Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday, police said.Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were also recovered from the encounter site.“Based on a credible input about the presence of terrorists in the Gopalpora area of Chadoora in Budgam district, a cordon and search operation was launched in the intervening night (of Tuesday and Wednesday),” a police spokesman said.He said when the search operation was under way, the militants fired on the security forces. The search party retaliated and it led to a gunfight in which the two militants were killed, the spokesman said. The identities and affiliations of the militants are being ascertained, he added.“Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter,” the spokesman said. Police have registered a case and initiated investigation into the matter, he added.
Two dissident leaders from Manipur claiming to represent King Leishemba Sanajaoba on Tuesday announced the launch of the “Manipur Government in exile” in London.Addressing a press conference, Yamben Biren, claiming to be the “Chief Minister of Manipur State Council” and Narengbam Samarjit, claiming to be the “Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur State Council” said they were speaking on behalf of the ‘Maharaja of Manipur’ to formally launch the government in exile — “The Manipur State Council“.There was no immediate comment from the High Commission of India in London.Mr. Biren and Mr. Samarjit produced documents to show they have been granted political asylum in the U.K. in August 2019.They said after getting their asylum status in the U.K., “the de jure government is shifted from Manipur to London”.“We believe that now is the right time to make public the Independent Government of Manipur before the international community and seek recognition. We call on all the Governments of the sovereign states of the members of the United Nations for their recognition of the de jure and exile Government of the Manipur from today onwards.“The three million Manipuri people want recognition as one of the Precious Native Nations. Our attempts to engage with the Indian government were met with hate and hostilities,” they claimed.They claimed there are “more than 1,528 cases of the extra judicial killing which are pending before the Supreme Court of India”.The duo claimed the “State of Manipur is a de jure Government formed in Manipur under the Manipur State Constitution Act 1947. It received independence from the British Raj on August 14, 1947. They claimed the sovereign State of Manipur was excluded from India by the Order in Council by his Majesty on 27 December 1946 and the Indian Government annexed Manipur State of India by violation of the Act 1949”.The two leaders said that they would make an appeal to Queen Elizabeth II and after getting an order from the Privy Council they would move the United Nations for recognition.
Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) First picture of Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, celebrating the “love of equals” on the sets of “Sultan,” was shared on Valentines day.Official Twitter page of the movie posted the picture featuring Salman wearing blue jeans and zipper along with Anushka in blue track pants and jersy.”Haryana ka sher aur Haryana ki shaan ka ghana ishq hai takkar ka. This #ValentinesDay, celebrate the love of equals,” the caption read.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, “Sultan” is a sports drama, set to release this Eid. The movie will see Salman playing Sultan Ali Khan, a Haryana-based wrestler.The 27-year-old “NH 10” actress is also playing a wrestler in the film. PTI SHD SHD
First things first. For those of you who thought Virat Kohli and Mr. Nags were always at war, you could not be further away from the truth. Yes, their jousts and (not very friendly) banters are wildly popular on social media. Off the camera, the two get along pretty well and share mutual respect and admiration for each other. (Full IPL Coverage)Before we proceed any further, there’s need for a quick introduction. Kohli of course does not need one. Neither does Mr. Nags if you are a fan of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. For two seasons now, the moustached prankster has ‘nagged’ the lives out of RCB’s superstars. His recent ‘exploits’ against Kohli in an insanely funny interview drew rave reviews and was widely covered on news portals.Mr. Nags started hosting the RCB “Insider Show” since 2015 and his incessant probing of Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson, has won him several fans across the country. Watching these videos sometimes make you wonder if these legends always take Nags’ pranks in the right spirit. Mr. Nags, who really is Danish Sait, a well-known comedian from Bangalore, says the batting heavyweights are friendly and understand that he is there to do a job.But that said, there are also some unsaid rules that Danish aka Mr. Nags follows diligently. I do not discuss cricket with them. It’s not my place. I know the importance of leaving them alone in their own space. They are too tired after a game and it’s not right to bother them then.”advertisement Besides, Danish does not act like a smitten fan boy next to some of the world’s most destructive batsmen. “In the two years I have spent with the team, I have never taken a picture with the players without my make-up on. And the players know that am there to do a job. They are there to play cricket and I am there to provide entertainment through social media.”Most importantly Danish never takes a camera to the players soon after a defeat and understands that a business relationship with the cricketers does not necessarily need to translate into friendship.Danish has his priorities sorted and knows where to draw a line. Respecting the players’ private space despite a demanding job has helped him connect swiftly with the likes of Watson and Kohli.”I was having a chat with Kohli about Corner House the other day and he said we should go get an ice cream together sometime,” says Danish.Staying on Kohli, Mr. Nags points out that the RCB skipper is as much a gem on the field as he is off it. “He is a brilliant human being. We are both the same age. He is very inspiring. We were at Sonar Bangla (a Kolkata hotel). The team had a little dinner together. I told Virat – ‘You are very inspiring.’ And he knew that I didn’t just say it for the heck of it. He could see that I meant it.”Contrary to Kohli’s brash image on the field, Danish says India’s 27-year-old Test captain is extremely well brought up and a thoroughbred gentleman. RCB were in Mohali for a game this year. Kohli’s elder brother Vikas did not have an accreditation. Carrying a normal ticket, he wanted to have a word with Virat as soon as the team arrived at the hotel but the security guards, who did not realise who Vikas was, kept him away. Neither Vikas nor Virat created a hue and cry over the incident. “In fact, when I went after Vikas bhaiya, he said the security people were only doing their job. These small things say a lot about a person and a family. Virat and Vikas have been brought up extremely well by their parents. They are two fine young men.”It’s easy to catch the respect and awe in Danish’s voice when he talks about Kohli. But all that would count for little when the two clash on camera again for one of their duels.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid have signed Portuguese attacking midfielder Diogo Jota from Primeira Liga club Pacos de Ferreira on a five-year deal.The 19-year-old, who was under contract with Pacos until June 2020, was voted the best young player in the Portuguese top flight last season after scoring 12 goals to help the club based in the Porto district finish seventh in the standings.”To be a part of such a big club makes me proud,” Jota told Atletico’s official website (www.clubatleticodemadrid.com).”It is a great club at all levels and I didn’t think twice about accepting this offer.”I want to fight to establish myself in the club. It will be a season of learning. I hope to be in the plans of the coach.”Atletico did not reveal any financial details of the deal but Spanish media estimated the transfer fee for the Portuguese under-21 international to be in the region of 7 million euros ($7.75 million).The Spanish side’s sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero believes Jota will be a great addition to his club. (Also read: Atletico Madrid sign defender Sime Vrsaljko for five seasons)”He is a young player, very fast and upright, carries the ball very well and has great acceleration,” Caminero said.”Diogo has a great future and stands out for his one-on-one technique and his versatility, because he can play in several positions.”Jota will join up with his new team for pre-season training on Thursday.($1 = 0.9038 euros)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — They’re an afterthought in the standings now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets believe they’re starting something they can build on next season.Ryan Johansen scored late in regulation to tie it and then added the clinching goal in the shootout April 2 to lead them to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders, tying the franchise record with their eighth straight win.“We’re playing some great hockey and we’re really making it tough on these good teams,” Johansen said.The Blue Jackets, out of the playoff picture, have won 11 of 12 in addition to running their road streak to a franchise-best eight in a row.They were down two goals midway through the third, a crowd of 15,361 was sitting on its hands and it appeared the winning streak was toast.The Islanders took a 3-1 lead just 55 seconds into the third when John Tavares, who also had a goal, passed back to Travis Hamonic, who blasted a hard shot from near the blue line. Sergei Bobrovsky made the save but gave up a rebound, with Ryan Strome pouncing on it for his 17th.But the Blue Jackets cut the lead to a goal when Jack Johnson scored on a rebound — his third game in a row with a goal.David Savard’s shot from the point got through heavy congestion and Nick Foligno and Scott Hartnell squeezed off shots before Johnson found the net at the 11:08 mark.“Jack Johnson’s goal really energized us,” said coach Todd Richards, who collected his 200th career victory. “It got the crowd into it again. We started battling and getting to the front (of the net).”Johansen then tied it with 3:43 left in regulation. Savard’s long shot was deflected at the net by Cam Atkinson, the puck trickling behind goalie Jaroslav Halak. Johansen reached his stick around the goalie to tap it into the net and tie it.Bobrovsky made three big saves in the final minute of regulation when the Islanders were on a power play after Cody Goloubef was whistled for delay of game. Halak did the same in the overtime when Johnny Boychuk went off for interference and he stopped four in-close shots.After Mark Letestu scored to lead off the shootout, Johansen slowed as he went in on Halak and slid the puck between his leg pads. Bobrovsky, who stopped Frans Nielsen in the first round, then stopped Kyle Okposo to lock up the victory.Johansen came in slow and easy before calmly wristing a low shot through Halak’s legs.