Odisha Cong. MLA to embrace Buddhism

first_imgUpset over atrocities against Dalits, Congress’ Koraput MLA Krushna Chandra Sagaria has decided to embrace Buddhism.Mr. Sagaria, his entire family, including three brothers, will formally convert to Buddhism at a special function to be held at Burja village under Laxmipur block of Koraput district on Saturday.The Congress MLA has filed an affidavit in this regard before Executive Magistrate, Koraput. “The kind of discrimination being faced by people belonging to lower castes across the country has pained me a lot. People worship non-living objects while they show no regard for fellow human beings who are alive,” Mr. Sagaria told The Hindu over phone.He said it was for the same reason that Bhimrao Ambedkar had also embraced Buddhism. ‘Return to Buddhism’ “I don’t consider embracing Buddhism as conversion. It will rather be my return to Buddhism. Remnants of Buddhist culture can be found across Koraput. I am a firm believer that my ancestors were followers of Buddhism,” he said.Approximately 3,000 people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from Balangir, Koraput and Kalahandi districts will attend the function being organised by Mr. Sagaria.last_img read more

NBA All-Star: 10 things to know about the weekend

first_imgGolden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers, third from left, presents All-Star jerseys to Klay Thompson (11), Stephen Curry (30) and Kevin Durant (35) prior to an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday, here are 10 things to know going into the weekend:BACK TO CHARLOTTEADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday.The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game.There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once.MVPs AT HOMEKemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance.There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games.The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951).AGE MARKAssuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41.Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes CASH MATTERSThere is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday events, and everybody gets something.Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000.In all, the Saturday night participants will split $610,000.EASTBOUNDThis All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game.THE REFSSunday’s All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte.Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie.The Friday and Saturday events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month.HEROESJason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense.But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated.Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel.G LEAGUE FIRSTKhris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club.He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star.Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record.There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions.Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city.LEBRON’S RECORDS Currys excited for ‘mini family reunion’ at All-Star weekend Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year.But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there.By starting on Sunday, James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and 3-pointers (35).And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449.FOULING OUTADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IPL auction 2016: Uncapped players who hit the jackpot

first_imgIndian Premier League franchises spent more on Indian uncapped players than they spent on marquee players and other big names in international cricket. A lot of these young Indians bagged big contracts with the franchises. The two new franchises Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions made their squad complete by adding quite a lot of uncapped players. Here are a few of them who hit the jackpot on Saturday. (Indian Premier League 2016: Complete team list) Pawan Negi (8.5 crore – Delhi Daredevils)Pawan Negi (BCCI Photo)What else could Pawan Negi ask for in this new year. The Delhi allrounder was added to the Indian T20I squad for the Sri Lanka series. In fact he replaced Axar Patel from the victorious Indian line-up that whitewashed Australia 3-0 Down Under. A week later he was named in the Indian squad for World T20 and Asia Cup.And on Saturday, he became the costliest Indian at the IPL auctions trumping the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik. Delhi Daredevils got him for a whopping sum of Rs 8.5 crore. His name generated intense bidding before Delhi landed him with the highest bid – MS Dhoni’s team Pune Supergiants were also in the race for Negi. (Also read: Shane Watson ‘incredibly excited’ to join Royal Challengers Bangalore) The allrounder impressed in Chennai Super Kings colours in the last two seasons. He was able to provide crucial breakthroughs whenever his captain brought him into the attack. Negi also showed he could hit a few outside the park. The left-hander maintained a strike rate of 158.90. He was a consistent performer with both bat and the ball in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.advertisementAll eyes will now be on this Delhi youngster in the coming months. It’s now upto Negi to fulfill the expectations.Murugan Ashwin (4.5 crore – Rising Pune Supergiants)Murugan Ashwin (Facebook Photo)Rising Pune Supergiants were not worried about the rising bid for this Tamil Nadu legspinner. Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune were gunning for Murugan Ashwin, who finally went to the new franchise for Rs 4.5 crore. (Also read: Kolkata Knight Riders happy to keep small squad: Gautam Gambhir)Ashwin, who had played with offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, made a mark in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The legspinner took 10 wickets from the six matches he played. His economy rate in the T20 competition was an impressive 5.52.M Ashwin has played only three first-class matches and two List-A matches, but words of praise from the No. 1 Test bowler must have influenced Pune’s team management to go for the legspinner.Not surprised M Ashwin was sought after by Pune. Highly rated by the other Ashwin!! Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 6, 2016Son of the Tamil author Era Murugan, Ashwin was the collegemate of the Indian offspinner. His father couldn’t hide his emotions after his son went for a record-price at the auction. He took to Twitter to share the news.M.ashwin, my son, acquired by Raising Pune Super Giants team for 4.5c #IPL2016 eramurukan (@eramurukan) February 6, 2016Deepak Hooda (4.2 crores Sunrisers Hyderabad)Deepak Hooda (BCCI Photo)Hooda made his mark in the 2014 U-19 World Cup claiming a five-for and smashing a quickfire 22 against Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament. The Baroda allrounder was immediately picked up by the suspended franchise Rajasthan Royals, with whom Hooda made up his reputation. He scored 151 runs in the 2015 season at an average of 16.77. Known to be a big-hitting allrounder, Hooda maintained a strike rate of over 150 throughout the season and played some handy knocks against quality opposition. IPL teams would have made note of him after his successful outings in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore wanted Yuvraj Singh back badly)But when one of his relatives broke the news of his 4.2 crore-contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad to him, he went blank.  The 21-year-old had expected a good auction this year, but the price he earned came as a surprise to himself. “I knew it would be a good auction for me. I was confident of being picked up, but didn’t expect this price,” Hooda was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo. Karun Nair (Rs 4 crore – Delhi Daredevils)Karun Nair (BCCI Photo)Karun Nair was another uncapped Indian player who stole the show at the auction. Delhi Daredevils bagged him after paying Rs 4 crore. The Karnataka batsman said he wasn’t hoping for much but was expecting a contract at his base price (Rs 75 lakhs). But Delhi’s bid had made the youngster ecstatic. “Obviously, my heart is still pounding,” Nair was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo after the auctions.advertisementNair deserved the attention and he got in this year’s auction. He had consistently scored runs for his ex-team Rajasthan Royals. In the 2014, season Nair scored 330 runs at an average of 33. The 25-year-old batsman has been a prolific run-scorer for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy as well. Nair lead his team to title after scoring a triple century against Tamil Nadu in the final of the last season. Karnataka overpowered their neighbours by an innings and 217 runs.It seems Delhi did not want to lose out on this youngster who can pile up runs for them.Nathu Singh (Rs 3.2 crore – Mumbai Indians)Nathu SinghHailed as India’s next pace sensation, Nathu Singh garnered a lot of attention in this year’s auction and was finally bagged by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore. The 20-year-old Rajasthan fast bowler has been consistently troubling batsmen in this season at the domestic circuit.Making his Ranji Trophy debut in the 2015-16 season, Nathu impressed in his very first match against Delhi. In the second innings, he was the only bowler who looked capable of picking wickets against a strong Delhi line-up. The visitors made 437 when they batted for the second time in the match, but had no answers to Nathu, who made all their top batsmen hop, skip and jump.Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid were full of praise for Nathu after his appearances in the four-day format. Gambhir had called Rajashtan cricket chief Amrit Mathur and had asked him to take good care of NathuAnd Gambhir’s call to Mathur came only a few days after India-A coach Dravid’s. “This boy is good, please keep an eye on him.” he said.Nathu went on to play for Board President’s XI team against the visiting South African team. His pace and swing kept batsmen at check in the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali tournaments. He played India ‘B’ in the recently concluded Deodhar Trophy.Mumbai Indians owners told the media that they had a bigger purse for the young pacer. And Nathu has already made plans for a new house with the big sum he’ll be receiving from his franchise.”Now I will build a new house for my parents,” Nathu was quoted as saying to Hindustan Times.last_img read more

