In signs that the infighting within the Samajwadi Party is far from settled, its patron, Mulayam Singh, and his brother, Shivpal Yadav, were absent from the party’s eighth State convention held here on Saturday.Adding fuel to the fire, SP president Akhilesh Yadav in a veiled attack on his estranged uncle Shivpal, warned SP workers to “beware of banawati [fake] Samajwadis”.Without naming anyone, Mr. Yadav claimed such Samajwadis had tried to harm the party from within. “They tried a lot and conspired to stall the movement. They were successful in one conspiracy, we could not come to power in the State. But our eyes have opened now. They won’t succeed in any conspiracy,” he said.The former Chief Minister, however, clarified that he still enjoyed the blessings of his father, even as he asserted that along with the SP founder, several other leaders had worked hard to establish the SP and its andolan.“Netaji is my father. And his blessings will always be with me, and with it we will carry forward this movement and take it to new heights,” he told party leaders and cadre.Mr. Yadav and his uncle have been engaged in a long feud which reached its peak during the months leading to the 2017 Assembly elections.Now amid speculation that Mr. Shivpal could hoist a new outfit, he looks further sidelined by his nephew. He was missing from the posters and banners put up by the SP to publicise its meeting.The fresh conflict came to the fore recently after Mr. Mulayam Singh expelled his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, who sides with Mr. Akhilesh, from the post of secretary in the Lohia Trust.
Handed contrasting but demoralising defeats in their opening Super Eights matches, England and New Zealand would aim for resurrection when they face off in what is likely to be an even contest at the World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Saturday.England were done in by the all-round brilliance of Chris Gayle as they lost by 15 runs to the West Indies, while New Zealand were stunned in the Super Over even though they came close to a victory in regulation play itself.A distinct flaw in both teams’ approach has been the tendency to leave it too late, something that is suicidal in the Twenty20 format.For New Zealand, their top order showed fine form with openers Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill and number three Brendon McCullum coming good with the bat. It is the lower order that hasn’t quite clicked, including experienced allrounder Jacob Oram.More is also expected of skipper Ross Taylor even though he has shown glimpses of his explosive self in entertaining cameos.England, on the other hand, have failed to fire from the top.The team has lost early wickets in most games which has invariably hurt the all-important scoring rate.In the absence of the temperamental but immensely talented Kevin Pietersen, England’s title defence has looked shaky and the team is likely to be put through a tough test by the Kiwis, who have a reputation of punching above their weight in big events.”We’ve got to stop losing early wickets because it’s hurting us,” England skipper Stuart Broad has said, underlining the biggest problem plaguing the team.The bowlers too have not had an exceptional outing so far even though Broad himself can draw confidence from the economical spell he bowled against a destructive West Indian line-up.A lot was expected of spinner Graeme Swann but he hasn’t really worked much magic in conditions that are considered tailor-made for tweakers. But he might hit his stride against the spin-wary Kiwis.New Zealand’s bowling problems are quite similar. Their pace spearhead Tim Southee hasn’t been too effective. Experienced Daniel Vettori’s spin has also not produced desired results.Given the very similar nature of their strengths and weaknesses, it would be an intriguing battle.advertisement
BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “When you are out since a long time ago — I had the surgery a little over a month ago — it’s normal that I have some pains,” Nadal said after his loss to world number six Anderson.“Being honest, I’m satisfied the way I was playing tennis. I am more or less satisfied with how the body held.“It’s not the moment for me to take a step back, it’s the moment to make a step forward. Today’s match is a step forward for me, that’s the main thing.”Nadal is now scheduled to kick off 2019 in Brisbane next week in preparation for the first Major of the year.“My goal is try to be ready for the Australian Open and I think I’m on the way to make that happen but, of course, I can’t take a lot of risk after the surgery.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spanish’s Rafael Nadal reacts during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 first Semi-final match in Abu Dhabi, on December 28, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)World number two Rafael Nadal lost to Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday but said he was “satisfied” with his first match back after ankle surgery.The Spaniard lost a tight three-setter 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and subsequently withdrew from his third-place play-off match so as not to push his body too far too soon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Tough decision View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal was due to face Karen Khachanov on Saturday in Abu Dhabi after the young Russian lost to an impressive Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “Tough match, three-set match, I didn’t play sets before here,” said Nadal who had not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September.“At the same time, I get pains after a long time without playing, so probably tomorrow (Saturday) I will not play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I will take a couple of days off. The season just started for me, it was a goal to be here.”Nadal underwent surgery on his ankle to remove an loose intra-articular body in November and only resumed training two weeks ago. LATEST STORIES
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels Joe Root has been completely unable to handle the pressure in the current Ashes series Down Under and went on to say that the England captain has been more like a little boy than lead by example for his side.Australia have completely dominated the visiting England side in the first three Test matches winning by 10 wickets at Brisbane, 120 runs in the day and night Test at Adelaide and then registered a innings and 41-run victory in the third match at Perth to regain the Ashes urn. (Ben Stokes heads back to England, cuts short New Zealand stint)Ponting believes Root is too soft spoken and urged the 26-year-old to shed his shyness and galvanize the squad.”Joe seems like he is under the sort of extreme pressure that he has never felt before, which is what you would expect in an Ashes contest,” Ponting said. “Everything about it is more intense than anything else you play… I know he is not (naturally) too forthright or too on the front foot, but the way he addressed things last week… I think they need him to step up big time. (Ashes 2017: Steve Smith-Milos Raonic play tennis ahead of Boxing Day Test)”The way he answered a lot of the questions after the game last week, and almost the Brisbane game as well, he seemed almost like a little boy. You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren’t going well.”advertisementEngland’s batting order relies a lot on the experienced Alastair Cook and Root, especially in Test matches. But the batting mainstays have failed to live up to the expectations so far in the series.Cook is averaging a paltry 13.83 with 83 runs in three Tests while Root has managed just 176 runs at 29.33 with a highest score of 67.But Ponting feels the off-fields incidents like Ben Stokes getting suspended after the Bristol pub brawl, Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt on Cameron Bancroft and Ben Duckett pouring a drink over James Anderson, have contributed in Root’s shortcomings as a captain and batsman in this series.”To be honest, I think he has been under pressure right from the start because of things that have been happening off the field,” said Ponting.”To me, what those things show was a complete lack of respect for him as captain. There is always a bigger picture out there. If you are found out doing the wrong thing, it doesn’t just impact you, it impacts your captain.”And, to me, he just looks like he was under pressure before the first ball was bowled. Look at some of the shots he’s played, it looks as though something is playing on his mind. In the first innings in Adelaide and second in Perth.”They are not the sorts of shots you would expect from one of the best players in the world. And not someone who is trying to lead from the front. They seemed pretty lazy, pressure shots.”Ponting, who lead Australia to a 5-0 victory over England in the 2006-07 Ashes, also felt that the England dressing room looks a bit soft at the moment after the losses.”Not only inside the dressing room but outside it as well. For me, it just looks like it has been a little bit soft, if anything,” the 43-year-old added.(With Reuters Inputs)
