Sukhbir demands independent probe into 2015 firing incidents

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday accused the Congress government of “misusing” the Special Investigation Team probing the 2015 Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents to “settle political scores”.“In the light of this brazen politicisation by the Congress government, we demand that the probe be handed over either to a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or to an independent investigating agency. Only then can a fair probe be conducted into these incidents,” Mr. Badal said in a statement. He said the real motive of the State government was to weaken the Akali Dal and Sikh institutions, something that the Congress has been “conspiring unsuccessfully to do for a very long time”. Mr. Badal alleged that Akali leader Mantar Singh Brar was being harassed by the SIT under “political instructions”.“Mantar was only an MLA at that time [2015] and had no role whatsoever in the matter. The Congress party’s game plan to implicate the Akali leadership in the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan [police firing] incidents was clear from the beginning. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar had held the Akalis responsible for both the incidents even before any inquiry was instituted into the cases,” said Mr. Badal.‘SIT party tool’ “The SIT has become a tool of the Congress party to indulge in vendetta politics. Its officers are openly being directed by the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues to implicate the Akali leaders in the tragic firing incidents. Only a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or an independent investigating agency can bring the truth out,” added Mr. Badal.last_img read more

Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Lakers (2-4), and the Los Angeles teams tuned up against each other before they meet in their season openers on Thursday.Tyrone Wallace had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (2-3).LAKERS: Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kyle Kuzma struggled to a 1-for-8 night, scoring eight points. … Lonzo Ball sat again after hurting his ankle earlier in the preseason.CLIPPERS: Rookie Jawun Evans had 22 points and eight assists. … Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all sat. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,” Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale.Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Spurs aren’t alone when it comes to injury woes heading into the season.Many are minor, like Cleveland’s LeBron James nursing a sprained ankle and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dealing with a bad back — issues that might keep them out of their respective opening nights. Kevin Durant (virus) and Draymond Green (back) also missed Golden State’s preseason finale on Friday, though neither situation is thought to be serious. Nor is the Rockets’ Chris Paul sitting out Friday with a sore knee, after missing a game earlier this week with a sore shoulder. View comments Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points as the host Knicks finished 0-5.WIZARDS: All-Star John Wall sat out the finale. … Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 21 points. … Former Knicks forward Jason Smith had 17 points.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) and Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) were held out again. Ntilikina, the Knicks’ first-round pick, appeared in just one preseason game. He said he expects to fully practice Saturday. … Doug McDermott scored 21 points off the bench. He had 12 in his first five minutes.RAPTORS 125, BULLS 104Toronto outscored Chicago 38-17 in the fourth quarter to turn what was a tie game into a blowout.CJ Miles scored 27 points for visiting Toronto (3-2), which got 17 from Kyle Lowry and 16 from Norman Powell. Justin Holiday scored 17 for Chicago (3-3).RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. … The Raptors were 19 of 48 from 3-point range.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen scored 13 and Bobby Portis added 12. … Chicago had 28 assists on 38 field goals.SPURS 106, ROCKETS 97LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (3-2).Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 13 for the Spurs. Eric Gordon led the host Rockets (4-1) with 27 points, and James Harden added 15 points and 11 assists — but shot a mere 5 for 17.SPURS: Danny Green had 11 points and seven assists. … The Spurs outscored Houston 60-38 in the paint.ROCKETS: Houston took 53 shots from 3-point range, making 15. … Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 27 points, but shot 5 for 20 from behind the arc. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Some other injuries from training camp and preseason action are far more significant, like the ones endured by Charlotte’s Nic Batum (elbow ligament tear), Miami’s Rodney McGruder (stress fracture in left leg), Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (high ankle sprain followed by surgery to repair ligaments Friday), Washington’s Markieff Morris (sports hernia), New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) and Utah’s Dante Exum (shoulder).They are looking at weeks — or in many cases, months — before they’ll play again.So the preseason is over. Some teams will be feeling the effects of it for a while longer.Here’s a look at Friday’s preseason finales:HORNETS 111, MAVERICKS 96Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O’Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ERS 119, HEAT 95Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick each scored 19 for Philadelphia (2-3), with Redick going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Bam Adebayo, James Johnson and Dion Waiters had 13 apiece for Miami (3-3).HEAT: Hassan Whiteside picked up three fouls by the midpoint of the first quarter, with Joel Embiid drawingthem all. … Jordan Mickey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Justise Winslow scored 10.76ERS: Philadelphia “hosted” the game in Kansas City, Missouri. … The 76ers shot 14 for 39 from beyond the arc, while holding Miami to a 4 for 30 performance from long range.WARRIORS 117, KINGS 106Stephen Curry had 18 points in 19 minutes as Golden State made a successful return home after its two-game China trip.David Stockton had 23 points and eight assists for the Kings (1-5).KINGS: Veteran summer acquisitions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill all were sidelined. … Rookie Frank Mason started and had 10 points. … Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game with injuries.WARRIORS: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala didn’t play. … Patrick McCaw scored 17 points and Nick Young made five 3-pointers for 15. … Rookie Jordan Bell started and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.LAKERS 111, CLIPPERS 104 Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. ages License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard still isn’t ready to play.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season on Wednesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Harrison Barnes scored 24 for visiting Dallas (4-2).MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. … Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. … Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.CAVALIERS 113, MAGIC 106Playing without LeBron James, Cleveland got 18 points from Jose Calderon and 15 from Dwyane Wade to beatOrlando.James missed his fourth preseason game with a bad ankle, and Kevin Love also didn’t play for the visiting Cavaliers (1-4). Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic (3-3).CAVALIERS: Kyle Korver took five 2-point attempts, something he did in only six games all last season. … Wade and Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half. … JR Smith came off the bench to further acclimate to his new role, now that Wade is the starting shooting guard.MAGIC: Orlando allowed 36 points in the third quarter. … Jonathon Simmons started again in place of the injured Terrence Ross (hamstring). … Simmons had 12 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 103Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington (4-1) send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GRIZZLIES 142, PELICANS 101New Orleans’ Tony Allen — who will have his jersey retired by the Grizzlies when his career ends — got a huge ovation from fans in Memphis in his first trip back as an opponent. He didn’t play, and the Pelicans got routed.Jarrell Martin scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (3-2). Jordan Crawford scored 19 for New Orleans (1-3).PELICANS: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both shot 2 for 5, combining for 16 points. … New Orleans trailed by as many as 49.GRIZZLIES: Memphis got to the 100-point mark with 4:17 left in the third quarter. … Mike Conley scored 19.BUCKS 107, PISTONS 103Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists as Milwaukee (1-3) avoided a winless preseason.Avery Bradley and Andre Drummond were brilliant for visiting Detroit (2-3). Bradley scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and Drummond finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.PISTONS: Tobias Harris scored 13 points and Boban Marjanovic added 10. … Detroit got outscored 48-27 from 3-point range.BUCKS: Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic each scored 14. … Milwaukee used 14 players — 13 of them scored (rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon was the exception) and all 14 got at least one rebound. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Source: Cavs trading Jefferson, Felder to Hawks LATEST STORIES NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

