Missing BJP supporter found dead in Purulia

first_imgWithin two weeks of the panchayat elections, post-poll violence started afresh in the State’s Jangalmahal region with the murder of an 18-year-old BJP supporter in Purulia district.The body of BJP supporter Trilochan Mahato, who had gone missing on Tuesday evening, was found hanging from a tree in the Balarampur area of the district with a note that he has been punished for being associated with the BJP. A similar statement was scribbled on the T-shirt he was wearing.Family members of the deceased said he went missing from the local market. His brother said that Mahato had called saying that he had been abducted after which the line went dead.“We are surprised and heartbroken at the brutal murder of Trilochan Mahato and condemn it. We demand a thorough investigation,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said, accusing the supporters of the ruling TMC of being behind the act.Trinamool Congress Minister and local MLA Shantiram Mahato said the allegations are baseless. “I feel the incident is the result of a rivalry between BJP factions,” he said.Purulia SP Joy Biswas said that a murder case has been filed and preliminary investigations suggest there was “some personal enmity or grudge”. In the nearby district of Jhargram late on Tuesday evening, miscreants allegedly attacked the BJP office in ward number 14. Party spokesman Sayantan Basu said State general secretary Subrata Chaterjee and others were inside the party office when it was attacked. A number of vehicles were vandalised and a few party supporters sustained injuries, he said. Later a large contingent of police arrived to bring the situation under control.The BJP has done well in Jhargram and Purulia districts in the recently-held panachayat polls winning 40% and 33% seats respectively.last_img read more

‘Uganda not to pull out of CWG’

first_imgUpset by the way the Indian authorities handled the situation after three of its officials met with an accident at the Games Village due to a security device malfunction on Wednesday night Uganada is still waiting for a “proper apology” from the government or the organising committee. It has however decided against pulling out of the ongoing Games. The Delhi Police had on Thursday registered a case of negligence, which was welcomed by the Ugandans. But the visitors were still unsatisfied with the response to the incident. Even an apology from Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell and Sports Minister M.S. Gill failed to pacify the Ugandans. Speaking to Headlines Today Uganda High Commissioner Nimisha Madhvani said, “Our athletes have worked very hard for this (CWG) and we will not penalise them for that. But we are still seeking a proper apology from India over the mishap that happened along with adequate compensation for those injured. No one has been to visit them as yet.” Unhappy by the government’s response to the incident, wherein three senior officials were injured, Uganda had on Thursday skipped a dinner party hosted by Gill.last_img read more

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympics

first_imgVijender Singh (75kg) became the first Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games for a third successive time after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday.The first Indian to win an Olympic and World Championships medal – bronze in both events – Vijender outpunched Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia 27-17 to not just assure himself of an Olympic berth but also a medal at the ongoing tournament.”I am back,” were Vijender’s first words while speaking to PTI from Astana after winning the crucial bout, a loss in which would have ended his hopes of making the London Games.The 26-year-old had failed in his first attempt to book a ticket for London in last year’s World Championships.”I have answered all my critics, who said that I was finished (after losing in the first round of World Championships),” said the former world number one, who was gasping for breath after a draining encounter.Before the 2008 Beijing Games, Vijender had won gold at the Asian Qualifiers at that time, which incidentally were also held in Kazakhstan.”I will now give it my all in the Olympics and prove that I am the best. It’s such a relief to have got qualified. The fact that I am the first Indian boxer to have qualified for a third successive Olympics makes it all the more special,” he said.Vijender, a former World Championships bronze-medallist, had defeated Syria’s Ishak Waez in his pre-quarterfinal bout after getting an opening-round bye.advertisement”His fitness and endurance were a revelation in today’s bout. He took me by surprise with the intensity with which he fought,” said national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu.”I don’t have words to describe how well he fought. It was a fantastic display by a proven talent,” he added.Vijender had lost in the preliminaries of 2004 Athens Games but went on to clinch a bronze in the Beijing edition.With his qualification for London, Vijender became the fifth Indian boxer to book a berth for the mega event.India already have four Olympic berths through L Devendro Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) who grabbed their slots after reaching the quarterfinals of the World Championships last year.Of these, Vikas went on to clinch a bronze in the biennial event — only the second boxer after Vijender to achieve the feat.last_img read more

RS passes The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill

first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) The Rajya Sabha today passed The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill 2015, which removes certain outdated clauses from the Indian Trusts Act, 1882.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Upper House that there are certain archaic provisions in the present Act of 1882, which allows trusts to have surplus income to invest in certain categories which also included certain specified securities in UK, Karachi and Rangoon. The Finance Minister said even the UPA government had wanted to delete these provisions and replace them with a clause which allows trusts to invest in those securities which are notified. As members agreed, the Bill which already has got the nod of Lok Sabha, was passed by the Rajya Sabha without any discussion. PTI ADS AKK GVSlast_img read more

