Details of 2015 Naga agreement emerge

first_imgThe government has informed a Parliamentary panel that it signed a framework agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) after it agreed on a settlement within the Indian federation with a “special status.” R. N. Ravi, interlocutor for the Naga talks, told the committee that it was a departure from their earlier position of “with India, not within India,” and that the government called it a framework agreement and signed it. This is the first time that details of the agreement signed at the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 3, 2015, have emerged.The details are part of the 213th report on the security situation in the Northeastern states tabled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The committee was also informed that the “contours” had not been spelt out in the framework agreement that was “just about the recognition of the uniqueness of the Naga history by the Government of India”, and some special arrangements will have to be made for the Nagas. “On being asked what the special arrangement will be, the Committee was told that with respect to Nagaland…Article 371A of the Constitution makes it clear that they are special and a special status has been accorded to them. A similar kind of status, with some local variation, and some change to the Nagas in the neighbouring States can be explored,” the report said. According to the report, Mr. Ravi also informed the committee that the Nagas had now reached a common understanding with the government that “boundaries of the States will not be touched” and “some special arrangements would be made for the Nagas, wherever they are.”“The Interlocutor apprised the committee about the broad status of the negotiations that boundaries of any State will neither be changed nor altered. Initially, the Nagas had stuck to the idea of unification of Naga inhabited areas, resolutely maintaining their stand of ‘no integration, no solution.’ However, they have now reached a common understanding with the Government that boundaries of States will not be touched,” the report said. The NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, to unite 1.2 million Nagas. The Chief Ministers of the three States have warned against any tinkering with its boundaries.“While briefing the committee, R. N. Ravi, interlocutor for Nagas, stated that the Government has been talking with the NSCN-IM for the last 20 years and their position from the very beginning has been that Nagas were exceptional, Nagas were not Indians, Nagas were sovereign and any settlement could be reached only on the basis of the fact that this is a settlement between two sovereigns“During the course of the last several years, the Government started opening out and reaching out to civil society organisations, Naga tribal bodies and other stakeholders other than the NSCN-IM,” the report said.last_img read more

London Olympics: Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput fail to qualify for 50m rifle three postions shooting final

first_imgIndian rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput failed to qualify for the London Olympics finals of the men’s 50m rifle three positions at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Monday. Narang, Olympic bronze medallist in 10m air rifle, finished 20th with a score of 1,164 while Rajput ended at 26th with 1,161.Narang shot 398 in prone, 377 standing and 389 while kneeling. Rajput scored 395 in prone, 378 in standing and 388 while kneeling.Italy’s Niccolo Campriani created an Olympic record scoring a total of 1,180 with an average of 9.833.This also ends Narang’s campaign at the Games. He participated in two other events: the 10m air rifle event, where he won the bronze, and the 50m rifle prone.last_img read more

First Indian professional football club FC Kochin faces closure as players migrate

