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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Love And Marriage: Rebels Against An Indian Tradition That Endures In The U.S.

first_imgFor years, my mom, Indira Pillay, told her American friends and colleagues that she and my dad had had a shotgun wedding. Until one day, someone informed her that a shotgun wedding takes place when the bride is pregnant.“We hardly touched each other before we got married,” she explains. “I thought it meant any no-frills wedding ceremony.”Read it at WGBH Related Itemslast_img

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi IPL 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate triumph over Kings XI Punjab with energetic team song

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad, who crushed Kings XI Punjab in a crucial Indian Premier League clash on Saturday, celebrated in typical fashion in the privacy of their dressing-room.SRH had a tough time in 2015 but they have been energised this year with a sharper bowling attack and further depth in their batting ranks. Skipper David Warner has led from the front with 294 runs so far while India regular Shikhar Dhawan recovered his form after a dismal campaign at the ICC World Twenty20.Moments after SRH chased 144 against KXIP for their third successive victory in this edition, the whole team, including coach Tom Moody broke into an energetic rendition of the team song. Team mentor VVS Laxman, Dhawan and Warner were the among the most enthusiastic participants.Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Rising Pune Supergiants in their fifth match later today.last_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Nick Kyrgios defends Bernard Tomic, unperturbed by Rio Olympics warning

first_imgNick Kyrgios has defended compatriot Bernard Tomic against allegations of failing to try during a match and said it was up to the Australian Olympic Committee whether the pair were picked to represent the country at the Rio Olympics.The 21-year-old and Tomic were warned by Australia’s Olympic chef de mission Kitty Chiller at the weekend that they were among a group of athletes whose behaviour was being monitored to judge their suitability for the Rio team.”If you don’t want to pick me or Bernard, there are plenty of others you can pick to represent your country as well,” Kyrgios told reporters after winning his opening match at the Italian Open in Rome on Monday.”If you don’t want two of the best players in Australia to represent your country, so be it.”Kyrgios, Australia’s highest ranked player at number 20 in the world, combines a rare tennis talent with a reputation for firing insults at fellow players, officials and fans.It is Tomic, however, who has been most under fire in Australia in recent weeks, continuing an unhappy relationship with the local media that goes back several years.The world number 22 was lambasted last week for holding his racket by the strings and not offering a shot when facing match point against Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Open.Tomic’s response — “Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?” — was described as “appalling” by Chiller and the criticism intensified when he pulled out of his opening match in Rome after just eight minutes, citing illness.advertisementKyrgios, who was criticised by Tomic for skipping a Davis Cup match in March because of illness, defended his fellow young gun against the charges that he had “tanked” the match.”Yeah, for sure I think … the behaviour has to be monitored going into the Olympics, representing your country,” Kyrgios added.”But, you know at the same time I think, with Bernard’s case with that match point – I mean, it’s not easy playing Fabio on clay. It’s Bernard’s least preferred surface.”I’m sure he competed nearly every other point in the match. I don’t really know what he was doing, but that one point he gets scorched for when he probably tried his heart out the rest of the match.”Tennis Australia nominates athletes for Olympic selection and Kyrgios and Tomic are likely to head their picks for the August 5-21 Games.In Tomic’s case the point may be moot with the Australian newspaper reporting he had signed up to play in a tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico that takes place during the Games.last_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Emergency: When Fernandes became Khushwant, recited Gita

first_imgBy Kunal DuttNew Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) Sporting a turban and a beard, George Fernandes had assumed the guise of a Sikh man to evade arrest during Emergency days and recited the Gita to inmates while being imprisoned in Tihar Jail in that era, according to a colleague of the veteran socialist leader, who was arrested along with him.”Police were on the lookout for us. But, we not only went into hiding, but continued to operate. To escape arrest, George had assumed the avatar of a Sikh man, with a turban and a beard, and had grown long hair. He used to call himself Khushwant Singh after the noted author,” 76-year-old Vijay Narain told PTI here.Narain and others along with Fernandes were arrested on June 10, 1976 in Kolkata and tried in the infamous Baroda Dynamite case, in which they were also charged with waging war against the state to overthrow the government.86-year-old Fernandes is currently suffering from Alzheimers disease and lives in Delhi along with his wife Leila Kirbie. He rose to prominence after the 1973 railway strike, and had staunchly opposed the imposition of Emergency.After remaining in disguise and operating out of hideouts, Fernandes, Narain and their other colleagues were arrested from St Pauls Church in Kolkata.”At the St Pauls Church, George had a typewriter, a cyclostyle machine and he continued to write correspondences which I would go and deliver at Railway Mail Service counters at various stations,” recalls Varanasi-born Narain on the 40th anniversary of their arrest.advertisement”I had assumed the guise of a Benarasi Muslim weaver to escape police. You see we were in hiding but not inactive,” he says.Recalling further, Narain says, “While George was flown the same night (of June 10) to Delhi in an IAF cargo plane, I was kept in police custody and interrogated for about a fortnight in Kolkata by the polices intelligence bureau. We all were later lodged in Delhis Tihar Jail and the case was tried in Tees Hazari court.””George had a charismatic personality and during his prison days, he would recite Gita to inmates in the morning and we all read books from the library at Tihar,” Narain says.Fernandes and his colleagues were transported in vans from Tihar Jail to Tees Hazari court, and the 76-year-old veteran says, “200 policemen would escort us during this transit.”Fernandes in handcuffs raising his hand in defiance became one of the most enduring images of the Emergency era. “Oh, that photograph was taken in the court premises while George was being produced there for the trial.”Emergency was in effect from June 25, 1975 until its withdrawal in March 1977. (MORE) PTI KND ZMN ANPlast_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi This Day That Year: Rohit Sharma shatters world record with barnstorming 264

