Sixteen months after the brutal rape-murder of a minor girl in Ahmednagar’s remote Kopardi village sent shockwaves across the State, a special court on Wednesday pronounced a death sentence for the three accused in the crime.The proceedings began at around 11.25 a.m. as the district and State awaited the quantum of sentence with bated breath. A massive crowd of onlookers gathered outside the court, keenly anticipating the final judgement amid a massive security shield.The tension was palpable in the courtroom as the three accused — Jitendra Shinde (25), Santosh Bhaval (36) and Nitin Bhailume (26) — were produced. All three stood with impassive faces as Judge Kevale awarded the death sentence to each of them.Following the pronouncement of the Additional Special Judge Suvarna Kevale, a roar of acclamation was heard outside the courtroom.“I had full confidence in the court and knew that justice would be served…we have waited every single day for nearly one-and-a-half years for this judgement,” said the victim’s father . Speaking after the judgement, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that all three accused were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of the minor, and hatching a conspiracy for the crime.All three convicts can appeal the judgement before the Bombay High Court.Earlier, a high security alert was pronounced by district administration before the commencement of the proceedings, with flying squads of police personnel stationed at every possible pocket in Kopardi as well as in various parts of the Ahmednagar district. Nearly 1,000 policemen were deployed with entry restricted to the courtroom. During the concluding arguments on the verdict on Wednesday last week, Advocate Nikam, representing the State, had urged the Special Court to award maximum punishment to the three offenders, given the particularly brutal nature of the crime, which occurred on July 13 last year.Advocate Nikam, who had earlier dubbed the murder as “extremely cold-blooded”, touched upon 13 points in the crime to argue that the accused deserved capital punishment. He had further argued that the convicted trio “remained unrepentant of their crime” before and after the tragedy, showing no contrition, while stating that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the trio to rape and murder the victim between July 11 and 13. Advocate Nikam had further urged for the capital penalty, remarking that “society would get a wrong message if the death sentence was not awarded in so gory a case”.The defence counsels for the accused trio, while pleading for mitigation of their sentences, had said that a death sentence judgement could intensify social tensions between communities.The victim as well as the three accused hail from the same area.The case, which has been closely tracked by political parties and social outfits, had acquired a peculiar urgency owing to the potentially explosive nature of the crime in creating acute social divisions.The incident has been likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was wreaked on the minor victim.
Makers of the Gujarati film Hellaro, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, the police said on Tuesday. Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on November 8.“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.The FIR was registered on Monday evening after a complaint was filed by Congress corporator Jamnaben Vegda, who claimed she was agitated after hearing the word uttered by one of the characters in the film a few minutes post-interval.Director Abhishek Shah, and producers Ashish Patel, Aayush Patel, Mit Jani, Pratik Gupta, and dialogue writer Saumya Joshi have been booked under Sections 3 (1) and 5, among others, of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police official said.
LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas has one more game left in its schedule in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and yet, head coach Boy Sablan already looked resigned after his team suffered another defeat.“I wasn’t the first coach to have zero wins in the UAAP, other teams also had that record,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next UST’s latest loss came against league-leader Ateneo, 102-83, in a game where the Growling Tigers showed a semblance of fight but only to write the same ending and falter.READ: Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Growling Tigers stared at a 15-point deficit in the third, 72-57, but managed to claw back, 75-70, by the end of the period.The Blue Eagles (12-0), however, answered back in the fourth and mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with a vicious tomahawk with 2:22 left for a 92-77 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sablan was right. He won’t be the first head coach to possibly end a season with zero wins after Luigi Trillo and Rey Madrid had 0-14 seasons with Adamson University and University of the Philippines, respectively“Look at the history of the league, I’m not the first coach who’ll end a year with zero wins,” said Sablan. “There are of course who didn’t win, not just me.”Sablan’s only hope of redemption, if it can be considered as such, is the Tigers’ last game against University of the East where UST can at least save face after a disastrous season. “Of course we want to win that final game, we will prepare for it,” said Sablan. “We’ll do what needs to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena shrugs off vicious dunk vs UST, wins bet with dad View comments
Sanju Viswanathan SamsonWhen the news of his entry into the Indian cricket team reached 19-year-old Sanju Viswanathan Samson, he was attending his usual training session in the Thiruvanthapuram Medical College ground.When he returned to his residence Liji Hut in Mulloorkonam, a coastal fisherman village near Vizhinjam at 8 pm on Tuesday, he was welcomed by villagers and TV channel crews outside his house.Sanju will be fighting England in the five-match ODI series and one-off Twenty 20 against England. The first match of the series begins in Bristol on August 25.When the news of his inclusion in the team came as TV on 7 pm, Sanju returned home in a car to seek blessings of his family and friends.Sanju said the news was confirmed by a friend on the way back. His father Viswanath Samson, a former policeman in Delhi Police, was excited.His mother, Liji Samson, said she was blessed to have a son like Sanju.”I am extremely happy to find place in the team. But I don’t expect anything from the game. All I wish is to play well to bring fame to the Indian team. The selection to the Indian team increases my responsibility,” said Sanju Samson to reporters.Sanju studied in Delhi till Class 7 since his father was in Delhi Police.In fact, it was Viswanath Samson, a football coach who inspired Sanju to take up cricket.Though his father tried to get his son a place in cricket camps run by former cricketers, he failed to convince them about his son’s talents. advertisementHe later quit his job and returned to Kerala.Sanju later found a way to his guru and former Ranji coach Biju Varghese.”I inquired about the details of the cricket coaching to Sandeep Raveendran, a boy I met on the road with cricket kit while on his way to training. I was introduced to the camp run by Biju through former BCCI statistician Sudheer Ali,” Sanju said about his beginning in an earlier interview.He was selected to the under-13 Kerala cricket team in 2007. He showed calibre as a batsman in the first match by hitting a century.His talent was at its peak when he scored a double century in the first match in under-16 Kerala team. He was selected to Kerala Ranji team in 2011 where he scored another century in the first match against Vidharbha.Sanju was picked up by Rajastan Royals IPL team in 2013. He scored 339 runs in the IPL.His performance in the ODI against India will decide whether he would find place in the Indian team in the World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand.Sanju and his family went to the churches in and around Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday to pray.”I will be there at the Medical College grounds in Thiruvanthapuram on Wednesday too for training,” said Sanju before leaving the residence.It is the ground that turned the destiny of an ordinary coastal village boy to that of an Indian cricket team member.
Indian boxing’s High-Performance Director, Santiago Nieva speaks during a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on April 30, 2019. – Boxing must quickly fix “controversies” surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said April 30. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)Boxing must quickly fix “controversies” surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said Tuesday.The International Olympic Committee is to deliver its verdict on May 22 on whether to keep boxing at the 2020 Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s tough because it is not black and white. It is a grey area when it comes to close bouts.”At the 2014 Asian Games, India’s Sarita Devi refused to accept her bronze medal and tried to hang it on her Korean rival instead, who won the women’s semi-final on a unanimous decision.Devi — who dumped the medal on the podium and stormed away in tears — was later banned for a year.But the 37-year-old, who won bronze at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, feels the experience changed her.