December 3

Punjab Governor cites tech in Ramayana

first_imgCiting how the application of technology was evident when Lord Ram built a bridge across the sea and Lord Hanuman brought the “sanjeevni booti (herb)”, Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Friday asked young scientists to enhance innovation and knowledge sharing. Mr. Badnore also noted that “many advanced weapons were used at that time.” Mr. Badnore was speaking at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali, while commemorating the anniversary of the Pokhran Nuclear Test held on May 11, 1998. “Take the lead to make India achieve the top position in the world,” he urged faculty and students.last_img read more

November 28

Warriors defeat Central Districts by six wickets

first_imgOpeners Davey Jacobs and Ashwell Prince shared a 147-run partnership off just 94 ball to help Warriors beat Central Districts by six wickets in their Champions League Twenty20 Group A match here today.After Central Districts opted to bat, Warriors restricted them to 175 for three in 20 overs and then chased down the target with five balls to spare at the St George’s Park.Skipper Jacobs (74) and Prince (64) laid the foundation for Warriors’ successful run-chase.With three wins in as many matches, Warriors have now virtually progressed to the semifinal, while Central Districts who have failed to win even a single match in the tournament, have been eliminated from the race for a final-four berth.Chasing 175 to win, Warriors started aggressively and reached 50-mark in just five overs, with Jacobs and Prince smashing the Districts’ bowlers.Jacobs clobbered two fours off Micheal Mason in the first over of their innings and then hit Adam Milne for a four and a six in the very next over.Pacer Doug Bracewell was then brought into attack but was proved expensive as Jacobs hit two fours and two sixes to accumulate 21 runs.George Worker and Mason tried to slow down the run-rate but skipper Jacobs was simply unstoppable as he blasted a four and a six in the eighth over to score 13 runs.Jacobs took his side across the 100-run mark by hitting a six off Bracewell in the 10th over to add to the frustration of Districts’ bowlers.Boundaries flew thick and fast as Jacobs and Prince dealt only in fours and sixes to take their side closer to target, scoring another 45 runs in the five overs to make the scoreline read 145 for no loss in 15 overs.advertisementWith no option left, Districts captain Jamie How gave the ball to part-timer Kieran Noema-Barnett.Barnett justified the decision by removing Jacobs, whose ambitious shot found Mason near the rope. Jacobs struck five fours and six sixes in his 47-ball stay.In the 18th over, Bracewell got rid off other opener Prince, who finally hold out to Peter Ingram at mid wicket.Looking for a six, Prince ended up giving a straight catch to Ingram as Districts fought back, reducing Warriors to 151 for three in 17 overs.Needing 25 runs from 18 balls, new man Craig Thyssen hit two fours and a six off Bracewell to again swung the match in Warriors’ favour.In the 19th over, Thyssen smashed a huge six and a four off Noema-Barnett to take his side inside the victory lap. But just as he was getting prepared to finish the match, Thyssen fell to Noema-Barnett.Experienced Mark Boucher then came in and completed the formalities with a huge six off Bracewell on the first ball of the last over, while Johan Botha remained unconquered.Warriors scored 181 for four in 19.1 overs.Earlier, captain and opener How cracked a strokeful 88 to help Central Districts reach 175 for three after the side were reduced to 76 for three in 10 overs.How blasted a 55-ball 88, bejewelled with 12 fours and three sixes, while Noema-Barnett (53 n.o.) and Brad Patton (24) made some useful contributions to help the Districts cross the 150-mark.Districts paid the price for their sloppy fielding and pathetic bowling to succumb to their third defeat in as many matches.Young batsman Brad Patton gave his captain able support with a patient 27-ball 24 as the duo shared 64-runs from 38 balls to take the Districts score past 50.How clobbered four fours off Theron in the second over and three fours off Tsotsobe in the third over of the innings to accumulate 28 runs.After a brief lull, How took South African pacer Makhaya Ntini to task this time, hitting him for three fours in the sixth over.Warriors introduced their experienced spinner Nicky Boje in the seventh over and the gamble worked as the off-spinner caught Patton in front of the stumps to make the score 64 for two.Patton, who was looking dangerous in the company of his captain, struck five fours in his brief innings.Mathew Sinclair next came in to support his captain, but the experienced right-hander lasted only nine balls.Botha pitched the ball in the middle which turned and found Sinclair (6) plumb in front of the stumps.Noema-Barnett, who came in after Sinclair’s departure, joined How and blasted Justin Kreusch for a six in the 14th over to keep the scoreboard ticking.Both How and Barnett accelerated in the end to accumulate 70 runs in the last six overs, mostly dealing in fours and sixes but 175 later proved insufficient.last_img read more

