Policeman killed in Pulwama

first_imgMilitants opened fire and killed a policeman and injured another in south Kashmir on Monday. In a separate incident, one militant was killed and two soldiers were injured in pre-dawn searches near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara.A police official said militants on Monday afternoon “fired indiscriminately” at the policemen in Muran village of Pulwama. The policemen were accompanying former MLA, Rajpora, Ghulam Mohiudin at the time of attack.“The protected person is safe. However, one personal security officer (PSO) Mudasir was killed and another PSO Nasir from the security wing is stable,” said the police.The attackers also snatched their weapons. “The initial probe suggests Zahoor Thokar, associated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit is involved in it,” said the police. Earlier in the day, one militant was killed and two soldiers were injured as the Army spotted a group of militants in a pre-dawn searches near the LoC in Kupwara. A joint party of the 10 JAKLI, 57 Rashriya Rifles (RR) and 41 RR observed the movement of a group of infiltrators and were challenged at Safawali Gali adjacent to Batpora forests. “The body has been spotted and an AK-47 rifle recovered,” said a police official.last_img read more

Fadnavis has ‘abandoned’ State, says Opposition

first_imgThe Opposition parties have slammed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for ‘abandoning’ the State and touring Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Mr. Fadnavis offered prayers at the Mahakaleshwar shrine in the ancient temple town of Ujjain on Tuesday. The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said the prayers were offered in the name of drought victims and the CM is hiding the fact that he is on an election campaign. “At a time when Maharashtra is suffering, the Chief Minister refuses to take the drought situation seriously. Since December, the State is facing scarcity, but he has chosen to prioritise elections. The people will teach him a lesson,” said NCP leader and senior spokesperson Nawab Malik. NCP chief and former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had last week criticised the State government for not doing enough to tackle the drought. The Congress said the Chief Minister should not misguide the people and must focus on drinking water, employment and cattle camps. “The CM had promised central assistance to those suffering from drought but that money is not be seen anywhere. Is he going to distribute this after the rain starts?” asked Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan. Maharashtra has declared 151 talukas as drought-affected, and had sought an assistance of ₹4,714 crore from the Centre.last_img read more

India awes with spectacular gala

first_imgThose who had doubted a successful Games had been proved wrong.A stunning opening ceremony, that was at once magical and sublime, cast a spell over 60,000 lucky spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday evening. In a little over two hours the naysayers, those who had doubted a successful XIX Delhi Commonwealth Games, had been proved wrong and dumped. Their long list of complaints, and their stinging criticism of India was consigned to the incinerator and forgotten.With the clock striking 7 pm, the arena which will be the main venue of the Games burst into revelry, an explosion of rhythm and colour. The energy that had been missing in recent months – as the Games organisers struggled to meet deadlines – seemed to be an aberration.Swaagatam, says Hariharan | Aaj Tak Executive Producer’s take | CWG 2010 – Special Coverage | Live Blog – Blow-by-blow account | Celebrities hail CWG opening | Aaj Tak Executive Producer’s take |It was a different India that was on display on Sunday – an emerging superpower, big on ideas, and the easy ability to surprise, thrill and captivate.On this vibrant night, rarely was a step taken in error.Rocked for years by uncertainty and a painful last month, this was a night when Indian culture, aesthetics and art fused together to make it a memorable show for all.The celebrations started from the moment the aerostat, the giant helium-filled balloon, rose up slowly and majestically off the ground. Rising with it By S. Kannan and Ajit Vijaykumar in New Delhi India awes with spectacular gala were puppets, swaying in the breeze, the limbs moving to peppy drum beats. This was the first time anyone had seen something like this in India.advertisementThe aerostat appeared to have a life of its own, beaming colours, images and lights.And then the other highlight – Jiyo, Utho, Badho, Jeeto is what A. R. Rahman asked India to do and the stadium swayed to every note of the Games anthem.As the time for the extravaganza drew close, the announcer kept asking the crowd if ‘Delhi was ready’. The crowd and the country couldn’t have been more ready.The roar of approval from the crowd was a constant through the evening. They roared when the dancers twirled as they heralded the seasons during the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ performance.They clapped and stomped to the hectic ‘Rhythm of India’ beats at the start of the evening. They gasped as the laser image of a monk emerged line- by- magical line, with each ‘ chakra’ or centre of energy in humans highlighted during the brief presentation on ‘ Yoga’. On to the formal section – the contingents, starting with the Australians, emerged in the middle of the arena. Some teams were applauded more than the others. Even the visiting athletes broke free from their pack, wanting to click images of the Indian contingent.Apart from the home team, the loudest applause went to the Pakistanis.However, nothing could possibly come close to what the Indians had reserved for their own athletes.Britain’s Prince Charles representing the Queen read out her message as he received the Queen’s Relay Baton from champion wrestler Sushil Kumar.He commended the “splendid opening ceremony” and India’s role in shaping the Commonwealth.This was also the moment people were waiting for – would he declare the Games open. He did, partly. “I have much pleasure in declaring the 19th Commonwealth Games Open”. Shortly after President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, said, ” The Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are now open. Let the Games begin.” PM Manmohan Singh welcomed the world to India. ” Welcome to India, welcome to these Games.It is a proud moment for the country. We invite all our guests to enjoy our hospitality, the Games and incredible sights and sounds of India,” he said.”Millions of people are eagerly waiting to watch the spectacle unfold. We want to celebrate and honour excellence on the playing field, but also courage and character,” he concluded.There was a minor glitch, though. Shera – the mascot of the 19th Commonwealth Games – was missing from the gala opening ceremony, said an IANS report.People crowding the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium waited eagerly for Shera, the smiling tiger who is the face of the Games. But Shera was nowhere to be seen during the threehour ceremony. Spectators, especially children, were disappointed.”It was ridiculous that Shera was not at the opening ceremony. The ceremony was good but Shera would have added to it,” said Priyanshu Singh, a Class V student from east Delhi.advertisementBut again, the Delhi Games are big by all accounts – the largest number of athletes, the longest baton relay, and the largest number of countries taking part. Having crossed a hurdle and captured the minds and hearts of the fans, there is another work ahead, but this time for the athletes.What will be India’s chances at the Games? It came fourth in the last Games at Melbourne in 2006.It’s hoping for second spot this time, after Australia. After the grand opening ceremony, there were many at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium who believed this could happen.last_img read more

