Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit violence-hit Saharanpur Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday left for strife-torn Saharanpur, but district authorities said he would be stopped at the border.Party sources said Rahul left for Shabbirpur village, the centre of the caste violence in the district, by road on Saturday morning after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.ADGP (Law and Order) Aditya Misra, who is camping in Saharanpur in view of the tense situation there, said the police have requested Mr. Gandhi to cancel his visit to avoid any “confusion and provocation“.”If he still comes to the town, he will be stopped at the border and requested to return. But if he does not, legal action under Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits an assembly of more than four people in an area, will be taken,” he said.If not permitted to visit the victims in the affected area, Mr. Gandhi would court arrest, the Congress sources said.The ADGP said normality was returning and things were improving fast.Senior Congress leader P L Punia said over the phone that party men were awaiting Mr. Gandhi in the district.Also Read “We want the administration to allow him to meet the victims of the violence,” he said.Mr. Gandhi is being accompanied by AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradsh affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad, and State Congress chief Raj Babbar.“They cannot suppress the voice of the poor, Dalits and Adivasis of this country. Mr. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party will continue to speak,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.“Nobody will be able to stop Mr. Gandhi from reaching out to the victims of the violence, which have been perpetrated at the instance of BJP gundas,” he added.Saharanpur witnessed widespread caste-based violence this month.Violence first broke out about 40 days ago following a procession to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. On May 5, a person was killed and 15 people were injured in communal clashes.About a dozen police vehicles were set ablaze and 12 policemen injured on May 9.On May 23, One person was shot dead and two were wounded, following which the government suspended the SSP and district magistrate and transferred the divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police.The Centre has sent 400 anti-riot police personnel to Saharanpur to help the State restore peace in the region.
New Delhi: A pumped up Indian men’s senior national team will leave the the country on Monday night for their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying matches against Afghanistan and Oman.The 26-member squad will have their first overnight halt in Dubai and also have a training session the next morning before they fly to Dushanbe. The two matches are slated against Afghanistan (in Dushanbe on November 14), and Oman (in Muscat on November 19). Coach Igor Stimac stated that the morning session in Dubai will “immensely benefit the squad.””We wanted to fasten the recovery process. The morning session in Dubai will also help us in a way or two before reaching Dushanbe. Everyone in AIFF is putting their best effort together to churn out the best result possible,” he mentioned prior to departure from New Delhi.The national team had two gym sessions, and two sessions on the artificial turf in the Capital City to get the players into the groove for the forthcoming games.Sunil Chhetri, the talismanic striker felt, “A good sleep, proper diet and recovery are very important to stay in the right shape before we face Afghanistan on 14. The rest in Dubai will help all shrug off the fatigue.”Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu added, “The stopover in Dubai will significantly facilitate the recovery process before we reach Dushanbe. I am looking forward to the morning session in Dubai. We have to get straight into business to churn out positive results in the two matches.” AfghanistanFIFA 2022 World Cup QualifiersfootballGurepreet Singh Sandhu First Published: November 11, 2019, 5:27 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Muhammad Ali’s prolific 61-fight career featured bouts that are considered the greatest in history: a trilogy with Joe Frazier that produced “The Fight of the Century” and the “Thrilla in Manila,” and the “The Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman, among many others. (Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as ‘The Greatest,’ dies)Ali’s bouts defined the golden era of heavyweight boxing. Here’s a look at just a few of them:___Ali vs. ListonAli dropped Sonny Liston in the first round. (AP Photo)DATE: May 25, 1965WHERE: Central Maine Youth Center, Lewiston, MaineSTAKES: WBC Heavyweight ChampionshipTHE HYPE: Both fighters were involved in controversies following Clay’s upset in the first match. Clay joined the Black Muslims and changed his name to Muhammad Ali in a move that evoked widespread condemnation. Liston was arrested and charged with speeding, careless and reckless driving, driving without an operator’s license and carrying a concealed weapon. He had a loaded .22 caliber revolver in his pocket, empty bottles of vodka and a young woman in the car. (Muhammad Ali dies: Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson lead tributes)Congress began investigating corruption and organized crime influence in boxing, and neither fighter was viewed as a role model. Some were bothered that the original fight had a contractual clause for a rematch and some argued Liston had more