Cong. for CBI probe into Mehsana custodial death

first_imgThe opposition Congress in Gujarat on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the custodial death of Patidar youth Ketan Patel in Mehsana. The party has joined the Patidar community and family of the deceased in demanding a probe by the Central agency, alleging that Ketan died of police beating in custody.On Sunday, a Congress delegation led by party in-charge Ashok Gehlot met Governor O.P. Kohli to submit a memorandum demanding a CBI probe. State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Leader of the Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela were also part of the delegation.“We have demanded a CBI probe because the person has died in Gujarat police custody,” Mr. Gehlot told media persons in Gandhinagar.Subsequently, Mr. Vaghela met the family members of Ketan in the Mehsana civil hospital. Following the death of Ketan, who was earlier arrested in a petty theft case, tempers in north Gujarat town soared as the Patidar community alleged that the police had killed Ketan in custody, a charge the local police have rejected.Two autopsies The family of the deceased refused to accept the body even after two autopsies were conducted by a panel of doctors in the Mehsana civil hospital.According to sources, the post-mortem reports have revealed that Ketan died of multiple injuries due to excessive beating by the police. However, the State authorities have not revealed the contents of the autopsy reports.After the death, there were a few incidents of violence, as Patidars torched two buses and a portion of the Mehsaha civic body’s office.last_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool Win Ugly to Go Clear on Top of the Table as Harry Kane Saves Tottenham Hotspur

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Liverpool sent out an ominous warning to the rest of the Premier League on Saturday, proving they can win ugly as Harry Kane rescued 10-man Tottenham.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge, winning at home for the first time in the league under their new manager, courtesy of a Jorginho penalty and a Willian strike. Elsewhere, there were wins for Wolves against bottom club Watford while West Ham’s draw at Bournemouth lifted them to third in the table.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool won their seventh Premier League game out of seven to pull eight points clear ahead of Manchester City, thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s fortunate strike in a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United.The European champions looked short on invention against the well-organised Blades until Wijnaldum’s shot from the edge of the box 20 minutes from time trickled between the legs of United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.Liverpool, who have won 16 consecutive league games, finished a single point behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League last season but are now setting a searing pace as they chase their first top-flight title since 1990.”For us it was important to win, we had unbelievably big chances,” Klopp told BT Sport.”In the first half we had two big chances and in the second one which we scored from. These games, they are not all beauties and you have to work hard for the results.”The hosts had their chances to spring a huge shock against their off-colour opponents as Adrian turned behind a long-range drive from Oliver Norwood before Andy Robertson made a brilliant block to deny John Fleck the opener.But all of Sheffield United’s good work was undone with one mistake when Wijnaldum pounced on a loose ball 20 yards from goal. His strike should have been easily handled by Henderson, who instead watched on with horror as the ball slipped under his grasp.Pep Guardiola’s City face a tricky-looking trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the late kick-off knowing they must win to cling onto Liverpool’s coat-tails, even this early in the season.SPURS HOLD ONTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino recalled his big guns for the Premier League game against Southampton at home, making 11 changes from the side that suffered a shock League Cup loss at Colchester in midweek.Spurs had won just two of their opening eight games in all competitions before Saturday and looked in deep trouble when they were reduced to 10 men against Brighton.Tanguy Ndombele fired the home side ahead in the 24th minute but they suffered a blow when Serge Aurier was sent off after half an hour for two yellow cards.Hugo Lloris then gifted Southampton an equaliser with a goalkeeping howler, Danny Ings dispossessing the Frenchman in his six-yard box and forced the ball home before Kane restored the home side’s lead shortly before half-time.The win lifted Spurs into fourth place in the Premier League, one spot behind West Ham, who drew 2-2 away to Bournemouth after beating Manchester United last week.Crystal Palace were 2-0 winners against Norwich, thanks to a Luka Milivojevic penalty and a late Andros Townsend goal while a Matt Doherty strike and a Daryl Janmaat own goal gave Wolves a much-needed 2-0 victory against Watford.Aston Villa’s John McGinn gave his side a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute but Chris Wood levelled for Burnley just two minutes later and the match finished level.Early team news from Goodison Park revealed Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and David Silva were all on the bench for Manchester City.High-flying Leceister host struggling Newcastle on Sunday while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s misfiring Manchester United are at home to Arsenal on Monday. footballharry kaneliverpoolPremier League First Published: September 28, 2019, 10:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

Adventure park at Garden of Five Senses inaugurated

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra today inaugurated an adventure park developed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development (DTTDC) over 22 acres at Garden of Five Senses in Said-ul-Ajaib Village.The sprawling park, close to Saket Metro station, will have facilities of paint ball, rock climbing wall, zip line, Burma bridge, commando net, running bungee, Sumo wrestling, Zorbing, air rifle shooting, archery among other sports.”This Adventure Park came up as a blessing for people of Delhi and will provide children with space to play and get enthralled with adventure activities. It will also act as a catalyst to promote Garden of Five Senses as an eco-friendly project and bring more families to spend their time in the Garden,” Mishra said while inaugurating the park.The adventure park will commence its operations for general public from tomorrow.Besides the entry tickets to the Garden of Five Senses, the visitors will have to pay Rs 100 to Rs 120 for different adventure activities, said a senior Tourism department official. PTI VIT TIRlast_img read more

