Forensic team collects samples in rape, murder of seven-year-old girl

first_imgA forensic science team from Kota on Sunday collected samples from the spot in Mogya Beh village of Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district, where the body of a seven-year-old girl was found on Saturday. The post-mortem has established that the minor girl was raped and strangled to death.The girl’s parents had lodged a complaint with the police, saying that she was playing outside her home and had gone missing. After a search, the police found the body about 250 metres away from her home on Saturday evening.A special team, headed by a DSP, has launched a hunt to nab the accused, suspecting that someone known to the girl might have committed the crime. The police said a dog squad would be arriving shortly from Kota to join the probe.The tribal-dominated Mogya Beh village falls in the Aklera block of Jhalawar district. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje represents Jhalrapatan Assembly constituency in the district. The police have registered a rape and murder case, while the body was cremated on Sunday.Aklera Block Medical Officer Dwarkalal Meena, who along with two other doctors, conducted the autopsy, said the girl had died of asphyxia due to strangulation of throat. The death had occurred within 24 hours before the post-mortem, he said.BJP MLA from Aklera, Kanwar Lal, said forensic probe had helped solve a similar case reported in Jhalawar in February, when a six-year-old girl was found murdered in an agricultural field. However, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said this was yet another addition to the increasing rape cases in the State amid a “pathetic law and order situation” under the BJP government.last_img read more

NRIs And Directorship in Indian Firms

first_imgIndia continues to witness a steady flow of global companies setting up or expanding their operations in India. Generally, their preferred option from a legal structure perspective is a private limited company. Both the new as well as existing Indian subsidiaries of foreign companies tend to depute trusted foreign personnel/non-resident Indians (NRIs) employed with them as flag-bearers in India in the form of directors or other key managerial personnel.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img read more

NCP leader Ganesh Naik joins BJP ahead of Maharashtra polls

first_imgNCP’s Ganesh Naik to join BJP next week In another setback to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, former State minister and the party’s Navi Mumbai strongman Ganesh Naik joined the BJP along with around 50 corporators on Wednesday.Mr. Naik, his son – former MP Sanjeev – and the 50-odd corporators of the Navi Municipal Corporation (NMMC) formally joined the ruling party in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Vashi in adjoining Navi Mumbai.The veteran leader’s entry into the BJP now paves the way for the ruling party to control the NMMC.Also Read  Mr. Naik, who cut his teeth into politics with a stint in the Shiv Sena, joined the NCP 1999 – the year the party was established – following differences with late Bal Thackeray, the saffron party’s founder.A leader representing the Agri community, Mr. Naik contested the 2014 Assembly polls from Belapur, but lost to BJP’s Manda Mhatre.Mr. Naik’s younger son Sandip joined the BJP on July 31, leading to speculation about him also deserting the Sharad Pawar-led party.Along with Mr. Sandip, NCP’s two other legislators Shivendrasinh Bhosale and Vaibhav Pichad joined the BJP that day. Former Kolhapur MP Dhananjay Mahadik also switched loyalty to the ruling party recently.Earlier, the NCP had lost its Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir and MLAs Jaydutta Kshirsagar and Pandurang Barora to the Shiv Sena.The Assembly polls are due in the next few months.last_img read more

