Calls for public inquiry into Saskatchewans over incarceration of Aboriginal people

first_imgOver the last few years, the former police chief of Prince Albert has been leading a charge within the ministry to “turn the ship around” as he puts it.“What we’re doing is going upstream to actually take people out of the system and get them services or connect them to what they actually need before they’re in the justice system,” he said, adding one area is developing a mental health strategy and plan.He said serious and violent offenders make up 50 per cent of re-contact in the justice system.“There are people that are in the system that need to be in system, you don’t forget about them, and they need different treatment in relation to it, but these people are responsible for up to 50 per cent of re-contact in the justice system. There are where you need those intense services,” said McFee. “We know over time, based on a two and half year study, that you can reduce recidivism by 30 to 40 per cent.”He said the province achieves this through programs, such as rehabilitative services and employment.McFee said the province has been working with First Nations, education, social services- just about everyone to change the approach.“It’s tied into the roots of marginalization. If you look at housing, poverty and additions they’re disproportionately represented in those environments … they’re disproportionately going to be a product on the back end as well, right?” he said.When asked about the high rate of Aboriginal people being labelled as dangerous offenders, McFee said he didn’t know the number but it wouldn’t surprise him because it’s close to the overall incarceration rate in the province.“Look at what feeds into the system and look at what comes out of it. If you don’t go upstream to alleviate what comes in how can you fix it down stream?” he said.Quigley agrees with addressing the issue up stream and doesn’t think a public inquiry would solve this.He said the disparities in resources provided to education and social services for First Nation communities is a crime.“That’s why when I say I don’t think the criminal justice system has many answers it’s because I think some things have been tried and don’t work. What we really need is a societal push for much, much greater socio-economic equality and in the process reduce, if not eliminate, the racism we have,” said Quigley.Not just a provincial problemCanada’s prison watchdog has been issuing reports critical of Canada’s correctional service for years.Howard Sapers has focused many reports about the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system.He said in 2013, between March 2010 and January 2013, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta accounted for 39.1 per cent of all new federal inmate growth.Howard SapersMost of that was led by Aboriginal offenders who make up about 50 per cent of the population in prisons there.“We see an over-representation of Aboriginal Canadians coming in the federal penitentiaries and it’s not because of predisposed positions to commit more crime. It’s because the circumstances many Aboriginal Canadians are in, including the effects of colonization. We’re still dealing with the inter-generational trauma effects of the 60s Scoop, residential schools and so many other issues,” said Sapers. “All of that doesn’t excuse the criminal behavior. The point of the Supreme Court decisions, such as Gladue and Ipeelee, was to urge restraint on how we respond to that criminal behavior to try and counterbalance that history.”Gladue principles are ignored too often in courts across the country, including in custody, said Sapers.“It’s not that you just have over-representation of Aboriginals incarcerated. You also see over-representation of Aboriginals receiving longer sentences, you see an over-representation of Aboriginals versus non-Aboriginals be held in higher security levels, being held in custody longer before first release and being subject to more dangerous offender applications,” he said.Frederick Knife left gang before dangerous offender hearingSoon after Frederick Knife attacked a fellow gang member on the gang wing of the Saskatchewan pen, he told a correctional officer to take him off the wing.The officer laughed but Knife was persistent so he was moved, by request, into self-segregation.“He recounted that his young son asked him on the telephone, ‘When are you going to leave the gang and come home to me?’” reads his latest court decision. “He further commented that ‘seven years in jail makes a person think.’”He told the court he wanted to turn his life around.It appears he has, on the inside, but is trying to get out and back to his family.The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal heard his case in January and hasn’t released its decision yet, which is taking an “unusual” amount of time said Nolin.So, Knife waits – but no longer in segregation. He’s now back in the maximum security wing and staying out of trouble.In fact, his security risk has been dropped from maximum to medium. Nolin suspects CSC is waiting for his appeal decision before moving Knife.Update: Soon after publishing APTN received new data about dangerous offenders it had been requesting from the Correctional Service of Canada. The story was updated to reflect those statistics. “I think Aboriginal people are easy targets. They tend to be marginalized and tend to have limited resources. It’s just a perfect storm for people who don’t have the resources to stick up for themselves.” Michael Nolin “What we’re doing is going upstream to actually take people out of the system and get them services or connect them to what they actually need before they’re in the justice system.” Dale McFee, deputy minister of corrections and policing in Saskatchewancenter_img Nolin has taken part in six dangerous offender cases, five involved  Aboriginal people.“I think Aboriginal people are easy targets. They tend to be marginalized and tend to have limited resources,” said Nolin. “It’s just a perfect storm for people who don’t have the resources to stick up for themselves.”On top of these statistics, Nolin said he’s called expert witnesses from CSC who have testified only two per cent of all dangerous offenders have been released on parole compared to convicted murderers who get parole in four per cent of cases.“So you have less of a chance of getting out if you haven’t killed anybody under the dangerous offender legislation,” said Nolin.Dangerous offender designations are typically for violent and sex crimes, excluding murder, and classified into several categories according to the Criminal Code.The harshest is a DO designation with an indeterminate sentence with no chance of parole for seven years. A judge can also find an offender a DO, but with a determinate sentence, say for example four years in prison with LTO status upon release.They can also not find them to be a DO and issue a determinate sentence with a LTO tag, like in Knife’s case.Biased sentencing regimeSaskatoon defence lawyer James Scott has long believed Aboriginal people faced a bias in the judiciary and set out to prove it last year.Scott examined 484 cases from 1996 to 2014.He compared the sentences of Aboriginal offenders and then those handed to non-Aboriginal offenders for violent crimes other than murder.His review found a major discrepancy when it came to the length of prison time judges handed down for the same crimes.For violent crimes such as aggravated assault and armed robbery;Aboriginal offenders – 214 sentences totaled 51 years of incarceration.Non-Aboriginal offenders – 270 sentences totaled 29 years of incarceration.First Nation, Metis and Inuit offenders received, on average, double the time, and in some cases the sentencing rate was 10 times higher.For example, convictions for assault with a weapon saw Aboriginal offenders sentenced to 10 years in prison, while non-Aboriginal offenders were given a year.(Editor’s note: These numbers could be higher because Scott only counted cases where the offender was identified as Aboriginal. In many cases reviewed by APTN the offender was Aboriginal but the written decision didn’t specify)Download (PDF, Unknown)Scott’s full report can be read here: Reforming Saskatchewan’s Biased Sentencing RegimeIt could explain why Saskatchewan has one of the fastest growing Aboriginal inmate populations in the country.While Aboriginal people account for about 17 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population according to Statistics Canada, nearly 65 per cent of the inmates at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary were Aboriginal in 2013. The national average was 23 per cent“All of this is because of the inter-generational effects of colonization and residential schools. Historic trauma causes too many Aboriginal youths to end up in custody starting from their teenage years,” said Scott. “Therefore, Aboriginal (people) go untreated and end up with longer criminal records. The longer the record, the more the punishment.”Scott believes dangerous offender designations are directly tied to higher sentences.“Aboriginals are vastly overrepresented in dangerous offender applications and (this) overrepresentation accounts for a shocking discrepancy between the lengths of custodial sentences for Aboriginals compared to non-Aboriginals,” Scott wrote in his report.He points to statistics of Aboriginal offenders convicted of aggravated assault where 11 of the 16 cases involved dangerous offender applications. Of those 11, six were labelled a DO and the other five were classified as LTO.In the nine cases involving non-Aboriginal people, the Crown sought dangerous offender applications in only two cases and one was successful.Where the judge provided a sentence in their decision, Scott found Aboriginal people received, on average, 10 years of prison time compared to 3.5 years for non-Aboriginal. (In DO cases where the person gets an indeterminate sentence no length is given.)Out of the 87 dangerous offender and long term offender applications since 1997 reviewed by Scott only two were dismissed.“The Crown’s success rate … is remarkable,” said Scott.He is also calling for an inquiry.“I doubt there is going to be much reform without it,” said Scott. “It would help to just get the whole issue into people’s minds.”Incarceration rates started to climb after Second World WarIncarcerations rates in the prairies began to climb in the 1950s.Changes to federal policing may have played a role in the prairies according to the final report of Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba in 1991.