to gain financially from losing the first bout and fighting a rematch than he did from winning.THE BUILDUP: The fight was originally scheduled for Nov. 16, 1964, at the Boston Garden, but three days earlier, Ali needed emergency surgery for a strangulated hernia. It delayed the bout six months, Liston was arrested again and Massachusetts officials began to have second thoughts about allowing the fight. A dispute over licenses with the promoter led the fight to be quickly moved to Lewiston, Maine, a mill town with a population of about 41,000 located 140 miles north of Boston.advertisementTHE FIGHT: The effects of a right hand landed to the side of the head while Ali backed away in the first round of the rematch will always be argued among boxing fans. Some observers contend Liston went down from a perfect punch; others call it a phantom punch. (Also Read: Muhammad Ali: The boxing legend’s greatest quotes)Chaos reigned in the St. Dominic’s Youth Center. Referee Jersey Joe Walcott, a former heavyweight champion, counted Liston out. But when Liston got up, Walcott got confused and was going to let the fight continue. Nat Fleischer, the founder of The Ring magazine, called to Walcott and as the referee walked toward Fleischer, Ali and Liston began fighting again. Told Liston has been counted out, Walcott stopped the fight, which ranks as one of the shortest heavyweight title bouts in history.”I did my job,” Walcott said. “He (Ali) looked like a man in a different world. I didn’t know what he might do. I thought he might stomp him or pick him up and belt him again.”___Ali vs. Joe FrazierJoe Frazier knocked out Muhammad Ali in the 15th round in 1971. (AP Photo)DATE: March 8, 1971WHERE: Madison Square Garden, New YorkSTAKES: Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship; WBC/WBA Heavyweight ChampionshipTHE HYPE: Simply known as “The Fight,” it pitted a pair of undefeated champions. Ali had been stripped of his belts for refusing to enter the armed forces in 1967, so Frazier was the reigning and recognized champion. Each fighter was guaranteed $2.5 million.THE BUILDUP: On the evening of the match, Madison Square Garden had a circus-like atmosphere, with scores of policemen to control the crowd, outrageously dressed fans and countless celebrities. Millions watched on closed-circuit broadcast screens around the world, and the Garden was packed with a sellout crowd of 20,455 for arguably the most famous boxing match in history. The fight also carried racial undertones with most black fans supporting Ali, much to Frazier’s dismay.THE FIGHT: The fight lived up to the hype as Ali fought for the third time since he ended an enforced layoff of three years, seven months because of his refusal to be drafted into the Army.He used every trick at his command to buy time and impress the judges, but Frazier was relentless. He got Ali into desperate trouble in the 11th round, but Ali refused to go down. He finally did from a long left hook to the jaw 25 seconds into the 15th round. Despite getting up quickly, his right cheek ballooned to grapefruit size as Ali finished the fight. Frazier was the unanimous victor.Referee Arthur Mercante relayed the following conversation that took place in the ring:advertisement”You know, you’re in here with the God tonight” Ali told Frazier.”If you are God,” Frazier replied, “you’re in the wrong place tonight.”___Ali vs. George ForemanDATE: October 30, 1974WHERE: 20th of May Stadium, Kinshasa, ZaireSTAKES: Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship; WBC/WBA Heavyweight ChampionshipTHE HYPE: “The Rumble in the Jungle” was another moment in which Ali was given little chance of joining Floyd Patterson as the only two-time undisputed heavyweight champions. Foreman had looked awesome in winning the title from Joe Frazier and in defending it against Joe “King” Roman and Ken Norton with none of the fights lasting two full rounds.THE BUILDUP: Foreman and Ali spent much of the middle of 1974 training in Zaire, getting acclimated to its tropical climate. The fight was originally set to happen Sept. 25, but Foreman was cut near his right eye during training. The date was pushed back to Oct. 30. A three-night-long music festival to hype the fight, Zaire 74, took place as scheduled from Sept. 22-24 and included performances by James Brown, B.B. King and The Spinners.THE FIGHT: The fight was scheduled for 4 a.m. local time in order to appear on live closed-circuit television in the eastern United States at 10 p.m.Ali had trouble keeping the powerful Foreman at bay in the first two rounds. He decided to go to the ropes and let the champion tire himself out by punching at Ali’s defensive shell – what he would later call the “rope-a-dope.” Occasionally, Ali flurried off the ropes, and did so late in the fifth round when he landed eight solid punches to Foreman’s head to take command of the fight.Ali knocked out an exhausted Foreman in the eighth round.Foreman later said: “He is the greatest man I’ve ever known. Not greatest boxer, that’s too small for him. He had a gift. He’s not pretty, he’s beautiful. Everything America should be, Muhammad Ali is.”