Don’t romance with litigation, says CJI Misra


first_imgChief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra, who is retiring next month, on Sunday suggested to litigants to make an effort to see if the litigation can be solved otherwise. “You are welcome to litigate. But do not romance with litigation,” the Chief Justice said. “I do not suggest for a moment that you should not fight for a cause. But when the cause is small and can be solved otherwise, then solve it. Because that also serves the purpose of access to justice,” CJI Misra said while speaking after laying the foundation stone for a permanent building of theOdisha State Legal Services Authority and e-inauguration of legal assistance establishment, “Nyaya Sanjog”, in all the 30 districts of the State.last_img read more

We’re All Terrorists Now


first_imgIn this day and age, we are now all terror suspects, all the time, everywhere. Get used to walking with your hands up in the air.The initial British response to the subway bombings was measured. Unlike George Bush, who brought a cocky Texas swagger in his public response to 9/11, revving up public anger, Prime Minister Tony Blair was remarkably restrained in the aftermath of 7/7.  The 56 people killed in the four coordinated bombings on July 7 in London’s Underground are only a tiny fraction of the almost 2,700 victims of the incendiary terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. But the impact of the London blasts could be more far reaching for immigrants living in the West.The initial British response to the subway bombings was measured. Unlike George Bush, who brought a cocky Texas swagger in his public response to 9/11, revving up public anger, Prime Minister Tony Blair was remarkably restrained in the aftermath of 7/7. He, expressed bewliderment that the terrorists were homegrown British – not British Muslims, just British. Londoners responded stoically, going about their daily business the following day. In marked contrast to the United States, the broad public consensus held firm that the country should resist surrendering its cherished civil liberties at the altar of security.But that public sentiment changed dramatically after a second series of failed bombing attempts on the subway two weeks later on July 21. Riders are increasingly wary and the police added to their anxiety the following day when they fatally shot an innocent man five times in the head as he crouched terrified on the train floor.The London police have since expressed “deep regrets” and accepted “full responsibility” for the killing, although they have pointedly hrefused to apologize. Indeed the city’s police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, is preparing Londoners for future mistakes under the new shoot-to-kill policy aimed at deterring potential suicide bombers: “It wasn’t just a random event, and the most important thing to realize is that it is still happening out there. Somebody else could be shot.”The police shooting is puzzling. The victim, a Brazilian national, Jean Carles de Menezes, apparently aroused police suspicions after he emerged from a building under surveillance. Those suspicions were hightened because Menezes was wearing a bulk jacket in the steamy summer weather. When they surrounded him near a subway station, Menezes panicked, jumped a turnstile and fled into a train. His relatives suspect that Menezes fled because he had been accosted by skinheads once or that he might have been working illegally in London. Equally baffling is why the police failed to recognize that a building they had under surveillance had multiple apartments and why they unloaded a full round into a man as he trembled on the floor.Whatever the explanations, a whole new world has arrived for immigrants in the West. We may have gotten used to our repeated “random” selection for intrusive body searches at airports. Annoying as that has been, it has been limited to airline travel, a relatively infrequent activity. Now we raise suspicion anytime and anywhere and can stir alarm in the most innocent of actions.In New York, one the city’s busiest train stations was briefly evacuated July 24 after a seemingly drugged and irritated passenger taunted a ticket agent that he had a bomb in his bag. A few hours earlier, police handcuffed and lined up five South Asian passengers on a tourist bus on their knees on a public sidewalk after a supervisor with the bus company reported that they were carrying “suspicious backpacks” and had “stuffed pockets.”Police cordoned off traffic for 90 minutes near Times Square, one of the New York’s leading tourist attractions, and ordered all 60 passengers off the bus with their hands raised. The five innocent “suspects” were determined not to have any backpacks after all and released. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has publicly apologized for the incident and rebuked the bus company for overreacting, urging New Yorkers, “Please don’t embellish what the facts are.”His warning is likely to follow on deaf ears, however. In this day and age we are now all terror suspects, all the time, everywhere.Get used to walking with your hands up in the air. Related Itemslast_img read more