Celebrating with Ceres

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than the resources he has poured into the club, Yanson kept the door open for Stephan Schrock to return to Ceres after a loan spell last season. Schrock repaid his faith with a performance for the ages in the second leg of the finals.The Filipino international’s work rate and vision sparked the Busmen to life, while goals from OJ Porteria and Manny Ott ensured they got the result. Porteria endured a difficult start to his career at Ceres, before the club owner went out of his way to advise him not to do “too much.” That talk allowed Porteria to settle nicely into the club, and the Busmen are slowly reaping the benefits of his rejuvenated play.The tactical acumen of Serbian coach Risto Vidakovic was also evident in the zonal finals as he deployed Schrock in midfield in lieu of the hobbling Bienve Marañon. Schrock wreaked havoc and the Busmen could have won convincingly if not for a slew of missed chances in the first half.Captains Martin Steuble and Carlie de Murga have been critical to the club’s success the past few years. And so is Ott, whose delightful free kick left Home goalkeeper Hassan Sunny no chance.“The players gave everything,” says Vidakovic. “It wasn’t easy when you miss so many chances because when that happens, you usually lose. But whoever came on gave their all for the club.”ADVERTISEMENT The Panaad crowd has served as a sanctuary for the Busmen in the continental competition. They remain unbeaten in the AFC Cup at home. “We knew that our strength is at home,” says Ott. “Everybody had a clear focus for the game. Everybody still believed and the team showed strong character.”Schrock says he can’t help but be overwhelmed by the support that the club gets at home. “When you see the crowd here, you just want to give everything because you know how much this means to them,” says the former Bundesliga player who rejoined the team last April.Schrock recalls teammates breaking down in tears at the final whistle. “After the match, players were crying on the pitch because we left it all out there, the heart and the sweat. We put in the performance of our life in this final,” he says. “We have very good support here and we’re very proud to represent this city.”It’s still a long road ahead for Ceres Negros in the AFC Cup with Istiklol standing in its way in the interzone semifinals and North Korean club 4.25 and Bengaluru of India also in the hunt. The West Asia winner, which gets an outright finals spot, is also yet to be known.With performances like this against Home United, it was difficult to bet against the Busmen in their chase for continental glory. Perhaps only then can Yanson truly celebrate the greatness of his own creation. “We had set goals at the start of the season, but it’s still difficult to react when you’re in the moment,” says Yanson. “All we know is that everyone involved in the club worked so hard to reach our goals and give honor to the province and to the country.”The run to the Asean zonal championship wasn’t just historic, but also impressive for the Busmen, who scored 23 goals from 10 matches.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 openingIn clinching the Asean title on aggregate, 3-2, the Busmen whitewashed Home United, 2-0, in the second leg at Panaad to nullify the Singaporeans’ 2-1 win in the first leg in the Lion City.Yanson shuns the spotlight and rarely takes credit. But it was difficult to overlook his influence as the Busmen took the competition by storm. Ceres methodically broke down and outworked the visitors in the first half, before standing its ground to preserve the clean sheet in the final 45 minutes. 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Ceres Negros players and officials savor the moment after besting Home United, 3-2, on aggregate and clinching the AFC Asean Zone club title at Panaad Stadium.The man wearing the black sport shirt with the club’s yellow crest patched on his chest sat at the edge of the media tribune looking stoic as the seconds of second-half injury time ticked away.As the crowd at the jampacked Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City prepared to celebrate Ceres Negros’ historic AFC Cup Asean zone finals victory over Singapore’s Home United, club owner Leorey Yanson hardly showed any emotion. He tried to let the moment sink in, wrapping his head around the idea that the club he built five years ago was on the cusp of becoming the best team in the Southeast Asian region in the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul University athletes begin medal quest; Jins among PH’s top hopes LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Report: Juventus 4 SPAL 1

first_imgJuventus 4 SPAL 1: Bernardeschi, Dybala brilliance inspires champions to victory Joe Wright 04:50 10/26/17 paulo dybala - cropped Getty Images First-half wondergoals from Federico Bernardeschi and Paulo Dybala helped Juventus on their way to three points against SPAL. Juventus kept the pressure on Serie A leaders Napoli with a 4-1 win over struggling SPAL at the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday.Spectacular first-half goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Paulo Dybala set the champions on course for back-to-back league wins, before Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado struck after the break.Alberto Paloschi had given SPAL hope of a comeback by making it 2-1 but they saw a potential equaliser disallowed for offside and have now picked up just one point from their last eight games to sit second-from-bottom of the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bernardeschi’s stunning volley put Juve ahead early on and another fine free-kick from Dybala doubled the lead after only 22 minutes, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side threatened a repeat of the goalscoring form they showed in the 6-2 thrashing of Udinese last time out.SPAL recovered from their early jitters to make life more difficult but their heads dropped again when Higuain and Cuadrado scored in quick succession not long after the disallowed goal, and only a belated offside call denied the Argentina striker what would have been his 100th Serie A goal late on.There was even a chance for Claudio Marchisio to make his first appearance since the opening-day win over Cagliari, the midfielder having recovered at last from a knee injury, as Juve cruised to the win that keeps them three points behind Napoli.9 – Juventus: 9 goals with the last 9 shots on target. Inspired. Udi Udi Udi Udi Udi Spal Spal Spal Spal— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 25, 2017SPAL did well to withstand Juve’s early pressure until Bernardeschi broke the deadlock with a moment of brilliance. Douglas Costa cushioned Dybala’s low cross into the winger’s path and he unleashed a superb volley that sailed into the top-left corner of the net.The move was Dybala’s only real bright spot in a quiet opening but, not to be undone by Bernardeschi, the Argentina star doubled his side’s lead after 22 minutes with a sublime free-kick from 25 yards out that curled high into the right of Alfred Gomis’ goal..@PauDybala_JR has scored more direct free-kicks (3) this season than anyone in Europe’s top 5 leagues— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 25, 2017The champions were in control until Paloschi halved the deficit 12 minutes before the break, the striker reacting well to prod Federico Mattiello’s mishit half-volley into the net from six yards out.SPAL started the second half with the confidence with which they finished the first and they thought they had equalised through Marios Oikonomou, only for the goal to be ruled out for an offside infringement by Paloschi after VAR consultation.Any threat of a fightback was effectively killed off with 25 minutes remaining, however, as Higuain smashed the ball left-footed into the bottom-right corner for his fourth league goal of the season after SPAL had failed to clear the area following a corner.Juve could finally relax and they soon added a fourth, the lively Costa crossing for substitute Cuadrado to head home at the far post, despite Gomis’ efforts to parry the ball away.Higuain was denied a landmark goal late on after a VAR check, but Allegri’s side eased to a win that keeps them third third, behind Inter and Napoli, ahead of Saturday’s trip to San Siro to take on AC Milan. read morelast_img read more

