City to further discuss RCMP building’s place in 2016 plan

first_imgCity Council carried an administration report in yesterday’s Committee of the Whole meeting to approve Facilities Maintenance Intervention and Capital Expenditures Planning, but there may be some more conversations to be had before decisions are made.Specifically, City Manager Dianne Hunter said there are ‘more questions than answers right now’ regarding what should be done with the state of the local RCMP detachment’s building.In 2014, among a variety of recommendations, Cornerstone Consulting suggested the building be upgraded, to bring it from 23,500 to 43,000 square feet — which will meet the detachment’s needs until 2034.- Advertisement -Mayor Lori Ackerman pointed out that a statistic notes Fort St. John’s population growth will continue to skyrocket until about 2040, when it is expected to plateau, and acknowledged that lack of space may become an issue once again within 18 years time.The RCMP detachment building is the most expensive public facility the City is responsible for, and this project would have $250,000 allocated in the 2016 budget, should it go forward.Mayor and Council made it clear they would like to look at all factors — such a projected population growth, staffing resources — before making a decision.Advertisement Another possibility on the table is looking at an entirely new building, as the current detachment’s facility was built in 1982 and is getting older and older.With this in mind, staff have to decide and weigh the pros and cons of upgrading the current building against creating a new one altogether, when population growth is still on the horizon for at least a few decades.The arrival of a new officer is also in the tentative 2016 Operating budget.last_img read more

CWG badminton: Kashyap stuns Hasim, enters semifinals

first_imgRising shuttler P Kashyap produced a lion-hearted performance to stun higher-ranked Malaysian Muhammad Hafiz Hasim to advance to the semifinals of individual badminton event of the Commonwealth Games here today.Sixth seed Kashyap, playing his first Commonwealth Games, digged deep into his armoury to script a brilliant 19-21 21-19 21-16 victory over fourth seed Hasim, much to the amusement of the cheering crowd who packed the stadium to the brim here.Kashyap will next face second seed Rajiv Ouseph, whom he had beaten in the team event semifinals a few days ago, in the semifinals tomorrow.Chetan also breezed past Carl Baxter 21-17 21-9 in another quarterfinal match to set up a clash with world number 1 Lee Chong Wei, who beat eighth seed Chen Yza of Singapore at the Siri Fort sport complex here.However, fifth seed Aditi Mutatkar was not as lucky as the Indian lost 8-21 12-21 to second seed Mew Choo Wong in another match.Jwala Gutta and V Diju also bite the dust against Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Chin Ei Hui 13-21 19-21 in another final eight match.Jwala, who had to play four matches in a day, however had some reasons to cheer as she and her women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa beat Heather Olver and Marian Agathangelou 21-9 21-14 to reach the semifinals.However, it was the men’s singles match between Kashyap and Hasim that brought the crowd to their feet.Locked in a battle of attrition, Kashyap showed his brilliance as he was quick on his feet and retrieved everything thrown at him. His smashes also came good as he edged past his rival in the marathon 58-minute battle.advertisementThere was not much to choose between the two as both Kashyap and Hasim played some brilliant badminton. While the nimble-footed Hasim used his height to perfection reaching out to the shuttle with utmost ease, Kashyap dived and stretched his limits to show his prowess in the game.In the first game, Kashyap opened up a narrow 2-4 lead and moved to 11-9 at the break but Hasim caught up with him at 12-12, before wresting the lead at 19-17 and sealing the game.The 24-year-old Indian came back strongly in the second game and led 11-5 but Hasim again narrowed it down to 20-18 with some deft netplay, but some unforced errors put paid to his hopes as Kashyap was back in the reckoning.In the decider, Kashyap was 11-8 at the break and although Hasim tried to claw his way back and made it 16-17, a few errors saw the Indian bursting into jubilation amid a boisterous crowd.”This is one of the biggest wins of my career. He is an experienced player and have been in the top 20 for quite some time now. He is also very cool mentally and so to beat him here is very satisfying,” Kashyap said after the match.”I have lost a lot of matches after losing the first game and I told myself that today I am not going to lose my confidence and this win have really boosted me.”His defence is very strong and he has a good cross court netplay and his shots are very sharper. He was playing a lot of drops and was retrieving all my smashes so I had to keep it steady and keep pushing. When I had a few points lead, his rhythm broke,” he said.Asked about his next match against Rajiv, Kashyap said, “He will be prepared for me this time. Last time we were meeting for the first time, so he didn’t know my strokes. I have to be more aggressive tomorrow,” he said.Chetan too hardly broke any sweat against Baxter. The Indian opened up a narrow 5-2 lead and held his fort moving from 12-6 to 20-15 before closing it comfortably after losing two game points.In the second game, the Indian grabbed 10 straight points to move from 3-2 to 12-2 as Baxter’s game crumbled.”I slowed down the game. I was playing my natural game. I started off well and it put pressure on him,” he said.Asked about his semifinal match against top seed Lee, Chetan said, “I have nothing to lose, I will go out and play.I have extended him last year in All England and I have to be mentally strong against him tomorrow. I hope the crowd turns the game in my favour.”Earlier in the day, top seed Saina spanked Nigerian Caroline Black 21-0 21-2, while Aditi beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-11 21-17 in 24 minutes in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementKashyap also beat Kieran Merrilees of Scotland 21-12 21-15, while third seed Anand thrashed Jamie Van Hooijdonk 21-8 21-2 in another pre-quarterfinals match here.Gutta and Diju beat fellow Indian pairs Rupesh Kumar and Ashwini Ponnappa 15-21 21-18 21-16 in a 25-minute battle but it was all over for Sanave Thomas and Aparna Balan as they lost 15-21 18-21 to Chris Adcock and Gabby White in another 28-minute match.Women’s doubles pair of Jwala and Ashwini also battled their way past the Malaysian pair of Chin EH and Woon KW 15-21 21-10 21-16 in a 41-minute clash.The men’s doubles pair of Rupesh and Sanave had also reached the quarters beating Jamaican pair Henry Gat and Palmer GT 21-11 21-7 in a 17-minute match.However, Aditi and Aparna had lost their pre-quarters match to Australian pair of Choo L and Vithi Veeran 21-16 23-21 in just under 30 minutes.last_img read more