Son-spurred Koreans face Samurai threat at Asian Cup


first_img“Of course teams like South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia have the same ambition, but Japan has the potential to win the title.”A South Korea side led by free-scoring Tottenham forward Son Heung-min start as favorites to end more than 50 years of Asian Cup hurt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIran, Asia’s top-ranked side, also pose a threat to Japan’s hopes, along with holders Australia.But a new-look Japan side are capable of springing an upset, as they proved by reaching the knockout stages of last year’s World Cup in Russia after controversially sacking coach Vahid Halilhodzic in the run-up. View comments Only a stunning comeback by Belgium prevented Japan from reaching the quarter-finals under interim boss Akira Nishino, and veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo insists there is more to come.“We have to believe we can win it,” the Galatasaray full-back told local media. “But all the players need to be at it.”Meanwhile, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu indulged in some early mind games by claiming his side were long shots to snaffle a record-extending fifth title.“We’re the challengers,” said the former Japan midfielder, who has yet to lose since taking over from Nishino after the World Cup.“Our job is to try and snatch the title back.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening South Korea were runners-up to the Socceroos in 2015 and are unbeaten under Bento since exiting the World Cup following a stunning 2-0 victory over holders Germany.Korean firepowerSon sits out South Korea’s first two Asian Cup games under a deal with his Premier League club, but the Taeguk Warriors should still have too much firepower for the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in their first two Group C fixtures.Elsewhere, Australia appear to have gone backwards since lifting the trophy in Sydney four years ago.New coach Graham Arnold has not been helped by record scorer Tim Cahill’s retirement, while a serious knee injury has ruled playmaker Aaron Mooy out of the tournament.The Emiratis, runners-up as hosts in 1996, have also lost the mercurial Omar Abdulrahman to injury but will also be buzzing after hosting the FIFA Club World Cup last month when local side Al Ain reached the final against Real Madrid.Rivals Qatar will be desperate to make a statement before hosting the 2022 World Cup, despite being under economic blockade from their Gulf neighbors since June 2017 over Doha’s alleged support of terrorism — a charge Qatar denies.The world’s most populous countries — China and cricket-mad India — take part, China once again hoping to make an impact in what looks set to be Marcello Lippi’s last outing as coach.The likes of Kyrgyzstan, war-torn Yemen and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines, meanwhile, are happy just to have qualified.But Saudi Arabia, who won the last of their three Asian Cup titles in 1996, could factor in the closing stages, while Syria, Uzbekistan and North Korea lurk as dark horses. Hezbollah and crocodilesTroussier steered Japan to the 2000 Asian Cup, where his players trained on a bumpy pitch in Beirut surrounded by bombed-out houses used as hideouts by Hezbollah fighters while Israeli warplanes roared overhead.The Frenchman sees parallels in the current Japan side’s blend of youth and experience.“The fact Japan got to the last 16 at the World Cup will also give them a lot of confidence,” added Troussier. “It’s also a good chance to prepare the younger generation for the next World Cup in 2022.”Meanwhile, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has called on the country’s football federation to protect his players as they chase a first Asian Cup since completing a hat-trick of titles in 1976.“Iran football officials should learn from the past and must protect us from people who want to distract our concentration,” said the former Real Madrid boss, currently being linked with the Colombia job.“We must be protected from crocodiles.”On the pitch, Iran look settled: a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain and 1-1 draw with Portugal at the World Cup has been followed by a six-match unbeaten streak.South Korea’s 59-year wait for a third Asian Cup is puzzling for a country that reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.But while Australia, Iran and the Emirates are outside bets to win a tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams, none will relish facing Paulo Bento’s Koreans. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender status SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion South Korea’s forward Son Heung-min celebrates after defeating Japan during the men’s football gold medal match at the 2018 Asian Games in Bogor on September 1, 2018. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)While street-wise South Korea pack a harder punch, former Japan coach Philippe Troussier has tipped the Blue Samurai to push their fierce rivals all the way at the Asian Cup.“Japan have one of the best teams in the competition on paper,” the Frenchman told AFP before hosts United Arab Emirates meet Bahrain in Saturday’s opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Steph Curry has 23 points, Warriors lead 62-56 at halftime


