Magicians exchange wizardry notes

first_imgTwo hundred and fifty magicians from across the country came together on Friday, demanding that their illusionary tricks be recognised as a form of art by the government. Jaddu Utsav, the first ever congregation of magicians was organized by the Association of Illusionists and Magicians (AIM). Besides a medical check-up for all the registered delegates and public performances by thirty magicians in junior (below 18) and senior (above 18) categories, the magicians used the occasion to interact among themselves and exchange notes about their feats. Rafik Zitouni from Tunisia and Mark Arom Tass from Malaysia were two international magicians who were invited for the congregation. They judged a magic show that was performed by the delegates in the presence of Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar.Atul Patil, president of AIM, said, “The purpose of this convention is to showcase hidden talent. We are trying to push the government to recognise magic under the category of art. A magician’s life does not work like magic. A lot of hard work goes behind earning a livelihood as a magician, on weekends one performs and the rest of the days go in preparing for the performances. It is high time we treat magicians as artists.”M.Arun, vice president of AIM, said “Because there is no clarity, auditorium or hall owners do not allow us to use their facilties on weekends. Other art forms like drama or stand-up comedy are given the priority. Often we have been over-charged. If an auditorium charges Rs 10,000 for drama and dance, magicians are charged more than Rs 15,000,” he said.Magicians gathered at the congregation said that since their work was not recognised as art, they could not even get government jobs under the cultural quota, and that they were not eligible for national awards.last_img read more

Alliance with BSP still possible, says Chhattisgarh Congress

first_imgLast week’s meeting between Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati and former Congress leader Ajit Jogi was at best a courtesy call; ‘theoretically’ the alliance between Congress and BSP is still possible, Leader of the Opposition in Chattisgarh, T.S. Singh Deo said.Ms. Mayawati had visited the ailing leader last Wednesday. Mr Jogi has floated his own party — the Janata Congress — giving the Congress reasons to worry as it looks for allies ahead of crucial Assembly and Parliament elections. “They have known each other for a long time and have been in touch. So I think it is a courtesy call. I doubt whether the BSP would decide to ally with Mr. Ajit Jogi’s party,” Mr. Deo told The Hindu.He said “theoretically” there could be an alliance between the BSP and Congress in the State. “At a time when all the Opposition parties are talking about building a larger alliance at the national level, there is definitely a scope for alliance between BSP and Congress in the State too. However, at this moment there has been no formal talks between the two parties,” he said.‘Committed votebank’ Mr. Deo said that even if the BSP and Janata Congress were to come together, the Congress’ own electoral fortunes will not be affected. “BSP has a committed votebank. Their voters do not vote for Congress or BJP so it doesn’t affect us. And if at all, it will impact BJP more than us, because they won nine out of 10 reserved constituencies,” he added.The Congress is hopeful of trouncing Chief Minister Raman Singh, who has won three consecutive terms, in the Assembly polls later this year. The difference in voteshare between the two parties in the 2013 Assembly elections was merely 0.7%. An alliance with BSP is crucial for the Congress to bridge the narrow gap. The party has already initiated informal talks with the Communist Party of India, which got over 86,000 votes.last_img read more

No headway in rescuing coal miners in Meghalaya

first_imgMore than 100 rescue workers, comprising the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and police personnel, could not rescue or recover the bodies of at least 13 miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district. The mine got flooded when the workers drilled into an abandoned water-filled mine on December 13.“We employed pumps to empty the water in the 370 ft mine, but it keeps filling up 70-80 ft with water. We will bring more pumps tomorrow (Monday) for our rescue mission on the fourth day,” Federick M. Dopth, Deputy Commissioner, said.Five miners, who escaped from the flooded mine in the Hills, said that there were at least 17 people trapped inside. The police said the number could be ascertained only after rescuing any survivors or recovering the bodies.”The chances of their survival are very slim. Still, we are hoping for the best,” the district’s Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger said.last_img read more

