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Exodus in Meghalaya BJP on cattle trade rule

first_img Bachu Marak, North Garo Hills district president for BJP and too, left BJP. The incident has saddened Mr.  Bernard Marak as BJP brought hundreds of militants back to civilian life. Congress had refused to talk to the militants since ANVC was proscribed in 2000.“But BJP did speak to us within six months of coming to power and by December 2014 we dissolved both ANVC and ANVC-B; about 1000 of us laid down arms and eventually joined the BJP and we are grateful,” Mr. Marak said.Following the ANVC surrender, BJP managed to instill confidence among the Garos, who decide the fate of 24 out of 60 Assembly seats in Meghalaya in the Garo Hills division. “We thought it is not a Hindu party, but like any other political party and so we joined it,” said Mr. Bachu Marak, a businessman. The friendliness of Garos helped BJP and it bagged a seat in 2015 in 30-member Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and the Maraks started to build the party from the scratch. However, the disillusionment of the former militants may affect the BJP in the Assembly election of 2018, feels Mr. Bachu Marak“And the ban on cow slaughter is responsible,” said Mr. Bachu Marak, who left the BJP within a week of Mr. Bernerd Marak’s resignation. Bernard Marak   Bernard Marak   For nearly 15 years, Bernard Marak led a fight against the Indian Union as the elusive chairman of an insurgent outfit demanding a separate homeland. He claims was “a contented man” while operating as a militant. However, two-and-a-half years after signing an agreement with the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP]-led government and disbanding his outfit, Mr. Marak is “confused and somewhat saddened.” The reason, he says, is a notification.The problem started with the May 23 notification of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change which says that the cattle buyer “shall…not sell the animal for purpose of slaughter.” The provision has confused the 41-year-old software engineer, also a custodian of indigenous Garo people’s land. He joined the BJP after bidding a farewell to arms.“What is the notification expected to mean,” asks the former district president of the BJP in Tura, who resigned after the notification.“To be precise, I resigned after an altercation with a national level BJP leader, who said that there are 11,000 members of which 10,000 does not consume beef. I was asked to respect their rights,” Mr. Marak said. “But what about the choice of lakhs of Garos of Meghalaya, who consume beef, I asked. To which, I was suggested to start my own party.” Mr. Marak’s desertion was followed by a series of resignations from the BJP – many from his cadres in the outlawed A’chik National Volunteer Council-Breakaway [ANVC-B].  He was inducted in BJP for his skills in organising programmes, and he lost his job for the same set of skills. “I organised a beer and beef festival and they warned me,” he said. Like Mr. Bernerd, he also denied being “sacked” and mailed his resignation letter in which he claims that he is resigning from the party “for dishonouring” his “culture and traditional practices.” Both the Maraks said that beef is “an essential part of a Christian and Garo culture” and a ban on slaughter is “an infringement” on the cultural rights of the indigenous people. Mr. Marak claims that following their resignation “many thousands” of supporters left the BJP in 16 of 24 Assembly constituencies in the Garo Hills where the Maraks and their friends are active, which would “hurt BJP.” Independent sources claim as many as 5000 BJP supporters have left the party following the ban on slaughter, which, however, could not be implemented. Congress-led Meghalaya Assembly rejected the ban on Monday.BJP’s district president Shibun Lyngdoh, however, said that no one other then two Maraks and one youth member have left the party. “So it would in no way affect party’s poll prospects in 2018,” he said on phone from Delhi. Moreover he accused the former presidents for their fate. “They have not formed the internal party committees and was about to be removed, they were aware,” he said.“They were also keen to avail party tickets which they felt were not coming their way so they cut an excuse in the name of beef ban,” said Mr. Lyngdoh. He said the new entrants in the party also made the “old members” like the Maraks “feel insecure.” The Maraks denied the allegations and stuck to their version and even issued a warning. “If BJP keeps trying to change the cultural practices, it would only encourage militancy in the North East,” Mr. Bernerd Marak said.last_img read more

H1B Visa Holders Facing Loss Of Spousal Employment Authorizations Explore Other Options

first_imgRecently, a proposed regulation that will terminate employment authorization documents (EADs) for H-4 visa holders, was submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget. This is the first required step in the formal rule making process that could ultimately lead to the termination of the H-4 EAD program.Read it at Forbes Related Itemslast_img

Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Dhoni given out on a wrong replay

first_imgThe controversy over poor umpiring in the ongoing Test series between India and the West Indies has taken a new twist as it has now emerged that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out off a no ball on the first day of the second match here.In what could erupt into a major controversy, the television replays ordered to check if Fidel Edwards had no-balled didn’t show that particular ball, instead some other legitimate delivery was shown to give Dhoni out.Incidentally, Dhoni was given out off a no ball even in the first Test in Jamaica.India skipper MS Dhoni bats on the first day of the second Test against West Indies in Barbados. APThe latest case was the final delivery of Edwards’ 15th over, the 59th of the innings, which had Dhoni offering the catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on.As Dhoni headed for the pavillion, umpire Ian Gould asked him to stay put as he wanted a reconfirmation from the third umpire that the delivery was legitimate and Edwards had not overstepped the bowling crease.The replays showed that Edwards’s front foot had stayed within the crease but it was not the same delivery but a previous legitimate ball which was shown in television replays to judge Dhoni out.The real delivery, as umpire Ian Gould had suspected, was indeed a no ball.India, then 167 for 5, collapsed after the fall of Dhoni’s wickets to be all out for 201 in the final session’s play.The Indians have been distrustful of the Decision Review System (DRS), the tracker system in particular, since they believe the person officiating it can make a mistake.advertisementIn the case of Dhoni’s dismissal, the producer handling the replays for the broadcasters erred by flushing out the replay of some other delivery while the one in question was indeed a no ball from Edwards.It further rubbed salt into the wounds of the Indians who are already fuming at the wrong decision which ruled Suresh Raina (53) out and broke his prospering fifth wicket stand of 117 runs with VVS Laxman (85).Umpire Asad Rauf had sent Raina packing though the deemed catch to forward short leg had come off the batsman’s thighs and not his gloves. A crestfallen Raina stood transfixed at his spot, dropped his bat before slowly trudging back to the pavillion.West Indies’ Fidel Edwards celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni. APRaina was later adjudged to have breached the ICC’s code of conduct and docked 25 per cent of his match-fee by Broad.The first Test had earlier stirred a hornet’s nest when Dhoni had publicly chided the umpires as no less than six dismissals were deemed to have gone against his team.Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Dhoni himself were wrongly given out while the West Indies players were reprieved which opened a can of worms. All these decisions related to officiating umpire Daryl Harper.The Indians made little secret of their dislike for Harper who now has added his own fuel to the fire by stepping down from the final assignment of his international career — the third Test of the present series in Dominica which begins from July 6.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