first_imgEntry barrier: No good player wants to join the club due to salary arrearsIt was Kerala football’s saddest Vishu, the harvest festival when gifts are exchanged.This year, the state’s football fans were gifted heartbreak instead. India’s first professional football club and the pride of Kerala football, FC Kochin (FCK), was,Entry barrier: No good player wants to join the club due to salary arrearsIt was Kerala football’s saddest Vishu, the harvest festival when gifts are exchanged.This year, the state’s football fans were gifted heartbreak instead. India’s first professional football club and the pride of Kerala football, FC Kochin (FCK), was dumped from the National Football League’s (NFL) first division after being thrashed 5-0 by lowly Tolly-gunge Agragami of Kolkata on home ground at Kochi.The team left with faces covered as fans wept and booed. The freefall has taken five years. Now club president and founder P.V. Paul is even contemplating disbanding the club. “It’s not worthwhile fighting in the second division,” he says.The club’s rise and decline have been swift: in the first six months of its creation in 1997, it won the country’s oldest football championship, the Durand Cup, by beating the country’s oldest club, Mohun Bagan, and also reached the finals of three major tournaments. When the first NFL was formed, FCK finished fourth.Extravagance and poor management have been the main reasons for the club’s rapid downfall.Now, the club has hit rock-bottom. Its best players have moved to other clubs, 11 top players leaving during the league season itself.The paucity of talent has left the club’s Czech coach Karel Stromsik lamenting, “With this kind of game and players even Alex Ferguson (famed manager of Manchester United) won’t be able to save the club.”Besides, FCK is said to have run up a loss of Rs 2.5 crore and its coffers are empty. Five players refused to play an NFL game protesting against the non-payment of dues and some players have allegedly not been paid salaries since 2000.Paul, however, alleges a conspiracy: the Kolkata clubs, bent on destroying the new entrant, had lobbied in the All India Football Federation against FCK. A Central Excise Department official, Paul, along with two NRI friends, claims to have invested Rs 2.5 crore in the club.advertisementThe best Indian players and some from abroad were lured with salaries double or three times those of other clubs. They were provided flats and air travel. The first year’s income reportedly crossed Rs 1 crore from sponsorships, and gate collections.The first signs of trouble appeared when club manager and former India player O. Chandrasekharan resigned. “The FCK has always been run unprofessionally and its expenses were difficult to sustain. There was no attempt to build a team,” he says. Soon, all seven members on the FCK board of directors quit following their differences with Paul and the other two trustees.Despite these early warnings the sponsorships continued to rise from Rs 35 lakh in the first year to Rs 65 lakh in the second. When the club slipped to sixth position in the 1999-2000 NFL, the sponsorship fell to Rs 15 lakh, but fourth place in 2000-1 brought back a Rs 28 lakh sponsorship from the UB Group.Time, however, was running out as the player exodus had already begun. Once the club ran up arrears on salaries, the bad news spread.Today, no good player wants to join the club. “Though I wouldn’t accuse Paul of misappropriating funds, bad management and extravagance were evident,” says Thomas Kannukkaadan, NRI and club co-founder.The fall of FC Kochin is a body blow to those who believed the club could provide a model for the eventual professionalisation and progress of Indian football.last_img read more

Sri Lankan WAGS go to school

first_imgIt was only yesterday when half of India blamed Anushka Sharma for a World Cup loss! When only wives or WAGS should also be allowed to accompany Indian players on tour was a hot debate! Australia is still reeling from the debate if WAGS were responsible for the Ashes debacle. India is adopting the Australian policy of only allowing players’ families on select tours.Amidst all of this, Sri Lanka Cricket has no such problem with the players spending all their time with WAGS off the field. They are in fact grooming the women help players meet the demands of modern day sport.As part of a soft skills program featuring eleven areas, one of that involves a program for players’ wives, tutoring them on the history of the sport and ways to help make their men stress free.”We find wives play a major role in lives of players. They also go on tour. They need to understand the pressure that their husband goes through. Little things like knowing what to expect and how they should conduct themselves on tour. We want to continue it on ongoing basis,” SLC interim Chief Sidath Wettimuny says.With Sri Lanka going through a transition phase following the departure of Jayawardena and Sangakkara and increasing number of young cricketers coming from rural areas, not all of them are adequate in terms of etiquette and sometimes remain low on confidence. SLC believes if players’ partners are better equipped to understand the challenges they face, they could boost them on a metal level. “It involves areas like performance life cycle, stress management and nutrition as well. They should know what their husbands need to be fed as well,” adds Sidath.advertisementAlso read: High hopes for fitting end to Sangakkara’s careerThe SLC’ appointed experts would also be looking to help the players’ partners become more aware of the history and tidbits of cricket.So in some ways SLC is helping a Yehali Sangakkara who appeared crestfallen to see her man fail in his farewell series at Galle, not dump her disappointment on him but help lift his spirits when they meet after the day’s play. If that serves the purpose, the experiment is worth trying.last_img read more

Trent Boult ruled out of second Test against Pakistan

first_imgFast bowler Trent Boult has been ruled out of New Zealand’s second Test against Pakistan after feeling discomfort in his right knee during training, the team said on Thursday.The left-arm pace bowler appeared to injure his knee while fielding during the first Test in Christchurch, won by New Zealand by eight wickets, but coach Mike Hesson said he had been suffering from irritation in the joint for several weeks. (Ross Taylor to undergo eye surgery after Hamilton Test against Pakistan)”Trent has had a minor discomfort in his knee dating back to the tour of India, which we’ve been managing in recent weeks,” Hesson said in a statement on Thursday.”Unfortunately he irritated it further while fielding in the first Test. He bowled again and we were optimistic he would be ready for Hamilton, but during training on Wednesday felt further pain and has subsequently been ruled out of the test.”Hesson was still hopeful Boult would be available for their one-day series in Australia in early December, but said he would monitor his progress over the next few days before making a decision.All-rounder Doug Bracewell has joined the squad in Hamilton, with the second Test due to begin on Friday.last_img read more

