Investigation of Alwar lynching case shifted to Jaipur Rattled by the reports about the delayed response of police in dealing with the alleged lynching of Haryana resident Rakbar Khan in Alwar district, the Rajasthan police on Monday constituted a high-level team of four senior officers to probe into the case. The team will look into the allegations of “deliberate delay” in taking the victim to a hospital.The team comprises Special Director General of Police (Law & Order) N.R.K. Reedy, Additional DGP (CID-Crime Branch) P.K. Singh, Inspector-General of Police (Jaipur Range) Hemant Priyadarshi and State Nodal Officer (Cow Vigilance) Mahendra Singh Chaudhary.DGP O.P. Galhotra said the team would look into the alleged delayed response and other connected issues related to Rakbar’s murder. “The team of senior police officers is already on the way to Alwar. Prompt and strict action will be taken against the guilty based on the team’s report,” he said.Also Read Mr. Galhotra said it would also be investigated whether Rakbar, 31, was thrashed by the policemen when he was in their custody on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. Rakbar was declared dead on arrival at the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Ramgarh.The team’s appointment was in addition to the overall probe being shifted out of Alwar and handed over to Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime & Vigilance), Jaipur Range, Vandana Bhati. The decision was taken after questions were raised over the conduct of the local police.Rakbar and his friend Aslam, belonging to Kolgaon village in Haryana’s Nuh district, were attacked by by a group of people on suspicion that he was smuggling cows in the forest area of Ramgarh’s Lalawandi village on Friday night. While Aslam managed to escape, Rakbar sustained severe injuries and was declared dead when the policemen took him to the Ramgarh CHC.Since Rakbar was in the custody of police for about three hours, the citizens and activists in Alwar have been asking why there was a delay in taking the critically injured man to the hospital.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo JRU fends off Mapua, finishes first round with 4th win NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ The 6-foot Seavmey, who enjoyed a big height advantage over Alora, also beat the Filipino in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLRio Olympian Kirstie Alora ran into a familiar tormentor and suffered the same fate to settle for silver in the women’s +67kg class in taekwondo in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Alora, who was the country’s flag-bearer, fell to Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia, 13-6, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
Seventh-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas served 13 aces in beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 6-3. The 21-year-old Greek player next plays Alex de Minaur, a 20-year-old Australian who lost the Swiss Indoors final to Roger Federer on Sunday.Federer is skipping this tournament, but Nadal and Djokovic are looking to score big points in Paris.Nadal can guarantee the year-end No. 1 position for the fifth time in his career by winning the indoor tournament for the first time, while Djokovic seeks a record-tying sixth year-end finish with the top ranking.Matteo Berrettini, beaten by Nadal in the U.S. Open semifinals, was one of several seeded players knocked out in the second round.The 10th-seeded Italian lost 6-4, 6-3 to 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who next plays big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff.Another big server was eliminated as 15th-seeded American John Isner — the 2016 runner-up — was downed 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) by Cristian Garin of Chile despite having 25 aces.Denis Shapovalov of Canada rallied to beat No. 11 Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and plays No. 6 Alexander Zverev next. Wawrinka advanced with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win over Marin Cilic and improved his record to 13-2 against the former U.S. Open champion.De Minaur upset No. 9 Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1); Dimitrov beat No. 12 David Goffin 7-5, 6-3, and Gael Monfils won 6-4, 7-6 (4) against Benoit Paire. /gsg Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Big D: Dallas renames street Nowitzki Way to honor Dirk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? PARIS – Four-time champion Novak Djokovic overcame a first-set wobble against unheralded Corentin Moutet, beating the 97th-ranked Frenchman 7-6 (2), 6-4 to reach the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to France’s Adrian Mannarino during the 2nd round match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)The top-ranked Djokovic lost his serve in game seven and needed to save two set points in order to hold the ninth game at 5-3 down. 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LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis “The last three days, you know, some things unfortunately caught up with me,” Djokovic said, without giving details. “Health-wise not feeling my best. … It affects your energy, your vitality on the court. Your alertness, attention, endurance, all these different things are affected.”Djokovic, who lost last year’s final and last won here four years ago, dropped serve again as Moutet broke back to 4-2 in the second set.But he clinched the victory with a forehand winner down the line on his first match point and next faces Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who beat 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3.Earlier, Dominic Thiem withstood 30 aces from the big-serving Raonic to win 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-4. The two-time French Open runner-up saved nine break points out of 10, and then broke Raonic for the first time in the ninth game of the deciding set before serving out the match.The fifth-seeded Austrian player, who won the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last Sunday for an ATP Tour-leading fifth title this year, next plays Grigor Dimitrov.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal, who is battling with his old rival Djokovic for the year-end No. 1 ranking, won 7-5, 6-4 against unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The second-seeded Spaniard next faces 16th-seeded Stan Wawrinka, with an 18-3 lead in their career meetings.“My serve worked very well during the whole match, I think I played at the right level,” said Nadal, who had eight aces. “Not easy to come back after a while without being on the tour.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe recently married Nadal has played just once since clinching the 19th major of his career — a round robin win against Canadian Milos Raonic at the Laver Cup more than one month ago — but did not face a break point while Djokovic saved four of six he faced.Djokovic, who sounded croaky when speaking after the match, explained he has been feeling unwell. View comments
