HC stays AAP govt order scrapping management quota in nursery

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) In a setback to AAP government, Delhi High Court today upheld its single judge order staying its decision to scrap management quota as well as 11 other criteria for nursery admissions in private unaided schools of the national capital.A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath dismissed the appeal of Delhi government against the single- judge order, saying, “The appeal is devoid of any merit and the same is accordingly dismissed.”The bench concurred with the findings of its single judge February 4 interim order, staying the AAP governments January 6, 2016, order on 11 admission criteria scrapped by it.”The single judge is justified in arriving at a prima facie conclusion that the order dated January 6, 2016, issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) is without authority of law. Consequently, the order dated January 6, 2016, has been rightly stayed by the single judge,” the division bench said.The bench also said, “The interim stay has been granted with respect to 11 criteria out of the 62 and the management quota,” making it clear that the allegations of malpractice should be investigated and taken to their logical conclusion.The 11 criteria include those relating to the proven track records of parents, their proficiency in music or sports, their empirical achievements, the gender of the child and whether the kid was the first-born or adopted.The single judge was of the prima facie view that Delhi governments January 6 order, scrapping a total of 62 criteria and management quota, was “issued without any authority” and was in “direct conflict” with the Lieutenant Governors 2007 order on nursery admissions in private unaided schools.advertisementThe judge had also said the court was of the prima facie view that “there is nothing in the 11 criteria which would show that they are unreasonable or based on whims and fancies and/or they can lead to mal-administration.”DoE had contended before the division bench that its January 6 order scrapping many admission criteria and management quota “was validly and lawfully” issued to ensure that admissions to entry-level classes like nursery are made in a “fair and reasonable” manner.It had claimed that the decision was taken “without any view to interfering in the autonomy of private schools”.The single judge order had come on the pleas filed by Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education For All, seeking quashing of governments decision to scrap management and all other quotas, except for EWS in Delhis private unaided schools for nursery admissions. PTI PPS ABA ARClast_img read more


A day on campaign trail: Mizoram’s richest candidate campaigns on foot door-to-door

first_imgHe is the richest candidate in Mizoram’s assembly elections with declared assets of Rs 55 crore, owns a popular football club and has a fleet of luxury cars, but Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Robert Romawia Royte says he wants to keep his electioneering modest with door-to-door campaign on foot.Royte, the main opposition party’s candidate from Aizawl East-II constituency in the state, is a first-timer in assembly polls and is fighting from a seat where the ruling Congress has fielded veteran leader and incumbent finance minister Lalsawta.The MNF leader had unsuccessfully fought the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 as an independent candidate.The 51-year old millionaire businessman, who owns Aizawl FC that bagged the I-League title in 2017, says he is following an “eco-friendly” campaign without any hullabaloo or sloganeering.Mizoram will go for polling on November 28 to elect the representatives for the 40-member assembly, while the counting scheduled for December 11.Starting with a meeting with his supporters at 6:45 am in house of an MNF cadre at Dawrpui locality of Aizawl city on Wednesday, Royte held a prayer before going out to woo the voters.The campaign team, an equal mix of both genders, carried a small packet of cards, similar to the size of a visiting card, that had Royte’s name as the MNF candidate from the constituency and nothing else. The team carried no flags, no posters, no loud speakers and went door to door on foot, unlike the common sight of bike rallies in these elections.Royte, carrying a packet of cards himself to distribute among voters, said he favours “a non-corrupt way of campaigning” and is not trying to influence voters by any other means.advertisementThe first house was of school teacher Lalruatdika, to whom Royte handed over a card and requested for two votes from his family.Because of the hilly terrain of Aizawl, each house is constructed in a unique way that has 3-4 floors below the ground level, while similar number of floors are built above ground also.This means that to meet all the residents in a building, one has to climb 5-7 floors up and down without any lift, and Royte was seen religiously following the drill.This terrain also leaves use of cars or bikes less effective while campaigning.”I want to campaign in a clean manner. I restricted all my campaigners from telling anything negative about my opponent. We are against the Congress party, but not against the individuals. Attacking them personally is not good,” Royte told PTI while continuing his door-to-door campaign early morning.The football enthusiast, who owns Mizoram’s first sports car worth Rs 50 lakh and runs a construction company, shook hands with everyone on his way including vegetable and fruit vendors in the local market of the area.As the campaign team stopped at a small shop at around 8 am to have cup cakes and fruit juice for breakfast after covering around 20 houses, Royte said, “As a new entrant, I am very committed and determined to fight dirty politics.””Allegations, mud throwing — these are very bad. Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati — all are using filthy languages. It is affecting the image of Indian democracy,” Royte said while sipping the juice through a straw.After this brief stopover of 15 minutes, Royte was back at covering more houses and said he is telling the people about his achievements and personal works.”They know me because of my works. Now, I am more popular because of Aizawl FC,” he said.Roytel was declared the Mizo of the Year in 2012 by Lelte magazine and also received Sports Club of the Year award last year for Aizawl FC from the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in Guwahati.”Since I joined MNF on September 17 this year, over 3,000 Congress workers have joined our party. Lalsawta won this seat for two consecutive terms, but this time he will surely lose,” Royte said about his rival candidate.In the 2013 assembly polls, Lalsawta had won the poll by a margin of just 177 votes over the then MNF candidate Sailothanga Sailo.Talking about the party, Royte said the MNF is surging much ahead of other parties and will form the next government.The Congress has been in power in Mizoram since 2008 and is eyeing the third consecutive term. In 2013 Assembly elections, the Congress won 34 seats, while the MNF had five and Mizoram People’s Conference bagged one.Congress and MNF are contesting in all the 40 constituencies this time, while the BJP is fighting in 39 seats with an aim to open its account for the first time in Mizoram.advertisementAfter covering nearly 35 houses till 10 am, Royte rushed to a radio station for a pre-fixed interview. The door-to-door campaigning resumed in the afternoon at 3 pm with a different team at Armed Veng area of Aizawl, which continued till around 6 pm after which the team members left for their church services and prayers.Post-dinner, Royte held a meeting with his supporters and took the day’s feedback. The door-to-door campaigning touched around 80 houses during the day.The supporters dispersed for their respective home at around 11 am, to meet again next morning for another day of door-to-door campaign in a new locality.READ | Rahul Gandhi says BJP will not come to power in Mizoram or India againALSO READ | 201 candidates in fray for Nov 28 Mizoram Assembly electionALSO WATCH | Saffron strategy: The rise and rise of BJP in Northeastlast_img read more