Martino, Lopetegui or Sanchez Flores? Behind Mexico’s coach search

first_imgRicardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s time leading the Mexico national team will come to an end this month. Whose long-term tenure will begin still isn’t certain.Fans can be forgiven for believing Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino already had the job locked up, so definitively was his arrival reported in the press earlier this year.Those reports only seemed more certain last month when the MLS team announced Martino would leave once the 2018 campaign draws to an end. Despite reports of verbal agreements and conversations, though, the 55-year-old has consistently maintained he has not agreed to anything and not formally spoken with anyone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That is why last week’s reports emerging of Yon de Luisa, Federacion Mexicana de Futbol president, journeying to Europe to meet with another managerial candidate, Quique Sanchez Flores, were not as out of left field as they may have seemed.Martino has done an impressive job building Atlanta United, and his experience with not just Barcelona and Argentina but also with Paraguay’s national team help make him an attractive candidate – not just to El Tri. While the U.S. may not have considered Martino because of what language he does or doesn’t speak, other nations are still looking to woo him.Argentina federation president Claudio Tapia reportedly is looking to speak with Martino as well about the vacant Albiceleste position. Colombia also has been rumored to have an eye on Martino.Sanchez Flores, the former Espanyol, Watford and Benfica manager, had been mentioned as a candidate for the Mexico job earlier in the search as well. Maybe he is being sought out as a back-up, but some of the reports went as far as saying the Madrid native has an offer from De Luisa on the table.There even were reports Mexico had reached out to Julen Lopetegui after Real Madrid cut its relationship with the manager short. While his time with Los Blancos was a failure, Lopetegui still boasts impressive credentials. Like Martino, he has managed a top club and a top national team in Spain. He also has a close relationship with players key to El Tri’s future like Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes, whom he coached at Porto. What exactly is going on with the Mexico national team coaching search? The truth is, no one on the outside really knows right now.Tata Martino Atlanta UnitedMartino is continuing on in the MLS playoffs after Atlanta United concreted a 4-1 aggregate victory over NYCFC in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 3-1 win in Sunday’s second leg. He remains the favorite to take the job.Yet, all the noise coming from Spain isn’t likely to have materialized from absolutely nowhere (on second thought, maybe it is, but we’ll finish the thought here). Clearly, De Luisa pressing on with the search would indicate that Martino arriving isn’t a done deal. The Mexican federation is eager to have a manager in place in December, allowing the coach not only to begin long-term planning ahead of the 2022 World Cup but also to have a full five-month period in which he can evaluate his strategy for the Gold Cup this summer.There will be only the March friendly dates and the pre-tournament period in May for the coach to put together his squad for the continental championship. Even if El Tri have a January friendly featuring domestic-based players, that’s little interaction with players who need to be convinced of the manager’s vision. If there’s any indication that Martino isn’t planning to take the job, having a viable Plan B is critical.Whether or not fans are pleased with the options will depend on their perspective. From the outside looking in, all three managers who appear to be in the mix are outstanding candidates. The Mexico job is a bit of a mix between what Martino did with Argentina and what he did with Paraguay, and his international experience would be welcomed. Sanchez Flores played exciting football during his club stops. Lopetegui worked with Spain’s youth teams and then took on the senior job.There also will be detractors. Martino never got over the hump with Argentina. Sanchez Flores has never coached a national team and has been out of work since being sacked at the end of the previous La Liga season. Lopetegui, well, no real need to explain there. Plus, there’s the factor that many Mexico fans are still hoping for a Mexican coach, or a coach like new San Jose Earthquakes manager Matias Almeyda who has worked with Mexican players in the past when he took Chivas to the double.Fans will be eager to know how everything will shake out after Mexico’s pair of matches in Argentina this month, but all indications are that it will instead serve as an early Christmas gift. Martino’s season might not end until Dec. 8, and even with the latest new surrounding Sanchez Flores, it would be a surprise to hear an announcement before then.last_img read more

