The multi-department investigation into the arbitrary allotment of properties worth hundreds of crores in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack has made little progress with there being a concerted attempt to hush up the matter involving the high and mighty, a civil society group here alleged on Monday. After the Comptroller and Auditor General of India reported massive irregularities in allotment of land, houses and flats by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority, the Cuttack Development Authority, the Odisha State Housing Board and the General Administration Department, the State government had constituted a task force under the chairmanship of Taradatt, former Additional Chief Secretary, to review the allotments in 2014. Within the mandated four-month period, the task force came up with damning findings on how the discretionary quota system was misused to favour many influential persons, including journalists, politicians and officers and recommended cancellation of the allotments. The State Cabinet approved the recommendation and in December 2014 directed that modalities for its implementation be framed. The government finalised the modalities on May 6, 2015. The State vigilance department also carried out its own probe. “Now more than three years have passed and only 11 of the 732 allotments made by BDA have been cancelled, and in most cases the hearing is continuing. The CDA had served show-cause notices to 1,091 allottees on grounds of multiple allotments. Only 12 allotments have been cancelled,” alleged Pradip Pradhan of the Odisha Soochna Adhikar Abhijan who had painstakingly collected information exercising the RTI Act. Mr. Pradhan said the OSHB had served show-cause notices to 66 people who got properties using discretionary power, but not a single property had been cancelled. Activists have demanded that the matter be handed over to the CBI and a White Paper be presented in the coming session of the State Assembly.
MOST READ In 1994, he won the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre world heavyweight title. Gonzalez competed in World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000, and during 2001-2006 used the ring name Black Tiger III. He went back to being Silver King after he was unmasked during a 2006 match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Gonzalez was struggling to stand up from the first flooring when another blow from Juventud Guerrera sent him sprawling back down front first, the Press Association said. The victorious Young Warrior pinned Silver King and started celebrating his win, the news agency said.Attendee Roberto Carrera Maldonado told the BBC the wrestler’s condition initially appeared “staged” as part of the fight, before efforts were made to revive him and the audience was cleared from the venue.“All of us were really shocked. It wasn’t clear what was happening,” Maldonado said. “I had the impression they didn’t know what to do.”The London Ambulance Service said medics arrived five minutes after they were called to the Roundhouse on Saturday, but the patient was pronounced dead at the scene.Gonzalez was the son of well-known Mexican wrestler who performed as Dr. Wagner, and one of his brothers is luchador Dr. Wagner Jr. He made his professional debut in the mid-1980s and worked for promoters in Mexico and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In this image made from video taken on Saturday, May 11, 2019, The Silver King, right, talks to the camera with fan Mark van der Enden at the Roundhouse in London. A fan of a wrestler and actor who died after collapsing on stage mid-performance in London shared the moment he got to meet his idol earlier that afternoon. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, also known by his wrestling title of Silver King, died of a suspected heart attack at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden on Saturday night, promoters said. (@estefyunvin via AP)LONDON — A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the film comedy “Nacho Libre” died in London after he collapsed during a match that a witness described as so elaborately staged it wasn’t immediately clear something seriously was wrong.Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled with the ring name Silver King, was one of the featured wrestlers of “The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre” on Saturday night. The north London performance venue, the Roundhouse, tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday that the 51-year-old “sadly lost his life” during the event.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lucha Libre World, which promoted the Roundhouse event, said in a statement the lucha libre star “suffered what we believe was a cardiac arrest while performing in the show and sadly passed away.”Gonzalez appeared as a champion wrestler and comic villain in the 2006 movie “Nacho Libre”, which starred Jack Black as a monk who wants to be a masked luchador. Lucha libre is a popular form of wrestling in Mexico that features colorful masks, elaborate costumes and acrobatic techniques.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe description of the show on the Roundhouse’s website said the “awesome and immense Silver King” would take to the ring “portraying his villainous character, the evil rudo Ramses from his role” in the movie.Britain’s Press Association reported that Gonzalez’s opponent, Juventud Guerrera (Spanish for “Youth Warrior”) knocked him to the canvas twice. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kawhi Leonard for the win as Raptors escape 76ers for East finals ticket Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments
Bhubaneswar, Apr 25 (PTI) Gold medal winners at Indian Grand Prix, Odisha sprinters Srabani Nanda and Amiya Mallick might not qualify for the Rio Olympics due to manual time recording and two BJD MPs from the state today said they will raise the matter in Rajya Sabha tomorrow. “I have already served notice to the Rajya Sabha authorities to raise the matter during the Zero Hour. Both Nanda and Mallick should not have been denied the opportunity. This is most unfortunate that there is politics in sports,” Rajya Sabha MP and former Indian Hockey captain Dillip Tirkey told a local television channel. Another BJD MP Bhupinder Singh, a former Odisha sports minister, also wrote to the Union Sports Minister demanding re-test of running of both Nanda and Mallick. “I will join Tirkey in the Rajya Sabha,” Singh said. India Grand Prix, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications. Mallick and Nanda were credited with incredible hand-timings of 10.09secs and 11.23 secs to win the mens and womens 100m sprint races. The Rio qualifications norms are 10.16 secs and 11.32 secs. Both Odisha MPs expressed displeasure over the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Delhi State Athletics Associations (DSAA) ways of handling the qualifying events. Nilamadhav Deo, the coach of both the players, said “This is injustice. The authorities cannot discourage the players, instead of encouraging them.” PTI AAM DKB ATK RGDadvertisement
Bengaluru, May 7 (PTI) Scoreboard at the end of the Bengaluru, May 7 (PTI) Scoreboard at the end of the Rising Pune Supergiants innings against RCB in an IPL encounter, here today. ScoreboardRising Pune Supergiants A Rahaneb Watson74 U Khawaja run out 16 S Tiwaryst Rahul b Chahal52 MS Dhoni c Rasool b Watson9 T Pererac Watson b Jordan14 G Baileyc Rahul b Watson0 R Bhatianot out9 R Ashwinnot out10 Extras (lb-1, w-6)7Total (6 wickets; 20 overs)191 Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-132, 3-144, 4-171, 5-171, 6-174Bowling: Binny 2-0-17-0, Rasool 3-0-37-0, Jordan 4-0-43-1, Watson 4-0-24-3, Aaron3-0-31-0, Chahal 4-0-38-1. (MORE) PTI KHS KHS
Paul Pogba is “coming good” after shaking the pressure which accompanied an £89 million ($166m) transfer to Manchester United, says Wes Brown.Much was expected of the midfielder when he returned to Old Trafford for a second spell in the summer of 2016.He has struggled for consistency at times over the last couple of seasons, leading to regular questioning of his on and off-field activity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pogba is, however, now a World Cup winner with France and is being backed to take his game to even greater heights as a more mature performer.Former United defender Brown told 888sport of the 25-year-old: “Pogba came back to United with this great expectation, that he had to show the world how good he is straight away.“A lot of pressure comes with that.“With that out of the way he’s coming good, though we all know he can do even better.“This season, especially after the World Cup that he’s had, he’s going to start expressing himself a lot more.”While Pogba is expected to remain an important figure for United in 2018-19, doubts have been cast over the future of a fellow Frenchman.Anthony Martial is sparking plenty of summer exit talk, as deadline day approaches, and Brown concedes that a man who has struggled to win over Jose Mourinho could be on his way.He added on the 22-year-old forward: “I like Anthony Martial. I think he’s a great talent and he’s young.“But he’s not been playing so maybe he and the manager don’t get on and maybe he’s not doing what the manager is asking. Ultimately that’s what the players have to do. You have to listen to your manager.“He didn’t play many times last year so looking from the outside it doesn’t look good. He might be off.”Several clubs across Europe have been linked with a move for Martial, including Chelsea and Tottenham, but a switch to German giants Bayern Munich has been ruled out.
The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has backed the continuation of Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian team.The CAC – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in London Thursday evening shortly after India’s match vs Sri Lanka.WATCH VIDEOIndia Today can confirm that the advisory committee which appointed Kumble as coach for 12-month period in 2016 firmly backs him to continue. Kumble’s current contract expires on June 20, two days after the Champions Trophy ends .Five other candidates – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh – were also shortlisted for an interview for the position of India coach.Kumble re – applied despite the BCCI’S directive stating he would get a direct entry into the pool.The advisory committee will hold further discussions with skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian board .Kohli was reportedly not happy with Kumble’s intimidating approach in the dressing-room but the India skipper dismissed any reports of rifts and said it was mere speculation.It also emerges that Sehwag is the second best choice to take over as the new coach.India are currently in the middle of their Champions Trophy campaign. The defending champions won their opening match against Pakistan by 124 runs on Sunday before going down to a a spirited Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the second game at The Oval on Thursday.
