Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police conduct raids in several cities

first_imgThe Pune police on Tuesday carried out searches at the residences of prominent human rights lawyers and activists across Nagpur, Pune and Delhi to probe their alleged links with Naxals and their role in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ to commemorate the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in December last year.The searches, which commenced early morning, include the residences of activist Rona Wilson in New Delhi, lawyer Surendra Gadling in Nagpur, who has fought on behalf of former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba, and those of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) activists – Sudhir Dhavale, Harshali Potdar, Jyoti Jagtap, Ramesh Ghaichor and Deepak Dhengle in Pune.While Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Mumbai that the searches were not conducted in view of the Bhima-Koregaon clashes but were a nationwide operation against those believed to be associated with Naxalism, KKM activists decried the State’s ‘pressure tactics’, stating they were being “unjustly targeted” for demanding the arrest of octogenarian Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’, who is prime accused in the January 1 riots.“Why are we being searched now months after the FIR was lodged against us? Each time, we are ‘soft targets’ for the government and the police machinery, who insinuate us of promoting Maoist-Naxalite ideology,” said Jyoti Jagtap of the KKM.She said that the police began conducting searches since 6 a.m. and that they went till noon.“The search team especially marked out literature which included pamphlets on Ambedkar’s thoughts and those of progressive activists like Annabhau Sathe. There is nothing sinister about these tracts, nor have we attempted to hide, print or distribute anything inflammatory at the time of the ‘Elgaar Parishad’,” said Ms. Jagtap.She further said that the KKM was not the only outfit that had participated in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which saw a massive congregation of more than 200 liberal and Ambedkarite outfits.While authorities who conducted the searches refused to comment, police sources said that they were to probe whether those who participated in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ in Pune held just before the Koregaon-Bhima riots of January 1 had or retained Naxal/ Maoist links.On January 8, the Vishrambaug Wada police station in Pune had lodged an FIR against six KKM members, including five of those whose residences were searched, for making allegedly ‘provocative’ speeches and presentations calculated to promote enmity between two groups at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held at Pune’s Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31 last year as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.The complaint had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ which lasted nearly eight hours (form 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.) on December 31.On January 3 this year, the Vishrambaug police had similarly lodged a case against Gujarat Assembly MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Umar Khaled for allegedly promoting enmity between two groups with their supposedly provocative speeches at the Parishad.Mr. Mevani, Mr. Khalid, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar and Radhika Vemula were among the speakers at the event held at Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31, 2017 to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which 500 soldiers of the untouchable Mahar community fought alongside the English to defeat the vastly superior forces of Peshwa Bajirao II.A day later, on January 1, violent clashes between two groups marred the bicentenary celebrations of the battle at the Koregaon Bhima village, resulting in the death of one person, Rahul Phatangale of Sanaswadi village.The KKM- a radical Dalit and working-class cultural troupe – has alleged the outfit was being made “a scapegoat” in order to divert attention from the real perpetrators of the January 1 clashes at Koregaon Bhima village which resulted in the death of one person.last_img read more

With LeBron James back, Lakers outlast Clippers in OT

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Ex-Arsenal player takes Chinese citizenship in landmark move SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys,” he said, “but being out five weeks, I’m feeling it right now. I wish I could click my shoes together right now and be home in my bed.”James came up one assist shy of a triple-double. He made 5 of 7 free throws, had four turnovers and no fouls in 40 minutes of his first game since Dec. 25 at Golden State, when he strained his left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow,” he said. “That’s going to be the telltale sign of all the rehabbing and the working and everything I’ve been putting in these last five weeks.”The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of his 16-year career. “I don’t know how you can come to that call,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You make contact with the head, it’s a flagrant. It was too obvious. It was an elbow to the face. Why put in those rules if you’re not going to call it?”Marjanovic’s teammate Lou Williams added, “Boban gets penalized so much for being big. If you elbow a guy away from the basket, it should be an offensive foul.”Avery Bradley and Williams missed on the same possession, and Williams missed a free throw when Stephenson got called for a technical in a tussle with Bradley. The Clippers were 14 of 26 from the foul line.Williams couldn’t get a potential tying 3-pointer off in the right corner before the final buzzer.Stephenson added 20 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 13 rebounds. They enjoyed strong support from the Staples Center crowd as the visiting team.Williams led the Clippers with 24 points. Patrick Beverley added 17.Harris hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in regulation, tying it at 112-all after the Clippers fought back after trailing by 14 early in the fourth.“The good thing is we kept fighting all night,” Harris said.The Lakers led by seven with just under two minutes to play, but the Clippers erased the deficit on baskets by Williams and Marjanovic before Harris scored from near the right baseline.James scored five of the Lakers’ first seven points in the fourth for a 94-85 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The Clippers made 5 of 7 free throws to close to 103-101.The Lakers gained a 14-point lead near the end of the third quarter on Stephenson’s 3-pointer. They outscored the Clippers 33-22 in the period.TIP-INSLakers: They improved to 11-13 on the road. … James is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, where he will captain the Western Conference team. … Kyle Kuzma (left hip strain) and Josh Hart (left knee tendinitis) also returned.Clippers: Bradley played with a sore right knee and then strained his right quad during the game. … Longtime fan Billy Crystal joined retiring play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler to call the game. … F Danilo Gallinari (low back spasms) missed his seventh straight game. He will join the team on its upcoming road trip and likely return either Sunday at Toronto or Tuesday at Charlotte.NO ALL-STARHarris’ bid to make the All-Star team for the first time in his eight-year career failed. Rivers said he texted and emailed his fellow coaches to no avail. He believed Harris had made a solid case by being the leading scorer on a winning team in the rugged Western Conference.UP NEXTLakers: At Golden State on Saturday in the second game of their six-stop Grammy road trip.Clippers: At Detroit on Saturday to start a six-game Grammy trip. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He looked good,” said Tobias Harris, who guarded James much of the game.Tied 118-all, James scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Lance Stephenson drove for a flailing layup, hitting Boban Marjanovic in the nose with his left elbow while getting fouled. After a review by the officials, no additional penalty was called.The review was for “a possible or potential hostile act,” crew chief John Goble told a pool reporter after the game.Goble said the on-court ruling was a defensive foul and there was no additional contact.Stephenson completed the three-point play that kept the Lakers ahead 123-118.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, tries to drive past Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James looked like his old self, even if he wasn’t feeling like it after his first game since Christmas.James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime Thursday night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Twitter celebrates Mary Kom’s historic Asian Games gold

