Bhangar agitators warn Trinamool of ‘fitting reply’

first_imgBhangar turns violent again, vehicles torched, bombs hurled  Blaming the TMC for repeated violence in Bhangar, the agitators alleged that the ruling party in the State was “intentionally fuelling violence” as it is losing public support in the area. “Bhangar once again witnessed violence because the TMC is intentionally fuelling violence as it is afraid that it will be wiped out — in Bhangar — in the Panchayat polls,” said Ms. Chowdhury. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with TMC leaders of the district to discuss Thursday’s violence.The agitators further alleged that the despite their repeated appeal the State government refused to sit for a discussion to resolve the issue peacefully and was “covertly supporting miscreants” to break the movement.TMC reactsDenying the allegations, local TMC leader Kaizar Ahmed accused the protesters of “trying to create bloodshed” to continue the agitation. “We were never involved in any kind of violence here. It is the protesters along with outsiders who are trying to create trouble in Bhangar,” he said.Meanwhile, a day after violence erupted in Bhangar, the area remained tense. There was heavy police deployment in the area to prevent any untoward incident. In the afternoon, villagers took out a protest march in the area against the attack. Warning the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of a “fitting reply” if it continues to suppress the Bhangar land agitation, protesters said that they may field candidates in the coming Panchayat elections in the State. The Panchayat poll in West Bengal is expected in the first half of the year.The development comes a day after a procession was taken out by protesters agitating against the setting up a power grid in Bhangar was allegedly attacked by TMC cadres. About five villagers were injured. The TMC leadership has denied the allegation. Bhangar, located in the South 24 Paraganas district, has witnessed several rounds of violence over the last few years.“We will definitely intervene in the Panchayat polls in Bhangar either by fielding candidates or in some other way. But we will not allow the TMC to loot votes and muzzle the people’s voice,” Sarmistha Chowdhury, a prominent leader of the Bhangar movement told journalists on Friday. Ms. Chowdhury is also a central committee member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist-Red Star (CPI-ML-Red Star), which is playing a key role in the movement.Also Readlast_img read more

‘Dead’ ex-Army man reunited with family after 11 long years

first_imgA retired Army man from Kerala feared dead for over a decade was reunited with his family members after being found in a ragged state on the streets of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district last week.The 40-year-old man, who appeared to be mentally unstable, was identified after some locals got suspicious about his activities and alerted the police on July 3.Arms knowledge“He was shouting that he had knowledge about arms and ammunition, including their technical details. This alarmed the residents as movements of Maoists are often reported in Mandla,” said a police officer. Soon, a team from Tilgam police station reached the spot and detained the “suspect”. At the police station, the man once again muttered “I know all about arms and ammunition” in broken Hindi mixed with some Malayalam words. This made the police decide to take the help of a person from Kerala.They approached Sister Mercy of Motinala church and she volunteered to help the police trace the whereabouts of the man. As luck would have it, the vagabond talking to invisible others was identified as Santosh Kumar, an Army man from Signal Corps, last posted in Sikkim in 2006. “In 2007, Santosh’s left eye was injured and he reportedly became mentally ill. He opted for retirement and decided to go back to his home State. However, instead of reaching Kurawein Purple House in Alappuzha district of Kerala, Santosh reached Mandla after wandering the country by train for the last 11 years,” Rakesh Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police, Mandla, said over the phone.Once Mr. Santosh’s identity was established, the Tilgam police made arrangements to tidy up the man who had slept rough for over a decade. New lookIn new clothes and shoes his photos were clicked and exchanged with the Kerala police, which in turn got in touch with Mr. Santosh’s family members who had even conducted his last rites.On July 7, the younger brothers of Mr. Santosh reached Mandla and were elated to see him alive. The ex-Army man recognised his brothers but was unable to remember how he reached Mandla, Mr. Rakesh Singh said, adding that they left for Kerala the same day.Asked if Mr. Santosh remembered his village, Satheesh Kumar, his younger brother, said: “Despite returning to the village after 14 years, Santosh easily recognised our ancestral house. He recognised every family member who came in front of him. Sometimes, we are unable to understand some of his activities. Soon we will consult a doctor about his mental state.”last_img read more

