Lucknow to get first woman Mayor in 100 years

first_imgUttar Pradesh has already given India its first woman Governor and Chief Minister but Lucknow is set to make history on Sunday by electing its first woman Mayor in 100 years.A woman has never before been elected as head of the municipal body after the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into existence. This time, however, the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women, hence all parties have fielded women candidates.The Samajwadi Party has selected Meera Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev and the Congress has pitched Prema Awasthi, wife of the former Congress legislator Surendra Nath.Freedom fighters Sarojini Naidu and Sucheta Kriplani were the country’s first female Govenor and Chief Minister respectively.Naidu, popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, was the Governor of the United Provinces, now known as Uttar Pradesh, from 1947 to 1949. She was born in a Bengali family on February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad and was educated in Chennai, London and Cambridge.Naidu was a follower of Mahatama Gandhi and participated in the freedom struggle. She, later, went on to become the president of the Indian National Congress. A poet of modern India, she wrote a collection, comprising children’s poems, nature poems, patriotic poems and poems of love and death.Kriplani, who held the Chief Minister’s office from 1963 to 1967, had come to the forefront during the Quit India Movement in 1942. She worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi during the Partition riots. She was one of the few women who were elected to the Constituent Assembly and was part of the sub-committee that drafted the Constitution.The civic polls will be held in the state capital tomorrow in the second leg of the three-phase municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.Lucknow has thrice sent a woman to the Lok Sabha as its representative with Sheila Kaul being elected in 1971, 1980 and 1984.last_img read more

Kashmir youth shuns militancy, returns home after mother’s appeal

first_imgOne more youth quit militancy on Friday to resume the normal life in Kashmir valley, according to the police.“Another young boy responding to the appeals of crying mother returned to the fold of family leaving path of violence in the valley. I wish the family happy re- union.” Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid.The police have refused to identify the youth for “security concerns.” Over 70 youth rejoined the mainstream and quit militancy in the past one year in Kashmir valley.Mehbooba outlines govt. initiativesNotably, last month, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply to a question of BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa, said: “four misguided youths shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream. Efforts are being made to counsel the families of militants to convince their wards to give up violence.”The government had taken a number of steps to contain radicalisation and extremism, and undertaken youth engagement activities, such as cricket tournaments. Youth clubs had been set up at the police station-level to train them in information technology and indoor games, she said.She also mentioned about the surveillance on social media, which had been enhanced as the Internet plays a major role in radicalisation of youth.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Haryana govt. employees to get HRA as per 7th CPC

first_imgThe Haryana government on Saturday announced it will give House Rent Allowance (HRA) to State employees as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the revised HRA would be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019, which he claimed would benefit about 3.5 lakh employees.Ex gratia policyThe CM also announced the revival of the ex gratia policy that had been discontinued since 1996. “The new policy will be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019. The deceased employees, whose age is 52 years or less or has completed more than five years of service before this, will be covered under this scheme,” he said.Mr. Khattar said facility of six months maternity leave will also be given to those women employees who are engaged under the outsourcing policy of the State government. “The financial burden on the contractor on account of this facility would be borne by the State government,” he said.The CM said that the government had also taken a decision to reopen the channel of promotion for the employees of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the central cooperative banks. “A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, (Finance), to remove the pay anomalies of tube well operators of Public Health Engineering Department working on contractual basis,” he added.last_img read more

Indirect poll for civic body heads in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Rajasthan Cabinet on Monday decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities in the State.“The Cabinet today (Monday) took a decision for indirect election of mayor and chairperson. Ward councillors will now elect them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters after the meeting. First direct elections of mayor and chairperson were conducted in the State in 2009.“A mayor or chairperson elected by public usually ignores councillors and development works get affected. When a directly elected mayor or chairperson is from one party and the majority in the corporation or municipality is of the other party, it also stalls development,” he said. BJP blamedAccusing the BJP of creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, Mr. Dhariwal said that it was necessary to return to the old mode of indirect elections of mayors and chairpersons to counter the divisive policies of the BJP.last_img read more

