Store Worker Arrested Over Sikh Shop Owner’s Murder in New Jersey

first_imgA 55-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his Sikh employer in New Jersey. Tarlok Singh, an Indian-American store owner, was found stabbed to death at his store in East Orange, New Jersey, on Aug. 16. Roberto Ubiera was arrested and charged with murder, the Essex County prosecutor’s office announced on Aug. 21. It called the incident a homicide, PTI reported. Ubiera was hired at the store to do odd jobs. His motive or trigger behind the murder of his employer was not immediately known.  Tarlok Singh, the 55-year-old owner of the Park Deli and Grocery store, was found with a fatal stab wound on his chest by his cousin. Singh, who is survived by his wife and children in India, had been running the store for the past six years.  This murder was the third incident in three weeks targeting the minority Sikh community in the United States. Local Sikh groups as well as politicians in India had condemned these brutal attacks on Sikhs in United States. They requested Sushma Swaraj, India’s Minister for External Affairs, to take up the issue with the U.S. government. In one another incident, Sahbit Singh Natt, an elderly Sikh man, was attacked in California by two teenagers during his morning walk on Aug. 6. Two suspects were arrested on Aug. 8, including a police chief’s son, on charges of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.  A few days before Natt was assaulted, a 50-year-old Sikh man was allegedly beaten up by two white men in a racist attack in California. He was hit in the head with a rod several times while his attackers uttered racial slurs, saying “You are not welcome here,” and “Go back to your country.” Condemning the increase in hate crimes and attacks against Sikhs across the country, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal and community groups had emphasized the importance of making people aware about Sikhism. Over 25 million Sikhs live around the world, of which around 500,000 live in the United States, according to the Sikh Coalition.   Related Itemshate crimeNew JerseySikhismlast_img read more

Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later won the 105-kilogram world title in 2013, Olympic gold in 2016 and the 2018 Asian Games title.He tested positive for the anabolic steroid oral turinabol in re-analysis of London samples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 27-year-old lifter now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation, which provisionally suspended him in December.The 105-kilogram gold medalist in London, Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine, was also provisionally suspended in December. CAS did not announce a ruling in his case Monday. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments CAS also disqualified Mikalai Novikau of Belarus from the 85-kilogram class in London. Novikau, who originally placed eighth, tested positive for two anabolic steroids.The CAS anti-doping tribunal was created to judge cases on behalf of the IOC and sports governing bodies. Verdicts can be challenged at the separate and long-standing appeals division of sport’s highest court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Ruslan Nurudinov, of Uzbekistan, center, holds his gold medal as he is joined by silver medalist Simon Martirosyan, of Armenia, left, and bronze medalist Alexandr Zaichikov, of Kazakhstan, right, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 105 kg weightlifting event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nurudinov has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping with an anabolic steroid. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its new anti-doping chamber stripped Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class. The 27-year-old lifter from Uzbekistan now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Thirdy Ravena, Sisi Rondina take center stage in Collegiate Press Corps Awards Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Winston Salem Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran Crashed Out After Going Down to Top Seed Benoit Paire

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Benoit PairePrajnesh Gunneswaransecond roundtop seed First Published: August 21, 2019, 3:24 PM IST North Carolina: A profligate Prajnesh Gunneswaran went down to world No.30 Benoit Paire in the second round to crash out of the Winston Salem Open ATP 250 tournament here.The left-handed Indian, ranked 89, could convert just one of his five break chances to suffer a 3-6 5-7 loss to his French opponent in a match that lasted one hour and 10 minutes on Tuesday night. Prajnesh struggled from the beginning as Paire broke his serve to take an early 2-0 lead. The Indian could not recover from that, conceding the first set tamely.In the second set, Prajnesh held his serve but faltered in the 11th game giving Paire the match-winning lead.Serving for the match, the Frenchman made no mistakes and avenged his Indian Wells loss from earlier this year.Although Paire committed more double faults than Prajnesh, he hit 14 aces compared to the Indian’s three.In the doubles event, wild card entrants Leander Paes and his Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich, crashed out in the first round.The Paes-Erlich pair lost to the duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 2-6 3-6. last_img read more