9 months agoPochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksenby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has trust in Christian Eriksen amid his continuing negotiations over a contract extension.The Dane stated this week that he was waiting for the club to appease his demands.Eriksen’s current contract expires in 2020 and Pochettino believes he can count on him to perform until then.He said: “We hope that he can be here for a long time.”I think Christian is a fantastic player. I was in Copenhagen in the summer and spent a good time with my wife, and Christian, in a very nice restaurant!”We hope that Christian can commit to the club with a long-term contract – but in football business it is about timings and negotiations.”He is ready to wait. Maybe sign this week, maybe sign in six months.”For me, it is not a point to discuss. He is very committed with us and he is playing so well. He is a great player and I am so happy with him.”He is a special person and you need to give him some freedom on the pitch.”You cannot put him in a box to play, you need to give freedom and trust in him.”It’s like my dog in the park – I say, ‘go, I trust in you!’. Christian, you need to trust in him.”There is going to be a decision, and I hope he will commit to the club for the long term.” last_img read more

Rajasthan Royals coach on Ashwin Mankad row: His actions represent him

first_imgadvertisement view more view less scorecard graphs commentarycenter_img India Today Web Desk JaipurMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 10:00 IST Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin defended his actions, saying he played by the rules when he ran Jos Buttler out (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler became the first batsman in IPL cricket history to be mankadedR Ashwin is being criticised on social media for mankading Jos Buttler without giving the Royals opener a prior warningWhen I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates: Paddy UptonRajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton on Monday said he would leave it to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin after the Kings XI Punjab’s captain’s controversial mankading of Jos Buttler in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match.Ashwin kicked up a storm during KXIP’s opener in Jaipur as he mankaded Buttler in his final over during the Royals’ chase of 185. Before Buttler was adjudged out, the Royals were cruising towards the target as the England big-hitter was batting on 69 off 43 balls, having taken the KXIP bowlers to the cleaners.In the 13th over of the chase, Ashwin clipped the bails off at the non-striker’s end and appealed for mankad while claiming that Buttler had left the crease before he could load into the delivery. Ashwin and Buttler had an intense on-field conversation but eventually, the Royals opener was given out by the third umpire.Following Buttler’s dismissal, the Royals suffered a collapse. The home team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, lost their last eight wickets for just 62 runs and fell short of the target by 14 runs.Notably, Buttler became the first batsman in the history of IPL to be mankaded. However, it was the second time Buttler was dismissed in this fashion as Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake had run him out at the non-striker’s end in 2014.”Ashwin’s actions represent him. When I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. I think we will leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see. We’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. For us, we are here to play cricket and entertain fans, be good role models for people who love the game,” Upton told the media in Jaipur after KXIP’s opening win.advertisementUpton also added that Rajasthan did not lose focus after the controversial run out that has sparked a huge social media debate. While Ashwin was playing by the rules when mankading Buttler, the fact that the off-spinner didn’t warn the Royals opener has led to criticism.”I thought the players were able to stay focussed and reset themeselves after that run out. I was very happy with the players themselves, the way they acted and responded to that situation. And our concious decision was to hold our heads up high and maintain our dignity as a team,” Upton added.Meanwhile, Ashwin defended his actions, saying he doesn’t understand where the question of sporting spirit comes when mankading is well within the rules of the game.”It was instinctive. It wasn’t planned. I don’t know where the spirit of the game things comes because if it’s within the rules, it is. I don’t understand the point of sporting spirit because it is within the rules.”Also Read | Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game: Kaif on Mankad controversyAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Jos ButtlerFollow Mankad cricketFollow Mankad controversyFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI Punjab No data available! Rajasthan Royals coach on Ashwin Mankad row: His actions represent himRajasthan Royals suffered a collapse after their opener Jos Buttler was mankaded by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin in the 13th over of their 185-run chase. The Royals eventually lost their IPL 2019 opener by 14 runslast_img read more

