Mamata launches ‘BJP quit India’ campaign

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the BJP government at the Centre of subverting democracy and said the Trinamool Congress will work with all opposition parties to oust the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Giving the slogan of ‘BJP quit India in 2019’, Ms. Banerjee charged that the BJP-led government at the Centre has “taken away the rights of the people in the country.” She also alleged that “secularism is under threat.”“The BJP-led government is trying to divide the country. We will not allow it. In 2019 our slogan will be ‘BJP quit India’ We will work with all other opposition parties, so that we can unitedly fight against the BJP. We want this politics of communalism and hatred to come to an end,” she said while kicking off the campaign here.Ms. Banerjee launched the campaign on a day when the country is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement.“We will fight and not stop till the BJP is ousted from power. Democracy will triumph against all odds”, she said.“They can threaten us by using the ED, Income Tax and the CBI but we are not afraid of it. The central government has turned into a government of the agencies, by the agencies, of the agencies and for the agencies,” she alleged.Ms. Banerjee said she will attend the rally convened by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad in Patna later this month. The TMC leader also accused the BJP of shedding “crocodile tears” for adivasis and backward sections of the society. “On the one hand they (BJP) are lynching adivasis and people from backward sections of society, while on the other hand, they are are clicking photographs with adivasis and having lunch at their houses,” she charged.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly keen to see coach Anil Kumble’s performance in Indian conditions

first_imgAll eyes were on low performers opener Shikhar Dhawan and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma before the selectors sat down in Mumbai earlier on Monday. (Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur dropped from India’s Test squad vs New Zealand)Both have been below par for the past 12 months which, including a home series vs South Africa and then an away series against lowly-West Indies, where most Indian batsmen were prolific. Yet the two have retained their spot in the 15-man squad announced for the 3 home Tests vs New Zealand.While the decision gives plenty of choices to the Indian team management, it also raised a few questions. (Pujara should play ahead of Rohit: Ganguly to India Today) For example, just who will get preference between Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, the former of which was replaced by the latter when India decided to go in with five bowlers in the third Test against West Indies. Pujara did not get to bat in the fourth Test either but roared back to form with scores of 166 and 256 in the ongoing Duleep Trophy.Speaking on the two Ganguly said, “If you ask me about who should get picked ahead, any day Pujara because I think he is a better batsman in Tests. His record in India also is very good. He played a great knock vs Lanka as well on a difficult track when he was asked to open and scored a ton. He was left out in Jamaica, where everyone said he was a bit slow. But I was completely surprised by that decision.You need a number three like that, like Rahul Dravid.” (India’s 500th Test excites Uttar Pradesh cricket boss Rajeev Shukla) Ganguly though agreed with the selectors that whoever has been picked should be given enough chances. But he added, “Rohit’s talent hasn’t materialised as well in Tests, especially overseas in seaming conditions, than in the shorter format. I think he has got enough of a long rope. The selectors will not find out anything new about him in the 13 tests at home. He will continue to be with this team though.” A tougher call could well be on the openers – with Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and new-sensation KL Rahul – all picked.advertisement”With eyes closed, it’s Vijay and Rahul for opening slot. Look at their performance overseas. For Vijay, in Australia and England. In West Indies he got injured and then never got picked again. By far, he has been India’s best opener over the last two years. Before the Windies tour we had the same discussion on Rahul and now he has become one of the premier Indian batsmen. So these two should open. Pujara at 3, Virat Kohli at 4, Rahane at 5,” Ganguly added. The series against New Zealand will be the beginning of a long home stretch for India with 13 Tests lined up. Sourav, who was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee that interviewed coach prospects and picked Anil Kumble, said he is keenly looking forward to India’s strategy in coming months.”With Ashwin batting at No. 6, I don’t see any reason why India can’t play all three spinners in a match and still go with two seamers. I’m keen to see the outlook of the Indian coach Anil Kumble on what he does in Indian conditions. Does he play on rank turners where the ball begins to turn or gets back to old ways where we played on good pitches where results came on day 4 or day 5, which will be key for their performance against the bigger teams.”last_img read more

