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first_imgThe Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, on December 19 with a voice vote amid repeated disruptions and adjournements.The Bill ensures effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibits commercial surrogacy, and allows altruistic surrogacy to needy Indian infertile couples who have been married for at least 5 years.Read it at Down to Earth Related Itemslast_img

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: US swimmers made up Rio robbery, vandalized gas station—policeLochte was banned from swimming for 10 months — a suspension that ends on June 30.During his suspension he has competed in a meet not sanctioned by USA Swimming and says he plans to try to make the 2020 Olympic team.The 12-time Olympic medalist will turn 36 during the Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT Hotshooting Brownlee still looking to elevate intensity of his game MOST READ Ryan Lochte. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—US swimmer Ryan Lochte has revealed he considered suicide after the drunken escapade at the Rio Olympics which triggered an international scandal.“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world,” Lochte told ESPN.com. “There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.’”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Asked if that meant he considered killing himself, Lochte nodded and added: “I was about to hang up my entire life.”Lochte has spoken previously of the depression that followed the scandal, in which he said he and two US swimming teammates had been mugged at gunpoint at gas station.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ryan Lochte, 3 other US swimmers robbed by armed men in RioBrazilian police determined he had largely fabricated the story, and Brazilian authorities were furious.center_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

first_imgAt the 15th National UCMAS Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition held on August 27, nine-year-old Prathamesh Shirodkar and eight-year-old Disha Mahale girls from Mumbai have won the ‘Champion’ trophy.Not only this, these children were awarded a cash prize as well.Details of the competition:The event was hosted by UCMAS India in Jaipur, Rajasthan on August 27, followed by an award ceremony on August 28Students from 25 states participated on a single dayAround 5,000 exams were conducted by the UCMAS As many as 1,600 trophies were distributed among students.Meanwhile, the competition saw the gracious presence of Parth Poddar, Sanskar Gupta, and Syam Sundar who had become World Champions at the recently concluded 6th Global Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition of WAAMA (World Association of Abacus and Mental Arithmetic) held at Hong Kong.While speaking about the competition, Chandrakant Mishra, Director of CBS Education said, “Abacus has proved to be excellent sport for brain and the winners have brought lot of pride to their respective cities and training centres by demonstrating highest level of mathematic skills with the help of hand and eye calculation.”Further, Chandrakant Mishra said that by using only an abacus or mental arithmetic, the UCMAS students had eight minutes to solve 200 mathematics questions.About Abacus:Abacus is a tool that sharpens concentration while developing a child’s learning abilityIt also simplifies mathematicsRegular work on the Abacus is essential for brain conditioning, says experts.Read: It will be 2050 before India achieves universal primary education: UNESCO report warning Read: Need for qualitative improvement in education, says HP Governor advertisementClick here for more education related news.last_img read more

first_imgFakhar Zaman believes that Pakistan should be considered favourites for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales because of the current team combination is brilliant and they are well equipped for the tournament.Pakistan have done brilliantly recently in limited-overs cricket and Zaman has been one of the key figures in their resurgence. Since making his international debut in March 2017, Zaman has been one of Pakistan’s mainstays in limited-overs cricket. He has played 18 ODIs and scored 1065 runs at an average of 76.06. He has also featured in 22 T20Is and raked up 646 runs at an average of 30.76.Zaman truly announced himself to the world, when he scored 114 off 106 in the 2017 Champions Trophy against India in Pakistan’s resounding 180-run win over their arch-rivals. Since then, he has not looked back and has become the fastest player to reach 1000 ODI runs and he also became the first Pakistani to smash a double ton in 50-over cricket, when he smashed 210 against Zimbabwe in July.And Zaman is carrying the confidence with him and feels that Pakistan are real contenders for the World Cup next year.”The current Pakistan team combination is brilliant and the results we have recently produced are good proof of that,” he told Sky Sports.”We will travel to England to win the title and not just to make up the numbers. I do feel that it is right for us to be labelled favourites for the 2019 World Cup as our team will be well equipped for this tournament.”However, Fakhar’s focus now is on the upcoming Asia Cup in UAE next month and he wants to do well there.advertisement”At the moment, I am fully focused on doing well in the upcoming Asia Cup. Of course, the 2019 World Cup is an important tournament, but it’s far too early for me to start planning for it as there are other international assignments to take care of before that tournament,” he said.Despite all the success in the limited-overs format, Zaman once again reiterated his desire to feature