Pakistan batting legend recalled the moment when Mohammad Azharuddin’s advice helped him score a double hundred in a Test match in England in 2016. Younis, Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket, was struggling in England when he got a call from Azhar, who offered him a simple piece of advice.Only a very arrogant man would have turned down good advice from a batsman like Azhar and Younis is a wise man, who knew he needed good advice at that point. He listened to the former India captain and scored a hundred.The two faced off at Salaam Cricket 2018 and the mutual respect was evident.Younis said he had been an Azharuddin fan since his first tour against India in Sharjah.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”My first tour against India was in Sharjah and I have been following Azharuddin since then. We couldn’t play much after that but I have learnt a lot from him and even during my captaincy, I tried to learn from him.Also read – India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees”Two years ago, when I was struggling, Azhar bhai gave me a piece advice and that helped me score 200 against England in my last Test,” Younis said. “(Back then) I got a lot of criticism by the end of my career but Azhar bhai called me and told me that batsmen also use the crease and he asked me to try it in the nets. He did not force me into it but asked me to try and I did and that helped me.”Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says HarbhajanadvertisementAzhar said he just reciprocated after a similarly nice gesture from Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas.”I told him whatever I had learnt in England and I think he implemented it.”In 1989, I was dropped from the first Test but there were no regrets because I was not batting very well. But Zaheer Abbas came to our nets session and he asked why I could not score. Then I told him what the problem was and he asked me to change my grip – I tried it but it felt a little strange. But he was one of my idols and tried it in the nets. After that, when I played a Test, I scored some runs and took five catches and my place was sealed. After changing my grip, my game changed completely.Also read – Muralitharan switched to off spin after trying pace and leg break”I had given Younis advice but Zaheer bhai had also given me sound advice years ago,” Azhar said.
MS Dhoni on Wednesday sported an army badge on his wicketkeeping gloves to show his respect for the Indian Army but his gesture later sparked a controversy as the International Cricket Council (ICC) objected to the symbol on the former Indian captain’s gloves.In recent development, the ICC has turned down BCCI’s request to allow MS Dhoni to wear an army crest on his wicket-keeping gloves.There are a series of views on MS Dhoni’s gloves with the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces but here we take a look at what the official ICC guidelines say about players’ clothing and equipment.”Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear,display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or other items affixed to clothing or equipment (“Personal Messages”) unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department,” reads one of the ICC guidelines.Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political,religious or racial activities or causes.The ICC shall have the final say in determining whether any such message is approved.”In order for any Logo or Personal Message to be ICC Approved for use in any match or series of matches to which these Regulations apply, the party seeking approval must apply to ICC for the grant of such approval and such approval must have been granted in advance of the commencement of the match or series in question.””Once a Logo or Personal Message has been ICC Approved for any relevant match or series of matches, such approval shall remain effective for all other applicable matches and series thereafter until either.”advertisementIndia will next take on Australia at th World Cup 2019 on June 9.Also Read | BCCI unlikely to contest ICC decision on MS Dhoni glovesAlso Read | Pakistan players wanted retaliatory celebration against India, PCB says noAlso See
We are 25 percent through the season and now seems like a good time to check up on how the OSU safeties have performed up to this point in the season.For the most part, this group has played very well. Going up against the defending national champs and No. 1 ranked team, it would be reasonable, and understandable, to assume that these safeties would be exposed.However, that was not the case. The group exceeded expectations against the Seminoles and that confidence of knowing they can go out there and compete carried over into the Missouri State and UTSA games.In the past few seasons, OSU has had some freakish safeties lining up on defense terrorizing opposing offenses. I think it’s safe to say this year’s group will rise to the occasion and do the same.So, without further a do, here’s how I ranked the safeties through the first three games of the season:1. Jordan SternsSterns has been a pleasant surprise on this team. He only has three starts under his belt, but he doesn’t play like you would expect a young, inexperienced safety to play.As I’ve said before, Sterns is a ball hawk and is always in position to make a play. A good combination of size and speed means Sterns is a dangerous threat for opposing offenses. By season’s end, Sterns will most likely be top three on the team in total tackles.2. Larry StephensStephens is the lone upperclassmen out of the safeties. He doesn’t have a great deal of game experience from past seasons, but he’s been in the program going on five years now and will be looked upon to provide leadership to the younger players. 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! Stephens seems very comfortable with the defensive schemes and will play a big role in making sure the secondary is aware of its assignments at all times.3. Tre FlowersFlowers is a long, athletic recruit out of the 2013 signing class. After redshirting last season, Cowboys fans got a good first look at Flowers when he played significant minutes against FSU.Flowers typically comes into the game on third down passing situations, where his size and speed make it difficult for quarterbacks to find an open window on his side of the field.Other safeties that have logged some playing time this season include Jerel Morrow, Deric Robertson and Dylan Harding.Because these three underclassmen have played so sparingly — and in garbage time at that — it’s hard to get a good ranking on them.However, there’s no denying that these guys are athletes, and it’s reassuring to know that the safety position has started developing some depth, even if most of them are inexperienced.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.
