Attacks on Dalits spark tension in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgTension simmered in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar towns of western Uttar Pradesh after two incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the last two days. Eight people, including a pregnant Dalit woman, were injured when Gujjars attacked Dalits in Mawana area of Meerut on Wednesday.Gujjars fired over 22 rounds and beat up Dalits in a clash at Meeva village over a dispute on right of way. The attack on the Dalit family in Meerut came even while caste tensions were simmering in the nearby town of Muzaffarnagar. Dalit youth Vipin Kumar was badly beaten up by Hindutva activists who alleged that he had insulted Hindu gods. They forced Mr. Kumar to say “Jai Shri Ram” and hail other Hindu godslast_img read more

Javed Miandad refuses to attend meetings of PCB’s fact-finding committee

first_imgFormer Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad has refused to attend meetings of the fact-finding committee of the cricket board to probe into the national team’s poor performance in the Asia Cup and World T20.”Every time we do badly in a big tournament, the board carries out this charade of appointing a probe committee,” Miandad told PTI.”Why should I go running to attend their meetings on a call from a secretary. I have already said what I had to say in the media. First and foremost the top people in the board should step down,” he added.Miandad, who has been extremely critical of the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket and the team’s dismal show, said nothing comes out of such inquiries.”Nothing will happen. It is an eye wash because these committees are appointed by the same people who are responsible for the sorry state of affairs,” said Miandad.The former captain is among a string of players invited to appear before the fact-finding committee to help in its inquiry. Some of the cricketers invited include Mohsin Khan, Hanif Muhammad, Tauseef Ahmed, Abdul Qadir among others.The committee is due to meet in Karachi on Tuesday and then on Wednesday in Lahore. Interestingly, the committee is meeting at a time when two important members are not available.Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is out of the country while senior batsman Younis Khan has apparently once again refused to be part of the proceedings although both were named on the committee by the PCB. Miandad said he would be available to appear before any independent inquiry committee appointed directly by the Prime Minister, who is chief patron of the board.advertisement”I don’t think this committee can do anything because there is so much wrong in our cricket,” he stated.The committee is headed by a non Test cricketer Shakil Sheikh, who is a member of the PCB board of governors and also Chairman of the cricket committee.Other members include the PCB chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad and former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim.Qasim told PTI people needed to be patient as the committee would try to get to the bottom of the problem and give recommendations to resolve these problems.”This time I think the committee’s recommendations will be taken seriously since even the PCB’s COO is on it,” he said.Qasim was also a part of the two-member committee appointed after the World Cup 2015 to give recommendations for betterment in Pakistan cricket.last_img read more

Yanks Beat Cleveland in 14, Tanaka on 15 Day D.L. – Fans Wonder: Are We Done?