November 18

Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen quits

first_img(Eds: Updating with inputs on Sens successor)Kolkata, Jan 2 (PTI) Mohun Bagans I-League-winning coach Sanjoy Sen today stepped down, taking full responsibility of his sides shocking loss to a 10-man Chennai City FC at their home ground.Already under pressure after a hat-trick of draws, Sens worst fears came true today when Mohun Bagan suffered I-League seasons first loss at the hands of the unfancied southern outfit who were reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute.Chennai City took a sixth minute lead through Frenchman Jean-Michel Joachim before Ansumana Kromah levelled it 1-1 from a penalty after Pradeep Mohanraj handed the ball inside the box.Veniamin Shumeyko then headed home the winner in the 71st minute to script the first big upset of I-League this season.”I cant say about the team, but it is the end of the road for me. It is the right time to take responsibility on my shoulders and move away from the club,” Sen said at the post- match press conference.”This is the first home match I lost. I tried a lot, I do not have the mentality to continue after this loss and three home draws where we could not come back. I cant deny that,” Sen said at Mohun Bagan tent.Having kicked off their campaign in style, Mohun Bagan beat arch rivals East Bengal 1-0 in the Kolkata derby but their title aspirations have dwindled. They are now at fifth place in the league table with 10 points from seven matches.advertisementTerming this a personal decision, Sen said: “Nobody sacked me, this is a personal decision. I should not continue as the supporters also have emotions attached with the club and I just cannot keep on making the fans unhappy. Im not fit to continue.”Before I was sacked, I think I have taken the right decision. As Gerard Houllier said you are no coach unless you are sacked?,” he said.This was the second match in a row that Mohun Bagan played at their home venue, as I-League came to Kolkata Maidan for the first time in history.But the first resulted in a draw — against a 10-man Indian Arrows, the developmental side of AIFF — and the fans had put pressure, shouting go back Sanjoy Sen.”I had decided beforehand that I will step down if we lose today. I have taken the wise decision. Thank you everyone,” the 57-year-old signed off.Sen was appointed the chief coach for the Mariners in December 2014 after the club parted ways with technical director Subhas Bhowmick and was instrumental in their I- League triumph in the 2014-15.He had previously been in-charge of Kolkata clubs like Mohammedan Sporting and United Sports Club and enjoyed success mostly in Cup competitions.While United SC became runners-up in IFA Shield and Durand Cup under his tutelage, the Black and Whites won the Shield last season. Sen had also led Mohammedan to become the champions of the I-League second division a couple of seasons back.Amid speculation that former Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood may be named Sens successor, Mohun Bagan senior official Debasish Dutta said a new coach would hopefully be announced by tomorrow afternoon.”He (Sen) came to me after the game and shared his decision. We will decide tonight and by tomorrow, we shall share the name of the new coach. There will be no practice tomorrow. The new coach will definitely be present when the team trains on Thursday. We will still have good relations with Sen,” Dutta said. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

November 7

Rovelli named as Australian Women’s Open coach

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Swain Rovelli as the coach of the Australian Women’s Open team. Rovelli moves into the role following the retirement of Peter Bell after the 2015 Touch World Cup in Coffs Harbour. Following roles as coach of the Australian Women’s 20’s team in 2013 and as an Australian Women’s Open assistant coach in 2014 and 2015, Rovelli will take the team into the new cycle in 2016.  Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate Swain on the appointment and wish him all the best.  Related LinksAUS Women’s Coachlast_img read more

October 26

Jim Harbaugh Gives Injury Update For Star WR Tarik Black

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines blows whistle before start of the game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black missed 10 games a season ago after having surgery on his left foot. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to miss significant time this season as well – because of a right football injury.Black was reported to have injured his right foot at practice this past Saturday. Monday, head coach Jim Harbaugh provided an update for reporters. Black has a broken right foot and will be out “some weeks.”Black, it seems at a minimum, will be missing his team’s big opener against Notre Dame this weekend.Black, in three games last season, had 11 receptions for 149 yards. He was considered the team’s top option heading into this season.Jim Harbaugh confirms what we reported yesterday about #Michigan’s top WR Tarik Black. It’s a fracture in his foot, and he says he will be out “for some weeks.” UM opens with #NotreDame this week. https://t.co/XEzZnbuUxR— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 27, 2018Michigan’s first four games come against Notre Dame, Western Michigan, SMU and Nebraska. It’s unclear if Black will miss more time than that.Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins are expected to see more action as a result of Black’s injury.Michigan and Notre Dame will face off at 7:30 PM ET on September 1.last_img read more

October 26

Scott Frost’s First Commit At Nebraska Is Transferring

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Safety C.J. Smith, who became Scott Frost’s first commitment at Nebraska shortly after he took the job in December 2017, has announced a transfer.Smith was a three-star recruit and the No. 26 safety in the 2018 class. He originally committed to Frost at UCF before following him to Lincoln.As a true freshman, Smith appeared in two games before an injury ended his season. He received a redshirt since he did not play in four or more games.Late last night, Smith confirmed his decision to leave Nebraska.Thank you… pic.twitter.com/iYXKJdpvNW— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) June 5, 2019Smith is the younger brother of former UCF star and current New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who starred for the Knights under Frost.Nebraska is set to open up its 2019 season against South Alabama at noon ET on August 31.ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more

