Ahmednagar a conundrum for both Congress and BJP

first_imgThe Ahmednagar south Lok Sabha constituency poses challenges for the Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).While the seat has traditionally been a Congress bastion, the party is riven by bickering between the factions of its two leaders in the district — Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, presently the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and former State Minister and milk cooperative baron, Balasaheb Thorat.With the wrangle between the Congress and its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) over the seat yet to be resolved, Sujay Vikhe-Patil, Mr. Radhakrishna’s elder son, has said he will fight as an Independent if the Congress did not grant him a ticket.“Three generations of my family has been rendering exemplary service to the people of Ahmednagar. I am going to ask for a ticket on the strength of this social service…in the event I am refused, I will contest as an Independent and win,” said Mr. Sujay, addressing a youth meet on Saturday.According to a political observer, Mr. Sujay has been actively gearing for the contest for the past couple of years, steadily expanding his support base with a number of social activities like medical services for those on the social margins.On Sunday, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan said, “We have an alliance with the NCP and we will firmly abide by coalition dharma (rules) when it comes to seat-sharing. While I sympathise with Mr. Sujay’s sentiments, the question of which party gets to contest it and which candidate will get a ticket will only be taken after due consultation with our allies.” If the Congress persuades the NCP into letting them have the Ahmednagar seat, the latter’s support will play a key role in determining the Congress’ fortunes here.Ahmednagar, which has so long been the fief of powerful and interconnected political families, has often witnessed strange political alliances. Mr. Radhakrishna’s father, veteran Congressman Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil was well-known for his close ties with both the BJP and the Shiv Sena.In 1998, Balasaheb was elected from the Ahmednagar LS, while in 2001, he joined the BJP for a brief while before returning like the prodigal son into the Congress fold. His son, Mr. Radhakrishna, too, has maintained his ties with the BJP, lending him open to the charge of being a ‘quisling’ to his party by his detractors, especially Balasaheb Thorat.In 2016, following the Congress’ defeat in the Municipal Council polls in the district, Mr. Thorat had openly accused Mr. Radhakrishna of being in cahoots with the BJP and “failing in his responsibilities” as a senior party leader by allying with the saffron party in a number of councils in the district.The NCP, despite having won the seat once in 2004 (by its leader Tukaram Gadakh), has seen a spate of defections. Yet, it has acted as a ‘power-broker’ of sorts.Meanwhile, the BJP faces a leadership crisis in the district as sections within the party are unhappy with the performance of its top gun in the district — three-time MP Dilip Gandhi.According to the grapevine, the party top brass isn’t keen on giving Mr. Gandhi a ticket for the upcoming general election. In the recently concluded poll to the Ahmednagar civic body, Mr. Gandhi’s son and daughter-in-law both suffered setbacks.last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic closes in on 700 career wins after crushing Tommy Robredo

first_imgPlaying his first match since winning the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic beat Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday. Djokovic’s victory brought him one match away from his 700th career singles win.”Every milestone is very special, of course,” Djokovic said. “I wish that I make the 700th win in this tournament, obviously.”Djokovic, a four-time champion in Dubai, took three weeks off after beating Andy Murray in the Australian Open final for his 11th Grand Slam title. Against Robredo, he didn’t face a break point. (Also read: Novak Djokovic maintains top spot in ATP rankings)”I didn’t know how I’m going to start, whether or not I’m going to execute the game plan as I prepared,” Djokovic said. “But everything went well.”His next opponent will be Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri, who won his first match of the year, beating Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-1.Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain won his 400th career match, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.Lopez, the oldest player in the draw at 34, is playing in Dubai for the 10th time. He reached the final in 2004 and 2008.”I’m very happy, first of all, because 400 wins is a good number,” Lopez said. “It’s been a long time since I started playing tennis, and I’m very happy I have been able to achieve this number. It means that I was also very lucky in terms of I didn’t have injuries during my career.”advertisementAlso, fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia was the first seed to fall in losing to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-6 (2), 6-2. Baghdatis holds a 4-1 career edge over Troicki.last_img read more