Neeraj Chopra smashes junior world record,Neeraj Chopra smashes junior world record

first_imgJuly 24, 2016 COMMENTS sport Rising athletics star Neeraj Chopra scripted history by smashing the junior world record in javelin throw en route to a gold medal with a stunning effort of 86.48 m at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.After a solid opening round throw of 79.66 m, the 18-year-old Haryana broke the record in his second round on the penultimate day of the competitions on Saturday night, nearly two metres beyond earlier world under-20 record of 84.69 m, which was in the name of Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais.Chopra, a student of DAV College in Chandigarh, in the process, became the first ever Indian to hold a world record in athletics (junior and senior). He also broke the existing national senior record of 82.23 m in the name of Rajinder Singh while also becoming the first Indian track-and-field athlete to have won a gold in a World Championships.Rio Olympics-bound Seema Punia had won a gold in women’s discus throw in the 2000 World Under-20 Championships but she was stripped of the medal after testing positive for a banned substance. Chopra’s achievement was all the more stunning as his effort put him at the eighth spot among senior season leaders though he could not make it to the Olympics. The entry standard for Rio men’s javelin was set at 83m and the deadline was July 11. × Becomes the first Indian to hold a world record in athletics SHAREcenter_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on neeraj chopra neeraj chopralast_img read more

Euro 2016: Dimitri Payet lifts France to 2-1 win over Romania in opener

first_imgAn inspired Dimitri Payet scored one goal and set up another on Friday to help France beat Romania 2-1 and give the European Championship a start the host nation badly wanted. (Full EURO 2016 Coverage)OUTSTANDING PAYETPayet capped an outstanding display by curling in an 89th-minute shot with his left foot to restore France’s earlier lead. He was substituted soon after to a standing ovation with tears in his eyes.Riding their luck from wasteful Romanian finishing, France took the lead in the 58th when Olivier Giroud headed in Payet’s cross from the right.ROMANIA FOUGHT BACKThe lead lasted only seven minutes. Romania forward Bogdan Stancu slotted in from the penalty spot after a foul by Patrice Evra.While many expected France midfielder Paul Pogba to shine at Euro 2016, Payet was France’s main creative force at the Stade de France.Roaming free on both wings, Payet created Giroud’s first headed chance in the 10th, then fired a low cross that Antoine Griezmann met with a shot deflected wide.When Pogba was freed to move forward in the 57th, he was picked out near the penalty spot by Payet for a volleyed shot that Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu blocked with his legs.In his deeper role, Pogba’s perfectly angled pass set right back Bacary Sagna free to cross and cause confusion that led to Greizmann’s header against the post in the 14th minute.CLASSIC NO.10Payet was in a classic playmaker No. 10 role when Pogba was substituted with 15 minutes left.advertisementStancu earlier spurned clear chances in each half as Romania pressed the favored French hard.France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris crouched on his goal-line in the fourth minute to block Stancu’s close-range shot after a corner. Three minutes into the second half, Stancu volleyed weak and wide when left alone from eight meters.last_img read more


first_imgAt its AGM, the AITA also elected 10 vice presidents, At its AGM, the AITA also elected 10 vice presidents, including yesteryears Bollywood personality Shatrughna Sinha. Bengal Tennis Association president Hironmoy Chatterjee replaced Bharat Oza as the new secretary general while Oza is now one of the 10 vice presidents. Former selection committee chairman Anil Dhupar is now one of the two joint secretaries along with Suman Kapur. The following have been elected unanimously as the office bearers for the period 2016-2020: Vice presidents: Aneil Mahajan, Bharat Oza, Chintan N Parikh, C S Sunder Raju, Maj Dalbir Singh, Deepender Hooda, M A Alagappan, Mrs. Praveen Mahajan, Rajan Kashyap, Shatrughan Sinha. Hon. Secretary General: Hironmoy Chatterjee. Hon. Joint Secretaries: Suman Kapur, Anil Dhupar Hon. Treasurer: Raktim Saikia Executive Committee for the period 2016-2018: A B Prasad, Vikram Singh Sisodia, Ashok Kumar, Asit Tripathy, CBN Reddy, Murti Gupta, Dinesh Arora, T D Francis, Sunder Iyer, C P Kacker, Subhash Marriya, Noorudin Mather. PTI AT AH AHlast_img read more

