Policeman injured as militants attack J&K Minister’s Abdrabi’s home

first_imgSuspected militants on Sunday night attacked the ancestral residence of Jammu and Kashmir Minister Farooq Abdrabi in South Kashmir’s Anantnag District, injuring a policeman.The attack was on the residence of Mr. Abdrabi, Minister of State for Hajj and Waqf, at Dooru in Anantnag District and injured a policeman, a police official said.He said the injured policeman was taken to a hospital here for treatment. Further details on the incident are awaited.last_img

NY Company To Launch Reva

first_imgA New York company is entering a joint collaboration with Banglore-based Reva Electric Car Company to launch electric cars for the U.S. market in 2010.Freeport, N.Y., based Bannon Automotive will build the three-door, plug-in hatchback Reva NXR and a sporty two-seater NXG at a suburb in Syracuse. Reva and Bannon will jointly invest $26.5 million in the plant, while state and federal officials are providing a $6.76 million package in grants and tax incentives as well as $52 million in federal loans and loan guarantees.Bannon’s Reva factory will initially employ 100 workers, growing to 250 in three years and will produce 15,000 to 20,000 cars annually.The lithium-ion battery powered NXG model, priced from $20,000 to $25,000, reaches speeds of up to 65 mph with a range of 100 miles on a single charge. The lead-acid battery powered NXR’s speed tops out at 50 mph. The NXR has a 50-mile range and sells for around $17,000. Related Itemslast_img read more

Return to coaching a blessing for Frankie Lim

first_imgView comments “Of course, I miss coaching. Maybe, this also comes as a blessing. Everything went to its proper place and I am becoming a head coach again,” he said.Lim last called the shots for Ginebra in the PBA back in 2015 after a largely successful run in San Beda from 2007 to 2011, netting four NCAA titles along the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe was initially appointed as a team consultant last December, but was promoted as the team’s head coach after Nosa Omorogbe had to come home to Nigeria to attend to some family matters.Taking the Altas out of the obscurity, however, is a different beast and Lim will have to extend all efforts if he wants his vision to come to fruition starting the NCAA Season 94. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MMDA: Over 300 accidents recorded daily in Metro Manila PLAY LIST 01:53MMDA: Over 300 accidents recorded daily in Metro Manila02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:25DOJ chief: Sanchez case outcry a blessing in disguise that prompted GCTA review01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Romeo, Ravena, Abueva bare intentions of joining PH 3×3 team “I was just appointed on Wednesday and it’s too early to make assessments. We’re cramming a bit, but we have no other choice but to do our best,” he said.Luckily, Lim can begin his rebuilding period early as Perpetual will participate in the ongoing 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Unlike his golden run with the Red Lions, Lim is tempering expectation as he seeks to bring the Altas back to relevance after a 4-14 run last NCAA Season 93.“I’ll just do whatever I can. Since the NCAA is still in July, we still have a few months to prepare. We’ll just have to make the best out of it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frankie Lim. PBA IMAGESFor new Perpetual coach Frankie Lim, his appointment at the helm for the Altas couldn’t have come at a better time.Out of the coaching circuit for the better part of the last three years, the 57-year-old mentor said that he has been feeling the itch to coach for a while before the Altas came calling.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedlast_img read more

Sit up and take notice

first_imgIs regular exercise not helping much in managing your weight? Perhaps you should cut down on the time you spend on the couch.A recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine analysed the link between increased time spent in sedentary activities and obesity. According to the report, one recent study, in fact, showed that increasing total sedentary time increased weight gain in women-regardless of how much physical activity they got or how many calories they consumed.While research on how to best mitigate the effects of sitting is needed (is getting up for 5 minutes every hour enough to make a difference?), you can still get up whenever you can.Stand up while talking to a colleague or on the phone, get your own coffee from the vending machine, walk to the office laser printer? you get the drift, right?-Kathakoli Dasguptalast_img read more

