Former India captain and member of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee Sourav Ganguly today said he has not spoken to Virat Kohli about the latter’s reported differences with coach Anil Kumble.Recent media reports had said that Kohli, among other senior Indian players, was not happy with coach Kumble’s overbearing attitude. Some reports also said that Ganguly had spoken to Kohli about the latter’s problems with Kumble.However, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2017, Ganguly denied those reports, saying he has only met the Indian captain to say hello. “Have not gone to the depth of this. Not spoken to the captain – not the right place to speak – just said hello to Virat at the ground,” Ganguly said.Refusing to say anything more on the issue of whether Kumble could be replaced, Ganguly said no one should speak publicly on the topic until they know exactly what is happening.The former India captain went on to express confidence that the team will not be distracted during its opening Champions Trophy game against Pakistan on June 4. “India will still beat Pakistan whether Kumble and Kohli are fighting or not. India are a better side than Pakistan, especially in big tournaments,” Ganguly said.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who was present on the stage with Ganguly, said that India needs to let the controversy go when they walk on to the field against Pakistan. “The captain needs to feel like he is accountable,” Clarke said, adding, “The captain, not coach, should come out to speak to the media after a defeat. More than coaching, it’s about man-management.”advertisement
South African batsman JP Duminy is to return home ahead of the third Test against England in a move that could signal the end of his Test career.South Africa’s team management said on Monday that Duminy, who had been dropped after the first Test defeat at Lord’s, would return home before the third and final test at The Oval, which starts on Thursday.Uncapped Aiden Markram is staying with the squad as batting cover.South Africa bounced back to win the second Test at Trent Bridge by 340 runs to level the series.The 33-year-old Duminy has scored only 121 runs in his last eight innings and just 17 runs in his two innings at Lord’s.Duminy debuted for South Africa in Australia in 2008 and has played 46 Tests with six centuries at an average of 32.85. He also has 42 test wickets with his right-arm offbreaks.
A night of high intensity and drama ended with a tragic event when Chennai Smashers’ Gabrielle Adcock fell on court writhing in pain.The result of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) tie between Chennai Smashers and Delhi Dashers hinged on the last match of the night, the mixed doubles. However, Chennai had to concede their Trump match and thus the tie after Garielle sustained an ankle injury.Barely a few points into the match, Gabrielle stepped onto Chris Adcock’s feet after playing a shot and twisted her ankle as the entire stadium came to a standstill. Gabrielle Adcock (L) lying on court with an ankle injury during a Premier Badminton League match between Chennai Smashers and Delhi Dashers in Lucknow (PBL photo)Unable to continue, Chennai lost their Trump and Delhi won the tie 3-0 at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday.ALSO WATCHEven though the scoreline suggests that Delhi had a comfortable night, they had the most horrid start when they lost their men’s doubles Trump match to Chennai.The Indo/Taiwanese men’s doubles combination of B Sumeeth Reddy and Lee Yang for Chennai Smashers scored a superb 15-13, 15-11 victory over the Russian duo of Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov to put Chennai up in the tie.The win saw Chennai win their first point of the tie while Delhi fell to a -1 by the virtue of losing the trump match.However, it was an absolutely different picture for Delhi thereafter and a complete turn around of fortune happened.advertisementHong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent put up yet another strong show and beat France’s Brice Leverdez 15-10, 15-13 to bring Delhi back in the tie.By virtue of his win, Delhi upped their score from -1 to 0 against Chennai’s 1.World No.15 Vincent started off brilliantly and raced to an 8-2 lead. Thereafter, Leverdez attemped to come back in the game but Vincent proved to be too much and the Delhi player took the first game.The second game was more of a battle where Leverdez stayed neck-and-neck with Vincent. However, the Hong Kong shuttler rode on his confidence-building play in Delhi’s previous tie against Hyderabad Hunters and beat Leverdez in straight games. Delhi Dashers’ Wong Wing Ki Vincent celebrates after beating Brice Leverdez of Chennai Smashers during their Premier Badminton League tie in Lucknow (PBL photo)Tian Houwei was up next for Delhi against Chennai’s Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk and Mr. Consistent shone on the night once more.World No.22 Houwei of China beat Tanongsak 15-14, 15-10 to level Delhi 1-1 with Chennai Smashers in the tie.Houwei began the match in a dominating manner and breezed to an 8-2 lead. However, the deceptive Tanongsak hit back hard after the mid-game interval and managed to reach the game point.However, his own errors brought his doom as Houwei saved three game points to win the deciding point and the game.The second game had a similar story, only this time Tanongsak lead 8-5 midway. Yet again, a string of errors happened from his side and Houwei dug deep and kept himself in the game to snatch it 15-10.The star of the night for Delhi, however, was Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. The world No.6 forced a massive upset as she came from behind to beat world No.3 PV Sindhu 11-15, 15-13, 15-14 to put up Delhi 2-1 up against Chennai. Sung Ji Hyun celebrates after beating PV Sindhu during the Premier Badminton League tie between Delhi Dashers and Chennai Smashers in Lucknow (PBL Photo)Sung Ji did not have a favourable record against Sindhu in the PBL, having lost both times last season. However, Sung Ji got one back at the perfect time.Sindhu established an early dominance over the Korean with her deceptive cross-court drops. Sung Ji was caught off guard regularly and without breaking much sweat, Sindhu took the first game.It was the second game from where Sung Ji began her revival.Sung Ji began engaging Sindhu in longer rallies — something that Sindhu has been suffering against on the international circuit as well in the past year.Sindhu once again fell prey to the Korean’s strategy and Sung Ji outsmarted Sindhu to win the second game and force the match into decider.The third game was a riveting contest. Both shuttlers matching stroke by stroke, Sindhu began to look drained halfway through. Sung Ji kept her calm in the most crucial moment when the game was tied 14-14 and Sindhu sent the shuttle long to give the match to Delhi.advertisementChennai will next take on in-form Ahmedabad Smash Masters at home in Chennai while Delhi will be up against North Eastern Warriors in Hyderabad on January 10.On January 4, Awadhe Warriors will take on last season’s runners-up Mumbai Rockets in Lucknow.