first_imgFour years ago on this very day, Rohit Sharma shattered the record books when he blasted his way to the highest-ever individual score in ODI cricket.During the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Rohit struck 264 off 173 balls. The knock was studded with 33 fours and nine sixes.Rohit also broke compatriot Virender Sehwag’s earlier world record of 219 runs, which the former India opener had scored against West Indies in Indore, in 2011.Also Read – Sourav Ganguly lauds Rohit Sharma’s ability to score ODI double hundredsSachin Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he hit 200 not out against South Africa in 2010. Sehwag was second with his 219 and Rohit was third when he scored 209.Chris Gayle (215), Martin Guptill (237 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (210 not out) are the only other players to hammer a double century each in the 50-overs format.WATCH VIDEO HERERuns: 264Balls faced: 1734s/6s: 33 & 9Records broken: Numerous#OnThisDay in 2014, Rohit Sharma smashed the highest individual score in an ODI innings, against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/GsU6LdWyKuICC (@ICC) November 13, 2018Rohit, who opened the innings with Ajinkya Rahane, was dropped at the start of the innings when he was on 4. Thisara Perera put down an easy catch at the third man off Shaminda Eranga in the fifth over.264 in November, 2013. 7 in September, 2017: Australia spoil Rohit Sharma’s homecoming at Eden GardensHowever, Rohit, who is a cautious starter, held his nerves to reach his fifty off 72 balls and gradually picked up momentum as the innings progressed.advertisementAlso Read – Rohit Sharma: The highest individual ODI score in numbers!He then raced to his century off 100 deliveries before he took the attack to the Sri Lankan bowlers.Rohit was also involved in a 202-run stand with Virat Kohli, who scored 66 before being run out. Rohit was eventually dismissed on the final delivery of the Indian innings for 264 off 173 balls (BCCI Photo)Even though India lost wickets at the other end, Rohit continued to destroy the bowling attack and reached the epic milestone off 151 balls.The 30-year-old kept the onslaught going but was eventually dismissed on the final delivery of the Indian innings for 264 off 173 balls. It was absolute carnage at the Eden Gardens as Rohit’s blistering knock powered India to 404/5.In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out of 251 thus losing the match by 153 runs.Three years after the Eden Gardens knock, Rohit smashed his third double hundred (208 not out) against the same opponents in the second ODI at Mohali on December 13, 2017.Rohit Sharma 208 not out: All the numbers you need to knowRohit blasted 13 fours and 12 sixes in his unbeaten 153-ball knock, celebrating his second wedding anniversary with Ritika Sajdeh. He went past Surrey’s Alastair Brown in English county cricket and now tops the list of most double hundreds in List A cricket.Also Read – Rohit Sharma’s 3rd ODI double hundred: A recap of his 209 in 2013 and 264 in 2014Rohit’s unbeaten 208 was his fifth 150-plus knock, which is the joint highest with Tendulkar and David Warner. He had scored an unbeaten 171 against Australia in 2016 and 150 against South Africa in 2015. Rohit’s unbeaten 208 was his fifth 150-plus knock and also the highest score by any captain against Sri Lanka (BCCI Photo)This was his 16th ODI century overall and his 14th since he started to open the innings for India from January 2013. He is only behind South African Hashim Amla in the same time span coming out to bat at the same spot.Rohit’s unbeaten 208 is the second highest individual score by a captain, behind Virender Sehwag’s 219 against West Indies in Indore way back in 2011.After the match coach Ravi Shastri, during an interview for bcci.tv, asked Rohit to pick his favourite double hundred but the stylish Mumbai batsman said that was a difficult task.”I think it’s so difficult to pick one because all three have come at crucial junctures of the game. There were different scenarios. The 209 vs Australia came in a series-decider and the 264 vs Sri Lanka was after three months of layoff. I was nervous whether I would be able to score runs or not,” Rohit said.MUST WATCH: The Hitman @ImRo45 interview courtesy Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc in his style after the epic knock in Mohali. #TeamIndia #INDvSL https://t.co/I1FLMUot7L pic.twitter.com/mf5wNKwoATBCCI (@BCCI) December 14, 2017last_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi At least the NFL isn’t pretending it’s not blackballing Colin Kaepernick