Royals Take Series, Astros, 7-2

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnny Cueto knew the Kansas City Royals had wagered much of their future on him, trading away a bevy of prospects in late July so that he could pitch in moments like this.The decisive game of a playoff series, their season on the line.He responded with a masterpiece on his biggest stage yet, eight dominant innings Oct. 14 that allowed the resilient Royals to rally once more for a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros that sent them back to the American League Championship Series.“I woke up today on the right foot,” Cueto said. “As soon as I woke up, I felt something magic, that this was Game 5 and I had to show up for everybody, for this team and the fans.”Cueto allowed two hits, a single by Evan Gattis followed by Luis Valbuena’s second-inning homer, before retiring the final 19 batters he faced. He struck out eight without a walk in the kind of clutch performance the Royals expected when they got him from the Reds.When Wade Davis breezed through the ninth, the Royals poured onto the field to celebrate.“Johnny Cueto was unbelievable,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He knew the magnitude of this game. I think we all did. And he came out from the first pitch and had everything going.”The defending AL champs will host the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 on Oct. 16. The teams have met once before in the ALCS with the Royals winning in seven games in 1985 — they would go on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals for their only World Series triumph.“They’re a great team,” Davis said. “It’ll be a fun series to watch.”The Royals trailed the Astros 2-1 in the fifth when Alex Rios led another comeback with a go-ahead, two-run double. Eric Hosmer and Ben Zobrist also drove in runs, and Kendrys Morales capped the festive night with a three-run homer off Dallas Keuchel in the eighth to put it away.Collin McHugh (1-1), who won the divisional series opener for Houston, allowed three runs in four-plus innings. His bullpen fared little better just two days after it blew a four-run, eighth-inning lead to send the series back to Kauffman Stadium for Game 5.“The good version of Johnny Cueto is really tough,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Hats off to him. He pitched a great game. … We didn’t scratch much off him.”Nothing, actually, after the second inning. And even that came thanks in part to a rare series of lapses by the Royals defense that briefly quieted a charged Kansas City crowd.With two outs in the second, Gattis sent a slow hopper down the line that third baseman Mike Moustakas fielded cleanly. But with plenty of time, his throw across the infield went wide, and first baseman Hosmer had the ball pop from his glove trying to make a swipe tag.On the next pitch, Valbuena sent his two-run homer streaking into the Astros bullpen.It wasn’t until the fourth that Kansas City got a run back, on back-to-back singles by Cain and Hosmer. But by the fifth, the Royals had figured out McHugh’s darting curveball.Salvador Perez was hit by a pitch, and Alex Gordon hit a ground-rule double to right. Hinch brought in Mike Fiers in relief, and Rios sent a double bouncing down the chalk of the third-base line, scoring two runs and giving the Royals the lead.Following a sacrifice bunt, Zobrist’s lazy sacrifice fly made it 4-2.That was plenty of support for Cueto, who was acquired from the Reds for a package of left-handed prospects just before the July 31 trade deadline precisely for moments like this.Mixing quick-pitch fastballs with hesitation changeups, Cueto made the Astros look foolish most of the night. He jawed with Houston outfielder Carlos Gomez, strutted around like a Wild West gunfighter, and had the unmistakable swagger of an October ace.After all, Cueto was finally proving that he was one.“After the homer he settled in. He was able to use deception, quick-pitch, slow us down and disrupt our timing,” Astros slugger George Springer said. “He’s got electric stuff.”Cueto’s star turn came after going 0-2 in his first four postseason starts, including a forgettable outing in Game 2 against Houston. He allowed four runs in six innings in that game, though Kansas City’s offense and its stingy bullpen ultimately bailed him out.There was no need for any help this time. Cueto was good enough on his own.“Tonight was Cueto’s night,” Hinch said. “We didn’t get a baserunner after the second, is that right? By my book. I thought the crowd got behind him, and he pitches with emotion. He rose to the occasion. This was his night.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hyundai Kona price reduced, electric SUV now starts at Rs 23.72 lakh

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 16:00 IST The ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 km on a single full charge.HIGHLIGHTSHyundai Kona gets a distinctive design with a unique intaglio patterned front grille.The electric SUV comes with a 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system.There is a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor in Hyundai Kona electric SUV.Hyundai has reduced the price of Kona by Rs 1,58,142 and the electric SUV now costs Rs 23,71,858 (ex-showroom, India). Hyundai Kona was launched in the country on July 9 for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The carmaker garnered 120 confirmed bookings for the electric SUV within 10 days of its launch, with the figure reaching 152 in 20 days. The price cut comes in the wake of the government reducing GST on electric vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.Hyundai Kona is available at 15 dealerships across India’s 11 cities, including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune and Cochin. We have already driven the electric SUV and you can read our first-drive review of Hyundai Kona for all the performance-related details.The electric SUV gets a distinctive design with a unique intaglio patterned front grille having integrated charging port, split-type headlamp set-up with LED headlights, LED DRLs, LED tail lights and skid plates. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps.The cabin of Hyundai Kona boasts of features like shift-by-wire drive controls, 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster with supervision and multi-function steering wheel. There is a 10-way power driver seat as well. Other features include front ventilated seats in leather, automatic AC, smart key with push-button, smartphone wireless charging and electric sunroof.There is a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor in Hyundai Kona electric SUV and it is powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque. It can make 0-100 kmph in 9.7 seconds. There are four driving modes — Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport. There are paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking. The ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 km on a single full charge.advertisementOn July 26, a Hyundai Kona caught fire and exploded inside the garage of a bungalow in Ile Bizard, Montreal (Canada). The EV was reportedly plugged in when the explosion took place.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sales jump a mammoth 4,894 per cent in July 2019ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki XL6 official design sketch released, to be sold in India through Nexa dealershipsALSO READ | Elon Musk says high import duties will make Tesla electric cars unaffordable in IndiaGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hyundai KonaFollow Hyundai Kona priceFollow Hyundai Kona launchFollow Hyundai Kona features Hyundai Kona price reduced, electric SUV now starts at Rs 23.72 lakhHyundai Kona is available at 15 dealerships across India’s 11 cities, including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune and Cochin.advertisementlast_img read more

League Cup: Tottenham exit after shock defeat vs Colchester, Manchester City thrash Preston

