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Pak to execute paraplegic man

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first_imgLahore, Sept 20 (PTI) Pakistan is set to execute a 43-year-old paraplegic man convicted of murder, drawing condemnation from a prominent rights group. Abdul Basit, who was convicted of murder in 2009, will be hanged on Tuesday. Basit became paralysed from the waist down after contracting tubercular meningitis in prison. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the President to stay the hanging and grant him reprieve. “Human rights activists throughout Pakistan and beyond have been shocked to learn of the orders for the execution of convict Abdul Basit (a paraplegic man)on September 22, despite the fact that the unfortunate man is paralysed from his waist below,” the commission said in a statement. “We are also shocked that the courts summarily dismissed the pleas for taking into consideration the provisions of international human rights instruments for special treatment of physically challenged people.” It further says Basits mercy petition is still pending in the presidency. “In these circumstances the execution of Abdul Basit will offend against all norms of civilised justice, raise awkward questions about the Pakistan justice systems insensitivity to humanitarian imperatives, and indict the Pakistan state and society as brutal entities,” it said. Last month, Pakistan executed Shafqat Hussain convicted of killing a seven-year-old boy when he himself was aged 14, drawing international criticism. Since Pakistan lifted a moratorium on executions in December 2014 in the wake of attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar that left 150 people killed mostly children, the Amnesty International has recorded over 200 executions. PTI Corr NSAadvertisementlast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli hopes for stern test on green Nagpur pitch

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first_imgAfter narrowly missing out on a win in the opening Test at the Eden Gardens, a confident India will be aiming to extend their dominance over Sri Lanka when the two sides face off in the second Test here from Friday.The hosts came agonisingly close to going 1-0 up in the three-match rubber but bad light ruined their chances to do so on the final day of the rain-marred first Test in Kolkata.Inspired by the performance of the fast bowlers in the first Test and keeping in mind the upcoming tour of South Africa early next year, the hosts are once again set to test the Sri Lankans on a green track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Jamtha.The Indian pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami shared all the 17 Sri Lankan wickets which fell during the first Test. But with Bhuvneshwar set to tie the knot, he was released from the squad for the remainder of the series.#TeamIndia is here at Nagpur for a training session ahead of the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/A7vjrVf9Qv- BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2017Pacer Ishant Sharma, a veteran of 77 Tests, looks set to join the pace battery for the series.The other change in the Indian XI will be at the top of the order with opener Murali Vijay joining Lokesh Rahul after Shikhar Dhawan asked for a break due to personal reasons.Going into the second game, India will be brimming with confidence with the form of skipper Virat Kohli, whose fighting 50th international hundred in trying conditions at the Eden almost sealed the deal in the hosts’ favour.advertisementBatsman @mvj888 prepping up in the nets session ahead of the 2nd Test at Nagpur #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/uOPmYF7HLf- BCCI (@BCCI) November 22, 2017Besides Kohli, the middle order comprising Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and stumper Wriddhiman Saha also looked in good stead during the first match.But it will be interesting to see if India persist with two spinners — especially Ravindra Jadeja, who made very little contribution with the ball and had a lukewarm match as a batsman.Knowing Kohli’s fondness for wrist spinners, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav could come in as a replacement while rookie Vijay Shankar could also be handed his maiden Test cap.With Hardik Pandya missing from the set-up, Shankar has a chance of fitting into the playing XI, bringing the required stability that comes with a No.6 batsman.On the other hand, the tourists will need to revisit their strategy after conceding the advantage to the hosts, particularly after dominating for the better part of the first four days.While they have limited options to choose from in the batting department, it would be interesting to see if the islanders persist with pacer Lahiru Gamage, who leaked 156 runs in two innings in seamer-friendly conditions.In case, they continue to go with a three-pronged pace attack, left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando could be an option to replace Gamage.However, chinaman Lakshan Sandakhan could provide that X-factor if the tourists plan for an added option in the slow bowling department along side veteran Rangana Herath.Vijay Shankar has been consistent and has earned his spot in the squad – Virat Kohli on India’s latest addition in the squad #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/fqvjfVVFkP- BCCI (@BCCI) November 23, 2017Squads:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh, Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma.Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Viswa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera and Roshen Silva.last_img read more

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Stars Stop Skid, Beat Isles, 3-2

