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The final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be released on June 30 as scheduled, owing to the heavy floods in the Barak Valley, NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela said here on Thursday.He added that a petition was filed in the Supreme Court last week, seeking more time to prepare the draft. The apex court has fixed the date of hearing on July 2. The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision to weed out illegal immigrants.Meanwhile, security across the State has been stepped up ahead of the publication of the draft to prevent any untoward incident. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the names of all “genuine Indians” would be incorporated in the list.The first NRC draft was released on January 1, in which the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were included. Assam, which faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only State with an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.
Assam and Manipur have something in common ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha election on April 11 — the demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for some dominant communities.The Centre’s decision to grant ST status to six communities in Assam coincided with the move to get the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament in January. The anger over the latter somewhat overshadowed the reaction to the former in the State, although some groups doubted the BJP’s intention.After a brief lull, the ST status issue has resurfaced with both the BJP and the Congress claiming to be more sincere to the cause.The six communities — Adivasi, Chutia, Koch-Rajbongshi, Matak, Moran, and Tai-Ahom — are currently in the OBC list. Together, they form a sizeable chunk of voters in at least nine of Assam’s 14 Lok Sabha constituencies.‘Congress brainchild’ “ST status is a Congress brainchild. It was taken forward on our recommendation, but the BJP cheated the six communities with no clarity on how they will be accommodated beyond the existing quota,” State Congress president Ripun Bora said.Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who heads a panel for settling the ST issue, said only the BJP can be true to the promise. “We have cleared the deck with the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes giving the nod to the proposal. We shall take it to a logical conclusion if voted back to power,” he said.Mr. Sarma and Mr. Bora have been campaigning extensively for their respective parties.Tribal groups, however, fear that the six communities – three of them used to rule large swathes of Assam and beyond until the advent of the British in the 1820s – would take away a major chunk of benefits if granted the ST status. The Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations has asked the voters to be wary of any party that backs the move.Hagrama Mohilary, chief of BJP’s ruling ally Bodoland People’s Front, said his party has no problem with the ST status issue. “We support it,” he said. His party is dominated by the Bodos, the largest plains tribe of the Northeast.Meitei as tribe?The demand for ST status for the Meitei community has gained currency in Inner Manipur, one of two Lok Sabha constituencies in the State where voting is scheduled for April 18, since the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee imposed a 30-hour shutdown across Imphal Valley to drive home the point.Apart from a few Scheduled Castes, the largely Hindu Meiteis belong to the general category. They dominate the Imphal Valley that covers less than 20% of Manipur’s total land.The State’s former Chief Secretary and Congress candidate O. Nabakishore Singh said the Meiteis deserve the ST status, which many feel would pave the way for safeguards that the Constitution provides to tribal-dominated areas of Manipur – the hills around Imphal Valley.“We cannot ignore the people’s sentiments, as the Meiteis are becoming a minority. Even if not ST status, we are supporting constitutional protection for landownership and greater political representation,” BJP candidate R.K. Ranjan told The Hindu.The United Tribal People Council of Manipur, however, sees in the push for ST status for Meiteis a design that could push Nagas, Kukis and other tribes to the brink. “Meiteis are one of the most advanced communities in the Northeast and do not qualify to be tribals,” the council’s president S. Azar said.
