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Indian Coast Guard apprehends a Pakistan fishing boat off Gujarat

first_imgIndian Coast Guard (ICG) apprehended a Pakistan fishing boat with nine persons on board for illegally fishing in Indian waters off Gujarat coast on late Saturday.The boat named “AL AISHA” and all the crew members were escorted to Okha port and have been handed over to local Marine Police for further investigation.As per details, the Indian Coast Guard Ship Meera Behn, a front line Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) of Indian Coast Guard Region (North West) while patrolling close to International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), noticed a Pakistani fishing boat towards Indian side. “The alert crew of the ship on confirmation, exercised a daring boarding operation in challenging sea conditions and subsequently apprehended her for illegally fishing in Indian waters,” a statement issued by the ICG stated.Lately, reports of fishing activity and presence of Pakistan entities have been reported by intelligence and security agencies. “The Indian Coast Guard has been observing a high security alert on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day. The afloat forces have intensified patrolling and surveillance in the sea areas,” the Coast Guard statement added.In addition, a round the clock presence of CG ships is being maintained and this surveillance regime is further augmented by Coast Guard aircrafts across the coastal regions.last_img read more

Goa police file FIR against two for raping niece

first_imgNorth Goa police have registered an FIR onWednesday against two persons for allegedly raping their niece for over 10 years. The victim, now aged 23, has accused her uncles of repeatedly assaulting her for nearly a decade.Police Inspector in-charge of Porvorim police station Paresh Naik told presspersons that the accused are residents of Verem in North Goa.“The girl claimed that the duo attempted to sexually assault her again recently after which she complained against them. We have registered the case and are trying to trace the accused duo who are in their 40s,” Mr. Naik said.last_img read more

Almost-Earth Tantalizes Astronomers With Promise of Worlds to Come

first_imgEver since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1996, astronomers have been scanning the heavens for another Earth: a rocky planet orbiting its star at just the right distance for it to harbor liquid water and thus, potentially, life. Now, sifting through data collected by NASA’s Kepler orbiting observatory, they have discovered just such a planet, although it’s not quite Earth 2.0. Named Kepler-186f, the planet orbits a star that is less than half the size of the sun and much cooler.“Very exciting,” says James Kasting, an exoplanet researcher at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, who was not involved in the work. “This is probably the most potentially Earth-like planet yet.” David Charbonneau, an exoplanet researcher at Harvard University, calls it “one of the most significant discoveries from Kepler.”The new world is the outermost of five planets orbiting Kepler-186, a red dwarf star some 500 light-years from Earth. Such M stars typically have a fraction of the mass of the sun, burn more slowly, and are too faint to be seen with the naked eye. (Hotter sunlike stars are classified as type G.) 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Although its mass is unknown, astronomers say its size almost guarantees that it is rocky like Earth. Its distance from its star—about as far from the star as Mercury is from the sun—puts it in the outer reaches of Kepler-186’s habitable zone.Planets previously found in the habitable zones of other stars have been substantially larger than Earth  and unlikely to have a rocky surface. But because it orbits a dwarf, “we consider this planet more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin,” says Elisa Quintana, a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and lead author of a paper announcing the discovery this week in Science. Small, faint stars like type Ms make up more than three-quarters of the billions of stars in the Milky Way, however, so the finding could open a wide new hunting ground for extraterrestrial life. “Our galaxy is probably littered with cousins of Kepler-186f,” Quintana says.Several factors could make such planets less promising abodes for life than planets circling sunlike stars. For one, their close-in habitable zones could leave them extra vulnerable to perils such as stellar flares. On the plus side, M stars keep burning billions of years longer than sunlike stars do. “That is good news for life, because there is a longer period of time for it to take hold on the surface of the planet,” says Stephen Kane, a co-author and researcher at San Francisco State University in California.Kepler-186f is a late bonus from Kepler, which monitored the brightness of some 150,000 stars from March 2009 to May 2013 in search of planets. Analyzing Kepler data, scientists have identified more than 3800 planetary candidates, of which 961 have been confirmed as planets. As the software to search Kepler’s data improves, scientists keep finding planets that they missed before.Researchers had detected Kepler-186’s four inner planets by the spring of 2013. Then, a routine analysis of all of Kepler’s light curves—a procedure that typically takes weeks of supercomputer time—flagged the possible existence of a small fifth planet. Quintana’s team conducted a series of checks to ensure that what the software had found was a genuine transit.To learn more about the planet, Quintana and colleagues had to learn more about the star. By taking spectra of Kepler-186 with ground-based telescopes, they nailed down its mass and size—information that helped them determine the planet’s radius. “I remember walking to Elisa’s office one afternoon, and she looked up at me and said, ‘The planet’s about the size of the Earth,’ ” says Steve Howell, project scientist for Kepler at NASA Ames and a co-author of the paper. Further analysis placed the planet in the outer reaches of the star’s habitable zone.“We are not saying that there’s water on the surface,” Howell says. “All we know is that the surface has the right temperature that water could exist there in a liquid state.” To support water, however, the planet would also need to have an atmosphere to protect it. It’s unclear from the available data whether the planet has an adequate atmospheric blanket.Even those key ingredients wouldn’t guarantee that Kepler-186f is habitable. If it orbited slightly closer in, Quintana says, gravitational interactions would leave the planet tidally locked: rotating so that one side always faced the star. Such two-faced planets—with the night side eternally frigid and the day side blistering hot—are considered long shots for life. But Quintana and her colleagues say Kepler-186f is far enough out that it might avoid that fate.Unfortunately, the planet is too far away from Earth for follow-up studies. However, researchers hope it heralds many similar worlds soon to come. “The biggest impact of this discovery is to know that there are planets that are the same size as Earth in the habitable zones of small stars,” Charbonneau says. He says the next step will be “to find a close example” so that upcoming instruments like the Giant Magellan Telescope and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope can “study the atmosphere of such planets and perhaps even deduce the presence of life on them.”last_img read more

Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season

first_imgRead Next View comments Morgan scores twice, US women beat New Zealand 5-0 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  FILE – In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Alex Gordon advances to third base on a fly out by Lorenzo Cain during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon hit Major League Baseball’s record 5,694th home run of 2017 on Tuesday night, Sept. 19, 2017 breaking a season record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TORONTO — Kansas City’s Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball’s season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night.Gordon’s home run off Toronto’s Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the Royals’ 5-2 loss, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Holding the ball he hit over the right-field wall, Gordon said he didn’t plan to keep the historic memento or anything else from the game.“I’m going to give it to Cooperstown,” Gordon said. “I figured they’d probably have much more reason to have it than I do. I don’t really want to remember too much about this season, so I’ll probably just give it away and let them take care of it.”There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.“I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Guys are bigger and guys are stronger. but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has noticed the surge in homers but doesn’t have an explanation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It really looks like the ball is flying,” he said.Power subsided after the start of drug testing with penalties in 2004. The home run average dropped in 2014 to its lowest level since 1992, then started rising during the second half of the 2015 season.“My biggest take on it is that players are trying to hit more home runs,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “Their philosophy overall, a lot of these position players, is to get the ball in the air and also pull the ball and get the ball in the air and hit it as far as you can. So you’re increasing the launch angle, whatever you want to call this, stay away from the groundballs. And so they’re sacrificing a little bit more contact to do a little bit more damage.”When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49.Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the major leagues with 55 home runs this year, followed by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge with 44.Yost said he doesn’t believe more players are swinging for the fences than in years past.“You’re always looking to elevate,” Yost said. “You’re not going to make a whole lot of money hitting the ball on the ground in this league because the defenders are so quick and athletic. You’ve got to get the ball in the air, I think, if you’re going to be successful.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “A pretty cool thing to be a part of,” Gordon said. “I didn’t hit many this year, but I guess I made one count.”It was the 17th home run of the night in the major leagues and came just after Detroit’s Alex Presley tied the record when he connected at home against Oakland’s Daniel Gossett.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGordon said he heard talk of the record on a clubhouse television after Toronto’s Darwin Barney homered in the sixth.“I was kind of aware that we were getting close to it,” he said. “After I walked back to the dugout. I kind of forgot about it.” Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Modi’s handshake with opposition leaders as new Rajya Sabha MPs take oath