X-Blades ‘Summer of Touch’ Promotion

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Kanesatake grand chief calls for referendum as political division threaten health centre

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe grand chief of Kanesatake, the Mohawk community once at the heart of the Oka Crisis, plans to hold a referendum June 15 to gauge the community’s confidence in the current band council which has been engulfed by internal divisions that now threaten the operations of the health centre.The Kanesatake health centre is on the verge of going into third-party management as a result of a power struggle between a group of four chiefs who are tilting against Grand Chief Serge Simon and the two chiefs who still support him.(In Kanesatake band councillors are known as chiefs)The four chiefs have essentially launched a coup against Simon. Because the group forms a quorum, they’ve been able to pass band council resolutions, accepted by Aboriginal Affairs, which authorize expenditures, including spending band money on lawyers to fight the grand chief.The quorum of chiefs recently stripped Simon of the land claim portfolio after he wrote a letter to the community accusing Ottawa’s chief negotiator of issuing a veiled threat.The quorum has also launched court action against the health centre’s board and the ensuing legal battles led the board’s insurance company to drop its coverage.Kanesatake has been hobbled by intense internal power struggles through a majority of its post-Oka years.The last major band council crisis ended with the torching of former grand chief James Gabriel’s home. Gabriel, with Ottawa’s support, authorized what was interpreted as a federally-funded armed invasion in January 2004 when police officers from outside reserves entered the community under the guise of combating organized crime.Kanesatake still bears the scars from that era and community members have persistently called for a public inquiry into the affair to uncover Ottawa’s true role.The current tensions have not reached that level, but the situation has thrown the community into tumult.Simon said he hoped the referendum vote would give the council a clean slate and a chance to start over.The vote will feature a ballot with the name of each band council member beside alongside a box asking whether the voter has confidence in the individual.“At the end of the night we will see who has more no’s than yeses and they will be basically out,” said Simon, who was elected in August 2011 to a three-year term.Simon said the internal tensions have stalled progress and is pushing the band’s finances to the brink.“If I can’t continue to save these services and work for the band in an ethical fashion, I would rather the community tell me to go home rather than sitting up here, powerless to stop it,” said Simon, who chose not to collect a salary as grand chief. “I don’t know what to say to my community anymore.”His opponents on council, however, say they won’t acknowledge the results of the vote.“It is going to be illegal…it is going to be totally challenged,” said Chief Sheila Bonspiel. “We are under a democratic system and it is not a dictatorship and he does not have exclusive and ultimate power.”Bonspiel said her group of four chiefs has been working to create a governance code for the band council for the first time.Chief Sonya Gagnier said the lack of a code is at the root of the political problems in Kanesatake.“This is where (Simone) needs to go instead of going and splitting the community more,” she said.The internecine political battle has spilled from the council chamber and engulfed the health centre. As a result of the insurance company’s decision to drop its coverage, Health Canada could soon move in to place the centre under third party management so it can continue to operate.A Health Canada official told APTN it was monitoring the situation and evaluating whether intervention is warranted.The move to third-party management would lead to layoffs and program cuts.The health centre crisis was triggered when Simon pulled Bonspiel and Gagnier from their health portfolios, removing them from the health centre’s board. Simon put himself on the board along with Chief Clarence Simon.The aim of the move was to revamp the health centre’s bylaws and depoliticize the health centre so band chiefs would no longer be able to automatically sit on the board, said Simon.The plan was to have the board elected by community members, but candidates would first have to meet laid out criteria to ensure they were qualified to handle the file.