View comments And football never left him.“Growing up, I remember my mom having to call his secretary when he was going out to training camp to let them know what kind of mood he was in. And then vice versa,” his daughter, Devon Jackoniski, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Read Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “That can be awkward for a lot of people, but it wasn’t to him. He could relate to a kid but not an adult,” she said. “When we were growing up, people would always come up to us and say, ‘Your dad is a saint.’ We would just sit there smiling, knowing that when we got home, the tide was going to turn.”With his family, Jackoniski said, Nobis was a disciplinarian. Aggressive. Intense. “We always said we had to walk around eggshells with my dad,” Jackoniski said.When her older brother, Tommy, decided he didn’t want to play football anymore, her father snapped. The incident drove a wedge between them, and kept Nobis from seeing any of his grandchildren for many of his later years.“He just became unhinged,” Jackoniski said. “We just thought that’s who my dad was.”Nine years ago, Nobis was supposed to give the eulogy at his father-in-law’s funeral. “My dad, who was the public speaker,” Jackoniski said. “It was totally garbled.”Afterward, in front of the extended family, Nobis snapped at her 2-year-old son. His rage was so frightening they thought about calling the police.“He was this caged animal that was just unleashed,” she said. “At that point we knew there was something wrong. Once he took it out to the public, we knew there was something horribly wrong with him.”The family tried to avoid triggers like noise or chaos, but Nobis would become increasingly rattled in public. There were restaurants he couldn’t return to because of his outbursts; he got out of a car at a bank drive-thru to yell at the teller for taking too long with the customer in front of him.“It became embarrassing,” Jackoniski said. “But it was scary, too. Toward the end my brother removed all the guns from his house, thankfully. I don’t know if he ever threatened to use a gun, but my brother had enough insight to do that.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed after death, has been found in more than 100 former NFL players, and in dozens more athletes and members of the military who have been exposed to repetitive head trauma. The disease can lead to memory loss, depression and even suicide. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town And when the Falcons reached the Super Bowl two years ago, he was too far gone to understand what it meant.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of Boston University’s CTE center, said on Monday that Nobis had the most severe form of the disease, showing a “severe loss of neurons and large CTE lesions throughout the cerebral cortex.”The family was not surprised.“We knew there was going to be something wrong on his pathology report,” said Jackoniski, who is a physician’s assistant. “But it was shocking how a human being could still be alive with that little functioning brain.”Jackoniski was 2 when her father retired from the NFL, but football was never far from their life.Nobis spent three decades in the team’s front office, working in scouting, marketing, player development and corporate development. (He also ran a charity that provided job training for people with disabilities.)At home, there was more football.“It doesn’t matter the time of year, my dad could always find a football game on,” Jackoniski said. “That was basically our lives. When he retired, his only career was with the Falcons. We would go to all the Falcons games, whether we wanted to or not. That was who we were.”She remembered her father, who died in 2017 at the age of 74, as a humble man who was not very social, and yet a great public speaker. A prankster. Big Red. Huckleberry Finn with Muscles.He was beloved in Atlanta; Jackoniski said he would approach children with disabilities at restaurants, just to make them laugh. “When you see some of these guys going in for these tackles, I wish they would allow these guys to come into these houses where these CTE victims are living and see them living their lives, day to day,” Jackoniski said.“Do they really want their lives to be that way? Not only is it going to affect their lives, but it rips families apart, and it rips friends apart, and it is so destructive.”Although her children don’t play football, Jackoniski said they remain Falcons and Longhorns fans and are proud of the man who they were once kept away from for their own safety. And though connecting his behavior to CTE has helped the family understand Nobis’ struggle, it also made Jackoniski realize that she never knew what her father was actually like.“I don’t know that I ever saw my dad without showing signs of CTE, my entire life,” she said. “In hindsight, I think that was the saddest part of the news. His children never even knew who he was. My mom even may have not known.”Jackoniski said she doesn’t watch a lot of football any more, but she will watch the Super Bowl “just because I know it will be on in our house.” In an email follow-up to the telephone interview, she said she struggled to comprehend what the sport has meant to her family.“Football was my father’s life, the air he breathed and therefore the air we breathed,” she wrote. “It brought discipline and recklessness, self-worth and depression, strength and weakness, determination and fear, teamwork and destruction of relationships, competition and dissension, friendships and loneliness, strategy and brutal honesty, entertainment and subsistence.