Ex-Pakistan players willing to work in toilets: Tanvir Ahmed sparks controversy after Kohli jibe

first_imgFormer Test pacer Tanvir Ahmed believes some of the former Pakistani cricketers would be willing to work even in toilets if they get a chance to work with the Pakistan Cricket Board.”It is my personal opinion what is wrong with that. I believe some of our former players are so desperate for employment opportunities in the board they would even work in the toilets,” he said.His comment on the GTV sports show on the GTV News channel prompted viewers and social media followers to label him as a sick person who had no respect for elders or his colleagues.Tanvir, who played five Tests, a T20 international and two ODIs between 2010 and 2013, gained a lot of prominence due to his controversial comments since becoming a full-time expert and analyst on television channels.Last year when the Asia Cup was held in UAE, Tanvir earned the wrath of fans worldwide on social media when he suggested that Virat Kohli had run away from the tournament although the Indian captain was rested for the event eventually won by India.Tanvir admitted that his comments on Kohli led to such a ferocious backlash that he had to close down his social media accounts.The 40-year-old was recently in news when he had accused former great and chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq of nepotism and favoritism in selection and ignoring deserving domestic performers to promote his nephew, Imam-ul-Haq.Tanvir had questioned Inzamam’s legendary position in Pakistan cricket, saying: “What legendary work has Inzamam done as chief selector tell me. I don’t rate him as a legend.”advertisementHis comments on Inzamam have generated lakhs of views for the particular clip on the social media.Also Read | Wasim Jaffer creates Asian record with double century in Ranji Trophy quarter-finalAlso Read | ICC Women’s Championship: India to play three-match ODI series vs England in FebruaryAlso See:last_img read more


