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Manipur University students lock departments in protest

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first_imgStudents of intensified their demand for the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey by locking all the departments of the varsity on Wednesday. This followed the resignation of 21 heads of departments since protests began on the campus on May 30.Mr. Pandey has been accused of making frequent trips outside the State, misusing university funds and obtaining Y-category security and bullet-proof vehicles.“Our agitation will continue until the Vice-Chancellor is removed,” a spokesperson of the Manipur University Students’ Union said on Thursday, blaming the Central and State governments for the impasse on the campus.The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and the Manipur University Staffs’ Association lent support to the students in their agitation against Mr. Pandey and have accused him of taking “whimsical decisions”.Mr. Pandey has refused to resign, insisting that he has followed the rules in running the university.An MUTA spokesperson said six deans and 29 heads of departments had tendered their resignation so far to give moral support to the students’ agitation. They include the 21 who quit on Tuesday.State-wide shutdownThe “lockdown” coincided with an indefinite State-wide shutdown announced by four tribal students’ organisations in protest against the government’s “failure” to appoint tribal language teachers in higher secondary schools of Manipur.A joint committee of the four organisations said the State government did “great injustice to tribal students” by not appointing teachers in nine tribal languagesThe organisations include the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation and Liangmei Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR).‘No teacher posts’ “The State Cabinet on March 12 decided to recruit 42 teachers for nine tribal languages. But no posts were announced for tribal language teachers when the order for recruiting 409 teachers was issued recently,” LNKR education secretary Rofica Newmai said.The government was urged to issue a recruitment notification for tribal language teachers in one month. “We resolved to announce an indefinite shutdown after the government ignored our deadline,” TSA joint secretary Thangtinlen Haokip said.The students’ organisations said the government should comply with the National Council for Teacher Education, 2014 norms and not deprive the rights and privileges of trained candidates.last_img read more

World T20 experience will help our spinners against India: Kane Williamson

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first_imgWith spin expected to have an impact on the outcome of the opening Test at Kanpur starting tomorrow, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said that he hopes that New Zealand’s experience in the World T20 in India will help their spinners against the experienced Indian batsmen.New Zealand had reached the semi-finals of World T20 and Mitchel Santner (4 for 11 in 4 overs) had recorded the best figures for a Kiwi spinner in Twenty20s en route to their knock out stage appearance.Santner and Ish Sodhi’s brilliant spells allowed the New Zealanders to restrict India for 79 and gave them a 47 run victory as the home side failed to chase 127 in Nagpur. These two will have a major role to play in the upcoming Test series.When asked about the Kiwi spinners matching the Indian spinners, Williamson sounded quite optimistic.”They (India) have got very good spinners, naturally very experienced in these conditions. We have some exciting young talent. We showed that in the T20 World Cup. That was huge for us. Yes, the formats are different, but I am hoping we can build on from those experiences,” Williamson said ahead of tomorrow’s first Test. (Also read: India vs New Zealand: Five reasons why Black Caps can stun fancied hosts in Kanpur)”A lot of learning experiences to be had. Certainly this is one of them, being exposed in these conditions. They are suited to spin bowling so we are hoping they can play a big part in the series.”Williamson did not make a big issue of having just one practice game under their belt in the build up to the series but said if Kotla track had offered more spin, it would have been better for them.advertisement”The wicket in the warm-up game was still slow, and it did deteriorate a little bit. So, there was some good practice there. Perhaps it would have been nicer if it had spun a little bit more. At the same time a lot of positives came out of it and practice wickets were good yesterday once the grass was shaved off,” he said. (Also read: Can King Kohli bring his overseas form to India?)”All the preparation you can get is important. The nature of the international cricket is such that you go from one tour to another and you cannot get everything perfect but we have come at the back of some cricket which is important. We have had a week in Delhi to prepare as well and the guys are looking forward to the cricket.”Talking abut the Green Park wicket, he said nobody will really know about it until the match starts.”Certainly it looks very dry, not a lot of grass on it.Coming here we thought spin would be a factor, and we certainly think it will be in this game. I guess when the grass gotten shaved off the practice wickets, there were some similarities in how it looked. But practice wickets are never prepared exactly the same,” he said.Williamson also said that playing on turning track may well boomerang on the hosts.”We are certainly hoping so. We know it’s going to be a challenge. I suppose they are tough for both teams though.It’s important we adapt quickly and if we do and play positively then let’s see,” he said.As talks continued on spin, Williamson reminded that reverse swing will also bring seamers too into the picture. “Spin will be a big part of the series. If you look at the last couple of years I suppose most games are like this.It’s been runs and wickets and things have happened quite quickly, so I believe playing positive cricket is important.How are spin bowlers bowl will be important. But at the same time we are hoping for a bit of reverse swing and that certainly brings the seamers into it. We will see how things unfold,” said Williamson. (Also read: India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)The young and affable Kiwi captain said his side may not have a great record here but they will try to play positively.They have not won a Test in India since 1998.”The record is not great. It is a tough place to play turn, not too many people’s records are great, but it’s important to go out and play positively, with bat and ball.Presence in the field give ourselves the best chance.”We want to go out there and play positive cricket and enjoy ourselves. Some teams have certainly come here and it’s been a real challenge. Another reason is India are a very good side. We know that when we play in that fashion (energetic cricket), it gives ourselves the best chance so will be certainly be looking to do that.”advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mithali Raj’s India set to shine at Women’s Cricket World Cup: Time to cheer for the ladies