first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Marc Gasol has 15 points, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Pascal Siakam 10 for the Raptors. Toronto is just 2 for 12 from 3-point range and trailed by as many as 13 points in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the net between Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) and center Marc Gasol (33) during first-half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Stephen Curry has 23 points, Klay Thompson scored 12 and the Golden State Warriors lead the Toronto Raptors 62-56 at halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.Kevin Durant scored 11 before leaving early in the second quarter with a recurrence of his lower right leg injury. The Warriors have not issued an update on his condition.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Parts of Toronto dealing with power outage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title,US Open: Rafael Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title


first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Nadal hails best season, incredible era Rafael Nadal banks third US Open title × Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters tennis COMMENT COMMENTS Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters null September 11, 2017 SHARE Martina Hingis amazed by US Open doubles win, 25th Slam title Rafael Nadal has long been king of the Paris clay but he was just as dominant on New York hardcourt on Sunday as he collected grand slam title number 16 with a clinical demolition of Kevin Anderson in the US Open final.The Spaniard insists nothing comes easy to him on any court but scanning his list of grand slam final triumphs one would be hard-pressed to find anything more comprehensive than this 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 6-2 6-3 6-1 thrashing of Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros in June or the 6-1 6-3 6-0 win over Roger Federer in 2008 that earned him another of his 10 French Open crowns might have been more ruthless, but they were no more complete.While his battling South African opponent kept the contest from being a complete blowout, there was never a single moment when Nadal was under threat. Despite being one of biggest servers on the ATP Tour, Anderson was unable make a dent in Nadal’s defence and he managed not a single break point in his maiden grand slam final. “It was more the conundrum of playing Rafa as opposed to being in my first final,” said Anderson. “His competitiveness, consistency at that level. He never goes away.”Having captured his third US Open title, Nadal made it very clear to his rivals that he would indeed not be going away any time soon. And although he did not count it as one of his primary objectives, the 31-year-old did not dismiss the possibility of one day surpassing Federer’s grand slam haul of 19 titles.“I really don’t think much about these kind of things. I do my way, he does his way,” said Nadal. “I’m very happy with all the things that are happening to me, win this title again. I still have the passion and the love for the game. I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While these things keep happening, I will be here.“Well done for Roger that he is having an amazing season too and well done for me because I’m having a great season too. Let’s see what happens.”While women’s tennis produced two first-time grand slam winners this season, the old guard continued to rule supreme in the men’s game with Nadal and Federer sweeping the majors with two apiece.It marks the fourth time Nadal has won at least two major titles in a year and just the seventh time since tennis went professional in 1968 that a men’s grand slam final was contested by two players 30 and over.With Federer and Nadal fit again after battling last year’s injury woes and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic fighting their way back to fitness, the Big Four might well be back in business next season. “After them taking off most of last year to come back, winning all four grand slams was quite an achievement, regardless of how good they are,” said Anderson, who is also 31.“Looking at Rafa, just such a great competitor. He really makes you earn every single point. Roger, also. So it’s been a very interesting year on the grand slam front. Certainly will be very interesting to see what happens next year.” It marks the fourth time Nadal has won at least two major titles in a yearlast_img read more

Panathinaikos fends off Madrid (video)