No ownership issues in Kings XI Punjab, says COO

first_imgPreity Zinta and Ness WadiaKings XI Punjab are set to be back in action on the cricket field in the upcoming Champions League T20, the first time after their star owners Priety Zinta and Ness Wadia battled out an ugly police case which remains in the news three months after the incident.Bollywood star Zinta had filed a police complaint alleging molestation by her former lover and co-owner of the team Ness Wadia during the IPL qualifier match played on May 30 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Ironically, the incident had come to light at a time when the franchisee had, for the first time in IPL history, found their feet and qualified for the finals where they finished second after Kolkata Knight Riders.Kings XI Punjab COO Fraser Castellino when asked about the effect the warring owners would have on the team and its ownership pattern said it would remain a personal issue between two individuals. “I am not aware of any ownership issues within the team. If you are referring to issues between two individuals, that will in no way affect our cricket or our business. We will continue to strive to win matches on the cricket field.”Kings XI who have qualified for the Champions league for the first time would start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes on September 18. Fraser confirmed that they would be retaining their support staff for the series even as two of their coaches are now serving the Indian team in England. “I can confirm that Sanjay Bangar will be back in action as our coach, and so will fielding coach R Sridhar. I have been speaking with Sanjay regularly and he would be joining our camp on the 12th,” he said.advertisementInterestingly Australian Joe Dawes, whose innings as Indian team bowling coach may have ended after the test series loss to England, would continue to serve as the bowling coach of Kings XI. While Dawes was asked to step back from duties for the one-day series, Bangar and Sridhar got their first opportunity with the national team in England over their IPL showing.BCCI would be deciding on the make up of the support staff for the West Indies series after the ODI series concludes in England.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 Final: Will Smith, Nicky Jam shine at closing ceremony

first_imgAfter 63 matches and a month-mong wait, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us.France will take on Croatia in the Final on Sunday but the before the much anticipated match, the fans were treated with a closing ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.The colourful ceremony was headlined by Hollywood star Will Smith, who performed along with Nicky Jam and Kosovian artist Era Istrefi.The artists performed the tournament’s official song, “Live it Up” in front of a jam-packed stadium.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: LIVE UPDATESAs Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colours of the Croatian and French flags – the two teams who face each other in the final. In the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.What a show!Thank you @NickyJamPR, @strefie and Will Smith! #WorldCupFinal World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018The tournament kicked-off on June 14 with the opening ceremony where English pop singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina had performed.Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic are at the stadium to cheer their respective team. France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.advertisementCroatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.This time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.However, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.Deschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.(With Agencies inputs)last_img read more

Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu’s B sample dope test returns positive

