Assam begins deleting foreigners from NRC list

first_imgThose excluded from final NRC can appeal in Foreigners Tribunal: Home Minister  “The civil administration had filed 24 cases against such people when the NRC first draft was being published. There papers were found to be forged,” the district’s Superintendent of Police Ankur Jain told The Hindu.Some of these people have since obtained bail from the Gauhati High Court and the lower courts, he said.NRC Assam’s State Coordinator Prateek Hajela had on July 2 submitted before the Supreme Court that some 1.5 lakh would be deleted from the first draft due to various anomalies. The first draft, published on December 31, 2017, had the names of 1.9 crore of a total 3.29 applicants.The 1.5 lakh included 65,694 cases of “family tree mismatch” while 48,456 cases were of married women who had submitted doubtful panchayat certificates. Another 19,783 were left out because of data entry errors. District officials in Assam have begun work to delete the names of ‘declared foreigners’ whose names had been included in the complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published on July 30.In central Assam’s Morigaon district, officials have identified some 200 people declared foreigners by various Foreigners’ Tribunals or facing cases related to their doubtful citizenship.Assam has 100 such tribunals where people of suspect nationality are required to prove they are Indians.Also Read  200 in Morigaon“These 200 belong to 39 families scattered across the district. Some of them are declared foreigners while some others are suspected illegal immigrants with cases pending,” Morigaon Deputy Commissioner Hemen Das said.“Their detection was not based on any complaint. A mechanism we have in place helped us find their names in the draft NRC. We are deleting their names from the list suo motu so that people don’t lose their faith in the system,” he said. However, he declined to reveal their names or their villages of residence for “security reasons”.Fake papers in HojaiThe police in central Assam’s Hojai district too have filed charge-sheets against 91 people who had submitted fake documents while applying for NRC.Also Read The citizenry test: Assam NRC explained last_img read more

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Football : Mane gets legendary number 10 Liverpool shirt ahead of teammate Mo Salah

first_imgAdvertisementLiverpool have given the legendary number 10 shirt to Senegalese forward Sadio Mane for the upcoming 2018-19 season ahead of Egyptian Mohamed Salah. The number 10 shirt had been previously worn by the Phillipe Coutinho, but has been vacant after the brazilian’s departure to Barcelona.Sadio Mane had been wearing the number 19 shirt since his arrival from Southampton in 2016. Mane was in excellent form last season scoring 20 goals and providing 9 assists in all competitions. He scored 10 goals in Liverpool’s road to the champions league final. He also scored in the final where they lost to Real Madrid. He will now wear the iconic jersey which has been worn by club icons like Luis Garcia, John Barnes, Micheal Owen, Steve Macmanaman to name a few.Read also :Football: Mourinho challenges Pogba to replicate his World Cup form in the Premier LeagueFootball: Mbappe donates his entire World Cup earnings to charity Advertisementlast_img read more

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Australia vs South Africa Live Match Hotstar: How to watch live telecast of AUS v SA match

first_imgAustralia and South Africa will lock heads against each other in the last group-league match of the World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Saturday.The last four of the World Cup have already been confirmed, thus the match stands relevant only to confirm the semi-final opponents for Australia.Another win for the defending champions (and a defeat for India against Sri Lanka) would mean they would play their semi-final at the same venue against New Zealand on July 9. If the opposite happens, Australia would clash against their Ashes opponent England on July 11.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match Australia vs South Africa on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match No. 45 between Australia vs South Africa be played?The World Cup 2019 match Australia vs South Africa is being played at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester from 6 PM IST on Saturday, July 6.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Australia vs South Africa live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Australia vs South Africa?You can follow our coverage here – https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Australia vs South Africa?Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.advertisementSouth Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, David Miller, JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dwaine Pretprius, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni turns to ‘former spinner’ Ravi Shastri for adviceAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slams net run rate rule after missing semi-final berthAlso Seelast_img read more

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Report: Burnley 1 West Ham 1