Day Care With A Difference

first_imgAt first glance this day care centre seems pretty much like anyother. The sound of children singing Wheels On the Bus rings outfrom the kitchen area. In the main room, two four-year-old boysare having a burping contest while a little girl tells them tomind their manners. Pictures of fruit, vegetables and animalscover the wall. Numbers are everywhere. But the Millbrook Mi’kmaq Day Care has a difference. Take acloser look at some of those pictures on the wall. Many boastbilingual labels. Not English and French as you might expect butEnglish and Mi’kmaq. Staff member Vera Gloade says the day care has been teaching asmall bit of Mi’kmaq to its children since it first beganoperation in 1996. The kids, who range in age from 18 months tofive years, have little problem with the language. “At this ageit’s very easy for them,” says Vera. “They catch on real fast.” Bob Gloade, whose three-year-old son Christian attends the daycare, says he is happy the centre is giving its young clients agrounding in their own language. “We’re losing our language as itis and by teaching it to our children we can ensure that itsurvives.” He hopes that introducing the language at an early age will help Christian realize his cultural identity. Christian hasbeen at the day care since he was 18-months-old and Mr. Gloadehopes his son can continue studying Mi’kmaq as he moves throughthe educational system. Tim Bernard, whose three-year-old son Jace also attends the daycare, says he, too, is happy with the use of Mi’kmaq at the daycare. “I think it’s very important, because our language is in avery bad state. If we lose it we’re losing part of our culture.” Mr. Bernard works as the director of history and culture for theConfederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and has a special appreciation ofthe importance of the Mi’kmaq language to the First Nationscommunity. He says there is a gap in the community’s knowledge ofits own language. Many of the community’s elders are fluent, andan interest is being created in younger band members, but Mr.Bernard’s own generation was seldom given the opportunity tolearn to speak Mi’kmaq. “My dad was fluent in Mi’kmaq but, for him, teaching it to hiskids was not a priority,” he says. Mr. Bernard’s father attendedthe Shubenacadie Indian Residential School where use of Mi’kmaqwas actively discouraged. “It has a lot to do with his being in asetting where speaking his own language was virtually beaten outof him … We’re feeling the effects of that now.” Carol Francis, another staff member at the Millbrook Mi’kmaq DayCare, agrees with Mr. Bernard. She says that none of the staffmembers who teach Mi’kmaq at the day care learned it at school.They had to learn it at home from their parents. Mr. Bernard, however, says he hopes the situation will continueto improve. “Mi’kmaq culture is being much more accepted now thanit was when I went through the school system. It’s exciting tolisten to my son participate in language instruction at the daycare. It makes my day when I pick up Jace and, as we leave, heturns and waves to his classmates and day-care staff and saysNmu’ltis (I’ll see you again).” Day cares on other reserves across Nova Scotia are also teachingMi’kmaq and there is a growing interest in after-school and web-based programs, such as , that teachMi’kmaq. Learning simple Mi’kmaq phrases and the Mi’kmaq names for fruits,vegetables and numbers may not seem that important, but it is thestart of a long journey, a journey on which Jace, Christian andother Mi’kmaq children have already taken their first steps. -30-last_img read more