South and North Korea decided to field a unified team at the ongoing World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad Arena in Sweden on Thursday.The Championships began on April 29, where North and South Korea fielded different teams as DPR Korea and Korea Republic, respectively.However, Korea Table Tennis Association (KTTA) was reportedly planning to arrange a performance improvement committee meeting in Halmstad after they participated in Tuesday’s International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Annual General Meeting.According to the current status, Korea Republic are in the quarter-finals of the Men’s Championships Division while North Korea had not reached the knockout stages of the competition.On the other hand, in the Women’s Championships Division, Korea Republic and DPR Korea were to play against each other in the quarter-finals on Thursday.According to media reports, South and North Korea are also having discussions over forming a unified team for the upcoming Asian Games.North and South Korea had divided after the second World War and it was North Korea’s participating in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that began the diplomatic breakthrough.Also read – 2018 Winter Olympics: North Korean cheerleaders sing ‘We are one!’ in Games culture clashAt the Winter Olympics in February, the Koreans had fielded a joint women’s hockey team and had also walked under a unified flag in the opening ceremony. North and South Korea had fielded a unified women’s hockey team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. (Photo: Reuters)The walk under the unified flag was touted to be a major step and thereafter, there have been diplomatic talks for the unification of the two countries ultimately.advertisementOn Tuesday, North and South Korea began dismantling loudspeakers that blared propaganda across their heavily fortified border, South Korea’s defense ministry said, fulfilling a promise made at last week’s historic summit.The moves are the first practical, if small, steps toward reconciliation after Friday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North’s Kim Jong Un.Moon, meanwhile, asked that the United Nations help verify North Korea’s planned shutdown of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a phone conversation on Tuesday with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a statement from the presidential Blue House said.Guterres said the requests need approval from the U.N. Security Council, but he wanted to cooperate to build peace on the Korean peninsula and would assign a U.N. official in charge of arms control to cooperate with South Korea, the statement said.Several days before Friday’s summit, the North surprised the world by declaring it would dismantle the test site to “transparently guarantee” its dramatic commitment to stop all nuclear and missile tests.For decades, with only a few breaks, the two sides have pumped out propaganda from huge banks of speakers as a form of psychological warfare. The South broadcast a mixture of news, Korean pop songs and criticism of the northern regime, while the North blasted the southern government and praised its own socialist system.As a sign of goodwill, the South had stopped its propaganda ahead of the summit, and the North followed suit.(With Reuters inputs)
Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market As of 2018, I’ve spent 10 years as a long-term traveler. Most months, I’m traveling more than I’m at home. In that time, I’ve learned a great deal about humility, patience, kindness, compassion, and the world as a whole. It might seem trite, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Travel has indelibly changed the way I see the world and how I move through it. Here, in no particular order, are the 14 best travel tips I’ve learned from a decade on the road.Patience Is Indeed a VirtueAmericans — as a native New Englander, I certainly include myself here — are very, very high-strung. However, if you spend any considerable time on the road, travel has a way of beating the impatience and intolerance out of you. If you’re going to survive an extended time away from home, you have to let the little things go. Trains don’t always run on time; flights are too often canceled; and your Airbnb host at that amazing, once-in-a-lifetime villa in the Azores is going to never show up. You have to roll with the punches and be ready to accept a Plan B (or Place C … or Plan X).Embrace the EmbarrassmentYou will make an ass of yourself — maybe often — in any destination worth visiting. The world is full of new languages, new cultures, and new ways to eat soup that don’t jive with your own. You’ll visit a good many places where, every time you zig, everyone else seems to zag. You’ll stand out, and people will notice. But you’ll be surprised at how few people take the time to call you out on it. In fact, some will even take pity on you as an outsider and politely offer to help.Backup, Copy, RepeatHow often do you check the batteries in your smoke detector? If you answered, “Every month, just like the fire department recommends,” you’re either lying or a nerd. Backing up your data is no different. Everyone knows they should make backups and duplicates of everything that’s backup-able and duplicatable. But how many actually do? Backup your photos and your smartphone reasonably often, before and during your trip. Make digital backups of your essential travel documents — namely your passport, travel insurance policy, and anything else that makes sense — then email and deliver physical copies to someone you trust.Say