first_imgBurnley 1 West Ham 1: Late Wood goal salvages point against 10-man Hammers Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 10/15/17 Chris Wood - cropped Getty Images West Ham were left to rue a moment of madness from Andy Carroll as Burnley fought back to claim a share of the spoils. Burnley stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games as a late Chris Wood header secured a 1-1 draw against 10-man West Ham at Turf Moor.Michail Antonio had given the Hammers a first-half lead before Andy Carroll received a red card, after picking up two bookings in two minutes for almost identical offences.Antonio missed two golden opportunities to extend his side’s lead in the second half, while Clarets’ substitute Johann Gudmundsson crashed a long-range shot against the post as the hosts pushed for an equaliser. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Just as it looked that Slaven Bilic’s side would hold firm and record a first away win of the season, Wood rose highest to send a thumping header past Joe Hart with five minutes remaining.1-0! GET IN! pic.twitter.com/DUqpsOfdJd — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) October 14, 2017 Nick Pope, fresh from signing a three-year contract earlier in the week, got down well in the early stages to keep out Antonio’s effort from just outside the penalty area.His West Ham counterpart, Hart, was then called into action twice in quick succession to keep out Scott Arfield’s low drive from distance and Wood’s powerful header.Hart was then the unlikely provider for Antonio’s opener in the 19th minute. Ben Mee failed to clear the England goalkeeper’s thumping clearance, allowing the former Nottingham Forest man to latch onto it, skip past Pope and stroke into an empty net.It was then Carroll’s turn to elbow his way into the headlines.Just moments after earning a yellow card for a meaty aerial challenge on James Tarkowski, the 28-year-old inexplicably crashed into Mee – once again with his elbow – to receive the third red card of his career.The Clarets, looking to take immediate advantage of their numerical superiority, believed they should have had a penalty when Wood was brought down by Hart as he latched onto Robbie Brady’s incisive pass. Referee Stuart Attwell, though, deemed Hart to have sufficiently diverted the direction of the ball.Antonio was inches away from getting his second just after the restart as he agonisingly failed to make contact with Manuel Lanzini’s teasing cross, which flashed across the face of goal.A sumptuous move involving Javier Hernandez, substitute Pedro Obiang and Lanzini then played in Antonio again, but his first-half composure deserted him and his shot was too close to Pope, who duly pawed away for a corner.Substitute Gudmundsson came desperately close to an equaliser midway through the second period as his long-range effort crashed back off the post and fortuitously bounced off the sprawling Hart to safety.Burnley continued to press and they got their reward in the 85th minute as former Leeds striker Wood bagged his third league goal of the season. The New Zealand international was perfectly placed to meet Gudmundsson’s whipped cross and head past Hart for a share of the spoils.86′ GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/xq6PsuBxE5 — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) October 14, 2017 Key Opta stats:- Burnley have gone six top-flight games without defeat for the first time since February 1975.- West Ham have won only one of their last 12 away games in the Premier League (D5 L6).- Since Slaven Bilic took over at West Ham, the Hammers have picked up 12 red cards in the PL, three more than any other side.- There were just 99 seconds between Andy Carroll’s first yellow card and his second.  read morelast_img read more

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Napoli and Inter share spoils

first_imgNapoli 0 Inter 0: Handanovic heroics put an end to Partenopei’s winning streak Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 04:44 10/22/17 NapolivInter_cropped Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic defied the Serie A leaders as Napoli were denied a ninth straight league win. Inter put an end to Napoli’s 100 per cent record in Serie A this season as Italy’s top two fought out a fascinating but ultimately frustrating 0-0 draw at Stadio San Paolo on Saturday.Looking to get back to winning ways following Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League loss to Manchester City, league leaders Napoli were denied a ninth straight league victory by the brilliance of visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.The Slovenian produced a sparkling double save in the first half of a tense battle and denied Dries Mertens in injury time as the hosts failed to find the net for the first time since a 2-0 loss to Atalanta in February. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Napoli failed to make it nine wins on the spin, the result at least maintains their two-point lead over nearest rivals Inter at the summit.However, the draw also allows reigning champions Juventus – who travel to Udinese on Sunday – the chance to close the gap on the top two in what is shaping up to be an enthralling early title race.| FT Napoli 0-0 InterResolute effort from the Nerazzurri at the San Paolo and the points are shared. Well played lads! #FORZAINTER pic.twitter.com/p6f2CVtEPe— Inter (@Inter_en) October 21, 2017Having sat out the midweek loss in Europe, midfield duo Jorginho and Allan both returned to Napoli’s starting XI. There was also the unexpected inclusion of Lorenzo Insigne, who had hobbled off in the second half at the Etihad Stadium with a right adductor strain.Inter, meanwhile, had enjoyed a satisfying break after their exertions in the Derby della Madonnina last Sunday, allowing Luciano Spalletti to pick an unchanged side.The visitors were indebted to Handanovic for coming through a lively first half unscathed, as the goalkeeper denied Napoli twice in quick succession in the 20th minute.Having initially dived low to his left to keep out a first-time drive from Jose Callejon, Handanovic reacted quickly while still grounded to flip his body to the right and block Mertens’ attempt to convert the rebound.Mauro Icardi and Borja Valero did force Pepe Reina into action as Inter grew as an attacking threat, yet they were fortunate Insigne failed to convert a free header from Marek Hamsik’s lofted pass to the back post.A break from deep by Matias Vecino breached Napoli’s high defensive line early in the second half but although he rounded Reina, his chip from a tight angle was drifting wide before the retreating Elseid Hysaj headed clear.Captain Hamsik failed to take an opportunity to draw level with Diego Maradona on 115 goals for Napoli from Callejon’s clever knockdown, dragging his attempt wide to the left from the edge of the area.But, as has become common in games this season, the hosts faded as an attacking force once the influential Hamsik – a driving force in their engine room – was withdrawn in the 71st minute.After replacement Piotr Zielinski tested his reactions with a stinging volley from distance, Handanovic denied Mertens again with a point-blank save as the game slipped into stoppage time.90′ #Handanovic again!! Strong right hand to deny Mertens from close range! What a performance! #NapoliInter 0-0— Inter (@Inter_en) October 21, 2017While still without a win at the ground since 1997, Inter at least held firm to pick up a point and deny Maurizio Sarri’s usually free-scoring side from stretching their lead in the standings. Key Opta stats: – Inter have drawn a match 0-0 for the first time in Serie A since October 2015 (vs Juventus), 734 days ago.- Napoli have drawn a match 0-0 in Serie A for the first time since Genoa-Napoli (September 2016), 41 league matches ago.- Inter and Napoli have recorded the most clean sheets (five) in this Serie A season.- Inter and Napoli are the only two teams still unbeaten in Serie A in 2017-18.- Inter have failed to score in the last three Serie A clashes against Napoli.- Inter fired only two shots on target in the match, less than in any other Serie A 2017-18 game.- Inter are unbeaten after the first nine Serie A matchdays for the first time since 2007-08.-Napoli are unbeaten after the first nine Serie A matchdays for the first time since 1989-90. read morelast_img read more