first_imgIndia’s MC Mary Kom holds the Indian national flag and celebrates her gold medal in the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) final boxing match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South KoreaM C Mary Kom on Wednesday became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games after she came from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova in the flyweight (51KG) summit clash.The twitter was abuzz with greetings. So proud of u @mangtec u r a true champ!! My Shero! Be #Unbeatable Be #Unbreakable Be #MaryKom pic.twitter.com/v4G5THGqmVPRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) October 1, 2014Yaaaaaay!!!Now that’s called Woman Power! #MaryKom gets gold..makes India Proud & shows us that we can achieve anything! #Momof3 #champion PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) October 1, 2014Congrats India!! Mary Kom wins gold in boxing! Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) October 1, 2014(Thrilled! Congratulations Mary! Her movie A must see for all) @ANI_news: Mary Kom wins India’s 7th Gold medal at Asian Games 2014.” Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) October 1, 2014Mary Kom! What a champion fighter! True winners let their work do the talking. Inspirational! For those who missed the film, await the DVD Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) October 1, 2014YES! The legendary #MaryKom wins gold for India at the Asian Games. Easily, one of the most inspirational Indians. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 1, 2014Congratulations Mary Kom. We are all proud of u.Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 1, 2014Congratulations #MaryKom !! Gul Panag (@GulPanag) October 1, 2014 Huge congratulations to the relentlessly inspiring Mary Kom for yet again making india proud sHAhID kapooR (@shahidkapoor) October 1, 2014Hail Mary Kom..!U’ve done Ind proud again..Pl keep up the tempo till Rio-May God give U strength 2 compete w/gr8r gusto!Magnificent MaryKom!advertisement Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) October 1, 2014last_img read more

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Aubameyang and VAR Earn Arsenal Draw Against United as Both Struggle to Shine

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester: Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal on Monday in a Premier League game which was a poor imitation of some of the past classic clashes between the rival clubs.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 58th minute goal for the visitors, given after a VAR review, cancelled out Scott McTominay’s well-struck opener on the stroke of halftime but it was a game which highlighted the weaknesses of the teams. The result leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United in 10th with nine points, their worst start after seven games for 30 years, and they have won just one of their last six league games.Arsenal are in fourth spot on 12 points but the nine-point gap to leaders Liverpool illustrates how far away the London side are from being real title contenders.”I thought how many times have we been 1-0 up and not got the second goal?” said Solskjaer, who was disappointed his side were not given a penalty when Sead Kolasinac appeared to handle just before Arsenal’s goal.”This is a steep learning curve for us and we’ll keep working hard and with more experience, we’ll make the right decisions,” he said.Emery was left with a similar feeling.”I want more — more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing. We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box,” said the Spaniard.LEAGUE FOLKLOREThis fixture is part of the folklore of the Premier League era, producing some epic battles between Alex Ferguson’s and Arsene Wenger’s title-winning sides, physical clashes between midfielders Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira with the highlights reel of past encounters also full of skill and flair.While there is certainly a retro feel to Old Trafford under the lights and in the rain, the only throwback on the field were some of the heavy and late challenges.There are multiple weaknesses in both teams but what stood out when they met was the lack of class and quality in midfield.Arsenal look lightweight and lacking any real spine while United, despite having France international Paul Pogba back from injury, were short of attacking options and creativity.None of that was really a surprise. Both managers view their teams as being in transition and while United still lack obvious elements needed to compete at the top end, Arsenal’s investments had raised hopes of something better.There had been little excitement in the first half but United keeper David De Gea did have to pull off a fine double-save in the 44th minute, pushing out a low shot from Bukayo Saka and then doing well to keep out Matteo Guendouzi’s follow-up.Moments later, United had the lead when Marcus Rashford found McTominay on the edge of the box and his slightly deflected shot towards the top corner beat motionless Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal got back on level terms in controversial circumstances before the hour with a goal from Aubameyang.United left-back Axel Tuanzebe gave the ball away to Saka who threaded it through to Aubameyang but the linesman raised his flag well before the striker put the ball past De Gea.The VAR review correctly showed United defender Harry Maguire had played Aubameyang onside and the goal was given.However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared furious that the linesman had flagged when recent practice has been for the flag not to be shown until the end of a move.McTominay then missed a glorious chance to secure the points and add to his growing reputation when, from an Ashley Young corner, he headed over from close range, having lost his marker.Leno then made two good saves to keep Unai Emery’s Arsenal side on level terms, diving to deny Maguire’s effort from the edge of the box and then reacting well to keep out Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time free kick. arsenalAubameyangepl points tableManchester United First Published: October 1, 2019, 8:08 AM ISTlast_img read more

Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy Sail Through to 2nd Round With Easy Wins

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmitonGa Eun Kimhong kong openHS Prannoy First Published: November 13, 2019, 12:42 PM IST PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy both progressed to the second round of the Honk Kong Open with straight-game victories on Wednesday.Sindhu defeated South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-15 21-16 in a 36-minute clash, whereas Prannoy beat Huang Yu Xiang of China 21-17 21-17 in 44 minutes. World No 6 Sindhu moved to a 8-4 lead early on but Kim managed to turn the tables, holding a 11-10 advantage at the breather. The Indian then reeled off six points at 13-13 to march ahead and seal the opening game.The second game was no different as Sindhu again broke off at 5-5, grabbing seven points on the trot to move to a massive 12-5 lead. The Indian kept moving ahead and eventually shut the door comfortably on her opponent.Sindhu will next play Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, as Prannoy faces Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the second round.Meanwhile, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost their first-round match against Denmark’s Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen 12-21 13-21.Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma crashed out after suffering contrasting defeats in the opening round.Eighth seed Saina, who claimed the Indonesia Masters in January this year, suffered her fifth first-round loss in the last six tournaments, going down 13-21 20-22 to China’s Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. She had lost to Cai at China Open last week.World no.16 Sameer fought for 54 minutes before going to Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 11-21 21-13 8-21 in the opening match. It was his third successive loss in the opening round.(With inputs from Agencies) last_img read more

Video: This is how Tommy Singh of Udta Punjab aka Shahid Kapoor slays it at the gym

first_imgThis is not the first time actor Shahid Kapoor has gone on to surprise us with his impeccable physique. A couple of years ago, Kapoor caught the fitness bug, aptly so, for his role in Kaminey.But after donning a wacky new avatar for his upcoming flick, Udta Punjab, Shahid has left no stone unturned to absolutely look the part. Shahid plays the role of a rock-star called Tommy Singh, who is infamous for abusing drugs. The lean and ripped body that the actor sports in the film is all thanks to his religious workout, which, honestly, makes him look nothing less than a gym beast.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ Shahidkapoor Since the good news about the film being released with just one cut has already come through, you can’t, just can’t, miss out on Kapoor’s efforts for the film. He really does what most of us can only dream of. And for that, Shahid’s personal trainer, Abbas Ali, sure needs an applause.The Udta Punjab lead recently put up a few videos of his workout and we’re more than motivated.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ ShahidkapoorHis Instagram posts are often about hitting the gym and being fit, but these new videos have us drooling.  Now, just look at him. He could give any fitness trainer a good run for his money. Look at that back!Delta death–rightly said!last_img read more

Jose Mourinho blames players, referee for Manchester United’s derby loss

first_imgOn the face of it, Jose Mourinho shouldered the blame for the wounding defeat in his first Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday. (Guardiola’s City outclass Mourinho’s United in Manchester derby)Yet in familiar fashion, the ‘Special One’ was also keen to deflect attention from how he had been outmanoeuvred by Pep Guardiola once again in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City and to heap responsibility on some under-performing luminaries.Asked if picking the wrong team may have been responsible for United being embarrassingly outplayed in the first half, Mourinho shrugged: “We could play with some individuals with some qualities who didn’t give me what I want.”Is it their fault? Is it my fault? It’s my fault because it’s my choice.”It sounded like classic, grudging Mourinho, almost an intimation that, actually, he was the one who should feel let down by the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard.Mkhitaryan looked still off the pace after a rib problem and Lingard, also back after injury, was poor while United’s in-form lightning rod Marcus Rashford was left on the bench until the second half to inject some desperately needed pace and fire.After that mistake was rectified too belatedly, Mourinho turned to heaping opprobrium on referee Mark Clattenburg, suggesting that the referee was responsible for the defeat by turning down two penalty appeals.The implication was that he, naturally, was not to blame.Yet what was Mourinho really thinking as he watched Guardiola’s side running rings round his men in the opening half, all largely orchestrated by a player whose obvious quality was lost on him when he was at Chelsea?advertisementUnited paid 89 million pounds ($118.15 million) to gift Paul Pogba for Mourinho but the world’s most expensive player was anonymous compared to City’s driving force Kevin de Bruyne.The Belgian prodigy never won Mourinho’s affection or trust at Stamford Bridge, because — supposedly — he was not prepared to battle for his place.Yet, increasingly, after his superb post-Chelsea exploits at Wolfsburg and now City, it seems even more mysterious that such a fine man manager as Mourinho could not recognise that here was a special talent worth nurturing.The one that got away gave Guardiola everything Mourinho might have hoped for from Pogba, scoring the opener, hitting the post which led to Kelechi Iheanacho’s tap-in and still going strong enough near the end to hit the woodwork again.De Bruyne was so influential that if it had not been for Claudio Bravo’s nervy debut in the City goal, which allowed United back into the match, the game could have easily been dead by halftime.”For the fans it is worth more than three points,” De Bruyne noted. “For us, we just have to maintain the same.” That includes more of the same from him, the skill, industry and engine that should serve Guardiola so handsomely this season.last_img read more