“I just feel it’s tougher on the goalie. It’s hard for him to read what I’m going to do,” Johansen said of his deliberate approach. “It’s been working for me so I’ve kind of been sticking with it.”Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who tied the win streak they set in January 2014.Eric Boulton scored for the first time in 17 months for the Islanders, while Halak finished with 36 saves.Coach Jack Capuano said the loss was due more to what Columbus did than what his team didn’t do.“They did a great job of getting shots through to the net and that’s how they scored three goals,” he said. “Our structure was good, but they found and way.”There’s an uneasy feeling in the dressing room, since they’ve lost eight of 10. This is no way to prepare for the playoffs.“This is the time of year you really want to focus on regrouping quickly because this happens in the playoffs,” he said of an emotional loss. “You have to be ready to go the next game.”(RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Having already clinched the three-match T20I series, Team India will aim to go for a clean sweep while trying to test its bench strength when they take on West Indies in the final match at the Providence Stadium here on Tuesday.After registering a four-wicket win in the first T20I, India on Sunday secured a 22-run win by the DLS method in the second T20I in Florida, thereby clinching the series.After Sunday’s win, skipper Virat Kohli hinted that he might experiment with the line-up in Tuesday’s game.”Winning is always going to be a priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. Idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games, gives the cushion,” skipper Kohli had said.Chahar brothers, Deepak and Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer — who till now haven’t got a chance to play — are likely to get a place in the playing XI in Guyana.When will the 3rd T20I between West Indies and India begin?West Indies vs India 3rd T20I will start from 9:30 AM local time (7 PM IST) on Tuesday, August 6.Where I can watch West Indies vs India 3rd T20I live?West Indies vs India 3rd T20I can be watched on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3.How can I watch West Indies vs India 3rd T20I online?Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for West Indies vs India 3rd T20I.Where can I follow West Indies vs India 3rd T20I live?You can follow live updates and scores for West Indies vs India 3rd T20I on www.indiatoday.in/sports.advertisementWhere will the West Indies vs India 3rd T20I be played?Providence stadium or the Guyana National Stadium will host the 3rd T20I between West Indies and India.What are the squads for West Indies vs India 3rd T20I?West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Khary Pierre, Sunil NarineIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, K Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar.Also Read | Sunil Joshi applies for position of Team India’s bowling coachAlso See
Transfers Man Utd & Real Madrid in for Icardi? Wanda Nara confirms interest from ‘important teams’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:12 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Internazionale Real Madrid Serie A Primera División Premier League The Inter striker has emerged as a top target for leading sides across Europe, with his wife and agent admitting that all offers will be considered Inter striker Mauro Icardi is attracting interest from “important teams”, with Manchester United and Real Madrid reportedly among his many suitors.The Argentina international has remained a model of consistency for inconsistent Inter this season, with 18 goals netted in 24 appearances.That contribution, which now has him just four efforts short of 100 for the Nerazzurri, has sparked interest from leading sides across Europe, with the 25-year-old considered to be a shrewd addition for the present and future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player La Liga giants Real are said to have identified him as a possible ‘Galactico’ recruit, while Jose Mourinho remains in the market for added attacking spark at Old Trafford.Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has now revealed that interest is being stepped up, while also telling Corriere dello Sport that she will not be relinquishing control of her husband’s career to the likes of Mino Raiola.She said: “In the last period, a couple of important teams have revealed that they want Mauro.“I’m taking care of his future, I have to listen to them, evaluate the offers and the situation. Names? No names.“I have been dealing with Mauro’s contracts for over three years and we have already signed two renewals with Inter. He is happy with how I work and has never thought about changing representation.“Mauro is a top player who continues to grow season after season. Many agents see him as a possible client, so they try to approach him. But he is calm and will continue with me: his representation will remain in the family.“I have great respect for Raiola and for many other colleagues who would like to work with Mauro.“(But let me clarify) I am the only one dealing with contracts and the future of Icardi. Everything passes by me. It’s been like this for over three years and it will be like that also in the future.”Icardi’s current contract with Inter is due to run until 2021 and is reported to include a €110 million buyout clause.