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Opposition demands Iranis apology

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) The Opposition in Rajya Sabha today demanded HRD Minister Smriti Iranis apology for reading out “objectionable” comments against Goddess Durga but she defended her action saying she did it because she was asked for proof to back her statements on JNU students. She also made it clear that she “is a practising Hindu and a worshipper of Durga” while the chair ruled that nothing blasphemous would be allowed to remain in the records. As the House met for the day, Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, raised a point of order saying the Constitution and rules do not permit anything to be spoken in the House which is blasphemous and can hurt religious sentiments. Irani, he said, had yesterday read out “insulting” comments made against Goddess Durga “verbatim” in the House hurting sentiments and sought a ruling from the Chair whether such comments made outside Parliament against any religious figure prophet or a deity can be read in the House. Members of other opposition parties also agreed with K C Tyagi of JD(U) demanding that Irani should unconditionally apologise for the comments read out by her. The minister, however, was unfazed and asserted that she herself was a “practising hindu and a Durga worshipper” and had only read authenticated documents of the University.”I had been asked to explain what is the proof (against JNU students)….I would also like to say I am myself a practising hindu. I am myself a Durga worshipper. I say it with a lot of pain that what is the free speech that certain political entities are giving respectability to,” she said.advertisementSeeking to turn tables on the Congress, she said that “they have absolutely no problem in supporting these very statements but they have problems in her reading out authenticated documents related to what they supported.”Earlier, besides Sharma, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had also termed it a “very serious issue” and said the “minister should apologise for what she said yesterday.” Azad said there were campaigns against many religious figures but the same language cannot be used in the House. Coming to his colleagues defence, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi attacked Congress and other opposition parties saying it had become a pattern for them to seek discussions and apology in every session while showing no interest in legislative business. He also said that Congress was raising the issue as its Vice President Rahul Gandhi was criticised for supporting those indulging in activities against the nation. As the two sides indulged in heated exchanges, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said there has been a tradition that nothing blasphemous or anything against any community will be raised in the House. He assured members that he would go through the records and expunge anything blasphemous. PTI ADS VSClast_img read more

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Lamborghini launches the Urus Super Sport Utility Vehicle in India for Rs 3 crore ex-showroom

first_imgItalian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini has launched its Urus super sport utility vehicle in India. This will be Lamborghini’s second SUV in its lineup after the LM002 SUV which was discontinued in 1993. Only 328 examples were produced.The Urus has received the underpinnings of a sports car. Built on its parent company Volkswagen’s MLB EVO platform which is shared by the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and the Volkswagen Touareg as well.Lamborghini is owned by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi AG and intends to double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019, as per a Reuters report dated 24 August 2016.The annual production of the Super Sports Utility Vehicle is capped at 3,500 vehicles, with worldwide sales of the vehicles which are expected to contribute to incremental volumes, stated Chief Stefano Domenicali in the Reuters report.The Lamborghini Urus gets an all-new 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 twin-turbo engine, a first for Lamborghini. The engine produces about 641bhp and a whopping 850Nm of torque, mated to a 8-speed transmission. The SUV also gets central torsion differential 4-wheel drive with added torque vectoring rear differential.The Urus has been priced at Rs 3 crore, ex-showroom and will be competing with the Bentley Flying Spur, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Levante, and the Quattroporte.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho accepts 1-year prison sentence for tax fraud, not to serve jail time