Ibrahimovic wins MLS Goal of the Year

first_imgTake a bow, @Stefan24Frei!Stefan Frei earns @MLS Save of the Year for this RIDICULOUS stop 🙌➡️ https://t.co/8c7oV5lIKp pic.twitter.com/Et9EvUruwJ— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) November 13, 2018The save helped spark a major turnaround for the club in the second half of the season, with the win over the Rapids sparking a run of 12 games unbeaten for the Sounders, who closed the season with just two losses in their final 19 games of the year. Frei and the Sounders recently fell to the Portland Timbers to end the team’s playoff run while Ibrahimovic’s Galaxy missed the postseason after falling to the Houston Dynamo in the team’s final match. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was recognized with the MLS Goal of the Year award on Tuesday for his stunner against Los Angeles FC.The goal came in Ibrahimovic’s debut, a match widely seen as one of the most thrilling regular season clashes in MLS history.In the first ever match between the LA Galaxy and LAFC, Ibrahimovic came off the bench in the second half with his side down a goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! AMAZING.#zLAtan#LAvLAFC https://t.co/xyk78K6xSr— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 31, 2018He proceeded to smash a 40-yard missile over goalkeeper Tyler Miller to tie the score at 3-3, providing a finish that has now been named as the year’s best.In addition to that goal, Ibrahimovic went on to score a 91st minute winner to seal victory for the Galaxy.Also among the MLS Goal of the Year nominees was Ibrahimovic’s 500th career goal, a stunning karate-kick finish in September’s clash with Toronto FC.Zlatan’s 500th career goal is RIDICULOUS. 🔥#TORvLA #Zlatan500 https://t.co/gosg571udB— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 16, 2018Ibrahimovic was recognized as the MLS Newcomer of the Year after scoring 22 goals in 27 appearances in his first season in the league.The Goal of the Year voting was determined by fan voting with the Swede becoming the third Galaxy player to win the award after Landon Donovan and Carlos Ruiz.In addition to Goal of the Year, Stefan Frei was also announced as the Save of the Year winner on Tuesday for the Seattle Sounders goalkeeper’s stop against the Colorado Rapids on the Fourth of July.last_img read more

Beach tourism activities in Goa stopped as rains arrive

first_imgPanaji, May 31 (PTI) With the arrival of rains today, various beach tourism activities in Goa have been stopped with shacks being dismantled and lifeguards issuing advisory to the visitors against venturing into the sea.The sea remains rough during the rains making it dangerous for the swimmers to venture in.The state government has also directed the temporary beach shacks along the shoreline to be dismantled so that they can be re-erected in September, post-monsoons.”The tourism season 2016-17 draws to a close today. Most of the shack operations have closed and shack structures removed for the season.”Water sports and other adventure activities have also stopped for the season,” State tourism director Menino D?Souza told PTI.”We are certain that the season has been a successful one for most tourism stakeholders in Goa. The tourism department along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is now ready for monsoon tourism and the next four months will be as promising as always,” he said.”The Sunday monsoon trekking expeditions, white water river rafting, monsoon festivals, tours and sightseeing to some of Goa?s popular waterfalls will be promoted extensively,” the director said.Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd, a private agency manning the beaches, has issued advisory warning locals as well as the tourist not to venture into the sea.”We have put up red flags at all the beaches which means that the area is not meant for swimming. Its advisable to steer clear of the high tideline in such circumstances,” said P N Pandey, general manager (operations) of Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd.advertisement”Our lifeguards present along the coast are monitoring the surroundings. The team is trained to carry out rescue operations even in rough weather,” he said.The Goa government prohibits swimming in beaches and all water sports activities are stopped during the monsoon season from June to September each year. PTI RPS RMT BASlast_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluable, people love spreading rumours

