Maharashtra CM begins second phase of mahajanadesh yatra

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled the second phase of the mahajanadesh yatra with a roadshow in Dhule on Thursday. The CM’s convoy was accompanied by Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan and other senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. The yatra started at Dhule at 4.20 p.m., made its way to Dondaicha at 7 p.m. before winding up at Nandurbar at 8.30 p.m. The BJP has decided to make abrogation of Article 370 its poll plank in the second phase of the yatra, which will pass through 14 districts in 55 Assembly constituencies by traversing nearly 1,800 km, a party leader said in Mumbai. The yatra was flagged off by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 2 from Amravati. This was to cover 668 km in the Konkan, 812 km in western Maharashtra, 1,232 km in Vidarbha and 633 km and 1,069 km in north Maharastra and Marathwada respectively. However, the CM was forced to call it off amid criticism by the Opposition on the government’s handling of the flood situation in western Maharashtra. Mr. Fadnavis had cut short his yatra returned to Mumbai to hold an emergency Cabinet meeting on measures to tackle the floods.last_img read more

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Young India fan fails to hold back tears after tie against Afghanistan

first_imgThere were emotional scenes at the Dubai International stadium on Wednesday as the dead-rubber game between India and Afghanistan turned out to be one of the most interesting matches in the Asia Cup 2018 till now.A spirited performance from Afghanistan saw them bowl India out for 252 as the match ended in a thrilling tie. It was however, an inconsequential match as India have already qualified for the final while Afghanistan bowed out of the competition after the loss in their previous game against Bangladesh.For India however, it was as bad as a loss as they couldn’t get over the line even after a valiant effort from the likes of KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu and Jadeja. Team India fans were left extremely disappointed as they saw Rashid Khan dismiss Jadeja in the final over to trigger massive celebrations in the Afghan camp.We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS DhoniWith 1 run needed off 2 balls, Jadeja mistimed a pull shot and the ball went straight up in the air. Najibullah Zadran, running in from the deep on the leg side, took a superb catch at mid-wicket to end the match.Asia Cup, India vs Afghanistan: Match tied after Rashid’s last over heroicsThe result left a little Sikh fan in tears who was hoping for an Indian victory. His father tried to console him but to no avail as the kid couldn’t hold back his tears even after appearing on the big television screen on the ground.advertisementAsia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENEDIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh later tweeted a picture of the crying child and offered support by saying, “Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange (Don’t cry child, we will win the final).”Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange pic.twitter.com/fjI0DWeBoyHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 25, 2018Mohammad Shahzad’s heroic hundred, Rashid Khan’s sensational final over and Ravindra Jadeja’s steely 25, this match had it all.MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsShahzad’s 116-ball 124 had helped Afghanistan set India a challenging 253 but KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu’s quick and solid start made sure that despite a stutter in the final, India were in for a victory, almost.Also read – Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS DhoniRashid Khan had seven runs to defend in the last over, Jadeja hit a boundary off the second delivery of the over. While it looked like the ball had hit the ropes, the third umpire ruled it as four runs.India then needed 3 runs off 4 deliveries. Rashid bowled a beautiful delivery and Jadeja went for a single to leave Khaleel facing Rashid with 2 runs left off 3 balls.Khaleel Ahmed edged the ball and almost got himself hit-wicket but managed to sneak a single to get Jadeja back on strike. With a run needed off two deliveries, Rashid bowled a short ball and Jadeja mistimed the shot to send the ball straight into the hands of the only fielder in the deep.And the match ended in a tie.This little kid crying after the match gets tied has to be the cutest moment of the day #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/dXXMW7q6XfHarsh Mittal (@Bhand_Engineer) September 25, 2018Feeling bad for this boy, but he can’t fathom the beauty of what he has witnessed today! This match will be remembered for ages! What a cliffhanger! #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/fVXqQHHNboAyush (@Ayush_Chhablani) September 25, 2018One of the cutest scene after the match #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/2EFJwpoQBHFarwa (@iamfarwaqamar) September 25, 2018I could see my dad and myself in the picture (years ago) #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/49g9d9Fow0Deepak Satkar (@satkarpatil) September 25, 2018Little cute Sardar JiFinal jeet lenge betaji #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/i8KsXQQvfdRJ Ashwini (@RJ_Ashwini1) September 25, 2018last_img read more

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Leicester prevail on penalties as Southampton rue controversial VAR call