Honoured to welcome President Putin, says PM Modi ahead of BRICS summit

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is honoured to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Michel Temer for the BRICS summit to be inaugurated later today in Goa.He also said he looks forward to talks with China during the two-day deliberations.Ahead of the 8th BRICS summit and the first BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit on October 15-16 in Goa, PM Modi posted a statement on his Facebook page welcoming the leaders.Also Read: India unhappy over Russia’s military exercise with terror-sponsor PakistanREAD THE FULL STATEMENT:”India is delighted to host the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa on 15-16 October 2016, followed by a first-ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit. I look forward to extending a warm welcome to the ten leaders of the BRICS and BIMSTEC families.In Goa, I will also have the honour to receive President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the India-Russia Annual Summit and President Michel Temer of Brazil for a bilateral visit.President Putin’s visit will give us an opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia.President Temer’s visit will open up new areas for cooperation with Brazil, an important strategic partner.I also look forward to useful conversations with my fellow leaders from China, South Africa, Brazil and Russia on addressing pressing international and regional challenges that stand in the way of our goals.From India Today magazine | An old friend is better than two new ones As Chair of the BRICS this year, India has embraced a stronger emphasis on promoting people-to-people linkages in diverse fields including trade, sports, education, films, scholarship, and tourism.advertisementIt is anchored in the belief that our people are pivotal partners in our effort to craft responsive, collective and inclusive solutions.We will launch new initiatives in Goa even as we mark the successful operationalization of initiatives like the BRICS New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement.I am optimistic that the BRICS Summit will strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation and advance our common agenda for development, peace, stability and reform.In a first, I am happy that India is facilitating an outreach Summit with the BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sir Lanka and Thailand.Representing nearly two thirds of humanity together, we hope to tap the potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring.India looks forward to building bridges to new partnerships and finding common resolve and solutions to our entrenched problems.”Also Read: Modi, Putin to sign $1 billion Kamov chopper deal during Goa BRICS summit India to play trade card with China ahead of BRICS summit China declines to speak up for isolated Pakistan before BRICS Summitlast_img read more

Octogenarian killed in suspected robbery attempt in city

first_imgKolkata, Aug 5 (PTI) The body of an octogenarian lying in a pool of blood was found in the bedroon of his residence at New Alipore in the southern part of the city early today, the police said.The police suspects that Malay Mookerjee (82) was killed by robbers who entered his room by breaking open the rear door of his house in order to steal valuables.”It appears that the robbers, for or five of them, tried to cut open the wire mess covering the verandah to enter the house. When they found it too hard to cut through, they broke open the door on the rear end of the house,” the officer said.Initial investigation revealed that the old man tried to resist the thieves. Mookerjees body was first seen by his maid servant who visited the house early in the morning.Kolkata Police DC (South) Praveen Tripathi, who went to the place, said, “We are looking into the matter. Our officers are at it.”State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Aroop Biswas, who happened to be the family friend of the Mookerjees, also visited the house.Sleuths of the Kolkata Police homicide section are assisting the team from the local police station in the probe into the killing. PTI SCH MDlast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision to clinch WBA Welterweight title