Yank Homers Beat Orioles, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Power hitting from their aging sluggers and dominant pitching late in the game. It’s been a consistent combination that has the New York Yankees in control of the AL East.Alex Rodriguez hit the 20th homer of his renaissance season, Mark Teixeira connected for an early two-run shot and the first-place Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on July 22 to move 11 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 12, 2013.Ivan Nova ended the first three-start losing streak of his career, and the Yankees won for the eighth time in 10 games. New York (52-41) has played five one-run games since the All-Star break, winning four without scoring more than four runs in any of them.“Our bullpen’s been a rock all year,” Rodriguez said. “Those are the kind of games we’re going to have to win in October, so it’s good that we’re playing well in one-run games.”Dellin Betances struck out two in a perfect eighth inning, and Yankees pitchers retired 14 straight before Andrew Miller gave up a solo homer to Chris Davis with two outs in the ninth.Miller then struck out Jonathan Schoop for his 22nd save in 22 tries, the left-hander’s second in two nights against his former team.“These are important series because it gives you an opportunity to put some distance between you and the clubs in your division,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Ryan Flaherty also homered for the Orioles (46-47), who have dropped 11-of-15.“We know we are capable of better,” Manager Buck Showalter said. “For people who live in a minute-to-minute world, I guess they’re concerned. We’re not.”Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (1-2) flashed a 98 mph fastball in his return from the minors but ran into immediate trouble.The 24-year-old righty, drafted fourth overall out of LSU in 2012, gave up Jacoby Ellsbury’s leadoff double on his fourth pitch. Brett Gardner hit an RBI single, and Teixeira sent his 24th home run to the short porch in right near the 314-foot sign.At that point, Gausman had thrown 12 of 13 pitches for strikes and trailed 3-0. He is 0-5 in his last 11 major league starts.“I was definitely around the middle of the plate too much there in the beginning,” Gausman said. “I know my stuff was good, just had to mix my pitches up better.”Flaherty hit a two-run shot in the third, but Rodriguez — five days shy of his 40th birthday — launched a fifth-inning drive that soared over the Baltimore bullpen and into the front row of the elevated concrete bleachers in left-center.“I wish you get more points for distance, but you don’t. It’s just one point. And tonight it was valuable,” Rodriguez said.STATS estimated the drive at 455 feet. A-Rod’s 674th career home run gave him 16 seasons with at least 20 — his first since 2010. The three-time MVP sat out last season while serving a drug suspension.It also was Rodriguez’s 3,024th hit, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Lou Brock for 24th place.“I was on the record in spring training saying I expected a lot out of him,” Teixeira said. “And he’s showing that I’m the smartest guy in baseball.”Making his fifth start since returning from Tommy John surgery, Nova (2-3) yielded three hits in six innings and got help from his defense.Second baseman Stephen Drew made an outstanding play to rob Davis of a hit in the second, and third baseman Chase Headley came through with a sliding stop near the line to keep runners at second and third in the fifth.Teixeira’s tough pick on Headley’s one-hop throw to first preserved a 3-2 lead.“I can’t say enough about Tex. To me, he’s the MVP of the league on both sides of the ball,” Rodriguez said. “Tonight he drove in four runs — two on offense and two on defense. A lot of times it’s taken for granted because he’s so good and he makes it look so easy.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Projecting the Depth Chart at Quarterback