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of 3.3 million euros ($3.77 million), a Spanish court filing showed on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time.The filing said the tax ministry and Mourinho’s defence team had agreed to exchange the 12-month prison sentence with a daily fine of 250 euros for 24 months, equivalent to 182,500 euros, as under Spanish law jail terms under two years can be served under probation.The court filing said Mourinho leased his image rights to companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland in 2004 but left those earnings out of his tax returns from 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Real Madrid and a fiscal resident in Spain, “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”.As well as the one-year prison sentence, Mourinho has been fined 1.9 million euros, 60 percent of the amount defrauded, as well as 121,764 euros in interest.The 56-year-old and his representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.Mourinho is one of the most successful coaches in modern European soccer, winning league titles with Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Porto. He also won the Champions League in 2004 with Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.He was sacked in December by Manchester United after the Premier League club, who won the last of their record 20 top flight league titles in 2013, endured their worst start to a season for 28 years.Also Read | India can play World Cup in 10-20 years: Former Bayern Munich star LizarazuAlso Read | Stephen Constantine was good but next coach should make us better: Subhasish BoseadvertisementAlso See:last_img read more

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD CLOSED SESSION ON ODOR ISSUES

first_imgTHE CITY COUNCIL OF SOUTH SIOUX CITY WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION FRIDAY AT NOON TO DISCUSS THE ONGOING ISSUE OF ODORS THAT HAVE AFFECTED THE HOMES LOCATED IN THE 39TH AND G STREET AREA.CITY ADMINISTRATOR LANCE HEDQUIST SAYS THE COUNCIL WILL MEET IN CLOSED SESSION, BUT NO COURSE OF ACTION IS EXPECTED TO BE TAKEN.HEDQUIST ALSO SAYS VERY POSITIVE NEWS CONCERNING THE SITUATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.AFFECTED RESIDENTS FROM THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THEIR HOMES SINCE OCTOBER BECAUSE OF ODORS THAT CAME THROUGH THE CITY’S SEWER SYSTEM ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEARBY BIG OX ENERGY PLANT.last_img

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Sydney Rebels make it a ‘#fivepeat’

first_imgBy BEN HARRISSydney Rebels continued their dominance in the mixed open division at the National Touch League when they claimed their fifth consecutive crown.With the quest of the ‘#fivepeat’ firmly set in their minds, the Rebels were simply untouchable on finals day of the NTL.They hammered Defence Warriors 16-5 in the quarter-final before fighting tooth and nail to knock off Sydney Scorpions 9-5 in the semi-final.In the final, the Rebels played their archrivals Brisbane City Cobras for the third consecutive year.The Cobras were looking for third time lucky but they stumbled out of the blocks and despite fighting back, they went down 6-4.Rebels co-captain Kirstie Wakely has been involved in all of her team’s victories and said this one was the sweetest.“It’s pretty awesome, I am so pleased. Our team probably played the best they’ve played for the entire tournament, so I’m really happy with it,” Wakely said.The Rebels scored three touchdowns in the first nine minutes to set the tempo of the game.Credit to the Queensland team, they fought back to make it 3-2 just before half-time.But Rebels’ co-captain Roy Prasad scored his second of the half to give his team a 4-2 lead at the break.Midway through the second half the next score was added and it went to the Cobras.But the Rebels’ reply was swift as they scored less than 90 seconds later.A superb flick pass from Cobras’ Aiden Beiers to Tasi Cordtz made the scores 6-5 with seven minutes to go.Both sides were denied more touchdowns and it wasn’t until the 37th minute the Rebels put the nail in the Cobras’ coffin courtesy of an Ashleigh Werner touchdown.“Cobras are always tough. Our game plan is we don’t want to slip up, make no mistakes and if we stick to that, hopefully we can come away with a win,” Wakely said.The co-captain credited her team’s attitude, which has played a big part in their success for the past five years.“They are such a positive and tight crew and I think that helps us to bond in the end,” she said.Wakely and Prasad were named the players of the final.SYDNEY REBELS 6 (Roy Prasad 2, Kirstie Wakely, Amy Lugg, Ashleigh Werner, Jamie Chan touchdowns) def BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Allan Shine, Jordan Lovejoy, Kenneth Adams, Tasi Cordtz touchdowns).Related LinksMixed open finallast_img read more

