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first_imgVirat Kohli’s inspirational leadership for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be up against the brute force with which David Warner has steered Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) when the two teams, eyeing their maiden IPL title, square off in a high-intensity summit clash here tomorrow.RCB, however, will have a slight advantage over Sunrisers as they have the experience of playing in an IPL final twice in the past — 2009 and 2011, but on both occasions, they had finished runners-up.Sunrisers’ best finish was a play-off berth which they managed in their debut season in 2013.RCB witnessed a topsy-turvy campaign initially and were in a real spot of bother at one stage. They needed to win their last four games to make it to the play-offs and the Bangalore outfit didn’t just achieve that but also recorded their first straight win to get a shot at the final for a third time.The momentum with them, RCB would be determined to make the opportunity count by winning the coveted T20 tournament, having missed the chance twice in the past.RCB struck form just at the right time and and dished out five clinical performances to beat the Lions (by 144 runs), Kolkata Knight Riders (by 9 wickets), Kings XI Punjab (by 82 runs D/L method), Delhi Daredevils (by 6 wickets) and Gujarat (by 4 wickets) again in the Qualifier 1 to seal their place in the title clash.Kohli and AB de Villiers have been the cynosure of all eyes for RCB with their batsmanship.Kohli has also been an impressive captain and infused confidence in the team after a disappointing start. At a time when qualifying for the play-offs looked a distant dream for RCB, Kohli made it possible with his glorious batting and leadership qualities.Without doubt, Kohli seems to be enjoying the best form of his career so far and is the highest run-getter in the tournament, amassing 919 runs from 15 games, which includes six fifties and four centuries with 113 being his highest score.De Villiers, on the other hand, is the third highest scorer in the league with 682 runs under his belt with, including one century and six half-centuries.In fact, in the Qualifier 1 at the Chinnaswamy stadium here, RCB, while chasing 159 for the win, were struggling at 29 for five at one stage with Kohli witnessing a rare failure this season.But then stepped in De Villiers and the South African steered RCB through with a classic unbeaten 79. He put on match-winning 91 runs for the seventh wicket with Iqbal Abdullah (33) to take his side into the final.Besides Kohli and De Villiers, the big-hitting Chris Gayle would also be eyeing a big knock tomorrow after indicating his return to form in the last few games.Credit for RCB’s turnaround should also go to the team’s not-so-experienced bowling attack, which was under fire for major part of the tournament.RCB’s turnaround in bowling was made possible by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who is the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 20 scalps from 12 games.The late entry of Chris Jordon also helped RCB in containing their rivals in the death overs.Australian Shane Watson too has served the team well with the ball, picking up 20 wickets from 15 games so far this season.Tomorrow’s match would give RCB an opportunity to avenge their 15-run loss to Sunrisers in the last clash between the two teams.Just like RCB, Sunrisers too would be banking on their skipper Warner, who led from the front to ensure a maiden IPL final berth for the Hyderabad outfit.Sunrisers will be coming into the final on the back of two high-profile wins — first against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs in the Eliminator and then against Lions in the Qualifier 2.Warner has been in explosive form for Sunrisers. He is leading by example and has so far amassed 779 runs from 16 games with eight fifties, next only to Kohli in the run-getters’ list in IPL 9. The match-winning 93 not out against Lions in the Qualifier 2 last night is Warner’s highest score.Warner produced a majestic 93 to single-handedly lead Sunrisers Hyderabad into the IPL final by securing a four-wicket win over Lions.Chasing a tricky 163, Sunrisers overhauled the target with four balls to spare as Warner anchored the chase with his responsible 58-ball knock, embellished with 11 four and three sixes.Besides Warner, Sunrisers also have the likes of Shikhar Dhawan (473 runs), the experienced Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha and big-hitting all-rounder Ben Cutting in the batting department.But it is Sunrisers bowling which has struck gold for the team this season.In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that tomorrow’s match will be a contest between RCB’s batting and Sunrisers bowling unit.Sunrisers will be relying heavily on its pacers, who played a stellar role in defeating RCB here in the league stage, to deliver the goods tomorrow.Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar seemed to have found his mojo back and is leading the wicket-takers’ chart with 23 wickets from 16 games, while Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman (16 wickets from 15 matches), has also lived up to his skipper’s expectations whenever he has been handed the ball.And Sunrisers would be hopeful that Rahman turns up fit for tomorrow’s game after sitting out of last night’s match owing to a hamstring niggle.The duo along with Barinder Sran has not let Sunrsiers feel the absence of veteran Ashish Nehra, who left midway to undergo a knee surgery.The Teams:Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, KL Rahul, Sachin Baby, Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, Sreenath Aravind, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdullah, Kedar Jadhav, Chris Jordan, David Wiese, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfaraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Parveez Rasool, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Tabraiz Shamshi, Vikas Tokas, Praveen Dubey.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma, Mustafizur Rahman, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Kane Williamson, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar, T Suman, Aditya Tare.Match starts at 8pm. IPL 2016 SHARE It’s Virat Kohli (L) vs David Warner at the IPL 2016 finals It’s Virat Kohli (L) vs David Warner at the IPL 2016 finals cricket RCB will have a slight advantage over Sunrisers as they have the experience of playing in an IPL final twice Published on May 28, 2016 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL × COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgMitt Romney has been very vocally supportive of the BYU Cougars in the process of Big 12 expansion that has evolved in recent months.According to recent reports, Romney has gone so far as to call OSU megabooster Boone Pickens himself to try and sell BYU as a candidate for expansion.#OKState donor Boone Pickens said Mitt Romney called him and asked him to support BYU to be included in the Big 12 expansion— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 3, 2016 However despite Romney’s best efforts, Pickens currently supports two other teams, both which hail from Texas:#OKstate Boone Pickens’ top choices for Big 12 expansion: Houston and SMU— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 3, 2016Last week, the Big 12 narrowed down their options to 11 schools according to an ESPN report, notably removing Memphis, once considered a top candidate, from consideration. Pickens’ comments are a perfect example of the fact that everyone seems to have an opinion on which schools they want to include, but no one really has any idea what’s actually going on. Even billionaires like Pickens don’t have the final say in what the Big 12 will ultimately do as a conference, so maybe we all just need to sit back and grab a drink and a lawn chair and watch this beautiful mess unfold right in front of us.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgShare via Email ‘It’s a little bit cosmic’: Nathan Chen and the inevitability of greatness Read more “I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event,” wrote Davis on Twitter. “@TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018” Share on Messenger US speedskater Joey Mantia was more circumspect. “We feel strongly toward Shani and they felt strongly for Erin,” Mantia said. “That’s just that.”Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees for the flagbearer role, and athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations – bobsled and skeleton; ski and snowboarding; figure skating; curling; biathlon; hockey; speedskating and luge represented those nominees in a ballot that took place on Wednesday night.The final vote was deadlocked at 4-4. Hamlin won a coin toss, the predetermined method of picking a winner if all else failed in the athlete-led process. The US Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew if the tie couldn’t be broken by them the coin toss would have to occur. Winter Olympics 2018 – full schedule … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Davis was certainly a worthy candidate. He is now a five-time Olympian, with two gold medals and two silver medals in his collection. It could not be determined if Davis posted the tweet himself, or if anyone else with access to his account may have. Davis’ mother, Cherie, said she was unaware of the tweet until an AP reporter spoke to her by phone. “I know something about a coin toss, he told me last night,” she said on Thursday. “I don’t know anything else. Is that all?”Hamlin is a four-time Olympian, a winner of a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Games, a two-time world champion and a winner of 23 World Cup medals. Despite that resume, Hamlin who is retiring after the Olympics never thought she would be the pick. In December, when asked in an interview if she thought it would be possible, Hamlin laughed. “To me, that always seems to be a really, really big-name person,” Hamlin said at the time.This is not the first time Davis has been part of an Olympic controversy.In 2006 Davis became the first African American to win an individual gold medal at a Winter Games but decided not to take part in the team pursuit and raised the ire of team-mate Chad Hedrick. Their animosity toward one another was obvious at a news conference, when Hedrick brought up