Justice Karnan refuses to undergo medical test

first_imgA team of doctors from a State-run mental hospital, accompanied by police officers, arrived at Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan’s residence in New Town here on Thursday to examine him on the instructions of the Supreme Court.Justice Karnan, however, refused to undergo a medical test and told the team that he was absolutely normal and had a stable mind.“Further, it is my strong view that the Supreme Court order amounts to an insult [to] and harassment of a Dalit judge,” he said in his written response to the chairman of the medical board of the Calcutta Pavlov Hospital which came to conduct the medical test.The team of doctors arrived at Justice Karnan’s residence at around 12 noon and left about an hour later.On Monday, the Supreme Court had ordered that Justice Karnan be subjected to a medical examination on May 4 to ascertain whether he was “feigning mental imbalance.” It instructed the Director General of Police (DGP) of West Bengal to deploy police personnel for the purpose. Within hours of the Supreme Court’s order, Justice Karnan issued an order directing the DGP of New Delhi to produce the seven judges of the Supreme Court hearing his case, including the Chief Justice of India J.S.Kehar, before a psychiatric medical board attached the AIIMS Hospital in the capital city.Non-bailable warrantsOn Tuesday, Justice Karnan issued non-bailable warrants against the seven judges. “The Registrar General, High Court at Calcutta, is directed to issue the non-bailable warrants to the above named accused, to be executed through the Director General of Police or Commissioner of Police of New Delhi,” he said in his order.Last month, Justice Karnan had directed the Supreme Court judges to appear before him on May 28 and later “reposted” the matter to May 1.In February, the Supreme Court had issued a contempt of court notice against the judge for allegedly degrading the judiciary. The seven judge Bench led by the Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar heard Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi who argued that Justice Karnan should face contempt proceedings for his “scurrilous” letters against sitting and retired High Court and Supreme Court judges.last_img read more

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JU students gherao V-C, other officials over admission tests

first_imgThe impasse at Jadavpur University over admissions to undergraduate courses continues with the students on Wednesday laying siege to the main administrative complex and gheraoing the Vice-Chancellor and other university authorities.Earlier in the day, the university announced its decision of doing away with admission tests in six departments of the humanities stream. Last month JU had announced that it will conduct admission tests and later shelved it.Marks obtained“The notification for the admission tests shall be withdrawn as per the university’s Executive Council resolution. This year we will not hold admission tests in all the Arts departments,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharya, officiating Registrar of JU. The university authorities also said that this year admission to the humanities department will be conducted on the basis of marks obtained in the Higher Secondary examination or equivalent examinations.The students kept V-C Suranjan Das gheraoed till late on Wednesday night. The students alleged that the university has retracted from its earlier decision of holding admission tests under pressure from State’s Higher Education Department.last_img read more

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HC asks U.P. to install CCTVs at shelter homes

first_imgNoting that there is an “imperative necessity to step up security” at shelter homes in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court has directed the State government to install CCTV cameras at all such institutions, both government-run and accredited private ones.Hearing the Deoria shelter home case suo motu, the court also ordered the constitution of a three-four member committee of judicial officers in each district by the district judges to “periodically inspect all shelter homes” in the State. The committees would submit periodic reports to the court. “Had there been a periodic and effective inspection of the premises, perhaps the sad incidents which came to occur in the [Deoria] shelter home would not have come to pass,” a Bench of Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Varma said in an order dated August 27 but uploaded on Thursday.The committees would also include one woman member. The court directed the Additional Advocate General of the State to apprise it of the government’s response on the direction to install CCTV cameras in all shelter homes.The HC also expressed displeasure with the Additional Chief Secretary for submitting an affidavit that was “conspicuously silent and vague” on what further action the State proposed to take on the matters raised by the court in earlier orders.last_img read more

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Cavaliers Withstood a 40-Point Performance by “Greek Freak”

