first_imgGovt. to seek death penalty for Kopardi rapists  Mr. Nikam had argued that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the three accused, Jitendra alias ‘Pappu’ Shinde, Santosh Bhaval and Nitin Bhailume for the rape and murder of the minor. He said Shinde (accused no. 1) attempted to molest the girl five days before the actual crime that took place on July 13.The Kopardi crime spurred a wave of ‘muk morchas’ (silent rallies) from the Maratha community across the State and buttressed the community’s claim for Maratha reservation and a curb on the misuse of the Atrocity Act.Also Read  The Ahmednagar police first arrested Shinde (25) from Shrigonda, Bhaval (36) from Karjat.Bhailume (26 from Pune. All three were contractual workers in private companies or construction sites.The incident was likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was inflicted on the 15-year-old girl, who belonged to the Maratha community.Reports stated that the victim’s limbs were broken, her arms dislocated from her shoulders, and her skin shorn from her body. After the crime, the accused, who belong to a lower caste, allegedly threatened the parents of the victim that they would file an atrocity case against them if they dared to lodge a case of rape and murder. The Ahmednagar district and sessions court in Maharashtra on Monday rejected a petition of the defence counsel for one of the accused in the Kopardi rape and murder case seeking the summoning of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam as one of the witnesses.Last month, Balasaheb Khopade, lawyer for Santosh Baval, one of the accused in the rape and murder of a minor in Kopardi village last July, submitted the unusual petition in the court.The reason the defence counsel gave in the petition for naming Mr. Nikam as one of the witnesses was that he was ostensibly ‘biased’. Advocate Khopade, along with his daughter, advocate Vijaylaxmi Khopade, had accused Mr. Nikam of ‘coaching’ witnesses in his home and maintained that fabricated documents were submitted as evidence by the prosecution.Following the quashing of his petition, Mr. Khopade said he would move the Bombay High Court on the same. He said the Ahmednagar court had given time till July 24 to review the state of the appeal on his petition (summoning Mr. Nikam) in the High Court.In his petition, Mr. Khopade pointed to the big time lag between the appointment of Mr. Nikam as Special Public Prosecutor (barely 10 days after the rape incident) and the filing of the charge sheet naming 70 witnesses on October 7 last year (86 days after the crime).The 350-page charge sheet that was filed by the Ahmednagar police under sections 302 and 376 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) set forth testimonies of the 70 witnesses, including the girl’s kith and kin.Also Read Ahmednagar tense after brutal murder of minor girllast_img read more

first_imgTeams in the lower rung mix it up for all-important wins Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Of the four teams seeing action, only Air Force has a win to show and it hopes to add to that number as it takes on University of the Philippines at 4 p.m. Power Smashers and Adamson-Akari both hunt for a first win when they collide at 6 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT The Jet Spikers are coming off a defeat at the hands of unbeaten Creamline last Sunday.They are expected to bounce back against the young and inexperienced Lady Maroons who, despite dropping their first two games, have shown a big fighting heart.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Falcons have also proved their worth after causing trouble against Perlas-BanKo in their previous contest. ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds in SEAG Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

first_imgIn October 2015, India will be hosting the Paragliding World Cup for the first time. The event will be held in in Bir in Himachal Pradesh. Bir is internationally recognised as the paragliding site where every year, paragliders come from all around the world. The flying season in Bir is majorly from September to October and many competitions and events are held at Bir.  The meet director of the event is Debu Choudhury and the general organiser is Billing  Paragliding Association.Himachal Pradesh was given this opportunity due to the successful pre-World Cup event in the state. The state plans on organising different activities like air shows, hot balloons and other exciting and adventure sports for adding attraction.The World Cup has been organised by Paragliding World Cup Association, from October 24, 2015 to October 31, 2015. Every year, the association visits five to six locations and flies several times and then decides the event venue. In the World Cup, the major objective is to fly around a decided course and cross some specified check points. The paraglider who finishes first wins and if none of the participants reach then the paraglider who flew the furthest wins. After the event, the best paragliders participate in PWC Superfinal where an overall winner is decided.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) Plethico Pharmaceuticals has adopted contract manufacturing model in order to sustain its business operations. “With a view to address the delay in repayment of principal and interest on fixed deposits, service banking facilities, pay statutory dues and sustain its business operations, the company has opted to adopt contract manufacturing model for its operation,” Plethico Pharmaceuticals said in a regulatory filing today. Further, with a view to maintain existing market share in various geographies, the company is tying up with prominent distributors present in those geographies, it added. “It is also entering into binding agreements with them on exclusive and non-exclusive basis, for distribution of the products manufactured by the company with conducive terms in payment and credit period,” the company said. Plethico focuses on manufacturing and marketing a range of branded generic pharmaceutical formulations. Domestically, the