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first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the transit anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Dauda chief Ram Rahim, saying the “easiest way out” for her would be to surrender.Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, after hearing arguments on behalf of Honeypreet and the police of Delhi and Haryana, said she would pass an order on it.The order is likely to be pronounced later on Tuesday.“The easiest way out for you would be to surrender,” the court observed.Honeypreet has been on the run since the conviction of Ram Rahim in two rape cases. She is facing a case of sedition for allegedly inciting violence in Haryana after the Dera chief’s conviction.Transit anticipatory bail plea is meant to seek protection against arrest during transit. In this case, Honeypreet is seeking bail for her transit from Delhi to Haryana to join the investigation in the sedition case.“A ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”During the hearing, the Haryana police opposed the filing of her plea in the Delhi High Court, saying it was “a ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”The Delhi Police also alleged that Honeypreet should have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, rather moving the Delhi High Court.The police of Delhi and Haryana opposed her plea for anticipatory bail for three weeks on the ground that the court of competent jurisdiction would be in Haryana.Honeypreet’s lawyer contended that her life was in danger in Haryana and that is why she has moved Delhi High Court seeking protection from arrest till she moves a court in the neighbouring State. The lawyer said she would join the probe if she was protected.last_img read more

first_imgIndia Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012.With an investment of hundreds of crores and years of hard work, the London Olympics were always going to be a watershed event for Indian sport.While some of the heralded names fell by the wayside, there were others who led the way as India reaped its largest medal haul at the grandest sporting stage of the world.At the end of the extravaganza, six athletes engraved their names in the annals of history and became inspirations for the millions of youth in the country.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, MC Mary Kom, Gagan Narang and Saina Nehwal were already champions in their respective fields but their success at the London Games have made them household names with a large number of youngsters ready to follow in their footsteps.Five of these athletes will be in the Capital on Friday at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012 to share the experiences of their incredible journeys, which saw their dreams turn into reality.Sushil comes from a humble background and excels in a sport that not many parents would like their children to take up. But the humble grappler from Baprola village in the Capital changed the perception after his bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.Not one to rest on his laurels and spend the rest of his life reaping the benefits of his Beijing feat, Sushil kept working hard and went a step further in London to become the only Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals.advertisementYogeshwar, who grew up with Sushil and trained under the same coach, had a lot of experience but an Olympic medal always eluded him. Things changed dramatically for Yogeshwar in London where he fought three bouts in a mere 45 minutes to win a bronze for the country.Boxing was always thought to be a male-dominated sport until MC Mary Kom arrived on the scene. Her is one of the most inspiring stories as she has fought all the way to win medals at every level.It was for the first time that women’s boxing was introduced at the Olympics and that gave the five-time world champion an opportunity to add another feather in her cap.Mary comes from Manipur, which is mostly in the news for the wrong reasons. But her bronze medal will go a long way in changing the perception of the state and women’s boxing in general.The mother of twin boys had to increase her weight to be eligible to compete at the Olympics as her preferred category (48kg) wasn’t part of the London Games. Not only did she manage to qualify for the Olympics in a higher weight category (51kg), but also returned home with a bronze medal.Shooters were always India’s best bet for medals in London and Gagan Narang opened the country’s account in the 10m air rifle event. It was one medal that the ace shooter was craving for years, having been on the podium at every other stage.Before the Olympics, armyman Vijay Kumar had won medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad. It was now time to shine on the biggest stage of them all.The Indian finished second in the 25m rapid fire pistol event to eventual gold medallist Leuris Pupo of Cuba but Vijay showed that “hard work always pays off”.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Buddy Hield had a career-best 37 points, including 7-of-14 shooting from 3-point range, and De’Aaron Fox added 28 points and 12 assists for the Kings, who have given up 130 or more points in four of their last five games.