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, LeBron James added 30 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a 40-point performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-119 on Tuesday night.The Cavs have been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season — for all the wrong reasons. But after losing five of six, they did enough to hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss and keep Cleveland fans from panicking.Love, who was briefly hospitalized after scoring just four points in a surprising loss to Atlanta on Sunday, also had 16 rebounds. J.R. Smith added a season-high 20 points for the Cavs.Still a few weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, the multi-talented Antetokounmpo finished 16 of 21 from the floor. Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points for Milwaukee.Before the game, the Bucks got some scoring help by acquiring guard Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward/center Greg Monroe and two draft picks.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), from Greece, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyle Korver (26) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Cleveland. JR Smith watches from the floor. The Cavaliers won 124-119. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, center, drives between Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, from Greece, and Matthew Dellavedova, from Australia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)KNICKS 118, HORNETS 113NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Knicks earned their third straight victory.The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 2:32.Doug McDermott added a season-high 20 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who have won six of seven after an 0-3 start.Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and rookie Malik Monk each had 21 points in the Hornets’ third straight loss.PELICANS 117, PACERS 112INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, and DeMarcus Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards.Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans’ third straight win. Darius Miller scored 12 points, and Jameer Nelson had 10.Indiana had six players score in double figures in its third straight loss. Myles Turner had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored 15 points.Indiana led 75-61 at halftime, but the Pelicans outscored the Pacers 35-19 in the third quarter.SPURS 120, CLIPPERS 107SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, and the Spurs made a season-high 15 3-pointers in their third straight win.San Antonio also had a season-best 12 steals, and Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol all had or matched their best scoring output of the season. Green scored 24 points, Gay had 22 and Gasol added 19.The Spurs were dominant in the third quarter for the second straight game. After routing Phoenix by 21 points in the third quarter Sunday, San Antonio outscored the Clippers by 19.Austin Rivers led Los Angeles with 24 points. Blake Griffin added 15 points on 4-for-13 shooting.MAVERICKS 113, WIZARDS 99WASHINGTON (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and the Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak.Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Washington. It was just the second win on the season for the Mavericks.John Wall had 23 points and 14 assists in his return from a sprained left shoulder, but the Wizards lost for the fifth time in seven games. Bradley Beal had 23 points, and Otto Porter Jr. finished with 13.Dallas led by as many as 16 in the second half before Washington put together a 14-0 run to close to 90-88 with 8:56 remaining in the game. The Mavericks responded with a 15-5 spurt and were never challenged again.KINGS 94, THUNDER 86SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Zach Randolph scored each of his 18 of his points in the second half, Buddy Hield had 21 points and Sacramento stopped a seven-game losing streak.The Kings were limited to 10 points in the first quarter, but stormed back to take the lead going into halftime and never trailed in the second half.Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has dropped three in a row. The Thunder shot 33.7 percent (29 for 86) from the field, committed three shot clock violations in the third quarter alone and finished with 17 turnovers.RAPTORS 119, BULLS 114TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat Chicago for its first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.Kyle Lowry scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had lost 11 straight meetings with the Bulls before the current streak began with an overtime victory on March 21. Toronto beat Chicago 117-100 on Oct. 19 in the opening game of the season for both teams.Chicago’s Bobby Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his first game of the season. Robin Lopez scored 20 points as Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.Portis returned to the lineup after he was suspended for eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.NUGGETS 112, NETS 104DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had a career-high 41 points for Denver, and Will Barton and Paul Millsap scored 17 apiece.Jokic also had 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The Nets starters couldn’t match Jokic’s output; they combined for 40 points.Tyler Zeller led Brooklyn with a season-high 21 points. Only three Nets were in double figures. D’Angelo Russell had 12 points a night after scoring 23, and Timofey Mozgov scored 11.76ERS 104, JAZZ 97SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dario Saric scored a season-high 25 points and Philadelphia won its fifth straight game.The winning streak is the longest for the 76ers since the 2011-12 season.Philadelphia used a 21-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by eight straight points from J.J. Redick, to take a 67-51 lead it never relinquished.The Sixers seemed to have more energy on both ends of the floor despite being on the road without starting center Joel Embiid, who was rested. Saric grabbed 10 rebounds, Redick scored 20 points and Ben Simmons had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for his seventh double-double this season.Rodney Hood led Utah with 19 points on 4-for-16 shooting, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 15 rebounds.GRIZZLIES 98, TRAIL BLAZERS 97PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, Mike Conley had 20 — all in the second half — and the Grizzlies held off the Trail Blazers.Marc Gasol added 16 points as the Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip.CJ McCollum led Portland with 36 points. Damian Lillard had 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting.McCollum hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to pull Portland to 98-97. After a video review, officials reversed an out-of-bounds call with 12.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the Blazers. McCollum missed a pull-up jumper and got his own rebound but couldn’t get another shot off in time.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup repeats itself after 64 years: No 0-0 draw in 20 matches so far

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup has been an entertaining tournament so far and many statistics have been broken in the past one week in Russia.From own goals (5) topping the charts for most goals scored to Russia equaling the number of goals scored (8 from 2 matches) by Spain in 2010 to win the World Cup (7 matches) — this year’s biggest sporting carnival has seen it all.However, the most interesting statistics that has come out after the first 20 games is that — not a single game has been goalless so far in Russia. This is the first time in 64 years that every game played so far has seen at least a goal scored. The last time it happened was in 1954 in Switzerland, when not a single 0-0 score line was recorded in the 26-game tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEGermany had won the World Cup in 1954 after overturning a two-goal deficit in the final against Hungary. They had won the match 3-2. A total of 140 goals were scored in that tournament in the 26 games played. Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis won the Golden Boot that year for scoring 11 goals.Also, 79 per cent of the games so far in this year’s World Cup have been decided by one clear goal or less (15 out of 19). It is currently the highest ratio in the history of the World Cup.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESpain’s 1-0 victory over Iran (20th match of the 2018 World Cup) on Wednesday also meant that all three matches of the day had the same 1-0 score line. The last time this happened in a World Cup was on June 23, 2010 and June 25, 1982. On each of the three occasions, three games have been played.advertisementSpain beat Iran on Wednesday to kick start their campaign, which meant that they won their first game of the 2018 World Cup at the second attempt. 2010 was the last time they were made to wait until the second group game for their first victory and they ended the tournament as World Champions.World Cup 2018: Russia, Uruguay through to play-offs, 3 teams crash out Isco has been Spain’s key performer in the first two games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (AP Photo)Isco’s 138 touches against Iran is a record for a player from Spain during a World Cup match since 1966. He also made 103 passes, nine take-ons and seven crosses.Earlier in the day, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 85th goal for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).In the following match, Luis Surarez of Uruguay became the ninth player and third Uruguayan to score on his 100th international game as his team beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to knock them out of the tournament. Spain’s Gerard Pique also played his 100th international game on Wednesday.last_img read more

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The biggest transfers of the summer

first_imgTransfers The biggest transfers of the summer Last updated 2 years ago 11:56 9/1/17 Comments(6) 1/74 The biggest transfers of the summer Biggest Summer Transfers Cover New Getty Danny Drinkwater Leicester City Getty Images Full screen 1 of 74 Share Close Goal takes a look at the biggest transfers across the top leagues as we approach the new season FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Transferslast_img