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first_imgThe Indian women’s cricket team, led by Mithali Raj, is set to start their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign against hosts England on June 24.But the ‘cricket-crazy nation’ is still fixated with Indian men’s loss to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final and the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble fiasco.Yes, the women’s team have won the qualifying tournament and are participating in the World Cup, starting tomorrow, but India would be more excited to watch the men’s team decimate a weakened West Indies unit.Mithali Raj will be playing in the World Cup for the fifth time and yet, in the press conference, she was asked who her favourite male cricketer is.Photo Credit: BCCI Rightly so, Raj retaliated by counter-questioning the journalist if they “ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?”Though India boasts of being a nation that breaths cricket, worships the game but we fail to realise that we don’t breath the game but only the men’s game.Mithali Raj said in England, “There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition.”The skipper spoke the truth! How many names do we ‘cricket-frenzy people’ know from our women’s team? Mithali Raj’s name would come out smilingly as a testimony that we do know about our women’s team but do we mention only Virat Kohli when we are asked of our men’s team?advertisementWhen Virat Kohli makes or breaks a record, we talk about it for days, bringing it up every now and then but when the news broke that Indian openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut stitched the highest opening stand in ODIs, overtaking the 286-run stand by Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya in men’s cricket, the standard reaction was ‘Oh really! Wow!’ and that’s it. The conversation ended there, the admiration was just momentary.Come to think of it, did we even know their names till they created that world record? That’s the scenario for women’s cricket in a nation that is called the haven of cricket.While our country massively rallies behind our female shuttlers, tennis players and all individual sports, where does that spirit go when it’s a team sport like cricket and football?Jhulan Goswami is the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs with 185 wickets and Mansi Joshi and Shikha Pandey will be the other medium pacers alongside her in the World Cup in England in apparently seam bowling conditions.Jhulan Goswami (Photo Credit: BCCI) But if the Champions Trophy is anything to go by, we have Ekta Bisht spearheading the Indian spin department that consists of three quality and wicket-taking spinners – the other two being Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Poonam Yadav.Just like the men’s team, batting is India’s strength. India will depend on Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut for some explosive opening, while Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy bring the much-dependable experience.Poonam Raut (Photo Credit: ICC) Indian women’s team is as passionate for the game as the men; consider the fact that the likes of Raj and Goswami have stuck by Indian women’s cricket when their passion didn’t pay them back much.There’s a saying, ‘Walk the talk’ – cricket crazy we claim to be as a nation, then love cricket not just men’s cricket.EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEAM:SQUAD: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween, Smriti MandhanaSCHEDULE OF MATCHES:June 24: India vs England – 3.00 pmJune 29: India vs West Indies – 3.00 pmJuly 2: India vs Pakistan – 3.00 pmJuly 5: India vs Sri lanka – 3.00 pmJuly 8: India vs South Africa – 3.00 pmJuly 12: India vs Australia – 3.00 pmJuly 15: India vs New Zealand – 3.00 pmlast_img read more