National team unity intact: SMC stars show up for Gilas Pilipinas training

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comA major fissure that split the PBA board into two groups did not rip the unity of the national program as the San Miguel group made good on its vow to continue supporting Gilas Pilipinas, sending its key players to the first practice in preparation for the Fiba World Cup.Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and athletic Barangay Ginebra big Japeth Aguilar showed up for training at Meralco gym Friday night with the other members of Gilas Pilipinas, the national squad bankrolled principally by tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Foton turns back Generika but fails to satisfy coach Pangilinan owns three PBA teams and those squads—TNT KaTropa, Meralco and NLEX—are part of a seven-team bloc that is seeking the ouster of commissioner Chito Narvasa.The San Miguel squads—San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Star—lead a five-team faction that back Narvasa and there were initial fears that the split would be detrimental to the national program, which is going to play crucial home-and-away matches to try qualify for the Fiba World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the San Miguel group had moved to build a truce within the board and also vowed to continue supporting the national team.Even Star’s Jio Jalalon, who is sidelined with a lateral collateral ligament damage, showed up Friday night. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Among those who did not show up were Terrence Romeo and Kiefer Ravena, who are still both out of town, and naturalized center Andray Blatche who promised to arrive on Nov. 12.Fajardo, Aguilar, Romeo, Ravena, Blatche, and TNT KaTropa guards Jason Castro and RR Pogoy, who were also present Friday night, to lead the 23-man pool for Gilas Pilipinas.The rest of the pool includes: mainstays Calvin Abueva and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and LA Revilla, cadets Matthew Wright, Jalalon, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, and Russel Escoto.Team Philippines will play Japan in Tokyo on Nov. 24 and the Filipinos, with Blatche on board, should be the favored side.Gilas will then travel a few days after to Chinese Taipei to play the Taiwanese and Quincy Davis. The Filipinos are also slated to clash with world power Australia in the home-and-away series of games.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding This will mark Blatche’s return to active Philippine duty after sitting out the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon a couple of months back for security reasons.That paved the way for Christian Standhardinger to play a third international tournament for Gilas after seeing action in the Jones Cup, where the Filipinos finished fourth, and in the Southeast Asian Games which Team Philippines easily won.Standhardinger was picked first overall in the last Draft but is not included in the pool with Blatche filling in the naturalized player’s slot. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Mets Toppled By Cards, 5-2