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first_imgDALLAS — Cody Eakin pumped up the deflated Dallas Stars with an overtime goal after the New York Islanders tied the game with 2 seconds left in the third period.“I thought we were playing well enough to win in regulation,” Eakin said after Dallas’ 3-2 victory snapped a six-game losing streak March 3. “So it was deflating, but it’s nice to get that extra one at the end.”Eakin took a pass from Jamie Benn on a 2-on-1 break and beat goalie Jaroslav Halak 2:18 into overtime. The goal gave the Stars their first overtime victory in eight games this season, and their first at home in more than three years.“The D man fell, (John Klingberg) made a nice pass up to Benn, and Benn made a great pass over to me and I just slapped it,” Eakin said.Anders Lee tied it for New York in the waning seconds when his shot from the left-wing boards hit defender Jordie Benn’s skate and eluded goalie Kari Lehtonen.On the Stars’ bench, coach Lindy Ruff said, “Unbelievable.”“With a couple of adjectives in front of it,” he added later.“Jordie Benn played as well as he’s played all year, and to have the puck go off his skate … I shook my head,” Ruff said.Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders in the first period. Brett Ritchie and Vernon Fiddler scored on third-period rebounds as Dallas rallied for a 2-1 lead.Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Stars, who were 0-4-2 in their previous six games. Four nights earlier, Ruff had criticized the goalie’s play.“We talked a little bit, but I understood his angle,” Lehtonen said. “The message was I have to be better.”Ruff said: “Kari was under the weather and still wanted to play. He made a couple of real big saves when we needed in those last couple periods. Real good performance.”Halak stopped 32 shots but the Islanders lost their second consecutive game. They lead the Metropolitan Division by one point over the rival New York Rangers, though the Rangers have three games in hand.“Even if we didn’t get the break with 1-point-whatever seconds left, we deserved the point,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We played hard. It’s a good point for us here against a good team.”The Islanders killed off a 5-minute power play following Matt Martin’s major penalty and game misconduct at 1:48 for kneeing Dallas’ Trevor Daley, who left the ice and did not return.Ruff said Daley would miss “weeks” and, “that’s a suspension.” Capuano said: “In my view, he’s planted and there was no intent.”Bailey scored at 15:25 of the first period. Brock Nelson, left alone behind the net near the left corner, passed across to Ryan Strome, unattended on the right side. He passed out front to Bailey, who shot across Lehtonen’s body into the upper left of the net.The Stars tied the game 1-all at 2:24 when Ritchie put in the rebound of Jyrki Jokipakka’s shot off Halak’s pads.Fiddler scored at 7:28. Ryan Garbutt’s shot from the high slot hit the glass behind the net and bounced out on the left side. Fiddler put the puck behind Halak.Neither team scored on the power play. Dallas was 0-for-5, and New York was 0-for-3.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Arrow expands distribution agreement with Cree’s Wolfspeed division

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: SOTB technology eliminates the need for batteries to power IoT devicesNext Kontron: SBC development board based on Raspberry Pi Arrow Electronics has announced an expanded agreement with Cree’s Wolfspeed division. The new agreement positions Arrow Electronics as Cree’s largest global distributor for Wolfspeed’s industry-leading silicon carbide and gallium nitride on SiC product portfolio.Cree is an innovator of Wolfspeed power and radio frequency semiconductors, lighting class LEDs and lighting products. Cree’s Wolfspeed product families include SiC materials, power- switching devices and RF devices targeted for applications such as electric vehicles, fast charging inverters, power supplies, telecom and military and aerospace. Cree’s LED product families include blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs and lighting-class power LEDs targeted for indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation and specialty lighting applications. Cree’s LED lighting systems and lamps serve indoor and outdoor applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: India skipper the world’s best at 30

