Fire damages 600-year-old shrine damaged in Srinagar

first_imgThe shrine Saint Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani in Srinagar was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar. It houses exquisite woodcarvings and papier-mâché artwork, modelled on the Persian artworks of the 13 and 14 century.Read the full report here.last_img

Monsoon session of Odisha Assembly begins today

first_imgThe monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly is scheduled to begin here from Tuesday. The session will continue till September 20 and have 11 working days.The House will pay tributes to the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently, on the opening day.The supplementary budget was to be presented during the winter session of the Assembly. The State government, however, has decided to present the supplementary budget in the monsoon session to allocate funds for a host of populist schemes announced by it in the recent months.The supplementary budget will have provisions for recently announced schemes such as the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and the State food security scheme besides the routine allocations for other schemes.Meanwhile, the Opposition parties, the Congress and the BJP, said that they would raise issues such as unemployment, corruption and farmers’ problems in the monsoon session. The Congress has already identified issues like non-payment of insurance money to farmers, the BJD’s efforts to set up a Vidhan Parishad without taking Opposition parties into confidence, while the BJP would raise issues such as percentage commission in government offices, farmers’ problems and alleged hijacking of central schemes by the state government.“We will raise unemployment problem in a big way,” Leader of Opposition Narasinha Mishra of the Congress said.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sikhs are not Muslims, states media post US Gurdwara shooting

first_imgA candle-light vigil for the victims of the Wisconsin massacre.Most reports on the tragic August 5 mass shooting at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, took care to give readers a crash course in Sikhism as well. This was a precautionary measure to prevent further hate crimes against the community.,A candle-light vigil for the victims of the Wisconsin massacre.Most reports on the tragic August 5 mass shooting at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, took care to give readers a crash course in Sikhism as well. This was a precautionary measure to prevent further hate crimes against the community. Sikhs are adherents of a religion that originated in India, TV anchors would say, often adding, “Sikhs are not Muslims.”That just about sums up the quandary of the community, as it mourned the six victimsincluding four Indian citizensgunned down by 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, a discharged US Army soldier. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Page died by shooting himself in the head after a police officer fired at him. While it was revealed that Page had been a long-time member of white supremacist groups and music bands, it’s not yet known what caused his rampagewhether it was a random shooting, or if he thought he was attacking ‘Muslims’ or if he was actually targeting Sikhs.The distinction, even if it becomes clear, will offer little comfort to the Sikh community, estimated to number between 300,000 and 500,000 in the US. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they have borne the brunt of any backlash that has occurred. The first victim of a post-9/11 hate crime in the US was a Sikh gas station owner in Arizona, Balbir Singh Sodhi, shot dead just four days after 9/11 by an American who wanted to “kill a Muslim” in retaliation.”There’s an inundation in the popular news media over the last 11 years with stories about terrorism and bin Laden and the Taliban, and that’s the only image you see when you see a turban and beard,” says Amardeep Singh, director of programmes at the New York-based Sikh Coalition. He recalls there was similarly misdirected anger towards Sikhs during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. “My father was told to go back to Iran because they associated Sikhs with Ayatollah Khomeini,” says Amardeep.advertisementAbout half of the Sikh men in the US sport the traditional beard and turban, according to Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Washington-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE). In contrast, virtually no Muslims in the US wear turbans. As Harvinder Kaur Kochar, vice-president of the Philadelphia Sikh Society, notes, “It’s very simple, 99.9 per cent of people with turbans in America are Sikhs, they are not Muslims.”But simply proclaiming they are different from Muslims puts Sikh groups in an awkward spot. “We can’t deny all the time that we’re not Muslim. That means, go after Muslims. We don’t want to say that,” points out Rajwant. Instead, Sikh groups say they often collaborate with Muslim groups to jointly counter any bias and hate. In April, Congressman Joe Crowley from New York led 92 members of the US House of Representatives in calling for FBI to start collecting data on hate crimes against Sikh Americans who are currently clubbed with other minority groups on this issue.Rajwant notes that even the election of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India, or his state visit to the White House in 2009, did not increase awareness about Sikhs in the US. But he believes the Wisconsin massacre could be a “teachable moment”, even if it took a tragedy to create one. Adds Amardeep, “In the last two days, I’ve seen more stories about Sikhs, our heritage and our background than I’ve ever seen in my whole life. We just need that times a hundred.”last_img read more

