Dalit man beaten to death for ‘stealing water pump’ in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar

first_imgA 40-year-old Dalit man was beaten to death for allegedly stealing a water pump in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district, police said on Sunday.The incident took place in Ghatoli area on Saturday morning, when a 60-year-old man, his two sons, and some other unidentified persons thrashed Dhulichand Meena of Mewakheda village, alleging that he stole a water pump from their fields, Station House Officer (SHO) Nainuram Meena said. When Dhulichand was on his way to a nearby village, Purilal Tanwar, his sons, Devi Singh, 23, and Mohan, 20, and the other men confronted him, the SHO said. He said a heated exchange between Dhulichand and the group of men over the stolen hand pump soon turned violent and he was beaten up. Dhulichand’s father reached the spot and took his injured son home. Later, Dhulichand’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, the SHO said.A preliminary investigation revealed that Tanwar and his sons had on Friday complained about the theft to Dhulichand’s father, who reprimanded his son and asked Tanwar to lodge a police complaint against him, the officer added. A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has been registered against Tanwar, his sons and seven unidentified men, the SHO said. Dhulichand’s body was handed over to his family on Saturday after a post-mortem, he added.last_img read more

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Foton downs Iriga, extends win run to 4

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reigning champion Foton expectedly trounced Iriga City, 25-10, 25-23, 25-19, Tuesday in the Chooks to-Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img PSL says Soltones fine sticks; PVL calls decision ‘absurd’ MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sara Klisura of Serbia and skipper Jaja Santiago powered Foton to its fourth straight win in as many outings as Iriga solely missed the services of star player Gretchel Soltones, who was slapped a one-year ban by the league.Klisura paced the assault with 10 kills, a block and an ace for a total of 12 points while Santiago contributed 11 points.“The league and the team owners do not want this to happen to Soltones, but we have to honor and follow league rules,” PSLPresident Ramon ’Tats’ Suzara said. “All the PSL players are under contract with their respective squads and they follow our rules. No player is exempt from them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFoton head coach Moro Branislav admitted that the Tornadoes relaxed a bit in the second set before they went for the kill in the deciding set.“We were a little easy in the second set. We relaxed which is very difficult. It was good thing the local and foreign players jelled in the deciding set to win the match,” Branislav said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Branislav added he was impressed with the performance of local players Maika Ortiz and Ivy Perez, who delivered down the stretch.Serbian import Tamara Kmezic fired 17 points off 15 kills and a pair of service aces while Japanese Saam Miyagawa had 11 points for the Lady Oragons, who fell to 1-1. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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Bivol stops Barrera in 12th, defends light heavyweight title

first_imgView comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ NEW YORK — Dmitry Bivol of Russia stopped Cuba’s Sullivan Barrera in the 12th round Saturday night to defend his WBA light heavyweight title.Bivol was dominating the fight and a little over a minute from winning an easy decision when he caught Barrera with a hard right to the head to set up the knockdown. Barrera was able to get up in time but the referee stopped the fight at 1:41 of the round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mexico’s Uzcategui stops Dirrell for interim IBF crown LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) outlanded Barrera 243-75 in total punches, according the final stats, in the first of two light heavyweight title fights at Madison Square Garden. Sergey Kovalev then defended his WBO belt against Igor Mikhalkin.It was Bivol’s second defense of the title he was given when Andre Ward vacated it upon retirement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarrera (21-2) was offered a fight first with Kovalev but chose instead to take less money for a shot at Bivol, perhaps counting on his experience over his 27-year-old opponent.But he had no answer for the champion’s speed and accuracy and did well to last as long as he did. His only previous loss had been to Ward. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Bivol wasn’t bothered by a cut near the right eye in the second round from what appeared to be a clash of heads that the ringside doctor checked a couple of times in the later rounds but never affected him.He began to assert control in the fourth, catching Barrera with a left early in the round and following with a flurry of punches and a couple solid hooks. He kept piling up the punches and appeared to have Barrera hurt again in the eight. , then scored again later in the fourth with some solid left hooks.Barrera fought hard from there but Bivol was just too fast and accurate, and hurt the challenger again in the eighth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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CWG broadcast deal under ED scanner