Roys 153 sets up Englands 106run win over Bangladesh

first_imgCardiff: Opener Jason Roy smashed his way to a sensational 153 as England scripted a dominating performance to hammer Bangladesh by 106 runs in a high-scoring World Cup match here Saturday. Sent into bat, England posted a massive 386 for six and then returned to dismiss Bangladesh for 280 in 48.5 overs, despite a superb hundred by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (121). England thus registered their second win of the showpiece event, following the 14-run loss to Pakistan in the second match. They had beaten South Africa by 104 runs in the World Cup opener. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunRoy, who blasted five sixes and had 14 hits to the fence in his 121-ball innings, laid the foundation of the big score with two crucial partnerships — 128 with opener Jonny Bairstow (51) and 77 with first-down Joe Root (21). Jos Buttler then scored a 44-ball 64 laced with four sixes and two fours and added 95 runs with skipper Eoin Morgan (35) as England posted the first 350 plus total of the tournament. It was also England’s best World Cup total, surpassing the 338 for 8 against India in the 2011 edition. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upChasing an improbable 387 to win, Shakib added 106 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim (44) after Bangladesh were reduced to 63 for two in 12 overs. Shakib took Bangladesh across the 200-mark in 37th over but the Tigers never really looked in the chase and once he departed in the 40th over, it was a mere formality thereafter for the hosts. The victory will help to exorcise the ghost of 2015 World Cup when England were knockout out by Bangladesh after beating them by 15 runs. Earlier, England were off to a flying start as Roy and Bairstow scored 67 in the first powerplay and then brought up the hundred in 15 overs. A superb catch by Mehidy Hasan at short cover finally ended Bairstow’s innings as Bangladesh produced a much-needed breakthrough in the 20th over bowled by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. Roy continued in the same vein and completed his century in the 27th over with a pull shot which crossed the boundary line after a misfield. However, the opener, anticipating it to be a single, ended up knocking umpire Joel Wilson to the ground while running to the non-striker. Both were unhurt. Roy and Root then continued to dominate the proceedings as the hosts crossed 200 runs in 30.4 overs. However, England lost their second wicket when Root played on in the 32nd over.last_img read more


first_imgActor Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (Lars and the Real Girl, Lionsgate’s upcoming Chaos Walking) will make his directorial debut with the forthcoming dark comedy Stanleyville. The pic unveiled its cast that includes Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy, Antares), Cara Ricketts (Twelfth Night, The Book of Negroes), Julian Richings (Supernatural, Man of Steel), Christian Serritiello (Catalina, Homeland), George Tchortov (Designated Survivor, Goon: Last of the Enforcers) and Adam Brown (The Hobbit trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). The film is currently in production, shooting in Canada and Germany. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Hanging in the Toronto heat with #stanleyville cast mate and fine fellow ⁦@BrownAds⁩ #hobbit #LOTR— Julian Richings (@JulianRichings) July 29, 2019 Advertisement Advertisement Susanne Wuest, Cara Ricketts, Julian Richings, Christian Serritiello, George Tchortov and Adam Brown will star in Maxwell McCabe-Lokos’s “Stanleyville” (Courtesy of K2 Publicity)last_img read more

Remembering Skookum Jim who codiscovered Klondike Gold Rush

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National News It’s not the goldfields of the Klondike.But a makeshift sluice box at Skookum Jim’s house in Carcross, Yukon is to help the young and tourists learn more about Yukon’s gold rush history.And how First Nations played a role in it.Skookum Jim co-discovered Yukon gold that kicked off the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.He made thousands of dollars from his claim in Dawson City but he never forgot about his local kin of the Tlingit and Tagish people.“That is how now we have the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in Whitehorse because of his legacy. He willed a lot of funds ahead for his descendants,” said Georgie Low.But often his name has been left out of the history books and credit has been given to George Carmacks, an American miner.“You don’t see Skookum Jim’s name in there a lot. There is just brief mentions … that’s why this interpretive centre is important. We really tell the story of Skookum Jim here,” said Richard Zaidan of Parks Canada.In 1904, he sold his gold claims for $65,000 and continued to live in Carcross until his death in 1919.His trust fund continues to fund local social and education programs for many Yukon First Nations.smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

Aphria shares soar on reported talks with Altria for possible equity stake

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Shares of Aphria Inc. soared on Wednesday in the wake of a media report that said U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. was in talks with the licensed cannabis producer to acquire an equity stake.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis grower’s stock rose more than 15 per cent on Wednesday afternoon to close at $20.06.The stock surge came after the Globe and Mail published a report on the discussions between Aphria and the Virginia-based tobacco producer and marketer, citing multiple sources.Aphria said in a statement late Wednesday that while it engages in discussions with potential partners or investors at times, there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement in place with a potential investor at this time.The news report comes one week before Canada moves to legalize cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 and after other traditional industries have expressed interest in players in the Canadian marijuana sector.In August, beer, wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands in August signed a deal to invest $5-billion into Canopy Growth Corp., increasing its stake in the cannabis producer to 38 per cent.last_img read more