“We believe that policing agreements with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police play a part in this story because they introduced consistent enforcement of Canadian law to communities where, until that time, Aboriginal law still operated,” the report states.In 1999, retired Saskatoon lawyer Timothy Quigley gave expert testimony in the case of an Aboriginal man convicted of assault.Quigley testified that incarceration rates of Aboriginal people around 1950 were underrepresented in Saskatchewan jails but climbed thereafter to 68 per cent in provincial jails by 1991 and 54 per cent, federally, in 1990.“I think you have a number of factors. One is over-policing with the establishment of RCMP detachments in northern Saskatchewan. If you look at the end of the Second World War, and in the early 1950s, you would have had residential schools but you also would have had a generation or two of survivors of residential schools,” he told APTN, adding around the same time there was a “major urbanization” of Aboriginal people moving to cities who faced increased inequality.The last residential school in Canada closed in Saskatchewan in 1996.The schools operated for nearly a century, removing an estimated 150,000 children from their parents and putting them in schools sometimes hundreds of kilometres away.Many faced physical and sexual abuse at the hands of people representing varying religious denominations that ran the schools.In his 1989 paper, Locking Up Natives in Canada, British Columbia lawyer and professor Michael Jackson wrote in detail of the crisis around imprisoning Aboriginal people.“In Saskatchewan, prison has become for young native men, the promise of a just society which high school and college represent for the rest of us.Placed in a historical context, the person has become for many young native people the contemporary equivalent of what the Indian residential school represented to their parents,” he wrote.In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized, but the devastating impact on generations of First Nation, Metis and Inuit people was well established.R. v. GladueThe problem in Saskatchewan appears to be a lack of knowledge of Canada’s history.And critics argue this results in the judiciary’s long history of failing to effectively apply Gladue principles at sentencing.Those principles were handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada in its historic ruling in R. v. Gladue, named after Aboriginal woman Jamie Gladue who appealed her manslaughter sentence in 1999.Supreme CourtThe high court didn’t change her sentence, instead, it issued some ground rules for lower courts to address the critical over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system.From that day onward, courts had to take into account what are commonly called Gladue principles:the unique systemic or background factors which may have played a part in bringing the particular Aboriginal offender before the courts;and the types of sentencing procedures and sanctions, which may be appropriate in the circumstances for the offender because of his or her particular Aboriginal heritage or connection.The SCC found the incarceration of Aboriginal people to be at crisis levels, but since that 1999 decision, rates have only gone up. The court made another ruling in 2012, R. v. Ipeelee, reinforcing the need for courts to take Gladue principles seriously.“Courts have, at times, been hesitant to take judicial notice of the systemic and background factors affecting Aboriginal people in Canadian society,” the Supreme Court said in Ipeelee. “To be clear, courts must take judicial notice of such matters as the history of colonialism, displacement, and residential schools and how that history continues to translate into lower educational attainment, lower incomes, higher unemployment, higher rates of substance abuse and suicide, and of course higher levels of incarceration for Aboriginal peoples.”Retired judge criticizes Saskatchewan judiciary – again Cunliffe Barnett, a retired judge from British Columbia, sparked controversy in Saskatchewan last September when he accused the courts there of ignoring Gladue principles at sentencing.Barnett has long kept an eye on how judges across Canada’s upheld the SCC’s Gladue ruling.He was struck with how poorly Saskatchewan’s judges followed the high court’s guidelines.A retired Saskatchewan Court of Appeal judge called Barnett’s comments unsubstantiated.But Barnett didn’t back down, instead he dug in and began poring over Court of Appeal cases. Of the 146 cases he reviewed, Barnett found no mention of Gladue in 100 of them. In 22 cases he couldn’t find any mention of the person being Aboriginal. He confirmed elsewhere that they were.Barnett was in Saskatchewan again this month to speak at a conference and was still critical of the bench.“In September last year I said that ‘many Saskatchewan judges have been reluctant to ever acknowledge the Gladue and Ipeelee decisions’. I said also that ‘in Saskatchewan many judges have been reluctant to disclose the fact that the person being sentenced is indeed an Aboriginal person’. I stand by those statements today,” said Barnett, who was a provincial court judge in B.C. from 1973 to 2006.Barnett believes it’s because judges in Saskatchewan are uneducated on the history of Aboriginal people.“There is a colonial history in Saskatchewan … I am confident that I am on solid ground when I say that this tragic history is not yet well understood by more than perhaps very few Saskatchewan judges,” he said.Is the situation changing?Critics see a recent case as maybe a small sign of things starting to change in Saskatchewan.Last month, the Court of Appeal overturned a dangerous offender designation for a First Nation man who successfully argued his Gladue principles were ignored at his dangerous offenders hearing.Mitchell Moise, 36, was labeled a dangerous offender in 2012.  He has a rap sheet of over 45 convictions for violent crimes.“Trial fairness requires Mr. Moise be given an opportunity to present evidence of aboriginal specific programming, services and supports which might assist in managing his behaviour in the community and reducing his risk to reoffend,” the court said in its decision.The panel of three judges found both the Crown and defence, as well as the judge, didn’t think Gladue principles could be considered at his dangerous offender hearing.“In this case, the sentencing judge’s error in failing to consider Gladue was compounded by the fact that both Crown and defence counsel believed Gladue considerations had no application,” said the court.Defence lawyer James Scott said in the last few months he’s started to see a small shift among the judiciary when it comes to Gladue principles and his hope is it continues nearly 16 years after the Supreme Court first ruled on the matter.“There is certainly more awareness. More people are getting involved and it does look like things have the beginning of improving,” he said.Michael Nolin agrees with Scott’s report on sentencing of Aboriginal people, but doesn’t share the same positive outlook when it comes to the province writing Gladue reports.“I got a pretty good idea that most Saskatchewan judges don’t know what a formal Gladue report is,” he said. “We know that in the defence bar that there is nobody in Saskatchewan qualified to do one which is surprising given the proportionate of representation of Aboriginal people out here. Multiple levels of courts don’t understand or care to follow Ipeelee or Gladue. They just provide lip-service.”In some provinces, the court learns about an Aboriginal offender’s past through a Gladue report. Along with a history lesson, it also tries to present options other than jail or prison at sentencing by providing community-based solutions, such as addiction treatment and counselling.Saskatchewan’s planThe province has recognized it has a problem with incarceration rates said Dale McFee, the deputy minister of corrections and policing in the Ministry of Justice.McFee has said in the past, and continues to believe, the province can’t arrest its way out of the problem.Dale McFee/Linkedin (Frederick Knife with his children in this undated photo from Facebook.)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsFrederick Knife was 30 days away from his statutory release date on a manslaughter sentence in the Saskatchewan Penitentiary when he attacked an inmate he believed was going to kill him.The victim survived, but the Crown never wanted Knife to see the outside world again and tried to have him labeled a dangerous offender meaning he could be held indefinitely in 2013.Knife was 28-years-old and had two adult convictions on his record – the aggravated assault conviction for the prison attack and the other for manslaughter that put him in there when he was 19.The judge said Knife, a father of three and former member of the Indian Posse street gang, didn’t fit the criteria of a dangerous offender (DO) partly because he was too young and that he didn’t have a long enough criminal past as an adult.Instead, he was sentenced to eight years and was classified as a long-term offender (LTO). With time served, Knife had four years remaining. He is appealing the LTO designation that comes with a strict 10-year supervision order upon release from prison.But not every Aboriginal offender is, arguably, as lucky as Knife in the Prairie province.Along with locking up more Aboriginal people than just about any place in Canada, it also has one of the highest percentages of Aboriginal people designated as dangerous offenders.Aboriginal people make up 45 of the active 64 dangerous offenders in Saskatchewan, or 70 per cent according to the Correctional Service of Canada and data APTN National News retrieved from publicly available cases. The national average of Aboriginal dangerous offenders is about 29 per cent.Last year alone all six of the offender’s classified as dangerous offenders were Aboriginal people. In 2015, one person has been labeled a DO, and he’s Aboriginal.Only Manitoba has a higher rate of Aboriginal dangerous offenders as of March 2014 with nine of the 11 classified as Aboriginal according to CSC.Calls for an inquirySaskatchewan has a crisis few want to talk about and needs a full inquiry into its justice system said Saskatoon criminal defence lawyer Michael Nolin.“I would love to see an inquiry. I would love to see the province called on the carpet on this,” said Nolin, who is Metis and grew up outside North Battleford, Sask.“This is very near and dear to my heart and I have tried to get the issue raised to a higher profile.”If something doesn’t change, the province is going to need to start “building more prisons,” said Nolin.Michael Nolin/submittedlast_img read more