first_imgClaude Puel, who made nine changes to his Leicester side, could certainly count himself fortunate to be through to the last eight. Leicester created little going forward and rode their luck at the other end, no more so than when the 18-year-old Obafemi missed an open goal from four yards out. Thereafter it was all about Ward.“The quality of our goalie kept us in the game,” Puel said. “He made fantastic saves.” (s 61′) Roger East consults VAR after Steven Davis’s goal for Southampton. The decision to award the goal was overturned. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images Hughes, who was fairly measured with his thoughts, added: “I think Anthony Taylor was [the VAR]. We feel he got a decision wrong at St Mary’s when he gave a soft penalty at the end of the game against Brighton, when we should have won. So he got that decision wrong and he’s got tonight’s decision wrong in my view.” 59 Leshabela Southampton Be careful what you wish for. A few weeks after Southampton complained about the absence of VAR in the Premier League, Mark Hughes’s players were on the wrong end of a controversial decision via that very technology. Steven Davis thought he had scored a late winner for the visitors when he swept home in the 82nd minute, but Southampton’s celebrations were cut short after VAR intervened and judged Nathan Redmond had used an arm to control the ball in the lead-up. SOU LEI Show match reports Leicester City 8 Iheanacho 6 6 Substitutes Thank you for your feedback. 23 Hojbjerg Share on WhatsApp 8 Leicester Off target 9 Southampton 2 Leicester On target 3 Southampton 20 Okazaki 17 Jakupovic 1 McCarthy 4 Soyuncu (s 73′) SOU46LEI54% There was a lengthy delay between Davis scoring – Roger East, the referee, had initially allowed the substitute’s strike to stand – and the goal being disallowed, which suggested there must have been an element of doubt about Redmond’s actions. The ball clearly struck the Southampton forward on the arm as he darted into the Leicester penalty area but the contact appeared unintentional and unavoidable.Southampton had already hit the woodwork through Redmond and squandered a wonderful chance seconds later when Michael Obafemi, who was making his first start, filed a contender for miss of the season. After Danny Ward tipped Manolo Gabbiadini’s free-kick on to the bar with almost the last kick of the game Hughes said he sensed it was “not going to be our night”.The penalty shootout confirmed his fears. After the first five players for both teams scored Gabbiadini saw his kick saved by Ward, who was also Leicester’s hero in the previous round when they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties. Nampalys Mendy stepped forward to confidently dispatch his penalty to set up a quarter-final tie at home against Manchester City next month. Facebook (s 78′) 14 Ricardo Pereira Read more 11 14 5 Morgan Leicester Pinterest 2 Simpson 6 Evans Lineups Fouls 27 Diabate 23 Adrien Silva 10 Austin 7 Gray Twitter 11 Albrighton 20 Gabbiadini 12 Ward Read morecenter_img Match stats Substitutes 6 Hoedt Hughes, who is under growing pressure after winning only one league game all season, was bitterly disappointed with the outcome. “I’ve said for a long time I’m an advocate of VAR – I think they [referees] need help,” the Southampton manager said. “In recent weeks we’ve demanded that it’s introduced immediately. So we can’t complain too much.“I think sometimes what you’ve got to be careful with when you are looking at incidents in games is that if you slow it down to the nth degree, then something that happened in normal time looks like it’s deliberate. And clearly it’s not. When you play it in normal time, and Nathan’s run through at pace, there’s no way he can avoid that ball. If a defender was in the box and somebody hit the ball straight at him from that distance, it wouldn’t be given as a penalty because it would be too close. So why that’s been given I don’t know. From our point of view it’s a valid goal, it should have stood, we should have won the tie.” (s 61′) 33 Targett Arsenal v Tottenham HotspurLeicester City v Manchester CityMiddlesbrough v Burton AlbionChelsea v Bournemouth 24 Mendy Share on Twitter 28 Gunn (s 90′) 4 Vestergaard 61 Obafemi Corners David Squires on … Superclásico chaos and other football soap operas 18 Lemina 28 Fuchs Goal attempts 22 Redmond Possession Quick guide Carabao Cup quarter-final draw 46 54 2 Cedric (s 61′) Was this helpful? 8 Davis 5 Stephens 43 Valery 25 Ndidi 16 Ward-Prowse 3 Yoshida Share on LinkedIn Carabao Cup Southampton Reuse this content Share on Messenger Champions League: Valencia unhappy with lack of VAR after Fellaini winner Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Hide 17 Armstrong 9 Vardylast_img read more

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Man Utd-linked Bale ‘still important’ to Madrid

first_imgTransfers Man Utd-linked Bale still important to Real Madrid, says Zidane Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 21:49 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Bale Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Primera División Gareth Bale Zinédine Zidane Premier League The Welsh winger has long been linked with a Bernabeu exit, with Jose Mourinho’s side having previously been interested in signing him Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale remains a valued member of his squad despite admitting to doubts over the forward’s durability.Wales star Bale has only started one of Madrid’s last four competitive fixtures as speculation continues to surround his long-term future, with Manchester United often linked with signing him.The 28-year-old, who has battled persistent calf and thigh problems this season, did complete 73 minutes in last weekend’s win at Real Betis, before being relegated back to the bench for the midweek trip to Leganes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Zidane insists the former Tottenham man still has a part to play.”He is an important player. He will always be an important player,” Zidane told reporters on Friday.”He is training hard, working hard like the rest of my players.”I want to see Gareth at 100 per cent. I do not want him to get injured again.”We have got many games coming up and… I am sure Gareth will have an important part to play.”Hopefully he will not get injured but you have got to be in tip top shape if you want to play every game.”Los Blancos are on a six-game unbeaten run in LaLiga heading into Saturday’s visit from Alaves, scoring 26 goals in the process.And Zidane praised his players for turning around their form after a terrible start to their title defence.”I am proud of the team. Even when things have not quite gone to plan we have shown strong character,” he said.”It is an impressive tally to have scored 26 goals in six games. We want to maintain this good run of form.”last_img read more

