with their families and communities, where they are known and loved.“And Indigenous youth should not grow up surrounded by the things that place them at elevated risk for suicide – things like poverty, abuse and limited access to a good education and good health care.”___“All of these things demand real, positive action – action that must include the full recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights. We need to get to a place where Indigenous Peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.“And so today, I am pleased to announce that the government will develop – in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people – a new Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework that will include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous Rights.This will include new recognition and implementation of rights legislation. Going forward, recognition of rights will guide all government relations with Indigenous Peoples.“___“Mr. Speaker, Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians are ready for change. Ready for a new relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. With a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, we can build that new relationship, together.“It won’t be easy, Mr. Speaker. Nothing worth doing ever is. But it will be worth it. It will be worth it because we will have taken more steps toward righting historical wrongs.“It will be worth it because we will have replaced apathy with action, ignorance with understanding, and conflict with respect. We will have laid the foundation for real and lasting change – the kind of change that can only come when we fully recognize and implement Indigenous rights.”-with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX adds to losses on central bank concerns flagging Chinese

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market piled on more losses Monday as traders continued to sell off risky assets like equities and commodities amid signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve is getting ready to cut back on stimulus and more worry about China’s economic rebound.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,836.86 -158.80 -1.32%S&P 500 — 1,573.09 -19.34 -1.21%Dow — 14,659.56 -139.84 0.94%Nasdaq — 3,320.76 -36.49 -1.09%The S&P/TSX composite index closed off the worst levels of the session, coming back from a 237-point plunge to finish down 158.8 points at 11,836.86. The loss came on top of a slide of 192 points or 1.57% last week.The Canadian dollar continued to feel the pressure of a rising greenback but the currency was well off sessions lows as strength in the greenback moderated mid-afternoon and oil prices rose sharply. The loonie closed down 0.27 of a cent to 95.37 cents US, after earlier falling as low as 94.75 cents US, its lowest level since early October 2011.U.S. indexes also finished in the red but also well off session lows with the Dow Jones industrials closing down 139.84 points at 14,659.56 on top of a 1.8% slide last week. The Nasdaq composite index gave back 36.49 points to 3,320.76 and the S&P 500 index lost 19.34 points to 1,573.09.Markets started to nose-dive last Wednesday after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke signalled that the U.S. central bank feels economic data has improved to a point where it could start to wind up its bond buying program this year and wrap it up by the middle of next year.Central banks have kept interest rates low by various means, including the Fed’s bond buying program, to stimulate the economy — providing a major boost to U.S. stock markets. For example, the Dow is still up 10% year to date.“(Bernanke) actually picked up his forecast for economic growth, (and) because of that he is saying he may actually be able to remove or lessen the stimulus,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“And you would think that would be a positive.”China also pressured markets as the government allowed commercial lending rates to soar in a move analysts said was aimed at curbing a booming underground lending industry.Analysts say the spike late Thursday in the country’s interbank lending rate to over 13% was part of an effort to trim off-balance-sheet lending that could threaten the financial stability of the world’s second-largest economy.But markets feared the move could also hurt economic growth. China’s major state-owned banks are unwilling to lend to any but their biggest clients, so the vast majority of smaller businesses must rely on informal lending.Mainland China’s Shanghai Composite Index plummeted five% to a four-year low.Indications that the Fed will ease up on its US$85 billion of bond purchases each month continued to send the U.S. dollar and bond yields higher. The benchmark 10-year Treasury stood at 2.55% late Monday afternoon, off highs of over 2.636% earlier in the morning. But that is still up from 2.25% prior to Bernanke’s news conference last Wednesday and from 1.6% in early May.