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Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar finishes 5th at Indonesian Masters

first_imgIndia’s Gaganjeet Bhullar fired five-under-par 67 in the final round to finish fifth at the Indonesian Masters golf tournament on Sunday.Bhullar, who won his sixth Asian Tour title last week, finished with a total of 12-under-par 276 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.He ended his campaign six shots behind the champion, Poom Saksansin of Thailand, who also fired a 67 on the final day to win his first Asian Tour title with a total of 18-under-par 270.Saksansin cruised to a comfortable five-shot victory and Thai teenagers Phachara Khongwatmai (68) and Suradit Yongcharoenchai (68) — both aged 17 — and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura (70) had to settle for the tied second place at the $750,000 Asian Tour event.The 28-year-old Bhullar, meanwhile, found 14 fairways and 18 greens in regulation but was let down by a cold putter where he negotiated the greens in 31 putts. (Ganganjeet Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea)”A 62 was definitely out there. I’m pretty happy the way I played after winning last week. This course is one of my favourites on the Asian Tour,” the Indian said after his round.”I played well for three days. Today was in the first in a long time that I hit 14 fairways and 18 greens. I’m glad that I was in contention during the week. There’s a lot of positives I can take out from the last two weeks,” he added.S. Chikkarangappa, the other Indian in the fray, also scored 67 in the final round to finish joint sixth with a total of 277. Lee Chieh-Po of Taipei was also at the joint sixth spot with a final round of 68.advertisement”I’m happy with how I finished. I must take the result however it comes. I’m playing really solid. Sometimes luck is not on your side but it doesn’t mean that I should be disappointed with that. I’m happy with how I’m playing,” Chikkarangappa said.”I learnt how to play in the tough conditions. Now I’m used to it so when there is a rain delay no matter what, I will make sure it doesn’t distract me. I’ll stay focussed and not blame the weather. I can take out a lot of positives from this week.”Saksansin held a two-shot lead at the start of the day and stayed ahead of the chasing pack by shooting six birdies against one bogey.The 23-year-old, who won his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in Malaysia last year, showed no signs of nerves when he made the turn in 34 shots before tightening his grip on the pole position with three straight birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12.Dropping only two shots in 72 holes, Saksansin played solid golf throughout the week and stayed calm under pressure when a host of players briefly threatened his lead early in the round.”It feels great to be a champion. I just tried not to make bogeys today. Anything in the red numbers was good enough for me. Honestly, I was only hoping to make enough money to keep my Asian Tour card. This victory exceeded my expectations,” he said.”I didn’t get into trouble in the first place so that’s why I only dropped two shots this week. My putting really saved me as well. My family will be very happy that I won, it also proves that I can play among the best players.”The victory earned him $135,000 which moved him from 101st to 21st position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.last_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja fined 50 per cent of match fee for damaging pitch

first_imgIndia all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee and has also received three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day’s play in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore on Sunday. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened | SCORECARD)Jadeja was found to have breached Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “causing avoidable damage to the pitch during an international match.” (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)In accordance with Article 7.3 of the revised Code, which came into effect on September 22, in addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.2.11, three demerit points have been added to Jadeja’s disciplinary record.Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Jadeja reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, his demerit points will be converted into, at least, two suspension points which will equate to a ban from his next match or matches. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.The incident happened during India’s first innings when Jadeja, after previously receiving two informal and one official warnings, infringed the protected area for the fourth time and damaged it.Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.advertisementThe charge was levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Bruce Oxenford, both from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, third umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin and fourth official Nitin Menon.last_img read more