(REOPENS DEL18)

first_imgSeveral of the Rio-qualified athletes are currently training abroad and it is not clear how many will be able to meet the PM tomorrow. The IOA, on other hand, said its senior vice-president has not been invited by the Sports Ministry for tomorrows meeting. “Tomorrows meeting with the PM is being organised by the sports ministry and they should have ensured that the IOA has enough representation. Only the president, secretary general, chef-de-mission and deputy chef-de-mission have been invited by the sports ministry. They should have invited the senior vice-president and joint secretary also,” an IOA official said. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: South Africa thrash Sri Lanka in warm-up match

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis struck a fluent 88 as his side eased to an 87-run victory over Sri Lanka in a Cricket World Cup warm-up game at Sophia Gardens on Friday.South Africa were sent in to bat in the training match, which did not hold official One-Day International status, and posted 338 for seven, before bowling their opponents out for 251 in 42.3 overs.The Proteas were without fast bowler Dale Steyn, who is not fit after a re-occurrence of his shoulder problem, but were carried to the win by seamer Lungi Ngidi (2-12 in six overs) and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (4-36 in 7 overs).Ngidi reduced Sri Lanka to 10 for two but excellent half centuries from captain Dimuth Karunaratne (87 from 92 balls) and Angelo Mathews (64 from 66 balls) kept the sub-continent side in the contest.The run-rate kept rising, though, and both batsmen were caught in the deep trying to accelerate the innings, with the guile of Phehlukwayo in particular stifling the chase.South Africa will be relieved with runs at the top of the order for opener Hashim Amla as he reached 65 from 61 balls before being bowled by leg-break bowler Jeevan Mendis.That may earn him the nod ahead of Aiden Markram (21) for South Africa’s World Cup opener against England on Thursday, with the pair vying for a place alongside Quinton de Kock, who did not bat on Friday.Du Plessis looked in superb touch for his 88 from 69 balls, which included four sixes before he skied a delivery from Dhananjaya de Silva and was caught.advertisementSeveral the other South African batsmen got starts but no-one else posted a half-century, though Rassie van der Dussen (40) and Phehlukwayo (35) enjoyed their visits to the crease.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan hand Pakistan 3-wicket defeat in 1st warm-up matchAlso See:last_img read more

Antoine Griezmann joins Barcelona in $135 million deal

first_imgBarcelona have announced that they have signed French forward Antoine Griezmann on a five-season contract.The announcement came after the player’s international representatives paid his 120-million-euro buyout clause included in his contract with Atletico Madrid at the LaLiga offices, reports Efe news.”FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid,” the Catalan club said in a statement on its website on Friday.”The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros.”The 28-year-old could be unveiled to the media and fans during the weekend so that he can join the team for the first pre-season training session scheduled for July 15.This is Barcelona’s third signing for the new season, following midfielder Frenkie de Jong on a move from Ajax and goalkeeper Neto who joined Barcelona from Valencia.It came a year after Griezmann turned down an offer by Barcelona and his refusal was revealed in a controversial documentary produced by Barcelona-s Spain defender Gerard Pique.He preferred to stay at Atletico and renew his contract with the capital team, an agreement that included a substantial salary raise.However, it did not close the door for his potential departure as the 200-million-euro buyout clause was reduced to 120 million as of July 1.Twelve days later, Griezmann became a Barcelona player.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of the Year for a record 6th timeAlso Read | Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no place for others but himself in his Dream XIAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

