Sania & Som enter finals

first_imgSania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman bolstered India’s gold hopes in tennis on Friday as they proceeded to the singles final. But in the men’s doubles, India received a huge shock when Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out of the semi-finals.Paes and Bhupathi, the top-seeded doubles pair, were India’s brightest prospect to bring the gold medal but they failed to get past Australia’s Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak who easily won the match 6-2, 6-2.In the other semi-final, English pair Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski got the better of Rohan Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Bopanna and Somdev will now face Paes and Bhupati in the bronze medal- deciding match.In the men’s singles semi-finals, there was good news as Somdev gave no chance to his Australian opponent Matt Ebden to clinch his match 6-3, 6-1. Sania also had a fairytale win over Australian Olivia Rogowska by 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the women’s semi-final.last_img read more

India 500 Tests: from Lord’s to Eden,India 500 Tests: from Lord’s to Eden

first_imgcricket Published on Test cricket following not declined despite popular perception: Kumble The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should be “allowed autonomy” to attend to cricket administration and implement reforms, said N Ram, Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd.“We all respect the highest court in the land, the BCCI must be allowed autonomy to attend to the nitty-gritty of cricket administration and implement reforms,” he said, while speaking about the present state of affairs involving the BCCI and the Lodha Committee.According to Ram, it is unlikely to serve Indian cricket’s interest and the players, if elected office-bearers of the Board are replaced.Ram, along with BCCI President Anurag Singh Thakur, were present in the city on Sunday evening for the launch of the book India 500 Tests, published by The Hindu Group and Sportstar.Members of the Indian team Gautam Gambhir, Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav were also present, along with former cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi and national selector Devang Gandhi.The book traces India’s journey, starting with the Lord’s Test in 1932 to the team’s recent victory over New Zealand in Kanpur.It also chronicles some of India’s greatest moments in Test cricket.Test cricket will surviveThe panel discussion – ‘Future of Test Cricket’ – with former India captain and present coach Anil Kumble and other stars like VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag, maintained that Test cricket will survive. “If we keep talking about the death of Tests, then one day it will happen,” Kumble said. He further added that despite debates on dwindling spectators taken as a sign of the format’s declining popularity, the “following” may not have actually gone down.What has changed is consumption patterns and that too with the advent of social media, micro-blogging sites and other online platforms.New stepsLaxman pointed out that steps were being taken to make Tests popular again. “The BCCI is giving Test cricket importance and trying to popularise it by taking it to smaller towns,” he said. October 03, 2016 × SHAREcenter_img test COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT testlast_img read more

U19 World Cup: India record 100-run win over Australia,U19 World Cup: India record 100-run win over Australia

first_imgFile photo of India Under 19 cricket captain Prithvi Shaw.   –  The Hindu Published on File photo of India Under 19 cricket captain Prithvi Shaw.   –  The Hindu SHARE COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL In an authoritative show, Indian colts trounced Australia by a massive 100-run margin in their ICC Under 19 World Cup opener with bowlers complementing a splendid batting performance, here. Skipper Prithvi Shaw led from the front with a 94-run knock and shared a 180-run stand with fellow opener Manjot Kalra (86) to power India to a challenging 328 for seven.There was no respite for the Australians even after their departure with Shubhman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock. India pacers Kamlesh Nagrakoti (3/29) and Shivam Mavi (3/45) then impressed with their speed and shared six wickets between them to shot out Australia for 228 in 42.5 overs. Nagarkoti hit the deck consistently at a speed in the range of 150kmph and was well supported by Mavi, who also clocked 145 at times. The two pacers tested Australians with their nagging off-stump line.Australia opener Jack Edwards top-scored for his side with a 73-run knock after a steady start with Max Bryant (29) but struggled to find support from others. Jonathan Merlo (38) tried his best in the middle order and stumper Baxtor Holt (39) resisted in a rearguard fight but both were undone by Mavi.India next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw’s decision to bat in their tournament-opener. It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk- free batting.Shaw, though, missed out on a century by six runs as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland. The Indian captain faced 100 balls and scored eight boundaries, including two sixes in his knock.His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 which came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and on over the ropes. There were no steady partnerships after their departure even as Gill kept one end solid with his 54-ball knock which had six fours and a six.The middle order batsmen lost their wickets, trying to accelerate the run-rate as Himanshu Rana (14) and Anukul Roy (6) fell cheaply. Abhishek Sharma though managed to come up with a 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark. He hit two sixes and as many fours.As Indian batsmen looked for some quick runs, Australian medium fast bowler Jack Edwards ended up taking four wickets.It was Edwards, who dismissed Rana and then later added wickets of Abhishek and Shiva Singh (10) to his tally.center_img cricket × Skipper Prithvi Shaw with a 94-run knock shared a 180-run stand with fellow opener Manjot Kalra to power India to a challenging 328 for seven. January 14, 2018 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Mairaz Khan becomes national skeet champ