the team pursuit and Davis stormed out of the room. Read more Since you’re here… It was a feel-good story for a few hours: luge veteran Erin Hamlin gets the chance to enter her last Olympics carrying the US flag into the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, winning that distinction after a vote by some of her fellow athletes. And then Shani Davis tweeted.With that, the entire process was called into controversy. The tweet posted to Davis’ account said the process by which Hamlin won was executed “dishonorably,” and included a reference to Black History Month raising the question of whether the speedskater was suggesting that race played a role in the decision. Davis is black, Hamlin is white. Topics Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis)I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/dsmTtNkhJsFebruary 8, 2018 Winter Olympics Reuse this content Winter Olympics 2018 Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Support The Guardian news US sports Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Sign up to our Winter Olympics Recap email, delivered every day during the Games. USA Olympic teamlast_img read more

first_imgPaul Finebaum speaks on his show on ESPN.Paul Finebaum/ESPN.Over the weekend, Maryland placed head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave. The move came in response to a report from ESPN that dove into the “toxic” culture within the Maryland football program.The report detailed the events that led to the death of Jordan McNair during a workout in late May. McNair died from heatstroke two weeks after the workout.On Tuesday afternoon, Maryland held a press conference to discuss the alleged culture of the football program and apologize to the McNair family for their son’s death. Athletic director Damon Evans announced the school parted ways with head strength coach Rick Court.ESPN’s Paul Finebaum doesn’t think that’s enough. Finebaum thinks head coach DJ Durkin should be fired as well.”[Dismissing Rick Court] is not enough. . . I give Coach Durkin zero chance of surviving this.” – @Finebaum to @MollyAMcGrath on ESPN2— David Scott (@ESPNprDScott) August 14, 2018Maryland announced an external review will look into the allegations of a “toxic” culture within the football program. A decision on Durkin’s future with the program will likely come with the conclusion of the investigation – a preliminary timeline has been set for mid-September.Maryland opens the 2018 college football season against Texas on September 1.last_img read more

first_imgjalen hurts during the national title game at alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Earlier this week, BetOnline released a list of Heisman odds showing the favorites to win college football’s most-prestigious award. No surprise, Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the favorite to win the Heisman next year following his dominant performance in the title game.Another player with solid odds to win the Heisman is former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts opened with 9/1 odds to win the Heisman earlier this week, but after he announced his transfer to Oklahoma, Hurts’ odds jumped to 6/1.It’s almost like transferring to a program that produced the past two Heisman Trophy-winners had a positive impact on his odds.FWIW, BetOnline bumped Jalen Hurts’ Heisman odds from 9/1 yesterday to 6/1 today after news broke that he’s transferring to Oklahoma.— David Ching (@davidching77) January 16, 2019Can Hurts become the third Oklahoma quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy? Only Trevor Lawrence and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa have better odds to take home college football’s award given to the best player.Lincoln Riley should have a positive impact on Hurts’ play this season after leading a dangerous Oklahoma offense the past few years.last_img read more

first_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging ‘I Believe’ ambassadors to assist in strengthening the family component of the initiative, so that more parents can benefit.“With the recent incident of child abuse showcased in the media, we see there is a great need for support of this family initiative, which gives guidelines to parents, especially to young mothers. I am giving a special call to ambassadors to assist in strengthening activities under the family initiative, as we realise there are many struggles and pressures families face,” he said.The Governor-General was speaking at the 2017 National Youth Consultative Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on October  5, where he highlighted some of the achievements under the youth, education and family components of the ‘I Believe’ Initiative.The ‘I Believe Initiative’ is a values based programme which is developed on the concept that there are some things wrong in Jamaica which can be fixed by the things that are right.  It embodies the ideal of a Jamaica in which individuals are inspired to believe in and actualise their full potential, as well as contribute to the building of a prosperous, progressive and peaceful nation.The Governor-General said parents need to have resources to help them in child rearing and selfcare, not only the physical but mental health is critical as well. “A strong family is the basis of a strong society,” he  said.Turning to the youth component of the initiative, he informed that youth ambassadors have been mentoring, working in the trenches, and completing projects and programmes.