Have moved on from World Cup disappointment, focused on IPL: Rishabh Pant

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first_imgDelhi Capitals wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s sole focus right is on the Indian Premier League despite being ignored from India’s World Cup squad earlier this month. Rishabh Pant did not make the cut in the final 15 squad but was named as a standby for the team.Pant, who has had an inconsistent run in IPL 2019 so far, was hoping to be named as a backup for MS Dhoni in the 15-member squad. The BCCI selection panel led by MSK Prasad however, preferred the experienced Dinesh Karthik over Pant, leaving the Delhi cricketer disappointed.Pant being ignored from the squad came as a shock to quite a few former cricketers with Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting even going on to say that the decision to leave Pant out was wrong. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was also surprised by Pant’s omission.Pant himself admitted that the World Cup snub played on his mind, but he has stopped thinking about it now and is trying his best to move on as quickly as possible.”I was disappointed. Obviously because every player dreams of representing India and playing a World Cup for the country is even more special. I was disappointed but as a cricketer and as a professional, I know that there’s no point in being disappointed. I try to move on. I am focused on performing in the opportunities that I get. That’s about it.”World Cup selection, as I said, was disappointing. But if I keep thinking about it and don’t try to improve and move on, it makes things more difficult for me. I am seeing the positive side. I am looking at what can be done now. I have a few IPL matches remaining. I am looking to perform in those matches. Only if you perform well, as a person, you can be confident,” Pant told India Today.advertisementOne of the constant criticisms that Pant has faced in his short career so far is his tendency to throw his wicket away by playing rash shots at crucial junctures.Even in the ongoing IPL, Pant has been dismissed playing irresponsible shots in a few of the games but he wants to rectify that and help his team win more games.Pant is currently 11th on the list of highest run-scorers in IPL 2019 with 336 runs from 11 games at an average of 37.33. He scored a match-winning 78 not out in Delhi’s last match which they won by 6 wickets as they successfully chased down 192 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.”If people are criticising me, I tell them to come forward and help me. A lot of people have directly told me where I needed to improve. I have taken most of their suggestions. However, as a player, I don’t try to focus on what people are saying from the outside. I have trust in my game,” Pant said.Also Read | Backing talented players like Rishabh Pant has worked for Delhi Capitals: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Rishabh Pant biggest finisher in T20s right now: Prithvi ShawAlso Read | It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me: Rishabh PantAlso Read | You are wow: Sourav Ganguly praises Rishabh Pant after Delhi Capitals beat RRlast_img read more

Real Madrid-Barcelona combined XI

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first_imgPrimera División Ronaldo & Messi lead the line in the Real Madrid-Barcelona combined XI Goal 01:07 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(37) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty/Goal Primera División Real Madrid Real Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona Alba or Marcelo? Busquets or Casemiro? And is there any place for Bale? Find out who makes the Clasico’s best combined starting line-uplast_img

Hal 9000 meets premium sound in the new OD-11 Cloud Speaker

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first_img Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations When it comes to classic speaker designs, few are as iconic and distinctive as Stig Carlsson’s OD-11, a solid block of sound from the 70’s that offered performance, and aesthetic sensibilities that were far ahead of its time. Recently, Carlsson’s fellow Swedes at Teenage Engineering decided it was time for the famed “Carlsson Cube” to stage a comeback, morphing the vintage-yet-futuristic design into modern wireless block of sound in the new OD-11 Cloud Speaker.One of the things that made the original OD-11 such a great performer was its omni-directional sound pattern, which allowed the cubic cabinet to disperse powerful sound throughout room. The new OD-11 Cloud holds on to that design with the configuration of its dual premium drivers, including a long throw pulp cone woofer, and a ferrofluid-cooled cone tweeter. The speaker also packs 100 watts of class D analog power on board to blast sound from a low 28Hz, up to 20kHz.The speaker is also built for the new age of audio, and that means wireless streaming and more. An on-board “brain” in the form of a processor called the Ortho Engine allows the speaker to do some fancy tricks, including controlling DSP, streaming via Wi-Fi with Airplay support as well as Bluetooth, and even reading your Twitter feed via a built-in voice synthesizer – if you’re into that sort of thing.Of course, the cloud also comes into play via an iPhone app that allows the speaker to source music from your preferred cloud-based service, with the ability to add more services through future updates. And once you’ve set the OD-11 up for cloud playback, the speaker’s Ortho Engine is designed to remember “everything you have played since the day you first turned on the OD-11,” and will also source sound from the cloud with or without your phone connected.We don’t know about you, but this speaker is the kind of device that reminds us we’re planted deeply into the future these days – and damned if the future isn’t awesome. If you’d like a piece of that state-of-the-art feeling – with a neo-retro twist – you can order up your own OD-11 Cloud Speaker from Teenage Engineer’s website today for a cool $900. For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019 last_img read more

