SC lets acting DGP in J&K continue for next few weeks

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Dilbag Singh, acting Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir, to continue in office for the next few weeks till the Union Public Service Commission takes a decision on the appointment of a regular police chief.A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra passed the order after Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal submitted that Mr. Singh, who replaced S.P. Vaid, is on temporary charge as acting DGP of the State. Mr. Venugopal said the State had already sent names of suitable candidates for the post to the UPSC for scrutiny.UPSC counsel Naresh Kaushik intervened to point out that there had been no delay on the part of the Commission. The UPSC had detected “certain deficiencies” in the communication sent by the competent authority of the government.“Whatever it may be, the State shall comply with the requirement as sought for by the UPSC within five days and the UPSC shall take a decision within four weeks therefrom,” the court said.last_img read more

CWG scam: Sacked OC treasurer Jayachandran arrested by CBI

first_imgCBI on Sunday arrested sacked treasurer of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee M Jayachandran in connection with the alleged bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London last year.Jayachandran was arrested after several rounds of questioning by the investigating agency, CBI spokesman R K Gaur said on Sunday night.Gaur said the former OC official was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation in the two cases registered by the CBI earlier this week.The CBI spokesman also said that searches were being conducted at his residence.The CBI action comes within days of the arrest of two other sacked OC officials T S Darbari and Sanjay Mahendroo.Jayachandran, who was expelled from the OC on charges of alleged irregularities in QBR, was also quizzed over certain overlays contracts awarded for the Games.The CBI has filed two separate cases involving UK-based A M Films and former officials of CWG Organising Committee on alleged charges of forgery and cheating in organising QBR.The first case names London-based AM Car and Van Services and its owner Patel besides Darbari, sacked joint director general of the CWG Organising Committee, Mahendroo, OC deputy director-general, and Raj Singh, a Director level officer in the OC.They have been slapped with charges under Sections 468 (forgery of court records and public documents), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.The second case involves London-based A M Films, Patel, Mahendroo, Darbari and others under Sections 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.advertisementJayachandran has also been questioned by the Enforcement officials for over six hours as part of its probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the mega sporting event.His explanation was sought on questions related to alleged foreign exchange violations during the QBR.The ED had issued summons to him under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).As part of its investigations, ED has interogated OC Director General V K Verma several times, including for a marathon 10 hours late last month.Several Commonwealth Games related contracts worth crores of rupees are being scrutinised by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the Income Tax Department for alleged financial bungling.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Gianluigi Buffon feels the pain after third final defeat

first_imgThe greatest goalkeeper of his generation, Juventus’s Gianluigi Buffon tasted defeat in his third Champions League final as the major missing medal from his illustrious career once again slipped out of his grasp on Saturday.A 4-1 defeat by Real Madrid was tough to take for the 39-year-old who may never get another chance to win European club football’s top prize.”It’s a big disappointment because we thought we did everything we needed to win,” Buffon told Italian television as Real celebrated at the Principality Stadium.”We had a great first half in which we had Real in trouble. It leaves you with an open mouth, the episodes that never went our way,” he said, referring to Casemiro’s deflected strike that put Real 2-1 up.Buffon had played in two previous Champions League finals and both times went home as a runner-up, against AC Milan on penalties in Manchester in 2003 and against Barcelona in Berlin two years ago.Even in his state of bitter disappointment, however, Buffon was able to sum up exactly what is needed to triumph.”To win this cup you have to be stronger than everything against you. In the second half their class, their strength, their ability to win these challenges was seen and they deservedly won,” he said.While it will be no consolation for the Juventus captain when he looks back on his career, he cannot afford to dwell too much on those finals.At club level, Buffon got off to a winning start in his career, claiming the UEFA Cup and Italian Cup with Parma in 1999. With Juventus he has won the Italian league title eight times.advertisementIn the colours of the national team, under the guidance of his former Juve coach Marcello Lippi, Buffon won the World Cup in 2006, making up for the disappointment of missing out on Italy’s European Championship success in 2000 due to injury.last_img read more

IPL franchises could be allowed to retain three players

first_imgAhead of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, the eight IPL franchises are likely to be permitted to retain up to three players.The proposal came at an IPL governing council meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.According to ESPNcricinfo, as per the proposal the franchises could be allowed to retain a combination of two Indian and an overseas player, or picking up two overseas and an Indian player.The matter can be further discussed at the meeting scheduled next week, before making a final call on November 14 with all eight franchises.The new development, if comes into effect, would benefit the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) who are back in fray after serving a two-year suspension and are looking forward to retain certain players.The Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions that replaced the above two teams will not be part of the new IPL season.The 2018 edition of India’s lucrative T20I league is slated to take place from April 4 to May 31.last_img read more

