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Goa police arrest Solapur youth for stalking tourist

first_imgThe Goa Police on Sunday arrested a 19-year-old youth from Solapur for allegedly stalking and assaulting a Russian woman tourist in the North Goa coastal belt on May 15.Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh told The Hindu that the accused Ashpak Mujawar was arrested on Sunday, from Nagoa village in North Goa, where he is temporarily residing. Last week, a Russian tourist alleged that she was “stalked and slapped” by an unidentified person at Arpora village and claimed that the local police were refusing to take any action despite her complaint on the same day.The incident got the attention of the police higher-ups after the victim uploaded a video of her assault on social media, which later went viral. The victim claimed that she had turned down the offer of a lift from the accused who was on a two-wheeler, who later stalked her and then slapped her, before speeding away on his vehicle. Senior police officials later directed the local police in North Goa to call the victim and get her complaint registered. They also directed the local police to track down the accused, who was said to be missing.Superintendent of Police, North Goa, Chandan Choudhary, told The Hindu that the case was initially not communicated to police headquarters. But after it came to their notice the police station concerned was pulled up. The police station had registered a non-cognisible offence in the first place.last_img read more

Elections are in Maharashtra, not J&K: Opposition

first_imgThe Opposition on Sunday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should understand that Assembly elections have been announced in Maharashtra and not in Jammu & Kashmir.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with the BJP leaders are harping about the Kashmir issue. Shah came to Mumbai to give a lecture about the decision on withdrawal of Article 370. The leaders of BJP need to be reminded that the elections are for Maharashtra and not for Kashmir. Amit Shah should go to Kashmir if he wants to talk about Article 370,” said Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.“Maharashtra’s debts have doubled in the last five years. Farmer suicides have tripled. The number of small and medium enterprises that closed down in the State has quadrupled. Unemployment has increased ten-fold. Corruption has increased by a hundred-fold. The lies of this government have increased a thousand times. BJP leaders should talk about this,” said Mr. Sawant.Mumbai unit president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nawab Maik, said that the issue of Article 370 has been raised to hide BJP’s failure as a ruling party in Maharashtra. “If Prime Minister Modi gave Kashmir to India, then BJP should explain where were they running the government with Mehbooba Mufti? Amit Shah says not even a single bullet has been fired in Kashmir, but he does not tell us that the area is under curfew,” said Mr. Malik.The NCP leader said that the absolute failure of the BJP to address requirements of citizens of Maharashtra and key issues such as unemployment, farmer suicides and failure in flood management has resulted in the BJP focusing its campaign on Article 370. “This is nothing but an attempt to hide failures,” he said.last_img read more

UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists

first_imgLATEST STORIES But if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Modi govt has failed on all fronts: Mulayam

first_imgAzamgarh(UP), Mar 22 (PTI) Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Sigh today accused the NDA-led BJP government of “failing” on all fronts.”It failed to provide jobs to unemployed, cheated traders and failed to secure boundaries of the country,” Yadav said while addressing a rally at Sahthiyao here.Yadav said that while inflation was at its peak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy in foreign trips.He also took his party leaders to task and said they were not taking policies of SP government to the people properly.He said that if SP has to come back again in 2017, then the policies of the government have to be taken to the people and the party leaders have to be alert.Mulayam said that the was no match for SP government and it has “fulfilled” all its promises.He said that today gold jewellers were protesting, but the Finance Minister does not have time to listen to them.The SP supremo said he will raise the problems of jewellers in Parliament.Taking a dig at cricket, he said that only those countries, which were under British rule, play the game.He said that sports like kho-kho, wrestling and cycling should be played for the development of the country.Former Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh said that SP government was developing the state, putting behind the mistakes of 2014 Lok Sabha elections. PTI CORR AVA RG RGlast_img read more

Aamir Khan impressed by Sainik School kids

first_imgMumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today visited the Sainik School Satara and said he was impressed by the discipline and patriotism of its students.Addressing students of Indias first Sainik School, inaugurated in 1961 by the then Defence Minister, the actor lauded the supreme sacrifice by its alumnus Col Santosh Mahadik, Schools Registrar Lt Col Ranjit Nalawade told PTI.37-year-old Col Mahadik was martyred during a fierce gun-battle with militants in north Kashmirs Kupwara district last year.The officer, who originally belonged to the elite 21 Para unit of the Special Forces, was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) for his exceptional service and leadership as a young officer.He was commissioned into the Army in 1998. The son of a milkman, Col Mahadik studied at the Satara Sainik School.”I am impressed by your discipline and patriotism,” the 51-year-old actor told students, at an event at the school auditorium.The “Fanaa” star also asked students to save water, in view of water scarcity in many parts of Maharashtra.The “Lagaan” star was received at the helipad in the school premises by Lt Col Nalawade.He also attended a water conservation event in Satara today.The school is spread over 115 acres, comprising the main building, NCC office, sports fields, cadets mess and hostels, staff quarters, boxing ring, firing range, swimming pool and a horse riding facility. PTI VT NRB JCH BASlast_img read more