Morocco 0 Iran 1: Bouhaddouz own-goal gifts game to Queiroz’s men Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 01:10 6/16/18 Getty Images Morocco had by far the better of the chances before Aziz Bouhaddouz’s own goal handed victory to Iran. Aziz Bouhaddouz scored a calamitous own goal deep into second-half stoppage time as Morocco slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Iran in their first World Cup match for 20 years.The late drama sparked wild celebrations from the Iran bench in St Petersburg as Carlos Queiroz’s side took three points from a game in which they were second best for long periods.Herve Renard’s team were well-organised but Morocco extended their record of never having won their opening game in the tournament despite dominating the match and carving out opportunities to score either side of half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Iran’s counter-attacking strategy had failed to bear fruit with Karim Ansarifard and Sardar Azmoun squandering great chances until their wastefulness was rendered irrelevant by Bouhaddouz’s late error.The Morocco striker, on as a substitute in the 77th minute, put Ehsan Haji Safi’s free-kick through his own net with a diving header in the 95th minute of the game, leaving no time for a comeback.While Iran celebrated, Morocco faced up to the daunting reality of going into their remaining Group B games against Spain and Portugal with no points on the board.1 – Aziz Bouhaddouz is the first substitute to score an own goal in a World Cup match since Petit for Portugal against Germany in July 2006. Nightmare. #MARIRN #MAR #IRN #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/pZ6uL5mIFZ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018Morocco, competing at the World Cup finals for the first time in 20 years, started positively and Amine Harit fired wide with a volley from the edge of the penalty area after two minutes.Younes Belhanda headed past the post from Nordin Amrabat’s cross shortly after as Morocco found their way behind the Iran defence with ease, before Ayoub El Kaabi failed to test Alireza Beiranvand in the Iran goal when he swung wildly at a chance from 18 yards.The pressure on Iran was almost relentless, with Belhanda and captain Medhi Benatia squandering close-range chances in a penalty box scramble before Iran finally countered after 20 minutes, only for Karim Ansarifard to scuff his shot when clean through on goal.Harit’s neat footwork took him into the box and he drew a save from Beiranvand with a side-footed shot as Morocco continued to press.The best chance of the first half fell to Iran’s Sardar Azmoun, though, who bore down on goal after latching onto Omid Ebrahimi’s throughabll, but his shot was too low and Munir Mohamedi saved low with his feet.Amrabat continued to make inroads down the right flank for Morocco after the interval while their efficiency and organisation at the back cut out Iran’s counter-attacks before they reached the final third.With just under 20 minutes left on the clock, Amrabat fell awkwardly when challenging for the ball and the wing-back was left so dazed that he had to be replaced by his younger brother, Sofyan.Morocco pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes and Hakim Ziyech lashed the ball towards the bottom-left corner of the net from 20 yards but Beiranvand pulled off a smart stop.And it proved an even more important save when Iran forced a free-kick wide on the left in the closing seconds and Safi’s delivery was met by a thunderbolt of a header from Bouhaddouz that flew into the left corner of the net, undoing Morocco’s hard work and leaving them with a mountain to climb to stay in the World Cup. Key Opta stats:- Morocco have never won their opening match at a World Cup tournament (D2 L3), also failing to win in 1970, 1986, 1994 and 1998.- Iran won just their second match at the World Cup (D3 L8), with this their first since beating USA in June 1998.- Iran did not attempt a single shot in the second half and were the first team since 1966 to score a goal in a half of World Cup football without attempting a shot.- Iran kept only their second World Cup clean sheet – their other came in a goalless draw with Nigeria in June 2014.- Aziz Bouhaddouz’s own-goal in the 95th minute was only the second own-goal scored in the 90th minute in a World Cup match, after Joseph Yobo for Nigeria against France in June 2014.- Carlos Queiroz has never lost against an African nation in the World Cup (W1 D2), keeping three clean sheets in those matches.- Aziz Bouhaddouz is just the third player to score an own-goal as a substitute in a World Cup match, after Laszlo Dajka (1986 for Hungary against USSR) and Petit (2006 for Portugal against Germany). read more