“I have matured a lot in all these years. But I have sacrificed a lot to be still relevant in Indian boxing,” said Devi, who insisted she would try to reach the Olympics if it is still in the contest.Nieva said that if boxing keeps its place, he was confident that India — the land of the legendary Mary Kom — has a fast-improving pool of boxers with a chance of winning a medal.India finished the Asian championships with two gold medals, four silver and seven bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PLDT escapes Cignal, nabs PSL Grand Prix bronze Nieva, director of the Indian men’s and women’s teams and a senior member of the AIBA international federation coaches commission, said he was “worried” about the looming decision.“I think they will find a way but… in boxing we tend to exaggerate our importance for the Olympic movement,” the Swedish coach told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We think that we are so pure, one of the oldest, but for other people who are not into boxing, they see it more from a commercial and political standpoint.“They don’t want controversies, they don’t want scandals at the Olympics and boxing is giving controversies over and over again,” said Nieva. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The IOC froze boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games to give the sport time to clean up its image after allegations of bout-fixing tainted the 2016 Rio Olympics.An inquiry into AIBA governance and its anti-doping programme is also being held.In response, the “right to protest” a referee’s decision is to be re-introduced at the world championships in September.Nieva said India had been on the receiving end of judging blunders, and highlighted the 49kg final at the Asian Championships in Bangkok when Deepak Singh lost his final to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan.“We felt it was very clear,” Nieva said. India was certain Singh had won, and the coach said this is an example which showed the rules are “meaningless”.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ
Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch their much awaited product, the new generation Dzire in India on May 16. Yes, you read it right. Along with the cosmetic changes to the 2017 Dzire, Maruti Suzuki have also tweaked the name of their compact sedan. The new generation Dzire drops the Swift tag from its name, because the people at Maruti thought that its time that the compact sedan has its own brand name. So, in comes the new generation Dzire.Since its launch in 2008, Maruti Suzuki have sold approximately 13.8 lakh units of the Dzire. According to the people at Maruti, one out of every 2 compact sedan sold in India, is the Dzire. So let’s take a look at what’s changes have come in with the 2017 Dzire from its predecessor.Design:2017 Dzire: The new generation Dzire will come with a completely new and fresh look. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been redesigned with a hexagonal grille with a chrome strip around it. The front bumper and the headlamp cluster gets an appealing makeover. At the rear, the new generation Dzire gets minor cosmetic change as the tail lamps has a revised design. The new Dzire will also sport new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and redesigned alloy wheels.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)2015 Dzire: The 2015 compact sedan’s front bumper comes with a larger air dam. There are chrome accents on the sides around the fog lamp housings, while the grille now sports honeycomb styling and a thick chrome bar on the top. Moving on to the sides, the alloy wheels on the top variants get an all-new design. When it comes to rear space, the Dzire is not the best of the lot and the same is the case when it comes to its 315-litre boot which is the smallest of the lot here.advertisement2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift DzireEngine: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2015 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine Type K Series Petrol Engine With VVT/ DDiS Diesel Engine K Series Petrol Engine With VVT/ DDiS Diesel Engine Displacement 1197cc/ 1248cc 1197cc/ 1248cc Power 83 bhp/ 74 bhp 83 bhp/ 74 bhp Torque 115 Nm/ 190 Nm 115 Nm/ 190 Nm Transmission 5-MT/ AGS 5-MT/ 4-AT Drive train FWD FWDFeatures:2017 Dzire: The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with an upgraded list of features to compete with its competition in the segment. The list includes touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in among others. Another added bonus to the new generation Dzire is that the car now comes with rear AC vents, which was not seen in the previous generation Swift Dzire.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)2015 Dzire: Inside not much was changed from a design point of view but the company has added features which add value. Things like electric folding mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors and a 12V socket at the back.2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift DzireDimensions: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2015 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Wheelbase 2470mm 2430 mm Length 3995mm 3995 mm Width 1735mm 1695 mm Height 1515mm 1555 mm Ground Clearance 163 mm 170 mm Boot Space 376-litres 316-litresColors:2017 Dzire: The new Dzire will be available in 6 different colour options- Oxford Blue, Sherwood Brown, Gallant Red, Arctic White, Silky Silver and Magma Gray.2015 Dzire: The older Swift Dzire also came in 6 colour options- Silky Silver, Sangria Red, Alp Blue, Magma Gray, Cave Black and Pearl Arctic White.