first_imgUttar Pradesh’s Mairaj Ahmad Khan got the better of Haryana’s Amrinder Singh Cheema 15-13 in the final of the skeet event at the 60th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) on Wednesday.In an intense six-man semi-final round, Mairaj had to qualify for the gold medal match after overcoming a shoot-off with Haryana’s Man Singh and Uttar Pradesh’s Md. Sheeraz Sheikh, all three of whom were tied on 14 at the end of the round.Amrinder had proceeded straight to the gold medal match with a top score of 15 at the end of the semi-finals. Man Singh beat Sheeraz 15-12 in the bronze medal match.Earlier, Mairaj had topped the qualifying rounds with a score of 120 while Amrinder had qualified fifth with a score of 117.It was an identical route to gold in the junior skeet as well for Haryana’s Arjun Singh Mann. At the end of the semi-final round, Arjun representing Haryana, was tied with Telengana’s Ayush Rudraraju and Punjab’s Sukhbir Singh Harika on a score of 13.Meanwhile Rajasthan’s Anantjeet Singh Naruka had made it through to the gold medal match with a score of 15. Arjun then went on to beat Anantjeet 15-12 in the finals to win the title.last_img read more

One-Off Test: Sikandar Raza puts Zimbabwe on course for first Test win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSikandar Raza closed in on his maiden hundred and put Zimbabwe in sight of a first Test victory against Sri Lanka on the third day of their only match at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.The touring side, who also won their maiden one-day international series against Sri Lanka which finished last week, reached 252/6 in their second innings at the close of play for an overall lead of 262 runs.The 31-year-old Raza was unbeaten on 97 for his highest test score and has added 107 for the unbroken seventh wicket with Malcolm Waller, who remained 57 not out.Sri Lankan spin spearhead Rangana Herath (4/85) had helped the hosts to reduce Zimbabwe to 59-5 at one stage but Raza and Peter Moor, who made 40, launched a fightback with a stand of 86 for the sixth wicket.Earlier, Zimbabwe captain and leg-spinner Graeme Cremer (5/125) took his maiden five-wicket haul to help his side to restrict Sri Lanka to 346 after the hosts had resumed on 293/7.Sri Lanka have been hampered by a left hamstring injury to all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, who has been told he needs a recovery period of up to 10 days and will not bowl or field in the remainder of the ongoing Test.last_img read more

West Indies captain Jason Holder banned for second Test against New Zealand

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder has been suspended for one Test and fined 60 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 30 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during New Zealand’s innings and 67 runs victory in the Wellington Test.According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement, match referee Chris Broad imposed the suspension on Holder after the West Indies were ruled to be three overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration.In accordance with Article 2.5.1 and Appendix 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which deals with minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.As Holder had previously been found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Jamaica Test against Pakistan in April 2017, this offence constituted his second minor over-rate offence in a Test match within a 12-month period.The suspension means Holder will miss the second Test against New Zealand which starts in Hamilton on Saturday.The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker, third umpire Bruce Oxenford and fourth official Wayne Knights.last_img read more

Chelsea’s 2019-20 Premier League fixtures

first_imgChelsea enjoyed a third-place finish and won the Europa League last season, but a cloud lingers over the club ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.Bereft of talisman Eden Hazard, who left to join Real Madrid in a big-money move, they are facing into a FIFA-imposed transfer ban and doubts swirl over the future of Maurizio Sarri at the club.They will have to put all that to one side though as they kick off the new season with an away game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United on August 11. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite the stern test to commence the campaign, the fixture list has been relatively kind to the Blues in the early stages, with games against Leicester City, Norwich City, Sheffield United and Wolves completing the first five weeks.A home clash against Liverpool awaits on September 21, with a trip to Manchester City in store on November 23.A series of London derbies are scheduled for the end of the year, with away clashes against Tottenham and Arsenal set for December 21 and December 28 respectively.The Blues’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Chelsea Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 11/08/2019 16:30 Manchester United v Chelsea 17/08/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Leicester City 24/08/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Chelsea 31/08/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Sheffield United 14/09/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Chelsea 21/09/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Liverpool 28/09/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Brighton 05/10/2019 15:00 Southampton v Chelsea 19/10/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Newcastle United 26/10/2019 15:00 Burnley v Chelsea 02/11/2019 15:00 Watford v Chelsea 09/11/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Crystal Palace 23/11/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Chelsea 30/11/2019 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United 04/12/2019 19:45 Chelsea v Aston Villa 07/12/2019 15:00 Everton v Chelsea 14/12/2019 15:00 Chelsea v A.F.C. Bournemouth 21/12/2019 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea 26/12/2019 15:00 Chelsea v Southampton 28/12/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Chelsea 01/01/2020 15:00 Brighton v Chelsea 11/01/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Burnley 18/01/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v Chelsea 22/01/2020 19:45 Chelsea v Arsenal 01/02/2020 15:00 Leicester City v Chelsea 08/02/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United 22/02/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur 29/02/2020 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Chelsea 07/03/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Everton 14/03/2020 15:00 Aston Villa v Chelsea 21/03/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester City 04/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Chelsea 11/04/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Watford 18/04/2020 15:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea 25/04/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v Chelsea 02/05/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Norwich City 09/05/2020 15:00 Liverpool v Chelsea 17/05/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Wolverhampton Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