From beautiful toilets to space missions, PM Modi delivers first Mann Ki Baat this year | 10 pointsPM Modi’s first radio address this year comes just a day after India celebrated the 70th Republic Day. In his address, PM Modi touched a lot of topics ranging from space missions to maintaining hygiene through use of toilets.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 14:40 IST It was the first radio address of 2019 by PM Modi. (Photo: Twitter/All India Radio News)HIGHLIGHTSIn his address, PM Modi paid a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and said that Netaji shared a deep bond with RadioThe Prime Minister said he will interact with the students from all over the country on January 29 in the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programmePM Modi said that India is moving away from open defecation more than 5,50,000 villages and 600 districts have declared themselves open defecation freePrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the country in the 52nd episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.It is the first radio address of 2019.PM Modi’s first radio address this year comes just a day after India celebrated the 70th Republic Day.In his address, PM Modi touched a lot of topics ranging from space missions to maintaining hygiene through use of toilets.He talked about various leaders of the country including Netaji and Bapu, praising their legacy and dreams for a better India.He also announced the inauguration of the Kranti Mandir museum inside the Red Fort.PM Modi also sought to address the issue of stress during examinations and announced that he would take suggestions and ideas on the same.He also talked about godman Shivakumara Swami ji who passed away recently. He praised his grit and determination to better the Indian society.Here are top 10 points to take from the prime minister’s address:Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Shri Shri Shri Shivakumar Swami ji who passed away earlier this month at the age of 111 years.During the address, PM Modi said, “We received a sad piece of news this month. Shivakumara Swami ji left us for his heavenly abode.” He also said that Swami ji dedicated his entire life for the service of society and spent the 111 years of his life working for the social, educational welfare of thousands of people.PM Modi said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam had paid a visit to Tumukur in 2007 on the occasion of the centenary celebration of Sri Sri Sri Shivakumar Swami ji and even recited a poem dedicated to Swami ji.Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the scientists in the country saying, “Today, our space programme is powered by several young scientists”.”We must take pride in the fact that the satellites developed by our students are reaching the space today. On 24 January Kalam SAT, created by our students, was launched,” he said.The Prime Minister expressed pride and said that India has also created a world record for launching 104 satellites simultaneously from the same spacecraft. He said that the country will soon register India’s presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign.The prime minister paid a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”For many years, it was being demanded that the files related to Netaji be made public and I am happy that we fulfilled this demand.”He also said that Subhash Babu will always be remembered as a heroic soldier.”He played an important role in the freedom struggle. With the slogans, ‘Dilli Chalo’,’Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazadi doonga’, he awakened every Indian,” Modi said.In his address, PM Modi described Radio as an effective means of connecting with people. He said that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose shared a deep bond with Radio and chose this medium to converse with the people.PM Modi also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his address.”January 30 is the death anniversary of revered Bapu. At 11 am, the country will pay homage to the martyrs,” he said.PM Modi also said, “Wherever we are, we must pay two-minute tribute to our martyrs. We must remember our revered Bapu and take a vow to fulfill his dreams.”The prime minister also said he will interact with the students from all over the country on Tuesday (January 29) in the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programme.He said he will touch upon all facets of examinations, especially on the topic of stress free exams. He urged the students to send inputs and ideas with regard to this programme.PM Modi expressed happiness that India is moving away from open defecation, so that nation may pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.He said that more than 5,50,000 villages and 600 districts have declared themselves open defecation free and sanitation coverage has crossed 98 per cent limit in rural India whereas toilets have been provided to nearly nine crore households.PM Modi said, “I appeal to all the Sarpanchs to take lead in this campaign in their respective Panchayats. And do share your “clean beautiful toilet” photos with me on #MylzzatGhar.”He also said that the Shining Toilet contest has seen participation from more than 50 lakh toilets over the past month.The Prime Minister fondly remembered Sant Ravidas whose birth anniversary will be observed on Februay 19.PM Modi cited Sant Ravidas’ couplet and said that the Saint believed that if God is present in every human being, then it is not fair to categorise him/her on the basis of caste, creed or any other sociological demarcations.The Prime Minister said a museum, named Kranti Mandir, has been opened inside the premises of Red Fort.He said the museum is dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, reminiscences of Jalianwala Bagh and 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.He said works of great artists such as Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Shergill, Raja Ravi Verma, Avanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Sailoz Mukherjee have also been exhibited in Kranti Mandir.He appealed to the people to visit Kranti Mandir and see the great paintings of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.PM Modi hailed the Election Commission for its services.”The