Mane offers timely boost to Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Mane offers timely boost to Liverpool as he returns to full training Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 02:20 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Sadio Mané Premier League The Senegalese forward has been out of action since picking up a knock during the last international break and is closing in on a competitive comeback Sadio Mane has offered Liverpool a timely boost by returning to full training after shaking off a hamstring injury.The Senegalese forward has been out of action since picking up a knock during the last international break.Reds 6/4 for the top 4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His last appearance for the Reds came in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on October 1.Mane has missed domestic fixtures against Manchester United, Tottenham and Huddersfield along with a Champions League double-header with Maribor.He was initially expected to be sidelined for around six weeks, but has rejoined Jurgen Klopp’s ranks after progressing ahead of schedule in his recovery.Smiles all round at Melwood— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 2, 2017Mane will not form part of Liverpool’s plans at West Ham on Saturday, with the 25-year-old needing to build up his sharpness to be ready for competitive action.He could, however, come into contention for a meeting with Southampton on November 18.Klopp recently stated that he hoped to have a man with three goals to his name this season back in his squad for a clash with the Saints.He told Liverpool’s official website: “After the international break, I think Adam [Lallana] and Sadio are back.“It will be close, so hopefully they can train during the international break and be part of the normal training.”The Reds will be eager to get Mane back into the fold after seeing him endure a disjointed 2017-18 campaign.A red card picked up against Manchester City in September saw him sit out three games, before then being forced onto the treatment table and missing five more.Liverpool have fared OK without him in their last two outings, seeing off Huddersfield and Maribor 3-0, but will welcome another injection of pace and power to their attacking unit. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ireland finds late winner to topple young USMNT

first_imgRepublic of Ireland 2 United States 1: Judge hammers home late winner in Dublin Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 6/3/18 Republic of Ireland - cropped Getty Images Substitute Alan Judge scored a late winner as the Republic of Ireland recovered from a goal down at the Aviva Stadium. Alan Judge fired in a dramatic late winner to clinch the Republic of Ireland a 2-1 win over the United States in John O’Shea’s final international appearance.Substitute Judge swept home just over a minute after stepping off the bench to seal the come-from-behind victory after Graham Burke’s maiden international goal had levelled matters.Shamrock Rovers striker Burke’s 57th-minute strike cancelled out Bobby Wood’s first-half opener and set the stage for Judge to secure a fitting farewell for O’Shea. 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 The 37-year-old had exited in the 35th minute after winning his 118th cap – and it looked as though it would end in disappointment when Wood prodded home on the stroke of half-time.But, in their first game at Aviva Stadium since the heartbreak of the World Cup qualifying implosion against Denmark, the two second-half strikes went some way to erasing the memories of their play-off disappointment on home soil.They also served to end a youthful USA’s four-game unbeaten run, though the visitors struggled to create too many opportunities in the absence of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.After two years out of action following a broken leg, this is what it means! Well done, Alan Judge! #COYBIG— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018O’Shea almost marked his swansong with a rare goal when he glanced a header wide of the far post from a Jeff Hendrick corner early in proceedings.Untroubled on that occasion, Bill Hamid was forced into his first real piece of work in the 20th minute as he batted away a swerving James McClean effort, before a Tyler Adams strike at the other end was deflected over by team-mate Rubio Rubin.Colin Doyle, at fault for France’s second in a 2-0 defeat in Paris on Monday, comfortably held a low Jorge Villafana drive just beyond the half-hour and that provided O’Shea’s cue for an early exit, the former Manchester United man briefly soaking up the applause before making way for debutant Darragh Lenihan.Seamus Coleman spurned a chance to break the deadlock when he screwed wide following a Hamid fumble and the full-back was immediately made to pay for the miss, Wood prodding home Matt Miazga’s looping header as a free-kick proved Ireland’s undoing on the stroke of half-time.The lead would only last 12 minutes after the restart with Burke scrambling home at close range after Lenihan nodded down a cross at the far post.Graham Burke celebrates his first goal for Ireland ! #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld #COYBIG— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018The equalising goal proved the catalyst for a more open period of play; Jon Walters first curled agonisingly wide of the upright from inside the area before Timothy Weah, a scorer in USA’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Monday, blazed over when afforded both time and space in the 65th minute.It appeared the game would end all-square until Judge’s last-gasp intervention, the Brentford midfielder wasting no time in making an impact on proceedings when firing in off the underside of the bar after the ball broke kindly following McClean’s determined dribble into the box.Judge’s maiden goal for his country gave O’Shea the final verdict he must have hoped for, while also ending a four-game winless run for Ireland dating back to their 1-0 triumph over Wales last October. read morelast_img read more