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first_imgHappy birthday, Virat Kohli!Virat Kohli is celebrating his 30th birthday today. The poster boy of Indian cricket continues to entertain, break records at will and set examples for others.In the last one year — from November 5, 2017 to November 5, 2018 — Kohli scaled new heights on the cricket field. He is the top ranked batsman in both Tests and ODIs currently that clearly justifies his status of being the best batsman in the world.In the last one year, Kohli has amassed 3034 runs in international cricket with the help of 13 centuries.Kohli broke a plethora of records in international cricket in 2018 as he became the quickest to score 10,000 ODI runs and 2000 T20I runs this year.Kohli scores runs for fun these days. He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundreds in one day internationals when he hit 107 against West Indies in the recently concluded series.Read – Virat Kohli turns 30: Another record-breaking year for India skipperKohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.As the captain of the team, he leads by example and his obsession with fitness is no secret. He spends hours at the gym, watches what he eats and expects his men to do the same.On the occasion of his 30th birthday let’s take a look at all the records he achieved and broke since November 5, 2017:advertisement- Virat Kohli has scored 1673 runs in 23 Test innings in the past one year with 2 double hundreds.- During this time India recorded registered two series wins under Kohli against Sri Lanka and West Indies while suffered defeats to South Africa and England.- Kohli is now second on the list of most Test wins as captain of India with 24 victories in 42 matches. MS Dhoni leads the list with 27 wins in 60 Tests.- In England, Kohli bettered Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 21 wins as India’s Test captain. He added two more victories to his list with whitewash of West Indies in the two-match series last month. Virat Kohli is currently the top ranked batsman in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)- Kohli also became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs. He achieved the feat in 205 innings — 54 less than Sachin Tendulkar, who had held the record so far.- Kohli was also the quickest to 1000 runs in ODIs in a calendar year achieving the feat in only 11 innings. He surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.- In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times now — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.- Earlier this year, Kohli became the second Indian cricketer after Mithali Raj to reach 2000 T20 International runs. He is also only the fourth male cricketer to reach the milestone after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.- He took only 60 matches and 56 innings to enter the coveted club. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.- Kohli now has 2102 runs from 62 matches with 18 half-centuries. This remains the only format where he hasn’t scored a hundred yet. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum leads the pack with 2140 runs in 71 matches at 35.66 with two centuries and 13 fifties. Virat Kohli averages 48.88 in Twenty20 internationals (Reuters Photo)- Kohli has the second-highest batting average of 48.88 in Twenty20 internationals. Pakistan’s Babar Azam is currently the only cricketer to average above 50 in the T20Is.- Kohli is currently averaging 54.57 in Tests while 59.83 in ODIs. Both his averages are best among the active cricketers. Australia’s Steve Smith averages 61.37 but is currently serving a one-year ban for his involvement in ball-tampering scandal earlier this year in South Africa.last_img read more

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10 months agoBayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool draw

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes getting Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 is the toughest draw they could land.The Bundesliga champions will travel to Anfield for the first leg on February 19 with the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13.Kovac said, “Liverpool got to the final last year, they’re top of the Premier League and one of the favourites for the Champions League.“We’re FC Bayern München, though, and I’m sure Liverpool know they’ve got to come here to Munich for the second leg. The chances are 50-50. We’ll see what happens. I’m very confident we’ll get through.”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy.“You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”Winger Arjen Robben was also gushing in his praise of Jurgen Klopp’s side.“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development,” Robben told Bayern’s website.“They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”However, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer claimed that the Reds can still be “vulnerable” defensively having shipped seven goals in the group stage.“They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year,” Neuer said.“They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.” last_img read more

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11 days agoAston Villa defender Mings defiant after England debut

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Mings defiant after England debutby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings was delighted to make his England debut despite being subjected to racist abuse.The Aston Villa stopper started alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back in the 6-0 win over Bulgaria.Mings was the victim of racist taunts from the home crowd, but he was happy the Three Lions finished the match.Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a great occasion; I made my England debut. Slightly overshadowed by a few disappointing chants, which could be clearly heard on the pitch, but we showed a great response and ultimately we let the football do the talking.”I think the protocol was effective, and there was less chanting after that. We made a decision at half-time to come out and play the game, which we thought was the right thing to do.” last_img read more

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13 hours agoRaul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout round

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Raul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout roundby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez says Wolves are fighting to reach the Europa League knockout stages.The Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penalty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m never going to change. I had a lot of confidence and it was a good moment to score the second goal, we’re in the fight now.”We came here knowing that if we won the game it would be better for us, we’re fighting to go into the next round now.” last_img read more

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African Nova Scotian Business Development Supported

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first_imgThe province is continuing to support the growth of African-Nova Scotian businesses with another year of funding to the Black Business Initiative (BBI). The Office of Economic Development is putting $500,000 to work in the BBI in 2005-06. The province has invested $4.85 million in BBI since its inception in 1996. “For the last decade, the Black Business Initiative has showcased the success of African Nova Scotian businesses,” Wayn Hamilton, interim executive director of African Nova Scotian Affairs, said today, June 17, on behalf of Ernest Fage, Minister of Economic Development. “The province is proud to be a supporter.” Research shows that the number of businesses owned by Black entrepreneurs grew by 40 per cent between 1996 and 2001, the period during which the BBI was getting established. Figures also show that BBI investments have led to nearly 500 full- and part-time jobs throughout urban and rural Nova Scotia. The organization is also forging links with the broader business community throughout the province. To date, they have established working partnerships with the Greater Halifax Partnership and Blue Water Community Business Development Corporation in rural Halifax Regional Municipality. This year, the BBI raised another $100,000 under its Community Economic Development Investment Fund, bringing the fund total to $240,000. The first investment under the fund has gone to a Halifax-area recycling firm, the Bin Doctor. “We appreciate the continuing investment of our funding partners and believe these commitments recognize the positive contribution the BBI is making to business-development and job-creation among African Nova Scotians,” said Rustum Southwell, executive director of the BBI. The federal government, through ACOA, also continues to be a major funding partner of the BBI.last_img read more

