The special trial court, conducting the trial in the Naroda Gamm massacre case during the 2002 riots, has asked former Gujarat minister and key accused Maya Kodnani to get BJP President Amit Shah to testify in her favour as defence witness by next Tuesday.While asking the accused to ensure that the witness testifies by September 12, the court said there will be no further adjournment of the case.In her application on Friday, Ms. Kodnani said since Mr. Shah is not “reachable” due to his busy schedule and constant mobility, “It is difficult to decide as to which address the summons be served to him.”Ms. Kodnani, who was convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in which 97 persons belonging to the minority community were killed, is a key accused in the Naroda Gaam massacre case, involving the brutal murder of 11 persons, also during the 2002 riots.Also read: 28 years for Maya Kodnani, Bajrangi to spend entire life in prisonShe had sought time till September 12, 2017 while Special judge P.B. Desai had granted time till September 8 for her to bring Mr. Shah to testify as defence witness.During the hearing, Ms. Kodnani urged the court to allow her to bring Mr Shah and 13 others as her witnesses to testify that she was not present at the site when the massacre was carried out.Among the 14 persons she listed as witnesses, 12 including her husband have already testified in her favour. Mr Shah is the last listed defence witness in her trial; all others have been cross-examined by the court.Verdict deferredIn a separate case, the Gujarat High Court has again deferred its verdict on Zakia Jafri’s challenge to an SIT court granting a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in a criminal conspiracy related to the 2002 riots.
As the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill winds up discussions on Tuesday, “serious differences” persisted between the government and civil society and fresh discord broke out over appointment and removal of the anti-corruption ombudsman.Both the sides will exchange their drafts version of the bill which will be merged into one document with differences listed for a final decision to be taken by the Union Cabinet, spokespersons for both the camps said.While HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, one of the official representatives on the committee, on Monday claimed that there was 80 to 85 per cent agreement between the two sides and that there was a “major breakthrough” and forward movement, the civil society side made light of the government claim.Sibal acknowledged that there was “strong divergence” of opinions but both the camps said the discussions were held in a “very cordial atmosphere”.The differences between the two sides remain on inclusion of Prime Minister within the ambit of the Bill as also the higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside the House, funding model, CBI under Lokpal and Lokayuktas in state.At Monday’s meeting, an addition was made to this list when the two sides disagreed over who will constitute the panel to select Lokpal and who can approach the Supreme Court for removal.Arvind Kejriwal, a civil society member in the committee, said the government wanted the selection panel should have prime minister, Leaders of both the Houses in Parliament, Leaders of Opposition, Speaker, Cabinet Secretary, a Supreme Court judge and a High Court Chief Justice, which they say protects the existing corrupt system.advertisementKejriwal and other civil society representative Prashant Bhushan said the government maintained the Lokpal Bill would have a provision that it alone would have the provision to approach the Supreme Court for removal of the ombudsman and people would not have such a right.The government has so far agreed that the Prime Minister can be brought under the Lokpal only after he demits office and not when he is holding the office.Bhushan asked what is the logic of giving immunity to the Prime Minister when he is holding office because that will be the national security threat which he can compromise through corrupt deals.”None of us are hoping for an agreement tomorrow,” Kejriwal said adding both the sides will exchange drafts and one note containing differences will go to the Cabinet.On Sibal’s claim of 80-85 per cent agreement, Bhushan said the question is the quality of agreement. “All the basic principles are not of same importance. The differences are on the basic vision of the Lokpal which the civil society wants and which the government is prepared for,” he said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Premier League Scholes savages ‘insipid’ Man Utd and Mourinho’s tactics Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 16:05 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Southampton Southampton Jose Mourinho’s men fell to third in the Premier League table after a 0-0 draw with Southampton, much to the ex-midfielder’s dismay Paul Scholes has laid into Manchester United’s “insipid” performance against Southampton, after their 0-0 draw on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s men failed to break the Saints down at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba’s offside strike the closest they came to snatching three points.The result means that Manchester City can move 17 points clear of their bitter rivals if they defeat Crystal Palace on Sunday, and Scholes has criticised the way in which United performed, insisting they “never tested” the Saints’ backline, despite them losing 5-2 to Tottenham on Boxing Day. 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 “It was [insipid] yeah,” the former midfielder told BT Sport. “I think that’s been the type of performance we’ve seen, especially over the last few weeks.“There was a real lack of urgency, lack of energy and a team taking too many touches on the ball, no movement.“And you’re playing against a Southampton team who have just been absolutely battered by Tottenham.“You think you would be coming out first 15 minutes, get right after them.“There was nothing right throughout the game, they almost played the game as if they were 3-0 up, keeping the ball at times which was good.“Southampton’s back four is probably the slowest back four we’ll see but they were never tested.”United’s draw, coupled with Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Stoke City, means Mourinho’s men are now third in the Premier League table. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United Mourinho salutes ‘top class’ Man United after breaking winless run Ryan Benson 04:49 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Everton v Manchester United Everton Premier League The Red Devils returned to winning ways in the Premier League at Everton and their manager says his players made him “proud” at Goodison Park Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United were “top class” in Monday’s 2-0 win at Everton.The victory at Goodison Park brought an end to a run of three successive draws in the Premier League over the festive period, with United looking a lot sharper at the start of 2018.Anthony Martial led the line in place of the injured Romelu Lukaku and scored the opening goal early in the second half with a fine strike, before Jesse Lingard sealed the win late on with a similarly impressive effort. 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 Mourinho was so happy with the performance that even without the win, he would have been “proud”.”The boys deserve it,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I keep saying that the draws have not been bad performances, because there were situations that have made it more difficult for us.FT – Everton 0 #MUFC 2.Brilliant goals from @AnthonyMartial and @JesseLingard hand the Reds a deserved victory, and the perfect start to 2018! pic.twitter.com/tbBKwoMM3x— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 1, 2018″We made our mistakes, especially in games against Leicester and Burnley, but the attitude, effort and pride were fantastic.”Everything was top class. I think we played very well. It didn’t look like a tired performance or the sort of performance [you might expect] after the worst possible calendar you [the Premier League] give to us.”Okay, Everton had a reaction in the second half, but we were always in control. I’m really pleased with the points. Even without points, I’d be proud of what the boys did.”Lingard was particularly effective once again – his six Premier League goals since the start of December are only bettered by Harry Kane’s eight – and Mourinho believes he is starting to reach his potential.He said: “These boys, they jump or they do not jump. It is one thing to be a young talent and another to be a very good player.”Some players aren’t capable of that jump. They go from having great potential as a young player, to becoming normal players.”I think Jesse is making that jump. He’s more consistent, understanding the game and different positions more. I think he’s going in a good direction.”Mourinho also hinted United may opt to bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window due to an injury list which has them “in trouble”.”I don’t know, honestly,” he said. “I know in this moment we are in trouble, but maybe in two or three weeks we recover more players and we think differently and wait until the summer to try things, but I cannot say now.”
