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The citizenry test: Assam NRC explained

first_imgThe draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on Monday, includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971. A look at some critical questionsWho is a D-voter?Short for ‘dubious’ or ‘doubtful, this is a category of voters disenfranchised by the government for alleged lack of proper citizenship documents. Some 2.48 lakh people got the D-voter tag during NRC processWho is a declared foreigner? D-voters are tried by special tribunals under the Foreigners’ Act and if they fail to defend their citizenship claim they are marked as declared foreigners and sent to any of six detention camps, which are within jails for criminals, for deportation. There were 91,206 declared foreigners as on December 31, 2017.Why is NRC being updated in Assam? Officially, the NRC process will address the issue of illegal migrants, specifically from Bangladesh. The National Register of Citizens was first published in 1951 to record citizens, their houses and holdings. Updating the NRC to root out foreigners was a demand during the Assam Agitation (1979-1985)Why is March 24, 1971 the cut-off date?There have been several waves of migration to Assam from  Bangladesh, but the biggest was in March 1971  when the Pakistan army crackdown forced many to flee to India. The Assam Accord of 1985 that ended the six-year anti-foreigners’ agitation decided upon the midnight of March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date.Who is a citizen in Assam? The Citizenship Act of 1955 was amended after the Assam Accord  for all Indian-origin people who came from Bangladesh before January 1, 1966 to be deemed as citizens. Those who came between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971 were eligible for citizenship after registering and living in the State for 10 years while those entering after March 25, 1971, were to be deported.What happens to the excluded 40 lakh? They will have to file for claims and objections and submit relevant documents for re-verification. The NRC office will issue claim forms from August 7 to 30, and these applicants would have to submit the forms from August 30 to September 28. The documents will be verified and accepted or rejected for the final NRC to be published on an unspecified date. The cases of those left out of the final NRC will be heard in the Foreigners’ Tribunals, after which applicants can approach the High Courtlast_img read more

Guinness World Records nod for Bilaspur police’s ‘rakhi with khaki’

first_imgThe “rakhi with khaki” initiative of Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur police, in which girls and women tied rakhis to 50,033 police personnel, has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records.The event, a brainchild of Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Sheikh Arif Husen, was held on August 25, a day before Raksha Bandhan, and had women and girls from local schools and colleges tying rakhis over a span of ten hours and then uploading selfies with hashtags #rakhiwithkhaki and #HappyRakshaBandhan.The Guinness World Records certificate was awarded to Bilaspur police at a function held at the Lakhiram Memorial Auditorium here on Saturday, Mr. Husen told PTI.Prabhjot Sodhi, representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India was the chief guest at the function on Saturday.“The rakhi with khaki initiative aimed at reaching out to women and girls and assuring them of security. Besides, it was to make the festival special for police personnel who are on duty even during such occasions,” Mr. Husen said.He added that Bilaspur police had started “samvedna kendra” at police stations to help women witnesses speak freely with the police about their problems.Mr. Husen, a 2005 batch IPS officer, has earlier received the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) award twice for community policing initiatives during his tenure as SP of Bastar and Balod in the State.last_img read more

