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Rajasthan Police to penalise people posting pictures with guns on social media

first_imgAction will be taken against those who post pictures with arms and ammunition on social media platforms in Rajasthan, an official said.A senior official of the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and the special operations group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police has issued directions to all range IGs and SPs to identify such people. “Prompt action against such persons will be taken under the Arms Act, IT Act and RAJPASA (Rajasthan Prevention of Anti-Social Activities act),” SP (SOG) Randheer Singh said.The orders were issued by the ADG (ATS & SOG) Anil Paliwal recently. “The range IGs and SPs have been asked to identity such elements active on social media and taken action against them. This was done in view of rising trend of such posts on social media platforms which creates terror among people,” he said. There are numerous people who post their pictures with guns, bullets and other arms and ammunition on social media.Members of different criminal gangs who operate in western Rajasthan and in areas which share border with Haryana are active on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, and posts such pictures. “This encourages others,” Mr. Singh said.last_img read more

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Boxing: Gary Russell Jr and Leo Santa Cruz unification fight targeted for late 2018

first_imgAdvertisementIt appears fans will be treated to a high stakes unification bout between the two featherweight champions Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr.According to sources, the showdown is being targeted for late 2018.Both Russell and Santa Cruz are coming off victories in title defenses. Russell took down then undefeated JoJo Diaz in May.Santa Cruz is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Abner Mares in their rematch in June.This fight has been talked about for a while. In the 2006 United States Amateur Championships, the current WBC champion defeated Santa Cruz.This has haunted him for the last twelve years and he has been vocal about getting revenge.Now with it being close to realization, the fans can expect to end 2018 with a bang.But who would win? It’s a terrific style clash on paper — you have the boxer-puncher Santa Cruz, who throws a lot of punches and pressures well, against the slicker Russell, whose pure hand speed may well be unrivaled in all of boxing.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sporting potential of tribal youths extraordinary: Patnaik

first_imgBhubaneswar, Dec 18 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today hailed the “extraordinary” sporting potential of tribal youths and hoped they would bring laurels to the state and the country.Inaugurating the first Tribal Sports Meet in the state, Patnaik said the objective of the event is to bring out the hidden potential among tribal youths.”Their (tribal youths) sports potentials are extraordinary. They have been performing well in the sports like hockey, archery and athletics,” the chief minister said, inaugurating the meet through video conferencing.He pointed out that many from Odisha have become part of the Indian Hockey team and even become captains. “I hope that our tribals will bring pride for the state as well as for the country,” Patnaik, who also unveiled the logo for the event, said.There are 62 tribes in Odisha and all of them inherit sports qualities through their traditional culture, said SC/ST Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi.The sports meet is being organised across 119 tribal-dominated blocks along with the 30 districts of the state. The upper age limit for participants in the event is 35 years, he said.Besides individual games like archery and athletics, teams can also participate in football, hockey, kabaddi, khoko and volley ball.The prize money of Rs 3,61,200 will be distributed among the winners in each district, he said, adding, a total of Rs 1,08,36,000 cash prize will be given to winners in all the 30 districts.The Tribal Sports Meet is being held in the under-14, under-16 and over-17 categories, sports department sources said. PTI AAM RBTadvertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: South Africa were a bit unlucky but India clinical, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar praised India for their clinical annihilation of South Africa in their opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in Southampton on Wednesday. However, Tendulkar felt South Africa were unlucky and reckoned the Proteas were depleted with the absence of Dale Steyen and Lungi Ngidi.South Africa were dealt a big blow when Steyn was ruled out of the tournament and Ngidi out of the game against India. The two premium pacers could have put India under pressure upfront after a furious opening burst from Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris.India, one of the pre-tournament favourites, bowled brilliantly before Rohit Sharma scored his 23rd hundred to lead the chase of 228. India were in early trouble after losing Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli but Rohit was involved in crucial partnerships with KL Rahul and MS Dhoni as the two-time world champions romped home with 6 wickets to spare.It could have been a different story for South Africa. Rohit Sharma survived two close chances early on in the innings. He was man-of-the-match at the end of the day but had he got out early, the game could have got either way.”India’s performance was clinical both bowling as well as batting. But I still feel South Africa are not the same team, they are a depleted side with the loss of (Dale) Steyn and (Lungi) Ngidi. Looking at their body language…it didn’t convince me that they were out there to fight.”They tried upfront but they were unlucky. There were a few balls which fell into no-man’s land. But if you convert those into brilliant catches and when you take those catches and suddenly you look at the scoreboard with the opposition 3 wickets down, you think differently but that did not happen. South Africa were unlucky I think,” Tendulkar told India Today in an exclusive interview.advertisementTendulkar praised Rohit Sharma for his sterling hundred and said it was evident he wanted to spend time in the middle. Rohit was beaten several times and looked out of sorts but he held on to play one of his best ODI innings.While Dhawan and Kohli fell cheaply, Rohit remained unbeaten on 122 to guide India to victory in front of thousands of expectant India fans. Tendulkar said it was important for batsmen to weather the early storm against quality bowlers like Kagiso Rabada.”It’s all about spending time in the middle, hanging in there. One is expected to bowl like that when your name happens to be Rabada and he is a world class bowler. If he ends up bowling a couple of terrific deliveries, you accept that and move on. You need to understand what is happening off the surface but you can’t weigh that on your mind so much that if affects the way your going to play the next ball.”You learn from what has happened in the previous delivery and start moving accordingly. Up front Rabada was really good and hot to handle because of the kind of movement that he generated off the surface.”People talk about Shikhar Dhawan getting out today while chasing the ball. I don’t think he chased the ball, the delivery was pitched on middle-leg and it left him so it was a good delivery. All I would ask Shikhar to do is, instead of looking to play that ball towards mid-wicket, he should just hold on to a side-on position and wait for the ball to come. If it doesn’t leave you it will hit your thigh guard and you can take a single,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal power India to opening win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli doffs his hat to Rohit Sharma as India start on a highAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Centurion Rohit Sharma explains why he couldn’t play his natural gamelast_img read more