Where will Argentina vs Mexico matches be played?

first_imgMexico’s two November international friendlies against Argentina have confirmed locations in the South American nation, with the host cities and stadia revealed in late October.With many European teams in UEFA Nations League action and several countries in the region already booked up for the November window, Argentina and Mexico are taking the unconventional step of meeting twice in one window.The first match, which will take place on Friday November 16 will be held in Cordoba , with kick off at the Estadio Mario A. Kempes at 9pm local time (7pm US ET) . Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Four days later, on Tuesday November 20 , the teams will meet in Mendoza , near the Chile border, at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas . Kick off for the fixture will also be at 9pm local time (7pm US ET) .Each nation is being led by an interim manager, though that’s expected to change after this slate of friendly matches with Argentina preparing for the 2019 Copa America and Mexico looking toward the 2019 Gold Cup.The matches will be the first time since the 2015 Copa America that El Tri has played in South America, with friendly matches generally taking place in the United States.Who will play for Mexico & Argentina? Mexico interim boss Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti has utilized a young group of players.PSV star Hirving Lozano, club teammate Erick Gutierrez and Wolves forward Raul Jimenez have been part of each call-up overseen by the Tigres manager, but the majority of players are young and lack the World Cup experience those players boast.This window, however, could see the return of players like West Ham forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Real Sociedad center back Hector Moreno – though both are working to gain starting minutes with their clubs.Argentina’s caretaker, Lionel Scaloni, named his squad on November 1 with Erik Lamela called up following an excellent start to the season at Tottenham following his return from injury.Scaloni hadn’t called upon Lionel Messi for the two international breaks since the World Cup as the Barcelona is on a hiatus from Argentina duty.Any slim possibility that Messi could return for the Albiceleste was ended when  he broke his arm in October  – an injury that was expected to keep him off the field for three weeks.The interim coach also recalled Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, Inter striker Mauro Icardi and Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi, all of whom were involved in games against Iraq and Brazil in October.The matches will cap a busy 2018 for the Mexico national team, marking the 15th and 16th outings for El Tri in a year that saw another elimination in the round of 16 at the World Cup, once again delaying the goal of arriving at a fifth game on foreign soil.last_img read more

Under Bhagya Laxmi Yojana, girl child in UP to get a bond of Rs 50,000

first_imgThe newly-appointed chief minister Adityanath Yogi is planning to give a bond of  Rs 50,000 on the birth of a girl child and Rs 5,100 to the mother.Those living under Below Poverty Line or those earning less than Rs 2 lakh per annum will be eligible for the scheme and the women welfare department is finalising the blue print under the Bhagya Laxmi Yojana.MONEY FOR GIRL CHILD”As the girl grows, her parents will start getting the money. Like, when a girl reaches Class 6, the parents will get Rs3,000 followed by Rs5,000 in Class 8, Rs7,000 in Class 10 and Rs8,000 in class 12. Subsequently, parents will receive Rs2 lakh by the time, the girl reaches the age of 21 years,” Sharma informed.PROGRESS REPORTThe CM is also set to present his progress report after his government completes 100 days in office.”The presentation of all the departments ended today and the CM has directed all the ministers concerned to release a white paper. All the ministers have been made district incharges who will make ground level assessment in connection with the 100-day agenda regarding the schemes of the state and the central government,” cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said.The main focus will be on electricity, roads, health, education, agriculture issues, etc. “Every minister has been given the responsibility of two districts and have been instructed to pay surprise visits to their departments concerned. Negligence will not be tolerated and erring officers will be sent to jail under our zero tolerance policy. The ministers will hand over their reports after 100 days following which, the government will presents its report card,” Sharma said. “The CM could make a surprise call to any of these officers between 9am to 6pm. If the officer has to leave the district for any work, he or she will have to inform the CM office in advance,” he added.advertisementAlso ReadUP school wants students to sport Yogi-like haircut, say no to beards and shun ‘love jihad’last_img read more