company operates in various segments including sports nutrition, confectionery and over-the-counter (OTC) products. Currently, the company has a portfolio of over 200 branded products sold in more than 60 countries. PTI MSS MRlast_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Feyenoord boss Van Bronckhorst rues Manchester City’s early salvo Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 08:36 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Feyenoord - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Feyenoord Feyenoord v Manchester City Manchester City The Premier League club flew out of the blocks to sour the Dutch side’s Champions League return on a frustrating night Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst said his side never recovered from conceding after 95 seconds in the 4-0 Champions League Group F defeat to Manchester City.John Stones capitalised on poor set-piece defending to quickly puncture a buoyant atmosphere at De Kuip and strike duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were on hand to pile on further misery inside the opening half hour.Feyenoord 80/1 group winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 England centre-back Stones completed the rout with a second header after the hour-mark and, although the Dutch champions produced a spirited showing in the second half, the damage had long since been done.”After that early goal, City grew more and more in the game and we struggled to keep up with the high pace they played,” Van Bronckhorst said.”In the second half, we changed the system. We wanted to get more ball to get into our game, but that was difficult for this opponent.”City is just one of the top teams in the world, we really had to have a good day to get a chance against them and we did not have that.”Captain Karim El Ahmadi was similarly crestfallen and conceded there was an element of stage fright about Feyenoord’s performance on their return to the Champions League following a 15-year absence.”The disappointment is very big,” he told “We have to be realistic that Manchester City were much, much better then us.”The first goal was very easy and early in the game. If you can keep them a longer time at 0-0 you can get some confidence but, after going down 1-0 early, you could see we were afraid to play our game.”The goals they scored were from corners in which we were not sharp enough.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0: Walcott hits winner for Wenger’s men Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 21/9/2017 theowalcott-cropped Getty Images Jack Wilshere and Reiss Nelson both started for Arsenal as Theo Walcott scored the winner in a 1-0 League Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers. Theo Walcott scored his first goal of the season to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.Walcott, who had not netted a competitive goal for the Gunners since April, pounced in the 25th minute to make it 1-0 at the Emirates and at that stage it looked as though Arsenal would steamroller their League One opponents.Despite a glut of first-half chances the hosts failed to extend their lead and Doncaster, having frustrated Olivier Giroud as he sought his 100th goal for Arsenal, probed for an equaliser and gave the Premier League side a number of scares. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Darren Ferguson’s men lacked quality in the final third and the few clear-cut chances they created went begging, leaving Arsene Wenger to reflect on a positive result and another good performance from Jack Wilshere.The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, made his first start for the club since May 2016 and was involved in much of Arsenal’s best play, while full-back Reiss Nelson also emerged with credit on his full debut.A lively opening four minutes saw Doncaster winger Rodney Kongolo draw a diving save from David Ospina with a low drive, before Giroud had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when the referee refused to acknowledge that he was hauled down in the penalty area.The Frenchman almost scored a contender for goal of the competition two minutes later when he met Wilshere’s delicately chipped ball into the box with an acrobatic scissor-kick that beat Ian Lawlor but rattled the crossbar.Giroud headed a pinpoint Mohamed Elneny cross narrowly over the crossbar after 20 minutes as Arsenal camped themselves in Doncaster’s half, with Wilshere and Nelson moving the ball around crisply.The breakthrough arrived after 25 minutes when Alexis Sanchez looped the ball into the box and behind the Doncaster defence where Walcott arrived and took a touch to control before side-footing it past Lawlor and into the net.@theowalcott’s up and running for the season#AFCvDRFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017Wilshere would have added a second with a rasping 30-yard drive had Lawlor not made an impressive save at full stretch, before lone Doncaster striker Alfie May lashed a shot against the side netting on the cusp of half-time.Within three minutes of the re-start, Giroud created a golden opportunity to double Arsenal’s advantage, but Walcott fired over the crossbar with only Lawlor to beat.May, who only turned professional in January, looked set to equalise when he broke into Arsenal’s half on his own after 58 minutes but he was easily caught by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who dispossessed him as Arsenal survived a nervous moment.Nelson drew a good save from Lawlor with an angled drive after 64 minutes, leaving Arsenal vulnerable to the threat of an equaliser and extra-time as Doncaster launched a series of counter-attacks in the closing stages, but Andy Butler and John Marquis both fired over the bar when chances fell their way.Maitland-Niles scuffed a backwards pass on the half-way line and allowed Benjamin Whiteman a chance to run at goal, but once again the young Arsenal defender showed his pace and successfully back-tracked to cut out the danger.Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair both had late chances to grab a dramatic late equaliser in the final six minutes, but both lacked accuracy in front of goal and Arsenal’s slender lead survived.Job done#AFCvDRFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017 read morelast_img read more