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Real Madrid confirm Ramos and Isco injuries

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid misery continues as Ramos and Isco injuries are confirmed Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:38 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) sergio ramos isco - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Sergio Ramos Isco Valencia The midfielder will sit out Real’s next match against Valencia, while there are fears the defender could be out for at least two weeks Real Madrid’s miserable week has been made worse by the news that captain Sergio Ramos and Isco have picked up injuries.Centre-back Ramos has suffered a strain, plus a build-up of fluid that has caused a swelling, to his left calf muscle, while Isco has sustained an impingement to his left hip, according to statements released by Madrid.Although the club refused to speculate on their recovery time frames, the players are expected at least to sit out Saturday’s La Liga trip to Valencia. There are reports Ramos could be sidelined for up to two weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The news comes just two days after Madrid were dumped out of the Copa del Rey following a shock 2-1 loss to Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu saw them lose the quarter-final tie on away goals.Head coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted his job could be on the line, with leaders Barcelona 19 points ahead of them in the league table and a daunting Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon.last_img read more

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Vinn Whiskey: A Rice Whiskey to Keep on Your Radar

first_img Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Produced by a small distillery in Portland, Oregon, that is primarily known for their baijiu (being the first to produce the spirit stateside), Vinn Distillery’s whiskey is also another first—it is the first rice whiskey produced in the US.With that in mind, this whiskey conforms to the laws that would allow it to be considered actual whiskey, having been aged in a new American oak barrel with a heavy char (#4) on it, et cetera. The spirit that goes into it is, basically, their baijiu (more on that in the link above), which is created by utilizing jiuqu, a product similar to koji (used in sake, among other products) that converts starches to sugars for the yeast to feed on and turn into alcohol.Appearance: A mix between straw gold and a light amber.Nose: There’s a light oak character on the nose that is followed by sweet praline and a good bit of nuttiness. A little bit of vanilla comes through as well.Palate: Vanilla sweetness to start, followed by caramel-covered nuts and a creamy texture. A little bit of dark chocolate on back end that leads into the dry finish.Finish: A medium-long, dry oak finish bolstered with hints of cinnamon. There’s a bit of warmth along the gums to finish it all out.Final Thoughts: This is an interesting whiskey. It manages to maintain the oak and vanilla notes you would expect in a whiskey, while bringing a little something different to the table due to the base grain used. The biggest thing with this rice whiskey is availability. Vinn only creates a small amount at a time, which is then bottled in 375 mL bottles. If you’re in the Portland area, then it’s recommended to swing by their tasting room and pick some up. It’s not every day that you get to try a whiskey made from rice, and for whiskey fanatics out there, it’d be a fun thing to bring to a party to surprise some people. If you can’t make it to Portland, you can pick up a bottle at Crafted Life, linked below.Vinn Whiskey is 43% ABV and retails for around $45 here. Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 How to Make a Whiskey Sourlast_img read more

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The World’s Safest Countries for Travelers in 2017