Interview: Building the bridge

first_imgThe name Markus Zusak may not ring a bell. But The Book Thief almost certainly will. Adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson in 2013, The Book Thief is the story of a young girl who learns to read from a Jewish refugee her family is hiding,The name Markus Zusak may not ring a bell. But The Book Thief almost certainly will. Adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson in 2013, The Book Thief is the story of a young girl who learns to read from a Jewish refugee her family is hiding from the Nazis. It went on to be a best-seller. Now, more than a decade since its publication, Zusak is back with his much-anticipated next novel, Bridge of Clay, a family saga of five brothers who are bringing themselves up without any adults. He spoke with india today about how the book evolved. Bridge of Clay is a family saga of five brothers who are bringing themselves up without any adults.Q: You’ve said you conceived of Bridge of Clay when you were 19. What sparked the idea?I was 19 or 20 years old, and in my mind I saw a boy who was building a bridge. I named him Clayton, which was the one piece of luck I needed. I thought I would call the book ‘Clayton’s Bridge’, and then a few months later, I thought: No, not ‘Clayton’s Bridge’-make it ‘Bridge of Clay’. And that was when a whole new depth of meaning and emotion instantly entered the idea. I thought of a boy who was building a bridge of stone or wood, but it was also made of him-of Clay. I immediately saw the dual meaning of Clay (the name) and clay (the material), which can be moulded into anything, but needs fire to set it. That was when I knew there was a book to write.advertisementQ: How did the book evolve in the decade that it took to write it?When I finished The Book Thief, I knew somehow that I had published four books previously that really meant something to me, and that book meant everything. I never wanted to go back to writing books that meant just something to me ever again.Q: You have said elsewhere that instances from your own life have inspired bits of the book.It’s usually just the very small things, and they never exist in a book exactly as they happened in real life. In my own house, for example, we have two children, two dogs and two cats, and in the Dunbar household in the Bridge of Clay, there are five brothers and five animals. There is plenty of chaos in our household with our foursome of pets, but I elevated it to make it five. The cat in the book named Hector is based on one of our cats, named Brutus, but he grows in the writing of the novel. That’s why I love writing. We see the world in a totally unique way that is also somehow familiar.Q: The Book Thief had death as a narrator. Do you feel that death continues to be a character in this book?I guess death is a kind of friend to all of us in a way, because knowing it hangs over us is what makes everything we do worthwhile. Death is still a major force in Bridge of Clay and there are a few cameos, where Matthew imagines Death hanging from the power lines, or sitting on the curtain rod in the kitchen. This time around, what hasn’t changed is finding great life in the face of death.Q: The premise of The Book Thief-a family shielding a Jew from the Nazis during World War II-was familiar to readers in the subcontinent. Bridge of Clay is more foreign ground.It’s a very Australian book in some ways, and I think our countries do have a bond over a particular sport. All of my books are about family. About trying to live decently, to look for laughter and ambition in our lives and, having been to India once before, I know the people are generous and warm, and talkative and kind. These are all the elements I look to write with, and so I hope Indian readers will connect with the Dunbar family, and with Clay, whose story is about building a bridge, to make one perfect, beautiful thing.last_img read more

England ask FIFA for poppy permission

first_imgEngland v Germany England ask FIFA permission to wear poppies against Germany Joe Wright 19:12 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) poppy - cropped Getty Images England v Germany Friendlies Scotland v Netherlands France v Wales Northern Ireland v Switzerland Scotland Switzerland Germany England Netherlands Wales France Northern Ireland WC Qualification Europe The Football Association has asked FIFA to allow England players to wear poppies for next month’s friendly with Germany.Scotland and Wales have also sought permission to sport armbands bearing the symbol for their upcoming exhibition matches, while Northern Ireland have asked to wear them for their World Cup play-off against Switzerland.All four nations were fined by world football’s governing body in 2016 for displaying poppies on their shirts, as it contravened a regulation regarding the wearing of political or religious insignia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved a change in the laws in September that would allow them to be worn in matches if both teams and the relevant organisers deemed it appropriate, after FIFA was accused of being heavy-handed in its punishment.A joint statement issued by the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on Monday praised IFAB’s decision and confirmed requests to wear poppies will be sent.We can confirm that we’ll request permission from FIFA for the @England squad to wear poppies against Germany:— The FA (@FA) October 30, 2017″It was important that clarity was brought to this issue as it affects many football matches/competitions throughout the world and is particularly helpful in relation to remembrance and poppies,” the statement said.”In any year when there are international matches in the week leading up to and including Remembrance Sunday, it is the intention of all four home nations to seek permission from the opposition team and FIFA (as the authority responsible for those matches) to display the poppy on armbands.”England’s friendly against Germany at Wembley takes place on November 10, 24 hours before the annual day of commemoration to honour members of the armed forces killed in the line of duty.The poppy has been used a recognised symbol of remembrance since the First World War.last_img read more