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ACC Quarterback Announces Transfer From School

first_imga syracuse fan gets mad during a game against north carolina state<> at Carrier Dome on October 27, 2018 in Syracuse, New York.It has become very hard to keep a talented quarterback on the bench in college football. The latest major conference signal caller to announce his intention to transfer is Syracuse’s Chance Amie.Amie, a dual-threat QB out of Texas, was a late addition to the 2018 Orange recruiting class. He did not appear in a game for Syracuse this fall.Dino Babers’ staff beat out nearby Houston for the three-star player.247Sports ranked Amie as the No. 900 player in the country. He was the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the class.Earlier in the day, Syracuse blog Otto’s Grove reported that Amie was in the NCAA Transfer Portal.While the portal allows players to consider a move, it looks like Amie will definitely be heading elsewhere.Chance Amie announced his transfer from Syracuse moments ago.Via Twitter:I would like to thank Syracuse for everything they have done for me. I appreciate all of the coaches, staff, and players but I will be transferring from the University this next semester. No interviews. ?— C ♿️ (@chanceamie2018) January 12, 2019With Eric Dungey’s graduation, this leaves Syracuse in a weird spot at the quarterback position.Former four-star recruit Tommy Devito, who played a key role in a few wins during Syracuse’s 10-3 2018 campaign, is the heir apparent for the job. He has three years of eligibility remaining.The Orange do not have a 2019 quarterback commit, and the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster, Rex Culpepper, switched positions to tight end during the season.last_img read more

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I am not too worried about KL Rahul’s form, says India A coach Rahul Dravid

first_imgI am not too worried about KL Rahul’s form, says India A coach Rahul DravidKL Rahul, who made a comeback to competitive cricket with India A assignment, had scores of 13, 42 and 0 against England Lions in three one-day games.advertisement Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 23:00 IST KL Rahul endured a torrid time against England Lions on unofficial ODIs (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul scored 13, 42 and 0 against England Lions in three one-day gamesIndia A coach Rahul Dravid says Rahul is a proven peformer”I have no doubt that he has got quality and ability,” Dravid saidThere has been no change in KL Rahul’s wretched form even after his comeback from suspension but India A coach Rahul Dravid is not worried as he has confidence in the talented opener’s quality. Rahul was suspended by the BCCI for his sexist comments on a TV chat show and the ban was subsequently lifted subject to an inquiry by a court-appointed ombudsman.The Karantaka opener, who made a comeback to competitive cricket with India A assignment, had scores of 13, 42 and 0 against England Lions in three one-day games.”He [KL Rahul] got a good first ball today as it seamed. I have no doubt that he has got quality and ability. He is playing four-day games as well and he has shown that he can succeed at the international level in all three formats,” Dravid told reporters after India A clinched the five-match limited overs series 4-1.”He has got a hundred in T20, ODI and Test and not many batsmen have that record. He is a proven performer and I am not too worried about his form,” the India A coach said.Asked if the purpose of playing senior team players like Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Rahul or Hanuma Vihari was served, the former India captain provided the broader perspective.”India A is always a combination of two things. There’s always some players coming in from India (senior national team) and there are some other senior boys selectors want to see. They are looking at players some from a short-term perspective and there are other boys they are looking at medium and long term perspective. India A is a balance of both,” he explained.advertisementWhile he didn’t take names, Dravid indicated that there are some players that national selectors are looking purely on a short-term basis for the next two months.It could well be Pant, Rahane and Rahul, who are in the scheme of things as far as World Cup is concerned.”It’s always not about results. There are some players who we are looking at for the next 12 or 18 months. For some, the next couple of months might be important as they are trying to impress the selectors. As much as we have seen seniors like Rahane, Rahul and Vihari, we have also seen a Himmat Singh (Delhi), Ricky Bhui (Andhra) or Ruturaj Gaekwad (Maharashtra),” the coach said.There has been discussions about how India A tours and home series clashing with Ranji Trophy has affected quality of competition at the domestic level but Dravid said it’s only for the betterment of talented players.”It’s not an easy one to avoid but if you would have noticed in this series, we didn’t pick anyone who was involved in the Ranji Trophy, so we gave that importance to the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final of the Ranji Trophy,” said Dravid.”But it’s not easy as we have to balance out the needs of some of these players. We have to develop those players and give them a level and standard that is higher than domestic cricket. If we don’t challenge our players at a level higher than domestic or first-class, how are we going to develop them to play international cricket.”Lot of these tours are reciprocal and we have to balance it out, possible try and not clash but when clash happens it’s inevitable,” he further explained.Dravid also explained how the A team’s tour of New Zealand proved “fruitful”.”Taking the team to New Zealand, I think it was a very fruitful exercise. You don’t get those conditions, opportunities. if the season clashes with ours, their is no way, we can balance it out, try and ensure there is no clash between domestic and A tours.”If we want to develop our player, then we need to challenge the players at a higher level,” he said, making his priorities clear.Dravid, who will be a part of BCCI’s core programme on behavioural and life coaching for young cricketers, feels that a need to broaden the horizon is imperative for young minds. In a nutshell, an alternative career if cricket doesn’t bring the desired results.”There’s a need to broaden the horizon and we need to look at other options also which gives them certain skills and talent. Even if it’s not necessarily formal education but something that might help them once they finish their cricket. It’s just a thought and let’s see where it leads us,” he signed off.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rahul DravidFollow KL Rahullast_img read more

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Council Seeking to Reach More Jamaicans with Disabilities