first_imgWeightlifter Sanjita Chanu has also tested positve for her B sample dope test but the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist has vowed to prove her innocence.Sanjita was handed a provisional suspension for an anti-doping rule violation. The Indian weightlifter, who competes in 53kg category, was tested positive for Testosterone in May.Chanu has decided to present her case before the hearing panel of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in Hungary.If Sanjita fails to prove her innocence before the IWF hearing panel, she faces a maximum punishment of four years, as stipulated for a first-time offender.”The B sample test was sent to Sanjita on September 11 and we will present our case before the IWF hearing panel in Budapest. We will highlight the mistakes committed by the IWF in this case,” Sanjita’s brother Bijen Singh told PTI.”It (the international body) has admitted its mistakes. We are confident of winning the case,” he added.Also read – 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Gold medallist Sanjita Chanu fails dope testShould her fight fail in the IWF, Sanjita is likely to knock at the doors of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.”We will fight for justice till the end. We will do whatever is available to us. She has been wronged,” he added.In the letter which informed her about the ‘B’ sample result, the IWF had given time till September 18 to tell the world body whether she wishes to appear before a hearing panel.Read – Sanjita Chanu vows to prove innocence after doping allegationsadvertisementShe was given the option to be present in person at a regular IWF hearing session, or at an extraordinary hearing, or through phone conference or skype.In reply, Sanjita wrote, “I would like to appear before the hearing panel through my representative (or myself) to prove my innocence.”Sanjita is now mulling whether to appear in person or send a lawyer.”Considering the cost involved for two persons (Sanjita and a lawyer) going to Hungary, we may send just a lawyer to represent her in the hearing in Budapest. But it is not yet finalised. We will take a call on it in the next few days,” Bijen said.Sanjita Chanu demands probe into dope case after IWF admits to mistakeThe IWF, earlier in the year, admitted to committing an “administrative mistake” in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report of her failed dope test.It had mentioned two different sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk on May 15 and Sanjita had demanded an inquiry.The National Anti-Doping Agency said that the IWF’s admission will not have any impact on the actual doping issue.The admission from the IWF came after the issue reached the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO had written to the Sports Ministry to look into the matter, which, in turn, directed the NADA to do so.Sanjita’s ‘A’ sample, taken out-of-competition in the United States on November 18 before the World Championships last year, tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The dope result (of A sample), however, came only on May 15 when she was put under provisional suspension.The ‘B’ sample request was made in June and the result was given to her on September 11.Sanjita has also requested the IWF to reveal the name of the weightlifter whose sample number is 1599176 and which was mentioned in one place in the letter sent to her informing her about her dope flunk.the number had (though mistakenly) appeared in my suspension order, I assume it is my right to know him/her. This will help me in convincing how the mistake occurred,” she said in the letter written to the IWF.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Words are cheap: Australia promise to show their mongrel side on the field

first_imgAustralia’s middle-order batsman Travis Head is sure the hosts are ready to battle hard on the field when they face India in the Test series starting Thursday. The two cricketing giants face-off in a four-match Test series from December 6.Sparks fly whenever India and Australia take on each other on the field. From verbal spats to MonkeyGate to finger gesture to brain-fade, it has all been part and parcel of India-Australia rivalry for a few decades now.Australia’s team culture became a talking point after the ball-tampering fiasco earlier this year and because of that it may force sledging part getting toned down a bit.Both teams even claim that they won’t start the process and will only retaliate if poked by the opposition.Head, who is only a Test series old, said Australia will play tough and only be aggressive in their approach on the field either with the bat or ball. WHY? Because “words are sometimes cheap”.”Words are sometimes cheap, it’s how they bowl, and their actions. If that mongrel means ‘Starcy’ bowling 150 [km/h] and ‘Cummo’ hitting a really hard length and same as ‘Hoff’ [Hazlewood], it’s bowling aggressive, being aggressive, the way we play, the way we bat,” Head said.Head also stressed on the importance of playing with a “smile” and avoid getting into unnecessary verbal battles with the opposition.”You do that in your actions, the way you buzz around the field, the way you cut down runs, create pressure,” Head said.”You don’t have to say anything to have mongrel, I don’t think. Some players will, some players won’t.advertisement”I try and attack the ball every time … to put pressure on the batters.”That’s what cricket is about, about enjoying it, playing with a smile, but it’s also about when you’re in the contest, not letting them get on top and win the contest.”The ball-tampering saga led to the suspensions of their then captain and vice captain Steve Smith and David Warner respectively and batsman Cameron Bancroft. Coach Darren Lehmann also stepped down a few days later while a host of administrators, including Pat Howard, had to quit from their posts.In the absence of Smith and Warner, Virat Kohli-led India are billed as No.1 contenders to win the Test series. But experts also say, it will not be easy for Team India to win a Test series in Down Under.Kohli, who blasted 692 runs from 4 Tests when India toured Australia in 2014-15, will be eager to become the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia.Also Read | Scaredy Bats: Australian public bash Aussie media for insulting Team IndiaAlso Read | Fast and furious: Adelaide curator promises green pitch for 1st India-Australia TestAlso Read | Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the needAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatlast_img read more