Eric Bledsoe steals show as Bucks pull away from Rockets in key match up

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bledsoe poured in 23 points, including 16 in a decisive third quarter, and tightly guarded Harden for most of the game.“I just try to play to my strengths,” Bledsoe said.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, logisticsBucks coach Mike Budenholzer praised Bledsoe’s all-around performance.“To do what he did on both ends of the court, pretty special,” Budenholzer said. “I think he loves that challenge. I think he’s an incredible defender.” Playoff-bound Raptors fight off struggling Bulls Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis), C Pau Gasol (left ankle soreness) remained out, along with Mirotic and Brogdon.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.Bucks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 56-19.Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul had 19 for Houston, which lost for just the third time in 17 games. Harden shot just 9 of 26, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range with Bledsoe closely guarding him throughout most of the game.“We had our open shots. We couldn’t know them down,” Harden said. “We competed but they went on a run in that third quarter and that was it.”After a tightly contested first half, the Bucks grabbed control in the third, sparked by Bledsoe’s clutch shooting. Leading by five at halftime, Milwaukee built a 19-point lead in the third. Bledsoe went 4 of 5 on 3-pointers in the period after missing his only two attempts in the first half. His third-quarter output, which included a single-handed 11-0 run, nearly matched the 18 points scored by Houston.“Everybody got energy out of that and we played even harder,” Antetokounmpo said.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Milwaukee held the Rockets at bay for most of the final quarter, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout before clearing the bench with about a minute left.The Rockets jumped out early, building a 10-point first-quarter lead without Harden doing the bulk of the scoring. Danuel House Jr. paced Houston with nine points in the period, making all three of his 3-point attempts. The Bucks struggled in the opening period, shooting just 8 of 25, including 3 for 13 from deep. Khris Middleton missed all six of his shots in the first quarter.Milwaukee fought back in the second and eventually grabbed the lead. A key sequence came midway through the quarter when, after a basket by Ersan Ilyasova, Bledsoe stole the inbounds pass, scored and then stood face-to-face with Harden under the basket as the crowd roared.The Bucks led 58-53 at the break, paced by Antetokounmpo’s 13 points and eight rebounds.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni blamed an uncharacteristic rash of turnovers in the second quarter for allowing the Bucks to grab the lead.“We got sloppy,” D’Antoni said. “We turned the ball over four times in transition, errant passes that they capitalized on.”INJURY BUGThe Bucks have been beset with injuries that have altered their lineup. When starting guard Malcolm Brogdon went down with a partial plantar fascia tear earlier this month, Budenholzer replaced him with Nikola Mirotic, who then injured his left thumb and likely is sidelined for the rest of the regular season. Tony Snell, who stepped in for Mirotic, is out with a sprained ankle. Sterling Brown, who sat out 13 games with right wrist soreness before returning to the lineup last week, started against the Rockets. And now, rookie Donte DiVincenzo is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs due to heel bursitis that has forced him to miss 28 games. DiVincenzo, the 17th overall pick in the draft, is expected to get an injection to address the problem.TIP-INSRockets: Gordon started despite dealing with an injured right ankle sustained Sunday. … F/C Kenneth Faried sat out with a sore left knee. … G/F Gerald Green is expected to be out for seven to 10 days with a strained adductor. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe reacts to is three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks’ guard turned in one his best all-around performances of the season as the Bucks pulled away for a 108-94 victory on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Sergio Aguero ties club scoring record as Manchester City consolidate top spot