first_imgIn a battle of EuroLeague titans, Panathinaikos Superfood Athens got back to its winning ways, pulling out an 88-82 win over Real Madrid in the Greek capital on Thursday night. Panathinaikos moved its record to 15-11 and improved its chances of qualifying for the playoffs, while Madrid dropped to 19-7 and missed its first chance to lock up home-court advantage in the playoffs. The teams traded baskets often and neither team held a lead bigger than 7 points until the final minute of the game. The Greens were ahead most of the night, but Madrid used an efficient start to the fourth quarter to take a 64-66 edge. That is when Chris Singleton and Mike James stepped up and restored the lead that the hosts held on to in the final minute. Singleton finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts, Mike James and James Feldeine netted 14 apiece, K.C. Rivers scored 1 and in his return from injury, James Gist scored 11 points in victory. Anthony Randolph was Madrid’s top scorer with 13 points and he pulled down 9 boards, Gustavo Ayon scored 12, while Luka Doncic, Othello Hunter and Sergio Llull scored 10 apiece in defeat.Panathinaikos got an early advantage with a three from Singleton and a three-point play by Gist. An alley-oop dunk by Gist opened an early 10-5 lead. After Llull nailed a jumper and a three-pointer to make it 13-14, Nick Calathes replied with a three of his own, and a three-point play by Singleton made it 14. Madrid played a lot of zone defense and did not allow the hosts to get into a rhythm. A floater by Calathes made it 21-19 after 10 minutes, and James hit a triple to push the margin to 26-19 early in the second. Madrid answered with a 0-7 run that included a three from Rudy Fernandez. A wide-open three from Jaycee Carroll gave Madrid a 33-35 edge, but Rivers had a three-pointer and a three-point play on back-to-back possession to restore the lead for the Greens, who went into halftime up 43-41. After the break, Rivers scored twice and Feldeine had a pair of baskets, including a steal that led to a fastbreak dunk and a 53-48 lead. Threes from Doncic and Randolph put Madrid back in front as the visitor took a 55-58 lead before Feldeine hit a triple at the buzzer to tie the game going into the final 10 minutes. The teams traded blows early in the fourth, and an alley-oop dunk from Hunter gave Madrid a 64-66 edge. But Nikos Pappas scored on a fast break, Singleton nailed a three-pointer and James scored a driving layup to give the Greens a 75-69 advantage . A triple from Fernandez got the visitors within 77-74, but James hit a three-pointer with 63 seconds remaining, and Singleton broke free for a dunk with 45 seconds left, making it 82-76 before him and Ioannis Bourousis sealed the deal from the free throw line.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passes away


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away this morning due to diabetic complications. He was 67 years old and is survived by his wife and daughter. Sarkar worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid 1990’s. He had earlier worked for Kolkata’s english daily Amrita Bazar Patrika and Northern India Patrika. He has briefly worked for Gujarat Samachar. Sarkar was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM. He has also covered events like Davis Cup, National Athletics meet. His last rites were performed at the Nigambodh Ghat. PTI KHS SSC KHS SSCSSClast_img read more

RESULTS: 70 percent of OSU fans now think Pokes will win 9+ games


first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 10 or more35 percent11 percent 827 percent27 percent 74 percent23 percent Pretty interesting, right?Expectations have been bumped greatly by the first three games even though OSU is still void of a really good starting QB. So basically expectations have been bumped because of the defense and probably because of that FSU game.I personally think OSU is going to go 6-3 in conference to finish 8-4 overall. That’s been my prediction from the beginning and I think the emergence of a great D and the de-emergence (?) of a QB cancel each other out making my expectations the same as they were in August.Here were the best comments.Drew: People voting 8 or more must have misread the question… It didn’t ask how many deep balls Daxx is going to throw against Tech.Nicholas D: The realist in me takes no pleasure in picking 8. I feel like we’ll lose to Baylor and OU and one of these: TCU, WVU, or KSU. I hope I’m wrong. The optimist in me thinks we’ll get 9.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. 933 percent20 percent 6 or fewer1 percent19 percent USATSI_8085135_154512258_lowresI did a poor job wording this question in relation to what I wanted to compare it to but on Tuesday I put out a poll about how many Big 12 games OSU would win this year.In order to compare it correctly to OKC Dave’s preseason poll, though, we need to look at total wins.That’s pretty easy of course given that everyone who took the poll knows that OSU already has two wins so I just added two wins to the answers to get a number that was comparable to Dave’s.For example, if you voted in my poll that OSU would win 8+ Big 12 games that means you think OSU is going to win 10+ regular season games given that two wins are already secure.If you voted in my poll that OSU would win six Big 12 games that means you think OSU is going to win eight regular season games.Let’s take a look at the results when looking at the entire season: Total wonNowBefore seasonlast_img read more