New BCCI boss Anurag Thakur makes all the right noises

first_imgBy all accounts, the new president of the Indian cricket board, Anurag Thakur is as passionate about cricket as he is in rising to speak on behalf of his Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha as a third-time MP. (Anurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI president, Ajay Shirke nominated secretary)AMBITIOUS Like all good politicians, he is highly ambitious. In cricket administration, Thakur, 41, has served his apprenticeship climbing up the rungs without losing sight of the summit. He did not take long to move into the inner circle of the board’s think-tank with the powerful Arun Jaitley as his mentor.The board is one place where political affiliations get blurred. Another claimant to be president, Rajeev Shukla, is also pretty close to Jaitley, despite being a Congress MP. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre could not have come to power at a more opportune time for Thakur. (Anurag Thakur: Politics in blood, administrator by nature)Thakur benefited as BJP would not have liked an MP from the main Opposition Party to head the board when it is striving for a Congress-mukt Bharat.BLACK SPOTIt is not clear whether the dynamic Thakur played cricket to become an administrator or became an official to play first-class cricket, like one of his predecessors in the board, PR Man Singh did some five decades ago, playing Ranji Trophy as joint secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.Thakur did one better than Man Singh, he played a Ranji Trophy match as president of the state association, telling his shocked team-mates that he was not only playing but leading the side against Jammu and Kashmir. That’s one black spot he will have to endure.advertisementThe similarities between him and Man Singh end there. Despite his excellent credentials for bigger roles in the board, Man Singh, a qualified engineer and a businessman, is only remembered as the manager of the Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup winning team.Thakur went on to fulfill his desire to become a national junior selector, though the board soon fixed the norm of playing a minimum of 25 first-class matches to be eligible for the job.STYLE OF FUNCTIONING Thakur’s political opponents in Himachal Pradesh have prepared a huge dossier on his alleged skirting of rules and regulations in raising a beautiful cricket stadium at Dharamsala and also a couple of other first-rate stadiums in the hill state.They also allege that he has framed the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) constitution in such a manner that he can perpetuate his rule by recruiting private members outnumbering the elected voters from district associations.For all his autocratic style of functioning, even his critics agree that he has done a lot for Himachal Pradesh cricket and its players, making sure that the state team can no longer be trifled with in domestic cricket. Players are happy with him and that’s saying something in the Indian cricket industry.METEORIC RISEAfter Narendra Modi moved into Delhi’s South Block, the seat of Prime Minister’s Office, Thakur’s stature in the board has gone up even more, acquiring the sobriquet Chota Modi. The son of the two-time Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was quick to realise that his time has come in cricket, though many see him as the Akhilesh Yadav of Himachal Pradesh, following in the footsteps of his father in the state politics. (BCCI will make every effort to ensure India are best in all formats: Anurag Thakur)Thakur was keen on throwing his hat into the board’s presidential ring last year itself, but his advisers, both in the board and the party, counseled him to pull the reins and allow Jagmohan Dalmiya to return as president for a second innings in the wake of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case that resulted in Narayanswamy Srinivasan losing his position as both the board president as well as his newly-acquired chairmanship of the International Cricket Council.PLAYING THE CARDSThakur the politician played his cards smartly to stay relevant. He had no qualms in joining Sharad Pawar’s group to become the board secretary, albeit winning by one vote, when Srinivasan’s group was willing to make him its presidential candidate.A straight talker, Thakur is firm in his belief yet flexible. He spoke up when the IPL corruption issue cropped up, though as joint secretary he did not follow secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke, who quit in a move to embarrass Srinivasan.Now Shirkey is the secretary and the Pune industrialist shuttles between his hometown and London, where his family has worldwide business interests in construction and electronics.advertisementLODHA SCAREThakur made the right noises after taking over as president, though he is not exactly happy, like many others in the board, about the Lodha Committee recommendations. (Anurag Thakur says Lodha recommendations not a challenge)Among the initial steps the new regime proposes is to ask the all the Test venues to earmark 10 percent of the stadium capacity for free entry of schoolchildren, to adopt energy and water conservation using solar panels and LEDs, water harvesting, and sewerage water treatment.All these steps will ward-off problems leading to the shifting of the IPL matches from Mumbai and Pune because of drought and water scarcity in rural Maharashtra. Also not to be forgotten is the creation of a Rs.5 crore corpus for physically handicapped cricketers.Will he able to deal with the Lodha Committee recommendations and the Supreme Court decision like a cricket administrator or legislatively like a politician?That’s going to test the political acumen of the new cricket chief!last_img read more

Report: PSG 4 Saint-Etienne 0

first_imgJulian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Moussa Diaby were all on target as Paris Saint-Germain continued their strong start to the season with a routine 4-0 Ligue 1 win at home to Saint-Etienne.Neymar was rested ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Liverpool while Kylian Mbappe was serving the first game of a three-match ban after his red card against Nimes last time out.Saint-Etienne wasted a host of early chances in Friday’s meeting at the Parc des Princes and Julian Draxler’s terrific header earned the Ligue 1 champions a 22nd-minute advantage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Cavani converted a second-half penalty he won himself with Di Maria adding gloss to the scoreline with a thumping strike before teenager Diaby opened his Ligue 1 account in the 84th minute.Thomas Tuchel has now won his first six competitive games in charge of PSG, breaking Carlo Ancelotti’s club record.First game, first assist of 2018-19 for Marco Verratti. And what an assist it was! #PSGASSE 1-0 pic.twitter.com/o2lAIGlMK9— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 14, 2018Lois Diony missed a brilliant 13th-minute chance when picked out by Yannis Salibur’s low right-wing cross, Loic Perrin then sending a free header wide from Wahbi Khazri’s corner.But after Yann M’Vila slotted a shot just wide, PSG took the lead against the run of play.Adrien Rabiot battled to win the ball in the centre circle and Marco Verratti’s lofted pass into the box was nodded into the air by Draxler, who improvised to head a fine finish over Stephane Ruffier.And PSG doubled their lead just six minutes after the restart, Cavani scoring from the penalty spot for his 12th career goal against Saint-Etienne.A clumsy challenge from Saint-Etienne captain Perrin brought the striker down, with Cavani sending Ruffier the wrong way from 12 yards.The offside flag ruled out Timothee Kolodziejczak’s own goal but PSG added a 76th-minute third when Di Maria lashed in from close range, substitute Diaby then making the most of Cavani’s mishit to wrap up the scoring. What does it mean: More domestic dominance for PSGThe Ligue 1 title is the minimum expectation for Tuchel and the German could hardly have made a better start with five wins all by at least two-goal margin, as well as a thrashing of Monaco in the Trophee des Champions.PSG are already six points clear in top spot and no serious challengers for their crown are emerging. But the real test this season will be in Europe and PSG’s progress under Tuchel will get a stern examination at Anfield.Pat on the back: Draxler takes his chanceThe absence of Neymar and Mbappe meant Tuchel gave Draxler a first Ligue 1 start of 2018-19 and he made the most of it with the opening goal.Opportunities were scarce for the playmaker last term but the speed of thought that enabled him to score an excellent header could be useful to PSG.Julian Draxler opens his goal scoring account for the season in style #PSGASSE 1-0 pic.twitter.com/51Pw3aNttU— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 14, 2018Boot up the backside: Diony miss proves crucialPSG appeared to have one eye on Liverpool in the opening exchanges and Diony should have punished their slack defending.But the striker somehow failed to convert Salibur’s centre from six yards when it looked easier to give the visitors a surprise lead.What’s next?The Champions League is back on Tuesday and PSG have a tough assignment first up in Group C, travelling to last term’s beaten finalists, before heading to Rennes next weekend. Saint-Etienne host Caen a week on Saturday. read morelast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain 5 Amiens 0

