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Mehbooba advises restraint in Valley

first_imgChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday asked the security forces to “avoid collateral damage” during anti-militancy operations in J&K. She also urged the security forces to hold special counselling sessions for the youth in the State to “allay their apprehensions and misgivings about the system.”Chairing a meeting of Unified Headquarters, a body represented by all security wings active in the State, in Srinagar’s SKICC, Ms. Mufti called for “improving the public-security force interface”. Bettering tiesMs. Mufti’s thrust to improve public-security forces’ relations come in the wake of viral videos showing security personnel involved in rights violations against students and civilians in Kashmir, especially during the bypolls in Srinagar.She said counselling sessions “will help in allaying apprehensions and misgivings about the system among youth… It would also give the security agencies a chance to reach out to people through community policing,” she added.Back in Srinagar after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, the Chief Minister also directed the security agencies “to exercise restraint while dealing with provocative situations and avoid as well as minimize all collateral damage while conducting operations” against militants.“Wherever restraint was exercised, it helped in maintaining peace and order. The youth unfortunately is caught in the cycle of misinformation. They ought to be won over with a healing touch,” said Ms. Mufti.She said that parents of youth be taken into confidence in case of any complaint. On the spate of cow vigilantism in Jammu, Ms. Mufti asked the security agencies to ensure that inter-community harmony among various sections of society.“Culprits be brought to justice if found spreading hatred against a section of society,” she said.The J&K government on Tuesday decided to suspend the classes work at Government Girls Higher Secondary School (HSS), Kothi Bagh and Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School, near here, on April 26.last_img read more

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Treatment for strained back

first_imgRest on a firm surface for several hours to treat and alleviate symptoms of a strained back. Anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) can help, and stretching and strengthening of the back muscles is important to avoid another back injury.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img

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Mitchell Scores Career-High 46 to Lead Jazz Past Bucks

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell plays best when he feels free and just lets his instincts take over.Down 17 in the 4th quarter to the NBA’s best team Saturday night, Mitchell turned to his Jazz teammates and said: “We’ve got nothing to lose now. Let’s go!”Mitchell scored a career-high 46 points and led Utah back from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 115-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.“You take certain risks that maybe you don’t take when you are up 17. But we made the right plays and we got stops,” said Mitchell, who said it was probably his best regular-season game of his NBA career.Mitchell scored 17 in the final 8:10, including a 28-foot jumper with 43.7 seconds left to put Utah up 111-105. Mitchell could have made the game a bit less suspenseful, but missed two free throws with a three-point lead with 12.7 seconds left. He came back and made two foul shots with 8.6 seconds remaining.“My teammates were saying, ‘We need you for these two free throws. Forget about what happened,’” Mitchell said. “When you have your teammates backing you like that, you feel confident.”But Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had been brilliant all night and had 43 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes, also missed three free throws in the final 10 seconds.“Down the stretch they were making shots and we just couldn’t get a stop,” Antetokounmpo said. “That was playoff basketball.”On a night during which Rudy Gobert was ineffective, Derrick Favors had 23 points and tied a career best with 18 rebounds.“He was the real MVP of the game,” Mitchell said.Joe Ingles had 14 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who won their fourth straight.Khris Middleton scored 29 points and Brook Lopez had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Bucks, whose seven-game winning streak was snapped on the second night of a back-to-back.In an incredible game of runs, the Jazz made the plays down the stretch to outlast the team with the best record in the league. Utah has won 17 consecutive games against the Bucks at home.While Antetokounmpo sat in the fourth quarter, the Jazz went on 17-2 run on the strength of Mitchell’s drives to the basket. It was back and forth the rest of the way.Antetokounmpo relished going against Gobert, the reigning defensive player of the year, in space but also often initiated the offense and played the ballhandler role on the pick-and-roll.“He kicked my (butt),” Gobert said.Antetokounmpo scored or assisted on the first 15 points of a 17-2 spurt as the Bucks extended a 73-71 lead to a 90-73 advantage.Malcolm Brogdon was out with plantar fasciitis and Eric Bledsoe was a late scratch because of a bad back, so Antetokounmpo started at point guard even though he was originally being listed as questionable with right foot soreness.Antetokounmpo powered a 23-4 run bridging the second and third quarters to put the Bucks back in front, 64-57. Time after time, the Greek big man bullied Utah’s vaunted front line as he drove the lane and finished at the rim.Facing one of the tallest lineups in NBA history with the five Bucks averaging more than 6-foot-10, the Jazz fell behind 11-0 and didn’t score until Mitchell hit a pair of free throws with 8:41 left in the first quarter. Lopez had six blocked shots in the first six minutes of the contest as the Bucks led by as many as 14.“They were attacking the rim really hard and we did a great job of protecting the paint,” Lopez said.Utah led 53-46 lead at halftime.Antetokounmpo played without restriction at Los Angeles on Friday after sitting out with right knee soreness on Monday at Chicago and being limited to 24 minutes on Wednesday at Sacramento.PLAYING PRIME TIMEFavors has been working back from a knee injury more than two years ago and finally feels like himself again. “It’s been a long road just getting my body back and making sure my knee’s stronger so I can do that (big dunks in traffic) again,” Favors said. “It feels great to that again.”Favors starts but rarely finishes games. This time around, he was on the court at the end and tried to just stay focused as Mitchell was mesmerizing down the stretch.“Once he starts making shots like that, all the attention goes to him so you get open. … You’ve just got to be ready, keeps your hands open and be ready to take that shot,” said Favors, who made all five attempts and had 13 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSBucks: Tony Snell appeared to hurt his shoulder badly on a nasty fall in the first half. He punched a chair and kicked a sign in frustration on his way to the locker room, but then returned to the court before halftime. … The Bucks shot just 38.5 percent on 3s and 2s.Jazz: Former Jazz greats Darrell Griffith, Mark Eaton and Mehmet Okur all attended the game … Raul Neto missed the game with a tight hamstring. … Utah scored 24 points off 15 Milwaukee turnovers.UP NEXTBucks: Visit Phoenix on Monday.Jazz: Host New Orleans on Monday.By MATTHEW COLES , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Virat Kohli enjoys meal with wife Anushka Sharma in London