Ashley Westwood open to coaching in India

first_imgFormer Bengaluru FC manager is the author of India’s most telling football stories. The Englishman led the club to two I-League titles, a Federation Cup win and to the AFC Cup quarter-finals in his three-year stint before parting ways with the team a few weeks back. But his association with Indian football may be far from over.It all depends on the kind of offers he is made, according to Ashley Westwood.The Manchester United Academy alumni said that he would be more than happy to take over the reins of an Indian club again.”I am wide open. I am not contracted to anybody. I am ready to listen to anyone and that is part and parcel of football,” Westwood told Mail Today.The 39-year-old said that although there were a few offers on the table, he is waiting for a team that would match his principles and ideologies.”There are always options but you need to find the good one. As a coach, you need offers and opportunities. You have to wait and see who fancies you and when it comes up you speak, assess and see if you’re on the same page,” he said.”It’s like choosing a girlfriend,” he added in a lighter vein.The former Blackburn Rovers assistant manager is keeping his resume updated. He has just finished AFC Pro Licence’s last module and has also enrolled for a UEFA Pro Licence.’CHHETRI A ROLE MODEL’Westwood and Bengaluru skipper Sunil Chhetri’s partnership yielded a lot of success, but interestingly, the Englishman had no clue about Chettri when he landed in the country.advertisement”All I knew was that he was expensive. I didn’t know him, as I had just come to the country. All I knew was how expensive he was compared to the others. The club had a kind of marquee signing, that is him, but I quickly reaslied that he was worth every penny he was being paid,” Westwood said.Westwood showered praises on the highest goal scorer for India saying Chhetri is a role model. He even found a confidant in Chhetri whilst at Bengaluru.”You got someone you can share your views with and someone you can use as an extension of yourself or if you have problem with any player you could go through Sunil. He still has a few years left in him at the national level and I am sure he will break all the records. It’s his leadership qualities and his professionalism that sets him apart. He conducts himself well and all the boys look up to him,” he said.Westwood had been Bengaluru’s coach since the team’s inception in 2013. Despite leaving the club, he has high regard for his former team.”The club has been the best in the I-League. They do the best they can do to stay on top. Hopefully, they can continue with that. They are definitely in a stronger position today than when I came in three years ago and that’s all you can do as a manager,” he said.last_img read more

Assam govt committed to making state sports capital: Sonowal

first_imgGuwahati, May 12 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said his government was commited to making the state the sports capital of the country and adequate funds have been earmarked for welfare of youths in the 2017-18 budget.”The future of the nation depends on how positively we channelize the power of the youth. The state government is committed to provide best possible opportunities to youths to exploit their abilities,” Sonowal said after laying the foundation stone of Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha Cultural and Sports Complex in Assams Dibrugarh district. He hoped that the project would provide better opportunities to youths for harnessing their talent in the field of culture and sports.He also appreciated the sporting talents among the youth of the tea tribe community and called for coordinated effort from all sections of the society in taking them forward. He also highlighted the anti-corruption measures taken by the government to ensure a responsible and accountable administration in the state. PTI DG KK KKlast_img read more

Punish athletes who recommend multiple names for Dronas: Akhil

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Olympian and national observer for boxing Akhil Kumar today called for strict action against athletes, who recommend multiple coaches names for the Dronacharya awards. The national sports awards — Arjuna, Dronacharya and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — have been mired in controversy for a number of years now and the former Commonwealth Games gold- medallist wants a complete overhaul of the process. “There are two ways to cleanse the system. You can try politely and if it doesnt work, then use the rod. If theres some sanction, they would realise,” the Olympic quarter- finalist told PTI on the sidelines of a function. “If you charge athletes under section 420 of IPC (for cheating), they will learn a lesson. I find it surprising that one athlete recommends multiple coaches for Dronacharya award. Guru ek hota hai (You only have one teacher),” he said. An Arjuna awardee, Akhil cited the example of womens boxing in which there are three Arjuna awardees (MC Mary Kom, Sarajubala Devi and Sarita Devi) and as many as five “Droancharyas”. “Take my example. I wouldnt even know how many have applied for Dronacharya using my name. May be I havent even trained under them. If I discuss boxing with someone, he doesnt become my coach,” he said. “Look at our boxing (womens). We have three Arjuna awardees and count the Dronacharyas!” he said sarcastically. Asked about a solution to this age-old malaise, Akhil said the Sports Ministry should revamp the entire selection process by making it online. “Lets have every information online. Name the contenders online, cite all their national and international achievements. Mention the points associated with each event and how much points each candidate has got. No one would then question the process. You dont need committees for that. “Dont just make it a draw of lots so that no one knows whos getting the award and whos not getting it. Make it transparent so that the sanctity of such prestigious award is maintained,” he signed off. While the points system is already in place for evaluating the contenders, the selection is done by a committee, comprising former awardees. This year a retired High Court judge headed the panel to avoid controversies. The awards have not been free of controversy this year as well with ignored athletes such as tennis star Rohan Bopanna and Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik complaining about the lack of recognition for their achievements. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Ranji captains conclave: Introduction of DRS, dropping coin toss among suggestions made