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s winning streak at the start of the Ligue 1 season was extended to 10 games in the rested Neymar’s absence as the reigning champions scored three late goals in a 5-0 win over Amiens.Neymar was given the afternoon off after representing Brazil in Saudi Arabia four days earlier, but Marquinhos, one of his team-mates in that game, headed in his first league goal since May 2017 to send PSG on their way.The opener came from Angel Di Maria’s corner and the Argentinian sent in another near-post delivery from a set piece that Adrien Rabiot nodded in to make it 2-0 before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ferney Otero headed into the side-netting for Amiens late on but that only seemed to stir PSG into life as Julian Draxler, Kylian Mbappe and teenage substitute Moussa Diaby all scored in the final 10 minutes.The result ensured Thomas Tuchel’s men maintained their perfect start and coasted to a 10th straight win in 2018-19. They have scored at least three goals in each of those victories.FULL TIME: PSG make it a perfect 10 wins in 10 @Ligue1_ENG games this season… not to mention their second straight 5-0 victory#PSGASC #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/PfCyspjezD— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 20, 2018Any fears of PSG’s momentum being halted by the international break were quickly dismissed as Di Maria’s 12th-minute corner was flicked in by Marquinhos’ head at the near post.Amiens were left feeling a sense of deja vu three minutes before half-time as another Di Maria corner from the right was also nodded in by a glancing header, with Rabiot the scorer this time.It should have been 3-0 at half-time but Edinson Cavani somehow sliced wide with a virtual tap-in from Juan Bernat’s left-wing cross.Amiens were denied a route back into the game early in the second period as Alphonse Areola made a double save from Thomas Monconduit and Saman Ghoddos.A nervy finish for PSG might have been in store had Otero’s header from a corner gone inside the post rather than hitting the side-netting, but two more goals for the hosts in two minutes put the result beyond doubt.An unmarked Draxler headed in the third before Mbappe got in on the act with eight minutes remaining, placing a shot between a defender’s legs and inside the near post.12 – Kylian Mbappé has been involved in 12 goals in Ligue 1 this season (9 goals, 3 assists), more than any other player in the top 5 leagues. Colossus. @PSG_English pic.twitter.com/0QnN6Hyn2y— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 20, 2018There was still time for Diaby, who had come on for Di Maria, to dance through and fire in a fifth too.Winning streak shows no sign of endingTuchel’s side were not at their best for much of Saturday’s game but even then they were able to maintain their perfect start with ease. A trip to Marseille next weekend will be a sterner test, though Neymar should be back in the line-up then too.Assist king Di Maria shows creative side againBoth of PSG’s first-half goals were created by former Real Madrid and Manchester United man Di Maria. Since his debut in 2015, he has 36 assists in Ligue 1 – the most in the division.Amiens set-piece defending leaves much to be desiredEven with Neymar missing, Amiens would have expected a difficult afternoon but they were architects of their downfall. Marquinhos’ opening goal from Di Maria’s corner was all too easy and could have been prevented had Amiens had a man on the back post, and that region remained unguarded as Rabiot’s effort went in off the woodwork for the second.Key Opta Facts10 – Paris have now won their first 10 games in Ligue 1 2018/19 & are just one win away from the best start for a team in the top 5 leagues (11 for Tottenham in 1960/61). History. @PSG_English pic.twitter.com/fBhH0WNzKK— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 20, 2018- Amiens have suffered their worst defeat ever in Ligue 1.- PSG have scored 37 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19, the highest tally at this stage since Saint-Etienne in 1969-70 (also 37).- Draxler has scored two goals in his last five Ligue 1 games, as many as in his previous 23.- Diaby, with two goals and three assists, is the second-youngest player (19 years and three months) to be involved in five-plus goals in the top five European leagues this season, only behind Jadon Sancho (18 years & seven months – two goals and six assists).- Di Maria has delivered 36 assists in Ligue 1 since his arrival in 2015, at least 14 more than any other player.What’s next?It is a return to the Champions League for PSG on Wednesday as they host Napoli before travelling to Marseille next weekend. Amiens play again in seven days’ time against Nantes. read morelast_img read more