TFA European Development


first_imgIn line with Touch Football Australia’s direction to assist in the International Development of the Sport, National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey has returned from a development tour of Europe. Whilst in Europe, DC as he is commonly known, conducted a number of coaching courses in Germany, France, England and Scotland, with participants from these nations and also Belgium, Ireland, Wales, and Guernsey, training and accrediting over 100 new coaches. Participants included the likes of current Elite players and Presidents of the National Associtations. The courses will greatly assist in the development of coaches in these European Countries, which will further lead to the development of skills and the game overall.last_img read more

JCA to Host ‘Customs Meets the Community’ Forum on March 11


first_imgJamaicans, especially members of the Diaspora, are invited to participate in the first in a series of ‘Customs meets the Community-the Diaspora Online Edition’ forum on Monday, March 11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.The engagement is a Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) public education initiative designed to engage various stakeholders and clients on customs-related matters.The JCA’s Public Relations and Customer Service Director, LaDonna Manning, told JIS News that persons may participate via their electronic devices by logging onto any of the sites or social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) accessible at www.jacustoms.gov.jm, or through similar channels hosted by the Gleaner or Nationwide 90 FM.The session will be streamed live, thereby enabling persons to submit questions and have them answered immediately. Individuals can also tune in to the Jamaica News Network to watch the session.Panelists and resource persons slated to participate include representatives from the Ministries of Finance and the Public Service, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; National Education Trust; Health for life and Wellness Foundation; the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies; the Plant Quarantine Unit; the Veterinary Services Division; the Trade Board; and the JCA.Ms Manning said one of the initiative’s objectives is to provide a medium for stakeholder feedback.“We want to hear from them [about] the challenges that they might have, and also their recommendations as to how we, as an Agency, can serve them more effectively,” she pointed out.Ms. Manning indicated that the session will serve to inform, educate, and provide clarity on matters regarding charitable items being brought in, among other things.“Persons sometimes wish to send things to charities in Jamaica, but are unaware of the protocols. So this engagement should inform persons of the do’s and the don’ts,” she added.Ms. Manning further indicated that the session will inform members of the Diaspora wishing to return home, about the concessions available to them and the requisite steps to access these benefits.She assured that “persons can expect to leave the session better informed, better educated and much more comfortable doing business with the Agency”.“The JCA will continue to seek various ways to channel information to our customers, wherever they are, [and] to serve them as best we can, as we must continue to be customer-focused, transparent, professional and accountable,” Ms. Manning added.last_img read more

Children to Get National ID card at Age Six


first_img Under the National Identification System (NIDS) children will be registered at birth and given a National Identification Number (NIN) and an identification card at age six. Story Highlights Under the National Identification System (NIDS) children will be registered at birth and given a National Identification Number (NIN) and an identification card at age six.Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, noted that all children six years old and above will be required to have a national identification card. The first card will be issued free of cost to parents or guardians.“Section 25.2 of the (National Identification and Registration) law provides for the national ID to be free of cost, so there is going to be no cost to the citizen to get the national ID. When you get your national ID, you’re going to be receiving two things. You’re getting a national identification number, which we refer to as the NIN and you get your national identification card,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart said.She was speaking at a NIDS town hall meeting held recently at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.National identification cards will also have renewal dates based on the age of the holder.“We’re going to have to renew our cards, so between ages zero and 18, the requirement is that you renew every five years. From 18 to 60 years, the renewal period is every 10 years and for those over 60 years, it will be every 15 years. The younger you are the more often you have to renew because your facial image changes, so that’s the basis on which that decision was taken,” she explained.Following the implementation of NIDS, Jamaican citizens and legal residents will require only one ID to access government and private-sector services. This is to ensure the safety and the security of their identities, boost efficiency and reduce costs, while improving quality of life.The roll-out of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants. The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services. Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, noted that all children six years old and above will be required to have a national identification card. The first card will be issued free of cost to parents or guardians. “Section 25.2 of the (National Identification and Registration) law provides for the national ID to be free of cost, so there is going to be no cost to the citizen to get the national ID. When you get your national ID, you’re going to be receiving two things. You’re getting a national identification number, which we refer to as the NIN and you get your national identification card,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart said.last_img read more