World Championships gold will give PV Sindhu confidence for Tokyo Olympics: Abhinav Bindra

first_imgWorld Championships gold will give PV Sindhu confidence for Tokyo Olympics: Abhinav BindraPV Sindhu became the first Indian to win a BWF World Championships gold medal when she made light work of a challenge from higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final on Sunday.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 18:46 IST PV Sindhu won a historic gold in Basel on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will head into Tokyo Olympic as the reigning world championAbhinav Bindra said Sindhu will not have the confidence to go all the way at Tokyo OlympicsSindhu won her 5th world championships medal in Basel on SundayBeijing Olympics champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has lavished praise on P V Sindhu for her historic World Championship gold, saying the “fantastic performance” will give the Indian ace the belief to repeat the feat at 2020 Tokyo Games.Two-time silver medallist Sindhu became the first Indian to win the World Championships gold by thrashing familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7 21-7 in one of the most lop-sided finals ever in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday.”Winning a World championship Gold medal is a fantastic achievement and a great day for Indian Sport. I am sure this will give @Pvsindhu1 intrinsic belief that she can go all the way at Tokyo. Wish her and her entire team the very best!,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle.Former shuttler Jwala Gutta, who had clinched a bronze at the Birmingham World Championships with women’s doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa in 2011, also congratulated Sindhu and hoped her performance will bring a change in attitude towards sports.”Hope this medal changes the attitude towards sports in our country and the deserving sportspersons get all the support to achieve this kind of a feat! Thank you @Pvsindhu1 for this! You only proved that with the right kind of support we can conquer the world,” Jwala tweeted.Accolades continued to pour in for Sindhu with India middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari and National chairman of selectors MSK Prasad also congratulating the Hyderabad girl for her historic feat.”Great achievement for Indian sports and I would like to congratulate her on this special day and we as Indians are proud of her,” said Hanuma, who scored 93 in the second innings against the West Indies to play a crucial role in India’s 318-run win in the World Championship campaign opener at Antigua.advertisement”I hope she goes onto achieve many more laurels for the country in future,” Vihari added.The gold was Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships. She won a bronze each in the 2013 and 2014 editions.Sindhu is now the joint highest medal-winner in women’s singles in the World Championships history with former Olympic champion Zhang Ning of China, who won a gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze between 2001 and 2007.Also Read | Wasn’t able to hold back tears when I heard the national anthem: PV Sindhu after historic goldAlso Read | This is my answer to those who questioned me: PV SindhuAlso Read | We were waiting for that gold medal: Sindhu’s mother on her World Championships triumphAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Abhinav BindraFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow BWF World Championships 2019 Nextlast_img read more