All Star Players Discuss What Makes Giannis Special (Video)

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – Six All Star Players talk about “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo answering to the question “what makes Giannis special”, in a video edited by the NBA just hours before the All Star Game between East and West Conference starts. Antetokounmpo named Eastern Conference starter for 2017.Draymond Green: “He’s special. Loves the game, wants to get better every year. He want to be great, he plays with passion.”DeAndre Jordan: “He’s amazing! Well deserving to be All Star. It is cool to see somebody young like Giannis coming in this game. It is really good to watch him.”Kemba Walker: “He is improved. He’s having a great year, he’s unbelievable! Every time I watch the highlights he’s doing something crazy.”DeMarcus Cousins: “He’s a freak. His versatility is something I have never seen before.”Paul Millsap: “Very talented, very gifted player, especially with the size that he has.Kyle Lowry: “He is unbelievable, his talent, his ability, he’s passing, playmaking. He’s really talented. You have to respect him!”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

HY-VEE TO MATCH CUSTOMER DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

first_imgHy-Vee Food Stores will be accepting and matching customers donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.Hy-Vee says it will match all donations received from August 30th through September 30th up to $100,000.Customers will have the ability to donate $1 or $5 amounts at the cash register of any Hy-Vee store.You may add the amount to your purchase, or donate separately if not purchasing groceries.Funds will be provided to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts, including supporting volunteer work, opening shelters and providing meals and other supplies.last_img

Sunny Deol escapes unhurt as tyre of his SUV bursts on national highway

first_imgSunny Deol escapes unhurt as tyre of his SUV bursts on national highwayOne of the tyres of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) Sunny Deol was traveling in burst on the Amritsar-Gurdaspur national highway and at least four vehicles in Sunny Deol’s convoy rammed into each other.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service GurdaspurMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 17:37 IST The actor was on his way for a roadshow when one of the tyres of his cars burst. (Photo: Twitter/@iamsunnydeol)HIGHLIGHTSSunny Deol was traveling on Amritsar-Gurdaspur national highway when a tyre of his car burstAt least four vehicles in Sunny Deol’s convoy rammed into each otherSunny Deol subsequently left the spot in another vehicleIt was a close shave for actor-turned politician Sunny Deol on Monday, when one of the tyres of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) he was traveling in burst on the Amritsar-Gurdaspur national highway, police said.At least four vehicles in Sunny Deol’s convoy rammed into each other, though no one was injured. The actor was on his way for a roadshow. He, subsequently, left the spot in another vehicle.Sunny Deol, 62, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Akali Dal alliance candidate from Gurdaspur, the seat represented four times by yesteryear actor Vinod Khanna, who passed away due to cancer in April 2017.ALSO READ | Actor-singer Arun Bakshi joins BJPALSO READ | BJP, Congress fight for INLD turf SirsaALSO WATCH | Did PM Modi spend Rs 80 lakh on make-up?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow GurdaspurFollow PunjabFollow elections 2019Follow Lok Sabha 2019Follow Sunny Deollast_img read more