scale at which elections are held in India is a matter of great awe for the world. It is natural for every citizen to feel proud of the Election Commission because of its meticulous organising abilities,” he said.The Prime Minister further said that the young people born in the 21st century will exercise their Right to Vote in the Lok Sabha elections.”The time has come for a confluence of individual and the Nation’s dream. I urge the young generation to register themselves as voters if they are eligible. All of us must realise that being a voter is an important rite of passage in one’s life; it’s one of its achievements,” Modi said.Talking about Khelo India initiative, PM Modi said that many young players making their debut have performed well in Khelo-India.In January, about 6,000 players participated in 18 disciplines in Khelo India Youth Games held in Pune.He asserted that youth will be able to perform their best only when the local ecosystem of sports will be strong. He said the lives of many medal winners in the Games are immensely inspiring as they have all risen up from humble beginnings.He cited the names of youngest gold medallist in the Khelo India Games Abhinav Shaw, boxer Akash Gorkha, Kabaddi player Sonali Helvi, weightlifter Akshaya Basavani, as inspiring heroes from Khelo India.Also Read | PM Modi’s 50th Mann ki Baat address is full of gratitude – towards people, media and AmbedkarAlso Watch | My Take: We wait to hear PM’s ‘mann ki baat’ on RafaleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mann ki baatFollow PM Modi
The Department of Environment’s temporary office in Port Hawkesbury, 811 Reeves St., Suite 220, will be closed for the rest of this week. The closure is necessary so the department can move back to its permanent office at 218 MacSween St., Suite 12, which will reopen on Monday, Nov. 1. To reach staff during the move, please call the Sydney Regional Office at 902-563-2100. The after hours emergency number to report oil, pesticide, or chemical spills is 1-800-565-1633. -30-
Four stories in the news for Monday, March 26———FEDS READY TO RUSH DEMOCRATIC REFORM BILLSAfter more than two years riding the brakes on a raft of promised reforms to election laws, the Trudeau government is preparing to put the pedal to the metal to get them in place in time for the 2019 election. With Elections Canada generally needing a year to implement changes to election rules, that leaves the government with just seven months to pass at least three bills — one of which hasn’t even been introduced yet, and another that’s been parked at the introductory stage for 16 months.———PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TO EXONERATE CHIEFS IN PARLIAMENTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to exonerate six First Nations chiefs who were executed by B.C.’s colonial government more than 150 years ago. The exoneration will happen in the House of Commons this afternoon. The chiefs were hanged after a deadly confrontation with white road builders during the so-called “Chilcotin War of 1864.” The Tsilhqot’in have long disputed the government’s authority to execute the chiefs as criminals, arguing the confrontation was an altercation between warring nations.———STUDY LOOKS AT CHANGES TO ALBERTA’S BOREAL FORESTA new study suggests half of Alberta’s boreal forest could disappear in just over 80 years due to wildfires and climate change. The research, published today in the journal Ecosphere, looks at how vegetation could change based on the current rate of carbon emissions and climate change. It simulated wildfire using a model from Natural Resources Canada and data from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute to determine what vegetation might grow back under future climates.———JUNO AWARDS TAKE UPBEAT TONE IN VANCOUVERIt was a night of positivity at the Juno Awards as the stars of Canadian music focused on celebrating the upsides of life. Host Michael Buble set the tone by announcing his wife’s third pregnancy — but other performers were quick to grab the tide of optimism. Gord Downie’s brothers accepted a posthumous award for the singer. And the Barenaked Ladies, who were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, performed with former bandmate Steven Page for the first time in nearly a decade.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Trent Butt goes on trial in St. John’s for the first-degree murder of his five-year-old daughter Quinn.— Federal innovation and employment minister participate in a question-and-answer session with students and entrepreneurs in Montreal.— Joshua Boyle, who was held hostage in Afghanistan, is to appear in Ottawa court, via video link, on sexual assault and other charges.— The Senate national security committee hears witnesses on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act as it relates to Canada’s borders.— Women on the Hill gathering and reception in honour of International Women’s Day.— Police hold gun amnesty news conference in Regina.— Alberta government to announce funding to support women and children fleeing family violence.— Provincial court criminal trial continues over the MV Marathassa bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay in April 2015.———
Pamela Anderson took to the streets of Calais this week with organisations Help Refugees and Refugee Community Kitchen to dish up a nutritious homemade vegan curry and hand out down-free sleeping bags to refugees sleeping rough.PAMELA ANDERSON DISHES UP VEGAN CURRY TO HOMELESS REFUGEES IN CALAISThis action follows the star’s visit to a Dunkirk refugee camp in January, when she joined PETA in handing out warm vegan hats and gloves – along with hundreds of animal-themed activity books and coloured pencils – to children who had been forced to flee their home countries.“I wanted to come and give these people a helping hand and let them know people care. They have lost so much, and I hope a nourishing meal can help make the awful situation they’ve found themselves in a little less awful today. And because it’s vegan, no animals have suffered for it, either”, says Anderson.PETA named Anderson its 2016 Person of the Year for her efforts to encourage vegan eating, for her opposition to circuses that use animals, and for speaking out about fur, among many other actions.