Euro 2016 security chief ‘cool and confident’ despite militant threat

first_imgThe job of keeping millions of soccer fans safe at one of the world’s biggest sporting events would be enough to keep most people awake at night. (Stretched and stressed, French police prepare for soccer spectacle)Throw in a French state of emergency due to the threat of a militant attack, as well as growing demonstrations against the government, and you would forgive the head of security for Euro 2016 for showing a few nerves just weeks before the tournament kicks off in Paris.”We’re not stressed. We’re confident, calm and cool. The objective is to organise things well,” Ziad Khoury told Reuters in an interview.Euro 2016 starts on June 10 and runs for a month at 10 stadiums across France. About 2.5 million spectators are expected for 51 soccer matches involving 24 teams. There will also be “fan zones” for crowds watching games on big screens in major cities.BIGGEST SECURITY EFFORT”This will be the biggest security effort for the public or private sector ever in France,” said 46 year-old Khoury.It all takes place under a state of emergency that gives extra powers to police and security forces in the aftermath of the November attacks by Islamist militants that killed 130 people in Paris and targeted multiple sites across the capital, including the national football stadium.”It’s a general threat, which is not specifically for the Euro, but for France, Europe and democratic societies,” he said.Violent clashes have also broken out on almost a weekly basis since March over government labour reform plans to make hiring and firing easier, stretching police forces to their limits.advertisement”Protests happen regularly in our country, but in general when a sporting event starts, it takes over the news,” said Khoury. “It’s very rare that in parallel there’s a lot of social demands because fewer people listen.”SECURITY TESTThe organisers are drafting in 10,000 to 15,000 security staff for over 110 sites, including stadiums, team hotels and other tournament sites. High-tech equipment will be used to monitor crowds.A first test of the standards needed for Euro 2016 will take place at the Stade de France on May 21 for the French Cup final.On average 900 specially trained stewards with about 80 health and safety personnel as well 200 volunteers will work in conjunction with the police force for each match, although numbers will vary on the profile of games and size of stadiums.”We’re in the final countdown,” said Khoury, who admits that it won’t be the tournament begins that they will know if the preparations have been enough. “When it comes to security, it’s not about numbers of people. It’s about the quality, coordination and extra tools at your disposal.”last_img read more

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sparkles as Manchester United reach Europa last 32

first_imgManchester United are warming to the task in the Europa League as they booked a spot in the last 32 with a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk on a freezing night in Ukraine on Thursday. (Latest Football stories)Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made a mockery of his two-month exile from the starting lineup with a superb individual effort, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured an easy win that banished memories of their earlier group stage struggles.The victory confirmed United in second place in Group A behind Turkish side Fenerbahce who ended Feyenoord’s qualification hopes with a 1-0 away win over the Dutch side.Premier League Southampton, however, were dumped out after a 1-1 draw at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva that was enough to send the Israeli side into the next round as Group K runners-up.United, who could now view the competition as their best route into the Champions League with their Premier League form continuing to disappoint, needed only a draw to progress but never looked in danger of suffering an upset.Mkhitaryan, who joined United for 25 million pounds ($31.47 million) from Borussia Dortmund in the close season, may finally have won over manager Jose Mourinho after he danced through the heart of the defence to slot home his first goal for the club early in the second half.The Armenian, a constant thorn in Zorya’s side, looks to have regained the confidence that helped him score 23 goals for Dortmund in all competitions last season.”I was waiting a long time for this goal,” Mkhitaryan told BT Sport. “My next goal has to be at Old Trafford because I want to score at home.”advertisementIbrahimovic netted in the 88th minute after latching on to a Paul Pogba through ball, his seventh goal in his last six games in all competitions.EVENTFUL NIGHTEleven places in the Europa League’s knockout stages were still up for grabs and Serie A side Fiorentina added their name to the list from Group J with a 2-1 win in Qarabag on an eventful night for 19-year-old midfielder Federico Chiesa.The son of former Italy striker Enrico grabbed the winning goal, his first senior strike, in the 76th minute but was then dismissed following a second booking eight minutes later.Hapoel needed a score draw or better against Southampton to go through from a topsy-turvy group that had already seen former European champions Inter Milan eliminated.Having barely threatened all night, Hapoel took the lead through Maor Buzaglo’s angled drive and although Virgil van Dijk claimed a stoppage-time equaliser, there was to be no late escape act from the Premier League team.Fenerbahce required a point in Rotterdam to reach the last 32 and took all three to finish top of the standings.Feyenoord needed to win by two goals but were undone in the 22nd minute when Moussa Sow found the net with a bicycle kick to continue his habit of producing acrobatic strikes following his overhead effort against United earlier in the group stage.Villarreal progressed, ending the hopes of Steaua Bucharest, with a 2-1 triumph over the former European champions in Group L.Goals from Nicola Sansone and an 88th-minute winner from Manuel Trigueros, following Vlad Achim’s leveller for Steaua, propelled the Spaniards to second place while the Romanians finished bottom.Dundalk’s hopes of becoming the first Irish side to grace the knockout stages of a European competition were dashed by a 2-1 defeat at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group D where AZ Alkmaar beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 to join the Russians in the last 32.The draw for the next round, when eight teams will drop into the competition from the Champions League, takes place on Monday.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic refuses to rule out elbow surgery post Wimbledon exit