Football League: West Brom’s Gayle does the trick and Portsmouth pull away

first_img Quick guide Championship results Norwich back on top after Teemu Pukki’s late strike sees off Blackburn Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Football League Read more Hide Was this helpful? League TwoGoals from John Akinde and Harry Anderson in the first 10 minutes set leaders Lincoln on their way to a 3-2 victory against Newport that took them four points clear of MK Dons, who fell to a 1-0 home defeat to third-placed Colchester. Bury bounced back from their 4-2 defeat at Oldham with a 2-1 home win over Tranmere to stay hot on the heels of the clubs in the automatic promotion places. Mansfield made it two wins in a row with a an impressive 3-1 victory over Stevenage, while Jayden Stockley scored a hat-trick as Exeter won 3-2 at Oldham to stay in the hunt for a play-off place.Down at the bottom, Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield extended their unbeaten home run to three matches with a goalless draw against Port Vale. It was an important point with second-bottom Notts County suffering a 4-0 hammering at Grimsby and Cambridge, just outside the relegation zone and three points above Macclesfield, going down 3-0 at Morecambe. League One Share on Twitter Quick guide League Two results Share via Email Hide Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this content League Two Championship Blackburn 0-1 Norwich, Brentford 1-0 Bolton, Derby 1-1 Bristol City, Ipswich 1-1 Sheff Utd, Nottm Forest 0-1 QPR, Reading 0-1 Middlesbrough, Rotherham 0-4 West Brom, Sheff Wed 1-0 Preston North End, Stoke 1-0 Millwall, Wigan 0-3 Birmingham, Hull 3-2 Swansea    Twitter ChampionshipDwight Gayle scored a hat-trick in a rampant 4-0 win at Rotherham which extended West Brom’s unbeaten run to seven games and ensured they remain in the hunt for automatic promotion. It was the sixth away win of the season for Darren Moore’s third-placed side and kept them within five points of leaders Norwich, who won 1-0 at Blackburn. Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide League One results news Hide Thank you for your feedback. Topics Middlesbrough moved fourth thanks to George Friend’s goal in the 77th minute which secured a 1-0 win at Reading, who left it until after full-time to confirm José Gomes as their new manager. The club has agreed a severance package of around €1m with Rio Ave for the 48-year-old from Portugal, who takes over with the club one place above the relegation zone and without a win since 3 November. Boro’s win meant they pulled away from Derby, who drew 1-1 at home against mid-table Bristol City, and Sheffield United, who needed a second-half Billy Sharp strike to earn them a point against bottom-of-the table Ipswich, who remain four points adrift.Toni Leistner’s header gave QPR their second win in a row. They secured their first away win over Nottingham Forest in 35 attempts, holding on 1-0. Wigan sank to a 3-0 home defeat by Birmingham, who are making steady progress towards the play-offs, while Brentford gave their survival hopes a boost with a 1-0 win over Bolton thanks to Neal Maupay’s 14th goal of the season. Michael Hector’s second half-header gave managerless Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win over 10-man Preston and Saido Berahino scored the only goal of the game as resurgent Stoke beat Millwall 1-0 at home. Bury 2-1 Tranmere, Crawley 2-3 Carlisle, Forest Green 1-0 Crewe, Grimsby 4-0 Notts County, Lincoln 3-2 Newport, MK Dons 0-1 Colchester, Macclesfield 0-0 Port Vale, Morecambe 3-0 Cambridge, Oldham 2-3 Exeter, Stevenage 1-3 Mansfield, Swindon 0-0 Cheltenham, Yeovil 1-1 Northampton Show Joey Barton runs off after being sent to the stands. Photograph: Dougie Allward/JMP/REX/Shutterstock Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Pinterest Share on Facebook League OnePortsmouth strengthened their position at the top of the league as the biggest crowd at Fratton Park since 2011 watched the home side run out 3-1 winners against third-placed Sunderland. The match was goalless when Glenn Loovens was sent off for bringing down Oli Hawkins in the 47th minute. Gareth Evans converted from the spot and it was an uphill struggle for the away side from then on. Second-placed Luton pulled four points clear of Sunderland as they made it six league wins in a row with a 2-0 victory against Burton. Promotion hopefuls Charlton won 2-0 at Gillingham thanks to first-half goals from Ben Reeves and Tariqe Fosu. In the other play-off spots, Peterborough drew 1-1 with Walsall and Doncaster were held to a 2-2 draw at home against Oxford United and Barnsley won 1-0 against fellow play-off hopefuls Blackpool. Show Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley, Bradford City 2-0 Scunthorpe, Bristol Rovers 2-1 Fleetwood, Charlton 2-0 Gillingham, Doncaster 2-2 Oxford Utd, Luton 2-0 Burton Albion, Peterborough 1 -1 Walsall, Plymouth 0-3 Accrington, Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland, Shrewsbury 1-0 Coventry, Southend 1-2 Rochdale, Wycombe 1-2 AFC Wimbledon  Show Down at the bottom, Jake Jervis secured Wimbledon’s first away win since September as the bottom side won 2-1 at Wycombe to move them within three points of safety. Plymouth are second bottom after being hammered 3-0 by Accrington but Bristol Rovers came out 2-1 winners in a feisty game in which James Clarke snatched three points in stoppage-time against Fleetwood, who had striker Ched Evans and manager Joey Barton sent off. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Ducati Hypermotard 950 launched in India, price starts at Rs 11.99 lakh