Hello, Wave GoodbyeNo one expects you to speak and pronounce their native tongue flawlessly (except maybe the French … kidding). But making an effort goes a long way. Try to speak the local language, even if it’s just a few words. You’ll be amazed at how much this simple gesture can endear you to locals. They might laugh, but they’ll appreciate the attempt. Duolingo (available for iPhone and Android) is a good place to start.The World Isn’t Out to Get YouDanger, explosions, war, and famine make sexy media headlines. There’s a reason mainstream and social media are in a constant tizzy over all four. But the fact is, the world just isn’t that scary. Sure, no one sane is recommending you honeymoon in Syria, celebrate your birthday in the Congo, or take a leisurely sea cruise off the Somali coast. Of the more dangerous destinations I’ve visited, the crime most likely to befall tourists is petty theft. And while it sucks to lose some cash or your laptop, it’s not the end of the world, and it’s not the all-out violence portrayed on television. Just spend the extra money on a proper travel insurance policy, and you’ll be well covered.Eat the Local FoodIn 10 years of travel, I’ve suffered food poisoning only twice. I’m fairly certain both cases were from naively eating hotel food. If you’re not an adventurous eater, that’s one thing. But if you love trying new things — especially new cuisines — go where the locals go. Eat where the locals eat, and, yes, that includes street food. Be reasonably selective, and find the spots that are packed with locals at lunchtime. Any establishment that attracts a large, reliable crowd is probably safe to try.Step Outside Your Comfort ZoneIf you’re not growing, you’re stagnating. Travel offers the chance to try new and alien things. The fastest way to get off the beaten path and try something new: don’t eat hotel food, ignore the guidebooks, and get (at least a little) lost intentionally. If you’re relying entirely on TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, and Google Reviews, you’re living someone else’s vacation. Ask around — especially waiters and cab drivers — for what they recommend you see, do, and eat. Just be sure to dig deeper. Sometimes they default to giving tourists the tourist-friendly answers they think they want to hear. Let them know you want a legit locals-only experience.Slow Down, GrasshopperYears ago, I spotted a pair of young girls planning a trip to Ireland. They were sprawled out in the back of a bookstore with maps, guidebooks, and their own notes discussing all the places they would see. The list included seemingly every major landmark, town, city, pub, and sheep farm on The Emerald Isle. It looked to be an epic summer journey. When I asked how long they were planning to travel? Ten days. Don’t do this — don’t overplan. If you do, I promise you’ll see more of the inside of your rental car or the local trains than you will of your destination. It might kill you to visit Europe and not see France and Italy and Germany and Spain and, oh, the Portuguese wine country. However, slow travel is infinitely more rewarding. Zero in on one, maybe two, destinations (preferably proximate to one another) and dive in for your entire one- or two-week vacation.Pack Much, Much LessPack everything you think you need, then take half out. If I had to list my top five tips for traveling easier, smarter, and (literally) lighter, this would be Nos. 1, 2, and 3. If you ever find yourself packing something because you might need it, leave it out. Odds are you won’t. Unless you’re traveling somewhere very, very remote, you can buy it when you get there if it turns out you need it after all. Few people enjoy making lists, but packing apps are also a simple and efficient way to streamline your packing game like a pro.… and Plan Much, Much Less TooIt’s tempting to want to squeeze every last hour out of your trip. Most people plan their vacations with enough sightseeing to last from sunrise to 11 p.m. If this works for you, by all means, go for it. But there’s something to be said for serendipity. Allow wiggle room in your schedule to check out a random restaurant recommended to you by a local, or take a day hike that’s not in any of the guidebooks. My favorite travel experiences are always the ones I didn’t plan in advance.Carry a Cash StashWhile Americans luxuriate in a credit card-friendly society, most developing countries still rely on cold, hard cash. If you’re visiting a well-worn tourist destination, plastic might be all you need. But veer a bit off the beaten path, and you’ll find many mom-and-pop shops only accept paper currency. For a typical two-week vacation, carry an emergency stash of a few hundred dollars in U.S. 10s and 20s. Make sure they’re not ripped, torn, or otherwise defaced, as some cultures won’t accept them.Pack a Bandana or ScarfMy most useful, versatile, and cheap piece of travel gear has been a black bandana that I paid less than a dollar for. It works as a scarf to keep my neck warm in the cold, as protection from the heat in warm weather,as a makeshift “sack” at stores where plastic bags aren’t an option (an increasingly common occurrence), an eye mask for the plane, a towel for cleaning up a late-night spill in the dark … the list goes on.Write It DownTravel is exhilarating. With the right frame of mind and an adventurous spirit, you might see and do more in two weeks away than in an entire year back home. At the time, you might think that it’s all so amazing, how could you ever forget any part of it? But unless you have a photographic memory or a mind like a steel trap, you will