first_imgCLEVELAND – The Yankees’ 5-4 in 14 innings win took five hours and 32 minutes, going into the books after the Yankees absorbed a heavy dose of bad news, losing ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. On what was a particularly stressful day for the Yankees, shaking hands and celebrating a late-night victory helped take some of the sting out of their afternoon.Jacoby Ellsbury connected for a two-out solo home run in the top of the 14th, giving the Yankees something to smile about at the conclusion of a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.“That’s what it felt like, it was going to take a home run to get a run across,” Ellsbury said. “Our bullpen pitched unbelievable to give us a chance to win that game. It was a nice team win.”Carlos Beltran also sustained two small facial fractures in a batting-cage mishap and Brett Gardnerwas held out of the lineup with an abdominal strain, but on the positive side, Mark Teixeira homered twice and Brandon McCarthy hurled 6 2/3 solid innings in his Yankees debut.“No matter what happens before the game, in between the lines — whether it’s nine or 14 innings — we’re just going to keep playing hard,” Teixeira said. “That’s the only thing we can do. Don’t feel sorry for ourselves, go out there and try to win games.”Ellsbury’s homer off Vinnie Pestano made a winner of rookie Chase Whitley, who hurled two scoreless innings in his first outing since being bumped out of the rotation. David Robertson, the seventh Yankees reliever of the night, pitched a scoreless 14th inning for his 22nd save.“That’s a tough game to lose for either side,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Both bullpens did an exceptional job. It came down to one big hit.”The Indians had the winning run 90 feet away in the 10th inning, as David Huff issued walks to three batters he faced, loading the bases with free passes to Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana andLonnie Chisenhall.Shawn Kelley entered and pitched out of the jam, striking out Nick Swisher and inducing a ground ball from David Murphy to wriggle free. New York’s bullpen combined to hold Cleveland to three hits over 7 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts.“Bases loaded, one out, any fly ball or solid contact gets the job done for them,” Kelley said. “I was just trying to make a big pitch.”Teixeira atoned for a first-inning throwing error with his first multi-homer game in nearly two years, slugging a solo blast in the fourth and a two-run shot in the fifth, both off Tribe starter Josh Tomlin.The second blast — Teixeira’s 17th of the season — gave the Yankees their first lead of the night, marking his 37th multi-homer game and his first since July 13, 2012, against the Angels.“I just got lucky. I just put a couple of good swings on some pitches,” Teixeira said. “I haven’t really been swinging the bat well the last few weeks, so it was just a good day to get two homers because we needed it.”McCarthy settled down after three unearned runs crossed the plate in the first inning, a frame prolonged when Teixeira hit Brantley with a throw as he slid into second base, loading the bases. Chisenhall knocked home a run with a groundout and Swisher delivered a two-run single.Santana also logged a fifth-inning RBI single off McCarthy, who was acquired from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno. He scattered nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts, recording 13 ground-ball outs to keep his infield busy.“Results-wise it was all right, but I didn’t feel sharp early on, I was struggling with a few things,” McCarthy said. “I feel like I did a decent job of getting it back, but [catcher Brian] McCann was fantastic at keeping in touch with me between each inning, coming up, letting me know what he was seeing. We were able to make adjustments and it made it way easier for me.”McCann lifted a sacrifice fly as part of a three-run fifth inning off Tomlin, who worked seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. He walked none and struck out five before yielding to the bullpen.“These ones are always tough when you lose them,” Ellsbury said. “Obviously when you win them, it’s nice for the momentum.”Bryan Hoch  for MLB.com.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos Scores Early, Beats Larissa 2-0 in Greek League

first_imgATHENS — Defending champion Olympiakos scored twice in the first nine minutes, then missed several chances for a wider victory against Larissa in the Greek league on Saturday.Thanassis Androutsos opened the scoring just 14 seconds into the game with a close-range shot off a cross from Seba.Eight minutes later, Tarik Elyounoussi failed to score from even closer, but Brown Ideye got the rebound for his league-leading 13th goal.Bad luck caught up with Ideye in the 66th when he was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury.The win kept Olympiakos 13 points ahead of Panionios, a 1-0 winner at Veria.Also, Atromitos beat host Asteras 1-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greece, Cyprus in AP’s Weekly Sports Calendar