first_imgDucati Hypermotard 950 launched in India, price starts at Rs 11.99 lakh2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 is powered by a twin-cylinder, 937 cc, Ducati Testastretta 11 degree engine that makes 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96 Nm of peak torque. Not only is the twin-cylinder engine 1.5 kg lighter, it delivers 4 hp more than its predecessor.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 14:27 IST Ducati Hypermotard 950 comes with twin under-seat tailpipes.HIGHLIGHTSThe 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 features its trademark ‘beak’ at the front.The all-new Hypermotard 950 gets 3-spoke Y-shaped aluminium rims.The bike is equipped with a Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU).Ducati today launched the all-new Hypermotard 950 in India for a starting price of Rs 11.99 (ex-showroom, India). The bookings for the bike are open across all company dealerships in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.Powering Ducati Hypermotard 950 is a twin-cylinder, 937 cc, Ducati Testastretta 11 degree engine that makes 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96 Nm of peak torque. Not only is the twin-cylinder engine lighter by 1.5 kgs, but it also delivers 4 hp more than its predecessor. Ducati Hypermotard 950 features its trademark ‘beak’ at the front.The 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 features its trademark ‘beak’ at the front. The compact headlight comes with DRL. Making use of a new steel trellis frame with variable-section tubes, the bike boasts of twin under-seat tailpipes and disc brakes with aluminium flanges. There is a new Marzocchi fork with fully adjustable 45 mm aluminium tubes and stanchions, and 170 mm of wheel travel. At the front, there are two monobloc radially mounted 4-piston Brembo M4.32 calipers, operated by a radial brake master cylinder with an adjustable 5-position lever. Ducati Hypermotard 950 comes with 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires at the front and rear.The all-new Hypermotard 950 gets 3-spoke Y-shaped aluminium rims with 3.5-inch section up front and 5.5-inch section at the rear. There are 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires at the front and rear. Besides, there is a new handlebar, new seat and narrower side profile.The bike is equipped with a Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU). There are three electronic setups or riding modes. The 4.3-inch TFT display’s design is not much different from that of Ducati Panigale V4. The company is also providing Ducati Multimedia System with Hypermotard 950. This feature enables riders to connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions through the use of switch gears. The relative information is displayed on the TFT instrument panel via Bluetooth.advertisement”Hypermotard range has been loved and appreciated by riders who look for a fun and adrenalin-packed motorcycle. The new Hypermotard 950 inherits the sport and fearless characteristics which aligns to the personality of a rider who wants pure fun. It does not confine itself to a supermoto bike alone but rather comes with the performance of a dirt bike and soul of a sports bike. It’s a perfect choice for riders who’re looking for a thrilling yet sophisticated motorcycle,” Ducati India Managing Director Sergi Canovas said.ALSO READ | TVS Jupiter Grande discontinued in IndiaALSO READ | Honda Activa 125 BS6 unveiled, to be sold from late second quarter FY 2019-20ALSO READ | Jeep Compass Trailhawk: Here are all the important details you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow DucatiFollow Ducati Hypermotard 950Follow Ducati Hypermotard 950 priceFollow Ducati Hypermotard 950 launch Nextlast_img read more

PM Congratulates Bolt and Fraser-Pryce

first_img “This is an outstanding and spectacular achievement which encapsulates the brilliance, depth and dominance of our athletes and serves to demonstrate once again that not only have we taken on the world in track and field athletics but we are succeeding at it”, the Prime Minister said Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is ecstatic at the historic double victory by sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who have captured the IAAF World Athletes of the Year. Jamaica becomes the first country in the region and the third in the world to have captured this top IAAF accolade. Bolt received the IAAF award for the fifth time, while Fraser-Pryce was earning the award for the first time.In congratulating both athletes for this ‘clean sweep’, the Prime Minister said this latest outstanding accomplishment by our athletes serves to further cement Jamaica’s top ranking and extraordinary position in the world of track and field athletics, and is another crowning glory for our small nation. All Jamaica is proud of this accomplishment.“This is an outstanding and spectacular achievement which encapsulates the brilliance, depth and dominance of our athletes and serves to demonstrate once again that not only have we taken on the world in track and field athletics but we are succeeding at it”, the Prime Minister said, adding that “this latest accomplishment by Bolt and Fraser-Pryce can only serve to strengthen our already rich and vibrant history of success in the sport.”Bolt finished ahead of British runner Mo Farah and high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine. The other women’s nominees were world champion shot-putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand, and world hurdles champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic. Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is ecstatic at the historic double victory by sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who have captured the IAAF World Athletes of the Year. The Prime Minister said this latest outstanding accomplishment by our athletes serves to further cement Jamaica’s top ranking and extraordinary position in the world of track and field athletics. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Seaspan Earns Less