ESPN Predicts Big 12’s Order Of Finish, Conference Champion

first_imgESPN The Magazine has released its college football preview, and it is jam-packed with predictions for the upcoming season. In the Big 12, the publication sees the Oklahoma Sooners repeating as champion, with a 65.4-percent chance to win the conference, per the Football Power Index. You can view their College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowl predictions here. Here’s how ESPN has the Big 12 shaking out this fall.Big 12 Logo1. Oklahoma 2. Oklahoma State 3. Baylor 4. West Virginia 5. Texas 6. TCU 7. Texas Tech 8. Kansas State 9. Iowa State 10. KansasPlayers of the Year:Offense: Oklahoma quarterback Baker MayfieldDefense: Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson—–The magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap crash out after semi-final defeats

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 20:51 IST PV Sindhu suffered a narrow defeat to He Bingjiao in the India Open 2019 semi-final (@BAI_Media)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu ost to He Bingjiao of China 21-23, 18-21 in the women’s singles semi-finalParupalli Kashyap faced a straight-game defeat to top seed Viktor Axelsen Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the final after a hard-fought win over Huang YuxiangWhile ace India shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth entered the final of the India Open, here on Saturday, Parupalli Kashyap and PV Sindhu crashed out after losing their respective semifinal matches.Kashyap lost the contest to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 11-21, 17-21 in a 43-minute affair. On the other hand, Sindhu fought well but lost the match narrowly to He Bingjiao of China 21-23, 18-21 in 55 minutes.Srikanth defeated China’s Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 to enter the final of the tournament.Earlier, in a riveting all-India encounter, 2015 champion Srikanth edged past Sai Praneeth 21-23, 21-11, 21-19 in 62 minutes, his third win in eight meetings over the former Swiss Open runner-up on Friday.After Praneeth built an early lead of 5-2, Srikanth cut down on his errors and drew level at 13-13 only to concede an 18-14 advantage. The former champion did save three game points, but Praneeth held on to close out the game 23-21.Though Praneeth raced to a 7-1 lead in the second game, it could not deter Srikanth who made a spirited comeback to inch ahead 15-11. He then won the next six points to take the game 21-11.In the decider, Praneeth took a 13-10 lead, but Srikanth’s patience brought him back into contention. In a tense ending, Srikanth’s lob at 19-19 landed right on the backline to give him a match point, which he duly converted.”After losing the first set and trailing 1-7 in the second, coming back to take an 8-7 lead was the turning point,” said Srikanth after the match.advertisement”After 1-1, I gave him too many one stroke points and there were no rallies. I thought to build rallies and fight it out for every point and not to concede any easy point,” he said.Also Read | Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarterAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow India badminton newsFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Parupalli Kashyap Next India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap crash out after semi-final defeatsFormer champion PV Sindhu lost a hard-fought battle to China’s He Bingjiao in the semi-final of India Open in New Delhi on Saturday. advertisementlast_img read more

Learning to Swim Increases Safety Around Water

first_imgDuring National Drowning Prevention Week, from July 19-25, Nova Scotians are reminded that learning to swim is one way to increase safety in and around water. “Basic swimming skills are good for fun, healthy physical activity, and are also important for survival when things go wrong in the water,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “That’s why Grade 3 students in the province are learning basic swimming skills in the Swim to Survive program.” The Swim to Survive program is funded through Thrive!, government’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. It is run by the Nova Scotia branch of the Lifesaving Society. “Teaching your children to swim and supervising their activities increases their safety while they have fun at the beach or in other bodies of water,” said Paul D’Eon, special projects director from the Lifesaving Society. “We also encourage Nova Scotians to swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard whenever possible to help prevent tragedies in the water.” Statistics from the society show that in 2014, 308 Canadians died by drowning, including 12 Nova Scotians. The society organizes National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. For more information about water safety, visit www.lifesavingsociety.ns.cas .last_img read more