Paul Lewis in at right guard for #okstate. Jesse Robinson is at left guard. Michael Wilson off the field.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 31, 2015Gundy told reporters last week that Paul Lewis was recovering from “bum knee”, and would likely return to full health this week [for Texas Tech]. So it appears it wasn’t a health issue, but rather the elevated play of Robinson that prompted the staff to make a change.“(Robinson) battled,” Yurcich told The Oklahoman last week after a win against Kansas. “He did a great job and graded out pretty high. So we’re excited about him and the depth that we’re building on the offensive line.” Two weeks in a row Jesse Robinson has started at right guard in place of sophomore Paul Lewis. By any measure, Robinson has been the starter except by official standards. Kieran Steckley points out that the updated depth chart reflects the unofficial changes that have been set for the past 2 games, and Robinson is now listed as the starting right guard.After weeks as the backup, Jesse Robinson is listed as starting RG. Was an “or” with Paul Lewis last week. Robinson has started past 2 games— Kieran Steckley (@Kieran_Steckley) November 2, 2015AdChoices广告On Saturday, the offensive line made some strange adjustments, moving Lewis to right guard and moving Robinson to left guard in replacement of Michael Wilson. Apparently, that change didn’t stick with the coaching staff, so Wilson will return to his respective position and Robinson will take over at right guard. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Just two weeks after the homecoming tragedy in Stillwater, TCU will honor Oklahoma State on Saturday with the same decal that the Cowboys are using to honor the victims: the kneeling cowboy. Here’s a look at what Trevone Boykin’s helmet will look like Saturday.#StillwaterStrong #big12strong #gofrogs pic.twitter.com/KjCZ8JrOtC— TCU Equipment (@TCU_Equipment) November 7, 2015Very classy move by the Horned Frogs.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There was a little nugget buried in a post by Robert Allen recently about Piesman finalist Vincent Taylor, and it caught my attention. Taylor, who was voted All-Big 12 first team recently, is a junior but said he would enter the NFL Draft depending on the circumstances.Taylor has four blocked kicks to lead the nation, and he has 44 tackles, 27 unassisted, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, a pass broken up, two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and two fumbles forced. He is a very strong and disruptive force inside. I think the NFL will also advise Taylor to stay in school. It is unusual for a defensive tackle to get a first- or second-round grade as an underclassman, but Taylor is thinking it. “He told me that if he gets the grade that he’s going to go,” said a teammate commenting off the record. [Scout]“The grade” is a reference to how the NFL absorbs college talent. Up to five underclassmen from each school can ask for a grade from the NFL between now and when they have to declare for the NFL Draft to help them make decisions.“We want the kid to make an informed decision,” said NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent. “Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves.”The other change is in how players will be graded. In the past, there were five categories: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted. The league has cut that down to three categories — first round, second round, and neither, which will equal the board advising the player to stay in school. [NFL]I presume Taylor would want a first round or second round grade. If not, he stays at OSU.CBS Sports projects Taylor as a top 80 prospect but bordering on pick in the first two rounds. Mel Kiper Jr. does not have him as a top 10 defensive tackle (he’s No. 9 on CBS Sport. Underclassmen like Taylor (and Mason Rudolph and James Washington, for that matter) have until January 16 to officially declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.This would be bad but not devastating for Glenn Spencer’s defense. It’s a unit that is already losing Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Lenzy Pipkins, Ashton Lampkin and Devante Averette. It’s true that defensive tackle is probably the deepest spot on the defense, but losing an All-Big 12 DT from a defense that finished No. 67 in the country in points per drive given up would not be great.This will probably be the most interesting of the three NFL decisions. I would be shocked if Rudolph and Washington left because I think they have a lot to gain by coming back. Taylor might not be currently rated as high as those two on NFL Draft boards, but I think he also has less to gain by returning.Stay tuned.