Injured Chamara Kapugedera doubtful for fourth ODI vs India

first_imgSri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera is in doubt for the fourth ODI of the ongoing five-match series against India after aggravating a back injury.Kapugedera had been nursing a stiff back before the third ODI which India won comfortably by six wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.The right-handed batsman has not trained since Sunday’s game and a decision on his availability will be taken by Wednesday.”I was talking to the physio and he hasn’t been ruled out quite yet,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sri Lanka cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha as saying of Kapugedara.”He’s being treated. Only five or six guys are training tonight, so anyway we gave him a break. We’ll most probably look at it tomorrow (Wednesday) at training tomorrow afternoon. If he doesn’t train tomorrow then definitely he is out,” he added.The 30-year-old, if ruled out of Thursday’s match, will become the fifth batsman to become unavailable for the hosts.Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out with a shoulder strain while regular skipper Upul Tharanga has been suspended due to a slow over rate.Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was brought into the squad ahead of the third ODI, has been ruled out with a fractured finger while wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera and batting all-rounder Asela Gunaratne had earlier also been ruled out of the series with injury.last_img read more

The Future of Touch in Brisbane

first_imgThis new organisation will leverage the professional competition administration practices already in place at BMTA and Redcliffe and will remove the duplications between the organisations.Information sessions will be held to provide all of the details regarding this development opportunity. To find out the venues, dates and times for these sessions and to read the complete article, please download the following document. Related Filesmemobrisbanetouch-pdflast_img

Iowa Player’s Father Has A Great Story About Ohio State Fans He Encountered

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The college football bowl season is nearly at its end. Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff national title game on Monday night – their third meeting in the title game in the past four years.With the end of the bowl season upon us, a great story came from an Iowa fan about how a rival fan-base treated him. Perry Hesse, the father of Iowa linebacker Parker Hesse, was in Florida to watch his son play in the Outback Bowl against Mississippi State on New Year’s Day.Hesse said he encountered an Ohio State fan at the resort in Florida, and despite the tense history between Ohio State and Iowa, the Buckeyes fan could not have been nicer.Our resort neighbor was a huge Ohio State fan. Played nice all week and cheered for us in Bowl game. When he left, gave us 2 beach chairs and a bottle of Jack Daniels. So now I’m feeling guilty, can’t sleep, and staring at ceiling thinking Toren Young didn’t need to add late TD.— Perry Hesse (@perry_hesse) January 4, 2019Iowa and Ohio State both found wins on New Year’s Day. The Hawkeyes took down No. 18 Mississippi State by a final score of 27-22, while the Buckeyes survived a late scare by Washington to win 28-23.last_img read more

MPA Singapore Revokes Pegasus Maritimes Bunker Licence

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker craft operator licence of Pegasus Maritime with effect from July 16, 2018.The company underwent MPA’s checks earlier this year as part the ongoing efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore.The authority’s investigations revealed that Pegasus had allowed an unlicensed craft operator to use its bunker craft to make bunker deliveries. Given the severity of the breaches, MPA has decided to revoke Pegasus’ bunker craft operator licence.The port authority said that Pegasus will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.last_img read more

Making Nova Scotia A Safer Place To Live

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office, through the national Joint Emergency Preparedness Program, is helping Nova Scotia be better prepared to respond in a time of crisis. JEPP is a program cost-shared by the federal and municipal governments to provide a uniform level of emergency preparedness across Canada. EMO administers the program for Nova Scotia, and assists government departments, municipalities and First Nations in identifying projects that qualify for funding. This year, 24 Nova Scotia municipalities are sharing more than $215,000 in funding for projects such as water and ice rescue equipment, emergency generators, upgrades to communications equipment and the development of emergency plans. “EMO is committed to working with all our partners to strengthen emergency preparedness in Nova Scotia,” said Emergency Management Minister Ramona Jennex. “It is programs like this that make Nova Scotia a safer place to live.” JEPP is administered at the federal level by Public Safety Canada. EMO is the sole agency authorized to process applications and claims, and enter negotiations with the federal government about the program. For more information on JEPP and a list of the projects receiving funding for 2010-11, visit the EMO website at: read more