first_imgIndia wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has lashed out at rumour mills over his comments on MS Dhoni’s inputs from behind the stumps, saying his words on the veteran wicketkeeper were misconstrued.Kuldeep Yadav had made a tongue-in-cheek remark when he was asked during an award function in Mumbai if MS Dhoni had erred while giving inputs to young spinners from behind the wickets.”There are a lot of times he (Dhoni) goes wrong but then you can’t say that to him,” Kuldeep had replied in jest.Nonetheless, the young wrist-spinner faced a lot of flak on social media over his comments.Kuldeep and his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal have time and again insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have made a lot of difference to their bowling in limited-overs cricket. Known for his astute game awareness, Dhoni has been an integral member of India’s ODI side as he has been able to share his experience with the rest of his teammates.MS Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps makes our job easy: KuldeepKuldeep insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable not just to him but to the entire team.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and there is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact,” Kuldeep Yadav told The Indian Express.The young wrist spinner added: “These are rumours which people love to spread and I have no idea why. I haven’t given any interview regarding this so I fail to understand as to how the media came up with these comments.”advertisementKuldeep Yadav took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his disappointment at the way in which his comments were interpreted.”Here we go for another made up controversy from our media who loves to make tangy rumours for no reason. Just want to throw some light on the issue that has been proliferated by some people, that the news is total false. I didn’t give any inappropriate statement about anyone (sic),” Kuldeep wrote in an Instagram story.Kuldeep did not have a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in 2019 as the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner struggled for consistency, managing just 4 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 71.50. However, Kuldeep remains to be India’s first-choice spinner at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy UptonAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen reminds Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan’s woes after loss vs Australia

first_imgPakistan lost their last encounter at World Cup 2019 against defending champions Australia after failing to chase a target of 308 in Taunton, folding for 266 with more than 4 overs to spare. While Pakistan looked on course in their pursuit at 136/2 after 25 overs, late wickets meant that they lost the momentum and collapsed to a 41-run loss.Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, on his part, took to Twitter to blame opener Imam-ul-Haq for his 53 off 75 balls, saying that his slow innings was the reason for Pakistan’s defeat. But, Shoaib’s long-time rival and former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen was quick to point out to him that Pakistan’s catching and bowling were to blame as well.Earlier Akhtar wrote on Twitter: ‘I have always raised concerns over Imam’s strike rate. Scored 53 off 75 balls, put the whole team under pressure. Hence, the crumbling. Sigh.’I have always raised concerns over Imam’s strike rate. Scored 53 off 75 balls, put the whole team under pressure. Hence, the crumbling. Sigh. #AUSvPAK #CWC19Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 12, 2019To which KP replied: ‘Or your catching? Or your bowling?’Or your catching?Or your bowling?Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 12, 2019It should be noted that Pakistan fielders were quite sloppy in the field while the bowlers, except Mohammad Amir who took 5 wickets for just 30 runs, couldn’t keep the Australian batsmen under pressure with their erratic line and lengths.Fielding-wise, Asif Ali put down an easy catch offered by Aaron Finch in the slips before shelling a sitter off Wahab Riaz’s bowling which could have sent back centurion David Warner early. As if that was not enough, a series of overthrows and misfields capped what was a disappointing day in the field for Pakistan.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Will try our level best vs India, says Pakistan captain Sarfaraz after Australia defeatAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hundred vs Pakistan means a lot to me, says David Warnerlast_img read more

Hazard set for Chelsea return

first_imgLeicester City v Chelsea Hazard’s first Chelsea outing of the season confirmed by Conte Peter Hanson 21:09 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) edenhazard - Cropped Getty Images Leicester City v Chelsea Eden Hazard Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League Leicester City The Blues boss says he will judge how many minutes to give the Belgium international forward when his side visit Leicester on Saturday Fit-again Eden Hazard is set to feature in Chelsea’s Premier League visit to Leicester City this weekend, Antonio Conte has confirmed.The forward fractured his right ankle while on Belgium duty in June, but was used by his country in World Cup qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece during the recent international break.Conte was initially baffled by his call up before admitting his minutes for Belgium may be of benefit to the Premier League champions. 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 And the Italian is now pondering how best to use Hazard for the first time this season at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.”I spoke with Roberto [Martinez, Belgium manager] and we tried the right way to improve his fitness. I was very happy for him to play against Gibraltar and 30 minutes against Greece. I totally agreed with him,” Conte told a pre-match news conference.”Now he is available, he is in the list for the squad. He is improving a lot, he is working very strong to be ready.”Now I can count on him. I have to decide the right minutes, but he is available now.”When there is a bad injury and surgery, it is normal to pay attention to his recovery. Don’t forget he is an important player for us, to play soon.”Chelsea landed midfielder Danny Drinkwater in a deadline day deal from Leicester but, although he is in the squad, Conte is unsure whether he will play against his former employers.”Danny, we are working with him and trying to make him in the best physical condition. It is normal when the transfer window closes, when you go into another team it’s not simple,” he added.”He is a good buy for us, he has improved his condition and in the squad for the Leicester game but I don’t know when he is ready to play.”Conte added that Davide Zappacosta, another deadline-day signing from Torino, can quickly get up to speed with his methods.”He played against Israel [for Italy], which shows he is in good condition. I worked with him and he knows my style of football. For him it is more simple for him to adapt our style,” he said.last_img read more