first_imgThe introduction of Decision Review system in Ranji Trophy and doing away with the concept of coin toss were among some of the suggestions put forward by the captains and the coaches of the domestic teams during a conclave conducted by the BCCI, here Friday.DRS has been so far restricted to international cricket but the call to introduce it in domestic structure has grown following poor umpiring decisions in the last Ranji Trophy season, which saw a significant rise in the number of matches with the addition of new teams.During the conclave, the captains and coaches called for the introduction of DRS with the available technology for televised (television and digital broadcast) Ranji Trophy games.Multiple umpiring howlers marred the Ranji semifinal between Saurashtra and Karnataka, last season. Key batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was ruled not out despite a huge nick and his century changed the course of the match.There was also discussion on doing away with the coin toss and letting the visiting team make a decision to bat or bowl first.The captains and coaches also deliberated over the relevance of Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy.”With the domestic structure now involving 37 teams, a discussion was held on the relevance and significance of Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy and opinion on the same was sought,” a source who attended the conclave, said.It was also discussed if knockout games of Ranji Trophy should be on home-and-away basis or at neutral venues.To improve the standard of the games, suggestions were made regarding the “introduction of evaluation reports by Match Referees about umpires” and “evaluation of Match referees by the umpires.”advertisementIssues related to the “quality of balls” used throughout the season and “slow over rates” were also discussed and suggestions were sought during the conclave.For suggestions to become a reality, the approval of the BCCI technical committee and then the ratification by the General Body is required.As of now there is neither the technical committee nor the General body since an ad-hoc body is running the affairs of the cricket body.Also Read | Indian women to tour Australia for A series in Decemberlast_img read more

The Reload: Two Four-Star Receivers Name OSU in top 5, QB Visiting Stillwater, New RB Offer

first_imgI can’t wait ?‼️?? https://t.co/MS4KfglnRQ— Tae Provens7️⃣ (@iamtaeprovens) July 11, 2016 The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.More on KD Nixon naming OSU in top 5 schoolsFour-star DeSoto receiver KD Nixon, a 2017 prospect with upwards of 20 scholarship offers, named OSU in his top schools over the weekend and the Pokes seem to be squarely in the mix to land his services. Nixon committed to Tennessee in April but opened his recruitment back up at the end of June. With Nixon now playing with quarterback Shawn Robinson, a top ranked dual-threat quarterback who transferred from Denton Guyer to DeSoto, it makes sense why TCU, the school Robinson is committed to, made his newly named top 5.And on top of naming the Cowboys in his top 5, he also told Scout of his intentions to take an official visit to Stillwater.“I want to visit Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Tennessee,” he continued.And even though his recruitment is still running rampant with interest, he still doesn’t yet have a timeline for when he makes a final decision. “Whatever God says is the right time to do it [Commit to a school], is the right time to do it.”New Running Back OfferHuntsville, Alabama running back prospect Tae Provens announced an offer from Oklahoma State on twitter on Monday.https://twitter.com/iamtaeprovens/status/752548011989950464On top of the offer, running backs Coach Marcus Arroyo also hinted that a visit may be in the works in July. With the dead period ended Sunday, prospects are now free to come and go. It appears he will be on campus sometime this month.?? when you gotta get to the office 4 that ?call from that #MadisonCoMonster? CowboyFB #RareBreed18 #OnCampusJuly ? pic.twitter.com/Q9EjasRtok— Coach Arroyo?OREGON® (@coacharroyoTheO) July 11, 2016 Glenn Spencer Pushing for JUCO LinebackerOSU is one of three schools at the moment vying for the services of 2017 linebacker Patrick Macon, an inside linebacker playing for Arizona Western College. The 6-3, 235-lb. prospect is game ready for wherever he chooses to attend, and according to Macon, Spencer is pushing hard for him. “I talk with [Glenn Spencer] almost everyday. I can’t wait to get down there to Stillwater for a visit real soon,” Macon said.2018 QB Planning Unofficial Visit to Stillwater TuesdayThe son of former OSU and professional tight end Marcellus Rivers, MJ Rivers, is taking an unofficial visit to Stillwater today. MJ is a dual-threat quarterback with really good size at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds. He runs a lot of wildcat, designed run plays however he has a good arm to go with his size, and he seems to be pretty accurate throwing on the run. Mike Yurcich has proven he likes his quarterbacks tall and seems to be moving toward dual threat rather than pro-style prospects, so Rivers visit will be one to keep an eye on Tuesday.Four-star receiver CeeDee Lamb names top 5The Cowboys keep hanging around for four-star receiver and former Sooners commit CeeDee Lamb of Foster, Texas. Lamb named the Pokes in his top 10 recently, and over the weekend, he narrowed it down to 5 of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas A&M.“Just seeing where I fit on the deep chart if I were to commit,” he said about what he is talking with his parents and coaches about as far as the school he wishes to attend. “How I would fit in, how would I contribute to the team … just seeing where I can fit in best to make it to the league,” he said in an interview with Taylor Hamm of 247sports.center_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Can