Fantasy: MW4 Premier League TotW

first_imgMatchweek four is in the books, and it was filled with plenty of Fantasy intrigue. Of particular note were Southampton, who not only picked up their first win of the season, but also landed three players in our Goal Team of the Week. Another surprising development was the fact that only three defenders made the cut this week for the first time in 2018-19.Whether or not that means the position will regress to the mean in coming weeks remains to be seen, but the performances of Marcos Alonso, Kyle Walker, and Cedric Soares sure don’t seem to imply there will be a shortage in defender points anytime soon.Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNow Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! GK: Alex McCarthy – Southampton – 1 Game, 6 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsThis week was just another in a long line of ridiculous ones for the Spaniard. He has now recorded at least one assist every week this season while racking up a goal and two clean sheets in the process. All of that adds up to 37 points, most among all players in the Goal game. Looking forward, Chelsea do face Liverpool and Manchester United over the next five weeks but, with these kinds of attacking returns, Alonso is a must start regardless of opponent.DEF: Cedric Soares – Southampton – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Kyle Walker – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsKyle Walker Chelsea Manchester City Community Shield 2018-19MID: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsThere was a lot of debate in the preseason regarding whether or not Salah was worth the price tag and, instead, it’s Mane that leads the league in goals at the moment (four). In the early stages, it seems he’s playing further up the pitch and forging a fantastic relationship with Andrew Robertson on the left side. The underlying stats don’t really back Mane to continue his incredible form but it’d take a brave owner to not want multiple entries into this Liverpool attack.MID: Raheem Sterling – Man City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsMID: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Southampton – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFantasy totw MW4 graphicMID: Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFOR: Romelu Lukaku – Man Utd – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 pointsAfter week’s of stagnant play, the real Romelu Lukaku showed up in match week four. He led the league in goals (two) and shots on target (four) this week, while also ranking top 10 in chances created and accurate assists if you can believe it. For those reasons and his 12 points in the Goal game, the Belgian is our Fantasy Player of the Week. With a decent set of fixtures on the horizon, Lukaku could be a solid own coming out of the international break.FOR: Glenn Murray – Brighton – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsGlenn Murray BrightonFOR: Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 pointsLacazette did not have the debut season he nor many would have hoped, but it’s worth noting that he did still notch 14 goals and five assists in 2017-18. Whether or not he can top that season largely depends on his usage under new manager Unai Emery, but it’s promising that the Frenchman both scored and assisted in his first start of this campaign. It’s probably wise to avoid buying in too heavily on either Lacazette or Aubameyang until we get a clearer picture of Arsenal’s team and tactics but, if they start together, this Arsenal attack will likely be one of the most potent in the league. goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios lacks respect for the public, opponent and for himself: Rafael Nadal

first_imgTwo-time champion Rafael Nadal on Thursday slammed the controversial Nick Kyrgios for the Australian’s antics during their second round match at the Acapulco International in Mexico.Kyrgios came back from behind to defeat Nadal 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6) in dramatic circumstances as he overcame a bout of nausea, a stiff back and saved three match points on the way to stunning the top-seeded Spaniard.But Nadal, who had won the tournament in 2005 and 2013, was not impressed with what he saw on court and criticised the world number 72 after the match.”He is a player with huge talent and could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for the number one ranking,” said Nadal. “But he lacks respect for the public, the opponent and for himself.”ok *NOW* this match has had everything… @AbiertoTelcel @NickKyrgiospic.twitter.com/VpQKXduX0VTennis TV (@TennisTV) February 28, 2019But Kyrgios brushed aside the criticism saying this is the way he plays and that every player is different.”I’m different, Rafa’s different. He can focus on what he needs to do. He doesn’t know the journey I have been on, he doesn’t know anything about me,” said Kyrgios.”I am not going to listen at all. That’s the way I play. The way he plays is very slow between points. I’ve got my game, he’s got his game. People are different, that’s the sport.”After dropping the first set, Kyrgios called for the trainer and said that he felt sick but would play on as he feared the media would “blow it up”.advertisementHe returned to the court for the second set and immediately looked a different player.At one stage a frustrated Nadal called for the crowd to quieten down, a request that received backing from Kyrgios, who screamed “shut up” together with an expletive, an outburst that brought him a warning from the umpire.After calling for the trainer again between the second and third sets due to a sore back, Kyrgios then saved five break points in the sixth game of the final set.He got out of jail again in the deciding tiebreak, particularly on the second match point when his volley caught the tape but toppled over and landed on the line.Kyrgios set up a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Steve Johnson in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.Also Read | Nick Kyrgios saves three match points, beats Rafael Nadal in Acapulcolast_img read more