First Gate for Panama Canal’s New Locks Delivered

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first_imgzoom Crowley Maritime Corp.’s heavy lift barge 455 4 has delivered the first in a series of new gates for the ongoing Panama Canal expansion.The first gate to be transferred to the Pacific side is the smallest, standing 22 meters tall and weighing 2,300 tons, according to Panama Canal Authority.The height of each gate depends on its position inside the lock chambers. The tallest ones (33 meters high) will be located in lock head four facing the Pacific Ocean due to the tidal change in the area.The height of the tallest gate can be compared to an 11-story building. The gates weigh on average 3,400 tons.Since August 2013, the gates have been arriving in staggered shipments from Italy on a Post-Panamax vessel to a temporary dock in the Atlantic side.The first shipment arrived on August 20, 2013. The second and third shipment arrived on June 10, 2014 and September 7, 2014, respectively.The last shipment has already departed from Italy and is expected to arrive in November 2014.Crowley is scheduled to help transport all eight of the gates involved in the Pacific side lock expansion of the Canal.The 455 4 was contracted by Sarens, a Belgium-based heavy lift company, to transport the gates from Cristóbal, a port on the Atlantic side of the Canal, to Grupo Unidos por el Canal, SA’s (GUPC SA) construction dock, which was built to receive the gates on the canal’s Pacific side.The 105-foot wide barge, currently the largest capable of transiting the Canal, was towed by Panama Canal Authority (ACP) tugs and made the transit in only one day.In cooperation with Sarens and the Panama Canal Authority (PCA), the barge is scheduled to transport another gate in October followed by three more in both November and December.The new locks will have 16 rolling gates, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic. The gates were fabricated in Italy by Cimolai SpA.The Canal expansion project involves widening the channel and adding a third set of locks, one set on the Pacific and the other on the Atlantic side. The expansion project is 80 percent complete.It consists on the construction of a third lane of traffic allowing the passage of bigger vessels, which will double the Canal’s capacity and have an important impact on world maritime trade.Press Releaselast_img read more

Three masked robbers continue to elude police

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first_imgNew Delhi: Residents of Delhi are not just dealing with hot and blistering summers but also a sudden spurt in back to back robberies in the capital.The way people are being robbed on road, shops and inside their houses has certainly sent the alarm bells ringing in the Delhi Police force. The latest horror has been the menace of three bikers who have been on a rampage on Delhi streets, looting people inside their parking space in Model Town and a medical store at New Friends Colony’s Sarai Jullena a day after. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn both cases, the robbers held victims hostage on gunpoint for nearly two minutes. The same set of robbers also fired on a police party which challenged them near Adarsh Nagar in North West Delhi. They fled unhurt leaving the cops in a tizzy. The robbers involved in a robbery with an event manager in Pandav nagar also hold similarity with the three accused as two of them are wearing stylish caps. The Delhi Police has roped in Crime branch and Special cell to identify and arrest the accused. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTheir body language as seen in the CTV footage is being monitored and informers are roped in to develop some concrete information on them. The arms suppliers in the jail are also being questioned along with local gangsters. The boys who look like in their early twenties have become a new challenge for the Delhi police. The cops are also scanning the possibility of the involvement of a gang which is out on bail or parole and is on a robbing spree. Police has also scanned the CCTV cameras around the area where these robberies took place to chalk out the possibility of a possible hideout in Delhi. It is said that the Delhi police has some leads but the ‘Masked three’ are still on the run. Since June 15 this year, a total number of 1,043 robberies were committed in Delhi. The Delhi Police has solved 823 of these cases and 1,540 arrests have been made so far. In 2018, during the same period, 1248 cases of robberies were registered and 1008 cases were solved while 1863 arrests had been made.last_img read more