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent. last_img read more

IMF Board to Consider Jamaica’s Programme by End of April

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, April 8, issued a statement that the Executive Board is expected to meet to consider Jamaica’s 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), by the end of April. The following is the statement issued by the IMF:“Since the conclusion of a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities in February on an economic programme that can be supported by the Fund, the authorities have submitted documentation to the IMF to confirm that all prior actions have been met. In addition, the Fund has engaged with the authorities and its development partners on the financing for the programme, including through important contributions from the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.“The Fund welcomes the progress that has been made in the implementation of the programme thus far including the authorities’ efforts to complete the prior actions and structural benchmarks, and on the assembling of a financing package. On the basis of this progress, Fund management will submit to its Executive Board a 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in the amount of SDR 615 million (about $958 million, or 225 percent of quota), with the recommendation that it be approved. It is expected that the Board meeting would take place by the end of April.“The success of this programme crucially depends on full and timely policy implementation by Jamaica of a coordinated set of reforms, to strengthen the public finances, restore debt sustainability, enhance growth, and bolster the resilience of the financial sector. Recognizing the sacrifice involved for the Jamaican people, the strategy also aims to minimize the impact on the poorest and most vulnerable.”last_img read more

AntrixDevas deal ED attaches Rs 310 cr assets

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED said Friday it has attached assets worth Rs 3.10 crore in connection with its money-laundering probe in the Antrix-Devas deal case.It said a provisional order for attachment, in the form of bank balance in the current account and fixed deposits available with ICICI Bank in Bangalore’s Malleswaram, has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The assets are in the name of Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd (DMPL), the agency said in a statement. DMPL was incorporated in 2004 by a few former employees of the Indian Space Research Organisation and it subsequently entered into an agreement with Antrix Corporation Ltd, a central government company, registered in Bengaluru. Antrix is a 100 per cent government owned public sector undertaking under the control of ISRO and it functions as its commercial arm. It had signed a deal with Devas in January 2005 to provide it with crucial S-Band wavelength, which is primarily kept for strategic interests of the country. The ED has filed a money-laundering case on the basis of a CBI FIR. The CBI case was filed against DMPL and others for illegally entering into an agreement with ISRO/Antrix corporation Ltd by fraudulently representing certain facts and on entering the agreement, collected investments from abroad through criminal conspiracy, it said. The ED said DMPL had “fraudulently” made a claim that it had the ownership and intellectual property rights to use the technology for delivering multi-media services and entered into an agreement with ISRO/ACL.last_img read more