Alireza Beiranvand: from sleeping rough to the World Cup with Iran

first_imgFinally Feiz agreed to give Beiranvand an opportunity without him having to pay and asked the captain to support him. Beiranvand stayed at his colleague’s house for two weeks and then started working in a dressmaking factory owned by a father of another team-mate so he could sleep there at night.His next job was working in a car wash and, because of his height, he became a specialist at washing SUVs. One day, though, he found himself in a difficult situation. The Iran legend Ali Daei turned up to get his car cleaned and Beiranvand’s colleagues encouraged him to speak to the former Bayern Munich striker to see whether he would help him to progress his football career. Alireza didn’t take their advice. He preferred to find his way by himself. “I knew if I had talked to Mr Daei he would have surely helped me but I was ashamed to speak with him and tell him about my situation.”Soon after he met a Naft-e-Tehran coach and moved there. At first the club let him live in a prayer room but, after a while, they told him that he couldn’t sleep there any more. So he found a job in a pizza shop to have somewhere to stay at night. There, another challenging moment arose. His coach, who knew nothing about Beiranvand’s job, came to buy pizza. The goalkeeper did not want to see him but the shop owner forced him to serve and he left the shop a few days later. Iran World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Pinterest In 2015 Alireza finally became Iran’s first-choice goalkeeper and, with 12 clean sheets in qualifying, he helped Team Melli cruise to Russia 2018. “I suffered many difficulties to make my dreams come true but I have no intention of forgetting them because they made me the person I am now,” he said.Now he has the chance to realise another dream: playing at a World Cup and perhaps moving to a European club. After all, for the nomad people, the journey never ends.Behnam Jafarzadeh writes for Varzesh3.com.Follow him here on Twitter. Click here for our Iran team guide. Share on Messenger Read more Morteza Beiranvand thought, like many Iranian fathers, that football could not be a job and preferred Alireza to be a simple worker. “My father didn’t like football at all and he asked me to work,” Alireza told the Guardian. “He even tore my clothes and gloves and I played with bare hands several times.”The young goalkeeper decided to run away and went to Tehran in search of a chance at one the bigger clubs in the capital.He borrowed money from a relative and travelled to Tehran by bus. The “angel of success” was very quick to be kind to him – it was on the bus that he met a football coach, Hossein Feiz, who managed a local team. Feiz told Beiranvand that he would let him train in return for 200,000 Toman (£30). But the young keeper had neither money nor a place to sleep.He spent nights around Azadi Tower, where many poor migrants gathered. One night a young salesman offered Beiranvand a room at his home and the goalkeeper accepted, only to change his mind on his way there and walk back to the club where he trained on trial every day.“I slept by the club’s door and when I got up in the morning I noticed the coins that people had dropped for me,” he said. “They had thought I was a beggar! Well, I had a delicious breakfast for the first time in a long while.” Twitter I suffered many difficulties to make my dreams come true but I have no intention of forgetting them Share on Twitter Alireza Beiranvand turned down the chance to speak to Ali Daei when the legendary striker visited his car wash. ‘I was ashamed to speak with him,’ he says. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images Finding another job to have a place to stay for the night was difficult and finally he accepted to work as a street cleaner. Sometimes he had to sweep a grand park alone and it was tough to stay fit for matches. Sacked by Naft because he trained with another team and got injured, he left for Homa but the manager there was reluctant to give him a contract. Beiranvand felt his dream was dying.Then the Naft under-23 manager called and told him that if he had not signed for another club, he could return. “Maybe it was fate that the Homa manager didn’t want to sign me,” Beiranvand said. “If I had remained in that team, maybe I would never have reached the level that I’m at today.”Beiranvand began to shine. He was selected for Iran’s under-23s and then became Naft’s first-team goalkeeper. But it was his childhood game Dal Paran that made him famous abroad in 2014. Throwing stones for several years enabled him to throw the ball much further than many other goalkeepers and his 70-metre assist against Tractor Sazi caught the eye of foreign media. World Cup 2018 Iran World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp World Cup Share via Email Iran Topics After Iran’s first match at the 2014 World Cup against Nigeria the goalkeeper, Alireza Haghighi, took the headlines for his good looks. He suddenly became a sweetheart for thousands around the world.Iran’s first-choice keeper for Russia 2018, Alireza Beiranvand, is not as handsome as Haghighi but his epic life story could be an inspiration for millions around the globe.Beiranvand was born in Sarabias, Lorestan, to a nomad family always on the move around the countryside to find grassland for their sheep. Alireza was the eldest child so it was normal that he worked from an early age to help them. His first job was shepherding and whenever he found free time he played football and Dal Paran, a local game, with his friends. Dal Paran involves throwing stones long distances; you would not think that has much to do with football but years later it helped Beiranvand.When Beiranvand turned 12 his family settled in Sarabias and he trained with a local side. He started as a striker but when the goalkeeper got injured he stood between the sticks and a brilliant save was enough to keep him there. Beiranvand decided he would be a goalkeeper but his father strongly objected. features This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June. Share on Facebook World Cup 2018: Guardian Experts’ Network Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Celebrations to Rekindle Spirit of Patriotism