Poch defends diving after Alli booking

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino defends diving: Over-analysis is killing football Harry Sherlock 07:28 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Dele Alli Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal The Tottenham manager insists that innovations like VAR are a product of a desire to analyse the minute details of the game Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino worries that a fixation on diving and cheating is “killing the game” of football.Midfielder Dele Alli was booked for simulation during Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the weekend, as he attempted to win a penalty whilst through on goal.Pochettino agrees that the decision was correct, but he feels that such incidents are over-analysed, and has praised Alli’s character. 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 “Look, it was a yellow card,” he told reporters, per The Independent. “It happens. The referee was right. During different games, a lot of situations like this happen.”The problem now is that we are so sensitive about the situation, and then we are so focused on Dele Alli. It’s too much sometimes. There is such a focus on this type of situation. I think it’s a minimal issue.“Look, there are a lot of positives from Dele. Of course, he’s not perfect. Nobody is perfect. Of course, he is a clever boy. He is a little bit nasty. The problem is that, more than this type of situation, I am worried we are going to change the game that we know.”VAR’s introduction to English football has been much discussed, with the ability to analyse the minutie of every decision deemed too forensic by some.Pochettino is in agreement, and believes that “small actions” are analysed to extremes; the Argentine even believes that dives can be explained in the heat of the moment.“Football is a creative sport,” he added, “in which you need the talent that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain. And now we are so focused on minimal details. I am worried that in a few years, we are pushing the sport we love now – a passionate sport that people love to watch around the world – into a very rigid structure. With VAR, with focusing too much on small actions like this.“Football is about trying to trick your opponent – yes or no? Tactics – what does ‘tactic’ mean? When you do tactics, it is to try to trick the opponent. You play on the right, but you finish on the left. Twenty years ago, thirty years ago, we all congratulated a player when he tricks the referee like this. That is the football that I was in love with when I was a child. Yes, in Argentina, but in England too. You believe that in England you were honest and always perfect?He added: “I am worried that maybe we are going to kill the game. We love this game. Referees are humans too, and sometimes they are right, sometimes they are not right. In 10 months, over the whole season, sometimes it is against you, sometimes it is for you. For me, I like this type of football.“My worry is this: of course if you dive, and the referee saw you, you are punished. And he deserves it. But don’t go more crazy.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Sanchez is a disaster, there must be two of him!’

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has “been a disaster” for Manchester United, admits Gary Neville, with the Red Devils legend looking for the Chile international to be moved on before transfer windows close across Europe.A proven Premier League performer arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018 amid much fanfare.With rival interest from Manchester City having been fended off to secure a prized signature, excitement and expectation greeted the arrival of a forward supposedly at the peak of his powers. 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? Sanchez has, however, not come close to delivering on his potential, recording just five goals in 45 appearances, and is now being linked with a number of sides in Serie A.Neville believes the time has come for United to cut their losses on a player who has looked a shadow of his former self during a forgettable spell in Manchester.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I welcomed him coming to the club as he’s a tenacious forward that plays across the line and scores goals. But it’s been a disaster.“I have no idea what’s happened. There must be two of him. The one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that’s turned up in Manchester. They need to get him out of the club.“Romelu Lukaku didn’t want to be there. It’s a phased transition at the club. There’s four or five that don’t want to be there – he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] needs to get rid of a couple this year and a couple next year.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester UnitedSolskjaer has conceded that there may be developments on Sanchez’s future over the coming days, despite previously stating that he expects the South American to stay put and prove his worth.Neville believes moving the 30-year-old out is the best option, with United now favouring a different approach which has helped to restore optimism at Old Trafford.He added: “I like this team a lot more. I look at the team and they all want to be at the club – perhaps Paul Pogba has aspirations to leave the club and play elsewhere. But he’s settled down. It’s a team that’s got energy and youth – I like it.“It’s not slow or boring. They are having a go. It needs two or three senior additions that will make them really good but if that team can grow together.“They are not going to take over City in the next 12-18 months but when Pep Guardiola leaves City and if Liverpool don’t recruit as well as they have done, then Manchester United must be ready to pounce. And if this develops, they’ve got a big chance of doing something in two years’ time.”last_img read more