first_imgPrasar Bharati’s Rs 246-crore deal with a UK-based broadcast firm for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games has now come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate.Official sources said the multi-crore deal struck with SIS Live in UK is the latest of the various projects connected with the CWG being scrutinised by the country’s premier agency against money laundering and forex violations.The latest move by the Directorate will bring under scrutiny role of certain top officials of Prasar Bharati, they said.The ED has already sought information from the Income Tax department, which had carried out a survey at the premises of the local arm of the UK firm.The deal came under scanner because the public broadcaster entered into a Rs 246-crore agreement with SIS Live for the broadcast of the sporting extravaganza and later, the UK company sub-contracted the same to an Indian firm ‘Zoom Communication’ for just Rs 177 crore.Sources said the I-T department had first raised the red flag over the deal following scrutiny of sub-contract papers. The ED is in the process of issuing summons in connection with the case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).President Pratibha Patil had late last year ordered suspension of Prasar Bharti’s controversial CEO B S Lalli.Lalli, who assumed the post in December 2006, was indicted by the Central Vigilance Commission which accused him of breach of Parliamentary privilege, giving undue favours to some broadcast companies and financial mismanagement.The two-member Committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu, which went into alleged financial irregularities in the CWG, has strongly indicted suspended Lalli and Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma, accusing them of “collusion” with the UK-based firm which benefited Rs 135 crore in the broadcast deal.advertisementThe Committee said that based on documents available, it has concluded that the actual cost of the contract awarded to SIS Live was at best about Rs 111 crore, thus resulting in a profit of at least Rs 135 crore for the UK-based company and Zoom Communications.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Rookie Javee Mocon proves worth with impressive numbers in career night

first_imgView comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mighty Sports kicks off Dubai campaign on high note PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA PLAY LIST 02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war But he’s not the only one giving the Elasto Painters boost, as Javee Mocon has also provided a heady showing in the team’s past four outings in the Philippine Cup.On Friday night, Mocon was only second to Yap’s 21, finishing the game with a career-best 18 points to help Rain or Shine frustrate four-time conference champion San Miguel Beer at Ynares in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It was a collective effort,” Mocon told reporters in Filipino. “We were all helping each other on defense.”“Kuya Raymond (Almazan) and kuya Beau (Belga) led by example dealing with (San Miguel Beer’s) June Mar (Fajardo) and (Christian) Standhardinger,” he added. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Not only Mocon did provide commendable contributions in the scoring column, but the former San Beda star also grabbed 17 boards to lead all of the Elasto Painters.And for the freshman, that was still all thanks to his teammates.“Our bigs were just working hard,” he said. “My job was to simple get in there and get [the ball] since I felt like their guards are a bit smaller. I was just taking advantage of that.”Mocon, picked sixth overall in the draft, has been norming 11.7 markers. But despite that impressive line—and the chatter that he should’ve been picked two turns earlier in the rookie selection, he feels that there is still much to work on.And that he plans to keep his nose on the grindstone.ADVERTISEMENT “I actually had two airballs,” he said in between chuckles. “‘Transitioning from a forward to a guard is quite the task. I still have a bunch to practice.”“I try not to engage those comments,” he added.“Even if I was drafted fourth, I’ll still prove them that I [could] be one of the best players in the league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Behind Rain or Shine’s early success in the Philippine Cup is the steady performance by a seemingly infatigable James Yap.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Mighty Sports assembles best possible team for Jones Cup, taps Rajko Toroman as deputy