Luka Modric in his childhood was once rejected by Hajduk Split football club for being too slight and wak, the same Modric will now lead Croatia into the World Cup 2018 final against France on Sunday.At 1.72 metres (5ft 8in) and 66kg (146 lbs), the Croatia playmaker can cut a diminutive figure on the pitch but he has few rivals when it comes to skill, game-management and stamina.On Sunday, the winner of four Champions League titles with Real Madrid will play the biggest match of his life against France and size will be the last thing on his mind.”I’ve always ignored such talk,” he told reporters on the eve of his nation’s first World Cup final.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”I have never doubted myself even if others did, I always believed I could get to where I am today and thank God this came true.”You don’t have to be a giant to play football, I’m happy with where I am. I am happy with where I am and I never cared what anyone else said, it only further motivated me.”Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia finalFrance will be clear favourites to win a second World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium and Croatia will be relying on the resilience that got them through three lots of extra time and two penalty shootouts in their knockout matches.Many of this generation of Croatian players grew up during the war following the break-up of Yugoslavia, however, and that have given them a mental toughness.advertisement”Ive seen a great deal of hardship in my life,” added Modric, who lived in refugee hostels for several years as a child.World Cup 2018: The cup feels so close we can almost touch it, says Matuidi”The most important thing is to never give up, never give in to circumstances, believe yourself and to soldier on no matter what’s in your way.”There are ups and downs but whatever happens, you have to trust and believe in yourself.”Fight for your dreams and success. This is what has always guided me.”Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent homeDespite all the talent in their ranks, Croatia’s place at the World Cup was in jeopardy as late as last October when Zlatko Dalic took over and Modric paid tribute to the impact the coach has had on the team.”We are in the World Cup final, that was the influence of the coach,” the 32-year-old said.World Cup 2018: Croatia ministers wear football team jerseys to cabinet meeting”He came into the picture at a very difficult moment … In the first game, he talked us up to give us self-belief and told us we were still good players despite this crisis.”He brought us calmness, he perked us up and what we most like is his sincerity and his attitude towards each and every player. We like having him around, he’s shown his influence, not just as a coach but more importantly as a human being.”(With Reuters inputs)
Michigan, after surviving Army in overtime, will probably slide a few slots. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Terrapins will likely slide into the poll.Here’s what we think the top 25 will look like on Monday afternoon:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateLSUNotre DameAuburnFloridaMichiganUtahTexasPenn StateWashington (plays Cal tonight)OregonTexas A&MWisconsinUCFMichigan StateIowaWashington StateMarylandStanford (plays USC tonight)Boise StateIowa StateCollege football fans – do we have it right? ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week two of the 2019 college football season will wrap up in just a few hours. Let’s go ahead and predict what we think we’ll see in the AP Poll on Monday afternoon.Clemson, the No. 1 team in the country, faced a stiff test from No. 12 Texas A&M on Saturday, but passed. The Tigers, at home, prevailed, 24-10, behind a few big plays from Trevor Lawrence and a stingy defense.The other big game of the week featured No. 6 LSU vs. No. 9 Texas in Austin. The Tigers, behind an all-time performance from quarterback Joe Burrow, scored a huge road win.Two ranked teams lost to unranked opponents. No. 21 Syracuse was routed by Maryland, 63-20. No. 25 Nebraska, meanwhile, blew a big lead against Colorado and fell in overtime, 34-31.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs on Sunday to shun any negativity and work with a positive mindset so as to win over even those who did not vote for the party.In his address at the concluding session of the two-day training programme for over 380 party lawmakers, he also referred to the next Lok Sabha election, scheduled for 2024, and told them to nurse their constituencies in a way that they can retain them on the strength of their work and conduct, sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He cited his own clean record to urge the members of Parliament to keep their personal and professional conduct above board, according to MPs who attended the meeting. The prime minister asked the MPs to give ample time to their families but shun “parivarvaad” (dynasty politics), they said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters that Modi asked MPs to not entertain negative thoughts about their rivals or those who did not vote for them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe asked them to work and conduct themselves in such a way that even those who did not vote for them are won over. “You should work for everybody’s welfare. You should be positive and shun any negative thoughts about those who did not vote for the party. Looking at your work and conduct, they will get closer to you,” he quoted Modi as saying. The prime minister asked the MPs to focus on people’s participation and pro-people policies, while overlooking politics, in the interest of their constituencies and the nation, Joshi said. A BJP MP said Modi spoke like a “guardian” and touched on issues related to political, ideological as well as personal aspects of their lives. Turning his attention to the next Lok Sabha polls, he asked MPs to identify booths where they did not fare well and work to strengthen their presence there. His speech, the sources said, also focused on proper conduct by MPs, and Modi in this context mentioned his own long tenure in government, earlier as Gujarat chief minister and now as prime minister. He asked the MPs to stand in queues with public and speak appropriately. Modi chose to sit among the MPs in one of the back rows during the meeting. BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe conducted a session on self-development for the lawmakers while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the party’s contribution to the country. A book titled “Sanskritik rashtravad ke shilpi” (Architects of cultural nationalism), a collection of BJP president Amit Shah’s speeches on personalities ranging from Chanakya to party founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, was also released. Shah, who is the Union Home Minister, did not attend the meeting as he remained busy with official work related to Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said.