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Xavi pens two-year Al Sadd extension

first_imgTransfers Xavi ‘thrilled’ to sign two-year Al Sadd extension Russell Greaves 02:22 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) XaviCropped Getty Images Transfers Al Sadd Stars League The former Barcelona and Spain star is set to extend his playing career beyond the age of 40 after agreeing fresh terms with the Qataris Xavi described himself as “thrilled” after signing a two-year contract extension with Al Sadd.The Doha club confirmed the news on Thursday in a move that will see the former Barcelona and Spain star still playing at the age of 40.And Xavi, who made the switch to Al Sadd in 2015 after a trophy-laden spell at Camp Nou, was excited to extend his stay. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I am happy to keep on being a part of the Al Sadd family for two more years,” he said.”I am delighted to be at the club and with its fans. Everyone here is one big family and I am satisfied and thrilled to continue.”OFFICIAL: The Maestro stays!Our captain Xavi has extended his contract with #AlSadd and will remain with the club for another two years   pic.twitter.com/g5pfM4tV3T — AlSadd S.C | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) May 24, 2018 Xavi won 133 caps for Spain, playing a key role in the side that triumphed in successive European Championships either side of World Cup glory in 2010.His Barca career spanned 17 years and saw Xavi make 869 appearances, scoring 97 goals. Al Sadd have won the Qatar Cup, Emir Cup and Sheikh Jassim Cup during Xavi’s stay.last_img read more

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NFL QB Addresses Embarrassing Rumor On Twitter

first_imgA detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField.LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: A detail view of a football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A starting NFL quarterback has taken to Twitter to address an embarrassing rumor that had been circulating on Twitter in recent weeks.Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had been accused of crying on the field during a game earlier this month.Video of the incident was unclear, though it was reported today that some of his teammates had lost trust in him because of it.Is Derek Carr… crying on the field? [@DamonBruce]pic.twitter.com/MbbtyWMS3h— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 14, 2018Carr took to Twitter today to address the rumors:“Don’t even waste your time with this big bro. On the ground I yelled get me up get me. Then I got to the sideline and yelled again. Not one tear. Not one time. There is the Truth. People will click on it because it sounds crazy. But stop playing with me,” he wrote in response to a tweet from Darren Carr.Don’t even waste your time with this big bro. On the ground I yelled get me up get me. Then I got to the sideline and yelled again. Not one tear. Not one time. There is the Truth. People will click on it because it sounds crazy. But stop playing with me.— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) October 23, 2018Carr also put out this statement on Twitter amid all of the turmoil in Oakland:“I’m a Raider. It’s not a “popular” thing to be a Raider right now, but I am and I love it. I love the struggle of trying to fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us. People can try all they want to tear us apart, but it’s not happening to the real ones,” he wrote.I’m a Raider. It’s not a “popular” thing to be a Raider right now, but I am and I love it. I love the struggle of trying to fight back for our city when not a lot of people believe in us. People can try all they want to tear us apart, but it’s not happening to the real ones. ?— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) October 23, 2018OK then.last_img read more