“It’s not exciting for me, watching guys just tee it up and go right down the lane over and over and over,” coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to get better individually guarding the basketball, and we’ve got to get a little bit more active in our help.”Fox said the Thunder turned things around after two losses to the Kings by using their height advantage.“We see teams trying to crash (the boards) a lot more than they did earlier in the season because they were worried about us running,” Fox said. “We just have to stop giving up offensive rebounds and second-chance points.”It was a matchup of short-handed teams. The Kings were missing Iman Shumpert, Marvin Bagley III and Bogdan Bogdanovic because of injuries, while Oklahoma City guards Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder were serving one-game suspensions for leaving the bench area during a scuffle with the Chicago Bulls on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. George had 19 points, Westbrook scored 17 and Adams added 14 in the first half, and the Thunder held a 71-52 lead at the break. Oklahoma City maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the third quarter, though the Kings pulled within nine entering the fourth quarter.The Thunder opened the final period with a 9-0 run — with all the points coming from George — and had a comfortable lead the rest of the way.“We were getting some really good stops, so we didn’t have to do anything tricky,” Adams said. “We were just more disciplined than they were and they missed a lot of shots.”TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook also had six steals. … Adams had a double-double by halftime with 14 points and 15 rebounds. … OKC missed seven of its first 14 free throws, including five straight misses in less than two minutes of the second quarter by Westbrook. … The Thunder broke a three-game road losing streak. … Jerami Grant had 22 points.Kings: Had won their two previous games this season against the Thunder, by 131-120 in Oklahoma City on Oct. 21 and 117-113 in Sacramento on Nov. 19. The teams meet for the final time this regular season Feb. 23 at Oklahoma City.AILING KINGSShumpert (bruised right hip) and Bogdanovic (sore right foot) were both listed as day-to-day, while Bagley (bruised left knee) is expected to miss about another week.REBOUNDING PROBLEMSThe Thunder’s 66 rebounds were the most by a Kings opponent in regulation since the Portland Trail Blazers also had 66 in a 1993 game. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss UP NEXTThunder: At Utah on Saturday. Oklahoma City has won four straight against the Jazz.Kings: Play the second game of a three-game homestand when they host Memphis on Friday. Joerger coached the Grizzlies from 2013-16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrate after the Thunder take the lead during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Thunder won 132-113. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan thought his team spent too much time shooting 3-pointers in two losses earlier this season to the Sacramento Kings. But on Wednesday night, the Thunder focused on their inside game and came away with a win.Paul George scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in a 132-113 victory over the Kings. Oklahoma City had a season-best 66 rebounds, compared to 43 for Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “Steven was phenomenal on the glass,” Donovan said. “One of the things we wanted to do is play closer to the rim. I felt we needed to play closer to the basket.”George hit four 3-pointers and went 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Westbrook had 19 points, 17 assists and 11 boards for the 112th triple-double of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGeorge and Adams had double-doubles — George pulled down 12 rebounds and Adams scored 20 points — as the Thunder won for the eighth time in 11 games. Nine of Adams’ rebounds came on the offensive end.“(Adams) has been doing that all season,” Westbrook said. “There’s nobody that’s going to stop him from doing what he’s doing every night.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Fred VanVleet hits go-ahead 3-pointer as Raptors escape Pacers LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Eya Laure doesn’t want to think much about becoming the future leader of University of Santo Tomas.But the way she’s playing belies that.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UST coach Kungfu Reyes lauded his players’ efforts which he said was best in recent years.“Our development was very good, I hope we sustain it,” said Reyes. “Our only minus factor is we lost one player to injury (Alessandrini).”He said he won’t gamble using Alessandrini until the 6-foot-2 hitter is 100 percent ready physically and psychologically.