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Jason Day Had An Awesome Quote About Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh

first_imgAn extreme closeup of Jason Day taken during a golf tournament.PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Jason Day of Australia walks from the fourth tee during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 08, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)Jason Day might be a fan of Ohio State, but his relationship with Jim Harbaugh might put him on shaky grounds with people in Columbus. Prior to the start of the 2019 Memorial Tournament, Day spoke about his ties to two legendary coaches.Leading up to the PGA Championship, Day received a text from Harbaugh about possibly getting him tickets. They’ve been friends since Harbaugh’s days as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.Even though Day is pretty close with Harbaugh, the Australian golfer also has connections with Urban Meyer.When asked about being friends with two coaches that were rivals in the Big Ten, Day said “I gotta try and play Switzerland here. Mind you, I’m from Australia.”This is a pretty awesome way of Day admitting that he won’t pick a side when it comes to choosing Harbaugh or Meyer. However, he did throw in a subtle remark about how he’d like to see Ohio State continue beating Michigan.Check it out:Jason Day told us he’s been a friends with Jim Harbaugh for years. He’s also tight with Urban Meyer.”I gotta try and play Switzerland here. Mind you, I’m from Australia.”@JDayGolf @CoachJim4UM @MemorialGolf pic.twitter.com/OuIhmWdKGO— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 28, 2019Day probably won’t have many fans in Ann Arbor after that last comment. Nonetheless, it’s still great to see athletes and coaches from different sports connect on a personal level.As for this year’s Memorial Tournament, Day is off to a strong start in the opening round with a current score of two under par.last_img read more

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2019 World Cup: Relief for Team India after Vijay Shankar’s scans show no fracture

first_img Press Trust of India LondonMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 16:55 IST Vijay Shankar’s test scans revealed no fracture (Twitter: @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar had left the field and was taken for a precautionary scan after getting hit during trainingBCCI tweeted saying that no fracture was detected on his right forearmShankar was chosen in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup to play at No. 4 for the sideThe Indian team heaved a sigh of relief after scan reports revealed that all-rounder Vijay Shankar hasn’t sustained a fracture on his right forearm after being hit by net bowler Khaleel Ahmed during a training session on Friday.Shankar had left the field and was taken for a precautionary scan, the reports of which came on Saturday.”Vijay Shankar was hit on his right forearm during practice on Friday. He underwent scans and no fracture has been detected. BCCI Medical Team is aiding him in his recovery,” BCCI posted on their Twitter handle.UPDATE – Vijay Shankar was hit on his right forearm during practice on Friday. He underwent scans and no fracture has been detected. BCCI Medical Team is aiding him in his recovery pic.twitter.com/47ufzHtLX7BCCI (@BCCI) May 25, 2019However, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder didn’t take part in the first warm-up game and is also unlikely to play in the second practice match against Bangladesh at Cardiff on Tuesday as there is a bit of bruise, which will take time to heal.Shankar on Saturday took some throwdowns batting ‘single-handed’ during the net session prior to the New Zealand game.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Vijay ShankarFollow BCCI 2019 World Cup: Relief for Team India after Vijay Shankar’s scans show no fractureVirat Kohli and his team breathed a huge sigh of relief after all-rounder Vijay Shankar’s test scans ruled out any fracture on his right forearmadvertisementlast_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Compulsory Acquisition of Lands

