Meerut remained tense on Monday after a group of Muslim men protesting against the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand were lathi-charged by the police on Sunday evening.It was followed by an anonymous WhatsApp message that called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ to raise voice against alleged atrocities being committed against Muslims. On Monday morning, Meerut police used force to prevent another group of Muslim men in the Mawana town of the district from protesting against the Jharkhand lynching.Internet services remained blocked for the major part of the day.Dr. Laxmikant Bajpai, former State president of the BJP, described the lathi charge at Faiz-e-Aam College as an administrative failure. “They should not be allowed to gather on the college premises. What happened in Jharkhand was sad, but what was the point of protesting about it in Meerut,” he asked.Retired AMU professor Zainus Sajidin Siddiqui, a Meerut resident and Sheher Qazi who was one of the catalysts for the protest, said once the videos of lynching went viral, popular eruptions were going to be widespread. “There seems to be a pattern. They want to create fear among Muslims. We called for a peaceful assembly after the administration refused the protest march. While going back, one of the groups got slightly agitated but the police used brute force and abused old men… 10-15 people were injured. It is an emotive issue and should have been handled carefully.”Section 144 imposedAkhilesh Singh, SP (City) Meerut, said that Section 144 was in place and the organisers were warned against taking out a procession.The bandh call didn’t impact businesses in Meerut city on Monday.In Mawana, SP Rural Avinash Pandey said “vested interests” wanted to spoil the peaceful atmosphere. “We only used mild force.”
This World Cup is for the batsmen. A par score for the top teams is going to be 300 runs in 50 overs, and even that is going to be tough to defend when two quality sides meet. The Netherlands did well to score 292 against England, but, as far as I am concerned, it will take more than just a good total for any of the bottom four teams to cause an upset in this Cup.S SreesanthThe India vs Bangladesh game was a great start to the World Cup. It had an atmosphere of a “big game” to it. India were under pressure, having been knocked out of the last World Cup by Bangladesh, but Virender Sehwag was able to alleviate that pressure by hitting the first ball of the innings for a boundary, and from then on, he and India never looked back. Sehwag made a huge statement with his 175, which made this World Cup come alive for me. Virat Kohli at No. 4 scored a century and made it look easy. He will be a high-class player for India in the future. The Indian batting looks long and strong to me, but I couldn’t understand some of the bowling decisions. India’s bowling strength lies in its spinners and I would rather see R. Ashwin or Piyush Chawla play than a third seamer. Even though I like S. Sreesanth very much as he is a character, one-day cricket is about keeping calm and being thoughtful. Sreesanth needs to mature more as a person and as a cricketer. I would pick Ashwin or Chawla instead, especially for the clash against England on February 27.The fielding in this World Cup so far hasn’t been top class and both India and England will need to improve on this score. England seemed to have lost the plot in the last 15 overs of the Netherlands innings with dropped catches and wrong field placements. They need to plan better for their biggest group clash in this tournament when they meet India at Bangalore.advertisementOne doesn’t know how the Bangalore pitch will behave but England will no doubt prefer the conditions in Bangalore over Kolkata. I like the fact that England have opted for the Kevin Pietersen-Andrew Strauss opening combination. That’s a message to Pietersen that England looks up to him as a great player and need him to fire for the team to have a chance at lifting the Cup. The right-left-handed opening combination can be a huge asset as the fielding side will always be under pressure if the duo build a long partnership. England’s batting order looks strong, but it’s their bowling combination that they need to work on. They would probably want Mike Yardy at the cost of a pacer.Sri Lanka looked every bit as solid at home in their one-sided clash with Canada. With their opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who are dashing one-day openers, followed by the class and experience of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, and the finishing abilities of Angelo Mathews in the middle order, theirs is a very strong batting line-up. Canada really didn’t have a chance.Australia look strong and though they beat Zimbabwe comfortably, they look like one batsman short without Michael Hussey who is injured. Mitchell Johnson bowled well and is a match-winning all-rounder in one-day cricket, and along with Shane Watson, Australia have two leading all-rounders in this World Cup. Zimbabwe have recently been a more consistent performer at the international level. They have had quality players in the past and also have a good production line for the future. Their combination of captain Elton Chigumbura and coach Allan Butcher is working well. I will not be surprised if they cause an upset in this tournament.The format of the World Cup is much too long to funnel out the bottom teams and I welcome the plan to have eight top teams and two “minnows” in the next edition, though it might not go down well with those teams that don’t make it. But that will make cricket more exciting for fans and sponsors.I am looking forward to the match at Bangalore. May the best team win, as long as it’s England.- Nasser Hussain is a former captain of the England cricket team. Syndicated by Sporting Excellence