Bolt says this is goodbye; Lochte says he’s sorry

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team just got by Spain on Friday, hours before another Olympic juggernaut, Usain Bolt, says his goodbye at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.A day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Bolt will appear in what he has insisted will be his final Olympic race. He’ll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4×100 relay finals. Bolt led the Jamaicans to the top of the podium in the event in Beijing and again in London, where the team set the world and Olympic records.While Bolt is saying goodbye, Ryan Lochte is saying he’s sorry.Breaking his silence, Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior surrounding an early-morning incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more candid about how he described what happened after a night of partying with his teammates following the final swimming races.Klay Thompson’s 22 points led the Americans to their third straight Olympic gold-medal game with an 82-76 win over Spain, the silver medalist in both Beijing and London.The Spaniards, led by Pau Gasol’s 23 points, made it tough on the Americans for the third straight Olympics but again couldn’t upset the world’s No. 1 team. The U.S. will play Australia or Serbia on Sunday for the gold.Inbee Park kept her composure in strong wind and made two late birdies to regain the lead, posting a 1-under 70 for a two-shot lead going into the final round at Olympic Golf Course.Lydia Ko, a 19-year-old Kiwi and the No. 1 player in women’s golf put herself in contention thanks to the first hole-in-one of her career. Also two shots back in the final group is Gerina Piller, the American who narrowly qualified for the Olympics in her final event.Day 14 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, wrestling, boxing, platform diving and more.The American women’s 4×100 relay team will try to capitalize on its reprieve following a collision on a handoff at the Olympic track stadium, and Germany and Sweden meet in the first all-European Olympic women’s soccer final.Lochte said in a lengthy post on Instagram that he was apologizing for his role in taking the focus away from other Olympic athletes.“This was a situation that could and should have been avoided,” Lochte said. “I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.”The 12-time Olympic medalist reiterated his view that a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money to let him leave a gas station. Lochte had called it a gunpoint robbery; Brazilian police said he and three other swimmers vandalized a bathroom while intoxicated and were confronted by armed security guards.Lochte returned to the United States early in the week before a Brazilian judge had ordered his passport taken away while police investigated his claims of getting robbed at gunpoint by thieves posing as police. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jimmy Anderson puts focus on England series win rather than 500th wicket