BlogPoll Week 3

first_img23Arizona WildcatsArrow_up 2 7Clemson TigersArrow_up 2 18UCLA Bruins— Dropouts: Virginia Tech Hokies, BYU Cougars, Tennessee Volunteers 10Notre Dame Fighting IrishArrow_up 5 25Rutgers Scarlet Knights— RankTeamDelta 5South Carolina GamecocksArrow_up 2 17TCU Horned FrogsArrow_up 5 21Baylor BearsArrow_down -4 6Florida St. SeminolesArrow_up 4 16Louisville CardinalsArrow_up 3 14Oklahoma SoonersArrow_down -3 15Kansas St. WildcatsArrow_down -2 4West Virginia MountaineersArrow_up 2 19Michigan St. SpartansArrow_down -14 1Alabama Crimson Tide— 11Florida GatorsArrow_up 12 NCAA Football: Southern California at StanfordWelcome to Week 3 of the blogpoll, my objective (OSU isn’t ranked!) if not incomplete (gotta be honest, haven’t seen Louisville take one snap) look at the college football landscape.Full poll after the jump. 9Stanford Cardinal— 2Oregon DucksArrow_up 2 22Oregon St. BeaversArrow_up 2 20USC TrojansArrow_down -18 BlogPoll Criteria1. You’ve proved it on the field (see: Georgia).2. You looked like a top 25 team even though you played a crappy team (see: Tennessee).3. If two teams are close in resumes, I look and see if I think team X would beat team Y 51 out of 100 times on a neutral field (see: LSU vs. Oregon).I tried as hard as I could to sneak OSU in this week but I just couldn’t do it. Obviously beat Texas and you’re back in it, probably into the top 20.USC and Michigan State take a tumble down my rankings for blatant reasons.I dare somebody to name me a team that has three better wins than Notre Dame has right now.It feels weird to drop Baylor four spots when they won by 20 but they DID struggle with a FCS team and the teams that leapfrogged them (Florida, TCU, UCLA, and Louisville) all had better wins.I openly wondered for about five minutes yesterday about sending an email to the BlogPoll creators to see if they could make an exception this week and I could rank Alabama 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.The — next to Stanford doesn’t mean I didn’t move them from last week, it means I didn’t have them ranked last week, clearly a mistake on my part.It feels good to drop OU during a bye week. Hey not my fault Texas, Florida, and Notre Dame had great outings on Saturday…Florida State has outscored opponents 176-3, is that good?Ok blog readers, you guys (and gals) collectively watch more football than I do. What did I miss/get wrong?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings » SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football RankingsPistols Firing Ballot – Week 3 24Mississippi St. Bulldogs— 8Georgia Bulldogs— 3LSU Tigers— 13Texas LonghornsArrow_up 3 12Ohio St. Buckeyes—last_img read more


Andersson: Ibra has no influence

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović Ibrahimovic has no influence on Sweden team, insists Andersson Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 21:34 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA Galaxy Sporting KC Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović World Cup Sweden v South Korea South Korea Sweden The LA Galaxy striker had an “extraordinary” career with his national team but his time has come and gone, the coach has said Sweden head coach Janne Andersson insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not had any influence on the team’s preparations for their World Cup opener with South Korea.LA Galaxy striker Ibrahimovic retired from international football after Euro 2016, but hinted at a possible return for this year’s finals in Russia during what proved to be a protracted commercial campaign.Andersson says the 36-year-old is now firmly out of the picture when it comes to Sweden’s plans and has not had any involvement at any stage of the build-up to Monday’s match in Nizhny Novgorod. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He told a news conference: “I became the head coach almost exactly two years ago, after the Euros, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, together with a number of others, chose to announce they were leaving the national team.”I respected that and that was the end point of his extraordinary career for Sweden. He hasn’t had any involvement whatsoever with the team since.”There’s no link between him and the team, nor with any other players who have left.”A peculiar spying row has emerged ahead of the match, which will be Sweden’s first at a World Cup since their round-of-16 defeat to Germany in 2006.It was suggested Sweden’s main training ground in Gelendzhik made it too easy for rivals to watch their sessions, while there were accusations that scout Lars Jacobsson rented a house to make it easy to monitor South Korea’s pre-tournament camp in Austria.However, Andersson says the truth of the alleged ‘spying’ is more mundane.”He heard about a practice session, he didn’t understand it was a closed session, he was asked to leave and he watched from a distance,” he said.”It’s very important we show respect to our opponents. If it has been perceived another way, we apologise. You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.”Hidden tricks are only hidden if they stay hidden. I have nothing I’m hiding. As to the Korean head coach and his tricks, it’s entirely up to him.”Andersson also clarified the work done by the team’s “sports counsellor”, who has been working with the players on their mental fortitude.”I worked with him at my former team and he became a natural part of the team,” he explained. “There’s nothing strange about mental coaching.”He’s very, very good at what he does and he is an important part of our team.”last_img read more