first_imgJoseph Yeo and Mighty Sports assistant team manager Jessie Angchonghoo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANIL, Philippines—Mighty Sports knows it will have its hands full when it represents the Philippines anew in the coming Jones Cup in July.That’s why the team tried to assemble the best possible squad equipped with prolific reinforcements.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The three will be teaming up with Jason Brickman, Jason Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Mikey Williams, Aaron Black, Gab Banal, and former PBA veteran Joseph Yeo with Charles Tiu calling the shots again.Tiu, though, has decided to bring in former Philippine national team coach Rajko Toroman as part of his coaching staff.“He’s a very experienced coach,” said Angchonghoo of Toroman, who was the mentor of the original Gilas Pilipinas team formed in 2009.Mighty Sports aims to repeat its feat in 2016 when it swept its way to the Jones Cup title.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PSC chief Butch Ramirez calls for unity amid POC feud Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “The participating teams right now are all strong and national teams so it’s much more competitive and stronger,” said Mighty Sports assistant team manager Jessie Angchonghoo on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Amelie Hotel-Manila.“But we’re ready. We have all the tools to compete with them.”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, logisticsJoining Mighty Sports in the tournament, which runs from July 12 to 21 in Taiwan, are national teams of Iran, Japan, South Korea, Jordan, and Tunisia, who are all preparing for their campaign in the Fiba World Cup in August.Mighty Sports will be bannered by former PBA imports Renaldo Balkman, Eugene Phelps and Zach Graham. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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SPORT-ZICO 2 LAST

first_imgZico, who played for Brazil at the 1978, 1982 and 1986 Zico, who played for Brazil at the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, said that recently he had very productive meetings with Turkeys federation but was not able to get its support because of UEFAs influence. The same thing happened in Japan, which he said is being pressured by the Asia confederation. Platini, who has some influential supporters in Asia, dismissed the need for changes in eligibility regulations, saying “rules are rules.” “He doesnt have five letters?,” the Frenchman said when asked Tuesday about Zicos intentions. “Im sorry.” Zico later published the “open letter” he delivered to Blatter with a list of 10 points “essential for the reform process,” including the need to “reform the FIFA presidency” through term limits, transparency and “an open and transparent electoral” process. “Elections are one of the key things to be reformed,” he wrote. “After all, an election under the current rules can only serve those already committed to the current system.” Zico said he has the “ideal platform for advancing” changes at FIFA. “The football community seeks a fresh, independent candidate not involved with or compromised by the current and previous governance structures at FIFA, confederations and national associations,” the 62-year-old Brazilian said. Blatter cant actually do much about changing the election rules. Any changes would have to be approved by FIFAs executive committee — which is meeting this week in Zurich to discuss other matters. Zico traveled to Switzerland to try to gather support for his bid by meeting with federation officials who are attending the session on Thursday and Friday. He said he will meet with U.S. federation president Sunil Gulati on Thursday and is hopeful of winning his support, which would leave him needing three more. “It will be difficult, we know,” he said. “But lets see how it goes.” AP AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAssam BJP MLAs to formalise Sonowals name as CM on May 22 Guwahati, May 20 (PTI) Newly-elected BJP legislators in Assam will meet here on May 22 to elect Sarbananda Sonowal as the leader of the legislature party formalising the choice as new chief minister of the state. Sonowal said he would take oath at Khanapara field here on May 24 at a function to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The new BJP members of the Assam Assembly today informally met under the leadership of 53-year-old Sonowal, who is now Union Minister of Sports, at the party headquarters here, spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma said.Sonowal, who came into politics as a student leader belonging to AASU in the 1980s during the agitation against influx from Bangladesh, had joined BJP five years ago, and was made its chief ministerial candidate in the election.The BJP and its allies AGP and Bodo Peoples Front scored a landslide victory, cornering 87 seats in the 126-member Assembly.The victorious BJP legislators decided to have the first official meeting of the legislature party on May 22 where Sonowal will be elected as their leader, Sarma said.BJPs alliance partners, AGP and BPF, will meet the next day to elect Sonowal as the leader of the alliance, he said.The new government will be sworn in on May 24 here in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, all the chief ministers of NDA, including those in the northeast, besides senior central BJP ministers, Sarma said.Sonowal will meet Modi and Shah on the election outcome and government formation, he added.advertisementThe BJP won 60 seats on its own, up from 5 last time. The AGP bagged 14 seats while the BPF secured 13 seats. Last time, the AGP had 10 and BPF 12.The Congress, which had 78 seats in the outgoing Assembly, could bag only 26 this time. The AIUDF, the largest opposition party in the outgoing Assembly, won 13 seats, against 18. PTI ESB ZMN VSC ZMN PALlast_img read more