first_imgI think it is safe to presume that Mason Rudolph is a shoo-in for QB1, but how will the depth chart behind Rudolph play out as we head towards the season? Here’s my thoughts on how the QB competition will shake out:QB4: John Kolar, (R-Fr.)Kolar is entering his second year in Stillwater, and hasn’t stepped on the field … Yet. He redshirted last year and ideally, was able to put on some valuable pounds and gain some experience. However, from his recruiting profile in HS saying he was 6-3, 195lbs. to the current OSU roster, he’s only gained five pounds.He does bring a level of versatility to the QB position with his ability to pull it down and run. But I’m not sure OSU is going to want to trot him out just yet until he puts some more weight on, unfortunately.As far as his goals, he’s just trying to better himself. “My emphasis this summer was just getting better in every aspect,” Kolar told The Oklahoman this week. “Learning more, getting bigger, stronger, faster. And also getting a head start on the mental part of the game.”QB3: Keondre Wudtee, (Fr.)I’m not ruling out that Wudtee won’t play this season, but I think it’s reasonable to have him sit this season and not burn a year of eligibility only to use him in spot duty. Being a summer enrollee, he seems to have come in well prepared and knows the game. But even then, it’s a difficult ask to take over a backup QB position with only a month to really prove yourself.“He understands football,” Gundy told Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. “He has a quick release and gets rid of the ball fast. He’s a true freshman; he’s got a way to go in throwing, just like all of them have ..  I think he’s going to be able to figure out the offense fairly quick, which then allows him to improve at a faster rate because he understands like all of us, if we understand what direction we are going in, we will get there faster.”QB2: Taylor Cornelius, (R-Soph.)The Oil Baron is the only player here with true game experience, sans Mr. Rudolph. And despite his added dimension to be mobile like Wudtee, I think gaining the trust and learning the offense is something that is overlooked. The coaches have trusted him to hit the field before, so I think the path for Cornelius to assume the QB2 role is nearly paved. He’s had an entire spring and summer to prove he is ready, whereas Wudtee was a summer enrollee, which didn’t exactly play in his favor.QB1: Mason Rudolph (Jr.)No surprise here to expect QB1 to stay QB1. Not only is he QB1 between the 20’s, but if Taylor Cornelius does indeed become QB2, that likely means the coaches aren’t preparing for a Walsh goal-line package using Kolar/Wudtee. He’ll have the reigns all over the field — Which means we should see a lot of this on goal-to-go situations:Rudolph ➡️ Seales. #okstate pic.twitter.com/8ou1U3aidp— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 6, 2016 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

10 months agoGenoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa president Enrico Preziosi has expressed interest in Sporting CP midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro only left Juventus last summer.Preziosi said, “We need a pair of quality players in midfield, and we’ve made an offer for [Empoli’s Rade] Krunic.“Stefano Sturaro is an idea we have and I’m convinced he could come. He’ll cost us a bit, but he’s an investment.“He won’t be ready for a month or two, because he’s got a problem with his achilles, but he wants to re-launch with us. last_img read more

PM Launches Project to Assist Youth in Majesty Gardens

first_imgSeveral unemployed young persons from Majesty Gardens in South West St. Andrew are to benefit from the implementation of a training and income generating initiative, valued at just under $12 million.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Tuesday, May 14, launched the ‘Income Generating Opportunities for Unemployed Young People through Linkages with Established Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)’ project, at the St. Andrew Settlement in Majesty Gardens, Kingston.The Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), in collaboration with the St. Andrew Settlement, will execute the project, which is being sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding support from the European Union Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP).The Prime Minister encouraged beneficiaries to take full advantage of the opportunities for self development. She told them that through participation in the project, they will be embarking on a path that could change their lives forever.“Not long from now, I want to hear of exporters graduating from this programme,” Mrs. Simpson Miller told the participants.She urged them to pay attention to the training and never give up, no matter how difficult it gets.“You are on a path and you are destined for success. No matter what, no matter how frustrating it might become, continue your programme and ensure you graduate. It is critical. It is about self development. You must be able to stand tall and shoulder to shoulder with people anywhere in the world,” the Prime Minister added.The project will provide vocational training and internships for persons between the ages of 18 and 35 in areas such as creative craft from recyclable materials, and traditional craft; dressmaking; tailoring; crochet making and design; woodwork and carpentry; and jewellery making.The beneficiaries will also be exposed to business readiness training, which include basic accounting and record keeping, marketing and sales, inventory management as well as basic computer applications, to equip them to carry out basic research and communication on the internet. They will also receive training in business communication, office deportment and etiquette skills.Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said the project is expected to be implemented over a five-month period.In the meantime, General Manager of the JEA, Jean Smith, said the objective of the project is to provide support for young people in Majesty Gardens.“We anticipate that these beneficiaries, through the empowerment tools and the programmes that will be provided, will be able to contribute in a more meaningful way to the development of their families and to their communities and also to the wider society, both in terms of the Industrial community here on Spanish Town Road and to the wider Jamaica,” she said.The original target number was 25 young persons. However, JEA President, Andrew Collins, informed that this target has already been exceeded, explaining that in several instances the training sessions have close to 50 persons.“This speaks to the desire of our young people to acquire income generating knowledge and skills, which can make them workplace ready or which can be used to become young entrepreneurs,” Mr. Collins said.“We are convinced that at the end of the programme we will have some beneficiaries entering the export sector, either as entrepreneurs or through employment in existing export companies,” he said.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Government Launches Business Development Program