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Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder Wrote A Congratulatory Letter To TCU QB Trevone Boykin

first_imgBill Snyder featured with his headset on.WACO, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)This past Saturday, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin led his team to an incredible come-from-behind victory against Kansas State, rallying the Horned Frogs from an 18-point second-half deficit. Friday, it was revealed by Boykin that Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder went out of his way to congratulate the senior signal-caller on the accomplishment. Yep, you read that correctly.Snyder, as he often does, wrote a congratulatory letter to Boykin following the game. Boykin posted a photo of the note to Twitter:I have so much respect for Coach Snyder and his Kansas st football team! #LivingLegend pic.twitter.com/An0ANnJgME— Trevone BoyKING (@OGcURIOUSDEUCE) October 16, 2015Last week, Snyder wrote a similar note to Oklahoma State’s kicker after he nailed the game-winner against the Wildcats.Snyder is regarded as one of the classiest coaches in college football, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Well done, yet again.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Releases His New Top 6

first_imgA photo of Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN.Another college football weekend has ended, and we’re getting close to the end of the regular season. Only two more Saturdays remain.Right now, it is pretty clear which teams are in the hunt for the CFP and the national title. The list is narrowed down to only a handful of teams.Every week, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit names his top six teams in college football. Herbie’s list sometimes differentiates from what the actual rankings will say.In this case, his newest top six is pretty much in line with the consensus in the polls.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOutside of the top four, Georgia is the only other team that controls its own destiny. As long as the Bulldogs win their final two regular season games and take down Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, they’ll be in the playoff.Next weekend, we’ll see Notre Dame take on 8-2 Syracuse, with Michigan-Ohio State and Oklahoma-West Virginia set for the following weekend.Get ready for a furious finish.last_img read more

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ICTSI Boosts Volumes Through New Terminals

first_imgzoom The Philippine-based container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) handled 7,438,635 TEUs in 2014, 18% more than 6,309,840 TEUs reported in 2013, chalked up to the start of the new operations in Mexico and Honduras, the consolidation of terminal operations in Yantai, China, and improved performance at Subic Bay, Philippines.ICTSI reported USD 182 million annual net profit in 2014, 6% more than USD 172.4m recorded in 2013. The company says that without gains from certain non-recurring items, the net income would have been flat year-on-year.Revenue from port operations was USD 1.1 billion, 24% over the USD 852.4m reported for the same period the previous year, and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) was USD 443.m, 17% higher than the USD 377.3m generated last year.ICTSI’s capital expenditure budget for 2015 is approximately USD 530m, mainly allocated for the completion of development at the company’s new container terminals in Mexico and Democratic Republic of Congo, capacity expansion in its terminal operation in Manila, and the start of the development of the new terminals in Iraq and Australia.The company expects to invest further USD 140m in phase one of its joint venture container terminal development project with PSA International Pte Ltd. (PSA) in Buenaventura, Colombia. ICTSI had already invested USD 64.7m in the project in 2014.last_img read more

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Montrealers rally in solidarity with Catalan independence movement

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 150 people gathered in front of Montreal’s Spanish consulate Saturday to express their solidarity with the Catalan independence movement.Organizers also denounced what they describe as the Canadian government’s timid response to the intensifying Spanish crackdown ahead of a planned Oct. 1 referendum.The Spanish government has increased its suppression of the independence vote with the arrests of a dozen regional officials Wednesday and the seizure of 10 million ballot papers.Regional government officials, including Catalonia’s president, so far have vowed to ignore a constitutional court order to suspend the referendum on Catalan independence from Spain.The rally in Montreal was organized by a Quebec sovereigntist group and was attended by several separatist politicians, including the leaders of the Bloc Quebecois and the Parti Quebecois.Others in the crowd said they weren’t Quebec separatists, but were present because they believe the Catalan government has the right to consult its population.Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said he couldn’t explain why the Quebec and Canadian governments have refused to denounce the Spanish government’s actions.“When democratic rights are suppressed, whether it’s in South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, China, we’re there,” he said at the rally.“We don’t understand why (Quebec Premier) Philippe Couillard and (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau are there for South Africa, for China, for Ukraine, but they aren’t there for the Catalans.”Couillard said earlier this week that he’s “very preoccupied” by the situation, but did not go further in condemning Madrid.Trudeau, when questioned, has stressed the importance of the right to self-determination and the rule of law, but has said he doesn’t want to intervene in what he described as an internal debate.Two Catalan-Quebecers who attended the rally said they hope the Canadian government will change its position and speak up.“We need other government to say something because internally, we can’t do anything,” Ferran Llacer said.He and his girlfriend Laia Blanco plan to travel to Spain next week to try to vote in the referendum.“We want to know how many of us want to be a different country,” Blanco said. “Just count us.”last_img read more

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Northern Health expands eligibility of passengers riding Connections bus

first_img“This expansion provides access to services for some of the most vulnerable people in the communities of Northern BC, the elderly and those with mobility issues,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “Including an expanded definition of companions helps support families when their loved ones are receiving care in other communities.” Northern Health says that while the expanded eligibility will help more northern residents, passengers who have scheduled medical appointments will take priority. Fares for travel are not changing, and passengers will no longer be required to book round-trip. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Northern Health announced today that its Connections program is expanding passenger eligibility to include more people who might require assistance with healthcare-related travel in Northern B.C. Northern Health says its Connections service is now open to clients who meet any of three new eligibility criteria. Anyone with accessibility needs or mobility challenges, and anyone aged 60 or over will be able to ride the bus. Seniors were added to the list of allowed passengers after a report from the Office of the Seniors Advocate recently stated that access to transportation is an increasing barrier to the long term health of seniors. Northern Health is also expanding the definition of a companion rider to include passengers who have to travel to support immediate family members who are receiving health care treatment or services outside of their home community.last_img read more

