Sidhu for mechanism to prevent rail track mishaps

first_imgPunjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has written a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal asking for an effective mechanism to prevent accidents on railway tracks.Mr. Sidhu told reporters in Amritsar that in the letter sent to the Railway Minister, he has demanded that fencing on the pattern of the Mumbai-Pune highway should be done on the railway tracks in densely populated areas.“I have also suggested installing of CCTV cameras and alarms besides constant patrolling on the railway tracks,” he said.Mr. Sidhu said that during the pasts two years several accidents have taken place in northern India on rail tracks, claiming about 50,000 lives, which makes it important for the Union Ministry of Railways to take some effective measures.Mr. Sidhu said that till now monetary assistance has been provided to 41 persons of the Amritsar train mishap so far. “The Punjab government is fully committed to provide every assistance to the families affected by the tragedy,” he said.Mr. Sidhu added that those indulging in petty politics over the Dussehra day tragedy should shun their destructive approach and help the victim families in every possible way.last_img read more

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2019-12-03

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Mulayam continues his balancing act

first_imgIn the battle of ego between his son and younger brother, whose side is Mulayam Singh on? That question continued to intrigue followers and observers alike on Tuesday as the Samajwadi Party (SP) patron first surprised everyone by turning up at the office of Shivpal Singh Yadav’s new party, the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), before balancing it with a visit to the SP office.Morale boosterMr. Shivpal received a morale booster as his elder brother paid him a visit at the 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Road office. Soon after, the younger Yadav, made an informal offer to declare Mulayam Singh as the national president of his outfit that he formed after differences with his nephew Akhilesh Yadav, president of the SP.While Mr. Mulayam Singh did not give a clear reply to the proposal, he did not decline it either. At the small gathering, he accepted the flag of the new party and a huge garland.This emboldened Mr. Shivpal to announce that a formal decision would be taken soon in a national convention of his new party. Later Mr. Mulayam provided relief to his son, turning up at the SP office where he addressed party workers and leaders on the birth anniversary of social reformer Acharya Narendra Dev.last_img read more

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2019-12-03

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Abhinav Bindra on Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: Hated my coach, but stuck with him

first_imgAfter Anil Kumble stepped down from the post of Indian cricket team’s head coach following a rift with captain Virat Kohli, Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra has revealed how he stuck with a coach he hated, for 20 long years.Taking to micro blogging website Twitter, Bindra although did not take names of any of the two involved, he indirectly presented his views on the Kumble-Kohli episode.”My biggest teacher was coach Uwe.I hated him! But stuck with him for 20 years.He always told me things I did not want to hear.#justsaying,” the shooter wrote on Twitter about his own equation with German Uwe Riesterer, who is a long-time member of his coaching staff.Riesterer was part of Bindra’s support staff when he became the first Indian to win an individual gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was with him till last year’s Games as well where he finished 4th in the 10m air rifle event before calling it a day.Earlier, Kumble informed that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations about his work ‘style’ and his extension as the head coach, which prompted him to resign.In a strongly worded letter, Kumble took to Twitter to reveal the reason behind his surprising decision.Kumble said that although the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and therefore, he had decided to move on.However, Kohli before India’s opening encounter at the Champions Trophy against Pakistan rejected the reports of him having rift with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people.advertisementKumble was appointed coach in June 2016 for a one-year term by the CAC and was instantly successful. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.And he was being considered the front-runner for an extension till the 2019 World Cup, with Team India having won almost every series under him in the past one year.It was reported that the three-member CAC, who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, was willing to retain the legendary leg-spinner for the post.The BCCI has now deputed its general manager Dr M.V. Sridhar to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour. Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar, and R Sridhar, will continue to remain the Batting Coach and the Fielding Coach, respectively.last_img read more