first_imgST. LOUIS — David Wright gave the New York Mets lineup a hopeful sign with his first home run in 71 at-bats. He knows the hits need to keep coming.“There’s many sleepless nights,” Wright said after a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 17. “I won’t lie and say it’s easy or it doesn’t bother me.”Wright homered for the first time since May 28, after entering in a 3-for-43 slump over the previous 13 games. He leads the Mets with 34 RBIs, but has just four this month. The homer was his fifth overall and first on the road this season.“I always put a lot of pressure on myself,” Wright said. “I know that hitting in the middle of this lineup, a lot of the burden falls on me.”Mets Manager Terry Collins said he never doubted whether Wright would snap out of it.“Everybody goes through these things, and the great ones get out of it,” Collins said. “Certainly, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he goes on a tear now and starts swinging the way we know he can. We’ve just got to get him some help.”Michael Wacha escaped a pair of jams with strikeouts, and the Cardinals snapped a fifth-inning tie with RBIs from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday.Yadier Molina hit his first homer since May 24 for the Cardinals, who have won eight of nine and will go for a three-game sweep on June 18.Lucas Duda also homered for the Mets, who have lost 11 of 14. “I got better results, so that’s good,” Wright said. “We’re not doing much damage offensively, and that’s frustrating.“Hopefully we start coming around and give our pitchers a little more run support.”Collins batted the pitcher eighth, with Eric Young Jr. hitting ninth, for the second straight game in an effort to stimulate the offense. During the 14-game slump, theMets have scored two or fewer runs seven times.Daisuke Matsuzaka worked a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Mets starter Jonathon Niese (3-4). Matsuzaka left a June 15 start against San Diego after one inning because of a severe upset stomach.Wacha (5-5) gave up a run and five hits in six innings. He fanned Daniel Murphy with runners on second and third to end the fifth and preserve a 1-all tie, and struck out Ruben Tejada with two on to end the sixth when the Cardinals led 3-1.Jay’s RBI triple with two outs in the fifth gave the Cardinals the lead, and Holliday followed with an RBI double. Pinch-hitter Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos added RBIs in the sixth, with both runs unearned after second baseman Murphy dropped Daniel Descalso’s slicing, looping liner with a man on and two out.“Unfortunately, things went through me today,” Murphy said. “It didn’t look very pretty for me.”Niese allowed five runs, three earned, in six innings. The lefty has made 18 consecutive starts allowing three or fewer earned runs. It is the longest active streak in the majors, extending to last September, but he is just 5-5 during that span.Duda hit his ninth homer of the season leading off the ninth against Jason Motte to make it 5-2, and Anthony Recker doubled, but Pat Neshek retired the next three for his second save in four chances.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LG files patent for a phone with four rear cameras

first_imgEarlier this month LG unveiled its next flagship device– LG V40 ThinQ– at an event in New York. The phone besides featuring a military grade body also featured a triple rear camera setup. And now the word is that the company is working on a new phone with four cameras at the back.According to a report by a Dutch site Let’s Go Digital, the Korean electronics giant has filed a patent for a smartphone with four cameras at the phone. Interestingly, the patent design indicates that the phone will not sport a flash at the back.The company has published the design for three phones each of which features slightly more rounded edges than the previous one. While both model A and model B feature rounded edges with thin bezels on top and on the bottom and on the sides, model C comes with edges that are significantly more rounded than the other two models. Additionally, model C comes with a near bezel-less design with thin bezels being present only on the top and on the bottom.Beyond the edges and the bezels, the three models come with a fingerprint scanner which is placed directly beneath the four camera setup which is placed in a square shape at the back of the phone. Another interesting detail about the phone is the absence of a notch. LG’s V and G series smartphones– V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ– come with a notch. However, LG’s new patent reveals that the company is planning to keep the things a bit old fashioned and letting go off the notch in its upcoming smartphone.advertisementWhat’s more? The patent reveals that the company is also planning to retain everyone’s favourite 3.5mm jack in its upcoming device. Apart from this, unlike its latest V series and G series smartphones, each of which come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB RAM, up to 128GB internal storage, Android Oreo and advanced audio technologies such as boombox speakers and Hi-Fi Quad DAC, the Korean giant is not planning to add a special button to invoke Google Assistant in the phone.ALSO READ: LG V40 ThinQ: Full specs, top features, India price, and everything you need to knowThe design sketches indicate that the company has already started working on its next device. And we will have more to say about it in the coming days.last_img read more