D. Alli Doomed Dele? Alli facing moment of truth in Russia Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 14:43 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion Videos The Tottenham midfielder is no longer a guaranteed starter for his country and heads into the World Cup with something of a point to prove Theo Walcott. Luke Shaw. Ross Barkley. England are no strangers when it comes to selecting talented youngsters for major tournaments, only for it to become evident in the immediate aftermath that they will likely never reach their full potential.In France two years ago, the eyes of the world would be thrust on Dele Alli. “England’s fearless street footballer who can take Euro 2016 by storm” read one headline in The Guardian on the eve of the tournament. Aged 20 and with just a season of top-flight football to fall back on, in hindsight it can probably be filed away as another case of the English media thrusting too much pressure onto one so young.Fortunately for the Three Lions, Alli has not gone the way of his predecessors in terms of losing his club place and along with it any realistic chance of lighting up a major tournament. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He does, however, arrive at his first World Cup in a position that would have been scarcely believable 24 months ago. Though he is set to start against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday as the Three Lions get their tournament campaign underway, he is by no means assured of his position once Gareth Southgate’s side come up against stronger outfits.Strong performances against Nigeria and off the bench against Costa Rica in England’s warm-up friendlies have convinced Southgate that Alli can be a difference-maker alongside Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard, as the trio look to provide for Harry Kane against the lesser lights in Russia.But it did not go unnoticed that during the previous round of friendlies – against Netherlands and Italy – Alli was marginalised; limited to a brief cameo as a substitute in Amsterdam and benched against Italy. Though neither the Oranje or the Azzuri have qualified for Russia, they share far more similarities with the big beasts from Europe and South America when it comes to playing style, and as such it was certainly clear back then that Alli was no longer in Southgate’s plans when it came to deploying a more circumspect formation.Of course, three months is a long time in any profession, never mind football. But while Alli’s raw figures of 14 goals and 17 assists in 50 matches during the 2017-18 campaign suggest he remains the same player as the ex-MK Dons teenager that burst onto the scene so suddenly three years ago, there is little doubt that he has stagnated somewhat in terms of his general performance levels, albeit with some explanation.“I disagree that it has been a disappointing season for Alli,” ex-Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas explained to Goal during the BBC’s recent media day. “There are certain things people don’t take into account when it comes to Dele.”Number one is how young he is. The guy is younger than Harry Winks and we give Winks the freedom of being young and developing. He is a young player and he is still giving assists, he is still scoring goals. And in my opinion he was playing in a worse Spurs team this season than last year. Tottenham lost probably two of the best full-backs in Europe, with [Danny] Rose being injured and [Kyle] Walker going to Manchester City. [Toby] Alderweireld was injured for a large portion of the season too.“Add that to the fact that they have moved away from home into Wembley. So the club and the team have had to deal with a lot. Which is why what they have achieved, finishing third, is brilliant. And Dele has been within that, he’s had special moments. Yes, he has had a bit of a dip at times, a dip in form, but I would put it down to a kind of pattern within his play. He went through a little stage where he was giving the ball away quite a bit, but he got over it.”All reasonable arguments, but there has been a growing feeling in recent years that perhaps Alli is not learning from these dips in form. Still in big matches he will attempt to nutmeg opponents rather than play the simple ball – trying the outrageous when the ordinary would do.The emergence of his own fashion label, the live video game sessions and the insistence on creating a new handshake, each more elaborate than the last, as means of celebration has even seen some begin to throw him in with Paul Pogba as player who might want to concentrate on his on-the-pitch performances rather than building a brand off it. There is a perceived arrogance in almost everything he chooses to do.”He is the confident type, he has that arrogance about him to take the game and say: ‘Alright, give me the ball, I can get the job done.’ It makes me angry when I see people having a go at him because of this season where they will say: ‘He has fallen well below,’” says Jenas.“Well, you might want to have a look at where his standards were before, because they were way higher than most players in the league. In my opinion, he was getting back to that towards the end of the season and I think it was another strong year for him.”Strong year or not, there is no denying that Alli is about to enter perhaps the most important month of his fledgeling career. Real Madrid are rarely linked with ordinary footballers, and Alli can hardly be criticised for having the ability to stand out from the crowd.But with Southgate knowing his squad is largely limited when compared with those who have been tipped to lift the World Cup this summer, Alli might be better served going back to basics. Otherwise, that ever-growing England scrapheap will begin to edge into view.
Didier Deschamps has denied Aymeric Laporte’s claims that he has been omitted from the France squad due to personal reasons.Despite emerging as one of Europe’s top centre-backs in the last 12 months, the 24-year-old is continually overlooked by Deschamps, who has even selected the likes of Mamadou Sakho and Kurt Zouma above Laporte.However, the France head coach, who led his country to World Cup glory in the summer, insisted that his decision is purely based on decisions to do with football, stating that he prefers not to have two left-footers in the centre. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He told RMC Sport : “I do not understand [why Laporte made those statements]. I do not know.”I do not have a problem with anyone. When I choose someone it is not for me. I repeat. I only have one thing to say to him and that is that he continues to perform well.”If you tell me he must be in [Marseille centre-back Adil] Rami’s place then I stop you right away. Sorry but two left-footed defenders at centre-back at international level… We have a lot of left-footers and few right-footers.”Laporte had previously claimed : “Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.”I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.”With relations appearing to be frayed and Deschamps questioning Laporte’s ability, it looks unlikely that the former Athletic Bilbao man will return to the French squad soon.After a somewhat disappointing Nations League campaign – that saw them finish second behind group winners the Netherlands – the current world champions were drawn alongside Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra in their qualification group for Euro 2020.As for Laporte, the defender has played 37 games since moving to City last January and has asserted himself as one of Pep Guardiola’s first-choice centre-backs.This season, he has played every Premier League game of the season and has not missed a single minute of City’s Champions League campaign.
Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says some $27 million will be spent on the Mount Salem Zinc Fence Substitution Project to greatly improve the aesthetics of the St. James community.He noted that the Government, through the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, is providing $26 million for the undertaking with contribution of $1 million from the community.Mr. Sweeney, who was addressing a meeting at the Mount Salem Primary and Junior High School on Thursday (May 31), informed that 1,000 metres of corrugated zinc fences within the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) will be removed and replaced with reinforced concrete walls.He said that the project will be implemented over a nine-month period utilising the Community-based Contracting (CBC) methodology, which will see the Mount Salem Benevolent Society acting as project managers.“This approach will help to strengthen community leadership and empower community members to have a stake in maintaining the infrastructure of their community,” he pointed out, noting that approximately 100 persons will benefit from employment.He noted that upon completion, the project will have a positive impact on over 4,000 residents.Mr. Sweeney said JSIF is committed to the complete removal of zinc fences in vulnerable communities across the island as part of an overall strategy aimed at neighbourhood improvement.Beneficiaries of the programme include: Hannah Town, Denham Town, Rose Town, Greenwich Town and Maxfield Park in Kingston and St. Andrew; Canaan Heights and York Town in Clarendon, Steer Town in St. Ann; Barrett Town and Granville in St. James and Russia, Westmoreland.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared Mount Salem as the first ZOSO on September 1 under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promote community development through social intervention initiatives. Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says some $27 million will be spent on the Mount Salem Zinc Fence Substitution Project to greatly improve the aesthetics of the St. James community. The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promote community development through social intervention initiatives. Story Highlights Mr. Sweeney said JSIF is committed to the complete removal of zinc fences in vulnerable communities across the island as part of an overall strategy aimed at neighbourhood improvement.
Image Courtesy: NWSAMediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Laurence arrived at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 46 in Seattle on April 5, becoming the largest containership to call the terminal.The Laurence has capacity for almost 13,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs). If laid end-to-end, the 13,000 TEUs would stretch to the top of Mount Rainier 18 times, a distance of almost 50 miles, according to NWSA.Built in 2011, the Neo-Panamax features a length of 365.8 meters and a width of 48.4 meters.Two years ago, the NWSA welcomed the 18,000 TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest ship to call the US at the time, and 10,000 and 13,500 TEU ships call regularly in the North and South harbors.Larger vessels require terminals with deep berths, strong piers and large container cranes. In order to meet these requirements, NWSA has been investing in upgrades to the North Harbor’s Terminal 5 and South Harbor’s Husky Terminal.In 2017, NWSA’s international container volumes increased by 4 percent and were the fourth highest in NWSA history. The alliance’s total international container volumes stood at 2.96 million TEUs in 2017, compared to 2.86 million TEUs recorded in 2016.
FREDERICTON – A Liberal candidate vying for a seat in New Brunswick’s upcoming election is ringing alarm bells about the Progressive Conservative leader’s ties to Jason Kenney — concerns Blaine Higgs is brushing off as overblown.Liberal candidate Brent Mazerolle said he wants to know if Higgs supports some of the views expressed by the leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, who has drawn criticism in the past for some of his socially conservative beliefs.“We’re 29 days out (from the election) and we still, as New Brunswickers, aren’t sure where Mr. Higgs stands on a lot of issues,” said Mazerolle.Kenney was to join Higgs at a fundraiser Sunday evening and a campaign announcement Monday morning.Kenney drew criticism last year for saying he would like to have parents notified if their child joined a gay-straight alliance at school, in cases where joining could put the child in harm’s way.But after party members voted at their founding policy convention in May to essentially out students who join so-called GSAs, Kenney said he wouldn’t implement the policy if his party forms government.Mazerolle, a former schoolteacher, said Kenney’s original stance stuck with him. The Liberal candidate for Riverview said LGBTQ youth need to have a safe place outside their homes if their parents don’t accept them.“Potentially outing schoolchildren in their one safe place in their life, that’s not a gay issue, that’s a safety issue,” he said.“Kids who are struggling with these issues, they’re in serious danger a lot of the time in certain communities.”Mazerolle also said he doesn’t know where Higgs stands on the issue of abortion, which Kenney is against, although he’s said he won’t legislate on the issue.In a phone interview, Higgs chalked his meetings with Kenney up to a matter of business and said the Liberals are “trying to make issues where none exists.”He said he believes it’s important to liaise with other political leaders in the country, especially during an election.“I respect everyone’s views, and their own personal beliefs, and I think that’s what makes our province and our country strong,” said Higgs.“It isn’t for me to get in the middle of those personal discussions, and that isn’t the discussion I’m going to have with Jason Kenney. We’re going to be talking about issues that affect our country.”Higgs accused the Liberal government of playing politics and said there are bigger issues at play in New Brunswick, including the economy and how the province should address carbon pricing.“Regardless of one’s political views, there’s a lot of centric issues here,” said Higgs.Thomas Bateman, a political science professor at Fredericton’s St. Thomas University, said the Liberals’ criticism of the Tory leader’s ties with Kenney could be an attempt to pull centrist voters to their side.Bateman said he believes the New Brunswick Tories could have Kenney on the election trail to support Higgs’s stance on hydraulic fracturing. In the past Higgs has said he would be willing to revisit the province’s moratorium on fracking in some regions.Kenney “undoubtedly would tout the benefits of natural resource exploitation for New Brunswick, because it’s worked so very well in Alberta,” said Bateman.