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Le premier ministre annonce des changements au sein du Conseil exécutif

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first_imgCertains membres du cabinet de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont de nouvelles responsabilités, et un député quitte les dernières banquettes pour se joindre au Conseil exécutif. Le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald a annoncé les changements au cabinet aujourd’hui 7 janvier. Le Conseil exécutif a été assermenté à 14 h à l’Assemblée législative provinciale. « Les derniers changements majeurs aux responsabilités des membres du cabinet ont eu lieu il y a plus de deux ans, » a dit le premier ministre MacDonald. « J’ai une équipe chevronnée aux antécédents très vastes. Ces changements apporteront de nouvelles idées à certains ministères, mais ils permettront aussi de maintenir un niveau de stabilité à l’échelle du gouvernement. « Je crois que nous avons les bonnes personnes en place pour nous guider pendant une période plutôt difficile alors que nous entamons le processus budgétaire. » Le Conseil exécutif compte un nouveau membre, soit le député de Pictou Centre, Pat Dunn. Le député Jamie Muir, qui prendra sa retraite, n’est plus membre du cabinet. « J’aimerais remercier M. Muir encore une fois pour toutes ses contributions à la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et j’espère bientôt travailler avec lui comme membre du caucus progressiste-conservateur, » a dit le premier ministre MacDonald. « J’aimerais aussi souhaiter bienvenue à M. Dunn, et j’ai hâte d’écouter ses idées au sujet de son nouveau rôle. » Voici la liste des ministres du cabinet et de leurs responsabilités : — Le premier ministre MacDonald est également président du Conseil exécutif et ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales. — Le vice-premier ministre Angus MacIsaac assume le nouveau rôle de président du Conseil du trésor et de la politique. Il demeure ministre des Affaires gaéliques et ministre responsable de la porte d’entrée de l’Atlantique. — Michael Baker demeure ministre des Finances et ministre des Affaires autochtones. — David Morse assume le nouveau rôle de ministre de l’Environnement. Il est également ministre responsable de la gestion des urgences et ministre responsable des relations militaires. M. Morse a un lien militaire direct, puisque l’un de ses fils est un agent de police militaire, et deux autres, dont l’un qui a servi volontairement en Afghanistan, sont membres de la réserve militaire (West Novies). — Cecil Clarke demeure ministre de la Justice et procureur général. M. Clark est également le leader parlementaire du gouvernement et ministre responsable de la loi sur les droits de la personne. — Barry Barnet est le nouveau ministre de l’Énergie. Il est également le nouveau ministre responsable de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse. De plus, M. Barnet demeure ministre des Affaires afro-néo-écossaises. — Richard Hurlburt passe du rôle de ministre de l’Énergie à celui de ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. — Chris d’Entremont est le nouveau ministre des Services communautaires. Il assume ce nouveau rôle après avoir passé presque trois ans comme ministre de la Santé. M. d’Entremont demeure ministre des Affaires acadiennes. — Carolyn Bolivar-Getson assume de nouvelles responsabilités comme ministre des Ressources naturelles. Elle demeure ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine. — Brooke Taylor, qui s’intéresse au domaine du camionnage depuis de nombreuses années, est maintenant ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Il est également ministre responsable de la Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. — Le ministère du Développement économique a un nouveau nom et un nouveau ministre. Murray Scott est maintenant ministre du Développement économique et rural. Le changement de nom a été effectué afin de mieux refléter le rôle et les objectifs du ministère. M. Scott est aussi ministre responsable de Nova Scotia Business Inc. — Bill Dooks demeure ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, et est également ministre responsable de la loi sur les bien patrimoniaux (Heritage Property Act). — Ronald Chisholm demeure ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. — Judy Streatch est la nouvelle ministre de l’Éducation. L’ancienne enseignante et administratrice possède plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de l’Éducation. Mme Stretch continue d’assumer le rôle de ministre de Communications Nouvelle-Écosse. — Mark Parent demeure ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre. Il n’est plus responsable du portefeuille de l’environnement, mais assume de nouvelles responsabilités à titre de ministre de l’Agriculture. — Len Goucher assume plusieurs nouveaux rôles en plus de son poste de ministre de l’Immigration. Il devient également ministre de la Commission de la fonction publique et ministre des Aînés. M. Goucher demeure ministre responsable de la Société des alcools de la Nouvelle-Écosse. — Karen Casey, ancienne présidente de la régie régionale de la santé Colchester-East Hants, est la nouvelle ministre de la Santé. — Pat Dunn se joint au cabinet à titre de ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. M. Dunn est ancien enseignant et administrateur, et il a une vaste expérience en matière de participation communautaire, particulièrement dans les sports et les loisirs. M. Dunn est également ministre du Bénévolat.last_img read more