Cherry Wins Sevens Player of the Year

first_imgAustralian Women’s Open Touch Football representative, Emilee Cherry has been recognised for her impressive start to her Rugby Sevens career, being named the Women’s Player of the Year at the John Eales Medal in Sydney on Thursday night. Cherry, who celebrates her 20th birthday today, has had a busy year, juggling her Touch Football commitments with her Sevens commitments as well as university studies. Cherry has had an impressive year on the Touch Football field, helping her South West Queensland Swans team make the final of the 2012 National Touch League and being part of the Australian Women’s Open team that defeated New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series. She also helped guide the Queensland Women’s Open team to their State of Origin Series win over New South Wales in September, being named Player of the Series. Cherry recently was also a part of the South West Queensland Swans team that won the 2012 Queensland State Championships and was named Player of the Final. After taking up Rugby in 2011, Cherry has been a constant inclusion in the Australian Women’s Sevens team and was recently part of the team’s title win at the Asia Pacific Women’s Sevens Championships in Malaysia. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Emilee on her award. Related LinksCherry Wins Sevens Awardlast_img read more

APB to Upgrade Balearic Ports

first_imgzoom The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has given the go-ahead to the 2015 Business Plan, which includes investments totalling EUR 27.8 million (USD 32.5m) for the five public ports it manages on the islands. Spending will be highest at the Port of Ibiza, with the main project involving modernising and improving the South Quays, followed by improvements at the Commercial Quays. Funding has also been allocated to extending the Botafoc Quays so they can cater for large cruise ships.The Port of Palma improvements will aim mainly at its cruise facilities, including the extension of Terminal No. 6, extending berthing lines, and organising surface areas to cater for the arrival of large cruise ships. The Port of Mahon will focus on projects at the Cós Nou Ro-ro Terminal, extending the Passenger Quay berthing line to cater for the arrival of large cruise ships, lighting between the APB offices and the Colársega end of the port, and linking the port to the city via the Costa de Ses Voltes street.At the meeting held at the Port of Palma, the APB’s Board of Directors also approved a reduction in the port authority’s income of almost EUR 14 million (USD 16.4m), as a result of the application of the insularity rebates, and of the reduction coefficient on the vessel, passenger, and goods charges for inter-island shipping services.Image: APBlast_img read more

LG holds meeting to curb street crimes

first_imgNew Delhi: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal chaired a meeting on Tuesday to review the core preventive strategies to effectively curb various street crimes. L-G directed that senior police officers should themselves patrol the streets during day/night to monitor exercise effectively. According to Raj Niwas press statement, special commissioner (Crime) presented the trend of various types of street crimes and measures already put in place by Delhi Police to effectively curb them. “It was submitted that identification of criminals, Bad Characters, proclaimed offenders, history-sheeters, criminals out of jail on parole/bail etc is being done regularly,” added press statement. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe statement further added that it was also informed that 64 vulnerable stretches (29 North Zone and 35 South Zone)have been identified by the police like Mathura Road – Ashram Chowk to Badarpur Flyover, Lala Lajpat Rai Road, Signature Bridge to Bhopura Border, Rani Jhansi Road, ISBT Kashmere Gate to Khalsa College, etc and extra patrolling by PCR Vans is being done in these stretches under the supervision of ACP/PCR especially during 10 PM to 3 AM. In regards of curbing of illicit liquor sale, drugs and arms, LG desired that effective action should be taken in coordination with neighbouring states. “LG directed that visibility of police on the streets be enhanced and be further extended inside the residential colonies especially during nights and more Mobikes be put into service,” added press statement.last_img read more