Tgana govt to go ahead with plan to build new Secretariat:CM

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 1 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today told the Legislative Assembly that his government would go ahead with its plan to build a new Secretariat complex here.Rao said this during an animated debate in the Question Hour on the issue which saw the BJP walking out in protest.The government proposed to build a new Secretariat complex, also planned to accommodate legislature buildings, as the existing Secretariat fails to meet fire safety standards and also had space constraints, among other reasons, he said.BJPs K Laxman, G Kishan Reddy and Ch Ramachandra Reddy opposed the proposal to build a new Secretariat, saying that the existing Secretariat complex is situated in an “excellent location”.The existing complex can be fully utilised by making appropriate changes as Andhra Pradesh has shifted most of its administration (to its capital region), they said.The Bison Polo Ground, where the new complex is being proposed, is mainly used for sports activity, they said.Rao, however, said some fire incidents took place in the existing Secretariat building with files getting burnt.The space in the complex is grossly inadequate for the requirements of the Secretariat and that the construction of buildings was not properly planned, he said.The Secretariat symbolises the existence of the state and also gives an impression about the state, he said.The new Secretariat, along with other important offices, is planned to increase productivity and efficiency, he said.The cost of the project, estimated to be around Rs 180 crore, is also not too heavy, he said, adding that the government would like to go ahead with the proposal as per relevant rules and norms.advertisementAlleging that the state government adopted a stubborn attitude and that the proposal was “against public opinion”, BJP floor leader G Kishan Reddy announced walk out by his party.The state government is in communication with the Centre as the proposed site for construction of new Secretariat complex is under the possession of Defence ministry. PTI SJR NRBlast_img read more

Referee Affiliate of the Month

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) ‘Referee Affiliate of the Month’ sees TFA highlight an affiliate that has demonstrated success in referee development, but most importantly provide information and ideas from that affiliate as a profile for other affiliates and competitions to utilise. TFA congratulates the third Referee Affiliate of the Month, Northern Districts Touch Association in Western Australia and thanks the affiliate for providing the included information. To view the Northern Districts Touch Association case study, please click on the attachment below or click on the following link: Filesnorthern_districts_touch_referee_affiliate_case_study-pdfRelated LinksRef Affiliate of the Monthlast_img read more

BAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela Gopichand

first_imgBAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela GopichandIndia’s national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India need to have firm decisions to ensure that age fudging should stop and should ban players who indulge in the same.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 17:42 IST India’s national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India should ban players who indulge in age-fudging.(IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPullela Gopichand feels that BAI need to have firm decisions to ensure that age fudging should stopFormer India coach Vimal Kumar though feels that banning the players will be unfairBAI secretary general Ajay Singhania said the issue of age-fudging will come up during the selection committee meetingIndia’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India (BAI) should ban players who indulge in age-fudging as ‘examples’ need to be made of wrongdoers for any tangible change.”I think you need to have firm decisions and strong examples to ensure that age fudging which is a big menace should stop, so there should be a ban on the players,” Gopichand told PTI.Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports with some associations such as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) handing out bans on players found guilty.Former India coach Vimal Kumar, who guided Saina Nehwal to the world No.1 position and the All England Championship final in 2015, however, feels banning the players will be unfair.”Banning a player for 2-3 years is not right because suspending them will kill a talent,” he said.”If a player is found over-aged in U-15, U-17 or U-19 and you find ample evidence that they have done the manipulation, then the punishment could be that you make it clear that you can’t play in any age category tournaments and only play in seniors.”In 2016, some badminton players had come under the scanner with the Sports Integrity Unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation submitting a report to the BAI saying that four junior players had altered their age records.In December last year, a group of 37 parents of budding shuttlers moved the Karnataka High Court, asking for a directive to BAI to implement a policy for detecting and eliminating age fraud from the sport.advertisementThe BAI, on its part, deactivated the IDs of players who were found carrying two different birth certificates and asked them to undergo medical examination and submit the reports.”We have scrutinised the current list of players and those who were found to have two certificates have been issued fresh IDs after considering the higher age document,” BAI Secretary General Ajay Singhania said.”Also, we have directed the players, who have not registered their birth certificate within a year of birth, to get tested in a govt hospital and submit documents. They can’t participate in any tournament till they furnish the documents.”Singhania said the issue of age-fudging and the quantum of punishment will come up during the selection committee meeting after the General Elections.BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma is an active politician and will be busy with commitments for his party, the ruling BJP.”We will be taking up this issue and decide the punishment during the selection meeting for junior and senior. It is likely to be held after election,” he said.Also Read | Badminton’s Olympic qualification system putting strain on players: GopichandAlso Read | India Open 2019: Srikanth finishes runners-up after straight-game defeat to AxelsenAlso Watch | Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India TodayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Badminton Association of IndiaFollow age fudgingFollow Pullela GopichandFollow Badmintonlast_img read more