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi mingled freely mingled with the leaders of various opposition parties as he attended the Rajya Sabha proceedings today to witness the oath-taking ceremony by the newly nominated MPs.Modi arrived a few minutes before the Upper House proceedings began and went around greeting the opposition leaders seated in the front rows. He greeted Congress leaders AK Antony, Anand Sharma and Pramod Tiwari, as well as BSP’s Mayawati and Satish Mishra. Modi also shook hands with Dilip Kumar Tikey of the BJD and greeted Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of the TMC.The Prime Minister then moved into the aisle where Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and TK Rangarajan were seated. Modi had a brief but animated chat with Yechury during which he also placed his arm on his shoulder as well as that of Ramaswamy.As the House proceedings began, Modi sat at his designated seat next to the Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He was in the House when five new members including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Swapan Dasgupta and Subramanian Swamy took the oath of allegiance to the Constitution.The newly-nominated members, after taking their oath, greeted Modi with folded hands and the PM acknowledged their greetings. Modi left the House immediately after the oath ceremony ended.While Dhindsa took oath in Punjabi, Dasgupta used his mother tongue Bengali to take the oath. Swamy chose English for the purpose. Olympic medalist boxer MC Mary Kom and Narendra Jadhav, member of the erstwhile National Advisory Council headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, also took their oaths.advertisementThe government had last week nominated Swamy, Jadhav, Dasgupta and Kom to the Upper House. Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi and cricketer-turned-politican Navjot Singh Sidhu, who were also nominated, are yet to take their oaths.Also Read:After 6 Rajya Sabha nominations, Salim Khan, Rajat Sharma or Anupam Kher to make the cut Slogans against Modi in Rajya Sabha after Uttarakhand debate not allowedlast_img read more

Idris Elba to return for season five of Luther

first_imgLondon, Jun 13 (PTI) Actor Idris Elba is all set to come back in the fifth season of the crime drama “Luther”, that will begin filming next year.The announcement comes as a surprise for the fans of the the 44-year-old star as the TV shows most recent run, that aired December 2015, was touted to be the characters swansong, reported BBC.The fifth season of “Luther” will comprise of four episodes.Elba appeared as the popular detective for a Sport Relief sketch last March. PTI RDS SHDlast_img read more

Ducati launches new Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

first_imgDucati has revealed the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro, a new variant of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. While the regular Multistrada 1200 Enduro is built for riding on and off-tarmac both, it is a little biased towards off-roading. The new Pro version of the motorcycle takes that ahead by leaps and bounds.It is powered by the same engine that is present in the standard bike, a liquid-cooled, 1198.4cc, Testastretta DVT, L-twin that makes 160hp and 132Nm of torque. It also gets a Termignoni exhaust.One of the biggest visual changes is the sand colour which is present on the nose and the tank cover of a bike. The rugged texture of the paint makes it look good. The sand colour is complemented by black which dons things like the sub-frame, engine alternator cover and clutch. The seat of the bike is also finished in a two tone colour, sand and black.The Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro gets new Pirelli Scorpion Rally off-road tyres which provide good grip on tarmac also. There are four riding modes – Enduro, Touring, Sport and Urban. Other than this, the Pro variant also gets rider aids like cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) and the space age, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system. The Electronic Speed control and the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) are standard features on the bike.Also Read:Ducati discontinue four of its motorcycles in IndiaAlso Read:Ducati Monster 797, Multistrada 950 launched in Indialast_img read more

As Hardik, Rahul stand suspended, BCCI official questions Harmanpreet in fake degree controversy

first_imgAmidst the ongoing Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul controversy, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has come out criticising the board’s double standards as any action is yet to be taken againstthe Indian women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur who is involved in a fake degree row.”If Pandya and Rahul have to serve a suspension pending inquiry, then what about Harmanpreet Kaur? She is the captain of the Indian team at a time when she is being investigated for possessing a fake graduation degree. Someone wants to conveniently protect her but ban these two cricketers for a year,” TOI quoted the BCCI official as saying.”There is a legal process on, right? Then how is she the captain of the Indian (T20) team. She lost her DSP rank and is still fighting the case. Has the BCCI even tried following up on what happened,” he said.The Indian cricketer who was posted as a trainee Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with Punjab Armed Police was demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be fake.Harmanpreet had defended herself saying she completed her graduation eight years ago.”My degree is not fake. I did my graduation eight years ago, after completing class XII,” Harmanpreet had told TOI.Harmanpreet also said she also took admission for a post-graduation course on the basis of her graduation degree. The 29-year-old also added that she could not pursue the post-graduation course due to cricketing commitments.advertisement”When you did your graduation, did you go to the head office to verify your enrolment number? Nobody does that. If I am playing, my focus is obviously on cricket. Apart from that, I just wanted to complete my graduation,” said Harmanpreet.”On the basis of my graduation certificate, I took admission for a post-graduation course in a different university, but could never take my exams because of overseas tournaments. Today, that very degree is being called fake.”Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | My degree is not fake, I cleared all my exams: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with Karanlast_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reveals reason behind post-match interactions with young cricketers