Iran considering bringing First Nations leaders to Tehran diplomat

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Iranian government may arrange a Tehran trip for First Nations leaders to address that country’s parliament, according to a senior diplomat with the Iranian embassy in Ottawa.Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, charge d’affaires for the Iranian embassy, said the request made by former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and two Dakota chiefs to meet the Iranian parliament had been sent up Tehran’s chain of command.“They have…requested to travel to Iran and to speak at the Iranian parliament,” said Sheikh-Hassai, in a statement sent to APTN National News. “Their wish has been sent to the relevant officials for consideration.”Sheikh-Hassani said Iran emphasized its respect for “the sovereignty of Canada” during Monday’s meeting with Nelson, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud.“In accordance with our constitution and principles of foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the door of our embassy is open to all Canadians,” said Sheikh-Hassani’s statement. “We believe that all countries should respect their international obligations and responsibilities through cooperation with their Indigenous communities to find a just and sustainable resolution.”Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office issued a statement earlier condemning Iran for using the First Nations leaders as “pawns” to distract from its own “abhorrent record” on human rights.Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie said in an emailed statement that Iran was exploiting “tragedy” and playing a “sad game” with the First Nations leaders.“The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record,” wrote Lavoie. “We hope the Aboriginal leaders in question won’t allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing.”Iran has repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of First Nations people on the international stage over the years.In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and the Islamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

ExMKO Grand Chief travel claims dont match cell phone records audit

first_imgRead APTN’s ongoing investigation into former Grand Chief David Harper’s spending while head of Manitoba Keewatinowi OkimakanakJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA federal probe into the spending of the former grand chief of a Manitoba organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country has found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable claims, according to numbers contained in draft portion of a report provided to APTN National News.The financial probe of former grand chief David Harper and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) was conducted by auditing firm KPMG under a contract with the federal Indigenous Affairs department.The investigation was launched in September 2014 after the federal department received complaints over alleged spending irregularities by Harper and MKO. The department authorized KPMG auditors to review the organization’s books all the way back to 2010.While the department says the review of Harper and MKO’s books is still “ongoing,” APTN National News has been provided some of the results contained in a draft copy of KPMG’s findings.The auditors examined about $450,000 of expenses incurred by Harper and determined only 36 per cent could be substantiated, according to the draft report.About $77,000 worth of travel claims filed by Harper did not match-up when cross-referenced with the former grand chief’s cell phone records, according to the draft report.Current MKO Grand Chief Sheila North-Wilson said in a statement she would not be commenting on the issue until the final report is released and she has discussed the findings with MKO’s 30 First Nation chiefs.APTN National News has learned that North-Wilson, elected as grand chief in September 2015, received a draft copy of the report in a package late last year. The package included a letter from Anne Scotton, head of Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, an about 20-page report summary, and the draft report which was about 200 pages in length.Harper could not be reached for comment. It is rumoured that he is considering a run for chief of Garden Hill First Nation, which is one of the 30 MKO-member First Nations.MKO-member First Nations are some of the poorest in the country.The KPMG probe of Harper and MKO included a review of the use of funds from Indigenous Affairs and Employment and Social Development Canada, Harper’s expenses, money paid to the organization’s former director of finance and contracts issued by MKO.While he was grand chief Harper faced allegations of financial mismanagement and of using MKO funds for personal purchases like guitars, flights for his girlfriend and car repairs.MKO chiefs had previously asked Winnipeg-firm Lazer Grant to conduct a full forensic audit into the organization’s books after they discovered the former director of finance was making $250,000 a year.The Lazer Grant audit discovered some electronic equipment submitted for review had hard drives wiped-clean. Harper was also accused of obstructing the forensic audit.MKO sank into the red by nearly $1 million under Harper’s leadership and the organization was on the brink of being put into co-management by Indigenous Affairs.Indigenous Affairs said it would be posting the final report will be posted on the department’s website.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Moroccan Sandwich wins in cooking competition in Canada

first_imgRabat- Moroccan cuisine has been honored in Canada. During Canada’s best Sandwich competition, Jean Emond, a Canadian from Montreal won a $10,000 prize after he prepared a Lamb Filet Sandwich With Harissa and Figs. The winner also received a $10,000 donation toward his charity of choice, World Wildlife Fund Canada, according to the Chronicle Herald.Jean Emond beat three other finalists who failed to convince the jury of the originality and unique taste of their sandwiches.The four prepared their sandwiches in front of an audience at the Cooking School at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, said the same source.last_img read more

General Assembly defers consideration on European Union proposal

14 September 2010The General Assembly voted today to defer consideration on a proposal to allow the recently appointed senior officials of the European Union to address the 192-member body on behalf of the regional bloc. The proposal was defeated after 76 Member States voted early this afternoon in favour of postponing debate on a resolution drafted by the EU, compared to 71 countries against and 26 others abstaining.The EU is seeking to allow its President Herman van Rompuy and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton address the General Assembly on behalf of all 27 members of the bloc.Those posts were created as part of the entry into force last year of the Treaty of Lisbon, which reformed the EU.Currently a representative of the country holding the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU can speak on behalf of the bloc when addressing the General Assembly. read more