Houston Rockets GM says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offend

first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Rockets have already tried to distance themselves from the controversy, with owner Tilman Fertitta on Friday writing on Twitter that Morey “does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets… we are NOT a political organization.”But the backlash in China has been fierce, with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) saying it would sever all ties with the Rockets.“General manager of Houston Rockets club Daryl Morey made incorrect comments about Hong Kong,” the CBA said on its official social media page on Sunday.“The Chinese Basketball Association is strongly opposed to this and will suspend communication and cooperation with the club.”Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been battered by four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests.The rallies were ignited by a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, fuelling fears of an erosion of liberties in Hong Kong under the 50-year “one country, two systems” model China agreed before the 1997 handover from Britain.The Rockets have enjoyed a huge following in China since the club drafted Chinese star Yao Ming in 2002.But fans on social media in China savaged Morey’s comments, with some urging he be fired.The Rockets are in Japan for two exhibition games this week against NBA champions Toronto Raptors, and their head coach Mike D’Antoni on Sunday said that was the team’s focus.“We’re here to concentrate on playing in Japan, playing great games and enjoying the culture of Japan,” he said. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Rockets have been in damage control mode since Morey posted a tweet Friday featuring the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” that was subsequently deleted.“I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” Morey said in a tweet Monday morning in Tokyo, where the Rockets are playing several matches this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives,” he added.“I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention,” Morey said. FILE – In this April 19, 2011, file photo, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey discusses the direction of the team with the media during a basketball news conference, in Houston, after the decision to part ways with NBA basketball head coach Rick Adelman. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)The general manager of the Houston Rockets said Monday a tweet backing Hong Kong protests that caused a major backlash was not meant to offend the NBA team’s massive Chinese fanbase.Daryl Morey’s comments came as the NBA issued a statement distancing itself from the offending tweet and saying it was “regrettable” that the posting had offended so many fans in China. ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Becoming his own man He also reiterated that his tweets “in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.”The NBA issued its own statement, saying it recognised Morey’s views “have offended so many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.” The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are due to play two pre-season games at Shanghai and Shenzhen in China later this week.“While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them,” the statement issued by chief communications officer Mike Bass said.‘Incorrect comments’ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tuffin up Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Shikhar Dhawan continues love affair with England, slams 10th hundred

first_imgShikhar Dhawan smashed his 10th ODI hundred as India took command against Sri Lanka in their Group B encounter on Thursday at The Oval.Thanks to an injury, Dhawan had been out of international cricket after the Cuttack ODI vs England but he came back to the team with a bang against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener on Sunday, hammering a 65-ball 68.The moment @SDhawan25 hit ??!??? #INDvSL #CT17 ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2017Once again on Thursday, Dhawan turned on the heat with some scintillating stroke play after playing second fiddle to the more aggressive Rohit Sharma, whose 78 gave India a strong platform.Dhawan, in fact, became the third quickest to reach 10 ODI hundreds, taking just 77 innings to get there. South African batsmen Quinton de Kock (55 innings) and Hashim Amla (57 innings) are 1 and 2 respectively.India lost a bit of the initiative though when Virat Kohli fell for his first duck in almost three years. Yuvraj Singh, man-of-the-match on Sunday, then perished for 7 as India stuttered to 179/3 in 33.3 overs.Immediately after, there was a huge LBW appeal against MS Dhoni and Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews even asked for a review. But TV replays showed the ball pitched outside the leg-stump and there was some relief in the Indian camp.Dhawan, meanwhile, waited patiently at the other end, watching a bit of a mayhem. Kohli and Yuvraj were gone within 40 runs of each other and that certainly meant Sri Lanka had regained some momentum.But Dhawan is an experienced campaigner and he has a special affinity with England the Champions Trophy. It was here in 2013, during the same tournament that Dhawan had hammered two successive centuries, against South Africa and West Indies, announcing himself as a long-term opener for Team India.advertisementEarlier in the day, Dhawan and Rohit had brought up their 10th 100+ opening stand, the fifth most in ODI history. Four of those century-opening stands have come in seven Champions Trophy matches.Dhawan’s mind-numbing innings came to an end in the 45th over when he fell to Lasith Malinga for a 128-ball 125. Most 100s in ICC Champions Trophy: 3 Shikhar Dhawan (7 innings)3 Herschelle Gibbs (10)3 Sourav Ganguly (11)3 Chris Gayle (17)Fastest to 10 ODI hundreds:Quinton de Kock (55 innings)Hashim Amla (57)Shikhar Dhawan (77)last_img read more