Batsman Shaun Marsh is doubtful for the second one day international against South Africa due to an injury. Marsh had missed the first game in Perth due to an abscess on his buttock.Batsman Ben McDermott has been added to Australia’s squad ahead of the match and could make his ODI debut should Marsh fail to recover in time for the second match in Adelaide on Friday.McDermott is the step-son of former Test bowler Craig McDermott.”We will continue to monitor Shaun’s progress and give him every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the match,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a team release on Tuesday.The 23-year-old made his international debut in a Twenty20 match against United Arab Emirates last month and played all three of Australia’s T20 defeats against Pakistan in the Gulf nation.Aaron Finch’s Australia lost the opening one-dayer against South Africa by six wickets at Perth Stadium. The third and final match is in Hobart on Nov. 11.(With inputs from Reuters)
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 8: Bevo, the Texas Longhorns’ mascot, stands in the corner during a game against the Baylor Bears on November 8, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 45-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas and Georgia are slated to face off in a hotly contested Sugar Bowl that will pit two runner-ups of Power 5 conference title games against each other. But before they play each other, the Longhorns and Bulldogs will get to enjoy some lovely bowl gifts courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl organizers.According to Sports Business Daily, the Texas and Georgia players are going to receive the following gifts:A gift suite, a Fossil watch, a New Era cap, some Rock ’Em socks, and cufflinks.Though no gifts can make up for the sting of losing their respective conference title games, a win in the Sugar Bowl should suit both sides just fine.Texas and Georgia have only faced each other four times, with the last matchup coming in 1984 for the Cotton Bowl. Georgia won that contest 10-9.The very first matchup between the two sides was the Orange Bowl in 1949, with Texas winning 41-28.The other contests were also won by Texas, with the Longhorns winning back-to-back regular season contests in 1957 and 1958.
Woman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means hosted the 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center.Debbie Harry at 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event featured performances by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Blondie and the gentleman trio, GENTRI.Other guests included: Natalie Azar, Laura Benanti, Afiya Bennett, Carla Hall, Tamron Hall, Star Jones, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Quarles, and more.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness. This year’s honorees included: Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief medical correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America and American Heart Association volunteer; Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Top Chef head judge, food policy activist; filmmaker, social justice activist; Karen Springer, President of health care operations for Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.; Fitbit, the leading wearables brand helps Americans get moving and Icilma V. Fergus, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular disparities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.Blondie closed the evening with an unforgettable performance that included: One Way or Another, Hanging on the Telephone, Maria, Long Time, Dreaming is Free and Heart of Glass.The evening featured additional performances from Broadway Inspirational Voices and Gentri. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with lead sponsor CocoaVia and sponsors For Your Sweetheart, The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Lands’ End and Lenox Tableware & Gifts for this year’s event.Participants of the fifth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge attended alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 213 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call provided dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.For more on the event, check out #RedDressAwards
APTN National NewsA group of activists have made their way to Ottawa one step at a time.It’s the final trek of a 2,300 km journey.Their aim is to draw attention to the need for an inquiry into the 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
Mumbai: Urmila Matondkar, the star of 90s hit Hindi films like “Rangeela”, “Daud” and “Judaai”, is contesting the Lok Sabha election but says she isn’t approaching politics as a star and would rather be known as people’s representative.”I am not approaching this whole thing as a star with my star image. I am trying to get to grassroot and connect to people. I know it is going to be difficult. “I want to generate confidence in them about me as their representative more than just another star coming in, waving and asking for votes. Because that is not the thought with which I have gotten into it,” Urmila told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Considering she is a known face, ask her if Bollywood celebrities can be vote pullers, pat comes the reply, “I can’t talk about others, it is not fair. Media generally likes to generalise things as it makes their life easy.” She will be contesting the election from Mumbai North constituency, a seat held by Govinda. Urmila, who has been campaigning and meeting the locals, says some of the major issues of the area are housing, water scarcity, sanitation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The most important issue is housing and it is too deep rooted for anyone to get a solution quickly. The slum redevelopment needs to be looked into. Water is another big issue, it is also a deep rooted so overnight solution is not possible. Women’s health, local trains. But we need do to things. “This area is issue-ridden probably the most in Mumbai. People have been telling me about need for public toilets, water in Gorai area is another problem. Also (need for more) local trains as the population is more here and there is no infrastructure.” She is fighting against BJP’s Gopal Shetty, a seasoned politician who has called Urmila naive and zero in politics. But the actor isn’t affected. “That shows his mentality in the whole thing. He started of saying that this is going to be a battle of vichardhara (ideology) but non-stop he is speaking derogatory things about me, which I have never done. “I think there can be two things behind it – someone who is not very confident and all these things stem out of deep rooted fear that must have come in.” The actor said the kind of politics him and his party indulge in focuses more on “emotional battles”, keeping people occupied with “all kinds of emotional, religious and socio-economic issues.” “So that they do not come to main issues like what is progress? And where is the progress? “If that is the politics he is referring to, I am happy to be political zero. For me politics is giving your word, standing by it and abiding by it no matter what.”