___Ali vs. FrazierAli took his revenge in the ‘Thrilla in Manilla’ rematch against Frazier in 1975. (AP Photo)DATE: October 1, 1975WHERE: Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, PhilippinesSTAKES: WBC/WBA Heavyweight Championship; Undisputed World Heavyweight ChampionshipTHE HYPE: Ali had defeated Frazier in a largely forgettable rematch in 1974, so “The Thrilla in Manila” became the rubber match. The bout is ranked as one of the best in boxing history and Ali chronicled the battle in his memoir, “The Greatest: My Own Story.”THE BUILDUP: Ali verbally abused Frazier in the build-up, and nicknamed him “The Gorilla” – which he used to rhyme, “It will be a killa and a thrilla and a chilla when I get the Gorilla in Manila.” Ali chanted that mantra while punching an action-figure-sized gorilla doll. Ali’s preparations were upset before the fight when he introduced his mistress as his wife to Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and his wife, Belinda Ali, saw the introduction on television. She flew to Manila and engaged Ali in a prolonged shouting match in his hotel.advertisementFrazier’s side decided the hordes of people and tension in the steaming city were a poor training environment, and Frazier relocated to a quiet setting in the mountainous outskirts of the city. Frazier led a Spartan existence, often sitting for hours in a contemplative state in preparation for the bout.THE FIGHT: The fight lived up to its billing, Ali and Frazier once again bringing out the best in each other. At one point, Ali told Frazier, “They told me Joe Frazier was through.””They lied,” said Frazier, who then hit Ali with a crunching left hook.Ali retained the title when Frazier, who could not see, was kept by trainer Eddie Futch from answering the bell for the 15th round. Ali was well ahead on the scorecards at the time.When it was over, a physically and emotionally drained Ali said, “It was the closest thing to death.”___Ali vs. Larry HolmesDATE: October 2, 1980LOCATION: Caesar’s Palace, Las VegasSTAKES: WBC Heavyweight ChampionshipTHE HYPE: Ali had retired in June 1979 but within months began plotting his comeback. He was supposed to fight new WBA champ John Tate in June 1980, but he lost to Mike Weaver in March. So in April, Ali agreed to fight Holmes, the fearsome young champion. Promoters wanted the fight to take place at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, but local officials were concerned that it would damage the soccer field.THE BUILDUP: The fight was actually called off after the fiasco in Rio, and Holmes knocked out Scott LeDoux in July. But the two sides got together again and hammered out an agreement to fight in Las Vegas, where Caesar’s Palace would build a temporary 24,790-seat outdoor arena.There were concerns over Ali’s health prior to the fight, and he was required to undergo a neurological exam at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Doctors noticed him having trouble touching his finger to his nose and with some muscle coordination, but ultimately determined that he was fit to fight.THE FIGHT: Ali had begun taking a drug called Thyrolar for a thyroid imbalance, and he would blame it for feeling slow and weak during the fight. Outside observers said he simply looked old. In any case, Ali was toyed with the same way he used to toy with others. Holmes delivered a savage beating, and Dundee finally refused to let Ali answer the bell for the 11th round.Ali fought once more, losing a 10-round decision to Trevor Berbick Dec. 11, 1981, at Nassau, Bahamas.
ROME (AP) — Roma appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach on Friday, a day after firing Eusebio Di Francesco following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League.The 67-year-old Ranieri, who will be interim coach until the end of the season, flew to Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30.It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the club, having previously been in charge from 2009-11.“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” said Ranieri, who grew up supporting the team. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Fulham at the London Stadium in London. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who it fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. The 67-year-old Ranieri flew into Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30. It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the capital club, having previously been in charge from 2009-2011. Ranieri says: “I’m delighted to be coming back home. When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File )Ranieri, who led Leicester to the 2016 Premier League title, was fired by Fulham last week.During his first spell in charge of Roma, Ranieri led the team to a second-place finish in Serie A, two points behind Inter Milan. That team also lost the Italian Cup final to Inter.“We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” Roma president James Pallotta said.Roma fired De Francesco a day after the team lost to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League. That defeat came on the heels of a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Lazio in Serie A, with the team fifth in the standings and in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.FILE – In this file photo taken on March 6, 2019 Eusebio Di Francesco gestures during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and AS Roma at the Dragao stadium in Porto, during his last match as Roma coach. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who was fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, left the club on Friday.“We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League,” Pallotta said. “At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge.”Ranieri’s first match in charge will be against relegation-threatened Empoli on Monday.The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League. Roma is three points behind fourth-place Inter and four below AC Milan.