“In the end,” she said, “it brought humility in every sense of the word.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes And now, as the NFL world descends upon Atlanta for Sunday’s Super Bowl, it serves as a somber reminder of the impact that football can have on its players and those who love them.“That truly was my dad’s first love,” Jackoniski said. “He wasn’t born with a lot of money. They were from a blue-collar area. It gave my dad a lot of opportunities, so it’s kind of a bittersweet thing.“He told me before he became very ill he would never turn his back on football or do anything different. But he would educate kids a little different in the game,” Jackoniski said. “There’s something very wrong with slamming your head against a brick wall over and over and over again.”A two-way star at Texas whose No. 60 was retired by both the Falcons and the Longhorns, Nobis won the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player in college football and finished seventh in the 1965 Heisman Trophy voting, just ahead of Bob Griese and Steve Spurrier. In the Orange Bowl against Joe Namath and top-ranked Alabama, Nobis led a goal-line stand to preserve the Longhorns victory .He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1966 NFL draft — the first ever selection by the brand new Atlanta Falcons franchise . Rookie of the year. Five Pro Bowl selections. But he never made the playoffs, with the upstart franchise posting only two winning records in his 11 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FILE – In this Dec. 13, 1966, file photo, Tommy Nobis of the Atlanta Falcons, poses. Nobis, a hard-hitting linebacker for Atlanta and the University of Texas who earned the nickname “Mr. Falcon,” had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. And now, as Atlanta prepares to host the Super Bowl, the descent of the NFL upon their hometown is a reminder for his family of the impact, both good and bad, that football has had on them. (AP Photo/File)BOSTON — Atlanta Falcons linebacker Tommy Nobis seemed to transition easily into his post-playing career, landing a job as the manager of the team’s training camp hotel and rising through the franchise’s front office to vice president.For three more decades, the man who came to be known as “Mr. Falcon” never left football.ADVERTISEMENT “We were pretty uneasy growing up,” she said. “Although my dad had just some beautiful moments of being a wonderful man, emotionally he was so unstable it was just hard to get close to him.”Researchers have confirmed what Nobis’ family long suspected: He had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repetitive blows to the head that can cause the kind of violent moods they had grown accustomed to. 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New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Union minister Prakash Javadekar today accused Congress of hatching a “conspiracy” and using investigating agencies for “political reasons” in the Ishrat Jahan and Malegaon blast cases.”The revelation that the NIA has made is very important. The manner in which this whole situation is now emerging, facts which have come out in the NIA investigation about Ishrat Jahan are very surprising.”This is a clear example of where things can lead you if you use investigative agency under some conspiracy, if you use agencies only for political reasons,” he said attacking Congress without naming it.Javadekar was responding to a question about NIA reportedly reversing its earlier stand of having no evidence to link nine Muslim men to the September 2006 Malegaon bombings as well as the different stands taken by the Home Ministry during UPA regime on Ishrat Jahan case.Ishrat was killed in an encounter by Gujarat Police in 2004. A court-monitored CBI probe had found the encounter to be fake and a major row erupted after the UPA government filed in September 2009 a second affidavit which, unlike the first, did not make any reference to her suspected LeT links. Firing a fresh salvo at Sonia Gandhi over the Ishrat Jahan issue, BJP yesterday suggested that the Congress chief had asked the then Home Minister P Chidambaram to file a second affidavit in the case as UPA could “tolerate terrorists but not Narendra Modi as Prime Minister”.Javadekar also justified the governments decision to merge Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA), launched by the previous UPA government, with the Khelo India programme for development of sports.advertisement”Khelo India is a good thing. Let the entire India play,” the ministry snapped when asked whether the government will rename all the schemes launched by the UPA.He declined to go into issue of Kohinoor diamond when asked why the government went for a “U-turn” in the matter. “It has been clarified yesterday. No need to speak on it again,” he said.Last night, the government had made a U-turn on the Kohinoor issue, saying it will make all efforts to bring back the valued diamond.Earlier, it had said in the Supreme Court that the Kohinoor diamond was “neither stolen nor forcibly” taken by the then British rulers but given to them by the erstwhile rulers of Punjab. PTI AMR NAB AMR RCJ SC RCJ