Indian handset maker Micromax has launched one more smartphone, the Canvas Entice, with KitKat 4.4.2, the latest Android OS.For now, the Micromax Canvas Entice A105 has been listed on Micromax official website without any pricing and availability details. The Canvas Entice A105 comes with a 5-inch WVGA screen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels.On the specs front, the device has Broadcom’s BCM23550 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor and 512MB RAM. It sports a 5-megapixels main camera and a 0.3 MP front snapper. The dual-SIM smartphone has 4GB internal memory with option to expand it up to 32GB via microSD card. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0/USB/Wi-Fi connectivity options.The Micromax Canvas Entice packs a 1900mAh battery. As per claim, the battery provides 5-hour talk time and 150-hour standby time.It comes with pre-loaded apps like Opera Mini, M!Games, M!Live, Reverie, Reverie Phonebook, Getit, Bounce Ball Classic, Bubble X Slice and Zombie Smasher.
Hùng expressed his hope that with Nguyen’s efforts, he could make a surprise at the upcoming Games.To prepare for the event in the Philippines, Nguyen is taking a break from studying to focus on swimming.“Right now, I am putting my master’s program for business on break until I am finished with swimming. But for the next few years, I will focus on swimming and getting faster. And I will make Vietnam proud of me,” said Nguyen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Born in the US to Vietnamese parents, Nguyen competed for the national swimming team at the SEA Games in Malaysia two years ago for the first time and grabbed bronze medals in the men’s 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 200m medley and 50m freestyle.“I won four bronze medals for Vietnam and I was very happy. But when I went back to America to study, I was not happy. Bronze medals were not enough, I wanted to swim faster and get better medal. Too much bronze but not enough gold medals,” said Nguyen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCurrently, Paul is training for the Games at North Carolina State University with the American coach, Braden Holloway.“Holloway is my new American coach that is making me train a lot harder than I have before,” said Nguyễn. Rice industry paralysis View comments Paul Lê Nguyễn seen at the SEA Games two years ago. He is now training hard in the US for the target of hunting gold medal at the upcoming Games. — Photo nld.com.vn via Viet Nam NewsPaul Le Nguyen, an overseas Vietnamese swimmer, is aiming for a new color of medal at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.“My goal is to win more medals for Vietnam and make everyone proud of Vietnam. 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Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Nguyen’s participation in the national swimming team came by chance four years ago, after he met Đặng Anh Tuấn, coach of Vietnam’s female star swimmer Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên, at a swimming competition in the US in 2015.Then Nguyen wrote an email to Tuan asking for an opportunity to join the Vietnamese team.“I was interested in swimming for Vietnam since I was very young. I just didn’t know who to help me with swimming for Vietnam until I was lucky enough to meet Tuấn,” Nguyễn said.Nguyen’s request was quickly approved by Vietnamese sports officials, and he was granted citizenship in 2015. He returned to compete for An Giang Province and brought his team seven golds, two silvers and broke two national records at the National Swimming Championship in 2016.In 2017, he was called up to the national team for the SEA Games.“I joined the national swimming team because my father and mother were born in Mũi Né and Qui Nhơn. I want to represent the country that I carry in my blood,” said Nguyễn.The 27-year-old swimmer immediately proved to be one of Vietnam’s best swimmers with the four bronze medals.Nguyen’s medal count for the Games was second only to Viên, who brought home eight gold medals and two silvers.According to Đinh Việt Hùng, general secretary of the Vietnam Aquatic Sports Association, Nguyen’s four bronze medal haul was a turning point for Vietnamese sport in selecting overseas Vietnamese athletes to compete.“It was the first time we had an overseas Vietnamese swimmer take a medal in the region’s biggest sport event. That was considered an appeal to call overseas Vietnamese athletes to play for Vietnam. There are many overseas Vietnamese people in the other fields of the country, but in sport, it is limited,” said Hùng. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I am now training all of the strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle). I used to only train for backstroke,” Nguyen added.In the Philippines later this year, Nguyễn will seek gold medals in the men’s 50 butterfly, 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, and 200m individual medley.According to Nguyen, his task will be tough as he will meet strong rivals in the events in short distance, especially from Singapore such as Joseph Schooling who won six gold medals at the Games 2017.Born in 1992 in Oklahoma, Nguyen began training for swimming at the age of eight. He also performed well both tennis and gymnastics and was a familiar face at school competitions in Oklahoma.Now he is studying for a master’s degree in business at Missouri State University, a school he’s attending on scholarship thanks to swimming. 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Bangladesh started their three one day international series with a spectacular victory over West Indies in the first match, thanks to Tamim Iqbal’s unbeaten century and Mashrafe Mortaza bowling spell.Tamim scored an unbeaten 130 and shared a 207-run second-wicket stand with Shakib Al Hasan to guide Bangladesh to a tour-reviving 48-run win over the West Indies in the first ODI in Guyana on Sunday.After winning the toss and electing to bat and losing a wicket in the second over, Bangladesh recovered to post 279 for four set up by Iqbal’s 10th ODI century and Al Hasan’s 97 from 121 deliveries.Mushfiqur Rahim’s late cameo of 30 from 11 balls contained three boundaries and two sixes before he was dismissed on the next-to-last ball of the innings.MATCH SCORECARDWest Indies was in contention in reply until Chris Gayle was runt out for 40 in the 22nd over and the hosts eventually reached 231-9 in 50 overs.Mashrafe Mortaza led the Bangladesh bowling attack with 4/37 from his 10 overs and Mustafizur Rahman took 2-35.West Indies dominated the two-Test series at the start of the tour with commanding wins in Antigua and Jamaica.The three-game ODI series will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals.(With inputs from AP)
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Atlético Madrid Time to walk away? Simeone’s Atletico fairytale seems set for an unhappy ending Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Deportivo La Coruña v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Qarabağ Deportivo La Coruña Qarabağ Primera División Opinion The Rojiblancos, on the verge of Champions League elimination after a draw at home to Qarabag, are at their lowest ebb since the Argentine’s arrival Is the dream dying for Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid? Failure to beat lowly Qarabag either away or at home has left the Rojiblancos on the brink of a shock exit in the Champions League and there are signs that this fairytale is slowly heading for an unhappy ending.Atletico are unbeaten in La Liga this term. However, five draws in their 10 matches mean Simeone’s side are already some way off the pace in fourth place and, in Europe, there now looks to be no way back for the Rojiblancos after three ties and loss in their first four fixtures.Atletico 17/20 at Deportivo 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 Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at home to Azerbaijan side Qarabag was particularly disappointing. Atletico did not play well, but the feeling was that in times gone by, it was a match Simeone’s side would have found a way to win.Part of the problem is the new stadium. The Wanda Metropolitano is an impressive arena, yet it lacks the warmth and the hostility of the Vicente Calderon. Rival teams dreaded visiting Atleti’s former home, but their new ground does not have that same aura – despite its increased capacity.The transfer ban created an additional problem for Atletico and although both Diego Costa and Vitolo were signed, neither of the two can make their debuts until January – and the season could be all but over by then for Simeone’s side.”if things continue this way, Diego Costa’s arrival won’t help at all,” Gabi said after Tuesday night’s draw against Qarabag. And on the possibility of finishing third in the group (behind Roma and Chelsea) and playing in Europe’s second-tier competition, he said: “Today, right now, I would say that the Europa League is a piece of sh*t.”That shows just how far Atletico have come. Europa League winners in 2010 (under Quique Sanchez Flores) and in Simeone’s first season (in 2012), the Rojiblancos have set their sights on bigger things since and are still set on winning the Champions League after losing to rivals Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals.Since returning to the Champions League in 2013-14, Atleti have lost out only to Madrid in Europe and it is the dream of winning Europe’s premier club competition that has kept Simeone at the club after many thought he would move on to Serie A or the Premier League (having won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey, La Liga and Spanish Supercopa between 2012 and 2014).Next season’s Champions League