DNV GL Unveils New Version of Port Clearance Software

first_imgMay 14, 2014 zoom DNV GL, the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, has launched a new version of port clearance software.DNV GL’s Navigator Port 2 software brings the world’s number one port clearance software to a new level of usability, with a completely new and intuitive structure and interface.The new Navigator Port 2 is a consequence of last year’s merger of DNV and GL. “Coming together as DNV GL, we have become one of the biggest and most innovative maritime software providers in the world,” says Torsten Büssow, Director Maritime Software, DNV GL. Worldwide, 300 customers and 4,000 vessels use DNV GL’s different maritime software tools.Navigator Port 2, previously called DNV Navigator, has taken a leap forward in ease-of-use. The interface has been improved. It is now more intuitive and efficient, with a work-oriented process that is easier to understand and navigate within. This increased usability will not only save time in the actual port clearance process, but will also save resources in terms of training new users and implementation.Efficient operations“With today’s increasingly complex regulations, shipowners are realising that they cannot continue with their old non-systems for port clearance. In order to operate efficiently, they are relying on our innovative software solutions for the maritime industry,” says Tom Fiksdalstrand, Product Manager, Navigator Port, DNV GL.Navigator Port is the world’s market-leading port clearance software and is used on more than 2,500 vessels worldwide. Customer feedback shows that Navigator reduces paperwork by up to 90%, simplifies and speeds up ship-to-shore reporting, ensures smoother port clearance, reduces delays and possible penalties in connection with port calls and leads to safer navigation.“This is quite an exciting time for us,” says Mr Büssow. “We’re maintaining our focus on providing high investment security for current and future customers. We have responsive, personal and professional support teams and our focus is on the users and on creating robust, user-friendly systems.”last_img read more

Deputy Premier Offers Condolences to the Family of Pat Connolly

first_imgDeputy Premier Frank Corbett, today Nov. 27, expressed sadness over the passing of well-known journalist Pat Connolly. Mr. Connolly died today at the age of 84. “Pat was a great man with a passion for sports in Nova Scotia and across the Maritimes. He was a true gentleman who will be missed by all who had the opportunity to work with him over his 35 year career, said Mr. Corbett. “I know Premier Dexter worked with Pat for many years and always spoke very highly of him. On behalf of Premier Dexter and the entire province, I offer sincere condolences to Pat’s family during this difficult time.” Mr. Connolly began his journalism career in 1945 in his hometown of Sydney. He worked in newsrooms throughout the country including CBC Television as its first sports host in 1954. He was also the public address announcer for the Halifax Mooseheads for many years, retiring in 2009.last_img read more