October 24

On Alert: Birds of Prey

first_imgBirds. We see them flapping about everyday in every sky we look up at. We eat them, we photograph them, and we watch them relentlessly. But most of us have no knowledge of birds or how they impact our own lives.Recently I took a trip to The Center for Birds of Prey outside Charleston, South Carolina and got schooled on all sorts of amazing fowl. After learning more about their eagles, falcons, vultures, hawks and owls, I had a private tour of their bird hospital and their oil spill rescue area (yet to be used, but sadly we know the day will come. And yes, they use Dawn!). A highlight was their Owl Wood area where I saw more owls than I knew existed.I learned that most people have no idea how to help an injured bird, and oftentimes cause more harm than good. I decided to speak to the Director of Education, Stephen Schabel to learn more about what we can do to help instead of hinder our bird populations around the country.What is your background?Essentially I have always loved birds and being outside. I started as a biology major then got my degree in education but didn’t want to teach in the usual way. I then got my masters in Environmental Policy and came here in 2003. Here at the center we take science to normal people and help them use that information in the way we behave, construct policy, and vote. Turns out I really love working with these animals. I never thought ‘Zookeeper’ would be part of my job! It’s awesome and has a good mission behind it and it resonates with a lot of people.Why should we pay attention to birds?That is one of the topics most discussed here. What we know is that birds are an indicator out there.Examples:Lead toxicity is a big one. I thought lead was gone after lead paint and lead gas. And how many people hunting know they are putting animals and themselves in danger by using lead bullets? The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather center_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now We looked at tissue samples of a variety of dead birds and we saw mercury from the fish eaters and the DDT is still out there but what we found in all the birds was pharmaceuticals. They are eating things we throw away. We are eating the same fish the birds are so you have to wonder.It is kind of like the canary in the coal mine. Birds are very sensitive to things and they are going to die first if there is a problem. If we pay close attention to them we can use that to better our own lives.If I see a hurt or abandoned bird what do I do?Stay out of the situation! Most orphan situations don’t have to be. Things were going perfectly well until a human tried to help. If people find an owl chick on the ground they often rush to save it. What they should do is step back because their mom and dad are probably right there to help them.Ask yourself, “Did I cause this problem or is this a natural occurrence?”Sometimes peoples’ efforts at helping just make it worse.We get calls from people all over the nation who have found a hurt or (possibly) abandoned bird. The reality is, our scope is primarily South Carolina. There are bird centers in every state so if we get the call we can direct people to a center near them. The first step is literally, take two steps back. If you aren’t sure you are doing the right thing then don’t do it.If you do need to handle the bird, throw a towel over it and wear gloves so you won’t get harmed either. Then put it in a box and get it to help as soon as you can. What if I see a bird hit by a car?If someone finds a hurt bird that has been hit by a car or tangled in a net, be aware that humans caused it so there is probably something you can do about it.One big thing people who really care can do is to move dead animals away from the road. Many birds and animals get hurt from eating dead animals on the side of the road. Here at the center the state patrol brings us road kill all the time that we dump in a certain area and our local bird population comes in for the feast in a safe environment.How can you tell if a bird has lead poisoning?There are obvious things – you see bird get shot, you see blood on the bird, you see the wing hanging. If you see a Bald Eagle in your yard and he isn’t running away when he should, there is probably something wrong. That could be from lead poisoning since lead can often times cause neurological issues. If a bird is normal and healthy it will fly away 99% of the time.Every Bald Eagle that comes in we check for lead poisoning. We are very fortunate to have the equipment to do this. Most scavengers are eating dead animals and because some humans still want to use lead bullets, the scavengers get lead poisoning. They have to ingest lead to be harmed.So hunters should stop using lead bullets?Yes! I am a hunter and I know there are plenty of alternatives. California banned lead ammunition because of the California Condor. If the rest of the country followed we would have a lot fewer bird issues.Visit The Center for Birds of Prey’s website to support their cause and learn more about how to help an injured bird. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