first_imgzoom The Hong Kong-based containership owner and operator Seaspan ended the fourth quarter 2014 with USD 27.7 million net profit, 59.3% less compared with USD 68,2 million reported for the same period in 2013.Seaspan recorded USD 132.1 million profit for the full year ended December 31, 56.1% less than USD 299 million net profit reported in 2013.Revenue increased by 10.1% to USD 189.4 million and 5.9% to USD 717.2 million for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, respectively, over the same periods in 2013.The increases in revenue for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 were primarily due to the delivery of six 10,000 TEU vessels in 2014 and a decrease in unscheduled off-hire.In addition, the delivery of two 4,600 TEU second-hand vessels in mid-2013 contributed to the increase for the year ended December 31, 2014.These increases were partially offset by an increase in scheduled off-hire, lower average charter rates for three of Seaspan’s vessels which were on short-term charters and a decrease in vessel management revenue.With the latest additions, Seaspan’s fleet consists of 77 containerships.last_img read more

Fourth Highway Improvement Plan Making Roads Bridges Better

first_imgThe 2013-14 edition of the 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan maps out 140 road and bridge projects that will lead to thousands of jobs, millions of dollars to the economy and safer and better travel for Nova Scotians. Since 2009, the province has resurfaced more than 2,500 kilometres of paved road and invested more than $1.1 billion in highway capital construction. “When we launched the plan in 2010, it was the first time Nova Scotians could look ahead to road improvements,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Since then, we have been working to get the plan together earlier, to be more accountable to Nova Scotians about where tax dollars will go in the next year and give private companies more time to prepare for tenders.” Mr. Smith said increased competition across the province and investments in innovations, such as a new mobile asphalt plant and greater use of pavement preservation techniques, have already resulted in significant savings and will continue to save taxpayer dollars in the long run. This will also allow some capital projects to start ahead of schedule. The plan allows Nova Scotians to learn about major construction projects, repaving, major bridge replacements and maintenance and infrastructure work year by year. It outlines ways to make funding go further, types of roads and how they are prioritized, and a project schedule for the next five years. The province paved or resurfaced more than 600 kilometres during 2012-13, 100 kilometres more than planned. The 2013-14 plan aims to do 700 kilometres of resurfacing. The total highway capital budget for 2013-14 is $245.8 million. Additional operational funding for highway maintenance will be made available as part of the 2013-14 budget. The 2013-14 5-year Highway Improvement Plan is online at Planned provincial road improvements are also available on an interactive map: read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Friday, Dec. 15. -30- CONTINUING WORKlast_img


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First Nations look forward to new relationship with Ottawa chiefs

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Some First Nations leaders say the federal election awoke a sleeping giant that the incoming Liberal government will have to contend with – starting with an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Voter turnout spiked by up to 20 per cent in some largely Aboriginal ridings. Chiefs said Tuesday the higher turnout helped drive the Conservatives from office after almost a decade and bring about the prospect of a new, respectful relationship with Ottawa.A jubilant Grand Chief Derek Nepinak with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs called it “a great day.”“I feel a lot of relief from the years of very purposeful oppression that was brought forward from the previous government,” Nepinak said.“Mr. Harper, when he was prime minister, awoke a sleeping giant in our people. That giant is awake and the new Liberal majority government is going to have to deal with a giant in the Indigenous people of these lands.”In the riding of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, which covers much of Manitoba’s north, chiefs said turnout was up by more than 11,000 voters – an increase of 20 per cent from 2011. Some polling stations on reserves worried the high turnout would lead to their running out of ballots, which prompted last-minute calls to Elections Canada.Elections Canada said Tuesday it hadn’t calculated Aboriginal voter turnout yet.Expectations of a new Liberal government are high. Chiefs have a list of issues they want addressed. At the top is an inquiry into Canada’s estimated 1,200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women.Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, who represents northern First Nations in Manitoba, said people are looking for an inquiry to be called within the first 100 days of Justin Trudeau’s mandate. The families of those who have lost loved ones must be the driving force, she said.“There are many things that we’re hearing from our own families of why they see these problems,” said North Wilson, who is with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. “A lot of it has to do with poverty, lack of education and even just the complete disregard for our people.”Kevin Hart, Manitoba regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations, said his people woke up with a sense of relief and look forward to working with Ottawa. Housing, clean water, equal education funding and resource-sharing for First Nations communities are all top priorities, he said.“Change was needed. Fear-mongering, hate literature and hate campaigns against ethnic groups across Canada failed. True Canadians came out and showed support,” Hart said.Hopes are high among northern Ontario aboriginals as well.Chief Erwin Redsky of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary said turnout was up in 40 First Nations within the riding of Kenora. Redsky said it was at least 90 per cent on his reserve, which has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years and has been fighting for a rudimentary all-weather road.Greg Rickford, who was natural resources minister, lost his seat to former Liberal Indian Affairs Minister Bob Nault in a tough three-way race. People were engaged this time around, Redsky said, especially when they heard promises of a new nation-to-nation relationship with Canada.“I asked my wife to pinch me,” Redsky said. “I thought I’d never hear that … We look forward to this new era. The work has just begun.”last_img read more