All members should abide by UN sanctions committees decision on Azhar UN

first_imgUnited Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that all member states will abide by the decision of the sanctions committee of the world body which imposed an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar. The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on Wednesday announced the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), over its ties to Al-Qaeda. The JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers and led to a spike in military tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report In response to a question on Guterres’ reaction, his spokesman said: “This is the work of a well-established mechanism through the Sanctions Committee of the Security Council. It is a big part of the United Nations work in the fight against terrorism”. “It’s always good when all member states of the security council agree on something. We would of course hope that all member states abide by those decisions,” he said. The United Nations designated Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. The US, France along with the UK had moved the proposal to designate Azhar as a “global terrorist” in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February. A Security Council member said that Germany, Belgium and Poland also co-sponsored the proposal, adding that there has been new unity and these three delegations also supported the proposal to list Azhar.last_img read more

Spain Denies Citizenship to Moroccan Man over Lack of Integration

Rabat – Spain has once again denied citizenship to a Moroccan resident for “fundamental institutional and cultural ignorance,” and for only maintaining relationships with people from his own culture.The man was born in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta bordering northern Morocco and lived for 13 years in Spain.The Spanish Chamber for Contentions at the Spanish National Court reasoned that the Moroccan man, who lives with his wife and children, “does not have sufficient knowledge of the rights and duties of the Spanish people,” reported Spanish outlet El Faro de Ceuta on Tuesday. Read Also: Spain to Impose Restrictions on Domestic Workers Commuting to CeutaThe appellant “is not sufficiently integrated into Spanish society, does not know with rigor the rights and duties of Spaniards and everything related to the essential structure of the Nation,” the court said, according to the outlet. It is not the first time Spain has refused to grant citizenship to a Moroccan for similar reasons. In August, the National Court’s Chamber said that it did not give citizenship to a Moroccan resident because he did not know the president of Catalonia or the typical dance of the region. read more

Noting progress Ban encourages Cypriot leaders to continue efforts to end dispute

30 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the progress achieved by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in their United Nations-backed reunification talks and encouraged them to continue working towards a solution that takes into account the legitimate rights and concerns of both sides. “A settlement is in the interest of all Cypriots, leading to stability, reconciliation and greater prosperity for Cyprus. It would also represent a critical peace dividend for the entire region,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.“The United Nations is committed to continue supporting the negotiations, and stands with the people of Cyprus as they work towards finally resolving this longstanding problem,” it added. Mr. Ban congratulated Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias for their joint statement today, in which they reported important progress in the talks and stressed their strong commitment to reaching a settlement.“Both Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat are leaders with courage and vision and they have taken enormous political risks to carry the process forward,” the spokesperson’s statement noted. In their joint statement, which was read out on their behalf by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, after the latest round of talks in Nicosia, the leaders said important progress in the areas of governance and power-sharing, European Union (EU) matters and the economy has been achieved recently. “We underscore the fact that negotiations are being conducted under the overriding principle of the ‘integrated whole approach,’ which means that ‘nothing is agreed unless everything is agreed’,” the two leaders said.They stated that they were convinced that their “mutual concern for the common good of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots” and their will for a “comprehensive solution” will soon lead to an exhaustive discussion of the remaining aspects of the problem and the gaps between their positions to achieve a mutually acceptable solution that will be put to simultaneous referenda.In 2008, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolution.”That partnership would comprise a federal government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.A UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNFICYP, has been in place on the island since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.50 higher $509.30; Jan. ’18 $2.80 higher $514.50; March ’18 $2.10 higher $516.70; May ’18 $2.10 higher $517.40; July ’18 $0.80 higher $516.50; Nov. ’18 $0.90 lower $481.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $483.20; March ’19 unchanged $485.90; May ’19 unchanged $485.90; July ’19 unchanged $485.90; Nov. ’19 unchanged $485.90.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

UNP agrees to register United National Front

The United National Front will look to campaign for good governance at the August 17 Parliament election with Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Ministerial candidate. (Colombo Gazette) The proposal was made by UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and a vote was later taken by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Earlier today several SLFP members had confirmed they will support the UNP while the JHU and the SLMC have also decided to contest the election with the UNP.UNP Deputy Leader Ravi Karunanayake said that 18 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have extended support to the UNP at the August election. The United Natioal Party (UNP) today proposed and later agreed to register the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The UNP, at a special convention, agreed on the proposal to also contest the Parliament election next month as the United National Front under the elephant symbol by including members from other political parties who have extended support to the UNP. Wickremesinghe announced that the proposal had been adopted following a majority vote at the UNP special convention. read more