“I Believe ambassadors touch every facet of the society, including sports, culture, religion, community development, education, music, justice, education and medicine,” he said.He noted  that the Summer of Service Programme has awarded over $20 million in scholarships. “So far, we have had two recipients of the I Believe Initiative Summer of Service Scholarship to complete university,” he said. The Governor-General was speaking at the 2017 National Youth Consultative Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on October  5, where he highlighted some of the achievements under the youth, education and family components of the ‘I Believe’ Initiative. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging ‘I Believe’ ambassadors to assist in strengthening the family component of the initiative, so that more parents can benefit.  Story Highlights “I Believe ambassadors touch every facet of the society, including sports, culture, religion, community development, education, music, justice, education and medicine,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgPatiala: Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has launched a massive campaign against the menace of theft of electricity in the state. PSPCL CMD Er Baldev Singh Sran disclosed that within two weeks of July, massive raids were conducted by various squads of the PSPCL and enforcement teams in Punjab. Sran disclosed that a penalty of Rs 521.13 lakhs have been assessed from 2,643 consumers for theft of power. He said that excellent results have been achieved during the raids conducted by all the enforcement squads in all the five operation zones of PSPCL. He said that Amritsar Zone Distribution teams have done a great job, they checked 19,290 consumers and found 1,026 for theft and charged them Rs 161.68 lakhs as penalty. Distribution teams in Bathinda Zone checked the premises of 1,514 consumers and charged Rs 131.54 lakhs to 590 defaulting consumers. In Patiala Zone 442 consumers were charged for Rs 76.84 lakhs. 4,264 consumers of industrial town Ludhiana and Khanna circle were checked and 160 consumers found for theft of power and charged for Rs 37.94 lakhs. The teams of Jalandhar Zone had checked 7,125 consumers and found 260 indulging in theft and a sum of Rs 29.27 lakhs charged. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Further, Enforcement teams under Engineer-in-chief Enforcement wing had also checked the premises of 1,459 consumers and found 165 indulging in theft and charged Rs 83.86 lakhs as penalty. PSPCL explained that theft of power indirectly results in rise in tariff due to low revenue collection which will put burden on honest consumers also. PSPCL has appealed to all its consumers to help it in controlling the menace of theft of electricity by providing information about theft of power for campaign against theft of electricity in the state. They can also inform about theft of electricity on whatsapp no 96461-75770. PSPCL assured its consumers that their identity will not be disclosed.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Doug Ford was the main target in the first debate ahead of Ontario’s provincial election, with his rivals suggesting Monday that the Progressive Conservative leader, who is leading in the polls, would slash jobs and shrink services if elected premier.Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spent much of their time warning about what a Tory government would bring, while Ford hammered home his key messages of finding “efficiencies” and “respecting the taxpayers.”The race officially begins Wednesday, but the debate set the stage for the campaign and provided the leaders of the three major parties an opportunity to test drive their slogans.When both Horwath and Wynne used their questions during a leader-to-leader portion to ask Ford exactly what he would cut, the Tory leader repeated his key phrases.“The other Conservative leaders, Mr. (Tim) Hudak, Mr. (Mike) Harris — they were very upfront about what their cuts are going to look like,” Horwath told Ford.“Why don’t you have the guts to tell people what your cuts are going to look like? What is in store for the people of Ontario?”Ford didn’t provide specifics, though he has promised to cut four per cent from the budget.“I’m going to make sure we run a government that respects the taxpayers,” Ford said during his closing remarks. “You know me. I’m for the little guy.”Horwath repeated that voters “don’t have to choose between bad and worse,” several times stepping back when Wynne and Ford began to spar, attempting to set herself apart from them.Wynne said the election features “some pretty stark choices,” between what she calls her plan for care and Ford’s plan for cuts.The premier also suggested that Ford’s plan to find “efficiencies” really means firing nurses and teachers — harkening back to the Liberals’ warnings about former Tory leader Tim Hudak’s 2014 proposal to cut 100,000 public sector jobs.