first_imgManchester City took a five-point lead in the English Premier League with a 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday and Sergio Aguero became the club’s joint top goal-scorer.The Argentina striker started the game one behind Eric Brook’s record of 177 which has stood for 78 years.After nine rounds, City has 25 points – five more than rival Manchester United which lost at Huddersfield 2-1.Aguero, back in the starting lineup after breaking a rib in a car crash three weeks ago, converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute at Etihad Stadium.When you’re five points clear at the ??? of the @premierleague. pic.twitter.com/IbzDQoSuqo- Manchester City (@ManCity) October 21, 2017That brought him level with Brook, who scored his goals for City from 1927-39.Aguero has made 262 appearances for City in all competitions to reach the record mark, compared to Brook’s 493.Aguero has 129 Premier League goals, third highest among active players – behind Wayne Rooney (201) and Jermain Defoe (159).Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane added second-half goals for City against hard-working Burnley.Aguero had a controversial penalty to thank as City reached a club record-equaling 11th successive win in all competitions, despite Burnley proving tough opponents amid torrential rain for Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing side.But Aguero will have to wait to claim the record outright after being substituted in the 76th minute.5 points clear at the ??? of the table ????? Thx for the nice assist @kevindebruyne ????? #inSan #LS19 pic.twitter.com/PH4NO6kyMQ- Leroy San (@LeroySane19) October 21, 2017The Clarets created the first serious opportunity when Chris Wood broke clear of Kyle Walker and raced into the box.advertisementEderson dived at his feet and quickly rose to prevent Scott Arfield following up with a shot but Wood was injured in the collision and was forced off soon after.City played a patient game and gradually began to create chances. Bernardo Silva should have opened the scoring after Sane skipped around a challenge and pulled the ball back but the Portuguese shot straight at Nick Pope.Controversy erupted after Pope reacted quickly to deny Kevin De Bruyne the chance to shoot. The ball ran free and Pope was adjudged to have brought down Bernardo Silva in the rush to regain possession.Well done guys ! 3 important points ????? this is the way??????#mancity #manchestercity pic.twitter.com/bGSLewNlTG- Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) October 21, 2017Burnley contested that Silva had made the most of any contact and there was some arguing and shoving among players.Aguero remained calm throughout the confusion and, having missed from the spot on his last appearance, made no mistake to put City ahead and equal the record.City continued to dominate after the break, and the second goal eventually came after 73 minutes as Otamendi got forward for a corner and met Sane’s cross with a powerful header.Moments later the points were wrapped up as De Bruyne picked out Sane with a characteristic defense-splitting through-ball. The German raced into the area and lashed a low shot past Pope.last_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja joins elite list with six sixes in an over

first_imgRavindra Jadeja joined an elite list on Friday after he smashed Yuvraj Singh-like six sixes in an inter-district T20 tournament in Rajkot.Jadeja lit the inaugural edition of the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) tournament while playing for Jamnagar when he hit all the six deliveries of an over out of the park.Jadeja notched up a blistering 69-ball 154 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association ‘B’ ground to help Jamnagar register a 121-run victory over Amreli.After hitting a total of 15 fours and 10 sixes in his spectacular knock, Jadeja was run out in the 19th over.With the help of Jadeja’s knock, Jamnagar posted a mammoth total of 239/6 batting first.The victory earned Jamnagar four points. The tournament features sixteen teams divided into four groups.Jamnagar are slated to play their next game against Botad on Saturday.Jadeja was last seen playing for India in the Test series against Sri Lanka, where he finished with 10 wickets in three matches.Jadeja starred with the ball in the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi where he took two wickets in the first innings and three in the second.Jadeja was also in the centre of a hilarious incident in Delhi where the Saurashtra bowler appealed loudly for a bowled wicket until his teammates told him that the bails had come out.Jadeja fired one in at at 93kmph around off-stump and Suranga Lakmal looked to keep it out but was too late getting his bat down. He ended up getting a bottom edge and the ball pegged the off-stump back.advertisementJadeja, much to the amusement of his teammates went up in appeal for something and the on-air commentators, also obviously amused said, ‘You don’t appeal for a clean bowled, Mr. Jadeja’.However, Jadeja realised he had got his man after the close-in fielders pointed at the timber.After the end of the day, Kohli had a good laugh as the players walked off even as Jadeja tried to explain what confused him. Cheteshwar Pujara and a few of the other Indians also joined in and it looked like Jadeja was in for some serious needling from his buddies in the dressing-room.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli mimics Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action