Canada advocate at odds over compensation for First Nations child victims of

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada could be going to court once again on a child welfare matter.On Friday Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and national Indigenous leaders announced they would co-develop new child and family services legislation in an effort to put child welfare into the hands of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.But hours after that announcement the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) saying the issue of compensation for children who have suffered in care may have to involve litigation.The letter, signed by Robert Frater, the chief general counsel for Justice Canada, says the government is “committed to discussing the compensation issue with the parties, and attempting to reach a resolution” to the matter of compensation, “but in view of the fact that we have not yet received final instruction, it is apparent that we will likely have to set the issue down for argument on one or more of the dates agreed upon for the new year.”That final instruction on compensation, according to a government source, will come from cabinet.Philpott was questioned on the issue by First Nation leaders Wednesday at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa.The minister said Canada wants to settle the compensation issue “without using courts or tribunals — that to me is the way to do it.”A 2016 CHRT ruling said that Canada denied services to First Nations children living on-reserve, which in turn had adverse impacts on them. The tribunal also said that federal funding mechanisms incentivized the removal of children from their families and placement into state care.The CHRT ordered the government to cease discriminatory practices against First Nations children, to reform its First Nations Child and Family Services program, to cease applying a narrow interpretation of Jordan’s Principle, and immediately implement the full meaning of Jordan’s Principle.The tribunal also has jurisdiction to compel government to compensate children who were victims of government’s discriminatory practices, including those who were taken from their families.While government has begun to change its policies on child welfare, including last week’s promise of new child and family services legislation in the new year, it has not settled the issue of compensation.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, says Canada should pay child victims of government discrimination $40,000 each. Justin Brake/APTN News.Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), a co-complainant on the case, says government’s messaging on compensation is “confusing,” and that she hopes the matter can be settled out of court, but that the Caring Society is willing to litigate to ensure children receive just compensation for their suffering.“Canada informed us late Friday night that they wanted to litigate that question [of compensation],” she said, “and today we learn from the minister that they want to sit down.”Friday marked the tribunal’s deadline for Canada to respond on the matter.Blackstock said time is of the essence since the tribunal only has jurisdiction to compel government’s actions on the matter until March 2019.“So at this point I guess we’ll be preparing to litigate and we’ll see if Canada has something to say about that,” she told reporters at the AFN Assembly Wednesday.Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation Chief Valerie Richer stood before the assembly Wednesady and appealed directly to Philpott following the minister’s speech.“We can’t go back to litigation on this,” she said.“I’m asking you to intervene in that process to make sure [litigation] doesn’t happen.”Blackstock said the Caring Society, which is a co-complainant on the case alongside the AFN, has “asked Canada to provide the maximum amount to children.”She said the compensation amount they’re seeking for children is set out in the Canadian Human Rights Act.Section 53 of the Act says victims are to be compensated “by an amount not exceeding twenty thousand dollars, for any pain and suffering that the victim experienced as a result of the discriminatory practice.”It also says special compensation of the same amount, $20,000, can be awarded to to victims if the victim was subjected to the discriminatory practice “wilfully or recklessly.”Blackstock says children who’ve been taken from their families and placed in care, and those who’ve been denied services, are owed both amounts for a total of $40,000 per child.“Canada knew about the discrimination and they fought against it and they continued to allow these kids to suffer,” she said.She said it’s not known exactly how many children would qualify for compensation, but the tribunal’s ruling includes “children impacted by child welfare practices on-reserve between 2006 and January 26, 2016,” according to the Caring Society’s website.Asked what she believes is a fair amount for the children, Philpott would only say that “these are important conversations that have to be had with the parties who are directly affected, and in some cases as individuals.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says Canada would like to settle the issue of compensation for First Nations child victims of government discrimination outside the courts. Justin Brake/APTN News.“We’re prepared to have these conversations with the right people, and as I say ideally to do it outside a court process.”Blackstock pointed out that Canada’s position on compensation in 2014 at the closing arguments of the tribunal hearings “was that they owed these kids no money, that from their point of view they didn’t discriminate and therefore no compensation should be awarded.”It’s not clear how far the feds are willing to go in fighting the Caring Society’s request for full compensation as laid out in the Human Rights Act.“As soon as the parties to the tribunal are happy to drop that legal mechanism and to work with us directly, we would be extremely happy to do so,” Philpott said Wednesday, adding the government has already made strides in addressing issues raised by the tribunal, “including the $1.4 billion we got in 2018 to ensure that we’re paying for the prevention of apprehension of children.Philpott said it’s “in everyone’s best interest—particularly the interests of the little ones, the children—if we can work in a collaborative way.”Blackstock said the Caring Society has been in talks with “high level officials” from Indigenous Services Canada and Justice Canada “for many many months” about compensation.“As far as I’m concerned, if we can settle it and get that support to children sooner then I want to use that pathway,” she said.“But as always, if there is a rights breach or if Canada is not prepared to fulfill its responsibilities, then for us at the Caring Society, we’re prepared to litigate.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Spanish agriculture minister to visit Morocco

first_imgMadrid – Spanish Agriculture, Food and Environment Minister Miguel Arias Canete will pay, on Wednesday, a visit to Morocco, sources from his department said on Monday.During his stay, the Spanish official will meet with Moroccan minister of agriculture and sea fisheries Aziz Akhannouch.Canete will also take part in a round table on family agriculture organized as part of the 7th edition of the Agriculture Conference slated April 23 in Meknes.last_img