Omprakash Mishra joins TMC

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first_imgKolkata: Omprakash Mishra, former state Congress vice-president, joined the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday.Mishra went to the chamber of Mamata Banerjee in the Assembly and joined the TMC. He has been made the All India chairman of the Trinamool Congress Education Forum. Mishra came to the Assembly with Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister and went to the CM’s chamber. Mishra, a close aide of Adhir Chowdhury, was sidelined after the latter was removed from the post of PCC president. He was one of the PCC leaders who wanted to have an alliance with the CPI(M) in 2019 Lok Sabha election. However, the alliance did not happen and Mishra resigned after the Lok Sabha election results were out due to poor performance of the party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMishra also spoke about alliance with the Trinamool Congress to stop the spread of BJP in Bengal. However, the Congress opposed this view and said the party should distance itself from both the Trinamool and BJP and should form alliance with the CPI(M). Meanwhile, Adhir Chowdhury, Congress MP visited the Assembly and said the Congress and CPI(M) should not only share floor in the Assembly but the alliance should continue outside the Assembly as well. It may be mentioned that in 2016 Assembly elections, the alliance between Congress and CPI(M) did not click and the Left Front got only 32 seats, the lowest since 1972.last_img read more

Economy falling into deep abyss of recession Priyanka

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first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting out at the Modi government, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said the economy is falling into a “deep abyss” of recession and asked when will the dispensation “open its eyes”. Her remarks comes amid opposition’s criticism of the government after growth in the last quarter slipped to 5 per cent. “The economy is falling into a deep abyss of recession. The sword is hanging on the livelihood of lakhs of Indians,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. The decline in the auto sector and the truck sector is a sign of negative growth in production-transportation and the declining confidence of the market, she said. When will the government open its eyes, the Congress general secretary asked.last_img read more

Haitian offender granted elder assisted parole hearing

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first_imgAPTN National NewsElder assisted parole hearings are normally reserved for Aboriginal inmates.But now one father wants to know why it’s possible for his daughter’s murderer to receive this special parole hearing despite the fact he is not Aboriginal.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Liberals pass Canada Post back to work bill

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first_imgLegislation ordering postal workers back to work was passed in the House of Commons during a special session that dragged on into the wee hours of Saturday morning.Bill C-89 passed third reading by a vote of 166 to 43.The Senate is now set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.The legislative push came as Ottawa, as well as smaller towns in Ontario, B.C., and Quebec became the latest targets of rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Despite the rush to pass the legislation, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the bargaining table.“They can still pull a deal off,” she said.That said, Hajdu added: “Obviously, we would prefer that the parties are able to negotiate an agreement together, but the time has come that we need to be prepared to take action if they cannot.”Hajdu referred to mail delivery as an “essential service” and said small businesses that rely on the postal service to deliver their goods over the busy Christmas season could go bankrupt if the situation isn’t remedied quickly.“And when I say small, I mean really small. I mean people that, you know, sell marmalade or handmade goods, that this is the most profitable time of their year and if they are unable to make their earnings this time of year, they very well might be facing the end of their business.”Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the government for undermining the collective-bargaining process. The government has removed all incentive for Canada Post to reach a negotiated settlement now that the agency knows workers will be ordered back to work by early next week, they charged.“The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process,” said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. “Without it, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and workers have no recourse to demand a fair process.”Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn’t come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.“The mail was moving, and people know it,” he said. “People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered. That was the point of our rotating-strike tactics, not to pick a fight with the public.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Liberals of hypocrisy, professing to believe in the right to collective bargaining while bringing in what he called the “worst, most draconian” back-to-work legislation.“They’ve shown their true face … that this government is not a friend of working people,” Singh said.New Democrat MPs voted against the motion to speed up debate on the back-to-work legislation, with many making an elaborate show of walking out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists in salute to postal workers watching from the public gallery. The votes of those who walked out were not counted.Six New Democrats remained in the chamber – representative of the small number the party maintained would get a chance to speak during the subsequent expedited debate on the bill.CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and is threatening to challenge it in court.The union won a court challenge against back-to-work legislation imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers’ right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.Hajdu argued that her bill is “dramatically different” from the “heavy-handed” approach taken by the Harper government and takes into account the concerns of both the union and Canada Post.But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu to express their concern that the bill may not be constitutional. The pair said Hajdu had promised to issue a government analysis detailing how the bill does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but it still had not materialized by Friday evening.CUPW members have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots, though Canada Post and the union dispute how big the pileup is.Canada Post says it could take weeks – even stretching into 2019 – to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.Waseem is a letter carrier for #CanadaPost. He tells us why these striking postal workers are in MP Morneau’s Toronto constituency office. #CDNpoli @CityNews @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/bhX5GhbfQo— Tony Fera (@tonyfera1) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Ex LTTE members to contest as Crusaders For Democracy