How Ancelotti lost Bayern love, support & job

first_imgBayern München How axed Ancelotti lost love and support at Bayern Munich and ultimately his job Niklas König Last updated 2 years ago 22:43 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Carlo Ancelotti GFX Getty composite Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Bundesliga The Italian has been unceremoniously removed from his post at the Allianz Arena amid accusations that members of his squad no longer supported him On September 28, 2017, Carlo Ancelotti was ushered through the exits at Bayern Munich having been unceremoniously relieved of his managerial duties.That decision was taken less than 24 hours after a 3-0 defeat to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and five months after the Italian had guided Bayern to another Bundesliga title.Bayern 13/2 for Champions League 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. He now finds himself without a job amid accusations that he lost the support of certain members of his squad, but how did it come to this for one of the most accomplished coaches in the business?IN THE BEGINNING Franck Ribery Carlo Ancelotti Bayern MunichBayern announced the appointment of Ancelotti as their head coach in December 2015, with a successor quickly identified for Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola.The general consensus was that the Bundesliga giants had secured themselves the services of one of the finest man-managers around, with ex-players and so-called experts quick to hail the Italian’s ability to bring the best of star-studded squads – having done so at the likes of Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.For a while all seemed well, with Bayern opening his reign with a 6-0 mauling of Werder Bremen, leading former favourite Mehmet Scholl to suggest that the Bavarian outfit had broken the chains of Guardiola’s regimented rule.The players seemed happy as well, with France international Franck Ribery telling Goal in September 2016 : “Carlo Ancelotti is a chilled, accessible guy. He loves his players, that’s what we realise. He is looking for contact, he laughs with us, he asks us how we are every day. This relationship is important. Ancelotti is a champion in all respects. Otherwise it would be impossible to create such a harmonious atmosphere. That’s how you are successful together.”Ancelotti added to Goal a month later on his early experiences : “I found the team was in really, really good shape, good condition and with great knowledge. The foundations were really good so I never wanted to change them. Every coach has his own idea of football so I tried to implement my idea without having a revolution. I know what the team is doing very well because they learned a lot in the last three years. I try to do something new. Sometimes when you bring new ideas the players become more focused, they gain concentration.”At this stage, the playing staff welcomed a new-found freedom on the pitch, along with training sessions which had become less demanding. They were, however, to soon start pining for the more rigorous methods of Guardiola.TURNING POINT Borussia Dortmund Bayern MunichAncelotti’s inability to retain the trust of his players was a slow process, with positive results helping to keep the collective mood upbeat and everybody pulling in the same direction.The securing of another Bundesliga crown in April 2016 helped to paper over a few cracks, but a 3-2 defeat to arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal was considered to be a turning point.Doubts were now being cast over Ancelotti’s old school methods and their ability to deliver long-term success.Players and club management hoped that things would get better in 2017-18, but that soon proved not to be the case – with Bayern suffering an unexpected defeat to Hoffenheim in early September before throwing away a two-goal lead against Wolfsburg to drop more priceless points.All of a sudden the cracks were there for all to see, with greater attention being paid to divides within the camp – Thomas Muller’s claims that he was “not in demand” following a win at Werder Bremen, Ribery throwing his shirt away against Anderlecht and Ancelotti’s reluctance to discuss Robert Lewandowski’s criticism of the club’s transfer policy .REACHING THE END PSG Bayern UEFA Champions League 27092017With uncomfortable questions already being asked of his ongoing presence, Ancelotti saw the final nails put in his coffin during a Champions League trip to Paris.Bayern had an opportunity to lay down a marker in that contest against an emerging force in the European game, but they failed to do so.Ancelotti only informed his players of his selection shortly before the match, with no explanation offered for the absences of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben and Ribery .In the wake of a humbling defeat, the axe came down and club president Uli Hoeness was forced to admit that his manager had lost control of proceedings .He told Sport1 : “We didn’t make this decision because we lost one game. The club saw a development which was heading in the wrong direction over the last few weeks and months. Even that would not have been too bad, but the fact Carlo lost five players in my eyes – Kingsley Coman as well – made the situation impossible. As a coach you cannot have the most important players against you.”THE AFTERMATH Carlo Ancelotti Bayern coachThe feeling now is that Ancelotti’s faults were allowed to be masked for too long.Even when his tenure opened with a run of eight successive victories, his side did not perform to the standard expected of them – with individual quality often winning out over tactical mastery.In contrast to Guardiola before him, who demanded perfection, Ancelotti was seemingly happy to settle for good enough.He would often tell the press in post-match interviews that he had been pleased with below-par performances, with, in his opinion, too much emphasis placed on strategies.Ancelotti, it would appear, was blind to opposition he faced, with the 58-year-old always in trouble once he started to lose the support of those at the core of the club.last_img read more

10 months agoMum comes clean on Barcelona links for PSG rebel Rabiot

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mum comes clean on Barcelona links for PSG rebel Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe mother and agent of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot insists nothng has been agreed with Barcelona.Off contract and banished to the stands after refusing to consider new terms, Rabiot is expected to join Barca.However, his mother Veronique told RTL: “Discussions started with FC Barcelona? I’ll tell you, the rumours we are used to in football, we especially, it’s been years that there are rumours about Adrien, about me. “There is no agreement with any club at any time. I do not know who started this rumour. I think it might be nice for some people to believe it. I have always respected the rules and protocols, everyone knows it. We do not have the right to speak with any club before January 1st and I will not speak with any club before January 1st.” last_img read more

SEC Network Analyst Is Calling For A Huge Upset This Week

first_img This is trueI think Vols/Gators is going to be a weird one in the SwampYes, I know Gators have won 13/14, but something is fishy about this oneGators banged up at some key spots & worried Mullen gets cute with QB positions playing Trask and Jones#SECThisMorning @SIRIUSXM https://t.co/B3dMNE4toM— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 20, 2019He’s got a point. Florida is without Feleipe Franks, who suffered a season-ending injury last week. But the Gators were able to come back against Kentucky with backup QB Kyle Trask leading the way.Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced earlier this week he isn’t opposed to utilizing a two-QB system. If the Gators aren’t well prepared, Tennessee may be able to take advantage.There have been crazier upsets so far this season — one of which involved the Volunteers. But Florida must be sharp against a Tennessee team with nothing to lose.Tune in to ESPN at noon ET to watch Florida-Tennessee on Saturday. Tennessee fans cheer in support during a game.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans have painted their bodies in support of the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the game against the University of Florida Gators on September 16, 2006 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators won 21-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Tennessee football wasn’t supposed to be in the position it’s currently in. This was supposed to be a bounce-back year. A season in which they finally put it all together and became a SEC contender.But the Volunteers lost to Georgia State in a horrific upset on Aug. 31. Then, BYU came to Knoxville, scored a late game-tying touchdown and beat Tennessee in overtime. Disaster is an understatement. And the Volunteers still have nine regular season games remaining.There is room for optimism though. Tennessee bounced back and beat Chattanooga 45-0 last Saturday. Yes, it’s only Chattanooga. But shutting out any opponent is noteworthy — plus, it’s something positive to build on.Now, the Volunteers head to Gainesville to face No. 9 Florida. The Gators are 14-point favorites, and many national experts are unsurprisingly picking Florida to win. But a popular SEC Network analyst smells an upset brewing.last_img read more