CBI takes over probe registers murder case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has finally registered a murder case in the mysterious disappearance and death of Pravish Chanam, a Manipuri student, in Noida. Chanam disappeared on September 8, two years ago, after attending a concert by The Chainsmokers at the India Expo Centre and Mart and was found dead a few days later in Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Sector 31. Chanam’s disappearance and death had led to several protests and candlelight vigils in Delhi after the incident came to light in September 2017. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe case initially came under the purview of UP Police, which investigated Chanam’s death amidst rising protests from all quarters for the CBI to take over case. Eventually, the UP government gave consent to the central probe agency to investigate the case in the state, following which the CBI has registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC including Section 302. As is the procedure, the agency has taken over the initial complaint of the victim’s brother, as registered by the UP Police, and will take up the investigation from hereon. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWhile the CBI has not named anyone as accused in the case, the complaint allegedly points to “criminal intent leading to death” in Chanam’s case. Chanam’s brother referred to the post mortem report in his complaint, which allegedly concluded that the 22-year-old student had died of a shock haemorrhage caused by a head injury. The complainant has further alleged that the way officials of Knowledge Park police station handled the case, despite the existence of a missing person report “raises serious suspicion about any foul play”. Chanam had gone to the India Expo Centre and Mart to attend a concert by The Chainsmokers with two other friends on September 8, 2017. According to his brother, Chanam went missing on the day of the concert around 9 pm, leaving his phone and wallet with his friend. The following day, his family registered a missing person complaint with the Knowledge Park police station. On September 13, the SHO Knowledge Park notified Chanam’s family that a doctor, who was also at the concert, had taken Chanam to BR Ambedkar Hospital on the night he went missing. The doctor then allegedly told the victim’s brother that Chanam was admitted at around 10:30 pm on the night of the concert and left the hospital, early in the morning, the following day. Not knowing what to do, the family arrived at the Nithari police chowki to file another missing person complaint on September 14, when the in charge there informed them that they had found a dead body at the Murga Market in Sector 31. The complainant then allegedly saw the photographs and identified the deceased person as his brother. Further, the complainant alleged that Chanam’s post mortem was conducted on September 11 and his body was disposed of (cremated) on September 13, without informing the family. Knowledge Park police station had registered a missing person complaint in this regard on September 9, according to the complainant.last_img read more

Lobbyinglaw changes not on radar says NS premier after Chretien meeting

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier appears unworried by Jean Chretien’s decision to simply ignore queries from provincial officials asking if the former prime minister was lobbying for a Cape Breton port proposal.Stephen McNeil said Thursday he’s not planning to consider changes that would give the lobbyists’ registrar the power to investigate complaints about alleged abuse, as happens in other provinces.“Mr. Chretien did not respond. That is up to Mr. Chretien and the registrar. But … it’s not on my radar to actually change the rules around the registrar,” the premier said after a cabinet meeting.The registrar of lobbyists, Hayley Clarke, wrote Chretien after receiving a complaint about a March 21 meeting in Halifax between Chretien, McNeil and Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan.Chretien is an international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners, which has been seeking investor support for the container port project. He has continued to be unavailable for comment, though emails have been sent to an associate who normally handles his media requests.Both McNeil and MacLellan have denied being lobbied at the March 21 meeting in the premier’s office.McNeil told reporters Thursday that if a citizen feels the province’s lobbying rules may have been broken, they can go to the police with a complaint.“The system has teeth. The legislation allows you or any other Nova Scotian to go to the appropriate law enforcement agency if they believe there’s an issue,” he said.John McCracken, the retired union activist who laid the complaint, says he will do just that, though he believes there should be legal changes to allow the registrar to investigate as well.“I will be contacting the police about Jean Chretien’s meeting with him,” he tweeted in the afternoon.“Regarding McNeil’s remarks, it’s clear to me that he likes the status quo because it means zero accountability for him, the minister responsible and the Act itself,” McCracken said in an earlier direct message.The day before he met McNeil, Chretien described to reporters why he thought the premier should support the idea and said he “worked for” the Sydney project.When a Cape Breton Post reporter asked Chretien on March 20 how he’d market the Sydney container port to the premier, the former prime minister said he felt McNeil would be in favour of a provincewide approach to container ports.Asked if he thought the province should invest money in the container port proposal, the former prime minister replied: “I hope so.”McNeil repeated Thursday that no lobbying took place during their meeting.Gary Burrill, leader of the New Democrats, said the premier is taking a loose approach to what lobbying is, and needs to consider reforms to the lobbying legislation.“He wasn’t there just to play 45s,” said Burrill, referring to a popular East Coast card game.Tim Hallman, a Tory member of the legislature, said “these lobbying laws need to have teeth,” and that referring all such matters to the police isn’t adequate.“That’s fine but there should be another layer to that as well in terms of oversight,” said Hallman.Clarke has previously made clear there was little she could do to probe what had occurred.A number of other provincial jurisdictions, including Ontario, and the federal commissioner of lobbying can probe citizen complaints and recommend police investigations.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