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Leeds Test: Ten-star James Anderson guides England to innings win vs Sri Lanka

first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson took five wickets to inspire the hosts to a crushing victory over Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs in the first Test in Leeds on Saturday.Anderson claimed 10 victims in the match as Sri Lanka crumbled to 119 all out in their second innings on the third day after being asked to follow-on.Anderson had Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) and Kaushal Silva (14) caught by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow in another probing spell in the morning before rain forced the players off for an early lunch with Sri Lanka on 77 for two.Spinner Moeen Ali forced Dinesh Chandimal, on eight, to chop the ball on to his stumps before Kusal Mendis, dropped twice, became the first Sri Lankan batsman to pass fifty in the match.Stuart Broad forced Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews to nick another catch through to Bairstow and Mendis, on 53, was bowled by Anderson off the inside edge.Dasun Shanaka’s unhappy stay at the crease ended when he edged Anderson through to Bairstow, the ninth catch of the match for the flame-haired keeper who scored a brilliant 140 in England’s innings.THREE WICKETS IN 10 MINUTES Rangana Herath chipped Steven Finn to Broad at short extra cover and the touring side limped to tea on 116 for seven.England ruthlessly wrapped up the last three wickets in 10 minutes.Dushmantha Chameera was caught by Nick Compton at short leg off Finn for a duck, Lahiru Thiramanne edged Finn to Joe Root at second slip for 16 and Anderson bowled Nuwan Pradeep to complete figures of 5-29 and a match haul of 10-45.advertisementlast_img read more

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Lights, Camera, Awards!

first_imgOne could sense a tinge of excitement in the way some of India’s top sportspersons spoke about winning the Arjuna Award and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.For some, the feeling is similar to pulling the national jersey for the first time while some are filled with the pride with the fact that they will be recipients of country’s biggest sporting honour.At the Ashoka Hall in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today will stand 20 Arjuna awardees and two Khel Ratnas and the excitement seemed visible on the athletes as they spoke after their rehearsals on Monday.”I had a tickling sensation when I got on the stage and was told how I need to take a stance, where to look and how to exit the stage. It was a unique kind of training, one where I sweat without the hard work,” Mirabai Chanu, who will be awarded the Khel Ratna, told Mail Today.The world champion is currently surging her back injury in Mumbai and will only be back in action next year. But the Khel Ratna, Chanu says, brings a huge sense of accomplishment in a topsy-turvy year.”After the Rio debacle, I worked hard and won the World Championship followed by the Commonwealth Games gold medal. Not participating in the Asian Games was tough mentally but I kept working hard. I honestly didn’t expect I would win this, I thought I’d get an Arjuna Award. But I can’t say how happy I am. I feel more proud about the fact that I will stand next to Virat Kohli, who will also get Khel Ratna. I am a huge fan of him and his wife (Anushka Sharma). My mother is the happiest of all and this award motivates me to do well next year,” she added.advertisementFor young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the award comes as an icing on the cake. A Commonwealth Games gold medal, Asian Games gold medal and now an Arjuna Award tops off a wonderful year for the 20-year-old.The Haryana lad, however, sounded as grounded as one can be as he spoke about the awards.”It’s always a moment of pride when your hard work is recognised. I think I had a great year and I just want to keep this run going. It’s a huge honour standing next to the President of India and receiving that award and my family cannot be more proud of me. I still have a long way to go, I need to improve and nothing will make me more proud to win gold for the country,” Chopra told Mail Today.While for most athletes, standing on the stage during the rehearsals reminded them of their sporting achievements and tough grind put in the training, hockey goalkeeper Savita Punia recalled the day she cried over the phone wanting to quit the sport.”When I was standing there on the stage, listening to instructions about what I need to do tomorrow, I could only think of the time I called my dad and asked him to take me home as I didn’t like sports. I wanted him to come and get me from the hostel but now that I look back, that was his best decision not to come,” laughed Savita.Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was the biggest miss at the ceremony rehearsals on Monday as the rest of the athletes went through the chorus of Tuesday’s big stage.last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty in crash that killed Mountie in British Columbia

