Six police personnel were injured and a police vehicle set ablaze as protesters clashed with security forces in parts of the Valley over the “alleged killings and displacement of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar”.A police spokesman said miscreants from a mob pelted stones on the police and security force deployment at Anantnag’s Lal Chowk on Friday afternoon. “These miscreants set a police vehicle on fire. Six police personnel, including two officers, were injured in the incident,” said the police.The protesters were carrying placards calling for an end to the “persecution of Rohingya Muslims”. In Srinagar, areas under five police stations were placed under restrictions. More than a dozen protest marches were held in the Valley over the issue. Students at Kashmir University also held a demonstration.“A joint resolution framed by the MMU [Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema] was passed unanimously in all mosques and shrines, where the United Nations and other world human rights bodies were urged to play their part in stopping the genocide of the Muslims of Myanmar,” said an MMU spokesman.Normal life was disrupted in the Chenab Valley, where a shutdown was observed over the issue. Protest marches were also held in Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar and Thathri there.‘Humanitarian crisis’Communist Party of India(Marxist) leader M.Y. Tarigami termed the Rohingya issue “as a big humanitarian crisis”. “There were expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to that country, would take up this issue with the Myanmar government. Unfortunately, he did not. The refugee issue must be dealt with humanely,” said Mr. Tarigami.
Campaigning for the Shahkot Assembly bypoll ended on Saturday and all necessary arrangements have been made for the polling which will be held on Monday, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S. Karuna Raju said.Asserting that the Election Commission is committed to holding fair and peaceful election in Shahkot Assembly constituency, he said 25 teams have been formed to ensure no person — including political functionaries and party workers — who is not an elector in the constituency stays in Shahkot after campaigning ends.“These teams will check hotels, community halls, guesthouses and other places to find out the outsiders,” Mr. Raju said, adding check-posts have been set up in the constituency borders to track vehicle movements from outside Shahkot.He said 1,72,676 voters will decide the fate of 12 candidates in fray. Voting will start at 7 a.m. on May 28 and will go on till 6 p.m. Counting of votes will be held on May 31.Of the 236 polling stations in the constituency, webcasting will be done at 103 stations. As many as 1,416 polling staff, 1,022 Punjab police and Border Security Force personnel, and 80 micro observers have been deputed in Shahkot, he said.CEO Raju said EVMs and VVPATs will be deployed at all polling stations and 15% additional EVMs have been kept in reserve in case some machines malfunction during polling.CM’s roadshowSenior Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh attended a roadshow on the last day of campaigning for the bypoll and held the Shiromani Akali Dal responsible for “total lack of development” in the constituency represented by it for the last 14 years. He said in contrast, the Congress had in just 14 months brought development back on track across the State.Exuding confidence that Congress candidate Hardev Singh Laddi would win the by-election with a sweeping mandate, he said the momentum for a clear and resounding victory had been built over the past few days by the party.Capt. Singh said that he had announced infrastructure development projects worth ₹113 crore for Shahkot in March this year and promised the people that his government would continue to invest in their welfare.According to the SAD’s demand, CRPF personnel have been deployed for the election and now the opposition will have no excuse for their defeat in the polls, the Chief Minister told reporters during the five-hour-long roadshow.The Shahkot bypoll was necessitated following the demise of MLA Ajit Singh Kohar. Congress has fielded Mr. Laddi while the SAD has given the ticket to Kohar’s son Naib Singh Kohar. The Aam Aadmi Party has nominated Rattan Singh Kakkar Kalan for the bypoll.