“I can’t say this for sure, but I suspect the conservatives might want to emphasize the need for natural gas development in the province — which would require fracking — and Mr. Kenney might be witness number one to suggest it is environmentally manageable and economically very promising.”Health care and senior care remain as top issues this election season. Liberal leader Brian Gallant announced Sunday that a re-elected party would recruit more staff and increase hours of care in nursing homes, just a day after he pledged to build three new nursing homes and add 86 memory-care beds throughout the province.Higgs, meanwhile, took a less bricks-and-mortar approach to senior care, saying a Progressive Conservative government would consult with seniors about how they want to live and provide supports so they can remain in their own homes longer.The Green party, led by David Coon, will launch its campaign platform Monday morning.— By Alex Cooke in Halifax
LILLOOET, B.C. — Officials are uncertain whether limited success in getting some salmon species past a rock slide in British Columbia’s Fraser River will work with smaller fish expected to arrive in the coming days.Michael Crowe, with the Department Fisheries and Oceans, says an estimated 1.5 million pink salmon will pass through the remote area but they’re weaker swimmers than chinook and sockeye, and coho and steelhead will show up soon afterwards.He says engineering work to blast rock obstructing the passage of five species of salmon is challenging.Crews have managed to transport nearly 60,000 salmon by helicopter since the slide was discovered in June.Crowe says plans are underway to get a so-called spider excavator to the base of the slide so it can use wheels or legs to go around difficult terrain and allow for rocks to be blasted and removed.He says federal, provincial and First Nations officials are working to deal with challenges in the area where a new road has been built to transport fish at night when helicopters can’t fly.The Canadian Press
The red carpet premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical, anticipated as one of the most star-studded, spectacular year-end events, will be held on October 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.The event will also feature red carpet arrivals, an art exhibit and the live performance. Ranging from $45 to $75, Tickets are available now at the Grove Concierge, as well as Ticketmaster.com. The show will donate a portion of the proceeds to such charitable organizations as: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Amnesty International, Animal Defenders International and Worldwide Veterinary Service.The first of its kind in theatre history, Loving the Silent Tears will take the audience on an elevating journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a compelling story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.The musical will star two-time Grammy-winning artist Jon Secada, Grammy-winning icon Jody Watley, and Broadway stars: Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway, and Tony nominee Patti Cohenour.They will be joined by Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, Korean pop star Brian Joo, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, Korean singer Heather Park, award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni, Persian superstar Siavash Shams and Chinese platinum pop star Kay Tse.“It is very special to be a part of something of this magnitude,” said Jody Watley. “What a great cast and collection of musicians, composers, artists, the global message, the magnificence!”Loving the Silent Tears promises the ingenious direction of Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Blond Ambition tours), lively dances choreographed by Emmy-winning Bonnie Story (High School Musical), the imaginative stagecraft of Emmy-winning set designer John Iacovelli (Peter Pan), and a vibrant display of costumes by award-winning designer Sharell Martin (Chicago).Vincent Paterson stated, “It will be a wonderful evening of theatre – beautiful costumes, great sets to look at. They’re going to hear great music. They’re going to see great dancing. There are some beautiful messages here.”With all elements in place to make for absolutely thrilling musical theatre, the show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, written years ago by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.Award-winning playwright Cynthia Ferrell noted, “What interested me most in Loving the Silent Tears, honestly was the poetry. The poetry is so beautiful and the message of the poetry, it’s so consistent throughout the piece, and the nuances of it are gorgeous and it’s just so inspiring. It just makes you come to the project with a happy heart.”Taking a unique approach, multiple eminent composers have come together to set Supreme Master Ching Hai’s soulful verses to soaring melodies: 6-time Grammy winner and 2-time Oscar nominee Jorge Calandrelli (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha (The Poseidon Adventure), Emmy winner Doug Katsaros (Footloose), 2-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Tony and Emmy winner Don Pippin (Oliver!), Grammy winner Nan Schwartz (Harry Potter), and Oscar and 2-time Grammy winner David Shire (Saturday Night Fever). With the sheer volume of brilliant musical minds so generously pouring their creativity into the score, it’s evident that music lovers are in for a treat.Jon Secada will also be debuting a song that he composed for the musical, based on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry.Composer Al Kasha stated, “All these composers who are the best in the world and all of these singers who won Grammys and Tonys from Broadway worked on this piece. I think it will lift the audience up inspirationally, I really do.”With a superb cast and creative team, beautiful poetry as lyrics, and accompaniment by a 30-plus member dancing ensemble and a live orchestra, Loving the Silent Tears will be an unprecedented show of grand proportions and five-star production value.The evening will commemorate the 19th anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day honoring the values of philanthropy and peace. A pre-show art exhibition at the venue will feature Supreme Master Ching Hai’s uplifting creative works, with free admittance for all musical attendees.