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Michigan State Announces Major Mark Dantonio Contract News

first_img Among today’s personnel actions – a contract extension for Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio through 2025 @LSJNews— RJ Wolcott (@WolcottR) February 15, 2019SB Nation had some details on his contract structure:Dantonio’s contract with the university says the term of his deal extends by one year, every year, unless the school gives Dantonio written notice by mid-January that it won’t make that extension. If the school decided not to extend Dantonio’s contract by a year, he’d have the option to resign and take an $875,000 payout.At base, Dantonio’s agreement with the school is for six years. This extension puts him under contract with the Spartans through the 2023 season.Michigan State is coming off a tough 2018 season, in which the Spartans went 7-6.MSU is expected to rebound in 2019, though the schedule is fairly daunting. A closeup of Mark Dantonio looking at his play sheet.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio looks on against the Stanford Cardinal during the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Michigan State’s football program has gone through some tough times in recent seasons, as the Spartans are 20-18 over the past three years. MSU remains committed to head coach Mark Dantonio, though.Dantonio, who had been rumored by some to potentially be on the hot seat, had his contract extended.Michigan State’s Board of Trustees authorized an annual contract extension for the head football coach.“Among today’s personnel actions – a contract extension for Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio through 2025,” RJ Wolcott tweeted.last_img read more

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Exploring new horizons

first_imgBased in Mumbai, Bhavya Gandhi like any other Indian kid watched Tv and dreamt of becoming an actor… a star. Never had he known, that one day he will be the ‘face’ of a television show.Starting his journey in 2008 with ‘Taarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma’, the actor is achieveing new heights with every passing day. He has also appeared as child lead Suryakant in the 2010 Hindi-spoken film Striker. In an interesting conversation with Millennium Post, the 21-year-old actor reveals how he got the role in famous SAB sitcom, other projects, future plans, and much more: Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ ‘All that glitters is not gold’. How true is this statement with regard to the industry? Definitely, I have learned this thing, all that glitters is not gold. As an actor, one may witness a lot of times in the industry where things look glittery, but alas! They aren’t really. If I talk about newcomers especially, they often enter the industry with a lot of expectations and feel that even they will achieve everything like others, which often leads to disappointment. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’Therefore, every person in the industry faces a different struggle, so for the outsiders I would like to tell that it is important to understand that all that glitters is not gold. How did you land up in ‘Taarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma’? How was your experience/journey of working in that show? Like all other actors, I got to know about the show and gave an audition. And as far as my journey in the show is concerned, I think not only me but the whole country has witnessed this journey with me – seen me grow. No doubt, it was a beautiful experience. I often call it as ‘unexpected journey’ as I never expected it to become so big and so great. In all this time, I have received a lot of love from the audience. Do you think ‘Tappu’ is going to be your identity for a long time? Though I am in this industry to play different characters, but if people remember me by this character, it’s okay. I am working on myself and to play characters that will be memorable. Also I believe that unlike the actor, his or her character stays alive forever. After establishing yourself as Tappu, how easy/ difficult was it to find new work. Why? I would not say that it was difficult or easy, it is just that people have always imagined me as a child. But luckily this notion also changed recently, after the movie Bau Na Vichaar. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years? What are your future plans? I like to live in the present and try not to worry about what future has for me. All I know is that I would like to work, explore myself, and learn new things. And I will do whatever it takes to achieve that. If not an actor, what would you be? Had I not been an actor, I would be a businessman. Alternatively, I think I could have even explored direction.last_img read more

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England seek a double as Australia eye Ashes history