first_imgWith his unconventional bowling action and unplayable yorkers at extreme pace, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as one of the best bowlers in the world in the modern game.Bumrah takes an easy run-up with both arms out in front during his delivery stride and then releases the ball at a 45 degree angle.Many videos have also surfaced on the social media where young kids have been seen imitating Bumrah’s bowling action.Ahead of the World Cup 2019 semi-final between India and New Zealand, Virat Kohli was spotted emulating Jasprit Bumrah’s unique bowling style and his wicket celebration.There is nothing that Virat Kohli can’t do! #INDvNZ #ICCWorldCup2019(I don’t own the credits for video) pic.twitter.com/X550OSo6Zo Akshay Pokle (@Apokle96961) July 9, 2019In the ongoing World Cup 2019, Bumrah has reached several career milestones. The 25-year-old became the second fastest Indian, after Mohammed Shami, to complete 100 wickets in one-day international cricket.Later, the young Indian speedster, with his impressive average of 21.6, became the first Indian bowler to enter the list of top-ten pacers with the best bowling average in One-Day Internationals (ODIs).During the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 on Tuesday, Jasprit Bumrah gave India an early breakthrough when he sent back New Zealand opener Martin Gutpill for 1 run in his second over.However, rain forced the semi-final match to be called off after 46.1 overs of the New Zealand innings were bowled. The Kiwis were 211 for 5 before the match was suspended to be continued on the Reserve Day.advertisementOn Wednesday, the game will be resumed from the point where it was left on the scheduled day. Bhuvneshwar will bowl to Ross Taylor, first ball tomorrow, which will be over number 46.2.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Break will help India, says Monty PanesarAlso See:last_img read more

Elite player Q&A: David Sen, Broncos

first_imgWhat’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?“I was born in Scotland and I lived in Fiji for 15 years.”Use 3 words to describe yourself…“Organised. Committed. Loyal.”How has touch footy impacted on your life?“Touch has enabled me to make lifelong friendships and maintain an active lifestyle.”What’s been your biggest high in touch football? “Winning the Mixed Open State of Origin in 2016 3-0 was one of the highlights of my life to date.”What would you say to encourage others to give touch footy a go?“You don’t know how fun it is until you give try it. Everyone can have a go at it, it’s a very inclusive sport.”What are your main interests outside of touch?“Anything to do with sports and spending time with my friends and family.”Favourite holiday destination?“New York. I love that place!”Favourite moment of 2018 so far?“Getting selected in the Queensland Mixed Open side for State of Origin this year.”What are you most looking forward to at the moment?“Getting married in December.” Purchase tickets to see the Broncos play the Cowboys in the #NRLTouchPremiership at Suncorp Stadium, Saturday 30th June (3:15pm), ahead of the Broncos v Raiders NRL main event: buy tickets Started playing touch: Age 19Club: BMTAOccupation: High school physics teacherNRL team: Brisbane Broncoslast_img read more

SEC Unveils New Conference Tag Line At Media Days

first_imgThe SEC's logo with a grey background.SEC Media Days kicked off this afternoon, and while most of the news is geared towards the individual members teams, coaches, and players in attendance, the league made an announcement as well. The SEC unveiled a new conference tag line at the event: “It Just Means More.”New tag line for the SEC: pic.twitter.com/GjkD1oS4hz— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) July 11, 2016 For football fans in SEC country, the slogan definitely rings true. People say that college football is a religion in the Southeast. It’s not too far off.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Thinks 3 Top 10 Teams Could Lose Saturday

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of College GameDayKirk Herbstreit/ESPN.Nine undefeated teams remain in college football.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit sees, potentially, three of the nine undefeated squads suffering their first loss this weekend.On ESPN’s College Football Playoff Preview show Tuesday night, Herbstreit said No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Baylor and No. 10 West Virginia all have possible losses coming on Saturday.Here’s what he said, via 247Sports:“I think there’s going to be some great challenges this weekend,” Herbstreit said during Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff Preview on ESPN. I think three teams potentially could lose on Saturday. Nebraska going to Wisconsin, tough task, West Virginia going to Oklahoma State and Texas at home against Baylor. They beat the Bears a year ago and that wouldn’t surprise me either.”Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. West Virginia and Oklahoma State are set to kick off at noon on FOX. Baylor an Texas are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