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Playing with a lot of heart, the rookie open hitter scored 15 points to power UST to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 rout of University of the East Sunday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.It was the third straight win for the Tigresses in a 5-2 card, good for a tie for second with the La Salle Lady Spikers at the end of their first round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“For me it’s about teamwork, playing with heart and communication,” said Laure in Filipino. She teamed up with UST resident gunner Sisi Rondina in burying the Lady Warriors to their fourth straight defeat for 1-6.Later in the day, University of the Philippines recovered from an opening set loss to turn back Adamson, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Breakthrough for Fuel Masters Google Philippines names new country director Ayel Estranero, UP’s soft-spoken setter, said their fourth win in seven games was a “morale-booster” after the Lady Maroons suffered stinging defeats at the hands of UST and rookie-laden National University.Adamson fell into a tie with UE in bringing up the rear of the eight-team field going into the second round next week.Rondina finished with 17 points, while Dimdim Pacres and KC Galdones contributed eight points each for UST, which has been playing without the injured Milena Alessandrini.“All of this is for Milena, she gives us motivation that every one must step up every game and do what we do in practice,” added Laure.Judith Abil scored 15 points for the Lady Warriors, including seven in the third set when she single-handedly tried to carry the fight for UE.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgJust woken up. Had the weirdest dream. Totally unbelievable. England won a penalty shoot out. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) July 4, 2018 As England win penalty shootout, hospitals across country are overwhelmed by cases of people pinching themselves.— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) July 4, 2018 Am i dreaming or did England win on penalties last night ? ? ?Were people singing our song in the streets all over the country ?????Yes we did and yes they were !!!! 🏆🏆🙏🙏— Ian Broudie (@IanZBroudie) July 4, 2018 WEDNESDAY MOTIVATIONIf England can win a penalty shootout then you can do anything. ANYTHING.— innocent drinks (@innocent) July 4, 2018 British fan climbs a lamppost at London Bridge amid a festive celebration in the street after England won its first ever World Cup penalty shootout to advance to the quarterfinals.— ABC News (@ABC) July 4, 2018 Of course it went to penalties. And of course everyone expected England to lose. Because England always loses when it goes to penalties. But this a new England.— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 4, 2018…..AND EVEN THIS!#FifaWorldCup2018 #ENG #COL #COLENG #WorldCup Chak De! England – how Gareth Southgate emulated @iamsrk’s Kabir Khan in beating Colombia on penalties— DNA (@dna) July 4, 2018 Seems fairly obvious having “banished their hoodoo” England will now lose on penalties to Sweden— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) July 4, 2018 No, you don’t need to go to Specsavers. England really did win a penalty shootout last night. #shouldve— Specsavers (@Specsavers) July 4, 2018 AdvertisementWorld Cup 1990- Loss to West Germany in the Semifinals. 4-3 on penalties.Euro Cup 1996- Loss to Germany in the Semifinals again. 6-5 on penalties.World Cup 1998- Loss to Argentina in the Round of 16. 4-3 on penalties.Euro Cup 2004- Loss to Portugal in the Quarterfinals. 6-5 on penalties.World Cup 2006- Loss to Portugal in the Quarterfinals again. 3-1 on penalties.Euro Cup 2012- Loss to Italy in the Quarterfinals. 4-2 on penalties.WORLD CUP 2018- WON AGAINST COLOMBIA 4-3 ON PENALTIES. 28 years of being eliminated in penalties redeemed in a night. Need another reason for Twitter to go bonkers?Had this dream last night that England won a penalty shootout. Seemed so real.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 4, 2018Last night after the result, England fans took to social media to express their happiness and even Legends joined in.Congratulations to @GarethSouthgate and the @England team for last night’s victory, and especially for winning the penalty shootout. Best of luck for Saturday.— Sir Bobby Charlton (@SirBobby) July 4, 2018 Being married to an Englishman when England beats Colombia on penalties is no fun, let me tell you. #WorldCup18— Lulu Garcia-Navarro (@lourdesgnavarro) July 3, 2018 Colombian players who missed penalties against England receive death threats.— LADbible (@ladbible) July 4, 2018Colombia is very infamous for player killings when Andre Escobar was killed due to an own goal he scored in the World Cup 1994.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Shaqiri thanks fans in a heartfelt tweet for supporting them during the World CupFootball : James Rodriguez tweets out heartbreaking picture after Colombia’s elimination from the WC. Majority of the country is hungover following England’s dramatic penalty shootout win. IT’S COMING HOME 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿😂— LADbible (@ladbible) July 4, 2018 – Fans stop buses in streets 🎉– Pundits go crazy 🎉– Newsrooms erupt 🎉A nation celebrates after @England win on penalties 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) July 4, 2018 I wonder if this England team were able to keep their shit together despite provocation and penalties because, unlike a lot of those who’ve gone before them, they’re not full of alpha male shouting, exhibitionism and self-importance.— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) July 4, 2018 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿😎— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 3, 2018BUT on the other side, there were reports of…Colombia players Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe are both receiving huge amounts of death threats following their missed penalties against England last night in the #WorldCup. [Mediaset]Andrés Escobar (Colombian) was infamously murdered in 1994 after scoring an own goal.— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) July 4, 2018 Gareth Southgate, whose penalty miss sent England out of Euro ’96, comforts Colombia’s Mateus Uribe after he missed his penalty last night. The more I see of Mr Southgate, the more impressive he gets. Very classy, very strong guy.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 4, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway Nanning Sunday.India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage.The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group.India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma.India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Tuesday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the following day.India fancy their chances against MalaysiaThe 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018.With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles.In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Soniia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina.Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage.advertisementSatwiksairaj’s return from injury boosts India’s chances of making the knockoutsBut the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles.Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty, while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles.At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China.This time too China boosts of formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles.Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.Also See:last_img read more

first_img Reuters Buenos AiresMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 08:27 IST Lionel Messi has not played for Argentina since their 2018 World Cup exit (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLionel Messi is back in the national squad for the first time since last year’s World Cup in RussiaLionel Messi will play in at least one of their friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco this monthMessi is Argentina’s leading goal scorer with 65 goals but he is often criticised for not reproducing his club form for the national sideArgentina captain Lionel Messi is back in the national squad for the first time since last year’s World Cup in Russia, and will play in at least one of their friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco this month, coach Lionel Scaloni said on Thursday.The Barcelona forward has not played for his country since their last-16 exit at the hands of eventual champions France, opting to take a sabbatical after what was a disappointing tournament for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.However, Scaloni said in January that he had a “good feeling” about Messi’s possible return from his self-imposed exile, and included him along with 30 other players.”Leo has been selected, we’ll decide later if he plays one game or two,” Scaloni told reporters in Buenos Aires. “I will make that decision.”Messi is Argentina’s leading goal scorer with 65 goals but he is often criticised for not reproducing his club form for the national side.He joins a squad featuring four goalkeepers, 10 home-based players but no Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain or Mauro Icardi.West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini also returns to the squad for the first time after suffering a knee injury days before the World Cup that ruled him out of action for nearly nine months.SquadGoalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Juan Musso, Esteban Andrada, Franco ArmaniDefenders: German Pezzella, Gabriel Mercado, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Walter Kannemann, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Gonzalo Montiel, Renzo Saravia, Lisandro MartinezMidfielders: Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Giovani Lo Celso, Manuel Lanzini, Roberto Pereyra, Angel Di Maria, Matiaz Zaracho, Ivan Marcone, Domingo Blanco, Rodrigo De PauladvertisementForwards: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Dario Benedetto, Matias Suarez.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lionel Messi Lionel Messi back in Argentina squad for first time since 2018 World CupLionel Messi has not played for Argentina since their last-16 exit at the hands of eventual champions France, opting to take a sabbatical after what was a disappointing tournament for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) The shipping industry could see more slow steaming and transhipment being triggered as part of the IMO 2020 sulphur rule, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.