first_img Since you’re here… Colin Kaepernick comment Seahawks ‘postpone’ Colin Kaepernick audition over anthem protest stance As if there were any doubt that the NFL was going to continue its blacklist against Colin Kaepernick, the former Super Bowl starting quarterback was once again denied an opportunity this week. This time, it was in Seattle, and there was none of the hemming and hawing about Kaepernick’s numbers not being good enough or his playstyle not being the right fit for the offense. No, instead, an NFL source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Seahawks officials cancelled Kaepernick’s workout after he refused to commit to ending his kneeling protests during the national anthem during the 2018 season. (Sure enough, on Friday, the Seahawks went ahead and found someone else for the job.) Read more Share on Facebook Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Twitter It’s good, at least, that the owners have stopped bothering to pretend it’s about anything else but showing their power for the world – and for any players who might be considering a protest this season – to see. In a world where Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned but Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens found a place for Robert Griffin III, a quarterback with a wrecked knee and just 14 appearances, six touchdowns and nine interceptions to his name since 2014, any delusions about the blackball of Kaepernick having anything to do with the league’s product should be put to rest.The political statement McNair and the rest of the owners are trying to keep off the football field in their crusade against on-field activism is one America absolutely needs to hear. Systemic racism and police brutality are a daily reality for black Americans, and despite the NFL’s posturing, these issues are bigger than the game. And let’s not forget that it is not just people who are indignant over protests during the anthem who will stop watching football. For every person who blusters about quitting the league over the “anthem protests,” there will be others who see the owners’ cowardly attempts to stifle the speech and expression of the players and think twice about devoting their Sundays to a game with no soul.By kneeling for themselves and their brethren, Reid and Kaepernick have become a threat to the NFL. They don’t just threaten to sully the league’s image, to remind everybody watching at home and in the stands that the NFL is part of an America that brutally and systematically opresses black Americans. Kaepernick, Reid and anybody else who would dare kneel in 2018 also threaten the league’s ironclad grip on the values of obedience and discipline, and that is a threat that cannot be brooked by such small, angry men as Bob McNair, Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones. But Reid and Kaepernick will not submit, and for that crime, we should expect the NFL’s unofficial but blatantly obvious blackballing to continue through 2018, and, in all likelihood, beyond.center_img Share via Email US sports Reuse this content Seattle Seahawks Share on WhatsApp NFL Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest This comes just days after Kaepernick’s former teammate, Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid – the first 49ers player to join Kaepernick in his protest in 2016 – was approaching a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals only to be confronted by team owner Mike Brown, who asked him to commit not to kneel during the anthem in 2018. After going through a series of workouts with coaches and sensing interest, Reid was again confronted, this time by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis asked Reid if he wished to clarify his stance on anthem kneeling for ownership. Reid declined, and the meeting was over shortly thereafter. Reid, like Kaepernick, remains unsigned.As Reid tweeted in March, “[General Managers] aren’t the hold up, owners are.” Football people like Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin recognize players like Reid still have something to offer NFL squads. It’s owners like Brown who feel threatened by a powerful voice like Reid’s or a Kaepernick’s in their locker rooms, on their fields, and perhaps most crucially, on their television sets.This should come as no surprise, particularly after Houston Texans owner Bob McNair came out and told the media he “regretted apologizing” for one of the most disgusting comments of the 2017 season, when McNair said at an owners meeting, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” McNair continues to claim he wasn’t actually referring to the players, but the context of the original report containing the quote, from Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham of ESPN Magazine, suggests otherwise. The owners meetings referenced above included an impassioned plea from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to take the business impact of the continued kneeling protests seriously. Jones implored his fellow owners to institute a mandate that would force all players to stand for the national anthem under threat of a fine. One of Jones’s main allies in the room, Washington owner Dan Snyder, claimed that an absurd “96 percent” of Americans are against kneeling (a CNN poll from September 2017 said that number was actually 49 percent). The truth, though, is that the owners are not making business decisions when they refuse the services of men like Kaepernick and Reid. As Van Natta and Wickersham reported, the NFL’s major sponsors were not universally pro ban. In fact, at least one had threatened to drop its sponsorship of the league should it mandate the players to stand for the national anthem. If it was really about the bottom line, would the NFL have tried to buy out kneeling players for $100m in charitable contributions in 2017? No, these decisions are made almost solely to maintain the cultural and institutional power of men like Brown, Jones and Snyder. And men like McNair, who said this offseason, “Our playing field is not the place for political statements [and] not the place for religious statements. It’s the place for football. I think we all need to respect our flag and respect our country. I think we’ll figure out a way to make sure that we do that.”Money makes football powerful, but so does its reach. No other sport dominates American culture and media like the gridiron, and while the NFL primarily exists to sell the product on the field, there can no doubt that the NFL also sells a very specific set of values every Sunday. As John Harbaugh summed up in his 2015 letter, Why Football Matters:“Football is hard. It’s tough. It demands discipline. It teaches obedience. It builds character.”After years, even decades of hearing such platitudes on NFL broadcasts and pre-game shows, it can be hard to recognize these values as political. But it is impossible to separate football’s demands of discipline and obedience from the way McNair, Jones and many of the NFL’s owners see on-field player activism. Thus, when even a player like Kaepernick – a quarterback who led his team to the Super Bowl at age 26, and one of the most physically talented players at the position – dared to say something is bigger than football, his continued presence became unacceptable. It’s why when Reid tried to land a job in Cincinnati, both the head coach and owner pressed him to commit not to kneel in 2018 before they would even consider a contract offer. Robert Griffin III is filling a spot that should belong to Colin Kaepernick Topicslast_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Senate Approves Appropriation Act 2018