Empire Navigation In for Up to 8 MRs at Hyundai Mipo


first_imgzoomImage by WMN Greek shipowner Empire Navigation is reportedly bolstering its Medium Range (MR) tanker fleet with up to eight newbuildings.According to Fearnleys’ weekly report, the company has placed an order for four 50,000 dwt MRs with Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.Under the deal, Empire has options to boost its order to eight units. The shipbroker did not disclose any price details, however, the firm MR quartet is set for delivery in 2020, the report said.World Maritime News is yet to receive a comment on the order from the Greek shipowner.Hyundai Mipo has been tied to an order for four 1,800 continerships from Nissen Kaiun. The ships are scheduled for completion in 2019, the shipbroker added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Exercise Caution in Flooding Cleanup


first_img After the water recedes, homeowners are encouraged to check on-site septic systems and contact the local environment office if it is not working. Homeowners should also ensure oil tanks are secure. Anyone in need of financial assistance to meet basic needs can apply for income assistance by contacting the local Community Services office. Requests are assessed on an individual basis to determine need. If a person is not eligible, staff can advise of other community supports that may help. Mr. Landry applauded the efforts of local responders. “I want to commend all of the municipal and provincial support staff, as well as the emergency first responders, for their professional and compassionate handling of this event. They planned well and were prepared,” he said. In the coming days, information on the extent of the damages caused by the storm will be gathered. For more details on flood clean up and safety, visit http://emo.gov.ns.ca . The province is urging residents to make safety the priority as waters recede, roads are repaired, bridges inspected and clean-up efforts continue today, Sept. 11, in Colchester County. “Monday was a tough day for Truro residents. I saw that for myself,” said Ross Landry, Minister for Emergency Management. “As the premier said this morning, the province will meet soon with municipal officials and experts to develop an action plan that addresses the growing issue of flooding in central Nova Scotia.” There have been no new reports today of flooding in the Truro area, and many roads reopening. Residents are advised to check road conditions before travelling. “Please be careful today and continue to help each other as everyone works to clean up properties and communities,” said Mr. Landry. All provincial beaches, day-use and camping parks will reopen by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, with two exceptions. The Shubenacadie wildlife Park will reopen at its regular 9 a.m. time, and McNabs Island Provincial Park will be inspected by Department of Natural Resources staff. Updates will be provided at www.novascotiaparks.ca . EMO is reminding homeowners and residents: To contact insurance agents as soon as possible if there has been damage. Make a list and photograph or videotape all damages and items that had to be discarded Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as time spent cleaning, and keep copies of all invoices and receipts Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker panels until they have been checked by local utilities. Arrange for qualified workers to reconnect gas, pump or electrical supplies Leave and contact the gas company immediately if there is a smell of gas Rinse away contamination inside the home and dispose of the rinse water Clean and dry out the house and salvageable possessions as quickly as possible Household items contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations Some food that has come into contact with flood water must be discarded. Canned food can be cleaned. First, remove labels, then clean cans using a mixture of one tablespoon of bleach to one litre of water. Then label clean cans with a marker. Throw out any cans that are bulging, damaged or opened. Homeowners with private wells for drinking water should test the supply and not drink the water until they are certain it is safe to drink. Test kits are available at the Department of Environment district offices. The department is working with municipalities to have test kits available at municipal offices.last_img read more

Louisbourg Comes to Government House


first_imgPeople will have a chance to listen to unique insights about the Fortress of Louisbourg at the next event at Government House in Halifax, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. A.J.B. Johnston, author and former Parks Canada historian at the Fortress of Louisbourg, will share his knowledge of the fortress and insights into the people and events that helped shape the history of Nova Scotia. Mr. Johnston’s presentation, Louisbourg and the Twists of Time, is part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Evenings at Government House free public event series, which celebrates civic and cultural excellence in the province. “As North America’s largest historic reconstruction project, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a treasure trove for anyone with an interest in history,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “I invite everyone to join Mrs. Grant and me for this fascinating evening at Government House.” Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca or call 424-7001 for more information.last_img read more