“Not one single person is getting laid off under our administration,” Ford vowed. “I love the nurses. I love the teachers. I’m going to support them 100 per cent.”“Yeah, but you’re going to cut their jobs,” Wynne shot back.Wynne also tangled with Ford over the placement of LCBO-run cannabis stores. In some cases, Ford said Wynne’s government placed them too close to schools, which the premier denied.“You have to look at the evidence, you have to look at what the experts say, you can’t just have a slogan that then becomes a policy,” she said. “That’s not how it works.”Ford also used the debate to announce that he would commit $5 billion more than what has already been allocated to build a regional transportation system in the Toronto area, including subways, relief lines, and two-way GO Transit to Niagara Falls.After the debate Ford told reporters the plan would also upload the TTC’s subway system to the province.Cristine de Clercy, associate political science professor at Western University, said Ford performed well given that this was his first debate against two more experienced leaders.He didn’t make any major mistakes and also announced his transit funding commitment but did little else to offer up details on his plan.“Mr. Ford spent most of his time on the defensive,” she said. “He didn’t layout his plan…and if you were looking for those answers it wasn’t a very satisfying debate.”De Clercy said Ford’s pledge not to layoff any public sector workers while cutting four per cent of the provincial budget could come back to haunt him, as both Wynne and Horwath effectively communicated, she said.“I think he’s really put himself in a box there,” she said.De Clercy said Horwath also performed well, staying upbeat and asking tough questions.Barry Kay, a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, said given Ford’s position as front-runner in the polls he appears to have taken a low-risk approach to the debate. The Tory leader said little to get himself in trouble but at times looked out of place, he said.“He didn’t seem comfortable,” Kay said. “He was the least impressive in terms of style. He’s trying to make sure he doesn’t make any mistakes.”Kay said Wynne did a capable job of engaging both Ford and Horwath on policy, but it may not matter in the eyes of voters.“She came across as very knowledgeable but frankly, I don’t think it matters,” he said. “She needs one of the other leaders to make a mistake to win.”The Ontario election takes place June 7.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Garth Webb was a 25-year-old lieutenant when he landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, one of thousands of Canadian soldiers to take part in the greatest amphibious landing in military history and the turning point in the Second World War.When Webb joined other veterans in commemorating that pivotal event five decades later, he was struck by the lack of a tangible reminder of the sacrifices that he and the rest of the Canadians made on D-Day — and he set out to build a centre dedicated to that purpose.The Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mers, France, was the result of that effort, and while Webb died in May 2012 at the age of 93, the centre remains as a tribute not only to his perseverance, but that of all Canadians during the Second World War.Some 15 years after it opened, however, the Juno Beach Centre is starting to feel the pinch, which is putting its immediate and long-term operations under pressure, if not at risk.“We are just at the covering-costs phase right now,” said Mike Bechthold, executive director of the Juno Beach Centre Association.“And if things continue unchanged, the cash reserves of the organization are going to be gone in three years — maybe less, because we’re having to fund that operational shortfall.”The Juno Beach Centre was officially opened in 2003 after years of fundraising by Webb and other veterans and volunteers, including donations from the federal government and Walmart Canada, both of which continued to provide financial support over the next decade.About 1.1 million visitors have been to the museum, while the not-for-profit association behind it has hosted groups of Canadian teachers and students in France and organized exhibits and other activities at home to raise awareness of Canada’s Second World War history.Walmart, which between 2009 and 2013 had contributed an average of $660,000 to the centre and the association, officially ended its support in 2015.And while the federal government recently renewed its annual $500,000 contribution for the next five years to help with the museum’s operations, which Bechthold said was welcome, Ottawa’s contribution has remained the same for 16 years — even as expenses have gone up.“Inflation is certainly part of it,” he said of the rising costs. “One thing that people don’t generally think about is the security environment has changed considerably since 2003, and now there are significant new costs that we have to deal with every year for security.”Last year, the centre and association posted a $236,000 loss. One reason was the costs associated with a fundraising campaign that Bechthold admitted fell far short of its goals, thanks in part to donor fatigue from the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.Yet the Juno Beach Centre Association also posted weak financial returns in 2017, and there are fears their new normal will endanger the organization’s different projects, such as a teacher-training program and the centre’s overall renewal.