first_imgThe Government now has the authority to spend funds allotted in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, following the passage of the Appropriation Act 2018 in the Upper House on March 23.This annual Bill provides authority for expenditure (other than statutory expenditure) for the financial year (FY) 2018/19 and specifies the manner in which the money is to be allocated to the various services and purposes of the Government.The Bill, was approved following a six-hour-long debate in the Senate, with 11 persons making contributions. The new fiscal year begins on April 1.Piloting the legislation, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid noted “this is a prosperity Budget for the people of Jamaica.”“The budget for the 2018/2019 FY is smaller, and for this reason, we are able to reduce our debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio and can declare no new taxes! This will allow the private sector to invest more in the economy, and to become the engine of growth,” he said.Senator Reid stated that the Government is balancing the books, while balancing peoples’ lives.“We are creating jobs and wealth for the population; we are creating opportunities for all persons and striving to build the foundation on which to achieve a prosperous, productive and equitable society,” he said.Senator Reid said for the financial year 2018/19, the Central Government expenditure is programmed at a total of $807.1 billion. He said of this sum $773.7 billion will be funded from the Consolidated Fund and another $33.4 billion from Appropriations-in-Aid.“Of that Consolidated Fund, the Public Debt Service amounts to $289 billion- which is $89 billion less than what was spent on debt servicing for the last fiscal year,” he said.Senator Reid added that in total, the Public Debt Service represents 34.7 per cent of the overall expenditure budget for the financial year 2018/2019, and 23.7 per cent less in debt service payment as compared to financial year 2017/2018.“Our good fiscal management has allowed the government to take even better care of the country, as we have been able to increase our non-debt spending by $58.1 billion, coming from the Consolidated Fund,” he said.The Bill was approved in the House of Representatives on March 21, following the close of the Budget Debate.last_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Allan MacEachen overseer of social reform and skilled politician dies at 96