Spanish prosecutor files tax fraud lawsuit against Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgFootball star Cristiano Ronaldo faces a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by Spain’s prosecutor’s office in Madrid for allegedly defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.48 million) between 2011 and 2014.The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the Real Madrid forward had knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his image rights income in Spain.This involved a “voluntary” failure to comply with his tax obligations in Spain, the statement from the office’s economic crimes section said. The four counts of tax fraud were based on a report from Spain’s tax agency, it said.Real Madrid declined to comment and calls to the agency representing Ronaldo, Gestifute, went unanswered.Ronaldo, who led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain – among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar – who have been caught up in cases over tax or transfers.Between 2005 and 2010, foreign players in Spain were protected under the so-called “Beckham law” allowing them to curb their taxes. But as the financial crisis bit deeper, that exemption was lifted, paving the way for the cases.The prosecutor’s office alleges that Ronaldo had defrauded the tax authorities of 1.4 million euros in 2011, 1.7 million euros in 2012, 3.2 million euros in 2013 and 8.5 million euros in 2014.Ronaldo, who is from Portugal, became a Spanish tax resident in January 2010 and in November 2011 opted to follow the Spanish tax regime that applies to foreigners working in Spain, the statement said.He should have paid a tax rate of 24 percent in 2011, and 24.75 percent in the three following years, it said.advertisementIMAGE RIGHTSThe prosecutor said that after Ronaldo signed a contract to join Real Madrid in December 2008 he ceded his image rights to a company called Tollin Associates Ltd, domiciled in the British Virgin Islands and in which he was the only stakeholder.Tollin Associates then ceded his image rights to a company in Ireland called Multisports&Image Management Ltd which was responsible for managing them. Tollin Associates itself had no business activity, the statement said.”Ceding image rights to (Tollin Associates) was completely unnecessary and it’s only purpose was to create a screen to conceal the totality of his image rights income from the Spanish tax authorities,” the statement said.The prosecutor’s office filed the lawsuit against Ronaldo on Tuesday to a court in the Madrid district of Pozuelo de Alarcon.Ronaldo finished the soccer season scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final to become the tournament’s top scorer with a total of 12 goals.Afterwards, Spanish sports newspaper Marca called Real Madrid, who also won La Liga this year, “masters of the universe”.In May, Spain’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for defrauding authorities of 4.1 million euros on image rights. He is unlikely to go to prison as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.Spain’s High Court in May cleared Neymar of fraud but he still faces a corruption trial in Spain in connection with the value of his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona. He has denied wrongdoing.last_img read more

Trekking: The Half Hatchet lets you cut wood with class

first_img 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.The right hatchet is indispensable… or at least it should be. The single-handed survival tool, which functions much like a small axe or a larger brethren of the pocket knife, has been around for thousands of years, providing people with a convenient means for chopping rigid firewood and building basic structures that would otherwise be nearly impossible to construct with hands alone. However, few modern hatchets look quite as good doing it as the Treeline Outdoors Half Hatchet ($90).Related: The Haswell Survival Knife is forged for perfectionThe simple hatchet doesn’t bask in frivolities, but more so, in the welcome backwoods necessities. Clad in a durable green finish intended to deter unwanted rust, it functions closer to a polished multi-tool than a traditional axe, providing you with a 3.5-inch cutting blade forged of high-carbon steel for the standard splitting, trimming, and cutting of wood. Moreover, the head features a hammer-like striking face on one end and a beveled nail slot on the other, the latter component of which allows you to remove pesky nails with a gentle tug of the 13-inch, hickory handle. A subtle gunstock stain adds to the hatchet’s rustic appeal, too, while a heavy-duty leather sheath and belt slit give further its longevity and resourcefulness beyond your typical, 1.5-pound hatchet.Each Half Hatchet is also made in the United States, and though they’re not nearly as imaginative as the company’s roof-top tents, a classic build can go a long way.Check out Treeline Outdoors online for more information, to pick up the Half Hatchet, or to browse the company’s reputable collection of outdoor apparel and gear. How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale last_img read more

Top cop reviews pilot project over 21K FIRs filed this year

first_imgNew Delhi: In a recently held meeting, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik reviewed the status of a pilot project initiated in 30 police stations where investigation has been separated from law and order. Police sources said that in the current year over 21,000 first information reports registered.Highly placed police sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held earlier in June at Delhi Police headquarters. Sources said that presentation was made on the details like the number of teams (male and female) working on the project, FIRs, PCR calls, resources provided to investigation teams. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Delhi Police data revealed that in North district 896 FIRs were reported in two police stations (Sadar Bazar, Subzi Mandi) till May 31. Around 24 PCR calls were received daily in Sadar Bazar whereas Subzi Mandi got 38 PCR calls daily. Central district registered 555 FIRs in three police stations (Hauz Qazi–16 calls, Pahar Ganj–38 and Rajinder Nagar–13 PCR calls received daily). “In North district, 22 teams and Central-20 teams including male and female are working on the project,” revealed police data adding that teams have been provided with the resources like space, motorcycle, computer, printer, photostat machine. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn the Southern Range, project is going on in five police stations. As many as 4,441 FIRs were registered in the current year. Around 20-38 calls were received daily in three police stations, whereas two police stations received 55-60 PCR calls every day. Six police stations in Eastern range registered 3,698 FIRs. Nearly 24-35 calls were received daily in four police stations, whereas two police stations received 40-54 PCR calls every day. More than 6,000 FIRs were registered in six police stations which come under Western Range.Two police stations received 60-66 PCR calls whereas other four got 32-40 PCR calls daily. Northern Range recorded more than 4,000 FIRs in four police stations and in between 33-50 PCR calls were received daily in four police stations. As many as 1,580 FIRs were registered in the current year at four police stations which fall under New Delhi Range. In between, 10-22 calls were received daily in three police stations, whereas one police station received 50 PCR calls every day. According to Delhi Police, the pilot project has been started to separate Investigation from Law and Order in 30 police stations of Delhi Police after careful planning to improve the pace and quality of investigation. During the year 2019, this project will be extended to other police stations of Delhi Police for which 4227 personnel forming 1,409 teams of one SI, one HC and one Constable each, have already been sanctioned by Govt. of India. Recently LG Anil Baijal directed Delhi Police to maximize the use of technology and focus on the separation of investigation from law and order.last_img read more