first_imgFrom his first-round knockdown punches to his tenacious 12th-round finish, Manny Pacquiao gave yet another one-sided thrashing to Father Time.Keith Thurman was a whole lot tougher to beat, but the 40-year-old Filipino senator managed to win that vote as well.Pacquiao floored Thurman early and persevered late to an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night, adding a third straight win to his late-career resurgence.Pacquiao (62-7-2) dropped his previously unbeaten opponent with a combination late in the first round, and the Pac-Man dominated the opening rounds with a combination of flair and power that recalled the incredible prime of the only eight-division champion in boxing history.Keith Thurman gets dropped by Manny Pacquiao in the first round! #PacThurman #ThurmanPacquiao #PacquiaoThurman pic.twitter.com/dgUXi27lunStrictly Boxing Fans (@BoxingBritain1) July 21, 2019Thurman (29-1) showed remarkable tenacity in rallying through the middle rounds, repeatedly testing Pacquiao’s chin with big shots. Neither fighter managed another knockdown, but they pushed relentlessly in front of a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden that repeatedly chanted Pacquiao’s name from the moment he reached the ring.”It was fun,” Pacquiao said. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong. … I think he did his best, and I did my best. I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight.”Two judges scored the bout 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Feldman scored it 114-113 for Thurman. The Associated Press also scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao.”I knew it was close,” Thurman said. “He had the momentum because he got the knockdown in Round 1. … I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. My conditioning, my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao’s tonight. Tonight was a blessing and a lesson.”advertisementPacquiao appeared to be declining as recently as two years ago, when he lost a listless decision to Jeff Horn. But while his political career flourished, Pacquiao also revived his ring career with solid back-to-back victories over Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner.#AndTheNew WBA Welterweight Super Champion Manny Pacquiao#Respect Keith Thurman #PacquiaoThurman #WBAboxing #PacThurman pic.twitter.com/xmkVUgbRYLWBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) July 21, 2019Thurman represented another major step up in competition, but Pacquiao’s strong start quieted any speculation that he would suddenly look old in a matchup with an elite welterweight champion.Thurman’s effort was impressive on paper: He landed slightly more punches than the famously active Pacquiao, and his 192 power punches landed were the most by any Pacquiao opponent in his 43 fights that were tracked by CompuBox. But Pacquiao had a dominant jab, and he outworked Thurman in the 12th round, throwing 56 punches to win the round on two judges’ cards.Both fighters started quickly with a series of good-looking exchanges, but Pacquiao changed the bout in an instant. He moved forward to land a left to the body and a right hook that sent Thurman to the canvas with 25 seconds left in the first round.Thurman got up comfortably while the ecstatic crowd roared, but Pacquiao kept up his superior work for the next two rounds, repeatedly rocking Thurman with a variety of shots. Even when Thurman put together a solid fifth round, he was stunned several times in the final minute and left with blood on his face.But Thurman gathered himself and soundly beat Pacquiao through the middle rounds, forcing Pacquiao to show off his durable chin. Pacquiao reversed the momentum in the 10th with a series of big shots, including a punch to the body that sent Thurman stumbling away in obvious pain.Both fighters pushed to the final bell and embraced. Pacquiao won the final round on two judges’ cards, while Feldman’s 12th-round score for Thurman kept Pacquiao from winning by unanimous decision.After graciously congratulating Pacquiao, Thurman called for a rematch. The pro-Pacquiao Vegas crowd vocally approved.Nearly 25 years after a 16-year-old Pacquiao stepped onto the scales for his pro debut with rocks in his pockets just to make the 105-pound minimum weight, this middle-aged politician showed he could have several years left in a day job that paid him a guaranteed $10 million on Saturday night.last_img read more

Restaurant Chain Jimmy John’s Trolls Arrested OSU Player

first_imgYesterday we told you about the arrest of Oklahoma State defensive end Cole Walterscheid for public intoxication as first reported by the O’Colly.Per the police report:When the officer approached and shined his spotlight, he noticed the object Walterscheid was on was a Jimmy John’s delivery driver car topper, according to the affidavit. Walterscheid reportedly began to approach the officer’s vehicle while carrying the car topper, walking unsteadily.While legal trouble is no laughing matter, the Illinois-based restaurant chain did not pass up the opportunity to do a little fast-food trolling and get a little free publicity.This is why we can’t have nice things ? https://t.co/saaxHKsb0V— Jimmy John’s (@jimmyjohns) November 22, 2016An OSU spokesperson told The Oklahoman that Mike Gundy would not publicly address Walterscheid’s status until his next press conference on November 28.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

22 days agoMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liege

first_imgMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal there is life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after an amazing performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.Handed his second start of the season, the Brazilian scored with a superb header after 13 minutes and then backed up the effort with another goal three minutes later.The Gunners were then 3-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Joe Willock’s goal. Dani Ceballos rounded out the victory in the second-half with his first goal for the club. And manager Unai Emery was delighted with his team when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “To have six points after the two matches, it’s really important. We can take confidence. We were consistent over the 90 minutes and we can take a lot of positivity from tonight’s game. The players, when they did all they can like tonight, it is perfect. “We did a lot of good, we can analyse to continue to improve. It’s a fantastic victory.”On how things can improve, he added: “We played with intensity but then we conceded some possession but we kept the clean sheet. We can improve in how to keep the ball and make more chances but for the players today, they are very tired after playing on Monday and they still played fantastic, it’s a fantastic victory.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4-Star Point Guard Cassius Winston Commits To Michigan State

first_imgCassius Winston committing to Michigan State at a press conference.Cassius Winston Michigan State CommitMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo has done it again. Friday, the Spartans officially landed the services of four-star point guard Cassius Winston. Winston chose MSU over Stanford and Pittsburgh during a ceremony at his high school – Detroit Jesuit. Cassius Winston selects @msubasketball today! pic.twitter.com/yOKAYj5q8C— Athletics (@udjesuitsports) September 18, 2015Detroit Jesuit guard Cassius Winston just committed to Michigan State. Tom Izzo may be on the verge of his best recruiting class ever.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 18, 2015Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 194 pounds on 247Sports, joins five-star guard Joshua Langford and four-star power forward Nick Ward in Michigan State’s 2016 class. If the Spartans are also able to land five-star small forward Miles Bridges, they may have the top recruiting class in the entire country.last_img read more