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2019-11-19

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Not Over Yet For 0-2 Giants

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Despite a couple of heartbreaking last-minute losses, the New York Giants just might have a shot at turning around things in the unsettled NFC East.The division seemingly is wide open with Dallas (2-0) dealing with injuries to quarterback Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant, Philadelphia still winless, and Washington (1-1) having much to prove.There is no doubt the Giants need to get better. They had themselves in position to beat the Cowboys and Atlanta and either didn’t make any plays late to put games away or made unforgivable mental mistakes — such as Eli Manning telling a running back not to score because Manning lost track of timeouts .It had many questioning whether the Giants know how to win after missing the playoffs the past three seasons. Some Giants questioned themselves.The reality is there are 14 games left, and that’s a lot, especially in this muddled division.Coach Tom Coughlin said Sept. 21 he intends to tell the team that the opportunity is there, starting with the Sept. 24 game against the Redskins at MetLife Stadium.“It’s just a way to try to again get over the disappointment of yesterday as fast as we can,” Coughlin said of the 24-20 loss to the Falcons. “We realize how important it is going forward.”The Giants have had games there for the taking and let them slip away. They led Dallas 23-13 with 8:01 to play in the fourth quarter and were outscored 14-3, with Romo throwing two touchdown passes to tight end Jason Witten, the last one with :07 to play. New York mismanaged the clock badly in the final minutes.In losing to the Falcons, the Giants were outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter. They had a chance to rally, getting a first down at the midfield with two timeouts, but failed to move any closer.Manning wasn’t sure that learning to win was the issue.“You just have to believe you’re going to get it done,” he said. “When things might be going great, there’s always going to be little lulls or a possession or two that don’t go your way, and you’ve got to be able to bounce back. You can’t let the demeanor or mood get down. So we’ve got to stay positive and keep pushing and fight through those times.”Coughlin said the Giants hurt themselves settling for field goals in the red zone. There were also foolish penalties, such as a delay of game and another when receiver Dwayne Harris was not set for a second before a snap.“Sooner or later, we just have to settle down and play the way we’re capable of playing when the game is on the line,” Coughlin said. “I don’t know how to say it any more simply. The information comes forth from the sideline, you have X amount of time to digest it all, but then you have to go pull the trigger.”Linebacker Devon Kennard feels the Giants can play with anyone.“I think we’ve got a resilient team and I don’t think it kills anybody’s confidence,” he said of the bad start. “It’s most definitely frustrating, but you’ve got to move on. It’s a short week this week, and we’re already on to Washington and not worrying about the last two weeks and what could’ve, would’ve, should’ve been.”Manning isn’t worried either, and he isn’t looking for anyone to pick him up. The two-time Super Bowl MVP knows he has made mistakes, and he has to correct them. He also knows he can win games.“I think my confidence just comes from, ‘Hey, I’ve made plays. I’ve made comebacks. I know I can do it,” he said. “I go out in practice, I make the throws. I feel good about where I am in the offense and how I’m feeling, how I’m throwing. I’ve got to keep just working. Try to make sure I make the throws when we need them.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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2019-11-18

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Zach Smith Calls Out Brett McMurphy, Paul Finebaum On Twitter

first_imgzach smith gives an interview on espnZach Smith has been relatively quiet on social media following his dismissal from Ohio State and the subsequent suspensions of Urban Meyer and Gene Smith. Smith did drop some thoughts immediately after Meyer was punished, but has kept a low-profile overall.Well, that seems to be changing. Smith took to Twitter today to call out Stadium reporter Brett McMurphy and ESPN radio personality Paul Finebaum for their reporting and analysis.“Silence = over. I tried. But I cant watch [clowns] like @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & others at @espn continue 2 run their mouths-not only w/o knowledge but w/ complete disregard 4 my children,” Smith tweeted. “Their mother had plenty of disregard 4 them in this. Time 4 u all 2 face the damage ur causing.”Smith also linked to a lengthy Facebook post from his mother Lynn Bruce in which she calls out Urban Meyer for not doing more to defend her son publicly.Hey @Brett_McMurphy – Ready to start being a real journalist? Ya know… vetting a story?Oh… no… you don’t know what I mean. Sorry!https://t.co/1skw7lSDBl— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Silence = over. I tried. But I cant watch ? like @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & others at @espn continue 2 run their mouths-not only w/o knowledge but w/ complete disregard 4 my children. Their mother had plenty of disregard 4 them in this. Time 4 u all 2 face the damage ur causing— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Hey @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & EVERYONE @espn – Look at these faces. You heartless and moral-less clowns. Every LIE or dramatic version of the truth you report, you hurt THESE precious children! Just like their mom has and continues to. Do you have families? Kids? pic.twitter.com/9XyIhKrGzx— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Smith probably doesn’t do himself (or anyone else) much good by opening his mouth on social media.However, he doesn’t seem to want to hold back anymore.Update: Smith is still going.  He even hit McMurphy with a “I’ll see you in court.”Not a shield. A reminder to scum like you that your reckless & complete disregard for human beings hurts innocent children. Sorry you viewed it as a shield-but that further proves your ignorance given to you by a laminated piece of cardboard hung around your neck by a lanyard. https://t.co/OyDR8PX42z— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Hey @Brett_McMurphy – quick few questions… because you’re an OUTSTANDING “journalist”1. How’d you get that interview with @CoachTomHerman as your first interview at @WatchStadium?2. How come you didn’t ask him about the alleged strip club incident that you reported about?— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Furthermore… @Brett_McMurphy3. Did you ask him about the ensuing few days?4. Have you vetted any credibility in ANY of your reports?I am waiting for one thing that is accurate beyond a name change or photoshop session. I will see you in court you clown.— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Oh boy.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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ESPN Computer’s Texas vs. Georgia Prediction

