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Someone helped identify Dabholkar to shooters: CBI

first_imgA special court on Saturday for the second time extended the CBI remand of Sharad Kalaskar, the alleged second shooter in the killing of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, till September 17.The Central Bureau of Investigation sought for extension on grounds that a person who was apparently present on the day of the murder on August 20, 2013, had allegedly helped the two named shooters — Sachin Andure and Kalaskar — identify Dr. Dabholkar when he was out on a morning stroll in Pune’s Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge (also known as the Omkareshwar bridge).“During the reconstruction of the crime, it has come to the agency’s notice that there was a person who identified Dr. Dabholkar to the two assailants, making it possible for them to kill the rationalist. Investigation has revealed that the shooters had not seen the victim in person before the murder. So, Kalaskar’s further custody can help in identifying this person,” said CBI counsel, Vijaykumar Dhakane.The agency further submitted that on the night of July 23 this year, Kalaskar, who was on his way to meet Vaibhav Raut (arrested by the ATS in the arms haul case) at the latter’s residence in Nallasopara, had dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the water in areas in Greater Mumbai and Thane.“The firearms used in Dr. Dabholkar’s murder may be among those arms dismantled by Kalaskar,” said advocate Dhakane, stating that further custody was essential to know the spots at which he destroyed these arms and if possible recover them.“The agency has taken Kalaskar to locations such as Kalwa bridge at Thane creek and Bhayander bridge at Vasai creek, but the accused cannot identify the exact spot from where he threw the firearms. Hence, the CBI seeks his further custody,” the remand application reads.Judicial magistrate, first class, S. M. A. Sayyed accordingly extended Kalaskar’s remand till September 17.Arguing against an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, advocate Dharmraj Chandel said that the CBI had failed to make any significant recovery or elicit any vital piece of information during Kalaskar’s 12-day custody.“Kalaskar has already cooperated with the agency and has told them everything he knows. 12 days is sufficient for the CBI. Yet, the agency, by bringing up new pretexts for the extension of his custody, is merely trying to prolong the investigation on vague theories,” said Mr. Chandel.“Till recently, the CBI failed to make any progress in the investigation into Dr. Dabholkar’s murder. It was only when the ATS shared information with the CBI that the latter took Kalaskar and Andure in their custody,” he said.last_img read more

UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR From the 2018-19 season, though, the major European leagues will gain more guaranteed Champions League group stage places. England, Spain, Italy and Germany will receive four spots each.But Ceferin said UEFA is working to ensure cash from the competition is distributed more equitably across Europe.“We will discuss about distribution,” said the Slovenian, who succeeded Michel Platini as head of European soccer last year. “It’s a goal to do it, because if we don’t do it then we cannot develop football in every single country in Europe, and that’s our task. So we are working on it every single day. It’s one of the priorities.”AwardsUEFA is going to start honoring the top retired players who have played in Europe in a hall of fame.“We will spend the next few months creating all the criteria and we’re sure that many players who played in Europe and finished their fantastic careers deserve a place in the hall of fame,” Ceferin said.Ceferin also announced that the UEFA president’s award this year is going to Francesco Totti to recognize his 25-season career with Roma.“He leaves a unique legacy and it is one that should be cherished,” Ceferin said.Video TechnologyUEFA has no plans to introduce video replays in the Champions League next season. The governing body is awaiting the outcome of FIFA’s trials with the technology, including at the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 2030 tournament is unlikely to be awarded for at least five years, with FIFA’s decision on the 2026 edition expected to come next year, with confirmation of the United States-Canada-Mexico proposal.Ceferin was speaking after a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee in Cardiff where the Champions League is being played on Saturday between Juventus and Real Madrid. Here are some other talking points:Champions League GulfCeferin is concerned that the financial disparities in Europe see the same teams reaching the closing stages of the Champions League every season. Real Madrid was in the 2014 and 2016 finals, and emerged victorious on both occasions, while Juventus contested the 2015 final.“It’s not easy to qualify for small clubs, but it is still possible,” Ceferin said. “We all know the gap is wider and wider and we are working on it with Financial Fair Play. But it’s far from a closed league, far from only an elite competition.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin speaks during the press conference at a hotel in Cardiff, Wales Thursday June 1, 2017. The Welsh capital will host the women’s and men’s Champions League finals in the next 3 days. APCARDIFF, Wales — Europe is challenging China’s pursuit of the 2030 World Cup, with UEFA announcing Thursday (Friday Manila time) that it deserves to host the tournament.The 2018 tournament is being staged in Russia, but the next two editions are away from Europe as Qatar is the 2022 host and North America is likely to be awarded the 2026 event.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Breaking rackets along the way, Kyrgios exits French Open View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “It is Europe’s turn in 2030, clearly,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday. “So we will fight for a European host.”UEFA’s aspirations will face a serious challenge from China, where President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to increase the country’s influence in global soccer. Three of the World Cup sponsors to sign up in the last two years are from China, with smartphone and software maker Vivo the latest on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChina is eager to mount a bid to host the World Cup for the first time despite current rules effectively blocking another Asian bid before the 2034 edition.A more sentimental bid is likely to come from South America. Uruguay, which staged the first World Cup in 1930, is keen on celebrating the centenary of the soccer showpiece by co-hosting with Argentina.last_img read more