first_imgThese are among the top sports events of the week. Coverage of most of these events will move on this circuit:FRIDAY, Oct. 6Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Georgia vs. Wales, Kosovo vs. Ukraine, Liechtenstein vs. Israel, Italy vs. FYROM, Ireland vs. Moldova, Spain vs. Albania, Croatia vs. Finland, Turkey vs. Iceland, Austria vs. Serbia. AFRICA: Mali vs. Ivory Coast. CONCACAF: United States vs. Panama, Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica vs. Honduras.thru 8, Beijing — tennis, ATP-WTA, China Open.thru 8, Tokyo — tennis, ATP, Japan Open.thru 10, Bloemfontein, South Africa — cricket, South Africa vs. Bangladesh, 2nd test.thru 10, Dubai, United Arab Emirates — cricket, Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd test.thru 8, Scotland — golf, European Tour, Dunhill Links Championship.thru 8, Spain — auto racing, WRC, Spanish Rally.thru 9, Montreal — gymnastics, world championships.SATURDAY, Oct. 7Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Gibraltar vs. Estonia, Sweden vs. Luxembourg, Faroe Islands vs. Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Belgium, Cyprus vs. Greece, Switzerland vs. Hungary, Belarus vs. Netherlands, Bulgaria vs. France, Andorra vs. Porugal. AFRICA: South Africa vs. Burkina Faso, Uganda vs. Ghana, Nigeria vs. Zambia, Cameroon vs. Algeria, Libya vs. Congo DR, Guinea vs. Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands vs. Senegal, Morocco vs. Gabon.Cape Town, South Africa — rugby, Rugby Championship, South Africa vs. New Zealand.Mendoza, Argentina — rugby, Rugby Championship, Argentina vs. Australia.Ranchi, India — cricket, India vs. Australia, 1st T20.Stuttgart, Germany — boxing, Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Avni Yildirim for Eubank’s IBO super middleweight title.SUNDAY, Oct. 8Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: EUROPE: Denmark vs. Romania, Slovenia vs. Scotland, Slovakia vs. Malta, Kazakhstan vs., Armenia, Lithuania vs. England, Poland vs. Montenegro, Norway vs. Northern Ireland, Germany vs. Azerbaijan, Czech Republic vs. San Marino. AFRICA: Egypt vs. Congo.Suzuka, Japan — auto racing, F1, Japanese GP.MONDAY, Oct. 9Europe — football, World Cup qualifying: Serbia vs. Georgia, Israel vs. Spain, Ukraine vs. Croatia, Iceland vs. Kosovo, Finland vs. Turkey, Wales vs. Ireland, Moldova vs. Austria, Albania vs. Italy, FYROM vs. Liechtenstein.thru 15, Shanghai — tennis, ATP, Shanghai Masters.thru 15, Hong Kong — tennis, WTA, Hong Kong Open.thru 15, Linz, Austria — tennis, WTA, Ladies Linz.thru 15, Tianjin, China — tennis, WTA, Tianjin Open.TUESDAY, Oct. 10Various sites — football, World Cup qualifying: ASIA: Australia vs. Syria. EUROPE: Luxembourg vs. Bulgaria, Portugal vs. Switzerland, Latvia vs. Andorra, Hungary vs. Faroe Islands, Netherlands vs. Sweden, France vs. Belarus, Belgium vs. Cyprus, Esotnia vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece vs. Gibraltar. SOUTH AMERICA: Paraguay vs. Venezuela, Uruguay vs. Bolivia, Peru vs. Colombia, Brazil vs. Chile, Ecuador vs. Argentina. CONCACAF: Honduras vs. Mexico, Panama vs. Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago vs. United States.Guwahati, India — cricket, India vs. Australia, 2nd T20.WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11No new major events.THURSDAY, Oct. 12thru 15, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy — golf, European Tour, Italian Open.thru 15, Incheon, South Korea — golf, US LPGA Tour, KEB Hana Bank Championship.FRIDAY, Oct. 13Hyderabad, India — cricket, India vs. Australia, 3rd T20.Dubai, United Arab Emirates — cricket, Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 1st ODI.SATURDAY, Oct. 14London — boxing, George Groves vs. Jamie Cox for Groves’ WBA super middleweight title.New York — boxing, Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha for Lara’s WBA junior middleweight title; Jermell Charlo vs. Erickson Lubin for Charlo’s WBC junior middleweight title; Jarrett Hurd vs. Austin Trout for Hurd’s IBF junior middleweight title.Carson, California — boxing, Leo Santa Cruz vs. Chris Avalos for Santa Cruz’s WBA super featherweight title; Abner Mares vs. Andres Gutierrez for Mares’ WBA featherweight title.SUNDAY, Oct. 15Kimberley, South Africa — cricket, South Africa vs. Bangladesh, 1st ODI.thru 22, Mexico City — archery, world championships.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Get Rishabh Pant on the plane ASAP: Kevin Pietersen suggests Shikhar Dhawan replacement