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Fort St John Womens Resource Society to offer free income tax filing

first_imgIn order to file, it is requested that you bring I.D. and your T4 or T5007 with you.Your filing for the 2018 tax year will be done online and your documents will be immediately returned to you.The free income tax filing service is taking place on Saturday, April 13 at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society office, located at 10051 100 Avenue.For more information and to register, you can call 250-787-1121. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is offering free income tax filing services on April 13.Sponsored by MNP and Shell Canada, this is a free tax filing day for people who earn $36,000 and below per year.To qualify, you must not be self-employed or filing for business or investment returns.last_img

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Chevron seeks NEB licence that could nearly double production at Kitimat LNG

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Chevron Canada has applied to the National Energy Board to nearly double the potential size of the Kitimat LNG facility it hopes to build with Australian partner Woodside Energy.In a filing dated Monday and posted on the NEB website, the Canadian branch of California-based giant Chevron Corp. says it is applying for a 40-year licence to export up to 28.23 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, with commissioning of the facility taking place by 2029.That’s the equivalent of about 18 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas and is nearly double the 10-million-tonne, 20-year licence it was previously granted, which is set to expire at the end of this year. In a statement, the company says the increase in scope comes after a review that focused on improving the project’s “cost of supply competitiveness” relative to other LNG projects around the world.The partners have not made a final investment decision, nor have they set a date to do so, but the expanded project is seen as another hopeful sign for B.C.’s nascent LNG industry after the LNG Canada consortium announced last fall it would proceed with its $40-billion, 14-million-tonne-per-year project, also to be built near Kitimat.The new plan for Kitimat LNG envisions initially building two six-million-tonne production “trains” with the option to add a third later, as opposed to the original two-train proposal.“Chevron’s application to the National Energy Board is a key regulatory undertaking and supports Chevron and Woodside’s desire to deliver a globally competitive Kitimat LNG project that is aligned with global LNG market demand, and which benefits British Columbians, First Nations and all Canadians,” Chevron said.last_img read more

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Morocco Elected Member of UN Economic and Social Council

Rabat – Morocco was elected member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by the United Nations General Assembly on June 15 in New York. The election enables Morocco to hold a seat on the council for a term of two years beginning on January 2018. The council is one of the UN’s six main bodies and is composed of 54 member states.ECOSOC works to promote economic, social and environmental development by conducting cutting-edge analysis, agreeing on global norms and advocating for progress. Given the south-south cooperation undertaken by Morocco as a core national endeavor, and its long-lasting strategy geared towards the implementation of sustainable development policies, the election strengthens Morocco’s position in the UN in terms of sustainable development.The election represents an opportunity for Morocco to work toward implementing the objectives of its 2030 Sustainable Development project, and will enable it to consolidate its achievements in this area and share them with other countries. read more

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National Human Rights Council Endorses Prosecution Independence Bill

Rabat – For the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), the new public prosecution independence bill “strengthens justice independence in its entirety, and in conformity with the spirit of the 2011 constitution.”The CNDH has now delivered its opinion on the law, which has sparked a controversy in the politico-media scene. On July 24, the Moroccan parliament approved Bill 33-17, making the King’s Attorney General at the Court of Cassation the new head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, independent from any parliamentary oversight or government intervention. Since its introduction into the Parliament on July 6, the bill in question sparked huge controversy from fierce opposition to a rushed approval. The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) even took matters to the constitutional court, claiming the bill infringed multiple laws and decrees.  The comments of the Council chaired by Driss El Yazami focused on the content of the text. From the outset, the CNDH dwelled on the progress and shortcomings of this bill, considering that the draft law “fits in with the criteria of independence of the prosecutor’s office strengthens the independence of the judiciary as a whole in accordance with the spirit and texts of the Constitution.”The CNDH said that the importance of the bill lies in its concern for the hierarchical status of the public prosecutor’s office, to which the law confers the task of ensuring, on behalf of society and in the general interest, the rights and freedoms of individuals and the necessary efficiency of the criminal justice system.The Council also noted that “the draft law is broadly in line with the opinions of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors,” in particular one dated back to December 2014 on “European standards and principles concerning prosecutors.”However, the CNDH criticized the financial independence the bill allows the Attorney General of the King, making the latter the author of the expenses of the prosecution. The Council specified on this matter that its decisions concerning the creation of administrative, financial, and technical structures “must be validated by the Ministry of Finance.”The CNDH advocated for “the clarification of the legal mechanisms of control of the action of the Attorney General of the King.” However, the Council did not detail the functioning of the mechanisms it advocates, nor did it indicate the body responsible for it.El Yazami also recommended “the revision of article 51 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CPC) in accordance with the option of independence of the prosecutor’s office.” The article in question defines the statutes of the Attorney General and the hierarchical relations between the Ministry of Justice and prosecutors.According to the Council, “it would have been preferable for the bill to provide an opportunity for determining the nature and scope of the independence of the prosecutor’s office, and to contain certain general rules concerning the role of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, whose principles of objectivity, fairness, and transparency are linked to the role of the prosecutor’s office.” For El Yazami’s Council, the bill must essentially ensure the protection of suspects, witnesses, and victims, stressing that any instruction issued by the General Prosecutor’s Office must be published in appropriate manner and accompanied of any prosecution in a specific case with sufficient guarantees of transparency and fairness. read more