New Delhi: Delhi woke up to a hot Wednesday morning, with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature settled two notches below the season’s average at 24.1 degrees Celsius, said a MeT department official. “Heat wave conditions are expected in some pockets of the city with temperature soaring up to 45 degrees. Such conditions exist when the maximum temperature goes up five degrees above the season’s average,” said the official. According to the Safdarjung weather station forecast, considered representative of the city, the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius. Dry conditions are also setting in with rise in temperatures. The relative humidity at 8.30 AM was 34 percent, said the official. The city recorded a high of 41.8 degrees Celsius and minimum 23 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Seven stories in the news for Wednesday, Feb. 14———MURDER SUSPECT MCARTHUR DUE IN COURTAlleged killer Bruce McArthur will appear in a Toronto court today via video. He faces five first-degree murder charges linked to the disappearances of men believed to have had ties to the LGBTQ community. Investigators have said they expect to lay more charges against the 66-year-old in the coming days.———SENTENCING TODAY IN ALBERTA TRIPLE MURDERAn Alberta judge is expected to decide today whether two men who murdered three family members and burned their bodies should spend at least 75 years in prison. Jason Klaus, 42, and Joshua Frank, 32, were found guilty last month on three charges of first-degree murder. The bodies of Klaus’s father and sister were found in a burned-out farmhouse in 2013 — his mother’s body was never found.———BYELECTION TODAY FOR EX-PREMIER’S B.C. SEATVoters head to the polls in Kelowna, B.C., today to replace former premier Christy Clark. She left politics last summer, quitting as Liberal leader and resigning her seat in Kelowna West. Five people are vying for the job, including B.C. Liberal Ben Stewart, who won the riding in the 2013 election, but bowed out to allow Clark to run after she lost the Vancouver-Point Grey riding to the New Democrats.———FEDERAL BUDGET COMING FEB. 27Finance Minister Bill Morneau will table his next budget on Feb. 27 as the country faces persistent uncertainty on trade. Economists generally agree that he should proceed with caution given the still-unknown impacts of the drawn-out renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. move to slash corporate taxes.———VERHEUL: TRUMP HAMSTRINGS U.S. SIDE IN NAFTA TALKSThe effort to rescue NAFTA has made limited progress because U.S. bargainers find themselves hamstrung by the Trump White House and the fact talks are taking place too quickly, Canada’s chief negotiator says. Steve Verheul also says the U.S. strategy is to strengthen its position by weakening Canada and Mexico — a tactic that could end up having dire consequences for all three countries.———MISSING ONTARIO FIREFIGHTER FOUND IN CALIFORNIAA Toronto firefighter who was the subject of a six-day search at a New York ski centre has been found safe in California, leaving officials mystified as to how the 49-year-old managed to get across the country. Constantinos (Danny) Filippidis was reported missing Feb. 7 at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid during a ski trip. The search ended Tuesday when Filippidis was found near Sacramento.———FEDS TO STUDY POT HABITS BY TESTING SEWAGEThe federal government is taking a somewhat noxious approach to studying just how much pot Canadians are consuming: researching our sewage. Statistics Canada will spend up to $600,000 a year for a contractor to regularly test waste water from 15 to 20 municipalities across the country for traces of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and other drugs.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The family of Colten Boushie will make a statement in Ottawa accompanied by Sen. Kim Pate.— The Senate human rights committee will hold a special meeting focusing on Black people in federal prisons.— The Alberta government will hold a session to hear from survivors of the ’60s Scoop.— The Canadian Taxpayers Federation releases its annual Teddy Waste Awards.—
Earlier this year, UNICEF UK Ambassador and global TV personality, Cat Deeley, travelled to India to witness how the futures of adolescent girls are being transformed by the Building Young Futures programme.Cat Deeley travels to India to witness how the futures of adolescent girls are being transformedCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKThe programme is a Barclays and UNICEF initiative which is empowering young people to fulfil their potential by equipping them with the confidence and financial and business skills they need to build a stable future for themselves and their families.Almost a quarter of the world’s youth are unemployed; and this is clearly seen in India with rising youth unemployment figures significantly higher than adults.Life can be particularly hard for young women as they face the challenge of limited opportunities of employment teemed with discrimination, early marriage, violence and poverty.Cat visited young women in the urban slums of Mumbai and rural villages of Chandrapur to see how the Building Young Futures programme, locally known in India as Deepshikha, is teaching