NAT Sends Suezmax on 30 Month Charter

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based tanker owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has entered into a 30-month charter contract with a subsidiary of the US oil and gas firm ExxonMobil for one of the NAT Suezmaxes. The company said that the firm period of the charter is 18 months with an option of further 12 months.The gross revenue from the contract of 30 months is estimated to be around USD 25 million, reflecting a time charter rate between USD 25,000 and USD 30,000 per day.The Suezmax charter deal is scheduled to commence in a few days.“The cash breakeven level of NAT, including all G&A costs and financial items, is now about USD 11,000 per day per vessel, spread across 30 units,” the company said.Furthermore, NAT’s Chairman & CEO, Herbjørn Hansson, said that the company’s has changed “the name of our chartering department from Orion Tankers (which was initially established as a chartering pool with external participants) to NAT Chartering. All the suezmax tankers under our umbrella are now owned by NAT.”He added that the company does not plan to invite other firms into the chartering arrangements.At the beginning of May, Nordic American Tankers signed a contract with an undisclosed party to acquire four 150,000 dwt Suezmax vessels for a price of USD 106 million.Under the agreement, the crude oil tankers, which were built at a Japanese shipyard, will be delivered to the company’s fleet by the end of July 2016.NAT’s fleet currently stands at 30 vessels, including the two newbuildings due for delivery in August 2016 and in January 2017.last_img read more

Be Fire Safe This Holiday Season

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to practice fire safety this holiday season. “Decorations, Christmas trees and candles add to the beauty of the holidays, but they can also pose a fire risk,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “Using them properly will help keep our families safe.” Over the holidays and winter months, remember to: ensure your home has working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors weekly during the holiday season and replace smoke detectors every 10 years do not use outdoor lights and cords indoors and turn off the lights when not in use only use Canadian Standards Association approved lights, extension cords and non-combustible decorations, check for frayed or cracked wires and broken light sockets do not overload plugs and avoid running extension cords over doorsills or under carpets always choose a freshly cut tree and make sure the tree is watered every day and never locate your tree near exits or heat sources when purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire resistant” always stay in the kitchen while cooking, especially if using oil or cooking at high temperatures never leave candles unattended. Keep them out of reach of children and pets, and in a sturdy holder. Battery-operated candles and lights are safe and convenient alternatives “We want all Nova Scotians to have a safe and happy holiday season,” said provincial fire marshal Harold Pothier. “If you’re looking for a practical gift for a loved one, a fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, or a smoke detector always fit the bill.” For more information on holiday safety tips, visit novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/docs/HolidayFireSafety.last_img read more

Simon Pegg JK Simmons to star in My Only Sunshine

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar winner JK Simmons and actor Simon Pegg will topline the indie movie “My Only Sunshine”. The movie, being touted as a “comedy/heist thriller”, will be directed by Mark Palansky from a script by JT Petty and K Reed Petty, reported Deadline. The story follows a passionately dysfunctional couple who orchestrate a bank robbery as an unconventional act of bloodthirsty marriage counselling. They try to make peace with the shocking mystery of their relationship throughout the violent hostage situation, discovered by a cop hostage negotiator who previously investigated a past related crime. The project is backed by Circle of Confusion and Patriot Pictures. Matt Smith, Lawrence Mattis and Michael Mendelsohn will produce, while Petty, Natalie Perrotta and Jim Steele will be serving as executive producers. “My Only Sunshine” will start production later this year.last_img read more