first_imgTom Herman walking into the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns walks into the stadium prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)With the holidays upon us, bowl season is set to heat up big time over the next week. On New Year’s Day, Georgia vs. Texas is set to go down at the Sugar Bowl.The two teams will meet for the first time since 1984 in New Orleans.Texas is having its best season in a long time, but the SEC East champion Bulldogs are heavy favorites in the match-up.Per OddsShark, the line opened at Georgia -11.5. It has only climbed from there, in favor of the Dawgs.Most sportsbooks now have things at Georgia at -13 or so as of this writing.Texas has impressed in 2018, but Georgia is coming off of an SEC title game in which it went toe-to-toe with Alabama. Considering many thought UGA proved that it was a top four-caliber team in that loss, the line isn’t too surprising.59-percent of bets have been laid on the Dawgs, per OddsShark.As for winning the game outright, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Georgia a better than 77-percent chance of winning the New Year’s Day Game.That number sites at 77.4-percent right now. Georgia vs. Texas FPI prediction.ESPNNext Tuesday’s game will kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET. It is the final bowl game of the season, with the National Championship Game coming six days after.The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast on ESPN.[ESPN]last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Prime Minister Holness Expresses Sadness at the passing of Former US President George HW Bush

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is this morning (December 1) expressing sadness at the passing of the 41st President of the United States of America, George HW Bush.The Prime Minister recognized the 41st President as a man of strength and believer in the building of democratic institutions.“He oversaw the ending of the Cold War which was an extremely significant time in world history, taking the world from the edge of nuclear destruction to an era of relative stability in that regard, and fundamentally changing global dynamics.”Speaking from the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires Argentina, Prime Minister Holness recalled former President Bush as a true servant of the people.“Jamaica and the Caribbean have lost a friend. During his tenure as the 41st President of the United States, former President Bush was kind to us as neighbours in the wider region. Indeed, he also played a pivotal role in global diplomacy,” said Prime Minister Holness.Former President Bush served as President of the United States of America from 1989 to 1993.He died late last night in Houston Texas in the USA at the age of 94.Prime Minister Holness also extended sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the former President as well as the entire United States as they mourn his passing.last_img read more

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2019-10-24

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Netanyahu congratulates close friend Modi on election victory

first_imgJerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday became the first world leader to congratulate his counterpart Narendra Modi for scripting an “impressive victory” in the general elections and vowed to strengthen their “great friendship” as well as bilateral ties. Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power Thursday as it led in 292 seats while the Congress trailed far behind with 51, according to trends released by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “Sincerely greetings to you, my friend @Narendramodi, for your impressive victory in the elections!,” Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew and Hindi. “The election results are another confirmation of your leadership and the way you lead the world’s greatest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen the great friendship between us and India and Israel and lead it to new heights,” he tweeted. Modi and Netanyahu share a good rapport. Netanyahu visited India in January 2018 while Prime Minister Modi travelled to Tel Aviv in 2017, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to tour the Jewish state, where Netanyahu received him at the airport.last_img read more