No Cost for Patrons to Attend Emancipation Jubilee

first_imgStory Highlights The annual Emancipation Jubilee celebration, organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust takes place on July 31 at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann. She explained that tickets will be printed for crowd control purposes.  Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says entry to this year’s Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says entry to this year’s Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost.The announcement was made at the recent launch of the event at Jewels Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, St Ann.The annual Emancipation Jubilee celebration, organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust takes place on July 31 at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.Minister Grange said that Emancipation Jubilee “allows us to celebrate a culture that is distinctly ours – Jamaican, but influenced largely by what is distinctly African – that survived the years of enslavement – a success that we owe to our ancestors who in their own relentless ways ensured that what was culturally endemic to them remained intact in a society that was alien to them.”“We are happy to say that this year Emancipation Jubilee is free. It won’t cost you a penny,” Minister Grange said.She explained that tickets will be printed for crowd control purposes.The event, now in its twentieth year, is being observed under the theme, ‘Jamaica 55, Mek Wi Keep Jubilee Alive!’.It features various presentations of traditional Jamaican culture including Kumina, Johnkoonoo and other folk forms as well as a re-enactment of the reading of the 1838 Emancipation Proclamation granting freedom from slavery to all Jamaicans.last_img read more

ECB Review Keeps German Shipping Banks on Their Toes

first_imgzoom German shipping banks Commerzbank AG (CBK), HSH Nordbank AG and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale are among 130 banks undergoing a review by the European Central Bank (ECB) to check their financial stability.The three banks have been clogging shipping debts as struggling container companies sought after loans to compensate for low freight rates.Preliminary findings say that each bank saw their assets devalued by as much as 18 percent in the European Central Bank’s inspection, writes Bloomberg citing a senior executive well informed of the matter.On the other hand, Reuters’ unnamed sources claim that HSH Nordbank’s core capital strength remained above the 5.5 percent minimum.The official publication of inspection results due on Sunday.According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the authorities were confident that German banks were generally well positioned for the exercise as they saw significant improvement in their capital ratios, but agreed that shipping loans could be a source of further impairments.A total of USD 5.4 billion was assigned by HSH Nordbank,  Commerzbank, and NordLB  in shipping loans over the past three years which Bundesbank deemed as potentially detrimental to the entire banking sector due to risks posed by low profits in container shipping industry.The banking sector in general has been under-performing and as result will need to raise equity by selling non-performing loans.World Maritime News Staff; Image: HSH Nordbanklast_img read more