Mumbai City FC unbeaten in pre-season tour of Dubai

first_imgMumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Mumbai City FC returned home today after completing a 35-day pre-season tour to Dubai to prepare itself for the upcoming season 3 of Indian Super League football. The club played four friendly matches during their time in the UAE against top Emirates teams and remained unbeaten by winning two games and drawing the rest, according to a media release.The first match was played against Al Ahli, the reigning UAE Pro League Champs and Asian Champions League runners-up in which the Mumbai outfit came out on top scoring two goals via Leo Costa and Lucian Goian without reply.They then drew 1-1 with Al Wasl, a well-supported Dubai-based team and then won the third match against the Dubai Cultural Sports Club, UAEs first division team from Dubai 2-0 with goals coming from Matias Defederico and Gaston Sangoy.The fourth and final match against Al Arabi was drawn 2-2 with goals for Mumbai coming from Gerson Viera and Boithang Haokip.Commenting on the tour, head coach Alexandre Guimaraes said, “The team is returning to Mumbai unbeaten which is a very good thing. We played some tough opponents, in really hot conditions, and the boys pulled through when needed. To be here for 35 days has really helped the team understand me and each other better.” PTI SSR NRB PDS CM RYSlast_img read more

Not the Real deal but victory gives Madrid a platform to build

first_imgThis was not perfect. It was never going to be, given Real Madrid were emerging from the wreckage of their humiliating 3-0 defeat by Eibar on Saturday.But Santiago Solari’s side got back on track with a 2-0 win at Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday that sees them seal top spot in Group G, which gives them something to build from.Talk over the past couple of days has circled around a new crisis for the European champions, after the heavy thrashing in the Basque country on Solari’s debut as permanent manager. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Argentine coach had won four from four as caretaker but was brought crashing back to earth at Ipurua and many thought Tuesday could be a further humiliation in the Italian capital.Good news trickled through before kick-off, as Viktoria Plzen came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1, guaranteeing Madrid would qualify for the last 16 before they even kicked off against Roma.It is the 21st consecutive season that Madrid have progressed in a competition that they have historically dominated.Perhaps then the lustre of this tournament was enough to rouse them from their sleep in a way La Liga can’t, but Madrid will derive come comfort from the performances of key players and their lethal counter-attacking display.Santiago Solari, Real MadridAt times in the first half Madrid’s defence was all over the place, with narrow margins keeping the ball from the back of Thibaut Courtois’s net.The Belgian goalkeeper made a brilliant save to deny striker Patrik Schick, while Aleksandar Kolarov whistled a thunderous drive inches wide.Madrid’s biggest moment of luck came just before half-time when Turkish striker Cengiz Under somehow contrived to blast the ball over an open goal from six yards out when it came to him on a plate. The worst miss the Champions League will see in this season, perhaps in any.At half-time it felt like Madrid were lucky to go in level with the game somehow goalless, but Solari’s side showed character after the break.Courtois was alert between the sticks and some smart saves from the goalkeeper repaid Madrid’s faith in him this summer and shows that he can buy time for Los Blancos while they soul search.What Solari and Madrid fans will take heart from was how Madrid survived Roma’s onslaught and showed determination to keep attacking to force a breakthrough.Even though their first goal came from terrible defending by Federico Fazio, Gareth Bale took his goal well in the 47th minute.Real Madrid celebrating Roma Champions LeagueThe Welshman has not been at his best this season and this was an important contribution to show Solari that he can make a difference for his team.As we have seen with Isco – cut from the squad – and Marcos Llorente, who impressed in midfield after finally being given a chance, Solari is looking for solutions, so it’s important for even the big names to prove their worth.Bale was key again for the second goal, looping a cross to the back post which Karim Benzema knocked into Lucas Vazquez’s path, and the winger obligingly finished from close range.It was Madrid’s best move thus far and started a period of dominance that saw them shred Roma’s defence numerous times in the final half hour, even though they did not add to their lead.This is the dangerous, almost brutal Madrid attack that Solari wants, playing with confidence and no fear.The coach must find a way to bring this attitude into matches on smaller stages, in La Liga, and get his team to play with it from the start, not only when they already have the bit between their teeth.last_img read more