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Sometimes, it feels like the world is far more dangerous than it was a generation ago. So, there are plenty of articles to tell you where not to travel (check the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories list which, to summarize, basically suggests that you never leave the country). But, what are the world’s safest countries for travelers in 2017?It’s difficult to provide a clear, objective letter grade to each country’s safety since there are just too many factors to consider. But, the World Economic Forum’s annual Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report is arguably the next best thing. It takes into account obvious things like incidences of terror, plus overall violent crime, including per capita homicide rates. So who came out on top?#5: Hong KongMongkok Street, Hong KongOf every destination in the world, Hong Kong ranks extremely low for the total number of annual terrorist incidents. Police and emergency services are known to be extremely reliable–which is great in the event that things go sideways during your visit. The main issues for travelers to consider are occasional pick-pocketing (especially in the tourist areas) and petty theft. The passing of counterfeit currency continues to be a concern as well, particularly for travelers who don’t know any better.#4: OmanThe village of Bilad Sayt, OmanMost Americans couldn’t find Oman on a map. Some might be aware that it’s next to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and (wrongly) assume that it suffers many of the same dangers. In fact, Oman is the fourth safest country in the world. Property crime, in particular, is extremely low, and crime overall is almost nonexistent. Chalk it up to the country’s prevalent wealth and the fact that Omanis tend to be a very generous, polite, and relaxed people.#3: IcelandKirkjufell Church mountain is mountain on the north coast of Iceland’s Snfellsnes peninsula.As if you needed another reason to visit Iceland … it’s now ranked the third-safest country in the world. Much of that can be attributed to the Icelandic people who are culturally laid-back, honest, and decent. The fact that American travel to Iceland has boomed in the last few years means the country also counts on the huge influx of tourism dollars. So, it doesn’t behoove them to mistreat foreigners.#2: United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates (or just “UAE”) has likewise seen a huge tourist boom in the last decade. By conservative estimates, the country hosted more than 15 million international visitors last year. Coupled with the fact that it was already one of the wealthiest countries in the world means that its people have few reasons to commit crime, property or otherwise.#1: FinlandWe’ve already told you about the best reasons to visit Finland in 2017. Now, add to that the fact that it’s the #1 safest country in the world for travelers. That could have something to do with the fact that it boasts more saunas per capita than anywhere else on the planet. Any culture who takes their relaxation that seriously is just going to be too damn chill to act criminally. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go last_img read more

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49 Japanese encephalitis deaths reported in Assam

first_imgGuwahati: A total of 49 deaths and 190 cases of Japanese encephalitis have been reported till July 5 in Assam, where the transmission season is at its peak, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.Sarma said all the districts, except Kokrajhar, were currently under the influence of the disease and preventive steps being taken to combat the situation. Among the slew of measures put in place, the health department’s fear surveillance network — comprising multipurpose workers, malarial technical supervisors and accredited social health activists — has been instructed to collect blood samples. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The state government has made arrangements for free transportation of suspected fever cases from the community to the district hospital, while reserving beds for JE and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in intensive care units and wards,” Sarma said at a press conference here. “It will also bear the cost of diagnosis and treatment of patients,” he said. The minister said the Elisa (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kits for detection of the virus had been distributed in district hospitals and medical colleges, and awareness was being spread. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIntensified fogging operations are being carried out in affected areas and a total of 1,094 affected villages have been covered under the fogging operation so far, he said. “A round-the-clock central control room has been made functional to deal with and monitor the situation closely, and all deputy commissioners directed to step up surveillance activities in coordination with urban local bodies and village panchayats,” Sarma said. He said vaccination through routine immunisation for children was currently going on, adding that adults had been vaccinated in 20 districts during 2016-17 and the remaining areas need to be covered under the programme.last_img read more

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Liberals urged to commemorate MP war vet traumatized after Passchendaele