final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano, but Atletico will need to improve significantly if they are to have any chance of reaching the showpiece occastion at their new stadium.The side’s famous pressing remains excellent, but many of their players are currently off form, including Antoine Griezmann, who could leave next summer anyway as his release clause drops down to an affordable €100 million.Meanwhile, the team’s once-miserly defence has conceded several times from corners this term and has allowed more shots from those set-pieces than any other team in La Liga. Not so long ago, Simeone’s side were masters in dead-ball situations at both ends of the pitch. Not any more.Part of the problem is that the likes of Diego Godin and Gabi, Juanfran and Filipe Luis are all getting older and losing some of their vitality. It is now time to rejuvenate and regenerate an ageing squad and it might be difficult to find the right players second time around. The transfer ban (for irregularities in the recruitment of youngsters) has also held up that process.In La Liga, Valencia’s renaissance and the presence of Sevilla means making the top four is not a foregone conclusion this time for Atletico and there is no guarantee the Rojiblancos will be eating at Europe’s top table next season.Simeone, meanwhile, has signed an extension until 2020, having previously cut his contract to leave in 2018. And now he has perhaps the greatest challenge on his hands to avoid his remarkable reign from ending in disappointment after so many successes since his arrival in December 2011.”Destiny is playing us a bad hand in front of goal,” the 47-year-old said after the draw against Qarabag on Wednesday. “We will have to fight hard to beat it.” And he added: “I’m completely responsible and we will have to win this battle with destiny.”Whatever happens, Simeone’s destiny is to leave as an Atletico legend, but how his team reacts over the coming months may decide whether he stays on beyond the summer or sees his tenure suffer an anti-climactic finale at the end of this season.Despite his love for the club and his burning desire to win the Champions League, the time might just have come for El Cholo to walk away.
UEFA Champions League Bale to discuss Real Madrid future after scoring ‘best goal ever’ in Champions League final Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:07 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Gareth Bale Transfers Videos The Wales international stepped off the bench against Liverpool to seal European glory, but admitted afterwards that he will be considering his future Gareth Bale hinted a summer move away from Real Madrid could be on the cards after stepping off the bench to make a record-breaking contribution to an historic Champions League victory over Liverpool.The Wales international has been heavily linked with a big-money switch elsewhere after seeing form and fitness issues plague another season in the Spanish capital.He was left on the bench for Madrid’s biggest game of the season in Kiev on Saturday, but entered the fray just after the hour mark to change the course of the tie with a match-winning brace. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Having shown what he is capable of, the 28-year-old conceded afterwards that – amid much talk of interest from the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich – he will have to weigh up his options when the transfer window re-opens.Bale told BT Sport : “I need to be playing week in, week out, it hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I need to sit down in the summer and discuss things with my agent and take things from there.”He added on being left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI for the fourth Champions League final of his Madrid career: “Very disappointed not to start the game. I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do is come on and make an impact and that’s what I did.”Bale needed just 122 seconds to make an impact after replacing Isco, with a stunning overhead kick restoring Madrid’s lead on the night .He would go on to net his second and the Blancos’ third seven minutes from time to wrap up a hat-trick of continental triumphs for European football’s most successful club.”We know what we have achieved and we know how good we have been. It’s turned out to be a great season winning the Champions League,” said Bale.Bale also admitted that his acrobatic goal against Liverpool is the best of his career to date, with that strike helping him to his own piece of history.A second effort, which dipped and swerved from distance to slip through the grasp of Loris Karius – who endured a nightmare evening in the Liverpool goal – saw the Welshman become the first player to bag a brace off the bench in a European Cup final.1 – Gareth Bale is the first substitute to score a brace in an European Cup/Champions League final. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/nKgKRTvsha — OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 26, 2018 That would be some way to sign off if he is to leave Madrid this summer, with there sure to be no shortage of takers if Bale is to be made available on the open market.