Report: Atletico 1 Valencia 0

first_imgAtletico Madrid 1 Valencia 0: Correa rocket closes gap on Barca to nine Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 2/5/18 AngelCorrea - Cropped Twitter @atletienglish Angel Correa’s stunner saw Atletico Madrid defeat Valencia 1-0 and make up some ground on Barcelona in LaLiga. Atletico Madrid gained on LaLiga leaders Barcelona as Angel Correa’s screamer secured a 1-0 win over third-placed Valencia.Earlier on Sunday, Barca narrowly avoided suffering their first league loss of the season by rescuing a late 1-1 draw at Espanyol, and Atletico capitalised on a rare slip to reduce the gap to nine points.Diego Simeone’s side coped manfully with losing starting centre-halves Stefan Savic and Diego Godin to injury and Correa’s 25-yard rocket sent the Wanda Metropolitano into raptures shortly before the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His rasping drive flew into the top corner beyond Neto, who was perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty for earlier clattering into Godin in the incident that saw the defender leave the field.Correa’s strike was a standout moment of quality in an otherwise largely turgid affair in which Valencia offered next to nothing by way of an attacking threat, Marcelino’s side failing to muster a single shot on target.6 – Angel Correa has scored six goals in La liga this season, more than in any other season for @atletienglish. Blockbaster— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 4, 2018Victory moves Atletico nine points clear of their opponents, who now turn their attentions to overcoming a 1-0 deficit when they host Barca in Thursday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg.Valencia came into the meeting on the back of successive defeats and they were on the back foot for much of the opening exchanges here, although Atletico’s only effort of note saw Neto parry Saul Niguez’s 35-yard drive around the post.Diego Costa had missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but he introduced himself to Jose Gaya by wrestling his opponent to the floor at an Atleti set-piece just past the half-hour.The striker continued his personal duel with Gaya, getting above his man to meet Koke’s corner and power a header goalwards which was clawed away from the top corner by Neto.Valencia’s goalkeeper was in the action again early in the second period as he came to collect Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick but succeeded only in punching Godin in the face, though referee Ignacio Iglesias was uninterested in home complaints.Atletico had already lost Savic to a thigh complaint in the first half and Godin was also unable to continue as he departed down the tunnel and was replaced by Juanfran.The hosts soon shrugged off that setback, however, and forged ahead in the 59th minute as Correa picked up a pass from Koke, spun away into space and unleashed an unstoppable effort that zipped beyond Neto into the top-right corner.59’ | 1-0 | OH MY WORD! WHAT A BEAUTY, @AngelCorrea32! #AúpaAtleti #AtletiValencia— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 4, 2018Correa tried his luck again 15 minutes later from just outside the area, but this time his effort lacked the required venom and Neto got down to his left to make the save.If Atletico expected a late glut of pressure from the visitors, it never arrived as Simeone’s men were able to comfortably see out the victory and give their slim title hopes a welcome boost. Key Opta stats:- Valencia have not managed a shot on target against Atletico Madrid in their two meetings in LaLiga this season.- Atletico have kept clean sheets in their last four games against Valencia, their best run against them.- All of Angel Correa’s goals in LaLiga this season have been the opening goals, winning eight points for Atletico.- Valencia have lost three consecutive games in LaLiga for the first time under Marcelino. read morelast_img read more

Wests Magpies Feature In Women’s Health Magazine

first_imgJournalist Candice Chung attended a Wests training session recently, with the players teaching her the basics of Touch Football, for the ‘You Can Do This’ section of the magazine. Women’s Health is currently running its I Support Women In Sport campaign, aiming to encourage 100,000 Australians who currently don’t participate in sport to pledge their support and become involved in a sporting event in 2011. For more information, please visit:

Jeremy Pruitt Announces Season-Ending Injury For Emmit Gooden

first_imgA closeup of a Tennessee Volunteers football helmet.CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Tennessee Volunteers before their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt got some bad news this week. Defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, one of the top linemen on the team, is poised to miss the entire 2019 season.According to GoVols247, Gooden suffered a season-ending significant knee injury on Tuesday. Pruitt told the media that Gooden will undergo surgery next week and will hopefully return in the spring.“He’ll continue with going to school and get ready to come back next spring and next fall,” Pruitt said.Gooden recorded 33 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and a sack in ten games while averaging only 20 snaps a game.BREAKING: Jeremy Pruitt announces defensive lineman Emmit Gooden will miss the season with a knee injury.Huge blow for #Vols to lose their top defensive lineman. (FREE)— Patrick Brown (@pbrown247) August 7, 2019 A Tennessee native, Gooden joined the Vols in 2018 after spending the previous season in junior college. Coming out of high school in 2016, 247Sports rated him as a four-star prospect and the No. 316 player in the nation.Losing Gooden is a big blow for a Tennessee team that is very thin at the position.Pruitt may have to give a lot of reps to the several defensive linemen they picked up in the Class of 2019 to compensate.Last year the Vols went 5-7 in Pruitt’s first year at the helm. They have not had a winning season since 2016.Tennessee is largely expected to be an SEC cellar-dweller in 2019. Pruitt will need to come up with a little bit of magic to scratch hit wins.last_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Disposes of Kamsarmax Duo