first_imgVirat Kohli is not just busy preparing for a five-match Test series against England but he makes sure he also enjoys his free time.Kohli is an active social media user and on Friday night posted a picture with wife Anushka Sharma as the darling couple enjoyed a meal together.Kohli captioned the beautiful picture, “Meal with the bestest!”The India skipper was recently spotted on the streets with Dhawan’s family.Meal with the bestest! pic.twitter.com/4UwGbHxIyEVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) 20 July 2018Dhawan, his wife and kids went out for a stroll in the streets with Kohli and his wife Anushka. India, on a tour of the United Kingdom, have so far played two T20I series (vs Ireland and England) and an ODI series against England.Just strolling around the street with these two strangers pic.twitter.com/TlEOFqFzR5Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 19, 2018While India comprehensively won both T20I series, they lost the three-match ODI series. Kohli was the only bright spark in India’s batting line-up, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer. Dhawan was not at his best and the middle-order continued to disappoint with the likes of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni unable to fire.However, two days after their eight-wicket defeat at Leeds, Dhawan and Kohli were out with their families to enjoy the sights and sounds of England. The Indian team does not believe in fretting over defeats. In South Africa, after going down 1-2 in the Test series, the players bounced back to win the ODI and T20I series against a weakened Proteas side.advertisementOn Wednesday, India announced an 18-member squad for the first three Tests of a five-match series starting August 1. Besides Dhawan and Kohli, the likes of KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik and Umesh Yadav will soon join up with the Test specialists.But before the grind begins, India’s two batting giants decided to enjoy some quiet family time. Dhawan’s wife Ayesha and their kids, Kohli and Anushka walked the streets, something that is impossible for them to do in India.pic.twitter.com/a4M8Zsatp8Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 19 July 2018Kohli and Anushka have earlier been spotted going out for walks and coffee on the tour of England. The couple were also seen shopping at a mall.A few days back, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kohli and Anushka made the most of some off time for the Indian team on their tour of England. Rahul posted a photo of the group enjoying a train journey.Day out with my beauty! @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/ksurAb0VQHVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) 10 July 2018Rahul was in spectacular form in the 2018 IPL for Kings XI Punjab and he was subsequently picked for the tour of Ireland and England. He made a cracking half-century in the second T20I against Ireland before hammering his second T20I hundred against England.The stylish Bangalore batsman recently revealed how Kohli and Anushka helped him after a disappointing Test debut in Australia back in 2014.Rahul revealed on talk show Open House with Renil, how he was disappointed and depressed with his performance and how Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma came to his aid.last_img read more

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IOWA SENATE PICKS NEW LEADERSHIP

first_imgThe new Republican-controlled Iowa Senate has selected leaders for the next two years.Senators met privately Friday at the Iowa Capitol and selected Bill Dix as majority leader and Jack Whitver as president.The selections will be official in January when the legislative session begins.The Senate has been controlled by Democrats since 2007, while since 2011 the Republicans have held a majority in the House.Republicans flipped six Senate seats in Tuesday’s election and now have a 29-19 majority. There is one independent and one open seat.Dix, of Shell Rock, replaces Mike Gronstal. The Council Bluffs Democrat was majority leader for the past decade and lost his re-election race on Tuesday.Whitver, of Ankeny, replaces Sen. Pam Jochum. The Dubuque Democrat will remain in the chamber.last_img read more