first_imgCOLWOOD, B.C. – A man whose truck crashed into an RCMP officer’s cruiser killing a 32-year-old constable pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges in a Victoria-area court.Kenneth Fenton, 28, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death in court in Colwood, B.C.Const. Sarah Beckett’s vehicle was hit by a truck April 5, 2016, at an intersection in Langford, a suburban community west of Victoria.Fenton originally faced six charges in connection with the crash but Dan McLaughlin of the Crown prosecution office says the remaining charges will be stayed during the sentencing process.Fenton left the court without commenting and will appear in court in Victoria on June 6 to fix a date for a sentencing hearing.Fenton’s lawyer, Dale Marshall, said outside court details surrounding the circumstances of the early morning crash will become part of the court record provided during the sentencing hearing. He refused Thursday to discuss details about the accident or the guilty pleas.McLaughlin said outside court the maximum penalty for impaired driving causing death is life in prison and for dangerous driving causing death it is 14 years.“What’s important to realize is that we work diligently on all our cases to ensure we achieve a fair and just resolution,” he said. “This is one more step in the process of this particular case towards achieving what we hope will be a fair and just resolution.”Beckett, a married mother of two young boys, was a Mountie for 11 years and had just returned to her job in the West Shore RCMP detachment from maternity leave shortly before her death.Thousands of people, including a long procession of police officers from across the country, turned out for Beckett’s funeral in April.Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton said she was at Thursday’s hearing to support Beckett’s family members, who attended court to hear the man’s guilty pleas.Hamilton, who was visibly emotional, said her 19-year-old son was killed by an impaired driver in 2003.“Just like my son, it didn’t have to happen.”last_img read more

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Statement from Valerie Creighton on the Passing of Maurice Boucher

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Toronto, September 19, 2018 – “It is with deep sadness that we advise you of the sudden passing of Maurice Boucher, the CMF’s Director of Marketing and Communications. On behalf of all of us at CMF, our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.An experienced marketing and communications professional, Maurice joined the CMF team in 2012 to lead our corporate communications, promotional strategies, government and public relations. Maurice was instrumental in developing strategies to elevate the profile of Canadian content and promote the various CMF programs and initiatives with stakeholders. He was very proud of the development of Eye on Canada and the great success of Encore+ and in particular, relished positioning Canadian stories and talent around the world.An elegant and consummate professional, Maurice was a valued member of the CMF family. He was respected and admired by his team and industry colleagues both here at home and internationally. We will miss his steady hand and ironic humour, which got us through many ups and downs during his all-too-brief time with us. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Au revoir, Maurice and travel well… We will miss you.”To honour Maurice Boucher’s memory, donations to the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation are preferred in lieu of flowers.Funeral Service – Saturday, September 29, 2018Visitation: noon to 2:30 pmMemorial Service: 2:30 pmReception: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmUrgel Bourgie1025 Saint Laurent St., West, Longueuil (Québec)last_img read more

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Atlantic Canadas digital economy growing although rural areas lagging report

first_imgHALIFAX – A new report says the digital economy appears to be on the rise in Atlantic Canada, thanks to a large increase in household internet usage.The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says 88 per cent of households were using the internet in 2016, compared with 12 per cent in 1997.The report card, issued Thursday by the independent policy research organization, says the rapid growth is due in part to download speeds increasing across the region, with New Brunswick having the fastest average download speed in Canada.But, the council says download speeds and internet access remain much lower in rural communities.In Prince Edward Island, for example, about 50 per cent of households do not have high-speed internet access.Senior policy analyst Fred Bergman says as the internet is increasingly used for streaming videos and music, online gaming and electronic purchases, download speeds have become a “key factor.”All four Atlantic provinces have initiatives underway to meet the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission target of 90 per cent high-speed internet access by 2021, the report notes.“Improving download speeds in rural communities must be a priority if all households and businesses are going to have effective access to the digital economy,” Bergman said in a news release.The report said about two-thirds of Canadians purchased at least one digital product in the last year, with non-store online sales almost tripling in Atlantic Canada between 2012 and 2016, compared with a 90 per cent increase nationally.It cites estimates by Statistics Canada that Atlantic Canadians earned $87 million through offering accommodations on digital sharing platforms, such as AirBnB, in 2017.The report says tracking digital use, purchases and sales is increasingly important, although regional analysis is hindered by a lack of provincial data for e-commerce and production.last_img read more