in the longest format for Pakistan. With Australia and New Zealand set to travel to the UAE this year, Zaman might not have to wait for too long.Fakhar also expressed his desire to play Test cricket for Pakistan and said that he is hopeful that he will play Test cricket soon.”Regardless of which team I play against, the fact is that Test cricket is one format that provides the ultimate test of skills for a player and to perform well in this form of the game is my dream. When that opportunity does arrive, I will do my best.”While I could not debut in Tests during the recent tour of Ireland and England, I learnt a lot from that tour and also worked very hard on my batting technique, which I feel will help me in Tests. I do not know what the future holds for me in Test cricket but I can confidently say that I am continuing to prepare well and will be ready if I am given a chance,” said Fakhar.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian great Shane Warne ridiculed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to ban West Indies captain Jason Holder for the third Test against England over his team’s slow over rate in the second Test in Antigua. West Indies thrashed England by 10 wickets in Antigua and captain Holder led his side from the front to the historic victory in a match that finished inside three days.Despite the managing not even going to the last two days of the Test, ICC levied the one-Test suspension on Holder on the basis of overrate on a single day. According to the rules, a team is supposed to bowl particular number of overs at a certain rate on each day of a Test match and Holder’s West Indies did not do the same.However, Warne was unhappy with ICC’s decision and urged Holder to appeal against this ban before the third Test in St Lucia. He also questioned ICC’s common sense in the ban.”The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara,” Warne tweeted.The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara https://t.co/dxKXDnAib7advertisementShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Holder replied to Warne comment with a “thank you” to which Warne responded once again congratulating the West Indies captain for the quality of cricket they put on display.”Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned !” Warne said.Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned ! https://t.co/YRWxbRbhEWShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted his views on this issue, asking the ICC to put run penalties instead of banning captains for such incidents in the sport.246 over Test Match .. that amounts to 2.6 days of Cricket .. A team hammers the opposition & plays great Test cricket yet the Captain gets a ban for Slow over rate .. @Jaseholder98 can find himself very very unlucky on this occasion .. !! The game really doesn’t help itself …Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019Hitting teams & captains with Run penalties after every innings is more powerful than a ban or suspension .. That’s how I would deal with slow over rate .. It would affect the series and games they are being slow in much more .. #OnOnMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019West Indies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against England after thumping victories in the first two Tests but Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder, will miss the last game starting on Saturday.Holder, 27, was named man-of-the-match after the first Test in Barbados for his innings of 202 not out and two wickets as West Indies had crushed England by a 381-run win.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss wants England batsmen to show ‘guts’ against West Indieslast_img read more

first_imgBCCI committed to following the law of the land: CEO Rahul Johri on NADA complianceThe BCCI has also agreed to bear the differential cost arising out of high quality testing methods, saying “we want certain level of service for our players”.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 18:10 IST BCCI sidesteps RTI queries after agreeing to come under NADA (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe BCCI agreed to the National Anti-Doping Agency norms on FridayBCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Saba Karin met Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya and NADA DG Navin AgarwalThe BCCI was vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous bodyBCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Friday sidestepped queries on the Board coming under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which could become a reality after the country’s cricket board agreed to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) norms.By coming under the ambit of NADA following a meeting with sports ministry, the BCCI has effectively become a National Sports Federation (NSF) despite being a financially autonomous body.The implication of this development is expected to be massive as BCCI will now face more pressure to come under RTI Act as per government norms.But Johri evaded questions on RTI, saying: “RTI is not on the agenda of today’s meeting. It is out of context.”BCCI’s decision to come under NADA came after Johri and the Board’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim met Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya and NADA DG Navin Agarwal here on Friday.”We have to follow the law of the land and the BCCI is committed to following the law that exists. The letter which we have signed states that we accept the law of the land,” Johri said after the meeting.Asked whether the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mandated to take such a decision in the absence of an elected general body, Johri