The Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Crime Branch have filed three separate charge sheets against three accused, who were arrested for drug trade in March this year.Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch in-charge, Goa Police, Umesh Gaonkar, confirmed while talking to The Hindu on Tuesday that the Anti-Narcotics Cell, which investigated the case in which all three were arrested for running a drug-racket in North coastal belt of Goa, filed separate charge sheets in the District and Sessions Court in the city on Monday.According to the charge sheets, a British national David Johnson and the two others, Yusuf Mohammad, of Chennai and Ganesh Pondir from Himachal Pradesh, have been charged under various sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.The sleuths of Anti-Narcotics Cell had, after raids, arrested Mohammad from Anjuna village in North coastal belt for allegedly peddling drugs, and seized narcotics, including methamphetamine and LSD from his possession, the charge sheet stated.Johnson was picked up the same day from another place in Anjuna and police had seized Methylenedioxymethamphetamine(MDMA) and ecstasy tablets from him.The charge sheet further stated that based on the interrogation of the two, the police arrested the third accused Ganesh from Arambol beach in Pernem taluk of North Goa for allegedly possessing charas.
PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And without further ado, here is the list.1. Mika’s leadershipFEATURED 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 shutoutCONTRIBUTED PHOTOMika Reyes’ appointment as the team’s skipper didn’t quite sit well with the fanbase of Philippine volleyball since the picturesque middle blocker hasn’t been a captain in recent memory.But so far, she has shown that she has the qualities of being a great leader. NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation LATEST STORIES Reyes was a visible figure in the Philippines’ campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, communicating with teammates every chance she gets.The captain has shown control and calm while dealing with her teammates, and she seems to have shrugged off any outside negativity regarding her appointment.2. Alyssa doing Alyssa thingsCONTRIBUTED PHOTOAnother point of controversy was Alyssa Valdez’ inclusion to the national team but just like Reyes, Valdez has shown why she deserves to be in the position she’s in.Valdez was the team’s best scorer in the AVC tournament averaging 14 points a game, and that’s enough to prove why she was chosen as the country’s outside hitter for the SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 2017 Southeast Asian Games just got going and what better way to pump yourself up for the regional sports showcase than read about a list of seven things to watch out for in Kuala Lumpur.And this is not about the tourist attractions in the Malaysian capital. This is about the seven best things about the women’s volleyball team of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The 24-year-old is still as potent as ever and is still a reliable point-getter when the going gets tough for the Filipinos.3. Everything Jaja doesCONTRIBUTED PHOTOWhile Valdez leads the team in scoring in the Asian tournament, Jaja Santiago provides the glorious highlights.Santiago has evolved from a towering middle blocker to a versatile hitter that can play from the three spots in front of the net.Santiago can still make those quick kills from the middle and she’s added a deadly running spike that, so far, has been a beauty.4. Kimmy’s sneaky attacksPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Fajardo is arguably the best setter among her peers as she steered De La Salle to three UAAP titles during her stay.The wily playmaker, though, is not only renowned for her assists but also for her scoring prowess.She won’t put up gaudy scoring numbers like Valdez or Santiago but when called upon Fajardo is willing to do the dirty work.5. Jove’s veteran smarts AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIf there’s one constant in Philippine volleyball, it has to be Jovelyn Gonzaga donning the Philippine tricolor.Gonzaga is just 25-years-old—for comparison Valdez is 24—but has represented the Philippines in every conceivable volleyball tournament since 2015.She’s captained the team that participated in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship, and just everything in between.Gonzaga is Philippine volleyball personified.6. Kianna breaking throughCONTRIBUTED PHOTOKim Kianna Dy was initially named as a reserve player of the national team but when Rachel Anne Daquis announced that she would be leaving the team months before the SEA Games the La Sallian was thrust into the main team.And in her first game as a national player, didn’t go the way she had imagined it.She was a nervous wreck when she came in as a substitute in the AVC tournament, but her shot at redemption came just two days after.After her disappointing showing against Hong Kong, Dy showed class as part of the first six that faced Kazakhstan.Dy showed flashes 0f brilliance as one of the better opposite hitters of the country and proved to head coach Francis Vicente that she deserves to be in the main team. 7. The little ones, Denden and DawnPhoto from asianvolleyball.netDenden Lazaro and Dawn Macandili definitely breathe defense.Both Lazaro and Macandili have been prime examples of what a Philippine libero should be.The two defensive aces practically own the ground game and clean up whatever mess their taller teammates couldn’t get to. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