Appuhamy later admitted himself to hospital. Kotte Mayor Janaka Ranawaka was arrested today over an assault incident involving the opposition leader of the Kotte Municipal Council.Ranawaka had allegedly assaulted the opposition leader of the Kotte Municipal Council Sugath Appuhamy outside the Council yesterday.
“A child who is a victim of sexual abuse may suffer serious, lifelong or even life-threatening consequences,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Programme Coordinator Yasmin Ali Haque said of the campaign, launched on Sunday.“As the first country in South Asia with a national plan of action to combat child sex tourism, Sri Lanka has a unique opportunity to lead the way for other countries in the region.”UNICEF is providing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board with financial and technical support. As well as mass media campaigns on television, radio and in newspapers, messages will be relayed to tourists through a range of devices such as in-flight magazines and videos, billboards, posters, car-stickers and flyers. Legal penalties for the sexual exploitation of children range from five to 20 years imprisonment.While the exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that thousands of Sri Lankan children are drawn into prostitution every year, the majority of them boys, with money, clothes, pens, sweets, food and sometimes the chance to travel overseas. They are exploited by foreign tourists, as well as by local people. The most vulnerable are those from poor and marginalized communities who have little supervision from their families.Last year 549,000 foreign tourists visited Sri Lanka, with the figure projected to rise to 600,000 in the current year, and to 1 million by 2010.The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 1.8 million children globally are exploited in the multi-billion dollar commercial sex industry, which includes child sex tourism.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong dollar, world competition blamed for closing of Nova Scotia mill BROOKLYN, N.S. – A Nova Scotia newsprint mill became the latest victim of the global downturn in the pulp and paper industry Friday when its owners announced it would stop production and sell its assets, throwing 320 people out of work.Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) said the strong Canadian dollar and competition from Europe forced it to put the mill, locally known as Bowater, into an indefinite idle.The grim news comes only months after the provincial government provided a $50-million assistance package to the mill late last year.Premier Darrell Dexter said his government tried everything within its power to keep the company in the province, and he blamed currency markets for the factory’s demise.“All of the partners came together to try and give the plant the best possible opportunity for the future. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out as we would have wished,” he said.“That doesn’t make the attempt to do that in any way invalid.”In December, Dexter announced the province would give the mill a $25-million forgivable loan to keep its two paper machines operating, and to help the company make efficiency improvements and upgrade its power plant.The government says none of that money has been spent.Dexter put most of the blame for the plant’s demise on the high Canadian dollar and a 30 per cent erosion in the value of the Euro against the dollar.“The plants in Europe are now able to sell into the world market at a considerable discount,” he said.“We recognize that advantage because it used to be ours. … The results as anyone can see have been pretty profound.”The company’s sawmill in nearby Oakhill and the Brooklyn Power Corp. are also affected by the shutdown. The company said it is looking at the feasibility of selling all of its assets and timberlands that it owns in the province.Dexter said he is concerned about the possibility the company may sell the land to an overseas company that could ship wood fibre abroad.However, he said he didn’t know if the province would offer to buy the woodlands.Dexter said the government will look for alternative uses of the idled mill and try to attract new industries to an area beset by high unemployment.“Very shortly we will set up a transition process and it will be led by a prominent Nova Scotia leader. We intend to find a way forward for these communities,” he said.Company spokesman Seth Kursman acknowledged that workers made sacrifices in the form of concessions to try and save the mill.