first_imgBirmingham: England return to ‘Fortress Edgbaston’ for the first Test against Australia on Thursday looking to round off an already memorable season by completing a World Cup and Ashes double. If the World Cup remains the pinnacle of the 50-over game, for England and Australia there’s nothing quite like a renewal of Test cricket’s oldest rivalry. But now there’s arguably more at stake for both sides than the series result. For England, a home season billed as the most important in a generation started brilliantly with their impressive run to a first men’s World Cup title. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhInternational cricket in Britain emerged from behind its satellite television paywall for the first time since the celebrated 2005 Ashes so that millions could watch England’s nerve-shredding Super Over win against New Zealand at Lord’s earlier this month. Building on that groundswell of support is a key part of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s post-tournament strategy. Regaining the Ashes represents an ideal chance to keep those new followers on board, even if none of the five Tests are on free-to-air television. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFor Australia, an Ashes series win under the dignified leadership of Tim Paine would help draw a line under the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that led to long bans for former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. All three batsmen are likely to feature at Edgbaston, with Bancroft set to hear the same booing that greeted Smith and Warner during the World Cup. Australia have not won an Ashes in England for 19 years, with their batsmen struggling against the heavily stitched Dukes ball on pitches that offer seam movement. Yet the first Test will be Australia’s opening first-class match of the tour, although the likes of Bancroft, who has been captaining English county side Durham, have recent experience of local conditions. The way an England side featuring several World Cup stars were dismissed for just 85 by Ireland at Lord’s last week before winning the first Test between the countries tells its own story of ongoing top-order woes. England captain Joe Root plans to move back to number three to help shore up a top order featuring novice Surrey openers Rory Burns and Jason Roy. James Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, is set to return from a calf injury to lead an attack that could feature World Cup hero Jofra Archer. Australia, meanwhile, are poised to put their faith in a rapid four-man attack featuring James Pattinson and Pat Cummins. Several of England’s World Cup winners appeared jaded against Ireland but Anderson, who no longer plays one-day internationals and so was not involved in that success, hopes he can revive any flagging spirits. “For some of us this is the start of our international summer and it’s our job to keep the energy going as a team,” said Anderson, 37 on Tuesday. With runs expected to be at premium while the bowlers hold sway, England will hope all-rounders such as Ben Stokes, restored to the vice-captaincy, can again make valuable contributions with the bat. Australia have not won at Edgbaston in any format since 2001, a run that includes their recent World Cup semi-final loss to England, when Roy made a sparkling 85. England, by contrast, have won their last 11 internationals at the raucous Birmingham ground. But a congested schedule, the result of officials cramming an Ashes into the same season as a lengthy World Cup, could have a bigger bearing on the series, the first in the ICC’s new World Test Championship. “I really believe it’s a big ask for the fast bowlers on both sides to play five Tests in six weeks,” said Australia great Steve Waugh, the victorious captain in the 2001 Ashes, who is mentoring the current squad. “Depth in the squad will be important but I honestly think if I was a betting man I wouldn’t back either side because I don’t know who’s going to win.”last_img read more

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Global DivestInvest Coalition to Announce Major Commitments on Eve of UN Summit

first_img Agnes Abuom, principal at the World Council of Churches Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund David Blood, formerly Goldman Sachs, co-founder Generation Investment Mark Ruffalo, actorcenter_img A coalition of endowments and individuals committed to divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy will announce pledges totaling $50 billion in assets and growing at a press conference in New York City on Monday, Sept. 22.The coalition, first launched in January, will announce scores of new domestic and international foundations, hundreds of high-net worth individuals as well as major NGOs, faith groups and health organizations. The next day, commitments will be presented at the UN Climate Summit with many world leaders in attendance including President Obama.Taking part in the press conference will be: Archbishop Desmond Tutu (by video) Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director Wallace Global Fund (moderating)The event will take place at Westin New York at Grand Central, 212 E. 42nd Street, Embassy Room, Third FloorA dial-in option to join via phone is also available.RSVP to Clara Vondrich clara@fenton.com or Gil Duran gil@fenton.com. Dial-in number available upon request.last_img read more

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Nunavut minister steps down

first_imgAPTN National NewsFred Schell, Nunavut’s cabinet minister of nothing, stepped down yesterday just before members of the legislative assembly were set to vote for his removal.It was months ago that Schell was stripped of his cabinet roles, but not the position or salary. Schell had previously been found guilty of violating the Integrity Act six times, fined $10,000, but in his seven months as a minister without a portfolio, he continued to pocket a minister’s salary.After a lengthy statement, Schell stepped down.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has been following this story.last_img

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Accountability key to meeting national gender equality goals says UN report

20 February 2009Strengthening accountability for commitments made by governments will be vital to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). “The actions of those in power need to be reviewed and made accountable to women,” Hanny Cueva-Beteta, Data and Statistics Specialist with UNIFEM, stressed today at the launch in Monrovia, Liberia, of the agency’s flagship publication, Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009.The report, entitled “Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability,” pointed to vast gaps in accountability between men and women, which lead to weakened participation of women in the formal sector, according to a news release issued by UNIFEM.Ms. Cueva-Beteta said that in areas such as conflict mediation, women’s priorities are silenced and war crimes committed against them are often not prosecuted.In both national governments and multilateral organizations, accountability systems need to be changed and oriented to answer to women, if commitments to gender equality are to move from rhetoric to results, she stated.“It is time to move from lip-service to real results,” she said, adding that commitments made by governments should be accompanied by funding and planning. There is still a long way to go in that regard, she noted, given that women are outnumbered 4 to 1 in legislatures around the world; over 60 per cent of all unpaid family workers globally are women; and about one-third of women suffer gender-based violence during their lives. Also speaking at the launch, Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, highlighted some of achievements made in her country towards women’s empowerment. They include the establishment of a special “Criminal Court E,” dedicated to gender-based violence crimes with an emphasis on rape, and an empowerment programme, funded by the Nike Foundation, for 1,500 adolescent girls. There is also the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, which the President set up to support girls’ education and improving markets for women. Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf thanked UNIFEM for its efforts in getting countries to make greater commitments towards the empowerment of women and implored those at the launch to “join hands at all levels and work together for the enhancement of women as a means of acting towards the development of society as a whole.” read more