first_imgKnown for his astute cricketing brain, MS Dhoni has gone on to become one of the modern-day legends of world cricket. Young players have been flourishing under his captaincy over the years and his Chennai Super Kings teammates have had the privilege of watching Dhoni go about his business from close quarters.Also, Dhoni has never shied away from sharing his knowledge and experience with the younger generation of cricket. Be it spending time with the Ranchi cricket team during limited-overs tournaments or guiding young spinners in the India cricket team, Dhoni’s contribution to cricket and Team India has been a major highlight of his cricketing career.In Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, Dhoni has been spotted on a number of occasions, chatting with young cricketers from the opposition during post-match routines.When asked to shed light on the post-match conversations he has been having with youngsters, Dhoni said it’s been all about the importance of focussing more on the game than anything else.”Youngsters are very naughty. We have to keep reminding them as to what they should and shouldn’t be doing on a cricket ground,” Dhoni said during a Chennai Super Kings promotional event in Jaipur.Probably explaining how it was exactly done! #Thala masterclass! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/ZVwvxCeONnChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 11, 2019Dhoni added: “Take Deepak Chahar for instance, half the matches, he’s busy staring at the stands. Even in Chennai where three stands are empty, he is looking behind while fielding along the boundary. I am like ‘what are looking at there. Look at your captain or follow the field changes’. We have to keep telling them that this is the time they should concentrate more on cricket and less on outside things.”advertisementView this post on InstagramAll the #Yellove moments from the India Cements Meet & Greet that happened in Jaipur! #WhistlePodu #Yellove????A post shared by Chennai Super Kings (@chennaiipl) on Apr 12, 2019 at 9:00am PDTDhoni kicked up a storm in Jaipur when he stormed onto the pitch and confronted on-field umpires over a no-ball call during Chennai Super Kings’ win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. Nonetheless, Dhoni played a match-winning knock after CSK were jolted early in their chase of 151 on a two-paced wicket at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Eventually, it was Dhoni’s 100th win as captain in the IPL — the first-ever player to achieve the landmark.CSK have been in fine form in their title defence, having won six of their seven matches in IPL 2019. Dhoni’s men will face a stiff test when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.Also Read | Dhoni had no business entering the ground, sanction light: Former umpire HariharanAlso Read | MS Dhoni fined after fierce on-field argument with umpires in tense CSK chaseAlso See:last_img read more