Harker’s Hall Farmers To Plant Fruit Trees May 22

first_imgThe National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be engaging farmers in Harker’s Hall, St. Catherine, to plant fruit trees to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.They will gather at a farm in Barnett Hill and two locations in Above Rocks to plant 124 trees and establish an apiary of 50 bee-box frames.The activities will be carried out under the theme ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’, with the aim of leveraging knowledge and spreading awareness of the dependency of food systems, nutrition and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.This will be done in collaboration with partners in the community and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).“RADA helped to select and mobilise farmers in the area and provided advice on the best choice of land for the type of fruit trees we will plant,” NEPA’s Senior Public Education Officer, Ava Tomlinson, told JIS News.Farmers and community members will also receive training in sustainable production practices and will be given seeds, fruit tree seedlings, timber seedlings, organic fertiliser and organic pesticides, in an effort to improve biodiversity and encourage the adoption of more sustainable farming practices.last_img read more

Agency Begins Contract Talks With Engineering Firm

first_imgThe Sydney Tar Ponds Agency will begin contract talks next week with the engineering firm Earth Tech, the leading bidder in the competition to provide design services for the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup. If the discussions are successful, Earth Tech, an international firm, and its local partner, CBCL Ltd., will carry out the detailed engineering for the cleanup, and supervise construction during the eight-year project. “At about $30 million, this will be one of the largest contracts awarded during the cleanup,” said Frank Potter, the agency’s acting chief executive officer. “Construction work on the cleanup will be divided into several projects to make it easier for local firms to take part.” Earth Tech, which recently completed the preliminary engineering design for the cleanup, is one of three bidders in the tender competition. The others are AMEC, which partnered with Golder and Associates; and TARget Engineering, a consortium of Halifax-based Jacques Whitford, SNC-Lavalin, ADI Ltd., and ENSR. Evaluators ranked Earth Tech first in technical merit and local economic benefits, and a close second in price. Technical merit accounted for 75 per cent of the evaluation score, local economic benefits 15 per cent, and price 10 per cent. The bid price may be adjusted to reflect possible changes in the scope of the cleanup project when the provincial and federal governments respond to the report of the environmental review panel that was issued in July. If discussions with Earth Tech are unsuccessful, the agency retains the right to open talks with one of the other two bidders. The three companies were invited to bid after a preliminary evaluation of expressions of interest from major engineering firms. Cleanup work in the Tar Ponds is expected to begin next year. Numerous preliminary cleanup projects, including the capping of a dump, the removal of buildings and debris, and the construction of an interceptor sewer to divert sewage from the Tar Ponds to a treatment plant, have already been completed. Work is wrapping up on the construction of a barrier between the Tar Ponds and Sydney Harbour, and the diversion of Coke Ovens Brook to clean channels is on schedule for completion this fall.last_img read more

Fort St John Fire Department responds to fire on 99 Avenue Tuesday

first_imgAs a result of the fire, Blades says the interior of the building suffered smoke and water damage.The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently being deemed as suspicious.The Fort St. John RCMP have taken over the investigation.Anyone with information is being asked to contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On late Tuesday night, the Fort St. John Fire Department responded to the scene of a fire on 99 Avenue.According to Deputy Fire Chief, Darrell Blades, crews arrived on scene to a building fire just before midnight at 11:50 p.m.Blades says the fire started on the exterior of the building and extended onto the roof, with the fire being quickly extinguished by the first crews on scene.last_img

We Would Live in Peace if Moroccos Conception of Islam Were

Rabat – Former French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, lauded Morocco’s conception of Islam on Sunday.The French politician, who is currently the President of the Paris Institut du Monde Arabe, made this statement on Sud Radio, two days following the Paris terrorist attacks, which killed 132 people and left over 350 others injured. The attacks claimed the life of one Moroccan and let two wounded.Invited to address the topic of the danger of foreign funding of Islam in France, Jack Lang hailed Morocco as “very friendly country” and a model of “Islam of enlightenment and peace.” “Foreign funding come in general from countries that very respectful of an Islam of enlightenment and peace. I refer especially to Morocco. If the conception of the Moroccan Islam were applied nowadays in the whole Islam world, we would live in peace,” Lang said.King Mohammed VI of Morocco was among the first world leaders to send his condolences to French President Francois Hollande and express his solidarity with the French people and his willingness to cooperate with the French government in the fight against ISIS.“I offer my most saddened condolences to you, to the innocent victims’ families and to the entire French people as well as my earnest wishes of prompt recovery to the wounded,” King Mohammed VI said in a message sent to the French President on Friday night.“I would like to condemn in the strongest terms on behalf of the Moroccan people and in my own name these vile terrorist acts and express our full solidarity and support to France and its people in this ordeal,” the Royal message concluded. read more