Nantes (France): Paris Saint-Germain failed to the seal the Ligue 1 title for the third match running after a second-string line-up without dropped Kylian Mbappe took the champions to their second defeat in a matter of days, 3-2 at Nantes. A Diego Carlos brace and Majeed Waris’ tap-in inflicted a third league loss on Thomas Tuchel’s side, who were hammered 5-1 at second-placed Lille on Sunday and drew with Strasbourg the previous week, despite Dani Alves’ stunning opener and substitute Metehan Guclu pulling one back late on. However PSG, who were also missing a host of other first-team players through injuries and suspension, remain 17 points clear with six games left. The runaway leaders will win their sixth title in seven years on Sunday if Lille fail to win at Toulouse and they then beat struggling Monaco. Tuchel refused to reveal if he left Mbappe out of the squad for blasting his teammates for “lacking personality” after the Lille loss, saying that there would be “no explanation” of his decision. “It’s very easy to analyse, it was a very bad performance, we deserved to lose,” said Tuchel. “We controlled the game at Lille but today there was no performance for 90 minutes. “You can lose and you can make mistakes, and we will always defend the players if we feel that they’ve played with a great attitude and hunger. But today it is not possible.” Depleted PSG had to thank Gianluigi Buffon 12 minutes in when he managed to push away Kalifa Coulibaly’s header from point-blank range, and seven minutes later Alves appeared to have calmed Parisian nerves with his wonder strike. There looked to be little on when the Brazilian collected Leandro Paredes’ simple pass, but he quickly lashed an unstoppable dipping drive past Maxime Dupe to score his first Ligue 1 goal this season. However just three minutes after the opener Diego Carlos was allowed too much space to nod home Valentin Ronger inswinging corner. PSG continued to struggle despite the odd flash from Moussa Diaby, and the hosts grabbed a deserved second just before the break. Coulibaly was at the heart of it, brushing Thilo Kehrer off the ball on the left flank, before cutting back to Samuel Moutoussamy, whose miss-hit shoot evaded the dozing PSG defence and found Waris for the simplest of tap-ins.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2013 4:24 am MDT LONDON – Britain’s Vodafone PLC, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations.The U.K. company is mulling options for its 45 per cent stake in the U.S.’s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 per cent.Analysts have suggested that Verizon wants to pay around $100 billion for Vodafone’s stake, although reports have said that Vodafone is pressing for as much as $130 billion.Vodafone’s shares were trading 8.14 per cent higher at 2.05 pounds after it confirmed the talks with Verizon.Vodafone, which has wide-ranging interests and is expanding in Europe, has long been rumoured to be interested in a U.S. exit. Talks on a sale earlier reportedly broken down over price and tax concerns.But competition among cellphone providers and other companies moving into the cellphone space is pushing both companies toward a deal, said Ronald Klingebiel, a telecommunications specialist with Warwick Business School.Vodafone also had no control in running its Verizon stake, which made it more of an investment than a base from which to expand into the U.S. market.“This would be a happy moment to exit,” Klingebiel said.Meanwhile, there has been recent speculation that Verizon could enter the Canadian market with the possible purchase of at least one of the country’s smaller wireless players.In July, Verizon said it was taking a look at the Canada.“We continue to explore and have discussions, but at this point it’s really just an exploratory exercise,” Verizon chief financial officer Francis Shammo said a the time.The Canadian government recently eased the rules on foreign investment for wireless companies with less than 10 per cent of the marketplace, paving the way for the entry of Verizon and possibly other foreign telecom companies to set up shop and also buy small Canadian wireless companies.Canada’s big wireless carriers have launched a media campaign to warn that they would be at a disadvantage if Verizon were allowed into the market under the current set of rules.At the same time, Vodafone is pushing ahead with a takeover bid for Germany’s biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, as part of its strategy to dominate media services in Europe, its biggest market.If approved by regulators, Vodafone would gain 32.4 million mobile, five million broadband and 7.6 million direct TV customers in Germany. It has 19.2 million mobile customers in the UK, and it has been under intense competition.Any proceeds from a Verizon Wireless sale would add to its war chest for further acquisition or allow the company to pay down debt.But analysts have been cautious, wary of Vodafone’s track record on mergers. In 2000, in what was the largest corporate merger ever, the company took over Mannesmann AG in a stock-swap deal valued at $180 billion. Many analysts at the time believed the German company was overvalued.— With files from The Canadian Press Vodafone in talks to sell stake in Verizon Wireless and exit US market
A new series of lunchtime talks will explore experiential learning at Brock University.Experiential Lunch Conversations is a way of engaging in meaningful conversation about teaching and learning, as well as looking at how we might provide opportunities for our students to apply their learning in high-impact ways. Short presentations (approximately 15 minutes) from faculty, staff, students or community partners doing exciting things in experiential education will open the sessions, followed by questions and open discussion. These sessions are casual – all are welcome to join in and to bring their lunch.“We need to keep the conversation going,” says Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education. “Brock has pockets of brilliant experiential opportunities for students happening all across campus and this gives us a way to come together, share and learn from each other.” To get the series started, the following sessions are taking place:• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at noon – Effects of Course Characteristics, Community Engagement, and Individual Differences on Civic and Developmental Outcomes for College Students through Service-Learning: Insights from an Egyptian Context, research shared by Neivin Shalabi fron the Faculty of Education.• Monday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. – The University of Florida/Disney Internship Program will be shared by Christina Bosilo from International Services.• Tuesday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. – Getting to Know the Campus Wide Co-Curriculum will be shared by Amber Scholtens from Student Life & Community Experience and a Brock studentAll three sessions will be held in ST103 (CPI’s new active learning classroom in the basement of the Schmon Tower near Career Services). Come and discover this new space, connect with colleagues, learn something new and invite any others who may also be interested. “Experiential learning is a huge part of the Brock experience,” says Howe. “It would be great to see this grow in the future so that students can apply their knowledge, have meaningful experiences, learn new skills, and be well prepared for whatever comes next for them in life after their time at Brock.” If you have a topic you would like to contribute to these discussions, please be in touch with Sandy Howe at email@example.com or by calling (905) 688-5550 ext. 4126. If you would like to bring students or community partners with you to share their experiences related to your topic, their voice would be a wonderful addition to these conversations.