“Everything that was really in the direct control of the people here, of government, of stakeholders across the board, people did — they stepped up and it makes the situation that much more frustrating,” he said in an interview.Kursman said the company, which was previously called AbitibiBowater, has also responded to global pressures by closing some of its paper-making machines in Quebec and Alabama.The plant was initially scheduled to shut down Sunday for about two weeks. It was also idled last month, the latest in a series of scheduled down times for the mill since December.Late last year, unionized workers at the mill voted to cut 110 jobs in an effort to reduce labour costs and help save the operation.Don MacKenzie of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said the indefinite closure is a blow to the area, which has relied heavily on jobs at the mill during more than 70 years of operation.“It’s just got to be devastating to the members I represent,” he said. “It’s a sad day for the people of Liverpool and it will obviously have an impact to many spin-off jobs in the province, and it’s simply another reflection of the turbulent times in the pulp and paper industry.”He too is worried the company’s 212,000 hectares could be bought up by foreign interests and exported, making it unavailable to domestic interests that could use the raw fibre.The lifeline thrown to the company also included $23.75 million the province spent to buy about 10,120 hectares of woodland from the company.Another $1.5 million was offered over three years to train workers. So far, $605,000 has been spent on training and the remainder will be returned to province.— By Alison Auld and Michael Tutton in Halifax by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2012 1:11 pm MDT
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred at the central train station of the Russian city of Volgograd today causing numerous deaths and injuries.Media reports say 16 people were killed and some 40 injured in the suicide attack, which occurred around 12:45 p.m. local time at the train station.“The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of this heinous act to be brought to justice. He stands in solidarity with the Russian Federation in the face of terrorism,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The 15 members of the Security Council, in a statement issued to the press, extended their condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in this “heinous” act, and to the Russian people and Government.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” said the statement.They also underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the attack to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.
The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe idea that “records don’t matter” when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan has been reiterated throughout the week by the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein knows all too well how much of a dogfight the matchups between the Buckeyes and the Spartans are.Since 2011, the Buckeyes are just 2-3 against Michigan State — the worst mark OSU has against any team throughout the past five years. During that time, the Scarlet and Gray have never played in Spartan Stadium as a top-five team.That is, until Saturday. Elflein, among others, said the 3-7 record for Mark Dantonio’s team is nothing if not a ruse. A hot topic for OSU coach Urban Meyer this week has been how important competing for a Big Ten title — something OSU might not do this season — is for making a playoff case. Meyer, of course, deflected the question, and said he had not discussed the issue with his team.“Just want to beat Michigan State, man,” he said. “It means a lot.”Looking back through the past five years, that statement has been easier said than done.2011: Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7In the wake of TattooGate, the Buckeyes lost long-time coach Jim Tressel and multiple players. In Luke Fickell’s interim head coaching stint, OSU came into the game against the Spartans at 3-1, with a loss to the University of Miami. The Buckeyes were simply outclassed in Ohio Stadium, as they failed to average more than a yard rushing on 39 attempts. Even with three forced turnovers, just 178 yards of offense and 82 yards of penalties suffocated OSU. OSU finished the year 6-7 without any real notable wins, except for a 33-29 victory over Wisconsin, who went on to win the Big Ten title. Next year, Meyer became the head coach for OSU, much to the excitement of Buckeye fans.2012: Ohio State 17 – Michigan State 16Meyer’s tenure started with a bang. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Buckeyes traveled to their first away game of the season. The Spartans proved to be a tough draw.It took a 314 total-yard performance from Braxton Miller to do it, and a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to seal the deal. It was Michigan State’s second loss of the season.The Buckeyes never had a game as close as this one for the rest of the 2012 campaign, and OSU finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record. Due to ramifications from NCAA actions taken against the team after TattooGate, OSU was not bowl eligible.2013: Michigan State 34 – Ohio State 24 (Big Ten championship)After facing Michigan State for the two previous years in the regular season, the Buckeyes had to wait until the Big Ten title game to get a chance at Dantonio’s team. OSU was pushed to the limit for the second straight week after a 42-41 slugfest in the week prior with Michigan.The Buckeyes luck ran out, and Meyer suffered his first loss as OSU’s coach.Connor Cook torched the Scarlet and Gray defense with 304 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langfield pounded the ball up the middle against a relatively stout OSU rush defense. A late Langford touchdown run put Michigan State up by 10, and the Spartans never looked back.Defensive shortcomings mixed with a lack of an OSU passing game (eight completions for 101 yards) gave the Spartans the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes had to wait until early November of 2014 to get redemption.2014: Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 37The injury of Braxton Miller before the 2014 season began was supposed to doom the Buckeyes. That was until a little-known redshirt freshman quarterback by the name of J.T. Barrett trotted onto the field for OSU.Barrett, who had led the team to a 7-1 mark when OSU traveled to East Lansing, played one of his best games of his short career to that point. Piling up 300 yards through the air with three touchdowns, paired with a 154-yard, two touchdown performance for Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes walked away from Spartan Stadium one win richer.The win was an upset, with OSU coming into the game at No. 14 and Michigan State at No. 8. A good showing against the Spartans helped propel the Buckeyes into Big Ten and eventually national championship contention.2015: Michigan State 17 – Ohio State 14With repeat title hopes on their mind, the Buckeyes struggled to find continuity at the quarterback position. Swapping between Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped the team win a national championship following an injury to Barrett against Michigan in 2014, Meyer could not decide who should have led the team.With the decision made for Barrett to start, OSU’s offense floundered. Elliott touched the ball just 12 times, and Barrett threw for just 46 yards. Two turnovers for the Buckeye defense still wasn’t enough to bring home a win. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State’s starting quarterback for this season, replaced an injured Connor Cook and managed the game to the best of his abilities. A game-winning field goal by Michael Geiger is an image most OSU fans have yet to let go, especially the windmill celebration the kicker did down the sideline after nailing the kick to top OSU.2016With title hopes on the line again for OSU, and Michigan State looking to save face following a disappointing season so far, fans in attendance should be ready for some fireworks in Spartan Stadium. OSU’s run game should dictate the pace of play, while the Silver Bullets might be able to grab a few turnovers.
Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding will pay $266 million to acquire South China Morning Post and related assets of the SCMP Group Ltd from Malaysian businessman Robert Kuok in an all-cash deal.The deal includes the SCMP’s magazines, outdoor media, education and digital business, SCMP said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), reports Nikkei Asian Review.The deal will exclude investments of the SCMP, including the newspaper’s newsroom in the Causeway Bay district.The assets being acquired generated HK$1.2 billion in revenues and HK$136.2 million in pre-tax report last year. Kuok’s Kerry Group took control of the SCMP in 1993 from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, paying $349 million to acquire a 35% stake.The sale of the 112-year-old English newspaper to Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma has also created uncertainty over the editorial direction following acquisition.”I think it will be interesting to see if the existing reporters and editorial staff would like to continue. It’s worth watching,” said James Sung, a political analyst at City University of Hong Kong.Alibaba Executive Vice-Chairman Joe Tsai denied his company “would compromise the newspaper’s editorial independence in a letter to readers”.The deal marks Alibaba Group Holding’s first foray into overseas media.