young women that they are equal to men, whilst providing them with the skills they need to overcome the daily challenges and become strong, financially independent women.The programme, which has so far reached 65,000 young women in India, is a collaboration between UNICEF and Barclays. Barclays funds and helps manage the programme whilst their staff help train young women in business and financial skills.In addition, young women, known as prerikas, are equipped with the knowledge they need to run their own training programmes with other girls in their communities, empowering even more young women with the skills and confidence to become financially independent.Find out more about the Building Young Futures programme amd read about Cat Deeley’s visit to India here.Source:UNICEF UK
By Donna Sound APTN National NewsOPP officer cleared of assault charge stemming from incident with Aroland First Nation manAn Ontario judge also found OPP Const. Brian Bellefeuille not guilty of public mischief.The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit( SIU).Gary Megan, who alleged he was manhandled by the officer, said still wants to see justice done.“I want him to be held accountable for him slamming me to the floor for no good reason,” said Megan after the verdict came down May 3.“I was grounded to the cement floor of jail cell while my hands were handcuffed behind my back,” he said.Megan also does not want anyone else to go through what he did.Megan, 42, was arrested for public intoxication outside The Blue Lagoon bar in Geralton, Ont., as he was waiting for a cab home.Megan was injured and had to be taken to hospital.Megan testified in court that “he was knocked out.”Megan had to return to the hospital a second time where he had to get a CT scan and it was discovered he had a serious injury to his face and bone around his eye.“The next day my eye is swollen shut, my face is purple and my eye and my cheekbone is cracked,” Megan said.Megan said this incident has really affected him. Now, if he sees a police officer, he will wait unit the officer leaves before he gets out of his vehicle.“I will never feel the same towards cops, I am scared for my wife and kids now too. I almost feel like they will be targeted now as a result of complaining to the SIU,” he said.Megan said he thinks the incident stems from an obscene gesture he gave to another officer.During the April 8 trial Bellefeuille, who pleaded not guilty, defended his actions saying Megan resisted arrest.“He absolutely did not resist arrest,” said his wife Delia Okees.She also said there is video to prove this.Megan is from the Aroland First Nation in northern Ontario.Aroland First Nation Chief Sonny Gagnon said he’s not happy with the outcome.“I am appalled by this matter. Our First Nation has major concerns about what happens when First Nations people call 911 for help,” he said.The SIU is the agency that probes incidents involving police where serious allegations against them are called.Gagnon is calling for a system-wide review of police services because of the rising number of serious complaints in Northern Ontario.The OPP has confirmed to APTN National News that constable Bellefeuille had been suspended, with pay. It is likely he will be reinstated to his duties now that he has not been found guilty of the charges against email@example.com
Noida (UP): As many as 928 elephants have died since 2009 due to reasons like train accidents, poaching, or poisoning while electrocution alone caused over 60 per cent of these deaths, revealed a data obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.Since 2009 till December 31, 2018, 565 elephants have died due to electrocution, according to the data by the Project Elephant Division of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Another 151 elephants died to train accidents, while 150 were poached and killed, the ministry stated in a written response. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Poisoning too claimed the life of 62 elephants, the response added. Noida-based lawyer Ranjan Tomar had sought an year-wise data from the ministry on the number of elephants who have died due to various reasons since 2009. “The total budget outlay for financial year 2018-19 under centrally sponsored scheme ‘Project Elephant’ to protect elephants, their habitat and corridors, to address issues of non-elephant conflicts and welfare of captive elephants is Rs 30 crore, the RTI response stated. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, the death figure of elephants due to poaching (150) differs from those of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). The WCCB, responding to an RTI query from Tomar, had stated in January that 429 elephants have been poached and killed since 2008 in the country. Tomar, also a wildlife and rights activist, said the difference was probably because the Project Elephant figures are limited to reserves, while the WCCB data is for the entire country. Project Elephant (PE) was launched by the government in 1992.