first_imgLeague Cup: Tottenham exit after shock defeat vs Colchester, Manchester City thrash PrestonOn a night with seven Premier League clubs playing lower league opposition, it was Colchester and fellow League Two giant killers Crawley Town who rose to the challenge and went through.advertisement Next india today digital LondonSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 09:53 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSColchester United beat Tottenham 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 in normal timeManchester City powered past second-tier Preston North End 3-0Arsenal thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 while Everton won 2-0 vs Championship side SheffieldFourth-tier Colchester United dumped last season’s Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur out of the League Cup 4-3 on penalties in the big shock of the third round on Tuesday.While an abject Spurs side sank after a goalless 90 minutes to the lowest-ranked side in the draw, holders Manchester City powered past second-tier Preston North End 3-0 with forward Raheem Sterling scoring the opener and setting up another.On a night with seven Premier League clubs playing lower league opposition, it was Colchester and fellow League Two giant killers Crawley Town who rose to the challenge and went through.Colchester managed only a handful of shots on target during their match at the Community Stadium, while Tottenham enjoyed 70 per cent of possession and could boast the likes of internationals Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela on the pitch.Substitute Christian Eriksen had his spot kick saved by Dean Gerken and Lucas Moura blasted against the crossbar.Tom Lapslie then sent Colchester into the last 16 for the first time in 44 years by scoring the decisive penalty past Paulo Gazzaniga.”Colchester made a fantastic game, it was difficult. We are so disappointed we could not score in 90 minutes,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.”They beat (Crystal) Palace on penalties too, that can happen. That’s the beauty of the competition, always something can happen.”Crawley beat 10-man Championship (second-tier) side Stoke City 5-3 on penalties after the visitors had Nathan Collins sent off in the 62nd minute for violent conduct.”We didn’t have anything to lose today,” said Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi. “It was enough to make a statement.advertisement”It’s like David against Goliath. What do we have to lose? We couldn’t bring stone inside… the only thing we could bring on the pitch was bravery, belief, trust.”STERLING STRIKESterling sent Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on their way with a right-foot shot in the 19th minute and then provided the pass for Gabriel Jesus to make it 2-0 in the 35th.A Ryan Ledson own-goal completed the scoring in the 42nd minute at Deepdale.”They treat the Carabao (League) Cup the same way as the Champions League,” Preston manager Alex Neil told Sky Sports television. “That’s why they’re champions.”A first-half double from Danny Ings helped Southampton to a 4-0 win at League One (third-tier) Portsmouth in the first south-coast derby in seven years between two of the fiercest rivals in English soccer.Portsmouth piled on the pressure for the opening 20 minutes, when they could have been 2-0 up, but Ings took the wind out of their sails against the run of play in the 21st before adding a second just before the break.Cedric Soares made it 3-0 in the 77th and Nathan Redmond completed Saints’ biggest away win against their neighbours, and first at Fratton Park since 1984, four minutes from time.Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice in the opening 10 minutes to put the Toffees 2-0 up against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday before the goals dried up at Hillsborough.Arsenal thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 at The Emirates with Gabriel Martinelli scoring twice on his first start.”We played on Sunday but we want to do something important in this competition,” said Arsenal manager Unai Emery.Leicester City ran out 4-0 winners at Luton Town while Premier League bottom side Watford laboured to a 2-1 home win against Swansea City.Manchester United and Champions League winners Liverpool play League One sides Rochdale and MK Dons respectively on Wednesday.For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow League Cuplast_img read more

163 Ships on Order at China CSSC

first_imgzoom Shanghai-listed shipbuilder China CSSC Holdings said that it has secured 61 ship orders totaling in 8.99 million DWT capacity in 2014.The company’s orderbook was worth CNY 8.04 billion (around USD 1.20 bln) as at December 31, 2014, up 58.99% from the year start, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.CNY 4.7 billion had been received as at May 31, 2015,  China CSSC Holdings added.The company has 163 vessels under construction at the moment, amounting to 20.57 million dwt, and ten offshore engineering platforms in total.China’s shipbuilding industry posted 18.9 % growth year-on-year in the aggregate shipbuilding output in the first five months, data of the China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) shows.At the end of May, Chinese yards had 138.1 dwt on order down 8.2 pct year on year.last_img read more

Gazprom Mitsui to Cooperate in LNG Bunkering Studies

first_imgzoom Russia’s energy giant Gazprom and Japan’s Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in feasibility and marketing studies with regard to the bunkering of marine vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Russia’s Far East and the Asia-Pacific region on September 2, 2016, in Vladivostok. Gazprom and Mitsui, which is focused on the development, marketing, distribution and treatment of energy products in Japan and overseas, as well as on financial activities, discussed the ongoing and future cooperation, focusing, among other things, on LNG production within the Sakhalin II project and on the increase of its output with the construction of the third production train of the LNG plant.“Gazprom and Mitsui have successfully cooperated on the Sakhalin II project. Now we have an excellent opportunity to partner in a new business area – small-scale LNG,” Alexey Miller,  Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, said.Russia’s only LNG plant is operating under the Sakhalin II project. The project operator is Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., with the ownership distributed among Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui and Mitsuibishi.On June 18, 2015, Gazprom and Shell signed a memorandum on implementing the construction project for the third production train of the LNG plant. In 2015, the plant produced 10.8 million tons of LNG, exceeding the design capacity by 1.2 million tons.last_img read more

Coroner declined to perform autopsy on Wettlaufer victim inquiry hears

first_imgA coroner declined to perform an autopsy on one of the victims of an Ontario nurse who killed elderly patients in her care despite the recommendations of other health professionals, a public inquiry heard Monday.Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 51, has confessed to murdering eight patients, and attempting to kill several more, for nearly a decade by injecting them with overdoses of insulin at long-term care homes and private residences across Ontario.The public inquiry into her actions began its third week Monday with testimony from a nurse who works at Caressant Care, in Woodstock, Ont., where Wettlaufer killed seven residents.Laura Long testified that staff at the home were confused when 79-year-old resident Maureen Pickering died in March 2014. Pickering had Alzheimer’s, Long said, but was physically active and could walk around. Then, just days before her death, her blood sugar plummeted.Caressant nurse Karen Routledge told the inquiry last week that Pickering was taken to hospital, where a doctor who could not determine the cause of her extremely low blood sugar, suggested an autopsy be conducted if Pickering died.Routledge called the coroner’s office when Pickering died and was told they “did not feel this was a coroner’s case,” she testified.Deaths must be sudden or unexpected to warrant an autopsy, and coroners have told Caressant staff that no death in a care home is unexpected, Long told the inquiry on Monday.“We can’t tell the (coroners) what to do,” she said. “We can suggest things, but we can’t tell them what to do. We have to go with what they say.”Wettlaufer’s confession has taken a toll on staff at Caressant, where seven of the victims lived, Long said.“It’s been tough, it’s hard on everybody,” she said. “The snide remarks we hear in public when we are out there. What do you do?”Long said she was especially close to one of Wettlaufer’s victims — Gladys Millard, 87.“Oh my gosh… Gladie Millard’s family were like my family,” the longtime nurse added. “I looked after her parents, her aunt. Gladie was so much fun.”Long said she wrote Wettlaufer up several times for unprofessional, sloppy behaviour.“She was messy in her work and didn’t complete things — I want to call it just plain laziness,” Long said.Wettlaufer made other staff uncomfortable by “carrying on” about her romantic relationships and being disowned by her family, but at times she was also very generous, Long said.“Seniors they always like to see pets so she would bring in her dog, she’d bring in food, she’d sit with the residents, and this was on her own time,” Long said.Wettlaufer organized a baby shower for a couple on staff who didn’t have any family living in Canada.“She was a Sunday school teacher at one time and she took all the kids to Canada’s Wonderland (amusement park) one time and paid for everything because the parents couldn’t afford it,” Long said.In April 2013, however, Long overheard Wettlaufer taunting an elderly man at Caressant who had complained about a fellow resident’s disruptive behaviour.“She was being sarcastic and mean,” Long told the inquiry.Wettlaufer asked the man mockingly whether he needed a psychiatric assessment or a shot of a drug used as a chemical restraint, Long testified.Long provided management with a written account of the incident, but said she was not in a position to know whether Caressant followed up with Wettlaufer about it.last_img read more