There is some welcome good news about the Ebola epidemic today: The outbreak in Nigeria is officially over. Today the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the country has gone the required 42 days since the last new case was isolated and is “free of Ebola virus transmission.” The news follows several other hopeful notes. On Friday, Senegal received the same designation, after following up on contacts from a case imported from Guinea. Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that close contacts of the first case diagnosed in the United States had completed their 21-day isolation period and were uninfected. In addition, a nurse in Spain and a Norwegian worker for Doctors Without Borders have both recovered from their infections.Nigeria’s success at stopping the outbreak was due to a rapid response by health authorities, as well as a healthy dose of good luck—a patient who exposed many people to the virus but infected few. As the WHO statement details, the outbreak began when a Liberian man infected with the virus flew to Lagos for a meeting. He was visibly ill before boarding the plane, vomited on the flight, and collapsed on arrival. 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He secretly flew to Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state in Nigeria and was treated by a private doctor in a hotel room. He survived and flew back to Lagos, but the doctor became infected. The doctor continued working after developing symptoms, and he did not tell anyone he had had contact with an Ebola patient even after he was admitted to a hospital. He was diagnosed with Ebola only 5 days after his death. His behavior exposed at least 200 people to the virus, 60 of whom WHO considered high-risk or very high-risk exposures. Just a few of those became infected, however: his wife and his sister, who both recovered, and one other patient at the hospital where he was treated, who died.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul READ: Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep They will be entered in World Cup in Doha and another big tournament in Hong Kong by year end to gather as many world ranking points as possible.Mangrobang is now ranked 157th in the world, the highest for a Filipino, but is expected to rise further.“Our next big stop is the Asian Games,” said Trap secretary general Tom Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonMangrobang, who is training in Portugal under coach Sergio Santos, is expected to fly back to her Rio Maiaor training camp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNikko Huelgas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLHuelgas is training under his Australian coach Brett Sutton.Both of them, according to Triathlon Association of the Philippines, have already been identified by team experts to have the best physical and psychological attributes to qualify for the Olympics. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines 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 LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Women’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — No rest for newly crowned triathlon royalties Nikko Huelgas and Marion Kim Mangrobang.After ruling the Southeast Asian Games competitions, they are expected to resume their training in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT PH triathletes dominate SEA Games tilt in impressive showing
Facing a barrage of criticism for the recent spurt in crime against women in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Mayawati has recommended strict action against those accused of rape, including denying bail till the charges are proved wrong. Her government has amended the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and forwarded it to governor B.L. Joshi for approval.”Committed to curb such unfortunate crimes against women, my government has decided to expedite the criminal justice system and ensure a rape case is disposed of within six months,” Mayawati said on Tuesday.”We have also decided to ensure that a rape accused does not get bail till the charges are proved wrong. It (rape) will also be made a non- bailable offence. For this we have introduced necessary amendments to sections 354 (attempt to outrage the modesty of women), 437 and 439 ( related to provision of bail to rape accused) of the CrPC and forwarded it to the governor,” she added.The BSP supremo admitted the district and police administration have failed to perform their duties properly and this has resulted in increase in incidents of rape and murder of women. She, however, urged the Opposition, NGOs and citizens to be on their guard and identify people with criminal mindset in their areas.”I have convened a meeting of senior members of the administration and the police on June 27 . I will ask them to make a list of criminals. This will help us in checking such crimes in the future. The BSP will also address this issue,” Mayawati said.advertisementThe CM issued a warning to all senior officers in the state, including chief secretary Anup Kumar Mishra, to take such cases seriously, and said the only solution was to tighten the noose around the criminals.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