Plane that crashed in Saskatchewan left long wreckage path across ground TSB

first_imgFOND DU LAC, Sask. – Investigators say a passenger plane that crashed in northern Saskatchewan left a path of wreckage almost a quarter of a kilometre long through trees and across the ground.All 25 people on board survived, some with serious injuries, when the twin-engine ATR42-320 went down close to the Fond du Lac air strip after taking off on Wednesday night.Previous reports have said there was no explosion or fire.The Transportation Safety Board says its team of investigators has recovered the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders.West Wind Aviation has grounded its other ATR aircraft for the time being.The board says it will continue to gather more data in the coming days and weeks and interview witnesses to determine what happened.“Investigations are complex and we take the time needed to complete a thorough investigation,” the board said in a release Friday.“It is important not to draw conclusions or speculate as to causes at this time. There are often many factors that can contribute to an accident.”First Nations chiefs say the crash demonstrates the need for upgraded runways and all-season roads in remote communities.Fond du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi said his community has one of the shortest runways in northern Saskatchewan, even though the size of planes using the airstrip continue to grow.Mercredi said they could also use an all-season road so people would have a choice about whether they wanted to fly or drive.“We as leaders need to sit down with the province regarding all-season roads and upgrades to our runways,” Mercredi said.There is an ice road in the winter, but the chief said many people still fly.Chris Jobb, a vice-chief of the Prince Albert General Council, said similar concerns need to be addressed in other remote Saskatchewan communities such as Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake.— With files from CKBIlast_img read more

Saks accused of race age discrimination in lawsuit

first_imgNEW YORK — Eight former employees at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store have filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit against the high-end store and its corporate parent.The suit was filed Tuesday in New York.Attorney Derek Sells says the black, white and Hispanic men were subjected to a hostile work environment and then fired.He says managers made it difficult for them to get customers from store foot traffic, berated them, didn’t promote them and allowed younger, white colleagues to harass them.Some of the plaintiffs say that even when they made sales targets, managers would find other metrics to evaluate them poorly.Saks’ parent organization, Hudson’s Bay Co., says it is committed to diversity and inclusion and takes the allegations seriously. It is declining to comment on the litigation.Deepti Hajela, The Associated Presslast_img read more

International Criminal Court confirms decision to halt trial of Congolese rebel

In a ruling issued in The Hague, the ICC’s five-member appeals chamber unanimously dismissed an appeal by prosecutors against the trial chamber’s decision in June to stay the proceedings against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.But a majority of the appeals chamber reversed an earlier ruling regarding Mr. Lubanga’s release and ordered that the trial chamber hold a new hearing to determine whether he stay in custody or be released with or without conditions.Mr. Lubanga, the founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was charged with a series of war crimes, including conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003. The trial of Mr. Lubanga was due to have been the first to be held by the ICC, and it had been scheduled to begin on 23 June this year.Announcing its rulings today, the appeal judges backed the view of the trial chamber that there was no prospect that a fair trial of Mr. Lubanga could be held because prosecutors had failed to disclose more than 200 documents to the defence containing evidence that could potentially have exonerated the rebel leader.“The prosecutor had obtained the documents in question from several information providers, in particular from the United Nations, on the confidentiality, and these information providers had refused to consent to their disclosure to the defence and, in most instances, to the trial chamber,” according to a press release issued by the ICC.In its decision on whether Mr. Lubanga should remain in detention, the appeals chamber said the trial chamber had been wrong to find that an accused person’s unconditional release was the inevitable consequence of a stay on proceedings or the only correct course to be taken. 21 October 2008The International Criminal Court (ICC) today confirmed its earlier decision to suspend the trial of a Congolese rebel leader accused of recruiting child soldiers to serve in his militia, but ordered that he remain in detention pending another hearing. read more