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97 vehicles in 400 pileup

(Updated)Sudden snow squalls were blasting much of Southern Ontario Thursday. It happened in Hamilton just before 10am — a blast of wind and a wall of snow — could be seen and heard in homes and businesses across the city. And if you were on the road, you were in it. One moment of a blinding wall of snow resulted in several crashes — one involving almost 100 vehicles on highway 400.A massive crash occured on the highway in Innisfil just south of Barrie. Environment Canada had issued a special weather statement warning that blowing snow would be a hazard to drivers during the morning commute — and weather is believed to have played a role in this crash. There are reports that as many as 96 vehicles were involved in the pile-up. Amazingly, there were no major injuries.This crash forced police to shutdown the 400 in both directions. And this is a very busy stretch of highway – with more than 80 thousand vechicles using the 400 each day.There is a part reopening of the highway so far. It was closed from hwy 9 north to Mapleview from here in Barrie. It has been opened northbound from highway 9 to highway 89. All southbound lanes are still closed.We understand that the OPP are still removing debris from that area and checking to see it the highway is safe. There has been extensive guardrail damage as can be imagined with almost 100 cars involved. They are trying to get some equipment involved to try and repair those guardrails.It may be a couple of hours yet before it’s opened southboundOnly 3 people were taken to hospital. But there was hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. We asked people involved what it was like when it happened?“The eeriest feeling was when we had the impact and we stopped, hearing the cars that were banging behind. We could hear the cars in the back. That was the worst feeling.”“Running into the white out, you don’t know whether to keep your speed and maybe run into somebody or drop your speed and maybe get hit by somebody else. So when it cleared I saw a car and I hit and that’s where I stopped.”“He was driving and it was just a whiteout and everyone stopped and he stopped he didn’t hit the car in front of him but the car behind him hit him and three other cars hit him and so yeah, just chain reaction.”Sgt Dave Woodford is with the OPP. “I think a lot of people when they saw the snow squall come in they did slow down and put their four way flashers on because were seeing by the severity of the injuries. It was bad. You couldn’t see two feet in front of you.”There are still strong winds and whiteouts in Barrie this evening.People were pleased at how fast the OPP were on the scene and how fast the buses were there to take the people involved to warmth at Georgian Downs race track. They had tables set up with OPP officers to take crash information or to provide hot food or beveridgesThey’ve practised this scenario several times but it’s the first time they’ve put it into practise on such a large scale and they are pleased at how it worked out today. read more

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UN partners warn 108 million people face severe food insecurity worldwide

“The cost in human and resource terms only increases if we let situations deteriorate,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in a news release on the Global Report on Food Crises 2017. “We can prevent people dying from famine but if we do not scale up our efforts to save, protect and invest in rural livelihoods, tens of millions will remain severely food insecure,” he added. Civil conflict is the driving factor in nine of the 10 worst humanitarian crises, underscoring the strong linkage between peace and food security, says the report. The report represents a new and politically innovative collaboration between the European Union and USAID/FEWSNET, regional food security institutions together with UN agencies including the FAO, the World Food Programme and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Hunger exacerbates crisis, creating ever greater instability and insecurity. What is a food security challenge today becomes tomorrow’s security challenge,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “It is a race against time – the world must act now to save the lives and livelihoods of the millions at the brink of starvation.” “This report highlights the critical need for prompt and targeted action to effectively respond to the food crises and to address their root causes,” said Neven Mimica, Commissioner for EU’s International Cooperation and Development, noting that in 2016, the EU allocated €550 million already, followed by another €165 million that we have just mobilized to assist the people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. This year, the demand for humanitarian and resilience building assistance will further escalate as four countries are at risk of famine: South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria.Other countries that require massive levels of assistance because of widespread food insecurity are Iraq, Syria (including refugees in neighbouring countries) Malawi and Zimbabwe. In the absence of immediate and substantive action, the food security situation in these countries will continue to worsen in coming months, according to the new report. AUDIO: There has been a “dramatic increase” in food insecurity around the world the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said, launching a joint agency report showing that some 108 million people were categorized as “severely food insecure” during 2016. read more