first_img The activities will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations Story Highlights The Government is looking at utilising culture as one of the country’s global competitive advantages UN has urged Jamaica to invest in their creative industries Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the administration is seeking to rekindle in Jamaicans, a spirit of patriotism and an appreciation of the country’s rich cultural heritage, through the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.“As an administration, it is important to us to give people the opportunity to understand their Independence, appreciate it, hold it, taste it, love it and we wanted, for those persons who are not able to get out there and see one of the big stage shows, to also give them the best of what Jamaica has to offer, both locally and internationally,” she said.Miss Hanna was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston, on July 30.The Minister said coming out of Jamaica 50 events last year, the Government is looking at utilising culture as one of the country’s global competitive advantages, which is also consistent with its policy thrust.“Whether we want to believe it or not, the world puts a priceless value on Jamaican culture. People think it’s ‘cool’ to be Jamaican and we have to continue to build on that, grow it, harness it, keep our young people right here, build the performance arts centres for them, which we are committed to doing, and certainly turn this country around, using our culture,” she said.Miss Hanna noted that according to the United Nations (UN) Trade and Development Committees and Commissions, Jamaica’s culture is synonymous with “who we are as a people, and synonymous with culture in the world is Jamaica, and that we need to invest more in our culture and creative industries.”“So, it is against that background that we took a strategic thrust to, not only increase our budgetary allocations toward culture this year, and certainly festival activities, in our Estimates of Expenditure, but certainly to highlight our anniversaries, our journeys, and to open more museums. We’ve opened three museums before Independence, the Roxborough museum, the Seville museum, and the National museum of Jamaica,” she informed.A sum of $100 million has been budgeted for Emancipation and Independence celebrations 2013, which begin July 31 and end on Independence Day (August 6).The activities, to be held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’, will formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations.The objectives of the celebrations are to: commemorate the country’s 51st year of political independence, and give Jamaicans an opportunity to collect keepsakes from ‘Jamaica 50’; offer presentations in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; and to recognise the National Heroes, Jamaican icons, and institutions.This year’s celebrations will also offer rich, wholesome family-oriented entertainment, with periods of reflection and discussion.The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, in Kingston, will be the venue for all activities from August 1 to 5, which will be transformed into a ‘village’, opening each day at noon, with booths and stalls displaying craft, art, and other memorabilia.The Ministry will partner with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), for the major Emancipation celebration. The JNHT will be hosting the Emancipation Jubilee at Seville, in St. Ann, to kick-start this segment of the celebrations.Vigils will be held across parishes on July 31, followed by Mello Go Roun’ at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on August 1; while August 2 will feature some of the most popular festival songs.The public is invited to select the top 20 Festival songs of the period, which in their opinion best depict the country’s independence journey, by texting to: 444- 2407, or online at www.jcdc.gov.jm. The top 20 songs will be performed on grand gala night by various artistes, and an overall winner announced.Meanwhile, the National Festival Queen Show will be held on August 3, followed on August 4, by the National Independence Thanksgiving Service at Bethel Baptist Church, beginning at 10:15 a.m., and the National Gospel Song Showcase, starting at 7:00 p.m.The World Reggae Dance competition will be staged on August 5, featuring contestants from other countries, such as Japan, Guadeloupe and Finland.Also, over the five days, there will be a “reasoning” session at 3:00 p.m. on a number of topics, such as skin bleaching; music and youth; and politics.Grand gala celebrations will take place on August 6, at the National Stadium, beginning at 5:00 p.m.last_img read more

Educators Partners Honoured During Provincial Education Week

first_imgA group of teachers, students and education partners from across the province gathered today, April 19, to celebrate equity in education as part of the province’s 75th Education Week. Education Minister Marilyn More presented 23 educators and four partners with awards for enhancing equity in Nova Scotia’s education system. The awards support this year’s Education Week Theme — Equity in Education: Supporting all Students. “Every day, Nova Scotia’s educators provide students with opportunities to develop the understanding, skills and attitudes to become lifelong learners,” said Ms. More. “Education Week is a chance to formally recognize educators who are leading the way, making this province an excellent place for our young people to learn.” Celebrated since 1935, Education Week honours teachers and education partners’ commitment to their students and subjects. Education Week activities will take place in schools across the province, April 18-24. “This week we take some time to acknowledge and recognize the great work this province’s educators are doing to nurture learning environments that appreciate the diversity of our students,” said Jenny White, chair of the Education Week Organizing Committee. “This year’s theme was chosen to recognize and respect the many differences our students bring to the classroom while supporting the learning and social interactions that enhance diversity.” Education Week is a co-operative effort of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators and the Department of Education.last_img read more