60s Scoop survivors get apology in Alberta

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsFor only the second time in Canada, a provincial government has apologized for its role in the ‘60s Scoop, when thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in foster care.“The decisions that led to that personal trauma, many of those decisions were made right here on this floor, in this chamber,” Premier Rachel Notley told the Alberta Legislature Monday.Notley follows then-premier Greg Selinger of Manitoba, who was the first provincial leader to apologize in 2015.Both were NDP governments.“For this trauma, this pain, this suffering, alienation and sadness, we are sorry,” Notley told scoop survivors, Indigenous leaders and provincial politicians in the House.Notley acknowledged the historic event wouldn’t have happened without the lobbying efforts of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.The Society, comprised of scoop survivors, spent the past two years educating politicians and the public about who was scooped and why.“It’s one thing to acknowledge the damage that’s been done,” said former Society director and survivor Lew Jobs of Edmonton.“And, yes, you’re going to stand up and you’re going to make a public apology and say all the right things. But I want to know what’s going to happen afterwards.”Jobs was a baby when he was seized from his Inuit mother in Northwest Territories and raised by a white teacher in Edmonton. He was cut off from his culture, language and people.The only baby photo ’60s Scoop survivor Lew Jobs has. He is one of an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children Canada-wide apprehended from their birth families by provincial officials during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s and raised by strangers.Compensation is on the table in a proposed settlement offered by the federal government that would pay each survivor between $25,000 and $50,000 to a maximum of $750 million.But the settlement, which has cleared one legal hurdle in federal court and awaits a second in Toronto later this week, is controversial.It does not have unanimous support and could still be scuttled if 2,000 or more survivors opt out.Saskatoon lawyer Doug Racine represents about 150 survivors from across Canada who, he says, may also launch an appeal.“There are unhappy with the lack of consultation, restrictions on being able to file future lawsuits, and the difficulty obtaining their social service records,” Racine said in a telephone interview Monday.Colleen Rajotte, of Winnipeg, is president of the Manitoba ‘60s Scoop Survivors Association. She says her group is poised to file a new, national, class-action lawsuit against the federal government if the settlement proposal fails.“The number of survivors objecting is growing,” she said. “It’s really encouraging.”The Alberta apology kicked off with a pipe ceremony, grand entry into the Legislature, and smudging ceremony.Jobs was there to hear Notley’s words in person and said she very nearly didn’t apologize on the record.He says the government wanted to do it in the rotunda instead of in the House.“We pushed for it to be in the Legislature, recorded on Hansard,” Jobs said in a telephone interview.Survivors listen to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Notley followed up her apology by pledging to work with Alberta’s Indigenous people and reflect their needs in its decisions.“Saying sorry is one thing,” said Jobs, who has decided to opt in to the settlement agreement even though it’s not perfect.“There has to be action.” read more

General Assembly hears calls for donors to fulfil development aid promises

26 September 2009Amid the global economic crisis, which has left no country – big or small – untouched, it is vital that donor countries deliver on their past pledges for development assistance, the General Assembly heard today. Prime Minister Pakalitha B. Mosisili of Lesotho highlighted the importance of fulfilling commitments by noting the severe impact that the economic crisis is having on the least developed and developing countries, which are the hardest hit. “Their exports have been severely reduced, and their capital flows choked. Its impact is felt in all aspects of life; be it in the increase of unemployment, illiteracy or in the incidence of the HIV and AIDS-related deaths due to unavailability of drugs,” he told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate. His own country, as a small economy, has been adversely affected by the crisis with demand for textile exports having dropped dramatically, resulting in unprecedented loss of livelihoods, and eroding the gains that had been made to eradicate poverty, he said. Mr. Mosisili noted that the Group of 20 (G20) major economies have pledged a $1 trillion stimulus package, the bulk of which will be available for developing countries. “My concern is that, this initiative seems to have stalled and it is unclear how the funds will be distributed,” he said, stressing that disbursement must be informed by the needs of individual countries, and be free of quotas and conditionalities. “While I remain optimistic that the pledge will see the light of day, I appeal for the fulfilment of commitments that have been made on overseas development aid,” said the Prime Minister. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines also called on developed nations to abide by their commitments, while urging all countries to resist protectionism in order to expand trade and investment flows. “Furthermore, the voice of the developing world must now be fully heard in reforming international financial and development institutions so that we can forge a more equitable and stable global economic system to avoid future crises,” Alberto G. Romulo said in his address to the Assembly yesterday. He also highlighted the “intolerable” strain placed on the poor by the global economic crisis, and especially on the efforts of countries to achieve the globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) . Likewise, Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ehouzou of Benin spoke yesterday of how the economic crisis was jeopardizing his country’s efforts to combat poverty, which it was trying to do through the promotion of microfinance, youth training, mechanization in agriculture and promotion of education.  This made it all the more urgent to reform the global financial architecture, and for countries to fully shoulder their international commitments. The global economic crisis also posed particular difficulties for the world’s landlocked developing nations, such as Kyrgyzstan , its Prime Minister told the Assembly today. This group faces special needs owing to their lack of territorial access to the sea, remoteness and isolation from world markets and high transit costs, all of which continue to impose serious constraints on their overall socio-economic development. Igor Chudinov said the international community, under the leadership of the UN, “can and must” more actively assist this vulnerable group of countries, particularly through the use of debt swaps. For example, he proposed swapping some of his country’s debt for, among other elements, aid that it provides to Afghanistan . The real danger, said the Prime Minister of the Netherlands , Jan Peter Balkenende, was that those who had no part in causing the crisis would suffer the most. In rich countries, that meant a loss of jobs and assets; in developing countries, it meant rising child mortality and rising hunger. “In poor countries it is a matter of life and death,” he said in his address today, urging countries to “honour an old promise” and set aside 0.7 per cent of their gross national income for official development assistance (ODA). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a similar call in remarks addressed to yesterday’s G20 summit in Pittsburgh , urging the world’s major economies to fulfil their pledges of tens of billions of dollars in aid to the developing and poorer nations. “Today we must send a signal that we will not overlook the oft forgotten people of our world,” he stated, calling for concrete assistance, beginning with the $50 billion for the poorest pledged by the G20 summit last year. read more