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Garry Monk will draw on Leeds experience to heal Birmingham

first_img“I’ve been in the deep end quite a few times,” he said. “I don’t need armbands right now. It will never be harder than when I first went into management – it doesn’t come much more in the deep end than that. I think I have gained a lot of experience, even though I am very early on in my managerial career.”Monk resigned from Leeds last summer, having finished seventh, after failing to agree a new contract with the then new owner Andrea Radrizzani. He was appointed by Middlesbrough in June but sacked hours after victory against Sheffield Wednesday in late December. “It was a surprise at the time, especially given the internal talks we were having,” Monk said. “But that time is done, there is no bitterness from my side of things towards anything.“I had a good experience at Leeds recently, with the same situation; taking a fractured club that is very disconnected across all the boards. We managed to pull it into a situation where everything was connected, the fans were right behind the team and there was a connection between the terraces and the team and the team and the terraces. I’ve seen at big clubs, when the terraces are connected with the club, it can be ferocious for away teams.”Asked whether his season at Elland Road gave him the belief that he could turn around the fortunes of a club two points from safety after five successive defeats, Monk replied: “Yes. You have to believe in yourself, and from that experience as well. I am not naive and I understand the reality of it. But I truly believe that with the capabilities of that squad, with the work we can do, we can put them in a better place. Going forward, speaking to the owners, I can see the ambition in their eyes. I judge it on that, not other peoples’ opinions and I can see there is an ambition to make something good.”Monk, who batted away a question about whether there was a break clause in his contract in the event of relegation, is finalising his backroom staff but is reunited with his former assistant Pep Clotet. The Spaniard was part of his coaching team at Swansea and Leeds but not Middlesbrough after taking charge at Oxford United, who sacked him in January.“It is great to be back with Pep,” Monk said. “He brings a wealth of experience, he’s a very good coach and he will bring that to these players.” Chelsea walk into City’s jaws, Arsenal fall again and the Pulis connection – Football Weekly Topics Reuse this content Garry Monk has said he will use the experience from his time at Leeds United to galvanise Birmingham City after becoming the Championship club’s fifth manager inside 12 months. Monk, who turns 39 on Tuesday, joked that he did not require armbands after being tasked with saving Birmingham from dropping into the third tier for the first time since 1994, four years into his managerial career.After taking charge of his first training session, Monk, who has a three-and-a-half-year contract, was unveiled alongside Xuandong Ren, the chief executive officer, who politely declined to answer questions. Monk replaces Steve Cotterill, who was sacked on Saturday after defeat by Nottingham Forest. His first game will be at home on Tuesday against Middlesbrough, who relieved him of his duties in December, a meeting Monk described as “destiny”. The former Swansea City manager then returns to south Wales to face Cardiff City on Saturday. Birmingham City Share on Facebook Championship news Leeds United Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Listen Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Lampard, Solskjaer & club legends who managed the club they played for

first_imgOn July 4, Chelsea announced the return of Frank Lampard to Stamford Bridge as manager.Following the exit of Maurizio Sarri, who led the Blues to the Europa League, they turned to the ex-England midfielder, who turned out 648 times for the clubs and scored 211 goals, becoming a hero of the fans.His experience in the dugout may be limited to just one season in charge of Championship side Derby but he will at least have the complete loyalty of the supporters as he begins this new step in his career. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Here is a selection of other bosses who have returned to the sides where they forged their legends as players.last_img read more

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Alabama Releases Statement On SEC’s New Alcohol Policy

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last week, the Southeastern Conference officially lifted its ban on its schools selling alcohol during sporting events. Each school will now have the option regarding whether it wants to sell beer and wine at games.A number of schools have already weighed in on what they plan to do. Alabama, for the moment, will not be changing anything in regards to Bryant-Denny Stadium.Here’s what the school officially released:“This new policy allows each campus to decide what is right for them. These guidelines will be helpful as we move forward and have future conversations. We have one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country, and we don’t envision making changes at this time.” The Univ. of #Alabama’s statement on SEC’s alcohol policy: “We have one of the best game-day atmospheres in the country, and we don’t envision making changes at this time.”Translation: Don’t expect alcohol sales at any of #Alabama’s campus stadiums anytime in the near future. pic.twitter.com/BIxQXVhZ4m— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) May 31, 2019The wording does leave the door open though, eventually.To clarify, the league is only allowing beer and wine to be sold in “controlled spaces” – most likely boxes and other types of premium seating. There’s no timetable on opening that up to the rest of the fans at events.It’ll be interesting to see which schools hold out the longest.last_img read more