October 24

Regulatory Reform Important – Dr. Robinson

first_img Chairman of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), Dr. Ronald Robinson, has highlighted the importance of regulatory reform and the training of regulatory professionals in improving how Government functions. Story Highlights Regulatory reform is aimed at helping governments improve regulatory quality; that is, reforming regulations that raise unnecessary obstacles to competition, innovation and growth, while ensuring that regulations efficiently serve important social objectives. The PSRA is a statutory body under the Ministry of National Security charged with monitoring and regulating the operations of all stakeholders in the private security industry. Chairman of the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA), Dr. Ronald Robinson, has highlighted the importance of regulatory reform and the training of regulatory professionals in improving how Government functions.Regulatory reform refers to changes that help improve regulatory quality, that is, enhance the performance, cost-effectiveness, or legal quality of regulations and related government formalities.Such reform creates an environment that fosters competition, innovation and growth, while ensuring that regulations efficiently serve important social objectives.Dr. Robinson said effective regulations will ensure that State agencies operate efficiently and that best practices are adhered to, which will benefit Jamaicans.He was speaking at the opening ceremony for a five-day training workshop in International Regulatory Affairs, which got under way on Monday (June 20) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The certification course, which targets regulatory professionals from key State entities, provides a comprehensive analysis of mechanisms behind strategic regulatory reform.Regulatory reform is aimed at helping governments improve regulatory quality; that is, reforming regulations that raise unnecessary obstacles to competition, innovation and growth, while ensuring that regulations efficiently serve important social objectives.It is focused on the instructional architecture for regulatory reform, strategies and approaches to regulatory reform, reduction of administration burdens, enforcement and compliance issues, monitoring and evaluation of regulatory reform.The participants are drawn from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR); the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC); Firearm Licensing Authority; Cannabis Licensing Authority; Spectrum Management Authority; Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA); Airports Authority of Jamaica; Pharmacy Council of Jamaica and the Private Security Regulation Authority.Dr. Robinson urged the participants to take advantage of the training. “Remember, you can’t have too many certifications… so just take it seriously and absorb,” he said.The workshop will run from June 19 to 23 and is organised by the PSRA and the United Kingdom (UK)-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS). The course is being delivered by Regulation Trainer, Ian Rennie.At the end of the course, persons will receive internationally recognised certification.The PSRA is a statutory body under the Ministry of National Security charged with monitoring and regulating the operations of all stakeholders in the private security industry.last_img read more

October 22

Nova Scotians Receive Diamond Jubilee Medals

first_img “It has been an honour to represent Nova Scotia and Canada at the Olympics and I feel that I speak for all of Nova Scotia’s Olympians and Paralympians when I say, we are proud to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said four-time Olympian, Paul Tingley. Throughout the year, the Diamond Jubilee medal will be awarded to 60,000 deserving Canadians. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee and the medal, visit novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee. Fourteen deserving Nova Scotians were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal today, Oct. 4, for contributions to the province. Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson presented the medals to Nova Scotia’s Olympians and Paralympians, on Premier Darrell Dexter’s behalf, at a ceremony in Halifax. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes the significant contributions these Nova Scotians have made to their sports, to their communities and to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Wilson. “Those receiving the medal today clearly illustrate the positive impact one person can have, and their devotion and hard work sets a great example for future generations.” The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada. Hundreds of Nova Scotians will be honoured throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients were nominated personally by the premier. The medal recipients are: Ellie Black, Gymnastics (Halifax) Custio Clayton, Boxing (North Preston) Ryan Cochrane, Kayak (Windsor) Amy Cotton, Judo (Judique) Mark de Jonge, Kayak (Halifax) Danielle Dube, Sailing (Glen Haven) Eric Gillis, Marathon (Antigonish) Devan Gotell, Paralympic Swimming (Antigonish) Geoff Harris, Sprinting (Halifax) Jamey Jewells, Wheelchair Basketball (Donkin) Jenna Martin, Sprinting (Caledonia) Jason McCoombs, Canoe (Dartmouth) David Sharpe, Swimming (Halifax) Paul Tingley, Paralympic Sailing (Halifax)last_img read more

October 20

Concerted effort to force TMC workers to stay away from politics or

first_imgKolkata: The sole purpose behind the ‘Reign of Terror’ unleashed by the BJP in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara on Thursday is to scare the Trinamool Congress workers and force them to either join BJP or keep themselves away from politics in the entire Barrackpore sub-division.Bhatpara, which is otherwise a peaceful area in North 24-Parganas, became the epicentre of violence since Arjun Singh joined the BJP from TMC shortly before the general elections. Singh, who was nominated as a BJP candidate from Barrackpore, defeated the sitting Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi. Following Singh’s victory, Trinamool Congress MLAs from Bijpur and Noapara, Subhrangshu Roy and Sunil Singh joined the saffron party. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPawan Singh, Arjun’s son, won the Bhatpara by-election by defeating Madan Mitra. Partha Bhowmick, Trinamool Congress MLA from Naihati, is putting up a lone battle. In Barrackpore sub-division, the TMC has control over Naihati, Jagatdal, Barrackpore, Panihati and Barranagore. Manas Mukherjee of the CPI(M) is the MLA from Kamarhati. BJP has taken control over Bhatpara, Kanchrapara and Halisahar municipalities while the state government has deputed an administrator in Naihati municipality. Locals alleged that the BJP has deployed a large number of Hindi-speaking outsiders to create trouble in the area. They are putting pressure on the Trinamool rank and file so that they stay aloof from politics. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had recently visited Naihati to cheer up the party workers. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe outsiders are putting enormous pressure on the Muslims as well. They have allegedly told the Muslims that they will give them full protection if they join BJP. An uneasy calm prevails in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara like Jagatdal, Kankinara, Naihati where most of the shops have downed shutters. The slum dwellers have kept themselves indoors. Despite the Chief Minister’s instructions, the police have taken a softer stand against the outsiders. Jyotipriya Mallick, TMC president, North 24-Parganas demanded that the outsiders should be arrested immediately. “Bhatpara is a peaceful area but the BJP is turning it into a trouble-torn zone. The police have been instructed to arrest the criminals,” he said.last_img read more