Germany will have no Formula One Grand Prix next year, despite the dominance of Mercedes and the country’s new world champion Nico Rosberg, after the race was axed for financial reasons on Wednesday.While that move will dismay German fans, there was a more welcome change in the renamed Azerbaijan Grand Prix being pushed back to June 25 to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar classic.Races in Brazil and Canada, whose fate had also been left open on the draft calendar, were confirmed on the 20-round official version published by the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA).There were a record 21 races this year.Germany’s absence had been expected with the Nuerburgring unwilling to pay hosting fees and Hockenheim, which drew a mere 57,000-strong crowd this year, reluctant to lose money in successive seasons.Hockenheim, one of the best attended venues in seven times champion Michael Schumacher’s time, does have a contract for 2018 when the race is expected to return.Azerbaijan’s street race in Baku made its debut this year as the European Grand Prix but organisers had wanted to avoid a repeat of the clash with Le Mans and to remove the logistical challenge of a back-to-back race with Canada.The races in Austria and Britain are moved back a week to help fill the gap left by Germany, with those grands prix now taking place on July 9 and 16 respectively.Hungary switches to the July 30 slot that was earmarked for Germany.Mexico’s race is again paired with the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, at the end of October rather than with Brazil which stands on its own as the penultimate round in November.advertisementMalaysia is paired with Japan rather than neighbours Singapore, which remains in its usual slot after Italy. The draft calendar had envisaged Malaysia preceding Singapore.2017 CALENDAR:March 26 – Australia (Melbourne)April 9 – China (Shanghai)April 16 – BahrainApril 30 – Russia (Sochi)May 14 – Spain (Barcelona)May 28 – MonacoJune 11 – Canada (Montreal)June 25 – Azerbaijan (Baku)July 9 – Austria (Spielberg)July 16 – Britain (Silverstone)July 30 – Hungary (Budapest)Aug 27 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)Sept 3 – Italy (Monza)Sept 17 – SingaporeOct 1 – Malaysia (Sepang)Oct 8 – Japan (Suzuka)Oct 22 – U.S. (Austin)Oct 29 – Mexico (Mexico City)Nov 12 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)Nov 26 – Abu Dhabi
Chennai, Oct 11 (PTI) French auto major Renault would provide mobile workshops for customers living in far off places and plans to expand the service to 76 locations by next year, a top official said here today. The company planned to have 320 dealerships by the end of 2017 and expand the workshops to 76 by March 2018, Renault India, Country CEO and Managing Director, Sumit Sawhney said. “We will be expanding it to 76 places by March 2018. Currently, it (mobile workshops) is 46. These mobile workshops will cater to customers at their respective place itself instead of customers travelling long distances”, he said. Sawhney was speaking to reporters after launching the companys premium Sports Utility Vehicle CAPTUR here. Elaborating, he said, if a customer is staying 70 km away from Chennai and if there is no service centre nearby, he can download the “My Renault App” available in Android and iOS platforms and book an appointment to get the vehicle serviced. “Through the booking, engineers will come to the place of customer and service the vehicle”, he said. To a query on sales, Sawhney said he was confident that the company would clock more than one lakh units this year. “Last year, we sold more than one lakh units. This year also we will be crossing over one lakh (units)”, he said. On when the new CAPTUR would hit the roads, he said it was expected to be commercially launched by end of this month or by the first week of November. “Our plant capacity is flexible and we can change the production according to the demand. Current capacity utilisation is about 65 per cent”, he said. Currently, Renault sells popular hatchback KWID, SUV Duster and Multi Purpose Vehicle Lodgy. The company, in association with Nissan, has a manufacturing facility at Oragadam near Chennai with an installed capacity of producing 4.80 lakh units. PTI VIJ APR APRadvertisement
Manchester City Aguero unhappy with life under Guardiola at Man City Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero It took a personal intervention from Blues chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak to resolve the same issue earlier this year, but the striker is unhappy again Sergio Aguero is once again discontent with life under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Goal has learned.Sources close to Aguero have made it clear that he believes Guardiola is treating him unfairly, and that the Catalan will ultimately force him out of the club.Aguero, who became City’s all-time leading scorer this season, feels his past achievements and his efforts to adapt his game over the past year are being taken for granted, and he believes the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is using any opportunity possible to force him towards the exit door. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Those close to Guardiola insist he has no issue with Aguero, and insist the Argentine is prone to mood swings when left out of the side, as many strikers are.Indeed, part of the reason City will not try to sign Alexis Sanchez in January is because Guardiola is happy with the efforts of Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the No.9 role.However, it remains the case that Aguero is convinced he is being pushed out.It is a repeat of the situation which bubbled away behind closed doors for much of last season, one which had seemingly been resolved.Around 12 months Aguero began to feel he was being marginalised by Guardiola, who constantly demanded changes in his game, and the striker’s mood darkened when he lost his place to Brazil youngster Jesus at the start of 2017.In a rare post-match interview in February, and an ever rarer public show of displeasure, Aguero suggested the club would have to decide whether they wanted him to remain at the Etihad Stadium or not, and that he