first_imgImage Courtesy: Scorpio BulkersNYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has entered into agreements to sell its two 2014-built Kamsarmax vessels SBI Cakewalk and SBI Charleston.Under the deal reached with unaffiliated third parties, the ships will be sold for some USD 45 million in total.Featuring 81,600 dwt, the ships, which were built by Chinese Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industries, were added to Scorpio Bulkers’ fleet in August and September 2014, respectively.According to data provided by VesselsValue, SBI Cakewalk has a market value of USD 22.1 million, while SBI Charleston’s market value stands at USD 22.3 million.Following the completion of the sales, Scorpio Bulkers will own a fleet of 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 28 Ultramax ships, with a total carrying capacity of 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.last_img read more

Nova Scotia to Change Daylight Saving Time

first_imgDaylight saving time will start three weeks earlier in the spring and will last one week longer in the fall, beginning next year. The Department of Justice is making amendments to the regulations of the Time Definition Act to ensure that Nova Scotia is in sync when the United States extends its daylight saving time in 2007. “The fact that we have co-ordinating time zones with the U.S. is a draw when we are attracting business to this province,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Not changing would also likely result in difficulties for our agricultural and fisheries producers, causing transportation, shipping and border difficulties.” Starting in 2007, daylight time will begin on the second Sunday in March and will end on the first Sunday in November. Most of the other provinces that use daylight time will also be implementing the change. Staying in sync with U.S. daylight time will ensure that banking and other business transactions with businesses in other parts of the country and the U.S. will not be impacted. This is especially important for scheduled transportation services — including airline, buses and rail. In addition to economic benefits, Nova Scotians will enjoy a bit more daylight during the long winter months. “Many Nova Scotia businesses depend on a productive relationship with the United States,” said Mr. Scott. “The decision to be consistent will ensure that there is no disruption in our relationship with our chief trading partner, while providing benefits for our agriculture and fishing sectors.”last_img read more

Arts Nova Scotia Board Members Appointed

first_img People were recommended by the Arts Nova Scotia Transition Committee with Mr. Wilson making the final selection. “With the board in place, the transition of responsibility for funding will proceed over the next few months,” said Mr. Wilson. “It is very exciting to play a role in the development of this new independent arts funding organization,” said Ms. Stevenson. “I know we are all aware of the important task ahead of us and look forward to working to make Arts Nova Scotia an organization that serves the arts community and province in the best possible way.” The creation of Arts Nova Scotia is part of the province’s five-point plan on arts and culture released in February 2011. It is an independent body that will oversee provincial government funding that goes directly to artists. Legislation formalizing the council was passed during the fall 2011 legislature session. The contribution of arts to vibrant and healthy communities is being enhanced with the appointment of the first board for Arts Nova Scotia, today, March 27. Eleven Nova Scotians from across the arts sector will shape the policies and decisions of Arts Nova Scotia. The new board met for the first time today in Halifax to begin to shift funding responsibilities for artists and the organizations that support them to Arts Nova Scotia. “This is a very diverse group with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will ensure Arts Nova Scotia makes an important contribution to Nova Scotia’s creative economy,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson. “The board is varied in terms of its experience and geographical representation and positions it to make effective and independent decisions about funding and work.” The first appointees to the board, for two-year terms, are: Cory Bowles, Halifax Regional Municipality, African Nova Scotian, dancer, actor and musician. Claudia Buckley, Bayswater, consultant and contracted administrator of the Canada Council’s Theatre Section’s Flying Squad program. Michel de Noncourt, Antigonish, Acadian-Francophone, bilingual visual artist, sculptor and educator. Susan Hanrahan, Halifax Regional Municipality, executive director of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council. Mary Elizabeth Luka, Halifax Regional Municipality, bilingual arts consultant, award-winning documentary producer and television director. Eric Mathis, Halifax Regional Municipality, personnel and production manager for Symphony Nova Scotia. Barbara Richman, Chester, Lunenburg Co., established career arts administrator, consultant and former executive director of Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Dance. Laura Schneider, Sydney, director/curator at Cape Breton University Art Gallery. Don Sedgwick, Petite Riviere, Lunenburg Co., chairman and past-president of Transatlantic Literary Agency Inc. Candace Stevenson, Halifax Regional Municipality, is the retired director of Culture and Heritage with the former Department of Education and Culture. Mindy Gallant-Zwicker of Hantsport, Kings Co., emerging Mi’kmaq artist. last_img read more