first_imgFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen has backed Rishabh Pant for Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement in the India squad at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”Shikha OUT the World Cup. Get Pant on the plane ASAP. KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4…” Pietersen wrote on social media.Shikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury during India’s 36-run win over Australia on Sunday. The left-handed opener was hit on the thumb as early as the 9th over but he continued to hit a match-winning 117 for India.However, on Tuesday, it was revealed that Shikhar Dhawan had a fracture to his thumb is likely to be ruled out for 3 weeks.Shikhar Dhawan is currently being assessed by Team India physio Patrick Farhat and it remains to be seen how long the in-form opener would take to recover from the injury. The BCCI may decide not to name a replacement if Dhawan can recover in time for the business end of the tournament but the apex body of Indian cricket is unlikely to take the risk.As it turns out, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, India Today can confirm, are being considered as likely replacements for Shikhar Dhawan.Speaking to India Today earlier on Tuesday, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said India can consider either Rishabh Pant or Ajinkya Rahane as a replacement for Dhawan.Harbhajan Singh pointed out that Ajinkya Rahane has been playing county cricket in India and if Virat Kohli’s men are looking for a senior campaigner, then Rahane is a good option.advertisement”He [Rahane] is a very good option to be considered. He has been playing cricket here. He is one of the middle order batsmen to rely on. He has got the technique to bat at No.3, No.4. He was one of India’s best batsmen at the 2015 World Cup. It would be a bad call to ask him to join the team from here itself. I would still like to see the injury as to how long Shikhar Dhawan is gone. You can straightaway have him in the squad after it heals. You want to be fully fit. Shikhar Dhawan himself won’t take a chance. A fracture ideally takes more than 3 weeks,” Harbhajan said.”At the moment, if I have to pick one replacement player, it would be Rishabh Pant or if you want to go for experience, then it would be Ajinkya Rahane.”Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s injury opens the door for other teams, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Mitchell Marsh on standby as injury scare hits AustraliaAlso See:last_img read more

Barcelona vs Espanyol: Team news & TV

first_imgBarcelona v Espanyol Barcelona vs Espanyol: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview 20:13 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017 Getty Images Barcelona v Espanyol Primera División Espanyol Barcelona Ernesto Valverde’s side have made a good start to the season and will be able to call on new signing Ousmane Dembele for the Catalan derby Barcelona face their biggest test so far in La Liga on Saturday when they take on Espanyol in the Catalan derby.After consecutive 2-0 wins over Betis and Alaves, Ernesto Valverde’s side have started the season well after the sale of Neymar, while Real Madrid and Atletico have already slipped up.With the capital clubs also playing earlier in the day, the Blaugrana will be hoping for a third straight win to maintain the pace at the top. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Game Barcelona vs Espanyol Date Saturday, September 9 Time 19:45 (BST) / 14:45 (ET) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Barcelona celebrateIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and via online stream using the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIn Sports, as well as being available to stream online using beIn CONNECT. US TV channel Online stream beIn Sports beIn CONNECT SQUAD & TEAM NEWS Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Marlon, Douglas, Vermaelen Midfielders Busquets, D. Suarez, Turan, Iniesta, Rafinha, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards Messi, L. Suarez, Deulofeu, Alcacer, Munir, Dembele New €147 million signing Ousmane Dembele could make his first appearance for the Catalan side, while Luis Suarez’s recovery from injury means fans could see their new full-strength attack for the first time.Rafinha remains out through injury while Ivan Rakitic is doubtful.Potential starting XI:  Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Sergi Roberto; Messi, Suarez, Dembele. Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers Lopez, Lopez Defenders Sanchez, Naldo, Lopez, Martin, Hermoso Midfielders Jurado, Diop, Fuego, Piatti, Roca, Melendo, Granero Forwards Baptistao, Moreno, Garcia,  Espanyol will be without Oscar Duarte and Javi Lopez, who are both injured, while Alvaro Vazquez and Diego Lopez could miss the clash.Potential starting XI:  Lopez, Sanchez, Naldo, Lopez, Martin; Jurado, Diop, Fuego, Piatti; Baptistao, MorenoBETTING & MATCH ODDS Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaBarcelona are 1/6 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Espanyol 14/1 bets to beat Ernesto Valverde’s men. A draw is priced at 13/2.GAME PREVIEW Ousmane Dembele Barcelona UnveilingHistory and form is on Barcelona’s side for this one.On a 13 game winning streak at home in La Liga, they have beaten their local rivals in each of their last eight meetings in Camp Nou.Having failed to win in any of the last 16 league meetings between these sides – losing 13 and drawing three – Espanyol have started this campaign with just one point from two games. Furthermore, their 95 league defeats to Barca is more than than they have lost against any other La Liga team.The stage is primed, then, for new star Ousmane Dembele to get off to a bright start as part of Barca’s new triumvirate before they line up for the first Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday.last_img read more