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TAP changes the world through art

This mural was created by the participants of the 2011 TAP India Pilot Project Program under the creative direction of visual artist Jamez Townsend. The mural depicts the past, present and future of the Bhopal Gas Disaster as seen through the eyes of the participants. It is both a reflection, and constructive reminder of the horrors that took place that night.“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is a popular mantra spoken by Mahatma Gandhi. While many understand the importance of this phrase, it’s sometimes difficult to follow through and actually be the change.One Brock grad embodies the mantra as she makes a difference in the world, one art project at a time. Rox Chwaluk (BA ’09, BEd ’10) is a co-founder, and the volunteer co-ordinator for Turn Around Projects of the Arts (TAP), a not-for-profit organization with the mission to create and maintain integrated arts projects, which promote reciprocal exchange in order to impact and strengthen communities. Since its inaugural year in 2007, TAP has organized seven successful programs in four countries (Jamaica, Japan, Canada and India). More than 600 people have participated.Rox ChwalukBrock University has also recognized Chwaluk’s contributions to society. She was one of the first persons to be featured in the Both Sides of the Brain campaign.TAP’s pilot project was held in Jamaica in July 2007 when 18 students created an integrated arts program for more than 100 Jamaican participants. The members of TAP believe that art is everywhere, everyone is an artist and that the process of creating art is just as important as the product. Although TAP uses six mediums (theatre, music, dance, visual art, creative writing and photography), art forms like skateboarding, knitting and juggling are encouraged. Everyone has an art skill and TAP will find a way to incorporate it into the programming.TAP also created a two-tiered Education Fund, which provides opportunities to TAP participants to further their skills as artists in a post secondary setting (Scholarship Fund) and gain real job experiences during their programs (Mentorship Fund). TAP has been very successful in providing a positive experience for participants, so much in fact, that the participants are beginning to facilitate some of the workshops provided. Turn Around Projects of the Arts has proved that participating in art programs empowers people, causing them to want to be involved in programs that gave them a more positive outlook on life.The sign that hung in front of the roundhouse at Sambhavna Medical Trust, where TAP India was run. Most recently, three TAP members took to Bhopal, India. Rox Chwaluk led the project, working with both the staff of Sambhavna Medical Trust and the survivors of the worst industrial disaster in history. On Dec. 3, 1984, Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) exposed more than 500,000 people to gas and toxins when they were released into the air. About 10,000 people died within the first 72 hours and another 15,000 have died since, not to mention the 120,000 that have chronic medical conditions because of it. The plant was abandoned immediately after the leak and the site has yet to be cleaned up, allowing for the remaining toxins to pollute the groundwater Bhopal residents rely on. In 2001, UCIL was bought by Dow Chemical Company. The Sambhavna Medical Trust is one of many clinics in Bhopal that offers free allopathy, yoga, and ayurvedic treatment to survivors of the gas disaster and victims of the ongoing water contamination. Before Chwaluk left for India, she was hoping that Bhopal could be a regular stop for the TAP group.Chwaluk had been preparing for India for over two years. She had produced a play about Bhopal, met with many activists, and been in contact with the managing trustee at Sambavna Medical Clinic. Before she left she was also nominated to the Advisory Board for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. A week after leaving Bhopal, she was selected to the board and currently sits as the Volunteer and Leadership Development Coordinator.Now that the program has been completed, she is aiming for TAP to go back in December of 2012. Chwaluk and her team were very successful in Bhopal, creating multiple art stations at the clinic so survivors, staff members or even just the local community could stop and participate in painting the mural (created by Jamez Townsend, a local artist who attended Brock), photography, visual art or bracelet making classes. To her surprise, unplanned Justin Bieber dance parties also ensued!If this is something you’d like to get involved in, TAP is accepting volunteers from all over the world. The only criteria are that you must be an artist, an educator, an activist, or a combination. TAP heads back to Jamaica July 11 to 29 where it will hold its fifth program.TAP is currently raising funds for this years Jamaica program. To make a donation, or learn more about TAP, please visit http://turnaroundproject.ca/blog/ read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Companies in the news:CannTrust Holdings Inc. — CannTrust Holding’s Danish partner has quarantined a batch of products received from the licensed producer in connection with Health Canada’s recent discovery of illegal growing operations at its Ontario greenhouse. Stenocare said Tuesday that it has been in contact with the Danish Medicines Agency and the single batch has been put in quarantine for potential destruction, pending an ongoing investigation by Health Canada.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Up $1.07 or 2.6 per cent to $42.15. Canada’s largest oil producers are calling on the Alberta government to reward companies that commit to adding crude-by-rail capacity by easing their oil curtailment levels. The proposal would allow crude oil export capacity to increase at the same time that barrels are being produced to fill that capacity, Suncor Energy Inc. CEO Mark Little said, while taking part in a panel discussion with representatives of four other large Calgary-based oil producers at the TD Securities Calgary Energy Conference. The result would be that Alberta producers would be able to get better prices for higher volumes of oil, which would swell the government treasury with more resource royalties and taxes, he said.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up one cent to $2.22. Bombardier Inc. says it intends to appeal a Brazilian administrative tribunal ruling that concluded the railway car manufacturer and 10 other companies of allegedly manipulating contract bids. Brazil’s economic defence administrative council imposed fines of around $175 million against a “cartel” it found manipulated at least 26 tenders between 1999 and 2013 in four Brazilian states. Bombardier Transportation in Brazil was fined $7.9 million. It could also be prevented from receiving public subsidies for five years, but won’t be barred from obtaining public contracts.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. (TSX:CM). Down 48 cents to $103.30. CIBC has signed a deal to acquire U.S. investment bank Cleary Gull as it continues its push south of the border. Financial terms of the deal to acquire the Milwaukee-based boutique firm announced Tuesday were not disclosed. The Toronto-based bank said buying Cleary Gull, which specializes in middle market mergers and acquisitions, private capital placement and debt advisory services, supports CIBC’s continued growth in the U.S. The Canadian bank has been ramping up its U.S. presence since it acquired The PrivateBank in 2017.The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,545.21, up 82.26 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up one cent, or 0.16 per cent, to $6.34 on 4.6 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Down 27 cents, or 5.4 per cent, to $4.73 on 4.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Materials. Down 75 cents, or 6.49 per cent, to $10.80 on 4.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down three cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $1.84 on 3.8 million shares.NuVista Energy Ltd. (TSX:NVA). Energy. Down one cent, or 0.39 per cent, to $2.53 on 3.5 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 33 cents, or 1.59 per cent, to $21.09 on 3.5 million shares. read more