Wellsite pipeline leak spills 560 barrels of oil emulsion into Alberta swamp

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline owned by Calgary-based Mount Bastion Oil & Gas Corp. has leaked about 560 barrels of an oil and water mixture at a northern Alberta wellsite.AER spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald says the regulator has staff supervising cleanup by the company at the site about 65 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek, which is about 420 kilometres north of Edmonton.He says the company reports the oil emulsion spill affected about 5,000 square metres of swampy muskeg, adding there have been no reports of injury to wildlife or damage to nearby creeks.Data on the AER website indicates the spill is the largest of three pipeline leaks the company has reported in the past 16 months.In July 2016, it reported a pipeline leaked about 315 barrels of oil and 125 barrels of produced saltwater at a site 75 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek, and in December 2016 it reported a leak of three barrels of oil and 120 barrels of saltwater at a site 30 kilometres northeast of the town.Fitzgerald says the company’s previous record will be considered by staff as they investigate the spill. The company could face penalties ranging from warnings to fines or licence restrictions.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The original said the spill was oil alone.last_img read more

Rotary Spray Park opens this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Rotary Spray Park’s grand opening is this Friday behind the North Peace Arena.Featured at the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.The full schedule for the event is shown below: Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592.Showers are currently forecast for the day of the event. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that they’re hoping the forecast will change to feature sunnier skies at the opening.Grand Opening Flyer. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more

IAF chopper on PM Modi duty makes emergency landing

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): An IAF helicopter on a mission to review the security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally venue on Wednesday developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing on the outskirts of the district here, police said. All persons onboard the chopper were safe. “The helicopter used for reviewing the secret security of the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing at around 1.00 pm in Barapur village under Jethwara police station, 30 km from here after certain technical glitches were noticed,” Superintendent of Police S Anand said. Police rushed to the spot where the chopper had landed as soon as they got the news, he added. The prime minister, who addressed two election rallies in Ayodhya and Kaushambi on Wednesday, is likely to woo voters of Pratapgarh on Friday.last_img read more

Special kids perform Indian Classical dance

first_imgAadya Kala Tirtham and Prayas observed its 14th annual concert to celebrate Indian classical dance with young talents along with special children named Nritya Gatha at Uttam Manch.The programme was choreographed and directed by Avirup Sengupta. Started with Mangalacharan, the event was followed by Gyansagar Guru, Adharam Madhuram, Jay Shankha Gadadhara, Jay Bhagabati, Vandemataram, and so on. Sharmila Banerjee, Minu Budhia Were honoured with the Prayas Samman 2019. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIt was graced by the august presence of Rituparna Sengupta, Agnimitra Paul, Reshmi Mitra, Richa Sharma, Indrani Ganguly, Sulagna Ray Bhattacharya, to name a few. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAvirup Sengupta is an odhisi dancer and choreographer working from last fifteen years individually, he has performed at many prestigious festivals and programmes , also the founder of Prayas a cultural performing art center for special children. Avirup recently performed and choreographed Durga Carnival and very prestigious Vodafone Agomoni this year along with actor Rituparna Sengupta. This year, Avirup has received Pragati Award, Doshar Excellence Award and prestigious award from Bengal association, New Delhi. Currently, Avirup is working as a choreographer in Bengali films too. Recently he worked in two films named ‘Jam’ (Bangladeshi film ) starring Rituparna Sengupta and Babul Supriyo, ‘Limelight’ a Bengali film acted by Rituparna Sengupta. Speaking on the ocassion, Avirup said, “It is very challenging to groom special children. I have been trying my level best to teach Indian classical dance form to them over the last fourteen years. It’s been a really enjoyable session working with them. They are like my extended family. I have emotional bondage with them and always try to do something for them through the form of art. It helps them lead a better life.”last_img read more