first_imgWorld number four Novak Djokovic has refused to rule out undergoing surgery on his elbow injury that forced him to retire from the Wimbledon quarter-final match against 11th seed Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic.The Serbian maestro, who has been struggling with his form this season, suffered a fresh blow on Wednesday when an elbow injury curtailed his chance to lift Wimbledon title for the fourth time.Djokovic came into the match with a 25-2 head-to-head record against Berdych, but retired while trailing 7-6(2), 2-0 on No.1 Court.When quizzed after the match what he’d do to resolve his injury issues, the three-time Wimbledon champion looked convinced to have an operation.”The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning also surgery, mentioning different options. Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done. As long as it kind of comes and goes, it’s fine,” Sport24 quoted the 30-year-old, as saying.”But obviously, adding up, maybe it worked for seven, eight, ten months, but now the next seven months is not working that great. It’s adding up more and more. The more I play, the worse it gets. Yeah, I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now,” he added.With just few weeks left to the final major of the season – US Open, Djokovic admitted that he needs to consult specialist and find a long-term solution to his problem.”I’m just going to talk with specialists, as I have done in the last year or so, try to figure out what’s the best way to treat it and to solve it, to find a long-term solution. Obviously short-term it’s probably rest is most appropriate. We will see,” he said.advertisementDjokovic has endured a turbulent 12 months since becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slams at the same time following his French title last year.He has failed to add another major title to his account, bowing out of the Australian Open in the second round before making the French Open exit in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

World Squash Championship: Saurav Ghosal reaches quarter-finals

first_imgIndia’s Saurav Ghosal made his way into the quarter-final with a hard-fought win over Wales player Joel Makin in the PSA World Squash Championship in Chicago.The 32-year-old Indian, seeded 11th, won 11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11 against unseeded Makin, who fought for every point.Makin, who previously faced and lost to Saurav in the CCI International in Mumbai in 2017, presented himself as a much better player.Saurav knew his hands were full when Makin snatched the first game.The Indian was able to tighten his game to take the next two.In the fourth game, however, Saurav was down 5-8 and Makin looked set to clinch the game but experience helped the Indian as he clawed back and earned three match balls before ensuring a win.This is the second time that Saurav has reached the last eight, the last being in 2013.Saurav next faces third seed German Simon Rosner.Also Watch:last_img read more

Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with Rosogollas

first_imgBeing the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Dinesh Karthik celebrated his India call-up for the 2019 World Cup by treating himself to Rosogolla, one of the most popular desserts from Bengal.Dinesh Karthik was not picked for India’s final international assignment ahead of the World Cup – a five-match ODI series against Australia at home last month. However, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman found his name in the 15-man squad announced by Board of Control for Cricket in India in Mumbai on Monday.Seemingly, there was a two-way race between Karthik and Rishabh Pant for the back-up wicketkeeper slot in the Indian World Cup squad. However, the KKR captain was preferred over his young Indian counterpart, thanks to his exploits as a finisher for Virat Kohli’s Team India in the recent past.Chairman of India’s senior selection committee, MSK Prasad said Dinesh Karthik’s proven ability to handle pressure situations worked in his favour when it came to the back-up wicketkeeper debate.Speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group, Dinesh Karthik said: “Delighted with the opportunity to represent India at the World Cup. This is a dream come true for any cricketer. I will do all that I can to contribute to a World Cup win.”I am delighted that captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri reposed faith in me,” he added.Karthik also spoke about the fitness cult Virat Kohli has brought into the team and how it had helped him stay fit over the last two years.advertisementThe Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper returned to the Indian ODI squad after a three-year absence in 2017. Ever since Karthik has managed to impress in the limited opportunities he has got. The 33-year-old has scored 425 runs from just 17 innings between 2017 and 2019 at a cumulative average of 46.75.Karthik shone in the finisher’s role during India’s T20I tri-series tournament — Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year. When India needed 34 from the last two overs in the final against Bangladesh, Karthik stepped up and smashed 29 runs from just 8 balls to take India past the finish line. He had cleared the boundary when the team needed 5 from the last ball to win.Meanwhile, Karthik labelled India as one of the favourites for the 2019 World Cup but the KKR skipper, known for his composure in difficult situations, pointed out that the pressure that the quadrennial tournament brings with it is completely different.Notably, Dinesh Karthik was part of India’s 2007 World Cup squad when he was 21. The upcoming World Cup in England and Wales will only be his second appearance in the coveted 50-over tournament.”We are definitely one of the favourites but the World Cup is the most intense tournament and very different from the rest,” Karthik said.Also Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAlso Read | India strong contender for World Cup: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson Scores First TD, Jumps OVER 6’0 Cornerback

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Chris Carson jumps over a 6’0 cornerback.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Here’s the TD, by the way.Chris Carson’s first TD as an #okstate Cowboy.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015 Not kidding. Chris Carson leaped a defender standing straight up and down. And he landed it. My goodness.WHAT WAS THAAAAAAT#okstate— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015last_img read more

U17 World Cup LIVE: India vs Colombia

first_imgU17 World Cup: India 1-2 Colombia: Hosts’ knockout dreams fade away despite Jeakson’s historic goal Atanu Mitra Last updated 2 years ago 21:29 10/9/17 India Colombia U17 World Cup gettyimages Juan Penaloza’s brace on either side of what was India’s first ever goal in a FIFA tournament by Jeakson Singh Thounaojam meant India remained winless India were defeated 1-2 by Colombia in their second Group A game of the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.Juan Penaloza’s (49′ 83′) brace sandwiched what was India’s first ever goal in a FIFA tournament by Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (82′).Luis Norton de Matos made four changes to the starting line-up that played against the USA in the opening encounter. Namit Deshpande replaced Jitendra Singh in central defense while Boris Thangjam returned from his suspension to line up as the right-back. Komal Thatal was dropped in favour as Rahul Kannoly started on the left flank, while Jeakson Singh paired up with captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam in central midfield. The sturdy Rahim Ali was given the nod ahead of Aniket Yadav upfront as the colts lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.Colombia, on the other hand, were ready to attack from the word go as they changed their usual 4-2-3-1 to a 3-2-4-1, trying to bag full three points after losing their first match. The initial few minutes saw both sides scramble to hold onto the ball even as the travellers tried a few long-rangers, which sailed well above the bar.The first real chance of the game was created by the home side on the 16th minute as Abhijit Sarkar played a neat one-two with Ninthoinganba Meetei and dribbled past a couple of half-hearted challenges into the box. He, however, had made the angle too acute with his face away from the goal, as the resultant shot was blocked by Kevin Mier.At the other end, Yadir Meneses, who marshalled the midfield, tested Dheeraj Singh from a free-kick outside the box, but the Manipur lad was alert enough to parry it diving to his left. Leandro Campaz, the prolific left-winger of the side was then fed with a cross from the right, but the Indian defense managed to clear it after a bit of scrambling.Campaz was at the thick of things again in the 37th minute, when he tested the opponent custodian with a close-range header, but Dheeraj pulled off the best save of the first half to thwart the danger. The resulting corner came off the crossbar as India finally cleared the ball. The best move of the half, however, came in the added time when an unmarked Rahul Kannoly received a lobbed pass from Boris.The Kerala boy unleashed a superb left-footer but was unfortunate enough to see his effort hit the post and come out. The crowd gave a standing ovation to the boys in Blue as they walked down the tunnel after a much-improved display, even after enjoying only 30% possession.The joy though, was short-lived after the breather, as a momentary lapse of concentration from the hosts allowed Colombia to draw the first blood in the 48th minute. A cross-diagonal pass from the left found Juan Penaloza on the right edge of the box, who under no real pressure from Sanjeev Stalin, unleashed a sublime left-footed curler that went into the net past a stretched Dheeraj.While India were the second best side on aerial battles, Norton threw Aniket Jadav into the mix to put more pressure on the Colombian defense. But Orlando Restrepo’s troop looked very composed after getting the lead, and tried to keep the ball on the turf to see off their lead.India had a golden chance to restore parity on the 76th minute, when Aniket Jadav held the ball well in Colombian territory and played it to Nongdamba Naorem deep inside the box. The Minerva Punjab midfielder was in a great position to hit the net but hit straight at the goalkeeper instead.On the 82nd minute, Jeakson Singh made amends for his Minerva teammate as he connected a Sanjeev Stalin header perfectly to send it into the target, becoming the first Indian ever to score a goal in a FIFA tournament. The ecstasy, though, turned into agony within two minutes.Gustavo Carvajal’s chipped delivery from the midfield was dealt with by Penaloza, who turned inside the box to send a low shot past Dheeraj to put his side into the driving seat again.At the end, it was another valiant display by the Indians, who had the best chances in the first half and pulled one back after the break but had to return empty-handed once again. Colombia, on the other hand, bagged their first three points and will be facing the USA next as they try to book a place in the knock-outs.last_img read more