PV Sindhu entered her second straight BWF World Championship final on Saturday after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.The Indian badminton ace will now face Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final of the World Championship on Sunday.In a hard-fought battle that lasted for 55 minutes, Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-16, 24-22 in the semi-finals.PV Sindhu vs Yamaguchi, Badminton World Championships 2018 semi-final: HighlightsSindhu looked a bit nervous and took time to get into the groove, resulting in Yamaguchi racing away to a 5-0 lead.The Indian earned the first point with a precise smash but a couple of wide strokes on both sides of the court helped the Japanese move to 6-3.At 4-8, Sindhu reeled off five straight points to grab a 9-8 lead. However, the Japanese managed to hold a slender 11-10 lead at the break after Sindhu failed to cross the net.After the breather, Sindhu stepped up her retrieving skills and covered the court better as Yamaguchi tried to put the shuttle close to the lines and ended up committing many unforced errors.At 10-12, Sindhu rode on eight straight points to reach 18-12. However, she went out twice and also sent the shuttle long once to allow Yamaguchi make a recovery.However, the Indian eventually grabbed four game points after capitalising on a weak return from the Japanese and converted it immediately when Yamaguchi faltered at the forecourt.Just like the opening game, Sindhu again lagged 2-6 initially in the second game, before the Indian managed to reduce the gap to 7-8. But after Sindhu went out Yamaguchi unleashed a whipping cross court smash and one at the back court to move to the interval with a 11-7 advantage.advertisementThe Japanese extended the lead to 14-9 with two precise smashes. But she went long thrice after that and Sindhu too found the net twice. It was 16-12 advantage for Yamaguchi at that point.Sindhu then scripted an incredible recovery from 12-19, reeling off eight straight points to grab one match point. Yamaguchi saved one before holding a game point herself. However, the Japanese goofed up during the serve to squander her advantage.After another intense rally, Yamaguchi went long to hand over Sindhu a second match point but what ensued next was the longest rally of the contest, comprising 41 shots, which ended with Sindhu hitting wide.However, Yamaguchi hit wide again to gift Sindhu her third match point and this time she converted it after the Japanese went wide again.Meanwhile, Marin defeated China’s He Bingjiao in the first semi-final of the day.The Spaniard dished out a clinical performance as she registered a 21-17, 21-10 win over the home favourite.The Sunday final will be the 13th clash between Sindhu and Marin and a repeat of their famous 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal – which was won by the Spaniard.Their head-to-head record currently stands at 6-6.In their previous meeting, Sindhu defeated Marin 22-20, 21-19 in the Malaysia Open in June this year.The world No 8 Marin has won the World Championship earlier twice in 2014 and 2015.(With PTI inputs)
Virat Kohli was chasing a record of four successive ODI centuries in the fourth ODI against the West Indies at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. That did not happen as he was dismissed for 16, his lowest score in ODIs this year. Yet, riding on hundreds from Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu, India stormed to their third biggest victory as India went 2-1 up in the five-match series.It was a rare Kohli failure for Kohli, who became the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs but he is a crowd favourite – fans love watching his every move on and off the field. And they also love the fantastic pair Kohli makes with his wife Anushka Sharma, one of Bollywood’s leading actors.During the second innings of the match, the crowd could be heard chanting Anushka’s name while Kohli was fielding at cover. Kohli gave a thumbs up to the fans acknowledging their chant and support.Kohli and Anushka tied the knot in December 2017 but their love story has been immensely popular with Indian fans for years. Anushka has often attended cricket matches where she has cheered on for her husband, who now has 62 international hundreds.Kohli, for his part, has often acknowledged Anushka and thanked her for her support after match-winning performances.Also read – Why Rohit Sharma asked fans not to cheer for him during Mumbai ODIadvertisementRecently, Kohli and Anushka shared adorable images of their first karva chauth celebrations. While Kohli captioned his picture “My life. My universe”, Anushka captioned the photo she shared with “My moon, my sun, my star, my everything. Happy karva chauth to all”.My life. My universe. Karvachauth @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/a2v18dh8rHVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 27, 2018My moon , my sun , my star , my everythingHappy karva chauth to all pic.twitter.com/7saMNS6jdyAnushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) October 27, 2018Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree in the ongoing ODI series against the Windies. During the third ODI in Pune, Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score three consecutive ODI hundreds.This was Kohli’s 23rd century while chasing and fourth straight century in India, with the first of them coming against New Zealand back on October 29 in Kanpur against New Zealand, where he hit 113 off 106 balls.Also read – Virat Kohli brings up quickest 1000 ODI runs in a calendar yearIn the first two matches, he smashed 140 and 157 not out in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam respectively. This was also Kohli’s sixth hundred in ODIs in 2018. With the first three coming against South Africa earlier in the year.In the second ODI against the Windies, Kohli also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs. Kohli is only the fourth Indian and 13th batsmen to enter the 10K club in the format.Kohli reached the landmark in just 205 innings while Tendulkar had reached the milestone in 259 innings.
