December 10, 2019
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first_imgTwo brothers and their cousin, involved in the murders of a woman and her boyfriend, were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Additional District Judge court in Odisha’s Berhampur on Saturday.The court acquitted the victim’s aunt, the fourth accused in the case, due to lack of evidence.ADJ (2) Dipak Kumar also imposed a ₹28,000 fine on each of the three convicts. The three convicts are the deceased woman’s two brothers — Nirakar Nayak (30) and Narayan Nayak (27) — and her cousin Budha Nayak (25). According to Additional Public Prosecutor K.C. Gouda, the court examined 24 witnesses and other forensic evidences to convict the trio. ‘Honour killing’ The ‘honour killing’ of Mami Nayak and her boyfriend Amar Nayak (both 20) had taken place at Haldiapadar under Golanthara police station limits on the outskirts of Berhampur on May 11, 2014, early morning. The police had found the bodies in a pool of blood inside Amar’s residence at Haldiapadar. Both had been hacked to death by sharp weapons. Mami’s marriage was to be held on May 11, 2014, but she had allegedly eloped with Amar on May 10, 2014, late night. They were at the latter’s home in Haldiapadar when the three convicts arrived there. They had an altercation with Amar and attacked him with an axe. In a bid to save him, Mami received a blow of the axe and died at the spot. Later the three hacked Amar to death. Amar’s mother was a key witness in the case. The families of Mami and Amar were neighbours in Berhampur, but the former opposed their relationship.last_img read more

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first_imgThe event was organized by the high commission along with the Goan Association-UK. The high commissioner of India to the UK, Y K Sinha, spoke about the significant achievements of the Goan community and encouraged further participation by Goans in furthering bilateral relations between India and the UK.Minister (co-ordination) A S Rajan, welcomed the guests to the India House, which was followed by lighting of the Christmas tree by the high commissioner. “This is the first-ever get together being organized by the Indian high commission for the Goan community and it is a Christmas party to begin with,” Sinha said.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgAs humble as Viswanathan Anand is, the five-time chess world champion believes aggression has played a big part in his success.In the Capital for a felicitation function organised by NIIT for young chess players, Anand said the insecurity of losing made him aggressive. “Aggression is a very useful tool. I don’t show it openly but the prospect of losing to some players is so horrifying you might want an extra bit,” Anand said.”Against (Veselin) Topalov (in the 2010 World Championship) I was able to channel that feeling into a willingness to play long games. I was able to feel motivated.”Another thing that got me going was thinking how happy Gary (Kasparov) would be to see me losing and then I thought how nice it would be to not give him that pleasure.”The 42-year-old from Chennai won his fifth world title, beating Boris Gelfand of Israel in Moscow in May. “The hunger is still there to go for the next one,” says Anand. “I am often asked how I maintain my motivation even after five world titles. Frankly, I never took to chess because it was on some kind of a check-list. I will keep playing till I enjoy it. The desire is still there,” he said.Anand’s ELO rating has fallen to 2780 and he is now No. 5 in the world. But he is not concerned.”It might take me seven to eight tournaments to take my rating to something close to the 2850 mark. But then I have played bad intentionally,” he joked.advertisementThe world champion is aware that he may face another tough challenge for his sixth title. He pointed out Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Armenia’s Levon Aronian were players to watch out for.”Both of them and others will be fighting for the right to play me at the next world championship. They are the biggest talents that have emerged in recent times and maybe a few decades. It would be challenging to play either of them and I know most people won’t consider me the favourite,” Anand said.On the national front, Anand feels Parimarjan Negi is progressing well.”Parimarjan prepares well, has a very sharp opening and often has creative ideas. He is actually doing very well in the open circuit but now will get into big tournaments and try to win the world cup,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) Proceeedings of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were virtually washed out today due to the uproar created by AIADMK members who were demanding action against former Union Minister P Chidambarams son Karti over the Aircel-Maxis issue. Both the Houses witnessed continuous disruptions due to the slogan-shouting by AIADMK members who were in the Well, forcing repeated adjournments. Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at around 2.45 pm while the days proceedings of Rajya Sabha were terminated at around 4 pm. The AIADMK members were displaying copies of an English daily which has claimed that Karti has invested in real estate across the world, as per investigations by the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities during searches at his premises. In the Upper House, an angry Deputy Chairman P J Kurien even threatened to suspend the agitating members but to avail. In Rajya Sabha, a Calling Attention Motion on inflammatory speeches made by a Union Minister and elected representatives violating the Constitution and oath of office could not be taken up due to the noisy protests by AIADMK. Trouble started in the House as soon as it met for the day, with AIADMK members, waiving copies of a newspaper, raising the issue and demanding action against Karti Chidambaram. Chairman Hamid Ansari said it was “unbecomming” of members and accused them of promoting the particular newspaper which was “not proper. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien termed the disruptions as “murder of democracy”. As AIADMK members led by V Maitreyan continued raising slogans for arrest of P Chidambaram and his son Karti over the Aircel-Maxis issue, a visibly angered Kurien said, “How can I take action? I can take action against you.” He warned that he could taken action against the AIADMK members under Rule 255 and bar the disrupting members from the proceedings of the House for the day. With regard to the Calling Attention Motion, Kurien said it was not taken up since governemnt did not distribute the statement. He said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was on a wrong foot. “I called (Leader of Opposition) Ghulam Nabi Azad and then asked to distribute but papers were not distributed. So Calling Attention Motion was not taken up. If that would have done, I would have considered it a Calling Attention Motion but statement was not distributed so it was not taken up. They can repeat. I have given the ruling,” he said. Naqvi said no such matter can be raised in the same session. During the brief periods for which the House met amid adjournments, Congress accused AIADMK members of disrupting the proceedings at the behest of the ruling BJP. Similar scenes were witnessed in Lok Sabha. (MORE) RNK NKD NAB CS SAP NAM SKC AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAustralia’s former great hope Bernard Tomic admitted he was “bored” during a listless first-round defeat by Germany’s Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon on Tuesday.The former world number 17 lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in only 84 minutes and headed out of the All England Club with his first-round losers’ cheque of 35,000 pounds (45,241 US Dollar).”It was definitely a mental issue out there. Wasn’t mentally and physically there to perform. I don’t know why, but, you know, I felt a little bit bored out there to be completely honest with you,” the 24-year-old told reporters.”I tried at the end and stuff, he managed to win that set 6-3 or 6-4, but it was too late.”Tomic, whose career has stagnated since being touted as Australia’s next grand slam winning hope, entered into a bizarre exchange with a reporter after being asked whether he would consider handing back his prize money.”Which money?” he said. “Well, if you ask (Roger) Federer to give back 500 million US Dollar, would he do that or not?”Reminded that he had said he was bored, Tomic continued: “We all work for money. At 34, maybe I can donate to charity. If you ask Roger if he’ll do it, I’ll do it.”It is not the first time Tomic’s attitude has been called into question. In 2012 he was suspended from Australia’s Davis Cup team with Tennis Australia citing his poor attitude.In 2014 he was booed on Rod Laver Arena after quitting with an injury against Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open.advertisementHis off-court behaviour has also landed him in trouble – in 2015 he was arrested in Miami on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest after a late-night party.Tomic, who reached the Wimbledon fourth round last year, faces a further drop in the rankings from his current position of 59th. He said a lack of motivation was the problem.”It’s a roller coaster, and I just can’t seem to find the commitment to work hard, to enjoy, and to lift trophies,” he said. “Maybe I have to look at a few things, maybe play less tournaments. The last two years, nothing motivates.”One person on Twitter was so upset about Tomic’s defeat on Tuesday he called on him to be deported from Australia.”That’s his opinion. I’m sure he’s on the computer somewhere making 50 US Dollar an hour,” Tomic said. “I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”($1 = 0.7736 pounds)last_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — Just over eight months ago, Carmelo Anthony underwent surgery on his left knee. On Oct. 31t, in his third regular-season game since then, he had a terrific performance against the Washington Wizards.Anthony scored 37 points to ruin the Wizards’ home opener as the New York Knicks beat Washington 117-110.“It felt good. It’s been a while since February. I keep saying it, but it’s been a while for me to kind of have this experience,” Anthony said.Anthony was 11-for-18 from the field — hitting eight straight shots at one point — and hit four of his five 3-point attempts.“It was just one of them days that — even this morning at shootaround things were just feeling good. I worked out a little bit after shootaround, things felt good; before the game, things felt good. So it was just one of those days,” Anthony said.“I’m never surprised, but I’ll take it. At this point, you build it, it’ll come.”Washington failed in its attempt to start a season 3-0 for the first time since 2005-06.Bradley Beal, who scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, led Washington while John Wall had 25.The Knicks (2-1) won their second road game of the season. They won a total of seven road games last season.Anthony missed his first two field goal attempts — then hit the eight straight — including four 3-pointers — before his next miss.After his first 3-pointer, he trotted over to Washington owner Ted Leonsis, who was seated near his team’s bench, and the two bumped fists. “He’s just a good guy. I’m just showing my respect for him,” Anthony said.Otto Porter, who tried to defend Anthony, found it frustrating. “It’s all about his rhythm. Once he gets his rhythm, he’s hard to defend,” Porter said. “He’s a different player this year.”“The commitment to defend is not there,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “I’ve got to change that.”The game was physical, featuring 62 fouls and three technicals. It was an extraordinarily long regular-season game, 2 hours, 38 minutes.“The physical nature of the game — I thought that brought the best out of Melo,” New York coach Derek Fisher said. “There was a composure and a poise to everything he did.”last_img read more