Malaysia says it deported Lankan who made threats using FB

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the trio were nabbed during special operations in Selangor, conducted by the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division. “The suspect, via his Facebook account, posted a threat to kill the president and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The suspect is also on the wanted list in his country. “The suspect was detained under Section 6 of the Immigration Act (1959/63).He was also deported to Sri Lanka under special operations on April 27,” he said, adding that police managed to detain the suspect following cooperation with the Sri Lanka authorities. Khalid said police, together with the Immigration Department, would monitor the entry of foreigners, especially from high-risk countries, into Malaysia. (Colombo Gazette) On the first arrest, Khalid said two ethnic Chechens from Russia aged between 25 and 28 were nabbed for their alleged involvement in IS. Malaysia says it deported a Sri Lankan who threatened to kill the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka using Facebook.The New Straits Times reported that two Russians and a Sri Lankan were deported to their countries after being detained in Selangor between March 28 and Apr 22. “The duo were nabbed by Turkish authorities in February this year due to suspected ties with IS in Syria. They were then deported from Turkey and entered Malaysia in March. “The two were then detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012. Both were deported to their home country today (May 13) under special operations,” he said in a press statement today.Khalid said that the second arrest involved a 42-year-old Sri Lankan who worked as a closed-circuit television technician in the Klang Valley. read more

Brotherly Love Watts Pounceys to face off Sunday night

PITTSBURGH — On the surface they’re identical. Below the surface too. Large. Loud. Remarkably athletic and remarkably close. Well compensated and well tattooed.Still, Pittsburgh Steelers centre Maurkice Pouncey believes there is one surefire way to tell him and Los Angeles Chargers centre (and very slightly older brother) Mike apart on Sunday night when the Chargers visit Heinz Field.Just have the twins switch places at halftime and let Maurkice snap the ball to Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers for a quarter or two. Then the differences between the Pounceys will be unmistakable.“I’ll take that team to the next level baby,” Maurkice Pouncey said, voice dripping with sarcasm. “They’ll definitely notice.”Maurkice is kidding. Mostly, though he does have a slight edge over Mike in Pro Bowl selections (six to three). The 29-year-olds are well aware of the unique opportunity playing against each other offers. Separated by a minute at birth, the Pounceys were virtually inseparable growing up until Maurkice left the University of Florida for the NFL in 2010.They’ve spent their professional lives rooting for each other from afar — Sunday is only the fifth time they’ll be together in the same NFL stadium — and both feared Mike’s career might be in jeopardy after a hip injury limited him to five games with the Miami Dolphins in 2016.“It was a point that we both thought that and it was tough,” Maurkice said. “Lord willing, a lot of hard work, and the doctors did a great job. Obviously he’s playing at a high level and he’s been blessed to be out there.”Mike returned to play a full 16 games last season, but found himself looking for work after the Dolphins cut him in a salary cap move in March. The Chargers sprinted to scoop him up, bringing him to the West Coast on a two-year, $15 million deal just four days after getting released. The change of scenery provided Mike Pouncey with a mid-career jolt, and his presence has played a significant role in the Chargers’ hot 8-3 start.“We knew it was a big signing when we signed him,” Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn said. “But it’s even better than what I thought.”Asked what the Mike Pouncey experience is like, Lynn laughed.“I’m pretty sure it’s similar to what you guys have in Pittsburgh,” he said.Translation: a lot of jokes. A lot of trash talk. And a relentless work ethic that belies their copious amounts of swagger.“He’s the same player as me,” Mike Pouncey said. “He’s going to go out there and give you everything he has on each play. (My teammates) more excited (than I am) because we have a real good friendship on this team, and they go out there and talk smack to my brother to make me feel a little bit better. It’s going to be fun.”The entire Pouncey clan will descend on Maurkice’s house in the Pittsburgh suburbs on Saturday. As for split allegiances, Maurkice’s offer to host came with one very simple directive: If you root for the Steelers, you can crash at his place. If not? You’re on your own.How tight are they? Maurkice admits Mike might be the only person in the world outside of his children he actually calls on the phone rather than just texting.It’s the same for Derek and T.J. Watt, though the two brothers — T.J. is a second-year linebacker for the Steelers, Derek is in his third season as a fullback for the Chargers — won’t have the luxury of standing on the sideline watching the other play like the Pounceys do.There’s a very real chance that T.J. and Derek will find themselves on a collision course sometime Sunday night, the first time that’s ever happened somewhere other than the family backyard or the random University of Wisconsin football practice when both were playing for the Badgers.Not that T.J. believes there’s going to be time to think about bragging rights. If his assignment on a play is to ram into the guy wearing No. 34, then that’s what he’s going to do.“It’s a football game to me,” T.J. said. “I don’t think anything is going to really change. I don’t think in that split second you can determine who’s who and what’s what, so whatever happens, happens.”Older brother J.J., the star defensive end for the Houston Texans, hopes they are forced to ram into each other at least once so “we can settle it once and for all.” Provided, of course, there’s no cheating on either side.“I basically just said, no cut-blocks,” J.J. said. “That’s the only thing. Just don’t go at his knees. Otherwise, everything’s fair.”Though Derek, 26, lacks the star power of his older or his younger brother — both of whom were first-round picks while the Chargers selected Derek in the sixth round in 2016 — T.J., 24, might know better than anyone on the planet that you overlook the middle Watt brother at your own risk.“He may not get all the publicity that J.J. and I get, but Derek’s been in the NFL, this is his third year,” T.J. said. “I don’t see many people in America doing that. I don’t see many people in the world doing that. He’s playing at the highest level. He’s a starting fullback for an NFL team; I think that’s pretty damn cool.”Connie and John Watt will watch their boys go at it from the stands, trying to stay as neutral as possible. They might want to get used to it. All three Watt brothers are on teams heading to the post-season, meaning more family showdowns loom.“I hope the game, I don’t know, I guess ends in a tie,” J.J. Watt said. “I guess that’s probably the best thing for everybody. It’s probably good for (the Texans) too.”___AP Sports Writers Joe Reedy and Kristie Rieken contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: and Graves, The Associated Press read more