first_img Read more Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Wetherby 2.00 Princess Mononoke 2.30 Flemerina 3.00 Rosmuc Relay 3.35 Dresden 4.05 Star Of Namibia 4.40 San Pietro 5.10 Paper PromiseTaunton 2.10 Esprit De Somoza 2.40 Chilli Filli 3.10 The Kings Writ 3.45 Black Mischief (nap) 4.15 Triple Chief 4.50 BisoubisouWolverhampton 5.40 Compatriot 6.10 My Fantasea 6.40 Moon Of Baroda 7.10 Something Lucky 7.40 Regina Nostra 8.10 Fabianski 8.40 Dark Alliance (nb) Topics Hide Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest comment Read more For those who are in a position to do so, Black Mischief (3.45) is worth backing at Taunton this afternoon. Harry Fry has just a single win on his record to date, at Warwick in May last year, but that followed a last-flight fall with a race at his mercy and Black Mischief’s third-place finish at Huntingdon on Boxing Day is working out well, with the fourth horse home a winner since. Today’s drop back to two miles should work in his favour and he is an attractive bet to beat six rivals at around 7-2.Flemerina (2.30) will take plenty of beating on the card at Wetherby, while Dark Alliance (8.40) could be worth waiting for in the last at Wolverhampton this evening. He would probably be on a four-timer if he had not been hampered at a vital stage last time out, but still put up a useful performance and races off the same mark today. Show William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission There was further evidence this morning that the Gambling Commission takes at least some of its objectives seriously, when it issued a £6.2m fine to William Hill for breaches of regulations to prevent money laundering and ensure that “children and other vulnerable people”, such as problem gamblers, are “protected from being harmed or exploited by gambling”.An investigation found that 10 customers of the firm had been allowed to deposit significant sums of money linked to criminal offences, including one customer who was stealing from their employer to fund a gambling problem and another who was defrauding elderly victims to do the same. Hills made £1.2m from its failure to ensure that its systems and staffing were adequate to respond to repeated alerts with regard to activity on the accounts, which will now be returned to the victims of the crimes where possible. Since you’re here… Horse racing Gambling The fine imposed on Hills follows other recent cases including a record £7.8m penalty for last year for failing in its duty of care to problem gamblers, about 7,000 of whom were still able to access their accounts and place bets despite voluntarily asking to be excluded. The Gambling Commission seems increasingly willing to bare its teeth when necessary, but this does also make you wonder when it might turn its attention to the third part of its mission statement, alongside a determination to ensure that criminality is kept out of gambling and that the vulnerable are protected.That third aim is to ensure that “gambling is conducted in a fair and open way”, which must raise a hollow laugh from thousands of the punters that the Gambling Commission is supposed to be working for. They are the ones whose stakes on racing and sport are routinely refused or restricted to pennies by online bookmakers, even when they are asking a firm which turns over billions each year for a £10 or £20 bet. In most cases, their only crime is to have shown some aptitude for finding winners at decent prices, though these days, even backing losers can result in your account being restricted if you regularly better the SP.Punters with little or no interest in the mechanics of price-based betting, and those who gamble instead on casino games which have a guaranteed margin for the operator, do not suffer similar restrictions. Quite how this situation can be described as either open or fair is beyond me, but it has developed because, so far at least, the Gambling Commission has shown no inclination to do anything about it. Well done to them for keeping out criminals and protecting the vulnerable. Now what about the punters who just want a fair bet at an advertised price? Thank you for your feedback. UK Sport Quick guide Horse racing tips: Tuesday 20th February Support The Guardian Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share on Messenger The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage … 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 Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgA general view of Clemson's stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Despite having three players suspended before the national championship, the Clemson Tigers took care of business against Alabama.It might not be receiving much attention right now, but those suspensions could present additional issues for Clemson next season.Although Dexter Lawrence is heading to the NFL, both tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will still be on the roster. It turns out that the Tigers have nearly three more weeks to continue the appeal process for their players that tested positive for ostarine.Clemson could potentially lose Galloway and Giella for one year if the program doesn’t win its appeal.Dabo Swinney will have a plethora of talent returning for 2019, but the possibility of losing another tight end would really affect the depth chart.The Tigers are losing Milan Richard and Garrett Williams might pursue a career in the military. The latter of these two tight ends started in 13 of 14 games last season.In the event that Galloway is suspended it would leave Clemson with a major hole on its offense.From The Post and Courier:If Williams leaves and if Galloway’s appeal is denied, that would leave J.C. Chalk, who caught two passes for 21 yards in 15 games, as the only tight end with actual experience at the college level. The Tigers also like early enrollee Jaelyn Lay out of Atlanta, though just a few months ago he was playing high school football.Galloway finished his season with only five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Nonetheless, his physical intangibles and potential bodes well for his future success in the next few years.It’s safe to say the next three weeks will be interesting for Clemson.Stay tuned.last_img read more