October 16

Agnes Chan Named UNICEF Regional Ambassador For East Asia And Pacific Region

first_imgUNICEF has announced the appointment of Agnes Chan Miling as its newest Regional Ambassador for East Asia and the Pacific Region.A much respected entertainer and television personality, Ms. Chan has worked as a national advocate for the rights of children since her debut as a singer in Japan in 1972. She has served as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan for over 17 years.“We are very glad that Agnes Chan has accepted a regional role as a UNICEF Ambassador for children,” said Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. “In her role as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan, she has been a strong advocate for children’s rights. As a regional Ambassador she will continue to use her voice to help UNICEF in Japan and beyond, to improve the lives of children.”Ms. Chan first teamed up with UNICEF in 1998 when she was appointed as the first UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan. Since then, she has undertaken media interviews, field visits and public outreach activities, with a special focus on children impacted by violence, conflict and emergencies.“I am honoured to become a Regional Ambassador, and to continue to help defend and uphold children’s rights,” said Chan. “Having visited children in 18 countries for UNICEF over the years, I have seen first-hand how children around the world are suffering from circumstances beyond their control. Children in The East Asia and Pacific region have huge potential but they need our support to develop and blossom. My dedication to reach out to the most vulnerable children in the region and beyond will only grow with this new appointment. Let’s speak up for the rights of all children. Let’s treat every child as our own.”Ms. Chan, who is a native of Hong Kong, China, has a long history of employing her celebrity and her energy to support children’s causes. In 2009, Ms. Chan helped launch UNICEF’s global Progress for Children report. She also travelled with the UNICEF Executive Director to areas affected by the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, promoting child-centered disaster risk reduction; an issue that was the focus of her address to the Third session of the Global Platform for disaster risk reduction in Geneva that same year. In 2014, Ms. Chan chaired an experts’ and children’s discussion at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.last_img read more

October 16

Stars Come Together For WE Day Canada

first_imgOn Sunday, tens of thousands of young people, families and community members from coast-to-coast came together on Parliament Hill for WE Day Canada to mark Canada 150 and celebrate as the nation turned their focus to building the country’s next 150 years.Shania Twain at WE Day CanadaCredit/Copyright: Patrick DoyleReady to build a stronger future together, exceptional Canadian youth paired with iconic national celebrities and thought leaders took to the WE Day Canada stage for an evening of epic performances, inspiring speeches and remarkable celebration.Alongside international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, WE Day Canada featured a cast of distinguished Canadians, innovators and trailblazers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Barenaked Ladies, National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Roméo Dallaire, Gord Downie, Marc Dupré, Nelly Furtado, Hedley, Tom Jackson, Governor General of Canada David Johnston, Maripier Morin, Alex Nevsky, Kardinal Offishall, Penny Oleksiak, Serena Ryder, Lilly Singh, P.K. Subban, Jacob Tremblay, Les Trois Accords, Margaret Trudeau, Shania Twain and more.“Performing on Parliament Hill for WE Day Canada was an extraordinary experience — as a WE ambassador and proud Canadian, there was nowhere else I’d rather have been this weekend,” said singer, songwriter, producer and WE ambassador, Nelly Furtado. “Having had the opportunity to meet warm and welcoming young people and leaders from across the country, my heart is filled with hope — I’m confident in the difference we can make as a collective good and in the future of our nation.”“As a global organization with our roots proudly planted in Canada more than 20 years ago, hosting WE Day on Parliament Hill was an incredible honour,” said international activist and co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. “Canadians across the country have shown us they care, that they’re dedicated, and that they will continue to build a stronger Canada — I’m certain that our country is in good hands and am excited about what we will accomplish together over the next 150 years.”Top show moments from WE Day Canada: • Gord Downie with Pearl and Daisy Wenjack sharing the story of Chanie Wenjack, followed by an emotional 100 person youth choir performance of “Stranger” from Gord Downie’s Secret Path Project • Shania Twain takes the stage to share what being Canadian is all “aboot” • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges to build a stronger future for CanadaWE Day Canada is part of WE are Canada – WE’s national campaign marking Canada 150 – bringing millions of Canadians together with the collective goal of inspiring them to take action towards building a more caring and compassionate future nation. WE is engaging a generation of Canadians to make local, national and international impacts through the multi-faceted program. WE are Canada engages people coast to coast, challenging Canadians of all ages to raise $1 million for Canadian organizations and commit to one million hours of local volunteer service.The national program empowers Canadians to gain a deeper understanding of social issues, inspiring them to make a difference in their communities and across the country, helping to build the nation’s next 150 years. The first step that every Canadian can take is the WE are Canada Pledge. By taking the pledge, people across the country are joining a collective movement of active change-makers who are committed to building a strong future Canada. Learn more about how to get involved on Facebook.WE Day Canada was taped for a special television broadcast that will air on Saturday July 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT on CTV and Friday July 14, 2017 at 9 p.m. EDT on MUCH.As a part of the Government of Canada’s weekend long celebrations in Canada’s capital region, WE Day Canada was made possible thanks to the support of senior advisor and executive producer Jeffrey Latimer and Honourary Co-Chair National Chief Perry Bellegarde.WE Day Canada was presented by RBC, TELUS, Seventh Generation, and Teck, along with partners including: Canada 150 Champion, The Jim Pattison Group; Canada 150 Champion Families, Paul & Leah Atkinson & Family, Kevin & Mandi Kimsa & Family, and Mark & Sarah Wellings & Family; In-Kind Partners, Cadillac Fairview, WestJet, Freshii, and Farmboy; and, Amplification Partners, Cineplex Entertainment, Facebook Canada, PATTISON Onestop, The Globe and Mail and LeDroit.last_img read more