first_imgThe province is launching a pilot program to help small businesses get started and existing businesses expand. The Nova Scotia Business Development Pilot Program will encourage business start-ups, and provide help through qualified consultants for business operators to review and assess their practices and develop new approaches to ensure success. This program will run from Nov. 1 to June 30, 2009, with an estimated budget of $600,000. “The government’s commitment to sustainable prosperity for Nova Scotia, means helping small and medium-sized businesses grow and prosper,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “This program will provide additional help to encourage business start-ups and ensure businesses continue to thrive.” Government assistance for eligible business activity includes: training and recruitment; market research and business-plan development; advertising and promotional plans; visual-merchandising techniques and fiscal-management tools. “We are excited about this program, particularly for communities in rural Nova Scotia that have a lot of talent and expertise, but sometimes lack the necessary resources to encourage start-up business,” said Sandra Phinney, co-owner, Parnell-Phinney Productions, Yarmouth. “I expect that this program will compliment and strengthen business initiatives such as mine, across Nova Scotia.” Rebates for approved services for start-ups and existing businesses will be made at 50 per cent of total costs, to a maximum of $10,000. Special rebates of 75 per cent of total service costs, up to a maximum of $12,000 per applicant, will be made available to groups participating in the same activity. To apply for the program or for more information, visit your local Department of Economic Development office or www.gov.ns.ca/econ . Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.last_img read more

Province Seeking Input on Foreignworker Regulations

first_imgA discussion paper seeking input on regulations to protect foreign workers was released today, Jan. 16. Amendments to the Labour Standards Code were introduced in spring 2011 to protect foreign workers from activities such as recruiters charging fees and workers arriving to find conditions and compensation changed from what was originally agreed upon. “The legislation we introduced will help better protect some of our most vulnerable workers,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “These regulations are the next step and we’d like to hear from all interested parties before they are put in place.” The discussion paper covers several topics, including: After compiling feedback from the discussion paper, the department will finalize the regulations. Once the regulations are in place, all of the amendments will be proclaimed and come into full effect. A copy of the discussion paper is available at www.gov.ns.ca/lae. For information call 1-888-315-0110. The deadline for submissions and comments is Feb. 3. categories of workers to be included recruiter licensing employer registration protection of foreign workers’ wages and benefits record keepinglast_img read more

BCled research aims to help people with spinal cord injuries get fit

first_imgVANCOUVER – People with spinal cord injuries now have a set of exercise guidelines for maintaining heart health to match those offered to the general population decades ago.Kathleen Martin Ginis, a researcher at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, led an international committee that recommends 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise, three times a week, for people with spinal cord injuries.That’s compared with 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every week for others, as recommended by the World Health Organization.Martin Ginis said the new guidelines are in addition to recommendations she helped come up with in 2011 for people with spinal cord injuries through her work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.She will present her latest research on Thursday in Dublin at the annual meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society.Martin Ginis worked with a team that included participants from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and the United States. Their research will be published this week in the journal Spinal Cord.Besides her own work, the team analyzed 211 studies examining the effects exercise on cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, bone health, body composition and cardiovascular risk factors for people with spinal cord injuries.That population faces significant barriers when it comes to exercise, starting with transportation if they aim to get to a gym, let alone trying to navigate their wheelchairs on sidewalks without ramps, Martin Ginis said in an interview from Dublin.Gyms often exclude people with disabilities, but could accommodate them with adaptable equipment and knowledgeable staff, she said.“If there are ways to get into a facility there are ways to adapt standard exercise equipment for people with spinal cord injuries, at least for strength training,” Martin Ginis said.“We’ve got lots of anecdotal accounts of people with spinal cord injuries being turned away because the people at the gyms or the recreation centres don’t know what to do with them.”People with disabilities often have to pay extra if they come with an assistant to help them with equipment, she said.Martin Ginis called the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ont., the “gold standard” of gyms because of its inclusive programming that includes arm ergometers, or so-called arm bikes, included in spin classes.“It means they don’t have to request for someone to pull an arm ergometer in and make a big fuss out of it. The aerobics classes are integrated classes so people with all abilities will take an exercise class together with the same instructor,” she said.The centre was a special project of former Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty, whose son John had health challenges after contracting encephalitis as an infant.Martin Ginis said about six gyms in Canada are dedicated to people with spinal cord injuries, in cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., and that most are affiliated with universities.Brad Skeats, 43, works out at the Physical Activity Research Centre gym, a Vancouver facility led by researchers at the International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries, or ICORD.His spinal cord was injured 20 years ago when he worked in a sporting goods store and a co-worker ran up from behind and tried to piggy back himself for fun.“It was a pretty crazy, flukey accident. He landed on me the wrong way and that snapped my neck.”Skeats, who went on to compete in wheelchair racing from 2000 to 2010, has a personal trainer and works out three times a week at the dedicated gym that was built in 2012.Finding accessible space was a big challenge before that, even for someone with a sports background, he said.Jasmin Ma, who collects data at the ICORD gym as a PhD student and is a personal trainer for people with spinal cord injuries, said some of her clients are surprised to hear they would be able to do aerobic exercise.“There are a lot of fabulous ways you can do an exercise. It’s just a matter of finding out how you can do it for your specific situation.”She said people who may not have grip strength, for example, could use grip-resistant gloves or “active hands.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Saskatchewan man acquitted of threatening to shoot Trudeau and blow up Parliament