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2019-10-20

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JEEAdvanced results declared

first_imgNew Delhi: The results of JEE (Advanced), 2019 were announced on Friday, with Gupta Kartikey Chandresh of Maharashtra emerging as the topper. Of the total number 1,61,319 candidates who appeared in both paper one and two of the exam, 38,705 have cleared the exam. Of the successful candidates, 5,356 are females. Gupta Kartikey Chandresh of Ballarpur in Maharashtra came first in Common Rank List (CRL) of JEE (Advanced) 2019. He obtained 346 out of 372 marks. Shabnam Sahay is the topper among female candidates, with CRL 10. She obtained 308 out of 372 marks.last_img read more

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2019-10-20

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Quickthinking truckers corral AWOL horse on busy Alberta highway

first_imgBALZAC, Alta. – Two semi-trailer truck drivers are being praised for playing a little blacktop rodeo when they used their big rigs to safely steer an AWOL horse off a busy highway north of Calgary and prevent the chance of a collision.Airdrie RCMP say they got word around 4 a.m. Monday from an Edmonton woman who said her horse had escaped from a racetrack stable in the Balzac area.The horse was later spotted galloping down the middle of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near the community when the truck drivers worked together with their semis to corral it in a ditch, then control it with harness fashioned from a tow strap.“I think the horse had kind of stopped in the headlights and started to move toward a ditch,” said Const. Dan Martin, an RCMP spokesman.“One truck stopped and blocked the horse from getting back on the highway. The other driver stopped to help and, between the two of them, they were able to approach it and put the harness on. Police arrived shortly after.”Martin said it helped that the horse appeared to be calm and that one of the drivers seems to know his way around animals.“One of the investigators explained that the driver who made the harness seemed to be quite familiar with livestock. I’m assuming he’s worked with horses or cattle before and kind of knew what to do.”There were no reports of drivers having to swerve to miss the horse, and police did not have to set up roadblocks to reroute motorists during the roundup.The Mounties contacted an Airdrie towing company that came to the scene with a livestock trailer to transport the horse back to Airdrie for pickup by its owner.Martin said the woman was thankful the animal was not injured.“She was quite upset that her horse was able to get out, but quite thankful for everybody — RCMP as well as the towing company and the trucks drivers — for working together to get it back.”Police will not be laying charges.Martin said the Airdrie detachment is no stranger to calls about livestock on the loose, but admitted this case was somewhat different.“We definitely get a lot of cattle that get out and walk around highways here all the time, but (escaped) horses are quite rare for sure.”Martin also said there’s no “black and white answer” when it comes to whether drivers should follow the lead of the two truckers if they come across escaped livestock on a busy road.“If somebody was trying to move ducks and stopping traffic, well that could be quite dangerous,” he said. “Exercise caution and use common sense, and hopefully all ends well for everybody.”last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Full service restored after holiday storm cuts power for many Nova Scotians

first_imgHALIFAX – Crews have resolved the last remaining power outages in Nova Scotia, about four days after a major storm knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of customers, Nova Scotia Power said on Friday.The utility issued a press release on Friday afternoon saying all of the 158,000 customers who were affected by widespread outages over the holidays have their power back.“This completes restoration of customers who lost power in the Christmas Day / Boxing Day storm,” the news release said, “other than customers with damaged electrical equipment who must have an electrician complete repairs before power can safely be restored.”Winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour gusted through Nova Scotia on Christmas Day and into Boxing Day, snapping power lines and toppling utility poles in many parts of the province.Crews restored electricity to a handful of customers on islands in Mahone Bay on Friday morning, the release said, and later in the day completed reconstruction of the electrical system along one Dartmouth street where 10 hydro poles had been downed.Nova Scotia Power’s web site had estimated 100 customers were without power at 7 a.m. on Friday, but the utility said in a morning press release that some of those outages were not caused by the storm.The utility had said electricity would be returned to all customers on Friday after pushing restoration estimates several times in recent days.last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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A timeline of events in the case of Meng Wanzhou