Boston Tree Marks Halifax Explosions 100th Anniversary


first_imgIn the 100th anniversary year of the Halifax Explosion, Nova Scotia’s annual Christmas tree gift to Boston is coming from Cape Breton. The tree is given as part of the annual thank you to Boston for the help the city sent Nova Scotia after the 1917 devastation of north-end Halifax. Bob and Marion Campbell and their family from Blues Mills in Inverness Co., are this year’s tree donors. “This annual tradition represents our ongoing gratitude to Boston for their assistance in our time of great need, a century ago,” said Margaret Miller, Minister of Natural Resources. “I thank the Campbell family for their generous donation of their beautiful tree which will become our provincial Christmas gift to Boston in this special anniversary year.” The 16-metre (53 feet) white spruce will be celebrated at a public cutting ceremony beginning at the Campbell’s property at 10:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This is the first private donation of a Boston tree from Cape Breton. Last year’s tree was taken from Crown land in the same county. In 1917, Boston sent medical personnel and supplies when nearly 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more left injured and homeless by the historic Halifax Explosion. “This tree represents something very special to our province and its relationship with Boston,” said Mr. Campbell. “We have been blessed to have a tree worthy of donation in recognition of the speedy and compassionate response by the people of Boston to the Halifax explosion. “Our family is thrilled to be part of the Nova Scotia tradition of honouring Boston’s relief efforts especially on the 100th anniversary of this tragic event.” Several hundred school children will attend the tree-cutting ceremony from the Whycocomagh Education Centre, the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School, and the Inverness Education Centre. The minister will be joined by Chief Rod Googoo and Tiny Cremo of Waycobah First Nation, television meteorologist Cindy Day and Santa Claus. There will be a performance of traditional Mi’kmaw drumming by We’koqma’qewiskwa, a drum group from the Waycobah First Nation. Cape Breton fiddler Kyle MacDonald will also perform. After the ceremony, the tree will be trucked to Halifax. At the Grand Parade, 1790 Argyle St., at Halifax City Hall, there will be a final public farewell at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The province will then transport the tree 1,117 kilometres to Boston. For more information and important dates regarding the Tree for Boston, visit www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston . and follow Tree for Boston on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

BJP urges Baijal to intervene as AAP govt stops funding to 28


first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta urged Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to direct the AAP government to withdraw its directive to stop the funding of 28 DU colleges, fully or partly funded by it. Gupta, leader of opposition in the Delhi assembly, met Baijal along with a delegation of National Democratic Teachers Front (NDTF).The delegation submitted a memorandum to the LG requesting him to direct deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to withdraw his letter dated April 16 to the Secretary, Higher Education stating that no funds should be given to the 28 colleges till they form their governing bodies. Gupta claimed that the LG assured them that he would take up the matter with the Delhi government to resolve the impasse at the earliest. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarFollowing Sisodia’s letter to the Delhi University vice-chancellor, on 23 April, the varsity wrote to the Directorate of Higher Education asking it to finalise the names to be nominated for the governing bodies of the colleges. Responding to the letter, Sisodia said the university should have sent at least 400 names to the panel instead of just 188. He also asked whether the names were cleared by the varsity’s executive council and advised that the term of the existing governing bodies be extended. A total of 12 colleges of the varsity including the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College and the Maharaja Agrasen College are fully-funded by the Delhi government. On Thursday, a DU official said that the Delhi government has to first shortlist the names and send them back to the varsity which will then be vetted by the University’s EC.last_img read more

4 Indian crew of Iran oil tanker freed on bail without charge


first_imgLondon: Four Indian nationals arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into an Iranian oil supertanker seized off the Spanish coast last week have been freed on bail without charge, the Royal Gibraltar Police said on Saturday. The local force for Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, said the investigation was going on and the oil tanker Grace 1 remains in detention. “All four crew members of the Grace 1 arrested by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP)have been bailed without charge,” an RGP spokesperson said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”The investigation is still ongoing and the Grace 1 continues detained under the provisions of the Sanctions Regulations 2019 which are born out of the Sanctions Act 2019,” the spokesperson said. The Master, or captain, and the Chief Officer of the vessel were arrested on Thursday and two Second Officers were arrested on Friday as a consequence of the investigation into the suspected breach of European Union (EU) sanctions on Syria. All four Indian nationals have now been granted “police bail with conditions”. The local police had earlier said that the crew members had been granted full legal assistance, telephone contact with their families and access to their consular authorities.last_img read more