first_imgCabinet has approved the compulsory acquisition of 40 properties in Hannah Town, Kingston at a cost of just over $20 million, as well as land in Leith Hall, St. Thomas, in an effort to regularise settlement for longstanding residents.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the acquisition of the Hannah Town properties will allow the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, to provide splinter titles for 253 units in that section of the Denham Town/Hannah Town Redevelopment project.The Minister was addressing the weekly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, May 22, at the Office of the Prime Minister.She informed that the Ministry had previously purchased 54 of the 94 properties forming the Hannah Town section of the redevelopment project. A total of 253 units comprising 65 townhouses, 168 apartments and 20 studios have been constructed on the 94 parcels.Meanwhile, the Housing Ministry is acquiring Lot 289 at Leith Hall (East Prospect), under Section 1 of the Land Acquisition Act of 1947, to provide security of tenure for the occupants.“The property is occupied by over 2,000 residents most of whom have been in occupation of the land for more than 12 years and have constructed concrete houses on the land. The community features social amenities such as churches and is within close proximity to a school,” Minister Falconer informed.She also noted that there are vacant lots that are available for commercial and dwelling purposes.Acquisition of the land will be funded by the Leith Hall Provident Society, which comprises persons, who reside in the community.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_img -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Exit 8 to Exit 7, will be reduced to one lane from Thursday, May 24, to Tuesday, July 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle, a flashing light, barrels, cones and traffic control people. A detour is available on Trunk 3 from Exit 6 to Exit 9, between Hubbards and Chester Basin. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596last_img

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Smokey Robinson To Be Honored At Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Gala

first_imgGrammy Award-Winning singers Smokey Robinson and CeeLo Green, along with NBC’s America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon will join the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) at its Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.Philanthropists and Greenwich residents Anne and David Ogilvy will be presented with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. This award is presented annually to patients, caregivers, family members or advocates who inspire hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the MMRF and its mission.“Anne and I are honored and humbled to receive this accolade. As a patient, I am immensely grateful to the MMRF for shifting the paradigm of cancer research and for revolutionizing the way myeloma is treated. Caregivers are the true spirt of hope and I am inspired by my caregiver, my amazing wife, Anne, for her unflappable bravery and strength, as well as my entire family. Without my doctors and the MMRF, I would not be here today,” said David Ogilvy, the president and owner of David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors.The renowned Grammy Award-Winning singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson will be presented with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award. Mr. Robinson is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University Honorary Doctorate, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States.Both of these awards are presented to people in recognition of their extraordinary contributions and inspiration of hope through their life’s work.Grammy Award-Winning singer, songwriter and record producer CeeLo Green will serve as the evening’s headliner. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be Nick Cannon, the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and an entrepreneur, philanthropist and entertainer.Janssen Oncology and Takeda Oncology are the evening’s presenting sponsors.“The MMRF Gala allows us to publicly thank individuals who support our efforts to find a cure for multiple myeloma. We are excited this year to recognize longtime friends and supporters Anne and David Ogilvy as well as musical legend Smokey Robinson,” stated MMRF President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Giusti. “The awareness that we generate and the funds that we raise supports the MMRF’s unique Precision Medicine Model – the promise of delivering tailored cancer treatments based on a patient’s specific genetic profile. This is the future of cancer research.”The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest philanthropic event in Fairfield County and is attended by over 1,000 supporters including patients, family members, healthcare leaders and business executives – all with a mission to find a cure. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, premier silent and live auctions as well as world-class entertainment. It is always an uplifting, moving event.The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is one of the leading cancer research organizations worldwide. MMRF’s groundbreaking precision medicine model is the only end-to-end solution in cancer research today and the foundation is leading the way in the fight against all cancers with a goal of finding a cure.For more information for table/ticket or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
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Inuk designer says not everyone informed about Canada Goose program