said: “Whoever is in existence the law of the land is there. So, you and I can’t choose at what time to follow the law of the land.”The BCCI CEO said the cricket board has agreed to come under NADA after the Sports Ministry assured that all its concerns would be addressed.”We have raised a lot of concerns, we have listed them out and they have agreed to address all these,” Johri said.advertisementThe BCCI was vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation as it does not rely on government funding.BCCI’s primary concern was the contentious ‘Whereabouts Clause’ with regards to Out of Competition Testing, something that all star India players have been wary of as they considered it an invasion of their privacy.Asked about the “Whereabouts Clause”, Johri said: “Don’t jump the gun.”Besides, the BCCI has also agreed to bear the differential cost arising out of high quality testing methods, saying “we want certain level of service for our players”.”That is Ok (bearing the cost), that is not the issue right now. We have said to them that we want a certain level of service for our players. If there is any differential then the BCCI is agree to pay for it,” Johri said.There are speculations that the Sports Ministry has pressurised the BCCI to come under the ambit of NADA after holding back clearances for South Africa A and women teams upcoming tours of India, but Johri begged to differ.”These two are separate issues. The tours have already been cleared,” he said.Also Read | NADA will test cricketers whenever and wherever they want: Sports secretaryAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow BCCIFollow NADAFollow Rahul JohriFollow India national cricket teamFollow Radheshyam Jhulaniyalast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP has managed to puncture opposition’s claims that the party is anti-minority by winning more than 50 per cent of the Lok Sabha seats in 90 ‘minority-concentration’ districts identified in 2008 by the then UPA government. Besides a considerable minority population, these districts have both socio-economic and basic amenities indicators below the national average. Of the 79 such constituencies, the BJP has won the maximum of 41 seats, a gain of seven over 2014. The Congress’s share has almost halved, down from 12 in 2014 to six now. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist An analyst claimed that Muslims did not vote en bloc in favour of one party or candidate this time. On the other hand, 27 Muslim candidates won in the recently-concluded elections. However, none of the six Muslim candidates fielded by the BJP tasted success. The winning MPs are from Trinamool Congress (5); Congress (4); Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), National Conference and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) (3 each); AIMIM (2); LJP, NCP, CPI(M) and AIUDF (one each). Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The Opposition parties have been accusing the BJP of not doing enough for the minorities and also aiding and abetting attacks on them. Nearly 20 per cent of the country’s 130 crore people are Muslims. In the minority-concentration districts, the BJP gained the most in West Bengal, which has 18 such seats. In Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur district which has a Muslim population of nearly 49 per cent, BJP’s Debasree Chaudhuri defeated TMC’s Agarwal Kanaialal by 60574 votes. In neighbouring Jalpaiguri seat, BJP candidate Jayanta Kumar Roy defeated sitting TMC MP Bijoy Chandra Barman by 184004 votes. The seat has about 20 per cent Muslim population. In Maldaha North seat in Malda, the party’s Khagen Murmu won defeating TMC’s Mausam Noor by a margin of 84288 votes. The seat has nearly 50 per cent Muslim population. In Coochbehar seat which has a Muslim population of around 30 per cent, BJP’s Nisith Pramanik got the better of his nearest rival TMC’s Paresh Chandra Adhikary by 54231 votes. In Balurghat in North Dinajpur district, BJP candidate Sukanta Majumdar defeated TMC’s Arpita Ghosh by a margin of 33293 votes. The seat has 35 percent Muslim population. In Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat (20 per cent) in Bankura, BJP candidate Saumitra Khan won by 78047 votes defeating his Trinamool Congress rival Shyamal Santra. In Hooghly seat (20 per cent), Locket Chatterjee of the BJP defeated his TMC rival Ratna Dey (Nag) by a margin of 73362 votes while S S Ahluwalia of BJP won the Burdwan-Durgapur seat by a slender margin of 2439 votes defeating his nearest AITC rival Mamtaz Sanghamita. The seat has around 15 per cent Muslim population. The UPA government in 2008 had identified the 90 minority-concentration districts under a development programme that focussed on education, health and skill development in these districts. Rampur, Nagina, Moradabad, Sambhal and Amroha are among the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh where Muslim voters are in a very large number. Though the BJP performed well in the state, ensuring that the SP-BSP-RLD combine does not get a cake walk, the ‘mahagathbandhan’ bagged these five seats. In Rampur, where Muslims account for nearly 50 per cent of the voters, veteran SP leader Azam Khan defeated BJP candidate and actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada by over one lakh votes. The BSP won the Nagina seat when its candidate Girish Chandra defeated sitting BJP MP Yashwant Singh by over 1.66 lakh votes. In Moradabad, ST Hasan of the SP defeated sitting BJP MP Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar by nearly 99,000 votes. Another SP candidate, SR Barq defeated Parmeshwar Lal Saini of BJP in Sambhal seat. In Amroha, Kunwar Danish Ali, who had defected from the Janata Dal (Secular) and had joined the BSP just ahead of the polls, emerged victorious trouncing sitting BJP MP Kunwar Singh Tanwar. The Congress had fielded six Muslim candidates in Uttar Pradesh, but none of them won. In the entire state, Muslims account for nearly 20 per cent of the population. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, not a single Muslim candidate won and the jinx was broken only during Kairana bypoll when the seat was wrested from the BJP by Tabassum Hassan, the joint opposition candidate, who had contested on RLD ticket. In Bihar, there are seven such seats, and in Kishanganj, which has around 65 per cent Muslim population, Congress’s Mohd Javed defeated JD(U)’s Syed Mahmood Ashraf by 34,466 votes. In Araria (45 per cent), BJP’s Pradip Kumar Singh defeated sitting RJD MP Sarfaraz Alam by 1,37,241 votes while in Katihar (40 per cent) Congress’s Tariq Anwar (sitting MP, who won the seat on an NCP ticket) lost to Dulal Chandra Goswami of the JD(U) by 57,203 votes. Darbhanga, having a Muslim population of about 23 per cent, saw BJP’s Gopal Jee Thakur defeating RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui by 2,67,979 votes. In Khagaria (23 per cent), sitting Lok Janshakti Party MP Mehboob Ali Kaisar defeated Mukesh Sahni of VIP by 2,48,570 votes, while in Banka (20 per cent) JD(U)’s Giridhari Yadav prevailed over sitting RJD MP Jai Prakash Narain Yadav by 2,00,532 votes and in Madhubani (19 per cent), BJP’s Ashok Yadav defeated VIP’s Badri Purbe by 4,54,940 votes. In Assam, the Congress won two of the seats where there is a sizeable Muslim population — Abdul Khaleque in Barpeta (over 45 per cent) and Pradyut Bordoloi in Nowgong (over 34 per cent). AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal emerged winner in Dhubri, where the Muslim population is over 65 per cent.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to two BJP councillors of West Bengal’s Bongaon Municipality in connection with a case of alleged kidnapping of a woman colleague. The two councillors, who switched to the saffron brigade recently from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), have been named in a complaint filed in the abduction case. Apprehending arrest in the case, Himangshu Mondal and Kartik Mondal moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The accused civic body members claimed that they have been falsely implicated in a “fabricated” case due to their political affiliation. A division bench comprising Justices Joymalya Bagchi and M Mandal granted them anticipatory bail on personal bond of Rs 20,000 each. The court also directed the two councillors to meet the investigating officer every alternate day. Lawyers representing the Bharatiya Janata Party councillors claimed Himangshu and Kartik were not allowed to vote in the no-confidence motion against the chairman of Bongaon Municipality, which was in turmoil after 11 TMC councillors in the 22-member House moved to the saffron camp. The TMC had claimed that it won the trust vote, with 10 members voting in favour of the chairman Shankar Addhya, while 11 BJP councillors, including the two petitioners, alleged that they were denied a chance to enter the municipal body office during the scheduled voting process on July 16.last_img read more

first_imgWhen India finally made a daring move on Kashmir under the Modi government, notwithstanding the communication blackout and restrictions in Kashmir, the other entity to be most agitated and disgruntled with this development is the western neighbour, Pakistan. It is only too obvious that Kashmir has been a cornerstone of Pakistan’s relations with Kashmir. For long, Pakistan has used Kashmir to stoke a kind of ‘nationalism’ among its people that is essentially one marked by hatred for India. With the August o5 development, India sent out a message loud and clear across the world that Kashmir is India’s internal matter and that India is dealing with it as it thinks fit. But with the fulcrum of bilateral ties with Pakistan declared entirely Indian, the neighbour’s unease led it to take steps that are indicative of several crucial points for consideration. The expulsion of Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria from Pakistan stands testimony to how Pakistan views its powerful neighbour primarily through the lens of a disputed territory from a shared history: the Partition. The expulsion of the Indian envoy was a move to announce the downgraded ties with India over its decision to unilaterally turn the disputed region into a Union Territory under India. It was India’s diplomatic maturity that it still urged Pakistan to review its decision. India’s regret at this turn of events is genuine as positive ties with a neighbour is an asset for unforeseen times. On the other side, given Pakistan’s instability and internal dynamics, its focus on Kashmir and animosity with India does little for their own good. Pakistan has already made it clear that it will not send its newly-appointed High Commissioner Moinul Haque to India. Haque was appointed to the post three months after the previous Pakistani envoy Sohail Mahmood took charge as Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary. A stable Pakistan is certainly in India’s best interest but when the neighbouring state shows little inclination for both its internal stability and diplomatic ties with India, the challenge increases in magnitude for India to safeguard its region from the vile intentions of the disgruntled state. As if it was not bad enough to suspend trade and talks, sensationalism is resorted to once again with a former Pakistani envoy indulging in war-mongering. Pakistan’s former High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit warned of war if India crosses a red line in Jammu and Kashmir. When both the countries on either side of the “red line” are in need of development, education, healthcare, better economy and happier society, and when both countries are blessed with genuine intellectuals of stature, the talks about war should be a commonly agreed upon anathema.