NEW YORK — Phil Jackson made two big signings since becoming Knicks president, and Carmelo Anthony seems thrilled with both.First, Jackson picked Derek Fisher, who played for him in Los Angeles, to be the coach even though he had just retired as a player. Then Jackson gave Anthony a five-year, $124 million contract to keep the former NBA scoring champion in New York.Once Anthony decided to stay, he could sense how much things had already improved after a miserable 2013-14 season.“I think any time you have a new coach, a new energy comes along with that. You can just walk around the building and feel that energy,” Anthony said.“You can just see everybody is rejuvenated again. Everybody wants to win, everybody wants to do what’s right to help this team be successful,” he said. “So at the end of the day, I believe that we’ll be there at the end.”The Knicks finished 37-45 under Mike Woodson, the first time Anthony missed the playoffs in his 11 seasons. Jackson believes the Knicks can get there this season, though he also predicted it might take at least 45 wins in what should be an improved Eastern Conference.“There’s going to be a real healthy challenge in our conference,” Jackson said. “I think we’ve got a really good chance at settling in and finding a way to play and winning in this conference and being effective.”That could depend on how quickly the Knicks pick up the triangle offense, which Jackson used to win an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach and Fisher intends to run. Anthony insists they will, despite the struggles they had scoring in the preseason.He even talked to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, who flourished in the system, to prepare for this season, when he knows skeptics will be watching to see if he can have some of the success they did.“I don’t have a choice but to make it work,” Anthony said. “We don’t have a choice but to make it work. Whether it takes now or takes later, we don’t have a choice but to make this work.”Jackson’s calmness and Fisher’s optimism are a welcome change at Madison Square Garden, where the locker room was a fractured place last season. The team might not be much better yet, but the atmosphere already is.“The pain, what I endured last year and we felt as a team, we don’t want to go back down that lane no more,” Anthony said. “We don’t want to feel that pain.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ROME — UEFA has been asked to consider moving this season’s Champions League final out of Istanbul because of Turkey’s military action in Syria.UEFA declined to comment Wednesday about a letter sent from the Italian sports minister questioning if it was appropriate to continue letting Turkey host the biggest club game in world soccer in May.“We know well that the seriousness of what is happening in Syria will not be resolved with this act but we are all aware of the importance (political, media, economic, cultural) that belongs to one of the most important sporting events in the world,” the letter states, according to Italian news agency ANSA.The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was picked by UEFA last year over the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal.UEFA vice president Michele Uva told an Italian radio station it was “absolutely premature to talk about sanctions,” though the situation would be evaluated by the European soccer body’s executive committee. It next meets on Dec. 4.Istanbul already hosted the UEFA Super Cup this season. Champions League winner Liverpool beat Chelsea, the Europa League title holder, in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw.Since Turkey began a military offensive in northeast Syria last week, national team athletes from the country have made salute gestures at sports events.UEFA asked its investigators on Tuesday to assess if the Turkish soccer federation should be charged in a disciplinary case. Salutes made by Turkey players after European Championship qualifying games against Albania and France in the past week could breach rules prohibiting political statements at stadiums.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Press Trust of India Nove MestoJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 00:03 IST File photo of Hima Das (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHima Das achieved her season best timing of 52.09s to win 400m gold at Nove MestoIt was Hima’s 5th gold medal of the month in EuropeHima successfully returned to 400m after struggling with back issue at Asian Athletics Championships in AprilIndian sprinter Hima Das extended her sensational run by claiming her fifth gold of the month as she returned to her pet 400m competition with a season-best time of 52.09s in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on Saturday.The timing is slower than her personal best of 50.79 seconds, which she managed at the Jakarta Asian Games and she also narrowly missed out on the World Championships qualifying mark of 51.80.However, it was better than the timing of 52.88 seconds, which she managed earlier in the season.It was Hima’s fifth gold medal since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.Finished 400m today on the top here in Czech Republic today pic.twitter.com/1gwnXw5hN4Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 20, 2019In her first competitive 200m race of the year, she clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2.After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds.On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 while her fourth gold came at the Tabor Athletics Meet in the same country on Wednesday.It was first competition in 400m for the 19-year-old from Assam, fondly called the ‘Dhing Express’, in the 400m event since she struggled to finish the Asian Athletics Championship in April this year because of a back issue.Meanwhile, MP Jabir also won a gold in the 400-metre hurdles race, clocking 49.66 seconds but Mohammad Anas settled for a third-place finish in the 200m with a timing of 20.95 seconds.advertisementWinning a silver was Nirmal Noah Tom in the 200m event with a timing of 46.05s.Also Read | Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu eases into final after straight-game win over Chen YufeiAlso Read | Shiva Thapa becomes India’s first gold-medallist in Kazakhstan President’s CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Hima DasFollow 400mFollow Nove MestoFollow India athletics Next Hima Das wins 5th gold of the month after successful return to 400mHima Das, who is on a gold-winning spree in Europe, returned to 400m for the first time since Asian Athletics Championships in April and achieved her season best timing of 52.09s to clinch gold at Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on Saturday.advertisement