Capital Product Partners Finds Work for MR Trio

first_imgzoom Greece-based shipowner Capital Product Partners L.P. has secured new time charter employment for three Medium Range (MR) product tankers.The three ships are M/T Amadeus, M/T Aktoras and M/T Aiolos, the employment of which brought the company’s charter coverage for 2017 and 2018 to 90% and 58%, respectively.Specifically, the 50,108 DWT M/T Amadeus, built in 2015 by Samsung Heavy Industries, was fixed on a one-year charter (+/- 30 days) with Repsol Trading at a gross daily rate of USD 14,500. The charterer has the option to extend the time charter for an additional year for USD 14,750 per day. The new charter will commence in October 2017.The 2006-built M/T Aktoras and 2007-built M/T Aiolos, both constructed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, have been chartered to Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. for ten to twelve months at USD 11,000 gross per day plus 50/50 profit share on actual earnings settled every six months.The vessels have been trading on voyage or short time charters following the expiry of their employment with BP Shipping Limited at the end of the first quarter of 2017. The new charters are expected to commence in September.“The employment of M/T ‘Aktoras’ and M/T ‘Aiolos’ with Capital Maritime was unanimously approved by the Conflicts Committee of the partnership,” the company said.Capital Product Partners owns 36 vessels, including twenty-one MR tankers, four Suezmax crude oil tankers, ten Neo Panamax container vessels and one Capesize bulk carrier.last_img read more

Dartmouth Receives Funding for Community Centre

first_imgResidents in east Dartmouth will soon enjoy a new recreation centre thanks to funding through the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The project will provide for the design and construction of a new community facility for the Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth. The federal funding of $1,100,601 was announced today, Oct. 12, by Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection had previously committed $1,100,000 towards the community centre. Halifax Regional Municipality will fund the balance of the $3.3- million project. “Congratulations to the people of east Dartmouth for their hard work and dedication to build a new community centre,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Through the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, we are proud to be part of this project that will not only be the focal point of this community, but will also encourage a healthy lifestyle.” The facility will house a gymnasium, multipurpose room, meeting rooms, offices and a kitchen. It will also exceed the energy efficient standards for new buildings in Canada. “Canada’s investment in this community centre reflects our commitment to putting families first and our focus on making our communities stronger,” said Mr. MacKay. The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund supports community infrastructure improvements. “This investment in the east Dartmouth community centre is an investment in the health and wellness of East Dartmouth residents,” said Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality. “The centre will encourage sports and recreation to residents of all ages.” “The addition of this centre to east Dartmouth will strengthen the community and will offer services to all members of the community regardless of age and income,” said John Burton, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of East Dartmouth. “I am very pleased that this project is moving forward and I’m excited about what it will mean to east Dartmouth.” The $111 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the management committee.last_img read more

Cornwall officials seek answers on arrival of Haitian asylum seekers

first_imgCORNWALL, Ont. – Municipal politicians in this eastern Ontario community said Monday they were frustrated at the paucity of information from the federal government over an influx of Haitian asylum seekers crossing to Canada from the United States.“There are mixed feelings in our community on what we think they should be doing and shouldn’t be doing,” said Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy at a special meeting Monday evening to give municipal leaders an update on the arrival of hundreds of Haitian refugees the federal government has decided to send to their town.About three dozen local residents overflowed the tiny Cornwall council chamber to hear an update from officials from the Immigration Department and the Canada Border Services Agency, as well as their own local representatives.O’Shaughnessy appeared less than enthusiastic by the answers from the senior federal officials from the departments, and called on them to return to Cornwall to answer questions from the public directly.“We do not want to create a situation where we are dividing, having divisions within our community,” the mayor said, adding the way to avoid that was “to provide proper and clear information to them in a timely manner.”Bradley Nuttley, the municipality’s emergency response chief, described how the Canadian Forces was building “a tent city for lack of a better word” on the corner of a lawn of a tiny, privately run conference centre. It is to provide temporary accommodation for 500 people for the coming months while they wait for their asylum claims to be processed.“Can you image the noise that’s going to come out of there?” John Thomson, 70, who lives near the tents, said after the meetings.“This was a lousy meeting with no questions.”However, about a dozen others in the public gallery applauded when Coun. Elaine MacDonald said she hoped some of the migrants stay in Cornwall and abandon their aspirations to move to Montreal.Jules Bourdon, 73, said Haitians could offer Cornwall the chance to boost the number of French-language speakers, which he said is only at about 20 per cent.“I’m not against new immigrants coming to the region, and I hope we can integrate them here.”Const. Daniel Cloutier, a Cornwall police spokesman, said almost 300 Haitians have arrived recently and, so far, there have been no problems and none are anticipated.About 3,800 people crossed into Quebec in the first two weeks of August following the 2,996 who crossed in July after the Trump administration said it may end “temporary protected status” for Haitians in the U.S. following their country’s massive 2010 earthquake.Last week, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced a temporary shelter would be set up in Cornwall.The newcomers are being housed at the Nav Centre, which is run by Nav Canada, the private non-profit corporation that owns and operates the country’s civil air navigation service. The military is erecting tents on its grounds.The centre sits on more than 28 hectares of parkland abutting the St. Lawrence Seaway and is billed as a government conference centre with all the amenities of a luxury resort. Its website boasts more than “comfortable” rooms, as well as a swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre and outdoors sports fields.But because the centre has bookings planned for the fall, the new arrivals need to be moved elsewhere.On a sweltering Monday afternoon, a handful of new arrivals lingered on the manicured lawns of the centre’s entrance.Mary Jean, 34, said she arrived three days ago, alone with her four-year-old daughter, after living five years in New York City.“The government tried to hurt people, so that’s why I came here. I’m young, I want to study, and then work,” Jean said. “Maybe I’ll get a better life.”Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said the Canada Border Services Agency conducted security screening on the new arrivals and “they are admissible to Canada, they are not being detained.”The Nav Canada site is considered temporary housing while asylum seekers wait for interviews with immigration officials to determine their eligibility for a hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board, he said in an email.Coun. Bernadette Clement, who welcomed the new arrivals last week, said the community is “fairly receptive” to the new arrivals and are especially interested in fate of children, who account for one in five of the new arrivals.Marie Rode Duran, a Toronto French immersion teacher originally from Haiti, was waiting Monday afternoon at the Nav Centre’s entrance, trying to reconnect with a young mother and her three-year-old daughter who recently made the trek from the U.S.“We’re from Haiti too, so we feel we need to help them,” she explained. “They need information – where to go, what to do, explain (to) them how Canada works.”last_img read more