Battle Royale Potential replacements must prove theyre the right candidate

Saturday’s spring scrimmage might mean spring practices are coming to an end, but a number of position battles are just starting to heat up. Because of graduation and suspensions, at least 14 of 22 starters from last season won’t be on the field come the opening game of the season against Akron. The spring scrimmage is the players’ last chance to make a positive impression on the coaches before summer practice. Here’s a look at the top position battles to watch Saturday. Quarterback The most high-profile battle is undoubtedly at the quarterback position. Senior Joe Bauserman, redshirt freshman Taylor Graham, redshirt sophomore Ken Guiton, and freshman Braxton Miller are all vying to replace the suspended Terrelle Pryor for the first five games of the season, but none has made a strong enough case to be named the starter. Bauserman seems to be the first guy on the depth chart, but a senior getting the nod in a close battle is no surprise on a Jim Tressel-coached team and all candidates are getting reps with the first team offense. “They shine their own day,” redshirt junior Jake Stoneburner said. “They all seem to be getting a good grasp of the offense.” With Pryor still sidelined from surgery on his left foot, look for all quarterbacks to get equal opportunity on Saturday. Cornerback Perhaps the fiercest battle of the spring has been for the second starting cornerback position. Junior Travis Howard has arguably been the most impressive player on the Buckeye team this spring and has locked up a starting job, but the other corner spot is wide open. Coming into spring, Tressel spoke highly of sophomore Dominic Clarke. “We’ve kind of seen a transformation from (Clarke) not unlike we’ve seen from (former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins),” Tressel said. But Clarke has some competition. Dionte Allen, a transfer from Florida State, has shown a great open-field tackling ability in addition to coverage skills. Sophomore Bradley Roby wasn’t necessarily expected to be in the picture for a starting job, but has played his way into the conversation. He’s shown playmaking ability and a nose for the football, intercepting two passes in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Howard said he’s not sure how the fight will end. “They’ve all been battling and each of them have their days,” Howard said. “I’m looking forward to see who actually comes out on top because those are three great cornerbacks.” Left tackle Senior Mike Adams’ suspension for the first five games leaves a hole on the offensive line at left tackle. Sophomore Andrew Norwell and redshirt sophomore Marcus Hall have emerged as the leading candidates to fill the gap. Norwell was the favorite entering spring practice, but Hall has been impressive, especially after being separated from the team last year because of academic issues. Saturday’s scrimmage could go a long way in determining who ultimately gets the starting job, but Adams says either one would be more than adequate to replace him. “Those guys filling in at left tackle are doing a great job. They’ve really made a lot of progress since we’ve started,” Adams said. “When you’ve got two big guys like that who are athletic, as long as they know what they’re going to do, they’ll be fine for the season.” Linebacker Senior Andrew Sweat and redshirt junior Etienne Sabino are clear starters at linebacker, but sixth-year senior Tyler Moeller, juniors Storm Klein and Jonathan Newsome, and redshirt freshman Dorian Bell all have a chance to see the field in the upcoming season. Moeller hasn’t participated in spring scrimmages thus far, so look for Klein, Newsome, and Bell to fight it out Saturday. read more

After loss to No 1 Virginia silver lining apparent for Ohio State

The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team is looking to keep its undefeated record at home this season in tact when it hosts Notre Dame and LSU this weekend. The Buckeyes (10-2) head into the matchups coming off a trip to the semifinals in the International Tennis Association (ITA) Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash. OSU secured shutout victories against two ranked opponents during the tournament run, beating both then-No. 13 California and then-No. 5 Pepperdine, 4-0, before falling to No. 1 Virginia, 4-3, in semifinal play. In the semifinal loss to the Cavaliers, OSU doubles tandems continued their 2013 win streak when the teams of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka and redshirt senior Devin McCarthy and junior Ille Van Engelen won their matches, 8-4 and 8-6, respectively. In singles, after a 6-4, 6-2 victory from Rola, OSU forfeited its 2-0 lead as redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan, redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and McCarthy all lost their individual matches. A win by senior Connor Smith tied the match 3-3 before the Cavaliers captured the winning point in a showdown featuring the top two players in the nation, Virginia’s Alex Domijan (No. 1) and OSU’s redshirt junior Peter Kobelt (No. 2). The scoreboard favored Domijan, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. “We got the doubles point, and seemed to be off on the right foot,” said coach Ty Tucker. “Overall, the guys fought hard and played hard.” The close loss against the nation’s top team in Virginia gave the Buckeyes optimism for how the team will fare down the stretch. “We noticed that we have a pretty good team,” McCarthy said. “We have some guys who are stepping up. We obviously lost to the No. 1 team in the country, so just trying to build upon that and realizing that at the end of the year we could win a national title.” Van Engelen said the team knew they had the potential to knock off Virginia but fell short. “(The loss) is also perspective for the future, because they are the No. 1 team in the country and have amazing players, so if we can compete with them so closely now, that’s perfect,” Van Engelen said. Since both losses for the Buckeyes this season have taken place on the road, facing off against No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 24 LSU in Columbus should serve as an advantage for OSU, which has not lost at home in more than 150 matches. “The guys are comfortable here. We have two very good teams coming in, and we need to play good tennis,” said assistant coach Justin Kronauge. “After a tough loss, I think they are ready to get out there and put on a good show this weekend.” With only several matches before conference play kicks off, OSU players plan on keeping a high level of intensity on the court. “Especially since we are traveling to North Carolina right after (this weekend), it’s important to get back into the rhythm, win our matches and get back in the flow,” Van Engelen said. McCarthy credited Tucker for always telling the team to focus on “getting 10 percent better” and then seeing where the team is by the end of the season. “I think it’s kind of to this point where it’s ‘push through,’” McCarthy said. “You never know at the end of the season – we might win (a national title).” The matches against Notre Dame and LSU are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches are set to begin at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

Football 3 Ohio State defensive players to watch in the Spring Game

Ohio State then-freshman linebacker Baron Browning (5) attempts to stop a Scarlet Knight in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State entered last spring with many starters on its veteran-laden defense set. Not to mention, multiple players, including defensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard and linebacker Jerome Baker, had already established themselves as playmakers.But this season, beyond defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, not many potential game-changers are known. A lot of talent exists on the defense, but most remain unproven.A number of highly regarded freshmen — including four five-star prospects — were added to Ohio State’s defense last season, but the vast majority either played in reserve roles or did not play at all. The Spring Game will offer the first chance to watch many of them play extended minutes. Here are some players on the Buckeyes’ defense to watch in Saturday’s Spring Game.Chase YoungThe moment former five-star prospect and sophomore defensive end Chase Young stepped on campus, his chiseled 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame stuck out. The enormous 18-year-old almost became a punch line with many people comparing him physically to an NFL player, despite having recently graduated from high school.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) waits in between plays in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sept. 23, 2017. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNow, with a year of experience, Young’s time has arrived.With Hubbard, Lewis and Jalyn Holmes off to the NFL, defensive end went from a position of enormous depth to a top-heavy unit manned by one stud, a duo of highly regarded, yet inexperienced players and a former defensive tackle. Therefore, it is pertinent for Young to make the leap from five-star prospect to impact player.Having spent a season backing up that trio and Bosa, the sophomore defensive end should now be ready to slide into a starting role opposite Bosa. Young picked up 3.5 sacks last season and should be in line to more than double that tally in 2018.Though quarterbacks sometimes wear a different color of jersey in the Spring Game that dictates they aren’t allowed to be hit, that likely will not be the case Saturday with no guaranteed starter. With signal-callers able to be hit, the Spring Game referees should be ready to blow their whistles quickly because Young is coming for the quarterback trio.Baron BrowningAnother former five-star prospect, sophomore linebacker Baron Browning earned special teams reps and mop-up duty on defense early in the season, but gained more playing time toward the end of the year. With Baker and Chris Worley gone and redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland sidelined with an Achilles injury, Browning has a chance to earn a starting position in his second collegiate season. However, he has to beat out a number of worthy, experienced linebackers in Malik Harrison, Keandre Jones, Dante Booker, Pete Werner and Justin Hilliard to make an impact.Browning stands out when he walks onto the field due to his uncommon combination of size and speed. His physical gifts have even impressed head coach Urban Meyer, who called him “as talented a linebacker as has ever walked through these doors.”“He’s got it all now. He’s got A to Z,” Meyer said. “An intelligent guy, a good person, and God has blessed him with an incredible skillset.”That skillset allows him to play all three linebacker positions. Though with Borland likely set as the starting middle linebacker, he will likely have his best shot at playing time on the outside.Every opportunity counts when a large group of players is interlocked in a position battle. And everyone will have their final shot to make an impression during spring practice on Saturday. The most physically gifted player at his position, Browning should stand out.Shaun WadeOne of Ohio State’s two five-star cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class, Shaun Wade did not get nearly the opportunity offered to fellow five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Wade’s body would not allow it. He underwent abdominal surgery during the season and never saw the field.Ohio State then-freshman cornerback Shaun Wade warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNow a redshirt freshman, Wade has the opportunity to make the impact many thought he would last season. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, along with Okudah, stand in the way of Wade earning starter-level snaps to start the year. But considering his rank as the second-best cornerback in the 2017 class, the now-healthy Wade should push for snaps. And with Okudah sitting out spring practice and the Spring Game due to having surgery on a torn labrum that has bothered him since high school, Wade has a chance to shine.In the past, the Buckeyes relied on a three-cornerback rotation. With Kerry Coombs gone, new cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said he intends to maintain the rotation, provided he has three starter-quality cornerbacks. With Okudah out for the spring, Wade has a chance to prove he can break into the trio of rotating starters.And with all eyes on the quarterback battle during the Spring Game, the opportunity exists for Wade to make a statement in front of a crowd. read more