Ottawa awards design contract for 60billion warship fleet to Lockheed Martin

first_imgHALIFAX — The federal government is awarding a long-awaited contract to design its $60-billion fleet of warships to U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin.Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough announced the deal in Halifax this morning, saying the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new warships will be built by Irving and based on the British-designed Type 26 frigate.She made the announcement at Irving’s Halifax Shipyard, as hundreds of workers in hard hats applauded.Lockheed’s design had been selected as the best last October, beating out submissions from Alion Science and Technology of Virginia and Spanish firm Navantia to replace Canada’s existing frigates and destroyers.Defence Department officials will now sit down with Irving and Lockheed to figure out what changes need to be made to the company’s design, along with the navy’s requirements to make sure they fit.That process will have a direct bearing on how much the ships ultimately cost and how long they will take to build.The decision comes after difficult negotiations that saw Alion ask the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to quash the decision, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the navy’s requirements and should have been disqualified.The tribunal initially ordered the government not to award a contract to Lockheed until it could investigate Alion’s complaint, but later rescinded that decision and then tossed the case entirely last week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Red River sweat lodge one of the keys to success for Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsA college in Manitoba officially opened its first sweat lodge for staff and students.Indigenous people make up 16 percent of Red River college students.The new addition aims to improve Indigenous student success.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Southern Inuit land protectors feel leader used them for political gains