first_imgOTTAWA – Hidden away somewhere on Parliament Hill is the bronzed relief of Lt.-Col. Samuel Sharpe.Finished two years ago, the sculpture appeared destined for a spot in the foyer outside the House of Commons to commemorate the former MP and recognize all Canadian veterans struggling with psychological injuries.Yet despite mounting calls for the Trudeau government to have it unveiled, the sculpture remains in storage, raising fears that Sharpe and other veterans suffering with mental trauma won’t get the recognition they deserve.“He was hospitalized and then sadly he died by suicide,” said Conservative MP Erin O’Toole, who occupies Sharpe’s old seat and, as veterans affairs minister in 2015, first started the push to recognize the former MP.“Let’s use that sad legacy to help people today make sure they come forward to get help. It’s not a political project; it’s the right thing to do.”Sharpe was a sitting member of Parliament when he helped raise the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s 116th battalion and then headed overseas to command the unit during the First World War.Not only was Sharpe involved in some of the biggest and bloodiest Canadian battles of the First World War, he was re-elected in absentia only a few weeks after Passchendaele, where he received an award for gallantry.But Sharpe would never retake his seat. The strain and trauma of Passchendaele, where more than 16,000 Canadians were killed or wounded, including one of his closest friends, would be too much.Sharpe was hospitalized for “nervous shock” a few months later and returned to Canada. On May 25, 1918, he jumped from a window at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and killed himself.There is already a sculpture in the foyer dedicated to the only serving MP to have died in combat; Lt.-Col. George Baker was killed during the Battle of Mount Sorrel in June 1916, and his statue was erected in 1924.But O’Toole, whose tenure as veterans affairs minister was dominated by concerns about vets suffering from psychological injuries, felt it was time to honour Sharpe — and send a message of support to those in need.“By talking about it, and by putting a small plaque up to honour him, we’re going to show that we recognize there can be mental injuries just as severe as physical injuries from war,” O’Toole said Wednesday.The initiative received support from the Liberals and NDP, as well as retired lieutenant-general Romeo Dallaire, whose experience in Rwanda and subsequent struggle with PTSD are known to many Canadians.“Putting a commemoration plaque not far from Baker’s is to recognize that they don’t all die on the battlefield. A bunch of them die at home from injuries of the battlefield,” Dallaire said. “And it should not be hidden away.”Several Liberal MPs have also quietly come out in favour of the project.Yet the space originally set aside for the relief, which was created by artist Tyler Briley, who himself has struggled with PTSD from his days as a firefighter, remains empty.The sculpture’s fate currently lies with Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan, who will have to bring the matter to the House of Commons and Speaker Geoff Regan if he wants it in the foyer.Spokesman Alex Wellstead said O’Regan’s commemoration advisory group, which is comprised of veterans and other stakeholders, are reviewing the matter and will come up with a recommendation on where it should go.Wellstead would not say when a decision will be made, but Dallaire said he has heard some advisory group members are worried the Sharpe statue will be seen as glorifying suicide, which he called a “cop-out.”One Liberal MP who supports the sculpture being placed in the foyer said he has also heard that officials are weighing whether to put the sculpture in a mental-health facility for veterans or inside the minister’s office.O’Toole said his concern is that the Liberals are dragging their feet because they associate the initiative with the previous Conservative government, even though it had support from all parties in 2015.And with Centre Block set to close next summer for 10 years of renovations, the fear is that Sharpe will be forgotten again if the sculpture isn’t erected soon.“He deserves his place on the wall,” O’Toole said.“And if the minister wants to cancel this project, he should come out and say he’s cancelling this project. Don’t defer to some committee of veterans or political excuses. Take ownership.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Family still looking for answers about sisters suspicious death decades later

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsFor the first time in 28 years Rita Thomas shared the story of her sister Marina Spence who went missing from Thompson in August 1990.“I knew something was wrong. My heart just hurt,” Thomas told Commissioner Michele Audette during hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Thompson, Man. on Tuesday evening.Thomas shared her sister’s story now in hopes of getting justice for her family.Child and family services apprehended Thomas and her five siblings, including Spence, from their home community of South Indian Lake, approximately 400 kilometres north of Thompson, after their mother died in 1990.Thomas and Spence were placed in separate homes in Thompson, but the two still remained in contact.Spence, 17, was in care when she went missing.“I know for a fact that CFS failed my family,” said Thomas.One night in August 1990 the sisters went out drinking. Thomas doesn’t remember what happened that night. All she can remember is waking up in a jail cell by herself. When she asked police where Spence was they told her she was the only one sent to the drunk tank.Thomas returned to her foster home and continued to ask her caseworker where Spence was. The only information her caseworker gave her was that Spence had gone to the town of Leaf Rapids, approximately 200 kilometres north of Thompson.After a few days of not hearing from Spence, Thomas decided to report her missing to the RCMP. When she arrived at the station an officer wouldn’t let her in the building.“I went to the station and reported my sister missing through the intercom,” said Thomas. “After I reported her missing through the intercom they got a statement off me. That was it.”Thomas said the next time police followed up with her was 11 years later when some of Spence’s remains were found near the Burntwood Bridge in Thompson. Police identified the remains through dental records.The news destroyed Thomas who was already dealing with drug and alcohol addiction at the time.“I wasn’t there to be a voice for her because I was busy drinking,” Thomas said tearfully during testimony. “Not caring about anything. Not caring about myself. My children.”Thomas said she still doesn’t know what happened to her sister.APTN News asked the RCMP for information related to Spence’s case. They were unable to provide a response by deadline.Thomas believes if child and family services allowed Spence to stay in the community with their grandmother she would still be alive.“My granny was more than capable of looking after us,” said said.“Hearing about Marina’s death broke her heart.”Debra Merasty is a family friend. She sat with Thomas during testimony Tuesday. She said there need to be more supports for guardians when kids are apprehended.“We should have these supports at a community level,” she said.She said without people to help guardians they are often left with little support or information on how to get back their kids.In the meantime, speaking out for the first time has finally given Thomas a chance to move forward.“I’m just ready to heal. That’s what I’m going to do for myself,” she said.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Migiro urges UN system to hasten recovery efforts in Haiti while world