first_imgAllan J. MacEachen, a driving force behind social policy changes under two prime ministers, has died at the age of the 96 after a lifetime saturated with politics and parliamentary manoeuvres.MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare.As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage. His other portfolios also included finance and he twice served as secretary of state for external affairs.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose father, Pierre, relied heavily on MacEachen when he was prime minister, said Wednesday his cabinet had a moment of silence for “one of the very finest ministers ever to serve this country.”“I’m not going to list his many, many accomplishments but I do want to reflect on one,” he said at the end of a three-day cabinet retreat in St. John’s, N.L. “Universal public medicare is maybe our proudest achievement as a country. It was the dream of many of us for many years.“In 1966, when Prime Minister (Lester B.) Pearson needed someone to actually make it happen, to design the legislation to make it happen and to get it through a minority parliament, he turned to Allan J.,” Trudeau said. “For that and for so many other things Canada is a better country because he was in it and he served it.”In his memoirs, Pierre Trudeau recalled the Cape Bretoner as a intensely private person who had a finely tuned sense of political strategy.“He lived and breathed politics,” wrote the former Liberal leader, who was photographed on several occasions leaning over and whispering confidences to his trusted colleague.Former prime minister Jean Chretien described his former cabinet colleague as “one of the greatest political figures I’ve met in my long political career. … In his life in the House of Commons, he was very skilled.”Liberals who spent brief tenures in MacEachen’s office through the decades, or enjoyed his political support later in life, describe a man of contrasts.He could be a brilliant baritone speechmaker in the House of Commons one day, and the next could fall into periods of such prolonged silence that a press secretary meeting with him once asked, “Sir, have you left the room?”He was a politician comfortable on the international stage, battling for issues such as an extension of Canada’s offshore fishing boundaries, yet was equally fond of telephoning friends in Inverness County, Cape Breton, for advice — or spending a morning battling for a rejected unemployment insurance claim.Frank McKenna, one of many assistants who MacEachen mentored, said each political pupil was taught to believe in the value of government and the possibilities of creating a “public good” in the longer term.“It was a mind-blowing experience for me watching a modest man from a challenged region … become one of the country’s leading voices. It was an inspiration to what is possible,” said McKenna, a former premier of New Brunswick.Bob Rae, a friend and former Liberal MP, said in an interview that MacEachen — who spoke fluent Gaelic — always remembered he was the son of a Cape Breton coal miner, and he was ultimately dedicated to creating lasting legislation that led to social improvements.“He was the architect of the major social policy changes that took place in Canada in the mid 1960s,” said Rae, who once faced MacEachen as an NDP critic and later gained his support in his 2006 bid for leadership of the Liberal party.Rae described MacEachen as both a left-leaning Liberal who was influenced by the co-operative movement founded by Rev. Moses Coady in Antigonish, N.S., and a pragmatist who aimed to make theory into reality.It was largely MacEachen’s skill as a parliamentarian that helped defeat then-Tory prime minister Joe Clark in a non-confidence motion brought by Rae in 1979.“He was instrumental in the coming back of Trudeau,” recalled Chretien in an interview.Some of his legislation didn’t work out as well, particularly a post-1980 budget.Trudeau’s memoirs recall MacEachen’s efforts as finance minister to bring in tax reform that closed a number of loopholes, and the resulting opposition.“The outcry was such that MacEachen was forced to withdraw many of his measures,” wrote the former prime minister.Chretien said that MacEachen survived setbacks with good humour, and in their frequent voyages together to Cape Breton he came to see a man beloved among his own people.“We were talking politics like hockey players must talk about hockey. … Politics can be a lot of fun,” said the former prime minister.The many politicians taught by MacEachen came to be part of his extended network, said John Young, a former leader of the Liberal Party in Nova Scotia who was his assistant in the early 1970s.“He would sit you down and tell you, ‘Government has a purpose in society and that is to serve the public good,’” he recalled.Born in Inverness on Cape Breton Island in 1921, MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in the Inverness-Richmond riding under Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent.MacEachen won again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 before winning eight more elections, including the last five while representing Cape Breton-Highlands Canso.He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984, where he remained until 1996.MacEachen, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Liberal leadership in 1968, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.Young said that MacEachen was always acutely aware of the ordinary electors who put him in Parliament, and he spent his final years at his residence in Lake Ainslie, in Inverness County, and Antigonish, N.S.“He’d say, ‘I don’t care how important you think you are in Ottawa. If your constituents don’t think you’re important to them, you won’t be here.’”— Story by Michael Tutton in Halifax.last_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi BC court gives federal government more time to fix solitary confinement

first_imgVANCOUVER — British Columbia’s top court has stayed its recent decision on Canada’s solitary confinement law until the end of November to give the government more time to fix its prison practices.The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled unanimously on Monday that the law allowing prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement “offends the fundamental norms of a free and democratic society.”The court struck down the law and also declared that Correctional Services Canada had breached its obligations to consider the health care needs of mentally ill or disabled inmates before placing them in segregation. Parliament replaced the law last Friday with new legislation that creates “structured intervention units,” which allow segregated inmates a minimum of four hours outside their cells and at least two hours to interact with others per day.The federal government asked the Appeal Court for more time to implement the legislative changes and the court ruled Wednesday to stay its decision until Nov. 30 with progress reports expected on Aug. 30 and Oct. 15.The court says while Canada has taken “a long time” to amend the legislative scheme, it is satisfied that the current plans to implement it by Nov. 30 represent a diligent and realistic timetable.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Algonquin sisters to stay with nonAboriginal foster family Ontario Court of Appeal