J’Quani to Attend Hampton School in September

first_imgJ’Quani Chung, one of 10 students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) from a hospital bed, is elated that come September, she will be attending the institution of her first choice, Hampton School.J’Quani, who was diagnosed with leukemia after falling ill in October 2017, told JIS News that she was excited to be attending the all-girl boarding intuition in Malvern, St. Elizabeth.“I feel good. I wanted to go to Hampton because it’s an all-girl school and the best school in St. Elizabeth,” she stated.She noted that studying for and sitting the examination, was not an easy feat, as she fell ill within the first two months of grade six at the Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High School.“It was hard, but my mother stood by my bedside and read to me. She quizzed me and asked me questions and let me answer it,” J’Quani told JIS News.Her mother, Amy Cassanova said she is extremely proud of her daughter and celebrates her achievement with her.“I feel great knowing that the circumstances was of such and she had to finish her chemo before she had to do the exam, and the fact that her results, they were so successful, and she earned a space at Hampton, I think that is quite commendable,” Ms. Cassanova said.J’Quani Chung, who sat her Grade Six Achievement Test at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston in March, will be attending the Hampton School in St. Elizabeth.“I wasn’t worried about her passing, I was only worried about the condition of her on that day of the exam, if she would be feeling well enough to go and concentrate,” she added.Reflecting on the day they recognized something was wrong, Ms. Cassanova stated that she has admired the strength her daughter has displayed since her diagnosis.“It was last year October. We went on a beach trip on Heroes Day and she fell … and when she fell into the water she started feeling pain in her knee and she went to the doctor. We thought it was muscle spasm, but after doing some blood tests, we realized that her blood count was down, so we did a follow up test which diagnosed that she had leukemia,” Ms. Cassanova said.“She’s a persistent girl. She always knows what she wants. She has accepted that fact, that it’s just her illness and that’s what she has to deal with. She’s even going about without the wig now,” she addedThe illness has motivated J’Quani to become a Hematologist Oncologist Pediatrician.“I want to become a Hematologist Oncologist Pediatrician because… it’s a doctor that deals with children that have blood cancer or blood issues… I went through it already,” she said.All other students who sat GSAT in a hospital last March, were placed in a High School. They are: Kalimah Henry from Wolmer’s Preparatory School, who will be attending Tarrant High School; Laurie McCooke from McNie All Age School, who will be attending Kellits High School; Tariq Wright from Half-Way-Tree Primary School, who will be attending Papine High School; and Jermaine Dunbar from Woodford All Age School, will be attending Donald Quarrie High School.In addition, Oneil White from Louise Bennett Coverley All Age School, will be attending the Stony Hill High School; Jahlanche Whyte from August Town Primary School, will be attending the Papine High School; Kennoya Dunn from Hagley Park Preparatory School, will be attending the Norman Manley High School; Micah Sanson from Iris Gelly Primary School, will be attending the Mona High School; and Jahnia Johnson from Ascot Primary School, will be attending the Queens School.last_img read more

Chopper scam ED moves court seeking NBW against Ratul Puri

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate moved a Delhi court Wednesday seeking issuance of non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in connection with a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.The move comes a day after the court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea in the now scrapped Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland. The agency Wednesday told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that Puri was non-cooperative and untraceable. The court is likely to take up the application for hearing tomorrow. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In its application, the agency said that Puri was directed to join the investigation on Tuesday but he failed to turn up before the agency. The court had on August 6 dismissed Puri’s anticipatory bail application, saying the investigation is at a crucial stage and the allegations against him were “grave” and “serious”. Puri, chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, had on July 27 approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case, saying he feared arrest in the case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe recently appeared before the ED for questioning in the case. ED has been seeking the businessman’s custody to further investigate the matter. The agency’s counsel had earlier contended before the trial court that Puri was an influential person and might flee the country. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the purchase of 12 VVIP choppers from Italy-based Finmeccanica’s British subsidiary AgustaWestland. The deal was scrapped by the NDA government in 2014 over the alleged breach of contractual obligations and charges of payment of kickbacks for securing the deal. According to the ED, Puri’s role surfaced after deportation of another AgustaWestland case accused Rajeev Saxena on January 31 from UAE and the arrest of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent. It said the investigation showed his foreign entities received proceeds of crime directly from Interstellar Technologies Limited and he had received funds from both the chains of money laundering involved in the matter. It said the probe has further revealed that the applicant, using the guise of shell companies in the name of others, accumulated proceeds of crime, which have been parked and later laundered to reach the desired beneficiaries including the applicant amongst other. As per ED, the proceeds of crime have been deposited in the accounts of different companies owned by the accused and he is a key link to unearth the modus operandi adopted by other accused persons and to determine last mile connectivity of the proceeds of crime in the case. It said various incriminating material evidences have come on record to show the complicity of Puri and the diary of Gupta and emails recovered from Saxena shows that applicant was in receipt of proceeds of crime. The agency also claimed that Puri has also received proceeds of crime from channel of another alleged middleman Christian Michel James.last_img read more