first_imgShare on Pinterest England v West Indies 2017 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. West Indies cricket team Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Cricket Sportblog Jimmy Anderson Support The Guardian features England cricket team Share on Facebook When Glenn McGrath brought up his 500th Test wicket at Lord’s in 2005 by teasing an edge to third slip off Marcus Trescothick, the great Australian fast bowler had a pair of gold-stitched bowling boots run on to the field by the 12th man to mark the occasion.Jimmy Anderson, sitting three away from becoming just the third seamer to the milestone after McGrath and Courtney Walsh, has no such plans for the third Investec Test against West Indies, instead preferring to focus on the series decider.“I am a bit of a believer in fate so if it’s meant to be this week, then it will happen,” said Anderson, speaking before his 129th match for England. “As long as we get the win I am not too fussed. I know I am talking about it but I really don’t want to think about it.”Anderson’s insouciance, compared to the indulgence of McGrath’s cobbler, stems from having been on the brink of such feats before – chiefly the 384th wicket in his 100th Test that broke Sir Ian Botham’s England record in Antigua two years ago – and perhaps the fact that it should have come last week at Headingley.England’s 35-year-old attack leader was instead left grumpy after the tourists chased down 322 on the final day to set up this Lord’s finale. He says he and his team-mates were outplayed for the first half of the match and the bowlers strived too hard for wickets after the batsmen, bar Ben Stokes, blundered in the first innings.The challenge this week is correcting those mistakes to make it two series wins from two for their captain, Joe Root, and, for the attack in particular, sending their bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, off to his new role in charge of South Africa with a farewell victory. Who replaces the popular Bajan before this winter’s Ashes series remains an open question – the deadline for applications is the end of September – and Anderson, like the management, believes the new coach should be tactically minded first, given that the technical side of bowling is best addressed before a player actually reaches international level.Anderson, who insisted any talk of himself assuming the role was tongue in cheek, said: “It is [an appointment] for the next generation – me and Stuart Broad could probably finish off our careers without a bowling coach in the side. It is very important for the guys coming through, someone who can prepare them for playing Test cricket.”Certainly Gibson is emotional at the departure following his second spell in the England camp and speaking before his final match, mentioned the privilege of helping mentor the country’s two leading wicket-takers. He says his grandchildren will also be told about his throwdowns to England’s record Test run-scorer Alastair Cook in years to come.In terms of the next generation, Gibson identified Warwickshire’s Olly Stone – who bowled 90mph-plus on T20 Finals Day after returning from a serious knee injury – and Durham’s Mark Wood as the best talents coming through. The surface has just been scratched with the latter, who continues to battle against his fragile body.The hope is that such talents will still see a future in Test cricket after what seemed like a watershed moment in the game this week, with the television rights for the next five years of the Indian Premier League sold for £1.7bn, taking the Twenty20 competition past international cricket in terms of value per match for the first time in history.“If you look at it logically then why would you put yourself through five days of hard work [compared to four overs in a Twenty20]?” said Anderson. “But I’d like to think that certainly in county cricket the majority, then their ambition is to play Test cricket.“It is nice to see someone like [England one-day wicketkeeper] Jos Buttler, who could easily decide not to play four-day cricket, but he is still doing so for Lancashire when he can – he wants to play Test cricket. As long as guys like that are leading the way that Test cricket is still important, then hopefully the game will be fine.”One beneficiary of the new money in the IPL will likely be Stokes, who after securing a £1.7m deal this year and going on to be player of the tournament will re-enter the auction for 2018 with up to six weeks of availability after England announced that their summer fixtures will start on 24 May against Pakistan.The Durham all-rounder’s lack of availability for the one-off Twenty20 international against West Indies at Chester-le-street, after England opted to rest him before the one-day series, has caused some disquiet in the north-east, where they are still smarting from their enforced relegation and 48-point punishment last autumn.Speaking about this, the England head coach, Trevor Bayliss, said: “It was a collective decision between the management and the player in that Ben needed a break and it is just unfortunate that it is a one-off T20 at Durham.“We need him fresh and ready to go for an important one-day series against a strong West Indies side. The fact that the game is at Durham is a coincidence. We’re mindful we’ve got a busy winter coming up and finding a gap is difficult.” Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Selling Goods and Services to Government

first_imgThe province is helping Halifax area businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards and health authorities, are meeting with local business operators at a trade show today, Oct. 21, at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. “It’s important for government to be aware of the many innovative Nova Scotia businesses offering top-notch goods and services,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIssac. “The connections made at today’s trade show help to strengthen the economy and create prosperity.” The trade show will help businesses learn how to increase sales by selling to government and publicly funded agencies. They can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion spent by the public sector annually on goods, services and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is hosted by the Department of Economic Development. It is part of the province’s supplier development program that encourages Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small-business operators learn how to bid on government tenders and provides outreach services and community workshops on how to access business opportunities with government. More information on supplier development is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment .last_img read more

Incident Involving Halifax Regional Police Under Investigation

first_imgThe province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident where a man in Halifax Regional Police custody needed to be taken to hospital early today, June 13. At about 3:15 a.m., Halifax Regional Police officers responded to an alarm at a Needs convenience store on Chebucto Road. A 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene. While in police holding cells pending a court appearance, he developed medical concerns that required him to be taken to hospital. In accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 902-424-2010. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The Serious Incident Response Team can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.last_img read more

RCMP ask anyone who may have helped BC suspects flee to come

first_imgThe Canadian Press Mounties in Manitoba are asking that anyone who may have unwittingly helped two teen homicide suspects leave the area where they were last seen to come forward.Cpl. Julie Courchaine says police aren’t saying that’s what happened, but aren’t ruling out any possibilities.Courchaine says Bryer Schmegelsky, who is 18, and his 19-year-old friend Kam McLeod may have changed their appearance.She urges the public across the country to keep a careful watch out for the pair, who are wanted in the deaths of three people in northern British Columbia.Courchaine stresses that there have been no confirmed sightings since one in the Gillam area in northern Manitoba on Monday, so the search for the two is still focused there.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Vancouver man and are suspects in the fatal shootings of an Australian man and his American girlfriend.A burned-out car the teens were travelling in was found near Gillam this week.Courchaine says police are going door to door in Gillam and on the Fox Lake First Nation looking for leads as to where the suspects may be.“It is possible that someone may not have been aware of who they were providing assistance to, and may now be hesitant to come forward,” she said at an RCMP update in Winnipeg on Friday. “I want to reiterate the importance of contacting police immediately.“It is critical that all Canadians remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 911 or your local police immediately.”last_img read more