International Media Crowds Attend Titanic Commemorative Events

first_imgAbout 9,000 Nova Scotians and visitors turned out for the weekend’s Titanic commemorative events and another 4,500 people worldwide watched the events online at www.titanic.gov.ns.ca. “Overall, I would say that the tone of the events was reflective,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “It was a moving experience on Saturday night to see thousands of people in the procession file into the Grand Parade holding their candles. Our crowds had a kind of closeness, an attentiveness, I think.” About 3,000 people participated in The Gathering, a walking procession from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to the Grand Parade. Once there, the Titanic Eve Night of the Bells event began. Gordon Pinsent, a Canadian icon, narrated the story of Titanic, its passengers and crew, and the Halifax connection to the tragedy. There were more than 20 performances on stage, complemented by three large LED screens and a replica bow of the Titanic. At the end of the evening, after a lone piper played Amazing Grace, the stage lights darkened and bells rang out from the churches that held the memorial services for Titanic victims in 1912. “My sense of this gathering is that people are here for the right reasons,” said Mr. Pinsent. “This sort of thing can be oddly comforting, gathering together in memory of those lost.” A fly past by a Canadian Forces Sea King helicopter started the Titanic Spiritual Ceremony today, April 15, at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. About 1,000 people attended the memorial service including Lt.-Gov. John James Grant, Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and clergy from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Flowers were placed on the grave sites of the Titanic victims and a maple tree was planted in honour of Nova Scotia and Canada’s assistance in the recovery efforts of the victims. “I’m glad to be here for my elderly relatives in England who couldn’t make it for the anniversary,” said Marilyn Ewer, ceremony attendee. “My distant cousin, Edward Rogers, was a crew member on the Titanic but didn’t survive.” Mr. Rogers is buried with other Titanic victims at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. The Titanic on Twitter project, which issued original wireless messages from the sinking of the Titanic in tweets, reached about 610,000 people around the world. The project was among the most tweeted and retweeted, achieved trending status, in Canada early Sunday morning. The commemorative events were broadcast live by local and national media and international media from the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Japan and the United States also covered the events.last_img read more

It wants to grow Alberta Party wants in the game after rightwing

first_imgEDMONTON – Mark Taylor is a busy man — tasked with delivering a leader, 87 candidates and a campaign war chest for a party that talks big, dreams bigger, but so far has been unable to roll up its sleeves and get much done.“I’ve seen the ebbs and flows of parties through my history and I’m just really excited about the trajectory this party is on,” said the new executive director of the Alberta Party.“It’s not just we want to have 87 candidates. I want to have 87 nomination races. I’m really looking for in the neighbourhood of 200 candidates.”It’s an auspicious target for a party that bills itself as the natural home of the centrist voter — socially progressive and fiscally conservative — and sees an opportunity to come up the middle in the blood feud between Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP and Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives.But in the bottom-line business of politics, the Alberta Party has lagged in every metric since it rebooted its mandate on a centrist axis in 2010.In the 2012 election, it ran 38 candidates but polled just 1.3 per cent of the vote and got shut out. In 2015, it ran three fewer candidates and polled 2.2 per cent, but did manage to elect then-leader Greg Clark in Calgary Elbow.The party doesn’t release membership numbers, but fundraising over the first nine months of this year has been poor — just over $77,000.The party didn’t contest a 2016 byelection in Calgary and isn’t fielding a candidate in the upcoming byelection in Calgary Lougheed.There are signs of progress.Clark’s one-person caucus recently became two when NDP Calgary backbencher Karen McPherson crossed the floor. More than 400 people came to the party’s annual general meeting Nov. 18. There were 59 last year.A new board of directors has representatives from across the province. Taylor said they have been rebuilding their constituency associations and now have more than 60.New blood has come on board including former conservative strategists Stephen Carter and Susan Elliott, as well as former PC president Katherine O’Neill.Clark, say sources in the party, acceded to suggestions earlier this month that a fresh face was needed to galvanize the party, so he stepped down to allow for a leadership vote set for Feb. 7.Carter pushed for a leadership race that he sees as a spark to go with the nuts and bolts of building constituencies and finding good candidates.“(The Alberta party) has to decide it wants to grow. It has to decide it wants to be a real political party,” said Carter, who shepherded successful election wins for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and former PC premier Alison Redford.“There was a time (the party) was going to do politics differently. I appreciate the sentiment, but politics is politics.“You have to be in this game to win this game.”The revitalization is getting a boost from so-called Red Tories, who are unhappy with the renewed social conservatism of Kenney’s United Conservatives. The Alberta Party’s general meeting included a number of former PCs, including former cabinet ministers Doug Griffiths and Stephen Khan.One-timer Tory cabinet minister Thomas Lukaszuk said he is intrigued by the Alberta Party, but wants to see the meat on the bone.“Without trying to insult them, I never thought of them as a political party,” said Lukaszuk.“There are a few pieces missing, but those pieces are very attainable,” he said, citing fundraising and energized constituency associations.Elliott dismisses suggestions that the party has become a rest home for disaffected Progressive Conservatives. She said that cohort was just a sliver of the 400 members at the meeting.“I didn’t know 90 per cent of the people there, and that’s a good thing,” said Elliott, who managed the successful Tory 2012 election campaign.“I saw a lot of people in the room who were of the millennial generation, who are getting interested in how their province is run (and) don’t like the choices that are facing them.”Political scientist Duane Bratt from Mount Royal University said there may be room for a true centrist option. But time is not on the side of the Alberta party, he said, with just 16 months to the next election and two dominant parties on its flanks.“Most of the oxygen has been sucked out by Kenney and Notley.”last_img read more