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Why You Need a Good Merino Wool Base Layer

first_img Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash When I was young, we went skiing regularly. We could afford to go skiing, but didn’t have the greatest gear. We’d go with school, with parents, with anyone that was going to the hill. Skiing was great fun, but we’d be shivering by the end of the day.Getting so cold your lips are blue is fine when you can just grab a hot chocolate in the lodge to warm up. Out snowshoeing in the winter or on a long backpacking trip, getting too cold could have more serious consequences.Base layers are the most important part of your outdoor clothing system. Yes, it sounds nerdy, but that system is made up of three layers: the outer shell for rain and snow protection, the middle insulation layer, and the-all important base layer on the inside. A Merino wool base layer is the best. Here’s why.What Does a Base Layer Do?Since it’s against your skin, your base layer needs to be comfortable and fit well. You’re going to be miserable if this layer itches and chafes.Base layers get sweaty. Sweaty things stink. Good base layers prevent the foul-smelling bacteria from growing, leaving your clothes smelling great. (You might still stink though.)Icebreaker/FacebookWhen you’re skiing or snowboarding hard, you’ll get warm; when you stop you’ll get cold. Wearing the right fabrics can keep you comfortable doing whether you’re moving or taking a break.The final, and possibly most important, job for base layers is to keep you dry. They need to move sweat and moisture off your skin so you stay comfortable.What is Merino Wool and Why Do I Need It?Now we can get into the meat (err, wool?) of this article. What is Merino wool, and why does it make such a good base layer?Merino wool comes from Merino sheep, usually out of New Zealand or Australia. Compared to regular wool, Merino has very thin strands, resulting in a softer feel. Because of the scales on the Merino fiber, and it’s ability to wick moisture, bacteria have a tough time growing on it. No bacteria, no stink.Merino fabric is full of small air pockets. These trap air and keep you warm. If you’re too warm, the fibers relax and release the trapped air, cooling things down. This process still happens when the Merino is wet, maintaining your overall warmth.Why buy more shirts than you need to? You can wash Merino less often because it takes longer to smell, causing less wear on the shirt and using less water and electricity in the process. Fewer shirts and underwear take up less space in your backpack or suitcase.Alternative MaterialsMerino wool isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. It’s more expensive and doesn’t last as long as synthetic base layers, and should only be hung to dry. So when you head out on your next trip, weigh the pros and cons of each type and choose your base layer. Ninety-percent of the time, I pick Merino.However, if you are going hard and Merino irritates your skin, then there are a few other fabrics to consider.Men’s Descender Long Sleeve Half Zip/IcebreakerFirst, the tried and true synthetic. A petroleum-based product, synthetic polyester blends are durable, cheap, and wick moisture very well. They can be stacked together with another layer to provide wicking as well as insulation all in one. The smell is the downside. And it doesn’t go away. Some synthetics come treated with an anti-bacterial coating that lasts a number of washes. Once it’s gone though, the stink creeps in.Bamboo and silk can be used as base layers as well. Both are anti-bacterial and regulate your temperature well. The downside is they’re hard to find.Finally, everyone’s favorite fabric: cotton. Cotton is cheap, durable, and feels great against your skin. The problem is that it absorbs so much water — 27 times it’s own weight in fact. That much water against your skin pulls the heat out of you, leaving you cold and wet. And that’s the last thing you want far away from civilization on a cold, wet trip.Our Favorite Merino Wool Base LayersFor the most comfortable Merino base layers check out Icebreaker BodyFitZone line with strategically placed vents to let heat out when you need to. Smartwool also has great options everything from socks up to insulated jackets filled with Merino.On the synthetic side, Patagonia Capilene and Helly Hansen Lifa are some of the best performing out there.With these Merino wool base layers, you’ll look good on the hill (and smell good too). An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guidelast_img read more