DENVER — Voters on Tuesday could make Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin — the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms” — and add a new chapter to the city’s role in shaping wider drug policy.A citizen initiative on the ballot has followed the same tack taken by marijuana activists to decriminalize pot possession in 2005 in the city. The move was followed by statewide legalization in 2012. A number of other states followed and broadly allow marijuana use and sales by adults.Psilocybin campaign organizers say their only goal is to keep people out of jail for using or possessing the drug to cope with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other conditions.Kevin Matthews, director of the Decriminalize Denver campaign, said psilocybin has helped him deal with depression for years.“This is not something you have to take every day,” the 33-year-old Denver native said. “It provides a lot of lasting benefits, weeks and months after one experience.”Psilocybin has been outlawed in the U.S. since the 1960s, and some researchers warn that it should only be used under medical supervision and can prompt paranoia and anxiety.The federal government classifies psilocybin as a Schedule I drug, with no medical purpose and a high potential for abuse.For decades, that status has stymied research into medical uses of psilocybin, but small, closely supervised studies in recent years have found that it can help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Participants have described seeing vivid colours and geometric patterns, and experiencing powerful spiritual connections and emotions.Magic mushrooms have been used in religious practices for decades due to their powerful effect on perceptions and spiritual experiences. Those same effects have appealed to recreational users dating back to the counterculture of the 1960s.A California effort to decriminalize psilocybin failed to qualify for the statewide ballot in 2018. Organizers in Oregon are trying to gather enough support to put an initiative to a statewide vote next year.It took the pro-psilocybin organizers in Denver three tries to develop language approved by city officials for the ballot. They collected more than 8,000 signatures to qualify for Tuesday’s election.Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposes the initiative along with District Attorney Beth McCann, but there has been no organized campaign against it.The election has largely been focused on a six-way race for mayor and a heated effort to end Denver’s “urban camping” ban that affects people without housing and has pitted activists against well-financed business and development groups.Supporters of the psilocybin initiative have done door-to-door canvassing, documentary screenings and leafletting at community events or outside Coors Field before Colorado Rockies’ games.The initiative would effectively decriminalize use or possession of psilocybin by people 21 and older, making it the lowest enforcement priority for police and prosecutors.The proposed ordinance also would prevent city funds from being used to pursue criminal penalties on possession or use and create a panel to study the effects of the change.The measure does not legalize psilocybin or permit its sale by cannabis businesses.“Nobody should be penalized for this substance,” Matthews said. “One arrest is too many. No person deserves this kind of treatment for a substance this safe.”Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press
“In our age of satellite television and jet travel, distances have collapsed but divisions have not,” Mr. Ban said at the start of the Assembly’s two-day programme entitled Civilizations and the Challenges for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities, which will feature prominent academics, commentators and political leaders exploring causes and solutions to the problem.“Instead, our proximity has heightened longstanding suspicions of ‘the other’ – the other religion, the other ethnicity, the other nationality,” he noted. “In response, we need to reassert the truth that diversity is a virtue, not a threat,” maintained Mr. Ban, who recently named former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio as the first UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, the international initiative set up in 2005 to promote reconciliation between religions, cultures and nations.At today’s Assembly session, Mr. Ban said that the media can shape people’s views and influence their actions, educating, informing and demystifying, even while it entertains. “It can promote the message that what unites humanity is much stronger than what superficially separates us,” he said. Similarly, he said that religion can have a tremendous positive influence if people of faith stress their common ideals – compassion, solidarity, respect for life and kindness towards others – and urge their fellow believers to treat others as they themselves would wish to be treated.In opening the