Algerian Official Attacks Moroccan Diplomat at UN Meeting in St Vincent

Rabat – A Moroccan diplomat was attacked by an Algerian official on Thursday at a United Nations meeting in the Caribbean. Morocco has denounced the act of “physical aggression,” calling it a “serious” incident “against all diplomatic etiquette.”At the meeting of a UN committee on decolonization in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Soufiane Mimouni, the director general of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), “physically attacked” the deputy of the Moroccan ambassador to Saint Lucia, a Moroccan official told the French Press Agency (AFP).“Our diplomatic was sent to the hospital,” said the official, “the meeting was interrupted, [and] a complaint was submitted.” Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita told the press agency that recent years have seen increased tension in the meetings regarding representation of the Sahara, but that such an attack was unprecedented.“Thus transgressing all diplomatic etiquette and customs, on the part of a high diplomat, the third-highest in the MAE, this is serious,” said Bourita. “This type of extreme [violence], to the point of physical aggression, is unique in the history books.”“This reflects the extreme nerve of Algerian diplomacy: that a Algerian representative having travelled to Saint-Lucie, riled up by the questions of our representatives, would take matters into his own hands. It is also more surprising on the part of a country [Algeria] that calls itself simply an observer” of the Sahara.Bourita called on Algeria to “contribute to a solution and assume responsibility in the matter.” read more

UN agency hails 40th anniversary of landmark African refugee convention

Today marks the 40th anniversary of an African refugee convention, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) hails as “groundbreaking” for having paved the way for millions on the continent to receive protection and assistance.Under the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee was defined as a person having “a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”The 1969 Refugee Convention of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU), expanded that definition to include “every person who, owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing public order.”The pact’s “importance and vitality remain undiminished today,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said.In Africa today, there are nearly 2.7 million refugees and asylum-seekers. There are a further 6.3 million uprooted within their own countries, with the continent home to almost half of all of the world’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).George Okoth-Obbo, UNHCR’s Africa Bureau Director, acknowledged that there have been and continued to be failures, due to derelict State behaviour and other reasons, to protect the rights enshrined in the pact, but stressed these “cannot be put at the door of the 1969 Convention itself.”He noted that the Convention does not protect those forced to flee their homes internally by conflict or other factors, along with the emerging threat of climate change.To this end, the AU is holding a special summit next month in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to adopt a regional convention on internal displacement.That agreement will be the first of its kind in the world, Mr. Okoth-Obbo noted. “It is critical that the convention elaborates the primary obligations of States, ranging from the responsibility to prevent displacement itself to responses which should be activated when and where displacement takes place.” 10 September 2009Today marks the 40th anniversary of an African refugee convention, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) hails as “groundbreaking” for having paved the way for millions on the continent to receive protection and assistance. read more

Merchants being misled on credit debit card fees federal watchdog says

A federal consumer watchdog says some credit and debit card payment companies are breaking rules it created to protect retailers, which in turn could be costing Canadians more money.The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada issued a warning to the industry on Wednesday that it will not tolerate payment companies who mislead merchants into paying hidden fees or lock them into confusing contracts.The concerns stem from a code of conduct introduced by the federal government nearly three years ago designed to encourage further clarity in the contracts signed between retailers and credit and debit card companies.But the agency said it found some payment companies, who it did not name, have been misrepresenting the terms of contracts with merchants by advertising and promising rates that they were unable to honour.“Over the past year, we have seen certain practices by some in the industry that undermine the letter and spirit of the code,” said commissioner Ursula Menke in a release.“This guidance is meant to address these issues by providing better disclosure to merchants and eliminating inappropriate sales and business practices that result in increased costs for merchants, and consequently for consumers as well.”Over the past year, we have seen certain practices by some in the industry that undermine the letter and spirit of the codeThe agency said its investigation found that some merchants signed agreements that they later discovered were linked to additional contracts that had different cancellation clauses, penalty fees or costs associated with them.While the merchant was able to cancel the agreement without penalty, the agency said they were still locked into paying additional fees to cancel the other contracts.“In some cases, these penalties were enough to deter a merchant from invoking his or her right to cancel all contracts without penalty,” the agency said in its report.As part of the findings, the consumer agency outlined a summary form for payment companies that would disclose key information from the agreement they make with merchants.The report was met with a positive reaction from the Retail Council of Canada, which lobbies for retailers.Diane Brisebois, president of the retail council, said she was pleased that the commissioner recognized that “retailers have been dealing with unfair and unscrupulous practices from some in the payment card industry.”Payment transaction processor Interac said it would adopt the increased disclosure practices.“We continue to fully support the code of conduct and commend the FCAC commissioner for taking this step to help clarify what is expected of the market when adhering to the Code of Conduct,” said Interac president and CEO Mark O’Connel in a statement.The Canadian Press read more