Curio Collection by Hilton Heads Out West with the Addition of Five New Hotels

first_imgMCLEAN, Va. – Coming off the heels of its five-year milestone as a brand, Curio Collection by Hilton is significantly expanding its presence in the western United States with the addition of five hotels in Washington, New Mexico, California and Utah. This expansion brings Curio Collection’s portfolio to more than half of all U.S. states, providing travelers with one-of-a-kind accommodations in new climates, landscapes and elevations across the country.  “For those looking for relaxing desert getaways at the historic Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque or for rigorous adventures while hiking and rock climbing in the surrounding national parks at Hoodoo Moab, these additions offer a mix of local culture, food and the chance to explore the great outdoors,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Over the past five years, we’ve delivered unique experiences to curious travelers in unexpected, emerging destinations, and with more than 60 hotels in our global pipeline, we’re just getting started.”  As travelers continue to seek out vacations in the West, 39 percent of online searches for vacations specifically reference the Rocky Mountains, Southwest and Far West regions of the United States. With the western landscape lining the backdrop of each newly added Curio Collection property, travelers will be closer than ever to iconic destinations across the region, such as Cliffrose Springdale’s proximity to Zion National Park in Utah or The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham’s location just minutes from Glacier Peak and the great Pacific Ocean in Washington. Each hotel will offer experiences, access and amenities specifically curated with each curiosity type’s interest in mind, whether that be epicureans indulging in top notch local cuisine, spiritualists finding tranquility in nearby deserts or pathfinders hiking mountains in the Pacific Northwest.  The following hotels have recently joined or will join the collection in the next few months: The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opened April 2019) Nestled along the waters of Bellingham Bay in the great state of Washington, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham overlooks the San Juan Islands and is tucked away in a lovely, walkable neighborhood. The property is optimally located near the U.S.-Canada border, while also uniting the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with warm sophisticated styling and panoramic views of the bay. Between the fine Northwest cuisine from Keenan’s at the Pier, nearby peaceful trails and the full-service spa, there are activities for all at this Pacific Northwest destination. Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opened May 2019) Located along downtown Albuquerque’s bustling Central Avenue, Gold LEED certified Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque was Conrad Hilton’s fourth property built in 1939, boasting a Spanish Moroccan design with modern touches throughout. Guests will enjoy onsite restaurant Mas Tapas y Vino for a combination of artistry and flavor or can head up to rooftop lounge Ibiza, featuring views of the Sandia Mountains and downtown Albuquerque. With traditional and unique event spaces such as the Barcelona Ballroom, Library and Rooftop Lounge, Hotel Andaluz can accommodate large-scale events up to 600 people. Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opening August 2019) Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown is perfectly situated in San Diego’s sought-after and vibrant Little Italy neighborhood, located steps away from the city’s best restaurants, Embarcadero waterfront and the downtown business district. The LEED Silver hotel will bring relaxing experiences, a sense of discovery and myriad of elevated amenities as well as unique culinary experiences to the community. The hotel offers traditional sea-to-table cuisine at Watercolors restaurant, regional wine and spirits in its Fonte Di Vino tasting room, and amazing crafted drinks with a view from its Above Ash Social rooftop venue. At Carté, guests will enjoy a saltwater rooftop pool with comfortable cabana seating as well as the FIT Athletic Club offering the finest upscale fitness and wellness experiences, featuring numerous fitness classes that will allow guests and members alike the ability to maintain their routines while on the go. (Fees apply for classes) Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opening August 2019) Modern luxury meets Western style at Hoodoo Moab, where guests can unwind or stay active at its outdoor desert escape in eastern Utah. The hotel’s Josie Wyatt’s Restaurant and Bar boasts delectable steak and handcrafted cocktails for guests to indulge in following a long, relaxing day at the property’s full-service spa. The hotel’s meeting space features floor-to-ceiling glass windows with stunning views for the perfect wedding, conference or event in Moab, seating up to 200 people. Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton (Opening September 2019) Nestled along the Virgin River and bordering Utah’s Zion National Park, Cliffrose Springdale allows guests to relax amid the surrounding lush desert foliage and breathtaking canyon views. The hotel offers delicious cuisine at onsite restaurant Anthera where guests will dine indoors or al fresco with incredible views of Zion’s cliffs and pure blue skies. The hotel’s green desert gardens, heated outdoor pool and its large firepit provide a great fresh air escape while taking in one of Utah’s breathtaking deserts. All existing and upcoming hotels within the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio offer travelers the benefits and reassurance of the Hilton name, which includes Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Through Hilton Honors, members can earn Points for their stay and enjoy digital tools available exclusively through the Hilton Honors mobile app, where members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. From now until September 8, Hilton Honors members can earn Double Points on each stay starting on their second stay, in addition to Plus-Up Point Bonuses along the way. To make a reservation, visit Curio Collection by Hilton. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, visit  About Curio Collection by Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper-upscale, global portfolio of more than 65 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. Curio Collection properties provide travelers authentic experiences through distinctly local offerings and unexpected amenities tailored to every traveler type, all while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and hotel stories at; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at; determine what kind of traveler you are by taking the curiosity quiz; and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 89 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.last_img read more

A look at the process Canada follows in response to an extradition

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s Department of Justice, through its International Assistance Group, helps Canadian and foreign police and prosecutors by extraditing people to face prosecution or sentencing in the country in which they are charged or convicted.The Extradition Act provides Ottawa with the legal basis to extradite people located in Canada who are sought by an extradition partner. Those partners include:— Countries, such as the United States, with which Canada has an extradition agreement (a bilateral treaty or a multilateral convention);— Countries with which Canada has entered into a case-specific agreement; or— Countries or international courts whose names appear in the schedule to the Extradition Act.In all cases, the conduct for which extradition is sought must be considered criminal in both the requesting country and in Canada.There are three key stages to the Canadian extradition process:— The justice minister must first determine whether to authorize the start of extradition proceedings in the Canadian courts by issuing what’s known as an “Authority to Proceed.”— Once an Authority to Proceed has been issued, the Canadian courts must determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify the person’s committal for extradition. When someone is committed for extradition, the justice minister must personally decide whether to order the person’s surrender to the foreign state.— Someone sought for extradition may appeal their committal and seek judicial review of the minister’s surrender order — a process that can play out for months or even years in the courts.(Source: Canadian Department of Justice)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian drug makers hit with 11B suit for pushing opioids despite risks

first_imgTORONTO — Canadian drug makers are facing a $1.1-billion lawsuit for their role in the opioid crisis.A proposed class action filed today accuses almost two dozen companies of enriching themselves at the expense of vulnerable patients.The unproven suit alleges the companies illegally and deceptively promoted highly addictive opioids despite knowing the dangersThe potent painkillers have killed thousands of Canadians in recent years.The statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court names some of the biggest pharmaceutical firms in the country.No statements of defence have been filed and the claims have not been tested in any court.The Canadian Presslast_img