TORONTO – Construction workers, building security guards and cleaners under government contracts would receive a “fair” wage under legislation Ontario’s governing Liberals introduced Tuesday and hope to pass before the June provincial election.The new legislation — called the Government Contract Wages Act — would establish minimum pay rates for workers in those sectors and require contractors and subcontractors hired by the government to abide by them.“It means that if you work on a government project … you will be paid fairly. Full stop,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said as she made the announcement at a union training facility for plumbers and steamfitters in Toronto. “This is about preventing employers from undercutting workers’ wages in order to lowball on provincial projects.”Wynne said the bill will update fair pay legislation that has remained unchanged since 1996. Trade organizations have lobbied the government for the update for years and the Liberals have spent the past 12 months consulting with stakeholders, she said.“We’re tabling legislation to enshrine the principle of a fair prevailing wage in law as well as provide the necessary support and enforcement to make it work,” she said.Patrick Dillon, the secretary treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, said the legislation will not only help protect worker wages, but ensure safety on the job.“When contractors are bidding and one is lowballing the other, they have to cut some place and generally they start to cut at health and safety,” he said. “We think this is a big step in the right direction to help with prevention.”Dillon acknowledged that the move may not be popular with all contractors in the province.“Some contractors may complain about this,” he said. “But their workers, for sure, will not be complaining.”The move comes months after the government passed major labour reforms that included minimum wage hikes — it jumped to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and will rise again to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019 — and equal-pay measures for part-time and casual workers.David Frame, director of government relations at the Ontario General Contractor’s Association, said his organization had no idea the legislation was coming and the news caught them off guard Tuesday. They consulted with the government on the wage schedules a year ago and hadn’t heard anything since.“What surprises me is they don’t need legislation,” he said about the updates. “They have the (regulatory) authority to bring the schedules up to date.”Frame said the association doesn’t challenge the premise of the fair wage scale, but the skilled trades are so competitive at the moment that if a worker feels he or she isn’t receiving fair compensation, they could find other more lucrative work in the field.“They’re trying to make employers look like the bad guys, like we’re not paying our workers properly,” he said. “I know of no workers who are going to be helped by this at this current time.”Wayne Peterson, executive director of the Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario, said the industry welcomes the new bill and would have liked to have seen it introduced earlier.The Liberal legislation should spell out how the new rules will be enforced, he said. “It’s fine to pass legislation, but if it has no enforcement and no teeth, then it’s just frivolous legislation.”Wynne said she was optimistic the new bill would become law before the election, slated for June 7. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn conceded, however, that the co-operation of the opposition Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats would speed up passage of the legislation.“I think if you believe in a fair wage policy for the province of Ontario and you’re one of the opposition parties I would hope they would co-operate,” he said. “A co-operative house could ensure that this would happen for the people of Ontario.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the timing of the announcement, weeks before an election, says more about the government’s desire to position itself before the vote than it does about its dedication to workers.New Democrats may support the legislation but want to have an opportunity to examine the bill, she said.“This is what makes people so disappointed with Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals,” she said. “They could have upgraded the fair wage policy for years now. In fact, they were stringing a lot of these workers along.”The Tories also criticized the government for the timing of their legislation.“Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have had 15 years to stand up for workers in Ontario,” labour critic John Yakabuski said in a statement. “Now less than a month before the election is set to start, the Liberals are introducing a bill that they likely will not even have time to pass.”