Sena mocks at Kerala IPS officers staring at woman remark

first_imgMumbai, Aug 18 (PTI) Shiv Sena today took a jibe at senior Kerala IPS officer Rishiraj Singh who had said that staring at a women for 14 seconds can land a man in jail, asking if someone who stared at a woman for 13 seconds would get benefit of doubt.Stating that “there is a difference between staring and committing an atrocity,” an editorial in Senas mouthpiece Saamana sought to know “if someone will get the benefit of doubt if he stares at a woman only for 13 seconds, instead of 14 seconds”.”Can it be said with certainty that there will be curbs on atrocities against women due to this 14-second rule,” it said.”This remark has also become the subject of derision in social media,” it added.In remarks which went viral on the social media last week, the Kerala Excise commissioner had said, “There are sections in law to jail a man for annoyingly staring at a woman for 14 seconds. Please use it (the provisions in the law), if it is the case.”Urging women to fight the hooligans disturbing them, he had also asked them to carry knives and chili spray in bags to protect themselves from such elements.While Singhs words drew varied reactions on social media, Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan termed them as “irritating”.His comments also drew humorous reactions on social media, with jokes such as a man who went to see a woman at her home following a marriage proposal ended up in jail because he stared at her for more than 14 seconds.advertisementSome also expressed doubts over the points made by Singh. PTI VT GK NM AARlast_img read more

‘I want to be the perfect mother’

first_imgSania Mirza has been away from the tennis courts for almost a year and plans a comeback in the New Year. In an interview with Mail Today, she talks of pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood.Q: How would you look back at 2018, a year you decided to take a break from tennis and focus on raising a family?A: The pregnancy and the birth of my son, Izhaan, has been a truly exciting experience for me which has definitely touched and enriched my entire life in an amazing kind of way. I feel so grateful to God for making my life feel so complete and fulfilling.Q: Could you explain what it is like to be a mom? You adore your parents, so would you set any kind of goals for yourself in bringing up Izhaan?A: I don’t think I felt very maternal until I got pregnant and then everything changed. Whatever I ate, did or thought about was for my child that was yet to be born. And once, Izhaan was born, his needs and welfare were all that became the focus of my attention. My parents have done all they could for me and Anam (her sister) and I want to be the perfect mother to my son.Q: Is it possible for you to take the readers through your journey in 2018, the months leading up to the arrival of your son?A: I remained very active all through my pregnancy – of course, under the guidance of my doctors. It was important for me to demonstrate to myself and to those who cared that being pregnant was no impediment to living a normal life. Of course, I had to stop playing professional tennis but beyond that, not much changed. In fact, I was hitting tennis balls on court until a week before Izhaan was born, practising yoga and walking 3-4kms everyday during the last month of my pregnancy.advertisementQ: You have mentioned in an interview you are superstitious and would not like your son’s photos to be flashed in social media. Your thoughts on it?A: No, I don’t think I’m superstitious but I would like Izhaan to have as normal a childhood as possible without at any point feeling pressured.Q: Returning to the gym and training hard, how have you planned return to top fitness?A: I’ve already started work in the gym although for another month, I have only been allowed aerobic training since I had a C-section. I will start working with my physical trainer, Robert Ballard from the middle of February and possibly if things go smoothly I would be able to get back onto the practice courts in the first week of April. I will probably need another 6 months to achieve match fitness – but all this is assuming that everything goes well and my body responds positively to the workload.Q: You have said in the past there is unfinished business for you at the Olympics, is Tokyo calling? How does the new protected ranking from the WTA help?A: Olympics is important to any athlete but when one is coming back to competition after pregnancy following a long break, it would be difficult to just focus on the one tournament – however big it may be. I will need to make short term goals and then see how things pan out. But yes, the Grand Slams and the Olympics will be the most important goals for me as they are for any other tennis player. Since we do not have another women’s player in the top 50 of the world, the only way I can expect to enter the Olympics will be for me to get back to top-10 of the world. For now, that remains a distant goal, considering that the earliest that I could probably get back on the Tour would be in September this year. That will give me exactly 1 year to start from scratch and achieve a top-10 ranking. This is not an easy task.Q: Serena Williams keeps talking about her child, even when she has just finished playing a tennis match. Do you think the arrival of a child changes the approach to life and he/she becomes most important in life?A: Yes, I agree that once you become a mother, the child becomes the most important part of one’s life and that’s what makes mothers so special.last_img read more