first_imgVANCOUVER — A timeline of the Meng Wanzhou case, and rising tension between Canada and China.2018Aug. 22: A New York court issues a warrant for the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.Dec. 1: Canadian authorities arrest Meng at Vancouver’s airport while she is en route from Hong Kong to Mexico, after an extradition request from the Americans. The news becomes public on Dec. 5.Dec. 6: China demands Canada release Meng and “immediately correct the mistake” officials made in arresting her. The Chinese also say they were not briefed on the reasons for Meng’s arrest.In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng’s case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence.Dec. 7: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s envoy to China has briefed Chinese officials about Meng’s case. She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians.In Vancouver, Meng appears in court, where allegations of fraud are laid out. The U.S. alleges Meng misled American banks in a bid to get around American sanctions on Iran.Dec. 8: Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, is summoned to a meeting with China’s assistant foreign minister so the country can register complaints about Meng’s arrest. “China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained Huawei executive … or face grave consequences that the Canadian side should be held accountable for,” the assistant minister, Le Yucheng, says in a statement.Dec. 9: China summons the American ambassador to China to lodge similar complaints about Meng’s case and demand the U.S. rescind the order for her arrest.Dec. 10: Chinese authorities arrest two Canadian men. Michael Kovrig, who was on leave from Global Affairs Canada, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor. Kovrig’s arrest becomes public on Dec. 11. Spavor’s becomes public on Dec. 12.Meanwhile, China’s vice premier, with responsibility for the domestic economy, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk about the ongoing tariff battle between the two countries.Dec. 11: In the morning, Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, tells reporters it is “absolutely false” to assume a political motive behind the Meng’s arrest.Later in the day, Meng is released on $10 million bail. In an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing, Meng, 46, details a lifetime of health issues, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would “certainly intervene” in Meng’s case “if I thought it was necessary” to help forge a trade deal with China.Dec. 12: China’s foreign ministry says it has no information about Kovrig, but says the organization he worked with — the International Crisis Group — was not registered in China, making its activities in the country illegal.The Liberals spend the day outlining how the extradition process will work, reiterating that it is an independent process. Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, “regardless of what goes on in other countries.” Freeland warns any comments made in the United States could be used by Meng’s lawyers before Canadian courts, which would have to judge their relevance in deciding whether to follow through on the American extradition request.Dec. 13: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accuses Trudeau of taking a “naive approach” to China, leaving Canada without “the leverage that we might otherwise have” to resolve the situation. He calls on Trudeau to reach out to the highest levels of the Chinese government.Earlier in the day, Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, says the arrests of the two Canadians were plainly a response to Meng’s arrest: “That’s the Chinese playbook and again the problem we always have with China is when we launch legitimate concerns over whatever it is, China comes back and does these kinds of actions.”China’s foreign ministry says Kovrig and Spavor have been detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Dec. 14: Canadian officials are granted consular access to Kovrig, and McCallum meets with him in Beijing. Meng’s case comes up during a meeting between Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the two agreeing that no politics be injected into the extradition process. Pompeo publicly calls on China to release Kovrig and Spavor.Dec. 16: Canadian diplomats in China are granted consular access to Spavor.Dec. 19: Global Affairs Canada says a third Canadian has been detained in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no reason to believe the case is linked to the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. The next day, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Canadian woman, Sarah McIver, received an administrative penalty for illegal employment.Dec. 20: Indictments unsealed in the United States allege two Chinese citizens targeted companies in Canada and around the world as part of a years-long hacking campaign to steal data.Dec. 21: Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, says he has not been given access to a lawyer while in custody. A source familiar with the conditions of Kovrig’s detention says he is questioned three times a day and kept in a room with the lights on continuously.Freeland formally demands both men be let go, calling in a statement “for their immediate release.” Similar statements come out from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Dec. 22: During a visit to Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, Trudeau says countries around the world are “extremely disturbed” by China’s detention of Spavor and Kovrig.Dec. 24: China’s foreign ministry calls out the U.S., Britain and EU, saying the trio should be condemning Canada for Meng’s arrest. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States. She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in custody.Dec. 27: Chinese state media bring up the case of a Canadian man charged with drug smuggling. The Global Times, an English-language publication of the official People’s Daily, says Robert Lloyd Schellenberg appeal of his conviction will be heard on Dec. 29. Global Affairs says the case has been ongoing for several years.Dec. 28: Global Affairs confirms that McIver has returned to Canada after being released.Dec. 29: A Chinese court orders a retrial for Schellenberg, raising the possibility of a harsher sentence, including death. The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese authorities took the odd measure of inviting a number of news outlets to the appeal.Dec. 30: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement that her government is “very concerned” about Kovrig’s and Spavor’s detentions. Earlier in the day, a group of 36 Australian academics demanded their government “call for the immediate release of these two detainees.”2019Jan. 3: At a news conference, China’s prosecutor general Zhang Jun says Kovrig and Spavor “without a doubt” violated Chinese law. He says the investigation is also following the rule of law, but doesn’t provide more details about the allegations.Jan. 7: The Prime Minister’s Office says Donald Trump has affirmed his respect for judicial independence. In a summary of a phone call between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the PMO indicated the leaders discussed the high-profile U.S. extradition request — though Meng was not named — and agreed on the importance of respecting the independence of judges and the rule of law.Jan. 08: Canadian officials visit Spavor for a second time. Global Affairs Canada says it is also trying to arrange another meeting with Kovrig.Jan. 9: China’s envoy in Ottawa suggests Canada and its Western allies are white supremacists for calling for the release of two Canadians imprisoned last month by his country’s communist government.  Ambassador Lu Shaye makes the accusation in an op-ed in the Hill Times.Jan. 10: Kovrig receives a consular visit for the second time since his arrest.Jan. 14: Trudeau says he’s very concerned to see China “acting arbitrarily” by applying the death penalty to a Canadian convicted of drug trafficking. He says Canada will do all it can to intervene on Robert Lloyd Schellenberg’s behalf after a court in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province announced it had given Schellenberg the death penalty after reconsidering his case.Jan. 15: China expresses its “strong dissatisfaction” with Trudeau over his criticism of Schellenberg’s sentence. Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says. Jan. 16: The U.S. State Department says China’s death sentence against Schellenberg is “politically motivated.” A statement says Pompeo and Freeland spoke and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.”Jan. 17: Ambassador Shaye says Canada’s arrest of Meng was an act of “backstabbing” by a friend. Lu warns of “repercussions” if Canada bars the firm from its new 5G network for security reasons, as have three of its intelligence-sharing allies.Jan. 18: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government’s decision on whether to ban Huawei from being used in Canada’s next generation 5G wireless network will not be influenced by threats of retaliation from China.Jan. 22: China demands the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite Meng. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”Jan. 23: Ambassador McCallum says there are strong legal arguments Meng can make to help her avoid extradition to the United States.  Speaking to Chinese reporters a day earlier in the Toronto area, McCallum listed several arguments Meng’s legal team can make in her defence. Jan. 24: Trudeau dismisses calls to remove McCallum following his comments to Chinese reporters, saying such a change wouldn’t help the two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities get home any sooner. Later, McCallum says he “misspoke” when he suggested detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou had a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States.Jan. 25: McCallum tells StarMetro Vancouver it would be “great for Canada” if the United States drops its extradition request. “We have to make sure that if the U.S. does such a deal, it also includes the release of our two people. And the U.S. is highly aware of that,” he told the Star.Jan. 26: McCallum resigns as ambassador to China at Trudeau’s request.Jan. 28: The U.S. Department of Justice formally levels criminal charges against Huawei, two subsidiaries and Meng. The charges, contained in two newly unsealed indictments, allege that Huawei misrepresented its ownership of a Hong Kong-based subsidiary to circumvent American sanctions against Iran. Furthermore, they say Huawei stole telecommunications technology, trade secrets and equipment from U.S. cellphone provider T-Mobile USA. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit both. In a statement, Huawei denied committing any of the violations cited in the indictment.Jan. 29: The Canadian government says it has received a formal request for the extradition of Meng, who appears in a Vancouver court to change the people who are providing her with some of the financial sureties for her release. China calls on the U.S. to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei, saying it will “firmly defend” its companies. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Airline ends transAtlantic routes due to 737 Max grounding