Wrong turn leaves car submerged at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto

A wrong turn along Toronto’s waterfront left a woman’s car completely submerged on Monday night. “The driver thought she was driving onto a ramp to Lakeshore Boulevard, but instead drove into Ashbridge’s Bay,” said emergency officials.Aside from the woman, there is no mention of how many people were in the car.No injuries were reported.

OPP finds fake stop sign with treasure hunt clues attached

Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after a fake stop sign was put up in Haldimand County. A Haldimand County Roads Department employee contacted police on Dec. 10 after they noticed a group of people at an intersection near the border of Haldimand County and Norfolk County. Police went to the location and found the group had dispersed but a rubber replica of a stop sign had been placed over top of a real stop sign. Officers also found an envelope with clues for a treasure hunt game attached to the sign. OPP is reminding the public that any tampering or removal of any traffic signs could not only result in criminal charges, it could cause collisions and put lives at serious risk.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers. read more

Experts differ on Buckeyes chances at BCS bowl berth

Following Saturday’s 38-14 win over Penn State, No. 9 Ohio State was stagnant in the BCS ranks, along with the rest of the top 10. But that doesn’t mean things didn’t change. Rece Davis of ESPN is a strong believer of the same “chaos” theory that brought the Buckeyes to the national title game in 2007. He thinks it could happen again, and the first step was Utah falling to Notre Dame 28-3 last Saturday. TCU, ranked No. 3 in the BCS, beat Utah 47-7 one week earlier. “I think that people have re-evaluated TCU’s resume,” Davis said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “So what that’s done, I think, is it’s opened the door for some of the one-loss teams. “It’s not a high percentage of a chance, but I think there is a chance. Should (TCU and No. 4 Boise State) lose, then you have complete and utter chaos that would be in line with what happened in 2007.” That year, a series of upsets propelled OSU from No. 7 in the BCS to No. 1 in a span of three weeks. For Davis’ theory to come to fruition, three of the four remaining undefeated teams — Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State — would likely have to lose. OSU would have to win impressively this weekend in Iowa, and Wisconsin would have to falter in one of its two final games against Northwestern or Michigan. It would then be up to the BCS to jump the Buckeyes ahead of No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Stanford and No. 8 Nebraska. Davis said he would give the Buckeyes the nod over other one-loss teams because they had been ranked No. 1 before losing to Wisconsin. He said he expects No. 2 Auburn to struggle with Alabama and then South Carolina in the SEC Championship game. He also said Oregon State could give Oregon a run for its money in the annual “Civil War” game, and said a Boise State loss to No. 18 Nevada is a “possibility.” Jerry Palm of CBS Sports said the only way the Buckeyes would go to the National Championship game is if every team ahead of them lost. “I never really thought Ohio State was going to get a lot of juice from (beating) Iowa anyway,” he said. “But giving (the Hawkeyes) their fourth loss instead of their third loss diminishes that,” he said, referring to Iowa’s third loss of the season last week, which came against Northwestern. In his weekly bowl projections, Palm has OSU playing in the Capital One Bowl, Michigan State playing in the Rose Bowl and Wisconsin playing in the Sugar Bowl. If the Buckeyes win the rest of their games, they are guaranteed at least a share of the Big Ten Title — an honor that could help their case for a BCS game. Coach Jim Tressel doesn’t quite buy into what goes into the BCS’ evaluation of teams. “If style points are important with what we have ahead, we’re in trouble, because there’s not going to be much style going into the ball game we’re getting ready to play,” Tressel said of Saturday’s game in Iowa City. Another bizarre twist to the Big Ten race this year is that OSU and Michigan State do not play each other. “Typically, if you miss Ohio State on your schedule, you’ll be jumping up and down,” Davis said. “Preseason, I’m sure Michigan State said, ‘Well, OK, we missed the Buckeyes.’ Now the shoe is on the other foot for both teams. They sort of needed each other and they’re not playing.” Davis said he expects the Sugar Bowl to be “all over Ohio State” if the Buckeyes win out and do not earn a spot in the Rose Bowl. read more