first_img For further information on the JCPD, persons can contact 926-9374 or 968-8373, or visit any National Insurance Scheme (NIS) offices island-wide. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is looking to reach more Jamaicans with disabilities so that the Government can adequately cater to their educational, economic, and social development. Through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Council will be seeking to locate and register more persons across the island. The aim is to create a reliable database “to be able to plan effectively as a government, people, and a nation, because it is important to know the number of persons living with disabilities, to be able to meet their needs,” says the organisation’s Executive Director, Christine Hendricks. The registration process, which gets underway in December, will involve two aspects – data gathering and a medical component, which will provide the Council with sufficient information for developmental planning. “The data gathering aspect will ensure that the various disability groups are represented, indicating the socio-economic status; and the medical aspect, will ensure that all the critical information, regarding the different disability groups, are represented on the medical form,” Miss Hendricks explains to JIS News. While the Council now caters to 12,000 disabled Jamaicans, Miss Hendricks feels that the number could be closer to 400,000 as many persons are unreported. “As a nation, if we are adhering to international standards, we are looking at 15 per cent of the population, which would make it closer to about 400,000 persons across the island with special needs,” she says.                                                  The JCPD, a programme of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, caters to Jamaicans with various challenges, such as visual and hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, speech impediment, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia and multiple disabilities. It was instituted in 1973. Miss Hendricks tells JIS News that once persons are registered with the Council, then the body guarantees that throughout each stage of development, their individual needs are met. “What we have been doing is ensuring that whatever the individual come to us with, the appropriate assistance is tailored based on their needs,” Miss Hendricks informs. She explains that children, who are between ages eight to 17, are normally placed in the education system, and “we provide whatever school support is needed”. Educational scholarships are provided on an annual basis to those, who have transitioned to tertiary institutions. “When they reach adulthood, we try to ensure that there are employment and training opportunities available, through HEART Trust/NTA, and other facilities,” she tells JIS News. The Council also facilitates various grant-funded initiatives, where beneficiaries can embark on small, income generating projects if they are business-oriented, or they can apply for Economic Empowerment Grant (EEG) assistance. Miss Hendricks tells JIS News that persons with disabilities can also benefit from a National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative, where they can acquire houses at a low interest rate of two per cent. They are also provided with information regarding their sexual  and reproductive health, with various communication tools such as DVDS, comic books, and other training materials used in the education process.  “It was thought that persons with special needs didn’t have anything to do with sexual and reproductive health, and so much of the information in that area was not accessible to this sector of society. The JCPD has, however, seized the opportunity to provide such a programme, so they will be better equipped,” Miss Hendricks points out.   Other programmes offered by the Council include: a bus pass service, counselling, medical, and social assistance. Miss Hendricks tells JIS News that the Council is working to sensitise the public about the importance of being inclusive as a nation, so that persons with disability can feel like they are real participants in society. “What we want is an inclusive society where all the various programmes that exist include persons with disabilities, which involves access to information about job opportunities, economic and social benefits. We want persons with disabilities, who have the ability to reach their fullest potential, to be accepted within society, so that they can contribute to nation building,” she states. She says that the Council is aiming to do much more for persons with special needs, but notes that there are budgetary constraints hindering the process.  She is therefore urging the public to lend a helping hand by funding some of the training and public education programmes, providing technical support, job opportunities, and by volunteering.last_img read more

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Discussion Launched on Improving School Board Governance

first_imgThe province plans to provide Nova Scotia’s elected school boards with more options to better govern the conduct of members. The Department of Education is proposing legislative changes that will allow a broader range of disciplinary measures while ensuring all school board members have access to a fair and transparent appeal process. The changes to the Education Act, if adopted, will also set out clear guidelines and expectations for elected board members and board meetings. “Effective school board governance is about ensuring our elected school boards can better meet their responsibilities for the management of our public schools,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We want to make sure that resources are well-managed, relationships are respectful and the best interests of our students are always paramount in all decisions.” Consultation on the proposals is being launched today, July 31. Written submissions from partners and members of the public will be accepted until Aug. 22. The input will be used to prepare new legislation. Among the recommendations of a government discussion paper are: Ms. Casey promised changes after disbanding two dysfunctional school boards, Halifax Regional School Board in 2006 and Strait Regional School Board this year. She intends to introduce the proposed legislation in the fall sitting of the legislature. School board elections will be held Oct. 18, with nominations closing Sept. 9. The discussion document is available online at the Department of Education website: www.ednet.ns.ca . Comments can be submitted by e-mailing educconsultations@gov.ns.ca, writing School Board Effective Governance Review, Nova Scotia Department of Education, Corporate Policy Branch, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9 or faxing 902-424-0519. Every school board member takes an oath of office and pledges to abide by a code of ethics; School boards have the authority to censure individual board members, with penalties that can include a public reprimand, suspension from the board or a recommendation to the minister to vacate a member’s seat; A censured member has the right of appeal to a one-person adjudicator; The minister has the authority to appoint one or more people to replace an entire board; Remove the requirement to fill a vacant seat by a byelection; If a seat will be vacant for more than six months before the next election, the minister may appoint a replacement from the geographic or representational area; and The term of school board chair be extended to two years from one.last_img read more

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Waterton forest will renew after wildfire but it will take decades Experts