UN agency warns of increased footandmouth threats after outbreaks in Asia

Three recent incursions of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which were officially free of such outbreaks, has led the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to issue a call today for increased global surveillance.“We are worried because the rigorous biosecurity measures in place in the two countries were overwhelmed, pointing to a recent, large-scale weight of infection in source areas, very probably in the Far East,” said FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth.Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious disease of cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, which causes high fever and characteristic lesions in animals’ mouths and feet. Humans are not affected. Mr. Lubroth noted that in the past nine years, incursions into officially FMD-free countries, as were Japan and the Republic of Korea, have been extremely rare.“So to have three such events in four months is a serious cause for concern,” he said.“We also have to ask ourselves if we aren’t facing a possible replay of the disastrous 2001 FMD transcontinental epidemic which spread to South Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe after earlier incursions in Japan and South Korea,” Mr. Lubroth added.The estimated losses from the 2001 outbreak to agriculture, livestock trade and tourism were more than $12 billion in the UK alone. In addition, over six million sheep and cattle in the UK were slaughtered to prevent the disease from spreading. According to an FAO news release, Japan veterinary authorities earlier this month confirmed an outbreak of type “O” FMD virus, currently more common in Asian countries where FMD is endemic. The Republic of Korea was hit by the rarer type “A” FMD in January and then suffered type “O” infection in April, the Rome-based agency added.FAO said the routes taken by the virus have not been identified, but it is possible the infection occurred through food waste, with pigs eating infected meat scraps.In their initial response to the outbreak, Japan has slaughtered 385 animals, including buffaloes, cattle and pigs, while the Republic of Korea has destroyed more than 3,500 animals, mostly pigs.Mr. Lubroth said that under the circumstances all countries are at risk and recommended a review of preventive measures and response capacity, including a re-examination of possible routes of entry and measures to enforce controls, and more rigorous checks at ports and airports. 28 April 2010Three recent incursions of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which were officially free of such outbreaks, has led the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to issue a call today for increased global surveillance. read more

STF and Police launch operation in Matara to nab two suspects

The Police said that Manel Rohana was shot dead when he attacked an STF team which attempted to arrest him in Kamburupitiya in Matara. (Colombo Gazette) Yesterday a notorious underworld member, Manel Rohana alias ‘Tilak’ was shot dead by the STF in Matara.The Police said that Manel Rohana was a key accomplice of underworld leader Makandure Madush. The Police Special Task Force (STF) and the Police launched a combined operation in Matara today to arrest two suspects linked to the underworld.The search operation was launched in the Wilpita reserve in Matara. read more

Man arrested after Walmart security guard assaulted

Hamilton Police say a local resident helped officers arrest a man who had assaulted a Walmart security guard.Police say a woman at the Walmart at The Centre on Barton was seen acting suspiciously while walking around the store.As she left, she was approached by loss prevention officers.In an attempt to flee she called out to a man standing nearby, who confronted the officers and slashed one of them with a knife.The man and woman split up and took off on foot.A citizen who watched the interaction unfold from a distance went after the man and took him down.Once he saw the knife, he let the man go.Police say shortly after, a Hamilton Police officer caught up with the suspect.The officer deployed a taser after seeing the knife.Martinus Gordyn, 24, from Haggersville was arrested and charged with failing to comply with probation and assault with a weapon.Police say the Walmart security guard was not injured.The woman has been identified. read more