17 February 2010Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today implored United Nations agencies and offices to move swiftly and in concert to support reconstruction efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti. “Haitians have proven their great resilience many times; tragically, they are being called on to prove it once again,” Ms. Migiro told a UN regional coordination meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean.“The UN system must bring all its strengths together to ‘deliver as one’ in common cause with other stakeholders in Haiti,” she said at the gathering in Mexico City.Ms. Migiro underscored the need for a swift response to help Haiti take advantage of the international spotlight in the aftermath of the quake that rocked the country on 12 January, killing an estimated 200,000 people, leaving another 2 million dependent on aid and reducing much of the infrastructure in the capital, Port-au-Prince, to rubble.There are also more than 1.2 million people are living in spontaneous settlements with seasonal storms looming on the horizon.“We must ensure that Haiti’s people are provided with adequate resources to weather the coming rainy season, while at the same time laying the foundations for long-term sustainable development,” stressed Ms. Migiro.Her address covered a wide range of regional priorities, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of internationally agreed targets to eradicate poverty and hunger along with other social ills by 2015.At the last gathering of this forum, she said the impact of the 2008 global financial meltdown was still unclear. “Now, we have a better idea of the fallout.”The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimates that the crisis “has brought poverty reduction to a halt across the region. More worryingly, the numbers of extreme poor have increased,” warned Ms. Migiro.She noted that signs of recovery are emerging around the region, “but very high rates of growth will be required to rebuild all that has been lost. With only five years left to the MDG deadline in 2015, we must do everything possible to help countries regain their momentum.”During her visit to Mexico this week, the Deputy Secretary-General will also hold bilateral talks with the country’s Secretary of Environment and National Resources Juan Rafael Elvira and ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena. read more

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UN moves towards resolving refugee situation in exSoviet Central Asian states

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that, together with Turkmenistan’s government, it had completed the country’s first ever registration of all refugees, in a major step toward resolving the situation arising from conflicts in nearby Afghanistan and Tajikistan.The exercise in the central Asian country began in October 2004, recording some 11,000 ethnic Turkmen who had arrived from Tajikistan and more than 500 from Afghanistan. The collapse of the Soviet Union and ensuing civil wars and ethnic conflicts in the early 1990s created a complex refugee picture in the five Central Asian countries. UNHCR’s engagement in the region began in Tajikistan in 1993 as an emergency response to help more than 600,000 people displaced by civil war. Within a few years, it had expanded to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.The majority of the ethnic Turkmen fled to Turkmenistan from Tajikistan between 1992 and 1997. A number of other Turkmen had arrived earlier from Afghanistan and were granted residence permits in Turkmenistan in 1994. Following positive developments for refugees in Tajikistan, UNHCR said last week it would assess over the next six months whether conditions exist to declare the cessation of refugee status for displaced Tajiks by the end of 2005 or the beginning of 2006. One important condition is that a cessation clause should not result in persons residing in a host state being left with an uncertain status.There are over 50,000 Tajik refugees in Central Asia, with 40,000 of them in Uzbekistan. read more

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Srebrenica traditional Bosnian coffee ritual honours massacre victims at UN

Collected from Bosnian families in the United States, residents of Srebrenica and neighbouring areas, some who lost family, the art installation by Aida Šehovic, a Bosnian refugee living in the United States, draws its inspiration from the traditional Bosnian ritual of gathering for coffee. The cups represent the number of people so far identified and reburied – to date 1,705 – out of some 8,000 estimated to have died.Every day for first five days, echoing the five days that the massacre lasted from 11 to 15 July, 1995, the making and serving of coffee is taking place in the South Gallery of the General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby round a bed of soil depicting the map of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cups rest next to each other at the eastern edge in the area of Srebrenica.Forty-four cups hold only sugar cubes representing victims under age 18, too young for the ritual. As the aroma of coffee permeates the area, the installation is enhanced by recordings of the artist reciting the names and birthdates of the victims and a collection of 40 photographs by Bosnian photographers.The exhibition, which will remain on display until 29 July, is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN, organized by the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc., supported by a grant from the non-governmental organization (NGO) Open Society Institute, and co-produced by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). read more

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South Korea prosecutors to question ousted leader next week