Manitoba defence in Sinclair case Dead have no human rights

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a disabled Aboriginal man who died in a Winnipeg hospital waiting room is facing a major test of their lawsuit.The Manitoba government and the Winnipeg regional health authorities want the case thrown out.But the lawyers for the family of Brian Sinclair are fighting back.All sides have appeared in Winnipeg court.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was there.last_img

Applications pour in to join UNs intangible cultural heritage list

7 October 2008Dozens of applications from around the world have been received for inscription on a new UN-endorsed list that will work to protect and enhance awareness about intangible cultural heritage, such as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts and rituals. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) confirmed today from its Paris headquarters that a committee will consider 112 applications from 37 States for the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, part of the broader Convention on the same issue. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura welcomed the high response as “proof of the great interest of the international community in the safeguarding of living heritage,” according to a press release. “It is my conviction that the Representative List… will contribute to raising awareness of its importance and give the communities that are custodians of intangible cultural heritage a feeling of pride and belonging,” Mr. Matsuura stated. “It will also, without doubt, be a means to favour dialogue that is respectful of cultural diversity.” Adopted in 2003 and ratified by over 100 countries to date, the Convention seeks to protect the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature. The Convention further outlines the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which aims to provide financial assistance to its accepted applicants. Under the selection process, a 24-member committee will now decide on which of the 112 applications for inscription makes the final Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, expected by late next year. read more

ExSNC exec says company put Gaddafi daughterinlaw on the payroll and paid

MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive is alleging the engineering giant put the daughter-in-law of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on its payroll in 2011.Riadh Ben Aissa has filed a document in Quebec Superior Court alleging the company had a long-standing relationship with the former regime.He contends that having ties to the Gadhafi family was seen as important to securing contracts in Libya.Ben Aissa’s document is among several that have been filed after a civil suit that SNC-Lavalin initiated last year in Montreal in an effort to recoup more than $2 million.None of the allegations have been proven in court. A spokeswoman for Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin said Thursday it will not comment on the allegations as the case remains active in Quebec Superior Court.Ben Aissa is currently jailed in Switzerland on suspicion of corruption, fraud and money-laundering in North Africa. Authorities believe he embezzled more than $120 million in funds from SNC-Lavalin.VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images The company alleges Ben Aissa, another former company vice-president and a consultant conspired to use $1.85 million in company funds without permission in an attempt to smuggle Saadi Gadhafi, son of the late dictator, to Mexico.The plan never fully materialized and Saadi Gadhafi ended up in Niger instead.SNC-Lavalin also wants $202,000 that was allegedly used to fix up a Toronto condominium owned by Saadi Gadhafi.Ben Aissa states that several Toronto employees of the company were aware that the money, which was allegedly used for design fees for the condominium, was billed to the firm and that it consented to the payments.In his court filing, he claims he’s being used as a scapegoat and that his behaviour was in line with the company’s “strong and long-standing relationship with Saadi Gadhafi.”The Gaddafi family’s ownership of a Toronto condo was first revealed by theNational Post in 2011. The $1.6-million penthouse in downtown Toronto had apparently gone unnoticed by the Canadian and Libyan governments.Ben Aissa argues that several high-level executives for SNC-Lavalin had “strong links” with the Gadhafi family for several years, including his own predecessor.He also alleges there were numerous interactions, citing in one case where company officials intervened to help the younger Gadhafi get a visa. At one time, there were even discussions to make the dictator’s son a company vice-president, he said.Ben Aissa also claims that Saadi Gadhafi’s wife was put on the payroll of SNC-Lavalin’s Moroccan office even though she wasn’t an employee — a move made to help her and her children financially.He also alleges SNC-Lavalin often footed the bill for expenses incurred by Saadi Gadhafi.For example, in one instance, the company spent $2 million for expenses during a trip to Canada in 2008. During a subsequent trip to Toronto in 2009, the firm planned an evening for him during the Toronto International Film Festival involving rapper 50 Cent at a cost of $550,000.The company and some of its former executives have been mired in legal battles during the past few years.Earlier this month, former executive vice-president Sami Abdallah Bebawi and Stephane Roy, a former vice-president, were both charged in an ongoing RCMP investigation.Roy is expected to appear in court next month on charges of fraud over $5,000; bribing a foreign public official; and contravening a United Nations economic measures act related to Libya. He is suing the company for wrongful dismissal.Bebawi, Ben Aissa’s predecessor, has a warrant out for his arrest. His whereabouts are unknown.Authorities in Canada want Ben Aissa to stand trial on charges of fraud worth an estimated $22.5 million involving the McGill University Health Centre, one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects and valued at $1.3 billion.Also charged in that Quebec anti-corruption unit case is former SNC Lavalin president Pierre Duhaime; McGill University Health Centre executive Yanai Elbaz and his brother Yohann; Jeremy Morris, the administrator of a Bahamas-based investment company; and Arthur Porter and his wife Pamela.Arthur Porter, who once headed the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Canada’s spy watchdog, remains detained in a Panamanian jail awaiting extradition.Porter was director general of the MUHC when the alleged fraud occurred. read more