Rana Daggubati to produce Muttiah Muralitharan biopic

first_imgMumbai: Actor Rana Daggubati is set to produce the biopic on celebrated cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, the makers announced on Tuesday. The film to be produced under Rana’s banner Suresh Productions, features Vijay Sethupathi as the Sri Lankan spin legend. Rana said he is excited to have Sethupathi on board for the film to be directed by MS Sripathy and co-produced by Dar Media Pvt Ltd. “Suresh Productions is going to be associated with Dar films in telling the story of a legend through legendary actor – Vijay Sethupathi as Muttiah Muralitharan… Coming soon,” Rana said in a statement here. Rana’s recent home production film “Oh Baby!” was a blockbuster. The currently untitled biopic will go on floors in December.last_img read more

Alka Lamba meets Sonia Gandhi fuels speculation of joining Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: Disgruntled Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, fuelling speculations of her joining the grand old party ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections scheduled to be held early next year. Lamba, however, said that she met Gandhi to discuss a number of issues, including the current political situation of the country. She started her political career with the Congress, and had served the party in various capacities for around 20 years before joining the AAP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk had last month announced that she has made up her mind about leaving the party and contest the upcoming Assembly election as an Independent. Lamba has been at odds with the Aam Aadmi Party for some time now. After the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha polls, she had sought accountability from its national convener Arvind Kejriwal. She was then removed from the official WhatsApp group of the party lawmakers. She had also refused to campaign for party in the Lok Sabha polls and refrained from participating in Kejriwal’s roadshow after she was asked to walk behind his car during the event. Lamba first hit a rough patch with the AAP over its decision to pass a resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna. She raised objections to the party’s resolution.last_img read more

Toronto Police charge 5 youth in connection with St Michaels sex assault

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police have laid more charges in an investigation into allegations of sex assault at an all-boys’ private school in Toronto.They say five youth have now been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. They are facing sex assault and assault charges for an incident at the school that was caught on video. Four of them are already accused in a separate incident at St. Michael’s College School.READ MORE: How the St. Michael’s College School sex assault scandal unfoldedPolice say they have investigated eight separate incidents at the school so far, and they don’t expect further charges. However, a seventh teen has been arrested in connection with incidents at the school. The boy, 15, reportedly turned himself into police. According to police all of the incidents allegedly took place in the fall of this year.READ MORE: 7th St. Michael’s student arrested: reportsIn mid-November, St. Michael’s College School’s administration said it received a video of an assault that took place in a boy’s washroom at the school. CityNews has viewed the video and it shows an underwear-clad teen being slapped and splashed with water by several boys. Another video of a separate incident shows a group sexual assault in a school locker room that involved a broomstick.Two top school officials resigned in wake of the scandal. The school’s principal Greg Reeves and board president Jefferson Thompson both resigned. St. Michael’s has since established a “respect and culture” review panel that’s set to report its findings by the summer. READ MORE: St. Mike’s principal, board president resign amid student sex assault scandalREAD MORE: Exploring the power dynamics in locker roomslast_img read more