MS Dhoni’s inputs big plus for Kuldeep Yadav and me: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgMarch 26, 2015, was the fateful day when India’s challenge in the World Cup ended with a 95-run defeat at the hands of Australia in Sydney. Almost 15 months later, on June 11, 2016, a young leg-spinner from Haryana made his ODI debut for India in Zimbabwe. The debut spell ended with a wicket in his last over and that was how it all started for Indias numero uno leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.While the first outing might not have been the most impressive one, Chahal stamped his class in a T20I game against England when he finished with figures of 6/25 – the best for the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game.Apart from the wickets that he picked, that game bore testimony to the fact that he was no one-match wonder. And as India gear up for the challenge of lifting the coveted World Cup trophy in England and Wales, Chahal’s role will be of umpteen importance.Speaking to IANS, Chahal said that his partnership with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav has more to it than their own abilities with the ball. So, there is definitely more to it than just hitting the bowling crease for the duo which has impressed all with their performances in series wins in South Africa and Australia in recent times. And that is the help and guidance of the senior members of the team.”Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) has helped a lot. He tells us how a wicket will play and so it helps us figure things out quickly instead of wasting overs on trying to understand the wicket. So that has been a big plus point for both me and Kuldeep,” he said.advertisementStump mic recordings of the former captain telling Kuldeep and Chahal which areas to bowl in have gone viral multiple times in the past two years. But Chahal says it is not just Dhoni.”Apart from him, Virat (Kohli) and Rohit (Sharma) also always look to help us out. I think in our team every person is their own captain and we all respect each other. So for me and Kuldeep, it was great that we came into a dressing room that had these experienced players who were ready to back us up,” said Chahal.However, the pair have hardly needed any backing since their respective breakthroughs. Chahal had made his debut before Kuldeep and so it is worth noting that since then, the pair have accounted for 159 wickets in just under 45 matches. Their performance in the third ODI against South Africa in February 2018 had led to captain Kohli earmarking them to be India’s “X-factor” in the World Cup.India went on to tour England and Australia in the months since. While the former’s big hitting prowess overpowered them, India would record a 2-1 win over Australia and Chahal ended it as the second highest wicket taker for his team with six scalps. All of these wickets came in the third ODI and his 6/42 was the best by any bowler in Australia. If the fact hadn’t already been established, it was now: Yuzvendra Chahal is a danger regardless of the country he is playing in.Variations are the same but mixing them up better: ChahalThe 28-year-old said that he had not brought any modifications to his bowling technique in these away tours. “I am doing exactly what I have always been doing for the past few years. I have not brought many changes to my game. The variations are the same, but I am a bit more mature in mixing them up now.”Chahal has also been working on the other aspects of his game. “I have worked harder on my fielding and batting. I always feel you need to always add to your skill set and that is what I have tried to do.”His teammates’ reaction to his batting serves as comic relief at times and Chahal does not really mind having a laugh at himself. Evidence of this tendency towards self-depreciating humour could be seen when asked how many bats he would be taking to England.”I’ve taken one each from Virat, Shikhar (Dhawan) and Mahi bhai. Rohit refuses to give one,” he said.We haven’t replaced Ashwin and Jadeja: ChahalThis banter is also a sign of how well Chahal has integrated into the team. However, new places in a team always come at the expense of other players and in this case, Kuldeep and Chahal’s rise has coincided with the fall of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s stature in India’s limited overs setup.advertisementWhile Jadeja has plotted a comeback of sorts after the 2018 Asia Cup and is in the mix for the World Cup, Ashwin hasn’t played an ODI match since June 2017. Both continue to be regulars in the Test side though, which is something Chahal has not been able to break into.”It is wrong to say that we replaced them,” said Chahal when asked about the nature of his interactions with the pair whenever they are in the team. “They have played so many matches and have got so many wickets to their name. Comparing us to them would be unfair.”I have not played much with Ashwin but Jadeja has never shied from giving me any advice or helping me out in any way.”The build-up to the World Cup always involves chatter about the conditions. With England being the hosts this time, one could be tempted into thinking that this could be a pacer’s tournament. However, the manner in which England’s batsmen thwarted Pakistan in the recent ODI series between the two sides indicates that bowlers, in general, may not have a great time there while former cricketers like Michael Vaughan say that you might find conditions similar to the ones in the subcontinent. Chahal, however, prefers to wait and watch.”Last year it was a spinning wicket. But that was only last year and we will get to know for sure only when we reach there. Once we do, we have got two weeks to prepare,” he said.When a Dhoni-led Indian team went to Australia in 2015 in an attempt to become the third team after West Indies and Australia to defend a World Cup title, Chahal’s was an obscure name, one of the many grinding away in the Indian domestic circuit in the hope of donning the iconic blue of the national team. Four years later, he is one of India’s biggest weapons as they look to win a third title.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 batsmen who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old recordAlso Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso See:last_img read more