Medal of Bravery Nominations Open

first_img For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at 902-424-5941, e-mail or visit . Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6. Nova Scotians can show their appreciation for people who have put themselves at risk to protect the life or property of others. Nominations are open for Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery. This is the fifth year for the award. “This award is our opportunity to thank everyday heroes for their extraordinary courage and selflessness,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “If you know someone who deserves to be recognized, please take the time to nominate them.” Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres, offices of members at the legislative assembly and at The deadline to nominate a Nova Scotian for the award is May 1. An advisory panel, chaired by retired vice-admiral Duncan Miller, will select the recipients. Other committee members are: CEO of the Emergency Management Office deputy minister of Justice Nova Scotia Fire Marshall president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association commander of Land Force Atlantic Area Ann MacLean, former mayor, Town of New Glasgow Paul Pettipas, CEO Nova Scotia Home Builders Association last_img read more

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini Visits Refugees In Jordan

first_imgUNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, visiting refugee camps and cities in Jordan, said he felt strongly for the young people whose lives have been affected by war in Syria.Khaled Hosseini visits a Syrian refugee family in Jordan.Credit/Copyright: UNHCR/J.MatasHosseini, a former Afghan refugee who visited Jordan last week, spent time in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps talking to teenagers and young adults about how they are coping with such dramatic changes to their lives. They included students, those living with disability, musicians and artists, many of whom have had their studies interrupted. Some now serve their community through cultural and educational outreach programmes.“What has struck me is the immense tragedy of their arrested development,” the best-selling author said. “No one is born a refugee, no one is born a war victim, no one wants to live as either of those things. When these young people were forced to flee the country that they love so fervently they were at the peak of their lives, when a young person wants to be productive and carve out a career and a future for themselves.”Hosseini added that the young people he met “do not want to be a burden, they are trying their very best to maintain the course of their lives the best they can. It is a universal human need to have dignity and feel useful. It is an ordinary human desire that is being put through an extraordinary test.”The Goodwill Ambassador also said the situation in Syria seemed to have “really unravelled” since he last visited refugees, last year in northern Iraq. “Just talking to people here there is little sense that they have hope of going home anytime soon, little sense that this war is coming to an end.”During his three-day visit to Jordan last week, Hosseini also met families in urban areas benefitting from UNHCR’s Lifeline Appeal – a package of support including helpline advice, home visits and innovative cash assistance that identifies and protects the most vulnerable Syrian refugees living in Jordan and aims to keep refugees from resorting to making high risk survival decisions.Using iris-scanning biometrics to prevent fraud, the cash assistance programme is the most effective and efficient way of supporting refugees. It also empowers refugees, restores dignity, helps the local economy and improves relationships between the host community and the refugees.Jordan is host to more than 625,000 refugees, 84 per cent of whom live in urban areas where they struggle to survive.For videos, photos, stories from Hosseini’s visit to Jordan please go to more information on the Lifeline appeal please go to read more