The Committee of Administrators (COA) today hailed the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for picking Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the national team.CAC, comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, appointed Shastri as head coach and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach till the 2019 World Cup.Legendary Rahul Dravid was appointed batting consultant for specific overseas tours.“The Cricket Advisory Committee has made its recommendation regarding the coach. It is a comprehensive recommendation covering all aspects of the coaching requirement of any team,” the COA said in a statement, released by BCCI.“They (CAC) have applied themselves to the cause at hand with dedication and commitment. This is exactly what we had expected from a committee of such distinguished cricketers. On behalf of all interested in ‘Cricket India’, BCCI and the COA, I thank them for the service so willingly rendered by them. We accept their recommendation in totality.”The decision was made after days of high drama and now COA wants all stakeholders to move on.“A coach is a mentor to a team. He is a friend and an elder buddy. He has to actively contribute to building up the morale and harmony in the dressing room. Motivating and guiding the players off the ground is the responsibility of the coach.“The captain is the leader and the gladiator on the ground. Any team is always built around the leadership qualities and professionalism of the captain. He is the face of the team. The coach has to provide backroom support.“It is with this objective in mind that the job of selection of a coach was entrusted to three of the most experienced former players/ captains of the Indian team. They have been in the thick of it all themselves.“Now that they have made the choice, we sincerely feel that the new combination will steward the team to the number 1 position in the World Cup.“We need to put the immediate past events to rest and wish the team, the captain, coach and support staff a very ’happy innings’ in the run-up to the World Cup,” the COA added. Ravi Shastri top contender for Team India coach × SHARE SHARE EMAIL RAVI_SHASTRI_2916288f RELATED Shastri named India coach till 2019 World Cup RAVI_SHASTRI_2916288f cricket COMMENT July 12, 2017 Published on SHARE COMMENTS
The RapidE is a concept electric vehicle developed by Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering. Aston Martin has also signed a pact with Chinese technology group LeEco to develop technology for connecting the cars.The production model of the Aston Martin RapidE is set to arrive in 2018 and it is slated to be a high performance EV with luxury and eco-friendliness also a part of the mix. The RapidE was born out of Aston Martin’s will to create a zero emission sports car and the car is based on Aston Martin’s own Rapide S.The agreement between Aston Martin and LeEco can be extended to work upon a range of next-generation electric vehicles.Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said in a statement, “Aston Martin is dedicated to developing a range of cars with low-emission technologies. We have been encouraged by the project speed and technical depth shown by LETV in the development of the RapidE concept towards full production.”An electric sports car is definitely a requirement of the future and it is good to know that more and more car manufacturers are getting involved in making them.
While LGBT activists are still battling it out for their rights, Kerala made an effort to bring the transgender community to the mainstream. At least 132 people participated in the first-ever athletics meet for transgender persons organised by the Kerala government in collaboration with Sexual and Gender Minority Federation (SGMF) at Thiruvananthapuram’s Central Stadium. The tournament saw them taking part in popular track and field events such as sprint, relay race, shot put and long jump.Kerala’s move towards ending discrimination against transgendersThe state of Kerala has always been on the fore to end the social stigma faced by the marginalised communities. For instance, in 2015, Kerala took the initiative to form a transgender policy, aimed at ending the discriminatory treatment and bringing transgender people to the mainstream.More on the athletic meet for transgendersAccording to the reports by DNA, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs AC Moideen, and the Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran were part of the organising committeeEach district council in Kerala appointed a coach and allotted a ground for the participants to train for three days before the tournamentThe report further quotes the event co-ordinator, Anil Arjunan sayingthat the State Sports Commission held workshops for coaches and sportsauthorities before the event”Coaches from all the districts wereinvited to Thiruvananthapuram. We told them who is a transgender is, asit is an umbrella term, and discussed the issues that the communityfaces and factors that have stopped them from participating in sports,”he told DNAThe sporting events were followed by a prize distribution ceremony where winners were given trophiesThe winning team of athletes was fromMallapuram, who were jubilant at their victory and cheering for thewhole teamKerala: Country’s first athletic meet for transgenders organised by Kerala Govt in Trivandrum; 132 participants from 12 districts took part pic.twitter.com/Vbuq40tUcvadvertisement- ANI (@ANI_news) 28 April 2017How was the initiative received?The initiative was welcomed by members of the marginalised community. The organisers hoped that this event will reflect the state’s policy to end social stigma and ostracism that transgender people face on a daily basis. “We are excited. The event is expected to reveal fresh talents. Talent is generally suppressed in the community and this is an opportunity to showcase it,” said transgender athlete Sreekutty to Hindustan Times.