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first_imgHeart-rending scenes were witnessed in Mohammadpur Bhuria village of Udham Singh Nagar district as slain CRPF jawan Virendra Singh’s three-year-old son lit his funeral pyre on Saturday.People flocked to Singh’s residence this morning to pay their last respects to the soldier who lost his life in the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday. Prominent among those who attended the funeral and gave their shoulders to Singh’s coffin were Union Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta, Uttarakhand minister Yashpal Arya and Khatima MLA Pushkar Singh Dhami. CRPF jawans fired three rounds in the air to pay their last respects to the 35-year-old, the youngest son of Diwan Singh. Virendra Singh had rejoined his duties in Jammu and Kashmir only last week after a brief vacation at home for 20 days.Union minister Ajay Tamta announced a compensation of ₹25 lakh and a government job to Singh’s family. Markets in Khatima, Chakarpur and Jhankat kept their shutters down.Ex-Army men held a procession in Khatima where they raised anti-Pakistan slogans.last_img read more

first_imgTeam India would begin their ICC World Twenty20 2012 campaign with a warm-up match against hosts Sri Lanka on Saturday. Going into the championship with a loss against New Zealand, India have not quite built up to the big event in a desired fashion. Their bowling lacked potency in the final overs, while the batsmen too failed to chase a modest target despite several wickets in hand. However, they would look at the practice match against the hosts as an ideal opportunity to test out not just their combinations, but also the Lankan conditions. Sri Lanka on the other hand, warmed up for the tournament with a convincing nine wicket win over the West Indies, whom many have touted as one of the favourites owing to their explosive talent. But the Lankans outplayed the Windies convincingly chasing an easy target of 134 with 4 overs to spare. Sri Lanka’s batting worked like a charm in the match announcing themselves before the tournament begins.last_img read more

first_imgDealing in detail the issue of one state-one vote, the Dealing in detail the issue of one state-one vote, the court seconded the recommendation saying “…This is a measure which has been recommended with a view to structurally streamlining the BCCI to make it more responsive and accountable having regard to the aspiration of different regions for an equal opportunity to participate in the growth and promotion of the game in the country…”It then dealt with the facts that states like Gujarat and Maharashtra have three cricket associations each which are full-fledged members of BCCI and said “the only reasonable and rational answer to the problem within the broad principle of One State-One Vote would be to allow the full membership of BCCI to rotate among the three clubs on an annual basis”.”…Some of the clubs/associations, if not all are the founding members of BCCI. That being so, a balance has to be struck with historical reality and the need for adopting a pragmatic, uniform and principled approach aimed at reforming and rationalising BCCI?s structural edifice.”The recommendation made by the Committee to the extent it provides for one vote for each state is unexceptionable nor should there be any compromise with what is proposed as a reformative measure…,” the bench said.It further said, “We see no merit in that contention nor do we see any reason to disagree with the recommendation made by the committee, who has upon a thorough consideration of all facts and circumstances relevant to the working of the BCCI, recommended the conversion of the clubs and associations without a territory from full members to associate members.advertisement”This is a measure which has been recommended with a view to structurally streamlining the BCCI to make it more responsive and accountable having regard to the aspiration of different regions for an equal opportunity to participate in the growth and promotion of the game in the country.”The apex court favoured the suggestions that the status of clubs and boards like Railways Sports Promotion Board, Association of Indian Universities, Services Sports Control Board, National Cricket Club (Kolkata) and Cricket Club of India (Bombay) be not considered as full members as “they do not represent any geographical territory”.(MORE) PTI MNL SJK RKS VSClast_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi ‘I had no doubt Messi would be the best in the world’ – former Masia colleague Botia Ignasi Oliva Gispert Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Lionel Messi, Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Olympiakos Piraeus v Barcelona Olympiakos Piraeus UEFA Champions League The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s success is no shock for an old academy friend, who was in awe of La Pulga even when the pair were teenagers Lionel Messi’s former colleague at La Masia, Alberto Botia, has revealed it came as no surprise to him to see the Argentine conquer the world of football. Botia came through the famous Barcelona youth academy two years after Messi, making his first-team bow in 2009. Barcelona 13/2 to win CL 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 defender found starting opportunities at Camp Nou hard to come by, however, and eventually ended up in Greece with Olympiacos by way of spells at Sporting Gijon, Sevilla and Elche. Botia will now be tasked with keeping Messi quiet when the two teams lock horns in Tuesday’s Champions League clash, but he has lost none of his admiration for La Pulga over the years. “I grew up watching Messi every week, when he was playing with the Under-19 and U-16 teams, I was younger and I attended almost all his games,” the 28-year-old explained to Goal ahead of the tie.”I never had a doubt he was about to become the best of the world.”Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaTuesday’s game will also mean a further reunion for Botia’s Olympiacos team-mates. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is fondly remembered in Athens after two separate spells with the Greek giants, during which he lifted the Super Liga on three occasions. “Valverde left everyone happy in Olympiacos and that is very hard to do, everyone speaks about him,” he added, while admitting he is under no illusions as to the challenge that awaits his team.”The game in Greece could be so different than the Camp Nou one (a game Barcelona won 3-1). We are in front of our supporters and we must be very intense, we know that. “How to stop Messi is the question all defenders who face him ask themselves each week, he is a top one but I think it would be a mistake focusing only on him, we are worried about all Barcelona players.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd make Kroos top target Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Toni Kroos Getty Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd make Kroos top targetManchester United have identified Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos as their top target for the summer transfer window, reports The Independent .Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will be in the market for a new midfielder, as Michael Carrick prepares to head into retirement.Kroos is considered to be the ideal candidate to fill that role, with the World Cup winner having been a long-standing target for those at Old Trafford. 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 Reds to reward ManeSadio Mane LiverpoolLiverpool are ready to put improved terms to Sadio Mane, according to the Liverpool Echo.His current deal is already set to run until 2021, but the Reds are prepared to discuss a new deal after seeing the Senegalese star become a key figure alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Asensio has English offersMarco Asensio Real Madrid BetisChelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all put offers to Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, reports Diario Gol .The 22-year-old has sparked transfer talk as he struggles for regular starts amid fierce competition at Santiago Bernabeu.Malcom move expectedMalcom BordeauxArsenal and Tottenham have seen the transfer path cleared in their ongoing pursuit of Malcom, with Bordeaux boss Gustavo Poyet confirming that the Brazilian is likely to leave in the near future.The highly-rated 20-year-old became a much sought-after asset during the winter transfer window, with two north London rivals marking him out as a top target.Find out what his current boss has had to say on his future here. Sandro shrugs off transfer talkAlex Sandro JuventusAlex Sandro claims to have ignored links to Chelsea and Manchester United, with Juventus having fended off the regular rounds of transfer talk.Interest from the Blues first emerged in the summer of 2017, with Antonio Conte reported to be in the market for a new left-back, while the Red Devils were reported to have joined the chase by January.Here is what the Brazilian full-back has had to say on the rumours. Lewandowski ignoring Real rumoursRobert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski has reiterated his full commitment to Bayern Munich as he continues to ignore links to Real Madrid.The prolific Poland international is among those who continue to be mentioned as possible additions during a summer overhaul at Santiago Bernabeu.Read the full story on Goal. Ronaldo wants Kane at MadridHarry Kane TottenhamCristiano Ronaldo has given his blessing to Real Madrid to make a move for Tottenham star Harry Kane, reports Don Balon .Karim Benzema looks set to leave the club this summer, and Ronaldo sees the Spurs striker as the perfect replacement. Neymar to stay with PSGNeymar Real Madrid PSG Champions League 14022018Neymar has made a decision on his future and will stay with PSG even if the club are eliminated from the Champions League, according to Telefoot .The Brazilian has been rumoured to be on the move to Madrid in the summer, but has decided that his future rests with the French club for the long term.   Barca looking at part-swap for Griezmann Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona are hoping to reduce the money spent on Antoine Griezmann by offering a player in part-exchange, according to Don Balon .The Spanish giants are worried about FFP regulations, and paying the €100m release clause for the French striker, on top of the amount spent for Philippe Coutinho, could leave the club in trouble. Barca would like to buy down the release clause by sending a player the other way, with Ousmane Dembele, Andre Gomes and Gerard Deulofeu among the candidates. Ancelotti not interested in PSGCarlo Ancelotti Bayern MunichCarlos Ancelotti is not interested in taking over as PSG manager and has his heart set on a return to the Premier League, according to the Mirror . The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss would be interested in a return to the Blues, but is keen on taking over for Arsenal after Arsene Wenger leaves the club. Roma eye Alisson replacement AlissonRoma are looking at Swedish goalkeeper Marko Johansson as a possible replacement for Alisson in the summer, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio . Brazilian Alisson has been linked to some of the top clubs in Europe and is expected to hold talks with the Serie A side this summer over his future. Pardew given two gamesAlan PardewWest Brom boss Alan Pardew has been given two games to save his job by club owner Guochuan Lai, reports The Sun .  