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Former militants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and their supporters have decided to form a political party named “Crusaders for Democracy” and seek tickets from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to contest the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, the New Indian Express reported.Militants and their supporters from the Northern and Eastern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Batticaloa gathered outside the famous Nallur Kandswamy temple in Jaffna on Friday and took an oath to fight for the rights of the Tamil-speaking people by democratic means such as  participation in elections through a political party to be known as “Crusaders for Democracy.” However, despite its commitment to pursue the democratic path, the CFD is not regretful about its past involvement with the LTTE. The press release on its formation noted that Friday’s gathering was held at the place near the Nallur temple where “Thyagi” Thileepan of the LTTE fasted unto death to secure the rights of the Tamils when the Indian Peace Keeping Force held sway in Jaffna in 1987.Athmalingam Ravindra alias Rupan, who had held high political and administrative positions in the LTTE both in Trincomalee district and in the Wanni from the early 1990s  to May 2009, has already put in an application for a TNA ticket in Trincomalee district. CFD’s Coordinator Nadesapillai Vithyatharan said that a request will be made to the TNA to give nomination to at least two former militants in each of the districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces  where the TNA holds sway. Among the aims of the CFD are: the establishment of a new political culture and a new kind of Tamil leadership which will be marked by honesty and courage; speedy implementation of rehabilitation and livelihood programs; securing the release of Tamil political prisoners; and building bridges with fair and accommodative political elements and leaders in South Sri Lanka with a view to securing an amicable political settlement of the Tamil question. read more

Massive search operation underway in Colombo

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The Police urged the public not to panic and to assist the Police in the operations. (Colombo Gazette) A massive search operation is underway in Colombo with vehicles and some buildings being checked.Road blocks have been placed around Colombo and some houses are also being checked. The search operation has been launched following fears that suspects linked to the terror network involved in the Easter Sunday bombing could be in the city.A suspicious vehicle in Katunayake was searched and the road near the airport was closed but the area was later cleared. read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey rested before series with Minnesota Duluth

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OSU then-junior forward Julia McKinnon (17) faces off with a Western Ontario player Sept. 28, 2014 during an exhibition match at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU and Western Ontario tied 2-2. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team did not face any teams on the schedule, but that didn’t mean it took the week off — only the second so far this season — before focusing on its final series of 2015 calendar year. OSU held practice Tuesday through Saturday of last week before resuming a normal week of practice before its series against Minnesota Duluth (7-10-1) this weekend. With three weeks off after Saturday, the team is not focused on the somewhat irregular schedule.“It didn’t feel like a weekend off,” senior forward Melani Moylan said. “I think everyone knows that any team in the (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) is strong competition, you can’t take a weekend off.” Juggling linesMoylan, who played on OSU’s top line with senior Kendall Curtis and junior Claudia Kepler during the Windjammer Classic in Vermont, is expected to open the weekend in that spot as the team looks to create more offense against a Minnesota Duluth team that has allowed only eight goals in its last five games.“(Curtis) and (Kepler) are really good goal scorers,” Moylan said. “I think me being with or without them, they know how to get the team going and starting off right. I’m not worried.”Moylan is not the only skater in a different role this weekend. Senior Julia McKinnon is expected to play her third and fourth games of the season at forward. The British Columbia product sat out the first two games of the year as she recovered from ankle surgery but played the next dozen on defense.Despite being one of OSU’s better offensive players in the 2014-15 campaign, McKinnon has tallied just four points in 14 games so far this season.“I am here to score goals,” McKinnon said. “But this year has just been different being put on defense and just with the surgery, but I can’t make excuses, (I) just have to go out there and score some goals this weekend.”With McKinnon likely back at forward, OSU is encouraged that it will be able to create more offensive chances. After the first 14 games without McKinnon’s offensive prowess, the coaching staff recognized the need for a change.“She’s so versatile,” assistant coach Carson Dugan said. “She’s one of our smartest players, she can play different positions so she’s definitely helping us by doing that.”With redshirt junior Bryanna Neuwald expected to miss her eighth and ninth straight games of the season over the weekend, sophomore Julianna Iafallo is set to play defense this weekend, making her the third skater in a new role.Moylan, who replaced Iafallo to join the top unit with Kepler and Curtis, fancies herself a different player from her linemates.“I’m no goal scorer,” Moylan said. “I’m going to go in the corner and get (Curtis) or (Kepler) the puck, whereas their line of (Maddy Field, Lauren Spring and McKinnon), all three of them work well together at scoring.”Greater depthWith McKinnon playing on the team’s de facto second line, Duggan expects the Buckeyes to give Minnesota Duluth several different looks in different styles of play.“Every successful team has depth,” Duggan said. “A lot of times coaching staffs in the league do so much preparation, so much video, some love to line match, so it’s nice to have a different look on each line.”McKinnon’s versatility on the ice illustrates what Duggan means by “different look” on the lines.“With McKinnon back at forward with her speed and size and creativity,” Duggan said, “she just can create so much.” OSU recognizes that its skaters playing in roles they are more familiar with will make the team more dynamic.“Having a grinding line and a scoring line is important,” McKinnon said. “When we played against Vermont, each line scored a goal. When we’re not getting everyone going a team can shut us down.”OSU is scheduled to drop the puck against Minnesota Duluth at 7:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