NEW YORK — Norwegian Air says it’s ending trans-Atlantic service between Ireland and three U.S. and Canadian airports because the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has made the routes “no longer commercially viable.”The Oslo-based carrier announced Tuesday its last flights to Ireland from Stewart Airport in New York’s Hudson Valley and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, would be on Sept. 14. Its last flight to Ireland from Hamilton, Ontario, will depart on Sept. 13.The airline says the decision reflects uncertainty about when or whether the troubled Boeing 737 Max will return to the air. Aviation authorities around the world grounded the plane in March after two fatal crashes.Norwegian bought the 737 Max specifically to support service between Europe and smaller airports across the Atlantic.The Associated Press read more

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2019-10-07

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Ban urges parties in Burundi to refrain from violence during elections

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon further calls on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region,” reads the statement issued by the UN Spokesperson.Mr. Ban reiterates his appeal for the resumption of a frank dialogue and urges parties to avoid undermining the progress achieved in “building democracy” since the signing of the Arusha Agreements, adds the statement.The inter-Burundian dialogue that started on 14 July 2015 under the facilitation of Uganda has been indefinitely suspended.“The Secretary-General notes that the suspension of the dialogue took place without agreement being reached on a range of issues that would have contributed to the creation of a climate conducive to the holding of credible and peaceful elections, as contained in the relevant recommendations of the East African Community (EAC) and the African Union.”Recalling that the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission has deployed observers countrywide, the UN Chief calls on all parties to facilitate their work and, “in particular,” on the government to ensure their security.According to the UN, civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, after the ruling Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD) party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for the then-scheduled 26 June presidential election. It was postponed to July 15, then July 21. read more

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2019-10-02

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Suitcase spy poisoning plot nerve agent was planted in luggage of Sergei

first_imgAt a public meeting on Thursday evening Paul Mills, deputy chief Constable of Wiltshire police, revealed 131 people could have potentially come into… The nerve agent that poisoned the Russian spy Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she left Moscow, intelligence agencies now believe. They are working on the theory that the toxin was impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift that was opened in his house in Salisbury, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father.center_img Senior sources have told the Telegraph they are convinced the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in the luggage of Yulia Skripal, the double agent’s 33-year-old daughter. last_img read more

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2019-09-25

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31 arrested as 190 ranks sweep A D Divisions in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related12 arrested after massive police operation in BerbiceApril 18, 2019In “Crime”29 arrested in Agricola, North Road during police raidsSeptember 30, 2018In “Crime”38 arrested in operation ‘Restore Order’October 14, 2018In “Crime” The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday conducted a number of cordon and search exercises in Divisions A and D under “Operation Restore Order”.According to a release from the GPF, the  simultaneous operations which were conducted in the villages of Kaneville and Diamond on the East Bank of  Demerara (EBD) and Westminster and La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD), involved more than one hundred and ninety ranks inclusive of a number of Senior Officers.The police reported that 31 persons inclusive of three females have been arrested for various offences, including possession of naracotics for the purpose of trafficking, robbery under arms , unlawful possession and wounding.Following the arrests, the officers confiscated various items, such as televisions,  a DVR,  a music box, 15 cellular phones, an amplifier, video cameras, a laptop, two car rear view mirrors and a vehicle headlight among many others.Moreover, the officers confiscated 1500 grams of cannabis  and $207,740 cash.Those arrested will more than likely be processed for court. read more

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2019-09-25

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15 of the best things about a sunny day in Ireland

first_imgSasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandAfter work drinks al frescoYou just sort of have to, don’t you?Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThe Spanish Arch/The Phoenix Park/Mullaghmore/various other locations which come into their own on a sunny dayThese are nice places all year round, but on a sunny day they are simply magical.Flickr/Barnacles HostelsJames Horan/Photocall IrelandFlickr/dingbat2005BarbequesOk, so our cookery skills leave a little to be desired when it comes to barbeques (we just don’t have the practice!), but we know how to enjoy eating outside.We savour every single moment and everyone is bound to know someone who is firing one up in their back garden this evening.We can smell the charred meat already!photoeverywhereTables and chairs outside bars and restaurants seem to appear from nowhereSuddenly we’re living in the café culture Michael McDowell always dreamed of.Sam Boal /Photocall IrelandThe memory of it lives on for aaaagesImage via Sam Boal/ Photocall IrelandEveryone is in good humourLook at them! Look how happy they are! Brian O’ Leary/PhotocallIf you’re not studying, the gratitude for the fact that you’re not studyingFor many people, good weather will forever be associated with being locked away studying for exams.Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandLast of all, your pets love itLove-hungry giraffe gets it horribly, horribly wrong>9 unlikely animal friendships that will put a smile on your face> YOU PROBABLY DON’T need us to tell you that a sunny day in Ireland is something very special.Like David Attenborough waiting for an elusive creature, we sit and wonder all year round when the magical day will come that the sun will grace us with its presence.Ladies and gentlemen, it would appear that time is now.To celebrate, here are 15 of the best things about a sunny day in Ireland.99sThe humble 99 is a simple pleasure all the year round for some people, but it never tastes better than on a sunny day.DailyEdge.ie/Louise McSharrySwimmingWe live on an island, but aside from the very brave among us, we rarely swim in our water.Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandGetting to wear your ‘summer clothes’We all have lovely Summer clothes that we get for our holidays, and the poor things are only allowed out of the wardrobe for a week or two per year.It’s not fair and it’s not right.Sam BoalYou can get your ‘base’ for your holiday tanAlright, for many ‘base’ will translate to ‘burn’, but still, isn’t it nice to get a bit of the glare off your white skin?Be safe though – wear protection!Graham Hughes/Photocall IrelandOur beachesWe have them!  They’re beautiful!  Unfortunately most of the year we can’t enjoy them the way we’d like to though.When the sun comes out they’re glorious.Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandYou can break out all the outdoor sporting equipment you bought during the last sunny spellSasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandHaving your lunch outside…and eking out every single second of your break to enjoy the sun. Even if the only available place to sit is on a bench at the side of the road.last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Microsoft warns of Xbox Live phishing attempts via Modern Warfare 2