first_imgMiles Sanders runs with the ball for Penn State.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)He might not be the next coming of Saquon Barkley, but Miles Sanders is another intriguing tailback out of Penn State. With the NFL Combine taking place this weekend, he’ll try to boost his draft stock.Once Barkley left the Nittany Lions for the NFL, Sanders became the next workhorse in the backfield. His junior season consisted of 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.Sanders isn’t exactly the best pass-catching running back in this class, but he did showcase his versatility in 2018. Most projections have him listed as one of the best prospects at his position for this draft.While Sanders obviously won’t have any say in which team selects him in April, the Penn State product would have no issue playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his media session at the combine, Sanders expressed his appreciation for his hometown squad.From TribLive:“I would love to play for Mike Tomlin,” Sanders said Thursday at the NFL Combine. “I asked certain people on the Steelers staff how he is. They said he’s a cool dude, laid back. I know a lot of Pitt players who run into him at the facility. I’d be honored to play for the Steelers.”It’s not likely that Pittsburgh uses an early selection on Sanders due to their depth at the position. Although Le’Veon Bell is set to leave in free agency, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels have shown their ability to shine in an extended role.Nonetheless, it must be refreshing for the Steelers to hear top prospects want to join the franchise amidst all the drama taking place.Sanders will be on the field today in Indianapolis to participate in several drills alongside other running back prospects.[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]last_img read more

first_imgzoom BW LPG Limited has taken delivery of BW Gemini, the third Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) in its newbuilding program of eight VLGCs.The BW Gemini is partly financed by the USD 400 million loan facility agreement signed in February with KEXIM, DNB and SEB, as lending banks. “BW Gemini, the third newbuilding in this series of VLGCs is delivered to us from HHI on schedule at a time of buoyant market conditions. At 84,000 cubic meters, the vessel is optimised for loading out of the US terminals and will enable us to continue to enhance our scale and operating capability to our strong customer base,“BW LPG’s CCO, Andrew Hoare commented on the delivery.Including the BW Gemini, the company now owns and operates a fleet of 38 vessels on the water, comprising 22 owned VLGCs, 11 chartered-in VLGCs and five owned LGCs.BW LPG has 5 further newbuildings delivering through 2015 and 2016.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: The Gurugram municipal corporation has begun the ambitious target of making sure that lakhs of properties residential and commercial will now have an identity.The survey for the process has already started. If implemented well this will streamline the process of homeowners and shopowners to avail all the government services online. It is also expected to curtail the corrupt practices where a large number of residential units after getting the occupation certificate were converting into commercial units and inturn causing losses to the government exchequer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor the implementation of the process, the Municipal Corporation has begun the process of giving the circulars to the employees wherein it has urged the citizens to provide the relevant information pertaining to their properties. The process has been outsourced to the agency that will be taking the information from the residents. There will be no fee that will be levied in the process of gathering the information. “There is a requirement of transparency and the greater penetration of the internet and technology has made our lives easier in achieving this outcome. It will now be easy for the residents to track all the detail relating to their properties once this project is implemented fully,” said a senior official from MCG. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe project of giving each property in the city identification is seen as an extension of the process where every family in Haryana will also be given an I -card by the state government. Providing the detail of the project District Commissioner Amit Khatri said that a first of its project that is going to be implemented in any state Gurugram will be taking a lead. The senior public official highlighted that by issuing this I-card the government will be able to not only identify its residents better but it will also aid them in the dispensation of public services more effectively. Once implemented the official site that it will enable them to reduce pilferage in providing government services and also help them in getting to know the citizen needs and provide the services to them. The project which is just in its initial stages will contain more detail locally than what actually is provided in other forms of registration like the Aadhar. A pilot project has kickstarted with the participation and registration of public officials. “There is still a lot of corruption and problems of service delivery in government services. The state I card will be an effective medium in allowing us to know the citizens and thereby providing the services. These services will be for the use of the state government,” said a senior public official.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A member of the Canadian Forces has been charged with sexually assaulting another soldier during a training exercise in New Brunswick.National Defence says Cpl. George MacLeod of 36 Combat Engineer Regiment reserve unit in Sydney, N.S., was charged in relation to an alleged incident at Base Gagetown in August.The National Investigation Service offered no other details, saying only that the incident involved another member of the Armed Forces.MacLeod faces one count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code.The investigation service says the charge could go before a military court martial.last_img read more