US attack will imperil interests across Middle East warns Iran

first_imgTehran: Tehran warned Washington Saturday that any attack would see its interests across the Middle East go up in flames after US President Donald Trump said he called off a strike at the 11th hour. The aborted US military action was to have been in response to Iran’s downing of a US reconnaissance drone, which has seen tensions between the two countries soar after a series of attacks on oil tankers the US has blamed on Iran. Meanwhile, Iran has executed a “defence ministry contractor” convicted of spying for the CIA, semi-official news agency ISNA reported Saturday. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”The execution sentence was carried out for Jalal Haji Zavar, a contractor for the defence ministry’s aerospace organisation who spied for the CIA and the American government,” ISNA reported, quoting the Iranian military. The news agency did not detail when he was executed. “Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies” in the region, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned. President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States was “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran but pulled back at the last minute as it would not have been a “proportionate” response to Tehran’s shooting down of an unmanned drone. Under pressure to respond to the high-stakes incident near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Trump said the US was prepared to hit “3 different sites” Thursday night but that he scrapped the strikes “10 minutes” before they were to have been launched. “I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General,” the president tweeted, saying he concluded it would not have been “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” According to excerpts of an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” conducted Friday morning at the White House, Trump said he had not given final approval to strikes against Iran, and that no planes were in the air. “But they would have been pretty soon. And things would have happened to a point where you wouldn’t turn back or couldn’t turn back,” he said. He added that he did not want war with Iran, but if it came to pass, there would be “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.” The US president had struck a combative tone in initial comments Thursday about the downing of the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, but as the pre-dawn incident whipped up fears of open conflict, Trump moved to dial back tensions. Tehran insists that the drone violated its airspace — something Washington denies — but was prepared to accept on Friday that it might have done so by accident. The drone could have entered Iran’s airspace over a mistake by “a general or some operators,” the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace arm, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told state news agency IRNA on Saturday. “Nonetheless, this was an act of trampling international aviation laws by a spy aircraft, which met our natural response,” Hajizadeh added. The foreign ministry said it had summoned the charge d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates, from where the US drone launched, to protest against its decision to “put its installations at the disposal of foreign forces for aggression” against Iran. Britain said it was sending Minister of State for the Middle East Andrew Murrison to Tehran for talks. The US special representative on Iran, Brian Hook, accused Tehran of rejecting diplomatic overtures to deescalate the crisis, saying “Iran needs to meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not military force.” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi retorted that US “diplomacy” towards Tehran was “years of #EconomicTerrorism & war, and violating commitments”. “Iranians will meet diplomacy with diplomacy, respect with respect and war with zealous defence,” he said. The US Federal Aviation Administration has barred American civilian aircraft from the area “until further notice,” and major non-US airlines including British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Emirates and Etihad said they too were altering flight paths to avoid the sensitive Strait of Hormuz. The Pentagon says the Global Hawk drone — one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in the US arsenal, costing over 120 million apiece — was 34 kms from Iran when destroyed by a surface-to-air missile in an “unprovoked attack.” It published a map of drone’s flight path indicating it avoided Iranian waters, but Tehran provided its own map showing aircraft inside its territory when downed by a domestically-manufactured Khordad 3 air defence battery.last_img read more