“When you see the 10-year bond go from 1.6% to 2.6%, that’s a huge phenomenon that doesn’t happen that quickly (normally) and I think that is a major thing that is spooking everyone,” Small said.“You’re looking at interest rates on the rise.”The stronger greenback also helped depress commodity prices and raise concerns about demand. That is because a stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals, which are dollar-denominated.The base metals sector led declines, down 6.38% as July copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved closer to the US$3 level, down another seven cents to US$3.02 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed $1.55 to C$21.22 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell $1.33 to $14.29.Gold prices also continued to fall, down $14.90 to US$1,277.10 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about 4.25%. Bullion fell to three-year lows last week in the wake of the indication by the Fed of lower bond purchases. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) fell 96 cents to C$24.64.Elsewhere in the gold sector, slumping gold prices have resulted in Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) intensifying its downsizing plan. The miner is eliminating about 100 jobs or almost a third of its corporate staff at its headquarters in Toronto and other offices. Barrick is also dealing with operational and regulatory issues at some of its mines and projects. Barrick shares fell 43 cents to $17.28.Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs cut its outlook on the metal for 2013 and 2014, citing growing price risks from an improving U.S. economic picture. The bank now expects gold to end this year at $1,300 an ounce, down 9.4% on its previous forecast, and at $1,050 an ounce by the end of 2014, down 17.3% on its earlier outlook.The energy sector fell 1.23% while the August crude contract clawed back some of last week’s four% slide to advance $1.49 to US$95.18 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) declined 50 cents to C$29.08.Traders also looking at what damage heavy rains and flooding will have on Alberta’s energy business.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) is working to contain and clean up a weekend spill of synthetic crude into a wetland area and small lake in northern Alberta. Enbridge also shut other pipelines in the area as a precaution, including the Athabasca and Waupisoo pipelines, as the province grapples with major flooding, including in the city of Calgary where Enbridge has its head office.Enbridge said in its initial assessment that unusually heavy rains may have resulted in a ground movement that affected the pipeline, which is part of its Athabasca network. Its shares were down 87 cents to $42.64.The industrials group fell 1.22% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) gave back $1.92 to $122.18.Rising U.S. bond yields also put pressure on interest sensitive stocks on the TSX. In the utilities sector, Just Energy Group (TSX:JE) fell 25 cents to $6.40. Telecoms also fell with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) down 68 cents to $42.92.Here’s what investors were watching MondayHigh bond yields flash warning of fresh financial crisisWhy China is purposely pushing its banking system to the edge of a crisisBarrick Gold Corp to lay off third of corporate staff in gold slumpChina stocks plummet most in 4 years into bear marketUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Durable Goods orders (May): Economists expect 3% rise 9:00 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller home price index (April): Economists expect 1.2% rise from the month before, 10.6% year over year FHFA House price index (April): Economists expect 1.1% gain 10 a.m.New home sales (May): Economists expect 1.3% rise Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 75, down from the month before CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESWalgreen Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 91¢ a share Carnival Corp. & plc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 93¢ a share Apollo Group Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 85¢ a share read more