Auburn and LSU gave us one of the best games of the 2018 college football season on Saturday afternoon.The two Tigers squared off at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn was in control for much of the game, but LSU stormed back late. Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow led the LSU-offense on a game-winning drive, as the Tigers made a go-ahead field goal as time expired.It was a huge win for LSU, which remains undefeated. Auburn, meanwhile, drops to 2-1.Auburn fans were understandably heartbroken following the final play. CBS had some crowd shots that went viral.Auburn fans seemed to know that it was coming, too.Welp, there’s always next week.
Deepika Padukone wishes Ranveer Singh with throwback pic on birthday: My sunshine and rainbowDeepika Padukone penned a sweet message for hubby Ranveer Singh on his 34th birthday. She shared a throwback photo of him too.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 08:38 IST Deepika Padukone penned a sweet message for hubby Ranveer Singh on his 34th birthday. She shared a throwback photo of him too.Ranveer Singh turned 34 yesterday and Bollywood celebrities flooded the Gully Boy actor with wishes. The sweetest wish came from Ranveer Singh’s wife Deepika Padukone.She shared a throwback photo of him and wrote, “Sensitive & emotional,caring & compassionate,generous & gentle,funny & intelligent,delightful & faithful…all this and so much more… To my husband,my friend,my lover,my confidante…but more often than not,my child,my infant,my toddler,my dot,my pineapple,my sunshine,my rainbow…May you forever and always be this way…I love you.”Ranveer and Deepika married in Lake Como last November after six years of dating. Their romance bloomed on the sets of their film Goliyon Ke Rasleela Ram Leela.It was on his birthday that Ranveer revealed his look from the sports biopic 83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev. He captioned the photo, “On my special day, here’s presenting THE HARYANA HURRICANE. KAPIL DEV.”83, directed by Kabir Khan, revolves around India’s historic victory at 1983 Cricket World Cup, where the team defeated West Indies under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.advertisementDeepika will play his wife Romi Bhatia. The film is slated for an April 2020 release.83 director Kabir Khan penned an emotional message for Ranveer. He wrote, “Happy Birthday @ranveersingh 83 is one of those once in a lifetime experiences and I’m so glad you are the one stepping into Kapil Dev’s shoes for me. There is no way I would have pulled this one off without your incredible commitment and dedication. Your infectious enthusiasm motivates the team everyday. So here’s to yet another year of brilliance from you… sorry @deepikapadukone but I had no other photo of Ranveer and me together #HappyBirthdayRanveerSingh.”Ranveer was last seen in Gully Boy, which crossed over Rs 100 crore at the box office.ALSO READ | Deepika Padukone on playing Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83: This isn’t coming from a personal equationALSO WATCH | When Terence Lewis suffered wardrobe malfunction during a performanceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Deepika PadukoneFollow Ranveer Singh
zoom Despite a surge in orders at South Korean shipyards in September which enabled them to overpower their Chinese counterparts, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) seems to be suffering from acute lack of orders.According to HHI’s Vice Chairman Oh-Gap Kwon, cited by local media, the company managed to score orders for 30 vessels this year, which is only a third of the expected orders for over 100 ships.Speaking on Thursday at a review carried out by South Korea’s National Assembly, Kwon said that if orders don’t increase, the company might be forced to shut down operations at all its yards in the next eight months.Namely, the company’s order backlog comprises 75 ships which can be completed in eight months.Furthermore, newbuilding prices have been halved exerting further pressure on earnings for shipyards.Kwon added that the lack of ordering is also the reason why reopening of the Gunsan yard cannot take place, as such step would bring losses worth KRW 100 bn (USD 88.2 million) to the company.Hyundai Heavy Industries closed temporarily its Gunsan dockyard in July this year due to a lack of shipbuilding orders.In March 2017, HHI informed that it was looking to close another one of its dry docks at the Ulsan shipyard, the 380-meter-long Dock 5, which has a capacity to roll out 400,000 tons a year. The dock closure follows Hyundai Heavy’s decision to shut down the ops at its Dock 4 in June 2016.In addition, shortage of orders resulted in HHI’s introduction of leave rotation scheme for workers in September.The five-week program rotation would help resolve the issue of the idle workforce, HHI said, enabling the employees to keep their jobs.Wage cuts have also been among the measures implemented by the shipbuilder so as to cut costs and help improve the company’s liquidity.According to Kwon, he has not been paid for four years now.Last month, HHI finally secured a major order. Specifically, compatriot Polaris Shipping placed an order for ten very large ore carriers (VLOCs) of 325,000 DWT, worth USD 800 million.The delivery is slated for April 2021, HHI said in a regulatory filing.The contract is the largest single order for Hyundai in the last five years.World Maritime News Staff