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Polling for four positions of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) will be held on Thursday, with over 1.3 lakh students being eligible to cast their votes. “EVMs were delivered to the polling centres on Wednesday and strict security arrangements have been made. The Community Hall at the Police Lines in northwest Delhi’s Kingsway Camp will be the counting centre for the polls,” DU Chief Election Officer Ashok Prasad said. “Over 1.3 lakh students will cast their votes at 52 polling centres. The results will be declared on September 13,” he said. The keenly contested polls will see a woman candidate fighting for the president post from the Congress-backed NSUI after a gap of 11 years. Its rival ABVP had last fielded a woman candidate in 2011.last_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) opened a new call center and emergency operations center in Tangier’s police department yesterday, October 1.The new facility is part of DGSN’s aims to develop the services provided by Morocco’s free emergency line 1-9.Mohamed Ouhtit, chief of Tangier’s police department, inaugurated the center in the presence of Mohamed Mhidia, the Wali of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hoceima region, along with national security, justice, and military representatives. The new emergency operations center will facilitate the command and coordination of mobile units. It will also help deploying units and responding to emergency calls more quickly, increasing local security.Tangier’s police department boasts a strong emergency unit, consisting of 8 cars, 32 bikes, and 15 bicycles. The emergency operations squad also employs 179 policemen, divided into four different teams, each covering a region of the city.“The new command and coordination center is not just a simple call center to receive  citizens’ calls. It is an integrated system with emergency services that receives calls through multiple phone lines, and then intervenes immediately at the crime scene, through surveillance cameras and mobile units,” Ouhtit told the press.The police chief added that the new facility will also have teams working on answering phone calls, inspecting national and international databases, and looking out for incidents through surveillance cameras. The teams will also have access to advanced GPS technologies and remotely controlled cameras.DGSN opened the first similar emergency operation center in Rabat, as a pilot. After the success of the first pilot center, DGSN opened centers in Sale, Temara, Marrakech, Fez, and Tangier.The inauguration of the center coincides with DGSN’s Open Days, organized this year in Tangier, from October 2 to October 6. The events aim to inform the public about the missions of DGSN’s various security units and corps and show their advanced equipment, bringing the police and the public together.Last year’s Open Days, organized in Marrakech, attracted more than 260,000 visitors. read more

Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena has slammed an incident where a school boy was seen on a video being slapped at a school rugby match by his coach.The video is circulating on social media and has already drawn strong criticism. “This is wrong! It’s not coaching its abuse. I had coaches who thought me values without hitting me,” Mahela Jayawardena said in a tweet. (Colombo Gazette)

GTH once again fails to sell land while it sinks deeper into debt Fired GTH chief executive got $242k severance Question Period resumes, with province backing away from subsidizing GTH bus services The minister responsible for the Global Transportation Hub says he is “worried” that even with a private commercial developer taking over operations, there will be difficulty selling the land due to the controversy it’s been mired in.According to a release posted to the GTH website on Wednesday, Colliers International is taking over management and marketing of the facility via a board of directors, the composition and structure of which is in the process of being determined.The transition is to start Oct. 1, with the new management fully operational by Dec. 1.Speaking at the Saskatoon cabinet office on Thursday, Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for the GTH, said he hopes Colliers’ national and international marketing reach can distance the facility from the controversy it has faced.“That’s something I’m worried about. The controversy is there and if you were a business in Toronto or something you would say, ‘Do I want to go in on something that has had this much controversy and discussion?’ ”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Until last July, the provincial government’s inland port was the focus of an RCMP investigation after it came to light that two businessmen with connections to the Saskatchewan Party made a collective $11 million on land sales to the facility. No charges were laid.The GTH has faced other controversies, including lacklustre land sales, a total accumulated debt reaching nearly $45 million and a decision to bill taxpayers $500,000 to subsidize private bus service to the facility.Morgan said he doesn’t know the price Colliers will put on the facility, nor whether it will sell it as one unit or break it up into parcels. The GTH is open to foreign ownership if the right opportunity arises, he added.He was unable to provide an approximation of how much the government is looking to get from the sale.