Reports Stampeders great and businessman John Forzani on life support

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 8:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Reports: Stampeders great and businessman John Forzani on life support CALGARY – Stampeders great and prominent Calgary businessman John Forzani was put on life support in a California hospital on Thursday according to several media reports.Family members have told a number of Calgary-based media outlets that the 67 year old had a heart attack in his sleep and was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs.Tom Forzani says doctors have told them his brother is unlikely to recover.John was an offensive lineman for six years with the Stampeders in the 1970s, where he played alongside his brothers Tom and Joe.After he retired from football, John Forzani built a chain of successful sporting goods stores.That chain, FGL Sports, was sold to Canadian Tire in 2011.John established Calgary’s annual Mother’s Day Run and Walk in 1977, a fundraising event which continues to this day. In 2000, the Forzani Foundation was established to assist charities including Canadian amateur athletics. read more

Ohio State wrestlers Martin Snyder win national championships Buckeyes finish third

OSU coach Tom Ryan congratulates freshman Myles Martin on a quarterfinals win at the NCAA championships at Madison Square Garden.Credit: Courtesy of Ben Solomon | OSU AthleticsNEW YORK CITY — Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan was disappointed in the results his team produced in the second day of the NCAA tournament. After a poor showing that resulted in the Buckeyes dropping three of five matches on Friday, OSU bounced back for an undefeated final day to finish third overall.On top of the undefeated third showing on Saturday, the Scarlet and Gray captured 174- and 285-pound individual titles.Session VA trio of matches started the morning session for the NCAA tournament, and redshirt sophomore Nate Tomasello was on the center mat to battle for a chance at third place. And even after a shocking and devastating loss the day prior, the Parma, Ohio, native delivered a stellar performance. Tomasello seemed to return to his regular form, which earned him more than 40 straight victories prior to his quarterfinal defeat. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan turned his tournament around as well, picking up an 8-2 decision win over David McFadden of Virginia Tech. The runner-up at 165 pounds from the Big Ten tournament fought off a takedown early and spun around his opponent for two points, causing Ryan to leap from his chair in excitement. A short rest later, Tomasello returned to the mat to battle for third against David Terao of American University. Terao was one of two No. 15 seed wrestlers to reach the semifinals.The bout did not disappoint, as it caused the crowd at Madison Square Garden to erupt as the clock ticked down. It took everything Tomasello had to put Terao away with a 5-3 decision. The All-American has now medaled both times he has participated in the NCAA tournament. Not to be outmatched by his teammate, Jordan found a way to pull out a third-place finish as well. His opponent, Daniel Lewis of Missouri, jumped out to an early lead with an escape and takedown.Jordan tied things midway through the second and never lost the advantage. This is the second year the former four-time high school state champion took home the third place hardware. Session VIFireworks were in store for the Buckeyes in the ending session of the tournament. Both freshman Myles Martin and sophomore Kyle Snyder put out top-tier performances to earn championships.After lifting his redshirt early in the season, Martin proved how smart of a move it was.Crediting Ryan for much of his success this year, the newly crowned 174-pound champion smiled when speaking about his mentor.“It meant so much to me; I love that guy,” Martin said. “In the beginning of the season we butted heads about the whole redshirt, he cares so much about me and the team and he understands where I come (from): a small town in (Penns Grove, New Jersey).”Ryan and Martin embraced as the freshman leapt from the mat to find his loved ones. The OSU coach was clearly ecstatic about the win.“Around 400 men in the history of the world have won those (titles),” Ryan said. “To get one out of high school as a freshman the way he did against a competitor like that is incredible.”The Scarlet and Gray had one more man to wrestle in the last match of the tournament, and it was none other than the youngest world champion ever at 97 kilograms.Against an opponent in Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State who came in with an 88-match win streak, Snyder showed the packed Madison Square Garden why he earned his way to the match after wrestling in just 10 heavyweight bouts prior.In sudden victory, Snyder locked in a takedown to beat the two-time NCAA champion. According to the sophomore, he knew exactly when to strike.“I kind of know where guys are going to float out when I do that setup,” Snyder said. “I knew where his foot was going to be, and I hit it as his foot was hitting the mat.”OSU knocked Iowa out of the top three and earned its second consecutive top three finish after winning it all last year.Though the 2015-16 season is now complete, the preparation for next season and, for wrestlers like Snyder, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is set to begin as soon as possible. read more

Michael Sams Father Denies Critical Comments About His Son

The father of college football star Michael Sam said he was “terribly misquoted” by The New York Times in a recent article about the reaction to his son’s announcement that he is gay.“I did not say anything about my grandkids,” the Galveston Daily News quoted him as saying.Michael Sam Sr. told the paper he doesn’t want people to think he has an issue with his son’s sexual orientation.On Sunday, Michael Sam said in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” and the Times that he is gay. Sam originally revealed the news to his Missouri teammates in August.In the Times piece this week, his father described himself as “old school” and is quoted in the newspaper as saying the idea of a gay player in the NFL bothers him, even if that person could be his own son.However, he backtracked from those comments with the Galveston Daily News, saying he never told the Times he was an old-school, “man-and-a-woman type of guy” or that he didn’t want his grandkids “raised in that kind of environment.”Sam Sr. did acknowledge much of what he told the Times was accurate, but he said some of his thoughts were taken out of context, specifically a quote about Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones “turning over in his grave.”“I told them Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he’s going to be a star in the NFL,” Sam Sr. told the Galveston Daily News.The Times, in an email to the Galveston paper, defended its reporting and said Sam Sr. was quoted “accurately and fairly.”The elder Sam also said he has had time to reflect on his relationship with his son. He said he loves his son, that he did the right thing and that he wishes he’d spent more time with him.The Times previously reported that when Sam returns to his hometown in Texas he usually stays with friends instead of his family. read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State faces harsh road schedule with No