first_imgCanadian magician Celeste Evans, a headstrong entertainer whose trailblazing career took her around the world during an era that largely discouraged such female independence, has died.The B.C.-born illusionist was largely self-taught and loved to perform, despite facing huge hurdles in an industry dominated by men, said her daughter Evanna Brening from her home in North Carolina.Brening said her mother died of old age on July 25 in Charlotte, N.C. She was 85. Celeste Evans, a rare female magician who launched a globe-trotting career in a field dominated by men, has died. (EVANNA EVANS / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Login/Register With: “She was completely something different,” said the 47-year-old Brening, who joined her mother onstage once she learned to juggle at age seven.“When we would go to the conventions we would tell the young kids: ‘Find your niche, don’t be somebody else, find out who you are and create a character around that.’ And that’s what my mother did, she created a character around what God gave her.” Advertisement Facebook A curvy brunette with Jane Russell looks, Evans offered a uniquely feminine take on a craft that generally relegated women to the sidelines. She began seriously training in the late ‘40s and performing in the early ‘50s.And it didn’t take long to establish a globe-trotting career that was in part, Brening admitted, fuelled by her good looks and penchant for racy Rockette-style costumes.“The women before her were more (often) wearing men’s suit jackets or these big dresses where they can still hide things. Then my mom comes along and the magicians to this day do not know where she hid her birds. She produced eight to 12 doves wearing a strapless, sleeveless gown.”Toronto-based magician Julie Eng said she grew up hearing about Evans as a kid in Victoria, B.C. She met her for the first time in 2010 at a magic conference in Chicago.Eng was ushered into performing by her magician father, but said she couldn’t help but be inspired by Evans.“She was astounding to me. She’s a stunning lady and she was very confident, very feminine, very strong and yet incredibly elegant and really held her own,” said Eng, also executive director of the arts organization Magicana.“Women in magic today is nothing like it was for her. She cut the path.”Evans was born in White Rock, B.C. on Dec. 31, 1931.She caught the magic bug at age nine when she came across a couple of boys doing tricks at the beach. They were throwing knots into silks that would then disappear and she immediately wanted to try it herself. But they dismissed her.“So she said to them, ‘I will learn magic and I will become famous for this,’” said Brening.“For years (afterwards) they had always tried to get her to be their assistant and she vowed at that time, ‘I will never be your assistant, I will never be anybody’s assistant.’ And she never was.”Evans bought a magic book by selling berries to tourists. She made her own props and mastered the knot trick. It would become her opening trick for some 60 years, said Brening.“She still could do that trick even days before she died,” Brening added.As her career grew Evans moved to Vancouver, then Montreal, then Toronto and then New York. It was there she reinvented herself as a svelte performer that would mix glamour with magic, shedding 40 pounds so she could shimmy into dazzling costumes for a stage show unlike any other, said Brening.Over the course of her career she would entertain logging camps in Alaska, Canadian troops in Korea, Playboy clubs in Chicago, and tour throughout Asia. Brening said she performed for kings and queens and headlined her own Las Vegas show in 1962.It wasn’t easy. Discrimination came from fellow male magicians, some of whom resented her success, added Brening.“So the rumours started flying about her, just nasty, nasty rumours. She had to overcome that.”Evans wed her booking agent in December 1962 but married life did not slow her down, said Brening.She continued performing during her first pregnancy and was onstage the day before she went into premature labour.Brening arrived a year later via caesarean section, and just two weeks later, Evans was back performing, a girdle holding in staples that ran down her stomach.Brening credited her mother with instilling in her a confidence to tackle anything she desires.“If somebody told her, ‘You can’t do it,’ she’d prove them wrong,” said Brening, who became a nurse who performs the odd magic trick for her patients.“She changed the face of magic for women today. There were women magicians before her but none like her.”Evans is predeceased by Harry Breyn and Herbert E. Mitchell. She leaves behind Brening, son Evan Breyn, and two grandchildren. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

RBI’s revised rules for resolution of stressed assets likely before May 23

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: The Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha polls is unlikely to have any bearing on issuance of a revised framework for resolution of stressed assets by the Reserve Bank and the guidelines are expected to be announced before May 23, sources said. Against the backdrop of the Supreme Court quashing an RBI circular, issued on February 12, 2018, a revised set of rules is under works and would be released soon, they said. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had quashed the RBI’s February 12 circular on stressed loan recognition and resolution of large borrowers over Rs 2,000 crore, terming it as “ultra vires”. “The model code of conduct exempts RBI’s monetary policy. It is unlikely to attract any action if the RBI issues the revised (February 12) circular,” sources said. They said the central bank is in very advanced stage and the revised circular should be out before declaration of general elections result. The counting for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections will take place on May 23. The RBI is looking into all the concerns raised by various stakeholders including banks and power sector companies and may look to tweak the circular without diluting it completely so that the momentum towards resolution of stressed assets is not affected, sources said. The February 12 circular had mandated banks to refer an NPA account for insolvency proceedings in case a resolution is not found within 180 days. This was for accounts where the outstanding dues was at least Rs 2,000 crore. Under the RBI norms, an account is classified as a non performing asset (NPA) if it is not serviced for 90 days. Sources said various options are being explored for rejigging the NPA framework. One of the options is giving 30-60 days more time in addition to existing 90 days before initiating resolution process for stressed accounts, they added. While the 90-day period for recognising an account as NPA would remain, the central bank would be looking at providing more leeway for the entities concerned to repay the loans, they said. Sources said that providing additional time for repayment would help in mitigating hardships faced by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to some extent. In a report last year, the government had favoured additional 180 days to be provided for resolution of 34 stressed power projects with a view to avoiding potential value erosion of operating plants. The Supreme Court quashed the circular following a petition filed by around 70 stressed companies from the power, shipping and textiles sectors. A parliamentary panel was among the critics of the now impugned circular. “Although the new guidelines have been termed as harmonised and simplified generic framework, yet they are far from being so,” the standing committee on energy said in its report tabled in Parliament last year.last_img read more