14 days agoSpurs fullback Aurier: Pochettino was right to leave me out

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs fullback Aurier: Pochettino was right to leave me outby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerge Aurier admits he tried to leave Tottenham over the summer.While Aurier is away on international duty, he has opened up about the events of last season.The Ivory Coast fullback said, “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to move, you can’t play because an injury or whatever else can scupper everything. “I wanted to leave so it was normal for me to not be on the pitch. Beyond that, it’s the manager’s decision. He’s the one who decides what’s best for the group.”Like I’ve said, the season is long so we’ll try and be better going forward and for what comes next. That desire to leave, I think it’s a bit normal. I’m an important player of the national team. I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy. “There are situations that mean you need to make a decision. I’m a big boy and a dad, so there are choices that are good for me and my family.” last_img read more

FIFA 20: How Volta is borrowing from Fortnite

first_imgEA Sports’ new FIFA 20 mode Volta will be heavy on allowing gamers to be creative – much like the inventiveness that’s been crucial to the success of video game rival Fortnite.Volta, the Portuguese word for ‘return’, is the developer’s latest innovation, which will allow FIFA players to take football back to the streets, away from the familiar arenas of big clubs.While much of the focus has been on ensuring the format’s gameplay debut is engaging, EA Sports have also worked significantly on making the product customisable – allowing for gamers to show their creativity and style with important parts of the Volta world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With Fortnite giving its users a creative licence to modify skins, costumes, weapons and other parts of the environment, Volta will be unveiling a similar model which will allow gamers to show their imagination and individuality by customising such features as clothing, logos, stadiums and avatars.EA Sports creative director Matt Prior explains the ability for creativity within the Volta game mode will be revolutionary for the FIFA franchise and it will be constantly evolving throughout its life cycle.”I think Volta offers user creativity like we never have offered before in FIFA,” Prior told Goal.”That’s creativity in the sense of your look, the vanity but also when you create your team, you pick a logo, you pick a venue and the creativity around the venue makes such a big difference.FIFA 20 Volta Miami“The Volta community itself will be ever expanding and changing. The teams you play with and against, whether online or offline, is user generated content. So there will be people coming to the game throughout the cycle. They will create avatars and teams and they will go into the pool of teams you can play against.”With the new trend for games to continually be updated and changed after their release, Prior revealed Volta will be following the FIFA Ultimate Team live service model and mentioned a few exciting features within the mode.”We will be doing live seasons, so we will be introducing more vanity items over the course of the game’s cycle,” he said.The World is your stadium in #VOLTAFOOTBALL #FIFA20— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 11, 2019″What you see on the disk is not just what is going to be available. If you stick around through the game, you will see the new content drop. We will also be introducing tournaments as well throughout so you will get new tournaments on the map.”The days of a game not changing once it’s been packed and shipped are long gone. A lot of games, such as FUT, offer the live service model and it’s something gamers have come to expect. I think Volta is a great forum to do that because the fashion of the in-game players is a big part of it.”FIFA 20 Volta ViniciusFor fans of famous clothing brands, EA Sports is also planning to collaborate with big names in the fashion industry to create game-related content.These content drops are planned for both in the game and in the outside world, with Prior hinting at the involvement of the world’s biggest sportswear manufacturer.”We will be looking to work with brands such as adidas so there is an opportunity for some unique content within the game but also opportunities in the real world,” Prior said.Volta will be a part of the new FIFA 20 game – which will be released on September 27.- Goal’s Kieran Francis tested an early version of FIFA 20 and Volta at the EA Producers Tour in Shanghai, China.last_img read more