ZiiLabs and Creative partner on superthin Android tablet prototypes

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first_imgWith notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, manufacturers love to brag about few things more than how light or thin they can make a device. That’s exactly what ZiiLabs is trumpeting about it’s new Jaguar3 tablet reference design — which comes as slim as 7.4mm, making it the thinnest 10.1 tablet around (at least for now).What has ZiiLabs crammed inside that slender shell? How about a dual-core ZMS-20 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and 48 of Zii’s StemCell Processors for added horsepower? Next quarter, the company plans to double that muscle and offer the quad-core ZMS-40 powerplant with 96 StemCell cores — and it’s still all packed onto a board about 4.5 by 2.5 inches. Display duties are handled by a 1280×800 touchscreen, and dual cameras are available with support for up to 12 megapixels on the rear. Android 3.2 is onboard on the reference design, but depending on when manufacturers start placing their orders, Jaguar3-based tablets could very well ship with Ice Cream Sandwich.Design of the Jaguar3’s exterior was handled by Creative, who has teamed up with ZiiLabs before — on the ZiiO series tablets. They weren’t exactly a hit, but they also weren’t nearly as sexy or powerful as the Jaguar3, so perhaps Creative fair better with the updated hardware.In addition to the slender 10.1 incher, a pair of slightly chubbier 7-inch models were also revealed. They’ll provide a budget option for folks who want an alternative to new Android tablets like the Lenovo IdeaPad A1.You likely won’t find these hitting the streets with ZiiLabs branding. Rather, they’ll churn them out for other companies who will choose the specific components and set pricing. The good news is that ZiiLabs claims it can produce Jaguar3 tablets for around $100 — meaning the trend of sub-$200 Android (and eventually even Windows 8) tablets should continue unabated.More at ZiiLabs and Engadgetlast_img read more

Varoufakis admits aspiration to become PM

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The next Greek elections may be not be in sight for at least a  year, but Yanis Varoufakis stepped in to name himself as a contender for the Prime Minister hot seat.The controversial former Finance Minister of the first Tsipras administration has recently launched his political party, MERA25, an acronym for ‘Front of European Realistic Disobedience’, the number standing for 2025, the year set as deadline for European Reform to have been achieved, as the mandate of Varoufakis’ international initiative DiEM25, out of which his party has spawned.After his resignation from the position of Finance Minister in 2015, after the Greek government’s decision to back down from its initial anti-austerity policy and fully concede to the terms of the bailout program imposed by the country’s lenders, Varoufakis has rebranded himself as an anti-austerity campaigner and a very vocal critic of the European Union’s political failures and shortcomings.His ‘Movement for Democracy in Europe (by) 2025′ has gained support in France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Lithuania and the UK, among other EU countries, and been endorsed by intellectual activists such as Canadian journalist and writer Naomi Klein, US linguist professor Noam Chomsky and British musician Brian Eno.In an interview with Turkish state-run news station TRT World, Varoufakis repeated his version of the negotiations process between Greece and the troika on the build-up to the controversial referendum, which resulted in the Greek people dismissing the bailout policies.“When you’re representing the bankrupt country you need two things, in order for your presence at that table to make a difference: you need the support of your people, that we had, and you want the support of your cabinet that, I did not have,” Varoufakis told to journalist Imran Garda. “If my prime minister backed my default, we would have changed Europe,” he argued and stressed: “I’ve never felt helpless in Brussels. I’ve felt helpless in Athens, when I realised that my own comrades had capitulated”.“So the way you’re going about this now is in order to essentially become the prime minister of Greece?” asked the Turkish journalist, to which the firebrand economics-professor-turned-politician responded: “It sounds like a nightmare to become the prime minister of Greece, but then again, it’s a dirty job, somebody has to do it.”Varoufakis’ proposals for Greece include public debt restructuring, a tax cut, and the creation of a state-run ‘bad bank’ to manage household debt and protect debtors from foreclosures.last_img read more