An Expert’s Guide to Men’s Supplements and Vitamins

first_img End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health Photo by dolgachovTime to clean out your medicine cabinet and that random shelf in the kitchen where you keep the vitamins, because the men’s supplements and vitamins you’re taking might be doing jack s***.We slipped on the lab coat and sat down with Jules Miller, founder of the luxury supplement brand The Nue Co., for answers to our biggest questions.Vitamins are something of a family business for Miller, as her grandfather was part of the research team that discovered Vitamin B12 at Cambridge University. Now, with The Nue Co., Miller is elevating health supplements to the status of biological art using bio-available, highly absorbable organic foods to elevate long-term health. Her belief that we are not designed to eat chemicals.“The supplement market is a confusing place that is increasingly hard to navigate, so our products are functional, simple, and easy to understand,” Miller tells The Manual.So let’s simplify …What is the biggest misconception men have about supplements?That they need to take a medicine cabinet-full! You don’t.Should every man be taking supplements?If you’re eating well and don’t have any major health concerns, then I’d argue you probably don’t need to be taking a ton of supplements. I constantly meet people who are taking six to eight different supplements a day, which is totally counterproductive as they can begin to cancel each other out.What is the single most important supplement you suggest someone take?A probiotic or prebiotic blend. (The Nue Co.’s Prebiotic + Probiotic capsules, $85, just launched this month!) Our gut is as unique as a fingerprint, and an imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria can have a huge impact on overall health. Put it like this: Around 85 percent of the body’s serotonin is created in the gut. If something is imbalanced there, you will feel it throughout the body.Is there such a thing as bad supplement?As a general rule, your off-the-shelf supplement will be about 50-percent active ingredients, and 50 percent percent will be synthetic fillers, bulking agents, and processed ingredients. Basically, nothing your body needs. Before taking any supplement or vitamin, look at each ingredient and ask yourself, “Would I eat this?” If the answer is no, don’t take it.How about a better or best supplement?The best way to give your body what it needs is through food. Synthetic and isolated vitamins go through vigorous processes, leaving us with an ingredient our body struggles to recognize, let alone draw benefit from. That’s why we make our blends totally food-based. We take tried and tested vitamin formulations, but remove all unnecessary preservatives, bulking agents, fillers, and replace the synthetic actives with powerful organic foods. The result is a supplement that your body recognizes and is easily digested and absorbed.Let’s talk dosage: How do you find the right amount?There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, so you should be taking supplements in accordance with the way you live your life — taking into account diet, overall well-being, and activity level. For example, if you’re working out daily and looking to build muscle, you should be upping your protein intake. Listen to your body and work out what you really need.What if I skip or forget to take a supplement a few days a week. Does it still work?Like with anything, you need consistency to see results. This is particularly key when it comes to prebiotics and probiotics, as they have a cumulative effect.It sounds like traditional supplements are highly processed and could be downright bad for us. Is that true?Like most people, I adopted and dropped a whole range of supplements very quickly. When I developed [irritable bowl syndrome] in my mid-twenties, I tried to be careful with what I ate and started taking off-the-shelf supplements to treat my symptoms. Quite quickly, I was taking five to eight different things a day and feeling awful off it. It was my grandfather who pointed out that whilst I avoided processed foods and sugar in my diet, I was still consuming all of them in my cocktail of supplements.The Nue Co. is the antithesis of the traditional supplement. It is highly absorbable, nutrient-dense, natural and most importantly, simple. We do not look or behave like a supplement brand, which is something that people really connect with. We are out to prove that natural can be effective, sustainable can be luxurious, and that supplements can be aspirational. Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa last_img read more


Leasing of warehousing spaces jumps 31 in 8 major cities in 1st

first_imgNew Delhi: Leasing of warehousing spaces went up by 31 per cent to over 13 million sq ft across eight major cities in the first half of this year, while investment of more than $200 million was witnessed in the industrial and logistic real estate segment, according to property consultant CBRE. The demand for warehousing/logistics space was driven by third party logistic firms, which absorbed 56 per cent of the total space, CBRE said in its report ‘India Industrial and Logistics Market View H1 2019’. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal read more


Delhi Cabinet gives nod to free bus travel for women

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet on Thusday approved free rides for women on DTC buses as well as its cluster buses from October 29 in order to provide them with a safe travel experience. During the cabinet meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot announced that women can avail the free bus ride facility from October 29 onwards, which is also Bhai Dooj. “It would be a choice for the women travelling in DTC buses and cluster buses if they want to buy the ticket or they want to avail the free bus service. In case they want to buy the ticket, they can simply collect it from the conductor and if they want to avail the free service, they can get a single journey pass from the conductor and travel,” said Gahlot. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Single journey pass means that the passenger has to buy that pass every time she boards the bus. This service has been introduced in order to provide women with safe travel experience,” Gahlot added. The Delhi Assembly had on Monday approved additional grant of Rs 479 crore for the Transport Sector, which includes funds to provide subsidy for free rides for women in DTC buses. The supplementary grant for the transport sector was moved by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia and includes Rs 140 crore for free transport for women by buses. “Rs 90 crore was kept for DTC buses while Rs 50 crore was kept for cluster buses to provide subsidy to female riders,” the proposal said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn June 3, CM Kejriwal announced that his government is planning to roll out a free travel scheme for women in Delhi metro and DTC. He said the Delhi government will provide subsidy for free travel to women in DTC buses, cluster buses and Delhi Metro in the national Capital. It is pertinent to mention that out of the total estimated budget, Rs 140 crore has been earmarked for DTC buses while Rs 150 crore has been set aside for Delhi Metro. The proposal for free metro ride is still under process as it includes several technicalities, he added. On August 15, Kejriwal announced that women commuters will be able to travel free of charge on DTC and cluster scheme buses starting October 29. The facility will be available in both AC and non-AC buses.last_img read more