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Lockey Craig figures he’ll be long gone by the time Waterton Lakes National Park returns to its former beauty.“I’m 56 so I’m thinking before I die, it won’t look good,” says the president of Waymarker Hospitality, which runs several hotels and restaurants in the southwestern Alberta park.A powerful wildfire tore through Waterton about two weeks ago. Fire crews managed to save the townsite, but many other parts of the mountainous park were torched, including popular hiking and boating spots.“It will be decades before the forest looks like it used to, no question about that,” Craig says.“The long-term impacts on the guest experience and visitation in Waterton are going to be horrific, no question about it. The backcountry is burned to a crisp.”Craig expects a lot of people will stop by the park next summer out of curiosity and that the biggest dip in tourism will come in subsequent years.Waterton was hosting record numbers this year — thanks mainly to free national park admission to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation — until the fire forced everyone out in early September.Ordinarily, more than half a million visitors visit the park each year. Most trips there take place over the summer and most businesses are closed in the winter.Nikolaus Wyslouzil, executive director of the Chinook County Tourist Association, says it’s too soon to tell how long it will take for the park to bounce back.“Certainly the scenery will be different. If you’re taking the boat down the lake or you’re in one of the areas where you have a good view, that’s going to be totally different from what it was and it will take a number of years to regrow,” he says.“We don’t know what Parks (Canada) might be planning. Will they be doing some reforestation? Will they engage in sort of massive cleanup?”Some have a more positive view on Waterton’s future.University of Calgary professor Edward Johnson, who studies the connection between geoscience and ecology, says periodic wildfires are part of the natural life cycle of a forest.The heat from the fire will cause some pine cones to open and release their seeds. New trees and plants will have the opportunity to regenerate in mineral-rich soil.“In some ways, the fire in Waterton was not a disaster in that ecological sense, but in fact a kind of rare opportunity for us to see this dynamic process in action in the next 10 or 20 years,” he says.Parks Canada has confirmed some animals died in the fire, but says there is still life in Waterton.Populations of mice tend to flourish after a fire, drawn by herbaceous plants that sprout up afterward, says Johnson.It will be about two decades before the trees in Waterton are taller than people walking through the forest, he adds.Mike Flannigan, who directs the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta, says fires help maintain biodiversity and kill off diseases.“It resets the clock. It’s just the cycle of life,” he says.It could take a century for trees to be full-size again.“But you’ll see Mother Nature at work. You’ll see seedlings and then saplings and you’ll see new types of flowers, fireweed,” he says.Flannigan says there are some lessons to draw from a rash of wildfires in Yellowstone National Park almost three decades ago. About 36 per cent of the park straddling Wyoming, Montana and Idaho was affected, U.S. National Park Service figures show.“The park actually took advantage of this and said ‘let’s educate people that fire’s a natural process and see all the changes that take place over the years,’” says Flannigan.“Hopefully Waterton will take a similar approach.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

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Petmate And MuttNation Fueled By Miranda Lambert Team Up To Save A

first_imgIn this season of giving, MuttNation underscores its commitment to animal rescue in a consolidated effort to engage with pet lovers at all levels.Miranda Lambert & BellamyMuttNation Foundation was founded in 2009 to improve the lives of shelter pets. Miranda Lambert and her mom Bev Lambert were not looking to start another business – they were hoping to build a network of like-minded dog lovers who were passionate about making a difference in an animal’s life and placing homeless dogs in forever homes.“All my life I have felt such a strong connection with dogs and never lost that passion for wanting to find homes for them. I couldn’t be more thrilled about all the hard work and accomplishments of MuttNation this year and cannot wait to see the difference we can make throughout this holiday season,” says Miranda Lambert.In addition to rescue and adoption programs, pet lovers can shop MuttNation to help save a mutt. The MuttNation collection from Petmate, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, offers pet lovers a wonderful opportunity to give back to the rescue community while giving love to their own special four-legged family members. All of Miranda’s proceeds from the MuttNation pet collection go directly to MuttNation Foundation.New products for 2017 now available on Petmate.com and Amazon.com include the cutest collection of Mini Rescue Mutts plush toys based on real-life rescue stories, ‘Free Love’ collars inspired by dogs’ unconditional love, and stylish beds, collars, and toys featuring a guitar strap accent inspired by Miranda’s vintage guitar gear.“We proudly share Miranda’s commitment to rescue and adoption efforts,” says Chris Wilson, Petmate’s executive vice president of marketing and new product development. “That commitment has been at the root of our company’s culture since our inception more than 50 years ago. Our partnership with MuttNation and the development of this wonderful collection of products designed with dogs’ well-being in mind, helps us all support the important work of MuttNation.”MuttNation Mini Rescue MuttsIntroducing the newest addition to the Rescue Mutt plush toys collection – the Mini-Mutts, created to raise awareness and support Miranda’s mission to help shelter animals find their forever homes. Each plush toy has their own unique and real rescue story. The collection features Miranda’s Chihuahua Cher a.k.a. her “good luck charm”, Motley, and Tucker.MuttNation Sweepstakes Winner Rescue Mutt – OliverOliver is the latest full-size addition to the Rescue Mutt plush toy collection. Oliver is a Newfoundland mix and the winner of the national #MuttSpotlight sweepstakes held in November 2016. “Don’t forget… love a shelter pet”.MuttNation “Free Love” CollarEvery dog lover knows that a dog comes with the most precious gift of “FREE LOVE” – everyday, anytime and in every way. Designed in a retro distressed blue and red cotton, with a soft cotton backing for extra comfort. Available in three sizes S-M-L.MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset BedThe Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40″×29″) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.MuttNation Guitar Strap Collar and HarnessAlso, inspired by Miranda’s vintage guitar strap, the adjustable guitar strap collar is perfect for any dog looking for some extra swagger. Available in three sizes S-M-L and constructed with extra soft neoprene backing for comfort. The design is also translated into a harness for extra support and safety, available in XS-S-M-L sizes.last_img read more

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Morocco’s Kenitra: a City of Contrasts