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first_imgThousands of students from across Jamaica gathered at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on Friday February 22 to celebrate Jamaica Day 2013, in a colourful display of dance, music, speech and song. It was the first national gathering to mark the day intended to foster a spirit of patriotism. The festivities, held under the theme ‘Celebrate Jamaica: We On It’, saw students perform numerous items in a gala event. Performances included a parade of the uniformed groups and schools celebrating their 50th anniversary, praise and worship, parade of the national symbols, dance, poetry, song, and drumming. Conceptualized as a cultural extravaganza, Jamaica Day 2013 saw the Ministry of Education’s six regions compete for the best exhibition in the following categories: Best interpretation of the Jamaica Day Theme; Best Booth; Greatest Student participation; Research and Advocacy; and Most Sustainable Project.There was robust competition among the six regions in the exhibition section, at the end of which Region One and Region Four tied for the top spot. Region Four presented traditional herbal remedies and demonstrated an innovative way to combine the rearing of fish with the farming of vegetables. Region Three mounted a display on persons from the region who have excelled and used the motif of a ship to focus on Jamaica’s movement towards the goals of Vision 2030.Modern technology was the focus of Region One’s exhibit. Outstanding among this group of exhibitors were the Robotics Team from Jamaica College, which presented the group’s new robot, and Allman Town Primary, which demonstrated how the school operates its own radio station. Denham Town Primary used discarded paper to make fuel for cooking, while Windward Road showed how the school is using an electronic white board and other devices to enhance teaching and learning.Region Five highlighted literacy in the region and among other items, created a quilt displaying the names of the schools in the region and their logos. Indigenous material was the theme of Region Six’s exhibit, which put the national fruit, ackee, at the forefront, as well as innovative spreads and artwork. Region two left before the exhibit could be judged.Children from various institutions across Jamaica were excited as they watched and listened to the various performances and visited the booths. Describing the day’s happenings, seven year-old Alicia Barrett of Brampton Primary, Trelawny effused, “It’s so amazing. I liked the dancing and when they marched with the flags.Miss Sheron Robinson, acting Principal of Williamsfield All Age school Westmoreland, gave a positive assessment of the event. ”It’s a good experience for the children. Many schools don’t know how to put the event together,” she said, noting that school administrators could learn how to structure the celebrations by patterning the national event.Speaking on the relevance of Jamaica Day, Miss. Robinson noted, “Patriotism is dying and people don’t see the country as somewhere to love and don’t put an effort into developing it. So an event such as this is good.”Javin Jackson, grade six student and peer counsellor at Wakefield Primary, in Trelawny, told JIS News that celebrating Jamaica Day is important, especially for students because it allows them to know more about Jamaica in a different kind of atmosphere.Jamaica Day in Schools is one of flagship projects of the Culture in Education Programme.last_img read more

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first_imgResidents in Antigonish will soon have improved wastewater systems thanks to funding through the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. This project includes a sanitary sewer to replace the Columbus Field trunk sewer, which will eliminate contamination in a recreational area. Federal and provincial funding of $218,210 was announced today, March 6, by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The Town of Antigonish will fund the balance of the project costs after formal acceptance of the agreement. “Canada’s government is getting things done for the people of Antigonish,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Today’s investment of over $109,000 will result in significant improvement to the community’s infrastructure, therefore improving the environment and the quality of life of the residents.” Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said the investment was part of the government’s effort to help communities plan for the future. “Our government is committed to helping build safer communities and stronger infrastructure,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This is another example of how governments, working in partnership, help make projects like this one a reality.” The infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management. “Today’s announcement is good news for Antigonish residents,” said Kathleen Chisholm, mayor of Antigonish. “The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is enabling us to develop a higher quality of municipal services to our community.” The $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the program management committee.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Login/Register With: In a statement posted to Twitter, Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds said he was “heartbroken, shocked and devastated” by her death.Harris began riding in 2009 and received her race licence in May 2013. She started competing in 2014, racing in the American Sportbike Racing Association’s Championship Cup Series.In a 2015 profile published in Black Girls Ride Magazine, Harris was described as the first African-American woman to become a professional road racer.“Sounds like SJ is leading the pack in more ways than one,” the article concludes.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SJ Harris died on Monday morning in Vancouver while shooting an action sequence for the film Deadpool 2. (SJ Harris/Instagram) Advertisement The American stunt rider who died in Vancouver on Monday while shooting an action sequence for the film Deadpool 2 has been identified as SJ Harris, a 40-year-old from New York City.Harris died after her motorcycle crashed through the window of the Starbucks in Shaw Tower, near Jack Poole Plaza.According to the BC Coroners Service, Harris’s family will issue a statement later today.Friend of stuntwoman SJ Harris says she ‘died doing what she loved’last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut covers one-fifth of Canada’s landmass, but if you get lost or have an accident, you may be on your own for quite some time.Considering Saturday’s plane crash in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, that topic is now, once again, at the forefront.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll tells an amazing story of survival and asks what would have happened if the armed forces were not there.last_img

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first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National News Part of daily life for Veronique Papatie saying this to her children.“Be careful watch your step,” she says.The warning is for her children, and the nine members of her household, to watch their step getting into the outhouse.“When we have to use the toilet, it’s here,” said Papatie. “Whether in the summer or the winter.”For electricity, her family counts on a small and noisy generator.There’s no running water in the house either – which complicates everything.But the situation doesn’t seem to discourage Papatie.With money from the province in 2010, she and renovated her house in Kitcisakik. “When I was a little girl, my dream was to have my own bedroom. Now as a parent, I am able to provide my children with their own bedroom as well,” she said.Since 2010, 44 homes have been renovated in the community thanks to groups of emergency architects who call themselves, The Frontier Foundation.And $1.5 million in provincial funding over five years since 2010.A cooperative, managed by the community, has also been created for workforce training and housing renovations.‘It’s great to see members of our comminuty get their houses renovated,” said Mélanie Deslauriers, the community’s project manager. “It brings pride and tranquility to a household because there’s less anxiety or concern for things like mold. Partition walls in the home can also help create intamicy and privacy. There has been a lot of positivity that has come from the renovations as well as the training now that people live in updated homes. ”In Sept. 2016, the Québec government responded to the cooperative’s request for more money by investing another $2 millions dollars to complete the renovation of 90 houses.“We have an agreement from last year up to 2020 for five years,” said Deslauriers. “We get about $400,000 per year which totals $2 million for renovations in the community. But we have to understand that the account will not be completed. We will still need to renovate houses after these 4 years.”Raised by his grand parents until the age of five, Charlie Papatie comes from a nomadic life.“A house wasn’t really essential for us before. We just went wherever and lived where we wanted to because it was our territory,” he said. “Today, we say we want an adequate home, so we can be comfortable in our house.”Now Charlie Papatie wants his house to be renovated soon.He said an adequate house is more than new windows, doors and walls – he wants running water, electricity and a sewage system.“A shower and toilet is what’s missing. That’s what the people in our community are always talking about it. they tell me they would like all those basic needs for their children,” he said.But those services might come at a cost to their connection to the land.Kitcisakik is unique.The community has always refused to become a reserve under the Indian Act.And while some Kitcisakik members endure and continue to hope for a better community – many young people are leaving.People like Vince Papatie, 32. He moved and is now living and working in Val d’Or.He has no plans to move back with his young daughter to a community without basic services.