“This is the way things should have been set up in the first place so that the community is in charge, not a group of people that are hand-picked,” said Daniel David, who sat on the board temporarily in hopes of putting through the reforms. “We want to have people on the board who are qualified to be a board, not just a bunch of people who may or may not be qualified to sit on the board.”Bonspiel and Gagnier, however, say that the board is illegal and doesn’t have any power to make the changes.“They’ve gone rogue,” said Bonspiel. “If they wanted it to be run independently, then why is the grand chief so involved?”Bonspiel said the current board structure was created when the health centre was incorporated a few years ago.“We were not interfering. We were not involved in any of the operations. Council never interfered over there,” she [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Burnaby mayor wants more action on pipeline after meeting with Trudeau

first_imgHe characterized the meeting as a good start but said an initial discussion with Trudeau has to be backed up by concrete measures from the federal government, which is expected to announce a decision on the future of the project later this month.“I want to sit down and talk about the real issues in depth with people who are experts in that field to ensure that we’re getting the protection for our residents that we need,” Hurley said. “The prime minister and I talking about it doesn’t really produce anything.”Trudeau attended a street festival in Burnaby immediately after meeting with Hurley but did not take any questions from media.The Prime Minister’s Office said only that the meeting included representatives of the fire department and focused on local issues such as housing.Hurley said he told Trudeau that Burnaby is bearing the brunt of the risk for a twinned pipeline that the federal government purchased for $4.5 billion and the Alberta government is pushing to have built.“Everyone’s willing to put our community at risk to fulfil their needs and we need some answers,” Hurley said about the pipeline that would more than triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing from the Edmonton area to a port in Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. _ The mayor of Burnaby, B.C., says he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss his concerns about the risk of a fire at a tank farm in his city, which would be the terminus of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline.Mike Hurley said he told Trudeau on Saturday that the facility on Burnaby Mountain is within five kilometres of forests and a residential area that would put thousands of lives in danger.“I said, ‘If it goes ahead, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t, we have to have some serious discussions around safety and protecting our residents,”’ said Hurley, a former firefighter. The National Energy Board endorsed the pipeline expansion earlier this year after reconsidering its effects on marine life off the coast of British Columbia.Last month, pro-pipeline protesters rallying outside a Calgary office tower during a clean energy announcement by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi chanted “build the pipeline.”Sohi told reporters the government is working toward getting the pipeline built and has also said officials have been consulting with Indigenous communities.The proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline was first approved by cabinet in 2016. The Federal Court of Appeal rescinded that decision in August, saying neither an environmental review nor Indigenous consultations had been properly completed.center_img “Any time you’re dealing with flammable liquids like oil there’s always a chance there can be a rupture of the tank, there can be a boilover of some sort within the tank that can cause really dangerous chemical reactions, not to mention fires that would come along with that.”Hurley said he doesn’t agree with Alberta’s ad campaign launched last week in an effort to sway people in favour of a pipeline that he and many residents of Burnaby do not support.He said the province’s focus on a future based on oil is “a fantasy.”“The good old days of the oil industry are over and they need to start preparing for a new economy,” he said.last_img read more