first_imgSophie-Claude MillerAPTN NewsAn Inuk designer is skeptical about a new “social entrepreneurship” program being run by winter clothing giant Canada Goose.As part of its, ‘’honouring the north” initiative, Canada goose ordered an exclusive collection from 14 Inuit seamstresses.The company recently announced their Atigi collection that includes anoraks, parkas and the famous traditional Inuit amauti.But Victoria Okpik, a professional Inuk designer from Kangirsujuaq, says she wasn’t aware of project Atigi and according to her, neither were most Inuit.“Most of the people I think didn’t know about this project and it should have been well publicized and people that wanted to try should have had a chance,” said Okpik.Okpik said she’s happy for the people who took part in the project, but is concerned about the amauti patterns being shared with a big company such as Canada Goose.“I was really worried about our traditional amauti,” she said. “I know Pauktuutit Women’s Association of Canada, they have intellectual property rights, they worked on it for a long time and I was just worried about that part because a big company like Canada Goose, if it gets a hold of the pattern, I was really worried.”The Toronto based company said in a statement that all proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).The national Inuit organization is responsible for protecting and advancing the rights and interests of 60,000 Inuit.In an email, ITK was not involved in the planning, but said it will administer the proceeds of the sales.“’ITK will collect the proceeds and we will bring them forward to our board of directors, which is made up of the elected leaders of each of the four Inuit regions, to determine how to best use these funds in Inuit communities,” the email said.But Okpik still has concerns about the project.“I think Inuit should be the one that benefits from that and have the total right and not big companies like Canada Goose to gain anything out of it, out of amauti,” said OkpikAPTN asked Canada goose numerous times for an interview but they did not make anyone available.smiller@aptn.ca@sophieclaudelast_img read more

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Environmentalists welcome Sask carbon ruling that affirms federal climate role

Environmental groups rejoiced at a Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling on carbon pricing that legal experts say strongly affirms the federal government’s essential role in the fight against climate change.Ian Bruce of the David Suzuki Foundation says the decision paves the way for a unified national program to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.Isabelle Turcotte of the Pembina Institute says the 3-2 ruling emphasizes that climate change is a national threat, even calling it an emergency.Meanwhile, legal scholars say the court has reinforced the doctrine that the provinces and the federal government share responsibility for the environment.Stewart Elgie of the University of Ottawa says the federal government can set standards and the provinces decide how to meet them, much as Canada already does in health care and social programs.Martin Olszynski from the University of Calgary says the Saskatchewan ruling is likely to foreshadow carbon price rulings in jurisdictions such as Ontario, where the arguments used were very similar.Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Simon Fraser University, welcomes the decision, saying it’s appropriate the federal government has the power to address a global problem.   The Canadian Press read more

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UNbacked conference raises awareness of evils of antiSemitism

“Holocaust denial is anti-Semitism. It wounds the people who suffer the most – the survivors,” said Kiyo Akasaka, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, in a message to the International Conference on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial in Dublin.“It extends this hurt to every Jewish person, as a heartless reminder of the unspeakable cruelty and the ruthless attempt to eliminate every member of their families,” Mr. Akasaka told the conference, which is co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information and Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, with the support of the Government of Ireland and other partners.The UN has called for the rejection of the denial of the Holocaust, in full or in part, through resolutions adopted by the 192-member General Assembly.Mr. Akasaka encouraged participants attending the two-day event to make efforts to dispel the myths associated with anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and to fight discrimination.“We have not fully understood that discrimination against people anywhere hurts people everywhere. Minorities of all kinds continue to be persecuted and murdered. And too often, we have been indifferent,” he added.Through its ‘Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme,’ the UN helps to ensure that people everywhere are better educated about the events that led to the Holocaust in order to help prevent genocide in the future. 18 November 2010In continuing efforts to ensure that the crime of genocide does not occur again, the United Nations today co-sponsored a conference in Ireland to discuss both the historical and contemporary contexts of anti-Semitism, including Holocaust denial. read more

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New laws to ban sale of cigarettes near schools

He said the Government is committed to reduce the use of cigarettes in the country.As part of this move, the Minister said the Government has already increased the price of cigarettes and also increased the tax on cigarettes. (Colombo Gazette) New laws are to be introduced to ban the sale of cigarettes near schools, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today.The Minister also denied claims that a new tobacco company is to be registered in Sri Lanka.