forget. Details fade over time. Photos are a great way to memorialize it all, but there’s something about keeping an old-school journal that feels raw, real, and more connected to the travel experience. I highly recommend Field Notes or Moleskine’s entire line.Splurge on Noise-Canceling HeadphonesYou might think fancy noise-canceling headphones are a marketing ploy or an unnecessary luxury, but if you’ve ever experienced the sheer bliss of tuning out a crying baby on a long-haul flight or an Olympic-caliber snorer in the hotel room adjacent yours, then you know what I’m talking about. Bose used to lead the pack in noise-canceling headphones, but you don’t have to shell out $300 for the name-brand cache. Sony is a great, affordable alternative. Here are the best options on the market. How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home How to Support the Teachers in Your Life
Premier Darrell Dexter today, Feb. 28, congratulated Nova Scotia’s Sidney Crosby and Team Canada for winning the gold medal in men’s hockey at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. “Today’s gold-medal hockey game will go down in Olympic history as one of the most memorable,” said Premier Dexter of the win that secured a Winter Olympic world record 14th gold medal for Canada. Mr. Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime. “I want to congratulate Sidney once again for making Nova Scotia, and indeed Canada, proud.” Premier Dexter also recognized Olympic snow boarder Sarah Conrad for her performance at the Games. Dexter said that Ms. Conrad and Mr. Crosby are exceptional athletes who have inspired us and who are role models for thousands of people from across this province. Premier Dexter also congratulated the organizers of the 2010 Games for their efforts in hosting an exceptional event. “Hundreds of volunteers from across Nova Scotia made their way to Vancouver to help put on a show for the world and they to deserve to be recognized,” said the premier. “These Games have united this country and made us even prouder to be Canadian. My hat goes off to the organizers who put their heart and soul into making the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics a success.”
New Delhi/ Jaipur: Monsoon rains, which usually arrive on the southern tip of Kerala around June 1, are expected to arrive on the country’s southern coast on June 6, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday. “At present, monsoon has covered some extreme southern part of Arabian Sea and parts of southwest-southeast-east central Bay of Bengal, Andaman sea and Andaman Nicobar islands. In the next two-three days, it’ll cover more parts of the Arabian sea,” IMD’s M Mohapatra told news agency ANI. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistMeanwhile, on Saturday, Rajasthan reeled under intense heat with Churu sizzling at 50.8 degrees Celsius, 9 degrees above normal. Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Kota recorded maximum temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius, 47.9 degrees Celsius, 47.2 degrees Celsius and 46 degrees Celsius respectively, the MeT department said. On Friday, the state-run weather office had predicted that the country will see average monsoon rains this year. Monsoon rainfall is expected to be 96 per cent of the long-term average (LPA), the weather office said in a statement. The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.
Indian Television shows oscillate between content driven shows that mirror our society to those that help create a new narrative to ones that perpetuate old mind-sets. Enough has been written about ‘Saas-Bahu drama’ shows that are responsible for strengthening archaic mind-sets. But all is not lost. There are some shows that have in fact helped in changing mind-sets while being entertaining. Here are four top Indian TV shows that inspired change through powerful stories. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainUdaan: Based on the true story of IPS Officer Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya, Udaan is one of the first Indian TV shows aired in the late 80s and early 90s that focused on women’s empowerment. The show narrates the tale of a young girl named Kalyani Singh who becomes an IPS officer while battling gender discrimination at every level. The show came at a time when it was uncommon to see women in uniform and acted as a catalyst for many to follow their dreams. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRajani: Aired in 1994 on national broadcaster Doordarshan, Rajani became the face of every Indian housewife as well as the voice for her problems. The lead character Rajani portrayed the day to day problems of housewives and the ingenious solutions she found to survive them. Rajani became a household name and gave homemakers a new sense of empowerment. Shaanti: Ek Aurat Ki Kahaani: Shaanti, portrayed by Mandira Bedi, narrates the fight for justice by a mother-daughter duo after the daughter is raped by two influential and wealthy brothers hailing from the film industry. Despite being a victim, Shaanti showed how women can fight battles single-handed and win. Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon: Reflecting the mandate of national broadcaster Doordarshan to educate and empower, the show revolves around the journey of Dr Sneha Mathur, a young doctor, who leaves behind her lucrative career in Mumbai and decides to work in her village Pratappur. The show tackles deep-set social norms and difficult issues like sex selective practices, sexual and reproductive health of young people with utmost sensitivity.