Teekay Tankers Lands Five Aframaxes

first_imgzoom Teekay Tankers Ltd. has agreed to acquire four coated Aframax tankers and one uncoated Aframax tanker for an aggregate purchase price of approximately USD 230 million.The five vessels, which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, were constructed in 2008, 2010 and 2011 at shipyards in Japan and China. Upon delivery, the vessels will trade in the Teekay-managed Taurus LR2 Pool and Aframax RSA.“Combined with our existing fleet and in-chartered portfolio, these new vessels will increase our fleet size to 43 vessels. In addition, the transaction provides optionality to trade the four coated Aframaxes in the crude or product tanker markets and, with an average age of only 3.8 years for the five vessels, enhances the age profile of our fleet,” said Kevin Mackay, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Tankers.  “Spot tanker rates for crude and large product tankers for the fourth quarter of 2014 are averaging higher than the previous quarter.”Mackay identified increased seasonal oil demand, winter weather delays and lower global oil prices, which are encouraging stockpiling of crude oil and resulting in lower bunker fuel costs, as some of the key factors that are driving spot tanker rates higher.last_img read more

Preparing for Hurricane Season as Hurricane Bill Gains Strength

first_img Maintain an emergency kit, including food water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight, battery or crank-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, extra prescription medications and copies of important papers Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage. Choose a family shelter area away from windows. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety. Make arrangements to help a senior or other people in the neighbourhood that may need help. Secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods. Refrain from going to coastal areas to watch a severe storm. It can be very dangerous. Visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo for more information on emergency preparedness. The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is advising the public to take necessary precautions as Hurricane Bill gains strength in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 500 kilometres off St. Martin in the Caribbean as of 1:30 p.m. today, Aug. 20. “Environment Canada indicates that this storm will maintain its hurricane status as it heads north,” Ramona Jennex, Emergency Management Minister, said. “While we know that hurricanes are unpredictable, this is an opportunity to remind all Nova Scotians that the best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared.” EMO is monitoring the storm closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “The most important things individuals can do is keep informed by listening for updated weather information and public safety bulletins and act accordingly,” said Dennis Kelly, acting deputy head and CEO of the Emergency Management Office. Other ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency are: last_img read more

Précautions relatives aux inondations et à leau de puits

first_img En cas d’inondation majeure, le gouvernement provincial peut offrir un programme d’aide financière en cas de catastrophe. Le fait de prendre note des dommages vous aidera lorsque viendra le temps de faire une réclamation. Faites une liste et incluez des photos des dommages et des articles qui ont dû être jetés après l’inondation. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les mesures de préparation en vue d’une inondation, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité de l’eau de puits, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp. -30- Certains articles doivent être jetés après une inondation. Les objets tels que les matelas, les oreillers, les sofas et les meubles rembourrés qui ont été trempés ne sont plus sécuritaires et peuvent contenir des bactéries nocives. Tout aliment qui a été en contact avec les eaux de crue doit aussi être jeté, y compris les aliments frais ou congelés, les aliments en boîte, les boissons en bouteille et toute boîte de conserve qui a été endommagée. En cas de panne d’électricité, les représentants du ministère de l’Agriculture encouragent les consommateurs à faire preuve de prudence en ce qui a trait aux aliments réfrigérés ou congelés. Les aliments se conservent généralement pendant plusieurs heures dans un réfrigérateur, même sans électricité, particulièrement si la porte reste fermée. Ils offrent les conseils suivants sur la sécurité alimentaire : Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment fermer l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 ou 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. L’eau de puits doit être vérifiée pour s’assurer qu’elle ne contient pas de bactéries. Communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476 si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable. Tout aliment périssable qui reste à la température de la pièce pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté. Jetez également tout aliment qui est chaud au toucher ou qui présente une odeur ou une couleur inhabituelle. Tout aliment dans un congélateur plein est bon pendant un délai de deux jours après une panne d’électricité. Tout aliment dans un congélateur à moitié plein est bon pendant un délai d’une journée après une panne d’électricité. Les détaillants alimentaires sont avisés de conserver les aliments à une température de moins de 4 C (40 F). Tout aliment périssable conservé à une température supérieure pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté immédiatement. Écoutez la radio pour obtenir des instructions. Les bureaux municipaux indiqueront aux gens à quel moment il est sécuritaire de retourner à la maison. Ne tentez pas de traverser des routes inondées. Les eaux de crues présentent le plus grand risque juste après une tempête. Il ne faut que six pouces d’eau à débit rapide pour renverser une personne. Ne rebranchez pas l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour inspecter et rebrancher ces services. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Vérifiez bien votre maison pour trouver tout dommage, verre brisé ou autres débris. Après une inondation, les deux principales préoccupations sont la sécurité et l’assainissement. Voici quelques lignes directrices pour assurer un retour à la maison en toute sécurité : Le Bureau de gestion des urgences (BGU) rappelle aux Néo-Écossais que des inondations peuvent se produire en tout temps après des pluies abondantes. Selon Environnement Canada, à 8 h aujourd’hui 7 novembre, la région de Yarmouth avait reçu environ 174 millimètres de pluie, et d’autres régions de la province avaient reçu plus de 100 millimètres de pluie. Des précipitations supplémentaires de 30 à 60 millimètres sont prévues en Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences a activé son Centre conjoint des opérations d’urgence et continue de surveiller la tempête. Les agents de planification de la gestion des urgences signalent que des inondations se sont produites dans différentes régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse et que le niveau d’eau est élevé dans de nombreuses rivières et de nombreux ruisseaux. Les précipitations supplémentaires prévues pourraient causer d’autres inondations dans certaines régions. On encourage les Néo-Écossais à se préparer en vue d’inondations dans leur région en éloignant les meubles et autres biens personnels des zones qui peuvent être touchées par les eaux de crue et en attachant les objets qui risquent d’être emportés ou endommagés par une inondation. Il est également recommandé que les résidents s’assurent d’avoir accès à de l’eau potable en cas de contamination ou de non-disponibilité de leur source d’approvisionnement régulière. En cas d’inondation :last_img read more