JUTC to Reclaim Routes

first_img JUTC will be reclaiming routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) JUTC has added more units to its fleet, which will enable it to provide quality service to these areas Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, says that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be reclaiming routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) that rightfully belong to the state-owned bus company.He said that the JUTC has added more units to its fleet, which will enable it to provide quality service to these areas, which have seen an influx of taxi operators.  The move is also expected to cut down on transport violations and ensure greater protection for commuters, while reducing losses to the bus company.“We have turned a blind eye to some of the violations because we were not able to provide the service…as the JUTC increases its roll-out… it won’t be allowed, because the JUTC carries too great a subsidy, to make losses at the present levels…so we are going to provide an improved level of service,” Dr. Davies said.He was speaking at a certification ceremony for participants in the Public Passenger Vehicle Driver and Conductor Training Programme on Wednesday, August 28, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, where some 541 persons received certificates for having successfully completed the course.Approximately $2.14 billion has been allocated in this year’s budget to purchase buses to service routes across the KMTR, where the current fleet of 244 will be increased to 350 as of next month.Managing Director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, recently told JIS News that 35 new buses imported earlier this year, have been serviced and are ready to be incorporated into the fleet.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies stated that the training is part of efforts by the Ministry to transform the public transportation system into a civilized, efficient, first-world operation.He stressed that a reliable public transportation system is critical to the operation of any modern society.“We must understand the importance of these training courses, because we have to ensure that the people who man the system bring to the stage, what we can consider first-world…an objective of this administration, is that we will provide the same quality service, if not better than what is provided elsewhere,” he asserted.He said that while conduct cannot be legislated, measures can be put in place to ensure that those operators, who do not abide by the requirements, would be excluded from the public transport system.“It cannot be that anybody, who can’t do anything else, feels that his/her place is in the public transportation system. We are going to raise the quality of service, raise the respect demonstrated,” the Transport Minister said.In his remarks, Chairman of the Transport Authority, Norton Hinds said the training programme, which was first conceptualised and designed in 2004, in collaboration with HEART, covers the laws governing the transport sector, customer service, conflict resolution and defensive driving techniques.“This training programme has exposed over 5,000 drivers and conductors to customer service skills…several rewarding partnerships have been forged with the government and private sector stakeholders, which have formed the foundation on which the programme stands,” he stated.The course participants included 261 drivers and conductors from the KMTR; 61 from the North Eastern Transport Region; 120 from the Western Transport Region; and 99 from the Southern Transport Region. Story Highlights Approximately $2.14 billion has been allocated in this year’s budget to purchase buseslast_img read more

Canadian man charged by US authorities in alleged human smuggling

first_imgREGINA – A Canadian man has been charged in the United States with harbouring and transporting an alien in connection with a human smuggling investigation.Victor Omoruyi made his first court appearance Wednesday in Grand Forks, N.D.Omoruyi’s lawyer, identified by court records as David Dusek, declined to comment.Court documents signed by border agents say Omoruyi was arrested April 14 after an SUV was stopped south of the North Dakota-Saskatchewan border.The documents say Omoruyi entered the U.S. that afternoon and told border officers he was going to meet friends and shop in Minot N.D. He said he planned to return to Canada the next day.They say authorities started watching him because they allege he was identified “as a human smuggler that has previously provided transportation … for individuals who have then entered into Canada illegally.”The affidavit details how border agents followed Omoruyi for several hours.At one point, five adults and four children left a hotel and got into Omoruyi’s vehicle, the documents say.The SUV stopped for gas before heading north toward the border, at which point a U.S. border agent called the RCMP.The documents say photos of Omoruyi, his vehicle and his passengers were captured by border patrol surveillance cameras in an area of open farm fields near the border.“Omoruyi was clearly seen stopping his vehicle, exiting from the driver’s seat and opening rear doors. All other occupants then exited the vehicle. Omoruyi appeared to help the children exit the vehicle. Once all of the passengers were out of the vehicle, Omoruyi got back into the driver’s seat and departed the same way he arrived,” according to the affidavit.The documents say an RCMP officer saw the nine passengers walk north, through an open field, to Canada and make it to a vehicle waiting to pick them up.Authorities say the SUV then met with a sedan before officers stopped the SUV and arrested Omoruyi, along with another Canadian and a Nigerian citizen.The Canadian is identified as a woman named Tosin Johnson, who was born in Nigeria. The Nigerian citizen is a man named Success Okundia. They have both been charged by U.S. authorities with illegal entry.The documents say that in an interview with U.S. authorities, Omoruyi denied driving anyone from Minot.None of the allegations has been proven in court.Last week, Omoruyi’s wife, Michelle, was charged with human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling.RCMP said that a woman was stopped April 14 on the Canadian side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate crossings, the legal entry points into Saskatchewan from North Dakota. Police said nine people from West Africa were in her vehicle.They were processed by the Canada Border Services Agency and have been released into Canada. All nine have made refugee claims.last_img read more