“Claudio’s from the city, he’s a Roma fan but more than that, he’s one of the most experienced coaches in world soccer,” Roma director and former player Francesco Totti said. “What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League soccer again next season. We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Marcus Rashford scored a second-half goal to help a young and vibrant England side beat Switzerland 1-0 and avoid a fourth successive defeat on Tuesday.Rashford clinically put the ball into the goal in the 54th minute from an over an over-hit corner, which was swung back in by Kyle Walker at the King Power Stadium.It was Rashford’s fifth goal in an England shirt from 27 matches and second in the space of days. He had also scored against Spain in England’s 1-2 loss at Wembley last Saturday in the UEFA Nations League.Coach Gareth Southgate made nine changes to the starting line-up from the Spain defeat and his side provided few thrills in a first half controlled by more free-flowing football from the Swiss team.”Everybody voiced their opinion at halftime and in the second half we took control,” man-of-the-match Danny Rose told Sky Sports television.Well played, Danny! #threelions pic.twitter.com/1n55LeHeBAEngland (@England) September 11, 2018Team mate Harry Maguire agreed it had been a bit fiery in the dressing room.”Definitely a few words spoken between the boys,” said the Leicester City player. “All of us, we weren’t happy with the performance at halftime. We gave them a little too much respect with the ball.”Manager Gareth Southgate altered the shape after the break, moving the defence higher up the pitch while the players did a better job of keeping possession.The England boss also made a raft of substitutions after the breakthrough, including bringing on striker Harry Kane in the 61st minute despite having indicated that he would be rested.advertisementLeicester City’s Ben Chilwell also came off the bench, making his England debut at his home Premier League ground to loud applause.Switzerland had their chances in the first half, with Xherdan Shaqiri hitting the outside of the post from inside the box after seven minutes.While England goalkeeper Jack Butland made some important saves, Southgate’s side too often looked vulnerable in defence in the opening half.”We had a tactical problem to sort out and so many lads who were playing their first 45 minutes of the season,” said Southgate.”They kept the ball really well and we had to chase too much. It was definitely a lot of room for improvement but also for so many their first start of the season and really important for them.”It was an important night for us to finish well.”Englanf debut at the KP and a win. What a night for me and my family. Thank you for the reception and the kind messages @England pic.twitter.com/dLnzL24tUrBen Chilwell (@BenChilwell) September 11, 2018Television footage of the players walking out onto the pitch was broadcast in black and white for 25 seconds to mark the 25th anniversary of the anti-racism campaign Kick It Out.(With inputs from Reuters)
zoom Chemical shipping faces another tough year, but prospects are improving thanks to the strength of the product tanker market which is attracting a growing number of swing ships out of chemicals into products, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.Drewry estimates that seaborne trade in chemicals (including vegetable oils and fats) was stagnant in 2014 and is forecast to grow at less than 2.5% pa over the next few years. However, this year the fleet is expected to grow by as much as 9% to reach 101 million dwt by the end of 2015, placing at risk operator’s vessel utilisation and earnings. But the relative strength of the product tanker sector is likely to attract more swing ships out of chemicals shipping, so checking effective fleet growth.”Given the strength of the product sector, we expect more ships to enter this segment than chemicals,” said Drewry’s Lead Analyst for Chemical Shipping Hu Qing.”So the growth in the fleet actually trading in chemicals and related products is expected to be lower at just under 7% this year. This is below our earlier estimates and hence we are more optimistic about the short-term market prospects.”Drewry estimates that less than 40% of the total chemical capable shipping fleet is presently trading in chemicals and related products. And the proportion is expected to remain below this threshold over the next few years. Only three years ago over 46% of the fleet was trading in chemicals, representing a notable decline.”The gap between tonnage carrying chemicals and tonnage carrying petroleum products is widening because of the number of larger ships entering the trades. The trend will continue over the next few years,” said Qing.In some cases, the decision to move out of chemicals is an enforced one, as comparatively large numbers of ships continue to lose IMO Certificates of Fitness to carry chemicals and related products. In the first four months of 2015 alone, Drewry recorded 60 tankers either losing or not renewing IMO Certificates of Fitness, compared to just 11 vessels that have been moved from the feet through demolition, conversion and total loss.Looking further ahead, other factors have the potential to curtail vessel supply growth, including shipyards failing to meet scheduled delivery dates and one particular case of bankruptcy.”As such, slippage and outright cancellations through bankruptcy point to lower fleet growth than the headline numbers suggest,” said Qing.”As a result, fleet growth is expected moderate over the medium term which bodes well for chemical shipping operators.”