UN probe alleges war crimes endemic impunity in Yemen

first_imgGeneva: Horrific rights violations, including killings, torture and sexual violence, are being committed with impunity by all sides in Yemen’s brutal conflict, UN war crimes investigators warned Tuesday. The investigators, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, said they had “identified, where possible, individuals who may be responsible for international crimes” and had provided the confidential list to UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIf confirmed by an independent and competent court, many of the violations identified “may result in individuals being held responsible for war crimes,” they said in a statement. “The international community must stop turning a blind eye to these violations and the intolerable humanitarian situation,” said Kamel Jendoubi, who heads the so-called Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts. Since 2015, fighting in Yemen has claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Both the Yemen government and the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the conflict in 2015 to support the government against Iran-backed Huthi rebels have refused to cooperate with the experts. But they said they had based their findings on more than 600 interviews with victims and witnesses, as well as documentary and open-source material.last_img read more

Manitoba friendship centre association hoping to rebuild vandalized office in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres (MAC) said it’s working with community members to help establish a new friendship centre, even if a new location has to be found, after vandals destroyed the current location.“We’re committed to there being a friendship centre in Winnipeg. We’re committed to assisting in the process of development or transition for that friendship centre and we’re committed to making sure that the services that are necessary are being provided to the Indigenous community in Winnipeg,” said MAC president David Gray via phone Monday.“Winnipeg has the largest Indigenous community in Canada. It is unacceptable for it not to have a friendship centre that is functioning.”The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre was founded in 1968 but was shut down last year after controversy with its board of directors.In 2017, a new board of directors led by Norman Lagimodiere took over the centre. Lagimodiere and members on the board claim to be part of the American Indian Movement (AIM), a claim that was refuted by U.S AIM leader Clyde Bellecourt.But the national and provincial friendship centre associations cut ties to the centre.The centre was shut down last summer after losing it’s provincial gaming license.James Favel, executive director for Bear Clan Patrol Inc., was working with the community to reopen the centre with a new board.Patrol members discovered extensive damage to the centre during one of their patrols.“That was a huge resource to our community. It was well-loved and used by many people in our community,” said Favel. “The social hall, the bingo hall, food bank, programming for youth, kookums had a sewing club…and it’s all destroyed now.”A meeting is taking place in Winnipeg at the beginning of March with MAC to determine a plan for a new centre.Favel believes there is too much damage done to the North End building to salvage it.Toilets were ripped off the walls, copper wire was stripped throughout, there was water damage from burst pipes and some of the walls had holes in them.“We’re going to have a conversation…with a group of locals here to see if we can’t re-establish the friendship centre somewhere else.”Gray hopes working with a new board of directors will get a new centre open by 2020.“We have to have certain fundamental pieces that show governance, community support, programming and financial accountability, which are the four cornerstones of all the centres in Manitoba,” he read more

Grains Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was up 4 cents at $5.1820 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 2.2 cents at $3.7600 a bushel; Mar. oats gained .2 cent at $2.742 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 2.2 cents at 8.8220 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile cattle rose .18 cent at $1.2080 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .48 cent at $1.4730 a pound; Feb. lean hogs fell .6 cent at .6032 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Egypt minister Islamists must accept govt before talks

first_imgCAIRO – An Egyptian minister on Sunday ruled out accepting an Islamist offer for dialogue until the Muslim Brotherhood recognises the government’s transition plan and renounces violence.Social solidarity minister Ahmed al-Borei told AFP the Brotherhood must also accept Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow was a “revolution”.A Brotherhood-led coalition on Saturday proposed its most flexible plan yet for reconciliation talks, but it said the initiative was aimed at other parties and not the military-installed government. “There must be a recognition that June 30 was a popular revolution, and the (government’s) roadmap was agreed on by the Egyptian people to build a modern state,” Borei said.He added that the Brotherhood should accept that its members on trial on murder and “terrorism” charges “are excluded from the idea of reconciliation”.Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi himself, are on trial for allegedly inciting violence before and after the Islamist’s overthrow on July 3.The military deposed him following massive protests starting on June 30 calling for his resignation.The Muslim Brotherhood “has to apologise and stop violence on the street,” Borei added.last_img read more