Youre out A list of federal election candidates forced to step down

first_imgOTTAWA — A list of candidates forced to step down, or resigned since the start of the campaign on Sept. 11, which doesn’t include, for instance, the Liberal decision to oust candidate Hassan Guillet (Saint Leonard—Saint-Michel) in late August over alleged anti-Semitic social-media posts.LiberalNone since the start of the election campaign.ConservativeSept. 12: Cameron Ogilvie (Winnipeg North) over incendiary comments in social-media posts.NDPSept. 11: Dock Currie (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) over online comments. Olivier Mathieu (LaSalle—Emard—Verdun) over domestic abuse allegations.GreenSept. 12: Erik Schomann (Simcoe North) over a social-media post that talked about sending pig meat to Muslims.People’s PartySept. 12: Brian Misera (Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam). Misera linked his dismissal to a series of social-media videos critical of leader Maxime Bernier for not doing enough to distance the party from racist candidates. The party says it was because he was acting as his own financial agent, in violation of election rules.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TransCanada profit beats expectations

CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. reported a better-than-expected first quarter as it earned $734 million, up from $643 million a year ago.The pipeline company says the profit amounted to 83 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with 74 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled $3.42 billion, up from nearly $3.41 billion.Comparable earnings for the quarter, which exclude certain items, amounted to $870 million or 98 cents per share, up from $698 million or 81 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected 84 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.TransCanada says the improvement reflected the strong performance of its legacy assets and contributions from projects that were placed into service over the last 12 months. read more

Logistical problems put strain on voter registration process in DR of Congo

Video of press briefing [44mins] “It is moving forward, but we are facing major logistical problems in getting the electoral materials out to the field,” Margaret Carey, Principal Officer of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ African Division, told journalists during a briefing at UN headquarters in New York. However, she said although there may be some delays as a result, the DRC should manage to generally adhere to envisioned polling schedules. The polls will choose candidates to form the first democratic Government in DRC in about 40 years and to replace the present transitional multi-party administration, which took power as several regions of the vast country emerged from the conflicts over ethnicity and land ownership which still erupt sporadically in the east. Ms. Carey said the key for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is the Secretary-General’s request of 26 May, now under consideration by the Security Council, for additional logistic, police and military resources. Voter registration in the DRC began on 20 June in Kinshasa and will continue on a rolling basis for logistical and security reasons. Plans call for the process to be completed by the end of September. The registration process will be followed by a referendum on the new constitution, scheduled for 27 November, followed by adoption by the parliament of the electoral law. The election itself is scheduled for March and April with the idea of having the inauguration in May. But the exact dates will depend on electoral law, she said. read more

UNbacked drama on Lao TV spotlights perils of child trafficking

“Lessons of Life” is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Lao National Television, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Lao Art Media production company. “The Lessons of Life TV drama project is an expression of UNICEF’s ongoing commitment to advocate against child trafficking and help people understand the long-term damage it can do to the lives of children and their families,” UNICEF Representative Olivia Yambi said.“We are proud this innovative production brings together such a broad range of partners, and that it will reach audiences across the country,” she added. In addition to the TV drama, UNICEF is providing ongoing legal support to the Lao Government, including assistance in drafting laws against the trafficking of women and children. “All our cooperation is focused on supporting the Lao Government to create a protective environment for all Lao children. We are working to build awareness, and to ensure that the legal system is strengthened so victims’ rights are upheld, and exploiters are prosecuted,” Ms. Yambi said. ‘Lessons of Life’ was developed from actual child trafficking case studies. It follows the story of Noi, a Laotian teenage girl whose family is facing financial and emotional problems. Noi is persuaded by a woman in her community to accept an apparently attractive job in neighbouring Thailand.Once away from home, she realizes too late that she has been trafficked, and her hopes of a better life are soon shattered as she suffers both physical and sexual abuse. Noi finally manages to escape with the help of Thai and Lao authorities and, in the final sequence she takes a small boat across the Mekong River back to Laos. read more

Visiting region top political official assures Central African leader of UN engagement

Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, assured CAR Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye yesterday of continued support for implementation of the Libreville Accords signed with a rebel coalition that ousted his Government from the CAR capital, Bangui, on 24 March, according to a UN spokesperson. Since the Séléka rebel coalition launched an offensive in December, 1.2 million people have been cut off from essential services and human rights violations have been widespread. At least 4.1 million people, almost half of whom are children, have been directly affected by the crisis and more than 37,000 people have fled the country in the past four months due to the violence. The Libreville Agreements were signed on 11 of January in Gabon, and call for the establishment of National Transitional Council that would elect a transitional government. The rebels have claimed that the Government is not complying with its obligations under the accord. According to the spokesperson, Mr. Feltman underscored Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s deep concern over the alarming situation regarding security and human rights in the country and the lack of public order and the rule of law. He welcomed the Prime Minister’s public condemnation of violence and looting and urged him to exercise his leadership in helping to restore calm through the country. Mr. Feltman also affirmed that the UN will remain engaged with the Central African Republic’s regional and international partners to provide humanitarian assistance, as security conditions permit. Last week, Mr. Ban welcomed regional efforts and called on the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union (AU) to take urgent measures to address the gravity of the security situation with the assistance of the international community. read more