Quebec man sues provincial police for 635000 for alleged beating

first_imgMONTREAL – A man who has been linked to organized crime filed a $635,000 lawsuit against Quebec provincial police on Thursday, alleging he was “severely beaten” by a police officer in a holding cell, according to court documents.Jean-Francois Emard’s lawsuit alleges officer Bruno Landry attacked him in Oct. 2014 in a cell at a provincial police station in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.Emard alleges the assault left him with a head wound and that he suffered from nausea, dizziness and memory loss for the next six months.He also says he now suffers from anxiety and is no longer able to work.The allegations in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.Emard’s lawyer Steve Hanafi said the lawsuit filed Thursday in Montreal also names Landry, Quebec’s department of public security and Quebec’s attorney general.Landry pleaded guilty to assault in June 2016 and obtained a conditional discharge. A Sept., 2016 sentencing ruling in that case described Emard as the presumed leader of the Rock Machine biker gang.The incident covered by the lawsuit began when Emard was stopped for a Highway Code violation and subsequently arrested for drug possession.While in his cell, the lawsuit alleges Landry entered and hit Emard eight times in the head as other police officers watched and did not intervene.Video footage of the event was later released.In a news release, Emard said he was beaten and the affair was covered up.“Everyone tried to stifle the affair,” he said in a statement released Thursday. “It was lucky there were cameras.”Quebec provincial police refused to comment since the matter is before the courts.last_img read more

Hassania School to Feature Benefits of Electricity at Electro Day

By Amal El AttaqThe Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP) will host the second Hassania Electro Day on March 30. Located in Casablanca, EHTP is one of the most popular graduate engineering schools in Morocco. EHTP’s ElectroPower club will lead the event, which aims to answer questions from curious and passionate people about electricity. The club hopes also to innovate and reflect on the present and future challenges related to electrical energy. “We aim to make all visitors understand the wide application of electricity; it is not just electrotechnics, but also programming and industry,” said Rachida Ounarain, president of the EHTP ElectroPower club.EHTP was founded in 1971 by the Ministry of Public Works, to develop Moroccan professionals in sectors such as construction, water, information technology, electrical power, civil engineering, and meteorology.Read also: 35% of Moroccan Electricity Came from Renewable Sources in 2018Other than the ElectroPower club, the school has an Olympics club, a cultural club, a business forum, and others.The club is planning a range of activities, such as stands, workshops, training, and the sharing of experiences led by engineers for students. They will also host competitions and a conference under the theme “Electricity: The lifeblood of our modern world.” Ounarain stressed that electricity is a necessity in daily life.“If you gave a task for 100 people to do, those people will take more than 10 days to finish it. However a machine can do the whole work in 24h. This is the power of electricity,” argued Ounarain.The club aims to simplify concepts of embedded systems, electronics, and robotics because they believe that electricity faces many challenges today in Morocco. “While preparing for this conference, we tried to make the theme more general, so as to be useful for all students, even those who are not engineering students,” Ounarain told Morocco World News.The student related that the conference will focus on four main areas: medicine, astronomy, energy, and telecommunications. One conference guest, Leila Sedki, will give a presentation about how electricity contributes to energy and how Ibn Khaldoun contributed to astronomy. She stated that attendees are also going to meet startups and other companies to explain how electrical energy works.Ounarain added that the club’s team are still contacting their previous partners to be present in this year’s exposition, such as Fablab and Nextronic. “We are aiming to contact other companies and startups that are related to aeronautics, and still working in that,” said Ounarain.The event’s first competition will be for students’ projects. The best projects, in terms of idea and technicality, will win a prize of MAD 500.The second competition is called “Capture the Flag,” a hacking competition in which teams resolve enigmas to get a flag.The student related that the club has not selected a prize for the competition yet, but she promised it would be greater than the first.Regarding their future projects, she said that the club is working on another project called “the meeting,” which will match an engineering student with an engineer mentor who will try to share work experience and knowledge with the student.At the first Hassania Electro Day last year, called “National Day of Electricity,” 150 persons attended.According to Ounarain, last year’s theme was “connectivity and performance.” Several professors and engineers, such as Mohamed Elaaroussi, Benmir Fouad, Elbakri Mohamed, and Mohamed Reffadi, shared their expertise at the event. read more

UN advocate for children in armed conflict hails United States legislative steps

17 September 2008The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today praised the United States for the introduction of new legislation that aims to tackle the recruitment and use of the estimated 250,000 child soldiers worldwide. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said the passage of one act dealing with the scourge and the imminent passage of another was a welcome step forward.“The Child Soldiers Prevention and Accountability Act send a clear message that recruitment and use of child soldiers is unlawful,” she said, according to a press release issued by her office. “Perpetrators of such crimes could also become accountable under US domestic legislation. “The Child Soldiers Accountability Act, which received bipartisan support from the Senate and House of Representatives, criminalizes the recruitment and use of child soldiers, while also giving the US the authority to deny admission or to deport individuals for such grave child rights violations. Still to be passed, the Child Soldiers Prevention Act will heighten the campaign against child soldiering through restricting the transfer of military technology, the prohibition of arms export licences, and provision of US military assistance to curb governments or paramilitaries conscripting children under the age of 15.Today, more than 250,000 children continue to be exploited as child soldiers. The global fight against impunity for the recruitment and use of child soldiers will be strongly enhanced, Ms. Coomaraswamy said, by the implementation of both acts.Collaborative efforts over the last eight years between the Office of the Special Representative, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other UN entities and Member States have resulted in significant advances, actions and tangible results for children affected by armed conflict, according to her office.Ms. Coomaraswamy stated: “The unique engagement of the Security Council through resolution 1612 played a crucial role in awakening the conscience of the international community and has started to bring results at a global level.” Previous indictments for violations of international law through the recruitment and use of child soldiers include: Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC); and Major Jean-Pierre Biyoyo of the Mudundo Forty armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A former head of State, Charles Ghankay Taylor of Liberia, is currently on trial in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) facing an 11-count indictment for crimes against humanity, including the act of enlisting child soldiers.The Special Representative embraced the US move as a catalyst to further the global fight against child soldiering. “US engagement will add impetus in bringing tangible changes to the child soldiers issue around the globe,” she said. read more