Congress has degraded election campaign: Gadkari

first_imgNew Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday accused the Congress party of bringing down the level of the election campaign by diverting from the issue of development. Talking to the media here, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said: “The election should have been fought on the work done by the BJP-led NDA government. But the Congress had brought down the level of the election campaign by abusing the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi).” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He said in total, the Prime Minister has been abused 56 times. Taking a jibe at the NYAY scheme of the Congress, Gadkari said the party which could not eliminate poverty in its 60-year rule was now talking of eliminating poverty with the NYAY scheme. Gadkari said the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government launched several schemes for the poor including the Ujjwala Yojana. Crediting his government for focusing on development in its five-year term, Gadkari said it was the NDA government which worked on cleaning the Ganga and building roads from two km per day to 30 km per day. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Replying to a question on the Congress blaming the BJP for Rajiv Gandhi’s death, Gadkari said that instead of blaming the saffron party, the Congress should know when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, there was a Congress-led government at the Centre. “How can the BJP be held responsible,” Gadkari asked. Finance Miniter Arun Jaitley also attacked the Congress over remarks of its leaders against the BJP concerning “assassination of Rajiv Gandhi”. “From December 1990 till May 1991, when Shri Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated, the Congress Party supported Chandra Shekhar government was in power. From May 1991 till 2004, the Congress blamed its present ally the DMK for Shri Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. It even withdrew support from the United Front government on this ground. 28 years later, today a desperate Congress has discovered” BJP role,” he said in tweets. “The Kaamda’s use India’s Naval assets to strike at terror. The Naamdars use them for personal vacations with family and in-laws,” he said in another attack on Congress following Prime Minister Narendera Modi’s allegation that Rajiv Gandhi had used aircraft carrier INS Viraat and its personnel for vacations with his foreigner in-laws.last_img read more

New UN working group on sport pushes for child protection and education

“It is a massive achievement to see this inter-governmental body now part of the UN system,” said Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, after the meeting yesterday in Geneva.The International Working Group was launched at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and became part of the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) following the 2008 Games in Beijing. It is designed to promote and support the adoption of policies and programmes by national governments to use sport as a medium to achieve peace and development objectives, specifically the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which world leaders agreed to try to reach by 2015.“It is very important that governments are engaged in implementing sports policies that benefit our children and youth,” Mr. Lemke added.Representatives from 50 countries and various UN agencies, including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), met in Geneva to discuss child protection in sport. They also discussed the uses of sport to strengthen child and youth education, and sport to enhance transferable skills and employment opportunities. 6 May 2010A new addition to the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace office has held its inaugural meeting with dozens of government representatives agreeing to cooperate on using sport to support children and youth development. read more