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Top UN official signals improvement tough challenges in eastern DR Congo

Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, told the Security Council today that the “remarkable turnaround” came when the mainly Tutsi rebel militia, known as the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), and other armed groups declared an end to the violent conflict which had displaced some 250,000 people last year in the volatile North and South Kivu provinces. Last month, the Government and the CNDP signed a peace accord, with the UN and African Union (AU) envoys who facilitated that deal calling today on the international community to continue its support of efforts to consolidate peace and promote development.In his briefing to the Council today, Mr. Doss also attributed the easing of hostilities in the region to improved relations between the DRC and neighbouring Rwanda, commending the two Governments “for their courageous decision to overcome their previous distrust and to focus on common interests of the future.”But the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan group known notorious for abducting children as soldiers and sex slaves, must be contained, he stressed, with some 1,100 people having been killed by the rebels between December 2009 and January 2009, hundreds abducted and 200,000 uprooted by the violence.That group has launched “gruesome reprisal attacks” in the wake of the joint military operation between DRC forces (FARDC), Ugandan troops (UPDF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) aimed at flushing the rebels out of the region, the envoy, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC), said.“The LRA has dispersed into small groups, who have sown terror and taken revenge by looting, raping, maiming, abducting and killing civilians in a vast area stretching from northern Ituri to the eastern part of the Central African Republic,” said Mr. Doss.Another major challenge facing DRC and the UN mission, he said, is the integration of former militiamen into the FARDC. Although most elements of the CNDP and other armed groups have been registered, payments of salaries have been delayed and the provision of food and ammunition for troops fighting the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) ¬– the target of recent joint operations conducted by Rwanda and DRC – have been late to arrive.The Special Representative also underscored to the 15-member Council the need to continue military pressure against the 4,500-strong FDLR. “Such pressure has been instrumental in the surrender and voluntary return of combatants and dependents to Rwanda,” he stressed, estimating that close to 7,000 Rwandans have returned home as a result of the joint FARDC-Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) operation.Mr. Doss warned that “if the Kivus continue to struggle with mass poverty, unemployment, and derelict infrastructures, new escalations of violence may emanate from the underlying tensions between ethnic communities.”The armed groups of North and South Kivu declaration that some 47,000 combatants were among their ranks may be an exaggeration, but he said that it indicated how many unemployed youth need to be put to work to avoid the risk of re-mobilization and underlined the importance of economic recovery in mitigating ethnic tensions.Today’s open meeting wrapped up with the Council commending “the improvement of the relationship among the countries of the region,” encouraging them to “continue reinforcing their political, military and economic cooperation to guarantee the long-term stabilization of the Great Lakes region,” according to a press statement read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the body’s rotating monthly presidency.Welcoming last month’s peace accord, the Council also welcomed the progress made so far in the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration (DDRRR) programme, calling on those FDLR forces which have not taken part to do so.In today’s statement, the body also voiced its grave concern about the ongoing uprooting of civilians and massive violations of human rights, especially of reports of widespread sexual violence and continued recruitment of children into armed groups, calling for an end to impunity for the perpetrators.In a joint statement today, Olusegun Obasanjo and Benjamin Mkapa, the UN and AU Special Envoys for the Great Lakes Region, praised the courage of signatories of last month’s accord, reminding the parties that “rapid and faithful implementation is key to success, and urged them to fully implement the agreements, in accordance with their stated commitments and agreed timetable.”Further, the envoys urged all involved that “these agreements are not used as a pretext for the emergence of new armed groups in the Kivus.”A new wave of clashes has forced 30,000 people from their homes, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Fighting broke out on 31 March when a group calling itself the Popular Front for Justice in the Congo (FPJC) attacked villages in the Ituri district, also in eastern DRC. A few days later, the self-styled Revolutionary Front for Peace in the Ituri (FPRI), which refused to take part in the UN-AU peace talks and has been blamed for major human rights violations, launched a counter-attack in the area.In today’s statement, the Special Envoys expressed concern over the new displacements, but said that they are confident that “improved relations of good neighbourliness and cooperation between the DRC and Rwanda will bode well for the future peace and development of the entire Great Lakes Region.” They also stressed that “after years of conflict and humanitarian crisis, the region is now yearning for peace, and that the international community is expecting full implementation of the agreements.” 9 April 2009Although a nascent peace process has led to a “sea change” in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top United Nations official today cautioned that challenges – including rebel groups continuing to wreak havoc in the region – remain. read more