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Province Invests in Three Annapolis Valley Projects

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first_imgThe province is investing in three innovative Annapolis Valley projects that will help create good jobs and grow Nova Scotia’s economy. Kings North MLA Jim Morton announced the $154,445 investment at Acadia University today, May 24, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “The Annapolis Valley is a vibrant destination that boasts some of the best award-winning wines in the country, as well as tremendous potential for creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Mr. Morton. “Our investments will stimulate innovation, and increase this region’s ability to compete globally.” The three investments are: $100,000 to support the newly established Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation, which helps businesses work with Acadia University staff and resources $30,000 to develop a Tidal Energy Toolkit with Acadia that will help Nova Scotia’s rural communities and businesses develop opportunities related to tidal energy $24,445 to help the Winery Association of Nova Scotia develop new products, increase sales and enhance the tourism potential of Nova Scotia’s Wine Country Through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the government of Canada is also investing a total of $665,000 in these three projects. “Our Government’s top priority is job creation, growth, and long-term prosperity. We are proud of these innovative projects that highlight and promote innovation within the rural context here in Nova Scotia,” said Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay. “These projects demonstrate innovation and ingenuity seeking to develop and expand markets for goods and services produced in rural Nova Scotia.” Acadia University is known internationally as a centre of research excellence with a strong commitment to communicate that research to the surrounding community. “Acadia has enjoyed a proud partnership with its local Annapolis Valley community for almost 175 years,” said Ray Ivany, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. “We are very grateful for the contribution our funding partners have made to fostering rural innovation and the encouraging the development of sustainable energy through tidal power. “Acadia’s intellectual and research capacity, combined with its unique geographic location, make it an ideal location for government and industry partnerships to thrive.” The Winery Association of Nova Scotia provides a unified voice for the wineries of Nova Scotia, and promotes the growth and development of Nova Scotian wines. “The Nova Scotia wine industry continues to grow in volume and reputation for quality wines,” said Janice Ruddock, managing director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “We are truly fortunate to have this assistance to augment the sizable capital investments being made by industry to produce quality, unique wines that are 100 per cent Nova Scotia.”last_img read more

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2011 Homicide Added to Rewards Program

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first_imgThe province is encouraging anyone with information in the death of Keya Simon to come forward through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program. Anyone who shares information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Ms. Simon’s death could receive up to $150,000. “I know it has been difficult for Ms. Simon’s family to know that so many people were present the night she died and yet so little information has come forward,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how small it seems, to contact the rewards line and help police solve this case.” Shortly after 11 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2011, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 117 Pinecrest Dr., in Dartmouth. Officers found Ms. Simon suffering from a single stab wound to the chest. A large crowd at the site provided limited information. Investigators believe there are people with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges. “Major crime investigators believe that people in our community have information about Keya’s death that would assist in progressing the police investigation and we are hopeful the incentive offered through the reward program will encourage them to speak up,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais of Halifax Regional Police. “We encourage these people to do the right thing and report what they saw or heard to police so we can move forward with the investigation.” People with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October 2013, information received through the program helped lead to the arrest of a person for the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information on this case and others, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

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Trumps presidential pardon amounts to total exoneration Conrad Black says