HARD ROCK TO START SPORTS BETTING IN SEPTEMBER (Update)

first_imgIt will be at least few more weeks before Sioux City’s Hard Rock casino begins sports betting.The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved an agreement with a sports betting company for the Hard Rock on Thursday:Brian Ohorilko is administrator of the IRGC:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BET3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….sports wagering” :09Mike Adams, Hard Rock’s Vice President of operations, says the casino hopes to start sports betting in a few weeks:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BET5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….retail side. :20Adams says Hard Rock hopes to launch it’s mobile platform in mid-October.The sports betting in the casino will take place in the former wine bar area:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BET6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….wagers via kiosk. :18Anthony Torres will manage Hard Rock’s Sports Book:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BET7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..you can wager on. ;20Torres says a lot of customers are asking when they can start betting on sports at Hard Rock.He says one of every four calls received is about sports betting.Ohorilko says he’s has a chance to talk a little with the casino managers that got up on and running on the first day last Thursday.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BET4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….Market matures” ;18This is considered the trial run period — as sports gambling is really expected to get busy with the kickoff of the college and professional football season.Updated 8/23/19 5:52pmlast_img read more

Bilic wants more from wide players

first_imgWest Ham United Bilic wants wide players to ‘do a bit better’ after Hammers fire blanks against West Brom Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:54 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) SlavenBilicCropped Getty Images West Ham United West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United West Bromwich Albion Premier League The club’s wide players did not do enough to create chances in their 0-0 draw on Saturday according to their manager Slaven Bilic wanted more from his wide players after West Ham registered just one shot on target in their 0-0 draw with West Brom.Despite lining up with a strong front three of Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Michail Antonio, the Hammers found the hosts difficult to break down and Bilic admitted his side lacked quality in the final third.West Ham 4/1 to beat Spurs Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 The result at The Hawthorns means West Ham have won just one, drawn four and lost six of their last 11 away games in the league, while they also have only one victory from five Premier League matches this season.Bilic did praise his defence for keeping West Brom at bay, telling the West Ham website: “It has not been a great game of football, but we were solid again and limited them to one chance in the game.”Especially in the second half, we were dominant and much better than them and coming into those really good areas, still keeping the shape and all that.”To be fair, we looked to get more and that was three points and you have to say the quality in the last third was missing, either with a cross or a reaction from a cross or something, or when we had good one-on-ones in the last 20 minutes, when they opened a little bit.”We needed one of our players, especially our wide players one-against-one in wide positions, to do a bit better.”A hard-earned away point and another clean sheet.#COYI pic.twitter.com/SlVV0sjO3I— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 16, 2017Bilic agreed with referee Paul Tierney’s decision not to show West Brom’s Ben Foster a red card for a lunging challenge on Hernandez in the second half.”To be fair, it looked to me to be a red card, but when I saw it again I can’t blame the referee,” he said.”He didn’t do anything wrong there because of two things – one, Foster wasn’t last man because two players came behind, and second, that challenge was mistimed and it wasn’t that brutal, so fair enough.”Fair enough, it didn’t have to be red, but a lot of times I’ve seen red for that, especially when you play at home, to be fair.”Bilic said the result, along with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in their previous game, represented an upturn in form going into the EFL Cup tie at home to Bolton Wanderers.”It’s been a good week for us,” he said. “We were hoping we would get three points, but to get another clean sheet and a point away from home, you can’t be too negative about it.”last_img read more

Financial Help for Nova Scotians Affected by December Flooding

first_imgNova Scotians and small businesses who suffered uninsurable losses from December’s heavy rainfall can apply for financial help. “The heavy rainfalls caused significant damage in some parts of the province,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “The disaster financial assistance program will help homeowners, small businesses and municipalities recover from their losses.” From Dec. 9 to 12, up to 120 millimetres of rain fell in parts of mainland Nova Scotia, causing severe damage to homes and infrastructure. The program provides basic recovery assistance to homeowners, small business owners and not-for-profit organizations affected by the heavy rains and flooding. Nova Scotians with uninsurable losses in Annapolis, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Pictou, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties, and Halifax Regional Municipality may be eligible for disaster assistance. Some eligible expenses are evacuation operations, restoring public works and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition and replacing or repairing basic, essential personal property of individuals, small businesses and farmsteads. “With the extreme weather conditions we’ve been experiencing over the last three months, I want to remind all Nova Scotians to be prepared for emergencies. Make sure you have an emergency plan and kit in your home and car,” said Mr. Furey. Application forms are available online at www.novascotia.ca/emo and at Access Nova Scotia centres. For more information call toll free at 1-866-424-5620. The deadline for applications is April 30.last_img read more