Poor results have piled up and the club was also hit with Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore being involved in an alleged theft of a taxi in Barcelona. The club’s owner was furious with “taxi-gate” and has now given the manager just two matches to save his job. Leicester eye Benfica double swoopAndre AlmeidaLeicester City are monitoring Benfica stars Andre Almeida and Rafa Silva, according to Record and O Jogo (via the Leicester Mercury ). Both defender Almeida and winger Silva were linked with moves to the Foxes in the winter window, and the Lisbon outlets report that scouts from the Premier League side returned to have another look at the duo. Madrid prepare massive De Bruyne bidKevin De Bruyne Manchester CityReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to smash the club transfer record with a €200 million offer for Kevin De Bruyne, claims Don Balon .The Manchester City midfielder has been in sparkling form this season, spearheading the club’s march to the Premier League summit. And while Madrid do not lack for talent in the engine room, Perez is desperate to see one of the world’s best midfielders pull on the Blancos shirt and is willing to pay big money for the privilege.  Colorado Rapids want Wolves strikerJoe Mason Republic of Ireland 2011The Colorado Rapids are looking to bring in Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Joe Mason, reports the Birmingham Mail .The Rapids landed Jack Price from Wolverhampton in January and, with MLS’ window still open, are now hoping to move for the 26-year-old. Madrid to offer £100m plus Bale for HazardEden Hazard, Chelsea, 17/18 Real Madrid are set to offer £100m plus Gareth Bale to Chelsea in an attempt to land Eden Hazard, reports the Express .The Spanish giants have made the Belgian their top target for the summer, and the 27-year-old is yet to sign a new deal with the Blues. And Los Blancos are now willing to part with former Tottenham star Bale and a massive amount of cash in order to get a deal done.  Inter & AC Milan want Balotelli backMario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018Inter and AC Milan are looking to lure Mario Balotelli back to San Siro from Nice this summer,  The Sun  reports.The striker has been impressive again this season, netting twice on Thursday as they Nice 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie — taking his tally to 21 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.However, the Italian’s time in Ligue 1 has not been all smooth, as was shown last week when he was given a yellow card for complaining to the referee about racist abuse coming from the crowd .Balotelli has been linked with a return to Italy already, with Juventus said to be looking for a way to sign him, but he could opt for a more familiar club, with both Milan clubs interested. 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first_imgThere may be more departures from Arsenal this summer, admits Josh Kroenke, but the club are also planning to discuss new contracts with key players and manager Unai Emery when the time is right.A busy Premier League transfer window for the Gunners saw a number of fresh faces brought on board, including £72 million ($87m) club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.To counter the arrivals, a number of players have also been moved on – either on loan or in permanent deals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It is possible that more exits will be sanctioned before deadlines pass around the world, with there still a number of figures on the fringes of the fold that could be deemed surplus to requirements.Kronke, Arsenal board member and son of club owner Stan, told BBC Sport when asked about possible outgoings: “I would defer to our football operations staff but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that’s via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on. I’ll leave that to our football operations staff.”While expecting there to be movement out of Emirates Stadium in the near future, Kroenke is aware of the need to ensure that prized assets are not allowed to head for the exits.Arsenal have seen a number of players run down their deals in recent years, with there now a desire on their part to avoid any repeats.Kroenke added: “That’s 100 per cent on our football operations department, but I would say whatever we’re doing we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to be decisive, and we’re going to communicate well and honestly through it all.“So from a player’s perspective, whether it’s good or bad news I think the best thing you can do is be honest with the player because they’ve only got a limited window where they can be at their physical peak. I would defer to all the [football operations staff] on all the contract decisions because I think they’re pretty good at it.”One contract that will need addressing at some stage is that of head coach Emery, with Kroenke having been impressed by the job overseen by the Spaniard since succeeding the legendary Arsene Wenger.“I think he’s doing a great job, has done a great job and is doing a great job,” said Kroenke.“Turning the page from such a legendary manager and figure as Arsene – not only at Arsenal but in European football – was always going to be a difficult page to turn and as a club I think we’ve turned it as elegantly as we could.“I think Unai’s daily approach is fantastic. He’s out there on the pitch, he’s working, he’s watching video, he’s communicating and his daily energy and devotion to his work is fantastic, it’s exactly what we need.”last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Connecticut-based tanker shipping company Diamond S Shipping has decided to sell two of its 2008-built medium-range (MR) product carriers as part of its fleet renewal efforts.The company has agreed to dispose of the Atlantic Aquarius and Atlantic Leo.As informed, the 50,000 dwt vessels are expected to be delivered in the third quarter or early the following quarter.Diamond S Shipping said it would recognize a non-cash charge of about USD 9.5 million per vessel this quarter. The company expects to the sale to generate liquidity of about USD 12 million in aggregate after repayment of outstanding debt and settlement of working capital.Based in Greenwich, the tanker company has been formed following a merger between DSS Holdings and Capital Product Partners. The merger, worth about USD 1.65 billion, was completed in March this year.Diamond S Shipping owns and operates 68 vessels, including 15 Suezmax vessels, one Aframax and 52 MR product tankers.last_img read more