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first_imgColin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — A criminal pardon U.S. President Donald Trump personally delivered to Conrad Black over the phone amounts to complete exoneration, the author and former media mogul said on Thursday.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Black also said he had yet to decide whether to try to regain the Order of Canada of which he was stripped following his now undone conviction in the United States.“This completes the destruction of the spurious prosecution of me,” Black, 74, said. “It’s a complete final decision of not guilty. That is finally a fully just verdict.”On May 6, Trump phoned Black at his home in Toronto to announce the pardon for his 2007 convictions on obstruction of justice and fraud for which he spent more than three years in a federal prison in Florida. The convictions related to what prosecutors called his scheme to siphon off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by Hollinger Inc., where he was chief executive and chairman.Under U.S. law, pardon represents full legal forgiveness for a crime.Black said he initially thought he was being pranked by a brilliant impersonator but quickly realized the person on the other end of the line was Trump himself. The two men have long been acquaintances and Black recently wrote a glowing book called “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other.” Their relationship, which Black described as good but not intimate, was secondary when it came to the pardon, he said.“If I was one of these people who slagged him off and accused him of being an asset of the Kremlin and a traitor to the United states and so forth, I would not count on him having bestirred himself to do anything about it,” he volunteered. “To those who say it was just a back-scratching operation and it’s just a payoff to me for being a supporter, I would decline to comment on that.”Black has always maintained he was the victim of an unjust U.S. criminal justice system. The pardon from the highest legal authority in the United States was a “great comfort,” but Trump went even further: “It was a bad rap and unjust verdict, and I should never have been charged,” Black cited the president as telling him.One practical impact of the pardon is that Black is now free to travel to the United States, which he called a “great country.” While he could have applied for a special entry waiver, he never did because of the “outrageous way” the system treated him.The conversation with Trump, he said, was “most cordial” and the president expressed a wish to see him again. However, Black said his only plans are to spend time in England this summer and visit New York in September. What’s important, he said, is that the pardon signals the end of a long, dark chapter.“It was a very unpleasant business for a long time. It’s no day at the beach having the government of the United States and its Canadian quislings on your back for years on end. I survived it and we drive on.”On Wednesday, the White House praised Black in a statement as having made “tremendous contributions” to business, and political and historical thought. Black’s pardon application included support from such well-known luminaries as former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh and rock star Elton John.Black’s conviction led to a rare revocation of his Order of Canada in 2014. He said he hadn’t decided whether he would try to regain it.“I’ll think about it,” he said. “That whole thing was so disagreeable, I don’t know if I want to reopen it.”Rideau Hall had no comment.Similarly, Black said he had yet to decide whether to try to overturn an Ontario Security Commission ban on corporate involvement. The commission, which he referred to as the “Office of Stupidity and Cowardice,” was “absolutely asinine” in how it treated him, he said. The commission also had no comment.Black, who renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 after a well-publicized fight with then-prime minister Jean Chretien over accepting a British peerage, remains a permanent resident of Canada. He said he might try to regain his citizenship “one of these days” and the presidential pardon should make that easier. After all, he said, he has now been back in Canada seven years without a parking ticket while paying a “lot of taxes.”“I believe it would not be a controversial or difficult thing to achieve it,” he said of regaining Canadian citizenship. “I suppose there are a few people in this country snorting around in the undergrowth that I shouldn’t be here but I don’t think it’s a widely held view. People will say what they will say. When you’ve been through what I have, you don’t much pay attention what the jackals have to say about things. Why should I care?”last_img read more

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Liberal candidate Ouellette takes Winnipeg Centre from longtime NDP MP

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first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette snatched the Winnipeg Centre riding from long-time MP Pat Martin Monday evening.Ouellette caught the red Liberal wave that washed across the country Monday evening giving leader Justin Trudeau a majority government mandate.Ouellette was in a knife-fight with Martin, who had held the riding since 1997, but in the end won a resounding victory, winning by about 6,000 votes.Ouellette is seen by many as a rising young Indigenous and now he has a seat in the House of Commons.last_img

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Ban welcomes release of one of three UN staff held in Niger

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23 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of one United Nations staff member who was taken hostage in Niger late last year and reiterated his call for the freeing of two others, including an envoy to the country, Canadian Robert Fowler. “The Secretary-General is pleased to know that Mr. Soumana Mounkaila, one of the three UN staff members who was abducted in Niger on 14 December 2008, has been released unharmed,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General renews his call on those holding Robert Fowler and Louis Guay to release them both without any further delay,” the spokesperson added.Through the statement, Mr. Ban also expressed appreciation for efforts made by Governments and individuals in the region to help secure the release of the staff members, who had gone missing while driving near the West African country’s capital Niamey. read more

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Buckeyes finish nonconference season undefeated with 10040 win over UTMartin

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The No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team completed a perfect non-conference season and improved to 13-0 with a 100-40 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Monday. William Buford led the way for the Buckeyes with a season-high 23 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start, connecting on his first four shots and scoring the team’s first seven points. “I had my legs under me today and was just focused in on if I had good looks, just take them and knock them down,” Buford said. Coach Thad Matta said he was content to ride the hot hand, as Buford matched his previous season high of 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He was also the last starter to get a rest, first leaving the court with 10:59 remaining in the first half. “Will is one of those guys who gets stronger as the season goes on,” Matta said. “That was good to see him play well and go 9-for-11.” Behind 12-, 13- and 10-point scoring runs and solid team defense, the Buckeyes built a 49-17 halftime lead. Those trends continued as OSU opened the second half with an 18-0 run to extend the lead to 67-17. Buford accounted for seven points, two steals and an assist over that five-minute, 37-second stretch. Freshman Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jared Sullinger recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 boards. The Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field en route to their second 100-point performance this season. OSU held the Skyhawks to a mere 27 percent shooting, the best they’ve done against any opponent this season. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was,” said Skyhawks coach Jason James. With OSU starting the game with a 27-5 run, Matta was able to go to the bench early and often. Nine Buckeyes saw playing time in the first half, and 10 saw at least six minutes of action. “We’ve been able to get guys a lot of minutes,” Matta said. “I just hope they keep the same mind set and work to get better.” With an 89-32 lead, Matta went with a lineup of five freshmen for the final 5:54 of the game. The lopsided score prompted many in attendance to make an early exit. Those who stayed stood in applause as Thomas approached the free-throw line with a chance to push the Buckeyes’ point total to the century mark. “We were just ready to come in and blow this team out, you know, get 100,” Thomas said. “How we play and (with) how many teammates we have that can score the ball, we can put up 100 every game.” The last time OSU was undefeated entering conference play was during the 2005-06 season, which saw the Buckeyes earn an outright Big Ten title. This year’s team will start its quest to equal that accomplishment when it travels to Indiana on Friday. “That’s a whole new season,” Buford said. “That is nothing like the non-conference.” read more