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsFirst Nation leaders in New Brunswick say a former premier needs a lesson on treaties.Frank McKenna has been a vocal supporter of the Energy East Pipeline, a project to carry crude oil from Alberta to Eastern Canada. It could wind its way through traditional Maliseet and Mi’kmaq territories to an oil refinery in Saint John.McKenna was quoted in the Telegraph Journal this week touting the benefits of the pipeline coming east “…because we have fewer First Nation issues as a result of existing treaties whereas in the West, they don’t have treaties signed…and we have more Crown land that would be part of the right-of-way discussion.”As a former politician, diplomat and current deputy chair of the TD Bank, McKenna is a prominent figure.“While Mr. McKenna’s opinion is mistaken it is nevertheless influential,” said Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine.The Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in the mid-1700s formalized a relationship between the Crown and the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamoquoddy. The treaties affirm Aboriginal rights and title, but never surrendered land.“With respect, Mr. McKenna has either been misinformed or has misspoken regarding our treaties and the current state of Aboriginal-Crown relations in New Brunswick,” said Augustine.In his view, the treaties don’t mean fewer roadblocks, but instead lead to the bigger question of how First Nations can get a “piece of the action.”And not just jobs, but royalties.Other Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders are more cautious but say that if the pipeline becomes reality, they need to be in a position to negotiate.“I have to be at the table. We have an obligation to be there,” said Candice Paul, chief of the St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton. “One of the elders told me that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Paul said Aboriginal concerns over environmental impacts will have to be addressed.New Premier Brian Gallant promised a better approach to First Nations issues during his campaign.“After four years of deteriorating relations with the government of New Brunswick, Mr. Gallant’s remarks offered reason to be cautiously optimistic,” said Augustine.Gallant is all for the Energy East Pipeline calling it an economic boon that will create jobs. He flew to Alberta to show his support when TransCanada Corp filed the paperwork to kick start the regulatory process.But if government drops the ball on consultation again and Aboriginal concerns are ignored in favour of industry, a repeat of the shale gas protests may loom on the horizon. A lot of ifs which can be avoided said Paul.“I hope with this government now, that they saw and learned from that and that they sit down and meet with us, take our concerns and come up with an action plan of how we move forward,” said Paul.A meeting between the province and First Nation chiefs is tentatively set for next week. Broad discussion on how to move forward on Aboriginal issues is on the agenda, as well as for First Nations leaders to make sure government has a better grasp on the treaties than McKenna.“The former premier, McKenna, needs to go get educated on the Peace and Friendship Treaties that we do have in the province he was premier of and that we didn’t cede our land,” said Paul.McKenna declined to comment.
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsSandra Noel finds herself sitting on her couch looking over old photographs more and more these days.Noel is a former ward of the state – taken from her parents in Inuvik and send south to Yellowknife.She couldn’t tell you how many social workers she had but she quickly shares how much she missed growing up in the high arctic community of Inuvik as a teenager.“Between moving around a lot it was confusing and scary,” she says. “It was hard having everything up in the air.”Now through records – she’s learning about her past.“I am anxious to get them and read them,” she said.Noel is collecting her social services records from the government of the Northwest Territories after spending a decade in foster care.She was adopted out at birth and her adoptive parents moved from Inuvik to Yellowknife. She was then put in a foster home at age 10.And she has questions.“The main questions were about my dad passing, my birth family,” she said. “My social workers were working on a family tree for me but I haven’t seen that in my records yet.”It’s been over a year now since she first started requesting her child welfare file.She finds it tedious and a long process.“Online it said I would have to pay to get my records. From there I went to social services to get my records. They referred me to someone else so I went there and saw someone I could talk to about it and the process of applying,” she said.The documents aren’t complete. Many have been redacted and some of the information hasn’t exactly enlightened her.“I guess in my mind I was expecting the deep dark stuff,” Noel said. “The first file I picked up was more of the social workers generic stuff, travel letters and what not.”Now Noel wants to put her strength and experience with the system to good use.She teamed up with a not for profit organization called Youth In Care Canada to help better advocate for better services.“Even if I help youth in care or from care that will be amazing and to help empower myself,” she said.Noel said it’s not easy being in care.“I know you feel unloved in care and voiceless,” she said. “I know I have so to know that there is people out there raising awareness who want to be an advocate, a voice for email@example.com@aptncharlotte
OTTAWA – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has asked for immediate federal funding to stop the spread of the destructive mountain pine beetle as it threatens to spread across the country.Chamber CEO Perrin Beatty says in a letter sent to Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi that warmer winters have allowed the beetle to spread east and that the threat is at a critical juncture.“The infestation will soon be in reach of the forests that border Alberta and Saskatchewan. If this forest becomes infested, there will be a clear path for the beetle to spread across the rest of Canada,” wrote Beatty.Alberta has been largely left to fund efforts to keep the beetle at bay, spending more than $500 million since 2004 to control the beetle’s population, he said.The federal government should recognize that the infestation is of national significance and to provide funding to match the threat, starting with $100 million to help fund Alberta’s efforts, he said.“Without support, the impacts of the pine beetle on our forestry sector and the public safety of rural communities will be significant and long lasting.”A spokeswoman for Sohi said the minister thanks the chamber for its input, but did not commit to specific funding.“We understand the threats that forest pests pose to Canada’s forests and we remain committed to supporting healthy forest ecosystems and good middle class jobs,” said Vanessa Adams by email.“While provinces manage their own Mountain Pine Beetle detection and control programs, we are working closely with provinces, industry, and universities to find real solutions.”According to a report to the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, British Columbia lost more than half of its salable pine timber between 1995 and 2015 due to the beetle, which will cause the provincial economy to lose out on tens of billions of dollars in the coming decades.Beetle-ravaged trees also burn at higher temperatures, making forest fires more severe and harder to control.