West Ham United hand evidence to police on racist abuse of Mohamed Salah

first_imgWest Ham United hand evidence to police on racist abuse of Mohamed SalahA video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs were directed at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah as he was taking a corner. The match between West Ham United and Liverpool finished in a 1-1 draw.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 08:37 IST Mohamed Salah was last year named PFA Player of the Year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Ham hand evidence to the police after completing an investigation into racist abuseA video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs were directed at Liverpool forward Mohamed SalahThe match between West Ham United and Liverpool finished in a 1-1 drawWest Ham United have handed evidence to the police after completing an investigation into racist abuse shouted at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during their Premier League match at the London Stadium on Monday.A video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs were directed at the 26-year-old Egypt international as he was taking a corner. The match finished in a 1-1 draw.The user who posted the video on Twitter said: “I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches.”The Metropolitan Police had told Reuters in an email that officers were in the process of reviewing the footage and West Ham said in a statement on Thursday that they had given all of their evidence to the police.”After a thorough and immediate investigation following the abhorrent racist abuse aimed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Monday night, West Ham United can confirm that it has handed evidence to the Metropolitan Police,” the statement said.”The Club is unequivocal in its stance – such abuse will not be tolerated. There is no place or excuse for this kind of behaviour.”Salah was last year named PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year after he scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Mohamed Salah Nextlast_img read more

Ministers Hail UWI E-Book Project

first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has hailed the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) electronic book (e-book) initiative, noting that it will save students significant sums in textbook costs. Under the project, being piloted in the medical faculty, students will be able to digitally access all their texts and journals at a fraction of the cost of printed material. Speaking at the official launch on Tuesday, February 19, at the Medical Sciences Building, Minister Thwaites said the initiative must be applauded, as it forms part of the Ministry’s thrust to use technology to improve the education system. “We spend roughly $3 billion a year in this country purchasing school books. The state spends about a third of that and this project represents the application of technology, which will remove the burden of the heavy cost of printed material, which many of our parents can scarcely bear,” he stated. Under the project dubbed: ‘UWI/Total Electronic Solution Tablet (TEST)’, medical students will receive a seven-inch Android 4.0 tablet or SmartTab, made by local company JLMobile, at a cost of US$200. The one time charge covers a seven-month warranty and technical support for the duration of the course. The electronic textbooks are being provided by overseas-based company VitalSource, via its application, Bookshelf. Each student will be provided with 18 of the core medical texts needed to complete their programme at a cost of US$199.76 per year. This sum is a mere fraction of the total cost of purchasing all 18 books in hard copy, as one of the required texts cost about US$234. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who also attended the launch, congratulated those responsible for what he said was a “tremendous feat”. “I am very pleased that finally, we’re seeing the realisation emerging that throughout Jamaica, we are going to be embracing ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) as the way to enable every single area, whether you are involved in education, social welfare, or the medical field,” he stated. The e-book programme was implemented in a response to the increasing cost of tertiary education, primarily the cost of textbooks in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.   Principal, UWI, Mona, Professor Gordon Shirley said the project is the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean and aims to provide students with convenient and cost-effective access to textbooks, and provide for the seamless integration of technology into the teaching and learning processes. He said through the facility, students will be able to access books from any library at Mona and other UWI campuses. “Over 50 per cent of the incoming class has already taken access to this (programme) and we hope, in due course, that 100 per cent of the class will take advantage of it,” he stated. Professor Shirley said all textbooks are available on the tablets and, “because so many students have taken access to it, all faculty members have now had to take access to it.” He said that plans are in place to expand the project across all faculties as the institution seeks to become a digital university. He added that UWI will be partnering with representatives from Jamaica College to introduce the programme to that school, and there are plans to extend it to other secondary institutions across the island.last_img read more