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Art student charged with revenge porn after submitting photograph of topless exboyfriend

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first_imgAn art student was arrested and charged with making “revenge porn” for including a naked photograph of her former boyfriend in a university project. Lauren Smith, 26, included a heavily-cropped photograph of the man in a piece of artwork, which was awarded a first and published on her artwork Facebook page -but none of her personal social media accounts.The University of Lincoln student was charged with disclosing a private, sexual photograph with intent to cause distress – the charge commonly known as “revenge porn” after her former boyfriend claimed to have identified himself and was “embarrassed”.The original image had been ‘topped and tailed’ to edit out the head and genitals, but the complainant argued he could identify himself in it.The artist made no reference as to who the image, set within a number of other photographs, depicted, a court heard.Ms Smith denied the charge, alleged to have been committed between May and September last year, and was due to stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.Before a jury was sworn to hear the case judge said he had “real misgivings” about the prosecution’s arguments. He highlighted the purpose of the law, which was introduced by Parliament to tackle the increasing numbers of incidents whereby sexually explicit images or video are uploaded to the internet to humiliate the individual depicted and without their consent. Judge Philip St.John-Stevens questioned whether there was any intent or distress caused, and said the legislation introduced by Parliament was “a reaction to what is not an uncommon occurrence” of revenge pornography. She created art work “revolving around the female gaze” The judge said Ms Smith’s case had to be viewed in context, explaining: “It’s an image within a number of images in a piece of artwork submitted to university and marked for its artistic merit.”What is the evidence that the cropped image is of the person the Crown purport it to be? Even if that individual is correct in his belief that it is him, the image has specifically had the head removed and edited and the genitalia edited. “Nowhere in the artwork does it refer to him or that it was him. If he believes it is him, it is not an offence if it’s only him that thinks it was him. How does anyone else know it is?”He also said that distress could only be caused if the subject was identifiable by others, telling the court: “This image has had everything done to it to ensure the identity of the person isn’t revealed. Anyone looking at this could not identify the person in that photograph.”Prosecutor Oliver Dunkin, after this explanation, decided not to submit any evidence and told the court: “We were all in agreement that now we have consideration of the art project and looking at the case properly in the round, we cannot put this forward to a jury.” The judge therefore entered a formal not guilty verdict and awarded Ms Smith, who is still at university, travel costs of £240.50.Speaking after the hearing, a relieved Ms Smith, from Gainsborough, welcomed revenge porn legislation but said she had not committed such an offence. “I am glad the offence is there because people do do that. It’s like having a safety blanket if anyone does anything like that,” she said. “But mine just wasn’t like that. I was just making art and this case is not what the offence is there for.”An offence of revenge porn carries a maximum prison sentence of two years in England and Wales, and five years in Scotland. It is described as ‘the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress’. The legislation covers images showing sexual activity, or with genitals, buttocks or breasts exposed or covered only by underwear. Both sharing the material and posting online is considered an offence. She created art work "revolving around the female gaze" Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Teen ballet dancer speaks of joy after being accepted into Bolshoi Academy