How one First Nation youths life almost fell apart inside a Winnipeg

first_img– with files from the Canadian Press (File Photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsFor the first 15 years of his life this Manitoba First Nation youth never a had a run-in with the law – that is until he became a ward of the province and they put him in a Winnipeg motel room with a stranger.That stranger was a Child and Family Services case worker whom he had never met and that case worker had no authority over the child.The boy, who cannot be named under Manitoba’s child protection laws, began to run wild – drinking and doing drugs.Then he broke the law.This all happened within a week.The boy was put in the motel by CFS under emergency circumstances in June 2014 after his foster care placement had broken down.He was placed in foster care in February 2014 after his mom was found unfit because of addictions.On June 30, he was not in his motel room.According to court records, he was drunk and high on street drugs with another youth he met at the motel.The pair were going from car-to-car looking for valuables until motel security guards grabbed them, put them in a motel room and called police.There, he threatened the security guards with plastic spoons and later escaped with the other youth through a broken bathroom window.Both were arrested across the road at another motel.Police took him to the MacDonald Youth Services emergency shelter who released him the next day with conditions to stay away from drugs and alcohol.Police spotted him high on pills later that day.He was taken the Manitoba Youth Centre, a jail, and charged with the previous night’s theft, threat, breaking the window and failing to comply with the his undertaking.Two days later he was released with more conditions, including a curfew.It’s not clear if he was put back in a motel room but he was found Oct. 20  “in a state of intoxication in the middle of the night.”He was charged again with failure to comply.By Feb. 5 of this year he was in back in the original foster care home, but one night didn’t complying with his curfew. He was at his girlfriend’s and told his foster parent, who called police.He was held in custody for four days and charged with another failure to comply – his sixth criminal charge.In April, he plead guilty to all charges.“Clearly, (he) was a youth in crisis,” said Justice Rocky Pollack in his ruling on May 28. “He had a parent incapable of controlling him and the response of CFS was to keep him in a motel room with a stranger whose order did not include any parenting.”Pollack also said when he finally got a lawyer last September she tried to contact him but his file did not have an address.She made inquiries to CFS to find her client but found there was no worker assigned to him.“His file was in a state of uncertainty,” said Pollack, adding his former worker had moved to a head office position and his file was never reassigned. “Judges who preside frequently in Youth Court know that this is not an unheard situation.”His court case was remanded six times and another six times after a Legal Aid lawyer was appointed.Manitoba has about 10,000 children in care. The vast majority are Aboriginal children. A chronic shortage of foster-care spaces has forced the province to use hotels to house children – something that has been criticized for more than a decade.Manitoba’s family services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross tearfully promised to end the practice after a young girl was seriously assaulted in March by June 1. Both the victim, and the youth charged in the assault, were in the care of CFS at a downtown Winnipeg hotel.Irvin-Ross had already promised in November to phase out the use of hotels after 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was killed after running away from one.The government is creating new emergency foster-home spots and reducing its reliance on outside contract workers over two years. It is also focusing more on preventative efforts that support families before children are taken into care, Irvin-Ross said. The province will be working closely with agencies to ensure hotels aren’t needed, and won’t hesitate to act if the directive isn’t followed, she said.However, the June 1 deadline couldn’t be met for rural hotel placements. The province said that was going to take more time.Now 16, the youth is doing well in foster care.He’s a full-time Grade 11 student and volunteers in Winnipeg youth programs, goes to church and is involved in extra-curricular athletics.Pollack gave the youth an absolute discharge for the theft, threats and mischief convictions.However, for breaching his curfew conditions he gave the youth a conditional discharge that comes with a probation in the community for a year and remain on his record for additional two years.He was also order to complete community service.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