Ontario teacher guilty of pushing antivaccine views suspended for talking to media

first_imgAn Ontario high school science teacher who was found guilty of professional misconduct after pushing anti-vaccination views says he was suspended without pay for three days for speaking to the media about the case.Timothy Sullivan said he received a letter from the Grand Erie District School Board that said he had breached the ethical standards of the Ontario College of Teachers.“You have drawn your employer, the board, into the media attention,” said the letter, dated April 20 and signed by superintendent of human resources Scott Sincerbox.“The result of that is that the board’s image in the public domain has been negatively impacted.”Sullivan said he served his suspension last week.In February, the southwestern Ontario teacher attended a public hearing at the Ontario College of Teachers in Toronto.The college accused Sullivan of professional misconduct for his actions on March 9, 2015, when he shouted at a public health nurse administering vaccines at his high school and accused the nurse of withholding information from students receiving vaccinations.The proceeding also heard Sullivan asked a student if they knew that one particular vaccine could cause death.An independent disciplinary committee of the college found the teacher guilty of five offences, including abusing students psychologically or emotionally. He is awaiting sentencing from the college, which is seeking a suspension for one month, completion of an anger management course and a public reprimand.Sullivan denies the allegations from that case, despite his finding of guilt, and is confused about the suspension for speaking with the media.“I didn’t think it was actually hidden. The charges against me were on the Ontario College of Teachers website, the hearing dates were published in advance and the hearing itself was public,” Sullivan said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“Yet, I’m hesitant to talk because that’s an odd letter and here I am talking to the media.”In the letter, Sincerbox chastised Sullivan for speaking to reporters during the college’s two-day hearing, calling the media attention “excessive.”“Tim, your actions brought unnecessary publicity and attention to the matter,” Sincerbox wrote. He also wrote that the board was not looking for a repeat of “the unwanted media attention.”Another line from Sincerbox’s letter that sounded ominous to Sullivan read: “Please note that future incidents of this nature may lead to further discipline, up to and including dismissal.”Sullivan said he turned to the media because his union, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, dropped his case and didn’t attend either the hearing with the college or the meeting with the board.The union said it would not comment on the matter.Sincerbox declined comment in an email citing employee confidentiality.During the hearing with the college, the school’s principal at the time testified that parents and students had complained about Sullivan’s views on vaccination in the past, adding the teacher had told his pupils there is a link between vaccines and autism — a view that is widely denounced by the scientific community.Is he against vaccines?“I won’t say I’m anti-vaccine, as it does seem like they’ve had some benefit over the years, but the number of them and the ages of — no, I’m going to end it there,” Sullivan said. “I’m pro informed consent, let’s leave it at that, OK?”last_img read more


Alleged hitman granted new murder trial 14 years after conviction

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man convicted of committing a Hells Angels-ordered killing in October 2000 has been granted a new trial by the province’s Court of Appeal.Dean Kelsie was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder by a judge and jury in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.Sean Simmons was shot twice — once in the arm and once in the head — in the lobby of a Halifax-area apartment building, because he’d had an affair with a girlfriend of a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.Kelsie was one of four men convicted of the crime, but testimony at the trials indicated that it was Kelsie who pulled the trigger.But now, more than 14 years after Kelsie began serving his sentence, the Appeal Court has ruled that the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury.It says the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury around intention, and erred on what use jurors could make of the hearsay evidence of co-conspirators.And it found the judge should have mentioned manslaughter to the jury as an alternative verdict, even though Kelsie’s lawyer didn’t object that it wasn’t.“The possibility of a verdict of manslaughter was available. Failure to charge the jury on manslaughter cannot be excused by the conduct of counsel. To do so would be a grave injustice,” Justice David Farrar said for the three-judge panel.No date has been set for the new trial.In the ruling, Farrar set out how Simmons came to be targeted.“Mr. Simmons, in the early 1990s, had been closely affiliated with the Halifax Hells Angels and hoped to become a member. By 1993, however, he was targeted for violence by the club and was beaten up twice. The evidence suggested that this was the result of a belief among Hells Angels members that he had had an affair with the mistress of Michael McCrea, the then president of the Halifax chapter,” the judge said in his decision“As a result, Mr. Simmons and his wife left Halifax and spent several years in New Brunswick, returning at the end of 1998.”When the Hells Angels learned about Simmons’ return, a hit was ordered, the judge said.Kelsie’s conviction is the second that has been thrown out in the Simmons murder.In October 2016, the Court of Appeal threw out — for a second time — the first-degree murder conviction of an Ottawa man, Steven Gareau, who claimed he had no idea Kelsie was planning to shoot Simmons when they went to the apartment building on Oct. 3, 2000.Gareau was first convicted in 2004, but it was thrown out eight years later because of different legal mistakes by a different judge. He was retried over seven months in 2013 and 2014.last_img read more