“We have a substantial investment of taxpayers’ dollars in it; we’d certainly like to recover all or most of it,” Morgan said. “If market conditions were good, we would certainly show a profit on it.”The province is not looking to “fire sale or sell the facility below cost,” he added.When the decision to sell the facility outside Regina was made at the start of 2019, former chief executive Bryan Richards was fired and provided with a $242,326 severance package.Now, nine full time positions have been cut to one part time, 20 per cent position serving the role of CEO that will maintain the port authority and the liaison with the government.The nine staff have either been relocated elsewhere or been terminated, Morgan said.He doesn’t see the project as a failure, nor does he see the move to third-party management as a continuation of the issues the facility has faced, he said.Going with a third party is “probably a decision that should have been made earlier on,” he admitted.“I think its an indication of why government shouldn’t be in business and why things should be left to the private sector,” Morgan said. “It would have been something probably with hindsight that should have been done as a joint venture or some kind of a partnership. But putting taxpayers’ dollars at risk for what’s primarily a real estate business project is something that we shouldn’t do.”amshort@postmedia.comRelated read more

Ferry service from Yarmouth, N.S., to Maine to resume in May, government says AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email YARMOUTH, N.S. – A deal to resume a ferry link between Nova Scotia and Maine next year has been reached, the provincial government announced Thursday, nearly four years after it scrapped a subsidy that led to the previous operation’s demise.Economic Development Minister Graham Steele said STM Quest — a joint venture between U.S.-based companies ST Marine and Quest Navigation — has agreed to run a daily service from Yarmouth to Portland, Maine that would run from May 1 until Oct. 31.The province is willing to provide the company a $21 million fully forgivable loan over seven years, $10.5 million of which would go towards startup costs in the first year with another $1.5 million set aside annually for marketing.“This is the news that people had been waiting for,” Steele told a Yarmouth radio station.“We believe that this is the best operator and the best deal for the people of the province to make sure that ferry service resumes and is viable and sustainable for the long term.”Steele said a number of terms and conditions must be met in order for STM Quest not to repay the loan. They include a finalized joint venture agreement between ST Marine and Quest Navigation and the ferry service operating on an agreed upon schedule.“If the ferry does not run, we want to make sure we get our money back,” he said.The deal comes late in the final year of the government’s mandate. When asked, Steele denied the timing of the deal had anything to do with the possibility of an election call.“This is the track that the ferry issue was on and everybody who’s been deeply involved with the ferry issue knows that this is unfolding according to a schedule that it was on, election or no election,” he said.The agreement also includes a clause that would allow the government to step in and run the service if STM Quest were to pull out for any reason.“In the worst-case scenario, that would leave the province running the ferry service, but what would happen in reality is we would simply find somebody else to operate the ship for us,” Steele said.He said the government will not provide any money to upgrade the Yarmouth ferry terminal, leaving that to be worked out between the federal government, the municipality and business partners.The previous ferry service to Maine was cancelled in December 2009 after the NDP government cut an annual $6-million subsidy for Bay Ferries when it concluded the money-losing business wasn’t viable. The decision prompted protests from residents in Yarmouth who said their tourism industry suffered as a result.Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil welcomed news of the deal, but said the government will have to do more to improve the region’s tourism sector.“It will take time for the tourism infrastructure to rebuild itself because they have had no extra money to reinvest in their product over the last four years,” said McNeil.Progressive Conservative member Chris d’Entremont, who represents a nearby riding, said the announcement was positive and a sign the government finally realizes the importance of the ferry to southwestern Nova Scotia.“They’ve seen over time what it’s meant to the local economy, to jobs in the area and to the psyche of people in Yarmouth County,” he said.The Economic Development department said the deal would create 30 jobs mainly through the establishment of a local reservation call centre.The government selected STM Quest last month to set up and run the service. It also received two other bids from Balearia Caribbean and P&O Ferries.— By Keith Doucette in Halifax by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 1:02 pm MDT read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 11:55 am MDT THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Employees at Bombardier’s (TSX:BBD.B) light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management.Unifor national president Jerry Dias said there was “no meaningful discussion” leading up to the 2 p.m. ET strike deadline on Monday.Dias said morning meetings with Bombardier related to protocol in case of a dispute, and didn’t focus on contract negotiations for the 900 employees.He said Bombardier wants to make changes to pensions and benefits that are unacceptable to the employees and are similar to demands that caused a brief strike in 2011.Bombardier spokesman Marc-Andre Lefebvre said the company is “deeply disappointed” that the employees are on strike.