first_imgAfter being handed a copy of the court order by an NCC member, Russell said “I suppose this is what we can do with injunctions.”He then tore the document into pieces and laid it on the table in front of him as those in attendance applauded.Two years later, as more than 20 land protectors—including NCC members—continued to fight civil and criminal charges related to the Muskrat Falls resistance, Russell and those who accompanied him on to the Muskrat Falls site that day still have not been charged or summonsed to court to defend their actions.NunatuKavut put politics ahead of values, say current and former membersSeveral current and former NCC members say the incident, and others around that time, indicate Russell was more concerned with striking the deals than he was about the environment or delaying reservoir flooding until concerns around methylmercury were addressed.Denise Cole, a land protector and member of the Southern Inuit community, told APTN News she and others feel they were “used to move forward a political agenda to get to a benefits agreement table, to get to a negotiations table around acknowledgement and land claims that will eventually come to be.”In December 2017 the NCC announced a deal with Muskrat Falls proponent Nalcor Energy, the  crown corporation building the dam.Then, in August 2018, the organization held a joint press conference with federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to announce NunatuKavut and Canada will enter into talks toward the recognition of Southern Inuit Indigenous rights and self-determination, something Russell and many in Labrador have long fought for.The Nalcor deal includes a promise from the NCC that it will no longer oppose Muskrat Falls or any other Nalcor projects over a six-year time period.Southern Inuit land protectors describe how Russell became involved in the 2016 grassroots-led movement to stop Muskrat Falls after the movement gained significant momentum.They also say that through his actions he led Southern Inuit to believe they could follow his lead, and that he then failed to publicly support land protectors after they were criminalized for defending their lands, traditional foods and way of life.Kirk Lethbridge, a land protector and NCC member who has worked with Russell for decades as the organization—previously the Labrador Metis Nation—fought for Aboriginal rights and recognition, was the person who handed Russell a copy of the injunction on Oct. 17.Lethbridge told APTN that when Russell tore it up he made “all of Labrador feel 10 feet tall,” and that Lethbridge and others felt “empowered, emboldened, braver and stronger.”Lethbridge said Russell sent a clear message to his members and others that the injunction was not to be respected.“Then, a few short days later, it means nothing and those people are thrown to the wolves, given a lawyer that will help them plead guilty,” he said.Kirk Lethbridge (pictured here at an October 2016 rally outside the provincial Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay) said Todd Russell made he and others feel “empowered, emboldened, braver and stronger,” after destroying a copy of the court injunction on Oct. 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of TheIndependent.ca.On Oct. 22 many NCC members joined the occupation of the Muskrat Falls site, which lasted until Oct. 26.Lethbridge said the NCC offered some of its members legal support, but that he declined because he had lost trust in Russell.He said Russell tried to approach him about the NCC helping with his legal representation, but that he “personally could not trust anything legal or political from NCC’s leader.”Lethbridge and other Southern Inuit land protectors have told APTN that Russell hasn’t shown up to support them at any of their court hearings over the past two years.Reflecting on the day Russell destroyed the injunction, Port Hope Simpson fisherman and former NCC member Dennis Burden told APTN Russell had joined the grassroots movement “for all the wrong reasons.“He gave us some hope, that we didn’t have to abide by those injunctions. And if we had our group stand with us we could have made a difference,” Burden added.Many who joined the Indigenous-led occupation days after Russell went on to the project site don’t feel they’ve done anything wrong in responding to what they say is a threat to their traditional foods and ways of life.And with Russell and the NCC—which represents 6,000 people in Labrador—on his side, Lethbridge said he felt protecting traditional foods against projected methylmercury contamination, and saving the Lower Churchill River, was achievable.“It felt tremendous, like oh my god we’re going to save this river, we’re going to stop this destruction, we’re going to stop the poisoning of the land and the water — we’re going to win,” he recalled.“We had the might, the power, the numbers, the finances, the leadership of NunatuKavut with us on the front lines.“We felt huge and we didn’t feel so alone.”Elder resigns seat on NunatuKavut councilLearning, a land protector who has been arrested and incarcerated multiple times for resisting Muskrat Falls, told APTN last week he resigned his seat on the NCC council earlier this year after realizing Russell’s thinking didn’t align with his values as a Southern Inuk.Russell was “moving towards an agreement with Nalcor,” Learning said, speaking of the period of time between the Muskrat Falls occupation and December 2017, when Nalcor and the NCC inked the deal that will see the crown corporation transfer $8 million to the group over six years.For years the NCC considered Nalcor an adversary of the Southern Inuit, who have maintained since prior to the project’s sanctioning in 2013 that they were never adequately consulted.NunatuKavut unsuccessfully challenged the Muskrat Falls project twice in federal court and in 2013 launched a direct action campaign during which Russell, Learning and eight others were arrested after slowing traffic headed for the project site.Learning, who is living with cancer, launched a hunger strike while in custody and was released on the sixth day.They were charged with violating an injunction in place at the time but were later successful in having it overturned in the provincial court of appeal.Those charges were dropped in January 2015.Elder Jim Learning was instrumental in the movement to stop Muskrat Falls, but resigned as an NCC councillor after realizing Todd Russell’s values and direction didn’t align with his. Justin Brake/APTN photo.The NCC was relatively quiet from that period until the broad-based movement to halt flooding reached a critical point in October 2016.It was the grassroots occupation of the site that finally got Russell to the table with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and other Indigenous leaders from the province, said Learning, who sat in on the emergency marathon meeting at Confederation Building in St. John’s that began Oct. 25 and concluded in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.“Todd blew me away, he just wouldn’t say anything. I said, this isn’t right — he’s been protesting against it. He has free reign [because] we have no land claim, recognition or acceptance [by Canada].“But I realized after there was the rub — that’s what he was looking for.”Learning said he “laid it on thick” and “was vicious” with Ball and the Labrador MHAs at the meeting.“How dare you poison our food?” he recalled telling the political leaders, adding they would be voted out in the next election because people in Labrador don’t accept the threats and risks associated with Muskrat Falls.Learning said “everything stopped” when he gave his speech, and that when he was done he left the room.He said Ball followed him out into the hallway, where the two had an exchange.Learning said Ball assured him that if Muskrat Falls would result in mercury contamination of traditional foods, “we will stop the project.”He said Russell “wasn’t strong enough” that evening, and that the leader owed his seat at the table to the land protectors whose occupation of the Muskrat Falls site forced the meeting.Hours later Ball and the Indigenous leaders announced a deal that included the creation of an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to study and make recommendations to government on how best to mitigate methylmercury.In the months that followed the NCC entered into negotiations with Nalcor.Learning said he was not included in the negotiations and doesn’t know if all of the relevant information leading up to the deal was conveyed to him and the other councillors.The deal, which the NCC and Nalcor have called a “Community Development Agreement,” was struck in December 2017.Learning said he gave a 10-minute speech at the announcement of that agreement in opposition to the deal.Days later he announced his intentions to resign, which he formalized in a letter to the NCC last August.Russell did not respond to multiple interview requests for this story and the NCC did not respond to a request for a copy of the agreement.But a copy obtained by APTN reveals that in addition to the money Nalcor will transfer to the organization each year for specific infrastructure, education and cultural programs, Nalcor also reserves the right to audit NunatuKavut’s financial records to ensure the money is being spent for those purposes.It also commits the NCC to ending its resistance to Muskrat Falls and future projects that might arise during the term of the agreement.“NCC will not organize or initiate conduct that is intended to or which prevents, delays, hinders or interferes with the construction, operation or decommissioning of any Nalcor project covered by this agreement,” the document reads.It also frees the NCC from liability if any of its members violate the terms of the agreement “not under the direction or instruction, or as agents for, NCC.”The agreement also mandates Nalcor to negotiate on future projects in Labrador, initiatives for renewable energy generation, workplace environment and cultural accommodations and training, employment and business opportunities.Todd Russell and members of the NCC built a fire on the Muskrat Falls construction site on Oct. 18. 2016. They went on to the site three times that day but have never been charged for their actions despite there being an injunction in place at the time. Photo courtesy of TheIndependent.ca.The NCC does not have a land base formally recognized by Canada but has presented the federal government with land use study documents claiming large portions of Central and Southern Labrador.In August, Russell and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced that Canada would begin the negotiations process with NunatuKavut leadership.Russell said at the announcement his people will “once again have decision-making power over our lands and resources.“It means a greater ability to deliver programs and services like healthcare and education that are aligned with our values and way of life. It means that the government’s projects can only happen on our lands with our consent and participation.”Much of the land the NCC claims is theirs ancestrally dating back hundreds of years overlaps with land the Innu have occupied for thousands of years and have claimed in their own negotiations with Canada.Renouncing NunatuKavut membershipCole, one of 15 land protectors currently on trial to defend against civil contempt charges for violating an injunction after going on to the Muskrat Falls site to do ceremony, is Southern Inuit.But she has not affiliated with the NCC for the past five years.“Back in 2013 it became very clear to me that the stand that NunatuKavut was taking against Muskrat Falls was politically driven,” she said.“It wasn’t about protecting the environment as much as it was about staking a claim.“It felt like they were looking to claim land ownership so they could put it up for sale,” Cole recalled.While Russell and the NCC were defending what they say is their ancestral land from the destruction of Muskrat Falls, Cole points out the organization was simultaneously making deals with mining companies.In June 2013, two months after Russell and other NCC members were arrested while demonstrating outside the Muskrat Falls site, the NCC signed a “Community Participation Agreement” with Alderon Iron Ore Corp. related to the Kami Iron Ore Project in Western Labrador.Cole said she tried to bring forward her concerns about the environment to leadership but felt “they were never really addressed.”So she asked to be removed from the NCC’s membership list.“I could no longer support them,” she said, explaining NCC leadership’s actions did not fall in line with her values as an Indigenous person.“I’ve always been about land protection and about our responsibilities to preserve the land and the waters and the culture, and I didn’t feel we were on the same page anymore.”Cole said she feels, after watching the NCC “position itself in 2016 around the Muskrat Falls resistance, that they’ve used us.”She said while the Southern Inuit have “worked hard with their research” toward a land claim, and while “there are some great people” within the organization, “overall the secrecy is a colonized move [and] not an Indigenous value.”Cole isn’t the only land protector who relinquished membership in the organization in recent years.Several years ago Burden burned his NCC membership card.Now facing civil and criminal charges related to the Muskrat Falls occupation, Burden said he had become “too ashamed, embarrassed and angry to remain a member” after the Labrador Metis Nation sold a fishing boat outside of membership despite having “some of the greatest fishermen on the planet on the coast of Labrador.”Dennis Burden attends provincial Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in October 2018. Justin Brake/APTN photo.Burden, who has been resisting Muskrat Falls since before the project’s sanctioning, said he planned to return to the organization someday, and that Russell’s leadership during the fall 2016 Muskrat Falls resistance gave him “a little bit of hope.”Though in the back of his mind, he said, “I kind of knew this was about land claims and dollars.”Many Southern Inuit, who until recently identified as “Metis” based on an interpretation of the term as signifying mixed European and Indigenous ancestry, have worked hard to revive or strengthen elements of their ancestors’ culture.But politically the NCC is headed down the wrong path, said Burden.“I do not believe that people should be able to play the Indigenous card without respecting Indigenous values and teachings. You just can’t run and cry, ‘Our lands, our lands, protect our lands,’ and then change when you get what you want.”Uneven application of justice, say land protectors Cole said the circumstances around Russell’s actions from October 2016 and the subsequent absence of any legal repercussions, coupled with what she feels is the Southern Inuit leader’s lack of support for his people who are fighting charges after following in his footsteps, together paint a picture of injustice and colonialism.She said Nalcor’s decision not to pursue civil litigation against Russell and the NCC members who accompanied him on to the Muskrat Falls site on Oct. 18, 2016 demonstrates that the province, through a crown corporation, is “picking and choosing who they’re charging.”Cole said Russell’s tearing up of the injunction “was a direct message to everyone else that not only should we ignore the injunction, [but also] that he would support us if we broke the injunction.“I think the fact that Todd Russell has never had any charges against him for breaking the injunction is ridiculous in consideration to the amount of evidence that shows he did,” she added.She said that the events of October 2016, followed by the NCC’s agreement with Nalcor, are a “real shame”.Land protector Denise Cole said she ended her membership with the NCC in 2013, after feeling the organization’s opposition to Muskrat Falls “wasn’t about protecting the environment as much as it was about staking a claim.” Trina Roache/ATPN file photo.“Our leadership should have more Indigenous values than that, and their culture is supposed to mean more than that,” she said.Lethbridge, who faces a potential criminal record for following Russell’s lead in disrespecting the injunction, said it’s no coincidence Russell and the NCC’s decision not to publicly support its members who are land protectors was followed by the deal with Nalcor and a commitment from Canada to finally negotiate a land claim.“It just wrangles me that the elite and the elected seem to be able to walk away scot-free,” he said, “when the frontline people are the ones that are still facing the judge.”APTN asked Nalcor, which is responsible for bringing allegations of civil contempt against individuals it believes violated the injunction, to explain why it did not charge Russell and the NCC members who accompanied him on to the Muskrat Falls site.“Given there are ongoing proceedings before the Courts, Nalcor will not be commenting on this matter while it is before the Courts,” spokesperson Karen O’Neill responded in an email.Similarly, the RCMP said it “would not be appropriate to comment on specific matters that may influence those matters before the court.”They did say, however, that “in matters of civil unrest the RCMP uses a measured approach assessing each situation and its circumstances in determining a response.”The day prior to Russell and the NCC members’ visit to the Muskrat Falls site, RCMP officers arrested eight people–most of them Indigenous women who feared the loss of their country foods–who were blocking the entrance to the project site along a highway. Those who went on to the site after Russell and the NCC’s trip to Muskrat Falls, as well as those who demonstrated outside the site—including elders and youth—have been charged by Nalcor and the RCMP for allegedly violating the injunction.“The RCMP maintains a balanced and unbiased approach to these matters respecting the rights of all involved,” the federal police concluded in their statement.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNews In the Oct. 18, 2016 video shot by TheIndependent.ca, Staff Sgt. Sandy Goudie with the RCMP in Happy Valley-Goose Bay can be seen speaking with Russell after the Southern Inuit leader and several NCC members returned from a boat trip to Muskrat Falls, where they went on to the site multiple times to assert what they said at the time was their Aboriginal right to be on their ancestral land.Goudie warns Russell and NunatuKavut Councillor and Elder Jim Learning, who accompanied Russell on to the site, that the NCC members could be charged both civilly and criminally.The officer says there is a “criminal element of the breach…of being there [on the site],” and that the RCMP “used our discretion in our approach here.”In a Facebook live stream report by TheIndependent.ca of Russell’s visit to the site, Scott Morrison, head of security for Nalcor, told the visitors that the RCMP “are involved”.Morrison also attempted to hand Russell a copy of the injunction, but Russell refused, saying “I have no court injunction and I haven’t seen a court injunction.”Following the exchange with Goudie in the video, Russell acknowledges that he knew of the injunction’s existence but said he wasn’t aware of its entire substance.“I haven’t seen the injunction—I’ve seen some parts of it, but I’ve never been served a copy of the injunction. I’m unaware of all of its contents,” he said.The day prior, Oct. 17, Russell publicly destroyed a copy of the injunction at a press conference during which he announced the NCC would commit bodies and resources to the growing movement to stop Muskrat Falls ahead of reservoir flooding. NunatuKavut Community Council President and former Liberal MP Todd Russell went on to the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016. Unlike dozens of others who went on to the project site, Russell and those who accompanied him have never been charged. Photo: TheIndependent.ca.Editor’s Note: As a journalist with the online publication TheIndependent.ca, Justin Brake followed the land protectors onto the Muskrat Falls site and covered the occupation. He is facing criminal and civil charges from the event.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsLand protectors in Labrador facing civil and criminal charges related to the Muskrat Falls resistance are questioning the RCMP and a crown energy corporation’s decisions not to pursue charges against an Indigenous leader who went on to the dam’s construction site during a movement to stop the project in 2016.They also say that their leader, NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) President and former Liberal MP Todd Russell, failed to support Southern Inuit who were criminalized after following his lead. They say throughout the movement to stop Muskrat Falls Russell was in pursuit of separate deals with the federal government and a provincial crown corporation.A video taken in October 2016 shows a senior RCMP officer telling Russell the federal police were using “discretion” in not arresting or charging him and other NCC members for going on to the Muskrat Falls worksite in Central Labrador despite there being a court injunction in place at the time that prohibited them from doing so.Watch: Video of RCMP talking with NCC President Todd Russelllast_img read more