Independent UN expert urges DPR Korea to resolve abduction of Japanese citizens

28 January 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens, saying the long-standing kidnappings were a matter of concern to the international community. “It is incumbent upon the authorities to come out clean and settle this long-standing question of abduction and engage on wider issues of the human rights and humanitarian situation of the people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” said Marzuki Darusman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK.“For effective resolution of the abduction issue, international criminal liability of those responsible for the abductions cannot be ruled out. As a start, I urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to return to promises made during August 2008 to reinvestigate the pending cases,” Mr. Darusman said at the end his 25-28 January visit to Japan.Of the 17 officially recognised cases of abduction of Japanese nationals by DPRK agents, only five have been returned to Japan. During his visit, Mr. Darusman met with a few of the abductees’ families and heard their painful testimonies.“Their stories have moved me. I sympathise with them and I pledge that I will follow this matter closely and do everything possible to highlight their case, along with the wider human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, at various international fora,” he said.Mr. Darusman said that his meetings with defectors from DPRK in Japan reinforced reports of the dire humanitarian situation and the absence of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights for the people in the Asian country.“This underscores the need to provide humanitarian aid to the country, subject of course to proper monitoring of its distribution,” he said. “Measures need to be taken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to ensure respect for a wide range of its citizens’ human rights,” he added.Mr. Darusman met several high-level Japanese officials, including the ministers of foreign affairs and justice, as well as the minister in charge of abduction issues. He also conferred with national and international non-governmental organisations, diplomats and UN officials.“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea cannot afford to find itself in isolation and needs to seize every opportunity to establish dialogue with the international community,” Mr. Darusman said.  “I will continue to engage with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea authorities and hope they will change their course and interact with me.” read more

Supreme Court observes RTI bill needs some amendments

The Supreme Court has observed that the Right To information (RTI) bill needs some amendments.The Supreme Court has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that the bill is not consistent with the constitution in its current form. The RTI bill was tabled in Parliament and had the backing of all Provincial Councils (PCs) while some had sought a few amendments. (Colombo Gazette)

Niagara police say alleged sexual assault did not happen

A St. Catharines woman has been charged after police say she “willfully misled” investigators by reporting a sexual assault that did not happen.The 22-year-old woman told police she had been accosted and sexually assaulted by a group of five men shortly after 3 a.m. on March 31.The woman alleged the attack happened while she was walking down a lane way in the area of Clifton Hill and Victoria Ave. in Niagara Falls.“After a three week investigation, Detectives from the Sexual Assault Unit formed reasonable grounds to believe that the incident as reported did not occur,” said Niagara police in a news release. “It is alleged that the complainant willfully misled police, by reporting that an offence had been committed when it had not been.”The woman was arrested on Thursday and charged with public mischief. She has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Niagara police are reminding residents that allegations of sexual assault are treated very seriously. “The NRPS is sensitive to the fact that it is very difficult for victims of sexual assault to come forward, for a number of reasons, including a potential fear that they may not be believed,” said police. “Investigators hope that this incident does not negatively impact the willingness of others to come forward and wish to stress that in this case, the investigation and evidence gathered led to a belief that the accused willfully misled police.” read more