Sevilla ‘Sevilla were unstoppable’ – Berizzo enthused by dominant display Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 07:44 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Twitter (@sevilla) Sevilla UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Maribor Maribor The Argentine coach believes his Sevilla side were perfect at times during their Wissam Ben Yedder-inspired 3-0 win on Tuesday Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo lauded his side’s authoritative display in their 3-0 Champions League victory over Maribor.Wissam Ben Yedder was on top form as he netted a hat-trick against the Slovenian champions, with the La Liga side in complete control throughout at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Sevilla 11/2 to beat Malaga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And Berizzo, who had to watch on from the stands after he was sent off in the matchday one draw with Liverpool at Anfield, was enthused by his side’s display.”It was a convincing win, we managed the ball very well,” Berizzo told reporters.”We won the game with a lot of authority, when we increased the speed, we became unstoppable.91,26% – @SevillaFC_ENG has completed succesfully 91,26% of their passes vs Maribor, their best average in a single #UCL game ever. Touch pic.twitter.com/g7EegPoXAQ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 26, 2017″We accelerated at the right moments, and that’s where the goals were achieved, when we accelerated and changed the pace of the attack.”Ben Yedder opened the scoring 27 minutes in following superb play from Joaquin Correa, before doubling his tally prior to the interval.Sevilla were frustrated in their efforts for a third until late in the second half, when Ben Yedder fired home from the penalty spot moments after Jesus Navas had struck the crossbar.Muy orgulloso de esta maravillosa victoria y unirse a la historia del @SevillaFC Es un gran honor para mi ♂️ #vamosmisevilla pic.twitter.com/0VX7fQ5fk4— Wissam Ben Yedder (@WissBenYedder) September 26, 2017Maribor toiled throughout, with captain Marcos Tavares occasionally threatening on the counter, but coach Darko Milanic says the team can take heart from their display, though he wanted his side to be more proactive on the ball.”This was a quality opponent. In the first half we doubled-up on certain players and that is hard to sustain in the long run,” Milanic said.”We were a bit too shy when we had the ball. They didn’t surprise us, we knew they would be a tough nut to crack.”We wanted to close down their midfield and as soon as our concentration dropped, we conceded.”
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 23:41 IST Sunil Subramanium misbehaved with officials of the Indian High Commission in the West Indies. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSTeam India manager Sunil Subramaniam has been handed one more chanceSunil Subramanium misbehaved with officials of the Indian High Commission in the West IndiesSubramanium had got a 45-day extension along with the Ravi Shastri-led support staffTeam India manager Sunil Subramaniam has been handed one more chance after he apologised profusely to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for his misconduct with the bureaucrats in the Caribbean Islands.Having escaped Down Under after he misbehaved during the Perth Test in December 2018, Subramaniam fell prey to his own conduct this time when the CoA was informed of the issue by senior government officials in India.A board functionary confirmed the development and said that while Subramaniam has been forgiven this time, it would be interesting to see if he is now allowed to contest for the position of manager — the appointment is set to happen by the end of this month.”Yes, mails had been exchanged and while he had spoken about how it was an inadvertent mistake, the top bosses were pretty clear that he needed to return. But his apologising profusely after he was asked to fly back has seen the CoA change its stand.Also Read | 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli, India teammates congratulate Chris Gayle after fireworks in Port of SpainAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Chris Gayle sports special edition jersey in 3rd ODI in Port of SpainAlso See: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow COAFollow Committee of Administrators Team India manager allowed to stay in West Indies after apologising profuselyTeam India manager Sunil Subramanium is a former left-arm spinner from Tamil Nadu, who has incidentally also been senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s personal coach during his formative years.advertisement
Natural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor has announced a scientific research program to see how surface mine reclamation can support land-use strategies in Nova Scotia. “We know mining plays a significant role in our communities,” said Mr. Taylor. “The key is to find out how we can enhance the reclamation of former mine sites to support future commercial, recreational or residential land uses. I look forward to hearing solid proposals, based on the best science out there, that support Nova Scotia’s goals.” Mr. Taylor said the program will be led by provincial experts who will be invited to sit on a committee representing industry, academia, government, research organizations and public interest groups. The committee’s mandate will include site selections for the study, a review of scientific literature, ecological studies, recommendations for test vegetation plots, planting and monitoring of test plots, public consultation and an action plan for re-integrating mine sites into the local environment. Two examples of potential study sites are the former Novaco Mine site at Point Aconi and the former Pioneer Coal mine site near the Sydney airport. “We have success stories right here at home,” said Mr. Taylor. “Former mine sites in Stellarton and Westville are now appropriate for commercial, recreational and residential use, and the town of Stellarton is moving forward on development of lands that have been restored to productive use through mining. We need to gather the best science out there to know how enhanced reclamation can be applied in other areas. ” The first phase of the reclamation study, expected to take two years, will also provide significant research and training opportunities for universities throughout the region.