New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday said the NBFC crisis seems to have bottomed out and the government along with the RBI will closely monitor the situation to ensure that the sector comes out of the wood. Sitharaman in her Budget on Friday announced a series of steps to give relief to non-banking financial companies facing cash crunch following the collapse of IL&FS last year. “Largely it (NBFC crisis) has reached a peak in terms of challenges that they are facing. The problem probably is not over yet but it can only plateau rather than worsen … the deteriorating situation is reached its bottom … now it has bottomed out,” she said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepObserving that the comprehensive solutions in the Budget have been announced, the Finance Minister said, “We shall be closely monitoring with RBI to see how it’s moving. So strictly speaking, I feel the NBFC issue has been addressed.” In a bid to address the stress in the sector, the government proposed that public sector banks would purchase high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsFor this, the government will provide one time six months’ partial credit guarantee to PSBs for first loss of up to 10 per cent. Among others, Sitharaman had said the government will allow NBFCs to raise funds in public issues, and the requirement of creating a debenture redemption reserve (DRR), which is currently applicable for only public issues as private placements are exempt, will be done away with. As of now, NBFCs that do public placement of debt have to maintain a DRR and in addition, a special reserve as required by the RBI has also to be maintained. In a bid to improve regulatory oversight, the government also proposed to bring housing finance companies under the RBI from the fold of National Housing Bank. Sitharaman further said that these steps are aimed at improving the condition of the NBFC sector as a whole. “If anything, it can only now improve or it can be going on plateau for some time and then probably improve…I cannot say it has come to a closure. I cannot say it has ended. I cannot say the problem is over…We will still be careful about watching it,” she said. With regard to the reaction of the market on raising minimum public float to 35 per cent from existing 25 per cent, the finance minister said, “I am yet to hear response Parliament debating about it.” On the issue of bringing down government stake to below 51 per cent in PSUs, Sitharaman said the move will help increase retail participation and deepen the market. It will be designed in such a fashion that government directly or indirectly through its state-owned entities will hold 51 per cent stake and the public characteristic is maintained, she said. The government has decided to modify the present policy of retaining 51 per cent, she said, adding that the government’s 51 per cent shareholding would include stakes held by state-owned institutions. Giving example, she said, if the government stake in A company is 51 per cent and another state-owned entity has 10 per cent stake in that, there is headroom to dilute 10 per cent stake but still retaining 51 per cent stake. “So we are saying to that extent 10 (total 51 per cent government and government-run institutions together) the extra that is there can be released for employees, retail who want to possess by which the government control is not being diluted below 51 per cent,” she added.
(NDP MP Romeo Saganash. File/APTN)Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Ottawa’s historic adversarial posture on Indigenous rights proves institutional racism exists and it’s linked to the racism faced by Indigenous people on the streets of Canada’s cities, says Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash.The country’s problems with racism were again highlighted last week when national news magazine Maclean’s reported Canada had a bigger race problem than the U.S. The ensuing debate over the magazine’s reporting echoed a controversy that flared in 2001 when former Assembly of First Nations national chief Matthew Coon Come said Canada was afflicted by institutional racism.Saganash said Coon Come was right then and the current grand chief of the James Bay Cree Nation of Iiyuuschee is still right.“The Aboriginal people of this country are the only group that are subjected to that treatment of having the government of Canada as an adversary throughout the history of Canada,” said Saganash, who is MP for Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik. “It is the only group subjected to that, so yeah, of course Matthew Coon Come is right. It is institutionalized and it has to stop.”At the time, Coon Come faced a backlash from then-Indian Affairs minister Robert Nault who demanded the former AFN national chief apologize for his remarks.Nault, who was a minister in the Liberal Chretien government, is again seeking to run under the Liberal banner in Kenora, Ont. In an interview with APTN National News last week, Nault said he still stood by his belief racism in Canada is not institutional, but rather individual.“(Nault) is a pretty good demonstration that successive Liberal and Conservative governments over the past 150 years will not change, will not be able to address the fundamental issues of Aboriginal rights and Aboriginal title,” said Saganash. “Having Robert Nault come back for the Liberals is saying, ‘we are giving you more of the same.’”The current federal Aboriginal Affairs minister is refusing to be drawn into the latest version of the racism debate in Canada.Newly appointed NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton pressed Valcourt on the issue during question period Monday.“Canadians are finally talking about the horrific levels of racism faced by Indigenous people in cities like Winnipeg and elsewhere…From health care to police protection to employment and education, Indigenous people are too often treated as second-class citizens. That treatment as second-class citizens often has a direct correlation with government policy put forward by this federal government,” said Ashton. “Instead of being part of the problem, will the minister of Aboriginal Affairs commit to working with Indigenous communities and Canadians to put an end to racism that Indigenous people in Canada face?”Valcourt, however, ducked the question and didn’t even use the word “racism” in his response.“Our government believes that Aboriginal people should have the same quality of life, the same opportunities and the same choices as all other Canadians,” said Valcourt, in response. “That is why we continue to work and to take concrete actions on priorities that we share with First Nations and Aboriginals, such as on economic development, good governance, skills training, and on advancing treaty negotiations and reconciliation and we will continue in that vein.”Saganash said he isn’t surprised Valcourt is refusing to address the issue of racism.