would sit down with club chiefs during the summer.The crucial element to Aguero’s rediscovered sense of annoyance is that he had been assured during pre-season that things would change.Goal can reveal that the striker spoke with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in Los Angeles.During that conversation, Al Mubarak asked Aguero to remain at the club, and assured him that issues between him with Guardiola, which are well known behind the scenes, would be resolved.Aguero, bouyed by that conversation, was pleased to learn that he would not be sold, and it is understood that a move away has not been considered since that moment.The 29-year-old has appeared to have improved as a player as a result of Guardiola’s demands, and it was believed that he had managed to put his disappointment behind him.But in recent weeks he has come to the conclusion that things have not changed, and he is once again concerned about his future, as he is said to realise that for all his popularity at the club, Guardiola would always get his way if he does indeed want a change up front.City’s owners had asked Guardiola to keep Joe Hart during the summer of 2016, but the Catalan put his foot down and insisted the England goalkeeper be sold after he had refused to adapt his playing style.A change in goal was fundamental to Guardiola’s entire approach, and is not wholly similar to Aguero’s current situation, but it serves as an example of the Catalan’s power behind the scenes.Aguero has been left perplexed by the decision to leave him out of the Manchester derby earlier in December, and he made his displeasure clear after being substituted in the 55th minute of the win against Tottenham. He is also said to have wanted to be involved in the Carabao Cup tie at Leicester City this week, when he was one of several first-team players to be given the night off.Other examples from earlier in the season include Guardiola’s fury at Aguero for attending a concert in Amsterdam in the build-up to City’s game at Chelsea in September. Guardiola publicly insisted he had no problem with Aguero’s activities on his day off, but in private he was angry about what he saw as a reckless trip.Aguero was involved in a car accident on his way from the concert to the airport, and although he made a speedy recovery from the rib injury he sustained, the forward believes Guardiola left him on the bench for several matches as a form of punishment.Supporters will point to the fact that the Argentine celebrated the recent wins against United and Spurs enthusiastically, and indeed hugged Guardiola on the touchline at Old Trafford.Sources close to him stress he is delighted with the club’s current performances and league position, as well as his relationship with his team-mates and the treatment he receives from other high-profile City officials.His sole problem lies with what he perceives as Guardiola’s poor treatment of him. It is said to be a similar situation to that of Claudio Bravo, who is happy with life in Manchester but has a frosty relationship with the Catalan.Aguero is said to be committed to working hard at his game and contributing to the team whenever called upon, as it appeared he had in the final months of last season.But there is also considerable consternation among those close to Aguero that Guardiola has consistently put the ball in the Argentine’s court, with statements such as “When Sergio decides to leave Manchester City, it will be his decision.”Aguero believes that the only reason his future is up for discussion at all is because his coach has undervalued him. He is also extremely reluctant to speak publicly about his feelings, and he believes the Catalan has taken advantage of that situation to suggest that it is Aguero himself who would be the driving force behind any transfer.Sources close to Guardiola’s coaching staff do indeed stress that the striker will be happier once he gets a consistent run in the side, that they have no concern over his commitment and that his current feelings merely amount to a storm in a tea cup.But given it required the City chairman to personally intervene and smooth over the issue during the summer, it remains to be seen how a solution will be found this time. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Berizzo sacked as Sevilla coach weeks after cancer surgery Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 03:38 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Sevilla Primera División The La Liga side have taken the decision to relieve Eduardo Berizzo of his duties following an unimpressive start to the season Eduardo Berizzo has been sacked as Sevilla coach.The former Celta Vigo boss was appointed in June following Jorge Sampaoli’s decision to leave and take up the reins of Argentina’s national team.Expectations were high at the start of the season after the squad received an estimated €65 million of investment, but Berizzo struggled to implement a style or impose an identity on the team, and a board meeting on Friday confirmed the former River Plate defender’s fate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A statement shortly after the conclusion of the meeting read: “The Board of Directors of Sevilla FC, who met this Friday, December 22, has taken the decision to dismiss the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, due to the team’s bad run.”El #SevillaFC destituye a Eduardo Berizzohttps://t.co/T8qyISYcLv pic.twitter.com/M5VflLRyGK— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) December 22, 2017Although Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad was their fourth successive match without a win across all competitions, Sevilla still sit fifth in La Liga and have qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League.And it was in Europe that arguably Berizzo’s best moment as Sevilla coach came, as he saw his side fight back from 3-0 down at half-time to draw 3-3 with Liverpool