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Security Council wraps up Africa trip with talks in Liberia

The discussions focused on peace, security, economic recovery and development, according to information released by the world body. The subject of the drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was also on the agenda.The 15-member delegation also visited the Liberia National Police Academy, where the UN has been assisting the Government to recruit, train and deploy new professional police officers, and attended a graduation ceremony for female ex-combatants who have completed training in dressmaking and related skills.The group also met business leaders, including representatives of global steel giant ArcelorMittal and Buchanan Renewable Energy – two companies that are sources of revenue and jobs in Liberia.On Tuesday, Council members held consultations with top UN officials and key diplomats who make up the International Contact Group on Liberia. Also at this meeting were the Ambassadors of China and Libya, as well as the representatives of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Liberia.The team, which left New York on 14 May, also made stops in Ethiopia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A similar Security Council mission visited Djibouti, Sudan, Chad, DRC and Côte d’Ivoire last June. 20 May 2009A United Nations Security Council delegation met President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia today on the last leg of a week-long visit to Africa. read more

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Hamilton officer charged with impaired driving

A Hamilton Police officer with 17 years on the force has been charged with impaired driving.Police say Const. Jerome Stewart was arrested in an off-duty incident involving a single-vehicle collision with a parked car on Friday.The 51-year-old has been charged with with Over 80 mgs. under the Criminal Code.Stewart has been released and is due to appear in court on Aug. 23.He has been assigned to administrative duties.

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Annan congratulates UKs Blair on elections looks forward to collaboration on UN

A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan in New York said the Secretary-General “greatly values the close working relationship he has established over the past eight years with Mr. Blair and his Government.”The Secretary-General looks forward to continued collaboration with the British Government in dealing with the many challenging issues before the United Nations, including the critical process of reform the Organization is undertaking,” the statement said.

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Mickey Marotti named FBS strength and conditioning coach of the year

Every spring, Urban Meyer hands over his team to strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti for summer training. On Wednesday, Marotti was handed more than just a football team.Marotti was named the Football Bowl Subdivision’s strength and conditioning coach of the year in his fourth year at Ohio State.Marotti has worked for and with Meyer for years, dating back to 1987, when both were graduate assistants under Earle Bruce with the Buckeyes. That same year, Marotti was the head strength coach at Grove City High School.The strength coach also worked with Meyer at Notre Dame from 1998-2000, and at Florida from 2005-10. He stayed at Florida in 2011 before joining Meyer in Columbus in 2012.While not working with Meyer, Marotti spent time on the strength and conditioning staffs at West Virginia University (1989-1990) and the University of Cincinnati (1990-1998) after earning his undergraduate degree from West Liberty State in West Liberty, W.Va.Meyer said in a press release that he has full confidence in Marotti’s abilities as the Buckeyes are set to defend their first national title in more than a decade.“There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said. “And I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.”Marotti was awarded the FBS level of the award, and joined six other award winners all the way from the high school ranks through the NFL. read more