“Shippers rightfully want more transparency regarding how the new fuel surcharge mechanisms will work, but they should be mindful of the potential risks to future service options, competition and rates if they don’t concede anything to carriers.”2020 is going to be a pivotal year for the carrier industry. Failure to recover more of the fuel cost from customers than in the past, estimated to be around 50%, could be ruinous for some lines, many of which are still operating with highly distressed balance sheets, Drewry explained.The consultancy added that there is a general acceptance among shippers that they will have to pay more towards the fuel cost burden, although there are still a number of sticking points regarding the mechanics of how it should be done.On the other side, carriers will argue that a short-term win for shippers could quickly turn into a loss. It is something that shippers might want to consider during negotiations as any cost saving today might raise the likelihood of another carrier bankruptcy, causing unwanted chaos in the supply chain.“The reality is that carriers’ fuel costs will start to differ to a considerable degree as the new fuels are pumped into their ships; the variance to be largely driven by the type of fuel used.”Depending on their success in raising the fuel recovery rate, carriers will inevitably seek to mitigate the anticipated higher operating expenses. One potential side-effect from the new regulations could be greater slow-steaming and use of transhipment.The logic being that as ships sailing speed is reduced and round voyages are extended carriers will drop ports from rotations to ensure that transit times to key points remain competitive, according to Drewry. Fewer direct port calls will induce greater need for transhipment and feeder operations.“The upside from this shift towards more transhipment from a ports and terminals perspective is that this will inflate the global port throughput sum as four container movements at the quayside will be required instead of two as with direct port-to-port calls.”last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – The more than 45,000 people forced by wildfires to flee their homes were top of mind for John Horgan as he was sworn in as premier of British Columbia on Tuesday, becoming the first New Democrat to take on the role in 16 years.Speaking in Victoria, Horgan said he and the 22 members of his newly appointed cabinet would do whatever it takes to support those residents affected by the dozens of blazes tearing across the province’s central and southern Interior.“I want to commit to those who are in distress today that these 11 men and 11 women will be working as hard as we can to ensure that we get through this crisis and you are back in your homes safe and building a future for your families in this great province,” Horgan said in his first speech as B.C.’s 35th premier.“Canadians come together in times like this,” he added. “It’s heartening to see people across political stripes, people across the country, coming together to help fellow Canadians, British Columbians, get through a difficult time.”Horgan thanked his family, including two sons and his “beautiful, spectacular, stellar wife” Ellie for their support throughout his political career.He also saluted his basketball coach, who was present for the swearing-in ceremony, and others for instilling the values his mother started teaching him and his siblings following his father’s death.“I am only here because of you. I’m only here because of the goodwill of other people,” Horgan said as he pledged to work hard to ensure that the province’s economy works not just for the few but for everybody.The New Democrats take office with a one-seat edge over the Liberals after reaching a deal with the three Green members of the legislature elected on May 9. The Liberals won 43 of the 87 seats in the legislature, but the government of former Liberal premier Christy Clark was defeated in a confidence vote last month.Clark spent her last day as premier meeting with wildfire evacuees and volunteers at a reception centre in Kamloops. She said people continue to tell her how grateful they are for the help they have received.Doug Donaldson will take responsibility for the wildfire crisis as the NDP’s new forests minister. He said he would be getting to work immediately, starting with a conversation with the Liberal MLA previously in charge of the emergency response.“I’m going to be phoning (former forests minister) John Rustad. He’s agreed to work with me to ensure we have a smooth transition, because the whole wildfire situation is totally a non-partisan issue.”The NDP has also created a new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, with former health critic Judy Darcy at the helm, as the death toll from opioid overdoses continues to climb in B.C.“Everyone has been given a significant task to do in the executive council, but none I don’t think greater than Judy’s,” Horgan told reporters following the ceremony, as he emphasized the challenge associated with bringing together different parts of the bureaucracy to create an entirely new ministry.