Lebanons central bank secures dollars to cover some imports

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s central bank has issued guarantees to secure U.S. dollars for local banks at the fixed official rate that would cover imports of fuel, wheat and medicine.The central bank’s move on Tuesday aims to ease the demand for dollars at a time when many Lebanese are rushing to exchange shops to convert their local currency into dollars.Hundreds protested on Sunday over a worsening economic crisis, compounded by worries that Lebanon’s dollar-reliant currency is losing value for the first time in more than two decades.The central bank said the imports it’s securing hard currency for are “only for local consumption.”The move will cover only imports into Lebanon amid reports that gasoline and wheat are being smuggled to neighbouring Syria, which is under U.S. and European sanctions.The Associated Press read more

Markham to become a living lab for Bell IBM smart city research

TORONTO — Bell Canada and IBM Canada Ltd. are teaming up with the Toronto-area city of Markham, Ont., to test a new generation of systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding.The six-month research program that starts in April will combine Bell’s broadband networks, IBM data analytics and data from sensors placed in various parts of the city of 355,000 residents, northeast of Toronto.Similar trials and evaluations are being conducted across Canada and around the world, as an array of vendors promote the potential benefits of using the “smart city” concept to manage costs and improve services.Mayor Frank Scarpitti said Markham — home to hundreds of domestic and foreign-owned high technology businesses — said the Bell-IBM project is an opportunity to share the costs of sizing up what will work for the city. Innovation Nation: How smart cities may be too smart for their own good Make public libraries custodians of smart city data: board of trade Like it or not, everyday items for the home are getting smarter — and creepier “We’ve got two giants in the technology field that are working with us on the pilot project,” Scarpitti said in a phone interview.But he said the city government will be evaluating whether the investment in staff time and other costs will be worth the effort “given further investments that would have to be made to make it more comprehensive across the city.”The Markham pilot project will largely focus on behind-the-scenes processes designed to do things such as detecting leaks in city water pipes, storm-related flooding, energy usage in city buildings and remote tracking of city equipment.Although such things aren’t typically on the mind of citizens, Scarpitti said it’s “critically important to make sure that we can either extend the life or better manage those assets.”Scarpitti also said he hopes there will be more partnerships with other corporations that tackle issues such as traffic congestion. The federal government has conducted a “smart cities” challenge to provide millions of dollars in prizes for communities across Canada to encourage communities of all sizes to look at ways of adopting the new technology.Canada’s major telecommunications companies, including Bell and its rivals, have also invested billions of dollars to build capability to do large-scale data collection with high speed fibre optics and wireless networks.However, some of their plans may be disrupted by an ongoing debate over the security risks posed by Huawei Technologies Inc. of Shenzhen, China — one of the suppliers used by Bell, Telus and other Canadian telecom carriers.In addition, the Google-related Sidewalks Labs initiative in Toronto has raised a host of privacy concerns and questions about who will own data collected from the community.But Scarpitti said he doesn’t foresee a similar problem with the Bell-IBM project, because it will be monitoring the city’s equipment and infrastructure assets.“It doesn’t involve — unless something changes — any private information of our citizens.” read more

Great Lakes Envoys outraged by spate of civilian massacres in eastern DR

The killings have taken place particularly around the town of Beni, in North Kivu province, said a statement released by Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes. “Some 100 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed on 20 November, bringing the number of victims to more than 200 since mid-October,” the group of Envoys said, condemning this “gruesome attack” and the massacres which have been attributed to the Uganda-based militia group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).Stressing that there should be no impunity for those responsible for human rights abuses, the Envoys called on the DRC government to engage a robust military action against the group perpetrating these crimes. The UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and its Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) stood by for any support. The Envoys also called for similar action against all the other armed groups in the region, chief among them the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which have been under international pressure to dismantle by 2 January or face military action. The group urged the FDLR to fully surrender and disarm. There is also urgency to complete demobilization of the former 23 March Movement (M23) combatants. The group of Envoys further called on the DRC Government to accelerate the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, repatriation, and resettlement (DDRRR) programme for ex-combatants and appealed to international partners to provide financial support to that end.A return to stability in eastern DRC requires concerted efforts to neutralize all the negative forces. With this in mind, the Team of Envoys stressed the strategic importance of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework agreement for the DRC. The team of Envoys comprises of several UN officials including the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC Martin Kobler, and the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Russ Feingold. The team also includes the African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes region Boubacar Diarra, the European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes region Koen Vervaeke, and the Belgium Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Franck de Coninck. read more