“I think it’s because they don’t know how to deal with it, it is so deeply institutionalized,” said Saganash.Saganash said one way to eradicate institutionalized racism from federal policies is to ensure the country’s laws comply with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Saganash has put forward a private member’s bill to do that and it is scheduled to come up for its first debate on March 12. If the bill fails to pass a vote on second reading, it will die. Saganash said he hopes the bill will at least make it through second reading so it can be studied at the House of Commons committee level.“We have to make the declaration into law in this country,” said Saganash. “It will have positive impacts…If we make sure every piece of legislation introduced in Parliament is in compliance with the UN Declaration there will be no need to challenge any legislation.”Saganash plans to hold an information session on his private member’s bill on Feb. 23 and he plans to invite Valcourt and his parliamentary secretary Mark Strahl. Saganash said the meeting will also be open to the public.Bill C-641 faces a tough road with the Harper government which has said it considers the declaration “aspirational’ after initially refusing to endorse it at all. At the UN, Ottawa’s diplomats are constantly fighting to dampen the impact of the declaration, especially its article on free, prior and informed consent, whenever it surfaces during international discussions, said Saganash. Just last October, in Rome, during meetings of the Committee on World Food Security, Canadian diplomats inserted a full page into a final report explaining that it saw the section on free, prior and informed consent as a matter of “meaningful consultation.”During a panel on reconciliation held on Jan. 7 in Massey College, Saganash said the actions of Ottawa’s diplomats “erode confidence and trust” in Canada.“Genuine reconciliation is not possible when such far-reaching and prejudicial conduct continues to take place,” said Saganash.firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
Martha TroianAPTN InvestigatesUniversities across the country are housing hundreds of Indigenous human remains, ranging from small bones fragments to complete skeletons and some from as far back as the ninth century.Repatriation of remains to the communities they originated from is slow but they should be returned, said Ry Moran, the director of the National Centre for the Truth and Reconciliation.Many of those human remains have been with the universities since the 1920s and they are stored in plastic bins, wooden trays and even cardboard boxes, APTN Investigates has learned from a survey of more than 12 universities across Canada.Institutions were asked a set of questions about Indigenous human remains within their institutions and just one, the University of Saskatchewan said they did not have remains.McGill University does not have remains onsite, but since 1987, the 200 skeletal parts belonging to the university have been stored at the McCord Museum in Montreal.“We’ve got this very unbalanced country right now, these materials, humans remains, cultural artifacts are scattered throughout the world, many of them taken without any consent from the community at all,” said Moran.“The communities themselves have been prevented from, and disempowered from creating cultural institutions of their own and that’s by virtue of the Indian Act…so it’s just a real challenge.”Ranging from bone fragments to complete skeletonsOf the 12 universities contacted, the University of Toronto has the highest number of Indigenous human remains, with 550 individuals, all of which are bone fragments.Edward Banning, Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Anthropology with the university, stated that the oldest remains are dated to the ninth century with most remains from the 17th century.“Human remains, for spiritual reasons, need to be put at rest and it is completely wrong for any people to have human remains in their institutions,” said activist and artist Christi Belcourt.“People’s bodies need to be respected.”(Christi Belcourt)Memorial University of Newfoundland has the second highest number of Indigenous human remains with approximately 197 individuals, both complete and incomplete.Even though the Rooms Corporation — the home of the provincial museum — is responsible for the remains, they are housed at the university wrote Mark Ferguson, the manager of collections at the museum, in an email.These Indigenous remains date as far back as 7,000 years ago.The University of British Columbia was unable to provide the total number of human remains, stating an analysis would have to be conducted.APTN asked for an estimate, but the institution declined to provide one.Generally, most universities have Indigenous remains ranging from small bone fragments to multiple full skeletons. Remains are also predominantly from the same province the university is located in.For example, the University of Victoria houses remains primarily from Vancouver Island.UVic was unable to provide the number of remains because they are fragmentary and no attempt has been made to identify whether they belong to one or more individuals.In some institutions, the remains come from other parts of a province or country.Of the 63 human remains held by Western University based in London, Ont., one skull is from Nunavut.The University of Manitoba has remains from British Columbia, North Dakota, Florida and even Ghana in its collection.Most Indigenous remains in these universities are stored in plastic bags, then in specialized cardboard boxes and placed on shelves or in cabinets.These remains arrive at these institutions in a variety of ways, such as through archaeological excavations, development projects and construction sites.Some remains are also handed over to the universities after police departments determine they are not of forensic interest.Repatriation slow and recentAlthough some universities are repatriating Indigenous human remains back to their rightful communities, the process has been slow and a long time coming.Recent examples include the University of Winnipeg, who returned 18 individuals in 2017, with six more scheduled in spring 2018. Currently, the university has 145 remains made up of a single tooth to a complete skeleton.Western University returned remains to a nearby Indigenous community in mid-October 2017.The largest repatriation to date was done by the University of Toronto, returning approximately 1,760 remains in 2013. The remains were in most cases from ossuaries, the university said.With approximately 59 First Nation partial remains at its institution, John Danakas, executive director with public affairs at the University of Manitoba said only one request was made by an Indigenous group in the last 27 years for the return of remains.The bones were eventually repatriated in 2002. Danakas stated no other requests have been made since then.Some institutions will either work with one community or several to return remains, as in the case of the University of Alberta, who previously worked with 14 communities across the province to rebury 25 individuals near Lacombe in 2014.