Sri Lankan refugee arrested in Madurai over several robberies

“There were about 60 burglary cases against him in 1990s after he reached Madurai from Sri Lanka as a refugee. He was in jail in 2007-08. Later, he started to sell fish on the roadside and after he made some profits, set up his own shop,” the Inspector said.However, when he wanted to expand his business, he ran short of money. “His friend Ravi alias ‘Bullet’ Ravi, 58, of Villapuram had advised him to get back to burglaries to make quick money. He wanted Sivarajan not to have any partners and strike locked houses alone,” the Inspector said. The police in Madurai have recovered 336 sovereigns of gold chains and solved seven major burglaries with the arrest of a Sri Lankan refugee, P. Sivarajan, 41, of Anaiyur, The Hindu newspaper reported.Commissioner of Police S. Davidson Devasirvatham said that three special teams were formed to investigate the incidents. Inspector of Police (Crime- S.S. Colony) M. Arunachalam, said the images were shared with other teams and one of their men found Sivarajan’s photograph matching them. During a vehicle check, the police identified him and tried to stop the two-wheeler he was riding. But he managed to escape. However, the police had more clues with the registration number of the vehicle. On November 4, he was caught at 1 a.m. during another vehicle check at Karimedu. Major burglaries that led to theft of over 450 sovereigns of gold jewels were reported in S.S. Colony police station limits alone in the last 11 months. The police were able to get some images of the burglar through closed television camera networks. Sivarajan would go around areas along Dindigul Bypass Road and look out for locked houses. “This, he used to do during late night when he comes out to buy fish at the Karimedu market. As the market opens for business after midnight, he will venture out an hour early and look for locked houses,” Arunachalam said.Before going back to the market, he had struck seven houses and made a good fortune. He carried simple tools such as screw drivers and rods in his motorcycle. The burgled jewels were handed over to Ravi, who used to sell them or pledge them for Sivarajan.He expanded his business by opening five fish shops in different parts of the city. Stating that he had lot of immovable properties, including the shops, the Inspector said that efforts were being taken to attach them. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Bullet hole found in front door of Niagara Falls home

Niagara police are investigating a shooting in a quiet Niagara Falls neighbourhood that happened around 1 am Sunday morning.Officers found a fist-size hole in the front door of a home on Yvette Crescent that police believe is from a bullet, the storm door however is untouched. No one reported any injuries.Many neighbours living in the cul-de-sac say they didn’t hear anything and it wasn’t until later that afternoon before police were even called.A man living inside the home was arrested, but police say it was related to an incident last year and not to the shooting.Investigators say a vehicle was seen driving away from the area, they do not have a description of the shooter.Police are asking anyone who may have seen a person or vehicle in the area around 1 a.m. Sunday to contact the Detective Office at 905-688-4111 ext. 2200. read more

UN rights expert salutes Timor Lestes adoption of migrant workers treaty

A United Nations human rights expert today hailed the adoption by Timor-Leste of a global treaty protecting migrant workers and their families, a move that gave the accord the force of international law.Gabriela Rodriguez Pizarro, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the question of the human rights of migrants, said the entry into force of the Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families “is a great success for all those who have voiced the suffering of migrants and who have campaigned for the establishment of an international legal framework for the protection of the human rights of migrants.”Yesterday, Timor-Leste became the twentieth country to sign on to the Convention, which was adopted 12 years ago by the UN General Assembly. The Special Rapporteur said it was a strong signal that the human dimension of migration can no longer be overlooked. “I trust that today will mark a renewed commitment of Governments, [non-governmental organizations], international organizations and the civil society at large to make the human rights of migrants a reality,” she said.According to the Special Rapporteur, the Convention “offers a holistic approach to the human rights of migrants and summarizes in a single instrument a broad gamut of rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.”The Convention also takes into account all the aspects of the migration process, protecting the victims of abuses in countries of origins, transit and destination, be they regular or irregular, documented or undocumented. The accord also plays an important role in preventing and eradicating exploitation, trafficking and smuggling of migrants.“As human rights are at the heart of migration, human rights must also be at the heart of any migration management debate,” the Special Rapporteur said. “As there is a growing recognition of the fact that contemporary migration is a process to be managed in a comprehensive manner, I would like to stress that such process must also be based on the wealth of existing international human rights norms, principles and standards, including the Convention.” read more