TORONTO — As excitement builds across Canada for a game that could win the Toronto Raptors their first NBA Championship tonight, officials are asking fans to be on their best behaviour as Toronto prepares for crowds to flood the city’s downtown core.Crowd control is top of mind for city staff, Toronto Police and the Toronto Transit Commission, which are working in tandem with Raptors parent company Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.Police are asking Raptors fans to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors responsibly, noting that officers will be stationed throughout the city.“We would like to remind the public to make decisions that do not impact their own safety or that of others when gathering to enjoy the game celebrations,” spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante said in an email.In addition to the everyday fanatics, the game is expected to draw some higher profile viewers.“Schitt’s Creek” cast member Noah Reid said fans of his show might spot some familiar faces in the crowd.“I’m in a very Raptors headspace. We’re going to Game 5. Dan (Levy) and I, and my girlfriend Clare and Andrew Cividino, one of our directors,” he said in an interview on the set of the show’s sixth and final season. “We’re going to Game 5, so we’re all very high on that.”The excitement has spread far beyond Toronto, with outdoor viewing spaces being forced to expand as Raptors fever spreads.Fans in Halifax can watch the game at block parties, while those in Regina can head to Mosaic Stadium, home of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, to watch on the MaxTron screen.The screen at the venue is the largest in Canada, and — at more than 630 square metres — is even bigger than a standard NBA basketball court.Back in the Raptors’ home city, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the team’s owner, is amping up its usual outdoor viewing party by planning multiple giveaways and setting up additional screens in Maple Leaf Square — the fanzone known as Jurassic Park outside Scotiabank Arena — the organization said in a news release.Due to the expected throngs of fans, Maple Leaf Square, along with several surrounding roads, will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. this morning until 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to city spokesman Brad Ross.On Friday night, fans shut down a busy intersection in the downtown core as they celebrated the Game 4 win. Videos on social media show fans jumping on police cruisers and TTC vehicles following previous Raptors victories.The Canadian Press
MONCTON, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is asking Liberal MPs on the House of Commons ethics committee to vote to continue the investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair, after a scathing report found that the prime minister broke ethics law.On Wednesday, the federal ethics watchdog stated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Mario Dion’s report said Trudeau’s attempts to influence Wilson-Raybould on the matter contravened section 9 of the act, which prohibits public office holders from using their position to try to influence a decision that would improperly further the private interests of a third party.In a news conference in Moncton, N.B., on Friday, Scheer called on the six Liberal members of the ethics committee to allow the investigation into Trudeau’s involvement in the controversy to proceed when the committee meets next week.Scheer also says he is launching a “grassroots campaign” to ask Canadians to contact the MPs to pressure them to vote on the matter.Scheer says Trudeau “betrayed the trust” of Canadians and the Liberal party, adding he believes there’s more than enough evidence of misconduct to warrant an investigation by the RCMPConservative and New Democrat MPs demanded an emergency meeting of the ethics committee to delve into Dion’s report.The two opposition parties have enough members on the committee to force an emergency meeting, but the Liberals hold a majority of seats on the committee.Trudeau has said he accepts the report and responsibility for what happened, but he disagrees with some of the Dion’s conclusions — most notably, that he shouldn’t have had contact with his attorney general over the affair.The Canadian Press