The Scoring For The Decathlon And Heptathlon Favors Running Over Throwing

How do you think the decathlon and heptathlon are scored?Take a moment. OK, do you have your answer? It’s probably wrong. It also probably makes at least as much sense as — and possibly a good deal more than — the method used by modern track and field.Decathlon, which at the Olympics is a men’s event, is composed of 10 events: the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meters. Heptathlon, a women’s event at the Olympics, has seven events: the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters.To tally these diverse events, which are measured in seconds, meters and centimeters, into a single overall score, the metrics for each event are fed into a series of equations. However, any scoring system for a multidiscipline competition will by definition have value judgments baked into it. In the case of the decathlon and heptathlon, that has resulted in decades of undervaluing throwing while overvaluing short-distance running, which in turn has resulted in top decathletes and heptathletes all converging around a certain kind of skill set and physique. It doesn’t have to be that way.As it stands, each event’s equation has three unique constants — AA, BB and CC 1Here are tables showing those constants for each event in the decathlon and heptathlon. (Opens PDF.)— to go along with individual performance, PP. For running events, in which competitors are aiming for lower times, this equation is: A⋅(B–P)CA⋅(B–P)C, where PP is measured in seconds. For field events, in which competitors are aiming for greater distances or heights, the formula is flipped in the middle: A⋅(P–B)CA⋅(P–B)C, where PP is measured in meters for throwing events and centimeters for jumping and pole vault.BB is effectively a baseline threshold at which an athlete begins scoring positive points. For performances worse than that threshold, an athlete receives zero points. 2Strictly adhering to the formulas, athletes who don’t meet the threshold technically score a set of complex numbers with an imaginary component.The AA, BB and CC constants vary by event and by gender. All events have a CC parameter (the exponent) between 1 and 2, making the scoring system progressive. In track and field, that means that as an athlete performs better, he or she is rewarded increasingly generously. A progressive system thus especially rewards standout performances rather than a consistently good performance across events.For example, the 100 meters formula for points is 25.4347⋅(18–time)1.8125.4347⋅(18–time)1.81. A 0.75-second improvement from 11.50 to 10.75 would yield 165 additional points. However, another 0.75-second improvement from 10.75 to 10.00 seconds would yield 179 additional points.This scoring philosophy wasn’t always in place. Early systems in the late 19th century merely ranked competitors in each event and summed those ranks. The first points-based system based on magnitude of results rather than relative rank came from the U.S. in 1884, but continued to award points on a linear scale — making a one-second improvement on a slow time as valuable as the same gain on a world record. Next came a Finnish table introduced in 1931 and formally adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1934, which acknowledged that performance is increasingly difficult to improve at higher levels because of natural limits of the body, and further improvements at those extremes should be rewarded more.The first IAAF international women’s tables arrived in 1954, for which officials used principles of physics to devise the formulas. Unfortunately, the science was bunk, because it falsely assumed that velocity, rather than kinetic energy — which is proportional to the square of velocity — was the output of human work. This velocity-based system heavily discounted throwing events, which awarded points at a decreasing rate with higher performance. Points effectively stalled out after throwing a certain distance. Those calculations were soon adopted for men and remained in practice until 1984, when mounting pressure about the system’s lack of incentive to further improve throwing performance beyond a certain point pushed through reform.3In addition, a new high jump form and better technology in vaulting poles threw off many of the table’s underlying premises.The 1984 tables used the principle that the world record performances of each event at the time should have roughly equal scores but haven’t been updated since. Because world records for different events progress at different rates, today these targets for WR performances significantly differ between events. For example, Jürgen Schult’s 1986 discus throw of 74.08 meters would today score the most decathlon points, at 1,384, while Usain Bolt’s 100-meter world record of 9.58 seconds would notch “just” 1,203 points. For women, Natalya Lisovskaya’s 22.63 shot put world record in 1987 would tally the most heptathlon points, at 1,379, while Jarmila Kratochvílová’s 1983 WR in the 800 meters still anchors the lowest WR points, at 1,224.The 1984 change also made all parameters progressive, and targets of 8,500 and 6,500 were set for top overall scores for the men and women respectively.4At the 1984 Olympics, still contested under the old scoring system, the U.K.’s Daley Thompson missed breaking the decathlon world record by a single point. After the