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jamie Wolmering (12) and then-junior setter Sanil Thomas go up for the ball in the matchup between the Buckeyes and Loyola. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorAfter a 2-0 start to the season, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to earn its first ranked victories out west against No. 5 BYU and No. 11 Stanford.Ohio State began its season with nonconference home wins against Charleston and Penn State.While BYU will begin its season with the match against the Buckeyes on Thursday, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of emotion between these two teams coming into this match.Though the Cougars topped the Buckeyes in a five-set match this past season in Columbus, the previous two NCAA tournament matchups between these teams ended in back-to-back titles for the Buckeyes in the 2016 and 2017 national championship matches.BYU sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez will look to build on an impressive freshman campaign, in which he was ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in points per set and aces per set, respectively, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). In order to continue its perfect start to the season, Ohio State will need to rely on redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, who currently leads the country with 5.29 kills per set and 6.14 points per set.Following the Thursday match between top 10 teams, Ohio State will face Stanford (2-0) on Saturday. The Cardinal began their season with wins against Menlo and UC Santa Cruz, and they’ll be facing off against Ball State on Thursday before taking on the Buckeyes.Ohio State has won the past three meetings against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a season riddled with injury in which they won just six matches.Stanford brings back sophomore opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper, who carries MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors into the match against the Buckeyes. Jasper has a .654 hitting percentage and is averaging 4.33 kills per set through the first two matches of the season. But the Cardinal aren’t the only ones with returning top talent.Senior setter Sanil Thomas led the country with 11.28 assists per set last year, and he’ll need to play every bit like last season if the Buckeyes want to reach next week unscathed.Ohio State takes on BYU at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Stanford at 10 p.m. on Saturday. read more

WISLA TV Wisla Plock begins preparation for Montpellier

Polish Orlen Wisla Plock begins preparation for the next season on which start Manolo Cadenas and his players will have a chance to qualify for the VELUX EHF Champions League. Qualification clashes with French Montpellier will be decisive to answer on question – Whether Poland will have two teams in European handball elite? Manolo CadenasOrlen Wisla PlockPlockWisla handball ← Previous Story Balic and Meshkov – The end of story! Next Story → The road to Qatar 2015 – Five continental qualifications ahead

Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister of Club Med North America Representatives

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Executives of Club Med North America paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday.    Club Med North America Vice-President Xavier Mufraggi, left, shakes hands with Prime Minister Minnis in photo.(Photo/OPM Media Services) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Father of the Jacksons – The Controversial Legacy of Joe Jackson