first_imgFirst it was Sony’s troubles with PSN, now Microsoft has its own issues to worry about. The company today issued a service alert warning for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players to be on the lookout for phishing attempts against them while playing the game. Microsoft warned that the attempts could come via “title-specific messaging,” which is remarkably vague, but clearly the issue was significant enough for a public warning.The service alert tells users a phishing attempt may appear via messaging in the game. Microsoft claims they’re looking into the issue more closely and hope to resolve it. At the same time however, the only reasonable language this translates into is that Modern Warfare 2 players should be cautious and wary of any messages they receive while playing the game, especially if the messages they receive ask them to divulge any information about their Xbox Live account.AdChoices广告It’s worth pointing out that while Modern Warfare 2 has been out since late 2009, the game is still one of the most popular games on Xbox Live. Even among players who own the sequel, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 is still a hot commodity, and the second most-often played Xbox Live title. There are still plenty of players out there who happily play Modern Warfare 2, and they’re apparently an attractive target for people looking to swipe personal information.Admittedly, the issue pales in comparison to Sony’s massive breach of security on PSN, but it’s still a serious issue. Considering game-hungry PlayStation owners may be firing their Xbox 360s up to play a little Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, it’s a good time to remember not to divulge personal information like your Xbox Live account information to anyone who asks for it, especially online.Read more at Xbox Supportlast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Ouya will have Final Fantasy III as a launch title

first_imgIt doesn’t matter what name is on a new console, if it doesn’t have a good line up of launch games then there’s little reason for gamers to invest. That’s true of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft hardware, so it’s also true of Ouya.Slated for a launch in March next year, Ouya already has a desirable price point, and it is looking more likely the line-up of launch games will be compelling too. That’s because Square Enix has confirmed Final Fantasy III will be a launch title for the system.Better still, Square Enix is considering other titles for the console, seeing it as an opportunity to port several of its franchises to a machine that already has millions invested in it by gamers eager to pick up the system.From a business perspective it makes sense to cash in on the popularity of the hardware with a well-known gaming series. The fact Square Enix has already committed to supporting the platform means it’s likely other publishers will follow them and port their popular games.Originally released in 1990, Final Fantasy III has since been updated and released on the Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, and later this year PSP. With an Android port already available, there won’t be much work required to get it ready for Ouya. What will be interesting to see though, is if Square Enix makes this an Ouya-specific release and adds something new to the game.The Ouya Kickstarter still has 8 days left to go, but has already received pledges of over $5.8 million. With the original goal being just $950,000, there’s no excuses for the console not to hit its release date and start vying for gamers attention alongside the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii/Wii U under our TVs.via Siliconeralast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Rate cut could lead to home buying boom

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut official interest rates from 2.75 per cent per annum to 2.50 per cent, bringing an end to the three month hold at 2.75 per cent p.a. This rate cut could lead to a spike in purchases in the property market as many people look at entering the market as a first-time buyer or expanding their portfolio by moving into investment property. A new report from RP Data* has shown there are 3,230 suburbs across Australia in which it’s cheaper to buy than rent, so now could be a good time to look at buying. Source: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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