The skys the limit first Indigenous astronaut shares space with youth across

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsWhen John Herrington was eight-years-old he used to use a cardboard box as a makeshift space shuttle and dreamed he was blasting off to the moon.Like many young boys Herrington dreamed of becoming an astronaut, and more than 30 years later he saw that dream become a reality.Well almost.In 2002, Herrington didn’t quite make it to the moon but he arrived at the International Space Station as part of the 16th space shuttle mission to the station.He’s the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.Herrington shared his story with dozens of youth during the DisruptED conference on the future of work and technology at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg Thursday.“This is not what I set out to do but when I came to NASA and they said you’re the first Indigenous astronaut I felt I had an opportunity to fulfill a role,” Herrington told reporters.“I have a chance to go out and share my story with kids who never had a role model in this position.”Herrington began his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984 as a pilot. In 1995, following his work with the Navy, he attained a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.A career switch came in 1996 when NASA selected Harrington to train at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre.In 2002, Herrington became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.He spent a total of 13 days in space in 2002 where he took the flag of his tribe, the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, as well as a feather gifted to him by an Elder.Herrington credits his parents, as well as a few friends, for his career in aviation.He said growing up he didn’t see any other Indigenous people in the industry, which makes it hard for Indigenous youth to pursue careers in aviation.“The issue…is are there role models in the field of what [youth] want to do?” Herrington said.“You start looking in the Indigenous community [and] there are a lot of very successful engineers, scientists, mathematicians and lawyers…do [youth] have the opportunity to meet those people?”Leilani Henderson is attended the conference with a handful of her classmates.While the 14-year-old dreams of a career in the arts over one in the sciences, she said it’s inspiring to meet other Indigenous people who are successful in their careers.“It’s really cool to see someone part of my culture. Someone I can look up to or my siblings can look up to so that they know they can also do things as well,” Henderson said.Herrington left NASA in 2005. In 2007, he rocketed into a new career as a motivational speaker where he shares his story with youth across the continent.Part of that includes nurturing the dreams of young people.“If they walk away with a sense of accomplishment that’s a good thing.”Part of Thursday’s events included a virtual talk with students from 15 northern schools in Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon.last_img read more

Signup deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage

first_imgWASHINGTON — Saturday is the last day to sign up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act in most of the country.For 2019, premiums are stable, more plans are available, and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. But so far sign-ups have been lagging when compared to last year.Consumers can enrol online at or by reaching the federal call centre at 1-800-318-2596.People can also sign up through approved community organizations, online insurance sellers, and insurance companies.The deadline is 12 a.m. Pacific time in states served by the website. A few states that run their own enrolment campaigns may have later deadlines. Consumer advocates say interested customers should check carefully and avoid procrastination.Coverage takes effect Jan. 1.The health care law still faces legal challenges, A conservative federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” Friday on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Liberia UN reports thousands more flee fighting

Since fighting between government forces and Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) rebels intensified around Buchanan late last week, some 9,000 people have fled into the city, adding the existing caseload of 6,000 refugees, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release today. Recent fighting on Monrovia’s outskirts has caused displacement as well, and the UN has received reports that thousands of people are fleeing the war in Gardnersville, some 20 kilometres east of the capital and heading towards Paynesville, roughly 30 kilometres southeast, where refugee centres are already overcrowded. Yesterday, within Monrovia, mortar shells landed on a church in the city centre and killed three persons instantly and wounded over 40 others, OCHA said. The Red Cross branch in the slum area of West Point reports having recorded 133 people wounded and 49 deaths, mostly of civilians, as a result of recent barrage of shelling in the area. Fighting in the capital has overwhelmed health facilities, with nearly all energy devoted to treating the wounded, OCHA reported. Sanitation remains a major problem in the refugee camps. read more

Canadian dollar lower BoC survey shows business leaders increasing pessimism

Canadian dollar lower, BoC survey shows business leaders’ increasing pessimism by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 8:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Monday, losing ground for a second trading day as a glum survey from corporate Canada added to a big disappointment from the latest employment data.The loonie was down 0.09 of a cent to 98.3 cents US.The Canadian dollar was down most of the morning but losses picked up after the Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey indicated Canadian firms have become more pessimistic about the economy and plan to ratchet down investment plans while keeping hiring modest.“Responses of the spring survey indicate that, following a recent slowing in economic activity, firms expect business conditions to remain challenging over the next 12 months,” the central bank said Monday in its analysis of the results.The biggest decline from the previous survey was on the question of sales growth. Almost half the respondents said their sales growth was worse last year than the year before, while only 31 per cent said it was better.The Bank of Canada says some smaller firms included in the survey reported more difficulty obtaining credit.But a separate survey of loan officers actually suggested that lending conditions eased slightly in the first quarter of 2013.The currency’s decline came after the dollar lost about four-tenths of a U.S. cent Friday amid data that showed the Canadian economy shed almost 55,000 jobs in March.The loonie also lost ground as a slew of other weak economic data — including disappointing reads on the American manufacturing and service sectors along with March job creation that was barely half of what was expected — punished commodity prices.Those prices were mainly positive Monday morning as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up 66 cents to US$93.36 a barrel. Prices fell almost five per cent after data late last week showed that crude in storage in the U.S. was at its highest level since 1990 even though refiners had begun to ramp up gasoline production to get ready for the summer driving season.May copper gained three cents to US$3.37 a pound while June gold bullion in New York declined $3.40 to US$1,572.50 an ounce. read more