I too have evolved Goodale wants clarity from Scheer on LGBTQ positions

After posting a 14-year-old video of Andrew Scheer speaking out against same-sex marriage, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said his own views have evolved and the Conservative leader needs to clarify whether his have as well.In a 2005 speech during debate over the Civil Marriage Act in the House of Commons, Scheer said gay and lesbian unions lack “the complementarity of the sexes.”“They have many of the collateral features of marriage, but they do not have its inherent feature. As they cannot commit to the natural procreation of children, they cannot therefore be married,” Scheer said.“Just because you call a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. If this bill passes, governments and individual Canadians will be forced to call a tail a leg, nothing more.”Goodale shared the video to his Twitter page on Thursday. He called on Scheer to “end his lifelong boycott of Pride events and explain whether he would still deny same-sex couples the right to marry.”But Conservatives, including Scheer’s director of communications, quickly pointed out that Goodale had also voted against same-sex marriage in Parliament. He voted against a private members bill on recognition of same-sex spouses in 1995 and another motion in 1999. Numerous Liberals did likewise at the time, including some who still sit in Parliament.On Friday, during an event in Regina, Goodale said his views have evolved along with the general currents of society, which has moved increasingly toward tolerance of same-sex relationships.“Over the last 20 to 25 years, there has been an absolutely huge evolution — in attitudes, in institutions, in laws, in the the whole public response to these important issues, and I too have evolved in that period of time,” said Goodale.“The world has moved along in a constructive, progressive, inclusive direction. And it’s important for all political leaders to demonstrate that they’re part of that.”Jacq Brasseur, the executive director of the UR Pride Centre, agreed that politicians need to be given the space to grow on issues like same-sex marriage. Brasseur, who uses the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” said many are waiting to hear whether and how Scheer’s views might have shifted.“I don’t think the issue is that Andrew Scheer had that opinion in 2005,” said Brasseur. “The issue is we don’t know if Andrew Scheer still believes this.”Brasseur said it’s not particularly helpful for the Conservatives to point to an alleged double standard involving Goodale’s views. Brasseur pointed out that Goodale now attends UR Pride events. He attended the Queen City Pride Parade this year as well. Scheer did not.But Brasseur also worried that bringing same-sex marriage back to the fore could overshadow other issues of importance for the LGBTQ community. They noted that LGBTQ youth face higher rates of poverty and homelessness, for instance. The community is far from politically homogenous, Brasseur added, with members supporting Liberals, Conservatives and many other parties.Scheer’s communications director, Brock W. Harrison, has called Goodale’s attempt to resurrect same-sex marriage a “distraction tactic.”“Mr. Scheer supports same-sex marriage as defined in law and as Prime Minister will, of course, uphold it,” Harrison tweeted on Thursday.Press secretary Daniel Schow expanded on that in an email to the Leader-Post.“Canada’s Conservatives have a proud history of fighting for the rights and protection of all Canadians, including those in the LGBTQ community, at home and abroad,” said Schow. “There are many ways to support these communities, and it is vital that the rights all Canadians are protected regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. Mr. Scheer will continue to stand up against hatred and discrimination in all its forms.”For instance, Scheer has spoken out against the “terrible moment of injustice” against public servants who lost their jobs under suspicion of being gay or lesbian. He has also criticized persecution of LGBTQ people in Brunei and Russia.But Brasseur said they want to hear more about Scheer’s “human perspective” on LGBTQ issues. He was pressed on that in 2016 while appearing on CBC’s Power and Politics. He said he has his own “personal beliefs and “faith background.” He admitted the issue divides Conservatives, but said same-sex marriage is the “law of the land.”“It happened in 2005. I was a member of Parliament at the time. I voted my conscience. I voted my constituents’ wishes,” Scheer told host Rosemary Barton. “It’s not something that I’m looking to revisit.”Asked whether he believes Scheer has a “hidden agenda” on moral issues like same-sex marriage, Goodale suggested that only the Conservative leader can allay suspicions.“Clarity would help answer all of those questions and that is what has not been forthcoming,” he said. “Whether that speech from long ago still applies or not — one would hope not — but it’s not clear one way or the other.”Goodale added that a young person in rural Saskatchewan struggling with their identity might be reassured to hear the “complete roster” of prospective prime ministers say “we’ve got your back.” He urged Scheer to join the chorus by marching in Ottawa’s upcoming Pride parade.“Symbols matter, and sending those important signals to the LGBTQ2 community to say there is absolutely no doubt, there is no controversy, there is no inkling of weakness on this point,” Goodale said.Jim Farney, the head of the University of Regina’s politics and international studies department, said it’s pretty clear the Liberals are trying to paint Scheer as a social conservative.He said that the Conservative position has nonetheless been relatively clear over several years. The party has portrayed itself as open to those with a diversity of views on LGBTQ issues, but has insisted that it’s unwilling to reopen a closed debate over same-sex marriage.Farney said moral issues — like LGBTQ rights, abortion and euthanasia — can be powerful political weapons in federal campaigns. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them continue to crop up as the election approaches.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

Annan urges decisive action by Security Council on UN force in Darfur

In an opinion article published in The Washington Post, Mr. Annan said he’d felt “hopeful” when he visited Darfur last May but contrasted that with a feeling of pessimism now “unless a major new international effort is mustered in the coming weeks.”Recounting positive signs he’d observed during last year’s trip, the Secretary-General recalled visiting a village whose people had returned after fleeing violence and were living in relative safety, thanks to the presence of African Union (AU) troops. He also pointed out that a cease-fire, albeit shaky, was in place, while the Sudanese Government and the rebels were holding peace talks.“I wish I could report that all these efforts had borne fruit – that Darfur was at peace and on the road to recovery. Alas, the opposite is true,” Mr. Annan noted in the editorial, adding that 2 million people had fled their homes and 3 million – half Darfur’s population – now depend on international relief for food and other basics.At the same time, he said, the peace talks were “far from reaching a conclusion,” many parts of the region were becoming too dangerous for relief workers to reach, and fighting now threatens to spread into neighbouring Chad.AU troops, despite facing a chronic funding crisis, were doing a valiant job, Mr. Annan said but added there were too few of them and they had neither the equipment nor the mandate to protect the people under threat or to enforce a cease-fire “routinely broken by the rebels, as well as by the Janjaweed militia and the Sudanese Government forces.”Pointing out that the AU had decided earlier this month to renew its mission’s mandate until 31 March, he said the group’s members had also in principle expressed support for a transition to a UN operation this year.Mr. Annan said this had put the Security Council “on the spot,” noting that last year, UN members had for the first time unanimously accepted responsibility to “protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, pledging to take action through the Security Council when national authorities fail.”Calling the transition from the AU force to a UN peace operation in Darfur “inevitable,” he said: “A firm decision by the Security Council is needed, and soon, for an effective transition to take place.”But he cautioned that this did not simply mean giving the present AU mission a “UN hat” because any new mission would need a strong and clear mandate and, given the situation on the ground, would need to be much larger and better equipped than the current force.“Those countries that have the required military assets must be ready to deploy them,” Mr. Annan said.In the meantime, because such a force would take the UN months to deploy, the Secretary-General said the AU mission must be maintained and strengthened. Towards that end, he looked forward to a UN and AU donor conference next month addressing issues of money and logistical support.“Finally, and above all, much stronger pressure must be brought on all parties – the rebels as well as the government – to observe the cease-fire and commit themselves to the Abuja peace talks with a sense of urgency,” Mr. Annan concluded.In a related development, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan told a news conference today that peace talks in Abuja were continuing but at the same time there was heavy fighting in West Darfur and insecurity elsewhere in the region.Calling on all parties to “exercise restraint,” Jan Pronk said that in particular “humanitarian workers should be given free passage either to help the people or to withdraw for the sake of their own safety.” His comments came after an attack on a truck convoy on Monday that killed around 20 government policemen.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) was deployed in the middle of 2004 with the aim of supporting a Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).UNMIS said today that one of its helicopters had crashed shortly after taking off, adding that one of the passengers was missing but the rest survived with no life-threatening injuries. read more