Countries must do more to resettle refugees UN agency says

At present, only a small number of countries are participating in the resettlement schemes of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the number of available resettlement places has not kept pace with increased submissions to the agency. For this year, UNHCR predicts that 747,000 people worldwide need to move to third countries, while that number surpasses 800,000 – a record high – for 2011. However, the annual quotas set by nations offering to resettle refugees have remained unchanged at 80,000 slots. “We need to act,” said High Commissioner António Guterres. “I strongly hope more countries will establish resettlement programmes or increase resettlement opportunities.” He stressed that “this is all the more important since new crises continue to displace more people while old conflicts are failing to resolve.” UNHCR said that for many refugees, starting their lives anew in third countries is the only way to find lasting safety and a permanent home. Although voluntary repatriation remains the preferred solution among most of refuges, protracted conflict or fear of persecution prevent them from returning to their home countries. A UNHCR report released last month found that with major conflicts in Afghanistan and Somalia among those showing no signs of being resolved, the number of refugees voluntarily returning to their home countries last year plummeted to their lowest levels in two decades. More than 80 per cent of the world’s refugees live in developing countries where many cannot remain safely and have no possibility of integrating into the local population. This year’s annual talks on resettlement bringing together governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UNHCR kicked off today in Geneva. Sweden tops the list of 13 European countries taking in refugees in need of resettlement, with an annual quota of 1,900. Last September, UNHCR welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to set up a Joint European Union Resettlement Programme. Currently, 90 per cent of all refugees resettled every year are accepted by the United States, Canada and Australia, while only 6 per cent go to Europe. Last year, UNHCR presented the cases of more than 128,000 refugees who were in need of resettled, of whom the agency assisted 84,000 start new lives in third countries. According to national statistics, 19 countries reported that they had admitted 112,400 resettled refugees either with or without UNHCR’s help. The US took in the largest number at 80,000. 6 July 2010With more than 800,000 refugees estimated to require resettlement in third countries in the coming years, the United Nations refugee agency is calling for countries to allow in more people – who cannot return to their home nations – to begin new lives. read more

Hamilton Police raise Pride flag

Updated:Pride Week has kicked off in Hamilton with a ceremony at the central police station, where for the first time, Hamilton Police have raised the Pride flag to show their support.It was just after 9:30 this morning the historic moment came for the force and the city’s LGBT community. Chief Glenn De Caire alongside Deirdre Pike, a social planner and community activist sent the rainbow flag up to stay for the duration of Hamilton’s pride week.It’s a very important symbol and police say they are pleased to have it fly outside of their station, making them the third service in Ontario to raise it for Pride Week. It promotes the principles of equality and dignity for all.Even though Canadians are becoming more open and accepting, there are still people who experience violence, assault and verbal abuse because of their gender and sexual orientation. Chief De Caire spoke about their hate crime analysis during the ceremony today.“There were 121 hate bias incidents that took place, and 15 of those were based on a person’s sexual orientation. And 15 is 15 too many.”“For the Hamilton Police service when it comes to hate crime, our position is very clear: it is jail time, every time.”Police ask that you call 911 if you do experience a hate crime and that a detective from their specific unit targeting those offences will take the case.All event details can be found at Hamilton Pride’s website.Additional video: Morning Live coverage of the event read more

Nearly 1000 Afghans fleeing their homes daily warns UN relief wing

According to a report compiled in April and newly released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the main humanitarian story of the year is the very large number of people fleeing from their homes to save their lives, with about 118,000 on the move in the first four months of the year.Specifically in Kunduz, OCHA said springtime in the north eastern province “has been tragically filled with conflict and suffering,” leading to an extraordinary displacement of more than 22,400 people. Civilians appear to be caught in the cross-fire between a “spring offensive” launched by non-State actors and subsequent countermeasures put in motion by Government forces.Fleeing for their lives, 14, 000 people were forced from Kunduz city to remote areas where the conflict is most active. The insecure environment and access constraints created severe challenges in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.As the violence continued after mid-April, families were forced to flee and seek safety with family members and neighbours who opened their doors to offer a haven in the midst of chaos. “When we conducted the initial needs assessments, as many as six families were living in one house,” reported Syed Zaheer, OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer, who helped lead the joint assessment mission.The security situation in Kunduz province continued to rapidly deteriorate, OCHA said. And as displacement swelled, aid agencies prioritized urgent humanitarian assistance to the 7,000 displaced people, however in many cases one of the biggest challenges is access to reaching the most vulnerable families in need. According to the report, as the battle raged on for territorial control in all seven districts of Kunduz province, families were further displaced to more remote and insecure areas where humanitarian agencies continue to struggle to gain access.Although physical access to displaced families remains a challenge due to IEDs, military operations and road closures, humanitarian agencies managed to deliver much needed food, nutritional support, emergency shelter, non-food items (NFIs) and health care. “The displaced families in Kunduz have endured repeated suffering – some displaced two and three times – raising their vulnerability,” explained OCHA Head of Sub-Office, Gift Chatora. “We have seen the detrimental consequences when displaced families are inaccessible to humanitarian assistance, children miss out on education, nutrition and basic health care while parents lose their livelihoods and means to provide for their families.” read more