first_imgKenitra – Just moved to Kenitra? No worries at all. It is a magic place where you will start feeling at home day by day. Ambiance is a matter of environment and it affects new comers! You develop your own style and you “melt in.”  Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Mouloud Zoubir-MWNEverything is conveniently near: shopping, hospitals, colleges. The hospitals and colleges are not the best, but they’re not the worst in the nation. It has a high crime rate and lots of beggars for a city of its size, but you can still find nice neighborhoods with good places to see and great hospitality of people. Indeed, the social makeup of the entire city is captivating to those who dare interact with its denizens.Kenitra has much to offer. There are many good restaurants, and retail stores with somewhat reasonable prices. There is a gorgeous beach and an awesome lake. It has four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. It is surrounded by farms with organic and local vegetables and fruits. It has beautiful fountains along Mohamed V Avenue, the principal road, and some parks, but still lacks open spaces for children to play. Except for rush hour traffic, which is just as bad as other areas, you can get from point A to point B within a reasonable amount of time. Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Mouloud Zoubir-MWNEven with all its faults, its weaknesses, its malodorous days, Kenitra is [still a wonderful city to live in].  The real estate market in tKenitra is strong, with affordable housing. If you were to buy, you can own a home cheaply. Renting is also an option and the cost varies from one neighborhood to another. In almost every neighborhood, you can find newly constructed apartments really worth renting and living in. Unfortunately, there is a lack of local recreation and park services available to the community for free that would help to keep children off the streets, occupied, and give them some enjoyment. There is a need also for recreational places to go for adults, such as an affordable place for exercise, fitness and conditioning, as an alterntive to sitting in cafés and chatting for hours.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNStill with children in mind, a question pops up in my mind: Why are families with very limited income opting for private schools and struggling hard to devote a large part of their budget to paying the tuition? This may be driven by the fact that the public school system in Kenitra, as in the rest of Morocco, is sinking deeper into crisis. Why? Teacher absenteeism, lack of infrastructure, drug abuse and crime are singled out as causes of the failure of the public schools. Only the poorest parents still send their children to public schools,not only in Kenitra, but everywhere in Morocco. This reality contributes significantly to widening the social gap and increasing the exclusion of the lower socio-economic  segment of society and deprives children of low-income families of opportunities for social development. The educational system in Morocco does not just need restructuring, but rather a profound change.Certainly, Kenitra is in need of free libraries to engage children in reading and give them access to a wide range of books. While there is one library in the La City neighborhood and another one in Saknia neighborhood, they are not enough. The two libraries are in fact empty most of the time because they do not offer any extra activities or programs in which children can engage in exploring their country and their culture through books and discovering new skills.With respect to higher education, Kenitra still does not have any private university. Ibn Tufail University is the only one in this city, founded in 1989, consists of the following institutions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, National School of Business and Management, and National School of Applied Sciences. it’s the university campus consists of University City and the Maâmora university residence. The harsh reality is that Ibn Tufail University, like others in the country, is also in deep crisis. It has become frozen in time, producing nothing but unemployable and ignorant graduates. In fact, for many, going to the university is simply a waste of time! Others have sought a more successful alternative, opting for vocational and professional training appropriate to the labor market.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWN“What a society deems important is enshrined in its art,” Harry Broudy, prominent American philosopher and educator,stated.  Art is such a large part of our everyday lives, and “art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans.” It is really sad to see people in Kenitra so engaged in everyday activities and completely ignore so many aspects of art in their lives. What I mean is that this city has great minds and talented youth, but unfortunately lacks the resources and guidance to allow them develop their skills and ideas. There are two youth centers in the city.  One is in Saknia, the other in Ouled Oujih. Though they contribute to many youth learning experiences, they still both lack design, structure and organization. While there is a school for music in Kenitra, I know of no school that offers art classes, drawing or craft courses for kids.Theaters, cinemas, and movies are special places for families to go and have a good time. Kenitra used to have three cinemas, however, two of them have gone dark and are now closed. The significance of the arts to a community and to the individual cannot be underestimated.  Everybody knows that music, dramatic and literary exposure help children grow and develop into interesting adults. But Kenitra lacks such programs. Most of Kenitra’s children have never seen a theater or been to the movies in their lives.The Kasbah of Mahdia. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNYet, still on the subject of art, the region surrounding Kenitra has a rich and varied popular folklore that has been passed down orally from generation to generation.  Over time, it is being lost little by little, as it is reduced to folklore exhibitions which lose the context and original meaning reflecting all aspects of traditional local culture: the beliefs, customs, crafts and traditions of the people. Folklore, dance and music were associated with family celebrations, social or religious, but over time they are replaced by other kinds of modern music. Currently, in major celebrations such as engagements or weddings, there is traditional music mixed with modern music from other parts of the Arab world. Kenitra’s traditional music or popular music has been influenced by music from other regions of the country, including Berber-style music and Andalusian music.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNNow what about sport in Kenitra? There are many famous names in sports who have come from Kenitra.  