Court case seeks details of how Nova Scotia man wrongfully convicted of

first_imgHALIFAX — A court case is underway today over the release of key evidence explaining what led to the wrongful murder conviction and imprisonment of a Nova Scotia man who spent almost 17 years in jail.The Canadian Press, CBC and the Halifax Examiner are asking Justice James Chipman of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for access to federal documents with details of how 63-year-old Glen Assoun was improperly convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 17, 1999.It’s a case where Canada’s minister of justice has already declared there was “reliable and relevant evidence” that wasn’t disclosed during criminal proceedings.On March 1, after a two-decade struggle by Assoun to overturn his conviction, a judge found Assoun innocent in the 1995 knifing death of 28-year-old Brenda Way.A lawyer with Innocence Canada, a group that works to free the wrongfully convicted, has said police didn’t disclose key evidence before Assoun’s unsuccessful appeal in 2006.The struggle to release the information goes back to 2014, when the Justice Department determined in a preliminary report there may have been a of miscarriage of justice and Assoun was released on bail.At the time, Chipman refused a media request to see the report, and sealed the hundreds of pages of information.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edie Falco To Host Performance For The Animals

first_imgEmmy-Winning Actress Edie Falco and WNBC News Anchor Pat Battle will host the second annual “Performance for the Animals” to benefit Animal Haven on Thursday, June 7 at City Winery in New York.The fundraiser and auction will feature an exclusive performance by singer/songwriter Matt White and celebrate a benchmark of 10,000 adoptions facilitated by the SoHo-based shelter since opening in 1967.Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img


first_imgWood artist Yanick Richard says he has received no answers from Canada Post after his client’s art was destroyed in the box. (CBC/Sam Martin) Yanick Richard ships hundreds of boxes containing his birch art every year, and knows there’s a chance the delicate pieces could be damaged along the way.To minimize that risk, the Edmonton artist painstakingly ships his custom wooden wall art — made of twigs and branches carefully nailed into a pine frame — in bubble wrap, layers of cardboard, tape and dozens of orange “fragile” stickers.Throughout years of shipping through Canada Post, he has had the odd piece that arrived at its destination with scratches or minor damage. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement But an art piece sent to a client in Kelowna on Oct. 20 arrived three weeks late on Nov. 21, looking like it had been run over and hastily repackaged. The wood frame inside was broken and birch branches were strewn throughout the box. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Amendment to electoral law bodes well for Iraqs minorities says UN

4 November 2008The United Nations has welcomed the decision by the Iraqi legislature to allocate a specific number of seats for representatives of the country’s minority communities ahead provincial elections, slated to be held sometime before the end of January 2009. “The adoption of the amendment to the electoral law should be seen as a contribution towards furthering the respect for human rights and democracy in Iraq, through the commitment of the Iraqi institutions to recognize and guarantee minority representation in their elected governing bodies,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a news release.The Mission did note that the amendment adopted by the Council of Representatives (CoR) does not reflect a larger number of seats for Iraqi minorities consistent with UNAMI’s original proposal.However, UNAMI respects the Council’s decision, which was adopted by a majority of 106 votes and is binding for the current elections. The Mission also notes that the timing of the vote will allow for the inclusion of minority candidates in the Independent High Electoral Commission’s ballot lottery.“UNAMI hopes that the Presidency Council will therefore expeditiously ratify the decision approved by the CoR. This will allow IHEC to abide by operational timelines for the holding of the provincial elections within the mandated deadline of 31 January 2009.”Last month the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and head of UNAMI, Staffan de Mistura, called on the Council of Representatives to reinstate the provision on minority rights into the newly-approved provincial election law, stressing that protecting those rights is fundamental to a democratic Iraq. read more