Les élèves se préparent aux stages professionnels en pensant à la sécurité

first_imgMatt Williams, élève de 11e année à l’école secondaire Citadel, est l’un des presque 5 000 élèves néo-écossais qui recevront cette année une formation en cours d’emploi dans le cadre de programmes d’enseignement coopératif et d’autres cours. Mais avant que M. Williams ne se rende sur place pour son stage, lui et ses camarades de classe apprendront l’importance de la sécurité au travail. « Mes stages vont m’aider à acquérir l’expérience de la vraie vie, une expérience pratique, et me donneront un avant-goût de la carrière que j’ai choisie, a dit M. Williams. Et ma formation en santé et sécurité me donnera les connaissances dont j’ai besoin pour être en sûreté sur mon lieu de travail. « J’ai appris que la sécurité au travail est la responsabilité de chacun, et c’est donc ma responsabilité. J’ai besoin de savoir comment me protéger du danger et je dois aussi être vigilant pour que les autres ne soient pas en danger. En réalité, il s’agit simplement d’être intelligent au travail. » La sécurité au travail figure dans beaucoup de cours à partir de la 7e année. M. Williams est confiant que le stage et la formation en santé et sécurité amélioreront son employabilité et feront de lui un meilleur travailleur. « Les employeurs verront que j’ai une bonne expérience qui peut contribuer à rendre le milieu de travail plus sûr pour tout le monde », dit-il. La ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, indique pour sa part que dans le cadre d’une éducation de qualité, les élèves sont de mieux en mieux préparés en vue des emplois de demain en acquérant une expérience concrète des impératifs d’un milieu de travail sûr. « En amenant le milieu de travail dans la salle de classe, nous donnons aux élèves les connaissances et les outils dont ils ont besoin pour des carrières réussies », souligne Mme Casey. L’éducation et la formation sont des éléments essentiels de la stratégie provinciale sur la sécurité au travail. « Quand le milieu de travail rencontre la salle de classe, il est important que la sécurité fasse partie de la conversation, précise Stuart MacLean, président et directeur général de la Commission d’indemnisation des accidentés du travail. Un investissement dans l’éducation et la formation en santé et sécurité produira des milieux de travail plus sûrs pour nos élèves et nos travailleurs, aujourd’hui et à l’avenir. » Les initiatives conjointes du gouvernement et de la Commission visent à améliorer la sécurité des travailleurs; on y trouve entre autres des programmes destinés à enseigner aux jeunes travailleurs des méthodes de travail sûres. « La sécurité au travail est une chose importante à enseigner à nos jeunes pour les préparer à entrer dans la population active et c’est un élément essentiel d’une carrière réussie, précise Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. En comprenant l’importance de la sécurité quand ils sont jeunes, nos élèves seront le moteur du changement qui s’impose pour que la sécurité devienne une habitude dans tous les milieux de travail. » Apprenez-en plus aux adresses suivantes : workplacesafetystrategy.ca ou worksafeforlife.ca Sites en anglais seulement. On trouvera à cette adresse, (workplacesafetystrategy.ca ), des renseignements supplémentaires et un aperçu de la formation en santé et sécurité au travail pour les élèves.last_img read more

One held in connection with Chakdah murder

first_imgKolkata: A person has been arrested on Sunday morning in connection with the BJP worker shot dead at Chakdah in Nadia on Friday. The accused has been identified as Bharat Biswas.On Friday night, the victim identified as Santu Ghosh (22) was spending time with his friends at Goupara in Chakdah, when all of a sudden a few miscreants shot Ghosh and fled. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. According to sources, Ghosh used to be a Trinamool supporter and had joined BJP recently. Before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, he was seen working for the saffron party. On Friday before Ghosh was shot, Biswas went to meet him. The incident took place after Biswas left. According to police sources, after arresting Biswas sleuths have found a jeans trousers from him, where signs of blood could be traced. Also at the incident spot, a sandal was found on the day of murder which is suspected to belong to Biswas. Sources informed that Biswas has admitted to the crime. Sleuths are trying to know if others are connected with Ghosh’s murder. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Saturday morning, some BJP workers put up a rail block protesting Ghosh’s murder, which disrupted the railway services for a long time. BJP workers also sat on railway tracks at Badkulla and Birnagar in the Kalyani-Ranaghat-Krishnanagar section. As a result, passengers had to face immense harassment. BJP workers also put up a road block on National Highway 34. It was withdrawn following the intervention of senior police officers of the district.last_img read more

Leona Lewis Named Ambassador For MTV Staying Alive Foundation

first_imgMTV Staying Alive Foundation recently announced that its newest celebrity ambassador is the multi-award-winning and Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter Leona Lewis.“It is a great honour to be working with MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation as an ambassador,” she said. “I’m eager to raise awareness of the ongoing global HIV crisis. By empowering young people with knowledge about the disease – particularly women and girls who are disproportionately affected – we can help treat it and ultimately prevent it altogether.”Leona’s support for MTV Staying Alive comes at a pivotal time in the fight against HIV/AIDS, when millions of young people are at risk of infection and millions more face barriers to their sexual and reproductive health. While reports continue to laud the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the data actually shows that young people, specifically young women and adolescent girls, are still at great risk.“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the extremely passionate and talented Leona Lewis join our ranks this year,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation. “Aside from her awesome voice – which we’ll be hearing later in the year – Leona is deeply committed to improving the lives of young people worldwide and especially those most vulnerable which of course includes adolescent girls.“Currently 90% of new infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa occur in girls. Leona’s role as ambassador to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation could not come at a more crucial moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We’re really looking forward to working with Leona throughout 2017 to raise awareness of HIV and the devastating impact it continues to have on millions of young people globally.”AIDS is still the biggest killer of adolescents in Africa and the second biggest worldwide. In 2015 alone there were 2.1 million new infections and 7,500 women aged 15-24 became infected per week.Young girls are being hit particularly hard by the epidemic – in sub-Saharan Africa, 90% of all new infections among adolescents occurred in girls. That’s why, within the 37 youth-led HIV organisations MTV Staying Alive is working with in 2017, they are supporting some projects with a specific focus on women and girls.last_img read more