Planifier pour une province en meilleure santé

first_imgIl est encore temps pour les Néo-Écossais de répondre à un questionnaire en ligne pour suggérer des façons de faire de la province l’endroit au Canada où il est le plus facile de grandir en bonne santé. Le questionnaire est en ligne jusqu’au 15 octobre sur le site Web « La croissance et la santé » à l’adresse Le site contient également un cadre de discussion et des liens à des ressources. « Nous souhaitons tous créer un avenir plus sain pour nos enfants et nos petits-enfants, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. Merci aux centaines de personnes, de groupes et d’organismes qui ont soumis leurs idées et suggestions sur la façon de faire de la Nouvelle-Écosse un endroit plus sain. J’encourage les autres à participer au projet et à répondre au questionnaire. » Le projet fait partie du plan du gouvernement provincial visant à améliorer la vie des familles en favorisant l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique et en prévenant l’obésité juvénile. Il contribuera également à la gestion et la prévention de toute une gamme de maladies chroniques. En Nouvelle-Écosse, un jeune sur trois âgé de 2 à 17 ans est en surpoids ou obèse. La mauvaise alimentation et l’inactivité chez les jeunes peuvent entraîner des maladies chroniques et d’autres problèmes de santé. Le gouvernement provincial formulera des recommandations sur la prévention de l’obésité juvénile au cours des prochains mois, après avoir considéré les commentaires du public ainsi que les conseils des partenaires et d’autres parties intéressées.last_img read more

Thomas v Halifax Regional Water Commission Complaint Dismissed

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Mark Thomas v. Halifax Regional Water Commission (HRWC) has concluded with the dismissal of a complaint of discrimination. Mr. Thomas had alleged that he was discriminated against on the basis of his race and disability while employed by Halifax Regional Water Commission. His employment was terminated Oct. 31, 2008. In his decision, board chair Dennis James explained that Mr. Thomas did not file his complaint within the prescribed one-year window. “In absence of any evidence from the Complainant or the Human Rights Commission I find that there is no evidentiary basis to suggest discriminatory conduct by HRWC after October 31, 2008,” wrote Mr. James. “The implication of this finding is that if there was discriminatory conduct as alleged it had to have occurred before October 31, 2008, which means Mr. Thomas’ complaint had to be filed by October 31, 2009. Given these findings I find that the complaint filed by Mr. Thomas was not filed in the time limit prescribed by Section 29 (2) and must be dismissed.” To read the full decision in this matter and other human rights boards of inquiry, please visit read more

Niagara police issue Amber Alert for five children last seen near Lincoln

first_imgNiagara regional police have issued an Amber Alert for five children who were allegedly abducted by their father a week ago.Const. Phil Gavin says investigators are looking for Eska, Evalyn, Magnus, Mattias and Sovereign MacDermid, who range in age from five to 14 years.Police say the children, who are all Asian, were last seen in the community of Jordan in the town of Lincoln, Ont., with their father, 49-year-old Ian MacDermid.Investigators allege MacDermid took the children from their family home sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25.Gavin says Ontario Child and Family Services investigated and found that the children may be in danger.He says the agency filed a missing persons report with police less than 24 hours before the Amber Alert was issued.He declined to say why it took so long for the children to be reported missing.Investigators say the children are the subject of a temporary custody order, which their father is allegedly contravening.He’s described as being white, six feet tall and 280 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.Police are looking for a gold or beige pickup truck.Gavin says their whereabouts is unknown, but the family used to live in the Toronto area so it’s possible that’s where they were headed.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

WWE Superstar Sheamus Fights Bullying, the largest organization for young people and social change, and Be a STAR, an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and global entertainment company WWE, are teaming up for The Bully Text: Superstar Edition, a campaign that uses an SMS text message game to get young people to take action around bullying.Video: The Bully Text: Superstar Edition – SheamusBeginning today, young people will be able to participate in the SMS text message experience that virtually walks them through a day in the life of a student giving them a chance to take action around bullying. For example, young people receive a text in the experience with the following scenario: “Seth teases Amy, ur lab partner, about her stutter & everyone laughs. Do u A) wait & comfort her after class or B) tell them to quit it.” Each scenario is designed to make young people think about what they would do in the face of bullying alongside some of their favorite WWE Superstars.“Both and Be a STAR are committed to giving young people the tools they need to combat bullying,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer, “Through’s expertise in using innovative SMS games to tackle important issues and WWE’s global reach and passionate fan base, this partnership is a no-brainer.”WWE Superstar Sheamus has joined forces to record a public service announcement to encourage participation in The Bully Text.“We are proud to partner with and their successful Bully Text Campaign, which has already provided thousands of young people with the education and resources they need to stop bullying in their communities,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “Utilizing WWE’s global platforms will provide additional exposure for The Bully Text as well as new opportunities for young people to take a stand against bullying.”“Bullying is the unfortunate great equalizer. The Bully Text Campaign provides a direct and positive resource to the younger generation,” said Robin Bronk, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Coalition. “Be a STAR aims to provide students with the best assets that help combat the bullying epidemic, and the Bully Text Campaign is something we want in every student’s anti-bullying toolbox.”To play the Bully Text, click here or text STAR to 38383.last_img read more