Le patrimoine artistique de la Nouvelle-Écosse s’est enrichi grâce à l’achat d’œuvres de 35 artistes et artisans locaux pour la banque d’œuvres d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Lors de la présentation des œuvres à la galerie Mary E. Black d’Halifax, hier, le 5 mai, la Province a rendu hommage aux artistes dont le travail a été sélectionné par un jury indépendant pour être acheté par la banque d’œuvres d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « La Province encourage le développement de l’excellence artistique, a déclaré Kelliann Dean, sous-ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Grâce au programme d’achat de la banque d’œuvres d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous pouvons conserver et exposer le travail d’artistes néo-écossais contemporains pour les générations d’aujourd’hui et de demain. » Établi en 1975, le programme d’achat de la banque d’œuvres d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse appuie la carrière d’artistes locaux depuis plus de 30 ans. Aujourd’hui, la collection compte près de 1 800 œuvres d’art, dont beaucoup sont exposées dans les bureaux du gouvernement partout dans la province. Le public pourra voir les œuvres achetées récemment du 6 au 14 mai à la galerie Mary E. Black, 1061 Marginal Road à Halifax. Les demandes d’inscription au programme d’achat de la banque d’œuvres d’art pour 2009-2010 seront acceptées jusqu’au 15 janvier 2010. Pour plus d’information, consultez le site Web du ministère à www.gov.ns.ca/tch/culture_funding.asp. Nota : Le nom des artistes et le titre des œuvres achetées pour la banque d’œuvres d’art de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont indiqués après le communiqué.
Glace Bay area residents who need dialysis are a step closer to receiving treatment in their own community. The province announced today, April 5, it will begin site and design work to support a six-station satellite dialysis unit at the Glace Bay Hospital. The new unit will reduce pressure at Cape Breton Regional Hospital’s dialysis unit in Sydney, cut down on travel time for many patients, and accommodate the increasing number of patients requiring this life-saving treatment. “When you consider the aging population and the demand for this treatment, it makes sense to proceed with a renal dialysis unit in Glace Bay,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It is important to these patients that they can get the life-saving care they need closer to their own community.” The new dialysis unit will complement existing services in Cape Breton, including satellite dialysis units in North Sydney, Inverness, and the Strait Richmond Hospital near Port Hawkesbury. There are 190 people on dialysis in Cape Breton. Twenty-six patients from Glace Bay are expected to use the new unit. “We have been fortunate to have satellite units established in other Cape Breton communities, and the plan for a dialysis unit for Glace Bay is welcomed,” says Dr. Tom Hewlett, nephrology division chief with Nova Scotia Health Authority’s eastern zone. “Our staff and patients appreciate the recognition that there is a need to enhance access to this care.” Part of the project will be funded through a $1.7 million bequest from the estate of the late Thomas Peach of Glace Bay. He left the money with the intent of helping establish dialysis services in the community. A request for proposals for design will be issued this spring. The design phase is expected to take about eight months. In January, the province announced the construction of a new 12-station dialysis unit at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, and issued a request for design proposals for a new six-station unit at Digby General Hospital.
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government sought to defuse weeks of outrage by ordering officials to adopt a more critical eye before approving funds and services for the family member of veterans — particularly relatives convicted of serious crimes.Yet it wasn’t immediately clear what impact the order will have on the case of Christopher Garnier, the Halifax man convicted last year of killing an off-duty police officer whose receipt of financial assistance for PTSD treatment from Veterans Affairs Canada has sparked widespread anger.A Halifax court heard last month that Veterans Affairs Canada was covering the cost of Garnier’s psychologist because his father was a veteran who has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.The revelation that taxpayers were footing the bill for Garnier’s treatment has sparked widespread condemnation, and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan promised last month to look into how and why the decision was made.On Tuesday, he told the House he had reviewed the findings and was directing official “to ensure that services received by a family member of a veteran are related to the veterans’ service and where they are not, that they be reviewed by a senior official.“I am directing the department to immediately address its policy on providing treatment to family members under extenuating circumstances,” he added, “such as conviction of such a serious crime.”The minister also said benefits will not be provided to a veteran’s family member who is incarcerated in a federal facility; responsibility for the provision of such services rests with Correctional Services Canada.But when it came to Garnier’s benefits, O’Regan repeatedly cited privacy considerations for refusing to discuss the case while indicating the order would not be retroactive.“The policy is to provide scrutiny with all future decisions,” O’Regan said outside the Commons. “All future decisions will now have an elevated level of scrutiny when we are dealing particularly with extenuating circumstances like this.”Liberals subsequently voted down a symbolic Conservative motion demanding an immediate end to the provision of Veterans Affairs benefits to Garnier, who never served in uniform.The minister also sidestepped a reporter’s questions about whether the new policy would prevent similar situations in the future if the department deemed the relative of a veteran should get benefits.