Apotex founder Barry Sherman and wife found dead in Toronto home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday, and police said they were investigating the deaths as suspicious.Const. David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies found at the home of Apotex founder Bernard “Barry” Sherman and his wife Honey. But Ontario’s health minister said the couple had been discovered dead.Hopkinson noted that it was early in the police investigation.“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” Hopkinson said at a news conference held outside the couple’s home. “Our investigators are inside investigating and taking apart the scene.”Hopkinson said police were called to the Shermans’ home in an upscale neighbourhood of north Toronto just before noon on Friday in response to a “medical complaint.”He declined to say whether the bodies showed signs of trauma and did not provide details on the time or cause of death.Hopkinson said the deaths are not currently being treated as homicides, adding that more investigation will be necessary.Honey and Barry Sherman, chairman and CEO of Apotex Courtesy of Linda Frum Postmedia Files “There may be suspicious circumstances. It’s an investigative tool,” he said. “Until we know exactly how they died, we treat it as suspicious. Once a determination has been made by the pathologist and the coroner, then we move forward from there.”Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins sent a tweet expressing shock at the death of his “dear friends,” who he described as “wonderful human beings.”“I am beyond words right now,” Hoskins wrote in his tweet. “Incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day.”Barry Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc. in 1974 with two employees and gradually turned it into the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company.Along the way he amassed a vast fortune, recently estimated by Canadian Business magazine at $4.77 billion, making him the 15th richest person in the country.Sherman faced legal action from family members alleging they had been cut out of the company over the years.As a producer of more than 300 generic pharmaceutical products, Apotex has itself seen a fair number of litigation issues, as companies have pushed back on its efforts to sell cheaper no-name options.One of the most high-profile of those clashes occurred when pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb sued Apotex in 2006 to try and stop it from selling the first generic form of the heart-disease treatment Plavix.Today, the company has more than 10,000 people in research, development, manufacturing and distribution facilities world-wide, with more than 6,000 employees at its Canadian operations. Those include manufacturing and research facilities concentrated in the Toronto area as well as in Winnipeg.Honey Sherman is presented a Senate medal by Senator Linda Frum in Ottawa on Nov. 29, 2017 for her and her husband Barry Sherman’s contributions to the community. Filling more than 89 million prescriptions in a year and exporting to 115 countries, the privately held company says its worldwide sales exceed $2 billion a year.Sherman’s wife, Honey, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.The Shermans were among Canada’s most generous philanthropists and also organized funding of charitable causes through the Apotex Foundation. The couple made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honour.A University of Toronto website lists the Apotex Foundation and the Shermans as donors in the range of $10 million to $25 million during 1995 and 2003. They also donated roughly $50 million to the United Jewish Appeal.In a statement on the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto’s website, the Shermans expressed their particular “obligation” to support the Jewish community.“We are fortunate in being able to contribute,” the couple is quoted as saying. “You can’t take it with you, so the best alternative is to put it to good use while you are here.”The chair of the Sinai Health System’s board said the Shermans’ deaths was a big loss.“Their visible leadership on our hospital and foundation board of directors was infused with warmth, passion and a fierce intelligence,” Brent Belzberg said in a statement. “Their loss will be felt by our organization, our community, and our country.”Apotex called news of the deaths “tragic.”“All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” the company said in a statement.The address where the bodies were found was recently listed for sale for $6.9 million. Neighbours confirmed that the property was the couple’s home.— with files from Michael Oliveira in Toronto and Ian Bickis in Calgary. read more