Final counts in BC election due in days high stakes for Liberals

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s final ballot count starts Monday to determine which party forms the province’s next government almost two weeks after election day, barring judicial recounts.Christy Clark’s Liberals held a slight lead heading into the final count, needing only one riding to change in their favour for the slimmest of majority governments in the province’s 87-seat legislature. But the prospect of a minority government also looms large.After the May 9 vote, the Liberals had 43 seats, New Democrats 41 and the Greens three.All eyes over the next few days will be on the Courtenay-Comox riding on Vancouver Island where the NDP won by nine votes. The riding is the focus of an official recount as is Vancouver-False Creek, won by incumbent Liberal Sam Sullivan by more than 400 votes.Once the results are known, political horse trading between the Liberals, NDP and Greens is expected to intensify as the parties manoeuvre towards co-operation agreements in what could be a minority government or a bare majority.Clark and NDP Leader John Horgan have reached out to the Greens since the election. Green Leader Andrew Weaver has appointed a negotiating team and articulated three major demands: official party status along with electoral and campaign finance reforms.“Andrew Weaver, I would say, is almost giddy with anticipation of a chance to play a role I don’t think he even dreamed about,” said Prof. Michael Prince, a social policy expert at the University of Victoria. “To get this split, 43-41, is kind of like a Hollywood movie for him.”Weaver was the only elected Green in the legislature prior to the election, but he was re-elected along with Vancouver Island Greens Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen, making Canadian history for the party.Prince said the Liberals have their fingers crossed the vote changes in Courtenay-Comox, giving them a one-seat majority, but Clark has already signalled she’s preparing to work with the Greens to preserve her government.“But the overlaps between the NDP and the Green platforms are much more obvious and substantial than they are for the Liberals,” he said.Weaver and Horgan have butted heads personally in the past and during the campaign, but the possibility of forming a government and wielding power has the adversaries looking to work together, Prince said.“This is politics,” he said. “This is about policy and having an opportunity for influence.”Glen Sanford, the NDP’s deputy director, said 60 per cent of B.C. voters rejected Clark’s Liberals and people want change.Sanford said his own family’s political history is repeating itself in the current election drama.His mother, Karen Sanford, served as the Courtenay-Comox member of the legislature for the NDP in the 1970s and ’80s. The riding was also subjected to a recount when her mother was in office.At the time he was working on a fishing boat and voted in Ucluelet. Sanford said his absentee ballot was among those that gave his mother the victory.“I remember my skipper saying it was a good thing it was a slow day for fishing, because if we had been catching lots of fish there was no way he’d have stopped to come in and vote,” he said.Elections BC, the government agency that administers provincial elections, said almost 180,000 absentee ballots must be counted.The final count will take place from Monday to Wednesday. Elections BC said the results will be posted and refreshed on the agency’s website starting on Monday.last_img read more

Cornwallis statue removal marks historic day for Mikmaq

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsAn eagle circled overhead as the statue of Edward Cornwallis came down Wednesday in Halifax.For hours members of the Mi’kmaq community and others watched as workers sawed and hammed away at the feet of the bronze statue erected almost 90 years ago to commemorate the city’s founder.They cheered when a crane lifted the large bust off a stone pedestal and onto the back of a truck to be taken away and put into storage indefinitely.Workers spent hours cutting and chipping away at the bronze statue in an effort to separate it from the stone pedestal it was placed on.In a 12-4 vote on Tuesday Halifax Regional Council voted to immediately remove the statue and continue with plans to form an expert panel that will include appointed Mi’kmaq representatives to determine the fate of the controversial statue.Cornwallis issued bounties on Mi’kmaq scalps in 1749 and 1750 while establishing a barracks at Halifax.For at least three decades Mi’kmaq have called for the statue’s removal, many arguing that a man who incited genocide against their ancestors should not be publicly celebrated, and that the statue’s prominence in downtown Halifax is a constant reminder of the pain, suffering and colonization endured by Mi’kmaq for hundreds of years.Tensions rose last July after five Canadian military personnel identifying as members of the Proud Boys interrupted an Indigenous mourning ceremony at the Cornwallis statue.Many Indigenous-led ceremonies and protests in recent months and years have been met with public displays of racism by settlers who some say reject facts and narratives that challenge Eurocentric perspectives of Canada’s history.Council’s decision to remove the statue came days after the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs announced it was pulling its support for the establishment of the panel to review the city’s commemoration of Cornwallis. The chiefs said the process of forming the committee was taking too long.After years of debate and previous votes against removing the statue, on Tuesday some Halifax councillors admitted changing their position on the matter after researching Mi’kmaq history and reading the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.“I look at the 500 years of broken promises since Europeans first arrived and settled on these shores. And those 500 years have been rife with disease, strife, broken treaties, broken promises, hidden agendas, military action — and circumstances which beggar the imagination to the point where a true decimation occurred in North America,” Councillor Richard Zurawski said in an impassioned speech.“If we want reconciliation, we pull down the statue immediately,” he continued. “We don’t discuss putting it someplace else. We don’t discuss temporary measures. For goodness sakes, let’s end the 500 years of broken promises and take away this visible symbol of supremacy.”Following the vote Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Morley Googoo said he hopes other municipalities across Canada are paying attention.“I think there’s a huge opportunity here for the City of Halifax to show how other municipalities across the country are dealing with the very same question, about how do they have relationships with Indigenous people,” he said.The statue of Edward Cornwallis is hoisted by a crane and placed on the bed of a truck before being taken away and put into storage. In the coming months an expert panel that will include members of the Mi’kmaq community will discuss the statue’s future.By the end of the day Tuesday posters appeared on benches and light poles in the statue’s vicinity at Cornwallis Park. They read “Save Our Statue” and contained a QR code linking to a Facebook community page that contains comments denying genocide ever occurred against the Mi’kmaq.Elder Daniel Paul, author of acclaimed Mi’kmaq history book “We Were Not The Savages,” said he “fully expected there’s going to be white supremacists coming out of the woodwork,” but that he does “hope that the majority of Nova Scotia is going to be supportive of reconciliation.”By Wednesday morning the posters had been removed, and there were no protests or visible dissent during the statue’s removal.Rebecca Cope-Moore (centre) looks for an eagle soaring above as others watch workers remove the Edward Cornwallis statue in Halifax Wednesday.Rebecca Cope-Moore, a Mi’kmaw activist and member of Pictou Landing First Nation who has long advocated for the statue’s removal, said it was “surreal” to watch Cornwallis come down Wednesday.A seventh-generation descendant of former Mi’kmaw leader Jean-Baptiste Cope, a signatory of the British-Mi’kmaq 1752 Peace and Friendship treaty, Cope-Moore said she felt she was watching a prophecy unfold. Rebecca Cope-Moore, member of Pictou Landing First Nation, describing the moment when an eagle flew over the area as the Cornwallis statue was being removed.“I was here to witness that moment along with my sister and lots of community members. And when Cornwallis came down an eagle flew over—right over all of us—and that’s not common here in the city to see them too often,” she said.“So for that eagle to come and fly right over us, right at the same moment as Cornwallis got removed from his pedestal, was just — it was very affirming to me.”Halifax Regional Council will now continue its effort to form the expert panel to review the city’s commemoration of Cornwallis and to make recommendations on what to do with the statue.Eagle did one low circle above #Cornwallis and the crowd gathered here in Halifax at the moment the statue was being laid down on the bed of the truck. The statue was then covered with a tarp and will be taken away and put into storage indefinitey. @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/OZUAU8Oo9Q— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) January 31, 2018last_img read more