Klopp pleased with his 5 or 6 midfield options at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discussed his midfield options ahead of their Premier League showdown with Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds were the last team to inflict a league defeat on United in what was Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge in December at Anfield in a 3-1 win.Now Liverpool will be looking for a similar result in order to return to the top of the Premier League table in what will be the first of three fixtures in the space of seven days.Therefore, rotations will be expected in the Liverpool team over the course of next week with Klopp able to count on plenty of options in his midfield.“I expect that the players just understand it. It’s a typical thing,” said Klopp on the club website.“I will not explain to everyone why they don’t start because they will all start games.“We don’t have to talk about Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] at the moment because he needs a bit of time. He looks so good in training but we need to make him resistant for all the things that are coming up.“For all the others I expect them to understand it. You cannot always have three players in midfield and they play and I have to wrap them in cotton wool – ‘Oh come on please, don’t do this step and this step’ or ‘Oh you feel something, come off training.’“Now we have five or six players for midfield and that’s exactly how it should be.“Of course they cannot start all the time. If somebody makes a story of that, I’m not interested.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If somebody is not happy with that, I’m OK but you have to be ready for the next game and the next game is coming on Wednesday. That’s just how it should be.“All credit to the boys because they always deal with it. I’m not in doubt that they will deal with that situation as well. Make yourself ready because we need to have these different options.”As for Sunday’s match, Virgil van Dijk will make a welcome return to the Reds line-up at Old Trafford after being suspended from Tuesday’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Bayern Munich.Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Xherdan Shaqiri could feature after making some progress in his recovery from a minor abdominal strain.The match between United and Liverpool will begin at 3:05 PM (CET) on Sunday.I M P A C T 🙌A sublime double from @XS_11official when we hosted @ManUtd earlier this season. 😍— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019last_img read more

President Trump Explains Support For Oil Drilling In Arctic Refuge

first_imgAddressing fellow Republicans at the House and Senate Republican Member Conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, mentioned the wildlife refuge known as ANWR in Alaska’s northeast corner as he recounted accomplishments in the last year, including the tax bill passed by Congress in December. Trump said he “never appreciated ANWR so much” but was told of its importance by others. The comment had a major impact, Trump said. But drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups and Gwich’in Natives in Alaska and Canada who depend on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for their subsistence lifestyle. The director of the Alaska Wilderness League in a statement condemned Trump’s comments. Oil in the refuge, Trump said, is one of the great potential fields anywhere in the world. He called it a retreat from the GOP great conservation legacy stretching back to Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Millions of Americans do not want to see the country squeeze every drop of oil out of national parks and refuges just to increase exports, he said The 200,000-animal herd migrates 200 miles (320 kilometers) annually from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the refuge, where females give birth to calves on the coastal plain, a strip of flat tundra between the mountains and Arctic Ocean.center_img “It’s clear from President Trump’s remarks that jamming Arctic Refuge drilling in the tax bill was always about politics and not a thoughtful energy policy,” said Adam Kolton. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he “really didn’t care” about opening a portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in tax legislation at the urging of others. “That by itself is a big bill,” he said. Most Alaska elected officials supported drilling in the refuge, home to polar bears, muskoxen, wolves and grizzlies. “I really didn’t care about it, and then when I heard that everybody wanted it — for 40 years, they’ve been trying to get it approved, and I said, ‘Make sure you don’t lose ANWR,’” Trump said. “A friend of mine called up, who’s in that world and in that business, and said, ‘Is it true that you’re thinking about ANWR?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think we’re going to get it, but you know.’ He said, ‘Are you kidding? That’s the biggest thing, by itself.’ He said, ‘Ronald Reagan and every president has wanted to get ANWR approved.”last_img read more

This is how Arjuns daughters treat their stepbrother Arik

first_imgArjun Rampal and his model-designer girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades welcomed their first child recently. The duo named their son Arik Rampal. Gabriella recently opened up about motherhood and what kind of a father Arjun is.Talking to Mid-day, Gabriella revealed that Arjun is such a hands-on father that she literally has to take the child away from him. She said, “All during the pregnancy, which was hard, my mother would tell me, ‘wait till you see the baby’. While Arjun has done this before and so was calm and was with me every step of the way, I didn’t have a reference point. I think he is going to be a great dad. He is so hands-on that sometimes I say ‘give me my son back’.”Talking about the bond Arjun Rampal’s two daughters share with Arik, Gabriella had said, “They love him. I see the relationship they have with Arjun, and it’s one of respect but they are friends too. I wish to have the same one with Arik when he grows up.”Gabriella, who had put on 21 kilos during pregnancy, has lost almost all the weight and is back to being her usual self. Gabriella has shared several photos talking and explaining how she lost all the weight within a few days of delivering her baby naturally.Arjun Rampal and Gabriella met for the first time during an IPL after-party, which Arjun and Mehr’s company organised. The duo soon hit-it-off and it took no time for their friendship to bloom into love.Arjun Rampal’s daughters too have accepted Gabriella into their lives and have understood why their parents separated. Arjun and Mehr, who parted ways in 2018 after 20 years of their marriage, are yet to file for their divorce. The couple has two daughters – Mahikaa, 17, and Myra, 13.last_img read more