Speculation police placed on alert in Western Province

There was strong speculation that the police had been placed on alert in the Western Province this evening. However the police formally denied the claims.Sources told the Colombo Gazette that police officers working in the Western Province were instructed to be on their guard. However it was not clear as to why the police was placed on alert. Sources said that the decision was not related to terrorism but was political.A Government source said that there were reports the police had been placed on alert as a precaution but the source could not elaborate further. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sierra Leone makes progress on peace but not on issues that led

With the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone winding down, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has commended the West African country’s Government for its efforts towards consolidating peace, but said many root causes of the 14-year conflict, such as youth unemployment, have not been addressed.”The Government of Sierra Leone has made commendable efforts towards the consolidation of constitutional order and State authority throughout the country. The effective devolution of State functions through decentralization has ensured that an administrative machinery is now in place, contributing to overall political stability in the country,” he says in his 26th report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).Commendable progress has been made in licensing and substantially increasing the official exports of diamonds. The Government should be encouraged to generate additional revenue, including development projects for local communities, from the vital diamond-mining sector, he says.Relations between the local councils and the traditional chiefdoms, while needing a legislative framework and clarification of financial control, are evolving satisfactorily, he adds.Many root causes of the conflict in Sierra Leone are yet to be addressed, however, and the long-term sustainability of the gains achieved so far will require international support, especially through joint efforts by the UN and the donor community, Mr. Annan says.Such involvement will be particularly important for Government programmes addressing key socio-economic issues, including poverty, youth unemployment, illiteracy and lack of basic infrastructure, he says, adding that the successor to UNAMSIL, the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), will assist the Government in overcoming such challenges.On the question of human rights, he says a culture of respect for those rights has yet to be fully established. UNAMSIL began a countrywide distribution of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) last month, but while the Government has published a White Paper reflecting most of the TRC recommendations, it “has yet to embark on concrete action towards implementing them.”The July summit of the 32-year-old Mano River Union, comprising Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, was a welcome development in the negotiations over the Yenga border between Guinea and Sierra Leone, but the failure so far to begin the agreed border demarcation proves that further efforts are required to help remove a potential source of conflict, he says.In this regard, he has instructed Special Representative Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago to intensify his efforts to help both Governments reach a mutually acceptable solution before the closure of UNAMSIL on 20 December, if possible.As UNAMSIL’s mandate ends, “the Ghanaian battalion will depart by the end of September. The Pakistani battalion will be repatriated by the end of October and the Nigerian battalion, supporting arms and services, by 15 December,” Mr. Annan says. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 5:18 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,680.76, up 76.60 points):Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Up one cent, or 11.76 per cent, to 9.5 cents on 16.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation. Down five cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $3.64 on 13.9 million shares. Bombardier’s shares are expected to remain under pressure while the airplane manufacturer determines the cause of a CSeries engine problem late last week that has grounded its fleet of four test aircraft.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Down 26 cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $38.15 on 5.4 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 0.54 per cent, to $11.14 on 4.3 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.38 per cent, to $2.62 on 3.6 million shares.Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 7.97 per cent, to $1.49 on 3.1 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (978.47, down 5.52 points):Xmet Inc. (TSXV:XME). Miner. Up one cent, or 33.33 per cent, to four cents on 4.9 million shares.Theralase Technologies Inc. (TSXV:TLT). Medical devices. Down one cent, or 2.94 per cent, to 33 cents on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG). Miner. Down 91 cents, or 19.74 per cent, to $3.70 on 5.8 million shares. The company threatened Monday to shut down its Kumtor project if it doesn’t receive approval from Kyrgyz Republic authorities for mine plan and related permits by June 13.TransForce Inc. (TSX:TFI). Transportation. Down 36 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $23.34 on 1 million shares. The trucking and delivery company says it has a US$310-million deal to buy Minnesota-based Transport America, Inc., which offers transportation services across the United States. TransForce says the acquisition is expected to generate annual revenues of about US$350 million for the Quebec company.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Drug manufacturer. Up $3.83, or 2.69 per cent, to $146.17 on 633,343 shares. Pershing Square Capital Management LP is seeking to replace a majority of directors at Allergan Inc. at a special meeting of shareholders as part of a plan to back a proposed takeover of the company by Valeant. The investment firm headed by Bill Ackman is the largest shareholder at Allergan with a 9.7 per cent stake in the company and has agreed to accept less for its shares than other shareholders in an effort to see the Valeant deal done. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

July new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for July pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in July 2011 that were defined as pre-registrations.The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.Download release Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens track team gets Big Ten Indoor Championship preview with

A sneak peak of the future is in store for the Ohio State’s women’s track team as it makes its way to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the SPIRE NCAA Division I Invitational this weekend.At the invitational, the Buckeyes are slated to get a preview of the facilities that are also scheduled to host the Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1.While all outdoor tracks remain constant, many indoor tracks vary depending on the facility.The French Field House, home to OSU’s men’s and women’s track teams, has a 200-meter track. SPIRE Institute’s facility houses a 300-meter track.Coach Karen Dennis said she’s happy to get a sneak peak at the track two weeks prior to the championship meet so the team can fine tune its skills and put the finishing touches on its preparedness for that specific track.“We’re going to familiarize ourselves with the venue,” Dennis said. “While at the same time, there will be probably eight of the Big Ten schools there, so we will get a chance to get a real good feel where we are at versus that quality of competition.”Junior sprinter and jumper Abie Ehimwenman said acquainting the athletes with the facility beforehand will help get rid of the nerves and make the venue not feel so “foreign.”“If you are able to do your best at a meet where most of your competition is going to be two weeks later, (that) gives you confidence that you can perform well against your rivals and the people you need to beat,” Ehimwenman said.Running at the SPIRE invitational this weekend can also help the Buckeyes identify where they should be moving forward.“Once the team does get a preview of the meet, they will start to get that mental picture in their head,” redshirt-senior sprinter Ashlee Abraham said.Abraham identified an area the team has been working on throughout the season — mental toughness.“Last week, I had the best 60-meter race of my life. I (had a personal record). I won. I was feeling great,” Abraham said. “But yay, all that happened, but now it’s like OK, back to Monday.”The formula for success, Abraham added, is to mentally train your mind to keep pushing and preparing for what comes next.Dennis agreed that while many of the Big Ten competitors are strong on paper, she is not focused on matching up against them.“I have to look at my strengths and how to maximize our ability to score. My focus is totally on this team and how this team can do in the championship,” Dennis said.The meet is set to begin Friday at 2 p.m. and continue through Saturday. read more