South Korea prosecutors to question ousted leader next week Supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye lay down the roadside to prevent the passage of media vehicles near the her private home in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. South Korea’s acting leader on Tuesday turned down the resignation offers made by senior advisers to Park. (Go Sung-min/Newsis via AP) by Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 8:16 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to question ousted President Park Geun-hye next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office, as the government announced that an election will be held on May 9 to pick her successor.Park lost her presidential immunity from prosecution after the constitutional Court ruled Friday to formally end her rule over allegations that she colluded with a longtime confidante to extort money from businesses and allowed her pull government strings from the shadows.Prosecutors said they told Park’s lawyer that they’ll summon her next Tuesday as a suspect in the scandal. Park’s lawyer later said Park would “faithfully” undergo the questioning, according to a Seoul prosecutors’ office.Dozens of high-profile figures including some top Park administration officials and Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong have already been indicted over the scandal.Park could also face extortion, bribery and other criminal charges, but she has denied any legal wrongdoing and expressed defiance toward her corruption allegations.“Although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out,” Park said after leaving the presidential Blue House on Sunday.Park’s comments raised worries about a further deepening of the national divide over her fate. Three people died and dozens were injured in violent clashes between Park’s supporters and police following Friday’s court ruling.By law, a national vote to find her successor must be held within two months of Friday’s court ruling, and the Ministry of Interior said Wednesday that May 9 would be the election date.Moon Jae-in, a liberal opposition leader who lost the 2012 presidential election to Park, is the favourite to be the country’s next leader in opinion surveys.His campaign got a boost Wednesday when Prime Minister and acting leader Hwang Kyo-ahn, considered the potential leading conservative challenger to Moon, said he won’t run.Hwang told a Cabinet meeting that he decided to focus on managing state affairs and resolving political and economic uncertainties triggered by Park’s ouster until a new president is elected. Hwang would have been forced to resign and let a deputy prime minister serve as another interim leader if he had stood for the election.South Korean conservatives have been badly hurt by Park’s scandal. In early February, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also regarded as a conservative candidate, withdrew from consideration amid mounting media speculation over his political competence and corruption allegations. read more

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Duchess of Sussex delivers major speech on feminism during New Zealand visit

In an introduction, the Duchess also tried out… The Duchess, who spoke at a reception in New Zealand celebrating 125 of votes for women, condemned the marginalisation of people on the grounds of “race, gender ethnicity or orientation” in a short but forceful address to guests. The Duchess of Sussex has delivered a major speech on the issue closest to her heart, as she makes a plea for global equality and declares: “Feminism is about fairness.” Congratulating the country for leading the world in women’s suffrage a full 25 years before Britain, she quoted New Zealand suffragette Kate Sheppard, saying: “All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.” read more

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Cristina Neagu on the road to Viborg

Cristina NeaguOltchim ValceaViborg handball She just back from Denmark, after fantastic EURO 2010, where her qualites got the best marks, but Romanian media, already speaking about his way back to Scandinavia. Romanian princess, playmaker-left back, Cristina Neagu (22), showed a huge potential, with 22, already is one of the best handball player in the world. That is why, probably the most known women’s handball team, Danish Viborg, wants to see her in green T-shirt.Cristina’s contract with Oltchim Valcea is going to the end at next summer. Whether Romanian champion have enough money for Neagu, we will see in next period. Whole Europe wants her…photo: handball123.com ← Previous Story David extended deal with TV Grosswallstadt Next Story → Spanish president, Roman: “In the TOP 7 in Sweden” read more

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Time lapse video shows space shuttle Endeavour taking to the streets of

first_imgThe space shuttle Endeavour went on its last mission recently, but this one was not to space. Endeavour returned to Earth for the last time in June of 2011. The decommissioned shuttles have been distributed around the country, and Endeavour took its last flight on the back of a 747 to LA late last month. When it was moved to its final resting place across town, the cameras were on hand to make an awesome time-lapse video you’ll want to watch.Endeavour was stored at LAX in the United Airlines hangar after landing. While there, it was prepared for transport with a specially constructed vehicle. The craft began its journey just before midnight on Thursday October 11. The team of shuttle wranglers carefully guided the 85-ton orbiter down wide thoroughfares and cramped residential streets on its way to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.The sidewalks were crowded as the public pressed close to catch a glimpse of this famous piece of American aerospace history. Throughout the video you can see how close the shuttle comes to utility poles, trees, and a few home balconies. Even though the shuttle was hugely expensive and not equipped to get us past low-Earth orbit, many American’s seem to feel a deep sense of pride for the shuttle program. You can’t help but smile a little as people lift up their hands to try and touch the shuttle’s wing as it passes over them.Because of all the trouble getting around obstacles, it took about 16 hours longer to get Endeavour to its destination. It arrived at Exposition Park in the afternoon on Sunday October 14. It will be on display there for many years to come.via LA Timeslast_img read more

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Nvidia awards top gaming PCs with GeForce GTX Battlebox seal of approval