“The museum is getting to that point in its lifecycle where it’s time to revisit some of the exhibits,” said Bechthold. “Things need to be overhauled, renewed and changed.”One example is the Canada Room, the last room in the museum, which is intended to tell the story of Canada today, 75 years after D-Day. The room, Bechthold said, is “tired” and in desperate need of a $750,000 upgrade the museum can’t afford.“We’ve drawn up everything, we’ve gone as far as contracting a museum-services company to get the thing done, but we don’t have the money to make it happen.”The federal government does have a special fund to help museums and organizations commemorate Canada’s military history, but it only covers commemorations on Canadian soil, which means the Juno Beach Centre does not qualify.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The Conservative MPs on the House of Commons special committee on violence against Indigenous women refused to add calls for a public inquiry as part of the main recommendations in the committee’s report tabled Friday in Parliament.The committee’s main recommendations, which were essentially those of Conservative MPs on the committee, generally reflected the Harper government’s current policy on the issue.There are an estimated 800 murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.The report included the dissenting opinions of the NDP and Liberals MPs on the committee who both recommended the government to call a public inquiry and issued a separate set of recommendations. The NDP and Liberals also recommended the government develop a national action plan to combat violence against Indigenous women.“It is appalling that after hearing witness after witness testify that much more needs to be done on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Conservatives could produce a sanitized report saying that everything is fine,” said NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder.“That this report only contains recommendations approved by the government, and does not reflect the testimony of witnesses, is in flagrant disregard of Parliamentary principles,” said Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett.Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) president Michelle Audette said the report marked a “sad day for the families.”Audette said Indigenous women needed concrete action from Ottawa.“Look how much they spend for nothing when we are dying on the streets,” said Audette.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said he would be meeting with NWAC, the Metis National Council and the inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to discuss what to do to up pressure on the issue.“This report is disappointing to Indigenous women and girls and all Canadians who stand with us,” said Atleo.According to the evidence heard by the committee, 70 per cent of disappearances and 60 per cent of murders of Indigenous women happen in urban centres. The committee heard that over 87 per cent of these women were mothers of at least one child, according to data provided by NWAC.NWAC also told the committee that of the over 582 cases they’ve tallied, 39 per cent occurred after 2000 and 17 per cent in the 1990s. NWAC also found that half of the cases remain unsolved. The Canadian average for homicide investigation is a 75 per cent solve rate.Indigenous women are also far more likely to be murdered than non-Indigenous women. Between 2004 and 2011, Indigenous women accounted for 8 per cent of murders while being only 4 per cent of the total population of women.Indigenous women are also more likely to be attacked by a stranger than non-Indigenous women, the committee heard.Indigenous women are also more likely to face violence in domestic situations. According to the 2009 General Social Survey, indigenous women face twice the rate of domestic violence than the general population.While the Conservative MP’s recommendations in the report called on Ottawa to work with provinces, territories and municipalities to create “public awareness and prevention” campaigns in its first recommendation, the four that followed simply mirrored already announced initiatives by the federal government.The committee called on the government to “strengthen the criminal justice system” so “violent and repeat offenders serve appropriate sentences.” It recommended the Harper government “maintain its commitment to develop the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights” and implement a national DNA missing persons index, which was announced in the most recent budget.The committee also recommended Ottawa support on-reserve K-12 education, which was recently the subject of joint federal government-Assembly of First Nations announcement.The committee stopped short of calling for funding for women’s shelters and front-line services on reserve, but instead called on Ottawa to “engage First nation