BC government says demand safety behind longawaited riding hailing plan


first_imgVICTORIA — Ride-hailing companies could begin operations in British Columbia by next fall under legislation introduced today.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says the government’s bill strikes a balance between meeting consumer demand and protecting public safety.Among other things, the bill would give the Passenger Transportation Board the power to accept applications and set terms and conditions for licences covering taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.It would also set rates and determine the number and coverage areas of the services.The legislation would see the creation of a legislative committee to review and make changes to the system as well.Green Leader Andrew Weaver says the NDP’s bill is a step forward, but he questions why the government has chosen to require driver training and class five licences rather than class four, which he says have been used successfully in Quebec.Trevena says the experience of other jurisdictions has been used to develop British Columbia’s legislation, which is aimed at preventing gridlock, maintaining ridership on public transit, and reducing accidents caused by unsafe or inexperienced drivers.Vancouver is one of the few major cities in Canada that does not permit ride-hailing.The New Democrats, Liberals and Greens promised to bringing in ride-hailing during the 2017 provincial election campaign.An all-party committee of the legislature made 32 recommendations last February to help pave the way for ride-hailing.The report highlighted five key areas that needed to be considered when establishing regulations for the industry including pricing, insurance, licensing, and public safety. The committee also recommended updating legislation that regulates the taxi industry to “allow for equitable and fair competition.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ramadan Group Calls on Tourists not to wear Bikinis on Moroccos


Rabat – On the third day of Ramadan, a group of young Moroccan surfers launched a campaign with a view to prevent foreign tourists on a beach in Agadir from wearing bikinis during the holy month of Ramadan.The group displayed big posters on the beach that read “Respect Ramadan, no bikinis.”“It seems that a number of Moroccans do not appreciate that that there is a separation between their personal life and the lives or choices or others,” a local resident who works in the tourism sector told MWN on the condition of anonymity. “It should remain so, especially when it comes to tourists who visit Morocco and contribute to the economy of the country,” he added.“This kind of initiative might discourage those tourists willing to visit Morocco from booking their flights, further deepening the crisis in the Moroccan tourism industry,” he concluded.In an interview with the Moroccan weekly magazine Finance News on June 11, the Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad said that the tourism sector is facing one of its most serious crises in two decades due to the political instability affecting North Africa and the Middle East. read more

Religious dialogue needed to promote mutual understanding – Ban


Faith communities have a crucial role to play in fostering mutual understanding and in promoting consensus on common values and aspirations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message addressed to the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid.“There have been few periods in history when the need for dialogue among world religions has been greater,” Mr. Ban said in the message to mark the three-day event in the Spanish capital, which is bringing together more than 200 religious leaders, politicians, academics and others from around the world.While many conflicts appear to be rooted in religion, Mr. Ban said, they often have their origins in political rivalries, territorial ambitions or competition for natural resources.“This unique gathering of religious leaders can help debunk the dangerous myth that religion, even when properly understood, inspires violence,” he said.The Secretary-General called for action in three areas.“First, we should reach out to young people, particularly those who feel alienated and powerless, and who, having lost faith in the future, are often vulnerable to extremist ideologies,” he said.Secondly, Mr. Ban said that the role of religious leaders as peacebuilders had to be reinforced.“From Indonesia to Sierra Leone, from Nigeria to El Salvador, from Kosovo to Sudan, religious leaders have played and continue to play a prominent role in helping to initiate dialogue between warring parties, in providing emotional and spiritual support to communities affected by conflict, and in facilitating the process of reconciliation,” he stressed.Finally, he called for the creation of platforms for engaging religious leaders at the international level, citing the example of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, which, with several UN agencies, is promoting partnership and frank discussion of cross-cultural concerns. 16 July 2008Faith communities have a crucial role to play in fostering mutual understanding and in promoting consensus on common values and aspirations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message addressed to the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid. read more