first_imgCONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch The following roads in Lower Branch have alternating lane closures until Monday, July 31, for repaving: INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Town of Yarmouth for about 6.9 kilometres to Exit 34 at Hebron, is reduced to one lane for road work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Signs and traffic control people are on site. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Birch Hill Drive, in Conquerall Mills near Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for about half a kilometre for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Hirtle Beach Road to the end of the parking lot at Hirtle Beach, in Kingsburg has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Asylum Bridge Asylum Bridge on West Mabou Road, Mabou, is closed for repairs until Friday June 30. A detour is on Hunters Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, near Whycocomagh, is reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. The lane reduction starts 3.7 kilometres west of Exit 4 and continues for 8.4 kilometres west. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control personnel will be on site. John Arnold Avenue, from Harris Drive for about 300 metres to Owen Drive Harris Drive from John Arnold Avenue for 100 metres to Glendale Avenue –Glendale Avenue (paved section only) for 600 metres. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Danesville Danesville Loop, from the Queens-Lunenburg county line for 2.5 kilometres to Highway 103, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, in Upper Branch, north of Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for 4.6 kilometres for repaving until Monday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Panchayats and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee said during his Budget speech in the Assembly on Monday that the toll-free number 180020200864 has already been introduced, where the beneficiaries of various development schemes can register their complaints if they face any difficulties while availing the facilities.The minister told the House that the mechanism has already been made operational in the districts, where the beneficiaries can lodge their complaints. The district administration will take prompt action if there is any complaint relating to the schemes. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDuring his speech, the minister also said that 100 day works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have been increased in the state. The Bengal government has secured first position by creating the maximum number of jobs in the state. In 2017-18, the state government generated as high as 31.25 crore person-days, whereas in the last financial year, the department created 21.64 crore person-days till November 2018, which is the highest in the country with Andhra Pradesh securing second place with 18.46 crore person-days. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the last financial year, the state government released Rs 2,161.35 crore for the implementation of the programme. For the current financial year, the budgetary allocation has been increased up to Rs 6,219.50 crore. Mukherjee told the Assembly that the Bengal government has also set an example by constructing roads. He said that in the last one year, around 5,000 km of roads have been constructed. Work has been initiated to build around 2,527 km more in the current year. Taking a dig at the CPI(M) MLAs, the minister said that no significant steps had been taken in this regard by the erstwhile Left Front government. Mukherjee also responded to the CPI(M) MLAs who were shouting inside the Assembly on the cut money issue, saying that roads in various stretches used to remain in bad shape during the Left Front regime. The minister also reminded them that no tangible development had taken place during the Left Front regime and accused CPI(M) of lending support to the BJP. “Their protest against BJP is just show-off,” alleged the minister. He also said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed the department to uplift the socio-economic condition of people in the villages. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, the department has ensured that 8 crore people in villages can avail the benefits of various government schemes. Mukherjee again criticised the previous Left Front government, saying that they used to tell the Centre that the construction of roads was completed and therefore no funds were required for the same.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Waste management authorities have ruled out one part of northern Ontario as a suitable site for a bunker to store used, but highly radioactive, nuclear-reactor fuel rods.In a statement on Wednesday, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization said the Elliot Lake and Blind River area between the cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie are out of the running.