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Libraries fight digital divide by loaning internet access via WiFi hotspots

first_imgTORONTO – Two years after running a pilot project to assess whether there was a demand for letting library users “borrow” internet access, the Toronto Public Library has decided the answer is a resounding yes.The library recently expanded the project five-fold from its modest beginnings, with up to 1,000 library users and their families now getting free, unlimited access to the internet at their homes for six months via a Wi-Fi hotspot.Toronto is one of a number of cities across Canada where library systems have embraced the trend of providing short-term internet access for users, with Wi-Fi hotspot loan periods ranging from a couple of weeks to half a year.While some libraries lend the devices out to anyone who requests one — some want a hotspot to get online during long drives, trips to the cottage or other areas where a user has limited or no access to an internet connection — others have invested in the devices to help address the digital divide.That’s the case in Toronto, where the lending program is linked to the city’s poverty reduction strategy.“Our goal is to provide some community support and a community option for folks who don’t have (internet access) while we await bigger government policy decisions around affordable access,” said Pam Ryan, director of service development and innovation at the Toronto Public Library.“Libraries that are doing the longer period of time are hoping to make some substantive changes in people’s lives in terms of the outcomes we’re looking for. So we’re looking for folks who can be job searching for that period of time, who can be working through course work.”A past survey of users who borrowed a hotspot found more than half had a household income that was less than $20,000, about 80 per cent said they did not have internet access at home because they could not afford it, and nearly two-thirds said the library was their only source of connectivity.“There’s themes of social inclusion,” Ryan said of feedback the library received from users.“Folks being able to access what we take for granted.”The Edmonton Public Library will soon mark two years of lending out Wi-Fi hotspots with a similar mission. The program started with three-week loan terms before expanding to three months.“It’s to provide internet access to Edmontonians who do not have access in their own homes and who are potentially socio-economically disadvantaged and or have low digital literacy skills,” said Vicky Varga, a manager with the Edmonton Public Library.“So bridging the digital divide is one component of this, as well as the equity of access.”Varga acknowledged the program did need to be tweaked as the library’s 40 hotspots were sometimes being lent out to users who wanted them to supplement their own data plans.“We had hoped, somewhat perhaps naively, that people would self-select for inclusion in the program (based on income and need),” she said.“We weren’t hitting the demographic we had hoped.”The library refocused its efforts on lending the hotspots in areas with lower average household incomes and did outreach to identify library users who could benefit from the service most. When some users said they did not have a computer, phone or tablet to make use of a hotspot, the library decided to invest in some low-cost Chromebook laptops to lend out as well.“That’s our latest evolution in this project, creating 10 kits to test the waters and see how we do or don’t meet our community needs,” Varga said.Most Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs provide unfiltered internet connections with no content blocks. Ryan said the library’s internet-use policy still applies but there have been no issues yet around inappropriate uses of the devices.“It’d be no different than the expectations of using a public computer or the Wi-Fi at the libraries. But it’s not something that has been a concern.”last_img read more

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Mikmaq leaders concerned over shift in social assistance rates

first_imgAPTN National NewsMi’kmaq leaders in Atlantic Canada are concerned over the impact changes to social assistance programs will have on communities.Starting next year, Canada’s rates will mirror those used by the province.But many say there are already big gaps in the standard of living.And that change will only make things worse.APTN’s Trina Roache reports.troache@aptn.ca@trinaroachelast_img

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Province accepting comments on proposed conservancy near Halfway River First Nation

first_imgLast March, the Province and the First Nation signed an agreement which included that the two parties work together to recommend that a conservancy be established in an area of high cultural significance to the community. The Province is seeking to understand how this proposal may impact third parties and the public.An open house will be held on Wednesday, April 25, in Room 202 at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m..Written comments can also be mailed or emailed to:Lisa BrockMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development100 – 10003 110th Ave.Fort St. John, B.C.V1J 6M7Email: Lisa.Brock@gov.bc.caComments will be accepted until May 25th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The provincial government said today that it will be accepting comments from the public on the proposed new Tsaa Nuna conservancy, located next to the Halfwat River First Nation, until May 25th.The proposed Tsaa Nuna conservancy is located 65 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and 35 kilometres northeast of Butler Ridge Provincial Park, and would cover an area of 5,975 hectares along the southern shore of Halfway River.The conservancy is intended to protect the high cultural values and wildlife habitats of the area. The land within the proposed conservancy is of historic and continuing significance for the practice of Treaty Rights by members of the Halfway River First Nation.last_img read more

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Madan Mitra set to make political comeback as Bhatpara candidate