DR Congo UN reinforces peacekeepers in west to quell flareup of violence

3 March 2008The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is dispatching additional peacekeepers to Bas-Congo province in the far west of the vast African country following renewed outbursts of deadly violence there. The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is dispatching additional peacekeepers to Bas-Congo province in the far west of the vast African country following renewed outbursts of deadly violence there. Condemning the latest incidents, in which seven people were killed and a dozen injured, Alan Doss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, today appealed to the parties for restraint, saying further violence could only worsen local problems.Earlier this month, MONUC reported that at least 70 people were killed in several towns in Bas Congo amid clashes that followed controversial local elections, after which the mission sent police reinforcements and deployed two teams to probe the situation.MONUC also released today its human rights report for January, in which it details numerous alleged violations by members of the national armed forces, known as FARDC, the national police (PNC), as well as non-governmental militias.The report also describes hearings and convictions of violators in all three categories, along with persistent incidents of mob justice.Most of the killings, rapes, abductions and beatings reported took place in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, where it is hoped that violence will be reduced by an agreement between militias and the Government signed after the Goma Peace Conference on 23 January.In the worst incidents of the reporting period, at least 30 people were killed by militia members using firearms, machetes and hammers in several coordinated attacks near Kalonge in North Kivu. The victims had apparently fled territory controlled by the militia.The report also says that 31 children are among a group of 79 detainees transferred from Goma to the capital Kinshasa for interrogation by the Congolese military on suspicions of spying and treason. UN human rights officers are holding discussions with Congolese authorities to find a solution to their situation in the context of recent accords. read more

People evacuated due to train fire could be out for two more

GAINFORD, Alta. — Officials west of Edmonton said residents of a village who were forced from their homes after a train wreck and fire were expected to be out of their homes for up to two more days.Parkland County issued a news release on Sunday stating that its mandatory evacuation order affecting about 100 people in Gainford remains in effect.Thirteen cars on a CN freight train carrying a cargo of oil and liquefied petroleum gas went off the rails near the tiny hamlet, about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton, early Saturday.There were two explosions reported and the community was evacuated as a precaution.Three of the rail cars were carrying liquefied petroleum gas and caught fire, CN has said, while four freight cars that were carrying crude didn’t break open.Firefighters had pulled back from the wreck and were waiting for fuel that has been escaping from some of the wrecked cars to burn itself out.But CN said late Sunday that a “controlled burn” was being done on the contents of six of the cars containing liquefied petroleum gas.Company spokesman Warren Chandler said the decision to conduct the burn was reached with Transport Canada, Alberta Environment and officials in Parkland County.“The parties agree that this is the safest and most effective way to allow the residents to return to their homes as quickly as possible,” Chandler said.Chandler wouldn’t say how the burn was being conducted, but noted that large flames and smoke would be visible.Earlier in the day, the company said CN crews worked Saturday night to move the four cars carrying crude oil a safe distance from the cars laden with liquefied petroleum gas.The release also said one of the cars that was on fire had burned itself out.The county has asked residents who’ve been forced from their homes to keep track of expenses for lodging and food.County spokeswoman Jackie Ostashek said some people were allowed to visit their properties late Saturday to care for animals.Saturday’s mishap occurred two days after residents in the Alberta community of Sexsmith were forced from their homes when four CN rail cars carrying anhydrous ammonia left the rails. That followed the derailment of 17 CN rail cars, some carrying petroleum, ethanol and chemicals, in western Saskatchewan on Sept. 25.There were no injuries in any of the derailments.Despite the cluster of derailments, a CN spokesman said rail remains a safe way to transport materials.“CN’s safety record has been very solid, in terms of its main track derailments last year, they were the lowest on record,” said company spokesman Mark Hallman.“The vast majority of commodities, such as dangerous commodities, that are transported from origin to destination, more than 99 per cent reach destination without any accidental release.”Federal New Democrat MP Olivia Chow took issue with that assessment. She called on the federal government to take stronger action to improve rail safety.“The latest train derailment, fire and evacuation tell the Conservative government that vague promise without a clear work plan is not enough,” Chow said in an email.She said inspections need to be increased and automatic braking systems need to be mandated. Municipalities also need to be given better information about what dangerous goods are being transported on trains.Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt’s office issued a statement saying the federal government has invested over $100 million in rail safety and brought in tougher fines for companies that violate safety regulations.The train that derailed at Gainford was travelling to Vancouver from Edmonton.CN said in its news release Sunday that it was working with regulatory agencies and local authorities to come up with a plan to deal with the remaining liquefied petroleum gas cars so that residents could go home, and so the line could be returned to service as soon as possible.Detours remained in effect on Sunday on the Yellowhead Highway — the main east-west corridor in northern Alberta.The Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine the cause of the derailment.In a statement, CN said the track was tested last week as well as last month and no issues were found. It also said an inspection of the train when it left Edmonton on Friday found no problems.CN was clearly sensitive to the public relations fallout from the derailment. The company brought in some of its top brass to manage the situation, including Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena.He apologized to the residents of Gainford for the disruption and promised the company would get to the bottom of what happened to prevent it from happening again.“We run a safe railroad, but we do have incidents,” Vena said.The recent derailments come as documents obtained by Greenpeace suggest CN is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C. in quantities matching the controversial North Gateway pipeline.A departmental briefing note obtained under access to information laws said CN was reportedly working with Chinese-owned oil giant Nexen to examine transporting crude by rail to be loaded onto tankers for export to Asia.CN denied it made a specific proposal for Prince Rupert, but said it will consider any such project as it comes up.The Northern Gateway project has faced intense scrutiny and criticism and it was unclear whether the project would get the necessary approval.There has also been intense scrutiny over shipping oil by rail following July’s horrific derailment of a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train in Lac-Megantic, Que. The subsequent fire claimed 47 lives. read more