Family affair Buckeye roots come full circle for Smiths

Talking to Spencer Smith, it’s quickly obvious that he is a family man. But mention his brother, Connor Smith, and his face brightens, his eyes widen and a toothy grin takes shape.  When they were younger, Spencer Smith, a redshirt sophomore fullback, and Connor, a redshirt junior offensive lineman, played many sports together, including soccer, basketball and baseball. But football is where they have always shared their strongest bond.The two played high school football at Colerain, a perennial public school powerhouse on the outskirts of Cincinnati, where they were coached by their father, Joe Smith. The brothers have since migrated 90 miles north to play at Ohio State.“I’d say first of all, my brother’s probably my best friend,” Spencer Smith said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here in the end is because of my relationship with him.”Connor Smith has truly relished the time spent with his brother even though they have always lived under the same roof and live together off campus.“Me and my brother, we’ve been on every team together growing up,” Connor Smith said. “We hang out all the time; it’s really a neat situation.”Considering all the quality time the brothers enjoy together, it comes as no surprise that OSU football is truly a family affair for the Smiths. Joe Smith was an offensive tackle and four-year letterman at OSU from 1979-1982. For him, the experience of playing OSU football has come full circle.“It’s been great for me, but truly it’s about them, the experience that they get a chance to go through,” said Joe Smith, now a veterinarian at College Hill Animal Hospital in Cincinnati. “It gives you something in common for the rest of your life with your boys.”The relationship between the two only seemed to strengthen on the football field, especially at Colerain high school. They were only on the field together for one season, but they did not waste any opportunity to line up side by side.“My junior year, when we played right next to each other, that was an unbelievable experience just knowing that I had a lot of trust in him. It’s something that’s almost indescribable,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s got your back, you’ve got his back. It’s like a bond that’s even stronger than just a teammate’s bond.”Now that they are at OSU and play different positions, the brothers don’t see much of each other on the field. But they manage to run into each other through alternative means.“When we played in high school, we were together a lot,” Connor Smith said. “We’re sort of coached by the same people now, so we’re in a lot of our meetings together now.”Because Joe Smith coached his sons in high school and was also available at home, the brothers picked his brain to get a sense of his football acumen.“He always pushed us hard. When we wanted to be pushed, he pushed,” Connor Smith said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He was a very good model for me and Spence.”Spencer Smith said his father was often a closed book when asked about his experiences playing at OSU. But Joe Smith always referenced an OSU coaching icon.“He’s a very humble man. I’d learn stuff through other people because he was so humble,” Spencer Smith said. “But he talked about Woody Hayes. He was recruited by Woody Hayes, and he played his redshirt year for Woody Hayes. That’s who he came to play for at Ohio State.”In Joe Smith’s mind, the brothers had enough of an innate desire for success that he did not need to get his point across often. However, that does not mean that he treated his sons differently than their teammates.“There were a few times when I had to get after them for effort, and I certainly made it publicly known. Me and the [Colerain] head coach both had sons on the team, and we had to make sure we didn’t play any favorites,” Joe Smith said. “You actually overcompensate because you’re harder on your own kids, but you do that to make sure there isn’t a prejudice there with the other kids.”For Spencer and Connor Smith, the coaching continued well after practice. Not only could they turn to their “coach” for advice on strategy and technique — but for guidance and life lessons, too. “I talk to my dad, if not every night, six out of seven nights of the week,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s always there to encourage me. It’s good because he’s been where I’ve been. Maybe different positions, maybe [at a] different time, but when it comes down to it, the tradition and excellence of how good either of our teams were, we’ve been in a lot of similar situations. “He’s probably been the biggest influence of my life, and he always has the right things to say. He knows what I’m going through, and it’s nice to always talk to him.”Spencer, Connor, and Joe Smith might have gone through many of the same exhilarating victories and heartbreaking losses, but according to Joe, the game has changed since his playing days.“Things were different then,” Joe Smith said. “There were more kids on scholarship, more kids to compete against. Spring ball was a lot longer. We didn’t have a mandatory academic day on Monday. We practiced every day. “The time commitment was more back then, just from what I can see. I think the way the coaches have to coddle the athlete now is much different.”But what hasn’t changed is OSU football’s tradition of excellence. Surviving the rest of the season will be tough Spencer Smith said, but he believes the team has a great foundation for success.“It takes an effort to manage your time, but you have all the support staff around you that makes it possible,” Spencer said. “It would be tough to do it all on your own.”Both on the field and in their family, support will never be an issue for the Smith brothers. They hope to carry their unbreakable bond to a national championship and use it to further the tradition of the OSU football family.“The goal is to win the national championship. We’ve been pretty close the last couple of years,” Spencer Smith said. “The Big Ten championship is always one of our team goals. You win the Big Ten championship, you’re always in the national title hunt.” read more

CJIA increases security fees introduces service charge for passengers

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA fees increase: Initial expansion plans could have offset expenses – JagdeoApril 26, 2019In “latest news”CAL ultimatum withdrawn as ‘dumping of duty-free items’ issue resolvedJune 21, 2016In “Business”Travelspan to partner with American Airlines for NYC/Guyana flightsSeptember 26, 2018In “latest news” With effect from April 1, 2019, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport announced that there will be an increase in its airport security fees and the introduction of an airport passenger’s service charge.In light of this new development, Caribbean Airlines in a statement issued stated that the new fees/charges for a round trip will be US$35 or an equivalent of GUY$7,315.Departing passenger will be required to pay US$17 while arriving passengers will pay US$15 payable in Guyana Dollars at the prevailing foreign exchange rate.The CJIA has reportedly advised all airlines that these increases are to support improvements at the airport. The Caribbean Airlines stated that to minimize to its valued customers, from April 15, 2019, the airlines would facilitate collection of the new fees at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.For departing passengers, these fees will be collected at the check in counters and for arriving passengers, it will be collected in the arrival hall.The airline noted that for tickets purchased after July 1, 2019, the fees will be automatically included in the cost of the ticket at the time of purchase. Attempts to contact the airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramesh Ghir for a comment proved futile.A US$150 million contract was inked to upgrade the CJIA in 2011 and catered for a new arrival terminal, four passenger boarding bridges and other amenities. This project was expected to be completed in 2018 but the deadline was adjusted to March 31, 2019.A model of the new CJIAHowever, an additional 86Million was pumped into the project for the construction of an access road and several other infrastructure works. read more