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Morris dancers forced to abandon performance after being accused of racism over

first_imgThey arrived at 11am and had performed without incident in pubs, to groups of local and visiting football fans and to shoppers.But a source close to the group said: “The atmosphere had been great with the vast majority of people, but I was absolutely amazed by the vitriolic abuse they started to receive. The Alvechurch group were heckled by a handful of onlookers during performances in Birmingham, witnesses said  Credit:BPM MEDIA “The issues began when they started dancing near to the Bull outside the Bullring and later near to Marks & Spencer. They were roundly abused and threatened with violence.”One lady was particularly angry and a group of young men started to become very abusive and confrontational, accusing them of being racists, which of course they are not.”They started jumping in between the dancers and knocking off their hats. The dancers tried to explain why their faces were painted black, but they would not listen.”They tried in vain to explain but things took such a turn for the worse that the performances had to be abandoned.” The group formed in 1989 and its dancers dress in black with black painted faces. Morris dancers have performed with black face make-up since the origins of the dancing tradition in the 16th century.Known as “Border Morris”, the tradition sees performers wearing a full-face of black paint in order to disguise themselves.One theory is that it started when impoverished 16th-century farm workers had to conceal their faces to avoid being recognised while begging during winter, as asking for money was illegal.The alleged incidents come after Shrewsbury Folk Festival bosses announced last year that it will no longer book acts who wear full black face paint.Equality group Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire (Fresh) said the ban showed sensitivity “to a changed social climate”. But Morris dancers say there were “no racial connotations” and they had “never wanted to upset people”. The group performs with traditional black make-up on their faces  A group of Morris dancers were forced to abandon a performance after they were accused of being racist and threatened over their traditional black face paint, it has been claimed. The Alvechurch group were heckled by a handful of onlookers during performances on two city centre streets near the Bullring in Birmingham on Saturday, witnesses said. The dancers were one of more than a dozen groups which were there to celebrate Plough Monday, the traditional start of the agricultural year.center_img The Alvechurch group were heckled by a handful of onlookers during performances in Birmingham, witnesses said   They tried in vain to explain but things took such a turn for the worse that the performances had to be abandonedSource close to the group The group performs with traditional black make-up on their faces Credit:BPM MEDIA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Save your crusher – new Tyler screening technology minimises scalping challenges

first_imgScalping screens protect primary crushers-thus affecting everything thereafter, including minimising recirculation and maximising material value. Mining companies are continually looking for a more efficient way to eliminate fines from entering the primary crusher and reduce wear. For years, vibrating grizzly feeders have widely been used, but that may be about to change. Eccentric screening technology has been making headway for more than 20 years and is proving to offer multiple benefits that far exceed grizzly feeders. W.S. Tyler’s N-Class Eccentric Scalping Vibrating Screens are one example of this technology. Over the past 20 years, more than 225 units have been sold into aggregate and mining applications throughout the world. This four-bearing vibrating screen features an eccentric shaft assembly technology that offers a unique alternative to grizzly feeders. During every revolution, the eccentricity designed into the shaft forces the screen body upward while the counterbalance weights travel downward. This causes both the force generated by the body and the force generated by the weights to cancel each other out while generating a consistent positive stroke that:Minimises structural vibrationHandles material volume spikes without losing momentumCreates a self-cleaning action that minimises plugging and cloggingImproves overall screening efficiencyRather than use individual grizzly bars, the N-Class scalps materials with up to 101.6-mmthick perforated plate. This in itself provides another set of benefits:Less elongated material falls through the circular perforated plate versus the grizzly feeders screening ‘strips’Multiple decks can be easily set up to best separate multiple productsCircular holes and slightly tapered edges further minimise plugging and cloggingEasier to switch between opening sizesW.S. Tyler’s N-Class Eccentric technology is designed to handle heavy-duty applications, yet is flexible enough to fit into most operations that have an apron feeder or the ability to use one. With an incline of 10-20o, a rubber marshmallow mounting system and heavy-duty frame design, it can take the impact without requiring significant maintenance.Production          Up to 5,000 t/hSize Range          From 1.2 m x 2.4 m up to 2.4 m x 7.3 mMax Particle Size              Up to 203 cm x 101.6 cmMax Particle Thickness  Up to 101.6 cmDecks    Up to twoOptional               Electric brake motor for easier stoppinglast_img read more

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