“Throughout the entire process, Bombardier has been thoroughly committed to reaching an agreement that is both fair and reasonable,” he said.“We believe we’ve offered our Unifor employees a good contract proposal, one that obviously provides for well-paid jobs.”Lefebvre said the company is focused on minimizing the potential impact of the labour disruption on its customers.Dias said Unifor is “prepared to stand its ground” in negotiating a new contract.“We all need to work together to ensure that good jobs survive in this province,” he said.Dias said that the two sides were “stuck in the mud” over the weekend.The company walked away from the table on Saturday, he said, and conversations the two sides subsequently had on Sunday produced nothing of significance.“I came out here to find a settlement, but I can’t reach a settlement if I’m just talking to myself,” he said.There are no new talks currently scheduled. Workers on strike at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Former Missouri State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jennifer Sullivan is joining the Ohio State women’s basketball team as an assistant coach after spending five seasons with the Lady Bears, Ohio State announced Friday. In her five seasons in Springfield, she helped lead the Lady Bears to 93 wins and four postseason appearances, making the NCAA Tournament in 2016. “I am really excited to add Jennifer to our staff,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said in a press release. “Her basketball knowledge and her diverse background will be a great asset as we continue to build a championship program.”From 2001-2005, Sullivan was a three-year starter at Memphis, recording 800 points, 310 rebounds and 99 steals during her career. “I’d like to thank coach McGuff for giving me this opportunity and I am excited to join the Ohio State women’s basketball program,” Sullivan said in a press release. “His brand of basketball is fun and exciting and I can’t wait to add my skills to the staff and help continue the success the team has enjoyed in recent seasons.”Prior to her coaching stint at Missouri State, Sullivan was the associate head coach and the recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana Lafayette from 2012-2013. Also, she spent three seasons as an assistant at Arkansas State. read more

Two of the league’s worst and less-interesting teams — the DetroitPistons and Charlotte Bobcats – consummated a trade that hardly will alter the fate of their respective teams.Guard Ben Gordon, who never fit in Detroit, was shipped with a future first-round pick to the Bobcats for nomad forward Corey Maggette.“We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward,” said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations. “We thank Ben Gordon for his commitment to our organization over the last three years and wish him the best in the future.”Gordon, 29, averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes per game last season. He is on the books for $12.4 million in 2012-13 and has a player option worth $13.2 million for 2013-14.Maggette, 32, averaged 15.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game, although he appeared in less than half of Charlotte’s games because of injury. Maggette is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $10.9 million. Detroit makes the sixth team he has played for in his career.The Bobcats actually acquired Maggette in a 3-team trade involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft. He didn’t last long. His merry-go-around figures to continue swinging after a brief stay in Detroit. read more

first_img And with that we’ve come to the end of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Weird, because it feels like it just came back. After leaving us on a cliffhanger over a long holiday break, it came back in another universe. We spent a few episodes, there, two in the near future and now here we are. Staring down an even longer hiatus until season two. I’m so happy it’s getting a season two. Star Trek: Discovery didn’t have a perfect first season, but what Star Trek show did? The original series certainly dragged at times in its first year. You can almost skip The Next Generations first season entirely. Even Deep Space Nine, the best Star Trek (fight me), took some time to find itself. An unsure, polarizing first season is pretty much the most Trek thing you can do.Discovery found itself fairly quickly, mainly because it centered itself around one big question. What happens to Starfleet in a time of war? When faced with a threat that isn’t interested in peace, that doesn’t play by your rules, how much of your own identity are you willing to sacrifice to survive? That’s what this finale was about. Starfleet has enlisted Mirror Georgiou, who knows how to destroy the “cancer” of the Klingon Empire “at its source.” Not a very Starfleet-friendly strategy, but it looks like that’s what they’re doing. The Discovery is slowly approaching the Klingon Homeworld Qo’noS, and Georgiou is running the ship like a tyrant. Saru and Burnham are clearly uncomfortable with her genocidal plan, but Georgiou makes it clear that, at least for now, she is the captain of the Discovery. Also, they’ve somehow managed to convince everyone on the bridge (except for Burnham and Saru) that she’s this universe’s Georgiou, which… doesn’t make any sense. Everyone on the Discovery knows they’ve been in another universe. A dead woman