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Panasonic augmented reality app helps pick your next TV

first_imgIt’s called the Panasonic VIERA AR Setup Simulator and is free to download from the App Store. You need to print off an AR Marker (vertical or horizontal versions available) and position it in the center of where your new TV will sit. Then load the app and point your camera towards the marker. On your iPhone’s display you can then start flicking through the different models of VIERA TVs until one appears that fits the space perfectly.As it’s augmented reality the TV appears as if it is already sitting in the room and you can move around to view it from different angles. The sizing of each TV will be spot on so you can see how much clearance there will be on all sides. There’s also the option to take a photo for later viewing or to share with others over email, Twitter, or Facebook.It’s a clever idea, but one we’d like to see implemented from a more independent standpoint allowing any and all makes of TV to be visualized. We are also surprised Panasonic hasn’t put in some sort of link to buy option, but would Apple then claim 30% of the sale price?More at Panasonic, via Akihabara News When deciding to buy a new flatscreen TV there’s a few decisions you have to make before choosing a model. Most importantly you need to know how big it can be and whether you want it mounted on the wall or a stand.Panasonic has launched a genuinely useful augmented reality app to help you decide. Or more specifically, help you decide which VIERA TV you want in your home.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Sevenyearold Syrian girls Twitter account disappears as Assads forces close in

first_img Dec 5th 2016, 1:34 PM Image: PA Monday 5 Dec 2016, 1:34 PM ProvocativeRussia’s top diplomat has also denounced a proposed UN resolution demanding a temporary ceasefire in Aleppo, calling it a “provocative step”.The UN Security Council will today vote on the resolution, drafted by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain, that calls for a truce of at least seven days.Lavrov told a press conference:Taking into account all aspects and the current development of the situation, the draft resolution – coming against the backdrop of the Russian-American initiative – is, for the most part, a provocative step that undermines Russian-American efforts.Despite concessions by those who drafted the text – an early version demanded a 10-day truce – it looks likely Moscow will use its veto to torpedo the measure.The forces of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and their allies are continuing to advance on Aleppo’s rebel-held districts, after taking control of some 60% of the city so far, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.Since the start of the Syrian regime’s latest offensive in eastern Aleppo on 15 November, at least 311 civilians have been killed, 42 of them children, the Britain-based monitor says. At the same time, rebel fire has killed nearly 70 people in the city’s government-held west.Russia has been flying air raids in Syria since September 2015, intervening at the request of Assad, Moscow’s longtime ally.With reporting from AFP. – © AFP, 2016Read: Seven-year-old girl tweets of being “between death and life” as Aleppo on verge of fallingRead: Donald Trump is using his Twitter account to take on China Source: Zaina Erhaim/Twitter 68 Comments THE TWITTER ACCOUNT belonging to a seven-year-old Syrian girl who came to prominence in the ongoing siege of Aleppo has been deactivated.Bana Alabed’s tweets – written in English with the help of her mother – offered a window into life in the war-torn city.On Sunday, as Syrian government troops pushed into the city’s east, the account disappeared from Twitter.According to CNN, BBC and Eliot Higgins, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which follows conflicts in real time, the last tweet read: 17,124 Views A 2011 file picture from Aleppo. Image: PA A 2011 file picture from Aleppo. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Rebel withdrawalAs Assad’s forces push into eastern Aleppo, Russian and US experts are due to meet in the coming days to determine the routes and timing for a total rebel withdrawal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today.“During the Russian-American consultations the concrete route and timeframe for the withdrawal of all fighters from eastern Aleppo will be agreed upon,” the Russian diplomat said, indicating that the talks in Geneva would start tomorrow or Wednesday.“As soon as these routes and timeframes are agreed on, a ceasefire can come into effect,” Lavrov said.The discussions would be based on proposals made by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Friday, he said.Yet today Syrian rebels ruled out a pullout from east Aleppo despite the sweeping government advances. The Syrian army has seized two-thirds of east Aleppo and is continuing to advance, pounding remaining opposition-held territory. Short URL #BanaAlabed & her mam r fine & still n #aleppo. They decided 2 disappear 4 a reason. Plz respect that & let them have thier privacy. #Syria— Zaina Erhaim (@ZainaErhaim) December 4, 2016 Source: Within Syria/Twitter We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. #Aleppo.Bana had more than 100,000 followers, and has tweeted messages of deep foreboding before.On 27 November she wrote: “Tonight we have no house, it’s bombed and I got in rubble. I saw deaths and I almost died.”The next day, Bana tweeted that she was “between death and life”. There are no authoritative reports as to what has happened to the Alabed family.While online sources within Aleppo initially reported that Assad’s forces had captured the mother and daughter, others asked media to “respect their privacy” and choice to disappear from the web under fear of Assad forces. Share25 Tweet Email By Darragh Peter Murphy Seven-year-old Syrian girl’s Twitter account disappears as Assad’s forces close in Bana Alabed’s tweets from war-town Aleppo – written in English with the help of her mother – gained worldwide prominence. https://jrnl.ie/3120398 it looks like Bana mother deactivated the account after they know the SAA monitor the connection ! surprise they didn’t know this before !— Within Syria (@WithinSyriaBlog) December 4, 2016last_img read more