“Technical studies and engagement with people in the area identified a number of factors that would pose challenges in siting a repository,” the organization said. “These include complexities associated with the geology, limited access and rugged terrain, and low potential to develop the breadth of partnerships needed to implement the project.”Three other communities in northern Ontario remain as potential sites: Ignace about 250 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Manitouwadge, about 395 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, and Hornepayne, about 480 kilometres east of Thunder Bay.The other two remaining potential sites — South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss — are close to the Bruce nuclear reactor on the Lake Huron shoreline near Kincardine, Ont., site of a long and ongoing battle by Ontario Power Generation to win approval for a deep geologic repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste.Dan Marchisella, mayor of Elliot Lake, expressed disappointment at the exclusion of his community after five years, calling it a “huge potential loss” for the entire district.The former mining town, once known as the uranium capital of the world, felt that putting itself forward was the responsible thing to do given the vexing question of how best to safely store waste that remains toxic for thousands of years, he said.“The footprint of that geology they were looking for is not large enough,” Marchisella said in an interview. “It’s very difficult to access that area.”The hunt for a place to permanently store used nuclear fuel rods — about 2.7 million bundles currently exist — began in earnest in 2010, with 22 communities expressing interest. The dangerous material is currently stored in pools of water or in vaults on site at reactors in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Manitoba. The envisaged repository would be about 500 metres underground.“The decision to narrow our focus is part of an ongoing, rigorous process to identify a single, safe site in an area with an informed and willing host and strong potential for the partnerships that will be required to implement the project,” said Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, a vice-president with the waste-management organization.While the organization expects to be able to choose its preferred site by about 2023, winning any approval for an underground bunker is likely to go years beyond that date if Ontario Power Generation’s odyssey is anything to go by.The utility took years to win tentative approval in 2015 to build a bunker at the Bruce site near Lake Huron for material that is far less toxic than nuclear fuel rods but has made little progress since.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is now waiting for Indigenous communities in the area to weigh in — a process likely to take at least another year. In addition, scores of communities around the Great Lakes have decried any suggestion the site so close to the lake is suitable — paving the way for what could be years of court battles.In defence of its choice, Ontario Power Generation has said transporting radioactive material to long distances to a storage site would only add costs and increase the risk of toxic releases.Marchisella, who said nuclear material already moves safely up and down Canada’s highways every day, did express concern at storing waste anywhere near a Great Lake, as OPG is proposing for its facility.“As the planet gets warmer, we know that water levels continue to rise,” Marchisella said. “So when you look at the northern communities further up north, we’re higher up in altitude.”To ease the pain of rejection, the waste organization said it would make up to $600,000 available to Blind River, Elliot Lake and Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, and another $300,000 for Spanish and the North Shore for community projects.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The validity of a law against luring a child into sexual activity via the internet and its one-year mandatory minimum sentence will now be decided by Canada’s top court.In a decision Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear appeals of a lower court ruling that struck down part of the law and the minimum punishment it calls for as unconstitutional.The earlier ruling was the latest in a string of court decisions that have struck down tough-on-crime provisions enacted by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper.The current case involves Douglas Morrison, a Toronto-area man in his late 60s who posted an ad on Craigslist in 2013: “Daddy looking for his little girl to meet and have some fun with him.”Morrison, a golf-course groundskeeper in a long-term common-law relationship, ended up having sexually explicit conversations by computer with “Mia,” who was in fact a police officer claiming to be a 14-year-old girl, according to court records. He suggested at one point they meet up, but that didn’t happen.Police charged him with child luring via computer.At trial, Morrison said he believed Mia was an adult woman and that they were engaged in role-playing. Craigslist rules required users to be 18 or older. He also attacked the constitutionality of the law for presuming an accused knows a victim is underage — unless they can show they took reasonable steps to find out otherwise.Ontario court judge George Gage ruled part of the law unconstitutional — for imposing a presumption of guilt — but upheld the requirement for an accused to try to check the age of the other person.Gage convicted Morrison in January 2015, saying there was no need to presume him guilty. Instead, he found Morrison had failed to take steps to verify how old Mia actually was.The judge then refused to sentence the man of otherwise unblemished character to the one-year minimum on the grounds that it would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Gage imposed a four-month term and probation as more appropriate in the circumstances.Morrison and the prosecution both appealed. He argued the verdict was unreasonable given his position on the age-verification requirement of the law. The Crown argued the law was designed to protect vulnerable children and its minimum sentence was constitutional. It wanted an even stiffer penalty.In July, Ontario’s top court sided with Gage, saying that forcing courts to impose at least a 12-month jail term would be abhorrent and intolerable to Canadians in some cases. Doing so would result in sentences “grossly disproportionate for some individuals,” the Appeal Court said.