“If we don’t do it ourselves it doesn’t get done”“We need to find a new path forward but communities have been so disempowered over the years that we have to ask ourselves if there’s a capacity and that’s really fundamental,” said Ry Moran, referring to whether communities have a place for these remains.“It is now only Indigenous people that can really determine what should happen with this material and new conversations have to be happening across the country.”(Ry Moran)APTN asked the universities what they’re doing to help repatriate more remains.Many said they welcome the opportunity to work with anyone who requests the return of remains but not all institutions have repatriation policies.Lakehead University and UVic are among those that do not have a repatriation policy.For some universities, covering the cost to get some of these returns back to Indigenous communities is not an option.“In terms of the actual cost, that is a burden on the community. They bear the cost of coming down, they bear of the cost of return, they bear the cost of any ceremony that takes place,” said Susan Rowley, the director with the Laboratory of Archaeology at UBC.“That’s something that is very difficult,” Rowley said.UBC will help with the paperwork and any events that might take place on the day remains are returned.“I think history has proven that if we don’t do it ourselves it doesn’t get done,” said Christi Belcourt.“We can say that others should pay for this and they should, but is that the reality of what will happen? No.”email@example.com Follow @ozhibiiige
“This tragic incident is all the more distressing as it took place on the first day of the Holy Eid Al-Adha marking the end of the annual Hajj season, said the UN chief in a statement released by his spokesperson in New York.In the statement, the Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and expresses his sympathies to all the Governments concerned.
Courtesy of MCTThen-redshirt-freshman quarterback for Texas A&M Johnny Manziel runs the ball during a game against Oklahoma on Jan. 4, at Cowboys Stadium. A&M won, 41-31.Texas A&M redshirt-sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has been suspended for allegedly being involved in the signing and sale of merchandise.Was he suspended for half the season? No. For the non-conference season? Nope. The entire first game? Negative.Manziel has been suspended for a whopping one half of the team’s first game (which will likely be an easy victory against an overmatched Rice team).Allegedly, Manziel received tens of thousands of dollars to sign autographs throughout multiple signing sessions. On Thursday the NCAA released a statement saying, essentially, there was no evidence that Manziel received payment for autographs. It did say, however, Manziel was found guilty of a separate (and lesser) NCAA violation.From the point of view of the Buckeye faithful, it’s hard to believe that Johnny Football would have received such a pointless penalty had he chosen to play ball in Columbus.The now infamous “Tattoo-Gate” (which supposedly dealt with less money than the Manziel situation) led to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving the university for the NFL, the forced end of Jim Tressel’s coaching career and multiple suspensions for various players. On top of that, the team received multiple sanctions, including a self-inflicted bowl game ban for 2012-13.While the two situations are certainly different, I just do not see how the NCAA justifies their decisions at this point.In one case, the NCAA nearly ruined one of the most successful football programs in history, in another they slapped their new poster boy on the wrist.I understand that Manziel was not found guilty of the greater violation, but from everything that has been reported, it seems like the NCAA must not have put forth much effort into finding evidence.Would I say the NCAA favors him? Yes, I would, and I truly believe a greater suspension would have been handed down if he played for OSU, regardless of the evidence that came up.They want to be known as the tough kid on the block, but today the NCAA proved that they are hiding out with their tails between their legs.The media have a field day when OSU gets in trouble, and the NCAA is proud to hand the Buckeyes tougher sanctions than any other school (save one or two), but when the great hero Johnny Football leaps over the line, they simply move it further away.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLegal challenge to Broadcast Amendment Bill filed by former Attorney GeneralOctober 10, 2017In “Business”Broadcast Amendment Bill: PPP/C plans to challenge it in Court- NandlallAugust 9, 2017In “Business”Broadcast Amendment Bill: Broadcasters should file legal action- Parliamentary OppositionAugust 7, 2017In “Business” The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has put the APNU/AFC Government on blast for ignoring all the concerns highlighted internationally, as well as locally over the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2017, assenting it into law and enforcing its contents onto broadcasters.According to the Party, “this Act unduly restricts press freedom, expropriate private proprietary interest and is oppressive and unconstitutional. We intend to lead the constitutional challenge against it in the Courts.”Moreover, the PPP/C says that further exacerbating the situation is the enforcement aspect of the “draconian” Act which due to “incompetence” has left the broadcasters with very limited time as it relates to the submission of applications for licences.See their full statement below:Despite calls from the Guyana Press Association, Caribbean Association of Media Workers, Reporters without Broader and other major organisations representing the cause of journalism and freedom of the press and the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) to the Government to withdraw the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2017, the Government ignored all these calls, passed the Bill in the National Assembly, the President assented to it and upon the directions of the Prime Minister, the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) has begun to enforce its provisions.We reiterate that this Act unduly restricts press freedom, expropriate private proprietary interest and is