“It’s a big challenge, but we start by making sure it’s a priority every day.”Melanie Mark, the first First Nations woman to be appointed to cabinet in B.C., wore a red button blanket and carried an eagle feather as she was sworn in as minister of advanced education, skills and training.NDP stalwart Carole James received a standing ovation when she was sworn in as deputy premier and minister of finance, while longtime New Democrat Mike Farnworth, who challenged Horgan for leadership of the party, took over as solicitor general and public safety minister.Six members of the legislative assembly were named as parliamentary secretaries, ranging in areas such as poverty reduction and emergency preparedness.Green party Leader Andrew Weaver congratulated Horgan and his cabinet as he attended the swearing-in ceremony.“This minority government is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do politics differently in British Columbia,” Weaver said in a statement. “We have a historic opportunity to put partisan politics aside and work together across party lines to advance good public policy that is in the best interest of British Columbians.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Award-winning poet and novelist Patrick Lane has died at age 79.Publisher McClelland & Stewart made the announcement Thursday evening, calling Lane “one of Canada’s most renowned writers.”His accolades include the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award and three National Magazine Awards.Lane’s website says his career spanned 50 years and included 25 volumes of poetry and award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction.He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2014, and had been a writer-in-residence and teacher at several universities.Born in Nelson, B.C., in 1939, Lane lived near Victoria with his wife, poet Lorna Crozier.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIman KassamAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE, NWT — The Northwest Territories is launching what an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the death of Inuvialuit elder, Hugh Papik.According to a statement from the minister of Health for the Northwest Territories Tuesday, the investigation was called after media reports told the story of the man’s death.“I believe that the serious nature of certain concerns expressed in the media warrant a comprehensive external investigation with a view to determining whether there are learnings we can glean that will help us to improve the care we provide to elders and other residents in our small communities and throughout the Northwest Territories,” he said in the statement.It’s not clear who will lead the investigation or whether the findings will be made public.Papik, 68, suffered a stroke Aug., 3 at the government operated Joe Greenland seniors home in Aklavik, NWT, 1,200 km northwest of Yellowknife.His niece, Maggie Papik told APTN that his home care staff didn’t call an ambulance because they assumed that he was drunk.She said once he was brought to the community health centre, the nurses also assumed he was drunk and didn’t treat him. She says they sat in the healthPapik said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.Inuvialuit Elder whose stroke went untreated for six hours has died says nieceBy that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.She said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.  By that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.Maggie Papik was told by doctors that her uncle had too much swelling in his brain, and wasn’t going to make it. She then decided to take him off of life support.Hugh Papik died on Aug., 15 at the health centre in Inuvik.ikassam@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgBOSTON BAR, B.C. – A Canadian National Railway freight train has jumped the tracks near Boston Bar, B.C.The railway’s Andy Cummings says 19 cars from the mixed freight train were involved in the derailment late Thursday.David Karn, a spokesman with B.C.’s Environmental Ministry, says none of the train cars were compromised and all remained upright.Cummings says the train was travelling on Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and no one was injured in the derailment.He says nothing was spilled or leaked into the waterway.Cummings says an internal investigation has begun into the derailment.Companies in this story: TSX:CNR, TSX:CPlast_img read more

Casablanca – German Stefan Schumacher (Christina Jewerly Pro Cycling team) won on Sunday Morocco’s 29th Cycling Tour.The tenth and final stage was a127-km race between the cities of El Jadida and Casablanca.Twenty teams from around the world took part in the event. 132 cyclists participated in this edition, which covered a distance of 1,540 km crossing several towns and regions located mainly in the center of the Kingdom.Morocco took part in this tour with two teams, alongside Hungary, Austria, France, Netherlands, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and the International Cycling Union (ICU).With MAP read more