Us slaves libed in log cabins what was daubed wid clay to keep de rain an’ win’ out, an’ de chimneys was made of clay an’ sticks. De beds was home-made an’ nailed agin’ de wall wid legs on de outer side. De Massa’s house was build of logs too, but it was much bigger’n de nigger cabins an’ sot way out in front of ourn. Atter de massa was kilt, old Miss had a nigger oberseer an’ dat was de meanest debil dat eber libbed on de Lawd’s green yearth. I promise myself when I growed up dat I was agoin’ to kill dat nigger iffen it was de las’ thing I eber done. Lots of times I’se seen him beat my mammy, an’ one day I seen him beat my Auntie who was big wid a chile, an’ dat man dug a roun’ hole in de groun’ an’ put her stummick in it, an’ beat an’ beat her for a half hour straight till the baby come out raght dere in de hole.“Yassun, white folks, I’se seed some turrible things in my time. When de slaves would try to run away our oberseer would put chains on dere legs wid big long spikes tween dere feets, so dey couldn’t git away. Den I’s seen great bunches of slaves put up on de block an’ sol’ jus’ lak dey was cows. Sometimes de chilluns would be seprated from dere maws an’ paws…..No’m, I don’t know nothin’ ’bout Abe Lincoln ‘ceptin’ dey say he sot us free, an’ I don’t know nothin’ ’bout dat neither.”Martha Jackson, ex-slave, Alabama“And I knowed a woman name Tishie, Miss Mollie’s house sarvant. She run away ‘case dey so mean to her, I reckon, and de cullud folks harbored her and hid her up in de grain house wid de peas and sech lac’, stedder down in de corn crib. And who ever ’twas ‘trayed her I ain’t sayin’ but a crowd uv dem Patterrollers come and got ‘er one night, and tuck her away, and I ain’t nebber seed Tishie no mo’.And one uv Ole Marsa’s niggers—’little boy’ he go by—he tuck on might’ly, ‘case dey say he wanted to marry Tishie. I know he fotch her up in de quarter fer ter git her sumpin’ to eat atter de white folks done sleep. But couldn’t nobody marry, ‘twa’n’t ‘lowed, ‘outer one or t’other uv de Ole Marsa ‘greed to buy bofe uv ‘em and ef dey didn’t ‘gree you sho’ better keep ‘way fum dey place. And Ole Marsa and Miss Mollie didn’t nebber ‘gree.“I hear some uv ‘em say one dem Patterrollers had ’bout three sets er cullud chillun over dere, and some uv ‘em favor’d Tishie, and ev’y time hit come time fer ‘em yaller gals ter work in de fiel’, dey got sarnt Norf. I reckon ‘case he never wanted see his own blood git beat up, and dat Jim Barton was er cru’l overseer, sho’s yer bawn.”Martha says most of the meaness of pre-war days on the plantations may be charged up to cruel overseers.And dat overseer man would send ‘em Patterrollers jes’ lack dey was de sher’f down to fotch ‘em back, and he’d say, ‘Dead or alive, doan’ make no diffe’nce.’ And sometimes dem dogs be done nigh ’bout chewed dem niggers up. Den he’d whoop ‘em sho’ ’nuff.‘Twas a long and a wide stiff leather strop w’at he had whut hung back uv his do’, and hit had big roun’ holes in hit, and he’d git him a pot of warm salty water and set hit down by his side. Den he had ‘em cotch de nigger and put his feet in de long block, and somebody helt dey han’s, and he strip ‘em stark naked, and he stretch ‘em ‘cross a log, and he dip de long stiff leather strop wid de roun’ holes in hit in de briny salt water, and den look out ‘case he comin’ down on dat po’ nigger’s nekkid bottom. De holes in de strop dey sucks flesh up in th’oo ‘em, and de nigger’s a hollerin’ and ev’ybody so skeered dey right ashy, and dey can’t nobody say a mumblin’ word ‘case dey so skeered.”A slave cabin in Barbour County near Eufaula. (Image: Federal Writers’ Project)Ezra Adams, ex-slave, South Caroline, 83 years old“You ain’t gwine to believe dat de slaves on our plantation didn’t stop workin’ for old marster, even when they was told dat they was free. Us didn’t want no more freedom than us was gittin’ on our plantation already. Us knowed too well dat us was well took care of, wid a plenty of vittles to eat and tight log and board houses to live in.De slaves, where I lived, knowed after de war dat they had abundance of dat somethin’ called freedom, what they could not wat, wear, and sleep in. Yes, sir, they soon found out dat freedom ain’t nothin’, ‘less you is got somethin’ to live on and a place to call home. Dis livin’ on liberty is lak young folks livin’ on love after they gits married. It just don’t work. No, sir, it las’ so long and not a bit longer.”Anne Broome, ex-slave, South Carolina, 87 years old“My ma was name Louisa. My marster was Billie Brice, but ‘spect God done write sumpin’ else on he forehead by dis time. He was a cruel marster; he whip me just for runnin’ to de gate for to see de train run by. My missus was a pretty woman, flaxen hair, blue eyes, name Mary Simonton, ’til she marry.Us live in a two-room plank house. Plenty to eat and enough to wear ‘cept de boys run ’round in their shirt tails and de girls just a one-piece homespun slip on in de summer time. Dat was not a hardship then. Us didn’t know and didn’t care nothin’ ’bout a ‘spectable ‘pearance in those days. Dats de truth, us didn’t.