ED attaches properties worth 246 crore in Gutkha scam

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED has attached properties worth Rs 246 crore in connection with its money-laundering investigation in the Gutkha scam case.The attached properties include 174 immovable properties in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh, worth around Rs 243 crore; and shares and vehicles worth around Rs 2.29 crore. The Enforcement Directorate had initiated investigation under PMLA, after taking cognizance of a CBI FIR in the Gutkha scam after the High Court in Chennai had directed the probe agency to investigate illegal manufacture, import, supply, and distribution of Gutkha, which was banned in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from May 2013. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The financial probe agency found that AV Madhava Rao, PV Srinivasa Rao, Tallam Uma Shankar Gupta and others had associated to illegally manufacture and sell Gutkha products in the souther state, with a turnover of Rs 639.40 crore between June 2013 to June 2016. The ED’s investigation has revealed that the money from this trade was allegedly invested in the attached properties in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry. The agency said that land was purchased through several companies such as Gayathri Realtors, Medha Diary Pvt Ltd, Vaijayanthi Spinners and other. The agency added that three factories were also purchased to facilitate the illegal Gutkha business, in addition to purchasing vehicles to distribute their product. The ED added that profits from the Gutkha business were also laundered by purchaing land and real estate in the name of the accused and their family members, in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Salem, Puducherry, and Chennai.last_img read more

15 trains delayed due to snag at Okhla station

first_imgNew Delhi: At least 15 trains were delayed on Sunday due to a technical snag at the Okhla railway station in the national capital. Following a delay of two hours, services along the route were normalised after the snag was fixed by a team of railway engineers who were rushed to the spot. “An electric multiple unit (EMU) broke at the Okhla station at about 8 a.m. this morning blocking the up and down lines. As a result, eight up and seven down trains suffered delay,” said a railway official. Officials informed that movement of trains along the up line resumed at around 9.30 a.m. after completion of maintenance work. The down line resumed operations half an hour later.last_img

BC Elementary Schools can improve their grades regardless of location or challenges

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Annual Ranking of B.C. Elementary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute.This tool is an easy way for parents to compare the academic performance of the province’s schools. The report card ranks 955 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results.“The report card offers parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs over time and compares to other schools in B.C.,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst at the Fraser Institute. These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;  43/955 – JS Clark, Fort. Nelson  43/955 – Hudson’s Hope, Hudson’s Hope  95/955 – C.M. Finch, FSJ  95/955 – Clearview. FSJ  106/955 – Bert Ambrose, FSJ  129/955 – Upper Pine, Rose Prairie  134/955 – Alwin Hollan, FSJ  195/955 – Baldonnel, Baldonnel  261/955 – Crescent Park, DC  261/955 – Pouce Coupe, Pouce Coupe  285/955 – Little Prairie, Chetwynd  285/955 – Taylor, Taylor  311/955 – Robert Ogilvie, FSJ  311/955 – Notre Dame, DC  333/955 – Tumbler Ridge, Tumbler Ridge  353/955 – Christian Life, FSJ  452/955 – Charlie Lake, Charlie Lake  452/955 – Central Arts, FSJ  452/955 – Canalta, DC  512/955 – Prespatou, Prespatou  655/955 – Frank Ross, DC  694/ 955 – Don Titus, Chetwynd  771/955 – Duncan Cran, FSJ  789/955 – Tremblay, DC  825/955 – Windrem, Chetwynd  862/955 – Peace Christian, ChetwyndThe Fraser Institute shares the data suggests every school is capable of improvement regardless of type, location and student characteristics.The example provided by the ranking, ‘Armstrong Elementary in the city of Armstrong is the province’s fastest-improving school, climbing from a score of 1.9 (out of 10) in 2014 to 6.1 in 2018.  And Armstrong’s Grade 4 students showed significant improvement in reading, writing and math.’ and over the same time period, Maria Montessori in Victoria improved from 7.3 to 9.5—despite having a 20.1 percent special needs population.“We often hear excuses in B.C. that schools can’t improve student performance because of the communities and students they serve, but the evidence suggests otherwise,” MacLeod said.For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare; CLICK HERElast_img read more

PayPal ordered to disclose Canadian business account information to CRA

CALGARY — Online payments company PayPal has been ordered to hand over information about its Canadian business account holders to the Canada Revenue Agency.PayPal says on its website it has been served with a Federal Court order to disclose information within 45 days to the Canadian tax-collecting agency identifying account holders and describing the amount and number of payments sent or received between Jan. 1, 2014, and last Friday.CRA spokesman Patrick Samson says the agency has requested the information to ensure that these individuals and corporations comply with their tax obligations under the Income Tax Act.Big tech, not fintech, the top threat to incumbent banks, McKinsey report saysBitcoin passes Amex and PayPal in value amid climb above US$100 billionHe says it’s part of a stepped up campaign to use third-party data to detect unreported economic activity and identify individuals and businesses that do not file tax returns.PayPal says it has notified the account holders, adding the order applies even if the business account has been closed.It’s advising users to ensure they have filed their tax returns as appropriate, pointing out that the CRA has a voluntary disclosure program that allows a filer to adjust a tax return he or she has already filed. read more