Its Okay to be White posters an educational opportunity say professors

first_imgBut at the University of Manitoba the posters were just one the latest displays of racism faced by Indigenous students and faculty, says U of M’s Vice Provost for Indigenous Engagement Lynn Lavallee. Letterhead-sized pages with the words “It’s Okay to be White” appeared Halloween night around the campus at the same time posters with the same message also appeared in Ottawa, Halifax and New Westminster, B.C.   Regardless of those circumstances though, they “become part of a settler colonial population,” and that by “stepping into the settler colonial social group you are gaining an unearned privilege. An anonymous person using the alias ‘Martin Luther’ and claiming to be a University of Manitoba student emailed media after the posters went up. “It’s not the actual contents of the message that’s the issue, it’s their meaning,” Balgord explained. “I’m absolutely trying to get away from the politics of guilt,” he said, explaining he instead asks students to think about their place in society in the context of responsibility. Last Friday University of Manitoba President David Barnard said in a statement the university “unequivocally condemns this and any other racist actions,” and that “there is no tolerance for hate and discrimination.” “Given the climate of anti-Indigenous racism happening to students and staff regularly, this is just another onslaught. So it’s had an impact. Students are very, very tired.” “There’s this fear that somehow understanding the full and complete history, with all its warts, is in some way going to make one a bad citizen or make one not love their country,” she continued..Cary Miller, an Anishinaabe historian and Head of the University of Manitoba’s Department of Native Studies, says students often struggle when learning Indigenous histories that challenge the “origin stories or mythologies” they grew up with. Submitted photo..“If we know this is where our country was, and if we look at the civil rights [movement], or if we look at the truth and reconciliation [efforts] and the amazing changes that people are trying to make in society—and we celebrate that and look at that as an amazing collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations—then we’re celebrating the evolution of European thinking toward a kinder and more honest [way to think] about themselves and about us and about the nation.” Evan Balgord of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network said the posters were originally intended to provoke backlash to the alt-right, giving white supremacists grounds on which to argue that anyone opposing the posters “must hate white people because they hate these posters that say it’s ok to be white. “And make no mistake, the alt-right is simply a rebranding of neo-Nazism. They just differ a bit in their message and in their recruitment base, but the ideology is exactly the same. They say hate women—they particularly hate women—LGBTQ+ persons, Indigenous folks, anybody who is not white they hate. And their ultimate goal is to build a white ethno state by any means possible. That means they want a state for white people governed by white people that would be 99 percent white, 96 percent white — something like that.” Miller, who is Anishinaabe and transferred to the university from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee last year, said she believes the poster campaign is indicative of a “broader agenda against any course work—and there’s a lot in the Faculty of Arts—that talks about…what privilege is and how it works in society.” “There has been ethnic cleansing in Canada with Indigenous peoples,” he said. “So to say a business has to hire an Aboriginal executive member to me does not qualify anywhere close to that standard.” “It’s a structural thing,” he said. She said “you can almost see young people go through the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining and sometimes guilt instead of depression—before coming out to acceptance. Balgord said in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting last month, the Halloween poster campaign “is a show of force put on by a movement that has killed people. “What they’re saying is, we’re still out here, we’re still doing this, look at us all do this at once: we are a force to be reckoned with.” “Just another onslaught” of racism for Indigenous people On the claim that professors at the University of Manitoba teach that “white people are guilty of possessing ‘unearned privilege and power,’” Kulchyski said he teaches “about settler colonialism rather than [about] white people,” and that non-Indigenous people in Canada—of European descent and also people of colour—have ended up here for a variety of reasons and under various circumstances. They cite “mandatory enforced diversity” policies as an example of the latter and say it amounts to “ethnic cleansing.” Responding to the allegation that professors teach that white people “are inherently, by their very existence, oppressing ‘people of colour’,” Kulchyski said that people don’t inherently oppress others. Miller said students who have their beliefs or understandings of history challenged when they learn about Indigenous histories “in some ways go through a process whereby they almost have to grieve for the loss of this beautiful, shining identity that they thought was the case before they move to a place of acceptance of what actually is.” “None of this is penance for colonialism; this is just historical forces that capitalism and business itself has created with their move towards globalization.” The professor, who has authored books on colonialism and Aboriginal rights, said he’s “Polish and Ukranian in origin” and therefore among the “dominant ethnicities” in Canada, which he says are European. “Structurally, anyone who is a part of the settler colonial majority population of Canada is in a position where they’re either working to support it or working against it.” “You’re gaining access to a land base, in some way or other—through your employment or through social programs–or tax revenues come from that that’s been taken from Aboriginal people–often without permission.”.Native Studies Professor Peter Kulchyski (left) says the posters that appeared on the University of Manitoba campus are a “sign that some of the processes of reconciliation are having some success and are starting to get some people’s backs up.” Justin Brake/APTN file photo..While the anonymous alleged student claims professors teach students white people are “guilty” of possessing that privilege, Kulchyski rejects the use of guilt to teach students anything. “With each historical moment we have to determine how we’re going to deal with that backlash. In some cases it might mean ignoring it, in some cases it might mean confronting it directly.” Lavallee said “when things like this happen we come together and do ceremony on our own just to regroup.”.The University of Manitoba campus in Winnipeg is just one of several locations across Canada where the posters were discovered after Halloween. Photo: University of Manitoba / Facebook..Cary Miller, an historian and head of the department of Native Studies at the university, said following the poster campaign her department received “hate emails over the weekend from a couple of different individuals” that were “directed to members of our department, to members of the university administration.” But both also said properly addressing the alleged student’s claims present an opportunity for the public to think more critically about the poster’s message and the alleged student’s claims. “Everyone’s responsibility is at a very different level depending on their situation and their social circumstances,” he explained.  