“Gran’pa name Obe; gran’ma, name Rachel. Shoes? A child never have a shoe. Slaves wore wooden bottom shoes.”Tom Wilson, ex-slave, Mississippi“I ‘members when us was sot free allright. ‘Twas in de middle of da winter y’ know, an’ Marse Jim (his master) was so mad ’bout hit he went off down to a li’l stream or water an’ broke de ice an’ jumped in, an’ he died ’bout two weeks afte’ of de pewmonia [FN: pneumonia].I was glad to git m’ freedom ’cause I got out’n frum under dem whuppins.“Afte’ dat us bought lan’ frum de Wilsons whut was lef’ an’ I been a fa’min’ thar ever since.”Read more at Gutenberg.org>Related: Ireland in Golden Globe nominations with forced adoptions, slavery and U2 (YouTube: MOVIES Coming Soon)AS WE HEAD into Hollywood awards season, one of the most talked about films will be Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.The movie depicts the brutal true-life story of free black man Solomon Northup who was abducted and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America.The cruelty of masters and overseers, as well as the bravery of abolitionists is highlighted by the makers as they follow his struggle for freedom.Before we go to cinema to take in the Golden Globe-nominated picture, we examined some more real-life accounts of slavery in the US.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States (or the WPA Slave Narrative Collection) was compiled between 1936 and 1938. The accounts are in the public domain and we have selected a small number of excerpts here.The total collection of 2,000 interviews runs to more than 10,000 pages. The interviewers were primarily white and there are some subjective statements, questions and assertions within the finished product for which they have been criticised.They have also been described as presenting a distorted view of slavery that is too positive and simplistic.Jenny Proctor, ex-slave, Texas“I’s hear tell of dem good slave days but I ain’t nev’r seen no good times den. My mother’s name was Lisa and when I was a very small chile I hear dat driver goin’ from cabin to cabin as early as 3 o’clock in de mornin’ and when he comes to our cabin he say, ‘Lisa, Lisa, git up from dere and git dat breakfast.’“My mother, she was cook and I don’t recollect nothin’ ’bout my father. If I had any brothers and sisters I didn’ know it. We had ole ragged huts made out of poles and some of de cracks chinked up wid mud and moss and some of dem wasn’t.“We didn’ have no good beds, jes’ scaffolds nailed up to de wall out of poles and de ole ragged beddin’ throwed on dem. Dat sho’ was hard sleepin’ but even dat feel good to our weary bones after dem long hard days work in de field. I ‘tended to de chillun when I was a little gal and tried to clean de house jes’ like ole miss tells me to. Den soon as I was 10 years ole, ole marster, he say, ‘Git dis yere nigger to dat cotton patch.’“I recollects once when I was tryin’ to clean de house like ole miss tell me, I finds a biscuit and I’s so hungry I et it, ’cause we nev’r see sich a thing as a biscuit only some times on Sunday mornin’. We jes’ have co’n braid and syrup and some times fat bacon, but when I et dat biscuit and she comes in and say, ‘Whar dat biscuit?’“I say, ‘Miss, I et it ’cause I’s so hungry.’ Den she grab dat broom and start to beatin’ me over de head wid it and callin’ me low down nigger and I guess I jes’ clean lost my head ’cause I know’d better den to fight her if I knowed anything ‘tall, but I start to fight her and de driver, he comes in and he grabs me and starts beatin’ me wid dat cat-o’-nine-tails (a big leather whip, branching into nine tails) and he beats me ’til I fall to de floor nearly dead.“He cut my back all to pieces, den dey rubs salt in de cuts for mo’ punishment. Lawd, Lawd, honey! Dem was awful days. When ole marster come to de house he say, ‘What you beat dat nigger like dat for?’ And de driver tells him why, and he say, ‘She can’t work now for a week, she pay for several biscuits in dat time.’ He sho’ was mad and he tell ole miss she start de whole mess. I still got dem scars on my ole back right now, jes’ like my grandmother have when she die and I’s a-carryin’ mine right on to de grave jes’ like she did.”Mary Overton, ex-slave, Texas“De slaves wasn’ jin’rally married dat way. Dey jus’ told dey marsters dey wanted to be husban’ and wife and if dey agreed, dat was all dere was to it, dey was said to be married. I heered some white folks had weddin’s for dere niggers, but I never did see none.“I sure wish I knew how old I is, but I ain’ sure. I don’ even know my birthday!”(According to some white persons who have known Mary for a long time, calculated from information Mary had given them as to her younger days, when her memory was better than it is now, she is probably more than one hundred years old.)Henry Cheatam, ex-slave, Alabama
By Mustapha JallowThe Chief of Security Guards under the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) James Mendy, will be arraigned before a Lower Court in Banjul today, Police PRO confirmed to this medium.According to Superintendent David Kujabi, he wouldn’t be able to confirm whether the man has been charged but that what he is aware of is that Mendy will be taken to court.The former NIA Chief was detained at Police headquarters in Banjul on Thursday 22nd March 2018. His arrest according to the PRO was in connection with the death of the former UDP Organizing Secretary, Ebrima Solo Sandeng.