UN agency seeks to curb huge but largely preventable problem of suicide

“Suicide is a tragic global public health problem,” World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant-Director General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le Galès-Camus said ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day being marked on Friday. “There is an urgent need for coordinated and intensified global action to prevent this needless toll.” The agency has produced a series of guidelines for different audiences that have a critical role in suicide prevention, including health workers, teachers, prison officers, media professionals and survivors of suicide. It stressed early identification and treatment of mental disorders as an important preventive strategy. The Director of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Benedetto Saraceno, underlined the role played by the media, citing evidence that coverage can encourage imitation suicides and urging sensitivity in reporting on “these tragic and frequently avoidable deaths.” “The media can also play a major role in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with suicidal behaviours and mental disorders,” he added. Suicidal behaviour has a large number of complex underlying causes, including poverty, unemployment, loss of loved ones, arguments, breakdown in relationships and legal or work-related problems. The most common methods are pesticides, firearms and medication, such as painkillers, according to WHO, which emphasized that availability of these means plays an important role in the phenomenon. “Having access to the means of suicide is both an important risk factor and determinant of suicide,” said Professor Lars Mehlum, President of International Association for Suicide Prevention, a non-governmental organization collaborating with WHO on the issue. One recent breakthrough was the move by many pharmaceutical companies to market painkillers in blister packs rather than more easily accessible bottles, which had a significant impact on their use as a suicide method, the agency said. Currently attention is focused on encouraging a reduction in access to pesticides, including safer storage and proper dilutions. read more

Tembec tightens thirdquarter loss to 4 million as sales decline slightly

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2013 6:03 pm MDT Tembec tightens third-quarter loss to $4 million as sales decline slightly AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Forestry company Tembec (TSX:TMB) tightened its losses in the third quarter, even as sales dipped and a weaker Canadian dollar affected prices.The Montreal-based firm said Thursday that it lost $4 million, or four cents per share versus $5 million, or five cents per share in the comparable period a year earlier.Sales for the pulp and paper company dipped to $399 million from $415 million.The decline of the loonie pulled down Canadian dollar equivalent prices by $9 per tonne, the company said in a release.The overall results were still in line with expectations, it added, though demand for its specialty grade pulp was softer than anticipated.“We anticipate that it will be one or two quarters before we see an increase in demand for specialty grades,” the company said.Tembec shares rose nearly six per cent, or 14 cents, to $2.52 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Cambodia must ensure National Assembly represents all parties – UN expert