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Rachel Armstrong, 17, front, will begin her four-year training at the school in SeptemberCredit:Affleck Academy of Ballet Rachel Armstrong, 17, front, will begin her four-year training at the school in September Honing her skills Ms Armstrong trained under the watchful eye of Hilda Affleck who runs a dance academy in the North-East of England having taught at the Royal Ballet School.  The elated dancer added: ‘”I am a bit nervous, but most of all I am just incredibly excited. It is such a fantastic opportunity and I am looking forward to it all. “I can’t wait to meet people from all over the world, and be taught different styles of dance at such a prestigious school.”Rachel, who has studied at the Affleck Academy of Ballet in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, for around six years, submitted a 15 minute video to the Bolshoi, where fees cost £17,000 a year, in March and was offered a place four days later without being interviewed.She added: “We were told exactly what the Bolshoi wanted to see in the video, we recorded it in a studio and sent it off. “I really hoped that I would be successful but I didn’t really know quite what to expect.”I was so shocked when I received the email. It is getting close now and I am know I am going to get more nervous, but I am still very excited.”I am most anxious about living away from home for the first time, but I am looking forward to it as well.”Her father, Peter, 54, who converted the family garage into a studio for Rachel, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Rachel. A teenage ballerina from Northumberland awarded a place at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy has told how she ran down the stairs to her mother to see if an offer letter was genuine.Rachel Armstrong, 17, is one of just a hand-full of British dancers to earn a place at the Moscow dance school. Training everyday for years she was in bed when she opened a letter from the prestigious school. Disbelieving she flew down the stairs to her mother and pirouetted with pleasure when she realised her deepest dream was now a reality.   She said: “I was so shocked. At first, I wasn’t sure if the email was real. I had to double check it. It had come in at midday but I didn’t see it until I went to bed.”I came downstairs and showed it to my parents. They couldn’t quite believe it.”We did not have any words.”I am absolutely delighted. Dancing is what I want to do every single day. I have a real passion for it and so it’s not something I find difficult or a chore. It is just what I love to do. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It is such an amazing opportunity for her. “When she got the email the course of all our lives changed in that one instance.”Rachel is quiet but also very determined. She might not have wanted to get her hopes up, but deep down she really wanted to be accepted.”The Bolshoi has such a fantastic reputation all over the world and Rachel has been building up to this for the past seven years.”The 17-year-old will move to Moscow for four years and will need to learn the language as well as dance. However, Ms Armstrong remains undaunted saying: “I’m quite excited for that, like, just doing it all day, every day.” read more

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Long life low cost rock bolt monitor introduced at MINExpo

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first_imgAccording to Chris Gotmalm, CEO, Alert Technologies, Rock bolt average life expectancy is commonly 20 years. “The industry has been searching for a reliable system to monitor large fields of rock bolts- around the clock-to instantly alarm for events such as overload, seismic disturbance, displacement and lost or insufficient preload.”In Las Vegas, Alert Technologies introduced the ALERT Rock Bolt Monitor (ARBM).The impervious donut shaped device, with its durable embedded microprocessor, slips over the rock bolt between the spreader plate and the end nut. Installation is quick and user-friendly, designed to install on both new and existing bolts. The ARBM comes in all common bolt sizes and tonnages and works with all common types of bolt without any additional machining or modifications. The Alert will easily integrate with automated bolting devices.Powered by a patent pending hybrid energy device the ARBM will monitor its bolt continuously for 23 years without merely intermittent sampling of bolt status to extend battery life.The ARBM wirelessly transmits its alarm to a CPU identifying any event and the precise time and location of the problem.   The network of ARBMs will date stamp/ memorize events and display it all on the user’s computer or cell phone. It can also activate horns and lights, lock gates and booms or trigger other secondary responses.Gotmalm says: “We hope to keep the life time cost for a Class 1 ARBM around $2 per year which I think is affordable for the safety enhancement and cost savings it provides. (Class  1 covers 5/8”- ¾” and 7/8” dia. rock bolts).“Rock bolt intelligence gathering is a challenging task today. The Laerdal tunnel in Norway, currently the world’s longest road tunnel, is 25 km long and contains some 200,000 rock bolts. Manual individual inspection of its bolts would require about 12,500 man-days per year .” Just think of the personnel and equipment involved in inspecting all bolts once a year!“We are currently negotiating distributorships and investments to meet the anticipated demand. We see a huge potential for our product worldwide,” he continues.“This year we will install demonstrator units in the NORCAT mine, a government sponsored research facility in Sudbury. Delivery will commence 2017 when our manufacturing plant is up and running.”last_img read more

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Mens EHF CL Round 10 Matches of the Year in Veszprem and

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Program of the Velux EHF Champions League Round 10 (Saturday) :Fuchse Berlin – BSV Bjeringbro Silkeborg 14.30KS Vive Targi Kielce – Chehkovski Medvedi 17.ooMKB Veszprem – BM Atletico Madrid 17.00Cimos Koper – Constanta 20.00C.O Zagreb – Kadetten Schaffhausen 20.30Chambery Savoie – Bosna Sarajevo 20.30 Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Gyori one step to the final, Andrea Lekic: “I am too happy” Next Story → Veszprem and Kielce staying in Europe – Medvedi out!

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