oppressive and unconstitutional. We intend to lead the constitutional challenge against it in the Courts.As a result of blundering incompetence, the Government has made the enforcement of the Act as draconian as the provisions themselves. Although the Bill was assented to and came into force since the 7th September 2017, this information was only made public on the 24th September 2017. Then only on the 1st October 2017, did the GNBA inform broadcasters that they have seven days to submit their applications for a licence under the Act. Even then the incompetence continued: only late on the evening of the 3rd October 2017, were application forms for the licences made available.Therefore, broadcasters are now forced to complete application forms which require a massive amount of financial and other technical information before the deadline of Saturday the 7th October 2017. If they fail to do so then they would be forced to close down their operations or expose themselves to be charged with a criminal offence, which carries a fine of $1M and imprisonment for 1 year and their broadcasting equipment is liable to be forfeited by the Government, under the provisions of this law. This oppressive regime of requirements is another reminder of the harsh reality that we are careening down the road to political dictatorship.We say to the Government that is it not too late to withdraw this oppressive piece of law.That Moses Nagamootoo, one who masqueraded as a journalist for several years, is the subject Minister simply aggravates the tragedy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swY25b_bG8QTÁNAISTE AND FOREIGN Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore has said that Ireland will play its “full part” the relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.Speaking on his way into this morning’s Cabinet meeting, he said that the Government was continuing to monitor the situation and added the Irish people expected the State to be fully involved in the international relief plan.The Government has already announced emergency funding of €1 million, which is being made available through Irish NGOs.The Tánaiste said that tents, blankets and other basic necessitates were being provided through Irish Aid, and that engineers and other personnel from the ‘Rapid Response Corps’ were on standby to fly out “as soon as they’re needed on site”.The United Nations is poised to launch an appeal for hundreds of millions of euros in emergency aid for the tyhoon-ravaged country, as the massive international effort begins to build momentum.Almost 10 percent of the Philippines’ population have been affected after the storm smashed into the nation’s central islands, leaving at least 10,000 people feared dead. Another 660,000 have lost their homes, according to the UN.UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is in Manila to launch a “flash appeal” for cash, while the US and Britain have deployed warships carrying thousands of soldiers to assist in a vast operation to help nearly 10 million people affected by Friday’s ‘super typhoon’.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the “logistics of a major country” would be needed to get access to the worst affected parts of the islands and set-up communications systems.He said that Ireland had a well-regarded record in responding to international tragedies, but that the country didn’t have ”endless resources” that it could make available.Video: Nicky Ryan at Government Buildings(Youtube: TheJournal.ie)Related: Gilmore announces €1m emergency fund for Philippines relief effortIn Pictures: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan attempt to leave Tacloban
A 19-YEAR-OLD has been killed in a Christmas afternoon road crash.It happened at around 1.50pm. His vehicle crashed into a parked car on Ballybough Road, Summerhill, on the northside of Dublin city.The young man was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.The two occupants of the parked car weren’t injured in the incident.A stretch of the road was closed in both directions this afternoon, as gardaí carried out forensic tests.Gardaí are Mountjoy are appealing for witnesses — they can be contacted on 01- 6668600.
Proxenos, the long-awaited program that will allow Greeks living abroad to apply for official certificates and documents from the Greece’s consular services online, has started operating in pilot mode in Australia, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantirakis confirms.“As a first step,” Mrs Simantirakis explains “we issue birth and family status certificates as long as the applicant is registered in a Greek municipal personal records database. Our services will soon extend to providing more certificates.”Mr Kokkinos, head of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, announced the launch of the program to Neos Kosmos back in May, emphasising Greece would save up to 50,000 working hours with this new measure.“Greeks will be able to receive certificates of birth and marital status online, thus cutting time spent searching for such paperwork in Greece and saving money for the state,” he said.“This is a jump in the quality of services offered by Greece’s consular services throughout the world, facilitating the lives of expatriates, offering Greeks worldwide the opportunity to get hold of official documentation from their nearest consulate, accessing central public records databases.”Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias explained back in August that “this action is one that benefits citizens, in the framework of a Europe as we perceive it”. “Without the diaspora we are nothing but a crippled nation,” he stressed. “We aim to − via Greek expatriates − combine patriotism with a more ecumenical approach.”Meanwhile, Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris commented that this “new breeze of change in the air” is positive for diaspora issues.The mayor concluded his address announcing that the World Council of Hellenes Abroad will again be based in Thessaloniki. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Samsung Galaxy 9 might well be one of the most hotly anticipated phone releases in years. That’s partially because the news cycle surrounding the phone has been dominated by a steady stream of leaks. Some of the biggest breaks have come from reddit posts by testers and those with S9 prototypes. But it seems that twitter user @band_gogo_ has posted the latest.The mysterious leaker has posted just about everything you’d want to know, and we’ll run over some of the jucier details below. But! It’s worth keeping in mind that these are still unconfirmed. That said, let’s dig in.According to the mysterious person, the S9 will be a lot more durable than its predecessor, with an aluminum alloy chassis as well as IPX8 certification for water and dust resistance (though only up the three feet in water).