“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals,” O’Regan said.Conservatives appeared unimpressed with the move. During a heated question period — and on social media — several Tory MPs demanded the government take immediate action by stripping Garnier of his current benefits.Garnier, 30, was convicted in December of murdering 36-year-old Catherine Campbell, an off-duty Truro police officer and dumping her body in a compost bin, and his lawyer had argued his client’s mental illness was brought on by the murder.His conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled last month that he would be able to apply for parole after serving 13 1/2 years — less 699 days for time served.The Halifax man has since appealed his sentence, calling it “manifestly excessive.” He had also earlier appealed his conviction, in part because he says police interview tactics elicited a false confession.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
Stepping up to serve the community is why two political leaders chose to go above and beyond to touch the lives of desperate people in downtown L.A. This is also the reason that these two men were honored by the Los Angeles Mission in its third annual Legacy of Vision Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.Los Angeles Mission 2014 Legacy of Vision Award Honorees Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Congressman David DreierCredit/Copyright: Los Angeles MissionTuesday’s event focused on the Mission’s services to homeless families and veterans through vital programs designed to remake and restore their lives.This year’s honorees were former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former U. S. Congressman David Dreier. They received the Anne Douglas Award, presented each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. The award is named for Mrs. Anne Douglas, the creative force and benefactor behind the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles a Mission and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.“The Los Angeles Mission has worked with both of our honorees for years,” said Herb Smith, President of the Mission. “They have supported the work of the Mission both publicly and behind the scenes. The public sees them at our holiday events not only serving meals but also washing the feet of people who are astonished when they realize who is helping them. What we also appreciate is their support and wise counsel behind the scenes along with their dedication to far-reaching goals of getting life restoring services to our city’s homeless.”“What initially made me come down to the Mission was hearing about how it was having an actual impact on the lives of people. I wanted to see if that could possibly be true. I saw for myself that it actually was true,” says Villaraigosa. “What kept me coming back to the Los Angeles Mission was the impact the Mission had on me and on my life. I never expected that serving in the humblest way: washing the feet of the homeless would move me to tears. Presenting me with a whole new dimension of how giving to others can change your own life.”“The Los Angeles Mission is a very special place,” said Dreier. “I’m honored to have had a quarter century long affiliation as a member of the foundation Board. My friends Anne and Kirk (Douglas) continue to be my model. My hope is to replicate their work as our fellow Angelenos strive to become productive members of society.”Miguel A. Núñez Jr., known for his numerous roles in films and television, hosted the evening¹s festivities. Núñez has also appeared in “Juwanna Mann,” produced “School Dance”, and written, produced and appeared in “Belle’s” on TV One.Steve Amerson, “America¹s Tenor” provided entertainment for the evening. He is a renowned recording artist and concert musician whose voice is recognizable from more than 160 films and television programs. In his 20-year career Amerson has recorded 17 albums, had more than 100 compositions published by Word Music and other publishing companies, and performed for many Christian events including the Billy Graham Crusades. Sixteen of his albums were produced for Amerson Music Ministries, a label he established as a nonprofit organization.Sponsors for the event include the John W. Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, City National Bank, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity and others.Los Angeles Mission was established in 1936 as a soup kitchen and Christian outreach to homeless men on Skid Row. During the depression years, many homeless and unemployed men struggled on the streets of cities across America. It was during the days of burgeoning bread lines and no food stamps. Soup kitchens, often supported by religious and civic groups, were established to feed the needy. The Los Angeles Mission was begun for just this reason.Several decades later, in the mid 1980’s, it was clear the Mission organization had outgrown its original Los Angeles Street building. The Mission saw the need to expand and purchased vacant property at the corner of 5th and Wall Street. The present Mission facility was built there and was dedicated in 1992 to serve an ever-increasing homeless population.With that new facility, the Mission was the first in Lost Angeles to establish a dedicated women¹s center The Anne Douglas Center for Women a long-term residential rehabilitation facility endowed by Kirk and Anne Douglas. It was a tour of the old Mission by the Douglases which spurred Anne’s interest in creating a safe place for women. Her passion to help the women opened both minds and doors. The result? A women’s facility was endowed and constructed through her efforts. Named for Anne, it opened in February of 1992.For more than 78 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.