Debate postponed as no EnglishTamil translation of PRECIFAC report

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a former Minister of National Languages, however insisted that the debate must take place. He said that he will not be in a position to refer the report during the debate as the report is only in Sinhalese. A heated exchange ensued between Sumanthiran and Nanayakkara with Sumanthiran telling Nanayakkara it was shameful that a former Minister of National Languages should not be concerned that a national report is only in Sinhalese.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya later apologized saying the report was yet to be translated into English and Tamil owing to the number of pages in the report and sought the opinion of the House on if to proceed with the debate or not. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella proposed that the debate be postponed and the House agreed. (Colombo Gazette) The debate in Parliament which was scheduled to take place today on the treasury bond report and the report by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption (PRECIFAC) had to be postponed after sittings began as there was no English or Tamil translation of the PRECIFAC report.Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran raised the issue over the report being available only in the Sinhala language. read more

Moodys rates Sri Lankan banking system outlook as negative

With the key drivers, Moody’s assesses the operating environment as stable; asset risk as deteriorating; capital as stable; profitability and efficiency as stable; funding and liquidity as stable; and government support as deteriorating.Moody’s notes that capital has strengthened as the banks successfully raised capital and reduced cash dividends to comply with their Basel III requirements. While the transition to SLFRS 9 will substantially increase loan provisions, the capital impact is likely to be limited as the regulator allows provisions to be staggered over a prescribed period. Profitability supported by interest income growth will offset the increase in credit costs. Moody’s Investors Service says that the outlook for Sri Lanka’s banking system is negative, as the economy remains weak and asset quality is deteriorating.“The economy will only exhibit a modest rebound as the government’s high debt burden and reliance on foreign borrowings continue to limit public investment and pose the risk of capital outflows,” says Tengfu Li, a Moody’s Analyst. “Credit growth was very high over the last two years, with the credit multiplier (credit growth/GDP growth) peaking at more than 2.5 times. As loans disbursed over this period begin to mature, asset quality will deteriorate, and higher borrowing costs due to tighter monetary policy implemented earlier will add to the debt burden of corporates,” says Li. Moody’s conclusions are contained in its just-released “Banking System Outlook: Sri Lankan banks, Macroeconomic risks and deteriorating asset quality drive negative outlook”. The outlook expresses Moody’s expectation of how bank creditworthiness will evolve in this system over the next 12 to 18 months. Funding pressure on the banks will improve with the recent slowdown in loan growth. Sri Lankan banks hold sizeable liquid assets to cover their liquidity needs and movements in deposits, thereby providing adequate buffer.Last but not least, a high debt burden and contingent liabilities relating to state-owned enterprises will continue to limit the government’s capacity to support the banks. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sudan must act on Darfur in 30 days or face measures Security

Video of Council meeting [1hr 27mins] The Security Council today adopted a resolution paving the way for action against Sudan in 30 days if it does not make progress on pledges to disarm the militias accused of indiscriminate murders, rapes and other attacks against civilians in the Darfur region – a move that was welcomed immediately by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. With China and Pakistan abstaining, and the other 13 members approving the text, the Council agreed to impose an arms embargo against the Janjaweed militias and all other non-governmental forces in Darfur, which has been described as the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The resolution says the Council might take measures against Sudan if it does not show progress on achieving the commitments – most notably the pledges to disarm the Janjaweed and restore security to Darfur – it outlined in a joint communiqué with the UN on 3 July. Those measures include steps allowed under the UN Charter, such as issuing economic penalties, restricting transport and communications, and severing diplomatic relations. The resolution also calls for the resumption of political dialogue between the government and Darfur’s two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Mr. Annan, who visited Darfur earlier this month and was present at the signing of the communiqué, “looks forward to the swift and sustained implementation” by Sudan of its commitments, and hopes the resolution will ensure that a humanitarian catastrophe is avoided in Darfur, according to a statement read out by UN spokesperson Marie Okabe. The Secretary-General also welcomed the Council’s backing of the efforts of the African Union (AU), which is trying to mediate a political solution to the crisis and has deployed human rights monitors as part of a mission in Darfur, a region roughly equal to the size of France. In Accra, Ghana, African leaders said they discussed plans to significantly expand the number of troops in the AU’s observer mission given the deteriorating security situation in Darfur. They also called on the international community to give financial and logistic support to that mission. Ambassador John Danforth of the United States, one of the sponsors of today’s resolution, said the Council had been forced to act because Government forces and the Janjaweed, which are allied to Khartoum, had killed 30,000 people since February last year. “The last thing we wanted to do was lay the groundwork for sanctions, but the Government of Sudan has left us no choice,” he told the Council after it voted, calling the resolution essential to global efforts to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Humanitarian agencies estimate that 1.2 million people have become internally displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad because of the Janjaweed attacks and the fighting between Sudanese forces and the SLM/A and the JEM. Sudan’s Ambassador Elfatih Mohamed Ahmed Erwa told the Council his Government was in a “race with time” to implement the commitments laid out in the 3 July communiqué, adding it was extremely difficult to disarm the Janjaweed because Darfur is a region where almost everyone carries arms. Mr. Erwa said Khartoum had already made much progress, citing the deployment of more than 4,800 police to bolster security, the arrest and trial of 200 Janjaweed members, and the dispatch of rape investigation teams headed by female judges. Accusing the United States of pre-determining the facts, he said that when the joint communiqué with the UN was signed, it never occurred to Sudan that it would be used “as a springboard” to punish Khartoum. Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, announcing his country’s abstention before the role, said the adoption of mandatory measures if commitments are not met is “not helpful in resolving the situation in Darfur and may further complicate the situation.” Mr. Wang stressed the importance of listening to and supporting the AU as it attempted to resolve the Darfur dispute. read more