DOMINATION Vive Tauron Kielce win 14th trophy in Polish Cup

The Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce won’t have chance to save trophy in COlogne this year, but they successfully doing that on domestic level. There was no question about better team in Polish Cup Final, in which team from Kielce won their 14th trophy.Orlen Wisła Płock – Vive Tauron Kielce 24:31 (12:16)Wisła: Corrales, Wichary, Morawski – Daszek 1, Duarte 3, Racotea 3, Wiśniewski 1, Ghionea 2 (1/1), Rocha 4 (2/2), Piechowski, Tarabochia, Pusica, Mihić, Toledo 7, Żytnikow 3Vive: Szmal, Ivić – Jurecki 8, Walczak, Reichmann 1, Chrapkowski, Kus, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 3 (2/2), Jachlewski 1, Strlek 4, Lijewski 5, Jurkiewicz 1, Zorman 1, Bombac 2, Djukić 2. ← Previous Story Frisch Auf Goppingen win EHF Cup for the fourth time! Next Story → Maccabi Rishon Le Zion new Israeli champions! read more

Father Ted stars sons join Taoiseach to launch blood pressure roadshow

first_imgA HEALTH ROADSHOW was launched today that will see adults across the country able to avail of free blood pressure testing.The late Father Ted star Dermot Morgan’s sons Don, Rob and Ben were on hand to launch the Irish Heart Foundation’s Blood Pressure Roadshow, which will visit locations across the country over the coming weeks.According to the IHF, six out of 10 Irish adults over the age of 45 – 945,000 people- are affected by high blood pressure. Those with uncontrolled high blood pressure are three times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.The roadshow is supported by medical devices group Covidien, and the Taoiseach says that the initiative will save lives.“Cardiovascular disease is a serious problem in this country and it is through initiatives like this one that we can continue to raise awareness and provide information on the changes people can make to take better care of their health.”The joint road show by the Irish Heart Foundation and Covidien will visit up to 30 locations around the country with a target of at least 3,000 free blood pressure checks given to the public.Professor Alice Stanton from the Irish Heart Foundation Blood Pressure Council, explained that the silent nature of high blood pressure means adults can only know if they have the condition by getting it checked.“[It] often has no symptoms so that a person can feel fine and look fine but on the inside, silent damage is happening to blood vessels which can lead to serious health problems like heart attack, stroke and heart or kidney failure.”Read: Shay Healy: ‘I could do without the daily pain but I’m not scared’Read: Pills, liquids and creams among 750,000 doses of illegal medicines seized last yearlast_img read more