After North Koreas ICBM Launch Now What

first_imgAPNorth Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un “personally ordered” an ICBM test this week, a milestone for the country’s nuclear program.On the 4th of July, North Korea marked a milestone by firing an intercontinental ballistic missile that soared high into space before turning around and landing in the sea near Japan. The North’s state media said the missile, Hwasong-14, flew 933 km (580 miles), reaching an altitude of 2,802 km (1,741 miles) and flew for nearly 40 minutes.The successful test of a missile of this kind, which could theoretically put Alaska within its range, is something President Donald Trump earlier this year said “would never happen.” Now that analysts — including those in the U.S. military — confirm it did, the world is grappling with what to do next.“Testing an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region and the world,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Tuesday night. “Global action is required to stop a global threat.”In the short term, the 15-member states of the U.N. Security Council will meet on Wednesday. This is the body that has imposed numerous sanctions packages on North Korea, which have proven ineffective in getting North Korea to change its behavior so far.The threat, dubbed “the worst problem on earth,” has persisted across U.S. administrations and only grown more alarming over time. Former President Barack Obama warned President Trump during the transition that North Korea was the most urgent and vexing problem to confront.As president, Trump has met with leaders in the region — Japan, China and South Korea — but so far has stayed on the same policy course as the Obama administration. The Trump administration has pursued a goal of de-nuclearization and increasing pressure via sanctions and working with regional neighbors.Now, given the symbolic importance of North Korea’s technological milestone, as well as the political leverage it earned by reaching it, the rest of the world is in a tighter box in dealing with Pyongyang.Generally, the options fall into a few baskets:Isolating North Korea further with economic sanctions and pressure from regional neighborsMilitary movesDiplomatic engagement, which would require accepting Pyongyang as a nuclear-armed state.Sanctions and China“Sanctions regimes are miserable failures until they’re not,” said Mark Lippert, the most recent U.S. ambassador to South Korea, in his exit interview with NPR.But despite “tough-on-paper” sanctions designed to stop the flow of nuclear weapons material into North Korea as well as deliver economic punishment on the regime, the latest research shows the numerous countries expected to enforce the sanctions aren’t doing so — because they’re too complicated to implement, private businesses independently aid North Korea (knowingly or not) and Pyongyang has grown increasingly deft in evading sanctions as it’s become more isolated.“Not a single component of the U.N. sanctions regime against North Korea currently enjoys robust international implementation,” Andrea Berger of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies wrote last month.For his part, President Trump still seems fixated on having neighboring China, North Korea’s largest trading partner, handle the problem.“Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” he tweeted Monday night.That both overestimates China’s influence on Pyongyang and its willingness to put on “heavy moves,” though it’s unclear what Trump means by heavy moves.But tensions between the U.S. and China have grown in recent weeks, following the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of helping North Korea and an arms sale to Taiwan, which mainland China views as a renegade republic.Trump admitted last month in a tweet that his hope of getting China to rein in North Korea “has not worked out,” but after the ICBM test on Tuesday, he again wondered aloud about Chinese help.“Catastrophic” military optionsEach of the strategic options for the North Korea issue present drawbacks, though military moves — an attempt at regime change, a decapitation strike on Kim Jong Un or a limited strike to try and destroy weapons — are far more potentially deadly than others.Defense Secretary James Mattis has said outright war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes.”If threatened, North Korea wouldn’t have to use nuclear weapons at all — just its artillery — to attack Seoul, a mega-city with a metro population of nearly 24 million. South Korea also hosts some 28,000 American troops.Other ideas being floated: downing North Korea’s electrical grid and possibly shooting down North Korean missiles in their boost or ascent phase. But it’s not clear the U.S. has that capability right now.Acceptance and engagementA week ago, former Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.S. ambassador to the U,N. Bill Richardson and former Defense Secretary William Perry joined others in a letter urging the administration to go beyond the current pressure tactics of escalating sanctions and isolation, and instead engage in talks with North Korea.“Tightening sanctions can be useful in increasing pressure on North Korea, but sanctions alone will not solve the problem,” the letter cautioned. “Pyongyang has shown it can make progress on missile and nuclear technology despite its isolation.”During a trip to Seoul in March, Tillerson ruled out engaging North Korea in talks unless Pyongyang showed a commitment to de-nuclearize. This follows the Obama administration line. But North Korea has shown no willingness to abandon its nuclear program, especially since its advancing technology has only served to strengthen its position globally.South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has indicated he’s willing to talk with North Korea with the aim of just getting to a freeze of its nuclear program. So far, North Korea has balked at that, too. But a growing chorus of North Korea observers say that given the advancements to date, it’s past time to just talk in the hopes of getting somewhere with this intractable problem.“We need to have serious conversations amongst ourselves and with allies about what we’re willing to trade. Because so far, there has been no price that was worth paying to stop their program,” says Melissa Hanham, a researcher with the James R. Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.This, of course, presumes that North Korea wants to meet in the first place, something that recent back-channel negotiators doubt. “There was absolutely no flexibility or willingness to meet to talk about their nuclear program,” says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council director for Korea who recently met with North Korean officials to try to get nuclear talks back on track.Trump, in a tweet, said of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Does this guy have anything better to do?”The reality is that in his short tenure as North Korea’s leader, Kim has done a lot to put far richer and stronger nations in an increasingly difficult spot.Jihye Lee contributed to this story. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Planning Meeting

first_imgThe Lower Georgia Avenue Community invites residents join them as they provide a platform for members of the community to provide input for a future Lower Georgia Ave Corridor. The group will discuss promotion, design, economic vitality and organization. Lunch will be provided and admission is free. This event will be held in the Howard University Mackey Building, 2366 6th St. NW on July 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To register for this event, visit

Cardinals Play at North Carolina on Saturday at Noon

first_imgCARD FILES In his last six games, Christen Cunningham has shot 61.5 percent from the field – including 61.9 percent from the three-point line (13-of-21) — while averaging 15.0 points and 3.8 assists. He scored a season-high 23 points and handed out five assists at Pittsburgh in his last game. Louisville has made 18 more free throws (302-of-395, .765) than its opponents have attempted (193-of-284). Louisville is ninth in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (395/853, 46.3 percent) and is fifth in the nation with 25.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 15th in the nation in free throw percentage. UofL has scored over 80 points in nine of its 15 games (79.8 ppg) and the Cardinals are 26th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Ken Pomeroy. UofL’s 90 points vs. Miami was its second-highest total of the season. After committing a season-low seven turnovers vs. Miami, Louisville had a season-high 18 turnovers at Pittburgh, leading to 29 Pitt points. UofL has had 10 or fewer turnovers in seven games. With 14 offensive rebounds against Pittsburgh in its last game, Louisville has pulled down 10 or more rebounds off the offensive glass nine times this season, including each of the last six games. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by, fifth by and fifth by Louisville achieved a collective 3.352 grade point average for the 2018 fall semester, with 11 of 14 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA (20 of the last 21 semesters with at least a 3.0 team GPA). Uof L has produced a league-best 25 All-ACC Academic selections over its four years in the ACC.Print Friendly Version Louisville, ranked 30th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball NET ratings through games of Jan. 9, plays its second straight on the road as the Cardinals visit the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday. North Carolina Notes North Carolina (12-3, 2-0 ACC), ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, has won six of its last seven games, including a 90-82 victory at NC State in its last game on Jan. 8. All five Tar Heels starters scored in double-figures and three had double-doubles, led by Luke Maye’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Louisville Notes Story Links The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with five players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.  Christen Cunningham is second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points and leads the team with 48 assists on the year. Dwayne Sutton ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.5 points along with 6.3 rebounds per game. Steven Enoch averages 9.0 points per game while Ryan McMahon is averaging 8.3 points per game.    Live Stats GAME 16Date: Jan. 12, 2019Time: 12:00 p.m.Site: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C. (21,750)Television: ESPN – Dan Shulman, play-byplay; Jay Bilas, analyst; Maria Taylor, reporter.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst (XM channel 380, Internet 971)Series History: Louisville trails 5-13 (4-1 in Louisville, 0-3 in Chapel Hill, 1-9 neutral)Last Meeting: North Carolina 93, UofL 76 (Feb. 17, 2018 in KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Mike Eades, Bill Covington, Jr., Tony HendersonNext UofL Game: Jan. 16 vs. Boston College, KFC Yum! Center, 7 p.m. ET (ACC Regional Sports Networks/Fox Sports South in Louisville) Louisville (10-5, 1-1 ACC) dropped its first ACC road game as the Cardinals fell 89-86 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Jan. 9. The Cardinals committed a season-high 18 turnovers and allowed the Panthers to shoot 52.2 percent from the field, second-highest for a UofL opponent this season. Christen Cunningham scored a season-high 23 points and handed out five assists to lead the Cardinals, making 9-of-11 field goals. Louisville trails 5-13 in its series against North Carolina, but has won two of the last five. The Tar Heels won 93-76 in Louisville last season (2-17-18) as Deng Adel led the Cardinals with 20 points and six assists off the bench. Four of the meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament, including twice in regional finals. North Carolina is third in the nation in rebounding margin (+11.5), is third in assists per game (19.7) and fifth in scoring offense (89.9). Six Tar Heel players are averaging over eight points a game, led by Cameron Johnson (16.2 ppg). UNC is No. 5 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 6 in ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 8 in the NET rankings and No. 6 by Ken Pomeroy through Jan. 9.last_img read more