first_imgGOOSE BAY, N.L. – Once frightened, lonely children who lost their culture and innocence rose in a standing ovation Friday as the prime minister at last said it for all Canadians: It was wrong, and we are sorry.“I humbly stand before you to offer a long-overdue apology,” Justin Trudeau said through tears. “To all of you, we are sorry.”Many of the 300 people gathered for the ceremony in Goose Bay bowed their heads and cried. Others tried to comfort those who sobbed openly.Trudeau offered the apology for beatings, sexual abuse, neglect and loss of Innu and Inuit language and culture at residential schools in the province. They were located in North West River, Makkovik, Cartwright and Nain — all in Labrador — and one in St. Anthony in northern Newfoundland.The International Grenfell Association ran three of the schools, while the Germany-based Moravian missionaries ran the other two.Trudeau said parents were promised their children would be cared for and would be safe.Instead, kids as young as five were isolated from their families and stripped of their identity. They were made to feel “irrelevant and inferior” and taught to be “ashamed of who they were and where they were from.”“The kind of thinking that led to the establishment of the residential school system and left deep scars for so many has no place in our society,” Trudeau said. “It was unacceptable then and it is unacceptable now.”The former students were left out of a compensation package and national apology in 2008 by former prime minister Stephen Harper. His Conservative government argued that Ottawa didn’t oversee those schools, but the Liberal government offered last year to settle a class-action lawsuit for $50 million.Toby Obed accepted the prime minister’s apology on behalf of former students.Approaching the stage, his arms raised in triumph, Obed yelled: “We got it!”“Because I come from a patient and forgiving culture I think it is proper for us to accept an apology from the Government of Canada,” he said.Obed led the almost decade-long legal fight for recognition. He was among 29 former students who were the only ones in Canada forced to testify in open court about what happened to them.“This apology is an important part of the healing,” Obed said, stopping at times to collect himself. “Today … we can finally feel a part of the community of survivors nationwide across Canada.”“And it’s in person, it was not on the news. We didn’t have to go out to them, they came to us,” he said to cheers from the crowd.Not everyone was ready to accept the gesture.Innu Nation leaders boycotted the event.“I’m not satisfied that Canada understands yet what it has done to Innu and what it is still doing,” Grand Chief Gregory Rich said in a statement late Thursday.It says Innu children were abused in Roman Catholic schools and in the homes of teachers and missionaries in Sheshatshiu and Davis Inlet. And it calls on Ottawa to be full participants in a provincial inquiry into how child welfare systems continue to split Innu families.Trudeau was also asked Friday about Indigenous residents who’ve faced arrest and jail time for peacefully protesting how the Muskrat Falls hydro dam under construction in the region could contaminate crucial wild foods.The prime minister said the apology is a sincere gesture toward lasting reconciliation but conceded there’s more work to be done.Miriam Saunders of Goose Bay, whose daughter Loretta was murdered in Halifax in 2014 by a man she had sublet her apartment to, said the scope of the class-action settlement caused deep hurt because of those it left out.She said her father and others who attended the schools before 1949 suffered too.“He was beaten,” she said, and later refused to teach her Inuktitut to spare her a similar fate.The $50-million class-action settlement reached with Ottawa last year did not include students who attended before Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949. Before then, it was a separate dominion.“The British government should be apologizing,” Saunders said.Memorial candles were also lit in honour of more than 120 former students who died waiting for a resolution.They glowed in front of a striking stage backdrop depicting a broken red heart rising to a whole heart on a silver grey seal skin. It is a piece called The Healing by Rigolet artist Inez Shiwak.Inuk elder Sarah Anala recalled crying into her pillow as a child in her dorm bed, mouth open so no one would hear her.She told of a prophesy that the deep troubles of her people would ease when once-outlawed drums were heard again.“The drum is back,” she said. “And who brought it back? Our youth.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgSASKATOON — A Saskatchewan scientist is telling a three bears story of a different kind.Doug Clark of the University of Saskatchewan says he’s got the first recorded proof of grizzly, black and polar bears all using the same habitat.Clark says the three kinds of bears are in Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba and there’s no evidence they are confronting each other.He says his team has video of all three species wandering through the same part of the park, sometimes within a few hours of each other.Clark suggests the situation is a result of grizzlies moving in from the North.He says it’s hard to know just exactly what’s driving the change and what its consequences are, but it’s likely to make a big difference in how bears are managed in the area. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The $12.