EDMONTON – She’s being called one smart cookie.As people lined up to buy cannabis at one of six Edmonton cannabis stores that opened Wednesday, a small entrepreneur stood ready to capitalize on what could be expected to be customers’ future need for a sweet snack.Nine-year-old Elina Childs had a wagon full of Girl Guide cookies for sale.“We’ve sold cookies in the neighbourhood before with her and it’s door to door. People aren’t home. There’s dogs and everything else,” said her father, Seann Childs. “We thought, ‘Where can we go to sell them?’“It just so happens that legalization was coming up in a couple of days.”He and his wife talked to Elina and she thought it was a good idea.When she got home from school, she grabbed some change from her piggybank. She and her dad loaded up a wagon with three cases of Girl Guide cookies and they walked to the nearby cannabis store.She started walking up and down the lineup.“It was well received,” said Childs.“People thought it was awesome. There were people telling her she was doing a great thing, that it was very innovative. There were cars stopping on the street to buy cookies from her. It was really something else. I’d never seen anything quite like that.”Childs said he expected it to go well, but he never thought they would sell out in 45 minutes.“We were sold out in no time.”An official with the Girl Guides praised Elina’s strategy.“Good on her and her family for thinking of it,” said Edmonton commissioner Heather Monahan. “It’s fun and it’s different and what better way to get rid of cookies.”A social media post on Elina outside the pot store went viral and Monahan said they started getting questions about whether it was allowed.“Why wouldn’t it be?” she said. “It wasn’t like she was in the store — that would be a whole different ball game.“I think it’s wonderful.”To make it even better, Elina’s parents were able to use the experience as a teaching moment for their daughter.“She actually has cystic fibrosis, so we encourage her to get out there and do things and be active,” Childs said. “Girl Guides is one part of that.”He noted that smoking is usually harmful to her.“This was one day she could benefit from smoking,” said Childs. “We saw that as an opportunity to get out there and teach her a little about what cannabis is.“Obviously she’s not going to be using it before she’s 18, I hope, but we like to have frank discussions with her, so she understands what it is and take away that mystery behind it — just to show her people of all ages and all walks of life are doing this and it’s legal in Canada now, just demystify it for her so it’s not a big deal for her.”
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper said more information would surface in the coming days about the “terrorist” who was gunned down inside Parliament Hill’s Centre Block building Wednesday morning shortly after a soldier was shot and killed at the nearby National War Memorial, sending Ottawa’s downtown core into lock-down as tactical units swept through the streets and searched buildings.In an address to the national Wednesday evening, Harper said the morning’s events were a “grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.”Harper also hinted that the gunman, widely identified as Michael Zehaf Bibeau, 32, may have had accomplices in his attack.“Attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all,” said Harper. “We will not be intimidated, Canada will never be intimidated.”Harper linked the attack to Canada’s military mission in Iraq to battle ISIS militants attempting to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region. ISIS fighters currently control a swath of territory between Syria and Iraq. Canada is sending CF-18 fighter jets to Iraq and is also currently supplying weapons to the Kurds battling ISIS.“This will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe at home,” said Harper. “Just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against terror organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores.”The prime minister also paid tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who was gunned down at about 9:52 a.m. while he stood in ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial.“Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed today, murdered in cold blood as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial, that sacred place that pays tribute to those that gave their lives so we can live in a free and democratic and safe society,” said Harper.The prime minister provided no new details on the attack.NDP Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair spoke after Harper.“(The attack) was intended to make us more fearful, but it has failed,” said Mulcair. “Today’s events have succeeded in drawing us closer and making us stronger.”The RCMP and the Ottawa Police refused to confirm Zehaf Bibeau’s name as the gunman. It has emerged, however, that Zehaf Bibeau has a criminal record in British Columbia and Quebec. He also lived in Vancouver, Montreal and Aylmer, Que., which is near Ottawa.Zehaf Bibeau was shot dead in a hail of bullets near Centre Block’s Hall of Honour.Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Commons, was involved in killing the gunman during an exchange of fire, MPs said. Journalist Tom Korski was inside Centre Block when shooting broke out and said he heard over 30 shots. A Globe and Mail reporter captured part of the scene on video that depicted security personnel moving toward the Library of Parliament as a number of gunshots rang out.A photo reportedly of Michael Zehaf Bibeau, 32, that surfaced on Twitter.A surreal scene unfolded across the capital city’s downtown as Ottawa Police and RCMP tactical units swept through the streets and buildings in and around the Parliament Hill precinct following an attack at the War Memorial and in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block building. Authorities kept downtown in lock-down deep into the evening as officers continued searching for a possible second gunman. At one point, officers with guns drawn were seen running into a building housing the Israeli embassy as police pushed media and bystanders away from the area. Similar scenes were repeated throughout the morning and afternoon, as police officers shouted that a gunman was on the loose.Police appeared to be uncertain during the day about whether there were multiple shooters loose in the downtown core. Police on several occasions widened the security around Parliament Hill by several blocks saying a shooter was on the loose. Police officers on the scene told separate APTN National News reporters that a gunman had reached the roof of a building. Late Wednesday, police lifted the downtown lock-down, but kept restrictions on Parliament Hill.Police take cover in downtown Ottawa following the shooting death of a Canadian solider.Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said officers received multiple 911 calls shortly after 9:52 a.m. Bordelau said a suspected gunman was shot and killed, but he wouldn’t confirm whether it was the same individual who killed the Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial.“This is an ongoing operation,” said Bordeleau, during a press conference at the RCMP National Division headquarters.RCMP National Division commanding officer and Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud said the attack caught authorities by “surprise.”Ottawa Police said earlier no one had been taken into custody.The Ottawa Police is leading the investigation of the shootings outside the Parliament Hill precinct, while the RCMP is handling the investigation on the Hill.Bordeleau would not confirm the sequence of events or details around the shootings.Police interview witnesses following shooting at the War Memorial.A witness at the War Memorial told APTN National News he heard four shots fired by a man with long, loose black hair, dark skin, wearing a coat and dark pants.“He took off with a shotgun…it was pretty intense,” said witness Chuck Bromley. “I heard the first shot, looked over and realized what was going on and took cover. I looked again, the third shot, and a fourth shot and he just took off…I saw him take off toward the Parliament buildings with a shotgun.”It appears the soldier was shot in the chest, and paramedics could be seen performing C.P.R. on him before he was taken away by ambulance.Chuck Bromley witnessed the shooting at the War Memorial.Another bystander managed to get a photo of the gunman and police took the individual’s camera.After the War Memorial shooting, the gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament Hill and a witness claimed he the suspect drop a cell phone, which was picked up by an onlooker and eventually turned over to the police.Another witness said a man drove up to the Centre Block in a black vehicle, got out carrying a rifle and ran inside.Construction worker Scott Walsh, 21, was in a manhole in front of Parliament Hill when he heard the shots. When he came out he saw a man with a double-barreled shotgun run past and hijack a vehicle on Parliament Hill and head towards Centre Block.“He peeled off and went around the loop to the back left of (Centre Block),” said Walsh. “It was intense. I didn’t think it was real.”Scott Walsh details seeing gunman run onto Parliament Hill.Walsh said he hit the ground and described the man as sort of dark skinned with long black hair with a scarf around his face.Inside Centre Block, MPs and Parliament Hill staff are describing a chaotic scene. Newfoundland MP Gerry Byrne says he heard nearly a dozen shots fired inside Centre Block which houses MPs offices, the Senate and the House of Commons chambers.Centre Block was busy with each party holding their caucus meetings at the time.The prime minister was on the Hill in a room adjacent to the shooting during a Conservative caucus meeting, but was rushed away to a secure location . NDP MPs were gathered in the room across the Hall when shots rang out.Canada’s elite military unit, JTF-2, was also on scene.Authorities put downtown Ottawa in lock-down following an attack at the War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.-with files from The Canadian Press
(Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, left, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Maryam Monsef, Status of Women minister at Tuesday morning’s news conference on the extension of the national MMIWG inquiry) Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe head of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says “political expediency” is at the heart of Canada’s decision to deny the commission an extra two years to complete its work.“In seeking a two-year extension we were striking a balance between the urgency of the issues and the need to do this work thoroughly,” Buller said in a statement after the announcement.“Now we believe political expediency has been placed before the safety of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQ people.”On Tuesday Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Canada will grant the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls only six months to complete its work.The Inquiry’s commissioners are now mandated to submit a final report by April 30, 2019.Read the inquiry’s statement here: Short extension injustice to families, survivors, and CanadaIn March, the inquiry requested a two-year extension and an extra $50 million in funding to complete its mandate of reaching victims and families, and of examining the social, cultural, economic, institutional and historical roots of the ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.The commission was initially given two years and $53.8 million to complete the Inquiry.Tuesday’s announcement falls far short of the request, despite Bennett calling the crisis of violence against women and girls a “national tragedy” and a “top priority”.Bennett says the decision to grant just a six-month extension is informed by the wishes of families and survivors, who Bennett repeated numerous times during Tuesday’s press conference wanted the Inquiry completed “in a timely way.”She said the decision also came as a result of not being able to achieve a consensus among the provinces and territories to grant the Inquiry its requested two-year extension.“Without an extension in terms of [the provinces and territories’] orders in council, we would have lost the national public inquiry,” Bennett explained.She would not disclose which provinces or territories rejected the two-year extension, saying the intergovernmental discussions are “private conversations”.Bennett said the decision to further finance the inquiry to complete its mandate won’t be hers, but that any decisions will come from further discussions with the commissioners.While any new money for the inquiry still has to be worked out, Tuesday’s announcement included almost $50 million in government funding for programs and services identified in the inquiry’s interim report last November.Buller told APTN News in an interview that reaction from families and survivors was swift, and that many are “devastated” and were “expecting more in the way of time and resources to address the issues that they have fought so long and hard for.”Buller said families and survivors are “upset that politics have been put ahead of our women and girls once again.”“I know right now that we will not be able to have our regional hearings across Canada in each of the provinces and territories,” she explained.“We have found across Canada that there are regional issues that need to be addressed and issues that come under provincial and territorial jurisdiction specifically, like child welfare off reserve, like education, healthcare and policing.“We won’t be able to have those regional hearings because of the lack of time.”Buller doesn’t buy Bennett’s claim that families and survivors don’t support the Inquiry’s requested two-year extension and said the commissioners have “heard differently.”She also said she’s “disappointed” that provinces and territories have reportedly not supported the inquiry’s request.As part of the government’s announced funding, Indigenous Services Canada will invest $21.3 million to expand health support services to for families and survivors who participate in the Inquiry, as well as those impacted by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Another $5.42 million will be invested in 2019 and 2020 to extend the timeframe for the Department of Justice’s Family Information Liaison Units and community-based organizations to support families beyond the life of the Inquiry.The feds are also accepting the inquiry’s recommendation for a commemoration fund and will provide $10 million over two years through Status of Women Canada to “honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.”And $9.6 million will be invested over five years to support the RCMP’s new National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit, which includes oversight of investigations into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef reiterated Bennett’s emphasis on putting families first.