at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – Guido Pizarro getting the last-minute equaliser.It was after the match that news broke of Berizzo suffering from prostate cancer, the club and players subsequently rallying around him with public messages of support.He underwent successful surgery at the start of December and returned to the dugout to a huge ovation for Levante’s visit last Friday, but Sevilla were held to an underwhelming 0-0 draw.On top of disjointed performances and unimpressive results, there have also been reports of tension between Berizzo and some members of the playing staff, most notably Steven N’Zonzi, who is said to have left the stadium at half-time in the Liverpool draw after being criticised by the coach.Sevilla also confirmed that they have already started discussions in an attempt to hire Berizzo’s successor, with Javi Gracia, Luis Enrique and Laurent Blanc thought to be among the favourites.Their statement concluded: “Sevilla FC reports that we have already begun talks to formalise the hiring of the new coach, who is expected to join with the return of the staff after the Christmas holidays.”Sevilla are in action in a Copa del Rey trip to Cadiz on January 3, with their next La Liga outing coming three days later against bitter local rivals Real Betis.
Juventus move to trump Bayern Munich for Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have moved to trump Bayern Munich for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Mirror says the Italians are also hoping to launch a last-minute raid for Chelsea wonderkid Hudson-Odoi , to try to steal him from under the noses of the German giants.Juventus have held talks with Hudson-Odoi’s representatives, but the 18-year-old Chelsea starlet is believed to favour Bayern amid his contract stand-off at Stamford Bridge. Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Red Bull Leipzig are also keen.Hudson-Odoi has seen England age-groups star Jadon Sancho’s success since joining Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, which has left him believing Bayern and the Bundesliga would be a good switch. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Aether Apparel has been pushing out technical, functional, and comfortable gear since 2009. After eight years of providing durable clothing, the Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand is opening its fifth location in New York City (making this the second outpost in Manhattan).Accommodating the outdoorsmen who happen to be city dwellers, Aether (pronounced “e-ther”) Apparel takes pride in providing high-quality protection from the elements while still keeping its foot in the fashion-forward, design-appreciative world of a big city. Founders Jonah Smith and Palmer West have given us everything from robust, breathable motorcycle jackets to the cold-staving Trosmo jacket among a ton of awesome essentials, including shirts, pants, sweaters, outerwear, base layers, swim shorts, and travel bags. Aether Apparel is hoping to bring their passion for the outdoors to even more “city dwellers,” just like them.Although the 1,000-square-foot store is only a temporary pop-up shop — open now through January 31, 2018 — the collaborative effort with Paris-based designer Theirry Gaugain offers a unique and sought-after retail experience. The store’s transportable concept, which can easily relocate to another city, stems from the Aether Apparel aesthetic: the perfect blend of minimalism and manliness.With that being said, we highly suggest stopping by at your earliest convince to stock up on some sleek workaday gear. Interested customers will be able to shop the FW17 Collection, which features the high-powered heat retaining Highline jacket, as well as a select pieces of the brand’s core styles.The new outpost, which opened four years after the first Manhattan location, is located at 1082 Madison Ave. between 81st and 82nd Streets and is now open to the public. You can also find Aether Apparel in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Aspen, Colorado.Images courtesy of AETHER Apparel. Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Editors’ Recommendations Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful
Diaspora communities in England are collaborating with vendors of the Harbour Street Craft & Cultural Village in Montego Bay to showcase the best Jamaican cultural products.The event, dubbed ‘Diaspora Connect Fest’, will be held on Saturday, July 8, in the Village under the theme ‘Bringing Neighbourhoods and Cultural Villages Together’.Among the activities are demonstrations on how to: blow glass, use the potter’s wheel, carve wood and stone, and paint in acrylic and water.Persons will also learn the fine art of drumming and to jerk chicken, pork, fish and vegetables. A number of Jamaica’s traditional herbal remedies will also be displayed at the event.Scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., the one-day event will kick-start with a Jamaica 55 Diaspora Domino Challenge, ‘Jamaica versus England’. Later, at about noon, the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, is expected to address the gathering.Global Diaspora Director of Country Style Community Tourism Network, Rudi Page, told JIS News that the event was created to showcase the talents of Jamaicans, and, at the same time, get the diaspora to support the event while they are home for the summer holidays and to attend the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference.The Conference is slated for July 23-26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Mr. Page said it is also important to promote the products in the international market.“We will be taking the best products, made in Jamaica, put them on a technology platform and they will be advertised to the diaspora groups that we are working with, so we have got a commitment, as well, to put the products on the platform,” he said.Mr. Page, who is also Chief Executive Officer of Trade and Services Programme Jamaica (TSPJ), said that small enterprises in Jamaica are in need of international business support, noting that a supply chain collaboration, market access and market intelligence are three difficult areas for small businesses.“So, we are developing those pathways between the diaspora and Jamaica, whether it be from the UK, from the USA or Canada. We are still in early days, so we are weighing the potential opportunities,” he added.The Global Diaspora Director said a bigger event is being planned for next year, under the theme ‘Welcome Home’.“We expect to be working across all the parishes in one way or the other, so this first event is very much to prove the concept,” he said.Diaspora Connect Fest was launched in London by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan.
DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for replacement until Thursday, Nov. 15. Detour signs in place. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Abrams River Bridge, Trunk 3 Abrams River Bridge on Trunk 3, about one kilometre west of Eel Lake Road, will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Detour signs are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118, northbound between Exit 13 and Exit 14, is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Thursday, Nov. 15. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 is closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 26. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bass River – Edgewood Road Edgewood Road to Trunk 2, Bass River, is reduced to one lane for brush cutting and road patching until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wyman Road, Chebogue Wyman Road, Chebogue, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. -30- QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, near Liverpool, between Exit 18 and Exit 19, has alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Oct. 22. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Saturday, Dec. 1. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting is taking place twice a day, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Highway 103 between exits 5 and 5A. Traffic will be stopped in both directions while blasting is occurring. Traffic may be stopped for periods of 20 minutes. Expect delays and proceed with caution. Blasting will be ongoing until mid-December. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crescent Beach Road Crescent Beach Road, from Route 311 to LaHave Islands Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge The Seal Island Bridge is undergoing a detailed inspection that requires lane closures and, at times, short-term closures. Motorists should expect delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. until the end of November. Traffic control is in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore Road, from Trunk 3 easterly for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consist of stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, from Trunk 12 to Wake Up Hill Road, will have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Thursday, Nov. 15.
MONTREAL — A Quebec think tank says the province’s plan to cut immigration levels is misguided and will not accomplish its intended goal of better integrating newcomers.The Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-economiques published a study today concluding from publicly available data that immigrants are faring better in Quebec than the government claims.Researcher Julia Posca says the employment rate among immigrants has risen steadily over the past decade, and almost 60 per cent of immigrants who arrive in Quebec are fluent in French.While Posca says the employment rate for immigrants still lags behind that of the general population, part of that is attributable to how the province recognizes newcomers’ work and education experience.The institute says it is in favour of maintaining 50,000 as the number of immigrants accepted annually by the province, citing the province’s aging population as one factor. The government plans to reduce immigration to about 40,000 this year.Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled Bill 9 in February, which lays down a legal framework that would overhaul the system for selecting newcomers to the province and allow it to be more selective.Jolin-Barrette said at the time the new approach would better match applicants to the needs of the labour market and ensure immigrants speak French and respect Quebec values.A spokesman for Jolin-Barrette says the government is acting on a clear mandate given to it on Oct. 1 when the Coalition Avenir Quebec was elected after campaigning on the issue.The Canadian Press
Mumbai: An elated Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri termed his team’s maiden Indian Super League victory against FC Goa as a “sweet one” especially after his side had faltered in the summit clash last season against Chennaiyin FC. Courtesy Rahul Bheke’s championship-winning header in the second extra time, Bengaluru defeated FC Goa 1-0 in an edge of a seat thriller last night here to win their maiden ISL title. Bengaluru had last year lost last year’s final to Chennaiyin FC Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Last year after the final, I said next year we’ll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this. We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it’s sweet to win this one. Asia, we are back,” Chhetri said at the post match media conference late Sunday night. Now by winning the ISL, Bengaluru FC will play in the AFC Asian Cup next year. Chhetri also said it was “commendable” that a player like Ferran Corominas, who bagged the Golden Boot award, did not get any chance against his team on all the three occasions when the two teams clashed. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The message from the coach was that we should try to attack but as soon as we lose the ball, we should fall back and defend and have numbers (at the back). For players like me, Miku and Udanta (Singh), it was not easy because we are attacking minded people,” Chhetri said. “I am happy we did it because Nishu (Kumar) and (Harmanjot) Khabra got that security when Udanta and I traced back. It is commendable that a player like Coro (Corominas) did not get open chances against us in three games,” he said. “Last year, we conceded off set pieces and we were dominant until those two goal, so we were sure on not letting it happen today,” he added. Asked where he would rate this win, Chhetri quipped, Top-two. Number 2.” The winning coach Carles Cuadrat said that the team was trying not to take the game to the penalties as then it can be anybody’s game. “We were trying not to get into tie-breaker as it then becomes a lottery a lot of times. We are happy that one ball in the box gave us the victory. This is the seventh goal done by a set-piece and it shows how important set pieces are in the game, Cuadrat said. Meanwhile, FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera termed Ahmed Jahouh being sent off the field after earning a red card as the key moment of the match. “The key moment was when were reduced to 10-men in the first half of extra time. It was a very tight game was going to be a matter of small details and the sending off was a big handicap for us,” Lobera said. Despite the loss, the FC Goa head coach said he was proud of his players. “Till today, we were focused today only on this game (the final). From tomorrow onwards, we will start working towards the (upcoming) Super Cup. I said to my players in the dressing room that I am proud of them and (what) they have done in the season.”
The world body will mark its first-ever “UN Public Service Day” on Monday at its Headquarters in New York, in an effort to recognize that democracy and good governance are based on a competent civil service. The Day will be inaugurated when public service awards will be announced for 14 government agencies or departments from around the world. “The Day recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service,” said Guido Bertucci, Director of the UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).”The ability of a society to maintain safety and essential public services, protect human rights, maintain an efficient framework for market activities and to hold free and fair elections draws on the skills and sense of purpose of public servants working as a team,” he said, adding that without an effective civil administration, democracy and prosperity are virtually unattainable.
by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 9:48 am MDT Wynne says no final decision yet on asset sales, including Hydro One AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s premier and energy minister are not ruling out selling shares — even a majority stake — in Hydro One.Premier Kathleen Wynne did not dispute a Globe and Mail report Tuesday that her government is planning to put up 10 to 15 per cent of the Crown corporation in an initial public offering, but said no final decision has yet been made.A panel chaired by Ed Clark of TD Bank Group is looking at possible sales of Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation and the Liquor Control Board.Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said “several options and permutations and combinations” are on the table for Hydro One. He was asked repeatedly if that included selling a majority stake, but he would not rule it out.“The province will have a significant ownership interest in it,” he said. “We’re going to be very careful with respect to ensuring that ratepayers’ interests are protected and no determination has been made yet in terms of control or extent of control at this particular point in time.”Wynne said whatever her government decides to do following the panel’s recommendations, it will control prices and make sure that regulatory regimes that protect Ontarians stay in place. What she will not do, she said, is divest an asset like Highway 407 “that was a huge value and then not make it work for the people of the province.”“The reason for doing the asset review is to leverage dollars to invest every cent in transit, transportation infrastructure (and) infrastructure across the province,” Wynne said Tuesday.Clark’s recommendations are expected to come this spring. In an interim report the panel concluded all three should remain in public hands, but said Hydro One should get out of the local distribution business and focus on its core transmission business.Doing so would bring in up to $3 billion in private investment, and help facilitate consolidation in an “unnecessarily cluttered and fragmented” system of more than 70 local distributors, Clark has said.The energy ministry said whatever decision is made on Hydro One, the government would “always retain an important ownership stake” in such a “vital and strategic” asset. Hydro rates would continue to be set by the Ontario Energy Board, the ministry said.NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns was skeptical, saying he believes costs for customers would increase.“If you privatize the system your hydro bill has to include profits for those private companies,” he said. “In the past we’ve run hydro on a non-profit basis. The cost that people paid was the cost of making electricity and distributing it.”Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli said he didn’t believe money generated from asset sales would go toward infrastructure. Rather, he believes, it will be used to help eliminate the province’s $12.5-billion deficit, which it has said it plans to do by 2017-18.“What the Liberal government is doing is taking this one-time revenue and using it to balance the budget,” he said. “That’s the problem. They’re not using it for one-time expenses.”