Barbados pop princess Rihanna among Time Magazines Most Influential People on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRihanna’s Crop Over costume slays social mediaAugust 8, 2017In “Entertainment”Barbados names pop star Rihanna as AmbassadorSeptember 21, 2018In “Entertainment”Rihanna’s earnings fall 50 per cent in 2015January 4, 2016In “Entertainment” Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna has yet another jewel to add to her crown in the form of securing a place on Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.For its third annual roundup of everyone from bestselling authors to political activists, the magazine sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.Here’s what Time’s Cady Lang had to say about Rihanna on this year’s unranked list:“The 29-year-old singer approaches social media with the same aplomb and fearlessness that has become her trademark across music, fashion and culture.“In the past year alone, she has made headlines for Snapchatting herself feeding birds on the streets of New York while clad in a bright red, heart-shaped jacket, hitting back at body shamers with a Gucci Mane meme and personally jumping into her own Instagram comments to shout out fans and shut down haters (a phenomenon known as RIHplies).“How fitting, then, that she’s set to star in a movie that is wholly inspired by a meme of herself.”Also landing a spot on Time’s latest list were supermodel, bestselling cookbook author, TV host and Mrs John Legend, Chrissy Teigan; Drudge Report creator Matt Drudge, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.Carter Wilkerson, the Nevada teen who earned a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets; Chinese actress and activist Yao Chen; NPR host and S-Town creator Brian Reed; Korean boy band BTS, and Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny also made the cut.Also listed were Twitter-happy US President Donald Trump; Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie; Steven Pruitt (aka Ser Amantio di Nicolao); seven-year-old Syrian civil war victim Bana Alabed; Canadian trans woman model Gigi Gorgeous; empowering meme creator Jonathan Sun; and singer Katy Perry, who just became the first person to pass 100 million followers on Twitter.Reality TV star and Mrs Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, was a given for the list, as were Branden Miller (aka Joanne the Scammer); Ezra Levin, Leah Greenberg, Angel Padilla, Sarah Dohl and Matt Traldi (founders of The Indivisible Guide), and Chance the Rapper.Ariel Martin, (aka Baby Ariel) of Musical.ly fame, also found favour with Time, as did fitness queen Cassey Ho; beauty blogger Huda Kattan; gamer Mark Fischbach (aka Markiplier); and Skimm founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. (Caribbean360.com) read more

Randgolds operations in Mali continue to deliver

first_imgRandgold Resources’ operations in Mali are continuing to deliver a robust performance and the company’s recent decision to proceed with the development of a super pit at Loulo-Gounkoto underpins the group’s commitment to the country’s mining industry, chief executive Mark Bristow said last week.Speaking at a media briefing, Bristow said ongoing exploration success within the Loulo and Gounkoto permits had enabled it to replace all the gold depleted by mining last year and was continuing to deliver additional reserves and resources. Preparation work was also underway on the Gounkoto super pit, which would further strengthen the complex’s position as a long-life producer with an annual output of at least 600,000 oz.At Morila, meanwhile, all the permitting for the development of the Domba satellite has been completed after two years of community consultation, and mining there is scheduled to start in September this year. Morila has also agreed to acquire portions of Birimian’s Ntiola and Viper permits which, together with Domba, will extend its life to the end of 2019 and possibly to early 2020.The significance of these developments, Bristow said, was that they would secure Morila’s ability to fund its eventual closure and support the funding of its post-mining incarnation as an agribusiness centre, with the objective of being part of the government’s plan to strengthen the agricultural base of its economy. Bristow said while there were a number of new mines in the Malian pipeline, the future of the country’s gold mining industry depended on successful exploration for the next generation of discoveries and their ability to attract the necessary investment.“The question is whether the country’s existing mining code and fiscal regime are sufficiently attractive to foreign investors. The industry and the government, led by the minister of mines, have had a very constructive engagement on this and other issues – such as the destructive impact of illegal mining – and we’ve agreed to work together to find mutually acceptable solutions,” he said.“As far as Randgold’s disputed tax claims are concerned, we’re continuing our discussions with the authorities and are hopeful that we will be able to reach an amicable solution on the outstanding files instead of another round of arbitration proceedings. We’ve had a long and mutually rewarding partnership with Mali and its people – depending on the gold price, Randgold accounts for between 6% and 10% of the country’s GDP each year – and it’s obviously in both our interests to resolve this matter equitably.”last_img read more