first_imgIf you’re looking to invest in a new gaming rig in time for the holidays, Nvidia has decided to make sure you can select a PC that has its seal of approval by branding select systems as GeForce GTX Battleboxes.That’s right, GeForce GTX Battlebox is now a thing manufacturers will be vying to get added to their top-of-the-line PCs. Nvidia says it has decided to implement this program because of all the great games that are coming to PC in the near future that benefit from having all their settings turned up to 11.Key titles mentioned include Watch Dogs, Batman: Arkham Origins, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Splinter Cel: Blacklist, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.So far four system builder brands have managed to achieve GeForce GTX Battlebox status. They are: Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Maingear, and Origin PCs. Others will surely follow.In order to qualify, a PC has to use either a GeForce GTX 780 or Titan graphics cards in 2- or 3-way SLI configurations. The processor has to be an overclocked Intel Haswell Core i5 or i7 chip, DDR3 memory (16GB or 32GB) and a fast SSD storage solution must also be in use. Not only does this ensure you can play the games as the developers intended, but both Nvidia and the system builders can claim GeForce GTX Battleboxes are “4K ready.”As you’d expect, these systems will not be cheap (think $2,000 to $3,000), but then again if you are looking to purchase the ultimate gaming rig the Battlebox seal of approval is guaranteeing you a seriously powerful machine. It just comes at a premium price, probably with part of that premium being applied because it is a Battlebox.last_img read more

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The Best of the Worst Geek Costumes for Halloween

first_img 1/11Joke’s on youThe worst geek costume that broke the internet, truly this abomination will be hard to top at any Halloween party this year. Like a majestic train wreck, one cannot pull their eyes away from the mysteriously pink Photoshopped pecs, tantalizing dead stare of the model who is giving it his all for the camera in this costume. Suicide Squad Joker, what fury hath thy wrought to mine eyes. 1/11Doge of deathMuch stare. Very scare. Wow. This creepy doge mask will bring the meme-world to its knees, one gasping breath of rubber at a time. 1/11Chewbacca your face offOk, so this one is kid’s sized, but the nightmares we will experience from it for the rest of our lives is giant-sized. Be Chewbacca in this terrifying plastic mask and wig combo, and don’t forget about the strangely enormous yeti feet! 1/11John CenaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaOkay, this one is half terrible, half awesome, so it makes the list. John Cena rules, and so does this awkwardly puffy muscle shirt designed to absorb the punches of all the bros who will be excited to fight with you when you wear this out on Halloween. At least the wrist warmers printed on the sleeves help breakup the skin colored shirt from your hands. A for effort! 1/11BB-8 coffinIf you truly hate your child, you will put him or her in this BB-8 death trap. Stare deep into the eyes of horror of this child model’s face that was clearly Photoshopped onto the front of the costume. There is no escape from the sphere of death. 1/11Human GarbageThere’s nothing quite like dressing yourself up like actual muppet garbage to make the night go well. Another kid-pleaser costume, the truly devastated face on this model seems accurate for what is happening on this fuzzy tube of hell. So like, Oscar the Grouch ate you and you are slowly being digested? Why is there a worm on Oscar? Is that always there? Where does he keep his paper and pens to make signs to put on the garbage can? Is the sign attached with bolts? So many questions, so few answers on this Hallow’s eve. 1/11Groot bein’ GrootIn what has to be the laziest way to scare young children, this strange foam mask and long sleeve shirt that doesn’t even cover your hands or neck pairs excellently with regular mom jeans. Believable enough after a few beers while shouting “I am a sad Groot!”, we suppose. 1/11Pixel your face offWe are sure there is a hole for your face somewhere on this costume, but this website will be damned if they show you anything but the back of the costume. At least, we think this is the back of the costume. Unless this guys arms are on backwards. Anyway, be prepared to be the most generic pixel ever this Halloween in this cube of terror. 1/11Ash in plasticHoly cow, we had no idea they stil did those plastic mouths with the tony mouth hole for kids! Turns out that the plastic mask industry is alive and well, and pumping out Ash the Pokémon trainer costumes for generations to come. Those things always rendered me half blind, as the eyeholes cut into the mask only ever managed to give one of my eyes sight, but not the other. Gotta catch ’em blind! 1/11Michael Bay’s HoodieErr, we mean Bumblebee. Let’s just not try at all this Halloween, and toss on this yellow abomination with a hood. While you will look absolutely nothing like the transforming car of our youths, perhaps the Autobots symbol on your chest will at least elicit one “Oh hey, you’re that yellow car from that movie” on your Halloween night. 1/11Angry BurbOh my. The tantalizing round shape. The squiggle of hair up top. The armholes placed slightly too low to have use of your arms. This costume really does have it all. We are sure your kids forced you to wear this, but we appreciate that you threw your pride in the garbage for one night of glory. Is this horrifying enough for you? Let us know which costumes are your best of the worst in the comments below. We are prepared to be spooked.All costumes available at Wholesale Halloween Costumes. Stay on target Gone are the days of the simple “ghost in a bed sheet” and “witch with broom” costumes of Halloweens past. Here to stay are costumes that will double as embarrassing memories for the rest of our lives in our futile attempts to show off our wit and fandom to our friends.Well, what fun would that be if we also weren’t poking fun at our own fandom? Amaze, entertain, and horrify your friends this Halloween with our roundup of the best of the worst costumes for geeks this Halloween season.You can click on any of the photos for a link on where to buy!center_img <> Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 last_img read more

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