Parties to Libyan conflict remain deeply divided on political solution – UN

26 July 2011Parties to the crisis in Libya remain deeply divided on how to reach a political solution to the conflict that has raged since February when an uprising flared up in a bid to oust the ruling regime, the United Nations envoy for the North African country, Abdul Ilah Al-Khatib, said today. “The Special Envoy said it is clear from the discussions in Tripoli today and in Benghazi yesterday with representatives of the Libyan Transitional National Council, that both sides remain far apart on reaching agreement on a political solution,” according to a note to reporters issued by the office of the spokesperson of the Secretary-General.The two sides, however, reaffirmed to Mr. Khatib – the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy – their desire to continue to engage with the UN in the search for a solution.In his meeting with Libya’s Prime Minister Baghdadi Al-Mahmoud in Tripoli today, Mr. Khatib once again urged the authorities there to engage in a political process that leads to a political solution that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Libyan people.Mr. Mahmoud reiterated previously stated positions regarding the NATO air strikes, and against the stepping down of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, according to the note.Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Mr. Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,019.39, down 135.29 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down eight cents, or 3.08 per cent, to $2.52 on 8.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $23.55 on 5.9 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 64 cents, or 3.56 per cent, to $17.33 on 4.5 million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.39 per cent, to $2.56 on 3.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 70 cents, or 2.50 per cent, to $27.33 on 2.9 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $3.07 on 2.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down three cents, or 0.06 per cent, to $48.31 on 190,906 shares. Ads for pipeline giant Enbridge will no longer be seen on Tims TV at more than 1,500 Tim Hortons locations between British Columbia and Ontario. A group called SumOfUs launched an online petition calling on the company to yank the ads, accusing it of “shilling” for the oilsands shipper. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2015 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State womens soccer draws rival No 24 Michigan 22

Then-freshman Nichelle Prince (7) avoids a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013. OSU won 2-0.Credit: Lantern file photoWith time running out, the Ohio State women’s soccer team made a big play at the end of regulation to tie with No. 24 Michigan.There wasn’t a lot of action in the first half as neither team was able to get much going. Both sides were unable to convert on opportunities as the match entered halftime scoreless.The Wolverines held an 8-4 lead in shots and 3-1 lead in shots on goal for the first half.Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince gave the Buckeyes a chance to take the lead in the 63rd minute but freshman goalkeeper Megan Hinz made a diving save to keep the score tied.Sophomore forward Nicky Waldeck gave the Wolverines the lead in the 70th minute with a header off a corner kick from freshman forward Taylor Timko.OSU responded with a header from senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber off a cross from senior forward Kayla Varner in the 75th minute to tie the game.With two minutes remaining, Varner had a chance to give the Buckeyes the lead with a header but the shot was saved by Hinz to keep the game tied.In the final minute, freshman forward Danielle Hogarth gave the Wolverines the lead with a header off a cross from sophomore midfielder Anna Soccorsi.Just a few seconds later, sophomore defender Nicole Miyashiro tied the game again off an assist from freshman forward Sammy Edwards. The late goal was the last of regulation, sending the game into overtime with the score tied, 2-2.Michigan ended regulation with a 22-18 lead in shots while both teams managed seven shots on goal.Redshirt-freshman midfielder Ani Sarkisian gave Michigan a shot in the 93rd minute but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick was there to make the save.Both teams were unable to score and so the game was sent into a second overtime.Both teams struggled for chances in the second overtime, but sophomore midfielder Jessica Heifetz had a chance to give the Wolverines the win in the 107th minute but Geldernick was able to make another save for OSU.The rest of overtime played out and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.OSU moved to 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes also handed Michigan (11-4-1, 7-2-1) its first draw of the season.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more