first_imgKolkata: Madan Mitra, Trinamool Congress leader and former state Transport minister, is set to contest in the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara.The Bhatpara seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh resigned from the party and joined BJP. Singh is contesting the Lok Sabha election from the Barrackpore seat, where election will be held on May 6. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee announced Mitra’s name from an election meeting in Suri on Thursday, along with the names of three party nominees who will contest in the by-elections from Habibpur (ST), Islampur and Darjeeling seats. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe by-election in these seats will be held on May 19, whereas by-election in Nowda and Kandi seats in Murshidabad will be held on May 20. The results of all the five seats will be announced on May 23, along with the results of the Lok Sabha polls. Mitra was elected from the Kamarhati Assembly seat in 2016. The leader allegedly got involved in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam and resigned from the Transport minister’s post on November 18, 2015. The CBI had arrested him on December 12, 2014, in connection with the case. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter his name was announced as candidate, a visibly happy Mitra said: “I am grateful to Mamata Banerjee for giving me the opportunity to serve the people again.” Asked whether the by-election in Bhatpara seat will be very tough as it is the area of Arjun Singh, he said: “I will go to the people and urge them to cast their vote in Trinamool’s favour.” Mitra became an MLA after he won the by-election from the Bishnupur West seat in 2009. Though out of power, Mitra kept in constant touch with the clubs and people of Kamarhati and other areas and his popularity and close contact with the people have helped him to get a nomination for the by-election. The Darjeeling seat fell vacant after sitting Trinamool MLA Amar Singh Rai was made a candidate for the Lok Sabha seat. Binay Tamang will contest from the Darjeeling Assembly seat as a GJM candidate and Trinamool Congress will support him. Amal Kisku will contest from the Habibpur (ST) seat, while Abdul Karim Chowdhury will contest from the Islampur seat. Chowdhury was the state Library minister in Mamata Banerjee’s government from 2011-16. He lost the election in 2016. The Islampur seat fell vacant after Kanaia Lal Agarwal, the sitting MLA, contested from the Raiganj Lok Sabha seat. The Kandi seat fell vacant after MLA Apurba Sarkar was nominated from the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, whereas the Habibpur seat fell vacant after CPI(M) MLA Khagen Murmu left the party and contested from the Malda North seat on a BJP ticket.last_img read more

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Syrian opposition suspends Geneva 2 attendance

first_imgISTANBUL – Opposition coalition suspends its decision to attend peace talks on January 22 as UN’s Ban invites Iran to the conference.Syrian opposition suspends its decision to attend Geneva 2 due to UN Ban’s invitation to Iran, Assad’s backer, to attend the conference beginning Wednesday.Spokesperson for the opposition, Luey as-Safi told Anadolu Agency that their participation in the peace talks will be suspended unless UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon retracts his invitation to Iran to attend he first day of talks in Montreux, Switzerland. Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Tehran to attend the talks.The opposition stipulates that Iran must withdraw its troops from Syria and officially accept the Geneva communique in Syria if it wants to attend the conference.The Geneva communique calls for cessation of violence by both the government and armed opposition, release of prisoners, freedom of movement for journalists, freedom of association and full humanitarian access.Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for US Department of State, in a statement in response to Ban’s invitation, said the invitation should be cancelled if Iran does not fully and clearly accept the Geneva communique.The international conference, so-called “Geneva-II”, to find a political solution to the longstanding conflict inSyria is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Montreux.Brokered by the US and Russia, the conference is set to bring both sides of the major conflict together, as the main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, agreed to attend after months of reluctance to commit.More than 100,000 people have been killed in three years of conflict which also internally displaced more than 6.5 million people. Over two million are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.last_img read more

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Welcoming accord in Yemen Security Council urges timely implementation