SHARE Inc Celebrates 65 Years of Philanthropy with Annual Boomtown Gala

first_imgThe 65th annual Boomtown Gala will take place in Beverly Hills on Sunday.The event is presented by SHARE, Inc. SHARE, Inc. is Hollywood’s oldest and most noteworthy charity, founded in 1953 by seven women – some of whom were the wives of the Rat Pack. Their mission is to improve the lives of children with special needs and members of the community who are less fortunate. Charities that benefit from SHARE, Inc. and the Boomtown Gala include CASA, Ahead With Horses, Team Prime Time, The Sophia T. Salvin Center, and many others.This year’s star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances by The Righteous Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars, the SHARE ladies themselves and more. Famous women’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred, will be presenting the Shining Spirit Award to this year’s honoree, Loreen Arbus, Founder of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, and the first female Head of Programming for a U.S. network – a feat she accomplished twice – both at Showtime and Lifetime networks. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer.Also expected to attend are Kathy Hilton, Nichelle Nichols, Pat Boone, Tommy Chong and many more.WHEN:May 20, 2018WHERE:The Beverly Hilton Hotel9876 Wilshire BoulevardBeverly Hills, California 90210last_img read more


American expands at DallasFort Worth International Airport

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is expanding at its most profitable airport, opening 15 new gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International.American said the gates that opened Friday in Terminal E will let it add more than 100 daily flights on its American Eagle affiliate.By early June, Fort Worth-based American plans to operate more than 900 daily flights from DFW, up from 800 last summer. It is adding 23 new destinations and increasing flights to existing ones.The move is freeing up room for six gates for larger American Airlines planes at Terminal B.Company President Robert Isom said last week that DFW will account for most of American’s growth this year.Isom says early bookings and revenue for the new flights are higher than American’s systemwide average.The Associated Press read more


Canadian insolvencies rising for first time since recession

OTTAWA — The number of Canadians who can’t pay their debts and are being forced into insolvency is on the rise for the first time since the recession, according to a report by CIBC.The bank says the cumulative number of insolvencies rose by 1.2 per cent in the six-month period ended in February.The overall increase came as personal bankruptcies fell by 4.7 per cent. However the number of proposals, where consumers negotiate to repay only a portion of their debt, rose by no less than nine per cent.CIBC economist Benjamin Tal noted the affect of lower oil prices is starting to show.The number of insolvencies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan rose by almost 11 per cent, while Alberta saw an increase of 6.5 per cent.In contrast, the number of insolvencies in Ontario fell by almost seven per cent.“Zooming in on the situation in Alberta, there are reasons to believe that the coming quarters will see continued deterioration,” Tal wrote in the report.Weak oil prices have prompted some of the industry’s biggest names to cut capital spending plans for this year and reduce staff in order to lower costs.For example, Trican Well Service announced last week that it would cut 2,000 people from its North American workforce, just the latest firm to make such a decision.More seniors filing for insolvency with bigger debts than young, report saysCredit counselling in high demand in Alberta as oilpatch downturn hits homeTal noted the shift to proposals followed changes in 2008 that increased to $250,000 from $75,000 the limit of non-mortgage debt that can be considered under such arrangements, making the option more attractive than bankruptcy.“The opposing trajectories of proposals and bankruptcies have led to a situation in which proposals now account for a record-high 50 per cent of total insolvencies,” Tal said.The Bank of Canada and others have suggested consumer debt is a key risk to the economy.A prolonged period of low interest rates has helped boost household debt to record levels. Statistics Canada reported earlier this year that households in the fourth-quarter of last year owed about $1.63 in consumer credit, mortgage and non-mortgage loans for every dollar of disposable income.However, data also suggests that while Canadian families are borrowing more, that increase has come against a backdrop of rising asset values, notably real estate worth.Tal noted that if interest rates start to increase, the number of insolvencies could  rise even further.“Given the increased sensitivity of Canadian households to higher interest rates, it is reasonable to expect that, as opposed to previous cycles, the upcoming interest rate tightening cycle will lead to a moderate increase in the insolvency rate,” Tal wrote.The CIBC report noted that delinquency rates continue to trend downward in all major types of borrowing, with the exception of lines of credit, where the delinquency rate has been on the rise in recent years.“This trajectory largely reflects transfer of risk from credit cards to lines of credit,” Tal wrote. read more