“The authorities must prioritize urgent measures to guarantee better access to justice and to rebuild the population’s trust in the institutions,” said Mónica Pinto at the end of her first official visit to the country. “Serious dysfunctions in the justice system and material deficiencies “create a fertile ground for independence, corruption and impunity to grow.”Ms. Pinto exhorted the Government of Guinea-Bissau to support and dignify the work of judges and prosecutors, as well as to recognize the central role that lawyers play in the judicial system, the exercise of democracy and the strengthening of the rule of law. Ms. Pinto will formulate recommendations in the report she will present in June 2016 before the Human Rights Council. Summing up her observations to the West African nation, the rapporteur said “several interlocutors noted that the situation of justice is sad, terrible – in line with the country’s situation.”Guinea-Bissau is among the 20 poorest countries of the world, and the United Nation’s involvement in peace-building in Guinea-Bissau dates back to 1999. The country plunged into political turbulence earlier this year, barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order. “Nonetheless,” the Special Rapporteur said “the population considered as positive the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice that declared unconstitutional the appointment of a new Prime Minister in August of this year.”“Many in Guinea-Bissau, as well as in the international community, received this decision as an assertion of the independence of the Court,” she said. “This ruling revived the credibility of the justice system.”But Ms. Pinto said she observed multiple and grave deficiencies in the justice system.“Justice does not reach the people; it is concentrated in the capital and a few cities in the countryside,” she said. “In the rest of the country, access to justice – a requisite necessary to exercise one’s rights – is illusory: there are no judges, no prosecutors, and no lawyers.” The Special Rapporteur stated that the absence of courts in most parts of the country and the already mentioned high fees lead people to reach out to “traditional justice” mechanisms, which mediate between parties to solve conflicts, but without necessarily considering positive national and international law.“For the population to regain trust in the independence of justice, it is crucial that the actors of this system be able to act efficiently,” she said.Ms. Pinto took up her functions as UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on 1 August 2015. In that capacity, she works on a voluntary basis, is not UN staff and does not receive a salary for their work. He work is independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
TWO BODIES HAVE been found in the search for two Dublin men who had been missing for more than a month.The bodies were found at 4.30pm today on a small island in Louth Sheelin, a lake on the border between Cavan and Meath. The bodies are believed to be those of the two missing men but the degradation of the bodies has made it impossible to make a positive identification at present.The scene has been sealed off for a forensic and technical examination and the State Pathologist has been notified.Gardaí had been searching for two missing Dublin men for more than four weeks.Eoin O’Connor and Anthony Keegan from Coolock in Dublin were last seen on 22 April. A major search operation got underway after their families raised concerns about their safety.The car in which they were believed to be travelling was discovered beside a lake in Westmeath four days after they went missing.Reports at the time suggested that the men’s disappearance may have been connected to a major crime gang and the recovery of a drug debt.This evening, gardaí appealed for anyone with information – particularly those from the boating community on Lough Sheelin or anyone who may have been on the Lough between 22 April and 26 May – to contact Kells Garda Station on 0469280820, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.- With additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Car of two missing men found beside Lough Owel near Mullingar >
Childhood today is filled with more electronic devices than ever before, yet electricity continues to be as dangerous as ever. The best thing adults can do is educate children of all ages about electrical dangers and take the time to minimize potential hazards.“The most dangerous things about electricity are that you can’t see it, there’s no sound, no smell — really nothing to warn you when it’s on,” said Tommy Jensen, Clark Public Utilities safety and environmental manager. “It’s important to teach children how to recognize the risks and proactively avoid them.”Now that the warm weather has finally arrived and summer vacation is right around the corner, kids are going to be spending lots of time outside. In light of that, make it a point to take them outside and teach them about the many dangers of overhead wires.No one should ever touch a fallen wire by hand, with a tree branch, or anything else. Clark Public Utilities is one of several utilities that suspends lines above ground, but only a trained professional can tell if it’s an active electric wire or some other wire.If you’ve got a climber in your life, be sure to teach them to stay out of trees growing near power lines. The line could have been damaged by a squirrel or something else, causing the live wire to be exposed. If a child then brushes against it, the results could be catastrophic.