“The disparity between the one-year mandatory minimum and what would otherwise be a fit and appropriate sentence for Morrison is sufficient to meet the high bar of gross disproportionality.”The court also found the offence itself to be constitutional, despite agreeing the section that presumes an accused knew a victim was underage also violated the Constitution.The Supreme Court will likely hear the case — both the government and Morrison are appealing — late next year.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba First Nations members flooded out of their homes for their past 17 months continued their protests against what they say are unfair cuts to their disaster assistance.One of their leaders is threatening to sue over what allegedly was decades of intentional flooding.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

first_imgCHARLE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Conservation Society (CLCS) is hosting Discover Curious Critters at Charlie Lake this Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at the Beatton Provincial Park.Join the CLCS and Student Rangers from 9 am to 3 pm at the park to dip net at the beach, do crafts and view displays. The Charlie Lake Conservation Society said “this event will encourage kids and their families to explore some of the creatures in and around Charlie Lake. We will be doing some netting and looking at the fish, plants and other critters. There will be displays and crafts.”last_img read more

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 60.71 points to 15,341.93.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 164.90 points to 21,475.56.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 23.22 points to 2,442.60.The Nasdaq composite index gained 80.51 points to 6,227.13.The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.69 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 75.83 cents US.

Corrao proposed that before the next elections Sri Lanka must adopt a new electoral law that will set the framework for the electoral commission, improve accessibility to polling stations for people with reduced mobility and increase the presence of senior presiding officer positions for women on election day. The EU observers said that the overall evaluation is that the election was very well organised. However the EU delegation took note of the low presence of female candidates according to international standards.“We recommend that efforts are made so that more female candidates are nominated and elected next time,” the EU election observers said.The EU said it attaches great importance to its partnership with Sri Lanka. The EU financial support to Sri Lanka will amount to over EUR 210 million from 2014 to 2020. Sri Lanka will also additionally benefit from regional and global funds. (Colombo Gazette) “Now is the time to seize the opportunity for a complete reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” Ignazio Corrao said.On election day, the EU election observers observed voting in Colombo, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kandy and Jaffna, from the opening to the closure of activities, and the vote count. Meanwhile, Ignazio Corrao, Chair of the European Parliament Election Observation Delegation for the Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka, said that the election was seen as the most peaceful elections in Sri Lanka in a long time. European Union (EU) election observers today said that they were satisfied with the manner in which Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya carried out his duties during the Parliamentary election.Chief Observer Cristian Preda, a Member of the European Parliament, said that Deshapriya had particularly handled the State media in a commendable manner. read more

Hundreds of kids were getting messy for a good cause. Kids and even some parents took part in the fourth annual National Puddle Day at homestead park in Mount Hope. For the event, kids jumped in puddles to honour children whose lives were cut short. The event was set up after four-year-old Matthew Chatelain was killed in an accident nearly 4 years ago.“Every year we do this big event,” says Jason Freeman, Matthew’s uncle, “it’s a great way to remember him and how much fun he loved to play in puddles and how happy he was all time.”Event organizers were also collecting donations and rubber boots for the Bereaved Families of Ontario. This year they hope to collect eight hundred pairs of boots. read more