Government not shaken may seek a fresh vote

However, he says the opposition broke away from that agreement today and called for a vote. The Government says it is not shaken after losing the vote on the expenditure heads for two Ministries today.Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government may seek a fresh vote on the expenditure heads of the two Ministries and ensure it is approved. Most Government MPs were not in the House when the sudden vote was taken. (Colombo Gazette)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Accordingly, the expenditure head for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government was defeated in Parliament today.The expenditure head for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was also defeated in Parliament today. He said that there was an agreement among party leaders that a vote will not be taken on the expenditure heads of any Ministry during the committee stage of the 2019 budget debate. read more


UN panel pays out 892 million in damages from Iraqi invasion of

The latest awards approved by the Geneva-based UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) will be disbursed to 17 governments for distribution to 357 successful claimants from the category of corporations, other private legal entities and public sector enterprises. Payment will also go to settle claims by Governments and international organizations.Today’s payment brings to nearly $13.7 billion the overall amount of compensation made available by the UNCC. Money to pay the awards are drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which receives up to 30 per cent of the revenue generated by the export of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products under the UN-supervised “oil-for-food” humanitarian programme.Meanwhile in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced that he has appointed a senior military officer from Argentina to head the UN peacekeeping forces in the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).Currently the Commander of the XII Jungle Brigade, Major General Miguel Angel Moreno previously served in 1993 as the commander of the Argentine Battalion in Croatia as part of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR). Two years later, he was an observer in the deployment of the multinational force headed by the United States in Haiti. He also served the UN as a Military Observer in the UN Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG) in 1988. read more


Annan calls for Security Council support in fight against sexual exploitation in

In his letter, Mr. Annan says the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) needs another 100 military police and qualified Francophone investigators to conduct self-monitoring programmes, spokesperson Marie Okabe said at the daily briefing in New York.Mr. Annan notes it is important for peacekeepers to know that the members of the UN community stand together in recognizing and honouring their tremendous contributions and sacrifices, she added.Meanwhile, a multi-disciplinary team of investigators from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), led by Assistant Secretary-General Angela Kane, is in the DRC and has tightened a no-fraternization rule and imposed a curfew for military contingents.DPKO has also organized a task force at UN Headquarters to take other steps, including the forceful promulgation of the UN Standards of Conduct for peacekeepers.The Secretary-General ends his letter with a reaffirmation of his personal commitment to remain vigilant on this issue, and with an assurance that the UN will work tirelessly to restore faith in UN peacekeeping as one of the world’s most noble callings, Ms. Okabe said.Last month an initial report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) found that MONUC troops engaged in sexual exploitation of Congolese women and girls, with payment ranging from two eggs or $5 per encounter. The Office said such activities continued to take place even though troops were aware of the UN probe in Bunia in the eastern DRC. read more


Sellers needed for Brock Bazaar

It’s time to dig out your home’s hidden treasures to support an enriching Reading Week experience for Brock students.The annual Brock Bazaar returns Sept. 9 in support of the University’s Alternative Reading Week (ARW) program, which allows students to participate in volunteer work both in the local community and abroad.The community wide yard sale, hosted by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, allows Brock students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader public, to register and sell their items.The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic South hallway.Registration is $15 per table until Saturday, Aug. 5, after which the price will increase to $20.Parking, as well as a table to sell items, is included.One hundred per cent of the registration fee will be donated to the ARW program.Yard sale participants keep all of the profits from their sales.Registration can be done online or by visiting Mackenzie Chown A-Block 204.Anyone who would like to donate items to the cause but is unable to attend can connect with organizers via the above link.For more information, contact Nicolas Sardella at brockleaders@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550, x6321. read more


Second World War heroes finally given a proper burial after 20year battle

No word of Sgt Pepper’s whereabouts ever reached his family and his beloved sister, Patricia, died without realising the missing aircrew were far from forgotten.  The 27-year-old had been part of a Stirling bomber crew which disappeared en route to a planned raid on the industrial nerve centre of the Nazi war machine in 1942. For the best part of a century, the family of RAF flight engineer Maurice Pepper believed his fate was a mystery forever lost in the vast and terrible conflict which claimed his life.  His plane was gunned down by enemy fire and spiralled into a boggy field in the Netherlands where, over decades, it was allowed to sink below the earth. Now, exactly 80 years since the start… read more