Commemorative £5 coin shifts crown around for first time so Blue Sapphire

first_imgSapphire Jubilee commemoration King-George-VI- Sapphire Jubilee commemorationCredit:Royal Mint Glyn Davies, designer of the £5 range, said: “I drew inspiration from the regalia associated with the Queen’s coronation.”As opposed to many traditional designs, I’ve rotated the crown to make a feature of the Stuart sapphire.”I have also included a quotation from Her Majesty’s 21st birthday speech, which makes the design more personal. I used computer-aided design to create the inscription, but sculpted elements of the crown in clay.” 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. All the coins feature the Queen’s image in profile on the main side but the £5 range has the imperial state crown on the reverse, and an excerpt from Princess Elizabeth’s famous speech where she dedicated herself to her future role as Queen.It reads: “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”Royal sources say she will spend the day in “quiet reflection” at Sandringham as for the Queen, the more important anniversary is that the death of her father King George VI. A keen artist and coin collector he is also a Bishop of the Anglican Church in Wales, serving the Diocese of St Asaph.He said: “The arms in my design are shown in an oval cartouche, surrounded by flourishes that reflect the celebratory mood of the coin.”The shield is supported by two branches. On the left, as we look at the shield, is the olive branch, a symbol of faithfulness and reconciliation, and on the right, a branch of oak, representing stability and loyalty in service.”These are all qualities that we can associate with Her Majesty.”Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond was present at the Royal Mint when the Sapphire Jubilee collection was struck.Commenting on the edge lettering on the precious metal £5 coins, the broadcaster said: “I particularly love the inscription around this coin. It reads ‘shine through the ages’ – taken from the Queen’s coronation speech.”She was talking about how the ancient ceremonies shine through the ages of course, but for us, I think this also reflects how the Queen herself has shone, and continues to shine, throughout her wonderful long reign”.Although she is the first British monarch to reach 65 years on the throne, the feat is not unique elsewhere.Louis XIV of France, who reigned for 72 years, and King Bhumipol of Thailand, who died last year after a 70-year reign, are among those who reached Platinum Jubilees.center_img Sapphire Jubilee commemoration Sapphire Jubilee commemorationCredit:Royal Mint The recommended retail prices for the commemorative coins range from £13 for the brilliant un-circulated £5 piece to £49,995 for the £1,000 UK gold proof kilo coin – expensive, but not to be the most valuable coin produced by the Royal Mint.The organisation has a long tradition of marking significant Royal occasions in this way. Next week’s is a particularly special one however, as it is the first time that a British monarch has celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee.It follows on closely from two other remarkable milestones in the Queen’s reign – when she overtook Queen Victoria to become the longest reigning monarch in 2015, and then celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016.The Queen will not expect to receive any gifts to mark her latest jubilee, but she does already possess a suite of blue sapphire jewellery given to her, appropriately, by her father.Gregory Cameron designed the £10, £500 and £1,000 coins which feature the royal coat of arms on the reverse. The Queen’s record-breaking reign is to be marked with a new £5 coin which shifts the crown around for the first time to make the monarch’s Blue Sapphire stone visible.The Royal Mint has commissioned a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.The milestone – which falls on February 6 and is a first for a British monarch – has seen coins struck in a range of metals and denominations from £5, £10 and £500 to £1,000. King George VICredit:PAlast_img read more