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Canada Infrastructure Bank to pitch in money to help risky Via Rail

OTTAWA — A federal infrastructure financing agency is going to put some money behind a few final, financially risky steps in Via Rail’s high-frequency rail project, sources say.Two sources speaking on condition of anonymity because the details are not yet public say the Canada Infrastructure Bank will cover the financial risk for the last few studies and other requirements.The sources didn’t say how much money will be provided or what would specifically be funded, but the agency’s backing could help Via more easily find a private partner to cover the cost of the proposal. How government bureaucracy keeps blocking Canadians from building the critical infrastructure we need CEO of $35-billlion Canada Infrastructure Bank expects busy season after inking first deal Canada’s $35 billion Infrastructure Bank picks Pierre Lavallee to become CEO Announcements are promised Tuesday in Trois-Rivieres, Que., with Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, and also in Peterborough, Ont., with Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef, the local MP.The rail company wants to build a multibillion-dollar new network of dedicated passenger-rail lines in Ontario and Quebec, so its trains will no longer have to yield to freight trains on borrowed tracks.Transport Canada has been looking over the Via proposal for more than a year. read more

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WHO evaluating new concerns SARS may be caused by animal contact

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said it is collaborating with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as well as the World Organisation for Animal Health, to determine if there is evidence to suggest that any disease related to SARS has occurred in animals.Following initial reviews of reports on the transmission of SARS, the three organizations said so far, there is no epidemiological information to suggest that contact with goods, products or animals shipped from areas affected by the disease has been the source of infection in humans.Accordingly, WHO said it cannot conclude that any products or animals arriving from regions currently affected by SARS pose a risk to public health. The agency will, however, continue to closely monitor the evolution of the respiratory disease in collaboration with national health departments and partner agencies.Meanwhile, the agency also issued updated guidelines on the management of suspect and probable cases of SARS. It also includes suggestions on handling people who may at risk of developing the disease because of exposure to an infected person. read more

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Buckeye briefs Mens hockey skates to semifinals womens basketball stopped short