New Greek Ambassador arrives in Canberra

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The new Ambassador of Greece to Australia submitted his credentials last week to the Governor General Quentin Bryce. Alexis Christopoulos has replaced George Zois who retired in the beginning of September from the diplomatic corps. In his speech at the official ceremony, Mr Christopoulos spoke about the excellent bilateral relations between Greece and Australia that have as their focal point the strong presence of Greeks in Australia. The new Greek Ambassador underscored Australia’s important role in the region and Greece’s ever increasing presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Christopoulos also pointed out that the two nations share blood bonds, having fought side by side as allies in the First and Second World Wars. He further stressed the pivotal role of Greeks in Australia, as they have contributed immensely to the progress and prosperity of Australia.During the ceremony the need for the promotion of classical studies in Australia was recognised as a task that Greece would undertake through certain initiatives. Mr Christopoulos is very familiar with the region having served before as the Greek Ambassador to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei and East Timor. In his career he has served among others in posts such as Germany, the former Yugoslavia and the United States.He speaks several languages including, English, French and Italian. Mr Christopoulos is expected to travel to all major Australian cities where he will visit local Greek diplomatic authorities and hold meetings with state officials.last_img read more

TShirt Tuesday Best Stephen King Shirts

first_imgStay on target Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic bookstores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: to celebrate the release of IT, eleven Stephen King-inspired shirts to wear while you float.Danny’s TricycleKing’s dislike for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is one of the author’s more perplexing decisions (and his own TV movie version of the story was pretty much a flop), but you can’t deny that the film delivers a payload of incredibly iconic visuals. Case in point: this T-shirt by robotface, which presents a 3D rendered take on Danny Torrance’s tricycle over the neo-mod carpeting of the Overlook Hotel. It’s a strange and disquietingly normal visual style that pops off the garment.$20, buy it here.And The Gunslinger FollowedOkay, so the Dark Tower movie didn’t turn out to be all that great after something like two decades of anticipation (Idris Elba ruled, though) – that doesn’t mean that King’s sprawling meta-fantasy magnum opus is any less cool. Designer Everdream uses a limited color palette to really capture both the grandeur and the alien nature of the Tower’s world and the Gunslinger’s quest.$20, buy it here.Stephen King Kids ClubHow old were you when you read your first Stephen King? For me, I think I was like 11 or 12, which seems way too young. But the horror master’s books have been ubiquitous on American shelves for decades, and it’s all too easy to pick one up and start leafing through it, unaware of the horrors that lurk within. Designer Gimetzco uses the old-school Burger King kids club logo and gives it a horror twist to create this very funny shirt.$20, buy it here.Mega KingWe love our 8-bit mash-ups here at Geek, and this design from mikehandyart swipes the original Mega Man level select screen and repurposes it so Stephen King must go into battle with eight of his inner demons to steal their powers. Lord only knows who Dr. Wily turns out to be – Richard Bachman? Cute shirt with some deep cuts for longtime horror fans.$20, buy it here.Cujo First EditionKing’s heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s was aided by incredibly iconic cover designs that did as much to sell the books as the stories inside. TheUnseenPeril has adapted many of those designs to T-shirt format, and one of our favorites is their take on 1982’s Cujo, King’s taut tale of a mother and child menaced by a massive rabid dog. It’s a striking and terrifying image that can’t help but catch the eye.$20, buy it here.The Crimson King’s EyeThe Dark Tower series weaves together concepts and characters from King’s rich publishing history, and the main antagonist is a force called the Crimson King, first showing up in Insomnia. A malevolent entity that wants to return existence to formless chaos, he represents the collapse of everything humanity holds to heart. This really striking shirt from Roland scrawls the King’s insignia and command in bold, bloody text.$20, buy it here.Loser’s ClubOne thing that makes Stephen King’s books so appealing to a wide audience is his mastery of the bizarre, liminal states of childhood. The kids in his fiction are trapped in between the innocence and peace of youth and the terror and responsibility of adulthood, and few express that as well as the “Loser’s Club” in It. The seven kids being hunted by Pennywise are bound together by fear, and this shirt from monsieurgordon pays tribute to their friendship in the face of adversity.$20, buy it here.MiseryMany of King’s novels star writers as their protagonist, but few get it quite as bad as Misery‘s romance writer Paul Sheldon, who gets into a car crash and finds himself being taken care of by his biggest fan. On the surface, Annie Wilkes is just an ordinary lady who maybe is a little too into her stories, but inside any reader, a little madness can grown. This design by manospd silhouettes Annie and her trademark hammer against a blue sunset.$20, buy it here.Jerusalem’s LotIt’s crazy to think that Stephen King published Salem’s Lot, his second novel, in 1975. That’s 42 years ago, and he’s still going strong and churning out ideas to chill our bones. This really lovely illustration from RocketPopInc pays tribute to the author’s first of many haunted Maine towns, where the dead are coming back to life, and the living aren’t too happy about it.$20, buy it here.Prom QueenWhen it comes to unforgettable visual images, the shot of Carrie White soaked with blood at her prom is tough to beat. This striking and gory shirt from Momech captures the moment right before the titular teen unleashes her telepathic powers and gains revenge on all of her tormentors in an orgy of brain-fueled violence.$20, buy it here.You’ll Float TooPennywise the clown is one of King’s most enduring villains, a cackling nightmare that shows up when you least expect him to tap into a vein of childhood horror that nearly all of us has experienced. This horrifying illustration by artist RynoArts pictures him in full fury, accompanied by his most iconic quote. Yikes.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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60 second Startup guide How to optimise email campaigns