Man charged with 5 counts of armed robbery remanded

A father of two hailing from Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was on Friday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and charged with five counts of robbery under arms.Lloyd Saffon, 36, denied the offences read to him by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.He is being charged with carrying out an armed robbery on Merwin Gobin at Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, carting off with the man’s cell phone, cash, laptop and other items worth a total value of $220,000, in addition to robbing Gary Primo of items amounting to $1.9 million.Moreover, Saffon is also charged with robbing Neelan Jacqueline on December 31, 2018, at South Ruimveldt of items valuing $65,000 and Norwel Bowen of items valuing $85,000.Finally, he is being charged with robbing Maxwell Bowen of items valuing $140,000 on December 31, 2017, at South Ruimveldt.Saffon told the Chief Magistrate that he was at home at the time of all the robberies and has surveillance footage present at his home to attest to this.He noted that he explained same to the Police who, he said, refused to even view the footage.The defendant further explained to Magistrate McLennan that the Police are also yet to visit his home to inspect for the stolen items which he supposedly possesses.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not present the facts of the case but however objected to bail based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offences.He also revealed that the accused was identified by one of the Virtual Complainants (VCs) in an Identification Parade.As such, Saffon was remanded to prison and is expected to return on February 2, 2018, for statements. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo charged for robbery under arms, forgeryJanuary 19, 2018In “Court”Miner facing 3 counts of robbery under arms remandedJanuary 16, 2018In “Court”Wanted man remanded on armed robbery chargesJanuary 11, 2019In “Court” read more

CM Punk on his frustrations with main event scene in WWE

first_img Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Facebook Floyd Mayweather Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Another Top UFC fighter Is Calling Conor McGregor ‘Irrelevant’ Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cm Punkcenter_img Now Playing Up Next CM Punk recently did an interview with The Associated Press and writer Dan Gleston about signing with the UFC and his frustrations with the WWE main event scene.On if he would ever return to WWE:“They didn’t like me long before I left and there’s no reason to pretend there needs to be any kind of working relationship.”On frustrations when he was in the WWE main event scene:“Imagine if UFC took Conor McGregor and they just put him on Fight Pass prelims, and they wouldn’t let him main event the big PPV or a big show. That’s how I felt. I was the main event on all the house shows, I was the only guy that was touring live every single day. When it came time for the PPV main event, oh, someone else is coming in.”AP.org: CM Punk set for real fight game with UFC debutRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA DebutVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 12.66%0:01Remaining Time -0:32 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 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling? Joe Rogan Videos Articles Twitter Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event matchlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver Commissioner Oliver will run for second term

first_imgJerry Oliver Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver said today he will run for a second six-year term representing District 3 on the port’s three-member board. In a news release, Oliver said that during his first term in office the port has pursued the rail-focused $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access project, aimed at speeding the movement of freight, and attracting more employers and jobs to Vancouver. More than half of the project is complete.“Over 20,000 of my fellow Clark County citizens go to bed every night without a job and wanting one,” Oliver said in his news release. “That motivates us at the Port of Vancouver to help our existing customers grow and to attract new ones.”Oliver, who currently serves as president of the port’s commission, also is president of the Washington Public Ports Association’s board.last_img read more

DCs appointed in 2 districts

first_imgThe government has appointed new deputy commissioners (DCs) to two districts, reports news agency UNB.The public administration ministry issued a notification in this regard on Sunday afternoon to make the decision effective immediately.According to the notification, deputy secretary of Road Transport and Highways division Nazrul Islam Sarker has been made DC of Chuadanga while Pratap Chandra Biswas, deputy secretary of environment, forest and climate change ministry has been appointed DC of Khagrachhari.last_img read more