Munich: Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to Germany to resume their battle against Bayern Munich with the hosts billing Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 return leg as an all or nothing showdown. After a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg three weeks ago, everything is to play for at Munich’s Allianz Arena. Klopp knows what awaits his Reds in the highly-charged arena where Bayern tend to raise their game and away teams face a barricade of whistles whenever they touch the ball. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “The four goals are all well and good,” said Klopp after Liverpool’s 4-2 win on Sunday at Burnley, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both scoring twice. “But what does that have to do with Munich? It will not be so easy to score four goals there as well.” The 51-year-old has a modest record of nine wins, five draws and 16 defeats in 30 games against the Bavarians — as coach of either Liverpool or former clubs Mainz and Dortmund — dating back to 2004. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open However, in his seven seasons with Dortmund, between 2008 and 2015, Klopp managed an impressive four wins, plus a draw and four defeats, from nine games in Munich. He tasted victory on his last visit to the Allianz Arena in April 2015 when Dortmund beat Bayern on penalties in the semi-final of the German Cup. Klopp knows that his team must walk tall at Bayern’s home. “It’s a much more positive moment for Bayern. They are top of the table and winning games comfortably again,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website. Bayern have hit form, winning their last three games with a goal ratio of 12-1 since the first-leg draw. “But if we are at our best, we can be exceptional.” Liverpool fans hope Reds’ striker Mo Salah has a red-letter day in Munich after just one goal in his last eight games. His lack of goals has not stopped Liverpool staying in contention for the Premier League title as Mane and Firmino have filled the breach. The Liverpool match is seen as a season-defining tie for the German champions. The five-time winners last failed to get through the last 16 stage in 2011 and confidence is high after they moved into top spot in the Bundesliga at the weekend for the first time since September. “It’s a very important game – everything is riding on this,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “The boys have put some more self-confidence in the tank,” he added after Saturday’s 6-0 mauling of Wolfsburg. Bayern will be without the suspended Thomas Mueller, but James Rodriguez will slot seamlessly into the attacking midfield role. Like Klopp, the Colombian expects a red-hot atmosphere having proved his form with a stunning goal at the weekend. “The fans will get right behind us and drive us on, so that we feel good and give our all,” Rodriguez told Bayern’s website. “We will have to put in the perfect match in order to go through. “Liverpool have quick players, who feel good when they get a lot of room, but I think we have every chance to go through.” German bookmakers agree and have made Bayern the slight favourites. The tie needs no added spice, but Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are still smarting after Germany coach Joachim Loew told them, along with Mueller, that their international careers are over. The centre-backs will have a point to prove against Liverpool. At the other end, the Reds’ Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk will have to subdue Rodriguez and Bayern’s record-breaking striker Robert Lewandowski. The Poland hot-shot became the Bundesliga’s top-scoring foreigner on Saturday when he extended his tally to 197 goals. So eager is Bayern head coach Niko Kovac to protect his forward that Lewandowski trained on his own on Monday as heavy snow fell in Munich. “You need to be smart and more than 100 percent ready for anything,” Van Dijk told UEFA.com on countering the threat of Lewandowski, who scored eight goals in the group stages. “If he’s trying to run at you, trying to get past you, you need to be ready for that as well. “You don’t need to give any opportunities to those strikers because they will punish you and they will score.”
The police identified the accused as S. Prasanthan (24) of Mannar district. Interrogation revealed that Prasanthan arrived at Madurai airport on March 17 on a valid passport and three months’ tourist visa. He stayed with his relatives at Batlagundu. The modus operandi was that he would take the contraband up to International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and hand it over to his contact after receiving money. After making the payment for the contraband, he would fly back to Colombo, Mr. Kennedy said.The leader of the smuggling gang deputed him to directly handle the operation as the local contacts tried to cheat him, Mr. Kennedy said. This was the second trip made by the accused, he said, adding he had visited India in 2011 for a smuggling operation. Prasanthan was handed over to Pamban police, who arrested him. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu’s Q Branch police detained a Sri Lankan Tamil when he attempted to smuggle 10 kg of ganja from the Pamban seashore, The Hindu newspaper reported.Acting on a tip-off, a special team, led by Q Branch Inspector of Police R. Kennedy, detained the Lankan Tamil when he was preparing to smuggle the contraband to Talaimannar in Sri Lanka through the sea route by engaging a boat. After visiting his uncle at Mandapam last week, he went to Madurai railway station as instructed by his ‘boss’, a Keralite operating in Sri Lanka, and received the contraband from a contact. He was waiting for the boat when the Q Branch police detained him.
by Amy Crawford, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 1:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Singer Bocelli visits MIT for workshop on adaptive technology for the visually impaired CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli says he might one day get to use the tools that researchers around the world are developing with support from the foundation that bears his name.Scientists and engineers working on high-tech hardware and software to help people with low or no vision make their way through the world gathered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to share some of what they’re working on.Technology on display included a smartphone app that uses a camera, accelerometer and compass to help a blind person navigate an intersection, a computer vision program that can read body language, and retinal prostheses to replace damaged photoreceptors.The daylong workshop was organized by MIT and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, launched in 2011 to focus on poverty, illiteracy and the disabled. Also on Friday, the foundation hosted a second workshop, in partnership with MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, focused on humanitarian programs.The topic of assistive technology for the blind hits close to home for Bocelli, 55, who was born with congenital glaucoma and lost his sight completely after a childhood soccer accident. Bocelli introduced the proceedings and was on hand to listen to the futuristic presentations.“I’m here just to . support the people who are actually working, to thank the people who have done the work,” Bocelli said through a translator. Perhaps, he added, he might one day use the tools that researchers are developing with support from his foundation.“I’ve always been very technologically inclined,” Bocelli said. “I’m really impressed by the progress of technology so far.”The workshop included presentations by researchers from Italy and across the United States, including a team from the MIT Fifth Sense Project, the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Bocelli Foundation.A collaboration between researchers from Northeastern University in Boston and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the project is developing wearable sensors to detect terrain and environmental hazards, recognize nearby people and read text. Team members have also created a bicycle that uses computer vision to help a blind person navigate around an outdoor track.“It’s just great to see the money and the mind-power behind this,” said Rabih Dow, a director at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. who came to listen to the presentations.Dow, 47, has been totally blind since age 16, and during that time he has benefited from great improvements in assistive technology. While the first adapted computer he used in the 1980s was “massive” and cost tens of thousands of dollars, today he carries an iPhone equipped with an array of apps that help him read the newspaper, navigate city streets and distinguish denominations of paper currency.“We’re not talking about anything exciting,” Dow said. “We’re talking about basic human needs, about dignity.”