New car market up 266 in March

New car market up 26.6% in March ·         In March 397,383 new cars were registered, a 26.6% rise on a difficult March 2009.·         The positive influence of scrappage continued in March, accounting for 12.2% of registrations.·         Private buyers led growth, but fleet and business demand also improved.·         Growth across all sales types through Q1 2010 demonstrates underlying stability, which should sustain the post-scrappage market.·         Registrations of UK built cars rose 52.1% in March. “The UK motor industry has enjoyed a better than anticipated first quarter of 2010,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “A strong March performance was underpinned by the scrappage incentive and improving demand in the fleet sector.  The coming months will remain challenging and headline registration numbers are expected to dip, but underlying demand will continue to improve slowly.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Kielce won point in Kiel

4. Orlen Wisla Plock9405245:239(6)8 5. FC Porto Vitalis9216216:248(-32)5 6. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…9117213:242(-29)3 1. THW Kiel9711268:243(25)15 2. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn9603223:216(7)12 MARTYNA USNARSKA 3. KS Vive Targi Kielce9513269:246(23)11 Sunday match in Sparkassen-Arena between THW Kiel and Vive Targi Kielce ended in a draw 28:28. Both teams began very fast, scoring a lot of goals (6 goals in 4. minute) which were a result of not the best defence. Even though Marko Vujin successfully made use of mistakes made by Kielce, Polish team took the lead and in 11. minute they had 3 goals more than Kiel. Vive, as well as Kiel, had their better and worse moments but they managed to keep the good result at half time. Beginning of the second half was similar to the beginning of the whole match. Both teams played fast but they also made mistakes in attack. Kiel started catching up with their opponent and they made the result 19:19 in 41. minute.It seemed that the hosts wanted to take the upper hand finally, but guests were not going to let go even though their efficiency was poor – the ball ended up either in goalkeepers’ hands or missed the goal completely. Kielce pulled themselves together, Szmal saved a few shots and with 28:28 in the last minute it was still not sure who would take 2 points. Kiel had the ball and a chance to win but they lost it and then Kielce was closer to take points to Poland.In the very last moment when Jachlewski was fouled, there was a chance to get a penalty throw, but the referees decided it was only a free throw. Kielce did not even care to try to score and therefore the teams shared points.Top scorer for Kiel was Marko Vujin (10); for Kielce – Michał Jurecki (7).THW Kiel – KS Vive Targi Kielce (POL): 28:28 (13:16)THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (1.-60., 23 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Müller (n.e.), Toft Hansen (6), Sigurdsson (2), Sprenger, Wiencek (1), Ekberg (2), Lauge (1), Jallouz (2), Klein (n.e.), Jicha (4), Vujin (10/3); Trainer: Alfred GislasonKielce: Szmal (31.-60., 8 saves), Losert (1.-30., 5 saves);Grabarczyk, Jurecki (7), Tkaczyk, Olafsson (1), Chrapkowski (2), Aguinagalde (3), Bielecki (3), Jachlewski (1), Strlek (3), Lijewski (1), Buntic (1), Zorman, Rosinski (1), Cupic (5); Trainer: DujshebaevSTANDINGS: EHF Champions LeagueKielceTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Veszprem wins Group – Celje at TOP 16 Next Story → Löwen storm over winless St. Petersburg read more