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN TUNES THE MYSTERY OF CALGARYS UNLICENSED REGGAE RADIO

first_imgCanada regulates the radio spectrum. While very low power FM transmission is allowed, anything that that reaches a wide audience requires a permit. Anyone who broadcasts to a wide audience without that licence is operating a pirate radio station and could be subject to fines.The broadcast coming from 102.5 definitely fit the definition. It wasn’t registered with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), which is the federal body responsible for Canada’s radio spectrum. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Listeners who did stumble upon 102.5 FM when it was broadcasting were likely to hear music primarily from Jamaican artists such as Bob Marley and The Wailers. Postmedia Archives Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Dennis Deveaux remembers when he first stumbled onto the station back in January.The amateur radio enthusiast said he’s often surfing through the radio dial, looking for distant or unusual signals, and the sounds that were coming through at 102.5 FM jumped out at him as a possible pirate radio station for several reasons.“One of them was, you didn’t get much station identification,” he said.last_img read more

Tunisian woman allegedly burned pages of Quran with cigarette

Taroudant, Morocco – A Tunisian woman based in Paris has received a massive flood of accusations because she has allegedly “burned a page of the Quran with her cigarette.”The Tunisian website Bouyafar published photos of a woman who desecrated the pages of Holy Quran by her cigarette.The same source said that Khadija Ben Ayed, a Tunisian living in Paris, burned and desecrated the Quran and posted the photos on her Facebook wall. However, the Moroccan French website Telquel said that “these photos that circulated for a while on Facebook do not belong to the Tunisian question in question.“These are screenshots taken from a video posted on YouTube in 2012 of a completely different person, speaking in English, and affiliated with an Islamophobic forum,” the same source said. read more

Stabbing at Japanese Care Facility Leaves 19 Dead

By Lauren MorganRabat – “It is better that disabled people disappear” claims man armed with knives after attacking care center outside Tokyo.The man who carried out the knife attack at a care facility in Sagamihara, south Tokyo, claimed he that he wanted to kill disabled people, leaving 19 dead and 26 others injured at the latest. Terror-stricken staff at the care facility rang police after the suspect launched his attack, reported to be Satoshi Uematsu. Nine women and ten men were murdered between the ages of 18 to 70, the fire department stated.Police said that after the attack Uematsu drove to the Tsukui police station nearby and turned himself in. He was said to have stated “I did it” and “It is better that disabled people disappear”. Whilst handing himself in he was said to have been carrying a bag full of bloodstained knives and other sharp weapons.NTV stated that Uetmatsu managed to force his was into the care facility by using a hammer to smash one of the windows. Police are yet to establish the background motive for the attack however the suspect was reportedly “involuntarily admitted” to hospital earlier on in the year for under two weeks after claiming that he would kill disabled people. He was released from hospital on 2nd March.A police spokesman states that they are “still confirming details of the case.Mass murders are a comparatively rare occurrence in Japan as it is considered as one of the safest countries in the world with very few deadly attacks. read more