TfL pays £10m for staff to work for unions as strikes cause

Transport for London (TfL) is paying £10m for staff to work for transport unions under London Mayor Sadiq Khan, as strike days cause chaos for commuters.The annual cost has doubled since 2015/16, the last year Boris Johnson was mayor. That year 699 members of TfL took paid time off to do union duties, at a cost of £4.4m.Two years later, this figure had more than doubled to £10.8m, paid to 731 workers, 37 of whom worked for unions full-time.The exact amount of union work funded by TfL is unknown as the organisation only reports the total number of staff undertaking union duties and the number working more than half of the work week or full-time.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––This increase in union funding in 2017/18 coincided with a budget deficit of nearly £1bn.Mr Khan is the chairman of TfL and the chair of its board. He is responsible for setting out strategy and holding its Commissioner Mike Brown to account.Strikes have continued since Mr Khan took control of City Hall, including several this year. In April, there was chaos on the District line after Aslef called a strike over the sacking of a tube driver for running through three red lights. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also the chairman and chair of the board of TfL The transport network, which runs the London Underground, buses, light railway and overground trains through the capital, is partly funded by the taxpayer. In the 17/18 year it got £2.6 billion of public money from local and central government sources.David Leam, director of infrastructure at business group London First, said strikes cause “misery for commuters and tourists”.“The drip drip nature of strike action in the capital over the last few years has caused real turmoil for commuters and companies alike, and undoubtedly damages London’s global reputation for being open for business”, he said.“The disruption causes misery for commuters and tourists simply trying to get around town, while businesses get hit with the double whammy of reduced till receipts and a drop in productivity because staff can’t make it to work”. TfL staff are also paid to work for RMT, which held strikes in support of a driver who failed alcohol breath tests twice while at work.TfL themselves branded some of these strikes “indefensible”.Last night Keith Prince AM, a Conservative member of the Greater London Authority who sits on the transport committee, accused Sadiq Khan of being “in the pockets of the unions.”He told The Daily Telegraph: “Londoners want better tubes, not more union reps.“These statistics would be unacceptable if TfL had balanced books, but the transport budget is nearly £1 billion in the red. At time when the finances are in such dire straits, it is shocking that taxpayers’ money is being wasted in this way.“It now clearer than ever that Sadiq Khan is in the pockets of the unions.”In August, the Government published figures revealing there are more than 16,000 full time union officials on the public payroll. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. People queue for a bus in Stratford in a day of travel chaos caused by tube striking in 2015 Aslef, which benefits from this TfL staffing budget, also went on strike in October in support of a driver who was dismissed after opening the doors of a tube train while it was moving. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also the chairman and chair of the board of TfLCredit: Michele Tantussi/ Getty Images Europe Some of tens of thousands of commuters affected by tube strikes in November, queuing to get into Waterloo station. The issue rose to prominence in 2011 when Jane Pilgrim, an NHS worker who worked full-time for health union Unison criticised the Government’s health policies.People on the public full-time for unions are known as “Pilgrims”.The official term for letting public sector staff do union business during the working day is called “facility time”. Some of tens of thousands of commuters affected by tube strikes in November, queuing to get into Waterloo station.Credit:@hines_stephen/Stephen Hines/PA A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The Mayor makes no apologies for ensuring hardworking staff across London’s transport network are properly represented by trade unions. Trade unions play a vital role in ensuring Londoners are treated fairly at work.“Since Sadiq has become Mayor, there has been a 65 percent reduction in days lost to strike action. This is because we have listened to the concerns of workers and engaged in constructive dialogue with the trade unions. “TfL is currently undertaking the biggest overhaul of the organisation in its history, which has helped reduce annual costs by around £500m.”A TfL spokesperson said: “We allow representatives paid time off to carry out union duties and meeting these costs represents 0.5 per cent of our total wage bill. “The reorganisation of TfL over the past two years, that has helped reduce annual costs by around £500m, has required appropriate union representation for our staff affected by the changes.“The number of representatives for our 28,000 employees is in line with legislation, guidelines from ACAS and agreements with the trade unions.” People queue for a bus in Stratford in a day of travel chaos caused by tube striking in 2015Credit: John Stillwell/PA read more