programme, Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa agreed that religions were the key. “We must put a stop to the misuse of religion in contemporary society, and reject extremist ideologies that severely threaten peace and understanding among nations and peoples,” she said.In general, she said, “It is our obligation to act quickly to put an end to preconceived ideas and to mutual fears. Only then will we rise above our differences and together build a better future for all.”It is also necessary to acknowledge and act on the causes of instability in the world, she said, listing poverty, disease and armed conflict, as well as intolerance and cultural clashes.In a series of round-tables during the event, panellists will include Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and Ghassan Salame, Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po University and Former Minister of Culture of Lebanon. Karen Armstrong, a prominent author of texts on comparative religion, is also expected to participate, along with Mohamed Arkoun, Emeritus Professor of the History of Islamic Thought at the Sorbonne, Robert Thurman, Department of Religious Studies at Columbia University, Manish Kasliwal, National Chairman of the Young Jains of India, Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Paul LeClerc, President and CEO of the New York Public Library. 10 May 2007With an epidemic of mistrust of the “other,” along with rising terrorism and other inter-group violence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly today called on the media, religions and individuals to work for mutual respect as a major conference on co-existence opened in New York.
The chairman of Google’s parent company says Canada is smart to quadruple down on artificial intelligence.Alphabet Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt calls out Canada specifically in a tweetstorm and lauds its efforts in AI among government, universities, large companies and startups.Canada is smart to “quadruple down” on AI with 1) gov’t, 2) universities, 3) large co’s, 4) startups https://t.co/TvrY9tITEI 4/8— Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) October 26, 2017The former Google CEO’s social media comments come weeks after Ottawa released its short list of nine superclusters, as part of its strategy to bring together academia and industry to spur innovation in various areas including AI.It also comes one week after one of Google’s sister companies announced it would help build a high-tech neighbourhood on the Toronto Waterfront.The Android of cities: Alphabet’s smartphone-inspired vision for Toronto’s waterfrontAlphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs won the competition to partner with Waterfront Toronto to develop the project as part of the Quayside neighbourhood.Schmidt says he will be speaking with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week at its annual Go North technology conference in Toronto.The Canadian Press
Within this broader framework, two programmes now remain in Sri Lanka: Shelter and ICLA. The shelter programme is currently implemented in the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu, focuses on providing transitional shelters and latrines. The ICLA programme provides information, civil documentation and legal aid services to IDPs, former IDPs and return refugees through its field offices in Kalmunai, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Puttalam. “Sadly, due to funding constraints NRC is no longer in a position to continue supporting the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to address these needs and will officially leave the country in June 2013,” the agency said. (Colombo Gazette) The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is to leave Sri Lanka by June this year owing to funding constraints, the humanitarian agency said.The Secretary General of NRC, Ms Toril Brekke will be visiting Sri Lanka next week to host a farewell function. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been engaged in humanitarian activities in Sri Lanka since 2004 providing assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Southern, North-Western, Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka.
The police also warned 42 householders in the area saying their environments could help dengue mosquitoes breed if not cleaned.The 42 householders were given 3 days to clean the area. (Colombo Gazette) Those found as having dengue mosquito breeding grounds were produced in court today and fined. The Gangodawila Magistrate today imposed a Rs. 5000 fine on 40 householders in the Kohuwala area after the police charged them with having dengue mosquito breeding grounds, the police media unit said today.The police said that a special search operation for dengue mosquito grounds was carried out on 1560 houses in the Kohuwala area. Police officers attached to the Mount Lavinia police and health officers of the Mount Lavinia Municipal Council were involved in the operation.