World cities at UN forum unite to reduce poverty and boost democracy

27 March 2008Representatives of cities from 100 countries around the world are meeting in Athens, Greece, to create local plans to achieve international development goals through the promotion of democracy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today. Representatives of cities from 100 countries around the world are meeting in Athens, Greece, to create local plans to achieve international development goals through the promotion of democracy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.More than 1,000 delegates are taking part in the sixth global forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty, meeting from 26 to 28 March, in an effort to work together on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targets to slash extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015.At the forum, municipalities are sharing their experiences in the areas of hunger, access to primary education, water and sanitation, child mortality, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and gender gaps. Richer cities will commit to cooperation with cities in the developing world, UNDP said.One of the innovative outcomes expected from the meeting is the adoption of time-bound and quantified local “road maps” that will determine targets to be reached on various facets of poverty in each city.The meeting, according to UNDP, is a response to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call to intensify efforts to meet the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs, now that the midpoint between that year and 2000 has been passed. Greece, which is marking the 2500th anniversary of the birth of democracy in Athens, was chosen for this event because of the meeting’s focus on the role of local participatory processes as a lever for better progress towards poverty eradication. read more

Darfur situation marked by insecurity limited progress on peace front Security Council

“The security situation in Darfur and threats to UNAMID and humanitarian personnel continue to be a serious concern,” said Joint Special Representative Mohammed Ibn Chambas, who is also head of the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID).Further complicating the situation are the inter-tribal conflicts that continue to plague the region and have led to a large number of civilian casualties, mass displacement and attendant humanitarian tragedy, he said.While UNAMID continued to facilitate the delivery of relief assistance by humanitarian actors to affected communities, instances of denial of access and restriction of movement, as well as bureaucratic impediments remain a challenge that negatively impacts this effort, said Mr. Chambas, who briefed the 15-member body via videoconference from Khartoum.In his latest report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the predominant source of the “grave” insecurity affecting several parts of Darfur is currently intercommunal fighting. “Such fighting has constrained access, led to the destruction of property and diverted resources and attention away from recovery, reconstruction and development. The clashes have tended to be triggered by minor incidents and altercations,” he wrote. “However, they have been exacerbated and fuelled by underlying disputes over access to land and other natural resources, as well as a lack of access to effective dispute resolution mechanisms.“Their intensity and dire impact on the civilian population, which has included the displacement of 166,000 people in the past three months, have been heightened by the prevalence of arms and the participation of militias fighting in support of their tribal affiliates,” Mr. Ban added. Regarding the peace process, Mr. Chambas reported that he remains engaged with the movements that have yet to sign the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) – which forms the basis for a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting – in an attempt to find common ground for advancing the peace process.The Sudanese Government and two major rebel groups have committed to the DDPD so far. The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed on last year; the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) signed a framework agreement in January 2013.Mr. Chambas said the realization of the agreement between the Government and JEM-Bashar is yet to gain traction. In his consultations with the leaders of JEM-Gibril and the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi, the movements reiterated their commitment to peace and a negotiated political settlement in Darfur in the context of a holistic solution to Sudan’s problems.Also briefing the Council was Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, who noted that in addition to presenting safety and security challenges for UNAMID and aid personnel, the intensification of conflict has increased the need for protection and humanitarian assistance among the civilian population.Civilian protection is a core mandate for UNAMID, which was established by the Security Council five years ago to help stem the suffering in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have died since 2003 due to fighting between rebel groups and Government forces and their allies, militiamen known as the Janjaweed.Mr. Ladsous said efforts are ongoing with troop- and police-contributing countries to ensure the uniformed personnel deployed to Darfur are “properly equipped, trained and prepared” to operate in the very challenging security environment. To ensure that the mission has the resources, configuration and procedures it needs, the UN has begun a review of UNAMID, in consultation with the AU, the results of which are expected in February. “Despite the very challenging circumstances, UNAMID remains resolute in its commitment to provide much needed protection to civilians, facilitate the delivery of aid and provide support to the peace process,” said Mr. Ladsous. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse to face UMBC in first 2016 game at

OSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is gearing up to host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Buckeyes’ first game in Ohio Stadium of the 2016 season on Friday.OSU (2-1) is coming off its first loss of the season last week against Massachusetts. The team looked disorganized in the second half, which led to a 16-9 defeat at the hands of the Minutemen.“I think guys are really taking it on themselves as more a personal thing and something that we need to fix within ourselves,” redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said. “We’re definitely learning from it but not dwelling on it.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the team is evaluating last week’s performance, but he does not want his guys to get hung up on it.“There’s been some reflection off of what we thought was a really disappointing loss,” Myers said. “We’re trying to put that behind us now and focus on us and prepare for a very good team that’s coming into Columbus on Friday night.”UMBC is arriving in Columbus on the heels of a loss to Richmond in its first game of the season by a score of 7-5. The team had a disappointing campaign last year, going 5-8. Still, Myers said he fully expects the program to have a bounceback year.“I just think, top to bottom, it’s a team that’s very disciplined,” he said. “We’re going to have to really work hard as a collective group to have success on Friday night.”UMBC is led by its pair of senior captains: attacker Nate Lewnes and defender Zach Esser.Esser guides a defense that allowed seven goals in the team’s first game. Last year, he became the first defender in the history of UMBC to earn back-to-back America East first-team honors.One of the focuses heading into Friday’s game for the Buckeyes will be stopping the Retrievers’ pair of experienced attackers: Lewnes and junior Max Maxwell.Lewnes saw his 18-game goal-scoring streak, which was sixth in the country at the time, end in the team’s loss to Richmond. A co-captain, Lewnes is the leader of the offense and has been a model of consistency over his first three years at UMBC.Maxwell, who scored a goal last week against Richmond, earned all-rookie team honors as a freshman.OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos stressed the importance of the defense playing together in order to stop the UMBC attack.“We have a great, close (defensive) unit in Robby Haus, Chris Mahoney and Erik Evans. It’s just playing team defense,” Kapinos said. “It’s not two guys shutting them down –— it’s everybody talking, communicating (and) making sure we’re all on the same page.” The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday at the ‘Shoe.Man-up opportunityOne thing the Buckeyes will look to improve on this week is the man-up. The man-up, or extra-man opportunity, is akin to the power play in hockey. In these situations, the offense has a one-man advantage because a penalty on the other team forces a player to stay off the field for a duration of time.OSU sophomore defender Erik Evans (43) controls the ball during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternOSU has struggled in capitalizing on these opportunities so far this year. The team went 0-4 in man-up opportunities last week against UMass, including failing to score on one occasion when the Minutemen were two players down after a succession of penalties.“We have to give it to UMass,” Kapinos said. “They did a good job in man-down and picked off a couple of our passes.”The Buckeyes have struggled in this area the whole season, only capitalizing on two of their 12 man-up opportunities, which ranks them tied for 47th nationally. “We’re trying to find the right pieces and the right fit, but that’s a fine line,” Myers said of the man-up unit. “We’re going to keep chipping away at it. I’ve got a lot of confidence in that group.”National showcaseFriday’s game against UMBC will be OSU’s first time this year playing in front of a nationally televised audience, as the game is scheduled to be aired on ESPNU.“Playing in the ‘Shoe too is something that guys are really looking forward to, and I think is going to be a motivator for us going into it,” Pfister said.Myers said he knows his team is excited to play in front of viewers across the country, but he wants the team to stay focused on the task at hand.“I think the opportunity, anytime you’re on national TV, to not only play well but to just showcase what Buckeye lacrosse is all about is a responsibility,” Myers said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the next game on our schedule.”What’s nextAfter Friday’s game against UMBC, the Buckeyes are set to host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. OSU is scheduled play Marquette on March 4 and Bellarmine on March 6. The games are slated for 6 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at the ‘Shoe. read more