IAAF’s formal adoption of the new rules, though, his score increased enough to retroactively break the world record, breaking his tie with West German Jürgen Hingsen, a tie Thompson had also retroactively earned after an IAAF investigation revealed Thompson had been mistimed in the 110-meter hurdles as one one-hundredth of a second slower than his actual time.After decades of tumultuous modification in decathlon and heptathlon scoring, the tables set in 1984 are still in place. However, standout performances still earn more in certain events than they do in others: The system has a clear bias toward short-distance running events. This is in large part due to these running events having C (exponent) parameters all north of 1.8, significantly higher than throwing ones, which are between 1.0 and 1.1. It’s no surprise, then, that those who excel at decathlon/heptathlon specialize in sprinting, and their performances in those events closely mirror those of the specialists competing in the same individual events detached from the decathlon.The average top 10 decathlete/heptathlete generalist in running events performs at something around 90 percent of the average medal-winning specialists. However, in throwing events, the generalists’ distances are only roughly 70 percent of the average medal-winning specialists’.One might assume from these charts that top decathlete/heptathletes are uniformly tall, lean speed machines rather than brawny powerhouses that can hurl an object far distances, but the data suggests otherwise.The correlation between BMI (body mass index) and overall points for men and women is indeed negative, but only -0.060 and -0.109, respectively.Anecdotal evidence also doesn’t align with the notion that there’s a tradeoff between throwing strength and skill in other events: The winner of the competition has often been the best shot-putter in the field. But athletes are well aware of the minutiae and incentives of the scoring system before competing and train their bodies in such a way as to maximize points according to that system long before they hit the track. Thus, it’s likely that some stronger, heavier athletes simply decided before the competition either to slim down or not to compete.There are strong positive correlations between better performance in each of the short-distance running events and long jump5The correlations between the long jump and running events are technically negative, but running events aim for lower numbers– as in times — so in this sense, I’m calling them “positive.” (all of which heavily rely on flat-out sprinting speed). There’s also positive correlation between the shot put and discus throw (though the other throwing event, javelin, has little correlation with those two). All other events have only small correlations between them.Comparing which events correlate best to overall points, the men are highly correlated with long jump (0.74), while shot put, pole vault, discus throw and 1,500 meters each have correlations less than 0.50. For women, long jump (0.72) also correlates best with overall points, while javelin throw only correlates at 0.30. These findings corroborate research that shows that in the heptathlon, performance in speed events is overwhelmingly the biggest determinant in predicting overall success, dwarfing the importance of the strength and endurance events.After 30-plus years of scoring table peace, is there still room for reform?We don’t lack for options. John Barrow, a professor of mathematical sciences in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, has proposed a physics-based system akin to the flawed 1954 model, but this time getting the science correct by using proportions based on kinetic energy. Another method, proposed by Wim Westera, a professor of digital media at the Open University of the Netherlands with a background in physics and math, attempts to construct a points model based on the frequency of performances. Also, researchers at Saarland University and the University of Kaiserslautern suggest a system based on standard deviations.Perhaps another way to tweak the system would be to award outlier performances even more generously. Such a system might diversify competitor body types by creating different “paths” one could take to decathlon/heptathlon glory. As of now, most competitors earn roughly 700-1,000 points per event across the board. But a highly progressive system would create larger disparities in where an athlete derives his or her points. Faster athletes would focus on the running cluster of events and rack up the majority of their points there, while stronger athletes could aim to take the throwing path to gold.Of course, none of these alternative scoring systems tackle the largest factor determining scores: the events themselves. The fact that the sprinting events and long jump so well correlate with each other puts a large premium on athletes who can reach top speeds.Another way of adjusting for this imbalance is possibly removing a speed-based event from the decathlon to make the enneathlon. Or adding another strength-focused event (e.g., hammer throw) to form the hendecathlon. Women could go down to the hexathlon or up to the octathlon. These charts unambiguously show where an athlete gets the best point return on performance, short-distance running, and it’s clear they’re investing their training accordingly. read more