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Rabat – Both the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and the Southern Common Market Parliament (Parlasur) have shown interest in signing trade agreements with Morocco. Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met Parlacen Speaker Tony Raful Tejada to discuss joint projects and new trade agreements, on Wednesday, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Tejada expressed Parlacen’s interest in creating an African-Latin American parliamentary assembly and in signing a free trade agreement between Morocco and Parlacen’s member states. Tejada also suggested an institutional partnership between Parlacen, the European Parliament, and the Moroccan parliament. Bourita welcomed the suggestion to diversify Morocco’s collaboration and improve cooperation with Central America. Earlier this week, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani met the speaker of Parlasur, Tomas Bittar Navarro, in Rabat to enhance cooperation with the South American bloc. Navarro and El Othmani both expressed interest in boosting economic ties. As Morocco sits in a strategic position between Africa and Europe and South American countries link Latin America to the Caribbean, the partnership could open the door to a more developed trade network. The two sides plan to sign a trade agreement in the near future. Morocco is attracting new investments and more potential international partners due to its trade agreements with Europe, the US, Arab countries, Turkey, and sub-Saharan African countries. The Moroccan strategy in diversifying its partners comes very likely as an effort to decrease its dependency on the European Union and strengthen diplomatic ties through economic partnership to push the Moroccan agenda on the international sphere.According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Morocco’s top export and import destinations are, indeed, mostly EU countries with Spain, France, and Germany in the top five. Morocco has recently enhanced cooperation with many countries in sectors such as mining and energy, aviation, technology, and education. In the last eight months, Morocco boosted its economic cooperation through various agreements and partnerships with countries such as China, Malaysia, India, Argentina, Tunisia, Russia, Cote d’Ivoire, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
The main opposition United National Party has also rejected the sacking while the Commonwealth, the United States and Britain have expressed concern over the impeachment as a blow to rule of law and good governance. Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka’s first woman chief justice, was removed despite a succession of court rulings which declared the impeachment process to be unconstitutional. “The government wanted her out because she remained independent and did not do their bidding,” Weliamuna said. “This is not a matter that affects only her and the legal fraternity but the democratic rights of all citizens.”Rajapakse brushed aside international calls for restraint and sacked Bandaranayake who would have had another 11 years in office.The government’s senior legal advisor Mohan Peiris and the senior-most judge of the supreme court Shiranee Tilakawardane are among frontrunners to replace Bandaranayake. An appointment is imminent, official sources said. The government maintains that it followed a constitutional process and denies it was politically motivated.Lawmakers found Bandaranayake guilty of tampering with a case involving a company from which her sister bought an apartment, of failing to declare dormant bank accounts, and of staying in office while her husband faced a bribery charge. (AFP) Lawyers said they expected a plethora of cases to be filed in courts when they reopen after a long weekend on Tuesday. Monday is a Hindu religious holiday in Sri Lanka.Bandaranayake’s lawyers said she had no immediate comment. “We will use all legal avenues to challenge this purported impeachment,” Lawyers’ Collective spokesman J. C. Weliamuna told reporters in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s lawyers on Monday announced a legal challenge to the impeachment of the chief justice and vowed to keep up a battle for judicial independence.The Lawyers’ Collective, which includes most of Sri Lanka’s 11,000 attorneys, said they would also contest through the courts any appointment to replace Shirani Bandaranayake after her sacking on Sunday by President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The UN Operation in Burundi, known by its French acronym ONUB, warned in a communiqué to the press issued in Bujumbura, the capital, that these events constitute a threat to the “commendable achievements of the peace process” in Burundi.Expressing concern about allegations of torture, ONUB said it has asked the Burundian authorities to allow access to the detainees and called on the Government to make available any information about the events to the international community.Last month, citing “factors of instability,” the Security Council extended ONUB’s mandate through the end of the year. The mission was established in May 2004 as Burundi emerged out of 12 years of civil war.