Walking across the battlefield amid the whir of tank treads and churning engines, Pat Buczkowski spun his finger in the air and yelled to his two compatriots.“Fire up the Tamiya,” he told them, moving over to the command tent. “We’re ready to go.”Buczkowski had a bit of a Godzilla city-destroying look as he stood over the one-sixteenth scale models of three tanks, two Pershing and one Russian, made from kits put out by Tamiya Corp.So did his fellow tank-battlers Don MacDonald and Darryl Usher, part of the Estacada Armored Corp. model tank club, who were set up and rolling across a mock battlefield outside of the Veterans Museum on Saturday.The tiny tanks and display were part of an effort to spread the word about the museum, which opened in 2011 at 1601 East Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 1918, on the Portland VA Medical Center campus in Vancouver.Bill Hill, a volunteer who manages the museum, said he hopes to do many similar events at the site with remote control tanks, airplanes and watercraft over the summer.
Gasoline prices are continuing their long slide in Vancouver and across the Northwest, AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday.The average price for regular unleased gasoline in Vancouver was $3.02 per gallon , down from $3.09 a week ago and $3.51 a month ago, AAA reported. And for the fourth consecutive week, Washington and Oregon drivers are enjoying the largest monthly drop in gas prices in the country. Washington’s average gasoline price dropped by 44 cents for the month and 5 cents for the week. The state average is now $3.10 per gallon. Oregon’s average gasoline price dropped by 47 cents for the month and five cents for the week, and is now $3.07 a gallon.The national average for regular unleaded, down four cents for the week, is $2.93 a gallon, AAA said.
Legislators in Juneau are hearing some hard numbers this week on how difficult things have gotten for state prosecutors.Listen nowAlaska has had upward trends in recent years with violent crime, like murder and assault, and property crime, like vehicle theft and burglary. At the same time, the Department of Law’s Criminal Division has been hit with deep budget cuts.Now, prosecutors are making the case for rebuilding their capacity so they can hold more criminal offenders accountable.According to the Department of Law, district attorneys have had to prioritize going after violent felonies ahead of any other cases, including non-violent felonies and misdemeanors.“The offenses are still occurring, the crimes are still occurring,” Deputy Attorney General Rob Henderson said. “We do not have the resources to prosecute all the offenses that come in the door, and so we have to prioritize.”Simply put, some offenders are not being held accountable. It makes sense: Prosecutors are going to focus on putting murderers behind bars ahead of car thieves.But that means some cases are not prosecuted at all, or the criminal charges are resolved in other ways, like plea agreements, which are easier to deal with but sometimes come with lighter sentences.“When we resolve a case, it is a very hard conversation to have with a victim of any type of crime, no matter what the crime is, but any victim, that you’re unable to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law because you don’t have the resources to do it,” Henderson said.To fix this, Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Legislature for more than about $1.2 million to add five state prosecutors. Two would be based in Anchorage, and there would be one each added to the district attorneys offices in Bethel and Kotzebue. The plan would also add support staff.Another position is a statewide drug prosecutor, already funded under last year’s budget. Longtime Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Katholyn Runnels has been hired to fill that role and started this week, focusing on large-scale drug dealers fueling Alaska’s opioid epidemic.Runnels said she will be targeting the traffickers who bring drugs to Alaska.“We’re seeing a spike in different crimes, and a lot of that leads back to the drugs that are being brought into the state, you sort of see this ripple effect in that crimes across the board tend to go up,” Runnels said. “Theft crimes, burglaries, vehicle thefts, shooting violence, are all connected to drugs.”But while prosecutors try to keep pace with rising crime, so has the Public Defender Agency, which represents people charged with crimes who can’t afford private defense attorneys.State Public Defender Quinlan Steiner said lawyers in his office are already struggling with their own heavy caseloads. If more prosecutors means more charges filed, and there are still the same number of public attorneys available, Steiner said that, too, is a problem.“It will certainly create a bottleneck, as we are unable to meet with clients and assist them in their cases in a timely manner. And we’re starting to see that now,” Steiner said.The governor has requested more funding for the Public Defender Agency along with the additional prosecutor positions. But it remains to be seen what the Legislature includes as it crafts its state operating budget.