“We said from the beginning that we wouldn’t wait until the end of the inquiry to act, and as Minister Bennett said: Ultimately this is about preventing tragedies like this from happening. This is about ensuring that survivors and their families have the supports they need —that the legal systems and the justice systems in place are responsive.”Conservative Indigenous Affairs critic Cathy McLeod said the Liberals “clearly” want the Inquiry completed before the 2019 election, but hopes “political calculus” did not weigh on the decision.“At the end of the day, this needs to bring closure and peace to the families and it needs to give us a path forward,” she said, adding she’s waiting to hear more details on what additional funds the government will provide and how the commissioners will use the extra six months.“I’ve been hearing a lot of concerns in terms of the red tape, the bureaucracy, the phone numbers that haven’t worked, so to give more time and it’s more of the same — that’s not effective for the families,” she said. “They now have a deadline.”The NDP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Buller said the inquiry will “hear from families and survivors who have already registered with us,” and that the commissioners “know that we have to do more research.“We know that we have to support our research team in filling in the blanks of the work that has to be done and the information that we have to receive.”But she’s not optimistic that they will be able to reach as many of the most marginalized Indigenous women in Canada as they would like, such as those who are incarcerated or living in shelters.“We’ll have to go back and rethink our strategy regarding the more marginalized communities because we need to do more work there to build on the work that we’ve already done.”Buller said the commission has “a full agenda” and will “be working to fill it out as best we can within the existing extension period.”firstname.lastname@example.org@JustinBrakeNews
CALGARY, A.B. – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he shares Albertan’s “frustration” at billions of dollars being lost to the Canadian economy due to oil price discounts linked to export pipeline capacity constraints.But he says Ottawa is focused on finding long-term solutions by getting approval for new export pipelines such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project it bought in August and by pursuing Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board.Following a speech at an Energy Council of Canada forum in downtown Calgary, Sohi told reporters the key to building pipelines is building trust in regulatory processes and engaging affected parties early on so that approvals aren’t overturned, as was the case with Trans Mountain. The judge that overturned that project’s NEB approval cited a lack of meaningful consultations with Indigenous people and failure to consider marine environmental impacts.An NEB reconsideration of the identified issues is expected to conclude by February but Sohi said he won’t put a deadline on new Indigenous consultations now underway.Asked about an Alberta request in October for the federal government to support crude-by-rail shipments, Sohi said the Alberta request is being examined by his department but he hasn’t actuallyseen it.“My administration has been engaging with the province of Alberta, their officials and the officials from other provinces to explore options, options that can work, options that are practical to implement and options that will actually give us the ability to transport Alberta resources in a way that needs to be done,” he said.“Those are short-term solutions but the long-term solution ismaking sure pipeline capacity is expanded.”Asked then what options are being considered, he said: “I don’t know what those options are. Officials are engaging with the provincial officials.”
The top court on February 18 last year commuted the sentences of AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, Sriharan alias Murugan and T Suthentiraraja alias Santhan, who were the only ones facing the death penalty in the case at the time, in a decision that the Centre challenged in the SC two days later.The Union government’s plea opposing a Tamil Nadu government decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case awaits a final verdict from the court.About 500 people are on death row in India, many of them for years. 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, who is slated to be hanged on Wednesday, was awarded the death penalty in 2007. A total of 26 people were found guilty of conspiring to kill Gandhi, but 19 of them were later acquitted.The Centre said in its curative petition that the killers did not deserve any mercy and the victims in the assassination case were not heard before the death penalty was commuted. The Indian Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday the centre’s curative petition against its 2014 judgment commuting the death sentence of three convicts to life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, upholding a verdict that brought into focus the inordinate delays in executions in India, The Hindustan Times reported.The central government plea had sought a review of last year’s decision when the SC reduced the punishment while saying the prisoners had been on death row for too long. The former prime minister was killed by a suicide bomber from the LTTE while campaigning in an election in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur city in 1991 after he dispatched Indian troops to aid Sri Lanka in its fight against the separatist militant group. While commuting the sentences, the Supreme Court left the option open for Tamil Nadu to grant remissions to the convicts under the executive powers of the state government. The state announced remission for the prisoners within a day of the judgment.On the Centre’s plea, the SC stayed the release of the convicts and said the state was expected to comply with procedure and remission was not automatic. “We have gone through the curative petitions and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court (in the Rupa Hurra case laying down the principle of curative petition),” read the order from the bench of chief justice HL Dattu and justices TS Thakur, AR Dave, Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh on Wednesday. The court had earlier said it was essential for the convicts to suffer and realise the victim’s pain through “slow poison”.
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno continued his official visit over the weekend to the DRC, speaking at an event in the capital, Kinshasa.”The international community only plays a supportive role to the central one, which is to be played by the Congolese themselves,” he said. His visit comes one year after the Transitional Government was installed and a year before the elections scheduled for June 2005.Mr. Guéhenno added that recent decisions made by Congolese authorities, including the signing of the Ituri commitment act and the nominations of Governors, were major steps in the right direction.Yesterday Mr. Guéhenno flew to Ituri, in the northeast of the DR of Congo, after travelling Saturday to Uganda, where met President Yoweri Museveni.