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador is finally nearing completion, billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.But as the public is offered a final say at inquiry hearings Tuesday night in St. John’s and Aug. 8 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the province is still answering for a missed deadline on work intended to lessen the impact of methylmercury pollution on crucial food sources for downstream communities.The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s slow response to concerns over methylmercury is the latest in a string of disappointments for those who have been calling for action on the issue for years.“It’s not only a slap in the face, it makes you feel unwelcome in your own home,” Roberta Benefiel said of the missed deadline from Happy Valley-Goose Bay last week.Benefiel has represented the group Grand Riverkeeper Labrador at a provincial inquiry into the dam’s cost and schedule overruns. She’s one of many Labradorians who resent that the massive hydro dam on the Lower Churchill River, planned by political leaders hundreds of kilometres away, could restrict residents’ access to food.Methylmercury forms as vegetation rots underwater. Research has indicated that flooding the uncleared reservoir near the dam, scheduled to be complete by the fall, could cause an increase in levels of methylmercury in wild food sources used by local Indigenous communities.After revealing in June that his government had missed a deadline for “capping” to mitigate the effects of methylmercury after flooding, Liberal Premier Dwight Ball announced on July 23 that the $30 million set aside for the work would instead be paid out to three Indigenous governments in Labrador to improve “social and health benefits.”Capping involves covering vegetation and soil with a thick layer of material such as sandy clay to prevent the release of carbon that could contribute to a spike in methylmercury levels.Innu Nation and the NunatuKavut Community Council, representing about 6,000 southern Inuit in Labrador, recently signed deals with Nalcor Energy, the Crown corporation overseeing the project, to receive $10 million each.But the Nunatsiavut Government, which represents five Labrador Inuit communities, has not accepted the $10-million offer, maintaining through a spokesperson Monday that “compensation is not a form of mitigation.”Nunatsiavut’s firm stance was articulated in a July 22 release from its president, Johannes Lampe, calling on Premier Ball “in the spirit of reconciliation” to halt the flooding or impoundment, currently scheduled to begin Aug. 7, until the issue has been addressed.“We are extremely disappointed with how the premier has handled the whole Muskrat Falls fiasco,” Lampe’s statement read. “He has repeatedly betrayed our trust by refusing to address our concerns, opting instead to place the health, culture and way of life of Labrador Inuit at risk.”However, Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich questioned Nunatsiavut’s research.“Innu Nation has closely examined all the science, including Nunatsiavut Government’s own studies,” Rich said in a statement. “They have been found lacking and other scientists have proven them wrong — it’s time to accept that.”The NunatuKavut Community Council, which in 2016 had echoed Nunatsiavut’s concerns about the methylmercury risk, last week posted a special update on its website along with the text of a July 17 agreement signed with Nalcor executives.“While this agreement was unexpected, NCC will ensure that the funds are used in a tangible way to address the needs and priorities of our people and communities,” the update read.Long-held fears over methylmercury contamination from Muskrat Falls have sparked protests and more than a dozen arrests. As tensions mounted at the dam site in October 2016, a meeting between Ball and Indigenous leaders ended with the establishment of an independent expert advisory committee to monitor the project.In April 2018, all four voting members of that committee recommended that Nalcor cap the wetlands before impoundment.But despite the premier’s declared intentions to follow through on capping, it never happened. The public learned during the Muskrat Falls inquiry last month that experts had informed the government last winter that carrying out the work would further delay the project.Nalcor now says impoundment will begin on Aug. 7, with a target of raising water levels to 39 metres from the current 24.5 metres by the end of September.Ball, who is also minister for intergovernmental and Indigenous affairs, has maintained that while he wanted the capping done, the process would have had little impact on methylmercury levels. He has also cited regular surveys of water and sediment that indicate methylmercury levels remain safe after the flooding that has happened so far.Progressive Conservative member Lela Evans of Labrador has criticized Ball for breaking her constituents’ trust and putting their food at risk of poisoning.“A government is supposed to protect its people, its lands and its wildlife,” Evans said in the House of Assembly on July 23. “Due to the incompetence of this Liberal government, all three are now at risk.”In response, Minister of Environment Lisa Dempster addressed the “extreme messaging” around methylmercury. Dempster said in the House of Assembly that the idea people will be poisoned is “absolutely false.”Dempster said monitoring of methylmercury levels will continue, suggesting food advisories might be issued if levels become too high.Ryan Calder, a scholar of human health and resource development at Duke University, co-authored the 2016 Harvard University study that focused attention on the issue of methylmercury at Muskrat Falls.Calder said in an e-mail to The Canadian Press that the effects of consuming methylmercury, such as hyperactivity and neuro-developmental impairment in children and cardiovascular health risks in adults, are highly individualized, and some people will be more sensitive than others.A 2018 follow-up study Calder co-authored concluded that reducing consumption of traditional foods rich in nutrients and vitamins could increase other health risks, including cardiovascular mortality. That means there is a “risks tradeoff” if food advisories steer people away from traditional foods like trout and seal because of the methylmercury risk.