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia have called up Kurtis Patterson for their two-Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Brisbane on January 24 after the New South Wales batsman scored two centuries in a warm-up match against the tourists.The uncapped Patterson scored unbeaten knocks of 157 and 102 for Cricket Australia XI in Hobart last week.”Kurtis has joined the squad in Brisbane today to commence our preparations for the first Test starting on Thursday,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.”We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection.”Given Kurtis’s consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week’s tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad.”Patterson has played 58 first-class matches, scoring 3,813 runs with six centuries and 26 half-centuries at an average of 41.Australia squad: Tim Paine (captain), Jhye Richardson, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Kurtis PattersonAlso Watch:
It has been raining flagship smartphones this summer and Nubia is set to add into the downpour with its latest flagship offering – the Red Magic 3. Positioned as the latest gaming smartphone from Nubia, the smartphone comes with some serious specifications. Globally, the Red Magic 3 is positioned as an affordable gaming smartphone with prices starting under approximately Rs 40,000. Now, India is about to get the phone soon and a similar strategy is expected from the brand.In a listing on Flipkart, Nubia has announced the launch date for the Red Magic 3 in India. The gaming flagship will launch on June 17 in India and, as you may have already understood it, it will be a Flipkart exclusive. The Flipkart listing shows off the phone’s turbo fan cooling system, the dedicated button for switching to a gaming mode, a dedicated pin for Nubia’s custom gaming controllers and, of course, the Snapdragon 855 chipset.The Red Magic 3 has been in the news lately for its exceptional performance in benchmark. The device managed to achieve a very high score of 380,921 on AnTuTu, thereby beating every other Android smartphone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. And that has to do with the fact apart for being equipped with a Snapdragon 855, the Red Magic 3 gets PC-grade custom cooling solution that involves liquid cooling as well as a fan-based cooling solution. The phone actually comes with air vents.Since it’s a gaming smartphone, the other specifications are also quite serious. The Red Magic 3 uses a 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The phone uses a nearly stock version of Android 9 Pie that’s been optimised for the hardware. To keep it alive, it uses a 5000mAh battery which can be topped with a fast 27W charger. For cameras, it uses a 48-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies.advertisementIn India, the Red Magic 3 will go up against many affordable flagship smartphones launched recently. The biggest competition will be from the OnePlus 7 series in which the Pro variant also happens to sport a 90Hz display. Xiaomi’s BlackShark 2 gaming smartphone was also launched recently with dedicated gaming features. Other Snapdragon 855-equipped smartphones include the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom, the upcoming Asus 6Z, and the soon-to-be-launched Xiaomi Redmi K20 series.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone to launch in India soon, features turbo fan cooling and 90Hz AMOLED screenALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 launched: 90Hz OLED display, turbo fan cooling and other gaming-centric specificationsALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark score
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zoom Heavy lift shipping company Jumbo has today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) for the engineering and construction of a new DP2 heavy lift crane vessel.The newly developed HLCV will be powered by dual-fuel engines and has the ability to run on natural gas (LNG), Jumbo said. The vessel has been designed together with Ulstein Design and Solutions B.V. Jumbo’s Basis of Design.“Despite the current offshore climate, we are committing to this industry long term. Signing this Letter of Intent alongside CMIH, with their partnering mentality, is a key milestone for Jumbo’s offshore division to further step-up, scale-up and diversify into the global offshore energy market,” Michael Kahn, Managing Director of Jumbo said.The ship’s hull will be outfitted with an X-BOW®, the objective being a more consistent transit speed and offshore workability in severe weather conditions. With a vessel length of 185 metres and a width of 36 metres the HLCV will be the world’s largest X-BOW® vessel, according to Jumbo.In addition, the newbuilding will be equipped with two offshore mast cranes with a lifting capacity of 2,200 and 400 tonnes respectively and with water depth ratings of 3,000m each.The HLCV will also feature a moon pool and is flex-lay prepared.Jumbo said that it intends to employ the new vessel for the installation of wind turbine foundations, installation/decommissioning of fixed oil and gas facilities in shallow waters, installation of moorings systems and floating structures in deeper waters and that of subsea structures, foundations and (flex-lay) tie-backs.Jumbo expects to take delivery of the vessel in the first quarter of 2020.