first_imgNIPAWIN, Sask. — A Saskatchewan man accused of threatening to shoot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and blow up the Parliament Buildings has been acquitted.David Petersen, who is 53, faced a charge of uttering threats over the phone to a government worker on Feb. 12.Judge Hugh Harradence told Nipawin provincial court on Tuesday that he had reasonable doubt Petersen uttered the threats with intention.Harradence said he believed the employee who took the call was sincere in trying to recall the conversation, but there was no recording or notes taken immediately after the call.Petersen, who elected to defend himself, argued the whole case stemmed from a foolish conversation with someone he didn’t know.Last March, he intended to plead guilty to the charges to get them out of the way.But Judge Inez Cardinal wouldn’t accept Petersen’s plea after he said he didn’t believe he was guilty.“I was scared as hell and I didn’t know what to expect,” Petersen said outside court Tuesday about the acquittal.“I wasn’t trying to guess ahead of anything, but I’m not surprised.”Paul Sveinson, a collection content officer for the Canada Revenue Agency, testified last week that he and Petersen talked about 10 times between October 2018 and the Feb. 12 call. He said Petersen sounded depressed and distraught during the last call and brought up Trudeau’s name after no previous mentions of politics.Sveinson recalled Petersen’s exact words as being: “Between you and me, I’d like to take a shot at Trudeau” and “I don’t want to be the guy that goes and blows up Parliament.”Sveinson added the sad, quick demeanour of Petersen’s voice caused him concern for Petersen’s well-being, which resulted in Sveinson contacting a department manager.The employee also testified the call had initially been about Petersen’s life insurance and that caused Sveinson to believe it was a suicide call.Harradence said there was a hole in the evidence about how Trudeau and the Parliament Buildings came into conversation. “Context is critical,” Harradence said.The trial also saw video of Const. Tanner Gillies from the Saskatchewan National Security Enforcement Section interviewing Petersen.Petersen told Gillies during the interview the “take a shot” comment meant he would punch Trudeau in the nose if he was in front of him, not shoot him. He said he wouldn’t shoot Trudeau due to a moral belief that killing another human is wrong.Gillies said in court that while Petersen appeared stressed and was sober, he didn’t think he was a threat to Trudeau. (CJVR)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Schultz faces hometown protests as he eyes 2020 bid