New Delhi: The Centre has cancelled the sixth and seventh rounds of coal mines auction under which it was planning to put on sale 19 blocks.The coal ministry in a notice to the bidders said that “the 6th Tranche and 7th Tranche of auction stands cancelled.”However, the government did not specify the reasons for the cancellation.”Accordingly, the tender process of the coal mines…stands cancelled,” the ministry said.Under the sixth round, the government had earlier announced the auction of 13 blocks for the regulated sectors, including iron and steel, cement and aluminium. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe mines were Brahampuri, Bundu, Gondkari, Gondulpara, Jaganathpur A, Jaganathpur B, Khappa and Extn, Bhaskarpara, Marki Mangli IV, Sondiha, Chitarpur, Jamkhani and Gare Palma IV/1.While in the seventh tranche the coal ministry had said it would auction six coking coal blocks for iron and steel sector.The blocks were Brahmadiha, Choritand Tilaiya, Jogeshwar and Khas Jogeshwar, Rabodh, Rohne and Urtan North.The tender process under the sixth and seventh rounds was “initiated vide notice inviting tender dated October 25, 2018”, the ministry had said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsA source had earlier said the successful allottees of the 19 coal blocks will be allowed to sell up to 25 per cent of the actual production in open market at prices fixed by state-owned Coal India.The government had last month allowed sale of 25 per cent of coal production from captive mines in the open market, a move aimed at increasing competitiveness and making future auction of blocks attractive.The decision was taken during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official release had said.The allottee of a coal mine for specified end use or own consumption was not permitted to sell coal in open market earlier.
Nablus: A Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday before being shot dead, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Israeli army said a Palestinian tried to carry out a stabbing attack near a military checkpoint close to Nablus in the northern West Bank, after which “a civilian fired and neutralised the assailant”. The Palestinian health ministry later confirmed he had died, though his identity was not released. Palestinian official news agency Wafa said the man who fired the shot was a settler, though the army declined to confirm or deny this. Wafa quoted eyewitnesses as saying the Palestinian man was a truck driver. A series of Palestinian lone wolf attacks broke out in the West Bank in late 2015. The situation has since calmed, but sporadic attacks continue.
Casablanca — The Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has arrested an important member of Daech, who authorities believe to have been serving as a liaison between ISIS and the terrorist cell dismantled by French security services on November 19, reports the MAP.A Moroccan Ministry of Interior communiqué has announced the arrest of a ISIS (Daech) member in a joint operation by the BCIJ and France’s security services (DST). In a statement, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior announced that “following the French security service’s dismantling of a terrorist cell affiliated with the so-called ‘Islamic State’ organization on November 19, and on the basis of detailed information from intelligence services, judicial investigations under the BCIJ arrested a dangerous Daech member, who served as a liaison between ISIS’ external operations and members of the terrorist cell that was dismantled on November 19 by French security services.” The Ministry of Interior also added that the man arrested met Daesh emissaries at the border between Turkey and Syria to receive instructions from Daech leaders, instructions which were to be transmitted over to one of the Daech members arrested in France in November.The man arrested by the BCIJ, states the ministry, had to infiltrate France through Germany using a falsified passport. According to the same source, the case will be moved to the prosecutor’s office after authorities complete the investigation.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) today expressed its serious concern over the decision by the Asian nation’s Government to extend the tenure of an army officer with ties to breaches of human rights.OHCHR issued a report in 2006 on its investigation into torture, arbitrary detention and disappearances carried out at Maharajgunj Barracks, which was under the control of a battalion led by then-Lieutenant Colonel Raju Basnet in 2003-2004 during the conflict between Government forces and Maoists.The Office, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other human rights bodies have repeatedly called for fully independent investigations into the alleged violations committed in the barracks and other incidents which occurred during the decade-long civil war which claimed some 13,000 lives.Those working for the State against whom there are credible allegations of involvement in rights violations should be suspended pending investigations, the Office recommended.Extending the tenure of Mr. Basnet, now a Colonel, by two years without properly looking into what happened at Maharajgunj “is a backward step in ensuring justice for the victims of conflict-related human rights violations,” said Anthony Cardon, interim head of OHCHR-Nepal said.The Office also urged the Government to reconsider the army officer’s term extension and to ensure that no other people implicated in rights breaches have their tenures extended or are promoted until full, transparent and impartial investigations are concluded.It is time for the Government and others to take concrete measures to make certain that perpetrators of rights violations committed during the conflict are brought to justice, OHCHR-Nepal stressed. “Lack of accountability for those army officials implicated in alleged past human rights violations not only damages the institutional credibility of the Nepal Army but also sends a message to the public that there are no consequences for the perpetrators of human rights violations,” it said in a press release. 22 October 2010The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) today expressed its serious concern over the decision by the Asian nation’s Government to extend the tenure of an army officer with ties to breaches of human rights.
WASHINGTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford appears to be looking to Congress for support of the Keystone XL pipeline in what could prove to be an end-run around U.S. President Barack Obama.[np_storybar title=”Arkansas spill shows ’nightmare scenario’ if Keystone approved, group warns” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/02/arkansas-spill-shows-nightmare-scenario-if-keystone-approved-group-warns/?__lsa=17b9-ce5f”%5DCALGARY — Environmental groups say a leak from an ExxonMobil pipeline in Arkansas over the weekend shows why the Keystone XL project should be rejected.Continue reading.[/np_storybar]Redford is in Washington today where she met with Canada’s ambassador, Gary Doer.During a photo op at the Canadian embassy, Doer waved toward the Capitol while stating that 62 senators had, in principle, voted for what the ambassador called “our favourite project.”A March congressional vote, which supported the building of Keystone with 17 Democrats onside, was interpreted by some as a move toward taking away Obama’s presidential permit for the pipeline.Another bill is currently before Congress that would explicitly remove the presidential permit and put the decision in the hands of pro-pipeline U.S. senators.On Wednesday, Redford will meet with members of Congress to pitch the pipeline’s importance to the Canadian and U.S. economies, but her staff won’t yet say who she’s meeting.President Obama is to decide later this year on whether to approve the 1,800-kilometre line, which would take oil from Alberta’s oilsands through the U.S. to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast in Texas.“Down the street, 62 senators, in principle, voted for our favourite project, so onward and upward,” Doer said Tuesday as he stood with Redford at the embassy.Washington is currently engaged with the pipeline issue, so it’s a good time to get her message out, said Redford. But she maintained the visit — her fourth to Washington in 18 months — is more about Alberta’s longer-term trade relationship with the U.S.“We don’t ever come here as proponents of a particular project, but really in terms of what our trading relationship is.”A decision on the fate of the $7-billion TransCanada line has already been postponed once by Obama amid widespread concerns from environmentalists.Protesters have demonstrated by the thousands in Washington over not just the potential environmental damage by any leaks from Keystone XL, but also over what the line represents.They say by approving Keystone XL, the U.S. would be approving the expansion of carbon-intensive operations like the oilsands and causing further damage to the environment through greenhouse gases.The petroleum industry, labour groups and Redford have said Keystone XL is a vital measure to bolster Canada’s economy and ensure a stable source of oil for the United States.They got a boost recently when the U.S. State Department, in a preliminary report, said rejecting Keystone XL would not reduce greenhouse gas emissions or slow down development in the oilsands.Obama has said he considers action on global warming a cornerstone of his policy-making plans.Redford has touted her province’s $15-tonne tax on carbon for heavy emitters, but her government has also admitted it’s falling far behind on its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Technology giants are getting a tough reception in Congress as lawmakers focus on their potentially anticompetitive behaviour and big plans for new disruptive products.Both Democrats and Republicans had grievances to air in hearings Tuesday. An afternoon panel of the House Judiciary Committee focused on whether it’s time for Congress to rein in allegedly anticompetitive behaviour by the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.Earlier in the day, Facebook faced bipartisan concern from a Senate committee examining its big plan to create its own digital currency. Many lawmakers expressed disbelief that Facebook could be trusted with such responsibility.Barbara Ortutay And Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press
“We are urging all concerned to make every possible effort to avoid more confrontation which would inevitably cause more suffering and displacement of civilians,” spokesman Kris Janowski told the press today in Geneva. “UNHCR believes that it is crucial that an agreement be reached soon so that the people uprooted by the conflict are able to return home.”According to the UN agency, the longer displaced people remain uprooted, the more mistrust will exist between the country’s ethnic communities and the more difficult their possible return will be. The confusion surrounding the possible outcome of negotiations in the FYR of Macedonia has influenced the behaviour of ethnic Albanians in the country, the spokesman said. He added that some of them continue to flee, fearing a resumption of fighting, while others return to their homes, hoping for peace.UNHCR reported this week that some 62,000 Albanians from the FYR of Macedonia remain in Kosovo, although about 12,000 have returned home.