“Notre Dame represents a historically, architecturally, and spiritually, outstanding universal heritage. It is also a monument of literary heritage, a place that is unique in our collective imagination”, said the UNESCO chief, adding that the inferno which engulfed the cathedral, but appears to have left the medieval stonework intact, “reminds us of the power of heritage that connects us to one another. We are receiving messages of support from all over the world.” The cathedral, where construction began in the 1160s extending for more than a century, is considered to be the finest example of the French Gothic style of architecture, with its groundbreaking use of rib vaults and buttresses, stained glass rosettes and sculpted ornaments. She described seeing people praying outside the stricken symbol of the city and the nation, still trying to take in the scale of the disaster:“I saw many, many people going from the Metro, to the site of Notre Dame, and I have to say many are still in a state of shock, because it’s not only the Christian community, it’s a building for all of us”, she said. “Really, it’s a universal symbol and it’s the centre of France …I think this is really shocking people profoundly and they lost something that is part of their identity.” Dr Rössler said that a team of UNESCO experts is on hand to investigate the stability of the stonework and potential damage to stained glass windows, echoing a statement by the UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, in which she announced that a “rapid damage assessment” would be carried out as soon as possible with the authorities.After visiting the site of Notre Dame on Monday night Ms. Azoulay said “we are all heartbroken.” The Cathedral is part of the World Heritage site officially known as “Paris, Banks of the Seine”, inscribed on the World Heritage List, in 1991. That’s what UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director Mechtild Rössler told UN News after visiting the site on Tuesday.“Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral – a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. My thoughts are with the people and government of France” @UN Chief @AntonioGuterres. Photo: K. Dallinger pic.twitter.com/YeSjrt0kv0— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 15, 2019
At the beginning of this season, Major League Baseball instituted a new set of rules to make the games go faster. The idea was to limit how often batters can step out of the box during at-bats, thereby shortening the delay between pitches. The Red Sox’s David Ortiz was not happy about these rules and suggested that the changes could harm his performance. As indicated by his temporary benching two months into the 2015 season, Ortiz may have been right.Thus far, the much-discussed batter’s box rule changes have had at most only a minor effect on the overall time of games. For individual batters, however, the impact of the rule has been anywhere from negligible to remarkable. Some hitters already had quick routines and didn’t need to make any alterations. Others liked to step off the plate after every pitch, a habit that the new rules outlaw.The older veterans have been the most affected by the rule change. I’ve shown before that older batters are the players most likely to dawdle, the 39-year-old Ortiz included. From last year to this year, Ortiz has decreased his time between pitches by almost two full seconds, according to Fangraphs.1The Baseball Prospectus numbers are different from Fangraphs’, perhaps because they exclude foul balls and delays longer than 60 seconds. However, both sets agree that Ortiz has sped up. Given Ortiz’s rather vocal opposition to the idea of cutting any time from his routine, it seems reasonable to believe that this was a change the new rules forced upon Big Papi.Whatever his struggles with the clock, Ortiz has endured a disappointing season so far at the plate. Big Papi is currently earning a .289 weighted On-Base Average (wOBA), 20 percent worse than an average hitter in this overall measure of offensive production. This mark is far off his projected performance (.365 wOBA, according to the Steamer projection system) and the worst he’s put up since 1999, when he played in only 10 games.Ortiz isn’t the only veteran slugger suddenly looking helpless with the bat. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has gone from tearing the cover off the ball (a .411 wOBA last year) to rarely getting it out of the infield this year (.246 wOBA). Aramis Ramirez has fallen apart in a similar fashion, dropping from .334 to .274. Some of these hitters’ underperformance can be blamed on injuries, small sample size and bad luck, but some of it likely comes down to decreased skill. Hitters over 35 who have racked up at least 100 plate appearances (PAs) have been an underwhelming lot this year, collectively falling .016 shy of their projections by wOBA (on average). To put that in perspective, that’s roughly the difference between the offensive performances of Mike Trout and Brandon Belt this year.Older hitters are always risky and come with the chance of sudden collapse, but last year hitters over 35 with at least 3002This is the same 100-PA cutoff as above, but roughly prorated out to the length of a full season. PAs hit only 3 points worse than their projected outcomes.It’s tougher to figure out whether it’s the rule changes that are causing older hitters to do poorly, though. For all hitters, no correlation is obvious between being forced to speed up and doing worse than expected.3The correlation coefficient is a measly -.025, nowhere close to statistically significant. The lack of a relationship implies that pace may not be the driving factor.When you look at it with regard to specific hitters, however, pace begins to seem much more important.4Here I am using data supplied to me by Pitch Info. Every pitch that’s thrown in the majors has a run value attached to it. If a 1-1 pitch is a strike, it increases the probability of a strikeout happening, and an average 1-2 count is going to lead to .0748 fewer runs than the 1-1 count. If we take those expected run values of each pitch, we can see whether a long delay before the pitch changes the number of runs that come from it.For all hitters in 2014, pitches that were preceded by more than a 30-second delay were worth about .0028 runs per pitch.5This data set does not include the first pitch of each at-bat. Pitches that followed less than a 30-second delay were worse (at -.0052 runs per pitch), but only by a small margin. So there was a very slight advantage to the batter to stepping out of the box or otherwise postponing the pitch.Ortiz, on the other hand, gains an inordinate amount of value from delaying the pitch.For Ortiz in 2014, pitches thrown after 30 seconds gained .0289 runs, whereas pitches under 30 seconds were worth only .0014 runs. The difference a few seconds makes to Ortiz is about three times the value for the average batter. This isn’t a fluke just for 2014: Four of the past five years have seen Ortiz reap great benefits from delaying the time between pitches by 30 seconds or more.Ramirez’s numbers tell a similar story. Since 2011, Ramirez has been building his value from delays that last more than 30 seconds. In 2014, Ramirez added .0556 runs per pitch when time between pitches was long, but he lost .0013 runs per pitch when it was short.We can also contrast Ortiz and Ramirez with younger sluggers. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, for example, is every bit as powerful and patient as Ortiz (if not more so). But Stanton delivers his hits about equally whether the time between pitches is long or short (.0183 for long and .0224 for short). If anything, Stanton does slightly better when there’s less time.We can’t say for sure that the delay between pitches causes Ortiz or Ramirez to do better. But consider that these players are on the older side and are potentially losing the physical skills that made them threats in their younger years. In the absence of the muscles needed to adjust to pitches in the air, these more seasoned sluggers might make up for it with experience. By taking their time to anticipate what pitch is coming next, Ortiz and others like him may be able to guess where a pitch will go before it leaves the pitcher’s hand. In this way, experience can compensate for deteriorating bat speed.That process of educated guessing takes time, Ortiz says. If Big Papi feels hurried or distracted by the umpire (even if he isn’t actually taking any less time between pitches), it could contribute to a reduced ability to predict the next pitch. In turn, that could change hard-hit fly balls to weakly struck grounders, as Ortiz estimates the wrong location of an oncoming pitch.It’s hard to ever count Ortiz out. Many commentators incorrectly predicted his demise in 2009, but Ortiz came roaring back to post a couple of his best seasons in the last five years. Still, Ortiz is facing a new and difficult task: adjusting to his declining physical skills, potentially without having the time to use his most valuable mental skill (experience). Thanks to the new emphasis on pace of play, it’s a dilemma common to many of the elder statesmen of baseball.