While Ohio State was on spring break, Buckeye athletics continued on. Here are some of this week’s game results. Men’s ice hockey OSU men’s hockey will move on to the semifinals of the CCHA tournament after winning against Ferris State, 3-2, in a series-tiebreaker game Sunday night at the OSU Ice Rink. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle made 47 saves, a new career-high, against the Bulldogs during Sunday’s game. The No. 4 seed Buckeyes lost Friday against No. 5 seed Bulldogs, 4-2, in the CCHA tournament opener at the OSU Ice Rink, but won Saturday, 3-1, splitting the series and making a third game necessary to determine which team will move on in the CCHA tournament. OSU (16-16-7) is set to play No. 2 seed Notre Dame in the semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Saturday. Women’s basketball The OSU women’s basketball team was knocked out of the Big Ten tournament March 8 after losing to Penn State, 76-66, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The No. 9 seed Buckeyes (18-13, 7-10 Big Ten) took down No. 8 seed Minnesota (18-13, 7-9 Big Ten), 57-48, the night before. The next day, though, OSU fell to the No. 1-seeded Nittany Lions (25-5, 14-2 Big Ten). OSU demonstrated its scoring spread against Penn State despite the loss, with three players earning double digits. Senior guard Tayler Hill had 23 points, redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes made 18 and junior center Ashley Adams sank six shots for 13 points. The bracket for the women’s NCAA tournament is set to be released Monday night. Wrestling OSU wrestling finished fourth in the Big Ten tournament March 10 at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. Hunter and Logan Stieber were both crowned conference champions in their weight classes, 141 and 133 respectively. It was redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber’s second time winning the title and sophomore Hunter Stieber’s first time. Seven other Buckeyes also qualified for the NCAA tournament: senior Nikko Triggas (125-pound weight class), redshirt junior Ian Paddock (141), redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157), freshman Mark Martin (165), redshirt junior Nick Heflin (174), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197). The NCAA championships are scheduled for March 21-23 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Men’s lacrosse OSU men’s lacrosse won against No. 9 Virginia, 11-10, on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. The Buckeyes trailed the Cavaliers, 4-1, until a 4-1 streak put them one goal ahead at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, OSU led, 10-8, when the game was delayed for almost two hours because of the weather conditions. When the teams resumed play, the Cavaliers tied the game, 10-10, with 1:48 left. But a goal by senior midfielder Dominique Alexander less than 30 seconds later put the Buckeyes back ahead, 11-10. Junior goalie Greg Dutton was able to hold Virginia scoreless for the remainder of the game. The No. 12 Buckeyes (5-1, 0-1 Big Ten) are next scheduled to play No. 3 Notre Dame Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Notre Dame, Ind. Baseball The OSU men’s baseball team went 6-2 while OSU was on spring break, playing games in Myrtle Beach, S.C., North Charleston, S.C., and Columbus. OSU won against Harvard, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern and Bryant over the time period from March 8-17. It lost March 10 against Coastal Carolina, 3-1, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The team played Bryant at home over the weekend, winning Sunday, 6-4, losing Saturday, 3-2, and winning Friday, 4-1. The Buckeyes (12-6) are set to begin their season Friday against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Men’s tennis OSU men’s tennis won against No. 12 Pepperdine, 4-1, on Tuesday in Malibu, Calif. Back-to-back singles wins by redshirt senior Devin McCarthy and senior Connor Smith sealed the victory after earlier wins by doubles pair juniors Blaz Rola and Ille Van Engelen and doubles pair McCarthy and redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan had the Buckeyes in the lead, 2-1. The No. 9 Buckeyes are 15-2 on the season and 6-2 against teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 25. OSU currently has a home-game winning streak of 160-0. It is set to next play Louisville at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center on Tuesday as one of four home matches before the team hits the 10-year anniversary of its streak. Softball The OSU women’s softball team hit a six-game win streak after winning against Pittsburgh, 9-0, in five innings Sunday afternoon at the Cherry Blossom Classic in Fairfax, Va. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly struck out nine batters and allowed one hit during the game. OSU ended the tournament with a 5-0 record and four shutout victories. The Buckeyes won against Canisius, 8-0, in a six-inning shutout Saturday morning. They also won against George Mason, 5-2, that afternoon. On Friday, OSU won against Pittsburgh, 4-0, and George Mason, 10-0, in five innings. OSU (18-8) is scheduled to begin regular season play on Friday against Indiana at Buckeye Field. read more