Tapestry offers downbeat outlook and its stock tumbles

NEW YORK — Tapestry Inc.’s shares lost nearly a quarter of their value Thursday after the upscale handbag and fashion company said that it would have an unexpected drop in profit and revenue in the current quarter.The New York-based company, which owns the Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman labels, said it expects its revenue in its fiscal first quarter will be slightly below the same three-month span last year and its earnings will decline. Its business is most notably being dragged down by the Kate Spade brand, which it bought in 2017 and has yet to see a turnaround.Tapestry’s stock was down $6.05, or 24%, at $18.95 in afternoon trading.During a conference call, Tapestry’s CEO Victor Luis said the company needs more time to revive the Kate Spade brand.“We acknowledge that there are opportunities and are addressing those areas with a sense of urgency,” he said.Kate Spade had sales of $332 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, compared to $312 million in the prior year. Global sales at stores opened at least a year fell 6%.Tapestry reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $148.9 million, down from $211.7 a year ago.On a per-share basis, the company said it had profit of 51 cents. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs, were 61 cents per share. That matched expectations of Wall Street analysts polled by Zacks Investment Research.The company posted revenue of $1.51 billion in the period, which fell short Street forecasts. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.53 billion.For the year, the company reported profit of $643.4 million, or $2.21 per share. Revenue was reported as $6.03 billion._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TPR at Associated Press read more

Serious violent crash in Norfolk

Six people, including three young children, were taken to hospital after what police are calling a “serious violent crash” at Brantford and Burford-Delhi Townline roads in Norfolk County on Tuesday.Norfolk OPP said that, at about 9:15 p.m., a minivan northbound on Brantford Road collided with a westbound minivan on Burford-Delhi Townline Road.One driver, a 26-year-old Norfolk man, suffered “life-threatening” injuries, said police, adding that his passenger, a 26-year-old Norfolk woman, suffered “life-altering” injuries.The vehicle they were in rolled over into a corn field. Both were extricated from the van and transported to hospital in Hamilton.Police said the other driver, a 29-year-old man, and his three children —  boys, aged 1 and 3, and a four-year-old girl — were taken to hospital as precautionary measures.“We are going to try to piece together the puzzle for exactly what happened here,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.Burford-Delhi Townline Road is controlled by a stop sign, said Sanchuk.The intersection is about two kilometres southwest of Scotland.Brantford Road reopened before 8 a.m. Wednesday after being closed for the police investigation.The investigation is continuing.Violent crash at Brantford Rd and Burford Delhi Townline Rd sends 3 adults and 3 young children to hospital. Road closures in effect for several more hours. #NorfolkOPP @NorfolkCountyCA^es— OPP West (@OPP_WR) July 17, 2019 read more

Canadian dollar inches higher while commodity prices are mixed

Canadian dollar inches higher while commodity prices are mixed by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 9:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved slightly higher Monday as commodity prices were mixed and some progress was made south of the board toward avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The loonie edged up 0.06 of a cent to 101.45 cents US before stock markets opened.Budget negotiations inched forward over the weekend as House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner reportedly told President Barack Obama that he could be flexible on raising taxes on some wealthy earners in exchange for cuts to popular benefit programs cherished by Democrats.Meanwhile, commodity prices were mostly weaker.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 25 cents to US$86.96 a barrel.But March copper was down two cents at US$3.66 a pound while February gold bullion dipped 50 cents to US$1,696.50 an ounce. read more