Nova Scotia is the first province to obtain membership benefits with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) in Shanghai to help drive export growth and opportunity for Nova Scotia’s exporters in a key market. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Sept. 7, that Nova Scotia has committed to a one-year initiative to extend membership benefits to Nova Scotia exporters who are ready to do business in Shanghai. “CanCham has become an important partner in helping make connections to senior-level business leaders on our behalf,” said Premier McNeil. “As the fastest growing market in the world, and as Nova Scotia’s second-largest trading partner, China is a strategic priority for government and businesses.” CanCham is the pre-eminent member driven organization supporting Canadian business and community interests in eastern China. With Nova Scotia’s membership, qualified, export-ready businesses working through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) will benefit from arranged meetings, logistics support, interpretation service and targeted industry connections. “We are pleased to partner with Nova Scotia as the first Canadian province to have access to our provincial membership benefits,” said Hélène Larochelle, executive director, CanCham Shanghai. “Entry into an unfamiliar market can be difficult to navigate. This agreement will open doors and connect companies to untapped resources.” Premier McNeil and Laurel Broten, president and CEO of NSBI, met with the organization’s Ms. Larochelle in Shanghai to discuss the initiative and the opportunity for Nova Scotia businesses. “The need to be globally connected has never been greater for businesses in Nova Scotia who can work, trade, and compete with anyone in the world, from right here at home,” said Ms. Broten. “The one-year membership is an example of new ways we can help our exporting companies grow and prove Nova Scotia’s products can compete on a global stage.” In 2016 Nova Scotia exported $491 million worth of goods to China. “China has developed into a key market for us,” said Ashley McConnell-Gordon, vice president of Benjamin Bridge, a Nova Scotia company focused on marketing to Asia. “It is encouraging to see an initiative that will connect us to new partners and potential business relationships.” Nova Scotia exporters interested in learning more about this opportunity, should go to novascotiabusiness.com/cancham-shanghai.
Chennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that the GST Council will take the final call on reducing the tax rate on motor vehicles. Speaking to reporters here, she said that the government is addressing the issues of the automotive segment on the backdrop of the recent slowdown in sales. “One of the suggestion was the reduction of GST rate for the automobile sector, that of course… will have to go to the (GST) council, but otherwise I have been addressing issues related to BS-IV, inventory…,” she added. The council is likely to meet in Goa on September 20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSitharaman said that the sector was facing problems due to several factors, including transition from BS-IV to BS-VI emission norms and prospective buyers were delaying their decision. To help revive the auto sector, the Minister on August 23 had announced the government departments would be allowed to buy new vehicles, automobiles purchased till March 31, 2020 would avail the benefit of additional depreciation of 15 per cent, with total depreciation up to 30 per cent, and BS-IV vehicles bought till March 31, 2020 would remain operational for their entire registration period.
Washington – In 2014, Morocco has reinforced its position as a leader and a key hub in the African continent thanks to the strategic vision of King Mohammed VI, Peter Pham Director of the Africa Center of the US Atlantic Council said.“The US-Africa summit, held last August in Washington, was an occasion to highlight the strong US-Moroccan partnership as well as the role of the Kingdom as a gate of business partnerships and sustainable development projects in Africa,” Pham said in an interview with MAP.Recalling the meeting between King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama in November 2013, Pham said that the meeting was followed by visits of senior US officials to Morocco including Vice President Joe Biden who led a US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech. In 2014, the two countries signed a bilateral agreement on anti-terrorism assistance (ATA) which provides for a triangular cooperation in the fields of security training, he said.Under the agreement, the two countries contribute to reinforcing regional capacities in fields relating to training civilian security services of partner countries in the Maghreb and Sahel regions through offering expertise in terms of crisis management, border security and investigation, Pham recalled.
Mr. Ban was addressing a gathering for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the US President’s former residence, the Roosevelt House in New York City, where he underlined his belief in the values and principles of the UN while drawing on his own childhood experiences.“I grew up in poverty in a country destroyed by war. It is now a major economy,” said Mr. Ban. “We Koreans owe this to the United Nations whose roots lie in this house. It is here that [FDR] developed his plan for an international organization to help preserve world peace and security.” The Secretary-General emphasized the UN’s continuing commitment to global peace, stability and development through its 16 missions around the world and its efforts to feed more than 90 million people in 73 countries. “We are the voice of the voiceless,” he continued. “The defenders of the defenceless.”Commenting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, and his recent visit to the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Seoul, Mr. Ban underscored his role in mobilizing the international community “to deliver on their promises to the world’s most vulnerable people.” He told the audience that if Mr. Roosevelt were alive today, he would also be working “hand-in-hand with the UN” to forge a new global deal on climate change. The Secretary-General also reflected on Eleanor Roosevelt’s “commitment to equal rights for women and men,” as he noted the creation of UN Women, the new UN agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment. “While FDR convalesced in this house, Eleanor was bringing key civil rights and human rights activists to meet him and raising awareness. After her husband’s death, Eleanor secured her own United Nations legacy.” Mr. Ban pointed to Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and now head of UN Women, as a member of the growing ranks of senior UN officials “who are taking the spirit and example of Eleanor Roosevelt forward.” “I take inspiration from the legacies that Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt left to the United Nations. I am honoured to participate in the official opening of this home,” the Secretary-General concluded. “Let us hope it will inspire a new generation to devote themselves to international public service; to the work of the United Nations.” 15 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vision lives on in the United Nations Charter’s “collective commitment to peace and security, economic and social welfare, tolerance and fundamental human rights.”