APTN National News250 years ago the Royal Proclamation was created.Some say the relationship between Canada and First Nations people is based on this document.But many blame the proclamation for today’s problems.As national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the issues Shawn Atleo deals with often boil down to the Royal Proclamation.With his thoughts on the anniversary he joins us from our Ottawa studio.
3 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the entry into force of the first international treaty on the human rights of persons with disabilities, after the required twentieth country ratified the landmark convention today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the entry into force of the first international treaty on the human rights of persons with disabilities, after the required twentieth country ratified the landmark convention today.“It is a historic moment in our quest for realization of the universal human rights for ALL persons, creating a fully inclusive society for all,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Marie Okabe said in a statement celebrating the rapid progress of the Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted in December 2006.“The Convention will be a powerful tool to eradicate the obstacle faced by persons with disabilities,” she said, pointing to discrimination, segregation from society, economic marginalization, and lack of opportunities for participation in social, political and economic decision-making processes. Today’s ratification by Ecuador means that the Convention, along with an optional protocol that will allow individuals and groups to petition for relief, will be legally binding as of 3 May. Tunisia and Jordan also ratified the treaty earlier this week.Through today’s statement, the Secretary-General also congratulated the States that have ratified or acceded to the Convention. Some 126 countries have signed the Convention since 30 March 2007, and 71 have signed the optional protocol.“It is estimated that there are at least 650 million persons with disabilities worldwide, of whom approximately 80 percent live in less developed countries,” Ms. Okabe noted.As many as two-thirds of United Nations Member States do not have any legal protection for people with disabilities, according to the UN Focal Point on Disability Akiko Ito, even though they comprise one in 10 of the global population.“The Convention, together with its Optional Protocol, is deeply rooted in the firm commitment of the international community to rectifying the egregious neglect and dehumanizing practices that violate the human rights of persons with disabilities,” Ms. Okabe concluded, calling on all States that have not yet done so to accede or ratify it without delay. In a statement issued this past weekend, more than 20 UN departments, agencies, programmes, and funds pledged their support to implementing the convention. The newly-formed Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention said that support will focus on six main areas: policies to support the purpose and objectives of the Convention; programmes including international cooperation; capacity-building of Member States, civil society, and the UN system; research and access to knowledge on disabilities; accessibility; and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Mr. Karzai was reported in the media last week as having said that foreigners, including former UN deputy envoy Peter Galbraith, were behind the fraud that marred last year’s presidential poll, which he eventually won. He also reportedly threatened to join the Taliban if foreigners did not stop meddling in Afghanistan.“I am troubled by all this rhetoric, which is not helpful and desirable at this time,” Mr. Ban told reporters during his visit to Vienna.Speaking at a joint news conference with Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Michael Spindelegger, the Secretary-General noted that Mr. Karzai has requested UN technical and administrative support for the country’s parliamentary elections, slated for September.“The international community is now committed and ready to support Afghanistan and we expect that there should be harmonious and full cooperation between the Afghanistan Government and the international community,” he stated, adding that the Government should take all measures to enhance good governance, tackle corruption and address various socio-economic issues. Mr. Ban and Mr. Spindelegger also discussed a number of other topics, including the future of UN peacekeeping operations, the need to continue to support Middle East peace talks, and the current challenge of nuclear non-proliferation and the specific cases of Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).While in Vienna, the Secretary-General also met with Austrian President Heinz Fischer, as well as Chancellor Werner Faymann, with whom he discussed, among other topics, the Middle East peace process, non-proliferation, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and climate change. 8 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he continues to expect full cooperation between Afghanistan and its global partners, adding that recent comments critical of the international community by the country’s President Hamid Karzai are unhelpful.