“People’s responses to these advisories are very unpredictable,” he said. “Even focused advisories have resulted in overall reduction of fish consumption.”Benefiel, for her part, questions why the promoters of a project that has seen one delay after another could not budge on the deadline for wetland capping.“Have you ever seen them meet a hard deadline yet?” she asked.She said the capping work would have shown Labradorians their health is worth a little extra time.“If you at least do the capping and take some of the soil out, that means people in Rigolet and people downstream will rest easier,” Benefiel said.“It might repair some of the feelings that people have about these people who run our province.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgToday, one half of the Hairy Bikers Dave Myers helps launch Oxfam’s new good enough to eat report, fresh from his trip to Cambodia where he visited the charities projects to help boost food security.On his first trip with the charity, Myers visited a rural village where Oxfam has been training local farmers to use a new method of rice cultivation. This method uses less seed and labour but produces more rice. Oxfam has been working closely with women associations in Cambodia to provide new skills and opportunities to inspire business start-ups. Myers visited one particular project where the charity has given women leaders mobile phones to access and share free information on market prices and weather conditions so they know when to plant and harvest their crops. The biker spoke to a woman who has used this method to initiate her own mushroom business with other women in the local community.Myers said: “During this trip I was able to see for myself how the simplest of solutions can have a positive ripple effect to individuals, their communities and beyond. I spoke to a farmer, using traditional methods all his life, now so convinced by the positive results of these new ways that he is spreading the word to others. I spoke to inspirational women, who with the help they have received have been able to grow their own businesses. They are now ambitious to expand and feel empowered in their local communities. All of the people I spoke to told me how far-reaching this support has been, with this extra income enabling them to send their children to school, opening up their future life choices.”One in three people in Cambodia drink dirty water, with an average family spending up to half of their income on medicines. On the last day of his trip, Myers visited one of Oxfam’s water and sanitation projects in Kratie province. Here the charity has been supporting women entrepreneurs to produce affordable clean water and improve hygiene practices, which has helped raise the status of women, reduce poverty and the spread of water born diseases.Myers continued: “I’ve been really inspired by what I have seen on this trip. It is amazing to be able to witness firsthand how far my donation goes with Oxfam, providing people with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty and change their lives for good.”The Cambodia trip was organised as part of the Good Enough to Eat index, launching today. It is the first of its kind, comparing data from 125 countries to create a global snapshot of the different challenges people face in getting the food they need to eat. The index comes at a time when one in eight people in the world go hungry despite there being enough to feed everyone, and highlights how distribution and prices are important factors. It brings together data on whether people have enough to eat, can afford to eat, the quality of food and the health outcomes of people’s diet.Overall The Netherlands, followed by France and Switzerland in joint second are the best places for people to eat in the index, while Chad is the worst followed by Angola then Ethiopia. The UK is among the worst performers in Western Europe on whether citizens can afford to eat, sharing 21st position with Cyprus and with only Austrians and Icelanders fairing worse.In Cambodia, ranked 89th lowest overall on the index, Myers saw how Oxfam is working worldwide to provide long-term solutions that will help people grow enough food to eat and make a living.This trip and the Good Enough to Eat index follows the launch of Oxfam’s new fundraising campaign Lift Lives for Good, which aims to show how simple solutions on the ground can bring lasting change to individuals and in turn their communities and beyond. The campaign is also calling for action on two major challenges that can exacerbate food poverty – inequality and climate change.Oxfam is calling on UK public support – however small – to help it lift lives for good. To donate £4 text LIFT to 70064 or click here for more read more

Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that.There are a few retirement-related bills of note making their way through Congress. One in particular, the Secure Act, gained significant traction this week. The House voted to approve it Thursday and it is widely expected to move forward in the Senate. Some experts are saying it is one the most important potential changes to retirement rules seen in years.___WHAT IS IT?The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, known as Secure Act, is designed to help more people save more for retirement.Its highlights include a provision to make it easier for small businesses to band together to offer retirement plans to employees. It also opens the door for long-term part-time employees to gain access to workplace retirement plans. It would raise the age that Americans must start drawing from retirement savings, known as the required minimum distribution age, from 70 1/2 to 72, as people are living and working longer. It also provides more years for people to contribute to individual retirement accounts, for the same reason.Additionally, it creates new rules that could expand lifetime-income options within workplace plans, such as annuities, to help people establish reliable stream of income in retirement. It would also make it easier for employees to transfer retirement plan assets when they change jobs.There are other notable components, such as allowing employees to withdraw savings penalty free for the birth or adoption of a child. And it would fix a component of the 2017 tax overhaul that raised taxes on benefits received by family members of deceased military veterans, as well as taxes on some students and members of Native American tribes.