Impactful People NW board meetings have often been a mixture of business and frivolity. The April 15 meeting, however, was all business.That’s because it was time to dismantle the fledgling Vancouver-based business networking organization.“It was somber,” said board member Angela Engstrom, a Vancouver lawyer.Board members had learned the nonprofit organization’s founder, executive director Erika Laws, was under criminal investigation. “There’s some suspicion of co-mingling of funds and some financial issues,” Engstrom said, declining to elaborate.Within a few hours, the board voted to remove Laws and begin the process of dissolving the 5-year-old group. Laws, who earlier this year sought appointment to the Vancouver City Council, was not at the meeting, having been told to not attend.In short order, the Impactful People NW website was scrubbed of content, save the board’s statement about the organization’s end. Its Facebook page featured the same statement — along with dozens of photos of smiling people, suggesting that at one time Impactful People NW meant more than the alleged malfeasance of its executive director and president.“It was a social networking group for up-and-coming small business entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses,” said Sunny Parsons, owner of Heathen Brewing, whose Feral Public House in downtown Vancouver and Heathen Estate near Brush Prairie served as donated meeting space. “Kind of a grassroots community thing. It was a good group of people.”Laws started a group called Impactful Women NW in February 2014. After assembling a board of directors, she launched Impactful People NW and Impactful Men NW. The three organizations did business under the umbrella of Impactful Women NW, which attained nonprofit status in April 2017 from the Internal Revenue Service.
Mike McKinnon III, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 21, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, Nathan Fletcher revealed his plan, ‘Everyone’s San Diego’, that would step up County Government’s effort in supporting immigrant and refugee communities. Flethcer plans to launch the first-ever County Center for New San Diegans.The full press release announcing Fletcher’s plan can be read below:Nathan Fletcher said: “While Donald Trump divides and derides, we will protect and praise the immigrants and refugees who proudly call San Diego home. As Supervisor, I’ll launch the County Center for New San Diegans to expand access to information, services and support so immigrant families know they’re not alone in their journey to achieve the American Dream. I’ll fight to keep San Diego a welcoming city for immigrants and refugees and stop Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant policies from ever taking hold here.”Nearly one-quarter of San Diego County’s population is made up of immigrants and home to the largest refugee community in California. Therefore, in addition to launching the Center for New San Diegans, highlights of Fletcher’s plan include streamlining access to essential government resources like naturalization and school enrollment and inclusive economic policies to help immigrants find job opportunities and support small business entrepreneurship among newcomer families.Fletcher’s proposals also call for County Government to step up its response to rising rates of hate crimes and discrimination as well as invest in more community-oriented policing to build stronger ties between immigrant neighborhoods and law enforcement.Read Fletcher’s Plan, ‘Everyone’s San Diego’, here: NathanFletcher.com/immigrationFletcher is the Democratic nominee for County Supervisor in San Diego’s 4th District and was the first place finisher in June’s primary election. He is endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Vice-President Joe Biden, and San Diego County Firefighters.To learn more about Nathan Fletcher’s campaign, visit: www.NathanFletcher.com.Follow Nathan Fletcher on Facebook and Twitter.Nathan Fletcher served as State Assemblyman, where he authored Chelsea’s Law, passed scholarships for middle-class kids and was rated one of California’s most effective legislators. A decorated veteran of the Marine Corps, Fletcher is a Veterans advocate who has worked to eliminate the stigma surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress and has fought to prevent immigrants who served in the military from being deported. A professor at UCSD, Fletcher lives in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego with his wife, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, and their four children. Updated: 3:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Nathan Fletcher proposes County office for immigrants and refugees Mike McKinnon III, KUSI Newsroom August 21, 2018
David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money.State records don’t indicate which contracts are storm-related, making fund tracking — and spending accountability — nearly impossible.Disaster recovery experts say the lack of transparency in Texas could hinder coordination, encourage fraud and squander an opportunity not only to rebuild after one of the country’s costliest natural disasters, but also to mitigate the risks of the next monster storm.Here’s a look at where some of the money has gone and what’s not being tracked:FEDERAL ASSISTANCETexas has received more than $11 billion in federal disaster aid since Hurricane Harvey hit the state’s Gulf Coast in late August. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has appealed for $61 billion more in federal assistance, largely for public infrastructure projects.The bulk of the federal money spent so far has gone through federal agencies, which — unlike Texas agencies — maintain public, frequently updated databases of their spending. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also provides daily updates.Those records show that as of Dec. 12, FEMA paid $1.47 billion for hotel bills and emergency home repairs; the Small Business Administration issued $2.84 billion in low-interest loans to homeowners and businesses; and the National Flood Insurance Program paid $6.87 billion in flood insurance.The federal government also maintained a centralized database to search for contracts awarded during the storm.HOW TEXAS SPENDS FEDERAL AIDIt’s much harder to track federal money being distributed through the state.So far, more than $500 million in federal dollars have gone directly to Texas to reimburse state agencies and local jurisdictions for debris removal, power restoration and emergency infrastructure repairs. But how the money has been spent is unclear.Abbott, who divided funding coordination among several state agencies, appointed a commission to help hard-hit cities, towns and counties get reimbursed by FEMA for public projects. However, the commission isn’t tracking the funds. Instead, local authorities are responsible for transparency and for holding onto receipts in case of a federal audit, said commission spokesman Laylan Copelin.“We’re on the service end of things, we’re not really in the money trail,” Copelin said.Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch said the state currently had no centralized, comprehensive funds tracker that would allow the public to monitor recovery and rebuilding spending. He said one is in the works, though he didn’t know what it would entail or when it would come online.STATE PUBLIC ASSISTANCEAnother murky side of Texas’ storm spending involves state contracts awarded to private companies for services or products, such as food or portable shower rentals for first responders.About $1.7 billion in state funds were spent by state agencies on storm recovery and rebuilding through October, according to a report by the Legislative Budget Board. But how each agency spent the funds is unclear. For example, the board’s report shows that the Department of Health and Human Services spent more than $1 billion, but there’s no breakdown of where or when the money was spent.There’s also no specific code or marker in a public database of state contracts to indicate which contracts are related to Harvey, according to Jacob Pugh, who oversees the database on behalf of the board, which provides Texas lawmakers with budget recommendations and fiscal analyses.“There’s no way to say, ‘Just give me Harvey contracts,’ because there’s no identifier for that,” said R.J. DeSilva, a board spokesman. “You could do a word search for Harvey or hurricane. But the contract description needs not necessarily have those words in it.”The database also doesn’t reveal whether any individual contract was paid for with state or federal funds, or a combination of the two, DeSilva said.The database is maintained by the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Hirsch, the governor’s spokesman, said the office is working on coding that would distinguish Harvey contracts from other state contracts.STILL AWAITING FEDERAL HOUSING AIDAbout $5 billion in federal funding was pledged to Texas by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address housing shortages and infrastructure repairs. That money hasn’t made its way to Texas, in part because HUD has yet to publish rules for how the money should be used.When the money does arrive, it will be administered through the Texas General Land Office, which will publicize an accounting of each grant in quarterly reports hosted on its website. But removed from other recovery spending, the reports may have limited public utility.The HUD money will be for long-term rebuilding efforts, such as replacing a flooded water-treatment plant or building new homes. The funding, through community development block grants, is intended to fill in the gaps after individuals and government agencies exhaust all other sources of funding.BEST PRACTICESTexas’ silo approach to monitoring and allocating funds could haunt the state’s Republican leadership, said Marc Ferzan, a government compliance consultant who served as New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy “czar,” a Cabinet-level position responsible for coordinating rebuilding strategies and funding.“If everyone’s kind of doing their own thing, it’s very possible, from a hazard-mitigation standpoint, that things won’t be effectively coordinated. Without a centralized approach, things can even function at cross purposes,” Ferzan said.Ferzan suggested Texas set up a central database to track where money is coming from and where it’s being applied, similar to what New York and New Jersey created after Sandy caused $65 billion in damage in 2012. Those databases were searchable by funding source, contract award and contractor.North Carolina also recently launched a website to track the $230 million that Congress allocated in community development block grants after Hurricane Matthew hit the state in 2016.The U.S. government doesn’t require states to provide a detailed accounting for disaster relief. But that could change under legislation awaiting a vote in the House. The bill, the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act, aims to streamline data on the acquisition and administration of federal funds.“With the magnitude of this year’s storms, there have been a lot of questions about costs. There’s been a push on Capitol Hill to improve oversight and transparency,” said Chris Currie, director of emergency management and national preparedness issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The nonpartisan watchdog agency monitors how federal taxpayer money is spent.A lack of such transparency and oversight dogged federal agencies after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. As much as 21 percent of the $6.3 billion given directly to victims of that storm may have been improperly distributed, according accountability office. Share
Kolkata: A youth was arrested by Bidhannagar North Police Station over alleged impersonation of Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Law and Order Anuj Sharma on Saturday night. Sources informed that the youth, identified as Reyazuddin Ahmed, had threatened the Traffic Inspector (TI) Bidhannagar Biplab Mondal with dire consequences, for prosecuting him under the Motor Vehicles Act (MV Act) near Salt Lake City Centre.According to police sources, Ahmed was driving his car with a friend on Saturday night. At the same time, a special ‘naka checking’ was going on to prosecute drunken drivers. When Ahmed was passing through the area, Mondal noticed that he was talking on his mobile phone while driving. He immediately directed Ahmed to stop his vehicle. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAhmed stopped his vehicle and approached Mondal. On asking, the TI told Ahemed that he will be prosecuted under the MV Act for talking over mobile phone while driving. Ahmed denied the charge and refused to submit his driving licence. However, when Mondal told him that his vehicle will be handed over to the local police station unless he provides his driving licence, Ahmed complied. Soon after, he called someone and told Mondal that ADG Law and Order will talk with him. When Mondal took his phone, a person from the other end told him to release the vehicle without any prosecution. He identified himself as ADG Law and Order Anuj Sharma. After hanging up, Mondal sensed some foulplay. He immediately started verifying the phone number. Seeing this, Ahmed started threatening the TI. He called up the number again and handed his mobile phone to Mondal. The person on the other end also threatened him of dire consequences. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the meantime, the TI was informed by Bidhannagar Police that the number does not belong to Sharma. Immediately, Ahmed was handed over to Bidhannagar North Police Station. Later, Mondal lodged a complaint on the basis of which a specific case against Ahmed was filed on charges of impersonating a public servant, obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and criminal intimidation. He was arrested later on Saturday night. Sources informed that though no other person has been arrested in this case, police have come to know that the person who was talking over the phone is the son of a police inspector of West Bengal Police.