CALGARY — Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., on the brink of being taken over by Suncor Energy, has overhauled its senior leadership team and board of directors.[np_storybar title=”How falling oil prices and Notley’s Alberta worked against Canadian Oil Sands Ltd” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/how-falling-oil-prices-and-notleys-alberta-worked-against-canadian-oil-sands-ltd”%5D As oil prices continued to free fall, oilsands giants Suncor Energy Inc. and Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. were quietly ending an acrimonious hostile battle and working out the details of a $6.6-billion mergerRead more [/np_storybar]Ryan Kubik, who was CEO during the months-long takeover fight, and Donald Lowry, who was board chairman during that time, are no longer on the roster.The new CEO is Sandy Martin, vice-president of strategy and commercial development at Suncor.Harry Roberts, the new board chairman, was a senior vice-president at Suncor before his retirement in 2010 and the four other directors are also connected to the acquirer.Suncor’s executive vice-president of strategy and corporate development, Steve Reynish, and Suncor chief financial officer Alister Cowan, are among the new COS board members.Suncor announced Friday that 73 per cent of COS shareholders had tendered their shares to the $4.3-billion offer, a level of support that’s sufficient for the deal to go ahead.Suncor vs Canadian Oil Sands: Battle of the shareholder incompetentsSuncor Energy wins 73% Canadian Oil Sands shares, declaring takeover a done dealThe offer has been extended until Feb. 22 so that remaining shareholders can tender.After months of sniping at each other in a heated hostile takeover battle, Suncor and COS — both partners in the Syncrude oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., — came to a friendly agreement last month.The Canadian Press
Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has sought changes in the design of the contentious housing project in the Northern and Eastern Provinces that has proposed to build 65,000 houses in the conflict-hit region in four years.In an interview with The Hindu at his official residence, Cooray, who took over in mid-February, said: “Do not stop [the project]. Continue [the project] with various amendments.” Pointing out that a number of facilities such as cooking gas cylinder, cooker, computer and television had been planned to be provided to the beneficiaries of the project, the Governor said: “If you are going to oppose the project, people will feel you are jealous of them. My feeling is that people will like it [the project]… For those poor people, they also enjoy that type of life, which is good.” When referred to Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s complaint that elected representatives of the Northern Province were not taken into confidence while framing the scheme, Mr. Cooray concurred with him and added that “even the people” were not consulted. The issue of durability had to be addressed.On the issue of cost, “out of the money [of SLR 2.1 million for each house], we can build two houses. That will be a very good answer to the resettlement campaign.” Another 40,000 houses were required to be built in the North and the Governor would favour at least the number of houses to be increased to 90,000 under the present project.Emphasising that resettlement had to be given top priority, Mr. Cooray, who earlier served as Chief Minister of the Western Province twice and Central Minister, said that as part of the creation of livelihood opportunities, utilisation of the resources such as lagoons and palmyrah should be done to the maximum. Conscious of the growing trend of disinclination among youth to work in the farm sector, the Governor said greater focus should be provided on technical education. On various challenges faced by the Northern Province, he said that while it was “very difficult” to find people to teach Sinhala in Jaffna, the same was the case with skilled workers such as those engaged in plumbing, masonry and carpentry as such workers had migrated out of the country.As the province had been under the control of the Sri Lanka Army, Indian Army, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and many other militant groups in the last 30 years, staff in the provincial administration had “no practice” with civilian administration, he added. “They have to learn again to work in a peaceful society.” (Colombo Gazette) He refused to divulge details of his suggestion, but indicated that some of the facilities, proposed to be given to beneficiaries, “are not needed.” Asked whether he communicated his position to the Central government, he said: “In writing, I did it. My job is done.”
Negotiations between the Niagara Catholic District School Board and the union representing its elementary teachers continued Monday after a lockout noticed was issued on Friday. If a deal isn’t hammered out within two weeks, 800 elementary teachers will be barred from school.It’s the 22nd time the two sides met since their contract expired in 2014. The scheduled meeting comes after the board notified its teachers that they will be locked out March 20th.Paul MacNeil from the Niagara Catholic School board says that the good news is that they are talking and negotiating and is optimistic.“Currently teachers are teaching the curriculum. they are teaching reading, writing, math, so obviously that will change for the students. that is obviously a big loss for the students.” says, Union President, Marie BalanowskiCurrently, salary for teachers at the board start anywhere from 40 to 70 thousand dollars and tops out at 94 thousand with benefits.But according to both sides, the negotiations have nothing to do with money, but they would not say why talks have taken over year.If a lockout is called, schools will still be open and with administrative staff taking over. But the board is giving parents the option of not sending their kids to school.Teachers have been ‘Working to Rule’ since September, eliminating extra-curricular activities for nearly 15 thousand students.So far the cost of negotiations have cost around 200 thousand dollars so far with 3 mediators but are all hopeful that a deal will be struck.