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Littlewoods Ireland sign up as GAA hurling championship and Camogie league sponsors

first_img 16,102 Views Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 1:36 PM By Niall Kelly Dec 6th 2016, 1:36 PM Share53 Tweet Email GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association, welcomed the Littlewoods partnership which is the first time that the National Camogie League will have a title sponsor.“This partnership will help us reach into new areas as we continually look at new ways of bringing our games to new audiences and supporters,” Ó Fearghail said.“I laud the fact that the arrangement also covers the activities and games of the Camogie Association which strikes me as a particularly good fit covering the wide spectrum of the GAA family given the area of expertise of Littlewoods Ireland.“I look forward to a long and mutually beneficially partnership.”Littlewoods Ireland hosts over 70,000 products from more than 1,300 brands, with its website receiving an average of 2.5 million visits each month, the company said on Tuesday.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL https://the42.ie/3122981 center_img A petition for EA to make a GAA Playstation game is gaining momentum Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie 15 Comments Former Cork camogie star Anna Geary, Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson, and former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell at Tuesday’s launch.ONLINE DEPARTMENT STORE Littlewoods Ireland will sponsor the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and the Camogie National League for the next three seasons.Littlewoods was announced today as the GAA’s newest “top tier partner” in a deal which will run until 2019. No figures have been disclosed for the value of the partnership.Since the GAA’s move to a multi-sponsorship model in 2008, the senior football and hurling championships have each been sponsored by three brands.It is understood that Littlewoods’ hurling sponsorship will replace Liberty Insurance, who came on board in 2013 in a three-year deal worth a reported €2 million. Littlewoods Ireland sign up as GAA hurling championship and Camogie league sponsors The three-year deal will run until 2019.last_img read more

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After 47 years this is a moment Anxious wait for families before

first_imgSo there is anger that there is a two-speed system of justice, whereas the infinitesimally small number of people who were killed by the state services compared to those killed at the hand of terrorists – like at Claudy, Le Mon, Kingsmill – get very little if any attention paid to them, and certainly no prosecutions.“And this week we will again see evidence of double standards.”- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha By Leona O’Neill 13,112 Views Mar 14th 2019, 12:06 AM 14 Comments Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM My view is no matter who you are talking about, if you can find evidence of a crime then go get them. I wouldn’t deny justice to anyone. Put the British establishment on trial, as well as the unionist politicians of the day who were instrumental in the organisation of the paratroopers coming in. “Those are the people who should be put on trial. It will never happen though.“Our faith is very strong,” he says. “Whatever these soldiers did, they will have to answer to God.” Tourists are shown Derry’s Bogside murals, Operation Motorman: The Summer Invasion (left) and The Runner. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesKate Nash (69) lost her brother William on Bloody Sunday. The 19-year-old dock worker was shot in the chest near the Rossville Street barricade. His dad Alex saw his son being shot and went to help him, and was then shot himself.Nash says her stomach is “in knots” waiting for today’s news on prosecutions. She has dedicated her entire life to being a voice for her brother and says the families, “just want justice”.“I want prosecutions and I want convictions,” she says. “My view is that whatever a judge decides is punishment, I will accept. I want murder convictions, that is what is important to me.“The sentence would not be important to me, it is the prosecution and conviction. That would give me a little closure because it is a burden too. There’s a constant struggle in my mind and thinking ‘how dare they do this’, all the emotions you go through.“I hear politicians talking about jailing this one and that one, but not soldiers, because they shouldn’t have to face that. What makes them special that they shouldn’t have to face it? Share33 Tweet Email2 Source: Leona O’Neill/Twitter Short URLcenter_img She kept everything belonging to him, the clothes he died in, his school text books. I have a Mars Bar that is 47 years old that she bought him that Sunday, and he never got to eat it.John says that he is hopeful of prosecutions for the soldier who took his teenage brother’s life.“This is the major day for us in that hopefully we will achieve prosecutions of those who murdered our loved ones,” he says. “What I want is the prosecution of the soldier who murdered my brother. He was a young innocent boy. I want the soldier convicted and I want him to go to jail. I see things quite simply, if anyone is convicted of murder they are sent to jail for life and I believe that should happen here also.“We have been living this for 47 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have done a lot of hard work over the years to get to where we are today. Certainly we hope that it will all have been worthwhile.”Across the city in the Waterside, the DUP’s Gregory Campbell says the unionist community feel “angry over double standards”. He says that soldier prosecutions will set a “bad precedent” and that the two soldiers killed in the city by the IRA in the days before Bloody Sunday “have been totally forgotten”.“It appears that there is a hierarchy of victimhood,” he says. “Because there are some relatives of victims who seem to get an inordinate amount of money, resources, investigations and now possibly challenges in court to lead to conviction or whatever, whereas for others there are none of that.“There is nothing that displays a hierarchy of victimhood more than that. ‘After 47 years, this is a moment’: Anxious wait for families before Bloody Sunday announcement “Putting a soldier in jail wouldn’t make me happy whatsoever,” Kevin McKinney says, whose father was shot dead in 1972. Liam Wray, whose 22-year-old older brother Jim was killed by paratroopers on #BloodySunday says this week – as his and other family’s 47 year fight for justice for victims could come to a conclusion – is ‘full of anxiety, fear and hope’ over soldier prosecutions #Derry pic.twitter.com/oyTDXYSNcY— Leona O’Neill (@LeonaONeill1) March 11, 2019 John Kelly whose brother 17 year old Michael was killed in Derry on Bloody Sunday. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesJohn Kelly lost his 17-year-old younger brother brother Michael that day. He says his mother never got over her teenage son’s death.“Michael was standing with a group of other boys at a barricade in the Bogside,” he said.“The soldiers opened fire and hit Michael in the stomach. I helped to carry my brother to the ambulance and I still remember checking him in the back of the ambulance and hoping that he would survive. We brought him into the casualty area and the doctor came along with a nurse and checked him before pronouncing him dead. I remember asking the doctor to check him again to be sure. But he said he was sorry, he was gone.“My mother never got over Michael’s death. She was so devastated by his death she wasn’t capable of looking after herself. She visited the cemetery every single day. There was one time she walked to the cemetery with a blanket under her arm and when someone asked her where she was going, she said she was taking it to Michael’s grave to keep him warm. Julieann Campbell stands beside an image of her late uncle Jackie Duddy (17) and the white handkerchief used by Father Edward Daly on Bloody Sunday. Source: The Museum of Free Derry/PA ImagesOn 30 January 1972, in what would become known as Bloody Sunday, British soldiers fired into a crowd of unarmed civilians who were taking part in a civil rights march in the bogside in Derry.In all, 28 people were shot. 13 people died while another person succumbed to their injuries a number of months later. The Widgery Tribunal was held immediately afterwards and largely cleared the soldiers and British authorities of blame.A second investigation, the Saville Inquiry, was set up in 1998; in 2010 the report was published, and found that the killings were both “unjustified” and “unjustifiable”. The Prime Minister at the time David Cameron apologised on behalf of the UK.The relatives of those killed have been seeking justice for their family members; it’s expected that the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service will announce today whether charges will be brought against the British soldiers involved.The looming possibility of prosecutions has caused some controversy lately, prompting people like former British minister Boris Johnson to defend the soldiers and claim that prosecutions could mean the IRA would “get away” with crimes committed during The Troubles.Last week, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley came under increased pressure to resign after saying that the killings committed by the British military and police during The Troubles “were not crimes”.She has since repeatedly apologised for her remarks, in the media and to the House of Commons, saying that she did not mean what she said.On Tuesday night, ahead of the second Meaningful Vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the British Ministry of Defence announced that its legal fees would be “entirely” paid by the UK government. Mickey McKinney stands beside the Bloody Sunday Memorial in the Bogside. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesKevin McKinney’s 35-year-old father Gerard was shot in the chest in Abbey Street in the Bogside. Witnesses said that when he saw a soldier, he stopped and held up his arms, shouting “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!”, before being gunned down. The bullet went through the father-of-eight’s body and struck and killed 17-year-old Gerard Donaghy behind him.Kevin, who was just 11-years-old when his father was killed, says that his family have forgiven the soldier, that he “was not to blame, rather it was the British establishment who sent him there”.He says the British government, politicians and all those involved in the day’s killings should be put on trial and that the “soldier played only a small part in a bigger machine”.“Putting a soldier in jail wouldn’t make me happy whatsoever,” he says. I am caught up with those emotions – hope and a little bit of fear over what will happen now. https://jrnl.ie/4539416 FROM JIM WRAY’S grave in a cemetery overlooking Derry, his brother Liam can see the exact spot in the Bogside where the 22-year-old fell after being gunned down by a British Paratrooper on 30 January 1972.Jim was shot twice as he ran for cover in Glenfada Park. Two witnesses to the Saville Inquiry said he was laying on the ground, wounded, when a soldier fired the shot which ended his life.Today his family, and the families of the other 13 people killed on Bloody Sunday, will hear if the soldiers who fired upon them will face prosecution over the killings.Jim’s brother Liam (65) says that the family have waited a lifetime for this day. He says they have never given up fighting for justice for the man they knew as ‘the gentle giant’ and his anxiety is rising as day looms.“There is an anticipation and anxiety,” he says. “After 47 years obviously this is a moment in time that our family have, from day one, always demanded happen. It will be a big day when we hear the news and we just hope that it won’t be a big disappointment. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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La taxe carbone aérienne un frein aux négociations sur le climat