France has been urged to do more to stop illegal Channel crossings after scores of migrants were caught sailing to Britain last weekend.There have also been calls for air surveillance of the English Channel to stop people from entering the UK illegally this summer. Border Force officials detained 74 people, including small children, after eight boats were spotted off the Kent coast on Saturday.Two vessels were also intercepted in France by the French authorities, the Home Office said. Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, said French authorities must take tougher action to prevent migrants from leaving their country. “What happened this weekend demonstrates that the current scale of surveillance is not effective,” he added. “We need to look again at whether there should be air surveillance and also have a frank talk with the French about whether they are doing enough to stop people leaving their shores.”Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he has agreed a “joint action plan” with the French. “We will continue to seek to return anyone who has entered the UK illegally,” he said.The 74 people arrested on Saturday have since undergone medical examinations, and authorities are working to establish their nationalities.A criminal investigation has also been launched. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. She told The Times: “These people should not be setting sail from France. They are buying boats and stealing boats. We really need a lot more work on the part of France.“These people are coming from France. They should apply for asylum in France and the French authorities should process that claim.”Criminal gangs are exploiting the migrant crisis by charging up to £20,000 to bring people from Iran and Afghanistan to the UK, Ms Moreton added.Damian Collins, Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said he was “extremely worried” that current surveillance measures were not picking up small ships.
The CSK team pose with the trophy (BCCI photo)The IPL could be advanced by a couple of weeks and is likely to start on March 23 to accommodate the Indian team management’s request to allow their fast bowlers adequate rest before the World Cup starts on May 30.India captain and coach Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are believed to have laid out the need for at least a two-week rest period for their fast bowlers during meetings last month with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the board’s senior management team. They are also believed to have asked whether key players, including senior fast bowlers, could be rested from the IPL and adequately compensated if so.These meetings, held in New Delhi and Hyderabad, were also attended by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, vice-captains of the ODI and Test sides respectively, and selection committee chairman MSK Prasad.The IPL management, headed by chief operating officer Hemang Amin, is understood to have told the CoA that the Indian team management’s request would need the consent of the franchises, which could be hard to come by. In turn, this may have forced the BCCI into considering an early start.During these meetings, ESPNcricinfo understands that the two-member CoA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, also made it clear to Kohli and Shastri that while India remain the No. 1 Test side, they have been “found wanting” in South Africa and England.The CoA is understood to be displeased about some of the grievances put forth by the team management pertaining to inadequate facilities at the team hotel and players’ partners not travelling with the side. The CoA also apparently didn’t take too kindly Shastri’s comments about India being the best travelling team. The CoA is understood to have told Shastri that even if India is one of the best teams going around, people should be allowed to judge for themselves.The BCCI is also exploring the feasibility of hosting IPL 2019 in India, but can only take a final call on this once the dates of the country’s seven-phase general elections are announced by the Central Election Commission. A team has already carried out a recce in South Africa, should the IPL need a plan B. It is likely that a clearer picture will emerge ahead of the player auction in Jaipur on December 18. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2017 IPL auction delayed until late FebruaryFebruary 2, 2017In “latest news”Injured Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup, Beuran Hendricks named replacementJune 4, 2019In “latest news”‘IPL won’t impact World Cup selection’ – Virat KohliMarch 1, 2019In “latest news”
Tamas Mocsai MKB-MVM Veszprém’s right back, László Nagy’s knee injury is more serious than it seemed. He doesn’t take part in the Hungarian national team’s preparation before the European Championship. Nagy and the doctors will decide on Monday that he will travel to Denmark or not. Probably he won’t because his team, MKB-MVM Veszprém has reported: Tamás Mocsai will come in January to replace Nagy. Mocsai is the son of the Hungarian national team’s head-coach, Lajos Mocsai who was the Veszprém’s trainer before Carlos Ortega. Tamás Mocsai started this season in Bundesliga in Hannover-Burgdorf, he made a contract with MKB-MVM from the 1st of January to the 30th of June.Virág Farkas ← Previous Story Rastko Stojkovic to Meshkov Brest Next Story → Slovenia beat Macedonia in friendly match
← Previous Story Over 10.000 fans at charity match in Cairo! Next Story → WC 2015 Q: Serbian disaster in Brno, Czech Republic goes to Qatar! Norwegian “SOTRA Arena” keeps the secret about the name of the team who will qualify for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. Home team is facing serious problem with goalkeeper’s position as Ole Erevik suffered unexpected injury. Danish Aalborg’s goalie feels the pain in ankle and could miss the match against Austria on Saturday(15 hrs).– We have two other goalies who can go in and do a fantastic job, says Norwegian head-coach Christian Berge to TV 2.Austria won the first match 28:26. norgeNorwayOle ErevikQatar 2015Qatar handball