There is Said Aouita,.a former world record holder and the only athlete in history to combine medals at both 800m and 5000m sprints. Youssef Chippo, the international soccer player, is also from Kenitra. Amina Ait Hammou, famous as an olympic athlete, was also from this city. The Kenitra Athletic Club (KAC) has been prominent. Kenitrians love it and are proud of it. The club is popular for earning the fifth best record in winning the Moroccan Soccer League, four times, as well as for players like Mohamed Boussati who holds the record scorer in the Moroccan Soccer League, after he scored 25 goals during the season 1981/1982. Again, Kenitra, and the region as a whole, have produced youth with good potential, but they are not equipped or organized to motivate them and move forward. The Municipal Stadium, the only one in this region, is also too tiny compared to the size of this region.Kenitra is indeed a small town, with great history, culture, and an active, young population. There are so many things that are unique and special in this city. That is the reason why I want to go deeper in talking about it. So, let’s dig further into its profile.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNThe city is located on the south bank of one of the largest Moroccan Rivers, “Oued Sebou,” 12 km (or roughly 7 miles) inland from the Atlantic Ocean, at the level of Mehdya beach. This is a newer city, unlike the imperial cities of the Kingdom, since its creation dates back only 120 years. However, many historians relate it to the Kasbah of Mehdya, a temple built by Hanoun in the sixth century and was used by the Phoenicians.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNIt was founded by the French General Louis Hubert Lyautey in 1912, named Port Lyautey after him.  It opened for trade and became the best river port in Morocco. In 1956, with the independence of Morocco, the name changed to Kenitra. In 1970, a major US Naval Air Station was established and shared by the Moroccan military till 1991.Kenitra is now the capital of the Gharb–Chrarda–Beni Hssen region, one of the richest in Morocco, situated in the Northwest of the Morocco, on the Sebou River. Its population is approximately 400 thousand inhabitants, and its surface area is 103,55 km 2 (approximately 39  square miles). Its climate is mild and humid during winter and hot and dry in the summer.It has a diversified transportation network connecting it to other cities of Morocco. This network is boosted by the motorway linking Kenitra to Tangier, Casablanca and Fes. It is half an hour far from Rabat: the administrative capital of Morocco, and one hour from Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. It is two hours from Fez: the spiritual capital of Morocco, and four hours from Marrakech: the touristic capital of Morocco. The TGV (High-Speed Train) line now connects Kenitra to Tangier in just 1 hour. Rabat Airport is located in just 25 km (about 15 miles) from Kenitra. The Kenitra port on the Sebou River is the first and only river port of Morocco.This city has natural resources that add to its assets. Maamora forest, the largest in Morocco, extends over 125,000 ha (482.63 mi²), with the dominant species of Cork oak and eucalyptus.  The lake at Sidi Boughaba, 10 km away from the city, constitutes a very important biological and natural reserve.It also has significant water resources, estimated at 6.75 billion m3 (238.37400036 cubic feet), about half of it — 3.5 billion m3 (123.60133352 cubic feet) — reserved for irrigation.This city represents an area of dominant influence over markets in different sectors. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period of time to another.Agriculture is the most active sector in the region, employing half of the population, though still not totally developed and mainly depending on irrigation. It supplies the Moroccan market with not only the agricultural produce (especially citrus fruits, vegetables, and cereals, primarily wheat), but also a significant amount of livestock composed of cattle, sheep and goat.Fisheries: Kenitra has a very important potential in this sector, though still in need of improvement in its whole structure. It employs just about 2,377 people and the quantity of seafood caught is not yet enough to satisfy the market.Industry: The food industry is the dominant industry in this region, mainly in transformation and conditioning of seafood and agricultural produce. Other sectors that play a significant role as well in the economy of this region are the chemical and para-chemical industry, the metal and mechanical industry, the textile and leather industry, and the electric and electronic industry.Tourism: This region has all the potential of a beautiful tourist site, with 140 Km (86.992  miles) of coastline with beautiful beaches of Mehdia, Moulay Bouselham, Bikmeur, large dunes and plains of cork oak, the biological sites(nature reserves) of Merja Zerga and Sidi Boughaba as well as the historic sites built by the Romans of Thamusida and Banasa. The Kasbah of Mehdia, which looks like a big square one hundred meters wide, marked by towers at the four corners and in the middle of each side, looking up to the sea and the river, is a big attraction to all visitors of Mehdia.  Khabbazat in the old medina, as well as all the neighborhoods around the city (Ville Haute, Ouled Oujih, Fewarat, Maghrib Arabi, Berrami, Ismailia, Seyad, La Cigogne, Saknia, Assam, La City), are also a point of interest for visitors, especially after the creation of many big shopping malls and centers like Asswak Assalam, Marjane, and others.Kenitra has also a good hotel infrastructure, Maamora Hotel (3 stars), Safir Hotel, and Assam Hotel, as well as several other smaller hotels, welcoming every year more and more tourists.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNDuring this decade, additional attention is given to Kenitra and the region as a whole. Many projects have been launched recently and will make Kenitra a major hub of economic and social development, which could have a positive effect on other communities in the region.The Municipal Council, its local team, headed by the Secretary-General and under the supervision of the Mayor, are all aware of the importance of an effective infrastructure that will contribute to economic prosperity and improve quality of lives. They all know that Kenitrians need clean air, potable water, as well as security. They need efficient buildings, a reliable power grid and capable mobility solutions.Kenitra’s urban landscape had seen significant expansion in the last decade. The city’s boom has spurred a need for housing. Many real estate projects have been created by the property developers in collaboration with the banks and other financial institutions, benefiting from tax incentives, such as eliminating capital gains and inheritance tax on real property, designed to stimulate the sector. It is a push by the government to improve accommodation options for lower-income segments of the population and to encourage social housing which has dramatically increased. As a result, Kenitra has recently witnessed the highest increase in real estate prices as well as the most sales. Large industrial projects as well as commercial places and metropolitan facilities have been established and gradually changed the city’s way of life.Now there is the challenging need to keep the balance of the character of neighborhoods, the preservation of open space and the capacity of an area’s transportation networks to absorb more people. It is also high time to reform education, develop better school designs and accommodations, add recreation and community centers and entertainment facilities.With all its faults and weaknesses, as John Ed Pearce once said about “home,” Kenitra is “a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”Photo by Miloud Zbir/Morocco World News Photos by Moroccan Photographer Mouloud Zoubir for Morocco World News© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Kosovo European police phase in as UN phases out