___WHY DOES IT MATTER?Americans are facing a major retirement savings crisis.Almost half of U.S. households led by someone 55 or older had not set aside savings for retirement, according to a report released in March by the Government Accountability Office. About 20% of households did have access to a pension or other defined benefit plan. But 29% of older Americans had neither a pension nor assets in another retirement account.It’s a complex problem, driven in part by a shift away from traditional pensions toward a do-it-yourself savings system.Research has shown one of the most effective ways to get people to save is through access to a workplace retirement plan. But millions of Americans do not have access to such plans, particularly at small businesses where the cost and complexity hinders some companies from establishing one.So this legislation is important because it removes some of those barriers, said Phil Waldeck, president of Prudential Retirement. The legislation would eliminate other hurdles that keep other people from saving in other settings.It’s not a cure all but experts say it’s a step in the right direction.Rhian Horgan, founder and CEO of Kindur, a startup that aims to help people navigate retirement, said she thinks it is “the most meaningful piece of retirement-focused legislation we’ve seen in decades.”___WHAT’S NEXT?The bill was approved in the House with a 417-3 vote and now goes to the Senate. Given the overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and among industry leaders, it’s likely to move forward, said Elizabeth Kelly, senior vice-president of operations at United Income, who once worked as the special assistant to the president on the National Economic Council under the Obama administration.There is a similar Senate bill, known as the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, but the Secure Act has many of the same provisions. But even the backers of the Senate bill spoke out in favour of the Secure act Thursday, suggesting its passage is likely. The bill would then head to the president.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

4 June 2010Fighting continues to wrack the Somali capital with another 17,000 residents displaced in just the past two months, United Nations humanitarian agencies reported today, voicing concern that children are particularly suffering from the ongoing violence. A quarter of the nearly 1400 casualties recorded by three of the main hospitals in Mogadishu between late March and late last month were children under the age of five, UN World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Paul Garwood told journalists in Geneva.Many of the other casualties are women, and at least 31 people have died from their injuries, Mr. Garwood said.“The fact that children account for so many of the weapon-related injuries remains a key concern,” he added.Somalia has not had a functioning national government in two decades and the current Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is involved in fighting with Islamist rebels and related insurgent groups. Mogadishu, the capital, remains one of the areas hardest hit by the violence.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that an estimated 17,100 residents have been displaced since the start of April. About 6,900 have fled the city entirely while the other 10,200 have moved to relatively calmer neighbourhoods.The continued fighting has led to outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea, and Mr. Garwood said WHO was working with partner organizations to try to control the outbreaks through the use of medicines. The agency is also training local surgeons in trauma care.Last month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an international conference on Somalia, held in the Turkish city of Istanbul, that the international community must act quickly to end the crisis in the Horn of Africa nation or the violence may expand to the country’s neighbours and beyond. read more

first_imgTHE EMBATTLED CEO of the Limerick City of Culture programme has resigned.Patricia Ryan, who was once a €150,000 a year adviser to former Health Minister Mary Harney, announced her resignation today, just days after the project’s artistic director stepped down.Ryan, who had also been an adviser to Pat Cox, the chairman of the board of Limerick City of Culture, was appointed in October.The appointment became the subject of scrutiny after it emerged the position had not been advertised.Ryan said that the speculation had ‘undermined her authority’.“The speculation and commentary surrounding the events of recent days has regrettably compromised my authority and capacity to continue leading this project,” she said.“It is important that a suitable successor is appointed to lead out on the next important phase and ensure the delivery of the programme and the project which is so vital to the rebranding of Limerick. I would like to pay particular tribute to the exceptionally hard working team of people in City of Culture that I have worked alongside on this project. Their dedication, diligence and commitment will ensure the continued success of this project.“I wish the Limerick National City of Culture 2014 project every success and as a proud Limerick woman will continue to offer it my support.”Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan praised Ryan’s work and said it was important to ‘move on in a calm and measured way’.Read: Arts Minister read about Limerick City of Culture resignation ‘in the paper’last_img read more