Community Services’ programs serve the most vulnerable Nova Scotians, many with broad and complex needs. This work wouldn’t be possible without the supports and services also delivered daily by community-run groups across the province. Community Services is proud to fund the great work delivered by hundreds of community organizations that align with the department’s emphasis on at-risk children and youth, families, and persons with disabilities. Significant investments have been made this year through grants to community organizations, many of which have struggled with funding concerns for years. Grants like these are part of the way we help support more than 150,000 Nova Scotians every year. These groups help sustain healthy communities and their work matters. And if it matters, you measure it. Going forward, we are putting processes in place to ensure we make strategic investments that continue to meet our priorities, and still allow us to be flexible and innovative. Quite simply, the department and community organizations will now be accountable to each other and, more importantly, to the people we collectively serve throughout the province. A better grant process for organizations will include service agreements for all groups that make expectations clear and provide better accountability. And, where it makes sense, we will put in place multi-year funding arrangements, beginning with several that will start this year. This will improve stability and help groups do longer-term planning. The result will be a system that’s easier to navigate, transparent and accountable while giving people the help they need when they need it. It will also mean these services will be there for the people who need them for years to come. -30-
GUWAHATI: Mohammad Sanaullah, the retired Indian Army soldier who was declared an illegal immigrant by a tribunal and sent to a detention centre in Assam last month, was released today on bail. The Gauhati High Court, which ordered his release yesterday, had also issued notices to the centre and the state government. Notices were also issued to the Election Commission, National Register of Citizens (NRC) authorities and the investigation officer of the Assam Border Police Chandramal Das. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Mohammad Sanaullah – who served the army for 30 years and then joined the Assam Border Police – was arrested and locked up at a detention centre on May 29. The 53-year-old has been accused of being a foreigner who has been living illegally in the country. Earlier this week, three men who allegedly signed the case report on Subedar Sanaullah had claimed that no investigation has been done in the case. They filed a police complaint, accusing Chandramal Das of fabricating the investigation report. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France At the time of the alleged investigation – in May 2008 and August 2009 – Mohammad Sanaullah was in Manipur, conducting counter-insurgency operations, his service record shows. Even Chandramal Das has accepted that Subedar Sanaullah was not in Assam during that period. The officer has said that Mohammad Sanaullah was not the man he investigated. But the man whom he investigated was also called Sanaullah, which is why a mix-up of reports at the administrative level may have occurred, he said. Shahnaz Akhtar, the former soldier’s daughter, thanked the media for highlighting the story. “We will continue our fight. We thank NDTV for your effort and also other media as well. It’s because of the media that the truth came out,” she said. The case has raised the locals’ concerns and doubts about the methods of the Foreigners’ Tribunal, which is tasked with verification of identity to weed out illegal migrants. Assam having a porous border with Bangladesh, infiltration from across the border is a permanent concern. But locals say such slipshod methods — coupled with the government’s overdrive to find foreigners — are leading to unending harassment of genuine Indians. The locals also worry that this same mechanism might be adopted in case of those left out of the final version by the National Register of Citizens.(with inputs of NDTV)
(Grand Chief Tony Alexis and Pope Francis during their meeting in St. Peter’s Square in 2016.)The Canadian PressCatholics have a role to play in continuing to urge Pope Francis to apologize for the role the church played in running Canada’s residential schools, Crown- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday after the pontiff publicly declined to accept responsibility for the trauma suffered by Indigenous survivors.The federal government will keep pushing the church to apologize for its role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bennett said.“Sorrow is not enough. Sorrow is never enough,” Bennett said, referencing an expression of regret the former pope delivered to a group of former victims and survivors of the church-run boarding schools who visited the Vatican in 2009.“One has to take responsibility for the harm that was done, not only to the children that were taken, but for the families left behind.”A letter released Tuesday by the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says Pope Francis has not shied away from recognizing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples around the world, but that he can’t personally apologize for residential schools.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is Catholic, said he was disappointed by the Pope’s decision, stressing that reconciliation extends beyond the relationship between the government and Indigenous people. Trudeau visited the Vatican last year, where he personally asked the Pope to consider the gesture.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, also a Catholic, said all institutions that played a significant role in the residential school system should apologize in order to move Canada forward on the path of reconciliation.The church has offered formal apologies in the past, including in 2010 to Irish victims of sexual abuse and in 2015 to Indigenous peoples in the Americas for the “grave sins” of colonialism.From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families and forced to attend Christian schools, the majority of which were run by the Catholic Church.The church’s refusal to take responsibility is part of a misplaced belief held by Catholic leaders that the abuse was simply discipline gone wrong, and was justified in order to save souls through religious conversion, Senator and former judge Murray Sinclair, who co-chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said Wednesday on social media.“Canadian Catholic leaders who persuaded the Pope to adopt this position should be ashamed of themselves,” Sinclair said. “The shame of those who abused children in their institutions in the past is now theirs to wear.”Sinclair’s son Niigaan, a native studies professor at the University of Manitoba, described the church’s decision as “remarkably short-sighted and disrespectful.”Reconciliation cannot happen in Canada without an apology from the Catholic Church, he added.“Before we can have any reconciliation we have to have truth,” Niigaan Sinclair said, adding that an apology would “be a recognition by the church that they participated in genocide.”Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who has Cree and Metis heritage, said he believes the Church will eventually apologize – a day he said may come during a future papal visit to Canada.“If one man could simply snap his fingers, things would have been done a long time ago, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen in large institutions,” said Ouellette, who said he attends a Catholic church.