Area Toyota plants to lose 10 of production but new vehicle may

Toyota assembly plants in Southwestern Ontario will lose about 10 per cent of their total production, 50,000 vehicles a year, the second blow to the automotive sector here in recent months.But Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada is promising a silver lining, a new vehicle, the automaker announced Thursday.The automaker with plants in Woodstock and Cambridge and about 8,000 workers said Thursday it will shift to Kentucky production of a RAV4 hybrid it was making here for sale in the U.S., following a US$749 million investment in the plant south of the border.The Cambridge plant will continue to build hybrid RAV4s for sale in Canada, a small slice of the market since 50,000 RAV4 hybrids were sold in the U.S., but only 8,000 in Canada.“Any decrease in production at a Canadian plant is concerning. We are losing an economic gain we would have had for the future,” said Juan Manuel Herrera, an economist and automotive analyst with Scotiabank.“They have capacity at a plant (in Kentucky) and they want to keep operating in a cost-efficient way.”Workers in both Cambridge and Woodstock were shocked by the news, since only 10 months ago Toyota announced a $1.4-billion investment in its Ontario plants, helped by $220 million in federal and provincial government funding, and the RAV4 hybrid was a big part of that news.“We’ve lost the hybrid for the North American market,” said Lee Sperduti, team leader at the Cambridge plant.“The only thing that matters is that we have volume, that we make a vehicle people want.”General Motors recently announced the closing of its Oshawa assembly plant and the loss of about 3,000 jobs by the end of the year.Toyota’s Woodstock and Cambridge plants will continue to make gasoline-powered RAV4s, as well as Lexus crossover vehicles, both gasoline and hybrid, for the North American market.“It was a significant investment. It seems to me like a strange move to invest this much in a plant and then assemble it somewhere else,” Herrera said of Toyota’s recent moves.But Toyota also is eyeing a new vehicle for the Ontario plants.“Toyota is considering production of a new model in Canada and the company will make an announcement once this decision has been made,” said Michael Bouliane, a company spokesperson.The automaker also announced employment at the plants will remain “stable.”“We will start production of RAV4 hybrid vehicles in Canada from April 2019 as originally planned.  As of 2020, RAV4 hybrid vehicles for the Canadian market and gasoline models (including for the U.S. market) will continue to be produced in Canada,” said Bouliane.The Ontario plants will remain the largest producer of RAV4 vehicles for North American markets, he said.That’s little comfort to Sperduti, as workers fear the sister plants in Southwestern Ontario could land a low-volume niche vehicle, compared to the RAV4 and Corolla, which used to be assembled there.“The thing that concerns me is what is coming,” he said.Toyota saying employment levels will remain “stable” also is little comfort to workers since a flood of coming retirements means there are fears employment will fall by attrition.“They may not hire replacements. We will have a lot of retirements in about two years,”said Sperduti.“We will build the car the best we can, but we want to make sure we have volume, and will make a car everyone wants. The RAV4 is what everyone wants. We need it to keep our employment levels.”Toyota sold a total of 427,000 RAV4s in the U.S. last year, of which 174,000 were made in Ontario.“It’s a huge seller,” said Herrera.The Automotive News reported Thursday the Georgetown, Ky., plant will have capacity to build 100,000 RAV4 hybrids a year starting in January 2020.The news comes as the automotive sector is cooling, after strong sales for about 10 years. In 2017, 17.1 million vehicles were sold in the U.S. Last year, that total was 17.2 million. This year sales are expected to slow to about 16.8 million vehicles, said Herrera, a decrease of 400,000 sales, or a two per cent drop.Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Ky., made the Venza, discontinued in 2017, and assembles the Camry, which has seen sales slow.The Woodstock and Cambridge Toyota plants assemble about 500,000 vehicles a year.It Woodstock plant began making the RAV4 hybrid only a few weeks ago. It assembled the Corolla, but that production was shifted to a plant in Mexico.ndebono@postmedia.caToyota Motor Manufacturing Canada500,000 vehicles a year About 8,000 workers Assemble the RAV4, gasoline and hybrid, and Lexus RX350, gasoline and hybrid Plants in Woodstock, RAV4 only and Cambridge, RAV4 and Lexus Recently lost production of the Corolla sedan to Mexico U.S. vehicle sales2019: 16.8 million 2018: 17.2 million 2017: 17.1 million. Total: 400,000 decrease, or four per cent read more