The peace initiative by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the implementation mechanism agreed to on Wednesday must be carried out in “in a serious, transparent, and timely manner, and in a spirit of inclusion and reconciliation,” the Council said in a press statement.The Council expects the parties “to honour the timetable set out in the agreement, including the formation of a government of national consensus, presidential elections within 90 days, a national dialogue, a constitutional review, and a programme of reforms that start to tackle the profound humanitarian, economic and security challenges that Yemen faces.”In the statement, read out by Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral of Portugal, which holds the Council’s presidency this month, the 15-member panel reaffirmed its commitment to Yemen’s territorial integrity and unity, and urged all parties to reject violence, refrain from provocation, and fully implement the Council’s previous resolution on restoring peace in the impoverished country.It reiterated that all those responsible for violence, human rights violations and abuses should be held accountable, and deplored acts of violence that occurred on Thursday, when five people were reportedly killed in the capital, Sana’a.The Council stressed the need for increased and unimpeded humanitarian access, and urged all Yemeni parties to work with the UN, the international community and the GCC to achieve lasting peace, stability and reconciliation.Earlier, Jamal Benomar, the UN Special Adviser on Yemen, told reporters after briefing the Council that the accord paves the way for a credible transition and provides a detailed roadmap for change through the broad participation of citizens.“The implementation envisions meaningful participation across the full political spectrum, including the youth who paved the way for this change in the political order,” Mr. Benomar said of the pact.“It is imperative that the new Government of National Unity engages with all constituencies including the youth, the Houthis, and the Hirak movement in the south,” he said.Under the accord, President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to hand over his powers to Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi and presidential elections are to be held within three months.“All Yemenis will now need to come together to reconcile, and to tackle the difficulties that lie ahead,” he said, noting that “violence and unrest has continued despite the reaching of a political solution on 23 November.”He said he had told the Council that all Yemeni parties will need to take responsibility and use the opportunity to foster positive change for the country, uphold human rights and desist from further violence.Mr. Benomar urged the international community to step up support for Yemen’s recovery, as requested by both parties to the agreement. The UN and the rest of the international community will monitor the accord’s implementation and remain engaged, he said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remained fully committed to supporting the transition and the post-election period through mobilizing the entire UN and Member States to help Yemen address its political, humanitarian, security and economic challenges, Mr. Benomar added.The Council was also briefed on the humanitarian situation in Yemen by Philippe Lazzarini, the Deputy Director of the Coordination and Response Division of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Last week’s political agreement followed months of deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Mr. Saleh and his regime, part of the so-called Arab Spring movement that has swept the Middle East and North Africa this year. 28 November 2011The Security Council today welcomed the new political agreement in Yemen and the mechanism outlining how it can be implemented, but stressed that the deal must be strictly implemented to end unrest and restore stability in the country. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,173.03, up 0.31 of a point):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down four cents, or 1.65 per cent, to $2.38 on 22.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 14 cents, or 0.57 per cent, to $24.27 on 15.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $3.90 on 15.2 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 18 cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $67.45 on 14.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down nine cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $11.02 on 14.4 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 0.19 per cent, to $41.55 on 14.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down eight cents, or 2.76 per cent, to $2.82 on 11.2 million shares. The Canadian gold miner says it has received another permit and the approval of a technical study for the closure of its Old Olympias mine in Greece. read more

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Kentuckys Nerlens Noel to Undergo Knee Surgery

Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel will undergo surgery on his left knee – injured Feb. 12 at Florida – on Tuesday by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.James will operate on Noel to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament, which will take Noel six to eight months to fully recover. Scott Mair of University of Kentucky Sports Medicine will observe and coordinate Noel’s rehabilitation process, according to ESPN.com.Before Noel suffered the injury against the Florida Gators, the 6-foot-10 freshman was projected as a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, which influenced his decision when to have the surgery. He was leading the nation with 106 blocks before getting hurt.“Due to the unique timetable for Nerlens’ recovery in regards to the NBA Draft deadline, the University of Kentucky and Noel’s family thought it was in his best interest to have his surgery performed by Dr. Andrews in Florida,” Kentucky athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy said in a statement.Having Andrews to perform the surgery allows Andrews the accessibility to communicate with NBA personnel regarding his post-surgery recovery since Andrews has strong ties to NBA franchises. Kentucky is prohibited from speaking with NBA teams.Wildcats coach John Calipari declined to comment on Noel’s return to the team when asked during a teleconference on Monday.Noel, who was initially expected to have to surgery within two to three weeks of the incident, will not be with team at the Southeastern Conference tournament beginning Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.“After talking with my family, I decided to schedule my surgery over spring break so I wouldn’t miss as much class,” Noel said in a statement. “I wish all my teammates luck in the SEC tournament and look forward to getting back to Lexington as soon as I can to begin my rehab and finish my school work.”The Wildcats have been inconsistent without Noel in their starting rotation, going 4-3 without him. They are currently 21-10 overall and 12-6 in SEC in play. They suffered a 30-point drilling to Tennessee in their first game without Noel, losing 88-58. But they managed to pull off three consecutive wins after the loss.Their inconsistent play had the reigning national champions on the bubble to reach the NCAA tournament until they defeated the Gators Saturday 61-57, which earned them a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. But they cannot afford a bad loss in the SEC tournament if they want to make it back NCAA tournament. read more

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NFL Week 11 Playoff Implications What The AFC North And Denmark Have