‘I don’t need to wake up at night to keep a fire going or walk 3 kilometers for water,” he said. ‘I didn’t like taking showers in a public place, we got sores on our feet. it wasn’t clean and or healthy. I deserve a house with a toilet, running water and a shower.”But Vince Papatie admits he’s loosing his culture, language and is experiencing an identity crisis by living away.When asked about returning to Kitcisakik if it had adequate services, he didn’t hesitate.‘I’d return in a heartbeat. that’s what I tell my colleagues at work. As soon it’s a real community, I’ll go back home, because it’s still my home,” he said.The community proposed a village where they can access their traditional territory and be recognized as the owners of the land.But in 2002, the federal government said no.The growing division within the community about the location of the village, and the insufficient investments to complete housing renovations by 2020 leaves the community’s young people with little hope to return to their home land in a near future.drochette@aptn.calast_img read more

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“In less than 10 days’ time, our leaders will gather in this hall to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mogens Lykketoft said as he opened the session. The Agenda, which will be adopted during a special summit at UN Headquarters, consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets that aim to be a charter for people and the planet in the twenty-first century. They will stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable and sustainable world for all.“The summit, of course, marks only the beginning,” Mr. Lykketoft continued. “There is an urgent need for action right across the three pillars of the UN and ample opportunities to do so during this session. […] An ambitious and universal climate agreement is an absolute must and the first real test of the world community’s ability to deliver the necessary policy tools for sustainable development.”Indeed, not long after the summit and the annual General Debate, leaders will come together in Paris for the UN climate change conference – or COP21.At the same time, Mr. Lykketoft warned there will be no sustainable development without peace and security and respect for human rights.“The UN and its Member States have a strong obligation to work together to end the catastrophic wars and conflicts – not least in and around Syria. And we will have to act here and now to address the huge and explosive refugee crises resulting from ongoing conflicts – and to protect the human rights of all refugees.”In addition to several high-level meetings and thematic debates he will hold over the course of his one-year tenure, the new President said he plans to continue efforts to revitalize the General Assembly’s work and to reform the Security Council. “I will conduct all activities in as transparent, inclusive and open a manner as possible,” Mr. Lykketoft assured. “Where it is relevant I will also engage with and involve civil society representatives and others, such that a multi-stakeholder approach becomes a hallmark of my presidency.”Also addressing the meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled that this new session of the General Assembly marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Organization.“The Charter’s principles have stood the test of time, and the United Nations can look back on a record of achievement,” he stated. “At the same time, we know that suffering remains widespread across the world. My thoughts today are especially with the people of Syria – those inside the country facing terrible violence, and those who have fled, desperately seeking a safe haven and a better life.”Mr. Ban called on the 70th General Assembly session to be one of compassion, prevention and, above all, action. read more

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Prosecutor Mike Church-Taylor told JPs in Blackburn Mr Shaw had gone out with his wife but was keeping an eye on his home via the cam app. Cameron Hull admitted assaulting Mr Shaw and was given a conditional discharge for eight months  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. Ella Shaw appeared on Britain’s Got Talent “He saw four young men in the house and decided to go home,” he said. “The four males ran from the house but the defendant then tried to get back in. Mr Shaw blocked his way and was punched in the face for his trouble.”Damian Pickup, defending, said his client had never been in trouble with the police before and had been invited to the party.”He was kissing the girl when her parents returned home unexpectedly,” said Mr Pickup. “It is clear she had been told she could have a small party but it appears they didn’t expect males to be there.“My client says the girl’s parents went mad and much of their anger was directed towards him because he had been kissing their daughter.” Ella Shaw Hull, of Blackburn, admitted assaulting Mr Shaw. He was given a conditional discharge for eight months and ordered to pay £100 compensation. Mr Shaw cornered the teenager and yelled at him before pushing him out of the house.”He realised he had left his brand new jacket in the house and returned to get it,” said Mr Pickup.”He was met with further aggression and accepts he punched the aggrieved in the face.“The dad went to call the police and my client took his chance to go in and get his jacket.”Mr Pickup claimed there was an element of provocation because the father was being aggressive. Cameron Hull admitted assaulting Mr Shaw and was given a conditional discharge for eight months Credit:Ben Lack  A father who spied on his teenage daughter’s party using a mobile phone app connected to his home CCTV system was hit by the boy he caught kissing her after he rushed home.   