HISTORYs Vikings Reigns as Wednesday Nights 1 Entertainment Specialty Series

first_imgAdditional Vikings data highlights include:Vikings Season 5 premiere marked HISTORY’s biggest day in primetime this fall against all key demos**.The Season 5 premiere grew its overnight audience by 10% amongst Adults 25-54 compared to last fall’s Season 4B premiere*.The series hashtag (#Vikings) was used more than 35,000 times in North America on Instagram and Twitter***.In the next episode of Vikings, airing Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY, celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York. Ragnar Lothbrok’s sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high and each is forced to choose a side. Following next week’s new episode of Vikings, HISTORY presents the highly-anticipated series premiere of new scripted drama Knightfall, premiering December 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.Catch up on full episodes On Demand, on, and on the HISTORY GO App. Visit to watch Vikings: A New World and for exclusive cast clips and interviews. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Twitter As Ivar the Boneless asserted his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, and as Lagertha continued her reign as Queen of Kattegat, Season 5 kicked off with a bounty of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world. And as the Vikings fight to rule, Vikings the series continues to lead Canadian specialty programming, claiming top spot last night in multiple key demos including A25-54, A18-34, and A18-49.Vikings continued its domination with the one-hour original special, Vikings: The Saga of Lagertha, ranking as the #2 entertainment specialty program of the night against key adult demos (A25-54 and A18-49)*. Viewers were also treated to ET Canada‘s exclusive behind-the-scenes special, Vikings: A New World, which premiered on Global and featured candid cast interviews, never-before-seen footage, and an up-close-and-personal look at Vikings both on screen and off. Login/Register With: TORONTO – HISTORY®‘s Emmy Award-winning original series Vikings staked its claim Wednesday night with a gripping Season 5 premiere watched by nearly half a million Canadians*, reigning as the #1 entertainment specialty series of the night against all key adult demos*.last_img read more

Mamata slams Yogi for calling Indian Army Modi ji ki sena

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for reportedly referring to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena”, saying it was an “insult” and humiliation for the force.Chief Minister tweeted: “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation. We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt has become a trend for BJP leaders to talk about the air strikes during election campaigns despite severe criticism by the Opposition. In Chennai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently addressed a gathering and on the backdrop of the dais, there were pictures of jawans who died in the Pulwama terror attack. Banerjee said such blatant personalisation should be condemned. Earlier, she had alleged BJP leaders, spearheaded by Modi, are referring to the achievements of Indian Army to divert the attention of the people from core issues. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn another tweet on the foundation day of the Reserve Bank of India, Banerjee said the dignity of the RBI has diminished. She called for maintaining “the sanctity” of the central bank along with other institutions. “On this day in 1935, the Reserve Bank of India was established. Best wishes to all the employees of @RBI on this occasion. We have seen in recent times, how the dignity of this institution was diminished. The sanctity of these high offices must be maintained,” she tweeted. The RBI headquarters was initially established in Kolkata but in 1937 it was moved to Mumbai. Banerjee said time and again under the BJP’s autocratic rule the sanctity of the institutions had been ruined and they are working as a tool of the saffron brigade. Within half-an-hour, after Narendra Modi banned high-value currency notes, Banerjee had said it would severely affect the economic growth of the country. Later, many economists from India and abroad also said demonetisation would impede the nation’s economic health. At that time, Banerjee had also taken part in a dharna outside the RBI in Delhi. She wanted to know whether RBI officials were informed about the decision or not. Senior officials of RBI did not open their mouth but with time it came to light that no discussion with the then Governor RBI Urjit Patel was held before the announcement. Banerjee also alleged that institutions such as the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence have been used to harass the Opposition leaders. Whenever the Opposition leaders raise their voice and ask questions about the failures of the Centre, the BJP use these institutions against these leaders to scare them. Yogi’s remark also provoked condemnation from the Congress, which called it an insult to the armed forces. The Election Commission has sought a report from the Ghaziabad district magistrate on the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s remark at a rally on Sunday, as it may violate the election code.last_img read more

UN chief appoints new envoy for Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Josette Sheeran of the United States as his Special Envoy for Haiti, who will guide full implementation of the Organization’s new approach to reducing the impact of cholera in the country and support national efforts on sustainable development. The new UN approach on cholera involves two tracks: the first to intensify efforts to reduce and ultimately end the transmission of the disease, improve access to care and treatment, and address the longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems. Track 2 involves developing a package of material assistance and support for those Haitians most directly affected by cholera. Ms. Sheeran, currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Society, previously served as the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) from 2007 to 2012, where she also lead the agency’s response in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation in 2010. She has also held senior positions at the World Economic Forum as well as in the US Government, including the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs and Deputy US Trade Representative. read more

Womens OG 2012 Day 1 Russia beats Angola – Brasil wins tight

In the openning match of the Women’s Olympic Handball Tournament in Copper Box Arena, Russia beats Angola 30:27 (16:11) in tight match. STATISTICSIn the second match of Group B, Brasil wins over Croatia 24:23 (9:10) with fantastic Masson (14 saves), Amorim and Nascimento (5 goals), while Jovetic scored 7 goals for Croatians. Angola handballEvgeny TrefilovRussia women’s handball ← Previous Story The Faker’s Guide to Olympic Handball Next Story → Mirko Alilovic (Croatia) before the OG start: “Group B for complete chaos” read more