SEATTLE — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has faced a rocky reception since he announced last weekend that he’s considering an independent presidential bid – and it’s not clear his welcome will be any warmer when he brings his book tour to his hometown of Seattle on Thursday.At least two ardent constituencies are planning to protest outside the theatre where Schultz is scheduled to speak: Democrats who fret his candidacy would hand President Donald Trump another term, and green-and-gold-bedecked basketball fans who haven’t forgiven him for selling the Seattle SuperSonics to a group that moved the team to Oklahoma City more than a decade ago.“Howard and his public relations people may not be thinking clearly about what the reception is going to be,” said Adam Brown, who produced “Sonicsgate,” a 2009 documentary about the team’s sale. “It’s going to be a lot of Sonics fans reminding him how he betrayed the city.”The 65-year-old billionaire and Democratic donor, who stepped down as Starbucks chairman last June, has been on a tour of talk shows and news interviews the past few days, coinciding with the release of his latest book, “From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America.”He said he doesn’t intend to decide whether to run for president for several months, but the reaction from prominent Democrats has been swift. The party chairwoman in Washington state, top advisers to former President Barack Obama and the most powerful political action committee in Democratic politics are among those who have criticized him, saying an independent bid would likely split the opposition to Trump and make his re-election more likely.At an appearance in Arizona on Wednesday he said he would “not do anything to be a so-called spoiler” who hands the 2020 race to Trump.In Seattle, where 92 per cent of voters cast ballots against Trump in 2016, helping get him re-elected might be even less popular than selling off a beloved sports franchise.Chris Petzold, a Democratic activist from the Seattle suburb of Issaquah, organized the protest Thursday. She said she remains sad about the Sonics departure, but the protest isn’t about that.“Now is not the time to risk getting another four years with Donald Trump as president,” Petzold said. “If you want to fix it, why not fix it from within the system, instead of being your arrogant billionaire self? He’s just buying his way into this.”Schultz has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to be responsible for Trump’s re-election, but that he believes there is a way to unite a significant portion of the public that identifies with neither major party.In an opinion piece published Wednesday in The Seattle Times, Schultz acknowledged that he has a “complicated” relationship with Seattle, a city he first fell in love with during a visit to Pike Place Market in 1981. It’s the city where he grew a small coffee-roasting company into an inescapable global chain, where he and his wife raised their two children, and where the couple still lives.Along the way he made Starbucks one of the first U.S. companies to offer stock options and health insurance even to part-time employees; more recently, it partnered with Arizona State University to cover tuition for workers who want to earn their bachelor’s degrees online.In 2001, Schultz led a group of investors in buying the Sonics and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm for $200 million. Due partly to an unfavourable lease deal and the small size of KeyArena, where the team played, the Sonics were losing millions of dollars a year.After being rebuffed by the Legislature in his efforts to win public funding to remodel the venue, Schultz sold the team for $350 million to the group that moved it to Oklahoma City and renamed it the Thunder. The Sonics were Seattle’s oldest professional sports franchise and the first Seattle team to win a national title since the Seattle Metropolitans won hockey’s Stanley Cup in 1917.In his Seattle Times piece, Schultz apologized.“I was so focused on getting myself and others out of a money-losing situation that I made a bad choice and failed to follow a principle that helped me grow Starbucks, which is to try to balance profit with humanity,” he wrote. “Selling the Sonics is the biggest regret of my professional life. … I do not expect my actions to be forgiven or forgotten.”Some Sonics fans considered the apology long overdue — not to mention suspect, given that it coincided with the announcement of his presidential musings.Schultz’s politics aren’t necessarily going to win him many fans in his liberal hometown, either.In Seattle, voters rarely see a tax increase they don’t like; Schultz has called for entitlement reform and branded the calls of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats for big tax increases on the ultra-rich “ridiculous.”Seattle was one of the first U.S. cities to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage; Schultz opposed it, fearing it would cost jobs. The law remains popular, and economists say it has raised pay without any real impact on employment.Schultz’s consideration of a presidential run even drew a rebuke from a fellow Seattle billionaire, early Amazon investor and outspoken liberal Nick Hanauer.“What Howard calls ‘centrism’ is just trickle-down economics_tax cuts for the rich, de-regulation for the powerful, and wage suppression for everyone else,” Hanauer tweeted.Gene Johnson, The Associated Press read more

Security Council deplores attempted assassination of Timorese leader

Mr. Ramos-Horta is in a serious condition in hospital in Australia after earlier undergoing surgery following the shooting at his home. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão was not injured in a separate attack on his motorcade, but the fugitive leader Alfredo Reinado was killed in fighting, according to the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).In a statement read out by Ambassador Ricardo Alberto Arias of Panama, which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member panel, Council members condemned both attacks “on the legitimate institutions of Timor-Leste.“The Security Council calls on the Government of Timor-Leste to bring to justice those responsible for this heinous act, and urges all parties in Timor-Leste to cooperate actively with the authorities.”The presidential statement also stressed that all Timorese should exercise restraint and maintain stability in the weeks ahead and urged the country’s political parties to resolve any disputes they have through political and peaceful means only.In addition, it endorsed the Government’s efforts to strengthen democracy and ensure public security and stability.This morning’s attacks were also deplored by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in a statement and by Finn Reske-Nielsen, his Acting Special Representative to the country. UN Police in Timor-Leste remain on high alert and are coordinating with Timorese authorities and with the International Security Forces (ISF).Mr. Reinado had been the target of investigations by the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste, set up to examine the deadly violence that erupted in the tiny nation in April-May 2006. It found the major and his group were reasonably suspected of committing crimes during the fighting.The 2006 crisis, attributed in part to differences between Timor-Leste’s eastern and western regions, began in April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the overall armed forces. Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drive 155,000 people, or about 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes. The Security Council created UNMIT in August that year to help restore stability. 11 February 2008The Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in condemning the attempt to assassinate Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta during an attack on his residence in the fledgling Asian country’s capital, Dili, this morning. read more