UN deplores deadly bombing in Somali capital

4 October 2011The Security Council and top United Nations officials have strongly condemned today’s suicide bombing at a government ministry building in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed scores of people and injured many more. Media reports indicate at least 70 people have died and dozens of others sustained injuries as a result of the blast. The explosion occurred when a truck bomb detonated at a complex belonging to the country’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in the south of the city.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is “appalled” by the attack, whose victims reportedly included students who were inside the education ministry at the time of the bombing.“It is incomprehensible that innocents are being senselessly targeted,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said, reiterating the Secretary-General’s call to all Somali parties to renounce violence and engage in dialogue and reconciliation.The attack is “all the more abhorrent,” the statement added, coming at a time when Somali political leaders have been working together to chart a peaceful political future for Somalia.Condemning the attack in the strongest terms, the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”“The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the Transitional Federal Government in its efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation through the Djibouti Peace Process, and the work of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),” said a statement read by Ambassador Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, which holds the Council’s presidency this month.The Council expressed its continued appreciation for the commitment of troops to AMISOM by Burundi and Uganda and reiterated its condemnation of all acts of violence and incitement to violence against civilians, AMISOM and the TFG.Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), issued a statement voicing his deep sadness at the “senseless and cowardly” bombing.“These actions are unacceptable. The murder of ordinary Somalis cannot be justified for any reason,” he said.Also condemning the attack was Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, who called the killing of children an “unspeakable crime.”“Children in Somalia suffer daily through war and famine. Those killed and wounded were bravely attempting to further their education despite the situation in Mogadishu,” she said in a statement.The Islamist militant group known as Al-Shabaab, whose fighters withdrew from Mogadishu in August, has reportedly claimed responsibility for today’s attack.“Although the extremists have left the capital, it is very difficult to prevent these types of terrorist attacks, which we have consistently warned are likely to be on the increase,” Mr. Mahiga noted.The Special Representative also condemned other recent raids or attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab, including a raid on Dhusamareb in central Somalia last night and an attack on Dhobley, close to the border with Kenya.He stressed the need to both strengthen Somalia’s national security forces and provide sufficient resources to support AMISOM.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it is especially worried about the fighting and worsening situation around Dhobley, which is the main transit point for Somalis en route to Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps.“We particularly fear for the well-being and safety of displaced Somalis who are likely to get caught in fighting while fleeing through this part of the country,” Adrian Edwards, UNHCR’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters. The agency added that the latest escalation of violence in southern Somalia is further exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation in the country. “We urge all armed groups and forces in Somalia to avoid targeting civilian areas and to ensure that civilians are not being placed in harm’s way,” said Mr. Edwards. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, today urged the international community to scale up its efforts to deal with the situation in the Horn of Africa, which she described as the humanitarian crisis of a generation.“Today, three quarters of a million people are at risk of death in the next four months in the Horn of Africa,” she said in an address to the annual meeting of UNHCR’s governing body in Geneva. “The work we are doing needs to scale up to meet the needs of these individuals.”Ms. Jolie was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in August 2001, and since then she has conducted more than 40 field visits around the world. read more

President insists he was in the dark on intelligence report

Sirisena said that tough action will be taken to ensure similar incidents do not take place in future. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena, who is also the Minister of Law and Order, said that if he was alerted in advance he would have taken steps to prevent the attacks from taking place. President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that he was in the dark with regards to an intelligence report warning of suicide attacks in Sri Lanka.Addressing the nation today, the President said that he has now decided to make drastic changes in the security establishment over the next 24 hours. The Government had earlier said that the intelligence report was only shared with the Police Chief and the President and that other members of the Government were left in the dark.The President said that the cabinet had this week discussed the failure on intelligence sharing. He said that he will take stern action on those who failed to inform him of the intelligence report. read more

Jennifer Lopez goes offcamera online for ABC Familys new drama The Fosters

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 6:46 pm MDT Jennifer Lopez goes off-camera, online for ABC Family’s new drama ‘The Fosters’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jennifer Lopez isn’t on screen for the debut of her new TV series, but she will be on Twitter.Lopez is an executive producer of ABC Family’s drama “The Fosters,” which debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Monday. The channel says the actress and singer will be live-tweeting from her (at)JLo account during the episode.“The Fosters” is about a lesbian couple who are parents to a brood that includes adopted twins and a foster child. The cast includes Teri Polo of the “Meet the Parents” movie franchise.Lopez says the drama reflects the changing nature of families today. She says she may appear on the show or provide music for it in later episodes.“The Fosters” was created by actor Peter Paige of Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” and Bradley Bredeweg. read more

Shania Twain announces 2014 Vegas show dates prepares to wrap up first

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Shania Twain has added another 15 dates to her Las Vegas performing calendar.Tickets for shows scheduled from Jan. 22 to Feb. 15 go on sale Friday.The country superstar already has performances of “Shania: Still the One” set through October and into November to round out her first full year at Caesars Palace.The five-time Grammy winner known for hits such as “Any Man of Mine” and “That Don’t Impress Me” made her debut last December shortly after parading down the Las Vegas Strip on horseback.Her show features trained horses, a live band and a flying motorcycle.It’s set at the Colosseum, home to fellow Canadian songstress Celine Dion. Shania Twain announces 2014 Vegas show dates, prepares to wrap up first full year of residency AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2013 12:46 pm MDT read more