Freedom and development must go hand in hand Nepal tells General Assembly

Speaking at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the Assembly’s annual General Debate is being held, Madhav Kumar Nepal said “there is reason to be forward-looking and optimistic about Nepal’s peace process” in the three years since a pro-democracy movement led to the then king relinquishing his power as the civil war with Maoist forces also came to an end. “We have come a long way in terms of our transition from conflict. Like in every post-conflict situation, there are ups and downs and obstacles in the way,” he said, outlining the struggles to transform the former warring parties into one democratic order and the efforts to balance the need for justice for those who were the victims of crimes with the need for reconciliation. “Therefore, we know that we have to go even a longer way… We know we must be alert to the aspirations of our people for both freedom and development,” Mr. Nepal said. “Freedom rings hollow when there is no development. Development loses its soul if it is not accompanied by freedom. These are the twin goals for us and my Government is committed to pursuing these goals with clear vision and commitment.” Mr. Nepal voiced his country’s gratitude for the ongoing work of the UN political mission in the Asian nation (known as UNMIN) and said “we look to the United Nations as a true advocate and upholder of the universal values of peace, justice, equality, freedom and human dignity.” 26 September 2009Nepal has made steady progress since it emerged from a decade-long civil war, but to ensure lasting peace it must simultaneously boost economic development and strengthen political freedoms, the country’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly today. read more

Police seize 400000 illegal cigarettes in Pettah

The Police seized 400,000 illegal cigarettes in Pettah today.The Police Narcotics Bureau seized the illegal cigarettes while it was being transported in Pettah. One suspect was also arrested at the time. (Colombo Gazette)

Estee Lauder Nordstrom and Aramark rise while PGE falls

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., up $22.43 to $201.65The beauty products company blew past Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter expectations and gave investors a solid profit forecast.Nvidia Corp., up $11.22 to $170.78Chipmakers and other technology companies can sell supplies to China’s Huawei for an additional 90 days.DryShips Inc., up $1.35 to $5.18The cargo ship company is being sold to SPII Holdings after two months of negotiations.Aramark, up $3.08 to $40.18Hedge fund Mantle Ridge disclosed a 9.8% stake in the food and uniform services company.PG&E Corp., down $3.61 to $10.67A court ruled that the utility company will have to face a jury trial to determine whether it is liable for a deadly wildfire in 2017.Tegna Inc., up 86 cents to $15.86The broadcasting company is a potential buyout target for private equity company Apollo Global Management, according to media reports.Nordstrom Inc., up 78 cents to $26.10Big department store chains recovered some of the ground lost last week after Macy’s slashed its profit forecast for the year.JPMorgan Chase & Co., up 97 cents to $108.69Long-term bond yields, which help drive profit from interest rates on loans, edged higher.The Associated Press read more