NFL Playoff Implications, our weekly guide to what games matter and to whom, returns for Week 11 of the NFL season. For an explanation of the methodology, see here. UPDATE (Nov. 15, 11:46 a.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the result of Thursday night’s BUF-MIA match-up, and that game has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).In our article on Week 9’s playoff implications, we focused on the game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, and the impact it had on the race for the AFC’s top seed. The Broncos were blown out in that game, 43-21, leaving that No. 1 seed up for grabs (although Denver is still a 56 percent favorite to claim it).This Sunday night, the Patriots visit the Indianapolis Colts in a game with similarly significant implications for the top two AFC seeds. The first and second seeds in each conference receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and as we pointed out last week, this is a significant advantage and greatly increases a team’s chances of reaching the Super Bowl.1Last week’s column featured a side-by-side comparison of the importance of playoff seeding in the NFL and the NBA, and there appears to have been some confusion as to what those numbers represented. To clarify, the seed probabilities shown in the table represent the impact of seeding only, and in both calculations, all teams are considered evenly matched. In practice, of course, teams are not evenly matched, and the superior teams are far more likely to be concentrated among the top seeds. As a result, the actual Super Bowl/Finals frequencies by playoff seed will skew much more heavily toward the top seeds. The intent of the table was to show the advantages conferred to each team due to seeding alone.For Indianapolis, the playoff race is all over but the seeding. Much like the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, the Colts are division winners by default, with no significant competition from the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans or Jacksonville Jaguars. And of the Colts’ remaining games, none looks to have a bigger effect on their playoff seeding than this week’s matchup against the Patriots. For both teams, the chances of securing a first-round bye swing by more than 50 percentage points depending on the game’s outcome. With a loss to the Patriots, the Colts may find themselves with very little to play for in Weeks 12-17. Their playoff outlook would largely be confined to those third and fourth divisional seeds.A victory for New England would push its first-round bye probability to 75 percent, and keep the pressure on Denver for the top seed. Because of head-to-head tiebreakers, Denver, having beaten the Colts and having lost to the Patriots, would much prefer a Colts victory.New England, while still the favorite to win its division, is not as secure in that position as Indianapolis is. Unlike the Colts, the Patriots have two division rivals that are keeping them honest: The Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins.Those two teams square off Thursday night in Miami. While both have identical win-loss records, the general consensus appears to be that the Dolphins are the superior team. The market clearly thinks so (and, by extension, the rankings at the bottom of this post think so, too); the Dolphins are favored by 5 points at home — and only half of that is due to home-field advantage. The various stat-based rankings agree as well, with Elo, DVOA, SRS and Advanced Football Analytics all placing the Dolphins above the Bills. A win by Miami would boost its playoff chances to 50 percent, and Buffalo’s would drop to just 4 percent. But a Bills upset would give them a slight advantage over the Dolphins and keep the AFC playoff race more interesting.Which brings us to the AFC North, where all four teams are within a half-game of each other and the Baltimore Ravens’ 6-4 record puts them in last place. As one would expect, the division title probabilities are spread rather evenly. To assess how wide open the AFC North is right now, we calculated Gini coefficients for divisional title probabilities for each division in the NFL. (The Gini coefficient is most commonly used to measure income inequality — a lower coefficient means more equality, and a higher coefficient means more variation.2The Gini coefficient scales from 0 to 1, with 0.0 signifying complete equality, and 1.0 complete inequality.) Going into Week 11, the AFC North has a positively Danish Gini coefficient of 0.24. The remaining seven divisions have coefficients ranging from 0.70 (the NFC North) to 0.98 (the AFC South).Before we move on to the NFC, the table below shows the total impact of each game on the playoff, division, first-round and top-seed races. For example, 12 teams’ playoff chances are significantly affected by the result of Cincinnati at New Orleans this week, and the cumulative swings for these teams add up to 66 percentage points.The playoff implications chart looks surprisingly bare for the NFC this week. In recent weeks, the NFC postseason picture has come into clearer focus. At this point, most of the playoff probability is concentrated among just eight teams. But there is still plenty of uncertainty in how the seeding will play out, particularly for the top two seeds.Based on current records, those top two seeds would be the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions, who just happen to play each other this Sunday. With a victory over the Lions, the Cardinals would have a better-than-even shot at winning the top NFC seed. The Cardinals lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer last week to injury, but that’s not necessarily a reason for them to panic. The betting market seems to agree, as the Cardinals’ ranking remained relatively unchanged from last week (they actually moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11).The other key NFC matchup this week features the Philadelphia Eagles visiting the Green Bay Packers. While the Cardinals and the Lions occupy the top seeds by virtue of win-loss records, both the Packers and the Eagles top them in our market-based power rankings. Going into Week 11, both teams have nearly identical probabilities of getting a first-round bye. The Eagles are a game up on the Packers, but the market clearly views the Packers as the superior team, with Green Bay favored by 6 points at home.And finally, there’s the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs, which will affect the playoff outlook of 20 NFL teams across both conferences. Allegiances break down as one would expect, with NFC teams hoping for a Chiefs victory and the AFC rooting for the Seahawks.Here are the team rankings based on point spreads. Generic Points Favored is what one would expect a team to be favored by against a league-average opponent on a neutral field. read more

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Piers opens fire on JK Rowling Ive never read more badlywritten nonsense

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Piers Morgan reignites his war of words with Harry Potter writer J K Rowling saying that he’d never read “more badly-written nonsense in my life”.last_img

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