The suspect had heroin in his possession at the time of arrest. (Colombo Gazette) An accomplice of a leading underworld leader was arrested in Colombo today.The Police said that Shyam Nasul, an accomplice of ‘Bloemendhal Sanka’, a notorious underworld figure, was arrested at Aduruppu Street in Colombo.
Notley won’t weigh in on B.C. election after meeting anti-pipeline NDP leader Alberta Premier Rachel Notley gestures during an interview in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday December 6, 2016. Notley is in B.C. doing a series of one-on-one media interviews after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the $6.8-billion Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project last week. The project will nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline that carries crude oil from near Edmonton to the Vancouver area to be loaded on tankers and shipped overseas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck VANCOUVER – For Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, pipeline politics begin and end at home.Her support of Kinder Morgan Canada’s $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has put her at odds with British Columbia’s Opposition NDP Leader John Horgan, and on Tuesday she declined to endorse a candidate in the province’s upcoming election.“I’m not going to engage in political punditry in the province of B.C. The provincial election is the forum of British Columbians,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday.“I am just committed to working with whatever government is in place to encourage them to move this project forward, to the extent that it’s within their jurisdiction to do so.”Notley is set to meet later this week in Ottawa with B.C.’s Liberal Premier Christy Clark, who has said the five conditions she outlined to support the Trans Mountain expansion have almost been met.Given the provincial NDP’s opposition to the Trans Mountain project, Notley is in the unlikely position of being closer to agreement with Clark than with her provincial party’s counterpart in B.C.Horgan tweeted on Tuesday: “Agree w/ my friend Premier @RachelNotley on so much but fundamentally disagree on #KinderMorgan.”Notley, who was in B.C. promoting the pipeline, said she’s known Horgan for years and they met Monday because it was important for her to touch base with a fellow NDP leader.The two discussed their opposing positions on the project and ways to have civil conversations moving forward as they continue to disagree, she said.“The NDP is a big family. This is not the first time that different (leaders) have had to take different positions as a result of their provincial interests,” she said. “I don’t expect to change his mind.”The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., and increase tanker traffic seven-fold.Notley met with media outlets on Monday and Tuesday but did not have any public speaking engagements.B.C.’s Green party Leader Andrew Weaver has challenged Notley to publicly debate the expansion.She chuckled when asked about Weaver’s challenge.“I’m sure an Opposition member would love the platform of debating a premier from another province, but it’s not in my job description to engage with Opposition members who are in the midst of electioneering.”She said the meetings with journalists were “the easiest way to talk to the greatest number of people” in the brief time she had in B.C. But she said her work isn’t done promoting the project.Notley said she didn’t see any contradictions between her role as a New Democrat and her endorsement of an expansion of infrastructure to transport oil from Alberta’s oilsands.Fundamental NDP values support reducing climate change while also creating and protecting jobs, and the pipeline project strikes the right balance between the two, she said.“You can’t do a transition and throw people callously to the curb, and say, ‘Oh well, they’re the unintended consequences.’ That’s not a good way to move forward.”She said Canada must move toward a greener economy and Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan is the “most ambitious” of any jurisdiction in the country, with a carbon pricing regime, a cap on oilsands emissions and a phase-out of coal.But she noted Canada’s exports are still 20 per cent oil and gas. Yet the country is discounting its product by only selling it south to the U.S., its biggest competitor, she said.“We can’t turn it off overnight. But as it is, as the market slowly decreases or the world looks for greener forms of fuel, we need to get the best price. We’re not doing that right now.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A news release issued by the UN mission said that the complex attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, continued with fighting for over 24 hours, during which time they intentionally targeted civilian areas of the base. Initial reports gathered by UNAMA indicate that Taliban fighters dismounted their vehicles in the bazaar and opened fire, killing and injuring civilian shopkeepers and customers and the fighting reportedly continued in the residential areas of the base accommodating the families of Afghan security forces and airport staff. The UN mission documented 54 deaths and 42 injured, according to its preliminary findings and those killed in the attack include 39 civilian males, of whom at least four were boys, 13 Afghan National Army and two Afghan National Police. UNAMA said that the majority of the deceased appeared to be civilian shopkeepers working at the bazaar and civilian customers; of the 42 injured, at least 23 are civilian, including a woman and a girl. The UN Mission expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. Further, UNAMA reiterated that international humanitarian law, which applies to all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, prohibits attacks against civilians at any time and in any place, which additionally includes families of Afghan security forces and other civilians not participating in the conduct of hostilities. Parties to the conflict must take all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population against the effects of attacks, UNAMA concluded.
Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes beat Maryland 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterGames against Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State, Clemson and Oklahoma are quarterback J.T. Barrett’s only blemishes on a historic career at Ohio State. But all of that won’t matter Saturday against the No. 2 Nittany Lions.This game largely defines Barrett’s career. A win and Ohio State remains in the playoff picture; a loss puts the Buckeyes out of the race.Barrett is arguably playing better than he ever has in an Ohio State uniform heading into possibly the biggest game of his career. However, even if Barrett performs at his best, that still might not be enough for a victory against Penn State, which would be the first loss in his career he has played well enough to win.When looking back at Barrett’s complex, yet fruitful, five-year journey at Ohio State his play in losses sticks out like a sore thumb. Inaccuracy and a stationary offense, coupled with a poor offensive line and lack of skill at wide receiver, catalyzed the distrust in the offense and the call for changes at the quarterback position and the coaching staff. In his losses, he simply has never been good enough to win the game.Here are Barrett’s passing numbers in losses:Virginia Tech in 2014 – 9-for-29, 219 yards, one touchdown, three interceptionsMichigan State in 2015 – 9-for-16, 46 yards, one touchdownPenn State in 2016 – 28-for-43, 245 yards, one touchdownClemson in 2016 – 19-for-33, 127 yards, two interceptionsOklahoma in 2017 – 19-of-35, 183 yards, one interceptionThose statistics speak for themselves, but Barrett can win big games. His best game of his career is arguably at Michigan State in 2014, which is a game that draws a lot of similarities to Saturday’s showdown against Penn State. Michigan State was the reigning Big Ten champion with playmakers at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. Barrett threw for 300 yards and scored five total touchdowns on the biggest stage he had played to date. He won in 2016 at No. 8 Wisconsin, home against No. 3 Michigan and he can win Saturday. However, the defense is the outlier that can decide the game.Penn State’s offense is cooking just as Ohio State’s offense is at the moment. Coming into Columbus off a 42-13 beatdown of then-No. 19 Michigan is a loud statement proclaiming the Nittany Lions as the team to beat in the conference, which will only be validated with a win against the Buckeyes. Even if Barrett plays the best game of his career, is the defense good enough to stop the Nittany Lions?It’s difficult to ask any defense to slow down Penn State running back Saquon Barkley; just ask head coach Urban Meyer.“He’s the best all-purpose guy we’ve probably faced in probably, maybe my career,” he said.Even if that defense manages to slow Barkley, there’s quarterback Trace McSorley, tight end Mike Gesicki and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton to contain. For an Ohio State defense that has surrendered 33 passing plays of 15-plus yards and 10 plays of 25-plus yards, that task is almost asking the unthinkable.Especially when considering Penn State had 11 plays of 15-plus yards and six plays of 25-plus yards against a Michigan defense that is ranked near the top of nearly every defensive metric.“Sometimes when you play an offense like this, you feel like you don’t have enough players to do it,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “That’s definitely the challenge.”Barrett will certainly have his work cut out for him as well. He will face a Penn State defense that ranks first in opponents’ scoring, ninth in total defense and has several future NFL players on its roster. Yet, as mentioned before, Barrett is at the top of his game right now and can give Ohio State the performance it needs to knock off the Nittany Lions.But will Barrett receive the needed help?When Barrett wasn’t great in games last season, the defense saved him and the offense. This time around, he must be great. He must make as many crucial plays as possible. Even then, it might not be enough to keep Penn State from appearing a second time on Barrett’s list of losses.