Pics Seán FitzPatrick and former Anglo execs back in court

first_imgTHE FORMER CHAIRMAN and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick and two other former executives were back in court today ahead of their trial for alleged financial irregularities next year.The trio, including former finance director Willie McAteer and former managing director of lending Pat Whelan, are due to go on trial on 16 charges of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 people in 2008 in an attempt to inflate the bank’s share price.It’s expected the trial will last between three and six months when its get under way on 13 January 2014 with the trio set to enter their pleas to each charge at another court hearing on 1 November.The case was mentioned before the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin today with the three men in attendance:last_img read more

Tyler Breeze on the popularity of NXT evolution of character

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Google+ Videos Articles WWE NXT Results – 8/14/19 (NXT Breakout Tournament Finals, Breezango/Forgotten Sons) WWE NXT Results – 7/3/19 (Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Breeze, Kushida, Adam Cole) The latest body positive movement on Instagram WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Kristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram Postcenter_img Scott Fishman passed along the following recent interview he conducted with NXT star Tyler Breeze. Here are some excerpts from the interview:On NXT’s rise in popularity:“There were a lot more people as soon as the network came out, I would go to Best Buy or Publix for groceries. I would get asked, ‘Hey, Are you Tyler Breeze?’ People started noticing. People are watching this. When I started doing live events on the main roster, you assume people don’t know who you are because you aren’t on Raw or SmackDown. Then you go out for something to eat and people are asking if I’m Tyler Breeze. They tell me they watch NXT every week. Everywhere you go people are talking more and more about NXT. We had the San Jose show with more than 5,000 people to see NXT. Just that alone is an idea of how many people are watching.”On the evolution of his character:“When I initially started it, the persona was totally going to be something else that it didn’t end up being, From input here and there with ideas from different people, it sort of turned an almost opposite way that I was going for. At the very beginning of the character we had the pocket mirror. We did everything with the mirror. Then Triple H said we were past that and to move on to selfies. He suggested we use a cell phone. We modernized it. That was two years ago. Now it’s 2015, and everyone has a cell phone on them all the time. They are always checking Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. There is so much stuff that you could do with that. I’ve had the opportunity to be a first in WWE to actually do some things. My entrance streams from the phone to the big screen. At TakeOver we did the Periscope where thousands of people were watching from my cell phone as I was making my entrance. That is something nobody has done before. As technology advances and new things come out, I’m the one who gets to play with that. I see it as a huge opportunity for me.”ChannelGuideMagBlog.com: WWE’s Tyler Breeze talks about his success and the NXT phenomenonRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NXT Highlights: Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Breeze, Killian Dain is coming to NXT Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Former Brighton boss is proud of Lewis Dunk

first_imgThe English center-back made his debut for the national team on Thursday night in the 3-0 win over the United StatesFormer Brighton and Hove Albion head of youth and manager Martin Hinshelwood couldn’t hide the fact that he felt pride for Lewis Dunk.Dunk played for the first time with the England senior national team in the 3-0 win over the United States at Wembley Stadium.“It made me feel very proud because I was just a small part of his career, along with many other people. I’m sure they’re also very proud of his performance on Thursday,” he told the Brighton official website.“He did very well and it was a good game for him to play. He made a couple of sloppy passes but that’s football. Overall, he was steady and didn’t look out of place.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He didn’t look nervous. He did have some silly white boots on, but I suppose that’s part and parcel of the game now!” he added.“I thought he coped very well with the game and his family can be very proud of his performance.”“I text him afterward to say ‘well done, I hope it’s the first of many’. That was at about half-past ten, and then an hour later my phone went and he’d replied to my text to say ‘thank you very much’,” he commented.“A lot of people would have sent him a text, so if he hadn’t have come back to me then it wouldn’t have been a major problem — but it was great that he took the time to text me back.”last_img read more