Africas efforts to tackle climate change receive 92 million boost – UN

29 May 2008The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan today announced a new $92 million initiative to help Africa adapt to global warming. “Climate change is one of the most critical issues that governments and citizens around the world need to address,” said Olav Kjorven, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Bureau for Development Policy.The programme, announced today during the high-level Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), will be launched in August.The UNDP/Japan initiative seeks to help governments revise their current anti-poverty strategies to come into line with climate change’s potential effects on development.“As a result of climate change, many African countries will experience increased water scarcity and worsened health and food security,” Mr. Kjorven said, stressing that global warming threatens economic and social progress.“Unless we act now, climate change may threaten everything we will attempt to achieve in the future,” he added.Of the $92 million, $11 million will be allocated to projects in collaboration with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).UNDP and Japan have joined forces in the past on successful projects, in countries such as Afghanistan and Sudan and in the areas affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. read more

UNHRC to discuss Rapporteurs report on Sri Lanka on Monday

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to discuss a report on Sri Lanka on Monday.The UNHRC is to consider the report of the former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers by the new mandate holder, Diego García-Sayán, on his mission to Sri Lanka. The visit was conducted jointly with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez.In addition to visiting Colombo, the Special Rapporteur travelled to Anuradhapura, Jaffna and Kandy. The Rapporteur met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Justice, the Minister for Law and Order and the Minister for Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs; the Governors of the Central, North Central and Northern Provinces; and representatives of the Judicial Service Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the Legal Aid Commission, the National Police Commission and the Judges’ Institute. She also held meetings with the Chief Justice and judges from all tiers, the Attorney-General and State counsels, representatives of the Sri Lanka Bar Association, lawyers, academics, representatives of civil society and members of the diplomatic community. (Colombo Gazette) The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, visited Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016, at the invitation of the Government, to assess the situation and remaining challenges concerning the independence of judges, prosecutors and lawyers and the proper administration of justice. The report is to be discussed on Monday during the ongoing session of the UNHRC in Geneva. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 22 January 2016

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 20

Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals. read more

Women are told by bosses to wear more makeup and put on

first_imgWomen are being told by their bosses to put on more make-up, and wear high heels and short skirts to work, research has found.One in five women said they felt that their bosses paid more attention to their appearance than they did to their male colleagues, a survey by law firm Slater and Gordon found.Seven per cent of women said their bosses had urged them to wear high heels in the office or with clients because it made them “more appealing”, while eight per cent were told to wear more make-up so they “looked prettier”. Woman putting on make-up It comes after one receptionist said she was sent home from her job at an accountancy firm for wearing flat shoes.  The survey asked 2,000 employees about how they felt their appearance was judged in the workplace.Nearly half of men said their dress code was more clearly defined than women’s and less likely to draw comment. The survey claimed 28 per cent of women reported they had been advised that changing their appearance would be “better for business” while 13 per cent said they had decided to flaunt more flesh at work after suggestions by more senior employees to vamp up their appearance.In contrast over half of men said they had never received comments about their appearance and just three per cent had occasionally been told to dress smarter by their senior colleagues.Current UK employment law states a dress code can be used but this is usually imposed for health and safety reasons, or to promote a particular image, for example, of smartness and efficiency. Nicola Thorp said she was sent home for not wearing heels when working as a receptionistCredit:Adam Gray /SWNS Nicola Thorp with a pair of high heelscenter_img Some bosses tell female staff to wear more make-up, the survey foundCredit:Getty In 2016 there is absolutely no expectation that women in business should wear make-up or high heels in order to be smartly dressedJosephine Van Lierop, lawyer It must not be discriminatory on protected grounds such as gender or religious belief, and disabled employees have the right to have adjustments made to alleviate disadvantage.Employment lawyer Josephine Van Lierop said: “Under current UK employment law employers cannot treat one person less favourably because of their gender but there is no legislation to prevent employers from treating men and women differently in relation to dress code.”Employers will argue that men and women must be dressed smartly or well groomed for a person of their gender.”However, in 2016 there is absolutely no expectation that women in business should wear make-up or high heels in order to be smartly dressed. Imposing this expectation on women only is arguably unlawful sex discrimination.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more