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn Algonquin grandmother learned Tuesday she won’t be getting custody back of her two granddaughters after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the children should stay with their non-Aboriginal foster family where they are “thriving.”The grandmother was supported by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan to have the children, under 10 years old, returned to her care after the Children’s Aid Society removed them about five years ago on July 24, 2009 in the  Ottawa, Ont. area.They’ve been with their foster family for almost all of that time and the court found removing them may cause undue harm.“The children are doing well in school and are happy and comfortable with the (foster family). By all accounts, they are thriving,” the appeal court said its ruling.It’s illegal for APTN National News to name the children under care of CAS, or their grandmother.The CAS removed the kids from their grandmother because she allowed unsupervised visits with their mother, who they say was an alcoholic. They also determined the grandmother wasn’t capable to care for the kids because she was overwhelmed over a failed relationship at the time.When “protection workers” apprehended the children one sister was found alone in a home with her mother.“The residence was in a state of disarray. There were soiled dishes on the counters and dirty clothes throughout. It was cluttered and chaotic,” the court said.The little girl was sitting on bare mattress, alone in the dark, with her knees pulled up to her chest.She was rocking back and forth crying.Her mother, who wasn’t allowed unsupervised visits, was the only person there.A three-month custodial apprehension was put in place to allow for the grandmother to “stabilize her life” that went uncontested.Multiple times CAS approached Algonquins of Pikwakanagan to find a suitable First Nations home, but none could be found.The sisters were placed with their current foster family in March 2010.A first custody trial kept the children with the foster parents.In 2012, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan found a suitable home for the girls.A second trial was ordered.Between the first and second trial the grandmother was assaulted twice and her house seriously damaged by fire. When first responders arrived she admitted she’d been “heavily drinking.”After the second trial, that also kept the children with the foster parents, the grandmother was allowed visits.She’s been sober since February and promised the court the sister’s mother wouldn’t be allowed unsupervised visits; after all she is in jail according to the ruling.Experts testified at the second trial that the sisters identify their foster family as their parents.Chief Kirby Whiteduck testified then too.Whiteduck said removing Aboriginal children from their “communities leads to alcoholism, violence, suicide, anger and resentment.”The court heard the foster family has made efforts to show the girls their Aboriginal culture.The grandmother and band believed the trial judge was in error by not taking into account the girl’s Aboriginal culture, but the appeal court disagreed.“He was aware of the need to consider the least disruptive placement having regard to these considerations,” the ruling states. “That the children are thriving confirms the wisdom of the trial judge’s decision.”The grandmother is still allowed visits and the foster family is not looking to adopt the children.“The children are doing well with the (foster family) and want to continue a relationship with their grandmother.  The CAS is currently facilitating access and should continue to do so. Adoption is not contemplated, so access is always subject to status review,” the ruling states.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Moroccos National Economic Growth Reached 38 in Q1FY17

Rabat – Far from being exceptional, the growth of the national economy was fairly sustained in the first quarter of 2017. According to the High Commission for Planning (HCP), the recovery of the National Accounts showed an improvement in growth of 3.8 percent, compared to 1.6 percent over the same period in 2016.This growth is due in particular to the significant rebound in agricultural activity, which reached 14.2 percent by the end of March 2017 compared to the  10.9 percent decrease a year ago. After an acute decline of 9.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016, seasonally adjusted primary sector value added in volume increased by 12.1 percent over the same period in 2017, noted the HCP in its latest briefing note on the national economic situation in Q1FY17.At current prices, GDP grew by 4.1 percent. As a result, the increase in the general price level was 0.3 percent instead of 0.1 percent as seen the previous year. Nonetheless, the value added of non-agricultural activities marked a modest increase of 2.4 percent, the same rate as in the first quarter of 2016.The value added of the service sector grew by 3 percent in the first quarter of the current year, instead of 2.4 percent in the same quarter of 2016, noted the HCP. Almost all components of the sector were able to generate positive growth, with the most remarkable increase being observed in hotels and restaurants at 7.7 percent. By contrast, the value added of the secondary sector experienced a slowdown in its growth rate this year, falling from 2 percent in Q1FY16 to 1.7 percent.The HCP explain this slight decrease by the poor growth of the value added in the sector activities, and by a drop in electricity and water activities, as well as construction and public works. Exports of goods and services also fell, to 4.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from 6.3 percent in the previous year. Imports did grow, but this was at a considerably slower rate of 7 percent compared to 12.5 percent in 2016.As a consequence of  these results, the HCP explained that external trade in goods and services was continuing to make a negative contribution to growth at -1.4 points, but this is  less acute when compared to Q1FY16, when it settled at -3 points.Given that the increase in national final consumption by value was 4.2 percent, national savings amounted to 26.7 percent of GDP instead of 27.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016.In addition, and given the sharp increase in gross investment to 32.1 percent of GDP instead of 29.6 percent, the financing requirement of the national economy increased to 5.4 percent of GDP in the first quarter of 2017 instead of 2.3 percent a year ago. read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Sri Lankas first satellite Raavana 1 released into orbit

Officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan were at JAXA to witness the launch. The BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan, Nepal and Sri Lanka were taken to the International space station (ISS) and boarded onto the Antares rocket and launched in April.The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by Sri Lankan research engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika from the Arthur C.Clarke Institute, Moratuwa. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The satellite was launched into space in April from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. Its camera mission is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries. Its Lora Demonstration Mission is to validate the module to be used to data download next satellites. The Attitude Determination and Control Mission of ‘Ravaana 1’ involves the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ was released into orbit today from the International space station (ISS).The release was broadcast live on YouTube by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Negotiators open monthlong talks on protocol to bioweapons treaty

The meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction aims to finalize a verification protocol to the treaty.The Group is mandated to complete negotiations on the protocol “as soon as possible” before the Convention’s next Review Conference, which is scheduled to take place from 19 November to 7 December. The Biological Weapons Convention was the first treaty in history to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It opened for signature on 10 April 1972 and came into force on 26 March 1975, after 22 governments ratified it. Currently, under the treaty, 143 States have committed themselves not to develop, produce or possess biological and toxic weapons. read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza

“All in Gaza must share the burden by paying their bills. It is the poorest Palestinians in Gaza who pay the price for exceptions and privileges that others enjoy,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.He urged the “defacto authorities” in Gaza to ensure that collection rates are improved and that revenue collected in Gaza is returned to the “legitimate Palestinian authorities” in order to keep fuel and electricity supply flowing.According to media reports, the two factions have been fighting over unpaid bills and taxes, forcing the local energy authority to shut down power. Mr. Mladenov noted that Palestinians in Gaza have lived in a protracted humanitarian crisis and should not be held hostage by disagreements, divisions and closures.“The social, economic and political consequences of this impending energy crisis should not be underestimated,” he stressed.The UN envoy said the international community can finance and support investment in upgrading the electrical grid “but it cannot do it alone.” He urged the Palestinian Government to facilitate buying fuel for the Gaza Power plant, and voiced support for reforming the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company.He also called on Israeli authorities to facilitate the entry of materials for repairs and maintenance of the power grid and plant, and noted the need to also upgrade Egyptian power lines. read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi UN expert urges two Koreas to discuss human rights

The Republic of Korea’s new President has proposed the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on military and humanitarian issues.“While I welcome the initiative by the administration of President Moon Jae-in to resume dialogue, it is important that that engagement serves as a platform for North Korea to discuss ways to improve human rights,” said Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in DPRK.During his five-day mission to Seoul, from 17 to 21 July, the Special Rapporteur met senior Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and other groups. His requests for access to the North have not been granted. The Special Rapporteur reiterated his deep concern about human rights violations in the North, including allegations of arbitrary detention, human trafficking and enforced disappearances, as well as sexual and gender-based violence against women detained in holding centres in the border areas. “The information I have been receiving points to different violations that continue to affect the lives of ordinary North Koreans and even foreigners,” he said.Pyongyang has recently rejected a call by Seoul to resume family reunions, which have not been held for two years, after DPRK resumed nuclear tests and long-range missile launches. The Special Rapporteur met with a man who wishes to return to DPRK where his wife and son live, despite the risk of being punished for leaving for ROK three years ago. “If anything, these cases highlight the complexity of the family separation issue that started 70 years ago, and the fact that it continues to take new forms and affect people in the Korean peninsula in profound ways,” he said.The expert highlighted a surge in the number of Koreans from the North caught in China. They are detained or sent back. Usually harsh labour sentences await them upon their return. “North Koreans who leave their country are caught in a horrendous cycle of physical and psychological violence, and I received information that some take their own lives when they find out that they are scheduled for repatriation,” said Mr. Ojea Quintana. The expert noted that China has a responsibility to abide by the principle of non-refoulement in international law. “I appeal to the Government of China to halt the policy, protect those in custody and engage with my mandate and with relevant UN agencies to think of alternatives,” he stressed. The Special Rapporteur will report his findings and recommendations to the UN General Assembly in October 2017. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi The consumer watchdog will probe suspected anticompetitive conduct in the ticket industry