shows up with a complete change in personality and they don’t think she could possibly be a Mirror person? Wasn’t this supposed to be a science vessel?Mirror Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) (Photo via CBS)Her rule gets super uncomfortable. She needs a place to land the Discovery, so she can attack the Klingon homeworld. And she’s willing to torture L’Rell to get that information. We start to see clear differences between Georgiou and Burnham. From the beginning, Burnham has been marked as a mutineer. Lorca was drawn to her because he felt she could do, when necessary, what Starfleet wouldn’t. We know she’s emotional, and can be violent at times, but she’s not sadistic like Mirror Georgiou is. Burnham stops the torture by offering up Tyler. He still has all of Voq’s memories, and knows exactly where the Discovery can land. The episode handles the Tyler-Burnham plot much better than the last one did. It doesn’t have a ton of time to spend on relationship melodrama. Tyler and Burnham’s interactions are quick, subtle and sad, as he reluctantly agrees to help Georgiou. It’s a lot more effective this way.Once Stamets hides the Discovery Georgiou, Burnham, Tyler and Tilly beam out to a black market looking for information and supplies. The justification for bringing Tilly along is a little thin, but I’m glad they brought her along. She adds her trademark awkward comic relief to what would otherwise be an unrelentingly dark and serious group of scenes. Tilly is a great character, and I’m so sad we didn’t get more of her this season. I really hope her character is fleshed out much more in season two. I’d like to see that from a lot of side characters, but her especially. Her drive to become a captain was so good, and it’d be a shame for it to end with her brief tyrant-play in the Mirror Universe.Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) (Photo via CBS)This is when the episode delivers its twist. Philippa betrays the landing party, revealing her true intentions were to destroy the entire planet. And she does. We see Qo’noS blow-up, and we realize… we’ve been watching a simulation the whole time. Holodeck episode! At least up until this point. After showing Admiral Cornwell and the crew of the Discovery exactly what comes of following the Terran way, she offers them a choice. And it’s at this moment that Discovery, both the ship and the show, decide what it wants to be. It’s true Star Trek all the way. The ship decides not to sacrifice Starfleet’s ideals to win a war. They take things one step further by outsmarting Georgiou. There’s no climactic action sequence, no explosion-filled battle. Burnham defeats Georgiou by using her wits. She tricks Georgiou into voluntarily signing her bomb over to L’Rell. Then, she convinces L’Rell to lead the Klingons herself and end the war. It takes some bomb-enhanced persuasion, but peace is declared without anyone needing to die. That’s pretty Trek.It’s not perfect. Burnham being the one to remind Starfleet who they are works really well for this series, but only because it we never really got to see this version of the Federation. The Discovery spent so much time doing its own thing that the war barely even registered. We never got to see how the war affected the Federation. We were only told it did. Don’t get me wrong; I like that the season wasn’t consumed by war. It allowed the show to play around in this universe and find those moments of true Star Trek, well, discovery. But it’s hard to care about a war, or a Starfleet, that we never get to see. It works to build a compelling arc for Burnham, but I still don’t feel at home in this universe just yet.Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) and First Officer Saru (Doug Jones) (Photo via CBS)The episode closes out giving us the Star Trek show we wanted from the beginning. Only now, we see why it didn’t just give it to us. Getting to the utopian Federation we see in later series takes work. You go through some really dark times to get there. With the war ending in a truce, there is now a clear path to the next generation. Burnham reminds Starfleet (and us) of this as the crew of the Discovery is awarded medals of honor for their service. And yes, it looks like Captain Tilly will be happening. At some point in the future, anyway. We still didn’t get a good resolution for Stamets and Culber. And I’ll admit, it hit me right in the gut when we saw Stamets holding his husband’s medal. I can only hope their love story continues next season.Like every first season of Star Trek, Discovery has been odd, uneven and polarizing. It also told a cohesive story and left the universe in a better place at the end. While the uplifting, affirming ending doesn’t excuse some of the more baffling decisions and poorly-written romantic subplots, it definitely pulled it all out in the end. Even Tyler and Burnham’s tearful goodbye, as he joined L’Rell to lead the Klingon Empire, felt earned and real. The show spent a lot of time building that relationship up. It was corny and eyeroll-worthy at times, but in the end, it was sad to see it go. Now, we begin the long wait until season two. And boy, does this show ever know how to keep us salivating for more. As the Discovery heads towards Vulcan to pick up its new captain, it’s waylaid by a distress signal. As the ship’s registry numbers start to come through, you immediately know what’s about to happen. Then, you hear the name “Pike.” The season ends with an image of the Discovery coming face-to-face with the Enterprise. They even throw in the classic Star Trek theme over the credits. And that’s what they leave us with until God knows when. They have our number. Jerks. 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