Why you should play Dead Space 2

first_imgJust so everyone knows where I’m coming from, let me start with this caveat: I didn’t like the original Dead Space very much. After hearing endless praise of the game I eventually got around to trying it and I wasn’t impressed. Maybe the bar had been set too high by that point, but I thought the controls were clunky, the alone-on-a-spaceship setting was trite, and the ammo limits created artificial tension. Most of all though I consider the pop-out scare–where something is frightening just because it jumps in your face when you don’t expect it–to the be the cheapest way to make something scary. As a tool, it’s not an effective way to maintain tension over an extended period of time.For these reasons I wasn’t super excited for Dead Space 2, despite the fact that I knew the game would be extremely well done. I knew to expect a triple-A effort with top-notch graphics and probably a number of improvements where shortcomings had been found in the past. But the original game was too successful to expect any drastic changes. As it turns out I’m glad that they didn’t make any because Dead Space 2 is quite good.Dead Space 2, to me, is survival horror done right. This has never been a genre that I’ve been particularly fond of, but this game brings it to its peak. Again, the story isn’t the finest, but this time there is more depth than before and I cared a lot more about Isaac Clarke’s survival. The story pulled me along but the polish was really why I kept with it–this game is well handled in almost all respects.The sound, lighting (especially), and graphics each grabbed me in their own way. The sound is hugely important as it creates anticipation and generally sets the mood, while the lighting is crucial to creating the right tone and, obviously, to keep things scary. The game does have a habit of letting things feel too foreboding and forecasting when something big is going to happen, but it has a very good sense of pace so these don’t seem to be a problem.This may seem like something strange to bring up when talking about reasons to play a video game, but I really enjoyed the user interface. From the real-time inventory system and the placement of Isaac’s health bar on his back, the game is just a pleasure to control, even as Isaac plods along. The game does a superb job of giving you the information and controls you need without bogging you down with too much or insulating your from Isaac’s fight for survival. Even the game’s loading felt seamless because it was done while I was in an elevator looking at my inventory, not by stopping the horror with a preloader.On the graphics front Dead Space 2 is excellent as well. It manages to be colorful and varied despite the fact that you spend a lot of time on the same ship. And let’s not forget the this is an area where the original game was lacking–it felt like corridor after brown corridor. And the setting is very detailed. Most rooms are destroyed with all sorts of smashed machines and flashing signs to keeps things visually appealing. The ships felt lived in, and as is something genuinely terrible had happened there. I’m not sure if this is blasphemous, but I’ll go ahead and say it: the game reminded me of BioShock at times.Not too keep gushing but I like the in-game store as well. Isaac’s weapons are all highly upgradeable, but to enhance them you have to spend power nodes, which are relatively uncommon. Nodes are also useful for opening storage closets though, so if you are in dire need of ammo or medical supplies you’ll have to consider spending one to get those supplies. And one of your main sources of credits is selling excess ammo which you can use for medicine and, of course, for power nodes. It all fits in quite well and the result can be some pretty effective upgrades for your weapons cache.Not everything is perfect with the game: the jumping out enemies can get annoying (or at least keep you on the edge of your seat), and when there is too much action things can feel overwhelming, basically hectic and out of control instead of scary. Also I didn’t think the boss fights were great (especially when I was repeatedly dying while looking for the yellow part of its body). What was great though is that all the important story elements were handled in-game, not with cinematics. Another nitpick I have is with the secondary uses for weapons. They felt extremely wasteful to me and I was rarely compelled to use them. Ammo is scarce enough that I didn’t experiment much with them either, so they never really had a chance to become something I was comfortable using and instead they were simply a last resort.Also, I’m not the biggest fan of horror gaming so this wasn’t a problem for me, but I think a case could be made for Dead Space 2 just not being that scary. Feel free to count that as a downside if you’d like but I think it is a result of the game trying to be well-rounded and the developer’s desire to make something bigger than just a survival horror game.So when you have a chance, put down your iPad version of Dead Space and give Dead Space 2 a chance, I think you’ll be happy you did.dead_space_2_04dead_space_2_04dead_space_2_03dead_space_2_02dead_space_2_01The article was writing using a retail copy of Dead Space 2 (Xbox 360), provided by EA.last_img read more