communities to examine how to improve” them.APTN National News reported Thursday that an Iqaluit woman was murdered by her partner shortly before she was turned away by a shelter because it had no more room.The committee recommended Ottawa address poverty as a root cause of violence against Indigenous women by providing economic development and job skills training. It also called on the federal government to ensure territorial and First Nation childcare agencies have “effective and accountable service delivery.”Ottawa is currently facing a human rights complaint alleging it underfunds on reserve child and family services compared to the provinces.The committee recommended the federal government work with municipal, provincial and territorial governments to collect police data on violence against Indigenous women that “includes an ethnicity variable.”The RCMP is already collective missing and murdered case data from police forces across the country but it is not specific to First Nations, Metis and Inuit women.The Native Women’s Association of Canada has already dismissed the work of the committee.Amnesty International said in a statement that the report failed Indigenous women.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is personally against calling an inquiry and has relayed his views to AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:Taxation and First NationsIn this edition we put Perspectives on Taxation InFocus.Point of sale tax exemption has changed over the years.Our guests give their take on why the exemption is not honoured across the country.We also talk about what the self-governing Westbank First Nation in B.C. is doing with their annual multi-million dollar property tax base.last_img

first_imgThe Manitoba RCMP have completed their search of the area where the two male bodies were discovered, approximately 8 km from where Leonard Dyck’s burnt RAV4 was located on July 22, 2019.Investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern BC homicide investigations, in order to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese. The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU).The BC RCMP commits that once we have completed that review within the next few weeks, we will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly.MORE ON THE SEARCHOn August 2, 2019, RCMP located several items on the shoreline, approximately 9 km from where the burnt vehicle was located. RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects. That same day, a damaged boat was also found along the Nelson River.  The bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found on August 7, 2019.The pair were last seen on July 22 near Gillam Manitoba.  The RCMP announced they would scale back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba on July 31.The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.  The bodies of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were discovered south of the Liard River Hotspring on July 15.  The body of Leonard Dyck was found on July 19 north of Dease Lake.  Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemeglsky were originally considering missing after their vehicle was found near Dease Lake.  On July 23, 2019, the RCMP in B.C. announced the pair were now considered suspects in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck. SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed that Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died from what appears to be suicide by gunfire.While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found. The exact time and date of their deaths are not known, however, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since they were last seen on July 22, 2019 and while the RCMP searched the Gillam area.Police can also confirm that two firearms were also located with the two deceased males, and forensic analysis is underway to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern B.C. homicide investigations.last_img read more

Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been granted approval by the Colombo High Court to travel overseas to obtain medical treatment.Rajapaksa was granted approval to travel overseas when the case related to the alleged misappropriation of Government funds of the Divi Neguma Development Department, was heard today. Basil Rajapaksa has been accused of misappropriating Rs. 36.5 million in Government funds when he was the Economic Affairs Minister. (Colombo Gazette)