Alberta child welfare survivor pens book about his experience with the system

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA young Alberta man who survived abuse in the child welfare system is fighting to have a life and writing a book about his experiences.At the age of four, Steven Morin was put in child welfare.Throughout his life, he has battled drug and alcohol addictions.Now he’s writing a book about how he survived with the hope that he can help others.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws from all locations

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Starbucks locations will be the first in Canada to serve drinks without plastic straws as it works to eliminate the product from all its stores by 2020, the company announced Monday.The coffee chain is the latest big company to acknowledge the environmental threat plastic straws pose and promise to implement an alternative in the face of mounting public pressure.There’s been a tipping point in the public’s awareness that plastic is a global problem, said environmental lawyer David Boyd.A video showing a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose received more than 30 million views on YouTube, for example, said Boyd, who also teaches at the University of British Columbia.Companies like Starbucks are responding to that surge in environmental concern.Starbucks will make a strawless lid or straws made from alternative materials, like paper of compostable plastic, available at its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. It has created a strawless lid that will be standard for its iced coffee, tea and espresso drinks.“This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.The strawless lid is currently available in more than 8,000 Canadian and U.S. locations for some beverages.The Seattle-based company will implement the lids for all cold, non-blended drinks first at its hometown and Vancouver locations this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada to follow next year. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.It’s the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder and plastic straws have become one of the most prominent targets.“I think that straws are just widely seen as kind of the low-hanging fruit,” said Boyd.Some cities, including Seattle and Fort Myers Beach in Florida, have banned plastic straws. Vancouver will prohibit plastic straws as well as some other items by June 1, 2019 as part of the Zero Waste 2040 Strategy.Similar proposals are being considered in places like New York and San Francisco, as well as by the European Union.The issue is coming up in company boardrooms, partly in response to changing municipal regulations and partly due to growing consumer pressure.McDonald’s shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.However, McDonald’s recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations.In Canada, McDonald’s has said it planned to monitor the market tests to understand the impact the changes may have before making any specific decisions. A company spokeswoman did not respond to questions about whether the company planned to do any testing in Canada and did not provide a timeline for implementing any changes.Rival burger chain A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. has said it will eliminate all plastic straws from its restaurants by the end of this year.Ikea recently announced it would eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws. Canadian restaurant chain owner Recipe Unlimited Corporation, formerly known as Cara Operations, and its 19 brands will phase out using plastic straws by the end of March 2019.But banning the drinking instruments is only the tip of the iceberg, said Boyd, and does not solve the global problem of plastic pollution.Plastic drinking straws make up only about four per cent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight.A stronger, more comprehensive response is needed, he said, and called on Canada’s federal government to develop a national plastic waste strategy.In April, environment minister Catherine McKenna launched a public consultation asking Canadians to share their ideas on how the country can reduce plastic waste. Their feedback will help develop a federal, provincial and territorial approach.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Afghan children the victims amid deteriorating security situation – UN envoy