MONTREAL — The real estate arm of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has acquired a 51% interest in a two-million-square-foot New York City office tower for more than US$850-million.Handout/ Ivanhoe Cambridge Ivanhoe Cambridge says the majority managing member interest in the building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas was acquired from an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners LLC.The 45-storey, class A asset is centrally located between 47th and 48th streets adjacent to the Rockefeller Center and stands among a row of skyscrapers known as “corporate row,” Ivanhoe said in announcing the deal Tuesday.“This investment exemplifies one of the priorities set out in our strategic plan: to build our office building portfolio in the United States by growing a critical mass of assets in key markets such as New York City,” said Bill Tresham, president, Global Investments, Ivanhoe Cambridge.This transaction brings the company’s investments in the office and multi-residential sectors of Manhattan to more than US$3 billion.It is also Ivanhoe Cambridge’s third acquisition made as part of its strategic relationship with Callahan Capital Properties.
The head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today supported Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council’s declaration that former President René Préval was the winner of last week’s presidential elections and stressed that the Council’s decision had not been influenced by the mission.Congratulating the Haitian people for their participation in the elections, MINUSTAH chief Juan Gabriel Valdés and the Organization of American States (OAS) mission chief José Miguel Insulza told a joint news conference in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, that neither organization had taken part in the Council’s discussions leading to the declaration. MINUSTAH was now prepared to assist with the legislative elections for senators and deputies, Mr. Valdés said. According to Haiti’s electoral calendar, the new President would be sworn in on 29 March.As thousands of people poured into the streets to celebrate the result, the MINUSTAH Force Commander’s reserve troops, plus other peacekeepers usually deployed in the provinces, were temporarily redeployed to the capital.Port-au-Prince residents began celebrations as early as 3 a.m, reaching an estimated total of 20,000 people by the afternoon, with around 15,000 of them gathered around the National Palace, MINUSTAH said.
VANCOUVER – Silver Standard Resources (TSX:SSO) has a friendly deal to acquire Saskatoon-based Claude Resources, which operates a gold mine in northeastern Saskatchewan.The offer values Claude Resources (TSX:CRJ) at C$377 million in total or the equivalent of about $1.65 per share — mostly from shares of Vancouver-based Silver Standard.Claude’s shareholders would own about 32 per cent of the combined company.The companies — which have a total of three operating mines in Canada, the United States and Argentina — estimate the combined operation would produce the equivalent of 390,000 ounces of gold.Silver Standard is offering 0.185 of a common share and one-hundredth of a cent in cash per Claude Resources share. Silver Standard Resources strikes friendly deal to buy Claude Resources by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 5:48 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Briefing the Council on the situation in the Middle East, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for UN Political Affairs, stressed that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is alarmed by the rise in tensions – particularly attacks against religious sites – that has continued since the Council’s emergency session of 29 October. “The Secretary-General has expressed his deep concern about the upsurge in violence and calls on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further exacerbating an already tense environment,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said.“The continued reality of the close to 50-year long occupation and the lack of progress towards the two-State solution ensure that the next round of violence is never too far below the surface. The time has come for leaders on both sides to make the difficult compromises that will promote stability and ensure long-term security for both Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen added.Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces in many parts of East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been taking place on an almost daily basis, and escalating tensions surrounding access to holy sites have contributed significantly to the spike in violence. Violence has also spread elsewhere in Israel and the West Bank, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen noted. He said that incidents have included Israeli police shooting and killing an Israeli Arab man in the village of Kafr Kanna in northern Israel on 8 November, alleging that he had threatened them with a knife. On the same day, thousands of people reportedly protested the killing, leading to clashes with police in the village. On 10 November, an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv and an Israeli woman in the West Bank were stabbed to death, while on 11 November a Palestinian man was reportedly shot to death by Israeli security forces during clashes at a refugee camp near Hebron.Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen also said that the Secretary-General welcomes the renewed assurances by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there will be no changes made to the status quo regarding the holy sites. Mr. Ban expects Israel to continue to ensure the protection of the holy sites and the safety of all worshippers, as per its agreement with Jordan. Expressing hope that the announced confidence-building measures and firm commitments to maintain the status quo regarding the holy sites will “translate immediately into a de-escalation of tensions,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said he was encouraged by the lifting on 14 November of age restrictions for access to the Haram Ash-Sharif/Temple Mount, where Friday prayers reportedly occurred without incident.Another worrying development, however, is the increase in demolitions of Palestinian buildings, which is also contributing to rising animosity in Jerusalem, he noted. Since 21 October, a total of 82 structures – of which 47 are residential – were demolished in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The demolitions displaced 169 Palestinians, including 80 children.Meanwhile, Israel’s ongoing settlement activity “continues to undermine efforts to calm the tensions in Jerusalem,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. Noting that plans have been advanced to build some 500 residential units in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo, and 28 new building permits and 200 new residential units were approved in the settlement of Ramot, in East Jerusalem, he stressed that such actions are in defiance of the unanimous opposition to increased settlement activity expressed in the recent Council session on Jerusalem.“As the Secretary-General has consistently repeated, such unilateral actions will only further impede the chances for long-term stability and a durable peace and should therefore be reversed,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said.Reiterating that the Secretary-General urges the parties to return to peace talks, he noted the recent meeting on the peace process held in Washington and the call for the resumption of peace talks by the European Union’s High Representative during her visit to the region this month. “Returning to negotiations has never been more important. The absence of a credible political framework is further hardening positions on both sides and is providing greater political space to those seeking to exploit the lack of trust between the two parties for personal or political gain,” he said.Turning to Gaza, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said that while some signs of progress have gradually started to emerge, the overall state of affairs in the region remains “volatile and fraught with potential pitfalls.”On a positive note, he noted that the temporary Gaza reconstruction mechanism began its operations earlier this month. Led by the Palestinian Government of National Consensus and working through the private sector, the mechanism’s priority is the provision of reconstruction material for urgent shelter repairs. He also noted that by 13 November, 1,086 Gazans had been able to purchase much-needed construction material, including some 10,146 bags of cement to start the rehabilitation of their homes. In addition, there are currently $62 million worth of UN construction projects awaiting approval by the Israeli authorities for an average of 24 months. Timely approval of these projects would be an important step towards accelerating the recovery and reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip, he said.“The United Nations is actively assisting in facilitating the implementation of the mechanism,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. “But in order for it to be successful we need a conducive environment and the cooperation of all the parties concerned,” he stressed, noting that it is “critically important” that donors honour the pledges made at the Cairo Conference on 12 October.Furthermore, he said it is encouraging that Israel reportedly plans to increase the number of truckloads of construction materials entering the Gaza Strip, up to 800 trucks daily, instead of the current 350 trucks. Calling on the Palestinian factions to uphold their responsibilities to ensure that the reconstruction material is not diverted to support illegal activities, he also encouraged both Israel and Egypt to accelerate efforts to come up with sustainable solutions that will address their legitimate security concerns while progressively easing border restrictions.However, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen stressed that the reconstruction of Gaza is “doomed to fail” without a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. In that regard, he noted Egypt’s intention to host talks during the second half of November after their postponement last month. “The importance of urgently continuing the negotiations cannot be overstated,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. “We strongly encourage the parties to use the opportunity of the talks to reach agreement on concrete arrangements that will sustain the ceasefire and reinforce reconstruction efforts.”Specifically, he said the talks should involve discussion of tangible steps leading to the lifting of the closures that continue to “perpetuate Gaza’s socio-economic despair and embolden the proponents of extremism and violence,” he stressed.Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen also said that there has been little or no progress on implementing the agreement that established the Palestinian Government of National Consensus. Encouraging the Palestinian factions to urgently undertake the necessary work to implement the agreement and refrain from any action that could undermine such efforts, he stressed that the Government of National Consensus must be empowered to assume its “rightful security and governance responsibilities” in Gaza. “The success of Gaza’s reconstruction also relies on Palestinian willingness to truly unite and do what is necessary to facilitate the entry of the Government of National Consensus into Gaza. Addressing these challenges will not be easy but there is no alternative,” he added.