first_img Your business has recently launched its first email campaign but users are simply not responding. You have a fantastic database full of people who have opted-in because they want to hear from you, and youre using their data responsibly, but why no interaction?Most businesses see email marketing as a key part of their business strategy and send out emails regularly, but often have not taken the time to examine how successful their current email strategy is, or consider how they could improve engagement from their recipients.Here, expert Georgia Benham shares some easy things you can do to optimise your email strategy and some simple things you could be doing that are negatively affecting your sales process.Build a strong sender reputationThe winning formula to deliverability is ensuring you have a good sender reputation, emails should come from a trusted domain and there are several tactics you can employ to develop this. The key is to ensure you are continuously monitoring your campaigns, keeping an eye on every aspect of the email journey and making sure your emails are actually arriving in the recipients inbox in the first place.There are many easy-to-use tracking tools that can help you get the most out of your campaigns. Return Path helps monitor the reputation of your domain and tracks where your emails are being delivered to, if they are being marked as spam by filters, or marked as from an untrustworthy source.Maintaining your subscriber list is crucial to your sender credibility. Continuously sending emails to inactive users can be flagged as spam so be sure to regularly filter and sort through subscribers who are not engaging or responding to your content.Keep your email send-out patterns consistent, especially as a new sender. Several reports show that one of the main reasons users give for unsubscribing to email services is receiving too many, so ensure your send-out schedule doesnt have any major volume spikes.Create exciting and engaging contentNow youve achieved a successful click-through you need to keep your users attention by providing them with informative, engaging and exciting content. Research by Chartbeat last year revealed that the average user spends 15 seconds on a new website before clicking out meaning our attention span for consuming online content is continuously decreasing.Create content that provides real value to your user, whether its a monthly newsletter with a roundup of where your brand has been seen in the press for its ground-breaking research or a special promotion only available to existing customers. The aim is to have your users constantly anticipating your brands next email, which will guarantee your future campaigns far more clicks and conversions in the long run.Grab users attentionAn email newsletter serves the same purpose as a newspaper or your favourite news site: to provide an engaging and interesting read from a source you trust. So, when choosing your campaign and email subject lines you need to think like a journalist. Devise punchy subject lines that lend towards reading like a tabloid headline. Remember, there are hundreds of other brands all competing in your target customers inbox so your campaign needs to cut through the noise.Play with subject lines that are a slightly sensationalist take on the information in the content, but be sure the title is consistent with the accompanying content and aligned with your brand values.Georgia Benham is an email expert from Expert Markets email marketing department. For more information about how CRM systems can enhance your email marketing campaign head to Expert Market. Closelast_img read more