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Digicel Donates To TCI Diabetic Association

first_img Related Items:digicel, donates, tci diabetic association, world diabe TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWednesday, November 18th, 2015 – Providenciales – In honour of World Diabetes Day, which took place on November 14th, and in the spirit of goodwill, Digicel donated much needed patient supplies to the TCI Diabetic Association. The supplies, which consisted of Glucose & Ketone meters, testing stripes and Glucose control solutions, were handed over, on November 16th, to Ms. Angela Williams and Nurse Elaine Clare of the association, who were most appreciative of the gesture by Digicel.“We, of the Diabetic Association, are truly grateful for the gift of the Glucometers and strips that we received from Digicel. We know that there are diabetics in need of meters, so we will forward the meters to them. Once again, thanks very much for your generosity,” remarked Nurse Elaine Clare, President, TCI Diabetic Association.Digicel Head of Marketing, Ms. Trina Adams, said: “Digicel is always looking for ways to give back and help those in need in our communities, whether it’s through donation like this one, or through community events, we truly believe that it is important for us to play our part in the TCI. Diabetics is a huge health issue here in the TCI and around the world, the supplies are enough for four patients, and we truly do hope that our small gesture goes a long way in assisting those patients to live the best possible life.”Digicel also sponsored the recent Wrightfully Fit Charity Walk/Run, which took place on Saturday, November 14th, in support of the Diabetic Association. Several Digicel team members came out to run in full support of the charity. Digicel encourages everyone throughout the TCI to take all necessary steps to ensure that they live a long, happy and healthy life as best they can. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Thousands without power in TCIlast_img read more

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Texas Trip Addressed Tech and Port Opportunities for Grand Bahama

first_imgPhoto caption: Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson said the business and investment trip to Texas led by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis was primarily to promote Grand Bahama as a great place in which to invest.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson says that the recent investment and business opportunity trip to Texas, led by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, speaks to the fact that the Prime Minister of The Bahamas is committed to reviving Grand Bahama.Senator Thompson noted the purpose of the trip was to principally market Grand Bahama.  This, according to Minister Thompson, proves that the country’s leader is still focused on promoting Grand Bahama and helping to revive its economy.“The Prime Minister has always been focused on Grand Bahama and on promoting the island of Grand Bahama,” noted Senator Thompson.During the trip Minister Thompson noted that the delegation met with the Governor of Texas, the Texas Chamber of Commerce, with investors, business executives, as well as with a group of Bahamian diaspora.  One of the features of the trip was a meeting the delegation held with a number of executives from tech companies, including Google, Del, HP, Gearbox and a number of other companies, including reps from Silicon Valley.“We were able to give them a good, detailed presentation about the benefits of doing business in Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson.  “I believe that we accomplished that purpose, which was to begin to strengthen relationships with those tech companies.“It was important for us to get the message out that Grand Bahama was opened for business.  It is important to get the message out that we want to invite these companies to come to the Bahamas, but more importantly, we’re doing this because we want to be able to create more opportunities for Bahamians.  “That has to be the key focus, which is to create the environment that provides an opportunity for Bahamians.”The meeting with Tech executives falls in line with Minister Thompson’s push to make Grand Bahama the Tech Hub for The Bahamas.  Minister Thompson said that many of the Tech Executives in Texas said that they had heard of Grand Bahama’s first technology Summit, and they spoke highly of the reports they had received. Minister Thompson says this bodes well for the second Tech Summit set for Grand Bahama this year.Minister Thompson said that another major meeting in Texas, which can have direct investment opportunity for Grand Bahama, was the meeting they had with executives of the Port of Houston.“They made a very detailed presentation to us and we began the dialogue of how we here in Freeport, with our Container Port and the GB Shipyard, could partner with them to have mutual exchange, which we hope would lead to more opportunities here in Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson.While in Houston, the Bahamian delegation was able to meet with Bahamians living in Texas, and were pleased to find out that there were a number of Bahamians living in the Houston area who were interested in doing projects in Grand Bahama.“The trip overall, we believe was a success. But the real success will come in the results. We are hopeful that we will see some positive results from this trip.”Minister Thompson noted that followup with the companies and individuals whom they met in Texas, has already begun.  Although he says, it’s still at the early stages.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Readers remember May 18 1980

first_imgWe asked readers of The Columbian and Columbian.com to share their stories of May 18, 1980. As of last week, we had posted nearly 50 stories on our special website marking the 30th anniversary of the eruption: http://www.columbian.com/volcano. Here is a sampling of their stories.‘How would they get home?’By Dorothy CrowellMay 18 is my birthday, and in 1980 I was the program chairman for the Northwest Recovery Room Nurses Association’s fourth annual seminar in Portland.Since Mount St. Helens was only 50 miles to the north, we chose a small illustration of the mountain for the cover of our program.When the telephone rang, I could not believe the words I heard: “There has been a major eruption of Mount St. Helens! Ash and debris has been blown 30,000 feet in the air! The I-5 freeway is closed northbound … major flooding is feared!”How would nurses and doctors at the seminar get home?The keynote speaker was Dr. Frank McKechnie of Winter Park, Fla. As we rushed him to the airport, I wondered if his flight would leave on time and what view he might have from the air.last_img read more

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