“The Holocaust was a colossal crime,” said Mr. Ban in a message. “No-one can deny the evidence that it happened. By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted and liberated them, we annually renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities and reject the hateful mentality that allows them.” During the Second World War, six million Jews were systematically rounded up and exterminated. The Nazis also murdered Sinti and Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, persons with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Soviet prisoners of war. “From the shadow of the Holocaust and the cruelties of the Second World War, the United Nations was established to reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of every person and to uphold the rights of all to live in equality and free from discrimination,” the UN chief recalled. “These principles remain essential today,” he continued. “People worldwide – including millions fleeing war, persecution and deprivation – continue to suffer discrimination and attacks. We have a duty to remember the past – and to help those who need us now.” Mr. Ban further indicated that for more than a decade, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has worked to educate young people about the Holocaust, noting that many partners – including Holocaust survivors – continue to contribute to this work. “The memory of the Holocaust is a powerful reminder of what can happen when we stop seeing our common humanity,” he warned. “Let us all speak out against anti-Semitism and attacks against religious, ethnic or other groups. Let us create a world where dignity is respected, diversity is celebrated, and peace is permanent,” he concluded. In a separate message, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the Holocaust will “forever remain a terrible scar on the human conscience.” “Its hideous reality of planned and deliberate mass murder must lead us to deep reflection on the roots and spread of such violence,” stressed Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Today, as we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, I hope that all of us can reflect on the need to continue to combat racism and religious or ethnic intolerance in every form, and with all our might.” A Holocaust Memorial Ceremony is taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York, hosted by the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach. Following remarks by UN officials and representatives from the diplomatic community, a video tribute will be made to Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Holocaust on the Czech Kindertransport. The event will also include a performance by the United States Military Academy at West Point Jewish Chapel Choir.
Secondary schools across Oxfordshire are being invited to bring pupils along to see inside MINI Plant Oxford.Hundreds of teenagers will have the chance to take a tour of the plant, meet apprentices and have a go at an interactive manufacturing challenge.Plant Oxford is taking part once again in the See Inside Manufacturing initiative aimed at showcasing career opportunities within the UK automotive sector.Earlier this year, Business Secretary Vince Cable joined a group of careers advisers to see what the plant had to offer.“These schools visits are part of our on-going co-operation with the local community,” said Dr JÃƒ¼rgen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford. “We already offer plant tours to secondary schools and always find that pupils are inspired and excited by a look at the production facilities and how MINIs are made.”“We hope to welcome more than 200 hundred young people through the plant during See Inside Manufacturing and that many of our visitors will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here.”Youngsters will be shown the plant’s bodyshop and assembly facilities as well as the plant’s Quality and Engineering Centre. Some of the plant’s current apprentices will also be on hand to talk about their experiences and why they chose to join the company’s scheme.The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level.There are currently 100 apprentices across the company’s production plants at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood.See Inside manufacturing events at MINI Plant Oxford will run between 10 and 21 October. Sessions will last around three hours and are open to school and sixth-form college pupils aged 14 or above. To find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)