40 attackers killed reporters taken hostage during uprising in DR Congo capital

first_imgNo civilian casualties have been reported and no victims in the security forces.Heavy gunfire erupted in several areas of the Congolese capital Kinshasa earlier today, including the international airport and the military headquarters, causing panic among residents.HostagePolice also said armed youths had taken hostage several reporters from the state television station RTNC in Kinshasa.Shooting was heard near the Tshatshi military camp as well as the international airport at Ndjili, residents and a local journalist said.Police officers, soldiers and the president’s Republican Guard fanned out across the capital to restore security, an AFP reporter saw.A police spokesman said earlier that journalists at RTNC had been taken hostage by armed youths, and the television feed had been cut.“They are armed with machetes and guns. They have taken reporters hostage. An operation is under way to dislodge them,” spokesman colonel Mwana Mputu told AFP.Before the station’s television feed was cut, two young presenters were seen on screen, appearing frightened but calm, with a young man standing behind them seemingly threatening them.DR Congo unrestThe DR Congo is a vast country rich in a wide range of minerals, where eastern provinces have been in turmoil since even before President Joseph Kabila took office in January 2001, following the assassination of his father, Laurent-Desire.The western capital has by contrast remained relatively calm, apart from an apparent coup bid in 2003 blamed by police on troops loyal to ousted dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, who was overthrown by Laurent-Desire Kabila in 1997. The uprising was rapidly quashed.A second coup bid attributed to renegade forces in the presidential guard took place in June 2004, but was also swiftly put down.The main persistent source of trouble in Kinshasa comes from gangs of unemployed armed youths known as “kuluna” who murder, rob and assault residents of the city. Kinshasa police on November 15 launched a three-month operation to tackle these gangs, raising UN complaints of summary executions.The latest insurgency in the capital comes the month after the national army, or FARDC, achieved a rare and striking military success in the strife-torn eastern North Kivu province over a powerful armed movement, the M23, which surrendered in neighbouring Uganda.Kabila’s troops were backed by a special intervention brigade of UN African soldiers, which had in March been given an unprecedented offensive role by the UN Security Council to neutralise the various armed movements that have plagued eastern DR Congo for more than two decades.- © AFP, 2013Read: “We hear of babies as young as five months being abducted and raped repeatedly”>Read: Number of child soldiers in CAR has nearly doubled since March> FORTY PEOPLE WHO took part in an uprising today in Kinshasa, taking hostages and firing at the airport and a military headquarters, have been killed, the DR Congo government said.“There were 16 who fell at the airport, eight who died at the RTNC (national radio and television) premises and 16 at the general staff headquarters,” government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP.last_img read more

NVIDIA launches the Tegra Zone for Android devices

first_imgIf your smartphone is packing one of NVIDIA‘s powerful, dual-core Tegra 2 systems-on-a-chip, it just got a little bit easier to find software that will really show off your Android device’s power: they’ve just released the new Tegra Zone app for Tegra 2 based smartphones and tablets to the Android market, and it presents a nice showcase of games and software optimized for the SoC.Don’t think of this as another Marketplace. While Android already has too many places to get apps, the Tegra Zone is really just an attractive promotional app. If you’ve got a Tegra 2 enabled device — a genus which encompasses the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, Motorola ATRIX 4G and other devices — downloading the Tegra Zone app will allow you to browse comprehensive reviews and previews of games like Dungeon Defenders: FW Deluxe, Samurai II: Vengeance THD, Backbreaker THD, Fruit Ninja THD, and Hardwood Solitaire IV, along with teasers of upcoming titles such as Galaxy on Fire and Hardwood Spades.Tegra Zone fully integrates with the Android Market, keeping the matter of downloading and updating your Tegra-enabled apps easier than if it was a competing marketplace unto itself.What NVIDIA’s banking on here is that their own showcase app will really underline the benefits of owning a Tegra-equipped Android phone. They’re hoping that a Tegra sticker on the side of an Android box will one day be just as much of a deciding factor in informing a consumer’s decision as an NVIDIA sticker is on the side of a desktop or a laptop. I’m not sure how likely that is — frankly, only the most silicon-obsessed of nerds care about their graphic cards, let alone their smartphone’s invisible SoC — but it’s a nice thought.last_img read more

Craig Bellamy steps down as Cardiff youth coach to fight bullying

first_imgCardiff City Under-18 coach Craig Bellamy has temporarily vacated his role, amid an investigation into claims he bullied a young playerThe 39-year-old is investigated by Cardiff over a complaint made by the boy’s parents over his treatment towards their son.First-team manager Neil Warnock confirmed that an investigation will be conducted with Bellamy now releasing a statement in response to the charges.“I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” read Bellamy’s statement on BBC.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.“Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made.”Bellamy formerly played as a striker in the Premier League for Cardiff, along with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.In the English top-flight division, Bellamy scored 81 goals in 294 appearances and found the net 19 times in 78 outings for Wales at international level before hanging up his boots in 2014.last_img read more

State House per diems increased by 30 a day

first_imgOLYMPIA — House lawmakers have been receiving an extra $30 a day to be in Olympia since the start of the year.Deputy Chief Clerk Bernard Dean confirmed Thursday that the decision to increase lawmakers’ daily stipend — known as a per diem — from $90 a day to $120 a day was made by the House Executive Committee last month, and that it took effect retroactively to Jan. 1. The bipartisan committee — comprising five lawmakers — meets on issues including those involving personnel.Dean said the increased rate is still less than the $155 daily rate that state employees can claim when they travel to Thurston County. House per diem rates have been $90 since 2005, except for a two-year period, 2007-08, when they rose to $100 before dropping again.“This is not an extraordinary increase,” said House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, a Democrat from Covington who is on the committee. “This is to enable people who have to come here and live here during session, and spend a great deal of time here at a great expense to them, to offset the costs.”The Senate has not made any changes to its per diem policy, though its members are aware of the changes made in the House, said Secretary of the Senate Hunter Goodman. Excluding leadership positions, a lawmaker’s salary is $42,106 a year, plus the per diem for expenses incurred for food and other costs while at the Capitol.Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said there will be a conversation about Senate per diems during the next Senate Facilities and Operations Committee meeting. He said that while there may be varying opinions within his caucus, he’s not inclined to raise the $90-a-day stipend.last_img read more