Goals set by Istanbuls Habitat forum still elusive head of UN agency

Speaking at a joint news conference at UN Headquarters, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), emphasized the importance of bringing shelter back into the UN strategy for fighting poverty. “The delivery of shelter would not come about by decree alone but would require investment at different levels,” she said. “While progress has been made, much remains to be done.”Ms. Tibaijuka noted that several delegations at the session had called for the honouring of past commitments regarding international development assistance, which would be one of the important sources of funding to break the vicious cycle experienced by many developing countries. Commenting on concerns raised by some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that they had been left out of the review process, Ms. Tibaijuka said that the Assembly had passed a resolution last December to accommodate Habitat partners in the special session. She said she was not aware of NGOs being excluded, especially since the Assembly had this morning authorized an unprecedented number of them to speak at the session. The Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the special session, Ambassador German Garcia Duran of Colombia, told the press that negotiations continued on the draft declaration on cities and other human settlements in the new millennium – the main outcome document to be adopted at the end of the session. The declaration would give political strength to the process of implementing the Habitat Agenda adopted at the Istanbul conference. That process, he said, had so far been inadequate. read more

Extreme weather hits Asia Europe as world leaders gear up for UN

Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said: “Heads of State are expected to make national announcements on both mitigation and adaptation, and we do hope that these announcements will include commitments to disaster risk reduction.”The UN Climate Summit on Tuesday, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the largest gathering of leaders on climate change to date, which aims to mobilize action and obtain more commitments from Governments and actors of the civil society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in more resilience.Ms. Wahlström’s Office said extreme weather events around the globe are setting the scene for the arrival in New York of some 120 Heads of State and hundreds of CEO’s for the Summit, which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York.Over the weekend, UNISDR said in a press release that the worst areas affected by flooding were in Manila, the Philippines, where at least 200,000 people were evacuated after Tropical storm Fung-Wong hit the city.The storm arrived as the Philippines capital was recovering from last week’s Typhoon Kalmaegi, which had left eight people dead and thousands displaced, and amid fears that the situation in Manila may worsen in the days to come.France and Italy saw also heavy rain and flooding over the weekend as well, according UNISDR.It said rains badly hit the department of Var in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in south-eastern France when the Argens river rose rapidly. Some areas of Var saw between 120 to160 mm of rain last Friday and around 100 mm of rain fell in Nice, south of France.St. Mark’s Square in Venice was also flooded after heavy rains poured into the northern part of Italy. Tuscany also saw some severe weather, and Viareggio is under 50 centimetres of water.UNISDR said these latest events add to the toll floods have already taken around the globe. Earlier this month, China, Pakistan, South Sudan and Uganda were among the countries hit by flooding, which they continue to respond to.Flooding in Bentiu, South Sudan is contributing to worsening malnutrition rates among 46,000 displaced and many remain homeless in Pakistan where the flood emergency is affecting 2.3 million people, resulting in 312 deaths and the loss of 1.7 million acres of crops.UNISDR said the extreme weather patterns may be further indications of the “new normal” that the world will have to deal with, if no accelerated action is taken to keep global warming within 2°Celsius.“The UN Climate Summit is an important step on the road towards adopting a post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,” Ms. Wahlström said.She went on to say the new accord will be complementary to new agreements on climate action and sustainable development goals and to the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction that will be adopted in Sendai, Japan next year during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. read more

Klefbom spoils Quicks return Oilers beat Kings 32

EDMONTON — Oscar Klefbom scored his second straight game winner and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Thursday.Klefbom broke a 2-2 tie with 2:20 remaining in the third on the power play with a blast from the point.Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson also scored for the Oilers (12-11-2), who won their second game in a row and are now 3-1-1 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock.Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter replied for the Kings (9-15-1), who had a two-game win streak snapped.L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick made his first start since Oct. 23, missing 15 games with surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.Edmonton started the scoring just 1:21 into the first period as Puljujarvi poked in the rebound of a Drake Caggiula shot past Quick. The play survived a coach’s challenge video review for suspected goaltender interference.The Oilers added to their lead midway through the opening period on the power play when Chiasson, who came to the Oilers on a training camp try-out, scored his 11th of the season on a rebound from his knees.Los Angeles got one back with six minutes left in the first when Brown beat Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen on a one-timer from the top of the circle for his eighth goal of the season.The Kings tied it up on a two-man advantage with 31 seconds left in the first on a goal by Carter, their first power-play goal on the road this season.It looked like L.A. had the lead early in the third on a goal by Tyler Toffoli, but the play was deemed offside on a coach’s challenge.The Kings conclude a three-game Western Canadian road trip in Calgary on Friday. The Oilers close out a three-game homestand on Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights.Notes: It was the second of four meetings between the Oilers and Kings this season. The Kings won the first contest 5-2 four days previous… To make room for Quick’s return, Los Angeles assigned goalie Peter Budaj to Ontario of the American Hockey League.Shane Jones, The Canadian Press read more