7 July 2008A surge in recruitment of child soldiers, the maiming and killing of children, child detention and a serious humanitarian situation are all posing major threats to children in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict who has recently returned from a five-day visit to the country. “The deteriorating security situation in the country was of concern to everybody everywhere. They are very worried about the kind of insecurity and lawlessness that is now prevailing,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told reporters today in New York. Among child rights violations Ms. Coomaraswamy investigated during her visit was the killing and maiming of children during military operations by Taliban and anti-government combatants, as well as by international forces in Afghanistan. The envoy held discussions with ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] and OEF [Operation Enduring Freedom] commanders and said she had received updated guidelines on new procedures to limit “collateral damage” – civilians killed in military raids.“However, I must say even the religious leaders who were sympathetic to the Government complained bitterly about this type of collateral damage,” she added. “There is therefore a need for the international forces to take these complaints seriously, to put in place measures to prevent excesses, to have prompt investigations and, where necessary, pay compensation.”Ms. Coomaraswamy also stressed that she was concerned about children being detained after military operations by Afghan and international forces, and that there was a lack of guidelines and operating procedures on the issue.On the issue of child soldiers, Ms. Coomaraswamy said that she had received information from Afghan sources that there had been a surge in under-age recruitment by the Taliban and other anti-government forces in the last few months, especially from Pakistan.She noted that the Taliban had recognized that the recruitment of children was illegal through their own rule that mujahadeen fighters were not allowed to take young boys with no facial hair onto the battle field.“However, it seems that in the last few months this rule is not being obeyed and that children are being used even as suicide bombers,” she added, saying that she had three verified cases of failed suicide attempts by children. Condemning attacks on schools, Ms Coomaraswamy said such attacks “kill children who are completely innocent of the politics around them” and urged community and tribal leaders to unite to protect their schools, as well as to devise a security plan that did not militarize schools or endanger children. Citing a serious humanitarian problem in many of the conflict areas in Afghanistan, the envoy urged all parties to give access to relief organizations and praised the proposal by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to create “days of tranquillity” in the country when military operations would be suspended to allow immunization drives to take place. She noted that a previous polio vaccination campaign had been a success.“We hope the children then can be a bridge for the beginning of peace in Afghanistan,” she said.One of the major objectives of Ms. Coomaraswamy’s visit was to set in place the monitoring and reporting process called for by the Security Council in resolution 1612 (2005) to assess six grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict. The monitoring and reporting mechanism – which sets up a task force at the country level – will feed into a comprehensive report on the situation of children and armed conflict in Afghanistan that will be presented to the Security Council in October. read more