OHL Roundup 67s extend point streak to 21 games with win over

OTTAWA — Austen Keating scored two goals and assisted on another and Sasha Chmelevski had a goal and three helpers as the Ottawa 67’s doubled up the Sarnia Sting 8-4 on Saturday to extend their impressive Ontario Hockey League streak.Kody Clark also scored twice for Ottawa (20-3-4), which has earned at least one point in 21 straight games (17-0-4). Sam Bitten had a goal and two assists and Tye Felhaber and Merrick Rippon rounded out the offence.Anthony Salinitri, Sean Josling, Franco Sproviero and Hugo Leufvenius had a goal and a helper apiece for the Sting (10-11-4).67’s goaltender Will Cranley made 23 saves.Aidan Hughes started for Sarnia and allowed seven goals on 27 shots through 45:03. Ethan Langevin stopped 6-of-7 attempts the rest of the way. Ottawa was 1 for 3 on the power play while the Sting scored once on five chances with the man advantage.—BULLDOGS 5 ICEDOGS 2HAMILTON — MacKenzie Entwistle struck twice as the Bulldogs defeated Niagara.Brandon Saigeo’s power-play goal for Hamilton (11-12-1) at 12:49 of the second period was the eventual winner. Matthew Strome and Arthur Kaliyev also scored.Andrew Bruder and Jason Robertson scored for the IceDogs (13-7-4).—WOLVES 3 STEELHEADS 2SUDBURY, Ont. — Darian Pilon had a pair of goals, including the winner late in the third period, as the Wolves downed Mississauga.David Levin also scored for Sudbury (15-8-2).Owen Tippett had both goals for the Steelheads (14-9-2).—PETES 4 OTTERS 0ERIE, Pa. — Hunter Jones stopped all 38 shots he faced as Peterborough blanked the Otters.Liam Kirk scored twice for the Petes (14-11-0), while Declan Chisholm and Nick Robertson added goals.Noah Battaglia turned away 19 shots for Erie (10-14-1).—SPITFIRES 6 FIREBIRDS 3WINDSOR, Ont. — Luke Kutkevicius’s power-play goal at 15:13 of the second period stood as the winner as the Spitfires doubled Flint.Mathew MacDougall, Will Cuylle, Connor Corcoran, Cole Purboo and Louka Henault rounded out the attack for Windsor (12-11-2).Eric Uba had a pair of goals for the Firebirds (3-22-1) and Ryan Bangs added a single.—COLTS 8 STORM 2BARRIE, Ont. — Ben Hawerchuk had a hat trick as the Colts cruised past Guelph.Jason Willms, Jacob Tortora, Jaden Peca, Lucas Chiodo and Tyler Tucker also scored for Barrie (13-11-1).Isaac Ratcliffe and Zach Poirier scored for the Storm (12-6-6).—GREYHOUNDS 7 ATTACK 4OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Barrett Hayton struck twice as Sault Ste. Marie sunk the Attack.Joe Carroll out away the game-winning goal for the Greyhounds (15-6-5) at 4:10 of the third period. Zack Trott, Keeghan Howdeshell, Cole MacKay and Rory Kerins also scored.Nick Suzuki had a pair of goals for Owen Sound (13-9-3), while Brady Lyle and Kevin Hancock also found the back of the net.The Canadian Press read more