first_imgLa taxe carbone aérienne, un frein aux négociations sur le climat ?Selon l’émissaire américain sur le climat, les discussions internationales concernant le climat pourraient être perturbées par la polémique autour de l’instauration par l’Europe d’une taxe sur les émissions polluantes des compagnies aériennes. Todd Stern, émissaire américain sur le climat, a emboîté le pas à la ministre indienne de l’Environnement Jayanthi Natarajan et a alerté d’éventuelles conséquences de la taxe carbone sur les réflexions internationales portant sur la climat. En effet, lors d’une conférence de presse téléphonique qui s’est tenue à Rome, celui-ci a déclaré : “je pense qu’il existe un potentiel de retombées négatives sur les négociations plus larges sur le climat.” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au centre de la polémique, une nouvelle législation européenne, applicable en théorie depuis le 1er janvier 2012, qui vise à contraindre les compagnies aériennes traversant l’Union européenne à acheter l’équivalent de 15% de leurs émissions de CO2. Une réglementation à laquelle se sont d’ores et déjà opposés vingt-six des 36 membres de l’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale (OACI). “Il existe un risque (…) si la question de l’ETS (le marché carbone payant européen dont dépend cette taxe) n’est pas résolue. Un assez grand nombre de pays, et je ne parle même pas des Etats-Unis en ce moment, sont assez contrariés à propos de l’ETS et de ce que cela dit, selon eux, sur le système multilatéral”, a encore ajouté Todd Stern. Les discussions devraient progresser lors de la préparation de la prochaine grande conférence sur le climat (en fin d’année au Qatar) qui se tiendra entre le 14 et le 25 mai à Bonn en Allemagne. Le 18 avril 2012 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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