According to news reports, the explosion was caused by fuel thieves who punctured the gas pipeline north of Mexico City. Fuel theft has become a growing occurrence in the country over the past few years, adding to other security issues.UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in his statement that Mr. Guterres was saddened by the incident which killed over 60 people and injured dozens. The UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in this tragic event and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The Secretary-General also expressed his solidarity with the people and Government of Mexico and said the United Nations system in Mexico stands ready to offer assistance to the national authorities.
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Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could be dealt with a heavy blow as the Buckeyes might be missing forward Andre Wesson for an undisclosed period of time, a university spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.Wesson has been undergoing tests for a medical issue over the summer, which was first reported by Eleven Warriors.The university spokesperson issued the following statement to The Lantern:“Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been undergoing testing and monitoring over the summer for a medical issue. Additional testing will be conducted in the coming weeks. The Ohio State men’s basketball program is optimistic Andre will be able to continue his athletic career with the Buckeyes this season.”As a freshman, Wesson averaged 11.6 minutes per game while appearing in 29 of the Buckeyes’ 32 games. The former three-star prospect averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He shot 36.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc, while succeeding on 53.6 percent of free throw attempts.Wesson is the oldest brother of freshman center Kaleb Wesson and the elder son of Keith Wesson, a member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team from 1982-1987.
Poll: Would you like to see Enda become Ireland’s Brexit minister? He’s built up an impressive book of EU contacts as Taoiseach. Could he take over as a Minister for Brexit? By Daragh Brophy Share63 Tweet Email Yes (4407) Monday 20 Feb 2017, 8:56 PM Feb 20th 2017, 8:56 PM 22,675 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3249954 Poll Results: Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images No interest/no opinion (806) YesNoNo interest/no opinionVote 88 Comments ENDA KENNY IS expected to set out his timeline for a transition of power within Fine Gael this Wednesday when he meets party colleagues, after growing pressure on his position and days of speculation.We don’t know yet whether it will be a long or short goodbye – but either way, it’s clear the Mayo TD’s time as Taoiseach is coming to an end.The idea that he could take over a newly-created brief as Brexit minister gained traction on Marian Finucane’s RTÉ show yesterday morning – and in a poll for the Sunday Business Post last month nearly three-quarters of respondents said they’d like to see a new dedicated ministerial role to deal with the Brexit fallout.We’re asking: Would you like to see Enda Kenny become Ireland’s Brexit minister? Image: PA Wire/PA Images No (8044)
New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Under the terms of the settlement, Castle Hill Gaming will pay VGT US$3 million in cash as well as changing out and no longer using the game titles “New Money”, “Arctic Cash”, “Arctic Ice” and “Welcome to Nugget Mountain”, any associated artwork and characters or any variations of the games. It will also remove and no longer use certain machine features and pay tables by 1 April 2020.“This settlement again confirms VGT’s and Aristocrat’s determination to protect our intellectual property, including VGT’s market-leading Class II portfolio,” said Aristocrat TechnologiesPresident Hector Fernandez.“We will continue to be proactive and aggressive in defending our assets going forward.”VGT is a subsidiary of Aristocrat Technologies, which in turn is owned by Aristocrat Leisure Limited. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More RelatedPosts A US-based subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited has agreed to the settlement of a lawsuit against slot machine manufacturer Castle Hill Gaming Inc over alleged infringements of its intellectual property.Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), which Aristocrat purchased for US$1.3 billion in 2014, filed the lawsuit in 2017 claiming infringements of certain VGT trademarks, trade dress and trade secrets. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August
MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida children on Thursday celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading his books.It was part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. The NEA celebrated their own anniversary by having kids in every community read a Doctor Seuss book.United Way Women’s Leadership members took part in the event by reading to kids at the United Way Center in Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.