Skull of Indian executed by cannon for mutiny should be repatriated because

first_imgAs punishment, it said he had been “blown away from a gun”, a common method of execution used by the British to execute rebels which involved tying the person to the mouth of a cannon which was then fired. The note added that the skull had been brought back to Britain by “Captain (AR) Costello (late Capt. 7th Drag. Guards), who was on duty when Alum Bheg was executed”.But Dr Wagner says Mr Bheg was wrongly accused – and the real culprit was a local executioner who had a personal grudge against the British. Bheg was a member of a regiment whose members did mutiny in the location where the missionaries and doctor were killed, but wasn’t actually involved in the violence, he says. “My research shows he was actually innocent,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Those murders did happen, and he was there, but he didn’t kill them. We know who did kill these people, and it was somebody else. The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Storming of Delhi, Sepoy uprisingCredit:DEA / A. C. COOPER /De Agostini Editorial  A skull found in a Kent pub should be repatriated and buried in India because it belongs to a man wrongly accused of murdering European missionaries, an academic believes. The skull was owned by a couple who inherited it after relatives took over the The Lord Clyde pub and discovered it in a back room in 1963. The couple passed it on to Dr Kim Wagner, an expert in imperial history at Queen Mary University, London, who began to investigate its provenance. He was helped by the fact that the skull came complete with a note which claimed to tell its history. The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket and said it was the skull of Havildar “Alum Bheg,” a leader in the mutiny of 1857 who murdered a group of missionaries and a doctor near Sialkot, which is now in Pakistan. It said he had been a “principal leader in the mutiny of 1857 & of a most ruffianly disposition. “He took possession (at the head of a small party) of the road leading to the fort, to which place all the Europeans were hurrying for safety. “His party surprised and killed Dr. Graham shooting him in his buggy by the side of his daughter. His next victim was the Rev. Mr. Hunter, a missionary, who was flying with his wife and daughters in the same direction. DEA / A. C. COOPER center_img The rolled-up, handwritten scrap of paper was inserted into an eye socket “After 1857 the punishment that the British meted out was quite indiscriminate. “There was very little concern about individual guilt.” As a result, he says the man’s skull should receive a respectful burial in his home country – particularly because the method of his death was a deliberate effort to stop a proper burial taking place. “It should be buried because the method of execution – he was blown from a cannon, so his body was physically destroyed.”That was intended, when the British did that in 1857, as a kind of spiritual punishment, so that the body could not be buried. “So that combined with the fact that the skull was then taken as a trophy, all points to the fact that it’s a kind of humiliation.”So my aim would be to bury it and put it to rest under respectful circumstances.”He said the British High Commission in India and the Royal Asiatic Society were involved in preliminary discussions about a possible repatriation, as well as non-Governmental Indian institutions. “There’s no real precedent for this kind of thing,” he added. The mutiny of July 1857 involved Indian soldiers rebelling against the British East India company, in part because they believed gun cartridges, which a soldier had to open with their teeth, were being greased with cow and pig fat, which would be forbidden by both Hindu and Muslim religions. “He murdered Mr Hunter, and his wife and daughters after being brutally treated were butchered by the road side.”It described him as “about 32 years of age; 5 feet 7 ½ inches high and by no means an ill looking native”. last_img read more

Matthijs de Ligt Hazard is truly out of this world

first_imgAjax defender Matthijs de Ligt described Eden Hazard as “out of this world” after squaring up against the Belgium star in a friendly on Tuesday.The Dutch side settled for a 1-1 draw with Belgium in Brussels after Arnaut Groeneveld cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener in the first half.The highly-rated De Ligt, 19, featured in the first half like Hazard and was impressed by the Chelsea attacker.“I obviously knew about the size of [Romelu] Lukaku,” the Ajax defender told FourFourTwo.“And Hazard is truly out of this world. It’s been some night for me.”Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.The teenager enjoyed the opportunity to face some of the world’s best, saying: “It was fantastic.“You start playing football for games like these. Strikers like Lukaku, wingers like Hazard, it’s great to face them on the pitch.”De Ligt has made 11 international appearances but dismissed suggestions he was already a certain starter for the Netherlands.“I wouldn’t say irreplaceable, but I have played many games recently,” he said.“That was one of my goals, but to be irreplaceable, you have to play really consistently over a longer period of time.”last_img read more

ASA Supports Efforts to Establish Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for their efforts to establish a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an organization designed to encourage greater investment in research, public/private research partnerships and other ventures that foster innovation in the industry. The senators are sponsoring a bill to establish FFAR that will be introduced to the Senate today. ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb., offers the following statement of support:”For so many years, American agriculture has met the challenge of producing better, healthier and more abundant food, feed, fuel and fiber, all while using fewer resources. Moving forward, our industry will be put to the stiff test of feeding a global population projected to pass 9 billion by 2050. Time and time again, our industry has met these challenges with creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking best practices that reach far beyond the farm. These advances depend on the continued investment of both the public and private sectors in agricultural innovation. ASA and soybean farmers across the country applaud Ranking Member Roberts and Chairwoman Stabenow for their foresight in proposing the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and we look forward to working together to tackle the challenges on the horizon.”last_img read more