Daniel Henney Calls For An End To South Koreas Dog Meat Trade

first_imgKorean-American actor Daniel Henney has taken time out of his filming schedule to support a campaign in South Korea close to his heart – protecting dogs from the dog meat trade.Daniel Henney with ClintThe ‘Criminal Minds’ actor stars alongside Clint, a dog rescued from a dog meat farm, in a new advertising poster hitting the Seoul subway this week calling for all dogs to be treated with compassion. The campaign for Humane Society International will also see a PSA video of Henney and Clint launch across social media, as well as a revealing interview in which the star talks fondly of his love for canine ‘best friend’ Mango. The campaign is timed to hit during the hottest days of summer in July and August, known as the Bok Nal days, when the majority of dog meat is eaten in South Korea.In his video interview with HSI, Henney talks about his dog Mango, a 14-year old golden retriever. Mango is originally from South Korea where more than 2.5 million dogs a year are bred and killed on thousands of dog meat farms for human consumption. Henney said: “Mango is from Korea and I only speak Korean with her and although she’s been very fortunate, she didn’t have to live a difficult life, she just as easily could have. So I think in my personal opinion every dog out there in Korea is my Mango and they deserve to live a life like she has, they all deserve to be a companion, to be loved because they all have that potential to be amazing like she is.”Henney also reflects on when he was first confronted by the dog meat trade, whilst filming in Korea in 2007. He said: “I looked down this road and it’s a row of restaurants, and each restaurant in front they all have these bins or cages. And they had dogs inside of them, probably 20 dogs in each cage just piled on top of each other. The restaurant owners come out one by one, open the top of the bin, rip out a dog and take them into the restaurant clearly to be butchered, killed, slaughtered. I didn’t know what I’d seen and it was very affecting to me.”Humane Society International has rescued more than 800 dogs, including golden retrievers just like Mango, as part of its ongoing campaign to see an end to the industry. Working in co-operation with dog farmers keen to get out of the trade, HSI has so far permanently closed down eight dog farms where dogs are confined their whole lives in barren metal cages with little food or protection from the harsh climate. The charity plans its ninth dog farm closure in mid July.Henney’s campaign co-star, Clint, is a Tosa rescued by the HSI team in 2015. He was languishing on a dog meat farm in Chungcheongnamdo along with 119 other dogs. If not for HSI, Clint would have ended up at one of South Korea’s live dog markets or slaughterhouses where his grim fate would have been to be killed by electrocution for meat. HSI hopes that seeing Henney with Clint and hearing him talk about his love of all dogs, will prompt South Koreans to rethink the common misconception of ‘dog meat’ dogs as stupid and soulless.Nara Kim for HSI said: “Daniel and Clint are the perfect partnership for our efforts to end the cruel dog meat trade. Clint’s photo will be seen by millions of people across Seoul, representing the millions of dogs not as lucky as him to have escaped the cruelty. Every dog on a dog meat farm is as special as Clint, capable of being loving and loyal friends if only given the chance. Daniel is helping us spread that message of compassion to change hearts and minds.”Henny’s posters are the first of a raft of public awareness raising initiatives that HSI will be rolling out in South Korea across the summer. You can support their campaign by signing their global petition.HSI believes that no culture in any country, East or West, must ever be used as an excuse for cruelty. More and more South Koreans want a new culture of compassion and are challenging the so-called tradition of dog meat. Whilst dog meat consumption remains contentious, a growing animal protection movement within the country is rightly opposing traditional practices that cause animal suffering. Change is coming from within South Korea and HSI supports that change, actively partnering with South Korean animal protection groups.Facts: * Most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dogs, and the practice is increasingly out of favour with the younger generation who is rejecting dog meat. * During the Bok Nal days, 70-80 percent of dog meat is eaten in South Korea, mainly as a peppery soup called bosintang that is believed to improve stamina and virility. * Most people in South Korea never visit a dog meat farm and are unaware of the suffering experienced by the dogs. HSI is keen to dispel the widespread misconception that farmed dogs are somehow different in nature to companion dogs. * There are an estimated 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea, breeding more than 2.5 million dogs annually. * In addition to their life of suffering on the farm, the method used to kill the dogs is brutal – death by electrocution is most common, with dogs usually taking up to five minutes to die, although there have been instances of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. Hanging is also common. Dogs are killed in full view of the other dogs, and their final moments will be terrifying and extremely painful. * The dog meat industry is in legal limbo in South Korea, neither legal nor illegal. Many provisions of the Animal Protection Act are routinely breached, such as the ban on killing animals in a brutal way including hanging by the neck, killing in public areas or in front of other animals of the same species.For more information on our campaign visit hsi.org/dogmeatlast_img read more

North Peace Secondary School open for Thursday

first_imgNPSS was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a burst pipe that had caused damage to an electrical unit in the building.For more updates and information, you can visit the School District’s website at prn.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has announced that North Peace Secondary School will be open again on Thursday, February 14.Dave Sloan, School District 60 Superintendent, says they have a contingency plan to resume instruction at the School, which includes running a generator.“We have a contingency plan to resume instruction. The building is being powered by a diesel generator. We still have on-going repairs to the building’s main transformer to be completed.”last_img read more