It’s not the words, it’s the meaning behind the words: advocate While “people might have biases about me or my social group,” as a member of the privileged groups in society, he explained, “whatever biases expressed toward us tend to be more benign or don’t have the kind of virulent social impact that biases expressed toward disempowered people have.  “Students go through that at different rates. Sometimes they take a Native Studies class and jump to acceptance quickly. But some of them get stuck, especially if they wander into some kind of an online forum where they can dig in with people who think like them and reinforce their false beliefs. “So I don’t usually use the term racism to describe anti-European sentiments.”center_img Between 50-100 of these posters were reportedly found on the University of Manitoba campus on Nov. 1. Photo: Niigaan Sinclair / Twitter..Justin BrakeAPTN NewsFaculty members from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Native Studies say racist posters put up around the university’s campus in Winnipeg last week are an opportunity to educate the public. The advocate and journalist, who also serves as the Canadian Association of Journalist’s vice president, closely monitors alt-right activity in Canada online. “The individuals leveling these extremist accusations of hidden meaning and intent have only been able to support their vitriolic claims by attempting to tangentially associate the benign message on the flyers with random ideologies such as ‘Neo-Nazism’ or vaguely defined groups of individuals such as the ‘Alt-Right’, neither of which I have any affiliation with in any capacity whatsoever,” they said in the statement. Miller and Kulchyski both said they’ve seen this kind of response to social progress before. “Giving up your power doesn’t imply that you’re submitting — it implies that you’re treating people as equals.” “I’ve never found so-called ‘white guilt’ to be a very useful, empowering, strategic thing to accomplish or use. I’m trying to give people a strong sense of the history and social dynamics so they can be ethical historical agents, rather than acting out of shame or guilt.” There are “easily hundreds” of individuals associated with a number of groups in Canada who identify as alt-right, Balgord explained. In their email to media the anonymous alleged student who claimed responsibility for the posters specifically took issue with “the horrifying reality…that many professors explicitly teach in their courses that it is in fact NOT okay to be white.” Responding to the claim that “white people must accept becoming a minority demographic (and thus lose their right to self-determination) in their own countries as penance for ‘colonialism’,” Kulchyski pointed out that “Europeans are becoming a minority demographic because of birth rates to a large extent, at least as much as [due to] immigration.  “In Canada the class elite is largely dominated by Europeans,” he said, adding that the anonymous alleged student is mistaken in suggesting that relinquishing power amounts to submission. He also refuted the anonymous alleged student’s claim that professors are teaching that white people “must submit to people of colour by giving up their power.” Kulchyski believes that “the less hierarchy we have in society, I think the healthier society is,” but that so long as hierarchies do exist they should represent the diversity of peoples in Canada. They allege that U of M professors “teach that white people: are guilty of possessing ‘unearned privilege and power; are inherently, by their very existence, oppressing ‘people of colour’; are born ‘racist’ and are the only racial group capable of being ‘racist’; must submit to ‘people of colour’ by ‘giving up their power’; [and] that white people ‘giving up power’ involves reducing the proportion of white people in business organizations and government.” They also say that “white people must accept becoming a minority demographic (and thus lose their right to self-determination) in their own countries as penance for ‘colonialism’.” He said if the person who put up the posters does not identify as a member of the alt-right or any white supremacist group, that merely “speaks to the success of their campaign…if they get people who aren’t explicitly part of their movement [to] put up the posters and spread their propaganda.” Posters an educational opportunity “To me it’s a sign that some of the processes of reconciliation are having some success and are starting to get some people’s backs up,” Kulchyski said. Kulchyski took particular issue with the anonymous alleged student’s use of the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe diversity policies in business and government institutions. The posters, which reportedly originated on the online politics forum 4chan by white supremacists and have since been embraced by neo-Nazi and other far right groups, have also appeared in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Moving beyond historical mythologies “We need immigration to have people who are willing to do jobs that the white coming minority doesn’t really want to do,” he added. Kulchyski, a non-Indigenous professor who has taught at the university for almost 20 years, said while there “are no curricular guidelines that force professors to teach one thing or another,” he is not aware of any professors teaching what the anonymous person claims: that it’s not okay to be white. He addressed each of the anonymous person’s allegations, one by one. On the idea that white people are “born racist” and are the “only racial group capable of being ‘racist’,” Kulchyski said people aren’t born with biases–such as racial biases–and that “racism is a socially produced virulent ideology” that “deserves being combatted.” Miller said over the years she’s watched as non-Indigenous students are subjected to new information that challenges the “origin stories or mythologies” they’ve been taught “as histories” about their countries before they reach university. Those narratives, she said, are “based in some truth, but glorify and exaggerate certain points and completely ignore others. Miller and Native Studies professor Peter Kulchyski were both reluctant to do an interview about the posters, citing fear the media attention would facilitate the spread of hateful messaging. “There are going to be, with any socially progressive step forward to deal with the legacy of settler colonialism, virulent reactions on the part of a very small and uninformed minority. The Winnipeg Police Service told APTN News Thursday they are reviewing information and a request to investigate the incident but have not yet assigned the case to an investigative unit. “Unless we recognize our true histories, embrace them, recognize the unintended contemporary outcomes of real historical moments and the narrative myths that we’ve created around them, then we can’t address the real problems in modern society.” The person, who would not confirm their identity with APTN, alleged in the email that they put up the posters “in protest of racially discriminatory ideology that is taught at the University of Manitoba that targets white individuals.” APTN offered the anonymous alleged student the opportunity to do an interview on the condition they reveal their identity.They chose not to out of fear of legal and academic repercussions.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