Peace will be restored at Amdanga assures Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP, on Thursday urged the people to work together to restore peace at Amdanga.Addressing a party rally at Amdanga on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said he would ensure that peace is restored in the area. “I will personally look after Amdanga and I assure you that peace will be restored here,” he said.Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee alleged that the party was unnecessarily trying to create trouble in the area, just to stall the development work taken up by Mamata Banerjee. “CPI(M) has joined hands with Congress and BJP to destabilise the area. But we cannot allow that to happen. Rest assured, peace will be restored soon,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said in 2016, CPI(M) had formed an alliance with Congress and the result was disastrous. “The party has been washed away. But they have not learned anything from the past and are now trying to create trouble with the help of Congress and BJP,” Banerjee said. He said that during the Maheshtala by-election, central forces were there and CPI(M) had alliance with Congress, but despite that Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das had won by 65,000 votes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said Trinamool Congress does not believe in bloodshed. “We believe in peace and development. In the past seven years, the development that has taken place is Bengal is remarkable. We will not allow anyone to stall that development,” he said.Banerjee said CPI(M) had unleashed a reign of terror in Bengal for 34 years, during which thousands of Trinamool supporters had been killed. “If Trinamool had the intention of taking revenge, we could have taken law into our own hands after winning on may 20, 2011. But Mamata Banerjee asked us not to take revenge and we followed her instructions. We believe in democracy and peace,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Pentest tool in focus Metasploit

first_imgSecurity over the web is of the highest priority these days as most of our transactions and storage takes place on the web. Our systems are ripe for cracking by hackers. Don’t believe me? check out the below video. How can we improve our security belts around our system? Metasploit is one solution cybersecurity professionals look at to tight-lock their security with no risk of intruders. Metasploit, an open source project, allows individuals or organizations to identify security vulnerabilities and develop a code using which network administrators can break into their own code and identify potential risks. They can then prioritize which vulnerabilities need to be addressed. The Metasploit project offers Penetration (pen) testing software Tools for automating the comparison of a program’s vulnerability Anti-forensic and advanced evasion tools Some tools are also built-in the Metasploit framework. The Metasploit Framework  is a collection of tools, libraries, modules and so on. It is popular among cybersecurity professionals and ethical hackers to carry out penetration testing or hacking. They can use it to exploit vulnerabilities on a network and also make Trojans, backdoors, botnets, phishing and so on. You can check out our article on 12 common malware types you should know, to know about the different malware types. The Metasploit Framework is supported by various operating systems including, Linux, MAC-OS, Windows, Android and so on. One can use metasploit in both free and paid versions, where the free version(Metasploit Framework and Metasploit community)can be used to find out basic exploits. However, a full paid version(Metasploit Pro) is preferred as it allows one to carry out deep pen-tests and other advanced features. A paid version offers: Collects integrations via remote APIs Automate several tasks, which include smart exploitation, penetration testing reports, and much more. Infiltrates dynamic payloads to evade the top antivirus solutions Also, in order to use this hacking tool, one can make use of the different interfaces it offers. Metasploit Interfaces Msfconsole Msfconsole is one of the highly popular interfaces in the metasploit framework. Once you have a hang of this interface and its syntax, it will provide a coherent access to all the options within the Metasploit Framework. Some advantages of msfconsole include: With the msfconsole, one can access all the features in the MSF Most stable and provides a console-based interface With msfconsole executing external commands is possible One can experience a full readline support, tabbing, and command completion Msfcli Msfcli enables a powerful command-line interface to the framework. Some features of this interface include: Support for the launch of exploits and auxiliary modules. Great for use in scripts and basic automation. However, one should be careful while using msfcli as variables are case-sensitive, and are assigned using an equal to (=) sign. MsfGUI Msfgui is the GUI of the framework and a tool to carry out demonstrations to clients and management. The msfgui: provides a point-and-click interface for exploitation a GTK wizard-based interface for using the metasploit framework Armitage Developed by Raphael Mudge, Armitage, is an open source Java-based frontend GUI for the metasploit framework. Its primary aim is to assist security professionals to understand hacking, by getting to know the true potential of Metasploit. Advantages of using Metasploit One can automate each phase of penetration testing Metasploit allows pentesters and cyber professionals to automate all phases within the penetration test. This is because, the amount of time required to carry out a complete and thorough pen-test is huge. Metasploit automates tasks; right from selecting the appropriate exploit to streamline the evidence collection and reporting of the attack. Credentials can be gathered and reused Credentials are the keys to any network, and the biggest prize for a penetration tester. With metasploit, one can catalog and track user credentials for reporting. Professionals and hackers can also make use of these credentials across every system in the network using a simple credential domino wizard. Become a next-Level Pen Tester If one has already worked with Metasploit framework for years together, its pro version is definitely the next step to head for. With Metasploit Pro, the expert can easily move through a network using the pivoting and antivirus evasion capabilities. They can also create instant reports on the progress and evidence. The best part is, one can seamlessly use custom scripts by going into the command line framework. Metasploit in competition with other pentesting tools Metasploit is not the only tool that offers penetration testing but it is one of the preferred ones. There are a number of other tools in the market that can give Metasploit a tough competition. Some of them include Wireshark, Nessus, Nmap, and so on. Wireshark is a famous network protocol analyzer. It can read captured information from other applications and is multiplatform. The only con it has is, it has a steep learning curve. Nessus is a vulnerability scanner and a popular tool among the professionals in security. It has a huge library of vulnerabilities and respective tests to identify them. It relies on the response from the target host to identify a breach. Here, metasploit is used as an exploitation tool to identify if the detected breach could be exploitable. Nmap (Network mapper) is a highly competent pen testing tool used for network mapping or discovery. On comparing with metasploit, it has a rudimentary GUI as compared to Metasploit. Metasploit is moving into web application security with its 3.5.0 release. The community has also added native PHP and Java payloads, which makes it easy to acquire advanced functionality through web application and Java server vulnerabilities. The community plans to port more exploits and modules to the metasploit platform. Additional modules that target embedded devices, hardware devices, etc.and BUS systems, such as K-Line could be added in the near future. Read Next 5 pen testing rules of engagement: What to consider while performing Penetration testing How to secure a private cloud using IAM Top 5 penetration testing tools for ethical hackerslast_img read more