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

first_imgYangon: A Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, forcing the jet into an emergency landing with no front wheels on Sunday morning, an official said. The nailbiting touchdown — in which nobody was injured — was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country. The Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 — an Embraer-190 model — was grounded at around 9 am in Mandalay (0230 GMT), a city popular among foreign tourists, with all 89 people on board including seven crew members, safe. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn unverified video circulated on social media showing a graceful landing before the nose of the jet tipped over and ground to a halt. Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department, told AFP the pilot tried repeatedly to drop the landing gear at the front of the plane — first through its computer system, then manually. “They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not,” Ye Htut Aung said, calling it a “technical fault”. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”So they had to land with the back wheels… The pilot could land it skillfully,” he said. “There were no casualties.” Myanmar National Airlines are now sending engineers to Mandalay to check on the aircraft, Ye Htut Aung said, adding that all jets get a daily flight check. Passenger Soe Moe told AFP: “Smoke came out a little when we landed… All passengers are okay.” Sunday’s incident comes just days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane crash-landed and slid off a runway while landing in Yangon airport during a storm on Wednesday, leaving 11 passengers injured. Myanmar’s monsoon season has caused problems for commercial and military flights in the past. A military plane crashed into the Andaman sea in 2017 with 122 people on board — one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country’s history — which authorities attributed to bad weather. And in 2015, a passenger plane by Air Bagan veered off the runway due to bad weather and heavy rain.last_img read more

Omar Mateen’s Alleged Lover Says Attack Was Revenge for HIV

New York – A man who goes by the name Miguel and claims he had sexual relationship with Omar Meteen, perpetrator of the Orlando mass shooting, said the gunman acted out of revenge against Puerto Ricans.The man, who spoke to Univision, said he had sexual relationships with Omar for two months. In 12-minute-long interview, Omar’s alleged gay lover said the mass shooter went made after he learned that the man with whom he had a sexual relationship was HIV-positive.“He hates gay Puerto Ricans for all the stuff [the HIV-positive man] did to him,” Miguel said. “I believe this crazy, horrible thing he did was for revenge. “This sounds bad and I lot of people to get a lot of pain for what I am to say, but this crazy horrible thing it was revenge. It was not terrorism, he said.Miguel went to add that he spoke on several occasions with Omar about religion and heard good things about Islam.“He said the Muslim religion is a beautiful, beautiful religion, where everything is about love.”Miguel added that he met the first time with Omar in lounge called  the“parliament”, adding that on their second encounter they went to a hotel called the Ambassador, in west Orlando.“We went to the hotel between at least 15 and 20 times, and we slept 20 nights together in the same room,” he told the journalist.Miguel added that there are several security videos from the hotel where they used to spend their time together that can corroborate his claims. read more

Afghanistan among worst places for pregnant women new UNICEFUS survey shows

The surveys conducted by UNICEF and the CDC in four provinces found an average of 1,600 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births – a figure that suggests that Afghanistan may well be the worst place in the world for a woman to become pregnant. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the surveys – the largest of their kind ever conducted in Afghanistan – reveal an “ongoing humanitarian tragedy for Afghan women and children, one that needs to be publicized and overcome.”Ms. Bellamy noted that Taliban restrictions on women, coupled with 20 years of war, had dramatically set back women’s health status. “With new leadership and ongoing assistance from the international community, Afghanistan has a prime opportunity to reverse this record, starting now,” she said. “But investment in basic health care will only be beneficial to women if they are supported in accessing that care.”US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, who recently visited Afghanistan, said his country “is committed to reversing these heartbreaking conditions and to helping restore health to the women and children in Afghanistan.””It is terrible that women are dying in the act of giving birth,” said UNICEF Representative Eric Laroche. “UNICEF is deeply committed to helping Afghanistan improve the health of women and children, and a key to progress is lowering maternal deaths.”In some remote regions, surveyors travelled house-to-house for several days on horseback to interview families about the deaths of women in their communities. The report examines data from 13,000 households, where family members provided information on an estimated 85,000 women. Families were asked about causes of death among women of reproductive age who died during the years 1999 to 2002. read more