first_img Take me to Fora The consumer watchdog will probe ‘suspected anti-competitive conduct’ in the ticket industry The CCPC has launched a full investigation into the sector. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images 10,041 Views Jan 26th 2017, 2:11 PM Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 2:11 PM Share Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3206624 22 Comments By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: IRELAND’S CONSUMER WATCHDOG has launched a full investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in the ticketing industry.The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) said the investigation will look into suspected breaches of competition law in relation to the provision of tickets and the management of ticketing services for live events.The investigation will primarily focus on possible anti-competitive conduct by operators that include any firms involved in providing tickets and ticketing services, as well as promoters and venues.The CCPC would not confirm which organisations will be subject to investigation.However, Fora understands that the probe will involve a thorough examination of Ireland’s main service providers and main promoters in the industry.As part of the investigation, the CCPC has issued summonses for witnesses and put out formal requirements for information to several parties that are involved in the sector.The competition and consumer watchdog is also looking for parties in the area of ticket services that may have access to information that is relevant to the investigation.The CCPC was set up in 2002 to run the rule over merger and acquisition deals and judge if any such deals could harm the competitiveness of a sector.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi He wanted to save the world Mother leads tributes to Irish aid

first_img Michael Ryan. Image: WFP/Facebook Michael Ryan. https://jrnl.ie/4534218 22,698 Views Image: WFP/Facebook Share504 Tweet Email4 ‘He wanted to save the world’: Mother leads tributes to Irish aid worker who died in air crash He was killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend. Mar 11th 2019, 8:35 AM Short URL 11 Comments THE MOTHER OF an Irish aid worker who died in an air crash over the weekend has paid tribute to her son, saying he was an “amazing” person who lived to help others.Christine Ryan paid tribute to her son Michael on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.Michael Ryan was Deputy Chief Engineer at the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Originally from Clare, he lived in Cork but had recently relocated to the programme’s Rome headquarters.He was killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend.Christine – a retired teacher – said that the family was in shock at Michael’s death. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. “He was an amazing person we just can’t believe… we still can’t come to terms with this,” she said. Monday 11 Mar 2019, 8:35 AM His wife Naoise and his children, everybody’s just devastated, nobody can believe that this has happened it’s very difficult to come to terms with it.Christine described Michael as a man who had a “marvellous vision” for the world and always worked hard to achieve that.“He was a very enthusiastic person, he had a great vision, he had ferocious work, he believed in engineering, putting people first and he was involved in an awful lot of different projects worldwide,” she said. These projects ranged from flood reliefs and landslides to helping combat the spread of Ebola and assisting Rohingya Muslims. Michael’s work took him to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan among many other countries.“He had a marvellous vision and he just got there and did it and he had great enthusiasm with regards to work,” Christine said. It’s just unreal. We’re finding it very difficult to come to grips with it really.  She said her son wanted to save the world and an amazing vision. “He wanted to really basically to save the world as far as he was concerned and he had a vision for that and he just seemed to put all his energies in and do that,” she said.FamilyChristine said that Michael’s family appreciated what he was doing and supported him, and whenever he was home it was “all hands on deck”.“[He] brought his children off surfing or golfing in Lahinch or whatever. He just loved west Clare as well and he loved Lahinch and he loved life and living,” she said.He had such enthusiasm for anything he really set his mind to whether it was work or family he was a continually enthusiastic person.  Christine said that she had heard of the air crash in the news, but didn’t realise that her son was onboard until she was contacted by his wife, Naoise. “I knew he was going on a flight to Nairobi but I didn’t really realise he was on the flight that crashed until Naoise his wife contacted me and told me that he was definitely on that flight,” she said. “And I had heard that the flight had gone down but I didn’t realise he was on it until Naoise contacted me.I was hoping that he wasn’t on that flight that he might have been on a different one.The family were all due to travel to Rome next week to celebrate Michael’s 40th birthday on 28 March and for the christening of his young son.Crash The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed yesterday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be onboard.The plane crashed soon after take off, outside the Ethiopian capital.Johnny Hegarty – of the Save Cork City campaign group – was a friend of Michael’s and spoke on Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line with PJ Coogan this morning.“Mick was doing good around the world which was great. That’s what drove him really, I think in his life – to do good,” he said.“He really thought about people as being the benefactors of everything that was done. And I suppose that’s what makes it very tragic because he was often at risk in his work for the UN.He saved countless lives, hundreds, maybe thousands and thousands of lives in his work.Hegarty said that Michael used engineering to help people all across the world. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar paid tribute to Ryan last night. “Our thoughts tonight are with families of all those lost in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, including Irish engineer Michael Ryan,” Varadkar said in a tweet.Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Programme. Deepest sympathies to family, colleagues & friends.President Michael D Higgins also expressed his sadness and sympathies over the lives lost in the crash.“In particular I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Michael Ryan, whose work in humanitarian assistance for the World Food Programme brought him onto the flight,” Higgins said. On my own behalf and behalf of the Irish people, I send my deepest sympathies to President Sahle-Work Zewde, to the families of the victims and to the people of Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian community who live here in Ireland. By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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