by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 4:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil falls to US$102.66 a barrel on supply data, lowest close since July 3 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil prices fell for a fifth straight trading day Wednesday as an unexpected increase in U.S. oil and gasoline supplies offset positive economic news.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery dropped 47 cents to finish at US$102.66 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the lowest closing price since July 3.Oil has fallen seven per cent since closing at a two-year high of $110.53 on Sept. 6. Since then, diplomatic efforts have averted a U.S. military strike against Syria, and tensions between the U.S. and Iran have shown signs of a thaw. As a result, the market has removed the so-called risk premium from oil, which some analysts put at about $5 to $6 a barrel.On Wednesday, there were signs of a slowdown in demand for oil and fuel following the end of the summer driving season. The Energy Department said that U.S. crude oil supplies increased by 2.6 million barrels, while gasoline supplies rose 200,000 barrels in the week ended Sept. 20.Analysts expected supplies of both oil and gasoline to drop. The increase in supplies came as refineries pulled back from a strong pace in the late summer.On the economic front, reports showed Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, while companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods. The increase in home sales suggested that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.Still, investors remained cautious as Congress and the White House gear up for another budget fight. Failure to reach an agreement could make it impossible for the government to pay some of its bills.In other markets, Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, slipped 32 cents to US$108.32 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex: wholesale gasoline rose one cent to US$2.67 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$2.97 a gallon and natural gas was flat at US$3.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)
The roof of Pekina’s house blew off on the first day of Cyclone Idai. Rain continues to leak through the sheets and plastic that were pieced back together. Despite these challenges, she is spending time to set up tents for displaced families in Beira, Mozambique. #CycloneIdai pic.twitter.com/xFjcWL7KgF— IOM Mozambique (@IOM_Mozambique) April 8, 2019 Run by Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners, nearly 900,000 cyclone survivors were inoculated. “This campaign would not have been possible without the strong engagement of the local authorities and the communities themselves” said Djamila Cabral, the Head of WHO in Mozambique. “The number of volunteers is impressive and, wherever they go, there has been very strong uptake of the vaccine. Everyone is very keen to make this a success to stop cholera in its tracks.” Zimbabwe needs assessed In Zimbabwe, which along with Malawi also suffered damage from the cyclone, IOM teams visited Manicaland to assess the needs of those living in the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts. Around 270,000 people were affected by the flooding, with the agency reporting that an estimated 21,000 were displaced, many from in Kopa and Ngangu, two Chimanimani communities where more than 77 households were reduced to rubble and 305 people remained missing. In response to the crisis, IOM has launched a $7.2 million appeal to the international community to provide multi-sectorial humanitarian assistance to 90,000 people, including for shelter and food items, displacement tracking, psychosocial support and early recovery. According to IOM, freighters and other heavy vessels are once again plying the shipping lanes along Beira’s waterfront, while beachfront bistros attracted enough business last weekend, to cause traffic jams. “The challenge now is shifting to the outlying countryside”, IOM said, pointing to Beira’s Buzi River district in the southwest, which was only accessible by helicopter until last week. As of Monday, the 14 March disaster has left 602 dead in Mozambique. Stating that it would begin sending damage-assessment teams there this week, IOM painted a picture of searchers driving for hours “on mostly dirt roads”, staying “several days at a time in rural villages”. Meanwhile, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix teams have been working through the forested areas of Manica and Macate provinces, assessing the needs of internally displaced people living in temporary shelters. Back in Beira, schools are beginning to relocate the internally-displaced families who sheltered in classrooms during the first hours of the cyclone. Last weekend, 50 families were relocated from the Matadouro school to the Sao Pedro emergency camp on the outskirts of the city, which IOM recently prepared with the assistance of military firefighters sent by the Brazilian Armed Forces. On Monday, IOM helped set up a much larger settlement closer to the centre of Beira, on the grounds of the Samora Machel secondary school, by assisting in installing a flexible reservoir that holds 30,000 liters of potable water. “My colleagues and I are working early morning until evening, seven days a week to help bring water to affected communities”, Antonio, a government installer, told IOM. “I was displaced to Malawi, so I know very well how difficult it is to be displaced,” he explained, referring to his forced fleeing home during recent conflict. “While I was in Malawi I volunteered and worked with the Red Cross. It feels really good to be able to help.” ‘Stop cholera in its tracks’ Some 2,772 cases of cholera have been reported, with six people succumbing to the disease. Thousands of people have received oral cholera vaccine during a six-day emergency campaign, which ended on Monday. UNICEF/DE WET | Aruminda holds her brother, Antonio, at a camp set up for displaced people at the Jehovas Witness Centre in Dondo, Mozambique. Cyclone Idai displaced thousands of people.