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Michael Vick Will Not Return to Eagles Next Season

Michael Vick’s frequent injuries have turned off the Philadelphia Eagles, who have decided not to re-sign the quarterback who lost the starting job to Nick Foles last season.The Eagles will seek another backup to Foles, a veteran who will be comfortable in the role, according to cbssports.com.Vick has said he believes he is a starter, an indirect indication that he wanted out of Philly.Sources say Vick’s injury history has given Philly pause, and he will explore other options in free agency. The Jets, Raiders and other teams are monitoring Vick. Vick played previously for Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia.Vick joined the Eagles in 2009. In 2010 he won the Comeback Player of the Year award after throwing for 21 touchdowns and running for nine to lead Philly to the playoffs. read more

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Ohio State defense struggles on third down in 3521 loss to Virginia

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempts to tackle Virginia Tech sophomore fullback Sam Rogers during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt was a night filled with introspective discussion, historical significance and endless analysis. But despite all the circumstances surrounding it, Ohio State junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington’s short statement turned out to be the best assessment of his team’s 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech.“We did OK, but we just didn’t play good when we needed to play good,” Washington said after the game.The OSU defense may have forced three Virginia Tech turnovers and held the Hokies to fewer yards than its own team’s offense, but it also surrendered nine third-down conversions. Five of those came on plays where the Hokies needed to gain seven yards or more to extend the drive.OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell had an interception and five tackles in his first start of the season, but his evaluation of the defense’s third-down play struck a similar chord with Washington’s.“(The Hokies) were just making plays,” Bell said. “We need to make plays to get off the field when we have to get the ball to the offense in those types of situations.”Junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the third-down defensive failures weren’t just the result of one player, but of all 11 men on that side of the ball.(Giving up a third down conversion) is something you never want as a defense. That is something we have to tighten up,” Perry said. “We have to look at what we were doing and see where we can make corrections. We have to put it on everybody to do their responsibilities.”Coach Urban Meyer said his analysis of the defense would have to wait until later, as his focus during the game was on adjusting his offensive scheme. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell — like some of his players — pointed to those third down plays that put OSU in an early hole as the moments that changed the game.“Ultimately, you look back and that’s what killed us. It’s not like they were third-and-two, third-and-threes,” Fickell said. “We’re talking third-and-eight, third-and-10, third-and-12, in the ideal position you’d want to be in, and we didn’t execute.”No Buckeye football team had ever played in front of an Ohio Stadium crowd as big as Saturday’s 107,517 total. Nor had many Buckeye players ever played against the kind of triple-option offense they saw against Navy, but the more conventional style employed by Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler still gave the unit problems.OSU co-captain and senior linebacker Curtis Grant said a combination of strategy and the play of visiting redshirt-junior quarterback Michael Brewer made the difference.“It was hard to get to the quarterback since (Brewer) was getting the ball out so quickly. We were coming, but it was hard to get to him when it felt like he was getting the ball out after three seconds,” Grant said. “(Virginia Tech) ran a lot of aggressive misdirection routes coming to the backside. That’s something we need to correct moving forward.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) tackles a Virginia Tech player during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFickell also singled out Brewer’s decision-making as the x-factor on big plays.“We lost leverage, it’s not like we weren’t pressuring him,” Fickell said. “We were coming after him to hit him. He rolled the pocket a little bit, made some plays on us.”After giving up 21 points in the first half, the Silver Bullets kept the Hokies out of the end zone as the OSU offense came back to tie the game with 11:40 left on the clock. But the Hokies pulled out all the stops — including a reverse play that went for 17 yards — on their way to scoring the game’s winning touchdown with 8:44 remaining in the game.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said the Buckeyes weren’t expecting a trick play like that, but he still saw the team’s first-half performance as the game’s deciding factor.“We didn’t play well in the first half. [We] came out pretty strong in the second but it wasn’t enough to win the game.”Grant and his Buckeye teammates are set to look to regroup from their first regular-season loss under Meyer next week when Kent State is scheduled to come to Columbus. Kickoff is set for noon on Sept. 13. read more