October 13

Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD – For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn’t afford.“Every place has a copy of my resume attached with a request for job,” Abdul-Wahid, a graduate of the Basra Technical Institution, told The Associated Press by phone from the southern city.“If you are well-connected mainly among political parties and have money, you will get any job you dream of,” Abdul-Wahid said. “If not, you will get nothing.”Mismanagement since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein has increased joblessness nationwide. In more recent years, idle young men were lured into the ranks of militant extremists, and now unemployment is fueling violent protests in the capital of Baghdad and the Shiite heartland in the south.Demonstrations involving thousands of people broke out this month in Basra province, protesting the lack of jobs and poor public services, including frequent power outages.According to the World Bank, the overall unemployment rate in Iraq stands at 11.2 per cent and is nearly twice that, 21.6 per cent, in areas that once were under Islamic State control and endured heavy destruction from military operations that officially ended late last year.As of 2014, the poverty rate increased from 19.8 per cent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 per cent, it added.In Basra, a city of more than 4 million, the unemployment rate shot up sharply to at least 30 per cent, according to deputy Gov. Dhirgham al-Ajwadi.Between 30,000 and 35,000 students graduate from the city’s private and government universities and institutions, and most of them end up without jobs, he said, blaming federal officials for not focusing on what the labour market needs.The Basra protests have spread to other cities and threatened to paralyze the oil industry, the lifeline of Iraq’s economy. They have derailed traffic at main ports on the Persian Gulf and neighbouring Iran and Kuwait.To contain the unrest, the federal government promised an urgent allocation of 3.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($3 billion) for electricity and water projects, as well as 10,000 jobs.But the requests for jobs exceed that number, with more than 85,000 people applying so far, al-Ajwadi said. “Till now, there is no plan on how and when this will be implemented.”Unemployment has been one of the thorniest issues for the government, with 70 per cent of Iraqis under age 40 looking for work.The eldest of six children, the 26-year-old Abdul-Wahid has taken a series of unstable jobs since 2015 to help his family. But he recently got an idea he saw while surfing the internet: selling hot and iced drinks around the city from a vehicle.“I liked it because it’s something new and no one did it before in Basra,” he said.He borrowed money from relatives and friends to buy and modify a small car. Then approached a coffee-machine supplier, which helped him with a free machine and discounts on supplies.He now roams Basra’s streets, offering various types of coffee, tea and other hot and cold beverages. He makes around 900,000 Iraqi dinar (about $750) a month.Abdul-Wahid considers himself lucky, because his peers are forced to take menial jobs despite their education.“There are graduates who work as accountants in small business or construction workers or cleaners in hospitals or security guards in malls because they want feed their families,” he said. “The situation of youth in Basra is miserable.”He lamented that Basra is seen as “the mother of wealth” because it has about 70 per cent of Iraq’s proven oil reserves of 153.1 billion barrels, along with its ports.“When we think of all the wealth we have, we feel sad and upset. We deserve to live a better life, not only compared to other Iraqis but compared to the world,” he said.Iraq suffered a double shock in 2014, when militants from the Islamic State group swept through areas in the north and west and the price of oil plummeted on international markets. Oil revenues make up nearly 95 per cent of the federal budget.That forced the government to stop hiring and to divert much of its resources to the costly campaign to battle the militants, severely affecting job creation, the private sector and investor confidence. As a result, growth has been stunted, with poverty and unemployment on the rise.Among Iraq’s many unemployed is Ali Fadhil Kadhim, a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in science and physical education who has taken part in the Basra protests.Like others, he has applied for jobs but is not optimistic.“These promises are just anesthetization for the people and to keep them silent,” said Kadhim, who has worked as a security guard, construction worker and taxi driver. “We started a revolution and we will not give up.”___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sinansm .last_img read more