MOST PEOPLE JOIN trade unions to better their wages and working conditions. Few expect to be told to make sacrifices to restore the confidence of financial markets. Yet, this is precisely what the SIPTU and IMPACT union leaderships are doing with Croke Park 2.The proposal is to take another €1 billion from public sector employees in the next three years. That comes on top of pay cuts that already took 15 per cent their earnings.There is a sweet irony in all this. Hiking taxes and cutting pay in the midst of a recession dampens spending and prolongs an economic slow-down. The government was warned about this but continued regardless. National debt levels then rose and so they needed more money to ‘plug the hole’. The treadmill of austerity is becoming endless.The original Croke Park deal was not supposed to expire until 2014. But in an unprecedented move, the government is tearing it up so that it can take more. Promises that there would be no further pay cuts have been thrown aside like old electoral manifestos.Broken agreementsUnfortunately, this is not the first time an agreement was broken. A commitment to give workers under €35,000 some of the savings earned during Croke Park 1 was ignored. The union leaders complied in silence and this sign of weakness encouraged the government to come back for more.Croke Park 2 proposes to increase working hours so that the numbers of public servants can be further reduced – many of whom are working below 39 hours will see a significant increase in their working week. Those on 39 or more hours will have to give a one free hour of overtime. A longer working week means extra child care costs. A free hour of overtime means an effective pay cut for poorly paid workers who rely on it to boost earnings.Longer hours for nurses means a huge reversal in their long, hard-fought campaign to reduce their working week. It is unusual, to say the least, for a union leadership to recommend something like this, but it is incredible to do so as a way of reducing public employment during a recession.Croke Park 2 also involves significant attacks on earnings. Those who receive over €65,000 – and this includes allowances – will receive a direct cut of 5.5 per cent. Some will lose, through a cut, the Sunday premiums to time and three quarters; others will lose through a reduced overtime rate of time and a quarter; most white collar employees will lose through a three-month or six-month freeze on increments.‘Be smart and work for less’More generally, Croke Park 2 imposes a pay freeze until 2016 and, by then, workers will have spent seven years without a pay rise. Inflation is currently running at 2 percent and bills for property taxes are arriving. Later, there will be water charges and a new communications charge. ‘Be smart and work for less’ appears to be the only survival tip.Croke Park 2 also contains other bizarre points that will bring out the worst in macho managers. Forcible re-deployment up to 45 kilometres – and on occasion, longer – will be possible. Flexi time and work-sharing will be more limited and at a management’s discretion. Performance targets can be laid down for individuals and sackings can follow for those who don’t meet them. Those on the top of their pay scale can be told to give up an extra two days holidays a year.All of this amount to a serious reversal of rights won by trade unions over decades. This may explain the extraordinary underhanded games of divide and rule which some unions are playing.Exclusions from the talksThe Irish Times has revealed a confidential letter sent to fire-fighters which suggested that the ‘totality of their pay structure would be protected’. SIPTU claimed they got this because they stayed at the negotiating table but, in reality, it was a desperate move to stem the haemorrhage of members to the breakaway Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association. But it begged the question: if there is a back channel to do deals for some, why are others excluded? Why should paramedics who arrive at the scene of an accident not also have the ‘totality of their pay’ protected?When union leaders connive at these divisive manoeuvres, it brings into question their wider role. If the CEO of a major firm told shareholders that there would be no dividend payments for seven years and they would have to contribute more, they would be politely but firmly asked to step aside. Why then should union leaders who repeatedly fail to deliver for members stay in office for life?Many of the top echelons of the Irish union movement are members of the Labour Party. Indeed, it is well known that advancement in unions like SIPTU may be closely co-related to membership of that party. There is a conflict of interests here. One can either serve the Labour Party and its needs in government or one can serve the wider union membership – it is not possible at the moment to do both.Rejection likely – then what?Croke Park 2 is a watershed moment in the Irish trade union movement. Not only is rejection increasingly likely but the position of those who tried to sell it is coming under question. Many are already asking how do we change our leaders or our unions. They are finding that their freedom of association is restricted under ICTU anti-poaching rules and that the right of ordinary members to vote on the election of their leaders in unions has been removed.When Croke Park 2 is rejected, the unions will need to rapidly deal with these democratic deficits – or face a major period of internal turmoil.Kieran Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in University College Dublin. He is the author of Ireland’s Economic Crash (Dublin: Liffey Press 2009). He is also affiliated with the Socialist Workers Party and People Before Profit. To read more by Kieran Allen for TheJournal.ie click here.Read: Gardaí to show leniency at checkpoints under new work-to-rule measures>Column: Croke Park II underlines the need for a unilateral approach to public sector reform>