Cyborg Seals Help Explain Mysterious Antarctic Ice Holes

first_img Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change DiscoveryNASA Is Working With Cute Seals to Study Antarctica’s Ocean Environment Stay on target As Antarctica slowly wastes away, mysterious holes occasionally form on the surface of its Weddell Sea.Known as polynyas, these stretches of open water surrounded by ice have been appearing for decades.But one that developed between 2016 and 2017 drew particular interest from scientists: This was the first time oceanographers had a chance to truly monitor the unexpected gap in Antarctic winter sea ice.About 30,000 square miles at its largest (about the size of Maine), the hole is the biggest polynya observed in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s—making it an ideal candidate for study.New research, published in the journal Nature, combined data from satellite images, robotic drifters, and sensors attached to elephant seals to solve the mystery of these giant voids.“We thought this large hole in the sea ice … was something that was rare, maybe a process that had gone extinct. But the events in 2016 and 2017 forced us to re-evaluate that,” lead author Ethan Campbell, a doctoral student at the University of Washington, said in a statement.“Observations show that the recent polynyas opened from a combination of factors,” he continued. “One being the unusual ocean conditions, and the other being a series of very intense storms that swirled over the Weddell Sea with almost hurricane-force winds.”A Russian word that roughly translates to “hole in the ice,” polynyas can form near the shore or far from the coast—and may stick around for months, acting as an oasis for animals to surface and take a breather.This particular spot has seen large polynyas before, according to UW: The most impressive one appearing between 1974 and 1976, when an area the size of New Zealand remained ice-free through three consecutive winters, despite air temperatures dropping far below freezing.The hole in the sea ice offshore of the Antarctic coast as seen by a NASA satellite on Sept. 25, 2017 (via NASA Worldview/NASA Blue Marble)In a more recent scientific break, a NASA satellite in August 2016 captured a 13,000-square-mile gap that lasted three weeks; an even bigger hole (19,000 square miles) appeared in September and October 2017.“This study shows that this polynya is actually caused by a number of factors that all have to line up for this to happen,” co-author Stephen Riser, a UW professor of oceanography, said. “In any given year you could have several of these things happen, but unless you get them all, then you don’t get a polynya.”The quirky forces of nature require warmer, saltier water from the ocean depths to be churned up to the surface, where air chills it and makes it denser than the water below.As that water sinks, relatively warmer deep water replaces it, creating a feedback loop where ice can’t reform.“Essentially, it’s a flipping-over of the entire ocean, rather than an injection of surface water on a one-way trip from the surface to the deep,” co-author Earle Wilson explained.It’s possible that climate change—specifically, fresh water from melting glaciers and other sources—will make the Southern Ocean’s surface less dense, therefore allowing for fewer polynyas.But the new study suggests that winds circling Antarctica will become stronger and draw closer to the coast, encouraging more polynyas to form.The lasting effects of these holes are still unclear; UW researchers warned that large and long-lasting gaps could release deep reservoirs of carbon into the air.“A large carbon outgassing event could really whack the climate system if it happened multiple years in a row,” Campbell said.Last month, NASA teamed with Antarctic elephant seals to better understand small-scale ocean features around the southernmost continent.More on Geek.com:Scientists Study Ancient Icebergs for Clues About Modern Climate Change‘Flat Earthers’ Planning Bizarre Antarctica Trip to Prove Planet’s ShapeScience Confirms That Antarctica is Screwed—And So Are Welast_img read more


Man Catches Enormous 50Pound Catfish in Arizona

first_imgStay on target Watch: Water Snake Tries to Swallow Entire Catfish Off Boat DockCatfish Directors Set to Write and Direct Mega Man Movie An Arizona man recently caught a colossal 50-pound catfish as part of a local conservation effort.Erick Barrantes, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, caught the flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake, which is located roughly 60 miles away from Phoenix, on Aug. 11, Fox News reported. Barrantes was shocked when he reeled in the ginormous fish, which was 49 inches in length, and he didn’t expect his “catch of the day” to be a special one.center_img “My fishing reel, my clicker, just started screaming at me,” Barrantes told Fox 10 Phoenix News in an interview. “We kinda got in trouble a [couple of] times by these guys for being too loud when we reeled it, it was a big fight, pretty big fight to bring something that big in.”Barrantes, who is part of the Arizona Catfish Conservation Association, was participating in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s “Fat Cat Challenge,” a conservation effort for anglers who catch flathead catfish that are longer than 45 inches. Once the catfish are caught, they are documented and then released back into the water.This isn’t the first unusual “catch of the day” reeled in by a fisherman: In February, a man caught a massive 20-pound goldfish using a biscuit as bait. The goldfish, which had a beautiful orange, yellow, and red hue, was caught in a local pond near Boyle County, Kentucky.More on Geek.com:Watch: Water Snake Tries to Swallow Entire Catfish Off Boat DockThis Cuckoo Catfish Tricks Other Fish Into Raising Its Deadly OffspringSix New Species of ‘Superhero’ Catfish Discovered in Amazonlast_img read more