A trio of Houston city employees are suing the city, in order to preserve same-sex spousal benefits. The federal lawsuit comes as Houston is defending its right to grant such benefits against a challenge in Texas state court.LGBT civil rights organization Lambda Legal filed the suit on behalf of the three city employees. All three married their spouses before 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision.“States are looking for ways, who don’t like the decision, to kind of worm around it and limit it, and we just want the federal courts to put a stop to that now,” says Kenneth Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal. “And that’s what this lawsuit is attempting to do, is saying, look, this ultimately is a matter of federal law. Let’s get this resolved once and for all.”A pair of Houston taxpayers are suing the city, arguing the city broke Texas law by using tax dollars to pay same-sex spousal benefits. Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling in favor of the city.Houston officials did not respond to a request for comment on the Lambda Legal suit by this article’s posting. However, at the time of the state Supreme Court ruling, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city will continue to pay spousal benefits to all eligible employees. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08 Listen X
Imagine Sipping a Cosmopolitan sitting inside the school library. Or having a pizza in the laboratory. Well, if school spells fun for you and if you are one of those adults who still fantasise about school, heading to Cafe Ludus might just hit the rewind button for you. While concept cafes and restaurants are an age-old concept, this one, with its cafeterias and libraries (complete with shelves and old radios and magazines on hangers) and an open terrace was actually quite interesting. Adding to the quirky factor is the menu card. Every page has some doodle or food-related graphic, making ‘visual’ that much more interesting. However, Cafe Ludus needs to work on the lighting — it is quite dim in most places. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They have a separate section for an ‘all-day breakfast’, may be for PLUs who combine a lot of meals together and still want to ‘have breakfast’. Hmmmm, now that’s a thought. The cuisine is mostly comfort and cafe style. So you have your usual pizzas and pastas, paninis and risottos. A lot of the dishes have been given Greek names to go with the concept. However, ordering will not be a tall task because the menu clearly specifies what each dish is made of. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe food here is good. I liked most dishes that I ordered so I will suggest that you can take your pick according to your preferences when you visit. The portions are good and can be shared by 2-3 people. The lack of an alcohol license is a spoiler but that should be in place soon. Till then, enjoy the mocktails. Hey pssst! Do visit the washroom before you leave, even if you don’t need to.DETAILAt: Cafe Ludus, 24 & 25, 2nd Floor, MGF Metropolitian Mall, SaketTimings: Noon to 1 amPhone: 9599426426 Meal for Two: Rs 1,800 approx
The Capital is soon going to witness a unique exhibition that displays the variety of sources that inspire artistes to create great works. Ekam: Towards the Countless… is an attempt to create that variety through artistes who have a different visage towards their creations. It is a unique attempt at being one, being united, being diversified. The show will display paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Eminent artistes like – Satish Gujral, Niren Sen Gupta and Siddhartha Tagore of Art Consult Gallery are the special guests for the event that will open on 21 August. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has been curated by 4th Wall Art and managing partners are Priyanka Dua and Gaurav Chawla who are also participating in the exhibition.The other participating artistes are – Amita Gupta, Amrit Kapoor, Anand Krishnan, Asim Pal, Bhaskar Nayar, Bheem Malhotra, Chand Kumar Doliya, Devji Shrimali, Gaurav Chawla, Gayatri Tandon, Geetika Sangwan, Kamaljeet, Kapil Kapoor, Kristine Michael, Harminder Singh Boparai, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Mishika Chawla, Nandita Richie, Neerajj Mittra, Nidhi Desai, Prabhinder Lall, Prince Chand, Priyanka Dua, Radhika Seksaria, Raosaheb Gurav, Ruchi Chadha, Sangeeta Sharma, Sonal Kabra, Shikha Osan, Swati Pasari, Umesh Hatkhambar, Nidhi Sehgal and Vikash Kalra. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach has worked on his or her own through a personal quest, with diverging visions and unique working methods, and yet united with common faith that art must prevail. There is a ten-year old girl who has her own way of saying what she wants through her art.The artistes are as varied as the works of art they display. If some are moved by emotions which they express through colours, others feel this is the work of their sub-conscious mind. Some of them are looking for their destiny or spirituality through their work, and there are some who feel the journey of life throws out different experiences for men or women. Some look for inspiration at nature, and others who find it in the deep recesses of the human mind or human relationships, and even in music or books. So head over!When: 21 to 24 AugustWhere: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pm