Rabat – The Imlil terrorist attack trial will begin on May 2 in Morocco, defence lawyer Saad Sahli told AFP today.Twenty-four defendants will face trial in Sale, a city next to Morocco’s capital Rabat.Twenty-four-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland were killed in the Atlas Mountains near Imlil in December, in what Moroccan authorities described as a criminal and a terrorist act. The defendants will face charges including promoting terrorism, forming a terrorist cell, or causing premeditated harm to persons, Sahli told the news agency.The victims were found in a popular hiking area in the High Atlas Mountains, near Mount Toubkal.Police arrested four main suspects immediately in relation to the incident. A video that circulated on social media, which Norwegian police said they had no reason to doubt, showed the murder of one of the victims. The four suspects had also appeared in separate video footage pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.Moroccan authorities subsequently made a number of other arrests, including Swiss-Spanish national Kevin Zoller Guervos, who appeared in court in February.The Norwegian and Danish embassies assigned a lawyer from Marrakech to both victims’ families for the upcoming trial.The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated it’s Morocco travel advice on March 20, noting the Imlil incident and stating that “terrorists are very likely to carry out attacks in Morocco.” read more

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate today over contempt of court charges.However he was remanded till tomorrow for allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda The monk was remanded last month after he surrendered to the police after the Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant on him.The arrest warrant was issued after the monk had allegedly disrespected court during proceedings into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. (Colombo Gazette) read more

He was responding to a question raised in Parliament today with regards to the Ministerial position given to Sriyani Wijewickrama, a former joint opposition member. The opposition also asked Kiriella and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on the term of the unity Government. Kiriella said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement in Parliament with regards to the unity Government. (Colombo Gazette) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the term of the unity Government ended last September.He said that the agreement between the UNP and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has not been extended in writing. The Government says it is prepared to accept any Joint Opposition member willing to cross.Leader of the House and United National Party (UNP) member Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament today that if anyone from the joint opposition looks to join the Government they will be accepted. read more

The new office would have a mandate to monitor and assess the situation of human rights as well as to provide technical assistance to the Government of Guatemala, according to the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA). Speaking at a press conference, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and head of MINUGUA, Tom Koenigs, said he hoped Guatemala would make good use of the unique opportunity that the new OHCHR office would present. At the end of this year MINUGUA, established in January 1997 after 36 years of civil war, is scheduled to withdraw, leaving human rights monitoring to the new OHCHR office. The UN has been monitoring human rights under the 1994 Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights, which became part of a comprehensive peace agreement in 1996 between the Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG). Earlier this year, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that “criminality and violence continued at alarming rates, posing security risks, particularly to women. It has been reported that in 2003, an average of one woman a day was killed by violence.” While assisting the Government with the overall human rights situation, the new office aims to promote “the full enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Guatemalan people in general, and more specifically of individuals and communities at risk of being victims of human rights abuses, including vulnerable groups such as women, children, indigenous peoples, minorities, human rights defenders, journalists and others,” OHCHR said when it announced plans for the office late last year. read more

These new returnees are among a large group of Ethiopian migrants from Yemen who have been taken home as part of the IOM Voluntary Humanitarian Return operation that began in May 2019.   “A prominent challenge we are facing is the limited funding for programmes to sustainably reintegrate returnees and tackle the root causes of irregular migration in hotspot areas,” explained Malambo Moonga, IOM Ethiopia Head of Migration Management. Arrival of 132 stranded #Ethiopians including 110 minors from #Yemen today at the Bole International Airport with the support of @unmigration.— IOM Ethiopia (@IOMEthiopia) July 10, 2019 He also stressed that “the limited employment and livelihood opportunities at home make irregular migration to the Middle East through war-torn Yemen a viable option for vulnerable youth in Ethiopia.”  ‘I never thought I would face this much difficulty’ Ahmed* (*Names of the returnees were changed to protect their privacy) is one of the fortunate ones who has returned in good health.  