October 11

Ban calls for start of relocation of Iranian exiles living in camp

15 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the start of the relocation of residents of the settlement in Iraq formerly known as Camp Ashraf, urging the Government and the camp dwellers to continue to cooperate so that the process can be carried out in a peaceful manner. “The Secretary-General reiterates that the Government of Iraq bears the primary responsibility for the security and the welfare of the residents of Camp Ashraf,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“At the same time, the residents of Camp Ashraf also bear a responsibility to abide by the laws of Iraq. Any provocation or violence must be avoided and would be unacceptable.”The United Nations and the Iraqi Government on 25 December signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the voluntary relocation of several thousand Iranian exiles living in Camp New Iraq, previously known as Camp Ashraf, in the north-eastern part of the country.On 31 January, the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) and the human rights office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said they had confirmed that the infrastructure and facilities at the new relocation camp met international standards.In his statement today, Mr. Ban acknowledged the efforts of the Iraqi Government to prepare the temporary transit location to host the residents and allow UNHCR to undertake refugee status determination.He reiterated his call to Member States to contribute to a durable solution by demonstrating their readiness to accept eligible residents of Camp New Iraq who wish to resettle in third countries.The Secretary-General stressed that the UN “remains strongly committed to continue to do its utmost to facilitate a peaceful and durable solution.”Situated in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, Camp New Iraq camp houses several thousand members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran. read more

October 7

October 1 – Save the Date

Goodman Golf TournamentThe Goodman School of Business’ ninth annual golf tournament to raise funds for student scholarships and activities will be held Oct. 1, 2013 at Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton. To date, the golf tournament has raised over $160,000, which has helped establish a scholarship and assist student clubs with their competition costs. The 2013 tournament will also support the George Rasula Memorial Scholarship, an award that goes to a student in the Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program, who attains excellent grades. The alumni committee of Andrew Julie (MBA ’05), Bryceson Dodge (BBA ’08, MBA ’10), Tabish Gill (BAcc ’07) and James MacLellan (BAdmin ’87) has been hard at work putting together an outstanding event that will be one golf outing you don’t want to miss. For more information and to register, go to:brocku.ca/business/alumni/alumni-events/golftournament read more

October 7

Very scary Me Too Mining founder talks about threats harassment she faced

Susan Lomas was working on a remote mining site in northern Ontario in the early 2000s, when the most “ridiculous” incident she faced as a woman in the industry began with a knock at the door.A male colleague tried to force his way into the townhouse she was staying in and she rebuffed him.“He was saying how he really liked me and how he really wanted to come in and hang out with me,” recalled Lomas, a geologist and founder of the Me Too Mining advocacy group.“I was married. My husband was back at home… He seemingly wasn’t going to be taking no for an answer.”She spoke with a project manager and the man was told to “cut it out” and warned that he would be in “serious trouble” if the behaviour continued.“I was so used to it,” she said. “I was always thinking…this is what I have got to deal with.”In her first mining job, a handful of male colleagues started “wallpapering” her work area in pornography.She kept taking the images down, only to find them pinned back up again.“Then the guy came storming into my office and said: ‘if you ever touch these photos again, I am going to put your hands in the rock crusher’,” she said. “That was very scary.”Lomas believes companies have a responsibility to take action because they often set the tone for their industries.“I loved being a geologist for 30 years,” she said.“I have had incredible experiences and it is worthwhile to fight for.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press read more

October 7

Momentum builds for LNG Canada as pipeline workcamp contract awarded

CALGARY — Analysts say the awarding of a workforce accommodation contract to Houston-based Civeo Corp. is another sign that the $40-billion LNG Canada project is headed for a positive final investment decision later this year.Civeo says it has been awarded contracts to supply temporary work camps at four locations along the Coastal GasLink pipeline from Dawson Creek, B.C., to the west coast of B.C., on the condition that the liquefied natural gas export terminal is built.The proposed 670-kilometre pipeline is to be used to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the facility near Kitimat, B.C., where it will be super-cooled and loaded on ships for transport to mainly Asian markets.Petronas buys 25% stake in LNG Canada, a year after scrapping its own projectShell’s $14-billion contract for Kitimat project a sign B.C. may catch the second LNG waveIn a note to investors, CIBC financial analysts say the contract award adds to evidence that partners in the Royal-Dutch Shell-led project will agree to proceed, noting that Civeo has already been awarded conditional contracts for a 440-bed permanent facility at Kitimat and a 4,500-bed temporary camp for the export terminal construction phase.Last month, pipeline owner TransCanada Corp. awarded the construction contract for the pipeline to a consortium, also on the condition of a positive investment decision on LNG Canada.Civeo, which operates several work camps in the oilsands region of northern Alberta, says it is to provide a total of over 2,000 rooms under the pipeline contract and revenue is expected to be about $100 million from 2019 to 2021.The company adds it will also partner with a First Nation for each facility.“The strength of our First Nation relationships was critical to these awards,” said Civeo CEO Bradley Dodson in a news release.In May, Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas announced it had agreed to take a 25 per cent equity interest in LNG Canada. read more