This hyperrealistic robotic spider will give you nightmares

first_imgWhat do you get when you combine 26 tiny servo motors in a 3D printed shell that looks a lot like a spider? Well, nightmares certainly, but you also get an incredibly lifelike little robot. The Robugtix T8 is an eight-legged robot that can move so much like a real spider, you’ll be tempted to smash it. But it’s expensive — don’t smash it.Each leg of the robot contains three motors, and two more are in the abdomen just to make the movement extra realistic and creepy. The outer shell is produced in a 3D printer, but it’s really just for show. Underneath it’s just your basic eight-legged terrifying robot.The T8 is powered by an embedded microcontroller running a movement engine called Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics. This engine ensures that the user doesn’t have to worry about sending complicated instructions to the robot. Using the wireless controller, you can simply select a gait and tell the T8 which direction you want it to go. The robot handles all the calculations on-board.The T8 kit is up for pre-order now, with an expected ship date of August 31st. It’s going to cost you a whopping $1,350, but it jumps to $1,500 after August 1st. That’s very steep, but there’s a much less spendy, and still pretty neat/creepy option from Robugtix.The IITSII is a hexapod version of the T8 — so less arachnid-inspired and more insectoid. Instead of 26 motors, it only has 18. That’s still three in each leg, but none in the body. So it can’t do the insane spider poses the T8 is capable of, but it still uses the Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics engine to maneuver around in a very realistic way. This robot is available for pre-order at $250. It will be $350 after the August 1st cutoff date.You can’t deny these are awesome robots, but the prices listed are only for the kits themselves (some assembly required). If you want the controller and Xbee wireless receivers, that’s going to be an extra $85. You can also rig your own serial communication method with the provided Rx/Tx pins. These are open devices, after all.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for possession of child porn

first_imgA 27-year-old man who was caught with child pornography on his cellphone while being on parole for soliciting nude photos from a teenage girl was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.James M. Bergstrom pleaded guilty Feb. 1 in Clark County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.A Washington State Department of Corrections community custody officer notified Vancouver police Sept. 6 that she seized and searched a phone belonging to Bergstrom, a registered sex offender, for violating conditions of his release, according to a probable cause affidavit.Another officer said he witnessed Bergstrom remove a cellphone from the smoking station outside a DOC building. Bergstrom admitted to having the phone and handed it over when confronted by two officers, the affidavit says.The officer who wrote the probable cause affidavit noted that they investigated a separate case in 2016 involving Bergstrom, in which he posed as a 15-year-old boy to solicit nude photos from a 14-year-old girl, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

Department of Youth Affairs Mentor Programme – Mentors Needed Big Brother Big

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a mentor with the Department of Youth Affairs. We have several programs that require volunteers. In our program Big Brother Big Sister, volunteers will be working as mentor to our youth, ages 11-17.   Mentoring helps young people, especially at-risk youth, succeed in school, work, and life.What makes a good mentor?Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:A sincere desire to be involved with a young personRespect for young peopleActive listening skillsEmpathyAbility to see solutions and opportunitiesFlexibilityBenefits for Young PeopleIncreased high school graduation ratesLower high school dropout ratesHealthier relationships and lifestyle choicesBetter attitude about schoolHigher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirationsEnhanced self-esteem and self-confidenceImproved behavior, both at home and at schoolStronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peersImproved interpersonal skillsPlease express your interest by emailing any of our youth officers dparker@gov.tc, nicky71422@yahoo.com  or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Acting National Youth Director at ndickenson@gov.tc.Press Release: Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services Related Items:last_img read more

City Of Homer Looks At Allowing Marijuana Establishments On The Spit

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council introduced an ordinance at their meeting on Monday, February 26,  that would allow the sale of commercial marijuana products on the Spit. The council introduced the ordinance following a recommendation that came in August 2017 from the Cannabis Advisory Commission to allow commercial marijuana establishments on the Spit, a place that currently does not allow them. The ordinance will be up for public hearing at the council’s March 12 meeting. Currently the only areas in Homer were marijuana stores can operate are in the central business district, two general commercial districts and the East End district. The Ordinance amends the former Homer city code, and adds permitted uses and structures, by adding marijuana retail facilities in the Marine Commercial District (the spit). When Homer began drafting its regulations for commercial marijuana the spit was among the areas where the retail facilities were not allowed. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-homer-spit-pot-shops.mp3VmJennifer-on-homer-spit-pot-shops.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more