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Pet dog has sex change in rare operation after vets discovered she

first_imgA pet dog has undergone gender reassignment in a rare operation after vets discovered she was a hermaphrodite.Molly, a Jack Russell who was born with male and female parts, has made a complete recovery after undergoing the rare gender reassignment surgery.Mary and Frank Finlay first took their puppy Molly to the vet when they noticed her unusual toileting behaviour. Ross Allan, a vet based in Glasgow, discovered she was intersex, with elements of both male and female external genitalia.This was causing her “significant” discomfort and abrasions, so she underwent a “complex” operation to improve her quality of life.Mr Allan said Molly, now around 18 months old, has made a complete recovery after the surgery last June.Mr Finlay told BBC Scotland’s Kaye Adams Programme: “We got Molly in November 2015 and noticed that around the house she would squat to do her pees but outside she would lift her leg.”I mentioned this early on in 2016 to one of Ross’s colleagues and they came up with the probability that she was a hermaphrodite, both sexes.”They did MRI scans and X-rays, and eventually she was operated on in 2016. We still call her Molly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  Jack Russell Molly with her owners Mary and Frank Finlay at home in Glasgow. The complex surgical procedure involved removing her pseudo male sexual organ and forming a functional urethral opening where the female genitalia would normally be found.Mr Allan, who works at the Pets’n’Vets Family’s Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow, said: “Molly was what is defined medically as a male pseudo hermaphrodite, or more commonly ‘intersex’.”Her particular anatomy meant that whilst Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia, and unfortunately this was leading to significant genital discomfort.”If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition.”We decided that the very best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation which would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.”The surgery was a great success and Molly is much more comfortable and happier as a result.”Intersexism is rare in pets and some cases will not require any treatment at all.”In Molly’s case, it was a painful condition which was causing problems and surgery was an important step to ensure she was able to go on to live a pain-free life.” Intersex Jack Russell MollyCredit:PA  Jack Russell Molly with her owners Mary and Frank Finlay at home in GlasgowCredit:SWNS Intersex Jack Russell  Mrs Finlay added: “We’ve seen no change in her behaviour. She’s still the same wee Molly and we wouldn’t be without her, she’s too precious.”During the surgical procedure, Mr Allan found Molly’s internal sexual organs were that of a male, with testicles in the place of ovaries within her abdomen.last_img read more

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12yearold girl assaulted for her iPhone as warning issued over children carrying

first_img“Parents need more education; whilst phones are great for safety, they are also highly desirable items,” she said.Ms Bowyer added that “children are withdrawn from society” when using their phones or listening to music and therefore don’t recognise the potential dangers. Derbyshire Constabulary are still seeking information on the incident.Roger Critchell, director of operations at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Having a mobile stolen can be a really shocking and distressing for the victim. “Thieves look for people they can target easily, so when you are out and about only use your mobile when absolutely necessary.” The man is seen hurling the girl to the ground before snatching her rose gold iPhone 6s The man is seen hurling the girl to the ground before snatching her rose gold iPhone 6s Crime prevention officer at Derbyshire Constabulary, Kate Bowyer, said that whilst there was no blame on victims it was important that parents explain to children the responsibility and consequences of having expensive items such as phones and portable music players.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 12-year-old girl was brutally set upon as a man tried to steal her mobile phone in an attack captured on CCTV.Derbyshire Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Derby in connection with the incident which happened on Cambridge Street on Sunday afternoon.The girl attempted to fight off the assailant for 25 seconds before he eventually made off with her rose gold iPhone 6s.Whilst the girl was left with no physical injuries the attack has prompted concerns over children carrying expensive goods. Director of criminology at the University of Kent, Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh, said carrying such items leads to youngsters being “targets”, despite parents inventions of keeping their children safe.  She said: “Parents do have to take into account that their children can become targets when they are given phones. Having valuable items increases the chance of being a victim of crime, and children are easier targets for criminals. “Of course many parents feel that phones keep their children safe, and this is true, but does your child need say an iPhone 10 to check in with you.“Buying the most expensive and the best isn’t always needed, but perhaps is wanted. It is therefore important to balance what keeps your child safe and what can make them a target.” The girl fought back for 25 seconds The girl fought back for 25 secondslast_img read more

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