OSU then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18, 2014 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAs No. 1 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0) looks for its 21st straight victory, it will be doing so with a new, yet familiar, face under center.Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who started 12 games in 2014 and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, unseated redshirt junior Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback before the Buckeyes’ Week 8 matchup at Rutgers, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced on Tuesday.“J.T has earned the right to start Saturday at Rutgers,” Meyer said during the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference.Jones has started each of the Buckeyes’ seven games this season but was benched in the second half in favor of Barrett against Penn State after a 9-of-15, 84-yard performance. Barrett, used throughout the game in the red zone as well as the extended run in the second half, was 4-of-4 for 30 yards and two touchdowns while running 11 times for 102 yards and two additional scores.Regardless of who is calling the plays for the offense, senior left tackle Taylor Decker said he thinks the unit is hitting its stride.“I think we’re farther along than we were at this time last year,” Decker said. “There’s always going to be a ton of questions and everything … but I think we’re farther along.”Decker went on to say that the offense was being held back by two areas of weakness, which it went on the attack to eliminate.“We’re improving. We’re a capable offense,” Decker said. “I think we have been, honestly, playing well. I think the issues were turning the ball over and penalties.”With seven wins in the books, OSU now turns its attention to Rutgers (3-3, 1-2).The Scarlet Knights grabbed their first conference win last week at Indiana in a 55-52 shootout. Rutgers trailed 52-27 late in the third quarter of that game, but came all the way back to win on a 26-yard field goal as time expired.While Rutgers carries one of the country’s worst defenses with 447.3 yards allowed per game, OSU sophomore guard Billy Price said the Buckeyes must respect any foe, especially one in the Big Ten.“You can’t go into any games taking them lightly, because it’s college football and any team will creep up on you, so we have the utmost respect for them,” Price said.Price said the size Rutgers has on the defensive line stands out to him when he looks at tape and thinks back to last season’s meeting, a 56-17 OSU romp in Columbus.The Buckeyes will look to go into High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, to do the same on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.Rushing leaderboardAgainst Penn State, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott eclipsed the 3,000-yard rushing mark with his 153 yards.Now, several former Buckeyes sit in front of him to be passed on the all-time OSU rankings.If Elliott hits his season average of 141 rushing yards on Saturday, he could move from eighth to fifth on the list. The St. Louis native would pass former OSU running backs Carlos Hyde and Keith Byers to move into sixth place, but moving into fifth could pose a challenge.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller currently stands 118 yards in front of Elliott with 3,246. While it seems clear that Elliott will soon pass the former quarterback, a strong game from Miller could keep him in fifth for at least one more week.Beanie Wells would be the next in line after Miller for Elliott to pass, as he sits in fourth place, 254 yards in front of Elliott. Archie Griffin is the all-time leader with 5,589 yards, a mark that would be difficult for Elliott to eclipse even if he chooses to forgo the NFL draft for his senior year.Injury reportThough he left the Penn State game in the first possession with an ankle sprain and did not return, Meyer described senior linebacker Joshua Perry as “probable” for Saturday.Another senior defensive starter will not have the same fortune, however, as defensive lineman Tommy Schutt had wrist surgery after the game. Meyer said Schutt “should be back in a couple of weeks,” but will miss the game against Rutgers. Listed in his place on OSU’s depth chart are redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill.While healthy, the Buckeyes will also be without senior linebacker Cam Williams for the first half of the game due to a second-half targeting call that had him ejected from the game against Penn State. Junior Joe Burger entered the depth chart in Williams’ absence.For the Scarlet Knights, senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo, the school’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, is considered questionable with a right ankle injury. Carroo said he’ll “definitely be playing” after Rutgers’ win over Indiana, but he did not practice on Tuesday. Up nextThe Buckeyes will have their first bye week of the season upon returning from Piscataway. Their next game is scheduled to be an 8 p.m. affair at Ohio Stadium against Minnesota on Nov. 7.