No panic from Trudeau government as USimposed NAFTA deadline auto tariff threats

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Despite no signs of a pending agreement, the Trudeau government doesn’t appear to be worried as the U.S.-imposed NAFTA deadline quickly approaches.“We are not going to be rushed into signing a bad deal,” Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary on U.S. relations, says, adding conversations continue between Canadian and U.S. officials and that it remains to be seen what could happen over the weekend.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.However, Canada’s transport minister is dismissing the October 1st cutoff as just a creation of the U.S.“There is no deadline on this, as far as we are concerned, we want a deal that is good for Canadians, and that’s the bottom line,” Marc Garneau, who also chairs the cabinet committee on U.S.-relations, says.President Donald Trump has threatened auto tariffs if there is no agreement, however, Leslie says Ottawa is prepared if that happens.“One of the options which relies, and will remain open to Canada, is to respond in kind much akin to that which we did for steel and aluminum,” Leslie says.While there is no indication of any formal high level meetings before the Monday deadline, Leslie adds anything is possible.“It means that we’re going to stay calm. We’re going to remain focused in trying to get a good deal for Canadians and protect our jobs and workers. We’re not going to be distracted from that imperative.”He adds if a deal is not struck by the 1st, it will just be the status quo since the current NAFTA will remain in place.Latest U.S. NAFTA deadline not firm but Canada’s window closing, say insidersWith the release of the text of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement expected any day, the political pressure is mounting on Canada to join a new North American Free Trade Agreement.Analysts and insiders say the latest American-imposed deadline for Canada to join by Monday is not set in stone, and that there is still time for the Liberal government to negotiate with the Trump administration after that.But they caution the window is closing and Canada’s time may be running out.The release of the formal text will come ahead of its formal presentation to U.S. Congress by month’s end, so the lawmakers can approve it by Dec. 1 before the new Mexican government takes power.U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada. He has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do that for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the 232 tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.last_img read more

Enbridge racks up 264000 in National Energy Board penalties this month

CALGARY — The National Energy Board has slapped pipeline builder Enbridge Inc. with $264,000 in penalties, with most of that sum stemming from safety and environmental hazards related to maintenance work on an oil pipeline in Manitoba last summer.An inspection in July revealed numerous problems along a stretch of Line 3 around Cromer, Man. Landowners in the area complained to the NEB about open excavations, improper handling of topsoil and several other concerns.Line 3 carries crude from Alberta to Wisconsin and has been in operation for nearly a half century. Enbridge announced plans last year to replace Line 3 in its entirety — a $7.5-billion project.The penalties deal with maintenance work on the existing line, not the larger replacement project, which has yet to receive NEB approval.Work on the pipeline was ordered halted for more than a month last summer before the federal energy watchdog was satisfied it could continue safely.The NEB imposed two fines earlier this month each worth $100,000 connected to Line 3. Separately, the regulator also fined the company $64,000 related to design changes made to a storage tank in Regina that were not approved.Enbridge spokesman Graham White said the company was reviewing the penalties to determine its next steps.Enbridge Inc finishes year in the black, boosted by new pipelines to key U.S. marketsOil prices are in the dumps, but Enbridge is still feeling the pipeline squeezeOne of the Line 3 penalties was for “failure to ensure that the construction activities do not create a hazard to the public or the environment” and the other for “failure to comply with a term or condition of any certificate, licence, permit, leave or exemption granted under the NEB Act.”On the first, board spokesman Darin Barter said it was mainly an issue of how erosion was dealt with during a period of heavy rains.“There was flooding at the time and because of the open trench lines, we saw a real hazard in the area,” he said.The second fine was imposed because Enbridge did not follow through on environmental protection commitments it had made, said Barter.According to details of the penalties provided by the NEB, when work on Line 3 dragged further into 2014 than Enbridge had initially planned, the board asked for an update to the company’s environmental protection plan. But Enbridge’s response in March “provided inconsistent status statements to what inspectors would later observe on site in July,” the board said.What resulted were “numerous non-compliances observed both on and off the construction (right-of-way) causing environmental damage to wetlands and property damage to a substantial amount of agricultural land.”Barter says the “administrative monetary penalties” are a relatively new measure for the NEB, having started up less than two years ago. The amounts Enbridge has racked up are the highest so far.“When the NEB grants an approval, we take it seriously and we want to make sure that the company is following all aspects of that approval,” said Barter.“What we’re seeing in several of these monetary penalties is the companies making design changes or not following through on their commitments and we take that very seriously and we continue to enforce against that.” read more

403 landslide caused by broken watermain

(Updated)The latest on the mudslide on the 403 in Hamilton Friday that crippled traffic in the surrounding area for more than 12 hours today.The area has now been cleared, but crews are still looking into what happened, and why.We’ve had a number of accidents on the 403 that have snarled traffic in the past. But no single instance has tied up the city as badly, or for as long, as the mess we had today. And the fault didn’t belong to anyone who was driving.It was the most un-natural — natural disaster:A massive mudslide — caused by a massive water main break. A man-made flood.Dan McKinnon, City of Hamilton: Clearly the slope was saturated with water over the longer term and it just got to the point where it failed and made its way on to the highway here.And ‘here’ was one of the worst possible spots it could have happened, in a busy, and often bottlenecked traffic corridor, that was now completely plugged.The result was spectacular — and arresting.The resulting traffic chaos, tied up the central core for hours, and turned routine trips into expeditions.And while drivers fumed, work crews scrambled to clear the mud and debris that clogged the major artery. But the city was already in a kind-of ‘car’-diac arrest.There were no alternate routes to fall back on. Every one of them, was jammed.Twelve hours after the initial closure of the highway, the city’s main streets began to get back to normal, and the 403 was finally open once more.The city water main is still shut off — but the Royal Botanical Garden is the only area without service.City engineers are still inspecting the hillside where the break occurred to assess what needs to be done to stabilize the soil, and repair the main. That process may take a few days. But for now — most of the city is glad, that this particular day on the roads, is finally over. read more

Annan asks traditional leaders to back UN efforts to restore calm in

Through his spokesman, Mr. Annan appealed to all traditional and political leaders in the country, as well as the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) “to urgently intervene and support the United Nations’ efforts to restore calm as soon as possible.”In a statement, the spokesman condemned the violence, which has resulted in deaths and the destruction of property. “The Secretary-General appeals to the people of Liberia to strictly comply with the curfew and to cooperate with the authorities and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),” the spokesman said. read more