Marijuana setback relief denied

A local marijuana producer is weighing his options now that Norfolk council has turned down his request for an exemption to the county’s cannabis-production regulations.Council’s unanimous vote came at the end of a two-hour public meeting Tuesday under the Planning Act.Council’s decision was a relief to residents of Townsend Road 14 east of Blue Line Road.Single-family dwellings surround the greenhouse operation on three sides. Families have been complaining about the strong smell of marijuana in the neighbourhood since the 2.1-acre greenhouse was converted to cannabis from vegetable production three years ago.The facility belongs to Sean Zheng, who lists Townsend Road 14 as his address.The Norfolk regulation at issue requires greenhouses producing cannabis to be at least 150 metres from sensitive land uses such as housing if the greenhouse is fitted with odour-mitigating technology. The same regulation requires a setback of 300 metres if the greenhouse lacks this equipment.The home closest to the Zheng greenhouse is 39 feet (11.9 metres) away. As well, the Zheng greenhouse is not fitted with odour-mitigating technology. Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman wanted to know why Zheng was seeking relief from the 150-metre requirement when he is in violation of the 300-metre setback provision of the county bylaw.“I find it offensive that this request is even being made,” Huffman told Zheng’s planning consultant Gary Blazak, of London.Blazak responded that an odour-control system is on deck. Before it is installed, Blazak said his client wants assurances that he will be allowed to grow 1,300-plus marijuana plants at any given time.Blazak tabled a peer-reviewed engineering study which said the odour-control system at issue will be 100 per cent effective.The Zheng greenhouse is one of at least 50 grow-operations of its kind that have sprung up in Norfolk County in recent years. The advent has been so rapid because – like the Zheng operation – these greenhouses were built in recent years to produce vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers.Stacey Smith of Townsend Road 14 lives less than 100 metres from the Zheng greenhouse. She told council that life in this part of Norfolk has been “a nightmare” since the greenhouse was given over to marijuana. The problem is a strong, constant pungent odour from the plants involved.Smith delivered a unique demonstration of what she and her neighbours have endured in recent years.Smith went to the front of the council chamber and poured a small amount of liquid skunk essence into a plastic container. She wafted the fumes throughout the space with a hand-held electric fan. The unpleasant odour reached all corners of the cavernous chamber.Smith also thought Zheng’s application was a little much given that he was basically asking to be exempted from the county regulation.“If we’re going to allow 92 per cent setback relief, what’s the point of designating `sensitive land uses’ in the first place?” she asked.“These applicants have never been in compliance. This has always been an illegal operation going on three years now. Now they ask to be rewarded with 92 per cent setback relief?”Zheng’s planning application also sought relief from the requirement to provide 62 parking spaces for an industrial property this size. Zheng wanted this reduced to nine. Zheng attended Tuesday’s meeting but did not speak.Zheng has options moving forward. He could acquiesce to council’s decision and stop growing marijuana at this location. He may also refer council’s decision to the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal. A court challenge under Ontario’s right-to-farm legislation is another possibility.“You have to comply with the zoning bylaw, but you also have to comply with provincial policy,” Jennifer Meader of the law firm Turkstra Mazza said on Zheng’s behalf.“You have to recall what was before council tonight. It was the setback and the parking issue. It’s not the use. This is a permitted use, and that’s acknowledged in the staff report.”Meader was asked in an email Wednesday if the path forward was clearer the day after council’s decision. Meader however was involved in a Land Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing and unavailable for comment at press time.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

TD Bank CEO says slower revenue growth more competition require bank to

TD Bank CEO says slower revenue growth, more competition require bank to adapt TORONTO – TD Bank’s chief executive is urging the financial regulators to introduce rules governing new players in the financial services space.Bharat Masrani said new entrants — from tech giants like Apple and Google offering mobile payment systems to alternative lenders in the shadow banking sector — are creating heightened competition.Many of these non-traditional competitors are not subject to the same regulations that govern banks and other financial institutions, which allows them a competitive advantage, Masrani said.They are also not bogged down by legacy systems, allowing them to be more nimble and efficient than the banks.At TD Bank’s (TSX:TD) annual meeting Thursday, Masrani urged regulators to take a closer look at these non-traditional entities.“We are talking people’s livelihoods,” Masrani told reporters following the meeting. “Banks are highly regulated to make sure that our financial system is safe and sound. In light of that, I think it is important that — as a country, as a system — we ensure that those things are not compromised as new innovation comes through.”In addition to stiffer competition, the bank is also grappling with slower revenue growth and higher customer expectations.“We find ourselves in a challenging operating environment,” Masrani told shareholders. “In addition to the economic, regulatory and competitive pressures we face, people expect more from their banks.”He said it’s unlikely that growth this year will come from Canadian consumer borrowing and real estate.The big decline in oil prices will continue to hurt consumer confidence and hamper Canada’s economic growth, he added.One bright spot for the bank is the economic recovery south of the border, where TD has a large division. Strong job growth in the U.S. may eventually spur the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.“However, we have to temper our enthusiasm,” Masrani noted. “The level of interest rates will remain exceptionally low, U.S. real estate markets are recovering slowly and the pace of economic growth will be far from booming.”He added that the profitability of financial services companies is also under pressure from rock-bottom interest rates and narrowed spreads between long and short term bond rates. Bharat Masrani, president and CEO of TD Bank, attends TD’s annual meeting in Toronto on Thursday, March 26, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2015 9:20 am MDT read more