How micro condos are facing their first real test in Canada this

TORONTO — The appeal of so-called shoebox condos — no larger than the size of two average living rooms — will face its first real test in Canada this year, with an influx of the compact homes set to hit the country’s largest real estate market.[np_storybar title=”Four years on, economist stands by prediction of Canadian housing’s ‘day of reckoning’” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/02/05/the-economist-realtors-love-to-hate-david-madani-stands-by-2011-prediction-of-canadian-housing-day-of-reckoning/”%5D ‘Enjoy it while it lasts… Tell these real estate people just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it won’t,’ Canada economist of Capital Economics says [/np_storybar]Investors are betting on big returns from young renters who can’t afford to buy in the red-hot real estate market and don’t mind living in a unit, about 500 square feet, where their dining table might have to fold down into a bed.Although developers are pitching micro condos as an affordable entry point into the market, brokers say it’s mostly investors — catering to a demographic of young professionals increasingly flocking to the downtown core — that’s driving demand.Micro suites tend to fetch higher rents per square foot than larger units, as many renters are willing to live in a slightly smaller space in order to save a bit on costs and live closer to the city core.Shaun Hildebrand, vice president of condo research firm Urbanation, says condos under 500 square feet can bring in well over $3 per square foot, while the rest of the market averages around $2.50 or $2.60.There are nearly 3,000 micro condo units under construction in Toronto that are slated to be completed this year, Hildebrand says. If investors snatch them up, that could spur developers to build more of the micro units to satisfy demand from investors.“This is something that the market and developers are going to be paying very close attention to in 2015,” Hildebrand said. “Sometimes we don’t know how strong demand is until we’re shown the supply.”Why you should care about the banks’ posted rates on mortgagesCanadian housing starts defy expectations and rise in JanuaryThe challenge comes in securing a mortgage for the micro units. Brokers say Canada’s five biggest banks are hesitant to provide financing for units below a certain minimum square footage, concerned that investors will sell off the properties if the housing market starts to slide.“If there’s a downturn in the housing market, is the lender going to be able to sell and recover the mortgage financing they provided?” said Christopher Molder of Axess Mortgage.“Because these units under 500 square feet are relatively new, no one’s tested the market to see how desirable they are.”The major banks say the size of a property is only one of several factors in the decision to offer financing.“There are minimum square-footage guidelines that vary market to market, but the most important factor is the condo’s marketability,” CIBC spokeswoman Caroline Van Hasselt said in an email.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Reliance Properties Stovell has proposed a development at Davie and Hornby Streets that would feature a number of “nanosuites” measuring under 200 square feet. But the proposal is mired in bureaucracy, as the city decides whether the units, which fetch higher rents than larger spaces do, could drive up land values, and exacerbate Vancouver’s affordability problem.Vancouver and Toronto were identified as among the most unaffordable real estate markets in the recent international Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. In Vancouver, the report said the median home price was $704,800 while, Toronto, it was $482,900.Latif also wants to ensure that any communities where micro condos are built have the services needed — from parks to libraries to late-night coffee shops — to support a population of condo-dwellers who will be spending a lot of their time outside of their homes.“It’s about making sure you’ve got a vibrant community around you that can support you living in a smaller unit,” he says.The Canadian Press Marketability is determined by factors such as the building’s location, whether the unit has a separate bedroom and whether it comes with a parking spot.Marcus Tzaferis, the founder of mortgage brokerage MorCan Direct, says some buyers end up turning to credit unions or private lenders who charge higher interest rates.It’s not only the banks that are leery of micro-living. In Vancouver, city bylaws dictate that condo units can be no smaller than 398 square feet, although city council has occasionally loosened the restriction down to 320 for rental-only units.Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, would like to see the restrictions scrapped.“Vancouver has this tremendous affordability problem and yet the city of Vancouver has just gone completely tone deaf to these needs,” the developer says. “They’re keeping a lot of young people out of the market.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Reliance Properties read more

Annan regrets DPR of Koreas decision to withdraw from nuclear weapons treaty

“While noting the denial by the DPRK of any intentions to acquire nuclear weapons, the Secretary-General stresses the importance of adhering to Treaties and their legal obligations in achieving international peace and security in accordance with international law,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York. “He takes this opportunity to reiterate that the problems regarding DPRK’s nuclear programme must be resolved through peaceful dialogue.”The statement described the NPT as the lynchpin of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, “and with 188 States Parties is the most widely subscribed to multilateral treaty in this area.” It also noted that no state party has ever withdrawn from the accord in the 33 years since its entry into force. read more

Cooling Vancouver home sales cramp average price but BC market still strong

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cooling Vancouver home sales cramp average price, but B.C. market still strong VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says home sales in Vancouver have slowed but the overall housing market across the province is healthy.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says 8,945 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service in August.He says that’s a 1.5 per cent increase compared to August 2015.Muir points to the B.C. government’s newly introduced 15 per cent foreign buyer tax and the 3 per cent property transfer tax on homes over $2-million for slowing the top end of the Vancouver market last month.But strong demand across most other regions of the province offset Vancouver’s drag, Muir says in a news release.Although the total value of sales was down 6.7 per cent compared to last year, and the average B.C. home price skidded 8.1 per cent to $569,393, Muir says those numbers mainly reflect the slower Vancouver market.“The decline in the average home price was due to a change in the composition and location of homes sold in the province,” he says.The real estate association says the dip in the average price statistic reflects fewer supercharged prices from detached Vancouver properties and cooling sales in the city compared to the rest of B.C. read more