October 4

Calgary man posing as realtor facing more fines

by News Staff Posted Aug 18, 2014 3:28 pm MDT Reputation may go a long way but Calgarians are being encouraged to check the credentials of potential realtors. It comes after a Calgary man was fined, once again, by the Real Estate Council of Alberta. Derek Johnson is facing the maximum fine of $25,000 for acting as a realtor and mortgage broker, without proper licensing or authorization. Charles Stevenson, director of professional standards at the Real Estate Council of Alberta, said Albertans can easily check credentials by going to their website and searching a realtors name in their database. http://www.reca.ca/consumers/consumers.htmHe said the reasoning behind finding someone with a licenced broker is about more than just following the rules. “This really is about consumer protection,” Stevenson said. “In Alberta, if you are going to represent someone else, in a trade in real estate, or if you are going to be an intermediary, or represent a lender or a borrower in dealing mortgages, you must be authorized to do so.”Johnson was first fined back in March 2013, and then again in July 2014 for failing to comply. Calgary man posing as realtor facing more fines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 2

Proposal to rescind extension of UN benefits to all samesex couples rejected

The United Nations budget committee on Tuesday rejected a draft decision that would have had Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon withdraw a bulletin, issued last year, which established rules for the personal status of staff members in determining their benefits and entitlements. Eighty delegations voted against the draft decision, which revolved around such principles as the Secretary-General’s prerogatives in organizational matters, equality of UN employees, national sovereignty, and transparency. The text received 43 votes in favour, while 37 delegations abstained. In 2014 the UN changed how it categorizes staff members’ personal status, allowing more same-sex couples access to the same benefits enjoyed by their heterosexual counterparts.In a major policy change that took effect in June, the UN decided to honour the marriage of any same-sex couple wed in a country where same-sex marriages are legal. Previously, a staff member’s personal status was determined by the laws of the country whose passport he or she carried.Mr. Ban did not consult UN Member States about the policy change.Following today’s vote, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the Secretary-General appreciated the support of those who recognized his authority as Chief Administrative Officer as per the UN Charter. “I’d like to repeat in issuing his bulletin last year, the Secretary-General was acting under that authority in managing UN staff members,” said Mr. Haq. read more

October 2

Sudan unilateral sanctions hit innocent harder than political elites warns UN rights

“Sudan has been under unilateral coercive measures for two decades without any adaptation to the sustained evolution of the internal context,” said UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, adding that the evolution of the impact of the measures has only fluctuated subject to the whims of fate.In a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Jazairy called for the limitation in scope and time of such measures and their linking to achieving specific purposes, at the end of his first official visit to the country to assess their adverse impact on the enjoyment of human rights.With reference to the recent tightening of international financial transfers with Sudan after the record fines imposed on European banks for having done business with the country, Mr. Jazairy noted that the “signal given by compulsory measures is in contradiction with their proclaimed objectives.”Further, the expert welcomed the exemptions introduced for vital supplies but indicated that they remain to be activated by lifting constraints on financial transfers needed to make the exemptions effective.Additionally, Mr. Jazairy suggested the broadening of exemptions and the inclusion of other vital areas “that preserve the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, including full access to health, education and other basic services thus ensuring the right to development and to decent living,” as well as relaxing the restrictions on financial transfers between the Sudanese living in the country and those abroad. “Sanctions do not affect officials and elites. Their full impact is on innocent populations, and they contribute to social stratification, inter-regional disparities and to the broadening of the black market, as well as to the loss of control over financial transfers,” Mr. Jazairy explained, while noting that Sudan is one amongst few countries still under comprehensive unilateral coercive measures.He also noted that more studies and investigations are required to distinguish between “the relative impact of [such measures] and of endogenous shortcomings of human rights”, especially to understand situations such as the adverse impacts of unilateral sanctions on human rights within the health sector.Mr. Jazairy underlined that “the study of the dysfunctions in the economic, social and educational areas in the Sudan show that these have causes related to UCMs as well as to the internal situation.”Additionally, he deplored the absence of detailed surveys and studies to be undertaken by independent sources, and called for cooperation of a technical nature between OHCHR and relevant UN agencies operating in Sudan, to develop and design parameters to enable the assessment of the separate impact of UCMs on human rights violations.“A comprehensive assessment of the situation in Sudan is a two-track process that should take into account the domestic and the external factors affecting the overall human rights situation,” said Mr. Jazairy.The Special Rapporteur called for the “gradual removal of the restrictions imposed on the financial transfers relating to business deals,” and additionally, he suggested engaging international donors and creditors to restructure Sudan’s crippling external debt, in line with resolution No. 539 (2015) of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union calling for ‘comprehensive debt relief, the lifting of sanctions against Sudan and development support for South Sudan.’Mr. Jazairy met with the Vice-President of Sudan, as well as with Ministers and State officials of a number of Ministries concerned by sanctions, as well as with members of Parliament, business and civil society organizations, trade union and party leaders academics and other experts, on his eight-day visit, from 23-30 November.Lastly, he also interacted with representatives of UN agencies and regional organizations in addition to members of the diplomatic community from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas present in Sudan, in order to gather relevant information, in order to present a comprehensive report of his visit to the country to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.Special Rapporteurs, who are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization, are appointed by and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. read more