Bo SpellerbergDanish handball squadUlrik Wilibek There is no secret anymore. Danish NT coach, Ulrik Wilbek announced squad of 14 players and five reserves for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia.  The biggest surprise is nomination for the second goalkeeper, where is Marcus Cleverly from Vive Targi Kielce. Obviously, Wilbek is preparing for the match against Poland in the Preliminary Round.Denmark has problem with Jesper Noddesbo and Bo Spellerberg. Line player of F.C Barcelona has problem with discus hernia, but still is possible to see him in Serbia. Spellerberg got groin strain injury in the last match for his KIF Kolding and probably won’t be able to help his team-mates in the action “Serbia 2012”goalkeepers:Niklas Landin, BSV, 57 / 0Marcus Cleverly, KS Vive Kielce, 5 / 0Wingers:Lasse Svan Hansen, SG, 70/143Hans Lindberg, HSV Hamburg, 137/367Donald Eggert, SG, 78/279Lars Christiansen, KIF Kolding, 326/1475Line Players:Michael V. Knudsen, SG, 218/720René Toft Hansen, AG, Copenhagen, 38/69Back row player:Thomas Mogensen, SG, 73/185Mads Christiansen, Team Facts Holstebro, 39/86Nicholas Markussen, Atletico Madrid, 13/40Kasper Søndergaard Sarup, Skjern Handball, 92/220Mikkel Hansen, AG, Copenhagen, 69/332Kasper Nielsen, BSV, 163/286The following five players taken as EM reserves and participate in training camp towards the finals:Soren Rasmussen, SG, 37 / 0Lasse Boesen, KIF Kolding, 150/398Henrik Toft Hansen, AG, Copenhagen, 17/48Morten Olsen, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, 15/55Rasmussen Lauge Schmidt, BSV, 12/10 ← Previous Story Last 48 hours to vote for the World’s Player 2011: Heidi Loke is the new leader! Next Story → “Christmas Cup” in Slovakia: Hungary in good form read more

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYIs it wise for the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs to read indictments on air?This is not the conventional approach and the new government should not resort to unconventional means of governing. It has promised to govern in accordance with the rule of law.This principle requires judicial matters to be handled by the judiciary. Under normal circumstances information is leaked to the press by government officials instead of taking raw information and interprets it for public consumption. Such a method frees authorities from the posture of judges and prosecutors.last_img

first_imgTraffic heading toward Mexico to be rerouted as new construction begins at the border Updated: 7:07 PM January 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 22, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) — Traffic heading south on Interstate 5 toward the Mexican inspection station will be rerouted to a newly constructed roadway beginning Thursday as part of ongoing construction at the border.The transition from the existing portion of the 5 Freeway south of Camino De La Plaza and the pedestrian bridge to the realigned segment will begin during non-peak hours and will be completed one lane at a time beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. The new roadway will be in full use by Friday at 7 a.m., according to the General Services Administration.There will be a minimum of three lanes open during the 12-hour period.Travelers are urged to observe signage and reduce their speed as they approach the construction area.The new, temporary segment of the 5 Freeway will be open for 21 months while crews work to complete the permanent and expanded freeway. Once the project is complete in fall 2019, I-5 will feature 10 southbound lanes and inspection booths at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to the GSA.Meantime, the I-5 south onramp at the intersection of Caminoes Way and Camino De La Plaza will be closed for seven hours beginning on Thursday at 10 p.m. Traffic will be detoured to Dairy Mart Road, according to the GSA. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img April 3, 2019 Summer Camps at Arts District Liberty Station 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Starting in May, classes and workshops presented by 13 professional arts organizations throughout the creative campus at San Diego’s growing ARTS DISTRICT are ideal for families looking for creative experiences for their children ages 4–17.This year the Summer Camp Sign-up Fair is on Sunday, April 7 from 12 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the North Promenade 2875 Dewey Rd. Enjoy a fun filled afternoon with signature ARTS DISTRICT Summer Camp providers. Meet teachers, learn about camps, see performances and sign up for camp before you miss out! Learn MoreFor more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgThe indefinite postponement of a proposal to expand mining zones in Clark County is raising eyebrows among concerned neighbors, who are questioning the Clark County commissioners’ decision to abruptly end their Tuesday evening meeting without attempting to reach a decision.County Commissioner Tom Mielke, the board’s chairman, ended the meeting after people began heckling comments he was making about needing more information about the mining zones before moving forward. Amid the jeers, Mielke declared the meeting adjourned and pounded his gavel — nearly three hours after testimony began.He said Wednesday he did not know when the county might reconsider the proposal, adding that it was in no hurry to do so.Neighbors of existing mining quarries say they would be affected by an update of the county’s “surface mining overlay,” which designates areas in which the county allows the mining of rock aggregate. Updating the overlay would open the door to expanding mining operations in Clark County, particularly on Livingston Mountain and Yacolt Mountain.The county’s planning commission voted against the proposal last fall after holding four public forums. The state’s Department of Natural Resources, however, has requested the county reconsider that recommendation.last_img read more