“Every country that undergoes a transition to democracy faces a moment when the rules must change. Cambodia is facing such a moment now,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, Surya P. Subedi.On Sunday, the Cambodian National Assembly opened with the presence of only one party. However, Mr. Subedi argued that the Assembly should be represented by the two key parties, as the widely disputed election results indicate that “roughly half of the population voted for one party and half for the other.”“It is critical for the new National Assembly to be represented by the two key parties, for the National Assembly to be truly representative of the whole of the Cambodian people and for it to be concluded that the right to vote was effectively exercised on 28 July,” he said.Mr. Subedi urged that dialogue continue at an appropriate decision-making level, with a view to resolving the current impasse without further delay. He also reiterated his call for calm and restraint. The Special Rapporteur noted the general restraint exercised by the Cambodian authorities in the use of force in the past weeks, but said he was “gravely concerned” by what he described as “indiscriminate and excessive use of force” in several recent incidents, and urged authorities to allow future demonstrations to proceed without undue restrictions. “I continue to believe that the leaders of Cambodia can still, even at this late stage, make this election a milestone in the journey to making Cambodia a just, equitable, and free society,” Mr. Subedi said. “It is my sincere hope that in the process, the situation will be resolved without further loss of life, and that the will of the people will be reflected in the new governance structure that will lead the country on its path to a true democracy.” Mr. Subedi today presented his fifth report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, which includes recommendations to the Government. “My reports on judicial, parliamentary and electoral reform can serve as guidelines to parliamentarians from both political parties as the country takes the road towards a fuller liberal democracy underpinned by sustainable peace and equitable economic development,” he added.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

World deserves to know the truth behind Khashoggi disappearance UN human rights

The High Commissioner who heads OHCHR, reiterated her call earlier in the week, for diplomatic immunity to be waived to ensure the joint investigation is effective, impartial and transparent.Mr. Khashoggi, an influential Saudi journalist and critic, who has been living in exile in the United States in recent months and writing a column for the Washington Post newspaper, had gone to the Saudi Consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, on 2 October, to obtain marriage papers. He was never seen leaving, and the Saudi authorities have denied all knowledge of his whereabouts.If it doesn’t work we might need another kind of investigation…His family and the world, deserves to know the truth – UN human rights chief, Michelle BacheletIn an exclusive interview on Wednesday with the UN News Spanish service at UN Headquarters in New York, Ms. Bachelet said that Mr. Khashoggi’s “family and the world, deserves to know the truth” of what happened to him.The rights chief said the UN had firstly urged both countries – Turkey and Saudi Arabia – to conduct a joint investigation, which is on-going, “but we have mentioned that this investigation should be thorough, should be transparent, should be a very serious investigation” she said, to determine whether, and how he may have died or genuinely disappeared.She said it was essential that the perpetrators be brought to justice. Urging the full lifting of diplomatic immunity for the truth to be established, she said that the joint investigation, had to succeed in uncovering the facts.“If it doesn’t work we might need another kind of investigation, but for now, we hope that it’s already been done, some of this, even though it’s 12 days later. His family and the world, deserves to know the truth,” said the High Commissioner.Read, hear and watch our first in-depth interview with the new High Commissioner, recorded at the end of September, by going here. read more

Royal Family attends traditional Christmas church service at Sandringham

The Royal Family have arrived at church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate for the traditional Christmas Day service. The Queen arrived accompanied by the Duke of York as the Duke of Edinburgh was not in attendance today. A spokesman for the Palace said that the Duke was “perfectly good health” and his expected to be in attendance for the rest of the festivities at Sandringham House.  Well-wishers cheered as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived made their way to the… Estimated crowds of around 4,000 braved a chilly Christmas morning at Sandringham to see the Royal Family arrive for the service at the church of St Mary Magdalene on the 8,000-hectareNorfolk estate. read more

Cleanup in Vive Kielce

← Previous Story Arnautovic left Crvena zvezda after Perunicic’s attack! Next Story → Women’s WC 2011 Qual: Four teams are already in Brasil! After the losing of the Polish Championship, and rather weak Champions League, and Vive Kielce has decided to make a “cleanup” in the club. This means that many players are not going to be seen playing for the club next season, and that the management is seriously thinking about changing the look of the club.The players that the club said thanks and goodbye to are Mirza Dzomba, Kazimierz Kotlinski, Witalij Nat, Rafal Glinski, Pawel Podsiadlo, Henrik Knudsen and Krzysztof Szczecina. However the list is not final, and we might see more players being thanked for their service and not planned for the next season. Should this major changing in the club be with positive outcome, we shall see in the upcoming season. read more