Nominations for TICO Board of Directors close April 20

first_img TORONTO — TICO is reminding registrants that nominations for a position on its Board of Directors must be received by April 20.The position is open to a retail, wholesale or marketing group registrant for a three-year term. Those wishing to run for election should allow for sufficient time to obtain the required Criminal Record Check, which must be submitted with the Nomination Form by eh deadline date.All registrations have already been sent a nominations package. Nominations must be received at TICO no later than 5 p.m. ET on April 20.Results will be announced at TICO’s Annual General Meeting on June 26, to be held at the Corporate Event Centre in Mississauga, Ont.“Now that Bill 166, The Strengthening Protection for Consumers Act has received Royal Assent, there will be an extensive review of Ontario Regulation 26/05,” said Richard Smart, TICO President and CEO. “This brings an exciting time to join TICO’s dynamic Board of Directors to help shape consumer protection within the travel sector, while ensuring industry needs are addressed.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaFor more information go to or email Nominations for TICO Board of Directors close April 20 Monday, April 16, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tags: TICO Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Aimia reaches settlement agreement in Aeroplan expiry class action case

first_img Friday, August 31, 2018 Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Lawsuit MONTREAL — Aimia says it has signed a deal to settle a class action case related to changes to its Aeroplan mileage expiry and accumulation rules.Under the proposed terms of the agreement, Aimia will deposit a set amount of Aeroplan Miles into the accounts of eligible members.The suit was filed after the loyalty rewards program announced changes to its mileage expiry rules in October 2006.Aimia says the agreement is a positive resolution for members and stakeholders.The settlement is subject to approval by Quebec Superior Court.Aimia signed a tentative deal last week to sell the Aeroplan loyalty program to an Air Canada-led group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp. By: The Canadian Press Aimia reaches settlement agreement in Aeroplan expiry class action case Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

4 The Broad Chare At the Broad Chare near the Qua

first_img4. The Broad ChareAt the Broad Chare near the Quayside they pride themselves on good pub grub and good pub booze. It’s fancy, but in a good way. Cask ales and ciders and a great menu of British classics make this a good place for a post-match feed possibly washed down with a few oat sodas.5. Fat HippoFor diner style burgers, fries and hot dogs head to Fat Hippo. They have a vast selection of massive burgers and good veggie options – which can be a rarity at burger restaurants – the service is pretty fast too so if you need a quick bite on the way to the game, hit Fat Hippo. The Newcastle ArmsThe Newcastle Arms is a cracking pre/post match pub and a regular haunt for fans heading to St James’Park. It’s one of the best in town on Newcastle United match days. Real ale buffs will be salivating at the ale selection and you might get lucky to be there for one of the beer festivals. If you’re after hip and trendy or shots of radioactive coloured liquid, then this isn’t your place, but if you want a few pints on your way to or from St James’Park in a proper pub, then the Arms is the place to go.7. Digital Since opening in 2005, north east mega-club Digital has been voted the 11th best nightclub in the world. Hosting two big floors of music, it’s popular with both locals and visitors meaning queues can get a little long after about 11pm. Get there early to catch the DJs and live rock bands.Where to stayIf you’re looking for rooms on a budget you couldn’t do better than those on offer at the centrally located Albatross Backpackers hostel. It’s well situated, being just a short walk to the metro, shops, bars and St James’ Park. The rooms are clean and comfy and there’s secure car parking at the rear. As it’s a hostel, some amenities are shared – kitchen, TV lounge, wifi area – but for location and price it’s a good bet for a couple of nights.Morning! Have you seen what we have to offer people looking for a hostel in #Newcastle? @altweet_pet— The Albatross (@AlbatrossNewc) February 11, 2015The upmarket Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel occupies the building once owned by the historic Scottish & Newcastle Brewery. The city centre location offers views over iconic St James’ Park and surrounding areas. It’s a five minute walk to most of the key central attractions and offers an ideal base for those with a taste for the luxurious.Find hotels in NewcastleGetting aroundIf it’s the real Newcastle you seek, you won’t have to go too far to find it. The Newcastle-Gateshead area is pretty well covered by public transport – The Tyne & Wear Metro is a fast, safe and cheap way of getting around the city. Day passes are available if you’re going to be hopping on and off or a single ticket for a city trip costs around £1.50.Check Newcastle flightsGoing to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? Take note of our top tips on where to eat and drink in the Welsh capital.Top 10 places in Gloucester for scrummy scran during the RWC It’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup.Exeter’s 10 best rugby pubs and fan friendly restaurants With its cosy pubs and buzzing local student community, Exeter is set to prove Devon can party come the Rugby World Cup.6 of the best places to eat and drink in Leicester whether you like rugby or not Celebrate Rugby World Cup victory in one of these six top pubs and restaurants in Leicester.Brighton feasts for rugby fans: top 10 caf**é**s and restaurantsIf you’re heading to the games, or fancy a cheeky weekend beside the seaside, there’s plenty of fish and chips to be had but you might want to shake things up – here’s 10 of the best local bars and restaurants for you to check out.7 incredible rugby stadiums around the world Get set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related12 top places to drink and party post-match during the Rugby World CupNot ready to call it a day after the rugby? Discover the best post-match party spots!Top 10 places to eat and drink in Exeter for rugby fansWith its cosy pubs and buzzing local student community, Exeter is set to prove Devon can party come the Rugby World Cup.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Gloucester for rugby fansIt’s rugby-mad Gloucester’s time to shine as it welcomes the Rugby World Cup. Newcastle is always ready for a party and this summer they’re throwing open that welcome to rugby fans for the Rugby World Cup.Newcastle is renowned for its lively city centre and nightlife and there are bars and restaurants aplenty within walking distance of St James’ Park. Newcastle is more renowned for the round ball game, but as it’s World Cup time there will be no end of bars offering up big screen sport and beers aplenty, while an official World Cup fan zone will be open for the tournament, providing big screens to watch the games and get you warmed up with rugby fever.Will Cooper provides a few pointers on what to do and where to eat and drink while you’re soaking up the festival of the oval ball in Newcastle.1. BerliseBerlise in Jesmond has big screens inside and out, so you should be able to get a comfy spot to enjoy the game. They also have some good drink deals so you won’t have to break the bank for your brown ales.2. NineRight on the doorstep of the hallowed turf at St James’ Park is Nine (formerly called Shearer’s). They show all live sport inside and do a decent selection of bar meals, be warned that it gets busy on game days so pre or post-match food can take a little longer.3. Tyne BarWhen the weather’s fine the Tyne Bar beer garden is a top spot. It’s tucked away just outside of the city centre but it’s worth a walk if you’re in the mood for some good ale, live music and a friendly Geordie atmosphere. The beer garden overlooks the river (hence the name).last_img read more

The HomeGrid Forum and the HomePNA Alliance have m

first_imgThe HomeGrid Forum and the HomePNA Alliance have merged under the HomeGrid Forum name to create a larger, stronger organisation that is better positioned to promote the evolution of home wireline networks to the ITU-T standard.The specification defines networking over power lines, phone lines and coaxial cables with data rates up to 1 Gbps.The HomeGrid Forum said that products are now beginning to ship and that the merged body would guide those planning new networks based on the standard.It said that it would continue to support the installed base of over 40 million certified HomePNA devices.The new HomeGrid Forum will have over 70 members, including 28 service providers.“HomePNA is a mature, field proven technology, and continues to be selected by large service providers worldwide for IPTV deployments,” said HomePNA president Eran Gureshnik. “Service providers over four continents have achieved great results with HomePNA-based products and we have gained considerable experience in deploying home networks. However, the obvious future direction for all wireline home networking is to migrate to Therefore, it made sense for us to merge the HomePNA Alliance with the HomeGrid Forum at this time, providing a clear, strong vision to existing and new customers.”last_img read more