first_imgWhen Joe Jackson passed away in June of last year, his death closed the book on a remarkable and controversial chapter of American music history. Described as “a green-eyed dandy who wore a pencil-thin mustache and huge diamond pinky ring” by CBS News, his real life was a combination of grit and glamor.Joseph Jackson. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0Born in Arkansas, in 1928, his own musical ambitions were sidelined when he began raising a family with wife Katherine.He’d been part of a group called The Falcons, which also featured his brother, Luther. They couldn’t break through so his creativity took a back seat.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Jackson 5 in 1969Jackson put the beloved guitar down but still relied on his hands. He had an early shot at boxing before settling down as a crane operator and welder.Yet that burning ambition never left him and, as his family grew, he saw an opportunity to put them on the national stage.Photo of the Jackson 5 from a guest appearance on The Jim Nabors Show in 1970.The story behind the beginnings of The Jackson 5 has been mentioned in various places, notably superstar Michael’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk. It involves Jackson Sr.’s guitar, which only he was allowed to play.According to CBS, the kids got their hands on the instrument and snapped a string. “Fearing a beating, Tito Jackson hid in fear, but when his father demanded he show what he could do with the guitar, he did — and Joe Jackson was awed. And a musical group was born.”The Jackson 5 with Hal Davis. Photo by Brownpatricks CC BY SA 4.0In addition to Michael and Tito, the Jackson act consisted of Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon. Randy joined down the line. They were the eldest sons among 10 children, though Brandon had sadly died as a baby. Joe was determined to make Michael and the gang household names.However this quest for success came at a heavy price. Tito may have feared his father’s wrath but it seemed he wasn’t the only one. A particularly cutting assessment from the Guardian says, “the discovery that his offspring had musical talent turned him from merely cold and violent into a despot.”The Jacksons in 1977When the school day was done, the brothers would rehearse for hours. Joe honed them into a formidable musical force with harsh discipline. The Guardian writes the boys were “incentivised by the fact that if they got a dance step wrong their father would order them to break a branch off a tree in their garden that he then hit them with.”The build up to Michael Jackson’s solo career was arguably a turning point, coming as it did after years of reported tension. “When Joe Jackson learned his teenage son was self-conscious about the size of his nose,” the Guardian wrote, “he took to referring to him as Big Nose, an insult that haunted him into adulthood.”Jackson performing in June 1988. Photo by Zoran Veselinovic CC-BY-SAThis, together with beatings and Joe’s reported infidelities, turned Michael against his father. “Joseph” (as Joe insisted they call him instead of Dad) was given the push by Michael in 1979.By 1983 the others flew the nest in a professional sense. Details of life behind the scenes were being splashed across the media. The private life of the Jacksons became increasingly public.Photo of Joseph Jackson in 2007. Photo by Reflexivity Capital Group CC BY SA 3.0In 1993 the most famous member of the Jackson clan appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to give his take on the domestic situation.Also LaToya Jackson made allegations of physical abuse, though later withdrew these. She explained pressure had been put on her by controlling husband Jack Gordon to do so.La Toya Jackson in 2010. Photo by Truu CC BY 2.0Joe Jackson’s reputation was seriously tarnished. Though this anger toward him from his children was tempered by a respect for what he’d helped the brothers and sister Janet achieve.Despite writing about the abuse in the 2011 book You Are Not Alone, Jermaine Jackson defended Joe. “In his telling,” the Guardian summarizes, “Joe’s behaviour was a way to keep the brothers in line and off the streets.Jermaine Jackson. Photo by Solid State Survivor CC BY SA 3.0As he points out, life in their corner of Gary, Indiana, was no picnic. “Gang violence was endemic, but the brothers didn’t have the time or the wherewithal to get involved: they were always rehearsing and they were too scared of their father.” As well as keeping them safe from the exploitative side of the industry, Joe and Katherine didn’t lean on their children financially which was appreciated.Related Video: How a Prince Song Resulted in the ‘Parental Advisory’ StickerUltimately Michael sought answers from a traumatic upbringing. Quoted by CBS he remarked, “I don’t know him, and that’s sad for a son who hungers to understand his own father. He’s still a mystery to me and may always be one.”Halima Rashid, Jermaine Jackson, Joseph Jackson & Taj Jackson in 2007.Perhaps Joe was dealing with his own demons. Rolling Stone mentioned he “suffered his own physical abuse from both parents and teachers.”He was certainly there for the kids in later years. He supported Michael in court when he was accused of child abuse and there was a degree of reconciliation. But when Michael passed away in 2009 Joe wasn’t a beneficiary of the will, something he battled to rectify.Jackson performing in 1988 Photo by : Gaston S/Kpo! 09 CC BY-SA 3.0He went on to promote young talent through a boot camp, one of the aims of which was to encourage vulgarity-free lyrics for hip hop artists. At the age of nearly 90, he died of pancreatic cancer. It’s impossible to know what Michael Jackson would have said about his passing.Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) performs the dance from ‘Thriller’, circa 1984. Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesHis estate released the following statement, quoted in Rolling Stone: “Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana to worldwide pop superstardom. Mr. Jackson’s contributions to the history of music are enormous.”While this arguably doesn’t offer a rounded view of Joe Jackson the man, it at least presents a significant part of his personality. Rolling Stone also provides the following, from an interview he gave to Soul magazine in 1970.“We liked being together and singing together…” he said. “In our neighborhood, lots of children got into trouble — some into bad trouble. I didn’t want that kind of life for my kids.”Read another story from us: Michael Jackson and why the press called him Wacko JackoA fitting reminder that whether Joe Jackson is viewed as a hero, a monster, or somewhere in between, he was at his heart a father.last_img read more

Beaches offers choice of gifts with new family promo

first_img MONTEGO BAY – Beaches Resorts is offering families the choice between two signature on-property experiences – complimentary – as part of an exclusive Fall offer.For all new bookings of seven nights or longer at Beaches Negril, Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Turks & Caicos made now (and until further notice) for travel between Aug. 14 – Nov. 20, 2018 or 2019, families can enjoy a complimentary gift of their choice:A relaxing 30-minute Couples Massage at the resort’s Red Lane SpaORA special Sesame Street Tuck-In for Tykes (for children 5 and under) during which the youngest members of the family will be treated to a bedtime story and sweet lullaby from their favourite Sesame Street characters. Tags: Beaches Resorts, Promotions Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Beaches offers choice of gifts with new family promo Share Friday, June 22, 2018 There is a limit of one complimentary gift per stay, per family, per room. Additional terms and conditions apply. To be eligible for the free gift, travel agents on behalf of their clients must register their booking within 72 hours at read more