Vancouver transit vote case study in national transportation funding crisis

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2015 4:30 am MDT Vancouver transit vote ‘case study’ in national transportation funding crisis A sky train moves between stations in downtown Vancouver, Saturday, March 14, 2015. A unprecedented plebiscite will be asking Metro Vancouver residents if they will be willing to foot the bill for a mega public transportation overhaul. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER – Ballots for an unprecedented plebiscite begin arriving in mailboxes on Monday asking Vancouver-area residents whether they’re willing to foot the bill for a massive public transportation overhaul.The vote gives citizens the option of paying a 0.5 per cent sales tax in exchange for a vastly upgraded rapid transit system, hundreds more buses, additional ferries and a new bridge — a mammoth package projected to cost $7.5 billion over a decade.Experts say the transportation problems faced by the region’s mayors are emblematic of a dilemma for many big Canadian cities: crumbling infrastructure threatening to buckle under growing populations and no money to fix it.“It’s a huge problem everywhere,” said Prof. Patrick Condon, chair of the urban design program at the University of British Columbia.“At the same time, the costs of maintaining the infrastructure are increasing proportionately, the taxpayers’ ability and their willingness to pay for that increase is decreasing. The current plebiscite is very good case study of that problem.”The Vancouver area faces the same conundrum as Toronto and Calgary, which are both plugging away at expensive transit improvements, and several U.S. cities such such as Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles.On its face, the Vancouver plebiscite appears to be a stop-or-go decision between tax and transit.But proponents — ranging from mayors to big business to police chiefs — argue the vote is actually a pivotal choice.A Yes vote, they say, will allow them to transform deteriorating infrastructure into their vision for economic and environmental prosperity; a No vote would mean an unsustainable crush of cars on roads.“This is about the future of the region — how it’s going to be shaped,” said transportation expert Gordon Price, director of the city program at Simon Fraser University.The transit champions say upgrades are crucial for accommodating an estimated influx of one million more residents into the Vancouver region over the next 30 years.Opponents have vilified TransLink, the agency that operates the region’s transit system, as wasteful.Residents must mail in their vote by May 29, with the result expected in June.Funding infrastructure projects in Canada, and elsewhere in North America, is a perennial challenge that’s been most commonly answered by taxpayers, said Fiona Crofton, a sustainability professional and former University of British Columbia professor.“There are various ways, and people will fall in various camps about what we should do, and how we should do it,” she said. “That’s where the big crux comes of course, in terms of the diversity of perception and access and power.”Big city mayors congregate regularly to brainstorm about tackling their funding issues, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson specifically raised the transportation concern at their meeting in Toronto last month. Mayors have also rallied to coax more funding from the provincial and federal governments, where the standard formula has traditionally divided the cost into thirds.“Municipalities don’t have that many options for funding, unfortunately, under our system,” said Brent Toderian, a global city planning consultant and former chief planner for Vancouver.B.C. municipalities have nonetheless offered several solutions to the transit crisis since the early 2000s, but the province repeatedly rejected proposals from vehicle levies to parking taxes, to carbon taxes.The current plebiscite is considered a last-ditch effort. Rather than using the only formal fundraising tool at the mayors’ disposal — the politically unsavoury option of hiking property taxes — they asked the premier to green-light a new sales tax.Legislation governing TransLink specifically allows for taxes to generate the projected $250 million funding per year the new plan would require. But in 2013, Premier Christy Clark promised a vote as the path to securing any new funding.The mayors seized the chance to break the impasse. But several observers contend a plebiscite is no way to set policy in Canada.“It definitely frightens me when I hear other parts of the country speak positively about the fact we’re having a referendum,” said Toderian.“That perception doesn’t understand the politics of what’s been going on here.”Price, the Simon Fraser University professor, said that if the plebiscite fails, it will deliver a “devastating” blow to the made-in-B.C. vision of “cities in a sea of green” that’s shaped the region for the past 40 years.“If we’re not going to tax ourselves anymore for these collective goods that deliver services broadly across the community? That’s a different kind of Canada.”Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter read more

The Latest California declares state of emergency over gas leak in Los

SAN FRANCISCO – The latest on a natural gas leak in a Los Angeles neighbourhood (all times local):1:35 p.m.California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency over a massive natural-gas leak that has been spewing fumes into a Los Angeles neighbourhood for months.Brown said Wednesday that he acted based on the requests of local residents in the community of Porter Ranch and the “prolonged and continuing” nature of the gas blowout at the underground storage facility.The leak is gushing huge amounts of methane daily, leading thousands of families to request relocation and two nearby schools to send away their students.A well at the Aliso Canyon gas field owned by Southern California Gas Co. blew out in October. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: California declares state of emergency over gas leak in Los Angeles neighbourhood read more

Terrelle Pryor undergoes successful surgery on injured foot

Sugar Bowl MVP Terrelle Pryor had surgery Friday to “stabilize a ligament” in his right foot, an Ohio State spokesman confirmed to The Lantern. Pryor tweeted about 4:30 p.m., “Surgery successful.” At noon on Saturday, Pryor posted, “I’m doing good. Resting. Foot up. Can’t do much but lay around. And write in my journal.” Pryor injured his foot during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 31-26 win over Arkansas. He sat out a play on OSU’s penultimate drive, replaced by backup Joe Bauserman. Pryor was limping considerably following the game and said he was in a lot of pain. The junior quarterback threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 115 yards against the Razorbacks. Pryor is one of five OSU players suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after the NCAA learned those players sold memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving benefits based on their personae. Pryor said repeatedly that he will return to OSU for his senior season. Coach Jim Tressel made the five suspended players pledge to return before granting them permission to travel with the team to New Orleans for the bowl game. read more