Wynne says wont try to block party that wins most seats from

by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 7:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wynne says won’t try to block party that wins most seats from forming government OTTAWA – If Tim Hudak wins the most seats in the Ontario election but falls short of a majority, the Progressive Conservatives have the right to “attempt” to form government, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.The Liberal leader refused to speculate on a possible coalition or partnership with the New Democrats at a later stage, but insisted she will work to make sure a minority government functions.“I have worked in a minority parliament for the last 16 months,” said Wynne.“If that isn’t what the people of Ontario choose then we will continue to work in a minority parliament with whoever the government is.”But asked repeatedly whether she would be willing to team up with the NDP if a minority Tory government is short-lived, Wynne didn’t provide a clear answer.“Hypothetical. Hypothetical. Hypothetical,” she said. “We’re running for a strong mandate. We’re looking for a mandate from the people of Ontario.If one of the parties forms a minority government, it would have to open parliament with a throne speech — a confidence motion that determines its survival.If it doesn’t pass, the government would fall, triggering another election if no other party can gain the confidence of the legislature.In 1985, the Liberals and New Democrats joined forces to replace the newly elected minority Conservative government, who had four more seats than the Liberals. The Liberals agreed to implement NDP policies in exchange for their support for two years.But Wynne wasn’t interested in talking about history Wednesday, announcing that a new Liberal government would bring back the legislature within 20 days of the election and re-introduce the budget, which is also a confidence motion.The election was called after both opposition parties panned the May 1 budget, which raises the possibility that Ontario quickly could be plunged into another $90-million election if the Liberals form another minority government.Asked if she would table the same $130.4-billion spending plan — which would hike Ontario’s deficit to $12.5 billion — even if it means triggering another election, Wynne dismissed it as another “hypothetical question.”“That will be up to the people who are sitting in the legislature,” she said after a rally earlier in the day in Vaughan, north of Toronto.“But if we are re-elected, we will have been re-elected on the plan that we have brought forward to the people of Ontario, and that’s the plan that we’ll be ready to implement.”Re-introducing the budget would back the opposition parties in a corner, forcing them to decide whether to accept a plan they condemned, or get back on the bus for an election they could ill afford.Wynne’s the one who’s in a corner after Tuesday’s televised leaders’ debate, where she couldn’t defend the Liberals’ “indefensible record,” Horwath said at a campaign event in Toronto.“I think Ontarians are tired frankly of their money being wasted, of the scandals of tax dollars being used for political partisan purposes,” she said. “That’s not what the people of this province deserve.”Hudak said if the Tories form a government, he would “move immediately” to bring in a mini-budget, but wouldn’t say when he would call back the legislature.As for Wynne’s comments that she would let the winning party form a government, he called it an “encouraging change” but questioned her motivation, suggesting she was concerned about a public uproar if she clung to power after losing the election.“Voters don’t want a coalition,” he told The Canadian Press in an interview.“They know that a combination of (former Liberal premier) Dalton McGuinty and (former NDP premier) Bob Rae is not going to be in the best interests of Ontario, so I suspect that’s why you have a change in position.”Wynne ridiculed Hudak’s pledge to resign as premier if, once elected, he can’t keep all his campaign promises, including cutting 100,000 public-sector jobs to help balance the budget. She called it a “fog of deflection” aimed at masking what his austerity plan would really do.Hudak can’t “govern by gimmick,” Wynne said, before offering her own 20-day guarantee to recall the legislature.“He’s offered a money-back guarantee, but will the 100,000 people he puts out of work get a jobs-back guarantee?” she said to a cheering crowd of hundreds of supporters.“He’ll sacrifice our economy on the altar of extreme conservative ideology,” Wynne said. “I stand against that.” read more

Telekom Veszprem win in Zagreb to come closer to TOP 8

Telekom Veszprem are on the way to another EHF Champions League quarter-final after minimal victory in Zagreb over home team – 23:22 (12:10). The finalists of the EHF CL Final4 2015 and 2016, showed domination at Arena Zagreb, in encounter with domestic squad, who was forced to be behind during 60 minutes.PPD Zagreb – Telekom Veszprem 22:23 (10:12)PPD ZAGREB: Stevanović 10 saves, Skok; Kontrec, Vori 3, Cingesar 1, Šebetić 2, Marković 2(2), Horvat 1, Šušnja, J. Valčić 4, Jotić 1, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 3, Miklavčič 1, Markoski, Pavlović 4. Trener Silvio Ivandija.TELEKOM VESZPREM: Mikler 1 save, Alilović 9 saves; Gulyas, Ivancsik, Schuch, Ilić 2, Palmarsson 1, Gajić 2(1), Nilsson 3, Nagy 1, Ugalde 4, Marguč 4, Chema, Terzić, Sulić 4, Lekai 2. Trener Xavier Sabate.  ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16 weekend: Veszprem in Zagreb, PSG in Nantes Next Story → No winners in French derby in Nantes read more

Nokia Makes Symbian Closed Source

first_imgNokia is slowly stepping away from Symbian. Nokia has stated that Symbian would be dropped, but the first step in the process is to end the open source version. Nokia has just released info that from now on until Nokia ends the use of Symbian, it will be closed source. This is bad news for those who used Nokia Symbian phones just for that purpose. Nokia is making the switch due to the partnership with Microsoft for future phones. However, Nokia plans to slowly halt all Symbian connects over time. No word on how much longer Nokia will work with Symbian. Nokia also did not disclose when the new license would take effect. Via Ars Technicalast_img