The move is part of the reconfiguration of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which was set up in 1999 to run Kosovo after NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid deadly fighting with the majority ethnic Albanian population there.EULEX is set to police throughout Kosovo under the overall authority of the UN after UNMIK succeeded in establishing from scratch a local police force that is well respected in Kosovo and the region.The UN is neutral on the question of the status of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence in February this year in a move that Serbia rejects.In his latest report to the Security Council last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the reconfiguration of UNMIK in response to the “profoundly changed reality” on the ground.He noted the EU’s preparations to undertake an enhanced operational role with EULEX and said his Special Representative for Kosovo Lamberto Zannier was facilitating its deployment. 9 December 2008After nine and a half years of policing Kosovo, the United Nations mission has started phasing out its police component, handing over to European Union’s Rule of Law Mission known as EULEX. read more

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UN probe into alleged massacre in remote northeast of DR Congo continues

29 March 2010United Nations inquiries are continuing into a recent massacre of civilians in the remote northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reportedly by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a UN spokesperson confirmed today. The killings are reported to have occurred in the village of Mabanga in December, and human rights groups say at least 320 people were murdered. Machetes, axes and heavy wooden sticks were apparently used to carry out the killings.Martin Nesirky, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, told reporters in New York that the UN cannot confirm the exact number of victims until the formal investigation by the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (known as MONUC) has been completed.The extreme remoteness of the area and the fact that witnesses may have moved were delaying efforts to gather reliable information, he said.Mr. Nesirky said that MONUC strives to provide protection to all civilians in the area, but given the vast size of the territory, peacekeepers were only able to concentrate their efforts on the most populated areas.The mission, however, continued to provide support to Government troops carrying out operations against the LRA, a notorious rebel group formed in Uganda in the 1980s whose leaders have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes charges.Asked about MONUC’s strategy in dealing with the LRA, whose members often cross the border into the DRC and other neighbouring countries, Mr. Nesirky noted that the head of MONUC, Alan Doss, had reiterated that the area involved was equivalent to the size of Spain and protecting all civilians at all times was not feasible. read more

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EDC says it regrets 41million loan to back Bombardier jet sale to

OTTAWA — Canada’s export credit agency says it regrets its 2015 decision to lend US$41 million to a South African company owned by members of a family facing corruption allegations related to their ties to former president Jacob Zuma.In the months and years that followed, the agency became increasingly concerned about the loan it provided to Westdawn Investments to backstop the sale of a Bombardier luxury jet, Export Development Canada executive vice-president Carl Burlock said Wednesday.Over that time, he said, allegations related to corruption and political interference were mounting against members of the Gupta family, which owns the company. EDC says independent probe clears staff after corruption claim related to SNC-Lavalin A nation of traders? Not yet, but the head of the EDC has plans to get us there Export Development Canada’s new climate-change policy means coal investments are off the table “We do regret this transaction, which resulted in us having a business relationship with the Gupta family,” Burlock said in an interview following the agency’s release of a public statement admitting its error.“It’s true we did see risks during our due diligence prior to providing the loan and we chose to proceed. And we acknowledge now that that decision was a mistake.”The deal was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper in August 2017. The Globe reported that the money helped the wealthy Gupta family, which has been closely connected to Zuma, buy a $52-million Global 6000 jet from Montreal-based Bombardier.Export Development Canada, a Crown corporation that backs loans and provides insurance, ended its business relationship with Westdawn in December 2017.The agency’s decision to support the purchase, Burlock said, was in line with its international commitments under the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It also relied on the fact there were no formal charges or active investigations related to the allegations.The process flagged political influence concerns, but he added that it lacked an in-depth probe into the risks related to people who hold, or have held, powerful public positions.Burlock insisted the Westdawn deal has taught the agency some “powerful lessons,” helped it fill gaps and make changes to how it makes its decisions.He said the agency decided to make a public statement of regret after hearing from its stakeholders that they expected a higher level of transparency.“We have learned and taken things away from this transaction,” he said. “It’s resulted in improved screening and today we would not proceed with a transaction that features the same kind of risk profile.”Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president in 2018 after a near-decade-long tenure marked by persistent corruption allegations.Westdawn has filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom against the agency to contest the deal’s termination, he said. The litigation is still before the courts. read more

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Soirée draws more than 300 guests

Music students Elana Laing, left, and Kaz Simaitis perform at the Soirée.Decked out in their formal finery (or, occasionally, in period dress), more than 300 guests filled The Market on Saturday evening (Oct. 16) for the third annual General Brock’s October Soirée.The black-tie gala, held each autumn to commemorate Brock University’s namesake, celebrates Niagara and themes of 1812-13, when Isaac Brock commanded British troops during the War of 1812.The fundraising event featured an actor in character as Maj.-Gen. Brock, who welcomed guests. It also featured musical and interactive performances by artists and students from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.This year’s Soirée also featured Canada’s most famous chef, Michael Smith, who was on hand to craft the menu for the affair and conduct food preparation. He also joined in on the festivities.In thanking the crowd who turned out for the $200-a-plate evening, Brock President Jack Lightstone said all funds raised will go to support student awards, improvements to the University’s learning environment and teaching capacity for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.“Events like this support the University in its mission to develop, enrich and partner with the community here in Niagara and beyond,” he said.The Soirée raised more than $55,000 to support a Bold New Brock. This amount will grow to more than $70,000 when matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support program, which provides matching funds based on how much universities raise for awards for students with financial need. read more

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Bucks hunt down Nittany Lions

It was a game between two teams headed in completely opposite directions.Penn State, losers of all nine of its conference games this season, arrived in Columbus to face an Ohio State squad that had won five in a row in Big Ten play.Neither streak came to an end Wednesday night, as the Buckeyes won, 75-62.On a night that the Ohio State football team was honored at halftime for last month’s Rose Bowl victory, the basketball Buckeyes took a page out of the football playbook and beat the Nittany Lions.The game figured to showcase two of the Big Ten’s best players, Penn State’s Talor Battle and OSU’s Evan Turner. Neither guard disappointed. Battle had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, all team highs, but it was Turner who stole the show.Once again, the National Player of the Year candidate led the way for OSU. Turner scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out six assists. Like Battle, he led his team in all three categories.“Stuff kind of opened up in the second half,” Turner said of his 22 second-half points. “It allowed me to go to work and to my thing for the most part.”The Nittany Lions made it close down the stretch, closing to within three points with less than two minutes to play. But junior guard Jon Diebler, who had been held scoreless for the first 38 minutes of the game, hit a three-point shot to end any hope of a Penn State comeback.“I was just thinking one is bound to go in,” Diebler said. “In years past my confidence would have went down and I probably wouldn’t have shot it. “Better to make one late than never I guess.”Sophomore William Buford added 19 points on 5-10 shooting. Buford continued his recent tear on the offensive end and over the course of the last two games he has made 62 percent of his field goal attempts, going 15-24. In addition, Buford has made all 10 of his free throw attempts.As for the Nittany Lions, coach Ed DeChellis said it was just more of the same from his team, which has made a habit of losing close games this season.“History kind of repeats itself,” DeChellis said. “We just tried to hang in there as long as we could, but I don’t think there are any moral victories.” read more

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