Austin Aries vs TJ Perkins headlines 205 Live tonight in Louisville

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first_img Khloe Kardashian wanted therapy with Tristan Thompson Pinterest Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE 205 Live takes place tonight on WWE Network from Louisville, Kentucky.Set for tonight is Austin Aries vs. TJ Perkins in a grudge match.Wrestleview.com will have a recap of 205 Live later tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.18%0:04Remaining Time -3:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Action-Packed Trek Through The Blue Ridge Mountains Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Ben Roethlisberger Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Judge dismisses and denies all motions Trials start in January

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The Special Investigation and Prosecution Team trials will start on January 18th, 2016 as scheduled. Every motion put to Justice Paul Harrison was denied and dismissed earlier today as the controversial cases, which are three years behind a scheduled start seem to be poised to gain momentum once we are past the holidays. For some of the defendants this is good news as they are ready to see the trial begin, for others including Michael Misick and Floyd Hall, there is disappointment. Misick tried to stay the trial claiming it was unconstitutional, that it was an abusive process victimizing him for political reasons and that it rivaled the specialty rule of the treaty which supports that charges cannot be increased. Still, Justice Harrison concluded that the treaty is irrelevant as it is not adopted by TCI law, that the constitutional infraction is also irrelevant and if Michael Misick deems it necessary he can appeal any verdict and that ‘there was no abuse of process’. The Justice said the offenses linked to alleged bribery and conspiracy are properly laid.’ In the case of ex Deputy Premier, Floyd Hall the Justice ruled that the six month time frame for the trial start to be delayed is excessive. While he empathized with the new attorney for Hall that the evidence and information for the trial is both complex and plentiful, the Justice said the attorney which Floyd Hall had from the start should be able to appraise the new team on the case. Harrison today told Earl Whitter, ‘council will have to make some effort to adjust’ as the trial will start in January on the date already proposed. It was moved also today, that Michael Misick would see his curfew relaxed for the holidays, this came from Andrew Mitchell, lawyer for the SIPT. The proceedings are now adjourned until January. Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Recommended for you Related Items:andrew mitchell, denied, earl whitter, justice paul harisson, michaek misick, motions, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continueslast_img read more

Chris Hughton praises Dunk Duffy

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first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has heaped praises on the club’s central defensive pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk.The Seagulls’ success in establishing themselves in the Premier League owes a lot to their defensive capabilities, built on the reliable centre-back partnership of Dunk and Duffy.Dunk, who’s Brighton’s vice-captain became an England international last November, while Duffy is a regular with the Republic of Ireland national team.Hughton says the pair are vital members of his team and feels both players can improve by watching Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk play.“What Van Dijk is to Liverpool, that’s what our two are to us,” said Hughton, according to Belfast Telegraph.“We know what level he is but if I’m looking at what you would regard as two outstanding centre-halves at our level, ours are as valuable to us as what he is to them.”BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“The two we have will look at the best around where they can learn from, what they can pick up from. At the moment, he (Van Dijk) is a great role model. He doesn’t miss many games, is good in both boxes and is a top, top all-around player.”Despite being four points clear at the top of the Premier League, Liverpool was beaten 2-1 by second-placed Manchester City in their last league game, before crashing out of the FA Cup courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.Asked if the Liverpool can end their long wait for a first division title, Hughton said the Reds are favourites but “wouldn’t put money on it”.“I think they are favourites simply because of the points difference, and I think they’ve been outstanding,” he said.“But I couldn’t tell you who will win it. And certainly, I wouldn’t put money on it.”last_img read more