Debra Ives, director of operations, said: “A lot of people sleeping rough don’t have the basic items needed to survive on the streets in hot temperatures.”As a result, we’re calling on the public to donate things like sun cream, water, and sun hats, to help those at risk in the coming months.”People can either offer them directly, or donate them to a shelter or charity.” Send us your heatwave pictures  Weather map for Thursday and week ahead Health warnings have been issued amid a continuing heatwave, with temperatures hitting 31.9C (89.4F) in Wales – making Wednesday the hottest day of the year so far as the heatwave continues.Porthmadog in north-west Wales beat its own record of 30.8C (87.4F) recorded on Tuesday, and the Met Office warned that temperatures were still rising, meaning the record could be broken once again within the next 24 hours.Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning saying the extreme heat might pose a risk to the most vulnerable.The Met Office’s heat-health watch alert is currently at level two, meaning social and healthcare services are at the ready to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.Parts of the UK are hotter than Athens in Greece, and on a par with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Rio in Brazil.A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The temperature seen at Porthmadog will not necessarily be the highest today but it is the record so far this year.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We may see some thunderstorms on Sunday or Monday but nothing’s certain. But we can expect these sorts of high temperatures to be reached certainly until Saturday.”PHE said the over-65s, young children and those with health conditions are the most vulnerable in hot weather as it encouraged people to look out for each other.Dr Thomas Waite, of PHE, said: “It’s vitally important that we keep an eye on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk, and chances are we’ll all know someone, if we’re all going to stay well this summer.Homeless people can also be vulnerable if exposed to strong sunshine and heat while sleeping rough, charity Evolve Housing + Support said. The fine, hot weather looks set to continue into next month, he added.”At the moment it looks like that will be the general theme through much of July,” he said.”Generally it looks like it will stay drier and warmer than average.”Warning not to discard rubbish amid wildfireThe rising temperatures have come with warnings to be careful near water and in the countryside, where fire crews have been tackling a massive wildfire in Saddleworth Moor. The cause is unknown.Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service reminded people that “a stray cigarette, a discarded glass bottle, or a spark from a BBQ can all cause untold devastation”, and neighbouring Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said it dealt with a number of grass and rubbish fires.Video: Huge wildfire engulfs Saddleworth Moor Met Office: Hot weather to continue into JulyTemperatures are set to rise again, with a possible high of 33C (91.4F) on Thursday, meteorologist Alex Burkill said, soaring above the UK average for this time of year of 17.3C (63.1F). Services on the London Waterloo to New Malden line are being subjected to speed restrictions from 11am each day until Friday.Network Rail said hot weather can cause the steel on rail lines to expand and in some cases buckle (curve), causing travel disruption. Slower trains exert lower forces on the track, reducing the likelihood of buckling. Rail slowdown to prevent tracks bucklingRail passengers are being warned of lengthy delays as speed restrictions are enforced to prevent tracks from buckling.Network Rail has deployed “extreme weather action teams” in readiness for even warmer conditions. A child cools off in a fountain on London’s Southbank, as health bosses said the extreme heat might pose a risk to the most vulnerableCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Click here for more UK weather news. Children cool off in the fountains on the Southbank, London The heat caused rails to buckle at Wishaw near Glasgow  The hot weather looks like it is here to stay, the spokesman said, adding: “Over the next few days the high pressure will remain so there will be blue skies across the UK and that will last certainly into the weekend. File photo: Buckled rails at Wishaw near Glasgow, during May’s hot weatherCredit:Network Rail  read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A woman stabbed and killed her boyfriend after finding him naked in a hot tub with a group of men and women, a court has heard.Christopher Pearson, 39, died after suffering a stab wound to the abdomen at his home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, on 18 February.His girlfriend, Demi Harris, is accused of attacking him after becoming humiliated when she found him naked with other partygoers in a hot tub in their garden.She is accused of first pouring a bleach like substance into the hot tub before then attacking with a knife.Michael Auty QC, prosecuting, said the pair had been out drinking when they invited some friends back to their home.Miss Harris went to bed while her boyfriend and their guests went into the garden and climbed into a hot tub. But when one of the women went inside, she saw Mr Pearson lying on the floor injured.She described Miss Harris as “distressed” saying, “What have I done… I’ve gone too far this time”.Mr Auty said Miss Harris claimed to have only “jabbed” her boyfriend to stop him attacking her.”Significantly, when all of this was over she didn’t have a mark on her. Not a bruise,” he said.”I don’t suggest Mr Pearson was some sort of saint – he wasn’t. But he didn’t deserve what happened to him.”This, we say, was a frantic and sustained attack… she simply lost her temper.”Miss Harris denies murder and the trial continues. When she awoke some hours later saw Mr Pearson and two other men naked while two women were in their underwear.Mr Auty said: “She felt plainly humiliated and embarrassed by what was happening… and that got the better of her. These are not the actions of a cowed woman… a timorous waif.”The court heard Miss Harris then went back in the house followed by a naked Mr Pearson. read more

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