James Shaw was supposed to be out for the night with his wife while one of his daughter’s invited a few friends over for the evening.However while out with his wife he logged on to his home security system and  was horrified when he saw four boys at his house when he believed it was a girls only gathering.After he rushed back to their home in Langho, Lancashire, to break up the party he found Cameron Hull, 18, kissing his daughter, a court heard.The teenager was about to leave when he realised he had forgotten his brand new jacket.  When he return to collect it he found the dad barring his entry which resulted in Mr Shaw being punched in the face.Mr Shaw, an engineer who also runs Ella Shaw Ltd following daughter’s success on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015,is believed to have suffered a broken nose and black eye in the assault. read more

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first_imgNorth American Construction Group Ltd (NACG) has recently announced the successful negotiation of a two year extension to a key Master Services Agreement, with a major oil sands customer, taking the expiration date to August 2022. As part of the associated work scope, the company has secured a three year term commitment for overburden removal, commencing after the completion of the previously announced 2018 work. The value of this backlog is expected to be around C$120 million.Martin Ferron, Chairman and CEO, stated: “We believe that demand for safe and cost-effective earthworks services in the oil sands remains very strong, resulting in a tightening of suitable equipment availability. In these positive circumstances, we are delighted to have negotiated our first term contract in several years.”last_img read more

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first_img The Eurovision Song Contest is due to take place in Tel Aviv next week and some campaigners have called for the event to be boycotted. The Journal.ie commissioned Voices articles from both sides of the debate so you can read an opinion piece from the other side here. WITH THE EUROVISION Song Contest taking place next week, the year-long campaign to boycott the competition in Israel is ramping up.The year since Israel’s entry, Netta Barzilai, won – has been bookended by massacres of Palestinians.Just days after her victory last May, Israeli forces deliberately shot dead 62 Palestinians in Gaza, and just this week 23 Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and three children, were killed by airstrikes.Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza has continued since the start of the Great March of Return leaving hundreds dead and thousands severely wounded.In February a UN Commission of Inquiry found that Israeli forces have likely committed war crimes by intentionally shooting unarmed people, including children, medics and journalists.Since 2005, Palestinian civil society has been calling for a campaign of cultural, sporting, academic and economic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as long as it continues to deny them their rights and freedoms.The global campaign is modelled on the boycott of the racist regime in apartheid South Africa.Anyone wishing to show solidarity with the Palestinian people as they continue their struggle for freedom against Israeli apartheid, occupation and war crimes has the responsibility to support the BDS movement. This applies equally to the Eurovision.Despite claims that the Eurovision is somehow ‘apolitical’ Israel has long used culture as a propaganda tool.From the far-right Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, calling Barzilai “Israel’s greatest ambassador” to the promotion of illegal settlements to the millions pumped into ensuring Madonna performs – it is abundantly clear that Israel views this as a golden opportunity to whitewash and pinkwash its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people.(By pinkwashing I mean the way that Israel cynically uses gay rights to distract from its settler colonialism.)Spearheaded by Palestinian artistic and LGBTQ+ groups, since the campaign began it has garnered huge support and much success.In Ireland, more than 17,000 people signed a petition calling on RTÉ not to participate, while over 6,000 have asked Sarah McTernan not to sing for apartheid.The Irish campaign has the support of well-known artists, human rights activists, the Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI), Irish Equity and many prominent LGBTQ activists.The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) wrote to Sarah McTernan requesting a meeting to discuss the boycott and she has received letters from much-loved musicians including Mary Black, Donal Lunny and Mary Coughlan, as well as correspondence from more than 100 Palestinian artists, from Israelis who support BDS, a letter from prominent LGBTQ+ activists in Ireland and from more than 30 Irish anti-apartheid activists.Yet, despite these respectful and significant pleas to stand on the right side of history, McTernan has not responded at all. Last September members of the Irish campaign met with the Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes.At the meeting, the broadcaster committed to refusing to sanction any employees not wishing to travel to Israel on conscientious grounds and noted that the broadcaster is “well aware that the Irish people are very concerned about and supportive of Palestinians”.While this falls very far short of the demand that they pull out of the contest, it does represent an important recognition that Eurovision in Israel is not business as usual and presents an