Brexit fate now in Britain’s hands: EU

first_imgBrussels: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament. “We held talks over the weekend and the negotiations now are between the government in London and the parliament in London,” Barnier said as he arrived at EU headquarters in Brussels to discuss Britain’s exit from the bloc with envoys from the other 27 member states. Hopes had been high that May would come to Brussels to finalise a deal with the EU on Monday, but a European source these plans had been shelved due to a lack of progress. With time running out, May had hoped for a signal from Brussels to help get a Brexit deal over the line in time for Britain’s looming departure from the European Union — scheduled for March 29. Instead, she spoke to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junkcer late Sunday by phone, with both sides agreeing to stay in touch. “No further meetings at political level are scheduled, but both sides will remain in close contact this week,” Juncker’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. “We are committed to ratifying this deal before March 29. It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week,” he added. British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the deal when it was first put to them in January — with many citing the controversial Irish “backstop” clause. A second parliamentary vote will take place on Tuesday. The backstop would keep the whole of the UK in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the land border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. A European source said the embattled May had failed to convince her cabinet over the weekend and that talks with the EU could go no further. Barnier said his teams had offered all they could, including a last-minute proposal that Britain could leave the bloc’s customs union after the divorce. But this offer would not include Northern Ireland, which infuriated Barnier’s British counterparts who called it a “rerun of old arguments”. The Europeans have also proposed to sign a legally backed “joint interpretative document” of the Irish backstop. This would reiterate ways Britain could attempt to suspend the backstop if London were to request a suspension of some of its obligations. To assess the document, British MPs are awaiting the opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the May government’s top lawyer who took a lead role in the negotiations with Barnier last week.last_img read more

Under operation clean-up, Gurugram Police tightens grip on Kaushal gang

first_imgGurugram: Under operation clean-up campaign, Gurugram police has arrested 12 suspected members to be close aides of gangster Kaushal — for allegedly being involved in handling his extortion business in the city and nearby areas. Weapons were also found under their possession. A detailed probe is being carried out by the deputy commissioner of police (crime) and a report will be submitted to the commissioner soon.While one diary exposes a list of gang members and criminals, another one has entries of protection money charged by the gang from prominent traders, who are owners of sweet shops, jewellery shops, kitchen appliances stores, bakeries, and garments showrooms in old Gurugram. “A number of criminals allegedly connected to Kaushal from other gangs are under the scanner,” said Shamsher Singh ACP (Crime). Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSenior police officers said top government officials were keeping a close watch on the situation across the state and have been demanding the names of criminals involved in wrongdoing and since when they are absconding. “With the arrest of 12 criminals, there is palpable fear among the other gang members. We have started investigating the details of people whose names are mentioned,” said Singh. The police said the gang members were receiving kickbacks from businessmen who had earlier denied paying any protection money but later after several firing incidents were reported they had recently hired gunmen for their safety and security outside their shops and residences. “Saini also revealed that Kaushal is in Thailand and was operating from there,” said Singh. The problems of traders and businessmen being targeted by goons have been a major law and order challenge in the outskirts of Gurugram. However, the incidents of traders and businessmen being targeted are also being reported on a large scale from the city centre. Most of the gangsters have also now started targeting suburbs of Gurugram like Rewari. Off- late Kaushal gang has emerged to be one of the foremost groups in carrying out extortion. The leader of the gang is repotedly believed to be living in Thailand. In 2019 itself Kaushal gang has been involved in four murders where the victims were shot dead on the streets of Gururgam.last_img read more