Describing his ordeal, the teenager said that he witnessed torture and extortion, which remained strongly imprinted on his mind. “I never thought I would face this much difficulty,” he said. When the smugglers told him about job opportunities, he thought it sounded like a dream, and left home without his parent’s permission. However, the hardships he suffered eventually made him change his mind about continuing with the journey.    In the end, his family took a loan from relatives abroad to pay 30,000 birr (US $1,000) required for his release. IOM’s operation in Ethiopia Meanwhile, IOM Ethiopia’s Migration Management Unit is launching several initiatives to raise awareness on the dangers of irregular migration. It also provides available livelihood options at home through the Community Conversation programme.  Yet, many young Ethiopians continue to be lured by smugglers telling them how easy to transform their lives by migrating to the Middle East.   According to IOM, many such Ethiopian migrants have made the treacherous journey and been detained in war-torn Yemen without basic services. They also faced many challenges in accessing protection and assistance. IOM has so far safely returned 2,742 Ethiopians in the past 50 days, with funding from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) through the Regional Migration Response Plan (RMRP). read more

first_imgAustralian heavy rare earths developer, Northern Minerals Ltd has raised approximately A$9.74 million, through equity and debt, for further development of the Browns Range Pilot Plant and has commenced a program consisting of four enhancement initiatives aimed at increasing the economic potential of the Browns Range heavy rare earths project in the East Kimberley, Western Australia and its other projects.Browns Range Pilot Plant Project development progressing as planned, on time and on budgetProject enhancement initiatives, including downstream processing, kicked offA$9.74 million funding package in placeNew financing measures to fund growth plans, including launch of share purchase plan offerProposed bonus listed option issue for all shareholders, targeted for February 2018.Northern Minerals’ Managing Director and CEO, George Bauk, commented “The expansion initiatives are all designed to position Browns Range and Northern Minerals as a globally significant rare earths producer.“By looking to extend the potential mine life of Browns Range and move downstream in the value chain, we are aligning ourselves with the permanent magnet producers that are taking a long-term position on the growth of the electric vehicle market.“The new funding announced today provides the company with the flexibility and momentum to progress the second wave of growth for Browns Range.”The pilot plant project is planning on producing 573,000 kg of mixed heavy rare earth carbonate, containing both dysprosium and terbium as revenue products. All the pilot plant production is being sold to JFMAG under an offtake agreement for the three-year pilot plant project.The company has received many approaches from permanent magnet producers in the US, Europe, South Korea and Japan regarding the potential for the sale of separated rare earth oxide products from the potential large-scale project. This includes dysprosium oxide, terbium oxide, neodymium and praseodymium as well as the potential for the separation of other heavy rare earths.While the company has investigated the potential for downstream processing as far back as 2012, recent improvements in technology and licencing opportunities has increased the potential for Northern Minerals to value-add to extract additional benefits for shareholders.The company has commenced initial discussions with potential licencing partners for the application of downstream processing technologies as well as investigating a potential site for the optimal location of a downstream processing operation. The potential site requires low cost power and access to the chemical used in the process.The Browns Range pilot plant project is being developed to assess the technical and economic feasibility of a large full-scale project.Over the three-year project, various initiatives and scenarios will be assessed, all aimed at improving the project for the future.With the mining program for the pilot plant project now successfully completed, the project team is reviewing the campaign to improve and refine mining methods in the future. The project team is also investigating the optimal plant location for the larger scale project.An example of this is the application of steeper pit walls during the mining campaign, which resulted in a decrease in the volume of waste removed. AMC Mining Consultants will monitor the pit walls before and after the next few wet seasons to assess the long-term stability and geotechnical implications.The company is currently assessing several opportunities in the rare earth sector that are complementary to the Browns Range project.In order to fully capture the rare earth potential in the permanent magnet sector, which is forecast to grow with increasing electric vehicle penetration, the company is focussing on acquisitions in the light rare earth sector, including projects with identified neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr) resources.last_img read more