ethical challenge for workers concerned with human rights.RTÉ however, continues to maintain that the event is “not political” despite the fact that state broadcaster KAN will reserve 500 rehearsal tickets for Israeli soldiers who in all likelihood the Irish act will perform for.Compounding this deeply political act of entertaining an army routinely accused of war crimes by the UN and human rights organisations, the locations on the ‘visual postcards’ broadcast between acts will feature the occupied Golan Heights and Palestinian East Jerusalem – thereby instrumentalising the show to present illegally annexed land as part of the Israeli state.Reflecting the broad feeling in Ireland that no Irish performers should countenance playing for mass murderers and that our national broadcaster shouldn’t allow itself to be used for the purposes of spreading state propaganda, in early March there was a large protest at RTÉ.Internationally more than 136,000 people have signed petitions to the European Broadcasting Union and national broadcasters asking them to refuse to take part.More than 100 queer and trans liberation organisations from nearly 20 countries have called on global LGBTQ+ communities to support the boycott which has been endorsed by such luminaries as Julie Christie, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, Wolf Alice and many more.Eurovision promotional events all over Europe and Australia (which is also participating in the contest) have attracted protests and actions are organised for Tel Aviv.Meanwhile, although Israel proclaims itself “the only democracy in the Middle East” it has said it will not allow entry to human rights activists planning to protest the competition, a ban that is in total contradiction to promises it made to the EBU.Although Eurovision will go ahead, the boycott campaign has already been a success in further raising awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people and cutting across Israel’s ‘pinkwashing’ with huge support from the LGBTQ+ community.It has not only raised the profile of the cultural boycott and seen new artists declare their support, but it has also mainstreamed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.The fact that ticket sales are way down and hotels aren’t booked is a testament to this and shows that huge numbers of people recognise that segregated partying in Tel Aviv while just down the road Palestinians are living under siege and being shot down in cold blood is simply unpalatable.Those who say that artists shouldn’t ‘take sides’ ignore the fact that by participating they have already chosen the side of the oppressor, of injustice and of apartheid.There is still time for them to change their minds, we implore them to take a principled stand for justice and to be on the right side of history.From the semi-finals to the final we are calling on people to boycott the contest and on 18 May we are asking Eurovision fans to turn off their TVs and go to an alternative party in solidarity with Palestine, these are happening around the country.Palfest Ireland has an amazing night lined up in the National Stadium with Kíla, Christy Moore and more. Not only is there an alternative to this year’s Eurovision but there is also an alternative to apartheid – that is freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people.  Zoë Lawlor is the Cultural Liaison with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Coordinator of the Irish Campaign to Boycott the Eurovision in Israel.  By Zoe Lawlor Saturday 11 May 2019, 7:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 11th 2019, 7:01 PM 124 Comments Share275 Tweet Email1 center_img https://jrnl.ie/4629067 Short URL 22,073 Views Zoe Lawlor Opinion: Support Palestinians and show your opposition to apartheid by boycotting Eurovision You can show solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom against Israeli apartheid, occupation and war crimes by supporting the boycott, writes Zoe Lawlor. last_img read more

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first_imgVictoria’s new Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras, says he wants to ensure multiculturalism takes place across all departments of government, not just one. I want every department to have an input into multicultural affairs, because in the end, we’re all Victorians.“I want to take a cross-governmental approach, to make government respond to all Victorians,” Mr Kotsiras told Neos Kosmos today. “I want every department to have an input into multicultural affairs, because in the end, we’re all Victorians.” As Ted Baillieu’s 22-member cabinet was sworn in during the week, Mr Kotsiras, who won his seat of Bulleen with 59.9 per cent of the primary vote, was made Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship. He told Neos Kosmos his first task would be to review all the programs from the past 11 years of Labor government. Mr Kotsiras said he would create eight committees throughout Victoria to discuss multicultural policy, each chaired by a commissioner. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from, if you’ve got a health issue, it should be in the health department, if you’ve got an education issue, it should be in the education department,” he said. He said he wasn’t trying to take multicultural affairs out of the ministry, which would put himself out of a job. “My role is to make sure everyone is taking multiculturalism into account,” he said. “Someone needs to make sure there are programs in place.” Mr Kotsiras said the Liberal Party’s policy to gradually make Languages Other Than English (LOTE) compulsory at Victorian government schools would help feed more translators and interpreters into an under-resourced system. “We have to make sure once we get people, we keep them,” he added. Mr Kotsiras also reiterated his party’s promise to maintain the $2 million government funding for a Greek cultural centre in Lonsdale Street, $100 000 for a Hellenic festival in Oakleigh, and $100 000 for Victoria’s Cypriot community. Four Greek Australians won seats in Saturday’s election. Mr Kotsiras will be joined in the lower house by John Pandazopoulos, who retained his seat of Dandenong for the Labor party. In the Upper House, Labor candidate Jenny Mikakos retained her seat in the Northern Metropolitan Region, and Lee Tarlamis won the fifth seat in South Eastern Metropolitan. In the seat of Oakleigh, where there is a large Greek population, a 6.4 per cent swing to Liberal candidate Theo Zographos was not enough to steal the seat from sitting member Ann Barker. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu is expected to recall Parliament before Christmas. Former Health Minister Daniel Andrews was elected unopposed as Opposition Leader at the Labor Party meeting today. Labor’s Shadow Ministry is expected to be announced over the weekend, with Jenny Mikakos tipped for a portfolio. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgThis weekend, Greek Bilingual Bookshop is hosting an exhibition of bilingual books in Greek and English on various subjects.The bookshop teams up with Militos Publishers, to present some exceptional books about Greece, Cyprus and the Islands as well as Asia Minor and Byzantium, historical, geographical books, rare collectables, art and photography books.The last day of the exhibition is Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. For those who visit the exhibition, they will have the chance to enter a competition to win a book pack of assorted books in Greek and English.Also on display will be a large array of Greek films including documentaries and children movies. When: Saturday 27 July, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Where: Greek Bilingual Bookshop, 837 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill, Sydney (opposite the 7-11 at Hurlstone Park) For more information, contact 9559 4424 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgYouri Gagarine : le voyage historique du premier homme dans l’espace en chiffresLe 12 avril 1961, l’histoire de la conquête spatiale a été marquée par l’envoi de Youri Gagarine dans l’espace. Le cosmonaute russe alors âgé de 27 ans, devient le premier homme à découvrir la Terre vue du ciel. Quelques chiffres sur ce voyage historique, à la veille de son cinquantième anniversaire.Youri Gagarine27 ans. Age auquel Youri Gagarine a été envoyé dans l’espace. Il était seulement âgé de 26 ans lors de son recrutement en 1960. À cette époque, les responsables soviétiques sélectionnaient seulement les cosmonautes âgés entre 25 et 30 ans. 200 candidats. Sur toutes ces personnes volontaires au programme spatial soviétique, seules 19 ont été sélectionnées. Puis, à l’issu de nombreuses sélections Youri Gagarine se démarque et est finalement choisi pour devenir le premier homme à voyager dans l’espace. 1 mètre 58 pour 69 kilogrammes. Youri Gagarine, petit mais trapu, avait une morphologie propice à la mission. En effet, les autorités sélectionnaient des cosmonautes petits mais résistants, capables de tenir dans la capsule du vaisseau spatial Vostok de 2,3 mètres de diamètre pour un volume total de 1,6 mètre cube.Le voyage108 minutes. Temps passé par Youri Gagarine dans l’espace le 12 avril 1961.  250 kilomètres. Altitude moyenne (entre 181 et 327 kilomètres) à laquelle a voyagé le cosmonaute autour de la Terre.7,9 kilomètres/seconde. Vitesse à laquelle la capsule Vostok 1 a évolué sur son orbite durant son voyage.40.868 kilomètres. Distance parcourue par la capsule de Youri Gagarine pour effectuer sa révolution autour de la Terre.Les avancées qui ont suivi l’événement À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA522 astronautes ont au total eu l’occasion de voyager dans l’espace depuis le premier l’exploit de Youri Gagarine. Seulement 55 sont des femmes pour 467 hommes. Ces astronautes représentent à eux tous 38 nationalités.803 jours. Durée la plus longue qu’un homme ait pu passer dans l’espace. Le record est détenu par l’astronaute Sergueï Krikalev qui a effectué un total six vols.Le 11 avril 2011 à 12:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgFrance have confirmed that Florian Thauvin will miss their UEFA Nations League clash with Germany on Tuesday due to a foot injuryThe 25-year-old winger featured for 59 minutes in France’s 2-2 friendly draw with Iceland last week, but has now returned to Marseille for treatment on a right foot problem.Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps refused to call-up a replacement for Thauvin at such short notice.Marseille needing to replace Florian Thauvin Taimoor Khan – September 12, 2019 Florian Thauvin is out of action due to an ankle injury which means that Olympique de Marseille have to quickly seek a solution. It’s…“In agreement with Didier Deschamps and the medical staff, the Marseille forward will be placed at the disposal of his club on Monday. He will not be replaced,” read a statement on the French team’s Twitter.Thauvin has had a great start to the new Ligue 1 campaign at Marseille with seven goals and two assists in nine games.Last season’s Europa League finalists are third in the league table with 16 points after nine games.last_img read more

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