Contract killer involved in multiple murders arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: When Vijay Farmana went to meet his girlfriend in a mall in Lucknow, the other occupants of the Mall had no idea that he is a contract killer and wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders in Haryana until the Delhi Police team surrounded him armed with pistols.What followed was a filmy style confrontation between the cops and the criminal. He was finally overpowered with a loaded pistol that he pointed towards the Police team. “He is wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders and various cases of robberies and carjackings of luxury vehicles such as Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Innova and Creta which happened in last many years from Vasant Kunj, Saket, IGI Airport, NH 8 Gurgaon and so on. He is carrying a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 and 10,000 separately from Haryana and Rs 50,000 from Delhi on his arrest,” said Additional CP Crime Branch Rajiv Ranjan. According to police records, in March 2016, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Deepak, Anil, and Amit had kidnapped three boys Rahul, Deepak, and Ashish from MIT Rohtak and murdered them and thrown their dead bodies in Gang Nahar. A case was registered in Sonipat Sadar, Haryana. In 2016 Vijay Farmana along with his associates Ramesh Pehalwan, Kaptain Amit Lamba, Naresh Bandri, Shila Kancha, Danney, and Hansraj committed triple murder in which they killed Rajesh, Gulab, and Naresh. A case in this regard was registered in Karnal. In Feb 2017, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Sharad Pandey, Shila Panchi, Ajeet Fuaji, Sunil, Mohit, and Ramkaran committed triple murder in Gohana, Haryana, and thrown the dead bodies in Gang Nahar. Later, a case was registered in Gohana City, Haryana. “Vijay Farmana was also infamous for several car theft cases where the drivers were abducted on gunpoint and later thrown midway on roads,” said a Police officer.last_img read more

Ramos is ruthless and brutal – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been silent concerning the challenge of Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos on key player Mo Salah during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.After the clash Ramos was publicly criticized after injuring Salah which forced him out of the pitch and stalled his performance for the 2018 World Cup for his national side, Egypt.However, he has finally opened up about how he felt, describing Ramos as ruthless and brutal.“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid, then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” Klopp said as quoted in Sky Sports.“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together, and I have watched football since I was five years old, then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“[With Salah] you don’t think ‘Wow, good challenge’. The thing is, I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.“But I think in a situation like that, somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card or whatever but to look again and say ‘What is that?’“It was ruthless. I don’t think Mo would have always got injured in that situation, this time it was unlucky, but it is an experience that we cannot have.“I’m not sure if it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goal scorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game.”last_img read more

We dont fear United – Francis

first_imgBournemouth defender Simon Francis insists he and his teammates have nothing to fear when they face Manchester United this weekend, saying perhaps they are favourites.The Cherries captain feels the team’s form suggests they may even be favourites against the Red Devils.Eddie Howe’s side host United on Saturday, the south coast side are currently sixth in the Premier League and three points ahead of their visitors.Francis said the team’s impressive start to the season could even suggest they’re favourites for the clash at Vitality Stadium.“There is certainly no fear factor. The form book would say we might be favourites going into the game,” he told The Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I don’t think we see it as a free hit any more, these kinds of games, because we believe we can beat them.“With the points we have accumulated so far even if we lose to Man United, people might think, ‘It’s OK, they have had a good start to the season’, but we don’t see it like that.“Even in our first season when we played the big teams, nobody would back us to get any points, but this is our fourth season and we have come a long way.”“These games are the ones we can grab by the scruff of the neck and take to Man United: The lads will be raring to go, are looking forward to every Premier League game and why not? We are on good form.“We will be at it from the start, pressing high and trying to win the ball back to give the fans something to get excited about.”last_img read more