As if we didnt have enough to worry about here are five

first_img 21,685 Views Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:30 AM 57 Comments Feb 18th 2017, 7:30 AM Share Tweet Email2 Short URL By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AFTER BREXIT STOLE the limelight last year, the spectre of Grexit is back.Greece, the eurozone and IMF are in a three-way Mexican stand-off over a review of the country’s 86 billion bailout agreed in July 2015, its third since 2010.Time is now running out once again before Greece faces a possible default on its debt that threatens renewed turmoil in the eurozone.Here are five reasons the crisis has flared up:The IMF IMF managing director Christine Lagarde Source: Michel EulerAt the heart of latest flare-up is the International Monetary Fund, the world economy’s anti-crisis firefighter that played a central role in the first two financial rescues of Greece.But the fund, led by the tenacious Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde, never formally joined the third bailout alongside the eurozone and there is increasing talk it may now choose to walk away.The IMF disagrees with the eurozone on two key issues: economic targets and debt.On the economic targets, the IMF says those demanded by the Europeans of Greece are unrealistic.The eurozone insists that Greece can deliver a primary balance, or budget surplus before debt repayments, of 3.5% of GDP over several years.The IMF has said only 1.5% is feasible, saying that 3.5% requires too much austerity.The IMF also insists that Greece’s debt pile is “explosive” and requires significant debt relief.Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe IMF’s refusal to budge is putting Germany in a weak spot.Germany leads the eurozone’s fiscal hardliners in refusing the deep debt relief demanded by the IMF.But at the same time Berlin and other hardliners such as the Netherlands have made their participation in the rescue of Greece conditional on the full involvement of the IMF.Berlin has serious doubts that the EU alone can keep a hard line against Greece on delivering reforms without the discipline of the IMF, which firmly holds to the demands of its bailouts.If the fund should walk away, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble would be left in an extremely tight position just months ahead of elections set for September in which the anti-EU Alternative for Germany is expected to make big inroads.Greece Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Source: Sergei ChuzavkovGreece faces a debt repayment bill of €7 billion in mid-July that it cannot afford without unblocking more funds from the bailout.For nearly two years debt-wracked Greece has delivered on reforms and budget commitments, winning plaudits in a significant change from the fractious days of early 2015.But the latest tranche of bailout cash money is blocked until Greece passes the current review, which Germany and the Netherlands refuse to allow without the IMF as a full member.As a solution to the deadlock, the IMF has demanded that Greece deliver more austerity reforms, even though it is dubious of the budget targets set by the Europeans.The Tsipras government firmly rejects this on principle and also because of its razor-thin majority in Greek parliament that would likely fail to survive a new round of austerity.Elections in Europe Geert Wilders Source: Peter DejongUnofficially, a meeting of eurozone ministers on 20 February is the deadline to reach an agreement, but a deal looks increasingly unlikely with Athens, the IMF and the Europeans still wide apart.After that date, Europe enters a busy election schedule starting in the Netherlands on 15 March. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Eurogroup chief and Dutch finance Minister, faces a very uncertain re-election.The Dutch vote is followed by French elections in the spring and German elections in September.Amid the campaigning, a noisy return of the debt crisis would make a solution difficult. The idea of offering more help for Greece is unpopular with many Europeans.Trump? Donald Trump Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe unknown intentions of the Trump administration hover in the background. The United States is the biggest voting bloc on the IMF’s executive board and for now, the US seat remains vacant.Throughout the Obama years, the US cautiously backed IMF participation in the Greece saga, but whether that remains the case under the unpredictable Trump is not known.Last week, in a rare case of making its internal affairs public, the IMF said that opinions on its board regarding Greece were divided. Only the Europeans defended a more positive assessment of the Greek economy.© – AFP, 2017Read: Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be a ‘global community’Read: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit As if we didn’t have enough to worry about – here are five reasons why a GREXIT is back on the agenda The will-they-won’t-they Greek financial crisis dominated the summer of 2015.last_img read more

Detector dog Meg helps find €480000 worth of cannabis

first_imgDetector dog Meg helps find €480,000 worth of cannabis Revenue officers seized 24kg of the drug “as a result of routine profiling” at Dublin Port. The seized cannabis Source: Revenue The seized cannabis Source: Revenue The cannabis was discovered with the assistance of detector dog Meg in a consignment that was said to contain “goods” when it arrived at Dublin Port from Spain. Meg, a detector dog Source: RevenueInvestigations are ongoing.If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding drug smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on 1800 295 295. Short URL By Órla Ryan Jun 14th 2018, 5:49 PM REVENUE SEIZED 24KG of herbal cannabis at Dublin Port today.Officers seized the drugs “as a result of routine profiling”. They have an estimated street value of €480,000.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36 Comments Share44 Tweet Email 14,579 Views Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 5:49 PMlast_img read more